Spain reigned Supreme as the 2017 420 World Championships drew to a close today, 3 January 2018, in Fremantle, Australia having secured gold, silver and bronze in the 420 Open Fleet and gold in the U17 fleet.
With results so close in the Open Fleets, any of the top ten are contenders for the top three. The continuation of lighter conditions has proved to add variation in race leaders, as those less accustomed to the prior chop can sail in comfort.
Much lighter conditions for this afternoon’s race day 5 at the 2017 420 World Championship in Fremantle might have produced some different results, but those who expected a break in the Spanish dominance of the event so far would have been disappointed as Spanish boats finished first second and third in the last race of the 420 Open Fleet.
Weather conditions were stronger than anticipated on race day 4 at the 420 World Championships, peaking at an average of 20 knots late in the day and gusting as high as 24 knots. Forecasters are still predicting softer pressure on Tuesday, which may please some of the visitors to Fremantle.
New Year’s Day and here we go again! A light south easterly breeze is wafting over the boat park this morning, but it is forecast to swing to the south before race time at midday and freshen to a peak of around 18 knots, which should provide crews with some respite after another tough day on the water yesterday.