For Immediate Release: 6th January 2011
Issued by: Peta Stuart-Hunt Tel: 07711 477707
Photo: Matias Capizzano.
Youngest members of GBR Team win the International 420 World title in Buenos Aires
The 2011 International 420 World Championships were held over Christmas and the New Year in Buenos Aires, Argentina with 97 entries from 18 countries represented on the race course. The Ladies Championship title went to the young British duo of Annabel Vose and Megan Brickwood, both from Hampshire, UK.
Conditions for the first 10 races were mostly producing 20 – 28 knots with strong wind over tide conditions. The large seas and shallow water put a heavy toll on equipment and in total 30 masts were broken and plenty of rudders and sails! Annabel and Megan’s mast broke on the first day in the second race 15 metres from the finish line – so strong was the wind they managed to glide across and keep a 6th place, that remained their only breakage.
Throughout the competition the girls maintained 2nd place on the leaders podium consistently finishing in the top 4 of each race. The last day the wind dropped to only 8 knots and the girls finished with a 7th which was enough to overtake the French team and win them the World Title and also the Youth prize for under 18. The girls finished 6 points ahead of the Germans in second place and only discarded a 15.
Annabel is a full member of the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Aged just 16, she attends the Hampshire Collegiate School in Romsey, Hampshire. Annabel has risen to glory through the ranks of the Royal Southern’s Splash and Junior Cadet divisions and she was the first girl to win both Optimist selections and Inland Championships in 2009 and was top girl at the Optimist Nationals 2008. She also attended the Optimist Europeans in 2008 (12th) and the Worlds in 2009.
Megan Brickwood lives in Hamble and, aged 15, attends Hamble Sports College. She was also previously an Optimist sailor and only teamed up with Annabel in the 420s last October.
They are the youngest members of the 420 GBR team and both are members of the RYA National Youth Squad.
Ladies Fleet – final leaderboard:
1 Annabel Vose & Megan Brickwood (GBR) 36 pts
2 Nadine Böhm & Monika Lindner (GER) 42 pts
3 Maelenn Lemaitre & Aloise Retornaz (FRA) 48 points
Notes to Editors
Formed in 1837, the Royal Southern Yacht Club will be celebrating its 175th Anniversary in 2012. The Club, whose Patron is HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has grown, improved and nurtured its membership which now numbers an impressive 1,800 men, women and children comprising sailing and motor boating enthusiasts. Situated on the bank of the beautiful River Hamble, the Club House and surrounding facilities have been expanded and modernised and the Club provides superb catering and hospitality all year round.
The Club also lays on a wide range of well organised on-water events and activities throughout the year and there is something for everyone to enjoy. There is a varied social calendar of events to suit younger as well as the more mature members.
The Royal Southern Yacht Club qualified as an RYA Volvo Champion Club in 2009.
Peta Stuart-Hunt | Press Officer
Royal Southern Yacht Club
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