Enjoy this preview video just giving a small taste of what it takes to race a 470 at the highest level.
Taking place from 20-27 February 2016, the 2016 470 World Championships will be raced on the waters off Club Nautico in San Isidro, a province just north of Buenos Aires.
The provisional entry list counts one hundred and sixty-four sailors from 27 nations covering the six continents of the world.
Whilst the biggest focus in 2016 is undoubtedly the Olympic Games, success at the 470 World Championships and securing a podium finish in this final countdown to Rio is equally key. Teams are drilling into their final weeks of training, maximising strengths and reducing weaknesses.
Racing a World Championships has a different pressure compared to the Olympics, but the quest for gold is no doubt tougher with more of the world’s top teams in contention in San Isidro than will be on the starting line in Rio. Teamwork and intelligence wins a 470 World Championship and the week ahead will be a masterclass of sailing skills.
The preceding South American Championship, served as an ideal warm-up with racing on the same waters as for the 470 Worlds. A well-run event, the South Americans served up a mix of challenging and enjoyable racing and proved the experience of the Race Committee.
In sailing you can’t control the environment, you can only control how you respond to it and amongst the best at that are the multiple and reigning World Champions, Mat Belcher/Will Ryan of Australia and Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar from Austria. To win teams need superior talent across all wind and sea conditions, and both will be looking to assert their authority at this last 470 Worlds before the Olympics.
After two days of registration and equipment inspection, the race programme features eleven fleet races and one medal race over six days of racing, from 22-27 February.
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