Published: Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The 2015 420 World Championships in Castle Bay Karatsu, Japan concluded with the home country as the top overall nation in the games.

Japan Claims Overall Nation At 420 World Championships

The intense six-day 12 race series featured a range of conditions from light to winds of over 25 knots. Teams from 21 nations competed, with a total of 330 sailors enjoying the opportunity to race in Japan.

In the 420 Open division, Japan’s Daichi Takayama/Syoto Nakano stepped up to the challenge and won the gold on home waters. The pair went into the final day with a 2-point disadvantage to overnight leaders Calum Gregor/Hugo Christensson (HKG). They paced themselves around the racetrack, protecting their silver and attacking for gold, with a safe 6, 18 score line.

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“I am so happy,” says Takayama. “The strong breeze days we had really good boat speed, and we just kept our minds neutral. Our target was gold, and we succeeded. We had to keep our concentration for gold and this helps me step up to my next stage which is the Olympics.”

A stunning performance from Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin (USA) pushed them up to silver medal position, with the Hong Kong team securing bronze.

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In the 420 Ladies division, Marta Garrido/Maria Jesus Davila (ESP) held firm in first overall and sealed the World Championship victory. France's Charlotte Yven/Marine Riou managed to upgrade their overnight leader board position of third to a silver medal with a 26, 2 score line. Japan’s Misaki Tanaka/Sena Takano claimed the bronze medal.

2015 marked the first ever U17 World Championship, a new title that recognizes the growing participation of younger teams at the 420 Worlds. Featuring thirty-three teams, the U17 fleet raced an open format of Open and Ladies teams.

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In the under-17 420 World Championship fleet, Edoardo Ferraro/Francesco Orlando (ITA) won the gold with a 21-point advantage. Greece's Aggelos Arvanitis/Theofanis Kanakaris held on to their silver medal position, and brothers Carlos Balaguer/ Ignacio Balaguer (ESP) upgraded to a bronze medal.

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The John Merricks Trophies were presented to Misaki Tanaka/Sena Takano (JPN) in the 420 Ladies and Daichi Takayama/ Syota Nakano (JPN) in the 420 Open. The trophy is awarded to the highest placed team aged 18 and under in the year of the championship.

The Francis Mouvet Trophy was awarded to Japan, as the nation with the highest placed three teams in the World Championships, across both the Open and Ladies fleets.

Full results can be found on the race website.