The second ever African 470 Championships concluded today with medals being awarded in the men’s and women’s events. The event also doubled as the African qualifier for the Olympics where the highest ranked eligible boat in each event qualified their nation. The 2020 African 470 Championships was held in Luanda, Angola from January 12th to January 18th 2020.
Due to the small number of entrants the men’s and women’s events were combined into a single racing fleet. As Angola was the only eligible entrant in the men’s 470, the nation automatically won the quota. The event was won by 2016 Olympians Matias Montinho and Paixao Afonso whom after finishing third in the first race won seven out of the eleven races to finish with a total net score of 16. Angola swept the medals with Francisco Artur and Edivaldo Torres winning silver and Paulo Amaral and Lucio Faden Felgueira winning bronze.
On the women’s side, two boats participated, one from Angola (Domingas Huambo and Isabel Afonso) and another from Mozambique (Denise Parruque and Maria Machava). A poor first day by Mozambique which included a last place finish and a did not show classification gave Angola a six point lead. Mozambique would cut the lead throughout the competition, taking sole possession of the lead after the eighth race and holding a two point lead going into the final race. Mozambique ended winning the overall race to secure their spot to the Olympics.
This was the final opportunity for African nations to qualify in the 470 boat class. The remaining African boat class qualifiers (Men’s Finn, Men’s 49er, Women’s 49erFX and Mixed Nacra 17 Foiling) will be determined during the Genoa World Cup Series to be held in April.