The 2017 470 World Championship was hosted by the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki, Greece. With 132 teams entered from 32 nations and six different continents, it was far from a small World Championship. Of these, 72 teams were in the Men’s division and 60 in the Women’s. Two RSYS Members competied: Will Ryan who sailed with Matthew Belcher, and Katherine Shannon who sailed with Dana Tavener.
The Championship consisted of a five race qualification series followed by a six race finals series and finally the medal races. Massive congratulations to Will Ryan and Matthew Belcher who won the Men’s division, the 2017 Championship win being Belcher's seventh World Championship victory and Ryan’s fourth.
Katherine Shannon, a relatively new member of the Australian Sailing team, has been training hard for less than a year with Dana out of MHYC in the 470 class. They managed to finish 50th with their strongest performances at the end of the regatta grabbing a 10th and 14th in the Silver group. Katherine Shannon said: “As we are a new and young team we didn’t come for results - we came for the experience. We have learnt so much and every day we sailed we improved.”