The Race Teams gave it all they could to get a last race in before the 16:00 cut off. The wind was building with the sunshine as the fleet was released from the slipway. All three courses attempted starts, but as the cloud built the wind started to shift and it was game over.[more]
15 year old Carlo Ciabatti from Cagliari, Italy, is the 2014 Techno 293 Youth Boys World Champion. With an unassuming start, 23rd on the leaderboard at the end of the first race, Carlo clawed his way up day by day – 13th . . . 5th . . .1st! beating European Champion Tom Monnet into second place by 4 points. Tom was second Junior Boy at the 2013 World Championships so is on good form, and had a brief spell at the top of the leaderboard after the second day of racing. Last year’s u15 Champion Israeli Yoav Cohen has maintained a place on the podium right through, testing the top spot at the end of day three, but finally had to settle for third place at the end of the championship.
15 year old Lucie Pianazza, 2014 Techno 293 Youth Girls World Champion, took the first 7 bullets of the championship. An emphatic win with less than half the points of her nearest rival, Israeli Katy Spychakov who, like Tom, was second in the junior fleet at the 2013 Worlds. She was 13th at the Europeans on Lake Garda so should be well pleased with her performance in Brest as she managed to displace Russian Mariam Sekhposyan who had occupied the second place on the leaderboard until the final day of racing.
The 2014 Techno 293 Junior Boys World Champion is 14 year old Tom Arnoux from Marseille, 3rd at the 2013 Worlds, a convincing winner 11 points clear of the Israelis Lior Kamil and Itai Kafri. Just two points separated these two.
Italian Georgia Speciale certainly lived up to her name claiming the title of 2014 Techno 293 Junior Girls World Champion with a perfect score of 9. Beaten just twice by second placed Israeli Shira Benbenisti, Georgia won by 20 points. Shira was 8 ahead of Greek Natalia Arapoglou who snatched the third podium place from Latvian Laeksandra Kaupa by having the better discard result.
It was great to see two healthy Techno 293 Plus fleets competing for the 2014 Techno 293 men’s and women’s Cup Champion titles. An all French podium, Oel Pouliquen was victorious in the men’s with Clement Guevel in second and Hugo Mollard-Tanguy in third.
French victory also in the women’s with local Crocodiles L’Elorn club member Lucie Belbeoch winning 8 of the 10 races. Jeanne Penfornis from La Mouette Sinagote was second with two bullets under her belt, and the third podium spot was claimed by Hisui Takahashi from Hosei University in Japan.
Nobody will forget the atmosphere, friends, pancakes and 1000 other things that made this week special. The Techno 293 Class would like to thank Les Crocodiles de L’Elorn and everyone involved, especially the volunteers, in staging this record breaking world championship at the Centre Nautique du Moulin Blanc, Brest.