2008 Junior, Youth and Masters European Championships
Many thanks to Vincenzo Baglione from the Albaria Club in Mondelo,Sicily, who has once again generously let us use his photos. He more than deserves a plug for www.albaria.com and this year's World Festival on the Beach
You will also find a report and more photos via the host club (the Lega Navale Civitavecchia) website or via the following link: http://www.lnicivitavecchia.it/Quadri_Int/Camp_EU08.htm
Congratulations also to french duo and regular competitors at class championships- Bernard Buren (FRA 1881) leading grand master and Jean Asia (FRA 171) as first placed in veteran division.
Posted On: 24/03/2008 10:30:30 PM
Sadly, no racing today - Day Four - so that's it! Final results here.
The 12 sailors in the GBR squad arrived last Tuesday and they began training in 5 knots and sunshine! By Thursday inland thunderstorms overnight had brought very chilly winds of 15 knots. Sunday, Day Three of the four day Championships, was the only day when racing was possible. UK blog and gallery of photos here.
Posted On: 24/03/2008 8:25:43 AM3 Races on Day 2 at Civitavecchia
At last competitors have been able to take to the water for three thrilling races which makes for a valid Championship.
Currently leading the Techno 7.8 men's fleet is Mateo Sanz from Spain who took the first bullet. In second place is Britain's Samuel Sills who won the second race, in third is Frenchman Laurent Finck and Davide La Vela from Italy is currently in fourth place - so, no single country dominates and there does not appear to be a clear winner. Adrian Jimenez ESP 33, all the way down in 16th place, will be desperate for more races so that he can discard his OCS - a disastrous start to his championship. He was third in the second race and first in the third race so is a very strong contender for the top place. The fleet numbers 50 in all and other competitors have had their moments of triumph - for instance, Ralph Budden ISR 675 took second in race 2. All to play for!
In the men's 6.8 Maxime Labat from France heads the leaderboard with two bullets and Daniele Benedetti is in second place with two seconds! There are 36 competitors in this fleet and it appears that the Brits and the Italians are battling for places at the top but generally results are mixed so far.
In the girls' 6.8, five are in the running. Italian Veronica Fanciulli is at the top with a first and third, Naomi Cohen from Israel is close behind with a second and fourth, then Pole Hanna Idziak is in third with a 6th and 1st, but shares 7 points total with Catherine Fogli from Italy, with Bruna Ferracane from Italy in fifth place.
In the girls' 7.8 Helene Noesmoen from France has established her dominance right from the start with three bullets! Her nearest rival, Natalia Wojcik from Poland is 9 points behind, with Ofir Halevy ISR yet another three points behind in third place. Noa Buzaglo from Israel will be cursing - a second and a third followed by OCS has dropped her down to 9th overall!
Full results can be viewed here
Posted On: 22/03/2008 9:51:04 AM
Civitavecchia Blown Out!
163 competitors were warmly welcomed by the city of Civitavecchia during the opening ceremony following a colourful parade through the town. It's a fantastic turn-out with 25 Raceboard competitors and 138 on Techno, representing 10 countries: ESP, FRA, GBR, GER, ISR, ITA, LAT, POL, SUI and SVK. Click here to view full entry list.
The first day of racing began promptly. Strong winds were forecast but it was hoped that at least one race could be completed. However, organisers quickly realised that this would not be possible and sent competitors ashore as winds increased rapidly within half an hour to 25-30 knots, the sea began to build and rain squalls brought gusts of up to 35 knots!
Today, Saturday, Civitavecchia is still lashed by storms and conditions are horrendous. Organisers have already decided that there will be no racing today. We eagerly anticipate better conditions tomorrow.
Posted On: 16/03/2008 5:56:02 PM
Civitavecchia Europeans start this week
Over 100 young Techno racers arrive in Civitavecchia, near Rome, this week for the eagerly awaited 2008 European Championships. This early season event gives the opportunity for rivals for this year's world titles to test the strength of the opposition!
There will be some familiar faces, but also some new faces.
As you would expect many of last year's under 15 (6.8 division) competitors have moved up to 7.8 category. Three of last year's top five boys will be challenging for the 7.8 European title - including 6.8 World Champion Sam Sills (GBR 60) and 3rd placed Adrian Jimenez (ESP 33).
It is going to be really tough for the girls moving up from 6.8, as reigning 7.8 World champion Helene Noesmoen (FRA 57) has another year in this division!
Six of last year's top ten girls in the 6.8 Worlds will be competing for glory against strong and established opposition from Helene, Sophie Bailey (GBR 9588 - 5th in 2007 Worlds), Izzie Hamilton (GBR 9597 - current UK champion) and Marta Jackowski (POL 161) both top ten finishers in last year's Worlds.
Seven nations have sent teams to Civitavecchia - ESP, FRA, GBR, ITA, ISR ,LAT and POL.
Over 50 boys and girls in the 7.8 divsion; 40 in the 6.8 division; and 8 in the "open" category (ie aged 17 years or older - with 7.8 max sail).
Lega Navale, the host club, situated in Civitavecchia, a busy commercial port north of Rome, can boast a wonderful bay in front of the club that is perfect for hosting sailing regattas. Steeped in history, dating from the Etruscan Age, the city has a lot to offer the tourist as well as competitor!
The event is scheduled from 20th to 24th March 2008 - daily reports will be posted on the class website: www.techno293.org , and on the event website: http://www.trecc2008.it/
Posted On: 03/02/2008
BicSport are offering the One Design Hybrid for charter
A limited number of Bic One Design Hybrid boards, complete with the new OD 8.5 rig, are available for charter to raceboard youths wishing to attend the forthcoming European Championships in Civitavecchia from 20 to 24 March.
Interested sailors should contact the host club directly :
Lega Navale, Civitavecchia will host the 2008 European Championship for Techno 293 (junior racers) and Raceboard Youth and Masters.
Civitavecchia, situated north of Rome, is a busy commercial port, but it can boast a wonderful bay in front of the club that is perfect for hosting sailing regattas. Steeped in history, dating from the Etruscan Age, the city has a lot to offer the tourist as well as competitor!
The event is scheduled from 20th to 24th March 2008 - full details, including a Notice of Race, will be published in November 2007
Meanwhile,why not find out more? visit :
IWA Executive Secretary, Ceri Williams, concludes the contract with Marco Corti, Club President