The World Sailing Youth World Championships ended as it began: with a beautiful ceremony and centre stage for the riders who made their mark on the week-long event. Between these two ceremonies, every competition category was able to run a maximum of races at a level not far short of Olympic standard, making this Championships a huge success.
Manon Pianazza added a new title to her impressive honours list, beating the 2021 European Techno 293 European Champion, Czech rider Kristyna Chalupnikova into 2nd place, with Spain’s Zoe Fernandez picking up the bronze medal. Britain’s Lucy Kenyon finished agonisingly close to a podium spot, just a few points behind in 4th.
Frederico Bellini, already the Techno 293 2021 World Champion, added to his honours with a comfortable win, beating Britain’s Boris Shaw into 2nd place, with Turkey’s Ozan Turker adding a 3rd place to his 3rd at the Techno+ World Championships this summer in Bodrum. French rider Jules Chantrel finished just outside the podium spots despite a rousing come-back at the end of the week.
Techno+ has once again proved itself a superbly capable performer, allowing the championships to be completed in winds that were variable and frequently below 7 – 8 knots. That would have been virtually impossible for other types of rig, even foilboards. With its 50 cm fin and high performance rig, it is very clearly the best option for over 17 year olds who want to continue racing at top level on a manageable budget and in almost any wind and water conditions.
We’ll be back next year, starting in Cagliari, Sardinia, for the Techno 293 European Championships. Techno+ will be part of that line up with a serious number of riders expected to attend!
For the full story of the Oman event: https://www.worldsailingywc.org/