Youth Match Race Title Goes to Italy

Last weekend the EUROSAF Youth Match Race European Championship took place on Lago di Ledro in Italy. Eight teams from six countries competed in the event. Rocco Attili, with Ludovico Mori and Giulio Tamburini, faced the finals by appearing first and held up against the outgoing European champions, the French Aurélien Pierroz, Lucas Peuziat and Theau Guilcher. With a score of 3 to 2, the Italians climbed the highest step of the podium; second step went to the 2018 European champions, Aurelien Pierroz’s French team. The English had to settle for third place with Matt Whitfield, Ted and David Blowers, who had appeared on the starting line as favorites, being 20 in world rankings and having won the first round robin with 0 defeats. Danes Emil Kjaer, Basti Sorensen and Nicolai Bækgaard got the fourth place.

So much for the satisfaction of the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro, which has been hosting international regattas for three weeks: only fifteen days ago the women’s continental match race title was awarded on Lake Ledro, last week the prestigious OM INTERNATIONAL LEDRO MATCH RACE trophy, and on Saturday the youth continental match race title.

In the words of President Camilla Baruzzi: "First of all, thanks go to my team, which has proved to be of unquestionable professionalism. It was exciting to see how young sailors proved to be mature and tireless, collaborating with the Club’s veterans. This is the real luck of our Association, to be able to count on the voluntary work of the members of the Club who are invaluable during these events, giving great prominence to the Association and the Valle di Ledro but they are also very tiring. The Race Committee and the International Jury carried out an impeccable job, completing all scheduled matches. Sailors proved to be serious and prepared despite their young age. Once the regattas have been achieved it is time to think about the Sailing School. In fact the boys will start sailing courses on Monday, a precious opportunity to introduce our sport to young people."