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World’s Best Young Windsurfers to Compete in Italy

Published on October 20th, 2016

The world’s very best young windsurfers are set to descend upon the Northern shore of Lake Garda for the Techno 293 World Championships and the Techno 293 Plus World Championships on October 24-29 in Torbole, Italy.

With nearly 500 young windsurfers from over 30 different countries competing, the Techno 293 Worlds will host under-15 and under-17 divisions while those aged over 17 will compete for the Techno 293 Plus title.

An internationally renowned venue for windsurfing, Torbole looks all set to provide the ideal conditions for top class racing, as well as an astonishing backdrop in the shape of the picturesque Trentino scenery.

Globally recognised as the feeder classes for all international windsurfing competition, Techno 293 is considered to be part of the approved “Olympic Pathway” for young sailors and Techno 293 Plus has been picked this year for the Youth Olympic Games sailing programme.

Amongst the favourites for the Techno 293 under-15 girls category have to be French pairing Elisa Jariel and Mathilde Garandeau who both excelled in the European championships in Poland just a few months ago. Similarly, Italian competitor Giorgia Speciale will likely fancy her chances of taking the under-17 crown, having not only won the European Championships this summer but also being one of the most decorated sailors in the history of the class.

On the male side, a star studded fleet will hit the water in Italy and home favourite Edoardo Tanas may prove tough to beat in the under-15 category. The young Italian triumphed in the European Championships in Poland this year and will surely be further buoyed by home support. At under-17 level, meanwhile, Israeli Itai Kafri is the sailor with the momentum of a European Championships win this summer behind him.

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