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Mid Point at Techno 293 World Championship

Published on October 26th, 2016

Torbole, Italy (October 26, 2016) – In spite of some less than ideal weather conditions at the Techno 293 and Techno 293 Plus World Championships, the elimination stages of competition have now drawn to a close. After racing was entirely abandoned yesterday due to a lack of wind, improving conditions today allowed for an adapted schedule to be completed.

Sun and wind are predicted for the remainder of the week which will be music to the ears of the 474 competitors from a total of 33 countries who have made Torbole their temporary home this week. Despite the challenging conditions, Olympic medallist Allesandra Sensini, who has been on site as spectator, likes what she sees. “I think the windsurfing movement is growing everywhere in all the world.”

Italian windsurfer and current European champion Giorgia Speciale, for instance, has really laid down a marker in her under-17 class by taking five wins from the six completed races. America’s Geronimo Nores, meanwhile, has been similarly dominant in the male under-17 class, racking up creditable results in all six of his races and winning three.

The top of the standings are altogether more congested at under-15 level, however, with a number of windsurfers fiercely contesting top spot in both the male and female contests. On the male side, Greece’s Alexandros Kalpogiannakis and Israel’s Eyal Zror have both racked up two wins and a couple of second places in their four races to put them even on 6 points.

In the girls’, meanwhile, Mathilde Garandeau of France has performed best to date but is closely followed in the standings by her teammate Jariel Elisa and Mak Cheuk Wing from Hong Kong. Competition in the two Techno Plus classes has been fierce, too, and in both the men’s and the women’s competition each of the four races have been won by a different competitor.

All of that suggests that the finals, after sailors have been separated to gold and silver fleets, which begin tomorrow, are set to be closely fought and exceptionally exciting affairs. You can keep up with the action by visiting the event website, where live GPS tracking of the races, videos and photos are all readily available.

Racing continues to October 29 with world titles on the line for Under 15, Under-17 and 17+ in male and female categories.

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