The Youth Slalom World Championships continues with another beautiful day of wind and sun. Wednesday is the final day with the conclusion of the final decisive heats.

For the third day of racing of the Junior and Youth (under 17 and under 21) Slalom World Championships, Garda Trentino was once again generous and provided a beautiful sunny and windy day. The minimum wind conditions required for regular racing must never drop below 11 knots and Lake Garda is one of the few places in the world capable of providing a certain degree of security for the holding of several slalom eliminations. And so it was: after three days of racing the girls in the Junior category have already completed 9 finals, with turkish Ercan taking the lead over Sardinia’s Maddalena Spanu; in third place is the French De Boysson. 

In the under 17 category, but among the males, continues the race of the Circolo Surf Torbole’s Leonardo Tomasini, in the lead – still in parity of points- with the Czech Drda. Three points behind the French Pechoux, while Jacopo Gavioli has slipped into the fourth position, although only one point away from the hypothetical podium. Among the under 21 Youth without major errors the race of the local queen Sofia Renna, who after 10 races is clearly in the lead ahead of the French Mae Davico and Justine Lemeteyer. Sofia’s brother Nicolò, also competing in the youth category, is still in the podium area: the most regular so far has been the French Merceur, who with two firsts and three seconds is in the lead with a margin of 6 points ahead of the Danish Tyme; third is Renna just one point behind the second, while the Sardinian Nicolò Spanu has moved into the sixth position.

On Wednesday, the program foresees for the junior category the conclusion of the eliminations started in the middle of the afternoon and then the new heats of the Youth under 21s. Certainly, in some categories the medals will be decided at the last moment, hoping for another day full of wind like the previous ones. The choice of the Race Committee for this penultimate day of the World Championship was to wait until at 1 pm before sending the racers into the water, like this the wind could gradually increase over the entire racecourse, without risking the cancellation of batteries due to wind drops and wind wholes. In the end, this decision has paid off, because one race followed the other with speed and regularity, in the classic conditions of Lake Garda – with a stable wind between 12 and 14-15 knots from the south. 
On Wednesday, the price-giving ceremony of the world titles will take place, with the satisfaction of the Circolo Surf Torbole for having managed to offer all the youngsters present beautiful days of sport, windsurfing, and above all a competitive confrontation with their peers, which was missing last season.
By Elena Giolai Curtesy of Circolo Surf Torbole / IFCA Class

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