Valerio Galati Takes Inaugural EUROSAF Match Racing European Youth Open Championship
Valerio Galati (ITA) won the first EUROSAF Match Racing European Youth Open Championship in Marsala after defeating Denmark's Joachim Aschenbrenner 2-0 in the Final.
Wind conditions on Saturday had made the race organisation somewhat challenging, with light winds resulting in one flight still remaining to be sailed from the Round Robin series after two days of racing.
The organising committee were keen to get this flight completed first thing on Sunday morning, but the day dawned with grey skies, rain and no wind. With high pressure meeting low pressure over Marsala, the conditions did not improve very quickly and while the sailors waited patiently on shore, the Race Officer, Piero Lo Giudice, sought the wind out on the water. Eventually a light wind of some 3-4 knots arrived from the south west and racing got underway shortly before 13.00 local time.
At the end of racing on Saturday the results showed Team Aschenbrenner (DEN) and Team Galati (ITA) on equal points from ten races and Team Rajar (SLO) with the same number of points, but from eleven races. Behind these three teams and vying for the fourth finals place, Team François (FRA) had six points from eleven races and Team Lees (GBR) five points from 10 races. Team Trippolt (AUT) also had five points, but from eleven races and Team Biryukov (RUS) would have had five points from ten races, but had a 0.5 point penalty for an earlier infringement.
Due to the time lost because of the lack of wind, once the Round Robin was completed and the top four skippers identified, the competition moved straight to the finals. This was sailed between skippers Aschenbrenner
, and between Mark Lees
(GBR) and Gorazd Rajar
By the time the finals were sailed, the wind direction had changed to more north easterly and the speed increased to around 8-10 knots, making the sailing more interesting for those involved and more exciting to watch for spectators.
In the final Galati beat Aschenbrenner 2-0 and in the Petit Final Lees beat Rajar 2-0, making Galati the EUROSAF Match Racing, European Youth Open Champion.