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4 August 2009, 03:06 pm
Ecuador's MARTINETTI Wins The Laser 4.7 Worlds In Buzios
Image from 2009 Laser 4.7 World Championship
Action from the 2009 Laser 4.7 World Championship

Laser 4.7 World Championship
Buzios, Brazil

The rainy and windless day didn't let the completion of races this Friday in Brazil and yesterday's leaders celebrate the world title in Buzios Vela Clube.
The Laser 4.7 World Sailing Championship came to an end this Friday with no duels in the water. After a week of competition in which only in two days, Búzios honored the fame of being one of the best sailing venues in the world. Today a continuous rain, with fog and cold, left the beach town that was eternalized by Brigitte BARDOT with a London look.

After being in water for over 4 hours under a lot of rainwater and fickle winds from southeast to southwest (from 130º to 205º) between 2 and 6 knots, the athletes, judges and technicians returned to the club with a tip of frustration, but happy with the ending of another great sailing event. However, at least for two sailors the day was perfect. The leaders of yesterday, Jonathan MARTINETTI (ECU) and Urska KOSIR (SLO), celebrated when the Race Committee canceled the races for the day and brought the world title dream closer to them.

"We tried to have at least one race today. We even could set the course in the 200º heading, but the wind dropped a lot and when we were 20 minutes close to the time limit of 3pm we called it off because it was very cold and uncomfortable for everybody. In the end we did seven good races from the 12 scheduled and had a high-level competition that left everyone happy. Unfortunately the wind gods decided to take a vacation out of Búzios these days", said the Principal Race Officer Nelson Horn ILHA.

MARTINETTI, who lives in Guayaquil and sails in the beach of Salinas, despite being only 17 years old, has, in his résumé, a South American Optimist Class title (2006), the U.S. Sunfish Class title (2008) and is the Ecuadorian champion of Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial (2009). He is also the national vice-champion in the Laser Standard (2009), despite weighting only 62kg.

"I used to sail in weak winds in Salinas. With 8 to 10 knots I feel at home here in Búzios and the conditions were good for me", spoke with modesty the young world champion. His parents, however, explained the secret of success: "He always was watching his older brother sailing. As the difference in age between them is great, as soon as he could go to water, Jonathan began to sail almost every time. It is common to see him practicing alone in the waters of Salinas", they assured.

The Slovenian Urska KOSIR, also an ex-Optimist class sailor, intensely celebrated her victory, "I am proud to have reached it, I still cannot believe that I won so well, with so many points of advantage. This is the first time I'm sailing in the Americas and to go home with the world title is very, very good", Urska said. She has been sailing for only two years in the Laser class and trained throughout the Slovenian winter for this championship.

Among the Brazilians the most prominent were the young people. In girls, the best-placed Brazilian Claudia MAZZAFERRO (BRA) ended in the 14th position overall and took the bronze in the category 'under 16 years'. In the male fleet, the Brazilian who had the best result was João Pedro OLIVEIRA, in 18th place overall and sixth among boys under 16 years. The award ceremony of the championship was held in the evening, at Chez MICHOU crêperie, on the famous Búzios 'rocky road'. Despite the winter climate, all competitors stressed out their joy in coming to Búzios and promised to return again to sail in its waters.

Armação dos Búzios, in the east of Rio de Janeiro state, is welcoming the Laser 4.7 World Championship that has happened since Saturday (25 July) until Friday (31 July). Headquartered in Búzios Sailing Club, with sailors aged between 14 and 18 years, the event has the sponsorship of Nycomed, Eletrobrás and Localiza; the support of the City of Armação dos Búzios, the CBVM - Brazilian Sailing Federation and the Hidrotônico I-9.

Official web site and full results at: http://www.laser47.org

Murillo Novaes
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