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28 July 2014, 11:28 am
Game Over At Techno 293 Worlds
Flexing the muscles
Flexing the muscles

Techno 293 World Championship
Brest, France

The Race Teams gave it all they could to get a last race in before the final day cut off time of 16:00 at the Techno 293 Worlds in Brest, France but it was not to be.
A building wind with sunshine ensured the fleets were release but as the starts were attempted the surrounding cloud culminated in a windshift and the game was over.

Carlo Ciabatti from Cagliari, Italy, is the 2014 Techno 293 Youth Boys World Champion. With an unassuming start, 23rd on the leaderboard at the end of the first race, the 15-year-old Italian clawed his way up day by day. Next was 13th, and then came fifth and finally a first place.

Ciabatti forced European Champion Tom Monnet into second place by 4 points. Monnet was second Junior Boy at the 2013 World Championships so is on good form, and had a brief spell at the top of the leaderboard after the second day of racing. Last year's under 15 Champion Yoav Cohen (ISR) maintained a place on the podium right through, testing the top spot at the end of day three, but finally had to settle for third place at the end of the championship.

Lucie Pianazza (FRA) is the 2014 Techno 293 Youth Girls World Champion and took the first seven bullets of the championship. An emphatic win with less than half the points of her nearest rival, Israeli Katy Spychakov who, like Monnet, was second in the junior fleet at the 2013 Worlds. She was 13th at the Europeans on Lake Garda so should be well pleased with her performance in Brest as she managed to displace Russia's Mariam Sekhposyan who had occupied the second place on the leaderboard until the final day of racing.

For Pianazza it's the perfect preparation for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games which are on the horizon.

The 2014 Techno 293 Junior Boys World Champion is 14 year old Tom Arnoux from Marseille who was the convincing winner. He finished 11 points clear of the Israel's Lior Kamil and Itai Kafri. Just two points separated these two.

Italy's Georgia Speciale certainly lived up to her name claiming the title of 2014 Techno 293 Junior Girls World Champion with a perfect score of 9. Beaten just twice by second placed Israeli Shira Benbenisti, Speciale won by 20 points. Benbenisti was eight points ahead of Greece's Natalia Arapoglou who snatched the third podium place from Latvian Laeksandra Kaupa by having the better discard result.

It was great to see two healthy Techno 293 Plus fleets competing for the 2014 Techno 293 men's and women's Cup Champion titles. It was all French men's podium as Oel Pouliquen was victorious. He was followed by Clement Guevel in second and Hugo Mollard-Tanguy in third.

There was a French victory in the women's fleet as well with local Crocodiles L'Elorn club member Lucie Belbeoch winning 8 of the 10 races. Jeanne Penfornis from La Mouette Sinagote was second with two bullets under her belt and the third podium spot was claimed by Hisui Takahashi from Hosei University in Japan.

Check out final day highlights here.

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Patrik Pollak (As Amended by ISAF)
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