Amazing week for our Radial Youth European sailors winning all four titles granted at the 2018 Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Kiel, Germany. Three of them to Italy and one to England.
With almost 400 sailors between 15 and 18 years (born: 2000 until 2003), our European guys competed with best athletes from 45 nations all around the world and showed they are skilled and ready to fight for many more World Sailing titles in future.
“We had all types of conditions from strong to light, shifting winds. Therefore the best sailors, who could handle all conditions well, did win the titles”, explained Eric Faust, President of ILCA – International Laser Class Association.
2018 Laser Radial Youth Worlds – Final results
Two races per day excepting the final day, where the wind dropped and there was only one race in the end. Just like sunshine and rain took turns, the athletes were also experiencing highs and lows, sometimes winning a race and ending up in the middle of the fleet in the next one.
On this background, Italian sailors were the best and won three of four Radial Youth World championships!
Matilda Talluri ITA was first overall among 96 girl’s fleet and crowned U19 Women’s World champion.
Guido Gallinaro ITA did the same and finished first overall among 269 boys and conquered the U19 Men’s World title.
Finally, our current 2018 Laser 4.7 Youth European champion Cesare Barabino ITA had also a remarkable week and won the U17 World title after finishing first on the last race and placed 6th overall.
“It’s wonderful. A dream has come true”, stated with joy the new U19 Girl’s World Champion Matilda Talluri.
“I am happy.” “I gave my best.” “I have been waiting for the title.”, were some of first words coming from the new U19 Boy’s World Champion Guido Gallinaro.
The fourth and non-Italian Radial Youth World championship was for British sailor Alex Schonrock GBR, crowning new U17 Girl’s Champion on 9th place overall.
Matilda Nicholls GBR and Ana Moncada ESP were Silver and Bronze among women, while Josh Armit NZL and Francesco Viel ITA were medalists among men.
Top 10 girl’s rank was proudly full of European sailors, with Germans Julia Buesselberg GER and Laura Schewe GER on 4th and 6th, Russian Valeriya Lomatchenko RUS on 7th, and Italians Federica Cattarozzi ITA and Giorgia Cingolani ITA on 8th and 10th respectively.
Same thing on boy’s Top 10, with Norwegian Uffe Tomasgaard NOR on 4th, Italian Rodolfo Silvestrini ITA on 5th, Irish Tom Higgins IRL on 7th, French Sofiane Karim FRA on 8th, Portuguese Lourenço Mateus POR on 9th and Italian Matteo Paulon ITA on 10th.