There isa brilliant new medal to add to those won by Italian youth sailing in this extraordinary summer: it is the gold won by the 470 crew formed by Matteo Capurro and Matteo Puppo at the European Junior Championships held in Bourgas, Bulgaria. Winning with a great show of strength the Medal Race reserved for the best ten crews in the ranking, Capurro-Puppo thus obtained a European title that comes after the gold and bronze obtained respectively by Benedetta Di Salle-Alessandra Dubbini and Giacomo Ferrari-Giulio Calabrò at the recent 470 Junior World Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece, another confirmation of the value of our young crews in the Olympic double, followed on site by the 470 Federal Technician of the FIV Youth Development Project Nicola Pitanti, which bodes well for the future as well.
AN UNDESERVED SUCCESS
Bravo to the two young blues members of the Italian Yacht Club and followed by coach Simone Malagugini, outstanding throughout the week (only once out of the top ten in the entire series of races) with the icing on the cake of victory in the Medal Race, and well also the same Di Salle-Dubbini, who finish fourth in the women’s standings (title to Spaniards Ravetllat-Ravetllat), missing the bronze by only one point, due to a ninth in the Medal, but confirming that they now sail stably at the top of the category, and Roberta Caputo-Alice Sinno, fifth just behind their two teammates. The other Italians: among men, Giacomo Ferrari-Giulio Calabrò finish 11th and Matteo Pincherle-Ludovico Basharzad 39th, while among women Cecilia Zorzi-Bianca Caruso are 12th and Anna Bettoni-Carlotta Gianni 31st.
SILVER AMONG 420S
In Bourgas, in the waters of the Black Sea, the two 420 fleets (Open and Under-17) also took to the water to compete in the European Championships, and on this front, too, Italian sailing returned home with many smiles and, above all, a medal, The silver won by Matteo Zerbin and Giulio Maccarone in the Under 17 category., grabbed at the photo finish. Also doing very well were Veronica Ferraro-Giulia Ieraldi, who ended the European Championships in seventh place overall (and first in the women’s standings), and Andrea Spagnoli-Kevin Rio, ninth. As for the Open fleet, however, first place for U.S. Rogers-Parkin, seventh for Edoardo Ferraro-Francesco Orlando, 11th for Demi Rio-Maria Coluzzi (third among the girls), 15th for Mattia Panigoni-Riccardo Mirra, 16th for Andrea Totis-Marco Zanni, 19th for Maria Vittoria Marchesini-Alice Linussi, 30th for Sofia Giondi-Giulia Gatta and 31st for Erica Edda Ratti-Alice Tamburini.