World Youth Radial, a great Planchestainer takes silver!


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It ended in Mussanah (Oman), the Laser Radial Youth World Championship with a great performance of our Gianmarco Planchestainer, second overall and in first place among the Under-17s. The young athlete of Fraglia Vela Malcesine, who on the eve of the last day of racing (two final races) was leading the provisional overall standings, a leadership then lost due to a disqualification in the ninth race of the series in which he ran for not completing a penalty, today managed to regain one position (from third to second) thanks to two excellent results (tenth and fifth) and missed the overall victory, which went to Hungary’s Benjamin Vadnai by only one point. In third place was Switzerland’s Sebastien Schneiter, four points behind the young blue.


Six other Italians in the regatta finished the World Championship with these results: Matteo Sammarco 15th (sixth Under 17), Davide Cuppone 19th, Luca Rosetti 26th, Roberto Pollara 36th, Nicolò Gueltrini 44th and Francesco Murgia 46th.


“I am really happy, very happy,” said Alessandra Sensini, Technical Director of the National Youth Sailing Team. “Gianmarco is a very young boy, he has held his own against more experienced sailors and he made the Under 19 team, despite being an Under 17, at our express wish after careful technical observation, even though he did not have the requirements, i.e., the results of the last regattas, to be part of it. We believed in him, because he has great potential, and he responded great. Sorry for yesterday’s disqualification, but that’s part of the game and will surely help Gianmarco to grow further.”

January 2 – Excellent news comes from Mussanah (Oman), where the penultimate day of racing at the Laser Radial Youth World Championship took place today: Gianmarco Planchestainer (class of 1997), the holder of Fraglia Vela Malcesine, regained the lead in the men’s rankings, thanks to his regularity of results, race after race. With scores of 2-2-2-19-2-4-19-4-9-10, the young Garda athlete, with one day (and, presumably, two trials) to go in the event, leads by four lengths over Hungary’s Benjamin Vadnai (11-4-8-3-15-5-1-17-5-2). Dropping to third is former leader in the rankings, Switzerland’s Sebastien Schneiter, who was penalized by a black flag early start disqualification in round 9. We just have to hold our breath and cheer for Gianmarco, who is also abundantly in the lead in the Under-17 rankings (a full 15 points ahead of Jonatan Vadnai, Benjamin’s brother, in fifth place).

Jan. 1-There is an Italian making waves in Oman, where the Laser Radial Youth World Championships are being held in Mussanah. His name is Gianmarco Planchestainer, he is a 1997 class athlete on the strength of Fraglia Vela Malcesine and currently holds the second position in the rankings after seven trials, with one day to go before the conclusion of the event. And to think that he had started out in the lead, with three second places in the first three trials (followed by a discarded nineteenth, another second, a fourth, and another nineteenth): the Swiss Sebastien Schneiter overtook him by virtue of the discard (the Swiss in fact got rid of a forty-second place), but the games remain as wide open as ever.

Planchestainer follows just two points behind (there are still two trials left today and two more scheduled for tomorrow, Friday), so the “hit” is within reach. However, the young Garda virgula (abundantly in the lead in the ranking reserved for the Under-17s, nine points ahead of his direct pursuer) will have to watch his back: the Hungarian Benjamin Vadnai is only one length behind and appeared to be on the rise, winning the last round. The other Italians competing are Matteo Sammarco, currently in eleventh place (fifth among the Under-17s); Davide Cuppone, twenty-second; Luca Rosetti, in thirty-first place; Roberto Pollara, at step 38; Francesco Murgia, forty-second; and Nicolò Gueltrini, in forty-seventh place. There are 51 total athletes competing in the men’s category. Among the girls, there are no Italians competing. For the record, Finland’s Monika Mikkola leads the ranking.



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