And the winners are...


A Dutchman and four windsurfers from home, in Mondello, are the new world champions of the Windsurfer class. With the eighth race this afternoon the curtain has fallen on the course-race, while Sunday it will be the spectacular fleet race with 350 participants at the start, in the long distance to close the program of the event organized at the club Albaria.

In the summary, the titles went to Marco Casagrande (club Albaria) in the light category, the Dutch Stephan Van den Berg, gold in Los Angeles, for the medium-light, to Alessandro Alberti (Clubino del Mare) among the medium-heavy, to Riccardo Giordano (Albaria) in the heavy and to Marsala Laura Linares (Roggero di Lauria) in the women’s ranking. For the home surfers to add the amazing performance of the fourteen-year-old from Palermo Blasco Aronica (Cv Sferracavallo), sixth overall among the lightweight, but winner of the under 15 ranking.
Saturday’s last race, the eighth race of the calendar, did not change the rankings, already consolidated by Friday’s races. The Roman Andrea Marchesi held the second place in the light, behind Casagrande resisting the return of the French Belot and the Australian Gourlay. Instead, behind the unattainable Van den Berg, the Frenchman Delapierre overtook the Tuscan Alessandro Torzoni. Excellent recovery of Antonino Cangemi from Palermo up to the fourth place.

He tried until the last, but in vain, Marco Ferrera (Albaria) the arduous task of recovering Alessandro Alberti, in excellent shape after the tricolor won in September in Vieste. No problem Giordano, twice Olympic. The previous advantage kept him safe from the Dutch Elfing and Frenchman Lacadre.
Finally the great return to success pearl Marsala Linares who has mastered the Gulf of Mondello without being worried by the youngest opponents, the Sardinian Roberta Piras and the junior Roman Rachele Balini. The titles of the men’s slalom (in the late afternoon of today) and the long race between Mondello and Isola delle Femmine remain to be awarded.

With these two tests will end the 48 championship of the world of the historic windsurfer class, the most practiced ever. An event with 350 athletes competing in 25 nations that will go down in history for the size of the numbers and also for the fact that some nautical circles of Palermo together with the leader Albaria, have made net. From the Roggero of Lauria, to the Clubino of the Sea, to the Palermo Naval League with the support and the collaboration of the Italo-Belgian society and finally with the support of the Department of Sport of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Tourism Department of the Sicilian Region.


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Source: Windsurfer World Championships
Photos: Max Quila

tags: Windsurfer World Championships Albaria Mondello

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