The EUROSAF Mixed Offshore European Championship, sailed as part of the Nastro Rosa Tour 2021, brought another two medals for the home teams.
It was an impressive series of three wins in the three legs for Cecilia Zorzi and Alberto Bona from Italy. Despite the clear lead on paper, every single stage victory was a hard-fought, sporting success. Especially the Belgian team challenged the new European Champions from the first until the last mile. „It was a very demanding regatta, both physically and mentally. As the event progressed, the crews became more confident in handling the Beneteau Figaro 3 and improved their performance significantly“, said Zorzi after finishing the event in Naples. While Gerckens/Faguet (BEL) took silver, the bronze medal also went to Italy. The team from Marina Militär, represented by Giovanna Valsecchi and Andrea Pendibene started with a 7th place into the championship but made it on the podium with places 2 and 3 in the following races.
EUROSAF President Josep M. Pla and Vice-President Pınar Coşkuner Genç were present, joining the opening and prize giving ceremony and also supporting the race management team of the Nastro Rosa Tour.
First World Championship right after the Europeans
Another three legs, finishing in Venice, Italian team Claudia Rossi & Pietro D'Alì have been crowned winners of the 2021 Hempel Mixed Two Person Offshore World Championship after a hard-fought final leg to Venice. Finishing runner-up was the other Italian team, ITA2 Marina Militare sailed by Giovanna Valsecchi & Andrea Pendibene. Two Italian teams winning on home waters doesn’t tell the story of how close this championship was between the 10 teams representing eight nations. Team Belgium (Sophia Faguet & Jonas Gerckens) ran the winners very close for overall victory but had to settle for third overall.
Final Results European Championship
Gold: Alberto Bona / Cecilia Zorzi (ITA)
Silver: Jonas Gerckens / Sophie Faguet (BEL)
Bronze: Andrea Pendibene / Giovanna Valsecchi (ITA)
Final Results World Championship
Gold: Claudia Rossi / Pietro D'Alì (ITA)
Silver: Andrea Pendibene / Giovanna Valsecchi (ITA)
Bronze: Jonas Gerckens / Sophie Faguet (BEL)