From Norway to Israel, from Portugal to Poland, 236 racers from 22 countries made their way to Varkiza, Greece, from 20st to 27th October for the last big international competition of the 2018 Techno 293 season. Four titles were up for grabs during an intense week of action on the water and on dry land: Junior (Under 15) Boys and Girls, and Youth (Under 17) Boys and Girls.
From flat calm to battering wind, from warm sun to cold drizzle, the weather dished the riders up a bit of everything at this beautiful stretch of water, situated on the coast about thirty kilometres south of Athens. The Race Committee, from the vantage point of their impressive catamaran, made sure that each class got to race the maximum possible each day. They even had them racing when the anemometer flirting with the 30 knots mark, giving the riders a chance to push their Techno skills to the max! It was a fantastic week of racing, in air/sea temperatures (24/25C) that must have made all the folks back home in the north wish they’d made the trip… Back on the beach, our Greek hosts’ hospitality and friendliness made sure that the week’s sporting festival was a huge success. A winning formula that has made Techno 293 a worldwide success for nearly 15 years. The words of Youth Olympic Games gold medallist, Russia’s Yana Reznikova, put it perfectly: “We’ve all loved every day we’ve spent here. Strong wind, light wind, who cares? We just want more!”
Under 17 Boys. After his victory at the Youth Olympics, we were expecting big things from home-boy, Greece’s Alexandros Kalpoginnakis, and he didn’t disappoint. After a jet-lagged first race, he then showed his total mastery of the waves, winning all three races the next day when the wind was very strong. He was followed all the way by the Israeli duo, Daniel Tashtash and Roi Hillel, but there was nothing they could do to prevent him taking the crown.
Under 17 Girls. This was a week-long ding-dong between Youth Olympics silver medallist, France’s Manon Pianazza, and the Israeli rider Sharon Kantor, the lead swapping hands after nearly every race. Sharon hung in to win by just a single point. In third place was the Russian, Reznikova, coming on very strong towards the end with wins in the last two races.
Under 15 Boys. The top three places were wide open almost all week, between Poland’s Konrad Machura, Italy’s Alessandro Melis, and Briton Boris Shaw, who were mostly in charge all through the week. The final outcome: 1st Konrad Machura, 2nd Boris Shaw, and 3rd Alessandro Melis.
Under 17 Girls. Israel’s Mika Kafri spent the week comfortably in front of her nearest rivals, team-mate Amit Segev, and Poland’s Aleksandra Wasiewicz. Wasiewicz was some way behind at the beginning of the week, but then made a massive come-back to worry Kafri on the last day with victory in both races. Remember these names, the new guard are on their way and we’ll be seeing much more of all these youngsters again in the coming seasons, mark my words!
The full results, as well as photo and video galleries, are all available on the event website, class by class.
Photo credits ©Patrick Pollak