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An action-packed final day with the victory of the italian Marco Gallo

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The Monaco Europa Cup - Laser - 2016
The Monaco Europa Cup - Laser - 2016

An action-packed final day with the victory of the italian Marco Gallo



Monaco, 4th December 2016. A stiff easterly blowing up to 20 knots greeted the 230 sailors from 11 nationalities divided into five categories on the third and last day of the Monaco Europa Cup, more than fulfilling everyone’s expectations.

The Laser Standard category opened the ball with three back-to-back races. Despite a line that favoured the pin end, no-one attempted to start on port. And once again it was the Italian Marco Gallo, the big favourite with two run-ups to the Olympics under his belt (2012 and 2016) who dominated from start to finish followed by his compatriot Nicolo Villa and then the Russian Maxim Nikolaev.

Youthful enthusiasm

The Laser 4.7 Boys, the youngest at the event, proved a little too over-enthusiastic resulting in several general recalls that sorted out the rankings from the start, as many ended up being black-flagged and disqualified. Francesco Viel won the event ahead of Alessandro Fornasari, followed by Simone Scarpetta. In the same category for the Girls, Federica Cattarozzi topped the leader board in the final overall ranking.

Girls on top

In the Laser Radial, where girls and boys were sailing together, the girls were on a par with the boys in the first two races despite the tough conditions. It was an all-Italian finale for the boys with Guido Gallinaro snatching victory from under the noses of Paolo Giargia and Jacopo Scornaienghi. In the Girls, the Swiss Maud Jayet beat Carolina Albano and Valentina Balbi who put up a great fight, showing impressive mastery of tactics and techniques.

For the Monegasques, there was satisfaction as two of the youngsters from the YCM’s Sports Section made it into the Top 10, with Jérémy Moutout clinching 8th and Nicolas Rolaz 10th. It was an encouraging result for Jérémy who flies out on Saturday to Auckland in New Zealand for the Youth Sailing World Championship, on from 14th to 20th December.

A fine weekend for racing, but also families and reunions for people like Thierry Peyre, who was here 17 years ago for the last winter Laser regatta organised in Monaco. The former YCM sailor was competing this weekend as a senior, while his children Manon and Théo were making their debut in the Laser 4.7. Proof that the Laser continues to attract and train generations of youngsters.

Provisional final rankings


Laser Standard:

1st Marco Gallo – ITA – 6 points

2nd Nicolo Villa – ITA – 9 points

3rd Maxim Nikolaev – RUS – 14 points


Laser Radial Boys:

1st Guido Gallinaro – ITA – 5 points

2nd Paolo Giargia – ITA – 6 points

3rd Jacopo Scornaienghi – ITA – 14 points


Laser Radial Girls:

1st Maud Jayet – SUI – 5 points

2nd Carolina Albano – ITA – 6 points

3rd Valentina Balbi – ITA – 6 points


Laser 4.7 Boys:

1st Francesco Viel – ITA – 8 points

2nd Alessandro Fornasari – ITA – 10 points

3rd Simone Scarpetta – ITA – 19 points


Laser 4.7 Girls:

1st Federica Cattarozzi – ITA– 4 points

2nd Elisa Navoni – ITA – 7 points

3rd Alice Cortesi – ITA – 9 points

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