Mar del Plata, Argentina – Today, the 2024 ILCA 6 Youth and Men’s World Championship began, organized by the Yacht Club Argentino and the International Laser Class Association in Mar del Plata. This exciting event has 181 competitors from 29 countries.
The day started with clear skies and very strong southwest winds. The first race began with intense winds between 18 and 22 knots, which increased to around 25 knots with gusts of 30 kts for the second race.
Argentinian Francisco “Pancho” Renna secured the first two races of the championship in the Open Men’s category. The Brazilian Antonio Cavalcanti Rosa follows him in second place, and in third place is the Argentinian Pedro Pinto. “The course was very even, and although under these conditions, it usually tends to favor the right side a bit more, it was very evenly matched,” stated Renna after returning to the boat park.
In the Youth Men’s division, Italian Antonio Pascali leads with two first-place finishes. The Brazilian Gustavo Canovas Kiessling finished the day in second place, and completing the top spots is Jake Homberger from the United States in third place.
Italians Ginevra Caracciolo and Maria Vittoria Arseni hold the first and second-place spots in the Youth Women’s fleet, respectively. Notably, Caracciolo won the gold medal in the ILCA 4 Youth World Championship in 2022. In third place is the Ukrainian sailor Alina Shapovalova.
Tomorrow the championship will continue with two qualifying series races for Youth Men’s fleet and two opening series races for the rest.
Text by: ILCA/Yacht Club Argentino
Photos by: Florencia González Alzaga