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Platu 25 World Championship at Curonian Lagoon, Lithuania

by Aiste Noreikaite 30 Aug 05:43 PDT 22-28 August 2021
Race start at the Platu 25 World Championship © Augustas Didz?galvis

The new Platu 25 World Champions were decided in Lithuanian sailing Mecca - Curonian Lagoon. Despite a year of delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Platu 25 World Championship finally took place in novel, challenging waters of the exceptionally beautiful Curonian Lagoon in Lithuania from 22nd to 28th of August.

After almost a week of racing in various conditions, Estonian team "Penelope" with the skipper Mati Sepp became the new "Platu 25" World Champions. Silver was gained by the Italian team "Euz II Villa Schinosa" (skipper - Francesco Lanera), and bronze went to Lithuanian team "White Whale" and their skipper Raimondas Šiugždinis.

"It's hard to describe the feeling, but it's amazing. Because it's not just about the one day. It's a big work of many years of establishing knowledge and capability to win the title and holding one's nerve during this regatta, so it really feels amazing.

And I am really grateful that at least somebody is organizing something. Because this fear (of covid-19) in sailing community is big. Almost all major races are cancelled. So, when somebody is brave enough to organize something, it's only cheers for them. And this is a really nice event organized at highest level"- said Mati Sepp, the new "Platu 25" world champion.

The event that was planned to occur in 2020 and was postponed due to the pandemic, this year was hosted by a marvelous town Nida, situated in a narrow peninsula between the Baltic Sea and Curonian Lagoon. Ten races in five days took place in the waters of the Lagoon that are beloved by Lithuanian sailors, yet still undiscovered by the world.

"We had a really wonderful racing week from light to really strong winds, so all the participants had a chance to evaluate their mastery in different conditions. Many Lithuanian regattas and championships take place in Nida - among them the biggest Lithuanian sailing event "Curonian Lagoon regatta" and national sailing championships for Olympic sailing classes. Hence, we wanted to show that the place has sailing conditions and has developed all the infrastructure needed for the sailing events of such caliber, and I believe we succeeded", - said the "Platu 25" World Championship 2021 organizer, the president of sailing club "Gero vejo klubas" Mantas Klimantavicius.

In addition, all the participants had a chance for an unforgettable experience of authentic Lithuanian nature - sand dunes, white beaches, pine forests.

The World Championship gathered 32 teams from different countries. Among them - last year's champions Italian team "Euz II Villa Schinosa" with Francesco Lanera, who gained silver, Lithuanian "Platu 25" championship winners "White Whale" with Raimondas Šiugždinis who gained bronze, and others. In the final top ten there five Lithuanian teams, three teams from Ukraine, one Italian and one Estonian team.

The event has also gathered an experienced international Jury including Stavros Kouris from Greece, Josep Straus from Belgium, Neven Baran from Croatia, Andrejs Berzinš from Latvia and Vilius Tamkvaitis from Lithuania. Technical Committee Chairman for this event will be Dimitris Dimou from Greece and Principal Race Officer - Madis Ausman from Estonia.

"Today Nida is the witness that our class has lots of high-level sailors and great enthusiasm. I think that now the Baltic region is the heart of the class. Any sailing class for its existence needs people that are actively sailing, new ideas, new communication and I think that I have found everything of that here in Nida, so, I really do trust in the future of this class",- said Edoardo Barni, the President of the International "Platu 25" Class Association.

"Platu 25" World Championship 2021 was organized by Lithuanian "Platu 25" Association and sailing club "Gero Vejo Klubas" and accompanied by "World Sailing", "International Platu 25 Class Association" and Lithuanian Yachting Union.

The championship was organized according to all the "Covid-19" safety protocols and ensuring the safety of teams and organizers.

Full results can be found here...

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