French Espoir Championship – 20-25 August 2022 – Martigues

Thursday 25th August 2022. Results are not just down to the generation as evidenced by these young sailors from Yacht Club de Monaco, flying the flag to the highest level with the France Espoir Champion title in ILCA 4 (former Laser 4.7). That was the title awarded to Noah Garcia from the Sports Section who leaves this event in Martigues with honours.


Promising beginnings

It was at a Summer Camp in 2016 when the very young Noah, like other kids before him, discovered sailing on Optimists. He progressed rapidly up the rankings, gaining experience with every season and clearly enjoying himself. If there is one over-riding trait in his character it’s his good nature. Sailing to win, yes, but always for fun!

After coming 2nd in the 2019 Monaco Optimist Team Race, that same year he won the YCM Youth Awards prize presented by YCM President, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.



ILCA 4 focus

When Noah switched to ILCA 4 in September 2021, his enthusiasm did not wane, the ever-present desire for victory and his potential consolidating his ambition. He came 6th in his very first regatta in this class, racking up podium finishes at Mediterranean Championships, league finals, etc. including a well-deserved 4th place in the French Internationals at Thonon-les-Bains mid-July this year. The level is there, all that remained was to turn that potential into a winner of a French Championship.

After ten races and a windy regatta, Noah won the title: “The first two days we had steady 15 and 25 knot winds,” says the champion, always with his eye on the competition. “Yesterday was decisive but it all went well in the end. I’m super happy to have won”. A humble assessment of a great result, as he was 8 points ahead of 2nd and 60 points from 3rd. “He managed it all so well, he was quick and very consistent. At this level, the slightest mistake can be costly,” said his proud coach Marco Superina

A united team

While Noah’s performance confirms the championship level, the rest of the YCM team also did the Club proud. In the same class Matteo Asscher finished 7th, narrowly missing the podium. In ILCA 6 Mathis Duplomb came 12th and Bodhi Van der Linden 14th, while in ILCA 7, Thomas Mangano clinched 5th ahead of Davide Marino in 9th. In Nacra 15, Luca Frederiksen/François Lamy did well to finish 7th, with Louise Debeaumont and Julian Choquenet 19th, Namu Van der Linden sailing with Lea Scano 32nd, and the Romane Flaujac / Valentine Basire pairing 34th.

It’s back to school for these youngsters in September, while the adults are busy fine-tuning their preparations for the J/70 World Championship, held for the first time in Monaco 14-22 October 2022.