Fabien Pianazza: the 2017 Techno 293 European champion | Photo: Techno 293

Israel won three of the four gold medals at stake at the Techno 293 European Championship 2017, in the northwest of France. But it was a local windsurfer who claimed the most coveted title.

The future stars of Olympic windsurfing battled it out for medals in light-to-medium wind conditions throughout the week, in Lorient.

The organization was able to set 12 races in 12-to-16 knots of wind, and an M-shaped course was tested for the first time.

The event attracted 312 windsurfers from 25 nations, and the Israeli athletes proved once again they will be hard to beat in the upcoming competitions.

"It was windy and wavy. The conditions here are superb, and the organization was good. Lorient is an excellent venue for future events. We just need to find more space as the worlds would hopefully bring an even bigger number of sailors than what we had here," noted Ezio Ferin, president of the Techno 293 class.

Fabien Pianazza made his French supporters proud. He took the top honors in Youth Boys, the largest fleet of the competition. His younger sister, who had already won in Brest, introduced him to Techno 293, and now he is also winning titles.

In the remaining divisions - Youth Girls, Junior Boys, and Junior Girls - Linoy Geva, Daniel Basik Tashtash and Daniela Peleg raised the Israeli flag and took home gold medals.

Techno 293 European Championship 2017 | Medals

Youth Boys
1. Fabien Pianazza (FRA)
2. Tomer Vardimon (ISR)
3. Nicolo Renna (ITA)

Youth Girls
1. Linoy Geva (ISR)
2. Faustine Manhes (FRA)
3. Maya Ashkenazi (ISR)

Junior Boys
1. Daniel Basik Tashtash (ISR)
2. Gaspard Carfantan (FRA)
3. Yali Achitov (ISR))

Junior Girls
1. Daniela Peleg (ISR)
2. Mathilde Garandeau (FRA)
3. Sharon Kantor (ISR)