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Liberty Bitcoin Moth Cup - Day 4

by Liberty Bitcoin Fund 5 Jul 18:16 BST
Nicolai Jabcobsen (HKG). Liberty Bitcoin Moth Cup, Foiling Week 2021. © Martina Orsini / Foiling Week

The final day of the Foiling Week and the Liberty Bitcoin Moth Cup arrived with an unpredictable wind forecast as rain was expected to come in at midday.

However, Luca Rizzotti and his team hosting the Foiling Week and the Liberty Bitcoin Moth Cup did a brilliant job and they managed to arrange three races in solid conditions gusting up to 18-20 knots wind before the rain came in at 3 P.M. at Lake Garda.

Tom Slingsby (36) got off to, for him a somewhat unexpected start of the day with a 6th in the first race. But he soon got back on track with two striking wins! With 8 wins out of 11 possible and 10 points in total, Tom not only took home the first prize in the Liberty Bitcoin Moth Cup, but he also remains the bookmaker's favourite for the upcoming Moth World Championship in September 2021. "This was really a good test for all-rounders. Most importantly I had the speed, and that makes life pretty easy," said Tom Slingsby.

Well done Tom and sincere congratulations on taking home the Liberty Bitcoin Moth Cup - Foiling Week 2021 trophy!

Ruggero Tita (29) delivered another three races with consistent top results: 4, 2 and 2! 24 points overall and a strong 2nd place. Ruggero has little time for his other favourite activities during the next few weeks such as kitesurfing, surfing, freeride and paragliding, as he is soon off to the Nacra 17 preparations for the Olympics in Tokyo with his crew Caterina Banti. We are wishing Ruggero and Caterina all the best going for the Gold medal for Italy in the Tokyo Olympics!

Nicolai Jacobsen (19) followed closely to Ruggero with a 3rd and 4th in the first two races, while he discarded a 7th for the series in his last race. With 35 points, the young sailor from Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club finished at the podium at a strong 3rd place. Standing at the podium together with Slingsby and Tita was a dream come through for Nicolai!

Tom Slingsby said afterwards to Sail-World's Guy Nowell: "Nicolai has come in on leaps and bounds in the month I have known him. We did some training together, and the input from his coach Chris Rashley has been huge. Something just clicked and Nicolai was going faster and faster every time he was out on the water. He really is the man to watch in the Moths right now. He has a huge amount of talent and works really hard, and he is only 19. I wish I was 19 all over again..."

Ian Jensen was back with top results today with a 1, 3 and 5. But unfortunately with some boat damages yesterday he carried on too many points to make it to the top of the overall ranking, but clearly the former Olympic Gold medallist and two times World Champion is someone to watch out for at the Moth Worlds in September. Likewise, the Italian superstar and America's Cup helmsman and Prada Cup winner Francesco Bruni was unable to compete today, but will for sure be another favourite for the podium at the World Championship in September.

Thank you all for following foiling and next-generation sailing here with us at the Foiling Week and the Liberty Bitcoin Moth Cup. Stay tuned for more exciting sailing with us soon!

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