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2021 Formula Kite U19 and A's Youth Foil Worlds in Gizzeria - Day 2

by The International Kiteboarding Association 16 Jul 10:39 BST 12-18 July 2021
2021 Formula Kite U19 and A's Youth Foil Worlds in Gizzeria - Day 2 © IKA / Giovanni Mitolo

Another windy, wet and wild day on the water for the 65 young athletes competing at the 2021 Formula Kite U19 and A's Youth Foil World Championship in Gizzeria, Italy.

Yesterday's very strong breeze kept on blowing during the night and picked up as the sun came out in the morning. It was still more than 20 knots average when the first kiters showed up on the beach at Hang Loose Beach, with gusts of 25 and waves. It lightened up as the day went by and all of the three fleets finished four fair and fun races and the overall ranking is shaping up for Sunday's Medal Series.

The women - hard to call them so as the oldest ones are 18 years old - were the first to hit the water around midday and the Polish supremacy was right there to see, with the top three athletes, all coming from Poland, battling it out for the top spot. Julia Damasiewicz, Magdalena Woyciechowska and Nina Arcisz are all within 12 points on the provisional podium.

"I've started kiting five years ago and I've loved it since then, it is my biggest passion" commented 17-year-old Nina. "There is a nice group of riders in Polonia, we all train together and compete at the Polish Cup from May to August. It's great, the sport keeps us close, we fight on the water, but we are a team and when we are not sailing we hang out together".

It is great to see so many young girls racing in Gizzeria, they have their own fleet in the Formula Kite with 17 brave and fiery competitors, and in the A's Youth Foil three girls are sailing with the boys, all under 17 plus 11-year-old Karolina Jankowska, also from the 'rider farm' in Poland.

In the men's Formula Kite the battle for first is being fought between Maximilian Maeder (SGP) and Riccardo Pianosi (ITA), with the latter still in second place four points behind. They both claimed two bullets each today and, as it was for last week's event, it will all come down to the very last day. Third spot for the Dutch sailor Jis Van Hess, only seven points from Riccardo.

In the A's Youth Foil Jan Koszowski is still the leader of the ranking, after three wins he had to throw off a DNC in the last race, leaving some room to Mikhail Novikov (RYF) and Angelo Soli (ITA), who close the temporary podium all within eight points. Enzo Louber (FRA) is the best Under 15 rider and Gal Boker (ISR) is the fastest girl, but there are many races to be sailed between now and Sunday and with different conditions the results might change.

The breeze is supposed to keep on lightening up tonight, and tomorrow, a nice 15 knot wind should be on the racecourse for some champagne riding.

Formula Kite Male Results after four races

1 SGP 80 Maximilian Maeder 6 pts
2 ITA 38 Riccardo Pianosi 10 pts
3 NED 11 Jis van Hees 17 pts
4 POL 37 Jakub Jurkowski 21 pts
5 NED 58 Sam Aben 34 pts

Formula Kite Female Results after four races

1 POL 18 Julia Damasiewicz 6 pts
2 POL 7 Magdalena Woyciechowska 11 pts
3 POL 4 Nina Arcisz 12 pts
4 FRA 25 Heloise Pegourie 13 pts
5 FRA 22 Zoe Boutang 14 pts

Full results

A's Youth Foil Results after four races

1 POL 50 Jan Koszowski 6 pts
2 RYF 17 Mikhail Novikov 11 pts
3 ITA 75 Angelo Soli 14 pts
4 BEL 57 Daan Baute 22 pts
5 NED 48 Duuk van Hees 26 pts

Full results

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