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Youth Foiling Gold Cup Act 2 - Qualifying Day 3: Garda Il Magnifico!

by 69F Sailing 19 Aug 11:16 BST 13-26 August 2021
Youth Foiling Gold Cup Act 2 © 69F Sailing

Lake Garda finally fulfilled its promise as one of the best sailing venues in the world and the Persico 69F fleet ran off seven races in perfect conditions. The experienced teams and newcomers alike flew over the waves and the racing tightened as more crews master the finer details of their flying craft.

Team DutchSail- Janssen de Jong continued their perfect score, winning the four races they sailed. Behind them, Team France, Young Azzurra and Okalys Youth Project are separated by only five points so the fight for the podium will be intense.

Following the flying four, the remaining six teams are all new and are still finding their feet. In talking with the teams, they all look for comparable boats ("the Perscio 69F is like a sportsboat, 49er and a Moth in a blender") but inevitably come up short.

In truth, it is a unique and exciting platform that has plenty of its own eccentricities and rewards experience on foiling boats. The new teams still have two more days in the qualifying round to refine their technique before the pressure mounts in the knockout round.

Conrad Colman: "We did good starts today and on the first reach we were fast, often in the second position. We don't have a lot of experience yet but when we were foiling today we were having a lot of fun."

See the full interview on Instagram.

Overall Ranking

54.0pts - Dutch Sail - Janssen De Jong
39.0pts - Team France
38.0pts - Young Azzurra
34.0pts - Okalys Youth Project
28.0pts - Fraglia Vela Riva
26.5pts - Amor
21.5pts - Falconeri Fvm Team
18.0pts - Katana Sailing Team
17.5pts - Magenta
11.0pts - Sail America

For more information and full results visit 69fsailing.com

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