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Youth Foiling Gold Cup Act 2 - Qualifying Day 7: Three teams out

by 69F Sailing 24 Aug 05:58 BST 13-26 August 2021
Youth Foiling Gold Cup Act 2 © 69F Sailing

This evening, three teams are heading home as the rest of the fleet gear up for two intense days of sailing in the finals. Before the axe fell, it was quite the last day on Lake Garda with 180-degree wind shifts and puffy, unstable wind that kept the teams fighting for position until the line.

In race one, the wind transitioned from the northerly Pelèr wind to the southerly Ora wind and turned the last upwind leg into a second run. The transition spread the fleet out, and all hope looked to be lost for Magenta until they caught the new wind first and roared back from last to finish third!

Proving that no one was safe from a bad race, Young Azzurra, one of the favourites, won the start of first race of the final round, only to fall to second to last. Amor was last in that race but fought back from a poor position to take second in the last race of the day, proving that you should never ever give up!

"We survived elimination! It has been hard times for us because the level [in the fleet] is very high. But we made it, thank God.

Things with the team are going really well now. We have improved our communication race by race. Alessandra [Dubbini] is now doing a really awesome performance as mainsail trimmer, and we're gaining more speed upwind. Seb [Cettul] is really good downwind, we're really fast now."

Margherita Porro

Amor team made it to the finals but the young Swiss Katana Sailing Team, the local Malcesine Falconeri FVM Team and Magenta were eliminated in the knockouts and will head home early.

"We have been able to survive the first two KO but, unexpectedly, we found ourselves out of the competition after the very last race of the KO... Concerning this experience and the future, I think we learned a lot from each other, particularly communications and teamwork. When you think like a team you can sort anything out and focus on sailing, which is all that matters!"

Clelia Sessa

Knockout Round 2

16 Fraglia Vela Riva
15 Okalys Youth Project
10 Magenta
9 Amor
5 Falconeri FVM Team (eliminated)
2 Katana Sailing Team (eliminated)

Knockout Round 3

14 Team France
13 Fraglia Vela Riva
11Young Azzurra
10 Okalys Youth Project
8 Amor
7 Magenta (eliminated)

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