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Youth Foiling Gold Cup Act 2 - Day 2: Perfect conditions, great racing

by 69F Sailing 26 Aug 01:59 BST 13-26 August 2021
69F Youth Foiling Gold Cup 2021 - Day 2 © Marta Rovatti Studihrad / 69Fmedia

Lake Garda's famous Ora wind kicked into gear, and the 69F fleet took off. The Youth Foiling Gold Cup race committee ran six races in quick succession in the most muscular conditions experienced so far. Afterwards, the sailors were fizzing with excitement but exhausted by their efforts.

The wind reached 15 knots, but the Persico 69F's still managed to double the wind speed with Team Dutchsail- Janssen de Jong touching 29,06 knots of boat speed on the way to winning all the day's races. The Dutch team ruled the fleet from the off, and while their one bad start saw them pass the first mark in fourth, perfectly executed manoeuvres in the strong wind left no doubt about the final result.

One day of racing remains, and the race for second place is heating up. Only half a point separates team France and Young Azzurra after twelve races. However, both teams were inconsistent today, the French alternating between second place and the back end of the fleet, whereas Young Azzurra capsized twice and twice finished in last place.

"We aren't thinking about the ranking, just working to improve every day. We are focussing on arriving at the Super Final in Cagliari in the best condition possible."

Federico Colaninno
Young Azzurra

Following the top three, the locals from Fraglia Vela Riva struggled today in the stronger wind.

"It was the first time all together with so much wind. It makes a big difference. There is no space for mistakes, as every mistake counts. Today, we made too many mistakes!"

Guido Gallinaro
Fraglia Vela Riva

One boat that revelled in the bright sunshine and strong wind was helmed by Italian Olympic Nacra 17 Champion, Ruggero Tita. Freshly returned from taking gold in the Tokyo Olympics, Ruggero was on hand to introduce guests from Algebris Investments, title sponsor of the Youth Foiling Gold Cup, to the unparalleled thrills of foiling sailing.

Finals - Day 2 results

84.0 DutchSail- Janssen de Jong
47.0 Team France
46.5 Young Azzurra
38.0 Fraglia Vela Riva
34.0 Okalys Youth Project
26.0 Amor

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