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2022 Foiling Week on Lake Garda - Record number of entries for the ninth edition

by Foiling Week 29 Jun 2022 13:19 BST 30 June - 3 July 2022
2021 Foiling Week © Martina Orsini / Foiling Week

Foiling Week 2022 regattas begin tomorrow, June 30, and until Sunday, July 3, Fraglia Vela Malcesine will host more than 200 foilers from 21 nations around the world.

  • Over 200 registrants representing 21 nations, it's the Foiling Week with the highest attendance ever
  • 14 forums with international guests will explore the evolution of foil, sustainability and gender equality
  • Sumoth Challenge, second edition, the world's great universities challenge each other to design and build the fastest of boats while respecting environmental sustainability
  • Foiling Film Festival, first edition - world premiere of docu-film on Flyingnikka

For the first time in nine editions, the organizers found themselves forced to impose a maximum limit on entries, confirming the growing attention this kermesse continues to receive from flying boat enthusiasts around the world.

Absolute record number of participants divided this year into five classes: Moth, WASZP, ONEFLY, ETF26 and Wingfoil.

The Moth class, which has always been the queen of Foiling Week, registers more than 70 entries and excellent names such as Ruggero Tita, Nacra Gold Medalist at the Tokyo 2022 Olympics together with Caterina Banti. Britons Dylan Fletcher, Gold in the Men's 49er class in Tokyo in 2020 and Paul Goodison, Laser Olympic Champion in 2008 in Beijing and Moth World Champion right here in Malcesine in 2017.

In the WASZP class, which was first introduced at Foiling Week in 2016, there are more than 60 athletes at the start.

Conceived for absolute speed and inspired by the multihulls of the 34th America's Cup, there will be 8 ETF26 catamarans on the starting line this year, for the third time scheduled at Foiling Week.

More than 20 athletes are registered in the Wingfoil class, the booming new board trend that combines windsurfing, kitesurfing and foiling. You fly over the water dragged by a very light inflatable structure wing standing on a very compact foiling board.

During the week, the public in attendance will have the opportunity to test sail numerous foil classes following reservations.

As for the innovative SuMoth Challenge project, in its second edition, there are four boats submitted to the final stage by as many universities: PoliTo Sailing Team (Turin, Italy), Rafale ETS Montreal (Montreal, Canada), Soton SuMoth Team (Southampton, UK), PoliMi Sailing Team (Milan, Italy). An innovative academic year-long project involving the design, planning, engineering and production of a functioning, high-performance monohull foiler boat inspired by principles of sustainability and low construction costs.

Fourteen forums are scheduled from Thursday, June 30th to Saturday, July 2nd and moderated by New York Times sailing editor Chris J. Museler.

State-of-the-art foiling, academic design, innovation, sustainability, gender equality and disability will be addressed. Moments where it will be possible to listen, ask questions and meet with certain leading experts in these areas. It will be possible to follow the forums through the individual links below, in case of problems please refer to the links from the website or via Facebook and Instagram.

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