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Three days filled with wind mark the triumphant conclusion of the Antigua Wingfoil Championship 2024

by Caribbean Foiling 28 Apr 01:57 BST April 25-27, 2024
Antigua Wingfoil Championship © Roddy Grimes-Greame

Three days filled with wind, new records, and camaraderie mark the triumphant conclusion of the second edition of the Antigua Wingfoil Championship 2024 at Antigua Sailing Week.

Local Wingfoiler Idani Edwards emerged as the undisputed star of the event, claiming victory in every race and setting a new long-distance record of just 29 minutes. Reflecting on his success, Idani exclaimed, "I am absolutely thrilled with this event! We had a blast, with fantastic racing and incredible Antiguan conditions!"

Amidst the fun and sportsmanship, competitive spirit also thrived. Frano Tregaskis and Mark Mains showcased impeccable timing at the starting line, while others played it safe to avoid disqualification for jumping the gun.

Over the course of three action-packed racing days, a total of 18 course races and one long-distance race tested the skills of the competitors. Despite fierce competition, the leaderboard remained tightly contested. Sammy Martin secured an impressive overall second place with consistent performance, while Eli Fuller managed to clinch third place, utilizing three discards to discard unfavorable scores. Brimming with his unstoppable energy, Sammy exclaimed, "This is incredible! What a day!"

Arianna Casagrande, the sole female participant in the event, expressed her delight, saying, "I've thoroughly enjoyed this event. It adds a whole new dynamic to Antigua Sailing Week''. The event showcases the fantastic foiling locations Antigua has to offer, with Cades Reef delivering steady winds and perfect conditions.

As the day drew to a close, the Peters & May Round Antigua Race passed by Cades Reef, with black racing sails dotting the horizon alongside the colorful wingfoilers. Hand in hand, we wrap up the event, eagerly awaiting what the future holds for foiling in the Caribbean.

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