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.
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
TOP SPEED OF THE DAY
29.06 kt by DutchSail- Janssen de Jong
Text Credits: Conrad Colman
Photo Credits: Marta Rovatti Studihrad / 69Fmedia