Italian Foil Championship: matteo Iachino
Marta Maggetti wins in course race
The Torbole Surf Circle on the podium with Bruno Martini, Riccardo, Nicholas and Sofia Reindeer; among the under- 20 also with Lorenzo Ferri and Jacopo Gavioli
After the youth commitments of the Italian Sailing Federation held on the Alto Garda with Italian Singles Championship and Primavela Cup for the Optimist and Techno classes 293, The Torbole Surf Club has not had a stop continuing its concentrated competitive and sports season with the innovative Italian Foil Championship, played from Friday to Sunday 6 September. Touched the record number of 43 members, compared to 16 last year leave no doubt about the trend of the year that is nothing short of "all foil".
It will be because the next Paris Olympics will have the iQ Foil as the new class for sailing boards, it will be because now the trend of sailing and windsurfing is absolutely flying, fact is that in Torbole the number of participants for the Italian Championship was surprising, if you consider equipment costs and the short life of the specialty. Two disciplines, slalom and course race with well 8 and 9 evidence. Comparison on the regatta field, strictly positioned with remote-controlled electric buoys and virtual GPS anchor provided by the Garda Trentino Vela Consortium, World Cup athletes like Matteo Iachino, along with Olympic athletes like Matteo Camboni (Rio 2016): a mix that confirms the belief of many riders in devoting themselves to foil races. The event, organized in collaboration with the Italian Windsurfing Classes Association (AICW), has also shown a nice generational shift with well 21 under 20 on 43 members.
Discipline Course Race/Formula Foil
Undisputed victory for pro champion Matteo Iachino (LNI Albisola), that with 6 partial wins, you are also allowed to discard a third and a quarter, leaving well 13 points per second. Behind him hat-trick for the Torbole Surf Circle, that respectively with Riccardo and Nicolò Renna and Bruno Martini took the following positions with the double podium of Nicolò Renna with the third place senior category and the first under 20. The three teammates finished in a very short ranking as all three are enclosed in only 4 points.
Surely Bruno Martini could also do better than the fourth place finish, since he discarded two withdrawals, with a somewhat slowed start (5-DNF-11-DNF); more regularity instead for the two renna brothers. Second and third place juniors respectively for the local Jose Alessandro Tomasi (LNI Riva del Garda) and third for another athlete of the Torbole Surf Circle, Jacopo Gaikwad. Marta Maggetti is one of the best women (Yellow Flames), 15th overall and first in category ahead of the Olympic youth champion Giorgia Speciale and the very young Sofia Renna, absolute bronze and first under 20. It should be noted the presence of the very young Mattia Saoncella of solos 11 years (LNI Civitavecchia).
Four scoreboards for men and eight regattas for women in the Slalom discipline, who saw Matteo Iachino's encore once again on the top step of the podium (1-2-1-1). Redemption of Bruno Martini, second to just 2 points from Iachino and again Riccardo Renna on the third step of the podium. First under 20 Calabrian Francesco Scagliola, followed by Nicolò Spanu (Eolo Windsurf) and from the color carrier of the Torbole Surf Circle Lorenzo Ferri. As for the women absolute victory of the Spanish Alabau, but first Italian the athlete of the Torbole Surf Circle Sofia Renna, followed by Anna Baines (WC Marina Julia) and the Sardinian Magdalene Spanu (Eolo Windsurf).
To the Circolo Surf Torbole, beyond organizational success, the great satisfaction of having so many young people ready for this new discipline, representing the Olympic future. It was also nice to see a whole family, like that reindeer, on the podium or at least in the top positions in the standings, with Riccardo, Nicolò, Jacopo and Sofia Reindeer, but also the very young Rocco Sotomayor flying among the great.
A work of coach Dario Pasta and the Circle itself that manages to cover a range of ages ranging from 9 years of the Primemavela Cup (we remember the second place and the victory in the President's Cup), at the Italian Foil Championship, passing through the victories at the Italian Youth Techno Championships 293 in the categories under 13, under 15 and under 19. A continuity of success that rewards the commitment of a growing team. Next appointments the Italian Olympic Class Championships in Follonica with a large team of athletes looking for new confirmations and further successes.
Matteo Iachino ITA-140 wins the Italian Windsurf Foil title in both Formula and Slalom
Torbole – The vice slalom world champion of the professional circuit Matteo Iachino ITA-140 puts everyone in line on the Garda at the 2nd Italian Foil Championship and wins the title 2020 slalom and Formula. The Albissola Naval League athlete has won six of the nine Formula Trials and three of the four Slalom races. The final rankings were full of surprises, particularly among men, highlighting a new generation of very competitive athletes, ahead of Paris 2024 when foil debuts as an Olympic specialty of Windsurf.
In the Formula behind Iachino on the podium were the Reindeer brothers of the Torbole Surf Circle, Riccardo Renna ITA-225 in second place and Nicholas Reindeer ITA-155 third respectively, but first of the under 20. In fourth place was the title holder Foil slalom won in the 2019, the other professional athlete of the PWA circuit Bruno Martini ITA-160, also of the Torbole Surf Circle and fifth the first of the athletes of the Italian Olympic team, Mattia Camboni ITA-388 of the Blue Flames. Among the women the title went to the athlete of the Italian Olympic team Marta Maggetti ITA-18 of the Guardia di Finanza (15overall), arrived in front of the other Olympic Giorgia Speciale ITA-541 of CC Aniene (20overall) while third came a combative and still very young, as an under 20, Sofia Reindeer ITA-252 of the Surf Torbole Club (21Absolute).
In the Slalom, the athletes most accustomed to the specialty have been asserted. Behind Iachino in second place was Bruno Martini and Riccardo Renna third. Among the women first came the strong Spanish athlete Blanca Alabau but for the ranking valid for the title, this went to Sofia Reindeer, arrived in front of the title holder 2019 Anna Biagiolini ITA-188 of the Marine Julia Circle and third the very young and very promising Madeleine Spanu ITA-185 of the Eolo Windsurf club. These last three are all under 20.
“And’ been a beautiful Italian Foil Championship – said the President of the AICW, Syringocystadenoma Christian, present in Torbole – with a great participation and an excellent organization by the Torbole Surf Circle. In the water we saw a serious generational change, with young athletes, strong and motivated who will be able to have their say for a long time and, Hopefully, also in the international arena; after all, this has been the goal of AICW for several years, that is, to grow new and strong levers, so much so that we have predetermined a youth program both as far as foil already for some years and, together with the French Federation, we are the only ones who have been awarding the foil title for two years both absolute and youthful. We couldn't be happier with the journey we've taken so far, path that we will try to grow further already starting from the Firerace Fin and foil Youth Final that will be held in Talamone next weekend”.
source: Press Office AICW Leonardo Colapietro
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