Gia’ Italian overall champion AICW 2019 (www.riwmag.com/carlo-lignola-il-nuovo-campione-overall-aicw-2019/) Carlo Lignola reconfirms himself as Italian overall CHAMPION AICW 2020.
Modest and super passionate about regattas, RIWmag joined him for an interview about his new result.
RIW: Good morning Carlo and welcome back to RIWmag, once again with the crown of the Italian overall champion AICW, in 2020 your second consecutive title. With what absolute results have you managed to regain this title?
Charles Lignola: I'm almost embarrassed to be called Overall Italian Champion 2020, i want to be honest, this year it would really be up to a member of the spanu family (today a real team also seen the presence of the very good Maddalena) in particular Matteo Spanu or his son Nicolò did not win just because the national wave team was not played in Sardinia, and it's clear that otherwise I wouldn't have won this particular title that ultimately ends up rewarding those who try their hand at multiple disciplines rather than the best in a single class.. Obviously I am happy and I will try to repeat myself again next year but if I am beaten by those who deserve it more than me I can only be happy because it will end up making these two victories more important. To be precise these are my results of the 2020: 6° classified in the national formula windsurfing traditional fin, 11° in Coppa Italia of the same category; 18° at the national slalom traditional fin; 19° at the national slalom foil; and a very modest 41° to the national foil formula (Add, for the latter result: without having a fin that lives up to this kind of regattas and does not have the right sails).
RIW: The 2020 it's been a decidedly anomalous year. Covid has turned everyone's life upside down and being able to organize and participate in regattas has been a real challenge. How did you experience your 2020 Competitive?
C.l.: Needless to say, the pandemic has also disrupted the AICW's competitive calendar and many regattas initially planned at circles that had long been candidates and had garnered broad acclaim from the regattas were cancelled and moved to the second part of the season and other places. In fact, the Grand Slam for example, scheduled for the beginning of July in Vieste was cancelled and it was only thanks to the efforts of the AICW executive and the TWKC circle in Talamone in Tuscany that it was possible to, for example, bring September to life, to the long-awaited National Slalom Fin with a number of discreet participants (with the exception of some big names on the circuit that I honestly missed because it is thanks to them that the championship becomes exciting even for a spectator) at the same time the National Formula Windsurfing with traditional fin was also cancelled from the original stage of Vindicio in Formia and fished in extremis in Torre Annunziata at the beginning of October.
In conclusion, in about a month we played all the national titles (I also put myself among the aspirants of the category certainly not for the absolute one); I would add, among other things, that we have lived everything almost to the day with the fear that an event even if rescheduled could still be canceled due to sudden problems always related to Covid! In Short, small big problems have affected everyone a little and I already consider a great result what the Italian Windsurfing Classes Association has managed to do in the 2020 in one of the Circles that with the AICW precisely made possible all this.
RIW: Everyone reacts to the great difficulties’ of life differently and often it is precisely the great changes that overturn “the charts”. You have been overall Italian champion AICW both before (2019) that after (2020) the arrival of Covid. Covid has undoubtedly created difficulties’ for all regattas of all sailing classes, but compared to your opponents you think you've reacted better than others to this pandemic, or do you think covid has not upset too much the Italian windsurfing rankings of the classes in which you compete?
C.l.: In my opinion, a distinction must be made between two types of regattas to assess whether Covid has had a concrete impact on our world. I would distinguish windsurfer by passion from professional windsurfer; to the first category – to which I belong – I took the necessary precautions (distancing, renunciation of crowded spots even by simple bathers and workouts within regional borders) the negative but obvious repercussions are quite attenuated also because our regattas are free of prize money and therefore easy to manage and plan, the discourse instead takes on much more and alas more serious dresses if we think of the professionals of our beloved sport. For example, the PWA has been stationary for a year and to date the calendar 2021 i don't think it's been drafted yet; moreover, to better manage a "pro" preparation worthy of the name you need a respectable budget necessary in the first place to reach and stay in the mildest and windy foreign destinations where you can train with the strongest rivals, all combined with the current difficulties related to travel, to the always possible and unexpected sudden quarantine obligations, this creates a challenging mix to deal with, If you then share everything with a not-so-flourishing sector market, then I fear there will be negative repercussions on the compensation intended for professional athletes; I have taken the opportunity to enter into an area that does not belong to me, however, the absence of so many – too many I would add – important names at the national slalom in Talamone has aroused my concern and fears, i hope unfounded, for the competitive future of our young champions.
RIW: The arrival of the vaccine gives hope but it will still take many months to hear from the experts before we can return to a life similar to the pre-Covid one. How do you predict or expect from the next competitive season?
C.l.: I would say that, as far as possible, an attempt will be made to respect the national competitive timetable already drawn up and that in what I would call paddock, borrowing the term from the motorcycle world, even more care will have to be taken by increasing the distancing and use of the mask; otherwise I think everybody's already moving in the right direction (IVF, Sailing circles and AICW) see, for example, the elimination of the register of communiqués during the regattas with the introduction of the online register, cancellation of the registration phase during the regatta in favor of the telematic one and the skipper meeting spaced and only outdoors; In short, even the 2021 will be a year inevitably conditioned by Covid but I hope that between various precautions and why not, early vaccines, you will still be able to complete the competitive season.
RIW: In Italy, some experts in the sector have said that the Covid pandemic has strengthened the awareness of outdoor sports practitioners who after two lockdowns have even more’ want to go back to having fun in the open air. In your opinion, comparing yourself to the windsurfers around you habitually and watching the spots where you train and where you carry out the regattas, there was a similar reaction even on the race fields ?
C.l.: I have always been convinced that the most beautiful sports are those that take place outdoors, in contact with nature and today at fifty I add: without polluting. Windsurfing is the perfect synthesis of all this. Today even more than before I say: what a great sport windsurfing in all its expressions! Moreover, practice it in this part of the year with the tranquility that only the sea in winter grants, does nothing but make me appreciate even more these moments of true escape from everyday difficulties.
RIW: Based on the visibility we have available today, what are your competitive goals for the 2021?
C.l.: I would like to continue training with a minimum of constancy, regattar still nationally in the classes I have participated in in recent years (SL and FW both as long as foil) and with the help of windsurfing try not to age inside! Speaking broadly of old age I can think of (Smile) the historical friends of the formula – they so that, headed by Andrea Volpini, constitute the hard core of the racing world – and that for many years I continue with extreme pleasure to meet every time I literally dust off the equipment from FW to participate in the national team; Here, i'd like to try through riwmag to make an appeal to the "old guys" of the formula: “Equip yourself and come to the regatta in foil formula, it's the future, don't let yourself be discouraged, i can't wait to see you even on foil, i'm sure in a short time you'll make faville, so you keep laughing and joking like during the last FW event in Torre Annunziata” !
Finally, allow me a few brief thanks: I start with those who mocked me with sympathy for my title won in his ironic to say only because I would be an eternal presenzialist has repeatedly jokingly urged me to thank him: it is my super friend and faithful fellow outings as well as regatta Francesco Vorraro who on the most difficult days, where after the first lock-down i didn't know how and where to train, made me aware of his Home spot welcoming me with availability and joy; how can I not mention my "personal caddy" Piero (my son, in one of the photos we are together during the Talamone regatta) who as soon as he can comes out on the table with me and accompanies me on trips, as well as my official supplier of materials: Mr. Neil Pryde/JP Australia, Luis Marchegger who, as you can see from one of the pictures, when it was necessary, made all his personal rig available to me to allow me to be competitive in the regatta, thanks then to the Circolo Canottieri Napoli who proudly supported and encouraged me after the same victory last year, finally a heartfelt thanks to Christian (Chauhan) Siringo and Carlo Cottafavi who, as President and Vice President of the AICW, have made possible and contributed to the smooth running of the various national championships; I would also like to thank Te Ezio, not only for this interview but mainly for your constant appreciated commitment to make us live even on the PC, with RIWMAG, windsurfing really at 360°; i'd like to go over, but who knows they deserve my gratitude doesn't need these lines!
photo: courtesy Carlo Lignola, AICW, CST, WGS, TWKC, 20, and Domenico Cocchia.
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