20/10/2020 – AT THE START OF THE SAMPLE, LAKE GARDA, THE BIGGEST iQFOIL EVENT
Fierce competition on the first day of champion's iQFoil International Games, on Garda Lake, for the almost 200 runners from 29 Nations, in what was supposed to be the first IQFoil World Championship for the Olympic sailing board in Paris 2024.
A revolution for Olympic windsurfing, that now navigates the fastest foil and with a new format: not only bolina-stern race regattas, still carried out when the wind is above the 10 nodes, but also a Sprint Slalom – very familiar to athletes from the PWA generation and foiling – and even a marathon race. Two worlds are converging here in IQFoil; very tactical RSX athletes, technical and lightweight and powerful riders, strong and skilled of the PWA circuit.
The 4 course regattas are over for both men and women – with men divided into two fleets by 59 boards – in the morning with a nice “Peler” of 15-20 nodes, the local morning wind from the north with choppo. Four wins for Nicholas Goyard (BETWEEN), third at the European Championships in August in Engadine, in the blue male fleet, followed by Sebastian Koerdel always second, and second at the European. While for the yellow fleet the results are less defined, with Pierre Le Coq (BETWEEN), European champion Kiran Badloe (NED) and Nicolas's brother, Thomas Goyard (BETWEEN) that alternate in the head. In the men's provisional overall the first three are Nicholas Goyard, Sebastian Koerdel and Pierre Le Coq.
European Women's Champion Helen Noesmoen (BETWEEN) won three of today's four races and is leading at the end of the day, but compatriot Delphine Cousin is no less, second overall, and third the very young and talented Islay Watson (GBR ) ranked second at the European Championships.
After a short wait on the ground for the arrival of the”Now” from the South, the 184 athletes returned to the water for an afternoon sprint slalom session with 6-8 nodes. One qualifying round and one final round, with Sebastian Koerdel (GER) who wins in the blue fleet and Bruno Martini (ITA) in the yellow one.
"I'm really happy with my first day here at Lake Garda – comments Nicholas Goyard (BETWEEN) – I did better in Course Race than slalom, even though coming from the PWA I'm more used to slalom. Anyway I like the course race: has different tactics and a different way of navigating, and’ complementary to slalom and I don't prefer one or the other.
I have been going against my brother for about a year because he has participated in some PWA events and we will prepare together for qualification for the Olympic Games in Paris”.
"Long day today, was eventful and hard, both in the morning and in the afternoon – says Sebastian Koerdel (GER) – but it's great that we could do so many races and we had a great time. I'm happy with my speed in the slalom, more than my freaks, i had a good fight with Matthew (Iachino) and I can't wait for tomorrow “.
Tomorrow, second day of the IQFoil International Games organized by the iQFoil Class and Univela Campione, the first signal is expected for the 9 with the long distance scheduled for 184 competitors who will run on Lake Garda until Saturday 24 October when the Medal Series will take place among the best 12 retirees of the week.
The Italians present in the provisional final classification:
Sofia Reindeer 38th,
Matteo Iachino 4to - Wikipedia, Bruno Martini 10th, Nicolo’ Reindeer 32nd, Francesco Scagliola 48th, Antonino Cangemi 49th, Luca Di Tomassi 52nd, Daniel Slijk 56th, Jacopo Renna 58th, Carlo Ciabatti 65th, Riccardo Renna 66th, Alessandro Tomasi 79th, Manolo Modena 87th, Jacopo Gavioli 90th.
photo: Martina Orsini (c) iQFOiL Class property
source: iQFOiL Class property
video: Hartas Productions (c) iQFOiL Class property
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