Many regattas in the balance sheet of the second day of the iQFOiL International Games at the Univela Sailing center in Campione, Lake Garda, that consolidates its reputation as an ideal place for sailing. The morning began as planned with the women who at the 9:30 they started for the Marathon race, one of the three formats of the new Olympic table; the men arrived soon after at the 9:40. The wind was very light when everyone arrived at the club before competing, but it got up when the sun rose from behind the high mountains surrounding the beautiful Italian lake, burning the morning fog.
A fascinating “departure to rabbit” for men and women, in the race separately, who for the first time experienced the format of the long distance in a very large fleet. The route consisted of a six-nautical-mile-long bolina to Cape Reamol, then a leeward descent to the beautiful castle of Malcesine, sitting on the opposite side of Champion's Univela Sailing. By 8 a 10 knots on the regatta field with the typical “Peler” from the North, known and appreciated by all sailors who know these coasts. It was a classic situation where the best still earned points and those who started well kept the lead to the finish line. Kiran Badloe (NED), Rytis Jasunias (Ltu) and Alexander Cousin (BETWEEN) were the top three among men, with Belgian Steven van Broeckhoven fourth – all from different backgrounds: an RS rider:X, two from the PWA and a freestyle world champion. Among the women the best was the Israeli Noy Drihan, followed by two Polish, Maja Dziarnowska and Karolina Lipinska; with last night's absolute leader Helene Noesmoen who finished fourth.
"I made a bad start, but I managed to recover bolina – commented Steven Van Broeckhoven – i pumped a lot because I was afraid i was the last, and that brought me into the top ten to the bolina buoy, then I had no idea in what position I would be leeward, i just worked hard to be as fast as possible, and I was very happy to be in fourth position!
I'm actually a freestyler, competition for more than 10 years in freestyle PWA, i'm the world champion 2011 and I've won the European title five times in that discipline. Foiling, at the beginning, represented for me only the alternative to have fun with light wind, but now I've really been more passionate about racing, and especially now that it's an Olympic class I focus a lot more on foiling “.
"It was a pretty exciting first marathon in iQFOiL – said Rytis Jasiunas, a young man, promising and great Lithuanian runner – and I wasn't sure how it would go, i waited on the beach until the last second to see the wind conditions and choose the right material, when i saw that the wind was light i got the right set up for that and conditions. I made a good start and I was in the lead from the first turn.
"We are still discovering the pros and cons of every morphology of riders in this class. One of the pros is definitely that being taller than 2 mt i can put a lot of power on the foil to the side: in fact kiran (Badloe) and I – both above 1,95 Mt – we're first and second, so I don't know if it's just for that, but I can put a lot of power also because’ i'm heavier, being above the 90 kg, I can make the material work to do well in the light conditions as it happened today.”
"I really enjoyed the Marathon – commented marathon winner Noy Drihan – the wind conditions were the ones I liked, not too strong and not too light, perfect for foiling and it was super fun. Coming from the RS:X I find the foil very nice, I love the feeling of flying on the water. I had already tried the Marathon in Silvaplana in the Open Championship, and that experience probably helped me here today to win this race “.
With the Hour rising as the air warmed up in the afternoon, the women were the first to take to the water with the format of the slalom race, so as to make up for the delay in the races completed yesterday by the men. The French of the PWA, Delphine Cousin got her first win as second place went to compatriot Helene Noesmoen, thus consolidating his overall leadership.
"Today was a beautiful day – says Matteo Iachino – with the morning marathon with light wind falling the leeward edge and’ been very difficult, but I can't complain since I arrived nono after recovering from a bad start in the middle of the fleet. The afternoon slalom was fun, a good third place for me, so they're still there struggling with the best. I'm enjoying the new iQFOiL class, the equipment is great and they're handling everything well. “
(provisional final rankings of the 21:25, some protests are yet to be completed)
The second day ends at Campione Univela, while already you look at tomorrow's conditions, that look similar to today's. In the morning there are some bolina regattas and a couple of slalom races in the afternoon, confirmed in the skippers' evening briefing, held online to avoid rallies in these times critical of Covid. This is just one of the many strategies put in place by Univela Sailing, and the organizing circle Società Canottieri Garda Salò, to keep the international event on the calendar and manage it safely both on land and in the water.
The Italians present in the provisional final ranking of the 21:25 (some protests are yet to be completed):
Sofia Reindeer 39th,
Matteo Iachino 4to - Wikipedia, Bruno Martini 10th, Nicolo’ Reindeer 34th, Francis Scagliola 49th, Luca Di Tomassi 55th, Antonino Cangemi 57th, Carlo Ciabatti 62nd, Jacopo Renna 63rd, Daniel Slijk 64th, Riccardo Renna 66th, Alessandro Tomasi 73rd, Jacopo Gavioli 84th, Manolo Modena 97th.
The video summary of the second day: www.facebook.com/watch/?v=383787802661396
photo: Martina Orsini (c) iQFOiL Class property
source: iQFOiL Class property
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