24/10/2020 – SEBASTIAN KOERDEL (GER) AND NOY DRIHAN (ISR) THEY ARE THE WINNERS OF THE IQFOIL INTERNATIONAL GAMES ON LAKE GARDA
A drizzly and slow awakening on the last morning of the IQFOiL International Champion Games, Lake Garda, organized by Univela Sailing, Società Canottieri Garda Salò and iQ FOiL Class; but the sun, just like the excitement, was just behind a thin layer of clouds, while the series of knockout medal races was in sight.
A revolutionary system for the next Olympic sailing board, with three races for the first 12 of the opening series: a quarter-final between riders from 12th to 5th place, four then have access to the semi-final that join the 4th and 3rd overall, and the first two to cross the finish line compete in a Grand Final with the 2nd and 1st of the opening series.
After a quick check of the equipment in pit lane and a very short wait on the ground, it's time for the Medal Series to start. The format of the America's Cup-style route with about 15 knots turned out to be fast, exciting and with a lot of action. Men and women quickly took turns on the regatta field.
Huig-Jan Tak in the men's quarterfinals (NED), followed by Alexandre Cousin (BETWEEN), Samuel Sills, New10 (GBR) and Matthew Barton (GBR) they reached the final together with Matteo Iachino (ITA) and Kiran Badloe (NED) for another very tight race. Huig-Jan Tak also went on to win the second race of the day and with Alexandre Cousin moved on to the final where Sebastian Koerdel (GER) and Nicolas Goyard (BETWEEN) they were waiting. A good start for the German rider who managed to double first at each buoy extending his lead to the finish line by winning the event on the best windsurfers in the world of the foiling class in Paris 2024. The silver medal went to Nicolas Goyard and the bronze to Huig-Jan Tak, who more than anyone took advantage of the knockout system and managed to get on the podium starting from a 10th overall in the opening series.
"And’ been very exciting, i kept my nerves steady, I made a good start but I had a higher speed and I could keep my lead to the finish line: sono felice! – says a passionate Sebastian Koerdel – Now let's spend some free time, because from Silvaplana to today I have not rested, i'll be home to monitor the global situation, prepare for next year and possibly win an official world title next time.
I finished the first race of the week in second place and to date I have been second, always struggling with Nico (Goyard): he had a little’ advantage in course (so I know where I have to work), and I've been a little’ better in slalom, i won them all. The final series is such an interesting format, the start is amazing, i saw the first two from the water literally flying at the start and creating a really spectacular scene! I also like the knockout system thanks to which you can greatly improve your position, but with a fair amount of confidence for the first four guys who can't get down below the fourth”.
In the women's quarter-finals Lilian de Geus (NED) it went great, winning by a solid margin on Islay Watson (GBR), Lucie Belbeoch (BETWEEN) and Pilar Lamadrid Trueba (ESP), advancing all to the semi-final with Noy Drihan (ISR) and Dephine Cousin (BETWEEN). The wind was a little’ less intense, but still well beyond the 10 nodes, and it was another magnificent regatta by Lilian de Geus that crossed the finish line heading towards the Grand Finale together with Noy Drihan. There they joined Maja Dziarnowska (POL) and Helen Noesmoen (BETWEEN) who had been in the lead all week. A rocket start by Lilian, fall at the first edge for pushing too hard thus losing control of the foil, leaving the other three on the podium. Noy Drihan first voiced the first buoy and extended his lead to the finish line, followed by Helen Noesmoen and Maja Dziarnowska.
"I am very happy, it was stressful – says Noy Drihan – I started from the second race and managed to go to the Grand Final where I won the competition and that makes me so happy and proud! I liked the knock-out format, it's super stressful but I loved it!
I'm an RS:X boarder and I'm still competing for a spot at the Tokyo Olympics, but I really love foiling board, it's so funny! Here we could have a slight advantage in the Course format because of the tactics, but the girls from the PWA are better in the Slalom, it's nice that these two worlds come together and we're getting better day by day.
“From tomorrow I will return to my RS training:X, letting the iQFoil rest for a while.”
As the winners celebrated, the rest of the athletes went back into the water for some other race, recording some changes in the youth ranking, with a nice breeze from the south, the Hour. The iQFOiL International Games end with an impressive series of races completed in every format by everyone and with great enthusiasm and expectations for the new Olympic foiling sailboard, who this week found a perfect location at Univela Sailing and Lake Garda.
MEN TOP 12
1 – Sebastian Koerdel (GER)
2 – Nicolas Goyard (BETWEEN)
3 – Huig-Jan Tak (NED)
4 – Alexandre Cousin (BETWEEN)
5 – Matthew Barton (GBR)
6 – Samuel Sills (GBR)
7 – Matteo Iachino (ITA)
8 – Kiran Badloe (NED)
9 – Clement Bourgeois (BETWEEN)
10 – Steven van Broeckhoven (NICE)
11 – Louis Giard (BETWEEN)
12 – Thomas Goyard (BETWEEN)
WOMEN TOP 12
1 – Noy Drihan (ISR)
2 – Helene Noesmoen (BETWEEN)
3 – Maja Dziarnowska (POL)
4 – Lilian de Geus (NED)
5 – Lucie Belbeoch (BETWEEN)
6 – Delphine Cousin (BETWEEN)
7 – Islay Watson (GBR)
8 – Pilar Lamadrid Trueba (ESP)
9 – Imogen Sills (GBR)
10 – Lola Sorin (BETWEEN)
11 – Shachar Reshef (ISR)
12 – Daniela Peleg (ISR)
1 – Tom Arnoux (BETWEEN)
2 – Yun Pouliquen (BETWEEN)
3 – Mathurin Julivet (BETWEEN)
1 – Finn Hawkins (GBR)
2 – Mathis Ghio (BETWEEN)
3 – Luc Schmitz (NED)
1 – Islay Watson (GBR)
2 – Helle Oppedal (NOR)
3 – Naama Gazit (ISR)
1 – Lola Sorin (BETWEEN)
2 – Shachar Reshef (ISR)
3 – Daniela Peleg (ISR)
The video summary of the fifth day: www.facebook.com/watch/?v=294113054906651
The Italians present in the final ranking:
Sofia Reindeer 42nd,
Matteo Iachino 7th, Nicolo’ Reindeer 30th, Bruno Martini 44th, Francesco Scagliola 53rd, Antonino Cangemi 54th, Luca Di Tomassi 55th, Jacopo Renna 62mo, Daniel Slijk 64th, Alessandro Tomasi 69th, Jacopo Gavioli 77th, Riccardo Renna 78th, Manolo Modena 82nd, Carlo Ciabatti 84th.
photo: Giovanni Mitolo (c) iQFOiL Class property
source & video: iQFOiL Class property
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