Sensini and Tartaglini at the Ballanti-Saiani Memorial
The current Technical Director of Youth of the Italian Sailing and Olympic Federation Alessandra Sensini (present at the Women's Olympics from Barcelona 1992 in London 2012 with the victory of 1 Gold, a silver and two bronzes) will be present at the Adriatico Wind Club Ravenna on Wednesday 5 may- start date of the Ballanti-Saiani Memorial – together with the new IVF Advisor and Olympic athlete in Rio de Janeiro Flavia Tartaglini. The only two Italian women who have gone to the Windsurfing Olympics so far will honor with their presence the athletes Lorenza Ballanti and Dalia Saiani, members of the organizing circle, to which the event is entitled. A significant presence for an event that presents itself on the eve with a record number of subscribers and that testifies to the excellent moment for both youth windsurfing and the Olympic one of the new foil era for Paris 2024. At the opening of the event there will be the presence of the Councillor for Sport of the Municipality of Ravenna Roberto Fagnani and the Federal Councillor Donatello Mellina.
Wednesday and Thursday will start with the first regatta of the IQfoil Senior National Circuit, open also with category apart from under 19 with free foil equipment, to encourage the rapprochement of young people to the new Olympic class. Prominent names of the specialty with the youth Olympic silver Nicolò Renna are present, the Azzurri Daniele Benedetti and Luca Di Tomassi; among women, in this year of Olympic transition, present the very young gardesana Sofia Renna. The participation of the "Formula Open Foil Under" category has been nourished 19 IVF", with the nursery of the youth foil, including the very young Cagliari player Pierluigi Caproni. Adriano Wind Club Ravenna will line up Luca Barletta, Francesco Forani and Pietro Gamberini. After the first two days dedicated to iQFoil and Formula Open Foil U19 FIV from Friday to Sunday it will be the turn of the 2nd stage of the Coppa Italia of the Techno youth class 293 with the largest fleet of the event, cwith the record number of 237 members. The very young of this class will be joined by the national regatta Formula Windsurfing Fin & Foil.
And’ subscriber records!
Memorial B-S, record event for the windsurfing world, not only for all the windsurfing classes together that will be present: registration for the regattas organized by the Adriatic WInd Club Ravenna of the Techno class 293 in fact (officially closed sunday 2 may) have reached the record number of 237 young regattas, beating the previous numerical record reached on the occasion of the THIRD stage of the Coppa Italia held in Santa Teresa di Gallura-Coluccia (North Sardinia) in 2016, who touched the 227 members. The Ballanti-Saiani Memorial should therefore become the "leader" of the events that over the years have exceeded the 200 participants. A great satisfaction and responsibility that gives the circle chaired by Giovanni Forani even more the charge to start this event to the best of possibilities! A real boom in the especially youthful world of windsurfing, that in Ravenna will touch the total number of 307 rowers, with 46 athletes present for the regattas of the new Olympic class iQFoil, 24 of the Formula Windsurfing Fin& Open Foil and the already reported 237 of the youth class for the Italian Federation of Techno Sailing 293. At the Adriatico Wind Club Ravenna the last details are being defined to create a lean organization, but at the same time rigid in enforcing all the protocols necessary to safely contest an event that will take place between the beach and the sea of Porto Corsini, in the large outdoor headquarters of the organizing club.
For Lorenza and Dalia 5 days of great windsurfing
From 5 to the 9 May the Ballanti-Saiani Memorial: for the first time in the history of windsurfing all classes and categories of windsurfing together in one event
Italian iQfoil Circuit and Formula Open Foil Under 19 IVF, Coppa Italia Techno 293, Cadetti Kids and Regate Experience T293 National Trophy, Formula Windsurfing Fin & Open Foil: all together passionately!
Porto Corsini and the Adriatico Wind Club ready to honor Lorenza and Dalia; to the over 250 regattants you want to give a dream: 5 sports days, of sun and sea sharing the great passion for windsurfing
In recent days the attention to windsurfing has been accentuated thanks to the excellent results obtained by the Azzurri Mattia Camboni and Marta Maggetti at the recent RS World Championship:X (Olympic windsurfing class for Tokyo), finished second and sixth respectively and both confirmed with the olympic pass. But since the 5 to the 9 May will still be windsurfing, since in Porto Corsini, location where the Adriatic Wind Club Ravenna is based, the Ballanti-Saiani Memorial will take place, event that will call for the first time in history all the windsurfing classes that regatta in paths between buoys. The two blue representatives for Tokyo started the first edges and the first regattas just like all those who will be present at the Ballanti-Saiani Memorial: so many boys and girls, that from Sardinia, Lazio (with the record number of over 60 Athletes), Trentino, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Tuscany, Liguria, Campania, On, of course Emilia Romagna will be present in the different classes and disciplines in memory of the undeated athletes and members of the Adriatic Wind Club Lorenza Ballanti and Dalia Saiani, also they on the table since they were little girls and then continue their sports career turning half the world. It's for Lorenza and Dalia, that for the first time in the history of windsurfing there will be so many classes and categories recognized by the Italian Sailing Federation, in one event. It is planned to welcome in the large outdoor spaces of the Adriatic Wind Club all athletes with their respective coaches and any escorts (by protocol allowed 1 only escort per circle, and in any case everyone will have to be "buffered" with negative results in the 48 hours before the first day of the regatta).
The comment of Giovanni Forani, President of the Ravenna association specialized in windsurfing, sailing and kite-surfing – on the eve of the event:
“From techno youth class 293 present with all its categories, olympic iq foil moving from formula fin and formula open foil, up to the brand new Open Foil Under youth class 19 IVF: all the staff of the Adriatico Wind Club together with the regattas, coaches and judges will give their best to remember our two dear friends who disappeared prematurely, sharing these 5 days of great passion for windsurfing. As a staff Adriatico Wind Club, by those who will follow the inscriptions to those who will be in the water to do assistance with the inflatable dinghies, we will try to give our best, but given the particular health situation and all the protocols and regulations to be respected, we need everyone's help to be able to have fun without incurring risk situations.”
“On my behalf and on behalf of all the members, I would like to thank the Municipality of Ravenna, Sports Councillor Roberto Fagnani, the Pro Loco of Porto Corsini, aicw classes, foil iQ, Techno 293 and the Italian Sailing Federation, over of course all our partners, who support us with passion and trust: without the help and encouragement of so many friends and companies we could never organize such an event, involving the world of windsurfing all over Italy. The 5-6-7-8-9 may await us: we want to give everyone a great dream together with beautiful sunny days, sea and sport after this terrible year often spent within the walls of the house" concluded Forani.
The regattas will start on 5 and 6 May with the first stage of the Italian Circuit of the new Olympic class in Paris 2024 iQFoil senior category, flanked by the stage reserved for the youngest, that may have free equipment equipped with foil and therefore “Formula Open Foil Under 19 FIV" with the presence of the new Techno Wind Foil 130 designed for the very young. An event projected to the future considered the new Olympic choice, that will see in the water the best athletes of the specialty, in addition to the national federal technicians present at this event that brings together all the disciplines and classes of windsurfing "of tomorrow".
The event will continue on 7-8 and 9 May with the largest part of the fleet, the Techno youth class 293, who will have at least 200 guys on the starting line divided into different age categories. Techno regattas 293 are valid for the awarding of the Coppa Italia and the National Class Trophy (Juniors), as well as for the little ones for the awarding of the National Cadet Kids CH3 Trophy (born of the 2011 and 1012) and CH4 (born in 2010), where the acronym indicates the size of the sail in sqm. There will be no lack of the "Experience" category for those who are starting to regatta, despite the fact that the age is no longer that of cadets: a way to incentivize everyone's participation, without discouraging newcomers. Always the 7-8 and 9 The first stage of the Coppa Italia Formula Windsurfing Fin is scheduled for May & Open Foil in collaboration with the AICW (Italian Classes Windsurfing Association): with fin or foil for regatta with a minimum of wind of at least 7 nodes and a regatta target of 20 minutes.
source: Elena Giolai (c) adriaticowindclub.com
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