DAY 1 IQFOIL YOUTH & JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The fresh wind from the north made possible the conclusion of three amazing races for the Youth class
Campione del Garda
The first races of the championships started as scheduled at 9:00 am. The youth men Under 19 were the first ones on the water to kick off the competition and the women right after them.
The boys were divided in two different fleets, yellow and blue.
The fleets will be grouped again tomorrow based on today results. The fleets system applies only during the qualification races based on previous races results, from the third day of racing on they’ll be divided in gold and silver (first half of the fleet in gold and second half in silver). The first half of the fleet will hold the fight for the title.
The girls instead are racing in a single fleet because of the smaller number of participants.
The schedule for this morning has been followed perfectly thanks to the favorable wind conditions. All youth fleets completed 3 course races back-to-back with an average wind speed of 15 knots and choppy water.
When the wind speed reaches 15 knots the format used is the Course Race, which lasts around 15 minutes.
“Today the racing course was very technical, it was fundamental to make great starts. As well as the start it was important to make the right choices based on the wind, to find ourselves on the right side of the course where the pressure was better. The overtakes happened a lot on the lay lines which need to be super precise in order to get faster to the mark” – said Manon Pianazza, the French girl leading the provisional ranking.
In the men’s fleet until now the ones that stood out the most are the Spanish, French and Israeli ones that find themselves in the first 10. There are two Italians, Manolo Modena in 7th place and Leonardo Tomasini in 10th place, both representing Circolo Surf Torbole. At the first place of the provisional results Nacho Baltasar Summers with excellent partial: 1-2-5, followed by two French guys, Ewen Kermorgant 16-3-1 and in third place Gaspard Carfantan with 1- NCS – 3.
For the moment the competitors are very close with the partials, the short ranking is a prelude to potential big changes in the coming days.
In the women division at the first place we find Manon Pianazza which in the first races this morning has been able to score consistent results such as 2-1-1. Afterwards we have Sofia Renna which has been really constant as well with 1-3-2. On the third place we have Kafri Mika coming from Israel with three solid races 3-4-3. The first three girls have a big gap comparing to the other ones of the fleet.
Concerning the Junior division (boys and girls Under 17) the schedule foresaw 3 races just after the Youth fleet but unfortunately as soon as they got out the wind dropped and they didn’t managed to do any race for today.
Tomorrow is the second day of racing, the guys are super happy and ready to compete and to give their best tomorrow as well as they did today. They managed to amaze everyone with their ability to ride so impressively on foils at such a young age.
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