Difficult conditions for the KiteFoilers |
Hang Loose Beach, Gizzeria Lido, Italy: Day one of the Formula Kite U19 and A’s Youth Foil 2021 Individual World Championship was only easy, as the 65 young kiters had to contend with strong winds of over 25 knots and very big waves.
Most of them found it fun and came back ashore between races with a big smile on their faces, while for the younger and lighter ones in the fleet it was a bit more difficult to stay on the board. in the wavy sea state. But all of them went on the water for four difficult races and it was a real baptism of fire for the five days of the world championship which ended on Sunday.
The first to hit the water were the boys in Formula Kite followed by the girls, then the A’s Youth Foil with many riders under 15. 12 consecutive races well run by the race committee and riders at Hang Loose Beach, which hosts the second consecutive event of the International Kiteboarding Association season, with a few athletes competing in both.
Maximilian Maeder (SGP), who finished 14th overall last week at KiteFoil World Series Act 1, placing second in the Under-19s. Maeder leads the overall standings with four balls in today’s four races. Maeder said: “It’s different because I guess I’m just not surrounded by a lot of people and everyone has a little more space on the racetrack with fewer riders, I can just sit there. focus on my equipment that is holding up. The conditions there are really crazy, you need more than 25 knots. I had a lot of fun because I am training in very chaotic conditions, and because I have this experience, it is quite fun.
Maeder is followed by Riccardo Pianosi (ITA), who also raced here last week and actually won the Under-19 battle with Max, finishing 11th overall in the World Series. Jakub Jurkowski (POL) and Jis Van Hees (NED) are tied for third place a few points behind the top two.
In the women’s category, Julia Damasiewicz (POL) made it clear that she came here to do well, she is definitely the favorite by winning four out of four races, with her compatriot Magdalena Woyciechowska following her steps with three seconds and a fourth in the first race.
Zoé Boutang (FRA) is currently ranked third overall. Boutang said: “It was quite difficult I must say, it was over 25 knots, but I’m very happy. I mostly raced with my teammate Julia (Damasiewicz) and it was pretty cool, she’s a really good kiter, so yes I’m happy with my day and managed to do quite well.
In class A’s Youth Foil, there are young sailors aged 17 and under. Karolina Jankowska, 11, from Poland, must weigh no more than 35 kilograms, with a fresh face with freckles and beaming light blue eyes. While still wearing her helmet and harness, she couldn’t help but smile and tell everyone how much fun she had been on the water today. His teammate Jakub Balewicz (POL), a few years his senior, has been kiting since the age of seven and although he had a few crashes today for unusually big waves.
Tomorrow’s conditions should return to classic Gizzeria style, with a steady 12-15 knot breeze and flat water, giving everyone on the course a chance to prove their worth. Up to six races are scheduled each day until Sunday July 18, when the Medal Series and the Final Race will crown the young world foiling champions.
Formula Kite Male Results after 4 races
1. SGP 80 Maximilian Maeder 3 pts
2. ITA 38 Riccardo Pianosi 6 pts
3. POL 37 Jakub Jurkowski 9 points
4. NED 11 Jis van Hees 9 points
5. NED 58 Sam Aben 16 points
Formula Kite Female Results after 4 races
1. POL 18 Julia Damasiewicz 3 pts
2. POL 7 Magdalena Woyciechowska 6 pts
3. FRA 22 Zoé Boutang 12 pts 4 POL
4. Nina Arcisz 13 points
5. FRA 25 Héloïse Pégorie 14 pts
Full results: https://formulakite.org/sailwave/liveresults.htm
A’s Youth Foil Results after 4 races
1. POL 50 Jan Koszowski 3 points
2.RYF 17 Mikhail Novikov 5 points
3. ITA 75 Angelo Soli 9 pts
4. ITA 8 Daniele Pischedda 14 pts
5. NED 48 Duuk van Hees 14 points
Full results: https://www.youthfoil.org/sailwave/liveresults.htm