Day 3 Formula Foil Worlds • Live Sail Die


The windy resources of Garda Trentino never seem to run out in this week in which the Formula Foil World Championship takes place in Torbole, on the contrary, they increase day by day: after the first session of three “consecutive” races which started steadily at 1:00 p.m., after the usual break, the wind – already strong since the morning – increased together with the wave, short and high. In less than an hour, just before the start of the second round of the scheduled races, the conditions became difficult to ensure safe races for all categories and the FIV Race Committee first suspended the races, then stopped them definitively in view of the constantly increasing wind.

The Championship, after three days of racing and 15 regattas, seems to be taking shape in the podium zone in almost all categories: among the seniors, it was definitely a fine day for Olympic silver medalist Thomas Goyard, who placed three first ahead of his brother Nicolas, who, after a seventh, quickly recovered with two seconds, leaving behind him the fight for the third step of the podium between the Swiss Elia Colombo and the Dutchman Luuc Van Opzeeland, who after the 15 races disputed are tied points.

The performance and ranking of the first two youngsters, represented by Manolo Modena and Jacopo Gavioli from Circolo Surf Torbole, remained unchanged: even today they maintained excellent positions in the general classification, not only confirming their leadership in the Youth category, but also their sixth and seventh place overall. Still third, the Slovak Robert Kubin. Bad start day for Sofia Renna, who was disqualified in the first two races, but – being able to dismiss them – retains the lead in the women’s classification ahead of the other Italian Linda Oprandi.

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The younger juniors did well, who in the third and final race of the day struggled to control the board as the wind continued to pick up. Circolo Surf Torbole athlete Leonardo Tomasini’s races were uneventful, and he is increasingly in the virtual top ten in the senior category as well, starting minutes earlier: speed and perfect starts propel him ever further close to the category title, given that he has built up an additional advantage over his opponents, who are currently 12 and 24 points behind respectively (in the order of good Mattia Saoncella and Valentino Blewett). Six points between them are Anna Polettini and Medea Falcioni.

Tuesday, the penultimate day of racing, the start is brought forward to 11:30 a.m. given that it has been four days since the south wind began to blow very early: at the Circolo Surf Torbole, organizer in collaboration with the Federazione Italiana Vela, IWA and Consorzio Garda Trentino Vela, preparations are underway for another long day of racing in a World Championship which has so far benefited from excellent conditions of wind (even too much) and sun.


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