Struggle between giants


On the second day of racing at the iQFoil Class European Championships being held on Lake Garda-Italy, at the Circolo Surf Torbole, an early wake-up call for the 256 participants ready to race in a northerly wind, which was insufficient to start racing at 8:30 as hoped. The wind dropped inexorably, but fortunately, thanks to the bora in Trieste, a southerly wind of 15-18 knots arrived very early, ideal for continuing the event programme with the 'course' races. From 11 a.m. onwards, in fact, a good wind arrived that allowed four "course" races to be held consecutively with the first windward mark, a discipline that requires at least 10 knots of wind. The starts of the batteries were spectacular and saw far fewer disqualifications than the slalom races on the first day.

With three firsts and an 11th on the day in the discipline course, French reigning World and European champion Hélène Noesmoen (Silvaplana 2021) is first, but tied on points with Tokyo bronze medallist Emma Wilson (GBR, 1-1-10-2), both two points ahead of the other british Islay Watson, European silver medallist in 2021 in Marseille; for her a 4-3-8-1 in today's four races. The Italians are still a little behind, after the twentieth place: despite some good partial lack of regularity: Marta Maggetti is twenty-second, followed closely at 4 points by Giorgia Speciale. The local and Circolo Surf Torbole rider Sofia Renna follows in twenty-sixth place, fifth under 21.

In the men's category, too, the first positions were naturally played out among the "giants" of the discipline: leading with 7-14-1-1 is French Olympic silver medallist Nicolas Goyrad, who has the discrete advantage of 6 points over Dutchman Luuc Van Opzeeland (49-9-9-1, European and World bronze medallist 2021 iQFoil class). Provisional third place for Dutch Olympic gold medallist Kiran Badloe (30-5-3-3), 10 points behind Goyard. Italian and Circolo Surf Torbole's home idol Nicolò Renna moved up one position, with the same score as Badloe: he is currently fourth, despite coming last in the first race of the day due to a distraction, redeemed in the next three courses with a 10-1-2. Good comeback for the other Italian Luca Di Tomassi, thirteenth overall with an 18-14-5-4.
On Thursday, the fleet will be divided into gold and silver fleet (first 77 males and first 47 females) with slalom or course races scheduled, depending on the intensity of the wind and, possibly, the marathon race. Scheduled start at 12:00.


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Source: iQFOil European Championships
Photos: Moan Photo

tags: iQFOil European Championships Torbole Hélène Noesmoen Nicolas Goyard

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