Gizzeria, Italy: Another windy, wet and wild day on the water for the 65 young athletes competing at the 2021 Formula Kite U19 and A’s Youth Foil World Championship.
Yesterday’s very strong breeze kept on blowing during the night and picked up as the sun came out in the morning. It was still averaging more than 20 knots when the first kiters arrived at Hang Loose Beach, with wind gusts of up to 25 knots and plenty of chop. It lightened throughout the day, and the competitors ended up completing four races.
The women were the first to hit the water around midday. The top three athletes, all coming from Poland, battled it out for the top spot. Julia Damasiewicz, Magdalena Woyciechowska and Nina Arcisz are all within 12 points of each other.
17 year old Arcisz said, “I started kiting five years ago and I’ve loved it since then, it is my biggest passion. There is a nice group of riders in Polond. We all train together and compete at the Polish Cup from May to August. It’s great, the sport keeps us close. We fight on the water, but we are a team and when we are not sailing we hang out together”.
In the men’s Formula Kite the battle for first is being fought between Maximilian Maeder (SGP) and Riccardo Pianosi (ITA). Pianosi sits just four points behind Maeder. They both came away with two bullets each. Third spot for the Dutch sailor Jis Van Hess, only seven points from Pianosi.
In the A’s Youth Foil Jan Koszowski is still the leader. Koszowski had three wins, but unfortunately finished the day with DNC in the last race, leaving some room to Mikhail Novikov (RYF) and Angelo Soli (ITA). Enzo Louber (FRA) is the best Under 15 rider and Gal Boker (ISR) is the fastest girl.
15 knots is forecasted for tomorrow’s racing.
Formula Kite Male Results after 4 races
1 SGP 80 Maximilian Maeder 6 pts
2 ITA 38 Riccardo Pianosi 10 pts
3 NED 11 Jis van Hees 17 pts
4 POL 37 Jakub Jurkowski 21 pts
5 NED 58 Sam Aben 34 pts
Formula Kite Female Results after 4 races
1 POL 18 Julia Damasiewicz 6 pts
2 POL 7 Magdalena Woyciechowska 11 pts
3 POL 4 Nina Arcisz 12 pts
4 FRA 25 Heloise Pegourie 13 pts
5 FRA 22 Zoe Boutang 14 pts
A’s Youth Foil Results after 4 races
1 POL 50 Jan Koszowski 6 pts
2 RYF 17 Mikhail Novikov 11 pts
3 ITA 75 Angelo Soli 14 pts
4 BEL 57 Daan Baute 22 pts
5 NED 48 Duuk van Hees 26 pts
Full results: https://formulakite.org/sailwave/liveresults.htm