Formula Kite Youth Worlds Champions for 2024 – Turienzo and Stragiotti

  • Gian Andrea Stragioti and Catalina Turienzo are the new Formula Kite Youth Word Champions
  • New faces on the podium as the class’ Olympic debut approaches
  • The two newly crowned Formula Kite World Champions have been leading the competition since the very beginning, but such is the format in Formula Kite that nothing is decided before the last day
  • The first to get 3 wins in the 4-rider final is the winner of the event, and depending on their performance earlier, this task can be easier or harder
New World Champions
New World Champions

Argentine teenager Catalina Turienzo and defending Youth World Champion Lysa Caval from France were already in the finals, counting two and one points/wins respectively, waiting for their opponents to come through.

Turienzo and Atakan are sailing the World Sailing Youth Worlds next, before going on to Marseille for the Olympic Games.
Turienzo and Atakan are sailing the World Sailing Youth Worlds next, before going on to Marseille for the Olympic Games.

Turkish Olympian Derin Atakan won her semi-final relatively easily and got her ticket to the 4-rider final. In the other semi-finalMagdalena Woyciechowska from Poland showed great form winning twice and getting her ticket too. Once in the finals though, Turienzo didn’t leave any space to her competition, leading the only race she needed to sail on the last day from start to finish and sealed the deal convincingly bringing joy to the Argentine fans on the beach.

Women's podium
Women’s podium

In the men’s finalSwitzerland’s Gian Andrea Stragiotti and Brazilian Lucas Fonseca were joined by Germany’s Jan Voester and Czech Vojtech Koska who swept through their respective semi-finals. Voester won the first two races, bringing him on equal points/wins with Stragiotti.

Friends
Friends

On the third race Voester crashed and was left behind. Fonseca was initially leading but Stragiotti managed to pass him and finish first. There was a brief uncertainly about the win, as Fonseca protested about an incident with Stragiotti, but the protest was invalid and the win was confirmed, giving Stragiotti his first major title in the Formula Kite ClassVoester’s wins were rewarded with the silver medal, while Fonseca had to settle with bronze.

Men's podium
Men’s podium

The under-19 riders are now off to Lake Garda and the World Sailing Youth Worldsbefore the Paris 2024 Olympic debut of kiteboarding.

Lysa Caval happy to win a silver medal.
Lysa Caval happy to win a silver medal.

RESULTS MEN

1.Gian StragiottiSUI 
2.Jan VoesterGER 
3.Lucas FonsecaBRA 

RESULTS WOMEN

1.Catalina TurienzoARG 
2.Lysa CavalFRA 
3.Derin AtakanTUR 
Argentina celebrates
Argentina celebrates

Text Credits: IKA Media
Photo Credits: IKA Media / Robert Hajduk
Video Credits: ICARUS Sports / IKA Media

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