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The ninth Italian edition of FOILING WEEK has come to an end. A record week for regattas, guests, and events. 175 registered boats divided into five racing classes (Moth, WASZP, ETF26, ONEFLY, and Wingfoil) and more than two thousand people visiting the Fraglia Vela Malcesine among athletes, coaches and guests. The perfect weather conditions throughout the week allowed spectacular challenges in the waters in front of Fraglia Vela Malcesine and an average of five races per day per class, thus completing the program.

The queen class in terms of entries and level of participants was the Moth class, which saw 77 athletes compete. Important names such as Ruggero Tita, Dylan Fletcher Scott and Paul Goodison were at the start. The podium was composed by Dylan Fletcher Scott (GBR 10), Nicolai Jacobson (NOR 4882) and Mattias Coutts (NZL4774).

The WASZP class, this year in preparation for the Worlds next week right here at the Fraglia, had 66 boats at the start. In a class that is proving to be extremely interesting in terms of the number of entries and new owners being added each year. The podium was composed of: Ettore Botticini (ITA 3135), Charles Cullen (IRL 2987), and Ezio Savoini (ITA 3203).

With 13 starting boats the podium of the ONEFLY was at the end: Léo Maurin (FRA 37), Louis Chambet (FRA 7), and Gabriel Skoczek (FRA029).

Among the 8 ETF26s on the Lake during these days, the podium went to Teampro – FRA10 (Jean Christophe Mourniac, Benjamin Amiot and Pierre Yves Durand), second the New Zealanders of Live Ocean Racing – NZL 64 (Olivia Mackay, Helena Sanderson and Serena Woodall) and third the French of Youth Foiling Team – FRA 00 (Charles Dorange, Pierre Boulbin and Jean-Baptiste Ducamin).

Among the 18 Wingfoils in race, Francesco Capuzzo (ITA 73) came out on top, followed by Alessandro Josè Tomasi (ITA 70) and Luca Franchi (ITA 76).

Here is the link to the results and rankings: FOILING WEEK

The second edition of the SuMoth Challenge saw the four boats from the universities of Milan, Turin, Southampton, and Montreal on the water for the first time. SuMoth Challenge is an international project weaving together the design, and construction of a sustainable Moth. This was also an opportunity for the students to meet Mark Somerville, Managing Director of Persico Marine, who shared with them ideas and impressions on the featured projects. The final ranking of the SuMoth challenge is divided into two points: the first one dedicated to design was won by the Politecnico of Milan and the Politecnico of Turin in a tie, second the University of Southampton, and third the University of Montreal. The second-ranking covered construction, and the end sailing was won by Politecnico di Torino, second Politecnico di Milano and third the University of Montreal. A special prize for reliability and sustainability went to the University of Southampton with their flax fiber boat.

For many enthusiasts and the curious, FOILING WEEK was an opportunity to try out several foiling boats on the water, starting with two Persico 69Fs and a Candela, the official guest boat. Great interest was also aroused by the Manta5 foil bikes, the BirdyFish, the FD Switch, the Peacoq and the UFO.

During FOILING WEEK 2022, the first Foiling Film Festival was held, organized by Creative and Artistic Director Beatrice Colombo Serri and won by Australian Andrew Englisch with his “Gone with the Wing”. The Festival was supported by the City of Malcesine and started on June 29th with the presentation of the out-of-competition “premiere” of “FlyingNikka – The making of….”.

Through this connection, for one more week, all the works selected for the final stage of the Foiling Film Festival can be viewed in full.

The program of forums, moderated by sailing journalist and New York Times correspondent Chris Museler, touched on topical issues in the world of sports, sustainability, gender equality and safety, with a major thread of first importance for international sailing: the #backthebid awareness campaign for the reintroduction of sailing to the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympics, globally promoted by World Sailing (world sailing federation). Many important guests such as Terry Hutchinson, Julia Mancuso, Clarisse Cremer, Luca Devoti, Armie Armstrong, and many other distinguished names in sports and sailing in particular.

This is the link to review the meetings: FOILING WEEK 2022 Forum.

On Friday, July 1, the FOILING YOUTH WORLD SERIES, a competition for teams representing the most influential sailing realities on the international scene, was officially presented with the aim of training future professionals in the sport. The official speakers of the announcement were Scott Over, Commercial Director of World Sailing (world sailing federation), Li Li, Managing Director of China Sports & Communications International Co. Ltd., Aaron Young, Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Bruno Giuntoli, Operations Director of FOILING WEEK™, and Luca Rizzotti, Founder and President of FOILING WEEK™.

Here is the link to review the announcement: Foiling World Youth Series.

The events ashore concluded Saturday evening with a BBQ dinner in collaboration with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and entertainment by The Passion Rock’n Roll Band attended by Austin Brick, New Zealand Consul General in Italy.

Ruggero Tita, gold medalist in the Nacra 17 class at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: “I am very happy to be at FOILING WEEK. The conditions on the water are good, there are a lot of people and a positive atmosphere.”

Dylan Fletcher Scott, gold medalist in the 49er class at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: “It’s always great to be back at FOILING WEEK also because I won last time in 2018, so I have fun memories. I love Malcesine, but especially the chance to see so many foiling classes, the environment, the SuMoth Challenge, the #backtothebid initiative, the sea trials. The great thing is that there are so many people with a passion for foiling, it is a testament to the quality of the event. The Moth class has 68 entries so this could be the biggest event of the season even if it’s not the World or European Championships.”

Russell Coutts, gold medalist in the Finn class at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and winner of 5 America’s Cups (3 on board and 2 as team manager), at FOILING WEEK as coach of his son Mattias, who finished third in the Moth class: “I think FOILING WEEK is a wonderful event! Look at the environment, the number of people who are here, and the boats, it’s fantastic!”

Joan Cardona Méndez, bronze Medalist in the Finn class at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: “FOILING WEEK is a great event, I came here two years ago for the first time and I’ve been coming back every year since because there are the best sailors, a great base and great hospitality from the club. The regattas are very close and it’s perfect.”

CJ Perez, Team USA SailGP: “This is my first FOILING WEEK and I am having a great time with all the foiling classes. We had great weather conditions that allowed me to keep up with other very fast competitors.”

Liv Mackay, Team NZL SailGP: “It was great to come to FOILING WEEK, it’s a very unique event, there are many interesting innovations in foiling, I’m happy to be part of this world.”

Paul Goodison, gold medalist in the Laser class at the 2008 Beijing Olympics: “Another fantastic week of racing. This place is just magical. I come to Malcesine every year, there are great conditions. I think FOILING WEEK is a special event, so many foilers, all together, in one place, in one regatta, really priceless.”

Anne-Marie Rindom, bronze medalist in the Laser Radial class at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and gold medalist, in the same class, at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: “It’s incredible! We competed every single day, 16 races in four days. This is my first FOILING WEEK and I will definitely come back next year. The atmosphere is incredible, everyone is super friendly. What makes FOILING WEEK so special is the great humanity of the people, all sociable and friendly, a rare opportunity to share knowledge and inspiring innovations also coming from the SuMoth Challenge.”

The Founder and President of FOILING WEEK™, declared at the end of the ninth edition: “From many points of view this was probably one of the most complex Foiling Weeks to tackle but we are sure that it is also the most successful to date. If we are at this level, we owe it to the quality of our partners of Fraglia Vela Malcesine, a Club that has in its DNA the creation of regattas of absolute excellence and where new sailing formulas destined to make the history of the sport have always been experimented with, a bit like FOILING WEEK in short. I would especially like to thank President Gianni Testa, Director Mattia Lonardi, Giacomo, Alice and all the staff who have always bent over backwards and supported us from our arrival to our departure. A special thanks also to the Municipality of Malcesine that year after year supports us and … puts up with us, with increasing commitment and enthusiasm, to Mayor Giuseppe Lombardi, Deputy Mayor Livio Concini who honored us with his presence at the Foiling Film Festival, Christian Chincarini and Luisa Marangoni with whom it is always a great pleasure to collaborate.”

The 2023 edition of FOILING WEEK in Italy, will be held from June 27 to July 5, 2023, as always at Fraglia Vela Malcesine, it will mark an important anniversary i.e. the tenth edition of FOILING WEEK and for which confirmed events, such as the second Foiling Film Festival, and many other novelties are already planned.

Stay tuned!



Today at 09:30 (CET), Mr. Scott Over, Commercial Director of World Sailing, Ms. Li Li, Managing Director of China Sports & Communications International Co Ltd., Mr. Aaron Young the Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Mr. Bruno Giuntoli, Operations Director of FOILING WEEK™ and Mr. Luca Rizzotti, Founder and President of FOILING WEEK™, met on live streaming to announce the guidelines of the FOILING YOUTH WORLD SERIES, a multi-class team championship created by FOILING WEEK™ and dedicated to the new foiling generations of the world. The announcement session was coordinated by sailing journalist and New York Times correspondent Chris Museler.

FYWS will be a team competition of foiling boats and will be dedicated to young sailors with the aim of training future professionals. The sailors will be part of teams representing the most influential sailing clubs competing for a world title. In 2023 the series will begin with 4 to 5 events which will take place in stunning locations around the globe.

FYWS will actively promote and support diversity and inclusion, sustainability and safety, all values for which FOILING WEEK™ is considered a benchmark. The new event will have a huge onshore program rich with initiatives. Guests and audiences will have the chance to try the boats, see technology exhibitions, as well as participate in conferences and use the latest virtual simulators.

The racing classes will be selected amongst: Moth, WASZP or FD SWITCH, Nacra 15, Wingfoil, Kite Foil IKA and Persico 69F.

Entries will be open to entities such as yacht clubs, sailing professional teams, MNAs (both as single entities and as group of entities). Each entry will include sailors in every sailing class represented for a total of 7 participants, between 16 and 24 years old, of which at least 50% must be women.

The series will pay particular attention to fundamental themes for the future of the sport. On one hand, young sailors will be able to train and access the best opportunities to then demonstrate their talent and skills professionally, on the other hand, the series will adopt fixed criteria in gender equity for all events from day one.

A list of 10 possible hosting locations is being explored, evaluated, and selected in North America, Europe, Middle East, China, New Zealand and Australia.

FOILING WEEK™ is one of the signatories of the World Sailing Special Events Sustainability Charter and is consequently committed to respect and promote the dictates of environmental sustainability and protection, gender equality, social commitment, transparency and to promptly and clearly report all the discrepancies found.

FOILING WEEK™ is running its 9th edition this week on Lake Garda in Italy and is the first and only global event dedicated to amazingly fast foiling boats, to their sailors, designers, and manufacturers. It is one amongst the only 8 Special Events nominated by World Sailing, which represent the pinnacle of the sport including the America’s Cup, SailGP, The Ocean Race, World Match Racing Tour, PWA World Tour, Star Sailors League and GKA Kite World Tour.

Efficient procedures and standards for safety to avoid accidents on the racecourse will be developed by FYWS organizers as well as specific foiling-oriented workshops on water safety to support ribs and coaches. Series data will be included in the ongoing scientific academic study on “injury prevention research in foiling”.

Massive attention will be given to all onshore activities. A masterclass program is being created and will include sessions on foiling basics and physics, boat building and repairs, and class specific “playbooks”, while workshops will focus on hands-on boat works, foiling boat set-up theory, splicing, set up and optimization.

FWYS is committed to leaving a legacy of inclusion and performance in sport at each event. A plan of locally based initiatives will continuously complement grassroots sailing through mentoring, data analysis coaching from events and training sessions, foiling specific physical training including injury avoidance, mental coaching, dietary planning and follow up.

The FYWS events will also have secondary, post-racing follow-up based upon the two weeks-long programs. With the meaningful goal of developing the local foiling scene, it will be possible to experience foiling trials and coaching for a week after the event. Boats from the fleet could even remain at the event location and be lent to local Yacht Clubs who prove commitment.

Through the following link you can watch the recording of the announcement:

Scott Over, Commercial Director of World Sailing

“Foiling Week has become a key partner of World Sailing and we are working together to promote and develop sailing through their Special Event Status. This next step in their evolution, the launch of the Foiling Youth World Series, exemplifies many of our goals in sustainability, inclusivity and diversity, and the growth of our sport. We at World Sailing will continue to support this great organization as they grow and benefit sailors and the communities they touch.”

Li Li, Managing Director of China Sports & Communications International Co Ltd.

“This cooperation has really provided a great opportunity for all of us to commit to the strategic development of youth foiling community around the globe together. The mission is to organize a series of dedicated events to promote foiling as a sport and to organize training programs and practice events to give local sailors and the community the chance to foil with the goal of creating a legacy for the future”.

Aaron Young, Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

“The Foiling World Series events present a great and unique opportunity for our future sailors to experience the world of foiling. The pathway is so important for clubs like the RNZYS to help bridge that gap between club sailing and professional sailing at a high level. The Foiling week series has given that next generation of both females and males a fun and exciting steppingstone from youth sailing at clubs to reaching the highest level in our sport – what an amazing opportunity”.

Bruno Giuntoli, Operations Director of FOILING WEEK™

“I think that the Youth Series will be a perfect path to professional sailing. We have been working on the series planning on every aspect for quite some time and, as an engineer, I can’t leave anything to chance. With the support of our partners and stakeholders, now it’s time to go on the field and start verifying all our insights. I’m extremely excited and confident”.

Luca Rizzotti, Founder and President of FOILING WEEK™

“Look around, foiling will soon be the most popular way to go sailing. We, at FOILING WEEK™, explore its boundaries, segments, trends, and population since 2013. It’s huge. I think it is very clear that we stick to our motto #connect #cooperate #change: FOILING WEEK™ team is cooperating with Yacht Clubs and Federations around the world to accelerate foiling diffusion. From Jeddah Yacht Club and Saudi Sailing Federation to China Sports & Industry Group, and to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron we are happy to engage with all passionate entities.

The Series project is basically a new pathway of sailing that goes along with the Olympics and the Ocean racing. A long-term idea conceived and designed for future generations. The best and most relevant Yacht Clubs in the world are joining the Series. We have already quite a few requests. Year one will start with 10 teams so, if anybody wants to join just call us now, there are not many places left”.