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  • On garda in late June, the week of the flying boats
  • The foiling film festival, first edition
  • Forums and conferences with Terry Hutchinson, Clarisse Cremer, Dave Kalama, and Julia Mancuso
  • #backthebid with World Sailing to bring paralympic sailing back to the Los Angeles games

From June 30 to July 3, Malcesine on Lake Garda will host the FOILING WEEK, the premier event for sailors, technicians, and sailing 3.0 enthusiasts from around the world.
For the ninth time in Italy, doing the honors will be the Fraglia Vela Malcesine, a club that has in its DNA the creation of regattas of excellence and where Olympic classes have always been trained and boats destined to make sailing history are tested.

Big news 2022 is the first edition of the Foiling Film Festival, which will take place over two evenings at the Palazzo dei Capitani in Malcesine and will feature some of the best international Foiling-themed film productions in competition.

As a traditional proponent of historic social responsibility actions, this year FOILING WEEK supports #BacktheBid, the campaign to raise awareness for the reintroduction of sailing at the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympics promoted globally by World Sailing (World Sailing Federation).

“FOILING WEEK 2022 is the first one as a Special Event and it is precisely within the framework of common goals with World Sailing that we decided to dedicate the event to the reinstatement of sailing among the paralympic disciplines. FOILING WEEK has a long history of collaborations and initiatives on this issue and we believe it is essential for the future of sailing that Paralympic sailors can compete at LA2028” Luca Rizzotti, President FOILING WEEK.



Fraglia Vela Malcesine, June 30-July 3.
International Regattas of the classes: Moth, WASZP, ETF26, Wingfoil.
Registration closes on June 28. Methods of participation and memberships at


Public Trials
Fraglia Vela Malcesine, June 30-July 3.
Also this year, as per tradition, the FOILING WEEK staff will offer newcomers and less experienced sailors the possibility of assisted trials divided into fast trials with Switch, Peacoq and UFO manufacturers, and trials organized by Europa Sail with Waszp and with Andrew Simpson Watersport Center of  Campione with UFOs and Windfoils lasting 90 minutes.


Forums and conferences
Fraglia Vela Malcesine, June 30-July 2.
Meetings, in-person and streamed, with influential members of the foiling community including Terry Hutchinson (American America’s Cup and TP52 sailor), Clarisse Cremer (Vendee Globe solo sailor from France), Dave Kalama (Hawaiian legend big wave surfer and innovator), and Julia Mancuso (American Olympic skiing Gold Medalist and surf/wing foiler), aamong many others to better understand the state of the art of sailing 3.0. Moderated by sailing journalist and New York Times correspondent Chris Museler.


Women Foiling Experience
Fraglia Vela Malcesine, June 28-July 3.
Following the Women Briefings and Moth Clinics in 2021, FOILING WEEK extends the program dedicated to women sailors to 6 days of testing and sailing, joined by coaches, entirely free of charge, aboard Persico 69F, Moth, Waszp Switch, UFO, Peacoq, and Wingfoill.


Foiling SuMoth Challenge
Fraglia Vela Malcesine, June 27 – 30.
Design competition inspired by the need for more sustainable and efficient sailboat designs and production methods. The ultimate goal of the contest is to promote sustainable practices by challenging teams of naval architecture and engineering students in a friendly, technical, and sporting competition –
Teams entered the competition: PoliTo Sailing Team (Turin, Italy), Rafale ETS Montreal (Montreal, Canada), Soton SuMoth Team (Southampton, UK), PoliMi Sailing Team (Milan, Italy), Solent SuMoth Team (Southampton, UK), Audace Sailing Team (Trieste, Italy), UNIPV Sailing Team (Pavia, Italy) and Mothis Vela (Padua, Italy).


Institutional Partners
Foiling Week enjoys the patronage of World Sailing, the World Sailing Federation to which all the world’s national federations refer including the Italian Sailing Federation recognized by CONI. In 2021, World Sailing awarded Foiling Week the status of “Special Event,” a recognition limited only to the following seven international events: America’s Cup, The Ocean Race, SailGP, World Match Racing Tour, PWA World Tour, Star Sailors League, and GKA Kite World Tour. Special Event status ensures that World Sailing formally recognizes and ratifies all events organized by Foiling Week.
Foiling Week is committed to the goals set by the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030 with a focus on environmental sustainability, gender equality, and social responsibility. Foiling Week collaborates with the Magenta Project in order to promote professional sailing opportunities for women and access to the World Sailing Trust, a fund that finances numerous initiatives aimed at increasing accessibility to sailing and promotes sustainable practices in the sport and boat manufacturing.


Sustainability and Official Coach Boat: Torqeedo
Technical Clothing: Helly Hansen
Official Guests Boat: Candela
Logistic: GAc PINdar
SUmoth partners: 11th hour racing – Bcomp
Exhibitors: FD-Switch – Fulcrum SPeedworks Ufo – Sea change – Eldorado – Peacoq – Chubanga – Zaoli Sails
Foil Learning Partners: Europasail, Malcesine – Andrew Simpson Watersport Center – Campione


Foiling Film Festival #getreadyfortakeoff

The constant human research towards new technologies and the confrontation of man with nature have given rise, over the years, to unique enterprises, which have now become real stories.
Athletes, companies, associations, people, that have inspired and inspire generations, leading other people to push themselves further and further, continuing to push the boundaries in the search for a unique and deep relationship between themselves and Sea.

After the huge success and popularity of all the foiling sports in the last years, this year Foiling Week launches the first Film Festival all about Foiling: a competitive event bringing together the spirit of adventure, action, environment and new technology from around the world.
Foiling Film Festival features the best foiling adventures, water sports action, environmental and event documentaries.
At its first edition 2022, the festival will take place in the stunning Malcesine overviewing the magic wind machine called Garda Lake during Foiling Week from June 29th to July 3rd.

The festival will also offer the chance to meet other filmmakers, photographers and professional athletes and mentor around the world of sailing and foiling at 360°. It would be the opportunity to exchange ideas and collaborate in a highly creative and inspiring atmosphere in person during the Foiling Week event. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with leaders in the foiling adventure field, including engineers, brands, gear manufacturers, potential sponsors, and journalists.

All films can be subscribed starting from March 15th until April 30th (late deadline May 20th) on the Film Freeway online Platform at the link: or through email at

Films entered into competition will be reviewed and selected prior the Festival.
All winner films will be included and screened into the FFF nights in Malcesine (approximately 2 hours long and contain 8-15 mixed films). Short films are particularly popular for the programming flexibility they provide so longer film submitted, might also be asked to enter a shorter version in competition.

Other films, even though won’t be screened during the festival, may be considered for inclusion in our World Tour programs (in theatre or virtual) that will reach a global audience of sailors and foiling lovers from around the globe.


Follow us on our Social media to always be updated about the Festival nights!


Instagram: @foilingfilmfestival #getreadyfortakeoff #foilingfilmfestival
Facebook: @foilingfilmfestival #getreadyfortakeoff #foilingfilmfestival

2022 edition of Foiling Film Festival is still looking for partners to work and collaborate with throughout this beautiful adventure.

The Festival will take place in Malcesine at:
Palazzo dei Capitani
Via Capitanato, 4, 37018 Malcesine VR

JUNE 29th 2022, h19 : First Festival night
JULY 02nd 2022, h19 : Second Festival night


Andi Van Zyl in studio chats with John Fullerton, International Media Officer of The Foiling Week, from Lake Garda. What’s it all about? Where is foiling technology now? Who’s racing in Malcesine? Find out in this exclusive NC Sports preview now airing on Nautical Channel’s global television network, and starting Sunday at 6:30 pm on SKY Showcase UK, ch.212. Full edition online next week.

World on Water Feb. 21th 2016 by Boats on TV



In this week’s Wow a crashing time in Race 1 of the 18 Footers JJ Giltinan Championships, the Pittwater RPAYC MC 38 Championships, all types of boats are in the Foiling Week races in Europe, the 49er FX & Nacra Worlds, Days 1 & 2 of the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds in Sydney,18 Footer JJ Giltinan Championship race 1,Rolex farr 40 Worlds, it’s Tech Tuesday for the Americas Cup and a preview of the Louis Vuitton AC 45’s regatta in Oman next week.
BIG is the word for this week in sailing.

Yacht Racing Forum 2015


Plenary session – The present and future of yacht racing

Jean-Baptiste Durier, Directeur, Tour de France à la Voile
Andy Tourrell, Event Director, Extreme Sailing Series
Luca Rizzotti, The Foiling Week
Steve Clark, President, C-Class

En av de absolut roligaste panelerna. Och personer som får saker att hända. Från Steve Clark som sett allt (som vi tycker är nytt) i C-class för länge sedan till Luca Rizzotti som på nolltid har gjort The Foiling Week till en global festival (man kör både i Garda och i Newport under 2016) och maktfaktor i sporten:


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World On Water August 2015, Global sailing news. Multi 70 at 45knts, The Foiling Week One Design … more

by Geoff Waller


In this month’s Multi WoW we feature the French beast Gitana Multi 70 trialling at 45 knots, The Foiling Week has Phantom and One Designs racing on Lake Garda, Ben Ainslie wins one and the silverware in the 2 race Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series in Portsmouth, on request we feature the Cup Experience explanation on Crew, Workings and Wing Sails on the AC 45F boats and finally Day 2 in the Bullitt GC 32 Kiel

Team Invictus launch new C Class Cat at the Advanced Engineering


Team Invictus new C Class

Team Invictus are an all-volunteer team who have determined to win one of sailing’s most high tech events – the C class Catamaran Championships. C class racing began in the early 1960’s as a series of match races. Over the years the class has been at the forefront of technology and design, inspiring the creation of the World Speed Sailing Committee, and influencing America’s Cup design.

The UK dominated the early history, but since then has failed to make a mark, and so Team Invictus have set out to bring the cup home!

C class catamarans are marvels of engineering, and so it is appropriate that the team have chosen the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC on 4&5th Nov to reveal “Canopus” (GBR039) a C class flying boat, designed from the outset as a foiling catamaran. Both highly radical and innovative in its design, offers a credible challenge against Groupama’s current domination (winners of the C class catamaran championships 2015).

Canopus’s performance is a mix of design and technology, enabling a super-light craft to travel at well over 3 times the speed of the wind. The team are helped in achieving this engineering feat through the sponsorship of suppliers of advanced materials. The hulls, which may see potentially high crash loads if the boat suddenly comes off the foils, will be developed using Chomerat C-Ply shallow-angle NCF materials which come in very light aerial weights.

For the wing sail, the very light weight of the boat means extremely low loads, and so the wing weight is driven almost entirely by how light the structure can be built. To help achieve the lightest wing possible, the team are helped by Sigmatex’s new Spread Tow Fabrics and Evonik’s Rohacell foam cores, bringing the overall weight of the wing to around 40kg. Both Sigmatex and Evoniks products can be seen at their stands at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC.

Team Invictus will be displaying their 2013 craft, “Invictus” (GBR039) at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC on the 4th-5th November and welcome visitors to come and find out how they plan to bring home the trophy.


Canopus is built with one aim, to win the C class championships, but the team also see her competing at other major events such as Foiling Week, Weymouth Speed Week, and maybe even the Bol D’Or!

The Team Invictus all-volunteer team began in 2002, formed by Airbus engineers Mark Bishop and Norman Wijker, with the rest of the team being drawn mostly from Airbus in Bristol. The team were also lucky enough to be able to call on the dynamic talents of speed sailor Paul Larsen who helmed Invictus at the 2004 and 2010 championships. In the beginning the team were outclassed by the experienced boat designers in the USA, but gradually they have built a foundation of knowledge that has allowed them to compete at the highest level of this design-led class.

This achievement was acknowledged by awarding Team Invictus the honour of hosting the 2013 championships in Cornwall, which attracted an unprecedented 11 boats and saw the first real competition that was decided by foiling.

The winner of the 2013 championships, and the recent event in Geneva was Franck Cammas on his amazing C class catamaran, “Groupama”. This boat is regarded by many as one of the most advanced sailboats on the planet, and has raised the bar for all competitors up to the ceiling; with Cammas’s world class sailing skills and a professional design team, this is what Team Invictus’s weekend warriors are facing.

So if you would like to meet the team or find out more, come and visit the stand at the NEC, and if you are able to help in our quest, we would love to meet you. Email