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A RECORD-BREAKING FOILING WEEK WAITING FOR THE 10TH EDITION

  • A WEEK TO REMEMBER FOR WHEATHER, GUESTS AND EVENTS
  • THE FIRST FILM FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO FOILING
  • THE FOILING YOUTH WORLD SERIES ON THE LAUNCHING PAD
  • FOILING WEEK “X” FROM JUNE 27th TO JULY 5th 2023, AT FRAGLIA MALCESINE AS USUAL

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!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOILING YOUTH WORLD SERIES

A NEW EVENT CREATED BY FOILING WEEK™ DEDICATED TO YOUNG TALENTED SAILORS, PROVIDING THE FOILING PATHWAY TO BECOME PROFESSIONALS AND ACCESS ELITE SAILING IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BEST TEAMS AND YACHT CLUBS

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: https://fb.watch/d_xJx-SiU5/

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”.

FOILING FILM FESTIVAL, FIRST EDITION, THE WINNERS

  • TO “GONE WITH THE WING” BY ANDREW ENGLISCH, AUSTRALIA (2022), THE AWARD FOR BEST FOILING FILM OF 2022
  • “FLYINGNIKKA – THE MAKING OF…” PREMIERES OUT OF COMPETITION AT THE FFF – THE WORDS OF OWNER AND SKIPPER ROBERTO LACORTE
  • FOILING YOUTH WORLD SERIES – FOILING WEEK TALKS ABOUT IT TOMORROW AT 09:15 LIVE WEB WITH WORLD SAILING, CHINA SPORTS INDUSTRY GROUP AND ROYAL NEW ZEALAND YACHT SQUADRON.

The Foiling Film Festival has found its winners. Last night, in the 14th-century Palazzo dei Capitani in Malcesine, the awards ceremony of the first edition of the world festival entirely dedicated to the cinematography of “flying boats” took place. It was a very important moment for Beatrice Colombo Serri, curator of the event, who commented at the end: “As a first edition it was a real success and huge satisfaction. I am convinced that with this review the interest and desire were born in many directors and producers, to create more and more video and documentary content to tell the fantastic world of foil. For the next editions, I expect many more participants. We have plans for more events and appearances to run these wonderful short and long metrics collected.”

The award for best foiling film of the year went to the medium-length film “GONE WITH THE WING” by Andrew Englisch, Australia (2022), who was in the audience with his family. It retraces Englisch’s own first world attempt to cross by Wingfoil, the treacherous Bass Strait (between Australia and Tasmania). An ordeal that helped him recover at a very difficult time. “Coming from Australia to the world’s first Foiling Film Festival is such an honor and something I could never have imagined. To win the award for best film is astounding because I only started foiling 12 months ago, I’m 55 years old and I want to tell everyone that foiling is amazing, it’s an attraction for all ages, it has changed my life and I hope it will change the lives of so many others.”

Best Series 2022 is “CHALLENGER FOR NOW” an 8-episode production by America’s Cup team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, represented for the occasion here on Lake Garda by Stefano Baruffaldi, the drone-man and design team member involved in the filming of the film. “It is thanks to this experience that my collaboration with Luna Rossa began. It was a real turning point. I will remember it for the rest of my life from a human and professional point of view.”

The prize for best short film was awarded to “VENT” by Pietro M. Bressan, Italy. It is an intimate tale between Olympic champion Ruggero Tita and the wind, or rather the winds of Garda, seen as magical presences that accompany the sailor in his training discipline.FOILING WEEK™ is the first and only global event dedicated to the amazing foiling boats, their sailors, designers and manufacturers.

The award for best story goes to “LINKED OUT – VENDÈE GLOBE” by Thomas Sametin, which presents the genesis, difficulties and satisfactions of French skipper Thomas Ruyant in building his boat with Vendèe Globe 2020 as a goal.

To “RRD A FOILING TRIP IN SOUTH AFRICA” by Stefano Ricci went the prize for best editing. A road-movie set in South Africa that uses compelling, adrenaline-pumping images to chronicle the evolutions of Ricci and his Wingfoil. “We weren’t realizing the fact that we were making memories, we were just having fun,” the star commented on the occasion.

The allure of the world’s biggest waves ridden on a foil board. These were the main ingredients for the best cinematography award that went to “LIFT FOILS_LAIRD AT NAZARÉ” by Patrick Weiland, USA.

As best film set on Lake Garda, presented to the winners by Livio Concini Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Malcesine, partner of the first edition of the Foiling Film Festival, was awarded “Enduring Garda” by Lamberto Cesari and Luca Carton. A work capable of conveying the emotions and beauty of this magical stretch of water by sailing from north to south aboard a Nacra 17 and then returning by land racing over the mountains on the Veneto side of the lake.

The Festival was inaugurated by the out-of-competition “premiere” of “FlyingNikka – The making of…,” by Roman director Pierpaolo Lanfrancotti, which traces the genesis of the first mini-maxi foiler for offshore racing by Italian owner and skipper Roberto Lacorte, who said on the festival stage, “The evening was really engaging, the ideal context for the presentation of the film on FlyingNikka. I would like to thank Luca Rizzotti and the Foiling Week organization for giving us this opportunity. I also extend my congratulations to them for putting on an event that is unquestionably the absolute benchmark of the foiling context internationally.”

Please note that tomorrow, July 1, at 09:15 a.m. (Italian time), FOILING WEEK™ President Luca Rizzotti and Bruno Giuntoli, Operations Director FOILING WEEK™, together with Scott Over, Commercial Director of World Sailing (world sailing federation), the Sailing Manager of CHINA SPORT INDUSTRY GROUP, Mrs. Li Li, and Aaron Young, Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, will present live streaming of the guidelines of the FOILING YOUTH WORLD SERIES, a multiclass team championship dedicated to the new generation of world foiling.

Those wishing to follow the presentation can log on to the following URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlzCcj7Wwmc

FOILING WEEK, SPRINT ENTRIES RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES FOR THE NINTH EDITION

  • OVER 200 REGISTRANTS REPRESENTING 21 NATIONS, IT’S THE FOILING WEEK WITH THE HIGHEST ATTENDANCE EVER
  • 14 FORUMS WITH INTERNATIONAL GUESTS WILL EXPLORE THE EVOLUTION OF FOIL, SUSTAINABILITY AND GENDER EQUALITY
  • SUMOTH CHALLENGE, SECOND EDITION, THE WORLD’S GREAT UNIVERSITIES CHALLENGE EACH OTHER TO DESIGN AND BUILD THE FASTEST OF BOATS WHILE RESPECTING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
  • FOILING FILM FESTIVAL, FIRST EDITION – WORLD PREMIERE OF DOCU-FILM ON FLYINGNIKKA

FOILING WEEK 2022 regattas begin tomorrow, June 30, and until Sunday, July 3, Fraglia Vela Malcesine will host more than 200 foilers from 21 nations around the world. For the first time in nine editions, the organizers found themselves forced to impose a maximum limit on entries, confirming the growing attention this kermesse continues to receive from flying boat enthusiasts around the world.

Absolute record number of participants divided this year into 5 classes: Moth, WASZP, ONEFLY, ETF26 and Wingfoil.

The Moth class, which has always been the queen of FOILING WEEK, registers more than 70 entries and excellent names such as Ruggero Tita, Nacra Gold Medalist at the Tokyo 2022 Olympics together with Caterina Banti. Britons Dylan Fletcher, Gold in the Men’s 49er class in Tokyo in 2020 and Paul Goodison, Laser Olympic Champion in 2008 in Beijing and Moth World Champion right here in Malcesine in 2017.

In the WASZP class, which was first introduced at FOILING WEEK in 2016, there are more than 60 athletes at the start.

Conceived for absolute speed and inspired by the multihulls of the 34th America’s Cup, there will be 8 ETF26 catamarans on the starting line this year, for the third time scheduled at FOILING WEEK.

More than 20 athletes are registered in the Wingfoil class, the booming new board trend that combines windsurfing, kitesurfing and foiling. You fly over the water dragged by a very light inflatable structure wing standing on a very compact foiling board.

During the week, the public in attendance will have the opportunity to test sail numerous foil classes following reservations.

As for the innovative SuMoth Challenge project, in its second edition, there are four boats submitted to the final stage by as many universities: PoliTo Sailing Team (Turin, Italy), Rafale ETS Montreal (Montreal, Canada), Soton SuMoth Team (Southampton, UK), PoliMi Sailing Team (Milan, Italy). An innovative academic year-long project involving the design, planning, engineering and production of a functioning, high-performance monohull foiler boat inspired by principles of sustainability and low construction costs.

Fourteen forums are scheduled from Thursday, June 30th to Saturday, July 2nd and moderated by New York Times sailing editor Chris J. Museler.

State-of-the-art foiling, academic design, innovation, sustainability, gender equality and disability will be addressed. Moments where it will be possible to listen, ask questions and meet with certain leading experts in these areas. It will be possible to follow the forums through the individual links below, in case of problems please refer to the links from the website or via Facebook and Instagram.

PROGRAM

June 30:

  • 10:00 AM – SuMoth Discussions #1 with PoliMi & Rafele
  • 11:00 AM – SuMoth Discussions #2
  • 12:00 PM – SuMoth 2022 S1 Evaluation.
  • 02:00 PM – GoPro: Controlling Culture, Gender Balance, Equity of Pro Foiling Events. Guests:
    • Josie Gliddon – Female Sailor of the Year (Foiling Week Awards), founding member Magenta Project, Moth Champion
    • Terry Hutchinson – 2-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, 11-time World Champion, Skipper of American Magic (America’s Cup)
    • Paige Alms – 2-time WSL Big Wave World Champion, Foil Surfing Champion
    • Mirco Babini – IKA President, pioneer of the Foil event

July 1:

July 2:

  • 09:00 AM – Special Guest: #BackTheBid
    • Chris Ballois, Paralympic Kite
    • Alessandro Lancelotti, Paralympic Kite
  • 10:00 AM – FLOW: Exploring Flow State in foil piloting (education/safety). Guests:
    • Clarisse Cremer, Vendee Globe solo ocean sailor.
    • Julia Mancuso, Olympic ski gold medalist and surf/wing foiler
    • Charlie “Pooch” Pucharello, former F-14 fighter pilot.
  • 11:00 AM – More than Games: Olympic Foiling Fallout (Is foiling leaving developing nations behind? Does foiling open doors for women?) Guests:
    • Tara Pacheco, Olympian
    • Shahar Zubari, Israeli Olympic coach
    • Noora Ruskola, Kite Foil Olympic Campaigner
  • 01:00 PM – NextGen Foil pathways Focus Group. Guests
    • Hattie Rogers, SUMOTH and UK foiler
    • Pearl Lattanzi, top Hawaiian youth foiler
    • Rowan Gyde, Manta5
    • Luca Devoti, FD Switch
    • Dave Clark, UFO
    • Riley Schutt, US Sailing R&D
  • 02:00 PM – Special Guest: DAVE KALAMA, Foil Pioneer

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., there will be the awards ceremony of the Film Foiling Festival, a film festival dedicated to boats that fly that will be opened by the out-of-competition “premiere” of “FlyingNikka – The making of…,” by Roman director Pierpaolo Lanfrancotti, which traces the genesis of the first mini-maxi foiler for offshore racing by Italian owner and skipper Roberto Lacorte. The evening is reserved for FOILING WEEK participants. On Saturday, July 2, it will be possible to see Foiling Film Festival films with free admission (subject to availability), again at Palazzo dei Capitani in Malcesine.

FIRST EDITION OF FOILING FILM FESTIVAL, AWARDS CEREMONY ON JUNE 29

ON JUNE 29 IN MALCESINE THE WINNERS OF THE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO FOILING WILL BE AWARDED.
SPECIAL GUEST OUT OF COMPETITION: “FLYINGNIKKA – THE MAKING OF” PREMIERING AT FOILING WEEK.
16 WORKS SELECTED REPRESENTING SEVEN NATIONS.

There are 16 splendid finalists still in the running for a prize in this first edition of the Foiling Film Festival, the world film festival dedicated to films whose common thread is foiling.

The nominees compete in an “overall” classification for Best Film and in five category classifications as follows: short film (max 5min), editing, photography, screenplay, and series.
Over the past few months works have been coming in from all over the world to the Festival staff coordinated by its curator Beatrice Colombo Serri: “The idea of doing a Festival was born during a coffee with Luca Rizzotti (Founder and President FOILING WEEK), we were thinking of making a documentary on the history of foiling. Having previously worked for Banff and Ocean Film Festival the connection was virtually immediate and here we are in January looking for the best videos on flying water toys.”

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 29, at the end of an invitation-only evening to be held at the Palazzo dei Capitani in Malcesine. On July 2, the program will be replicated for the public by the City of Malcesine.

The evening of the 29th will be opened by the world premiere screening of the out-of-competition work “FlyingNikka – The making of…,” by Pierpaolo Lanfrancotti (Alessandro Smarrelli on editing), which shows the FlyingNikka project, from the genesis of the idea to the first unforgettable “flight” off the coast of Valencia, of the first “full foiling” yacht in the Mini Maxi class, designed for offshore racing. An innovative and revolutionary challenge strongly desired by its owner and skipper Roberto Lacorte.
The 49′ film by Lacorte’s team traces the most important moments of a challenge destined to leave its mark and open a new path in sports sailing. Unseen and spectacular images, interviews with the protagonists – Roberto Lacorte and team members. A full immersion full of passion and love for sailing accompanied by original music composed by Manfredi D’Antoni and Danilo Sentini.
At the end of the screening Roberto Lacorte and some members of the team will be on hand to answer questions from guests.

List of works selected for the final evening:
MOTH SOUTH ISLAND CHAMPS 2022 – Aidan Neville Gordon, New Zealand, 2022
PHOENIX-REBORN FROM – Charles-Alexandre Vanroyen, France
GONE WITH THE WING – Andrew Englisch & Hamish Pattison, Australia, 2022
LINKEDOUT – Thomas SAMETIN, France, 2021
I AM ADDICTED – Jens Breuer, Germany, 2021
LIFT FOILS_LAIRD AT NAZARÉ – Patrick Weiland, U.S.A.
VENT – Piero M. Bressan, Italy
RRD A FOILING TRIP IN SOUTH AFRICA – Roberto Ricci, South Africa
110KM WINGFOIL MISSION FROM GREAT BARRIER ISLAND TO AUCKLAND NZ – Hayley & Sam Thom, New Zealand
A DREAM CALLED VENDÈE – Niccolò Maria Pagani, Italy
KITEFOIL AROUND FRANCE – Arnaud Scius, France
ENDURING GARDA – Luca Carton, Italy, 2022
FLITEBOARD NAZARÉ – Rod Caetano, Australia, 2022
58BPM – BEATS PER MINUTE – Marco Zingaretti, Italy
CHALLENGER FOR NOW_LUNA ROSSA – Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, Italy, 2020
FLITEBOARD HARMONY, PURITY & POSSIBILITIES – Hugo and Ross Turner, Australia, 2022

Due to time constraints, it will not be possible to offer the full version of all the works in the competition.

FOILING WEEK enjoys the Patronage of the Veneto Region.

SPORTS – SAILING 3.0 FOILING WEEK 2022

  • 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.

 

PROGRAM

Regattas
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 https://www.fragliavela.org/

 

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 – http://sumoth.org/
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.


FOILING WEEK PARTNERS

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.

FESTIVAL OPEN CALL
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: https://filmfreeway.com/FoilingFilmFestival or through email at info@foilingfilmfestival.org

FESTIVAL NIGHTS
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.

WORLD TOUR
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.

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FOR INFO AND FILM SUBSCRIPTION:
https://filmfreeway.com/FoilingFilmFestival

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS:
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.

PROGRAM:
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

FW Awards 5th Edition (2020-2021)

Click HERE to book your seat for the Foiling Awards!

Foiling is bringing an impressive set of new projects, boats, innovations and achievements also in 2020 and 2021. Once again it is time to recognise the best performance by the best players in the foiling community.

Official voting starts March 28th all nominees will be voted till April 14th, 2022. Winners will be announced at the Foiling Awards ceremony, on April 28th 2022.

Cast your vote!

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La Foiling Week ottiene il prestigioso status di Special Event

Foiling Week aggiunge un nuovo traguardo al suo palmares. Dopo essere il primo evento italiano a essere esportato all’estero, Australia e Nord America, da oggi è ufficialmente uno Special Event di Word Sailing.

Questo nuovo riconoscimento permetterà a Foiling Week, nato sulle rive del Lago di Garda nel 2014, di raggiungere sempre più persone e di collaborare con importanti realtà nazionali e internazionali specializzate nel settore, così da rendere ancora più ricco il programma di questo tanto atteso appuntamento della vela foiling.

La Foiling Week si unisce a eventi ad alto profilo internazionale che godono del medesimo status come: America’s Cup, The Ocean Race, SailGP, World Match Racing Tour, PWA World Tour, Star Sailors League e GKA Kite World Tour.

“La Foiling Week non è solo un evento, ma una comunità che promuove il cambiamento. Non ci interessiamo unicamente al foiling e alla vela in senso lato”, afferma Luca Rizzotti, fondatore di Foiling Week, “Creiamo opportunità, con l’obiettivo di favorire innanzitutto il progresso, non solo tecnologico. Le iniziative dell’evento sono ben note nel mondo velico proprio perché vanno oltre lo sport. Le partnership con università, produttori e organizzazioni non-profit sulle tematiche di responsabilità ambientale e sociale sono esempio lampante di questo. Siamo tutti connessi e dobbiamo crescere come gruppo, insieme e responsabilmente” conclude Rizzotti.

La Foiling Week è l’unico Special Event di World Sailing cresciuto negli anni grazie all’appoggio della propria community di appassionati. L’evento include, infatti, un importante forum durante il quale si condividono idee e si collabora creativamente per migliorare l’evento stesso, l’evoluzione del foiling e delle classi veliche volanti.

Lo status di Special Event garantisce che World Sailing riconosca e ratifichi formalmente tutti gli eventi organizzati da Foiling Week. Questo comporta, anche, che la Foiling Week segua gli obiettivi fissati dalla World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030, oltre che la collaborazione con il Progetto Magenta al fine di promuovere le opportunità di vela professionale per le donne, e l’accesso al World Sailing Trust, fondo che finanzia un insieme di iniziative mirate ad aumentare l’accessibilità alla vela e promuovere pratiche sostenibili nello sport e nella produzione di imbarcazioni.

Come parte del progetto, tutti gli Special Events praticano una strategia di sostenibilità globale con principi allineati secondo quanto stabilito dalla World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030, impegnandosi a lavorare con World Sailing per raggiungere rapidamente gli obiettivi.

David Graham, CEO di World Sailing, ha dichiarato: “L’aggiunta di Foiling Week al nostro gruppo di Special Events è entusiasmante per il futuro della vela. La crescita dell’evento è stata fenomenale da constatare, andando ben oltre le sole regate. Siamo lieti di lavorare al loro fianco per creare nuove strade di partnership e opportunità e per promuovere l’agenda di sostenibilità di World Sailing. La Foiling Week ha già fatto grandi passi avanti in questo settore, e non vediamo l’ora di imparare gli uni dagli altri e di ispirare un cambiamento positivo in tutto il mondo della vela”.

Il mantra di Foiling Week è “connect, cooperate, change”. Fin dall’inizio Foiling Week  è stato anticipatore in molti ambiti. Le prime prove di foiling dedicate a donne e bambini; le prime iniziative di sostenibilità come la riduzione delle quote di iscrizione per i partecipanti che aderiscono al car-pooling e l’eliminazione della plastica monouso fin dal primo anno.
Gianni Testa, presidente della Fraglia Vela Malcesine, circolo presso il quale si è tenuto l’evento sin dalla prima edizione, è entusiasta del progresso di Foiling Week: “Sono stato affascinato dalla rivoluzione del foiling e sono contento che il nostro yacht club abbia sostenuto la crescita di un evento che ora è diventato un caposaldo per il mondo del foiling”.

Oggi, Foiling Week connette i velisti foiling di tutto il mondo in modo formativo ed entusiasmante, promuovendo i propri valori di sicurezza, sostenibilità e accessibilità.

L’evento è leader nel portare responsabilità, creatività e divertimento nello sport e nell’industria ed è stato riconosciuto per:
– Pubblicazione della prima ricerca scientifica in assoluto sul monitoraggio degli infortuni e per la creazione di soluzioni di sicurezza;
– Creazione di accesso per le donne alla vela attraverso  partnership come il Progetto Magenta;
– il SuMoth Challenge: una sfida globale, che ha riunito studenti di tutto il mondo per progettare, produrre e navigare su un moth sostenibile. Parte di ogni Foiling Week dalla sua introduzione nel 2019, quest’anno è stata selezionato per il World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.

Avendo tenuto eventi in Australia, Nord America ed Europa, Foiling Week è diventata una presenza costante e ripetibile nello sport, sia fisicamente che online; lavorando con World Sailing per connettere, collaborare e apportare cambiamenti positivi nello sport e oltre potrà avere un impatto ancora più determinante.

Informazioni sugli eventi speciali di World Sailing

Lo status di World Sailing Special Event prevede che l’organo di governo mondiale riconosca formalmente e sancisca i principali eventi velici internazionali. World Sailing supporta le realtà prescelte con attività promozionali e di marketing, Ufficiali di Regata, Regole di Regata, Regolamenti, norme antidoping e di nazionalità.

Gli otto eventi speciali del World Sailing includono America’s Cup, The Ocean Race, SailGP, World Match Racing Tour, Star Sailors League, PWA World Tour e i tour mondiali freestyle della Global Kitesports Association e ora Foiling Week.

A proposito di Foiling Week

Foiling Week è un’associazione sportiva e culturale senza fini di lucro il cui scopo è promuovere il foiling e renderlo più sicuro, accessibile e sostenibile, puntando a fornire alla comunità del foiling la rete e le risorse per crescere nello sport della vela.

Il primo evento della Foiling Week si è svolto sulle rive del Lago di Garda presso la ventosa Fraglia Vela Malcesine nel 2014. Riders, designer e ingegneri hanno avuto l’opportunità di condividere le loro idee sui foil, il riciclo dei materiali per la costruzione e la creazione di barche foiling, dando forma al futuro dello sport.

L’evento è leader nel portare responsabilità e creatività nello sport e nell’industria. Ha portato a innovazioni tra cui:
– La creazione di un database mondiale che traccia gli infortuni nel foiling e le soluzioni per l’allenamento e nell’abbigliamento per affrontare gli incidenti. Questo è diventato il primo documento scientifico pubblicato su una rivista leader con ripercussioni in tutto il mondo della vela;
– Partnership con università per la costruzione sostenibile di imbarcazionei come la SuMoth Challenge, dove gli studenti progettano e realizzano un Moth Internazionale interamente con materiale riciclabile e riciclato. Il processo di progettazione e costruzione utilizza valutazioni del ciclo di vita per i nuovi prodotti al fine di migliorare la sostenibilità in ogni fase del progetto.

Queste iniziative si basano sui pilastri ed elementi fondamentali di Foiling Week, inclusi i Foiling Awards che riconoscono annualmente l’innovazione e il contributo individuale ai valori dell’evento di sicurezza, sostenibilità e accessibilità, e la Foiling Hall of Fame appena lanciata.