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Persico 69F Revolution FCL - Day 2

by Wordpower srl 19 Aug 2020 02:12 PDT 17-19 August 2020

Experience versus euphoria. Hours and hours at the helm, choosing lay-lines and getting used to handling the team and the race field... or great physical strength, speed, energy, and lot of determination. The first semifinal of Persico 69F Revolution FCL today has awarded both the approaches: the experience of Enrico Zennaro, Lorenzo Tonini and Simone Salvà, and the energy and euphoria of young sailors from Dutch Sail Janssen De Jong, galvanized by a "up and down" race on the foil.

The second day of the Persico 69F Revolution FCL welcomed the teams onto water at breakfast time with 17 knots from the North with waves: twenty minutes later two of the four teams were already in the finals. Zeta Racing and Dutch Sail Janssen De Jong will have to wait until tomorrow to know who they will face in the final.

The attention, during the morning, moved to the lower past of the table: another four flights that promoted Young Azzurra, Kingdom Team Netherlands, Top Gun Racing and YCI-SVBG. Here was another race between experience and euphoria.

"In the semifinals for us experience has dominated," explain Zennaro, Salvà, and Tonini, the team of Zeta Racing, "we started very well, but then it was very 'stop and go': from 17 knots of wind to almost none, and everything has started again after the second buoy. We played our cards right, manoeuvrers well done, a cool head, and great navigation on the last leg allowed us to get the final".

"A great race," says the helmsman of Dutch Sail Janssen De Jong, Lars von Stekelenborg, "the level of this week was really high. The 'stop and go' was a part of the navigation experience here on Lake Garda and it was really hard to keep the lead, but we did everything we could to do it, in particular, we had a great battle against RHYC Team Agiplast, which was a great satisfaction for us."

In the lower part of the table rises Young Azzurra, in the spotlight after the announcement last week that starts the Italian Run towards the Youth America's Cup: "We lost the first race on the debut day and we found ourself in a hard position," explains the helmsman Ettore Botticini, "but today we knew how to react very well: two first places, strong and clear, allowed us to remedy and now we can fight. The next flight will be really hard."

Tomorrow, flight 11 will again see experience versus euphoria. On one side, Michele Paoletti, Vittorio Bissaro and Giuliano Desiderato (YCI-SVBG), sailors that have raced everywhere for a lot of years with or without foil... on the other side the euphoria, the determination and the youth of who have a lot to show: Young Azzurra (Ettore Botticini, Federico Colaninno, Francesca Bergamo), Kingdom Team Netherlands (Odile van Aanholt, Emma Savelon, Jorden van Rooijen with the Italian Guido Gallinaro) and Top Gun Racing (Ruggero Tita, Francesco Rubagotti and Matteo Pilati)... Under 25 teams with big dreams and big expectation.

69fsailing.com

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