Please select your home edition
Edition
Lloyd Stevenson Catalyst 45 728x90px2 TOP

Young Azzurra takes second place in Youth Foiling Gold Cup

by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda 12 Mar 10:06 PST 10-12 March 2021
Young Azzurra, Youth Foiling Gold Cup. © Marta Rovatti Studihrad / 69F Media

Today marked the conclusion of the Youth Foiling Gold Cup, a marathon event that began on 2 March and saw Young Azzurra claim second place in the overall standings.

A long journey for the YCCS team made up of skipper Ettore Botticini, flight controller Federico Colaninno, the two mainsail trimmers who alternate on board, Francesca Bergamo and Erica Ratti, and coach Enrico Zennaro.

Young Azzurra qualified for the final of the Youth Foiling Gold Cup via two knockout rounds, both of which the team completed in the top half of the rankings. The qualifying phase lasted almost a week, time which the Young Azzurra team took advantage of to gain in-depth knowledge of the boat, becoming more attuned to it each day. The finals commenced on 10 March, and the competition moved to a new level in which Young Azzurra, the only Italian crew taking part, gave it their all against the five other teams left in the race: Team Dutch Sail, Team Agiplast, Kingdom Team, Southern Challenge and One Switzerland.

The first day of the finals was the most challenging for Young Azzurra, who with four races completed sat in fifth position in the provisional standings. The team took this as an important opportunity for growth and reacted in the best possible way, moving up a gear from the second day of the finals.

Each time the crew found themselves at the back of the fleet, they managed to climb their way back up. The second race of day two saw perhaps the greatest highs and lows, as Young Azzurra rounded the first mark in last place, but thanks to a perfect lay line managed to recoup five positions, putting ground between themselves and the rest of the fleet. Disaster struck however, as damage to a halyard on the mainsail halted Young Azzurra's comeback and she was unable to complete the race. Following a request for redress the team was awarded third place. This unexpected setback didn't stop Young Azzurra's race for the podium for long, as the team put in highly consistent performances for the remainder of the day to claim second place in the following three races.

Today's third and final day of the event saw the fleet wait into the early afternoon for a breeze that never materialised, thus preventing any further racing.

The results obtained on the first and second day, added to the electronic points (awarded to the fastest boat in the race and the one which covered the shortest distance) and point for fair play (a classification based on the teams with the fewest penalties), left Young Azzurra in second place overall behind winners Team Dutch Sail and ahead of Team Agiplast in third.

The prize-giving ceremony took place at 4:00 p.m. and was attended by the president of the Italian Sailing Federation Francesco Ettorre and the president of the IV Zone Giuseppe D'Amico, as well as YCCS Commodore Michael Illbruck and YCCS Sports Director, Edoardo Recchi.

YCCS Commodore Michael Illbruck declared: "We are very satisfied with the performance of our Young Azzurra team in the Youth Foiling Gold Cup, the first international event of the year. When we decided to take part in this event the objective was clear: to do our best in the competition, looking to improve performance rather than focusing solely on the results. Sport is made up of highs and lows, wins and losses, and during this marathon our crew had to deal with some difficult situations, which is fundamental for their personal and professional growth. We are proud of how the team reacted and their excellent podium finish."

The next appointment for Young Azzurra is in Malcesine on 27 April for the Grand Prix of the Persico 69F Circuit.

Related Articles

Young Azzurra wins in Malcesine
Opening Persico 69F Cup Grand Prix of 2021 Sunday was the final day of racing at the Grand Prix 1.1 Persico 69F Cup and Young Azzurra has won the first event in this year's circuit. Posted on 3 May
Young Azzurra in Malcesine for Persico 69F Cup
This will be the team's first event with new coach Gabriele Bruni This will be the second sporting event of the year for the YCCS team, which finished in second place in the first international leg of the Youth Foiling Gold Cup in March. Posted on 29 Apr
Young Azzurra through in Youth Foiling Gold Cup
Qualifying for the finals After an intense week of racing in the waters of Gaeta, Young Azzurra qualified for the final of the Youth Foiling Gold Cup with an excellent final position in the classification of the second round of the knockout phase. Posted on 10 Mar
Young Azzurra ready for Youth Foiling Gold Cup
The only team representing Italy in this regatta The Youth Foiling Gold Cup will be the first international event of the year for the Young Azzurra team, the sporting project launched by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in 2020. Posted on 2 Mar
Entries open for Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2021
Taking place from 5 to 11 September in Porto Cervo, Sardinia The Notice of Race for the 31st edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has been published. The event, organized with the support of institutional partner Rolex and in collaboration with the International Maxi Association, will take place in September. Posted on 27 Feb
Entry opens for Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
The regatta is open to superyachts with a minimum length of 90 feet The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, together with its partners, is continuing to work on relaunching the sporting events on the calendar for the coming season. Posted on 4 Feb
New dates for 2022 ORC/IRC World Championship
A large fleet is expected to take part in Porto Cervo After consultation between the Federazione Italiana Vela (FIV), the Unione Vela Altura Italiana (UVAI) and the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large, the ORC, the RORC and the YCCS, the dates for the 2022 ORC/IRC World Championship have been changed. Posted on 20 Jan
Young Azzurra prepares for 2021 events
Team to take part in the Youth Foiling World Cup and the Persico 69F Cup regatta circuit Young Azzurra, the sports project launched in 2020 by the YCCS dedicated to talented young Italian sailors, is set to take part in international regattas in 2021 including the Youth Foiling World Cup and several legs of the Persico 69F Cup circuit. Posted on 18 Jan
2022 ORC/IRC Worlds to be in Porto Cervo
The choice of YCCS has been accepted and approved The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC), the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) are pleased to announce the next biennial ORC/IRC World Championship will be held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy. Posted on 26 Nov 2020
Young Azzurra select two further team members
Following training in Porto Cervo Young Azzurra, the Under-25 foiling team representing the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, sailed for the first time in their home waters this week. At the end of the training session, Francesca Bergamo and Erica Ratti were officially confirmed as crew members. Posted on 30 Oct 2020
Highfield Boats - SW - FOOTERUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERReverso Air 2021 FOOTER