High flyers compete in Lake Garda

Lasersegler auf Abwegen: Philipp Buhl fliegt übers Wasser

The ninth edition of Foiling Week took place in Malcesine on Lake Garda from 30 June to 3 July. For the first time, the organizer felt compelled to set a limit for participants, such was the great interest. More than 170 sailors from more than 20 countries eventually went to the big air show. Five classes were flown: Moth, Wasp, OneFly, ETF 26 and Wingfoil.

Fraglia Vela Malcesine / Angela Travoger

Fraglia Vela Malcesine / Angela Travoger

Shortly after the Waszp field began, 66 sailors registered

Always the queen of foiling week, the Moth Class recorded over 70 entries. Among them are many Olympic champions and participants, as well as well-known sailors from around the world.

Dylan Fletcher secured the win with a clear lead, just over the top three. In 2018, the British Olympic champion won Tokyo in the 49er. In second place was none other than Mathias Coutts, son of five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts, Nicolai Jacobsen. Lisa Schweigert vom Wortsee became his first wife.

Fraglia Vela Malcesine / Angela Travoger

Fraglia Vela Malcesine / Angela Travoger

All eyes are on this year’s winner in the moth class

Olympic and multiple world champion Paul Goodison said of the sailing conditions and the event: “This place is just magical. I come to Malcesine every year and the conditions here are great. Foiling Week is a special event, so many foilers together, in one regatta, it’s really priceless!”

Philip Bull was the other Laser world champion in addition to Goodison in fourth place. In addition to the Olympic program, the man from Allgau, with a passion for motels and ambitions, finished seventh after ten sailing races with a consistent streak, thus being the best of the eleven Germans.

Waszp has been part of the Foiling Week program since 2016. Italy’s Ettore Botticini cruised to victory ahead of Ireland’s Charles Cullen and Italy’s Enzo Savoni. The most successful German partner was Lucas Hesse in 15th place and the best German partner was Kim Fernols from the Bavarian Yacht Club. For Waszp sailors, the next highlight, the World Championships, is already a week away in Malcesine.

Fraglia Vela Malcesine / Angela Travoger

Fraglia Vela Malcesine / Angela Travoger

Lots of action despite the Lady TeamPro’s last place finish in the ETF 26

Designed for sheer speed and inspired by the multihulls of the 34th America’s Cup, eight ETF-26 catamarans lined the starting line for the third time this year. The French team “TeamPro” won, beating “Live Ocean Racing” founded by Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.

In addition to the races of the world elite of foiling, novices and experienced sailors were able to make their first attempts on foils and try different models under guidance. Over 2,000 visitors flocked to Malcesine in wind and sun throughout the week.

Foiling Week/Martina Orsini

Foiling Week/Martina Orsini

Visitors had plenty to try and marvel at, including foiling e-motor boats

A new addition to the supporting program was the Foiling Film Festival, which took place over two evenings at the Palazzo dei Capitani in Malcesine. The winner of the competition and thus the best picture of 2022 was “Gone with the Wing” by Andrew English. Watch all movies for a week here:

The best images of Foiling Week 2022


Hard landing. It is a good thing that employees wear helmets

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