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  • Liberty Bitcoin Youth Foiling Cup Underway In Italy

    Gaeta, Italy (March 3, 2021) – The first Grand Prix of the inaugural Liberty Bitcoin Youth Foiling Gold Cup got underway today for the eight teams competing in the Persico 69F class. After light winds postponed the start of the qualification round, each team completed three races in variable 7-9 knot winds.

    The challenging conditions benefited the three teams with the most experience in the Persico 69F who now lead the rankings, although the USA team of Langston Goldenburg, Riley Gibbs, and Anna Weis, which are new to the boat, sit in fourth.

    Qualifying continues to March 8 after which the top six teams advance to the Finals on March 10-12.

    Day One Qualifying Results (3 races):
    1. Team Dutch Sail – NED, 16 points
    2. Team Agiplast – HKG, 15
    3. Young Azzurra – ITA, 14
    4. Southern Challenge – USA, 10
    5. Kingdom Team- EUR, 9
    6. Youth Bravo España – ESP, 8
    7. One Switzerland – SUI, 6.5
    8. Xela Racing – NOR, 5

    Norwegian team Xela Racing faced a difficult start due to last year’s pandemic, but they quickly made up for the little training with big enthusiasm, fostered by Rune Jacobsen who’s creating a very positive environment.

    Talking about the course, Alexander Ringstad - team manager and coach - says that it’ll be like with the moths, crucial to get max speed at the start. “I really like the course they have set up I think it’s a good course.”

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    “In this championship it’s really important to be open minded. Everyone needs to communicate with each other, not just do things in their own way. You have to have respect for others. When you’re a helm or tactician and you call for a tack, you need to understand that things take time and each person has a role to play in the team’s success.”
    They’ve been working hard on developing trust in each other. Things will take more time with three than with one. On a Persico69F you have to communicate what you are doing all the time and it’s specifically important with a team that has not sailed the boat before.

    The Americas cup is being sailed on very similar boats. Do you think this is trickle down or trickle up?
    “We have been watching the Americas cup a lot. But we have also seeking inspiration from the GC class. We’ve been getting good coaching on the GC on how to train, to be a team, to prepare for big days on the water and most importantly how to give equal value to each team member.”

    New teams join the world’s only high performance foiling regatta for youth sailors.
    8 international teams meet on the Italian coast to contest the first grand prix of the LIBERTY BITCOIN YOUTH FOILING GOLD CUP that starts in Gaeta, Italy.

    February 26, 2021- It’s race time for the 24 young international sailors from 8 countries this week in Gaeta, Italy who will compete in the first round of the Youth Foiling Gold Cup in the new Persico 69F class.

    While the world has been enthralled but the fast speeds and close racing in the Prada Cup, the Youth Foiling Gold Cup brings the high intensity of close foiling action to a new generation of high-performance sailors who will no doubt graduate to the full-size Cup in the future. Rune Jacobsen, team manager of Hong Kong’s team Agiplast confirms that the ambition for this circuit is to become the pinnacle event for youth sailing.

    “Most of the sailors in the current America’s Cup did the Youth America’s Cup… To develop high-performance foiling sailors, the Youth Foiling Gold Cup is a perfect match”

    The competing teams are:
    1) Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – Young Azzurra – ITA
    2) Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club – Team Agiplast – HK
    3) Southern Challenge – Southern Yacht Club – USA
    4) KNZRV Muiden & KRZV De Maas – Team Dutch Sail – NED
    5) One Switzerland – Bordée de Tribord – SUI
    6) Sanderfjord Seilforening – Xela Racing – NOR
    7) Real Club Nautico de Palma – Youth Bravo España – SPA
    8) Koninklijke Watersport Vereeniging Loosdrecht (KWVL)- Kingdom team- EUR

    Sadly, other teams were close to joining the circuit but were held back by COVID related problems. These included strong entries from Aarhus Sailing Club, Hellerup Sailing Club, China Foiling Academy, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Yacht Club de France, and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

    The start of the new round of competition naturally means that teams are getting to grips with the equipment, in this case the high-tech foiling Persico 69F designed by Wilson- Marquinez and built next to the Luna Rossa AC75s at Persico Marine and developed by the 69F team.

    Some teams have more work to do than others however, as three teams- Team Young Azzura, Team Agiplast and Team DutchSail- have all racked up serious training time on the new foiling platforms while other teams flew for the first time just last week.

    Pieter-Jan Postma, Dutch Olympic Sailor and Team DutchSail coach, says that they have approximately 70 days on the platform but while they “have more hours in the boat but the regatta is very long. Good sailors can learn the boat fast during the regatta”.

    Even for one of the most experienced teams in the fleet, COVID has impacted their race preparation. “We’ve been mostly training on our own… there haven’t been many opportunities to do speed testing”.

    While some teams will be focussing on the finer details of their race craft, American Langston Goldenburg and his crew, 2021 Olympic Nacra 17 team Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis, are just now getting to know their new steed. “We’ll have to extract as much value as possible from the training session. We have just 6 days to learn the boat and the local conditions in Gaeta”.

    One advantage the new teams have is that the strict one-design class is managed by a professional shore crew and the 8 teams will cycle through the 6-pack of race yachts to ensure a level playing field.

    Sharing equipment lowers costs for the teams and reduces the event’s environmental footprint because each team does not need its own boat in order to compete.

    Langston Goldenburg certainly appreciates the opportunity that the shared boats create. “Having shared services allows small teams to compete against the big boys. The racing is tighter. When you can’t tune your own boat, you hop on the boat and go. You’re worrying about different things. All the small things go out the window, you just focus on making the boat go fast.”

    The latest technology and fast young sailors leads to lots of speed, 34.9 knots of speed! Team DutchSail laid down the gauntlet with a new top speed for the class in training, but they are surrounded by sailors with world class credentials of their own who are more than ready to accept the challenge. The fleet contains sailors currently campaigning the Nacra 17, 49er FX and Finn in the Olympics as well as European champions in the WASZP and other foiling classes.

    The key dates in the regatta are:
    Training Days: 24 – 26 February
    Warm Up Event: 27 February – 1 March
    Qualification Series: 3 – 8 March
    Finals: 10 – 12 March
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  • #2
    Up Shifting In Light Winds

    Qualifiers are over, the real work begins now.
    The light, shifty wind brought the flying Persico 69Fs back down to earth, but the unstable conditions allowed for plenty of opportunities for wily opportunists to move up through the fleet, or for others to slip down.

    In the first race of the day, a last-second wind shift before the start meant that only the Kingdom Team and Young Azzura were able to make it over the line one time and they quickly built a strong lead. It was far from unassailable however as Team DutchSail- Janssen de Jong broke away from the chasing back to hunt down the leaders. By the end of the second leg, they were on the Italians’ stern. Foiling high and fast in the marginal conditions the Dutch team overhauled both leaders and covered them upwind to secure victory.

    Following two races to wrap up the qualification series, the day concluded with one race of the knockout series before the wind died.

    All scores reset to zero, but with elimination on the line the nervous fleet jockeyed for position before charging the startline. Kingdom Team, Southern Challenge and One Switzerland were over the line early and Kingdom Team capitalized on their advantage to comfortably lead the fleet around the racecourse, finishing first. The sharp-eyed umpires were waiting for them and handed out a 4 point penalty that sent them tumbling down the rankings.

    Qualifying Results
    50.0 NED Team DutchSail-Janssen de Jong
    41.5 HKG RHKYC Team Agiplast
    40.5 ITA Young Azzura
    31.0 EUR Kingdom Team
    28.5 USA Southern Challenge
    18.0 ESP Youth Brava España
    16.5 SUI One Switzerland
    15.0 NOR Xela Racing

    Knockout Series (after one race)
    3.5 ITA Young Azzura
    3.0 ESP Youth Brava España
    2.0 EUR Kingdom Team
    2.0 USA Southern Challenge
    1.0 SUI One Switzerland
    0.5 NOR Xela Racing

    Not racing in race 1 (RHKYC Team Agiplast )
    Team DutchSail-Janssen de Jong was the top-ranked team in the qualifying series and go directly to the finals and will not sail in the knockout rounds

    “Going into the next rounds of the race, we’re working hard to copy the top teams as they’ve each got something to offer. Everybody’s back on equal points so there are lots of opportunities left”
    – Riley Gibbs, Southern Challenge (USA)

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    • #3
      The Plot Thickens

      Flying above the waves

      Young Azzurra lead the way as elimination claims Xela Racing
      Looking at today’s scoreboard, you could be forgiven for thinking that nothing much happened today. For the first two races, the podium was the same… ITA, EUR, USA with the Italians going on to win 3 out of the 4 races they completed. But the scoreboard hid the true drama out on the water.

      In the first two races, Young Azzura and Kingdom Team were the reference boats, sailing high and fast from the off. Their hulls occasionally kissed the grey crests and they soared effortlessly above the troughs while the rest of the pack struggled to get going in the waves. The choppy sea state forced the crews to readjust their finely tuned trimming habits in order to fly above the slop.

      Adding yesterday’s last race with the first two races from today completed the first round of the knockout series and the verdict was clear. Norway’s Xela Racing languished at the bottom of the ranking and were eliminated.

      With round one of the knockouts completed, the scores reset and RHKYC Team Agiplast were again in play. They wasted no time in stamping their authority on the remaining races, scoring a first out of the box, followed by a second place. Next to the Italians, the team that was the most reliable all day was the European Kingdom Team who never left the podium, scoring two second places and two thirds.

      Knockout Round 1
      15.5 ITA Young Azzura
      12.0 EUR Kingdom Team
      10.0 USA Southern Challenge
      8.0 ESP Youth Brava España
      6.0 SUI One Switzerland
      2.5 NOR Xela Racing (Eliminated)

      NB. Team DutchSail Janssen de Jong goes straight to the finals and does not compete in the knockout rounds because they were the best-ranked team in the qualifiers. RHKYC Team Agiplast did not complete in the first knockout round because they were the second best-ranked team in the qualifiers.

      Knockout Round 2 (2 races of 3 completed)
      11.0 HKG RHKYC Team Agiplast
      9.0 ITA Young Azzura
      8.0 EUR Kingdom Team
      5.0 USA Southern Challenge
      4.0 SUI One Switzerland
      3.0 Youth Brava España
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