Young Azzurra winner of the Grand Prix 2.2 Persico 69F Cup. Photo credit: Gianluca Di Fazio/69F Media
Young Azzurra claims victory again in Persico 69F Cup Grand Prix 2.2
Porto Cervo, 17 July 2021. With the final day of the Grand Prix 2.2, two weeks of racing on foiling Persico 69F boats in Costa Smeralda drew to a close today. Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda together with the team 69F, victory in the Grand Prix 2.2 went, with a comfortable margin, to the home team Young Azzurra, leaving Groupe My Ambition in second place and Sailing Performance in third overall.
On this conclusive day of the event racing started at approximately 10.30 a.m. on the regatta course off Porto Cervo. In winds of 14 to 17 knots, four more races were completed, bringing the total number of races held over the 3 days of the event to 12.
The Young Azzurra team kept their performances consistent, always crossing the finish line towards the top of the fleet, and today's results - two third places, a second and a first - secured a clear victory in the Grand Prix 2.2 of the Persico 69F Cup circuit . There was no shortage of battles on the water, and the penultimate race of the day, saw a spectacular duel between Young Azzurra and Group My Ambition on the approach to the finish, with the home team crossing the line first by just a few seconds. Groupe My Ambition claimed second place overall, leaving the Swiss team on Sailing Performance in third, with today's scoreline of a win, two-fifths and a fourth-place finish.
Ettore Botticini, skipper of Young Azzurra: "Winning both the legs of the Grand Prix 2 in Porto Cervo was not a given, we raced well and we managed to place well even when things weren't going the right way. We're very happy with the work we've done over these 2 weeks, with waves and wind of over 20 knots. The boat was easily getting to 30 knots and managing the physical effort of the guys on board was complex. But we did it and we feel ready for the second leg of the Youth Foiling Gold Cup in August in Limone, Lake Garda!"
Romain d'Ortolì, Groupe My Ambition: "We're really happy with this result. Coming second in the Grand Prix 2.2 after just a few days of training is fantastic. We are confident on board, even in extreme conditions. The key to racing well is flying the boat for as long as possible, navigating simply and avoiding penalties."
Michael Illbruck, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Commodore: "We're obviously very happy with the result Young Azzurra has achieved and just as happy with these two weeks of foiling, the first time a foiling event has been held in the Costa Smeralda. Sailing on these boats in certain weather and wave conditions is challenging, racing on these waters has been a great training opportunity and provided excellent competition for all the participating teams. My thanks go to the 69FTeam, the crews, our team and staff, and we hope to see the Persico 69F boats on our waters again soon!"