Eighteen teams in the waters of Porto Cervo, Sardinia for the first GP organized in collaboration with Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Sold-out event.

Porto Cervo, July 7th 2021 – Porto Cervo will be the location of the Grand Prix 2 of the Persico 69F Cup 2021, which inaugurates the first event in Sardinia. A Sold-Out regatta with the participation of eighteen crews in total – 9 enrolled in the Grand Prix 2.1 and another 9 in the Grand Prix 2.2 – who will fight in Sardinian waters. Team and staff will be guests of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, one of the most renowned clubs in the world.

Michael Illbruck, YCCS Commodore who boasts an important sporting career including the victory of the VOR in the 2001-2002 edition and his last success in 2016 with the title of Melges 20 World Champion, declares: “We are proud to organise a foiling event in our waters for the first time. High performance sailing has always been geared towards foiling, and it’s no coincidence that events like these attract so many young and talented sailors. We wish to thank Team 69F for their collaboration and we hope that all of the teams racing can enjoy two weeks of fun and fair competition. Fair winds to all, and especially to our home team Young Azzurra!”

Young Azzurra, returns to Porto Cervo with the coach Gabriele Bruni, the skipper Ettore Botticini, the flight controller Federico Colonnino and the two mainsail trimmers who will alternate on board, Erica Ratti and Francesca Bergamo.

Gabriele Bruni, comments: “Finally we are back sailing with the Persico 69F in our home waters! We’ve done some training on Lake Garda, but sailing in the sea will be different: different waves, more unstable breeze, more challenging conditions for foiling. The training days before the regattas will be important to get back into the rhythm on salt water. I’d like to try some different formations with the crew and it’s important to do that now in order to be competitive in the Youth Foiling Gold Cup leg in Limone, on Lake Garda. The Young Azzurra guys are very professional and determined!”

Great confidence from the skipper Ettore Botticini as well: “We are happy to be back sailing in the waters of Porto Cervo, it’s a place where we have raced a lot, but on different sized boats with different dynamics (displacement yachts). Sailing on foiling boats in the waters of the Costa Smeralda is a privilege, but it certainly presents some difficulties, given the wave motion and the frequent variations in the breeze along the coast. With the guys in the Young Azzurra team we have perfected our routine manoeuvres, such as tacks and gybes. We are still working hard on the laylines along the course, which could play a key role in the races on our home waters.”

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