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In the spectacle of the Gulf of Sferracavallo, in Sicily, last November (from 12 to 14) 6 extraordinarily fast boats, Persico69F type, challenged each other. 18 sailors, divided into 6 teams, participated in the SF Foil Cup 2021, organized by the Circolo Velico Sferracavallo; the event has all the credentials to establish itself as a fixed sailing appointment in the Sicilian territory and to aim even higher. In fact, it is not a question of organizing a pure international regatta, we want to think bigger: a unique event that can become an attraction for the area, integrating cultural initiatives and the beauty of the island with high-level sporting competitions.
Sferracavallo is an international sailing pole for this newly born class: with two engaging competition formats and the creation of the brand, 69F can now offer itself to enthusiasts and not only with a calendar of 100 days of regattas per year; the United States is already a reality, but fruitful collaborations in Asia, Africa and Oceania are just around the corner.
Slam was nominated sponsor of the event, which was promoted by Francesco (Checco) Bruni, helmsman of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.
Dylan FletcherStuart BithellJacopo Plazzi Marzotto
Tamara EchegoyenMargherita ZanusoPaula Barceló
Phil RobertsonNeil HunterUmberto Molineris
Checco BruniLorenzo BianchiniPierluigi de Felice
Ruggero TitaLorenzo FranceschiniSimone Salvà
Team DUTCHSAIL - Janssen de Jong
Cas Van Dongen Scipio Houtman Ismene Usman
The 6 teams competed in turn on board of each of the six very fast Persico 69F, with a draw for the assignment.
The unexpected wind of about 10 knots welcomed the great talents of the world sailing on the first day of racing, with intense challenges that have outlined the ranking as follows: in first place the young DutchSail Team; second place for the team of Phil Roberston, Neil Hunter and Umberto Molineris. The team of sporting director Checco Bruni follows; Ruggero Tita's team ranks fourth, while Tamara Echegoyen's team and Dylan Fletcher's team are tied for fifth place.
Second place for Team Dutch Sail, which ends the second day of racing with 37.5 points, followed by Team Bruni with 33.5 points, Team Fletcher with 30.5 points and Team Echegoyen with 17 points. Team Tita closes the ranking with 14.5 points.
The SF FOIL CUP 2021 - 69F PRO CUP ends with the success of the Dutch team DutchSail - Janssen de Jong, the absolute rulers on the very fast Persico 69F. The last appointment of the event confirms another day of great sailing: the weather conditions are optimal and all the tests took place according to the schedule.
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