From 10th to 20th August, Scheveningen will see the world’s top Olympic athletes competing in the Sailing World Championship to earn their countries a place in the Paris 2024 Olympics
During the Nacra 17 team's training sessions in Scheveningen at the end of July, we had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Caterina Banti, an example of what it means to be an all-round athlete and champion. She explained how multi-disciplinarity is essential for developing sportsmanship and personal growth when it comes to young sailors, leading them to aspire to seemingly distant goals. She boarded her first sailing boat at the age of 16 and then approached the world of competitive sailing, achieving nothing less than the Olympics, demonstrating that the path to the peak of success can begin even without such an early introduction into a specific sport, where a child is taught to do nothing else from the age of 6, but with an encouraged passion for sports in general since childhood.
This is what makes foiling a winning experience in all its forms
In July, the waters of Lake Garda became the stage for two events that brought SLAM into the focus of the new generations, who see foiling as a sporting, but also technological, academic, and experimental reference. With Foiling Week and the iQFoil European Youth Championships, the upper Lake Garda experienced 10 days of electric atmosphere, while young Italian talents won a place on the podium in the under-15, under-17, and under-19 categories in the iQFoil Continental Championships, for a total of 6 medals, 4 of which were gold.
In both events, SLAM was involved as a partner of the event or, in the case of the iQFoil, of the Italian Sailing Federation, which fielded a team of athletes in Torbole who proved their great value on the water.
Foiling Week has further developed training, innovation and sustainability, with projects that include a carbon reduction plan and the development of a micro-wind turbine to make wind energy more accessible to a wider range of people