Viva la Velocità: Count Down to the Foiling Week

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As the highly anticipated Foiling Week approaches, excitement is building among the ETF26 Series teams. This event, recognized globally and affiliated by World Sailing for the past two years, has become a pinnacle of foiling competition. Maxime Grimard, the class secretary, shared his enthusiasm about the upcoming races at the stunning Lake Garda.

“We’re particularly thrilled this year to welcome an Italian crew to the ETF26 fleet for the first time,” Grimard said. “Foiling Week is not just a race; it’s a celebration of the advancement and passion for foiling technologies.”

Foiling Week stands out not only for its competitive spirit but also for its commitment to meaningful causes. “This year, the focus is on youth—a cause close to our hearts,” Grimard explained. “We are proud that each ETF26 team will host a trainee for the week, providing young sailors hands-on experience with the world’s best sailors and a chance to learn aboard these incredible foiling machines.”

The allure of Lake Garda isn’t just its breathtaking scenery, but also the consistent winds that promise dynamic and unpredictable racing. “It’s an absolutely beautiful venue with reliably strong winds, which ensures spectacular racing and a great show for spectators,” he added.

With the coastal race kicking off on Wednesday, the teams are eager to dive into the action. “Everyone is looking forward to getting the boats ready and starting the week with the coastal race,” Grimard shared. “We’re set to sail our usual way until Saturday, capped off with an awards ceremony that evening.”

As the Foiling Week looms on the horizon, the anticipation is palpable among the teams and fans alike. With new teams joining and a strong focus on youth and innovation, this year’s event promises to be more exciting than ever.

“Basically, we can’t wait to hit the water and start what promises to be one of the best events of the season,” Grimard concluded with a smile.

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