After Traunsee, Kai and I drove to Lake Garda, Italy for some more training and the Formula Kite Italian Championships held in Campione. Sailing in Garda has been a dream of mine for a really long time and I was stoked to finally make it here.
The fleet for this event was almost equally as stacked as Traunsee with most of the top riders in the world participating again.
We had some great early morning sessions and made it on the water for 8am to catch the strong north wind before it dies and the thermal south wind comes in.
The regatta started on Friday with 2 days of qualifying series and 1 day of Gold and Silver fleet racing. Day 1 was pretty breezy and and we finally got to use some smaller kites. I had some rough starts on day one but my results were decent.
Day 2 was back in light wind conditions and I had 2 good races and 1 bad race.
Fortunately the good races outweighed the bad race and I qualified for Gold Fleet!
This was a big accomplishment for me and my first time making Gold Fleet.
During gold fleet racing I became a bit more comfortable on the start line and was able to hold out with the fleet a bit longer on the upwind. I was one of few to finish every race this event and I think this is due to all the light wind training I’ve had lately.
I finished 29/58 overall in the event and was really happy with most of my results. I had a 20th in Gold fleet, probably my best result ever in such a strong fleet.
I’ll be heading back to Canada to train hard and get ready for some events at home and keep working towards the biggest events of the year for me, The European Championships (Greece) and The Worlds (Sardinia, Italy) in the fall.