Foiling Week, which aims to shine a spotlight on the thrilling foiling
world, offers enthusiasts a huge variety of talks, workshops and presentations
as well as the chance to put view the latest equipment and designs, while
putting their skills and knowledge to the test on the water.
RYA First Flight ‘Learn to Fly’ foiling taster sessions were
given a fantastic showcase, and delivered by the professional team of
RYA-qualified Foiling Instructors from Lake Garda-based RYA Training Centre,
Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres (ASWC), at the exciting four-day Italian
The RYA’s taster sessions enabled participants to experience flying
above the water for the very first time, on a variety of boats.
The team at ASWC said they enjoyed
showing how accessible foiling can be, offering both sailors and windsurfers
the opportunity to take flight. All participants received an RYA taster
certificate at the end.
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RYA Chief Instructor for Dinghy and
Windsurfing Amanda Van Santen said around 35 RYA First Flight taster sessions
were delivered altogether for both sailing and windsurfing.
She said of the event: ‘It was a fantastic opportunity for the RYA
to be invited to attend and open The Foiling Week forum and tell the foiling
community about our plans was an amazing opportunity. The event is truly
RYA Centre, ASWC Lake Garda and their team did a fantastic job of
showcasing the RYA foiling courses and demonstrating how accessible this
incredible aspect of our sport can be.
"It was amazing to see the excitement on
everyone's faces after their first foiling experience and we look forward to
inspiring more first time flyers on our RYA foiling courses.’
Tommaso Cilli, a 420 class skipper, who
tried the taster said: 'I'm really happy because getting up on the
foil is a whole new sensation compared to what I usually feel in the 420, it’s
something beyond words, really.'
Bruno Mantero, a 420 class bowman added:
'The stability actually is an important point of this boat as it rests
essentially on just one very narrow hull which is much narrower
than the boats I normally go in and so that was the hardest challenge.
It went well though.'
Other Foiling Week highlights during the week
included foil boat coaching with Paul
“Goody” Goodison, three-times Moth World Champion who ran a Moth clinic
dedicated to beginners and intermediate level moth sailors.
Plus Andrew “Macca”
McPherson, Nacra Olympic Coach hosted a catamaran beginners-intermediate level
clinic, and shared his secrets of boat rigging and how to make your foiling cat
Luca Rizzotti, president and co-founder of The Foiling Week, said that
having the RYA and Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre, Lake Garda, as a partner
has brought a professional approach to first-time foiling.
He added: 'Amanda Van Santen (RYA)
and Shaun Priestley (AWSC) provided great insight into how a sailing
institution such as RYA is looking at the future of sailing by taking the necessary
steps to ensure we will be able to safely experience foiling and prepare future
generations of sailors and instructors.'