From May 17 to 22 the French team from IQfoil opens the ball for the European and World Championships which will follow one another until the end of the year for all 10 Olympic series. During these six days, nearly 260 windsurfers from the world’s greatest nations will race on the mythical Lake Garda in Italy.
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With 4 medals, including 2 gold, during the recent French Olympic Week in Hyères, the French are therefore eagerly awaited during these first European Championships of the season on the Italian race zone. While the entire French team will be present, Nicolas Goyard and Helen Noesmoen impose themselves as favorites of the event with the firm will to keep their European title. The Habs also won the first round of the World Cup, in Mallorca, at the beginning of April.
Which makes it say Philippe Mourniac : “Our French team is very dense and well prepared. The French are at the forefront but each athlete has his own objectives according to his training program. Lake Garda is a mythical body of water that sailors know well and which promises very typical and varied wind conditions. This promises a very high level championship. No one is going to let go! »
But the director of the France team qualifies all the same: “The world’s best IQfoil athletes will be present, which gives this European championship a very high level of sporting value. It’s a very important meeting on the road to performance towards the world championships which will take place in October in Brest. »
The French IQfoil team present during the European Championships:
IQfoil Woman (new Olympic windsurfing)
Country Coach: Pierre Laquet.
Hélène NOESMOEN (SN Sablais / Army of Champions), Lucie BELBEOCH (Stade Français), Delphine COUSIN (Saint Barth YC).
IQfoil Homme (new Olympic windsurfing)
Country Coach: Julien Bontemps; assistant coach : Nicolas Hughet.
Nicolas GOYARD (ACPV Noumea / Army of Champions), Thomas GOYARD (ACPV Noumea / Army of Champions), Louis GIARD (YC Carnac), Pierre LE COQ (CMV Saint-Brieuc / Army of Champions).
The program for the 2022 IQfoil European Championship in Italy:
17 – 18 May: qualifying races
May 19: qualifying races or Marathon
20 – 21 May: qualifying races
May 22: medal races (last start at 6 p.m.) and prize giving