Foiling Week at the Fraglia Vela Malcesine

On Monday, September 14th, 2020, sailors from all over Europe swarmed with their moths to Lake Garda. A few days of preparation were needed before the first big international regatta on the European mainland - the "Foiling Week" - took place the following Thursday. (Picture: 2020© Martina Orsini /Foiling Week)

The race begins with light wind conditions     

Around 1 p.m. on Thursday, the time had come: the start of the first big race! The morning north wind "Peler" was slowly decreasing, but still blowing with 15 to 20 knots. Franzi's brother, Max Mäge claimed the first victory of the day! Once the south wind "Ora” picked up, another contest had begun. The relatively weak Ora provided light wind conditions, which greatly benefited the German women. In the end, Franzi took 10th place in the third competition of the day!

Calming winds provide new dynamics on the water   

Unfortunately, the weather did not always play along. Two races had to be cancelled the next day due to a lack of wind. This caused a lot of displeasure among the sailors, however brought new dynamics into play. As a result, three other races could still be completed once the windward side shifted. In the early evening Franzi returned to land, tired and exhausted, but filled with happiness from being out on the water all day.

On Saturday there were superior sailing conditions - a perfect "last rehearsal" before the grand finale on Sunday.

The finale on Lake Garda

On Sunday, Carlo de Paoli from Italy won with a constant streak against England’s Eddie Bridle, who had to forfeit the previous day due to material problems. Franzi’s brother Max secured fifth place, giving him the best ranking among the German team. Franzi finished in 20th place out of a total of 47 moth sailors. “I am still satisfied because I delivered a constant performance up until the last day and also improved on my strong wind execution.” she commented about the final results.

New challenges    

For Franziska Mäge, it was a great week with many hours on the water. Even with the severely restricted sailing season in 2020 due to Covid-19, she is still looking forward to the future and hopeful for many more competitions and new challenges. Taking on and overcoming challenges is just as much fun for Franzi as it is for BMK employees with their enthusiasm for electronics. #BMKdelta