From the Junior Room: La Ventana Kitefoil Goldcup
by DANIELA MOROZ
The La Ventana Kitefoil Goldcup in March was my first international competition and it certainly didn't disappoint. On the starting line were 43 kiters, representing 15 countries. I was one of only 6 women participating. On the first day, we had three races. As the day went on, the wind got lighter and lighter and only 13 people managed to finish the last race.
The second day began and I realized how exhausted I was from the day before. I was overpowered on my 12 Chrono for the first three races, struggling to go upwind, so I made the decision to switch to an 11 Edge for the last race.
The fleet split into Gold Fleet and Silver Fleet on the third day and I ended up in Silver with the rest of the girls. I took my 12 Chrono for all four races, powered, and went all out on the upwind angle. Feeling refreshed and recovered, I had good starts that day, and a much better upwind leg. On the final race of that day, I finished 4th–my best finish in the whole regatta.
The fourth day was much windier and the 9 Chrono was perfect for the conditions. During the second race, I had a super close finish with Erika Heineken as we sped through the finish line less than a second apart. For the next two races, I focused on getting a good start, and going all out on the downwind. Erika and I had several more close races throughout the day, and I learned a lot watching her compete.
On the final day, Silver Fleet had hoped to complete two races but the second was abandoned mid-race because of no wind. I was underpowered the whole race on my 12 Chrono.
I finished seventh overall in Silver Fleet and second in Women’s. I had a blast racing and learned a lot from my fellow competitors. After such a fun competition, I'm super excited for StFYC to host the Kite Foil Gold Cup, July 30-August 2!