Marco Ferrera Claims Victory at Trofeo Gian Franco Gessa

IWCA Italia: Ranking 2023 final results
January 31, 2024
IWCA Italia: Ranking 2023 final results
January 31, 2024

Cagliari, Italy – March 16th and 17th, 2024

The Windsurfer Class italian community gathered in Cagliari for the highly anticipated Trofeo Gian Franco Gessa, held on the picturesque shores of Cagliari on March 16th and 17th. This classic event, named in honor of Gian Franco Gessa, showcased the talents of windsurfers across various categories, culminating in two days of exhilarating competition.

In the lightweight category, victory went to Marco Ferrera, who showed remarkable skill and strategy in the water. Ferrera’s stellar performance earned him first place, despite fierce competition from Alessandro Torzoni who finished second. Third place went to Sergio San Filippo.

Meanwhile, in the heavyweight category, Davide Gessa took a well-deserved victory, followed by Alberto Congiu author of an excellent recovery on the second day and Luca Manicardi who sailed great in strong winds and managed the advantage well on Sunday with less favorable conditions for him.

In the women’s category victory for world champion Bruna Ferracane, followed by Katerina Babikova and Giada Zalapi’.

Enrico Niola claimed the title of Junior Champion, demonstrating remarkable talent and promise for the future of windsurfing.

However, it was Marco Ferrera who stole the show, winning the overall title for the second time. Ferrera’s dominance on the water was undeniable: he sailed with ease in the most difficult conditions, solidifying his status as one of the best windsurfers in the region. His victory was a fitting tribute to the legacy of Gian Franco Gessa, whose memory continues to inspire and motivate generations of windsurfers.

The two-day regatta was filled with memorable moments, with ideal weather conditions gracing the event. Saturday saw winds ranging from 15 to 20 knots, providing the perfect backdrop for exhilarating races. Sunday brought slightly calmer conditions, with winds ranging from 5 to 10 knots, presenting a different set of challenges for the competitors. In total, seven races were held, each more thrilling than the last.

The Gian Franco Gessa Trophy had excellent organization both on land and at sea. In addition, on Saturday participants enjoyed a delicious dinner of porceddu, the traditional Sardinian delicacy, which added a touch of local flavor to the festivities.

As the sun set over Cagliari’s picturesque Poetto Gulf, windsurfers and spectators reflected on two unforgettable days of racing. The Gian Franco Gessa Trophy again this year did not disappoint the high expectations at all.



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