International J/24 Class Association

Italian J/24 Fleets Start 2017 Summer Series

March 19, 2017

Marina di Carrara: In the “Gulf of Poets,” two days of great sailing have taken place. For the 10 teams sailing off the breakwater of the Marina di Carrara, six races were held. One team is dominating the proceedings—ITA 215 MOLLICONA, sailed by Vincenzo Mercuri and James Del Nero, compiled a 2-1-1-5-2-1 for just 7 points net. Despite their excellent record, just two points back is Italian J/24 Class President Pietro Diamanti, sailing ITA 212 JAMAICA to a 1-2-4-1-3-2 tally for 9 points net. Sitting in third is IRA 202 TALLY HO, sailed by Roberta Banfo and Luca Macchiarini. “We had two beautiful days of sailing and sun during which we sailed six good races,” commented Diamanti. “All crews were very happy. A big thank you to all those who worked on the Race Committee for their most excellent race management.”

Pare Valmadrera/ Lario: With three victories in six races, there are no questions that ITA 503 KONG GRIFONE sailed by Marco Stefani has a narrow lead in their series; their tally so far is 1-1-2-1-2-3 for 7 points. However, keeping close tabs on them is Roger Spreafico’s ITA 476 DEJA VU, posting scores of 3-2-1-3-1-1 for just 8 points. Sitting in third position is Mauro Benfatto’s ITA 352 with 15 points. “It was amazing racing over the two days on the lake water of Parè Valmadrera. Plus, we had admirable organization by the Circolo Vela Tivano; they deserve a big thanks from the Fleet,” commented Mauro Benfatto. “The next stage is scheduled for March 25-26 at the Navy League of Mandello del Lario. Here we will designate the winner of our series in Lario.”

Anzio & Nettuno/ Rome: The Roman J/24 fleet concluded their Trofeo Roberto Lozzi series with a flourish; four races were held over the weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. It was ITA 416 LA SUPERBA that won the series; she was skippered by Ignazio Bonanno and crewed by Simone Tarjeta, Alfredo Branciforte, and Francesco and Vincenzo Picaro. Sailing faster and smarter all series long was the Hungarian team on HUN 1622 JUKE BOX; their crew was Miklòs Rauschenberger, Balmaz Litkey, Tamas Peter, Akos Pecsvaradi and Tamas Richter. “On Saturday, we had a nice strong wind of 18 knots,” explained Federico Miccio. “In fact, by the time we started racing it was gusting up to 25 knots. Loving the 100% blade jib conditions were the Hungarians on JUKE BOX, they posted a 1-2 on Saturday’s racing. Then on Sunday, we were presented with totally different conditions. There was no sirocco wind as forecasted; instead, we had a light breeze of 5-6 knots, true 150% genoa conditions. The conditions were a bit crazy. In fact, on the first race we had a 70-degree shift to the south (from the original easterly direction), so the teams on the right side of the course simply sailed away into the lead.” In particular, ITA 40 ALBA CHIARA, skippered by Stefano Ventures (with crew of Raffaele Venditto, Alessandro de Julio, Luciano Tricarico and Eugenio Aurisicchio) won the race, followed by ITA 447 PELLE NERO (with the Hungarian Farkas Litkey steering) in second and JUKE BOX in third place. With the wind now positioned at 190 degrees, the RC started the last race of the series. Winning was ITA 447 PELLE NERO followed by ITA 210 JULIUS CAESAR, then JUKE BOX. As a result, the final standings for the series was LA SUPERBA first with 21 points, followed by PELLE NERO in second with 37 points and JUKE BOX in third with 38 points. Rounding out the top five were ITA 428 PELLE ROZ in fourth with 80 points and JULIUS CAESAR in fifth with 86 points. “This year, both the Trofeo Lozzi and the Series gave us many surprises,” commented Miccio. “Not only did we have the honor to host the Hungarian crew that won the Trofeo Lozzi, but Farkas Litkey was able to give the crew of LA SUPERBA a hard time for the series. It was the first time any team had challenged them so hard for the top of the podium. This is a great sign that our fleet is getting more competitive, and we hope that will show in the upcoming J/24 European Championship in the home waters for the Hungarians- Lake Balaton.” For more Italian J/24 fleet information, visit

Italy J/24 Winter Series Update: VIGNE SURRAU Wins Sardinia Series

March 11, 2017

Eleven teams participated in the waters off the port of Puntaldia in the municipality of San Teodoro for the winter series finale. After 12 exciting races, the team on VIGNE SURRAU from Circolo Nautico Arzachena ended up winning the winter series in Sardinia. Also on the podium in second and third, respectively, were ITA 460 BOTTA DRITTA owned & skippered by Mariolino Fraietta and ITA 431 LNI CARLOFORTE sailed by David Gorgerino. “The wind remained fairly constant, with an intensity of 10-12 knots with a few gusts,” said Pietro Sanna. “On both days, there was a greater wind pressure on the left side of the playing field, so much so that even with windshifts going right, the left still paid off! The victory of VIGNE SURRAU was far from obvious given the competition, but they managed to prevail in the end.” For more Italian J/24 winter series information, visit

Linda Tillman

March 8, 2017

Thank you to Jim Farmer for the following: We were recently saddened by the news of the death of Linda Tillman on February 28 in Florida. She was a super person and, with her husband, Dick, a huge force behind the success of the J/24 Class in the 1970s and 80s. I first met Linda and Dick at a regatta in Jacksonville, Florida in 1986. I was new to sailing and the J/24 Class and wanted to start a fleet at our local sailing club. Linda was the person who helped me with my project. She always greeted me with that big smile and welcoming attitude. She made all of us feel as though our questions were the most important. I never heard her complain although I am sure she had the opportunity after dealing with all of us sailors! While Dick was the Executive Director, Linda ran the office and put together the Class magazine. And what a magazine it was. We all looked forward to the next edition for all the photos and race results and articles. We miss that magazine. The Class at that time grew to over 1,800 members in the USA! We owe a huge “Thank You” to her for the work she did to make the J/24 Class the best one in the world. Her big smile and positive attitude made working with her a pleasure. She was instrumental in building the early foundation of the J/24 Class. We have great memories of this fantastic person! Godspeed Linda Tillman. We will miss you. You touched many lives through sailing, and we appreciate it.

Italian J/24 Class Continues Winter Series

March 7, 2017

Taranto: The FIVE FOR FIGHTING team continues to lead their winter series in Taranto, led by their crew of Thomas De Bellis Vitti, Elia Masi and skipper Andrea Airò. Thanks to another trio of victories in three races, they have consolidated their position as overall leaders after a total of 16 races with just 13 points total. Chasing them in second overall, but with not enough time left in the year to catch them, is JEBEDEE skippered by Luca Gaglione and owned by Nino Soriano (they have 22 points total). Sitting in third with 34 points is DOCTOR J with helmsman-owner Sandro Negro guiding his team around the course. Rounding out the series top five are Marcello Bellacicca’s MARBEA with 59 points sitting in fourth place and Ferdinand Capobianco’s LITTLE DEVIL in fifth with 61 points. There are just two weekends left for sailing, so no one is expecting the top five to change very much at the end of the series.

Sardinia: In the Puntaldia fleet, 11 crews are participating in the waters off the port of Puntaldia. Three weekends of racing have now been completed. According to Marco Frulio, “Three races were held with very fickle winds that changed from the north to the west, with gusts that swept the race course. The race committee, composed of Sandro Ricetto, Pietro Sanna, Karin Paternost, Carlo Puddu and Teodoro Salvatore Corda, were able to conduct three good races. As a result, it was very difficult for the crews to establish the favored side of the course. Difficult for everyone, that is, except for VIGEN SURRAU skippered by Aurelio Bini that managed to post a 2-1-1 to rule the day!” As a result, the current series standings have VIGNE SURRAU in first followed by NORD’ESTE in second, CARLOFORTE in third, BOOMERANG in fourth and STRAIGHT BOTTA in fifth place.
Roma/Anzio & Nettuno: This past weekend saw the end of the winter series for the Roman fleet that sails out of Anzio & Nettuno. The Italian Navy team of LA SUPERBA (skippered by Ignazio Bonanno with crew in Simone Billette, Branciforte Alfredo, Francesco and Vincenzo Picaro) again winning overall. It was a nine-weekend series with many top crews competing. Taking second overall was the Hungarian crew of JUKE BOXING, comprised of Miklòs Rauschenberger, Balmaz Litkey, Tamas Peter Akos Pecsvaradi and Tamas Richter. Third overall in the series was another crew that featured top Hungarian helmsmen or tacticians—PELLE NERO owned by Paul Cecamore from Nettuno YC. While Farkas Litkey (a Soling World Champion) did not skipper the last weekend, it was Hungarian National J/24 Champion Gabor who guided them onto the podium. The rest of the top five included PELLE ROZ in fourth place, skippered by Gianni Riccobono with Sergio Strippoli on tactics. Fifth place was Peter Max Noons’ JULIUS CAESAR. According to Federico Miccio from JUMPING JACK FLASH, “A weak wind initially delayed the start by an hour on the last weekend of the series. But, it still allowed the largest J/24 fleet of Italy to sail two more compelling races, much to the delight of everyone on this final weekend. We were lucky since it was such a shifty breeze!” “It was a Sunday characterized by little wind that continued to shift,” explained LA SUPERBA’s skipper Ignazio Bonanno. “Immediately after the first general recall, the Committee raised the black flag. At this point, our strategy was not to win the weekend, but to win the series by keeping our margin of 9 points over JUKE BOXING. We wanted to risk as little as possible against these ferocious competitors. Thank goodness, we got a third and second, and we knew we had mathematically won the winter series. We are very satisfied with our performance against such top-notch, world-class competitors. The Hungarian crews are strong, fast and smart. Now our goal is to win the first regatta of the Italian J/24 National Circuit to be held at Anzio from March 31 to April 2. The regatta provides the winner the bonus award of being the first qualifier for the 2018 J/24 Worlds in Italy.”
Cervia: MAGICAL FAIRY continued to consolidate their lead in Cervia’s winter series. With a 1-1-2 for the weekend, the team of owner Viscardo Brusori and helmsman Massimo Frigerio on MAGICAL FAIRY hold a commanding lead. However, CAPTAIN NEMO that is co-owned by Domenico Brighi and Guido Guadagni rose to second place in the series standings after nine races after posting a first in the second race of the day. As a result, third in the series is KERMESSE sailed by Marco Maccaferri, fourth is KISMET sailed by Francesca Focardi Antonelli and fifth is Mauro Martelli. The Cervia Winter Series Championship has three more weekends of racing in March.
Portoferraio/Elba: On a beautiful spring day and almost cloudless sky, it took a long time for the wind to build up to 5 knots so that a race could be started for the fleet. Finally, at 1122 hrs, regatta PRO Alexander Altini fired off the first gun of the day. The race had a starting line off Scoglietto, and the first mark was 1.5nm in the channel of Piombino. The shifty NW wind made for an exciting first, and only, race. Despite a thrilling duel to the finish, Enrico Gambelunghe’s BE’BEEF had to settle for a second place. The PRO Altini tried twice more to get races going, but the fickle winds would not cooperate. Smiles and good humor were not lacking in the post-race festivities ashore. Crews were treated to a delicious pasta dish with fish in the headquarters of the Italian Navy League “The Grigolo,” where President Alexander Schezzini wanted to extend a special “thank you” to the regatta PRO Altini for his valiant efforts to get in good races for the local Elba J/24 fleet.
Lake Garda: The Lake Garda J/24 fleet saw Louis Gozzo’s JAM declared the Winter Champion on Lake Garda after a close series. Fifteen crews took part in the series, hosted by Circolo Nautico Brenzone. After a total of eight races on the lake, the victory went to Gozzo’s crew thanks to a consistent series score of 3-1-1-6-2-3-1-5 for just 11 points net. However, their win was not an easy one as DEJA VU won the last race of the series to close to just one point off the overall lead. Third place went to J-OC owned and skippered by Fabio Apollonio (Fleet Captain of the Garda J/24 fleet).
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2017 Swedish Open

February 25, 2017

Class Rules Approved by World Sailing

February 21, 2017

The 2017 IJCA Class Rules have been approved by World Sailing and are now posted on the Class Rules page at The effective date is March 1, 2017. Thank you to Tim Winger and the International Technical Committee!

Tim Winger Awarded US Sailing’s Harman Hawkins Trophy

February 20, 2017

A remarkable list of sailing’s most accomplished contributors received high honors during the February 15 US Sailing Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. US Sailing recognized these esteemed award winners for their extraordinary achievements in support of sailing in the United States. The awards dinner is a featured event at US Sailing’s 2017 National Conference. Tim Winger (Lancaster, PA) was awarded the Harman Hawkins Trophy for his contributions to race administration as a measurer and equipment inspector. Winger sustained a passion for the J/24 the first time he saw one, and he has been sailing and working on J/24s ever since. He has exerted a major influence on the Class for over 30 years. Winger has held numerous positions related to J/24 sailing, including event measurer at seven of the 20 J/24 World Championships he has attended, District Governor for the J/24 US Class Association, and member of the Executive Committee of the International J/24 Class Association, where he currently serves as Chair of the Technical Committee. Perhaps his most significant achievement was the effort he led to rewrite the Class Rules and the modifications required to gain World Sailing’s approval – a project that ultimately took over three years. “The people behind the scenes make it possible for us to control the equipment and develop the tools and procedures for enforcement of the Rules,” said Winger. “Thank you to US Sailing for supporting the sport we all love.” An International Measurer (IM) since 2008, Winger has measured hundreds of boats at venues all over the world. His wife, Marie, often travels with him and shares in the measurement work. “Between us, we’ve seen the bottoms of more J/24s than anyone in the word,” added Winger. Alex Finsterbusch, an IM from Argentina, said, “One of his many abilities is to recognize what your strengths are as an inspector. He always had the right guy in the right position. He is always calm, never loses his cool and is polite to sailors, coaches and everybody involved in the regatta.” Read the entire US Sailing update at

CARISMA Tops J/24 Yucatan Regata de Amigos

February 7, 2017

Jorge Ojeda and friends continue to have a great time sailing in their local fleet of J/24s in the Yucatan. The “Regatta of Friends 2017″ hosted by the J/24 Yucatan Fleet was a good weekend for sailing with changing winds and unusual wind directions. The fleet started off racing with 10 knots of breeze, but soon it grew fast to 20-30 knots. For the fleet of nine boats, it was extremely exciting racing offshore. Congratulations to the team of CARISMA, skippered by Tomas Dutton, that sailed to a 1-4-1 for 6 points. Taking second was FILIBUSTERO just one point behind them, and third was the VENDAVAL crew with 12 points based on a 2-5-5 tally. For more Yucatan J/24 Fleet information, visit their Facebook page.

LA SUPERBA Leads Italian J/24 Winter Series

In the seventh stage of the 42nd Winter Championship, the fleet was able to enjoy two good races in adverse weather and sea conditions. Leading this particular event was the J/24 Raggio Verde di Savastano. “The day started with no wind and an annoying residual air from the Southeast. The arrival at 1400 hrs of a light breeze from the west that rarely touched 7 knots, allowed the race committee (chaired by Mario de Grenet) to run two good races,” explained Federico Miccio of JUMPING JACK FLASH. The big story of the regatta was the performance by ITA 191 Raggio Verde di Savastano skippered by Carmelo Savastano with Francesco Linares on tactics. They were followed by top Hungarian crew HUN 162 JUKE BOXING skippered by Miklos Rauschenberger, and in third place by the top Italian Navy crew Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA. The overall winter championship standings show that Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA (with crew of Simone Scontrino, Alfredo Branciforte, Francesco Picaro and Vincenzo Vano) are still leading the series with just 11 points. Sitting in second is ITA 447 PELLE NERO owned by Paul Cecamore and skippered by Hungarian Farkas Litkey with 22 points total. In third is PELLE ROSSA owned by Gianni Riccobono and skippered by Sergio Strippoli with 42 points. For more Italian J/24 Winter information, visit

2017 J/24 North American Championship registration is open

January 20, 2017

The Houston Yacht Club, located in Shoreacres, Texas, invites you to participate in the 2017 J/24 North American Championship. The regatta will be sailed on the waters of Galveston Bay from May 25-28. The Notice of Race is available, and registration is open. Visit for complete details, including lodging information, storage of boats in advance of the regatta, chartering and more.

Sean Kirkjian wins the 2017 Quantum Australian Nationals

January 12, 2017

Thank you to Simon Grain for this report: Sean Kirkjian’s Pacific Sailing School team admirably aided by the inimitable ‘AJ’ Tony Reynolds and the school graduates in Sailpac have taken out the 2017 Australian Nationals with a solid and consistent result over Shane Guanaria, helming Class stalwart Arthur Crother’s Kaotic by 4 points. Brendan Lee sailing By the Lee from Melbourne was third by another 7 points. A recent record fleet of 25 boats competed in the Nationals hosted by the Cronulla Sailing Club, located in Port Hacking on the southern edge of Sydney. Many competitors were visiting Cronulla for the first time and have come away with great memories and glowing opinions of the regatta. Cronulla Sailing Club ironed out all the bugs identified in the NSW States held in early November and ran a faultless regatta. From the brilliant sailing waters on the ocean side to the picturesque Gunamatta Bay where the club is located (5-minute walk to the surf beach on the other side of the small Cronulla peninsula) and the friendly, helpful and happy club volunteers serving us dinner every night off the BBQ, I didn’t hear one grumble about the running and management of the regatta. I am confident in saying there are many looking forward to another in the future–even those from the harbour loved it! Out on the racetrack, the competition was fierce, with black flags and consequent DSQs happening after each general recall. PRO Dave McLachlan ran a near faultless series, a couple of major wind changes right on the starting signal being the only difficulty encountered. The usual gladiators took out the top end of the results with the exception of Brendan Lee who is a rising star from the Sandringham fleet in Melbourne. Brendan has been putting in a major effort in both club and regatta racing, and his third place reflects this. Stephen Girdis sailing Convicts took out fourth, with Dave West’s Ace being sailed by SA blow-in crew Doug ‘El Fideldo’ Watson due to Dave’s wife’s medical emergency. Another great performance at the last minute by Doug. ‘Mr. J/24′ Hugo Ottaway sailing Bruschetta IV and NSW Class President John Crawford took the next two from Steve O’Rourke, Simon Grain and Janette Syme (rounding out the top ten). Racing was generally light to medium in SE to NE breezes with most boats never pulling out jibs for the whole regatta. An 18-20 knot NE breeze tested some of the boats on the last day but not really causing any real trouble. Generally going left paid but not always, and sometimes it was possible to find a wind bend on the right hand corner that gave you a few places. Racing was tight around the corners, and the otherwise well-behaved fleet experienced a little shouting! Janette Syme sailing Wildfire took out the Thomo cup from brother Ron in Kicking—a popular and deserving win. Handicap results went much the same way as the OD results although with a reversal in order at the top. Winning with 51 points was Brendan Lee from Sean Kikjian on 52 and Stephen Girdis on 53—so a close finish there. Fourth was Shane Guanaria on 66 from Simon Grain on 67. Full results are on the Cronulla site: Seven boats made the trip up from Melbourne and two (Robyn and Jim Townsend plus son Andrew) from South Australia (a substantial trip by any measure)—10 Cronulla boats and the rest from the harbour. All in all, a good spread from around the country. The Cronulla Club and its volunteers did a fantastic job in making us feel very welcome and efficiently ran the on-shore and on-water parts of the regatta. The success of the regatta is in no small way a result of work done over a long period of time by the enthusiastic Mick Reynolds (sadly being away during the regatta) and others in helping to build the Cronulla fleet. Running up to and during the regatta, Fiona Campbell, Bronwyn Elford, Rhonda Wodzinski and the team of volunteers serving up the BBQ dinner every day, looking after launching and retrieving on the hardstand, the teams out on the water all did a fantastic job and on behalf of all the competitors and associations involved, we thank you for your magnificent efforts. A big thank you to Quantum and our other sponsors: Spot a yacht, Afloat Magazine, Wet Tech, Aussea, Sailor Sunscreen, CBON, Explore Sailing. Cronulla—you have many new converts to your magic location! More pictures are available on the Cronulla Facebook page. Onward and upward…you might like to plan for the annual Cronulla SC Queens Birthday Short Course regatta in June this year. The SA States are mid-March, and the Vic States are mid-April. The NSW States are around the first weekend in November (likely to be back in the harbour), and of course the next Nationals are to be at the CYCSA in Adelaide in early January 2018.

J/24 Italy Winter Series Reports

January 7, 2017

The J/24 Class in Italy continues to enjoy their winter series events around the peninsula, particularly in the more southern fleets in the Mediterranean.

MARINA DI CARRARA: The winner for the J/24 trophy for best owner/skipper and crew for 2016 (based on four of the best scores in the circuit) was Italian J/24 Class President Pietro Diamante racing his boat ITA 212 JAMAICA. They were followed in the overall scoring by ITA 400 CAPTAIN NEMO, sailed by Guido Guadagni, in second place; and taking the bronze position on the podium was ITA 371 JOC sailed by Fabio Apollonio. Filling out the top five were ITA 489 VALHALLA skippered by Fabio de Rossi in fourth place and ITA 428 RED LEATHER sailed by Gianni Riccobono. For the J/24 Trophy for best skipper (only) in 2016, it was the Italian Navy’s skipper Ignazio Bonanno who led ITA 416 LA SUPERBA to the top of the standings. In that classification, ENG 447 PELLE NERO skippered by Hungarian Farkas Litkey were second, and third was ITA 215 MOLLICONA skippered by James Black.

ANZIO & NETTUNO: Nothing done for the fifth and final day of the 2016 winter series in Anzio & Nettuno, as no races were held due to lack of wind. As a result, the winner was declared as Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA with just 8 points total over seven races. Taking second overall was ITA 447 PELLE NERO sailed by Paul Cecamore and Farkas Litkey. Third was ITA 428 PELLE ROJO sailed by Gianni Riccobono with tactician Sergio Strippoli. “The Championship is proving to be very interesting. The fight for the top places in the standings is very close, with several boats within a few points of each other. The addition of two boats from the top Hungarian J/24 fleet has also added to the overall competitiveness of the fleet,” said the Chairman of the Sailing Club of Rome, Marco Minghetti.
TARANTO: The third weekend of the Taranto winter series saw a light southwest breeze under clear skies and cool temperatures, permitting the PRO to run two good races for the fleet. After tight racing, it was FIVE FOR FIGHTING that continues to lead the series, with JEBEDEE just two points back in second place. Sitting in third place is still DOCTOR J, followed by Marcello Bellacicca’s MARBEA in fourth and Ferdinand Capobianco’s LITTLE DEVIL in fifth position.
OLBIA SARDINIA: The 2016 Sardinian circuit was won by ITA 405 VIGNE SURRAU skippered by Aurelio Bini from Club Nautico Arzachena. From second to fifth place, however, only three points separated all four boats. Sneaking into the silver spot was ITA 431 LNI CARLISLE skippered by David Gorgerino. Third was ITA 241 LIBARIUM skippered by Roberto Dessy. The balance of the top five included Antonello Ciabatti’s ITA 420 LIBISSONYS and ITA 443 AIR LNI of Olbia, in fourth and fifth, respectively.

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Italian J/24 Winter Series Reports

December 24, 2016

Here are the latest updates on some of the Italian J/24 Class winter series.

TARANTO: Three good races marked the second event of the Winter Championship in Taranto. The races were well-organized out in the bay by the Ondabuena Academy Sailing Cub; Molo Sant’Eligio assisted them from the local Italian Navy base. “By the second event, the Winter Championship in Taranto came alive. Joining the fleet were Massimo Ruggiero’s CANARINO FEROCE and Leonardo Cappelluti’s crew,” commented Nino Soriano, skipper of JEBEDEE. “It was perfect weather conditions, a sunny day with a fresh northeast wind around 11-12 knots. The regatta PRO was smart and provided the fleet short courses in the shifty winds blowing offshore from the mountains to the north of us.” After sailing three fairly tight races, it was Thomas De Bellis Vitti’s FIVE FOR FIGHTING J that established an early lead on the fleet and never relinquished their position. As a result, after five races in the Taranto winter series, they are leading by two points over Soriano’s JEBEDEE. Sitting in third for the series is Marcello Bellacicca’s MARBEA.
PORTOFERRAIO: On the island of Elba, the J/24 fleet sails out of the historic port of Portoferraio on the northeastern side of the island. The second event of the Elba Winter Cup was a challenge for the crews as the course consisted of a 7.0nm windward-leeward course, sailing out of the Bay and out to a sea-buoy and back to the finish line. Participants included teams from several seaports, including Marciana Marina and Porto Azzuro. According the organizers, “Despite the light and shifty winds, it was a great show to see the boats sail between Scoglietto and the Gulf offshore. The fleet was visible from the promenade in front of the fortress all day. Simply beautiful! We hope everyone had a wonderful time socializing and enjoying our wonderful wines at Restaurant PIER G.” Once again, it was Enrico Gambelunghe’s BE-BEEF that led the fleet home. Marco Cardenti’s STELLA POLARE was in second place, and Marco Marmeggi’s ZIO CELESTE in third position.
MARINA DI CARRARA: After the opening round was lost due to the complete absence of wind, the Club Nautico Marina di Carrara (in collaboration with the Circolo della Vela Marina di Massa) were hoping to deliver a nice weekend of racing for the 10 J/24 crews who were in attendance. In the end, the PRO managed to run two windward-leeward races on the first day in the light northerly winds that had started at 8 knots in the morning and slowly diminished all day. Day two was not much better, with just one more race completed. Race victories were scored by Pietro Diamanti’s JAMAICA and Italian Navy sailor, Vetrugno Carmine, who skippered EUTERPE. The provisional rankings for the weekend showed that JAMAICA was leading with 4 points, followed by EUTERPE in second place with 6 points, Giuseppe Diamanti’s SON OF RABBIT in third with 8 points, Roberta Banfo’s TALLY HO in fourth with 9 points and Eugenia De Giacomo placing fifth skippering TAKE IT EASY.
TRIESTE: The Italian Navy Sailing Club (Trieste section) hosted the XII International Christmas J/24 Match Race regatta in Trieste. Teams from nine countries (Italy, Russia, England, Estonia, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia) participated for a weekend of racing in a Grade 3 World Sailing match race event aboard J/24s. The President of the Italian Navy Sailing Cub Trieste, Pierpaolo Scubini, pulled together a strong team to manage and conduct the event. The world-class race committee included the Slovenian David Bartol as PRO and the Chief Umpire was the Frenchman Jean-Pierre Cordonnier. Their teamwork was almost flawless in its execution. Over 19 flights of races were run in very demanding weather conditions over three days, with two Semi-final round robins and the Finale on Sunday. The first day of racing on Friday was tough on everyone. The wind was oscillating between 3-5 knots, and the wind direction kept changing significantly. In the end, just two flights were held that day. Saturday dawned with much better conditions. With a north to northeast wind at 5-10 knots, the PRO managed to “catch up” the entire rotation and rounds for everyone. Sunday’s sailing ended with breeze between 6-10 knots, which allowed the event to complete the semifinals and finals. In the finale match, it was champion Austrian sailor Christian Binder who had the boats and the breeze figured out. Binder overcame Frenchman Simon Bertheau to win the overall title. Third place went to the Italian team of Rocco Attili, and fourth position went to the Slovenian Bojan Rajar. A special feature of this 12th edition of the regatta was that all races were run with the “new” match racing rules that will take effect in 2017. Pierpaolo Scubini commented, “This was a beautiful event. The competition was outstanding amongst the field of 11 crews from eight European nations. For us, it was great satisfaction to be able to see sailors come from Russia, England and other countries and enjoy the tight combat of match racing in one-design J/24s!” Winner Binder exclaimed, “We are very happy to be here in Trieste and win this XII International Christmas J/24 Match Race. We have been here before, and we knew how difficult it was to race in this regatta. On Friday, we were lucky to not lose the field, because the light winds were difficult for us to manage. On Saturday and Sunday, we sailed well and we closed with this victory. I really like Trieste and the club, and its volunteers run an amazing event.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

2016 South American Champion: Matias Pereira and his Argentinean Carrera Team

December 13, 2016

The result of the 11th race of the South American Championship affirmed the advantage achieved by Carrera led by the Argentines Matias Pereira, Guille Bellinotto, Andres Guerra, J. Bellinotto and E. Losano. The Uruguayan Pedro Garra, assisted by M. Garcia, I. Guichef, M. Leite and A. Carlucio, placed second on Pantera. In third place was the Argentine Cacique of Sergio Pendola with Carolina Dagusti, Juan Lupo, M. Santangelo and L. Luzzi, surpassing the Haik Thomson-Reuter team of Rodrigo Benedetto (also of Argentina). Pereira adds this brand new 2016 South American Championship to the Pan American Championship and the 2016 Argentina Championship. This result gives an automatic place to participate in the 2017 World Championship in Canada. Congratulations to the J/24 Uruguayan Class and the Yacht Club East Point for the organization and thank you to Race Officer Berndt Knuppel and his team for the excellent work on the water. For daily reports, photos, complete results and more, visit

J/24 ITALY Winter Series Report

November 28, 2016

The J/24s in Italy continue to enjoy their annual winter series in the various fleets spread across the peninsula. This past weekend, racing continued in Taranto, Anzio & Nettuno and Portoferraio. Here are their updates. TARANTO: It was a good winter series start for Puglian J/24 sailor Nino Soriano as he returned to racing after a brief absence with his ITA 427 JEBEDEE (co-skippered with Luca Gaglione). At the end of the first day, they shared the lead with the same score (3 points) with Thomas De Bellis Vitti’s ENG 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING. The racing on Sunday was the first of the eight days scheduled (November 20, December 4 and 18, January 22, February 5 and 19, March 5 and 19, for a total maximum of 24 tests). Eleven J/24 crews are determined to contend for the title. Nino Soriano explained, “In 2016, ITA 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING, skippered by Thomas De Bellis Vitti, is riding a wave of wins and are hoping to continue that streak in the 2016/2017 winter series. They are a considerable force, have gotten expert training, and have become a more cohesive team with the highly-acclaimed Andrea Airò at the helm and are currently leading. They are being chased hard by ITA 450 MARBEA, owned by Marcello Bellacicca and skippered by Tony Macina with 6 points. Then, not far off the pace is ITA 429 DOCTOR J skippered by Sandro Negro, ITA 301 PICCOLO DIAVOLO sailed by Nando Capobianco, ITA 429 AMBRA skippered by Marc Arata, and ITS 355 BESTIA NERA skippered by Fabio Indovina. The ideal weather conditions for the first day of the winter series in the Mar di Grande was well-organized and managed by the Circolo Velico Ondabuena Academy with assistance from Molo Sant’Eligio. Two beautiful races, lots of adrenaline and fun for the fleet, thanks to the short courses chosen by CVOA PRO.”

PORTOFERRAIO: It was a great start for the second weekend of the Elbe Winter Cup, the offshore sailing championship organized by the Yacht Club Portoferraio. For the first time, three J/24s are participating from the two historic clubs in Elba—Marciana Marina and Porto Azzuro. For the first weekend, there were many new faces, with several young crews arriving in Elba. At the start of the day, the racing was postponed due to the fact it was barely reaching 5 knots of breeze. However, by noon it had risen to 12 knots to produce great racing for the teams. Sailing in the fleet is BE-BEEF skippered by Enrico Gamelunghe; getting the better of ZIO CELESTE sailed by Marco Marmeggi. BE-BEEF is leading the overall standings. After a nice day of racing, the fleet enjoyed their traditional spaghetti dinner at PIER G, accompanied by Elba Bianco Doc La Fazenda, partners of the event. The next event is Sunday, December 4.
ANZIO & NETTUNO: The Anzio & Nettuno J/24 fleet in Rome sailed the third stage of their winter series, competing for the IX Memorial Stefano Pirini Trofeo. The regatta PRO, Mario de Greneti, was able to provide the 23-boat fleet with two excellent races. The day’s wins were taken by ITA 447 PELLE NERA sailed by Paolo Cecamore and by JUKE BOX skippered by the Hungarian Miklos Rauschenberger. Provisional results after the first day or racing (compiled after the first two races) saw JUKE BOX leading with a 2-1 for 3 points with PELLE NERA in second. Third place belonged to ITA 358 ARPIONE sailed by Michele Potenza with a 3-4 for 7 points. They were followed by two teams tied on 10 points each—ITA 333 DAIQUIRI sailed by Fabrizio Sabatini with a 4-6 and ITA 487 AMERICAN PASSAGE with a 5-5. The following day, it was a milder day with nearly calm seas. The steady breeze of 10 knots from the southeast permitted three races to be sailed. With three bullets, Ignazio Bonanno’s ITA 416 LA SUPERBA (with crew of Simone Scontrino, Alfredo Branciforte, Francesco Picaro and Vincenzo Vano) jumped into the overall lead for the regatta. An increasingly determined ITA 447 PELLE NERA, owned by Paolo Cecamore and skippered by the 2014 Soling World Champion Farkas Litkey from Hungary, confirmed their second place position with a record of 1-4-3-4-3 for 11 points net. Leaping into third from sixth place the day before was ITA 428 PELLE ROSSA, skippered by Gianni Riccobono and sailing with tactician Sergio Strippoli, garnering a record of 10-5-2-2-4 for 13 points. In fourth place was ITA 333 DAIQUIRI sailed by Fabrizio Sabatini, and sitting in fifth place was Rome J/24 fleet captain Paolo Rinaldi. The racing in the Gulf of Anzio will continue for the Trofeo Lozzi on December 4 & 18, January 15 & 29, February 12 & 26, and March 12. For more Italian J/24 information, visit

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