Italy J/24 Winter Regatta Series Reports
February 20, 2016
The J/24 Class in Italy continues to hold winter-long series in a number of locations. Two of the most popular editions are sailed in the middle of the Mediterranean coastline on Italy’s western coast- southern Sardinia and also Anzio-Nettuno just south of Rome. Here are the latest reports.
VIGNE SURRAU Commands Sardinia Series: The first round of the Sardinia winter circuit, sailed in the waters off the port of Torregrande, saw a fleet of 13 J/24s enjoying three races over the weekend. The fleet enjoyed southwest winds early in the day that, ultimately, swung further west with larger waves and more current. Club Nautico Oristano and Regatta Chairman Gian Marco Patta were pleased with the outcome of the event. “In this third event of the series, we were able to do two races with winds between 12-16 knots,” explained Marco Frulio. “The first race was won by Antonello Ciabatti’s LYBISSONIS with a beautiful second upwind leg, tacking on the right shifts. Aurelio Bini did not start very well and his VIGNE SURRAU crew failed to make their usual recovery. Accordingly, Salvatore Orecchioni’s NORD EST took second, and third was Angelo Corrias’ JADINE. After a postponed start, the RC chaired by Pietro Sanna gave the fleet a good race. Many boats favored the left side of the course. Aurelio Bini took the lead and did not let go until the end. Behind him was LIBARIUM with Davide Schintu skippering and in third place was JADINE.” Leading the provisional ranking (compiled after eight races with two discards) is Bini’s VIGNE SURRAU with 8 points total. After this regatta, they increased their lead over LEGA NAVALE CARLOFORTE’s David Gorgerino who has 19 points.
LA SUPERBA Controls Anzio-Nettuno Series: Over the weekend, the Rome J/24 fleet had a bit too much air, adverse weather and extreme sea conditions for the smooth running of several races for the Trofeo Lozzi and the Campionato Invernale di Anzio-Nettuno. As a result, the rankings after 11 races (including two discards) is that Ignazio Bonanno’s team on LA SUPERBA remains in control of the series lead. Bonanno’s team includes Simone Scontrino, Alfredo Branciforte, Francesco Picaro and Vincenzo Vano. Sitting in second place is a very strong team—PELLE NERA from Nettuno YC sailed by Paolo Cecamore with Soling World Champion Farkas Litkey from Hungary as tactician. In third is the Polizia Penitenziaria in FIAMME AZZURRE skippered by Fabio Delicati. The final stages of the Trofeo Lozzi will continue on March 12 while the Winter Anzio-Nettuno Series will conclude on the following Sundays. The Sailing Club Roma (http://www.cvroma.com) will be hosting the final set of races.