International J/24 Class Association

J/24 FIVE FOR FIGHTING Wins Autumn Championship

December 12, 2017

The Autumn Championship for the Gulf of Poets J/24 Fleet took place over two weekends and was organized by the Club Nautica Marina di Carrara in collaboration with the Circolo della Vela Marina di Massa. In total, 10 races were run over the two weekends. A victory in the last race confirmed the win of the young crew on ITA 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING in the dozen-boat fleet. The team was led by owner/skipper Eugenia De Giacomo with crew of Nicola and Matilde Pitanti, Lorenzo Cusimano and Bruna Marco. The sailing was characterized by sun and perfect wind, about 10-15 knots from the northeast on Saturday. Then on Sunday, two more races happened in similar conditions to count five for the weekend. There were four different winners of the races, including FIVE FOR FIGHTING (race 6 and 10), Riccardo Pacini’s COCCOE, Roberta Banfo’s TALLY-HO (skippered by Luca Macchiarini) and Giuseppe Simonelli’s RAZOR BILL (skippered by Davide Sampiero). At the end of racing on Sunday, FIVE FOR FIGHTING had five firsts and three seconds in their 10-race tally to win with 16 points net. The second-place boat was Pacini’s COCCOE with 25 points net. Third and fourth places were determined by a tie-breaker between Pietro Diamanti’s JAMAICA and Macchiarini’s TALLY-HO, with the former getting the benefit of countback to round out the podium. Fifth place went to Simonelli’s RAZOR BILL. “They were beautiful regattas, very fun and very competitive,” commented Pietro Diamanti. “I am satisfied with this edition of the Autumn Championship and the victory of a crew made up of determined and very good youngsters like Five for Fighting, always ready to go down into the water and to commit to the maximum. Congratulations also to Riccardo Pacini, a great return with a super crew formed by my brother Giuseppe, Fabio Apollonio and Renzo Marini and Tommy Fusato.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.

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