MOLLICONA Leads Italian J/24 Spring Championship
March 05, 2016
After becoming the winners of the 2015 Autumn Championship, the MOLLICONA crew consisting of Vincenzo Mercuri, Massimiliano Biagini, Riccardo Marini, Nicholas Marchini and Beba Tognetti have also had a great start to this year’s Spring Championship series and are leading the fleet after the first weekend. “The two races on Saturday were windward-leeward courses; they were sailed in light winds from the north of 4-8 knots with flat seas. The continuous wind shifts (and decreasing wind strength) in the second race, however, forced the race to be finished on the first run,” explained Sergio Del Nero. “On Sunday, however, we had very rough seas. Winds were between 4-10 knots from the north, variable. And, it was very difficult conditions with wave flowing against the wind, forming very choppy seas. Also on this day, the second race was shortened to the first run because of the sudden drop in wind.” Despite the challenging weather, the MOLLICONA team rose to the occasion and compiled a 1-5-1-1 record to be leading after the first weekend of racing. Moving into second place on JAMAICA is the Italian J/24 Class President Pietro Diamanti- with a 2-1-2-3 tally. Sitting in third place is NINAN skippered by Alberto Manfredini with scores of 3-8-3-2; in fourth is TALLY I owned by Roberta Banfo and skippered by Luca Macchiarini with a very steady 4-4-4-6; and in fifth place is ITA 330 skippered by Enrico Giannotti with a 6-2-8-8 tally. Excellent as always was the work done by the Race Committee (Chaired by Luigi D’Amico and assisted by Gigi Porchera and Sergio Del Nero) and their mark boats (Massimo Lunardini, Silvano and Matteo Zanza). For more Italian J/24 sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.