VIGNE SURRAU Sardinia J/24 Series Champion
December 06, 2015
The Circolo Nautico Oristano of Cagliari hosted the third and final event of the Sardinian Fall Series in the waters of Torregrande. Partnered with them to run the regatta for the 14 teams on the water was the ASD Windsurfing Club Cagliari. The crews met challenging conditions all weekend, with the first day producing 20-25 knot mistral winds with gusts to 30 knots, and the second day dishing out 10-15 knot winds and huge seas, making steering very difficult upwind. Clinching the regatta and the overall victory for the series was ITA 405 VIGNE SURRAU from Club Nautico Arzachena, owned by Aurelio Bini and skippered by the Cagliaran- Enrico Strazzera. They finished with 11 points followed by ITA 401 DOLPHINS (led by Andrea Mariani and Eugenio Basciu- 26 points) in second, and ITA 431 LEGA NAVALE CARLOFORTER (helmed by David Gorgerino- 33 points) in third position. Rounding out the top five were ITA 443 ARIA (skippered by Marco Frulio from LNI Olbia) in fourth and ITA 420 LIBYSSONIS (CV Windsurfing Club Cagliari owned by Daniele Bigozzi and skippered by Antonello Ciabatti) in fifth place (their finishes were determined by a tie-breaker on 35 points each). “With the conclusion of the third stage, you can tell that the boat to beat was VIGNE SURRAU, especially with local knowledge skipper Aurelio Bini getting them to the right places on the race course,” said Marco Flurio. “The fight really was for second place, since Bini’s team was in a league of their own. DOLPHINS sailed strongly, but only beat their friends on AIR by three points! It was fun sailing and a nice conclusion to another Sardinian fall J/24 series!” The Sardinian J/24 fleet starts their winter series on January 17 in the waters of Oristano, at the marina Torregrande. For more Italian J/24 fleet sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.