Thursday, May 3, 2012

J/122 Wins Corsica Race

J/122 sailing Corsica Race off Italy(Riva di Traiano, Italy)- The first major offshore event of the Mediterranean sailing season for Italian sailors is the Corsica Offshore Race.  This 540 nm distance race, along with the famous Rolex Middle Sea and Rolex Giraglia Races, is one of the most important offshore competitions in Mediterranean. The race starts from Riva di Traiano, crosses the gate of Ventotene Island, heads off to round the Island of Lipari in front of Sicily, then back to Riva di Traiano. The course is oriented with the two predominant winds from SE & NW, therefore depending on the weather fronts, is easy to sail at least half of the race up-wind and against considerable seas.

When all the boats crossed the finishing line and the final tally's were in for handicap scoring, the Winner in IRC, with all kind of weather conditions and with a record of top-Speed down wind of 18.8 knots, was the  J/122 CHRISTINA III sailed by Alessandro Brighenti.

In the same race, the J/111 J-STORM sailed their first major offshore race and crossed the line in fourth, missing the Podium by just a few minutes!  All in all, it was a great showing and result for both the J/122 and the J/111 in very demanding wind and sea conditions.  Thanks for this report from Paolo Boido in Italy.