Friday, February 26, 2016

Italy J/24 Winter Regatta Series Reports

J/24s sailing Italy(Genoa, Italy)- 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
(Torregrande, Sardinia, Italy)- The first round of the Sardinia winter circuit, sailed in the beautiful waters off the port of Torregrande, saw an enthusiastic fleet of thirteen 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 an astonishing 8 pts total.  After this regatta, they increased their lead over LEGA NAVALE CARLOFORTE’s David Gorgerino that have 19 pts.

Club Nautico Oristano ( will host the next set of races at Torregrande on February 28.  Then, the Sardinia fleet will move to Arbatax for the second half of the series, scheduled on March 13, the 3 and 17 April, and May 8. After the summer recess, the Sardinian fleet will then move to northern Sardinia, Porto Rotondo, for the third and final stage (16 and 30 October, 13 and 27 November).

J/24s sailing off Italy Winter seriesLA SUPERBA Controls Anzio-Nettuno Series
(Anzio/Roma, Italy)- 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 eleven 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. All three of these teams are strong contenders to be European Champions in 2016!

The final stages of the Trofeo Lozzi will continue on 12th March while the Winter Anzio-Nettuno Series will conclude on the following Sundays- 28th February and 13th March.  The Sailing Club Roma ( will be hosting the final set of races.