Wednesday, August 3, 2016


J/70 Calvi Network sailing Lake Garda, Italy (Malcesine, Italy)- Thirty teams representing six countries participated in the ALCATEL J/70 Alpen Cup hosted by hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine on Lago di Garda.  This event was the first of a two-weekend regatta, starting in Malcesine and concluding at Riva del Garda over the September 9th to 11th weekend.  The winners are determined by a combined score of the two events.  So far, the star of the show happens to be a class leader in a number of major J/70 events in the US and Europe- none other than Carlo Alberini’s CALVI NETWORK.

On the first day, Fraglia Vela Malcesine’s PRO managed to produce three good races, marked by bright sunshine and 20-22 kt winds.  The undisputed leader with three bullets in three races was CALVI NETWORK.  Following them with three 2nds was Franco Solerio’s L’ELAGAIN with tactician Matteo Ivaldi on board.  Third for the day with a 6-3-3 was the Monegasque team of Stefano Roberti on AIR.

Alcatel J/70 Cup winners- Malcesine, ItalyThe second day of racing was a virtual carbon copy of the first.  A beautiful day with the famous “peler” wind roaring down Lake Garda.  The top three nearly duplicated their results from the first day.  Consequently, Alberini’s crew on CALVI NETWORK won with straight 1sts as counters with Solerio’s L’ELAGAIN in second and Roberti’s AIR in third.
Rounding out the top five was the 2016 J/70 European Championship winner, Claudia Rossi sailing PETITE TERRIBLE.  Just four points behind her in fifth position (and winner of the Corinthians Division) was MAGIE, skippered by Alessandro Zampori and his “50 Shades of Grey” crew- Gianni Sommariva, Andrea Magni, Luca Antonetto and Eugenio Ramassotto.  Sailing photo credits- Fabio Taccola  For more ALCATEL J/70 Cup sailing information