Saturday, April 7, 2018

Italian J/70 Cup- Sanremo Preview

Alcatel J/70 Cup sailing fast! (Sanremo, Italy)- The first event of the Italian J/70 Cup Series is about to start this coming weekend in Sanremo, Italy and, again, the Yacht Club Sanremo will be providing their tremendous hospitality ashore and excellent regatta management on the water.

Sailing off the famous "City of Flowers" will be fifty-eight boats from nine countries, with racing taking place from Friday to Sunday.

Vittorio Di Mauro, President of J/70 Italian Class, commented, "In this year’s regatta there are many newcomers, but it is also a pleasure to see some of the veteran members of J/70 Italian Class being present on the entry list once again. This is clear demonstration that, further than being the One-Design of the moment, people love sailing the J/70 as a fun, fast, tactical boat for all ages. The 2018 season, taking place over four events, will include the Italian Championship at Malcesine on Lago di Garda- the site for the 2019 J/70 European Championship!”

J/70s saiilng Alcatel CupThe competitiveness of the class continues to get better and better. Top Italians crews include J/70 Worlds bronze winner Luca Domenici with his NOTARO Team; the twice J/70 European Champion Claudia Rossi with PETITE TERRIBLE; the winner of the ALCATEL J/70 CUP in 2015 and 2016- Franco Solerio and his L'ELAGAIN; Achille Onorato on MASCALZONE LATINO; Alberto Rossi on ENFANT TERRIBLE (2-time Farr 40 World Champion), Mauro Roversi with J-CURVE; CALVI NETWORK sailed by Gianfranco No√® and Karlo Hmeljak at tactics; and the J/70 Worlds Corinthians winner in Porto Cervo-  Alessandro Zampori with NOBERASCO DAS.

In addition, there are many top competitors from around Europe and the rest of the world.  Returning for the third time is Brazil’s Mario Soeresen Garcia sailing MANDACHUVA from YC Rio de Janeiro; from Germany is Michael Grau’s PAINT IT BLACK team from Norddeutscher Regatta Verein; from Monaco is Stefano Roberti’s PICCINANA from YC Monaco; four top crews from Poland, such as Krempec Krzysztof’s EWA, Pawel Tarnowski’s APOTEX, and Michale Jablonski’s GTJ; five teams from Russia, such as the Monaco J/70 Sportboat Winter Series winner Valeriya Kovalenko and her ARTTUBE team; three Swiss teams, including Tom Studer’s JERRY; and a Swedish crew- John Christian De Champs’ WHITE SOUND sailing for KSSS (Royal Swedish YC).

Many of these teams will be participating in the entire series as part of their long-term training for the J/70 Europeans in 2019 at Malcesine on Lake Garda.  Here is the Italian J/70 Cup 2018 Schedule:
  • Apr 6-8 - Sanremo
  • May 11-13 - Porto Ercole
  • Jul 12-15 - Malcesine - Open Italian J/70 Championship
  • Sep 7-9 - Trieste
Sailing photo credits- Fabio Taccola.  For more Italian J/70 Cup sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.