Friday, May 11, 2018

Italian J/70 Cup Preview

Italian J/70 Cup- Porto Ercole
(Porto Ercole, Italy)- The second act of the Italian J/70 Cup is about to take place in Porto Ercole with three days of racing scheduled.  The event will be hosted by Club Nautico e della Vela Argentario, and their PRO is planning on a maximum of eight races, with one discard permitted.  The best crew on Saturday will be awarded the Garmin Cup.

Among the fifty-one crews racing from nine countries (Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Switzerland), there will be the winners of the Sanremo event, both in the overall ranking and in the Corinthian division reserved for non-professionals. Alberto Rossi will be racing with his ENFANT TERRIBLE, assisted in the tactical choices by Branko Brcin; CALVI NETWORK with the tandem team of Noè/ Desiderato; and PETITE TERRIBLE skippered by Claudia Rossi with Michele Paoletti on tactics.

Among the Corinthians, Paolo Tomsic will try to defend the gold won in Sanremo aboard his LA FEMME TERRIBLE against teams like NOBERASCO DAS skippered by Alessandro Zampori, winner of the Silver fleet in the Audi J/70 World Championship.

J/70 sailing Italian J/70 CupArriving directly from the Palmavela 52 Super Series in Palma Mallorca, British TP52 owner Peter Harrison chose the Italian J/70 class to test himself with J/70, skippering SORCHA J. Similarly, Vincenzo Onorato will also be there with MASCALZONE LATINO, as well as Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio with G-SPOTTINO, Mauro Roversi with J-CURVE and the World bronze Medallist- Luca Domenici aboard NOTARO TEAM- LEGGI D’ITALIA.

Having benefitted from sailing the Warsash Spring Series will be Malta’s Sebastian Ripard, racing CALYPSO for the Royal Malta YC.  And, having sailed all spring are several crews that participated in the YC Monaco Winter J/70 Sportboat Series and the Primo Cup; Stefano Roberti’s Monaco crew on PICCININA, several top Polish teams (Krzysztof Krempec’s EWA, Pawel Tarnowski’s APOTEX, Michal Jablonski’s GTJ, a trio of top Russian teams (the series winner- Valerya Kovalenko’s famous ARTUBE RUS-1 team, Andrey Samoylov’s COMPUTEL, Dmitriy Shunin’s GOLDEN WING), and a top Swiss crew- Tom Studer’s JERRY.

The Porto Ercole event promises to be the ideal training scenario to compete one last time with the fleet before the J/70 European Championship taking place in Vigo, Spain from June 12th to 16th.

Moreover, the first two crews in the open division and the first of the Corinthians will earn the right to enter the Marblehead 2018 J/70 World Championship; that event has a limited number of 100 entries for the best crews of each country.

The next event organized by Italian J/70 Class will be the third act of the Italian J/70 Cup in Malcesine, hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine on Lago di Garda July 12th to 15th.  For more Italian J/70 Cup sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.