In Taranto, the next stage of the Winter Series Championship was very much “spring-like” for the 15 teams that were participating in the weekend’s hard fought races. “Even if the wind was light early in the day, at about 12 o’clock a light south wind would start building offshore allowing the race committee, chaired by PRO Alberico Albano and assisted by Giuseppe Tortorella, to start the races,” explained J/24 Fleet Captain Nino Puglia Soriano. With a relatively short starting line most of the time, the fleet was tight and very aggressive, with many individual recalls and several OCS scores. The Winter Series are now counting nine races with the next event taking place on March 16. So, far the provisional results have Mimmo Bottiglione’s team on ALPHARD leading the series with only 10 points in 9 races. Second is EX JDF owned by Angelo Lombardo and helmed by Stephen Mignini with 20 points. They’re just one point in front of the third place boat, JEBEDEE skippered by Nino Soriano. Fourth is DOCTOR J sailed by Sandro Negro and Sandro Montefusco, and fifth if AMBER. This year’s Italian J/24 Class has welcomed aboard the prestigious international sports utility brand LAND ROVER. They’re thrilled to be part of one of Italy’s leading one-design keelboat brands as it embodies LAND ROVER’s corporate tag-line of “living well leisurely with elegance and style.” For more Italian J/24 Class sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.