Argentina J/24 Fall Report

It is the fall in South America, and in Argentina, that means there are three highly competitive events taking place over a short period of time. There is the Campeonato del Oeste that takes place in Potrerillos, Mendoza in the far southwestern part of Argentina. Then, the second event is the PIMMS CUP hosted by Club Nautico Olivos in Buenos Aires on the Rio de La Plata. The third event is the J/24 South American Championship taking place on Lago San Roque at the base of the Andes Mountain range. For the first event, of what is known as “the Triple Crown” in Argentina, 17 teams participated from across the country including the Salta, Córdoba, Buenos Aires and Mendoza fleets and some boats from Punta del Este, Uruguay. Among the giants of Argentinian sailing that was racing was Matías Pereira and his crew on CARRERA from Buenos Aires. Last year, he won his fifth consecutive Argentine J/24 title, a record unbroken in the history of the J/24 Class for Argentina. Perrera’s crew included Guillermo Bellinotto, Juan Ignacio Pereyra and Andrés Guerra, also winners of the Gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hosting the event was the Mendocina Windsurf Association (AMW). Winning was Matias Pereira’s CARRERA with a record of 2-4-1-4-4–7-4-2 for 22 points net in nine races. Just three points back was Ezequil Despontin’s INDIGO with a 1-7-7-1-1-4-13-3-1 for 25 points net. Then, securing the final spot on the podium was Pablo Despontin’s CAMBURY with a 4-5-2-2-3-6-1-7-10 for 30 points net. For the PIMMS CUP, there were just eight entries due to the fact that many teams trailered their best boats to Potrerillos, then north to Villa Carlos Paz for the J/24 South American Championship. Nevertheless, many top teams borrowed/chartered boats from their own fleet so that they could sail locally in Buenos Aires. Winning the PIMMS CUP was the HAIK/THOMPSON REUTERS team skippered by Rodrigo Benedeto with a 3-1-1-2-1 tally for 5 points net. Second was Hernan & Nico Cubria’s MENDIETA with a 1-2-3-3-DNC for 9 points. Then, taking the bronze was Guille Aporszegui’s SHARK with a 2-3-6-5-3 scoreline for 13 points net. The South American J/24 Championship starts March 28. For more Argentina J/24 Class information, visit

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