Diamante Wins Italian J/24 National Circuit

With three victories over four races, Pietro Diamante and his team on JAMAICA (Joseph Garofalo, Fabrizio Ginesi and Gabriele Zoppi) won the sixth and final stage of the J/24 National Championship and also took home the Trophy Francesco Ciccolo Perpetual Challenge. In second place was J-OC owner/skipper Fabio Apollonio Trieste, Fleet Captain of the Lago di Garda J/24 fleet. Third was KERMESSE sailed by Marco Maccaferri from CN Cervia Amici della Vela. Four races were completed in the waters off Cervia by a dozen brave crews, regardless of adverse weather and sea conditions. “This time, due to work commitments, I had a different crew,” commented Diamante, President of the Italian J/24 Class. “On Saturday, we had a moment of concern when, because of the light wind, we were able to sail only one race. Nevertheless, during the evening, friends of mine in Cervia consoled us with an excellent dinner of fried fish and piadina. On Sunday, a light but steady wind allowed us to complete three perfect races. On behalf of the other teams, I would say that, thanks to the organization, hospitality and beautiful weather over the two days, we are all doing great!” Added the Captain of the Romagna J/24 fleet, Guido Gains, “Despite the little wind, we managed to bring it home with four good races. A special thanks to the organizers and RC/PRO, as always, to organize everything perfection both on land and at sea!” The Italian J/24 National Circuit includes the Trofeo Nettuno in March, the Pasquavela in Porto Santo Stefano, the Trofeo Navale Academia in April, the Trofeo Nacional in Cala Galera in June, the Trofeo Menchelli in October, and the Trofeo Francesco Ciccolo in late October. For more Italian J/24 class sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.

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