Diamanti Italian J/24 Season Champion

This year, as always, the seventh and final stage of the Italian J/24 National Circuit concluded with the 39th Winter Championship Interlaghi Vela, sailing for the Credito Valtellina Trofeo. It was a tough J/24 circuit to win since the level of competition was very high across Italy in all the major events that comprised the championship this year. The Italian J/24 circuit kicked-off with the three classic events (Primo Cup in Montecarlo, Pasquavela in Porto Santo Stefano and the Trofeo Academia Navale off Livorno). These events were followed by the Italian J/24 Nationals in Anzio, then the Italian Cup in Marina di Carrara, the regatta in Circolo Nautico Cervia sailed in Cervia and ending with the Interlaghi in Lecco. Once again crowned Italian J/24 season champion was Pietro Diamante sailing Jamaica from CN Marina Carrara. “2013 was a very busy season for Jamaica, during which we participated in six of the seven regattas of the J/24 National Circuit J24,” said Diamante. “We are very pleased with this result and we want to thank our local sponsors for their contributions that have led to this success. During the six regattas, we all took turns sailing the boat; including my brother Giuseppe, Gianluca Caridi, Fabrizio Ginesi, Giuseppe Garofalo, Paolo Governato, Enrico Alfarano and Nicola Bocci. Thanks to all of them for being such a great team to sail together with all season long!” Perhaps most importantly, this win was made even sweeter as Diamanti was also the top boat as “owner/ skipper” for the season. Taking second overall was Djke owned by Marco Vincenti and skippered by Fabio Delicati. A newcomer to the fleet managed to sneak inside one of Italy’s top J/24 teams (past Italian and European Champions, no less). Taking that honor as the third boat on the podium was Ottobe Rosso owned by Nicola Giovannini and helmed by Lorenzo Carola. Fourth was top Italian team on the famous La Superba, owned by Marina Militare and skippered by the well-regarded Ignazio Bonnano from Livorno. Rounding out the top five was the second place finisher in the “owner/skipper” category, Joc sailed by Fabio Appollonio. For more Italian J/24 Championship circuit sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/index.php.

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