JOANNA Wins Cervia Winter J/24 Championship: With the last three races held last Saturday and nothing happening on Sunday due to adverse weather conditions, the curtain fell on the XVI Winter Championship – XVII Stefano Pirini Memoria hosted by the Circolo Nautico Cervia from October 23, 2022 to March 12, 2023. In the lead since the first event, it was the CN Cervia member Amici della Vela’s JOANNA ITA 271 (skippered by Fabrizio Dallacasa) that took the final victory with just 19 points total. Second overall was Guido Guadagni’s CAPTAIN NEMO ITA 499 from CV Ravennate with 32 points. Then, rounding out the bronze step on the podium were the two brothers: Alessandro and Alberto Errani who sailed ITA 505 with their skipper Marco Pantano with a total of 34 points. Rounding out the top five were Mauro Martelli’s VENTO BLUE ITA 382 with 41 points in fourth place and Marco Maccaferri’s KERMESSE ITA 402 in fifth with 48 points. Thanks to all the competitors, to the Organizing Committee, to the Regatta Judges Ettore Bonaguri, Franco Minotti and Enrico Pozzani Pavirani, and to those who contributed to the success of the Winter Championship.
JAMAICA Wins Marina Spring J/24 Championship of Carrara: Sailing off the port of Marina di Carrara, and hosted by the Nautical Club Marina di Carrara, the traditional opening event of the sailing season was the Marina Spring Championship. Sailors looked forward to their first event of the season, but the weather gods were not cooperating. Adverse marine weather conditions on Saturday prevented the smooth running of the scheduled races, so an “AP over A” was soon flown by noontime. Sunday dawned with significantly better weather, permitting the RC team to run three races in good breeze and wave conditions. The winners of those individual races included ITA 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING, ITA 212 JAMAICA and ITA 483 PERCINQUE. Pietro Diamanti’s team on ITA 212 JAMAICA (Antonio Lupo, Mario Iazzeri, Costanza Brusoni and Fabrizio De Peppo) were dialed in to the conditions on Sunday, posting a hot 3-1-2 to take the title. Second went to Eugenia de Giacomo’s ITA 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING, followed in third place by Antonio Criscuolo’s ITA 483 PERCINQUE. The Regatta Committee for the Nautical Club Marina di Carrara was made up of the President Admiral Luigi D’Amico and by Gigi Porchera and Tiziano Menconi.
LA SUPERBA Crowned Winter Champion of Anzio-Nettuno Again: It was once again the J/24 from Centro Vela Altura Napoli, Ignazio Bonnano’s ITA 416 LA SUPERBA, that won the XLVIII Championship of the Gulf of Anzio and Nettuno. The Winter Championship consisted of 19 races over five events from December 2022 to March 2023. A total of 18 teams took part in the series, a real sign of strength for the Class in Italy. For this regatta, Bonnano’s winning crew included Alfredo Branciforte, Francesco Picaro, Simone Scontrino and Vincenzo Vano. Behind them on the podium, it was Lucas Silvestri’s ITA 458 ENJOY DUE that took the silver. Settling for the bronze was Michele Potenza’s ITA 358 ARPIONE with a crew of Elisabetta Centrone, Caterina Spagnolo, Panfilo Del Beato Corvi and Italo Paulini, Rounding out the top five for the series was Gianni Riccobono’s ITA 428 PELLE ROSSA in fourth place, then in fifth was Paolo Cecamore’s ITA 447 PELLE NERA! “We are happy with the victory of this winter season,” commented the winning LA SUPERBA skipper Bonanno. “In the last races, the presence of the Hungarian crew allowed us to better test the speed of the boat given the next national and international regattas taking place in Hungary (the J/24 Europeans) and in Greece (the J/24 Worlds).”
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