Italian J/24 Nationals

The waters of the La Maddalena archipelago for the 37th Italian J/24 Nationals saw the dominating performance of LA SUPERBA, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno with crew of Simone Scontrino, Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro and Alfredo Branciforte. After winning the US J/24 Nationals just two weeks earlier, the team on FURIO (skipper Keith Whittemore with Kevin Downey, Brian Thomas, Mark Rogers, & Shelley Milne) flew over 15 hours from Seattle to Rome, Italy in order to participate in the Italian Open J/24 Nationals on the island of Sardinia. The FURIO team took the silver in the Open division behind LA SUPERBA. Third overall and second in the Italian championship was VIGNE SURRAU, a team comprised of skipper Aurelio Nini with crew Evero Niccolini, Danilo Deiana, Roberta Piras, M. Mario Pisanu and Fabrizio Zuddas. Rounding out the top five were the German crew of SUELLBERG in fourth place skippered by Stefan Karsunke, and in fifth place was the Italian crew of AVOLTORE skippered by Francesco Cruciani. “I am sure to interpret the thought of all the crews and their friends and family,” explained the President of the Italian J/24 Class, Pietro Diamanti. “Maddalena is a wonderful place to host great events. The gorgeous sea, the welcome and the unique hospitality, the lovely resorts and breathtaking views have made our stay in La Maddalena very special. A heartfelt thank you to all those who have made efforts to organize our Championship in the best way possible. An advice? Back to Maddalena! I am also very pleased with the pleasant climate among our crews: so much competition and fairness in the water, great friendliness and friendship on the ground are among the winning secrets of a constantly growing Class, also appreciated by young people.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

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