Italy J/24 Report

This past weekend saw sailing activity taking place in two of the Italian peninsula’s signature resort/yachting destinations. One was on the alpine lake of Lago di Caldonazzo in the north and the other was off Arzachena on the island of Sardinia.
Lago di Caldonazzo/ Valcanover: They were two beautiful sailing days for the dozen J/24s that were sailing on Lake Caldonazzo for the Trofeo Autopergine. The Associazione Velica Trentino hosted the event. Commented Ale Ferrara from the host club, “As usual, after Saturday’s races, there was a big party where all the sailors share their ‘war stories’ from their day of sailing on the water. Fine wines augmented the conversations and an equally excellent dinner offered by the club, thanks to the excellent catering offered by the Hotel Valcanover next door. The sailors clearly enjoyed the entire evening!” After posting a record of two firsts and three seconds in six races, it was an easy victory for Dario Cattarozzi’s crew on ITA 182 J-JAM, claiming the title for the Trofeo Autopergine. In second and third place, respectively, were Giuliano Cattarozzi on ITA 432 KASTER with 11 points and Giuseppe De Mori on ITA 49 EOS with 14 points.
Arzachena/Palau: The Club Nautico Arzachena, situated on the harbor of Palau, played host to the talented fleet of local crews. “After the customary preparations, the boats were heading towards the sailing area located between the islands of La Maddalena, Spargi and Santa Maria,” explained Fleet Captain Marco Whirring. “The light wind from the northeast permitted three races to take place on the first day. There was no favored side of the course due to the tremendous wind shifts. As a result, three races produced three different winners. The RC Chairman Sandro Ricetto and his team (Giovanni Porcu, Karin Paternost, Francesca Campus and Salvatore Corda) waited patiently for all boats to finish each race, made quick adjustments, then fired off another race quickly. They are to be commended for their first-class management of the races!” The star of the weekend was Davide Gorgerion’s ITA 431 LIN CARLISLE with just 8 points. Second was ITA 318 NORTEOESTE with 10 points, and third was Lucio Balzano’s ITA 4 SAINT LUCIA with 12 points. Just behind them in fourth and fifth, respectively, were ITA 405 SURRAU VIGNE and ITA 460 BOTTA LIGNE. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

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