The J/24 Class in Argentina has started the Sailor’s Cup Regatta on Lago San Roque. It’s a spectacular time of year to be sailing in the Andes Mountains and the setting could not be more idyllic than the one for Club Nautico Cordoba along the lake. For this year’s regatta (a two weekend affair), it’s noteworthy that 13 boats are participating from across Argentina, including crews from Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Mendoza and Salta. The regatta is also considered part of the overall points series for the “Campeonato Centro del Republica” (the Central Championship for the middle of Argentina)—and at least 25 teams are participating in the overall series, a much higher participation rate than achieved in 2013. For last weekend, the first round of the championship, the winner was the Mendoza fleet J/24 team on OJOTA, led by skipper Sebastián Halpern. Second was Team INDIGO led by Despontin Ezekiel, last year’s winner. The regatta has become a classic on the J/24 Argentine regatta circuit, the third time at the Club Nautico de Córdoba. It is an event notable for its warm, wonderful atmosphere sailing on the lake—a moment of relaxation for all crews where they enjoyed something to eat, and drinking delicious malbec red wines from the Mendoza district. With moderate winds and wind shifts, it was good, solid tactics that were the key elements to keeping the top spots. The final results were OJOTA in first, INDIGO second, ON-LINE third, KANZA fourth and MATANGA fifth. This marks the start of the annual ranking that’s part of the Campeonato Centro Del Republica. For the next event, up to two dozen boats along with a crew from the USA are expected. The J/24 Fleet Córdoba thanks the sponsors that support and enable the realization of this championship again in 2014. For more J/24 Argentina sailing information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.