Rimini – Luca Domenici’s Notaro Team is the winner of the second stage of the J/70 Cup 2023. On stage in Rimini, where J/70 Italian Class and Yacht Club Rimini joined forces for the third consecutive year, closing the event with the completion of the program, the team of the Roman owner took the lead at the end of the penultimate race and during the next, complicated by the very light breeze, controlled the situation, ensuring success.
In the wake of Notaro Team, on board which other than Luca Domenici, Diego Negri, Lorenzo Bressani and Michele Mennuti race, the Portuguese of Sail Cascais have positioned themselves, led by the helmsman Vasco Serpa and by Hugo Rocha, Olympic bronze in Atlanta 96 in 470, and Five For Fighting 4.0 by Tommaso De Bellis Vitti, with Andrea Airò at the bar and the blue Olympian Giovanna Micol in the cockpit. Looking at the general classification of the circuit, Luis Albert’s Patakin, already winner at Porto Ercole in mid-April, finished in sixth place, while Mauro Roversi’s J-Curve, second on the Argentario, was fourth.
“It was a wonderful weekend: we achieved a deserved success in the face of very complicated weather and a competitive fleet. We always stayed in phase with the jumps and walked fast despite the changing conditions. It is a performance that makes us happy, for which I thank my crew and which I dedicate to my family: even if from a distance they have always been supportive and have followed us step by step” declared Luca Domenici on the sidelines of the award ceremony.
Looking at the Corinthian ranking, however, the aforementioned Five For Fighting 4.0 is on the top step of the podium; behind him were Sofia Giondi’s Wanderlust, with the Italian Olympian Filippo Baldassari as tactician, and Gianfranco Noè’s White Hawk, overall winner of last year’s Rimini stage.
Coming to the special prizes, the Alphazer EnergyStart Trophy, which rewards the best in the starting stages, was awarded to the Portuguese of Sail Cascais while Saturday’s results gave the Danes of Sassy, led by helmsman Frederik Hvalso, the Garmin Cup – and a Garmin Quatix 7 – and, more generally, the trophy for the best OnePro team.
The J/70 Cup is now stopping for a couple of months to make way for the first edition of the J/70 Corinthian World Cup, scheduled in Riva del Garda from 1st to 4th June. The next appointment with the circuit reserved for J/70 class specialists is set for mid-July in Malcesine.
The 2023 J/70 Cup is supported by Lincoln International, Alphazer, Garmin, Armare Ropes, Serena Wines, Vela Mania, Zhik, UtilGraph, IPA and the OneOcean Foundation.