Porto Cervo, Italy. 5 June 2016. With eight races held over three days, the third leg of the Alcatel J/70 Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, concluded today with the victory of Franco Solerio’s L’elegain. The reigning Italian Champion clinched the top spot with just 2 points to spare over Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible in second place. Pensavo Peggio BH, owned by Filippo Pacinotti and Giuseppe Zavanone, made a strong comeback to take third place.
The final race day was characterised by light and shifty Sirocco breezes, however the YCCS Race Committee, led by PRO Peter “Luigi” Reggio, managed to fit in two windward-leewards. With four teams closely ranked heading into the last day of competition, the battle raged on right down to the final metres of Race Eight where a bullet assured first place overall for Solerio, who also maintains the lead in the overall circuit classification. Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible was forced to settle for second place after three days of heated duels for the title, while a 3-6 scoreline for Pensavo Peggio brought them up to third place today.
The only female helm in the Italian class, Claudia Rossi with her Petite Terrible–Adria Ferries, finished in fourth place overall. Fifth place went to Magie Das Sailing Team owned by Alessandro Zampori, the highest-ranked among the Corinthian competitors.
“We’re delighted to have hosted such an exciting event the first time the Italian J/70 has visited our waters. The teams were very competitive and it was great to see several ladies sailing. We look forward to seeing many of you at the J/70 Worlds here in Porto Cervo in September 2017” commented YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo during the prize giving at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
The Italian J/70 circuit continues with two legs on Lake Garda: Malcesine (23-24 July), Riva del Garda (9-11 September).