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“La Superba” wins. Many Sardinians among the first 10 classified.

Arzachena, 29 May 2012. The Superba crew of the Navy Sailing Center, with Ignazio Bonanno at the helm, Francesco Linares engaged in the tree, Simone Scontrino in the role of tailer, Massimo Gherarducci in the tactical / central one and with Alfredo Branciforte in the bow, for the second consecutive year, the title of Italian Champion of J24, the most widespread monotype class in the world. This concludes the Italian Open Championship that started on May 25th thanks to the organization of the Arzachena Nautical Club and the Italian J24 Class. The event is supported by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, the Province of Olbia Tempio, the Municipality of Arzachena and numerous sponsors and local companies.

Today the sun and wind are stable at 12-13 knots from the east, optimal conditions that have allowed us to quickly complete the two tests scheduled. Nine in all those carried out from Saturday to today. From the second day of competition, the men of La Superba dominated the rest of the Italian fleet. Although surprised by the “unusual” weather conditions, as stated by Francesco Linares, who had been studying the race course and the local winds statistics for a long time, the talent of the five of the Navy prevailed. Only the first day remain behind in the standings of the Velaclub Portoscuso ITA 505 Kimbe by Alberto Gai.

The event was attended by 41 boats from 9 nations. 24 Italian ones vying for the title. On the second step of the podium salt Avoltore, the boat of Massimo Mariotti. Following a prestigious third place for the Sardinian crew Botta Dritta, of the Naval League of La Maddalena, which has as its helmsman the president of the Italian Class J24 Mariolino Di Fraia. Great presence of the Sardinians in the first ten classified. Fourth of the Italians still a Sardinian, Boomerang of Filippo Masia and Angelo Usai, followed by Kimbe of Alberto Gai in fifth place, Vigne Surrau of the Nautical Club Arzachena helmed by Aurelio Bini in sixth place. Ninth place still a boat of the organizing club, Nord Est Costruzioni, helmed by Salvatore Orecchioni and the tenth Davide Gorgerino on Seasolar.

Proud of the result of the Sardinians in the field Pietro Sanna, president of the Third FIV Zone. “The Sardinian J24 Fleet is always very active. The level has grown significantly in recent years. This is demonstrated by the excellent places in the standings won by our champions “.

The chairman of the organizing club, winner of his ninth-ranking Nord Est Construction team, draws a balance of this first major event in 2012. “We are happy with how the operations were carried out both at sea and on land, we have the feeling that all the crews have been satisfied, and this is the first big result that rewards the commitment of the club staff. My gratitude goes to them “explains Pier Sesto Demuro” As for the strictly competitive aspect, I was pleased to see the growth and the strength of the Sardinian crews who represent the island in the national field very well. The satisfaction is also due to the results of our two Vigne Surrau and Nord Est Costruzioni teams “.

In addition to the Italians were also 10 German boats, 1 British, 1 Brazilian, 1 US, 1 Swedish, 1 Greek, 1 Hungarian and 1 from the Principality of Monaco. From tomorrow they will all be involved in the J24 European Championship which will end on 3 June.

Foreigners dominate in the overall ranking. First overall Mike Ingham with 11th Hour Racing, Alexandre Saldanha on Bruschetta, current world champion, while on the third step of the OPEN standings Furio is helmed by Keith Witthemore.

Source: Arzachena Nautical Club

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