Circolo della Vela Bari Wins Italian J/70 League Qualifiers
Organized by the CV Barcola & Grignano with the collaboration of the YC Porto Piccolo and sponsored by Banca Aletti, the second qualifier for the Italian J/70 Sailing National Championship took place in the Gulf of Trieste. Thirty-two races were completed in three days for the 16 teams participating in the event. They saw winds on the first day up to 25 knots, then 10-15 knot winds for the next two days. The event was won by the Circolo della Vela Bari, with Simone Ferrarese at the helm. Their team never finished worse than fifth place, collecting five firsts and six seconds, closing at 36 points. Fourteen points behind was the Societe Canottieri Garda Salo team. Third place went to Circolo Nautico della Vela Argentario. “What a fantastic race day,” commented Simone Ferrarese, skipper of CV Bari. “I am excited to have qualified our Club and won the stage. Now, we prepare for the Crotone Finals. These races have challenged us a great deal;the format and wind from the ground made the races very difficult, but extremely enjoyable. And, thanks to the boats, these beautiful J/70s that are a great fit for these conditions and for this kind of racing.” In addition to the six qualifiers from the Porto Cervo event, the eight qualifiers from the Trieste event are CV Bari, Societe Canottieri Garda Salo, CN Vela Argentario, Aeronautica Militare, Diporto Nautico Sistiana, CV Bellano, YC Adriatico and Reale Circolo Canotierri Tevere Remo. For more Italian J/70 Sailing League information, visit http://www.legavela.it/.