At 3 p.m., 40 minutes and 17 seconds on Oct. 19, Alberto Bona aboard the proto Onlinesim.it finished the Mini Barcelona achieving an excellent second place behind Ludouk Mechin on Microvitae. Thus, the positive streak of the 28-year-old from Turin continues, following his recent victory at the Valencia Mini 650 – Regatta de Las Islas.
A TACTICALLY INTERESTING REGATTA
This is the comment of the Yacht Club Italiano athlete: “It was a race with light conditions and little wind, tactically interesting. During the long traverse to get to Menorca there was a good duel with Microvitae, after passing the island however the air dropped, he was able to stretch and was faster in the stern down to the finish. I’m very satisfied because with the last two races I’ve put 600 miles in my pocket for qualifying for the Mini Transat, plus I’ve become familiar with the new boat and I think there’s a very good basis for doing a good job and taking it to the top.”
The 2014 Mini Barcelona – Reserved for proto and production Mini 6.50s, the regatta was 300 miles long and took place on the Barcelona – Menorca- Barcelona course. 15 boats entered, including 10 series and 5 proto.
WHO IS ALBERTO BONA
Alberto Bona perfectly embodies the new generation of Italian ocean sailors who are giving the French “masters” a run for their money. This was confirmed by his great fifth place in the 2013 Mini Transat among the Series, achieved in spite of numerous technical problems, such as a broken windward marker and a rudder failure caused by hitting a big fish. Born in Turin, Italy, on May 9, 1986, he discovered sailing at a very young age while sailing on the family boat. He began on dinghies but soon moved into cabin cruiser racing and offshore sailing. Adventure is in his blood: in 2006 he sailed from La Spezia to Corsica on a “shell” just 8 feet long built in the garage of his home. In 2012 he was Italian Mini Champion and won the Mini Barcelona. In 2013 he was fifth among the series at the Mini Transat. He recently triumphed at the Valencia 650.