Italian Mini 650 Championship, Pendibene and Zambelli win.

zambelliThe Italian Championship of the Mini 650 Class concluded with an awards ceremony in Genoa. As for the category dedicated to prototypes, the victory went to Michele Zambelli. The skipper from Romagna (pictured opposite along with another great performer of the class, Giancarlo Pedote, after his third place at Les Sables-Horta-Les Sables), born in 1990, will compete in the 2015 Mini Transat aboard his Fontanot 788 (to aim for the podium).

The presentation of the award to Andrea Pendibene and Giovanna Valsecchi
The presentation of the award to Andrea Pendibene and Giovanna Valsecchi

The title of Italian Series Category Champion goes for the second year in a row to the ITA 520 MM team, the boat of Andrea Pendibene, a Navy athlete who, with co-skipper Giovanna Valsecchi, collected one victory after another throughout the course of the Championship, fighting by all means. And the exertions paid off: aboard ITA 520 MM Pendibene and Valsecchi took the top spot on the podium at Arcipelago 650, 200 miles in doubles and at Grand Prix d’Italie, 550 miles in doubles, finishing second at the two stages of Transtyrrenum, 600 miles in doubles and at Solo Roma Race, the 300-mile race run by Andrea solo.

Today, after a tune-up yard in June at the La Spezia Naval Base at S.E.N. (Naval Efficiency Service) and the strategic decision not to take on International Circuit races for this season, the ITA520MM Team continues to train in the Gulf of La Spezia, to face what will be the 2015 challenges.

Pendibene’s goals are ambitious: to confirm the Italian title for the third consecutive time, and more. On December 6 at the Paris Boat Show, registration will open for the 2015 Mini Transat, which will be the next ocean project and the next big challenge. To be included in the 84 available places, Andrea-who would be in her third participation-will have to face the qualifications imposed by the organization, including 1,000 miles solo by December 2014 and another 1,000 miles in official regattas. From November onward, the team will be fine-tuned to tackle the hard work ahead!



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