At 5:39 this morning, the Mini 6.50 Proto Fontanot driven by Michele Zambelli and Alberto Bona crossed the finish line first – laid off the coast of Genoa – of the Grand Prix D’Italia Mini 6.50 winning the eighth edition of the regatta organized by the Yacht Club Italiano. Second was the French crew of Romain Mouchel and Nikki Curwen aboard the Proto Follow Me, which arrived in Genoa at 6:35.
VICTORY AMONG SERIESFOR PENDIBENE AND VALSECCHI
At 6:40 a.m. Andrea Pendibene and GiovannaValsecchi on Marina Militare crossed the finish line first among the Series, followed at 8:05 a.m. by the other Mastep Series of Davide Lusso and Federico Fornaro. The wind on arrival is erratic and of medium intensity. The route of the Italian Mini 6.50 Grand Prix was shortened on Monday evening due to the difficult weather conditions expected over Sardinia: participants set course for Genoa after rounding Giannutri. The latter stages of the regatta were very close with Zambelli-Bona’s Proto Fontanot continuing to gain ground and Pendibene-Valsecchi’s Marina Militare defending its position among the Series.
The Mini 6.50 Grand Prix was born in 2006 at the behest of the Mini Class and the Italian Yacht Club. Italy’s main offshore regatta dedicated to the class, it has been a great success over the years because it takes participants through a wide range of conditions, from long offshore sailing to more technical sailing among the islands of the Tuscan archipelago. The 530-mile route runs along the Genoa – Capraia Island – La Caletta – Giannutri – Genoa route.