THEY ARE THE CHAMPIONS The winners of the most important regattas, in Italy and around the world


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Here are all the key players from the most important regattas around Italy (and beyond) in recent weeks!

The Five Hundred Phoenix Trophy, on the 500-mile Caorle-Sansego-Tremiti Islands route and back, proved to be a very challenging offshore trial. Starting out with strong sirocco, rain and a formed wave, the 37 participants found sustained winds, several thunderstorms and even some lulls on the way back from the Tremiti Islands. was one of the most exciting editions (number 42) in recent years, with constant changes of scene at the top of the rankings. The first boat to cross the finish line and win the Line Honour Phoenix XTutti Trophy was Be wild, Renzo Grottesi’s Swan 42, while the first in the X2 class was the Class 40 Kika Green Challenge of brothers Alessio and Cristiano Verardo (photo above: music lovers will recognize Cristiano as the former bassist of the band Pitura Freska) who wins the Line Honour X2 Trophy of Victories. Excellent performance for the Michele Zambelli/Luca Tosi duo on the Class 950 Illumia 12, the boat with which Michele will tackle the 2017 Ostar. The two ex-ministers, sixth overall, won the Leonardo Bronca Challenge Trophy dedicated to the best result of the youngest couple. When the compensated times were calculated, they ranked second overall in ORC, second in Class 3 and third in IRC. The overall winners with ORC and IRC compensated times were in the 500×2 the Imx38 Black Angel of Paolo Striuli and Paolo Favaro and in the 500XTutti Super Atax of Marco Bertozzi. Full rankings here

Chioggia (Venice)
ORC Sportboat European Championship 2016
The Chioggia ORC Sportboat European Championship organized by il Portodimare with the Offshore Racing Congress, reserved for the Minialtura classes, has concluded: a continental championship literally dominated by Andrea Cavagnis’ Fat 26 Mind The Gap, winner of 8 out of 9 trials. In second place was Ezio Guarnieri’s Delta 84 Chardonnay Team Sistiana and third was Vincenzo Graciotti’s SB20 Flexlogik. Forty boats took part in the championship. Full rankings here

Riva di Traiano (Rome)
1000 Sails for Garibaldi
The 1000 Sails for Garibaldi, on the Rome-Caprera course, saw Andrea Mura’s Open 50 Vento di Sardegna first in real and On Air, Luciano Grassi’s Paperini 40, confirmed as champion for the second consecutive year. Place of honor for Tanikely, Cecilia Mazzoni’s First 45 F5, and third place for Aglaia, Luca Tisselli and Marina Ferrieri’s Genesi 43. Full rankings here

Piombino (Livorno)
The 100 of Monte Cristo
The Swan 45 Luna (owned by owners Enzo and Giacomo Grandi, Roberto Cantini, Laura Carlesi, Apollonio Fortuna, Giacomo Toni, Alessio Topi and Gabriele Ghilardi) crossed the finish line first in La 100 di Mointecristo, on the Piombino-Montecristo-Pianosa-Elba-San Vincenzo course, also winning in IRC. Carlo Potestà’s Elan 410 Phantomas triumphed in ORC while in Grand Cruising the victory went to Massimo Sabatini’s Sun Fast 35 Kali Mera. Finally, in the Mini 6.50, Andrea Di Giuliomaria from Pisa won. Full rankings here

Antibes (France)
Les Voiles d’Antibes
At the end of four exciting days of racing, the twenty-first edition of Les Voiles d’Antibes, the first stage in the Mediterranean of the 2016 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, concluded in Antibes. Among the 75 vintage boats entered, the winners in the various categories were Moonbeam IV among the Big Boats, Chinook among the Vintage Yachts, Encounter in the Classic Yachts grouping, and Freya among the Spirit of Tradition. Full rankings here

Capri (Naples)
Rolex Capri International Regatta
The recently launched SWS102 Seawave won in the ORC Superyacht class at the Rolex Capri International Regatta (ahead of Grande Orazio and Whisper), while the Mylius 60 Fra’ Diavolo-YC Capri came out on top in the IRC, followed by Shirlaf and Pegasus. Full rankings here

Agnone (Salerno)
Saracen Towers Regatta
With the Agnone-Massa Lubrense, the fourth and final race, the 2016 Saracen Towers Regatta ended with a triumph for the LNI of Pozzuoli, which placed 3 boats (Tattoo, Yanez Data Quattro and Duffy) in the top 3 places in the Overall standings. Full rankings here

Mandello del Lario (Lecco)
Third Stage Kinder+Sport Trophy
The third leg of the Kinder + Sport Optimist Italy Trophy was staged in Mandello del Lario: among the 139 Juniores, Davide Falzoni (LNI Mandello) won, edging out Federico Caldari (CN Cesenatico) and Demetrio Sposato (CV Crotone). Among the females, Gaia Bolzonella (CV Torbole) won. In the Cadets (137 at the start), a short ranking emerged with the same score of the top 3 and ex aequo on the top step of the podium, occupied together by Emma Mattivi (FV Riva, also first female) and Paolo Pettini (CV Bari); third place also with equal points for Pietro Chimini (CV Gargnano). Full rankings here

Lerici (La Spezia)
Roberto Allodi Trophy
Stefano Fava and Giuseppe Cavalieri’s Stella won in ORC Overall the Roberto Allodi Trophy in the Gulf of La Spezia. Also in the spotlight were Marco Servadei’s Strixia, winner in ORC B, Pier Giuseppe Francese’s Duchessa, triumphant in Grand Cruiser A, Giovanni Stefanini’s Bella ‘Mbriana, first in Grand Cruiser B, ahead of Riccardo Cerati’s Squilla Mantis and Fringuello Mannaro, first in Meteor. Second place ORC overall for Pietro Bianchi’s WB Five ahead of Andrea Rossi’s Mela. Full rankings here

St. Petersburg (Russia)
International Youth Cup
The fifth edition of the International Youth Cup, the important triangular event dedicated to youth sailing, concluded in St. Petersburg. The Italian team led by Alessandra Sensini won the trophy and also shined in the individual rankings, with wins by Zampiccoli-Chisté (29er) and Germani-Zuppin (420 F). Full rankings here

Weymouth (United Kingdom)
World Cup Olympic Classes
The ISAF World Cup of Olympic Classes in Weymouth, the last event before the Rio Games, ended with three Italian crews in the top ten: fifth place finish by Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri in the Nacra 17, the same result for Francesco Marrai among the Laser Standard, and eighth place achieved by Ruggero Tita and Pietro Zucchetti in the 49er. Full rankings here

Talamone (Grosseto)
Melges 20 Sailing Series
Richard Davies on Section 16 (with Chris Rast and Manuel Modena) won the Melges 20 Sailing Series in Talamone; behind him was Alessandro Rombelli’s Stig and Drew Freides’ Pacific Yankee. Full rankings here

Monfalcone (Gorizia)
Marinas ORC Trophy
the second edition of the Marinas ORC Trophy in Monfalcone has gone on record. Overall victory went to Take Five Jr., Brenno Dal Pont’s new IY 9.98, also a winner in Class C, followed by Massimo Minozzi’s Sagola 60 and the other IY 9.98 in the race, Corrado Annis’ Lady Day. In Class B, the success of Pierluigi Bresciani’s Pazza Idea was confirmed, followed by Roberto Reccanello’s First 40 2R Nel Vento and Riccardo De Roia’s Vola Vola Endeavour. Full rankings here

Punta Ala (Grosseto)
Formula 18 National Regatta
Formula 18s took center stage in the waters of Cala delle Civette in Punta Ala for the second National Regatta of the season. This Tuscan stage was won by the Mazzucchi-Lisignoli crew, tailed by Tuscans Radman-Cioni: in third place were the Viganò brothers. Full rankings here

National Latin Sail Championship
The National Latin Sail Championship, hosted for the first time in Campania and in the waters of Salerno, saw the tricolor won by the Shardana lance led by Sardinian Marcello Schirru (followed by Francesco Bonanno’s Vichinga3 and Luigi Scotti’s Domenico II), and the home-made gozzo, Don Giovanni of the De Donato-Gravina pair (ahead of Santa Rosa of the Vela a Tarchia Association of Sorrento, led by Commander Antonetti and G. Maraziti’s Vera). Full rankings here

Anzio (Rome)
Ronny Radeglia Trophy
Davide Nuccorini, bearer of Circolo della Vela di Roma won among the Optimist Juniores the Ronny Radeglia Trophy, followed by Sofia Fain Binda (Lega Navale Ostia) and Flavio Ferrone (Planet Sail Bracciano). In the Cadets, victory went to Tommaso Mesolella (Planet Sail Bracciano) ahead of Luca Mengucci (Associazione Velica Civitavecchia) and Francesco Volante (Planet Sail Bracciano). Among the girls, Claudia Julia De Santis of the Bracciano Sailing Association came out on top. Full rankings here

Grignano (Trieste)
Italian Meteor Championship
Stefano Pistone’s Engy (along with Enrico Fonda, helmsman, and Manuel Polo) won the tricolor at the crowded Meteor National Championship (47 boats at the start). Behind him are Fabio Amoretti’s Pequod and Lorenzo Carloia’s Amarcord. Full rankings here

Camp. Naz. Multicl. Hobie Cat
At the 2016 Hobie Cat Multiclass National Championship, Cagliari’s Antonello Ciabatti and Luisa Mereu were confirmed as the Hobie Cat 16 tricolor. Among the Dragoons, Alessandro Serra and Chiara Baccara triumphed. Among the Hobie Tiger victory for Antonino Lamante and Luca Di Malio. These are the other winners: Hobie Cat 16 Grand Master (Over 55): Alberto Diaz-Antonio Muscas; Hobie Cat 16 Master (Over 45) Antonello Ciabatti-Luisa Mereu; Hobie Cat 16 Youth (Under 21) Diana Rogge-Chiara Simson; Hobie Cat 16 Female Diana Rogge-Chiara Simson; Dragoon Female Diana Scorrano-Elisabetta Zanno. Full rankings here

Marco Rizzotti Trophy
Organized by Compagnia della Vela and Diporto Velico Veneziano, the 30th Marco Rizzotti Trophy was held with 23 teams of optimists representing Europe, Asia, Africa and America. After three days of racing and 95 matches contested, the Marco Rizzotti Trophy and Venice Optimist International Cup was won by the USA Red team from Texas with 8 wins out of 9 races, second by Suisse 1 and third by Suisse 2, and fourth by the team from the XI FIV Zone (Emilia Romagna), which also won the Italian Cup for the first Italian team ranked. Full rankings here

National 420 and 470 Selection
Carlotta Omari and Matilda Distefano won among the 420s in Ravenna in the selection regatta for the World and European Championships; the 470 class bowed to Malaysia’s Mohamad Faizal Norizan-Ahmad Syukri Abdulaziz. Second were Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini (YCI). Full rankings here

Marina di Carrara
Camp. Naz. Open J/24
The J24 Class has a new tricolor champion: it’s Kong Grifone armed by Marco Stefanoni (LNI Mandello), helmed by Francesco Bertone (CV La Scuffia) crewed by Michele Benvenuti, Mauro Benfatto and Davide Davi. Full rankings here



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