How the first National Contender went, the drift that everyone likes


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Contenders in the race

Sun, wind and of course Contender. In Santa Marinella, the new season of the acrobatic single designed by Bob Miller (that’s him, aka Ben Lexcen, the brilliant designer of Australia II) got off to the best possible start: six out of six trials with a constant 10/12 knot thermal that entertained the 23 crews who came from all over Italy. And of all ages: between Under 30 and Over 60…

The results of the first National Contender

The first National of the year, organized by Planet Sail in Bracciano on April 6 and 7, was won by Antonio Lambertini from Milan, a former rainbow champion in 2010, who won no less than four trials, taking the Manno Manni Trophy. Behind him a big 470 name like Paolo Mascino of Stamura of Ancona, third was international president Roberto Mazzali. Of note was the debut of Egidio Babbi, a two-time Class A world champion and as of this year switched to the “father of skiffs,” as the Australians call this fantastic trapeze single.

Stefano Casadei, seventh, won the Over60 ranking, while Nicolò Zamagni (14th) was first in the Under30s.

The year 2024 for the Contender will be a “pre-World Championship” season, where all regattas, from zonal to national, will be important moments of preparation and training ahead of the World Championship to be held next year on Lake Garda at the Fraglia Vela in Malcesine.

You have three free boats if you want to race

For those interested, the Contender Class provides three race-ready boats each year on free loan for the entire racing season, as well as the possibility of renting some of the most competitive boats, since, right on Garda, two of the most internationally sought-after builders are located.

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