The fourth act of the Italian J/70 Cup series took place on Lago di Garda for the fleet of 69 boats from 15 nations (Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Monaco, USA, Sweden, Great Britain, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria). Fraglia Vela Riva was the host for the event, rolling out the red carpet for the hundreds of sailors. The sailing for the three-day regatta was gorgeous: sunny, 15-20+ kt winds and temperatures in the mid-70s F. Sailed from July 15-17, the RC team produced eight races. Open Division: Winning was Alessandro Molla’s Italian team on VIVA comprised of Francesco Gabbi, Niccolo Bianchi, Tommaso Pavan and Carlo Fracassoli. VIVA won the first race, got DSQ in the second race, then proceeded to be the only boat in the fleet to post all top 10 scores, with a 1-3-6-1-5-7-7 record for 30 points net. Rich Witzel’s ROWDY team from Chicago, Illinois, USA of Carlos Robles, Jud Smith and Tomas Dietrich posted a consistent 11-2-7-4-3-4-11 for 42 points net to take the silver medal. Taking the final step on the podium was Italian Alessandro Zampori’s DAS Sailing Team of Andrea Felci, Branko Brcin and Flavio Grassi who sailed to a 6-1-2-14-1-16-8 tally for 48 points net. The balance of the top five was Bruce Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS from the USA in fourth place and Jonas Kjellberg’s INTERMEZZO from Sweden in fifth. In the Corinthian Division, winning was Luca Tubaro’s ARIENE YOUNG with team of Filippo Baldassari, Matteo Morelina and Matteo Cecconi. Second went to a previous J/70 Worlds Corinthian winner: Gianfranco Noe’s WHITE HAWK with crew of Matija Succi, Giuliano Chiandussi, Barbara Bomben and Alexander Gabriel. Third was top women skipper Elisabetta Saccheggiani’s WHY NOT #CAIM with crew of Alessandro Maldina, Alessio Zucchi, Gabriele Arnulfo and Claudio Canaccini. For more Italian J/70 class information, visit

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