Day 2 J/70 European Championships


The Esse family continue their run of excellent results now lying 5th overall and remain both the top British team and the leading Corinthian team as all 4 boats ahead of them are being sailed by professional sailors.

Riva del Garda enjoyed a beautiful day of sunshine and winds of 12-18 knots with some eventful incidents both technically and competitively including a series of protests which are still under discussion by the jury and serious damage suffered by the Italian skiff helmed by promising national athlete Simon Sivitz Kosuto who was hit head on by Monaco 458, Carpe Diem of Jacopo Carrain in the first race of the day. This was a real blow for Sivitz Kosuta, who had had a partial win on the first day of racing and therefore was one of the frontrunners in the European J/70 Championships which run until Saturday at Fraglia Vela Riva. After today's three races and the only discard being brought in, Hugo Rocha of Spain bronze medallist and Class B open sea world champion, competing on “Scugnizza”climbed into third place in the standings.

After six races - three for each day - Gianfranco Alberini on Calvi Network is still in the lead. Today he had two more wins and a 14th which was discarded. In second place is Italian Alessio Marinelli on Uji, who gradually built up confidence with the race course to achieve a 4-3-1. In third place is Rocha of Spain on New Territories. He was able to take advantage of good partials (7-2-2) after a 20th which was discarded. Still in fourth place is Slovenian Team Ceeref. First in the Corinthian non-professional category is Charlie Esse of Great Britain on Baby J. He dropped to fifth position in the standings. Second place in the same category is Andrea Magni with another Brit David Atkinson on Jawbreaker in third.

Please find the results here.

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