Esse Success - Final Day of J/70 Europeans


It was a long last day of sailing for the the first European Championships of the new monotype J/70 class, organised by Fraglia Vela Riva of Riva del Garda, Italy, with the best of 10 races. Racing  started in the morning on a clear day with winds from the north giving the fleet of 33 boats from 8 nations their first opportunity to race with the north wind  which is usually present in the morning on Upper Garda .

The previous 9 races had all been raced with the winds from the south. Racing started at around 8.45 after a general recall and the fleet was able to complete the ninth and pen-ultimate race. A strong breeze brought out the most prepared of the competitors who tactically played between the shore and the centre of the lake. The wind, however, soon dropped forcing the race committee, chaired by Ennio Pogliano, to hold off further racing until the wind changed, which it did at 12.30 for the tenth and final race.

Carlo Alberini and his crew managed to keep their cool despite Rochas of Spain closing in on them. After the morning race Rochas had come to within 4 points of Alberini, but in the last race Alberini left no doubt and won by a margin of 6 points to become European Champion over Olympic bronze medallist and World Open Sea Champion on the  B ORC class, Hugo Rochas on New Territories. In spite of a collision in regatta 9, Alessio Marinelli of Italy on Uji was able to hold on to third place overall due to an average of  points awarded by the  jury for the damage suffered and consequent withdrawal.

Showing excellent form and climbing into 4th place was Charlie Esse of Great Britain on Baby J who also came first in the non-professional “Corinthian” category. In second place in the same category was fellow Brit David Atkinson on Jawbreaker who placed fourteenth overall. Dropping into third place, however, was Italian Andrea Magni on “Pensavo Peggio”, who didn't show up on the starting line this morning.

Please find the overall results here