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J/24 European Championships at Club Nautico Arzachena - Day 2
by Isabella Chiodino
31 May - 3 June 2012
On the second day of competition off Cannigione and 'Superba' of the Marina Militare are still on top in the standings after six races. Top amongst the Sardinians is Vigne Surrau, bearers of the Club Nautico Arzachena with 6,10,14 race results today. The event, which ends on June 3, is organized by the Club Nautico Arzachena and is supported by the Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, the Provincia Olbia Tempio, the Comune di Arzachena and numerous sponsors and local businesses.
The races today were dedicated by the crews to Samugheo Rossella Urru, who was abducted last October in a refugee camp in Algeria. The boats have competed with the sign located at the stern with the photo and the words "Free Rossella".
With a west-northwest wind of about 12 knots during the first race of the day, Massimo Mariotti's Avoltore led with Francesco Cruciani at the helm, followed by the Brazilian team on Bruschetta and the German team of Blankeneser Segel Club of Rotoman third. Fourth at the finish line were the Americans of Furio. There was an excellent fifth place finish for the Germans of United 5, after finishing yesterday in 26th position. There was also a performance for Nord est Costruzioni from the host club. With Salvatore Orecchioni at the helm and Tonino Chessa on tactics, North East finished in seventh place in front of the Italian Champions La Superba in eighth.
During the second race, which started at 13.30, it was necessary to reposition the course due to the unstable wind. The Greeks led by Dimitrios Altsiadis on Evniki finished first but were called OCS, followed by Witthemore on Furio and Avoltore team but they were also OCS.
In the third race with a mistral wind, Vigne Surrau, with Aurelio Bini at the helm, Evero Niccolini as tactician, finished fifth and are now in third in the overall rankings. The Americans of Furio and the Brazilians on Bruschetta continue their battle and finished respectively first and second. Mike Ingham on 11 Hour Racing finished third.
The teams represent 9 countries; Italy, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Monaco, Greece, Great Britain, USA and Brazil. Among these, is the reigning world champion Mauricio Santa Cruz of the J24 class on his Bruschetta.
Racing continues tomorrow, June 2 starting at midday and on Sunday at 10am. The hours remain open to change in case of adverse weather conditions.
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