Saturday, June 4, 2016

Alcatel J/70 Cup Sailing off Porto Cervo

J/70s sailing Alcatel Cup off Sardinia, Italy (Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- A twenty-two boat fleet of J/70’s is scheduled to take to the starting line this weekend as racing gets underway in the first edition of the Alcatel J/70 Cup to be held at the YC Costa Smeralda (YCCS). Taking place from the 3rd to 5th June, the event is the third act of the Alcatel J/70 Cup for the Italian National class circuit.  The event marks the fleet's inaugural visit to Porto Cervo, but certainly not their last, given that the J/70 World Championship will take place at the YC Costa Smeralda in 2017.

Naturally Italian teams dominate the scratch list, however, several crews from the Principality of Monaco are also participating alongside several of Russia's top teams. Among the Italian crews to watch are current circuit leader Franco Solerio with his L’ELAGAIN crew together with his closest rivals on the overall leaderboard; Alberto Rossi on ENFANT TERRIBLE and Carlo Alberini with his team on CALVI NETWORK.

Also, in the spotlight will be Giacomo Loro Piana on MARY J, Stefano Bonadeo on MARY LOU and Franco Loro Piana on JAMMING, all of whom fly the YC Costa Smeralda colors and form, together with Nicola Savoini, the “Positive Vibration Sailing Team.” With a new fleet of J/70 yachts acquired in 2015 and several team racing and interclub events in the program over the 2016 season, the YCCS clearly sees a strong future for this fast-growing class.

Events for the twenty-two participating owners and crews kick off Thursday evening with a welcome cocktail at the YC Costa Smeralda while the first signal for racing is scheduled for 12 noon, Friday 3rd June. The forecast is for 15 to 18 knots of westerly breeze.

For further details please visit contact Jill Campbell/YCCS Press Office at ph# +39 3401674755 or email-   For more Alcatel J/70 Cup Italy sailing information