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Persico 69F Grand Prix 3.1 in Malcesine - Preview

by Persico 69F 1 Oct 13:21 BST 1-3 October 2020
Persico 69F Cup © Persico 69F / Studio Borlenghi

The Persico 69F Cup season comes to the halfway point with the Grand Prix 3.1 event. From Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd October, five crews, that by now are experts of the new foiling monotype, will face each other on the race course of Lake Garda, in the operational base at the Fraglia Vela Malcesine.

Roberto Lacorte's Team Cetilar returns to the starting line; the skipper, who is among the most competitive sailors on the circuit and in the running for the final victory, comes back with his two boats: FlyingNikka 47 (Lacorte, Bressani, Zennaro) and FlyingNikka 74 (Razeto, De Felice, Fornaro).

Grand Prix 3.1 sees the comeback of another favourite crew, that of Young Azzurra (Botticini, Colaninno, Ratti, Bergamo) - the sporting project of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the Italian Sailing Federation - fresh from the success obtained in event 2.2, and ready to compete again in the Garda waters before their home Grand Prix, the fourth in the Cup season, scheduled from 10th to 22nd November in Porto Cervo.

Also racing is Nicola Celon who, at the helm of Fantastica 2 and flanked by the brothers Umberto and Pietro De Luca, will try to improve their second place taken in event 2.1.

Completing the starting line, the new Skuillox Team, made up of Andrea Spagnolli and Kevin Rio, both participants of the Revolution Under 25 held in August in Gargnano, and Guido Gallinaro, who has gained numerous and precious hours of training and racing in recent weeks together with the young Dutch sailors of Kingdom Team Netherlands.

The weather forecasts predict challenging conditions for the officials and the crews over the three days: races will begin Thursday morning with dock-out set at 08:30 to catch the morning Peler which today, during the training session, gave peaks of 18 knots that pushed the Persico 69Fs up to over 31 knots of speed.


Flyingnikka 47: Roberto Lacorte, Lorenzo Bressani, Enrico Zennaro
Flyingnikka 74: Alessio Razeto, Lorenzo De Felice, Andrea Fornaro
Young Azzurra: Ettore Botticini, Federico Colaninno, Erica Ratti, Francesca Bergamo
Fantastica 2: Nicola Celon, Umberto De Luca, Pietro De Luca
Skuillox: Andrea Spagnolli, Kevin Rio, Guido Gallinaro

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