Orc Italian National Championship: The ones to watch

There are 63 boats from the Rolex Capri Sailing Week signed up for the ORC Italian National Championship. Significant numbers that confirm the allure of such an important, historical event in Italian offshore yachting. We should also note that there are a dozen or so foreign yachts, giving a touch of the ‘international’ to the event. Amongst these are the Russians with Salty Dogs, the French with Daguet, the Germans with Kira, and the Russian team who chartered the TP52 Freccia Rossa.

Many big names among the Italian boats, hopefuls at Capri and also the National Championship at Crotone. In all, Renzo Grottesi’s Swan 42 Be Wild, arriving from the Adriatic, has decided to undertake the season in the Tyhrrenian, culminating with the IRC European Championship in Sanremo. And from Yacht Club Sanremo itself, Paolo Bonomo’s Aurora.

From Liguria there is also the J 122 Chestress 3 from Giancarlo Ghislanzoni (Yacht Club Italiano, one of the clubs involved in the organization of the Rolex Capri Sailing Week). Adriano Majolino’sCanopo is a Grand Soleil 39 M that will come from Riva di Traiano, as will Duende, the Vismara owned by Raffaele Giannetti with sailors from the Air Force on board.

A regatta within a regatta for Cavallo Pazzo II, the X35 arriving at Capri fresh from winning the ‘100 Miglia del medio Tirreno’ at Circeo, the club to which she belongs, and the other UVAI President Fabrizio Gagliardi’s X35 Excalibur, highly ranked in the recently concluded Tre Golfi.

More unmissable names: Endlessgame, the Cookson 50 designed for the offshore, will compete with a crew in which the name Paolo Cian surely stands out. The immortal Ulica, Stefano Masi’s Swan 45, or Macchia Mediterranea, the TP52 led by Paolo Scuttelaro. If we’re talking about favourites, however, we can’t forget to mention the remarkable Globulo Rosso, Alessandro Burzi’s Este 31, winner in the Tre Golfi.

A unique choice from the team of Umberto Coppola’s Scugnizza: in anticipation of the new boat, an Italia 11.98 ready for the ORC World Championships in Sibenik, Croatia, they will be amongst the buoys at Capri with a Melges 32one design. Other standouts will be Le Coq Hardi, the Grand Soleil 49 from Maurizio Pavesi, Andrea Pietrolucci’sMyliusMilu III with Giuseppe Tesorone, along with Giovanni Manni’s GS 35 Podracer, QQ7 from Salvatore Costanzo and Raffica, the X41 from Pasquale Orofino.

And finally, Sexy Too, the Mylius 14.55 from Carlo Varelli, protagonist during the Tre Golfi after a close encounter with two fin whales who, for some time, swam around the boat.

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