News Irish Boat Headcase the Provisional Leader of Range Rover J/24 European Championship


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After Friday’s four races in a Mistral wind, on Saturday the fleet sailed a further three races in a Scirocco breeze that built from an initial 12 knots to reach 20-22 knots. Steep waves of over a meter high made for challenging conditions for the fleet, which demonstrated impressive technical ability on the racecourse.
Reigning European Champion Headcase was the uncontested star of the show, claiming victory in all three of the races held. The Irish team proved themselves to be a cut above, thanks to great teamwork and having trained in similar conditions. With five bullets and a third-place finish, Headcase leads the provisional classification with just eight points in total and one more race day to go. From the fifth race of the series, each team can discard their worst result – a 14th place on the first day in the case of the provisional leader. Louis Mulloy, bowman on Headcase: “We came away with three bullets, but it was pretty tricky racing. In the first race, we only managed to get to the front of the fleet on the last downwind leg. In the second race, we really had to work very hard to get into that lead position, and even harder to hold onto it. In the last race, the breeze was building again, and we got into conditions that we are comfortable in, we pushed really hard, and we’re happy to have come away with another bullet in that one as well.” La Superba, representing the Italian Navy, sits in second place (two fourths and a second place Saturday), on a total of 18 points. In third place with 33 points is Jamaica, owned by the President of the Italian J/24 Class, Pietro Diamanti, who has consistently placed in the upper ranks of the classification, and Saturday discarded the result of the last race due to a breakage. “Jamaica is a historic boat,” said Diamanti, “I have been racing with her since 1995. I am happy to be here in Porto Cervo, a unique location, in the company of friends and having fun together. We are very satisfied with how the races are going, and I have to admit that we are achieving results above our expectations in this European Championship.” Friday’s leader, Hungarian boat J.Bond, slipped back to fourth place with 39 points, followed by Aurelio Bini’s Vigne Surrau, just one point behind in fifth place.

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