Italia Yachts 9.98 America’s race debut at the NYYC Annual Regatta

Italia Yachts 9.98 Second Place on the New York Yacht Club 162nd Annual Regatta sponsored by Rolex.
In it’s first race in America the IY 9.98 had an astounding 2d place on the most competitive PHRF class. The regatta took place in Newport, RI, and courses were costal races designed for  asymmetrical kites, but the 9.98 with a symmetrical kite perform better than the J109, J120 and J122 fleets together. Conditions were variable with 12knts shifty winds at the start of the day, dropping to 4 knots at the end. Second day was blowing 22 knots gusting to 32 knots, we did not reef the main and used an S3 kite to fly to the finish line. Italia Yachts America wants to thank the Crew, and the amazing job of Douwe Broekens (NED) at the helm, and the crew’s impecable focus on all conditons, Coen Bouhuys (NED) up/down trimer, Wouter Sonnema (NED) Main Trimmer, Joan Navarro Guiu (ESP), Felipe Tombeur (ARG) Second Trimer,Alvaro Sanchis (USA) navigator, Alex Sastre (USA) Pitman

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