Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden

Irish luck at Monaco J/70 Winter Series, Act V

by J-boats 22 Mar 01:30 PDT 17-20 January 2019
2019 Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series © Martin Messmer

The sixth Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series held from October 2018 to March 2019 ended in style this weekend with the fifth and final Act taking place in spring conditions (sunshine and wind) to the delight of the J/70 contestants that set up their winter base in the Principality.

Organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco, in collaboration with technical clothing supplier SLAM, the regattas were important for J/70 one-design teams to prepare for the season. Already, many of the crews from Europe and the rest of the world are focused on the 2021 J/70 Worlds in Monaco. That was evidenced by all the foreign teams, some from across the Atlantic. Among the favorites in the J/70 fleet was the Brazilian sailing star Marcelo Ferreira, loyal teammate of Torben Grael, two-time Olympic gold Medallist and bronze Medallist in the Star class.

In the J/70 class, it was only fitting that on St Patrick's Day, victory went to Marshall King's Irish team on SOAK RACING, led by the International J/70 Class President. The team dominated the weekend with two race wins and always in the vanguard, despite determined Swiss opposition on CDE CH, helmed by Nicolas Anklin. Russian Sergey Sobolev on RUS 1271 took 3rd, although two poor results cost him dearly, as fewer than two points separated him from his pursuers all the way down to 7th place. Notably, SOAK RACING also won the Corinthian category, ahead of the Swiss armada.

For the fourth season, the YC Monaco Race Committee, managed by PRO Thierry Leret, managed twenty-nine races. Amazingly, they averaged nearly six races a weekend. It was a notable accomplishment by YC Monaco's commitment to provide world-class sailing all winter long to their J/70 fleet. It was greatly appreciated by sailors across Europe, Russia, and the rest of the world. Can anyone imagine that the vision of YC Monaco's yacht racing evangelists (including HRH Prince Albert- himself an active J/24 sailor for decades) four years ago would lead to sixty-one teams participating in the 2018-2019 winter series?

In the final overall ranking for the 2018-2019 season, it was clear that HRH Prince Albert and his team at YC Monaco are producing great outcomes supporting their sailors on the European and International J/70 circuits. Consistency and competitiveness paid off for Ludovico Fassitelli's JUNDA BANCA DEL SEMPIONE. It was a successful return to the J/70 for the YC Monaco member, which bodes well for the J/70 World Championship in Monaco in October 2021.

Another YC Monaco member took 2nd place, Loïc Pompée's ALLO III, who continues to progress and will be a team to watch out for in the next J/70 Europeans. The Swiss Corinthian team, Bruno Zeltner's QUARTER 2 ELEVEN team, hung onto their 3rd place and 1st in the Corinthians after nearly 30 races.

Following the Swiss team in the Corinthians were two Russian teams; second was Dimitri Zaritskii (RUS 1271) and third was Andreï Malygin's MARIA. Notably, MARIA had no worse than a second in the middle two regattas of the series, winning both of them easily.

Dates have already been set for the seventh Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series with five Acts and more than seventy boats are lined up to participate.

  • Act 1: November 7-10, 2019
  • Act 2: December 5-8, 2019
  • Act 3: January 16-19, 2020
  • Act 4: February 6-9- 2020- (Primo Cup Trophée Credit Suisse)
  • Act 5: March 5-8 2020
For more info visit yacht-club-monaco.mc/en/regattas-events/20-19/msws

Related Articles

One Ocean SAILING Champions League day 3
Circolo della Vela Bari gain lead At the conclusion of the third day of racing, the Italian team representing Circolo della Vela Bari leads the provisional classification at the One Ocean SAILING Champions League. Posted on 25 May
Eurosaf Club Sailing Europeans day 3
More shift winds than any other day Lake Maggiore is showing its muscles. More shift winds than any other day. Posted on 25 May
One Ocean SAILING Champions League day 2
New leader after second day of One Ocean SAILING Champions League After a second busy day at the One Ocean SAILING Champions League, the team from Switzerland's Bodensee Regattaclub leads the provisional classification with two more days of racing due to be held. Posted on 24 May
Eurosaf Club Sailing Europeans day 2
Wind, sun and great sailing on Lake Maggiore The thermal wind brought the sailors to the starting line on time. 12 races were conducted until late in the afternoon. Posted on 24 May
One Ocean SAILING Champions League day 1
Perfect weather for the first day in Porto Cervo The One Ocean SAILING Champions League got off to a perfect start with optimal weather conditions that allowed 12 races to be held, completing 4 of the 15 flights scheduled. Posted on 24 May
Eurosaf Club Sailing Europeans day 1
Great sailing on Lake Maggiore in Ascona, Switzerland After a short waiting period in the morning, the sailors were called before mid-day to prepare for the races and sail to the spot near the Brissago Islands. Posted on 23 May
Eurosaf Club Sailing Europeans practice day
The teams are fighting for the title on Lake Maggiore The teams are fighting for the title on Lake Maggiore, a gorgeous lake, created by glaciers, surrounded by a wonderful mountain backdrop and many breathtaking valleys. Posted on 22 May
Italian J/70 Cup Series at Ancona
45 boats from 11 nations enjoy great sailing The second leg of the Italian J/70 Cup Series was hosted by Marina Dorica on the Adriatic Sea on Italy's eastern shore, a third down the coastline from Venice (east of Florence, NNE of Rome and west of Split, Croatia). Posted on 17 May
RORC Vice Admiral's Cup overall
23 different boats achieved at least one race win The past three days has produced tantalisingly close racing for the 72 boats - an increase of 40 per cent on last year's entry. Despite what initially appeared to be an unpromising forecast, six to eight races were completed in each of the eight classes. Posted on 12 May
Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta at Annapolis overall
Local skipper John White wins J/80 Class and Championship Berth Top J/80 class skipper John White (Annapolis, MD) won three of eight races over three days, finishing the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta weekend series 21-points ahead of runner-up Daniel Wittig's Turbo Sloth. Posted on 6 May
Zhik 2018 Kollition 728x90 BOTTOMMarine Resources BOTTOMVaikobi 2019 - Footer 2