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J/70 European Championship at Mount Argentario, Italy - Overall

by Julie & Christopher Howell 26 May 03:16 PDT 20-26 May 2024
2024 J/70 European Championship in Cala Galera © J/70 Italian Class / Zerogradinord

After several hours of waiting onshore due to a lack of wind, the fleet of nearly 90 boats from over 20 countries completed the 11th and final race of the J/70 European Championship series.

This race was crucial in determining the final standings, which had been marked by dramatic shifts and intense emotions until the last moment.

The race course of Argentario favored Joel Ronning and his Catapult crew. The American team claimed the top spot in the European Championship in Cala Galera, edging out Brazil's Ocean Pact by just 6 points, while their compatriots on Good To Go secured the bronze medal.

According to J/70 Class regulations, however, the European Champion title must be awarded to a crew representing a nation from the continent. Therefore, the 2024 J/70 European Champion title was bestowed upon Wanderlust, helmed by Sofia Giondi with Matteo Morellina, Luca Tubaro and Filippo Baldassari on board. Placing fourth overall, Wanderlust achieved a thrilling victory. This young and determined crew has been making a name for themselves among the numerous professionals in the J/70 circuit, winning also the Italian Championship in 2023.

"It's an indescribable feeling, I'm speechless," said Sofia Giondi upon crossing the finish line of the final race. She added, "I want to thank my crew for the extraordinary atmosphere they created on board. Every evening, we returned home incredulous of our position in the standings, but we faced every challenge of this long and complicated Championship with concentration. Thanks also to everyone who supported us from afar; there were so many of you, thank you!"

Wanderlust also secured the European Corinthian title, reserved for non-professionals, and climbed on top of the division for female skippers.

In the Corinthian podium, Wanderlust was followed by Jeepster (GBR) and Marnatura (ESP). The "Young Crew" award for the best youth team went to Bulla - Yacht Club Italiano (ITA). Why Not #CAIM (ITA) won the Mixed Plus division, while War Canoe (USA) was awarded in the One Pro category.

All information on the event is available at: linktr.ee/j70europeans.

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