Wednesday, October 30, 2013

French Dominate J/80 Student Yachting World Cup

J/80 French winning team (Pornic, France)- The 33rd edition of the Student Yachting World Cup (SYWC) was the French Kedge Business School crowned champions with one day to go in the event.  While the USA US Naval Academy started out strong in the first day of racing, leading the French, they managed to sail a solid series thereafter and capture a podium finish.  As a result, the Swiss teams finished second six points ahead Team USA.

J/80s sailing around mark- Student Yachting World cupThe SYWC is an annual sailing competition organized by students of the École Polytechnique, a French engineering school.   They invite world’s best student sailing teams to race one-design J/80s off Pornic, France for an entire week-- nearly 18 races in all.  This year's edition saw teams participating from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Ireland and the USA vying for the 2013 title. Representing North America was Dalhousie University from Canada and the US Naval Academy from the USA.

While the French Kedge Business School celebrated their overall victory, they also won the AGPM trophy for the winner of the coastal races. The winner of the  "City of Pornic Trophy" belonged to Switzerland, presented to them as the winner of racing on the last day of the competition.   For SYWC J/80 sailing video highlights- Day IV   For more J/80 Student Yachting World Cup sailing information