Sunday, March 20, 2016

J/70 South American Championship Preview

J/70s sailing Punta del Este, Uruguay
(Punta del Este, Uruguay)- The first J/70 South American Championship, sailing from March 22-27, is about to get underway at YC Punta del Este off the beautiful isthmus known as the “Cote d’Azur” of South America- Punta del Este.  Resplendent with its miles of gorgeous beaches and deep cobalt blue waters offshore, it’s hard not be amazed by the raw natural beauty of the southernmost point of Uruguay jutting out into the ferocious waters of the South Atlantic Ocean.

Three countries will be represented in this inaugural championship- Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.  The hosts will be fielding ten boats, including the former J/24 South American Champion- Pedro Garra, along with Alejo Morales, Philipp Umpierre, Sebastián Raña, Diego García and Aldo Centanaro (both of whom recently sailed the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week), Felix Leborgne, Harry Giuria, and Juan Grunwaldt.

The visiting crews include the recent Chilean J/70 National Champion- Per Von Appen, himself a leading J/24 sailor for years in the South American circuit.  And, from Argentina is Francisco Van Avermaete from Buenos Aires and YC Argentino.

The teams are looking forward to a windy weekend of racing.  Friday’s forecast shows a classic “roaring 40’s” type low blasting through in the morning with winds shifting rapidly from the north at 15-30 kts and swinging to the SSE at 20-25 kts, it should be an exciting start to the regatta!  Then, Saturday’s and Sunday’s sailing looks to be a bit more comfortable, with winds settling in from the SSE at 15-20 kts and gradually backing into the easterly quadrants Sunday at 14-18 kts.   Please check the event at J/70 Uruguay Facebook page.   For more J/70 South American Championship sailing information