Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Regattaclub Bodensee Swiss Sailing League Champion

J/70s racing in Swiss Sailing League in Zurich, Switzerland(Zurich, Switzerland)- The 2016 Swiss J/70 National Sailing League Champion was won by the Regattaclub Bodensee, from St Gallen, after a hotly contested season. The St. Gallen crew from RCB included Massimo Soriano, Lea Rüegg, Stephan Zurfluh and Jonathan Rutishauser. Taking second was the Société Nautique de Genève. With a fantastic second half of the season, Société Nautoise Rolloise secured third place on the podium.

J/70 Swiss Sailing League winnersOver five regattas, the twelve best Swiss sailing clubs fought to be on the podium all season long. The first round in April in Locarno (Act 1) went to the Regattaclub Bodensee (RCB) from Lake Constance, which laid the foundation for their championship title.  In May in Neuchâtel (Act 2), the Geneva team won and opened the head-to-head race between Lake Constance and Lake Geneva. In Act 3 at the Société Nautique de Genève, the Regattaclub Bodensee once again defeated their rival from Lake Geneva.  In Act 5, RCB continued to expand their lead with a 1st place, with the Genevan’s taking fourth place.  In the finale, Geneva had to win with RCB more than four places behind them, an unlikely outcome given the performance of RCB over the course of the season.  In short, that is what happened, but with RCB clinching the Swiss J/70 Sailing League Championship by taking 4th while their colleagues from Geneva placed 6th.

J/70s sailing Swiss Sailing LeagueSimultaneously, the duel for third place was epic.  Société Nautique Rolloise (SNR) and Regattaclub Oberhofen (RCO) were fighting each other all weekend knowing the final place on the podium was of huge significance for each club- e.g. “bragging rights” for the upcoming 2017 season. The RCO team had to beat the team from SNR Rolloise- with skipper Olivier de Cocatrix.  In the end, SNR won the coveted bronze by taking 2nd in the final regatta and winning the tie-breaker over RCO.  Rounding out the top five for the Swiss J/70 Sailing League was RCO in 4th and Yachtclub Bielersee in fifth place.  More sailing photos here on Flickr  For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information