Monday, July 10, 2017

173 Teams @ AUDI J/70 World Championship!

J/70 Petite Terrible sailing fast! (Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- Registration has closed with a record breaking fleet of 173 teams from 25 different nations for the upcoming J/70 World Championship that will be organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of Title Sponsor AUDI and Official Event Sailmaker QUANTUM Sails.

The chance of competing in one of the world's most famous areas for yachting has been a contributing factor in the even-better-than-expected turnout for this J/70 World Championship. J/70s are increasingly popular thanks to the fact that it's easy to sail by all types of sailors; such as top women (like the famous Italian Claudia Rossi and the famous Russian Valeriya Kovalenko), kids, family and friends.

These are the words of Edoardo Recchi YCCS Sporting Director, “we are very happy with the record number of registered participants, it's the fruit of a project we began in 2015 when the YCCS bought a fleet of eight J/70s. We have gotten to know the J/70 both in the water and on the shore, it is an amazing and versatile boat for our membership here at YCCS. In 2016 we held ten regattas for J/70s, and this has given us a solid basis of experience that we will use to prepare for the arrival of a fleet that is more than double the size of the one that participated in last year's World Championship in America."

"The most challenging part of the event for the YCCS will be organizing the complicated logistics of the arrival, the measuring of such a large fleet of more than 1,000 sailors!! We want to meet the needs of all the teams that are arriving in Porto Cervo from twenty-five different nations in the best and most efficient way possible. We are planning carefully for this World Championship because we know it will be a demanding event for our Club, both on land and on the water. But for sure the size of the fleet that has registered to come and race here is already a success and it is guaranteed to be a thrill to see so many boats on the water. We have never seen a J/70 fleet this large," said Edoardo Recchi.

Amongst the many names present the current World Champion, Joel Ronning owner/helmsman of Catapult. Another name to watch is that of the current European Champion, the 24-year-old Claudia Rossi who will be helming her Petite Terrible.  Want to know more?  Check out registrations for the AUDI J/70 World Championship here Add to Flipboard Magazine.