The J/70 Europeans were hosted by Royal Southern Yacht Club, on the Solent, UK. The conditions were windy and exhilarating. After 9 scintillating races, Claudia Rossi’s ‘Petit Terrible’ retained their title on a thrilling final day of high speed action.
The last day of racing was full of drama, Petite Terrible won the first race, putting pressure on overnight leader, Noticia. The Spanish team fought back in the penultimate race, to get ahead of Petite Terrible at the crucial first top mark, only to see their spinnaker explode in a gybe. Noticia quickly hoisted their second kite, but in a high calibre fleet they couldn’t recover. Petite Terrible held their nerve in the last race to win the J/70 Open European Championship for the second year running.
As the Italian team went up to collect their award, a huge cheer went up from the J/70 fleet. “I want to say thank you to everyone, the standard of the competition and the regatta was very high.” smiled Claudia Rossi. “I also want to say thank you to my team, without them I could not have done this.”
In a field boasting Olympic medallists and numerous world champions from other classes, one third of the teams had mixed or full women teams and both the Open and Corinthian European Champions, in the J/70 Class, featured women at the helm.
This is just one of the reasons why the J/70 is so successful worldwide, as it can be sailed by people of all ages and genders. Sailor friendly class rules such as no weight limit, no hiking (2 crew can sit legs out, but not hike), cost effective 3 sail wardrobe are just a few of the reasons why all sailors love the J/70. It really equalises the playing field so the class remains strong and keeps growing.
Photo credit: Paul Wyeth