They arrived in mass for Act 1 (8-11 November) of the 6th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, with 40 boats in three classes including the J/70. Organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco in collaboration with technical clothing supplier SLAM from October to April, this first meeting served up some lovely conditions to get six races in. Victory in the J/70 went to YCM member and winner of the previous season on a Melges 20, Ludovico Fassitelli, who returns to his first love, his J/70 Junda. The Italian sailor pocketed two race wins, ahead of Russian Mikhail Nechvolodov (Jeannette) and another Monegasque boat, Cesare Gabasio’s TinnJ70 to win. It was an excellent result for Monaco J/70 Class President, Michel Boussard, delighted to see his fleet out in force preparing for the J/70 World Championship in Monaco in 2021. Conditions proved tricky for newcomers discovering the particularities of the Monaco race area. In the Corinthians, two Swiss teams bagged a one-two on the podium, led by Bruno Zeltner’s crew (Quater2eleven), the most consistent with a win and four second places, ahead of Emanuel Muller (Attaque). For complete event details, visit www.ycm.org.