The sixth Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series of monthly regattas held from October to March ended in style with the fifth and final Act taking place in spring conditions (sunshine and wind) to the delight of teams who set up their winter base in the Principality. Organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco in collaboration with technical clothing supplier SLAM, these regattas are important for one-designs to prepare for the season. For this sixth season, 29 races were launched by the Race Committee presided by Thierry Leret, averaging nearly six races a weekend. In the J/70, it was only fitting that on St. Patrick’s Day victory should go to King Marshall’s Irish team on Soak Racing led by the International Class President Ian Wilson. The team dominated combats over the weekend with two race wins and always in the vanguard, despite determined Swiss opposition on CDE CH helmed by Nicolas Anklin. Russian Sergey Sobolev on RUS1271 took third, although two poor results would have cost him dear, as fewer than two points separated him from his pursuers all the way down to seventh place. Soak Racing also won in the Corinthian category, ahead of the Swiss armada not only on the podium but down to seventh place. In the final overall ranking for the 2018-2019 season, consistency and competitiveness paid off for Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda Banca del Sempiene), already a winner on this circuit in the Melges 20, who took the title. It was a successful return to the J/70 for the YCM member which bodes well for the J/70 World Championship in Monaco in October 2021. Another YCM member took second place, Loïc Pompée (Allo III) who continues to progress and is a team to watch out for in the next Europeans. The Swiss Corinthian team Quarter Eleven hung onto their third place and first in the Corinthian, as even after nearly 30 races only a fistful of points separated the top five. Behind him, two Russian teams Dimitri Zaritckii (RUS 1271) and Andreï Malygin (Maria) reflect the international field in this championship.

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