With sea and air temperatures of 18°C, it was like spring for the 76 contestants in Act II of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series for two classes including the J/70. Four races were completed on a flat sea with 12 knots of wind for the J/70s on the first day, with sailing cancelled on the last due to Force 8/9 winds forecast in the Mediterranean. In the J/70s, it was an international field of Finns, Danes, Russians, Brazilians, English, Germans and Italians but an all-Monegasque podium after an intense battle between Nico Poons (Charisma), Roberto Stefani (Piccinina) and Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda), winner of Act 1 in November. Despite winning two races with ease, Ludovico Fassitelli was third behind Roberto Stefani, making his return to the Class with a new team and tactics by France’s no.1 Laser sailor Jean-Baptiste Bernaz. The winner was Nico Poons, fresh from his triumph on the 2018 RC44 circuit, whose bold tactics on the starts placed Charisma in the best position. In the Corinthian division, it was Swiss sailor Bruno Zeltner (Quater2eleven), a regular of this Winter Series, who pipped Monegasque Cesare Gabasio (TinnJ70) to the post by one point to win, with Claudio Canaccini leading a team of youngsters from the Yacht Club Italiano in third. They were on a J/70 loaned to them by the YCM as part of its policy to boost exchanges between its twinned clubs through its Youth Offshore Academy. Full results are available at https://www.yacht-club-monaco.mc/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/mswsa1_cth_-general-2-jours.pdf.

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