Over the March 1-3 weekend, the final stage of the Russian J/70 League Radio Monte Carlo Winter Series took place off Sochi, Russia, with sailing taking place on the Black Sea. Hosting the event for the 20 J/70 teams from across Russia was FGBU Yug Sport. For the third year in a row, the winner was the Chechen Republic’s WILD DIVISION, skippered by Alexander Bozhko. Sochi’s weather lived up to its reputation for the first day of racing. Boats were never rigged due to 10-15 foot waves at the harbor mouth and 20-35 knot winds. On Saturday, the wind abated, dropping into the 10-20 knots range. Although the waves were still big, the organizers decided to go sailing. As a result, they turned out five races, with varying winds and difficult conditions. In the six races on Sunday, the WILD DIVISION crew won three races and took two seconds. Such consistency enabled them to bypass all their rivals, and their Chechen team won the gold medals for the overall series. Second place in the series finals was taken by the crew of ZID ART Sailing team from Moscow. Last season, the team sailed in the Premier Division of the National Sailing League and won the right to move to the top division. The M*Sailing Team from Rostov-on-Don was ranked third. For more Russian J/70 Sailing League information, visit http://nationalsailingleague.ru/content/news/view?id=76.

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