Hosted by the Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico in Algarrobo, Valparaiso Chile, the 2021 edition of the J/70 South American Championship will go down as an epic experience for the 22 teams participating from across the continent: Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. After a challenging 12-race series offshore of the resort of Algarrobo, the PRO and Race Committee team ensured the sailors had fair, fast sailing over the four-days. Winning was Rodrigo Ducasse and his family team on Tsunami. They started the regatta with four straight deuces to lead the Championship by a considerable margin. After a few hiccups in the middle of the regatta, they closed with a strong 3-3-1-4-1 to win with 27 points net. While posting four bullets in their overall scoreline, Pablo Herman’s New Wave team also had a first race Black Flag and closing three races of 5-6-10. They earned the silver medal with 41 points net. The final step on the podium went to Diego Gonzalez’s Andare Facile with 56 points net. Opening up with a 1-1-3 on the first day (leading the regatta), the Andare Facile crew fell off but still took the bronze. The balance of the top five was Vernon Robert’s Morenita in fourth with 60 points net and Alberto Guarischi’s Three Musketeers team from Brazil with 69 points net in fifth place. Top Women’s Skipper Award went to Pipa Cisternas on Uroboro from Chile, finishing eighth overall in the competitive fleet. The event took place from December 6-12. For complete event information, visit https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=14714.