Since 2013, Monaco bay has been the stage of a unique spectacle that attracts many of the very best J/70 crews for the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series. Organized by Yacht Club de Monaco, these monthly regattas have become a must-do tradition on the winter sailing calendar, attracting fiercely competitive teams from all over Europe. From the start, a steady 10-12 knot westerly breeze accompanied the 30-plus teams competing in Act III 9-11 February. The Monegasques immediately had the upper hand led by Stefano Roberti at the helm of Piccinina, winning two races in a row. His crew included Laser star Jérémy Moutout, who is keeping up the pace after his solid performance in the ILCA 7 World Championship in Australia. The Italians on Petite Terrible-Adra Ferries clinched second place, ahead of Samuel Poons on Charisma V. Bringing up the rear of the lead pack by a whisker were Pierrik Devic (Raph Seven Yacht) and Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio (G-Spot), both also from Yacht Club de Monaco, in fourth and fifth respectively. In the Corinthian category, the Swiss on Jerry never wavered in their offensive and easily took top spot ahead of the Irish on Wildcard and the men on Juliette. Monegasque Cesare Gabasio on TinnJ70 came in fourth and remains at the top of the Corinthian Championship after 14 races. Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio (G-Spot) continues to lead the provisional overall standings. For more Monaco J/70 Winter Series information, visit

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