For the start of its eighth season, the Monaco J/70 Winter Series had 21 teams participating from Monaco, Switzerland, Italy and France. As usual, the Yacht Club de Monaco rolled out the red carpet for teams, hosting a wonderful event despite all of the precautions put in place for COVID virus mitigation. The Mediterranean Sea delivered relatively light weather for the duration of the three-day series. In the end, the YC Monaco PRO managed to complete a five-race series. The fleet was deeply talented, including multi-European J/70 Champion Italian Claudia Rossi’s PETITE TERRIBLE- ADRIA FERRIES. It was pretty clear after the first day that Claudia had not lost her form, taking a 1-2 to easily lead the fleet. Thereafter, she posted a 1-7-5 to win the regatta with just 9 points. Swiss sailor, Thomas Studer, started off slowly on the first day, then quickly made the necessary adjustments with his crew to sail smarter and faster the rest of the regatta. Studer’s JERRY posted a 6-8-2-2-1 tally for a total of 11 net points, nearly catching Rossi’s PETITE TERRIBLE in the end. Sailing consistently from start to finish with all top six finishes was Giangiacomo Serena Di Lapigio’s G-SPOT, posting a 4-6-4-5-3 tally for 16 points net. Winning the Corinthian Division was Thomas Studer’s JERRY. The balance of the podium was determined by a tie-breaker at 23 points each. Taking the silver based on the countback was Ludovico Fassitelli’s JUNDA- BANCO DEL SEMPIONE from Monaco. As a result, Cesare Gabasio’s TINN J70 took the bronze medal. For more YC Monaco J/70 Winter Series information, visit Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series – Yacht Club de Monaco (yacht-club-monaco.mc).