The Swiss J/70 Sailing League grand showdown took place in Biel, Switzerland. After a few false starts earlier in the season due to rapidly changing pandemic issues, the hundreds of Swiss J/70 sailors finally had an opportunity to see everyone one again from across the Alpine nation. The organizers of the event, Bielersee Yacht Club, welcomed a dozen clubs. The final day Sunday made for a fitting finale. With very shifty winds sometimes gusting to 20 knots, it proved to be challenging conditions as teams had to constantly switch going from soak mode to planing mode and back again. Mastering the difficult conditions was the Regattaclub Bodensee (RCB) with Julian Flessati, Stephan Amrnann, Lea Rüegg and Jonathan Rutishauser, crowned as the 2021 Swiss J/70 Super Sailing League champions. Other crews from the “Bielersee” area also sailed very well—in particular, the Bordée de Tribord La Neuveville sailing club with skipper David Biedermann. His mixed men/women team sailed brilliantly and were rewarded with second place in the Biel event. They are runner-up overall in the Super League series for 2021. Despite some retirements, the Thunersee Yachtclub team managed to take third place with skipper Yves Mermod. Defending champion Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen with skipper Tom Rüegge failed to match the performance of the past two years but reached fourth place overall. Despite good performances, the teams of the Yacht Club Lucerne, the Club Nautique de Pully and the Aircher Segel Club are relegated to the Challenge League for the 2022 sailing season. The Swiss Sailing League Association hopes that a full program can be sailed again in 2022. The events will take place in Lucerne, Kreuzlingen, Neuchâtel and Versoix (final). For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information,

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