J/70 World Championship | 14-22 October 2022


Tuesday 11th October 2022. Official start today of the first J/70 World Championship to be organised by Yacht Club de Monaco, in partnership with the Monegasque Sailing Federation, FxPro, Xerjoff, Sebago and technical sports clothing brand Slam which is supplying garments for all crew members on the podium.

For the 2022 edition, more than 400 sailors from 23 nations and 90 boats will be on the race area. “All eyes are riveted on Monaco. I don’t think you can bring so many talented sailors together in the same place and at the same time. We are very proud to organise this meeting,” said YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri. It’s been 46 years since the last Worlds in Monaco, that being in 1976 with the Vaurien class.


Cream of the crop

Sailors who have descended on the Principality have a track record as thick and solid as Monaco’s Rocher. Nearly half the competitors have already seen their names on trophies be it at the Olympics, America’s Cup or other one design circuits. Luis Bugallo, Marshall King, Ian Wilson, Peter Duncan, Jud Smith and Paul Ward, who’ve been crowned J/70 World Champions in recent years roam the quays. Luca Domenici, José María Torcida Seghers and Jonathan Calascione complete the class line-up with their European results.

Olympic stars are shining like Will Ryan, silver in Rio and gold in Tokyo in the 470, Saskia Clark, Olympic 470 Vice-Champion in London and gold in Rio, and Brazilian legend Torben Grael who has five Olympic medals to his name. There are around 20 sailors here who’ve had the honour of representing their country at the Olympics, testifying to the level of the event.



Youth triumphant

Some boast a string of meetings and results like the young Dane Anne-Marie Rindom, well-known in the ILCA 6 (Laser Radial) class with bronze in Rio then gold in Toyoko and who was crowned class champion in the USA last weekend. For others, the J/70 Worlds is a family affair as evidenced by the Ducasse Sailing Team comprising a father and his four sons, including Andres Ducasse who cut his race teeth at the Rio Olympics.


Monegasques in position

Nine teams from Monaco complete the tableau including favourites Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda), bronze medallist at the J/70 European Championship 2022 in the Corinthian category, and Loïc Pompée (Sailing Racing Team), 5th in the 2021 Europeans. Pierrik Devic (Leonteq), Stefano Roberti (Piccinina), Ferdinando Matteo Scandolera (Irruenza), Cesare Gabasio (TinnJ70), and Anne Rodelato with her Pink Wave crew of ladies are also at the event, as is Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio (G-Spot), crowned European Vice-Champion in the Swan36 just a few days ago.

All conditions are in place to make this World Championship an event to remember.


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