A light south-south-easterly for a practice race signalled the start of the first ISAF recognised J/70 European Championship where the teams are vying for the Credit Suisse Trophy, a loyal partner for many years of the Yacht Club de Monaco.

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The official opening ceremony this evening was attended by Jürgen Waldheim, President of the International Class, alongside Jury President, Neven Baran, John Coveney and also Beppe Casalini, representing sports clothing brand SLAM who will present all crew members in the top three teams with garments from their Advanced Technology range.

 

After introducing the international field of some 60 boats, Jacopo Carrain, J/70 Monaco Class Association President reminded everyone that the championship is raising funds for the Lenval Foundation which works with paediatric units, including the one at the Princess Grace Hospital to support sick children. Competitors are being asked to give generously for this worthy cause.

The contest really gets underway tomorrow with the skippers briefing at 10.00am and first warning signal at 12 noon.

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Provisional programme (subject to change)

Tuesday 13th October
10.00am                                          Skippers Briefing
9.00am-11.00am                           Cranage & confirmation of registrations (by reservation)
12 noon                                            First warning signal

 

Wednesday 14th October
10.00am                                          First warning signal
After racing                                    Crew Party (by invitation)

 

Thursday 15th October
10.00am                                          First warning signal

 

Friday 16th October
10.00am                                          First warning signal
8.00pm                                           J/70 European Championship – Credit Suisse Trophy Gala Dinner and prize-giving (by invitation)

 

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