J/70 Worlds: No wind to go

Published on October 20th, 2022

Ninety teams representing 23 nations are in Monaco for the 2022 J/70 World Championship organized by Yacht Club de Monaco. But among the star-studded professionals, and the glitz and glamour of this playground of the rich and famous, there is one thing missing.

Wind.

With racing scheduled on October 18-22, the third day came and went much like the previous two. Wait for the wind, and when the waiting is over, the choice of hydration enjoys a spirit additive.

With ten World Champion titles to his name and several America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race campaigns under his belt, Chris Larson is one of the big names to make the trip to the Principality. “We’ve been working with the rest of the crew for eight months preparing for this meeting,” noted Larson. “We’re trained up, have good sailors, a good boat, we’re here for just one thing.”

We’re guessing the one thing is not cocktails overlooking luxury yachting’s world capital.

With two days remaining, and three races required to constitute a championship, PRO Mark Foster (IRO, USA) has a sliver of hope to get the job done. According to PredictWind, the forecast for the penultimate day is slightly improved but the final day calls for winds into the teens.

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