Rossi Threepeats J/70 European Championship
The town of Malcesine geared up to host the 2019 J/70 European Championship for more than 130 boats from around the world. The host club Fraglia Vela Malcesine and the J/70 Italian Class made sure crews from twenty-three countries enjoyed the amazing sailing conditions on the famous, picturesque Lago di Garda (Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, and USA).
After a six-race qualifying series for the four flights over the first two days, the championship flight sailed eight races over the next three days. In the end, it was an amazing display of aggressive starting, conservative tactics, and fast sailing by the only woman sailor in recent history to eclipse such an array of world-class sailing talent. The J/70 sailing world knows her well, as this was the third time Claudia Rossi's PETITE TERRIBLE team was crowned the J/70 European Champion! Ironically, the European title remains firmly in the hands of the famous Rossi sailing family from Italy, as Claudia won in 2016 and 2017, while her famous father Alberto Rossi (a multiple Farr 40 World Champion), won in Vigo, Spain in 2019 with ENFANT TERRIBLE.