J/70, the strongest non-professional team is Italian

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Gianfranco Noah’s White Hawk wins the first J/70 Corinthian World Cup in history. The event, which was held June 1-4 in Riva del Garda, included. 4 days of racing for Corinthian-only crews, but, due to very unusual wind conditions for Lake Garda, only 6 races were held over 2 days of racing, with as many no-race days due to lack of wind.

The crew of White Hawk, winner of the first J/70 Corinthian World Cup at Riva del Garda
The crew of White Hawk, winner of the first J/70 Corinthian World Cup at Riva del Garda

Gold for Noah at J/70 Corinthian World Cup

The crew of the Trieste-based shipowner, former Corinthian World Champion in Porto Cervo 2017 and a long-time protagonist in J/70 racing, put the seal on the title thanks to two wins, a second and a third place.

Winning a regatta in which you are up against seventy-five other crews is always a huge thrill, being able to do it then in the first edition of an event of this magnitude is a double source of pride. The J/70 Corinthian World Cup was the most coveted event of this season for White Hawk, we came in with high expectations and, race after race, we took this victory. […] Are we going to defend the Corinthian World Cup next year in Denmark? Who knows, likely!” commented White Hawk’s owner Gianfranco Noah.

All the winners

Stepping onto the podium, in second place, is Irrational Exhuberance from Estonia’s Tonu Toniste, 11 points behind White Hawk, while the bronze medal goes to the Australian crew of Celestial, led by Sam Haynes.

Sofia Giondi wins the title awarded to the first woman at the helm
Sofia Giondi wins the title awarded to the first woman at the helm

To Sofia Giondi the “First Women Helm” trophy, awarded to the first woman at the helm; to Moore DRN that for the best Under 25 crew.

James Barbaro

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