Europe’s ‘Best Sailing Club’ 2017: YC Costa Smeralda

The 2017 Audi SAILING Champions League Finale took place in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, exactly one week after the conclusion of the Audi J/70 World Championship. Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in collaboration with the SAILING Champions League, and with the support of title sponsor Audi, and Technical Partner Quantum Sails, a maximum of 48 races were scheduled over the three-day event and the 32 competing teams had until the close of play on Sunday, September 24 to claim the title of “Best Sailing Club 2017.” The teams were competing in eight perfectly-matched J/70s with new Quantum Sails supplied for the event. After the entire 48 races were sailed, 12 in total for each team, it was the YC Costa Smeralda team of Flavio Favini, Federico Michetti, Branko Brcin and Luca Faravelli who took home the grand prize and were crowned the 2017 “Best Sailing Club” in Europe. Thanks to two victories and a second place Sunday, the Russian team of OST LEGAL SAILING (Vladimir Lipavsky, Andrey Kochnev, Egor Larionov, Nikolay Korneva) climbed up the leaderboard to claim second place, four points clear of the Swiss team of Société Nautique de Genève in third place. SAILING Champion League results and live stream can be found at