Kreuzlingen Leads Swiss J/70 League
The first round of the Swiss Sailing League took place on Lago Maggiore, a lake that borders both Switzerland and Italy. It was an exciting duel to the finish for Act 1, with nearly perfect breezes each day. After two days of racing, 25 races were completed and everyone was enjoying the warm sun and nice winds. The racing between the top three teams— Kreuzlingen, Oberhofen (BE) and Neuchâtel—was very tight, and no one could afford to make mistakes. On the first day of racing on Friday, each team managed to sail four races. The Neuchâtel team won all four of their heats. They were followed by the Kreuzlingen (SVK) team in second for the day. The Oberhofen club started well and managed to win the fourth race to hang on to third. The racing on Saturday saw even better breeze, with fewer gusts and shifts, just a steadier 8-14 knots breeze. The Oberhofen club started the day with some wins and stayed in the lead for a short time. However, Kreuzlingen won five races to take back over the lead. Oberhofen and Neuchâtel teams suffered some mistakes and dropped back into 3rd and 4th overall. As a result, the final day was going to determine the outcome. On Sunday, RegattaClub Bodensee won three races to secure fourth place, an improvement on their sixth position from the previous day. Meanwhile, Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen pushed hard and firmly established their lead over the fleet with 28 points total, followed by Regattaclub Oberhofen in second place with 41 points, and Cercle de la Voile de Neuchâtel in third just two points back with 43 points. The balance of the top five included Regattaclub Bodensee in fourth and Société Nautique de Genève in fifth. For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information, visit http://swiss-sailing-league.ch/home-it/.