The 2018 J/24 World Championship organized through August 31 by Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda in Italy is about to begin. Ninety-eight boats are registered representing 16 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Holland, Sweden and United States) for the Championship which will officially start on Sunday 26 August with the opening ceremony. In addition to the ceremony that will kick off the highlight of the 2018 season of the J/24 Class, Sunday also features a practice race and Skippers’ Briefing. From Monday the 27th until Friday the 31st, 10 races are scheduled. There are also numerous shoreside events for racers such as the gala dinner scheduled Tuesday and the awards at the end of each day with pizza and beer. The 2018 J/24 World Championship Race Officials are led by the Jury (chaired by German Willi Gohl), the Race Committee (chaired by American Hank Stuart), the Technical Committee (Chief Measurer Argentine Alexander Finsterbusch) and the Regatta Coordinator Giuseppe De Mattia. Technical sponsor of the J/24 World Championship is Alce Nero (www.alcenero.com), the brand of farmers, beekeepers and organic processors committed since the ’70s in producing good food, fruit of an agriculture that respects the earth and its fertility. More information is on the Facebook page J/24 World Championship 2018 and on www.j24worlds2018.it.