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2019 J/24 North American Championship - Final day ©Christopher Howell
2019 J/24 North American Championship - Final day ©Christopher Howell

J/24 North American Championship 2019

Will Welles’ Bruschetta withstood a charging Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet to return the J/24 North American Championship to Newport, RI. Welles, two-time J/24 World Champion and now four-time J/24 North American Champion, came into Friday’s final two races with a slight two-point advantage over Parker.

2019 J/24 North American Championship - Final day - photo © Christopher Howell
2019 J/24 North American Championship – Final day – photo © Christopher Howell

With boat owner Aroldo de Rienzo aboard as well as Rich Bowen, John McCabe and PJ Schaffer, Bruschetta took the victory in Race 9, with Parker still hot on their heels in second. The pair dueled in the final contest, with Welles placing ninth and Parker 10th, giving Welles and team the Championship with 24 points to Parker’s 28. In third place overall, and top Mexican finisher, was Kenneth Porter’s S with 32 points. Friday’s race winners were Welles and Porter. Twenty-seven J/24s completed 10 races at Club Nautico Valle de Bravo in Mexico from April 2-5.

2019 J/24 North American Championship - Final day - photo © Christopher Howell
2019 J/24 North American Championship – Final day – photo © Christopher Howell

Welles had never sailed in Valle de Bravo before this week, when he also competed in the Mexican National Championship (placing first overall). Although this marked the first time paired with local boat owner de Rienzo, the remaining crew are good friends from Newport, RI who sometimes race together in Fleet 50. Welles summarized the conditions in Valle de Bravo, saying, “It’s funky out there. The puffs don’t move quickly, so you have to get to them.” As for strategy in the final two races, Welles said, “We focused on getting good starts so we could go the way we thought we should, and just keep Bangor Packet behind us.”

2019 J/24 North American Championship - Final day - photo © Christopher Howell
2019 J/24 North American Championship – Final day – photo © Christopher Howell

Overall Results:

Pos Bow No Sail No Yacht Name Owner / Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 1   USA 5407 Bruschetta Will Welles 1 1 3 1 5 1 UFD 3 1 8 24
2 83   USA 58 Bangor Packet Tony Parker 5 12 2 3 1 3 2 1 2 9 28
3 3   MEX 1585 S Kenneth Porter 3 5 7 2 9 2 4 5 3 1 32
4 42   USA 2365 Baba Louie Mark Laura 2 3 5 10 2 9 1 7 9 2 40
5 22   MEX 2128 Trinquete Javier Velásquez 7 2 1 12 8 5 UFD 16 4 6 61
6 29   USA 126 Giggles Natalie Harden 9 14 9 16 7 4 3 25 6 5 73
7 78   MEX 286 De colores Ramón Benítez 8 20 8 6 3 11 17 2 7 13 75
8 7   MEX 4905 Talento Luis Alvarez 6 21 17 4 11 6 UFD 6 5 3 79
9 76   MEX 4802 Buenaventura Erick Castillo Jimenez M 16 13 4 11 4 10 UFD 4 11 18 91
10 21   MEX 4864 Mar‑02 Tito Benitez 13 10 11 5 12 17 9 12 18 7 96
11 41   FRA 1810 Hendaye 64 Victor Maldonado 20 9 13 17 19 8 5 17 8 10 106
12 60   MEX 1922 Capitan Ala Triste Manuel Romero Lopez 4 19 10 9 25 14 12 15 13 11 107
13 39   USA 2918 Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team Erica Beck Spencer 14 11 19 8 16 19 11 19 20 4 121
14 85   MEX 4102 Marina Teresa Schroeder 10 17 25 15 14 15 7 8 19 16 121
15 23   MEX 4163 Jambo ROBERT HIMMELBAUER 17 8 14 21 6 21 6 18 17 17 124
16 8   MEX 5265 Caspian Jorge Castillo 15 16 18 13 21 13 UFD 9 10 12 127
17 86   USA 2436 Habanero Denny Vaughan 11 7 12 14 10 22 UFD 14 24 21 135
18 2   MEX 5140 Matador Pablo Carvajal Specia 19 SCP 15 7 23 12 UFD 10 12 14 140
19 84   MEX 4527 Jot Tub 2 Jose Luis Rodriguez Pedraza 24 4 21 18 15 16 8 24 16 20 142
20 31   MEX 2988 (spin 5123) Digger Humberto Prtiz Pastor 12 15 22 22 24 7 UFD 11 14 15 142
21 17   USA 2176 Evil Octopus Jasper Van Vliet 23 22 6 20 17 23 15 13 15 22 153
22 32   MEX 5017 X 4 Christian Carranza Rodriguez 18 DPI 24 19 13 18 10 20 25 23 153
23 59   USA 1036 Flight Randall Rasicot 22 24 20 24 22 20 13 21 21 19 182
24 54   MEX 2829 Pegais Hugo Martinez Rebollar 26 18 16 DSQ 18 27 14 23 DNC DNC 198
25 27   MEX 3788 Asterix Antonio Jacques 21 26 23 23 20 25 16 27 22 24 200
26 69   MEX 5139 Chaneque Juan Antonio Uroz Mateu 25 25 26 25 26 24 18 22 23 25 213
27 82   MEX 4152 K‑tacho 24 Esteban de Icaza 27 27 27 26 27 26 19 26 26 26 230

by Julie & Christopher Howell

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