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2019 J/24 North American Championship ©Christopher Howell
2019 J/24 North American Championship ©Christopher Howell

J/24 North American Championship 2019

Twenty-seven J/24s reveled in flawless conditions as the J/24 North American Championship kicked off at Club Nautico Valle de Bravo in Mexico.

Winds started at 10-12 knots and increased to 12-16, with occasional higher gusts. Current J/24 World Champion Will Welles, racing Bruschetta, of the USA has taken the early advantage with 5 points, following scores of 1,1,3. The next positions are locked in a tie at 10 points: Javier Velasquez’s Trinquete (7,2,1 on the day) and Mark Laura’s Baba Louie (2,3,5).

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

Under cloudless skies on the picturesque lake in the mountains of Mexico, Welles opened the Championship with his first of consecutive bullets. Trailing him in race one were Laura and Kenneth Porter’s S. And in race two were Velasquez and Laura. Velasquez earned the final victory of the day, as Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet and Welles comprised the top three.

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

Racing continues through Friday.

Results after Day 1:

Pos Bow No Sail No Yacht Name Owner / Skipper R1 R2 R3 Pts
1 1   USA 5407 Bruschetta Will Welles 1 1 3 5
2 22   MEX 2128 Trinquete Javier Velásquez 7 2 1 10
3 42   USA 2365 Baba Louie Mark Laura 2 3 5 10
4 3   MEX 1585 S Kenneth Porter 3 5 7 15
5 83   USA 58 Bangor Packet Tony Parker 5 12 2 19
6 86   USA 2436 Habanero Denny Vaughan 11 7 12 30
7 29   USA 126 Giggles Natalie Harden 9 14 9 32
8 60   MEX 1922 Capitan Ala Triste Manuel Romero Lopez 4 19 10 33
9 76   MEX 4802 Buenaventura Erick Castillo Jimenez M 16 13 4 33
10 21   MEX 4864 Mar‑02 Tito Benitez 13 10 11 34
11 78   MEX 286 De colores Ramón Benítez 8 20 8 36
12 23   MEX 4163 Jambo ROBERT HIMMELBAUER 17 8 14 39
13 41   FRA 1810 Hendaye 64 Victor Maldonado 20 9 13 42
14 7   MEX 4905 Talento Luis Alvarez 6 21 17 44
15 39   USA 2918 Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team Erica Beck Spencer 14 11 19 44
16 32   MEX 5017 X 4 Christian Carranza Rodriguez 18 6 24 48
17 84   MEX 4527 JOT TUB 2 JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ PEDRAZA 24 4 21 49
18 31   MEX 2988 (spin 5123) Digger Humberto Prtiz Pastor 12 15 22 49
19 8   MEX 5265 Caspian Jorge Castillo 15 16 18 49
20 17   USA 2176 Evil Octopus Jasper Van Vliet 23 22 6 51
21 85   MEX 4102 MARINA Teresa Schroeder 10 17 25 52
22 54   MEX 2829 PEGAIS HUGO MARTINEZ REBOLLAR 26 18 16 60
23 2   MEX 5140 Matador Pablo Carvajal Specia 19 SCP 15 62
24 59   USA 1036 Flight Randall Rasicot 22 24 20 66
25 27   MEX 3788 Asterix Antonio Jacques 21 26 23 70
26 69   MEX 5139 Chaneque Juan Antonio Uroz Mateu 25 25 26 76
27 82   MEX 4152 K‑tacho 24 Esteban de Icaza 27 27 27 81

by Julie & Christopher Howell

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