In the third week of December, the Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico hosted the 2017 J/70 Chilean Nationals off Algarrobo, Chile. The fleet of fourteen boats was blessed with great conditions all weekend, with sunny skies and 8-12 kts on the first day and a much windier, sunny day on Sunday with 14-20 kts.
An enormous swell was hitting the coastline, a result of a huge storm offshore in the Pacific Ocean, making for fantastic long surfs on the first day, with high double-digit planing conditions on the second. A total of six races were completed for the championship.
In the end, it was a former J/24 South American Champion, Matias Seguel on Volvo, that was crowned as the 2017 Chilean J/70 National Champion. After winning five races, it was clear they had mastered the J/70 quickly and won with just 7 pts total.
Meanwhile, it was a tight series for the next three teams and a real battle for the next two spots on the podium. Winning that battle was Andres Ducasse skippering Tsunami, compiling a 4-4-3-2-3-5 tally for 21 pts to take the silver. Just one point back taking the bronze was Pablo Amunategui’s Kenmore with a 5-3-6-3-2-3 record for 22 pts total. Rounding out the top five were Juan Eduardo Reid’s Windmade sailing J/70 #1 (yes, that’s true!) into fourth position with 28 pts, followed by Carlos Vergara’s Sensei in 5th place with 37 pts.
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