After sailing in nearly fantastic conditions on Lake Ontario for four days, the Oakville Yacht Squadron's PRO's managed to knock-off nine races, so the teams could count seven and toss two! That made for some interesting scenarios in the overall scheme of things for the final standings, if not the strategies associated with how you sail with two toss races.
Counting three 1sts and two 2nds in his scoreline, Erik Fridley's team managed to be crowned the 2013 J/27 North American Champion with just 14 pts net in seven races counted (having tossed an 11-6). The story behind him in the overall standings was a bit more complex. Benefitting enormously from the double toss was Doug Folsetter's team, also having counted three 1sts and two 2nds, but with two DSQ's on tap, it was nice to heave them out the window and have 17 pts net to grab second place overall. Also benefitting tremendously from a similar scenario was Andre Beese's team. With a first, three 2nds and 3rd in their tally, they could also toss a DSQ and 14th to snag third overall with just 22 pts net.
Getting the short end of the stick for consistent, heads-up sailing all regatta long was Mike Seitz's team. Sailing a very steady regatta their toss races of a 15-9 enabled them to grab fourth overall with a 27 pts net score (of note their gross score would've put them in at least third if not second if based on total points). Fifth was Dan Arntzen's team with 35 pts net.
As an illustration of the closeness of the racing, as well as how much of a roller-coaster ride all the teams were riding, the top nine teams in a fleet of sixteen all posted at least one or more scores in the top three over the course of the nine races! Sailing photo credits- J/27 Sailors. For more J/27 North Americans sailing information