Monday, November 4, 2013

Crumps Trump J/80 ECC’s

J/80 one-designs- sailing off Annapolis, MD (Annapolis, MD)- The local J/80 fleet in Annapolis hosted their 2013 J/80 East Coast Championship in conjunction with Eastport YC, seventeen boats participated with several top J/80 teams in attendance.  The regatta took place for three days over the 25th to 27th of October weekend.

On the J/World J/80, Dave Manheimer’s FLYING HORSES crew Logan Ashcroft described the conditions as “insanely fun and somewhat crazy.  We had top wind speeds of steady 20-25 kts, topping at 28 kts.  On one of our downwind legs, the top speed was 15.6 kts!!”  According to Ken Bartlett, crew on the same team, “it was some of the best J/80 racing in a long time due to the excellent breezes on the Chesapeake Bay!”

Reveling in the rough, gorgeous conditions on the Bay was Will & Marie Crump’s team on "R80".  With two 2nds as their worst races in eight total sailed, the balance of six 1sts was good enough for a mere 10 pts total!  Their near perfect domination was only marred by losing two races to second place finishers John White on USA 1162, who counted four 3rds in their total score of 23 pts.  The third place team was Chris Chadwick’s CHURCH KEY, finishing with 34 pts total.  Rounding out the top five was Clarke McKinney’s COLD BEER FRIDAY NIGHT with 39 pts in fourth and Ken Mangano’s MANGO in fifth with 51 pts.
For more J/80 East Coast Championships sailing information