The fleet was treated to a “superman-like” performance from Team “S”, led by their magnificent capitano, Kenneth Porter. Taking four 1sts in five races meant they could count a DNC and still win the regatta! A fantastic result for Porter and the boys, a sobering experience for the rest of the fleet! Talk about providing a “sailing clinic” on how to win J/24 regattas!
For the rest of the competitors, it was anything but easy. The balance of the top five basically saw four boats quite literally tied for second place! Everything was determined for this group on the last leg of the fifth and final race. Emerging from the fog of war was Manuel Benitez sailing ZORRO into second place by taking 3rd in the last race. The others were not so lucky. Third to fifth just two points back was determined on a three-way tie-breaker at 25 pts each. Taking the “lucky break” was Jorge Murrieta’s TRES DOLORES team to snag the bronze for the regatta. Not as lucky were Ralph Nelles on SUPER MACHOS taking fourth and Luis Morales on ORION completing the top five with his fifth place overall. In the end, it was great racing, very tight for this group and lots of fun at the the CVLP’s bar afterwards as endless stories of “shoulda-woulda-coulda” were discussed (e.g. argued) amongst the crews! “Next time” was the operative modus operandi for the next regatta. In fact, the next race is November 30th- the Festival of Sail at Club de Velas Santa Maria. For more J/24 Mexico sailing information