Monday, August 7, 2017

USA Wins CanAm Challenge!

J/22s sailing CanAm regatta (Youngstown, NY)- In addition to the J/88 North American’s, the CanAm Challenge Regatta hosted the J/70 Lake Ontario Championship as well as one-design classes for J/22s and PHRF handicap racing boats.  An overall perpetual prize was awarded to the USA that topped rival Canada based on the high-point scoring system!  Note, that included street hockey madness!!

Winner of the J/70 Lake Ontario Championship after eleven races scored was John Newell’s JUNIOR with 24 pts total, counting mostly top three finishes.  Taking second with mostly top five finishes was Tod Sackett’s FM, they were also Corinthians Division winners.  Then, third place went to Paul Cannon’s MAXIMON and also securing 2nd in Corinthians!  Rounding out the top five was Scott Weakley’s Canadian crew on REX, followed by Justin Hyas & Ben Zahradnik’s REVEILLE in 5th place.  Third Corinthians was Rick Pfarr’s LITTLE RASCAL.

The ten-boat J/22 class saw Alfonso Bringas’ crew on NORTH SAILS win by a comfortable margin of six points. Second was famous local sailor, Cory Sertl’s LUCH with 26 pts.  Just two points back in third was Vic Snyder’s infamous MO’MONEY with 28 pts.  Tied on points with them, but settling for 4th place was John Huebschmann’s ESCAPE.  Fifth place was none other than a relaxed J/22 NA’s winner, Chris Doyle on the JUGE 4 1!!

In the PHRF handicap racing world, the six boat PHRF 1 Spin class saw a clean sweep by four J/Teams!!  Yes, the odds were stacked against that outcome, but they did it!!  Winning was the Canadian crew on Andrew Koolman’s J/35 LOYALIST.  Second was yet another J/35- Paul-Angus Bark’s CRIME SCENE.  Third place went to Ed Berkhout’s J/105 ALI KAT and 4th position to John Reinhold’s J/124 FUTURES!!

In the PHRF 1 Non Spin class, Doug Clarke’s J/35C ROGUE WAVE took 2nd place. And, in PHRF 2 Spin it was Rick Sherk’s J/24 BAD HABITS winning class!!  For more CanAm Challenge Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.