Thursday, December 21, 2017

SAVASANA Wins Quantum J/70 Winter Series Opener

J/70 MarkSetBot (Tampa, FL)- Fifty-three J/70 teams from the USA, Canada, and the Cayman Islands traveled to Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida for the first weekend of the 2017-2018 Quantum J/70 Winter Series. Brisk weather made its way south with the passage of a cold front on Friday night, bringing breeze into the high 20s on Saturday, but backing off some on Sunday. In all, seven races were completed, much to the delight of the very competitive, closely fought fleet.

J/70 sailing Tampa winter seriesIn the end, Brian Keane’s SAVASANA team from Buzzards Bay, MA handily took the victory at 13 net points including two bullets and were the only team in the entire regatta that had all single-digit finishes; in fact, after tossing a 9th place, had all top four finishes as counters! Darby Smith’s AFRICA team from St Petersburg, FL and Marblehead, MA placed second with 35 points after tossing a 38th in race 6.  Just two points back was Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE from Forth Worth, TX, securing third place with 37 points after tossing out a 5th race DSQ. Rounding out the top five were Peter Cunningham’s POWERPLAY RACING from the Cayman Islands and Oivind Lorentzen’s NINE from New York, finishing 4th and 5th, respectively.

J/70 sailor- Andrew LoeThere was a strong turnout for the Corinthians Division, with twenty-one of the fifty-three teams participating.  Winning by a comfortable margin was Andrew & Mallory Loe’s DIME with 78 pts net.  Then, Sarah Renz’s BERTEAU GROUP from Chicago, IL is making a habit of being the bridesmaid, again taking second place (like she did in the J/70 North Americans earlier this year) with a total of 92 pts net.  Rounding out the podium was Frank McNamara’s CHINOOK with 109 pts net.

Each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 and North U are combining forces for the “Porch Series”. This weekend featured a dock talk discussing boat setup and tuning, followed by on-the-water coaching with North U’s Chuck Allen, Will Welles, and Tim Healy. Practice races were run by J/World, with a debrief immediately after sailing with North U and J/World. A big “thank you” to regatta sponsor MarkSetBot for providing their innovative “auto-locating” GPS-based robotic mark (learn more here-

Racing continues at Davis Island Yacht Club on January 5-7 and February 9-11.  For more Quantum J/70 Winter Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.