Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MANDATE Man-handles J/105 Canadians

J/105s sailing off Toronto, Canada (Toronto, ONT)- The J/105 Canadian Championships took place at the Royal Canadian YC from September 15th to 18th. A total of seven races were sailed over the three-day event for the eighteen-boat fleet. As usual, the RCYC staff ashore and their RCYC PRO did an amazing job hosting the J/105 sailors.

Picking up where he left off in the 2015 J/105 North Americas, Terry McLaughlin and his friend Rod Wilmer sailed MANDATE to a crushing win over their fellow Canadians.  Basically, they never let off on the gas pedal, blazing around the track in fine form, taking four 1sts and two 2nds on their way to a stunningly huge victory- 27 pts to be exact!!

The battle for second, however, was epic and that was where all the action took place while MANDATE sailed away over the horizon.   Past J/105 North American Champion Jim Rathbun on HEY JUDE had an amazing duel all regatta with Ian Farquharson’s SONIC BOOM.  Both teams sailed roller-coaster scorelines going into the last day, trading places the entire time.  Not until the seventh and final race did Rathbun’s HEY JUDE crew get it altogether to take a bullet and the silver for the regatta.  SONIC BOOM placed 4th and, consequently, earned the bronze.  Rounding out the top five was Peter Hall’s JAMAICA ME CRAZY in 4th place and Felicity Rodness’ ROUNDING ERROR in 5th position.

With this “training” event behind them, many of these crews are packing up and headed south to the 2016 J/105 North American Championship being sailed in mid-October at Larchmont YC in Larchmont, New York.  For more J/105 Canadian Championship sailing information