Thursday, October 13, 2016

REX Wrecks the J/70 Canadians!

J/70 Canadian sailors (Halifax, Nova Scotia)- The beautiful bay offshore of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron was the scene of a wrecking crew, a.k.a. “REX”, that displayed fearsome, raptor-like behavior on their way to a dominating performance at the 2016 J/70 Canadian Championship.  REX’s skipper, Scott Weakley, was ecstatic with their outstanding regatta, taking five 1sts in the seven races they actually sailed.  In fact, they won by so much they did not have to sail the last two races of the nine-race regatta!

The seven boat fleet enjoyed classic Nova Scotia early fall conditions, with 60s F temps, easterly breezes in the 10-20 kts range and plenty of on-water action managed by the famous PRO- Andreas Josenhans- a member of the 1992 Americas Cup winner "America3". He was also a member of the World Soling champions in 1977 and 1980.

By Weakley’s dominating REX team, it was a fight for the last two places on the podium.  Winning three of the last four races was Stu McCrea’s CAN 550, taking second overall with 32 pts.   Losing that battle was Graeme Carr’s JOYRIDIN’ with a good, steady scoreline for a total of 34 pts to take third place.  Rounding out the top five was Peter Midgeley’s GOOD TOGO with 37 pts in 4th and Rich Jones’ MAVERICK in 5th with 37 pts.  For more J/70 Canadian National Championship sailing informatio