Saturday, January 7, 2017

Quantum J/70 Winter Series II Preview

J/70 sailing off Tampa/ St Petersburg, FL (Tampa, FL)- For the second act of the Quantum J/70 Winter Series, fifty-four J/70 teams are registered to sail off Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida from January 7th to 8th.  The Corinthians fleet is huge, with 26 teams participating.  The sailors are all looking forward to a promising forecast; after an overnight frontal passage on Friday evening, the breezes are forecast to be northerly 15-25 kts on Saturday and shifting northeast on Sunday 15-25 kts with clear, sunny skies!

After the first weekend, it was clear that Tom Bowen/ Marty Kullman on REACH AROUND sailed fast and consistent.  Will they be able to replicate that performance again?  They will be facing several determined crews that will be intent on knocking them off that throne, including Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE crew from Fort Worth, TX that were 2nd overall in the first event and also the top women helm- Darby Smith’s AFRICA from Eastern YC in Marblehead, MA, that was third overall.  Jumping into the fray at the top of the leaderboard should include crews like Al Terhune’s DAZZLER from Annapolis, MD (J/22 World Champion), Will Welles’ SCAMP (J/24 World Champion), and Kerry Klingler's MENACE (J/80 World Champion).

The 26-boat Corinthian division saw Andrew Loe’s TBD from Seattle YC win Round 1.  Can they repeat that performance?? Their challengers in the top five included Bryan Cameron’s B-SQUARED from Sayville YC, Rob Britts’ HOT MESS from host Davis Island YC, Andrew Fisher’s BUTTON FLY, and Frank McNamara’s CHINOOK in 5th.   For more Quantum J/70 Winter Series sailing information