Monday, August 6, 2018

MANDATE Dominates J/105 North Americans

J/105 winners- MANDATE and GRYPHON (Harbor Springs, MI)- It was not the “Thrilla from Manila”, nor was it the “The Rumble from the Jungle”, as many had anticipated for the clash between two North American Champions, heavyweights in their hyper-tuned, hyper-faired, super-boats.  The betting was flying thick and strong between the Americans (Bruce Stone’s GRYPHON) and the Canadians (the McLaughlin/ Wilmer duo on MANDATE). However, the knock-down, drag’em’out fight never materialized.  It was simply a lopsided win all around, nearly a “white-wash” of the fleet.

After posting four-straight bullets in the first four races, the regatta was over according to MANDATE. Many teams were shell-shocked, psychologically decimated, people were seen walking around like zombies, mumbling tuning numbers in their nightmares.

J/105 Combined WinnersIn the end, Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer’s MANDATE, from the Royal Canadian YC in Toronto, Ontario, went wire-to-wire to earn their unprecedented third J/105 North American Championship title in five years. Their team, including Sandy Andrews, Fraser Howell, Ian Howes and Andrew McTavish, won seven of the 11 races and never finished out of the top three. Their 16 points in the no-throw-out series were nine better than Bruce Stone’s GRYPHON crew (St Francis YC in San Francisco, CA and from Harbor Springs, MI) that tallied 25 points. Bill Zartler’s DEJA VOODOO crew from Lakewood YC in Houston, TX took third place with 31 points. All three teams reigned over the top three in nearly every race of the four-day Championship, hosted by Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs, MI.

Congratulations to Clark Pellett’s SEALARK that won the combined award for the highest finish in the J/105 Cass in the Chicago Mackinac Race and the J/105 North American Championship.

Rounding out the top five overall were Jon Weglarz’ THE ASYLUM and Cynthia & Jim Best’s PHANTOM, fourth and fifth, respectively.  For more J/105 North American Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.