Mandate Wins J/105 North Americans

Published on October 23rd, 2016

Larchmont, NY (October 23, 2016) – Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer’s Mandate won the Stella Artois J/105 North American Championship, winning the first five races before ‘stumbling’ with a 2-3 to close the series. The Canadian crew, which included Graham Hicks, Fraser Howell, Evert McLaughlin and John Millen, earned their second J/105 North American Championship title in three years.

Just one race was held today, won by Bill Lakenmacher’s Radiance, in breeze that started around 25 knots, and then increased to 35 by the end.

“If we had another race, we might have worn hockey helmets,” joked McLaughlin. “This was good Canadian weather, and a real test of crew work.” Rod Wilmer added, “We had solid starts, focused on finding a lane and getting clear to stay out of trouble.”

By virtue of a six in today’s only contest, Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s Good Trade took second place, winning the tie-breaker on points at 27 with local Damian Emery on Eclipse.

Larchmont Yacht Club in New York hosted the racing on October 20 through 23 for the 37 teams representing Bermuda, Canada, Great Britain and the USA.

Final Standings (Top 10 of 37; 7 races)
1. Mandate, Terry McLaughlin / Rod Wilmer , CAN – 1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -2 -3 ; 10
2. Good Trade, Bruce Stone / Nicole Breault , USA – 2 -4 -3 -8 -3 -1 -6 ; 27
3. Eclipse, Damian Emery , USA – 4 -2 -2 -3 -2 -3 -11 ; 27
4. loulou, Paul Beaudin , USA – 7 -7 -6 -6 -4 -8 -12 ; 50
5. Mad Blue, Adrian Owles , USA – 3 -5 -7 -12 -18 -4 -2 ; 51
6. Skipperdee, David Greenhouse , USA – 11 -3 -5 -11 -8 -15 -4 ; 57
7. Revelation, George and Alex Wilbanks , USA – 8 -9 -8 -10 -7 -13 -5 ; 60
8. Hey Jude, James Rathbun , CAN – 6 -6 -4 -4 -11 -5 -40 ; 76
9. Radiance, Bill Lakenmacher , USA – 12 -14 -40 -2 -10 -6 -1 ; 85
10. Distant Passion, James Macdonald , BER – 15 -18 -12 -9 -14 -9 -14 ; 91

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