Terhune leads Lightning North Americans
Published on August 21st, 2013
Westport, CT (August 21, 2013) – With the qualifying series for the 2013 Lightning North Americans completed on Tuesday, the championship fleet of 36 teams completed two races today on Long Island Sound. Fresh from his victory at the Thistle Nationals, Allan Terhune, Jr. with crew Katie Terhune and John Wilson posted a 3-3 to hold a two point lead over qualifying winner Tito Gonzalez, Cristian Herman and Trinidad Gonzalez. Racing continues Thursday and concludes Friday.
Today started day 1 of the final series of the 75th Lightning North American Championships. After an hour postponement on shore the fleet headed out and the race committee got in two races in 5-10 knots of breeze that oscillated between the Southwest and the Southerly. With shifty conditions and lots of current the fleet was very inconsistent.
Three time South American Champion Claudio Bikarck from Brazil sailing with Gunnar Ficker and MarceloBatista de Silva one the first race. Eric Oetgen from the Savannah Yacht Club, sailing with Will and Laura Jeffers won the second race. It was consistency that paid off for Allan Terhune, Jr. from Annapolis Yacht Club sailing with his wife Katie and John Wilson who sit in first while posting a pair of 3’s. Tito Gonzalez from Chile sailing with his daughter Trinidad and Cristian Herman had a 2, 6 to put them in second. Local Ched Proctor, Jamie Ewing and Merdith Killion are in third.
In the President’s Cup Division Steve Warren, Becca Huyard and Ben Huyard from the Surf City YC are tied with Will Tyner, Sara Fox and Reese Wilkins from Charleston, NC. Each team had a 1, 3. Will Brown, John Faus and Jonathan Lutz are in third with 9 points.
Racing continues tomorrow with two more races scheduled. Full Results for both divisions: