Will Welles wins J/24 North Americans

Published on September 13th, 2015

Falmouth, Maine (September 13, 2015) – Will Welles’ Cougar survived a black flag penalty in Sunday’s opening race to become the 2015 J/24 Pape Chevrolet North American Champion.

Heading into the final day of competition at Portland Yacht Club in Maine, Welles held an 11-point advantage, but a BFD in race 8 made for an exciting end to the nine-race series.

Cougar nabbed a fourth in the final contest to end with 33 points, five ahead of Travis Odenbach’s Honey Badger. Odenbach kept moving up throughout the four-day event, but settled for second place with 38 points. John Mollicone’s Helly Hansen took the bronze position with 47 points.

Based out of Newport, RI, 2014 J/24 World Champion Welles has spent some time sailing in and around Maine, but noted that the conditions this week were not typical. “It was pretty tricky, but having a solid team is the key,” said Welles, whose crew was Chris Morgan, Jeff Linton, Erik Rexford and Monica Morgan.

Both Welles and Odenbach just returned to the USA from the J/24 World Championship in Germany the weekend prior to this event, where Welles crewed on the second-place team, and Odenbach helmed his crew to third.

Final Results (Top 5 of 49; 9 races, 1 discard)
1) Will Welles, Cougar, 10, 1, 9, 1, 4, 3, 1, (50.0 BFD), 4 (33 points)
2) Travis Odenbach, Honey Badger, (28), 6, 3, 6, 3, 1, 12, 2, 5 (38 points)
3) John Mollicone, Helly Hansen, (18), 12, 1, 5, 1, 16, 2, 4, 6 (47 points)
4) Tony Parker, Bangor Packet, 5, 2, 7, 7, 2, 12, (14), 5, 11 (51 points)
5) Christopher Stone, Velocidad, 1, 11, 11, 2, 10, 5, 4, 8, (14) (52 points)

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