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J/24 Midwinter Championship Gets Underway

Published on February 19th, 2016

Tampa, FL (February 19, 2016) – Carter White’s Sea Bags Sailing Team from Maine may not have won any of the first four races at the J/24 Midwinter Championship, but steady scores in the top three put them at the head of the 25-boat pack.

Hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club, teams from across the United States, Canada and even Japan enjoyed mostly sunny skies, warm temperatures, and breeze between 10-15 knots throughout the day. Jim Lampman’s Hot Chocolate rebounded from a nine in the opening contest to add a 1,3,2 for 15 points and second place (the Sea Bags Sailing Team has 10 points). Robby Brown’s Angel of Harlem rests in third with 18.

Class stalwart John Mollicone with Tim Healy on Blind Squirrel began the Championship with a bullet, followed by St. Petersburg NOOD J/24 winner Nobuyuki Imai on Siesta and White. Behind Lampman in race two were White and Brown. These same boats juggled the standings in the next contest: Brown, White and Lampman. Mike Ingham closed Friday with the victory, as Lampman and White kept their teams in the top three.

Racing continues through Sunday, February 21.

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