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Will Welles Leads J/24 North Americans

Published on September 9th, 2016

Mississauga, ONT (September 9, 2016) – Will Welles’ Cougar bookended two bullets around an 8th to take the lead on the opening day of the J/24 driveHG.ca North American Championship. Even Petley-Jones’ Lifted stands three points back in second (8,2,3) and Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger/Sea Bags Sailing Team is in third with 16 points (9,5,2).

Teams tolerated a brief on-water postponement in the morning, until the breeze filled at 6-8 knots. Following Welles in the first battle were local Rossi Milev’s Clear Air and James Freedman’s Miss Conduct. Todd Fedyszn’s Spoony Tactics earned line honors in the next race, trailed by Petley-Jones and Milev. Welles secured the day’s overall lead by winning the last meeting, as Odenbach recorded his best finish thus far with Petley-Jones rounding out the top three.

Ten races are planned for the 46 boats on September 9-11.

Day One Results (Top 10 of 46; 3 races)
1. Cougar, Will Welles , USA – 1 -8 -1 ; 10
2. Lifted, Evan Petley-Jones , CAN – 8 -2 -3 ; 13
3. HoneyBadger/SeaBags Sailing Team, Travis Odenbach , USA – 9 -5 -2 ; 16
4. Clear Air , Rossi Milev , CAN – 2 -3 -14 ; 19
5. Angel of Harlem, Robby Brown , USA – 13 -4 -5 ; 22
6. Spoony Tactics, Todd Fedysyzn , USA – 11 -1 -12 ; 24
7. Velocidad, Christopher Stone , USA – 10 -13 -4 ; 27
8. Drivers Wanted, Ted Bartlewski , CAN – 14 -6 -7 ; 27
9. Taz, Nick Jako , CAN – 7 -11 -11 ; 29
10. Spoilsport, Stuart Challoner , USA – 4 -10 -21 ; 35

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