Tim Healy wins J/70 Midwinters

Published on February 26th, 2017

St Petersburg, FL (February 26, 2017) – Tim Healy’s New England Ropes closed strong with a 2,1 in the final two contests to secure the Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship. Able to drop a 16 from race one, the team of Healy, Nathan Housberg (bow), Alden Reid (trim) and Marcus Eagan (tactics) kept scores of 4,4,7,2,1 for 18 net points and the victory.

Will Welles’ Scamp finished a mere point behind Healy in second place, and John Brim’s Rimette took third with 28 points.

“This is the first time we’ve sailed together so we were learning the whole time just how to work together and how to get our trim and tune right,” summarized Healy. “Slowly, we started to get everything down. We had some light breeze, but today was a little breezier with some chop. We were getting used to the settings so we could power through the chop.”

Three more races took place today in breeze between 10-15 knots under clear skies with temperatures again in the 70s. The day’s race winners were the Darden/Hillard team on Hoss, Ignacio Perez’s Zaguero and Healy. Healy welcomed the change aAfter light and shifty conditions yesterday. “We got up early, got out early and took advantage of the breeze. The Race Committee did a great job.”

The Championship was being held under modified class rules such that the entire crew is limited to no more than one member who is classified as Group 3 (professional). The 52-boat fleet was comprised of 20 all-Corinthian teams, won by Andrew & Melissa Fisher, followed by Charles Bayer, Bryan Cameron, David Mendelblatt and Blaire McCarthy.

Racing was scheduled on February 24-26, 2017.

Final Results (Top 10 of 52; 6 races, 1 discard)
1. New England Ropes, Tim Healy , USA – [16] -4 -4 -7 -2 -1 ; 18
2. Scamp, Will Welles , USA – 2 -[14] -7 -2 -4 -4 ; 19
3. Rimette, John Brim , USA – 1 -1 -9 -10 -7 -[14] ; 28
4. Reach Around, Thomas Bowen , USA – [17] -10 -5 -11 -3 -7 ; 36
5. Zaguero, Ignacio Perez , MEX – [25] -19 -1 -9 -1 -8 ; 38
6. AFRICA, Darby Smith , USA – 19 -6 -6 -6 -[53] -2 ; 39
7. Dime, Andrew Loe , USA – 5 -11 -[24] -8 -9 -10 ; 43
8. Rosebud, Pamela Rose , USA – 11 -7 -8 -[17] -11 -9 ; 46
9. Savasana, Brian Keane , USA – [27] -13 -12 -5 -5 -12 ; 47
10. Hoss, Darden/Hillard , USA – 7 -25 -2 -1 -[53] -13 ; 48

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Source: J/70 Class

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