Club 420 North Americans 2018
Published on August 5th, 2018
The 2018 Club 420 North Americans attracted 166 teams for a 9-race series on August 2-5 in New Bedford, MA. While thunderstorm and squall threats kept the fleet off Buzzards Bay on day three, solid winds otherwise prevailed. Luke Arnone and Noble Reynoso won six of the races to take the title with 13 points followed by Jack Murphy/ Tommy Szymanski with 37 points and Ansgar Jordan/ Patrick Mulcahy on 40 points.
Update from C420 Class:
Consistency, risk management and experience played huge factor in the first two days of North Americans in Buzzards Bay. Big breeze of 15-22kts from the SW along with solid waves and chop met the 332 sailors through the two days of qualifying for Gold and Silver. Arnone and Renyoso led from the start, posting bullets for five of the first six races.
Fleets split after two days and the first day of Championship racing was canceled due to a front with lightning, squalls and torrential downpours moving through the area. The final day brought clear skies and the nice SW breeze famous to Buzzards. The placing for the top spot never changed with the New Jersey team finishing the championship round with 5, 2 and 1 places (13).
Rounding out the top five were Jack Murphy and Tommy Szymanski from Chatham, MA (37); Ansgar Jordan an Patrick Mulcahy from California YC (40); Benton Amthor and William Quinn Keernan from Christschurch School in Virginia ((48); and Rayne Duff and Savannah Young from the USVI (49). Top sailors in the silver fleet were Brielle Willoughby with Madeline Demming from Surf City YC in New Jersey and Alexander Kessler with Mallory Stafford from Edgartown, MA.
After regattas in California, Ontario, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey, contention for the Triple Crown was tight with less than 30 point separating the top 5. It took the North Americans to decide the winners – Luke Arnone and Noble Renyoso.