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New leader at J/88 North Americans

Published on August 10th, 2018

Chicago, IL (August 10, 2018) – A steady day of scores today made Ben Marden’s Banter the current front-runner at the J/88 North American Championship after two days of racing.

Four more races were recorded in a lumpy chop and winds between 6-10 knots for the 14 J/88s as part of the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta at Chicago Yacht Club. Banter advanced from a two-point deficit yesterday to hold a thin one-point advantage over Laura Weyler’s Hijinks after seven total races. No score will be discarded for the series.

Marden racked up a 2,3,1,2 to bring his points to 16, compared to Weyler’s 17, after she counted a 4,1,2,4. Douglas Newhouse’s Yonder improved his overall position to third with 29 points.

Class President Iris Vogel’s Deviation began the day by defeating Marden’s Banter and John & Jordan Leahey’s Dutch. Weyler’s Hijinks added her third win of the Championship in the next match, besting Newhouse and Marden. The familiar Marden and Weyler were first and second in Friday’s third race, trailed by Tim Finkle’s Seaweed. Newhouse’s Yonder snagged the final bullet before heading to the dock, as Marden’s second gave him the overall regatta lead and Finkle again placed third.

Racing is planned for August 9-12.

Day Two Results (7 races)
1. Banter, Ben Marden , USA – 2 -1 -5 -2 -3 -1 -2 ; 16
2. Hijinks, Laura Weyler , USA – 1 -4 -1 -4 -1 -2 -4 ; 17
3. Yonder, Douglas Newhouse , USA – 3 -5 -2 -6 -2 -10 -1 ; 29
4. Wings, Mike Bruno , USA – 4 -2 -3 -7 -4 -8 -5 ; 33
5. Deviation , Iris Vogel , USA – 8 -6 -6 -1 -5 -6 -8 ; 40
6. Seaweed, Tim Finkle , USA – 7 -8 -8 -5 -6 -3 -3 ; 40
7. Dutch, John & Jordan Leahey , USA – 9 -3 -10 -3 -11 -5 -6 ; 47
8. Blondie 2, Tod Patton , USA – 5 -7 -9 -9 -10 -8 -7 ; 55
9. Exile, Andy Graff , USA – 6 -10 -4 -11 -9 -7 -11 ; 58
10. BLUE, Brian O’Malley , USA – 11 -9 -7 -8 -8 -9 -12 ; 64
11. Windsong, Tim Wade , USA – 10 -11 -12 -13 -7 -12 -9 ; 74
12. Hokey Smoke, Richard and Lori Stearns , USA – 12 -12 -11 -10 -12 -11 -10 ; 78
13. Rambler, Benjamin Wilson , USA – 13 -13 -13 -12 -13 -13 -13 ; 90
14. Slyaza II, Gordon Dill , USA – 14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 ; 98

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Source: J/88 Class

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