Hijinks wins J/88 North Americans

Published on August 12th, 2018

Chicago, IL (August 12, 2018) – Laura Weyler’s Hijinks collected two bullets today to repeat as J/88 North American Champion. With Adam Burns, John Goller, Philip Hasl, Kevin Morgan, and Kris Werner, the New York-based team kept all their scores in the top four in all 10 races. No scores were discarded for the series, part of the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta at Chicago Yacht Club.

Hijinks bested the 13 other J/88s in six races, and although Ben Marden’s Banter grabbed the overall lead after day two, Weyler’s crew finished strong with three successive victories in the remaining contests yesterday and today. Banter ended in runner-up position with 33 points, and Douglas Newhouse’s Yonder placed third with 46.

Lake Michigan provided a gorgeous ending to the four-day event with sunny skies and winds around 8 knots. Following Weyler’s Hijinks in today’s opening match were Mike Bruno’s Wings and Marden. In the final challenge, the top trio were Hijinks, Tim Finkle’s Seaweed and John & Jordan Leahey’s Dutch.

Racing was held August 9-12.

Final Results (10 races)
1. Hijinks, Laura Weyler , USA – 1 -4 -1 -4 -1 -2 -4 -1 -1 -1 ; 20
2. Banter, Ben Marden , USA – 2 -1 -5 -2 -3 -1 -2 -8 -3 -6 ; 33
3. Yonder, Douglas Newhouse , USA – 3 -5 -2 -6 -2 -10 -1 -3 -7 -7 ; 46
4. Wings, Mike Bruno , USA – 4 -2 -3 -7 -4 -12 -5 -2 -2 -8 ; 49
5. Deviation , Iris Vogel , USA – 8 -6 -6 -1 -5 -6 -8 -4 -4 -4 ; 52
6. Seaweed, Tim Finkle , USA – 7 -8 -8 -5 -6 -3 -3 -7 -6 -2 ; 55
7. Dutch, John & Jordan Leahey , USA – 9 -3 -10 -3 -11 -5 -6 -6 -8 -3 ; 64
8. Exile, Andy Graff , USA – 6 -10 -4 -11 -9 -7 -11 -5 -5 -5 ; 73
9. Blondie 2, Tod Patton , USA – 5 -7 -9 -9 -10 -8 -7 -10 -10 -10 ; 85
10. BLUE, Brian O’Malley , USA – 11 -9 -7 -8 -8 -9 -12 -9 -9 -13 ; 95
11. Windsong, Tim Wade , USA – 10 -11 -12 -13 -7 -12 -9 -12 -13 -11 ; 110
12. Hokey Smoke, Richard and Lori Stearns , USA – 12 -12 -11 -10 -12 -11 -10 -13 -11 -12 ; 114
13. Rambler, Benjamin Wilson , USA – 13 -13 -13 -12 -13 -13 -13 -11 -12 -9 ; 122
14. Slyaza II, Gordon Dill , USA – 14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 ; 140

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Source: J/88 Class

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