Tightening at Top of J/24 Worlds
Published on August 28th, 2018
Riva del Garda, Italy (August 28, 2018) – The leaderboard tightened up today at the J/24 World Championship as Lake Garda again produced fantastic conditions for two more races, bringing the series total to five which now counts a discard.
American Will Welles’ Kaster maintained the top spot but only three points seperate the top three teams. Kaster has 18 net points, with Hungarian Tomai Bala’zs’ J.Bond 037 just two points back in second place with 20, and Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta of Japan launched up to third with 21 points. Both Welles and Bala’zs stumbled in the day’s final race, but benefited from the throw-out.
2016 World Champion Daniel Frost’s JJOne of Germany ruled the day, winning the first contest, and placing second in the next. Following Frost in today’s opener were two Americans: Keith Whittemore’s Furio and Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger. Imai’s Siesta also had a solid day, leading the fleet home in race five, ahead of Frost and fellow Japanese sailor Tomomi Hatakeyama’s Gekko.
The top ten has four teams from the USA, two from Italy, and one each from Germany, Hungary, Japan, and Greece. Racing for the 89 teams from 14 countries will be held August 27 to 31.
Source: J/24 Class