Robby Brown wins J/24 US Nationals
Published on September 9th, 2018
Falmouth, ME (September 9, 2018) – After posting a 1-2 yesterday to move up to second place, Robby Brown’s Angel of Harlem completed the ascent today to clinch his first J/24 US National Championship. The Florida-based helmsman came into today nine points behind Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet, but Brown’s second, paired with Parker’s 12, gave him the 2018 title by a single point over Parker in the five-race series.
Breeze on Casco Bay looked promising at the start of the day, but lightened throughout. The Race Committee waited two hours in hopes of starting a sixth race, but the wind gods did not cooperate.
Joining Brown on the Angel of Harlem crew were Mark Liebel, Ron Hyatt, Aurther Blodgett and Brian Simkins. Liebel shared that the team prefers light air, which the Championship saw plenty of. Regarding today’s race, Liebel summarized, “We had a very good start at the boat and tacked right away into the current. We played the current, instead of the shifts, both upwind and downwind. We sailed our race, and the end result worked out!”
Racing was held from September 7 to 9.
Final Results (Top 5 of 48; 5 races)
1. Robby Brown, Angel of Harlem, 12, 5, 1 ,2 ,2; 22
2. Tony Parker, Bangor Packet, 3, 2, 3, 3, 12; 23
3. Aidan Glackin, Mental Floss, 10, 3, 16, 9, 4; 42
4. Natalie Harden, Giggles, 1, 30, 6, 4, 13; 54
5. Evan Petley-Jones, Lifted, 16, 13, 28, 1, 3; 61
Source: J/24 Class