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Dominating Duncan at J/70 Midwinters

Published on February 23rd, 2019

Miami, FL (February 23, 2019) – A fresh breeze in the mid-teens on Biscayne Bay made for an exciting day for 50 J/70s competing to be the 2019 J/70 Midwinter Champion. Three more races were accomplished, bringing the total to six, five of which have been won by Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity.

Now able to drop a fourth, the Rye, NY-based skipper keeps five bullets for a mere 5 net points. Brian Keane’s Savasana moved solidly into second place with 19 points, following consecutive second-place finishes today and discarding an eight. Three points back is John Geaton’s Empeiria that earned redress points in the opening race and followed with a 7-3 to sit in third.

Scott Sellers’ Donkey McFly held its top spot in the Corinthian division and is in 20th overall. This event, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, FL, is a qualifier for the 2020 World Championship to be hosted by California Yacht Club (2 Open berths and 1 Corinthian berth).

Duncan’s team of Will Felder, Willem Van Waay and Bill Hardesty appear untouchamable now with a 14 point lead. Looking ahead at them in the day’s first race were Ryan McKillen’s Surge and Joel Ronning’s Catapult. The trailing teams in the middle duel were Keane’s Savasana and Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe. And completing the top three to end the day were Savasana and John Heaton’s Empeiria.

Racing continues through Sunday, February 24.

Day Two Results (Top 10 of 50; 6 races, 1 discard)
1. Relative Obscurity, Peter Duncan, USA – 1 -1 -[4] -1 -1 -1 ; 5
2. Savasana, Brian Keane, USA – 2 -7 -6 -[8] -2 -2 ; 19
3. Empeiria, John Heaton, USA – [21] -3 -2 -7.2 -7 -3 ; 22.2
4. Midlife Crisis, Bruce Golison, USA – 3 -[11] -1 -10 -6 -11 ; 31
5. Catapult, Joel Ronning, USA – 9 -6 -[15] -3 -11 -7 ; 36
6. Mr. Pitiful, Kevin Downey, USA – 11 -2 -9 -4 -[16] -12 ; 38
7. Honeybadger, Travis Odenbach, USA – 13 -5 -[21] -9 -8 -6 ; 41
8. Hoss, Glenn Darden, USA – 4 -9 -11 -[13] -12 -9 ; 45
9. Black River Racing, Douglas Strebel, USA – [51] -10 -5 -5 -14 -14 ; 48
10. Surge, Ryan McKillen, USA – [33] -24 -7 -2 -4 -15 ; 52

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Source: J/70 Class

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