Blouin wins Sunfish North Americans

Published on June 16th, 2019

Sailing on Charleston (SC) Harbor out of the James Island Yacht Club, the US Sunfish Class Association’s North Americans saw nine races sailed on June 14-16. When the dust settled, it was local Mt. Pleasant resident and College of Charleston Yacht Club sailor Conner Blouin who sat atop the leaderboard of this 54-boat regatta.

“My strategy for this regatta was to sail well, but conservatively,” said Blouin. “Starting in the middle so I could avoid the crowded ends of the line, sailing fast, and striving to finish every race in the top five.”

That strategy worked as Blouin dropped a seventh with only one sixth in his final scoreline. With a three-way tie for third, just three points back from the lead, and fifth only two points behind this trio, this event could have been anyone’s championship.

The depth in the fleet was exemplified with Argentina’s Margin Almogavar, in second and soon off to represent his country in the Pan Am Games, alongside several legendary Sunfish World Champions (Eduardo Cordero – 8x World Champ, David Loring – 3x, and Ecuador’s Jonathan Martinetti).

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Source: Edward R. Padin

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