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Lorentzen wins J/70 North Americans

Published on September 28th, 2019

Cleveland, OH (September 28, 2019) – Oivind Lorentzen’s Nine (above) held a mere 0.7-point advantage over Joel Ronning’s Catapult heading into today’s final competition at the J/70 North American Championship hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club. Light winds permitted only one race, and Nine nailed it, earning a second-place finish to claim the 2019 title.

Joined by Lucas Calabrese, Ian Coleman, and Will Felder, Lorentzen tallied 26.3 net points in the 10-race series, good enough to better 2016 J/70 World Champion Ronning who finished in the silver position with 31 points. John Brim’s Rimette gained a third in the day’s lone contest, pumping them up to third overall with 38 points.

Team Vineyard Vines led by John and Molly Baxter closed the Championship with a bullet, giving them fourth place on a tiebreaker (over Brian Keane’s Savasana) at 42 points.

Kevin Morgan’s Wild Child with crew Mike Sheehan, Caroline Sundman, Sarah Paisley and Mark Hassett topped the 13-boat Corinthian division, finishing 20th overall. Following them were Martin Johnsson’s Aquaholiks and Charlie Pendleton’s Bad Hombres.

“It’s very exciting for me because I’ve been working at this now for a few years,” beamed Lorentzen. “The level of competition makes it so rewarding. Having good crew makes all the difference in the world. The thanks really go to them.”

Although Lorentzen has sailed in the Great Lakes before, he’s never done so in Cleveland. “The venue was a pleasure—the wind, the welcoming club. Hopefully we do it again.”

Willem van Waay, racing on Zaguero, summarized this week’s conditions in Cleveland, “15-25 knots, 72-degree fresh water, 5-8 foot waves, 80+ degrees out. San Francisco is awesome, but this place, this week, is at a different level. It’s like God built a perfect playground for us!”

Four days of racing was held from September 25 to 28.

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Final Results (Top 10 of 35; 10 races, 1 discard)

1. Oivind Lorentzen, USA – 1 -2 -3 -2.3 -3 -[18] -1 -10 -2 -2 ; 26.3
2. Joel Ronning, USA – 5 -3 -2 -3 -1 -1 -4 -6 -6 -[12] ; 31
3. John Brim, USA – 2 -4 -8 -1 -6 -5 -6 -3 -[16] -3 ; 38
4. John Baxter, USA – 7 -1 -1 -5 -5 -10 -8 -4 -[36] -1 ; 42
5. Brian Keane, USA – 4 -9 -4 -6 -4 -2 -3 -2 -8 -[20] ; 42
6. Bruce Golison, USA – 3 -5 -5 -4 -2 -[15] -15 -5 -1 -6 ; 46
7. Pamela Rose, USA – 8 -8 -13 -12 -8 -11 -2 -[20] -4 -7 ; 73
8. Ignacio Perez, MEX – 6 -6 -10 -2 -7 -[16] -12 -7 -11 -13 ; 74
9. James Prendergast, USA – 11 -14 -7 -14 -[22] -4 -5 -19 -3 -5 ; 82
10. Haroldo Solberg, BRA – 13 -10 -[17] -9 -14 -3 -9 -1 -16 -11 ; 86

Source: J/70 Class

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