Better day at J/70 North Americans

Published on May 13th, 2021

Annapolis, MD (May 13, 2021) – After the wind failed to provide racing yesterday to open the 2021 J/70 North American Championship, 59 teams tried again today with success as the Chesapeake Bay offered winds between 6-8 knots to complete three races.

2017 J/70 World Champion Peter Duncan on Relative Obscurity grabbed the early advantage, notching a 2,3,5 for 10 points. Ryan McKillen’s Surge began with a 9 but added back-to-back second-place finishes for 13 points. In third is the team of Terry Hutchinson and Jenn Norwood-Wulff on USA419 with 24 points.

Leading the 24-boat Corinthian division is Zachary Segal and Doug Rastello is atop the eight-boat One-Pro Division.

Opening the Championship with a victory was Laura Grondin’s Dark Energy, trailed by Duncan and another J/70 World Champion—Joel Ronning’s Catapult. Hutchinson/Norwood-Wulff claimed the next win, ahead of McKillen and Duncan. Richard Witzel’s Rowdy secured the day’s closing contest and was followed to shore by McKillen and Stephen Benjamin’s Reggae Shark.

Racing is planned for May 12-15.

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Current Results (Top 10 of 59; 3 races)
1. Relative Obscurity, Peter Duncan, USA – 2 -3 -5 ; 10
2. Surge, Ryan McKillen, USA – 9 -2 -2 ; 13
3. USA 419, Hutchinson/ Norwood-Wulff, USA – 13 -1 -10 ; 24
4. Stampede, Bruno Pasquinelli, USA – 10 -9 -7 ; 26
5. Catapult, Joel Ronning, USA – 3 -7 -17 ; 27
6. Dark Energy, Laura Grondin, USA – 1 -8 -20 ; 29
7. Reggae Shark, Stephen Benjamin, USA – 16 -15 -3 ; 34
8. Savasana, Brian Keane, USA – 7 -16 -12 ; 35
9. Magatron, Margaret McKillen, USA – 29 -6 -4 ; 39
10. Rowdy, Richard Witzel, USA – 20 -24 -1 ; 45

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