2023 M32 World Championship
Published on October 1st, 2023
Jake Julien (USA) and his Rated X team won the 2023 M32 World Championship title on September 28-October 1 in Newport, RI. With crew Keith Swinton, Rhys Mara, Julius Hallstrom, and Jeff McCooey, they beat 11 teams in the 19-race series.
Going into the final race, and only four points ahead of Jen Wilson (USA) and her Convergence team, Rated X was called OCS. That could have been a dealbreaker, but they battled back. “One thing we have shown this year,” said Swinton, “is we can sail through the fleet. [After the OCS] we just had to remember that. We made it really hard for ourselves, but we did enough to get the win.”
Seventeen-year-old Jake was one of three Juliens racing in the M32 fleet, along with his father Bobby Julien and his younger brother Miles Julien.
Don Wilson finished second, ending his three-year win streak at the Worlds. “It wasn’t how we wanted the event to go,” said the Convexity owner. Just before Worlds began, two of his crew were sidelined due to injury. Still, Convexity won the most races: five.
Jen Wilson and her Convergence team rounded out the podium with the bronze medal. She started the regatta in the vanguard position, with numerous lead changes with Julien and her brother Don.
It’s the crown jewel of their dominant 2023 title collection which includes the North Americans, Winter Series, and Summer Series.
Source: M32 Class