Canada’s Petley-Jones Takes Lead after 6 Races

Evan Petley-Jones’ Lifted, Bow 44

If good things come to those who wait, then Evan Petley-Jones’ Lifted is the perfect example on day three of the driveHG.ca J/24 World Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Sixty-three teams waited out multiple hours of an on-water postponement, hoping for enough breeze to get a start off. Finally around 3:30 p.m., light winds allowed two more races to be completed, which brought into effect the discard. Petley-Jones’ Lifted tallied a 7,1 on Thursday to leap into first place overall, able to drop a 39 from race 1. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet fell to second place with 32 points. John Mollicone’s Helly Hansen launched up to the third spot with 33 net points after tossing a 52 from Tuesday. Six races are now finalized. The competitors from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru and the USA started race 5 in about 5 knots, when Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta collected the win. Mollicone and Ted Bartlewski’s Drivers Wanted followed. Looking at Petley-Jones cross the finish line first in the next meeting were David Klatt’s Jaded and Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger when winds increased slightly. Racing continues through Saturday from Port Credit Yacht Club. Complete results may be found at the event website.    (Thanks to Chris Howell, IJCA, for this great on-water summary.)

Editor’s Note:
While the discard after 5 races created a lot of moves in placement, Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet has remained in the top two throughout the championship, even without the drop. Tony Parker of Washington D.C., is the most seasoned racer on the course, sailing 1978 hull #58 (Bow#23, below), testimony to the J/24’s quality and ruggedness, and of course the skill and consistency of Tony and his crew at this event. Tony is a five-time winner of the J/24 US East Coast Championship (which he has sailed 38 times!).

Photographs of Event

The Official Photographer of the 2017 driveHG.ca J/24 World Championship is Michael Walker of WalkerPhotography.ca. You can browse daily photos of the event here on his site, and purchase them as well. We’ll post some too! Start of Race 2 below was filmed by J/24 International Class Association.

Start of race two 2017 J/24 Worlds

Posted by J/24 International Class Association on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

 

Battle of Nations Ball Hockey – Canada Wins Top Spot

More competitive juices flowing in the lot behind the club for the ‘Battle of Nations’. Canada, the nation that lives for hockey, pulled out the stops, and won. Thanks to the City of Mississauga for setting up the ‘rinks’ and equipment, and Sandra Benninger and the Benninger Family for setting up the program, teams, and refereeing! (Photos: Michael Walker (top), Lyn Townsend (middle) and Sue Wood (bottom)). More Walker Photography pics available for download free here.

 

  

Competitors Meeting – Monday Sept.18 – Noon Main Tent

12 noon – Before practice racing there will be a competitor’s meeting September 18, 2017 under the main tent in front of the clubhouse. Questions answered like where to get tickets for the dinners and entertainment, and other information. See you then!

Other social activitiesMonday at PCYC include:

5-5:45 pm – Will Welles and Tim Healy of North Sails will give some tips for racing in these Worlds such as racing in light to moderate air, getting the most out of a long start line and other nuggets.

6 pm – Short opening ceremony with a flag raising, a Mayor, some enthusiastic kids, and free food.