Sept.23/17. In the 2017 J/24 Worlds in Port Credit, Canada, three Canadians wound up in the final top ten, with Canada’s Rossi Milev and his crew taking top spot. On the last day of racing today, Argentina’s Nicolas Cubria (Bow 1) on ARG5499 Elvis won Race 8 handily in the championship’s generally unusual and annoying 5-7 knot winds. Rossi Milev on Clear Air took second in the race, edging Bangor Packet’s Tony Parker and securing the lead by one point. Winds picked up to 8 knots allowing for the 9th race to start. Racers had but 3 meaningful legs until the wind completely died at the bottom of the fourth leg, forcing abandonment. PCYC member Rossi Milev’s World Championship win is the pinnacle of a successful 20-year J/24 career for Rossi and his crew on J/24 Clear Air. Yay Canada – 3 Canadian boats in the top ten! Closing ceremony pics here. Thanks to sponsors driveHG.ca and others, and the Province of Ontario for funding, including from Ontario valuable on-water resources for this regatta and future training of Ontario sailing athletes. Final Results below (Revised Sep23/17 7pm):
1st Bow 24 CAN5362 Clear Air Rossi Milev 47 points
2nd Bow 23 USA58 Bangor Packet Tony Parker 48 points
3th Bow 8 JPN4886 Lull Ariko Murohashi 62 points
4th Bow 44 CAN4025 Lifted Evan Petley-Jones 68 points
5th Bow 52 USA2785 YouRegatta Carter White 68 points
6th Bow 37 CAN1964 Drivers Wanted Ted Bartlewski 71 points
7th Bow 21 USA2365 Baba Louie Mark Laura 76 points
8th Bow 6 USA1892 Jaded David Klatt 86 points
9th Bow 40 USA5432 HoneyBadger Travis Odenbach 89 points
10th Bow 65 USA 5471 Tremendous Slouch Scott Milne 89 points
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.)
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!).
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.
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.
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.
63 boats measured up, and the J/24 raft on water is growing as boats launch. We’ve already dismantled the efficient structures built to whiz through boat measurement – and completed Sunday Sept.17 about 1 pm. Phew. Let the games begin!