• A 3 Part J-24 National Wrap Up

    Keith Whittemore Claims J/24 US National Championship

    Seattle, WA—May 21, 2017—Of the nine races completed at the J/24 US National Championship, Keith Whittemore’s Tundra Rose won five of them. Four races were completed on Sunday, but after tallying a 1,2,1 in the first three, Whittemore and crew of Shelby Milne, Brian Thomas, Kevin Downey and Mark Rodgers could head for shore as Champions at their local Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Reigning US National Champion Will Welles launched up the standings with two bullets on the day to claim second place on a tie-breaker over Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta (both with 39 points to Whittemore’s 31).

    Thirty-two teams completed nine races over the three-day event. Sunday’s race winners were Whittemore (twice) and Welles (twice).

    Top five:
    1. Keith Whittemore, Tundra Rose, Seattle, WA, 1, 6, 18, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, (30 DNF)—31
    2. Will Welles, Portsmouth, RI, 12, 1, 4, 13, 5, 2, 1, (17), 1—39
    3. Nobuyuki Imai, Siesta, Wakayama, Japan, 6, 2, (20 SCP30), 5, 7, 3, 3, 4, 9—39
    4. Michael Johnson, Pearl, Edmonds, WA, (16), 4, 1, 7, 3, 10, 7, 5, 3—40
    5. Scott Milne, Tremendous Slouch, Seattle, WA, 5, 11, 6, 6, 2, (13), 5, 11, 2—48

    all pics © sean trew/pacific fog

    Keith Whittemore Grips Slim Advantage at J/24 US National Championship

    Seattle, WA—May 20, 2017—Keith Whittemore’s Tundra Rose may not have started day two of the J/24 US National Championship on a high note, but he sure ended on one…or two. The Seattle-based skipper went into Saturday with a one-point advantage, but notched a 19 in the opening race. He then promptly added two bullets to now hold a two-point lead going into the last day of the Championship hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Scott Milne’s Tremendous Slouch moved into second place overall with 30 points, just one ahead of Michael Johnson’s Pearl and Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta (both with 31 points).

    The locals took charge of Saturday’s first race in winds at 6-8 knots: Johnson’s Pearl, Mark Laura’s Baba Louie and Steve Travis’ Spark. The breeze increased a couple knots in the next contest, when Whittemore defeated Bob Kinsman’s Atom Ant and John Mason’s R.Y.L.A.H. at the finish line. The top three of the final battle mirrored the top three overall: Whittemore, Milne and Johnson. The wind picked up to 8-12.

    J/24 US National Championship Launches in Seattle, Washington

    Seattle, WA—May 19, 2017—It was worth the wait on Friday for Keith Whittemore’s Tundra Rose at the J/24 US National Championship, hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. After a long day of anticipating breeze, 32 teams finally got to compete around 4:00 p.m. PDT in winds at 4-6 knots. Two races went in the books with local Whittemore leading the pack with 7 points. The Japanese team Siesta, led by Nobuyuki Imai, is a mere one point back. Will Welles and Matt Pistay are tied on points at 13 for third and fourth place, respectively.

    Whittemore won the opening contest, shadowed by Jakob Lichtenberg’s Hair of the Dog and Derek DeCouteau’s …and your little dog too!. Welles commanded the second meeting, as winds increased to 8-10 knots. Imai and Pistay filled out the top three. Whittemore placed sixth in this race.