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    A Rough And Tumble Opening Day @ J-70 Worlds




    Marblehead, MA (September 25, 2018) – The first day of the West Marine J/70 World Championship will be remembered for tough racing conditions for the 91 J/70s competing.

    A cold and wet southeasterly wind brought true Atlantic conditions to the combat zone. The big factor was the sea state, with waves topping out at over three metres. Upwind J/70s were climbing, then launching off huge waves. The downwind rollercoaster ride was an adrenaline pumping rush, the opening day was extreme, and right on the edge for racing.

    PRO Hank Stuart and his team kept a close eye on the weather, and just before the bad weather really closed, called a halt to racing after two heart-thumping races. As the fleet headed into a warm welcome at the Eastern Yacht Club, torrential rain engulfed the race area, and there were no complaints about not to running a third race.

    Reigning J/70 Open World Champion, Peter Duncan (USA) racing Relative Obscurity, was second in both races to top the leaderboard. In second place, Claudia Rossi (ITA) racing Petite Terrible scored a 4-1, and lying third after Day One is Bruce Golison (USA) racing Midlife Crisis, after a 3-3 scoreline.






    Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible is fourth after two races, having scored a 5-5, and Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino, racing under the burgee of the Yacht Club de Monaco, scored a win and a 13th to finish the the day in fifth.

    In the Corinthian Class Jim Cunningham (USA) racing Lifted leads the fleet after two races. Ignacio Perez (MEX) racing Zaguero with all family members is second, and Lucas Authier (ARG) racing Manuto is third. Luis Bugallo (ESP) racing Marnatura scored the best result in Race One, but retired in Race Two after sustaining damage.

    “It was a struggle today,” commented Cunningham. “Keeping in clear air was key, but to do that in the pack you have to anticipate much more about the boats around you. Staying on the edges, especially downwind was our game plan today, and it was a lot of fun, we hit 19 knots as a top speed, which is something you don’t often experience. Mark roundings were a challenge, we came in on Port a couple of times, which was interesting to say the least!”











    “It was a great day for us with two good results but the championship is really long so we have to be focused and strong until the end,” said Rossi. “I prefer big conditions, I feel strong, and I am not scared by the waves or high winds. I absolutely enjoy these conditions and I hope we get it every day!”

    Golison is one of the most experienced skippers at the championship, and is a past winner of the Etchells Worlds and J/24 North Americans.

    “Well done to the race committee today, under pressure, Hank and his team did a stellar job. On the first day of the worlds you just want to have a couple of keeper races, and things worked out for us,” noted Golison. “It is a pretty darn tough fleet, so we are very happy with the start to the regatta.

    “I hate sailing in the rain, but this is a world championship – you can’t let that bother you. I have been around since the first J/24 Worlds in 1979, and this is the deepest fleet in terms of overall talent. A lot of the owners have all sailed against each other for years and years, and this is spectacular racing, in a great fleet, who are pretty cool on the race course. It’s the best of the best in one design keelboats.”

    Racing for the 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship continues tomorrow, Wednesday September 26 with racing scheduled to start at 1100 local time.

    Fourteen races are planned from September 25 to 29.

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    Day One Results (Top 10 of 91; 2 races)
    1. Relative Obscurity, Peter Duncan , USA – 2 -2 ; 4
    2. Petite Terrible, Claudia Rossi , ITA – 4 -1 ; 5
    3. Midlife Crisis, Bruce Golison , USA – 3 -3 ; 6
    4. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi , ITA – 5 -5 ; 10
    5. Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato , MON – 1 -13 ; 14
    6. Savasana, Brian Keane , USA – 11 -4 ; 15
    7. Stampede, Bruno Pasquinelli , USA – 8 -7 ; 15
    8. New England Ropes, Timothy Healy , USA – 10 -6 ; 16
    9. Noticia, Jose Maria Torcida , ESP – 9 -8 ; 17
    10. Africa, Jud Smith , USA – 7 -14 ; 21

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    Spanish Fly at the West Marine J/70 World Championship on Day 2




    After the rollercoaster ride on the first day of the West Marine J/70 World Championship, a change in the conditions provided a tactical and strategic second day of action for the 91 teams racing for the J/70 World Championship. Two Spanish teams reveled in the Mediterranean conditions and are now leading the Open and Corinthian Classes. The wind was oscillating 15 degrees either side of the course axis, and the wind speed varied from 14-17 knots.












    It was definitely a day for keeping your head out of the boat, anticipating the changes in the conditions. After being deep in the fleet in Race 3, Jose Maria Torcida (ESP), racing Noticia, clawed back through the fleet to finish 14th. The Spanish team followed that with a 2-1 in the last two races to take the lead for the Championship. “We are very happy!” smiled Noticia skipper Jose Maria Torcida. “Today we recovered from the back of the fleet in the first race to fight back up to 14th. Basically, we got the wrong side of the shift in that race. We got the tactics right in the second race, rounded the top mark in second and nearly won the race, but Savasana made a good move on the downwind to pass us.









    In the last race, we port tacked the fleet and held on to take the win, which was fantastic, but we have only had five races.” Jud Smith (USA), racing Africa, posted an 2-6-11 to move up to second place. Brian Keane (USA), runner up for the 2017 J/70 World Championship, scored a bullet in Race 4, but a 28th in the last race pegged his team racing Savasana back to third. Bruno Pasquinelli (USA), racing Stampede on his birthday, was challenging for the overall lead going into the last race but a 31st place put Stampede into fourth by the end of the day. Mascalzone Latino (MON), helmed by Matteo Savelli, is in fifth place after scoring a bullet in Race 3. “We just want to have a chance when we go into the last day. Right now, we are just looking to sail ourselves into a winning position with some good scores,” commented Jud Smith. “Obviously like the other 90 boats out there, we want to have a good regatta, and do as well as you can against a lot of great sailors.”







    In the Corinthian Class, Luis Bugallo (ESP), racing Marnatura, leads after scoring three good results Wednesday. It was a much better day for the team from Vigo, Spain. After sustaining damage on the first day and retiring, Marnatura now has a big lead in the Corinthian Division. Aldo Centanaro (URU), racing Pura Joda, was the top Corinthian team in the last race, moving the Uruguay team up to second. Lucas Authier (ARG), racing Manuto, remains in third for the Corinthian Class. It was not a good day for the overnight leader and reigning World Champion, Peter Duncan (USA) racing Relative Obscurity. “We set up to go left in the first two races, but it did not work out for us,” commented Duncan. “In the last race, we went right and that didn’t work either. Sometimes that happens, but we are only two days into the regatta and there is plenty more racing to come.

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    Black Flags Fly In Marblehead



    15 Boats Black Flagged at West Marine J/70 World Championships

    DAY THREE – 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championships

    Organised by the Eastern Yacht Club

    (Marblehead, USA, September 27, 2018) – There were thrills and spills on the third day of the West Marine J/70 World Championships with 15 teams falling foul of the Black Flag during the three races held. Flatter seas and a shifting nor-easterly provided yet another different day for the 91 teams racing for the J/70 World Championships. Eight of the maximum 14 races have now been sailed, and challengers for the championship are now emerging.








    It was a day of high and lows for Peter Duncan (USA) racing Relative Obscurity. The defending J/70 World Champion did the business in Race 6, scoring their first bullet of the regatta but was disqualified in Race 7 for being OCS with the Black Flag flying. Race 8, Duncan's team scored a fourth to finish the day at the top of the rankings, on countback from Jud Smith (USA).

    “For the Black Flag it was close but we were highly visible as the first boat on the pin,” commented Victor Diaz de Leon, who is calling the starts on Relative Obscurity. “It was immature on my part, and maybe a lack of experience, I feel like I let my guys down, because I say when to pull the trigger. Peter and the team back me 100% but it was a low point. We had to watch for over an hour before we got into the next race, and we were hungry. In the last race, we had a mediocre start and battled back, and ended up having a great race. We are very happy that we are leading the regatta but we have the biggest drop of the top boats. As I see it the top six are all level, and who ever sails the best for now on, is going to be the winner.”






    Jose Maria Torcida (ESP) was leading the regatta at the start of the day but a 7-43-31 drops the Spanish team to third. Bruno Pasquinelli (USA) racing Stampede is in fourth place just four points off the lead. Jack Franco racing 3 Ball JT scored a bullet today to move up to fifth. Brian Keane (USA) racing Savasana drops to sixth after a 18-17-26. Congratulations should also go to Gannon Troutman (USA) racing Pied Piper who won the last race of the day.











    In the Corinthian Class Luis Bugallo (ESP) Marnatura has extended their lead with two solid results today, the young team from Vigo, Spain have now broken into the top ten for entire fleet. Finishing the day in style, Aldo Centanaro (URU) racing Pura Joda, scored a fifth keeping the the Uruguay team firmly in second place. Jim Cunningham (USA) racing Lifted had a consistent day, keeping out of trouble to move up to third.

    Racing for the 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship continues Friday September 28 with racing scheduled to start at 1100 local time.



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    Africa Takes 2018 J70 Worlds



    Fairy Tale for Jud Smith



    The glitterati from the world of sailing came to Marblehead for the 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championships. Ninety-One teams from 18 different countries battled out 11 highly competitive races. The depth of talent in the fleet was unprecedented with Olympic Gold Medallist, America's Cup winners, and world champions vying for one of the biggest world championship is the modern era.

    There was a fairy tale ending for Jud Smith, born and bred in Marblehead, winning the J/70 World Championship with his team racing J/70 Africa, and representing the Eastern Yacht Club, hosts for the event. The intensity of the battle was such that Jud Smith succeeded without winning a single race, and only making the top three on one occasion. In the end Jud Smith's Africa (Eastern YC) won the world title by a single point.



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    “This fleet was incredibly deep," commented Jud Smith. "We all have the utmost respect for all 90 of you, anybody could have won this regatta, and we respected that. It really was a privilege to race here and a lot of fun. I would like to thank my team, we have worked really hard, training for this event all year long, and we have been together through thick and thin. It has been a hard week, for Marblehead, we have had more breeze than we usually get - the conditions have been very challenging. We are really glad, we came back from a tough position in the last race, and at the time, we didn't realise how important those points were. It is hard to comprehend - winning in Marblehead is special, but a little extra pressure for sure, I really can not praise my team enough.”



    Luis Bugallo (ESP) racing Marnatura is the 2018 Corinthian J/70 World Champion, adding to the European title won in June at the young Spaniard home club, Real Club Náutico de Vigo. Luis like most of the Marnatura team is just 23 years old.

    “I think we did a great job as a team, we prepared by trying to improve ourselves, and coming sixth overall and winning the Corinthian title is a very good result. In this fleet consistency is one of the most important factors, and so is to know the best way to mode the boat for the conditions. Upwind probably the top 30 boats were the same speed and height, the big difference is optimising the boat for downwind, knowing whether to heat up, go wing-on-wing, or go low, and that takes time to understand. The racing was amazing, the start line was huge, and we tried not to be at the extremes of the line, we tried to keep our options open.”
    Bruno Pasquinelli's Stampede (Fort Worth BC) was the runner up overall, just a single point away from victory. “A lot of the owners have been racing against each other for decades, this has been a lot of fun, even though we just missed out."







    Jack Franco's 3 Ball JT (Lakewood YC) was third overall, just three points away from glory, and had high praise for Jud Smith, with a touch of irony Jack commented. “Jud, if you hadn't won you would be a dud, but now you have, well you're a real stud!”

    Of the 11 races sailed, teams from Brazil, Great Britain, Italy, Monaco, Spain, and the United States of America, all scored race wins. Twenty-Two teams made the race podium, epitomising the strength in depth of the fleet, which was the largest fleet of J/70s ever assembled in North America.


    The 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship Prize Giving was held at the Eastern Yacht Club.


    The 2019 J/70 World Championship will be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay, United Kingdom from August 29th to September 6th, 2019.

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    Congrats to Jud & Co, tought fleet and to win it at home by one point, fairy tale stuff indeed!

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