J/105 Chilean Championship

The 2016 Chilean J/105 National Championship was sailed at Higuerillas Yacht Cub, located in Con-Con Bay in late November. The club members welcomed the fleet of 12 J/105s including six teams from Algarrobo and six from the Valparaíso/Higuerillas area. On the first day, the fleet was treated to four races, with winds up to 20 knots from the south. Crews worked hard in the tricky, shifty winds to sail consistent and fast. Downwind, the teams had fun surfing 10-12 foot waves. On day two, teams woke up to even more waves and winds. With steady breezes in the 25-30 knot range, gusting higher (and forecast to get even stronger), plus waves cresting over 15 feet, the fleet realized it was going to be impossible to sail any race. A Sunday brunch and awards presentation took place instead. The clear winner was declared, with Patricio Seguel guiding GRAND SLAM to a comfortable win with a 1-3-1-1 record for 6 points total. They were chased hard by Vernon Robert skippering ARCHIMEDES who claimed the silver with a 2-1-3-2 tally for 8 points. For the final spot on the podium, it was a three-way contest between Miguel Perez’s RECLUTA, Martin Baeza’s UTOPIA and Jose Manuel Ugarte’s SCIMITAR. In the end, the teams were just three points apart. Starting out strongly with a 3-2 was Perez’s RECLUTA. Even though their last two races were a 4-9, the closing tally was just enough to score the bronze medal with a total of 18 points. Baeza’s UTOPIA finished with 19 points to Ugarte’s SCIMITAR with 21 points to round out the top five.

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