Gryphon Perfect at Chicago NOOD

From left to right: Muieen Cader (mast), Bruce Stone (helm), Bill Higgins (bow), Nicole Breault (main/tactics), Halsey Richartz (spin/jib trim) and owner Sam Powers (pit)

From left to right: Muieen Cader (mast), Bruce Stone (helm), Bill Higgins (bow), Nicole Breault (main/tactics), Halsey Richartz (spin/jib trim) and owner Sam Powers (pit)

At the Chicago NOOD on June 8-10, San Francisco native Bruce Stone, a NOOD veteran and former overall winner, is sailing in Chicago for the first time in nearly 40 years in anticipation of the J/105 North American Championship in nearby Harbor Springs this July. Stone and his wife Nicole Breault own two J/105s of their own, but are chartering Gryphon from owner Sam Powers, who joined their crew. This is their second regatta as a team, and despite sailing with a completely new crew over the weekend, team Gryphon was the only crew in the event to win every race they sailed. "We were very attuned to rig tune," Stone said. "In between races, we were adjusting the rig based on whether the wind was picking up or not. We didn’t really see a lot of other boats doing that, so we think it was really important. We also roll tacked a lot — the team was sailing it like a dinghy instead of a big boat. Weight placement was really critical, sailing a little bit low and fast to keep the boat moving." For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=4474.

J/105 (top three - 10 Boats)

  1. Gryphon, Bruce Stone/Nicole Breault/Sam Powers - 1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1; 6
  2. The Asylum, Jon Weglarz - 2 -6 -2 -5 -2 -5; 22
  3. Vytis, Gyt Petkus - 6 -3 -3 -3 -7 -2; 24

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