Perfect Start to J/105 North American Championship

Little Traverse Bay presented picture-perfect conditions for 15 teams on the initial day of the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs, MI. Winds in the teens joined by blue skies and temperatures in the low 70s made for three ideal races, all of which were won by Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer’s Mandate. Two-time North American Champions (2014 and 2016), the Toronto-based team ruled the day, with eight remaining races planned through Sunday. Each boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores without exclusion. The top three for each race never changed. Following Mandate were Bruce Stone’s Gryphon, who recorded all seconds and Bill Zartler’s Deja Voodoo with all thirds. Photos are available on the J/105 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

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