Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer’s Mandate Dominates J/105 North American Championship

Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer’s Mandate went wire to wire to earn their third J/105 North American Championship title in five years. The Toronto-based team, including Sandy Andrews, Fraser Howell, Ian Howes and Andrew McTavish, won seven of the 11 races and never finished out of the top three. Their 16 points in the no-throw-out series were nine better than Bruce Stone’s Gryphon who tallied 25 points. Bill Zartler’s Deja Voodoo took third place with 31 points. All three teams reigned over the top three in nearly every race of the four-day Championship hosted by Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs, MI. Beautiful summer conditions again greeted the 15 J/105 teams on Little Traverse Bay, with a bit lighter breeze than previous days. Sunday’s race winners were Mandate and Deja Voodoo. Congratulations to Clark Pellett’s Sealark who won the combined award for the highest finish in the Chicago Race to Mackinac and the North American Championship.

Top five:

  1. Mandate, Terry McLaughlin/Rod Wilmer, 1 -1 -1 -1 -2 -1 -3 -1 -2 -1 -2 ; 16
  2. Gryphon, Bruce Stone, 2 -2 -2 -3 -1 -2 -1 -3 -1 -3 -5 ; 25
  3. Deja Voodoo, Bill Zartler, 3 -3 -3 -2 -5 -5 -2 -2 -3 -2 -1 ; 31
  4. The Asylum, Jon Weglarz, 5 -11 -6 -6 -3 -3 -8 -7 -4 -4 -8 ; 65
  5. Phantom, Cynthia & Jim Best, 6 -6 -9 -4 -9 -8 -6 -4 -10 -13 -6 ; 81
    Photos are available on the J/105 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4490.

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