J/105 North American Championship Launches in Marblehead

Eighteen teams gathered for excellent fall conditions in Massachusetts Bay on the initial day of the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. Winds predictably started off from the Northeast and clocked East and Southeast as the day went on. CYC PRO Mark Toso got off three races for an action-filled first day of competition. Taking the first race of the Championship was Canadian boat The Usual Suspects, led by skipper Terry Michaelson, followed by Bruce Stone and his boat Good Trade in second, and Texan Ken Horne on Final Final in third. In the second race, Horne took first, Stone and crew were second again, and fellow Californian Tim Russell and Ne*Ne came in third. For the third and last race of the day, a pair of local boats, Charlie Garrard’s Merlin and Steven Goldberg’s Air Express, were third and second respectively, while Good Trade took first, and moved into first overall after Day One. Ken Horne and Final Final was in second, and local favorite Merlin, skippered by Charlie Garrard, third. While Good Trade has a healthy, but by no means insurmountable lead, the battle for second through fourth places continues to be tight and hard fought (just like the previous warm-up regattas, the Ted Hood Regatta and the Marblehead NOOD). Photos are available on the J/105 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=6023.

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