Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer’s Mandate Closes In on J/105 North American Championship

Three teams have commanded the J/105 North American Championship, but none more than Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer’s Mandate. Of the nine races thus far on Little Traverse Bay, the Toronto-based Mandate has won six of them, hoping to earn their third North American Championship since 2014. Bruce Stone’s Gryphon ruled the day Saturday with two bullets and a third, bringing them within four points of Mandate with two final races planned for Sunday. Bill Zartler’s Deja Voodoo kept hold of third place. Champagne conditions returned Saturday to Harbor Springs, MI with breeze in the mid-teens, temperatures in the 70s and puffy white clouds. The top three teams traded spots in the day’s trio of races, with Stone’s Gryphon earning the first victory, trailed by Zartler’s Deja Voodoo and McLaughlin/Wilmer’s Mandate. The shuffle in the next duel saw Mandate top Deja Voodoo and Gryphon. But is was Gryphon’s turn again the day’s final match, followed by Mandate and Deja Voodoo. Racing concludes Sunday. 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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