Tim Russell’s NeNe Dominates J/105 North American Championship

As the 2021 North American Championship hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD wrapped up on Halloween, it was Tim Russell’s NeNe who tricked the fleet during the seven-race series. With crew John Claude, Bill Higgins, Kyle Hunt, Bob Little and Ted Wilson, the San Francisco-based team on J/105 hull #3 controlled the Championship, winning the title by 24 points. They never finished out of the top four, and will look to defend their title next year when San Francisco Yacht Club hosts the 2022 Championship. Bill Zartler’s Deja Voodoo earned the silver position with 39 points, and fellow Texan Ken Horne’s Final Final gained the bronze with 43 points. There were no discards in the Series. Sunday’s winds started at 8-10 knots and increased to 15-20. Race winners were Russell, Zartler and Bruce Stone/Nicole Breault on Arbitrage.
Top Five:

  1. NeNe, Tim Russell 4 -2 -3 -1 -1 -2 -2; 15
  2. Deja Voodoo, Bill Zartler 2 -7 -1 -7 -18 -1 -3; 39
  3. Final Final, Ken Horne 14 -1 -5 -2 -6 -10 -5; 43
  4. Arbitrage, Bruce Stone/Nicole Breault 9 -6 -7 -10 -12 -3 -1; 48
  5. Key Players, Andrew Adler/Kevin Elion/Dan Mathias 6 -5 -12 -4 -3 -14 -12; 56

Thirty-five J/105s competed from October 28-31. Photos/video are available on the J/105 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=13152.

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