Team J/OK Wins Helly Hansen Sailing World San Diego Regatta

Sailing a borrowed J/105, J-OK #45, Bruce Stone won the Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series in San Diego, formerly known as the NOOD. This was Bruce’s fifth NOOD win in five different venues: San Francisco, Chicago, Larchmont, Marblehead and now San Diego, racing five different J/105s (three of them borrowed). Bruce reported, "I got a call last Wednesday night from Stewart Cannon, the owner, quarantined in London and not able to return for the regatta, asking me to come to San Diego and drive his boat. Fortunately, I have sailed many regattas with three key members of the team, main trimmer Jim Dorsey, tactician Julie Mitchell and jib trimmer Philipp Berner, and knew the boat to be well-prepared, so jumped at the opportunity. After getting caught on the outside of a 50-degree shift and posting a disastrous 8th in the first race, we settled in and put up some good scores (three bullets and a second) to take the lead, just needing to stay ahead of local favorite Chuck Driscoll on Juiced to take the podium. We match raced them off the racecourse at the unfavored pin end while the rest of the fleet started at the boat. Juiced is a well-sailed boat and managed to catch up, but we kept the lead and finished two places ahead in that race...and won the regatta by four points. Co-Owner Merrill Cannon (on bow) commented, "The teamwork was remarkable and, even when we got buried, we waited for the right time to make our moves." Photos attached and results at: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eid=14801. In photo from left to right: Jim Dorsey (main), Philipp Berner (jib trim), Merrill Cannon (bow), Bruce Stone (helm), Tom Ross (spin trim), Ray Tofolo (mast), Julie Mitchell (tactician) and SDYC Junior Staff Commodore Mike Morton handing out the trophies.

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