It was a beautiful sight to see 31 J/105s on a quarter-mile line to launch the 2023 North American Championship hosted by American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. Breeze began from the east at 7-8 knots and increased a bit, allowing two races Thursday with summer-like temperatures and sunny skies. Bill Zartler’s Deja Voodoo holds a slight one-point advantage over Brian and Kristen Robinson’s Velvet Hammer. Zartler went 1,3 on the day for 4 points, compared to the Robinsons’ 3,2 at 5 points. There is currently a tie for the next two positions at 9 points: Ray Wulff’s Patriot and Damian Emery’s Warlock. The fleet stayed ashore for a brief postponement while the breeze filled in and spent the time usefully holding a Class discussion. Race one was set for 12:30 pm, when a general recall led to a U-flag start. Zartler’s Deja Voodoo gained the victory, trailed by two Annapolis teams: Wulff’s Patriot and Robinson’s Velvet Hammer. Reigning J/105 North American Champion Randy Hecht’s Niuhi earned the next win, with Robinson and Zartler again cracking the top three. Racing continues through Sunday. Photos are available on the J/105 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

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