J/80 North American Championship

September 12th, 2014 by admin

September 12-14, 2014

(Annapolis, MD)- The J/80 North American Championships were held in Annapolis over the weekend of September 10-14, with Annapolis YC hosting. A total of 32 boats showed up to the line, coming from Texas and Ontario. Out of the 32 boats, 18 were locals.

At the end of the day on Saturday, two FWBC teams dominated the top of the standings. Terry Flynn of Quantum Sails from Houston, Texas took his team QUANTUM RACING to the top of the podium with 13 points over seven races, winning four of them. Coming off his East Coast Championships win earlier in the month was Glenn Darden and his LE TIGRE team from Fort Worth, Texas, taking second overall with four 2nds in their seven race tally! And, rounding out the podium was the local team of Will and Marie Crump with Thomas Klok onboard R80.  Paul Parsons’ PARSONS PROJECT was fourth and fifth was local Napolitan rock star, Mike Hobson’s MELTEMI.

The Chesapeake Bay has one of the most active (and talented) J/80 fleets in North America, so it was tough to see so many great sailors lose the battle on their home turf. Discussing the results after the awards party, Nicole Weaver (who sailed onboard GROMIT with James Praley) commented, “We’re all capable of winning races here, but the question is whether we can do it consistently!”

The J/80 North American Championships were the second in a trifecta of J/80 events happening on the Bay in 2014, culminating in the J/80 Worlds hosted by Eastport YC September 28 through October 5.