J/105 North American Championship - James Rathbun leads tight pack

2013 J/105 North American Championship
Christopher Howell
The standings couldn’t be much closer after day one of the J/105 North American Championship, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club in Maryland. Just four points separate the top five after three races were completed on Thursday. James Rathbun’s Hey Jude holds the top position with scores of 6,3,1 for 11 points. Bruce Stone’s LouLou trails by one point in second place after tallying a 4,4,3. Stephen Phillips’s Le Renard is in third with 12 points, earned from an 8,2,2 performance. Ken Colburn’s Ghost netted 13 points for fourth place, and Cedric Lewis’s Mirage has 14 points for fifth.

Colburn, of Massachusetts, won the opening race of the championship, as Lewis and Damian Emery’s Eclipse completed the top three. Emery, of New York, topped the fleet in race two, with Phillips and Rathbun behind him. Rathbun, of Toronto, won the day’s final bout, with Phillips again in second and Stone in third. Winds on the Chesapeake Bay were between 12-14 knots, with some gusts and a 2-foot chop.

Racing continues through Sunday for the 27 teams from Bermuda, Canada and the USA. Photos are available on the J/105 Facebook page.

complete results
Series Standing - 3 races scored

130/ CAN 110Hey JudeRathbun, James63110.001
235/ 334LouLouStone, Bruce44311.002
328/ 113Le RenardPhillips, Stephen82212.003
412/ 600GHOSTColburn, Ken16613.004
522/ 328MirageLewis, Cedric25714.005
613/ 50eclipseEmery, Damian311519.006
711/ 321Rum PuppyBiddle, Jack119828.007
810/ USA 43JesterBethell, Hugh771731.008
933/ 90Max PowerSchulze, Gerrit1810533.009
1020/ 649RadianceLakenmacher, Bill981633.0010
1119/ US 351inigokonigsberg, jim1615435.0011
1214/ 501TenaciousGitchell, Carl12121438.0012
1332/ 523Santas Reign, DearSanta, Donald5231240.0013
1427/ 267Live EdgeMountford, Michael15141140.0014
1524/ BER 490Distant PassionMacdonald, James10132144.0015
1615/ USA 674JavaGroobey, Chris14211045.0016
1718/ 220Bat IVKennedy, Andrew19161348.0017
1823/ 202Dog HouseLibby, Arthur13191850.0018
1921/ 619FroyaLawrence, Chuck2320952.0019
2029/ 98Better MousetrapPutnam, Robert21112052.0020
2126/ 52000UnbridledMock, Robert17182560.0021
2231/ 313A TrainReeves, Robert27171963.0022
2334/ 83082SingularityShortz, Stanley22242369.0023
2417/ 251BreakawayHinds, Richard20262470.0024
2536/ 50259TrioUhlir, Jim24222672.0025
2625/ USA 330At-TackMcCloud, Dennis25252272.0026
2716/ USA 159CrescendoGuarino, Angelo26272780.0027