On day one of the first-ever J/70 North American Championship the leaderboard changed with every race, but it was Bennet Greenwald’s identical line of 4,4,4 that places him in the lead after three races.
J/70 North American Championship - Fleet at the start of the race on day 1
With winds ranging between four to eight knots, and no boats able to repeat a top three finish all day, Greenwald’s Perseverance lived up to its name as the 89 teams battled the tides of the Chesapeake Bay.
This inaugural event is title-sponsored by Hillman Focused Advantage Fund and hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club and J/70 Fleet 1. Joel’s Ronning’s Catapult notched 22 points after finishes of 15, 6 and 1 for second place. Martin Kullman’s Touch 2 Play is next in line with 41 points.
Teams in action at the J/70 North American Championship day 1
Excitement ran high for the kick-off race, which saw Kerry Klingler’s Menace seize the victory, with Bodo von der Wense on Turbo Duck and Douglas Strebel’s Black River Racing close behind. Kullman’s team took the win in race two, trailed by Peter McChesney on Trouble and Henry Filter’s Wild Child. Ronning snagged Thursday’s closing contest, and rounding out the top three were John Aras and Tyler Doyle.
Fleet in action at the J/70 North American Championship day 1
Racing continues through Saturday for the teams from Bermuda, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Visit J/70 North American Championship website for complete regatta information and live racing updates.