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Beneteau First 36.7 NAC Championship - Hotly contested races on day 3


'36.7 start'    Michael Thoney    Click Here to view large photo

At the Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Station, the Beneteau First 36.7 NAC Championship continued with tight mark roundings and finishes. Highly competitive and very close, racers saw southwest winds of 10 to 14 knots in the first race but shifting to around five knots by race 3.

Patriot, Beneteau First 36.7 hull number one, from Bayview Yacht Club and the North Star Sail Club, had a big day with a 1-3-1 finish, moving up to sixth place overall. Ken Sharpe, skipper of Patriot, said, 'Today was a good day, we controlled our own destiny and executed our game plan.

We had good starts, improved team effort and we kept the boat going fast.' Sharpe, a colonel in the Air Force Reserve (hence the name Patriot), continued, 'We’ve enjoyed great hospitality here in Chicago along with the good racing. This week we’ve seen everything from big waves to flat water. We are looking forward to a strong finish tomorrow.'

A local boat, Tried and True, owned by Robert Foley, had a successful day on the water, finishing up in fourth place overall. 'We’ve been to a number of NACs, and this is the most competitive fleet we’ve ever experienced in this 36.7 class nationally,' Foley said. 'One important aspect that I appreciate is the camaraderie between all of the teams. The host club is providing terrific racing and a collegial environment. It’s a pleasure for our team to be involved with such a great, competitive class.'

Karma -  Michael Thoney   Click Here to view large photo

Maggie May -  Michael Thoney   Click Here to view large photo

Spinnakers-skyline copy -  Michael Thoney   Click Here to view large photo

Downwind -  Michael Thoney   Click Here to view large photo

Xing -  Michael Thoney   Click Here to view large photo


Today’s races were hotly-contested, ending with only five points separating second and fourth place. Tomorrow’s final two races will decide the podium positions.


      Bow   Sail Number Yacht Name Yacht Design Owner/Skipper Race
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North American Championship Racing
  One Design Division
    Beneteau First 36.7
    1. 3 USA 25524 Grizzly Beneteau First 36.7 Charles Bayer 2 8/SCP 1 1 1 3 5 1 8 [8] 22.0
    2. 10 USA 235 Tequila Mockingbird Beneteau First 36.7 Chris Duhon 3 5 7 6 5 1 2 2 4 [7] 28.0
    3. 14 USA 262 Maggie Mae Beneteau First 36.7 Peter/Dan Wright 1 1 2 5 4 4 10 12 10 [12] 37.0
    4. 5 USA 52500 Tried & True Beneteau First 36.7 Robert K. Foley 5 8 3 4 9 2 6 5 6 [9] 39.0
    5. 1 USA 51678 Patriot Beneteau First 36.7 Ken Sharpe 10 6 11 9 3 10 1 3 1 [11] 43.0
    6. 12 USA 82 Split Decision Beneteau First 36.7 Mark D. Norris 4 4 4 16/SCP 2 5 11 9 5 [16] 44.0
    7. 13 USA 26219 FOG Beneteau First 36.7 Charlie Wurtzebach/Mike Bird 6 12 5 2 6 8 9 7 2 [12] 45.0
    8. 15 USA 60310 Soulshine Beneteau First 36.7 Jarrett Altmin 7 7 9 8 10 7 3 6 7 [10] 54.0
    9. 9 USA 52754 Shamrock Beneteau First 36.7 Jeff Mark Davis 9 9 8 3 11 11 4 17/SCP 3 [17] 58.0
    10. 11 USA 55367 Karma Beneteau First 36.7 Lou Sandoval/Martin Sandoval/Jack Buoscio/Karma Sailing Group 8 3 6 11 7 9 7 10 12 [12] 61.0
    11. 7 USA 60367 As You Wish Beneteau First 36.7 John Heaton 11 14 10 7 8 6 8 8 13 [14] 71.0
    12. 16 USA 61367 Gail Force Beneteau First 36.7 Robert Duker 16 10 12 12 12 15 12 4 11 [16] 88.0
    13. 8 USA 52772 Carrera Beneteau First 36.7 Rod Spearin 14 13 14 13 13 13 15 14 9 [15] 103.0
    14. 6 USA 101 Erizo de Mar Beneteau First 36.7 Antoni Czupryna 15 15 16 15 14 12 14 11 15 [16] 111.0
    15. 4 USA 52293 Sorcerer Beneteau First 36.7 Don Draper 12 11 15 16 16 16 13 15 14 [16] 112.0
    16. 2 USA 51787 Raptor Beneteau First 36.7 Jim Anderson 13 16 13 14 15 14 16 16 17/DNC [17] 117.0


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