Please select your home edition
Edition
Giacomo Yacht Sale

J/24 North American Championship - John Mollicone Achieves Consecutive

by J/24 Class Association on 23 Sep 2013
Mollicone at 2013 J/24 North American Championship J/24 Class Association
John Mollicone of Newport, RI outlasted 45 other teams to become the J/24 Sea Bags North American Champion.With Tim Healy (tactics), Collin Leon (mast), Geoff Becker (trim) and Gordon Borges (bow), team Helly Hansen totaled 50 points in the 10-race series to narrowly edge out a charging Matias Seguel of Chile by two points. Nicolas Cubria of Argentina took Elvis to third place with 62 points.

'We did a really good job grinding back,' Mollicone shared. 'We found ourselves in a lot of tough spots but were able to slowly chip away and pass boats.' He gave the credit to his team’s boat handling, crew work and tactics, saying 'Everyone stayed really calm and cool, even if we were deep.' One such occasion was when they were OCS in a race, but still made the top 10. He added, 'Today, things weren’t looking good for a while, but we just kept our composure. A lot of that is all of us sailing together a lot.' Mollicone won the 2012 North American Championship last November with the same crew.

Hosted by Sail Newport and J/24 Fleet 50, the closing day dawned cool and overcast with light winds around six to eight knots, which dropped during the first race to about four knots by the time teams crossed the finish line. Conditions turned around by the next start as the clouds dissipated, the sun returned and the breeze increased to 8-10. For the first time during the event, the course was moved inside to the bay on Sunday. 'It was really tricky with lots of outgoing current,' Mollicone explained. 'The breeze was unstable so it was really difficult sailing. In the last beat of the last race, we went from mid-20s to what we thought for a while was top three. That’s how shifty it was!'

Local Will Welles on Cougar won his second race of the regatta in Sunday’s initial battle. Seguel’s Semi Pro took second, and another local—Bob Kinsman on Dogfish third. In the final race of the championship, Taylor Neff’s Bubbles, of Minnesota, claimed the top spot, followed by Canadian Michael Howarth’s Mister H and Seguel.

Mollicone praised the conditions during the four-day event, especially the three days on the outside course. 'That’s what Newport is known for—waves, solid breeze, southern direction.'

The top 10 are:
1. John Mollicone, USA (50 points)
2. Matias Seguel, CHI (52)
3. Nicolas Cubria, ARG (62)
4. Will Welles, USA (81)
5. Michael Marshall, USA (86)
6. Sergio Pendola, ARG (92)
7. Peter Bream, USA (98)
8. Shimoyama/Hillman, JPN (110)
9. Bob Kinsman, USA (116)
10. Kris Werner, USA (118)

Entrants from Japan, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Canada and the USA comprised the 46-boat fleet. Complete results of the race
Mackay BoatsC-TechZhik AkzoNobelb 660x82

Related Articles

America's Cup - It's just too damn hard to win - The Alternative Facts
Alan Sefton comments on a column that appeared yesterday in the NZ Herald Alan Sefton a long time and outstanding sailing and sports journalist, who was involved in Team New Zealand and its predecessor New Zealand Challenge covering the period 1987 to 2000 comments on a column that appeared yesterday in the NZ Herald and which has appeared in other online publications around the world. S-W NZ is advised that these comments were sent to the Herald who declined to run an
Posted today at 5:45 am
Garmin returns as Team Partner in world’s biggest Ocean Race
Garmin is returning for a third consecutive campaign as a Team Partner in the Clipper 2017-18 Race Garmin, the Global GPS Navigation and Wearable Technology company, is returning for a third consecutive campaign as a Team Partner in the Clipper 2017-18 Race, which starts in Liverpool on Sunday 20 August, 2017.
Posted today at 4:51 am
Tour de France à la Voile – Mixing it up in Marseille
Today’s elimination stage and Super Final failed to dislodge the top dogs from their vantage points. A 13 – 16 knot westerly breeze, sunshine and blue skies accompanied the fleet as they fought tooth and nail throughout five qualifying races to gain a golden ticket to today’s Super Final.
Posted on 27 Jul
52 Super Series – Provezza eye the Puerto Portals prize
Provezza were out to the middle right early after a good, fast start and went on to second in first race of the day. Provezza were out to the middle right early after a good, fast start and went on to second in this first race of the day.
Posted on 27 Jul
Azzurra works her way back at the Puerto Portals 52 Super Series
The fleet was very close in all of the day’s races with frequent changes of position and ups and downs for all teams. The fleet was very close in all of the day’s races with frequent changes of position and ups and downs for all of the teams.
Posted on 27 Jul
Volvo Ocean Race – MAPFRE sign up two female stars to complete crew
Spanish Olympic gold medallist Tamara Echegoyen and Team SCA favourite Sophie Ciszek join up with Xabi's squad. Spanish Olympic gold medallist Tamara Echegoyen and Team SCA favourite Sophie Ciszek join up with Xabi's squad.
Posted on 27 Jul
Puerto Portals 52 Super Series – Races 6 and 7 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from Races 6 and 7 of Puerto Portals 52 Super Series. Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from Races 6 and 7 of Puerto Portals 52 Super Series.
Posted on 27 Jul
Swan yachts ready to compete in Copa del Rey MAPFRE regatta
The 2017 edition is expected to be the biggest in history with 140 teams of 24 different nationalities. The 2017 edition is expected to be the biggest in history with 140 teams of 24 different nationalities.
Posted on 27 Jul
Beneteau Figaro 3 - the reveal of the production semi foiler
The world's first production semi-foiler, the The Figaro Beneteau 3 has left the yard The world's first production semi-foiler, the The Figaro Beneteau 3 has left the yard, and this video shows all her wares. The VPLP penned vessel is 9.75 long, with a 1.1m bowsprit, a beam of 3.4m and a displacement of just 2900kg. Given her designers' pedigree, she has adopted many Vendée type features, with a set back mast...
Posted on 27 Jul
Tour de France a la Voile - Mistral takes over in Marseille
Act 8 of the 40th Tour de France a la Voile did not get off to the most auspicious of starts in Marseille Act 8 of the 40th Tour de France a la Voile did not get off to the most auspicious of starts in Marseille as the region’s notorious Mistral wind put paid to any hopes of sailing today. While the Tour has so far encountered conditions crossing the spectrum from light and shifty to big and blustery, this is the first time since the event got underway in Dunkirk on 7th July
Posted on 27 Jul