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J/88 North American Championship at Chicago Yacht Club - Day 1

by Julie & Christopher Howell 9 Aug 20:41 PDT 9-12 August 2018

Fourteen J/88s vying for the title of 2018 North American Champion revelled in beautiful breeze and sunshine on the opening day in Chicago, IL. Laura Weyler's Hijinks started her quest to repeat as Champion with two bullets and a fourth for 6 points.

Ben Marden's Banter also won a race and holds second place with 8 points, one notch ahead of Mike Bruno's Wings. Douglas Newhouse's Yonder is just one more point back with 10.

Winds started around 8 knots and increased to 12-15 for the fleet racing as part of the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta at Chicago Yacht Club. Weyler's Hijinks opened the Championship with her first victory, as Marden's Banter and Newhouse's Yonder followed. Marden's Banter moved up to the top spot in the day's middle race, ahead of Bruno's Wings and John & Jordan Leahey's Dutch. Looking at Weyler's Hijinks in Thursday's final contest were Newhouse's Yonder and Bruno's Wings.

Racing continues through Sunday.

Results after Day 1:

PosBow NoSail NoYacht NameOwnerR1R2R3Pts
127USA 27HijinksLaura Weyler1416
221USA 21BanterBen Marden2158
39USA 80WingsMike Bruno4239
435USA 35YonderDouglas Newhouse35210
518USA 88ExileAndy Graff610420
624USA 24Deviation Iris Vogel86620
728USA 82Blondie 2Tod Patton57921
829USA 29DutchJohn & Jordan Leahey931022
939USA 93SeaweedTim Finkle78823
1046USA 64BLUEBrian O'Malley119727
1130USA 30WindsongTim Wade10111233
1215USA 83Hokey SmokeRichard and Lori Stearns12121135
1312USA 12RamblerBenjamin Wilson13131339
141USA 89Slyaza IIGordon Dill14141442

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