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LOKI three-peats J/109 North American Championship

by J/Boats 22 Oct 2018 05:53 PDT 11-14 October 2018
Tastes Like Chicken's crew plans on keeping up their consistency to win the North American Championships © Rick Roberts

The Larchmont YC hosted the 2018 J/109 North American Championship for a very competitive twenty-boat fleet on western Long Island Sound. Sailing from October 11th to 14th, the fleet was treated to a very wide range of racing conditions over the span of ten races!

In the end, it was David Rosow's LOKI team from New York that won the coveted title for the third time in a row! Rosow's crew included Adam Klyver, Brian Comfort, Kerry Klingler, Larry Huibers, Ryan Young, and Alexander Quintner. Winning the Corinthians Division was John Greifzu's GROWTH SPURT.

In the Open Division, Rosow's crew from Pequot YC in Fairfield, CT started off with triple bullets; setting such a high standard of performance and tactics that no one else was even close. They maintained that ferocious pace, scoring two more bullets and two seconds in their scoreline to win with just 40 pts in ten races, not even sailing the last race to win by over 20 pts.

However, behind them the story was dramatically different, with the balance of the podium and, indeed, the entire top five, determined in the final race on the last day. The silver and bronze awards came down to a tie-breaker on 62 pts each between Greifzu's GROWTH SPURT and David & Maryellen Tortorello's PARTNERSHIP 3 from Black Rock YC in CT. On countback, it was GROWTH SPURT that took the silver, with the Tortorello's settling for the bronze. The balance of the top five included Albrecht Goethe's HAMBURG from Lakewood YC in Seabrook, TX in fourth place and Bill Sweetser's RUSH from Annapolis YC in Annapolis, MD in fifth position.

In the Corinthians Division, behind GROWTH SPURT on the podium were Goethe's HAMBURG in second and Ted Herlihy's GUT FEELING in third sailing with a family crew from New Bedford YC in South Dartmouth, MA.

More J/109 North American Championship sailing information can be found here.

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