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J/105 Midwinter Championship 2019 at Fort Worth Boat Club

by Julie & Christopher Howell 11 Mar 23:43 PDT 7-10 March 2019
2019 J 105 Midwinter Championship ©

The J/105 Midwinter Championship returned to the calendar this year as 11 teams competed at Fort Worth Boat Club in Fort Worth, TX from March 7-10. Locals Glenn Darden and Reese Hillard led the Hoss team to victory with 24 points. They racked up three bullets over the weekend and never finished lower than sixth. Following Hoss in second place was Bill Zartler's Deja Voodoo (30 points) and Kenneth Horne's Final Final in third (33 points).

Darden summarized, "It was a wild three days of tight racing with winds ranging from 3 to 30 knots. Eagle Mountain Lake always makes it interesting! I would like to thank my Hoss team, first, co-owner and long-time shipmate Reese Hillard trimmer, Jake Scott tactics and mainsheet, Tony Waldon on bow, Peter Philpott at the mast and Lindsay Scott doing everything else. They really pulled Hoss to the top. The Fort Worth Boat Club ran a top-notch event, and PRO Dwight Bengston and his race management team did an outstanding job in getting in eight quality races in three days." Added Matt Arno, J/105 Chief Measurer, "It's not often you get to race in three different seasons in three days. Winds from 0 to 40 and temps from 40 to 80 gave us the full range of conditions. Despite that, racing was tight for the whole regatta."

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoYacht NameOwner/SkipperR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
111  USA 237HossDarden/Hillard5111262624
219  USA 130Deja VoodooBill Zartler9268111230
310  USA 396Final FinalKenneth Horne1422358833
420  USA 285BeautyDwight Horton6683434135
517  USA 628DoubleDareRick Schaffer2337893338
613  USA 437Amor AzulMatt Talton71074526546
712  USA 69Eau La LaMark Smith4595745948
816  USA 344Two FeathersMark Masur39510679453
915  USA 124Blue FlashMatthew Arno8746987756
1014  USA 172EB2Martin Peacey1011109DNS10111083
1118  USA 624Texas Ranger IVChuck Wielchowsky118DNFDNSDNSDNS101188

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