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2019 J/24 North American Championship at Club Nautico Valle de Bravo - Overall

by Julie & Christopher Howell 5 Apr 16:33 PDT 30 March - 5 April 2019

Will Welles' Bruschetta withstood a charging Tony Parker's Bangor Packet to return the J/24 North American Championship to Newport, RI. Welles, two-time J/24 World Champion and now four-time J/24 North American Champion, came into Friday's final two races with a slight two-point advantage over Parker.

With boat owner Aroldo de Rienzo aboard as well as Rich Bowen, John McCabe and PJ Schaffer, Bruschetta took the victory in Race 9, with Parker still hot on their heels in second. The pair dueled in the final contest, with Welles placing ninth and Parker 10th, giving Welles and team the Championship with 24 points to Parker's 28. In third place overall, and top Mexican finisher, was Kenneth Porter's S with 32 points. Friday's race winners were Welles and Porter. Twenty-seven J/24s completed 10 races at Club Nautico Valle de Bravo in Mexico from April 2-5.

Welles had never sailed in Valle de Bravo before this week, when he also competed in the Mexican National Championship (placing first overall). Although this marked the first time paired with local boat owner de Rienzo, the remaining crew are good friends from Newport, RI who sometimes race together in Fleet 50. Welles summarized the conditions in Valle de Bravo, saying, "It's funky out there. The puffs don't move quickly, so you have to get to them." As for strategy in the final two races, Welles said, "We focused on getting good starts so we could go the way we thought we should, and just keep Bangor Packet behind us."

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoYacht NameOwner / SkipperR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
11  USA 5407BruschettaWill Welles113151UFD31824
283  USA 58Bangor PacketTony Parker5122313212928
33  MEX 1585SKenneth Porter357292453132
442  USA 2365Baba LouieMark Laura2351029179240
522  MEX 2128TrinqueteJavier Velásquez7211285UFD164661
629  USA 126GigglesNatalie Harden914916743256573
778  MEX 286De coloresRamón Benítez8208631117271375
87  MEX 4905TalentoLuis Alvarez621174116UFD65379
976  MEX 4802BuenaventuraErick Castillo Jimenez M1613411410UFD4111891
1021  MEX 4864Mar‑02Tito Benitez1310115121791218796
1141  FRA 1810Hendaye 64Victor Maldonado2091317198517810106
1260  MEX 1922Capitan Ala TristeManuel Romero Lopez419109251412151311107
1339  USA 2918Sea Bags Women's Sailing TeamErica Beck Spencer141119816191119204121
1485  MEX 4102MarinaTeresa Schroeder101725151415781916121
1523  MEX 4163JamboROBERT HIMMELBAUER17814216216181717124
168  MEX 5265CaspianJorge Castillo151618132113UFD91012127
1786  USA 2436HabaneroDenny Vaughan11712141022UFD142421135
182  MEX 5140MatadorPablo Carvajal Specia19SCP1572312UFD101214140
1984  MEX 4527Jot Tub 2Jose Luis Rodriguez Pedraza244211815168241620142
2031  MEX 2988 (spin 5123)DiggerHumberto Prtiz Pastor12152222247UFD111415142
2117  USA 2176Evil OctopusJasper Van Vliet2322620172315131522153
2232  MEX 5017X 4Christian Carranza Rodriguez18DPI2419131810202523153
2359  USA 1036FlightRandall Rasicot22242024222013212119182
2454  MEX 2829PegaisHugo Martinez Rebollar261816DSQ18271423DNCDNC198
2527  MEX 3788AsterixAntonio Jacques21262323202516272224200
2669  MEX 5139ChanequeJuan Antonio Uroz Mateu25252625262418222325213
2782  MEX 4152K‑tacho 24Esteban de Icaza27272726272619262626230

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