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2019 J/111 World Championship at Chicago Yacht Club - Day 1

by Julie & Chris Howell 21 Aug 2019 20:51 PDT 19-23 August 2019

Following storms that rolled through Chicago on Tuesday, 23 J/111s had to wait a bit longer still on Wednesday to launch the 2019 J/111 World Championship, hosted by Chicago Yacht Club.

Race one was abandoned due to lack of breeze and a severe shift, however winds eventually amped up to 12-14 knots, allowing three races for the hungry teams. Despite a pair of bullets by Rob Ruhlman's Spaceman Spiff, it's Andrew and Sedgwick Ward's Bravo who ended the day at the front of the pack. The Bravo crew from Shelter Island, NY only placed in the top three once, but their scoreline of 7,3,5 for 15 points puts them one ahead of Spaceman Spiff who added a 14 for 16 total. Peter Wagner's Skeleton Key snuck into third place with tallies of 6,8,4 and 18 points.

Ruhlman's Spaceman Spiff earned the first victory of the Championship in the day's opening, and lightest, affair. Jeffrey Davis' Shamrock and Richard Witzel's Rowdy followed. Swiss sailor Jorg Sigg's Varuna outdid the fleet in the middle race, with Douglas Curtiss' Wicked 2.0 and Ward's Bravo close behind. The Ruhlman family closed Wednesday the same way it started, trailed by Martin Roesch's Velocity and Rod Warren's Joust.

Racing continues through Friday.

Results after Day 1:

PosBow NoSail NoYacht NameOwner / SkipperR1R2R3Pts
125  USA 60909BravoAndrew Ward / Sedgwick Ward73515
256  USA 134Spaceman SpiffRob Ruhlman114116
354  USA 115Skeleton KeyPeter Wagner68418
435  USA 008VelocityMartin Roesch812222
566  AUS 1110JoustRod Warren415322
650  USA 112Pura VidaJohn Kalanik96823
724  SUI 2193Varuna (Lällekönig)Jörg Sigg1111325
862  USA 12KashmirMichael Mayer / Steve Henderson135725
943  USA 132SitellaIan Hill516627
1061  USA 30Wicked 2Douglas Curtiss1521532
1151  USA 47RowdyRichard Witzel320932
1252  USA 61666ShamrockJeffrey Davis27UFD33
1317  USA 119Slush FundJim Connelly1941134
1440  USA 90UtahBradley Faber1011SCP37
1547  USA 72Lucky DubieLen Siegal16101238
1648  USA 24MomentusKevin Saedi / Raman Yousefi1791743
1758  USA 100VarianceCarl Hanssen14131946
1849  USA 117No QuarterMark & Colin Caliban18171449
1960  USA 28WarlockTom Dickson1218UFD54
2053  USA 20Shmokin JoeJeff Schaefer21221659
2164  USA 25UnpluggedTim Clayson22191859
2228  USA Yonover20212061
2365  USA 111Skull CrackerDaniel Kitchens23232167

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