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2019 J/111 World Championship at Chicago Yacht Club - Overall

by Julie & Chris Howell 23 Aug 21:03 PDT 19-23 August 2019

Rob Ruhlman's Spaceman Spiff took control of their own destiny on Friday, nailing both race wins to earn the title of 2019 J/111 World Champion.

Coming into the final day, the Cleveland, OH-based team was in third overall, but Ruhlman and his crew of Marty Kullman (tactician), Doug Moose (mast), Abby Ruhlman (pit), Ryan Ruhlman (spinnaker trimmer), Maegan Ruhlman Cross (main trimmer), Jim Sminchak (headsail trimmer) and Mark Wiss (bow) ended with 25 net points in the eight-race series.

Five points behind in second place was day-three leader Martin Roesch's Velocity. Former World Champion Peter Wagner's Skeleton Key came in third with 34 points. It was another wild day on Lake Michigan. PRO Becky Ashburn, summarized, "Winds were around 15 knots. Waves were three to four feet with a sideways swell, which made it really choppy." Under a champagne shower in the harbor, Ruhlman smiled, "I'm not sure this has sunk in yet! We have a great team, a great family. The competition was outstanding. I'm thrilled to be a part of this Class."

Twenty-three J/111s competed from August 20-23 at Chicago Yacht Club, including teams from Australia and Switzerland.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoYacht NameOwner / SkipperR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
156  USA 134Spaceman SpiffRob Ruhlman114110471125
235  USA 008VelocityMartin Roesch81221366430
354  USA 115Skeleton KeyPeter Wagner6845724634
462  USA 12KashmirMichael Mayer / Steve Henderson135761162236
551  USA 47RowdyRichard Witzel320942410537
625  USA 60909BravoAndrew Ward / Sedgwick Ward73536135UFD42
724  SUI 2193Varuna (Lällekönig)Jörg Sigg1111312DSQ3111263
850  USA 112Pura Vida (Corinthian)John Kalanik9688811181363
917  USA 119Slush FundJim Connelly19411161487969
1040  USA 90UtahBradley Faber1011SCP13993UFD71
1143  USA 132SitellaIan Hill5166UFD111213871
1261  USA 30Wicked 2Douglas Curtiss15215UFD121015372
1366  AUS 1110JoustRod Warren415314DSQ112UFD73
1452  USA 61666ShamrockJeffrey Davis27UFD7135DNSDNS82
1548  USA 24MomentusKevin Saedi / Raman Yousefi179172171816785
1647  USA 72Lucky DubieLen Siegal16101291519221091
1760  USA 28WarlockTom Dickson1218UFD155149DSQ97
1849  USA 117No QuarterMark & Colin Caliban1817141116158UFD99
1958  USA 100VarianceCarl Hanssen141319UFD10172011104
2064  USA 25UnpluggedTim Clayson2219181918221414124
2153  USA 20Shmokin Joe (Corinthian)Jeff Schaefer2122161719201716126
2228  USA 102Evonne.com/3John Yonover2021201820DNS1915133
2365  USA 111Skull Cracker (Corinthian)Daniel Kitchens23232120RET212117146

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