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J/24 Midwinter Championship at Davis Island Yacht Club - Overall

by Julie & Christopher Howell 25 Feb 16:11 PST February 23-25, 2024

The J/24 Midwinter Championship saw a variety of conditions from wild winds and waves to beautiful sun and seas to a final day lacking breeze and races.

After five races overall (including one discard), Paul Abdullah's Team Tarheel earned the 2024 title with 7 net points and finishes all in the top four. Based out of Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville, FL, the crew included Telmo Basterra, Tucker Gilliam, Ian Hunter and Dan Rabin. Two Rochester, New York-based teams tied on points for second and third at 10 points: Travis Odenbach's Honeybadger and Mike Ingham's USA5443.

Abdullah was a trimmer for the late Peter Bream, previous owner of hull 5287 Tarheel. "Too many teams want to find a quick path to the top. I'm having the opportunity to drive the boat now after making a notebook of what the people behind me did, and putting it to use. This is fun! People took me under their wings, and now I want to take people under mine. We learn from the best of the best."

Fourteen boats competed for the Corinthian title with all-amateur teams. Ted Wiedeke's Caramella claimed the top position (also fourth overall) with Bud Brown, Michelle Handy, Chris Lombardo and Eric Wiedeke. James Freedman's LOL and Marcus Rogers/ Shane Hewlett on Wind Monkey rounded out the top three.

Top Five Overall:

1. Team Tarheel, Paul Abdullah - 1 -2 -1 -3 -[4]; 7pts
2. Honeybadger, Travis Odenbach - 2 -[17] -5 -1 -2; 10pts
3. USA5443, Mike Ingham - 3 -[16] -4 -2 -1; 10pts
4. Caramella, Frederick (Ted) Wiedeke - [28] -9 -2 -4 -5; 20pts
5. Jesus Lizard, Daniel Borrer - 5 -4 -4 -8 -[20]; 21pts

Twenty-seven boats competed from February 23-25 at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida.

Full results available here.

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