Wednesday, October 21, 2015

HAMMERTIME Pounds J/80 NA’s!

J/80 sailboat rounding mark (Seabrook, TX)- Like their J/88 colleagues in the north, the J/80 sailors enjoyed most excellent sailing on Galveston Bay for their 2016 North American Championship.  As usual, the Lakewood Yacht Club rolled out the red carpet for the visiting J/80 crews and welcomed them with good’ole southern hospitality.  Even better, the LYC RC Committee and PRO also threw in 10 races to keep the crews happy and most thirsty!

What no one could have predicted was the dozen-boat fleet would have insanely closely fought racing between a trio of boats to ultimately determine the final outcome. Plus, the middle of the fleet was also just as tough to gain a toehold in the top five!

Winning by holding on tight in their last two races was Steven Hammerman’s HAMMERTIME from the host Lakewood YC.  Counting four 1sts and two 2nds in their scoreline was barely enough to win with 19 pts.  Past champion Kerry Klingler was hot on their tail the entire regatta but didn’t have enough in the tank to catch the winners, settling for 2nd place with KICKS only one point back.  Taking third yet only one more point back was Forbes Durdin’s MOJITO also from the host club.

After sitting in mid-fleet most of the regatta, it was quite apparent that Paul Parsons’ PARSONS PROJECT from the Galveston Bay Cruising Association must’ve bought (or drank) a can of “whupass” on Sunday!  After closing the regatta with double bullets, Parsons leapt into 4th place!  Fifth was Gary Panariello’s COURAGEOUS from North Shore YC.   For more J/80 North American Championship sailing information