Friday, November 20, 2015

TRES DOLORES Leading Mexico J/24 Circuit

J/24 sailing in Mexico (Valle de Bravo, Mexico)- Over the past few months the Mexican J/24 class has seen a fleet of thirty-five boats participating in its season long championship series.  To date, they have sailed two regattas at Club Nautico Valle de Bravo (Regata Mensual in August, Regata de Independencia in September), one regatta at Club Nautico Avandaro (Oktoberfest in October) and just this past weekend at Club Marina Azul (XXI Scotiabank Marina Azul Regatta).

After the four events, it is Jorge Murrieta’s TRES DOLORES leading the series with 56 pts total with an overall record of a 2-6-1-3.  Sitting in second place is Ken Porter’s COMEX with 67 pts total with regatta finishes of 3-1-35-1. Third in the overall standings is Valerio Parboni sailing BOTEYON with 71 pts with an overall record of 4-4-35-2.  All races count in the fleets overall standings.

J/24 Comex sailing in MexicoOKTOBERFEST Report
For the top three boats on the podium, it was very tight racing throughout the weekend with the results of the last race determining the ultimate outcome for the regatta.  By winning the last race, Murrieta’s TRES DOLORES sailed home as Oktoberfest Champion with a five race tally of 1-4-2-2-1 for 10 pts.  Only one point back with an easy shot at winning the regatta was Jorge Castillo’s CASPIAN.  However, their regatta lead scoreline of 3-3-1-1 was not enough to win when they notched a 3rd in the last race; having to settle for the silver overall.  Taking third was Roberto Himmelbauer’s crew on PRIMERO with a 4-1-4-3-2 scoreline for 14 pts.

With the return of Ken Porter’s COMEX team for the Scotiabank Regatta, the amplification of high-level competition was self-evident in the outcome of the regatta.  Starting out with a 1st place where he left off in the Oktoberfest event, Murrieta’s TRES DOLORES team found it hard to regain that same fifth gear advantage they had over the other teams.  Instead, while Porter’s COMEX crew suffered a DNS in the first race, they were firing on all cylinders for the rest of the weekend and scored a sizzling 1-1-2-1 to win with just 5 pts net.  Sailing an extremely consistent series was Tito Benitez’s team on LOS PEKAS, never finishing less than 2nd to secure a 2-2-2-1-2 record for second overall.  Playing third fiddle amongst the two leaders was Murrieta’s TRES DOLORES; having added a 3-5-4-3 to their tally to secure the bronze.