Tuesday, January 16, 2018

VOLVO Wins J/70 Chile Nationals

J/70 sailing Chile Nationals (Algarrobo, Chile)- In the third week of December, the Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico hosted the 2017 J/70 Chilean Nationals off Algarrobo, Chile.  The fleet of fourteen boats was blessed with great conditions all weekend, with sunny skies and 8-12 kts on the first day and a much windier, sunny day on Sunday with 14-20 kts.  An enormous swell was hitting the coastline, a result of a huge storm offshore in the Pacific Ocean, making for fantastic long surfs on the first day, with high double-digit planing conditions on the second.  A total of six races were completed for the championship.

J/70 sailing off Algarrobo, ChileIn the end, it was a former J/24 South American Champion, Matias Seguel on VOLVO, that was crowned as the 2017 Chilean J/70 National Champion.  After winning five races, it was clear they had mastered the J/70 quickly and won with just 7 pts total.

Meanwhile, it was a tight series for the next three teams and a real battle for the next two spots on the podium.  Winning that battle was Andres Ducasse skippering TSUNAMI, compiling a 4-4-3-2-3-5 tally for 21 pts to take the silver.  Just one point back taking the bronze was Pablo Amunategui’s KENMORE with a 5-3-6-3-2-3 record for 22 pts total.  Rounding out the top five were Juan Eduardo Reid’s WINDMADE sailing J/70 #1 (yes, that’s true!) into 4th position with 28 pts, followed by Carlos Vergara’s SENSEI in 5th place with 37 pts.  For more Chile J/70 Class sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.