Thursday, September 13, 2018

J/22 Worlds Update

J/22 Worlds Annapolis, MD (Annapolis, MD)- The Annapolis YC is hosting the 2018 edition of the J/22 World Championship from September 9th to 14th on the Chesapeake Bay, for a fleet of sixty-five entries from the USA, Canada, South Africa, and The Netherlands. Here is what is happening since it started on Tuesday.

Day 1- Thunderous Start for Thunder Chicken!
It was a foggy morning on the Chesapeake Bay for the opening day. But, patience prevailed to allow for four races to be completed, with Allan Terhune dominating the day.

It was a solid day for the locals as all four races were won by Annapolis teams, led by 2013 J/22 World Champion Terhune with crew Skip Dieball and Cate Muller as the Thunder Chicken team recorded scores of 4,6,1,2 for 13 points.

2016 J/22 World Champion Mike Marshall’s Bad News started with a 13 but added a solid 3,4,3 to claim second place with 23 points. Zeke Horowitz’s Uncle Fluffy’s 11th in today’s final contest added to a count of 6,1,6 for 24 points and third position.

Following a postponement while the fog subsided on the Chesapeake Bay, racing got underway in 6-8 knots as local Jeffrey Todd’s Hot Toddy opened the Championship with a win. Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger and Christopher Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 followed in the top three. Horowitz gained the second victory, pursued by Pat Curran’s Alzo and Marshall.

While winds worked their way up to about 10 knots, Terhune earned the next bullet, chased by fellow Annapolis YC member J.R. Maxwell’s Scooby and Odenbach. Brad Julian’s USA677 was able to lead the fleet back to shore after race four, with Terhune and Marshall.

With 11 races scheduled, it was a solid start as the threat of Hurricane Florence approaches the region.

Day One Results (Top 5 of 64; 4 races)
1. Allan Terhune, USA - 4 -6 -1 -2, 13
2. Mike Marshall, USA - 13 -3 -4 -3, 23
3. Zeke Horowitz, USA - 6 -1 -6 -11, 24
4. Pat Curran, USA - 7 -2 -5 -21, 35
5. Brad Julian, USA - 10 -19 -10 -1, 40

J/22 Worlds Annapolis, MDDay 2- Thunder Chicken Still Flying Fast
Terhune’s Thunder Chicken has been putting his local knowledge to good use. While many teams have struggled with the strong current and light air, Terhune strengthened his first-place advantage during Wednesday’s two races.

With the benefit of a discard after the sixth race, Thunder Chicken is able to toss an 18, leaving them with net scores of 4,6,1,2,2 for 15 points. That’s nine points better than fellow local- Zeke Horowitz’s Uncle Fluffy, who moved up a spot to second with a 5,6 today for 24 net points. Michael Marshall’s Bad News placed 35th in race five, and even with this being their throw-out, dropped to third place with 35 points.

Sunshine returned to the Chesapeake Bay, but the breeze stayed calm at about 6 knots. The day’s opening match saw some new names at the top: Chris Wientjes’ Us, Cory Sertl’s Lucy and Kevin Doyle’s Mo’ Money. Kevin’s son Jake Doyle on Zesty Enterprise took the next contest, shadowed by Terhune and David Waiting’s Solstice.

With locally heavy flooding predicted as part of Hurricane Florence hitting the USA East Coast in the Carolinas, the Annapolis YC PRO and Committee have elected to run at least three more races on Thursday and close the regatta one day early. So, it’s all to play for Thursday with a good breeze forecasted to power the fleet around the racetrack.

Day Two Results (6 races, 1 discard)
1. Thunder Chicken, Allan Terhune, USA - 4 -6 -1 -2 -[18] -2; 15
2. Uncle Fluffy, Zeke Horowitz, USA - 6 -1 -6 -[11] -5 -6; 24
3. Bad News, Mike Marshall, USA - 13 -3 -4 -3 -[35] -12; 35
4. US, Chris Wientjes, USA - 23 -[30] -9 -6 -1 -8; 47
5. Scooby, J.R. Maxwell, USA - 18 -5 -2 -[31] -15 -9; 49

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