Tuesday, February 4, 2020

SPACEMAN SPIFF Takes J/111 Midwinters in Thrilling Finale!

J/111 Spaceman Spiff
(St. Petersburg, FL)– Current J/111 World Champion Rob Ruhlman on SPACEMAN SPIFF narrowly took victory at the J/111 Midwinter Championship, a part of J/Fest hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida. Conditions on Tampa Bay ranged from 6-8 knots on Friday and Sunday, with Saturday having the best breeze at 10-12 knots.

J/111 sailing off St Petersburg, FL
After eight races in three days, the Cleveland, OH-based SPACEMAN SPIFF team, including Karl Felger, Doug Moose, Debbie Probst, Ryan Ruhlman, Abby Ruhlman, Jim Sminchak and Mark Wiss, tied on points with Ian Hill’s SITELLA at 12 pts each. Both crews racked up the exact same scoreline (three 1sts, three 2nds, one 3rd), but Ruhlman placed one better than Hill in the final race to claim the title.

J/111 winners- Spaceman Spiff
Rounding out the podium in the bronze position was Andrew and Sedgewick Ward's BRAVO from Shelter Island, New York. The BRAVO team certainly had their moments of boat-speed and flashy brilliance during the three days event, taking six podium finishes and even winning two races!  For more J/111 Midwinters & J/FEST St Petersburg Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.