3-times J/24 World Champion, Mauricio Santa Cruz and his team pulled off one of the best final days of sailing in the J/24 class at the Layline http://j24nationals.com/. They managed to win the championship by one point with two wins on the final day. This must have left Bob Harden of Mr. Happy somewhat disappointed. He was leading the regatta coming into Saturday that was mostly under blade condition. This is a great lead up to next year’s Worlds in Rochester. Santa Cruz, a Brazilian, has affiliated himself with UK Halsey sailmakers’ J/24 program. I’ll be contacting him in the next few days to have some insights from his boat. The J/24 Class has decided to go full out social media and to bring the class into the age of engagement! The races were transmitted live via twitter @j24nationals. It was a nice addition, but what I really like are the photo galleries. Here are the pictures from photographer Bruce McDonald. Thank you Bruce!
Click on the pictures and you will be brought to the full gallery.
Here are the final results:
I stole this video with Dr. Stuart Walker from http://goo.gl/e76Vy. Now at 87 years old, he is still as inspired as ever. I’ve spent all winter long reading some of his books. Got to love the web.
It was an awesome and humbling night on the water yesterday evening. We welcomed our new crew member, Jonathan Clarke as well as our returning friends Jonathon and Pierre! It was fun to rig the boat after such a long layoff. We were greeted with constant 14 knot winds out of the NW. Maybe 5 minutes after settling down and putting the genoa up, all hell broke loose. The wind shifted 180 degrees to the SE with a micro burst easily in the mid 20s. I didn’t even have time to think and we rounded up pretty badly 🙂 Paula was saved from the cold water by Jonathon. She was soaking. I’m sure the keel saw some fresh air. It was a great humbling reminder of the power of the windshifts and the cold water. We continued on and the wind settled from the SE. We found our routine again and the boat seemed to have good speed and point. We had fun playing against Spaceball, a J/22. All in all, it was a great prep for next week’s race and we enjoyed a beautiful setting sun!
Finally, after so many months of waiting, we’re sailing for the first time tonight. Wind of 10+ knots are waiting for us from the NW with gusts up to 25… fun! I’ll post some photos later tonight!