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Loki locks up J/109 North American Championship

by J/Boats 1 Sep 2019 17:24 BST
2019 North American Championship Trophy Winners © Fran Grenon, Spectrum Photo

It was an interesting summer for the J/109 fleet in the northeastern seaboard. Some teams slowly surged to the forefront of the fleet, while others faded to black. Consistency is hard to come by in this fleet. In particular, since it is a season that starts for many teams with the American YC Spring Series in May and works its way through several major regattas during the summer- like Cedar Point YC One-Design Series, New York YC Annual Regatta, Block Island Race Week, and so forth.

The 2019 J/109 North American Championship was hosted by New Bedford YC with sailing taking place on Buzzards Bay. The eleven-boat fleet had four good days of racing, with eleven races completed for the passionate and aggressive fleet.

David Rosow's crew on LOKI had spent the entire summer fine-tuning their teamwork, strategy, and tactics to win the 2019 J/109 North Americans by the largest winning margin in recent history. Starting out the first day with a 3-1-4 to lead the fleet, they never looked back and managed to post only top four finishes in the eleven races. Dominating? Perhaps an understatement. Five 1st, four 2nds, a 3rd and 4th for just 20 pts total.

A distant second was Bengt Johnasson's Zig Zag with 40 pts, third was Jon Rechtschaffer's Emoticon with 45 pts, fourth was Ted Herlihy's Gut Feeling 52 pts, and fifth was John Greifzu's Growth Spurt was 55 pts. More J/109 North American Championship sailing information here.

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