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Zhik 2024 February Outlet - LEADERBOARD

J/24 U.S. Corinthian National Championship East at Rochester Yacht Club - Overall

by Julie & Christopher Howell 8 Oct 2023 19:30 BST October 4-8, 2023

The waters of Lake Ontario witnessed an exhilarating display of sailing prowess as the Rochester Yacht Club played host to the inaugural J/24 Corinthian US National Championship East from October 4-8. The event drew 20 competitive boats, showcasing exceptional skill, camaraderie and the enduring spirit of sailing.

Friday kicked off the Championship with three races. The wind, shifty from the south/southwest and southeast, presented a strategic challenge for the participants. As the afternoon progressed, the wind waned, setting the stage for a weekend of varied conditions.

Saturday's races unfolded with strong westerly winds blowing between 15-20 knots, accompanied by higher gusts. The Race Committee adeptly navigated the challenging conditions, ensuring a fair and exciting competition for all.

Tar Heel Bill hailing from Jacksonville, FL and skillfully skippered by Telmo Basterra, exhibited a dominant performance on Saturday with two firsts and two thirds, securing the first-place finish with a total of 18 points. The team included Sam Baker, Ian Hunter, Grace Mann and Brent Penwarden.

Mike Stasko at the helm of Redline claimed second place with 21 points, closely followed by Andrew Lerner on Honky Tonk Hero with 23 points.

Saturday's races were not without challenges. A wind shift during the first race prompted immediate action from the Race Committee, which expertly adjusted the course, affirming their skill in managing both the racecourse and the dynamic weather conditions.

Unfortunately, Sunday's races had to be canceled due to strong winds, a testament to the unpredictable nature of Lake Ontario. The safety and well-being of the participants remained the top priority, and the decision was made to conclude the Championship after the great racing on Friday and Saturday.

The Rochester Yacht Club extends its heartfelt congratulations to all participants for their exemplary sportsmanship, competitive spirit and resilience in the face of challenging conditions. The success of the J/24 Corinthian National Championship East is a testament to the dedication and skill of the sailors and the outstanding efforts of the Race Committee led by PRO Paul Clissold.

Full results available here.

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