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Catapult wins J/70 Midwinter Championship

by Julie & Christopher Howell 5 Feb 00:10 GMT February 2-4, 2024
J/70 Midwinter Championship © Hannah Lee Noll

Following two days ashore due to light air, Mother Nature reversed fortunes for the J/70 Midwinter Championship in Tampa, FL on Sunday.

With a storm passing through Tampa Bay leaving winds starting at 20 knots and slightly decreasing through three races, winners were determined for the Midwinters and the three-event series:

Midwinter Championship:

1. Catapult, Joel Ronning / Victor diaz de Leon / Patrick Wilson / Morgan Trubovich - 2 -1 -3; 6
2. Hedgehog Alec Cutler / Charles Pucciariello / Brad Rodi / Ryan Cox - 2.5 -4 -1; 7.5
3. Savasana, Brian Keane / Thomas Barrows / Ron Weed / Conner Harding - 3 -5 -10; 18
4. Stampede, Bruno Pasquinelli / Brian Porter / Greiner Hobbs / Matt Woodworth - 6 -7 -5; 18
5. Casting Couch, Cate Muller-Terhune / Jackson Benvenutti / Jeff Hayden / Allan Terhune - 4 -14 -2; 20

Topping the all-amateur division was Alec Cutler's Hedgehog with Charles Pucciariello, Brad Rodi and Ryan Cox. Following were Lee Sackett and David Kerr on USA1516 with Mike Booker and Tod Sackett. Aaron Drury's Trial placed third with Ian Hunter, Brian Johansen and Telmo Basterra.

In the One-Pro Division: Team Eker with Nevra Eker, Yasar Doga Aribas, Cem Gozen and Can Kocak.

In the Mixed+ Division: Jean Marc Papin with Anne Dangy, Thomas Davy and Thibault Dufour.

The event concluded the three-event series as follows:

PosBoatSkipper
Open
1CatapultJoel Ronning
2SavasanaBrian Keane
3EmpeiriaJohn Heaton
Corinthian
1USA 1516David Kerr
2HedgehogAlec Cutler
3Hot TicketMike Kirkman
One Pro
1Sail 22Ed Furry
Mixed +
1Casting CouchCate Muller‑Terhune

For the Midwinter Championship, 56 teams competed, including 24 Corinthians from the United States, plus Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Sweden and Turkey from February 2-4. Complete results for the weekend may be found here.

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