North American J/80 Class Association
The third stage of the 2023 Women’s World Match Racing Tour had 11 teams from six nations competing May 26-29 at the Normandy Match Cup in Le Havre, FRA. Using J/80s, Pauline Courtois (FRA) won the qualifying round robin stage, and stayed perfect through the knock-out rounds to win the title. North American representative Nicole Breault (USA) lost to Megan Thomson (NZL) in the Quarter Finals, with the Kiwi advancing to the Final where she was defeated by Courtois.
For full results, visit https://www.matchracingresults.com/2023/wwmrt-normandie-match-cup/.
Race to the Straits
One of the first major events of the sailing season in the Pacific Northwest is hosted by the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club called the Race to the Straits—a 30.0nm dash from Shilshole Bay in Seattle up to Port Townsend, WA. It is principally a short-handed event, featuring both Single and Double-handed divisions. The full course length is 30.710 nautical miles each day. Saturday’s race is from Shilshole Bay to Point Hudson, and Sunday’s race is the return leg. This year's weekend saw predominantly light airs on both days, with a lot of DNFs/RETs on Sunday for most of the fleet. In the PHRF 7 division of doublehanded J/80s, winning was Gerry Gilbert's VELOCE, followed by Ryan Porter's JOLLY GREEN in second and Lek Dimarcut's UNDERDOG in third place. For more Sloop Tavern Yacht Club "Race to the Straits" information, visit https://www.styc.org/.
The Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series in Annapolis had three days of extremely challenging light winds, strong currents and ultra-competitive fleets from May 5-7. Mike Beasley and his teammates on the J/80 Black Sheep were the most dominant of the weekend, topping their fleet by a whopping 18 points after winning seven of eight races. "Tuning was key," Beasley says. "We put a lot of time into boat setup and understanding what the demands were from the sails we had and what we were trying to achieve with upwind speed," Beasley says. "Working as a team was a highlight of the weekend; we had a guy from the youth team. On Friday, he was a little ropey, but he was a machine today."
1st – Black Sheep - Mike Beasley - 10 points
2nd - Kopp-Out - Thomas and Jennifer Kopp - 28 points
3rd - Meltemi - Mike Hobson - 29 points
Top Mixed Plus Team - Stacked Deck - Ramzi Bannura
Full Results: www.sailingworld.com/regatta-series-annapolis
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