(Annapolis, MD)- Eastport YC hosted the J/80 East Coast Championship over the October 13-14 weekend, providing a great seven-race series. The twenty-four boat fleet was deeply laden with talent as many boats were using the event as a warm-up for the J/80 North Americans being held Eagle Mountain Lake in Forth Worth, hosted by the Fort Worth Boat Club. In the end, top J/80 and J/105 sailor Brian Keane sailed SAVASANA to a solid series with scores of 1-2-4-1-3-1-2 for 14 pts to win the regatta 19 pts clear of the rest of the fleet. Brian’s team was never really challenged for the lead as their erstwhile competitors could only muster short runs of races to even stay close.
Perhaps the biggest battle of the regatta took place for the balance of the podium in the silver and bronze spots. Vying for silver were John White, Will Crump, Bruno Pasquinelli, Daniel Wittig and Kirsten Robinson. All of their teams experienced quite the “roller-coaster” rides as they fought hard to stay in contention and avoid the one disastrous race. At the end of the day, everyone in this drop had a least one bad race, destroying any chance to even consider catching Keane’s sharp sailing team on SAVASANA.
The last two races provided the deciding factor amongst these half-dozen boats. John White’s crew managed to avoid some of the difficulties other teams had avoiding the nasty race, managing to hammer home a scoreline of 11-3-5-4-1-4-7 for a total of 35 pts to secure second overall. Third was Will Crump, demonstrating that his team could sail fast and smart at times with a scoreline of 2-8-16-9-2-2-1 for 40 pts. Fourth was Bruno Pasquinelli’s team, they started strong and were vying for the lead, but faded hard towards the end, accumulating a 3-5-2-2-5-20-5 record for 42 pts. Fifth saw Daniel Witting finish with a flourish in the last two races, but not enough to overcome some bomber races earlier, tallying a 6-6-14-3-15-3-3 for a total of 50 pts.
Thanks must go to the sponsors, West Marine Rigging, Annapolis Sailing School, APS, SpinSheet, Bacons, Tom’s Shoes & Sunglasses, Eastport YC, J World, and North Point Yacht Sales. Sailing photo credits- Tom Hasbrouck For more J/80 East Coast Championship sailing results