Savasana tacks out at the start of the 9th and final race. Photo: Sue Bodycomb

November 4, 2012 –  Brian Keane of Beverly Yacht Club sailing Savasana with his team of Steve Hunt, Mike Wolfs and Ben Powers has been crowned 2012 J/80 North American Champion, edging out defending champions Glenn Darden and Reese Hillard on Le Tigre who finished just one point behind.  Terry Flynn and David Whelan aboard Quantum GC Racing took third.  Following today’s racing, Keane said, “This is the second time we have been here, having sailed in the Ol’ Man of the Sea Regatta a couple of weeks ago.  After that regatta we expected this to be simple sailing, but we had three days of unbelievably different sailing.  Conditions were always changing.  We were able to minimize our mistakes and repair them when we made them.  Fort Worth Boat Club is a great venue for racing and it is a testament to the club members, race committee and the judges that they were able to put on such a successful event.”

Final race results are posted at www.j80northamericans.com.

Weather predictions this morning weren’t stellar for the kind of racing the PRO hoped to provide, but after the frustration yesterday dealing with a front that just lolly-gagged around and refused to settle in, Certified Race Officer Smith felt fortunate to have completed seven races before facing the challenges of this final day of scheduled racing.   Temperatures were a bit cooler, but there was no rain and earlier threats of thundershowers for Sunday never materialized.

The competitors left the harbor for a scheduled 1000 start, with wind at 5 mph coming from the north.  After a postponement of 45 minutes, support boats set up for a W4 course at 010 with 0.6  nm legs, having been able to move the signal boat back toward the south end of the lake from Saturday’s location in an effort to minimize shore effect and the bend around the point at FWBC.   Wind velocity held pretty steady from 5-8, but dropped to 3 several times during the two races completed today.  The course was shifted only slightly to 005 for the last race of the day and the fleet was pretty well split for all four 0.6 mile legs of the final push.

PRO Smith was very complimentary of his race committee team.  He reported, “Three quarters of our team was here for the Ol’ Man as a tune-up for this regatta.  A racing skipper wants to make a decision on the course and have the crew execute without further direction.  This is what I had with this race committee crew.  We had outstanding teamwork and excellent communication, therefore great results.”

The judges logged one request for redress, seven protests, three of which were settled through arbitration.  One protest was reopened and settled in the room.  Chief Judge for the event was Rick Mallinson of Oklahoma City Boat Club and he was joined by Nancy Glover of Marblehead Yacht Club, Allan Teske of Chicago Yacht Club and Bill Simpson of Corinthian Sailing Club and FWBC.

Y’all come back soon.

Karen Smith, Press Officer

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