International J/24 Class Association

Brown Wins 2011 Florida State Championship

July 21, 2011

The Florida State Championships were held in beautiful Miami, FL the weekend of July 16th and 17th. The regatta was hosted by Flat Earth Sailing and sailed out of the Olympic Sailing Center.

Saturday’s racing started on time at 12 pm with a building east southeasterly all day. The wind held a little more east of southeast as it built which is somewhat atypical for the venue which caught some of the seasoned Biscayne Bay sailors off guard.

Robby Brown from St. Petersburg had a good day with Mark Liebel and John Poulson mixing it up at the top all day. At the end of the day, USA 799 with Robby’s team suffered an OCS and would have to hope for a fifth race to count it as a drop. This left Mark Liebel’s team aboard Supernatural Fishslapper holding the lead with John Poulson close behind going into day two with Robby having no margin for error.

Sunday brought more atypical Biscayne conditions as the wind held out of the west for three races. This direction provided for some very shifty air and challenging conditions with positions changing frequently all day. Dmitry Yakovenko’s team sailed a great day to recover from a tough day on Saturday.

In the end, Robby Brown was able to drop the OCS from Saturday and post the most consistent score line averaging less than third. Close behind in a hotly contested race for third, Mark Liebel beat John Poulson on a tie breaker to finish second. Behind Poulson in fourth was local Miami sailor Lionel Baugh who sailed a great series to finish just three points behind Liebel and Poulson.

SAIL BOAT NAME SKIPPER #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 TOTAL PLACE
799 USA 799 R.Brown/N.Vilardabo 1 1 3 [16/ OCS] 3 2 4 14 1
4190 BOHICA Mark Liebel 3 2 1 4 6 [10] 2 18 2
2917 LONG SHOT John Poulson 4 [6] 2 1 5 3 3 18 3
230 JOE COOL Lionel Baugh 2 3 7 3 4 [13] 1 20 4
3130 RUSH’N AROUND Dmitriy Yakovenko 7 [13] 10 6 2 1 5 31 5
3696 BLITZKRIEG V. Andres Martinez 6 5 [11] 10 1 5 9 36 6
3416 SCOUTS’ HONOR Mark Pincus [9] 4 6 8 8 4 8 38 7
5333 SCOUTS’ PRIDE Gary Sprague 8 [11] 4 7 7 7 6 39 8
154 RAGGED EDGE Dan Kresge 5 7 8 2 9 [12] 10 41 9
4208 SHADOWPLAY Steve Carr [13] 10 5 5 12 6 13/ TLE 51 10
216 EXIT STRATEGY Rick Jarchow 10 9 [12] 11 10 9 7 56 11
3527 SUMMERTIME Gerd Petersen 11 8 [13] 9 11 8 11 58 12
48 ERIKA II Mark Milnes 12 12 9 12 [13] 11 13/ TLE 69 13
99 I’LL GO Zach Segal 14 14 14 13 [15] 14 13/ TLE 82 14
582 SONA-R Juan Torres Jr. 15 15 15 [16/ DNS] 14 15 13/ TLE 87 15

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