International J/24 Class Association

Chester Race Week

August 20, 2014

Sailors got off to a great start on the last day of competition at Chester Race Week. Conditions were great with a nice, steady southwest seabreeze, and winds of 15-20 knots. Most courses ended up finishing in a short range squall under black skies and rainy, blustery conditions. It passed quickly and blue skies returned in time for trophy presentations. “Today was a fantastic end to a great week of sailing,” said Liz Shaw, principal race officer, Chester Race Week 2014. “The racing was incredibly close and exciting, with a number of classes decided by mere seconds on the last race.” “What great sportsmanship again this year at Chester Race Week. Boats are taking the appropriate penalties when they have broken a rule, either on the water or off,” said Kathy Dyer, chief judge, Chester Race Week 2014. Overall, an excellent week with plenty of sun, beautiful scenery, an abundant mix of boat types and better than average sailing conditions for Chester this week if you like to sail in big breeze. As Canada’s largest annual keel boat regatta, the Canadian national championship was decided in the J/24. Taking first was John Whynacht’s Sticky Fingers with 19 points. Nick Jako’s Taz followed in second with 26 points, then Gregory Blunden’s Adrenaline Rush with 29. For complete regatta information, visit www.chesterraceweek.com

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