International J/24 Class Association

la Copa TelCel La Pena

November 28, 2013

Taking place over the past weekend and celebrating “la revolucion” were a fleet of 13 J/24s competing for “la Copa TelCel La Pena.” The Club de Vela la Peña was an excellent host and conducted a marvelous regatta over the two-day weekend event. Both Saturday and Sunday saw steady winds of 8-12 kts, with gusts up to 14 kts. As a result, the CVLP RC was able to run the full slate of five races, much to the delight of all the sailors. The fleet was treated to a “superman-like” performance from Team “S,” led by their magnificent capitano, Kenneth Porter. Taking four firsts in five races meant they could count a DNC and still win the regatta. For the rest of the competitors, it was anything but easy. The balance of the top five basically saw four boats quite literally tied for second place. Everything was determined for this group on the last leg of the fifth and final race. Emerging was Manuel Benitez sailing Zorro into second place by taking third in the last race. Third to fifth (just two points back) was determined on a three-way tie-breaker at 25 points each. Taking the “lucky break” was Jorge Murrieta’s Tres Dolores team to snag the bronze for the regatta. Ralph Nelles on Super Machos took fourth and Luis Morales on Orion completed the top five. In the end, it was great racing, very tight for this group and lots of fun at the CVLP’s bar afterwards. For more J/24 Mexico sailing information, visit http://www.j24mex.com/.

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