TRES DOLORES Leading Mexico J/24 Circuit
November 17, 2015
Over the past few months, the Mexican J/24 Class has seen a fleet of 35 boats participating in its season long championship series. To date, they have sailed two regattas at Club Nautico Valle de Bravo (Regata Mensual in August, Regata de Independencia in September), one regatta at Club Nautico Avandaro (Oktoberfest in October) and just this past weekend at Club Marina Azul (XXI Scotiabank Marina Azul Regatta). After the four events, it is Jorge Murrieta’s TRES DOLORES leading the series with 56 points total with an overall record of a 2-6-1-3. Sitting in second place is Ken Porter’s COMEX with 67 points total with regatta finishes of 3-1-35-1. Third in the overall standings is Valerio Parboni sailing BOTEYON with 71 points with an overall record of 4-4-35-2. All races count in the fleets overall standings. OKTOBERFEST Report: For the top three boats on the podium, it was very tight racing throughout the weekend with the results of the last race determining the ultimate outcome for the regatta. By winning the last race, Murrieta’s TRES DOLORES sailed home as Oktoberfest champion with a five-race tally of 1-4-2-2-1 for 10 points. Only one point back with an easy shot at winning the regatta was Jorge Castillo’s CASPIAN. However, their regatta lead scoreline of 3-3-1-1 was not enough to win when they notched a third in the last race; having to settle for the silver overall. Taking third was Roberto Himmelbauer’s crew on PRIMERO with a 4-1-4-3-2 scoreline for 14 points. COPA SCOTIABANK Report: With the return of Ken Porter’s COMEX team for the Scotiabank Regatta, the amplification of high-level competition was self-evident in the outcome of the regatta. Starting out with a first place where he left off in the Oktoberfest event, Murrieta’s TRES DOLORES team found it hard to regain that same gear advantage they had over the other teams. Instead, while Porter’s COMEX crew suffered a DNS in the first race, they were firing on all cylinders for the rest of the weekend and scored a 1-1-2-1 to win with just 5 points net. Sailing an extremely consistent series was Tito Benitez’s team on LOS PEKAS, never finishing less than second to secure a 2-2-2-1-2 record for second overall. Third was Murrieta’s TRES DOLORES, having added a 3-5-4-3 to their tally to secure the bronze.