Will Welles Edges Out Travis Odenbach for J/24 driveHG.ca North American Championship
September 12, 2016
It couldn’t have been any tighter at the top of the leaderboard at the J/24 driveHG.ca North American Championship at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. After all nine races, Will Welles’ Cougar and Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger/Sea Bags Sailing Team were tied at 28 points, with Welles winning the tie-breaker and the Championship. Local Rossi Milev on Clear Air placed third with 49 points. Race 8 started in shifty northwesterly winds building through 15 knots, with Welles taking the bullet to move into first overall. Race Committee PRO Pat Lymburner, with one more race available, posted course number 5 with the fleet finishing in front of Port Credit Yacht Club. Race 9 saw Todd Fedysyzn first, Odenbach in third and Welles in sixth—just enough to secure the overall victory. The Masters Trophy went to Chris Stone’s Velocidad. Top female was Natalie Harden’s Giggles. Top Junior was Michael Howarth’s Mr. H.
Top Five Overall:
• 1st Place: Will Welles, Cougar (28 points)
• 2nd Place: Travis Odenbach, HoneyBadger/Sea Bags Sailing Team (28 points)
• 3rd Place: Rossi Milev, Clear Air (49 points)
• 4th Place: Evan Petley-Jones, Lifted (53 points)
• 5th Place: Aidan Glackin, Mental Floss (60 points)
The IJCA and Port Credit Yacht Club look forward to seeing everyone for the 2017 J/24 World Championship. Forty-six boats competed in this three-day event, and complete results may be found at http://2016j24nac.org/.