Will Welles Holds Advantage at J/24 World Championship
September 25, 2014
Honey Badger Wins the Day
Newport, RI, USA – September 24, 2014 –After a struggle to set the line square to the shifting wind, the fleet got off two more races at the 2014 J/24 World Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Will Welles’ Cougar (USA) held the lead with a four, four respectively for a total score of 16 points. Mauricio Santa Cruz’s Bruschetta (BRA) maintained second place with a one, seven; and Greg Griffin’s Team Tarheel (USA) moved into third place with an eleven, eight. John Mollicone’s Team Helly Hanson (USA) had a strong day and moved into fourth place.
Teams battled in a two to four foot chop on the ocean course in wind speeds starting at 10 to 12 and building to 14 to 16 knots out of the east and southeast. The first race of the day was won by Santa Cruz, followed by Mollicone and then Travis Odenbach’s Honey Badger (USA). Odenbach won Wednesday’s second race, trailed by Alejo Rigoni Gonzalez on Luca vive (ARG) and Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics (USA).