(Story courtesy of http://www.yachtsandyachting.com)
This years Race Week turned out to be the most competitive J24 regatta that has ever been held in Bermuda, the Bermuda Fleet have improved beyond measure and now all their boats have been fully overhauled, their crews are the equal of most Fleets in the World, as was shown in the results with all four of their selected teams taking 2nd to 5th overall. Only the UK entry could win one race, the remaining 8 wins in the 9 race series were taken by Bermudian teams.
As those of us that have attended International Race Week before, the Dark and Stormy’s, the Parties and the Hospitality are almost impossible to beat. How often does a loosing team come up to the winners with two bottles of champagne to celebrate the victory. The International J24 Class is in great heart and no where better than in Bermuda.
Three points separated the top three J24’s going into the last race. Jon Corless (Bermuda) led Stuart Jardine (UK) with Mike Lewis (Bermuda) third.
In the final race Mike Lewis finished 2nd and Stuart Jardine just slipped passed two boats on the finish line by a metre to take 3rd with Jon Corless 6th giving Stuart the overall victory.
Overall Results: (9 races, 1 discard)
|1||GBR 4215||Stuart Jardine||4||1||4||2||2||2||6||2||3||26|
|2||BER 12||Jon Corless/T Olson||3||2||5||7||1||1||2||1||6||28|
|3||BER 3254||Mike Lewis||2||3||1||5||4||3||3||3||2||26|
|4||BER 3942||Trevor Boyce||5||4||7||6||5||DSQ||1||4||1||45|
|5||BER 19||John Nicholls||1||6||9||1||3||5||4||8||7||44|
|6||USA 5291||Mike Hill||7||5||3||4||7||4||7||5||4||46|
|7||USA 5253||Scott Snyder||6||8||2||3||6||6||8||6||5||50|
|8||CAY 1||Jane Moon||8||7||6||11||8||7||5||7||8||67|
|9||CAN 4101||Anne Aylmer||10||10||8||9||9||8||9||9||9||81|
|10||CAN 4468||Ken Clarke||11||9||10||8||DNS||9||11||11||10||91|
|11||CAN 578||Dale Robertson||9||11||11||10||10||DNS||10||10||11||94|