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J/80 New Hampshire Championship at Winnipesaukee Yacht Club

by J/Boats 3 Sep 2022 22:15 UTC 26-28 August 2022
J/80 New Hampshire Championship © Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association

The annual J-Jamboree celebrated its 33rd Anniversary, the event also served as the J/80 New Hampshire Championship.

The Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club, J/80 Fleet 1, and Fay's Boat Yard hosted the regatta on gorgeous Lake Winnipesaukee from August 26th to 28th, with sailing taking place out of Sanders Bay.

The talented fleet of ten teams enjoyed close racing over the weekend, with the regatta's RC/PRO team able to run a seven-race, one discard series. For the winner, that discard proved to be the vital element of their winning regatta. Never winning a race but counting nearly all-podium finishes, Guy Nickerson's PRESSURE team posted a 3-3-2-2-10-4-2 tally for 16 pts net.

Winning two races but starting off the regatta slowly with a 4-6-7 was Mark Gorman's TUBBY. After that inauspicious start, Gorman's crew got it together, doubled down, and finished the regatta with a flourish of good races, posting a very consistent 1-2-5-1 to take the silver medal with 19 pts. net.

Starting the regatta in the lead was Jason Viseltear's UPSETTER, who finished the first day with a 2-4-1. However, their good fortunes did not last. As a 9th place out of 10 boats in race 4, and closing finishes of 4-3-7, it was apparent that was "upsetting" the UPSETTER's hopes for the gold medal. In the end, they took the bronze medal by barely one point!

The balance of the top five included Graham Philpot's BLACK DOG in 4th place with 22 pts and Les Beckwith's FKA in 5th with 29 pts.

The teams enjoyed their traditional welcoming party at the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association Sailing Center. Racers loved the J-Jamboree chili, and a few beverages, and chitchatted about their good fortunes of sailing on such a beautiful lake in the middle of New Hampshire's White Mountains.

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