J/70 World Championships - Day 1

The first day of the West Marine J/70 World Championship will be remembered for tough racing conditions for the 91 J/70s competing

Reigning J/70 Open World Champion, Peter Duncan (USA) racing Relative Obscurity, was second in both races to top the leaderboard.

In second place, Claudia Rossi (ITA) racing Petite Terrible scored a 4-1, and lying third after Day One is Bruce Golison (USA) racing Midlife Crisis, after a 3-3 scoreline.

Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible is fourth after two races, having scored a 5-5, and Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino, scored a win and a 13th to finish the the day in fifth.

Best placed British crew are Paul Ward, Rob Greenhalgh, Pete Mitchell and Oli Wells (23, 25) in 20th place overall.

In 37th place are Martin Dent / Ruairidh Scott / Stevie Morrison / Luke Cross and in 67th, Graham Clapp / Ben Saxton / Sophie Ainsworth / Josie Gliddon / Isobel Hamilton.

PRO Hank Stuart and his team kept a close eye on the weather, and just before the bad weather really closed, called a halt to racing after two heart-thumping races.

The big factor was the sea state, with waves topping out at over three metres. Upwind J/70s were climbing, then launching off huge waves. The downwind roller coaster ride was an adrenalin pumping rush, the opening day was extreme, and right on the edge for racing.

In the Corinthian Class Jim Cunningham (USA) racing Lifted leads the fleet after two races.

Ignacio Perez (MEX) racing Zaguero with all family members is second, and Lucas Authier (ARG) racing Manuto is third. Luis Bugallo (ESP) racing Marnatura scored the best result in Race One, but retired in Race Two after sustaining damage.

2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship - after 2 races (91 entries)

1st   USA 1311 Relative Obscurity Peter Duncan 2 2 4 pts
2nd   ITA 853 Petite Terrible Claudia Rossi 4 1 5 pts
3rd   USA 26 Midlife Crisis Bruce Golison 3 3 6 pts
4th   ITA 1256 Enfant Terrible Alberto Rossi 5 5 10 pts
5th   MON 1269 Mascalzone Latino Vincenzo Onorato 1 13 14 pts
6th   USA 96 Savasana Brian Keane 11 4 15 pts
7th   USA 839 Stampede Bruno Pasquinelli 8 7 15 pts
8th   USA 2 New England Ropes Timothy Healy 10 6 16 pts
9th   ESP 961 Noticia Jose Maria Torcida 9 8 17 pts
10th   USA 1310 Africa Jud Smith 7 14 21 pts
11th   USA 695 Polar Doug Clark 15 11 26 pts
12th   BRA 1174 To Nessa Renato Faria 20 10 30 pts
13th   USA 1324 HOSS Glenn Darden 12 20 32 pts
14th   USA 246 Hydra Martin Kullman 16 16 32 pts
15th   BRA 1276 Highlanders Marcos Soares 17 21 38 pts
16th   USA 3 3 Ball JT Jack Franco 18 22 40 pts
17th   USA 380 Pied Piper Gannon Troutman 28 17 45 pts
18th   USA 819 NINE Oivind Lorentzen 22 23 45 pts
19th   USA 551 Any Colour Scott and Alex Furnary 32 15 47 pts
20th   GBR 1127 Eat, Sleep,J,Repeat Paul Ward 23 25 48 pts

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