Will Welles Takes Lead of J/24 World Championship

Team Tarheel Wins the Day

Newport, RI, USA – September 23, 2014 –After a morning postponement ashore, the fleet got off two more races at the 2014 J/24 World Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Will Welles’ Cougar (USA) moved to the lead with a nine, one respectively. Mauricio Santa Cruz’s Bruschetta (BRA) moved into second place with a ten, two; and in third place just two points behind is Vernon Robert’s Gringa DC (Chile) with 30 total points. Uruguay’s Pedro Garra on Extasis is in fourth place, and Team Tarheel with Greg Griffin at the helm won the day with a four, three and moved up to fifth overall.

Teams battled today in more stable sea conditions on the ocean course in wind speeds from 10 to 14 knots out of the southwest. The first race of the day was won by Carter White’s SeaBagsj24.com (USA) followed by Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics (USA) and then Shawn Murray’s Roo (USA). Local Welles thrived in the second race with a building sea breeze and logged his second bullet of the event. Welles was followed by Santa Cruz and Griffin.

Hosted by Sail Newport, racing continues for the 70 teams from 13 nations (Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and the United States) through Friday. Photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page, and complete results at http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=982.

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