Will Welles wins North American Championships – top Canadian Rossi Milev

Will Welles wins North American Championships – top Canadian Rossi Milev

top Canadian team - RM - 2016 NAsIt couldn’t have been any tighter at the top of the leaderboard at the J/24 driveHG.ca North American Championship at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. After all nine races, Will Welles’ Cougar and Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger/Sea Bags Sailing Team were tied at 28 points, with Welles winning the tie-breaker and the Championship. Local Rossi Milev on Clear Air placed third with 49 points. Race 8 started in shifty northwesterly winds building through 15 knots, with Welles taking the bullet to move into first overall. Race Committee PRO Pat Lymburner, with one more race available, posted course number 5 with the fleet finishing in front of Port Credit Yacht Club. Race 9 saw Todd Fedysyzn first, Odenbach in third and Welles in sixth—just enough to secure the overall victory. The Masters Trophy went to Chris Stone’s Velocidad. Top female was Natalie Harden’s Giggles. Top Junior was Michael Howarth’s Mr. H.
Top Five Overall:
• 1st Place: Will Welles, Cougar (28 points)
• 2nd Place: Travis Odenbach, HoneyBadger/Sea Bags Sailing Team (28 points)
• 3rd Place: Rossi Milev, Clear Air (49 points)
• 4th Place: Evan Petley-Jones, Lifted (53 points)
• 5th Place: Aidan Glackin, Mental Floss (60 points)
The IJCA and Port Credit Yacht Club look forward to seeing everyone for the 2017 J/24 World Championship. Forty-six boats competed in this three-day event, and complete results may be found at http://2016j24nac.org/.

Photo of team Clear Air by Alex Byczko

Rossi Milev wins J/24 Midwinter and Sail Canada sailor of the month

Rossi Milev wins J/24 Midwinter  and Sail Canada sailor of the month

Milev wins mid winters 2016

Rossi Milev put several Midwinters with second and third place finishes behind him after now earning his first J/24 Midwinter Championship, held February 19-21. Hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club, 25 teams from across the United States, Canada and even Japan completed seven races.

“I’m very happy to have finally won it, but it really wasn’t me, it was my crew,” credited Milev of Mark Liebel as tactician, Jim Traun on mast, Ron Hyat on bow and Arthur Blodgett as trimmer. The team came on strong on day two with a pair of bullets to come into Sunday with a three-point advantage, which held up when a lack of breeze kept teams ashore all day.

Milev will take home The Lambert Lai Trophy, named in honor of the previous USJCA President who passed away on December 30, 2014. John Mollicone with Tim Healy on Blind Squirrel collected second place with 19 points, and Carter White’s Sea Bags Sailing Team third with 21.

Milev noted that the Tampa Bay venue is “very challenging, and we ended up being lucky a bunch of times.” The event attracted a who’s who of J/24 sailors, making the competition very tough. “At least five other boats could have won it,” conceded Milev. “The top boats were here…maybe five out of the top 10 in the world!”

It’s a solid start to a year which sees his home club of Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario Canada host the 2016 J/24 North American Championship from September 8-11.

Final Results (Top 5 of 25; 7 races, 1 discard)
1) Rossi Milev, Angel of Harlem [7], 3,1,7,3,1,1 = 16
2) John Mollicone/Tim Healy, Blind Squirrel 1,[14],8,4,1,2,3 = 19
3) Carter White, Sea Bags Sailing Team 3,2,2,3,2,[13],9 = 21
4) Mike Ingham 4,5,[14],1,12,5,2 = 29
5) Jim Lampman, Hot Chocolate 9,1,3,2,[15],4,11 = 30

Port Credit LTS program looking for donations of equipment

The Port Credit Yacht Club is looking for anything that is available that people are willing to donate to the 2 club owned J/24s:

Sails, Line, Blocks, Sheets, Halyards

They would greatly be appreciated and can be dropped off at either the Learn to Sail Office or reception at the Port Credit Yacht Club.