Keith Whittemore’s Furio at Top of J/24 World Championship

Only one team has recorded all scores in the top 10 so far at the J/24 World Championship, and that is the day two leader after four races: Keith Whittemore’s Furio. Conditions in Miami, FL were again on the light side (winds at 5-7 knots) as temperatures remained in the 90s, testing the competitors’ ability to locate the better breeze and tackle the shifts. The Seattle, WA-based Furio crew added scores of 7,3 on Wednesday for 17 points overall. Rossi Milev’s Clear Air notched their second bullet of the Championship in race four, however a 14 in the day’s initial contest gives them 22 points and second place. Bangor Packet, led by Tony Parker, held their own Wednesday, tallying a 6,2 for third place (24 points). When the fifth race has been completed, a discard will take effect. Keiji Kondo’s Fox finished ahead of all others to start Wednesday’s matches, and the Japanese team was exuberant to earn a World Championship race win. With his son Wataru among his crew, Kondo shared, "I did come to Miami last year for the J/24 World Council Meeting, representing Japan. It was so nice weather and a good place, so I wanted to bring my guys here." Following Kondo across the line were Andrew Carey’s Mr. Hankey and Robby Brown’s Angel of Harlem. Milev’s Clear Air racked up bullet number two to close Wednesday, with Parker and Whittemore behind. Seventy-nine teams from 19 nations (Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, Grenada, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States) are scheduled for 10 races through Saturday. Photos from event photographer PhotoBoat are available at https://www.photoboatgallery.net/2019j24worldspressphotos. Complete event details may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5893. Follow on-the-water updates at the International J/24 Class Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ij24ca/).

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