Tight at the Top of J/24 Midwinter Championship

After six races at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL, four teams are within four points to determine the J/24 Midwinter Championship. Rossi Milev’s Clear Air moved up to the front of the 29-boat pack with 18 points, after dropping a 14 from Friday and keeping scores of 2,1,3,7,5. Carter White’s YouRegatta leap-frogged into second place with 20 net points, benefiting from discarding a 12 in race two and holding remaining scores in the top six. Day one frontrunner Robby Brown’s Angel of Harlem dropped to third with 21 points, although just three notches off the lead. John Mollicone’s Helly Hansen ended Saturday with back-to-back seconds, leaving them four points behind Milev with 22. Beautiful Florida weather greeted competitors again on the regatta’s middle day, when racing got underway at 1:00 pm with winds at 6-12 knots. James Freedman’s Miss Conduct continued a solid weekend with Saturday’s opening win, as Brown and Milev followed. Evan Petley-Jones found success in race five, ahead of Mollicone and White. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet, Mollicone and Michael Quaid’s Ice Cube comprised the day’s final top trio. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos are posted on the USA J/24 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=6055.

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