A gorgeous day on the Chesapeake Bay allowed four more races at the J/24 North American Championship, bringing the total to seven. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger and Mike Marshall’s American Garage are duking it out for the title at Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, Maryland. The discard race came into effect, and Odenbach’s Honeybadger is clinging to the top spot with 18 net points. Following a 2,2,1 Saturday, they closed with a ninth. Marshall’s American Garage ruled the day with a 1,2,2,2 for 19 net points to shoot up to second place. Japan’s Kohei Ichikawa Gekko Diana moved into third place at 27 points. Evan Petley-Jones’ Lifted leads the 17-boat Corinthian Division. The day started with blue skies and winds between 12-14 knots in choppy seas. Marshall set off with a victory, trailed by Odenbach and Al Constants’ Blitz. Odenbach went back-to-back in the next two matches, as did Marshall in the runner-up position. The bronze places went to Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss and Finn Hadlock’s Boreas, respectively. As the breeze lightened, Ichikawa Gekko Diana led the fleet back to the docks, with Marshall again in second and then James Freedman’s LOL. Racing concludes Sunday for the 38 teams. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=15237, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.

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