The J/24 Midwinter Championship kicked off for 32 boats at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL on Friday. Three races went in the books after an onshore postponement awaiting the seabreeze, which came in around 10 knots under blue skies and near record high temperatures. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet and Paul Foerster’s Grand Slam 2 battled throughout the afternoon, maintaining only top three finishes to end the day at a tie on points at a mere 5. Bill Fastiggi’s Fawn Liebowitz lies in third with 11 points. James Freedman’s LOL leads the Corinthian division. Hailing from Annapolis Yacht Club, Parker’s Bangor Packet racked up two bullets in the first two contests, trailed both times by Foerster’s Grand Slam 2. Foerster moved up to the top spot in race three, as boats headed for shore just prior to sunset on Hillsborough Bay. Racing continues through Sunday. Photos are posted on the USA J/24 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at

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