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2011 J/24 Midwinters and Pan Am Trials
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Feb 17, 2011, 12:04 PM

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The Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL recently hosted the J/24 class U.S. Trials for the Pan American Games (Feb. 10-11) and the J/24 Midwinter Championship (Feb. 13-16). In the Trials, Team 11th Hour Skipper John Mollicone prevailed with crew Geoff Becker, Tim Healy, and Dan Rabin. Ten boats competed over a wide range of conditions for the right to represent the United States at the 2011 Pan American Games in October. Twenty-seven boats participated in the Midwinters, where Team Tarheel skipper Peter Bream edged out Mollicone for the title. The final two days of the four day Midwinter event were cancelled due to no wind.

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While racing Team 11th Hour mitigates their impact on the environment aboard the J/24. The team has reduced engine use by sailing to and from the race course whenever possible. They also use reusable water bottles, in lieu of single-serve disposable water bottles. Additionally, the team prepares their own lunches to further reduce packaging and food waste.

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Feb 17, 2011, 3:58 PM

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After 6 races, Peter Bream and Team Tarheel from Jacksonville, Florida win the J/24 Midwinter Championship. Conditions ranged from 5 to 12 knots with tight mark roundings and aggressive starts.

After 3 races on day-one, Bream held a commanding lead in the 27 boat fleet with scores of 1, 4 and 1 in challenging light conditions. Second was Rossi Milev from Toronto, Canada, who was competing to earn a berth to the Pan Am Games. On shore the competition continued with the official Davis Island Yacht Club "Beer Olympics." Teams competed in games of 'beer pong' and 'flip cup' while enjoying pizza and, of course, beer.

After an on-shore postponement the wind filled nicely for 3 races on day-two. Bream continued his domination of the fleet posting scores of 2, 2 and 1 to solidify his hold on the top position. John Mollicone (with current J/24 World Champion, Tim Healy, on board) also had strong finishes to move up to second place overall. After the racing, the locals again pulled out all the stops with a Mt. Gay Rum sponsored party and southern shrimp boil.

Unfortunately, the wind failed to cooperate for the remainder of the regatta. A passing cold front left a high pressure system over the bay and never allowed the sea breeze to fill. No races were completed on day three despite the Race Committee ushering the fleet on the water and searching for wind. But back on shore the sailors were kept happy with a pig roast and a bluegrass band for entertainment. And regatta sponsor, Layline, contributed many great items for the raffle, a fundraiser for an ailing J/24 sailor.

On the final day, the fleet again went on the water in search of wind, but the weather still would not cooperate. After waiting for most of the afternoon, the Race Committee finally called the event on day-four for lack of wind with five of the scheduled races no sailed.

Final results are here:;divisionName=J/24

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Feb 17, 2011, 4:03 PM

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Flip Wehrheim, runner up to John Mollicone in the 2011 US J/24 Pan Am Trials

The 2011 J 24 Pan Am Trials, were held at the Davis Island Yacht Club, in Tampa, Florida. Ten of the top J24 teams, from around the country, prepared to compete for the first place position, which would result in representing the United States, at the XVI Pan Am Games, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The sailing format was seven races, spread over two days, with light shifty winds forecasted. The format for racing the J 24, in the Pan Am Games, was slightly different than your usual J 24 regatta. Instead of a crew weight of 882 lbs, the competitors had to sail at a weight of 705 lbs. Also, the racers had to sail strictly with the blade and not the genoa, which is what they all are used to.

To no surprise, when you get 50 or so competitive sailors together, some sort of controversy will stir up, and so the subject in hand, was the rule of barber hauling the jib. Some of the competitors were set up to inhaul the jib sheet, others were not, and there were issues with the varying interpretations of the rule. After much discussion, barber hauling was not going to be allowed. Day 1, started with winds out of the southwest 3-7 kts, and shifting 50-80 degrees. The fleet saw its first race end in a 180 degree shift, what was once a downwind finish, ended in an upwind finish. Races 2, 3, and 4, all had similar conditions, being light and shifty. John Mollicone, jumped out to an early lead on the fleet the first day with a 3,4,1,1, however the regatta was not over. Day two brought more breeze, with puffs rolling off the shore. The sailors were faced with very shifty conditions, once again. When the third race of the day was over, Mollicone found himself with a 7 point lead over the fleet, and a spot in the XVI Pan Am Games. Flip Wehrheim was second and WIll Wells finished third.

A couple quick questions for Flip Wehrheim:

* How was the boat different with the Jib vs the Genoa in lighter breeze?

FLIP: I felt the boat was very under powered with out the Genny. I don't know if it was the quality of the fleet but it did seem as it evened the boats out, which made for very tight mark roundings and great racing.

* What was the most challenging aspect of this regatta?

FLIP: The start line!!!!!!! For sure.. With the line so small, and the fleet was so good, it determined whether you were gonna have a good race or not.

* Lastly Flip, besides the start, what was a key component to your strategy/ tactics for the race.

FLIP: Staying in the pressure, because Tampa is so puffy, in general, we wanted to sail in the most breeze at all times on the lifted tack. Connecting the Dark spots was a must.

Comments from Flip:
I just want to thank the Davis Island Yacht Club for putting on such a fabulous event. The conditions were quite tricky, not only to sail in, but also to set a course with and the RC did a great job! I have to congratulate John for a regatta sailed well. It was his regatta, he never really made a mistake, and that separated him from the fleet. Max Skelley, Stu McNay, and Chris Crocket were my crew and I want to thanks them for a job done great! Lastly I would like to thank North Sails. I felt we always had the best speed possible.

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