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J/24 North American Championship 2012
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The Florida Yacht Club and J/24 Fleet 55 in conjunction with the International J/24 Class Association are hosting the 2012 Merrill Lynch – Bank of America J/24 North American Championship Regatta November 14 through November 17, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.


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Mollicone and Bream Battle to Lead on Day 1 of
J/24 North American Championship


Jacksonville, FL, USA—November 15, 2012—John Mollicone’s 11th Hour Racing and Peter Bream’s Team Tarheel are locked in a virtual tie on day 1 of the J/24 North American Championship in Jacksonville, FL. The teams duked it out all day, and each ended with 4 points over the two races. Mollicone kicked off the regatta with a win, followed by Bream and then Robby Brown’s USA 799. In the day’s other contest, Rossi Milev’s Clean Air claimed the top spot, with Bream in second and Mollicone in third. Milev currently stands in third overall with 9 points.

Conditions in Jacksonville were cool and overcast, with winds starting at 6-8 knots and a slight chop before dying out for a while in the afternoon. The breeze then filled in for race 2 at 5-7 knots.

Twenty-nine teams are competing in the event at the Florida Yacht Club, and racing continues through Sunday. Live updates and results are available at www.j24northamericans2012.com.

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Peter Bream Takes Lead on Day 2 of
J/24 North American Championship


Jacksonville, FL, USA—November 16, 2012—Peter Bream on Team Tarheel claimed the lead on day 2 of the J/24 North American Championship in Jacksonville, FL. Bream holds the advantage over second place John Mollicone on 11th Hour Racing (24 points) and Mike Ingham on 11th Hour Racing in third (36 points).

The day began with Bream’s Team Tarheel notching two bullets in races 3 and 4. Travis Odenbach’s Honey Badger crossed the line behind Bream in Friday’s first race, however took an 8 due to a scoring penalty. Mollicone’s 11th Hour Racing was third. In the next contest, another 11th Hour Racing—this time Ingham—placed second, followed by Clark Dennison’s Kobayashi Maru. Then it was Mollicone who grabbed the top spot in Race 5, with Rossi Milev and Robby Brown rounding out the top three. Ingham ended the day with a victory in race 6, trailed by Odenbach and Ron Medlin, Jr.’s Bash.

Conditions in Jacksonville were chilly and overcast with winds at 6-8 knots, building to 10-12 throughout the day.

Twenty-nine teams are competing in the event at the Florida Yacht Club, and racing continues through Sunday. Live updates and results are available at www.j24northamericans2012.com.

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John Mollicone’s 11th Hour Racing Earns
J/24 North American Championship


Jacksonville, FL, USA—November 17, 2012—John Mollicone’s 11th Hour Racing team emerged victorious at the J/24 North American Championship in Jacksonville, FL. Comprised of Mollicone, Tim Healy, Collin Leon, Geoff Becker and Gordon Borges, the Newport team credited their consistency and team work during the nine races as the keys to their success. “We had good starts, and our boat speed was good,” summarized Mollicone. “It’s hard to be in the right place all the time tactically, but our boat speed helped us get out of some tough situations.”

Finishing with 30 points overall, 11th Hour Racing won the regatta’s first contest, and never finished out of the top 10. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t have any real deep races, especially early on,” shared Healy. “It ended up paying off late in the regatta. We could afford going into the last race knowing we couldn’t get worse than second, so that was a nice place to be.”

Canadian Rossi Milev sailed an impressive regatta on Clean Air, and placed in second overall with 34 points including three bullets. Travis Odenbach’s Honey Badger rounded out the top three.

Conditions in Jacksonville on the last day of the event were the breeziest of the week at 16-18 knots with gusts in the 20s. “This is a challenging place to sail because it’s not only shifty but there are a lot of holes and you have the current factor,” Mollicone said. “Tricky conditions, but the people at Florida Yacht Club are awesome and it was a great regatta.” On Saturday, Milev won race 7, with Greg Griffin’s Majic and Odenbach in the next two slots. David Van Cleef claimed the next victory, trailed by Mollicone and Odenbach. Milev returned to the top in the event’s final bout, and Van Cleef and Griffin followed.

The top 10: John Mollicone (30 points), Rossi Milev (34), Travis Odenbach (40), Peter Bream (41), Mike Ingham (43), Carter White (44), David Van Cleef (45), Greg Griffin (63), Robby Brown (65), John Denman (74).

Twenty-nine teams competed at the Florida Yacht Club. Complete results are available at www.j24northamericans2012.com.

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