2014-15 J70 Winter Series at Davis Island Yacht Club
Posted by on February 08, 2015
Dieball Sailing’s Bill Wiggins remarks on the fast growing J70 Winter Series.
For the second year in a row, Davis Island Yacht Club has hosted a 3-event series for the J70 class. And, for the second time, 50+ boats participated. These numbers can only be compared to the prestigious Jaguar Series which is held on Biscayne Bay each winter.
The first event of the series was held December 13-14. This being the initial event of the entire winter sailing series, many teams arrived a few days early to rig and get their boats sorted out. On Friday, the Yacht Club and J-World were gracious enough to set some marks for mock starts and short practice races. What a great way to knock the cobwebs off for most of the teams.
Racing was limited to Saturday only due to a lack of wind on Sunday. Understanding that this would likely be the case, the PRO ran 4 solid races. The sailing area limits the legs to right at 1 mile in length, keeping the fleet close and the competition tough. Local favorite, Marty Kullman won’t the event with 21 points followed by Allan Terhune with 22 points and Cole Allsopp with 23 points. It doesn’t get much closer than that! Local Sailor, Rob Britts won the Corinthian Division with 31 points.
The second segment of the series was held January 10-11. Once again, the fleet took to the bay on Friday for tune-up races followed by a welcome party at the club. The 51 boat fleet seven races over the next two days. Once again, Marty Kullman won the event with an impressive 19 points followed by Will Welles with 31 points and Allan Terhune with 33 points. Marblehead’s Henry Brauer took the Corinthian Division with 67 points.
After a short break in the series for a little event called Key West Race Week, the teams returned to Tampa on February 7-8. Again, thank you to Kristen Berry for J-World for arranging a few practice races. With two medium air races on Saturday and one very light air race on Sunday, the fleet enjoyed very tight competition. Allan Terhune won the event with 8 points followed by Cole Allsopp with 10 points and Tim Maloney with 18 points. Rob Britts returned to the top of the Corinthian post with22 points.
In the end, Marty Kullman one the overall series with 47 combined points. Allan Terhune took 2nd place with 61 combined points followed by Will Welles with 97 points. Rob Britts took home the Corinthian Trophy with 177 points.
Once gain, Davis Island Yacht Club put on a very organized event. Co-Chairs, Kat Malone and George Haynie kept everything smooth from arrival to departure. The staff at the club was always happy to keep cocktails and munchies available for everyone. Kudos again to everyone involved.
As a footnote, I need to mention that the J70 and the J70 Class as a whole is really beginning to rub off on me. The sailors are all very competitive and fair at the same time. The group is very social on the dock and in the clubhouse and always willing to share ideas and tricks. I think I speak for everyone at Dieball Sailing when I say that we feel this class is here for a long time to come…