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J-24 North Americans

Seattle, WA

It all started so innocently - the teams

rolled in early in the week, two from the Dominican Republic, one from Japan, Argentina, Mike Ingham from New York, a couple of boats from Montana and Idaho, and we even let two boats in from California - which proved to be a mistake. Thirty-five competitors in all, up from twenty-one the weekend prior at the NOODs. I was sailing on Mike Johnson and Joy Okasaki’s Hot Pursuit. We were fortunate enough to have won at the NOODs, so with Joy actually putting on the NA’s, we were sure to have a little let down. But the local favorite, Keith Whittemore, still had us in his “top 5” for the regatta. Sailing in Puget Sound lately

has been pretty darn nice. The winds have cooperated two weekends in a row. Friday started out with a nice 6 knot southerly and the players came to the top right away, 3 Big Dogs, Pat Toole’s boat from Santa Barbara full of surfer dudes, liked it from the start. Pat and his boys had sailed

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Above: The very competive fleet of J-24 sailors with Pat Toole's “3 Big Dogs” leading the pack and taking First place overall.

Center: Japan’s entry, “Siesta” skippered by Hideyuki Miyagawa, approaching the mark.

Photographs by Jan Anderson.

in the NOOD regatta too, so they were getting familiar with the lay of the land. Having taken a second last weekend, I guess they wanted to seal the deal for the NA’s. We tried to fool them, sailing on a nice north wind all last weekend, and shoving a very fickle southerly at them for the start of the NA’s. Hot Pursuit had a 11th and a 5th, though the 11th quickly became a 18th with a penalty. 3 Big Dogs started with a 3rd and 1st, Whittemore on his beloved Tundra Rose had a 5th and 3rd, Scott Milne on Tremendous Slouch had a 4 and 4. So the three players had set down their goals after the first day. Another favorite of Keith’s was Harry Dursch sailing Self Abuse, aptly named for J-24 sailing. Harry won the first race, and 20th in the second. The weather proved to be

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