J/24 Midwinter Championship

32 Teams Gather for the 1997 J/24 Midwinters
Reported by Steve Podlich

Crews from 5 nations and 14 state have traveled to Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, Florida for the 21st annual J/24 Midwinter Championship. The regatta starts on Monday, Jan 5, and continues until Friday. A schedule of 12 races is planned.

The talent in the assembled fleet is exceptionally deep with at least 5 boats which could be considered the pre-race favorite. The reigning Italian National Champion Vasco Vascotto, who was second in the 1997 Worlds, has chartered a top boat. 1997 North American Champion Terry Hutchinson, who has finished 2nd in the Worlds several times, has his crew from the NAs with him. 1991 North American Champion Geoff Moore is sailing Ralph Devivo's boat. Tyler Moore of Hyannis, MA, sailing Peter Ryan's P.T. Blister was the Cinderella story of the 1997 Midwinters, and won the 1998 District 2 Championship. And Chris Larson, 1996 World Champion, will be sailing with 1997 World Champion Vince Brun as his crew! These 5 boats will be using sails from 4 different sailmakers - the competition for bragging rights will be fierce.

Beyond the five mentioned there are several boats which could easily step to the podium to accept the top trophies next Friday. Waleck Zaleski, Jay Miles (sailing Mookie, the boat with which Ken Read won the 1992 Worlds), Jim Beatty, and Will Crump have all shown their ability to win.

The weather forecast is calls for warm, sunny days in the early part of the week.

Entry List
Bow # Skipper Home Town Hull# Boat Name
1 Jack Van Dalen Wayne, PA 4045 Arnold Goes to Hollywood
2 Mark E. Toso Wenham, MA 3760 High Five
3 Will Graham Newport, RI 369 Blue Light Special
4 Linda Sharkus Belmar, NJ 1207 Aquasition
5 Juan Carlos Mauri Lima, Peru 693 Sunsplash
6 Louis Donahue Montreal, Canada 2593 Nirvana
7 Charlie Laffitte Hampton, SC 3492 Foot Loose
8 Bob Matthews Highland Pk, NJ 4687 Eraserhead
9 Luis Vecchi Weston, FL 4546 Fastac
10 Robert Pincus Longmont, CO 1010 Catch-24
11 Vasco Vascottoi Muggia Italy 424 Kismet
12 Rachael Zoe Miller Saratoga, NY 4185 Craft Society
13 Jose A. Castilla Cancun Mexico 402 Mayaland Cancun
14 Humberto Ortiz Cancun Mexico . Digger
15 Tyler Moore Hyannis, Mass 1580 Phineas T. Blister
16 P. Van Ravenswaay Annapolis, MD 2274 Sundance
17 Mark Milnes Big Pine Key, FL 48 Blah, Blah, Blah
18 Nicholas D. Staikos Wilmington, DE 3967 Riptide
19 Marshall Lytle Coral Gables, FL 3223 Simply Irresistible
20 Chris Larson Annapolis, MD 33 American Garage
21 Waldek Zaleski Norwalk, CT 4802 Twins
22 Terry Hutchinson Annapolis, MD 5183 Evita
23 John Gjerde Excelsior, MN 511 Ullala
24 David Petty McLeon, VA 1968 Haraka
25 Steve Wells St. Augustine, FL 3789 Ramscalian
26 F. Shan McAdoo Salem, MA
27 Blake MacDiarmid Portland, ME 3007 Basket Case
28 Eddie Williams Hampton, VA 3739 Willi
29 Jim Beatty Toronto, ONT 2623 Knicker Dropper
30 Geoff Moore Newport, RI 4176 Pipe Dream
31 Will Crump Richmond, VA 3702 Satisfaction
32 Jay Miles Newport, RI 2934 Mookie

Last Update: 1/5/98

Name: John Fracisco