Sporty conditions on Biscayne Bay presented a challenging three races for 54 J/70s at their Midwinter Championship, testing both crews and equipment. Standing out in the crowd was Ignacio Perez’s Zaguero, including Santiago Perez, Juan Perez and Moritz Spitzauer. In winds averaging 18 knots, the team from Mexico eclipsed the large fleet with scores of 1,2,1 to finish the day with 7 net points in five total races (discarding a fourth from Friday). Joel Ronning’s Catapult dropped to second overall with 11 net points, following scores of 4,7,5. Pamela Rose’s Rosebud moved up to third with 18 net points. Besides the USA, seven other nations are competing, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Great Britain, Mexico and Turkey. Perez racked up his first bullet of the day in race three, trailed by Ryan McKillen’s Surge and Rose. The same group comprised the top spots in Saturday’s middle race but in this order: McKillen, Perez, Rose. In the final battle, Perez returned to first, ahead of John Heaton’s Empeiria and John & Molly Baxter’s Team Vineyard Vines. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos are available on the USA J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

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