The Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series in Annapolis had three days of extremely challenging light winds, strong currents and ultra-competitive fleets from May 5-7. The J/70 fleet had a dramatic end to its series when Sunday’s final race was finished mid-way through the race as the wind died altogether. With the front of the fleet crawling toward the leeward gate, fighting adverse current, there was a maddening slow-motion scramble to cross the finish line. The morning’s leader, Brian Keane’s Savasana, was stuck in the traffic and could only manage a 13th. Douglas Newhouse’s team on Yonder, however, crawled across with a fifth, to give them the victory on account of winning the tiebreaker with Cate Mueller-Terhune’s second-placed Casting Couch. “This weekend, we had to fight for every inch we could get,” says Jeremy Wilmot, the team’s tactician. “The light, shifty weather was not our strength—we are definitely a heavy air team, and we came to Annapolis to work on our light air.”
1st – Yonder – Doug Newhouse – 29 points
2nd – Casting Couch – Cate Muller-Terhune – 29 points
3rd – Savasana – Brian Keane – 34 points
Top Mixed Plus Team – Norboy – Laura Sigmond
Top J/70 Corinthian – FM – Tod Sackett
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