A fresh breeze in the mid-teens on Biscayne Bay made for an exciting Saturday for 50 J/70s competing to be the 2019 J/70 Midwinter Champion. Three more races were accomplished, bringing the total to six, five of which have been won by Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity. Now able to drop a fourth, the Rye, NY-based skipper keeps five bullets for a mere 5 net points. Brian Keane’s Savasana moved solidly into second place with 19 points, following consecutive second-place finishes Saturday and discarding an eight. Scott Sellers’ Donkey McFly held its top spot in the Corinthian division. This event, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, FL, is a qualifier for the 2020 World Championship to be hosted by California Yacht Club (2 Open berths and 1 Corinthian berth). Duncan’s team of Will Felder, Willem Van Waay and Bill Hardesty opened Saturday the same way they did Friday—with back-to-back triumphs, and then added a third. Looking ahead at them in the day’s first race were Ryan McKillen’s Surge and Joel Ronning’s Catapult. The trailing teams in the middle duel were Keane’s Savasana and Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe. And completing the top three to end the day were Savasana and John Heaton’s Empeiria. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos are available on the USA J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=6070.

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