North Sails NEWS
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North Sails, proud sponsor of the J/80 Worlds, supporting yet another successful event for sailors in Hamble
The J/80 Worlds was a successful event for all, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble, UK, where sailors tested their strengths on the infamous Solent. 48 teams met at the Yacht Club on Monday, July 10th, representing six different countries to battle for the World Championship. The week started out windy, with plenty of on-the-water action keeping things interesting and exciting for competitors. The J/80 is very swift in the bigger breeze, making for fun downwind runs surfing in the waves, and tough and physical upwind legs testing strategy and seamanship.
Three-time World Champion skipper, Rayco Tabares and his team on Hotel Princesa Yaiza were faster than ever, achieving five bullets, having only 3 races out of the top 5 positions. With 18 points to throw-out, they were untouchable with their outstanding consistency.
Wednesday was North Sails Day, where prizes were given to the top sailors in the fleet. Prizes went to the Top Youth Team, Boysterous skippered by Angus Gray-Stephens. First overall for the day was awarded to Brezellec Eric with his team on Courrier Junior taking a 3-3-1, being the best team average for the day on the scoreboard.
Prizes were awarded to the first Corinthian team HM Hotels with skipper Javier Chacártegui Cirerol, as well as a special award that was given to team Startijenn with skipper Claire Montécot for having a breakdown and being able to get her repairs done so her team could get back out on the water to continue racing. Another breakdown on the racecourse on Wednesday involved team Baby J who was also able to get put back together so they could continue racing. Big thanks to the North Sails team that was on-site to support the J/80 World Championship, making this one of the best years yet.