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Story Contributors: Matias Seguel

FULL PODIUM SWEEP FOR NORTH SAILS AT J/70 CHILEAN NATIONALS

Designs Dominate in Algarrobo

Pablo Herman’s New Wave, 2019 Chilean National Champions. Photo Benja Sans

26 boats sailed the J/70 Chilean Nationals in Algarrobo, Chile, December 13-15. After nine tight races, the winners were on New Wave: two Herman brothers, Felipe Echeñique calling tactics, and Kake “priest” Montes on the bow. “They were very consistent in all conditions,” Matias Seguel, who skippered the second place team, says. “We sailed in really light up to 20 knots. New Wave used the XCS-2 mainsail, J-6 jib, and AP-2 spinnaker. That gave them great speed, and combined with great starts and going the right way they proved they were best.”

Matias’ own VOLVO team finished second with the same sails they’ve used for the last two seasons (XCS-1 main and J-6 jib). Third was the talented family on Ducasse, a father with 4 of his 7 sons sailing together. “They’ve won many local championships using the XCS-2 and J-6,” Matias says. “It was awesome to have almost all the top Chilean sailors sailing together in Algarrobo for a great event that was very well organized. Our J/70 class is our highest level local class, and it’s great to have the chance to race at an international level here at home.”

Matias Seguel, 2nd place. Photo Benja Sans
Team Ducasse, 3rd place. Photo Benja Sans