Hillard-Darden team win J/70 Midwinter
This might be their 2ndmajor J/70 meet, but Reese Hillard and Glenn Darden on Hoss checked the contest at J/70 Midwinter Championship (26th to 28th Feb.) to snatch the title. J/80 World Champion Darden was at the helm with Jonathan McKee and Karl Anderson, and co-owner Hillard.
Darden has been sailing with Hillard for the past twenty years. He told that he has a great team. They added Jonathan who is a Gold medalist, and he would never sailed with him before the past couple regattas. He has helped them get up to speed.
Hoss was able to throw-out a thirteen from the last race, keeping a queue of 3,6,2,2,1,2,2 for eighteen points. The 2nd place team, Sea Bags Sailing Team of Will Welles, was seventeen points back. Allan Terhune’s Dazzler finished the top 3 with forty-one points. The top Corinthian squad was Snaproll of William Ballard.
Glenn Darden credited the Race Committee as well as PRO Todd Fedyazyn and stating that they all did a great job. It was tricky, shifty, and very puffy even in the bigger breeze. They had to deal with a variety of conditions.
Sunday experienced the lightest winds of the 3-day tournament at around six knots. The race winners of the day were Geoff Becker and John Brim. With winds running to thirty-two knots, the pack was kept ashore for the first day of the Laser Europeans (hundred-twenty-six entries) as well as Laser Radial Women’s Europeans (ninety-nine entries).