Poop Messed With Texas
The Texas sized storm that spilled my rum drink and destroyed my tent Thursday night did the same to the drama on Friday, the final day of the J/22 North American championship. The race committee made the right call in saying that, “they had such great racing on the two previous days that they couldn’t end [the regatta] in a crap shoot in 3 knots of wind”. It’s not that the committee didn’t try to get one off but the wind gods simply denied Scott Young’s pleas for one more race.
Flip Weirheim’s "Team Poop" rode out of Texas and back across the Mason-Dixon line with the North American Championship win by just one point. It’s hard to believe that winning four races out of seven total and having an average finish of third place only gives you the win by one point… but it happened. Scott Young had a huge second day with finishes of 3,2,1, – just not enough to catch Team Poop. The lack of breeze not only ruined the drama that had been built for first and second but it also denied many other teams the opportunity to break some ties (5th and 6th, 8th and 9th, 34th and 35th) or for others to get those ever so coveted final points on the boat in front.
Rush Creek Yacht Club and the Race committee did however put a great regatta together and the competitors made it even more entertaining. The fleet that showed up to race was pretty strong from top to bottom, which is what you can expect of the J/22 Class in general.
A big thanks to Sailing Anarchy for helping us get some fun video reports out to the world. Look for lots more in the future!