Allan Terhune’s Thunder Chicken Preserves Advantage at J/22 World Championship

Allan Terhune’s Thunder Chicken has been putting his local knowledge to good use at the J/22 World Championship hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club in Maryland. While many teams have struggled with the strong current and light air, Terhune strengthened his first-place advantage during Wednesday’s two races. With the benefit of a discard upon the sixth race, Thunder Chicken is able to toss an 18, leaving them with net scores of 4,6,1,2,2 for 15 points. That’s nine points better than fellow local Zeke Horowitz’s Uncle Fluffy, who moved up a spot to second with a 5,6 today for 24 net points. Michael Marshall’s Bad News placed 35th in race five, and even with this being their throw-out, dropped to third place with 35 points. Sunshine returned to the Chesapeake Bay, but the breeze stayed calm at about 6 knots. The day’s opening match saw some new names at the top: Chris Wientjes’ Us, Cory Sertl’s Lucy and Kevin Doyle’s Mo’ Money. Kevin’s son Jake Doyle on Zesty Enterprise took the next contest, shadowed by Terhune and David Waiting’s Solstice. Racing concludes Thursday, expedited one day due to Hurricane Florence. Sixty-four teams are representing Canada, The Netherlands, South Africa and the USA. Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete event details may be found at

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