Chris Doyle Holds Lead at J/22 North American Championship

Chris Doyle on The Jug 4 1 remained in the lead during day two of the J/22 North American Championship hosted by Wayzata Yacht Club in Minnesota. While many teams struggled with the wind shifts and fluctuating wind speeds, Doyle strengthened his first-place advantage during Saturday’s four races. The Jug 4 1 tossed out a 12, leaving them with net scores of 2,1,1,7,1,1,2 for 15 points. That’s 21 points better than fellow local boats Fish Grease, helmed by Chad Olness, and Turn Down for What, helmed by Kurt Taken-Holtze. Both boats have moved up to tie for second place with 36 points. Local boat Who’s Driving with Mike Bowers, David Brasch and Uta Moncur is in third place with 50 points. Day two of the J/22 North American Championship started out sunny with lighter breeze. As the day continued, the wind increased to 12 mph. Thanks to Principal Race Officer Blake Middleton and the Race Committee, four races were completed under extremely challenging wind conditions. The day’s opening match was won by Mike Marshall on Bad News followed by Doyle on The Jug 4 1 and Mike Schmid on En Fuego. Racing concludes Sunday. Thirty-eight teams are representing the United States. Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete event details may be found at www.j22na.com.

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