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2006 J24 Women’s U

2006 J24 Women’s U.S. Open Championship


(July 14-16, 2006) The 2006 J24 Women’s U.S. Open Championship Regatta hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, Mass., kicked off Friday morning with what the locals called a typical Buzzard’s Bay day:  clear, sunny skies and a prevailing southwesterly sea breeze that came in early and built throughout the day to approximately 16 -22 knots.  The race committee did an excellent job throughout the weekend, starting three races Friday and Saturday and two races on Sunday.  At the end of Day One, it was Quantum Racing with Sarah Buckley from Chicago at the helm taking 1-1-3, and Ohio’s Nancy Zangerle on No Twisted Knickers with a 2-2-1, which tied the two teams for first with five points each.  Karen Kelley of Pussy G’s Circus was in third with 14 points.


Saturday morning’s racing was delayed due to a heavy bank of fog that rolled in during the morning and finally lifted around noon.  The breeze filled in from the southwest at about 10-16 knots with flatter seas.  Quantum Racing broke Friday’s scoring tie for first with two bullets and a second, pulling ahead of No Twisted Knickers by six points. Airodoodle moved into third by finishing the day with a first place finish.


Light and variable wind was the weather order for the final day of racing. Two races were sailed in light and shifty conditions with a strong current.  Quantum Racing finished the day with a 3rd and an 8th (throw out) in the last two races of the series, which put them in first place by three points.  No Twisted Knickers came in second overall and Airodoodle finished third.


Quantum Racing qualified for the 2007 J24 Class World Championship in Mexico as a result of this weekend’s win. Buckley, along with Lindsey Duda and Laura Muma from Chicago, joined forces with Heather Ambrose and Suzy Coburn of Burlington, Vt.  Sara Waters from Newport, R.I. subbed on the team Friday, filling in for Katie Hansmann also from Newport, who raced Saturday and Sunday.  This was the first time all six sailors had ever sailed together and for some, it was their first or second time sailing on a J24.


The BYC did a wonderful job ensuring the participants had as much fun off the water as on.  Housing was arranged for all the out-of-town crews and post-race festivities ranged from parties at the yacht club to dinner at a private home Friday evening, complete with a steel drum Calypso band playing on the porch overlooking the beautiful bay. Click here for complete results.

Winning Quantum Racing Team

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