J24 World Championships - Americans dominate day 1

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Monday 26th August 2013: Tim Healy’s Helly Hansen from Newport, Rhode Island (centre right) on day one of the BMW J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club where 40 crews from ten nations are competing on the course area between Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island.
On day one of the J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club, near Dublin, Ireland, American crews led the way in both races.

After a two-hour delay for wind, the 40-boat fleet finally got away for the first race in a light but testing easterly breeze. First blood went to Tony Parker and his crew from Annapolis who experienced the Howth waters a week earlier at the Irish National Championship.

Fellow American Keith Whittemore from Seattle, who also sailed in the Irish event, followed him home in second place while defending World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil finished third, ahead of leading UK entry Ian Southworth.

American crews again led the way in the second race, with line honours going to former North American Champion Travis Odenbach from Rochester, with Whittemore second again and Santa Cruz taking another third spot. Newport’s Tim Healy took fifth to make it three US boats in the top five.

After two races, Whittemore leads the overall rankings by two points from the Brazilians, with Britain’s Ian Southworth (with a fourth and seventh) third. Leading Irish boat is ‘Stouche’ (Darrer/Murphy) from the host club, whose 10th and eighth place finishes have put them seventh overall.

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Monday 26th August 2013: The Italian Marine team in action on La Superba during the opening race of the BMW J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club yesterday (Monday).

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Monday 26th August 2013: Tim Healy's Helly Hansen from Newport, Rhode Island on day one of the BMW J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club where 40 crews from ten nations are competing on the course area between Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island.

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Monday 26th August 2013: Racing started with light conditions for day one of the BMW J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club where 40 crews from ten nations are competing on the course area between Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island.

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Monday 26th August 2013: Racing started with light conditions for day one of the BMW J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club where 40 crews from ten nations are competing on the course area between Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island.

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Monday 26th August 2013: Mossy Shanahan's Crazyhorse on day one of the BMW J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club where 40 crews from ten nations are competing on the course area between Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island.

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Monday 26th August 2013: Peruvian entry Scaramoush skippered by Luis Olcese day one of the BMW J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club where 40 crews from ten nations are competing on the course area between Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island.

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Monday 26th August 2013: John Murphy and Martin Darrer's Stouche sailing jointly for Howth and Royal Cork yacht clubs shortly after the start of the first race in the BMW J24 World Championships off Ireland's Eye yesterday (Monday).

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Monday 26th August 2013: Tony Parker's Bangor Packet from Annapolis leading the 40 strong fleet in race one of the BMW J24 World Championship at Howth, Co. Dublin yesterday (Monday).

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Monday 26th August 2013: John Murphy and Martin Darrer's Stouche sailing jointly for Howth and Royal Cork yacht clubs shortly after the start of the first race in the BMW J24 World Championships off Ireland's Eye yesterday (Monday).

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