Jordan and Mulcahy win a wild and windy 2018 Club 420 Association US National Championship
Long Beach Island, NJ -- The Club 420 Association 2018 US National Championships was held July 17-19 by The Brant Beach Sailing Foundation at Brant Beach Yacht Club in Brant Beach, NJ
Club 420 Nationals 2018 kicked off to a hammering start, delivering the long awaited wind regatta of the season. When we called for wind, Brant Beach Yacht Club delivered, and did it ever! 292 Club 420 sailors enjoyed a 15-24 knot first day out for the best heavy wind sailing of the season. With skill challenges and equipment challenges, the 146 boat fleet sailed in two fleets battling the ferocity of Barnegat Bay. After 3 race rotations with breeze building to upwards of 25 knots, sails saw the best and most exciting racing of the season.
Day 2 brought more typical local conditions and had something for everyone. Starting with a refreshing light wind start to Race 4, building to 10-14 knots in races 5 and 6, and after a shift to the Northeast, race 7 saw 8 knots with gusts to 10.
On the final day of racing, with championship Gold and Silver fleets, racers set off to a beautiful day of sunshine and 8-10 knots of breeze to start and increasing through the day. At the end of the day California’s Ansgar Jordan and Patrick Mulcahy took first in Gold with four bullets in the series, New Jersey’s Luke Arnone and crew Noble Reynoso placed second with 3 bullets and a 2 point differential. Third place went to the dynamic junior girls from Annapolis and Houston Yacht Clubs, Maddie Hawkins and Yumi Yoshiyasu. Local sailors Lachlain McGranahan and Ariel Cassaretto, claimed 4th, Sarah Burn and crew Trish Gerli 5th and Mikalea and Colleen O’Brien 9th. In Silver fleet Laura Ferraris and Lily Josephson took first followed by Connor and Christopher Macken with John Vail and Lucas Masiell taking third.
This epic event was loaded a large, competitive field, varied wind conditions and off water experiences, making this Brant Beach Nationals memorable. “This was the best venue to date! Not only was it great, it was the best run, with the very best professional race committee.” Full results are at www.club420.org