Mauricio Santa Cruz on Bruschetta Crowned J/24 World Champion
Rochester, NY, USA-September 21, 2012-Mauricio Santa Cruz snatched the lead on day one of the Quantum Loop Solutions J/24 World Championship and never looked back. He is now the reigning J/24 World Champion. Sailing Bruschetta with trimmer Daniel Santiago, tactician Alex Saldanha, mastman Sergio Bittencourt and bowman Alfredo Rovere, Santa Cruz earned his fourth J/24 World title.
At the Rochester Yacht Club in New York, Bruschetta achieved a remarkably consistent performance of seven top-ten tallies, a 13 and 19 in the ten-race series (including one discard). The team stacked up a 42-point advantage heading into Friday’s final race and was able to stay ashore and let the others duke it out for the remaining podium spots among the 96-boat fleet.
American John Mollicone’s 11th Hour Racing gained momentum throughout the week and seized second place with 101 points, followed by fellow American Tony Park’s Bangor Packet with 108 points. The 96 teams represented 12 countries-Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Peru and the United States.
“The venue was very shifty, and the team worked hard to stay on top of them. We had good sails and good speed,” Santa Cruz summarized. The team raced on J/24 #2021 made in 1980, making it a 32-year-old hull. “We used an old boat, but the old and new boats are fairly equal. The mast, keel and rudder have a good shape so we knew we would be fine. Our team has sailed together for eight years, and that is a big help. The Race Committee did a great job. Managing 100 boats is not an easy task.” Hank Stuart served as PRO.
In Friday’s race, three North American teams claimed the top places-Paul Scalisi’s Rabit Cson Duck Cson of the USA, Darby Smith of the USA and Phillip Williamson’s Roo of Canada. Winds on Lake Ontario shifted often and blew between 6-12 knots.
The top 10:
Mauricio Santa Cruz, BRA, 58 points
John Mollicone, USA, 101
Tony Parker, USA, 108
Mike Ingham, USA, 111
Matias Pereira, ARG, 111
Nicolas Cubria, ARG, 121
Rossi Milev, CAN, 122
Frithjof Schade, GER, 131
Peter Bream, USA, 132
Luis Olcese, PER, 147
The 2012 J/24 World Championship is title-sponsored by Quantum Loop Solutions and platinum-sponsored by Piehler Land Rover and Jaguar, Shumway Marine, and Miller Coors. The J/24 Class and the Rochester Yacht Club are proud to be partnered with these companies and thank them for their support.
Regatta website: www.2012j24worlds.com
Tim Wilkes official photos: www.timwilkes.com
Rochester Yacht Club: www.rochesteryc.com