Cowes, UK (August 4, 2016) – After four days of competition, Martin Dent’s JElvis has won the J/111 Garmin World Championship. Racing with a young team including family members, JElvis only joined the class last year but held off a strong challenge from Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key to take the title.
The final day of racing delivered two windward leeward races in a southwesterly gradient breeze. Once again, enhanced by thermal breeze the wind speed piped up to 20 knots, giving thrilling conditions to the fleet.
In the pre-start to the penultimate race, Skeleton Key engaged JElvis, with the two combatants weaving through the fleet. However, Skeleton Key misjudged the line and arriving early had to bare away. It was a position that the American team found hard to recover from, ending the race in 10th, which was discarded. The race was won by Mike Mayer’s Kashmir. The team from Chicago became the fifth team to score a bullet at the J/111 Garmin World Championship. The intensity of the competition saw nine teams out of fourteen make the podium.
JElvis had a five point cushion going into the ninth and final race but a poor first beat left JElvis in 7th whilst Skeleton Key took the lead. However, McFly and Kashmir, who were both in front of JElvis, almost simultaneously ripped their spinnakers, allowing JElvis to climb the necessary places on the leaderboard to win the J/111 Garmin World Championship.