Team Masquerade Wins J/105 North Americans

Seadon Wijsen

North-powered boats take 5 of the top 10 places!

J/105 NA winner Masquerade
Chris Perkins and team on Masquerade were victorious at last week’s J/105 North American Championship. Hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club, the San Francisco-based boat led from the beginning with a 2-minute win in the first race and kept a consistent score line of 1,2,2,1,3,2,4,4,4 for 23 total points. The team consisted of Perkins, Steve Marsh, Tom Purdy, Mark Chandler, Larry Swift and Rose Eberhard. This triumph marks the boat Masquerade's third North American Championship, after winning in 2006 and 2007 with owner Tom Coates at the helm.

Masquerade is a well prepared J/105 and had an inventory of North sails including an AP Main, LA-1 Jib, CJ-1 Jib and V-Max Spinnaker.Masquerade kept their tuning simple and sailed to the North tuning guide numbers. Five other boats used North sails for the regatta- all with great success. Chuck Driscoll and Tom Hurlburt and Bruce Stone used North inventories to place 4th and 5th respectively. Driscoll/Hurlburt and Rick Goebel both showed great speed with their North sails and accumulated race wins.

Perkins praised Masquerade, veteran hull #17, and the teams' familiarity with it. "We know this boat intimately. It's well prepared in its set-up with a nice new set of sails," he stated. He also applauded his crew for their flawless efforts, saying "There were no crew mistakes, despite the fact that we're all very busy and we had little practice. That's where luck comes in sometimes." It was easy to notice that Masquerade quickly launched to the front of the 25-boat fleet at the starts. "We had consistent starts where we got the nose out and didn't have to play ping pong," Perkins explained. "Some regattas go your way, and this one did for us. We were in the right place for the shifts."

Chuck Driscoll, who placed fourth with Blow Boat, which he owns with Tom Hurlburt, had a slightly different take. "Masquerade just had speed, so they were able to sail conservatively in the middle instead of banging the corners. Unlike the rest of us, they didn't have a single bad race."

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