Mauricio Santa Cruz sailed Bruschetta to the top of the leader board on day 1 of the Quantum Loop Solutions J/24 World Championship at the Rochester Yacht Club in New York.
Ninety-six teams from 12 countries (Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Peru and the United States) are participating in the event.
scored a 2,6 on Monday for a total of 8 points. Ted Bartlewski's Drivers Wanted
from Canada is five points behind, and Luis Olcese's Scaramoush
from Peru has 16 points.
In the day's first race, Olcese's Scaramoush
claimed the top spot, followed by Santa Cruz's Bruschetta
and Matias Pereira's Luca
from Argentina (the winning boat from the 2011 World Championship). In Race 2, Peter Bream's Team Tarheel
of the USA crossed the finish line first, but suffered a 20% penalty. Vernon Robert's Joyita
of Chile trailed him, and Ignazio Bonanno's La Superba
was third. La Superba
appeared to have finished second in Race 1, however they suffered a disqualification.
Conditions on Lake Ontario started at 4-6 knots and got as high as 10 knots for a short time in Race 2, then subsided. The conditions then turned very unstable so the Race Committee was not able to complete a third race.
Racing continues through Friday, and 10 total races are planned. Live updates will be available all week at www.2012j24worlds.com