Three days into the week-long J/24 World Championship at Rochester Yacht Club in New York, and Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil has taken dominant control of the 96-boat fleet.
has held the lead on each day of the event so far, and has now opened up a 41-point advantage with just three races to go. A throw-out took effect on Wednesday, and Santa Cruz dropped a 13, leaving him with all top 10 finishes in the seven races thus far.
Following him in the standings is America's Mike Ingham who shot into second place, whilst there is a tie for third between Frithjof Schade's JJone
(GER) and Rossi Milev's Clear Air
(CAN) with 67 points each.
In the day's first race, Ingham took top honors on 11th Hour Racing
, with Nicolas Cubria's Elvis of Argentina second and Pat Toole's 3 Big Dogs
of the USA in third. Race 2 saw another American in first-Will Welles's Cougar
. Matias Seguel's Guru
of Chile and Ignazio Bonanno's La Superba
of Italy trailed Welles. In the third bout, Mauricio Santa Cruz ended the day on a positive note, as did Americans' Ingham in second and Darby Smith in third.
Winds on Lake Ontario started at 12-14 knots, then built to 18 for most of Race 1, decreased slightly in Race 2, then dropped to 5-7 knots in the final race. Swells lingered from the previous night's storm throughout the day.
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Racing continues through Friday, and 10 total races are planned. Live updates will be available all week at www.2012j24worlds.com