CONGRATULATIONS to Team Callisto aboard a J/109, our Caribbean Championship WINNERS!
Bill Colombo, Michael Hendrie, William Howard, Jonathan Hurthle, Jim Murray & Mike Reynaert.
For the final day, host @chicagoyachtclub served up a great one for the nearly70 teams—12 knots of wind and steep waves—just the sort of conditions in which Jim Murray’s team on the Callisto excels. Callisto won its nine-boat division and earned the regatta’s overall prize—a berth at the @hellyhansensailing @sailingworldmag Caribbean Championship, hosted by @sunsailholidays
“This is our 13th season with the boat,” says Murray, of Lake Bluff, Illinois. “This fleet of J/109s is so evenly matched that, if you screw up, you get ejected.”
In today’s stronger winds, however, Murray and his squad won the last two races to close with an impressive 11-point winning margin. “When it’s windy like it was, you have to be aggressive on the starting line,” he says, “and in this fleet, everyone’s starting game is really high.”
With good starts and the sails set for maximum power, he says, Callisto’s helmsman Mike Hendrie was able to work his magic while the team’s tactician, Bill Colombo, put them in the right places at the right time. “I’ve been sailing with Mike since we were kids,” Murray says, “so I know he can hold a lane even in the slop we had today. He’s so fast off the line, and can hold a lane for a long time, so that helps us get into the top three right away.”
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