Rhode Island sailor
wins J/24 Worlds
Jens Hookanson of Middletown, R.I., won the 2004 Citibank J/24 World Championships, Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 at the Noroton (Conn.) Yacht Club, beating J/Boat president Jeff Johnstone (of Portsmouth, R.I.), who was leading on the final day of racing.
It came down to the last leg in the last race of the regatta to determine this year’s world champion. Hookanson came in second and Johnstone crossed the finish line 10th. Both teams were tied with 69 points each, but a double tie breaker — both had won one race, but Hookanson had the second place in the final race vs. Johnstone’s third place in race six — gave the title to Hookanson.
Team members who share top honors are tactician PJ Schaeffer, Ralph Kinder, Jock Hayes and Larry Colantuano.
Johnstone, in accepting his second-place trophy, said, “I’ve been sailing with my dad, Rod, for nearly 40 years. Our first J/24 Worlds was in 1982 and we got 16th, the next time eighth, then fourth, and now we’re second in the world. We are definitely going to do this next year!” www.j24worlds.com
Brown earns silver at Paralympic Games
With two medals in two events at the 2004 Paralympic Games, held Sept. 17 to 28 in Athens, Greece, U.S. sailors took home their biggest haul of medals yet in the brief history of the sport.
Tom Brown of Northeast Harbor, Maine, became the only repeat medalist from Sydney’s 2000 Paralympics when he earned the silver medal in the 2.4 Meter event in Athens. The surprising U.S. Sonar entry of John Ross-Duggan of Newport Beach, Calif.; Brad Johnson of Milwaukee, Wis./Hollywood, Fla.; and J.P. Creignou of St. Petersburg, Fla., (with alternate Roger Cleworth of Brandon, Fla.) shocked the field to earn the bronze medal.
For Brown, the end of these Paralympic Games may have signaled the end of his international sailing career.
“I think I’m done. I think this is it,” said Brown. “It would have been nice to get the gold and run away saying ‘I’m outta here,’ but this is good.”
Cape Cod WHishbone
wins team championship
On a thrilling final day of the U.S. Team Racing Championship, team Cape Cod WHishbone narrowly defeated team Somerville Silver Panda, winning the U.S. Sailing George R. Hinman Trophy and qualifying for the 2005 Team Racing World Championship.
The competition was intense at this year’s championship, held Sept. 10 to 12 at the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, with 16 of the country’s top teams and 96 sailors competing in new Vanguard 15s.
On the last day of the racing, Cape Cod WHishbone and Somerville Silver Panda ended up in a tiebreaker, each with a total of 19 points. Since WHishbone had defeated Silver Panda the last time they raced against each other in the event, the title was awarded to WHishbone and its team members, Mark Ivey of Newport, R.I.; Olympian Tim Wadlow of Osterville, Mass.; Karen Renzulli of Needham, Mass.; Matt Lindblad of Newport, R.I.; Erin Largay of Branford, Conn.; and Tim Fallon of Somerville, Mass. www.ussailing.org