You can’t get enough of a good thing! That sentiment persists from the 26 teams at the 2024 J/70 North American Championship hosted by Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Nayarit, Mexico. Friday proved to be another magnificent day on the water, as three more races went in the books, bringing the total to nine. Fernando Perez Ontiveros’s Black Mamba sustained their advantage with scores of 3,4,1 for 20 net points. Staying in the hunt eight points behind is David Jannetti’s Very Odd (Enigma). Eduardo Saenz’s Nimbus and Alejandro Perez Ontiveros’s Algarete pulled into a tie for third at 51 points. Eduardo Oetling’s Axolotl isn’t letting hold of the eight-boat Corinthian division. Ricardo Brockmann’s Vincitore remained solid in the One Pro division, and Martina Silva’s Mercenario 6 is atop the Mixed+ division. Winds on Banderas Bay started SSW at 12 knots and ended up WSW at 17 knots, with maximum puffs at 23 knots. Under blue skies, summer temperatures and a lot of ocean swell, John Evans’ Airplane! got in on the action with a bullet to start Friday, trailed by Jannetti’s Very Odd (Enigma) and Fernando Perez Ontiveros’s Black Mamba. After a couple seconds earlier in the event, it was Saenz’s Nimbus turn in race eight, while Oetling’s Axolotl cracked the top three and Alejandro Perez Ontiveros’s Algarete made their move toward the podium. Fernando Perez Ontiveros’s Black Mamba earned their third victory of the series to close the day, with Nimbus and Very Odd (Enigma) leading teams back to shore for another beautiful evening. Racing concludes Saturday with two races planned. Photos are available on the International J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

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