Banderas Bay continued to deliver epic wind conditions starting at 12-14 knots and building up to 20 at times for three more races Thursday, bringing the total to six at the 2024 J/70 North American Championship. Twenty-six teams enjoyed a second day with a beautiful seabreeze at the Championship hosted by Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Nayarit, Mexico. The discard came into play, however the leading two boats remained unchanged: Fernando Perez Ontiveros’s Black Mamba and David Jannetti’s Very Odd (Enigma). Black Mamba maintained scores in the top six, and when dropping the six, kept 12 net points. Very Odd (Enigma) posted a pair of bullets Thursday but added a 10 (their throw-out) to keep second place with 14 net points. Ignacio Perez Morett’s Zaguero moved up to third overall at 26 net points. Eduardo Oetling’s Axolotl maintained the lead in the eight-boat Corinthian division. Jannetti’s Very Odd (Enigma) notched their first of back-to-back wins to open the day, followed first by Eduardo Saenz’s Nimbus and Perez Morett’s Zaguero, and then by Perez Ontiveros’s Black Mambaa and Manuel Vazquez’s Chavorucos. Black Mamba ended Thursday on a high note, as did Kevin Downey’s Mr. Pitiful and Zaguero in the top trio. Teams commenced to Vallarta Yacht Club for a regatta dinner, including live music and camaraderie. Racing continues through Saturday. Photos are available on the International J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

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