Current J/111 World Champion Rob Ruhlman on Spaceman Spiff narrowly took victory at the J/111 Midwinter Championship, a part of J/Fest hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida. After eight races in three days, the Cleveland, OH-based Spaceman Spiff team, including Karl Felger, Doug Moose, Debbie Probst, Ryan Ruhlman, Abby Ruhlman, Jim Sminchak and Mark Wiss, tied on points with Ian Hill’s Sitella at 12. Both crews racked up the exact same scoreline, but Ruhlman placed one better than Hill in the last contest to claim the title. Conditions on Tampa Bay ranged from 6-8 knots on Friday and Sunday, with Saturday having the best breeze at 10-12 knots.

Final Results:

  1. Spaceman Spiff, Rob Ruhlman 1 - [4] - 1 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 ; 12
  2. Sitella, Ian Hill 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 1 - 1 - [4] ; 12
  3. Bravo, Andrew Ward/Sedgwick Ward 3 - 2 - 3 - [5/DNF] - 1 - 3 - 4 - 1 ; 17
  4. Wicked 2.0, Douglas Curtiss 4 - 3 - [5/DNF] - 5/DNS - 5/DNC - 5/DNC - 3 - 2 ; 27
    Photos are posted on the J/111 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=9649.