J/24 MIDS GET SUNBURNED IN MIAMI Brown University Sailing Coach John Mollicone sharpened his sailing skills with an early lead in the 2014 J/24 Midwinters. His three bullets gave him a total of 8 points, two points ahead of 2nd. His obviously excellent crew is made up of Tim Healy, Geoff Becker, Colin Leon and Gordon Borges. This team won the 2013 J/24 Worlds with Healy as skipper. They also won the J/70s in the recent Key West Race Week. Miami’s Robby Brown and his team Ron Hyatt, Mark Liebell, Jeff Rubin and Arthur Blodget finished in second and Travis Odenbach sailing with Patrick Wilson, Rossi Milez, Chris Morgan and Emery Williams were in third with 16 points. The weather was beautiful with a light chop and sunny skies but No black flags during the four races on Day One of the 2014 J/24 Mid-Winters despite the reputation of the regatta as the first time that Black Flags had been used with Bow Numbers (1984). The 27 teams got off to an early start in Miami’s 80 degree weather. Paradise is never perfect however, The wind died during the second race causing the RC to shorten the course but came back enough to have two more races. There were some protests however, so the jury will be busy this evening back at regatta host Coral Reef Yacht Club. Regatta Chair Mark Pincus reports that it was a “Chamber of Commerce race day” and there are two more days of racing to go.