Reg Lord’s Juno team has claimed the 2021 Noakes Summer 7s Series over nearest rival Director Dr Sam Haynes’ Celestial. This is Lord’s second consecutive title after claiming the 2020 Series in October last year.
Juno, with Youth Sailing Academy (YSA) graduate Murray Jones along with current YSA sailors James Hodgson and Tom Grimes, is now heading to Melbourne for the J/70 Australian National Championship where Lord will be hoping to claim his fourth consecutive Australian title.
Haynes’ Celestial finished runners-up, after heading into the final two races tied on points with Juno. With David Chapman on the helm, Haynes was also using the series as a warm-up for the J/70 Nationals after recently acquiring his own J/70.
The fight for the final podium position was also tight with Will McVeagh and Bryan Northcote tied on points after the final 11th race. Both teams were new to the Noakes 7s Series in 2021 with Will McVeagh claiming third after winning Race 9 of the series.
“We are very happy to come away with the title this series. There were three J/70 teams using it as a warm-up for the Nationals, so it was great competition,” commented Juno mainsail trimmer Murray Jones.
The Noakes 7s Series will be back in October for a six-week series. Noakes Group have been the naming rights sponsor to the Series since its inception in 2016. Noakes Group are also a proud sponsor of the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and CYCA Youth Sailing Academy.
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