20 Aug 2004
Congratulations to Dean Holcomb 2004 Elliott 770 North American Champion. Elliott Nationals were held on August 7th and 8th. Saturday showed light shifty breeze for the Elliott 770s competing for the Elliott Nationals. The first upwind leg was led by John McCarthy sailing Joel Leetzows boat. After a big right hand shift the first 3 boats where stuck on the wrong side and that allowed the guys who were rounding behind to catch up and pass the leaders. At the leeward mark local Dean Holcomb had boat speeded the fleet to take the lead followed by John McCarthy and then Justin Chambers. Dean Holcomb went on to win the race followed by Greg Bell who had a good upwind leg followed by Justin Chambers. Sunday had much of the same in the way of breeze. Light and shifty was the order for the day. Again John McCarthy took off and led the fleet at the first mark by a large margin. Half of the fleet went right downwind while the other half including Justin Chambers set up for a jibe set at the top mark which worked nicely for them. The breeze filled in from the side allowing Justin and Team WeatherMark to sail to the front of the fleet. Dean Holcomb sailing through fleet was able to claw his way to second in race two. A race three was attempted but with no cooperation from the breeze it was abandoned shortly after rounding the top mark. Giving Dean Holcomb and his crew aboard War Frog the National Championship.