The breeze was on for the third and final day (reminiscent of Friday) of the Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series in Chicago. A fast-building northwest wind pushed boats, gear and crew to their limits. Still, the Chicago and Corinthian Yacht Clubs gave the sailors a full slate of races and stories to share. This edition of the Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta will certainly be remembered for its testing but tasty champagne conditions. On the One-Design White Circle, Andy Graff’s J/88 team Exile experienced its share of broaches, and had a tough day Sunday, but pulled off a 4-point win. “We entered the day with a 1-point lead, and in the first race we just covered the boats near us in the standings. In the last race, I didn’t know the scores of the boats behind us, but we didn’t want to put a kite up—knew we just had to finish. The last race was a hard race…we were just trying to get around without hurting anything or breaking anything.” For full results, visit

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