Friday, March 8, 2013

Santa @ J/105 Midwinters!

J105s sailing on Galveston Bay TexasAnd a "Horny Toad" with a "Distant Passion" for sailing, too!
(Seabrook, TX)- One can never have enough fun with boat names and while the J/24 class for years reigned supreme as the one class worldwide that had some of the craziest, goofiest names ever, the J/105 gang can't be too far behind.  A strong Texas contingent will be participating in the 2013 J/105 Midwinters - March 8th to 10th- that is being sailed again this year in Houston, Texas; hosted by the gracious members at Lakewood Yacht Club on the shore of Galveston Bay.

With fourteen boats, the event promises to deliver solid competition due to the fact there are several strong teams participating, some from as far away as Annapolis, New York and Bermuda.  Amongst the Texas leaders will be some familiar faces like Bill Lakenmacher's RADIANCE, Bill Zartler's SOLARIS, Uzi Ozeri's INFINITY and Mark Masur's TWO FEATHERS.  From Bermuda comes Jim MacDonald sailing DISTANT PASSION for Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and from New York will be Paul Beaudin and crew sailing AVICI for the Harlem Yacht Club.  Finally, there is indeed a "Santa" sailing in the regatta, Donald Santa's SANTAS REIGN DEAR from Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland!

So far, the J/105 Midwinters fleet may be blessed with nice sailing conditions on Friday and Saturday as a massive front passes by to the East, drawing in NNW winds 10-20 kts both days.  Then Sunday may be questionable, starting light and shifting SSW with another impending front ready to roll in and challenge the fleet.  For more J/105 Midwinters sailing information