There are more than fifty-seven J/Teams sailing out of eighty-three boats registered so far with J's representing the dominant brand at the regatta with over 70% of the fleet!
The inaugural J/70 one-design class has thirty-one teams competing, by far the largest class in the regatta, where many leading contenders are using the event as a tune-up for the upcoming J/70 North Americans in Annapolis in the end of September. Amongst the notable teams (based on recent performances) are Joel Ronning's CATAPULT, Blake Kimbrough's NOSTALGIA, Bennet Greenwald's PERSEVERANCE, Martin Kullman's TOUCH 2 PLAY and Brian Keane's SAVASANA. Two others to watch out for are Henry Filter on WILD CHILD and Peter McChesney on USA 209-- both college sailing All-Americans with enormous amounts of one-design experience under their belts. Three women skippers are also participating and have been demonstrating they are quite competitive at both a regional and national level, including Jenn Wulff on JOINT CUSTODY, Kathy Parks on SUNDOG and Catharine Evans on MOJITO.
Other J One-Design classes include J/105s, J/80s, J/30s and J/35s. So far, fifteen J/105s area sailing including Carl & Scott Gitchell's TENACIOUS, Jack Biddle's famous RUM PUPPY, Robert Reeves's A-TRAIN, Andrew Kennedy's BAT IV and Don Santa's SANTAS REIGN DEAR. Seventeen J/80s are attending including Will & Marie Crumps R80, COURAGEOUS (Gary Panariello), MANGO (Keith Mangano), RASCAL (Lucy Thomson) and Chris Chadwick's CHURCK KEY. Seven J/30s will be sailing including INSATIABLE (Ron Anderson), INFECTIOUS SMILE (Tristan Keen), BEBOP (Bob Rutsch & Mike Costello), AVITA (George Watson), THE WHITE BOAT (Dave Moss) and POGO (Charles Lutz). Six J/35s will be dueling for supremacy, including MAGGIE (Peter Scheidt), MEDICINE MAN (Charles Kohlerman) and DAKOTA GIRL (Stephanie Reuer). Finally, in PHRF Class are six J/24s like Paul Ford's WILDCARD, Paul van Ravenswaay's MILLENNIUM FALCON, Jim McGinnis's historic SWAG and Pete Kassal's SPACEMAN SPIFF. Sailing photo credits- Tim Wilkes.com For more CBYRA Race Week sailing information