Sailing on the ever-popular Galveston Bay is a rapidly growing fleet of J/70s. While not sailing one-design events, some have been sailing the Galveston Bay Icicle Series in the PHRF handicap fleet- a series of “pursuit-style” races over several weeks. Recently, Michael Byrne posted a YouTube sailing video of their J/70 flying a Code Zero in this PHRF handicap pursuit race! Apparently, the J/70 was simply flying! According to Mike:
“We were in the PHRF staggered start race, we used a Code 0 built from the Galveston Bay UK loft. The race started off pretty tight with an apparent about 50 degrees, but ended up around 60-65 degrees. The pole was out just about 2.5 feet. Wind was around 6-10 kts true. Boat speed averaged about 7.5 knots C.O.G in flat water with no current. A J/109 with a Code 0 took forever to overhaul us, they ever so slowly rolled us to leeward with an extra 0.5 knots of boat speed, but chalk that up to the extra 13 feet of waterline!”
It sure looked like it was a fun day on the water. Last week the J/70 was the first boat across the line. Enjoy their YouTube J/70 sailing video here.