Monday, March 24, 2014

“Trading Places”- Women Sailing J/70s

J/70 Junkanoo- sailing Key West- Suzy LeechWhy J/70 Sailor Suzy Leech is “Driving the Bus”
(Key West, FL)- In the March 2014 SAILING Magazine issue, Contributing Editor Betsy Crowfoot had a chance to catch up with Suzy Leech, a Jamestown, Rhode Island resident that has been campaigning her J/70 JUNKANOO.

J/70 Junkanoo- Suzy Leech sailing fast upwind off Key WestIn Key West Race Week, Suzy had aboard her team some very talented women sailors- in fact, they were the only all-women team sailing amongst the fleet’s eight women skippers (women skippers comprised 13.0% of the fleet!).

Sailing magazine- March 2014 issueJoining Suzy were America’s Cup team-mates Katie Pettibone and Dawn Riley and also top-ranked 470 sailor, Elizabeth Kratzig.  Collectively, this crew had several decades of both top-level, Olympic class dinghy racing but also tens of thousands of miles of offshore racing experience.   Read more about Suzy's adventures in Key West and why they has had so much fun sailing her J/70 with some great women sailors!  SAILING magazine PDF here

Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing   For SAILING Magazine iPad subscription information