While the winning Etchells 22 World Champion was loaded with J/sailor talent, the rest of the top fifteen in the fleet was, too.
J/24 World Champ, Chris Larson, was in the runner-up boat as tactician for Ante Razmilovic’s SWEDISH BLUE team from Hong Kong.
Marvin Beckmann finished third on THE MARTIAN and has sailed J/22s and J/24s extensively out of Houston, Texas.
Fourth place Senet and Clay Bischoff on KGB from Coral Reef YC in their youth were often found sailing local J/24s on Biscayne Bay.
Eighth place Phil Lotz sailing ARETHUSA from Newport, RI has experienced racing J/105s in the northeast over time.
Ninth place Shannon Bush’s LA TORMENTA and Curt Oetking from Texas Corinthian YC in Texas both have extensive J/22 and J/24 sailing in their local Texas circuits.
Tenth place, Jim Cunningham and his LIFTED crew of Jeff Madrigali, Mark Ivey and Bryn Bachman between them have sailed extensively on a range of J/22s, J/24s, J/70s and J/105s.
Eleventh place Scott Kaufman’s AMERICAN JANE 11 had Justin Law aboard, recently sailing J/70s in Key West and the winter J/70 circuit.
Twelfth place Jeff Siegal on APPRECIATION had an all-star cast of J/24 and J/70 champions, including Tim Healy, Willem Van Waay and Sarah Callahan.
Fourteenth place Peter Duncan on RAGING ROOSTER has sailed J/24s and, recently, J/70s quite extensively, as have his crew Tom Blackwell and Jud Smith (himself an Etchells 22 World Champion).
Fifteenth place Gary Gilbert on ANNIE had Mark Mendelblatt on board- not only a Tufts Jumbo All-American but also has extensive experience on J/22s and J/24s since college days in Boston.
In other words, having cut their teeth and honed their skills as one-design sailors in the larger fleets of J/22s, J/24s and J/70s, virtually all of these top racers have been able to translate that experience into other one-design classes and succeed. However, there has yet to be a top sailor from another one-design keelboat class that has “reversed” that process and quickly succeeded at the top level in any J/Class. In fact, other known top sailors that have “grown-up” in other leading sportboat/ keelboat classes have yet to crack the top ten in any major J/class event in their first year. Get a “J” one-design, learn faster, and better!