Friday, May 4, 2018

41st J/24 North American Championship Preview

J/24s sailing one-design
(Charleston, SC)- The Charleston YC will be hosting the 41st J/24 North American Championship from May 2nd to 6th on Charleston Harbor; home to some of the strongest currents and trickiest winds on the eastern seaboard.  A fleet of thirty-seven boats are signed on for the challenge of getting around the race track without hitting each other, hitting bottom, or hitting marks- all of which is easily possible to do on this compact race track south of Shutes Folly Island and northwest of the famous Fort Sumter.

The J/24 National Champions of the USA, Mexico, and Argentina are participating, as well as three J/24 World Champions! The competition will be fierce amongst the top teams, most of whom know each other well and have been competing for decades.  Teams that should be in the hunt include Mark Laura’s BABA LOUIE from Seattle, WA; Will Welles’ BOGUS from Newport, RI; John Mollicone’s HELLY HANSEN from Newport, RI; Travis Odenbach’s HONEY BADGER from Rochester, NY; Mike Ingham’s NAUTALYTICS from Rochester, NY; and Carter White’s YOUREGATTA from Portland, ME.

The two Latin American teams include Ken Porter’s MONSTER FISH from Valle de Bravo, Mexico and Nicolas Cubria’s ELVIS from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Finally, two women’s teams are entered; Erica Beck Spencer’s SEA BAGS WOMEN’S SAILING TEAM from Portland, ME and Jessica Koenig’s WOW from Charleston, SC.  For J/24 NA race results and regatta information.  For more Charleston YC host information Add to Flipboard Magazine.