Sunday, July 21, 2019

J/Fest Great Lakes Regatta Preview

J/80 sailing off Toronto, ONT (Toronto, ONT, Canada)- The Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario is hosting their first J/Fest Great Lakes on their magnificent setting on an island offshore of the majestic city of Toronto.  The event will feature one-design fleets for J/27s, J/80s, J/105s and a PHRF fleet that includes J/88s, J/35s, and J/109. Thirty-three boats are participating in the event, an excellent turnout for the inaugural event at RCYC.

The five-boat J/27 class includes Chris Johnston’s AFTERNOON DELIGHT, Madeleine Beese’s MESSING ABOUT, Christian Greenfield’s MISS TRIXIE, Rich O’Hare’s TAKE 5, and Bruce Scott’s WARPED PERCEPTION.

The nine-boat J/80 class includes three women owner/ skippers, including Trudy Murphy’s FEISTY, Janet Geisberger’s HAPPY J, and Chrissy Thompson’s PUFFIN. They will up against “the boys”, six of them, that include Owen Schneider’s ENIGMA, Gary Stephenson’s FLYER, Martin Rutter’s FREE RADICAL, Dave Doyle & Mark McLean’s INNOCENT BYSTANDER, Richard Bruneau’s JUBILATION, and Chris Hobb’s LIFTED.

Starting over a half-dozen years ago, several members of the Royal Canadian YC wanted to come up with a “family-friendly” day sailor and offshore racing keelboat that was also easy to maintain. They focused on picking up “gently used” J/105s and the fruit of their continuing efforts has materialized in a class of sixteen boats for the event.  Perhaps even more amazing is that the local J/105 fleet includes two past multiple J/105 North American Champions- Jim Rathbun’s HEY JUDE and Terry McLaughlin & Rod Wilmer’s MANDATE. Other top contenders include Mike Mountford’s LIVE EDGE, Peter Hall’s JAMAICA ME CRAZY, Mike Chapman’s SENTIENT, Ian Farquharson’s SONIC BOOM, and Frank McLaughlin’s STARCROSS.

The J/PHRF class includes Tim Sweet’s J/88 PUFFIN, two J/105s (Paul-Angus Bark’s CRIME SCENE and Andrew Koolman’s LOYALIST), and Denys Jones’ J/109 CARPE VENTUS.  For more J/Fest Great Lakes Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.