Thursday, July 9, 2015

J/88's Dominate Chicago Offshore

J/88 sailing off Chicago on Lake Michigan (Chicago, IL)- A recent update from Rich Stearns, the J/Dealer in Chicago, explained that the J/88 continues to kick up her heels and show her transom to much of the Chicago offshore fleet in local races.

According to Rich, “J/88's continue to dominate distance racing in Chicago. Ben Wilson's RAMBLER won the rally race in the NOOD regatta and Boyd Jarrell's SLOT MACHINE took first place in the Chicago to Waukegan race, and my boat HOKEY SMOKES took 2nd overall in the Colors Regatta.

You might have noticed the J/88's as a class have decided to sail the longer distance races. The owners have agreed that although some windward-leeward races are fun, they really enjoy the distance racing. So far this year the results are in, the J/88 sailors are dominating these races.

What is really cool about it is not one boat, but all the boats, are taking turns winning! Distance racing is really a different mindset in sailboat racing. Tactics are different and results rely more on skill and cunning than crew work. All the 88's are enjoying this laid back style of sailing and why not?! Isn't that why most of us are out there!? The sport seems to be moving back to longer racing and the fun and challenge of random leg courses offshore.”  For more J/88 sailing information