Saturday, August 5, 2017

Buzzards Bay Regatta Preview

J/70 sailing upwind (New Bedford, MA)- The 45th edition of the late summer classic known as the Buzzards Bay Regatta is on track to be an exciting event, drawing boats from local, traditional classes as well as from some of the most popular sportboats currently on the racing circuit.

This year’s regatta includes kiteboards (like all 5 variations- foilers, too) as well as a huge J/70 class for its Corinthian Nationals and also great participation by J/owners in various handicap classes.

There is a J/05 one-design class with five boats;  it is likely that Nicole Breault's crew on GOOD TRADE may lead the fleet home to the victory stand! 

In the PHRF Spinnaker division, 7 of 10 boats are all J/crews!!  They include three J/109s- Corey Eaves’ FREEDOM, Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING and Dan Boyd’s WILD THING.  Plus, they will be up against past regatta winners like Doug Curtiss’ J/111 WICKED 2.0; Ira Perry’s J/29 SEEFEST; and NYYC Annual Regatta winner- Tom Sutton’s J/35 LEADING EDGE from Houston, TX.

Finally, in PHRF Non-Spinnaker is Jamey Shachoy’s pretty J/122 AUGUST WEST and Ken van Colen’s hot blue J/30 MOODY BLUE!  Then, in PHRF Cruising division is another J/122, Jimmy Masiero’s URSUS MARITIMUS from Sterling, MA.   For more Buzzards Bay Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.