Wednesday, August 2, 2017

J/FEST Great Lakes Fun!

J/105 sailing J/Fest (Toronto, ONT, Canada)- The inaugural Lake Ontario J/FEST regatta was held July 21st to 23rd at Ashbridges Bay YC, just west of downtown Toronto, sailing on the beautiful Lake Ontario. The regatta was host to one-design fleets of J/105s, J/27s, J/80s and PHRF offshore handicap racing.

With seventeen boats, the J/105 fleet was always going to be competitive.  Winning was the current J/105 North American Champion, Terry McLaughlin & Rod Wilmer’s MANDATE.  Taking 2nd was yet another J/105 NA’s winner, Jim Rathbun’s HEY JUDE.  Third was Gavin Disney’s USUAL SUSPECTS.  Rounding out the top five were Peter Hall’s JAMAICA ME CRAZY in 4th and Mike Mountford’s LIVE EDGE took 5th.

The J/27s had tight racing amongst the top five crews.  In the end, Andrew Riem’s CURVED AIR won by just 3 pts over Andre Beese’s MESSING ABOUT.  Settling for third was Bob Kelly’s LINE DRIVE with 12 pts.  Fourth was Phil Jager’s FIVE J and fifth was Christian Greenfield’s MISS TRIXIE.

In the J/35s, it was Paul-Angus Bark’s CRIME SCENE that took the class title, followed by Paul Cavanaugh’s TOP GUN in 2nd, and Geoff Roulet’s JEANNIE in 3rd.

Finally, the J/80s were won by Hugh Mcgugan’s BREAKAWAY J, followed by Trudy Murphy’s FEISTY in 2nd and Gary Stephenson’s FLYER in third place.  For more J/Fest Great Lakes sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.