Saturday, August 11, 2018

J/88 North American Championship Preview

J/88 sailing fast (Chicago, IL)- The Chicago YC’s fabulous Race Committee is hosting the four-day J/88 North American Championship, in conjunction with the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta, starting on Thursday, August 9th. A fleet of seventeen J/88s from across the eastern half of North America will be vying for the N.A. Championship crown against the best fleet ever assembled for the class. Twelve or more races will ensure the competitors from New York, Ontario (Canada), Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, North Carolina, and Rhode Island will have plenty of opportunity to determine who is the fairest of them all after thrashing around the cans off the spectacular Chicago waterfront, racing on the pristine waters of Lake Michigan.

J/88 Wings sailing upwindThe top teams from the Northeast include Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Doug Newhouse’s YONDER (with World Match Racing Champion Taylor Canfield as tactician) and Mike Bruno’s WINGS.  There is a strong contingent from Lake Ontario, including Tim Finkle’s SEAWEED, and Laura Weyler’s HIJINKS (2018 Great Lakes Champion).  Then, the hosts from the Chicago region have several hot teams, like Al Minella’s ALBONDIGAS, Tod Patton’s BLONDIE 2, Andy Graff’s EXILE, Richie Stearns’ HOKEY SMOKES, Ben Wilson’s RAMBLER, and Boyd Jarrell’s SLOT MACHINE.

Given the incredibly close competition at the J/88 Midwinters in St Petersburg, FL and at Charleston Race Week, the 2018 edition of the J/88 NA’s should see very competitive sailing throughout the event at the top of the leaderboard. Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images and Chris Howell/ J88 Class.  For more J/88 North American Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.