The SoCal J70 Midlife CrisisTeam led by Bruce Golison starts competing today on Long Island Sound. On board with Bruce are Steve Hunt, Peter Kinney and Erik Shampain.
Update 10.13.2017: This event is now underway and results are being posted up here on Yacht Scoring.
RYE, N.Y. (October 12,2017) – With sustained winds over 20 and gusts possibly breaking 30, the race committee spared the sailors of the J70 North American Championship the difficulties of broken boats and risk of injury. Nevertheless, the regatta hosted by American Yacht Club in Rye, New York did not disappoint. Thanks to the sponsors, led by Greatest Blaze & Co. tonight, a barbecue of grilled delights calmed the nerves of the sailors eagerly awaiting the start of the Championship. Fine slices of filet, mini Reuben sandwiches, Kobe beef mini hot dogs, skewered shrimp … what a spread! Such a great party kept everyone engaged for the rest of the evening.
The raging Long Island Sound, only suitable for windsurfers and kiteboarders today, will settle down to a perfect 10 to 15 mph tomorrow, setting the stage for a fun and competitive North American Championship.
Fifty-three boats from thirteen States and two Canadian Provinces, from coast to coast and as far south as Dallas and Florida have come to the American Yacht Club to stake their claim on being the best J70 sailors on the continent. This will not be an easy task. Champions of many different sailing classes grace this fleet, including the current J70 World Champion, Peter Duncan who sailed with crew, Jud Smith, Victor Diaz de Leon and Willem van Waay, all whom are sailing this event. We are all waiting on tomorrow with great anticipation.
For updated information as the regatta unfolds, please check in at https://www.facebook.com/americanycregattas/ where current information will be posted.
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