Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Chicago J/Day Regatta Announcement

Chicago J-Day Regatta (Chicago, IL)- The 2014 edition of J/Day, sponsored by Skyway Yacht Works, Columbia Yacht Club and Stearns Boating is scheduled for June 28th 2014. The 2013 day was a great success, fighting crazy weather that included fog (in Chicago??) so thick you couldn't see 500 yards.  The day turned into some of the most fun sailing of the summer. Once again, the sailing will be in the outer harbor right off the Aquarium and Planetarium. It will once again be crazy fun racing for all.

While some fleets will opt to sail normal windward-leeward courses, the day features a pursuit race and a race with water balloons and Frisbee tosses adding or subtracting from your finish times.  It is all about having fun with the family and a break from the hard core racing of the summer. Ken Ganch and his wife Stephanie (J/105 and J/70 owners) are once again
barbecuing for the day!

“This year,” says Steve Kindra (from Skyway Yacht Works), “we want to make one of the races where kids drive and really start to include the family into the mix!”

J/70 sailing at J-Day Regatta off ChicagoAccording to Rich Stearns (of Stearns Boating), “Last year, we had 3 J/111’s, 5 105's, 2 J/70's, 5 109's, 1 J/120 and 1 J/133.  The courses were 1 mile in length and because of the weather, we were able to race inside the outer break-wall, just outside the harbor mouth. That was the first time anyone had raced inside the wall - other than the Junior Sailors!”

Steve added, “This year we will have 3 sponsors - HARKEN, KANBERRA GEL, and PETTIT PAINT. Rich and I are providing the food and refreshments and the sponsors are providing very generous prizes, including Nautica watches, Pettit Paint, HARKEN hardware and hats and rum-drinks kinda stuff. Kanberra Gel is providing promotional items including a 2 oz gel for signing up at the skippers meeting.”

For more information, please contact Rich Stearns ( or Steve Kindra (ph# 847-638-0010 or