Sunday, June 15, 2014

Cleveland Race Week- One-Design Preview

J/70 sailing upwind(Cleveland, OH)- Over many years the Edgewater YC in Cleveland, Ohio has continued to refine and grow one of the best regattas on Lake Erie- Cleveland Race Week.  It’s an event that is comprised of two parts:  the first weekend is oriented to one-designs from June 12th to 15th and the second weekend is dedicated to offshore handicap racing from June 19th to 22nd.  The first weekend is also the J/70 Great Lakes Championship and top boats qualify to sail for the J/70 World Championships sailed in Newport, RI and hosted by New York YC.  The sailors are all looking forward to three days of sailing on three circles and three days of parties- including live bands, food and drink.

The one-design event this year looks like it may be challenging for the sailors as the El Nino effects and random-moving jet-streams are conspiring to create a light-air weekend of sailing.  Nevertheless, it will still be competitive sailing for the fleets of J/22s, J/24s, J/70s and J/105s.

As it has been in several multi-fleet regattas, the J/70s have just about taken over yet another event.  As the largest fleet with 25 boats, it will be “game on” for these teams as they seek to be amongst the fortunate few to get a coveted slot to the Worlds.  Teams like Henry Filter’s WILD CHILD, John Aras’s SCHOOL’S OUT, John McSweeney’s FLAT STANLEY RACING, Tim Finkle’s JUNIOR and Marty McKenna’s RARITY may all be in the hunt for the top spots on the podium.

Over in J/22 world, an excellent turn-out of fourteen teams will ensure fun racing for all.  Several of the infamous New York teams (Rochester, Youngstown, Buffalo) will be in attendance, including none other than Kevin Doyle’s and Vic Snyder’s MO’MONEY, Mark Stuhlmiller’s EUDAIMONIA, Adam & Jermoe Masters’s TRAINWRECK, Dave & Benjamin Krystaf’s RUFUS and RJ Moon’s AXE WOUND.  Local Ohio boats that will factor into the equation should be Nick Turney & Brian Brucken on USA 1058 as well as Tod Sackett’s FM.  Then, it looks like a rather “stacked” boat from Tawas Bay YC in Michigan will be on hand to upset the apple cart- Chris & Jennifer Princing with Chris Doyle sailing TEAM AWARD & SPORTS.

For the J/105s, a complete Lake Erie contingent are sailing.  Watch out for the Uhlir Brothers on TRIO, Chris & Josh Mallet on SYNCHRONICITY and Jim Sminchak & Moose on IT.

The J/24s will be dueling for who’s the “local top dog” on the podium. Chris & Melissa Glynn will be aiming THE MYSTERY MACHINE for the stars, Terrence Bowdish on CARRY-ON is hoping to just carry-on, and Steve Hronek plans to guide the BLACK & TAN missile into orbit— hopefully.  For more Cleveland Race Week sailing information