Thursday, June 12, 2014

J/70's Growing In Chile

J/70 sailing off Algarrobo, Chile (Algarrobo, Chile)- Back in 1992, the J/24s first arrived in Algarrobo, the famous seaport in Chile, and even to this day the fleet remains strong with more than twenty boats.  Making history again is the J/70, debuting in their first regatta as a fleet in Algarrobo.  The Cofradía Náutica Club hosted their first J/70 regatta along the Pacific Ocean this past weekend.

On Saturday, the J/70s raced one “long distance” race and one standard windward-leeward course.  According to Juan Eduardo Reid sailing on one of the 70s, “the conditions were almost perfect for a winter day down here in South America- just 8 to 12 kt winds, sunny day, flat water! The most impressive and delightful thing was the similar speed of the boats and the quantity of women sailing- we had at least 1 or 2 per boat!”

J/70s sailing upwind off Algarrobo, ChileThe leading boat was BLACK JACK sailed by Rodrigo Solar, Pablo Amunátegui (famous J/24 and S40 sailor), Rodrigo Guzman and Victoria Novión.  Taking second was ALLEGRO with Matías Seguel as skipper and wife Aranza Martínez, Juan Cristobal Lira and wife Magdalena González.  Third was WINDMADE with Juan Reid and girlfriend Francisca Cordero, brother Andrés Reid and Santiago Lorca. Of note that in fourth was YALI sailed by  Sergio Baeza and his wife Caroline Ecclefield, with Carlos Montes and Roberto Hernández in the crew.  The fleet is having a great time, especially learning “planing mode” from “soak mode”!

The fleet now enters the winter period, but will be back on August 30rd in Algarrobo.  In February 2015, the National Championship will be run again in Lake Panguipulli in the Andean Mountains. The Chilean J/70 Class is also proud to announce that Santander Bank is sponsoring the J/70 class for the 2015 season!