Tuesday, June 24, 2014

J/80 World Championship Update

J/80 Worlds (Annapolis, MD)- “Uniquely situated on the Severn River at the mouth of the Chesapeake, Eastport Yacht Club is eagerly anticipating the J/80 world championship this fall.  Top notch Race Committee led by Principal Race Officer Sharon Hadsell, NRO (USA), a representative International Jury with Charlotte Greppe, IJ/IU (SWE) as Chief Judge, professional staff and volunteers experienced with running large scale world class events are all ready to welcome you to a guaranteed excellent regatta,” commented regatta Co-Chairs Sharon & Jeff Borland.

The Worlds committee has released the cool-looking logo (seen here), and is working on creating great merchandise with it. Preparations are under way for some great parties to celebrate a great class. Music, food and the famous Eastport hospitality will be sure to impress! Both on and off the water, this will be a World-class event!

J/80 world championshipThe first measurement weekend has been announced as July 12 & 13, in Annapolis, MD.  The Worlds committee measurement team, overseen by a certified J/80 class measurer, will be weighing boats and doing hull and keel checks.  The weights will be certified and the boat will not have to be weighed for the North American championship or the World championship.

Only boats that are registered for the North Americans and/or Worlds will be measured during this weekend.  Boats that are made available for charter on the official website may also be measured during this time.

The J/80 Worlds Committee has pledged to become a “Clean Regatta” through the Sailors for the Sea’s Ocean Conservation program. The class is excited to step up to help conserve the waterways that the sport is dependent upon.  Minimizing printed materials, stocking “green” supplies and non-toxic cleaning products, using refillable water bottles & separating recyclables from trash while racing, are just a few of the steps everyone can all take to run an environmentally friendly regatta.  To read more, check out the press release here and the Sailors for the Sea website.

There are several good J/80 charter boats available- please contact charters@j80worlds2014.org for more information.

For more information, please check out the website- http://www.J80worlds2014.org, also see the Facebook page-  https://www.facebook.com/pages/J80-World-Championships-2014 and you can also follow the J/80s on Twitter @regattaj80