Saturday, June 4, 2016

Cedar Point One-Design Preview

J/70s sailing Cedar Point(Westport, CT)- The Cedar Point YC is looking forward to hosting yet another edition of their ever-growing and ever more popular Cedar Point One-Design Regatta.  Over the weekend of June 4th to 5th, significant fleets of J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, J/109s will be looking forward to great sailing; in fact, forty-eight J/team’s in total.

The J/70s have fourteen teams from across the northeast, mid-Atlantic and Canada.  Notable crews that have done well in Long Island Sound series includes Scott & Alex Furnary’s ANY COLOUR, Josh Goldman’s BUILDING A, Andrew & Melissa Fisher’s BUTTON FLY, Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK, David Betts’ INSTANT KARMA and Trevor Roach’s SEMI-CHARMED.  Taking the cross-border trek from Canada is Louis Donahue’s NIRVANA 7 from Quebec.

J/88s sailing one-designSailing for their Long Island Sound Spring Championship are the fleet of a half-dozen J/88s.  It’s a very competitive fleet that includes Key West Race Week champion WINGS (Mike Bruno) and Charleston Race Week champion DEVIATION (Iris Vogel).  Giving them a run-for-the-money are Ken & Drew Hall’s NEVERMORE, John Pearson’s RED SKY, Kevin Marks’ VELOCITY and Doug Newhouse’s YONDER from Newport, RI.

The sixteen-boat J/105 fleet should produce pretty good battles all around the race-track with several notable teams in attendance.  Look for the following boats to be factors in the overall leaderboard- Paul Beaudin’s LOULOU, George & Alex Wilbanks’ REVELATION, Kieran Glackin’s SHAKEDOWN, and Marcus Wunderlich’s STRATOS.

J/109 Rush sailing Cedar Point regattaWith a dozen-boats on the starting line, things can get a bit tight (or fraught, depending on your perspective) for the J/109 class.  Several past NYYC Annual Regatta winners and J/109 North American champions will be battling with some reinvigorated crews that are giving class veterans dogfights going into the corners.  Teams that should factor into the top five may be Bill Sweetser’s champion crew on RUSH, Jon Rechtshaffer’s EMOTION, David Rosow’s LOKI, Adrian Begley’s MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN, Jim Vos’ SKOOT and Jack Forehand’s STRATEGERY.   For more Cedar Point One-Design Regatta sailing information