Saturday, June 18, 2016

Cleveland Race Week Preview

Cleveland Race Week (Cleveland, OH)- The 36th edition of Cleveland Race Week will be taking place from June 17th to 26th over two weekend.  The famously accommodating host is the Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio.  The format for the event is simple- the first weekend is just for “One-Designs” while the second weekend is all “Offshore” boat categories sailing under PHRF handicap.  Starting this weekend, there will be fleets of J/22s, J/24s and J/70s.

A fifteen-boat fleet of J/70s promises great racing all weekend long on Lake Erie.  With a forecast for good winds and clear skies, the sailors should have a good test of their capabilities.  A number of crews should factor into the leaderboard, including Marty McKenna from Youngstown YC, Tim Finkle from YYC, Trey Sheehan from Put-in-Bay YC, Lee Sacket from Edgewater YC, and Matt Morin from Detroit, MI.

J/22s sailing ClevelandThe J/24s will feature nearly a half-dozen boats with one of the teams traveling from Fishers, Indiana to compete against the big boys on the big lake- John O’Brien’s crew from Indianapolis Sailing Club.  Joining him are two of the top local boats from Edgewater YC; Terry Bowdish from Solon, OH and David Sugerman from Moreland Hills, OH.

The CRW has always been popular with the J/22 crowd around the Great Lakes and around the Northeast.  That is reflected in the broad range of participants from across the region- New York, Ohio, Michigan, Ontario, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.  The fleet is packed with championship caliber skippers and tacticians.  Chief amongst them may be Mike Marshall’s crew from New York YC and Jamestown, RI.  They will be up against a number of fun-loving, fast teams; like Mark Stuhlmiller from Buffalo YC; Chris Princing’s crew from Tawas Bay YC in Hemlock, MI; Tim Roberts and Chip Schaffner from Edgewater YC and Avon Lake, OH; and Darcy Fuller from South Port Sailing Club in Windsor, Ontario.  For more Cleveland Race Week sailing information