Saturday, June 4, 2016

Southern Bay Race Week Preview

J/70s sailing downwind (Hampton, VA)- Going from strength-to-strength, the Hampton YC and its partners at the southern part of Chesapeake Bay are looking forward to hosting a much bigger fleet of boats in this year’s Southern Bay Race Week regatta that takes place over the June 3rd to 5th weekend.  The J/Boats contingent will provide a large presence due to one-design class starts for J/24s, J/70s, and active participation in the PHRF handicap fleets.

The J/70 class has a fleet of seven boats that includes Ryan Kozoric’s GETMYBOAT, Clarke McKinney’s ANTAGONIST, Mike Karn’s INCONCEIVABLE and Jon Deutsch’s NO QUARTER.

The only woman skipper in the half-dozen boat J/24 class will be Cheryl Marek and her hard-charging crew on WHISKEY GIRL.  They will be mixing it up with teams like Alan Bomar’s ROUNDABOUT and Alex Bolan’s SAMURAI TAKEDOWN.

In the PHRF A1 Class, two 35-foot J cruiser/racers will be working hard to establish supremacy in their ten boat class- Vernon Eberwine’s J/36 SEA STAR and Craig Wright’s J/109 AFTERTHOUGHT.

Four J/Teams will be dueling in the eleven-boat PHRF A2 fleet, including past winner Don DeLoatch on his J/105 SPECIAL K, Phil Briggs’ J/36 FEATHER, Will Roberts’ J/36 REMEDY and Jim Bordeaux’s J/40 SOLSTICE.

The sole J/crew in the eight-boat PHRF B1 group is Ryan McCrillis’ J/80 HAKA.  Finally, a trio of J/30s will be pounding hard on their competitors in PHRF B2 Class; hoping to make it a J/30 sweep of the podium are Jamie Shoemaker & Ron Quinn’s GOES TO ELEVEN, Ben Ritger’s BLEW-J and Rusty Burshell’s COOL CHANGE.  For more Southern Bay Race Week sailing information