Saturday, May 27, 2017

J/24 North American Championship Preview

J/24 team sailing fast (Houston, Texas)- It has been a busy month for the J/24 class on a worldwide basis.  After hosting the USA Nationals in Seattle, WA the past week, this week there are two events taking place simultaneously; one is the J/24 North American’s in Houston, TX and the other is the Open J/24 Italian Nationals in La Maddalena, Sardinia!  The winner of the USA J/24 Nationals, Keith Whittemore, is sailing in Italy while the 2nd place finisher, Will Welles, is sailing in Houston!  Spoiled for choice, those J/24 sailors are!

From May 25th to 28th, thirty-four J/24 teams are headed down to sail on the choppy waters of Galveston Bay, hosted by the amazing volunteers at the Houston YC.  No question, the J/24 sailors will be spoiled with good’ole fashioned BBQ’s, beer, brats, and lots of involuntary swimming in their giant pool.  On the water, the racing will be tough, with a number of excellent teams that will be fighting for NA title honors.  Chief amongst them will be Will Welles BOGUS, others will be Natalie Harden’s GIGGLES (perhaps the top woman skipper in the class), Chris Holmes’ BAD MOON, Carter White’s SEA BAGS SAILING TEAM, Mike Ingham’s NATALYTICS, Aidan Glackin’s MENTAL FLOSS, the Japanese crew of Nobuyuki Imai on SIESTA, Travis Odenbach’s HONEY BADGER, and Robby Brown’s ANGEL OF HARLEM.  For more J/24 North American Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.