Tuesday, October 10, 2017

J/88 Class Update

J/88 fleet start (Rye, NY)- The J/88 class continues to enjoy excellent class racing in the Great Lakes and the East Coast.  Here is a class report and update from J/88 Class President Iris Vogel, she is the owner of DEVIATION.

“For starters, we would like to congratulate the winner of the STC Championships at Rochester YC, Al Minella and the team of ALBONDINGAS, well done!  Second went to DEVIATION and third to ESCAPE.  Team ALBONDIGAS also took first in the “Can One” Thursday night series.

At American Yacht Club’s annual Fall Series Regatta, we congratulate Doug Newhouse and the team of YONDER for an excellent performance followed by Elizabeth Barry and team ESCAPE in second and team DEVIATION in third.

In both regattas, the racing was extremely close and every competitor had great races with many different boats taking firsts in individual races.  Saturday, 9/30 finally gave us some big breeze to show what the J/88 can do- gusts hit 29 kts at one point on Saturday!

With two great OD events behind us, let's finish the 2017 Long Island Sound season in style.  There is still the Gearbuster (IHYC) and Manhasset Bay Fall Series - dates are October 14th, 15th, & 21st.  Let's have a strong showing at these two end of season events!

Also, we look forward to some J/88s that are also participating and supporting college sailing teams in the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta at Larchmont YC.

For all who are planning their winter schedule, we will again focus on three great regattas!  They are:
  • Jan 19-21- J/FEST St Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
  • Feb 16-18- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
  • Apr 12-15- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
Please note- in St Pete, the J/88 fleet has a special rate for storage at the Sailor's Wharf.

I look forward to seeing you all in the fall and winter events!  Best, Iris”

What is interesting to note about the J/88s is that it is a very “women-friendly” owner class- with four top teams all owned and skippered by very good women sailors!

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