Saturday, June 15, 2019

Cleveland Race Week Preview

J/105 sailing off Cleveland, OH (Cleveland, OH)- The Edgewater Yacht Club will be hosting their week-long event known as the Cleveland Race Week. Unique amongst most major yacht clubs in America, it features three types of offshore and one-design sailing in one week of fun! Those events are the PHRF Offshore Regatta for big boats, the One-Design Regatta for all kinds of one-design classes, and then a PHRF Women’s/ Doublehanded Regatta.  As a pioneer in sailing, the Edgewater YC continues to innovate and attract a broad spectrum of sailors to their events, from kids to women, novices to experts, sailors from all across the spectrum.

Offshore Regatta
For the offshore regatta, there is an enormous twenty-six boat PHRF Spinnaker handicap class that has numerous J/Teams participating. Featured in that group are two J/111s- Don Hudak’s CAPERS and Hugh Scott Seaholm’s PAPA’s TOY. Joining them is Tim Yanda’s J/120 VIVA LA VIDA. In the PHRF Non-Spinnaker division will be Doug Wahl’s classic J/offshore design- the J/30 RUBBER SOUL.

Also sailing the offshore event is the J/105 Class. A number of the top J/105 teams on Lake Erie will be sailing, including the famous Uhlir Brother’s TRIO, Ron Carson’s DARK N STORMY, Tom & Cindy Einhouse’s OVATION, Robert Mock’s UNBRIDLED, and Eric Sutherland’s ROLLICK.

One-Design Regatta
The one-design portion of the regatta includes fleets of J/24s, J/70s, J/105s, and the J/120 North American Championship.

The J/24s have nine boats participating; including two women’s teams- Cathleen Graf’s GRAFIX and Natalie Dugan’s OHIO STATE BUCKEYES.

The nine-boat J/70 class has several top teams, such as Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA from Long Island Sound, Tod Sackett’s FM, and Mark Wolff’s JAM.

The J/105s will have the same six boats that participated in the Offshore Regatta.

Finally, the event marks the 2019 edition of that classic offshore racer, the J/120 North American Championship. Participating will be most of the top teams from across the Great Lakes (ranging from Lake Ontario to Lake Michigan), including such legends as Charlie Hess’ FUNTECH RACING, Mike & Bob Kirkman’s HOT TICKET, Ken Brown’s J-HAWKER, Tom Lewin’s SLEDGE HAMMER, Tim Yanda’s VIVA LA VIDA, Mike Fozo & Robin Kendrick’s PROOF, and John Harvey’s SLEEPING TIGER.

PHRF Women’s Division
The third component of the event is the Women’s and Doublehanded Divisions.  Sailing in the Women’s Division are two J/105’s- Harriet Uhlir, Mindy Sminchak, Laura Schaefer are sailing TRIO from Edgewater YC and Cindy Einhouse’s OVATION for Edgewater YC. Then, in the Doublehanded Division will be Tim Vining’s J/22 FERDAAA.  For more Cleveland Race Week sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.