Thursday, October 17, 2019

J/88 North American Championship Preview

J/88 sailing
(Larchmont, New York)- The 2019 edition of the J/88 North American Championship will be hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, New York for a fleet of fifteen teams from across the country. The racing will take place from October 17th to 20th on western Long Island Sound in classic fall weather conditions. At this time of year, the transition from summer doldrums to fall gales is a customary scenario. However, the past two weeks have seen a massive shift in weather conditions that are somewhat unprecedented, with enormous Atlantic depressions (Lows) forming offshore and spinning N/NE winds in the 15-25 kts range, sometimes even 45 kts with massive 8-12 foot waves.

Many top teams from across the USA will be vying for J/88 NA Class honors. The previous two weekends have seen one team simply whitewash the fleet in what most consider being a “Pre-J/88 NA’s”- the American Yacht Club Fall Series. Winning with nearly all bullets over two weekends of racing was John Sommi’s CLOUD 9. A clear favorite, they will be challenged by a number of veteran J/88 teams that have won previous J/88 NA’s, J/88 Midwinters, and other major events over time. Those teams include Gary Panariello’s COURAGEOUS, Justin Scagnelli’s ALBONDIGAS, Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Elizabeth Barry’s ESCAPE, Laura Weyler’s HIJINKS, Andrew Weiss/ Lawrence Cutler’s ONE TOO MANY, Bill Purdy’s WHIRLWIND, and Brice Dunwoody’s YONDER.  For more J/88 North American Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.