Saturday, February 29, 2020

J/24 Midwinter Championship Preview

J/24s sailing upwind
(Indian Harbour Beach, Florida)- The Melbourne and Eau Gallie Yacht Clubs will again be hosting the J/24 Midwinter Championship for a competitive fleet of thirty-three J/24 teams from across the country. 

Perhaps the long distance award, and some of the premiere competitors in the regatta, goes to a formidable trio of teams from the Seattle, Washington area.  For starters, there is Keith Whittemore's FURIO team from Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. A close friend of their's is yet another top Seattle team, Mark Laura's BABA LOUIE from Seattle Yacht Club. Then, the third part of that trio is Scott Milne's TREMENDOUS SLOUCH also from Corinthian YC of Seattle.

Taking them on will be two past J/24 World Champions, Mike Ingham's NAUTALYTICS from Rochester Canoe Club in Rochester, New York and John Mollicone's BUCKAROO/ NEW ENGLAND ROPES from Sail Newport and Newport, Rhode Island. All of those teams will be sorely tested by class septuagenarian Tony Parker on his famous BANGOR PACKET from Annapolis Yacht Club and Washington, DC.

Several veterans that will always be near the top of the leaderboard given certain weather conditions will be teams like Dick Tillman's LINDA from the host Melbourne YC, Kirk Reynold's TYRUS from Skaneateles, New York, and Al Constants' BLITZ from Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club from Locust Valley, New York.
For more J/24 Midwinter Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.