Thursday, September 9, 2010

J/80 North Americans Preview

J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing upwind on port tack
(Newport, RI)- This coming weekend the creme'de'la'creme of the J/80 fleet in North America will be competing for honors as not only NA Champion but as a top contender for this year's J/80 Worlds being held in October in Newport, RI.

The top Americans include past World and North American Champions like Terry Flynn and Scott Young sailing 655 from Austin, TX; Jay Lutz and Gary Kamins sailing FIRED UP from Houston, TX; recent J/80 Midwinter Champion Glenn Darden racing LE TIGRE from Ft Worth, TX; Kerry Klingler sailing LIFTED from Larchmont, NY; and John Storck, Jr and family sailing RUMOR from Newport, RI.  Thrown into this mix are two recent class converts, past J/105 North American Champions Brian Keane sailing SAVASANA from Weston, MA and Bruce Stone/Nicole Breault racing PHANTOM from San Francisco, CA. 

Local New England representatives include Ida Lewis Yacht Club members Jeff Johnstone sailing LITTLE FEAT (current Buzzards Bay Champion) and Peter McCarthy on EAGLE and from New York Yacht Club are members Chris Bulger sailing GOOSE; Will and Marie Crump racing GULDFAXE; Ben Schwartz on LUCKY FROG; Henry Brauer and Stuart Johnstone sailing RASCAL; and Henry deGroot skippering WIRED.

For more J/80 North Americans Sailing information

Sailing Photo Credits- Jesus Renedo