Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2020 LEADERBOARD

J/70 World Championship at Eastern Yacht Club - Preview

by Louay Habib 25 Aug 2018 06:11 PDT 21-29 September 2018
J/70 World Championship 2017 © YCCS / Kurt Arrigo

Ninety-eight teams from 19 different nations have qualified to compete in the 2018 J/70 World Championship. After three days of inspections for the strict one-design class, racing for the championship will commence on Tuesday, September 25th.

Five days of action are scheduled with up to three races per day. The Open and Corinthian Class Champions will be crowned on Saturday September 29th, at an Awards Ceremony at the Eastern Yacht Club.

The inaugural J/70 World Championship was held in 2014, and today more than 1700 fast planing J/70 sportsboats have been sold worldwide. Three American skippers have won the championship and all of them will be racing in Marblehead: Tim Healy (Sail Newport), Joel Ronning (Wayzata YC), and the defending J/70 Open World Champion, Peter Duncan (American Yacht Club).

The 2018 J/70 North American Open Champion, Thomas Bowen (Annapolis YC), will also be competing, as will the runner up from the 2017 J/70 World Championship, Brian Keane (Beverly Yacht Club). Eight American skippers will be representing the Eastern Yacht Club, hosts for the 2018 J/70 World Championship, including Jud Smith, part of Peter Duncan's winning team last year, but racing his own J/70 Africa for the World Championship at his home club.

"I am so excited to share my home club with these elite racers from around the world," said Jud Smith. "Wind in September should be great--as long as there are no hurricanes—and we should see some really competitive racing."

Nearly half of the extraordinary fleet will come from overseas, including the best teams from Europe. The current J/70 European Champion Alberto Rossi (Circolo Canottieri Aniene, Italy) and his daughter, the 2016 and 2017 J/70 European champion, Claudia Rossi (Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Italy) will both be competing. Top Spanish teams include the 2018 J/70 Corinthian European Champion, Luis Bugallo (R.C.N.Vigo, Spain), and Jose Maria Torcida (R.C.M.Santander, Spain) who has won the J/80 World Championship on two occasions. Top teams will be competing from Great Britain including 2015 J/111 World Champion Martin Dent (Royal Southern YC).

Six teams from Mexico will be racing including, Javier Navarro (Club Izar), third in the 2018 J/70 North American Championship. J/70 teams will be competing from all over South America including; Argentina Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. Teams will be travelling thousands of miles to compete at the 2018 J/70 World Championship from as far away as Australia, Germany, Japan, Monaco, Russia, Sweden and Turkey.

The event is hosted by the Eastern Yacht Club. Established in 1870, the Eastern Yacht Club is located overlooking the magnificent Marblehead Harbor. Over the years, the club has established itself as one of the most distinguished yacht clubs in America. A visit to the Eastern Yacht Club is a walk through yachting history, from the glorious days of the huge racing yachts to the present-day active and competitive one-designs. A major refurbishment to the clubhouse in 2015 provides outstanding facilities to its members, and for the competitors during the J/70 World Championship, which will have full guest privileges.

The town of Marblehead itself has a dynamic and varied history. Its early settlers were fishermen and seafarers. The town's prosperity immediately preceding the Revolutionary War was based on fishing and overseas Atlantic trade, making Marblehead a flourishing colonial community.

In 1775, wealthy merchants supported the American Revolution by providing ships and funds for the cause of independence, and the town sent an entire regiment under the command of Colonel, then General, John Glover, who was highly respected by George Washington for his courage and abilities.

The town's fishing industry was decimated by the Revolution, and later in a devastating gale on the Atlantic Grand Banks in 1846. Shoe manufacture replaced fishing as the town's leading industry, until it was destroyed by two great fires in 1877 and 1888.

By the end of the 1800s, growing interest in yachting and the town's beautiful harbor turned the town into a summer resort, popular because of its cool breezes, scenic beauty, and quaint historic charm.

Today, Marblehead is a year-round residential town, which offers access to its harbor, history, and hospitality through its yacht clubs, many historic buildings, enticing shops, fine restaurants and charming bed and breakfasts.

Residents are excited about the event, renting their homes or offering rooms as well as giving up their moorings and sharing their power boats to support the event. EYC members have volunteered in droves to help with welcoming competitors and measuring and launching the visiting boats.

For more information about the 2018 J/70 World Championship visit www.j70worlds2018.com

Related Articles

Good Fun Sailing Challenge
No racing? No problem The 2020 Annapolis sailing season has started unlike any other, and despite the recent easing of Maryland's recreational boating restrictions to limit the COVID-19 spread, there are still limitations on organized racing. Posted on 23 May
2020 J/70 North American Championship cancelled
The event was scheduled for September 20-27 in Ontario, Canada The IJ70CA and the Port Credit YC in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada have determined, because of the varying levels of infection and disruption across the world, that the 2020 J/70 North American Championship scheduled for September 20-27 is cancelled. Posted on 21 May
Indian Summer for Landsail Tyres J-Cup
September date confirmed by an amendment to the Notice of Race In the light of recent UK Government announcements, it has become clear that the 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup will be postponed and not take place in July. Posted on 13 May
RYA eSailing Youth Nationals
153 entries from all corners of the UK take part with the final livestreamed on Monday The RYA eSailing Youth Nationals took place this weekend (18th-20th April), 153 entries from all corners of the country logged in and took to the virtual waters of Portsmouth, UK. Posted on 20 Apr
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week 2020 canceled
Originally scheduled for late June 2020 Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club, the organizing authority for the Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week, regretfully announce the cancelation of the regatta scheduled for late June 2020. Posted on 15 Apr
Helly Hansen NOOD Regattas Update
Which events are currently on Each year Sailing World magazine presents North America's largest sailing regatta series, the National Offshore One Design Regattas. This incredibly popular regatta is broadly enjoyed by J/Sailors from around America, Canada, and Mexico. Posted on 11 Apr
J/70 European Championship postponed
The Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the developments in the COVID-19 pandemic The International J/70 Class Association Executive Committee, working with the Organizing Authority of the 2020 European Championship to be held in Copenhagen Denmark, has determined to postpone the J/70 European Championship. Posted on 8 Apr
2020 J/70 Worlds postponed to August 2021
To be hosted by California Yacht Club to August 7-15 The International J/70 Class Association has been closely monitoring the worldwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 2, Int'l J/70 Executive Committee met specifically in regard to the upcoming World Championship to be held July 25-August 1. Posted on 6 Apr
Core values
Hans Eckerström's vision for Henri-Lloyd's future Henri-Lloyd was originally founded in 1963 in Manchester by Henri Strzelecki and Angus Lloyd and pioneered the use of new technologies. In June 2018 the brand was acquired by Swedish investment company Aligro Group, we spoke to Chairman Hans Eckerström... Posted on 19 Mar
North Sails Weekly Debrief
Cruising Sail Performance, When to replace your spinnaker, Color your kite At North Sails we are passionate about performance. For cruising sailors, this means a lot more than just speed. Posted on 14 Mar
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERGul 2020 FOOTEROfficial-Event-Store-Navy 728x90 BOTTOM