Davis Island Yacht Club (DIYC) and St. Petersburg Yacht Club hosted five J70 regattas between December and February. Typical turnouts were in the 50 boat range.
The first three regattas were hosted by DIYC and conditions ranged from light to 25 mph +. Cedar Point members Josh Goldman, Trevor Roach, and Kerry Klinger participated in this series. The third event had the best CPYC results with Josh in 5th, Kerry in 8th, and Trevor in 23rd.
Next up was the NOOD Regatta and J70 midwinters at St. Pete in which Josh Goldman participated. It was another learning experience for Josh. The heavy air requires a tighter rig, constant jib adjustment, and crew weight movement downwind to promote planing / surfing.
The class events move to Miami and Charleston for the remainder of the Spring.
Racing in these events is incredibly tight and challenging. Boats are often travelling at very similar speeds and mark roundings can be very congested. In the last race of the Mid-Winter Series, we approached the first windward mark on Starboard and two very experienced sailors tried to sneak in on port inside the zone. The result: Both Port boats were disqualified. The lesson here is not to approach the mark on port inside the zone! (Rule 18.3)
For further information on CPYC J70 racing please contact Fleet Captain, Josh Goldman @ Joshua.Goldman@cushwake.com.
- Josh Goldman