Big, Really Big
Published on August 13th, 2012
Over 100 J/24 teams are breathlessly anticipating the start of the first “open” J/24 Worlds in decades. With racing on September 17-21, a strong American contingent will be doing battle against a cadre of past World, European, North American, South American, Canadian, Bermudian, Brazilian, Argentinean, Chilean, Peruvian and Japanese Champions.
Hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club in Rochester, NY, located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, the teams are anticipating how best to get out of the starting blocks with over 100 boats on one huge line with multiple line boats calling the start and keeping the aggressive teams in check.
On the American side of the equation, the “open” registrants has encouraged a lot of the “old guard” from past J/24 wars to jump into the fray and test how far the world of J/24 sailing has progressed over the course of time. Additionally, it has also encouraged a number of young, college-experienced sailing teams to jump in with minimal budgets and determine whether they’re competitive at a global level. — Read on