M32 North American Champs in Chicago
Published on September 22nd, 2017
Chicago, IL (September 22, 2017) – The iconic skyline of Chicago will set the stage for the 2017 M32 North American Championship as 11 teams descend upon the Lake Michigan lakefront to battle it out this Saturday and Sunday.
While the M32 Catamarans are perhaps best known for their use on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), the primary focus of the North American Class has been owner-driver “series” racing. In fact, lead-up regattas to the North American Championship included a four-event Miami Winter Series, two stops in Newport including the NYYC Annual Regatta, the Harbor Springs Ugotta Regatta in July, and the Chicago Regatta hosted by Chicago Yacht Club earlier this month.
Hosting M32 Series racing the weekend prior to the WMRT Chicago Match Cup also comes with a major benefit: many of the amateur-skippered crews are loaded with top racing talent.
There is no better example of this than Torrent Racing, though skippered by Markus Edergan on the WMRT, the helm this weekend will be turned over to his father Harald, with Marks sliding into the tacticians role.
Elsewhere, Dan Cheresh, skipper of Extreme 2 and winner of seven North American Championships, has recruited local star and 2013 World Match Race Champion Taylor Canfield to round out his ranks while Pieter Taselaar of Bliksem Racing, winner of the first M32 World Championship, will be sailing with ORACLE Team USA sailors Tom Slingsby and Cooper Dressler onboard.
However, favorites going into the weekend are Miami Winter Series Champion REV skippered by Rick Devos, as well as Convexity skippered by Chicago local Don Wilson. Wilson placed third overall/ top Corinthian at the M32 World Championship in Marstrand Sweden this past summer.
With the forecast for the weekend calling for sweltering, above average temperatures combined with light air, the racing is surely anyone’s game.
Racing will occur September 23 – 24, 2017 at Chicago Match Race Center.
2017 M32 North American Entries:
1. Bliksem Racing/Pieter Taselaar
2. Convergence/Jennifer Wilson
3. Convexity/Don Wilson
4. Down Under Racing/Harry Price
5. Extreme 2/Dan Cheresh
6. Grave Digger/Jimmy Prendergast
7. Magenta Project/Sally Barkow
8. Red Gear Racing/Charles Tomeo
9. REV/Rick Devos
10. Torrent/Harald Edergan
11. XsEnergy/Ryan Devos
Source: M32 Event Media