Chicago prepares for J/111 World Champs
Published on August 16th, 2019
The 2019 J/111 World Championship has attracted 23 entries for the August 20-23 title fight on Lake Michigan in Chicago, IL. The field includes 2018 J/111 North American Champion and 2017 J/111 World Champion Peter Wagner on Skeleton Key, sailors from Europe (Switzerland) and Australia, as well as several Chicago-area boats competing on home turf.
Mike Mayer, a Chicago YC member since 1987 and partner in the J/111 Kashmir, has been involved for over a year helping to organize the J/111 Worlds in Chicago. “We have been lucky enough to sail in many of the world’s most iconic places; our lakefront with its beautiful skyline is right up there with the best,” shared Mayer.
“Hosting the J/111 Worlds is a big deal. Very few classes of boats over 24 feet qualify as International Classes. Having the J/111 World Championship at Chicago YC gives us the chance to show off our excellent race management and spectacular venue. It will be great to show it off to other members of our class.”
Among the favorites beyond Wagner and Mayer are other top American crews such asRich Witzel’s Rowdy, Jeff Davis’ Shamrock, Rob Ruhlman’s Spaceman Spiff, Marty Roesch’s Velocity, and Brad Faber’s Utah.