Bring on the Corinthians
Published on September 14th, 2021
While intended to be a humble, easy to sail 23-footer, the rapid popularity of the J/70 Class launched the competition into the stratosphere of professional programs. Boat preparation led to custom trailers, sail quivers need storage while crew and coach requirements include W9 tax forms. To do well, you must be all in.
To offer salvation, the J/70 Corinthian US National Championship provides an opportunity for friends and family to pursue the podium, with the 2021 edition to take place September 17-19 in Marblehead, MA.
Names on the championship trophy include Peter McChesney (2016), Brian Keane (2017), Glenn Darden (2018), and Chris Kostanecki (2019), with Keane as the only champion this year seeking a second title.
As Keane was the 2021 J/70 Worlds leader after the first day of racing and remained at the top of the leaderboard for the regatta, his crew of Conner Harding, Eric Knight, and Rob Dresser should be among the favorites amid the 31 entrants.
While the ideal crew weight is not too conducive for female sizes, four teams have female helms and Sarah Renz will be looking to improve on her seventh place at the 2019 Corinthian Nationals while Cate Muller-Terhune was recently runner-up in the 2021 J/70 East Coast Championship.