Annapolis YC Annual Regatta Preview
J/105s sailing Annapolis (Annapolis, MD)- The first long summer weekend in June on the Chesapeake Bay will be the setting for the Annapolis YC’s Annual Regatta, hosted for their enormous one-design fleets of J/22s, J/70s, J/80s, J/30s, J/105s and PHRF sailors.
The eight-boat J/22 fleet has a number of ringers in their midst, include Chris Junge’s CORNER OF SANITY & MADNESS from Eastport YC up against Jeff Todd’s HOT TODDY from AYC.
The J/30s will be graced by the presence of Rob & Beth Lundahl’s RAG DOLL from Frederick MD; Bruce Irvin’s SHAMROCK from Davidsonville, MD; and Tristan Keen’s INFECTIOUS SMILE from Annapolis.
With seven teams, the J/70s have quite a bit of depth in their fleet, with Peter McChesney’s LUCKY having to contend with other local heroes like Todd Hiller’s LEADING EDGE, Peter Firey’s PHOENIX and Will Keyworth’s PAPA WHEELIE.
It’s anyone’s game in the J/80 class of seven boats as many of the top crews are pretty evenly matched. Watch for Alex Kraus’ COOL J battle it out with Bert Carp’s USA 11, Dave Andril’s VAYU and Jim Praley’s GROMIT.
At an even dozen boats, the J/105s are the largest fleet in the regatta with many of the Annapolis fleet superstars in attendance. Watch out for blazing performances from Andy Kennedy’s BAT IV, Don Santa’s SANTAS REIGN DEAR, Carl & Scott Gitchell’s TENACIOUS, John Kircher’s CHESSIA and Jack Biddle’s most-famous RUM PUPPY.
Sailing PHRF A1 will be Stephen McManus’ J/120 SAYKADOO from AYC and in PHRF A2 will be Bill Walczak’s J/88 HORNET. In the PHRF Doublehanded Division are two J/100s, David Powell’s LA FORTUNA from AYC and Dan Leonard’s FLASHPOINT from Eastport YC. PHRF Cruising Spinnaker division will have Karl von Schwarz’s J/30 HURON from AYC gunning for the podium.