Seabrook, TX : J/Fest Southwest organizers in conjunction with Lakewood Yacht Club and J/Boats Southwest announce a new celebrity racing event featuring past World and North American champion sailors. 

For those of you looking to start enjoying the festivities surrounding this year's regatta early, you'll want to get here before 4 p.m. Friday, October 20th, to enjoy the two planned celebrity races on Clear Lake the afternoon before the J/Fest Southwest Regatta. The celebrities include Jeff Johnstone, Scott Young, Farley Fontenot and Jay Lutz. They will be sailing J/24s loaned out by the J/24 Fleet. Each boat will have their celebrity name across the mainsail. There will be on the water judging, and spectators can watch the action from the newly opened Barge 295, in the location of the old Turtle Club. Live commentary will include humor and historical tidbits for additional entertainment value. 
The 8th Annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta will be raced on Galveston Bay October 21-22, and this year's event marks 40 years of J/Boat history. With over 50 boats entered so far, 2017 will be a landmark regatta. Don't miss the Oct. 14th Registration Deadline. The entry is just $95 for all classes. Racers who register by 1700 hours on Oct. 14 will receive a free t-shirt and two wristbands to get you into the post-race dinner and party at LYC.

Visit to register. Crew waivers and other valuable information, including information about local accommodations are also available. J/Boats are high-end, performance sailboats ranging in size from 22' to 40' in length that sport a variety of classes designed for cruising, day sailing or racing, many of which will be in Seabrook for this event. 

For regatta information or questions about the celebrity, contact J/Fest Southwest Regatta Race Co-Chair Chris Lewis at
Photo of 2016 J/Fest Southwest Regatta by Becky Lacy