Last week, 22 J/105s representing clubs from across North America, Bermuda and beyond raced on Galveston Bay to determine the 2017 North American Champion.
Lakewood Yacht Club also hosted the first J/105, Fleet 17 Fall Invitation Regatta last month to help local boats prepare for the North American Championships. Hosting the invitational must have paid off; three local racers took the top three spots.
The top five finishers were:
, Steve Ryhne of LYC
, Bill Zartler of LYC
, Bill Lakenmacher of LYC
, Rick Goebel of San Diego Yacht Club
, Bruce Stone of St. Francis Yacht Club
Sailors, volunteers and guests gathered in the LYC Ballroom for cocktails, dinner and dancing on Saturday, Oct. 28th. Live entertainment was provided by
. The Awards Ceremony was held in the LYC Lounge on Sunday.
John Barnett, Chairman of J/105 North Americans, commented on the support staff and sponsors. "We could not have pulled this event off without the help of all our dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors."
Sponsors for this event included City of Seabrook, Bay Access, Upstream Brokers, Seabrook Marina, nue Vodka, Layline Petroleum, Leeward Yacht Club, Hayes Rigging, Davis Marine & Electronics, J/Boats Southwest, George Ocean Rum, Blackburn Marine, OJ’s Marine, Quantum Sails, YES Marine, UK Sails, Calamity Gin, Little Yacht Sails, True North Marine, JR Ewing Bourbon.