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Lakewood to Host the 2016 J/70 North American Championship

Lakewood Yacht Club won the highly-coveted bid to host the J/70 North American Championship for 2016. A four-day event from May 19-22, the regatta expects to draw in about 60 boats from the Americas and Europe. The race will be held on Galveston Bay.

The regatta is open to all J/70 boats. Introduced in 2012 and with a long pedigree of successful and family friendly race boats designed by J/Boats, the J/70 burst onto the scene as a wildly popular class. Its sleek racing design combined with a retractable keel for easy trailer transport make it one of the most highly sought-after vessels to date.

LYC’s J/70 Committee Chair Al Goethe describes why the J/70 is so easy to handle for transport, "You can actually lift the keel so that you can trailer the boat in a low position for better stability and bridge clearance. The carbon fiber mast is stepped on top of the deck and can be removed for transport by a single person."

Speed and versatility are the two main objectives for J/boat sailors. A long-time sailing enthusiast, Goethe enjoys the versatility of the J/Boats designs. "We wanted to have a boat that we could also live on. Our J/109 has nice accommodations and sleeps six people. When our kids were in the sailing program at LYC, we'd go and spend a weekend on the water. During our club’s Youth Seahorse Camp, we lived on the boat and I commuted to work from there."

But while the J/70 features a few amenities for the cruising sailor the boat remains a favorite design for the serious racing sailors. Recently named Lakewood's Yachtsman of the Year, Goethe admires the competitive edge of the popular J/70. "The J/70 is purely a race boat. It's also a boat that's relatively easy to sail. It's very versatile and forgiving. You can sail it with a small family, but you can also get four hot-shot guys on there and do some very serious racing."

The J/70 North American Championship is the premiere event on the continent for this boat and consistently attracts the attention of top-ranked professional and amateur sailors. Now in its fourth year, the regatta has been hosted by famed Annapolis Yacht Club, Rochester Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club. As an experienced race boat skipper, Goethe understands the paramount importance of a consistent, capable crew on the way to the finish line. "We pay very close attention to ensuring that all boats are truly identical, the guiding principle of ‘one design’ racing.  On the race course you compete only on your sailing ability. If you have identical boats, the winners are determined by their ability to best use wind, current and waves to their advantage, to work the boat as a team and to avoid mistakes."

Registration for the J/70 North American Championship is currently underway. Interested racers can go to www.J70NAC.com for detailed information. Questions may be directed to j70nac2016@lakewoodyachtclub.com.

Anne Bechard 
Digital Marketing Specialist

I'm thrilled to be a part of Lakewood's marketing team! From an early age, I started showing signs of becoming an auspicious writing geek. Today, I'm a columnist for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Business Insider. I get excited about exploring new ideas, communicating in a creative way, and solving problems that stump me. It's especially thrilling that I get to do all this in a place that personifies one of my greatest loves -- nature and the outdoors. I'm looking forward to growing our digital marketing techniques and meeting your communications needs with excellence!

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