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The J/70 North American Championship Arrives in Seabrook

Lakewood Yacht Club welcomes over 160 crews of  sailors from around the world for the 2016 edition of the J/70 North American Championship. From May 19-22, competitors from all over the US, Japan, Brazil, Ireland, and Mexico will be vying for the title of North American Champion of the nation's fastest-growing J/Boat class.

Welcoming judges from Canada, Mexico, Norway, and the US, Lakewood's J/70 Chair and Yachtsman of the Year Al Goethe remarks that, "The boat has really attracted the attention of top-ranked sailors. Every boat has its own sweet spot. And the J/70 is a hugely popular race boat."

Early arrivals the weekend before the race get the option of competing in the 34th annual Lakewood Shoe Regatta on Galveston Bay. Named for the boat shoes awarded to winning competitors, the race serves as a prime warm-up regatta for the J/70. Shoe Regatta competitors get to preview weather and race conditions of Galveston Bay as a trial run for the actual championship.

While it's all about competition on the race course, skippers and their crews look forward to exciting social events every night during race week. After winning the prestigious bid to host the J/70 world-class event this year, Lakewood promises to deliver on Texas hospitality. Through the generous support of our sponsors led by title sponsor Torqeedo, the club will headline entertainment by David Schwope, Kelly McGuire, and LC Roots. Additionally, Torqeedo will be sponsoring "Legacy" family awards for teams with two or more family members in the crew.

Lakewood has partnered with several local hotels to offer reasonable rates and event discounts for the J/70. Within driving distance from Houston, Hobby Airport, and Bush Intercontinental Airports, the surrounding area near Lakewood provides fun, unique dining and entertainment venues.

The deadline to enter the J/70 race is May 13, 2016. Registration details and information about the race are available at www.j70nac.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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