Sunday, February 11, 2018

SCYA Midwinters J/70 Preview

J/70s sailing off California (Marina del Rey, CA)- For years, the Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) has been hosting their annual “Midwinters” regatta in the middle of February, a kick-starter event for their incredibly long season of sailing across the “SoCal” region.  More than a dozen sailing clubs/ yacht clubs have supported the program for the SCYA Midwinters, up and down a coastline of over 100nm.

This year, the extraordinary hosts at California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey are hosting the J/70s.  There is an excellent turnout of teams, with a dozen crews participating in the inaugural season regatta.

The weather looks unusual with frontal systems that have been pummeling the Pacific Northwest affecting gradient winds in SoCal.  Easterlies in the lightish range may be competing with the traditional onshore breezes from the SSW when things heat up a bit in the Los Angeles Basin… perhaps even some classic fog tossed into the mix.

J/70s sailing off CaliforniaNevertheless, the weather won’t diminish the fun and satisfaction of the J/70 crews looking forward to their first test of the 2018 sailing season.  Amongst the leading crews should be Steve Wyman’s NUNUHUNU, Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT, Curt Johnson’s AVET 2.01, young sailor Robert Garret’s SLOOP JOHN B, and the duo of Tom Jenkins & Eric Kownacki on DFZ.

Note, it’s not surprising the J/70s have selected Cal YC as their principal starting point for the season; Cal YC is famous for their extraordinary red carpet treatment of regatta sailors, resplendent with “après-sailing” servings of daily food & munchies spreads and “micro-breweries” served by hosts/hostesses on the docks as boats arrive to tie up after a long day of sailing.  For more SCYA Midwinters J/70 sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.