A World Class Event in a World Class City
The J 111 Fleet will be joining us at Chicago Yacht Club in August, for their 2019 World Championship. This very competitive One-Design boat aims to provide and drive world class competition, with sailors coming in from all over the world to compete.
This Year's competition consists of the 2018 National Champion and 2017 World Champion Peter Wagner on Skeleton Key, sailors from Europe and Australia, as well as several Chicago-area boats competing on home turf. We hope you will join us in August for this World Class Event!
J/111 World Championship
20, 2019 to August 23, 2019
Curcio Gaston, Regatta Chair (Article featured in 2019 Summer Blinker)
“The mission of the Chicago Yacht Club is
to encourage, promote, and develop knowledge, participation, and enjoyment in
all aspects of yachting.” The Special
Regatta Committee works to further our mission by actively seeking to host regional,
national and world championship regattas. In August, 2019, Monroe Station will
host the J/111 World Championship.
The J/111 World Class includes fleets from
Europe and North America. There are also members from as far away as Australia.
To qualify as a World Championship, the J/111 class is required to have a minimum
of 20 entries to the regatta, and those entries must include competitors from
three countries and two continents. When
you visit the Monroe Station docks August 19 through August 23, you will see
more than 20 J/111s with competitors from Australia, Switzerland, and across
The boats will begin arriving after 1700
on August 18. Equipment and sail
inspection will begin that evening, and will continue along with crew weighing
August 19. There will be a practice race
beginning at 1530 August 19. Competition
kicks off with the First Warning at 1100 on Tuesday, August 20 and runs through
Friday, August 23.
The race course will be just outside the
harbor. Take your boat out to watch the
action! After racing, join the sailors
in the bar to chat and hear the day’s war stories.
Mike Mayer, CYC member since 1987, member
of the USA/North America J/111 Fleet, and partner in the J/111 Kashmir, has
been involved for over a year in enticing the class to hold the Worlds in
Chicago and in planning for the regatta. Mike said he has “been lucky enough to sail in many of the world’s most
iconic places; our lakefront with its beautiful skyline is right up there with
the best.” He also told me that “hosting
a Worlds is a big deal. Very few classes of boats over 24 feet qualify as
International Classes. Having the J/111 World Championship at CYC gives
us the chance to show off our excellent race management and spectacular venue. It
will be great to show it off to other members of our class.” Of course,
as any Chicago boater must, Mike worries about the weather. His final comment: “I just
hope there will be wind in August!”