J111 World Championship

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

August 20, 2019 to August 23, 2019
by Lisa 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 U.S.  

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!”

Social schedule

About the J/111 Fleet

The first one-design J/111 event was held in June 2011 when the Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago, Illinois hosted their annual "Colors Regatta".  Six J/111s participated in that sunny, warm summer regatta. Since then, the Great Lakes J/111 fleet has grown considerably with  20+ boats in the region. In the Northeast, over a dozen J/111s are competing on a circuit that includes the American YC Spring/ Fall series, Block Island Week, New York Yacht Club events in Newport and the Chesapeake Bay fleet events. The first J/111 North Americans was hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club  from August 14-18, 2013. 

Chicago Yacht Club clinics

Interested in how to maintain your PFD?

 As part of its efforts to provide opportunities for safety education to the boating community, the Chicago Yacht Club and Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Committee committs to hosting Life Jacket Clinics.The purpose of the clinics is to invite boaters in the area to bring in their life jacket, learn to repack, how and when to maintain, product recall updates, and when to replace.
Interested in coming to a Life Jacket Clinic? Click the link below!

life jacket clinics
Event Contacts

Event Contacts

Name: Sydney Symons 

Title: Regatta Manager

Phone Number: 312-617-2279

Email:  regattamanager@chicagoyachtclub.org

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