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Preview: 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championships

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 Preview: 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championships
Preview: 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championships

Teams from 18 different nations have gathered at the Eastern Yacht Club for the 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championships. Ninety-One J/70s will be racing, representing the largest J/70 fleet ever assembled in North America.

Three American skippers have won the open championship and all of them will be racing in Marblehead: Tim Healy (Sail Newport), Joel Ronning (Wayzata YC), and the defending J/70 Open World Champion, Peter Duncan (American Yacht Club). Crew for the Open J/70 World Championship include Olympic Gold Medalists and World Champions. Over 30 teams will be competing for the Corinthian J/70 World Championship.

After four days of measurement and inspection, action gets under way on Monday (September 24) with the practice race, followed by the Opening Ceremony held on the lawn of the Eastern Yacht Club. Racing for the West Marine J/70 World Championships will be held September 25-29, with 14 windward leeward races scheduled.