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Apr 06 2017

2018 & 2019 North American Championships Scheduled

The J/109 Class is pleased to announce that the 2018 North American Championship will be hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club –  Larchmont, NY 10-14 October 2018, and the 2019 North American Championship will be hosted by New Bedford Yacht Club – New Bedford, MA 20-24 August 2019.  Our North American Championship will be a stand alone event for both of these.  Bottom line – we received 9 quality proposals where any club responding could have hosted a quality event!  Read on for the details…

The Class asked J/109 Fleet Captains in the fall of 2016 to contact clubs in their respective areas and determine which might be interested in hosting the NAs.  Those clubs identified were sent a Regatta Expression of Interest by the Class Secretary in December 2016.  This document provided J/109 Class North American Championship expectations for all aspects (racing, social, logistics). Clubs that responded with “Interest” were eligible to proceed to the solicitation phase.  The Class Secretary issued the Request for Proposal in January to eleven clubs.  At the same time the J/109 Board was solicited to obtain volunteers who would assist evaluating proposals once received.  Representatives from the following fleet areas agreed to evaluate proposals; New Jersey, Long Island Sound, New England & Maritimes.  Proposals were received in early March from nine clubs from the following fleet areas: Texas & Gulf Coast, New England & Maritimes, and Long Island Sound.  The evaluating committee reviewed each of the proposals individually and then shared their evaluation scores.  A conference call was held to discuss the evaluations and reach consensus for selecting the 2018 and 2019 NA host clubs.  There were no significant discrepancies in the scoring, thus fairly easy for the evaluators to reach consensus and pick the winners for 2018 and 2019.

The Class determined that those clubs that submitted proposals would be recognized by the class and consideration given to scheduling regional and local events at those clubs.  Additionally, the Class is working toward scheduling a Midwinter Championship in late 2018 or early 2019 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX.  More information will be available as we work the planning for this event.

 

Larchmont YC

Larchmont YC – 2018 J/109 North American Championship

New Bedford YC

New Bedford YC – 2019 J/109 North American Championship