Fleet 9 Marblehead
By Daan Goedkoop
Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Massachusetts and Fleet 9 look forward to hosting the 2018 World Championship. So mark your calendars for September 22 to 29, 2018. Marblehead is a great place to race in open water, a short sail from the main harbor and your team will enjoy the hospitality offered by our historic New England fishing village.
Planning for the worlds is well underway. Hank Stuart will be the PRO, Warren Nethercote will be the Chief Judge and five international jury members have been secured. Eastern has the facilities and expertise to host a World Championship for 100 boats. We have successfully hosted World and Continental Championships of this size for the Star, Etchells, J/24 and J/105 classes.
There are multiple opportunities for you and your team to come to Marblehead and practice.
Key regatta dates in 2017 and 2018 are:
July 28 – 30, 2017 Marblehead NOOD Regatta
August 25 – 27, 2017 Storm Trysail Ted Hood Regatta
July 27 – 29, 2018 Marblehead NOOD Regatta/2018 J/70 New England Championship
August 24 – 26, 2018 Storm Trysail Ted Hood Regatta
September 22 – 29, 2018 2018 J/70 World Championship
The Marblehead NOOD Regatta typically attracts 20-25 boats and this year will serve as one of the qualifying events for the 2018 World Championship. In addition the Storm Trysail Club with cooperation from the Boston, Corinthian and Eastern Yacht clubs will host the Ted Hood Regatta. The 2017 and 2018 Ted Hood Regatta will be a good tune-up for the 2018 Worlds as weather conditions should be similar.
Many teams have started to make arrangements to compete in these local events as part of their training program and other New England regattas such as the 2017 Corinthian Nationals on Buzzards Bay and North American Championships at American Yacht Club on Long Island Sound.
J/70s are best launched and hauled at the Eastern Yacht Club and arrangements can be made to store boats and trailers before any of these events at a convenient off site location.
Rooms can be reserved at the Eastern, Boston and Corinthian Yacht Clubs and additional accommodations can be found on the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce website http://www.visitmarblehead.com/inns-accommodations.html
Rooms at local yacht clubs are the most convenient with a walk to the dock or launch service across the harbor. However, rooms get booked quickly and we recommend making a reservation well in advance.
Fleet 9 and regatta organizers are here to facilitate everyone’s experience in Marblehead. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Daan Goedkoop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also keep an eye on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/J70Fleet9MarbleheadMa/ or
our website http://www.j70fleet9.net/ for more information throughout the season and the Fleet 9 calendar http://www.j70fleet9.net/calendar
Regarding the 2018 Worlds, please contact Regatta Chair Doug Morgan at email@example.com