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Buzzards Bay Regatta & J/70 Corinthian Nationals

North clients top the board at BBR, sweep second annual Corinthian National Championships in the J/70

© Chris Howell

The 2017 Buzzards Bay Regatta and J/70 Corinthian National Championships saw a great turn out for its 45th year with 141 crews competing on a variety of sail-powered boats and boards in New Bedford, MA. From kiteboards to J/105’s, 505’s to Shields, New Bedford hosted sailors from all over the country to compete in one of the best events for summertime sailing. J/70 sailors came to test their skills in the class’ Corinthian Nationals, fighting for the top spot in this amateur-only regatta for the class. Breeze ranging from 8-15 knots gave sailors plenty of races to get a discard.

North-powered teams led across the board in the 505, J/70, and J/105 fleets. Ethan Bixby, with crew Parry Barclay, won the 505 fleet on Pressure Drop, with four bullets over seven races. In the J/105 division, Nicole Breault with Good Trade topped the fleet, winning all 10 races in a perfect winning streak with nine points after a discard of one point. Mark Lindquist’s Sterling came in 2nd place, fending off third position by five points.

Brian Keane’s Savasana came out at the top of the 28-boat J/70 Corinthian fleet. Heather Gregg’s Muse was close behind in 2nd, followed by Glenn Darden’s HOSS. The top teams in this event all used North’s new J-6 Jib.

New on the market is North’s J-6 high-clew jib, designed for enhanced inboard sheeting. Similar to results at the Marblehead NOOD, J/70 teams at the Corinthian Nationals fine-tuned the J-6 for speed, power, and punch to claim the top four places overall.

For more on the New J-6 J/70 Jib or to speak with one of our J/70 Class Experts

Brian Keane and his team on Savasana hauling in the mail upwind, showing the new North Sails J-6 Jib cross-sheeted over the cabin top. © Chris Howell

© Chris Howell
Heather Gregg’s MUSE sailing upwind, using her new J-6 jib. © Chris Howell
Glenn Darden and crew on HOSS get ready to set at the top mark, also using the new J-6. © Chris Howell
Kiteboarding clinic with Brendan Healy
© Brendan Healy