Texas Invitational Regatta

Thank you to Paul Beaudin for this report: I just spent a fantastic weekend at Lakewood Yacht Club, enjoying the Texas Invitational Regatta. Fourteen teams of three teamed up to put seven boats on the line for two days of warm weather sailing on Galveston Bay. The goal is to give owners from other areas an inexpensive way to go to an event without all the expense of taking your boat. Along the way, you get to sail with new friends and experience J/105 racing in a new place. This particular place also happens to be the host club for this year’s North American Championship. It is a great sailing venue and relatively inexpensive. Winning or losing was not the priority of the format but here are a few results: First place was taken by two new J/105 owners OJ Young and Steve Rhyne. Second was Uzi Ozeri and myself, Paul Beaudin. Third was Nat Kimberling and past owner Bill Zartler. I very much recommend this type of event for other fleets. It is very easy to do, low cost for the visitors and an excellent way to make new friends and pick up some tricks from your teammates. Nice going Fleet 17!

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