John Barnett Dominates J/105s at J/Fest Southwest

Sixty-two boats total participated in J/Fest Southwest, hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club in Houston, TX from October 12-14. Sailors were treated to awesome sailing conditions both days; in particular, it was windy on Saturday with gusts in the high 20s. The event started out with the newly famous Legends Race that was sailed in a "stadium-sailing" scenario right in front of the club. Five video cameras recorded the live action, broadcast worldwide on YouTube. For the nine-boat J/105 fleet, it was John Barnett’s PESTO that started off with a 1-1-1-1, then scored a second, then closed with a 1-1 to win with 8 points total. Taking the silver was Uzi Ozeri’s INFINITY with 19 points, and third was Dennis Kokkinis’ SPITFIRE with 24 points. Rounding out the top five was Brad Robbins’ RUMPUS in fourth and Bill Lackenmacher’s RADIANCE in fifth position. In the random-leg J/PHRF Distance division, Alan Bates’ J/105 ZIPPITY took class honors. For more J/FEST Southwest information, visit

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