Chuck Driscoll Juices J/Fest San Diego

It was an outstanding weekend for racing and nostalgia when San Diego Yacht Club hosted the second annual J/Fest Regatta on September 22-24. Over two days, teams raced on San Diego Bay and ocean courses in four classes, and competitors had the opportunity to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of J/Boats at numerous social events scattered throughout the weekend. Starting with a sellout crowd on Friday night, almost 100 attendees heard from J/Boats President Jeff Johnstone in SDYC’s Frost Room. Following the first day of racing on Saturday was the spirited "Sending it Back to ‘77" Party on the Spinnaker Deck and Sail Wash Lawn. On the water, PRO Becky Ashburn reported sunny and warm conditions on Saturday morning with a light breeze. Sunday’s two scheduled races began in wind that started at 9 knots and built to over 16 knots during the last leg of race 5. The J/105s experienced a solid turnout with most top teams in attendance. Taking the win was Chuck Driscoll’s JUICED, winning the fleet handily with three bullets in their scoreline for just 8 points total. However, for the rest of the crews it was a tight battle for the balance of the podium as the top five had just four points separating four places. Second and third place were determined by a tie-breaker at 18 points apiece, with Steve & Lucy Howell’s BLINK! winning on count-back over Stew Cannon’s J-OK. Just one point back in fourth place was Jeff & Karen Brown’s SWEET KAREN with 19 points, and placing fifth was Rich Bergmann’s ZUNI BEAR with 20 points. For more J/Fest San Diego information, visit

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