Part of the success of the J/105 Class has been its inclusion of women in its ranks. The majority of teams across North America have, or have had, women sailors as integral crew members, including as owner-drivers. But when the World Sailing Trust released its Women in Sailing Strategic Review in December 2019, the report that revealed wide scale gender imbalance perpetuating throughout the sport and consequently recommended a global effort on the part of sailing organizations to help remedy the situation by increasing participation and creating space for women to compete. The J/105 Class responded with an openness for doing more. In addition to incentivizing teams comprised of 50+ percent women with a weight maximum exemption, the Class encourages local Fleets to launch women

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