CanAm Challenge Preview
Posted on July 29, 2017
(Youngstown, NY)- This coming weekend, the Youngstown YC is looking forward to hosting yet another one of their famous CanAm Challenge Regattas for fleets of J/70s, J/22s, and PHRF handicap racing boats. A primary feature of the event is the annual “street hockey” challenge, too, between hand-picked mercenaries from the USA and Canada to take on each other in a knock-down, drag-em-out street hockey thrash in the Youngstown YC’s parking lot! It is not certain which is more popular for the sailors, the sailing on the water, or the party/ street hockey bash! For certain, the Canadians are enjoying their current lead over the Americans on the street hockey duel!
Out on the water, a strong contingent of J/70s are participating this year for their Lake Ontario Championship, the fleet of thirteen boats is looking forward to festivities both on and off the water. For starters, four Canadian teams are joining in on the fun, such as Richard Veale’s EL JEFE, Greg Berti’s LIBERTI, Rich Jones’ MAVERICK, and Scott Weakley’s REX. Crashing the party from Cleveland, OH is Tod Sackett’s FM. Hoping to keep the title “local” for both the hockey and sailing are teams like Peter Winkelstein’s EOWYN, John Newell’s JUNIOR, Scott Dinse’s MARGARITAVILLE, and Justin Hays & Ben Zahradnik’s REVEILLE.
The ten-boat J/22 class will have a number of refugees from the recent J/22 North Americans, including the winners- Chris Doyle’s THE JUG 4 1!! Also, lining up for some hot action will be Cory Sertl’s LUCY (a past Women’s Champion), Vic Snyder’s infamous crew on MO’MONEY, and Breck McFarlane’s FLUFFY.
In the PHRF handicap-racing world, the six-boat PHRF 1 Spin class has four J/Teams; the odds are good they will have a clean sweep! The boats include Ed Berkhout’s J/105 ALI KAT, John Reinhold’s J/124 FUTURES, and two J/35s- Paul-Angus Bark’s CRIME SCENE and Andrew Koolman’s LOYALIST.