This year’s J-Jamboree was held on Lake Winnipesauke from September 23rd - 25th. The event once again delivered great racing and memories for all participants. Nine teams from Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire participated. On Friday teams registered and attended a great welcoming party at the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association Sailing Center. Racers enjoyed J-Jamboree chili, enjoyed a few beverages and bantered about racing. Racing began on Saturday morning. The day brought New England fall weather. Participants enjoyed sunny weather with temperatures in the 60s. The wind quickly filled in to 12 – 18 knots with gusts around 20 knots. The Race Committee fired off 6 races. With great planning conditions boats rocked up and down the race course. At the end of Saturday, FKA (Les Beckwith) and More Gostosa (Conor Hayes) were tied for first place with 14 points. Argo III (Jason Blais/Casey Nickerson) close behind with 19 points. Saturday evening the J-Jamboree party was held at the Lake Winnipesauke Yacht Club.
Participants enjoyed the Texas Traveling Barbeque with lots of food and drinks on hand and smiles on every face. The morning dawned cool and blustery with winds 15 - 20 knots with gusts over 25 knots. The RC fired off 4 more races. Strong winds made for exciting and challenging conditions for all the racers. In the end, the Saturday standings remained. With a great day on the water and in exciting conditions Les Beckwith’s boat FKA brought home 1st place. Close behind was Conor Hayes’ More Gostosa in 2nd with Jason Balis & Casey Nickerson in Argo III rounding out the top three places. The awards ceremony was held in the yard at Fay’s Boat Yard. All the teams received awards, including bags from Quantum Sails and bottles of rum!
Big “Thank you” to the following: all the teams, particularly those who traveled, all the volunteers (we could not do this without you), Lake Winnipesauke Sailing Association, Lake Winnipesauke Yacht Club, Fay’s Boat Yard, White Mountain Fiberglass, Quantum Sails and the North American J80 class. Complete results are posted soon the J-Jamboree website www.j-jamboree.org Also, check out the video on the North American J80 Class Facebook page. See you all next year!!! Cheers, Jeff Rabinowitz, J80 Fleet 1 Captian.