North American J/80 Class Association
All non-Olympic International classes that are current members of US Sailing are eligible to apply for a United States Sailing Foundation (USSF) Sailors Grant to send your top sailors to international events held outside North America. Grant requests should be sent to: LeeParks5785@gmail.com and NancyMazzulli@ussailing.org by Nov 30.
The 2023 J/80 North American Championship took place on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, New Hampshire from October 4-8. A fleet of nearly two dozen boats was assembled to do battle from all across the USA and Canada. Hosting the event was Winnipesaukee Yacht Club. After a nine-race series, it was Conor Hayes's MORE GOSTOSA that won the Championship with his team of Dan Jooda, Cat McLaughlin and Joe Diller (33 points net). After a tough first day, Jason Balich's OVERACHIEVER recovered for 39 points net to take the silver position. The OVERACHIEVER team included Balich as skipper, Chris Small, Doug Cochran and Chole Frentzel. Rounding out the podium was Guy Nickerson's team on PRESSURE (Kurt Walton, Alex Bowen and Nicolas Rigoni) with a total of 40 points net. The balance of the top five included Warren Flannery's FEISTY (top Canadian team) finishing fourth with 42 points net, and Graham Phipot's BLACK DOG with 52 points net in fifth place. Winning the Corinthian Division was Hayes's MORE GOSTOSA, followed by Philpot's BLACK DOG and Les Beckwith's FKA. For full results, visit https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=15990.
J/80 NA Class President Jeff Rabinowitz, at left, presents the NA Perpetual trophy to the crew of More Gostosa 1153, Catherine McGlaughlin, Conor Hayes, Dan Jolda, and Joe Dillier at Fay's Boatyard.
Report by Peter d'Anjou
Photos by Brogan Hurst
Twenty-two teams, including 7 Canadian entries, gathered in Gilford, NH to dual for the 2023 J/80 North American Championship hosted by J/80 Fleet 1 NH and the Winnipesaukee YC. Local Fleet 1 sailor Conor Hayes and crew prevailed in a wet and increasingly windy 3-day regatta.
The weather started out nice during the weigh-in and measurement days before the regatta when the fleet moored in front of the Winnipesaukee YC.
Conor Hayes and team boasted a 2,9,1,4,1,3,4,9,12 scores over the three days and nine races for the championship - full scores on yachtscoring
More Gostosa 1153 battling second place finisher Jason Balich's OverAchiever 116 at the top mark.
The race committee flew the U flag to keep boats from crowding the course side of the start line one minute before the gun. OverAchiever was flagged twice and automatically disqualified from two races yet still managed to claw back for a podium finish. Fifteen U flag violations were called during the regatta.
More Gostosa gybes downwind in front of the fleet. Hayes likes to stand when steering downwind.
Guy Nickerson on 702 Pressure was third overall, just a point out of second place. The top Canadian entry was 4th overall, Warren Flannery's Feisty 78.
The marks used for the championship were bots which stayed in place despite the wind and exceedingly deep lake.
The Mt. Washington ferry gave background to the sailing area known as the Broads.
Congrats to Conor Hayes and the More Gostosa crew on winning the 2023 J/80 North American Championship. Hayes also won the Corinthian and State of NH awards with the win. Next year's championship will be in Toronto, Canada.
For a complete look at Brogan Hurst's photos click here.
The Annapolis Yacht Club Fall Series took place over two weekends from September 30-October 1 and October 7-8. The first weekend was affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia and was canceled. Then, the second weekend also started a bit wet, but concluded with good sailing conditions, enabling the Annapolis YC RC team to run a total of five races off the opening of the Severn River on the Chesapeake Bay. The J/80 fleet saw Connor McKee's WILD JACOB starting with three straight bullets to win by a significant margin. Second went to Bert Carp's ELEVEN, and third place went to Dreick Lynch's OUTLAWS. For more Annapolis Yacht Club Fall Series information, visit
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