About Fleet 20 - Lake Ontario, Canada/USA
The J/80 is the fastest growing one design sport boat fleet on Lake Ontario with over 15 members in 2015 and growing. Hosting of the 2016 J/80 North American Championship at National Yacht Club in Toronto brought an even bigger burst of J/80s on our lake than ever before.
Fleet 20 has a strong core at the National YC in Toronto, with growth across the GTA yacht clubs. Our busy regatta calendar attracts J/80s from around Lake Ontario, including Nepean Sailing Club, Kingston YC and Genesee YC and also welcome boats from growing fleets in Ottawa and the Canadian Erie shore.
Fleet 20 Regatta Calendar
2017 J/80 Toronto Area Fleet Schedule:
** Denotes races included in the J/80 Fleet20 Series Championship Trophy
2017 J/80 Eastern Lake Area Fleet Schedule:
June 17 - Nepean One Design Regatta
Date TBD - Eastern Yacht Circuit at Kingston Yacht Club
Dear J/80 Fleet 20 Members
2017 has been a real challenge so far in dealing with record flooding on Lake Ontario and beyond. Our home clubs have struggled mightily to get the sailing season off to a good start. Our friends in the eastern end of Lake Ontario have been especially hard hit, with many docks still underwater and their home clubs still nowhere near operating normally.
LYRA 2017 is scheduled for Aug 4-6 in Rochester, hosted by Rochester YC and Genesee YC. At this time, understandably, the host clubs are unable to commit to running the regatta, and will not be able to make that decision until July 1st or later.
As in the past, we selected the LYRA Regatta to be the J/80 Lake Ontario Championships, assuring us of a great, well-run event for our growing fleet. However, given the above uncertainty, your fleet Exec feels it is prudent to instead make the 2017 J/Fest Regatta our Lake Ontario Championship event. In making this decision now, we hope our more distant fleet members have enough time to plan a trip to Toronto for July 22-23. LYRA will remain a 2017 fixture on our calendar and for the future, and if LYRA does proceed, we strongly encourage all to make the trip to Rochester for what is sure to be another great sailing event, hosted by a great sailing community.
In spite of the challenges in getting the season started, the Toronto area fleet has managed to run two incredibly competitive regattas in superb sailing conditions. In addition, last weekend saw a second J/80 fleet compete in the Nepean One Design Regatta, with Hugh McGugan bringing Breakaway J to Ottawa, ensuring the local J/80s get a start in an exciting weekend of close racing. Nine boats racing in one weekend, with several others not able to make it to the start line but keen for our next regatta. We have new J/80s in Toronto, Ottawa and on Lake Erie. Our fleet is growing, has unbelievable racing and is being noticed by other fleets. 2017 is off to a great start, thank you for your commitment to the fleet, and see you on the water.
J/80 Fleet Exec - Fleet 20 Lake Ontario
David, Trudy, Lawrence & Will
Officers / Contact
Fleet Captain: David Doyle
Marketing & Communications: Trudy Murphy
Fleet Secretary: Will Bennett
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