Buffalo Yacht Club to Host J/22 North American Sailing Championship
60 boats from across the U.S. and Canada to compete; Buffalo Yacht Club celebrates 150 years
BUFFALO, N.Y. – August 16, 2010 – From Wednesday, August 18th to Saturday, August 21st, more than 60 sailboats from across the United States and Canada will compete on the waters of Lake Erie in the Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo 2010 J/22 North American Championship, hosted by the Buffalo Yacht Club (BYC), 1 Porter Ave. in Buffalo.
The International J/22 is a popular fixed keel one design racing sailboat that is normally raced with a crew of three or four people.
The event, which is attracting J/22 racing boats from as far away as Texas, Louisiana, Michigan and Quebec, is part of the Buffalo Yacht Club’s sesquicentennial anniversary celebration.
Founded in 1860 with about a dozen members, the club currently ranks more than 600. Membership over the years has included many illustrious Buffalonians including President Grover Cleveland. The Buffalo Yacht Club is one of the oldest Yacht Clubs in the United States and one of the only Yacht Clubs in the world to have stations in two counties. Since 1902, the Club has called Point Abino, Canada home. The Buffalo Yacht Club’s primary station has been located at the “foot of Porter Avenue” since its founding in the mid 1800s.
Members, guests and the media are invited to the BYC to see the boats and view the competition. Much of the racing will be visible from the Buffalo waterfront and surrounding high-rise buildings.
The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, Aug. 18 : 1 p.m. – practice race
Thursday, Aug. 19: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – racing
Friday, Aug. 20: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – racing
Saturday, Aug. 21 :10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – racing
For more information, visit www.j22na.com.
The 2010 J/22 North American Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo and Smart Center Buffalo. Gold sponsors include UBS, Henri Lloyd, Sunsail Sailing Vacations, The Munro-Burns Group and The Klein-Brace Wealth Management Group. Silver sponsors include MTFarley Design, Kattack Race Analysis and Mauri Pro Sailing. Bronze sponsors include the Buffalo Yacht Club Sailing School, Computer Keels, Glen Park Tavern, Haarstick Sailmakers, Hadley Exhibits, Mount Gay Rum, North Sails, Quantum Sail Design Group, RCR Yachts, Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Tim Wilkes Photography, Ullman Sails and Waterline Systems LLC.