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Marblehead, MA - Doyle Sails USA and Doyle One Design is looking ahead to Sept. 22 - 29, 2018 where the Eastern Yacht Club of Marblehead, MA will be the host of the 2018 J/70 World Championships.

Marblehead and the club itself has a proud history in yachting and racing from its early days of yacht design and innovation through the decades of sailmaking and competitive yachting.

From famed sailmaker and 1974 America’s Cup winning skipper Ted Hood to native sons and world renowned yachtsmen Robbie Doyle and Jud Smith of Doyle Sails, Marblehead continues its legacy in sailing that includes its current young generation. In fact, Marbleheader Trevor Bird was just picked to represent American Magic, the U.S. sailing team challenging for the 36th America’s Cup in March 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The sailing action during the J/70 worlds will take place in hometown waters for Rolex Yachtsman and renowned sailmaker Jud Smith , who, along with Doyle CFD’s Tyler Doyle will be on the starting line for the worlds.

“September is historically the best time of year for Marblehead to host regattas. The weather and water is still seasonably warm, but we are starting to get more of the gradient breeze and out of the summer afternoon sea breeze conditions,” said Jud Smith of Doyle One Design. “The wind is more reliable for racing earlier in the day and ocean sailing conditions only a couple miles outside the mouth of the harbor.”

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Relative Obscurity at the 2018 J/70 European Championship where they placed 2nd. Images by Maria Muina.

To date, 95 teams are registered ranging from returning J/70 Worlds champion and Doyle customer Peter Duncan of Rye, N.Y. and sailing legends like Macalzonoe Latino’s Vincenzo Onorato and former Mighty Mary Cup sailor Hannah Swett. To date, 18 countries from Brazil to China will be on the starting line off historic Marblehead starting Sept. 22.

The J/70 Worlds will also feature emerging sailing legend Willem van Waay who has been working with Doyle since December 2017.

The Eastern Yacht Club is also the site of a multitude of local, national, and international events including the Etchells Worlds, Star Worlds, IOD Worlds, Sonar Worlds, Olympic Class Regattas, J105 North Americans, Viper 640 North Americans, Sonar North Americans, Shields Nationals, and the Soling North Americans, a preliminary race for the ‘96 Olympics.

“The Eastern Yacht Club is ideally suited for hoisting this prestigious and challenging event. The Eastern Race Committee received the St. Petersburg Race Committee Trophy for their exceptional work in running the 106 boat Etchells fleet,” said Robbie Doyle, founder of Doyle Sails. “Since that time The Eastern has been rebuilt and greatly expanded their sailing facilities.The entire Club is looking forward to welcoming sailors from all over the World and making their stay here memorable.”

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Relative Obscurity at the 2018 J/70 European Championship. Images by Maria Muina.

A sail clinic snippets from Relative Obscurity's Trimmer and Doyle One Design team member, Willem van Waay below. More videos to follow watch this space >>> J/70 Class.


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