Countdown to Oswego: Six Weeks to go…

Competitors will race in a fleet of J/24s loaned by owners who are competing in the District 7 Championship the weekend before our Championship. [Photo: Deb Doran]
Competitors will race in a fleet of J/24s loaned by owners who are competing in the District 7 Championship the weekend before our Championship.
[Photo: Deb Doran]
  • We’ve got Lake Ontario!
  • We’ve got competitive boats!
  • We’ve got top-notch sails!
  • We’ve got a first-class race committee!
  • We’ll have wonderful parties!

It’s Hospice Regattas Championship 2018, hosted by Oswego Yacht Club.

Here Are Our Competitors:

  • Robert Bruno, Avon, CT – Hospice Regatta Series/Mudhead Benefit Cup
  • Charles Sheets, Havre de Grace, MD – Senator Bob Hooper House Hospice Regatta
  • Jim Engle, Cobbs Creek, VA – Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta
  • Christopher Bennett, San Diego, CA – Sharp HospiceCare Regatta
  • Cedric Lewis, Annapolis, MD – Hospice Cup
  • Daniel Machold, Schenectady, NY – Hospice Charity Cup Regatta
  • Tim McCormick, Plattsburgh, NY – Lake Champlain Hospice Regatta
  • Joe Martin, Greenville, SC – Western Carolina Sailing Club Hospice Regatta
  • Gregory Coffey, Oswego, NY – Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta

Teams that have limited experience in J/24s are encouraged to practice at OYC on Thursday, August 16. The Competitors’ Meeting that evening is scheduled for 90 minutes, to make sure we answer all questions and resolve any concerns.

Great Racing at a Great Venue

In Randy Lenz’s 50 years of racing, he called the 2017 Hospice Regattas Championship at Oswego Yacht Club the “best and most fun regatta ever.”

Lenz pointed out that the “race committee never postponed and ran 9 great races.” He added, “You guys at Oswego did a job better the than the blue-blazer flag-belt clubs.”

Can Oswego Yacht Club repeat this success when it hosts the 2018 Championship on August 16-19? All the pieces are in place, as you’ll see when you arrive.

You can find most of what you need to know in the Notice of Race, which includes a complete schedule of on-water and on-shore activities.

Four Steps to Fairness

Our 2017 champions were the team from the host Oswego Yacht Club, headed by skipper Tom Doran (at the helm). A different team represents Oswego's hospice regatta this year. [Photo: Deb Doran]
Our 2017 champions were the team from the host Oswego Yacht Club, headed by skipper Tom Doran (at the helm). A different team represents Oswego’s hospice regatta this year.
[Photo: Deb Doran]
  1. Fleet — J/24 keelboats that will have just competed in the class District 7 Championship, loaned by owners known to keep their boats in excellent shape.
  2. Sails — suits of sails formerly owned by US Sailing that are in comparable racing condition, thanks to Sodus Bay Yacht Club.
  3. Boat Tune-Ups — each boat will be brought to peak racing fitness.
  4. Boat assignments — skippers will draw lots to determine which boat they’ll sail each day and which sails they’ll use. No team will race the same boat twice or use the same sails twice.