According to Scott Spurlin, J/Dealer in Texas, “The J/Sailors in Texas needed this event! The enthusiasm to get out on the water was over the top! On Friday, the rain was coming down and the gusts were in the 40s, and people still trailered their boats in. We delayed the start on Saturday to give them time to set up and launch. Then we had a full weekend of racing.” The J/Fest Southwest Regatta celebrated its 11th anniversary with over 70 boats. The half-dozen J/70 fleet was filled with National, North American, World Champions and Olympic Medalists. Scott Spurlin’s team on YOLO had a consistent performance of 2-2-1-2-3-2 for 12 points. Just behind them it was a shoot-out for the balance of the top five. Taking the silver was Jay Lutz’s MOJITO, after compiling finishes of 4-4-2-3-4-1 for 18 points. The bronze was determined by a tiebreaker at 19 points each between Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE (who won the countback) and Glenn Darden’s HOSS. Taking fifth position was Dov Kivlovitz’s TURBO DUCK. For more J/Fest Southwest information, visit

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