The J/Fest Southwest Regatta celebrated its 13th anniversary this year with over 70 competitors from around the country. Lakewood Yacht Club hosted from October 22-23 and provided up to seven races for the one-design fleets. Here is the regatta report from Scott Spurlin: The weather was mid 70s and the wind started Saturday morning at a nice 8-10 knots from the SSE. By noon it was clocking around to the south blowing 15-19 and gusts up to 26. Down south on the Blue Circle, the J/70s were launched downwind. First-time J/70 spectators could not believe the boats were even attached to the water as the bow was pointed skyward and the keel could be seen as these boats were flying downwind. Kurt VanderWall and his boat partner on MELVINIZE—By Baldridge—made their return to J/Fest on their “new to them” J/70. By recruiting his rock star son Reed to crew, along with that Australian guy Rob Scrivenor, to round out the crew and take first. Second for the regatta was multiple World Champion Jay Lutz on AL’S BABY, and third went to Derek Simms’ WHISKEY BUSINESS. For more J/Fest Southwest Regatta information, visit

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