For Bruce Golison (Long Beach, CA), winning the 2019 Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD in the J/70 fleet was a small step on the road to a larger goal. “I’m 62-years-old and still looking to win my first World Championship,” said Golison. In a Class defined by boatspeed, Golison and crew have spent the past three years honing their skills in the hottest one-design fleet in the country. “We really had to keep our heads out of the boat this weekend,” said Golison. “It was shifty out there, and on our course, we couldn’t get much current relief by going to a side. We stuck to the middle most of the time and used our speed to get us out of tough situations.” As an experienced sailor from Southern California, Golison keeps his J/70 on the East Coast to take advantage of larger fleet sizes, but he plans on taking it back to California for the summer to prepare for the World Championships in Los Angeles next year. “I hope I have it in me,” said Golison. “There’s not many sports that you can still be competitive at 62, but we have great focus on our team, and we’re all putting in the work. We really want this.” Following Midlife Crisis in the 30-boat J/70 fleet were Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger and Ryan McKillen’s Surge. For complete event details, visit

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