Following Chicago’s pandemic guidelines, the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club was able to host Chicago’s first one-design keelboat regatta for just J/Crews – the inaugural J/Fest Chicago. The event took place August 29-30, sailing out of Montrose Harbor, with racing taking place on the waters of Lake Michigan. In the largest fleet, the six-boat J/88 fleet saw a battle unfold between Ben Marden’s BANTER and Jorgen Christiansen’s NORSE. Winning the first race, Christiansen’s team posted all podium finishes of 1-3-1-2-3 for a total of 10 points. Marden’s team posted a sixth in the first race, but closed with three bullets and a deuce for 11 points total to take the silver. Tim Wade’s WINDSONG rounded out the podium in the bronze position, scoring a pair of deuces and a pair of threes for 15 points total. For more J/Fest Chicago information, visit

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