The best teams in sailboat racing excel across a range of conditions, and for competitors at the 2022 Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series Chicago, that’s exactly what was required over three days of challenging Lake Michigan conditions, where the breeze eventually blew from all points and all strengths. For the final day, host Chicago Yacht Club served up a great one for the nearly 180 teams—12 knots of wind and steep waves. Ben Marden’s team on the J/88 Banter was selected as the North Sails boat of the day on Saturday and then completed their weekend with two more top-three finishes to claim the J/88 title. For comprehensive results from, visit

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