When the 2013 J/70 North American Championship set its 90-boat entry threshold for the inaugural event on September 26-28 in Annapolis, MD, it was to insure the fleet-size would be properly served by the venue and host.
No one imagined it would lead to a near melt-down of the Internet. The quota was hit in only 28 hours.
The quota was raised to 120 boats for the 2014 J/70 North Americans on July 14-20 in Rochester, NY, but that event is also sold out. Click here for registration list.
What the heck is going on? Don Finkle of RCR Yachts explains…
We aren’t going out on a limb by calling it this growth a phenomenon when you realize that we will be taking delivery of hull numbers in the 600′s just over two years after first launch. That may not have been so remarkable 30 years ago but it surely is today. The only keel boat that we can relate a similar level of instant success to is the J/24 back when it hit the scene, but that was during the peak growth years of fiberglass boatbuilding.
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