J/80’s race downwind, under spinnakers and the setting sun, towards another exciting leeward mark.

J World Annapolis’ Thursday Night Racing Series is back!  Join us nearly every Thursday from May 9 to August 29 for the best one design weeknight racing in the world!  Four one design classes, including J/22’s, J/24’s, J/80’s and the hot new J/70’s,  will clash on the waters of the Annapolis Harbor and Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday Night Racing is open to all J World Alumni aboard our five J/80’s.  The boats are skippered by our highly skilled coaching staff and alumni crew.  No racing experience necessary!  Also joining us on the water are privately owned J/22’s, J/24’s, J/80’s and J/70’s.  To registered your boat please complete and email the Thursday Night Registration Form.  You can also download the  2013 THURSDAY NIGHT RACING NOTICE OF RACE.  Soon you will find all race documents including the NOR, sailing instructions (released May 1, 2013), amendments, course diagrams and RESULTS  available in the Thursday Night Racing section of the J World Annapolis website.

J/80’s reach from the windward mark to the offset. A strong spring current had the entire fleet over standing the layline.

Last year saw nearly 60 boats battling for position on any given Thursday.  This year we hope to see more than 80 boats racing each and every week and making Thursday Night Racing the best weeknight one design racing around.  Stay tuned for more information about Thursday Night Racing including fleet and racing circle assignments, sailing instructions and more!

We initially conceived our Thursday Night series to provide a fun and low pressure racing environment suitable for all level of racers. Although we keep scores on a weekly basis, the only awards are at the end of the season. As such, it’s an ideal format for you to bring along friends or new recruits and introduce them to your passion.

We are looking forward to another fantastic racing season and hope you and your team will be able to join us. It is our goal to hold as many as three races per class each evening weather/wind permitting.

Leading into the windward mark can be the highlight of any racing team’s summer. With short courses and multiple races a night – everyone has a chance to be a hero!

Entry is open to any member of the J/22, J/24, J/70 or J/80 U.S. Class Associations who is also a member of their respective Annapolis area fleet. No fleet membership is required for J/80 participants.

The 2013 season will be divided into two separate series; the first series starts May 9 and ends June 27.   The second series will begin July 11 and ends August 29. There are a total of eight evenings of racing scheduled for each series.

The warning signal for the first race each week will be no earlier than 1830 hrs. The race committee will attempt to run as many races as allowable by daylight and/or weather conditions. Races will be held in the Severn River in the vicinity of the entrance to Back Creek.  Race results will be posted on the website by Friday morning.



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