The third annual New England J/Fest Regatta is being hosted by Sail Newport the weekend of August 9-11th 2019. This sailing regatta provides opportunities to promote both local businesses and the national boating community. This is the third New England J/Fest Regatta limited exclusively to J/Boat owners and crews with racing and social events scheduled throughout the weekend. This event capitalizes on our very successful 2017 event and similar successful J/Fest Regattas held in other US regions where participation exceeded seventy boats. Event organizers anticipate more than eighty boats at the starting line for the 2019 New England J/Fest. Expected one‐design classes include J/22, J/24, J/30, J/70, J/80, J/88, J/105, J/109, J/121. The 2019 event will also include a class for J Boat Cruisers.
Narragansett Bay is considered a special “home waters” venue for the New England J/Fest as many of the sailboats were locally built at the former Tilliston-Pearson Incorporated, the former Pearson Composites LLC, US Watercraft, and CCF Composites. J Boats are popular sailboats known for their quality design, construction and impressive performance over other boats of similar size. They have a strong following and very active class associations that include world champion sailors.
We are excited that Sail Newport has been selected to host the 2019 J/Fest Regatta. Sail Newport has an active racing program that includes a fleet of club owned J/22’s and counts numerous J/Boat owners as many of their most active members. Sail Newport is a State of Rhode Island resource that provides strong support for sailing and has the facilities to successfully host an event of this caliber. The shore side activities for the 2019 J/Fest will be held at the Sail Newport facilities located at Fort Adams. This same venue has hosted numerous sailing events providing high brand visibility for all sponsors including the 2018 Volvo race stopover. Sail Newport will erect a tent at Fort Adams to host the crowd for the regatta party, dinner and award ceremonies.