Stormy J/Fest Southwest Regatta

From October 21-22, the eighth annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta took place on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay, hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club. The event featured the "Legends Regatta" on Friday afternoon. Thereafter, it was an attempt to get in as many races as possible despite the somewhat unusual weather pattern that had setup over the Gulf of Mexico and the southern plains just to the west of Galveston Bay. In the end, the 70-boat fleet managed to get in four races. A dozen boats took part in the J/24 fleet. Jim Freedman’s MISS CONDUCT crew smoked the fleet with four straight bullets to take the title. Behind them, it was tight racing for the next four spots. Natalie Harden and her team on GIGGLES from Austin YC took the silver with a steady 3-3-2-4 for 12 points. Third was Barry Bailey’s TRICK BAG with an 8-2-4-2 for 16 points. For more event information, visit

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