The J/Fest Southwest Regatta celebrated its 13th anniversary this year with over 70 competitors from around the country. Lakewood Yacht Club hosted from October 22-23 and provided up to seven races for the one-design fleets. Here is the regatta report from Scott Spurlin: The weather was mid 70s and the wind started Saturday morning at a nice 8-10 knots from the SSE. By noon it was clocking around to the south blowing 15-19 and gusts up to 26. The J/24s had 14 boats in town for their season-ending circuit event and had a Texas-size shoot out on the water with four different gunslingers getting a first. The BAD MOON team skippered by Christopher Holmes took the win and ended up in third place overall for the J/24 Texas circuit. James Freedman’s LOL came in second at J/Fest and second on the circuit. Gilberto Rivera on URAYO, all the way from Puerto Rico, took third. They also won the J/Spirit “Road Warrior” trophy as they made J/Fest Southwest a truly international event! Shout out to our other Road Warrior from Puerto Rico Javier Almodovar. Not present for J/Fest but the #1 J/24 circuit boat was helmed by Paul Foerster. The J/24 fleet is so much fun to watch as they race hard, play hard and the onshore camaraderie is strong within this group. For more J/Fest Southwest Regatta information, visit

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