Allstate Sugar Bowl Sponsors J22 World Regatta Championships


Allstate Sugar Bowl Sponsors J22 World Regatta Championships park

The 2011 J/22 World Regatta Championships, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, open on Sunday at Southern Yacht Club. The event continues through the week, wrapping up Saturday.

"The Allstate Sugar Bowl has traditionally been a strong supporter of sailing in the New Orleans area, sponsoring the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Regatta," said regatta chair Chris Clement. "Its support of the J/22 Worlds is very significant, as the Allstate Sugar Bowl will also be the host of the BCS college football championship in January, 2012," he added.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl will actually be involved in its widest-range of regatta events in history this year. The schedule is as follows:

2011 Regatta Events (all held at Southern Yacht Club):
J-22 World Championships: Oct. 9-15
Great Oaks High School Regatta: Nov. 18-20 – Notice of Race
USODA Optimist Mid-winters: Nov. 25-26
PHRF & High School: Dec. 3-4
Board Boats, One Design & Race of Champions: Dec. 17-18
Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate: Dec. 30-31
USODA Opti-Team Racing: Jan. 13-16

The "J' refers to the make of the boat, while the "22" refers to the length of the boat. Each boat carries a crew of 3-4 people and the World Championships are expected to have 70� boats from all over the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

Regatta organizers at Southern Yacht Club are planning a memorable event, both on and off the water.

On the water, October on Lake Pontchartrain generally offers excellent sailing conditions, with warm temperatures and breezes that can range from five to 25 knots. Because Lake Pontchartrain is very shallow, averaging 14 feet deep, north winds with a 25-mile fetch can kick up a short, steep chop that challenges the best sailors.

Weather conditions on the lake can be found at several web sites, including Sailflow, the New Orleans Lakefront Airport (by telephone at 504-242-5993) and NOAA.

Off the water, the regatta promises an experience that only New Orleans can deliver.

The entertainment starts Tuesday (October 11) with a competitors' meeting and reception at Southern Yacht Club with hors d'oeuvres featuring  local seafood and other tastes of New Orleans. A representative from New Orleans Tours will be on site Tuesday morning to sign up visitors for tours of surrounding scenery, nearby plantations or the city of New Orleans itself.

Wednesday (October 12) will feature a French Quarter party for participants, currently scheduled at the famous Tropical Isle Bar's balcony overlooking Bourbon Street.

Before racing starts on Thursday morning, the famous Café Du Monde will serve café au lait and beignets to all competitors to get the regatta going in a traditional New Orleans style. That evening, Southern Yacht Club will host a seafood party on the lawn of the club featuring south Louisiana's finest offerings of shrimp, jambalaya and other tasty examples of local cuisine.

Southern Yacht Club excels in hosting and producing large regattas, and race organizers promise the J/22 Worlds will exceed all previous efforts.

"We are planning what we hope will be a very smooth registration and measurement process which will allow the competitors to get on the water as soon as possible after arriving at SYC," said chief measurer Albert "Chip" Carpenter.

Each yacht is required to have a valid measurement certificate registered with the IJ22CA. Full measurement of yachts for the purpose of obtaining a new measurement certificate will not be available during the regatta. Competitors are reminded of the insurance requirements published in the NOR.

All sails will be measured and competitors will receive identification tags to attach to each sail and sail bag prior to the regatta. Additionally, all yachts will be weighed and other measurements & equipment checked for compliance with Class Rules.

"We are pleased to announce that Waterline Systems will have a service crew on-site to perform minor repairs at no cost to competitors. We will have a limited amount of lead available for yachts that do not meet the minimum basic yacht weight," announced Carpenter.

Also, competitors are encouraged to have a VHF radio aboard.

Regatta chair Clement also announced that a professional photographer will be at the regatta taking photographs that will be made available for sale to competitors. In addition, several Southern Yacht Club members have offered to take their boats out during the week for spectators who are not touring other parts of New Orleans.