International Women’s Keelboat event reintroduced
International Women’s Keelboat Championship that has been suspended since the year 2011 is all set to be relaunched this year. Arranged by the American Yacht Club in Rye, New York, the event would be sailed in J/70 class sailboats from 14th to 20th August. With the aim of drawing in more international squads, the championship would rotate every year to venues within, and outside the United States.
24 teams will be chosen following an application process. Half of the teams chosen would represent North American nations and half would represent nations from all across the world. The formatting consists of team racing, featuring 2 flights of 6 boats each with teams rotating after every 2 races.
Each squad would race same number of races against the others. Races would be around fifteen minutes in duration. Host clubs would make sure of quick rotations as well as on-the-water judging, in addition to an improved viewing experience for spectators.
It was in the year 1985 when the International Women’s Keelboat Championship was introduced through the efforts of US Sailing’s Women’s Championship Committee. This event turned into one of the top women’s sailing event in United States as well as all across the world. Newport’s Ida Lewis Yacht Club became the host for the event and they arranged it till 2001 before it organized at different venues around the nation.
In the year 2007, Sally Barkow matched Betsy Alison by winning the event for the third time. The list of former champs includes J.J. Fetter, Jody Starck, Anna Tunnicliffe and Cory Sertl.