Kerry Klingler (USA) won the J/80 World Championship which concluded on Sunday. Jay Lutz (USA) took second and Marie-Claude Heys (GBR) third.
NEWPORT, R.I., USA (June 10, 2001)
- Kerry Klingler (Larchmont, N.Y.) and his crew of Mike Quaglio, Jay Lurie and Chris Quaglio won the J/80 World Championship in Newport, R.I. today against a fleet of 35 international teams from six countries. Jay Lutz (Houston, Texas) finished the regatta in second, with Marie-Claude Heys (Southampton, U.K.) in third.
Seven windward/leeward races were sailed on Rhode Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10. The regatta was hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Sail Newport and the International J/80 Class Association.
The final race of the series started in 7-knot winds that were fluky enough to cause a general recall and the Ida Lewis Race Committee, led by Pam Kirk, put racing on hold long enough to let the wind settle into a classic south-westerly, building to 12 knots. Almost perfect conditions led to an almost perfect race for Klingler, who after a clean start rounded the first weather mark in 5th.