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National Sailing Championship Launches In Lake Michigan Off Monroe Harbor Starting Thursday

The Chicago Yacht Club will host this year's J/88 North American Championships.

The Chicago Yacht Club has long played host to national sailing competitions.
Stacy Friedman
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CHICAGO — A four-day national sailing competition will take off Thursday from Monroe Harbor.

The Chicago Yacht Club, 400 E. Monroe St., will host this year’s J/88 North American Championships. The J/88 is a 29-foot keelboat that typically sails with a crew of six people, according to organizers.

The first warning signal is 11 a.m. Thursday and will run until roughly 4 p.m., with the same schedule for the following days, according to a news release. The awards ceremony is 5 p.m. Sunday.

The regatta of about 30 top boats from all over the country will sail on Lake Michigan near Downtown, about two miles east of Buckingham Fountain.

The winds in September bode best for sailing the mid-size boats, according to the news release.

“The J/88 is fun and easy to sail, and we are looking forward to providing sailors from across North America with a superb sailing experience” said Greg Miarecki, the chair of the regatta. “It should be quite a show.”

Additional information about the race can be found here.

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