Rochester Hosts the J/24 World Championship
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Some of the best sailors from around the world are in Rochester this week for the J/24 World Championship on Lake Ontario.
The fleet of boats is setting sail from the Rochester Yacht Club.
There are 96 teams from more than a dozen countries racing on the south shore of Lake Ontario. The racers say the area has easy access to the lake from the river and that the consistent winds out on the water make for good sailing.
Teams sail about a mile and a half off shore, race upwind around the mark and then sail downwind. The fleet includes past champions from around the world.
Edmond Rees is from Toronto, Canada. This is the first time his crew of five has competed in Rochester.
"This is fantastic," said Rees. "With 99 to 100 boats on the line, it is sort of like putting a bunch of cars in a parking lot with three exits and no brakes and you are all looking to get out as quick as you can. It is a lot of jockeying and a lot of just figuring out how you want to position yourself in relation to everyone else at the right time and just work your way through it."
Eric Black has been sailing since he was eight years old. He grew up on Canandaigua Lake.
"Some of these people literally shipped their boats over in sea freights or they charter a boat here. These guys mean business out there-- this is a big deal to them. There is a lot of passion for this sport and sailors real do. It is a combination of the water, the waves, the wind, and the crew and a boat," said Black.
The J/24 World Championship continues through Friday.
J/24 World Championship