Sixty-two boats total participated in J/Fest Southwest, hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club in Houston, TX from October 12-14. Sailors were treated to awesome sailing conditions both days; in particular, it was windy on Saturday with gusts in the high 20s. The event started out with the newly famous Legends Race that was sailed in a “stadium-sailing” scenario right in front of the club. Five video cameras recorded the live action, broadcast worldwide on YouTube. It was Danny Pletsch’s SKETCHY crew who won the 15-boat J/22 fleet, winning six of seven races. Taking second was Casey Lambert’s BLACKBURN MARINE RACING with 22 points, and third was David Bethancourt’s USA 1271 with 27 points. The balance of the top five was Farley Fontenot and son’s USA 707 in fourth and Dov Kivlovitz’s USA 951 in fifth position. For more J/FEST Southwest information, visit

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