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GL52 North American fleet kicks off season with 2024 Winter Series

by Barby MacGowan 16 Jan 08:37 NZDT January 15-18, 2024
Thanks to strong fleet building in the Great Lakes, as many as 14 GL52s will participate in the 2024 season; events are planned in Florida (GL52 Winter Series), the Great Lakes and Newport, R.I. later this year © Felipe Juncadella

Today the GL52 North American fleet will kick off its the 2024 racing season at the Southernmost Regatta, the first in a series of winter events called the GL52 Winter Series, which also includes the Key West Cup presented by Quantum Sails from February 15-18, 2024.

Five of the most competitive GL52 teams are set to sail in ten races scheduled over five days off Key West. The teams are: Victor Wild's (San Diego, Calif.) Fox; Chris Duhon's (Key Largo, Fla.) Mockingbird; Larry Landry and Paul McDowell's (Newport, R.I.) Prospector; David Team's (Newport Beach, Calif.) Vesper; and Doug & Dalton DeVos's (Holland, Mich.) Windquest. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded for both daily and overall results in the class.

The GL52 Winter Series is intended to encourage like-minded TP52 type boat owners, with a healthy mix of Corinthian and Pro sailor crews, to compete in similarly configured boats under the ORC on a Time-on-Time basis in a group of buoy races that form the winter series. It is sanctioned by the North American GL52 fleet.

The Southernmost Regatta, powered by Sailing Inc., is a fun, sustainable event that features five consecutive days of high-quality racing on the picturesque blue waters of Key West, Fla. The event is open to One Design and ORC Racing/Cruising Keelboats. "With more than 30 years of racing in Key West, the GL52 is one of the premier fleets at The Southernmost Regatta," said Regatta Chairman Martin Kullman.

For more information on the GL52 Winter Series (including Notice of Race and results), visit yachtscoring.com or contact Linda Lindquist, GL52 Fleet Manager at +1 (312)-560-1168.

Follow the racing on TracTrac.

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