The Premiere Sailing League USA, structured after sailing leagues pioneered in Germany and Denmark (segelbundesliga.de and sejlsportsligaen.dk), said special-edition J/70s and J/88s will be used for the series.
The event starts with district qualification regattas using J/70s and moves on to national finals, which will be sailed in J/88s.
The league’s boat editions are fully constructed in the United States, starting with their design by J/Boats (Newport, R.I.); spars by Hall Spars & Rigging (Bristol, R.I.); hardware by Harken (Pewaukee, Wis.); lines by New England Ropes (Fall River, Mass.); and hull and sail graphics by Mac Designs (Newport, R.I.)
“I am very proud to have on the PSL team companies that are passionate about sailing and have established themselves as leaders in their fields,” league president Benjamin Klatzka said in a statement.
“Support from the marine industry is very important, and with boats ‘Made in the USA’ it will distinguish Premiere Sailing League America from other ‘club-based’ events and also inspire other U.S. companies and organizations to get involved.”
At the league’s introduction during last year’s Strictly Sail boat show in Chicago, J/Boats President Jeff Johnstone voiced his support for Klatzka’s initiative, based on what the overseas sailing leagues have done “to excite and promote grassroots sailing.”
Johnstone said the philosophy behind the series is fully convergent with that of J/Boats: “to provide a great platform to promote multigenerational sailing via fun and affordable competition between clubs.”