2021 Championship of Champions Heads to Michigan

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Class Champions to Race Lightnings at 47th annual Championship of Champions

ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE, Mich. (September 13, 2021) – One design class National and North American Champions will race for the Jack Brown Trophy at the 47th annual Championship of Champions, hosted by the Pontiac Yacht Club in Michigan. Racing takes place on September 17-19, 2021.

The Championship of Champions is one of the more unique regattas in the world. Champion sailors from a wide range of one design classes fleet race against each other in a boat that is often unknown to many and is typically held on a body of water with challenging conditions. This year’s championship will be contested in the Lightning.

Eligible sailors must be a 2020 or 2021 one-design class U.S. National Champion, North American Champion, or World Champion helmsperson.

Every year, US Sailing invites an accomplished guest competitor to the Championship of Champions. This year’s guest competitor is Mike Ingham, a two-time winner of the Championship of Champions and a National and North American Champion in multiple classes. Ingham is a 9-time Thistle National champion, 8-time J/24 North American, J/24 European Champion, and J/24 U.S. National Champion, JY 15 North American Champion, and  Tornado National Champion.

Racing will be held on Cass Lake in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan.

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About the 2021 Championship of Champions:

Inaugurated in 1976, the championship is named in honor of Jack Brown who was noted for his service as a judge, regatta organizer and member of US Sailing Committees. US Sailing selects up to nineteen competitors from nominees by their class associations who are current national or North American champions of their respective classes.

The championship is held in a different class each year, and boats are supplied, and if possible, shall be new and identical. Additionally, each year a guest helm is invited. Invited helms have included winner of the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year, Olympians, and other sailing luminaries. Classes in which the event has been held run the gamut from conventional to cutting edge and have included Y-Flyers, Snipes, Hobie Cats, J/24s, Sunfish and Etchells, to name just a few.