The J-22 World Championships open on the Severn River in Annapolis today with a field of 75 boats and crews from Europe, Africa, Canada and the United States.
Among the top sailors to watch are Chris Larson of Annapolis, Bill Draheim of Texas, Max Skelley of Havre de Grace and Pete McChesney of Annapolis, who has had his boats going well in regional races this season.
Because J-22s are small, fast and nimble, the design has been growing in popularity and the field for the worlds is deep and talented.
Gary Jobson, an ESPN sailing analyst who sails Road Kill out of Annapolis, is entered, but will be challenged by Larson, Draheim, Skelley and McChesney as well as several Olympic medalists and national class champions in the field.
The racing will be divided into two fleets to make the number of boats easier to handle. Racing will continue through Friday.