The 2017 J/111 World Championship will be hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA from August 23–27, 2017. This will be the fourth World Championship for this competitive one-design class, and its first on the U.S. West Coast. Regatta chairman Gerard Sheridan is anticipating a strong turnout with a diverse entry list. Says Sheridan, "We’re expecting boats from the West Coast, the Midwest and the East Coast as well as a solid turnout from Europe and abroad." San Francisco sailor Rob Theis has been racing J/111s since 2014 and won the J/111 fleet in both the 2014 and 2015 Rolex Big Boat Series. "This is a very active boat," says Theis. "It will plane at 12 knots. It goes 18-20 knots downwind. It’s not technically a sportboat, but it can sure feel like one. Recognizing that San Francisco can be a trek for many sailors, St. Francis Yacht Club has organized a 2017 regatta schedule around the J/111 Worlds to accommodate multiple races for visiting sailors. The Aldo Alessio/Swiftsure Regatta will take place in August and the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series is scheduled for the second week of September. Stay tuned for additional information!