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The J30 Awesome, hull # 243, and was first raced out of Chicago under the name of "J Walker" probably owned by a skipper of the same name. She then was moved on her own trailer to Kentucky Lakes outside Calvert City, KY where in 1989 Vivian found her and moved her to Smithville Lake near Kansas City, MO. In 1991 Bill and Vivian moved her back home to Chicago and have her moored at DuSable Harbor.

For 5 years Awesome had served as an after race party boat, floating sun deck, cabin on the lake, hole in the water, and sailing cruiser while Bill and Vivian crewed on other area boats.

In 1993 Awesome served as a loaner boat to the crew of the J30 Twilight Zone out of Annapolis and they sailed her at the North American Championships here in Chicago, a three-day, five-race event. Awesome managed to win the last race of the event.

During the 1996 NOOD, without enough boats to fill out there section, Brian Tobin "Measure for Measure" and Tom Barnes "Whisper" along with their crews found themselves without a section to race in. Sooo with a bunch of borrowed sails and crew whom were new to each other and to Awesome had one Wednesday night beer can race for practice and were off to the NOOD. Results were 7th of 12 boats in this one design race and the fires were lit. During the Verve Cup of this year our newest sail was a 1982 Genoa. Awesome finished the series with an 5th of 13 boats; this included one disqualification, and a 2nd place to add to our credit or discredit depending on your point of view.

Awesome will be docked in DuSable Harbor for the 2016 sailing season and will be racing in the MORF Performance and Competition series. Also the Sprint buoy, Lady Skipper series, Double Handed,  and Wed. Beer Can races.

"AWESOME"  is now rounding up a race crew for the 2016  season. Many crew positions are open and we will have practice days on the schedule.  People interested in crewing on Awesome in 2016 should send us an E-Mail.

2016 Chicago Area Racing Schedules Under Construction

Awesome Crew Can Now Sign Up For Races Online  Coming Soon

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JOIN MORF:  Midwest Open Racing Fleet Check the MORF page for information on racing in the Chicago area. The racing is friendly and low key. This is a great way to improve your boat handling skills and meet other sailors.  Your $175.00 membership will make your boat eligible for all 30 plus races. No individual race fee’s – Just show up flying your section flag and check in with the committee boat.

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