The ring leader at the table that night, says John Burnham, the magazine's editor until 2006, was Sailing World's wheelin' and dealin' publisher, George Eddy. "George was never shy about creating regattas," says Burnham. "The J/35 class was coming on strong, as were the Frers and Soverel fleets. Given what we'd just experienced at Block Island Race Week, he didn't see any reason why the magazine should not have its own regatta." At the time, weeklong festivals were the rage, with Whidbey Island and Block Island, SORC, Larchmont and a bunch of others.