• J/Newsletter- January 9th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    It was an exciting first week of sailing in the New Year for those participants in the J/70 Winter Series hosted by Davis Island YC in Tampa, Florida.  Starting out with storms and a cold front, the fleet of fifty-six boats enjoyed a gorgeous weekend of racing in northern Tampa Bay. Next up for the J/70 fleet are the Bacardi Miami J/70 Winter Series in Miami, Florida and the YC Monaco J/70 Winter Sportsboat Series in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

    Then, in the middle of next week, the USA offshore season kicks-off with the famous 160.0nm dash around the Florida Keys to Key West, Florida- the Storm Trysail Club’s annual Lauderdale to Key West Race.  A half-dozen offshore J/Teams ranging from a J/92 up to a J/44 are participating in this iconic classic.

    Finally, in the J/Community section below, read about the latest update on the newly launched J/99 offshore doublehanded speedster; Paul Heys from J/U.K. gives us an insider’s perspective on what it is like to sail the newest J/Design off the drawing board.  Also, learn more about sailing J/24s in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, as well as a remarkable husband-wife J/105 team that just swept “Yachtsmen & Yachtswoman Sailor of the Year Awards” at St. Francis YC!

    J/70 Monaco Winter Series Act III Preview
    (Monte Carlo, Monaco)- A total of forty-plus teams will be participating in Act III of the J/70 Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, from January 17th to 20th, sailed on Hercules Bay just off the fabulous, majestic, mountainous setting off Monte Carlo. Hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco, the international contingent of teams from Finland, Denmark, Russia, Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Ukraine, Ireland, and France are looking forward to yet another amazing weekend of racing off the famous Principality of Monaco.

    Will the all-Monegasque podium hold together like they did in the first two regattas?  Or, will there be more intense battles for the top of the leaderboard? In the previous event, it was an intense battle between Nico Poons’ CHARISMA (winner of Act II in December), Roberto Stefani’s PICCININA and Ludovico Fassitelli’s JUNDA (winner of Act 1 in November). Perhaps there will be other protagonists that step into the field of battle to tip the results in another direction?!

    In the all-amateur Corinthian J/70 class, it was Swiss sailor Bruno Zeltner’s QUARTER2ELEVEN, a regular at the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, that pipped Monegasque Cesare Gabasio’s TINN J70 for the win.  Can the Swiss sailors do it again after a massive New Year’s Celebration and skiing with too much kirsch and delicious cheese fondue in the Swiss Alps?  Time will tell.

    The next events in the five Act J/70 Winter Sportboat Series are:
    • Feb 7-10- Act IV PRIMO Cup- Trophee Credit Suisse XXXV
    • Mar 14-17- Act V Finale
    For more J/70 Monaco Winter Series sailing information

    J/70 Bacardi Miami Winter Series Act II Preview
    (Miami, FL)- The first Bacardi Invitational Winter Series took place December 1-2, 2018, on the sparkling aqua-blue waters of Biscayne Bay. A talented fleet of eighteen boats raced the first of the major J/70 Winter Series down in Florida. For Act II of the Bacardi Winter Series, sailing from January 19th to 20th, a slightly larger fleet will be assembled on the Bay, twenty-two boats from across the USA, Great Britain, Cayman Islands, Monaco, Canada, Netherlands, and Italy will be participating in this international regatta.

    Leading contenders for this event will be teams like Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT (1st 2016 J/70 Worlds San Francisco), Henry Brauer’s RASCAL, Pam Rose’s ROSEBUD, Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY (1st 2017 J/70 Worlds Sardinia), Peter Cunningham’s POWERPLAY from the Cayman Islands, Bruce Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS from California, Martin Dent’s JELVIS from the United Kingdom, Glenn Darden’s HOSS from Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas, and Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio’s G-SPOTTINO from YC Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  Sailing photo credits- Tim Wilkes.com.  For more Bacardi Winter Series II sailing information

    Ft Lauderdale- Key West Race Preview
    (Fort Lauderdale, FL)- The third week of January has traditionally marked the start of the American offshore sailing season. That event is the infamous Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, a 160.0nm dash down the eastern Florida coastline, bound by the Florida Keys reefs to starboard and the swift-moving 4-6 kt Gulf Stream off to port. The Storm Trysail Club and Fort Lauderdale YC host the event. The fleet will start on Thursday, January 17th, at 1000 hrs.

    It is always a challenging race in light or strong breezes as teams are forced to sail in a narrow band of water to avoid the adverse, northerly-flowing, Gulf Stream currents and the precipitous walls of coral on the northern side of the course that are the Florida Keys.

    The race track is simple enough, start off the Ft Lauderdale inlet, then head south to several key turning marks to be left to starboard- 68.0nm to Elbow Key Light, 12.0nm more to Molasses Reef Light, 53.0nm more to Sombrero Key Light, 45.0nm more to Key West Channel buoy #2, then a short 6.0nm sprint north up the channel to the finish off Truman Annex Navy base.  Because of the current off Key West (a channel that seemingly has half the Gulf of Mexico empty through it), the last 6.0nm can often be the most frustrating in the race in an ebb tide and light winds!

    After the first two races, the Nassau Cup Race (from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas) and the Wirth Munroe Memorial Race (from Miami, FL to Palm Beach, FL), the leaderboard has three J/Teams in the top four! Leading is Chris Lewis’ J/44 KENAI from Lakewood YC in Seabrook, TX. They are followed by the J/92 HILLBILLY in 3rd place, sailed by Brad Stowers from Melbourne YC in Melbourne, FL. And then, lying in fourth position, is the J/109 HARM’S WAY, sailed by Andy Wescoat from Galveston Bay Cruising Association in Spring, TX!

    Joining them for the this overnight blast around the Keys will be Matt Schaedler’s J/122 BLITZKRIEG from North Cape YC in Toledo, OH and also Matt Self’s J/105 RUCKUS from Charleston YC in Daniel Island, SC.
    Follow the SORC Series on Facebook here  For more SORC Key West Race sailing information

    January Boat Show Announcements!
    (Newport, RI)- The first of the new year’s boat shows will be taking place in two widely disparate locations across the world.

    Chicago Boat Show
    The first event is the Chicago Boat Show in Chicago, Illinois that is running from January 9th to 13th at the famous McCormick Place Pavilions on the south side of the city.  Please make sure to stop by and chat with Midwest J/Dealer Stearns Boating about their plans for the exciting J/99 this summer season on the Great Lakes.  Richie Stearns will be at Booth- S719.  To make an appointment to see him, please contact Richie at phone- (847) 404-2209  or email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more Chicago Boat Show information

    Dusseldorf Boat Show- Germany
    The next event is the world-famous Dusseldorf Boot Boat Show taking place from January 19th to 27th in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Renowned as one of the major “arts” centers in Europe, it is both a cultural attraction along the gorgeous Rhine River as well as an amazing boat show to attend- the world’s largest by far!

    On-site in Hall 15/ Booth B21 will be J/Composites and the European J/Boats team, presenting the latest J/99 offshore speedster, the world champion J/112E sports cruiser, and the world’s most successful sportsboat- the International J/70.  For more 2019 Boot Dusseldorf boat show information

    Announcing The 2020 J/80 World Championship!
    (Newport, RI)- The J/80 North American Class Association is pleased to announce that Sail Newport, Newport RI has been selected to host the J/80 2020 World Championships, September 28th to October 3rd, 2020.

    The regatta will be the 10th year anniversary of the epic J/80 Worlds that was held in Newport 2010 and almost 20 years since the very first J/80 Worlds that were also hosted in Newport.

    Mark your calendars now in what is once again expected to be yet another epic, open, J/80 World Championship! Anyone and everyone are welcome to participate in one of the world’s greatest venues for sailing!  Stay tuned for further details announcements on the J/80 North American Class site

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Jan 19-20- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 24-27- J/Fest St Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 26-28- Festival of Sails- Geelong, Vic, Australia
    Feb 9-10-  Davis Island J/70 Series III- Tampa, FL
    Feb 15-17- Helly Hansen St Petersburg NOOD- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 21-24- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Mar 6-9- Bacardi Cup- J/70 Winter Series III- Miami, FL

    For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

    CATAPULT Wins J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II
    (Tampa, FL)- Fifty-five J/70 teams traveled to Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida for the middle weekend of the 2018-2019 J/70 Winter Series. Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT took the victory with 24 points in five races over the two days.

    The weekend started off with great promise from a weather perspective.  Friday was the SAIL22 “Off the Porch Series” that never fully materialized.  An impending frontal system with forecasts for rain, thunder, squalls and gusts to 35 kts did, in fact, roll in around 2:00pm, upsetting the scheduled clinic. Anticipating the storms, many teams opted to get out early to get in some practice.

    Saturday dawned with clearing skies and strong, puffy, northwest winds of 12 to 23 kts, just as forecast.  Not wasting any time, the DIYC Race Committee, PRO, and mark boat teams set out to get racing rolling on time at 10:00am.  After a few general recalls, racing commenced for what turned out to be a glorious day of sailing on northern Tampa Bay (a.k.a. Henderson Bay) just south of the pretty skyline of Tampa. The RC/PRO team managed to run four races in very tactically challenging conditions.  With 20-30 degree windshifts on each leg of the course and massive wind holes and wind streaks, it was easy for teams to gain/lose 10-15 boats per leg!

    At the end of Saturday’s racing, Travis Odenbach’s B-SQUARED team led the fleet with scores of 1-3-1-4 for 9 pts.  Just one point back on the leaderboard were two heavyweight J/70 teams tied at 10 pts each, Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT with a 5-2-3-1 record, while Brian Keane’s SAVASANA posted a 3-1-5-2 tally. Interestingly, Ronning fell ill with food poisoning on Saturday morning and did not skipper his boat. Instead, the team scrambled quickly and recruited crewman Chris Stocke’s fiancé from St Petersburg- Wendy Reuss- to step in and skipper the boat for the day; she guided them to a remarkable outcome for someone that had never sailed, much less skippered, a J/70 before!

    Sunday dawned light and fluky from the northeast, again as forecast. After several aborted attempts to get a race going, the DIYC RC/PRO team managed to get a race off that will simply go down in the record books as perhaps the worst light air race imaginable. With winds ranging from 0 to 5 kts (e.g. below the J/70 Class minimum recommended wind speed), and shifting 30 to 60 degrees, and very spotty and very streaky (teams were often seen sailing downwind, at the same angle, on opposite gybes); it was not surprising to see dramatic swings in the final race standings.

    For the one and only race sailed on Sunday, the runaway winner was Doug Strebel’s BLACK RIVER RACING, sailing with a star-studded crew of Tim Healy, and brothers Jay & Jody Lutz (all three are World Champions in various classes). They started at the port end of the line, hooked into a private wind streak, and simply sailed away from the fleet to win by a Texas mile! Not far behind them in 2nd place was Kevin Downey’s MR PITIFUL from Seattle, WA- also sailing with a star-studded crew that included World Champion and North American Champions in his crew- Brian Thomas and Willem van Waay.

    As a result of the last race, the now happy and healthy Joel Ronning skippered CATAPULT into a “come from behind” victory on the last downwind leg to post a 13th and win the regatta with 24 points.  The final run, with 0-3 kts of wind, was so sketchy, so streaky, so full of holes, that it was anyone’s game to win. Rounding the last mark, Keane’s SAVASANA was at the top of the fleet, winning the regatta, and leading both B-SQUARED and CATAPULT by over 20 boats. However, “lady luck” was not on their side, falling into a giant hole (more like a vacuum), while his erstwhile competitors gybed away in the middle of the course and sailed around them. In the final tally, CATAPULT won, then Odenbach’s B-SQUARED finished 20th to take 2nd with 29 pts, while the hapless crew on SAVASANA posted a gut-wrenching 22nd to drop into 3rd place on the podium with 33 pts total.

    Rounding out the top five were Downey’s MR PITIFUL in 4th place and Greiner Hobbs’ DARK HORSE in 5th place.

    In the Corinthians Division, Andrew & Melissa Fisher’s BUTTON FLY won, followed by Eddie Keller’s and Billy Lynn’s KEY PLAYER in second, and Bob Willis’ RIP RULLAH in third place. Sailing photo credits- Phil Pape Photography
    For more J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II sailing information.

    LA SUPERBA Crowned Winter J/24 Champion
    (Anzio & Nettuno (Rome), Italy)- This past weekend, the fiercely competitive J/24 Fleet of Rome had a regatta full of fun and lots of racing (eight races in total!) The fleet of twenty-two boats was sailing in their 44th Winter Championship of Anzio-Nettuno, racing for the Lozzi Trophy.  Winning the regatta was the famous Italian Navy crew on LA SUPERBA, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno with crew of Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro, Alfredo Branciforte, and Francesco Linares; they dominated the regatta with six 1sts and two 4ths.

    “On Saturday, a mistral of 22 knots and a flat sea provided the sailors fabulous conditions for racing,” explained Federico Miccio. “The crews did not seem at all intimidated by the strong wind and, indeed, had fun sailing three demanding races on the first day."

    "On the following day, the scenario was decidedly different. The light wind between 4 and 5 knots oscillated between the Levante and the Sirocco, and then stabilized at Ostro. This allowed the Race Committee to start the racing,” explained Miccio. “A large part of the fleet chose the left-hand side, while the wind was shifting to the right, and very spotty along the race course. It was a challenging day for us and the rest of the fleet.”

    After eight races and two discards, is was Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA crew that eclipsed the fleet with blistering pace and very sharp tactics and boathandling.  Taking second place was the young crew on J-GIUDITTA, skippered by Riccardo Aleandri, Antimo Bruno on tactics, Fulvio Marchionni on bow, and Fabio Di Bartolomeo, Vito Esposito, & Fabiana Onori in the middle. Closing out the podium was Paolo Cecamore’s PELLE NERA.  Rounding out the top five were Michele Potenza’s ARPION (also top woman helm) in fourth position and Massimo Mariotti’s AVOLTORE in fifth place.  For more Italian J/24 class sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide

    * J/99 Update from Paul Heys of J/UK

    “J/99 #1 is here in Hamble. The boat has the standard single rudder and fixed bowsprit. We took the "all lead" IRC keel option as we like the effect of this keel design on our J/112E GP "Davanti Tyres”. The keel is heavier, deeper, with less drag and more lift.

    We have now sailed the 99 five times, the most breeze was on the launch day.  Offshore on the Solent in 23-25 knots of wind, Dave Lenz on the helm, heated her up and had her sailing at 14 knots under the A2 kite. We were not in race mode, no weight on the rail, with a cockpit full of people fiddling with ropes. So, we know now the new hull shape developed from the 112E, does allow her to get up and go in a manner that just cannot happen on a J/97 in flat water. The loads are a lot less than the J/109.

    The boat is definitely stiff enough; the wider stern boosts the form stability.  The cockpit works well and it feels much more spacious than any of our other J's under 40 feet.

    The boat is definitely targeted at regaining our position on the doublehanded circuit, as well as working with a full crew of six.

    It seems that the optimum set up for doublehanded demands the following:
    • Spacious cockpit
    • Tiller steering
    • Comfortable side deck benches with great cockpit sole footrests
    • Great stability
    • A rudder (or twin rudders) with great grip, with a light balanced feel
    • -ufficient sail area to have decent light weather performance
    • The ability to lead all controls to the helm position including the jib/zero/spinnaker sheet.
    The J/99 gives all of these in a package that is well-mannered and wrapped in a hull shape that has neither excessive beam nor a fat stern with chines. It is no secret that boats with chines are effective in a breeze off-the-wind, but can be very sticky in the light stuff. To win a series, an all-round good performance is very helpful.

    A large part of the doublehanded fleet is sailing with symmetrical spinnakers. Thus, the boat is designed without the normal J retracting sprit. Boats that are equipped with the optional symmetric pole will also have a short fixed prodder to carry a zero or A-sail. I think that of the 34 orders to date, the split is pretty even between the two spinnaker types.

    The length of the standard sprit is sufficient for us to sail down to 168 TWA in 12 knots of breeze and, on a reach, it is long enough to keep the boat balanced.

    There is an option for twin rudders that some folk are very keen to have, having sailed her I am completely happy with the single rudder.  And, in fact, I prefer it for slow speed handling; whether on a light weather start line or docking under power in strong tide or breeze. Blasting across the ocean on autopilot offshore in huge swells in the Trade Winds might be another matter....

    SPI Ouest France on Easter Weekend will be a great opportunity to see how the boat fares in both fully crewed and doublehanded mode.

    We have from North Sails UK a fluoro-yellow A2 of 100M, black A3 of around 90M, and a cable-less code zero.

    Interestingly, we find that the range of the cable-less sail is greater than the one with a cable that we have on the J/112E Davanti Tyres. We were sailing at 145 TWA yesterday in 8 knots of wind. We can see that at times of fluctuating wind speed and direction, this sail might get more use when sailing shorthanded than we had envisaged. We have added a second eye on the sprit and a rope clutch near the bow for the Code Zero tack line. Our second spin halyard will be super low stretch to be used primarily for the Code Zero.

    We have a loaner main and jib from France, made by Technique Voile in La Trinite. They were a perfect fit the first time hoisted. The jib has a very neat soft hank system, which is used by the Figaro fleet, of which Technique Voile boss Fred Duthil is a leading light.

    The alloy mast is a new custom extrusion from AG+. It is designed to have more stiffness than off-the-shelf extrusions. The mast stands up very well, supported by Dyform wire rigging. Neat details include the fact that, as part of the extrusion, there is a combination mainsail luff track that will handle either a boltrope or Antal 40 slides. Mast wiring cables exit above deck which allows a 100% waterproof internal dam to be installed.

    The next public viewing will be at Dusseldorf Boot show in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Swing by and see us at the stand if you want to chat face-to-face!”

    * Local J/24 Knowledge Pays Dividends in Mexico’s Yucatan!

    “Until the 1950’s and 60’s when Yucatán was linked by rail and road, respectively, with the rest of Mexico, it traded by sea more with the USA, Cuba, Caribbean, and even Europe. It is home to one of the largest indigenous populations in Mexico, the Mayan people. Mérida is its capital city, and it is part of the Yucatán peninsula. This is all to say yes, Yucatán is part of Mexico, but it is a world unto its own.

    I made my way back to Yucatán Friday for my second year documenting (and sailing with) this enthusiastic new fleet which began just a few years ago, when El Capitan Jorge Ojeda convinced his friends to start racing one-design. They have captured my imagination for their casual determination to grow a fleet without scholastic programming or access to competitors. New to the fleet this year was Janko, a club boat named in memory of Jacobo Sosa, an active fleet member who died this spring. She was crewed by school-aged kids representing the youngest group of Yucatán sailors. The fleet is looking to add another club boat in 2019.

    Current J/24 US class president Chip Till flew in to lead a rules and tuning clinic preceding the regatta. In its second year, the format consists of a clinic on Saturday, a Christmas boat parade of lights, and the regatta on Sunday.

    With average December temperatures of 82°/ 69° F, it makes for a very good J/24 winter weekend. While Till stayed closer to the front of the pack and one of the fleets leaders Tomás Dutton, I sailed with the crew of X’kau (Mayan for blackbird), who kept yelling “perro” to my confusion as I connected the associated following action.

    They later explained they took this term from the Hobie class that once thrived there, who used it because a cam cleat “bites” like a dog. Applied linguistics will never stop being the most fun part of intercultural sailing to me. When he wasn’t expertly trimming, Till had fun with it, too.

    My other favorite part outside of the sailing is the food.

    Homemade horchata is one of the million gastronomic perks of Yucatan casual dining. No better way to put back a fresh cochinita roll for a pre-regatta breakfast of champions. I also ate grasshopper doused in hot sauce and lime from a beach vendor bought by one of our hosts- Ignacio “Nacho” Ponce Manzanilla, the man behind Yucatán’s yachting growth, although Nacho said grasshopper wasn’t local. On a weekend with shifty, often low, and challenging winds, it was great to enjoy the delicious local cuisine.

    Sailing took place off Progreso, a port originally planned for fishing and tourism and now the largest exporter of octopus and scaled fish in Mexico.  As a result, the J/24 Yucatán class is geographically isolated from the nation’s only other J/24 fleet, the established and skilled sailors in Valle de Bravo. The J/24 sailors of Yucatán could just as easily reach Miami to compete, which is to say they can’t reach either place easily. This creates national level friction as they work to create competitive opportunities outside themselves. J/24 Yucatán cannot easily come to its competitors, but urge its competitors to come enjoy racing in Yucatán.

    After 25 years of a yacht club with no facility, Club de Yates de Yucatán has a home a block from the beach now, surrounded by marinas, and is at work to secure a hoist and ideal water access. The world’s longest pier creates an artificial harbor for their course, buffering prevailing northeast winds to create year round ideal conditions. That’s not to say it never blows from the northwest. Once a month or so, including this weekend for the final in the annual Regata de Amigos series, a “chikinic” (Mayan for “northwestern wind”) blows in and challenges the sailors on the race course.

    J/24 Yucatán are organizing a team for 2019 Charleston Race Week, and planning other efforts to connect with the international J/24 community. Proof that being isolated does not have to mean being alone.” Thanks for contribution from SailingAnarchy.com- Anarchist Heather.  Learn more about J/24 Yucatan here

    * St Francis YC Sailors of the Year- Two J/105 Sailors!

    The St. Francis Yacht Club Sailor of the Year is a member who, through dedication and persistence, achieved excellence as an amateur skipper and/or crew in the sport of yacht racing.  For 2018, the award went to Bruce Stone, a past Rolex Big Boat Series winner, Rolex Block Island Race Week winner, and J/105 North American Champion.

    In addition to a busy season racking up wins sailing J/105s across the USA, Bruce Stone also chaired the US Match Racing Championship Committee, organized the 2019 Nations Cup Match Racing finals to be held at St Francis YC in April 2019, and continues to chair multiple StFYC regattas. Congratulations Bruce Stone!

    Coincidentally, it was Bruce’s crew and wife- Nicole Breault- that was awarded the StFYC Yachtswoman of the Year, recognizing her for a woman member’s contribution to the sport of yachting!

    Nicole continues to be an amazing sailor and supporter of the Club, running learn-to-sail and learn-to-match-race clinics that are getting more women out on the water.  In addition to adding to her own podium moments in both match racing and J/105 fleet racing, she’s been an important role model in motivating women to improve their skills and lose their fear of taking responsibility on board. She’s the #1 Woman Match Racer in the USA for the third year in a row, and #6 in the Women’s World Match Racing rankings! She’ll be representing the Club at the 2019 Nations Cup, which will be held at StFYC in April 2019. Congratulations Nicole Breault!
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  • J/Newsletter- January 2nd 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    Happy New Year to “J” sailors, owners, family, and friends!  May you all enjoy a fun, joyous, and successful 2019! Time to go sailing!

    The New Year is starting off quickly for members of the “J” community on a number of fronts.  The new J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster was launched at Hamble Yacht Services on the Hamble River in England over the holidays. The latest report indicates that she’s a beauty, sails extremely fast off the wind, and is quite powerful upwind. After an enormously successful debut in the Paris Boat Show in December, she will also be present at the Dusseldorf boot Boat show in January.

    The J/70 class is starting off quickly, with a large turnout for the Davis Island Winter Series Act II this coming weekend. Then, the following weekend, two more take place; the YC Monaco J/70 Winter Series ACT IV in Monte Carlo, Monaco and the Bacardi Winter Series Act II in Miami, FL. Many of those teams participating are hoping to participate in the 2019 J/70 World Championship that will be sailed in Torquay, England- check out which U.K. team won their season-long series to get an idea of how serious they are taking the event as hosts!

    In the J/Community section below, read about the amazing journey that led an American J/122E from the Pacific Northwest to sail in the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Race after Christmas, starting on Boxing Day off Sydney, Australia.

    J/99 Speedster Launched!
    (Hamble, England)- After the Paris Boat Show in December, the brand new J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster was transported to the United Kingdom where she was commissioned and launched by Hamble Yacht Services in Hamble, England over the holidays.

    J/99 #1 will be sailing on the Southampton Water and the Solent for the next few months. So far, her debut has impressed all those who have sailed her to date! She is a very powerful, fast boat upwind, according to Fred Bouvier from J/Composites in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. And, Paul Heys from J/U.K. remarked on her amazing turn of speed downwind under the big screaming yellow A2 asymmetric spinnaker shown here- hitting 11.7 kts on a reach in 18.9 kts of TWS while sailing as double-handed team; should be quick offshore!

    Meanwhile, hull #2 splashed over the holidays in Brittany, France for some end-of-the-year sailing. To kick off 2019, the J/99 will be displayed at the Dusseldorf “boot” Show in Germany from January 19-27.

    The first boat to North America will arrive in Rhode Island in February and be commissioned for an early season (March) launch. The J/99 will make its North American boat show debut at the Pacific Sail Show in Richmond, CA, April 4-17, 2019.

    Please contact Paul Heys at J/U.K. for an opportunity to take her for a demo sail on the Solent (United Kingdom)- phone- +44-23-8045-5669 or email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Learn more about the J/99 Offshore Speedster here

    January Boat Show Announcements!
    (Newport, RI)- The first of the new year’s boat shows will be taking place in two widely disparate locations across the world.

    The first event is the Chicago Boat Show in Chicago, Illinois that is running from January 9th to 13th at the famous McCormick Place Pavilions on the south side of the city.  Please make sure to stop by and chat with Midwest J/Dealer Stearns Boating about their plans for the exciting J/99 this summer season on the Great Lakes.  Richie Stearns will be at Booth- S719.  To make an appointment to see him, please contact Richie at phone- (847) 404-2209  or email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more Chicago Boat Show information

    The next event is the world-famous Dusseldorf Boot Boat Show taking place from January 19th to 27th in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Renowned as one of the major “arts” centers in Europe, it is both a cultural attraction along the gorgeous Rhine River as well as an amazing boat show to attend- the world’s largest by far!

    On-site in Hall 15/ Booth B21 will be J/Composites and the European J/Boats team, presenting the latest J/99 offshore speedster, the world champion J/112E sports cruiser, and the world’s most successful sportsboat- the International J/70.  For more 2019 Boot Dusseldorf boat show information

    J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II Preview
    (Tampa, FL)- Will the Russian BOGATYRS be coming back again to defend their title after winning the first event back in December? Or, will the prospect of elevated levels of competition in the new year spook them as they beat a retreat back to less competitive classes?  Time will tell!

    Forty-seven teams competed in the first event in early December.  It was gorgeous the first day, but a massive frontal system rolled through on the Sunday and eliminated any chances of sailing.  The forecast for this weekend’s event looks significantly more promising.  While a front is scheduled to move through from Friday to Saturday, the southerly winds shifting into the northerly quadrants on Sunday at least promise a full slate of racing for both days.

    While Igor Rytov's Russian BOGATYRS earned the overall victory, Greiner Hobbs' DARK HORSE was second, and Doug Strebel's BLACK RIVER RACING was third. In the face of daunting new competition, can they repeat that performance?  Or, will a new “dark horse” emerge and beat everyone round the track to the finish?

    On that note, several new teams will be in the mix, like World Champion Joel Ronning on CATAPULT from Wayzata, MN; Bill Draheim’s PONY from Rush Creek YC in Dallas, TX; Brian Keane’s SAVASANA from Boston, MA; and Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE from Fort Worth Boat Club in Ft Worth, TX.   For more J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II sailing information

    Introducing J/70 Harken SnubbAIR!
    (Pewaukee, WI)- Yes, the rumors you hear are true.  The new Harken SnubbAIR for the J/70 has become class legal worldwide and you may order it today from Harken dealers in the USA or Europe.

    At first glance, the new J/70 Harken SnubbAIR looks like a smaller, more efficient and comfortable version of the winch it replaces. That’s true. Plus, SnubbAIR weighs less than half of the Harken B8A plain top it is designed to replace and is 30% lower to the deck.

    If you elect to install the available insert, you can crank it with any winch handle.  There’s just one thing: It’s not technically a winch.

    SnubbAIR is designed to function like an aggressive ratcheting deck-mounted block. Its wide drum provides lots of line-holding power- much like the monster “air drums” you see on Maxi 100s. And, mechanical advantage can come from the winch handle. But, SnubbAIR trades the height and the weight of a traditional winch gearing for two races of Delrin® ball bearings, which assure that it operates with very little friction, and ratchet mechanics for sheet control. Like a block, it requires no maintenance beyond washing its bearings with soap and water.

    “Give credit to J/Boats. They wanted to keep the winches to maintain the ability for mixed and different sized crews to continue to sail the boat at a high level. They recognized that some form of load holding assistance was necessary. They requested we look into alternatives. Ultimately that brought us to SnubbAIR,” commented Harken’s Jim Anderson.

    SnubbAIR comes complete with four integral pre-mounted threaded studs to match the bolt pattern of the B8A winch on the J/70 deck. An installation test proved that, start-to-finish, swapping out both winches for SnubbAIR takes less than 10 minutes. All washers and Nylok® nuts required for mounting are included.   Watch Harken’s J/70 SnubbAIR install video here

    “We sailed with a test batch of SnubbAIR late last summer. Our initial reaction was, great!” said Ed Furry, President of SAIL22 and an active J/70 class participant as an owner and supplier to the class. “Getting over the SnubbAIR in a tack is much easier. It’s significantly lower. And then you notice the nice, rounded lip on top. It’s going to make a big difference to the cockpit crews.”  See Ed’s J/70 SnubbAIR video review here

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Jan 5-6- Davis Island J/70 Winter Series II- Tampa, FL
    Jan 19-20- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 24-27- J/Fest St Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 26-28- Festival of Sails- Geelong, Vic, Australia
    Feb 9-10-  Davis Island J/70 Series III- Tampa, FL
    Feb 15-17- Helly Hansen St Petersburg NOOD- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 21-24- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Mar 6-9- Bacardi Cup- J/70 Winter Series III- Miami, FL

    For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

    2018 J/70 UK Grand Slam Champion is DSP!

    DSP was presented with both trophies at the J/70 UK Class Dinner that was held at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, London. L-R Doug Struth, Lauren Mead, Dan Schieber (J/70 UK Class/Louay Habib)

    Doug Struth & Geoff Carveth's DSP is the 2018 J/70 UK Grand Slam Champion scoring the best result in both the Corinthian and Open Divisions for the season. The total score for the nine-regatta championship was calculated by the best five results, including the J/70 UK Nationals that was non-discardable. DSP scored the best net points from any team in both the Corinthian and Open Divisions by the finest of margins. Clive Bush's Darcey was the top team in the Open Division, just a single point behind DSP. Ian Wilson & Marshall King's Soak Racing was the runner up in the Corinthian Division, also just one point behind DSP. Martin Dent's Jelvis made the podium for the Open Class, and Fiona Hampshire's Elizabeth was third in the Corinthian Class.

    “The racing has been so close all season, and we got the rub of the green with the weather especially in the last regatta. We have a relatively light weight team, so we tend to do well in light airs, which was quite often during the season,” commented Doug Struth. “We are absolutely delighted to win the Grand Slam, but the J/70 UK Class has a lot of work to do if we are going to be successful at the J/70 World Championship in Tor Bay next summer. We know that the teams coming from abroad will be extremely strong.”   UK Nationals J/70 sailing video action from VR Sport Media.

    The J/70 UK Class will continue to train during the winter months, with organized clinics in the Solent and overseas. 2019 will be a massive year for the J/70 UK Class. The Royal Torbay Yacht Club is looking forward to welcoming the J/70 Class to Torquay for the 2019 J/70 World Championship: August 29th to September 6th 2019. The 2018 J/70 UK Grand Slam series provided qualification slots for the first 20 UK teams.  For more details about the J/70 UK Class.   Like & Share the J/70 Worlds Facebook page here   For more 2019 J/70 World Championship sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    * The J/122E JOYRIDE Goes for the ride of a lifetime!

    Considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world, the 628.0nm Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, starting in Sydney, New South Wales and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania. A total of eighty-nine yachts participated in the 74th edition of the race.

    A trio of J/crews sailed in this year’s event, including the J/133 PATRIOT (Jason Close from Sandringham YC with crew of Lex O’Connor, Jack Fullerton, Jordan Sunkel-Lozell, Marissa Chalkley, Pete Chalkley, Stuart Moseley, Graeme Smith, Alister Greenwood, Cath Furey, & Greg Coutts.  In addition, the J/122 JACKPOT from Sydney was also sailing with crew of Robert Hale, Matt Gooden, Antoine Martin, Michael Westaway, Piergiorgio Merli, Robert Watson, Harry Atkinson, Antonio Zanin, and Mark Goode.

    And, then there were the Americans(!).  Sailing in a “bucket list” event for the entire crew, the J/122E JOYRIDE from Seattle, WA was sailed by her owner John Murkowski from Seattle YC, with navigator Bron Miller, and crew of Quill Goldman, Alexander Fox, Maaike Pen, Robin Slieker, Byron Meseroll, Erik Sjogren.

    JOY RIDE has been sailing the Pacific Northwest for the past three seasons in both buoy and long distance races. The team consists of US and Canadian sailors. The crew is dedicated to the adventure of sailing, sharing the same passions and race by the catch phrase: “be safe, have fun and go fast!”

    When one thinks of serious Corinthian-level offshore ocean racing, four signature events come to mind, namely the Newport Bermuda Race, the Fastnet Race, the Transpac Race and the Sydney Hobart. While these races vary in length from roughly 600 to 2,000-plus nautical miles, they are all time-honored contests that test skippers’ and crews’ abilities to prepare, train and execute as a team, usually in the face of challenging offshore conditions. And, while all four of these races have delivered their share of nasty weather over the years, the Sydney Hobart Race unfurls on the historically roughest patch of water and, as a result, has developed a bit of a matching reputation for nastiness.

    That said, it’s tough to beat “The Hobart” when it comes to dramatic race courses, beginning with the race’s iconic Boxing Day start (December 26th) in Sydney Harbor, followed by the long run south along the coast and the crossing of Bass Straight, a place where the seafloor rises much closer to ocean surface, often creating big waves.

    Once across Bass Straight, racers pass the iconic “Organ Pipes” at Tasmania’s Cape Raoul, and then make a final push up the Derwent River to the finish line and, depending on when one finishes racing, the start of some well-deserved New Year’s celebrations.

    While all participating sailors must negotiate these same conditions and race course challenges, North American sailors have a significantly higher hill to climb, given their antipodean position relative to the starting line. This, in turn, requires a significantly higher level of planning, boat preparation and crew commitment, as well as the confidence to take on an entirely new course and challenge the Aussies at a game that they invented, and which they play at an incredibly high level.

    Enter John Murkowski, the owner and skipper of the well-sailed, Seattle-based J/122E JOY RIDE, and the lone American-flagged entry in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. While Murkowski and JOY RIDE are no strangers on Puget Sound’s sailing scene, they first made international news by winning the Vic-Maui 2018 race on corrected time. Impressive, yes, but even more so given this was Murkowski’s and JOY RIDE’s first Vic-Maui race.

    Sound like a familiar challenge?  SAIL-WORLD.com caught up with John prior to the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race.

    Joy Ride on her home waters of Puget Sound - photo © Nick Callanan

    What was your impetus to travel Down Under and compete in the Sydney-Hobart?

    Three years ago, we sat down and outlined a race plan for the program. In addition to our normal local races, we wanted to add a significant challenge event to each year.

    Two years ago, that event was the Van Isle 360. The Van Isle is a two-week stage race with a mix of one-day races and multi-day races around Vancouver Island. It has every challenge you would want from racing, with inland island-driven wind, huge currents associated with the meeting of flows around the island and a huge offshore component with three multi-day races on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

    After winning the Van Isle, we set our sights on the Vic Maui race from Victoria Canada, to Maui, Hawaii this last July. The spacing of the races allowed us to upgrade the boat to new safety requirements, train the crew and optimize our sailing plan.

    The Vic Maui was a 13+ day race for us with unique conditions comprising 10 days of upwind beating (highly unusual wind conditions), large winds and sea states as a tropical storm collided with the normal Pacific high, days of light-wind frustration and a final three days of riding the trade-wind craziness.

    We corrected over our competition and became the first boat to ever win both the Van Isle 360 and the Vic Maui races (and hold both titles at the same time as they run in off years). With the boat in Hawaii already it seemed like the best opportunity we would ever have to enter the Sydney Hobart.

    Sailing is a big part of the Pacific Northwest [experience] and it feels great to be only the fourth boat from [Seattle] to ever make the effort to get to the Sydney Hobart. It felt like a shame to just sail her back home [from Maui] when there was new water and new adventures waiting farther ahead.

    There are other great races to do and we are already to start planning for what will happen after Sydney. We’re beginning to like the idea of shipping the boat to the Atlantic and competing in some of the iconic races available there.

    My end goal is to race across the oceans against the best competition available, and to never have to sail the boat back home.

    How long have you had the boat, and what other big events have you done with it?

    I ordered the boat new four years ago and had it built to my specifications by J/Composites in France. My father and I did the final inspection in their yard and then we had it shipped here to Seattle.

    Since then, we have done hundreds of local races with her including the Vic Maui, Van Isle 360, multiple Swiftsures, Southern Straits, Center Sound Series, Winter Sound Series, Around the County etc. We have steadily been able to improve as we have learned the boat, replaced all of the systems with our own and I’m excited to see what this crew can do with her.

    Joy Ride on her home waters of Puget Sound - photo © Jan's Marine Photography

    Can you tell us about your Sydney Hobart preparations? What, if any modifications did you have to do to the boat to get ready? Any new sails? Also, had you already accomplished a lot of this work before the 2018 Vic-Maui, or has the Sydney Hobart race been an entirely new chapter for the boat?

    We rode the boat hard in the Vic Maui and had to spend a month in a yard in Hawaii getting her back to pre-start form. The Vic-Maui is a Cat 0 race and, as such, has additional safety requirements than Sydney Hobart, so the boat is very well-prepared for the race.

    There are some different versions of requirements than what we have already met, so we are currently getting her back to race form after the sail from Hawaii to Sydney (more damage). Our sail [inventory] has been very extensive from the start. We did add a new main sail for the Vic-Maui and a new A5 but, otherwise, she has been built to race for several years.

    Are you sailing with the same crew that you raced to Hawaii with? Also, what kind of training and crew preparations/safety courses have you guys been doing to get ready for the Boxing Day bash?

    We have had the same crew for several years, with dozens and dozens of races together. Half the crew did the sail from Hawaii to Sydney and is there now working on the boat. We have all had our safety-at-sea course, multiple first aid certificates etc. We believe we are well prepared for what is coming; but we’ll see.

    Has anyone onboard ever done the race before, or will this be a first-time experience for all involved?

    Just like Vic-Maui, we do not have any [crewmembers who] have done the race before. We discussed this at length prior to the Vic-Maui as some of competing boats had 30-40 races under their belts when you combined their crew experience. In the end, we decided that the continuity of the crew trumped the addition of a new crew member with prior race experience.

    Joy Ride on the starting line of the 2018 Swiftsure Race - photo © Image courtesy of John Murkowski/Joy Ride Collection

    What aspects of the race are you most looking forward to? The start? Bass Strait? The Organ Pipes?

    I love the starts of big races. For us around here, the start of Swiftsure every year is the highlight with over a hundred boats, the Canadian Navy (committee boat), bands and crowds on shore etc. I’ve watched every Sydney Hobart race I can, and I’m most looking forward to the entirety of the start and the excitement that comes with that many people, preparation and energy coming together.

    What are your personal and team goals for this race?

    Joy Ride has always operated on three goals that I learned long ago as a mountain guide: Be Safe, Go Fast, Have Fun.

    As long as we stick to those goals in that order, our individual and collective goals will be accomplished. The results will be what they are.

    In the mountains it could never be just about the summit as the mountain didn’t always allow you to get there. It was always about the journey and the people you choose to share it with. I think this race like all of our recent races will also be about the journey and the people we get to share it with.

    Joy Ride and her bigger J/Boat sister JAM, a J/160, battle for position - photo © Jan's Marine Photography

    What are your post-Hobart plans? Will you stick around Oz and do some cruising, or will you and the boat be headed back to Puget Sound?

    I have twins due a few weeks after the race and will be flying home ASAP to make sure I’m around for their births. The boat will stay in Sydney until our next race plans are determined. The current plan, assuming the twins are settled down, is to ship the boat [to the UK] in time to compete in the 2019 Fastnet.

    Anything else that you’d like to add, for the record?

    It has been a great experience already with the local race organization being incredibly helpful and accommodating of our transit from Seattle and welcoming us into Sydney. I wasn’t able to participate with my crew in the delivery to Sydney and, as such, haven’t been on my own boat since finishing the Vic-Maui. I’m very much looking forward to being back on the helm with the crew of Joy Ride.
    Thanks for the contribution from SAIL-WORLD News.   A few comments from the owner of J/122 "Joyride" prior to the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race   For more Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race sailing information
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  • J/Newsletter- December 12th, 2018 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    Two of the more prominent winter series around the world started in the past fortnight. The first to get rolling was the eponymous J/70 Monaco Winter Sportboat Series, hosted by the spectacular Royal YC Monaco in Monte Carlo from the end of November 2018 to March 2019, a five-event series that has over 50 teams participating. Simultaneously, the Davis Island YC hosted the first of its three-event series on Tampa Bay for a series that will also see over 50 teams sailing over the winter months.

    In China, the Xiamen Sailing Club hosted the annual Asian J/80 Championship in Xiamen Harbor, China for eight nations from across the region. For the four-day, 11-race event, teams participated from eight nations; including Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Russia, India, USA, Canada, and China.

    Over in the Americas, the Storm Trysail Club and its multiple sailing club partners have started their SORC “Islands in the Stream” offshore series. The first event was the classic SORC Nassau Cup Race from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas. The second race was the Wirth Munroe Memorial Palm Beach Race. Three J/teams (a J/92, J/109, and J/44) were happily collecting some silverware offshore.

    Finally, the beautiful navy-blue J/160 AVATAR is back in the Caribbean at St John’s, U.S. Virgin Islands. Read the update below from her owners- Alan & Julie Fougere.

    J/121 Wins “Performance Yacht” @ British Yachting Awards!
    (London, England)- For the first time this year, Sailing Today teamed up with presenting partner MUSTO and sister magazine Yachts & Yachting to bring you the British Yachting Awards, truly a celebration of every aspect of the sailing world – from Caribbean cruising to high tech racing.

    In the Performance Yacht Category, there were over a dozen boats under consideration.  The sailing public voted in the United Kingdom and winning the Performance Yacht Category was the J/121 offshore speedster!  Here is what Y&Y/ Sailing Today had to say about the J/121.

    “J/Boats reckons its J/121 is the best short-handed racer the company has built.  The 40-footer is designed to be sailed by five or fewer crew, which J reckon- and we agree- makes life a whole lot easier for racing skippers fed-up with rounding up 8 or 10 bodies every time they want to compete.

    She looks the part too, boasting low, sleek lines and an easy to use cockpit with everything at hand- features that clearly proved popular with voters.

    There is an 840-liter water ballast system built-in to compensate for extra crew bodies lined-up along the rail, and the low drag hull offers straight-line speed with high form stability.

    There’s a standard suite of five sails plus the usual J/Boats retractable jib, and thanks to a comfortable fit-out down below, the J/121 is an ocean-capable racer that also functions beautifully as an adventurous daysailer, weekender, or fast cruiser. Sailing photo credit- Rick Tomlinson.  Learn more about the British Yachting Awards 2018 here.   Learn more about the J/121 Offshore Speedster here

    J/99 World Debut @ Paris Show
    (Paris, France)- The much anticipated introduction of the extraordinary J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster will be taking place at the famous “Salon Nautique”- a.k.a. the Paris International Boat Show- this coming week from December 8th to 16th at the Port de Versailles on the south side of Paris. The J/99 will be on display in Hall 1/ Stand 1 G62.  For more Salon Nautique Paris boat show information   Learn more about the J/99 Offshore Speedster here

    Order Your Gorgeous 2019 J/Calendar Now!
    (Newport, RI)- A sailing calendar is a great gift for loved ones, family, friends and crew.

    For 2019, we have created another beautiful calendar for J/Sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world.  Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in far away places.

    The 2019 sailing calendar features the most popular as well as latest creations from the J/Design team sailing in many of the worlds most popular sailing areas- St Petersburg (Russia), British Virgin Island, St Barths, Chicago, France, Italy, Chile, Ireland, Germany, and Spain.  See the gorgeous photo gallery and order your 2019 J/Calendar here

    2019 J/80 U.K. National Champs Announcement
    (Lymington, England)- Lymington, the home town of the biggest and most active J/80 fleet in the UK, will once again host the United Kingdom’s J/80 National Championship. Twenty J/80s are based there!

    The Royal Lymington Yacht Club, which hosted the extremely successful 2016 and 2018 Championships, is the natural choice for the 2019 J/80 Nationals venue that will be sailed on the western end of the Solent.

    Demonstrating their proficiency and enthusiasm, the club has already appointed a Race Officer for the event and set about assembling a world-class team.

    The regatta will take place from Saturday, August 24th to Monday, August 26th, taking advantage of the bank holiday weekend in the U.K.  For more J/80 U.K. National Championship sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Dec 8-16- Salon Nautique Boat Show- Paris, France
    Jan 5-6- Davis Island J/70 Winter Series II- Tampa, FL
    Jan 19-20- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 24-27- J/Fest St Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 26-28- Festival of Sails- Geelong, Vic, Australia
    Feb 9-10-  Davis Island J/70 Series III- Tampa, FL
    Feb 15-17- Helly Hansen St Petersburg NOOD- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 21-24- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Mar 6-9- Bacardi Cup- J/70 Winter Series III- Miami, FL

    For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

    CHARISMA Tops J/70 Monaco Winter Series- Act II
    (Monte Carlo, Monaco)- With sea and air temperatures of 18°C (65.0 F) it was like spring for the thirty-two J/70 contestants in Act II of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series.

    Four races were completed under blue skies on a flat sea with 12 knots of wind for the J/70s on the first day. A forecast of Force 8/9 in the Mediterranean for Sunday meant there was no racing on the last day, with everyone happy to see the prize-giving brought forward.

    Finns, Danes, Russians, Brazilians, English, Germans and, of course, Italians descended on the Principality to take advantage of the mild Mediterranean winter conditions to train and compete on the race area that will host the J/70 Worlds in 2021, organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco.

    It was an international field, but an all-Monegasque podium. It was an intense battle between Nico Poons’ CHARISMA, Roberto Stefani’s PICCININA and Ludovico Fassitelli’s JUNDA (winner of Act 1 in November). Despite winning two races with ease, Ludovico Fassitelli was 3rd just behind Roberto Stefani, making his return to the class with a new team and tactics by France’s no.1 Laser sailor Jean-Baptiste Bernaz.

    But, the most consistent was Nico Poons, fresh from his triumph on the 2018 RC44 World Series circuit, whose bold tactics on the start lines placed CHARISMA in the best position in the race area to take the first step on the podium.

    In the all-amateur Corinthian J/70 class, it was Swiss sailor Bruno Zeltner’s QUARTER2ELEVEN, a regular at the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, who pipped Monegasque Cesare Gabasio’s TINN J70 to the post by one point to win it.

    Third place in the Corinthian J/70 category went to Claudio Canaccini, leading a team of youngsters from the Yacht Club Italiano, who was racing on one of the YC Monaco Sports Section’s J/70s loaned to them by the YCM. It is all part of the Monaco club’s policy to boost exchanges between clubs twinned with the YCM through its Youth Offshore Academy.

    The next events in the five Act series are:
    • Jan 17-20- Act III
    • Feb 7-10- Act IV- PRIMO Cup- Trophee Credit Suisse XXXV
    • Mar 14-17- Act V Finale
    For more J/70 Monaco Winter Series sailing information

    Russians Win Asian J/80 Champs!
    (Xiamen, China)- The local sailing club in Xiamen, China hosted the 2018 edition of the Asian J/80 Championship for a fleet of twenty-six boats from across the greater Asian region representing eight nations; including Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Russia, India, USA, Canada, and China.

    This was the first time the J/80 Class was properly enforcing the rules in the Asian market. There were four days of measurement before the event, weighing boats, measuring sails, weighing crew and completing a proper safety check. During the measurement days, teams also got some nice practice time.

    The weather in the days leading up to the event was perfect shorts and t-shirt weather. However, thereafter it was a bit cooler on race days.

    Day 1
    It was awesome racing on day one, with two races sailed in a steady 18-22 knots of wind. Hull 10 came out to race on this day, starting with two bullets. This Chinese team was comprised of junior professional Chinese national sailors; their skipper was the Chinese National 470 Champion. The 2nd to 5th place boats were not so consistent, giving the Chinese Youth team a nice lead in the standings to start the series.

    Day 2
    With an earlier start and a few knots less wind then the day before, the race committee was able to complete four races. There was no dominant winner of the day, with four different boats getting first place.  As a result, that outcome narrowed the overall points for the first four boats (Russian team, Chinese National team, Australian Team, and Xiamen University Team).

    Day 3
    Following the trend of the first two days, the fleet was again blessed with good breeze, but just a few knots less than the day before. This time, it was the Russian’s turn. The Russian team from the Seventh Fleet YC (members of the Russian Navy in Vladivostok, eastern Russia) brought their “A” game and pulled off three 1sts and a 4th!

    Day 4
    The last day of racing needed only one race to complete the series. The boats went out to the starting line with very little wind. Consequently, the RC hoisted the “AP” flag for about thirty minutes to wait for a gentle breeze to build along the shore.  Soon, the fleet started with a light northerly breeze with the current helping everyone to windward and against them down wind. In this area of Xiamen Bay, you can see 1-2 knots of current sailing in the open waters off the harbor. Unfortunately, the breeze shut off for a bit when the boats all reached Mark one.  So, the race became a bit of a restart. But, when the breeze came back, it lasted for the complete race, which was a windward-leeward twice around.

    The organizers supplied two judge boats for this event with two International Judges and Jim Johnstone as the third Judge and in charge of the technical measuring process. With on the water judging, the sailors were all able to enjoy the nights off in Xiamen, with a great opening ceremony and plenty of nightlife to be had in the city!

    The final results saw the team from eastern Russia- the TEAM EVOLUTION TIGER- win the regatta with four bullets in their scoreline of eleven races for a 26 pts net total.  Second was the XIAMEN UNIVERSITY TEAM with 30 pts net and rounding out the podium with the bronze was the SEAMO RACE TEAM from Australia with 44 pts net.

    Overall, the J/80 teams were very pleased with the venue and the class is already in the planning stages for the next Asian Championships to be held in Qingdao next September 2019. The Chinese J/80 Class Association is holding the event in venues where they can see continued growth in the local J/80 fleets. The goal is a simple one- get more boats to participate than last year. The 2019 target is a lofty one-> 40+ boats in Qingdao, site of the Chinese Sailing Olympics in 2008!

    J/44 Wins Palm Beach “Race to the Buffet”!
    KENAI Leads SORC Islands In the Stream Series
    (Palm Beach, FL)- Elapsed time records fell in the Sailfish Club of Florida’s 62nd annual Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race to Palm Beach, the second event of the 2018-19 SORC Islands in the Stream Series- the fabled Miami to Palm Beach “Race to the Buffet” wrapped up with one of the best feasts in sailing. Twenty-eight teams raced in near-perfect conditions on a new two-course format that started on December 7 in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    “We are delighted that this year’s race was a success at every level and encouraged that the excitement around our event reflects the growing momentum in the South Florida racing scene,” said Wirth Munroe Event Chair, Tom Bowler of the Sailfish Club.

    “We had records broken, spectacular weather, a diverse fleet across a broad spectrum that included veterans and newcomers alike, and the wonderful post-race camaraderie that has made the Wirth Munroe Race such a special event.”

    In last Friday’s second event of the 2018-2019 Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC), Chris and Karen Lewis’s Texas-based J/44 KENAI won the race Palm Beach.

    Their first overall finish in ORC scoring paired with their 4th overall finish in last month’s first event of the SORC, the Miami-Nassau Race, puts them in first place Overall in the standings for the SORC Islands in the Stream Series.

    With 12 to 15 kts easterly breezes, race managers opted for ORC’s Triple Number Coastal/ Long Distance scoring model for medium wind conditions, resulting in close finishing scores for the leaders in the fleet. After six-plus hours of sailing the 60-mile course, KENAI’s victory was only 5 min 27 sec on corrected time over another Texan team, Andy Wescoat’s J/109 HARM’S WAY (who are lying in 4th overall in the series, just one point away from third).

    Taking 5th place in ORC was the J/92 HILLBILLY sailed by Bradley Stowers.  Combined with their 3rd in the Nassau Cup Race, they are now sitting in the third spot on the overall leaderboard.

    The next race, the classic Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race starts Thursday, January 17, 2019 south of Port Everglades. Another Conch Grinder Race and party at the First Flight Island Restaurant and Brewery (formerly Kelly’s Caribbean) are on the agenda for the weekend.

    The SORC Islands in the Stream Series consists of these five events:
    • Nov 15 – Nassau Cup Ocean Race
    • Dec 7 – Wirth M. Munroe Invitational Race
    • Jan 17 – Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race
    • Jan 27 – Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race
    • Mar 13 – Miami to Havana Race
    Follow the SORC Islands In The Stream Series on Facebook   For more SORC Islands in the Stream Series sailing information

    “The Russians Are Coming!”
    Not Subs, But J/70s @ Tampa Winter Series!
    (Tampa, FL)- Forty-seven J/70 teams traveled to Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida for the first weekend of the 2018-2019 J/70 Winter Series. Conditions on Saturday were sunny and warm with winds at 6-8 knots, allowing three races.

    The passage of a cold front on Sunday brought rain and storms through Tampa Bay, keeping teams ashore.  By 12:45pm the weather conditions had not improved enough to warrant a lifting of the harbor postponement, so the “AP over A” code flags were flown, signaling the end of the day and the regatta for the weekend.

    Igor Rytov's Russian BOGATYRS earned the overall victory with scores of 7-2-4 for 13 points. Greiner Hobbs' DARK HORSE placed second with 16 points, and Doug Strebel's BLACK RIVER RACING followed in third with 18 points.

    The 14-boat Corinthian division was topped by Bob Willis' RIP RULLAH, who notched a bullet in race 2. Taking second was Rob Britts' HOT MESS with an all-girl crew (a past DIYC Winter Series Champion from the home club) and taking the bronze was Mike Kirkman's HOT TICKET from Grosse Pointe YC in Detroit, MI.

    Each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 leads the Porch Series including a North Sails debrief. This weekend featured several races in which 33 boats were able to learn from on-water coaches, before heading in for a North Sails forum at the DIYC clubhouse.

    Racing continues at Davis Island Yacht Club on January 4-6 and February 8-10.

    2018-19 J/70 Winter Series
    Dec 8-9: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5916
    Jan 5-6: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5917
    Feb 9-10: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5918

    For more Davis Island YC J/70 Winter Series sailing information

    Nassau Cup Report- from KENAI
    (Nassau, Bahamas)- “Coral Reef YC, Nassau YC and Storm Trysail Club hosted the Nassau Cup Ocean Race from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas being the first Islands in the Stream Series event for the 2018-19 season. After free rum drinks and a regatta briefing at Coral Reef YC in Miami, we noticed interestingly that the fleet had consolidated entries in the last 10 days across IRC, ORC and PHRF to one 13-boat ORC fleet split between ORC1 and ORC2. This left a cruiser and then Argo the MOD70 trying for the course record.

    Despite some races offering different handicap options, overall standings in the Islands in the Stream Series will be determined by ORC scoring. ORC 1 included three TP52’s with Denali, Fox and Spookie, with Fox being a well-sailed west coast boat that is campaigning SORC. STC member Steve Benjamin sailing Spookie was the scratch boat and STC member Chris Lewis was on his J/44 KENAI. A canting keel Shock 40 and a modified Farr 40 comprised the balance of the ORC 1 Class. ORC 2 Class included a range of boats from an Aerodyne 38 with STC member HL DeVore navigating to a Catalina 425 SD sailed by Russell Dunn, a former racing yacht owner.

    The outlook during the week was for a 70-mile beat across the Gulf Stream into a blasting Northeaster.  But, as race day came, the cold front was delayed and the fleet got off to a spinnaker start in a warm SE breeze. As predicted the wind dropped when yachts crossed the Gulf Stream making tactics interesting; 4.5 knots of boat speed and 3 knots of current! Boats that gybed early gambling not to benefit from a later port gybe header benefited with a better VMC to Great Isaac Lighthouse and the earliest pick up of the cool NW breeze that filled in across the course. Meanwhile, the scratch boats worked to maintain their lead through the stormy thermal cloud-induced wind variations.

    Rounding Great Isaac Lighthouse and setting course to the Great Stirrup Cay, the NW breeze built from 8 to 22 knots over the balance of the race, veering to the NNE and providing fast reaching conditions during the night. Racing on the edge of control with shallow reefs to leeward the mid-fleet boats caught the TP52’s. KENAI’s navigator was surprised to be able to pick them up on AIS during the graveyard shift. The frontal passage was slow enough to frustrate Spookie, et al., as they gybed downwind hunting for angle and breeze.

    On KENAI, we set the A3, Code Zero, A5 and finally the big A2 as we rounded Great Stirrup Cay. At one point an electronics short in our NEMA 2000 network took the boat dark and made for an exciting time steering by traditional compass binnacle until the offending backup GPS antenna was disconnected! You don’t realize how dependent upon digital data at night you are until you lose it all!

    As the sun came up, we were treated to an 18-24 knot port tack broad reach into the finish in building seas. KENAI hit 16 knots and left a broad flattened sea behind as her 23,000 pounds tried to defy the laws of physics for a displacement yacht. As we charged into Nassau Harbor, past the breakwater with our big red spinnaker, the focus was on dowsing the kite as we crossed the finish with very little sea room ahead of us (e.g. the beach)!

    The overall results reflected the impact of the slow moving front. Our J/44 KENAI corrected to win in ORC 1 Class. And, Brad Stowers’ J/92 HILLBILLY was third in ORC 2 Class.

    Nassau YC provided great hospitality, as they have forever and day over the course of this event! For those that missed it, we had a great J/22 Match Race Championship on Saturday at the Nassau Yacht Club. Congratulations to the team from the J/92 HILLBILLY- the J/22 Match Race winners! Photos can be found here. Thanks again to Robert Dunkley for some great shots!

    It’s always a great pleasure to be in Nassau and have such gracious hosts. SORC is seriously fun and has great sailing conditions. Why anyone who could sail south, and make these events, and doesn’t do it, beats us!! Why not plan on this next year?”  Thanks for contribution from Chris and Karen Lewis, owners of J/44 KENAI.  Follow the SORC Islands In The Stream Series on Facebook   For more SORC Islands in the Stream Series sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    * “Our J/160 AVATAR is back again at Proper Yachts in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, having just arrived from New England after another perfect delivery trip south.  Love our J/160! My goodness, what an offshore cruising machine!

    Behind the photo of her at anchor, you can see how well the U.S.V.I. is recovering from the hurricanes that devastated the islands over the last three years.

    Support the U.S. Virgin Islands & British Virgin Islands! Come spend some time in the islands and enjoy some of the best sailing in the world!! Not to mention you might get to see a great J/Boat, big and blue right next to you! Say ‘Hello’ if you are in the neighborhood!”  Happy Holidays from Alan & Julie Fougere - owners of the J/160 AVATAR.
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  • J/Newsletter- December 5th, 2018 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    This past week two popular winter series held their finales with various J/Crews enjoying the fruits of their good performance.  In Great Britain, the Hamble River Sailing Club had their final weekend of the HYS Hamble Winter Series with sailing taking place on the Southampton Water and the current-laden Solent.  There were a number of hotly contested classes that included J/109s, J/88s, and J/92s.

    Over in America, the San Diego Yacht Club held their third and final race of the highly popular Hot Rum Series on San Diego Harbor and on the Pacific Ocean off Point Loma. The pursuit-style PHRF race saw the big boats (e.g. over 50 feet) predominate in the top ten overall standings.  However, in the classes, there were good performances by J/120s, J/70s and J/105s. In the southeast, Shake-A-Leg Foundation hosted the first of the Bacardi J/70 Winter Series on Biscayne Bay for a very competitive fleet of top U.S. J/70 teams.

    Further east in the Caribbean, the season “opener” was held over a three-day weekend, the Course de’Alliance Regatta.  It is a port-to-port event that starts in Saint Maarten, goes to St Barth, then to Anguilla, and back to Saint Maarten.  A J/105 team enjoyed the sailing and the relaxed ambience at each of the three spectacular islands.

    Finally, we get a report from our friendly “ex-convicts” on the far side of the blue planet, more “thunder from Down Under”!  A J/122 is wrecking havoc in the offshore community of Western Australia, sailing out of the famous America’s Cup port of Perth.

    J/99 World Debut @ Paris Show
    (Paris, France)- The much anticipated introduction of the extraordinary J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster will be taking place at the famous “Salon Nautique”- a.k.a. the Paris International Boat Show- this coming week from December 8th to 16th at the Port de Versailles on the south side of Paris. The J/99 will be on display in Hall 1/ Stand 1 G62.  For more Salon Nautique Paris boat show information
    Learn more about the J/99 Offshore Speedster here

    Order Your Gorgeous 2019 J/Calendar Now!
    (Newport, RI)- A sailing calendar is a great gift for loved ones, family, friends and crew.

    For 2019, we have created another beautiful calendar for J/Sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world.  Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in far away places.

    The 2019 sailing calendar features the most popular as well as latest creations from the J/Design team sailing in many of the worlds most popular sailing areas- St Petersburg (Russia), British Virgin Island, St Barths, Chicago, France, Italy, Chile, Ireland, Germany, and Spain.  See the gorgeous photo gallery and order your 2019 J/Calendar here

    Davis Island J/70 Winter Series Preview
    (Tampa, FL)- Like its counterpart in Monte Carlo, Monaco, the Davis Island YC has been running its winter series since the inception of the International J/70 class.  It has been a popular series from the beginning for J/70 sailors across America; this year at least 50 entries will be participating in one of the three events.

    One of the most popular elements of the regatta is that all sailors are treated to an on-going “seminar/ training” program every day, held Friday afternoon before the regatta starts.  As an “upside down” club, the coolest part of DIYC is the fleet congregates upstairs around a massive central bar that is surrounded by an enormous covered porch.  With giant 60” plus TV screens everywhere in the ceilings, it is a multimedia extravaganza that is all turned over to sailing when needed (of course, football takes precedence at certain times of the day!). Many famous sailmakers from DOYLE, NORTH, QUANTUM and ULMAN Sails have contributed to the post-race de-briefs that include white board sessions as well as video/ photo analysis.

    Not surprisingly, many J/70 crews look forward to participating in the DIYC J/70 Winter Series because it is a great training program for the skippers and crews. There are many top J/70 teams from across the country that are participating again this year. Some of those teams include; Doug Strebel’s BLACK RIVER RACING from Texas, Andrew Fisher’s BUTTON FLY from New York, Rob Britts’ HOT MESS from Tampa, Kevin Downey’s MR PITIFUL from Seattle, Will Welles’ NEW WAVE from Florida, Doug Clark’s POLAR for US Coast Guard, Bill Draheim from Texas, and Kevin Morgan’s WILD CARD from Rochester. Notably, there is a well-attended fleet of thirteen Corinthians teams.

    The one major variable for the weekend’s racing will be Winter Storm Grace that is battering the USA’s West Coast on Thursday and is due to swing south across the Texas Panhandle region and across the top of the Gulf of Mexico Saturday evening and Sunday midday. Forecasts for Friday and Saturday show great breezes from the ESE feeding that frontal system; but Sunday may see anywhere from 15 to 35 knot winds from 6am to 1pm. Sailing on Sunday T.B.D.  For more Davis Island YC J/70 Winter Series sailing information

    Wirth Munroe Memorial Race Preview
    Palm Beach, FL- The Wirth M. Munroe Memorial Yacht Race (a.k.a. the “Race to the Buffet”) is held on the first Friday in December. First sailed in 1957, the race begins the winter ocean racing circuit in South Florida. The course presents challenging conditions, as yachts must consider the vagaries of the Gulf Stream and the passing of the season’s first frontal systems.

    In 1957, members of the Florida Station of the Cruising Club of America, led by Dick Bertram (famous as founder of Bertram Yachts), decided to sponsor a race from Miami to Palm Beach and to hold it in early December as racing yachts from the north had arrived by then in preparation for the Southern Ocean Racing Conference held in January and February.

    In the 1960’s the Sailfish Club of Florida became a co-sponsor of the race and now hosts the well-known awards party following the finish- e.g. the “race to the buffet”- upon finishing the race, there is dockside cocktails and live music. Racers finish the evening with a world-class awards banquet at the Sailfish Club of Florida.

    In 2016, the Club partnered with the Storm Trysail Club and decided to extend the course back to the Miami, FL. This year’s race will see the addition of a second course, from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach, catering to racer-cruisers, cruisers, and smaller racing yachts. The new course, called “The Sprint”, will be 40.0nm, and will complement the existing 60.0nm Miami to Palm Beach track, known as “The Classic”.

    There are several J/Crews that have taken up the challenge for this year’s event, about 4x the number that had participated in the previous years. In the ORC Class are the J/109 HARM’s WAY (Andy Wescoat from Houston, TX), the J/92 HILLBILLY (Brad Stowers from Melbourne, FL), and the well-traveled J/44 KENAI (Chris Lewis from Seabrook, TX).  Then, in the PHRF Class will be the J/88 LOOSE CANNON (John Kearns from Jupiter, FL).

    The forecast for ESE winds in the 10-20 kts range promises a fast race for all boats and both courses; a fast reach off into the Gulf Stream flowing north at 3-5 kts, then giant A2 spinnakers to fly north up the Stream to the Palm Beach finish line.  For more Wirth Munroe Race sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Dec 8-16- Salon Nautique Boat Show- Paris, France
    Dec 1-2- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series I- Miami, FL
    Dec 8-9- Davis Island J/70 Winter Series I- Tampa, FL
    Jan 5-6- Davis Island J/70 Winter Series II- Tampa, FL
    Jan 19-20- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 24-27- J/Fest St Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 26-28- Festival of Sails- Geelong, Vic, Australia
    Feb 9-10-  Davis Island J/70 Series III- Tampa, FL
    Feb 15-17- Helly Hansen St Petersburg NOOD- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 21-24- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Mar 6-9- Bacardi Cup- J/70 Winter Series III- Miami, FL

    For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

    Pierini Tops Bacardi J/70 Winter Series I
    (Miami, FL)- Biscayne Bay was open again for business as the inaugural three event Bacardi Invitational Winter Series kicked off December 1­-2 in Miami, FL. The event is an off-shoot of the perennial Bacardi Invitational Regatta now run in conjunction with the legendary Bacardi Cup every March.

    Despite light winds allowing only three races on day one and no racing on day two, the J/70 Class was extremely tight in the top five positions, with a different crew winning each race. Day one was as predicted. As it progressed, the breeze lightened, so did the chop. The left side continued to be favored, making starts difficult since everyone wanted to go the same way.

    Many teams from across the USA and Europe arrived early for the regatta and took advantage of the Miami weather to get in some practice. On day one, sailors awoke to an overcast sky, a westerly breeze of 8–11 knots, and moderate Biscayne Bay chop. The Key Biscayne Yacht Club Race Committee set up a windward--leeward course of two laps.

    In race one, the entire J/70 class went left on the upwind, so a strong start was essential to being in the top of the fleet. Henry Brauer's RASCAL and Joel Ronning's CATAPULT led neck and neck at the first mark. The two boats battled closely throughout the race with CATAPULT victorious in the end. Trey Sheehan's Team HOOLIGAN sailed a near perfect second race, winning with a generous lead for such light conditions.

    For most of the day, boats that got out in front, stayed in front. The day ended with Geoff Pierini winning the third race. His team kept their pace in the dying breeze and seemed to glide effortlessly around the race course. Pierini and his team were hyper-focused on maximizing their speed and making the smallest of gains on every little puff.

    Pierini's J/70 team had three great starts that gave them the freedom to continue left as long as they wished and not be held out to the layline.

    The breeze was relatively stable and pressure moved slowly down the course, so it was difficult to make major gains on the upwinds. Gains were sometimes made on the downwinds by teams taking a risk to jibe away from the fleet early. The majority of the J/70 fleet straight set on the downwinds and gybed only when they arrived near the layline.

    The J/70 winner, Geoff Pierini, attributes much of his win to his crew, US Olympian Thomas Barrows, keeping them in the pressure on the downwinds. That helped them work the boat lower than their competitors, giving them the chance to gybe out when the opportunity presented itself. Timing was everything in the tight fleet.

    Sunday's weather forecast proved over-­optimistic. Despite the patience of the Race Committee and the competitors, the day's racing was called just after noon. The breeze never filled.

    The J/70 sailors headed back to shore by motor. Smiles abounded later in the afternoon as the sailors found themselves again with Bacardi cocktails in their hands and surrounded by the hospitality of the folks at Shake—A-­Leg, the regatta venue.

    After the three races, the top of the leaderboard was quite tight.  Pierini led with 6 pts, followed by Ronning’s CATAPULT in second with 8 pts, Sheehan’s Team HOOLIGAN- FLAT STANLEY in third with 9 pts, Brauer’s RASCAL in fourth with 11 pts and Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE in fifth with 13 pts. The Top Corinthian J/70 Team was Joey Kolisch. Thanks to Kathleen Tocke for the contribution.

    The series consists of three events, the next two are scheduled as follows:
    Jan 19-20- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Mar 6-9- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series III- Miami, FL
    For more Bacardi Winter Series sailing information

    Hamble Winter Series Finale
    (Hamble, England)- After last week's brief return of “the Beast from the East”, the forecast for Week 8 of the HYS Hamble Winter Series 2018, was for 12-30 knots WSW, with low water in the Solent at 12.30 pm. "Quite interesting conditions!" as PRO Kathy Smalley put it. Or, as one competitor was heard to mumble, "A witch from the West!"

    There were two options to find a decent opening beat, move the Bramble Bank or head south of the bank to Goodall Roofing (4W) which is where the HRSC PRO took up station. The windward destination would be Prince Consort, followed by a "sheltered" broad reach to Norris to keep the first boats round the windward mark away from those still approaching it. A sort of health and safety spreader leg if you like.

    There was a return to the “War of the Roses” in IRC 1 Class, when Chaz Ivill (Red) and Rob Bottomley (White), turned out for the final race showdown. It was the J/112E DAVANTI TYRES (Chaz Ivill and Paul Heys) who were cooking their hotpot with gas; taking their fourth win of the series and the overall title for IRC 1 Class. The J/112E DAVANTI TYRES closed with four 1sts and four 2nds to win by a convincing margin over the best 36 to 41 footer IRC teams in all of the Solent and southern Great Britain. Not surprisingly, this built upon the J/112E’s extraordinary 2018 season of sailing; winning the IRC Europeans overall and in class on the Solent and also winning the Offshore World Sailing Championship (IRC/ ORC) sailed off The Hague, The Netherlands.

    The on-going battle between the J/109's continued between JIRAFFE (Simon Perry) and JAGO (Mike and Susie Yates). Perry commented that Yates was “quite good at match racing today!" This was probably because JAGO (second on the water) beat JIRAFFE (third on the water) and, unless JIRAFFE did something really quite silly, they had the series sewn up. Notably, JAGO had 14-year-old Cameron Yates on the mainsheet on Sunday, as he has been all series! A new record? His Dad Mike fell on the wheel during the race and bent it, but don't worry his wife Susie is getting him a new one for Christmas!  Rounding out the top five in class were two J88s; Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS in fourth and Kirsty & David Apthorp’s J-DREAM in fifth place.
    In Class 3, the Greenhalgh family effort (Dad- David and daughter Libby) on their J/92 J’RONIMO leapfrogged into third position after the double toss races came into effect.  Thereafter, they won the final race in dramatic fashion and sealed their bid to take the bronze position on the podium!

    Meanwhile, the J/88s saw a duel to the finish for class honors. Winning by one point was Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS over David & Kirsty Apthorp’s J-DREAM. Taking the bronze was Dirk van Beek’s SABRIEL JR.

    A number of competitors were impressed by two club stalwarts, Rupert Smalley and Peter Baines, who manned the pin end boat, Obsession, as it bounced up and down during the windy start sequence. Rupert had a slightly different point of view, “it was nice and flat until all those race boats started to thrash around." He also felt it would be better if crews did not "ping" the port pin mark until it had actually been laid!!

    Back in the HRSC Clubhouse, Paul Heys of Key Yachting presented the day prizes. He managed to avoid one awkward moment by quickly passing the Champagne and chocolates for the IRC 1 class winner to Chaz Ivill.

    The Series prizes were presented by Lee Pollock of Hamble Yacht Services. Simon Perry’ J/109 JIRAFFE won “Yacht of the Series”. He thanked the Race Team and volunteers. "It was a fantastic series,” said Perry. “We will definitely be back again next year." Thanks for contribution from Trevor Pountain.   Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth   For more Hamble Winter Series sailing information

    Hot Rum Series III Finale
    (San Diego, CA)- The third and final race of the San Diego YC Hot Rum Series took place this past weekend off San Diego’s beautiful harbor and Point Loma peninsula.  In the end, the results were a mixed bag of outcomes for various J/crews.

    The one shining beacon of performance, not surprisingly, was the large turnout of J/105s and J/70s that were all lumped into PHRF Class 4.  J/Class honors flipped back and forth over the two weekends and, in the end, it was Dennis Case’s J/105 J-OK that took the silver, just barely losing overall honors in the last race. Third was Steve Wyman’s J/70 NUNUHUNU, fourth Erostino Dagfish’s J/105 VIGGEN and fifth Dave Vieregg’s J/70 SOGGY DOLLAR.  A commendable performance to all, four of the top five in class!  For more SDYC Hot Rum Series sailing information

    J/105 Flies at Course de’Alliance Regatta
    (Saint Maarten)- The Course de’Alliance Regatta is a port-to-port event that is raced between three magnificent islands in the Caribbean- St Maarten, St. Barth, and Anguilla- over a three day weekend.  For those that love sailing in the spectacular aquamarine waters of the Caribbean and enjoying the 15-25 kt trade winds, you cannot get much better than racing to those three amazing islands!

    In the Racing Class, there was an epic battle between the J/105 SOLSTICE (skippered by Jordan and Shannon Mindich) and the M24s. In the end, SOLSTICE was 1st on the leg from St Maarten to St Barths, 4th place on the downwind leg from St Barths down to Anguilla, then 2nd on the beat/reach home to St Maarten. In the end, SOLSTICE took 2nd overall.

    According to Jordan Mindich, “the conditions were spectacular, including a two hour tight spin reach up the north side of Saint Maarten. It was interesting racing, including a last minute capsize by Gill less than 100 yards from the finish - giving us 2nd overall! Loads of fun!!”

    “This really is my favorite regatta. It is the season opener, and a great chance for the crews from the different islands to meet and socialize in beautiful locations. But, though the atmosphere is friendly, the competition is fierce, and it was great to see such tight racing amongst such good teams,” says Race Officer Paul Miller.

    “The racing was hot, and still the participants had energy left to enjoy the socials in St Barth and Anguilla. That’s why this event is so popular, the concept of racing to 2 other islands and then enjoy the finest of the Caribbean is golden. We thank the St Barth Yacht Club & Sailing School and the Anguilla Sailing Association for their assistance with the event, the cooperation is vital for the Regatta’s continuation and success,” commented Leonde Vermeulen, Event Manager at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, organizer of the event.

    Organizers like to thank sponsors Moorings, Fiji Water and Mount Gay Rum for their contributions to the event. “Not only do our sponsors help to reduce costs, they add significant quality to the event. They are not only appreciated by the organizers, but by the participants as well. We are grateful for the ongoing support,” explained Vermeulen.  For more Course de’Alliance Regatta sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    * More “Thunder from Down Under!” Ian Clyne’s J/122 JOSS recently won the 140.0nm 2018 West Coaster Ocean Race off Perth, Western Australia.  Here is the report from Tony Bewsher, crewing aboard the J/122 JOSS.

    “A very competitive fleet took part in the West Coaster 140nm overnight race on the weekend of the 24/25 November, including our J/122 JOSS.

    The course was westerly from Fremantle, around Cape Vlamingh (the western end of Rottnest Island), then a 65.0nm northwards leg to a virtual mark set just of the historic coastal fishing town of Lancelin, and finally back south to the finish in Fremantle.

    The race started in 8-10 knots SSW winds with the fleet jostling for position on the 1.0nm upwind beat to the first mark. JOSS rounded in 3rd position behind “Dirty Deeds” & “Weapon of Choice”, then the fleet sailed off on a broad reach out to the Western Windmills Fairway mark off the SE corner of Rottnest Island followed by an upwind beat in a dropping breeze along the south side of the island to Cape Vlamingh (the most westerly tip of the island and extremely exposed to the full forces of the Indian Ocean).

    As the fleet approached Cape Vlamingh, the winds almost dropped out completely, making the rounding a slow frustrating affair. With an ever-growing cloud line slowly building on the horizon, the fleet edged westwards in our search for stronger more consistent breeze.

    Big Sails help win big races, and as the clouds built overhead, the wind grew sufficiently for everyone to hoist their biggest spinnakers.

    JOSS hoisted our big “Bright Green” A1.5 Spinnaker for this 65.0nm downwind run. The wind built steadily throughout the afternoon to 15-18 knots. We found ourselves dueling all the way to the Lancelin mark with “Obsession” (Mat1180) and “Weapon of Choice” (FB35). We even managed to pass these higher IRC rated boats midway along the track, only to have them battle back to lead us by a few hundred metres around the virtual top mark off Lancelin at approx. 2100 hrs Saturday night.

    With a stunning full moon lighting up the ocean, we sailed for Fremantle in a more moderate breeze, maintaining contact with the 4 faster & lighter Div 1 yachts ahead of us. At sunrise we witnessed a beautiful Western Australian dawn with JOSS leading the fleet in both IRC & YAH, and eventually crossing the finish line at Fremantle at 0700 hrs Sunday morning in a time of 21:35:37.

    Our winning margin on IRC was an impressive 27 minutes to the second placed boat “Obsession”, and 45 minutes to the 3rd placed boat “Alfresco”.

    It was 22 hours of perfect sailing conditions for JOSS with fluctuating winds between 8-18 knots and moving from an early light southerly on Saturday morning, swinging west and building until sunset throughout Saturday, then moderating over night to finish in an easterly land breeze.

    The 140nm “WestCoaster” was a much more enjoyable sail compared to the recent similar distance overnight race, the “3 Ports Race” being knocked down 3 times during the night by 60-70 knot winds!!!

    In sailing, winning is often a combination of great sailing by the boat & crew, and an equal measure of the “sea gods smiling on you”. There were many smiles over this weekend.

    “Joss” has started the 2018/19 ORWA Offshore Season in strong form with 2 wins in Div 1 IRC, a 2nd, & a 5th, and 3 wins in Div 1 YAH & a 5th place.

    With the lowest rating in the Div 1 Fleet in Western Australia, JOSS is proving how competitive J/Boats are against a very competitive fleet of top teams here in the West.”
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  • J/Newsletter- November 28th, 2018 The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    Across Europe and the islands, several winter series have started while other fall series are slowing starting to wind down.  The long-running Hamble Winter Series completed their sixth weekend of racing on the Southampton Water and the infamous Solent.  Hamble River Sailing Club based in Hamble, England runs the series.  In addition, the J/24 U.K. Class published their 2018 National Rankings update; an important milestone as it determines which British teams will participate in the J/24 World Championship that will be sailed on Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida in 2019.

    Across the straits from Great Britain (e.g. the English Channel), the Dutch J/22 Winter Series started up in Brassermermeer, The Netherlands. Just north, the Väter­chen Frost Regatta was sailed on the beautiful Alster Lake in Hamburg, Germany for fleets of J/22s, J/24s, and J/70s! Heading south across the Continent, we find the J/80 Catalonia Championship was sailed on the Mediterranean off Barcelona, Spain and hosted by Real Club Nautico Barcelona. Further east in northern Italy, the first of many Italian J/24 class winter series events took place in Lecco, a quaint Italian village situated on the southeastern arm Lake Como (Lago di Como).

    Over in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the J/105 AXA XL International Challenge Cup, sponsored by Bacardi Rum, was sailed in the Great Sound off Hamilton, Bermuda and was hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

    In the Americas, the St Francis YC hosted their annual BIG Sail in J/22s on San Francisco Bay, California.  The BIG Sail is an annual match between two famously "high tech" universities in California- Stanford versus University of California- Berkeley.  Each school fielded teams in five divisions- Varsity, Women, Young Alumni, Master Alumni, Grand Master Alumni.

    Down in the southern Americas, the Argentine J/24 Championship took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, hosted by the Club Nautico Olivos north of the capital city and sailed on the muddy waters of the Rio de la Plata (the River Plate). Then, on the western side of South America, the Chilean J/24 Nationals was sailed off Bio Bio, Chile, north of Valparaiso along the Pacific coastline.

    J/121 Nominated @ British Yachting Awards
    Performance Yacht of the Year Category
    (London, United Kingdom)- The J/121 offshore speedster has been shortlisted in The British Yachting Awards 2018 Performance Yacht of the Year category.

    For the first time, the established and influential Yachts and Yachting Awards and Sailing Today Awards have been combined as the British Yachting Awards. This a new event draws upon the very best boats, sailing gear, sailors, achievements, destinations, and events from the past year, placing the spotlight onto the finest of both the racing and cruising worlds.

    The winners will be announced at a champagne reception from 6.30pm to 10.30pm on Tuesday, 11th December at the prestigious Royal Thames Yacht Club headquarters in Knightsbridge, London.

    The winners will be published in the January 2019 issue of Yachts & Yachting and the February 2019 issue of Sailing Today, on newsstands by Friday 14 December and Friday 28 December, respectively.  A full list of Performance Yacht of the Year nominees can be found here

    J/121 Northeast Sailing Calendar 2019 Update
    (Newport, RI)- The J/121 fleet continues to grow and next season, nearly one third of all the boats worldwide will be sailing in the New England area for the summer. Kicking off the season will be the 2nd Annual J/121 Spring Tune-up hosted by J/Boats and the Newport Shipyard. The great line-up of events continues, highlighted by Block Island Race Week, the NYYC 175th Anniversary Regatta and J/Fest New England. Let the fun begin! Here is the list of the events and links.

    May 17-18    J/121 Spring Tune-up/ Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI – a combination J/121 clinic/regatta with onboard coaching and daily recaps– a great way to get up to speed within weeks of spring launching. Four boats and seven owners participated in 2018 and as many as eight teams are expected for 2019.

    May 24    Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race (Stamford, CT) – this 186 miler is the first offshore distance race of the season and a great shakedown for teams planning on more offshore racing during the year. It’s a commitment to get the boat down to Stamford, CT and back after the race. But, worth the effort if you want an early season challenge and some potential speed-record setting legs.
    June 7-9    New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta (Newport, RI)– this is the big season opener in Newport with usually 150+ boats participating and a variety of courses. Friday is the classic round-the-island race – tailor made for the J/121.  The weekend is a choice of buoy racing or mid-distance open, course style – a great tune-up for Block Island Race Week.

    June 23-28    Block Island Race Week (Block Island, RI) – this biannual classic attracts teams from all over the east coast for five days of spectacular racing.  Storm Trysail Club will provide the J/121s (with at least 6 boats) with a class start and the ability to sail Round-the-Island type courses, which Block Island is most famous for.

    July 7    Marblehead to Halifax Race (Marblehead, MA) - the principal offshore race of northern New England, this 363 mile race goes from Marblehead, MA to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    July 15-20    New York Yacht Club 175th Anniversary Regatta (Newport, RI) – New York Yacht Club’s anniversary regatta only comes around every 25 years, so this is a must-attend event!  The NOR indicated that entrants must be members of NYYC or three specific guest clubs, but one can also apply to the sailing office.  With several J/121 owners being NYYC members, there’s an excellent chance for a class start.

    August 10-11    J/121 Open Course Rally @ J/Fest New England (Newport, RI) – J/Boat owners from around New England will rendezvous for a fun weekend of racing and socials.

    August 16    Ida Lewis Distance Race (Newport, RI) – the 15th edition of this 120nm to 165nm overnight race that starts off Fort Adams State Park and finishes inside Newport Harbor with a bottle of champagne awaiting every finisher.

    August 30    Stamford-Vineyard Race (Stamford, CT) - This 238-mile course stretches from Shippan Point through the swirling currents of Plum Gut past Block Island, and on to the light tower at the entrance to Buzzard's Bay. Once reached, sailors return by leaving Block Island to starboard on route to the finish in Stamford Harbor.

    September 1    Conanicut Round the Island Race (Jamestown, RI) – the oldest continuous yacht race on Narragansett Bay, this event drew 100 boats in 2018 with the J/121 CRESCENT winning its class and finishing 2nd overall.

    NEW Doublehanded Class Debuts @ Antigua Sailing Week 2019
    (English Harbour, Antigua)- In view of the ever growing demand for double-handed racing, the organizers of Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) are pleased to announce 2019 will benefit from the addition of a new Doublehanded class.

    Race manager Lorna Saunders says, “This will add an exciting new dimension to ASW. Safety being paramount, the Doublehanded class will have its own start and courses will be carefully planned to accommodate doublehanded participants. The courses will be a mix of round the cans, with slightly longer legs and some days a coastal race. We look forward to thrilling, competitive sailing.”

    Antigua Sailing Week takes place from 28 April to 3 May and the Notice of Race is now available.  An optional Round Antigua Race takes place on the 27 April, which will also offer a doublehanded class, and is the perfect warm-up event prior to the five challenging days of Antigua Sailing Week where everyone is invited to race, chase and celebrate.

    The professional race management team will continue to offer exciting racing for participants who range from fully professional campaigns to crews of family and friends.

    Post-race prize-giving ceremony at the Antigua Yacht Club.
    Post-race daily prize-givings and an exciting week-long social calendar, including the 10th edition of Reggae in the Park, the mid-week Lay Day Beach Party and the prestigious Final Awards Ceremony, are key events on the “must-do list” during the week.

    But first, experience all of the action from our 2018 event in this fantastic recap. To get a flavor of the scenes at Antigua Sailing Week watch this highlight video here.

    For any questions, please contact Lorna Saunders, Race Manager, Antigua Sailing Week- phone +1-268-717-9619 or email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Register to join Antigua Sailing Week for 2019 here

    J/88 Fleet #2 Schedule Announcement
    (Rye, New York)- After the J/88 Annual Meeting, and many long, productive discussions on coordinating with other fleets for a series of strong one-design J/88 events, the J/88 Fleet #2 is excited to announce their 2019 J/88 One-design schedule.

    J/88 FLEET 2 SCHEDULE 2019:
    • Jan 24-27- St Petersburg J/Fest- St Petersburg, FL- 6 entries
    • Feb 15-17- St Petersburg NOOD- St Petersburg, FL- 6 entries
    • Apr 11-14- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC- 8 entries/ 10 committed
    • Apr 27-28- American YC Spring Series- Rye, NY- 9 committed
    • May 4-5- American YC Spring Series- Rye, NY- 9 committed
    • Jun 1-2- Cedar Point One Design- Riverside, CT- 8 committed
    • Jun 23-28- East Coast Championship- Block Island, RI- 3 entered/ 6 committed
    • Jul 15-18- NYYC 175th Anniversary Race Week- Newport, RI- 3 committed
    • Aug 3-4- RYC YRALIS Championships- Riverside, CT- 8 committed
    • Aug 10-11- New England J/Fest- Newport, RI
    • Sep 21-22- STC LIS Championship- Larchmont, NY- 9 committed
    • Sep 28-29- American YC Fall Series- Rye, NY- 9 committed
    • Oct 5-6- American YC Fall Series- Rye, NY- 9 committed
    • Oct 17-20- J/88 North American Championship- Larchmont, NY- 8 committed
    Please note- that in addition to the One-Design schedule, there are a number of distance races that are well attended by J/88s and, often, the J/88’s get their own section.

    • May 11- LYC Edlu
    • May 18- IHYC Gear Tester
    • Jun 29- RYC Stratford Shoal Race
    • Aug 29- SYC Vineyard Race
    • Oct 5- IHYC Gear Buster
    For more J/88 Class sailing information

    Bacardi J/70 Winter Series- Act I Preview
    (Miami, FL)- The first Bacardi Invitational Winter Series will take place December 1-2, 2018, this coming weekend, on the sparkling aqua-blue waters of Biscayne Bay. Hosting the event will be Shake-A-Leg Foundation in Coconut Grove, just south of the completely refurbished Monty Trainer’s Bar and Cafe on the waterfront.

    An incredibly talented fleet of eighteen boats has assembled to begin their bids to improve their performance for the 2019 sailing season.  In fact, the first major J/70 event will be the J/70 Midwinter Championship in late February 2019 that will also be sailed in the same waters of Biscayne Bay.

    Leading contenders for the start of this winter series will be teams like Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT (1st 2016 J/70 Worlds), Trey Sheehan’s HOOLIGAN- FLAT STANLEY RACING, Henry Brauer’s RASCAL, Pam Rose’s ROSEBUD, and Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE (2nd in 2018 J/70 Worlds).

    The series consists of three events, the next two are scheduled as follows:
    Jan 19-20- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Mar 6-9- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series III- Miami, FL
    For more Bacardi Winter Series sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Oct 7- Dec 2- Hamble Winter Series- Hamble, England
    Nov 30- Wirth Munroe Memorial Race- Palm Beach, FL
    Dec 1- Hot Rum Series III- San Diego, CA
    Dec 8-16- Salon Nautique Boat Show- Paris, France
    Dec 1-2- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series I- Miami, FL
    Dec 8-9- Davis Island J/70 Winter Series I- Tampa, FL
    Jan 5-6- Davis Island J/70 Winter Series II- Tampa, FL
    Jan 19-20- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 24-27- J/Fest St Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 26-28- Festival of Sails- Geelong, Vic, Australia
    Feb 9-10-  Davis Island J/70 Series III- Tampa, FL
    Feb 15-17- Helly Hansen St Petersburg NOOD- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 21-24- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Mar 6-9- Bacardi Cup- J/70 Winter Series III- Miami, FL

    For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

    AIRFORCE Three-Peats J/105 AXA XL International Challenge Cup
    (Hamilton, Bermuda)- Every November, for three days, the Bacardi Keelboat Regatta is held in Bermuda. Racing is held primarily for one-design boats such as Etchells, J/105s, and International One Designs. The J/105 fleet is an invitational-only event, as they race with a combined Bermuda and International crew to compete for three awards- Bermuda and International Divisions and the Overall AXA XL International Challenge Cup series.

    This year’s event ran from Thursday November 15 to Saturday, November 17 with a fabulous opening reception held at Bacardi World Headquarters in Hamilton on Wednesday November 14, 2018. Bacardi was once again the title sponsor with Bermuda Tourism Authority as a supporting sponsor.

    A spokesperson from Bacardi stated: “Bacardi has always been a strong supporter of sports and in particular sailing, both in Bermuda and internationally, and is very pleased to once again support this event.  The international flavor of sailing competition and the natural camaraderie that goes with it resonates with Bacardi’s values. We wish all the competitors three days of great sailing in the pristine waters of Bermuda.”

    In addition to Bacardi’s sponsorship, the J/105’s were competing for the AXA XL International Challenge Cup, a sponsorship supported by one of Bermuda’s largest re-insurance companies (their Managing Director is an active J/105 sailor in the local fleet).

    The J/105 fleet fielded its usual strong contingent of competitors with international helmsmen and crew hailing from the US and the UK, paired with an equal compliment of local Bermuda sailors onboard each boat. Most have participated in the event several times over the years, annually yielding one of the strongest gatherings of amateur sailors in Bermuda.

    The AIRFORCE Team were the local favorites, having won it twice before.  But, the racing again proved to be very tight. There were seven J/105s competing this year in a Bermuda Series where the Bermuda skipper drives, alternating races with the international skipper for the International Series, and combined results for the AXA XL Overall Trophy.

    The first day of racing produced a gorgeous sunny day of 10-20 kts with four races counting, two for the Bermudian skippers and two for the International skippers. The second day was blown-out, with winds topping 40+ kts. Fortunately, the huge North Atlantic storm passed quickly, producing another day of 10-20 kts of breeze that permitted four more races to determine the winner of the AXA XL J/105 International Challenge Cup.

    As anticipated, it was the team of Bermudian Peter Bromby and Peter Snelling on AIRFORCE that ultimately won the regatta.  However, it was a rocky road to the top of the leaderboard for the AIRFORCE crew.  After four races on day one, they were sitting in third place.  Then, on the closing day they had to contend with a DSQ in Race 6 that nearly torpedoed their chances for their three-peat win.

    Leading after the first day of racing with a 1-2-3-2 were the duo of Bermudian Trevor Boyce and American Stew Neff sailing YABSTA.  While sailing fast and smart on the first day helped their performance, that was not to be repeated on the closing day. The YABSTA crew could not find good pace the last four races, closing with a 6-3-4-6 to miss the win by just 2 pts and settle for the silver.

    American Mike Riley and Bermudian Ed Faries on BACK IN BLACK also experienced a roller-coaster scoreline.  Closing with a 1-2-1 tally on the last day to rocket up the leaderboard from mid-fleet, taking the tie-breaker at 28 pts each over MAYHEM (American Jason Owen and Bermudian Jon Corless). Rounding out the top five was the PASSION Team (Bermudian James MacDonald and Texan Bill Lakenmacher).

    For the Bermuda Division, winning was Peter Bromby, followed by Jon Corless in second and James MacDonald in third.

    In the International Division, winning was Mike Riley, with Stew Neff second and Bill Lakenmacher in third position.  For all scoring of the J/105 AXA XL International Challenge Cup   Follow the Bacardi Bermuda Keelboat Regatta on Facebook here  For more Royal Bermuda YC Bacardi Keelboat Regatta sailing information

    CARRERA Wins 6th Argentine J/24 Title
    (Buenos Aires, Argentina)- The most famous J/24 fleet in Argentina may be the one situated on the Rio de La Plata, just north of downtown Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. Club Nautico Olivos and their local J/24 fleet hosted the event. Sixteen competitors participated to determine the final winner of the COPA PIMMS Argentine J/24 Championship (note- this “local” fleet includes World Champions). Winning the event for the sixth time (a new record) was Matias Pereira’s team on CARRERA (A. Guerra, F. Scarpatti & J. Delgado). Here is what took place over the three-day weekend from November 16th to 19th.

    Friday- Windy & Wavy
    With a good 20-plus kts wind from the East Southeast, big waves and cool weather, the CN Olivos RC Team managed to complete three good races on the first day; participating were teams from Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza, and an enthusiastic female crew from Uruguay!

    Fast out of the box and putting establishing a firm hand on the top spot was Pereira’s CARRERA team, posting three straight bullets to lead by a wide margin.  Also enjoying the windy, wavy conditions were Sebastien Halpern’s crew on MORRUCHO (G. Mirralles, F. Monetti, and E. Despontin), posting a 5-2-2 for 9 pts.  Just behind them, it was a tie at 11 pts for third place between the SEA WOLF crew (P. Senestrari, M. Halac, P. Despontin, & skipper Guillermo Parada) and the U2 Team (G. Aporszegi, M. Ferrero, F. Ambrus & E. Pittaluga).

    Saturday- Canceled
    Sadly, the day dawned bright and beautiful, but the forecasted wind never materialized as the J/24s were slowly drifting down current on the Rio de La Plata headed for Antarctica!  Wisely, it was best to cancel the day’s sailing activities not long after noontime. In fact, for most teams, it was time to “party” in the Saturday evening cocktails & dinner that seemed to start much earlier than most expected!

    Sunday- Gusty Shifty Northerly
    The final day started with a good strong wind in the 20-plus knots range from the Northwest and, as the day progressed, it kept rotating (veering) into the NNE quadrants and slowly diminishing in pressure. Despite the difficult conditions to keep resetting marks for the Race Committee and mark boats, they managed to pull off running four races! That meant all the teams could enjoy one discard race for the final results.

    In these very challenging weather conditions, it was clear the top two teams were CARRERA and SEA WOLF.  Posting their worst result of the regatta on the opening race (a 4th), the CARRERA team closed with a commanding tally of 3-1-1 to wind the regatta with just 8 pts net.  The SEA WOLF crew was hopeful that winning the first race of the day portended even better things for the next three races.  However, that was not the case.  Like the phoenix rising too close to the sun, they burned their feathers and came crashing to Earth, closing the regatta with a 6-2-3 to take the silver with 17 pts net.  With a bit more consistency, the MORRUCHO crew may have had a chance at the silver.  But, a 3-10-3-6 scoreline on the final day blew them out of contention, having to settle for third place on a 21 pts tie-breaker over RINA-ALAGUA (a famous team led by Nicolas Cubria and crew of M. Cubria, F. Bertrand, & J. Filidoro).
    For more Argentina J/24 Championship sailing information

    Hamble Winter Series- Week 6 Report
    (Hamble, England)- Week six of the HYS Hamble Winter Series dawned with blue skies, beautiful sunshine, and a forecast for some breeze, though nowhere near as much as the two previous weeks. What could possibly go wrong? Well, as it turned out, the Committee Boat, Jabberwock, refused to start and an urgent message was sent ashore. With Andy and the River Taxi alongside, the combined brainpower ascertained that it was not a loose wire, or a faulty starter battery, but that the house battery bank was to blame. With that turned off, the little 75amp hour starter battery kicked the engine into life and all was well.

    With the battery bank now slowly charging, the Committee Boat headed for East Knoll and the Race Team WhatsApp'd the fleet with their intentions. The forecast was for the wind to go to the East but it was 060 when they arrived on station and it never went past 070. With that direction and the forecast in mind, PRO Kathy Smalley decided on courses containing triangles, sausages and beats. The number of triangles and sausages depended on the size of the boats. Class 1 and 2 would in fact go to Royal Thames twice whereas Class 3 & 4 would not. All classes finished with a spinnaker reach to the hamblewinterseries.com buoy.

    There was significant, though neap, tide crossing the start line and this made the decision on where to go interesting. Most teams in Class 1 decided to hog the boat end, which led to a number of performance enhancing expletives being heard. With a large NKY Lines container ship in the Thorn Channel, the PRO was relieved to see that the fleet knew that they had no rights whatsoever, and that they all behaved impeccably.

    The J/112E DAVANTI TYRES, sailed by Chaz Ivill and Paul Heyes, once again won on handicap in IRC 1 Class. As a result, after tossing out their first two “practice” races of a 3-6, they are the only team in the fifteen-boat IRC 1 Class to have posted a podium finishes; in fact, three 1sts and four 2nds.  They are leading the class by just two points, so they will have to be vigilant in their final weekends.

    In IRC 2 Class, it continues to be a battle of the J/Teams.  The J/109 JAGO (Mike & Susie Yates_ was keen to keep tabs on the J/109 JIRAFFE (Simon Perry) as they are the two leaders of the series.  JAGO was OCS, despite what Mike Yates said later in the bar, they spent the race "clawing their way back into second place,” as Susie put it. JAGO went left up the second beat and put herself back in contention.

    Meanwhile, the J/88s have been dueling it out for the balance of the podium in IRC 2 Class, as well as fighting for the lead in the J/88 One-Design class honors.  At this stage, it’s a “dead heat”, a horse race of epic proportions developing between Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS and David & Kirsty Apthorp’s J-DREAM. To add to that anxiety, both boats have had their “send it down the mine shaft” type scores; TIGRIS with a 7-12 and J-DREAM with a 7-11 as their current discards.  At the moment, TIGRIS leads by one point over J-DREAM in the IRC 2 scoring.  Those two are also leading the J/88 One-design scoring, followed by Dirk van Beek’s SABRIEL JR in third.
    In Class 3, no one was surprised to see the Greenhalgh family effort (Dad- David and daughter Libby) on their J/92 J’RONIMO leapfrog into third position on the podium once the two discards took effect after eleven races.  Thanks for contribution from Trevor Pountain.   Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth   For more Hamble Winter Series sailing information

    BRIBON MOVISTAR Wins J/80 Catalonia Championship
    (Barcelona, Spain)- The 2018 J/80 Catalonia Championship was hosted by Real Club Nautico Barcelona over the past weekend for a fleet of twenty-one teams from across the region. A total of five races were held over the two days in relatively light winds, very unsteady in direction, and with quite a swell rolling across the race track. As a result, it meant a tough test for skippers, tacticians and crew that had to work hard in each of the races to stay in contention for the regatta.

    Winning the regatta was past J/80 World Champion Marc de Antonia; his BRIBON MOVISTAR team posted a 1-6-1-3-3 for 8 pts net.  After a brilliant last day of racing with two bullets nearly allowed Jose Maria Pujol’s DECKMETAL to pull off a surprise win.  However, it was his first three races that prevented the dream from occurring, recording a 7-2-6-1-1 for 10 pts net.  Finally, it was Rosa Artigas’ MIKAKU that took the bronze on the podium with a fairly steady tally of 2-5-3-5-2 for 12 pts net.  For more J/80 Barcelona Winter Series sailing information

    J/24 U.K. 2018 National Rankings Update
    (Poole, United Kingdom)- The United Kingdom J/24 Class continues to enjoy good participation in its regional events this year and a total of twenty-three teams participated in the five U.K. events and twelve of those participated in the 2018 J/24 World Championship recently sailed on Lake Garda, Italy.

    After eight events that include regattas in Fowey, Dartmouth, Poole & Saltash in the U.K., plus Kieler Woche and the J/24 Europeans in Germany, plus the Lake Garda Worlds, the leading team appears to be David Cooper’s JAWBREAKER from Royal Western YC with a Best of 4 total of 127 points (a high points total).  Sitting just five points back is Nick McDonald’s MOJOSI from Royal Western YC and then just arrears of them in third position is James Torr’s MAJIC from Saltash Sailing Club.

    At this stage, the UK J/24 Rankings are important as they serve as the UK qualifiers for the 2019 J/24 World Championship being sailed in Miami, Florida and hosted by the Coral Reef YC. The UK can qualify six teams for that event.  So, in addition to JAWBREAKER, MOJOSI, and MAJIC, the next three teams are Duncan McCarthy’s MADELEINE from Parkstone YC, Iles Kysyk’s TEAM IMPACT (an Under 25 crew) from Parkstone YC, and Austen Davies’ JAM TOO from Royal Western YC.  For more J/24 U.K. Class sailing information

    Fall Italian J/24 Class Report
    (Lecco, Italy)- The Italian J/24 Class continues to see good participation in many of its fall/ winter series championships across the country.  In particular, some of the fleet locations, like Lecco, Marina di Carrara, and Taranto, have been blessed with nice sailing conditions, from the Lakes District north down to the warm, sunny Mediterranean.  Here is one of those reports from Lecco.

    Lecco (Lake Como)
    ITA 499 Kong Griffin II, skippered by Marco Stefanoni, ended up winning the famous Interlaghi- Trofeo Canottieri Lecco- with a score of 1-3-1-2.  The regatta is a classic for the end of the season in the lakes district north of Milano, the first edition of the regatta started back in 1980 for the J/24 class.

    Taking second place was ITA 476 DEJA VU, skippered by Ruggero Spreafico, posting a 4-4-2-1.  And, rounding out the podium was ITA 498 NOTIFYME-PILGRIM sailed by the fleet champion Lario Mauro Benfatto.

    Five races were held over the weekend. On the first day, rain and bad weather did not stop the crews from racing.  Faced with a strong wind from the South that, at times, reached 16 to 20 knots, the fleet completed four races in about six hours on the water. At the end of a full and tiring day, the delicious aperitif in Canottieri, prepared by chef Alberto Galbani, was welcomed and inhaled in minutes by the hungry crews!

    On Sunday, it was a completely different story.  The first race was held in very strong gusty winds from the North that were already hitting 20-plus knots, with big rain showers rolling across the race course.  However, as the winds built in squalls up to 25-plus knots, the Race Committee was forced to cancel the second race for safety reasons.

    In addition to the winner of the regatta, a very special award was handed out- the Gino Cicardi Trophy (reserved for the oldest sailor). This year, it was awarded to Sergio Agostoni (born in 1938), helmsman and owner of the J/24 ITA 469 Bruschetta Guastafeste, fourth in the overall classification J24.  For more Italian J/24 Class sailing information

    Stanford Dominates The BIG Sail Regatta!
    (San Francisco, CA)- In anticipation of the college football rivalry game on November 17 between the Stanford University Cardinals and the University of California- Berkeley Bears, the 15th annual The BIG Sail was held between the schools on San Francisco Bay. With five divisions competing on a slalom course in J/22s, Stanford took the title by winning four of the five matches. Hosting the event in their matched fleet of J/22s was the St Francis YC.

    In the Varsity Division (e.g. “pro’s”), it was a nip and tuck battle.  Each school taking a win in the first two races. However, in the “rubber match” in race 3, it was Stanford all the way home to the finish line to take the victory in this prestigious division.

    In the Women’s Alumni Division, it was not the “cat fight” that everyone imagined it might be between two very well-sailed all-women’s teams.  It was all Stanford, taking the division with a 2-0 record.

    The Young Alumni Division was no different than the Women’s group. Stanford ran the table on U-Cal again with a 2-0 record.

    It was a different story in the Master Alumni Division. This was the only “shining path” to victory seen by the rocket scientists at U-Cal Berkeley, taking their Stanford luddites to task with a 2-0 pasting.

    In the end, it was all up to the Grandmasters Alumni Division to determine if U-Cal could save face, the northerners versus the southerners on San Francisco Bay.  It might as well be called “the Civil War”!  As some of these old guys may be old enough to remember what Grandpa told them about those crazy colonialists in the East.  Nevertheless, it was the Stanford Cardinals senior AARP cardholders and collectors of Medicare/ Medicaid that took home all the marbles in this division. Perhaps something to be said for living and going to school in warm, farm country down in south Bay!  For more The BIG Sail regatta information

    J/Love @ Väter­chen Frost Regatta
    (Hamburg, Germany)- It may not rank as the world’s most notable “local” regatta, if there can be such a thing. However, it certainly ranks amongst the most competitive, picturesque regattas held on a lake in the middle of a major city in Europe. That is what the Hamburger Segel-Club was hosting this past weekend for a fleet of fifteen J/70s, nineteen J/24s, and eight J/22s that LOVE sailing on the gorgeous Alster Lake in front of the Hamburg city waterfront.

    Klaus Brinkbäumer, winner of the J/70 class had this to say about their experience:

    "Father Frost Regatta is becoming Father Late Summer! LOL. It was warm, and the moderate winds over the Alster Lake were spectacular. The wind was good, from the east, gusty and with many shifts, but that's how we know and like our lake.

    We (tactician Carsten Kemmling, trimmer David Heitzig, bowman Florian Thoelen- all from Norddeutscher Regatta Verein) got off to a great start with our team on GER 958 BROOKLYN. It was a scramble at the start boat in the first race. We were over early, so had to restart. But, the races were long. Four laps. So, we were able to work our way up to third place. Then, we managed to get a 2nd and 1st, a perfect first day for us!

    On Sunday, we made it exciting for us! We were a little early on the layline on the first windward mark. I misjudged it, and wrapped our keel on the anchor line! That was our discard race! Thankfully, we won the last race!”

    Taking second behind them was Ulf Plessmann’s crew of Katrin Jahncke, Ohle Vollmer, and Anreas Benkert on GER 966 with a tally of 1-6-4-1-4 for 10 pts net.  Third was the top woman skipper, Johanna Meier’s crew of Heinrich Hader, Matthias Rummel, and Milena Muller with a 7-1-7-2-5 record for 15 pts net.

    In the J/24 class, it was a “Tale of Two Cities”. The leaders and the almost leaders.  In a battle of “not torpedoing ourselves” were Fabian Damm’s GER 5316 and Frank Schoenfeldt’s GER 5412.  Both teams were experiencing an amazing roller-coaster ride all the way to the final finish.  Winning that battle was Damm’s crew on GER 5316 (Jannik Duehren, Moritz Boeoek, Jonas Lyssewski, Jan Eike Sihdiz) with a 1-6-1-8-1 for 9 pts net.  Wishing for a better outcome in their last race was Schoenfeldt’s crew on GER 5412.  In the end, their tally was the most consistent on the leaderboard, with a 5-1-2-3-4 for 10 pts net.  Taking the bronze was Stefan Karsunke’s team of Lina Nagel, Lars Hager, Lars Gibbe, and David Thompson.   Sailing photo credits- Johann Nikolaus Andreae  For more Väter­chen Frost Regatta sailing information

    Dutch J/22 Winter Series I Report
    (Brassermermeer, The Netherlands)- The J/22 class in Europe has exhibited an extraordinary perseverance to hang tough and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with sailing a fun boat that is easy to trailer around the continent.

    By far, the most popular J/22 series is hosted by the Dutch J/22 class on the famous Brassermermeer Lake.  Ten boats from France, Germany, and the Netherlands are participating in the 2018/ 2019 Winter Series.

    In the first regatta, it was FRA 1444 (Brockerhoof, Michaux, Declercq) that are leading the series on a tie-breaker over the Dutch team of NED 1295 (Liselotte Verdoorn, Jan Dirk, Anneloes Rosemarijn).  Remarkably, these two teams are dominating the top of the leaderboard with a combined six 1sts, six 2nds, and four 3rds.

    Third is another Dutch crew on NED 1223, led by woman helm Suzanne van Iterson, with crew of Frans, Suzanne, and Anne. They won the first race, but followed it with a 4-3-2-2-3-5-4 in eight races scored so far.    For more Dutch J/22 Winter Series sailing information

    Big Battle @ Chilean J/24 Nationals
    (Bio Bio, Chile)- The Chilean J/24 National Championship was sailed on the waters of the Bay of Concepción, based on Quiriquina Island. A beautiful location to host such an important regatta for the dozen J/24 teams that participated from across the world’s “longest” country (north and south).

    A select group of famous South American J/24 sailors were invited to participate as crew aboard various boats. Chief amongst them was the famous Brazilian Mauricio Santa Cruz, multiple World and South American Champion. In addition, the Argentine Matias Pereira, multiple South American champion, Pan-American champion and multiple Argentine champion was crew.  And, finally Nicolas Cubria, former Argentine champion also sailed as crew. Each one of them sailed as crew with a top Chilean helmsman.

    Positioning themselves comfortably in first place on the first day of racing was the Chilean Del Castillo and his crew (totally local); they won 3 of the 4 races!

    In the first two days, the winds were mild. But, as the racing progressed and the wind increased, it was a classic trade-off in the J/24 class- top end genoa or go for the jib. A true test of offshore sailors, ironically enough!!

    At the end of the last race, the teams of E. Fernandez and N. Cubría with the crew of Carlos del Solar and Mauricio Santa Cruz were tied in points.

    As in the last regatta, Del Castillo won; he qualified as Chilean 2018 J/24 Champion. Second was Carlos del Solar with Mauricio Santa Cruz. Third was Patricio Rodriguez's team with Matias Pereira.  And, fourth was Raúl del Castillo.  For more Chilean J/24 class sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    * In a bit of a “Throwback Thursday”, the J/88 MAI TAI (now J88.SE) was bought by two Swedes in the Hamble, England in August 2017.  The two excited owners, Jonas Dyberg and Roger Ohlsson, decided they would do a doublehanded delivery back to Goteborg; it was an 865nm delivery in eleven days!

    It was an epic adventure. Their delivery track took them from Hamble, across the English Channel to the Netherlands, then up the coast to the opening of the Elbe River in Brunsbuttel, Germany.  Then, they motored up the Nord See Kanal to Kiel, Germany, and then a straight shot north up the Baltic Sea to Gothenburg, Sweden! It was an epic journey and here are the videos to prove it! Top speed was 18.6 kts on their delivery cruise!


    Then, if that wasn’t an adventure enough, Jonas and Roger took their friend Peter Gustafsson from BLUR.SE fame on board to see if they could establish a “speed run” on the windy wavy Baltic Sea in October 9th, 2017!  It was a gorgeous sunny day, with a northerly breeze of 20-30 kts off Vinga, Sweden.  Here is how they went.


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  • J/Newsletter- November 21st, 2018 The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide
    This past week, the U.S. J/70 Youth Championship took place on Tampa Bay, with seven youth teams from across America experiencing an amazing 21 races in three days, thanks to the serendipitous combination of fabulous weather and the efficient St. Petersburg YC RC and PRO team.  Then, out west, the San Diego YC hosted the second of three races in their infamous Hot Rum Series on San Diego Harbor.

    Over in Europe, the Hamble River Sailing Club hosted their fifth weekend of their annual Hamble Winter Series on the Southampton Water and the Solent for a fleet of J/88s, J/109s, J/111s and J/92s.

    Still further east in Asia, the Royal Hong Kong YC annual classic, the 26.0nm Round Island Race took place for over 100 boats, with a number of J/Crews collecting silverware in the roughly four-hour race.

    Finally, in the J/Community section, there are two good articles; one is an account from the Chilean owner of the J/122E ANITA that sailed this year’s very challenging ROLEX Middle Sea Race and the other is an interview of Mike Ingham at North Sails One-Design by Erica Beck-Spencer, skipper of the SEABAGS Women’s J/24 Sailing Team.

    J/24 Worlds Miami Announcement
    (Miami, FL)- J/24 Sailors from around the world are looking forward to the 2019 J/24 World Championships in Miami, Florida, October 19–26.

    This is the first time in the 41-year history of the J/24 Worlds that the event is being held in Florida, with its sunny skies, palm trees, warm breezes and excellent sailing conditions. The J/24 Worlds will be held on the same course used by ISAF every January for the World Cup Olympic Classes Regatta. The weeklong event will feature six days of exciting racing on the emerald-green waters of Biscayne Bay, one of the world’s great yachting venues.

    The prestigious Coral Reef Yacht Club (CRYC) will be the race committee, and will host the opening night ceremonies on their sweeping lawn overlooking Biscayne Bay. The rest of the week will feature food, music and an open bar every night sponsored by Bacardi.

    The week’s festivities and social events will be located just down the waterfront from CRYC in the historic Pan Am Flying Clipper hanger on the water’s edge at Shake-A-Leg Miami, the sailing center in the heart of Coconut Grove that hosts sailing programs for the disabled and disadvantaged. Measurement, boat storage, launch and retrieval will be a short walk away at beautiful new Regatta Park, a purpose-built facility designed to host regattas of large fleets, used by Olympic hopefuls during the World Cup.

    Eighty boats and more than 400 sailors and their support teams are expected from all over the world, representing approximately twenty countries. Mark Pincus, regatta chairman and well-known Miami J/24 sailor and regatta organizer for many South Florida regattas said, “the pristine waters of Biscayne Bay have always beckoned sailors from around the world, and the J/24 Class has always produced world-class sailors. This will be the perfect marriage of sailors and setting. In addition to the excellent sailing facilities, Miami boasts a wealth of great restaurants and lodging opportunities. Keep an eye on our website for our special hotel bureau coming soon.” Sailing photo credits- Tim Wilkes.com.  For more J/24 Worlds Miami sailing and registration information

    2019 Marblehead to Halifax Race Registration Open!
    (Marblehead, MA) - Registration is now open for the 38th biennial Marblehead to Halifax Ocean race July 7, 2019.

    “We are looking forward to an elite fleet of racers again this year,” says David Bows, Rear Commodore of the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead and co-chairman of the race. “This is truly one of the great racing events of the summer.”  Michael Simms of the RNSYS is the co-chair.

    The organizing committee is considering the addition of an ORRez division. Co-Race Directors Anne Coulombe of BYC and Richard Hinterhoeller of the RNSYS have already received two requests for an ORRez division. “We get the sense that this could be quite popular”, said Richard. “Anyone interested in having this division, should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know”. Hinterhoeller says the sooner they can establish this interest, the better they can integrate it into the event.

    The 363-nautical mile Marblehead to Halifax is one of the oldest races on the eastern seaboard. It began 1905 and has continued every other year except during war time. It is co-sponsored by the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax, NS. Major support comes from the Steele Auto Group of Nova Scotia.

    “Marblehead is the idyllic place for the start of this race,” Bows declares. “There will be a round of parties and social events throughout the weekend before starting the race.”

    The fleet will be competing for trophies at every level including best-combined result with the Newport to Bermuda race. There will also be prizes for teams such as U.S. vs. Canada, double handed, all women crew, maritime academies, schooner ketch or yawl and over the hill gang.  For more Marblehead to Halifax Race registration and sailing information

    A Happy Holiday Special at the J/Store is taking place NOW through November 24th! Receive 20% off your entire order, just enter code “JB2018x” when you place the order.  Please note- 1/2 models and J/Prints are exempt from this offer.  Check out all the cool gear, hats, shirts, and so forth online here today!

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Oct 7- Dec 2- Hamble Winter Series- Hamble, England
    Nov 30- Wirth Munroe Memorial Race- Palm Beach, FL
    Dec 1- Hot Rum Series III- San Diego, CA
    Dec 8-16- Salon Nautique Boat Show- Paris, France
    Dec 1-2- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series I- Miami, FL
    Dec 8-9- Davis Island J/70 Winter Series I- Tampa, FL
    Jan 5-6- Davis Island J/70 Winter Series II- Tampa, FL
    Jan 19-20- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 24-27- J/Fest St Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 26-28- Festival of Sails- Geelong, Vic, Australia
    Feb 9-10-  Davis Island J/70 Series III- Tampa, FL
    Feb 15-17- Helly Hansen St Petersburg NOOD- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 21-24- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Mar 6-9- Bacardi Cup- J/70 Winter Series III- Miami, FL

    For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

    King Harbor YC Crowned U.S. J/70 Youth Champs
    (St Petersburg, FL)- The 2018 U.S. J/70 Youth Championship, hosted by St Petersburg YC in St Petersburg, FL, concluded with a total of twenty-one races over the three days for the seven youth teams from across America. The teams enjoyed the short-course “stadium-style” racing of 20 minutes per race, sailing the StPYC’s perfectly-matched fleet of J/70’s just off the beautiful St Petersburg city waterfront.  Winning the event in a convincing fashion was the King Harbor YC Youth Team (Kyle Collins, Brock Paquin, River Paquin, and Justin Zmina).

    The regatta was blessed with a remarkable weather pattern that lasted the entire weekend.  As the northeastern region of the USA was blasted by its first winter storm, paralyzing major cities like New York, the southeast region of the continent-spanning frontal system provided nice N to NE breezes for four straight days with gorgeous sunny skies.  Here is how it all went down over the weekend.

    Day One
    The St. Petersburg YC welcomed the teams at the 8:30am Captain’s meeting and, facing winds gusting to 25 kts at 7:00am, Regatta Chairman and PRO Todd Fedyszyn wisely postponed for one hour. With a forecast of NNE winds of 15-20 kts diminishing to 6-15 kts by day’s end, the teams were blessed with a perfectly sunny, cool day, with not a cloud in the sky. As a result, the teams sailed a fast-paced series of ten races of about 20 minutes each, finishing by 4:00pm.

    Starting off with a 2-1-1-1, there was no question the team from King Harbor YC (Kyle Collins, Brock Paquin, River Paquin, and Justin Zmina) in Los Angeles, CA were determined to set a high bar for the rest of the top youth keelboat teams from across the country. A few lapses in concentration in races 5 and 7 were their only blemish on a record that closed with three bullets to lead the fleet with 16 pts total.

    Their arch-nemesis all day long was the Chicago YC team headed by Ray Groble and crew of Bridgette Groble, Remington King, and Jack Hemmelgarn.  While emphatically winning the first race, the Chicago team accumulated six more 2nds in the ten races to comfortably hold on to second place.

    Sitting in third was Little Traverse YC skippered by the top woman skipper Merideth Moran and her team of Ellie Wagner, Molly Matthews, Luke Baker, and Jack Miller (pictured below).

    Day Two
    Based on the weather forecast that indicated a brisk north/ northeaster of 8-12 kts in the morning would diminish to 3-5 kts by mid-afternoon, the StPYC PRO Todd Fedyszyn immediately sent the teams out to start promptly at 10:00am in the morning. The stated goal for the day was to get in at least seven races.  In the end, the amazing RC and mark set boat teams managed to pump out eight races before the wind diminished to below the 4-5 kts threshold at 3:00pm.

    Starting off where they left off the first day, King Harbor YC Youth Team’s won the first race of the day in what only could be described as a “horizon job”, despite the short course.  Thereafter, they accumulated five more 1sts in the eight races to extend their lead in the championship by 21 pts.

    Jumping into second place with an amazingly consistent day was the Little Traverse YC Youth Team with top woman skipper Merideth Moran.  They posted five 2nds in those eight races and had a total of 58 pts by day’s end.

    Not having one of their better days was Chicago YC Youth Team’s skipper Ray Groble. In the shifty, variable conditions, they started off with a promising 3-2-3 in the first three races. But, then the wheels fell of their shopping trolley, posting a tough 6-6-2-6-5 record for their last four races to drop back into third on the leaderboard, 8 pts off the pace from second place.

    Day Three
    Given that the enormous front that first hit on Thursday was losing a lot of steam, it was not surprising to see the forecast for Sunday’s racing was indicating even lighter winds. The morning dawned grey with overcast skies, with winds again ranging from 30 to 45 deg, light from the NNE at 4-7 kts. The StPYC PRO wisely scheduled a half-hour earlier start time of 9:30am with the goal of completing at least two races. In the end, three races were run for a total of 21 races in three days!

    The sailing was tough on the tacticians, as the puffs were streaky and spotty across the race track.  Mastering the day was Merideth Moran’s Little Traverse YC team, winning two of the races and adding a 2nd to win the day by a large margin.  Also, showing vast improvement since their first day was South Carolina YC’s youth team (Matthew Monts, Bradlee Anderson, Colin Meidler, James Thurlow, and Bobby Soares), posting an equally impressive 3-2-2 in their final races to take 2nd for the day!  Having their toughest day of the regatta was Ray Groble’s Chicago YC Youth Team, having to contend with a PMS, a mark rounding foul, and another PMS, resulting in a 7-7-7 tally.

    In the end, King Harbor YC’s youth team sailed an amazing event, closing out their finale with a 1-4-3 to win by a 17-point margin; that record included fourteen bullets in the 21 races!  Taking the silver was Little Traverse YC’s youth team, garnering the best record of the fleet in the last five races (2-2-2-1-1).  And, despite their miserable last day, the Chicago YC team had sailed such a strong event in the previous two days that they managed to hold on to the bronze medal on the podium! Sailing photo credits- Chris Howell/ J/70 Class.  For more U.S. J/70 Youth Championship sailing information

    J/145 Wins Round Hong Kong Island Race
    (Hong Kong, China)- The annual Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Around the Island Race is one of the biggest inshore events in Hong Kong. It is a 26.0 nm race around Hong Kong Island involving Class Keelboats, Dinghies, Beach Cats and Cruisers.

    Winning IRC 2 Class and taking 12th overall in what was decidedly a big-boat race was David Mitchell’s J/145C REDEYE, rounding the 26.0nm course in 3:58:16, for an average of nearly 6 kts.  Fourth in IRC 2 was Rick Van Den Berg’s J/111 JUGGERKNOT.  Taking 5th place in the IRC 3 Class was Nick Southward’s J/109 WHISKEY JACK.

    In the eighteen-boat J/80 class, it was a horse race all the way around the island, with several teams running neck-and-neck the entire way.  Ultimately, it was Henry Wong’s FOOTLOOSE that won the class by 11 seconds over Rita Yau’s JELIK 7! Then, just over a minute back was Ben Bulmer’s JASMINE in third place, just edging out by a half-boat length (4 seconds worth) Sarah Page’s SEABISCUIT.  Fifth place went to Andrew Blank’s JAVELIN and Pascal Martin’s J/105 LEGENDE took 7th place.  For more RHKYC Around Island Race sailing information

    Hamble Winter Series- Week 5 Report
    (Hamble, England)- The fifth week of HYS Hamble Winter Series coincided with Remembrance Sunday and the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day for World War 1. The first warning was put back until after the 11.00 am two minutes silence, and Jonathan Blanchard, played the Last Post, live from the deck of his boat.

    The Committee Boat set up station at 4S (Royal Southern) in 20 knots of breeze from 240 degrees and with "Yankee" flying once again. With the breeze forecast to increase, Race Officer Steve Parry decided on a two-course strategy for the day. The bigger boats in Class 1 and 2 would disappear off round the cans, whilst Class 3 and 4 would be kept close on a 1.6 mile Windward/ Leeward so that they could be shortened if the worst of the forecast came to pass.

    As it turned out the smaller boats managed the three rounds of the course though with varying degrees of skill and technique, especially downwind. Windward/Leewards with their associated gybes downwind are not everybody's cup of tea in these conditions, though not many would manage tea anyway.

    Up in Classes 1 & 2, there was plenty of action. The beat took the fleet to 3S (Royal Thames) where there was an interesting split. The asymmetric boats mostly gybe set, but others made ground by using the last of the East going tide with a bear away set and then gybing when meeting the West going tide on the North shore.

    The second downwind leg hoists at West Ryde Middle were dramatic as they coincided with a 30–33 knot squall! The J/88's appeared to come off worst with spectacular broaches and, indeed, Tim Tolcher’s RAGING BULL suffered a MOB. Some quick thinking aboard Malice, who stood by the incident, meant that the MOB was recovered.

    Further down the leg the, Mike & Susie Yates’ J/109 JAGO and Simon Perry’s J/109 JIRAFFE, were battling for 1st place and could not afford to go down to white sails only. Meanwhile, JOLLY JACK TAR, RNSA, and HOT RATS all decided to consolidate their 3rd and 4th positions and white-sailed home past a number of Class 1 & 2 kiting casualties!

    In Class 1, Chaz Ivill & Paul Heyes’ J/112E DAVANTI TYRES finally lost a race, taking 2nd on corrected time.

    In Class 2, loaded down with numerous J/109s, JIRAFFE held on (e.g. survived) to beat JAGO by 2 minutes and 19 seconds with JOLLY JACK TAR in 3rd.

    For Class 3, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’RONIMO was sailed by his daughter- Libby (one of the British Sailing Team’s top women helm).  This meant that, again, David was allowed to enjoy some golfing on the Algarve last week. Though, sportingly, he made it to the bar to celebrate her success whilst mumbling on about a torn spinnaker! Hard to please Dad, isn’t it, even though she finished 2nd!

    There was much praise for the Race team for both suffering the conditions and putting on a great race for everyone. Back in the clubhouse, Athena Rossi, of Force 4, presented the day prizes. No doubt, there will be some brisk business at Force 4 this week replacing broken and strained parts.  Thanks for contribution from Trevor Pountain.   Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth   For more Hamble Winter Series sailing information

    Hot Rum Series II Report
    (San Diego, CA)- The second installment of San Diego YC’s famous Hot Rum Series took place last weekend, just one more to go!  There were a lot of position changes for various teams going up and down the standings as they navigated the waters of San Diego Harbor and the Pacific Ocean off the majestic Point Loma.  Again, the conditions were generally favorable to the bigger boats starting later in the PHRF “pursuit-style” race, as they started with more wind than the earlier slower boats.

    In PHRF Class 2, Ernie Pennell’s J/120 MAD MEN sailed another good race to score a 2-7 so far and hang in for a 2nd place in the series lead.  Just behind them is Rudy Hasl’s J/120 HASL FREE with a 6-6 for 12 pts.  Then, third J/120 is Chuck Nichols’ CC RIDER with a 9-8 for 17 pts.

    The J/105s seem to rule the roost in PHRF Class 4.  Leading the fleet is Dennis Case’s J/105 J-OK with a 4-2 for 6 pts.  Third is Erostino Dagfish’s VIGGEN with a 6-5 for 11 pts.  Fourth is Steve Wyman’s J/70 NUNUHUNU with a 2-10 for 12 pts.  And, sitting is 5th place is Donica & Scott Ryder’s J/105 SANITY with a 14-1 for 15 pts.

    Finally, in PHRF Class 5, David Cattle’s classic J/27 BLACKADDER is hanging tight, in a three-way tie for 4th place with a 4-6 for 10 pts. And, they are just 5 pts off the lead.  So, anything can literally happen in the next race for this class!  Sailing photo credits- Bronny Daniels/ JOY Sailing.com.  For more Hot Rum Series sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    * After a really tough 50th edition of the ROLEX Middle Sea Race, the J/122e ANITA finished 3rd in IRC Class and 24th among 115 boats sailing.

    The Spanish-Chilean team led by owner/ skipper Nicoléas Ibañez Scott, put up a strong effort in wildly variable weather conditions on the Mediterranean Sea, from “glass-outs” with burning sun, to 40+ kts, grey, cold, and 15 ft seas rolling over the deck.

    Here is their “insider’s report” on what went down in this incredibly challenging “bucket list” race on the Mediterranean Sea.  Thanks to ANITA’s owner- Nicoléas Ibañez Scott.

    “This was the second year that Anita, a J/122E, participated in the Middle Sea race, 600-mile race around Sicily and the islands that surround it.

    It was an especially hard race, with only one-third of the fleet completing the race.

    This year we sailed with more sails, more crew (8), and made various improvements in our maneuvers and how we used our navigation/ electronics equipment.

    The race started off for us with a collision! The other boat came from behind and hit us in the stern and they ended up getting a badly broken bowsprit. We just got a little scratch astern.

    The first long leg is getting to the Straits of Messina between Sicily and the mainland.  It was a long windward leg, with 12-16 knots. Our closest references were the J/133 JIVARO that was easily advancing on us in these conditions. And, the other was the J/122 JOY; they helped us find the correct sail trim.

    At nightfall, the wind got lighter and near land, it also became unstable in intensity and direction.  Good tactical decisions and the use of our Code 0 in some transitions allowed us to place ourselves at the head of the fleet in our group and very well positioned in the overall fleet.

    In the morning, a zone of total calm trapped the fleet. We floated for hours trying to move. Our new windseeker became crucial!

    In the afternoon, the wind finally returned astern and propelled us towards the Strait of Messina. We sailed in sight of the JPK 1180 for hours; in the end they would end up winning the regatta in our class and overall.

    In the Straits of Messina, the wind and the currents became capricious, and forced us to continuous changes of sails and maneuvers.

    The duel with the JPK 1180 "Courier Recommandée" in this section of the race was exciting for us, we go forward several times, sometimes the boats sail backwards due to the current.  In fact, we sailed just 20-30m from the shore to reduce the current effects.

    Finally, we managed to escape from the "claws" of Messina and with a strong wind we got to the Strómboli volcano.

    Then, there was one of the biggest highlights of our race, a port-starboard under spinnaker with the JPK 1180 in the middle of the night. From there, they would escape from us, culminating in a masterful race for them! But, frustrating for us!!

    Soon after, an enormous lightning storm hits us. The wind came from every direction and intensity. Fortunately, a heavy thundershower caught us with the spinnaker on deck!

    After rounding Strómboli, we began a long windward course to the Egades. The wind raged (up to 40 kts) and the waves were difficult to steer through.  In this section, the larger and heavier boats could pound through the seas better and took off from us.

    We rounded Favignana rocks on the third night.  We believe this is where the JPK 1180 got away from us, as until this time we were still very close to them after beating upwind for so many hours.  At this stage, the wind was aft and the big waves behind us.  This leg was over 150 miles with 20-30 kts of wind.

    We tried the A4 spinnaker for 15 minutes.  But, we quickly realized the boat was difficult to control in the big waves.  So, we lowered the A4 before losing control and breaking something. We sailed this leg with the main and 105% jib only, sailing much slower than many of our rivals.

    We finally rounded Lampedusa the fourth night and we had a very wet leg from there to Malta, with 20 knots of wind.

    We passed between Gozo and Malta before sailing under kite the last 15 miles and crossing the finish line after four exciting days of racing.

    Good times, exciting duels, new lessons, a 3rd place in our class and we want to repeat next year!”

    * The SEABAGS WOMEN’S SAILING TEAM continued to have fun racing their J/24 during the 2018 sailing season.  Their all-women crew had more than a dozen women crew cross the decks over the course of the season.  Their skipper, Erica Beck Spencer, is also the team leader, keeps the women organized, and often leads them on training weekends to keep their skills sharp. She also works closely with World-class coaches, such as Mike Ingham from the North Sails One-Design Team.

    Here is Erica’s recent interview with Mike at a recent regatta:

    “I love dock talks at regattas. I sit in the front row, my trusty notebook open, scratching down everything I can (because that is how I remember things best), and am never short on questions to ask the pros.  I’m a regatta nerd. Everything I learn at each dock talk and more goes in that notebook and on more than one occasion someone has approached me to say,  “I want your notebook!”

    So, we’re changing the title of this blog to The Dock Talk and the Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team hopes to share with you lessons from dock talks, insights we glean from the experts, or learnings from our own experience at regattas.

    While dock talks offer a wealth of information to any sailor, they do pose a challenge for even the most seasoned. The answers to questions presented at dock talks are usually just sound bites—a short answer given to maintain the attention of the audience. Responses are not usually detailed enough to change someone’s strategy or sailing practice. To that end, I am thrilled to share something new we’re going to try. Mike Ingham, US Sailing Coach of the year in 2017 and 2018 J24 North American Champion has agreed to do a question-and-answer column with us.  We plan to feature Mike regularly, so we hope you’ll check back often. For today, let’s kick off our first Q&A.

    Erica: The pros all seem to be able to point higher than me and most of my fellow J24 Corinthians. I've been told it is all about flow over the keel and you can't start pointing higher until you have enough flow. I know a zillion factors affect this pointing ability, but let's talk about the big ones. And for simplification let's say that the breeze is about 8-11 knots (everyone's on the rail but we’re not overpowered.)

    Mike: Let’s focus on pointing higher than VMG (Velocity Made Good: practically put VMG= optimum height/ speed angle for making progress upwind) for tactical reasons.  The range between VMG and pointing artificially high is maybe 4 degrees.  Higher than that and the speed drops off way too drastically.  So hopefully that frames the discussion.

    Erica:  OK great, so how do you go about pointing high?

    Mike: First off, don’t overdo it or it will backfire.  Ease into pointing by gaining speed first.  If someone is right below you (like at a start), you still can’t stick it high too quickly because until flow gets going on your foils (keel and rudder) you will just slide sideways and although your bow will be pointing high, you will go really slow and slide sideways –the worst of both!  I see many people try to point by trimming in their jib hard and although tempting, over-trimming the jib is not the way to point. When pointing considerably higher, especially in lighter winds, the pressure on jib will decrease (think the extreme of luffing) and the jib may get tighter in the leach and we may actually need to ease it.  If trying to point higher by heading up, and your jib leech telltale stalls, you need to ease.

    Erica: Sounds slow. I can picture my team getting frustrated with me…

    Mike: You mostly get point by simply heading up a little and paying attention to the leech of the main –you get height from over-trimming the main and thus hooking leech. I look at the top leech tale and see what % it is flowing.  If in VMG mode, I might have it stalling 50% of the time.  Then in point mode I would trim it in so it is now stalling 70-80% of the time. Over trimming the main will give you more hook.  If it comes easy with main trim, then great!  But if the hook is hard to come by, ease backstay and possibly vang. Each will straighten the mast and that makes the leech tighter.  Easing cunningham, and outhaul also add some return (hook) and thus leech tension.

    Erica: What percentage of your time are you looking at the leech of the main versus the luff of the genoa?

    Mike: Even though main trim is super important, I spend most of my time looking at those jib tales and just glance up and read the % stall on the main.  The important tale is the one on the biggest/ most hooked part of the roach. -if you have more than one, it’s the one that stalls first. That leech tale will alternate between flowing and stalling over a few seconds. For example, it may flow for a second, then stall for 2 seconds and translates to around 60-70% stall. I will be watching the jib tales for maybe 15 seconds then I will glance up for those 3 seconds to understand my main trim then go back to looking at the jib tales for 15 seconds and so on. In addition to that, I adjust the main trim whenever there is wind change. For example, if my target is 70% stall, and last I checked I was spot on, but then I get a lull, I will ease main and then look up and fine tune to get it back to 70%.  To circle back and relate this to pointing high, I will do this regardless of pointing, VMG, or footing, but the target stall time is what changes.

    Erica:  We talked steering angle, jib, and main trim, what about the other controls?

    Mike: Less important for sure, but worth a discussion:
    • Traveler: Pull the traveler up so the boom is just above centerline.
    • Heel: Over-flatten the boat.  You need the blades more vertical than usual to get the most lift off your blades.  It’s just a few degrees more than normal.  If you are sailing a round bottom dinghy and sailing with just 2 degrees of heel, then sail absolutely flat A keelboat you might be sailing with 6 degrees, notch that down to 4 degrees.
    • More on heel: Flattening the boat also has the added bonus of getting your sail area a bit to windward to help if the reason you are pointing is to get away from the boat to leeward
    • Controls: I don’t change a lot of the controls.  If I think I will be in point mode for a while, I might fluff up the jib halyard a little and ease the ham.
    Erica: Did you just say “fluff up the jib halyard and ease the ham?” Making sure I’m paying attention?

    Mike:  Ha, yeah “fluff up” is not a technical term, it means ease the halyard.  Easing the main cunningham “ham” loosens the luff and easing the jib halyard loosens the jib luff.

    Erica:  All that discussion was for “ideal” 10kt conditions.  How does all that change when we are overpowered?

    Mike: Once overpowered, it’s more about sailing really flat and pinching.  When overpowered the main is already eased so the top tale is always flowing.  You will still need to trim in your main when pointing, but instead of trimming to the main leech tale, you trim to keep the boat at the correct heel.   I rarely look up, instead I focus on the heel, puffs, lulls and waves.

    In all conditions, you need a human speedo.  Even if you have some instruments, you still need someone on board to gauge your height/speed ratio.  They should know if you are too high and losing too much speed to make it worth it.  There is such a fine line and for sure you do have to feel it, but your human speedo will give you a visual comparing other boats to give you a sanity check.

    Erica: Sometimes I feel I can point for a while but then the wheels fall off.  What’s going on?

    Mike: I find pointing a little high (1-4 deg) is ok, but pointing really high (5+deg) is unsustainable. If I really need height for some tactical reason, I look at pointing high as cyclical.   In all conditions, I will overtrim and pinch until I feel the boat start to slow then put the bow down and get speed again and so on.  It’s walking a knife’s edge and if you get it wrong by staying high too long it is a disaster!

    Erica: In all conditions? Even at the start where every second counts?

    Mike: Well, in short, yes, especially in a situation like the start.  But don’t confuse weather conditions with a segment of the race.  When I say “all conditions” I mean all wind conditions. There is always a VMG heading for all wind conditions and I can really get some extra height relative to that but if I go really high I can only hold it for so long before I start to slow.  Racing with waves is a different story, so I guess I did not really mean “all conditions”.

    Erica: So, tell me more about height in waves.

    Mike: Getting height in waves is super tricky. If you go high at the wrong time, a wave will kill all your speed.  I focus much of my attention at the upcoming waves, but I find it super helpful to have a teammate call flat spots so I know when I can point.  I often can see waves just fine and can deal with them, what I can’t see is a nice flat spot, so I often prefer my teammate calling flat spots and really bad waves, but not all the little waves.

    Erica: This is brilliant Mike, thank you so much. I know I learned a lot and hope others will too.  I learn best when I have easy slogans to remind myself of key points. Some of my Mike Ingham takeaways are:
    • To point gain speed first
    • Point off the leech of the main
    • A flat boat moves sails to windward
    • Call flat spots
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  • J/Newsletter- November 14th, 2018 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    In the upcoming week, the 2nd annual U.S. J/70 Youth Championship will be taking place in St. Petersburg, FL, with up to ten youth teams participating on St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s fleet of matched, one-design J/70 sailboats; it is a three-day event that takes place from Friday to Sunday. The week before, the J/24 Southeast Championship also took place out of StPYC.  Then, from across the Gulf, we got the insiders view from J.D. Hill’s J/122 SECOND STAR of what took place at last week’s offshore race in the Gulf of Mexico- the 32nd Annual Harvest Moon Regatta from Houston/ Galveston Bay south to Port Aransas. North of them in the chilly Midwest, the Charlevoix J/22 Fleet hosted their annual Cranberry Cup in Charlevoix, MI on a snowy, cold day! Then, out in the Pacific Northwest, Corinthian YC of Seattle hosted one of the more popular offshore races; the annual “Round the County Race” sailed on Puget Sound. And, south of them on San Francisco Bay, the annual Red Bra Regatta took place to support women’s breast cancer research!!

    Heading east across the Atlantic, we received the Hamble Winter Series “Mid-Series” report from Trevor Pountain.  Still way further east, the Royal Hong Kong YC will be hosting their favorite offshore race- the Round Hong Kong Island Race- see preview below.

    Finally, from way Down Under, we also got a report from “Mick” for the J/24 New South Wales Championship sailed off Bates Bay, Sydney Harbour, Australia.

    J/99 Offshore Speedster Update
    (Newport, RI)- We’re excited to report that J/99 hulls #1 and #2 are nearing completion at J/Composites and the J/Team is gearing up for a very busy December. Twenty (20) J/99 orders are already confirmed which extends the initial backlog into July 2019.

    Hull #1 will make its world boat show debut at the Paris Show (Salon Nautique Paris) from December 8-16 and then ship to J-UK in Hamble, England to launch and sail in the Solent.

    Meanwhile, hull #2 will splash just before Christmas in Brittany, France for some end-of-the-year sailing. To kick off 2019, the J/99 will be displayed at the Dusseldorf “boot” Show in Germany from January 19-27.

    The first boat to North America will arrive in Rhode Island in early February and be commissioned for an early season (March) launch. The J/99 will make its North American boat show debut at the Pacific Sail Show in Richmond, CA, April 4-17, 2019.

    Hull #1 is shown above with graphics already in place and in final prep mode for deck installation at the end of the week.  For more J/99 doublehanded offshore speedster information

    A Happy Holiday Special at the J/Store is taking place NOW through November 24th! Receive 20% off your entire order, just enter code “JB2018x” when you place the order.  Please note- 1/2 models and J/Prints are exempt from this offer.  Check out all the cool gear, hats, shirts, and so forth online here today!

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Oct 7- Dec 2- Hamble Winter Series- Hamble, England
    Nov 11- Around Hong Kong Race- Hong Kong, China
    Nov 13- The BIG Sail- San Francisco, CA
    Nov 15-18- U.S. J/70 Youth Championship- St Petersburg, FL
    Nov 17- Hot Rum Series II- San Diego, CA
    Nov 30- Wirth Munroe Memorial Race- Palm Beach, FL
    Dec 1- Hot Rum Series III- San Diego, CA
    Dec 8-16- Salon Nautique Boat Show- Paris, France
    Dec 1-2- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series I- Miami, FL
    Dec 8-9- Davis Island J/70 Winter Series I- Tampa, FL
    Jan 5-6- Davis Island J/70 Winter Series II- Tampa, FL
    Jan 19-20- Bacardi J/70 Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 24-27- J/Fest St Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 26-28- Festival of Sails- Geelong, Vic, Australia
    Feb 9-10-  Davis Island J/70 Series III- Tampa, FL
    Feb 15-17- Helly Hansen St Petersburg NOOD- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 21-24- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL

    For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

    Around Hong Kong Island Race Preview
    (Hong Kong, China)- The annual Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Around the Island Race is one of the biggest offshore events in Hong Kong. It is a 26.0 nm race around Hong Kong Island involving Keelboats, Dinghies, Beach Cats and Cruisers.

    The entry list is over 200 boats and at least 1,500 participants come from all major yacht, sailing and rowing clubs around Hong Kong island.

    In the past, a number of the J/Teams entered have collected more than their fair share of silverware.

    Hoping to repeat those silverware winning successes will be teams like Nico Cohen-Addad’s J/122E JINN, Rick Van Den Berg’s J/111 JUGGERKNOT, Pascal Martin’s J/105 LEGENDE, Wing Hung Ng’s J/35 NO ONE ELSE, David Mitchell’s J/145C REDEYE, and Nick Southward’s famous J/109 WHISKEY JACK.  For more RHKYC Around Island Race sailing information

    Hamble Winter Series- Mid-series Report
    (Hamble, England)- The second four weeks of the series have only one race per day as the nights close in and the winter proper begins. Even so, these four races can be crucial as discards start to play their part. So, with eight races gone and four to go it is time to look at the story so far.

    In Class 1, Chaz Ivill and Paul Heys, sailing the J/112E DAVANTI TYRES, continue to lead the way with a pretty solid 8 point lead.

    For Class 2, it is very much a J/Boats battle. Mike and Susie Yates’ J/109 JAGO, is in first place on 11 points over Simon Perry's J/109 JIRAFFE, second with 20. But, once again, JIRAFFE has a 15 point DNC to discard. With no cancellations in the series so far, the likelihood of eleven races and three discards is pretty strong. Then, Gavin Howe’s J/88 TIGRIS also has 20 points in third place; just ahead of their sister ship J-DREAM (Kirsty & David Apthorp) on 22 points.

    As a result of those races in Class 2, the J/88 One-design calculations show that Howe’s TIGRIS is winning the class, followed by the Apthorp’s J-DREAM in second and Dirk van Beek’s SABRIEL JR in third.

    In the top five of Class 3 is David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’RONIMO, sitting on 31 pts, but including a DNC (17 pts).  As they’ve done before, don’t be surprised if they leap up the standings after collecting more discard races.  The races they have sailed in gives them a 3rd average, good enough to vault them onto the podium if they keep up that pace.

    One of the HYS Hamble Winter Series' great supporters, Force 4 Chandlery, will be the day sponsor this weekend. Force 4 at Port Hamble Marina open early on Sunday mornings to cater for last minute purchases by our competitors. Watch out for Force 4 money off vouchers at the prize giving in the club on Sunday lunchtime, always useful for Christmas presents at this time of year. Remember, if you don't come in your prize will cascade down to the next boat. For the rest of us it will just be beer and chips as usual.  Thanks for contribution from Trevor Pountain.  For more Hamble Winter Series sailing information

    Harvest Moon Regatta Report
    (Port Aransas, TX)- Nearly 120 sailing yachts of all shapes and builds milled about under overcast skies as they awaited their gun to begin the 150.0 nm trek from Galveston Island to Port Aransas, TX.

    The Harvest Moon Regatta, run annually by Lakewood Yacht Club, is the largest port-to-port sailing regatta on the U.S. gulf coast.

    This year, the regatta was returning for the first time to Port Aransas after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The grand finale to Texas’s sailing season, there would be upwards of 1,500 sailors, family and friends at the Welcome Sailor Rum Party (aka the “Bacardi Party” named after Founding Sponsor Bacardi Rum) at the newly rebuilt Dennis Dryer Municipal Harbor in Port Aransas.

    Although the conditions at the start line were gray and gusty, the forecast was calling for clearing skies and moderating winds. It would be a gorgeous night of sailing under twinkling stars with a brilliant, full harvest moon to light the way!

    Six J/Boats entered the regatta. So it was an astounding accomplishment when it was announced that J/Boats had swept the podium in the premier racing division, which was sailed under the ORC rating rule.

    J.D. and Susan Hill’s J/122 SECOND STAR took home the prestigious Bacardi Cup and the overall win. John Barnett’s J/105 PESTO was second overall and first in ORC Division B, and James Liston’s J/120 AEOLUS rounded out the “J” podium sweep by coming in third overall and second in ORC Division A.

    “Based on the tracks of the winning boats over the years, the odds greatly favor those who can sail fast along the rhumb line,” said J.D. Hill, skipper of SECOND STAR. "But this year was different,” said Hill. “Because our forecasts showed the weather clearing with breeze getting lighter and turning clockwise, even though we would sail a longer route, we went offshore so we could sail almost the entire race powered up with a kite.”

    Then next morning as the wind veered from northwest to northeast, boats that followed the traditional wisdom of sailing along the rhumb line found themselves pointing at the shore, where they would then have to beat or close reach to the finish in light breeze and an adverse current.

    “This was truly a team win,” according to Hill. “Not only did we sail the optimal route, but I’m pretty sure we were the first boat to put up a kite, and the last one to take them down. We did eight sail changes during the night to keep Second Star perfectly powered up, and rarely did anyone go below for an off-watch cat nap. It was so nice out, and we were so excited by the way the race was playing out, that everyone wanted to stay on deck and contribute.”

    The City of Port Aransas worked round-the-clock to have the harbor renovations completed in time for the regatta, and their efforts paid off. The new facility is bigger and better than ever– truly a first-class facility.

    "We had a great time at the Bacardi Party too,” said Hill. “Lots of competitors were walking the docks, so we had the opportunity to meet new friends and invite them onboard. Due to the J/122’s performance, I guess most people just assume it’s a stripped-out racing sled. Visitors were surprised to see below, where we were entertaining in air-conditioned comfort from a stylish and elegantly appointed ‘cruiser’ salon.”

    Round The County Race Fun & Games
    (Seattle, WA)- 117 boats signed up (25% were J’s) for the 2018 running of everyone’s favorite “welcome to winter” race in the Pacific Northwest– the Round the County, hosted by the Orcas island Yacht Club and the Friday Harbor Sailing club.

    The forecast for the Islands turned out to be reasonably accurate.  For Saturday, it was East winds 5 to 15 kts becoming NE in the afternoon. Then, on Sunday, the wind shifted into the North and was about 8-10 kts and relatively flat waters.

    Furthermore, the currents didn’t look to be too strong compared to previous years, but it was a factor for Saturday’s racing; the bigger boats could get through Haro Straits at the halfway point before it started ebbing against the rest of the fleet.  Then, on Sunday the currents lined up well with the northerly winds.

    Class 5 had two of the classic J/performance cruisers, the J/30. Jim Bottles CELEBRATION & Theo Singelis’ TAKU were among the fastest rated boats in their class. As it turned out, they had their work cut out for them going up against a gaggle of Santa Cruz 27’s and the world’s fastest Catalina 36.  In the end, only Bottles’ CELEBRATION cracked the top five, going home with a 4th place flag.

    The only J/crew in Class 4 was one of Seattle’s best-sailed boats- Pat Denny’s J/29 HERE & NOW (a.k.a. known by locals as “beer & now!”). As they have done so many times before, they crushed Saturday’s race with a 15+ minute corrected time win.  Then, hung tough on Sunday to take a comfortable win over their class of fifteen boats.

    Class 3 had a plethora of J/crews, four J/105’s, a J/40, a J/33 and a J/88.  Taking third was Phoenix’s J/105 JADED, they were followed by Powell’s J/33 KEET in fourth, Hayward & Townrow’s J/105 KINETIC in fifth, White’s J/88 BON BINI in sixth, Le Moule & Pace’s J/105 LIFTOFF in eighth, and Gardner-Brown’s J/105 DULCINEA in tenth- a good showing for the crews taking six of the top ten.

    Class 2 had a good group of J’s, with one J/40 and four of the classic J/35’s.  In the end, Stenwick’s J/35 THE BOSS was the only one to make the podium, capturing the bronze.  Only Murphy’s J/40 SEMPER QUARENS managed to crack the top ten, taking 8th in a tightly-fought class.

    Class 1 had ten J/Teams! Yes, ten classy performance cruisers carrying full interiors all the way around the course against Flying Tigers & Farr 30’s along with some other big performance cruisers.  Six J/109’s and four J/120’s were up against some great boats and sailors. Despite the shifty, lighter conditions favoring the stripped out ultra-lights, Petersen’s J/109 LEGACY sailed well to take the bronze on the podium.  Then, Halliday’s J/120 HERON 2 took fifth in the closely-fought class.

    Class Zero went all the way from the slowest rated boat, Welch’s J/111 RECON, to the beautiful J/122 GRACE sailed by the Mack family, to the fastest boat in the fleet, the amazing performance cruiser that is Fox and McPhail’s J/160 JAM.  In the end, it was the slowest-rated boat that won- Welch’s J/111 RECON; they were followed by the Mack’s J/122 GRACE in sixth.

    In the ORC Class, Tenneson’s J/145 JEDI and Andrew’s J/125 HAMACHI were up against some amazingly advanced designs along with three TP52’s and an RP55.  Nevertheless, the J/125 HAMACHI found the conditions to their liking and took the class win, while the J/145 JEDI managed a fifth place. A great outcome for all in the J/Tribe!!  For more Round the County Race sailing information

    KAOTIC Stomps J/24 NSW Champs
    (Sydney Harbour, Australia)- Cronulla Sailing Club, in partnership with the J/24 Southern Sydney Fleet, again hosted the NSW State Championships in the waters of Bate Bay.

    Saturday started off with the crew briefing, led by CSC’s PRO Bruce Swane. He laid down the law and set the scene for what was to come, two days of exciting, frustrating, but most of all enjoyable and friendly One-Design racing!

    Race 1 got underway in a steady though light 8 kt easterly shooting out from Shark Island into Bate Bay. Twelve J24s headed out, popping spinnakers and heading into Cronulla only for half the fleet to be becalmed at the bottom mark and the leaders TINTO (Stephen Wright) and INNAMINCKA (John Crawford) streaking ahead on the breeze. However, the wind returned with TINTO first followed by INNAMINCKA in second and WATERBORNE AGAIN (Brendan Lee) in third.

    Race 2 and the cream began to rise. Sean Kirkjian driving KAOTIC, past multiple Australian and NSW Champion came in first followed by TINTO and the forever-young Cronulla local David Mckay in STAMPED URGENT.

    The race committee then began the search for the elusive wind.  The AP flew and the fleet began the race into the Club house for some stories of where’d the wind go!?  That was followed by some great BBQ delights! And, to enjoy the $500 bar tab supplied by the Harbour Fleet. Cheers!!!

    Sunday arrived with an increasing northeasterly and by race 3, all bar one boat, went with the jib. Brenden Lee from Sandringham Yacht Club took race 3 followed by KAOTIC and ACE (David West).

    All under Jib in race 4 and again the man from Sandringham driving WATERBORNE AGAIN came first, VORTEX (Chris Lee) in second, and STAMPED URGENT made up the podium. Special mentions go to the team on JARGON (Jarred Macquart) making the most of the one design nature of a J/24, flying his kite sideways to take advantage of the blustery NE summer breeze!!

    Race 5 and KAOTIC returned to the top spot, ACE in second and WATERBORNE AGAIN in third, the title was to be decided in the final race.

    With the course reset into the estuary, the results of Race 6 where to reflect the final overall result. KAOTIC in first followed by WATERBORNE AGAIN and TINTO following.

    Congratulations to Sean Kirkjian and his crew on KAOTIC, NSW Champion 2018, in front of Brenden Lee’s WATERBORNE AGAIN from Sandringham on count back, and Steve Wright’s TINTO from the Cronulla Sailing Club in third.

    Performance Handicap results saw VORTEX skippered by Chris Lee, making a return to One-Design racing, in first place.  He was followed by KAOTIC in second and WATERBORNE AGAIN in third.

    Cronulla SC and the J/24 Fleet of Southern Sydney would like to thank all the sponsors- Spot-A-Yacht Photography, MySail Team Management, Macquart Marine, Wet Tech Rigging and Infinity Rigging.

    J/24 SSF would also like to thank the team of volunteers at Cronulla Sailing Club, making this Championship one of the best to date, from the cooks on the BBQ to the servers behind the line, the on-water crew moving marks and setting courses to the results team getting everything online quickly and efficiently. The next J/24 regatta is the 2019 Australian Titles, hosted in Adelaide at the CYCSA from January 3-6, 2019.  Looking forward to seeing everyone again – Anarchist Mick.  For more Australian J/24 Class sailing information

    Liebel Captures J/24 Southeast Championship
    (St Petersburg, FL)- The J/24 fleet was created on Tampa Bay back in the early 1980’s, when the first US Sailing “Championship of Champions” was hosted by St Petersburg YC in a fleet of 24 J/24s.  Since then, the fleet has maintained a strong presence on the Bay for over four decades.  This past weekend, a fleet of fifteen boats assembled from all over the region to compete for the Southeast J/24 Championship crown.

    The fleet was blessed with the ability to run six races over the two day weekend.  It was abundantly clear that one team stood head and shoulders above the rest.  After posting three straight bullets in the first three races, Mark Liebel’s team on USA 799 closed with a 2-1-2 to win with just 6 pts net.  Doh! That was essentially a “whitewash” of the local competition due to an amazing combination of brilliance, speed, luck, and just more brilliant tactics.

    The balance of the podium included several local hotshots that are almost always “in the money”.  Taking second was John Poulso’s LONG SHOT with a 4-4-2-1-2-5 tally for 13 pts net.  Then, taking the bronze was none other than St Pete YC’s Sailing Director- Todd Fedyszyn- racing with friends and family on SPOONY TACTICS with a slightly variable scoreline of 8-3-3-3-7-1 record for 17 pts net.  Rounding out the top five were Jim Howard’s CLASSIC in fourth and Eamonn Delisser’s MAIN SQUEEZE in fifth place. Top woman skipper was Amy Kubie’s YELLOWTAIL.  For more J/24 Southeast Championship sailing information

    Snowy J/22 “Cranberry Cup” Report
    (Charlevoix, MI)- The Charlevoix Yacht Club hosts its Wednesday Night Series, Spring-Summer-Fall, ending about October 15th each year.  But, that isn’t quite enough for the J/22 Fleet.  Here is their report from Tom Barnes:

    “Starting in 1987 we’ve been moving from Lake Charlevoix into the Round Lake Harbor to race in “The Arena”.

    Each week stands on its own and we compete for bragging rights at the Bridge Street Tap Room after sailing. Many a war story is told there!

    So, races start at 1:00pm and, in almost all conditions, we get in six races and are done in time to watch the Detroit Lions football team lose. A sore subject for many of us!

    Our final race of the season is the Sunday following Thanksgiving, appropriately called, “The Cranberry Cup”.  Tradition has that the previous winner fills the Cup with dried cranberries and presents it to the new winner (preferably with vodka, too).

    Our fleet peaked the first time in 1997 with 12 boats racing in “the Arena.” The fleet waned until only Bob Grove with Pale Face Lite was the last J/22 in Charlevoix. Bob, though, is not a man to be deterred. He loves the J/22, loves sailing, and has undying enthusiasm.  He bought several older J/22s and offered them to anyone willing to race them. He grew this “starter” fleet to five boats.  One has now been sold to a local sailor, and Bob is on the hunt for another.  Meantime, two other local sailors caught the bug and bought two more boats.  We’ve done a little travelling, and our dear friends, from the Tawas fleet have been sending over two boats for the Arena series.  Next weekend, we will also be joined by Warrior Sailing out of Traverse City, giving us the potential for 10 boats on the start line!!

    Not only is Round Lake picturesque, but it offers outstanding spectator opportunities from the City docks. They get to watch a uniquely challenging series of races.  Round lake has shifty conditions. Couple that with 6-10 boats in a small venue and it places a premium on starting skills, rounding tactics and rules knowledge. Not a week goes by without a learning opportunity.  Most exciting, is seeing the new sailors, or new to J/22s, getting into the competition.  This past week we had eight boats and 21 sailors of which at least six are new to the fleet!!

    The J/22 is a perfect platform for this type of racing. We run main and jib only (in order to keep crew off the icy foredeck), so it can be raced with only two people. The J/22 is robust, forgiving and great for new sailors. Round Lake is more about good starts and then good tactics, so “old” sails are not a significant detriment to performance, which keeps it affordable also.

    Starting last year, we gained the luxury of an on the water race committee, which has made a great improvement.  Previously it was rabbit or on-your-honor timed starts.  The RC has also provided video and photo support including hosting the local TV news stations, which like to come out and take pictures of the crazy sailors.  A big thanks to J/Boats for creating and supporting such a great boat.”  Thanks to Tom Barnes for his report!

    Brassieres Topless @ Red Bra Regatta
    (San Francisco)- San Francisco’s Red Bra Regatta is as much fun as its cheeky name suggests. Now in its seventh year, more than 100 women on fourteen boats met on San Francisco Bay to share camaraderie and spirited competition, against one of sailing’s most beautiful backdrops. For the first time, the Red Bra Regatta was sponsored by another stunning, yet relatively undiscovered, sailing destination— Taiwan.

    No protest flag? Just use your red bra…
    The idea for the Red Bra Regatta was hatched from an amusing protest incident in the Jazz Cup, the annual Labor Day weekend race to Benicia, a decade or so ago. A small group of women created an all women’s fleet within the mostly-male fleet, but one of the group’s husbands was serving as the PRO (principal race officer) for the race. As they charged toward the starting line, the opposing female skippers (jokingly) decided to protest her colleague’s “unfair advantage”— using her red bra. Not only was the protest registered, but the uproarious laughter created a commotion that helped the protesting skipper win the race.

    The group continued the tradition in the Jazz Cup for the next two years before founding a new regatta at the South Beach Yacht Club to elevate their skills and share in the fun of sailing.

    Festive fun at the 2018 Red Bra Regatta! Clockwise from the top: J/105 AIRJALDI crew: Janet McDaniel, Gene Harris, Maggie Heilman, Kim Zimmer, Kira Taylor, Jane Hratko, Vicky Haller, (missing: Samantha Clarke and Logan Ashcroft)

    Padded or push-up?
    Red wigs, berets, headscarves, boas, and of course red bras were a dime a dozen on the dock at San Francisco’s Pier 40 the morning of the event. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau provided competitors with beautifully designed technical t-shirts and then it was time to dock out.

    The breeze in October in San Francisco can be temperamental and Saturday, October 20, was no exception. The regatta didn’t get underway until 2:00 PM., but it was worth the wait and beautiful to behold. There were fourteen incredibly diverse boats on the starting line, including J/22s, J/30, and J/105s.

    “Joan Byrne’screw is called Heart of Gold and Taiwan is known as the “Heart of Asia,” so it just seemed like a natural connection and one that would be a win-win for everyone,” said Frances Larose of PR Magic, who coordinated the sponsorship on behalf of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. Frances is a member of the South Beach Yacht Club, and she raced in the 2017 Red Bra Regatta.

    “Linda Lin, the executive director of the SF Taiwan Tourist Bureau, and I were both delighted to have Joan and her crew represent Taiwan. She is such a strong sailor and a visionary for the expansion of the Red Bra Regatta into the future,” Frances added.

    Joan has a reputation for winning San Francisco regattas and having fun doing it— for the past 20 years. It was a pleasure to watch Joan and her talented crew work together on the water, flying a glorious “Taiwan, The Heart of Asia” spinnaker barreling downwind across the Bay.

    Because the boats were so different, the performance handicap racing fleet (PHRF) formula was used to calculate the results. Each boat is assigned a handicap based on size and weight, which means the boat that crosses the finish line first doesn’t necessarily win. Once all the boats had finished the race, skippers and crew headed back to the dock and up to the club for the party and the results.

    Après race celebrations begin! Top: Team Squirrel, on the cabin top, left to right, Graziella Solinas, Karen Clarkson-Colombo, Collette Meyers, Elizabeth Little, and Joan Byrne (skipper), on the lower rail: Lisa Anderson, Angie Liebert, and Mara Guttman; bottom left, Team Boudicca Lisa Caswell, Cathy Moyer (skipper), Petra Gilmore, Jenna Recupero; bottom right, the Iseult crew: Phaedra Fisher, Patricia Corcoran, Yuning Pathman, Fernanda Castelo (skipper). Iseult was on loan from Larry Mayne, Sequoia YC Staff Commodore. Photos: top, Joan Byrne; bottom row, Kara Hugglestone/Sail Couture.

    Yacht club celebration
    On the dock and in the yacht club, the champagne bottles were a-popping! We enjoyed a short presentation by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, which is celebrating the “Year of the Bay”— including pristine coastlines, stunning islands, bay recreation, and the beauty of the ocean itself. Taipei and San Francisco are sister cities and also both members of the exclusive “Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club,” made up of only 43 bays worldwide.

    The adorable O’Bear was a popular party guest, here with Logan Ashcraft, left, and Collette Meyers, right. Photos: Kara Hugglestone/Sail Couture.

    Interestingly, Taiwan is both the world’s largest producer of sailing parts and a spectacular sailing destination. Taiwan spokesperson Frances Larose inspired us with imagery of scenic vistas, creative festivals, gourmet cuisine, and blue water sailing! Taiwan yacht clubs host regattas throughout the spring and summer, with several premiere events in April and May.

    Taiwan’s beautiful Turtle Island, or Guishan Island, which is also in the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, is a favorite destination for whale-watching from April to October. Photo: Taiwan Tourism Bureau.

    With Taiwan added to all of our “To Sail” lists, it was time for the awards! Fernanda Castelo took home the top prize in the non-spinnaker division. Fernanda is an inspiring and passionate advocate for the sport. The president of California Inclusive Sailing for sailors of all abilities, she uses a wheelchair on land, but you wouldn’t know that from her skill on the water. Joan Byrne, proudly flying the Taiwan kite, triumphed in the spinnaker division. I love that two such important women sailors won, Fernanda, who makes dreams come true regardless of the challenges, and Joan for supporting the sport of sailing so well and so long. In short, it was a phenomenal day for women empowerment.

    Regatta Co-chairs Winnie Kelly, Joan Byrne, and SBYC Rear Commodore and PRO Andrew Lorenzen present the award in the non-spinnaker division to Fernanda Castelo (skipper and President of California Inclusive Sailing with the mission of sharing a love of sailing with people of all abilities), Patricia Corcoran, and Yuning Pathman. Photo: Gerard Sheridan.

    The event concluded with a delightful raffle of travel trinkets, stadium blankets, and Chinese Zodiac figurines based on birth year, the latter I actually won. My table enjoyed reading about the Asian zodiac and accessing its accuracy, which we agreed was right on—just like the Red Bra Regatta!

    Many thanks to the South Beach Yacht Club organizing committee, all the fun-loving and talented competitors, and most of all, to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau for supporting women’s sailing in such a wonderful way.  Thanks for the story from Sail Couture’s Kara Hugglestone

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    * Pretty cool to see what past J/24 World Champions and College Sailors of the Year are doing recently. 

    One of them, Terry Hutchinson, is spearheading the AMERICAN MAGIC team in the New York YC’s quest to win back the America’s Cup in foiling monohull 75 footers.

    Just this past week, they launched a 1/2 scale model using a heavily customized production 38-footer’s hull and launched it, flying around Narragansett Bay at 25+ kts. Pretty wild to see how the boat actually works.  Watch the “Mule”, as the test boat is called, on this very cool YouTube sailing video here.
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  • J/Newsletter- November 7th, 2018 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    In the upcoming week, the 2nd annual U.S. J/70 Youth Championship will be taking place in St. Petersburg, FL, with up to ten youth teams participating on St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s fleet of matched, one-design J/70s.  The youth teams from across America are participating in the three-day event from Friday to Sunda with sailing taking place on Tampa Bay.

    Other announcements include the PRO-Yachting “Persons of the Year Awards” banquet, hosted by The Royal Yacht Club in Moscow, Russia- the awards go to sailors that participated in the summer-long Tuesday and Wednesday evening series sailing J/70s on the lake reservoir west of Moscow- a very popular and fully-booked series for the local sailors.  Also, see the latest announcement regards the famous springtime event in France- the 2019 SPI OUEST France Regatta held in La Trinite-sur-Mer, France.

    Last week, the French J/80 Nationals took place in Pornic, France, sailed on the Bay of Biscay and hosted by CN Pornic.  We also got a report on the Russian J/70 Sailing League finale that took place for eighteen teams from across Russia; the regatta was held in Sevastopol, Crimea.

    Over in the Americas, last weekend marked the first of three weekends of sailing off San Diego for the famous Hot Rum Series, hosted by San Diego YC.  This sailing event is enormously popular in southern California, attracting teams from as far north as San Francisco to enjoy some fun-in-the-sun sailing the pursuit-style races off the picturesque Point Loma.  Then, over in the big state of Texas, the Lakewood YC in Seabrook hosted their annual Harvest Moon Regatta- a long distance race that starts from Galveston Bay and goes offshore, south down to the finish line at Aransas Pass; a number of top big boat J sailors participated in the overnight race and reaped the benefits at the awards party later!

    Read on! The J/Community and J/Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Nov 11- Around Hong Kong Race- Hong Kong, China
    Nov 13- The BIG Sail- San Francisco, CA
    Nov 17- Hot Rum Series II- San Diego, CA
    Nov 30- Wirth Munroe Memorial Race- Palm Beach, FL
    Dec 1- Hot Rum Series III- San Diego, CA
    Dec 8-16- Salon Nautique Boat Show- Paris, France

    For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

    U.S. J/70 Youth Championship Preview
    (St Petersburg, FL)- The 2018 edition of the U.S. J/70 Youth Championship will be taking place from November 16th to 18th on the sunny, warm waters of Tampa Bay.  Hosting the top J/70 youth teams from across the country will be the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, in St. Petersburg, FL.

    The regatta will be sailed in supplied J/70s from StPYC’s Junior Sailing Center.  The goal of this event is to help develop and build leading-edge junior keelboat sailing programs across America.

    Like the inaugural event held last year in Newport, RI by SAIL Newport, the youth teams had a series of twelve qualifying events that started in February at the St Pete NOOD Regatta and ended in late August with the J/70 Pacific Coast Championship in San Francisco, CA.  The teams will be sailing in a round-robin format and short-course racing of less than 20 minutes each.  The action should be fast and furious and will be held just off the beautiful St Petersburg city waterfront.

    The following teams have qualified for the event: Musto Youth Team from Stonington, CT; Coral Reef YC from Miami, FL; King Harbor YC from Los Angeles, CA; South Carolina YC from Hilton Head, SC; Annapolis YC Youth Team from Annapolis, MD; American YC Youth Team from Rye, NY; Gotham Racing Team from Chicago YC in Chicago, IL; Little Traverse Sailors from Little Traverse YC in Harbor Springs, MI; Manchester YC from Manchester, MA; and Santa Barbara YC from Santa Barbara, CA.  For more U.S. J/70 Youth Championship sailing information

    SPI OUEST France Easter Regatta Announcement
    (La Trinite sur Mer, France)- For many sailors in the northern hemisphere Easter regattas are the first major test of a new season. Perhaps the most competitive Easter regatta of all is SPI OUEST France- the largest inshore regatta in France and home to some of the world’s most competitive sportsboat and IRC fleets in Europe.

    The fleet is based in La Trinité-sur- Mer and racing takes place in the splendid surroundings of the Quiberon Bay in southern Brittany. The islands of Belle Ile, Houat and Hoëdic offer shelter and also spectacular scenery for coastal races. Lorient is only 15 miles to the north, which means the regatta attracts the cream of French offshore racing sailors who are based there. The beautiful scenery, consistent winds, and top-level competition of SPI OUEST France are a hard combination to beat.

    The Société Nautique de La Trinité-sur- Mer (SNT) organizes the regatta. The club is undergoing a rejuvenation at present under the stewardship of its ambitious president, Antoine Croyère.

    “My fondest memories of sailing are of competing internationally– as a youngster racing around the world with Eric Tabarly and more recently racing double-handed in the Fastnet. One of my aims since becoming president of the SNT has been to have more international involvement, both of our club members competing abroad and with international teams coming to race with us,” commented Mr. Croyère.

    One-design sports boats make up more than half of the SPI OUEST fleet. The J/80s will once again be the biggest fleet (there were 73 last year), with numerous world champions from France and Spain expected to attend in 2019. There are also signs that the French J/70 fleets are developing well; aided in part by the SNT’s own youth teams.

    “Traditionally our youth teams have raced in French boats such as the Open 5.70. Recently, however, the club has bought two J/70s and we would like to buy eight more. It will enable our youngsters to race internationally and, hopefully, encourage more international teams to come and race us here,” said Croyère.  For more SPI OUEST France sailing information

    PRO Yachting J/70 Series Awards Announcement
    (Moscow, Russia)- On Tuesday, November 20, the PRO-Yachting project will complete the 2018 sailing season with their annual gala prize-giving award banquet at the Royal Yacht Club in Moscow, Russia.  The occasion is the “PRO-Yachting Persons of the Year Award.”

    By tradition, PRO-Yachting will celebrate the most significant yachting events of the season and the people who have made a significant contribution to the development of sailing in 2018. The awards will be granted for the following categories: “Children's Coach of the Year”, “Sailing Event of the Year”, “Teapot of the Year”, “Discovery of the Year”, “For Lighting of Sailing”, “Photo of the Year”, “Patron of the Year”, and “Man of the Year”.

    At the gala evening, PRO-Yachting will award the winners of the evening series of regattas- the Tuesday Warm-Up Race Series and the Wednesday Night Race Series.  All races were held on one-design J/70 class yachts at the Royal Yacht Club from May to October 2018.

    The leader of the Wednesday Night Race series will receive the main trophy of the season- the Marine Torpilleur series watch from the Swiss watch manufacturer- Ulysse Nardin.

    The overall winning team of the Tuesday Warm-Up Race series will receive four fully sponsored travel vouchers to Germany to visit the unique natural region of “Eifel”- the mountain source for the premium-class mineral water “Gerolsteiner”.

    The award banquet for the "PRO-Yachting Man of the Year” has been held since 2014. Last year, SSA-9 Moscow24 Team were the winner of the Wednesday Night Race series. The Tavatuy team (Pavel Kuznetsov, Yevgeny Neugodnikov, Yegor Konyukhovsky) was recognized as the “Person of the Year” for the development of sailing sports in the Sverdlovsk Region.

    Partners for the event include: watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin, mineral water premium-class Gerolsteiner, marina luxury Porto Montenegro, yachting clothing Marinepool, sunscreen Lancaster, the Belgian premium beer Asteria, Czech Beer Bakalar.

    ARMEN HABITAT Crushes French J/80 Nationals
    (Pornic, France)- The 2018 edition of the French J/80 National Championships took place in Pornic, France and was hosted by the CN Pornic club from November 1st to 4th. Forty-four teams from France, England, Spain, and Ireland enjoyed a total of nine races sailed over the four-day event on the beautiful Bay of Biscay.

    The fleet enjoyed a wide variety of weather conditions.  Nevertheless, it was quite apparent one crew stood head and shoulders above the rest of the teams from the four nations that were participating; Simon Moriceau’s team on ARMEN HABITAT (Jean Queveau, Pierre Loic Berthet, Paul Medinger, and Vincent Guillarm).  After starting off with a 1-1-2, Moriceau's team never looked back.  Despite a 16th in race four, they closed with a 4-1-4-1-2 to win with just 16 pts net; a full 18 points clear of the second place team.

    While not maintaining the same pace of podium finishes, the English crew on J.A.T. (skippered by Kevin Sproul and crew of Phil Taylor, Chris Taylor, Jessica Slater, & Helen Yates) nevertheless kept the pressure on the French team.  Their tally of 5-3-4-8-1-8-3-6-4 was good for 34 pts net to take the silver medal.

    Rounding out the podium was another French team- Simon Bertheau’s APCC EQUIPAGE JEUNE; they barely took that honor over the next two boats in the top five.  Simon’s crew of Nicolas Bouchet, Baptiste Hulin, Marine Cottenceau, & Theau Guilcher managed a 7-9-17-5-8-3-9-8-9 for 58 pts net.  Just one point back in fourth place was a leading Spanish team, Iker Almondoz’s GARATU with 59 pts net.  Then, only one more point in arrears in 5th place was the top women skipper for the regatta- Maxime Rousseaux’s CN ST CAST GRAND OUEST ETIQUETTE team.

    As for the other top awards, here is the list:
    - the first Women crew- SAMBA skippered by Christelle PHILIPPE
    - the first Masters crew- the Spanish GARATU skippered by Inigu JAUREGUI (J/80 World Champion- silver)
    - the first Youth crew (under 25)- Simon BERTHEAU’s APCC EQUIPAGE JEUNE

    For more French J/80 National Championship sailing information

    Russian J/70 Sailing League Finale Report
    (Sevastopol, Crimea, Russia)- Last weekend, the season-long five-event Russian J/70 Sailing League series held their finale in Sevastopol, Crimea.  Sponsored by major corporations like GAZPROM and NORD SEA Gas, the sailing league is organized and supported by the Russian Sailing Federation.  As in year’s past, the fleet participated in a matched fleet of J/70s supplied for the event- with regattas taking place in Moscow (Konakovo River Club), Sochi, St Petersburg, Vladivostok, and Sevastopol.  We get this brief report from a Russian woman J/70 champion skipper- Valeriya Kovalenko from ARTTUBE RUS-1:

    “We had a very successful year sailing J/70s in the Russian National League as well as in Europe and the USA for the J/70 Worlds,” said Ms Kovalenko.  “I am extremely proud of my team- Aleksey Borisov, Alexander Bozhko, Igor Lisovenko, and Max Titarenko- they are amazing!  We finished 2nd in this finale in Sevastopol and this year took 2nd place in the overall Russian National Sailing League- a performance that we are happy with after such a long season.  It is wonderful to see the level of Russian sailing improving dramatically and, in fact, it is the J/70 one-design class that has helped elevate our sailors not just in Russia, but in European and International events!”

    Of interest to J/70 sailors is the fact that Valeriya Kovalenko’s team on ARTTUBE RUS-1 has been the two-time Monaco Winter Series J/70 Class winners and a podium finisher in the famous Primo Cup- Trophee Credit Suisse hosted each spring by YC Monaco. Sailing Photo credits- by Maksim Sheremetyev.
    Enjoy Russian J/70 Sailing League videos on Facebook here.   For more Russian J/70 Sailing League information

    Beautiful Start For Hot Rum Series I
    (San Diego, CA)- The annual fall bacchanalian festival in San Diego known as the “Hot Rum Series” took place last weekend, hosted by the San Diego YC.  A fleet of 136 boats is participating in the series of three weekend races that take place on Saturdays.  The race is a simple “pursuit style” event, where the slowest boats start first and the fastest boats start last; whomever crossed the finish line first boat-for-boat is declared the winner.  As has been the case over time, the building seabreeze often benefits the bigger faster boats that start late.  In last weekend’s event, that was certainly true for most of the classes.

    In PHRF 2 Class, the J/120s led the way home, with John Laun’s CAPER winning with Ernie Pennell’s MAD MEN second by just 1 min 40 sec behind.  Fifth was the J/124 CIRRUS.

    In the PHRF 4 Class, it was Steve Wyman’s J/70 NUNUHUNU that took 2nd, followed by Dennis Case’s J/105 J-OK in 4th, Erostino Dagfish’s J/105 VIGGEN in 6th and Dave Vieregg’s J/70 SOGGY DOLLAR in 7th.

    Then, in PHRF 5 Class, it was David Cattle’s J/27 BLACKADDER in 4th position.  Sailing photo credits- Bronny Daniels/ JOYSailing.com.   For more San Diego YC Hot Rum Series sailing information

    J/Sweep @ Harvest Moon Regatta
    (Seabrook, TX)- Lakewood Yacht Club hosted the 32nd Annual Harvest Moon Regatta from October 25th to 28th. This year's regatta had 119 sailboats returning to the usual finish line in Port Aransas after a one-year hiatus because of the extensive damage rendered to the city by Hurricane Harvey the previous year.

    Hundreds of racers look forward to this event each fall. No matter their sailing skill-levels, novice to expert, the “Harvest Moon” is a fun offshore race that ends with a fabulous outdoor party with plenty of refreshments, excellent BBQ dinner, and live entertainment.

    According to JD Hill, owner of the J/122 SECOND STAR, “it was a big weekend for J/Boats down here in Texas, as J’s swept the podium in the ORC division at Harvest Moon Regatta. In a 119 boat regatta, our J/122 SECOND STAR was the best monohull in ORC Overall, followed by John Barnett’s J/105 PESTO and James Liston’s J/120 AEOLUS.”

    Here was the breakdown of this year's big winners:

    In the ORC A Class, the “Bacardi Cup” was awarded to Hill’s J/122 SECOND STAR.  Taking 2nd in class was Liston’s J/120 AEOLUS.

    Then, in the ORC B Class, winning was Barnett’s J/105 PESTO, followed by Charles Wielchowsky’s J/105 TEXAS RANGER IV in fourth place.

    Finally, in the PHRF Spinnaker Division, taking 5th place was the J/46 SODALIS III sailed by Jim Demarest and crew from Lakewood YC.   Follow the Harvest Moon Regatta on Facebook here   For more Harvest Moon Regatta sailing information
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  • J/Newsletter- October 31st, 2018 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    This past week in Europe, the inaugural Swiss J/70 Women’s Sailing League took place in Tenero, Switzerland on Lago Maggiore for fifteen women’s teams from across their Alpine nation. It was close quarters racing for the women and the leading teams both came from Lake Zurich.

    Then, from way “Down Under”, we get two reports on J/Team activities in the southern hemisphere. The Australian J/111 Class has seen great racing in Melbourne and a J/109 has been enjoying great racing in Sydney Harbour.

    Over in the America’s, the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup took place San Diego, CA, with twelve yacht clubs from across the country competing in J/105s for the honors of winning the prestigious west coast trophy.  In addition, out west, the Richmond YC hosted their annual Halloween festival- the Great Pumpkin Regatta on the northeastern parts of San Francisco Bay for one-design fleets of J/24s, J/70s, J/105s and a PHRF Pursuit fleet that included J/111s, J/125, J/109s, and so forth.  Finally, out east, Eastport YC in Annapolis, MD on the Chesapeake Bay hosted the J/24 and J/22 East Coast Championships.  Simultaneously, the J/105s and J/35s were holding their storm-tossed Fall Championship on Chesapeake Bay, hosted by the Annapolis YC.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Nov 1-4- French J/80 National Championship- Pornic, France
    Nov 1-4- Russian J/70 Sailing League- Sevastopol, Russia
    Nov 2- Hong Kong to Hainan Race- Hong Kong, China
    Nov 3- Hot Rum Series I- San Diego, CA
    Nov 11- Around Hong Kong Race- Hong Kong, China
    Nov 13- The BIG Sail- San Francisco, CA
    Nov 17- Hot Rum Series II- San Diego, CA
    Nov 30- Wirth Munroe Memorial Race- Palm Beach, FL
    Dec 1- Hot Rum Series III- San Diego, CA
    Dec 8-16- Salon Nautique Boat Show- Paris, France

    For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

    San Diego YC Repeats J/105 Lipton Cup Win
    (San Diego, CA)- There were a dozen teams from across California (9) and from outside of California (3) that participated in the 104th edition of the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup sailed in a fleet of matched J/105 one-design sailboats supplied by incredibly generous owners from the local J/105 fleet.

    As anticipated, the protagonists were going to be all Californian.  In the end, the duel saw a few changes, with the primary actors this time being the local heroes (the San Diego YC team) pitted against a surprising newcomer at the top of this year’s leaderboard- the Long Beach YC team.  In the end, it was a wild finish to the three-day series. Here is how it all played out.

    Day One
    Southern California’s home teams showed true perseverance on the first day. Five Southern California yacht clubs dominated the top of the fleet, despite some critical challenges on the course. With tight competition and teams finishing all over the score sheet, there’s no predicting the end of this regatta.

    The conditions on the beautiful, city front course in San Diego Bay were favorable. Light, easterly winds started off the regatta but the breeze quickly increased between 8-10 knots for the rest of the day. Sunny skies and flat waters made for a smooth day of sailing.

    Currently standing in first place is San Diego Yacht Club (15 points), followed by Long Beach Yacht Club in second (20 points) and Coronado Yacht Club (24 points) in third.

    Skipper Tyler Sinks was once again representing the San Diego Yacht Club. The team proved their experience in the regatta with a bullet in race one and race five. In addition to their first place finishes, SDYC stayed consistent at the top of the fleet for the entire day. Team SDYC is the current defender of the Lipton Cup trophy, having won last year’s event.

    Sinks explains his success in day one. “We had good speed and really good team work. In sticky situations, we were able to dig our way out. We’re happy to have a good start but we know we’re a long way away from the finish line. We’re going to continue to stay aggressive, keep pushing and get a little bit better tomorrow.”

    Although SDYC showed an impressive skill set today, they had real competition against second place team, Long Beach Yacht Club. LBYC, skippered by Shane Young, had remarkable scores across the board starting the day with a bullet and a second, and finishing in third place in race four and five. The team would have finished first overall for day one if it wasn’t for a critical error in race three.

    “We averaged under fifth place, which was a goal of ours. I just had one incident resulting in a foul at the top mark that made it pretty difficult for us to recover. We had to do a couple spins to put us back. Other than that, we’re trying not to do anything too aggressive. We want to stay conservative and get off the line,” said Young.

    Day Two
    It was a busy day on San Diego Bay for day two. With a 580’ Bulk Carrier anchored directly in the middle of the course, U.S. Navy ships making their way in and out of the channel and the CRA Halloween Regatta interweaving, navigating through the course was nothing short of exciting. San Diego Bay was a spectator’s paradise.  For the sailors, it was absolutely chaotic!

    The regatta started out under postponement due to fluky and light breezes. Around 1 pm, the breeze picked up to about 8-10 knots and stayed consistent enough to hold four races. Traffic on the Bay made for choppy conditions and many race course obstacles, testing the skills of our twelve Lipton Cup teams.

    Race Director Jeff Johnson explains the challenges that come with choppy conditions. “It makes it really hard for the competitors when the water is choppy like it was today. They’re constantly having to put the boat in acceleration mode. The sails are full, the bow is down and you’re driving it really hard. It can be tough to execute your strategy.”

    “It becomes a safety issue as well. When there are a variety of boats on the course, crossing in each other’s paths, their unpredictable maneuvers make it hard for the boats racing to react. Today, we had to shorten the course, which gives the boat less time to separate and causes a crowd at the marks, making them more likely to collide,” Johnson continued.

    The current overall standings show Long Beach Yacht Club (32 points) in first, San Diego Yacht Club (35 points) in second and California Yacht Club (54 points) in third. Race finishes remained inconsistent all over the board with the exception of Long Beach Yacht Club who maintained their position in each race at the top of the fleet.

    Series race six started off with San Diego Yacht Club and California Yacht Club holding their positions at the top of the fleet at each mark rounding. Race seven saw two completely different teams take the lead, with Long Beach Yacht Club and Chicago Yacht Club dominating the majority of the race. Southwestern joined in the competition leading at every mark rounding alongside Balboa Yacht Club in race eight.  With the exception of SDYC ahead of the fleet by a minute and a half in race nine, every mark rounding saw a new team on the quest for first.

    LBYC Skipper Shane Young talked about his success finishing first in day two. “It was all about staying in tune with your trimmers today. John Busch trimming jib was super communicative, talking a lot to me and keeping the boat up to speed through all the chop. The last three races saw breeze all over the map. Hitting shifts and keeping the boat moving through the chop and traffic was super important.” LBYC has stayed in the top of the fleet the entire regatta with an exception of a penalty in race three.

    California Yacht Club saw an impressive climb up the score sheet today, finishing the day in third place. Skipper Allie Blecher is a Lipton Cup veteran and was the first female skipper sent by CYC to the regatta. “We have the most amount of girls on board in the fleet and it’s really working out well for us. We’ve been spending as much time as we can out on the water together practicing.” Time in the boat has paid off for the California Yacht Club, who started the day with a second and finished with a third.

    Day Three
    The final day of the Lipton Cup started with gloomy skies and cool breezes around two knots resulting in postponement. Traffic in San Diego Bay was limited, allowing for a wide-open course and minimal wake. Once the breeze picked up to over eight knots, the teams were ready to compete in their final day of races. The sun broke through the clouds and spectator boats surrounded the course in anticipation of the final results. With only three races left to pull to the top of the score sheet, stakes were high on two teams in particular, San Diego Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club.

    LBYC started off day three in first with 32 points followed closely by SDYC’s 35 points. Little did they know those three points would follow them to the last race of the day. Interestingly enough, neither team saw particularly great races today. SDYC’s third place in race 11 was the highest placement for either team all day. However, with incredible races on days one and two, the teams were able to hold their positions at the top of the fleet. The real race today was a match race between LBYC and SDYC.

    SDYC went into the final race of the day, race 12, with 48 points, three points behind LBYC. Crowds cheered the sidelines of the final race, watching both boats compete at the back of the fleet. SDYC finished in ninth place only beating LBYC by three boats. That was enough for the two teams to end the day in a tie at 57 points. Four bullets for SDYC determined that the tie breaker go to the home team.

    “It was a close race. Kudos to those guys for sailing a hell of a regatta. It could have easily been the other way around. It was high stress but we’ve been in these situations before and the guys were cool, calm and collected,” explained Sinks.

    LBYC Skipper Shane Young described the races behind the tiebreaker. “There were three races left and we knew we were tight with San Diego. It came down to one point over the whole regatta and losing the tiebreaker. It came down to the last leg and there were three boats in between us, giving them the points they needed. Congrats to them and hats off! Hopefully we can come back next year and we’ll be ready to rock and roll with you guys [SDYC]”.

    The overall first place winner was San Diego Yacht Club, followed by Long Beach Yacht Club in second and California Yacht Club in third.

    A notable connection between the two teams were their crews. San Diego Yacht Club brothers John and Chris Busch raced head to head on opposing teams, SDYC (Chris) and LBYC (John). The brothers have been racing together for 45 years. They typically sail against each other in long distance races, but this weekend the two saw a friendly family rivalry.

    “We started out crewing in my father’s boat and eventually started sailing other boats. Chris went the professional route and I went to work, but still play on the weekends and have a great time. It’s really good seeing Chris do as well as he is throughout his professional sailing career. It’s a fun family rivalry and we’re still going to talk at Thanksgiving and Christmas!” John joked. John and Chris will be sailing against each other again in the 2019 Transpac.  For more J/105 Sir Thomas Lipton Cup sailing information

    J/111’s Sailing FUN Down Under!
    (Melbourne, Australia)- Rod Warren, the owner of the J/111 JOUST in Melbourne, Australia, provided this report on the Australian J/111 Class activity.

    “We started our season with a regatta held at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. Five boats, JAKE, JOUST, PLAYLIST, SCARLET RUNNER and VELOCE, competed in the 42 km passage race, followed by four windward-leewards held in medium to heavy conditions over three days.

    The first day of the regatta was a passage race beginning in light winds from Sandringham Yacht Club to Blairgowrie. Each boat led at different stages, with VELOCE heading a long way to the right, so far, that we thought they had the course wrong, only to find a shift in breeze and come in 30 seconds ahead of JOUST after six and a half hours of sailing.  SCARLET RUNNER was close behind, followed by JAKE and PLAYLIST.

    The Saturday began with fresh breeze and two windward-leewards were held in 20-30 knot breezes. This gave an opportunity for downwind planing and exciting sailing.  VELOCE led JOUST on the first lap but a close gybing contest on the downwind run in 20 knots resulted in a victory to JOUST just ahead of VELOCE and SCARLET RUNNER.

    The second race was held in even heavier conditions and, not surprisingly, carnage followed. Every boat had its issues. JAKE blew a spinnaker. VELOCE dropped one over the side and SCARLET RUNNER had an impressive broach. The halyard stripped on JOUST and despite knifing the halyard and dropping the spinnaker, JOUST was able to finish on main alone to win that race with PLAYLIST second and SCARLET RUNNER third.

    After a terrific regatta dinner on Saturday night at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, hosted by Robert Date (owner of SCARLET RUNNER), the final day of windward-leewards began in 10-15 knots. The first heat saw JOUST lead and extend to get their third heat win. In the second race, a very close start saw all boats vying for position. After an unexpected crash tack, JOUST was back in last position by several hundred metres, with SCARLET RUNNER leading, followed by PLAYLIST, VELOCE and JAKE. A good downwind shift allowed JOUST back into third place, but the heat win went to SCARLET RUNNER, with PLAYLIST a half-boat length ahead of JOUST in second.

    The final regatta standings saw JOUST first, SCARLET RUNNER second and PLAYLIST third. This will become an annual event. The five owners of the J/111 are great friends and excellent companions.  This class will surely grow and there is increasing interest around Port Phillip Bay, with a close racing, excellent performance, reasonable budget and great camaraderie.”

    HONEYBADGER Tops J/24 East Coasts
    HOT TODDY Crowned J/22 East Coast Champs
    (Eastport, MD)- It was another fantastic fall weekend of racing in Annapolis for the J/24 & J/22 East Coast Championship. Teams traveled from across the northeast & mid-Atlantic to join in on the fun this weekend and for the top competition in both classes. 26 J/24 teams raced Friday – Sunday, joined by 13 J/22 teams Saturday & Sunday.

    On Land Festivities
    We’ll get to the action on the water in a moment – the highlight on land was the Saturday evening regatta & costume party! Over 170 J sailors enjoyed dinner under the tent and shortly afterward, the DJ started pumping the tunes and the costumes came out. The crowd even demanded the annual flip-up challenge between the 24s and 22s before dessert! We were too busy dancing under the tent to even hold the costume contest, but we’ve decided that the “Party Patrol” placed 3rd, George Washington placed 2nd, and the entire cast from Gilligan’s Island, aka the Blo’viate team, was the 1st place winner!

    Prior to the party North Sails Zeke Horowitz and Will Welles led the Saturday dock talk, which focused on big air techniques both upwind & down. The breeze was in the high teens, so the focus was on de-powering upwind & weight placement down wind.

    Then, champion oyster shucker George Hastings shucked 400 local Delaware Bay oysters during Oyster Happy Hour before the Low Country Boil, prepared by Bread & Butter Kitchen.

    Friday evening, Quantum Sails’ Travis Odenbach led a great dock talk and was joined by Mike Marshall, Ian Coleman and Quinn Schwenker. Afterward, the crowed enjoyed local Maryland and cream of crab soups, sandwiches and snacks, before heading out to the Boatyard Bar & Grill’s Full Moon Party!

    On The Water Recap by Quantum Sails’ Travis Odenbach
    Friday’s weather was what you might expect for fall sailing – misty, chilly and a little bit of everything in terms of breeze – very light with winds out of the east at 4 to 6 knots and lots of current. In the easterly breeze with an ebb tide, the place to be on the race course was the left side! You get up current first and into less current than the right side of the race course. Unfortunately, for Friday there was only one race, but with the rest of the weekend looking like breeze-on, the race committee stayed patient and sent us in to warm up for Saturday.

    Saturday brought rain and big winds early in the morning, but at 12:00 the rain lessened and the wind moderated. With the wind direction mostly out of the NW and the breeze at 12 to 18 knots, the J/24’s & J/22’s were eager to get started. The racing was very tricky with a starting line pin-favored and the current pushing out, it was hard to make the line. Starting at the pin-third was a must and getting on to port quickly was a good call. This is sometimes the hardest move in sailing. To be on the line at the start with a tide against you, and to be able to tack and clear the fleet, is tough. Although it was not critical to tack right away, teams were certainly looking to tack early. Something I have learned when this scenario presents itself is to try to be reaching on or just below the line with about 20 seconds to go and then when the gun goes off you can turn up quickly and look to tack. Sounds easy, right? The breeze held on all day and we were able to get three in on this amazing day of racing.

    On the way out to the race course Sunday for a 1000 warning we had about 10 knots – then the skies cleared, the sun came out and the breeze picked up once again 12 to 18 knots out of the WNW. These were tricky conditions as the breeze was coming from the land and the Severn River. There were plenty of shifts to catch and with the tide starting to come in the fleets became mixed up as everyone tried to regain their bearings. The tide was different than the prior two days and the wind was shifting 20 degrees. The J/24 fleet had a bit of alphabet soup on the menu for the day – I believe one race had 14 or so Z flags handed out and that meant the scores were shuffling!

    All in all, it was a beautiful, sunny, fall day in Annapolis and I would not have rather been sailing anywhere else! By regattas end, we had sailed 7 races and only one in breeze under 10 knots. Annapolis delivers in the fall once again!

    Thank you again to all who helped put on this event and to all that travelled & participated! Everyone had a part in making this event the perfect regatta and I hope to see everyone next year!

    J/24 Results
    Now, on to the best part…the awards! Veteran J/24 class sailor Mark Hillman and his team captured 5th place with 53 points. Regatta Co-Chair Jim Bonham and his team on SISU captured the top Corinthian Award with a strong 4th place finish and 52 points.

    North Sails’ Mike Marshall & the Bogus team finished 3rd. Tony Parker and his team on Bangor Packet finished 2nd with 41 points.

    Finally, congratulations to our 2018 J/24 East Coast Champions — Travis Odenbach, Ian Colman, Geoff Ewenson, Collin Kirby and Monica Morgan on Honeybadger!

    J/22 Results
    Local J/22 sailor Ian Jones placed third with a total of 18 points. In second place, Jacob Doyle finished with a total of 12 points. And, our 2018 J/22 East Coast Champions are Jeff Todd and his crew on Hot Toddy, Chris Ryan and Chip Carr, finishing with a total of 12 points!

    New this year – Drone Footage from Sam Greenfield
    Drone Videographer Sam Greenfield, fresh off the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, joined us in Annapolis for the J/24 & J/22 East Coast Championship! Sam hosted a presentation on Thursday night to discuss the use of drone video in sailing, and other topics including equipment, safety, and more. Sam filmed racing, in addition to SSA’s Carlos Linares, and we’ll post highlight reels from Friday and Sunday available for viewing soon.

    Thank You Sponsors, Volunteers & RC!
    A big thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, The Rigging Company for their financial support, in-kind donations and staff support throughout the regatta. Year after year, thank you to Tony Parker and Parker Tide for their Gold Sponsorship. And our Bronze sponsors included Boatyard Bar & Grill, and FitzGerald Design Build. Thank you to North Sails, Quantum Sails, APS for their generous in-kind contributions once again to the regatta. And last, but obviously not least a big thank-you to the race committee, headed-up by PRO Juliet Thompson and to the many volunteers that helped make this regatta a great one.  For more J/24 East Coast Championship sailing information

    M.NIL Club Wins Inaugural Swiss J/70 Women’s Cup
    (Tenero, Switzerland)- The newly-created Swiss Sailing League Women's Cup was hosted by the National Youth Spot Center Tenero and the YC Locarno this past weekend on Lago Maggiore, Switzerland.  The fifteen women’s teams from across Switzerland enjoyed a total of eighteen races over the two days of racing in highly variable wind and weather conditions.  While the first day was partly sunny with good winds, Sunday turned into a fiasco with little wind and lots of rain. In the end, it was Team M. NIL from Zurich, skippered by Nathalie Winiger and crew of Meret Gebistorf, Irina Hotz, and Livia Naef that won with three 1sts, two 2nds and a 3rd.

    Day One
    After 15 races with winds ranging from 4 to 10 kts, the SC Thalwil Team, skippered by Mara Bezel with crew of Giulia Corelli, Fiona Müdespacher and Alexa Bezel were leading the Women's Cup on Lake Maggiore. The racing was tight and exciting. In fact, so close that SC Thalwil was leading on a tiebreaker over Team M. Nil skippered by Nathalie Winiger.  Then, just one point back was the Zurich SC Team with Armei Keller, Franziska Gluer, Olga Henneberg, Zoé Straub, and Karin Nordstrom.

    The YC Locarno PRO and RC team were lucky to get in so many races considering the weather forecasts.  The initial expectation was for continuous rain and just 1-5 kts of wind from the south.  However, apart from two rain showers, the sailors stayed dry and the atmosphere was excellent.  From 1000 to 1600 hrs, the regatta PRO managed to run 15 races and 5 flights for each of the 15 women’s teams, so each team could sail 5 races.

    The racing was fast and thrilling and the lead changed constantly. In addition to the top three teams, Team CER, Société Nautique de Genève, Regattaclub Oberhofen and Thunersee Yachtclub all celebrated chances for victory in at least one race. The sailors from Club de Voile de Lausanne showed their potential with 2 race wins, but were thrown back to seventh place by a premature start.

    Day Two
    The one and only flight determined the outcome for the Women’s Cup for the day.  That meant that all fifteen teams could sail just one race in the final showdown due to the terrible weather.  The day dawned with continuous rain and very light winds from the north.  After an initial postponement, the YC Locarno PRO sent the teams out for a “drift-a-thon” with northerly whispers of breeze of 3-6 kts max.

    Team M. NIL and SN Geneve each won races, as did Thunersee YC. However, SC Thalwil had a disastrous 4th place.  As a result of those performances, Nathalie Winiger’s crew on Team M. NIL won the regatta with 10 pts total.  However, the balance of the podium and the top five were determined by tiebreakers!  At 12 pts each, Zurich SC took the silver with a 2-1-5-1-1-2 tally over Team SN Geneve (Laurane METTRAUX, Nathalie BRUGGER, Elodie-Jane METTRAUX, Marie van der KLINK, Coraline JONET) that had a 1-3-3-1-3-1 record. Then, the battle for fourth saw a tie-breaker on 13 pts each, with Team SC Thalwil (Mara BEZEL, Giulia CORBELLI, Alexa BEZEL, Fiona MÜDESPACHER) taking the 4th with a 1-2-4-1-1-4 scoreline over Team Thunersee YC (Sophie MOSEGAARD, Fiona SCHÄRFER, Maya SIEGENTHALER, Linda FAHRNI, Monika MEIER) that had a 2-2-2-2-4-1 tally for 5th place.  Of the fifteen teams, it was readily apparent that the top five crews were all highly competitive and it only took one bad race to drop them out of contention for the gold.  Each of those teams had a least one Olympic sailor, a World circumnavigator, World Match Race sailor, or a Swiss champion on board!  For more Swiss Women’s J/70 Sailing League information

    Stormy Chesapeake Champs for J/105s & J/35s
    (Annapolis, MD)- On the Chesapeake Bay, “weekend” racing does not stop until mid-December when the first half of Frostbite Season ends.  However, the slate of annually run regattas wrapped up with J/105s competing for their Chesapeake Bay Championship and J/35s gunning for a Mid-Atlantic Championship title. Here is the report on the stormy weekend.

    “With a nor’easter bearing down on us, Race Chair Sandy Grosvenor and Event PRO Steve Kling made the decision to postpone Saturday’s first warning by two hours to allow the sea state to settle in and the predicted 30-40kt gusts to continue northward.

    The official announcement was posted online and presented to a grateful group of competitors, who were able to bring their crew up to speed in a timely manner. At 1300 the first race of the day kicked off in 20+ kts and 2-3’ swells, but considering how many days we lost of racing this year due to no wind, the conditions were perfect, if not challenging, for a mid-fall championship weekend.

    The Race Committee ran two races on Day 1 including a five-leg course for race 2, which put the tired, cold, and wet competitors closer to home at the finish line.

    Day 2, Sunday, kicked off 30 minutes earlier than initially planned to give the Committee a good chance of fitting in three races in a timely manner before sending crews ashore to warm up in the Skipjack for the trophy presentation. With the sun out and the breeze in the mid to high teens, the 1030 warning sent the J/35s and J/105s off on the first of two 4-legged races before wrapping up Race 5 for the regatta with 5-legs and very happy sailors.

    Topping the podium in the J/35 class was long time fleet member Aunt Jean with Jim Sagerholm and Jerry Christofel. In second place, local J/35 Fleet Captain, Roger Lant on Abientot. Wrapping up the trophy recipient list for the class was member Bruce Artman on T-Bone with Brian Wiersema trimming headsails. To no one’s surprise, Cedric Lewis and Fredrik Salvesen with their long time crew on Mirage once again found themselves on the trophy list for the J/105 class, picking up 1st place for the regatta. In 2nd place, John White sailing with Shane Zwingelberg and Sarah Russell. In 3rd place, Andrew Kennedy’s team on Bat IV.

    Closing out the presentation was the most meaningful award for local J/105 sailors, as a trophy lost in the fire was adopted by member Andrew Kennedy, Bat IV, and Andy & Leslie Skibo, former owners of Plum Crazy, and presented for the first time since its loss. The Steve Gale Memorial Award was awarded to Mirage’s Greg Larcher. Gale, who passed away in 2010, was a long time bowman for both Plum Crazy and Bat IV, and the trophy was created to recognize the bowman for the top place boat in the fleet’s fall championship. The trophy is now on display in the Clubhouse and will be updated with the winners’ names since its origination.”  For more Chesapeake Bay Championship sailing information

    J/109 BLUE SKY Sailing Fast in Sydney Harbour Racing
    (Sydney Harbour, Australia)- The Blues Point Hotel and Blues Point YC hosted the annual Balmain Pub Challenge last Sunday. It was a handicap pursuit race sailed in the western end of Sydney Harbour.  Here’s the report from J/109 BLUE SKY owner Carl Braden:

    “G'Day from Down Under! We raced our J/109 BLUE SKY in the Balmain Pub Challenge against a strong fleet of fast well-sailed boats.  We were beaten by a DK46 to secure second. This race showed again what a great performer the J/109 continues to be! We love the boat!”

    J/Crews Enjoy The Great Pumpkin Race!
    (Richmond, CA)- Over the Halloween weekend, the Richmond YC hosts their annual Great Pumpkin Regatta over two days in the northeastern part of San Francisco Bay.  It is a wildly popular event, with costume parties, Halloween parties, and plenty of revelry all weekend long as it also marks the calendar as one of the premiere end-of-season sailing regattas.  The event featured one-design classes for J/70s, J/24s, J/105s, and a PHRF Pursuit fleet that included J/111s, J/120s, J/105s and so forth.

    In the J/70 Class, it was Mark Thomas’ KANGAROO JOCKEY that won with all bullets, with Tom Thayer’s RAMPAGE in second and Jim Diepenbrock’s WINGMAN RACING in third.

    Similarly, the J/105 class also saw a clean sweep, with Sergey Lubarsky’s RUSSIAN ROULETTE winning handily, followed by Chris Kim’s VUJA STAR in second and Larry Levit’s ARCHIMEDES in third.

    The J/24s had tight racing for the top five with everything depending on the outcome of the last race.  Winning was Darren Cumming’s DOWNTOWN UPROAR with 5 pts, followed by Jasper Van Vliet’s EVIL OCTOPUS in 2nd with 7 pts.  Third was determined by a tiebreaker on 10 pts each, with Paul Ravenswaay’s FERAL ROOSTER taking the bronze on countback over Val Lulevich’s infamous SHUT UP & DRIVE!  Fifth was Richard Stockdale’s FROG LIPS.

    In the Sunday Pursuit Race, Zach Anderson’s J/125 VELVET HAMMER took the silver, followed by Reuben Rocci’s J/111 SWIFT NESS in third. Peter Cameron’s J/70 KANGAROO JOCKEY took 10th as the top small boat and Dave Britt’s J/88 SPLIT WATER placed 12th; a great showing for these four boats in a fleet of 138 boats!  For more The Great Pumpkin Regatta sailing information
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  • J/Newsletter- October 24th, 2018 J/24 East Coast Championship Preview
    (Eastport, MD)- The Severn Sailing Association will be hosting its annual J/24 East Coast Championship this coming weekend in Eastport, MD.  Twenty-six teams are participating and the crews will be sailing on the choppy, current-laden waters of the northern Chesapeake Bay.

    Several past World, North American, and East Coast Champions will be present, hoping to add yet another title to their trophy shelves.  Those teams include Tony Parker’s BANGOR PACKET from Washington, DC; Al Constants’ BLITZ from New York, NY; Trevor Boyce’s NO SKIRT REQUIRED from Hamilton, Bermuda; Erica Beck Spencer’s SEA BAGS WOMEN’S SAILING TEAM from Portland, ME; Mark Hillman’s crew from Bethesda, MD; Travis Odenbach’s HONEYBADGER from Rochester, NY; and Mike Marshall’s BOGUS from Jamestown, RI.  For more J/24 East Coast Championship sailing information

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    In the European world, it was a busy week of sailing league finales in France, Switzerland, and Germany. On Lago Maggiore, the Tenero YC hosted twenty-one youth teams at Tenero, Switzerland.  Then, the French J/80 Sailing League Finale took place at La Rochelle, France, hosted by Société des Régates Rochelaises for eighteen teams.  Finally, the German J/70 Sailing League Champions were determined in a finale at Hamburg, Germany and sailed on the famously gorgeous Alster Lake; the regatta was hosted by the Hamburg SC for the eighteen teams.  While the sailing league teams were spinning around 2nm courses in 15 minutes, the largest offshore event of the year in the Mediterranean took place- the Royal Malta YC hosted their 50th Anniversary 606nm Rolex Middle Sea Race.  As usual, the fleet of fifty-five boats was presented with drifting calms and 40 kt squalls.

    Over in America, two events took place on the east coast, the Annapolis Fall Regatta hosted by the Storm Trysail Club and the J/70 Fall Brawl hosted by Eastport YC for the fleet of 18 boats.  Then, out west the San Diego YC hosted another entertaining edition of International Masters Regatta, sailed in San Diego’s South Bay for a fleet of a dozen masters from America and Canada.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Oct 26-28- J/24 East Coast Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 26-28- J/105 Lipton Cup Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Oct 27-28- Swiss J/70 Women’s Cup- Tenero, Switzerland
    Oct 27-28- J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 27-28- The Great Pumpkin Regatta- Richmond, CA
    Nov 1-4- French J/80 National Championship- Pornic, France

    For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

    Stormy, Gear-buster Rolex Middle Sea Race
    (Gzira, Malta)- The 50th Anniversary Rolex Middle Sea Race will go down in history as yet another stormy, challenging race.  While not nearly as strong as last year’s mistral that clobbered the fleet with up to 45 kt winds and enormous 10-15 ft seas, this year’s 606nm blast around Sicily and the islands was no picnic.  The fifty-five boat fleet started off Malta last Saturday and most of the fleet was finished in five days. 

    Countries represented in the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race included Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. Amongst the fleet of nine J/Teams, eight countries were represented!

    The J/109 Jarhead Young Sailors Malta rounded Favignana on the fourth day of the race, with 250 miles to go, the crew of teenagers backed by the Jarhead Young Sailors Foundation- a Maltese non-profit organization with the principal purpose of educating youth in the sport of sailing- was making the most of their testing experience. “Happy to be round Favignana.... And heading for home!” blogged Jarhead. “It has been a tough 36 hours, but the young guys are doing well and in high spirits, now we are blast reaching south!” 

    Yves Grosjean’s J/133 JIVARO called in while passing the island, 185 miles from the finish: “We are tired, but our spirit is good. Every year we do this race, it is never the same. We love coming back because it is a well-organized, magnificent race, with a beautiful course, which is always mysterious.”

    Then, George David on the Maxi RAMBLER 88 reports, “this was a challenging race. There were a couple of notable points including a big squall north-west of Trapani, about 40 knots for us, and a bunch of park ups when we were ahead of everybody. The summary for the race is zero knots to 40 knots and winds from east, west and north, but no south! South was the one direction we didn’t see on the compass rose this time!”

    In the ORC 4 Division, Yves Grosjean’s J/133 JIVARO finished 4th on handicap scoring, followed by Matt Stokes’ Canadian team on the J/133 BLUE JAY III in 6th position, and then Andrew Hall’s British team on the J/121 JACKHAMMER took 7th.

    In the ORC 5 Division, Nicolas Ibanez Scott’s J/122E ANITA took 3rd on the podium, followed by Cascino Giuseppe’s Italian team on the J/122 JOY RC YACHTING in 5th place. 

    In the IRC 5 division, Ibanez-Scott’s J/122E ANITA took 5th place, while Grosjean’s J/133 JIVARO placed 7th.

    Then, in the IRC Doublehanded Division, the J/109 2HARD took the silver, sailed by the Austrian pair of Hartl & Wolf.  For more Rolex Middle Sea Race sailing information

    Perry Crowned 2018 J/105 Masters Champion
    (San Diego, CA)- A dozen international masters skippers from America and Canada assembled on the green lawn between San Diego YC and the Malin Burnham Sailing Center to pick up their spinnakers and get their boat rotation sheets for the first day of racing on the fleet of matched, one-design J/105s. The sailors were looking forward to three gorgeous days of sailing on San Diego’s South Bay- an oasis of perfectly flat water ringed by a barrier island on one side and miles of US Navy dock yards on the other.  The weather forecasts held true to form in classic S.D. fashion, “marine layer/ fog” in the mornings, clearing by midday, with sea breezes building in from the southwest and varying from 6 to 13 kts. In the end, Dave Perry from Pequot YC won the day with a crew “borrowed” from Dennis Case’s old J/105 WINGS championship team in San Diego.  Here is how it all went down to determine the 2018 International Masters Champion.

    Day One
    Light winds in the morning resulted in a 30-minute postponement, but the wind peaked at 12 knots by midday with temperatures in the low 80s. Cloudless skies and flat water made for ideal racing on the windward leeward course on beautiful south San Diego Bay.

    Dave Perry and Tad Lacey, both International Masters Regatta veterans, held their position in the front of the fleet and finished with a tie of 12 points. However, Perry’s win in Race Three was a crucial element to his standing, moving him into first place and putting Lacey in second. Holding the third place position was John Andron, winner of Race Two.

    Perry explained how he feels about coming in first on Day One. “It’s fun to be racing with really good people, not only my crew, but the other competitors on the course. Everyone on the boat knows the game and is always doing their job.”

    SDYC Member John Reiter sailed onboard with Perry today. “Several of us have sailed together in this regatta on these boats five times. This year we put back together the old band, added Alex Camet, who sailed with us last year, and got together a great crew. Dave does not have to worry at all about what’s happening on the boat. It’s easy for him to just relax and sail.”

    “There was more current than everyone thought. The boats that went out of the current were always gaining from the left. We remembered that eventually and did well. We had no real mistakes today,” he continued.

    Newcomer Julian Bingham from Mobile, AL made an impressive comeback today winning Race Four after finishing towards the bottom of the fleet for the first three races. “The competition is extremely tough here and it really makes for nice sailing. We seemed to get going reasonably well at times, but the racing was so close, the mark roundings were difficult to manage and we lost a few boats… It takes a little while to get a feel for the boat, the guys were trimming a little better and everything started to go well for us in Race Four. Hopefully one time wasn’t luck!”

    Day Two
    There’s an old adage in sailing: If you’re not over early every once in a while, you’re not pushing hard enough. Day Two was full of action, particularly at the start line. A handful of boats jumped the gun and were penalized with OCSs. At this point in the regatta, the Masters are looking to put points on their competitors by getting a good start and an early lead. But, this strategy took a toll on second place sailor, Tad Lacey.

    Conditions for Day Two were variable compared to Day One. The races started on a course axis of about 250 degrees. The wind steadily backed 50 degrees to the left throughout the day with numerous mark changes. The Race Committee adjusted the weather mark three times before the start of Series Race Eight. By the end of the day, the breeze faded from a peak of 9 knots to an average of about 6 knots for the final race.

    Dave Perry and his crew sailed competitive races, coming in first during Series Race Six and second in Series Race Eight. Perry continued to hold his first place standing at the end of Day Two with 26 points. Tad Lacey was in second with 38 points and Andy Roy was in third place with 44 points.

    Watching from the sidelines was San Diego Race Director Jeff Johnson. “It’s really important at this point in a three day regatta to make moves on your competitors. With Perry and Lacey tied for first at the finish of yesterday, Lacey needed to gain points on Perry. The best way for him to have done that would be to get a good start and dominate the first leg. Unfortunately for Lacey, he pulled the trigger too early 50% of the time today. It’s really hard to come back from that.”

    Another standout in the results was a three-way tie for third between Andy Roy, Bill Menninger and Jon Andron, all finishing the day with 44 points. Roy won the tie breaker by taking second place in Series Race Seven.

    Bill Menninger, winner of the 2016 International Masters Regatta, explained how he was going to get pull ahead of the tie on Sunday. “The competition is getting stiffer every year… We’re going for all firsts tomorrow and with that we might have a chance to win. Our only strategy is to sail fast!”

    After the races, the sailors enjoyed the famous SDYC Banquet on Saturday evening. Race Chair Alli Bell talked about the traditions of the Banquet, “every year at the Banquet we hold a roast between all of the Masters. All of these competitors have known each other for so long. It’s fun for them to come and reminisce about old times in a way that sometimes is a little teasing. Plus, you learn a lot about them that you didn’t know before!”

    Day Three
    The breeze for Day Three started off similar to Days One and Two with light winds from the south. The morning’s foggy skies burnt off just in time for the regatta, but made for some unique photo opportunities on the way out to the course. The wind picked up and peaked at 9 knots midday, again making for ideal racing conditions on South Bay.

    Two new sailors to the International Masters Regatta also proved themselves with smart, intense sailing this weekend. Andy Roy, coming from Royal Canadian Yacht Club, started off Day One in fourth place and moved one step up the ladder each day, finishing in second place and earning his spot on the podium. California Yacht Club’s Bill Peterson saw a similar climb finishing in third place by the end of the regatta. Both sailors were new to the J/105.

    Roy returned to the docks after the races thrilled with his position. “We’re really blown away. I’ve never been in a J/105 until the regatta. I owe this success to the crew, these guys are really good and they made it all happen. It was a bit of a learning curve for me. I learned a lot the first day about handling the boat and picked it up the second day. If I get invited again, I’ll absolutely be back.”

    The real win here at the 2018 International Masters Regatta was watching old friends sail and race against each other in friendly competition. In a SDYC Sailcast episode with Dave Perry a few weeks prior to the Masters, he touched on the event. “It’s all about people who have played the sport intensely in their youth. We all have families and businesses now, and this Masters event helps us all come back together. It’s like we’re all twenty again. We go out there, bash heads and sail hard. We’re all kids again, but we have a lot more stories to tell.”

    After the final race, all twelve J/105s motor-sailed back to the Club to clean up before the Awards Ceremony where Commodore Dorgan presented the trophy. “The regatta was fantastic. It’s an honor to have twelve incredible sailors join us for this prestigious event at the San Diego Yacht Club. The volunteers around the Club made for a seamless weekend and the shore side crew did a fantastic job equalizing all the J/105s. Thank you to the owners of the Tug Tussler and the Dock Crew who managed the floating dock allowing for quick, easy rotations in between races.”

    Five-time U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Perry started the regatta off strong and in the lead on Day One. Then, on Day Two, Perry never let the momentum die. Numerous sailors jumped the gun and were forced to restart while Perry’s seasoned skillset and stacked San Diego crew got off the line clean and kept Perry at the top of the score sheet.

    When asked about the most important aspect of his win, Perry responded, “The day I put together my crew.” Perry had several local SDYC members return from last year and added previous friends he has sailed with in the past. “When they all said yes was the best day of the regatta,” he continued.

    Perry came to the San Diego Yacht Club this weekend from Connecticut where he sails at Pequot Yacht Club. He is known all around the country as an expert on the racing rules of sailing and as a Match Racing guru. Perry is a member of the Sailing World Hall of Fame and has dedicated much of his career volunteering with US Sailing, currently serving on its Board of Directors. He is a true ambassador for the sport of sailing.

    “I’m at the [San Diego Yacht] Club a lot, but I’m usually here to teach, not to race. Similar to match racing, there were so many situations just one-on-one in this regatta, like coming into the start and coming into the windward mark. If you teach something, you’re always thinking about it. I have a good visual image of the race course,” Perry explained.

    Race Chair Alli Bell worked behind the scenes all weekend to put together an outstanding weekend for the visiting Masters and thought the entire weekend was phenomenal. “It’s pretty cool to see a home town crew win. Dave came pretty close last year and had an unfortunate breakdown in one of the races, taking him out of the top three. I think this is some really good vindication for him and I’m really happy to see someone who’s a big contributor to the sport of sailing do so well this weekend.”   Interview with Dave Perry    Sailing video highlights of Race 11   Follow the J/105 Masters Regatta on Facebook here   For more J/105 International Masters Regatta sailing information

    J/122 Dominates Annapolis Fall Regatta
    (Annapolis, MD)- The Annapolis Fall Regatta has developed into a Chesapeake Bay tradition since the Storm Trysail Club- Chesapeake Station founded the regatta in 2002.

    Longtime Storm Trysail Club member Dick Neville served as principal race officer. The Annapolis resident is widely recognized as one of the best in the business, having served as on-water chairman for Block Island Race Week and Key West Race Week among many major regattas.

    Neville sent the fleet on a nice tour of the Chesapeake Bay during the Friday distance race, which will be divided into two parts. The distance race started off Greenbury Point, with a scoring gate at the mid-point, providing competitors with an opportunity to recover from a poor start or bad leg to still earn a placement. “Effectively, it was two races, a fun formula for the sailors,” Neville said.

    Then, Neville managed to run three more races (for five total) off Thomas Point Lighthouse to complete the regatta. In the end, it was Robin Team’s famous J/122 TEAMWORK that virtually ran the table on the fleet, scoring a 1-1.5-2-1-1 for just 6.5 pts in the five races to win the ORC Division; no one else was even close.

    Robin Team has fond memories of the annual regatta organized by the Storm Trysail Club and held each October. The North Carolina skipper entered the 2008 edition and placed second in class, making the maiden competition for his J/122 a rousing success.

    “I will always remember that regatta because it started the current TEAMWORK career 10 years ago,” said Team, a resident of Lexington, N.C. “The boat was commissioned there in Annapolis and we entered that regatta to get a feel for how she sails.”

    TEAMWORK has made a name for itself up and down the East Coast in the decade since, capturing the prestigious Palmetto Cup as overall winner of Charleston Race Week four times and securing class championships at Key West Race Week four times. Most recently, TEAMWORK topped its class at Block Island Race Week in 2017.

    Team came back to the Chesapeake Bay for the first time since making his debut, hoping to add the Annapolis Fall Regatta to his long list of accomplishments- they succeeded in spades.

    “We love Annapolis and racing on the Chesapeake Bay is pretty good during that time of the year,” Team said.

    TEAMWORK is a family-based program with Robin sailing alongside his brother Adam and sons Alston and Coleman. Bill Fuqua, who has been best friends with Robin Team since they met at Camp Seagull as youngsters, might as well be family.

    Truth be told, three Annapolis-area sailors are also adopted Team family members after racing aboard Teamwork for almost 15 years, dating back to when Robin owned a J/120 that earned PHRF Boat of the Week honors at Key West.

    North Sails- Chesapeake professional Jonathan Bartlett is the long-time tactician aboard TEAMWORK while Kevin Ryman is the mainsail trimmer and Jeff Reidle the headsail trimmer.

    “Jonathan, Kevin and Jeff have been integral parts of our program and we would love to come up there and win that regatta in their hometown,” Team said.

    Jabin's once again served as home base with Storm Trysail Club- Chesapeake Station serving drinks and appetizers in the gazebo following Saturday’s action.  For more Storm Trysail Annapolis Fall Regatta sailing information

    NRV Crowned German J/70 Sailing League Champions
    (Hamburg, Germany)- The Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) from Hamburg were crowned as Champions for the 2018 German J/70 Sailing League for the fourth time!  After their title wins in 2013, 2014 and 2017, the Hamburg team kept their nerves in front of the home crowd, defend their championship title and collecting the fourth star for their jersey.

    "The event here in Hamburg, as well as the whole season, was nerve-racking and every time a tough fight. Everything can happen and, therefore, it was exciting to the last second. But, that's what's special about the league. In the end, it went perfectly for us and we are super happy and satisfied," explains Tobias Schadewaldt (helmsman).  His NRV teammates included Johann Kohlhoff, Klaas Höpcke and Malte Päsler.

    The NRV team record was Friedrichshafen (1st), Tutzing (8th), Travemunde (1st), Berlin (1st), Kiel (5th) and Hamburg (1st) for a total of just 17 pts in those six events.  Another 8 pts back, taking the silver on the podium was Bayerischer YC with 25 pts total and the bronze went to Wurttembergischer YC with 34 pts.  The balance of the top five included Wassersport-Verein Hemeligen in fourth with 34 pts and Verein Seglerhaus am Wansee in fifth with 40 pts.

    SAILING Champions League
    In addition, the final regatta in 2018 was also about qualifying for the SAILING Champions League. The four best clubs get hold of a starting place in the SAILING Champion League Semifinals for the 2019: Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Bayerischer YC, Wurttembergischer YC, and Verein Seglerhaus am Wansee.

    A big thank you to KRAFTWERK, Audi, SAP, Gazprom, Nord Stream, Marinepool, BAY, Dusseldorf, FSE Robline, Budweiser Budvar, North Sails and Mittelmann's shipyard. The sixth season of the German Sailing Bundesliga would not have been possible without the support of these strong partners.  For more German J/70 Sailing League information

    CVSAE Win French J/80 Sailing League Finale
    (La Rochelle, France)- Three and a half months after the first stage in Brest, the eighteen sailing clubs gathered in La Rochelle for the 3rd edition of the French National Sailing League, sailing in a fleet of matched J/80 one-design class sailboats.  Host for the regatta was the Société des Régates Rochelaises.

    After the Brest regatta, it was the APCC Voile Sportive Team from Nantes that was leading, just ahead of the Normans of the CV Saint Aubin Elbeuf (CVSAE). The teams were recruiting top talent to help them improve their performance, including such French sailing superstars like Kévin Péponnet (470 World Champion), Maxime Mesnil (3rd in the European Open Match-Racing Championship), and Pauline Courtois (World No. 1 in Women’s Match-Racing)!

    Day 1- Friday
    Racing started as scheduled at 12:30pm sharp in ideal conditions, with an East/ Northeast breeze of 10-15 knots and great sun.

    The racing took place at the foot of the Dike du Nouveau Monde Port des Minimes of La Rochelle. The Normans of CV Saint-Aubin Elbeuf (led by Cédric Chateau and Pauline Courtois) took the best start, with 3 victories in 4 contests. But, the Nantais of the APCC Voile Sportive and the Parisians of the CV Saint-Quentin were close behind in a formidable battle for the podium.

    Day 2- Saturday
    As yesterday, the weather conditions were perfect, with a 15- 20 knots blowing from the northeast. The leaders from the first day- APCC Nantes, CVSAE and CVSQ took control of the day.

    The Nantais of the APCC sailed well in the morning, by winning this first big meeting against the CVSQ and the CVSAE. But, the Normans, led by Cédric Chateau had the answer, with 4 more victories in 5 races thereafter. It was a performance that propelled them to the top of the standings on equal points with, amazingly enough, the APCC! At home, with their Olympic duo of Mathilde de Kérangat & Kévin Péponnet, the crew of the Société des Régats Rochelaises was very consistent throughout the day, and they just behind the APCC and the CVSAE after the day’s racing.

    Day 3- Sunday
    After six more races were sailed for each team on Sunday, it was clear the trio leading the regatta were not going to let up in their battle against each other.  Each of the teams continued to score top three tallies, with CVSAE closing out the series with two bullets to wrap up their win in La Rochelle as well as for the overall series win on a tie-breaker over APCC Voile Sportive Nantes.  Sailing well to take third was SR Rochelaises in La Rochelle, but ended up in 4th for the overall title.  CV Saint Quentin finished 4th in the regatta and, thus, took 3rd in the overall series.

    Day 1 highlights- https://www.facebook.com/lnvoile/videos/275177796442653/
    Day 2 highlights- https://www.facebook.com/lnvoile/videos/905486076318626/
    Day 3 highlights- https://www.facebook.com/lnvoile/videos/194644768094550/

    French Sailing League- Q&A interview of top teams (in French)   For more French J/80 Sailing League information

    YC Bielersee Tops Swiss Youth J/70 League
    (Tenero, Switzerland)- Twenty-one Swiss sailing clubs sailed their first ever Swiss Sailing League Youth Cup on Lago Maggiore. The host was the Locarno Yacht Club together with the Tenero National Youth Sport Center (CST). The teams sailed with a crew of five teenagers on the matched fleet of J/70 one-design sailboats.

    In dreamlike conditions, the Swiss Sailing League Youth Cup was launched on Lake Maggiore. With southerly winds of 8-12 kts, the fleet enjoyed nine races on the first day racing. After the first day of the regatta, the Bielersee YC was leading the fleet by just one point ahead of the Regattaclub Oberhofen, 3rd place was the Zurich Sailing Club.

    In excellent wind conditions, the fleet had a great set of races on the last day of the competition.  With five victories and a second place, the YC Bielersee won the regatta; their team included Damian Suri, Alissia Mueller, Chantal Suri, Léo Chassot and Florian Geissbühler. Taking second was the Zurich YC team led by skipper Lukas Looser and third place went to Regattaclub Oberhofen with helmsman Nick Zeltner.  For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information

    JOINT CUSTODY Dominates J/70 Fall Brawl
    (Annapolis, MD)- The Eastport YC hosted the annual J/70 Fall Brawl for a fleet of eighteen boats on the Chesapeake Bay.  The fleet was treated to a total of five races in nice sailing conditions.

    Winning the regatta with four deuces and a bullet was Ray Wulff’s crew on JOINT CUSTODY for a total of 9 pts.  Taking second was Henry Filter’s team on WILD CHILD with a 6-5-3-3-3 for 20 pts. Third was Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA with a tally of 3-6-4-7-7 for 27 pts.  Rounding out the top five were Peter Firey’s PHOENIX in 4th and Peter Bowe’s TEA DANCE SNAKE in 5th place.  For more J/70 Fall Brawl sailing information
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