• J/Newsletter- June 19th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The second week of June was packed with action taking place across America and a few good events in Europe. On the U.S.A.’s East Coast, the New York YC Annual Regatta concluded for IRC, ORC, and PHRF Handicap fleets for offshore keelboats. Participating were J/121s, J/122s, J/44s, J/120s, J/111s, J/109s, J/105s, the new J/99, J/29s, and J/92S. Off into the Atlantic Ocean, it was a fast Marion to Bermuda Race for a J/46 and J/122. Moving to the Midwest, the Edgewater YC hosted their Cleveland Race Week for one-design fleets of J/70s, J/24s, J/105s and also the J/120 National Championship.  Heading out to the west coast, three amazing events completed from California to Alaska. First, there was the epic, challenging Van Isle 360 Race that completed after nearly two weeks of sailing nine individual legs that provided 486.8nm of racing around the magnificent Vancouver Island in the Pacific Northwest. Then, in the same Pacific Northwest region, a J/24 completed the infamous 735.0nm Race 2 Alaska, an epic adventure for four brothers from the Victoria, BC region of Canada, a youth team that averaged 19.25 yrs old! Down in San Francisco Bay, St. Francis YC hosted the J/22 Lipton Cup for yacht clubs from around the Bay area.

    Over in continental Europe, the epic, brutal RORC de Guingand Bowl Race was sailed in full gale conditions off the southwest coast of England- only 20% of the fleet finished the 110.0nm race, the rest taking a DNF- a J/97 being the sole surviving J/Team! Down across the Bay of Biscay, the J/80 Campeonato de Espana was held for 43 teams, hosted by the Real Club Maritimo de Santander off Santander, Spain in simply spectacular sailing conditions.

    From our friends way, way Down Under, we find an Australian J/122 sailing off Perth, Western Australia. They completed the Royal Perth YC’s Bluewater Offshore series and along the way collected several pieces of coveted offshore racing silverware.

    J/22 North Americans Preview
    (Wayzata, MN)- The 2019 edition of the J/22 North American Championship will be taking place on Lake Minnetonka and hosted by the Wayzata Yacht Club.  J/22s have enjoyed tremendous popularity in Minnesota, especially since its sloped keel generally does a pretty good job of shedding what seem to be endless weed patches on the lake. The event is enjoying a huge turnout due to the support from the local fleet as well as those boats traveling in from the east coast that are looking to enjoy fabulous Midwestern hospitality.

    The sailors will have to contend with the notoriously shifty winds on the lake, as the funnel out of the many bays or roll over the hills surround the lake like mini-tornados.  The fleet of thirty-five boats includes many of the top teams, such as J/22 N.A. Champion Mike Marshall from Newport, RI sailing aboard BAD NEWS; Matt Zupon’s THE DUDE from Larchmont YC in New York; Chris Doyle’s THE JUG 4 1 from Youngstown YC in New York; Chris Princing’s AWARD & SPORTS/ EVIL DR. PORK CHOP from Tawas Bay YC in Michigan;

    Some “sleeper” teams that could enjoy success are COLLEGE FUND sailed by three young sailors (Tim Siemers, Will Holz, and Aidan Kennedy) and Todd McBee’s TWO DOLLAR PISTOL from Paducah, KY. For more J/22 North American Championship sailing information

    STC Block Island Race week Preview
    (Block Island, RI)- One of the highlights of summer sailing in northeast America is Storm Trysail Club’s bi-annual bacchanalian sailing festival known as Block Island Race Week. Sailing from June 23rd to 29th, thousands of sailors migrate to the beautiful island five miles offshore of Rhode Island.  It’s a bit of a pilgrimage for many sailors, some are veterans of more than two dozen BIRW’s; it’s a time to reconnect with old friends, a time to relax and socialize with hundreds of other sailors, enjoy the camaraderie of a shared love for the water, for sailing and for celebrations.

    The fleet of 125 boats has 57 J/Teams sailing, by far the dominant brand at the event with nearly half the fleet- 46.0% of the total. There are one-design fleets of J/88s, J/105s, and J/109s, plus teams sailing in ORC and PHRF handicap fleets.

    There are a half-dozen J/88s with a number of top crews that should be in the hunt, such as Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Justin Scagnelli’s ALBONDIGAS, Laura Weyler’s HIJINKS, and Mike Bruno’s WINGS.

    As the largest class in the event, the sixteen-boat J/105 Class has many top Eastern teams ready to do battle leading up to their J/105 North Americans later in the summer off Marblehead, MA. Bruce Stone, together with his wife Nicole Breault, co-own J/105 GOOD TRADE and will be seeking to defend their title as best in fleet and best overall performance at Block Island Race Week. The J/105s will be one of the most competitive fleets at Block Island, with top amateur teams like JINX (Bob Taylor is a past J/105 NA champion) and DEJA VOODOO (Bill Zartler from Texas has been J/105 Midwinters Champion). Then, top pro sailors that own and skipper their boats will certainly be near the top of the leaderboard; such as LOU LOU (sailmaker Paul Beaudin), SOLUTION (David Willis), and RAVEN (David Barron); the latter two own boat yards and their boats are super well-prepped.

    J/109s have eight teams participating, such at Tom Sutton’s LEADING EDGE, Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY, Robert Schwartz’s NORDLYS, and Bill Sweetser’s RUSH.  These four boats, in particular, have all won major J/109 championships in one way or another.

    The thirteen-boat PHRF 1 Class has seven J/crews; including five J/111s (Andrew & Sedge Ward’s BRAVO, Greg Slamowitz’s MANITOU, USMMA’s BLACK DIAMOND, Bill & Jackie Baxter’s FIREBALL, & Ken Comerford’s MONEYPENNY), Dan Heun’s J/122 MOXIEE, and Skip Young’s J/133 DRAGONFLY.

    Racing in the eleven-boat PHRF 2 Class will be the new J/99 AGENT 99 skippered by Rod and Jeff Johnstone from Stonington, CT.

    Not surprisingly, the fourteen-boat PHRF 3 Class will again see the famous battles from yesteryear between a number of very-well sailed J/29s. The protagonist? You guessed it.  The infamous HUSTLER sailed by John Esposito. The other three J/29s are Jack McGuire’s DIRTY HARRY, Steve Thurston’s MIGHTY PUFFIN, and John Cooper’s COOL BREEZE. Hoping to give them a challenge will be Sam Cushing’s J/80 THE PARTY TREE and John & Corinne Foster’s J/92 SALTIRE.

    Six J/Teams are sailing in ORC 2 Class.  Those teams include four J/121s (Don Nicholson’s APOLLO, Greg & Sarah Manning’s SARAH, Joe Brito’s INCOGNITO, & Peter Lewis’ WHISTLER) and two J/122s (Paul Milo’s ORION and the Team family (Robin, Alston Colman) on TEAMWORK.

    In the nine-boat Performance Cruising 1 Class are two J/120s (Charles Murphy’s TRUANT and Karen Harris’ CYGNI) and Brian Prinz’s J/125 SPECTRE. In the nine-boat Performance Cruising 2 Class are Richard Eytel’s J/95 THE GRIN and John Krediet’s J/97 PARTICIPANT II. While four J/29s will be doing battle in PHRF 3, two J/29s will be dueling in Performance Cruising 3 Class (Peter Hilgendorff’s MEDDLER and William Maher’s RIFT. Finally, in the PHRF Plus 1 Class, Eric Bicknese’s J/105 BIG E.Z. will be taking on a host of other short-handed teams.  For more STC Block Island Race Week sailing information

    Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week Preview
    (Long Beach, CA)- The Alamitos Bay YC and Long Beach YC are hosting the 2019 Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week from June 21st to 23rd for a fleet of 108 boats in what many consider to be one of the best sailing areas on the California coastline. Even though southern California is famous for its “June Gloom” (where mornings start with thick sea fog along the coast, 100 ft visibility no less), the powerful sun burns it all off by noontime and generates a fairly strong seabreeze from the WNW that can kick-in up to 20 kts by late afternoon!

    Thirty-six J/Teams (about 33.0% of the fleet) are participating in the popular event. By far the biggest one-design class is the eighteen J/70s; many of those teams have an eye towards the J/70 World Championship that will be sailed in the same waters in 2020. Some of the top teams include Bruce Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS, Chris Kostanecki’s JENNIFER, Peter Cameron’s KANGAROO JOCKEY, Curt Johnson’s AVET 2.01, Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT, Jim Murrell’s HUCKLEBERRY, Tom Garret’s SLOOP JOHN B, and Patrick Danly’s BOONDOGGLE.

    The eighteen-boat PHRF Division includes three J/105s (William Quealy’s J-RABBIT SLIM, Scott McDaniel’s OFF THE PORCH, & George Scheel’s SUN PUFFIN), two J/109s (Jeff Shew’s FUZZY LOGIC & Heinz Butner’s RAPTOR), Ken Kieding’s J/111 ARGO 3, and David Boatner’s J/35 RIVAL.

    Finally, in the PHRF Random Leg Division includes Timothy Harmon’s J/124 CIRRUS.  For more Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week sailing information

    Kiel Week Preview
    (Kiel, Germany)- Even in its 138th year, Kieler Woche still plays a virtuoso performance on the keyboard of festivity: Kieler Woche is the largest summer festival in Northern Europe.

    From the 22nd to 30th of June, more than three million visitors from all over the world will be diving into the colorful and multi-facetted life of Kieler Woche.

    Around 2,000 events in areas of culture, sailing, summer festival, entertainment, science, industry and sport come together to form a maritime symphony. Visitors are promised nine days of high spirits in the far North of Europe.

    The sailing program is quite remarkable and it is all hosted and orchestrated by Kieler YC, Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, and Verein Seglerhaus am Wansee. There are three J/One-Design classes that are participating- J/24s, J/70s, and J/80s.

    In the twenty-eight-boat J/24 class are teams from the USA, Sweden, Germany, and Great Britain.  The leading teams may include Duncan McCarthy’s MADELEINE from the U.K., the Swedish team of Per-Hakan Persson on FRONT RUNNER, the American team of Keith Whittemore on FURIO (which includes Brian Thomas, Shelby Milne, Mark Rodgers & Willem van Waay), and the German teams of JJONE (Frithjof Schade), VITESSE (Manfred Konig), RUNNING MEN (Stephan Mais), HENK (Frank Schonfeldt), HUNGRIGER WOLF (Fabian Damm), UNITED 5 (Jan Kahler), and HANSA PROJEKT (Hauke Kruss).

    The largest one-design sportboat class at Kieler Woche is the forty-two-boat J/70 class; that dramatic growth is a result of the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga that has standardized on the world’s most successful one-design sportboat class- the International J/70 Class. Teams that are attending come from Austria, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden. Some of the leading teams may include Claas Lehmann’s ONKEL HANNE and Henning Frenzel’s JOYCE, amongst others.

    The J/80 Class has fifteen participants from Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark. The leading team will certainly be Germany’s Martin Menzner and his PIKE crew of Nils Beltermann, Lars Keilwitz, and Christian Drews.  For more Kiel Week sailing information

    J/70 Youth SAILING Champions League Preview
    (Kiel, Germany)- The Youth SAILING Champions League (YSCL) is set to take place over three days of intense competition from 22 to 24 June. Twenty-one clubs from nine nations, including Australia celebrating its first SAILING Champions League appearance, will be coming to the event that takes place during Kiel Week, the world’s largest sailing event that attracts every kind of sailor, from weekend warriors to Olympic Champions. The clubs taking part in the under-22 regatta are from Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland.

    This is Australia’s first participation in the SAILING Champions League, and Jack Littlechild, the helmsman from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, said, “as the first Australian team to compete in a SAILING Champions League event, we are extremely excited for the racing in Kiel and thankful for this amazing opportunity. We are also very proud to be representing our country and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. We hope that through this event we can help build the National Sailing League at home as it is a great opportunity for all the sailing clubs in Australia and New Zealand to compete against each other in a really fun format of racing.”

    Last year’s winner, Bodensee Yacht Club Überlingen (Germany), are back to defend their title. The 2018 YSCL event was also the first time for the four-boat final format to determine the winner. Konstantin Steidle, helmsman from Überlingen, was keen to repeat the club’s winning ways, “since March we have been training several weekends and we have also sailed the German Youth League in Starnberg with almost the same team composition. Of course, we hope to win the Youth SAILING Champions League again, although we know that our national and international competitors will send strong and well trained teams.”

    Live Broadcasting & Results by SAP
    The regatta will have two slots in the live broadcast of Kiel Week on Saturday, 22 June, from 13:00hrs to 15:00hrs (CEST) and on Monday, 24 June, from 12:00hrs (CEST). The live broadcast is available on sailing-championsleague.com.

    The SAP Sailing Analytics provide 24/7 additional statistics and data for sailors, fans, spectators and media like GPS tracking, real-time analysis, live leaderboard combined with 2D visualization. You find all results on sapsailing.com!  Sailing photo credits- Lars Wehrmann   Youth J/70 2018 SAILING Championship highlights   For more Youth J/70 SAILING Champions League information

    RORC Morgan Cup Preview
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with the Morgan Cup. The seventh offshore race of the series will start on Friday 21 June at 7pm from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line. Bound for Dieppe across the English Channel, ninety-five teams have entered the race to the fishing port on the Normandy Coast.

    Sailing in the IRC 1 Class of fifteen boats are two J/121s- Samuel Hall’s JACKHAMMER and Nick Angel’s ROCK LOBSTER.

    In the huge twenty-seven boat IRC 2 Class are Simon Grier-Jones J/111 SNOW LEOPARD, the famous duo of Gilles Fournier/ Corinne Migraine’s J/133 PINTIA, Chris Daniel’s J/122E JUNO, and Clive Miles’ J/122 JANGLE.

    The large twenty-one boat IRC 3 Class features five J/109s (the Royal Air Force’s RED ARROW, Greg Nasmyth’s JARHEAD, the Royal Navy’s JOLLY JACK TAR, Rob Cotterill’s MOJO RISIN, and William Stock/ Andy Oliver’s JENGU) and the doublehanded duo of Tom Hayhoe and Natalie Jobling’s J/105 MOSTLY HARMLESS.

    In the twenty-three boat IRC 4 Class is David McGough’s J/109 JUST SO and Paul Lewis’ J/105 RUM N CORK II.  For more RORC Morgan Cup sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Jun 20-23- J/22 North Americans- Wayzata, MN
    Jun 20-21- J/24 Florida States- Melbourne, FL
    Jun 20-21- Van Uden Reco Regatta- Stellendam, The Netherlands
    Jun 21-23- Pornic  J/80 Cup- Pornic, France
    Jun 21- Scotch Bonnet Lighthouse Race- Rochester, NY
    Jun 21-23- Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week- Long Beach, CA
    Jun 22-30- Kiel Week- Kiel, Germany
    Jun 22-24- J/70 Youth SAILING Champions League- Kiel, Germany
    Jun 23-28- Block Island Race Week- Block Island, RI
    Jun 25-29- IRC European Championship- San Remo, Italy
    Jun 28- Queen’s Cup Race- Milwaukee, WI
    Jun 29-30- New York YC One-Design Regatta- Newport, RI
    Jun 29- Round Island Race- Isle of Wight, England
    Jun 29- Stratford Shoal Race- Riverside, CT
    Jul 4-7- J/70 SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg, Russia
    Jul 5-7- RORC IRC National Championship- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
    Jul 5-7- Sail Newport Regatta- Newport, RI
    Jul 6-13- J/70 European Championship- Malcesine, Italy
    Jul 6-13- J/22 World Championship- Warnemunde, Germany
    Jul 10- 50th Transpac Race- Los Angeles, CA

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

    FUN Cleveland Race Week
    PROOF Wins J/120 North Americans
    (Cleveland, OH)- Seventy-two teams competed on Lake Erie from June 14-16 in Cleveland Race Week’s One Design Weekend, part of the largest sailing regatta on Lake Erie and one of the largest on the Great Lakes hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club. Racing began on Friday for several classes, with the remainder beginning on Saturday. This year, the regatta included the J/120 National Championship.

    Ten fleets competed over the weekend on four racecourses. Conditions were ideal on Friday, with 12-16 kts out of the northwest, sunshine, and 1-2’ waves. Saturday brought 8-12 kts from the southwest, with flat water and a bit of rain for the competitors to deal with. Sunday dawned extremely foggy and glassy; the regatta was placed on a 1-hour delay onshore before racing was entirely abandoned for the day and the regatta concluded.

    The J/120 National Championship kicked off on Friday, with what could only be described as champagne sailing conditions. The first race began promptly at 12:00pm.  There were seven boats on the line; the hometown VIVA LA VIDA, Buffalo Yacht Club’s SLEDGE HAMMER, PROOF from Grosse Pointe, and Bayview Yacht Club’s FUNTECH RACING, HOT TICKET, J-HAWKER, and SLEEPING TIGER.

    Three races were completed in strong conditions with the slowly dying breeze, each with a different winner. PROOF came out of the day strong with 6 points, followed closely by HOT TICKET with 7 points. Racing on Saturday was more challenging, with 4 races completed in shifty conditions. PROOF solidified their lead with a consistent 2- 2-2-1, placing a six-point gap between them and HOT TICKET in second. Racing in the middle of the fleet got intense, with only 10 points separating 2nd and 5th place at the end of the regatta. FUNTECH RACING placed third with 24 points, HOT TICKET finished second with 19 points, and PROOF became the 2019 J/120 National Champions with 13 points.

    Nine boats sailed in the J/70 class. Winning was Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA with 14 pts, followed by Tod Sackett’s FM with 18. Rounding out the podium in third place was Dave Kerr’s JILLY BABY.

    Marcus Rogers’ WIND MONKEY certainly had the wind at their back all weekend, posting four bullets to win the J/24 class by a landslide.  Second with nearly as good a record was Ryan Lashaway’s RUNNING ON EMPTY with three 2nds.  Third was Mark Sprenger & Ramon Eckert’s ORANGE WHIPE.

    The half-dozen J/105 class also had a winner scoring all aces, with Chip Schaffner’s FALL LINE running the table to take the win.  Second was Robert Mock’s UNBRIDLED and third went to Ron Carson’s DARK’N’STORMY.

    Following racing each day, competitors were greeted with live music, great food, and cocktails provided by sponsors Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Pusser’s Rum, and Regatta Craft Mixers. The Race Committee did an outstanding job on all four courses and in all weather conditions. Following two days off, Cleveland Race Week starts up again with the Junior Day on Wednesday, and Women’s, Doublehanded and RC Boat Racing Wednesday evening. Offshore Racing will begin on Thursday evening and continue through the weekend.  Follow Cleveland Race Week on Facebook here  For more Cleveland Race Week sailing information

    Windy New York YC Annual Regatta
    (Newport, RI)- With the exception of maybe a little more sun and a little less rain, Robin Team has a hard time imagining a better Father’s Day. The J/122 skipper from Lexington, N.C., spent Sunday sailing with his two sons in testing conditions and putting the finishing touches on a near flawless weekend of racing at the 165th edition of the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta including the Swan American Regatta.

    “What better way to way to spend Father’s Day than racing offshore with your two sons and getting the opportunity to walk across the stage at the New York Yacht Club,” says Team. He didn’t add winning, but maybe he didn’t have to. That was merely the cherry on top.

    The Teamwork crew, which also includes Team's brother, started the long weekend with a convincing win in IRC 4 in Friday’s Around-the-Island Race, and carried that winning feeling into two days of buoy racing in big breeze and cresting waves on Rhode Island Sound. Teamwork won three races yesterday and the first race today. With the overall title all but in the bag, Team and his crew were a little cautious in the final race in order to preserve their assets for Block Island Race Week, which starts a week from Monday.

    “We were in a J3 [jib] all day long and we ended up running three different spinnakers based on the conditions,” says Team. “We just changed gears based on the wind intensity. All of that made it really, really fun. Toward the end of the regatta, we got a little bit conservative because we did have a lead and we didn’t want to break anything. So we ran a [smaller high-wind spinnaker] on one leg and ran a [reaching spinnaker] on the final leg to the finish.”

    A fourth in that final race was the lone blemish on an otherwise perfect scorecard. But finishing that race overlapped with another competitor after 90 minutes of hard racing just emphasized how competitive it was in IRC 4, which made the overall victory that much sweeter.

    “That was one of the beautiful things about this regatta,” says Team. “The rating band was really tight and you knew how you did at the end of the race instead of waiting for the corrected times to come out. It was fun to have two other J/122s there, they were really well-sailed boats, we love sailing against them. The J/111s and the J/44s were all great competition as well. We’ll be back.”

    Behind TEAMWORK in the IRC 4 Class comprised of all J/Boats was New York YC Commodore Bill Ketcham’s J/44 MAXINE in second, followed by Andrew & Sedge Ward’s J/111 BRAVO in third place.  Rounding out the top five were two J/122s- Jack Gregg’s TARAHUMARA in 4th and Paul Milo’s ORION in 5th position.

    In the J/109 division, Bill Sweetser’s RUSH defeated a highly competitive fleet with a 3-1-1-2-2 record for 9 pts.  Taking the silver was Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY on a tie-breaker at 12 pts each over Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING.  The rest of the top five included Tom Sutton’s LEADING EDGE in 4th and Brian Kiley’s GAMBIT in 5th place.

    John Thouron’s J/122 DUNDER from Burlington, VT won PHRF 2 Class of nine-boats.  Third was Bob Manchester’s J/120 VAMOOSE and fifth was Abhijeet Lee’s J/111 VARUNA.

    PHRF 3 class was loaded with nine J/Teams.  In the end, Jeff Johnstone’s new J/99 AGENT 99 took second place with Mark Lindquist’s J/105 STERLING securing third.  The trio of Joyce/ Reservitz/ Wagner took 5th on their J/105.  Sixth was yet an other J/105, Don Santa’s SANTAS REIGN DEAR from Annapolis, MD and 7th was EC Helme’s J/92S SPIRIT.

    PHRF 4 class saw J/crews take 3 of the top 5 spots.  Top boat was Steve Thurston’s J/29 MIGHTY PUFFIN i second.  Fourth was Jack McGuire’s J/29 DIRTY HARRY and fifth went to Daniel Stone’s J/80 HOT STREAK.

    In IRC 3 Class racing offshore, Joe Brito’s J/121 INCOGNITO sailed well, improving every race in their first regatta of the year, closing on high note with a 2-1 on the last two races on Sunday.  Sailing photo credits- Bill Shea Photography.  For more New York YC Annual Regatta sailing information

    Australia J/122 Offshore Success
    (Perth, Western Australia)- The J/122 JOSS has been well-sailed and well-loved by her owner Ian Clyne since her launch in late 2012. She has cruised more than half way around Australia, departing from Sydney to Port Moresby (1,930nm), then across to Darwin (1,100nm), then onwards to her home in Perth WA (2,300nm)- a total distance of 5,330nm (about the width of the Pacific Ocean)!

    Since arriving in Perth, Ian and crew have been going from strength-to-strength each racing season. This 2018/2019 Ocean Racing West Australia (ORWA) season truly reflects the teamwork and talent of the crew and the performance and capability of the J/122.  JOSS competed in the Ocean Racing season from September through to April, with races varying from 300nm+ Bluewater races, Offshore and Inshore races, finishing 1st or 2nd throughout the season.

    The ORWA season incorporates some of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious races including the 170nm Bunbury and return race that was first raced in 1948. Being the oldest offshore race in Western Australia it will always have a special place in history. Also, the 336nm Fremantle to Albany race that was first raced in 1968 and is unique in that it takes competitors through both the Indian and Southern Oceans.

    Ian commented, “It has been a brilliant team effort from everyone who sailed on JOSS in 2018/19. We sailed in 15 Ocean Races winning 7 Div 1 IRC, 6 Div 1 YAH (local performance handicap) with podium finishes in several other races against a very competitive and modern racing fleet. A sincere thank you to ORWA, FSC, RFBYC, RPYC, SoPYC, Hillarys YC, as the Organising Authorities for their respective Offshore Races, and to Race Control & the many volunteers.”

    To top it off Ian won the ORWA’s Skipper of the Year Award and Alex Babel on bow jointly won Male Crew of the Year.  Other JOSS nominees were ORWA Male Crewman- Rees Howell and ORWA Female Crew of the Year- Karen Koedyk.

    On behalf of Yachtspot (J/Boats Australia) we wish to congratulate Ian and his crew for the fantastic racing season on their J/122 JOSS.  Their results included:
    • Siska Trophy Overall Bluewater Series 2nd IRC, 1st YAH
    • Offshore Series 1st IRC, 1st YAH
    • Weekender/Inshore Series 1st IRC , 2nd YAH
    • RFBYC “Farrawa Cup” Series, 2nd Overall IRC, 2nd IRC, 1st YAH
    • FSC’s “Success Cup” Series, 1st Overall IRC, 1st Overall YAH, 1st IRC, 1st YAH
    • FSC’s “Captain Stirling Cup” Series, 1st Overall IRC, 1st Overall YAH, 1st IRC, 1st YAH

    Botín Wins J/80 Campeonato de Espana
    (Santander, Spain)- The forty-three teams that were participating in the 2019 edition of the Campeonato de Espana were treated to simply spectacular sailing conditions in the beautiful bay off Santander, Spain.  Three sunny days, winds rising up to 15-25 kts on the last day, the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains off to the southeast made for a spectacular weekend events.

    Rising to the occasion to win the regatta in a dominating performance was one of Spain’s top Olympic sailors- the Cantabrian Diego Botín from the Real Club Maritimo de Santander. Botín and his crew on ONO M & G TRESSIS put their stamp of authority on the event by winning four of seven races for an 8 pts net score.

    The pre-regatta favorite, the Cantabrian double J/80 World Champion- José María “Pichu” Torcida- took second place with his RCM Santander team on AILA with 23 pts net.  Just one point behind them on the final step of the podium was Jose Azqueta Arrue on BIOBIZZ with 24 pts net.

    Among the Women’s Team, it was the President of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation- Julia Casanueva- skippering CENTRAL OPTICA that won the Women’s Trophy.  Meanwhile, winning the Under 25 Division was J/80 WORLDS 2019 GETXO skippered by the Basque Nicolás Viar.  Sailing Photo credits- Jesus Lastra
    For more Spanish J/80 Sailing Championship

    Fast Marion to Bermuda Race
    (Marion, MA)- The 22nd running of the Marion to Bermuda Race will certainly go down in the records books as one of the fastest races ever, with most boats finishing in around 58 hours elapsed time- making for about an 11.3 kts average for the 40 to 45 footers across the race track. A favorable Gulf Stream meander certainly helped boost the fleet’s COG/ SOG speeds and angles!

    Hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club, Blue Water Sailing Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, the fleet of boats took off on Friday June 14th at 12 noon in a solid breeze that never let up for a majority of the race.

    This year’s Founder’s Division had thirty-nine entries. Taking fifth place in the Founders B Division was the J/46 MOJO sailed by Eric & Robert Grubman from Milford, CT.  Then, finishing seventh in the same division was the J/122 AUGUST WEST, skippered by Jamey Shachoy from Marion, MA.  For more Marion to Bermuda Race sailing information

    J/Crews Sweep Van Isle 360 Race!
    (Victoria/ Nanaimo, BC)- The biennial Van Isle 360 Race was an epic adventure and experience for nearly a dozen J/Teams that participated in the 2019 edition.  Comprised of nine individual legs that circumnavigate the outrageously picturesque Vancouver Island off the Pacific coastline of British Columbia, the race was full of drama as each leg completed and teams fought for good overall results.

    The combination of the nine legs determined the class winners as well as the overall winner.  The legs were:
    1. Nanaimo to Comox- 36.9nm
    2. Comox to Campbell River- 27.6nm
    3. Deepwater Bay to Hardwicke Island- 24.2nm
    4. Hardwicke Island to Telegraph Cove- 41.0nm
    5. Telegraph Cove to Port Hardy- 28.7nm
    6. Port Hardy to Winter Harbour- 69.1nm
    7. Winter Harbour to Ucluelet- 138.1nm
    8. Ucluelet to Victoria Harbour- 98.2nm
    9. Victoria Harbour to Nanaimo- 59.9nm
    That made for a total of at least 486.8nm down the rhumbline. The fleet experienced the standard extremes of weather- from complete glass outs, waiting for breeze, to 40 to 50 kt microbursts ripping down from the mountains peaks on Vancouver Island transited across the notorious Johnstone Straits.

    In the end, J/Teams led sweeps in the two largest big boat divisions. In the PHRF Division 1, winning was B. Chan and A. Smyth’s J/111 65 RED ROSES II with 19 pts and also taking 1st PHRF Overall (six classes). Tied going into the last race from Victoria to Nanaimo, it was Scott Campbell’s J/121 RIVA winning the final leg to take second in class over Bill Fox’s J/160 JAM that settled for third place.

    Then, in PHRF Division 2 the final leg became a complete cliffhanger for the two leading J/109s. Indeed, they both ended up tied on 25 pts each. Winning on count-back was T. Sitar’s J/109 SERENDIPITY over Mark Hansen’s J/109 MOJO. Completing the podium with the bronze medal was C & J Wolfe’s J/120 SHEARWATER and taking fifth was Tolga Cezik’s J/109 LODOS.  For more Van Isle 360 Race sailing information

    Epic, Brutal RORC De Guingand Bowl Race
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- With 40 knots of wind speed recorded during the 110.0nm race, the 2019 RORC De Guingand Bowl was undoubtedly a tough test for both the crews and competing yachts. Starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, a four-mile downwind leg to Browndown provided a breath-taking start. The fleet then returned through the Solent upwind with a building tide through Hurst Narrows. The beating continued all the way to East Shambles off Weymouth. After the long hard beat, the fleet turned east for a long sleigh ride back around the south side of the Isle of Wight, with a beat to finish at Mother Bank.

    “The southwesterly pressure and the tidal flow meant that heading east was not going to be a good option,” commented RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone. “The lesser of the two evils was to send the fleet east for an hour or more, then send them west through Hurst Narrows, when the water was still fairly flat. As a 24-hour test, these conditions are great for preparing for the bigger races that the RORC organizes, the Rolex Fastnet Race being one of them.”

    Because the race was so brutal, most divisions recorded nearly all DNF’s.  The sole J/Team to finish was Chris Miles’ J/97E HIGH JINKS in taking 5th place in IRC 4 Division and 4th place in the IRC Doublehanded Division- quite a remarkable feat in such harrowing weather.  Fifteen boats finished, forty-two did not, an extraordinarily high attrition rate for any race!  For RORC de Guingand Bowl Race sailing information

    Fun & Games @ J/22 Lipton Cup
    (San Francisco, CA)- As part of the three-day Lipton Cup Regatta, teams from ten yacht clubs competed for the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Trophy on Saturday, June 15. Conditions for the StFYC J/22s were perfect in the Keller Cove race area, with winds in the 12-15 kt range, and moderate chop.

    The competition got closer and closer with each race, and after the 6th and final race of the day, Richmond Yacht Club won with 11 points, Inverness Yacht Club was second with 13 points, and San Francisco Yacht Club was third with 14 points.

    The teams competing in the regatta included- St. Francis Yacht Club, Berkeley Yacht Club, Corinthian Yacht Club, Encinal Yacht Club, South Beach Yacht Club, and Tahoe Yacht Club.  For more J/22 Lipton Cup sailing information

    J/24 Completes Race 2 Alaska- a 1st for J/24s!
    (Vancouver, BC)- With its lack of handicaps, lack of rules, and Wild West attitude, on the surface it would seem the Race to Alaska is a setup to disappoint just about everyone. If you’re focused only on the capital “W” win, it’s a forgone conclusion that bankrolled teams of sailors with better-than-Olympics credentials will grab the prize, grab the glory, and leave the everyone else in the dust.

    To the surprise of no one close to the race and paying attention, that preconception is as true as it isn’t. While the only prizes were given out some five days prior, recognition of the valor and dedication of those who simply finish could be seen at the dock today as throngs of teams who came before were on hand to welcome finishers.

    Sometimes it’s about standing on the podium, most of the time it’s about standing with yourself and the satisfaction you’ve done something extraordinary— whether or not people applaud.

    The two teams bookending today’s Ketchikan finish line embody the second kind of accomplishment and seemingly represent a time-lapsed view of Canadian lives well-sailed.

    The “Teen Beat” sleeper cell sensation of Team McGuffin Brothers Racing completed the course and earned the honor of being the collectively youngest team to ever finish this thing. If only to revel in the incredible, in a way they probably won’t, we’d like to point out that the new bar for youngest team boasts an average age of 19.25 years!!

    If Team Pitoraq’s victory was rooted in a lifetime culmination, Team MBR’s landed solidly in the “Are you kidding me?” envy of a teenage rite of passage, with everyone greeting them on the dock in Ketchikan wishing they’d had the parents and the courage to have done this in their day.

    The cherub-cheeked, “aw shucks” everything of the three actual and one honorary brothers won the day and the hearts of fellow racers and Ketchikan fans who came down to welcome them.

    To a person, the onlookers were in awe of a life path, so well started, and largely yet to come.

    “This trip is something that the rest of us built towards, this is their baseline— imagine what else they’ll do.”

    The crowd was as impressed as it was filled with questions, and the brothers deferential answers were those of the humble, their sparse words offered in the rare brand of taciturn that lies between shy and polite. They hit the dock with uniformly bare feet and matching grey sweaters with MBR patches hand sewn on the breast.

    How did you pick your uniforms?
    “Well, I like Stanfields, and Callum likes Stanfields so we thought they would be pretty good.”

    How was the boat?
    “Pretty good.” They had leaks from the forward hatch, main hatch, lazarette hatch, the toe rail, and the mast boot. “Pretty much everything leaked.” The only time they begrudgingly conceded things might have been less than ideal were the times when they woke up for watch in the 1am darkness and waded through the damp clothes they had drying below. “There was a big wave, we had our hatch open, and we got pretty wet I broke the leeboard and ended up in Duncan’s bunk, but other than that, it was pretty good.”

    What did you eat?
    “Baked beans, chia pudding, and canned sprats.” Sprats, for the un-indoctrinated are the tins of fish that they would crack open and share for lunch, dinner and sometimes breakfast.

    Three times a day and for eight days straight; unabashed, unresentful and recounted with a smile. The tins were the gift of their grandfather in Ottawa who bought them and sent them; apparently making the rounds and clearing the shelves of Ottawa’s strategic reserve of tinned fish to send his boys north. The fact that they were eating canned fish bought in Canada’s inland capital 3,000 kilometers east, then sent to the heart of it’s seafood industry was an irony that only occurred to them after the question was posed.

    They had food; they ate it gratefully, and had enough leftover that they were planning to eat it for their return trip south. Sprats north, sprats south, and on the way back they were going to meet up with their grandfather, Granddad Sprats himself. There’d be plenty for him, too.

    What did you miss?
    “None of us drink coffee or beer, so we’re set on those.” They settled on hamburgers, and after climbing the dock to the racer party they set into a four identical plates of burgers and fries, appreciatively consumed at a politely moderate pace.

    What do they do for fun?
    “Well, we mostly just sail.” They replied to the question of whether or not it felt weird to be done, with the unintentional punch line, “Well, we still have to go all the way back…”

    They were planning on shore leave of no more than a day. They needed to get back, so were going to limit their wild and crazy to picking up their outboard, restocking some fresh food, and that’s exactly it.

    Duncan was hoping to make it back in time for his last day of school, the rest were going to get ready for their canoe trip down the Mackenzie River.

    For the teams that came before, and likely those to come, the finish line is at least a reprieve and at most an ending. For Team MBR it was the beginning of a “no-parents summer” that starts with R2AK and culminates in a canoe trip to the Arctic Circle.

    The trip to K-town wasn’t a hardship, it was fun; not the vice fueled Spring Break binge of excess of their peers to the south.  It was the adventure version of a jigsaw puzzle and a cup-of-tea type enjoyable.

    So, it was the trip back that couldn’t start soon enough. They had their granddad’s sprats, the last thing they needed was to hang around on shore and stress. Or, consume beer in order to cope with a hardship that for them doesn’t even exist. They are the very definition of “Pretty good.”

    Whether you are more or less than their average of 19 years, imagine where you would be after eight days and 700 miles of non-stop sailing?

    Would you gloat in self-satisfaction? Would you crave the indulgences of civilization, movies, girls, or at the very least a temporary antidote to the banal inconveniences that brought you here: a dry bed, a hot shower, a plated meal, ice cream—anything other than the steady state diet of less sleep and more canned fish?

    Would you offer a tinge of anything less that the honest and holistic optimism of “Pretty good?”

    For the McGuffins, and to the envy of everyone, their answer was true. They were pretty good, and their smiles were only rivaled by those on the adults at the dock who had found in them the role models for youth they were too late to follow.

    They had just sailed to Alaska, alone and unassisted as young as 16, and with as little as 6 months sailing experience. They weren’t self-impressed or particularly jubilant, and it didn’t seem to dawn on them to be as proud as everyone else was.

    They were “pretty good,” but better than just about everybody.

    McGuffin Brothers Racing finished 13th at a very convenient 7:21 PM on June 14. And have the new record for Youngest Team at a combined age of 19.25 years old. They beat out the 2018 J/88 Team Blue Flash; remarkably, their combined ages were 19.5 years old!

    It’s blowing strong out of the north in Johnstone Strait, making it very difficult for teams to get to the Queen Charlotte’s and beyond. However, those teams already there are seeing some light winds mixed with some real southerlies moving them quickly to their goal.  Follow TEAM MBR’s exploits on Instagram here  and on their Team MBR Facebook page here  Here is Team MBR’s website  For more R2AK sailing information and tracking information
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  • J/Newsletter- June 12th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The summer sailing season has truly kicked into full-gear in America with no less than eight major events taking place across the 3,000 mile expanse of the 51 states. The biggest event took place in the Midwest, where the HELLY HANSEN Chicago NOOD Regatta was hosted by the Chicago YC for a cast of thousands on Lake Michigan, off the extraordinary, magnificent Chicago city waterfront lined with some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. The racing included one-design fleets of J/70s, J/105s, J/109s, J/88s, and J/111s and PHRF Racers. Crazily enough, simultaneously taking place in the northeast coastline were three big events; the Annapolis to Newport Race hosted by the Annapolis YC for a PHRF fleet that included a J/111, J/120, J/44, J/110, J/42, and J/35. Sailing across their bows, literally, was the Bermuda One-Two Race fleet, hosted by Newport YC, which included two J/120s and a J/121. Then, as those two fleets sailed past New York, the Lady Liberty Cup Regatta was taking place on the infamous Hudson River under the watchful eye of the Statue of Liberty. The regatta was sailed on a fleet of J/24s for a dozen women’s teams at Manhattan YC in New York.  Back to the Midwest, we got our usual Mills Trophy Race report from the J/34 IOR KNEE DEEP in Cleveland, OH- their sailing video is quite amusing, as usual!

    Out west, there were a number of big events taking place. For starters, the biennial Van Isle 360 Race has been taking place for a fleet that includes a J/121, J/122, J/109, and J/111. The race is a 487.0nm circumnavigation of Vancouver Island that takes place in exactly nine legs; both an endurance contest and enormous adventure! Add it to your “Bucket List”! The vistas of snow-capped mountains, killer whales, seals, golden eagles, bald eagles, and all matter of WILD LIFE would make your eyes water in tears at the raw beauty of the Pacific Northwest. No question a number of the boats sailing in the Van Isle 360 passed by a number of the participants in the infamous Race 2 Alaska.  An event that includes a brother’s J/24 team- Team McGuffin Brothers from British Columbia; they’re racing from Seattle (essentially) up the inside passage to Ketchikan, Alaska- only 725.0nm! Easy peasy in a J/24, right? Down south in somewhat warmer waters (51 F max) was the Farallones Race for fully-crewed yachts hosted by San Francisco YC for a group of four J/120s and four dozen other boats; it was a fast race.

    Over in Europe, the biggest offshore event just completed in the Mediterranean. The increasingly popular Rolex Giraglia Race is actually a series of events that starts in one of the world’s most famous “watering holes”- St Tropez, France. After three days of inshore races, the fleet took off on the 241.0nm race around Giraglia Rock off the northeastern point of Corsica- going from St Tropez to Monte Carlo, Monaco; participating were J/122s, J/112, and J/109s. Then, up in Scandinavia, the Marstrand Big Boat Race took place off Marstrand, Sweden; two J/111s and J/109 were vying for class honors.

    Cleveland Race Week Preview
    (Cleveland, OH)- The Edgewater Yacht Club will be hosting their week-long event known as the Cleveland Race Week. Unique amongst most major yacht clubs in America, it features three types of offshore and one-design sailing in one week of fun! Those events are the PHRF Offshore Regatta for big boats, the One-Design Regatta for all kinds of one-design classes, and then a PHRF Women’s/ Doublehanded Regatta.  As a pioneer in sailing, the Edgewater YC continues to innovate and attract a broad spectrum of sailors to their events, from kids to women, novices to experts, sailors from all across the spectrum.

    Offshore Regatta
    For the offshore regatta, there is an enormous twenty-six boat PHRF Spinnaker handicap class that has numerous J/Teams participating. Featured in that group are two J/111s- Don Hudak’s CAPERS and Hugh Scott Seaholm’s PAPA’s TOY. Joining them is Tim Yanda’s J/120 VIVA LA VIDA. In the PHRF Non-Spinnaker division will be Doug Wahl’s classic J/offshore design- the J/30 RUBBER SOUL.

    Also sailing the offshore event is the J/105 Class. A number of the top J/105 teams on Lake Erie will be sailing, including the famous Uhlir Brother’s TRIO, Ron Carson’s DARK N STORMY, Tom & Cindy Einhouse’s OVATION, Robert Mock’s UNBRIDLED, and Eric Sutherland’s ROLLICK.

    One-Design Regatta
    The one-design portion of the regatta includes fleets of J/24s, J/70s, J/105s, and the J/120 North American Championship.

    The J/24s have nine boats participating; including two women’s teams- Cathleen Graf’s GRAFIX and Natalie Dugan’s OHIO STATE BUCKEYES.

    The nine-boat J/70 class has several top teams, such as Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA from Long Island Sound, Tod Sackett’s FM, and Mark Wolff’s JAM.

    The J/105s will have the same six boats that participated in the Offshore Regatta.

    Finally, the event marks the 2019 edition of that classic offshore racer, the J/120 North American Championship. Participating will be most of the top teams from across the Great Lakes (ranging from Lake Ontario to Lake Michigan), including such legends as Charlie Hess’ FUNTECH RACING, Mike & Bob Kirkman’s HOT TICKET, Ken Brown’s J-HAWKER, Tom Lewin’s SLEDGE HAMMER, Tim Yanda’s VIVA LA VIDA, Mike Fozo & Robin Kendrick’s PROOF, and John Harvey’s SLEEPING TIGER.

    PHRF Women’s Division
    The third component of the event is the Women’s and Doublehanded Divisions.  Sailing in the Women’s Division are two J/105’s- Harriet Uhlir, Mindy Sminchak, Laura Schaefer are sailing TRIO from Edgewater YC and Cindy Einhouse’s OVATION for Edgewater YC. Then, in the Doublehanded Division will be Tim Vining’s J/22 FERDAAA.  For more Cleveland Race Week sailing information

    Women Lead J/80 Campeonato de Espana
    (Santander, Spain)- The Spanish J/80 Championship that takes place in Santander shows the evolution of the women's sailing in both Spain and Europe; with five women's teams among the forty-three participants. The J/80 class is widely known for the large number of women sailors that participate in the class, either as members of mixed or totally women crews.

    The Real Club Marítimo de Santander, cradle of great international sailors and possessor of one of the most powerful fleets of J/80’s in Spain, faces the challenge of organizing the thirteenth edition of the Spanish J/80 Championship.

    "The J/80 class is the perfect showcase and clear example of the increase and presence of women's participation in sailing. The number of women in mixed and female teams has always been high, but in this Spanish Championship we undoubtedly beat all the records; I believe that there is not a one-design class where the participation of the women has been so wide and example of parity,” commented Alex Diaz, President of the J/80 Class Association.

    Exclusively women crews, from Catalonia, the Basque Country and Santander, will compose five of the 43 participating teams. Those teams include Leticia Gandarias’ AVE FENIX; Julia Casanueva is the owner of GENERALE OPTICA; Carlota Massana skippers DORSIA SAILING TEAM; Olatz Muñoz is sailing DECOEXSA; and Lourdes Bilbao is leading PINTACODA.

    The regatta is a “de facto” Pre-Worlds for the J/80 World Championship that will be sailed in one month’s time in Getxo (Basque Country).  That is why so many of the top Spanish teams are participating, as well as a few top European teams.

    The Spanish teams are notorious for being at the top of the J/80 class. World Champions such as the Cantabrian José María Torcida with his "Aila" or Ignacio Camino with "Solintan", the Basque runner-up in the 2018 Worlds Iker Almandoz at the helm of "Grupo Garatu", the champion Jaime Piris with "Mercury", the Balearic Javier Chacartegui with "IBO.es", and Diego Botín’s “ONO M&G Tressis" (yes, part of that famous yacht design family).  Sailing Photo credits- Jesus Lastra  For more Spanish J/80 Sailing Championship

    Marion to Bermuda Race Preview
    (Marion, MA)- The Beverly Yacht Club, Blue Water Sailing Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, are hosting the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race. This will mark the 22nd running of the Race of the biennial event.

    The 2017 race was a wonderful experience for all who participated. The fact that the America’s Cup competition coincided with the fleet’s arrival added to the excitement. However, even without the Cup, Bermuda is just a wonderful place to visit. The Dinghy Club is a welcoming facility. Their hospitality is legendary.

    Back in 1977 when the first race was run, all navigation was celestial. Over the years, with the advent of GPS, the sextant has been put aside for the ease and accuracy of GPS.

    The Marion Bermuda Race is now the only ocean race in North America that offers a celestial class for those skippers that want the challenge. To help stimulate participation in using celestial, in 2015 we increased the time adjustment from 2% to 3% over electronically navigated yachts.

    Also, to encourage younger sailors to participate in an offshore race, the Race added a Youth Trophy to the 2015 event, with the goal of increasing the number of younger sailors in our sport. This is another first in offshore racing. If you can accommodate a minimum of four young sailors between the age of 16 and 23, you can qualify for this new trophy and give some young sailors and opportunity of a lifetime!

    This year’s Founder’s Division has 39 entries.  Amongst those teams are the J/122 AUGUST WEST, skippered by Jamey Shachoy from Marion, MA and the J/46 MOJO sailed by Eric & Robert Grubman from Milford, CT.  For more Marion to Bermuda Race sailing information

    Three Buoy Fiasco Race Preview
    (Seattle, WA)- The wonderfully edgy, laid back, somewhat infamous Sloop Tavern Yacht Club in Seattle, WA is hosting its annual Three Buoy Fiasco.  Patterned after the equally infamous Three Bridge Fiasco in San Francisco Bay, the Puget Sound version has also grown quite popular with sailing enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest.  This year, thirty-nine boats are entered into the 13.46nm “pursuit style” race.

    The course uses three marks in the Sound, you may round them in any order and in either direction you choose.  Those marks are off Skiff Point, Point Jefferson, and the Meadow Point Buoy.

    Looking forward to their annual debate on how do it best are a small flotilla of J/crews. Leo Morales’ J/27 WIZARD (lowest rating J/team) will be up against two J/105s (Jeremy Boynes’ AVALANCHE & Sara Billey’s PEER GYNT), and three J/109s (Mike Campbell’s LAPA, Jerry Woodfield’s SHADA, and Reed Bernhard’s MOUNTAIN).  For more Three Buoy Fiasco sailing information

    The Landsail Tyres J-Cup Preview
    (Hamble, England)- The Landsail Tyres J-Cup, organized by the Royal Southern Yacht Club by invitation of Key Yachting is set to be a special event. The 2019 edition will run alongside the J/70 UK Class Training Event, incorporating the UK Grand Slam Series, part of the build up to the first J/70 World Championship to be held in the UK. Racing action is expected to be exciting and highly competitive, especially in the J/109 and J/88 Classes, which will decide their respective UK National Championships. Up to nine races are scheduled on tight Solent courses over three days of scintillating action and legendary parties.

    A Welcome BBQ on the eve of the regatta will be followed by daily video debriefs from experts at North Sails, along with daily prize givings for boats of the day, and crew suppers. The grande finale will be the J-Cup Gala Dinner on Saturday 20th July held at the Royal Southern YC Clubhouse, on the banks of the Hamble River, with live music from the Soul Lounge Band!

    Early entries for the J/111 Class include three teams all from the host club, the Royal Southern YC. Louise Makin & Chris Jones Journeymaker II is the J/111 UK National Champion, Tony Mack's McFly, and Simon Grier-Jones' Snow Leopard will also be representing the host club, joined by Jan van Berne's Red Herring from the Haarlemsche Yacht Club, Netherlands.

    The J/109 UK National Championship has provided some of the closest racing in the J-Cup. Mike & Susie Yates Jago and Simon Perry's Jiraffe will be racing for the host club. Christopher Preston's Jubilee will be flying the burgee of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and Andi Radburn's Red Arrow will be representing the RAF Sailing Association.

    “The J-Cup is the National Championships for the J/109 class and a fantastic opportunity to enjoy being part of the extended J-Boat family,” commented Simon Perry. “We love the rapid fire windward/leeward racing and are expecting to follow that with dock parties and of course the class Annual General Meeting. It’s the high point of the J/109 Calendar and we’re hoping for strong participation. It is always a great event with a very special atmosphere.”

    In the J/92 Class Robin Stevenson's Upstart returns having won last year by a single point from Night Jar, which will also be racing this year, sailed by Penny Jeffcoate. Alan Macleod's Samurai J, representing the Cove Sailing Club, will travel over 500 miles to take part. Six teams are currently entered for the J/92 Class. 2018 J/97 National Champion, Bob and Jon Baker's Jaywalker, returns to action. J/88 early entries include Dirk & Dianne van Beek's Sabriel Jr and Gavin Howe's much-travelled Tigris.

    All J/Boats are invited to attend the Landsail Tyres J-Cup to race in the one-design fleets or under IRC.  For Landsail Tyres J-Cup sailing information

    J/80 UK Nationals Returns to Lymington
    (Lymington, England)- Following the success of the 2018 Championships, the J/80 UK Class Association is delighted that their 2019 Nationals will be hosted again by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Racing will take place from Saturday 24th August to Monday 26th August, with a total of 9 races planned for the Championship. Registration will be available on Friday 23rd.

    The Notice of Race and Entry Form are now available from the Club’s website;

    The event is generously supported by North Sails, Seahorse Magazine, Harken, Nick Cox Chandlery, and Priory Wines.

    The racing will take place in Christchurch Bay, which is a great open water venue with minimal tidal influence. The Club’s highly experienced race team will lay courses. Races will be held in the more sheltered Western Solent in the event of inclement weather.

    A discounted three-night berthing package has been arranged with Berthon Marina in the center of picturesque Lymington and adjacent to Royal Lymington YC, and which is only a short sail to Christchurch Bay.

    The fun social programme will be centered on the Royal Lymington’s delightful riverside clubhouse, which has stunning views over the Lymington River and towards the Isle of Wight.

    Lymington and the surrounding New Forest are popular tourist destinations, so early booking of accommodation for crews, supporters and families is recommended.  For more J/80 U.K. Nationals sailing information

    New York YC Annual Regatta Preview
    (Newport, RI)- The 165th Annual Regatta will run June 14 to 16 out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I. All classes will enjoy the traditional race around Conanicut Island on Friday, June 14, followed by two days of buoy and navigator racing over the weekend for PHRF, IRC, and J/109 one-design class.

    The social program is always a highlight of this event and includes Friday’s Around the Island Awards Party presented by the 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship, the Annual Regatta Dinner on Saturday and another awards party on Sunday for the weekend series. For New England sailors eager to shake off a long winter—and in this case, an inclement spring—the Annual Regatta is always a great way to kick off the Newport sailing season. Furthermore, the weekend forecast is looking pretty awesome, with mostly southwesterly winds in the 15 to 25 kts range and sunny!  Get out the shorts and shades!

    The regatta enjoys strong support from enthusiastic J/Teams looking to start their summer sailing seasons. Thirty J/Crews are participating in the fleet of ninety offshore keelboats- J’s are 30% of that fleet!

    In the IRC 3 Class, Joe Brito’s J/121 INCOGNITO will be up against a quartet of Farr 40s in both the Round Island and offshore W/L racing.

    The IRC 4 Class is a veritable den of thieves, comprised mostly of fast J/111s, J/44s, and J/122s. Many of the teams have won their class or major championships over the years; the betting parlour at Ladbroke’s would have a very tough time handicapping this class.  Nevertheless, some great sailing will be had by these crews; the teams include two J/111s (Doug Curtiss’s WICKED 2.0 & Andrew/ Sedge Ward’s BRAVO), two J/44s (Commodore Bill Ketcham’s MAXINE & the US Coast Guard’s GLORY), and three J/122s (Paul Milo’s ORION, Robin Team’s TEAMWORK, and Jack Gregg’s TARAHUMARA).

    The PHRF Random Leg classes will be racing inside Narragansett Bay. In the PHRF 2 division  is Greg and Sarah Manning’s J/121 SARAH, John Thouron’s J/122 DUNDER, Abhijeet Lee’s J/111 VARUNA, and Bob Manchester’s J/120 VAMOOSE.

    The PHRF 3 division of fourteen boats has nine J/crews! Watch out for the new J/99 AGENT 99 sailed by Jeff Johnstone, they are the top rated boat n class and are up against a rogue’s roost of J/105s and J/29s.  The three J/105s include Don Santa’s SANTAS REIGN DEAR, Mark Lindquist’s STERLING, and the trio of Joyce/ Reservitz/ Wagner on DARK’N’STORMY.  EC Helme will be in the mix with his J/92S SPIRIT.  The two dark horse J/29s are Jack McGuire’s DIRTY HARRY and Steve Thurston’s MIGHTY PUFFIN.  Then Dan Stone’s J/80 HOT STREAK, the lowest rated boat in the class, will be watching from the bleacher seats hoping to stay close to the fleet and do well on handicap time.

    The J/109s have a half-dozen good boats sailing all weekend.  Similar to the IRC 4 class, virtually every team is capable of getting podium finishes, the question will be who’s clicking tactically with good boat speed and boat handling after the dust clears.  The protagonists include familiar names like Tom Sutton’s LEADING EDGE, Bill Sweetser’s RUSH, Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY, Brooke Mastrorio’s URSA, and Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING.  For more New York YC Annual Regatta sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Jun 14-23- Cleveland Race Week- Cleveland, OH
    Jun 14-16- J/80 Campeonato de Espana- Santander, Spain
    Jun 14- Marion to Bermuda Race- Marion, MA
    Jun 14-16- New York YC Annual Regatta- Newport, RI
    Jun 15- Three Buoy Fiasco Race- Seattle, WA
    Jun 16- Chicago to Waukegan Race- Chicago, IL
    Jun 20-23- J/22 North Americans- Wayzata, MN
    Jun 20-21- J/24 Florida States- Melbourne, FL
    Jun 20-21- Van Uden Reco Regatta- Stellendam, The Netherlands
    Jun 21-23- Pornic  J/80 Cup- Pornic, France
    Jun 21- Scotch Bonnet Lighthouse Race- Rochester, NY
    Jun 21-23- Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week- Long Beach, CA
    Jun 22-30- Kiel Week- Kiel, Germany
    Jun 22-24- J/70 Youth SAILING Champions League- Kiel, Germany
    Jun 23-28- Block Island Race Week- Block Island, RI
    Jun 25-29- IRC European Championship- San Remo, Italy
    Jun 28- Queen’s Cup Race- Milwaukee, WI
    Jun 29-30- New York YC One-Design Regatta- Newport, RI
    Jun 29- Round Island Race- Isle of Wight, England
    Jun 29- Stratford Shoal Race- Riverside, CT
    Jul 4-7- J/70 SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg, Russia
    Jul 5-7- RORC IRC National Championship- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
    Jul 5-7- Sail Newport Regatta- Newport, RI
    Jul 6-13- J/70 European Championship- Malcesine, Italy
    Jul 6-13- J/22 World Championship- Warnemunde, Germany
    Jul 10- 50th Transpac Race- Los Angeles, CA

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

    Gorgeous & Foggy Chicago NOOD Regatta
    (Chicago, IL)- After a fog cancellation on the first day of racing and another fog cancellation of racing on Sunday, the 2019 Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta became a one-day wonder. But, what a day it was for all the racers. Simply postcard-perfect sailing conditions greeted the sailors on Saturday, with most race course getting in up to four races. Good thing the Chicago YC RC and PRO’s pushed the sailors into a fourth race, with most boats not getting into the dock until after 5:00pm.

    In the J/70s, Buddy Crib (Jupiter, FL) steered his boat, VICTORY, to the top of the leaderboard in the 18-boat fleet. “We were trying hard, that’s for sure,” says Crib. “There was more lump than breeze, and for us Floridians, it was cold out there.”

    The J/70 is one of the most competitive one-design classes in the world, often featuring the “who’s who” of the professional sailing ranks. For Crib, bringing on world champion crew Victor Diaz de Leon as mainsail trimmer, Bar Batzer as jib trimmer, and Patrick Powell as bowman had his team sailing fast through the challenging Chicago sea-state.

    “We had four good starts, which put us in a position to sail our own race,” says Crib. “Consistency is key in a fleet this size, so we were being conservative tactically. We focused on keeping the boat powered up through the waves, which was challenging.”

    Cribb’s primary goal at the Chicago NOOD was to qualify for the 2019 J/70 World Championship in Torquay, UK, and with a first-place finish at the NOOD, he earns an entry to the class’ biggest stage. “Qualifying for worlds was one of the reasons I came up here,” says Cribb, “so I’ll be driving 20 hours back to Florida with a smile on my face.”

    In the J/109 fleet, 10 boats completed four races. Doug Evans (Whitefish Bay, WI) and Jim Murray (Lake Bluff, IL) finished the day tied for first with 15 points each. “Keeping the boat moving was the name of the game today,” says Murray. We had good breeze with lumpy seas, so keeping the rig loose and the boat powered up helped us with our boatspeed.”

    With the J/109 fleet sharing the same course at the Tartan10s, finding clear wind and going to the correct side of the racecourse was key to success. “It’s great having 10 boats on the J/109 starting line here at the NOOD,” says Murray. “Participation in the fleet is at an all-time high, which is great because the fleet has been pushing hard to have out-of-town teams come down for this event. Time Out came down from Milwaukee, so it’s great having them here with our local fleet.” In the end, it was Scott Sims’ SLAPSHOT II that took the bronze in the class.

    On Sunday afternoon, Gyt Petkus (La Grange, IL), winner of the J/105 fleet, had the luck of the draw, winning his second Caribbean Championship appearance since 2007.

    “We’ve owned our J/105 VYTIS for 25 years,” says Petkus, who’s nephew Keith Krause trims the boat’s mainsail. Steve Druzbicki calls tactics, Mike Brown trims jib, and Petkus’ daughter Julija is the team’s foredeck crew. The team started the regatta with two third-place finishes on Saturday, before winning the next two and taking the lead. “Friday was a bit frustrating with the fog coming through,” says Petkus of the first day’s cancelled races. “But yesterday was awesome. The conditions were great. The J/105s are tweaky boats, so the little details made a big difference as far as point and speed.”
    Petkus finished the shortened series tied with rival skipper Clark Pellet (Chicago, IL) aboard SEALARK. The tiebreaker went to Petkus and his crew. Petkus says he’s looking forward to returning to the Virgin Islands, this time with his daughter, Julija. “All I’ve heard growing up was how much fun sailing in the Caribbean is,” says Julija Petkus. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally have the chance to go down there and sail with my Dad.” Third place went to Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM.

    In the six-boat J/88 fleet, John Leahey’s DUTCH was the top team. “Overall we had a great time with some tough competition from EXILE and WINDSONG, who were just a few points behind,” says the skipper from Colorado. “We were looking for more competition today, but we were happy to take the win.”

    Sailing with Leahey was Connor Coorgard (Blaine, MN), who served as tactician. “Connor was really good at playing the shifts. We started a race today and we were way ahead before the race was abandoned. He had us going really fast, which definitely paid off in the end.”

    An out-of-town crew from Cleveland, Ohio, won the eight-boat J/111 fleet, with skipper Jeff Davis leading his team on SHAMROCK. “It’s a lot of fun when you can sail in challenging conditions like we had this weekend,” says Davis. “The fog and the waves and the varying wind we had made the racing really tricky, so we’re happy to leave town with the championship.” Second in the J/111s was Tom Dickson’s WARLOCK and third was the duo of Mike Mayer & Steve Henderson on KASHMIR. Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images.com.   For more Chicago NOOD Regatta sailing information

    J/111 Wins Marstrand Big Boat Race
    (Marstrand, Sweden)- The Marstrand Big Boat Race started out as a local spring regatta, but have turned into Scandinavia’s biggest annual short course event. With almost 70 yachts from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany, it is also the first test for the more ambitious teams going on to European championships or international events.

    This year, three J/boats attended the regatta; J/88.se racing in the newly formed sports boat class (sprit boats bellow 10 meter LOA) and J/111s BLUR and DACAPO (this tend to be a yearly battle).

    Saturday morning was grey, but 18-20 knots westerly on the Marstrand fjord tend to be pretty epic, with big waves and challenging conditions, so most teams were excited to go racing.

    The team on Blur has focused on offshore sailing after their Fastnet Campaign in 2015, and is planning to do the Middle Sea Race in October. But they have continuously worked to improve rig trim, sail design, and other speed factors.

    And the result of this work was evident as they posted a 4th and a 1st before race management took the decision to cancel the last race of the day due to increasing wind and sketchy condition on the bigger boats.

    So Blur grabbed the daily first champagne just in front of FinnFlyer 36 Zlatan with match racing star Johnie Berntson helming, Scandinavia’s fastest Farr 30 Cheyenne and the former CEO of North Sails Europe in his Xp-38 Soldier Blue.

    Skipper Peter Gustafsson explains: "We had great speed upwind with our bulletproof J3.5 and managed to hang with the bigger boats.  Ideally, we want to go for speed, bet we managed to keep our lane. Downwind we stayed upright with the 'whomper', our 155 sqm A2 and managed to move ahead quite a bit. Especially on the last run where we observed a late shift and went for the A3."

    Not bad for an offshore team approaching the regatta as a great training opportunity.

    Sunday morning's forecast had 10-14 knots of wind moving from SW to S during the day. Also, the current plays an important part when racing in Marstrand, so with at least five boats in the mix, racing would be tight.

    Most top boats opted for the right corner, close to land, to get relief from the current. Blur showed superior speed, this time with a recut J2 and led at all the marks to win with almost a minute on corrected time.

    At this point, even the team was surprised.

    After a bad start in race 4, they managed to catch the top boats and post a 3rd place.  Just ahead of the Norwegian J/111 Dacapo. Heading into the last race, Blur lead  FinnFlyer 36 Zlatan with only one point.

    Another good start made it possible to both work the shifts and keep a light cover on Zlatan. After a long run to finish inside Marstrand harbor, Blur posted another 1st with just a 3-second margin.

    Peter Gustavsson commented on their performance, “Wow.  This is unbelievable! After 6 years and over 12,000nm we know the boat well and are pretty confident with our targets. But, with more rake and harder jib in-haulers- we're almost a degree tighter than the North tuning guide. As a result, we sail higher without sacrificing speed. This is a team effort, both getting the boat blazing fast, but also when it comes to tactics and strategy, where we typically involve more people than many other crews. Comes in handy when we run watches at sea, but apparently, it's useful on tight courses as well."  For more Marstrand Big Boat Race sailing information

    J/Teams Dominate in Annapolis to Newport Race
    (Newport, RI)- Picture-perfect conditions greeted the Friday fleet of starters for the 2019 Annapolis-to-Newport Race, which got underway at 11:00am on the Chesapeake Bay. North-northeasterly winds ranging from 8 to 12 knots enabled the 23 boats in five classes to enjoy a downwind start and many miles of port tack beam reaching SSE out of the Chesapeake Bay to the first, and only, turning mark offshore of the Bay entrance.

    A popular strategy was to come off the starting line on port jibe and make a beeline to the deep water of the shipping channel since the current was about to begin flowing out the bay from an unusually high tide.

    Off the boats that went southeast in search of the expected current advantage, LADY GREY– a J/110 skippered by Herrington Harbour Sailing Association member Joe Laun– showed strong form and speed in leading the entire fleet down the Bay.

    Annapolis resident Ken Comerford skippered the J/111 MONEYPENNY and had his two sons– Kyle and Willy– as part of the crew. Kyle Comerford recently completed an outstanding career as skipper of the SUNY-Maritime offshore sailing team while younger brother Willy competes at the College of Charleston.
    “As you get older, I think you do anything you can to spend time with your kids,” said Ken Comerford. “I do very much appreciate every opportunity I get to go sailing with my sons.”

    There is quite a rivalry between the Comerford brothers, and it will no doubt manifest itself at some point during the long trip between Annapolis and Newport. Kyle is serving as navigator while Willy has agreed to handle the foredeck out of necessity.

    “They both have their own strengths and skills,” Ken Comerford said. “Willy has really impressed me with his ability on the bow. Kyle will be doing the navi-guessing the whole way, making sure we’re pushing the boat as fast as we can and living up to our polars.”

    Comerford, a veteran ocean racer with many miles under his belt, expected a fairly straightforward passage. “I don’t think it’s going to be a big tactical race. I think it’s going to be a drag race with a lot of reaching,” he said. “Every time we run our models the wind seems to go farther and farther aft, which would be good for this boat.”

    In short, it was a simple race.  After starting in the Northeast breeze which sent the fleet flying down the Bay on port tack, a Low pressure system moved by to the south and offshore, so the wind swung quite rapidly from 50 degrees to 120 degrees.  As Comerford mentioned, they just tacked at the first turning mark and fetched Newport on starboard the whole way.  The only mistake the J/111 MONEYPENNY made was to go “over” to windward (leaving Block Island to port) on their way in to Newport from offshore. Most of the fleet went to leeward (leaving B.I. to starboard and benefitted from an enormous current boost over the northern bar near the 1-BI Green bell buoy.

    In ORC 1B Division, the J/44 GLORY sailed by the US Coast Guard Academy took 2nd, while the Comerford family took third on their J/111 MONEYPENNY.

    In ORC 2 Division, the J/110 LADY GREY maintained her good pace and in the end, her skipper Joe Laun was quite happy to take the bronze.

    In PHRF Racing 1 Class, the J/120s gave everyone and themselves a serious run-for-the-money.  Winning was Rick Hanson’s NO SURRENDER from North East River Yacht Club. Jim Praley’s SHINNECOCK, a past winner in class and overall, took third, while Richard Born’s WINDBORN was fourth and James Chen’s CHAOTIC FLUX was fifth.

    In PHRF Racing 2 Class, it was Albert Bossar’s J/42 ALLEGIANT that won from the Herrington Harbour Sailing Association, while Lynn McClaskey’s J/110 CIMARRON placed fifth, just 11 seconds from 4th place!

    Finally, in the PHRF Doublehanded Class, Mike Greene’s J/35 LOBLOLLY placed third.  For more Annapolis to Newport sailing information

    Van Isle 360 Race Report
    J/Crews Leading Sweeps in PHRF 1 & 2!
    (Victoria/ Nanaimo, BC)- The biennial Van Isle 360 Race has been going on for well over a week now. The race is actually a series of nine individual legs that circumnavigate the outrageously picturesque Vancouver Island off the Pacific coastline of British Columbia.

    The combination of the nine legs determines the class winners as well as the overall winner.  The legs are:
    1. Nanaimo to Comox- 36.9nm
    2. Comox to Campbell River- 27.6nm
    3. Deepwater Bay to Hardwicke Island- 24.2nm
    4. Hardwicke Island to Telegraph Cove- 41.0nm
    5. Telegraph Cove to Port Hardy- 28.7nm
    6. Port Hardy to Winter Harbour- 69.1nm
    7. Winter Harbour to Ucluelet- 138.1nm
    8. Ucluelet to Victoria Harbour- 98.2nm
    9. Victoria Harbour to Nanaimo- 59.9nm
    That makes for a total of at least 486.8nm as the crow flies down the rhumbline. However, as all sailors know, it could be almost 30% more than that depending on weather conditions. This year it has been quite windy at times and there were reports of 40 to 50 kt blasts (more like microbursts) tripping down off the mountains peaks on Vancouver Island while racers were in the notorious Johnstone Straits.

    At this time, J/Teams are leading sweeps in the two largest big boat divisions.  In the PHRF Division 1, leading is B. Chan and A. Smyth’s J/111 65 RED ROSES II with 15 pts and they are also sitting in 1st PHRF Overall (six classes). Tied for second place on 22 pts each are Bill Fox’s J/160 JAM and Scott Campbell’s J/121 RIVA.

    Then, in PHRF Division 2, leading is T. Sitar’s J/109 SERENDIPITY with 21 pts, Mark Hansen’s J/109 MOJO is second with 22 pts, third is C & J Wolfe’s J/120 SHEARWATER with 25 pts and fifth is Tolga Cezik’s J/109 LODOS with 38 pts.

    With just one race left, the approx. 60.0nm leg from Vancouver Harbour to the finish line off Nanaimo Harbour, anything goes for 2nd and 3rd spots on the podium in PHRF 1 and no question it will be one heck of a battle in PHRF 2 class for all three spots on the podium as the three boats are only separated by 3 pts!  For more Van Isle 360 Race sailing information

    Gorgeous Rolex Giraglia Race
    (St Tropez, France)- The Yacht Club Italiano, St Tropez Yacht Club, and the Yacht Club de Monaco hosted the 67th edition of the Rolex Giraglia Race. 297 yachts were entered in both IRC and ORC classes. The regatta format included a “feeder” race to St Tropez from Sanremo, Italy. Then the fleet sailed three days of inshore races that include three Windward/ Leeward races. Ultimately, the fleet took off on the famous Rolex Giraglia Race, essentially a straight shot from St Tropez to a port round of the Giraglia Rock off the northeastern end of Corsica/ Sardinia, and head straight back to a finish in Hercules Bay off Monte Carlo, Monaco.

    Feeder Race
    104 yachts were on the starting line for the coastal race from Sanremo to Saint Tropez. The starting gun went off at midnight for the 10th anniversary of the 60.0nm race. The fleet included yachts from 16 different countries, with some boats flying the Latvian, Polish, Czech, Maltese, Russian, Swedish and Turkish flags.

    The forecast for the midnight start was for an easterly/north-easterly wind of around 10 kts. The strategic decision for navigators was to decide whether to hug the coast, lengthening the course but picking up more wind, or head straight for Saint Tropez. The northeast breeze held and most boats simply sailed a straight, fast, rhumbline course, with most boats finishing by noon the next day.

    Inshore Races
    There was only two days of racing the inshore races due to the fickle weather pattern that had setup over the Mediterranean.  The first day saw the northeasterly flow continue, with moderate 5 to 15 kt breezes. The front moved further east, leaving behind a broad, light gradient flow that was not strong enough to conduct any racing on the second day.  Then, a new front moved in and the fleet had good racing on the final inshore day with more breezes again filling in from the east at 6-10 kts.

    Rolex Giraglia Race
    The start for the famous 241.0nm race was blessed with a crisp southwesterly wind of 15 to 20 kts that would carry the fleet all the way to the Giraglia Rock in near record time.

    It was thrilling as ever to see such a mixed fleet leave the quays of Saint Tropez head out of port for the long race: 241.0nm with still uncertain weather keeping up the suspense that reigned on the quayside this morning.

    The weather outlook remained uncertain, as anything could happen, especially with the stronger wind expected for Friday the 14th. Navigating on board Rambler 88 was Silvio Arrivabene, who reckoned that they were likely to arrive at the Giraglia rock "before dusk" on Thursday evening and cross the finish line in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Thursday). "There is a relatively fresh westerly, which will hopefully get us to Giraglia in the afternoon. It is downwind, so maybe we will put in a couple of gybes. Then we will come back on port tack all of the way to Monaco where we can expect the usual park-up. That will depend on if the westerly remains strong during the night." The course from Giraglia Rock to the finish line off Monaco is 297 degrees, which made for a quick fetch/tight reach.

    In the end, several J/Crews had good outcomes for their week of sailing in the Mediterranean in some of the most historical, famous, and enjoyable, “watering holes” in the world- St Tropez and Monte Carlo.

    In ORC A Class, Chile’s Nicolas Ibanez Scott sailed his J/122E ANITA into 4th place in the huge forty-four-boat class in the Rolex Giraglia Race, a great showing for their team. The only teams to beat them were flat-out carbon fiber races, like the winning canting-keeler, a Cookson 50. Then, in the ORC B class of thirty-six boats, Marcello De Gaspari’s Italian crew on the J/109 FREMITO D’ARJA sailed an awesome first inshore race, taking third place, but got black-flagged in the second race, ending their bid for a podium finish in a no-discard-race series.

    In the IRC Division, Frenchman Yves Grosjean’s RORC race-winning J/133 JIVARO sailed a steady series to take 6th in IRC A Class of forty-eight boats, by far the highest placing production racer-cruiser in a class comprised of custom carbon racers such as the half-dozen TP52s! Not far behind them in 8th place was the British team on the J/122 CREME ANGLAISE skippered by John Rainger. Then, in the enormous fifty-boat IRC B Class, David Estoppey’s new J/112E NINOTCHKA from Switzerland started off slowly in the first inshore race, but sailed well to close the series with a 6-9 to take 7th place.  For more Rolex Giraglia Race sailing information

    J/120 Wins Bermuda One-Two Race- First Leg
    (Newport, RI)- Hosted by Newport Yacht Club in Rhode Island and the St. George’s Dinghy & Boat Club in Bermuda, the 635.0nm Bermuda One-Two Race is one of the premiere shorthanded races in the USA. For the twenty-nine-boat fleet, the race started on June 8th at 11:00 AM in Narragansett Bay. The first leg is singlehanded out to Bermuda

    Winning PHRF 1 Class was Josh Reisberg’s J/120 ABILYN in an elapsed time of 98:00 hours. Only the four Class 40s had quicker times and, at that, the winning Class 40 was just six hours ahead! An amazing accomplishment for Reisberg’s J/120. His performance amounted to a 6.5 kts average, including traversing adverse currents in the Gulf Stream on his way to the Bermuda finish line off St David’s Lighthouse on the northeastern end of the island.

    On June 11th 0600 hrs, Reisberg suffered an electronics failure, commenting that “Autopilot computer down on Abilyn. Trying to figure out problem. Hove to. / Cannot repair pressing on for now. / Full electronics malfunction. Electricity is working. But no nav instruments. Can not identify issue. Boat can still be sailed...250 miles to Bermuda. / Update: have jury rig working on the autopilot. Bungees attached to spin sheets going through spin blocks to winches. Keeping sails full and me pointed to Bermuda.”

    On June 12th at 0800 hrs, Reisberg sent a note to Race Command, “"I’m trying to chase these Class 40s down! About 35 miles to northeast breakers, then another 6 to the finish. Went through multiple sail changes this morning at around 0445 to keep the boat going fast in a light, clocking breeze. J3 to code zero to A3 to J3 to J1. Settled with the J1 (156%), which is keeping me going at around 8 knots VMG. Hope to see you folks in a few hours!"

    On June 9th at 0130 hrs, about 12 hours into the race, sadly, David Southwell’s race-leading position on his J/121 ALCHEMY was cut short by a wayward steel fishing cable that literally ripped the rudder out of the boat. Thanks to the built-in safety of an offshore hatch and waterproof stern bulkhead, Southwell was able to enlist the help of a US Coast Guard dive team to cut the rudder free, implement his emergency rudder setup, and motor back home to Newport at a 5.2 kts average to get his boat repaired. Also, taking a DNF was Thomas Amory’s J/120 FLOW, mentioning to Race Command that he had too many things to sort out on the boat and decided to turn north and head back home to Maine.

    The next portion of the race is the doublehanded leg back to Newport that starts on June 20th.  For more Bermuda One-Two Race sailing information

    Fast Farallones Race
    (San Francisco, CA)- The San Francisco YC hosted their annual Farallones Race for both full and shorthanded crews this past weekend. The 65.0nm sprint from a start inside the Bay out around the infamous Farallones Rocks was a very fast sprint this year, with the top J/120 sailing the race in 6.5 hrs!

    There were four J/120’s that went head-to-head for PHRF class honors.  In the end, top dog was David Halliwill’s PEREGRINE from San Francisco YC, finishing 2nd in class. Halliwill’s crew consisted of John Verdoia, Alex Verdoia, Matthew Skafel, Denis Mulligan, Chris Davison, Cole Kromer, Michael Ocallaghan, Jennifer Krone, Michael O’callaghan, Alex Rothenberg, Zach Stiggelbout, and Patrick Kearney. The next J/120 was Timo Bruck’s TWIST placing sixth.  For more Farallones Race sailing information   For more San Francisco YC sailing information

    Morgan Wins J/24 Lady Liberty Cup Regatta
    (New York Harbor, NY)- “The Lady Liberty Cup Regatta was a resounding success! Great competition on the water and fantastic camaraderie off the water! When sixty-five women sailors get together, good things happen,” according to the winner Katie Morgan from the host Manhattan Yacht Club.  Her crew consisted of Linda Kaiser, Andrea Sengara, Deiane Abajos, Tricia Lynch, and Lainey Battiston.

    The regatta opened on Thursday with practice racing and kick-off party on the Manhattan YC lawn. Then, the women were treated to an Ernst & Young LLP sponsored competitor dinner on Saturday evening on MYC's flagship, the sailing superyacht ARABELLA! It was a sunset cruise and dinner aboard the ARABELLA on a simply spectacular evening, sunset and all.

    In the end, Katie Morgan’s team sailed an excellent regatta to take the overall win, much to their ecstatic delight!  Second was a familiar name in the world of J/24 sailing, Erica Beck Spencer and Jess Harris and their SEA BAGS WOMEN’S SAILING TEAM (Karen Renzulli Fallon, Hillary Noble, Kim Calnan, Barbara Gold from Portland YC- Portland, ME). Rounding out the podium in third place was Natalie Harden’s team from Austin YC (Rachel Loziuk, Molly MacMillan White, Sally Lloyd, Chandler Self, and Eliza Price).  Watch great J/24 women’s sailing action on the Hudson River on Facebook here  For more Lady Liberty Cup Regatta sailing information

    J/24 Race 2 Alaska Update
    (Vancouver, BC)- The report from Race Control HQ is somewhat amusing and enigmatic from the race blog:

    “Sometime around 2 am on the third day, some boats got hit with a wind hammer microburst in Johnstone Strait that pounded them with a right-now and out-of-nowhere 40 knots that beat them up and “took two years off the sails.”

    There are, of course, dramas playing out farther back. But, it’s hard not to mention the 100% pure R2AK moment of a 116 year old, 15 ton gaffer, neck-and-neck with an outrigger canoe at the turn into Johnstone Strait.

    In the history of forever, we’re pretty sure that those teams’ end-of-the-spectrum defining vessels have never been in the same race, let alone neck and neck, and here they are, clear of Seymour and duking it out. We’ve scrambled the air wing in the hopes of getting an image, but we’ve got a megawatt smile just imagining it.

    While for most of us the story of Day 3 was dominated by a sincere and lasting tracker rage, the teams keep melting the miles, and with the steady southerlies, winds predicted the half of the race from Bella Bella could be won on Monday. Time to get our lantern and get on the roof.

    24 Hour Fact Sheet:
    • 3 boats- bought on Craigslist sight unseen (Tri Baby Tri, which is a monohull), Ripple, and Yankee Peddlers.
    • 6 times- Angry Beaver restarted their SPOT satellite tracker before they hit the right button
    • 61 years- since they blew the crap out of Ripple Rock in the middle of Seymour Narrows so boats would stop running into it
    • 0- the number of people of McGuffin Brothers J/24 Team (Team MBR) who wanted to say hello to during their live Facebook interview
    • 11- the number of lead trades between Teams Sail like a Girl and Educated Guess
    • 2 hours- the length of time the top three lead teams (Pear Shaped Racing, Givin’ the Horns, Angry Beaver) traded tacks in Seymour Narrows
    • 1 maybe 2- the number of McGuffin Brothers who lied about sailing their J/24 naked when we saw them
    For the J/24 crew of Team McGuffin Brothers, they had about 400 nm left to go, about half the race. Here are some excerpts from their blog:

    June 8- 12:39 PM
    Seymour Narrows can be one of the easiest passages if you plan correctly, or, if you don’t plan at all, one of the scariest. Those little circles represent the usual whirlpools, but currents and water levels change from minute to minute so you must be 100% on your game while navigating this passage. .

    Seymour Narrows was described by Captain George Vancouver as "one of the vilest stretches of water in the world." Wikipedia

    Seymour Narrows is notable also because the flowing current can be sufficiently turbulent to realize a Reynolds number of about one billion, which is possibly the largest Reynolds number regularly attained in natural water channels on Earth (the current speed is about 8 m/s, the nominal depth about 100 m)[citation needed]. Turbulence develops usually around a Reynolds number of 2000, depending on the geometric structure of the channel. Wikipedia. Here we go!

    June 9- 12:00 AM
    Back in the day. When we had wind and no current against us! A few miles back, surrounded by mountains. Life is good. Especially when you are running with the current and have wind. A few more hours to reflect on how much more we love sailing over sitting still.  Follow TEAM MBR’s exploits on Instagram here and on their Team MBR Facebook page here   Here is Team MBR’s website  For more R2AK sailing information and tracking information

    Mills Trophy Race Report
    (Cleveland, OH)- We get another classic sailing report from the Langolf family leader, Brett Langolf, regards their sailing exploits and experiences on their J/34 IOR KNEE DEEP.

    According to Brett, “we had another great trip around the Lake Erie Islands for the Knee Deep Sailing Team. The boat really took off with the new shape of the Doyle Stratis sails, some of the best point in years! We took a nice lead into mark one, but after 40 miles of jib reaching for the ole IOR design proved to be too much distance. We spent the night barreling through the islands for fast and balanced ride to a 2:00AM finish, bourbon anyone?”   Watch the Langolf family racing experience here on their YouTube sailing video

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    * Dave Reed, Sailing World’s Editor, interviewed Jeff Davis, owner of the winning J/111 in the recent HELLY HANSEN Chicago NOOD Regatta held off Chicago.  

    “The name of Jeffrey Davis' J/111, Shamrock, has nothing to do with luck, although he recognizes a stroke of good fortune could come into play at the class's world championship in Chicago in August. Davis' says the name is simply a nod to his Irish wife, who blessed his decision to sell the family Beneteau 36.7 four years ago and upgrade to a more challenging race boat.

    “We raced the Beneteau throughout the Midwest and went as far as we could, winning a lot of regattas on the Great Lakes and finishing second at the North Americans,” says Davis, of Cleveland, Ohio. “We were looking for a new challenge, something more interesting and competitive. It turned out to be way more fun to drive.”

    His search for a new ride led to George Gamble's World Championship-winning J/111 My Sharona. Buying a proven steed, however, was no guarantee of overnight rookie success.

    It was well taken care of, Davis says, but keeping the boat competitive is an on-going process. "We're always innovating on the boat," he says. "If we don't, someone else will."

    Immediately after buying the boat, Davis and his core crew set about getting used to the boat, to sailing with an asymmetric spinnaker and fast downwind angles. “It has a much bigger range than the 36.7 so it took a lot to get used to in the first year,” Davis says, “and it was clear we needed a lot of work.”

    They did go right to work, trailering the boat to Key West Race Week in their second year, and after five days of racing, gained a better feel for the boat and what they needed in terms of crew, sails, and boat preparation.

    “My tactician and coach for last 10 years, Wally Cross, had experience in the J/111 fleet,” Davis says, “our philosophy was to have everything simple and repeatable. It takes time to understand how the boat performs in different conditions how you want it to.”

    The boat had an epoxy bottom that wasn’t ideal for wet sailing at Cleveland YC, so they attacked the bottom, switching to Interlux VC Offshore ablative paint, laboriously sanding it to a mirror finish. Upgrades to the boat’s running rigging followed. Then came a weight-loss program, the sail inventory, and addressing simple improvement to prevent future mistakes.

    The final piece was the crew. “Along the way, we tried different crew because we need different characteristics on this boat,” Davis says. “The crew turned out to be the last factor we could really change on the boat. It’s much a more athletic boat and a more competitive fleet. They’re all very serious racers and fitness, stamina and agility are important. To sail it well we have to sail it like dinghy, with roll tacks and jibes and other things to maintain momentum and speed.”

    All improvements to the boat were focused on ensuring maneuvers were as consistent as they could be, says Davis. “The old set up was good, but we had to take it a step further, so we could better shift gears. The best sailors take advantage of changes on the race course, but to do that you have to make last minute decisions strategically. To support that, you need the crew— and the boat— to work perfectly all the time.”

    On an impromptu tour of his improvements to Shamrock, Davis starts at the bow: carbon tubes cover the lifelines and station tops to prevent spinnaker snags. The forestay was a major change as well. They lobbied hard to be able to change from the old roller furler to a Tuff Luff foil. In the forward cabin, they eliminated snag points, covering the head and sink with mesh, and added a string take-down line to all spinnakers. “It gets it into the boat quickly, which means we can carry it longer,” Davis says “My foredeck guy says it’s a massive improvement for him, and I’m all about convenience and comfort for the crew.”

    All the pit clutches were removed and replaced with constrictors, which Davis says saves wear and tear on the lines, are more reliable than traditional clutches, and are easier to maintain. “It’s also about weight because we sail on Lake Erie for club racing and it’s a light-air lake,” Davis says, adding that weight is an easy speed-sapping source to tackle. It just takes diligence. “Most crews have a bad habit of bringing stuff to the boat and never taking it off, so the boat captain sweeps through the boat every night and makes sure we have all the stuff off the boat that’s not class required or necessary.”

    With the Worlds in August creeping ever closer, Davis is confident team Shamrock is making the right steps to get to the podium. “If you look at our results over the past three years, we’re in the top quarter and often on the podium,” he says. “Were fine-tuning the crew and the boat and our goal is to win, which takes skill and luck.”

    And that, perhaps, is where Mrs. Davis’ Irish influence may come into play some day. But for now, with a day’s racing in the can and three wins in four races, there’s no need for any luck yet.”

    * Women Sailors doing amazing things!  Meet the Woman Sailing Around the World to Raise Awareness About Plastic Pollution

    The first time self-described “ocean advocate” Emily Penn was confronted by the magnitude of the plastic pollution problem was during an international sailing expedition 10 years ago. She spotted bits of debris, things like toothbrushes, floating in the water a thousand miles from land, and saw beaches on remote Pacific islands piled high with waste. “I saw these huge changes to our marine environment that I had no idea were happening,” she says.

    Now 32, Penn has since led numerous scientific sailing expeditions around the world that have conducted research on things like ocean acidification and toxics in the water. Plastic is a big source of those toxics; according to the U.N., about 13 million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year, damaging marine ecosystems and eventually infiltrating the global food chain. The material has been found in the depths of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the bellies of whales and the excrement of humans. One study suggests that micro-plastics can even be passed from pregnant women to their unborn babies.

    Read the rest of their eye-opening adventure here at Time.com

    * NOTE- SpinSheet photographer Shannon Hibberd has been selected as crew for eXXpedition Round the World voyage! She will be sailing from Fiji to Tonga May 2020 with a group of women, spreading awareness about plastics in the ocean! Add to Flipboard Magazine.

  • J/Newsletter- June 5th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    There was epic offshore racing taking place both in Europe and in America this past week. Taking place in the notorious North Sea and the English Channel was the RORC North Sea Race; it was a fast & furious affair for the seventy-nine-boat fleet, with most excellent performances by J/122s and J/109s, especially in the IRC Doublehanded class. On the same weekend, the Royal Thames YC hosted the 2019 J/70 Southern Area Championship on The Solent, off Cowes, Isle of Wight, England for a fleet of eighteen J/70s. Off to the east on the continent, the Swiss J/70 Sailing League took place off Lucerne, Switzerland for eighteen sailing clubs from across the country on the Urnersee Lake. Nearby in France, the Grand Prix Ecole de Navale took place off Brest, France for a competitive fleet of twenty-nine J/80s.

    Across the Atlantic to the eastern seaboard of America, the Cedar Point YC hosted their annual One-Design Regatta for fleets of the J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, and J/109s on Long Island Sound. Then, Port Credit YC on Lake Ontario hosted the Susan Hood Trophy Race for IRC/ PHRF handicap divisions that had a J/122, J/120, J/35, J/92, plus a singlehanded division that had a J/112E and J/109. South of them, Hampton YC in Hampton, VA hosted the Southern Bay Race Week for PHRF handicap racing that included J/111, J/109, J/29, J/30, J/24 and J/70 one-design fleet. Off to the Midwest, Columbia YC in Chicago, IL hosted the Skyway COLORS Regatta for one-design fleets of J/88s, J/105s, J/109s, J/111, and J/112E and J/120 in PHRF Handicap. Out on the West Coast were three epic events. The California Offshore Race Week concluded its three race series that started in San Francisco Bay; it was comprised of the Spinnaker Cup (San Francisco to Monterrey), the Coastal Cup (Monterrey to Santa Barbara), and the SoCal 300 (Santa Barbara to San Diego). A J/125 had a thrilling finale! While the J/125 was “hanging ten”, the California YC hosted their annual Cal Race Week and provided great racing for the J/24, J/70, and J/109 one-design classes. Finally, another downhill sleigh ride took place on San Francisco Bay, the Delta Ditch Run- a 65.0nm dash from Richmond, CA to Stockton, CA, was hosted by the Stockton Sailing Club; a J/70 had an amazing run!

    Landsail Tyres J-Cup Announcement
    (Hamble, England)- The Landsail Tyres J-Cup, organized by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, by invitation of Key Yachting UK, is set to be a special event. The 2019 edition will run alongside the J/70 UK Class Training Event, incorporating the UK Grand Slam Series, part of the build up to the first J/70 World Championship to be held in the UK. Racing action is expected to be exciting and highly competitive, especially in the J/109 and J/88 Classes, which will decide their respective UK National Championships. From July 18th to 20th, up to nine races are scheduled on tight Solent courses over three days of scintillating action and legendary parties.

    A Welcome BBQ on the eve of the regatta will be followed by daily video debriefs from experts at North Sails, along with daily prize givings for boats of the day, and crew suppers. The grande finale will be the J-Cup Gala Dinner on Saturday 20th July held at the Royal Southern YC Clubhouse, on the banks of the Hamble River, with live music from the Soul Lounge Band!

    Early entries for the J/111 Class include three teams from the host club, the Royal Southern YC; Louise Makin & Chris Jones JOURNEYMAKER II (J/111 UK National Champion), Tony Mack's McFLY, and Simon Grier-Jones' SNOW LEOPARD. They will be joined by Jan van Berne's RED HERRING from the Haarlemsche Yacht Club, Netherlands.

    The J/109 UK National Championship has provided some of the closest racing in the J-Cup. Mike & Susie Yates JAGO and Simon Perry's JIRAFFE will be racing for the host club. Christopher Preston's JUBILEE will be flying the burgee of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and Andi Radburn's RED ARROW will be representing the RAF Sailing Association.

    “The J-Cup is the National Championships for the J/109 class and a fantastic opportunity to enjoy being part of the extended J-Boat family,” commented Simon Perry. “We love the rapid fire windward/leeward racing and are expecting to follow that with dock parties and of course the class Annual General Meeting. It’s the high point of the J/109 Calendar and we’re hoping for strong participation. It is always a great event with a very special atmosphere.”

    In the J/92 Class, Robin Stevenson's UPSTART returns having won last year by a single point from NIGHT JAR, which will also be racing this year, sailed by Penny Jeffcoate. Alan Macleod's SAMURAI J, representing the Cove Sailing Club, will travel over 500 miles to take part. Six teams are currently entered for the J/92 Class.

    2018 J/97 National Champion, Bob and Jon Baker's JAYWALKER, returns to action. Early J/88 entries include Dirk & Dianne van Beek's SABRIEL Jr and Gavin Howe's much travelled TIGRIS.

    All J/Boats are invited to attend the Landsail Tyres J-Cup to race in the one-design fleets or under IRC. For more Landsail Tyres J-Cup sailing information

    J/46 Rendezvous Announcement
    (Camden, Maine)- There must be some magic alchemy in the combination of one of the worlds greatest cruising destinations (Camden, Maine on Penobscot Bay), the spectacular Camden Classics Cup Regatta, and a bunch of enthusiastic J/46 owners.

    Last year’s event organizer, Tom Babbitt (Party Master in Chief), while thinking deep thoughts on his J/46 BRAVO in Antigua, suggested to some J/46 friends by email back in 2018 that they gather for the Classics Cup and race one design, with a modest handicap for deep draft boats. When BRAVO arrived back in Camden from the Caribbean on May 21st, there was a one-design fleet registered consisting of four boats. It was a fabulous series, with great racing and very special after race parties and activities.

    Word spread fast after last year’s J/46 Rendezvous and this year, months before the 2019 event, TEN J/46 s are already registered!

    On registration day July 25th, we will meet at 1630 at Lyman Morse at Wayfarer for a J/46 Owners Forum. It will be a “meet and greet” to discuss our favorite modifications, repairs and enhancements as well as reach out for solutions to unsolved mysteries.  After each race, we will attempt to have a Skipper’s Debrief where all can share their brilliant and not-so-brilliant decisions on the water.

    The one-design rules, taking into account that J/46 owners are cruisers (first and foremost), are as follows:
    • Suitable anchor and chain in the bow
    • Dodger up
    • #3 jibs only, no spinnakers
    • autopilots, electric winches permitted
    • outboards, biminis, bikinis, and grills on the stern rail are not required, but encouraged
    • single handed, doubled handed, or a whole gang of crew- all good
    • shoal draft boats favored by 9 seconds per mile handicap
    • no other rating penalties
    For any questions, please contact Tom Babbitt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone- +1-207-632-1262

    Chicago NOOD Regatta Preview
    (Chicago, IL)- The 2019 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta series returns to Chicago Yacht Club with more than 130 teams competing in 13 separate fleets, beginning an action-packed summer of sailboat racing on Lake Michigan. The regatta is one of the highlights of the summer for one-design classes of J/70, J/88, J/105, J/109, J/111, and PHRF handicap racing for the North Sails Rally.

    In the J/70 fleet, John Heaton (Wilmette, IL) is looking to use the Chicago NOOD Regatta to shake off the winter rust and get back to racing. The J/70 is one of the hottest classes in the world, and serves as the perfect platform for new and experienced sailors to race in large, competitive fleets. Heaton’s normal crew isn’t available for this event, so he’s enlisted professional sail makers and world champion sailors Tim Healy and Zeke Horowitz to continue to work on his boatspeed.

    “We always use the NOOD as a way to keep learning the boat,” says Heaton. “There’s so many good sailors in the fleet that you have to keep pushing yourself. Tim [Healy] has already taught us a lot about these boats, and we’re excited to get him back on the water to keep plugging away.”

    Heaton was one of the first Chicago-area owners to purchase a J/70, which debuted in 2012 and has witnessed the rapid growth of the class worldwide. “We’re still building the local fleet in Chicago,” says Heaton. “It’s great getting the out-of-town boats coming in for a three-day event right here in our backyard. It's a very well-traveled fleet, so we’re excited to get some national-level talent out on Lake Michigan.”

    Other top teams that will be challenging Heaton’s recent success will be Steve Knoop’s AMERICAN FLYER, Mark & Sarah Renz’s BERTEAU GROUP, Amy Neill’s NITEMARE, Leif & Laura Sigmond’s NORBOY, Pam Rose’s ROSEBUD, and Buddy Cribb’s VICTORY.

    For Len Siegal (Chicago, IL), the NOOD will serve as the start of what promises to be a busy season of racing in the J/111 fleet. “Since the NOOD comes so early in the season, it makes everyone get ready for a major one-design event right off the bat,” says Siegal. “It’s good for building enthusiasm early on, and for us, it will be a warm-up for the other big events this year.”

    Many teams from the Chicago-area J/111 fleet will also be competing in Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac in July, as well as the Verve Cup and the J/111 World Championship in August. “It’s going to be a big year for us,” says Siegal. “I didn’t sail that much last year, so I’m looking forward to getting back into it this year. We have some new crew onboard, so it’s great having a regatta like the NOOD to get everyone up to speed.”

    Siegal’s LUCKY DUBIE team will be facing a very strong contingent of teams for the J/111 podium, such as past winners KASHMIR (Mike Mayer & Steve Henderson), Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi’s MOMENTUS, Rich Witzel’s ROWDY (winner of the COLORS Regatta last weekend), and Jeff Davis’ SHAMROCK (a J/111 Midwinter Champion).

    The J/88 class will have a number of hot teams vying for one-design supremacy, including Andy & Sarah Graff’s EXILE (winner of the 88 class in the COLORS Regatta), Tod Patton’s BLONDIE 2, Ben Marden’s BANTER, and John & Jordan Leahey’s DUTCH.

    The J/105 class will most likely see a battle royale between a trio of boats; Clark Pellett’s SEALARK, Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS, and Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM.

    With ten-boats, the J/109 class is out in force with a number of familiar names that will certainly be a factor at the top of the leaderboard.  Those teams include Jim Murray’s CALLISTO, Peter Priede’s FULL TILT, Robert Evan’s GOAT RODEO (Chicago-Mac winner), Scott Sims SLAPSHOT II, David Gustman’s NORTHSTAR, and Jack & Jim Tolliver’s VANDA III.

    Over in the handicap world, PHRF 2 Class will see two J/35’s do battle for the top spots, Rick Stage’s ALPHA PUPPY and Dan Leslie’s NOMATA. In the North Sails Rally PHRF Division are four J/crews; Ben Lumpkin’s J/112E MARY GAIL, Frank Giampoli’s J/120 JAHAZI, Rick Reed’s J/35 OB LA DI, and Jay Butler’s J/44 CHEEP N DEEP II.  In the North Sails Rally ORR Division are three J/crews; David Hughes’ J/100 BARRACUDA, Jim Gignac’s J/130 SALSA, and Mitchell Weisman’s J/35 FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER.  For more Chicago NOOD Regatta sailing information

    Bermuda One-Two Race Preview
    (Newport, RI)- Hosted by Newport Yacht Club in Rhode Island and the St. George’s Dinghy & Boat Club in Bermuda, the 635.0nm Bermuda One-Two Race is one of the premiere shorthanded races in the USA. For the twenty-nine-boat fleet, the race starts on June 8th at 11:00 AM in Narragansett Bay. The first leg is singlehanded out to Bermuda, the second doublehanded leg back to Newport starts on June 20th.

    Three J/Crews are participating in the event. There are two J/120s, Josh Reisberg’s ABILYN (with crew of Sam Cox) and Thomas Amory’s FLOW (with crew of Robert Patenaude). Also sailing is David Southwell’s J/121 ALCHEMY (with crew of Scott Meier).  Go to the website, track them, and cheer them on!  For more Bermuda One-Two Race sailing information

    Farallones Race Preview
    (San Francisco, CA)- The San Francisco YC and YRA of San Francisco Bay are hosting their annual Farallones Race for both full and shorthanded crews this coming weekend. The 65.0nm sprint from a start inside the Bay out around the infamous Farallones Rocks will see seventy-five teams on the starting line Saturday morning. Ten J/crews are participating in the race from a J/88 up to a J/160.
    There are five J/120’s that will be going head-to-head for PHRF class honors, including Timo Bruck’s TWIST, Mike Clarke’s SHENANIGANS, Steve Madeira’s MR MAGOO, Sean Mulvihill’s JAMANI, and David Halliwill’s PEREGRINE.  They will be joined by Mario Wijtman’s J/105 J-TRIPPER sailing Doublehanded, Zach Anderson’s J/125 VELVET HAMMER (recent Cal Offshore Week winner), Kevin Mills’ J/36 DAWNS EARLY LIGHT, Steve Gordon’s J/88 INCONCEIVABLE, and Doug McClafin’s J/160 HANA HOU sailing Singlehanded.  For more Farallones Race sailing information  For more San Francisco YC sailing information

    Lady Liberty Cup Regatta Preview
    (New York Harbor, NY)- The first Lady Liberty Regatta was held at Manhattan Yacht Club in 1989. The original event name was the “Betsy Ross Bowl” and it was held in conjunction with the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Week. In 2019, Manhattan YC has relaunched this great tradition of women’s teams racing in front of one of the world’s most famous icons, the Statue of Liberty.

    There are a total of a dozen teams sailing in the regatta in Manhattan YC’s fleet of matched one-design J/24s. Those teams include a range of top women sailors that have National, North American, and World Championship credentials. Here are the extraordinary women’s teams that will be lining up this weekend:
    1. Danielle Gallo, Jennifer Taylor, Sandy Krasovec, Amy Elliott, Jeanine McHugh from Manhattan YC
    2. Katie Morgan, Linda Kaiser, Andrea Sengara, Deiane Abajos, Tricia Lynch, Lainey Battiston from Manhattan YC
    3. Michele Cimon, Cathy Shaw, Amanda Bolle, Emma Mendenhall, Anna Huebschmann from Nepean Sailing Club- Ottawa, Canada
    4. Jess Harris & Erica Beck Spencer, Karen Renzulli Fallon, Hillary Noble, Kim Calnan, Barbara Gold from Portland YC- Portland, ME
    5. Natalie Harden, Rachel Loziuk, Molly MacMillan White, Sally Lloyd, Chandler Self, Eliza Price from Austin YC- Austin, TX
    6. Lee Ann Zaretsky, Lois Breen, Linda Bowen, Leah Bourne, Emily Fisher, Shelly Strachen from Rochester YC- Rochester, NY
    7. Ginjer Yachechak, Kaci Yachechak, Valerie Bucholtz, Melanie Edwards, Ashli Slawter from CYC Seattle- Seattle, WA
    8. Florence Rodriguez, Rebekah Holmes, Brigette Croke, Megan Roach, Cay Rose from Houston, TX
    9. Casey Firth, Lyzz Schwegler, Colleen Roney, Molly Houston from Tred Avon Yacht Club- Washington, DC
    10. MacKenzie McGuckin, Kara Troxler, Lisa Kennedy, Robyn Philip-Norton, Sophie Delacourt from Seawanhaka Corinthian YC- Oyster Bay, NY
    11. Robin Van Vliet, Jennifer McKenna, Melissa Litwicke, Lisa Kitchin, Diedre Collins from Richmond Yacht Club- Pt Richmond, CA
    12. Katie White, Bethanie Maples, Laura Levy, Gaby Ververs, Kathleya Afanador from St. Francis YC- San Francisco, CA
    For more Lady Liberty Cup Regatta sailing information

    J/24 Starts Race 2 Alaska!
    (Vancouver, BC)- “June's arrival in the Pacific Northwest is a special time thanks to the area's unique sailing scene that includes events such as the Van Isle 360 (odd-numbered years), the Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race (even-numbered years), and the annual Race to Alaska (R2AK), the latter of which began yesterday (Monday, June 3) on the waters off of Port Townsend, Washington. While the former two races are exciting, the R2AK's rules add a significant level of commitment by forbidding competitors from sailing with engines. And we're not talking the honor system here: to be eligible to compete in the R2AK, a boat cannot carry auxiliary power, irrespective of the rocky and remote lee shores (sometimes populated with grizzly bears) that are part of the R2AK experience.

    The first obstacle to overcome is the Johnstone Straits (yes, same family/ relative).  A foreboding, long, narrow, body of water everyone must transit heading north, famous for powerful, gusty winds rolling off towering snow-capped peaks and even stronger currents with a few tidal whirlpools thrown in.

    Then, after going north past the Johnstone Straits, there's the even more formidable Seymour Narrows. This is a very narrow channel just north of the British Columbian fishing town of Campbell River, where tidal swings can generate up to 15 knots of current, and where even whales are said to wait for favorable waters to make their passage!!

    So, it's fair to say that travelling to Alaska under human power (R2AK rules allow for paddles, peddle-driven propellers and sails) adds a significant complicating factor to the race while also testing each competitor's commitment to the dream with ample exposure to cold water, notoriously fickle winds, and plenty of hard-won local knowledge.

    Then there's the obvious: cold, hypothermia-inducing water, wilderness coastlines, wild-card weather, and a serious need for self-sustainability.

    On Thursday, June 6 at 12:00pm, the fleet will begin the 710 nautical mile leg to Ketchikan, which is first marked by the all-out sprint to make it through Seymour Narrows before the tidal window shuts and the current machine forces boats to circle above the whales. Then comes the dash for the $10,000 cash prize (and Ketchikan).

    Amongst the fleet will be a team of young men sailing on a J/24, a first for this race. In the 40.0nm “qualifier”, Team MBR (McGuffin Brothers Racing) finished just 2 hours behind the fastest 30-foot trimaran. Last year’s winners, the all-women Sail Like A Girl M32 team finished just 45 minutes ahead (they finished 7th). It was a gear-buster, people-buster of a race, with winds gusting to 35 kts on the nose and big seas. The weather was so bad, that over half the fleet did not even “start” on the first day, as you had 36 hours to make the crossing across the capricious Straits of Juan de Fuca.

    Who is Team MGR?  It was founded by twin brothers living on Saltspring Island,  B.C. and racing out of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Cianan McGuffin, Finn McGuffin, Callum McGuffin, and Duncan Macdonald comprise the four-person team. Powered by the wind and oars, they will fight on in the grand tradition of the race to discover more about themselves, their inner souls, their tenaciousness, and the world around them. We wish them well.” Thanks for contribution from Sail-World.com’s North American Editor- David Schmidt.  Follow TEAM MBR’s exploits on Instagram here   Here is Team MBR’s website  For more R2AK sailing information and tracking information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Jun 7-9- Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 7-15- Rolex Giraglia Cup Regatta- St. Tropez, France
    Jun 8- Bermuda One-Two Race- Newport, RI
    Jun 8- Farallones Race- San Francisco, CA
    Jun 8-9- Lady Liberty Cup J/24 Regatta- New York Harbor, NY

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

    J/122s Crush Fast & Furious RORC North Sea Race
    J/Domination in ORC 1, IRC 2 and ORC/IRC Doublehanded Classes!
    (Harwich, England)- Fine weather and solid breeze provided fast downwind and reaching conditions for the fifth race of the RORC Season's Points Championship. The 180.0nm race from Harwichport, England to Scheveningen, The Netherlands was a very closely fought race as there were not many places to hide, just set it and forget it and go like hell!

    The seventy-nine-boat fleet started at 1100 BST on Friday 31 May. Hosted by the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, the North Sea Race started outside Harwich and meandered around the Galloper wind farm before heading north to Smith’s Knoll Buoy and across English Channel to the famous sailing city of The Hague and the Scheveningen Yacht Club.

    Close to a dozen J/teams are participating in ORC/ IRC and the Doublehanded divisions in the race, including most of the top Dutch and Belgian teams that won their Benelux doublehanded championships in 2018. Many of them reveled in the fast-sailing conditions.

    IRC Two and IRC Double Handed was won by the J/122E AJETO, sailed by Robin Verhoef (NED) & John Van Der Starre (NED). The Dutch duo scored a memorable victory in IRC Two finishing ahead of the fully-crewed, all-pro, JPK 11.80 Courrier Recommande, sailed by the famous French offshore champion- Gery Trentesaux (FRA). Third was yet another J/122 duo on JUNIQUE/ RAYMARINE SAILING TEAM, also sailed Two-Handed by Chris Revelman (NED) & Pascal Bakker (NED). AJETO also scored a notable win over one of the Netherland's top short-handed sailors, Erik van Vuuren (NED) racing the new W36 Hubo.  Fifth in IRC 2 was Wim van Slooten’s J/109 FIRESTORM.

    “Gery Trentesaux and Erik van Vuuren are two of the world's best. However, that will not stop me telling my grandchildren about this victory,” smiled AJETO’s John Van Der Starre. “As always, we pushed AJETO really hard together. It is wonderful to race with Robin; the atmosphere when we sail together is just fantastic. We will be racing in our fifth Fastnet later this year. It will be a really tough competition, but win or lose I know we will both enjoy the challenge.”

    In the ORC Doublehanded Class, the J/teams nearly swept the class. Winning was the J/122E AJETO, followed by the J/122 JUNIQUE/ RAYMARINE SAILING TEAM in 3rd, Michel Hof’s J/122 AMBITION in 4th and the J/109 FIRESTORM in 5th. In the ORC 1 Class (both full-crew and doublehanders), the J/122E AJETO took 2nd, the J/122 JUNIQUE 3rd, the J/122 AMBITION 5th. In ORC 2 Class, the J/109 FIRESTORM was 2nd and Rutger Krijger’s J/109 JACK RABBIT was 4th.  Then, in ORC Overall, the finished in the same order, but taking 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 7th, respectively.  For more RORC North Sea Race sailing information

    J/125 Hammers Fast Coastal Cup Race
    (Santa Barbara, CA)- The 2019 Coastal Cup was the fastest race in the recent five year history of the event, with new elapsed time, ORR corrected, and ORRez corrected times established by three different boats. In fact, the first 15 finishers all eclipsed the previous record from 2017. But, for those that didn't finish by about 1100 on Tuesday, the wind shut down and the last few boats struggled to reach the line despite the excellent racing over 90% of the course.

    Prior to 2015, the race was started in San Francisco and had finishes in Santa Barbara and Catalina. Then, five years ago, the race was changed to start in Monterey to fit into the CA Offshore Race Week.

    Zachery Anderson and the crew of J/125 VELVET HAMMER continued their excellent race week by setting the ORR corrected time record for the Coastal Cup at 17h 25m 23s, well below the Catapult's 2017 time by more than 5.5 hours. VELVET HAMMER currently leads the CA Offshore Race Week standings in class and overall. They will line up in an 11-boat class for the SoCal 300 and try to continue their success down to San Diego starting Thursday.

    Santa Barbara Yacht Club opened their doors to competitors on a normally closed-to-business Tuesday and the sailors warmed up from a cold night on the ocean on the sunny deck of SBYC. Next up is the In-Port Wednesday night racing hosted by SBYC, a BBQ dinner on the beach with music and awards for the Port race and the Coastal Cup.   Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing  For more California Offshore Race Week sailing information

    J’s Cruise in Armen Race
    (La Trinite sue Mer, France)- The Societe Nautique de La Trinite sur Mer hosted their annual Armen Race, a 210.0nm offshore “sausage-style” course that starts off La Trinite, heads out into the Bay of Biscay, and rounds a mark off Cape Finisterre at the entrance to the English Channel (La Manche) and return to the finish off La Trinite.  It can be a grueling course and this year it took most of the 35 to 40 footers around 60 to 65 hours to complete the course- approximately a 3.45 kt average (no wonder there were a lot of DNF’s in the race!).

    Over a dozen J/Teams participated in the race, with most finishing the difficult and challenging weather conditions.  In the end, there was an excellent showing in IRC B Class.  Winning was the J/122E MUSIX, skippered by Phillipe Baetz from the host club SN Trinite sur Mer. A fellow club member took the silver, the J/120 HEY JUDE, skippered by Phillipe Girardin. Not far off their pace was the J/120 LADY JANE, skippered by P. Tostivint from CN Pornic, ending up in 7th place. For more SNTM Armen Race sailing information

    J/125 Wins SoCal 300, Wins CORA Series
    (San Diego, CA)- The SoCal 300 was created in 2015 as a race hosted by Santa Barbara Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club to provide a long coastal race with differing and challenging conditions. Now in its 5th year, the race is as popular as ever with a record 38 boats having competed in 7 classes in 2019. Many Southern California boats use the race as a Transpac Race qualifier (must sail a 150nm race or passage in year prior to Transpac with a specified number of the same crew on board). Additionally, teams from Northern California make their way through the CA Offshore Race Week and conclude the series with the SoCal 300.

    SDYC's Manny Gomez has been the race chairman for the SoCal 300 for two years, and was excited to see such a great turnout in 2019.

    "I am so proud to have welcomed 28 teams to SDYC for the 5th running of the SoCal 300 and the inaugural CA 500. I want to thank SDYC for supporting our idea with the CA 500 and continuing to support the SoCal 300. Each of the teams found the race challenging in the beginning, and lighter towards San Diego. I wish all the best to all of the teams who used this race as a Transpac warm up and wish them well to Hawaii,” commented Gomez.

    Zachery Anderson’s J/125 VELVET HAMMER had an incredible week competing in the full 3 race series and winning the overall CA Offshore Race Week title. They were in the series class against Maverick and Alive, chasing them down the coast all week long. In the end, the title was theirs as they had the best corrected time in the SoCal 300 of all series participants.

    “The whole race week was ideal,” commented Anderson. “Each race of the series provided different challenges and conditions. It was special to leave the San Francisco Bay and sail down the coast with the whales. For us, Coastal Cup was the highlight. The conditions were perfect for the J/125. We were up on the step for hours. It was spectacular to have sustained boat speeds in the teens and twenties all night. For the SoCal 300 we transitioned to 5 crew in the prep for our Transpac run this summer. The race was like a mini-Transpac, big breeze and reaching off the coast, then a nice downwind run. We went into this race as a tune-up for Transpac and the first major offshore racing we have done on the J/125. I am so proud of the Velvet Hammer crew was able to win the CORW. We are going into Transpac with a full head of steam.”

    The SoCal 300 is unique in the way it is scored using 3 separate legs, plus the full start to finish being the 4th leg for scoring purposes. The original idea was to take the differing conditions of the race from SB to the islands, the run down to the turning buoy and the race to the finish and score the competition as 3 legs plus the 4th leg being the full start to finish of the race (worth 1.5 points). So a “perfect” score would be 1 + 1 + 1 + 1.5 = 4.5 points. Many competitors enjoy the leg scoring concept, seeing how they perform on different legs with their unique conditions and racing lines, so expect to see this scoring concept continue.

    One way that this scoring is made possible is the technology of the YB Tracking race trackers. All four races in the Race Week were tracked live with 15-minute updates and can be replayed here: https://yb.tl/corw2019.

    San Diego Yacht Club has been working with YB Tracking for almost a decade, providing race trackers for all boats racing in the Island Race, SoCal 300, and Puerto Vallarta Race. The trackers have the ability to ping a boat’s crossing of a GPS line, so all scoring uses the location and timing pings from a boat’s tracker to determine the leg finish/start times. The competitors are asked to document their own perceived crossings for verification and backup in case there is an issue with the tracker on board. Over the last few years, the concept has been proven successful and will continue to allow offshore racing to dial in the courses including virtual finish lines farther out to sea, rather than relying on marks or buoys.

    SD Boatworks’ David and Julie Servais were integral in creating the SoCal 300 in 2015 on behalf of San Diego Yacht Club, and continue to support the event as a sponsor in 2019. SD Boatworks will also be supporters of the Transpac Race this summer.

    “We are so thrilled to see the SoCal 300 continue to grow,” said David Servais. “From its inception in 2015, to its incorporation into Offshore Race Week, this race is quickly becoming a world class event. As a lead in to the Transpac Race, there is no better way to test your equipment and your crew. This year is truly special give the huge entry list for Transpac. We are pleased to announce that in order to better support the racers making this journey we will be on station in Rainbow Harbor from July 5-13. We will have our SD Boatworks mobile rig shop, featuring Marlow Ropes and hardware from Harken and Spinlock on site right in front of Gladstone’s restaurant."  Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing  For more California Offshore Race Week sailing information

    SOAK RACING Eclipses J/70 Southern Areas
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- Eight races were held in champagne conditions for eighteen J/70 teams in The Solent. Bright sunshine and a huge range of wind conditions provided spectacular racing with fun-filled social events all organized by the Royal Thames Yacht Club. 2017 UK National Champions, Ian Wilson & Marshall King's Soak Racing scored all podium finishes including five bullets to win the regatta and lift the Myosotis Cutter Cup.

    “To be honest, the results flattered us,” commented Ian Wilson. “The J/70 UK fleet is getting faster and smarter, which is great to see. I think it is very important for the leading UK teams to race in the Solent because it does bring on the competition, and that pushes everybody on for a better performance. The Royal Thames event is a great won to win because it means you go to the their end of season prize giving, it took me two days to recover after the last one!”

    In second place was John Greenland's J-DOG, flying the colors of the Royal Thames, the team was racing one of the J/70s owned by the RTYC, four of which are available for charter. Despite not winning a race, Greenland's team was only out of the top five in one race during the eight race series.

    Graham Clapp's JEEPSTER representing the Royal Southern YC started the regatta with a bullet and went on to score two more podium finishes, and no worse than eighth in the series resulted in third for the regatta.

    In addition to the top three teams, six more teams made the race podium during the regatta. Finishing fourth was Niklas Zennstrom's RAN, his first-ever major regatta in a J/70, the same team that has won the Maxi 72 and TP52 World Championships.  Fifth place went to Joshua Flack's ELIZABETH, 6th to Patrick Liardet's COSMIC, 7th to Simon Cavey's JUST-4-PLAY, 8th to Tara Gill-Taylor's RTYC Academy, and 9th to Phil Rys' BRYN.

    The 2019 J/70 UK Grand Slam Series continues 18-20 July with Round 5- the J/70 UK Class Training Event, organized by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. For more information.  For more UK J/70 Class sailing information

    SNG Tops Swiss J/70 Sailing League- Act II
    (Lucerne, Switzerland)- The Urnersee lived up to its reputation as a windy sailing area, providing the best sailing for the Swiss J/70 Sailing League season so far with up to 20 kt winds over the weekend of racing for the eighteen teams in attendance.

    The Société Nautique de Genève team (skipper Nicolas Anklin, with crew of Bryan Mettraux, Mathieu Fischer and Alexis Mégevand) dominated this second round of the National Sailing League. The Geneva team won 6 of their 9 races. The duel for second place was won the Regattaclub Oberhofen team (skipper Stefan Seger and crew of Simon Brügger, Elianne Böni and Jürg Aeschlimann ) with a runaway victory in their last race, enabling them to beat the third place team of YC Bielersee.

    As undisputed winners of this great sailing event, SN Geneve team also take over the lead for the overall Swiss J/70 Sailing League series in a tie-breaker at 31 pts each. Now sitting in second overall on the tie-breaker countback is Bordée de Tribord - La Neuveville, with Regattaclub Bodensee in third with 35 pts.
    For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information

    (Brest, France)- From May 30th to June 2nd, the Grand Prix Ecole de Navale took place in the spectacular Atlantic waters off Brest, France.  Twenty-nine J/80s took to the starting line and, after three thrilling days of racing, managed to sail eight races.

    Winning the regatta was Pierre Laouenan’s COURRIER ECOLE NAVALE with crew of Eric Brezellec, Christian Ponthieu, Jean Queveau, and Tiphaine Ragueneau.  Winning five of their eight races, Laouenan’s crew proved dominant, taking the series by six points with a total score of 12 pts net. Taking the silver on the podium was a familiar top French crew, Simon Moriceau’s ARMEN HABITAT, with crew of Vincent Guillarm, Paul Medinger, Nicolas Le Berre, and Titouan Le Dem. Rounding out the podium in the bronze medal position was top French woman skipper Anne Phelipon and her crew on NAVIGATLANTIQUE (Christine Briand, Thomas Haddouche, Loig Leon, and Celine Adam). The rest of the top five included Luc Nadal’s GANJA in 4th and Remy Hurdiel’s SPORT BUSINESS CLUB LA MOBILERY in 5th position.

    On Friday, the crews experienced a delay due to a persistent fog. It was a chance for some crews to reflect on why they enjoyed sailing their J/80s.

    According to French Naval Admiral Philippe Coindreau, renowned for his long military career, “it's always frustrating to be aboard and stay at the dock. But, such things happen. This is the 12th edition of GPEN that I have sailed. I really enjoy racing my J/80, it is a great class. I enjoy the pleasure of competition in the J/80. This is a strict monotype, which is very nice because it allows you to fight on equal terms. Over the years, we find on the circuit the same teams and we establish strong links between us."

    This team spirit and fraternity can also draw parallels between the world of sailing and that of the Navy. "It is not without reason that the French Navy decided to make sailing one of its favorite sports. The qualities that are necessary for the sailors are similar to those of the Navy members; the ability to work as a team, toughness and endurance. And then, there is the absolute need for humility. It's undeniable, in regattas, we all learn to be humble,” remarked Admiral Coindreau. At the end of the first day, his J/80 team on HARIS was sitting in a humble 14th overall.  For more Grand Prix Ecole Navale sailing information

    Great Sailing Action @ Cal Race Week
    (Marina del Rey, CA)- As their signature event of the summer sailing season, California Yacht Club's Cal Race Week managed to provide the passionate and enthusiastic sailors with two good days of racing and from 5 to 6 races per fleet. For the assembled masses of J/sailors, that meant great racing for the J/24, J/70, and J/109 one-design classes.

    Dominating the fourteen-boat J/70 fleet was Bruce Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS (as past J/70 West Coast Champion); Bruce had mentioned that it was going to be great practice for the 2020 J/70 World Championship that will be held in Long Beach, CA. If the Midlifer’s record of four bullets in six races is any indication of how serious Golison is taking his “pre-Worlds” practice, watch out!  Joining them on the podium was Terry Layton’s TERREAWAY from San Francisco in second and Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT from the host Cal YC in third.  Rounding out the top five were Jim Cunningham’s LIFTED and Jim Murrell’s HUCKLEBERRY in 4th and 5th, respectively.

    In the J/24 class, Deke Klatt’s JADED left no stone unturned in their somewhat dominant performance in the series, counting just first places to win the class.  Second was Susan Taylor’s TAKE FIVE, one of the top woman sailors on the west coast. Then, holding onto the bronze was Claudia Gottstein’s WITHIN REACH, another emerging, talented woman sailor.

    There was yet another dominant performance in the J/109 class, with Heinz Butner’s RAPTOR from Long Beach YC winning four races enroute to taking the class title.  Second was Peter Nelson’s SPRAY from host California YC and third was taken by Jack Mayer’s ZEPHYR from Del Rey YC.

    Doing some serious damage to their competitors in the PHRF handicap world were three J fanatics. In PHRF C Class, David Boatner’s J/35 RIVAL (a past overall winner of the event!) posted straight bullets to win by a country furlong.

    However, things were not so clear-cut in PHRF D Class. Jon Haney’s J/105 JOYRIDE ended up winning class on a tie-breaker at 15 pts each. Then, just one point back to take the bronze was Lenny Gordon’s J/92 SUNSHINE.   Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing  For more Cal Race Week sailing information

    Challenging Cedar Point One-Design Regatta
    (Cedar Point, CT)- No question, sailors from the northeast enjoyed that awesome and elusive combination of fun, serious sailing, and great camaraderie ashore. The Cedar Point Yacht Club’s One-Design Regatta provided up to seven races for most of the J/Classes participating- the J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, and J/109s- that represented 82% of the event.

    Oivind Lorentzen’s NINE, counting three bullets in their five-race record eclipsed the eleven-boat J/70 class.  Second was Josh Goldman’s BUILDING A and third was John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES. Rounding out the top five were John & Marisa Koten’s PLANET CLAIRE and Eddie Keller’s KEY PLAYER, finishing 4th & 5th, respectively.

    It was a duel by two long-time class stalwarts in the eight-boat J/88 class.  In a regatta that came down to the wire, it was Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION edging out Mike Bruno’s WINGS by just one point to take the class win. Third was Kevin Marks’ VELOCITY.

    An epic struggle evolved in the eight-boat J/105 class for the top five teams, with all of them finishing within one point of each other and having to survive TWO tie-breakers. After six races, three teams were tied on 14 pts each for the podium, a near mathematical improbability. That trio of boats were Harald Edegran & Jeremy Henderson’s CONUNDRUM, Frank Latawiec’s ATARAXIS, and Max Kalehoff’s LAURA BEA; on countback, they finished in that order on the podium! The balance of the top five was also a tie-breaker on 15 pts each; Randy Bourne’s STRANGE BREW and Gardner Horan’s CUSH, finishing in that order for 4th & 5th.

    The enormous eighteen-boat J/109 class was treated to a good-old-fashioned butt whipping by a cast of characters from the Chesapeake Bay. Known by many for their past heroics, Bill Sweetser’s RUSH lived up to her reputation, sailing nearly lights out all weekend long, never finishing below 4th in this incredibly competitive class! In the end, they won with just 13 pts net.

    Behind the RUSH crew, it was a tough duel to the finish, with the outcome for the balance of the podium determined by the last race.  Jonathan Rechtschaffer’s EMOTICON and Julia O’Dowd’s TBD were tied at 20 pts each, with the nod on countback going to the elated EMOTICON crew.  Rounding out the top five were Will Rogers’ BIG BOAT in 4th and Bengt & Marie Johansson’s ZIF ZAG in 5th position.  For more Cedar Point One-Design Regatta sailing information

    J/Singlehanders Win Susan Hood Trophy Race
    (Port Credit, Ontario)- The 2019 edition of the Susan Hood Trophy Race, presented by driveHG.ca, and hosted by Port Credit Yacht Club saw the majority of the fleet get around the race track in a relatively quick 13 to 15 hours for the 30 to 40 footers.  The J/Crews that participated garnered a fair amount of silverware in their various classes.

    In the seven-boat IRC Division, Bruce Pierce’s J/122 HOOLIGAN II take the silver, missing their class win by just 12 minutes.

    Crushing the PHRF Singlehanded class were Ard Van Leeuwen’s J/112E HIGH TEA and Kim Piller’s J/109 LIVE WIRE, taking the top two spots on the podium!

    In the PHRF Racing 1 class, Graham Tom’s J/120 THE CAT CAME BACK took the silver. Then, in PHRF Racing 2 class, Mike Pietz’s J/35 SHORTHANDED won by just over three minutes in a close finish. Also, taking a silver in the PHRF Racing 4 class was Andrew Sharp’s J/92 SWITCH. For more Susan Hood Trophy sailing information

    Skyway COLORS Regatta Report
    (Chicago, IL)- Because of the rather challenging weather conditions in the season-opening regatta on the Chicago lakefront, the Columbia YC’s COLORS Regatta, the sailors were happy to get in even a handful of races by the end of the long weekend.  There were a number of notable performances by some of the top J/Teams participating in the event.

    The half-dozen J/88s were simply eclipsed by Andy & Sarah Graff’s EXILE, a result of their winter season series down in St Petersburg, FL and sailing Charleston Race Week. Starting off with a 3rd, the EXILE crew turned on the jets and closed with four bullets to win quite handily.  Second was John & Jordan Leahey’s DUTCH and third was Ben Marden’s BANTER.

    The J/105 class saw Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM simply blitzkrieg their fleet with all bullets to take an easy class win.  Similarly, following in their footsteps in every race for all deuces was Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS to earn the silver.  Third was a new face in the crowd, Judith & Ross McLean’s ESPRIT d’ECOSSE.

    The surprising big winner in the J/109 class was a reunification of a former top team, George Miz and friends on SMEE AGAIN, posting three bullets to win by a country mile.  Second was Jim Murray’s CALLISTO and third was Keith Eickenberg’s BLACKFIN.

    With seven-boats, nothing ever comes easy in the J/111 class, as all boats are well-sailed and are highly competitive. The winner was determined on a tie-breaker at 6 pts each between Rich Witzel’s ROWDY and the duo of Mayer/ Henderson on KASHMIR. Both teams posted identical scores of 1-1-2-2, but ROWDY won the last race, so won the countback!  Third was John Kalanik’s PURA VIDA with a 4-4-3-3 tally for 14 pts.

    In the PHRF 1 Class, Ben Lumpkin’s J/112E took 4th with Frank Giampoli’s J/120 JAHAZI in 5th and Arne Fliflet’s J/120 MAZAL TOV in 6th.

    In the PHRF Singlehanded Class, two J/105s sailing nearly smoked their fleet. Winning was Brian Crabb’s SEA-U, with Mark Gannon’s GANGBUSTERS taking the silver. For more SKYWAY COLORS Regatta sailing information

    J/Crews Sweep Southern Bay Race Week
    (Norfolk, VA)- Southern Bay Race Week is always the weekend after Memorial Day, so early season excitement runs high and preparation is key for the usual 90- 100+ boats that come to race on the Southern Chesapeake Bay. Regatta headquarters is Hampton Yacht Club in Hampton, VA, the event trademark is southern hospitality coupled with great racing for three days in the Hampton Roads area of the Chesapeake.

    After two days of struggle to get in races in spite of cranky winds and threatening thunderstorms, Mother Nature bestowed a beautiful final day upon the racers of solid racing breezes and sunshine- life was good and competition intense. When all was said and done, J/Crew took six of the top spots in the 11 classes spread over 3 divisions.

    Ian Hill from Chesapeake, VA / Hampton YC, brought his J/111 SITELLA in first in the PHRF SUPER A class.

    In the PHRF A1 class, Craig Wright’s J/109 AFTERTHOUGHT, sailing out of Fishing Bay YC, took first convincingly by 5 points over the second place boat.

    Ben Weeks & Michele Cochran on their J/29 RUMBLE from Yorktown, VA/ Hampton YC, were familiar faces on the podium as they picked up the first place for PHRF B1. 

    Taking third place in PHRF B2 Fleet was the J/30 COOL CHANCE skippered by Rusty Burshell.

    Sailing in the PHRF C class and taking first place was Alan Bomar in his J/24 ROUNDABOUT from Ft Monroe, VA / Hampton YC. 

    The J/24 BLUE BUS, skippered by Christian Johnson from Virginia Beach, VA was winner of Cruising B fleet; he was sailing with a crew of his wife Morgan and 2 young sons ages 4 and 5 yrs old!

    In the J/70 One-Design Division, Ron Gorman brought SURRENDER TO THE FLOW home first in class. Ron hails from Suffolk, VA/ Hampton YC. Filling out the rest of the podium was Steve Quiriconi’s HOTTY TODDY and Arielle Darrow’s HYC LADY VORTEXES all-women’s crew. All in all, it was an astonishing performance by J/Teams across the board. Congrats to all!  For more Southern Bay Race Week sailing information

    J/70 Loves Delta Ditch Run
    (Richmond, CA)- The 29th annual Point Richmond to Stockton Race, known infamously as the “Delta Ditch Run”, is a course of approximately 65.0nm. The start is in San Francisco Bay, between the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Brothers Islands, and the finish line at the Stockton Sailing Club.

    A number of J/Teams participated in this fun-loving adventure, a truly awesome, crazy, over-the-top downwind blast going past buoys, islands, and sand bars in an endless “chicane” from start to finish.

    In the end, taking the silver in PHRF Light+2 Class and finishing in a time of 7 hrs 27 min 49 secs was Mark Thomas & Peter Cameron’s J/70 KANGAROO JOCKEY. That is a very quick 8.9 kts rhumbline S.O.G. average against a 0.5 to 1.5 kts current!  For more Delta Ditch Run sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    * J/70 Crew Work- Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY crew, which includes Bill Hardesty and Willem van Waay from San Diego and Will Felder, show you what it takes for team work to get a J/70 around the race track. This is a very instructive video on boat-handling.

    * Eight Bells- Lowell North
    Lowell North, founder of North Sails, passed away June 2 with his wife Bea by his side in San Diego, CA. He was 89 years old.

    Lowell was an early supporter of the J/105 Class in San Diego, CA, owning J/105 #3 that is now called NE*NE and currently resides in San Francisco Bay. Lowell was an active participant in the famous International Masters Regatta, pioneered by his close friend Don Trask in San Francisco Bay, with sailing taking place first in J/24s and later in J/105s.

    Born in Springfield, Missouri, North was 14 when his curiosity led to him re-cutting the mainsail of his Star boat. A year later (1945), Malin Burnham, one of San Diego’s hottest sailors, asked the young North to crew for him in the World Championships. They won. “It wasn’t me Malin wanted,” North had said. “It was my mainsail.”

    North went on to win four world’s championships as skipper in this elite class. Nearly as impressive, he finished second in the world’s five times. He brought home a gold medal in the 1968 Olympics, prompting Starlights, the Class magazine, to call him “the perfect Star sailor.”

    North had won another Olympic medal (bronze) in the Dragon class (1964). He was known for rigs so refined that occasionally something would let go. Shortly before one race, the main halyard parted. North and his crew, Peter Barrett, lowered the mast while on the water, threaded the mains’l into the groove, and raised it in time to make the start.

    Obsessed by the shape of speed on the water, North applied his degree in engineering to sail making. He opened his first North Sails loft in San Diego in 1957. From the beginning, his was a scientific approach. He was among the very first sail makers to embrace computer modeling. He hired other champion sailors -- “Tigers,” he called them -- to demonstrate and sell his products. He figured anyone who could make a sailboat go fast could also be a good businessman.

    Lowell sold North Sails in 1984 and retired from sailmaking. He continued to sail, racing his boat Sleeper for many years, as well as cruising the Pacific. In 2011, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the US National Sailing Hall of Fame.
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  • J/Newsletter- May 29th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    For many sailors across the northern hemisphere, the Bank Holiday/ Memorial Day weekend marked the beginning of their intense summer sailing season.  In Europe, at least nine major events took place spanning the Eurasian continent, from as far west as Scotland to as Far East as Tuapse, Russia.  Starting in the United Kingdom, we find three events took place; the Clyde Cruising Club Scottish Series in Tarbert, Scotland for fleets of IRC teams that included J/92s, J/109s, J/122s, and J/133; the Thrilling Three Creeks Race for a J/111 team that was in Devon, Cornwall, United Kingdom (an event that offered both sailing and running races ashore); and the RORC Myth of Malham Race- an offshore race that goes from Cowes westward to Eddystone Light off Plymouth, and return (yet, another Fastnet Race "practice race").

    Over on the continent, heading eastward, we find the Danish J/70 Sailing League held their first event in Lynaes, Denmark, hosted by the Lynæs Sail & Kayak Club for eighteen teams. East of them, the German J/22 Class held their German J/22 Open at Haltern am See, Germany, hosted at Segelclub Prinzensteg for a fleet 14 boats. South of them, the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain hosted their 46th CaixaBank Trofeo Conde de Godó for fleets of J/80s and J/70s. East across the Mediterranean we find the SAILING Champions League second Qualifier was raced in J/70s off Porto Cervo, hosted by YC Costa Smeralda for twenty-four teams. Still further east on the Adriatic Sea, the Circolo Nautico “Amici Della Vela” hosted the Italian J/24 Championship off Cervia, Italy for a fleet of thirty boats. Then, the Russian J/70 Sailing League held their 2nd and 3rd events at Kazan and Tuapse for 14 teams from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Konakovo.

    Hopping across the Pacific, we see there was a lot of activity taking place on the West coast of the Americas. Up in the Pacific Northwest, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Victoria, B.C. hosted their famous Swiftsure Race for 200+ boats; this year it lived up to its reputation as “the Driftsure”. The overall winning J/105 in the Cape Flattery Race took over 40 hours for a 2.59 kts of “rhumbline” speed; however, in reality it was a slower average than that! Heading down to California, the Spinnaker Cup Race took place, a 100nm race from San Francisco Bay down to Monterey Bay. It is the first race in the California Offshore Race Week Series for PHRF racers like a J/125, J/120, and J/105. Going over to the East coast, there were three events that took place ranging from Florida up to Nantucket! The Hyannis Yacht Club hosted their famous Figawi Race, a 25.0nm daytime sprint of “pursuit-style” racing from Hyannisport, MA to Nantucket Harbor, MA, for a fleet that included a J/133, J/121, J/122, J/105s, J/100, J/40, and J/30, amongst others. Simultaneously, the Storm Trysail Club held their season-opening Block Island Race, a 186.0nm marathon race from Stamford out around Block Island to starboard and return for a fleet loaded with J/Teams in J/35s, J/105s, J/109s, J/111, J/121, J/122, and J/133. Finally, down in the Gulf of Mexico, the Davis Island Yacht Club hosted their 100.0nm winter-season-ending finale- the Tampa Bay to Fort Myers Race, a popular one for J/crews that included a J/112E, J/105, J/42, and J/30.

    RORC North Sea Race Preview
    (Harwich, England)- The next step in the RORC Offshore Season Points Series leading up to the 2019 Fastnet Race is the North Sea Race. The event has attracted 79 boats for the 1100 BST start on Friday 31 May. Hosted by the Royal Harwich Yacht Club in their fabulous modern clubhouse, the North Sea Race starts outside Harwich and meanders around the Galloper wind farm before heading north to Smith’s Knoll Buoy and across to the famous sailing city of the Hague and the Scheveningen Yacht Club. The majority of the teams come from the Netherlands, teams from Austria, Great Britain, Belgium, France and Germany. Fast downwind conditions are predicted providing exhilarating conditions for approximately 450 sailors racing across the North Sea.

    The fleet sails one of two courses to Scheveningen, The Netherlands. The larger boats sail the long course of about 179.0nm, while the smaller boats sail the short course of 148.0nm.  In either case, it amounts to heading NNE across the Channel to buoys in the southern parts of the North Sea, then turning right and heading back down to Scheveningen for the finish.

    Close to a dozen J/teams are participating in ORC/ IRC and the Doublehanded divisions in the race, including most of the top Dutch and Belgian teams that won their Benelux doublehanded championships in 2018.

    In the 11-boat IRC 2 Class is the Belgian team of Sebastien de Liedekerke Beaufort, racing the J/111 DJINN.  They will be going head-to-head with three Dutch J/122s, all of whom have won various offshore RORC races; including Robin Verhoef & John van der Starre’s AJETO, Chris Revelman & Pascal Bakker’s JUNIQUE- RAYMARINE SAILING TEAM, and Frans Chappelle’s MOANA.

    Sailing in the 15-boat IRC 3 Class will be three J/109s, including Arjen van Leeuwen’s JOULE, Alain Bornet’s JAI ALAI, and Wim van Slooten’s FIRESTORM.

    Entered in the dozen-boat IRC Doublehanded Class are Revelman/ Bakker’s J/122 JUNIQUE- RAYMARINE SAILING TEAM, Verhoef/ Starre’s J/122 AJETO, and Slooten’s J/109 FIRESTORM.

    Several of the same boats are also rated for ORC and racing in the ORC Class.  In addition to the J/122s (AJETO, JUNIQUE, MOANA) and the J/111 DJINN, is Michel Hof’s J/122 AMBITION (making them the fourth J/122 sailing the race). The J/109s include JAI ALAI and JOULE. Then, add in Alexander Hardell’s J/105 MAJIC POTION.

    Similarly, in ORC Doublehanded class are three J/122s (AJETO, AMBITION, JUNIQUE), the J/109 FIRESTORM, and the J/105 MAJIC POTION. It will be fascinating to watch how the IRC vs ORC scoring determines the outcomes of each class over the course of this race.  For more RORC North Sea Race sailing information

    Cal Race Week Preview
    (Marina del Rey, CA)- Cal Race Week is California Yacht Club's signature racing event to start off their summer sailing season in the Los Angeles basin.  The event is two days of well-organized competitive racing. In fact, while many one-design classes have been invited, the Cal Race Week regatta has become a “de facto” J/Fest for the many passionate, enthusiastic, J/sailors participating in the J/24, J/70, and J/109 one-design classes.

    The largest class by far is the fourteen-boat J/70 fleet.  One of the reasons the entry has grown over the last few years is that the 2020 J/70 World Championship will be help on the west coast in Long Beach, CA, just a stone’s throw south of Marina del Rey in the L.A. area. Top teams include Bruce Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS (as past J/70 West Coast Champion), Jim Cunningham’s LIFTED, Patrick Toole’s 3 BIG DOG, Kurt Johnson’s AVET 2.01, Craig Tallman’s JAYA, Jim Murrell’s HUCKLEBERRY, and Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT. All of these teams are capable of finishing at the top of the leaderboard based on their past performances in the J/70 class at regional, North American, and Worlds events.

    The J/24 class will see the return of Susan Taylor’s TAKE FIVE, one of the top woman sailors on the west coast.  She will be challenged by another top woman skipper from Ventura Yacht Club up the coast, Claudia Gottstein’s WITHIN REACH; she’s an emerging talent that is developing quickly.

    The J/109 class will have a three-way match race for the top of the podium as all teams are pretty evenly matched.  The protagonists include Jack Mayer’s ZEPHYR from Del Rey YC, Peter Nelson’s SPRAY from host California YC, and Heinz Butner’s RAPTOR from Long Beach YC.

    Doing battle in the PHRF handicap world are three J fanatics.  Those teams are Jon Haney’s J/105 JOYRIDE, Lenny Gordon’s J/92 SUNSHINE, and David Boatner’s J/35 RIVAL (a past overall winner of the event!).  For more Cal Race Week sailing information

    Cedar Point One-Design Regatta Preview
    (Cedar Point, CT)- Over the years, sailors from up and down Long Island Sound have watched the evolution of various regattas that cater to their needs- a combination of fun, serious sailing, and great camaraderie ashore. As the first “unofficial” regatta of the summer, Westport, Connecticut’s Cedar Point Yacht Club created an event that has had particular allure to J/sailors on the Sound- the Cedar Point One-Design Regatta. This year, it has become quite literally a de-facto “J/FEST” regatta, with four of five classes present being J/classes- the J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, and J/109s- that represents 82% of the event.

    The eight-boat J/70 class has a cast of characters that have been sailing some of the J/70 winter series events, Charleston Race Week, and are now easing into summer mode. Those teams include Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA, Josh Goldman’s BUILDING A, Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK, Oivind Lorentzen’s NINE, and John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES.

    The J/88s are enjoying a great turnout for the event, with seven-boats registered to do battle leading into their J/88 North American Championship sailing in the same waters of Long Island Sound late in the summer.  Some of the leading teams present in Cedar Point include Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Ken & Drew Hall’s NEVERMORE, Kevin Marks’ VELOCITY, and Mike Bruno’s WINGS.

    Somewhat similar to the J/88s, the J/105s are slowly migrating east out of Long Island Sound for those wanting more competition leading up to the J/105 North Americans in Marblehead, MA. In the nine-boat J/105 fleet are contenders such as Harald Edegran & Jeremy Henderson’s CONUNDRUM, Max Kalehoff’s LAURA BEA, Richie Palmer’s TOLO, and Randy Bourne’s STRANGE BREW.

    Speaking of eastward migrations out of Long Island Sound, the huge eighteen-boat J/109 class is basically migrating to their number #1 destination resort on Planet Earth- Block Island Race Week! The next stop on the way there is Westport, CT, how convenient! Virtually all the top J/109 teams will be present. The first major regatta of the summer for the J/109s provides each team a sense of where they are on the totem pole, and what needs to be improved upon before the next major event. Based on their recent performances in the American YC Spring Series, watch out for these teams to be fast “out-of-the-box”- William Rogers’ BIG BOAT, Jonathan Rechtschaffer’s EMOTICON, John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT, David Rosow’s LOKI, Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY, and Jack Forehand’s STRATEGERY. However, do not be surprised if some guys driving a boat named RUSH from Annapolis YC (Bill Sweetser) upset the cooks in the kitchen from Long Island Sound. Nor, do not be surprised if some old Navy guy from Newport aboard VENTO SOLARE (Bill Kneller) throws a boomerang at the fleet and ends up in the chocolates. In other words, watch this space…the popcorn is ready; it will be fun to watch.  For more Cedar Point One-Design Regatta sailing information

    Delta Ditch Run Preview
    (Richmond, CA)- This year is the 29th annual Point Richmond to Stockton Race, also known infamously as the “Delta Ditch Run”. The course is from the starting area in San Francisco Bay, between the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Brothers Islands, to the finish line at the Stockton Sailing Club, a distance of approximately 65.0nm. The scheduled first warning is at 10:25 A.M. on Saturday.

    There are a number of J/Teams that are participating in this fun-loving adventure, a truly awesome, crazy, over-the-top downwind blast going past buoys, islands, and sand bars in an endless “chicane” from start to finish. Those teams include Larry Levit’s J/105 ARCHIMEDES, Brian Mullen’s J/70 ORANGE YOU GLAD, Mark Thomas & Peter Cameron’s J/70 KANGAROO JOCKEY, Jack Vetter’s J/80 PEARL, and Andrew Bongiorno’s J/24 SOSEGA II. For more Delta Ditch Run sailing information

    Susan Hood Trophy Race Preview
    (Port Credit, Ontario)- Since 1955, fully crewed yachts have been taking on the challenge of a spring offshore race- the 75.0nm Susan Hood Trophy Race on Lake Ontario. The 2019 edition of the Susan Hood Trophy Race is presented by driveHG.ca. Hosting the race is Port Credit Yacht Club and is scheduled to run on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Port Credit YC. Everyone is looking forward to decent winds that are forecast for this year’s race, due to the insane tornadic weather systems that have been crossing the American Midwest.

    In the seven-boat IRC Division are Bruce Pierce’s J/122 HOOLIGAN II and John McLeod’s J/133 HOT WATER. In the PHRF Singlehanded class are Kim Piller’s J/109 LIVE WIRE and Ard Van Leeuwen’s J/112E HIGH TEA. In the PHRF Racing class are eleven J/teams, including Robert DeWitte’s J/100 PERSPECTIVE, two J/105s (Peter Wolniak’s ANOTHER HAZARD & Geoff Clarke’s CASUAL ELEGANCE), Murray Gainer’s J/109 LIVELY, two J/120s (Matt Emerson’s RED LEAF & Graham Toms’ THE CAT CAME BACK), Mike Pietz’s J/35 SHORTHANDED, two J/88s (Ed Berkhout’s ALL CAT & Tim Sweet’s GIVE’R), and Andrew Sharp’s J/92 SWITCH.  For more Susan Hood Trophy sailing information- Entries/ results here   Regatta site here

    SKYWAY COLORS Regatta Preview
    (Chicago, IL)- COLORS has been Chicago’s shake-out-the-sheets event since 1995; e.g. time to dust off the tarps, raise the sails, and go sailing! More than 100 boats race annually during the first weekend of June. The strong one-design presence of J/Teams designates the event as a great tune-up for the season.

    In addition to a weekend of buoy racing, the regatta has a distance race on Saturday. The distance race attracts the boats that are too large to go around the buoys, as well as, the more casual racers and even cruisers.

    Racing is not the only factor that makes for a good regatta, though. The social side is equally as important, and Columbia is well-versed in having a good time. The big annual regatta party takes place on Saturday with tasty food, amazing libations and live band. It may be the closest thing the American Midwest has to the Heineken St Maarten Regatta’s “serious sailing, serious fun”!

    The half-dozen J/88s include leading teams like Tod Patton’s BLONDIE 2, Ben Marden’s BANTER, John & Jordan Leahey’s DUTCH, Andy & Sarah Graff’s EXILE, Tim Wade’s WINDSONG, and Dan Floberg’s MISTY.

    The J/105 class looks to be a three-way shoot-out from past winners of the regatta; Clark Pellet’s SEALARK, Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS, and Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM.

    Will it be GOAT RODEO (Robert Evans), SLAPSHOT II (Scott Sims- ex-Chicago Blackhawk), FULL TILT (Pete Priede), or CALLISTO (Jim Murray) that top the J/109 class this year? Time will tell with this very tight one-design class.

    With eight-boats, the J/111 class is looking forward to several events this summer, leading up to the J/111 World Championship in Chicago. Top crews that should factor on the leaderboard are Tracy Brand’s SOLUTION, Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi’s MOMENTUS, the duo of Mike Mayer & Steve Henderson on KASHMIR, and Rich Witzel’s ROWDY.

    In the PHRF Spinnaker class are Frank Giampoli’s J/120 JAHAZI and Rick Stage’s J/35 ALPHA PUPPY.

    The PHRF Distance Race class has these J/Teams participating; Ben Lumpkin’s J/112E MARY GAIL, Arne Fliflet’s J/120 MAZAL TOV, and Mitch Weisman’s J/35 FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER.

    The PHRF Singlehanded Class has two J/105s sailing; Mark Gannon’s GANGBUSTERS and Mike Hettel’s GLOBAL NOMADS. Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outsideimages.com.  For more SKYWAY COLORS Regatta sailing information

    Southern Bay Race Week Preview
    (Norfolk, VA)- The first week of June marks the opening of the summer season for the southern Chesapeake Bay offshore sailing season.  Hosted by Norfolk Yacht Club, the Southern Bay Race Week is enthusiastically supported by numerous J/Teams in the area for both PHRF Handicap racing and one-design classes.

    The half-dozen J/70 class has crews like Arielle Darrow’s all-women’s team on LADY VORTEXES, Rob Gorman’s SURRENDER TO THE FLOE, Scott Dinse’s MARGARITAVILLE, and Mike Karn’s INCONCEIVABLE.

    Sailing PHRF Super A Class is Ian Hill’s J/111 SITELLA.  In PHRF A1 Class are Craig Wright’s J/109 AFTERTHOUGHT and two J/36’s (Phil Briggs’ FEATHER and Will Roberts’ REMEDY.

    In PHRF B1 Class is Ben Weeks & Michele Cochran’s J/29 RUMBLE from Hampton Yacht Club. In PHRF B2 Class is Rusty Burshell’s J/30 COOL CHANGE. Then, in PHRF C

    In the Cruising B Division are John Wandling’s J/28 PISCES and Christian Johnson’s J/24 BLEU BUS from Virginia Beach, VA.  Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outsideimages.com.  For more Southern Bay Race Week sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    May 27- Coastal Cup Race- Monterey, CA
    May 30- Jun 2- Gran Prix Ecole de Navale- Brest, France
    May 30- SoCal 300 Race- San Diego, CA
    May 31- RORC North Sea Race- Cowes, England
    May 31- Jun 2- Southern Bay Race Week- Hampton, VA
    Jun 1- Delta Ditch Run- Richmond, CA
    Jun 1-2- Cal Race Week- Marina del Rey, CA
    Jun 1-2- Cedar Point One-Design Regatta- Cedar Point, CT
    Jun 1-2- Skyway Colors Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 7-9- Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 7-15- Rolex Giraglia Cup Regatta- St. Tropez, France
    Jun 8- Bermuda One-Two Race- Newport, RI
    Jun 8- Farallones Race- San Francisco, CA
    Jun 8-9- Lady Liberty Cup J/24 Regatta- New York Harbor, NY

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

    Italians Win SAILING Champions League Q-II
    (Porto Cervo, Italy)- After three days of champagne sailing, the One Ocean SAILING Champions League, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Italy, came to a surprising and uneventful end! During the three days of competition, 39 races were held, completing a total of 13 flights for the twenty-four teams from across Europe. The top seven teams qualify for the finale in St. Moritz, Switzerland from 15 to 18 August.

    The One Ocean SAILING Champions League was blessed with spectacular weather the first three days with sunny skies, 10-18 kt winds, and choppy seas. However, Sunday’s racing had to be canceled due to pouring rains and near gale force winds of 20-35 kts. As a result, the leader after Saturday’s racing, the Italian club of Circolo Della Vela Bari, became the regatta winner. Here is how it all went down in the beautiful azure waters of the Mediterranean.

    Day One- Thursday
    At the end of the first day the fleet was tightly packed, with Swiss teams in the top two positions. Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen, had three victories in four flights, were at the head of the leaderboard, four points clear of their nearest rivals. The second, third and fourth-placed teams at the end of the first day were sitting on equal points and were, respectively, Regattaclub Bodensee, the German crew of the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee and the reigning champion, the only Italian team participating in this semi-final, Circolo della Vela Bari.

    Tom Rüegge, skipper of the leading Swiss team said: "I can best describe today's weather conditions as 'champagne sailing'. Wind shifts and gusts made the day exciting and, as far as we are concerned, everything went well. We kept up a fast pace and now we are confident as regards the next few days."

    To raise awareness and to get the sailors more involved in sustainability issues, every day on the way back from the race course some of the participants were interviewed, with questions aimed to test their level of awareness on marine pollution.

    When asked how much plastic waste he thought was in the ocean, Kristoforas Akromas, skipper of Nauticus Sailing Club replied, "I am aware of the plastic islands and I believe that there is currently a lot of this type of waste in the sea. From Hawaii to the Baltic Sea you find plastic everywhere and it is sad, it is time to act to enable a positive change." Data confirmed in 2018 shows that plastic makes up more than 80% of all waste in the oceans for a quantity of more than 8 million tons.

    Day Two- Friday
    After a second busy day, the team from Switzerland's Bodensee Regattaclub led the provisional classification with two more days of racing due to be held.

    Following an initial delay due to light winds, the competition on the water began at approximately 1 p.m. The arrival of the thermal breeze from east-southeast blowing at 5 to 7 knots allowed 15 races to be held today, thereby completing the 9th flight out of a total of 15 scheduled.

    The Bodensee Regattaclub moved up the rankings, thanks to two wins and three second places and now stood on the top step of the podium, leaving its opponents seven points behind. The second and third-placed teams were on equal points, with a positive day unfolding for the Circolo Della Vela Bari, despite a penalty for crossing the starting line early in the sixth flight. They hold second place overall ahead of the German team from Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee in third.

    Rene Ott, bowman for the Bodensee Regattaclub, commented, "We trained a lot in Switzerland in light wind conditions and so we raced well today. Reaching the final is our main objective and even if we are in the top seven positions our approach to the racing will remain the same. The success of our team is down to consistency, we will try to compete without taking risks."

    The regatta is held in the name of One Ocean; during the event, all participating sailors are urged to reflect on the topic of marine pollution by answering targeted questions. When asked what actions she takes to avoid marine pollution, Dutch sailor Marieke Poulie of the KNZ&RV Muiden team commented, “first of all, by avoiding throwing things in the water when I sail, but even at home I am careful to properly recycle garbage, when I am ashore I try to collect plastic or objects that can be dragged and dropped into the sea by the wind. I think it's important to behave properly not only when we practice the sport of sailing, but each day in our everyday lives."

    Day Three- Saturday
    Once again, the teams gathered punctually at 10 a.m. on the race course off Porto Cervo to kick off the penultimate day of competitions, accompanied by a sirocco wind blowing at 10 knots. A further 12 races were held and a total of 13 flights have been completed in the event.

    Proving that consistency pays off, the team representing Circolo della Vela Bari, who sat in fourth place after the first day, climbed the provisional rankings and claimed the top place overall thanks to two victories and two second places in Saturday’s flights. The Regattaclub Bodensee is just two points behind in second place, while holding firm in third place is the German team of the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee.

    Simone Ferrarese, helmsman for Circolo Della Vela Bari, commented: "Today's conditions were good as is usual in Porto Cervo and the guys did a good job. Now we're preparing for tomorrow, our goal is to get to the finals and to be ready for St. Moritz."

    The question of the day on the topic of sustainability, which has been a feature of the entire event held in the name of the One Ocean Foundation, was: "As a sailor how important is the protection of the oceans for you?"

    Atle Dreng of Norway's Larvik Seilforening responded, "I think it is crucial that companies, sailors and people around the world pay attention to the problem of plastic pollution. We all need to be aware of how much we are dependent on the state of health of our planet."

    Day Four- Sunday
    After racing was canceled late on Sunday morning, the teams gather together at lunchtime for the regatta’s prize-giving.  As a result, the winner of the second qualifier in Porto Cervo was the Italian team representing the Circolo Della Vela Bari; skipper Simone Ferrarese with crew of Valerio Galati, Leonardo Dinelli and Corrado Capece Minutolo (they were also the 2018 SAILING Champions League overall winners in St. Moritz, Switzerland).

    The Regattaclub Bodensee followed the Italians and the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee in second and third place respectively. Completing the line-up of the first seven teams to qualify for the final are (in order): Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen, Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet, Société de Regates Rochelaises and Yacht Club Breitenbrunn.

    Ferrarese, taking time out of his 49er campaign to represent Italy at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, was delighted to have won in Italian waters: “The racing was incredibly close. I have never seen so many boats going around the windward mark at the same time. There were lots of penalties and lots of place changing, but we managed to come through and do well in most of the races.  Nevertheless, it's a pity that we couldn't compete today, but the conditions were not safe. I have to thank the crew who were perfect, we had a great time. We now have the finals on the lake in St. Moritz, where the conditions will be different than in Porto Cervo, like last year we will do our best."

    YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo commented, “we were delighted to have you all gathered here in Porto Cervo once again for the fifth consecutive year, and I want to thank all the participants, the Race Committee, the international jury, the staff of the YCCS and our partners. Thanks also go to the SAILING Champions League, we are pleased to host events such as this in which, besides a passion for the sport of sailing we also share a love of the sea. The regatta named after the One Ocean Foundation confirms these common values, we hope to see you in 2020 to work together again and continue to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the ocean."   Day 1 highlights  Day 3 racing   Final day on Facebook
    Final day on YouTube

    Watch One Ocean SAILING Champions league video here

    Sailing photo credits- SAILING Champions League/ Anya Semeniouk.  Follow SAILING Champions League on Facebook here

    Livestream and results by SAP
    As with all SAILING Champions League events, SAP Sailing Analytics provides 24/7 additional statistics and data for sailors, fans, spectators and media like GPS tracking, real-time analysis, live leaderboard combined with 2D visualization. You find all results on http://www.sapsailing.com!   For more One Ocean SAILING Champions League Porto Cervo sailing information

    J/109 Crowned Scottish Series Overall Champion!
    (Tarbert, Scotland)- The Clyde Cruising Club Scottish Series 2019 saw three different days of weather on Loch Fyne, challenging sailors with light to heavy winds, sunny to rainy skies, and just about everything in between.  Winning IRC 2 Class and also declared Overall Winner of the Scottish Series was Andrew Craig’s J/109 CHIMAERA.

    According to Craig, “this was my eighth Scottish Series. I am delighted to be part of the amazing winning team on our J/109 "Chimaera". We also got awarded "Boat Of the Week,” so we're thrilled. Thanks to Nevan Powell, John White, Eddie O' Rahelly, Brian Mathews, Nick Craig, Dave Cotter and Andrew Abbott for a great event. Well done everyone!”

    In the IRC 2 Class, Jonathan Anderson’s J/122E EL GRAN SENOR took second place, while the Douglas family’s J/133 SPIRIT OF JACANA took 4th. Gordon Lawson’s J/122 MOONSTRUCK TOO rounded out the top five in 5th place.

    The Makars Mash RC35 Class saw spirited racing in the biggest class in the event. Winning was the J/109 CHIMAERA, followed by Pat Kelly’s J/109 STORM in 3rd place and Brian & John Hall’s J/109 SOMETHING ELSE taking 4th position.

    The IRC 3 Class saw Nicholas Marshall’s J/92 SATISFACTION grab the bronze medal, while Peter Doig’s J/92S JACK placed 5th.  Follow the Scottish Series on Facebook here  For more Clyde Cruising Club Scottish Series sailing information

    Fast Block Island Race
    (Stamford, CT)- The Memorial Day weekend classic offshore race for Northeast sailors is Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race. The event is an 186.0nm race from Stamford, east down Long Island Sound, out around Block Island and back to the finish off Stamford.  The race started on Friday, May 24th at 1400 hrs and most boats finished before midnight on Saturday evening, that meant the boats lapped the race track in about 30 to 33 hours, an average of 5.6+ kts (a strong current influenced figure).

    According to a J/121 CRESCENT IV team member, "from the start to The Race, the wind was good, a north strong wind (sometimes over 20 knots). Then, the wind goes down and we did a lots of tacking to make an approach to Block Island. Firstly, we try to get a breeze in the north part (close to the Block Island), but then, we decided to take the south side of the course, since the wind would gradually shift to the left hand side (a southerly shift). Between Block Island and The Gut, we picked a zephyr thermal and approached the Plum Island Gut. Then, the wind stopped again, 0 knots!! Only the 2 knot current pushed us westward through The Gut. Then, after we passed The Gut, and the wind picked up to 15-18 knots (south wind), we took off on a fast reach to the finish."

    Racing the Block Island course were a dozen larger J’s.  In IRC 2 Class, Len Sitar’s J/44 VAMP finished fourth.

    In the IRC 3 Class, Dale & Michael McIvor’s J/133 MATADOR took third place, followed by Akimatsu Hirai’s J/121 CRESCENT IV (Japan) in fifth place.
    The PHRF 3 Class had two J/105s, winning was Frank Conway’s RAPTOR and the American YC Youth team- the Young American’s took second place.

    The PHRF 5 Class saw J/Crews take 4 of the top 6 spots. Top banana was Jeff Warren’s J/109 ARIEL getting the silver.  Then, John Greifzu’s J/109 GROWTH SPURT placed 4th, Arthur Hanlon’s J/112E DAUNTLESS in 5th, and Mark Nannini’s J/120 SALACIA in 6th.

    The PHRF 7 Class was dominated by J/111s. Top dog was Bill & Jackie Baxter’s FIREBALL, taking the silver. Joining them on the podium was John Donovan’s LIBERTAS. Then, rounding out the top five was US Merchant Marine’s BLACK DIAMOND YCC skippered by Alex Mueller in 4th and Abhijeet Lele’s VARUNA that took 5th place.

    Finally, the PHRF 8 Class had Brian Prinz’s J/125 SPECTRE fly around the race track in 31 hours, missing their class win by a mere 13 minutes.  For more Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race sailing information-  Entries/ scores   Race site

    J/Crews Love The FIGAWI Memorial Day Race
    J’s Sweep PHRF S1 & S2 Classes!
    (Hyannisport, MA)- The most popular offshore Memorial Day event in New England has to be the “The Figawi”. Saturday morning, the PHRF pursuit-style race started off Hyannis at 10:00am and sent the fleet off on a 25.0nm adventure to Nantucket. While it was a gorgeous day on Saturday, the wing Gods did not cooperate, making it a longer than normal cruise across Nantucket Sound to the finish line off the harbor entrance. Most boats took around 6+ hours to make the crossing, about a 4.2 kts average! Nevertheless, the breeze angles seemed favorable to a number of J/Teams.

    Sweeping the podium in PHRF S1 Class were Chris Lund’s J/133 JUMP in first, followed by David Southwell’s J/121 ALCHEMY in second, and Jimmy Masiero’s J/122 URSUS MARITIMUS in third.

    Similarly, J/Teams swept PHRF S2 Class, winning was Dwight Greenhouse’s J/105 SKIPPERDEE, followed by the trio on the J/105 DARK’N’STORMY (Joyce, Reservitz, Wagner) and Sam Cushing’s J/80 THE PARTY TREE, in second and third, respectively.

    PHRF C division had Ira Perry’s J/29 SEEFEST take 4th, while Ben Hodgson’s J/100 GRIMACE placed 5th. In PHRF D division, John Ryley’s J/30 OTIS took fourth place. Then, in PHRF G division, Bill Jones’ J/40 SMITTEN got the bronze.  FIGAWI Race sailing information-  Entries/ results   Regatta site

    Dreary “Driftsure Race”!
    J/Crews Sweep Cape Flattery Race!
    (Victoria, British Columbia)- Light winds, relentless rain, and unforgiving current was the theme for the 76th Swiftsure International Yacht Race on May 25, with only 16 of the 128 starters completing one of the six courses ranging from 79 to 138 nm that start and finish in Victoria, BC!! The winning J/105 averaged 2.59 knots of “rhumbline” boatspeed over their 101.9nm Cape Flattery Race course (notably, they did not sail rhumbline, read what they had to say below!).

    Chuck Stephens, owner of the J/105 PANIC, had this to say about their adventure up and down the Straits of Juan de Fuca, “we had a rather successful Swiftsure 2019, winning The Cape Flattery Race overall.  It was very much due to the teamwork of the crew lead by Iain Christenson.  We likely did more (maybe twice as many) tacks, gybes, sets and take downs than in all of the twelve prior Swiftsure’s that PANIC has done since 2002! Here is a photo of the crew at the inspection dock after the race.  We did well but getting a "Thank You" card from the Race Committee was very special.”

    A quote from PANIC’s main trimmer Naomi Medley after the race, “the crew was great! How many people could you spend 40 hours with racing in light wind with several hours of drenching rain and be absolutely all smiles at the end?" 2.59 kts was the rhumbline race average for J/105 winner!!

    Behind the winning J/105 in the Cape Flattery Race were a slew of J/Crews. Taking the silver overall was Chris Phoenix’s J/105 JADED, while Kirk Fraser’s J/109 ECLIPSE took the bronze. Taking 5th place was Chad Stenwick’s J/35 THE BOSS, and then Bob Hayward’s J/105 KINETIC took 6th. Notably, the three J/105s swept PHRF L3 Class, while the J/109 won PHRF L2 Class.

    The Juan de Fuca Race had Ulf Gwildis’ J/30 IMPULSIVE finish the race, take 4th overall, and win PHRF L2 Class!

    In addition, there is a “day race” called the Swiftsure Inshore Classic. Based on the wind conditions, the RC PRO chose Course #10, a random-leg 19.0nm course.  In the top PHRF INF1 Division, Matt Dahabieh’s J/29 GODZILLA got onto the podium, taking the bronze.  Then, Jim Bottles’ J/30 CELEBRATION took fourth place and Tom Kerr’s J/105 CORVO 105 placed 5th.  For more Swiftsure Race sailing information

    Speedy Spinnaker Cup
    (San Francisco, CA)- The 2019 California Offshore Race Week is hosted by Encinal Yacht Club, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club had its kick-off event take place this past weekend- the Spinnaker Cup Race.

    Sailing the 100.0nm Spinnaker Cup Race from San Francisco down to Monterrey, CA were seven J/Crews. In PHRF B Class, Zachery Anderson’s J/125 VELVET HAMMER covered the course in a very fast elapsed time of 10:07:41 to take the silver.

    In PHRF D Class, Michael Clarke’s J/120 SHENANIGANS from Richmond YC took second. Fifth place went to Timo Bruck’s J/120 TWIST.  In the PHRF E Class, Charlie Abraham’s J/105 JAVELIN took the silver. Sailing photo credits- Chris Ray/ Pressure-drop.us.  For more California Offshore Race Week sailing information

    Rough & Tumble RORC Myth of Malham Race
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Myth of Malham Race, with 138 boats competing, produced a thrilling racing for the fleet. The race started off light, but in the second half of the 30-hour race, having rounded the Eddystone Lighthouse off Plymouth, the fleet took off on high-speed sleigh-ride in the strong downwind conditions heading back into the Solent.

    In IRC Two Class, the J/133 PINTIA, sailed by Gilles Fournier & Corinne Migraine (FRA) was second by just a mere nine minutes on corrected time. The J/122 JUNO, sailed by Christopher Daniel (GBR) was third. Three other J/doublehanders finished in the top eleven boats; Chris Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE took 8th, Chris Miles’ J/97 HIGH JINKS was 10th, and Jerry Freeman’s J/105 JULIETTE placed 11th.

    In IRC Three, the Royal Navy Sailing Association’s J/109 JOLLY JACK TAR took 6th place, while Neil McGrigor’s J/109 was 8th, and Chris Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE was 9th.

    In the IRC Two-Handed Class David McGough’s J/109 JUST SO took fourth place, just 18 minutes from taking the bronze on the podium.

    The Myth of Malham Race was the fourth of the 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship. As a result, in IRC 2 Class Season Championship, Fournier/ Migraine’s J/133 PINTIA is now leading the class after sailing two races.  Similarly, in the IRC 3 Class Season, Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE is sitting in 5th place and the J/109 MOJO RISIN’ is hanging on to 8th.  Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE is also sitting in 4th for the IRC Two-handed division for the season; just behind them in 6th is Freeman’s J/105 JULIETTE.  For more RORC Myth of Malham sailing information

    Thrilling Three Creeks Race For J/111 Team
    (Devon, United Kingdom)- Many people have heard of the Three Peaks Yacht Race in Scotland, but for the past six years, Devon has been running its very own version and the stories of the west country delights are starting to get out. How hard do you need to look to find an excuse to spend a weekend on the South Devon coast, some sailing, some running and some celebrating!

    Many teams in the event are based in the West Country, but there is now a well-established path for the intrepid to join from further afield. This year it was the J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II Team (Chris Jones & Louise Makin) from Royal Southern Yacht Club that made the trek.

    Eleven years ago, the JOURNEYMAKER team won the Three Peaks Yacht Race and this was their first reunion event since then. An event that can be completed in a weekend, where you can get your boat home in a day rather than a week, and where you get to stop overnight seemed a fitting event for the reformation of the team that had an average age of 50 back in 2008.

    The race, although delightfully compact, does set some pretty serious challenges. It starts with a row across Dartmouth Harbour by the runners before they set off on an 8 mile run that goes up every cliff and down into every cove around the coast path to the southeast of Kingswear. Once the runners rejoin their yachts in Darthaven Marina, there is a short sailing race to Salcombe.

    “Normally, the sailing leg is a quick couple of hours, but making the tide gate was critical in the dying winds that we experienced this weekend,” said JOURNEYMAKER skipper Chris Jones. “A couple of smaller boats that were a bit slower ended up rowing for about an hour before they could drop off their runners, which is a tough way to finish the day.”

    The clock stops when the runners return to the beach. Their challenge is a slightly less dramatic, but slightly longer run along the coast path to Prawle Point and back.

    Having put the boats to bed, everyone gets to relax. The sailing instructions stated that the race would restart at 0600 hrs on Sunday morning, which everyone was trying to pretend they were looking forward to. Nevertheless, there was a definite sense of relief at the race briefing when this was changed to 0800 hrs. Everyone slept a bit longer and a bit better.

    The race committee had reserved options to shorten the course if the forecast was very light. However, late on Saturday evening, the message came through that we were going to be sailing the full course from Salcombe out around the Eddystone Rock and back to finish in the Yealm, where the final running leg finish’s at the Newton Ferrers Yacht Club.

    Class 2 boats sailed a shorter course, but the bright morning found the fleet gathered at Salcombe Bar, counting down to 0800 hrs. JOURNEYMAKER II got a good inside position with the Code 0 up and was leading Class 1 at the right turn exit from the Salcombe Estuary and it quickly became clear that their race was going to be with the 40ft Dazcat ‘HissyFit’.

    “The heading out to Eddystone was full up wind and our 36 ft J/111 was able to keep up,” explained Louise Makin, the veteran JOURNEYMAKER navigator and returning Three Peaks Race runner. “We were delighted when HissyFit had to duck us on port on our final approach to Eddystone, but we couldn't match them on the beam reach back to the Yealm.”

    The entrance to the Yealm has a sandbar that only has 1.5m of charted water at low tide, which is not an issue in a cat that drops off their runners by parking on the beach. A yacht drawing 2.4m needs to drop off their runners in a dinghy and row them ashore.

    The run from Cellar Beach, just inside the bar on the south shore of the estuary, out to Lambside and back to the Yacht Club is the flattest and fastest of the three running legs and relished by the two thoroughbred JOURNEYMAKER runners, Iron Man Gordon Baxter and GB veteran triathlete Jeremy Cole. Local expert Adam Parry completed the JOURNEYMAKER crew for 2019 and will be back in running form for next year.

    Having entered with a very realistic ambition of not being last by miles, the JOURNEYMAKER team ended up delighted with their second place. HissyFit, the easy winners had both the fastest runners and the benefit of parking on the beach and have now won the event several times.

    Gordon Baxter, never short of words, summed up the weekend for the whole crew when he announced, “We’ll be back”!!  Thanks for the story contribution from Chris Jones & Louise Makin.

    Record Set @ CaixaBank Trofeo Conde de Godó
    (Barcelona, Spain)- The prestigious regatta organized by the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona since 1974, the CaixaBank Conde de Godó Trophy, saw a new record set this past weekend. On the final day of the 46th edition of the event, the J/80 BRIBON-MOVISTAR of Marc de Antonio and Sofia Bertrand became the most successful team in the history of the event. It was the 16th victory for the BRIBON MOVISTAR team in the Conde de Godó, adding eleven titles in Offshore Racing and five in one-design classes.

    While the J/80 Class saw domination from the BRIBON-MOVISTAR team, the team of Pepequin Orbaneja and Rafael Lasso on LES ROCHES- CRISANDKIM TRAVEL were hot on their heels for the entire regatta to take the silver. Third was the women’s sailing team on DORSIA SAILING TEAM, skippered by Ana Pujol Puyal with owner Natalia Via-Dufresne.

    In the J/70 class, the Russian NEW TERRITORIES team of Alexei Semenov, with Spain’s Olympic Medallist Hugo Rocha on board, won with comfort, without having to do the last race. Second was the Spanish “G75 Team” skippered by G. Panei and Martinez Doreste (owner- Petter Fjellstad), and the Polish team on MOONRAKER, sailed by Pawel Boksa, won two races enroute to finishing in the third place.

    Organized by the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona with the collaboration of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and the Catalan Sailing Federation, the 46th CaixaBank Conde de Godó Trophy is sponsored by CaixaBank and supported by La Vanguardia, the City Council of Barcelona and the Generalitat de Catalunya. Collaborating companies are Gramona, Estrella Damm, Royal Bliss, VIP Style Magazine, Veri, Benfumat, Nordés and Mizuno.  Follow the Trofeo de Vela Conde de Godo on Facebook here   For more Trofeo de Vela Conde de Godo sailing information

    Kalovig COBRAS Top Danish J/70 Sailing League
    (Lynaes, Denmark)- The Danish J/70 Sailing League season started this past weekend at Lynæs Sail & Kayak Club. Eighteen of the country's best club teams in the 1st division were ready to go racing off the small town of Lynæs at the tip of Halsnæs.

    With the entire fleet elevating their game and level of play, any small mistake was going to be expensive.  Even for the ultimate winners, the Kalovig COBRAS, who started with five first places in Saturday's first 5 races, a 5th place in the 6th race contributed to the Aarhus team ending in a shared 1st place after Saturday's races with the Frederikshavn SEAHAWKS.

    In the end, the Kalovig COBRAS won the regatta, closing out with a 3-1-5-1-1 to win by just 2 points.  Their skipper, Lars Vilhelmsen, commented on their weekend victory, “we have been really excited about the start of the season this year. It was awesome to start out with a whole bunch of first places; we really felt that the training and the Champions League regatta had borne fruit. The weekend also showed that we are making few mistakes. However, they cost just as much more points than they might be! This means that we now have to go home and work to keep the high level.” The Kaløvig Cobras team consisted of Lars Vilhelmsen, Sophus Jarvig, Jesper Vogelios, Nikolaj Tidemann. The average age of the very young team was approximately 22 years old!

    Rounding out the podium was Frederikshavn Sejlklub in second and Sonderborg Yacht-Club in third (winning a tie-breaker over Hellerup Sejlklub). Fifth was Bandholm Sejlklub.  Follow the Danish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Danish J/70 Sailing League sailing information

    Russian J/70 Sailing League Report
    (Kazan, Russia)- The Russian J/70 Sailing League is well into the heart of their summer-long series that started back in late April in Sochi, Russia.  Below are the two reports from the Act III in Kazan and Act II in Tuapse.

    UGAR CREW Win Kazan Regatta- Act III
    The thirteen teams sailed on the waters of Kazan- Lake Nizhny Kaban- for the first time in the history of the Russian National Sailing League (the lake is an offshoot of the Volga River about 510 miles (820km) to the east of Moscow). Those teams came from all over the country, such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Konakovo. The teams included; B-Team (Milena Nikitina), Sail & Sea (Vasily Kharabardin), PEC: Sport Molodyozhka ( Dmitry Popkov), UGAR CREW (Ruslan Yakupov), Skolkovo Sailing Team (Elena Mukhametzyanova), PEC:Sport (Vadim Filatov), Khimgrad-Kazan (Roman Medvedev), Demidov Express (Vladislav Morozov), Vostok West 2 (Ivan Batrakov), Rosmorport (Ivanov Sergey), Lead IT! (Yuri Mishchenko), Dobrynya (Ekaterina Stolbneva), RBF Sailing Team (Alexander Mamyshev) and ZID Art Sailing team (Zoran Paunovich).

    Day 1- Friday
    On the first day, the bad weather from earlier in the week had cleared up, so the sailors were met by clear skies and a nice fresh wind gusting up to 20 kts. The RC PRO managed to run twelve races in total, six per team.

    “We were lucky with the weather, there was a steady northerly wind of 8-10 knots, and during one of the races the gusts reached 20 knots,” says Chief Judge Albert Sadykov. “The races turned out to be dynamic and clean.”

    Ruslan Yakupov’s UGAR CREW team started fast out-of-the-blocks and won their first three races, followed by a 5-3-2, to have a comfortable lead on the fleet. However, behind the UGAR CREW it was a tight struggle for the podium. All but two teams won races.  The most successful in that battle was SAIL & SEA skippered by Vasily Kharabardina, posting a 4-3-3-3-2-1 tally for the day. Then sitting in third was Zoran Paunovich’s ZID ART Sailing Team, starting fast, but then having mixed results later in the day and ending up with a 2-1-5-2-8-3 record.

    Day 2- Saturday
    The fleet was greeted by more most excellent racing weather. On Saturday, another 12 races were held; thus, in the course of two days, there were 24 races, each team sailing 12 times.

    The main breakthrough on Saturday was the ascent to the top of the leaderboard by ZID art Sailing team. After a not quite successful performance on Friday, the team from Moscow won four out of six races (1-3-1-1-2-1). Paunovich’s well-orchestrated ZID Art crew consisted of Sergey Volchkov, Daniil Banayan and Ilya Zaporozhets.

    After posting a consistent 6-3-2-2-2-5 record, sitting in second remained the leader from the previous day, Yakupov’s UGAR CREW (Vyacheslav Ivanov, Inal Berbekov and Andrey Ignatenko). And, still sitting in third was Kharabardin’s SAIL & SEA team with a tally of 2-6-1-3-3-5.

    Day 3- Sunday
    On the final day of the regatta, the weather continued to delight both the organizers and the sailors.  Despite the gusty winds, the race committee managed to provide 12 more starts. Thus, for the entire stage, 36 races were held, and each team sailed 18 times.

    At the top of the standings, there was a change of positions. The winner of the Kazan stage Paunovich’s ZID ART Sailing team; eight wins in eighteen races is an excellent result. Congratulations to Zoran Paunovich, Sergey Volchkov, Daniil Banayan and Ilya Zaporozhts!

    Gathering strength, Kharabardin’s SAIL & SEA team won four of the six races held on Sunday and recorded a 2-3 in the others! This phenomenal result allowed Kharabardin’s SAIL & SEA team (Vladislav Bondarenko, Mikhail Nechvolodov and Leonid Klepikov) to take home the silver medal.

    Yakupov’s UGAR CREW did not perform as well on the final day, posting a 5-5-3-6-3-3 to drop into third place. 

    “There was a gusty wind, it often changed direction, and it was possible to run aground along the coast,” said Yakupov. “In general, we really liked the regatta. Both the city and the organizers did a great job of conducting the stage in Kazan. The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan is very beautiful, people are beautiful, friendly. Only positive impressions remained. If we talk about the secret of the success of the team, we will not disclose it ye …until the end of the season- for sure!”

    SAIL & SEA Tops Tuapse Regatta- Act II
    The second event for the Russian J/70 National League was held off a commercial port on the Black Sea- Tuapse- about 70 miles (100 km) NNW of Sochi. Fourteen teams came from all over Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Voronezh and Yekaterinburg) to fight for more medals in Tuapse. Those teams included B-Team (Alexei Lesnikov), Sail & Sea (Vasily Kharabardin), PEC Sport Molodyozhka (Dmitry Popkov), UGAR CREW (Ruslan Yakupov), Skolkovo Sailing Team (Sergey Shvilkin), PEK Sport (Vadim Filatov), Khimgrad-Kazan (Maxim Uvarov), Demidov Express (Evgeny Somin), Mossebo (Andrei Evstifeev), East-West 2 (Ivan Batrakov), Assol Home Companions (Igor Lipen), Rosmorport (Anton Timakov), Lead IT! (Maxim Krukelis) and Dobrynya (Ekaterina Stolbnev).

    Unlike their first event off Sochi, Tuapse was blessed with almost perfect weather all weekend, but perhaps not enough wind!

    Day One- Friday
    "For the entire first day in Tuapse, for the first time there was a steady wind that did not change direction for the whole day," said Chief Judge Daniel Deyanov. “The wind was between 4.5 and 10 knots, beautiful sailing!”

    Despite some delays caused by racing inside the fully functioning commercial port (like avoiding big ships transiting the channel into the harbor!), the race committee managed to start eleven races. As a result, half the crews managed to sail six races, and the other half- five.

    The SAIL & SEA team of Vasily Kharabardin led after the first day of racing. The St. Petersburg-based team confidently finished in the top three throughout the day, with the exception of the last race, posting an enviable 1-2-1-1-2-4 record.

    Sailing less consistently, but still right at the top of the standings was Ekaterina Stolbneva's DOBRYNYA team, hanging on to second place with a scoreline of 4-1-6-2-3-2. However, she was tied on points with Dmitry Popkov’s PEC:SPORT Molodezhka team that had a record of 2-3-6-3-1-3, with Popkov’s team sitting in third on countback.

    The winner of the first stage in Sochi, Alexey Lesnikova’s B-TEAM could only manage fourth after posting a 3-2-5-3-6-1 tally. T

    Day 2- Saturday
    The second racing day had very scanty weather conditions from the beginning.  Pretty day, sunny, but weak winds. The race committee managed to hold only six races, for a total of seventeen over two days.

    “In the morning there was borderline weather, the wind was around 4.5 knots, sometimes falling to 4 kts,” said Chief Judge Daniel Deyanov. “We thought about canceling the races, but in the morning we still managed to get four starts. Later, the wind fell to zero and did not rise above 1 knot for five hours!”

    The leader of the first day, the SAIL & SEA team did not win a single race (5-5-3) and gave up their lead to fall into second place. Similarly, Stolbneva’s DOBRYNYA team had an even more miserable day in the light to drifting conditions, posting a 6-7-2 to drop into fifth place

    Meanwhile, Dmitry Popkov’s PEC:SPORT Molodezhka won one of his two races (1-2), which jumped them into the top of the leaderboard. Then, the second place team on the first day, the B-TEAM had 2-3-1 that kept them on the podium in third.

    Day 3- Sunday
    On Sunday, the Tuapse wind almost abated, but the racing committee still managed to hold four more races. As a result, twenty-one races were sailed so that half the teams sailed ten races and the others eleven.

    “In the morning, the wind reached 5 knots, so we managed to hold two races,” said Deyanov. “We caught every breath of wind, but we couldn't get more than four races on Sunday.”

    Popkov’s PEC:SPORT Molodezhka failed to extend their brilliant Saturday performance on Sunday, posting a 4-3-3 to drop down the standings and take the bronze medal.

    Winning in the end was Kharabardin’s SAIL & SEA, the original leader after the first day.  The collected their wits back together and closed the regatta on a strong note.

    “I liked the race in Tuapse,” said Kharabardin. “The weather was different, but although the wind was not very strong, the judges and organizers managed to hold a good regatta. The fight was sharp and highly competitive. We were very worried when on the second day we failed!  But, luckily, we managed to stage a strong comeback!”

    Taking the silver for the regatta and perhaps making the biggest comeback of all teams was Ruslan Yakupov’s UGAR CREW team, leaping three spots up the leaderboard in just three races!  Follow the Russian J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Russian National Sailing League information

    LA SUPERBA Crowned Italian J/24 Champion
    (Cervia, Italy)- The Circolo Nautico “Amici Della Vela” hosted one of the highlights of their racing season this past week. The Cervian club hosted the 2019 edition of the Italian J/24 Championship for thirty teams on the gorgeous Adriatic Sea.

    After three days of racing, a familiar grinning, happy face was sitting atop the podium, that of Ignazio Bonnano and crew from the winning LA SUPERBA (fresh from winning the J/24 European Championship!). Taking the silver was Eugenia de Giacomo & Roggero di Lauria’s FIVE FOR FIGHTING, and the British team of NOTIFY ME (Mauro Benfatto & Fabio Mazzoni) took the bronze medal.

    This was the third time in a row that the team of LA SUPERBA (Ignazio Bonnano and crew Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro, Alfredo Branciforte and Francesco Linares) was crowned Italian Champions. Notably, this makes it their sixth win in eight years!

    The Regatta Committee was chaired by Stefano Boscolo Bragadin, assisted by Maurizio Martinelli, Franco Minotti, Claudio Brolli and Paolo Collina. Riccardo Savorani chaired the Protest Committee, with the collaboration of Edo Stramazzo and Bruno Cecchini.

    "The Championship progressed very well,” commented Franco Minotti. “The very technical field and the demanding sailing conditions for the current, and the wind, contributed to making the races beautiful and engaging. It was a very impressive for the fleet of J/24s here in Cervia.”

    The 39th Italian Open J/24 Championship was supported by the main sponsor Alce Nero- the brand of over a thousand organic farmers and beekeepers, committed, since the 1970s, in Italy and around the world. Other sponsors included XService, Orplast Packaging, AutoSica Citroen, and North Sails. For more Italian J/24 Championship sailing information

    J/Crews Dominate Tampa Bay to Ft. Myers Race
    (Fort Myers, FL)- The 2019 Tampa Bay to Ft. Myers Race included 30 teams for the 100.0nm coastal course along on the Gulf of Mexico.  Hosted by the ever-welcoming Davis Island Yacht Club, the race dates back to 1946; it starts inside Tampa Bay just off the Davis Island YC in Hillsborough Bay and the fleet heads southwest out underneath the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, leaving Passage Key to port, and a straight blast down the coast to the finish off Ft Myers/ San Carlos Bay inlet buoy.  It was a fast race this year, with most boats finishing in just over 13 hrs of racing- about a 7.5 kts average!

    In the thirteen-boat PHRF Spinnaker Class, the J/Teams led a near sweep of the to five slots.  Winning was George Cussins’ J/105 FIRE & ICE by over four minutes to Roger Gatewood’s J/42 SHAZAAM! in second place. Fourth was Harvey Ford’s new J/112E SILVER SURFER, and fifth place went to David Arata’s J/105 JHAWK!  In the PHRF Racer-Cruiser Class, Renee Ben-Avraham’s J/30 THERAPY took the silver medal.  For more Tampa Bay to Ft Myers Race sailing information

    Brockerhoff Crushes German Open J/22 Regatta
    (Haltern am See, Germany)- This past weekend, the Germany J/22 class held their annual Open J/22 Regatta on the Halterner Strausee lake, hosted by the Segelclub Prinzensteg. Fourteen teams from across Germany were looking forward to sailing on this picturesque lake 80.0 miles north of Dusseldorf in the Rhine Valley.

    After a slow start on the first day, Reiner Brockerhoff’s GER 14444 team of Christophe DeClerque and Charles Michaux from Duisburger YC won four of six races to take the regatta by seven points.

    The balance of the podium was determined by a closely-fought three-way battle, with just three points separating them in the end and the outcome being determined by the final race!  Winning that fight to take the silver was the local SCP club team skippered by Hardy Kleinefeld and his GER 1181 crew of Dirk Glanzmann and Christian Raschke; their 4-4-1-8-2-5 tally for 16 pts net. Just one point back in the bronze medal position was Holger Schmitt’s GER 1390 team from Seglergemeinschaft Lohheider-See, crewing for him was Ingo Schmitt and Thomas Hanf. An OCS in race 5 marred their otherwise brilliant scoreline, counting races of 2-5-4-4-OCS-2 for 17 pts net. Another local crew just finished out of the chocolates, GER 1497 sailed by the 100% family crew of Daniel, Heike, & Marvin Lotzbeyer; their record of 7-2-6-2-5-4 was good enough for 19 pts net.  For more German Open J/22 Regatta sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    *  PRO Yachting Moscow announces that the Moscow Royal Yacht Club will be starting a new series of evening regattas on their fleet of a dozen J/70s.   

    The Royal Yacht Club, located in the Dynamo Water Stadium just west of Moscow’s Red Square, will now provide more opportunities for sailing. The PRO Yachting Fun Race is designed for young teams, novice helmsmen, and novices to participant in evening races on the lake that is convenient to downtown Moscow.

    “We decided to organize a series regatta, where it will be interesting for novice skippers to learn how to race, the only qualification being that you have to know how to sail. In addition, this will also be a good opportunity for absolute beginners to get acquainted with sailing in comfortable Moscow conditions on our flat water lake,” said Mikhail Kondratyev, General Director of PRO Yachting.

    The regattas will be held every Thursday. Sailors should meet at the Royal Y.C. for the 1800 hrs skippers and team meeting, then the start of the first race will be by 1900 hrs. We will sail as many short races as we can get in by sunset!  Learn more about PRO Yachting’s Evening Learn to Race Program on J/70s here

    * J/70 Sail Development- A Perspective
    Recently in San Diego, a group of one-design champions with 11 world titles between them came together for an intensive J/70 sail-testing session. The primary goal was to quantify whether new upwind sail designs would prove faster than the existing J/70 inventory, which has been on the podium at every class world championship so far. Tim Healy, President of North Sails One Design, explains it this way: “We wanted to look at some different concepts and either prove that we’re on the right track or cross some ideas off the list, to further advance the performance of our sails.”

    A secondary goal, Tim says, was to better understand the existing designs and how tuning and trim plays into performance. “A sail design can be improved, but unless you understand how to trim and tune it properly, you’re not going to get the benefit. Our current designs are very good, but we also wanted to make sure we’re really getting the most out of the sails.”

    With these goals in mind, Tim invited one-design experts from a range of competitive keelboat classes to go sailing and then brainstorm ideas for improvement. Mike Marshall put his own worlds-winning drive to work as the telemetry expert, coach, and debrief leader. “My goal is to not be the most vocal person in the room,” Mike says, “but to be the person who facilitates. Trying to get the best input out of every single person.”

    How It Worked
    Each morning before leaving the dock, the two J/70s were tuned to the same base numbers, and teams of four were carefully combined to be within ten pounds of each other. Tim Healy and Will Welles steered. The group sailed in both the flat water of South Bay and outside in ocean swells, in breeze that ranged from five to thirteen knots.

    On each of the four days Mike ran a series of five-minute telemetry runs, using the proprietary equipment he helped to develop, which has set new standards for sail testing. Running up to twenty-two tests each day built an impressively large data set of accurate VMGs for each boat. Skip Dieball, who trimmed for Tim Healy’s team, had used the telemetry to prepare for his win at the 2015 Etchells Worlds. “It was incredibly valuable in determining the fastest setup and fastest equipment combination.”

    Having world champions as rail meat, Tim says, was a lot of fun. “They are so competitive! On every test, everyone was doing everything they could to try to win the test. Then in the end, Mike would tell us who beat who.”

    A Potent Mix Of Personalities
    After sailing, the two teams got together for a debrief to share thoughts about the results. A discussion with so many champions led to surprising insights each day, Mike explains. “Put nine competitive sailors in a room together, and you come to a lot of really good conclusions. Everyone brings their own experience. Zeke Horowitz brings his Flying Scot and his J/22 experience. Eric Doyle brings his Star experience. Will Welles brings his many years of J/24 sailing and Skip Dieball, his Etchells and many other one-design classes success. Vince Brun has 40 or 50 years in this business, and he’s always got something very valid to say as well as always being an absolute pleasure to have around. Tim Healy brings his encyclopedia of knowledge of all the things that he’s won. It’s highly beneficial to get all the different opinions and thoughts and combine the various viewpoints.” Skip Dieball was also impressed with the debriefs: “World champions everywhere! It was fun to collaborate and discuss what we felt, how we set up the various designs.”

    Tim agrees that the wide range of perspectives helped everyone improve. “Eric Doyle, for instance, is a hands-on guy. When it comes to manufacturing, it’s always great to bounce the idea off him: ‘Hey Eric, what do you think?’ Then he says, ‘We already tried that with this class. It didn’t work.’

    “Mike is the technical guy,” Tim continues. “And Zeke is more of a seat-of-the-pants guy, so it’s refreshing to hear his point of view. They all shared different experiences with sail development programs, what’s worked and what hasn’t. There were so many different talents at that table that you could always find somebody to say, ‘I can help with that.’”

    What They Learned
    Sail testing is all about making better sails, and Tim says that, while looking at new shapes and more user-friendly construction techniques, they took the time to drill down to the tiniest of details: the shape of a telltale window, the placement of a tack grommet, how the webbing is attached to the head of the jib. “We could talk all day about batten pocket construction and come up with examples from another class.”

    Both Tim and Mike agree that if they had the four days to do over again that they wouldn’t change a thing. Eric Doyle says the telemetry was so helpful that he would never go sail testing without it again, though it falls to Mike to explain why. “We’re constantly trying to improve our sails, but at the end of the day, how do you do that? With telemetry testing, you end up with a solid, concrete answer, an indisputable fact. 85% of the time, those facts are confirmed by what people feel on the boat. When they aren’t, you can look further into why.

    “Of course, I have opinions about which sail is better and why,” Mike continues. “But the two-boat testing system keeps it scientific and organized. It really pushed our development path forward, giving us answers as well as new questions to ask.”

    Tim agrees that the scientific approach left him confident about their conclusions. “The bottom-line goal is to prove that we’re making a better sail. We had some good concepts that we got more data from. And we now understand the tuning and the trim even better than before.”

    A three-time World Champion himself, even Tim was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of expertise they gathered together. “I know these guys. I talk to them every day. But when you stop to think about it, the knowledge base is pretty impressive.”
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  • J/Newsletter- May 22nd, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    Five major offshore events are taking place this Memorial Day (USA) and Bank Holiday (Europe) weekend; they are the RORC Myth of Malham Race, the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race, the FIGAWI Race to Nantucket, the Swiftsure Race in Victoria, and the Spinnaker Cup off San Francisco. Check them out! Great racing taking place across the world with dozens of J/Teams participating.

    Meanwhile, the second annual J/121 Spring Tune-Up took place off Newport, RI for five teams. It was a great two days of coaching and learning for everyone involved in the training program.  Down south in Tampa, FL, the Davis Island YC hosted the final J/24 event of their winter season of sailing- the J/24 Rodeo.  Out west, the San Francisco YC hosted their annual Elite Keel Regatta for one-design fleets of J/70s and J/105s off Belvedere, CA, with sailing taking place on San Francisco Bay.

    Over in Europe, the J/70 sailing leagues are cranking up to full-speed. The Swiss J/70 Super League had a dozen teams sailing off Brissago, Switzerland, on the northern end of Lago Maggiore (bordered with Italy). Literally one big lake away off to the north, the Deutsche Segel Bundesliga (the German J/70 Sailing League) was sailed off Konstanz, Germany, a gorgeous lakeside town on Lake Constance for 36 teams from across Germany for both 1st and 2nd Leagues. Then, up in Scandinavia, the Swedish J/70 Sailing League started off their first series with eighteen teams at Strängnäs, Sweden- on a lake 40 miles west of Stockholm. Over in The Netherlands, a fleet of ORC/ IRC racers and one-design classes of J/80s and J/109s sailed in the 9th annual Almere Regatta off Almere.

    In the J/Community are two interesting articles. One is “What does performance bring to cruising?” The other is a question of J/70 downwind sailing tactics posed to J/70 World Champion tactician Lucas Calabrese- what are wind/speed crossovers for DSPL/VMG to WoW to Planing modes?

    See the NEW J/99 Offshore Speedster
    Newport - Houston - San Francisco!
    (Newport, RI)- There's a new 33 footer in town, and based on early sailing reports, it's fast, stable, and has a surprisingly comfy interior (with headroom). If that sounds familiar, it's because J/Boats has been re-defining the ultimate racer/cruiser for over three decades, leaving its indelible mark on the sailing world with racer-cruisers like the J/35, J/109 and J/120 amongst many notable others.

    With racing recently trending towards adventure-style, open-course events, the J/99 is optimized for straight-line speed for both a short-handed and normal sized crew – taking its cues from its bigger sister, the 40' J/121 (Sailing World BOTY winner in 2018). High customer demand has already pushed the order backlog out to the spring of 2020, but three J/99s are just hitting the water for this season, and you're invited to see and sail one at the upcoming:

    J/99 Open House & Demo Day
    Saturday June 1st in three locations:
    • Newport, Rhode Island
    • Houston (Seabrook), Texas
    • San Francisco (Alameda), California
    Everyone is welcome to climb aboard and check out the new design, and weather permitting even go for a sail!  Please RSVP below for an invitation to the J/99 Open House nearest to you. Please fill out the online webform here to get an invitation and more details.   For more J/99 Shorthanded Offshore Speedster information

    RORC Myth of Malham Race Preview
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- This bank holiday weekend, 140 yachts, with over 900 crew from all over the world, will be competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Myth of Malham Race. A huge variety of yachts will be taking part including, hi-tech racing yachts, performance cruising yachts and classic designs. World Class professional sailors and passionate Corinthians will be taking part, and 36 teams will be taking on the offshore race Two-Handed.

    The 2019 Myth of Malham Race will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line on Saturday 25 May 0800 BST. Spectators can watch the spectacle from the Cowes Parade and The Green, and fans can also follow the progress of the fleet via YB Tracking on the RORC website.

    “The forecasts for the Myth of Malham Race are predicting light winds at the start,” commented RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone. “Unfortunately, the tidal conditions may favour the faster boats out of the Solent, but without starting the race at 5 a.m. that cannot be avoided. The forecasts are suggesting that the wind will go to the west later in the race and strengthen, which should give some good results in the small to medium size and boats and good conditions for the sail back from the Eddystone Light.”

    The overall and class winners are decided by the IRC Rating Rule and this year's impressive fleet has many successful teams from previous editions of the Myth of Malham Race.

    In IRC One Class, Michael O’Donnell’s J/121 DARKWOOD and Nick Angel’s J/121 ROCK LOBSTER will be sailing in a strong class of twenty-three boats that range up to 72 feet! Both J/121s rate at the bottom of their class, which may be helpful if they finish fast after the initial finishers.

    In the twenty-nine boat IRC Two Class, French teams will provide formidable opposition, including Gilles Fournier & Corinne Migraine’s J/133 PINTIA, which won the Myth of Malham Race overall in 2016. Giving them a run-for-the-money will be four J/122s- David Richards’ JOLLY JELLYFISH, Andy Theobold’s R&W, Clive Miles’ JANGLE, and Chris Daniel’s JUNO.  Joining them will be Simon Grier-Jones’ J/111 SNOW LEOPARD.

    The majority of the teams racing Two-Handed are in IRC Three, many of them are J/109s. Those teams include the Royal Air Force SA’s RED ARROW skippered by Gillian Burgess, the Royal Navy SA’s JOLLY JACK TAR skippered by Tom Thicknesse, Rob Cotterill’s MOJO RISIN, Andy Oliver’s JENGU, Chris Andrew & Joe Sutton’s JIGSAW, Joppe Schepers & Jasper Heikens’ JOMALIJA, Chris Burleigh’s JYBE TALKIN, and Alistair Doughty’s JELENKO.  Two J/105s are sailing- Tom Hayhoe & Natalie Jobling’s MOSTLY HARMLESS and Ross Farrow’s JACANA.

    The forty-two boat IRC Four Class has several good J/crews; those boats include David & William McGough’s J/109 JUST SO; three J/105s (Paul Lewis’ RUM N CORK II, Stuart Rhys-Williams’ TAIKA, and Jerry Freeman’s JULIETTE); Chris Miles & Mike Sellers’ J/97 HIGH JINKS; and Alan Macleod’s J/92 SAMURAI J.

    A number of the IRC 3 and IRC 4 boats are also sailing as doublehanders in the IRC Two-Handed Class.  Those teams include the J/109s JUBILEE, Joppe Schepers & Jasper Heikens JOMALIJA, JELENKO and JUST SO.  The J/105 TAIKA and J/97 HIGH JINKS are also racing in class.  For more RORC Myth of Malham sailing information.

    STC Block Island Race Preview
    (Larchmont, NY)- The second major Memorial/ Bank holiday offshore race to start is a classic for Northeast sailors in America.  Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race is a 186.0nm race from Stamford, east down Long Island Sound, out around Block Island and back to the finish off Stamford.  The race starts on Friday, May 24th at 1400 hrs, with IRC 1 class first away.

    Racing the Block Island course are over a dozen larger J’s.  In IRC 2 Class are two J/44s (Len Sitar’s VAMP and the US Coast Guard Academy’s team). The IRC 3 Class has two J/121s (Steven Levy’s EAGLE and Akimatsu Hirai’s CRESCENT IV from Japan) and Dale & Michael McIvor’s J/133 MATADOR. The PHRF 3 Class has two J/105s; Frank Conway’s RAPTOR and the American YC Youth team- the Young American’s. In PHRF 5 Class are two J/109s (Jeffrey Warren’s ARIEL and John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT), Arthur Hanlon’s J/112E DAUNTLESS, and Mark Nannini’s J/120 SALACIA. The PHRF 7 Class is virtually all J/111s, including John Donovan’s LIBERTAS, Abhijeet Lele’s VARUNA, US Merchant Marine’s BLACK DIAMOND YCC skippered by Alex Mueller, and Bill & Jackie Baxter’s FIREBALL. Finally, the PHRF 8 Class has Brian Prinz’s J/125 SPECTRE.

    Sailing the shorter Plum Island Course of 125.0nm in PHRF 4 Class is the US Merchant Marine Academy’s J/88 YONDER YCC, skippered by Jack Stancil.  For more Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race sailing information.  Entries/ scores.   Race site.

    FIGAWI Race Preview
    (Hyannisport, MA)- The third major offshore Memorial Day event, “The Figawi”, arose originally to celebrate community and local charity over thirty-three years ago. The event started last Saturday, May 18th for the 33rd Annual Figawi Charity Ball at the Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis, MA.  This year’s theme was FIGAWI FIRE & ICE and the music was provided by America's #1 Dance Party Band, the “Soul Sound Revue”, the hottest 9-piece Motown show this side of Detroit.

    The sailing regatta is held every Memorial Day Weekend. The schedule begins on Friday in Hyannis with the Kickoff Summer Party that includes registration for the race and merchandise sales. Saturday morning, sans hangover (hopefully), the PHRF pursuit-style races starts off Hyannis at 10:00am and sends the fleet off on a 25.0nm race to Nantucket usually arriving late afternoon. Sunday is a lay day to enjoy the various events in the Figawi tents, walking the docks of Nantucket Boat Basin to take in all the activity, joining the spectators at the parade honoring fallen soldiers, and the infamous party in the big tent to close out Sunday night.

    The race annually expects over 240 boats and 3,000 participants in 13 classes; it is quite popular with J/sailors in New England! Four teams are sailing in PHRF S1 division, David Southwell’s J/121 ALCHEMY, Jimmy Masiero’s J/122 URSUS MARITIMUS, Chris Lund’s J/133 JUMP, and Cory Eaves’ J/109 FREEDOM.

    Seven J/105s are sailing in PHRF S2 division, such as the Nantucket High School Sailing team on CLIO, the trio on DARK’N’STORMY (Joyce, Reservitz, Wagner), Mary Schmitt’s HARDTACK, Gerry Lorusso’s LYRIC, Dwight Greenhouse’s SKIPPERDEE, Mass Maritime’s BOUNTY, and Ed Lobo’s WATERWOLF. Joining them are Sam Cushing’s J/80 THE PARTY TREE and Andrew Meincke’s J/97 ADRENALINE.

    Two J/46’s are sailing PHRF B division, Nathan Owen’s SEABISCUIT and Richard Egan’s WINGS. There is also a duo of J/35s racing, Jeff Kent’s BLACKSEAL and Mike Hersey’s RESILIENCE.

    PHRF C division has three J/crews, Ben Hodgson’s J/100 GRIMACE, Ira Perry’s J/29 SEEFEST, and Kirk Brown’s J/40 JAZZ. In PHRF D division is John Ryley’s J/30 OTIS. Tom Ellis’ J/34 COVERAGE is racing PHRF H division. Mark Barrett’s J/30 MOJO will be sailing PHRF L division.  FIGAWI Race sailing information-  Entries/ resultsRegatta site.

    Swiftsure Race Preview
    (Victoria, British Columbia)- The fourth major Memorial Day offshore event is simply  known as “the Swiftsure”.  One hundred sixty-six yachts are entered in the 76th Swiftsure International Yacht Race that will start on Saturday, May 25th. The fleet will use either PHRF or ORC rating system for one of the four courses ranging from 79 to 138 nm that start and finish in Victoria, BC. There are dozens of J/Teams that are participating in this famous offshore event in the Pacific Northwest.  Below are the courses and the J/Teams sailing each race.

    The Cape Flattery Race for Monohulls (PHRF handicapped boats)- it goes from the Clover Point start, leaves the mark at Neah Bay to port, and crosses the finish line across Victoria Harbour– 101.9 nautical miles. Sailing this race is Tom Keffer’s J/42 VELOCITY, Bill Fox’s J/160 JAM, Ron Holbrook’s J/133 CONSTELLATION, Scott Campbell’s J/121 RIVA, three J/120s (Kirk Palmer’s SCOUT, Mike Picco’s WILD BLUE, Chris Johnson’s WITH GRACE), three J/109s (Tom Sitar’s SERENDIPITY, Kirk Fraser’s ECLIPSE, Tolga Cezik’s LODOS), and three J/35s (Karl Haflinger’s SHEARWATER, Don Leighton’s TAHLEQUAH, Chad Stenwick’s THE BOSS). In addition is a one-design fleet of nine J/105s, including Doug Schenk’s FREE BOWL OF SOUP, Doug Pihlaja’s ABSTRACT, Chuck Stephen’s PANIC, Georgina Martin’s TROUBLEMAKER, Dana Sibilla’s ESCAPE ARTIST, Erik Kristen’s MORE JUBILEE, Bob Hayward’s KINETIC, Steve Summers’ PUFF, and Chris Phoenix’s JADED.

    The Juan de Fuca Race for Monohulls (PHRF handicapped boats)- goes from the Clover Point start, leaves the mark at Clallam Bay to port, and crosses the finish line across Victoria Harbour– 78.7 nautical miles. J/Teams participating in this race include Ron Mackenzie’s J/37 FUTURE PRIMITIVE, Phil Wampold’s J/92 ZAFF, Peter Dorsey’s RUSH, and two J/30s (John Collins’ SPUD & Ulf Gwildis’ IMPULSIVE),

    In addition, there is a “day race” that is comprised of random legs around government marks that is announced the morning of the race; course lengths vary based on wind strength and direction.  Participating in the inshore race is Matt Dahabieh’s J/29 GODZILLA, two J/30s (Jim Bottles’ CELEBRATION & Bart Blainey’s LIMELIGHT), and Tom Kerr’s J/105 CORVO 105.  For more Swiftsure Race sailing information

    California Offshore Race Week Series Preview
    (San Francisco, CA)- The 2019 California Offshore Race Week is hosted by Encinal Yacht Club, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club. Together, they connect three distances races into a full offshore race week series. The series first race is now the fifth major offshore Memorial Day event!

    Said one owner that has participated in previous series, “it’s the perfect series of races to kick off summer. Condensed into a tight window to accommodate our busy schedules - we get the chance to experience all of the challenges of too much and too little wind while racing along the picturesque California coast. We are all looking forward to the exhilarating downwind conditions and finishing in the San Diego sun. We’re packing the sunscreen!”

    The three events are the following:
    • May 25- Spinnaker Cup Race- San Francisco, CA to Monterey
    • May 27- Coastal Cup Race- Monterey, CA to Santa Barbara
    • May 30- SoCal 300 Race- Santa Barbara, CA to San Diego
    The event has proved popular with J/Teams on the Pacific coast. Participating in all three races in both the ORR-A Class and PHRF B Class will be the J/125 VELVET HAMMER, skippered by Zachery Anderson from Richmond YC (note- they are also entered in the 50th Transpac Race).

    Sailing just the Spinnaker Cup Race from San Francisco down to Monterrey, CA will be seven J/Crews.  In the PHRF D Class are two J/120s, Timo Bruck’s TWIST and Michael Clarke’s J/120 SHENANIGANS from Richmond YC. In the PHRF E Class are three J/105s (Shafaq Sheikh’s SPARTAN, Chris Kim’s VUJA STAR, and Charlie Abraham’s JAVELIN), Vern Zvoleff’s J/88 RABIAN, and Kevin Mills’ J/36 DAWNS EARLY LIGHT.

    Finally, joining the fleet for the SoCal 300 Race are two more high-octane, extremely fast offshore teams.  Sailing in ORR E class are Scott Grealish’s J/121 BLUE FLASH and Doug & Jack Jorgensen’s J/111 LIVE WIRE.  For more California Offshore Race Week sailing information

    The SAILING Champions League- Porto Cervo Preview
    (Porto Cervo, Italy)- The One Ocean SAILING Champions League gets underway May 23rd in Porto Cervo. The international event is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, with the support of sponsor partner Audi. Twenty-four teams are participating, representing sixteen nations. The only Italian leg of the semi-finals will be followed by the qualification leg in Saint Petersburg, Russia from 4 to 7 July before the final takes place in Saint Moritz, Switzerland from 15 to 18 August.

    The second qualifier of the SAILING Champions League, running until 26 May, will feature teams representing top European yacht clubs competing in short, hard-fought fleet races. The innovative formula for the event, introduced in 2013 in Germany and inspired by the format of football tournaments, allows for 15 flights for a total of 45 races - so that each of the teams competes with each of the others, alternating on the YCCS fleet of J/70 boats.

    The sailing clubs represented include Austria (Yacht Club Breitenbrunn, Union Yachtclub Mondsee), Czech Republic (Truc Jacht Klub Plzeň), Estonia (Eesti Match Race Liit), Finland (Åländska Segelsällskapet, Wasa Segelförening), France (Société des Régates du Havre, Société de Regates Rochelaises), Germany (Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee), Italy (Circolo della Vela Bari), Lithuania (Nauticus Sailing Club), Netherlands (RR&ZV Maas & Roer, KNZ&RV Muiden), Norway (Larvik Seilforening ), Poland (SEJK Pogon Szczecin, Odyssey Sailing Club), Portugal (Club Naval de Cascais), Slovenia (JK Aurora), Sweden (Särö Båtklubb, KSSS-Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet, Hjuviks Båtklubb), Switzerland (Regattaclub Bodensee, Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen), and United Kingdom (Wessex (Exiles) Sailing Club).

    Among the teams present in Porto Cervo is the title-holder from 2018, the Circolo Vela Bari, led by Simone Ferrarese. He commented, "We are looking forward to racing in Porto Cervo again and competing with the best teams in Europe. We're going to try and have fun like we did in 2018! Of course, we want to do our best, we'll see how it ends."

    During race days, participants will be made aware of environmental issues and issues related to marine pollution. Events are scheduled with the aim of promoting the mission of the One Ocean Foundation and the principles of the Charta Smeralda: the code of good practice published at the conclusion of the One Ocean Forum in 2017, which the presidents of the participating Clubs have been invited to sign.

    In 2017, when the YCCS celebrated its 50th anniversary, the yacht club launched the One Ocean environmental sustainability project. The initiative, strongly supported by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, is focused on safeguarding the marine environment. Jan Pachner, Secretary General of YCCS commented: “We are happy to be able to promote the principles of the One Ocean Foundation and the Charta Smeralda through events such as the SAILING Champions League, raising awareness with all the participants in the regatta, who represent 24 of the top yacht clubs in Europe, on safeguarding the sea.”  More information on the One Ocean Foundation and the Charta Smeralda ethical code are available on www.1ocean.org.

    Edoardo Recchi, Sports Director of YCCS, commented: “This will be our fifth SCL regatta and we expect the traditional sportsmanship and fair racing from the clubs that are gathering here from all around Europe.”

    YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo declared: "I would like to wish fair winds to all the teams that have come to Porto Cervo from all over Europe to compete in the name of their Club. We are pleased to host events such as the SAILING Champions League, where the atmosphere is genuinely sporting, and to be able to share with the SCL organization our commitment to promoting the principles of the Charta Smeralda through awareness of marine pollution."

    Livestream and results by SAP
    As with all SAILING Champions League events, the final two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday will be live broadcasted by SAP from 12:00 hrs (UTC+2), with expert commentators providing blow-by-blow analysis of the racing, aided by the detail provided by SAP Sailing Analytics. The SAP Sailing Analytics provide 24/7 additional statistics and data for sailors, fans, spectators and media like GPS tracking, real-time analysis, live leaderboard combined with 2D visualization. You find all results on sapsailing.com!  For more One Ocean SAILING Champions League Porto Cervo sailing information

    Susan Hood Trophy Race Announcement
    (Port Credit, Ontario)- Since 1955, fully crewed yachts have been taking on the challenge of a spring offshore race on Lake Ontario to get their crews trained and coordinated for summer races- it's the 75.0nm Susan Hood Trophy Race.

    The 2019 edition of the Susan Hood Trophy Race is presented by driveHG.ca. Hosting the race is Port Credit Yacht Club and is scheduled to run on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Port Credit YC. Boats typically are back at PCYC mid-day or during the afternoon of the following day. The first great race of the season!

    Why race the Susan Hood??
    • Excellent warm up race for the Lake Ontario 300
    • Experience the weather challenges offered in spring
    • Convenient overnight racing will not tie up the weekend
    • Great pre-race and post-race camaraderie
    • Post-race party is AWE-some!
    For more Susan Hood Trophy sailing information.   Entries/ results here.   Regatta site here.

    Ida Lewis Distance Race Announcement
    J/Fest Sailors Invited; Newport Junior Safety @ Sea Seminar!
    (Newport, RI)- The Ida Lewis Distance Race, scheduled for Friday, August 16, has added a second PHRF perpetual trophy, so that the two PHRF divisions that compete will each have their own declared overall winner (as opposed to a single overall PHRF winner as in the past). The late-summer sailing tradition, which starts and finishes off historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club, also awards an overall trophy in IRC and top-three trophies in PHRF (including Cruising Spinnaker), IRC, One Design, and Doublehanded classes as well as special trophies for top-finishing Youth and Collegiate teams.

    “We think this will be a nice incentive for more PHRF boats to enter, especially the smaller ones sailed by families and friends,” said Event Chair Pat Kennedy, explaining that often in the past, boats in the lower half of the handicap rating break didn’t have much of a chance to out-perform the larger boats, some of them veteran Grand Prix racers, in the upper half. “Now that we have separate trophies, we also are able to send the two PHRF divisions on different courses, if we think that makes sense.”

    Interestingly, the Ida Lewis Distance Race is not one course but any of four, ranging from 112 to 169 nautical miles. The Race Committee looks at the weather forecast before each race to determine the courses that are most likely to get all teams back to the dock within 18-24 hours. The courses, which in each case send the fleet past Castle Hill on the way out of Narragansett Bay’s East Passage to Block Island and Long Island Sounds, are “The Montauk”, “The Block Island”, “The Point Judith”, and “The Buzzards Bay Tower”. As the names imply, the courses incorporate some of the most iconic cruising grounds in New England.

    Invitation to J/Fest Teams
    By design, the Ida Lewis Distance Race offers an offshore experience that is not too long, not too short and just challenging enough. With that in mind, organizers have invited participants in the third annual New England J/Fest Regatta (August 9-11), which is sailing out of Sail Newport, to extend their stay for the following week in order to include the Ida Lewis Distance Race on their sailing schedules. The PHRF division is perfect for the J/30s, J/88s, J/105s, J/109s, and J/121s competing at J/Fest.

    Junior Safety @ Sea Seminar June 2!
    All Ida Lewis Distance Race Youth competitors must attend a Storm Trysail Foundation (STF) Junior Safety @ Sea seminar or the equivalent within 24 months of the start of the race. A local opportunity to fulfill this requirement will be on Sunday, June 2 when Sail Newport partners with STF and the Storm Trysail Club Newport Station to present the one-day 2019 Newport Junior Safety @ Sea seminar at Fort Adams State Park.

    This amazing learning opportunity is inspired by safety programs for ocean racers but is carefully designed for a teen audience and stresses fun, hands-on practice, communication, teamwork, and the anticipation of trouble before it happens. Participants will leave with working knowledge of safety issues surrounding the operation of keelboats in the 30-45 foot range that are suitable for offshore sailing. The morning consists of dockside instruction while the afternoon is on the water, using the skills discussed in the morning. Instruction will be conducted by Storm Trysail Club members and other highly experienced offshore sailors.  Register for the 2019 Newport Junior Safety At Sea Seminar through the Ida Lewis Distance Race website: http://www.ilyc.org/distancerace

    Ida Lewis Yacht Club hosts this world-class race with the help of generous sponsors. Gold sponsors for the 2019 Ida Lewis Distance Race are Ocean Navigator and City of Newport. Silver sponsor is Newport Shipyard; Bronze sponsors are North Sails, Rig Pro Southern Spars, and Stella Artois. Contributing Sponsors are Goslings Rum, Mac Designs, Toni Mills Graphic Design, Triton Insurance and Z Blok.  For more Ida Lewis Distance Race sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    May 17-18- J/121 Spring Tune-Up- Newport, RI
    May 25- Spinnaker Cup Race- San Francisco, CA
    May 27- Coastal Cup Race- Monterey, CA
    May 30- Jun 2- Gran Prix Ecole de Navale- Brest, France
    May 30- SoCal 300 Race- San Diego, CA
    May 31- RORC North Sea Race- Cowes, England
    May 31- Jun 2- Southern Bay Race Week- Hampton, VA
    Jun 1- Delta Ditch Run- Richmond, CA
    Jun 1-2- Cal Race Week- Marina del Rey, CA
    Jun 1-2- Cedar Point One-Design Regatta- Cedar Point, CT
    Jun 1-2- Skyway Colors Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 7-9- Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 7-15- Rolex Giraglia Cup Regatta- St. Tropez, France
    Jun 8- Bermuda One-Two Race- Newport, RI
    Jun 8- Farallones Race- San Francisco, CA
    Jun 8-9- Lady Liberty Cup J/24 Regatta- New York Harbor, NY

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

    J/121 Spring Tune-Up Report
    (Newport, RI)- For the second year in a row, J/Boats hosted the J/121 Spring Tune-up Regatta at Newport Shipyard on the famous Newport Harbor. Five J/121’s participated in the event- David Southwell’s ALCHEMY, Don Nicholson’s APOLLO, Joe Britto’s INCOGNITO, Greg & Jen Manning’s SARAH, and Peter Lewis’ newly-launched WHISTLER from Barbados. Like last year, the North Sails Team provided the highly-talented (and entertaining) duo of Kimo Worthington and Chuck Allen to provide on-the-water coaching, video, and post-race debriefs.

    The format was designed to help the J/121 teams better understand tuning, sail trim, sail choices, and boathandling. Each day started off with practice starts. The owners were given a choice of short-course buoy racing or sail the Around Island Race (an 20.0nm circumnavigation of Jamestown/ Conanicut Island that sits in the middle of Narragansett Bay). The teams all voted to sail the Around Island Race for both days to give everyone time to dial-in faster trim, boatspeed techniques, and sail settings.

    The weather cooperated both days. Friday dawned with grey leaden skies, light drizzle, and a WSW breeze of 5 to 15 kts.  As a result, the teams got around the island in just over three hours.

    Saturday’s weather was simply postcard perfect!  Sunrise saw cool 55 deg temps, 10-18 kts from the NNW, with brilliant sunshine. By the time the fleet had three practice starts the fleet elected to sail the reverse of day one, heading counter-clockwise around the island, going through the Newport Bridge first, then Jamestown Bridge, starting/ finishing at the green Bell #11- Dumplings Rocks.  After a quick restart due to full-moon tides and very strong currents, the fleet took off in the remnants of a dying NNW breeze. What everyone anticipated was the typical scenario, the norwester dying and a quick build of a fresh seabreeze from the SSW. By the time the fleet had rounded the top of the island under spinnakers, the wind shifted in literally minutes from NNE to SSW blowing 10-14 kts…the new breeze filled in extremely fast, making for a spectacular sail through Jamestown Bridge, past Dutch Island, and around Beavertail Lighthouse and point, popping kites again for a quick spinnaker run past Castle Hill to the finish between Fort Adams and Dumpling Rocks bell.

    Each race was filled with its own set of tactical and boathandling challenges in the 20.0nm course; they served as a good warm-up for the rest of the season as it was interesting to observe decisions being made on board for sail selection, wind angles, sail trim and so forth. Commented Kimo Worthington, “the Round Island race format worked out great! It gave us time to follow each boat, get sail trim photos, take videos, and comment on how to improve their go-fast settings. What was cool is that it's the one time in the season the owners and crew can share what they learn on the water and get feedback and pictures from the North Sails team. It was a very productive and informative event!”

    The event chairman, Jeff Johnstone from J/Boats commented, "The J/121 Spring Tune-up was a great chance for J/121 owners to get together and shake out the early season cobwebs before heading off to conquer this year's bucket list of offshore sailing events; such as the FIGAWI Race, Storm Trysail Block Island Race, Bermuda 1-2, Block Island Race Week and New York Yacht Club's 175th Anniversary. Thanks again to everyone for helping making the second annual J/121 Spring Tune-Up a success! Thank You to Veronica Brown and the Newport Shipyard team for a fantastic home base. And, kudos to Kimo and Chuck for two days of informative coaching and videos.”  We're pleased to share this Dropbox link from photos/ videos taken on Friday and Saturday.  To learn more about the J/121 offshore speedster

    NSV Tops German J/70 Sailing League II
    (Konstanz, Germany)- Germany’s J/70 Deutsche Segel Bundesliga held their second event of the season on the beautiful, majestic surroundings of Lake Constance, sailing off Konstanz on the northwestern side of the lake.  The thirty-six sailing clubs from across Germany enjoyed a gorgeous weekend from May 17th to 19th, but the wind Gods would not cooperate all weekend, producing just five races for each team over the three days.

    Summer, sun, and sunshine, what’s not to love about that?! But, where was the wind? Friday and Saturday did not happen, unfortunately, from the sailing perspective. In fact, the “glass outs” on both days produced gorgeous photos of the snow-capped mountains reflected on the lake’s surface. Sunday dawned gorgeous and “glassed out” as well, but ultimately a gradient wind materialized, enough to run five races per team.

    After an average start to the season two weeks ago, the reigning German champion from Hamburg’s Norddeutscher Regatta Verein regained their former strength to win the second event of the DSBL.

    "We knew what to expect in terms of the weather this weekend. We are glad that we were able to sail at all. It's just perfect for us," explains Tobias Schadewaldt, skipper of the winning NRV team that consisted of Johann Kohlhoff, Hinnerk Müller and Florian Thoelen.

    On the podium behind the NRV, it was the Wassersport-Verein Hemelingen (WVH) team (Jan SEEKAMP, Sven GAUTER, Björn SCHÜTTE, & Jens TSCHENTSCHER) from Bremen that took the silver medal and the Bavarian Bayerischer Yacht Club (BYC) team (Veit HEMMETER, Teresa HEMMETER, Leopold LINDNER, & Jan NÜRNBERGER) from Lake Starnberg that took the bronze. Rounding out the top five was Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee in 4th and Wurttembergischer YC in 5th.

    As a result, the overall leaderboard changed quite dramatically for the season series.  Leading now is Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee with a 1-4 for 5 pts.  Second is Bayerischer Yacht Club with a 3-3 for 6 pts.  And, third is Wassersport-Verein Hemelingen with a 5-2 for 7 pts. After their mediocre 7th place start in the first event, NRV’s 7-1 gives them 8 pts, just 3 pts off the overall lead!

    In the 2nd Sail Bundesliga, the team of ONE KIEL with helmsman Magnus Simon, Fabian Kasüske, Hinnerk Siemsen and Philipp Sudbrack prevailed in their first season against the competition.

    Behind ONE KIEL, the Lübeck Yacht Club (LYC) and the Bocholter Yacht Club came in second and third.

    From the 20th to the 22nd of July, the 18 clubs of the 1. Segel-Bundesliga will continue with the third match day in Travemünde. The clubs of the 2nd Sailing Bundesliga have a match break and will be back in Berlin from 23 to 25 August.  For more J/70 German Sailing League sailing information

    SFS Hunnebo Leads Swedish J/70 League
    (Strängnäs, Sweden)- The first event of the Swedish J/70 Sailing League (the Allsvenskan) took place on the Lake of Strängnäs, about 40 miles west of Stockholm. During Friday and Saturday, Strängnäs offered nice racing conditions with a good wind of 4–6 m/s, mostly sunny, warm, and comfortable. But, on Sunday it was not possible to sail because there was never any wind.

    “Strängnäs really showed its best side on Friday and Saturday with fantastic conditions. Sailing on a lake instead of out on the sea often gives more whimsical winds. Hunnebo mastered these best while Särö, who were newcomers to the Allsvenskan 2018, continued to impress,” said the regatta Chairman Isabelle Lindsten.

    It was SFS Hunnebo that won the premiere round of the Allsvenskan that was settled this past weekend in Strängnäs. But, there’s was not an easy victory as they won on a tie-breaker over Särö Sailing Club at 23 points apiece.  The countback determined the win, with SFS Hunnebo’s six wins bettering Särö’s four wins in the twelve races each team sailed.

    For the SFS Hunnebo team from Hunnebostrand, just over ten kilometers north of Gothenburg, it was their first major win in the Allsvenskan.  The team was comprised of Magnus Lundgren, Urban Lagnéus, Julia Edvardsson, Kajsa Mattsson and Peter Busck.

    The win for SFS Hunnebo was not entirely unexpected. The victor’s winning skipper was Magnus Lundgren, he had the record for most race wins in a row while sailing for Gottskär SC in 2017, when he led his team to eight straight wins. Nevertheless, they were offered good competition from the Särö team (Tobias Bergqvist, Christian During, Björn Palmquist, and Lisa Rydbacken).

    The competition amongst the top four was exceedingly close. While the win was determined on a tie-breaker, the Hjuviks BK sailing club was just two points back for the bronze, while the past champions KSSS took fourth place just another two points back; just five points separating the leaders from 4th place!

    The Allsvenskan series sails four regattas and the next round is held in Limhamn in Malmö in two weeks (May 31-June 2). The third competition is in Örnsköldsvik from August 23rd–25th and the last is Västerås from September 13th to 15th.   Follow the Swedish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Swedish J/70 Sailing League information

    Surprise First Winner @ Swiss J/70 Super League
    (Brissago, Switzerland)- The Swiss Sailing J/70 Super League started this past weekend for a dozen sailing teams on Lago Maggiore. The Regattaclub Bodensee won the series in 2018 and is hoping to defend their title.

    The RCB President Julian Flessati commented, "We have sailed several training programs in the winter with different teams. In addition, we train each team in advance of an event. Of course, it would be nice to defend the title again. I think you always go to the competitions with the hope to defend the title. As a goal, we have set ourselves a top 3 placing. As in the previous year, the RCO, SNG and SVK will certainly provide very good, competitive teams. But in general, the level is very high, so that probably all Super League teams can win. CNV Versoix got stronger and stronger last year and is my secret favorite. Even the newcomers must not be forgotten!”

    The organizing clubs for the first event, Yacht Club Locarno (YCLO) and Friends of Sailing Brissago (FSB) selected the Yachtsport Resort Brissago as the event venue. While hoping for good weather conditions, the regatta could only manage to run seven races for each of the dozen teams all weekend long, such was the light weather all across Europe.

    Winning the event was a team that was not even considered to be “on the radar screen”- Bordee de Tribord- La Neuveville (Lorenz Kausche, Laurent Forrer, Timon Kausche, & Morgane Emery) with a total of 17 pts. Taking second on a tie-breaker was another surprise team- Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen (Tom Ruegge, Michael Hermann, Stefan Staheli, & Jens Lichtblau) with 19.8 pts. The loser on that countback was the bronze medal winners- the renowned Regattaclub Bodensee (Massimo Soriano, Jonathan Rutishauser, Stephan Zurfluh, & Rene Ott).  Rounding out the top five were past SSL Super League winners Societe Nautique de Geneve with 21 pts.  For more Swiss J/70 Super League sailing information

    Beautiful, but Light Almere Regatta
    (Almere, The Netherlands)- The 9th Almere Regatta was a great sailing challenge for the teams that had assembled in Almere, The Netherlands.  Like many other places in Europe, a big High pressure system meant there was not much “gradient winds” flowing down around it, with isobars spread out so far it was a wonder there was any wind for the weekend.  On Saturday, that was certainly the case, with gorgeous sunny weather, but little to no wind.  Sunday improved bit with winds hitting 8 kts, wonder of wonders!  In the end, the J/80 and J/109 fleets both managed to sail six races.

    The ten-boat J/80 class had tight racing for all three spots on the podium.  Naturally, for the first major regatta of the season, some teams start out hot and fade, others do the reverse.  As a result, there were many anxious moments taking place on the last three races on the second day. Starting hot, but losing their edge on Sunday was Bob Jansen’s FUN-J, posting a 2-1-2-3-3-7 tally for 11 pts net. The balance of the podium was determined by a tie-breaker at 13 pts each. On countback, it was Bram Adema’s NJORD record of 7-2-3-5-1-2 that overcame Bernard Holsboer’s JUUL scores of 3-3-1-4-2-8! That was close racing!  Rounding out the top five were JOYRIDE in 4th and OANT SJEN in 5th place.

    Winning the nine-boat J/109 one-design class was Roy Heiner’s TEAM HEINER 4 with an outstanding record of 2-1-1-3-3-1 for 8 pts net.  Magically taking the silver was Arnout Jorrtisma’s MAJIC with a 4-2-3-4-1-2 tally for 12 pts net.  Just one point back to snag the bronze was the 2018 winner of the class, Arjen van Leeuwen’s JOULE with a 5-3-4-1-2-3 scoreline for 13 pts net.   Sailing photo credits- Hans Knapper  For more Almere Regatta sailing information

    Awesome Elite Keel Regatta for J/105s & J/70s
    (Belvedere, CA)- One of the more popular events on San Francisco Bay late in the spring is the Elite Keel Regatta hosted by San Francisco YC in Belvedere, CA, on the north side of the Bay. The regatta has proven to be a popular one for the large J/105 class, with twenty-six boats participating in the two-day event. This year, a J/70 class was invited as well.

    The J/105s are beginning to see a “wash, rinse, repeat” for the top of the leaderboard.  Once Tim Russell decided to jump back into the fleet two years ago (after a long reprisal due to work/ family stuff), he bought Lowell North & Dennis Conner’s J/105 #3 (ever heard of them?), purported to be the lightest and fastest J/105 ever built (about 600 lbs light- a “pre-scrimp” boat). He renamed the boat NE*NE and over the last two seasons, the two decades old classic continues to show her tail feathers to the fleet, once again winning a major J/105 regatta on the Bay by a significant margin. Russell’s talented crew posted a 2-3-3-1-2 for 11 pts total to win by 7 pts. However, behind them it was a real battle for the balance of the podium. The final results were not determined until the last race between Ryan Simmons’ BLACKHAWK and Phil Laby’s GODOT. Both teams are consistently at the top of the leaderboard, but it was the BLACKHAWK crew that held on to take the silver with a 4-4-2-2-6 for 18 pts.  Just one point back was the GODOT team with a record of 3-2-4-5-5 for 19 pts.  The rest of the top five include Adam Spiegel’s JAM SESSION in 4th with 23 pts and Ian Charles’ MAVERICK taking 5th with 25 pts.

    Perhaps the most dominating performance of the regatta was Chris Kostanecki’s JENNIFER, winning the J/70 class by 8 pts with a record of three bullets and two deuces! The balance of the podium was determined by a tie-breaker at 15 pts each between Peter Cameron’s KANGAROO JOCKEY and the duo of Tom Thayer & Robert Milligan on RAMPAGE. Taking that countback was KANGAROO JOCKEY over RAMPAGE.  For more Elite Keelboat Regatta sailing information

    ANGEL OF HARLEM Dominates J/24 Rodeo
    (Tampa, FL)- As spring winds down on Tampa Bay, it also marks the occasion for one of the last regattas of the long winter for the J/24 class that sails out of Davis Island Yacht Club. Nine teams registered to participate in last weekend’s J/24 Rodeo Regatta.

    The fleet was blessed with good weather, good winds, and a good Davis Island YC Race Committee that managed to snap off five races over the two-day event.

    In the end, it was local hero Robby Brown teamed up with Mark Liebel on their infamous ANGEL OF HARLEM that stole the show, accumulating three 1sts and two 3rds to handily win the Rodeo with just six pts net.  Taking second was the duo of Jason Chavez and John Poulson on LONGSHOT, also counting only podium finishes in their final scores for 9 pts net.

    Third place was determined on a tie-breaker at 11 pts each. Winning the countback was Seth Rosenthal’s Youth Team on SABOTAGE over AJ Grzybowski’s SHIMMER.  Rounding out the top five was the DIYC Youth Team on YELLOWTAIL.  For more J/24 Rodeo Regatta sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    *  What Does Performance Bring to Cruising?
    Contrary to popular belief, a fast yacht has a lot of advantages when you’re heading off on holiday as a couple or with family.

    Safety, effortless maneuverability and fun sailing even in light airs are all substantial, if not essential assets, when you want holidays on the water to play out without a hitch. Indeed, its benefits are in stark contrast to a typical heavier cruiser, which has less ballast stability and a deck layout geared around lounging about rather than maneuvering. Below are four reasons why a high-performance cruiser is the best choice for sailing with confidence.

    1. Greater safety
    “Between Malta and the Italian island of Lampedusa, we encountered 40 knots of breeze on very choppy seas. I was very happy to be on a seaworthy yacht with a deep draft and a cockpit designed to maneuver quickly,” explains Thierry Douillard, an inshore and offshore racer, who also relishes family cruises every summer on his J/112E.

    To escape a gale, a high-performance boat with a reasonable draught (1.90m) and well-proportioned deck fittings, which are positioned in such a way as to enable effortless maneuvering, is a guarantee of safety.

    “For years, I’ve chartered yachts designed for anchoring rather than sailing. Close-hauled in a strong breeze, it’s impossible to get to your destination so we’ve had to turn back on several occasions. It’s enough to put you off sailing!” admits Gilles Mendiboure, owner of the J/122 ELEGANCE, based in the Mediterranean and built at JComposites in Les Sables d’Olonne on France’s Atlantic coast.

    2. More fun when sailing
    Meticulous work by the naval architects and the design office goes into these high-performance J/Cruisers, particularly with regards to the power-weight ratio, which ensures the best possible balance. At the helm, this translates as a thrilling ride: finesse, precision, a bow clear of the water and, hence, responsive to the slightest twitch of the rudder as well as safe reactions in the gusts. In short, it ensures you get an immense amount of pleasure from sailing!

    “I often sail alone on my boat and I love feeling that trimming is serving a purpose- you see it immediately on the boatspeed! Such responsive boats! The boat sure is nifty. I only sail along the coast from island to island. I love the idea of going from place to place under sail with a well-trimmed sail wardrobe,” smiles Gilles Mendiboure.

    Thierry Douillard echoes this sentiment: “An ergonomic deck layout designed around trimming your sails and set up for maneuvers like reefing, well-positioned mainsheet tackle… All this makes for a seaworthy boat and that’s the definition of pleasurable sailing. Equally, it’s more comfortable for everyone on-board and it’s less hard on the crew.”

    3. Devouring the miles faster
    Isn’t the pleasure of cruising associated with discovering an unknown island, a solitary anchorage or a foreign port?

    Whether it’s a question of a long sea crossing or a shorter passage, making fast headway across the water means you can get much more out of a stopover.

    “Only yesterday it took me just 5 hours to cover 30 miles. Close-hauled in 18 knots of breeze, the boat racked up an average speed of 7 knots. What more could you ask, enquires Gilles. At 30° to the apparent wind at an average speed of 7 knots, or at 55° making 4.5 knots, this takes cruising to another level.”

    “The extra 50cm of draught on these high-performance yachts makes a huge difference when you’re sailing and ultimately it’s not a hindrance at anchor, especially if you’re sailing in the Mediterranean. 1.50m and 1.90m makes no difference when you’re dropping anchor, but it makes a world of difference when you’re sailing!” explains Thierry Douillard.

    4. Less time under power
    These high-performance yachts may not be able to boast a Louis XVI chest of drawers, but the layout is very adequate and above all there is a concern for weight distribution, like water and diesel tanks generally being positioned close to the center of gravity. Add to that a light, stiff construction, and you’ll get a lively craft, which gets up and going in the slightest puff of breeze.

    High-performance boats love the light airs!
    Gilles Mendiboure backs this up, “In three years of sailing for six months of the year, I’ve only clocked up 120 hours on the engine. In fact, I only use it to exit and enter port.” Less motoring, less noise, even greater pleasure under sail!

    Here is an example of a course between Marseille and Ajaccio, mostly upwind in strong breeze.

    Green boat: fast cruiser-racer sailboat (our J/112E)
    Pink boat: cruising sailboat
    We noticed a difference of 7 hours at the arrival!

    So, you’ve got it! For sailing along the coast or long passages, a high-performance cruising yacht can only be an advantage.

    The very essence of navigation is respected on these cruising craft, with more and more emphasis on habitability. The equation of performance = less comfort, no longer holds true. So why deprive yourself when you love real sailing?

    * J/70 Downwind Sailing Tactics- the following question was asked of Lucas Calabrese, winning tactician on Jud Smith’s AFRICA in the 2018 J/70 World Championship in Marblehead, MA (btw, Lucas is also a bronze Medallist skipper in 470s for Argentina in the 2012 Olympic Games):

    What are approximate boat speeds/ wind speeds to transition from displacement mode/ VMG light winds to WoW (wing-on-wing) to Planing Mode (jib out trimmed)?

    Lucas- “It all depends on tactics, but a good guideline I think is:
    • Planing: it works when you do over 9.5 to 10 kts of boatspeed.
    • From planing to wing-on-wing: if you are trying to plane and you are doing between 8.2 and 9.5 kts, wing-on-wing is probably the best mode.
    • From wing-on-wing to VMG: if doing less than 8.2 kts of boatspeed while on the wing you are better off going displacement/ VMG mode.
    Experiment! These are rough guidelines. It all depends on sea state and strategy, but those numbers should be pretty close.”
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  • J/Newsletter- May 15th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    What a difference a week makes in late spring regards weather patterns.  While the USA and Canada are still stuck in a messy pattern over North America, Eurasia had what amounted to a “glam” week of weather last weekend.  Seemingly, most places had sun, lots of wind (some too much), and even “shorts & shades” temperatures!  The Italians for sure had fun sailing on the Adriatic Sea where the second event in their summer long Italian J/70 Cup series took place off Ancona, on the eastern shoreline, south of Venice. Forty-five boats reveled in the breezy conditions.  Then, off to their west, the famous PalmaVela Regatta took place off Palma, Mallorca, Spain, with a one-design fleet of J/80s and an ORC fleet that included a super-fast J/97E and well-sailed J/122. Literally sailing in the same waters was the first qualifying event for the SAILING Champions League raced in J/70s on the Bay of Palma, twenty-six teams from Russia to England, and Finland to Spain sailed in the four-day, sun-kissed, wind-blessed event. Then, further west, we find the RORC Vice Admirals Cup Regatta taking place off Cowes, England. Participating were one-design classes of J/70s, J/109s, J/111s and a Performance 40 IRC handicap fleet with a quite quick J/122E.

    Flying across the Atlantic to N.A., the first long offshore race of the season was sailed on Long Island Sound, a big fleet of boats from across the Northeast sailed in Larchmont Yacht Club’s Edlu Distance Race (a day race); sailing were sixteen J/models (J/44, J/30, J/111, J/109, J/121, J/120, J/92, J/42, J/105, J/124, J/100, J/88, J/112E, J/97E, & J/133)! Then, it was busy on the Pacific coast for two offshore races. In San Francisco, the Singlehanded Sailing Society hosted their annual Singlehanded Farallones Race; that mad dash out of San Francisco Bay, out into the big wide blue Pacific Ocean, around a harrowing clump of rocks known as the Farallones, then back inside the safety of the Bay. The J/105 and J/120 sailing the race did great- yet another sunny light to medium air race! Finally, one of the classic “feeder races” for the Swiftsure International Race and for a summer of great sailing on Seattle’s Puget Sound and further north was Corinthian YC of Portland’s Oregon Offshore Race. Starting off Astoria, Oregon, at opening of the Columbia River, the boats head north around Cape Flattery at the opening of the Juan de Fuca Strait, then head ESE to the finish at Victoria, British Columbia in Canada.  Sailing fast were a J/121, J/42, and a trio of J/105s.

    Thrills for Two, The Clever New J/99
    (Hamble, England)- According to Yachting World’s Pip Hare, “the J/99 is all thrills, no frills on board the versatile 32 foot offshore speedster.” She continued to explain her feelings and perspective in this in-depth test of the J/99 sailing in the Solent in southern England:

    “We ghosted down the Hamble River under mainsail alone, the water slipping silently past our red hull in the grainy half-light of a winter morning. We’d hoisted the mainsail in our marina berth, then sailed out into the river, the engine left in tick-over for less than two minutes almost as a token gesture. I felt like a naughty kid, slipping out, while the rest of the world was still waking up; going to make some trouble.

    I had come to test the new J/99, sailing double-handed with the British J/Boats importer J/U.K. on a chilly, blustery January morning. Within ten minutes our demure departure was all but forgotten as we came bursting out of Southampton Water, our senses assaulted from all angles by the bitter north wind and our 100m2 day-glo spinnaker. As the sun rose, everything about the day and this little powerhouse of a boat became bright, sharp and dynamic. I don’t know what the rest of the world was doing at 0800 on that January morning, but we were having a blast.

    The eagerly awaited J/99 directly targets a growing demographic of sailors who enjoy the fantastic short-handed racing scene available all across Europe. Of the 50+ orders already confirmed, over half of the new owners intend to race short-handed and it was with this type of sailing in mind I arrived to make the test.

    The new design incorporates some interesting changes for J/Boats, which bring the J/99 into line with its closest rivals in this area of the market. Gone is the retractable bowsprit and furling jib, which have been the stalwarts of J/Boat design for close to 20 years, making way for a beamier shape, a fixed bowsprit and a hank-on jib. It’s different, but despite the new features, this still remains resolutely ‘J’ in its appearance and feel.

    From the first moment I stepped into the cockpit, this boat struck me with its no-nonsense approach. Sail handling is simple, the cockpit clean and well laid-out, the helm dynamic and responsive. Just cruising down the river, the boat felt light and seemed to directly translate every puff of wind into increased speed. Compared to the Class 40s I have spent much of the last two years racing, the J/99 felt like a go-cart – a promising combination of agility and power.”   Read the rest of her in-depth review of the J/99 on Yachting World here.   For more J/99 Offshore Speedster sailboat information

    J/121 Spring Tune-Up
    (Newport, RI)- For the second year in a row, J/Boats is hosting the J/121 Spring Tune-up Regatta at Newport Shipyard on the famous Newport Harbor. The event is open to all J/121s and is free.  For any J/Sailors interested in checking out J/121s, please come on down to the docks and take a peek!

    The schedule starts Friday, May 17th at 1230 hrs for the Welcome and check-in.  Then, there will be on-the-water training on Narragansett Bay in the afternoon.  Afterwards, there is a debrief session with munchies and refreshments.

    On Saturday, there will be a skipper’s briefing at 0930 hrs and, thereafter, there is starting drills and short-course racing with on-the-water coaching until 1600 hrs. Again, a debrief with refreshments at Newport Shipyard will conclude the event.  To learn more about the J/121 offshore speedster

    Scottish Islands Peaks Race Preview
    (Oban, Scotland)- This adventure race is for teams of sailors and “fell” runners (both youth and adult) and is held annually around the most beautiful parts of the west coast of Scotland.

    The race starts in Oban (northwest of Glasgow) with a short hill run, and then the teams sail to Salen on the Isle of Mull, about 20.0nm south. After a run over Ben More on Mull, back to the boats and a sail to Craighouse on the Isle of Jura, about 45.0nm further south. After running the Paps, back aboard for the longest sail to the Isle of Arran, about 82.0nm to the south, then east. The last run is around the Goat Fell, then a short sail east over to Troon, about 17.0nm. The race takes 3 to 4 days in total. The sailing part is about 165.0nm, the running part covers about 60.0 miles and 11,500 feet of climbing.

    Each team consists of five (usually 2 runners and 3 sailors), and there is also an All-Rounders class for sailors that can run or runners that can sail, and a class for Youth (with the assistance of a few adults).

    The race has several objectives:
    • one is to encourage sailors to appreciate fell running, for runners to appreciate sailing, and for both to enjoy what must be some of the best sailing and hill running in the world.
    • another is to help to build the self-confidence of the youngsters sailing in the Youth Teams.
    • Yet another is to raise funds for various good causes; but
    • the main objective is to provide a challenging experience to sailors and runners who may be too busy to devote weeks to sailing the Atlantic or trekking in Tibet, but who still relish overcoming a challenge which is well beyond those normally encountered in our modern well-insulated lives.
    The race is intended to be challenging and competitors need to be well prepared, fit and experienced to complete this course successfully. Senior Runners must be experienced in the hills and all carry specified survival gear. Yachts must have comprehensive safety gear including flares, VHF radio and engines (for emergency use and when the runners are off the boat). Oars and other muscle-powered devices are permitted for use in calms (e.g. think of the American version called the “Race to Alaska”).

    Many teams return year after year for their annual battle against the elements over one of the most beautiful running and sailing courses in the world. Perhaps, part of its charm is that every year brings its own memorable scenes, whether it is getting ahead of your nearest rival by means of a ‘cunning plan’, racing neck and neck with another team under spinnaker, gliding quietly through the water as dawn breaks, or encountering numerous whales and dolphins. The mountains offer a wide variety of challenging terrain and the sailing is equally varied so that, coupled with un-rivaled views of mountains and sea, so that each year brings a totally unique team experience for everyone.

    Although the race can be extremely competitive, for most people, it is not the thought of winning that brings them, but simply the pleasure of sailing and running in the company of a great crowd of like-minded people. We all love the hills and seas of the Scottish West Coast and the race is just an excuse for the annual jamboree when we can celebrate our good fortune at being able to experience this great adventure in these wonderful surroundings and in such good company.

    The sole J/crew this year will be a Youth Team on the J/110 BLUE BIRD owned by Iain Loudon. The FETTES CHOCOLATES Company is their sponsor. The crew consists of Laurie Mill, Ben Rushton, Maggie Rait, Duncan Harrison, Ellie Marks, Fiona Rees, Louisa Letts, James Mackman, Hector Tomlyn, and Murray Wilson. They will collectively be taking on thirty-nine other teams in the event!  For more Scottish Islands Peaks Race sailing information

    Open House! See the NEW J/99 Offshore Speedster
    Newport - Houston - San Francisco!
    (Newport, RI)- Treat yourself to a visit to take a tour of the new boat that is taking over Europe by storm (50+ boats) and is turning heads everywhere it goes around the world! The new J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster will have an Open House on Saturday, June 1st at three different locations nationwide- Newport, RI / Houston (Seabrook), TX / San Francisco (Alameda), CA.

    If you wish to see the J/99 firsthand, please fill out the online webform here to get an invitation and more details.

    For more J/99 Shorthanded Offshore Speedster information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    May 17-18- J/121 Spring Tune-Up- Newport, RI
    May 25- Spinnaker Cup Race- San Francisco, CA
    May 27- Coastal Cup Race- Monterey, CA
    May 30- Jun 2- Gran Prix Ecole de Navale- Brest, France
    May 30- SoCal 300 Race- San Diego, CA
    May 31- RORC North Sea Race- Cowes, England
    May 31- Jun 2- Southern Bay Race Week- Hampton, VA
    Jun 1- Delta Ditch Run- Richmond, CA
    Jun 1-2- Cal Race Week- Marina del Rey, CA
    Jun 1-2- Cedar Point One-Design Regatta- Cedar Point, CT
    Jun 1-2- Skyway Colors Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 7-9- Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 7-15- Rolex Giraglia Cup Regatta- St. Tropez, France
    Jun 8- Bermuda One-Two Race- Newport, RI
    Jun 8- Farallones Race- San Francisco, CA
    Jun 8-9- Lady Liberty Cup J/24 Regatta- New York Harbor, NY

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

    Spectacular PalmaVela Regatta
    J/97E Dominates ORC Class, Big Battle in J/80s
    (Palma Mallorca, Spain)- The first major offshore sailing event on the Mediterranean calendar took place this past weekend- the 16th edition of Sail Racing PalmaVela.  Organized by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, the regatta for 124 teams from 23 countries was held from the 8th to 12th of May. The sailors were treated to four spectacular days of sailing on the beautiful Bay of Palma.

    In the ORC 2 Class, the Frenchman Olivier Parchet & Russian Andrey Kochnev’s joined forces on the J/122 NOISY OYSTER to take fifth place with a 4-3-5-5-4 record for 16 pts. Then, in the ORC 4 Class, Englishman Scott Beattie’s J/97E JUST THE JOB completely cleaned house, so to speak, sweeping the class with a record of all 1sts to count for 4 pts net!

    Sailing nearly as dominating in the J/80 one-design class was Miquel Pujadas & Helena Alegre’s ATILA, they won counting six 1sts and two 2nds for 10 pts net! However, the big battle took place just behind them for the balance of the top five.  In the end, it was Kristyn Gills’ COOPER RIGGING that placed second with 17.5 pts net, Jason Beaver’s NAUTIPAINTS was third with 24.5 pts net, 4th was Pablo Mellino’s Spanish crew on ALOJA with 27 pts net, and 5th was Andrew Cheetham’s British crew on CONFERMA with 34 pts net.

    What was fascinating to observe in the lead up to the TP52 Super Series was how many of the top teams were led by former (and current) J/Owners and J/Sailing alumni.  Here is the breakdown of top J/sailors dominating the TP52 class:

    1st- Ed Baird (J/24 World Champion) steering Doug Devos’ QUANTUM RACING (J/44 Great Lakes Champion/ Chicago-Mac Race winners). The same team has included Terry Hutchinson as skipper/ tactician (J/24 World Champion and now spearheading the New York YC America’s Cup campaign).
    2nd- Harm Muller Spreer’s PLATOON- from Germany- J/70s
    3rd- Alberto Roemmer’s AZZURA- from Italy- J/24s
    4th- Takashi Okura’s SLED- from Japan- J/24s in Japan and J/70s in the USA
    6th- Hasso Plattner & daughter Kristina Plattner’s PHOENIX- from Germany- J/24, J/105, J/125
    7th- Vladimir Liubomirov’s BRONENOSEC- from Russia with USA tactician Morgan Larson- J/24s
    9th- Tony Langley’s GLADIATOR- UK- J/24s in England

    Sailing photo credits- Nico Martinez.  For more PalmaVela Regatta sailing information

    NRV Tops SAILING Champions League- Qualifier I
    (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)- Norddeutscher Regatta Verein from Germany took advantage of sensational sailing conditions in Palma de Mallorca to win the first of three qualifiers in season six of the SAILING Champions League. The top eight finishing clubs from Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Finland secured a place at the Final in St Moritz, Switzerland later this summer.

    It was the first time the SAILING Champions League has visited the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca, a mecca for grand prix sailing. Hosted by Club Nàutic S’Arenal, the sailors from 26 yacht clubs and 16 nations loved the stellar racing conditions along the waterfront.  Racing off the beach front resorts gave spectators front row seats on the incredibly fast and tight competition that took place over four days.

    Florian Haufe, who skippered Norddeutscher Regatta Verein to victory in the dreamy chamber of commerce sunny and breezy conditions, commented: “We just had four days with perfect sailing conditions, really close races and very tough competition. I have a great team to sail with. It was our goal to secure a place at the SAILNG Champions League Final in St Moritz this August and we made it!” Haufe’s NRV crew included David Heitzig, Miklas Meyer, and Dorian Heitzing.

    The top eight finishing teams in Palma secured a place at the Final in St Moritz, Switzerland from 15 to 18 August 2019. The eight qualified clubs are:
    1. Norddeutscher Regatta Verein- Germany
    2. Club Nautique de Versoix- Switzerland
    3. Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub- Denmark
    4. Société Nautique de Genève- Switzerland
    5. Kaløvig Bådelaug- Denmark
    6. WSV Almere Centraal- The Netherlands
    7. Frederikshavn Sejlklub- Denmark
    8. Brändö Seglare- Finland
    The racing was hard fought all the way to the finish, with the 9th place finisher, Württembergischer Yacht-Club from Germany just missing out on a qualifying place by 1.6 points.

    The Palma regatta was the first of three SAILING Champions League Qualifiers, with the second event due to be hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, from 23 to 26 May. A few weeks later it’s on to St Petersburg, Russia, from 4 to 7 July for the third and concluding Qualifier before the grand final in August.

    SAP Sailing Analytics provided 24/7 statistics and data for sailors, fans, spectators and media like GPS tracking, real-time analysis, and a live leaderboard combined with 2D visualization. You can find all results here on the SAP Sailing Analytics site: http://scl2019-qualifier1.sapsailing.com!

    Watch this fun, entertaining 2019 SAILING Champions League highlights video here on YouTube:

    For more SAILING CHAMPIONS League sailing information

    Great Sailing @ RORC Vice Admirals Cup
    J/122E Wins, J/109s & J/111s Enjoy Tight Class Racing!
    (Cowes, England)- The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s annual Vice Admiral’s Cup Regatta was sailed this past weekend on the every capricious Solent.  The fleet was treated to a wide variety of weather conditions, cloudy to sunny, light to breezy, shifty to streaky, and, of course, lots and lots of current off Cowes!  Here is how it all went down over the three-day event for the one-design classes of J/70s, J/109s, and J/111s.

    Day One- Light Freaky Friday
    The opening day served up light airs, with big shifts and wind reversals that challenged competitors and race officials alike. A quiet morning quickly gave way to an afternoon that started with fast-paced action on both course areas.

    The first start was for the J/111 and J/109 classes in a very shifty southwesterly of 10-12 knots that created plenty of tactical challenges in a tight race with a short 0.8 mile windward leg. The fleet strongly favored the committee boat end of the line and the first start was abandoned with 40 seconds to go.

    In the restart, the fleet was more spaced out, with Cornel Riklin's J/111 JITTERBUG closest to the pin end of the line. Both Simon Bamford's KESTREL and Joerg Sigg's LALLEKONIG appeared well placed mid-line, but the former was OCS.

    It was an intense race for the J/111s, with two laps completed in only 35 minutes, and the first five boats finishing just 69 seconds apart. Joerg Sigg's Swiss LALLEKONIG took victory, 20 seconds ahead of Tony Mack's McFLY, with Cornel Riklin's JITTERBUG third.

    Day Two- Strong, Shifty Saturday
    The second day of racing delivered four short, sharp races that tested the 72 competing boats and hundreds of sailors over a wide range of conditions. It was day of intensely close racing in a very shifty north-northwesterly breeze of mostly 10-15 knots, but with a number of lighter spells and a brief squall that saw gusts above 20 knots.

    “Today was really enjoyable, with great racing and good courses set in tricky conditions,” said Christopher Daniel- his J/122e JUNO was leading the Performance 40 class. “It was a big challenge to make sure we stayed in phase with the 20-25 degree wind shifts, but it was champagne sailing. We came ashore with big smiles.”

    The J/70 class joined the action for the first time on Saturday, with the fleet enthusiastic to get away. Five boats – Andrew Barraclough’s JENGA 8, David Atkinson’s RASCAL RACING, Patrick Liardet’s COSMIC, Doug Streuth’s DSP and Adam Munday’s OCEAN ROPE – were all called over at the start of the first race.

    This left the way open for Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT to pull out an impressive 10 length lead by the end of the first beat. He was followed by Charlie Thompson’s BRUTUS and “the comeback kids” on Liardet’s COSMIC, even though the latter also lost out through overstanding the first mark. In the end, Ward finished more than a minute ahead of Clive Bush’s DARCEY, while COSMIC took third just four seconds later.

    DSP won the second race, but slipped down to 11th in the third race. The fourth and final race of the day saw Darcey take a commanding win, ahead of BRUTUS. In the tightest of finishes, Philip Rees’ BRYN took third place just three seconds later, and DSP fourth, seven seconds later.

    The larger yachts sailed in a different course area, further east. The third race of the day saw fast-paced action in its closing stages as a shower swept across the race area. With the wind speed peaking beyond 20 knots the leaders powered to the finish in full planing mode.

    The Performance 40 class raced for the first time today. Christopher Daniel’s J/122e JUNO rose to an early overall lead with a second place followed by two wins over the fast King 40s.

    Tony Mack’s McFLY asserted near dominance in the J/111 fleet, taking two decisive wins and two second places. The winner of yesterday’s race, Joerg Sigg’s LALLEKONIG took a 30 percent points penalty for an infringement in race 3, and now lies one point behind McFLY in the overall standings.

    Competition further down the fleet is equally strong in this class, with Chris Jones’ JOURNEYMAKER II on 14 points, and both Jan Van Berne’s RED HERRING and Cornel Riklin’s JITTERBUG on 15 points going into the final day.

    Chris Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE started the day with back-to-back race wins, and took second in the next two.  However, with a discard applied, Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE retained a single point advantage in the overall rankings. Mike Yates’ JAGO also notched up three podium finishes today, but slipped to sixth in the penultimate race and is eight points adrift in third overall.

    Day 3- Simply Splendid Sunday
    Summer sun returned for Sunday’s racing, with bright sun and rising temperatures, but initially without any wind. The committee boats left the dock when the beginnings of a southerly of 2-3 knots sprang up in the central Solent at 1030 hrs. Half an hour later, it had swung into the southeast and increased to 8 knots and the AP flags signaling the postponement came down at 1100.

    The Performance 40 class went into the final day with a much tighter leaderboard- Chris Daniel's J/122E JUNO led the class, counting four points from three races, just one point ahead of a King 40.

    At the start of the opening race two boats headed off to the right hand side of the course and rounded 1-2, closely followed by Daniel’s J/122E JUNO. By the end of the race, the JUNO team sailed impeccably, crossing the line first and saving her time on the fleet. JUNO took another decisive victory in the final race to win overall 10 points ahead the next boat.

    At the start of the day, five boats were still in contention for a podium place in the J/111 fleet. A win in both of today's races sealed Tony Mack's class victory on McFLY, 6.5 points ahead of Sigg's LALLEKONIG. The three-way fight for third was resolved in favor of Chris Jones' JOURNEYMAKER II, thanks to his two second places.

    Last year's J/109 class winner, Simon Perry's JIRAFFE went into the final day one point ahead of Chris Preston's JUBILEE. Both were neck and neck at the end of the first run of today's first race, with JUBILEE rounding the mark inside JIRAFFE. Both had been late to drop their spinnakers, which were still hoisted to the lower spreaders, as they turned up to windward. JUBILEE was quick to complete the drop, however JIRAFFE had a snag and had slipped to leeward and astern by the time it was sorted.

    In a tight finish, that saw more than half the fleet cross the line in just 22 seconds, JIRAFFE recovered to lead by 12 seconds ahead of JUBILEE, with RNSA's JOLLY JACK TAR taking third place five seconds later and David Richard's JUMPING JELLYFISH fourth, just five seconds after that.

    JUBILEE won the final race, but JIRAFFE took second, just 19 seconds ahead of John Smart's JUKEBOX. It was enough to seal overall victory for JIRAFFE by one point. A very consistent performance by JUMPING JELLYFISH, with an almost straight run of 4ths, secured third overall, one point ahead of JOLLY JACK TAR.

    The J/70 class used the regatta as Round 3 of their 2019 UK J/70 Grand Slam Series. A win in both races today saw Paul Ward's EAT SLEEP J REPEAT cement overall victory ahead of Clive Bush's DARCEY, while reigning Grand Slam Champion, Doug Struth's DSP, was third. All races were decided by a minute or less, with race five going to Ward’s ESJR by just five seconds from DARCEY.

    "This was the first time for the J/70s at the Vice Admiral's Cup and the race team did a great job for us, with six exciting races over two days," says Ward. "Onshore at the RORC clubhouse, we enjoyed catching up with the other classes over a few beers and a curry. Thanks to all of the team at RORC for a great event!”  For more RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup sailing information

    J/121 Wins Oregon Offshore Race!
    J/105s Enjoy Bruising Class Battle to the Finish!
    (Astoria, OR)- The 43rd Annual Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race, sponsored by Schooner Creek Boatworks, started on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 after a postponement that was waiting for the 5.5 kts ebb tide and current to begin to flow out of the Columbia River and over the infamous Columbia River Bar just offshore- a place notorious for massive standing waves and flipping over even the hardiest US Coast Guard Patrol boats! The timing was smart, since the weather was somewhat benign and all boats made it across the bar without any issues, just some of the usual cascades of water over the deck!

    The 193-mile race started at 9:25am at Buoy 2 off the Columbia River entrance off Astoria, Oregon and finished at the entrance to Victoria, British Columbia harbor in Canada.  After the start, everyone took off on starboard, heading offshore, apparently following the information gained at the skippers meeting. Wind was a light northeaster, blowing offshore at the start. As the race progressed it appeared the predicted northwest shift would hit the fleet overnight, then the teams would have to contend with light winds in the Straits of Juan de Fuca and avoiding adverse currents; the big decision being when to go for one shore over the other- USA to the south or Canada to the north while heading for the Victoria, BC harbor finish line.

    As anticipated, leading the fleet out offshore the first night was David Raney’s RAGE; a huge, skinny like a rail, ULDB 70 footer.  However, the pleasant surprise was that second boat overall was Scott Campbell's beautiful new J/121 RIVA and his merry bandits from Portland, Oregon; chasing RAGE hard all night and all day long on Friday keeping them in sight most of the time (giving away 30+ feet of waterline, too)!

    The fleet enjoyed decent winds for most of the race and the hot angles were very much enjoyed by the J/121 RIVA. After rounding Cape Flattery at the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, RIVA and all other J/Teams sailed down to at least Clallam Bay on the USA side before making the “escape” across the Juan de Fuca Straits to the Canadian side to the north to play that shoreline into the finish at Victoria.

    After waiting a few hours for other boats to finish, Campbell’s J/121 RIVA crew were ecstatic to find out they had won the Oregon Offshore, both PHRF A1 Class and PHRF Overall! Their corrected time for the race was 40 hrs 9 min 31 secs, enough to win by over an hour on the second place team (a 4.825 kts average). Third in PHRF A1 Class was the J/42 VELOCITY skippered by Thomas Keffer.

    The Portland J/105 Fleet had a one-design start, producing a three-way battle between Dough Pihlaja’s ABSTRACT, Dennis Sibilla’s ESCAPE ARTIST, and of course, the trio on FREE BOWL OF SOUP (Doug Schenk, Eric Hopper, Matt Davis- their 6th time)! After the smoke and fog cleared on the race track, it was Pihlaja’s ABSTRACT that snagged PHRF A2/ J/105 Class honors, knocking off a three-time winner of the race- the “Soupers”- by over 2 hours. As a result, third was Sibilla’s ESCAPE ARTIST, just eight minutes behind the Soupers; indeed, it was a battle for the silver between those two boats to the very end.  ABSTRACT’s “big move” was to continue way offshore on starboard tack until late midday on Friday over 20 hours after the start. The initial leaders- the Souper’s and Escaper’s- both tacked away at 6pm on Thursday and both dueled going up the shore, tacking on shifts headed to Cape Flattery, the first major turning point. 33 hours into the race, ABSTRACT rounded Cape Flattery at 7pm, just before sunset, with neither of their competitors in sight, and they continued on their merry way to the class win.  Meanwhile, it was a complete “dust-up” behind them.  It was not until 10pm did the Escaper’s lead the Souper’s around Cape Flattery. In the ensuing gybing duel to the finish with their A2 spinnakers flying all night, it took the Souper’s until 7:30am on Saturday morning to pass the Escaper’s, leading their exhausted friends into the finish line.  Replay the entire race here to see how all the boats got around the race track.
    For more Oregon Offshore Race sailing information

    ENJOY 1.0 Wins Italy J/70 Cup Ancona
    (Ancona, Italy)- The second leg of the Italian J/70 Cup Series was hosted by Marina Dorica on the Adriatic Sea on Italy’s eastern shore, a third down the coastline from Venice (east of Florence, NNE of Rome and west of Split, Croatia). Forty-five boats from eleven nations (Cyprus, Finland, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland) enjoyed great sailing for the first two days of the regatta, with the last day getting blown out by 30+ knot winds.  Winning his first major regatta in the Italian J/70 Class was Carlo Tomelleri’s ENJOY 1.0 with crew of Alberto Taddei, Daniele De Luca and Umberto De Luca.

    Saturday’s most amazing comeback, with a mind-blowing 3-2-1 tally, was one of Italy’s most famous sailors- Alberto Rossi's ENFANT TERRIBLE- ADRIA FERRIES. They jumped eleven spots on the leaderboard in one day into the silver medal position!

    Needless to say, Alberto could not have been more pleased after starting off so slowly on the first day with a 21-13-11.  In short, his team of Alberto Bolzan, Bianca Crugnola, Branko Brcin, and Stefano Rizzi sailed better, faster, smarter every race!  Not a bad recipe for success!  Olympic Silver Medallist- the Slovenian Branko Brcin- was calling tactics for Alberto.

    Rossi commented, “It would have been nice to be able to compete in the last two races to arrive at a complete series of eight races and compete to the end.  We love to sail in strong winds like we saw today. But, the Committee's choice to cancel was the best choice. In any case, Ancona proved to be an excellent regatta field, and the organization of the event by Marina Dorica was once again excellent. As a participant, I congratulate all organizers both at sea and on land.  We have dispelled the myth that in the Adriatic there are not the right conditions to race!"

    Completing the podium was J-CURVE, sailed by Mauro Roversi, with Manuel Weiller on tactics, and crew of Carlo Fracassoli, Federica Salva and Manuel Modena. The balance of the top five included two more top Italian crews. Fourth was MAGIC DAS skippered by Alessandro Zampori and fifth place went to Francesco Farneti, with the Olympian from Marche Filippo Maria Baldassari on board.

    In the Corinthian rankings, it was Gianfranco Noè’s WHITEHAWK team (Emanuele Noe, Giuliano Chiandussi, Irene Giorgini, & Maurizio Planine) that took the crown.  They were followed by WHY NOT #SLAM sailed by Alessio Zucchi and the Russian team on M-SAILING- Andrey Malygin.  Italian J/70 Cup entry list  Italian J/70 Cup results   For more Italian J/70 Cup Ancona sailing information

    Fast & Furious Edlu Distance Race
    (Larchmont, NY)- Larchmont Yacht Club kicked off it summer offshore sailing season this past weekend with their famous “sprint”- the Edlu Race. First sailed in 1956, it has long been a classic tune-up race for the Block Island Race and Block Island Race Week. Following the race is their classic party, it is one of the “must-do” events on western Long Island Sound. In some respects, one could say it is the “race to the party” for most teams!

    The event has two courses for different types of sailors.  The Spinnaker course is 32.0nm from the Larchmont Breakwater to Gong 11B off Eaton's Neck and back. The Non-Spinnaker course is approximately 20.0nm.

    In the nine-boat IRC Class Len Sitar’s J/44 VAMP from Storm Trysail Club took fourth place.

    The top six of the PHRF Spinnaker 1 division was packed with J/teams.  Second was Bill & Jackie Baxter’s J/111 FIREBALL, fourth was John Greifzu’s J/109 GROWTH SPURT, fifth was Cory Eaves’ J/109 FREEDOM, and sixth was William Ingraham’s J/124 TENEBRAE.

    Winning the PHRF Spinnaker II division was “the kids” racing the J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN 324.  Third was the J/100 TEXAS ROSE sailed by William Komaroff.  Fifth and sixth were two J/88s; Paul Strauch’s ANDIAMO and Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION YCC.

    In the PHRF Spinnaker III 3 Division, Paul Zinger’s J/30 ZINGER snagged the bronze medal.

    The eight-boat PHRF Doublehanded Division was a J/Tour’de’force’ on the podium.  Winning was Abhijeet Lee’s J/111 VARUNA, followed in third place by Jon Yoder & Bill Gassman’s J/100 BLACKCOMB.

    The six-boat PHRF Plus-One Spinnaker I Division was won by Ron Richman’s J/133 ANTIDOTE, followed by Sarah & Josh Reisberg’s J/120 ABILYN in second.  Rounding out the top five were Arthur Hanlon’s J/112E DAUNTLESS in fourth and Steven Levy’s J/121 EAGLE in fifth position.

    The half-dozen boats sailing in PHRF Plus-One Spinnaker II Division saw Todd Aven’s famous J/92 THIN MAN take the silver, followed by Tim Mount’s J/97E VESPER elevating the bronze medal around their necks.

    The Edlu Short Course Racing Non-spinnaker division was the short, fast race.  In that sprint, Charles A. Taus’ J/33 SIRIUS took the bronze, followed Kurt Locher’s J/42 ATALANTA in fourth place.  Sailing photo credits- Howie McMichael  For more Larchmont YC Edlu Distance Race sailing information

    Lovely Singlehanded Farallones Race
    (San Francisco, CA)- It is not often that one can use the term “benign” or “lovely” when one thinks of sailing out past the Golden Gate Bridge, into the teeth of big Pacific storm swells that often break massively on the notorious “Potato Patch”, a giant shoal offshore or the Farallones “rocks”. However, the 2019 edition of the Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Singlehanded Farallones Race was in fact “lovely” and, as one sailor described it, “easily one of the most pleasant sails out and back that I can remember; even southeast Farallones Rock was looking benign!”

    Ex-J/92 racer Robert Johnston went on to say, “on the return inbound to San Francisco Bay, it was all about keeping the apparent wind on the beam. I wasn't sure I could do it in the 7-10 kts TWS we had coming back - sailing the rhumbline put TWA at least 150. I flew an old J/105 kite and was able to keep AWA at 100-120 and sail straight from the island back to the Gate. Of course, the lighter ULDBs cleaned up in that stuff.”

    In the PHRF Spin 5 Class, skipper of the J/105 VUJA STAR- Chris Kim- excitedly hopped onto the podium for the bronze, just 2 minutes shy on corrected time from taking the silver. Meanwhile, while Tracy Rogers’ J/120 HOKULANI took 4th and fellow 120 owner- Sean Mulvihill- placed 5th, just over 6 minutes back on corrected handicap time.  For more Singlehanded Farallones Race sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    The J/70 JEDI was doing its thing racing at The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s weekend series on Pittwater Bay, Sydney, Australia. Top speed 19.2 knots! Loving it!

    * The J/125 HAMACHI and her delivery crew had some fun taking their recent trip down the California coastline- lots of sun, wind, and big Pacific swell to surf along on.  Here is their drone video- check it out!

    They commented, “here is some Mavic Air drone video of our awesome 360 nm delivery down the California coast from Richmond YC to the California YC in Marina Del Rey. The video taken about 25 miles off of Morrow Bay in 18-20 kts of wind with Hamachi doing 14-16 kts of boat speed. Hamachi covered 240 nm in a 24 hour period between Point Sur and the Channel Islands. Make sure to watch this 4K video on a large screen!

    This was only the second time we've attempted to fly the drone from Hamachi. We were pretty excited to get it back on board, as you will see here, because we had no idea if we could in these conditions... Enjoy!”  https://youtu.be/shx0tMgh8IAAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

  • J/Newsletter- May 8th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    Starting off in New Zealand, we heard from our friends from way, way Down Under regards how their new J/88 was doing in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Club Marine Wednesday Night summer series. Racing takes place off the picturesque city of Auckland (current home of the America’s Cup) and sailing is held on the capricious Waitemata Harbour. Apparently, the J/88 took it to the locals and had a successful season!

    Heading east across the Pacific, we find the San Diego YC in San Diego, CA held their annual Yachting Cup for one-design fleets of J/70s, J/105s, and J/120s, as well as hosted PHRF handicap racing. Straight north in the northwest corner of America, the infamous Sloop Tavern YC of Seattle, WA held their wildly popular single/ doublehanded Race to the Straits event.  There were one-design classes for J/80s and J/105s, with a range of other J’s participating in about a dozen other PHRF handicap classes. Zipping across the continent to the east, the Annapolis YC held their annual Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta for one-design classes of J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/80s, J/105s, and J/111s- nearly 75% of the whole fleet!  Moving on up to the northeast, American YC held their second and final weekend of their annual AYC Spring Series for over 70 boats in nine separate classes– IRC/ PHRF handicap and one-design classes for J/44s, J/109s, J/88s, J/105s, J/70s, and J/80s- over 60% of the fleet on western Long Island Sound.

    As we do a fly-by of the Caribbean, we find the Caribbean Winter Circuit of insanely beautiful and wonderful sailing regattas has now come to a close with the completion of Antigua Sailing Week (yes, tears are welling up in everyone’s eyes for sure!) . Several J/teams participated and earned more silverware- two J/122s, a J/120, a J/11S, and J/30.

    Hopping across the Atlantic, we would have seen an RORC Cervantes Race fleet starting off Cowes, England and then criss-crossing the English Channel (La Manche) in ferocious weather conditions; a number of J/crews took a beating but savored their medals in the end- sailing were J/105s, J/109s, J/111s, and a J/133. Across the northern part of the English Channel and into the Baltic, the Kiel Sailing Club was hosting their first major offshore sailing event of the 2019 season- the MAIOR CUP Regatta sailed off Kiel, Germany for J/70s and J/80s and other handicap boats.  While still in Germany, but at the southern border in Starnberg, the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga (the German J/70 Sailing League) held their first event of the season for THIRTY-SIX teams sailing in the 1st and 2nd Leagues. To say sailing conditions were a bit fraught, ferocious, and fresh to frightening would be an understatement; try sailing in 36 deg F, blowing 20-30 kts, with extreme amounts of hail. Not!! But, they did! What were they thinking, one might ask? Down south in Spain, the Spanish J/80 fleet in Santander held their Cantabrian Championship, hosted by the Real Club Nautico Santander.

    Finally, in a much more sybaritic atmosphere, like Greece, in the Mediterranean, sunny, warm waters, warm winds, the J/24 class was hosting their 2019 European Championship in Patras, Greece on their southwestern shore— pretty place! Thirty-one J/24s enjoyed what was, essentially, a nice one-week vacation in paradise.

    Open House! See the NEW J/99 Offshore Speedster
    Newport - Houston - San Francisco!
    (Newport, RI)- Treat yourself to a visit to take a tour of the new boat that is taking over Europe by storm (50+ boats) and is turning heads everywhere it goes around the world! The new J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster will have an Open House on Saturday, June 1st at three different locations nationwide- Newport, RI / Houston (Seabrook), TX / San Francisco (Alameda), CA.

    If you wish to see the J/99 firsthand, please fill out the online webform here to get an invitation and more details.

    For more J/99 Shorthanded Offshore Speedster information

    PalmaVela Regatta Preview
    (Palma Mallorca, Spain)- The countdown begins for the first major offshore sailing event on the Mediterranean calendar. The 16th edition of Sail Racing PalmaVela begins on Thursday, with 124 teams from 23 countries. Organized by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, the regatta will be held from the 8th to 12th of May. Four days of pure racing action on the simply spectacular Bay of Palma will decide the winners; the forecast for sun, wind, clear skies looks no less amazing.

    A number of enthusiastic J/sailors will be participating from across Europe and the Mediterranean.  Perhaps, the most competitive class in the event will be the J/80s and it looks to be a latter day remake of the Spanish armada against the British main.  The Spanish teams include Dmitry Bishayev’s ROSHAMBO, Csaba Szentpetery’s ALOJA, Kristyn Gills’ NAUTIPAINTS, and Miquel Pujadas-Corro’s ATILA.  Showing up to this battle from Great Britain are COOPER RIGGING/ JOTAJUERGA and Andrew Cheetham’s CONFERMA/ NOW4.

    In the world of ORC handicap racing are at least four fleets. In ORC 2 Class will be Olivier Parchet & Andrey Kochnev’s French team on the J/122 NOISY OYSTER. In ORC 4 Class will be Scott Beattie’s British crew on the J/97E JUST THE JOB.  For more PalmaVela Regatta sailing information

    Palma SAILING Champions League- Qualifier I
    (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)- This weekend, the SAILING Champions League will kick off in Palma de Mallorca. It's the premiere for Club Nautic Arenal Mallorca as the host club with a fleet of a dozen J/70 one-design sailboats.  The racing promises to be simply spectacular, as they will be racing on the same Bay of Palma as the “big boat” PalmaVela Regatta.

    There will be twenty-seven teams from across Europe that will be racing in the unique “sailing league” format that was pioneered by the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga five years ago.  Teams that are sailing in the event include Austria (YC Hard), Denmark (Kongelig Dansk YC, Kalovig Badelaug, Frederikshavn Sejlklub), Finland (Nylandska Jaktklubben, Brando Seglare), France (Club de Voile Saint-Aubin Elbeuf, Club de Voile de Saint Quentin), Germany (Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Wurttembergischer YC), Italy (Aeronautica Militare, Societa Canottieri Garda Salo), Lithuania (RS280 Club, Gergo Vejo Klubas, Sailing Club Greitis), Netherlands (WV Almere Centraal, Jachtclub Scheveningen), Norway (Moss Seilforening), Portugal (Clube de Vela de Lagos), Russia (Leviathan Sailing Team), Slovenia (JK MIPC, PD Morska Vidra), Spain (Club Nautic de Arenal), Sweden (Goteborg Kungliga Segelsallskap), Switzerland (Societe Nautique Geneve, Club Nautique de Versoix), and the United Kingdom (Royal Thames YC).

    Like America’s recent very famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby with a $3.0 million dollar purse for the winner, “room at the mark" (or, fence) will be critical in such tight, hot racing action on 15-20 minutes double windward-leeward racing!  The handicappers at Ladbrokes UK will likely be trying to figure out which “horses” in this battle are going to qualify for the finale in September.  Based on past performance, there is no question these teams should be a factor at the top of the leaderboard:
    • Societe Nautique Geneve- Guillaume Girod, Nicolas Anklin, Benoit Lagneux
    • Moss Seilforening- Karl-Einar Jensen, Joern Erik Rudd, Paal Einar Berntsen, Roger Larsen
    • WV Almere Centraal- John den Engelsman, Rob van Burik, Rinse Ubbink, Willem Jan van Dort
    • Norddeutscher Regatta Verein- Florian Haufe, David Heitzig, Miklas Meyer, Dorian Heitzing
    • Club de Voile Saint-Aubin Elbeuf- Sylvian Escurat, Juliete Dubreuil, Clement Margueray, Emilien Polaert
    • KDY Royal Danish YC- Henrik Jensen, Henning Lambertsen, Niels Gramkow, Thomas Hartrig
    Watch this fun, entertaining 2019 SAILING Champions League promotional video here on YouTube.
    For more SAILING CHAMPIONS League sailing information

    RORC Vice Admirals Cup Preview
    (Cowes, England)- The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s annual Vice Admiral’s Cup Regatta is an event held in the Solent and is designed for class racing and closely-banded IRC Rating classes with a mixture of windward/leeward and random-leg round-the-cans races. The format is quite popular with J/sailors since there is a mix of different kinds of racing, enabling teams to test themselves in the different formats.

    In the Performance 40 Class of ten boats will be Chris Daniel’s J/122E JUNO, up against a cast of First 40s and King 40s.

    The six-boat J/111 Class has teams from Great Britain, Netherlands, and Switzerland.  Notable teams include Louise Makin & Chris Jones JOURNEYMAKER II, Simon Bamford’s KESTREL, Paul Griffiths’ JAGERBOMB, Tony Mack’s McFLY, Jan Van Berne’s RED HERRING and Joerg Sigg’s LALLEKONIG.

    The half-dozen J/109s include most of the top dogs in the U.K. class.  Those teams include Chris Preston’s JUBILEE, Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE, Phil Warwick’s JOLLY JACK TAR, David Richards’ JUMPING JELLYFISH, Rob Cotterill’s MOJO RISIN, and Mike Yates’ JAGO.

    The nine-boat J/70 class promises tight, close racing as the teams prepare for the J/70 World Championship that will be sailed in U.K. home waters off Torquay in the southwest country.  Some of those leading crews include Andrew Barraclough’s JENGA 8, Patrick Liardet’s COSMIC, Doug Struth’s DSP, and Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT. For more RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup sailing information

    Oregon Offshore Race Preview
    (Astoria, OR)- The 43rd Annual Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race, sponsored by Schooner Creek Boatworks, is scheduled to start on Thursday, May 9th, 2019.  This 193-mile race starts at Buoy 2 off the Columbia River entrance off Astoria, Oregon and finishes at the entrance to Victoria, British Columbia harbor in Canada.

    There are twenty participants participating in the event hosted by Corinthian YC Portland.  The entrants so far are the usual who’s who of the Portland sailing community, with some very welcome participants coming from out of the area.

    A top local boat includes Scott Campbell’s beautiful new RIVA, a state of the art J/121, crewed by the usual group of local rock stars.

    In addition to other local regulars, there is Phillip Wampold’s J/92 ZAFF RACING, the J/40 VELOCITY skippered by Thomas Keffer, and the Portland J/105 Fleet has a one-design start with three entrants (ABSTRACT, Dennis Sibilla’s ESCAPE ARTIST, and of course FREE BOWL OF SOUP (their 6th time!)!

    This year, in conjunction with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, the event is featuring the First Annual Cascadia Cup, which will award a trophy to the competitor with the lowest combined time in the Oregon Offshore and qualifying races of the Swiftsure event.  For more Oregon Offshore Race sailing information

    Edlu Distance Race Preview
    (Larchmont, NY)- This coming weekend marks the start of the summer offshore racing program for Larchmont Yacht Club.  The Edlu Race, first sailed in 1956, has long been a classic tune-up race for the around Block Island Race and Block Island Race Week. Followed by a classic party, it is one the “must-do” events on western Long Island Sound.

    The Spinnaker course is 32.0nm from the Larchmont Breakwater to Gong 11B off Eaton's Neck and back. The Non-Spinnaker course is approximately 20.0nm.

    The start times are set for slower boats to start first and enable everyone to get back to Larchmont YC in time for the “Sailors Welcome” with lots of camaraderie, hot dogs, chili, beer, dark‘n’stormies and live music!

    In the nine-boat IRC Class is Steven Levy’s J/121 EAGLE from Indian Harbor YC and Len Sitar’s J/44 VAMP from Storm Trysail Club.

    The eight-boat PHRF Doublehanded Division includes Jon Yoder & Bill Gassman’s J/100 BLACKCOMB from Larchmont YC, Josh Burack’s J/105 PEREGRINA from Huguenot YC, Abhijeet Lee’s J/111 VARUNA from New York YC, and Mike Greene’s J/35 LOBLOLLY from Cedar Point YC.

    At thirty-two boats, the PHRF Spinnaker Division is shaping up to be a battle by fourteen J/crews!  Participants include William Komaroff’s J/100 TEXAS ROSE, two J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN teams, Carl Olsson’s J/109 MORNING GLORY, Bill & Julie Baxter’s J/111 FIREBALL, Bill Ingraham’s J/124 TENEBRAE, Paul Zinger’s J/30 ZINGER, and Iris Vogel’s J/88 DEVIATION.

    The eleven-boat PHRF Plus-One Spinnaker Division includes Eric Bicknese’s J/105 BIG EZ, Arthur Hanlon’s J/112E DAUNTLESS, Sara & Josh Reisberg’s J/120 ABILYN, Todd Aven’s J/92 THIN MAN, and Tim Mount’s J/97E VESPER.

    Finally, in the Edlu Short Course PHRF Non-Spinnaker Class will be Kurt Locher’s J/42 ATALANTA from host Larchmont YC.  For more Larchmont YC Edlu Distance Race sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    May 9-12- SAILING Champions League- Palma Mallorca, Spain
    May 10-12- Grand Prix de St Cast- St Cast, France
    May 10-12- RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup- Cowes, England
    May 17-18- J/121 Spring Tune-Up- Newport, RI
    May 25- Spinnaker Cup Race- San Francisco, CA
    May 27- Coastal Cup Race- Monterey, CA
    May 30- Jun 2- Gran Prix Ecole de Navale- Brest, France
    May 30- SoCal 300 Race- San Diego, CA
    May 31- RORC North Sea Race- Cowes, England
    May 31- Jun 2- Southern Bay Race Week- Hampton, VA
    Jun 1- Delta Ditch Run- Richmond, CA
    Jun 1-2- Cal Race Week- Marina del Rey, CA
    Jun 1-2- Cedar Point One-Design Regatta- Cedar Point, CT
    Jun 1-2- Skyway Colors Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 7-9- Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 7-15- Rolex Giraglia Cup Regatta- St. Tropez, France
    Jun 8- Bermuda One-Two Race- Newport, RI
    Jun 8- Farallones Race- San Francisco, CA
    Jun 8-9- Lady Liberty Cup J/24 Regatta- New York Harbor, NY

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

    Shifty, Very Grey Annapolis NOOD Regatta
    (Annapolis, MD)- After three days of racing at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Annapolis, 190 teams endured light to moderate and shifty cool winds on the Chesapeake Bay and some grey skies and even drizzle for most of the regatta. It was not exactly what the recipe called for in this generally warm weather, sunny most times, regatta on the pretty Chesapeake Bay. J/Crews were out in abundance for this popular springtime event with one-design classes of J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/80s, J/105s, and J/111s enjoying well-run races on the Bay. Here is how it all went down off Naptown.

    Day One
    In the 18-boat J/105 fleet, one-design veteran Peter McChesney (Annapolis, MD) was leading the regatta before the fourth and final race of the day, but a sixth-place finish pushed him into second overall, 2 points behind Cedric Lewis and Fredrik Salvesen (Annapolis, MD). “I’ve sailed with most of my crew for 30 years,” said McChesney. “Some of us know each other from our time at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.”

    A professional sailmaker and longtime one-design sailor, McChesney has won J/105 titles at past Annapolis NOOD regattas, as well as a J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championship, J/22 North American Championship and J/70 Corinthian National Championship. McChesney looks to draw on his vast racing experience to get him to the top of the leaderboard.

    “We definitely left some points out there,” said McChesney. “But tomorrow, our goal will be to stay in the hunt, and if it’s close going into the last day, we’ll think about getting a little more aggressive with the boats close to us to make sure we come out on top.”

    In keeping with NOOD tradition, title sponsor Helly Hansen was sponsoring two youth teams for the event. One team was comprised of local high school sailors racing in the J/80 fleet and the other is in the 30-boat J/70 fleet. Emma Snead (Annapolis, MD) skippered her team to a solid 12th-place standing after four races in the J/70s.

    Doug and Amy Stryker’s J/30 TOTALED MAYHEM, of Annapolis, led their fleet after the first day of racing. “We were really happy with our first race,” said Snead. “We hadn’t practiced in the boat much because the conditions were either too light or too heavy when we tried. But I got a lot better at steering throughout the day, especially on the upwinds, which was a great feeling.”

    The team’s coach, Geoff Becker, was onboard to offer advice when needed. “It was great having him out there,” said Snead. “He’s a really good coach and knows a lot about the boats, so having him was really helpful.”

    Snead normally sails dinghy classes like the Club 420 and FJ for high school sailing and the larger national youth dinghy circuits. “I love one-design racing, no matter what class I’m sailing. If it wasn’t one-design, it would be a lot harder to get into sailing. Because the NOOD comes to Annapolis each year, I had the opportunity to hop on a new kind of boat with my friends and go do this amazing regatta right here in our home waters.”

    Peter Wagner, owner and helmsman of the J/111 SKELETON KEY, trailered his boat from San Francisco for his third Annapolis NOOD. “We’re starting to become regulars,” said Wagner, “but we love racing in Annapolis. It’s a lot different than the conditions we get back home on San Francisco Bay, so it keeps us sharp.”

    Like many of the J/111’s at the Annapolis NOOD, Wagner is using the regatta to prepare for the J/111 World Championship in Chicago in August (a light to medium air venue in the summer). “Our crew has been sailing together for a while, so everyone knows each other really well. It’s good to get the boat to different venues, especially because San Francisco is so windy.”

    Wagner used a conservative race strategy to accumulate a solid first day of results. “The key was getting off the starting line clean. We were able to get out to the left side of the course, which was the place to be most of the day, except that last race, when we managed to go from first to fifth on one windshift!”

    Day Two
    The competition was especially tight in the 23-boat J/22 fleet. After six races, J.R. Maxwell (Annapolis, MD) and Matt and Laurie Schubert (Annapolis, MD) were tied for first with 23 points apiece.

    “I’ve known Matt since our college sailing days,” said Maxwell. “He went to the Merchant Marine Academy and I went to Tufts, so it’s great mixing it up with him years later at the NOOD. Most of our college sailing buddies have kids now, so it's a little different than the old days, but the competition is just as fierce.”

    “J.R. is a phenomenal sailor,” said Schubert. “It’s really fun to be tied with him heading into the last day. There’s nine or ten boats that could win most races, so we’re really happy to be where we’re at.”

    With Sunday’s forecast calling for stronger winds, there’s still plenty of racing left and Todd Hiller (Youngstown, NY) currently lurking in third place, 2 points from the top spot. “It could get sporty tomorrow,” said Schubert. “I think most of the competitors will sail their own race, but if J.R. decides to come after me, I’ll be ready for the challenge.”

    On the J/80 course, tactician John Bartlett (Annapolis, MD) was racing with longtime friend, John White, who led the 23-boat fleet after six races. “The Chesapeake Bay is really localized with breeze like this,” Bartlett said. “Sometimes you’re lucky when you’re in the right spot, and sometimes things get really tough.”

    Bartlett has been calling tactics for White since the 1980s, and their friendship reaches far beyond the race course. “John is a great sailor,” Bartlett said. “His preparation is top-shelf, and he’s really good at making the boat go fast, so we always have a chance.”

    Though White led his class heading into the final day, he’ll have to keep tabs on Trudy Murphy (Toronto, Ont) who catapulted herself into second place with three race wins today. “They’ve been sailing really well,” said Bartlett. “Trudy is getting off the starting line and staying clean up the course. They’ve beaten us in four out of six races, so we’ll have our hands full with them tomorrow.”

    The Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta’s North Sails Rally, a one-day, one-race affair for the area’s cruiser/racers, started near the entrance of Annapolis Harbor. Sailors enjoyed a multi-leg course out to the middle of the bay and back. With light winds and strong currents, the race course, although short, required acute attention to the bay’s subtle and changeable conditions.

    Dan Leonard’s J/100 FLASHPOINT won the spinnaker division easily, and in the non-spinnaker fleet, Nicholas Iliff’s J/105 MUSKRAT made quick work of the race course. Iliff’s J/105, which he’s owned since 1994, is a modified version of the popular 34-foot one-design. MUSKRAT has a deeper keel and a carbon-fiber mast than the standard J/105, and the crew prefers lighter winds.

    “If it’s not too breezy, we are good,” says Iliff, who credits his crew with turning in a perfect performance, particularly his brother Tony, who trims the mainsail. “Today, we saw 10 knots, which is about the maximum breeze we like before the boat gets tender. It was a perfect day for us.”

    MUSKRAT had a clean start and maintained a comfortable lead for most of the race, but when the wind went light near the finish, Iliff says there was a touch of concern onboard as trailing boats closed distance.

    “It was a straight-forward race, with a close reach each way, but today, we had a bit more current than we normally do. On the way back, we had to take a tack downwind, which forced us into a bit of a hole.”

    With patience, Iliff and his teammates persevered for the win in what he says is a casual start to their racing season, “It was nice, easy and straightforward, so it was just a matter of good sail trim and going fast.”
    Day Three
    Top J/80 class skipper John White (Annapolis, MD) won three of eight races over three days, finishing the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta weekend series 21-points ahead of runner-up Daniel Wittig’s TURBO SLOTH.

    It was in impressive performance given the team hadn’t sailed together since October 2018 and White’s USA 1162 never finished worse than fourth place in the 23-boat fleet. White attributed his win to the collective skill of his crew, which included his son Kevin on the bow, trimmer and team boss Debbie Gosselin in the middle, and Jonathan Bartlett as tactician.

    “Jonathan was on fire this weekend and had us going the right way all the time,” White said. “We had the best boathandling of any boat out there. I would get us in trouble early on and they’d get me out of trouble. The boats are shockingly close in speed, and this weekend it was current and windshifts that made a difference, as well as going fast in a straight line.”

    As winner of his class, White was chosen as the Annapolis Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta’s Caribbean Challenger. He sailed in the British Virgin Islands 10 years ago, and says he won’t need much convincing to go and represent the Annapolis Yacht Club in October. Rounding out the podium in third place was the Canadians, Trudy Murphy on her aptly named FEISTY; she was tough and, unfortunately, did not have her “mojo” going on the last day, dropping down a spot after a 4-8 tally.

    For Bruce Golison (Long Beach, CA), winning the J/70 fleet was a small step on the road to a larger goal. “I’m 62-years-old and still looking to win my first world championship,” said Golison. In a class defined by boatspeed, Golison and crew have spent the past three years honing their skills in the hottest one-design fleet in the country.

    “We really had to keep our heads out of the boat this weekend,” said Golison. “It was shifty out there, and on our course, we couldn’t get much current relief by going to a side. We stuck to the middle most of the time and used our speed to get us out of tough situations.”

    As an experienced sailor from Southern California, Golison keeps his J/70 on the East Coast to take advantage of larger fleet sizes, but he plans to take it back to California for the summer to prepare for the world championships in Los Angeles next year. “I hope I have it in me,” said Golison. “There’s not many sports that you can still be competitive at 62, but we have great focus on our team and we’re all putting in the work. We really want this.”

    Behind Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS on the podium, it was Travis Odenbach’s HONEYBADGER taking the silver, while Ryan McKillen’s SURGE grabbed the bronze.

    For Matt Schubert’s BAYHEAD (Annapolis, MD) in the 23-boat J/22 fleet, 4 points separated him and former college rival J.R. Maxwell’s SCOOBY (Annapolis, MD) heading into the final race. In the end, Schubert came out on top. “A bunch of people were in the mix,” said Schubert. “It seemed like a lot of them were so fixated on getting out of the current that they missed a few windshifts, so we did a good job of staying in phase and keeping in the pressure.”

    Maxwell had been putting pressure on Schubert the entire series, and continued to do so to the end. “When we rounded the last mark heading up to the finish we knew we had it locked up,” said Schubert. “There was a big gap between us and the third-place boat, so we took a breath and pushed on to the finish. J.R tried to tack on top of us and steal our wind a few times, but we it wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle.”

    Rounding out the podium seven points behind was Todd Hiller’s ESCAPE from Annapolis, MD.

    James Sagerholm (Annapolis, MD) sailed his boat, AUNT JEAN, to five race wins in the four-boat J/35 fleet. “It was a lot closer than it looks on paper,” said Sagerholm. “We won a few of those races by less than a foot.”

    A veteran of the J/35 class, Sagerholm has been racing his boat since 1985. His accomplishments include wins at many past Annapolis NOOD regattas and the J/35 North American Championships. “It’s great having this event come into town every year. There’s a bunch of J/35s in the area, so this is a good chance for us to get out and race.”

    Behind the five-time winner in second was Roger Lant’s ABIENTOT, the only other boat to win a race off AUNT JEAN! Third place with nearly all podium finishes was Bruce Artman’s T-BONE.

    In the J/105 fleet, Peter McChesney (Annapolis, MD) closed out the regatta with a first and a second to take the championship. “We sailed clean, played the shifts, and had an overall conservative last day,” said McChesney. “We didn’t do anything fancy. Our goal was to get two solid scores to finish it.”

    The victory marks a reunion for McChesney’s crewmates, who sailed with each other for more years than they would like to admit.

    “It means a lot to us to be able to come here and perform at the NOOD,” he said. “We had a lot of fun both on and off the water, and the conditions offered plenty of challenges. Our strategy was to stay out of trouble and start in the middle of the line. We have good boatspeed so we never had to do anything crazy to be in the mix. Once we started the last race clean, we knew we were going to win.”

    Behind McChesney’s DOG HOUSE crew was Cedric Lewis & Fredrik Salvesen’s MIRAGE in second and Hugh Bethell’s JESTER in third position.

    Winning the J/24 class of nine-boats for the “umpteenth” time was Tony Parker’s BANGOR PACKET. A regular on the J/24 circuit since 1978 (40+ years!), no one is going to teach ever popular “wiseman of the sea” Parker any new tricks! In fact, he’s often dispensing wisdom to the younger members of the class. Behind BANGOR PACKET, it was a hard fought battle for the silver that was, ultimately, determined on a tie-breaker at 27 pts each. In the end, it was Pete Kassal’s SPACEMAN SPIFF winning the countback over James Bonham’s SISU.

    Continuing to extend their lead in the 13-boat J/30 class after the first two days was Doug and Amy Stryker’s TOTALED MAYHEM, closing the regatta with an emphatic scoreline of 1-1 to win by 6 pts. Taking the silver was Bob Rutsch and Mike Costello’s BEPOP, a past winner of the regatta.  And, collecting the bronze was Bruce Irvin’s SHAMROCK another six points back.

    The J/111 class has near-parity on boat speed for most of the eight-boat fleet, and that dynamic showed in the results.  Even though they were leading for the first two days, Peter Wagner’s San Francisco team on SKELETON KEY had to continuously recover from being down in the fleet, aggressively tacking and gybing on shifts to claw their way back to the top of the standings.  Finishes in this class often had two or more boats overlapped crossing the finish line.  In the end, SKELETON KEY reveled in the breezier conditions on the last day and posted a 1-1 to win the class with 14 pts total.  Consistently chasing them hard was Rob Ruhlman’s SPACEMAN SPIFF, a family crew from Cleveland, OH.  They, too, loved the breezier finale, posting a 2-2 to take the silver.  The podium was rounded out by a local Annapolis team that is often at the top of the leaderboard- Jim Connelly’s SLUSH FUND.  Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images.  For more Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta sailing information

    Stormy German J/70 Sailing League- Act I
    (Starnberg, Germany)- The 2019 Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga started off its season in Starnberg, Germany, on a beautiful Alpine mountain lake in the southern part of the country- the Starnberger See. Thirty-six sailing clubs from across the country participated in somewhat hellish sailing conditions from May 3rd to May 5th. The fleet showed their fighting spirit, having to stave off cold, wet weather (2.0 deg C/ 35 F!) and extreme hailstorms.

    Winning the 1st Bundesliga Division was the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee (VSaW) from Berlin and winning the 2nd League was the Blankeneser Segel-Club (BSC) from Hamburg.

    "It was hard! The cold, the hail, and the storm- these were three really exhausting days, because staying power was needed! We are all the more proud, of course, to be able to win the first match of the season! That's what we hope to do again at the next event in Konstanz,” says Jasper Wagner, helmsman of VSaW. Sailing with him as his crew were Felix Bergmann, Elias Rothe and Max Salzwedel.

    After a very close fight to the last race of the event, the Chiemsee Yacht Club and the Bavarian Yacht Club took 2nd and 3rd on the podium, respectively.

    "It was an exciting battle! We trained relatively little, but we improved a lot over the four days and gave it everything we could!,” said the helmsman from Lake Chiemsee, Leopold Fricke.  His team included Moritz Fricke, Lorenz Huber and Simon Tripp.

    In the 2nd Bundesliga Division, the team from Blankeneser Segel-Club prevailed against tough competition. Their winning crew consisted of Claas Lehmann, Florian Dzsiesiaty, Justus Kellner and Valentin Zeller. Second place went to the Hamburg Segel-Club with the only all-women’s crew in event, and then taking third place was the Potsdam Yacht Club.

    In two weeks (May 17 to 19, 2018), the next event of the 1st and 2nd sailing Bundesliga will take place on Lake Constance, hosted by the Konstanzer Yacht Club.  Watch exciting sailing highlights of the Starnberg J/70 event here  For more Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga sailing information

    Cold, Windy MAIOR Cup Regatta
    (Kiel, Germany)- Hosted by Kieler YC in Kiel-Schilksee, Germany, the MAIOR CUP Regatta took place from May 3rd to 5th in similar cold, wet, windy sailing conditions as did the Bundesliga down in southern Germany. The one-design fleets of J/70s and J/80s were participating in their first major regatta of the season and they were certainly put to the test, straining both boats and humans to the brink of exhaustion.

    Day One- Cold, Wet & Wild
    On the first day, it was cold in the Kiel Fjord and it blew hard- 20 to 25 kts all day with big seas. As the offshore crews struggled on the long haul outside course, the J/70 and J/80 classes fought close to land.

    "Turning right in front of the harbor entrance was quite unusual," said J/80 skipper Martin Menzner. “As a result, we were so far inside, we had smoother water than the guys outside.”

    After three races, Menzner’s PIKE crew had a 1-2-1 to be one point ahead of Arne Wilcken’s DIVA. Menzner joked, “Arne is the reason why I've exchanged half of my crew for this year! Thank goodness for my new crew members- Lars Keilwitz and Hannes Renzsch- they worked well with me and our other crew- Nils Berltermann!”

    In the J/70 class, Charlotte Braun-Dullaeus’ crew on JINTO (Tobias Strenge, Florian Herrmann, Terje Klockemann) sailed fast and furious, winning the first race and ending the day with a 3-2 to lead the regatta by a point.  Just behind her was Gerd Knospe’s SANNA R in second and Hauke Thilow’s GER 1079 in third.

    Day Two- More Demanding Conditions
    Although the wind had slowed slightly compared to the start on Friday, the wind was shiftier and puffier, more extreme in fact. Again, the J/70s and J/80s had their course tucked in close to land in flatter water, but the puffs were more extreme!

    “Of course, it was important to be in the right place at the right time," said Nils Beltermann, a crewman on Menzner’s PIKE. "We have done well today and are leading, but only by three points!  Our friend DIVA is fast and does not give up!”

    In the J/70 class, Charlotte Braun-Dullaeus drove JINTO fast and on to the top of the leaderboard with a strong series of races for the day- a 1-4-2-1-2. She displaced the Berlin crew on SANNA R, dropping them into second.  The big move of the day was Tania Tammling’s all-women crew from Hamburg that sailed ALBIS into third place by the end of the day with a blazing hot 4-2-3-2! Her crew consisted of Kristin Mertner, Carlotta Meewes, Ragna Thonnessen, and Franziska Wilckens.

    Day 3- Blessed Sun Shines
    Sunday provided the perfect atmosphere for the final day of the regatta; sun, moderate breeze, clear skies, and much warmer temperatures. Smiles all around the docks as people hopped aboard their boats for just two more races to complete the regatta.

    "It was very tricky on Sunday," said J/80 class winning skipper Martin Menzner. “We are thankful that we had three very good days of sailing, we sailed well, no dramas, and finished well. My new team was good all-around!“  Taking second in the J/80s was Arne Wilcken’s DIVA and third was Hauke Kruss’ TAK FOR TUREN.

    There was a lot of drama in the J/70 class.  Having scored four 1sts in the first eight races, it was anyone’s guess that Knospe’s SANNA R crew could repeat those performances on the final day. In the first race, SANNA R did just that, winning it while JINTO took third, closing to within one point of Charlotte’s team.  However, in the last race, Charlotte sailed fast, stayed out of trouble, and scored a deuce, while SANNA R finished right behind them. As a result, Charlotte and her crew on JINTO jumped for joy, breathing a sigh of relief as they won the regatta with 17 pts net. Knospe’s SANNA R took second with 19 pts net and Tammling’s all-women team on ALBIS took the bronze (also winning the Helga Cup Special Award for best women’s team).

    "That was very exciting and close. We actually had a plan to decide what we would do in the penultimate race, but that did not work," said JINTO’s skipper Charlotte Braun-Dullaeus. "Our advantage was that we sailed very consistently, even on Sunday, which was probably the most demanding sailing day. It was really hard to judge some things, especially crossing situations upwind. We’re happy to win and thank my amazing crew!”  Watch a nice sailing highlights video of the MAIOR CUP Regatta here  For more MAIOR CUP Regatta sailing information

    Pretty, Challenging Race to the Straits
    (Seattle, WA)- “This past weekend’s Sloop Tavern YC “Race to the Straits” was yet another not-to-be missed event- it is all singlehanded or doublehanded teams. Saturday’s leg to Port Townsend was a light wind, current-plagued challenge, with a lot of did not finishes. Sunday’s leg back was with plenty of breeze from the north, spinnakers flying and smiles all around,” said Kurt Hoehne from Sailish.com.

    “Of all the great aspects of this race,” continued Hoehne, ”my favorite is that it draws a whole lot of boats that “don’t” race out to race. There are couples, dogs, kids, cruisers and sails of every imaginable and unimaginable condition. Win or lose, it always appears to be a good time. And, with the staggered start (figuring handicaps into the start time) it seems to make the whole thing about results more palatable. It is what racing should be. On Saturday, it was a day for concentration and a lot of tacks. One skipper estimated he did 60 tacks! On Sunday, the boats with big spinnakers and long waterlines reveled.”

    A number of J/Teams love doing this event since it is so, sooo laid back. Winning the PHRF Class 4 Singlehanded Flying Sails Division was the J/35 GREAT WHITE sailed by Dan Wierman. Meanwhile, Kevin Callahan’s J/80 NAMASTE took third despite having to take a DNF in Saturday’s race. In PHRF Class 6 Doublehanded division, Scott Galbraith’s J/24 FLYER took fourth. Ulg Georg Gwildis’ J/30 IMPULSIVE also took a fourth in PHRF 8 Class. The two J/27s in PHRF 9 Class both podiumed, Dennis Clark’s LXIII getting silver while Leo Morales’ WIZARD took the bronze.

    In the J/80 one-design class, seven doublehanded teams started but not many finished due to the light airs on Saturday.  Ultimately, David Schutte’s TAJ MAHAL won, followed by Morris Lowitz’s UPROAR in second and Lek Dimarucot’s UNDERDOG in third.

    Christine Nelson’s J/29 SLICK sailed fast, narrowly missing the PHRF 11 Doublehanded Class win by just six minutes after 12 hours of sailing time!  She took the silver quite comfortably.

    The six-boat J/105 doublehanded class always has pretty close racing, even on the point-to-point events.  This time, it was John Aitchison’s MOOSE UNKNOWN that took class honors, followed by Matthew Gardner-Brown’s DULCINEA in second and Sara Billey’s PEER GYNET in third.

    J/crews smoked the PHRF 15 Doublehanded class.  Winning was Kirk Fraser’s J/109 ECLIPSE, with Tad Fairbank’s J/100 SELAH in second, Tyson Varosyan’s J/35 SOLUTION in third, Stu Burnell’s J/109 TANTIVY in fourth, and Tolga Cezik’s J/109 LODOS in seventh.

    Finally, in PHRF 16 Doublehanded class it was Chris & Justin Wolfe’s J/120 SHEARWATER that placed 2nd while the Hinze/ Butler duo on the J/120 HINZITE took fourth position.   Sailing photo credits- Jan Anderson/ Janpix  Follow the Sloop Tavern YC’s sailing events on Facebook here  For more Sloop Tavern YC sailing information

    Grueling RORC Cervantes Trophy Race
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Cervantes Trophy Race provided a challenging start to the European season for the RORC Season's Points Championship. A bitter northerly wind, with squalls gusting over 30 knots, produced a challenging race for the impressive fleet of 108 boats. Starting from the Squadron Line, the fleet headed east out of the Solent passing No Man's Land Fort and into the open waters of the English Channel. After passing south of the Nab Channel, the fleet headed east, blast reaching to Owers, followed by an upwind leg to Littlehampton Outfall. Cracking sheets and hoisting downwind sails, the fleet headed south for a 77 mile dead-run across the English Channel. An energy sapping upwind leg of over 20 miles, from Cussy Buoy to the A5 Buoy, further tested the fleet, before a downwind section to the finish.

    The eighteen-boat IRC 2 Class features saw the famous J/133 PINTIA sail yet another strong race.  The duo of Gilles Fournier and Corinne Migraine has won the Cervantes Race several times in the past, both in class as well as fleet overall.  This time, they settled for the silver, missing the class win by just 20 minutes.  Then, Patrice Vidon’s French team on J4F finished just 30 minutes on corrected behind PINTIA to take the bronze!

    In the very large thirty-six boats IRC 4 Class, Robert Nelson’s J/105 BIGFOOT held on to take eighth place, not bad for their doublehanded efforts. In fact, in the IRC Doublehanded Class of 35 boats, BIGFOOT placed sixth.  Sailing photo credits- Rick Tomlinson / Paul Wyeth.  For more RORC Cervantes Trophy sailing information

    Spirited Yachting Cup Regatta
    (San Diego, CA)- There were plenty of high-fives, handshakes and celebratory cheers back on the docks after the final day of the San Diego Yacht Club’s Yachting Cup. Congratulations were exchanged and camaraderie was shared by all.

    The Yachting Cup perpetual trophy for the J/120 class is covered with winning plaques over the years for Chuck Nichol’s CC RIDER and John Laun’s CAPER. So, it was no surprise to see SDYC Staff Commodore’s John Laun and Chuck Nichols back at the top of the standings battling for another tally on the trophy. This year it was CAPER’s turn, as they won the first three races on their way to the win. Taking third was Ernie Pennell’s MAD MEN.

    “It was a lot of fun. We were able to get good breeze both days up to 11 and 12 knots. We were in the Far Ocean course. It was very shifty and challenging at times, but it worked out well. We’re lucky to come out first in our class,” said Bill Campbell, tactician on CAPER.

    “The first race yesterday [Saturday] stood out to us the most. We got on the water, hit our stride early on, and Bill and John nailed the start. We extended our lead the whole race, and it was really fun,” added Alli Bell, trimmer on CAPER.

    SDYC relies heavily on the local J/105 class to support its signature fall regattas, the International Masters and Lipton Cup regattas. Many of the J/105s used to run those events competed in this year’s Yachting Cup with fleet captain Stewart Cannon’s J-OK finishing on top while winning the final three races of the weekend.  Second was the duo of Driscoll & Hurlburt on the bright orange JUICED and third was Steve & Lucy Howell’s BLINK.

    Jeff Janov’s J/70 MINOR TRHEAT used wins in the last two races to take the class win over Tony Collins’ FLY in a competitive seven race series for the J/70s.  Third was Steve Wyman’s NUNUHUNU, fourth Bruce Cooper’s USA 32 and fifth Kim Kundrak’s USA 206 (she was also the Corinthian division winner).

    David Boatner’s J/35 RIVAL, who was an overall winner at the 2016 Yachting Cup, narrowly won the PHRF C Class with four bullets and two deuces for 8 pts net.  Sailing Photo credits- Mark Albertazzi   For more Yachting Cup San Diego sailing information

    LA SUPERBA Crowned J/24 European Champion!
    (Patras, Greece)- This coming week the Sailing Club of Patras will be hosting 175+ sailors and thirty-five crews from all around Europe for the 2019 J/24 European Championship. Participating teams come from Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and Italy.

    Day 1- Spectacular Windy Day
    Thirty J/24s vied in three races in winds of 15-25 knots to open to 2019 J/24 European Championship, hosted by the Sailing Club of Patras in Greece. Four different nations comprise the top four: Stefan Karsunke’s SCHWERE JUNGS of Germany (5 points), Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA of Italy (8 points), Miklos Rauschenberger’s EL NINO of Hungary and Anthimos Nikolaidis’ EVNIKI of Greece (17 points).

    Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA opened the Championship successfully as the breeze started in the mid-teens. Karsunke’s SCHWERE JUNGS and Rauschenberger’s El Nino followed. Nikolaidis’ EVNIKI won race two when the winds began piping up, and both Karsunke and Bonanno kept their claim at the front end of the fleet. Karsunke capped a nearly perfect day with a bullet, ahead of Panagiotis Kampouridis’ JMania and Alexandros Tagaropoulos’ HELLENIC POLICE in Tuesday’s last race.

    Day 2- A Pretty Day on The Med
    Six races have been accomplished at the J/24 European Championship, hosted by the Sailing Club of Patras in Greece. Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA of Italy has jumped into first place. With scores of 3,2,3 on Wednesday, and factoring in the discard race (a fourth for them), LA SUPERBA tallies just 12 net points. Anthimos Nikolaidis’ EVNIKI of Greece moved up a spot to second overall (17 points), and fellow countryman Alexandros Tagaropoulos’ HELLENIC POLICE can now be found in third (25 points).

    Winds began at 5-8 knots under blue skies and increased to 10-12 by day’s end for the 30 J/24s.

    Nikolaidis rattled off two bullets in the first two races on Wednesday, shadowed initially by Tagaropoulos and Bonanno, and then again by Bonanno and Dave Hale’s CACOON of Great Britain. Two German teams rocked the day’s final and windiest battle: Lynn Wolgast’s DERBE KERLE and Thomas Cramer’s Jux and Dollerei. Bonanno placed third.

    Day 3- More Breeze, More Sun!
    In nine of 10 scheduled races at the J/24 European Championship, Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA consistently placed in the top four. Factoring in one discard for the Series, that leaves the Italian team as European Champions for the second time (they also won in 2012 in their home country), with one race to spare. Retaining scores of only firsts, seconds and thirds, LA SUPERBA scored just 18 pts net!

    Teams battling for the balance of the podium are over 18 points in arrears. Those teams include Anthimos Nikolaidis’ EVNIKI, Alexandros Tagaropoulos’ HELLENIC POLICE, Panagiotis Kampouridis’ J-MANIA and Stefan Karsunke’s SCHWERE JUNGS. The other thirty J/24s conclude racing Friday, with just one race scheduled.

    The top Women’s European Champion contender is Lynn Wolgast’s German all-women crew from the Muhlenberger Segel-Club sailing on DERBE KERLE; she sits in 9th place with 70 pts net.

    Conditions were perfect again on Thursday, with breeze at 10-15 knots, sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA notched their second bullet of the series to start the day, tailed by two German teams— Stephan Mais’ RUNNINGMEN and Karsunke’s SCHWERE JUNGS. Kampouridis’ J-MANIA of Greece snagged the win in the day’s middle battle, while Bonanno settled for second and Nikolaidis’ EVNIKI third. Then Kampouridis’ J-MANIA went back-to-back with another victory, ahead of Karsunke and Bonanno. Sailing photo credits: Batistatos Spyros/ Chris Howell   Follow the J/24 European Championship on Facebook here  For more J/24 European Championship sailing information

    MERCURY Wins J/80 Cantabrian Championship
    (Santander, Spain)- The Real Club Nautico Santander hosted the 2019 Cantabrian J/80 Championship off their beautiful northern shores of Spain.  There was two great days of sailing in the fabulously beautiful Sardinero Bay. On Saturday it blew from the northwest (300 deg) about 10 knots with a very flat sea. Sunday dawned with a fresh easterly wind with even flatter waters (since it was blowing offshore) and the wind never dropped below 18 kts!

    Many of the famous Spanish J/80 champion sailors were in attendance, such as multiple World Champion- Pichu Torcida.

    After a closely fought six-race series where the top five boats were only separated by six points in the end, it was Jaime Piris’ MERCURY that was declared the Cantabrian J/80 Champion with a total of 12 pts net. Taking second was none other than Ignacio Camino, himself a J/80 World Champion. Then, third was CASTELAR BUILDING, owned by Daniel de la Pedraia, and skippered by Diego Botin (yes, a member of that famous sailing family that is Botin Naval Architects).  Rounding out the top five was Angel Herrerias in fourth and yet another J/80 World Chammpion in 5th place- Jose Maria “Pichu” Torcida.

    Julia Casanueva’s CENTRAL OPTICA, with Eva Gonzalez at the helm, were the Women Champions (they finished 10th overall in the Open Division).  For more J/80 Cantabrian Championship sailing information

    Blustery American YC Spring Series Finale
    (Rye, NY)- The second and final weekend of the 40th Annual American Yacht Club Spring Series Regatta concluded this past weekend in the same way it started on April 27-28; with challenging weather that included little wind on Saturday and heavy rain and 30 kt gusts on Sunday.

    However, this didn’t prevent excellent performances, as determined sailors on over 70 boats in nine separate boat classes – IRC, PHRF, J/44, J/109, J/88, J/105, J/70, and J/80- toughed it out and got in good racing on western Long Island Sound.

    With two races on Sunday, Mike Bruno’s WINGS placed first in the J/88 division and continued building on a hot streak that dates back to January with a win at the J/88 Midwinter Championship in St. Petersburg, FL. Elizabeth Barry’s team on ESCAPE had sailed strongly the previous weekend, but had a rough time in the rough weather and her 4th place finish in her last race dropped her into a tie with WINGS with 6 pts each, but lost the tie-breaker on most 1sts.  Taking third was Kevin Marks’ VELOCITY.

    WINGS skipper Mike Bruno commented, “it was pretty brutal, rain, low 50s air temp, 44 degree water temp, gusting to 25 kts plus or more in the last race was tough on everyone. One of our competitors pulled their jib cars off the deck, and the Canadians just called it a day, not surprised. We were happy, grateful, to get around the track in the last race to win and also get the series win.”

    In the J/109 Class, Rosow’s LOKI continued their dominating performance, posting a 2nd on the last day to win with just 4 pts net!  By winning the last race, John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT leapt into the silver spot, while Robert Schwartz’s NORDLYS placed 4th in the finale to drop into third place. .

    Continuing their amazing string of 2nds was Paul Beaudin’s J/105 LOU LOU. With yet another two 2nds, LOU LOU won with just 7 pts net. John Koten’s GRAY MATTER posted a 6-1 to jump up the leaderboard to grab the silver medal.  Meanwhile, “the kids” on YOUNG AMERICAN dropped off the pace, posting an 11-3 to fall to fifth in the challenging conditions.  Then, David Greenhouse’s SKIPPERDEE had an outstanding day with a 3-4 to grab the bronze position.  Rounding out the top five was David Willis’ SOLUTION in 4th and YOUNG AMERICAN 5th.

    In the J/70s, Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA barely held on to their lead to win by a point.  It was the hard-charging duo of Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK that posted double bullets to nearly pull off a surprise win on Sunday.  Third was J-RHINO.

    The East Course saw Commodore Ketcham maintain their lead in the J/44 fleet to take the class win with 8 pts net. Reveling in the rough conditions was Don & Dick Rave’s RESOLUTE, firing on all cylinders to post a 1-2-1 scoreline Sunday and grab the silver. Just behind them was Len Sitar’s VAMP in third position.

    In the PHRF Racing division, Scott Devine’s brand new J/112E REVIVER closed with a smoking hot 2-2 as they prepared for their summer season of racing.  Meanwhile, Ron Richman’s J/133 ANTIDOTE closed the regatta in fourth place. Finally, in the PHRF Plus One division, Steven Levy’s J/121 EAGLE took second place.  For more American YC Spring Series sailing information

    Gorgeous Antigua Sailing Week
    J/122 Wins Winter Circuit, J/11S Crushes Class
    (English Harbour, Antigua)- The 52nd edition of Antigua Sailing Week will be remembered for a cocktail of superb sailing, thrilling racing and a great party atmosphere ashore. Teams from 21 different countries from all over the world chose Antigua Sailing Week as their destination. The trade winds blew for all six days of racing; mixed in with tropical heat and a rollercoaster ride of Caribbean swell, Antigua delivered world class sailing. Racing was incredibly close with the majority of the classes enjoying thrilling competition. New marks introduced provided the opportunity for longer coastal courses, allowing the boats to stretch their legs and take in the beautiful west and rugged east coasts of Antigua. The introduction of new top and bottom marks on the Windward Course allowed for better windward-leeward race tracks, testing the technical abilities of the international fleet.

    In CSA Racing 4 Class, Pamala Baldwin’s Antiguan J/122 LIQUID continued their epic performance through the course of the winter season, closing their 2019 Caribbean Winter Series in 1st place and taking second place in Antigua; she also won the CSA Travellers’ Trophy! The Peruvian crew on the J/122 INKA TEAM, skippered by Diego Aguirre, closed the regatta strongly, posting a 2-4-3 in the last three races to finish in 4th place.

    CSA Racing 5 Class featured close racing with races won or lost by seconds. But, it was Jonty and Vicki Layfield’s Antiguan J/11s SLEEPER that battled to a class win with six 1sts and two 2nds to win by a large margin.  SLEEP not only won the Governor General’s Cup, but also awarded Best Caribbean and Best Antiguan Yacht!

    “It’s been brilliant, with so much wind!” commented SLEEPER’s Vicki Layfield. “The team has sailed together for years and this week we have performed well. Young Shannoy Malone has been sailing with us for five years and he is only 11, but really contributes to how the boat sails.”

    Jonty said; "We are very pleased as we had stiff competition from Sir Richard Mathew’s boat Holding Pattern that included some very good professional sailors, including Saskia Clark and Andy Green. The wind conditions all week were in the high teens and with the single rudder she really performs well. We also won ‘best Caribbean boat’ and the ‘Royal Southern Challenge Cup’, beating Scarlet Oyster, which is no mean feat. We were the best J/Boat beating two J/122s, a J/120, a J/145, and J/30. Also, we just missed out on winning the coveted Lord Nelson Trophy by a fraction of a point to Sojana, so this means that we were second overall out of 50 odd boats in Sailing Week."

    Ben Jelic’s J/120 JAGUAR also closed nicely, posting a 3-3-2 in the final three races to snag the fourth spot, just two points shy of the podium!

    Finally, in CSA Racing 6 Class, Tanner Jones on the J/30 BLUE PETER/ CARIBBEAN ALLIANCE INSURANCE also sailed well in the closing races to place 5th.  For more Antigua Sailing Week sailing information

    J/88 JUNIPER Wins New Zealand Offshore Series
    (Auckland, New Zealand)- From New Zealand's stunning Auckland Waitemata Harbour comes some great news, the new J/88 JUNIPER takes the 1st prize in the Club Marine Wednesday night offshore series in the C Light Division on General Handicap. The series is organized by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), home of the America’s Cup. The series starts in October and runs every two weeks on Wednesday night until end of March. This was the first racing season for the new J/88 JUNIPER that was launched in July of 2018.

    “The news is more impressive than first meets the eye,” said Ray Entwistle of Yachtspot (J/Boats Australia and NZ). “The owner- Lode Missiaen- is new to the area only having moved to New Zealand just 18 months ago.  For him, it’s a new area to learn, a new boat to master, putting a new crew together, and compete against some very well established competitive crews and boats that are well-versed in the harbour’s local conditions.”

    The sailing conditions in the Hauraki gulf are challenging; with winds going from light to very strong (up to 30 knots), sometimes in a single race, tidal streams with local currents (local knowledge!), large and frequent wind shifts during the race, and mostly flat water, but choppy at times.

    The J/88 took the varied conditions in her stride. JUNIPER is equipped with the five standard J/88 class sails: one main and two jibs (3Di Raw North Sails), an A2 Runner and A3 Reacher. The courses of the races are random-leg harbour courses, not windward-leeward courses, which is a challenge on close reaching legs where they cannot use the gennaker.  Nevertheless, with good trim, JUNIPER performed exceptionally well; often sailing as fast as some of the larger and lighter boats in the fleet with bigger sail wardrobes. They tuned the rig over the season to meet local conditions, especially on the windier days.

    “We are having a great time here sailing in the beautiful Hauraki gulf,” says skipper Lode Missiaen. “I wish to thank the RNZYS for organizing the club series, our competitors for pushing us, and, of course, my crew for the great dedication and teamwork.  Newcomer JUNIPER has certainly gotten some attention in Auckland, and we can only hope that more J/88 boats will join us soon in this beautiful part of the world.”  For more J/88 offshore speedster sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    “Here is some onboard footage at the wet and wild 2019 edition of the Sloop Tavern's Blakely Rock Benefit Race. The J/125 HAMACHI loved the heavy weather both upwind and downwind, hitting 16’s all the time on the knotmeter!  Got first in class and first overall boat to finish!,” said Jason Andrews.

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  • J/Newsletter- May 1st, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    Last week, one of the most popular offshore races on the Pacific coast of America, the Newport to Ensenada Race, encountered similar conditions that many of the boats experienced a few weeks earlier in the famous 800nm Cabo San Lucas Race— light airs!  Nevertheless, while slow in the beginning, as the “sprint race” progressed down the coast from California to Mexico, the breeze finally kicked in with most boats finishing with a sunny, warm windy day.

    Over in the Caribbean, the 100+ boat fleet sailing the Antigua Sailing Week have enjoyed simply “Supercalifragilistic” fantastic sailing conditions all week. Good breezes, plenty of sun, and amazing parties every evening, what’s not to like about that “bucket list” event that marks the end of the Caribbean winter sailing season?

    Further north, the American Yacht Club hosted the first weekend of their two-weekend annual AYC Spring Series for fleets of PHRF/ ORR handicap boats as well as one-design fleets of J/70s, J/80s, J/88s, J/105s, J/109s, and J/44s.

    Over on the Eurasian continent, the Warsash Spring Series concluded their Spring Championship Weekend event and continued with their Black/White Group series for IRC racers and one-design fleets of J/70s, J88s, and J/109s.

    Finally, the Russian National J/70 Sailing League has concluded their second set of “stages” for their various series- the Supreme, Premiere, and Qualifying series for a total of FORTY sailing teams/ clubs from across their vast Federation.

    Annapolis NOOD Regatta Preview
    (Annapolis, MD)- The first major regatta of the 2019 Chesapeake Bay sailing season is ready to roll this coming “Cinco de Mayo” weekend- the Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta hosted by Annapolis YC. As one of the largest of Sailing World’s NOOD Regattas held nationwide, the Annapolis event also ranks as the one perhaps most dominated by the various J/One-design classes- 130 J’s in an overall fleet of 178 boats (or about 73.0%)!  Sailing one-design will be J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/80s, J/30s, J/35s, J/105s and J/111s.

    The twenty-one boat J/22 class always promises great competition on Chesapeake Bay. Several class veterans are participating, including notables like Sandy Adzick’s HOT TICKET, Chris Doyle’s THE JUG 4 1, Cate Muller’s THUNDER CHICKEN, and Chris Wilson’s LIL’PUFFY.

    The J/24s have a seven-boat field that includes Tony Parker’s famous BANGOR PACKET, Pat Fitzgerald’s RUSH HOUR, and Pete Kassal’s SPACEMAN SPIFF.

    With thirty-one boats on the starting line, the J/70s have the largest fleet at the regatta. Leading teams may include Geoff Becker’s HELLY HANSEN JUNIOR CREW, Travis Odenbach’s HONEYBADGER, Glenn Darden’s HOSS, Ray Wulff’s JOINT CUSTODY, Bruce Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS, Brian Keane’s SAVASANA, and three Brazilian teams from Rio de Janeiro (Mario Sorensen Garcia’s MANDACHUVA, Pedro Camargo’s MANCHA NEGRA, Flavio Andrade’s OCEANPACT).

    At twenty-three boats, the J/80 class is seeing one of its best turn-outs in recent years. Watch for these teams to be amongst the leaders; Bert Carp’s ELEVEN, Les Beckwith’s FKA, Tom Kopp’s KOPP-OUT, Mike Hobson’s MELTEMI, and David Andril’s VAYU.

    There are a dozen-boats sailing in the J/30 class; an amazing turn-out for this historical class (the 2nd design ever by designer Rod Johnstone!).  The leading teams include Bob Rutsch & Mike Costello’s BEPOP, Jim McGinnis’ BLITZ, Pam Morris’ BUMP, Rob & Beth Lundahl’s RAG DOLL, and Heidi Frist’s SUZIE Q.

    The third oldest class in the regatta is the J/35s, with a seven boats ready to do battle for class honors over the three days of sailing.  One wonders, will it be a “wash, rinse, repeat” from past years?  The infamous duo of Jim Sagerholm & Jerry Christofel’s AUNT JEAN defending their title in four previous events over good teams like David Lange’s FATAL ATTRACTION and Bruce Artman’s T-BONE?  Watch this space!

    With one of the largest J/105 fleets in the world, the Chesapeake J/105 fleet will again see eighteen boats pointing their bows towards the starting line. This year will see a diverse, strong group of teams from across the spectrum of 105 teams, including two from Texas! Those crews that should factor on the leaderboard are Andrew Kennedy’s BAT IV, Ben duPont’s CTRL ALT DEL, Bill Zartler’s DEJA VOODOO, Peter McChesney’s DOG HOUSE, Donald Santa’s SANTAS REIGN DEAR, Scott Gitchell’s TENACIOUS, and Mark Masur’s TWO FEATHERS.

    Eight J/111 teams from across the country (San Francisco, New York, Cleveland, Buzzards Bay) will be vying for class honors.  J/111 World Champion Peter Wagner and crew on SKELETON KEY from St Francis YC will again be challenged by several hot teams. The top “locals” include Marty Roesch’s VELOCITY and Jim Connelly’s SLUSH FUND (3rd at the 2017 Worlds). The two-times J/111 Midwinter Champion Rob Ruhlman and crew on SPACEMAN SPIFF from Cleveland, OH will also be looking forward to engaging those top teams. As well, two leading northeastern teams, both Block Island Race Week Champions, will be participating- Sedge Ward’s BRAVO and Doug Curtiss’ WICKED 2.0.

    In the North Sails Rally that takes place on Saturday will be two boats- Dan Leonard’s J/100 FLASHPOINT and Nicholas Illiff’s J/105 MUSKRAT. Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd / Outside Images.  For more Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta sailing information

    RORC Cervantes Trophy Race Preview
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- 115 yachts have entered the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Cervantes Trophy Race, with more than 600 sailors registered to take part. The 110nm to 160nm race from the Solent to Le Havre will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line on Saturday 4th May at 0900 BST. Spectators can watch the spectacle from the Cowes Parade and The Green, and also follow the progress of the fleet via the RORC website. Competitors will receive a warm welcome at Société des Regates du Havre, founded in 1838; it is the oldest yacht club in continental Europe.

    The opening European fixture of the 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship, is the third race of the world's largest offshore racing championship, with in excess of 600 yachts expected to take part over the course of the season. The majority of the teams racing are Corinthian sailors, who will be taking on some top professional teams during the series. More often than not, an amateur team, with the skill, tenacity, and determination to succeed, wins the championship.

    Teams will be racing for the Cervantes Trophy for the best-corrected time under IRC. Gilles Fournier and Corinne Migraine's J/133 PINTIA will be attempting to win the Cervantes Trophy for the fourth year in a row. The race to Le Havre is a special one for PINTIA; Gilles has been a member of the Société des Regates du Havre for over 60 years.

    “We really do not know if we will win, but we will compete for sure,” smiled Gilles Fournier. “We have a good crew and we will do our best, but we know that the competition will be very good. It is wonderful to hear that so many sailors will be racing to Le Havre, and we hope that many of them will enjoy the facilities at the club.”

    In the fifteen-boat IRC 1 Class will be two J/121s, Mike O’Donnell’s DARKWOOD and Nick Angel’s ROCK LOBSTER. They are up against a formidable contingent of the offshore European wars, such as the custom Ker 40s Keronimo and Hooligan VII.

    The eighteen-boat IRC 2 Class features Fournier’s J/133 PINTIA as well as two J/111s- Simon Grier-Jones’ British crew on SNOW LEOPARD and Patrice Vidon’s French team on J4F.

    The very large IRC 3 Class of thirty-three boats features a cast of villains and characters in both the French and English offshore community.  Six J/109s are ready to do battle (such as Christopher Preston’s JUBILEE, the Royal Air Force RED ARROW, and Chris Burleigh’s JYBE TALKIN’) as well as two J/105s (Tom Hayhoe & Natalie Jobling’s MOSTLY HARMLESS and Ross Farrow’s JACANA).

    Similarly, the also very big thirty-six boat IRC 4 Class has just Robert Nelson’s J/105 BIGFOOT hoping to carry the day for J/sailors…which they have done before, winning class in the past!

    The third class with 30+ entries includes the IRC Doublehanded class of thirty-five boats.  J/duets include Chris Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE, Alistair Doughty’s J/109 JELENKO, Jerry Freeman’s J/105 JULIETTE, and  Robert Nelson’s J/105 BIGFOOT.  Sailing photo credits- Rick Tomlinson / Paul Wyeth   For more RORC Cervantes Trophy sailing information

    Yachting Cup Regatta Preview
    (San Diego, CA)- San Diego Yacht Club is proud to host the 2019 Yachting Cup, scheduled for Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 5th. Buoy Racing will take place on the Coronado Roads ocean venues, South San Diego Bay, and random-leg handicap racing in San Diego Bay. Not surprisingly, the passionate and enthusiastic J/sailors are looking forward to their next major venue on their Southern California yachting calendar.

    The weather in “SoCal” has not been normal, to say the least. Maybe there is something to the “climate change” scenarios unfolding across our little blue-green pinball in the midst of the intergalactic ocean of space dust, super novas, random asteroids, and a few gazillion planets.

    The three J/one-design classes are always competitive in this event.  In the nine-boat J/105 class, watch out for Jon Dekker’s AIR BOSS, Steve & Lucy Howell’s BLINK, Driscoll/ Hurlburt’s JUICED, and Stew Cannon’s J-OK to be somewhere near the top of the leaderboard.

    Similarly, it’s always a question of “who’s on first” for the first major regatta of the season for the J/120 class. Some are well-practiced, some are not. Some will be on their game, other’s not. In any event, the protagonists in this Shakespearean drama should be John Laun’s CAPER, John Snook’s JIM, Ernie Pennell’s MAD MEN, and Chuck Nichols CC RIDER; all have won something major over the years!

    The nine-boat J/70 class has enjoyed strong competition over the past few years. Those guiding lights include Steve Wyman’s NUNUHUNU, Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT, and Pat Danly’s BOONDOGLE.  For more Yachting Cup San Diego sailing information

    J/24 European Championship Preview
    (Patras, Greece)- This coming week the Sailing Club of Patras will be hosting 175+ sailors and thirty-five crews from all around Europe for the 2019 J/24 European Championship. Participating teams come from Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and Italy.

    The leading crews may include Stefan Karsunke’s SCHWERE JUNGS and Jan Kahler’s UNITED 5 from Germany, and Paolo Rinaldi’s AMERICAN PASSAGE, Fabio Apollonio’s J-OC ALCE NERO, and Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA.   Follow the J/24 European Championship on Facebook here   For more J/24 European Championship sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Mar 17- Apr 28- Warsash Spring Series- Warsash, England
    May 3-5- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 3-5- Yachting Cup Regatta- San Diego, CA
    May 4-10- J/24 European Championship- Patras, Greece
    May 4- RORC Cervantes Cup Race- Cowes, England
    May 9-12- SAILING Champions League- Palma Mallorca, Spain
    May 10-12- Grand Prix de St Cast- St Cast, France
    May 10-12- RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup- Cowes, England
    May 17-18- J/121 Spring Tune-Up- Newport, RI
    Jun 8-9- Lady Liberty Cup J/24 Regatta- New York Harbor, NY

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

    J/Crews Collect Newport to Ensenada Race Silver!
    (Newport Beach, CA)- Remarkably, the second major event of the Southern California offshore season also started off with a whimper. This year’s Newport to Ensenada Race was not the “fast forward” downwind sleigh ride of year’s past.  Instead, it started off quite light, especially overnight, but then as the fleet made their way down the coastline the onshore sea breezes and northerly flows kicked in for a sunny, breezy finish for most boats.

    The legendary 125nm “wind sprint” that starts off the piers at Newport Beach, CA is a simple race course; after the start, just head south down the California/ Mexican coastline to a finish inside Toto Santos Bay, off the lovely Hotel Coral & Marina in Ensenada.

    The 72nd annual edition of the race was perhaps most frustrating for the “maxi’s and the fleet of ULDB 70s.  However, for the mid-size boats in the 35 to 45 foot range, it all worked out quite well on handicap scoring; in particular, for many of the dozen J/Teams.

    One of the leading navigators described this year’s event: “the race was tricky as heck, but we just looked to sail the shortest possible course, going just outside the Coronado’s for a bit, then jibed into shore and staying left. VMG all the way and just drive.”

    For many in the light winds race, finding VMG (Velocity Made Good) was the difference between winning or ending up experiencing VNDG (Velocity No Dang Good) instead.

    Commenting on their second place finish on their second offshore outing on the brand new J/121 BLUE FLASH was owner Scott Grealish:

    “We knew we had a bad start. And, it's obvious we were slow the first hour. I think the combination of being short handed with two new guys affected us; so, we were not quick off the line, setting the zero, etc. Plus, we are still learning how to trim that setup.  We improved and gained over the next few hours with no real condition changes.

    In the end, we took second in class to the Andrews 40 by four minutes corrected. They beat us in the Cabo Race, too (first overall), so we respect their program.

    Our eleven-boat class sailed in light 0-10.0 kts TWS and all Code Zero/ A1 spinnaker sailing conditions. We all finished within 2% on our elapsed times! Incredibly, a pretty well-sailed offshore fleet!

    We sailed with four and found the water ballast very useful on the small zero at 8.0 kts TWS, 80-105 TWA. We think the staysail under the Code Zero is slower at 6-8.0 kts TWS. But, we never got more wind to really test this combination further.

    There was a “Catalina Eddy” sailing condition during the night. That meant there was a periodic phasing of colder, stronger breeze forward from offshore; followed by warmer, lighter gradient veered breeze (60 degrees!)! So, we sailed the A1 spinnaker in both VMG mode and hotter sailing angle modes (the phases were too quick to merit gybing with two on deck, but fully crewed we would've). During daylight, we got to two boat test-sail against the Farr 40s, trying both modes.

    Our take-away was that the J/121 can be fast sailed deep on the A1 (TWA 148-152, TWS 6-8 kts) with all weight forward and two crew to leeward. Paradoxically, this reverses at TWS 9-10 kts, where hotter angles are better.”

    Meanwhile, Terri Manok’s all-female team on the J/120 POLE DANCER also had a successful offshore experience on their way to Ensenada. Her crew members were American, Irish, Canadian, and a New Zealander. They won the Caroline Starr Trophy for Best Corrected All Female Crew as well as the Carlos Avila Escoto Trophy for the Best Corrected J/120.

    “We stayed out of the fray and got a good start,” said Manok. “It was a long race, but had a wonderful group of ladies to sail with. And, we had fun!”

    “The girls” on Manok’s POLE DANCER persevered, stuck to their guns, and pulled off a podium finish against a large class of veteran offshore racers, taking the bronze in the PHRF A Spinnaker class, just 20 minutes from silver! You go girls, great sailing!

    Rudolph Hasl’s crew from San Diego YC sailed their J/145 PALAEMON in the PHRF ULDB A Class and, despite the light, shifty, streaky winds, pulled off a 4th place in a fleet filled with all-carbon offshore racers- mostly super-fast TP52s.

    Then, in PHRF ULDB C Class, Doug & Jack Jorgensen’s J/111 PICOSA got on the podium by taking 3rd in class, while Seth Hall’s J/124 MARISOL took fourth.  That was a great result for both boats in the 24-hour sprint down the Mexican coastline. 

    In PHRF ULDB D Class, Juan Lois’ J/105 ROCINANTE won class honors while fellow stablemates, Brian Kerr’s J/92 DOUBLE DOWN took the silver; a great celebration was had by these two J/teams at the top of the podium!

    In the shorter Newport to San Diego Race (the “sunset sail”), Robert Pace’s J/145 ANDIAMO 2 took the bronze in the PHRF A class of fifteen boats, the largest of any class in the entire event!

    In the even shorter Newport to Dana Point Race (the “day sail”), it was a near clean sweep of the top five by J/Crews!  Winning was Jock McGraw’s J/22 TEKEELA, followed by Charles Brewer’s J/124 HEARTBEAT 4 in third place, Marty Henehan’s J/92 FIREWATER in 4th place, and taking 6th place was the Newport Harbor YC’s youth team on the J/70 SLOOP JOHN B, skippered by Tom Garret.  Sailing photo credits-   Tom Walker   Jeff Granberry   For more Newport to Ensenada Race sailing information

    American YC Spring Series- Weekend I
    (Rye, NY)- American Yacht Club hosted the first weekend of the 2019 Spring Series, a two-weekend regatta, which included competitors from across the East Coast with over seventy boats. Competing in this year's regatta were nine separate boat classes-- IRC, PHRF, J/44, J/109, J/88, J/105, J/70 and J/80. The J/105s featured the largest fleet with 14 boats. Three races were held in all divisions.

    Sunday racing brought a light to moderate 5 to 15 kts breeze from the north/ northeast that made for a great day of sailing after heavy winds prevented racing on Saturday. Both courses started races on time and, despite the cool and drizzly conditions, the gentle breezes helped make for a great day of sailing.

    David Rosow’s J/109 LOKI, Daniel Goldberg’s J/70 BAZINGA and Jason Viseltear’s J/80 UPSETTER all mastered the South Course with three first-place finishes each and wrapped up the weekend atop their Class standings. Past AYC Commodore Mike Bruno sailed steadily on his J/88 WINGS and ended the weekend in second place following a first-place finish in Race 3.

    In the J/109 Class, behind Rosow’s LOKI is Robert Schwartz’s NORDLYS in second place and John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT in third.

    Elizabeth Barry’s team on the J/88 ESCAPE has sailed strongly and her 1-1-2 tally leads the J/88s by a good margin.  Second is Bruno’s WINGS, tied on points with Kevin Marks’ VELOCITY.

    Paul Beaudin’s J/105 LOU LOU has a commanding lead in the J/105 class with a 2-1-2.  Second is David Willis’ SOLUTION with a 7-2-6 while “the kids” on the YOUNG AMERICAN Team won the first race and closed with a 7-10 to sit in third in a three-way tie.  Tied with “the kids” is Jeremy Henderson & Harald Edegran’s CONUNDRUM with a 9-8-1 and John Koten’s GRAY MATTER with a 5-10-3.

    In the J/70s, behind BAZINGA is Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK with a 2-2-4 record in second and White Rhino Racing sailing J-RHINO to a 3-5-2 to hold on to third place.

    The East Course saw Commodore Ketcham take a commanding lead in the J/44 fleet, while enjoying beautiful big boat sailing conditions and stable wind from the north and northeast. Behind them are Len Sitar’s VAMP in second and Don & Dick Rave’s RESOLUTE in third place.

    In the PHRF Racing division, Ron Richman’s J/133 ANTIDOTE is sitting in second place. And, in the PHRF Plus One division, Steve Levy’s J/121 EAGLE took a second place.

    Sunday also featured many junior sailors on a variety of big boats. On one J/70, four 13-year-old girls enjoyed their first J-sailing racing experience aboard Marshall Saffer's LET IT RIP.

    Overall, it was a successful and fun day on the water. A big thank you to the AYC Race Committee for running excellent races and the safety and rescue teams for helping keep everyone safe on the water. Racing will continue next weekend and AYC looks forward to seeing sailors back for more racing, great food and cold beer!  For more American YC Spring Series sailing information

    Antigua Sailing Week Report
    J/122 LIQUID Wins Round Island Race!
    (English Harbour, Antigua)- More than 100 boats from 21 countries worldwide have been sailing in the nine-day festival of racing and shoreside events that is Antigua Sailing Week, the Caribbean’s longest running regatta.

    Fifty-four yachts are sailing in the CSA Racing Classes and, so far, silverware is already being collected by top J/Crews.

    In the 53.0nm Round Antigua Race, Pamala Baldwin’s J/122 LIQUID continues on a roll after their victory in Voiles de St Barths.  They placed second CSA Racing overall in the fleet of thirty-five yachts and easily won CSA 2 class ahead of two well-sailed teams.

    “We didn’t really sail to our potential, but we came in first place for our class,” noted Baldwin. “There is plenty to come from Liquid because it’s a great crew. We have come in on podium the whole season and we are definitely here to sail hard this week, work her really hard on our home at Antigua Sailing Week!”

    Day 1- Perfect Start for Sailing Week
    After the Round Island Race, the fleet was greeted with brilliant sunshine, solid trade winds and Caribbean surf; a perfect way to start the week. The cocktail of heaven-sent conditions was very apt for English Harbour Rum Race Day. The six CSA racing classes were on the Windward Course enjoying some epic downwind legs straight off the front of the brochure!

    In CSA Racing 4 class, Baldwin’s Antiguan J/122 LIQUID took second place, while her sistership, the J/122 TEAM INKA from Peru (skippered by Diego Aguirre) took third.

    In CSA Racing 5 class, Jonty Layfield’s J/11S started off with a 2nd place, followed by Ben Jelic’s J/120 JAGUAR in 6th position.

    The Daily Prize Giving is a big feature of Antigua Sailing Week, it’s where sailors from six continents mingle after racing at Antigua Yacht Club to applaud the day’s winners and watch the video action. Live music from The Climax Band and English Harbour Rum giveaways made for a perfect end to a cracking start for the Caribbean’s most famous regatta!

    Day 2- More Perfect Sailing
    The second day of Antigua Sailing Week was Fever-Tree Race Day, with the impressive fleet mixing it up in gorgeous weather on the south, east and west coast of Antigua. The Bareboat fleet, Double-Handed and Club Class started off Windward Beach with fresh trade wind in the high teens. The six CSA racing classes raced off Rendezvous Beach on tight round the cans courses with more sheltered but gusty conditions in a packed out race area.

    Red-hot racing in CSA 4 continued. Pamala Baldwin’s Antiguan J/122 LIQUID, skippered by Jules White, won both races by the narrowest of margins to take the class lead by a single point.

    In CSA 5, Jonty and Vicki Layfield’s J/11s SLEEPER scored two bullets today to lead the class by a single point.

    “It is just amazing racing with Sleeper– we hit 15 knots of speed today!” smiled Shannoy Malone, the 11-year old Antiguan who has been racing with the Layfield’s since he was seven and will be competing at the Optimist World Championship to be held in Antigua this summer. “The crew are so friendly and helpful. I am learning so much and racing the boat is a lot of fun. I will never do 15 knots in my Opti, so that was a first for me.”

    Day 3- Just Doesn’t Get Better
    20 knots of trades powered up the action on Reggae in the Park Race Day at Antigua Sailing Week. Two races were held for most classes– the CSA Racing Classes were launched with a full on foam-up on the Windward Course. The Bareboat Classes and Club Class raced short, sharp, windward-leeward courses off Rendezvous Bay.

    In CSA 4, a tie for first place exemplified the intensity of racing in the class, after time correction, between Baldwin’s Antiguan J/122 LIQUID, skippered by Jules White, and another 40 footer. After five races, LIQUID sits in second.

    In CSA 5, Layfield’s Antiguan J/11s SLEEPER racked up two more race wins today to lead the class by three points. Then, after scoring a 3-3, Jelic’s St.Maarten J/120 JAGUAR is challenging the podium.

    After a memorable day racing at Antigua Sailing Week, sailors will join thousands of revelers for the big party night. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nelson’s Dockyard has been transformed into a mind-blowing open-air concert theatre. Reggae in the Park is a big-time celebration for the 10th edition of the legendary concert. Nelson’s Dockyard will be alive with headline artist Christopher Martin, performing alongside Junior Kelly. After the big night, what better way to recover than Lay Day at Pigeon Beach tomorrow Wednesday 1st May.  Two more days of racing are left with the regatta concluding on Friday.  Sailing photo credits- Ed Whiting/ Paul Wyeth.  For more Antigua Sailing Week sailing information

    Warsash Spring Series- Weekend VI Report
    (Warsash, England)- Over this past weekend, the Warsash Sailing Club that has been hosting their annual Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series, was besieged by the enormous Storm “Hannah” that whipped up a frenzied “foam-up” on Saturday. With winds gusting well into the 30+ knots range, all racing was canceled. However, as Sunday dawned, it was clear it was still quite windy, but it had calmed down enough for the fleet to enjoy great racing on the Southampton Water and the Solent. The weekend marked the completion of the Black & White Championship Weekend.

    Black & White Championship Report
    In the IRC 1 Class, Tony Mack’s J/111 McFLY took third place while Chris Jones & Louise Makin’s J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II took sixth.  Then, in IRC 2 Class, Simon Perry’s J/109 JIRAFFE took the silver, with Mike & Susie Yates’ J/109 JAGO securing the bronze, with David Richards’ J/109 JUMPING JELLYFISH taking fifth place.

    In the J/109 Class, it was Perry’s JIRAFFE in first, Richards’ JUMPING JELLYFISH in second, and the Yates’ JAGO in third.

    Ian Wilson & Marshall King's SOAK RACING started the J/70 UK Grand Slam Series in style and never looked back, winning the class by a significant margin.  Second was determined on a tie-breaker at 31 pts each.  Winning that countback was Doug Struth’s DSP, with third place taken by Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT.  Rounding out the top five was Phillip Rees Bryn’s GBR 1290 in fourth and the Calascione/ Ripard duo on CALYPSO taking fifth place.

    Black & White Group Report
    In IRC 1 Class, the Jones/Makin duo on the J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II is currently sitting in fourth place.

    In IRC 2 Class, Charles Ivill’s J/112E DAVANTI TYRES has risen like a rocket into the top of the leaderboard and now sit in first place after eight races. Just one point back is Simon Perry’s J/109 JIRAFFE. Sitting in fifth place is Chris Burleigh’s J/109 JYBE TALKIN.

    Despite not having sailed races 3 & 4, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’RONIMO is now sitting in third place in IRC 3 class.

    With six races, the J/88 Class continues to see Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS topping the class with all bullets for 5 pts. Now that “toss races” are factored in, Dirk & Dianne Van Beek’s SABRIEL JR still hold on to 2nd place, while Richard Cooper’s JONGLEUR hangs on to third position.

    The J/109s have eight races counting. Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE continues to lead with 7 pts, winning their fifth race last weekend. Chris Burleigh’s JYBE TALKIN stays in second with 22 pts.  However, jumping up into third place is John Smart’s JUKEBOX with 39 pts.

    Continuing to lead the J/88 class is Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS with all 1sts in eight races, tossing out two 1sts.  Wow!  Second is Dirk & Dianne Van Beek’s SABRIEL JR. with 12 pts.  Then, third is Richard Cooper’s JONGLEUR with 83 pts.

    The J-Sprit class still sees Howe’s J/88 TIGRIS leading. SABRIEL JR continues in 2nd, but Adrian Johnson’s J/109 FLAWLESS J is now sitting in third place.

    The J/70s continue to see Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT leading the class with just 15 pts.  Second is Philip Chandler’s BLACKJAX and third is Graham Clapp’s JEEPSTER.   Sailing photo credits- Andrew Adams/ CloseHauled Photography   Follow the Warsash Spring Series on Facebook here   For more HELLY HANSEN Warsash Spring Series sailing information

    Russian J/70 Sailing League Report
    (Sochi/ Tuapse/ Konakovo, Russia)- The Russian J/70 Sailing League has already started off their 2019 sailing season and over the past two weeks it is in full swing!  Over 45 teams from all over Russia have been sailing in the Supreme Division and the Premiere Division; on famous Black Sea resorts in Sochi and Tuapse. In addition, a Qualifying event was held at the Konakovo River Club, northwest of Moscow.

    Tuapse Supreme Division- Stage II
    Twenty-three teams entered the battle for the title of the Russian Sailing League Champion; Burevestnik Sailing Team (ex. Leviathan) (steering Vadim Yakhinson), ArtTube RUS1 (Valeria Kovalenko), Calipso (Maxim Taranov), Sailing Academy of the Yacht Club of St. Petersburg (Anna Basalkina), PIRogovo (Yuri Morozov), Sail Lord— ASIA (Vyacheslav Yermolenko), Sail Lord– EUROPE (Andrey Ryzhov), NAVIGATOR Trem (Alexandra Peterson), Rocknrolla Sailing Team (Irina Sorokina), X-Fit (Vladimir Silkin), RUS7 (Sergey Shevtsov), Region-23 (Evgeny Nikiforov), CSKA (Mikhail Poslamovsky), Black Sea (Andrey Malygin), Komatek (Vyacheslav Frolov), OSK (Edward Skornyakov), East-West (Andrey Zuev), ZID art Sailing team (Evgeny Neugodnikov), Parusnik74.ru (Edward Podshivalov), Winner Sailing Team (Karina Teljyants), Matryoshka (Natalia Kravets), Akhmat (Alexander Bozhko) and the guest team “AMP of the Black Sea” (Nikolai Egorov).

    Tuapse provided the sailors what could only be described as completely non-April weather and variable wind. A combination of rain, sun, clouds, and highly variable winds in both direction and velocity.

    “The strength of the wind was constantly changing: from complete calm to 10-12 knots,” said Chief Judge Nikolai Yushkov. “I can only imagine how hard it was for the racers. What was important was not so much knowledge as luck, a sense of wind, and much good fortune!”

    As a result, eleven races were sailed on the first race day. Fifteen teams had four starts, six teams had three races each and two teams had five each.

    After the first race day, the undisputed leader was the BLACK SEA Team skippered by Andrey Malygin with an impressive 1-1-1-4 record. They were followed by NAVIGATOR TREM helmed by Alexandra Peterson with a 2-4-1-2 tally. RUS7 Team led by Sergey Shevtsov was sitting in third place with a 5-2-2-1.  Having a rough time in the variable weather off Tuapse were the leaders after Stage I; Alexander Bozhko’s crew from the Chechen Republic on AKHMAT finished the day in 6th place, while Valeria Kovalenko’s crew from Pirogovo on ARTTUBE RUS1 sat in a very uncharacteristic 10th place.

    At the end of the regatta on Sunday, the PRO managed to run only ten more races.  As a result, it was Malygin’s BLACK SEA Team that managed to hold off a hard-charging AKHMAT Team skippered by Alexander Bozhko to take the top two spots on the podium.  Meanwhile, Petersen’s NAVIGATOR TREM Team lost a bit of their edge from the first day to drop into the bronze position.  Rounding out the top five were ZID ART Sailing Team (Evgeny Neugodnikov) in fourth and RUS7 (Sergey Shevtsov) dropping down the standings to fifth place after day one.

    Konakovo Qualifying Division- Stage I & II
    The Konakovo River Club northwest of Moscow will be hosting the first qualifying stage event for the Russian Sailing League’s “entry” division in their fleet of J/70s next weekend.

    These competitions are only a great opportunity to meet other sailing teams from around Russia, but also an opportunity to qualify for the next division higher in 2020- the Premiere Division.

    This year, two qualifying stages will be held in the fleet of J/70s at the Konakovo River Club. Nine teams will take part in each of the two qualifying stages, and the top four of each event will take part in the 2019 Russian Championship regatta.

    Recall that last year 24 teams took part in the Russian J/70 Sailing League Championship, which took place in Pirogovo. For 2019, the championship will take place in Sochi from October 25th to 27th, hosted by Sochi Grand Marina by the Burevestnik Group.

    Tuapse Premier Division- Stage II
    Last weekend, the second stage of the Premiere Division took place in Tuapse. Fourteen teams participated in the regatta from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Voronezh and Yekaterinburg.

    Over the three-day event, the organizers managed to hold twenty-one races. Unfortunately, a gentle wind prevented the fulfillment of the entire planned program. On the first day, the wind reached 10 knots.  However, for the next two days, the breezes barely pushed up to 5 kts! As a result, most of the starts- 11 - were raced on the first day of the regatta.

    Friday's victor was the SAIL & SEA Team skippered by Vasily Harabardina. The crew from St. Petersburg sailed very well, posting three 1sts, two 2nds, and a 4th. Ending the day tied for second place were Ekaterina Stolbneva's DOBRYNA Team with a 4-1-6-2-3-2 tally and PEC: SPORT YOUTH Team led by Dmitry Popkov with nearly identical scores of 2-3-6-3-1-3.

    On the second day, only five races were held. The leader of the first day, the SAIL & SEA Team, was unable to hold their position; two 5ths and one 3rd in three races drove the crew down to second place. Leaping into first place was Dmitry Popkov’s PEC: SPORT MOLODEZHKA Team after posting a 1-1-2 for the day. Then, moving into third place was Alexey Lesnikov’s B-TEAM (they were the winners of the first stage).

    On the third and final day on Sunday, the wind “officially” died. “In the morning, the wind reached 5 knots, so we managed to hold two races,” said Daniil Dejanov, the main judge of the regatta. “We caught every breath of wind, but unfortunately, we couldn't get more than four races on Sunday.”

    As a result, Popkov’s PEC: SPORT MOLODEZHKA Team failed to hold onto the top line after posting a 4-3-3 for the day, ultimately having to settle for the bronze medal in Tuapse. “For the second time in a row, we were winning after the second day,” said Mikhail Filatov, the helmsman of PEC: SPORT MOLODEZHKA. “First place was not far away! But, we made a few mistakes on the last day.”

    Second place went to the UGAR Crew team. Two victories on Saturday and one on Sunday enabled the crew of Ruslan Yakupov to climb the podium for their first time in the Premier Division!

    The winner was Vasily Kharabardin’s SAIL & SEA Team.  After leading the first day, then dropping off any podium position on the second day, it was a strong comeback for the team on the last day to take back the lead.

    “I liked the race in Tuapse,” said Kharabardin. “The weather was different, but although the wind was not very strong, the judges and organizers managed to hold a good regatta. The fight to get on the podium was sharp and highly competitive. We were very worried when on the second day we failed so badly! But, we were happy to be lucky on the last day.”

    Sochi Supreme Division- Stage I
    Sochi Grand Marina by the Burevestnik Group hosted the first event for the Supreme Division’s 2019 sailing season.  Over the three days, the fleet was challenged by a wide variety of weather and solid breezes.  Twenty-eight races were completed for the twenty-four top sailing teams in the Russian National J/70 Sailing League.

    In the end, it was the champion Chechen Republic skipper Alexander Bozhkov on ACHMAT that won the regatta in convincing fashion, garnering more than his fair share of 1sts and podium finishes.  Taking second was a colleague of his, Valeria Kovalenko’s ARTTUBE RUS1 Team from Pirogovo.  Bozhkov can be seen frequently crewing for Kovalenko when she sails the larger J/70 open events across Europe and around the world- a fast, smart combination those two are!  Third in the opening Sochi event was RUS7 skippered by Sergey Shevtsov. Rounding out the top five were BLACK SEA Team (Andrey Malygin) and NAVIGATOR TREM (Alexandra Peterson), fourth and fifth, respectively.  For more Russian J/70 Sailing League information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    Enjoy this sailing video of a J/88 flying across Long Island Sound. The American Yacht Club was hosting the first weekend of its annual AYC Spring Series.  However, on a sunny day blowing 20-30 kts-plus from the West/ Northwest, and temps hovering in the high 40s/ lows 50s (water temp at 45 deg!), racing was canceled for the day.  Instead of heading home or to the bar, as most teams did, Bruno’s crew on WINGS “sent it” down the Sound; hoisting the A3 black spinnaker and pushing the boat up to 20.8 kts in a 28 kt gust!

    * Warrior Sailing had twenty-one U.S. military veterans sailing at Charleston Race Week; some on larger keelboats and almost half of them sailing on College of Charleston’s fleet of one-design J/22s.  

    Warrior Sailing takes graduates from basic level sail-training through certification, and directly supports “beyond camp experiences” for the veterans. One of the most impactful events of the year is Charleston Race Week.

    Twenty-one graduates from the sail-training program were selected from a pool of applications to attend the 5th consecutive year of participation in the event. The group traveled in style with new gear from Zhik, and the support is always felt from the sailing community at the largest keelboat regatta in the country.

    Eight Warrior Sailors, five coaches, and three College of Charleston collegiate sailors were onboard the J/22’s. A highly competitive inshore fleet of 9 boats took to the water each day with most of the Warrior’s flying spinnakers for the first time during the training session on Wednesday. The intention is always based on instruction and gaining valuable experience onboard, but earning some hardware is also a bonus.

    Warrior Sailing J/22’s took 1st (Sammy Hodges), 3rd (Corey Hall), and 4th (Jacob Raymond) in the J/22 one-design class.  Congratulations to everyone and a very special thanks to the coaches and leadership at College of Charleston for their time and effort to teach Warriors what it means to race inshore and compete in this large regatta.


    A special “Thank You” to the Charleston Race Week Foundation for their support. Portions of each registration for Charleston Race Week goes to supporting worthy causes participating in the Charleston area.  Warrior Sailing was selected to receive a grant to support making this an expense-free experience for the participants.  “Thank You” to Randy Draftz and the CRW Foundation for your continued support!

    We are so grateful for everyone who turned up to party with a purpose at the “Container Bar” during Charleston Race Week. Thanks to a great turnout, Warrior Sailing raised over $4,600 to support veterans participation in future training camps and events.

    From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all sailors for your generous support. As a donor to our organization, you’re a part of what makes Warrior Sailing so special; you’re a part of our community. YOU make everything we do possible.
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  • J/Newsletter- April 24th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    A lot of sailing activity was taking place this past week in Europe. For starters, the largest annual offshore keelboat regatta in France kicked off the summer sailing season in La Trinite sur Mer, France- the famous, fabulous, huge, SPI OUEST France Regatta. The regatta is a magnet for everyone in the French sailing community, from one-design keelboats to the largest offshore IRC handicap racers. As usual, the J/80s had the biggest fleet, with J/70s growing quickly, and the French offshore establishment witnessed the successful debut of the evolutionary, fast, short-handed speedster- the new J/99. Off to the north, the Dutch sailors also enjoyed their huge season-opening event; the Van Uden Recco Regatta sailed off Stellendam, The Netherlands.

    Then, down in the Caribbean, the penultimate event of their winter circuit was the Les Voiles de St Barths sailed out of Gustavia Harbour. A duel of J/122s led to rather amazing results overall.

    Newport to Ensenada Race Preview
    (Newport Beach, CA)- Southern California offshore sailing teams are looking forward to their second major event of the season.  After the famous (and light) Cabo San Lucas race, the fleet is expecting “fast forward” downwind sleigh rides in this year’s Newport to Ensenada Race- one of the world’s largest international yacht races, with a legendary 125nm course that starts off the piers at Newport Beach, CA and heads south down the California coastline to a finish inside Toto Santos Bay off the lovely Hotel Coral & Marina in Ensenada.

    Starting on April 26th, the fleet of 180+ boats will look forward to their 72nd annual edition of the race.  Answering that seductive call to the sea- the “song of the sirens”- are nearly a dozen J/crews from the Southern California region.

    Rudolph Hasl’s crew have “up-scaled” their ride for his race; leaping from their J/120 HASL FREE to the J/145 PALAEMON in the PHF ULDB A Class.  Sailing in the PHRF ULDB B Class will be Scott Grealish’s J/121 BLUEFLASH and Viggo Torbensen’s J/125 TIMESHAVER; that will be an interesting duel to watch!  Then, in PHRF ULDB C Class, Seth Hall’s J/124 MARISOL will be up against Doug & Jack Jorgensen’s J/111 PICOSA. Finally, in PHRF ULDB D Class, Brian Kerr’s J/92 DOUBLE DOWN will do battle with two J/105s (Juan Lois’ ROCINANTE and Dan Murphy’s CUCHULAINN).

    The PHRF A fleet will see two J/120s dueling for class honors; Terri Manok’s POLE DANCER and Jack Rose’s PRIVATEER II.  For more Newport to Ensenada Race sailing information

    American YC Spring Series Preview
    (Rye, NY)- Spring sailing in the northeast of America is always a fickle thing; just ask those Solent sailors in the U.K. that are on the receiving end of the goofy weather patterns experienced over North America that happen to make their way across the North Atlantic in due course and slam into Scotland, Ireland, and the rest of the United Kingdom.

    Remarkably, the forecast for the first of two weekend’s of sailing in American Yacht Club’s annual Spring Series Regatta looks reasonably good for two solid days of sailing.

    There are a total of seventy-five entries overall in the event in One-Design and PHRF fleets. Six boats are racing IRC (obviously, not popular in the USA). Eighteen boats are racing PHRF; not exactly a ringing endorsement of YRA Long Island Sound PHRF is it?

    What is remarkable, is that fifty-six participants in the AYC Spring Series are J/Crews- 75% of the fleet are racing one-design! Those classes include One-Design classes for J/70s, J/80s, J/88s, J/105s, J/109s, and J/44s.

    Starting with the “big boat” J/44 One-Design Class, we find New York Yacht Club Commodore Bill Ketcham racing MAXINE with his family crew.  They are hoping to lead some old familiar names, as well as new ones, in what could be called the “Gold Digger Division” (in honor of the late Jim Bishop whom pioneered the development of the J/44 class). Chasing Bill will be none other than Len Sitar’s VAMP, Don & Dick Rave’s RESOLUTE, and class newcomers like Bill Mooney’s KATANA, June & Amanda Kendrick’s PALANTIR 5, and Tom Blackwell’s BREAKAWAY.

    The ten-boat J/109 class will see their usual suspects of class leaders on a national level participating in their first major regatta of the season. The real question will be “who’s showing up on first base” with a well-oiled machine? Likely, no one.  However, all will be focused on fine-tuning their teamwork and boatspeed for their J/109 North Americans later in the year. Notable leading teams should include Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY, Jon Rechtshaffer’s EMOTICON, John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT, David Rosow’s LOKI, and Bob Schwartz’s NORDLYS. OK, well that is half the fleet! Well, that is often the case in the J/109 class; anyone can win given that magic combination of starts, speed, and crew work!

    As the largest class in the regatta, the fourteen J/105s are certain to see great competition as the event will mark the first regatta on the road to the J/105 North American Championship to be held by Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA this coming September 2019. Watch for an eclectic selection of crews to be amongst the leaderboard; such as Paul Beaudin’s LOULOU, John Koten’s GRAY MATTER, Jeremy Henderson & Harald Edegran’s CONUNDRUM, the kids on the YOUNG AMERICAN, and Max Kalehoff’s LAURA BEA.

    The seven-boat J/88 class will be HOT off the trails of the recent Charleston Race Week that took place two weeks ago in Charleston, SC.  There, Mike Bruno’s team on WINGS won a very closely fought battle over Justin Scagnelli’s ALBONDIGAS, with Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION just off the pace in fourth.  Watch for the same trio to have another dust-up over the next two weekends on Long Island Sound.

    The octet of J/70s will be enjoying fun, fast racing on their near-shore race course. Familiar names that will factor into the leaderboard will be Marshall Saffer’s LET IT RIP, Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK, Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA, Alex Meleney’s TRUCKIN, and the White Rhino Racing team on J-RHINO!

    A half-dozen J/80s will be participating with various crews from the Hudson River Community Sailing program. The lone private boat will be Jason Viseltear’s UPSETTER from Huguenot YC.

    In the world of PHRF handicap racing, there are three divisions.  In PHRF A Class, the Kings Point US Merchant Marine Academy is sailing the J/111 BLACK DIAMOND; Scott Devine is skippering the J/112E REVIVER, and Ron Richman will be helming the J/133 ANTIDOTE. Then, in the PHRF Cruising division, Charles Taus is sailing his J/33 SIRIUS. And, in the PHRF Plus-ONE Division is Steven Levy’s J/121 EAGLE from Indian Harbor Yacht Club.  For more American YC Spring Series sailing information

    Antigua Sailing Week Preview
    (English Harbour, Antigua)- More than 100 boats are registered from 30 countries worldwide and crews from many more will be taking part in a nine-day festival of racing and shoreside events that is Antigua Sailing Week, the Caribbean’s longest running regatta.

    Fifty-four yachts will be racing in the CSA Racing Classes and winning skippers will be competing for the famous Lord Nelson Trophy.

    The CSA racing fleet has a huge variety of professional and Corinthian sailors, young and old. Of those, six are J/Crews from across the constellation of experience. Those teams include Ben Jelic’s J/120 JAGUAR from St Maarten; Pamala Baldwin’s J/122 LIQUID from Antigua’s Jolly Harbour (the recent winner of her class at Voiles de St Barths); a Peruvian crew on the J/122 INKA TEAM/ EL OCASO skippered by Diego Aguirre from Lima, Peru; Roger Gatewood’s J/145 KATARA from Davis Island YC in Tampa, FL; Tanner Jones’ J/30 BLUE PETER/ CARIBBEAN ALLIANCE INSURANCE from Jolly Harbour, Antigua; and Jonty & Vicky Layfield’s J/11S SLEEPER from St Phillips Bay, Antigua.

    Racing kicks off with the stand-alone Peters & May Round Antigua Race, followed by six days of Antigua Sailing Week. While racing always comes first at Antigua Sailing Week, the shoreside fun is very much part of the regatta.

    Competitors gather after racing for the daily prize giving each day, with featured rock & roll and reggae artists each evening. The Final Awards Ceremony & Party is always a memorable occasion and the fun doesn’t stop there, with Dockyard Days and the Dickenson Bay Beach Bash closing the regatta.  For more Antigua Sailing Week sailing information

    Inviting J/Sailors to Marblehead-Halifax Race
    (Marblehead, MA)- Plans are moving ahead, and registrations are already building for the 38th biennial Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race on Sunday July 7. The 363.0nm international ocean race will leave Marblehead on July 7 headed for Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    “With sixty boats signed up, we have a strong early enrollment and expect to have 80 boats on the starting line," said Vice Commodore David Bows, of the Boston Yacht Club, who is Co-Chairman of the event.

    To date fourteen J/Boats (already 25% of the fleet) have signed up to compete and more are expected. “We have always had a strong showing from the J/Boat fleet,” says Tom Mager, Rear Commodore of Boston YC. Mager has entered his J/122 GIGI in this year’s race. It will be his first Halifax Race.

    First sailed in 1905, the Marblehead to Halifax Race is the premier ocean race in the northeast. It is co-sponsored by the Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. Sailors from the United States and Canada will converge on Marblehead over the Fourth of July for a round of social events highlighting the summer racing season.

    Race Directors Anne Coulombe and Richard Hinterhoeller plan to configure the starting line so that spectators can view the start of the race from such vantage points as Castle Rock and Crocker Park.  “It worked well in recent years, so we’re hoping the weather will cooperate and we can do it again this year”, they said.  For more Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race sailing information

    Exciting J/24 European Champs In The Making!
    (Patra, Greece)- There are almost fifteen days left before the first official race of the J/24 Class European Championship, organized by the Sailing Club of Patra, in collaboration with the Hellenic and International J/24 Class and the Hellenic Sailing Federation.

    Some 175 sailors and thirty-five crews from all around Europe have already arrived or are expected to arrive in the city of Patra, the third largest city of Greece. Patra is well known for its annual carnival and is surrounded by some of the most magnificent, well-known archaeological sites of Greece.

    Preparations are well on the way, with official races commencing on May 7th. Prior to that, measurements, registration and a practice race will be held from the 4th to the 6th of May 2019. All boats will moor at the pier of Agios Nikolaos in the old northern harbor of the city.  Racing will be taking place just outside of the harbor, providing spectators with the possibility to observe a magnificent view of all J/24’s racing around the course. Besides the sailing, the Sailing Club of Patra has planned an exciting program of social events for all the participants.

    Following a very successful J/24 World Championship in Italy with ninety participants, the city of Patra is ready to host another exciting event for the world’s largest keelboat class. The European J/24 Championship is open to anyone; and last minute registrations are welcome! We have a few more J/24 charter boats available for these last minute crews who would like to participate. Follow the J/24 European Championship on Facebook here  For more J/24 European Championship sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Mar 17- Apr 28- Warsash Spring Series- Warsash, England
    Apr 26-28- Newport to Ensenada Race- Newport Beach, CA
    Apr 27-28- American YC Spring Series- Rye, NY
    Apr 28- May 3- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua
    May 3-5- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 3-5- Yachting Cup Regatta- San Diego, CA
    May 4-10- J/24 European Championship- Patras, Greece
    May 4- RORC Cervantes Cup Race- Cowes, England
    May 9-12- SAILING Champions League- Palma Mallorca, Spain
    May 10-12- Grand Prix de St Cast- St Cast, France
    May 10-12- RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup- Cowes, England

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

    J/99s Debut @ SPI Ouest France Regatta
    (La Trinite sur Mer, France)- Last weekend, the Societe Nautique de La Trinite sur Mer hosted their annual SPI Ouest France Regatta.  The event was simply huge and, as anticipated prior to the regatta, the competition was fierce in certain classes in what was predominantly a very light air regatta- far, far lighter than what has been the historical average for this Easter Weekend regatta.

    The 2019 edition had 398 keelboats on the water, of which 98 were a veritable navy of J’s (25% of the total fleet) that included J/70s, J/80s, J/92s, J/97s, J/99s, J/105s, J/109, J/111, J/120 and J/122E.

    The most exciting news for J/sailors was watching the debut of the quartet of new J/99s racing in their first major event since launching the first boat early March in the United Kingdom.  In short, despite having virtually zero time to tune-up, debug, fine-tune rig settings, adjust sails, and train the crew, the J/99s in both the IRC B Class and the IRC Doublehanded class closed the regatta on the final day with podium finishes or outright dominant victories!

    We received a report and commentary from Fred Bouvier fresh after the awards ceremony on Monday:

    “We launched J-LANCE 14 just two weeks before SPI Ouest and Olivier Grassi’s boat was launched just 48 hours before the regatta and managed to sail just four hours prior to the first day of racing!

    There were four J/99s participating in the regatta, three were in IRC B class and one in the IRC Double class. Two boats had double rudders and the other two had single rudders.  All boats had symmetric spinnakers, ‘short’ bowsprits with long spinnaker poles, and flat keels for optimized IRC rating trim. The three boats in IRC B class had carbon rigs, only the IRC Doublehanded class boat had the standard aluminum mast.

    It was very difficult sailing for the regatta. It was very light winds all four days- ranging from 4.0 to 8.0 kts. Plus, we were fighting moon tides that were producing very strong currents.

    Perhaps the most important lessons learned were that each boat did better race after race; everyone was learning how to tune the rig, then set the sails better, and the crew work and racing tactics/ strategies improved, too.

    What we discovered is that the J/99 is very fast downwind, as fast or faster, than most 11 to 12 meter boats in class (36 to 40 footers). Perhaps the most enlightening aspect of the boat is that it is very stiff; we were very fast upwind.

    Our biggest issue in the windward-leeward races was that we were stuck in a 26-boat class that had a good half-dozen very well sailed 36 to 41 footers; so keeping clear from their bad winds was of paramount importance.

    In the third coastal race around buoys and islands, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for us on J-LANCE 14!  We had a bad start, bad tuning, bad tactics, and sailed into several holes. It was definitely a ‘big boat’ race, but our mistakes killed us.

    However, by the last race, we got it all together and finished right on the transom of the J/122E MUSIX that got on the podium with the bronze medal! We were quite happy with that outcome! Similarly, Olivier Grassi in the IRC Doublehanded Class not only beat most of the 52-boat class overall on elapsed time, beating many bigger boats, but won by a lot on handicap time! A great way to finish the regatta for both boats!

    When we discussed how the boat sailed with the various skippers, it was pretty clear that for the longer reaching legs, the twin rudders were better, it had lighter feel on the helm offshore. However, if sailing W/L courses most of the time, it appeared the single rudder may be better for both VMG upwind, but more importantly, for VMG downwind.

    We are also pleased to report that of all the new 28 to 32 footers introduced at SPI Ouest, the J/99 was viewed as the most comfortable and versatile as a weekend family cruiser, too! All other competitive boats (like the JPK 1010, 1030, 1080, Sunfast 3200, 3300, 3600) were seen as simply race boats only, with no room or comforts down below.

    With a little more time to fine-tune the rigging settings, the sail trim, and sail selection choices, we believe we will have a good showing at an overnight double-handed event in La Rochelle in two weeks.”

    In the end, it was Phillipp Baetz’s J/122E MUSIX from the host club SN Trinite sur Mer that took the bronze in IRC B class with a 5-12-3-6-7 record for 21 pts net.  Just one point back was Didier LeMoal’s J/99 J-LANCE 14 with a 8-7-18-4-3 tally for 22 pts net. Notably, in the last race, the two J/99s (Andrew Algeo’s Irish team on JUGGERKNOT 2 and the French J-LANCE 14) finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on handicap time and also beat all but one of the 35 to 40 footers in the entire class boat-for-boat! And, that included crushing two very famous French offshore teams; the JPK 1080 RAGING BEE and the JPK 1010 FOGGY DEW (the overall RORC Fastnet Race winners)!

    The 50-boat IRC Doublehanded division was considered to have some of the fiercest offshore competition in the regatta, with many French solo/double stars sprinkled amongst the various boats; many of which are full-time professional sailors.  Up against such a formidable contingent of French superstars, Olivier Grassi’s J/99 GRASSI BATEAUX started off slowly but steadily improved every race, posting a 11-5-5-1 scoreline to secure the bronze, just 2 pts from the silver and 3 pts from the gold!  An amazing performance for a boat that was just “float-tested” less than 48 hours before their first start!

    In their fourth and final race, GRASSI BATEAUX felt they were finally getting a good feel for their boat. After a nearly three hour race, they were third boat across the line on elapsed time, just 1 min 30 sec behind a 34 footer and ahead of all the 36 to 40 footers; an astonishing achievement in a brand new boat (literally!), all things considered in such a hot, competitive fleet. The rest of the fleet was a who’s who of the French offshore shorthanded establishment; all sailing in these boats- Sunfast 3600 (9), Sunfast 3200 (9), Sunfast 40 (1), JPK 1080 (6), JPK 1010 (8), and A35 (4).

    Racing in the thirteen-boat IRC A class was Patrice Vidon’s J/111 J4F from Societe Nautique Baie St Malo. In the end, their 8-6-7-9-4 tally for 25 pts net was good enough for 6th overall, just 7 pts from a podium finish.

    In the twenty-five-boat IRC C class, the two J/92s sailed well.  Matthieu Visbecq’s NAVARCHSOFT took sixth place while Thierry Bidon’s DR JEKYLL from CN Lorient placed eighth.

    The French version of the American PHRF class is called the Osiris Habitable handicap rule. In the OSH 2 Class, Samuel Blevin’s J/109 JOKE sailed a very nice regatta and their crew hopped onto the podium in the bronze position.

    The seventeen-boat J/70 class saw very competitive racing for most of the top ten, except the winner!  Walking off with the convincing class win was Russian Alexei Semenov’s NEW TERRITORIES team (including Spanish Olympic Medallist Hugo Rocha as trim/ tactics); they essentially crushed the fleet with five 1sts and three 2nds in ten races to win by a twenty-point margin! Taking the silver was Frenchman Laurent Sambron racing HEMO-CAMUS with a 37 pts net total.  Third was Damian Michelier’s SAGE ENGINEERING SAILING TEAM with 42 pts net.  Rounding out the top five were Francois Lenart’s MECENAT CHIRURGIE CARDIAQUE in 4th an Phillippe Guigne’s VIRTUAL REGATTA 70 in 5th position.

    With sixty-six boats, the J/80 class was, again, by far the largest class at SPI Ouest France for at least ten years in a row, maybe more. The regatta produced a few surprise results due to the very light air conditions.  Winning was Frenchman Pierre Laouenan on COURRIER ECOLE NAVALE, producing an astonishing tally of 15-1-3-2-1-1 for 8 pts net to win by a large margin.  Taking second was another surprise fleet leader, the Spanish crew of Almandoz Iker sailing GRUPO GARATU with a 1-4-4-4-2-19 record for 15 pts net. Third was a familiar face on the podium, Frenchman Sylvain Pellisier’s INTUITIVE SAILS with a 4-35-2-1-8-11 scoreline for 26 pts. net. Rounding out the top five in this tough class was Luc Nadal’s GAN’JA in 4th and Corentin Kieffer’s GRAND OUEST ETIQUETTES in 5th place.

    Here is an interview with the winner- Pierre Laouenan.

    SPI: Pierre, what memory will you keep from this 41st Spi Ouest-France?

    PL: Obviously a very good memory, since we win! Overall, we showed a good level, we were fairly regular. It was a recovery for this crew; it was two years since we had not done a J/80. We also discovered the Courrier École Navale boat. Our goal is the world championship, this year in Bilbao, in July. It was therefore important for us to make a good recovery, to take the boat in hand.

    SPI: You had a complicated departure ...

    PL: Yes, we start with our worst race, taking the fifteenth place. Then, we go on the podiums: three races being first, another being second and finally a third place. It is a real satisfaction, there was also a strong competition.

    SPI: You are not at your first attempt on the Spi Ouest-France?

    PL: No, I do not count the number of Spi Ouest-France I made, but it is my third victory in J/80, and the fourth SPI Ouest I win in all. It is always a nice race, especially when you run with nice conditions like that, with sun and a little wind.

    SPI: The wind was still a little slow?

    PL: Over the last two days it was very soft it is true, but we still managed to sail, the committee was doing well and we could all run a few runs even if it was not always easy. There were also strong currents, and therefore an important part of strategy in navigation. We managed not to make too many mistakes, and we are really satisfied with this edition. Sailing photo credits- Jean-Marie Liot  For more SPI Ouest France sailing information

    J/122 LIQUID Crushes LVSB X Edition
    (Gustavia Harbor, St Barths)- Pamala Baldwin, owner of the J/122 LIQUID from Antigua, frequently races the Caribbean circuit, but until this regatta, she and her young Skipper Jules White hadn't quite cracked the top of the podium.

    She added Mike Giles as tactician and coach to complement the young talented team, and according to Baldwin, “it was the final piece we needed to complete the winning puzzle. My heart is filled with joy!”

    LIQUID’s skipper, Julian White, age 25 of Lymington, England is also the racing yacht's manager and according to Baldwin, "Jules is someone the racing world needs to keep an eye on...he maneuvered LIQUID through this entire season. We competed in every Caribbean Regatta, including the RORC Caribbean 600, with consistent podium results."

    Giles has raced almost every Les Voiles in the Maxi class, and really enjoyed his time in the smaller CSA 4 fleet. ”In this fleet there are no ‘gimmies’, it's an incredibly competitive class with close racing," the native South African said. "The racing is just as tough, if not harder, than when I'm sailing in the Maxis."

    Baldwin remarked, “my entire crew of ten are under age 30, competing against seasoned pro’s. You have no idea of my pride, knowing LIQUID is providing a platform for their future racing careers! Challenging and exhausting, but to sweep the entire CSA classes during Les Voiles 10th prestigious regatta with bullet after bullet is as exhilarating, as it is rewarding! It doesn't get better than this!”

    Enjoying the conditions equally as well was Chris Body’s J/122 EL OCASO, posting a 3-5-3-2-4-2 for 19 pts to take the bronze, just missing a podium 1-2 sweep of the CSA 4 Class by the J/122s.

    The tenth edition of the Voiles de Saint Barth provided the fleet of fifty-five offshore racing thoroughbreds a remarkable week of racing. “Sailing in St. Barth’s is never easy,” said Luc Poupon, Race Organizer. “There is much to navigate around with the rocks and it’s not as simple as it seems to negotiate. Clearly, knowing the nuances of sailing around St. Barth helps, and every day the competitors had to deal with the multiple wind shifts.”  For more Les Voiles de Saint Barth sailing information

    J/Crews Dominate Battles @ Van Uden Ecco Regatta
    (Stellendam, Netherlands)- The first major offshore regatta of the Dutch offshore sailing season took place this past weekend off Stellendam, The Netherlands on the North Sea. In general, J/Teams did quite well across the board in the challenging, somewhat light to medium sailing conditions (the same massive High pressure system that caused the cancellation of the RORC’s Easter Regatta off Cowes, England).

    The first of the season-long Dutch Doublehanded Series started with this event. Not surprisingly, the top Dutch crew of John van der Starre and Robin Verhoef started off the 2019 season in first place on their J/122E AJETO.  In fact, J/Teams nearly dominated the top five. Taking third was Chris Revelman & Pascal Bakker’s J/122 JUNIQUE, followed by Michel Hof’s J/122 AMBITION in fourth place and Ad Lagendijk’s J/109 IMAJINE in 5th place.

    In the ORC 1 Class, it was Paul van Driel’s J/111 SWEENY that posted a 5-3-3-1-1 to take the silver with 8 pts, just one point shy of first overall!

    In the ORC 2 Class, the J/109s occupied half of the top seven. Taking fourth was Rutger Krijger’s JACK RABBIT, followed by Alain Bornet’s JAI ALAI in 5th, and Arjen van Leeuwen’s JOULE in seventh position.

    In the one-design world, the J/70 class has grown considerably in the Netherlands. This year’s regatta saw the fleet double in size from last year. Winning this year’s event was Wouter Kollmann’s PLA J with a 1-2-3-1-1-1 for 6 pts net.  Grabbing the silver was John den Engelsman’s MR HENRI with a 3-5-1-2-3-3 for 12 pts net.  Then, Jan Wanders’ KIND OF MAGIC took the bronze with a 2-3-2-6-2-5 for 14 pts net.

    The J/22 class was won by the French crew on JAZZY, led by Reiner Brockerhoff; it was a “nip & tuck” fierce fight all weekend with Dirk Jan Ver Doorn’s Netherlands team on JUT EN JUL. The JAZZY team took it all in the last race, ending up with a 1-2-1-5-4-1 for 9 pts net. Losing that proposition was JUT EN JUL with a 2-1-2-1-9-4 for 10 pts net. Rounding out the top three was Melina Dinter’s JAG’D from Germany with a 7-3-4-2-1-3 for 13 pts net. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta sailing information

    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    Juan Reid from J/Boats Chile provided this report regarding a recent J/80 clinic on Lago Llanquihue (a lake just north of Puerto Montt,  about 900 miles south of the capital of Santiago):

    “Sixteen people from Frutillar and Puerto Varas meet at Cofradía Náutica de Frutillar on March 30th for a J/80 clinic that was led by Stu Johnstone from J/Boats in Newport.

    The J/80 class has four active boats on Lago Llanquihue. It is a very enthusiastic fleet that participates in many regattas; such as the non-stop around Lago Llanquihue race (e.g. “Vuelta al Lago”) and also the Semana de La Vela races from 19 to 26th of January.

    We met at 10:00 AM for a theoretical tuning discussion and then the group split onto the two J/80’s that were available- "Cumberland Yacht Charter" and "Domingo Siete".

    The weather could not have been more spectacular and beautiful. It was a sunny day, light winds of 5 to 8 kts from the south. We had great views of the three famous volcanos across the lake (Osorno, Puntiagudo and Calbuco). It was simply perfect scenery for our sailing clinic.

    We ran several windward-leeward legs for the two teams. Stu J and I were on a RIB giving instructions to the two teams regards sail trim, boat trim, and boat-handling maneuvers.

    After three hours of sailing, the sailors headed back to the yacht club to enjoy lunch (awesome BBQ and local wines) and a good conversation about the lessons on the water.

    The clinic was great input for the J/80 class on Lago Llanquihue. They need as much knowledge as possible!”
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  • J/Newsletter- April 17th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    One of the most amazing events that took place this past week was World Sailing’s NATIONS CUP Regatta on San Francisco Bay for nearly a week of competition. Sailed on their matched fleet of J/22 one-design sailboats, the St Francis Yacht Club held a five-day regatta that included both “Open” and “Women” divisions for world-class match-racing. Notably, the French swept the event, despite prognostications to the contrary (a bright spot for their nation, despite the tragic fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral). Going from the “left coast” to the “right coast”, the largest sailing regatta in America took place in Charleston, South Carolina. That event- the SPERRY Charleston Race Week- has grown considerably over time and, in its latest incarnation, had nearly 50% J/Teams participation (about 75% of all sailors).

    Over in the United Kingdom, the Warsash Spring Series held their fifth weekend of sailing activity.  This past weekend marked the start of their Black Championship Regatta, a special “within a series” regatta that takes place over two weekends.  The competition continued to be ferocious, especially for the large fleet of J/70s that are beginning their ramp-up/ tune-up for the 2019 J/70 World Championship in Torquay, England.

    Meanwhile, down in the Caribbean, the Les Voiles de St Barths Regatta continues to progress this week. They have completed three days of racing, starting on Monday. On Thursday, the fleet was relaxing and enjoying a sybaritic day on the infamous Nikki Beach party.

    In the J/Community, there are several entertaining profiles and insights on “veteran” sailors as well as “youth” sailors. For example, one J/35 sailor has sailed all 24 Charleston Race Weeks. Then, a group of youth sailors on a J/70 described their experience sailing in Charleston Race Week. Similarly, we have a parent/ family sailing video perspective on kids sailing on their J/34 IOR KNEE DEEP off Cleveland, OH on Lake Erie.  Finally, the J/121 EAGLE had an early spring tuning session with triple-slotting as part of their training program- fascinating photos!

    SPI Ouest France Regatta Preview
    (La Trinite sur Mer, France)- If it’s Easter Bank Holiday, it must be time for the largest regatta in France to usher in the new sailing season! Yes, it is that time again, from April 18th to 22nd, the Societe Nautique de La Trinite sur Mer hosts their annual SPI Ouest France Regatta.

    The event is simply huge and is also an important gathering place for all sailors, professionals, and marine industry people.  The 2019 edition will have 398 keelboats on the water, of which 98 are a veritable navy of J’s (25% of the total fleet) that include J/70s, J/80s, J/92s, J/97s, J/99s, J/105s, J/109, J/111, J/120 and J/122E.

    The leading contenders in the IRC Divisions will include the trio of the brand new J/99’s making their first major regatta debut. The stakes could not get any higher than the largest regatta in France run each year! Leading that charge in the IRC B fleet may be Didier LeMoal’s latest J-LANCE 14 from Societe Regate Rochelaises. Then, Olivier Grassi’s J/99 GRASSI BATEAUX is sailing in the IRC Double class against a formidable contingent of top French offshore doublehanded sailing teams.

    Racing in the IRC A class will be P. Vidon’s J/111 J4F from Societe Nautique Baie St Malo.  Joining the J/99s in IRC B are H. Mehu’s J/109 JACKPOT, P. Girardin’s J/120 HEY JUDE, and P. Baetz’s J/122E MUSIX; all three teams are from the host club- SN Trinite sur Mer. In IRC C class will be two J/92s- M. Visbecq’s NAVARCHSOFT and T. Bidon’s DR JEKYLL from CN Lorient.

    The French version of the American PHRF class is called the Osiris Habitable handicap rule.  There are nine J/Teams participating in OSH 1 Division, including four J/105s, S. Blevin’s J/109 JOKE, two J/97s (O. Kayser’s NUAGE II and P. Mabo’s HALIOTIS), and a lone J/24 (A. Garcia’s JERONIMO).

    Yet again, the largest class in the biggest regatta in France happens to be the sixty-four boat J/80 class, with representatives from Belgium, Spain, Great Britain and Ireland. The top French teams include Simon Moriceau’s ARMEN HABITAT, Sylvain Pellisier’s INTUITIVE SAILS, Luc Nadal’s GANJA, Ludovic Gilet’s NUMERO J, and Laurent Verdier’s HIP HOP. The top visiting teams include Kevin Sproul’s ULTIMATE SAILS/ J.A.T. from Great Britain and J. O’Dowd’s JABS from Ireland.

    The seventeen-boat J/70 class continues to grow its participation in the SPI Ouest Regatta, and the competition is getting stronger as well, with representatives from three nations- France, Russia, and the USA.  The top French crews are Luc Sambron’s HEMON CAMUS, Herve Leduc’s PIERRE OCEANE/ JIBESET.  The top visitors include the American B. Vibert on APOLLO J and the Russian/ Spanish team on NEW TERRITORIES, led by Alex Semenov from Moscow with Olympic Medallist Hugo Rocha as trim/ tactics.  For more SPI Ouest France sailing information

    RORC Easter Challenge Preview
    (Cowes, England)- You can pay for new sails. You can pay for keel fairing and a good bottom job. You can pay a specialist to try to optimize your IRC rating. Any of the above will help you to get around the race track faster in a more successful manner.

    However, none if them address the real issue- that boat speed gains, ultimately translating into performance on the race course- can come just as readily if you spend time not money on yourself. You can change the set-up and trim of your boat, and spend time on the water testing that while practicing to improve your crew’s skill-sets, boat handling and techniques.

    The fast track way to do this is by employing a coach– the reason why Olympic sailors and America’s Cup teams have them full time. However, competitors at the RORC Easter Challenge (Friday 19th-Sunday 21st April)- be they RORC members or no – will receive coaching for FREE from some of the top names in British sailing.

    This coaching is provided by the Royal Ocean Racing Club to improve general sailing skills, and thus, the tightness of the racing, both in its own fleets and more broadly. Many crews use the event effectively to kick start their new season, to make both themselves and their boat race-ready after the winter break.

    While the coaching may be FREE, it comes from top sailors, notably ‘the guru’ Jim Saltonstall, whose influence helped drive many of the top names in British yacht racing, like Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and Chris Draper, on their way to their present success. Another integral part of the coaching effort is Eddie Warden Owen. He may spend more time in a suit these days as the RORC CEO, but he has been one of the UK’s top sailors and also has a long CV coaching, including America’s Cup teams such as Team New Zealand and Desafio Espanol. They are assisted by professional keelboat coach Mason King.

    Once again, North Sails is a partner of the RORC Easter Challenge and various sailmakers from the Gosport loft will be both helping with the on-the-water coaching, while others will be sailing on key boats in the fleet.

    “For RORC Easter Challenge competitors, the coaching is optional,” says RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone. “You can just pitch up and treat it as a normal yacht race. Or, you can ask the coaches to come over and look at something when you’re out on the water. But better still, before the event let us know if there is anything specific you’d like the coaches to look at.” This is could be seeing how well a change in trim is working or a new technique for maneuvers, or checking new sails.

    For those unfamiliar with the event, the coaching comes in two significant parts. On the water, the event is unique in having RRS 41 “Outside Help” relaxed. This permits coaches to climb onboard to demonstrate something and/or the crew can step off on to a coaching RIB to check trim mid-race! A very valuable process for any sailing team!

    Post-racing on the Friday and Saturday nights at the RORC’s Cowes Clubhouse, the coaching team will examine lessons learned during the day, backed up with video from the race course. New for 2019 is that due to the breadth of the fleet and the introduction of a doublehanded class, the debrief session for the whole group will be followed by sessions for smaller groups, with, for example, Nikki Curwen (top woman J/105 sailor) leading the one for Doublehanders.

    A repeat visitor is the J/109 MOJO RISIN’, campaigned by Rob Cotterill with a crew, largely from London Business School Sailing Club. The boat is heavily campaigned and she managed to finish 16th among almost 400 boats in last year’s RORC Season’s Points Championship.

    “It is a great regatta,” says Cotterill of the RORC Easter Challenge. “We treat it like a mini Cowes Week and spend a lot of time on the debriefs, which are really useful. We’ll also be trying to get attention from the coaching boats. Last year they were able to compare how we were sailing against another J/109 JUBILEE, looking at the trim differences, etc; that was really useful. We are all amateur sailors and this helps us to learn fast. The more help we can get, the better.”

    As usual the RORC Easter Challenge will conclude with a prize-giving mid-afternoon on Easter Sunday, where chocolate eggs in extreme quantities will be given out among the prizes!  For more RORC Easter Challenge sailing information

    J/24 Lady Liberty Cup Announcement
    (New York, NY)- The Manhattan Yacht Club is proud to host the 20th edition of the Lady Liberty Cup to be sailed June 8th and 9th in New York Harbor. Sponsored by the New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, the purpose of the event is to support and promote amateur women’s sailing in the United States by bringing together top women sailors. The regatta will be raced on identical J/24 sailboats provided by Manhattan Yacht Club with races taking place under the watchful gaze of the Statue of Liberty herself!

    All races start and finish from the Honorable William Wall, Manhattan Yacht Club’s floating clubhouse anchored in the harbor. This means races can start upwind or downwind, depending on weather and current conditions.

    Participating teams are encouraged to start sailing on Friday June 7th, the boats will be available for a practice day from 1000 to 1600 hours and a practice race will be taking place at 1600 hrs.

    Any team of U.S. women sailors can apply to participate. To be considered for an invitation, please email “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”. The entry fee is $350 that covers the cost of the boat charter. The damage deposit is $500.  Please note the deadline for entry is May 15.

     If you have any questions, please contact the Manhattan Yacht Club at 212-786-3323. For more information and to request entry go to myc.org/racing-home/lady-liberty-regatta.  For more Manhattan YC Lady Liberty Cup sailing information

    Oregon Offshore Race Announcement!
    (Portland, OR)- The 43rd Annual Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race, sponsored by Schooner Creek Boatworks, is scheduled to start on May 9th, 2019.  This 193-mile race starts at Buoy 2 off the Columbia River entrance and finishes at the entrance to Victoria, BC harbor.

    So far, there are twenty participants and Corinthian YC Portland is expecting a few more sign-ups. The entrants so far are the usual who’s who of the Portland sailing community, with some very welcome participants coming from out of the area.  A top local boat includes Scott Campbell’s beautiful new RIVA, a state of the art J/121, crewed by the usual group of local rock stars.

    In addition to other local regulars, there is Phillip Wampold’s J/92 ZAFF RACING, the J/40 VELOCITY skippered by Thomas Keffer, and the Portland J/105 Fleet has a one-design start with three entrants (ABSTRACT, Dennis Sibilla’s ESCAPE ARTIST, and of course FREE BOWL OF SOUP (their 6th time!)!

    This year, in conjunction with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, the event is featuring the First Annual Cascadia Cup, which will award a trophy to the competitor with the lowest combined time in the Oregon Offshore and qualifying races of the Swiftsure event.

    The Oregon Offshore skippers meeting and raffle will be held at the Rogue Brew Pub in Astoria, Oregon on May 8th starting at 6 pm.  The race will start in the morning of May 9th just off Astoria at the opening of the Columbia River. This will be another great race in the long history of the Oregon Offshore. For more Oregon Offshore Race sailing information

    Calling All J/Crews- Edgartown Race Week & Round Island Beckons!
    (Edgartown, MA)— J/Boat teams are always a big part of the action at Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend, and this year organizers are putting out an “A.P.B.” to all J/Fest participants and others who own J/Boats, inviting them to join the fun on Martha’s Vineyard over July 25th to 27th, 2019.

    The three-day competition starts on Thursday with two days of ’Round-the-Buoys (’RTB) racing and finishes on Saturday with a choice of distance races: the traditional 56 nautical-mile ’Round-the-Island (’RTI) race and, introduced last year, the 20 nm ’Round-the-Sound (’RTS) race.

    Sailors can choose to sail on all three days or just in one or the other of the distance races. Either way, there’s something for everyone and something extra for J/Boat teams in the ‘RTI race. A three-boat team, representing any given yacht club and with PHRF-NE rated entries in more than one division, qualifies for first-, second-, and third-place trophies based on best-corrected times. As well, there are top-three prizes for the best individual corrected time out of all J/Boats in the ’RTI.

    As one of the smallest boats in the fleet last year, Ira Perry’s (Padanaram, Mass.) J/29 SEEFEST won the best-corrected-time J/Boat trophy in the ’RTI and finished second in his class. Perry has won the race a handful of times since he first sailed it in 2001 and has only missed a few years of competing here.

    “It’s just spectacular scenery, some of the most beautiful in the area,” said Perry, “and the race is always tactically challenging, especially in light air when you need to concentrate on keeping the boat moving, but last year there was plenty of wind, and we were in by 4 p.m.”

    Perry added that, as always is the case, the weekend will double as a getaway with his wife and kids, and this year he’s considering joining the ’Round-the-Buoys racing if his crew can come in early.

    “Edgartown Yacht Club runs a great regatta, and they work hard to make the experience the best it can possibly be,” said Perry. “The organizers are very accommodating, and they ask for and listen to feedback, making changes according to it. You don’t see that happening too often with other regattas.”

    Other J/Boat skippers signed up for the ’RTI are Edgartown Race Weekend veterans and past winners Ed Dailey and Richard Egan, entered, respectively, with the J/109 RAPTOR and the J/46 WINGS.

    Brand new to the event will be Daniel Heun (Franklin, Mass.) skippering his J/122 MOXIEE in both the ’Round-the-Buoys races and the ’Round-the-Sound race. Huen has had his boat since 2014, having progressed from owning and racing a J/24, to a J/29, and then a J/105.

    “When you want a new boat it usually is bigger than the last one,” said Heun, “and this one (hull #85 at 40 feet) is fit for cruising, with cherry joinery below, a refrigerator, etc., so the first couple of nights we’ll stay on it on the mooring, and then I’ll move ashore when my wife and daughter come in on Friday.”

    Heun, a veteran of the Chicago to Mackinac Race, Newport to Bermuda Race, Block Island Race Week and other “racer’s races”, says he and his crew try to choose at least one weekend regatta each season where the families can be part of the fun.

    “Edgartown Race Weekend is perfect, because it’s a long weekend instead of a week, and it’s in July, so it’s warm,” said Heun. “We’re planning on having good days of racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday while our families enjoy the beaches and shopping, and then we’ll have good dinners ashore with them each evening. We debated doing the ’RTI, but with the ’RTS we’re assured of getting back by late afternoon, and we’ll still be able to enjoy Edgartown after racing.”

    Edgartown Race Weekend divisions are for IRC, ORC, ORR, PHRF-NE (including Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker), Classic, One-Design, Multihull and Doublehanded boats. ’RTI/’RTS and ‘RTB are scored separately, with top-three prizes awarded in each class.

    Registration deadline for the ’Round-the-Island and ’Round-the Sound races is Wednesday, July 24, 2019.  (Registration deadline for team sign-up is Monday, July 22.) The entry fee for ’RTS is $125 ($150 after July 6). The fee for the ’RTI is $250.00 ($325 after July 5, 2019).

    Registration deadline for the ’Round-the-Buoy races is Tuesday, July 23, 2019. The entry fee for ’RTB is $50 each day.

    A Mount Gay-sponsored “Jump-Up” party on Friday night (July 26), and awards on both Friday afternoon and Sunday morning (July 28), round out the full social schedule.

    To request a mooring, contact Clare Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow Edgartown Yacht Club Racing on Facebook here.  For more information Edgartown Race Week sailing information

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Mar 17- Apr 28- Warsash Spring Series- Warsash, England
    Apr 14-20- Les Voiles de Saint-Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St. Barth
    Apr 18-22- SPI Ouest France Regatta- La Trinite sur Mer, France
    Apr 20-21- J/22 Van Uden Ecco Regatta- Stellendam, Netherlands
    Apr 26-28- Newport to Ensenada Race- Newport Beach, CA
    Apr 27-28- American YC Spring Series- Rye, NY
    Apr 28- May 3- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua
    May 3-5- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 3-5- Yachting Cup Regatta- San Diego, CA
    May 4-10- J/24 European Championship- Patras, Greece
    May 4- RORC Cervantes Cup Race- Cowes, England
    May 9-12- SAILING Champions League- Palma Mallorca, Spain
    May 10-12- Grand Prix de St Cast- St Cast, France
    May 10-12- RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup- Cowes, England

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

    Blustery, Sunny SPERRY Charleston Race Week
    (Charleston, SC)- No question, there is no more picturesque sight than Charleston Harbor during the SPERRY Charleston Race Week regatta that brings international recognition to the historic city. A fleet of almost 260 sailboats in 18 different classes took over almost every inch of the Cooper River and was truly a sight to behold all weekend-long. With seven different race courses set in various pockets of Charleston Harbor, a spectator viewing from land could see colorful billowing sails everywhere they looked!  And, what a spectacle it was for three straight days of sailing.

    It is not hard to see why over 115 J/Teams enjoyed their annual spring pilgrimage down to this jewel in the deep South.  No one could complain, three straight days of good weather, good breezes, plenty of sun, and random squalls on Sunday to spice things up a bit!

    The regatta featured six one-design J/Classes, including J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/80s, J/88s, and J/105s.  In addition, there were two “Pursuit-style” sailing divisions for both PHRF and ORC handicap rated boats that includes a J/30, J/35, J/109s, J/111s, J/120s and a J/122.

    Day 1- Beautiful Southeasters!
    The weekend got off to a rip-roaring start with south-southeasterly winds ranging from 10 to 20 knots, allowing organizers to complete four races for most of the classes doing windward-leeward courses.

    There was some great action on the inside courses with the wind shifting wildly at times and a short squall wreaking some havoc then causing conditions to change significantly.

    Class newcomer Buddy Cribb sailed VICTORY into the early lead in the J/70 class, largest of the regatta with 56 boats. Barr Batzer was aboard as tactician while Scott Ewing (headsail trimmer) and Chris Manson-Hing (bow) completed the crew as VICTORY posted a solid score line of 1-3-4.

    “We got good starts, we went the right way and we went fast. We also didn’t do anything too risky,” said Cribb, a resident of Jupiter, Florida.

    Cribb had been sailing in the Etchells class for 15 years and suddenly decided to “give something different a try.” The Coral Reef Yacht Club member has about nine regattas under his belt and has clearly climbed the learning curve quite quickly.

    J/70 class leaders have requested just three races per day and VICTORY holds a two-point lead over Joel Ronning and the CATAPULT team going into Saturday’s action.

    “This is a really tough fleet, so we’ll see if we can keep it going,” said Cribb, whose last appearance at Sperry Charleston Race Week came about eight years ago with the Etchells.

    Mike Bruno has been bringing his J/88 WINGS to Sperry Charleston Race Week for several years and has never come away victorious– not even a runner-up finish or, for that matter, anywhere near the podium! The Armonk, New York native is hoping his team’s success on Friday is a good omen as WINGS began the regatta with results of 2-2-1 before a blown-out spinnaker led to a fifth in Race 4.

    “We had really good starts and really good boat speed,” Bruno said. “Our boat tends to be quicker in a breeze so we were glad to see the velocity increase as the day went along.”

    Bruno said Wings was overlapped with EXILE and SPACEMAN SPIFF at the finish of the two races it placed second. “For some reasons I’ve been jinxed in this regatta. Hopefully, things will finally come together this year,” he said.

    Warrior Sailing 1, skippered by Sammy Hodges, grabbed the early lead in the J/22 class after winning two races and placing second in two others. Navy veteran Ruben Munoz (jib) and Army veteran Troy Rasmussen (main) are the warriors aboard the boat.

    “This is my first time competing here at Charleston and it was really cool out there,” Munoz said. “We worked really well together as a team, which was great to see.”

    College of Charleston sailor Carson Shields worked the bow aboard Warrior Sailing 1, which benefitted from doing two practice sessions on Thursday. “I’m so impressed with the improvement Ruben and Troy made in the span of just one day on the boat,” Hodges said.

    On the offshore Hybrid Pursuit classes, the ORC Class A, B and C entries had a light start to the day– taking more than three hours to complete the 7.4-mile out-bound course due to the flood current and light air under eight knots.

    Despite the light air and challenging conditions, the Pursuit Race concept seemed to work across the wide variety of boat types in this division– ranging from Victor Wild’s speedy TP52 Fox to Miles Martschink’s J/105– because the racing in corrected time was also close with the top eight places in Race 1 within one minute.

    Robin Team, a multi-time Palmetto Trophy winner, led the J/122 TEAMWORK to victory in both races on Friday. Team said the return race into Charleston Harbor, which began with a fleet start, was approximately 9 ½ miles due to a windward jaunt to a drop mark.

    “We’re primarily accustomed to doing windward-leeward courses around the buoys so this point-to-point racing was a little different for us, but a fun challenge for our crew,” Team said.

    Team credited tactician Jonathan Bartlett with making some “extraordinary calls” during the Pursuit Race into the Atlantic Ocean. “That, coupled with Kevin Ryman’s great navigation, gave us a leg up on the race out,” said Team, who praised his brother Adam for doing an “incredible job” of trimming the spinnaker during the race back into the harbor, which was primarily a downwind affair.

    Day 2- Sunny, Breezy Southerly, Again?!
    Charleston Harbor was pretty much becalmed as sailors made their way to the docks on Saturday morning. Some of the professional tacticians encouraged event director Randy Draftz to post an onshore postponement in order to give the sea breeze time to fill in.

    However, Draftz has been running Sperry Charleston Race Week for a long time and knows the conditions here better than anyone. He decided to send the 257-boat fleet out on time, but instructed principal race officers on all seven circles to error on the side of caution. “We’d rather have one good race than three bad ones,” Draftz said.

    It turns out concerns about the wind velocity were unfounded. In typical Charleston fashion, the breeze built throughout the day and organizers got in four races again on Saturday- two light air starts in the morning followed by two medium breeze starts in the afternoon. Most importantly, all the racing was fair and gave the sailors quality racing in the challenging venue.

    “It was a very challenging day on the water,” said Pamela Rose, skipper of the J/70 ROSEBUD. “I give my crew a lot of credit for having the ability to tune the boat accurately for the changing conditions.”

    Joel Ronning and his CATAPULT crew had a dominant day within the J/70 fleet. Ronning steered CATAPULT to victory in all four races, an extremely difficult accomplishment considering the caliber of competition.

    “It was a really fun day to say the least,” said Ronning, who went right back on the water for an evening sail with his daughter and girlfriend.

    Class veteran Victor Diaz De Leon was calling tactics on CATAPULT with Charleston local Patrick Wilson trimming the headsails and Christopher Stocke working the bow. Factor in a win to close out Friday’s action and Catapult has posted five straight bullets en route to a low score of 14 points.

    “One thing about this team is that we have a tremendous amount of fun together. It’s a very harmonious group,” said Ronning, who captured J/70 class and earned the Charleston Race Week Cup in 2017. “Victor Diaz is a brilliant tactician and the communication on the boat is tremendous. Patrick and Christopher are fantastic about feeding information to Victor.”

    ROSEBUD held second place in J/70 class, 19 points behind CATAPULT and six ahead of VICTORY (Buddy Cribb). This was Rose’s third time at Sperry Charleston Race Week and this is the highest she has been in J/70 class.

    “I love coming to Charleston because it’s such a dynamite venue. This is by far the best results I’ve had in this regatta and it’s because I have such a great crew,” Rose said.

    Lucas Calabrese, part of the 2018 J/70 World Championship crew, is calling tactics for the Chicago & Florida owner along with Jud Smith (the 2018 J/70 World Champion skipper). “It’s really tough out there, so you have to keep your head out of the boat and work hard to stay in phase,” Calabrese said.

    SHENANIGANS, sailed by the husband and wife tandem of Bill and Shannon Lockwood, had set a strong pace in J/80 class- getting the gun in five of eight starts. The Annapolis boat has a couple seconds and a third for a low score of nine points, but was still just three clear of the second place boat. ELEVEN, another Annapolis entry skippered by Bert Carp, had also posted a steady string of top three finishes highlighted by three bullets.

    Carter White and his crew on YouREGATTA had put forth a masterful performance in J/24 class, winning six straight races after beginning the regatta with a second. White, who hails from Portland, Maine, had built an eight-point lead on LEVEL PELICAN (Crisp McDonald).

    Day 3-  Spectacular, Blustery Finale
    The regatta concluded in spectacular fashion with strong winds producing exciting action and several classes being decided during the last race.

    The J/88 class saw the battle go right down to the wire in the final race. Mike Bruno said following Friday’s racing that he’d been jinxed at Sperry Charleston Race Week, suffering problems that prevented podium finishes in 2018 and 2017. He thought his bad luck would be extended when WINGS was ruled on-course-side in Race 9 and had to restart.

    “We came into the day saying we were going to be conservative and not make any mistakes. Then, we got tangled up with another boat at the start and right out of the gate we were over early,” said Bruno, who did manage to battle back to finish sixth in the 10-boat fleet. “We were pretty glum going into the last race. I thought we’d blown it again.”  At that point, Bruno’s WINGS team had dropped into 2nd place, two points back from the lead.

    However, there was a happy ending as WINGS redeemed itself big-time in Race 10, which was held in 20-25 knot south-southwesterly winds with gusts approaching 30 kts. WINGS basically had to win the race and hope for the best, letting the chips fall where they may. After rough going on the first weather leg, WINGS rounded the first weather mark in sixth, then moved up a couple places by the downwind rounding. Bruno and crew turned it on from there, passing the remaining three boats to get the gun in a cloud of spray on the final, full-on, planing-mode run into the downwind finish line.

    That victory in the final start of the three-day regatta gave WINGS a two-point victory over ALBONDINGAS (Justin Scagnelli, West Nyack, NY), leading Bruno to breathe a huge sigh of relief. Third was Rob Ruhlman’s family crew on SPACEMAN SPIFF from Cleveland, OH.

    “What an exciting way to win a regatta. To come from behind like that was thrilling and I feel fantastic,” Bruno said. “We like heavy air, so we were really happy when the breeze really came on for that last race. It was really exhilarating blasting downwind in planing mode and passing boat after boat.”

    Bruno noted the average age of his crew is 60, with bow man Jonathan Asch checking in at 66. Stuart Johnstone called tactics, Chris Morgan trimmed the main, while Steve Lopez and Tim Randall teamed to trim the headsails aboard Wings.

    TEAMWORK, a J/122 owned by Robin Team of Lexington, North Carolina, earned the Palmetto Trophy for the fifth time at Sperry Charleston Race Week! Jonathan Bartlett called tactics on TEAMWORK, which won all six races in ORC B class on the Hybrid Pursuit course.

    “We’ve been coming to Charleston for a long time and we absolutely love this regatta,” said Team, whose previous Palmetto Trophy wins were as top PHRF entry. Now TEAMWORK has another one for their trophy shelf for best performance among ORC entries after duking it out with the J/111 SITELLA (Ian Hill, Chesapeake, VA).

    “We had a great time mixing it up with Sitella, which is always well-sailed,” Team said. “We had the boat well-prepped and dialed in from the beginning, while our crew work was incredible once again.”

    Joel Ronning and his CATAPULT crew secured a surprisingly convincing victory in J/70 class. Victor Diaz De Leon served as tactician on CATAPULT, which won six of nine races in posting a low score of 20 points– 20 better than runner-up ROSEBUD (Pamela Rose, Aventura, FL).  Third went to Cribb’s VICTORY, fourth to Henry Brauer’s RASCAL and fifth to John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES.

    “We had some really fortunate breaks this week. There is nothing like having luck on your side. Sometimes the karma is with you and this is one of those instances,” said Ronning, a resident of Excelsior, Minnesota. “I’ve always loved sailing in Charleston and this year’s regatta was an awful lot of fun.”

    Diaz De Leon joined the team about six months ago and Ronning has been impressed by the way he’s blended in with holdovers Christopher Stocke (bow) and Patrick Wilson (headsail trimmer).

    “Our team communication is the strongest I’ve ever seen on a boat. We’ve been clicking really well together and the chemistry is the best it’s ever been on the boat,” Ronning said. “Victor was getting great information from Chris and Patrick and was really on fire this week in terms of making the calls.”

    Carter White skippered YouREGATTA to the most dominant victory of 2019 Sperry Charleston Race Week, winning seven straight races in J/24 class after placing second in Friday’s opener. YouREGATTA did not start Race 9 and still finished 12 points clear of Level Pelican (Crisp McDonald (Charleston, S.C.). Third was Cameron Rylance’s THAT’LL DO PIG.

    Molly White worked the bow for her husband, who has been racing a J/24 for more than two decades. Michael McAllister called tactics, Ted Wiedeke trimmed the spinnaker while Chris Lombardo trimmed the genoa.

    “It’s really about our team. We’ve been sailing together for four years and do five to six major regattas a year,” said White, who hails from Portland, Maine. “We have a routine that really works and puts us in a different league. Our consistency and ability to adapt to changing conditions is crucial. We had to shift gears constantly and our crew is capable of doing that.”

    SHENANIGANS came away as winner of J/80 class following a tight three-way battle with fellow Annapolis entry ELEVEN (Bert Carp). Shannon Lockwood steered while her father Bill trimmed the main. Jeff Todd handled headsails while his daughter Cassie worked the bow.

    “We had a great battle with Bert, who we race against on Thursday nights in Annapolis,” said Shannon Lockwood, who was a member of the keelboat team at St. Mary’s College. “I thought our team handled the boat well and paid attention to the puffy and shifty conditions. We were also conservative and smart with our maneuvers. It’s always cool to win, especially at such a major regatta like Charleston so we’re super psyched.”

    Warrior Sailing 1, skippered by Sammy Hodges, led from start to finish in J/22 class – winning five races and having the luxury of skipping the last. Navy veteran Ruben Munoz (jib) and Army veteran Troy Rasmussen (main) were the warriors aboard the boat. “Tiger Woods won the Masters today, but that doesn’t even compare to what we did,” Munoz said proudly. “We came here to have fun and learn so winning is icing on the cake.”

    This was the first sailing experience for Rasmussen, who gave credit to Hodges for helming and coaching at the same time. “Sammy was awesome about keeping us on point and teaching all the little nuances,” he said.

    Finally on the last day of competition the wind gods permitted the ORC Hybrid Pursuit entries to enjoy the intended three-race daily format: a morning pursuit distance race from the harbor to the offshore course area, followed by a windward-leeward buoy race, and ending with another distance race to the harbor.

    “This Hybrid Pursuit style was well received by all the boats and we enjoyed it,” Team said.

    Principal race officer added a second windward-leeward race to make up for the fact Saturday’s Hybrid Pursuit was abandoned. ORC D was won by SKIMMER, a locally-based J/105 team led by Miles Martschink and Ben Hagood.

    “This was our first experience with ORC racing,” said Tucker, “and with some more measurements we probably could have optimized our rating a little better. Yet on the whole we thought the ratings were fair.”

    A pair of Charleston entries came out on top on the regular Pursuit Race courses with Wadmalaw Island resident Bill Hanckel skippering his J/120 EMOCEAN to a two-point victory in Spinnaker PHRF A. Third were “the kids”, the College of Charleston Sailing Team racing the beautifully restored J/36 SOUL. Sailing photo credits- Nancy Bloom / Priscilla Parker / TimWilkes.com / Photoboat.com-Alan Clark.  For more Charleston Race Week sailing information

    Les Voiles de St Barths X Edition Update
    (Gustavia Harbor, St Barths)- The tenth edition of the Voiles de Saint Barth started on Monday this past week.  A fleet of fifty-five offshore racing thoroughbreds has enjoyed the spectacular aquamarine waters around St Barths for the past three days.  Thursday is the infamous “Nikki Beach Club” day-off, where teams party and play, eat lots of “sushi boats” and consume copious quantities of the famous “pink rose’” wine from jeroboam bottles.  Racing continues on Friday and Saturday.

    The third day of racing at Les Voiles de St. Barth sent the fleets on the Round the Island race in which local knowledge paid off with few surprises in the results.

    The race veterans knew how to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities on the 24–32 nautical mile courses around St. Barth’s rocky cliffs and surrounding volcanic rock landmarks. The 12 to 15 knots and northeast direction also provided 30-degree wind shifts to further challenge the nine classes.

    “Sailing in St. Barth’s is never easy,” said Luc Poupon, Race Organizer. “There is much to navigate around with the rocks and it’s not as simple as it seems to negotiate. Clearly, knowing the nuances of sailing around St. Barth helps, and today is a perfect example, especially, as competitors had to deal with the large wind shifts.”

    After posting a 2-1-1, Pamala Baldwin’s J/122 LIQUID from Antigua holds a strong lead in CSA 4 Racing class. Meanwhile, Chris Body’s United Kingdom team has posted a 3-5-3 and is now sitting in 4th place and is within striking distance of a podium finish for both J/122s!   For more Les Voiles de Saint Barth sailing information

    French Dominate World Sailing Nations Cup
    (San Francisco, CA)- The 2019 edition of the World Sailing Nations Cup was sailed on a fleet of matched J/22s on San Francisco Bay, hosted by the St Francis Yacht Club.  The event is emblematic of the world sailing championship for Open and Women’s match racing teams.  In the end, the French dominated nearly from beginning to end, despite the best efforts of truly world-class American teams like StFYC’s own Nicole Breault!  Here is what took place day-to-day in this remarkable event.

    Day 1- All Bullets for American Breault and the French (Courtois and Mesnil)
    It was picket fences for both French teams– top-ranked Women’s skipper Pauline Courtois and Open Division skipper Maxime Mesnil, as well as defending Nations Cup Women’s Champion Nicole Breault (USA) after the first day of racing.

    Competition commenced with 10 women’s division teams from around the world facing off in round robin format on two east-west race courses. Ripples of current snaking across the courses made for challenging conditions for first-timers to San Francisco Bay sailing. “It was really difficult with the current, but my team did a really good job,” said Courtois, of her Match in Pink Normandy Elite Team of Maelenn Lemaitre, Loise Acker and Sophie Faguet. “We had really good, close matches in difficult conditions. There were no surprises, but it is important to keep focused and watch the water and the current.”

    Anna Östling (SWE) currently in third place with three wins echoed the sentiment to stay focused: “Our first race with [Juliana] Senfft (BRA) we had a penalty at the start and were able to wipe it and give her one right at the finish line. It was one of those races where you think, think, think and finally get the win.”

    “It was a really fun start to the event,” she added. “This is the kind of sailing we love.”

    Defending Women’s Champion, and Bay local, Nicole Breault, raved about the caliber and tightness of competition. “You have to capitalize on their mistakes, because they’re capitalizing on yours.”

    Asked if she had any unforgettable moments on the racecourse today, she recalled her match against fellow USA skipper, Allie Blecher.

    “We were trailing around the leeward mark, but really close. We rolled into a tack, got our bow forward and I realized we’d rolled over our spinnaker sheets.” With the drag of the sheets slowing them down during the short second beat, Breault’s bow Hannah Burroughs was all over the deck recovering and retying them. “We rounded, tucked to the inside, got control of them, and had the most perfect spinnaker set. We ended up passing them and winning the race.”

    The morning’s light northerly winds eventually clocked to the west and built to the high teens delivering more robust afternoon conditions for the nine Open Division teams. The tail end of a strong flood tide pushed competitors close to shore seeking relief and moments of lift in reversing ebb. This made for fantastic viewing from StFYC’s clubhouse of a series of dial-downs between David Rae (RSA) and Henrique Haddad (BRA) in a match ultimately won by Haddad. By day’s end, the ebb had shortened the average match times from 16 minutes to 11, noted World Sailing’s Technical Director and PRO David Campbell-James.

    “We had a very nice day,” said Maxime Mesnil (FRA), sailing with Match In Black Normandy Elite Team members Hugo Feydit, Yann Chateau and Yves-Marie Pilon. “Last week we were at Congressional Cup and today we had more wins than all of last week. It was a very good start to the event.” A neck-and-neck match against Pearson Potts (USA) had spectators out of their seats as the two boats rounded the windward mark, raised their chutes for the downwind with Mesnil quickly luffing Potts to the north, their hulls careening wildly in the building seas. “I thought I had a penalty,” Mesnil explained, “So I was trying to penalize him, but my team said no, we are fine.” Eventually bearing off, Mesnil sent it for the finish line and squeaked out the win.

    Tomorrow, he’ll be up against Haddad, who also had a strong day, and Ettore Botticini (ITA) who’s hoping for more wins than he scored during his first day sailing in San Francisco. “Today was hard. We lost, not the most important matches, but the ones we wanted to win,” he said. “We improved a lot through the day, but tomorrow we need to do better.”

    Day 2- Mesnil Leads Open Division, Breault Undefeated in Women’s
    Maxime Mesnil (FRA) dominated the Open Division during the second day of racing. In the Women’s Division Nicole Breault (USA) and Pauline Courtois (FRA) continued to rack up wins through the afternoon, sailing into a late afternoon face-off with seven wins each; the eighth was Breault’s.

    Mesnil opened the day winning a tight race against Henrique Haddad (BRA), who’s standing at second place after completing Stage 1 of the round robin. In a morning plagued by a delayed start, fluky wind and unpredictable current on the Cityfront course at St. Francis Yacht Club, Mesnil went on to display smooth, economic boat handling skills as he battled with Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZ) and Ettore Botticini (ITA). Mesnil won against the Kiwis, but stalled out in a twist of luck against Botticini, who managed to hang onto the edge of a wind line and finish first, keeping him in the running as they head into day three of racing.

    “We had a very good day and we sailed fast,” said Mesnil. “We lost that match, but we won the stage.”

    Haddad, who hasn’t match raced since the 2013 Nations Cup and is sailing with a tactician, Leonardo Lombardi, who’s never match raced in his life, said the opportunity to sail on San Francisco Bay outweighed the uncertainty of how they might do. “We’re very pleased with our performance,” he said, adding, “It’s not done yet.”

    James Hodgson (AUS), now sitting at third place, opened the day with a loss to David Rae (RSA) followed by two wins, one against his Kiwi neighbors. “They beat us at our last event, the Hardy Cup in Sydney, so it was definitely good to get one up on them,” said Hodgson, who noted that the racing has been consistently close, “which you expect at an event like this. No race is easy. Usually we have a couple where we can keep it simple and win on speed. No one here is taking it easy.”

    Breault went into the day knowing she’d be up against the top-ranked skippers at the competition and was hoping to lock in at least two wins. “We raced Anna Östling in the second match and I knew it was going to be huge. It was getting windy. We were able to luff her in the pre-start and timed it perfectly, holding it just long enough so she had to peel off to port and we were able to start ahead. On that upwind, we felt ready for the breeze. We were hiking really hard, trimming in sync and we felt really fast,” recounted Breault, who’s defending her Nations Cup title against women she emphasizes are just plain good. “The boat handling and pre-start action has been phenomenal.”

    Up against Courtois, Breault said, “Pauline had control of us in the beginning,” but, “we had an awesome set, shot downwind, no engagement and it turned into a drag race.”

    Courtois went on to win her remaining matches and sits at second place. Östling, poised at third place and one win up on Allie Blecher (USA) and Juliana Senfft (BRA), said, “We need to stay on our toes.”

    Day 3- Courtois Leads Women, Anyone’s Game in the Open Division
    Pauline Courtois (FRA) ran a picket fence during Day 3 of racing. Nicole Breault (USA), went into the day’s racing undefeated, but suffered a loss to Anna Östling (SWE) in the first match, going on to win against Allie Blecher (USA), Juliana Senfft (BRA) and Clare Costanzo (AUS). The two leaders then faced off in the day’s final flight, with Courtois besting Breault.

    In the Open Division, Maxime Mesnil (FRA) and James Hodgson (AUS) each have a 3-1 score line, but it remains anyone’s game as racing continues in the double round robin tomorrow.

    Day 3 dawned with a repechage for four Open Division teams and five Women’s teams, all competing for the chance to continue racing in Stage 3. Those two coveted spots were taken by Costanzo in the Women’s Division and Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZ) in the Open Division.

    As a testament to just how close the sailing has been, the Women’s Division teams from Australia, Sweden, Finland, South Africa and Great Britain swapped wins and losses, resulting in an unbreakable three-way tie. Stage 1 standings came into play, allowing Costanzo to advance and leaving Johanna Bergqvist and Marinella Laaksonen on the sidelines for the remainder of racing at St. Francis Yacht Club.

    “It finally feels like we got things under control and now it’s not enough,” said Bergqvist, who lost her first race of the day then had a fantastic comeback in a match against Laaksonen in which they battled tack for tack to the windward mark, rounding and setting in sync. Bergqvist, slightly behind and to port, was able to push Laaksonen off to the north enough to come ahead in the gybe and lay the finish in a beautiful bit of boat handling.

    Bergqvist, Costanzo and Laaksonen with three wins each, all went on to win one against each other, creating an unbreakable tie settled in favor of Costanzo due to her higher ranking from Stage 1.

    Excited to have the opportunity to continue competing, Costanzo called the next stage a “redemption round,” saying that she’d had close races with all the top women she would now face again.

    “This morning, it was everything to lose and now it’s everything to win,” said her sister, Juliet Costanzo, who sails with her.

    The Open Division raced a knock-out round, with Ettore Botticini (ITA) beating Kohei Ichikawa (JPN) 2-1 and Egnot-Johnson beating David Rae (RSA) 2-0, then going on to nab two more bullets against Botticini to advance to Stage 3.

    Egnot-Johnson echoed the sentiment that the racing has been incredibly even and close. “Anyone could win this regatta,” he said. With minimal experience racing J/22s in the breeze-on conditions of San Francisco Bay, during Stage 3 he managed to score wins against front-runner Mesnil and Pearson Potts (USA). Potts had a string of losses but scored one against Open Division defending champion Vladimir Lipavsky (RUS), who had a sluggish day on the water with just one win against Henrique Haddad (BRA). 

    Day 4- French Sweep Nations Cup Grand Final
    Pauline Courtois (FRA) and Maxime Mesnil (FRA) took top honors respectively in the Women’s and Open Divisions at World Sailing’s Nations Cup Grand Final, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA.

    Courtois and her Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team of Maelenn Lemaitre, Loise Acker and Sophie Faguet opened the day with a 2-0 lead over Anna Östling (SWE). Östling scored a crucial point in their first match and kept the pressure on Courtois, but in their fourth and final race, Courtois was able to pour on enough speed to clear a penalty just before crossing the finish line a few boat lengths ahead of Östling.

    Meanwhile, Nicole Breault (USA) sailed two strong races with commanding leads against Juliana Senfft (BRA) earning her spot in the final.

    Close racing ruled the Open Division from the end of the semifinals all the way through the last match of the day. Mesnil’s Match in Black by Normandy Elite Team of Hugo Feydit, Yann Chateau, Yves-Marie Pilon scored two against Pearson Potts (USA), getting back in the game after two early losses in the semifinals. James Hodgson (AUS) locked in an early win versus Henrique Haddad (BRA) and the two went into their second race of the day neck and neck around the course, sailing cleaner than the previous day. On the second downwind leg, Hodgson had a smoother set to the chute and galloped into the lead, but Haddad managed to close the gap. Both gybed solidly to lay a photo finish, with the point going to Haddad. The four Open Division teams sailed a fifth flight, tucking tightly to shore along the south end of the course to seek relief from the strong flood current. Mesnil and Haddad both managed to gain control and hold it steady during the downwind legs to cross first ahead of Potts and Hodgson, respectively.

    In the Final Round Mesnil bested Haddad 3-1. Courtois kept up the speed in her battles with Breault, who tore a spinnaker in a very close first match giving Courtois the opportunity to attack from leeward, luff her and offset a penalty she’d picked up earlier. Breault was never able to scratch ahead enough to score a point and Courtois won it 3-0. 

    “It was a good fight. We didn’t make it easy, but they owned us,” said Breault, who was racing with the same Team Vela members Molly Carapiet, Karen Loutzenheiser and Hannah Burroughs from 2015 Nations Cup, defending their Women’s Championship title. “The losses live with you, but we can’t wait to do battle again,” she said.

    Courtois had only praise for her rival, Breault, recalling that “four years ago we were in the Nations Cup Final in Vladivostok, Russia against them, and we lost 3-1; so to win these three races today was incredible,” she said. “It’s an amazing place to sail.”

    Mesnil said the matches against Haddad were tricky, but the elevated wind conditions helped put his team on the podium, which he’s delighted to be sharing with “the women’s team, who are our training partners.”

    “A nation wins the Nations Cup,” said Michael O’Connor, Nations Cup Working Party Chair in World Sailing. “Many of the countries who came are emerging nations in match racing- we want to build a platform for it.”

    Haddad concurred that the event helps the sport in general. “We started in match racing 12 years ago because we had the Nations Cup in Brazil,” he said, thanking his team for coming together to compete once again.

    Östling and Senfft finished third and fourth respectively, with Östling scoring two points in quick succession during the petit-finals. Hodgson and Potts battled for a medal in the Open Division, with Hodgson beating him 2-0 to finish third overall.

    “Brazil sailed better than us and deserved the spot,” said Hodgson. “We’re super happy with how we sailed today. These were the most fun matches of the regatta for us, my crew was really on and we’re grateful to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for supporting us and St. Francis Yacht Club for hosting us.”

    “We’re pleased with how racing played out and entertained viewers in and around the club. What was unique about the venue was the public had commanding view of the racing – all the tactics and execution were visible to everybody, whether you were a junior or a match race champion, you could learn from watching,” said Regatta Chair Bruce Stone. “One of the challenges of the final day of racing was the current and who could get in to the rocks first. The tide charts were not accurate due to snowmelt from the Sierra Mountains and outflow from Oroville Dam. While we short-tack the shore often here, I’ve never seen it done so tightly in all my years here."

    Photos by Chris Ray – team photos, videos from drone, and all days up to Saturday:

    Photos by Leslie Richter from Sunday, the final day of racing:

    Photos by Gerard Sheridan of awards ceremony:

    Photos and video by Gerard Sheridan of each day of racing:

    For more J/22 World Sailing Nations Cup sailing information

    Warsash Spring Series- Weekend V Report
    (Warsash, England)- Ian Wilson & Marshall King's SOAK RACING started the J/70 UK Grand Slam Series in style, winning the opening round of the nine-regatta Grand Slam Series. SOAK RACING scored five bullets out of eight races over the two days, including a hat trick on the last day. Second was Doug Struth's DSP, who scored two races wins, as well as two second places. Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep. J, Repeat was third, just one point ahead of Phil Rees racing Bryn. Ten teams made the top five over the course of the weekend.

    Conditions varied dramatically over the two days, with medium wind on the first day, followed by a full-on foam-up of 20 knots plus on the second day. Air and sea temperature was also a factor, as mid-April is about as cold as the water gets in the Solent, added to a bitter easterly breeze, it was a weekend for wrapping up and keeping warm.

    “The first day was all about keeping your head out of the boat with lots of gear changing, and the last race the following day, we had 25 knots of brutally cold easterly wind, I think we pulled 19.8 knots out of the boat downwind,” commented Ian Wilson. “The first day was really hard work, trying to spot what was coming next, and getting the right side of the shifts. Downwind, we were switching from planing to low mode, maybe changing mode up to five times. The last day was tough sailing, fresh to frightening, the day started in 16 knots and it built from there, to 20 knots in the second race, and the last race was filled with aggression. To be honest there were a few boats on the ears, beginning to struggle with the conditions, and the freezing conditions were like being slapped in the face with a plate glass – it was sharp, brutal even, when ever a wave came over the boat. It was great for us to have done all that training in Monaco during the winter, but with the best J/70 sailors coming to Torbay for the worlds later this year, we know that on current performance, we would struggle to make the top 20. A great start to the season but we have a lot to do.”

    Black Championship Report
    In the IRC 1 Class, Tony Mack’s J/111 McFLY is sitting in third place in the two weekend series. The J/109s are doing well in IRC 2 Class, with Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE in 2nd and Mike & Susie Yates’ JAGO in 4th. In the J/109 Class, Perry’s JIRAFFE leads, followed by the Yates’ JAGO in 2nd and David Richards’ JUMPING JELLYFISH in third position.

    Black Group Report
    In IRC 2 Class, Simon Perry’s J/109 JIRAFFE continues to hold on to 2nd place.  But, with toss races getting factored in, it is Charles Ivill’s J/112E DAVANTI TYRES that has raced up the ladder to now sit in the bronze position.

    Despite not having sailed races 3 & 4, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’RONIMO is now sitting in fourth place in IRC 3 class.

    With six races, the J/88 Class continues to see Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS topping the class with all bullets for 5 pts. Now that “toss races” are factored in, Dirk & Dianne Van Beek’s SABRIEL JR still hold on to 2nd place, while Richard Cooper’s JONGLEUR hangs on to third position.

    The J/109s have six races counting. Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE continues to lead with 7 pts, winning their fourth race last weekend. Chris Burleigh’s JYBE TALKIN stays in second with 18 pts, third is Rob Cotterill’s MOJO RISIN with 20 pts.  The balance of the top five is John Smart’s JUKE BOX in 4th and the Royal Air Force Sailing Association’s RED ARROW in 5th position.

    The J-Sprit class still sees Gavin Howe’s J/88 TIGRIS leading.  In fact, J/88s occupy the entire top five! SABRIEL JR is 2nd,  Kirsty & David Apthorp’s J/88 J-DREAM is 3rd, Tim Tolcher’s RAGING BULL is 4th, and Richard Cooper’s JONGLEUR is 5th.  Sailing photo credits- Andrew Adams/ CloseHauled Photography
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    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
    * Dr. Willy Schwenzfeier: the only sailor to compete in all 24 Charleston Race Weeks

    When Willy Schwenzfeier first competed in Sperry Charleston Race Week, there were about 15 boats entered and nightly awards parties were held at Carolina Yacht Club.

    It was 1996 and Schwenzfeier, as one of the original members of the Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA), played a role in establishing the fledgling regatta.

    Schwenzfeier has watched the event grow and develop significantly since then and has been a loyal supporter throughout. The longtime Charleston resident has competed in all 24 editions of Sperry Charleston Race Week, the only boat owner to do so.

    “I remember the very first year there was this new sport-boat called a Melges 24 and it raced in PHRF and the skipper had to put a bow pulpit on it,” Schwenzfeier said with a laugh.

    Schwenzfeier has always campaigned a J/35 named Arrow and has done quite well in Sperry Charleston Race Week over the years, capturing class honors numerous times and finishing on the podium more often than he can count. Perhaps his most notable victory came onshore.

    “Beneteau sponsored Charleston Race Week during the early years and held a raffle for a five-day, four-night trip to Nautic Paris Boat Show,” Schwenzfeier said. “My wife bought the winning ticket and we got to go to Paris for a great vacation courtesy of Beneteau.”

    Dr. William Schwenzfeier originally came to Charleston in 1977 while serving as an ear, nose and throat specialist for the United States Navy. He was stationed at the Navy Regional Medical Center in the Holy City and enjoyed living here so much he stayed. Schwenzfeier ran a thriving practice known as Charleston ENT & Allergy up until his retirement six months ago. He also served as chairman of the ENT Department at Roper/St. Francis Hospitals.

    Schwenzfeier and his wife Caroline, who he met while attending college in Baltimore, live on James Island and berth their boat at Harborage on the Ashley River.

    Schwenzfeier played basketball at Johns Hopkins University while earning a degree in biology then attended medical school at the University of Florida. He bought the first J/35 in 1984 from renowned racer Charlie Scott, who owns a marina on Whitehall Creek in Annapolis.

    “I sailed the boat all the way from Annapolis to Charleston. It was an interesting trip,” Schwenzfeier said.

    Arrow actively participated in various offshore events organized by CORA and other organizations over the years. “We used to race up and down the coast all the time, but I don’t do overnights anymore,” Schwenzfeier said.

    Schwenzfeier has been blessed with a loyal and dedicated crew with five members having raced aboard the boat for 25 years or more. Topping the list is Jules Ivester, who is considered the co-skipper.

    “The joke is that it’s both of our boat, but I pay all the bills,” Schwenzfeier said with a chuckle.

    Ivester is an anesthesiologist and initially met Schwenzfeier in an operating room during a surgery. They hit it off over their mutual love of sailing and have been racing together since 1985.

    Ivester grew up in Charleston and has been sailing since the age of 12, enjoying considerable success in the Laser class. Schwenzfeier started sailing at the age of six and was once the Ohio national champion in Interlake class.

    Schwenzfeier names the other longtime sailors aboard Arrow along with their crew position and occupation. There’s Tom Weir (bowman and dentist), Sam Furr (starboard trimmer, architect), Cale Martin (mast, head of physics at Porter), Katherine Purcell (main, English teacher).

    “I have the best crew a skipper could possibly want,” Schwenzfeier said. “They’re all great people and outstanding sailors. We get along great and have been sailing the boat so long that very little needs to be said when doing maneuvers.”

    Schwenzfeier is both impressed and amazed that Charleston Race Week has grown into one of the largest regattas in the world, attracting almost 260 boats in 18 classes this year. He applauds event director Randy Draftz for his leadership in transforming the event into a civic treasure.

    “Randy has done a phenomenal job of shepherding this regatta. I can’t imagine anyone doing this any better than Randy,” he said. “What I love most about Sperry Charleston Race Week is that it has the right temperament. People come here to have fun and enjoy sailboat racing in its purest form. There is a great vibe about the regatta and everyone gets along great.”

    Arrow may be a 34-year-old boat, but it still performs extremely well, winning the last two races en route to a runner-up finish in ORC B class last year. Schwenzfeier is looking forward to the 25th anniversary of Sperry Charleston Race Week and plans on competing here for the foreseeable future.

    “I’m 74 years old, but I don’t know it,” said Schwenzfeier, who kindly donates his 25-foot Bertram for use as a race committee asset.

    “Willy Schwenzfeier is what Sperry Charleston Race Week is all about – just a real gentleman and a true Corinthian sailor,” said Draftz. “Willy has always been a tremendous supporter of this event and a great resource for information. We’re always looking for feedback from participants and he is very helpful in that regard.”

    * Public Service Announcement from a kid- by Lily Flack and friends on a J/70 that sailed in Charleston Race Week. Watch sailing video above for fun and games from the kids in Charleston

    Sailing is the most varied and diverse sport, offering something for everyone to enjoy. But for youth sailors, their involvement is often limited to age-based boats and competitions. While these provide tremendous experiences, if that is all they know, it isn’t enough to fully grasp the sport. Or worse, it doesn’t connect with them and they move on.

    Sixteen year old Lily Flack has a message for her age group, but first she has a story to share…

    "It was the final J/70 race on the last day of Charleston Race Week, and our youth team was on the last downwind leg. We all knew we were towards the front of the fleet, thinking we were maybe top 10 at best.

    We gybed out early around the windward mark to clear our breeze from the boats behind us, and while we were still in displacement mode, we saw some big pressure coming up from behind us. I took a look over my shoulder to see the puff was coming fast, prompting the call for Lucas Masciello, our floater, to get the jib out.

    I started to count down in my head. Once it got closer, I yelled 3… 2… 1… and had timed the puff perfectly. We were immediately up on a plane and our skipper Gannon Troutman called for weight back to keep the bow out of the water. Jack Solway, our bowman, ran to the back of the boat (while recording the whole thing) to keep us cruising along. Peter Cronin, our spinnaker trimmer, needed an extra hand on the sheet so I jumped on and helped him out.

    All of our eyes were locked on the speedometer to watch the numbers climb… 10 knots, 12 knots, 14 knots. At this point, we were all screaming and having such a blast that only one of us realized we had topped out at 16.5 knots in boat speed.

    None of us knew a J/70 could go that fast, until then. We later declared after watching the video below that explicit language is allowed over 15 knots of boat speed. Overall, we steadily improved our boat handling and tactical calls throughout the regatta to secure a 5th place finish in the last race of the event. We hope to see more kids join us on the race course for the next J/70 regatta!” Thanks for story from Scuttlebutt Sailing.com.

    * Speaking of kids, the J/34 IOR KNEE DEEP, sailed by a family in Cleveland, OH, is up to their usual fun and games. And, the kids are important participants on their family sailing team!  Enjoy their latest “pre-season” video from owner Brett Langolf

    * J/121 EAGLE tuning and testing on Long Island Sound- Steven Levy from New York said,
    "It was a remarkable afternoon. What the picture does not tell you, is that there was 12-13 knots of breeze just above the surface. With the 3 headsails triple-slotting, we were sailing at 8.8 to 9.5 knots on glass-like water, ideal for water skiing! Spectacular sailing!" Add to Flipboard Magazine.


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J/Sailing Gear For 2019

JGear marquee 2018Look great this season in J sailing apparel. Check out the comfortable and fashionable sailing clothing, tech shirts, polo shirts, sailing jackets and sailing hats at the J/Sailing Gear site. Also backpacks, totes, J battleflags and other fun items like half-model sailboats are available as gifts and trophies. 

J/Gear is fully customizable to your needs.  When you order, you can specify just about anything you wish, including boat name, boat type, yacht club, hailing port, etc.  Please be sure to visit our store here.

Upcoming Sailing Events

Jun 14-23- Cleveland Race Week- Cleveland, OH
Jun 14-16- J/80 Campeonato de Espana- Santander, Spain
Jun 14- Marion to Bermuda Race- Marion, MA
Jun 14-16- New York YC Annual Regatta- Newport, RI
Jun 15- Three Buoy Fiasco Race- Seattle, WA
Jun 16- Chicago to Waukegan Race- Chicago, IL
Jun 20-23- J/22 North Americans- Wayzata, MN
Jun 20-21- J/24 Florida States- Melbourne, FL
Jun 20-21- Van Uden Reco Regatta- Stellendam, The Netherlands
Jun 21-23- Pornic J/80 Cup- Pornic, France
Jun 21- Scotch Bonnet Lighthouse Race- Rochester, NY
Jun 21-23- Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week- Long Beach, CA
Jun 22-30- Kiel Week- Kiel, Germany
Jun 22-24- J/70 Youth SAILING Champions League- Kiel, Germany
Jun 23-28- Block Island Race Week- Block Island, RI
Jun 25-29- IRC European Championship- San Remo, Italy
Jun 28- Queen’s Cup Race- Milwaukee, WI
Jun 29-30- New York YC One-Design Regatta- Newport, RI
Jun 29- Round Island Race- Isle of Wight, England
Jun 29- Stratford Shoal Race- Riverside, CT
Jul 4-7- J/70 SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg, Russia
Jul 5-7- RORC IRC National Championship- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Jul 5-7- Sail Newport Regatta- Newport, RI
Jul 6-13- J/70 European Championship- Malcesine, Italy
Jul 6-13- J/22 World Championship- Warnemunde, Germany
Jul 10- 50th Transpac Race- Los Angeles, CA

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