• J/Newsletter- February 19th, 2020 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    Over the past week, the J/sailing family Down Under have had some great experiences racing their beloved J's offshore in a few signature regional races. Off to Western Australia, the Hillary's Yacht Club hosted their Freemantle Race, "Pot of Gold Race", and the Sheperdess Cup in near-successive weekends. Leading the charge to the top of the podium was a well-sailed J/122 from Perth.  Then, off to the opposite end of their enormous continent, north of Sydney, the Queensland 100.0nm "Surf to City Offshore Race" took place with a J/122 and J/111 both sweeping class with silverware.

    Over in the USA, the Helly Hansen St Petersburg NOOD Regatta took place on Tampa Bay, with the event again hosted by St Petersburg Yacht Club. By far the largest contingent of sailors in attendance were the dozens of J/Teams sailing on J/24s, J/70s, and J/88 one-design classes. Plus, in the PHRF handicap classes the J/111s, J/105, J/29s, and J/35 all swept or collected silver in their respective classes; quite an extraordinary achievement by these teams of sailors in the three-day event. Read more below!
     


    J/99 Debuts at Pittwater Sail Expo!

    (Pittwater, Australia)- The multiple award-winning new J/99 will be making its Australian boat show debut at the Pittwater Sail Expo from March 21st to 22nd, 2020.

    The J/99 is Category A Certified for offshore racing, due to its exceptional build standard and superior engineering. She is an accessible, high-performance yacht that can easily be adapted to your needs.  The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy-handing by short-handed and fully crewed teams. The 99's enhanced form stability, minimal wetted surface, plus the high-tech rig reflects the latest technological advances. Learn more here about the J/99 Offshore Speedster

    Please contact J/Boats Australia here- email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone- 02-9997-7158 or visit website- http://www.jboats.com.au


    J/80 Worlds Fleet Special!

    (Newport, RI)- The J/80 World Championship returns to Newport, Rhode Island in September 2020 for what promises to be another epic event. J/80 sailors are still talking about the last Newport-hosted Worlds in 2010.

    The demand for charter boats this year is high, so J/Boats is offering a limited number of new J/80s on a pre-order Worlds Fleet Special. The new fleet will be commissioned in Newport, RI and sailed during the J/80 Worlds by international teams (September 28 – October 3) and then available for pick-up by owners following the event.

    J/80 Worlds Fleet Special:
    • 2020 Model J/80 with standard specifications including:
    • AG+ mast and boom
    • Profurl R250 New Gen roller furling system
    • Lewmar winches and Harken deck gear
    • Triad Trailer - Galvanized, double-axle lift off trailer
    • Companionway spinnaker bag.
    • Safety Gear package – anchor, chain & rode, bucket, bilge pump, first aid kit, two fenders, two docklines.
    • 3.5hp Outboard motor (TBD) with padded engine bag.
    The special package price is $52,900 FOB Bristol, Rhode Island with an order deadline of February 28, 2020. This represents an $8,000+ savings and is the best opportunity to get a race-ready J/80 at a great price. Please contact your J/Dealer or J/Boats to learn more!
     


    Hot J/122 Gathering Australian Offshore Silver!

    (Perth, Australia)- The Perth-based J/122 JOSS and owner/skipper Ian Clyne continued their winning ways in Western Australia and is proving to be one of the hottest boats on the Western Seaboard. There doesn’t seem to be a week go by that JOSS isn’t on the podium.

    Saturday, February 1st saw the 32.0nm "Pot of Gold Race" from Fremantle to Hillary's Yacht Club. While Hillary's YC is located only 14.0 nm north of Fremantle as "the crow flies", so to speak, the zig-zag course produces over 32.0nm of sailing.


    The race started in a very fluky ESE breeze which saw a spinnaker run to the first mark. That breeze ultimately dropped out during the first seaward leg. During this leg, the breeze shifted south and started to increase. The largest boat in the fleet, a Carkeek 47 began to ease away as the breeze increased. However, JOSS was in the pack with other front runners and it became a closely fought battle between the J/122, a King 40, an Archambault 40 RC. As the race progressed the breeze strengthened and moves to the southwest at about 24 kts, culminating in an exciting duel between JOSS and a King 40 owned by local sailmaker Geoff Bishop. The IRC results produced a 3rd place for JOSS.

    The next day was the return to Fremantle Race, known as the "Shepherdess Cup".  The fleet left Hillary's in a very blustery ESE breeze starting with a 6.0nm tight reach. As the fleet moved south, the wind dropped away to a glass out, and it was all about maneuvering to get the new wind first. JOSS was well placed with the southwest wind change and finished 1st on IRC with a corrected time of nearly 4 minutes ahead of the second placed boat. As a result, Clyne's JOSS won the weekend with their 3-1 record!
     


    J/Crews Sweep Queensland Surf to City Race

    (Southport, Australia)- The annual Surf to City Yacht Race from Southport on the Gold Coast to Sandgate in Brisbane started on Saturday, February 1st.

    There are two fleets for this race, an inshore fleet going inside Stradbroke Island, and an offshore fleet sailing a 100.0nm course up the seaward side of Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island, around Cape Moreton and back into Moreton Bay. Rodger Vinton's J/111 BLACK DOG and James & Sally Crowley's J/122 JAVELIN competed in the 100.0nm offshore course.

    At 1000 hrs the race started in 4 knots of breeze that built during the day. Most boats started under Code 0 before the breeze shifted further north, that meant a change to headsail and tacking up the shoreline of Stradbroke to stay out of the current; astonishingly, there were FORTY-TWO tacks recorded on the J/111 BLACK DOG.


    Then, it was a long, tight starboard lay to Cape Moreton before turning the corner across the top of Moreton Island to the entrance of the bay at NE2. From there, the course took the fleet on a spinnaker run along past Tangalooma via a series of shoals and channels which are a challenge in the dark. Finally, turning to the southwest at Cowan Cowan for the 14 miles to the finish line, the fleet saw the wind gradually fading and rotating further north. As luck would have it, the wind shifted to the northwest about 1 mile from the finish line! Who knew that J/Boats asymmetrics can double as a headsail! The net result was the J/122 JAVELIN taking IRC handicap honors with the J/111 BLACK DOG taking the silver...good on ya, good show mates!
     


    J/Crews Love St Petersburg NOOD Regatta

    (St Petersburg, FL)– The season opener for the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta Series (a.k.a. NOODS) — the largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States- was blessed with nice weather conditions, albeit on the light to medium side of the equation on Tampa Bay this year. The St. Petersburg NOOD regatta, organized by Sailing World and hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club, has developed into the one of the largest regattas in Florida, and its 32nd edition saw 185 boats and more than 1,000 professional and amateur sailors converging onto Tampa Bay and the bustling downtown area for racing and fun on the Valentine’s Day weekend on the Bay.

    The one-design classes of J/24s, J/70s, and J/88s, saw spirited competition, for the most part. Here is what took place day-by-day on the various race courses.


    Day 1- Light and Fickle
    Iris Vogel, of New Rochelle, NY, skipper of the J/88 DEVIATION, won her recent J/88 Midwinter Championship and, Friday, on the waters off St. Petersburg, Vogel and her teammates continued their winning streak with a win in the only race of the day. Light winds proved challenging for the race committees and the regatta’s 193 teams racing in 13 different classes.

    Vogel came away with the race win, but it wasn’t easy. “We were deep at the first weather mark, but just focused downwind going from puff-to-puff,” Vogel said. “The team did an excellent job coming back to win the race.”

    Four of the six J/88s hail from New York and use the St. Petersburg NOOD for winter training. Vogel says the level of competition in the class is very high as a result. “We are an active travel fleet; not to mention every team is well sailed and it’s anyone’s win at each regatta,” Vogel said. “The racing is that close.”


    Day 2- Moderate and streaky
    David Jannetti, skipper of the J/70 VERY ODD, moved into the top spot on the J/70 leaderboard, which Jannetti credits entirely to his professional crew of Scott Nixon, Patrick Wilson and Danny Lawless.

    “These guys really know what they are doing, and I am learning a ton from them,” Jannetti said, of Miami. The St. Petersburg NOOD is Jannetti’s fourth regatta after returning from an eight-year absence from the sport. “I’m sitting in the back [of the boat focused on keeping the yarns upfront flying evenly, and they are changing gears constantly,” Jannetti said. “They’re keeping everything tuned perfectly, working the body weight on the boat and helping me minimize mistakes.”

    He credited Nixon for saving the day’s last race after a poor start. “With great tactics and the right windshifts, we still managed to round the top mark in first. I initially thought ‘Oh, where is that throwout,’ but he turned it around.”

    Jannetti is looking forward to accelerating the learning curve in tomorrow’s final day of racing, but he is fully aware of the depth of talent at the top of the class. “The other boats will remind you very quickly if you make a mistake,” he said. “My goal is to keep it light, keep it fun and go home with a smile on my face.”


    Two junior teams sponsored by Helly Hansen are battling hard in the J/70 fleet. The all-female team, skippered by 17-year-old Heather Kerns, of Apollo Beach, Fla., is made up of high school-aged sailors and say they are “having a blast doing the event with ‘girl power.’” Together for almost four years, they finished third overall in the 2019 J/70 U.S. Youth National Championship, held at the NOOD’s host club, St. Petersburg YC.

    Kerns and her team concluded today’s racing on a high note, finishing fourth, which she attributes to them sailing a well-rounded race. “We got a good start and stayed focused on boatspeed and good communication,” Kerns said. “The wind had picked back up and since we are a light team we really focused on de-powering. Everything just came together. It’s fun to show the guys that an all-girls team is competitive; and it’s great to have Helly Hansen supporting us.”


    Day 3- Awesome Finale
    First-time St. Petersburg NOOD skipper, David Jannetti in the J/70 class, won top honors. With a 1-5 scoreline Sunday, Jannetti and his teammates on VERY ODD, cemented their lead. While they finished fifth in the final race, Jannetti said it was the result of a strategic decision to ensure no surprises from Dave Kerr’s second-place USA 1516. “We were keeping tabs on them and doing a loose cover,” said Jannetti. “While that was our worst finish, it was still the right thing to do.”

    Jannetti, of Miami Beach, Fla., said he is already planning his return. “St. Pete is such a fun and vibrant city. We enjoyed great sailing all weekend; and it has been a great way to warm up for next weekend’s J/70 Midwinter Championship.”

    Rounding out the podium behind Jannetti and Kerr was the well-traveled Travis Odenbach on his notorious HONEYBADGER. The rest of the top five included Matt Braun's E.L.E. in fourth and Mike Schroff's ELECTRIC PICKLE in fifth place.

    Michael Quaid, of Williston, Vt., skipper of the J/24 ICE CUBE is a longtime NOOD competitor, and while his team finished third in 2019, this was his year. “To win feels great,” said Quaid, praising his longtime crew and its light-air sailing skills. “We scored four firsts when it was light, but when the breeze came up like in Saturday’s first race, it was our worst finish [fourth place]. The mid-range conditions today were my favorite; it made for a lot closer racing. It was very tactical and exciting.”

    Finishing in second place in the J/24s was Nate Vilardebo's SABOTAGE while third place went LUCIFERS HAMMER. The balance of the top five included Jon Stewart's BREEZE in fourth and Rick Jarchow's TEAM EXIT STRATEGY in fifth position.

    Iris Vogel and her team on DEVIATION finished on top of the six-boat J/88 fleet with five first-place and two fifth-place finishes. She said the key to her team’s success was not to panic, especially after a few bad starts. “This fleet is so competitive,” said Vogel, of New Rochelle, NY. “There are no favors in this fleet; all the racing is very close and every little move counts. What saved us was good crew work, making the right calls and keeping our head out of the boat. The conditions were constantly changing all weekend.”


    The balance of the J/88 podium saw Andy Graff's Chicago-based crew on EXILE take the silver, with William Purdy's WHIRLWIND taking the bronze. The rest of the top five included Lawrence Cutler & Andrew Weiss' ONE TOO MANY in fourth and Dave Tufts' GAUCHO in fifth.

    In the PHRF handicap classes, the J/Crews nearly swept all the top spots. In PHRF 1 Division, the J/111s did sweep the podium in quite a convincing fashion against their eclectic fleet of a dozen boats. Winning yet again in successive weekends was SPACEMAN SPIFF skippered by Jim Sminchak. The silver went to Ian Hill's SITELLA and third to Doug Curtiss' beautiful black and green WICKED 2.0.


    Winning PHRF 2 Division, it was Stephen Mitcham's J/105 BREEZIN BAYOU that set the pace all weekend to take class honors. Third on the podium went to yet another J/105, George Cussins' FIRE & ICE.

    The PHRF 3 Division was bracing for yet another onslaught of the dueling J/29s to lay waste to the fleet. While it may have been a touch light airs for that outcome to happen, Ray Mannix's team on the J/29 SEMPER FI continued their annual tradition of collecting silverware in the St Pete NOOD Regatta...for perhaps the 20th time! This time it was silver....losing the regatta as a result of a last race DSQ! Ouch!! Fellow partners in crime, Robert Whetmore's J/29 FAMILY CIRCUS managed a fifth place in this year's edition.

    Finally, in Saturday's North Sails Rally- Cruiser Racer Division- it was Jose Suarez-Hoyos' team on the J/35 NO WAY JOSE that managed to sail home after the one long day race with a bronze medal to add to their trophy cave.  Sailing Photo Credits- Paul Todd/Outside Images  For more St Petersburg NOOD Regatta Sailing information
     

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Feb 28- Mar 1- J/24 Midwinter Championship- Indian Harbour Beach, FL
    Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
    Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
    Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
    Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
    Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
    Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
    Mar 19-22- J/22 Midwinter Championship- New Orleans, LA
    Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
    Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
    Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
    Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
    Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
    Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
    May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
    Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
    Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
    Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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


    J/70 Midwinter Championship Preview
    (Miami, Florida)- The 2020 J/70 Midwinter Championship promises to be a fun, sociable, and wildly competitive regatta; a bit of a reunion of sorts for many top teams that have been at the top of the leaderboard at past Worlds, North Americans, Europeans, and South Americans. Fifty-seven teams from eight nations (USA, Argentina, United Kingdom, Turkey, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Denmark) will be represented on the race track on Biscayne Bay. As host for the event, the Coral Reef Yacht Club will have their hands full managing a fleet that has the same depth as most World Championships. At play for the strong representation from foreign crews is the fact the 2020 J/70 World Championship will be hosted by California YC in Marina del Rey, CA in July.

    The Coral Reef YC PRO Mark Foster (who performed the same role at last fall's J/24 Worlds) will be blessed with an amazing weather forecast for the weekend. The sailors may see strong northerly breezes on Friday in the 10-20 kts range as a classic weather scenario sets up with a big High pressure to the north squeezing a Low Pressure off to the east. On Saturday and Sunday, the breeze will simply keep swinging Northeast to East and gradually lighten into the 8-15 kts range.

    Looking forward to that weather forecast will be a number of top American teams that have successfully sailed in Biscayne Bay waters with a near "carbon copy" scenario. Those teams may include Jack Franco's 3 BALL JT from Kemah, TX; Doug Strebel's BLACK RIVER RACING from Dallas, TX; Joel Ronning's CATAPULT from Wayzata, MN; John Heaton's EMPEIRIA from Chicago, IL; Glenn Darden's HOSS from Fort Worth, TX; Bruce Golison's MIDLIFE CRISIS from Long Beach, CA; the Jeff Janov/ Dave Ullman duo on MINOR THREAT from Malibu, CA; Kevin Downey's MR PITIFUL from Seattle, WA; Heather Gregg skippering MUSE from Boston, MA; Oivind Lorentzen's NINE from Greenwich, CT; Henry Brauer's RASCAL from Marblehead, MA; John Brim's RIMETTE from Palm Beach, FL; Pamela Rose's ROSE from Chicago, IL; Brian Keane's SAVASANA from Boston, MA; Bruno Pasquinelli's STAMPEDE from Fort Worth, TX; Ryan McKillen's SURGE from New York, NY; John & Molly Baxter's TEAM VINEYARD VINES from Riverside, CT; David Jannetti’s VERY ODD 1513 from Miami, FL; and Mike Goldfarb's WAR CANOE from Seattle, WA. To say the least, that is an incredibly diverse, amazingly talented group of teams.

    As if the USA teams were not strong enough, the foreign teams in attendance are not exactly "window-dressing" or "chump-change".  On the contrary, "the British are coming" is a refrain that may not make many J/70 sailors quake in their proverbial "wellies".  However, most of the teams participating either won the J/70 Worlds in Torquay, England, or have placed in the top ten in the past few Worlds and Europeans.  Britain's Ladbrokes Betting Parlour would certainly place odds on teams like Charles Thompson's BRUTUS (recent winner at Primo Cup Monaco), Paul Ward's EAT SLEEP J REPEAT (2019 J/70 World Champion), Martin Dent's JELVIS (J/111 World Champion), and Tilly Harrison's JOLT (Monaco J/70 winner). Then, the two Brazilian teams are always contenders; Selmo Nissenbaum's HIGHLANDERS (with 5x J/24 World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz as main/ tactician) and Pedro Camargo's MANCHA NEGRA (a few Lightning Worlds aces on board).  For more J/70 Midwinter Championship sailing information
     

    The Islands Race Preview
    (San Diego, CA)- San Diego Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Islands Race is making its way to the starting line on February 21-22, 2020. Returning to the sea for its 11th annual running, this signature event is expecting over 25 boats to race from Long Beach, California, around offshore landmarks Santa Catalina Island and San Clemente Islands, and then to finish off Point Loma in San Diego.

    For many, the Islands Race kicks off start of the 2020 Offshore Racing Calendar and doubles as a shakedown for the Newport Harbor Yacht Club Cabo San Lucas Race or, on alternate years, San Diego Yacht Club's Puerto Vallarta Race. With the race only involving one night at sea, it works as the perfect opportunity to gain offshore experience.

    "The Islands Race is our final check before Puerto Vallarta 2020 and we are preparing for it as we would any other major offshore regatta...with safety gear, boat preparation, weather planning, communication, et cetera," explained navigator Ivan Batanov.

    Newcomer Andrew Wescoat, sailing the J/109 HARMS'S WAY, has an array of offshore races planned after the Islands Race and looks forward to spending some time on the west coast. "This is our first Islands Race. We're bringing Harm's Way from Texas to California to race in a number of offshore events between February and June. Over this past summer, we've been sailing in a number of offshore events in the Gulf of Mexico, so we're really looking forward to this chance to sail with everyone in California."

    Roy Disney's giant sled PYEWACKET has a loyal crew that can attest to some of the challenges of the Islands Race. "I've done this race about five times, and it seems to always be a challenge," said Robbie Haines. "There's either lots of wind, or tricky navigational issues. Rounding San Clemente Island is very tactical, especially on the East End. We always seem to finish early morning off Point Loma with interesting transitions to stay in the wind on our way in."

    Competitors in the Islands Race will head offshore in west to northwest trade-winds that flow southward down the coast. Boats will typically encounter better sailing winds in the evening as they get further into the trades, and round Catalina and San Clemente islands. However, as they pass to windward off these islands, they are exposing themselves to larger swells and wind waves that are not blocked by the islands.

    SDYC Waterfront Director Jeff Johnson explains the challenges with these offshore winds. “As the winds flow down the coast, they continue south even as the coastal shoreline recedes to the east. This creates a gap between those trade winds and the coastline, over most of Southern California. During the day, the thermal effect pulls those offshore winds into the coast. But, at night, coastal waters are largely calm. However, the trade winds continue to flow, just further out to sea. The Islands Race course places competitors among those night-time winds and gives them valuable night-time offshore sailing experience."

    A number of top offshore Southern California J/Teams are participating in this classic "SoCal" race. Sailing the ORR 5 Division is Wescoat's J/109 HARM'S WAY, Doug & Jack Jorgensen's J/111 PICOSA, Standish Fleming's J/125 NEREID, and Paul Stemler's J/44 PATRIOT.  For more Islands Race sailing information
     


    RORC Caribbean 600 Race Preview

    (English Harbour, Antigua)- Sailors from over thirty-seven nations will be competing in the RORC Caribbean 600 organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The 12th edition of the spectacular race will start off Fort Charlotte, Antigua on Monday 24th February 2020. Over 70 teams, featuring close to 700 sailors, are expected on the start line.


    The challenging 600-mile race, in tropical heat with ocean swell, is renowned for stunning vistas of the eleven Caribbean islands that are featured as turning marks on the race track. Winners from the Olympic Games, America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and multiple world champions have gathered in Antigua and will be competing alongside passionate Corinthian sailors, both young and old.


    For a number of J/Teams that love participating in the Caribbean winter offshore sailing circuit, the "reaching tour" of the islands could not be a more perfect scenario. Pamala Baldwin’s Antiguan crew on the J/122 LIQUID (with talented young skipper Julian White) will be participating for the fourth time in this “bucket list” race; her team has proven time and again they can race against the world’s best sailors in their Caribbean “backyard” and her “homies” can get the job and get on the podium.


    Two other J/Crews are making their debut in the race. From the New England region is Howie Hodgson's J/160 TRUE; they have sailed in the northeast for decades and have sailed Block Island Race Weeks, FIGAWI Races, and Bermuda Races, often jumping onto the podium to garner silverware.


    Similarly, Peter Lewis' new J/121 WHISTLER is just starting to get their legs under them. They sailed the Grenada Race Week as their Caribbean 2020 winter season "warm up". Still learning their boat, they are getting faster and faster and with good tactics/ navigation they should be a strong contender in the 600.  For more RORC Caribbean 600 sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/Newsletter- February 12th, 2020 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    Here's to a Happy Valentine's Day Weekend for all J/Sailors around the world! May the winds blow you safely to whatever romantic destinations you may sail to this weekend.


    Speaking of romantic destinations, last weekend J/70 sailors enjoyed the amazing hospitality of the Principality of Monaco! The Yacht Club Monaco hosted their 36th annual Primo Cup- Trophee' Credit Suisse off Monte Carlo, Monaco for a fleet of fifty-five teams. Many top teams from around Europe, South America, and the USA participated with an eye towards getting to know the local waters that will be the site of the 2021 J/70 World Championship.

    Over in the Americas, the Davis Island J/70 Winter Series of three regattas concluded this past weekend with sixty boats on the line battling in simply gorgeous weather over the two days.

    Then, out on the Pacific coast, the Southern California Yachting Association's annual J/70 Midwinters Regatta was hosted by California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. The leading teams were training in what will be the site for the 2020 J/70 World Championship later this year. Finally, the West Coast offshore season is well under way. Recently, the Los Angeles Yacht Club hosted their annual Around Catalina Island Race for a fleet of offshore PHRF handicap racers...a trio of J/crews collected a lot of silverware!
     


    Seeking Co-Skippers for Mixed Double-handed Offshore– Newport Bermuda Race

    (Newport, RI)- The Young American Sailing Academy (YASA) is seeking interested sailors to join the YASA sailing team and participate in a mixed double-handed offshore program.

    The first step of this program is sailing the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race as mixed double-handed entries. Do you have the passion and the skills to be part of a winning team, sailing mixed double-handed offshore for three to four demanding days? If this is your calling, please apply with YASA.

    Newport Bermuda Race
    YASA will have two mixed double-handed entries in the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race. At 640 nm the Newport Bermuda Race is the only race of distance and duration to be relevant to the upcoming World Championships and the 2024 Olympic event, which is planned to be a 3-4-day duration. The Newport Bermuda Race is an ideal training event for those seeking the near-term goal of qualifying for the World Sailing Championships to be sailed October 2020.

    Using the boats immediately available, YASA is upgrading its two J/105s for double-handed offshore sailing. The boats are being equipped and configured with high quality instruments/auto pilots and offshore sail configurations. J/105s have successfully sailed transatlantic and transpacific races, and given their size and setup are considered appropriate equipment for mixed offshore training.

    If the demand is sufficient from skilled and qualified sailors, YASA will work to provide additional boats for mixed duos.

    Selection Process
    Interested skippers are asked to submit their sailing resumes and their expression of interest. The YASA selection committee will select a short list from the submissions from which interviews will be conducted leading to the selection of the final skippers. Second tier and backup crews will be selected at the same time. Interested sailors may apply either as individuals or as a pre-formed team.

    The Application Information
    The selection committee anticipates starting to review applications February 25 with the intention of making selections by March 15. Contact Peter Becker below.

    YASA has been a youth centric program from its inception and consistent with that bias we encourage interest from youthful participants (< 25), however all candidates regardless of age will be considered.

    Some of the qualities and characteristics that are desirable in a skipper candidate are the following:
    • “Skipper” frame of mind and team attitude
    • Having a gas-pedal – i.e. the ability to do all things to make a boat go fast in all conditions
    • Prior experience with offshore endurance sailing, preferably short-handed
    • Tireless, flexible, curious and tenacious
    • Focused and with a willingness to commit to an intense campaign
    • Knowledge in weather and weather routing

    YASA Framework & Support

    Projects such as this are dependent on funding, YASA as a 501(c) (3) provides the tax advantaged framework for charitable donations and commercial support to help meet the funding requirements. YASA will enhance its social media campaign promoting the project, its sponsors and highlighting the sailors.

    As previously mentioned, YASA is providing the boats and is working hard to deliver the associated equipment and upgrades. There is and will be plenty of work and preparation required which YASA will support in every way possible.

    Team/ Skipper Commitments
    Each skipper should be committed to providing the following:
    • Commitment to working and training hard to become an elite short-handed sailor
    • Achieving and maintaining a high level of physical conditioning
    • Commitment to fundraising in support of the project budget (approx. $8,500/crew member)
    • Providing personal safety equipment, offshore gear and associated supplies
    • Having the time, energy, passion and excitement about mixed offshore sailing
    Provisional Budget
    The provisional budget for each of the two boats for the Newport Bermuda Race campaign is approximately $17,000. This budget includes the entry and operational expenses as well as the necessary safety equipment and ORR rating. It does not include capital upgrades, which include B&G H5000 Hercules instruments and pilot and offshore sail inventory.

    Conclusion
    This is the moment to find and create American’s talent in the short-handed offshore discipline. In four years, there is an Olympic medal up for the taking, let’s set a course toward that goal and enjoy the journey.

    Contact- Peter Becker- phone- 917-715-1471 or email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or website- https://www.yasailing.org/
     


    The Russians Are Coming! ELF Dominates J/70 Primo Cup- Credit Suisse Regatta

    (Monte Carlo, Monaco)- Yacht Club Monaco's 36th Primo Cup– Trophée Credit Suisse took place last weekend off Monte Carlo, Monaco in what could only be described as "champagne" sailing conditions. For the first time in recent memory, the enormous sixty-five-boat J/70 fleet was treated to brilliant sunshine, relatively flat waters, and southerly breezes in the 8 to 15 knots range for all three days.


    The regatta was the first "dress rehearsal" for the 2021 J/70 World Championship that will be sailed in the same waters and hosted by YC Monaco from 18th to 23rd October, 2021. Last year's winner, Ludovico Fassitelli on JUNDA, commented that, “you have to be constantly on the alert, always on the lookout without ever lowering your guard. Obviously, we want to win, but at the same time we are trialing new sails to decide which to use for the Worlds”.


    From day one, the Russians on ELF flew into the lead, never to relinquish the top of the podium.  On the first day, they were fast out the starting blocks with three 2nd places. By Sunday afternoon, they had won their first-ever YCM Primo Cup Trophee Credit Suisse regatta; their skipper Mikhail Sheremetev and crew (Sergey Sobolev, Maksim Sheremetev, Pavel Sysoev, and Mikhail Chegurov) were overjoyed with their amazing performance. The Swiss team on CER APROTEC- VILLE DE GENEVE, skippered by Nelson Mettraux, took back to Geneva the silver medal. Finally, taking the bronze was YC Monaco's own Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio, skippering G-SPOTTINO. The balance of the top five included the "hard-luck" American team on FURIO in fourth place, they were in second place overall going into the last day, but a disastrous last race 26th dropped them off the podium. Taking fifth position was the Cyprus/ Russian team on AMAIZ, skippered by Viacheslav Martynov.


    The Corinthians Division saw extremely tight racing with the winners determined on a tie-breaker at 60 points each.  Winning that tie-break on count-back was United Kingdom crew on BRUTUS- skipper Charles Thompson with crew of Tony Hanlon, Ian Southworth, and Craig Burlton. Taking the silver was Cesar Gabasio's Monaco team on TINNJ70 that included Paolo Canale, Pietro Corbucci, and Gianluca Caboni.  Third went to a well-known YC Monaco crew- Stefano Roberti's PICCININA with crew of Axelle Foucaud, Yves Drappier, and Ludovic Broquaire.   Sailing video highlights of first day   For more YC Monaco Primo Cup- Trophee Credit Suisse sailing information
     


    SAVASANA Wins Davis Island Winter Series Overall

    KEY PLAYER Takes Act 3 on Tiebreak with PINTA
    (Tampa, FL)- Forty-eight J/70 teams qualified to win the 2019-20 J/70 Winter Series, requiring them to compete with the same boat and skipper in two of the three events held in Tampa, Florida. For the third consecutive year, Brian Keane’s SAVASANA is Series Champion.  Keane’s crew included Nic Baird, Christian Koules, and Conner Harding. The Corinthian Division Series was won by Peter Firey’s PHOENIX with team of Timothy Mangus, Michael McNamara, Ray Wulff, and Eric Mentzell.


    Fifty teams competed in the final event on February 8-9 which saw perfect sailing conditions all weekend, with winds of 8 to 15 knots, clear blue skies, and temperatures in the 70s. After seven races, it was clear there was going to be a battle for the top of the podium. In the streaky, shifty offshore breezes in the upper part of Tampa Bay, it was a 100% Corinthian team on Eddie Keller's KEY PLAYER fighting off a very professional German team led by Mike Illbruck on PINTA. By winning the last race, Illbruck's super-star crew on PINTA (John Kostecki, Patrick Wilson, and Chris Stocke) put themselves into a tie at 41 points each with Keller's team on KEY PLAYER (Wade Waddell, Chris Keller, and Peter Lynn). KEY PLAYER took the win on countback. Rounding out the podium was Josh Goldman's team on BUILDING A (Al Terhune, Cate Terhune, and Francisco Lobato).  The balance of the top five included the overall series winner- Keane's SAVASANA- in fourth place and the Italian team of ENJOY 1.0 taking fifth place (Carlo Tomelleri, Pietro De Luca, Daniele De Luca, and Alberto Taddei).


    Remarkably, the winner of the "Open Division" was also the winner of the Corinthians Division- Keller's KEY PLAYER. Second went to the Argentinean team on JUICY- Francisco Van Avermaete, Geronimo Galvan, Carlos Lacchini, and Rafael De Martis. Third was Tod Sackett's FM with crew of Jeff Haase, Ted Pinkerton, and John Rampe.

    For the J/70 Davis Island Winter Series (best 2 of 3 regattas), Keane's SAVASANA won, followed by Goldman's BUILDING A in second and Will Welles' BRIBONA in third.  The rest of the top five included Darby Smith's AFRICA in fourth and John Koten's PLANET CLAIRE in fifth position.

    The Corinthians Division series winner was Firey's PHOENIX, followed by Bob Willis' RIP RULLAH in second and Tod Sackett's FM in third place.  For more J/70 Davis Island Winter Series sailing information
     

    J/Crews Sweep Catalina Island Race
    (Los Angeles, CA)- The Los Angeles Yacht Club held their annual Midwinter Around Catalina Island Race the past weekend. Starting the 80.0nm race next to Angels Gate Lighthouse, the PHRF handicap fleet of nearly twenty offshore racers head due west, leaving Catalina Island to port, then head back and finish at Angles Gate Lighthouse. It was a relatively quick race for the fleet, with the bigger boats getting around in about 16 hours.

    Winning the PHRF A Division quite handily was Roger Gatewood's J/145 KATARA, winning both class and fleet with a corrected time of 15:49:16.  Winning the PHRF B Division by a country mile was Doug and Jack Jorgensen's J/111 PICOSA, crossing the line not far off the J/145 pace and correcting out to 17:04:53, good enough for fifth overall. Finally, taking the silver in PHRF B was Daniel Murphy's J/105 CUCHULAINN.  For more Los Angeles YC Catalina Island Race sailing information
     


    Golison Tops SCYA J/70 Midwinter Regatta

    (Marina del Rey, CA)- The annual Southern California Yachting Association J/70 Midwinter Regatta took place last weekend in what will be the site for the 2020 J/70 World Championship later this summer.  The sixteen J/70s sailed off Marina del Rey, hosted by California Yacht Club. The J/70 teams soon found out which teams were the boats to beat over the two-day regatta.

    The Cal YC PRO managed to get three races completed the first day and two more on Sunday to close the series with five races, all counters and no discards.  Jay Golison's IT'S ALL GOOD from Alamitos Bay YC took the title with a fast-out-of-the-box tally of 2-1-2-3-10 for 18 pts.  Second was Jim Murrell's HUCKLEBERRY with multiple-World Champion David Ullman aboard with a record of 1-4-1-6-9 for 21 pts. The podium was pretty tightly packed as the bronze medal team of Craig Tallman on JAYA finished just three points back with a 5-3-3-10-3 scoreline for 24 pts total. Rounding out the top five was Tony Collins' FLY in fourth and Chris Raab's SUGOI in fifth place.  For more SCYA Midwinters 2020 sailing information
     

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Feb 28- Mar 1- J/24 Midwinter Championship- Indian Harbour Beach, FL
    Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
    Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
    Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
    Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
    Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
    Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
    Mar 19-22- J/22 Midwinter Championship- New Orleans, LA
    Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
    Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
    Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
    Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
    Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
    Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
    May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
    Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
    Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
    Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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

    St Petersburg NOOD Regatta Preview
    (St Petersburg, FL)– Everything is shaping up in St. Petersburg, Fla., to kick off a great season opener for the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta Series — the largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States. The St. Petersburg NOOD regatta, organized by Sailing World and hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club, has developed into the one of the largest regattas in Florida, and its 32nd edition will see 185 boats and more than 1,000 professional and amateur sailors converging onto Tampa Bay and the bustling downtown area for racing and fun on this Valentine’s Day weekend on Tampa Bay.

    The weekend weather forecast is promising to deliver perfect Florida conditions for the sailors representing 27 states and three countries: seasonal temperatures, sunshine and a mix of breezy and moderate winds will challenge the 17 different classes of sailboats racing in either one-design J/24s, J/70s, J/88s, J/111s or PHRF (handicapped). A distance race across Tampa Bay will be held for select classes on Saturday only.

    Travis Odenbach, of Pittsfield, NY, returns to St. Petersburg this year to defend his J/70 class win against sixteen other teams, but also another chance to represent St. Petersburg at the series’ season championship invitational, the Helly Hansen Caribbean NOOD Championship Regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in October.

    Odenbach, a professional sailor, has competed in the previous six NOODs and considers the February event a great chance to mix sailing business with pleasure. His goal is twofold: gain valuable training for the J/70 World Championship later this summer in California, as well as enjoy a warm-weather family vacation. “Coming here is a win-win for great sailing and family time. You can’t beat the combo,” he said.

    The St. Petersburg NOOD is also a favorite event for Tampa resident Chip Merlin, thanks to the typically gorgeous weather, protected water and ability for Tampa Bay to accommodate so many boats and race courses. “The multiple courses give you that ‘regatta within a regatta’ feeling when sailing, but we get to hang out with all the other fleets at the party after. It’s a great chance to see so many sailing friends in one place,” Merlin said.

    Helly Hansen—a global leader in technical sailing apparel with more than 135 years of experience protecting professionals on the water—continues as title sponsor for the elite sailing series for the sixth consecutive year. As part of Helly Hansen’s commitment to the sport, the company will also continue to sponsor two teams of local teens, competing as the Helly Hansen Junior Crew at each stop this year. One crew will be helmed by top woman youth sailor Heather Kerns from the host St Petersburg YC Youth Team. The other crew will have Preston Weaver as skipper, also a member of StPYC's Youth Team.

    The J/88 class will feature all the top boats that recently participated in the J/Fest St Pete J/88 Midwinters two weeks ago.  Those crews include the winners- Iris Vogel's DEVIATION- plus other leading teams like Andy Graff's EXILE from Chicago, IL; Jim & Scott Sorbie's LEGACY from Detroit, MI; Lawrence Cutler & Andrew Weiss' ONE TOO MANY from Mamaroneck, NY; and Dave Tufts' GAUCHO from Rochester, NY.

    Similarly, the J/111 class will also have their leading crews from their recent J/Fest St Pete J/111 Midwinters, including Ian Hill's SITELLA from Hampton, VA; Jim Sminchak's SPACEMAN SPIFF from Cleveland, OH; and Doug Curtiss' WICKED 2.0 from Buzzards Bay, MA.

    The J/24 class sports a cast of characters from primarily the southeast USA. Those crews include Chris Jackson's LUCIFER'S HAMMER, Nadia Daggett's MUSTACHE RIDE, Seth Rosenthal's NO RULES, and Jonathan Stewart's BREEZE. The lone exception to that group is one team that literally traversed the United States north to south (about 2,300 miles)- Mike Quaid's ICE CUBE from Mallets Bay Boat Club near Burlington, VT!

    In the world of PHRF handicap racing, two J/105s from Davis Island YC are racing in PHRF 2 Division; Stephen Mitcham's BREEZIN BAYOU and George Cussins' FIRE & ICE. Then, in PHRF 3 Division, two familiar and hotly competitive J/29 crews will be dueling for class supremacy; Robert Wetmore's FAMILY CIRCUS and Ray Mannix's SEMPER FI. Notably, in the North Sails Rally Racer Cruiser Division will be the Ford/ Mistele duo on the J/112E SILVER SURFER and Jose Suarez-Hoyos on the J/35 NO WAY JOSE!   Sailing Photo Credits- Paul Todd/Outside Images   For more St Petersburg NOOD Regatta Sailing information
     

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    * Eight Bells: Bill Alcott
    William D. Alcott III (“Bill”) of St Clair Shores, Michigan sailed off over the horizon on February 3, 2020 at the age of 83. He had been winning a battle against cancer for 14 years when it finally overtook him, but he enjoyed life to its fullest, even during those battle years, living his life, not his disease.

    During that time, he sold his company, immersed himself further in his favorite pursuit, sailboat racing, created an elaborate model train layout, married his long-time sweetheart, built a home on Lake St Clair, and adopted his beloved dog Murphy.

    Bill traveled a lot, won a half dozen Mackinac races overall and had most recently shifted his focus to a classic mahogany Hacker Craft, as a tender to his cherished sailboat, Equation. There was no slowing down for retirement or disease.

    Perhaps the best inspiration for his successful healthcare informatics business was his love of sailing. Bill was the proud owner of the “Equation” brand – seven sequentially larger racing sailboats (one was his beloved J/44 for ten years) and a long-time member of Bayview Yacht Club. Bill was also a member of the Storm Trysail Club, Society of Mackinac Island Old Goats (BYC), and the Island Goats Sailing Society (CYC), which put him in the illustrious group of “Double Goats” having completed in 25 races each.

    Bill raced the Great Lakes, East Coast, Key West, and he especially loved the Caribbean with his devoted crew members, and these were long standing, close personal relationships for him. His crew were family members. His boat rules were simple – no shouting, always show up with a hangover, and if you were late for boat call you had to buy drinks for the entire crew.

    His racing program and success on the course are well known and include 47 Port Huron to Mackinac races and 35 Chicago to Mackinac races. He is survived by every sailor who ever had the good fortune to participate on Equation.

    Bill loved reading and always had his Kindle in his pocket. He was a skilled banjo and ukulele player and could harmonize to fit in with any barbershop quartet. He taught all his kids to play Frisbee and when they grew up, he taught the dog.

    His personal loyalty, his passion for integrity, his bewitching intensity had the power to make everyone feel like family. The foundation of that ability, though, was his real family. He is lovingly and forever remembered by his wife and partner of 32 years- Kim- his three children, his two sisters, and multiple grand-children.

    Fair winds and safe harbor, Bill. You will be missed by all of us.
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  • J/Newsletter- February 5th, 2020 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The final week of January saw two seminal events take place on nearly opposite sides of the world. For starters, the Australians "Down Under" celebrated their annual Festival of Sails in Geelong, Australia, a pretty suburb along the sea coast southwest of Melbourne, Victoria. The event was host to the 2020 Australian J/111 Championship; the fleet saw three hotly competitive days of action in their inshore around-the-cans racing. Then, the first major yachting competition of the 2020 Caribbean offshore sailing season took place off Grenada. Sailed out the cozy harbor in St. Georges, the fleet of offshore racers included a J/121, J/122, and a one-design class of J/24s. The racers enjoyed five absolutely amazing days of racing and the J/24 sailors nearly got dizzy after EIGHTEEN hard-fought races just off the waterfront in a "stadium-style" race course... fun was had by all!
     


    VELOCE Crowned 2020 Australian J/111 Champion

    (Geelong, Australia)- The 2020 Australian J/111 Championships were held over the ‘Australia Day’ long weekend as part of Festival of Sails in Geelong, Victoria. The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 300 yacht entries and 3,000 competitors annually taking part in the event. First held in 1844, the Festival of Sails Regatta is one of the nation’s oldest sporting events and has evolved over many years culminating in its current format as Australia’s foremost keelboat regatta.

    The program consisted of a 30.0nm passage race on Saturday 25th January, followed by five windward-leeward races in Geelong’s inner harbour on Sunday and Monday. Here is the report from Rob Date, owner/ skipper of SCARLET RUNNER, from the Victorian J/111 fleet.

    "The passage race from St Kilda to Geelong was won by SCARLET RUNNER, again showing her skills in the light and variable conditions, finishing a few minutes ahead of Matt Powell’s PLAYLIST. Stu Lyon’s JAKE showed moments of brilliance but fell away towards the latter stages.


    Sunday’s racing was a variable affair with the pressure up and down and left and right, but mostly in the 12-15 knot range. Racing was very close with fractions of seconds deciding one result. Phil Simpendorfer’s VELOCE proved superior on the day.

    The final result would be decided on Monday, the last day of racing, with both Rod Warren’s JOUST and SCARLET RUNNER capable of winning the Championship.

    Light winds greeted us at the start of the day, but many shifts and pressure changes saw Simpendorfer’s VELOCE the eventual winner from Warren's JOUST in second, with SCARLET RUNNER third.

    Reflecting on the weekend, it was a great close regatta and an enjoyable sail home back to Sandringham (a 30-mile power reach home in 20 knots of pressure!)." For more J/111 One-Design Class association information.    For more J/111 one-design sailboat information
     


    J/122 Sets High Bar @ Grenada Sailing Week

    (St Georges, Grenada, West Indies)- Racing for the international fleet at Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week started last Monday 27 January and completed this past weekend. Grenada delivered nearly perfect conditions for the four days of racing with trade winds predominantly from the southeast in the 10 to 18 kts range. The regatta featured enthusiastic fleets of CSA Handicap classes and a very hot fleet of J/24s.


    In the huge and competitive fourteen-boat CSA 1 Class, Pamala Baldwin's J/122 LIQUID team from Antigua was the overall winner of the class (pictured above).  The young team led by Pamala scored podium finishes in all ten races, including scoring five bullets!


    "This is a great start to our season," commented Baldwin. "Our consistency comes from great preparation from the team and the ability to minimize the effect of problems when they occur. The team is also very fit and when you are competing in up to three races a day, fatigue is a big factor in the last race because it can effect concentration which can cause errors."

    Peter Lewis's J/121 WHISTLER from Barbados finished the regatta in style taking the win in the last race and finishing just "out of the chocolates", 2.5 pts from third place on the podium. There's was the story of getting their new J/121 dialed-in for tuning and boatspeed, refining and optimizing their teamwork, and getting out of the starting blocks in better position while minimizing down-the-race-track tactics and strategies.


    The overall lead in the J/24 Class changed every day of the regatta, such had been the intensity of the competition. After 18 hard-fought races (16 counting after 2 discards), Robbie Yearwood's DIE HARD from Grenada came back off the ropes to win by a single point from Nick Forsberg's JABAL from Santa Lucia. Gus Reader's FADEAWAY from Barbados won the last race of the regatta but finished third just three points behind the winner.


    "We are called Die Hard because we never give up," smiled Robbie Yearwood. "We are level-headed, never get twisted, and don't harbor bad thoughts when things go wrong. That's history, we look forward not behind. The J/24 Class is one-design, so it is very, very close. After 18 races, it could not have been a tighter or harder fought battle on a tactical basis.  We often crossed the finish line overlapped with 2 to3 boats! Socially, we get together after racing, we help each other fix the boats, and we have a couple of beers together. We had an additional bet between us, so we have a great bottle of rum to enjoy!"

    The Prize Giving for Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week was headlined by the "Mount Gay Rum Red Cap Party" at The Aquarium Restaurant on Magazine Beach. Guest of Honor was Brenda Hood, Chairman of the Grenada Tourism Authority, who congratulated the winners, sponsors and organizers of Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week. Brian Sylvester represented Mount Gay Rum livened up the proceedings before DJ King Turbo and Solid the Band, played a spectacular live set. The Aquarium is one of Grenada's finest restaurants, established in 1996 by Ulli Khun, it has a long history of hosting the awards ceremony for the regatta and that has now returned to its roots!   Sailing photo credits- Tim Wright/ Photoaction.com   For Grenada Sailing Week scores   For more Grenada Sailing Week sailing information
     

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
    Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Feb 28- Mar 1- J/24 Midwinter Championship- Indian Harbour Beach, FL
    Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
    Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
    Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
    Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
    Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
    Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
    Mar 19-22- J/22 Midwinter Championship- New Orleans, LA
    Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
    Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
    Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
    Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
    Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
    Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
    May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
    Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
    Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
    Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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

     
    J/88 Selected for Mixed Offshore USA World Team Worlds Qualifier
    (Chicago, IL)- The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac® presented by Wintrust (CYCRTM) is excited to announce the event has been selected by US Sailing as the Double-Handed Worlds Qualifier in preparation for the 2024 Olympics. The boat selected for the US qualifier is the J/88, and the CYCRTM plans to host a special division for the Mixed Offshore Double-handed discipline, for both a one-design fleet as well as a rated ORC fleet in J/88s, in the 112th running of the race this summer.

    "This is an exciting time for the USA and a great opportunity to race an Olympic class offshore boat," says Jay Kehoe, Sailing Director at the Chicago Yacht Club. "Non-mixed double-handed teams will also be able to participate, but will have to adhere to the sail rules and safety equipment, and are not eligible for the 2020 Offshore World Championships."

    There will be six (6) boats available for charter and a partial inventory of safety equipment, thanks to the generosity of the local J/88 fleet. Teams chartering or bringing their own J/88 are also encouraged to participate. However, there will be restricted sail choices and specialized safety equipment that will apply to all competitors in the class.

    The Team USA entry to the 2020 Offshore World Championships will be selected from one of the eligible teams competing in the Mixed Two Person division of the CYCRTM.

    The 112th CYCRTM will take place July 17th and 18th, 2020. The inspection, measurement and equalization process for all boats, sails and the complete list of required safety equipment will be specified in the Notice of Race of the Chicago-Mackinac Mixed Two Person division, which will be issued later this month. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in applying for a charter boat, or if you have any other questions on this process. To learn more about the Mixed Offshore, please visit US Sailing’s website that details all of the qualifiers for the World Team.  Learn more about the U.S. Sailing Olympics 2024 Doublehanded Mixed Offshore Program here.

    About the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac®: "America’s Offshore Challenge™
    The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac® presented by Wintrust is one of the world’s largest annual offshore races, drawing top-notch sailing talent from around America and the world.  Known as ‘The Mac’ to everyone in the region, the ultimate test of Great Lakes navigation starts each July just off Chicago’s Navy Pier. Passing through some of the most beautiful coastal waters in the world on the 333-statute mile (289nm) race route, the fleet faces the storms, reefs, calms and competition that truly make it "America’s Offshore Challenge."

    From Friday’s Cruising and Saturday’s Racing starting cannons to the finish line just on the other side of the iconic Mackinac Bridge, fans can follow every racer via the live Race Tracker, while keeping tabs on their favorites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  For more Chicago to Mackinac Race sailing information

    About the J/88 Offshore Speedster
    Introduced in 2013, the J/88 is 29’ mid-size family speedster with stability, style and sailing comfort. Design highlights include a high-aspect, non-overlapping sail plan (no genoas) with a carbon fiber, double-spreader mast - deck stepped for easy rigging, tuning and keeping the main cabin dry.  With more than 100+ boats worldwide and a growing fleet on Lake Michigan, the design has been extremely successful for inshore racing, family day sailing, as well as offshore shorthanded sailing.  For more J/88 offshore speedster sailing information  
     

     
    SCYA Midwinter Regatta Preview
    (Marina del Rey, CA)- The annual Southern California Yachting Association Midwinters Regatta will be taking place this upcoming weekend. The event is hosted by multiple clubs across the SoCal region, spanning from southern San Diego north to Santa Barbara. The most watched event will likely be the dozen J/70s that are sailing off Marina del Rey, hosted by California Yacht Club. As host for the 2020 J/70 World Championship, the J/70 teams will be looking to test, in particular, their boat tuning and boat speed settings for the traditional light to moderate sea breezes that often develop just offshore the zillion miles of beaches stretching down the coastline.

    Many of the top J/70 teams from the West Coast will be on hand testing their settings.  Such teams include Curt Johnson's AVET 2.01, Steve Wyman's NUNUHUNU, Craig Tallman's JAYA, Thomas Tunberg's NAMASTE, Chris Raab's SUGOI, Jim Murrell's HUCKLEBERRY, and Patrick Danly's BOONDOGGLE. The long-distance traveling awards certainly go to Seattle YC's Mike Breivik’s USA 49 team and St Francis YC's Wendi Vandermeer's USA 614.  Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images.  For more SCYA Midwinters 2020 sailing information
     

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    * The U.S. J/24 Class Association Awarded their Fourth Annual Boat Grant to Erica Trejo from Chicago!

    The US J/24 Class Association has awarded the fourth annual Kelly Holmes-Moon J/24 Boat Grant to Erica Trejo from Chicago, IL. The Program is named in honor of Kelly Holmes-Moon, a long-time supporter of the J/24 Class Association who served as U.S. Class President and as the Copyright Holder’s Representative.

    For the 2020 season, the boat will see weekly action at Wilmette Harbor with J/24 Fleet 100. The Boat Grant team plans to participate in a number of events including the Midwinter Championship in Melbourne, FL, Cleveland Race Week in Cleveland, OH, the Great Lakes Championship in Chicago, IL, and working to attend the District 15 Championship in Madison, WI. Mark Soya, with the help of other Class members, will mentor the young team, as well as the other individuals who applied for the Program.

    Erica has been sailing and racing her whole life, but has only a few years of J/24 experience. She has already seen how much fun the Class is and how competitive it is too. In the past two years, she has been pleasantly surprised at how many boats were in attendance at each regatta. She loves how everyone is so welcoming, and she is excited to be a part of the J/24 family. She looks forward to learning more about the boats while on this year’s journey and the challenge of racing against so many good sailors in the Class. Her team will consist of a mix of younger J/24 sailors and seasoned veterans, which will surely help them grow over the next year. She said, “I am incredibly excited to receive the boat grant this year! I am excited for this year’s journey. Come say ‘Hi’ if you see us. I would like to thank the US J/24 Class and the Boat Grant Committee for making this possible and for helping me achieve this great honor.”

    The Kelly Holmes-Moon J/24 Boat Grant Program encourages talented young sailors to gain first-hand experience racing within the J/24 Class of one-design sailboats at virtually no cost. Dave Eggleton donated the boat, USA 423, to the program, providing the Scholarship Boat recipients with the experience to escalate their level of competitiveness and inspire them to accomplish great things in the sailing world. The team is in need of contributions to help fund their campaign. To find out how you can help, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    * Getting Excited About Optimizing the J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster
    The new J/99 is a hot topic in the offshore sailing community, especially amongst the double-handed racers and even cruising couples around the world. The J/99 is an exciting addition to the J/Boat lineup that is filling a growing demand for short-handed racer/cruiser platforms that perform buoy racing as well as they do offshore.

    As part of maximizing the J/99's full potential for performance upwind, reaching, and downwind, sailmakers around the world have had their top teams working 24x7 on optimizing their offerings. One of these has been the Quantum Sailmakers team. Here is a summary of the continual process they go through.

    "Quantum designers focused on creating high-performing and versatile sail-plans that bridge the gap between competitive racing and cruising in comfort. Quantum's J/Boat sail designer Kerry Klingler and sail consultant Kris Werner worked with J/Boats Dealer RCR Yachts to create a fast set of sails with a "racing-first" focus that can easily transition into a performance cruising setup. They focused on using sail fabrics that give the sails an added level of structural durability that will ensure fast, repeatable shapes.

    Quantum class experts worked directly with clients to develop the best sail plan possible, designing every sail on the J/99 to fit the individual needs of the owner, be it racing, cruising, or something in-between. A sail with perfect shape on the first hoist that retains shape after repeated hoists was a testament to Quantum's design process and product.

    "We designed the sails to be versatile, easy to trim, and structured for a long life," explained Klingler about his approach with RCR Yachts. "One of the keys to our business is an understanding that sails need to be adjusted for each client's needs and wishes," he adds.

    Kris Werner reinforced their customer-centric approach, "we discussed and researched all the best possible options, while keeping some level of cost and investment in mind. This is the type of detailed service and support that we intend for every client at Quantum."

    Werner, a former broker at RCR Yachts, appreciates the continued relationship that his position as a sail consultant affords. "Supporting and working with RCR Yachts is a true pleasure," he says. "We at Quantum Sails Rochester do everything we can for them, and the enthusiasm the RCR team shows for our sport is closely matched to the customer-focused ideals of Quantum Sails. Our relationship is about helping customers get more enjoyment out of sailing and less about promoting one company over the other."

    Watch this short sailing video from the Quantum team that was taken during their initial performance testing program in Newport, RI.



    * Offshore Distance Racing "How-To" Series
    Distance sailboat racing is a growing segment of sailing. Offering new and different challenges, distance races around the world have attracted sailors with various degrees of offshore experience.

    In particular, offshore shorthanded and doublehanded sailing continues to grow participation the fastest across the USA and Europe.  Adding fuel to that fire was the recent announcement by World Sailing and the Olympics 2024 Committee that a new sailing medal competition will be held for a Doublehanded Mixed Offshore Keelboat Race during the Olympics 2024 in France.

    The concept is a simple one, a male/female team sailing a 28-foot offshore sailboat start on the first day of the Olympic Games and sail for 40 to 60 hours over an approximate 250 to 300 nm offshore race course, starting and finishing off the Mediterranean port of Marseille, France. The entire experience will be televised globally and followed online via blogging and social media.

    As noted above, US Sailing selected the J/88 class as the boat for the Chicago-Mackinac Race qualifying event for the 2020 World Doublehanded Mixed Offshore Championship being held in late summer/ early fall on the Mediterranean.

    As part of an offshore team's preparation for the 2020 sailing season, here is a short three-part series with some essential tips-and-tricks for the novice distance racer and reminders for those salty offshore veterans. The Quantum Team teamed up with offshore expert Dave Gerber for these critical on-board processes and maneuvers:
    • PART 1: Four simple on-board optimizations
    • PART 2: Reefing your mainsail
    • PART 3: Mastering Headsail Changes
    Watch the helpful "how-to" instructional sailing videos here


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  • J/Newsletter- January 29th, 2020


    J/Sailing Newsletter

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    With a SARS-like coronavirus spreading like the plague across the globe, more Australian brush fires consuming thousands of acres, world leaders deliberating "sustainability" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom's celebration of "BREXIT" leaving the European Union, it's a wonder anything is getting done in life, work, much less sailing in major sailing events around the world.

    Nevertheless, J/Sailors pursue their very "green" level of competition, powered by Mother Nature's natural winds. Last week, in the somewhat safe and benign confines of Florida/ Caribbean waters, a number of high-profile regattas took place off Miami, the Florida Keys, Tampa, and the island of Grenada.

    For starters, the Storm Trysail Club held their annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, a 160.0nm reach/ run down around the string of ocean pearls known as the Florida Keys. As one wag puts it, "start the race, leave the right turn signal blinking, first to Sloppy Joe's Bar wins!" Well, that is nearly accurate... a fast-reaching J/121, a comfortable J/44, and wicked quick J/92 all had a wonderful race, all collecting silverware for their trophy rooms! Also, taking place on Florida's East Coast was the J/70 Bacardi Winter Series, held at Shake-A-Leg's facilities in Miami. Then, across the "Alligator Alley" and Lake Okeechobee to the west, the J/88 and J/111 Midwinter Championships were hosted by St Petersburg YC in St Petersburg, Florida, with two nice days of sailing on Tampa Bay. Over to the far eastern Caribbean, the first of a half-dozen famous "race weeks"- Grenada Sailing Week- is taking place in St Georges, Grenada, where a fleet of CSA Handicap classes have a J/121 and J/122 competing along with a hotly-contested fleet of J/24s.
     


    J/121 Wins Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race!

    (Fort Lauderdale, FL)- The third week of January has traditionally marked the start of the American offshore sailing season on the East Coast. That event was the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race that started January 23rd, 2020. The race is a 160.0nm dash down the eastern Florida coastline, bound by the Florida Keys reefs to starboard and the swift-moving 4-6 kt Gulf Stream off to port. The Storm Trysail Club and Fort Lauderdale YC host the event.

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

    Here is the report from the race-winning J/121 INCOGNITO owned and skippered by Joe Brito from Bristol, Rhode Island. His boat captain, Jesse Fielding, a veteran of the Volvo 70 Around the World Race, provides a synopsis of their performance:

    "It was a gorgeous, blue-skies day in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a fresh, warm, easterly breeze blowing across the Gulf Stream from the Bahamas.  The boats approached the line luffing on port tack, then collectively put their bows down on port off the start line and easily fetched the first mark- the Miami Sea Buoy.

    Heavy jibs were trimmed to the rail and after getting settled, reaching sails were deployed!

    On the Incognito we kept our J3 in in the sky, added in our storm jib staysail (see photo - orange sail) and deployed our newest reaching sail.

    Everyone makes a good joke about my luggage when I turn up for a race because it always includes something in a blue bag, but this Masthead Helix Code Zero did not disappoint. We were off, with a "triple-head/ triple-slot" setup and the helm locked in for our owner/skipper Joe.

    Loading up the front of the sail plan allows the helm to neutralize and the driver can really put the bow where they want to in order to catch a wave.


    If we saw a squall line coming, we could quickly top down furl our Code sail and carry on with the two headsails or even take a reef if needed.  Using all of our tools in the kit kept us reaching down the upper keys nicely.

    Joe had his boat hit a new 'all-white sails' top speed of 17.8 knots as he connected three big waves together.  Nothing but smiles on board.

    Joe set a precedent for this race of a "push" mentality, utilizing the "buddy system" for watches and keeping drivers and trimmers fresh. Full credit to the team for keeping boat above polar boat speed through cloud lines and around fishing fleets.

    The last third of the race was a VMG run with stars lighting the way to the Key West Sea Buoy and a quick beat into the channel off of the infamous city at the Southernmost point of the United States- Key West, Florida! It was an amazing race for us, taking 1st in ORC B Class and 2nd ORC Overall!"


    Also taking silver in ORC B Class was Chris Lewis' merry bandits from Houston, Texas, racing their famous J/44 KENAI to second place on the podium.


    Finally, proving that their success last year in the same race was no fluke, Brad Stowers' J/92 HILLBILLY from Melbourne YC in Melbourne, FL pulled off a podium finish in PHRF B Class with the silver medal! Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing.  For Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race results   For more Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race sailing information
     


    DEVIATION Crowned J/88 Midwinter Champion

    (St Petersburg, FL)- Five J/88s participated in the 2020 J/88 Midwinter Championship, a part of J/Fest hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida. Conditions on Tampa Bay ranged from 6-8 knots on Friday and Sunday, with Saturday having the best breeze at 10-12 knots.

    Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION won half of the eight races to capture victory with 11 net points. Vogel is the J/88 Class President based out of New York, and her crew included Alan Capellin, Kevin Costello, Dave Coughlin, Tim Longo and Bill McCulloch.


    Giving Vogel's DEVIATION team a run-for-the-money all weekend was the highly regarded crew from the Chicago J/88 FLeet, Andy & Sarah Graff's EXILE. Both boats were mostly a step ahead of the rest of the fleet in terms of boat-handling and boat-speed; between them they collected six 1sts and six 2nds! EXILE secured the silver with 13 pts net, while William Purdy's WHIRLWIND just sneaked onto the podium on the last day with 22 pts net. Losing that battle in the last race for the coveted bronze position was Larry Cutler & Andrew Weiss' ONE TOO MANY.  For more J/88 Midwinters & J/FEST St Petersburg Regatta sailing information
     


    SPACEMAN SPIFF Takes J/111 Midwinters in Thrilling Finale!

    (St. Petersburg, FL)– Current J/111 World Champion Rob Ruhlman on SPACEMAN SPIFF narrowly took victory at the J/111 Midwinter Championship, a part of J/Fest hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida. Conditions on Tampa Bay ranged from 6-8 knots on Friday and Sunday, with Saturday having the best breeze at 10-12 knots.


    After eight races in three days, the Cleveland, OH-based SPACEMAN SPIFF team, including Karl Felger, Doug Moose, Debbie Probst, Ryan Ruhlman, Abby Ruhlman, Jim Sminchak and Mark Wiss, tied on points with Ian Hill’s SITELLA at 12 pts each. Both crews racked up the exact same scoreline (three 1sts, three 2nds, one 3rd), but Ruhlman placed one better than Hill in the final race to claim the title.


    Rounding out the podium in the bronze position was Andrew and Sedgewick Ward's BRAVO from Shelter Island, New York. The BRAVO team certainly had their moments of boat-speed and flashy brilliance during the three days event, taking six podium finishes and even winning two races!  For more J/88 Midwinters & J/FEST St Petersburg Regatta sailing information
     


    NINE Shreds J/70 Bacardi Winter Series II

    Segal Tops Corinthians Division
    (Miami, FL)- As the second Act of the 2019/2020 Bacardi Invitational Winter Series unfolded last weekend, many of the world’s top J/70 teams resumed their battle for supremacy on the waters of Biscayne Bay in Miami. Twenty-five teams came from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, and the USA. Despite the light to medium winds and a hyper-aggressive fleet on the starting line, the six windward/leeward races that were scheduled were completed.

    Winning their first major J/70 regatta was Oivind Lorentzen's NINE crew from the greater New York area. His crew included Ian Coleman, David Shreiner, and the immensely talented Lucas Calabrese from Buenos Aires, Argentina (an Olympic Silver Medallist in the 470 class). Giving the NINE team moments of anxiety all weekend-long was past J/70 World Champion Joel Ronning and his crew on CATAPULT (Victor Diaz de Leon, Patrick Wilson, and Chris Stocke); they finished five points back to take the silver. The final spot on the podium was determined on a tie-breaker at 25 points each.  Winning on countback to take the bronze was long-time Chicago sailor John Heaton on EMPEIRIA with crew of Will Felder, Zeke Horowitz, and Zach Mason. Losing the tie-breaker to take fourth was another talented Chicago-based team- Pamela Rose's ROSEBUD with Goncalo Ribiero, Willem van Waay, and Bernardo Freitas. In fifth place was Bruno Pasquinelli's STAMPEDE from Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas; his team featured two brother who were both Olympic Medallists- Jonathan and Charlie McKee from Seattle, Washington- and Orrin Star.

    Taking the Corinthians Division by a large margin was Zach Segal's USA 1154 with crew of Ashton Hamerlin, Enrique Quintero, and Peit Van Os. Twelve points back in second place was Doug Weitz's AGENT 99 with team of Yumio Dornberg, Brian O'Mahony, and Paul Zambriski. Another thirteen points in arrears to take the bronze was the Brazilian team on MANCHA NEGRA, skippered by Pedro Camargo with crew of Eduardo Penido and Danilo Santana.  For more Bacardi J/70 Winter Series sailing and scoring information
     


    Grenada Sailing Week Update

    (St Georges, Grenada, West Indies)- Racing for the international fleet at Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week started, Monday 27 January. Grenada delivered perfect conditions for the first day of racing with 12-15 knots of trade winds from the south east with a comfortable sea state. The regatta features enthusiastic fleets of CSA Handicap classes and a very hot fleet of J/24s.


    Pure Grenada Race Day One
    The CSA Classes enjoyed three races varying in length from 7-14 miles on the leeward side of Grenada. The J/24 Class had five short, sharp races on their own windward leeward course.

    In CSA 1, Pamala Baldwin's J/122 LIQUID from Antigua, skippered by Jules White, led the class after three races, having scored a 2-1-1.

    "LIQUID has a young team that has a lot of agility," commented Pamala Baldwin. "We had a few errors today, but the team recovered well, and a lot of our success is down to time on the water, we practice a lot."

    Robbie Yearwood's DIE HARD from Grenada has won nine titles at the regatta in the J/24 Class and came out on top after five races.

    "We switch crew positions each race to make it interesting," said Robbie. "The racing is really close with just seconds deciding the winner. We love it here."

    Racing on a windward leeward course off Grand Anse Beach. The J/24s got a good square course with plenty of small shifts in the breeze which oscillated between 100 and 120 degrees. DIE HARD scored three bullets, but only lead the class by three points from two boats tied on points for second which both won races today: Gus Reader's FADEAWAY from Barbados and Nick Forsberg's JABAL (LCA).

    Kimron Corion, Communications Director of Grenada Tourism Authority, awarded prizes for Pure Grenada Race Day. The After-Race Party featured DJ King Turbo at the Victory Bar, Port Louis Marina, with the whole party jumping late into the night.


    Silversands Race Day Two
    Principal Race Officer James Benoit reported a light south easterly wind of 8-10 knots, which built during the day, veering south and pumping up to 14 knots.

    Race winners again included Baldwin's pretty blue J/122 LIQUID. The CSA and Classic Classes enjoyed races varying in length from 7.6 to 14 nm on the leeward side of Grenada.

    In CSA 1, Baldwin’s J/122 LIQUID extended their lead by scoring a 1-3-1 for the day. Peter Lewis’ J/121 WHISTLER from Barbados scored two podium finishes to move up to third place.

    “Starts were important today, as was sail choice, especially downwind,” commented LIQUID's skipper Jules White. “In general, the start of each race was more competitive and getting a good start into clear air is so important when the wind is on the light side. Local effects made sail choice downwind another key area, with plenty of gusts and lulls and changes in wind direction.”

    The J/24 Class had another five short, sharp races on their own windward leeward course. Gus Reader’s FADEAWAY was the new leader after scoring three bullets. Forsberg’s JABAL (LCA) won two races to close the gap to a single point after ten hotly contested races. Yearwood’s DIE HARD (GRN) was knocked off pole position down to third and was now three points off the lead.

    Silversands is a ground-breaking hotel in Grenada, which opened December 2018. Located on the award winning Grand Anse Beach, the design of the hotel is under-stated using natural materials and landscaping of indigenous plants to Grenada. The location is amazing, one of the highlights is the sunset and the floor-to-ceiling windows letting the natural beauty of the island flow through. Intelligent guest room connectivity includes the Silversands App. The spa features treatment rooms, sauna, ice cave, and a modern fitness center with equipment by Technogym ― all built around a beautifully serene private pool. A focus on community and culture flows through the menus at Silversands Grenada, along with global influences. From a casual, beach club-style poolside restaurant to a refined Asian-influenced dinner venue, showcasing the wild abundance of local ingredients and spices.

    After racing, the "Pirate Party" at Victory Bar, Port Louis Marina was a real show with prizes for the best pirates! With no racing the following day, the dance floor was alive to the Fahrenheit Band long into the night!

    There will be three more days of racing, with the event concluding by the weekend.   Sailing photo credits- Tim Wright/ Photoaction.com    For Grenada Sailing Week scores   For more Grenada Sailing Week sailing information
     

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
    Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Feb 28- Mar 1- J/24 Midwinter Championship- Indian Harbour Beach, FL
    Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Invitational- Miami, FL
    Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
    Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
    Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
    Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
    Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
    Mar 19-22- J/22 Midwinter Championship- New Orleans, LA
    Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
    Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
    Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
    Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
    Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
    Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
    May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
    Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
    Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
    Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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


    Primo Cup– Trophée Credit Suisse Preview

    (Monte Carlo, Monaco)– The tradition continues in the Royal Principality of Monaco as the clock ticks down to the 36th Primo Cup, for the Credit Suisse Trophy and Slam garments, organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco. A meeting par excellence for one-designs, the regatta has been held every February since 1985, the month it was launched at the instigation of YC Monaco President HSH Prince Albert II.

    This year again the profile of classes and competitors points to this being a regatta of a level that will live up to expectations with some 450 sailors expected. Primo Cup regulars now include a big fleet of J/70s with several Nordic teams who have based themselves in the Principality for the winter for the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series of monthly regattas from October to March.

    The J/70s have a much larger fleet due to the fact Monaco is hosting the J/70 World Championship from 18-23 October 2021, a deadline attracting international teams like the Americans on Team Newport Harbor and the British on REDSHIFT. The latter will have Hannah Diamond onboard who recently cut her teeth on the Volvo Ocean Race after years in dinghy classes.


    Bernard d’Alessandro, YC Monaco's Regatta Director, commented that "Monaco is an amazing destination resort and facility for international sailors. Between the sea and the mountains (we’re just an hour and a half from the ski slopes), it is an exceptional setting with conditions that vary hugely and challenge all the qualities of a good sailor. That’s not to forget the facilities we have in the Clubhouse, inaugurated in 2014, which is ideal for hosting crews and organizing high-level regattas. All these advantages attract many international teams who decide to come to Monaco to sail, as evidenced by the success of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, now in its seventh season from October to March and also organized by us.  For more Primo Cup- Trophee Credit Suisse Regatta sailing information
     


    J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III Preview

    (Tampa, FL)- The third and final regatta of the J/70 Davis Island Winter Series is taking place this coming weekend. An all-star cast of fifty-one boats will be assembled on the choppy waters of Tampa Bay to vie for both regatta and series awards. The Davis Island Yacht Club Race Committee team and PRO are hoping the forecasted weather conditions give them enough breeze on Saturday; after the frontal system passes overnight, Sunday looks to be a nearly perfect day- sunny, 60s, 8-14 kts from the northwest.

    Will Brian Keane’s SAVASANA sail another solid, conservative regatta to maintain his lead in the overall ranking and become crowned the J/70 Winter Series Champion for the first time? T.B.D. as they say! Keane's crew will again have to contend with top crews like Darby Smith’s AFRICA, Mark Foster and Travis Odenbach on HONEYBADGER, a top Italian crew on ENJOY 1.0 skippered by Carlo Tomelleri, Rob Britts HOT MESS, a top Argentinean team on JUICY skippered by Francisco Van Avermaete, Kevin Downey's MR PITIFUL (with Willem van Waay as mainsheet/ tactician), a top German TP52 owner/ skipper- Mike Illbruck's PINTA with J/70 World Champion crew John Kostecki, and Buddy Cribb's VICTORY.  For more J/70 Davis Island Winter Series sailing information
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  • J/Newsletter- January 22, 2020 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    It has been busy at the first major boat show of the 2020 season. Reception at the boot Dusseldorf show in Germany has been very encouraging overall and it is wonderful to catch up with many members of the J/Family- owners, sailors, crew, and new prospects! As both Europe's and the world's largest indoor boat show, you should seriously contemplate a last-minute visit for the weekend, a fun show as well as an enjoyable social event. This weekend, for those in the northeast, there is an opportunity to see the J/99 at the Toronto Boat Show and, similarly, there is an opportunity to see a J/99 at the Seattle Boat Show!

    Meanwhile, the European one-design sailing season kicked-off with the third Act of Yacht Club Monaco's J/70 Winter Sportboat Series that took place this past weekend off Hercules Bay; one of the most exotic confines of the French, Monegasque, and Italian Rivieras on the northern Mediterranean coastline. The fleet of forty-five world-class crews enjoyed two days of amazing racing in a variety of wind/wave conditions.

    On the same basis, the first of their offshore seasons took place off Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA.  The Duwamish Head Race was hosted by the Three Tree Point Yacht Club in Seattle, WA for a fleet of PHRF offshore teams, including the usual cast of top Seattle offshore teams on a J/160, J/133, J/130, J/109, J/35s, and J/29. Then, the Cabrillo Offshore Series Race 1 took place off San Diego, hosted by Southwestern Yacht Club. It is a series of long offshore day races out and around various rocks and islands in the Mexican archipelago south/ southwest of Point Loma. J/Teams are tearing it up in both ORC and PHRF offshore handicap racing divisions, the fleet included two J/145s, and top J/120s.
     


    Visit boot Dusseldorf Show Extravaganza- see J/70, J/99, J/112E!

    (Dusseldorf, Germany)- The massive, world-famous, Boot Dusseldorf Boat Show is taking place from January 18th to 26th in Dusseldorf, Germany at the sprawling Messe Conference & Exhibit Center.

    With over 300 sailboat-related exhibitors, there is no question the world’s largest sailboat show in the heart of Europe is an exciting place to visit.

    Renowned as one of the major “arts” centers in Europe, Dusseldorf is both a cultural attraction along the gorgeous Rhine River as well as an amazing boat show to attend- truly one of those cultural events the entire family can enjoy!

    On display in Hall 17/ Booth A22 will be the latest J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster, the World Champion J/112E sports cruiser, and the world’s most successful sportsboat- the International J/70.

    In Germany alone, the most significant impact on sailing sport has been the evolution of the J/70 Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga, with over 80 sailing clubs participating and thousands of sailors across Germany enjoying fun, tight club racing.  Then, across Europe, there are 14 national SAILING Champions League series that use fleets of 6 to 12 J/70s to ensure close, fair racing- it's a boat that can be sailed by anyone in your sailing community- young and old alike, women, children, and 8 to 80 yrs old! Learn more about the J/70 here.

    The premiere next-generation sport-cruiser, the J/112E, is proving to be quite popular in Europe. The J/112E has been enthusiastically enjoyed by sailing families seeking to combine the “joy of sailing” with a comfortable, spacious, sunny interior. Learn more about the remarkable performance of the J/112E the past two summers in European racing circles- repeating as IRC/ ORC European Champion as well as expanding on her IRC/ ORC World Championship performance in 2018. Learn more about the J/112E sport cruiser here.

    Finally, winning enormous accolades across the spectrum of sailors is the latest edition to the J/Sport range, the J/99 offshore speedster. Learn more why she has already been awarded SAIL's Best Boats- "Best Performance Boat", SAILING WORLD's Boat of the Year- "Best Crossover", and British Yachting Awards- "Racing Yacht/ Sportsboat of the Year". Learn more about the J/99 here.  For more Boot Dusseldorf show information and to get on-line tickets.
     


    J/99 Pacific Northwest Debut at Seattle Boat Show!

    (Seattle, WA)- Make your plans now to view the brand new, triple-award winning, 32' Offshore Speedster- the J/99! Sail Northwest in Seattle will be showing their boat indoor at the Seattle Boat Show, Century Link Field Event Center. The Seattle Boat Show goes from January 24th to February 1st, 2020.
      
    The J/99 is the newest addition to the J/Sport range, combining headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven responsiveness of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World Champion J/112E. The interior features twin aft cabins, a proper sit-down forward facing nav station, an L-shaped galley, and a private forward head with sail locker.  For more Seattle Boat Show information and tickets
     


    J/99 Debuts @ Toronto Boat Show
    (Toronto, ONT, Canada)- Visit the Toronto International Boat Show, North America’s largest indoor boat show and is the preeminent selling venue for Canada’s recreational boating industry! The show is celebrating 62 years and runs from January 17th to 26th at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, in downtown Toronto.

    Making her 2020 Canadian boat show debut will be the exciting J/99 offshore speedster! You can find her at Stand B2 & B3. Presenting the J/99 will be Pat Sturgeon Yachts from Mississauga, ON. For more J/99 visitation information, please contact Pat Sturgeon at phone- 905-278-5100 or email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   For more Toronto Boat Show information and tickets
     


    J/111 Worlds 2020 Announcement!

    Cowes, England)- With a rich history of international competition from Chicago, Breskens, San Francisco, Newport Rhode Island and The Solent, the J/111 World Championship regatta returns to beautiful Cowes for the third time since it was held there for the inaugural event.

    The 2020 J/111 Worlds will be decided on the Solent from August 30th to September 5th, 2020. The event will be hosted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, under invitation of the J/111 Northern European Fleet, and with events taking place out of the RORC's Cowes station on the harbour.

    According to the RORC, "The Royal Ocean Racing Club are delighted to have been asked to organize the 2020 J/111 World Championship to be held in Cowes during September. Up to 20 of these highly competitive one design boats will compete, firstly in a pre-worlds regatta over the 30th and 31st August, and then four days of championship racing from the 2nd to the 5th September before the winner is crowned at the prize-giving dinner on the Saturday night."

    In anticipation of the interest registered at last year's J/111 World Championship in Chicago, the J/111 European Class is delighted to announce it has partnered with Sevenstar Racing Yacht Logistics, to offer two alternative routes for J/111s to cross the pond (and back as required).


    Sevenstar's Wouter Verbraak comments, “this partnership should add to the growing competitive J/111 fleet racing around the World, and we are delighted to be an enabler, and partner for the future.”

    With mast up and keel on sailings twice a month from Cleveland, OH and once a month from Baltimore, MD the options are open. More details for owners are available on the Sevenstar and J/111 Worlds websites.

    The timing of the 2020 Worlds is designed to make it as easy as possible for the North American J/111 owners and crew to participate. This should mean the least disruption to their local and national US sailing programs.

    Simon Bamford, the J/111 Northern Europe Fleet Captain says, “we are delighted that Sevenstar has chosen to partner with us, hopefully making it as simple and as cost effective as possible for multiple boats to participate from the USA.”

    With entertainment planned for the evenings, no doubt impromptu challenges are laid down for the World Championship between differing nationalities. The Solent and Northern Europe J/111 Fleet looks forward to welcoming you to some world class sailing in the Solent.  For more 2020 J/111 World Championship sailing information
     


    BRUTUS Nips J/70 Monaco Winter Series III

    (Monte Carlo, Monaco)- It took one small point to clinch victory, as Act 3 of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series went down to the wire. The event was organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco, in collaboration with clothing supplier SLAM.

    The 45 teams of 13 nationalities who had made the trip were not disappointed, with five races completed in optimal conditions ranging from a 5-12 knot westerly, ending on a 10-14 knot easterly.  For the 180 sailors it was another opportunity to experience the race area that is set to host the J/70 World Championship in October 2021. A dress rehearsal which drew international competitors like the Corinthian team from Seattle Yacht Club, as well as 11 Nordic teams including four from Sweden, one from Finland and one from Denmark.


    The Russians on ARTTUBE, led by the talented Valeriya Kovalenko, pulled out all the stops in an attempt to snatch victory, but their record of an 8-1-1-9-2 for 12 pts net was not enough to dethrone Charles Thompson’s British team on BRUTUS. They may be in the Corinthian (amateur) category, but the BRUTUS boys proved they have what it takes to win at the highest level. Impeccable from start to finish, the British Royal Southern Yacht Club team kept up the pressure throughout the three days, showing remarkable consistency in their record with a 2-2-4-3-5 for 11 pts net total.

    It was the Bo Pedersen's Danish crew on UPUPUP that grabbed third to complete the podium with an 11-23-2-12-3 tally for 28 pts net. In fact, they were equal on points and won the tie-breaker over Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio's G-SPOTTINO from the Yacht Club de Monaco, their record was a commendable 6-UFD-7-8-7.


    Rounding out the top five was another top Russian team, Sergey Sobolev's ELF team posted another consistent record that was punctuated by a last race win- a 13-11-10-10-1 tally for 32 pts net.

    Corinthians Division
    Winning the Corinthians was Thompson's BRUTUS, with a significant lead. Taking second was the Swiss team of QUARTER2ELEVEN, skippered by Nick Zeltner, and following them in third was the Netherland's JELLOW helmed by Maarten Jamin.

    Winter Series Provisional Rankings
    This weekend’s win was enough to propel BRUTUS to the top of the provisional ranking for the Winter Series with 43 points under their belts after 15 races. Ludovico Fassitelli's JUNDA- BANCA DEL SEMPIONE, who had led the fleet after the first two Acts, now sits in 2nd place. Winners in 2017 and 2018, Kovalenko's ARTTUBE have their sights set on a three-peat, and their 2nd place this weekend takes them onto the third step of the provisional podium after three Acts.

    All eyes are now on the 36th Primo Cup-Trophée Credit Suisse which is racing in two weeks from February 6th to 9th in Monaco.  For more Yacht Club Monaco J/70 Winter Series sailing information
     

    J/Crews Sweep Duwamish Head Race
    (Seattle, WA)- The Three Tree Point Yacht Club kicked off the Pacific Northwest offshore sailing season with their incredibly challenging Duwamish Head Race. For the hard-core sailors in the greater Seattle region, the race happens to have a bit of a cult following, with a number of familiar top offshore teams taking up the annual rite of passage of their first offshore race for 2020.

    The course is simple enough. Start in a northerly direction between an offshore orange mark and the RC flag on the Des Moines Marina fishing pier, leaving the green navigation buoy to starboard. Proceed to the Duwamish Head Light, leave it to port, then proceed to Blakely Rock Light, leaving it to port. Finish in a southerly direction between offshore orange mark and the RC flag at the end of the Des Moines Pier, keeping the green navigation buoy to port.

    In the "big boat" PHRF 2 Division, J/Crews dominated the top four places. Winning was John McPhail's J/160 JAM by just 3 minutes over Ron Holbrook's J/133 CONSTELLATION that took the silver. Not far off the pace and missing the podium by a mere 10 seconds (!) was J. McKay's J/130 FLASH taking a fourth place.

    The PHRF 4 Division saw a complete sweep of their class by J/Teams taking the entire top five spots. Winning was Tolga Cezik's J/109 LODOS, followed by Stu Burnell's famous J/109 TANTIVY in second, and Brian White's J/35 GRACE E in third. Rounding out the top five was Dan Wierman's J/35 GREAT WHITE in fourth and Jason Vannice's J/35 ALTAIR in fifth place.

    Winning PHRF 6 Division was Matthew Gardner-Brown's J/105 DULCINEA. Taking third place in PHRF 7 Division was Christine Nelson & Paul Grove's J/29 SLICK.

    Sail-World.com North American Editor David Schmidt, who lives in the Seattle area, sailed the race with a few friends and here is a summary of his experience racing against the three big J/Boats that dominated PHRF Division 2:

    "I was looking for an adventure when I woke up at 0430 hours on Saturday (January 11) for the annual Duwamish Head Race, only to discover that NOAA had issued a small-craft advisory for the section of Puget Sound where our race would be unfurling. While this might have been cause for concern amongst some boats, I count myself incredibly lucky to sail aboard one of the fastest and best-skippered boats in the area and with a crew that defines the word "experienced", so my mind instead turned to thoughts of fast spinnaker rides.

    We left the dock at 0645 hours on an unusually high tide that was following several days of hard rain (did I mention that I live in Seattle?) that deposited plenty of logs, branches and other flotsam in the water, so our skipper wisely stationed a rotating staff of crew on the foredeck with a spotlight to search for deadheads (meaning logs, not Grateful Dead fans...the latter were all back in the cockpit, your scribe included). We carefully threaded our way past several big logs and root balls, but even more impressively, the rains that were lashing the Olympic mountains to the West stayed put, giving us a (mostly) dry ride down to our starting line off of the city of Des Moines.

    While NOAA might have been hyperbolic with their small-craft advisory forecast, the wind was piping at the starting line, funneling from behind Vashon and Maury islands. We hoisted our trusty J2 and a full main, with our Code-0 on the ready on the deck, knowing that the air would almost certainly lift once we cleared the starting area.

    Erik, our intrepid tactical weather expert and an all-around great sailor, smartly advised that there would be an easterly component to the predominantly south-southwest breeze later in the morning, so the afterguard set us up for a low-road lane that proved to be key for several reasons (more later). Better still, we had clear air to hoist and unfurl the Code-0, and to pick and choose our own destiny.

    This soon set us up to hoist the A2, and to ratchet up our VMG speed.

    Things were flowing perfectly, with the wind, which was blowing at ballpark 12-15 knots, giving us ideal angles for fetching Three Tree Point and Alki Point Lighthouse with minimal gybes.

    Our boatspeed was right where it should have been as we cleared Three Tree Point, when the cockpit handheld VHF crackled to life with the two most dreaded words in winter sailboat racing: "Man Overboard! Man Overboard!"

    We quickly determined that the vessel in distress was roughly one nautical mile directly in front of us, separated only by the TP52, which had smartly abandoned their high-road tussle.

    Instantly, our skipper and crew proved that their seamanship skills are even better their racing skills. The A2 was instantly doused, all eyes ensured that we had no cordage in the water, and the iron Genny roared to life. Paul dropped the throttle hammer, and we charged towards the stricken vessel. Soon, we could see the vessel's crew struggling unsuccessfully to pull their MOB back aboard via their port bow.

    While we were a ways away, our friends aboard Sonic (said TP52) were closer and also immediately dropped their sails and motored over to assist. They approached via starboard and transferred some of their biggest guns onto the little cruising-class boat. While I was too far away to see individual faces or rescue tactics, Sonic sails with many strong bodies who wasted zero time in pulling the MOB back aboard. Better still, Jan Anderson, the area's best sailing photographer, was instantly on station with her fast-running RIB and took the MOB back ashore.

    Once the situation was clear, we spun our bow, motored back to our pre-MOB-crisis position, and quickly re-hoisted the A2. While there's no question that sailing on Puget Sound in January is playing for keeps with the cold water, we quickly shifted gears from crisis mode to performance sailing mode. I'll admit that it took me a few minutes to shake off the adrenaline rush, but our afterguard afforded themselves no such luxury and instead scanned the waters for the easterly shift that Erik assured us was coming, while calling for the Code-0 to be brought onto deck.

    The shift arrived, and we wasted zero time capitalizing on this evolution. The Code-0 was deployed, our VMG spiked, and we soon rounded the marker at Duwamish Head. The J2 made a reappearance as we jib-reached over towards Blake Island. Better still, the heavy-looking rains to our north were staved off by the convergence zone that we were sailing through, and our sails stayed full and at fast angles.

    While I've sailed on Puget Sound for over ten years, I've never seen the breeze cooperate so well with a racecourse. A few quick tacks were required to get around Blake Island, but as we started charging back uphill towards the still-distant finishing line, Bates (another fantastic sailor and friend) made the call that we'd be able to fetch the entire leg on starboard tack, provided we could clear Three Tree Point.

    We peeled to our J3 as the wind speeds built with the growing white caps. We crossed the finishing line just after 1400 hours to the astonishment of all onboard, as this is a race that we've previously only finished after sunset.

    While the racing was fun, the day's highlight came as calls for the A2 resounded once we cleared Three Tree Point for the fourth and final time, our bow aimed for the barn. As soon as we finished jumping the halyard, all crew to piled onto the port quarter as our fun meter started kicking off the day's best metrics. Jake, an accomplished all-around skiff and big-boat sailor, took the helm and promptly posted the day's best number: 18.2 knots.

    Regardless of which crew helped make the save, with these kind of winter races, our community of sailors all looks out for each other, providing a broad safety net. At the end of the day, all Puget Sound racing sailors are fortunate to be a part of a community with so many well-sailed boats and safety-minded skippers and crews." Sailing photo credits- Jan Anderson.  For more Three Tree Point Yacht Club's Duwamish Head Race sailing information
     


    J/Crews Sweep Cabrillo Offshore I Race

    (San Diego, CA)- The start of the southern California offshore season may be attributed to the very laid back, but serious, Cabrillo Offshore Series hosted by the Southwestern Yacht Club in San Diego, CA. The first race was a 36.0nm affair that went from the San Diego Harbor start line, out around the North Coronado Island in Mexico, and return to the start/ finish line.

    In the end, it was a complete domination of the fleet by J/Teams across the board, from the big silver-platers to the classic offshore racer-cruisers. Winning the eight-boat ORR Division was Rudy Hasl's J/145 PALAEMON in a very competitive fleet of boats.

    In the PHRF Division 2, Robert Pace’s J/145 ANDIAMO 2 took 1st place, followed by Hasl’s J/145 PALAEMON in second, and completing the podium with the bronze was Mark Surber’s J/125 SNOOPY.

    Finally, it was J/120s all over the top of the leaderboard in PHRF 3 Division. Winning was John Laun’s CAPER, with good friend Chuck Nichols’ CC RIDER taking the silver.

    The Cabrillo Offshore Series consist of four races. The next race is a 73-mile race around Sugarloaf Rock in Mexico. For more Southwestern YC Cabrillo Offshore series sailing information
     

    Regatta & Show Schedules:
    Jan 23- STC Lauderdale to Key West Race- Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Jan 23-26- J/Fest St. Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 25-26- J/70 Bacardi Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 26-31- Grenada Sailing Week- St Georges, Grenada, West Indies
    Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
    Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Feb 28- Mar 1- J/24 Midwinter Championship- Indian Harbour Beach, FL
    Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
    Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
    Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
    Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
    Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
    Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
    Mar 19-22- J/22 Midwinter Championship- New Orleans, LA
    Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
    Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
    Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
    Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
    Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
    Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
    May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
    Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
    Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
    Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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


    STC Lauderdale to Key West Race Preview

    (Fort Lauderdale, FL)- The third week of January has traditionally marked the start of the American offshore sailing season on the east coast. That event is the next race in the 2019-2020 Islands in the Stream Series- the famous Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race that starts on January 23rd, 2020. The race is a 160.0nm dash down the eastern Florida coastline, bound by the Florida Keys reefs to starboard and the swift-moving 4-6 kt Gulf Stream off to port. The Storm Trysail Club and Fort Lauderdale YC host the race.

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

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

    Sailing in ORC B class is Chris Lewis’ J/44 KENAI from Lakewood YC in Seabrook, TX and Joe Brito's J/121 INCOGNITO from Bristol YC in Bristol, RI.

    Racing PHRF A Class is Matt Schaedler’s J/122 BLITZKRIEG from North Cape YC in Toledo, OH and Hanson Bratton & Thomas Anderson's J/120 KAIROS from Bayview Yacht Club from Michigan.

    Finally, sailing PHRF B is the J/92 HILLBILLY, sailed by Brad Stowers from Melbourne YC in Melbourne, FL. For Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race results.  For more Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race sailing information
     

    J/Fest St. Petersburg Regatta Preview
    (St Petersburg, FL)- The third weekend of January marks the occasion for the annual J/Fest St Petersburg Regatta, hosted by the St Petersburg YC in Florida. Sailing will take place from January 23rd to 26th, with teams of J/88s and J/111s racing on Tampa Bay.

    The regatta represents the 2020 J/88 Midwinter Championship, with crews participating from the Midwest and the Northeast. Many top crews in the class will be looking forward to a break from the frigid temperatures up North. No one would be surprised if Andy & Sarah Graff’s EXILE team is already on the road headed south from Chicago, IL to escape the sub-zero temperatures in the upper Midwest! From the northeast, watch for these teams to be near the top of the leaderboard; Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION from New Rochelle, NY; Dave Tufts’ GAUCHO from Rochester, NY; Lawrence Cutler & Andrew Weiss's ONE TOO MANY from Storm Trysail Club, and William Purdy's WHIRLWIND from City Island Yacht Club in New York.

    Similarly, the J/111s will be hosting their Midwinter Championship at J/Fest St Pete. A quartet of very competitive crews will be in attendance. Top dog with current bragging rights should be the 2019 J/111 World Champion- Rob Ruhlman and family aboard their famous SPACEMAN SPIFF. In addition, Andrew & Sedgwick Ward’s BRAVO from Shelter Island, NY, Doug Curtiss's WICKED 2.0 from New Bedford YC, and Ian Hill’s SITELLA from Hampton, VA will be mixing it up with the Cleveland gang for class honors. For more J/FEST St Petersburg Regatta sailing information
     

    J/70 Bacardi Winter Series II Preview
    (Miami, FL)- As event 2 of the 2019/2020 Bacardi Invitational Winter Series unfolds January 23rd to 26th, many of the world’s top J/70 sailors will resume their battle for supremacy on the waters of Biscayne Bay in Miami.

    In December 2019, the first of this three-event series featured twenty-one boats for the J/70 fleet, coming from Brazil, Canada, Germany and the USA, with a climb to fifty-three entries for this weekend’s event and three new nations: Great Britain, Italy and Mexico.

    Six windward/leeward races are scheduled for the J/70 fleet. The breeze set to be light and fickle as the regatta kicks off, building to a different race track over the weekend with an expected 11-13 knots forecast.

    A mixed weather system in December’s event 1, with big breeze followed by light airs for two days led to mixed results in the J/70 class. The J/70 to beat is the team on SURGE skippered by Ryan McKillen, who showcased their tenacity to bounce back after a mid-series shocker to claim the win in December. His team was not exactly comprised of a bunch of "hacks", they included Mark Mendelblatt, John Wallace, and Sam Loughborough- all champion sailors in their own right. They are just one of twenty-five talented teams making the trip to Miami to stake out front of fleet finishes in a fight that will be finely balanced.

    Amongst those strong on talent are Jeff Janov on MINOR THREAT, racing with a crew of Dave Ullman, Ben Mercer and Doug McLean, all highly experienced in getting results in under-powered wind conditions. MINOR THREAT finished second in December, just two points behind SURGE. Trey Sheehan and crew on HOOLIGAN also proved their ability to nail fluky breeze wins back in December, scoring two bullets in light pressure to finish third overall.

    Joel Ronning and his team on CATAPULT, who won event 2 of last year’s Winter Series and claimed the J/70 World Championships silver medal in September 2019, struggled to balance out an up and down scorecard in event 1. They finished in 6th place, so they will be eyeing a return to form and upgrade to their usual podium placing. Joining the fleet after some time off is Glenn Darden's talented crew on HOSS from Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas, his crew includes two rock stars- Eric Doyle and Max Skelley (Star and J/105 Champions). Other teams that have dialed up their efforts include Oivind Lorentzen's NINE, John Brim's RIMETTE, Pam Rose's ROSEBUD (with superstar crew Willem Van Waay aboard), Bruno Pasquinelli's STAMPEDE also from Fort Worth Boat Club, and perhaps the "sleeper" of the regatta- Buddy Cribb's VICTORY with a few characters on his crew list that actually know how to sail- Scott Ewing and Greiner Hobbs.  For more Bacardi J/70 Winter Series sailing and scoring information
     

    J/Community
    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
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    * Get ready to get your Ya-Ya's Out Offshore in 2020!  Here are two highlights reels you gotta watch- both winners in the 2019 Transpac 50th! Both teams from the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Oregon and Seattle, WA). Freakin' awesome footage from both boats... talk about "sending it down the mineshaft offshore"...wow!


    We always get reminders and updates from owners from around the world of their team's exploits around-the-cans or smoking offshore and obscene speeds and extraordinary conditions.  In that latter category, we get the latest from the crew on Scott Grealish's J/121 BLUE FLASH- a 6:28 YouTube video showing highlights of them winning their division in the Transpac 50th Race to Honolulu, Hawaii.  Watch and relive their experiences on the J/121 BLUE FLASH here:

    In addition, here is to reliving the memories as well for Jason Andrew & Shawn Dougherty's J/125 HAMACHI, winning class and winning ORC overall!


    As they recalled, "Team Hamachi had a magical run to Hawaii. We power reached across the line at 16 kts at 2:21 am Sunday (7/21) morning to complete the 50th Transpac in 8 days 16 hours and 21 minutes, which gives us a corrected time of 8 day 0 hours and 52 minutes. It’s been a hell of an adventure and one that will not be repeated anytime soon. We were fortunate to start on the “right day” and the high pressure materialized in a manner that allowed us to power reach the whole way to Hawaii in winds that averaged between 15-20 kts. We never saw winds above 22 kts except for a few minutes, and always between midnight at 2 am to make it more exciting. We couldn’t have asked for a better crew and having one additional crew member became a clear advantage in the heavier wind versus the other J/125s. It’s going to take several days to catch up on sleep and begin to process the magnitude of this adventure and accomplishment. We have really appreciated all the support from our friends, family and Pacific Northwest sailing community."   Watch and relive their Transpac experience here:
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  • J/Newsletter- January 15th, 2020


    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The beginning of the New Year is often highlighted by major boat shows that feature major product introductions. From a J/Boats perspective, this coming week features three quite significant shows across major continents. The world's largest indoor show is the boot Dusseldorf Boat Show in Germany, a show attended by nearly 300,000 boaters. In Canada, their Toronto Boat Show is also the largest indoor show in North America! Then, out in the Pacific Northwest is the Seattle Boat Show, the largest in the entire northwest of the United States.

    Meanwhile, sailing is taking place all over the blue planet Earth....but, some places were a bit smokier than most. Remarkably, the Australian J/24 National Championship took place off Sydney, despite the extraordinary bush fires the country has been experiencing. The weather could not have been better, as mostly onshore breezes kept the weather clear and the fleet managed to sail twelves races over the four-day event.

    Also, in the southern hemisphere, the Chilean J/70 class held their National Championship off Algarrobo, Chile for three days of amazing sailing conditions.

    Then, in the Americas, an all-star fleet of sailors assembled in Tampa Bay, Florida for the second event of the Davis Island YC's J/70 Winter Series. For the fleet of fifty-plus boats, it was an amazing weekend of sailing. Perhaps most amazing, was the performance of the leading team that seemed to have the course "dialed-in" and win a few too many races (at least, according to their friends)!
     


    Visit boot Dusseldorf Show Extravaganza- see J/70, J/99, J/112E!

    (Dusseldorf, Germany)- The massive, world-famous, Boot Dusseldorf Boat Show is taking place from January 18th to 26th in Dusseldorf, Germany at the sprawling Messe Conference & Exhibit Center.

    With over 300 sailboat-related exhibitors, there is no question the world’s largest sailboat show in the heart of Europe is an exciting place to visit.

    Renowned as one of the major “arts” centers in Europe, Dusseldorf is both a cultural attraction along the gorgeous Rhine River as well as an amazing boat show to attend- truly one of those cultural events the entire family can enjoy!

    On display in Hall 17/ Booth A22 will be the latest J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster, the World Champion J/112E sports cruiser, and the world’s most successful sportsboat- the International J/70.

    In Germany alone, the most significant impact on sailing sport has been the evolution of the J/70 Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga, with over 80 sailing clubs participating and thousands of sailors across Germany enjoying fun, tight club racing.  Then, across Europe, there are 14 national SAILING Champions League series that use fleets of 6 to 12 J/70s to ensure close, fair racing- it's a boat that can be sailed by anyone in your sailing community- young and old alike, women, children, and 8 to 80 yrs old! Learn more about the J/70 here.

    The premiere next-generation sport-cruiser, the J/112E, is proving to be quite popular in Europe. The J/112E has been enthusiastically enjoyed by sailing families seeking to combine the “joy of sailing” with a comfortable, spacious, sunny interior. Learn more about the remarkable performance of the J/112E the past two summers in European racing circles- repeating as IRC/ ORC European Champion as well as expanding on her IRC/ ORC World Championship performance in 2018. Learn more about the J/112E sport cruiser here.

    Finally, winning enormous accolades across the spectrum of sailors is the latest edition to the J/Sport range, the J/99 offshore speedster. Learn more why she has already been awarded SAIL's Best Boats- "Best Performance Boat", SAILING WORLD's Boat of the Year- "Best Crossover", and British Yachting Awards- "Racing Yacht/ Sportsboat of the Year". Learn more about the J/99 here.  For more Boot Dusseldorf show information and to get on-line tickets.
     


    J/99 Pacific Northwest Debut at Seattle Boat Show!

    (Seattle, WA)- Make your plans now to view the brand new, triple-award winning, 32' Offshore Speedster- the J/99! Sail Northwest in Seattle will be showing their boat indoor at the Seattle Boat Show, Century Link Field Event Center. The Seattle Boat Show goes from January 24th to February 1st, 2020.
      
    The J/99 is the newest addition to the J/Sport range, combining headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven responsiveness of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World Champion J/112E. The interior features twin aft cabins, a proper sit-down forward facing nav station, an L-shaped galley, and a private forward head with sail locker.  For more Seattle Boat Show information and tickets
     


    J/99 Debuts @ Toronto Boat Show
    (Toronto, ONT, Canada)- Visit the Toronto International Boat Show, North America’s largest indoor boat show and is the preeminent selling venue for Canada’s recreational boating industry! The show is celebrating 62 years and runs from January 17th to 26th at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, in downtown Toronto.

    Making her 2020 Canadian boat show debut will be the exciting J/99 offshore speedster! You can find her at Stand B2 & B3. Presenting the J/99 will be Pat Sturgeon Yachts from Mississauga, ON. For more J/99 visitation information, please contact Pat Sturgeon at phone- 905-278-5100 or email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   For more Toronto Boat Show information and tickets
     


    J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL- Save 25%

    (Newport, RI)- Did you forget a few friends, family, or crew these past holidays? Well, here's a great way to go from naughty (or bad) to nice in one simple gesture! Buy the J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL now and pass them out to your deserving crew! It's just $12.95 each until January 17th, 2020 (plus postage & handling)!

    For 2020, we have created another beautiful calendar for J/Sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world. Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in faraway places.

    The 2020 sailing calendar features some of the most popular J's sailing in many of the world’s most picturesque sailing venues- Palma Mallorca (Spain), St Barths, Chicago, Lake Garda (Italy), Frutillar (Chile), Lake Thun (Switzerland), Torquay (England), and Valle de Bravo (Mexico).

    Remember, it's just $12.95 until January 17th, 2020! That's a 25% savings.

    See the gorgeous photo gallery here   ORDER the J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL here now!
     


    J/80 Worlds Fleet Special!

    (Newport, RI)- The J/80 World Championship returns to Newport, Rhode Island in September 2020 for what promises to be another epic event. J/80 sailors are still talking about the last Newport-hosted Worlds in 2010.

    The demand for charter boats this year is high, so J/Boats is offering a limited number of new J/80s on a pre-order Worlds Fleet Special. The new fleet will be commissioned in Newport, RI and sailed during the J/80 Worlds by international teams (September 28 – October 3) and then available for pick-up by owners following the event.

    J/80 Worlds Fleet Special:
    • 2020 Model J/80 with standard specifications including:
    • AG+ mast and boom
    • Profurl R250 New Gen roller furling system
    • Lewmar winches and Harken deck gear
    • Triad Trailer - Galvanized, double-axle lift off trailer
    • Companionway spinnaker bag.
    • Safety Gear package – anchor, chain & rode, bucket, bilge pump, first aid kit, two fenders, two docklines.
    • 3.5hp Outboard motor (TBD) with padded engine bag.
    The special package price is $52,900 FOB Bristol, Rhode Island with an order deadline of February 28, 2020. This represents an $8,000+ savings and is the best opportunity to get a race-ready J/80 at a great price. Please contact your J/Dealer or J/Boats to learn more!
     


    NEW WAVE Wins J/70 Chilean Nationals

    (Algarrobo, Chile)- Fresh off sailing the recent J/70 South American Championship in Punta del Este, Uruguay, a number of teams headed back across the formidable Andes Mountains range back northwest to Algarrobo, Chile for the 2020 J/70 Chilean National Championship, hosted by Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico.

    Twenty-six teams participated in the regatta and many them participated in the training program provided by the Doyle Sails Team. Running the sailing clinic was non other than J/70 World Champion Jud Smith from Marblehead, MA. After the pre-regatta full-day training program that included an onshore debrief, the competitors continued to learn even more about Smith's "speed secrets" during the course of the regatta. Juddie was on-the-water all three days of racing and provided post-race day debriefs at the yacht club for any of the sailors.

    The sailors were treated to a fairly typical cross-section of wind and wave conditions off Algarrobo. Friday's racing was light and shifty winds for most of the day. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, the fleet enjoyed 10-18 kts of breeze, increasing on Sunday to 15-20 kts...making for a few fun, full-out planing races downwind.


    Day 1
    In the lighter breezes on the first day, the right side of the course upwind paid off the best. However, late in the day, the seabreeze affect started to pull the breeze left with a little more pressure.  The strongest performance of the day was the Herman brothers on NEW WAVE, they had great starts, solid tactics and very good speed to post a 3-3-2 to sit atop the podium at the conclusion of racing. Not far behind was Matias Seguel's crew on TEAM VOLVO with a 7-1-5 and in third was Vernon Robert's MORENITA team that had just finished 6th in the J/70 South Americans in Punta, posting a 2-2-10 for the day.


    Day 2
    On Saturday, the wind built a little more and some of the stronger teams took advantage of the wind and wave angles, particularly downwind. The Ducasse family onboard TSUNAMI posted the best record for the day with a 6-9-1. Meanwhile, the regatta leaders on the Herman's NEW WAVE posted a 3-11-4 to hold on to their lead. Meanwhile, Seguel's Team VOLVO also held on to their 2nd spot with a 4-12-2.


    Day 3
    The stronger wind conditions on the final day certainly played into the hands of the more experienced teams. Dominating the final day and closing out the regatta with a strong performance was the Herman brothers on NEW WAVE, posting a 2-1-4 for a 22 pts net (after one discard); that gave them a 13 pts winning margin. This was the second J/70 Chilean Nationals the Herman brothers have won, taking the first event in 2015 at Lago Panguipulli onboard CAROLINA.


    Taking the silver was Seguel's VOLVO team, closing the regatta with a 3-5-8 for 35 pts net.  Then, rounding out the podium was the Ducasse family on TSUNAMI. Their final day was a bit of a disappointment, as they had been in the running for the overall lead with VOLVO and NEW WAVE. They started off the day winning their second race in a row, but suffered an OCS in Race 8 and, therefore, ruining their chances to win the regatta. They closed with a 2nd to take the bronze.

    After an uncharacteristically bad fourth race- a 21st place- Robert's MORENITA crew demonstrated why they are one of South America's best J/70 teams, closing the gap very quickly on the leaders to finish just 7 pts from second place! In fact, they posted the best record of any team in the last five races- a 1-3-6-2-1, winning the last race by a big margin and securing fourth place. Rounding out the top five was Alejandro Perez's team on PELIGRO.

    Winning the Corinthians Division was young Alfredo Urzua on LA NEGRA, second went to Cristóbal Pérez's IL MOSTRO, and third was José A Jimenez and family on DARK SIDE.
     


    Franco's 3 BALL JT Smokes J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II

    (Tampa, FL)- Fresh off their winter holidays, fifty-three J/70 teams savored spectacular conditions on Tampa Bay for the middle part of the 2019-2020 J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida. With record high temperatures in Tampa, winds were ripping on Saturday, starting at a sustained 16 knots with gusts in the 20s. Four races were completed, as the wind slowly backed off. Sunday saw about 8 knots, dying throughout the day, when two more races took place.

    Reveling in the spectacular sailing conditions was Jack Franco’s 3 BALL JT. His all-star cast of Bill Hardesty, Alec Anderson and Rob Lindley, ruled the six races, posting five bullets and an eighth for just 5 net points. Brian Keane’s SAVASANA placed second on the weekend with 26 points, but leads the overall ranking (with the final of the Series to come). Darby Smith’s AFRICA took a second in Sunday’s final contest, moving her into third for the weekend with 28 points. Rounding out the top five was a tiebreaker at 31 pts each, winning the countback was the duo of Mark Foster and Travis Odenbach on HONEYBADGER while the duo of Josh Goldman and Allen Terhune took the fifth.

    Bob Willis’ RIP RULLAH Team of Matt Clark, Michael Whitford and Patrick Hitchins, topped the 23-boat Corinthian division. They were followed by Peter Firey's PHOENIX in second and Tod Sackett's FM in third.

    Each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 leads the "Porch Series', which includes a North Sails debrief. Mike Marshall was this week’s coach. Practice races were run, followed by a debrief and prizes. The Series concludes February 7-9.  For more Davis Island Winter Series sailing information
     


    CHECKMATE Crowned 2020 Australian J/24 National Champion

    (The Spit, Mosman, NSW, Australia)- The 2020 Australian J/24 Championship was sailed over four days of racing in a variety of sailing conditions.  Race Officer Steve Tucker and the Middle Harbor Yacht Club Race Management Team completed the full schedule of twelve races with two days of north-easterly winds and two days of cooler southerly breezes on Sydney Harbour. It was a closely-fought battle for the top of the leaderboard, but in the end, it was the 2019 J/24 Australian Champion that managed to defend their title in 2020- Brendan Lee's team on CHECKMATE from Sandringham, Victoria. Here is how it all went down for the sixteen teams in the four-day, twelve-race, two-discards regatta.


    Day 1- Light and Shifting
    The first day saw racing on The Sound of Sydney Harbour in a light south-easterly that became moderate in the afternoon. It was a gentle start to four days of racing, with wind strength and temperature forecast to rise as the event progressed.

    In the first race of the day, Lee's CHECKMATE was third behind Steve Wright’s TINTO (Cronulla SC), the runner-up for last year’s championship, but thirty seconds ahead was Middle Harbour sailor John Crawford and the crew of INNAMINCKA.  In race two, CHECKMATE took a narrow win from David West’s Ace (MHYC) and TINTO was third.

    For the final race, Race Officer Steve Tucker signaled for three laps of the windward-leeward course running from south of Cannae Point out through the Sydney Heads, where the breeze held steady around 130 degrees throughout the afternoon and kept the fleet clear of the ferry lanes. David McKay’s STAMPED URGENT, the Cronulla team who placed third at the 2019 Nationals, were first home ahead of Simon Grain’s JET (Sandringham YC) and CHECKMATE.

    At the end of day one, CHECKMATE led the series score by 3 points with TINTO (Steve Wright) second and INNAMINCKA (John Crawford) tied for third with STAMPED URGENT (David McKay).


    Day 2- Moderate and Pretty Day
    As the morning southerly slowly turned east, and then northeast, and freshened, the smoke haze cleared over Sydney Harbour to provide some good racing conditions. The MHYC race management team set a course between Middle Head and North Head for another three races.

    Race 4 was completed in an unsettled breeze with TINTO the winner by 11 seconds from CHECKMATE and VORTEX. The breeze had increased slightly for Race 5 but it was still fluky close to the top mark. STAMPED URGENT made the best of the conditions to finish ahead of Middle Harbour’s David West on ACE and TINTO in third.

    Race Officer Steve Tucker “tweaked” the course for Race 6, but there was some excitement on the start line with a number of boats making contact.  CALYPSO (Paul Donnelly / RMYC) and PHOENIX (Joanna Lecka / CYCA) both suffered damage; with PHOENIX later sinking on Clontarf Beach within sight of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club marina!  The boat was eventually re-floated and hoped to be back for the following day (nothing a lot of epoxy cannot fix!).  Back on The Sound this afternoon, TINTO claimed another win, this time ahead of Warren Slater’s JAB and CHECKMATE.

    Two wins for the TINTO crew moved them to the top of the series table, one point ahead of CHECKMATE and eight points clear of the top local boat  ACE.


    Day 3- HOT and Great Breeze
    With the mercury rising to the mid-thirties C (that's HOT!), humidity around 40% and the breeze topping 20 knots, it was an exhausting third day for the sailors.

    Three windward-leeward races were completed on a course set between the Sow & Pigs Reef and North Head with an axis of 025 degrees for the first two. INNAMINCKA was fast out of the blocks, claiming their second win of the series in Race 7 ahead of STAMPED URGENT and CHECKMATE. The breeze freshened to 18 knots in Race 8 and TINTO was back at the front, leading STAMPED URGENT and CHECKMATE to the line. For the final race of the day, the breeze had backed to 015 degrees and was 20-plus knots.  Grain'S JET crew loved the conditions and scored their first win, with TINTO in second and INNAMINCKA third.

    After nine races, TINTO had a four point lead over CHECKMATE in the championship series score; meanwhile STAMPED URGENT was another seven points adrift in third.


    Day 4- Epic Finale!
    The final trio of races on the fourth day started in a moderate to fresh southerly with the course moved out of The Sound and set between Obelisk Bay and Neilson Park in search of flatter water. Shockingly, regatta leader TINTO posted their two worst results in races 10 and 11 (an 8th & 7th), handing the series lead on a silver platter to the CHECKMATE crew that had posted another steady 2-1 tally. In short, with just one race left, the CHECKMATE could have DNF'd the race and went home delirious with their good fortune and celebrating with a few dozen "tinnies"; however, that was not the case. The story gets better, or worse, depending on which boat you were on.

    With the wind building to 20-25 knots, things got very interesting for the final Race 12. It took two General Recalls before the last race got underway. After getting completely flumoxed and frazzled in the first two races to give away the Championship, the TINTO team managed to collide with the Committee Boat in the final pre-start...adding insult too injury, as one might say. As a result, they were slow off the line and 11th at the first leeward rounding, half-way through the W2 course.  Meanwhile, CHECKMATE was having issues of their own! At the same half-race leeward gate, they managed put their spinnaker in the water (yes, a full-on shrimping mates!), and the resulting tangle caused them to retire and take a DNF! Meanwhile, STAMPED URGENT, the boat placed third in the series, was following INNAMINCKA in the lead at the first leeward rounding, and held on to post a handy second. A shocking outcome to all, to say the least! It was a "rumble in the jungle" in the blustery finale, the final tally showed a much closer finish and a complete re-shuffling of the leaderboard as a result of several fiascos in that last race!


    At the conclusion of four day’s racing, Brendan Lee and the CHECKMATE crew of Daniel Abbas, Daniel Cave, Will Shears, Keren Reynolds and Belinda Christie were declared the Australian J/24 Champions for 2020.  While CHECKMATE was able to drop their DNF score and finish on 25 points, Steve Wright’s TINTO had a disappointing day posting 8-8-7 to slide back from series leader into third place behind McKay’s STAMPED URGENT.

    MHYC’s Vice Commodore of Racing, Geoff Charters, presented the J/24 National Championship awards and J/24 Australia Class President Ron Thomson presented the Handicap Prizes. First on handicap was PHOENIX (Joanna Lecka), second BAILE DE LUNA (Adam Keyes-Tilley) and third KAOTIC (Geoff Pearson).  A special award was made to David McKay for an incredible effort getting the sunken PHOENIX back on the race track the following day.

    While there were no red flags on the final day, the protest committee were kept busy with eight protests and hearings held on each of the first three days. It took two hearings to unravel the facts of the start line incident in Race 6 involving four boats which saw two with significant damage and one sinking at Clontarf Beach before reaching the safety of the MHYC Marina.

    Many thanks to the Middle Harbour Yacht Club race management volunteers, the protest panel and NSW J24 Association volunteers for enabling the Championships to run so smoothly, and to Marg Fraser-Martin for the great photography.  For more J/24 Australian National Championship sailing information:
     

    Regatta & Show Schedules:
    Jan 23- STC Lauderdale to Key West Race- Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Jan 23-26- J/Fest St. Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 25-26- J/70 Bacardi Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 26-31- Grenada Sailing Week- St Georges, Grenada, West Indies
    Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
    Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
    Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
    Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
    Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
    Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
    Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
    Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
    Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
    Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
    Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
    Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
    Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
    May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
    Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
    Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
    Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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

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    * VOTE Now for Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year 2020!
    Two well-known J sailors are in the final running for the 2020 Rolex YoY Awards for men and women sailors.

    VOTE now for Willem van Waay and Nicole Breault for the People's Choice Award for Rolex YoY in their respective categories! Click here.

    Willem Van Waay Profile:
    Hailing from Coronado, California, Willem proved his wide array of skill sets again in 2019 for several teams across many events and various classes. The tactician’s year was highlighted by a win at the J/24 World Championship in Miami with skipper Keith Whittemore aboard Furio. Van Waay and crew outlasted the fleet of 79 to claim the first-place prize by 16 points through 10 races. They won two races, including two of the last three of the regatta, and posted six top five finishes. The stacked fleet featured five former J/24 World Champions. In addition, Willem has also been J/70 World Champion as trimmer and in 2019 was the winning tactician in the J/70 Midwinters, the Rolex Big Boat Series J/70 Class, the San Diego NOOD J/70 Class, and the Marblehead NOOD J/70 Class.

    Nicole Breault Profile:
    Sailing most of her year on the famous San Francisco Bay, renowned match racer Nicole has always been a well-rounded and versatile sailor. Her skills as a tactician aboard Good Trade were on full display at the 2019 J/105 North American Championship, held last September in Marblehead, Mass. at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Breault and the crew on Good Trade defeated the fleet of 18 teams. They posted 18 points over eight races and won by an eight-point margin. They won three races, including the final race of the regatta, and never placed outside the top five. Plus, she won the U.S. Match Racing Championship Women's Division racing J/22s and also too the silver in the Nation's Cup Match Racing Championship Women's Division, emblematic of the Women's Match Racing Worlds.


    * J/70 South American Update: Fastest Growing One-Design Class in South America
    Just after North Sails swept the podium at the J/70 Chilean Nationals at the end of 2019, we sat down with Torkel Borgstrom to talk about class growth across the continent. He says the J/70 is growing in a very similar way to how the J/24 grew, thirty-plus years ago. With boats built in Buenos Aires, “It is becoming one of the most important and competitive classes in South America. And most of the sailors here use North Sails, including the top ones, because they perceive that it’s an advantage in terms of performance.” The first South American country to build a fleet was Chile, about seven years ago. “Right now there are probably 30-35 boats, and the numbers are stable.”

    Uruguay has another 30-boat fleet, he continues. “And Brazil was one of the first countries that started with a J/70, but due to some restrictions on importation, they only have around ten boats. But every time they participate internationally, they do well.” Add in another 35 boats from Argentina, and it’s easy to see why Torkel says the J/70 “has become one of the strongest and most interesting one design classes. The regattas are very, very competitive, and normally there are a lot of boats participating.”

    In Brazil, a lot of professional sailors have moved into the J/70 because the competition is so good. In the rest of South America, Torkel explains, the approach is more like in the US; most sailors are either amateur or people work in the industry, but don’t specialize in J/70s.

    The J/70 South Americans in Punta del Este had great conditions but only 32 boats participated, which surprised Torkel—though he wasn’t surprised to see a  Argentinian tie for first. “Most of the sailors are new, and so when you put together a good crew like the one Guillermo Parada has, they normally will win most of the events.” As for the disappointing turnout, he blames it on the current political instability, particularly in Chile but also in Argentina. “Every time we have elections here, things get a little bit unstable. So I believe this is the reason why we haven’t seen more boats.”

    Based on what he’s seen so far, Torkel is excited about the future of the class. “In January, we have the Rolex Atlantic Circuit regatta, which is one of the most important ones here. I expect to see more boats sailing in that event.” Longer term, “the good sailors ended up sailing in the J/24s, and the same thing is going to happen with the J/70s. So you will see more people from South America, Argentina especially, going into the international events and starting to do much better every year. We foresee that in the next five to eight years, we’ll continue growing slowly, and continue improving in terms of competitiveness.”  Sailing Photo Credits- Matias Capizzano

    * Warrior Sailing Update for 2020
    The Warrior Sailing organization has steadily expanded over time to better serve the needs of America's war veterans. It is a noble effort to get those veterans an on-the-water experience that helps them better cope with both themselves and a team of people. A large part of the Warrior Sailing experience makes use of standard J/22s and handicap-equipped J/22s at various sailing organizations across the USA. From the West to the East and the Great Lakes to Florida, thousands of war veterans have had the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of sailing on J/22s everywhere. Here is the current Warrior Sailing schedule for 2020:
    • Mar 13-17:  Charleston, SC, Certification Course
    • Apr 22-27:  Charleston, SC, Charleston Race Week Regatta
    • May 14-18:  Fort Worth, TX, Basic Training
    • Jun 8-12:  San Diego, CA, Basic Training
    • Jun 19-20:  Great Lakes Basic Training 
    • Jun 26 to July 27: Warrior Sailing Great Lakes Tour
    • Aug 17-21 Certification Course (Park City, UT)
    • Sep 12: Newport, RI- Sail For Hope 
    • Sep 21-25: San Diego, CA- National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic
    • Oct 12-16: Annapolis, MD- Basic Training Camp 
    • Nov 30 to Dec 4:  St Petersburg, FL, Basic Training Camp
    Please help the Warrior Sailing program in any way possible; whether it's volunteering, providing money support, or support in-kind.  Please contact Cory Kapes, Warrior Sailing Program Manager here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / (727) 773-6164 Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/Newsletter- January 8th, 2020


    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    Happy New Year and Best Wishes and Success in 2020 to J/Crews all over the world. May fair winds carry you comfortably to wherever you go, be that day sailing, cruising, or racing offshore.

    Already, the New Year is starting off well for a few J/Teams. For our friends Down Under, there was cause for celebration for a J/133 that sailed the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, starting off Sydney, Australia on Boxing Day (December 26th) and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania.  We also got a report from a highly successful outing for a pair of J/99s that raced in last year's French Duo Cat-Amania event for fifty  doublehanded teams off Le Crouesty, France.  Finally, we also got a fun report of more sailing off Melbourne, Australia regards a J/111 racing against many of Australia's top offshore teams. Enjoy!
     


    VOTE Now for J/99 European Yacht of the Year!

    (Dusseldorf, Germany)- The German Yacht.de magazine and a number of professional boat reviewers and journalists tested the J/99 last fall as part of their 2020 European Yacht of the Year Awards program.

    Now, YOU can also vote now for the J/99 as the "People's Choice European Performance Yacht of the Year"!  Please take 5 seconds to vote, click here now- https://www.surveylegend.com/s/1ya1

    Please share this link on your social media- Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!

    NOTE- if you clear your web browser's history and data, you can vote multiple times!

    Learn more about the J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster here.
     


    J/99 Pacific NW Debut at Seattle Boat Show!

    (Seattle, WA)- Make your plans now to view the brand new, triple-award winning, 32' Offshore Speedster- the J/99! Sail Northwest in Seattle will be showing their boat indoor at the Seattle Boat Show, Century Link Field Event Center. The Seattle Boat Show goes from January 24th to February 1st, 2020.
      
    The J/99 is the newest addition to the J/Sport range, combining headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven responsiveness of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World Champion J/112E. The interior features twin aft cabins, a proper sit-down forward facing nav station, an L-shaped galley, and a private forward head with sail locker.  For more J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster information   For more Seattle Boat Show information and tickets
     


    J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL- Save 25%!

    (Newport, RI)- Did you forget a few friends, family, or crew these past holidays? Well, here's a great way to go from naughty to nice in one simple gesture! Buy the J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL now and pass them out to your deserving crew! It's just $12.95 each until January 17th, 2020 (plus postage & handling)!

    For 2020, we have created another beautiful calendar for J/Sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world. Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in faraway places.

    The 2020 sailing calendar features some of the most popular J's sailing in many of the world’s most picturesque sailing venues- Palma Mallorca (Spain), St Barths (Caribbean), Chicago (Lake Michigan), Lake Garda (Italy), Frutillar (Chile), Lake Thun (Switzerland), Torquay (England), and Valle de Bravo (Mexico).

    Remember, it's just $12.95 until January 17th, 2020! That's a 25% savings.  See the gorgeous 2020 J/Calendar photo gallery here   ORDER the J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL here now!
     


    J/80 Worlds Fleet Special!

    (Newport, RI)- The J/80 World Championship returns to Newport, Rhode Island in September 2020 for what promises to be another epic event. J/80 sailors are still talking about the last Newport-hosted Worlds in 2010.

    The demand for charter boats this year is high, so J/Boats is offering a limited number of new J/80s on a pre-order Worlds Fleet Special. The new fleet will be commissioned in Newport, RI and sailed during the J/80 Worlds by international teams (September 28 – October 3) and then available for pick-up by owners following the event.

    J/80 Worlds Fleet Special:
    • 2020 Model J/80 with standard specifications including:
    • AG+ mast and boom
    • Profurl R250 New Gen roller furling system
    • Lewmar winches and Harken deck gear
    • Triad Trailer - galvanized, double-axle lift off trailer
    • Companionway spinnaker bag.
    • Safety Gear package – anchor, chain & rode, bucket, bilge pump, first aid kit, two fenders, two docklines.
    • 3.5hp Outboard motor (TBD) with padded engine bag.
    The special package price is $52,900 FOB Bristol, Rhode Island with an order deadline of February 28, 2020. This represents an $8,000+ savings and is the best opportunity to get a race-ready J/80 at a great price. Please contact your J/Dealer or J/Boats to learn more!
     


    J/133 Dominates Sydney-Hobart Race Class!

    (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)- Congratulations to Jason Close's Sandringham YC team on the J/133 PATRIOT! They had a remarkable performance in the 2019 ROLEX Sydney-Hobart Race.. winning IRC 5 Class (IRC Overall 9th) and winning ORC 4 Class (ORC Overall 10th).

    Jason's team included Lex O'Connor (navigator), Greg Coutts, Jordan Sunkel-Lozel, Stu Shafer, Cathy Furey, Graeme Smith, Pete Chalkley, Brett Averey, Stu Moseley, Andy Mcgrath, and Marissa Chalkley. The crew are members of Sandringham Yacht Club, with four of them having lots of International 14-foot skiff experience.

    Clearly, their skiff experiences helped on this fast-reaching race... the J/133 PATRIOT was the only production boat in the top 14 overall; all the rest were flat-out, carbon-fiber racers that were professionally-sailed; TP52s went 1-2-3 (8 total in top 14), and the others were all 62 to 69 feet extreme carbon machines. Not bad company for a 15-year-old boat!


    Here is the commentary from owner Jason Close on their race-winning performance:

    "Our Rolex Sydney-Hobart campaign started with the Sydney-Gold Coast race in July. We had a good result, placing in both our divisions and we had a good look at our opposition.

    Our race plan was to sail at, or as close to, 100% polars for the entire race and leave nothing in the tank.

    With our fantastic pre-race routing and forecasting prepared by weather and climate expert Jess Sweeney, we set off confident of a good result.   

    After a great start, we exited Sydney Heads with two Farr 40s and were at the front of our division.

    The first night consisted of some solid downwind sailing, which the J/133 really excelled in, and it enabled us to put a big break on our division and work through boats 2 or 3 divisions higher!

    We found ourselves pretty well match-racing with an extremely well-campaigned Cookson 12 named Sail Exchange. We both pushed each other up the fleet and well into the overall IRC contention.

    We had a number of challenging navigational decisions around Gabo Heads, with the strong current, in particular. But, we stuck with our pre-race strategy and made some significant inroads on the fleet.

    The next night, we saw 20-25 knots of breeze downwind, with a very confused sea state, but the boat cut through it like butter with the assistance of some high-quality helming by the team... the skiff sailors loved it, diving from trough to trough as long as they could!


    The next phase of the race was challenging, with many wind transitions to deal with. We managed to keep the boat moving and got through the wind transitions well. Unfortunately, from our perspective, the TP52 carbon racers at the front of the fleet (all the guys that won their class and overall) did not encounter the light weather that we did, so they all put a fair amount of time on us.

    Coming into Storm Bay with the Cookson still hot on our tail, we had another light period before catching a decent sea breeze. Thankfully, the moderate sea breeze carried us through to the finish and allowed us to keep our nose in front of our opposition, at least in our class.  However, that sequence of light patches, getting becalmed, and waiting for the seabreeze to build cost us a shot at the overall title.

    To win both ORCI and IRC in our divisions was what we set out to do, and we were extremely happy we achieved this. Nevertheless, to finish 9th IRC Overall and 10th overall in ORCI in a big boat race against fully professional outfits in our production J/133 was nothing short of remarkable. It was a credit to our great team and our awesome boat! This was one for the little guys!!"   Sailing photo credits- ROLEX/ Kurt Arrigo  For more Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race sailing information
     


    Doublehanded J/99's Triumph in Duo Cat-Amania!

    (Crouesty, France)- The Duo Cat-Amania, the premiere doublehanded offshore regatta in France, was hosted by the Yacht Club Crouesty Arzon (YCCA). An amazing fleet of fifty doublehanded teams participated in the event. The regatta is a combination of round-the-buoys plus point-to-point offshore racing legs. The 2019 edition started in Crouesty and headed to Quiberon. Then, from there they headed to Lorient. Next leg was then to Concarneau. Then, the fleet returned to Morbihan, with a stopover in Locmiquélic, then La Trinité-sur-Mer, then back to Le Crouesty for the finish and the awards party!

    The J/Team contingent was well-represented in the week-long regatta. The winner of the 2018 edition, Philippe Girardin, was putting his title at stake on his J/120 HEY JUDE. The winner of the 2019 Armen Race, the duo of Philippe Baetz and Yves Chuberre on the J/112E MUSIX was anticipating a competitive outcome. Then, the two J/99's, both new entrants to the race, were hoping to match the competitiveness of their "J" stablemates.

    In the end, the J/99 J-LANCE 14 sailed by Frederic Bouvier and Benjamin Dutreaux took the silver, while the J/99 GRASSI BATEAUX sailed by Olivier Grassi and Frederic Duthil took 5th place, then the Baetz/ Chuberre duo on the J/112E MUSIX ultimately  finished 8th, counting a bullet and a deuce in their scoreline. Girardin's J/120 HEY JUDE managed a 13th in the tough fleet, bracketing their six-race regatta with a 1st in the initial race and a 4th in the final race. In short, it was an amazing performance across the board for the J/Teams. Here is how it went down over the six-day regatta.


    Day 1
    The first stage sent the fifty teams on a 38.0nm course from Le Crouesty to Port-Haliguen, Quiberon. It was a gorgeous day for sailing, with 15-20 kts of breeze under clear and sunny skies. Reveling in the conditions was the 2018 Duo Cat-Amania winner, Girardin's J/120 HEY JUDE, winning the initial race quite comfortably.

    Jean-Philippe Cau, President of the UNCL, commented, "It was a super pleasant day. We left on time, with perfect conditions and a perfect course. There were boats everywhere in Quiberon Bay that we have crossed several times. Going to La Vieille on such a day is really great. These are real beautiful images, regattas like this one we would like to do more often. Clearly, my friends on the J/120 loved the conditions and managed to fare well. The teams paid dearly for just the slightest error in this kind of fleet."

    Day 2
    The second stage between Quiberon and Lorient was a very light air affair. Due to a complete "glass out" in the morning, the AP postponement flag was flown and the fleet was forced to motor under engines from Port-Haliguen for 40.0nm to just outside the harbor of Lorient. At that point, the PRO waited for a seabreeze to develop and around 1500 hrs, a wind of around 5.0 kts arose to permit the Race Committee to setup a basic 9.0nm course between Isle Groix and Lorient. As a result of a 5-4 after the first two days, the duo of Bouvier/ Dutreaux on the J/99 J-LANCE 14 were sitting in second place.


    Day 3
    The third leg of 38.0nm from Lorient to Concarneau was sailed in a light, but stable wind around 10 knots. There were a few surprising changes in the standings on what appeared to be a somewhat simple tactical/ navigational leg. The race proved to be the undoing of the J/99 J-LANCE 14 duo, posting their worst race of the regatta with a 20th. Nevertheless, they still managed to hold onto the bronze position at this stage of the regatta since everyone else was having an even harder time to maintain any degree of consistency.

    Day 4
    After a general recall, the competitors sailed another 44.0nm race in very light winds around 5 knots. It was a test of patience for virtually all of the teams as they made a loop around the Glénan archipelago and sailed under spinnaker to Guidel, where the Race Committee shortened the original 50.0nm course and sent them directly to Locmiquélic. The day was long and the competitors arrived at the port at the end of the day just before sunset!

    Crushing the fleet was the Baetz/ Chuberre duo on the J/112E MUSIX. On elapsed time, they beat everyone home by more than thirty minutes and on handicap time won by a comfortable margin.

    Commenting on their good fortune, owner/skipper Baetz said, "today was my day! We made good choices that paid off and we made a huge gain in the middle of the course. The boat is doing very well this season, after a podium finish at SPI OUEST-France and a victory in the ArMen Race in IRC B, I am delighted. With Yves (Chuberre), we never train as a doublehanded team, but he is part of the crew. After a few days of racing, we are taking automatic steps and no longer make the mistakes of the first days. Fortunately, there are a few days like this!"

    Maintaining their position on the leaderboard was the Bouvier/ Dutreaux team on the J/99 J-LANCE 14, posting a well-deserved 4th to stay in contention for overall fleet honors.


    Day 5
    The fifth stage was sailed from Locmiquélic to La Trinité-sur-Mer. Under a strong sun and in a wind passing from very light in the morning to 20 knots by the end of the day, the duos completed a course of 46.0nm.

    Taking advantage of these ideal conditions, the Race Committee sent them to do some sightseeing. A true tour of the splendors of the Morbihan coasts: a tour of the islands of Groix, the Birvideaux, the Foals at Belle-Ile, and finally the Béniguet, before reaching the finish line at La Trinité-sur-Mer.

    Quiberon Bay proved to be a challenge for the J/99 J-LANCE 14 duo of Bouvier/ Dutreaux. Nevertheless, they pulled off a 3rd place by the finish line to hang on to 2nd place overall.

    Day 6
    After six days of racing along the Morbihan and Finistère coasts, the teams were ready to head back to the starting point of the regatta- Le Crouesty. Leaving Friday morning from La Trinité-sur-Mer, the fleet completed a 16-mile course in Quiberon Bay in around ten knots of wind. It was a beautiful finale, sunny, moderate breeze, and a nice way to close out the regatta.

    Perhaps the most joyous celebration was that of the Bouvier/ Dutreaux duo on the J/99 J-LANCE 14; winning the final race by a comfortable margin! Finally, all that practice during the regatta paid off! As a result, the J-LANCE-14 J/99 team took home the silver. Also celebrating their final race good fortune was the Baetz/ Chuberre duo on the J/112E MUSIX, taking second place and making it a sweep of the top spots by J/Crews on the final day! That result enabled MUSIX to finish in 8th place. The other J/99, Grassi/ Duthil's GRASSI BATEAUX sailed a very consistent regatta after their first race debacle of 28th place, closing out the event with a 12-3-6-8-7 for 64 pts and taking 5th place!

    Bouvier commented on their successful regatta. "All the races counted in the general classification," explained Fred. “Despite one bad decision in one race- a 20th- we always finished in the top 5 in front of larger sailboats than ours. In medium wind conditions, which normally favor large boats, we were successful and we managed to keep a good pace. Our second place reaffirms the versatility of the J/99 at all wind speeds and in all weather situations. The J/99 is a well-designed sailboat that is fully in tune for doublehanded sailing. The level of competition was extremely high in this year's Duo Cat-Amania. We are also delighted with the fifth place of another J/99, Olivier Grassi and Fred Duthil's GRASSI BATEAUX."

    Perhaps most significantly from a competitive standpoint, this quartet of J/Duets beat out a number of "professional factory teams" from the following camps- JPK (960, 1010, 1030, 1080), Beneteau (Figaro 2s) and Jeanneau Sunfast (3200, 3300, 3600). For example, finishing in 6th place behind the two J/99s was the much-vaunted Daniel Andrieu design, the new Jeanneau Sunfast 3300 SAPRISTI (Daniel was sailing with Nicolas Andrieu- both professionals). And, another much-acclaimed boat in European offshore circles, the JPK 10.30 LEON (winner of the huge IRC 3 Class at SPI Ouest), was raced by her builder/co-designer Jean Pierre Kelbert (Mr. JPK), managing only a 9th place. In short, the all-around J/Boats designs were simply superior on every point of sail in a wide variety of weather and sailing conditions.

    The Crouesty Arzon Yacht Club thanked its partners and volunteers for their commitment and support which made the regatta a great success.  For more Duo Cat-Amania Regatta sailing information
     


    J/111 PLAYLIST Triumphs in Australia

    (Melbourne, Australia)- While Australian brush fires were burning north to south, east to west, due to the obscenely hot temperatures inland and the very hot, dry airs whistling across the barren landscape, a number of Australian sailors made it out to sea to enjoy some clean fun on the azure waters of the Tasman Sea.

    On December 26th (Boxing day), Matt Powell's J/111 PLAYLIST entered the 34.0 nm “Cock of the Bay” race from Melbourne (St. Kilda) to Blairgowrie. This is a pre-curser and a solid "training run" for the Melbourne to Hobart race that started at the bottom of the bay on December 27th.

    It was a good sailing day with a SSW breeze from 10 to 20 knots. The line was set with a definite port-end bias and the PLAYLIST team worked this perfectly, crossing the line first and closest to the pin.

    For the first 30 minutes, they were leading boat-for-boat in the 72-boat fleet. Once they got settled, the race came down to consistent good boat speed and picking the shifts as they headed southwards down toward the Peninsula. Although they were racing their entire division, the J/111 PLAYLIST often found themselves competing with a Hick 40 and two First 40’s.

    In the end, PLAYLIST finished 11th over the line, 1st on PHS handicap, 2nd on AMS and 3rd on IRC in Division 1. The race was basically a 34.0nm windward beat from start to finish, crossing the line in an elapsed time of 5 hours and 46 minutes.

    Commenting on their performance, Powell said, "all in all, we were very happy with how the J/111 performed against these bigger boats and we felt if there had been more downwind breeze, we would have really tested our competition. Once we got closer to the Peninsula towards the end of the race, the sea state really flattened out, and in those conditions, the J/111 really holds its own against the bigger boats."

    Powell goes on to say, "although the race was a beat the entire way, and therefore minimal work for the bow crew, they all agreed that the race was a lot of fun. I think it is always fun when you get good results!" Plus, they got silverware in all three divisions- PHS, AMS, IRC- a trifecta!!

    Their next regatta is the Australian J/111 Nationals in Geelong, Victoria at the “Festival of Sails” at the end of January. Thanks for this report from Matt Powell, owner of the J/111 PLAYLIST.
     

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Jan 10-12- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II-Tampa, FL
    Jan 23- STC Lauderdale to Key West Race- Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Jan 23-26- J/Fest St. Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 25-26- J/70 Bacardi Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 26-31- Grenada Sailing Week- St Georges, Grenada, West Indies
    Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
    Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
    Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
    Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
    Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
    Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
    Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
    Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
    Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
    Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
    Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
    Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
    Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
    May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
    Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
    Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
    Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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


    J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II Preview

    (Tampa, FL)- Fresh off their winter holidays, who will it be that gets themselves back into the groove first and sails consistently enough to leap to the top of the leaderboard in the second act of the Davis Island Yacht Club J/70 Winter Series?  Will it be Brian Keane's SAVASANA that won the first regatta? Or, will it be other teams from the top of the leaderboard back in December like Will Welle's BRIBONA, John & Marisa Koten's PLANET CLAIRE, or Bruno Pasquinelli's STAMPEDE?

    One thing is for sure, the competition from January 10th to 12th is heating up considerably since a number of teams that sailed the Bacardi Miami J/70 Winter Series in December will be joining the Tampa regatta. That means, the 48 boats from act one at the DIYC series will be seeing 7 new crews from across Florida's Everglades Swamp. Yes, making that brave trek on I-75 across the infamous "Alligator Alley" will be fresh faces like Joel Ronning's World Championship team on CATAPULT and the dynamic duo of Jack Franco and Bill Hardesty on 3 BALL JT-- neither one of these crews are "shrinking violets"! Quite the contrary, do not be surprised to see both of these teams vying for the top spots on the podium when the smoke clears on Sunday afternoon!  For more Davis Island Winter Series sailing information
     

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    * J/42 Rendezvous 2020 Announcement!        
    In 2019, the J/46 One Design Class totaled 9 boats on the starting line of the Camden Classic Cup. It was a wonderful showing and fun time on the water. However, a J/42 fleet could be larger! Who wouldn’t want to cruise in one of the world’s greatest cruising destinations (Camden, Maine on Penobscot Bay), participate in the spectacular Camden Classics Cup Regatta, and hang out with bunch of enthusiastic J/42 owners? Remember - July is wonderful in Maine.


    Make your plans now to cruise the coast and enjoy two fun days of racing with fellow J/42 skippers and crews. Mark your calendars now- July 23rd, 24th and 25th in Camden, Maine!

    In addition to the Camden Classic Cup events, the J/42 fleet will have an Owners Forum “meet and greet” and a post regatta skipper’s race debrief.

    The one-design rules, taking into account that J/42 owners are mostly cruisers first, racers second, will be as follows:
    • #3 jibs only, no overlapping sails, spinnakers or drifters – keep it simple
    • Suitable anchor and chain in the bow
    • water tanks and fuel at cruising levels
    • dodgers and Biminis up
    • autopilots, electric assisted winches permitted
    • outboards and grills on the stern rail are encouraged
    • single handed, doubled handed, or a whole gaggle of crew- whatever works for you!
    • One-design ratings: shoal drafts rate 96 and deep keels rate 88
    • no other rating penalties or adjustments
    Learn more here: https://www.camdenclassicscup.com/

    * J/160 AVATAR Back to the Caribbean for 2020 Winter Season!  We just got a report over the holidays from owner Alan Fougere talking about his beloved J/160 AVATAR:

    "Happy Holidays to the extended Johnstone family! Just wanted to let you know, we love our AVATAR. She is a great boat, offshore she's just a rocket! We have completed many upgrades and try to keep her in "Bristol" condition. I have a new power plant ready for installation next summer. This is our 14th season with her, and I hope to keep her for another 14, if I am still walking the planet!

    We get many other boaters who swing by and compliment her lines. And, when they see her powered-up, with a bone in her teeth, then they are really impressed!


    Recently, AVATAR averaged 17 knots all the way from Newport, RI to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Yes, we took the easy way out, we loaded her aboard a transport ship. She has had her winter haul, new clear coat on the topsides, and bottom paint over at BVI Painters @ Nanny Cay Marine Tortola. She is now back in the water and back at her winter home on St. John U.S. Virgin Islands, again at Proper Yachts. She is now a 20-year-old lady, just getting into her prime... built in 1998!

    We do normally sail on offshore delivery passages. Last year, in the spring 2019, we sailed San Juan, Puerto Rico to Bermuda. It was an incredible passage! 965.0nm in just over four days! Over 200 nm each day! All white sails the whole way, 100% Jib and double-reefed main. It was truly four days of perfect offshore weather and sailing!"

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  • J/Newsletter- December 18th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    As the end of the year approaches, most sailing around the northern hemisphere is winding down for the holidays.  Nevertheless, there are several winter series that have sprung up in recent years, particularly for the incredibly popular J/70 class. The Russian J/70 Sailing League is hosting their Winter Series of five events in Sochi, Russia on the northeastern shore of the Black Sea. Sailors are able to sail on the weekend and then go skiing in the same ski parks that hosted the Winter Olympics the following day!

    Over on the North American continent, the first of three events was held for the J/70 Bacardi Winter Series off Coconut Grove, FL, hosted by Shake-A-Leg Foundation with sailing taking place on Biscayne Bay.

    Then, diving far south of the Equator, the Yacht Club Punta del Este hosted the 2019 J/70 South American Championship for a fleet of thirty-two boats off Punta del Este, Uruguay. Known as South America's "French Riviera", the locals in the famous watering hole of Punta did their best to fend off challenges to South American supremacy from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. However, it was a father-daughter pair from Italy that nearly stole the entire show!
     


    Gorgeous 2020 J/Calendar Hot off the Press!

    (Newport, RI)- A sailing calendar is a great gift for loved ones, family, friends and crew.

    For 2020, we have created another beautiful calendar for J/Sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world. Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in faraway places.

    The 2020 sailing calendar features the most popular, as well as latest creations, from the J/Design team sailing in many of the world’s most popular sailing areas- Palma Mallorca (Spain), St Barths, Chicago, Lake Garda (Italy), Frutillar (Chile), Lake Thun (Switzerland), Torquay (England), Valle de Bravo (Mexico).
    See the gorgeous photo gallery and order your 2020 J/Calendar here
     

     
    Rossi Crowned J/70 South American Champion!
    (Punta del Este, Uruguay)- The 2019 J/70 South American Championship was hosted by Yacht Club Punta del Este and was sailed off the beautiful seaside city of Punta del Este, Uruguay. Blessed with big waves, big breeze most days, and a picturesque coastline, the fleet of thirty-two entries from Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Italy enjoyed fierce competition over the course of eleven races. The battle for the podium spots went down to the wire in the final race and, not surprisingly, two of the protagonists included the dynamic, talented Rossi family from Italy- both past European J/70 Champions. The top three spots on the podium saw a spread of only one point after the scores were tallied, ten races counting with one discard.


    In the end, it was "girl power" that ascended to the top of the standings, with Ms. Claudia Rossi's Italian team on PETITE TERRIBLE surviving the last race to be crowned the "open" J/70 South American Champion on a tie-breaker at 48 pts each.  Losing that tie-breaker was Argentinian Guillermo Parada on ARG 1270. Just one point back in the bronze medal position was Claudia's father- Alberto Rossi- making the podium a family affair with his Italian team on ENFANTE TERRIBLE.


    As a result, it was Argentina's Parada that was declared the J/70 South American Champion as the top team from the continent. The second South American team was Renato Cunha's Brazilian crew on NEGRONI with 60 pts, and the third South American team was Francesco Avermaete’s SI QUERIDA.


    The winner of the Corinthians Division also happened to be Avermaete’s Argentinian crew on SI QUERIDA, with Guillermo Amondo's Argentinian crew on BEBETO taking the silver, and Diego Garcia's Uruguayan crew on CHAPULIN garnering the bronze medal.  For more J/70 South American Championship sailing information
     

    Pierini Leads J/70 Bacardi Winter Series I
    (Miami, FL)- The first of three events in the 2019/ 2020 Bacardi J/70 Winter Series took place this past weekend on Biscayne Bay. Hosting the series was the Shake-A-Leg Foundation sailing program located next to the completely refurbished Monty Trainer's Bar and Restaurant in Coconut Grove, FL. Seventeen team sailed the first event in somewhat challenging weather conditions; just three races were completed over the two days of competition, a rare scenario for the usually predictable sea breezes on Biscayne Bay.

    Winning the first regatta was Geoff Pierini's "49" team from Perth Amboy, New Jersey with a 3-2-1 tally for 6 pts. Second was past World Champion Joel Ronning on his famous CATAPULT, his Wayzata Yacht Club (Minnesota) team posted a 1-5-2 record for 8 pts. Then, rounding out the podium was Trey Sheehan's HOOLIGAN: FLAT STANLEY RACING from Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio. The balance of the top five included Henry Brauer's RASCAL crew from Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts in fourth place and Bruno Pasquinelli's Fort Worth Boat Club (Texas) team on STAMPEDE in fifth place.

    Winning the Corinthians Division was Joey Kolisch's LIL team from Coral Reef Yacht Club (Miami, Florida), second place went to Jon Ewing's RUNNING WILD crew from Coral Reef YC, and third place was Marcus Wunderlich's STRATOS team from Jersey City, NJ and Edgewater Yacht Club.

    The second of the three events in the J/70 Bacardi Winter Series takes place on January 25th to 26th in Coconut Grove, Florida.  For more Bacardi J/70 Winter Series sailing information
     


    Russian J/70 Winter Series in Full Swing!

    (Sochi, Russia)- The third stage of the Russian J/70 Sailing League Winter Series just completed last weekend in Sochi, Russia.  The fleet was blessed with wonderful racing weather on the sometimes-tempestuous Black Sea; over the two days of sailing, the sailors enjoyed a total of nine races! Yug Sport FSBI played host to the teams from Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Tuapse.


    The first race day produced fantastic sailing.  The PRO managed to run six races in winds up to 19 kts of breeze. Most races were around 30 minutes duration, so the teams were being pushed to their physical and mental limits, all races being double windward-leeward courses.

    “We were very lucky with the weather! On the first day, the wind was from 10 to 19 knots with good waves," said Nikolai Yushkov, Chief Judge for the Winter Series. “We had six races of 30-40 minutes each, which all participants were very pleased with.”


    The results after the first day produced a very tight standings at the top of the leaderboard, with BARS Sailing team leading with 11 pts, followed by ZID ART Sailing team in second place with 13 pts, and the Battleship Team in third position with 15 pts.


    Sunday's wind was not as nice as the first day, so the PRO managed to run three races for the teams. For the first time this season, the winter series awarded both Professional (Open) and Corinthians Division teams. Winning the Professional Division for the first time was Ilya Polishchuk's BARS Sailing team. Taking the silver just behind and also winning the Corinthians Division was Zoran Paunovich's ZID ART Sailing team. Taking the bronze medal on the podium was Cyril Frolov's “Battleship”.

    Rounding out the top five were Maxim Taranov's CALIPSO in fourth position and Igor Ignatov's DOBRYNYA in fifth place.

    There are three more events taking place in the Russian J/70 Winter Series in Sochi in January, February, and March 2020.  Follow the Russian J/70 Sailing League on Facebook  For more Russian J/70 Sailing League Winter Series information
     

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Jan 10-12- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II-Tampa, FL
    Jan 23- STC Lauderdale to Key West Race- Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Jan 23-26- J/Fest St. Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 25-26- J/70 Bacardi Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 26-31- Grenada Sailing Week- St Georges, Grenada, West Indies
    Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
    Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
    Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
    Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
    Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
    Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
    Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
    Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
    Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
    Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
    Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
    Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
    Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
    May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
    Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
    Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
    Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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


    SORC Islands in the Stream Series Update

    (Fort Lauderdale, FL)- A new season of SORC sailing is upon us, bringing with it a mix of tradition and change for the 2019-2020 Islands in the Stream Series.

    The series kicked off with the Nassau Cup Ocean Race on November 14th, 2019. It was the 78th edition of the race and it was a windy one at that...with the fleet buffeted by a storm/ frontal passage for the first part of the race, producing strong winds on the nose as the fleet beat across the very rough Gulf Stream to the Bahamas Bank. After 24 hours of sailing, most of the fleet got freed up from the Berry Islands southeast down to Nassau, Bahamas.

    Then, nearly a month later, the fleet sailed the very light and drawn out Wirth M Munroe Palm Beach Race, the so-called “Race to the Buffet” that started on Friday December 6th. Most boats were late for the Sailfish Club of Florida’s legendary party, feast and awards presentation.

    The series then heads south for some island time in the Florida Keys. The next event is the 160.0nm Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race on January 23rd, 2020. The tropics in January provide the perfect spot to unwind with the Conch Grinder Race, and to enjoy the treasures and pleasures of Key West before the awards party at First Flight Island Bar and Restaurant (formerly Kelly’s Caribbean).

    The series then finally wraps up with another trip to the Bahamas with the inaugural Eleuthera Race, starting off South Beach, Miami on March 11th, 2020 and finishing at the Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina. The race and series awards party will take place on the beach overlooking Exuma Sound!


    The host clubs for the series includes Coral Reef Yacht Club, Nassau Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, Sailfish Club of Florida, and Lauderdale Yacht Club.

    On an overall basis after the first two races, Chris Lewis's J/44 KENAI from Houston, Texas is sitting in a fourth place tie-breaker with Joe Brito's J/121 INCOGNITO from Bristol, Rhode Island, both boats have 13 pts total. Just two points back is Brad & Angie Stowers' J/92 HILLBILLY from Melbourne Yacht Club in Melbourne, Florida, sitting in 6th place with 15 pts total; their crew consists of David Nesbitt, Karl Krahmer, Brad Bristol, Sebastian Gauza, and Marty "Kiwi" Stoll. Finally, Seth Hall & Tom Pollack's J/124 MARISOL currently sits in eighth place with 17 pts. At the completion of the series, three of the four races will be counted.  Follow the SORC Islands in Stream Series on Facebook  For more SORC sailing information   For more Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/Newsletter- December 11th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    It was a cool weekend of sailing in most parts of the northern hemisphere.  Perhaps the coolest was the unique format for the J/70 Frostbite Challenge held in Marstrand, Sweden and hosted by Marstrand Segelsällskap. None other than Henri-Lloyd's new Chief Technical Advisor Ben Ainslie (multiple Gold Medallist and World Champion) from the United Kingdom was racing J/70s with some of his America's Cup Team INEOS crew. South of them off the United Kingdom's southern coastline, the Hamble Yacht Services Hamble Winter Series concluded this past weekend with good performances by J/109s, J/88s, J/92, and a J/112E. All sailing took place on the Southampton Water and the infamous Solent...home waters, in fact, for the famous Ben Ainslie.

    Across the Atlantic off to the west, the San Diego Yacht Club Hot Rum Series finale took place off San Diego, CA with an uncharacteristic "AP over A" for the 125+ boat fleet. In the end, there were good performances by a J/125, J/145s, J/70, J/80, J/105s, J/120s, and J/109. Off to the east, the first J/70 Davis Island Winter Series was hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida for 56 boats!

    Off to the Caribbean we go, where we find a famous fleet of J/22s in Montego Bay, Jamaica celebrating their 30th anniversary of the J/22 Jammin' Jamaica Regatta. Montego Bay Yacht Club, in conjunction with regatta sponsors SEABOARD MARINE and LUBIT, hosted thirteen teams hailing from the USA, Canada, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica.
     


    Sailing World Boat of the Year- Best Crossover-J/99 Offshore Speedster!

    (Newport, RI)- The J/99 was a favorite and a serious Boat of the Year contender. The judges sailed it on the snottiest day on the week, and as the breeze ratcheted ever higher, the boat, they said, comes alive. They’ve come to expect nothing less of a J Boat, because designer Alan Johnstone is on a roll. For J devotees and owners, of which there are many, the J/99 will feel like home.

    “We’ve been missing a sweet spot in the 33- to 35-foot range with a performance boat that combines headroom and accommodations for family sailing, but is also purpose-built for owners aspiring to do double­handed sailing,” J Boats’ Jeff Johnstone tells the judges.

    While tempting to cater to an emerging shorthanded market with a highly specialized boat, he adds, they didn’t want a one-trick pony with the J/99. “That’s not how we, or our owners use our boats,” Johnstone says. “We like a boat that can day sail well, have room for a full crew and set up right for shorthanded sailing.”

    To that end, he points out, everything in the halyard and sail-control department is within reach of the tiller; at the same time, the cockpit can accommodate a busy five- or six-person crew for hustling around the cans.

    Johnstone’s preferred model for comparison is the company’s big seller of earlier days. “Think of it as a modern J/105, with more headroom,” he says. “In terms of interior volume, it feels like twice the boat of a 105. But it’s quicker. It’s 2 feet smaller, and it’s more stable. It’s also slippery in light air.”   Read on here on SW BOTY review.   For more J/99 offshore speedster sailing information
     


    Gorgeous 2020 J/Calendar Hot off the Press!

    (Newport, RI)- A sailing calendar is a great gift for loved ones, family, friends and crew.

    For 2020, we have created another beautiful calendar for J/Sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world. Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in faraway places.

    The 2020 sailing calendar features the most popular, as well as latest creations, from the J/Design team sailing in many of the world’s most popular sailing areas- Palma Mallorca (Spain), St Barths, Chicago, Lake Garda (Italy), Frutillar (Chile), Lake Thun (Switzerland), Torquay (England), Valle de Bravo (Mexico).
    See the gorgeous photo gallery and order your 2019 J/Calendar here
     


    Award-winning J/99 @ Paris Boat Show!

    J/Composites Celebrates 25 Years!
    (Paris, France)- The 2019 edition of the Salon Nautique Paris will be taking place on the southside of Paris in its usual location at the Parc d'Exposition from December 7th to 15th.  The J/Composites team from Les Sables d'Olonne, France will be in attendance with the award-winning J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster at Pavillon 1, Stand 1-G-64.  For Salon Nautique Paris boat show information

    Since its debut one year ago, the J/99 has been critically acclaimed by many of the world's leading sailboat analysts as an exciting new entry into the mid-size offshore cruiser-racer marketplace, with a focus on offering an exceptional experience for those focused on short-handed sailing- doublehanded offshore or a family wishing for a fun, fast, easy-to-sail, weekday evening "beer can" racer.  The J/99's pedigree is without peer and her performance is enough to get anyone out for a spontaneous sunset sail with family and friends in comfort and style.  For more J/99 offshore shorthanded speedster sailing information

    J/Composites Celebrates 25 Years!
    J/Boats is pleased to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the J/Composites and J/Boats partnership with a truly great group of yacht builders and dedicated sailors. The journey with J/Composites (based in Les Sables d’Olonne, France) began with the J/92 in 1994, quickly followed by the J/80 the following year. Before long, hundreds of J/Composites built J’s were sailing in dozens of countries across Europe, and the foundation was firmly laid that would lead to building the full-line of J/Models from 22’ to 43’ and a successful 25+ year relationship together.

    An important turning point came in 2001 with the launch of the J/109- the first new "J" design to be tooled, developed and launched outside of the USA. The success of this model opened the door to new collaborations between J/Boats designer Alan Johnstone and Didier LeMoal, President of J/Composites, including the development of the J/97, J/122, the E series of racing/cruising yachts (J/97E, J/112E, J/122E) and most recently- the award-winning J/99.

    In addition to other models like the J/88, J/92s, J/100, J/105, J/110, J/120 and J/133, J/Composites has successfully built and helped promote and grow the most active keelboat one-design classes sailing in Europe today, including the International J/70, International J/80, and International J/111.

    Congratulations to Didier LeMoal, Fred Bouvier and the entire J/Composites staff for 25 years of great work!
     


    Hamble Winter Series VII Finale

    (Hamble, England)- With wind from the North East, and a fair bit of it, the Hamble River Sailing Club PRO went to East Knoll (4H) to run the final day of the 2019 HYS Hamble Winter Series. IRC Classes 1 & 2 were dispatched upwind to William (4L) with the smaller boats, IRC Classes 3 & 4, to the slightly closer hamblewinterseries.com (4J). There followed a series of up and down legs between the windward marks and buoys in a southwesterly direction before everybody ended with a beat to William to finish.

    A couple teams had worked out that they would win their class without venturing into the cold December air. Simon Perry's J/109 JIRAFFE had such comfortable lead in IRC 2 Class that they stayed ashore to prepare for the prize giving! There was a three-way fight for the final podium places in IRC 2, with Gavin Howe's J/88 TIGRIS taking home the silver.

    In IRC 1 Class, Chaz Ivill's J/112E DAVANTI TYRES posted a third place in the final race to hang on for the silver. It was not what the crew had hoped for, going for an unprecedented "three-peat" for the IRC 1 Class honors.

    Finally, in the J/88 Class, Howe's TIGRIS won quite handily, followed by Dirk van Beek's SABRIEL JR in second and Richard Cooper's JONGLEUR in third place.
     
    Back in the HRSC clubhouse it was a double prize day. Force 4, who were unable to give away their Christmas presents last week, due to the abandonment, turned up again with the day prizes. Athena Rossi, who opens the Port Hamble shop early during the series, was there to give them away.

    Lee Pollock from Hamble Yacht Services then proceeded to present the overall series prizes. As well as the HRSC glassware, Lee gave the winners a HYS goody bag with vouchers for lifts and Champagne.

    Finally, Chaz Ivill, presented the Paul Heys Trophy to Simon Perry's team on the J/109 JIRAFFE. This trophy will now be presented annually to the best J/Boat Team in memory of Paul Heys- J/Boats U.K. late founder.   Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth Pictures   For more HYS Hamble Winter Series sailing information
     


    Ainslie Wins J/70 Frostbite Challenge

    (Marstrand, Sweden)- Henri-Lloyd’s new Chairman- Hans Eckerström- wanted to put the new 2020 Henri-Lloyd range to the test. Not the standard factory model and tests, but the kind that would really put the kit through its paces.

    The Swedish investor and sailor decided to enter two J/70 teams in the J/70 Frostbite Challenge at Marstrand and have Henri-Lloyd as title sponsor of the event. With just eight hours of sunshine in early December and temperatures hovering around 0 C., surely this would provide the kind of grueling conditions that would test both sailors and their kit to the limits?


    For those who haven’t had the pleasure of sailing at Marstrand, the venue is a picturesque island off the west coast of Sweden, with clusters of islets dotted around its coast. Racing usually takes place in the more open water to the west of the town, but the Frostbite Challenge is a bit different. Initiated in 1989 by Stellan Westerdahl, the social side of the racing has always been the focus, with many crews donning Santa Claus beards and great camaraderie between the crews, albeit with a few stronger words when spinnakers ‘brushed’ shrouds and backstays in the confined waters… nothing that a shared drink ashore didn’t resolve though.

    Almost a "stadium event", the eight races held over the weekend have the marks tucked up into the harbour and close to the many rocks and headlands. The course was a simple triangle-sausage, but taking straight lines between the buoys is usually impossible, unless your boat has suddenly become amphibious or can straddle pontoons. These natural and man-made obstacles make the racing incredibly fun to watch and many of the locals turn out to enjoy the spectacle.

    Hans invited a select group to sail on the two teams. The brand's Chief Technical Advisor is none other than the United Kingdom's Sir Ben Ainslie, so he was naturally one of the helms, sailing together with Peter Gustafsson, who helms the Swedish J/111 BLUR and describes himself as an 'entrepreneur, angel investor and troublemaker', and Henrik Ottosson, Manager at North Sails in Sweden. Hans himself helmed the other boat with INEOS TEAM UK's Ben Cornish, Henri-Lloyd's Ross Partridge and Christian Düring on bow.

    The two Henri-Lloyd teams arrived on Friday evening, slightly delayed by heavy snow in Stockholm which closed two of the three runways and delayed flights to Gothenburg later in the day. A precursor of conditions to come? Hans had slow-cooked a chili and the teams quickly settled into the delicious meal while chatting about sailing, participation and flying 75 footers amongst other things. The first of the competitive aspects for the weekend then started with round-the-table ping pong, providing much entertainment and one mobile phone taking on a curved aspect and not being so useful for calls... or anything else for that matter.


    Saturday morning dawned with light winds and not a cloud in the sky, but was a cool -2 degrees Celsius. The Henri-Lloyd mid-layers were definitely welcome when rigging the boats and washing the ice off the decks with salt water! It wasn't quite possible to double the hours of sunshine since there are only seven hours of daylight at this time of year in these northern climes. Five races were scheduled with a break for lunch ashore- after all, this is a social regatta!

    From the beginning, it was clear the local Swedish teams were well-practiced and weren't holding back. Tomas Skålen's team laid down the marker with a bullet in the first race, with Ben's team fifth and Hans in ninth. The racing was super-tight, and many places could be lost with the slightest error or wind shift. The approach to the windward mark, set right up the harbour channel, was one of the trickiest areas, followed by the reach round the pontoons and past the Södra Strandverket fortress. It was at this corner that Ben's team were caught out by a lack of practice in race two, dropping the spinnaker into the water and tearing it on the keel- not the greatest start to the event!


    Hans and his team put it all together beautifully in race four with a well-deserved race victory, showing the fleet a clean set of heels around the race track, and Ben's worry was beginning to grow. While both teams were mid-fleet in the results, Hans was a point ahead of Ben going into the final race of the day and bragging rights were seriously on the line.

    Most sailors have learned through the years to never write off Ben during an event; his comeback in the Finn class at the London 2012 Olympics was legendary, and, of course, the famous comeback on Oracle Team USA against Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2013 America's Cup being two of the most famous instances. And, Ben showed his fighting spirit in the final race of the day. Fast off the line, second round the windward mark, and then a quick pair of gybes saw him take the lead, never to be relinquished. Still mid-fleet in the event, but ahead of Hans in the ranking going into Saturday evening. The relief on his face was evident!

    Hans and Ben then gave a talk to the sailors and their families at the Villa Maritime in Marstrand. Since the acquisition of Henri-Lloyd, Hans and his team have been incredibly busy planning the iconic brand's future direction and focus. 2019 saw the award-winning Fremantle range released, and Hans explained that 2020 is when Henri-Lloyd fully returns to the market, showcasing and giving the M-PRO range a real-world test at the Frostbite Challenge.

    Ben then spoke about INEOS TEAM UK, their first AC75 (which is known in-house as 'The Beast') and how it is more akin to flying a plane than sailing at times, but at the end of the day sailing skills are paramount when racing. The Swedish sailors had many questions for Ben, which he happily answered in this relaxed setting. It was very evident that Ben was hugely enjoying the Frostbite Challenge. The America's Cup is so much about technology and testing the new foiling 75-foot monohulls, meaning that both Ben's (Ainslie and Cornish) have had to let fleet racing take a back seat. The sparkle was in their eyes as they engaged in the tight racing in a one-design fleet. The sailors than settled into a great evening of dinner and chat at the Villa Maritime, followed by another round-the-table ping pong tournament, ahead of the final three races the next day.


    Sunday morning dawned with a few clouds in the sky, a freshening breeze and another layer of ice on the pontoons and decks. Points were incredibly close in the J/70 fleet, and pretty much the whole fleet was still in the running. Ben and his team were clearly fired up after the win in the final race on Saturday; a combination of a great start, improved boat handling and good use of lanes took another race win, with Hans and his team in fourth.

    The Race Committee, led by Annika Bjurmalm, mixed things up for the final two races of the event, deciding on starboard roundings which led to some 'close calls' throughout - the already tight racing became even tighter! The two Henri-Lloyd teams saw both the front and back of the fleet at various points throughout race seven, with Ben eventually taking fourth and Hans sixth. It was all down to the final race. Magne Klang was tied with Tomas Skålen on 19 points, with Thomas Vigenberg a point behind them, and Ben Ainslie was in fourth on 21; just about as tight as it can get.

    Ben and his team shot out of the blocks and led around the course, working well as a team to spot the lanes and opportunities. The question was whether the race win was going to be enough? A third place for Tomas Skålen left them tied on points with Ben, but the three race victories gave Ben and his team the Frostbite Challenge title on countback. Ben can now add this event to an already impressive list of comeback victories.


    A huge thanks to Annika and her Race Team, also Marcus Blomberg and all those at Marstrand Segelsällskap (MaSS) for the superb weekend of racing. It's hard to imagine a better setting and more fun way to race in early December. Hans then invited the team back for a traditional Swedish sauna, followed by a dip in the sea for those willing to give it a go. The sauna was hot, the sea less so, but when in Sweden it's important to take part in the local pastimes!

    The Henri-Lloyd Frostbite Challenge offered real racing with hugely passionate sailors and showcased various aspects of sailing which stands it apart from other sports; the welcoming nature of sailors around the world, multi-national teams coming together and quickly improving, and how the very top sailors are more than happy to mix it up in local events. This really was the sport of sailing at its very best.

    Hans summed it up beautifully saying, "I loved every second of the weekend. It is so great to be able to show friends both new and old the best of Marstrand. I really love the genuine passion for grass root sailing that Ben demonstrated as well as the huge commitment by Marcus Blomberg, Commodore of the local sailing club, to re-establish Marstrand as a premier arena for all kinds of sailing."

    Watch the highlights of the J/70 Frostbite Challenge here   For more J/70 Frostbite Challenge Regatta sailing information
     

    Light, Shifty Wirth Munroe Ocean Race
    J/88 Crushes the "Sprint Race"
    (Palm Beach, FL)– Light and shifty winds challenged the 32-boat fleet in the Sailfish Club of Florida’s 63rd annual Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race, the second event of the 2019-2020 Islands in the Stream Series. The 60-mile Classic course from Miami to Palm Beach was shortened to 50 miles because of the light conditions while the 40-mile Sprint course from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach was completed without change.

    “This year’s Wirth Munroe was a true test of patience and strategy,” said Race Committee Chair Tom Bowler of the Sailfish Club. “Boats that took full advantage of the Gulf Stream’s push north were rewarded.”

    Bowler said the fleet of 32 boats marked the race’s highest participation level in a decade, and reflected the growing appeal of the two-course format, introduced by the Sailfish Club two years ago as a way to increase participation.

    “We are delighted to see entries grow, and while we would have liked to see more wind for this year’s race, the two-course format continues to generate positive feedback from skippers and crews,” he said.

    A number of J/Teams participated in their first winter blast up the spectacular, cobalt-blue, Gulf Stream.

    In the ORC A Class, Seth Hall & Tom Pollack's J/124 MARISOL from Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, CA took on a very mixed class that included the globe-girdling Mills 68 PROSPECTOR down to a Farr 40! In the end, MARISOL took the silver in this hugely competitive class loaded with pro sailors. It took them nearly 8 hours to complete the 50.0nm course, even with a 4.0+ knot boost from the fast-moving, northerly flowing Gulf Stream!

    In the ORC B Class, Joe Brito's J/121 INCOGNITO from Newport, RI and Chris Lewis's J/44 KENAI from Seabrook, TX also took on a kaleidoscope of sailboats ranging from a GP 26 to an old Aerodyne 38. In the end, INCOGNITO managed to drift home to a bronze medal on the podium with Lewis's KENIA taking a 5th place.

    In PHRF A Class Tom Anderson & Hanson Bratton's J/120 KAIROS from Bayview Yacht Club in Birmingham, MI pulled off a bronze medal performance as well, taking just over 8 hours to complete the course.

    Finally, sailing the shorter "Sprint Race" in PHRF 7 class, John Kearn's J/88 LOOSE CANNON from Castaways Sailing Club in Jupiter Island, FL simply smoked their class, winning by over one hour on corrected time to win class honors!

    The Organizing Authority for the race consisted of The Sailfish Club of Florida in partnership with the Storm Trysail Club and with the support of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. The SORC, Storm Trysail Club and the Sailfish Club of Florida oversee race management.  For more Wirth Munroe Race sailing information and scoring
     


    Keane's SAVASANA Draws First Blood at J/70 Davis Island Winter Series

    (Tampa, FL)- Eight years ago when the J/70 was taking the sailing world by storm, Joe Colling and Mike Dawson came up with the idea of an affordable winter series at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL. The concept was three two-day events, where owners could leave their boats with the mast up all winter. Competitors are scored for each weekend as an individual event, and also an overall winner is crowned at the end of the three-weekend series. Mike sold the idea to Davis Island Yacht Club, and the club cleared out the dry sail area to make it happen. This weekend, December 6-9, will mark the start of the seventh year of the series with nearly 50 boats on the starting line.

    Davis Island Yacht Club has proved to be the perfect host; from providing breakfast every race day…to the keg at the dock at the end of racing. The post-race chalk talks have become a staple for the competitors who are looking for an edge on the competition.

    Although Tampa conditions can sometimes be a challenge, the race management and volunteers have always made the best out of the two-day format. Mike Dawson was the PRO for that first year, and then Judy Hanlon jumped in and managed the racecourse until last year. This winter, the club has recruited Chip Till to manage the PRO duties. Chip has extensive familiarity with the J/70 and will deliver the competitors the big fleet experience they are looking for.

    From the Class’ perspective, this event supports the long-term commitment to an affordable winter option accessible to everyone. The Class thanks DIYC member Kat Malone, who has been the brains of the Series’ event management from day one.

    For the first event of the 2019/ 2020 Davis Island Winter Series that took place this past weekend, forty-six teams made it to the starting line. With Saturday's racing canceled due to no wind, it was all or nothing for the teams no Sunday.  Three races were completed Sunday in winds of 8-10 knots on Tampa Bay. Brian Keane’s SAVASANA team (Nic Baird, Mack Bryan, & Conner Harding) posted all seconds for 6 points to top both the Open and the 19-boat Corinthian division. Will Welles’ BRIBONA crew (Steve Liebel, Colleen Walsh, & Judah Rubin) held second place with a record of 5-6-3 for 14 points. Rounding out the podium in the bronze medal position was John and Marissa Koten’s PLANET CLAIRE with crew of Zeke Horowitz and Mike Coe; posting a 4-7-8 for 19 pts total.

    The balance of the top five included Bruno Pasquinelli's STAMPEDE from Fort Worth Boat Club in 4th place with a 1-8-12 for 21 pts; his "all-star" crew included Victor Diaz-De Leon, Chris Stocke, and John Wallace.  Fifth place went to Buddy Cribb's VICTORY team (Barr Batzer, Scott Ewing, & Griener Hobbs) with a tally of 6-4-15 for 25 pts. total.

    Race winners were Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE, Mark Foster’s HONEYBADGER and Darby Smith-Long’s AFRICA.

    In the Corinthians Division, beside Keane's SAVASANA winning both Open and Corinthians titles, taking second place was Peter Firey's PHOENIX team (Tim Mangus, Eric Mentzell,& Sean Nunes) from Annapolis Yacht Club, and bringing home the bronze was Frank McNamara's CHINOOK crew (Paula Grasberger, Rick Guardia, & Rick Myers) from Eastern Yacht Club. A total of eighteen teams qualified to sail as Corinthians.

    Each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 hosts the "Porch Series", including a North Sails debrief. Jackson Benvenutti was this week’s coach. Practice races were run, followed by a debrief and prizes. The Series continues January 10-12 and February 7-9. Photos are available on the USA J/70 Class Facebook page.
    For complete scores of DIYC Winter Series I
     


    Fun-lovin' J/22 Jammin’ Jamaica Regatta

    (Montego Bay, Jamaica)- When the final boat docked at the Montego Bay Yacht Club on Sunday, signaling the end of the 30th Annual Jamaica International Invitational (JAMIN) Regatta, it was Team ADJUSTED from the Cayman Islands that were declared the winners.



    Members of Team ADJUSTED (from left) Joe Palone, Mike Farrington and Karin McGarth took the first-place prize.

    Five teams from the United States, two from Canada, two from the Cayman Islands arrived on the island on Thursday, along with four teams from Jamaica to assemble the largest fleet of J/22s ever on the island.

    Taking second place was Michele Cimon and her team from Ottawa, Canada sailing JIM SCREECHIE and third was Drew Mutch's crew on JUST WING IT from Annapolis, MD (sailing for their first time in Mo'Bay). The Jamaican teams AYAHSO and TSUNAMI placed sixth and ninth, respectively.


    At the end of the event, JAMIN organizing committee chairman- Richard Hamilton- thanked the volunteers for their tremendous support:

    “This would not have been possible without a number of volunteers who believe in reviving the sport of sailing and boating in general in Jamaica. A number of owners, including myself, gave up our boats to visitors to the island who came with the intent of participating in the regatta. We also sought the support from Seaboard Marine and major lubricant distributor Lubit; combined they were very instrumental in getting two additional boats from Cayman. The turnout was absolutely tremendous, and we look forward to bigger and better events next year,” he said.

    In addition to the daily races, participants were given a taste of Jamaican culture with an opening cocktail party hosted by CPJ at the Montego Bay Yacht Club on Thursday and a fete at the Hard Rock Café the following evening. On Saturday night ahead of the final races, participants were shuttled to pirate themed party hosted by Lynn and Brian Langford at their Great River home.


    The Jamaica International Invitational is one of the oldest regattas in the Caribbean, which aims to highlight the island as a premier sailing destination in the world.

    The regatta was held in conjunction with the Jamaica Olympic Association, the Jamaica Yachting Association, the Montego Bay Yacht Club and the 2019 committee of volunteers- Welcome to Montego Bay, Welcome to the Yacht Club and Welcome to Jamin 2019. The beginnings of the regatta was enabled by the generous heart of Tony Hart, he was instrumental in bringing the boats to Montego Bay in the 1980s. Finally, it's important to recognize the historical supporters of the regatta:
    • the longest standing repeat customer: Galen Freeman- who was in MoBay 30 years ago at the inaugural regatta. Galen is from Tennessee.
    • the second longest sailor- Bruce Berner– who was in MoBay 28 years ago and still has the T shirt to prove it. Bruce is from Indianapolis, Indiana.
    Follow the J/22 Jammin' Jamaica Regatta on Facebook here  For more J/22 Jammin' Jamaica Regatta sailing information
     


    2019 Hot Rum Series Closes with a Whimper

    (San Diego, CA)- Sadly, the third and final race of the 2019 San Diego Yacht Club Hot Rum Series could not be sailed due to a substantial lack of wind... the expected sea breeze that often develops from the WNW never fully materialized to launch the fleet of 125+ boats across the starting line with any hope of getting them all back in by sunset.  As a result, the series standings from the previous two races stood as this year's overall results.

    In the huge twenty-eight boat PHRF 1 Class of "gold platers", three J/crews all finished next to one another.  Standing Fleming's J/125 TIMESHAVER took 5th place, while Rudy Hasl's J/145 PALAEMON took sixth position and Robert Pace's J/145 ANDIAMO 2 took seventh.

    The twenty-one boat PHRF 2 Class saw John Laun's J/120 CAPER win their last race to leap into fourth place for the series.


    The usual suspects in the large twenty-eight boat PHRF 4 Class saw J/105s predominate.  Leading the class was Dennis Case's J/105 J-OK, followed by Tom Garrett's youth team on the J/70 SLOOP JOHN B in second place, followed by Jeff Brown's J/105 SWEET KAREN in 5th place, Steve & Lucy Howell's J/105 BLINK in 7th, Chuck Bowers's J/29 RHUMB RUNNER in 8th, and George Scheel's J/105 SUN PUFFIN rounding out the top ten.

    The thirty-one boat PHRF 5 Class saw Tim Lynch's J/30 RUFFIAN sail consistently to take fourth place.  For more San Diego YC Hot Rum Series sailing information
     

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Dec 14-15- J/70 Bacardi Winter Series I- Miami, FL
    Jan 10-12- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II-Tampa, FL
    Jan 23- STC Lauderdale to Key West Race- Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Jan 23-26- J/Fest St. Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
    Jan 25-26- J/70 Bacardi Winter Series II- Miami, FL
    Jan 26-31- Grenada Sailing Week- St Georges, Grenada, West Indies
    Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
    Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
    Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
    Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
    Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
    Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
    Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
    Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
    Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
    Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
    Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
    Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
    Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
    Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
    Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
    May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
    Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
    Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
    Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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


    J/70 Bacardi Winter Series I Preview

    (Miami, FL)- While the Tampa Bay Winter Series launched this past weekend, the Bacardi J/70 Winter Series starts this coming weekend on Biscayne Bay. Hosting the series will be the Shake-A-Leg Foundation sailing program located next to the completely refurbished Monty Trainer's Bar and Restaurant in Coconut Grove, FL.  Twenty-three boats have registered and despite being half the size of the Tampa Bay series fleet, the concentration of many top American teams ensure the fleet will have plenty of hot competition to begin gearing themselves up for the 2020 J/70 World Championship in Marina del Rey, CA in late July 2020.

    Featured amongst those leading teams are past World Champion Joel Ronning skippering CATAPULT from Wayzata Yacht Club in Minnesota.  Ronning will be have to contend with other hot teams like Dan Goldberg's BAZINGA from American Yacht Club in New York, John Heaton's EMPEIRIA from Chicago Yacht Club in Illinois, Jeff Janov & David Ullman sailing MINOR THREAT from the 2020 J/70 World's host California Yacht Club, John Brim's RIMETTE from Fishers Island Yacht Club in New York, Buddy Cribb's VICTORY from Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, and Pamela Rose's ROSEBUD from Chicago Yacht Club in Illinois.  A stellar group of teams with hot prospects for a podium finish!  For more Bacardi J/70 Winter Series sailing information
     

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    *  Eights Bells- Dr. Scott Piper- owner of J/160 PIPEDREAM IX

    A friend of Dr. Piper's- Tom Byrne- had this to say regards his recent passing:

    "It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of William “Scott” Piper III, M.D. of Miami Florida on Monday, December 2, 2019.

    Scott Piper was a world class sailor, with five circumnavigations to his name, with a detailed memory of the hundreds of people and places he had encountered in his life time.

    Scott was the 2008 recipient of the Cruising Club of America's "Blue Water Medal" and was planning his next Atlantic crossing with his wife Mary on his beloved J/160 “PIPEDREAM IX” at the time of his passing.

    Scott included 100's of “friends” in his adventures and inspired sailors and non-sailors alike to push themselves to live their lives to the fullest. We will miss Scott. Our best wishes and condolences to Mary and the rest of the Piper family."


    * Ocean De-oxygenation- a problem for all sailors and human beings.... read this and learn the consequences!

    Ocean deoxygenation is one of the most pernicious, yet under-reported side-effects of human-induced climate change. The primary causes of deoxygenation are eutrophication (increased nutrient run-off from land and sewage pollution) and nitrogen deposition from the burning of fossil fuels, coupled with the widespread impacts from ocean warming. Oxygen loss from warming has alarming consequences for global oceanic oxygen reserves, which have already been reduced by 2% over a period of just 50-years (from 1960 to 2010).


    Oxygen decline will impact marine ecosystems and the dependent human population.  Even the smallest fall in oxygen levels, when near already existing thresholds, can create significant issues with far-reaching and complex biological and biogeochemical implications.


    At a global-scale, warming-induced oxygen loss is driving progressive persistent changes in nutrient cycling and recycling, species distributions, marine ecosystem services and habitat availability. Whereas at a regional scale, the formation of low oxygen zones and harmful algal blooms become more frequent. In a ground-breaking new report, IUCN, in partnership with leading scientists, explore the causes, consequences and socio-economic implications of ocean deoxygenation, and discusses how we, as a planet, must react.  Here is the full report on Ocean De-Oxygenation (23 MB download PDF- 588 pages)
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  • J/Newsletter- December 4th, 2019 J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    It was a quiet week for J/Sailors around the Seven Seas and five continents spanning the globe.  In Spain, the enormous J/80 class in that world-leading sailing nation held their annual "mini-Worlds" in the picturesque and challenging waters of Santander, Spain. The J/80 Mundialito Regatta was hosted by the Real Club Maritimo Santander for a fleet of nearly two-dozen J/80s from across their sunny nation. Then, just across the English Channel to their north, the Hamble River Sailing Club held their penultimate weekend of sailing for their HYS Hamble Winter Series where a number of J/Crews are "in the chocolates" and expect to podium the event; not knowing whether it's the gold, silver, or bronze! More news on that after next weekend's grand finale.
     


    J/99 Wins British Yachting Awards- Best Performance Boat!

    (London, England)- Key Yachting, the UK, Ireland, and Channel Islands distributor for J/Boats, enjoyed a glamorous evening at the Royal Thames Yacht Club on Monday night, for Chelsea Magazines’ British Yachting Awards. Marie-Claude Heys, Hannah Le Prevost, and Gemma Dunn represented Key Yachting and were joined by J/Boats President Jeff Johnstone, and a few British J/Boats owners.


    The new J/99 was crowned Racing Yacht/ Sportsboat of the year, a tough category. Voted for by readers of Sailing Today and Yachts & Yachting, presenter Rob Peake stated that upon her launch the winner had proved an instant hit in a string of successes for the shipyard. Accepting the award with Marie-Claude and daughters Gemma and Natalie were there to receive the award. Jeff Johnstone described how the boat was inspired by the growth of the double-handed racing scene, particularly in the United Kingdom. He continued by saying that Paul Heys was instrumental in driving the yard to fill a growing need. This is the first award for the boat, which is currently nominated for four international awards, including the prestigious European Yacht of the Year.

    The final award of the evening was a new category, Lifetime Achievement sponsored by GJW Direct. This was awarded to Paul Heys and accepted by Paul's widow Marie-Claude. Before the presentation, Jeff delivered a wonderful and emotive speech, detailing the success of the “consummate salesperson”, who unlike other yacht brokers, relished gatherings of owners to compare notes and stories, because this was how the J/Family in the U.K. was established and flourished. Jeff himself stated, “the boat has little to do with it, it’s all about people. Energy breeds energy, and Paul was the energizer!”

    For more information on all the categories, contenders, and of course the winners, check out the official British Yachting Awards website.
     


    J/99 Wins SAIL Magazine Awards Best Boats- Performance Boat 31'+!

    (Boston, MA)- Eleven of the nominees for SAIL Magazine’s 2020 Best Boats Awards have been advanced as winners for this annual recognition.

    “Once again, the boatbuilding industry has shown how it never seems to run out of fresh ideas—something that is clearly evident in SAIL’s Best Boats contest,” says SAIL’s executive editor Adam Cort, who was joined in judging by associate editor Lydia Mullan, cruising editor Charles J. Doane, charter editor Zuzana Prochazka, veteran boat-reviewer Tom Dove and SAIL’s contributing editor Tom Hale.

    One of the winners of SAIL’s 2020 Best Boats Awards was the new J/99- awarded the Best Performance Boat over 31ft! Here is the commentary from the SAIL Best Boats Judges:

    "It was a fun year for SAIL’s Best Boats judges with a number of mid-sized performance boats to sail trial. Alas, the downside to having so many boats to choose from is also having to pick a winner. This was especially tough because of the variety of boats involved. How do you compare, for example, our winner in this category with, say, the Sun Fast 3300? In the end, though, our judges decided to give the J/99 the nod for two reasons: build quality and breadth of sailing ability.

    With respect to the build quality, the J/99 is wonderfully constructed: top to bottom, stem to stern. Topsides, the boat continues designer Al Johnstone’s use of plumb ends and elegantly sculpted cabin trunk to create a look that is all business, yet still elegant.

    Belowdecks, the saloon and accommodations are well laid out, with just enough woodwork to keep things from looking sterile while still saving owners a lot of maintenance headaches. The rig is aluminum with a fixed sprit for flying an A-sail. The layup, overall finish and hardware installations are top-notch.

    With respect to sailing ability, what most impressed our judges was the combination of performance and versatility, all in a surprisingly low-key package. While some of the other boats in this space very much wear their performance cred on their sleeve in the form of a welter of halyards and control lines, the J/99 is a fairly simple platform by comparison. Not that there’s anything wrong with complexity. On the contrary, for an awful lot of sailors out there, it’s all part of the fun. However, there are also an awful lot of other sailors out there, not to mention friends and family when out daysailing, for whom it’s not, and it’s here that the J/99 truly excels. On the one hand, with its tiller and carefully apportioned cockpit, the boat is perfect for such offshore events as the Chicago-Mac race, whether fully crewed or shorthanded. On the other, it’s also the perfect boat for beer-can racing or just tooling around the harbor on a sunny day. Successfully combining these two types of sailing in a single 32ft sloop is no mean feat— and the reason our judges chose the J/99 as the winner in a very strong field."  For more SAIL Magazine's Best Boats 2020 Awards information
     


    Gorgeous 2020 J/Calendar Hot off the Press!

    (Newport, RI)- A sailing calendar is a great gift for loved ones, family, friends and crew.

    For 2020, we have created another beautiful calendar for J/Sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world. Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in faraway places.

    The 2020 sailing calendar features the most popular, as well as latest creations, from the J/Design team sailing in many of the world’s most popular sailing areas- Palma Mallorca (Spain), St Barths, Chicago, Lake Garda (Italy), Frutillar (Chile), Lake Thun (Switzerland), Torquay (England), Valle de Bravo (Mexico).
    See the gorgeous photo gallery and order your 2019 J/Calendar here
     


    Award-winning J/99 @ Paris Boat Show!

    (Paris, France)- The 2019 edition of the Salon Nautique Paris will be taking place on the southside of Paris in its usual location at the Parc d'Exposition from December 7th to 15th.  The J/Composites team from Les Sables d'Olonne, France will be in attendance with the award-winning J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster at Pavillon 1, Stand 1-G-64.  For Salon Nautique Paris boat show information

    Since its debut one year ago, the J/99 has been critically acclaimed by many of the world's leading sailboat analysts as an exciting new entry into the mid-size offshore cruiser-racer marketplace, with a focus on offering an exceptional experience for those focused on short-handed sailing- doublehanded offshore or a family wishing for a fun, fast, easy-to-sail, weekday evening "beer can" racer.  The J/99's pedigree is without peer and her performance is enough to get anyone out for a spontaneous sunset sail with family and friends in comfort and style.  For more J/99 offshore shorthanded speedster sailing information
     


    Hamble Winter Series VII Report

    (Hamble, England)- The past weekend proved to be a bit of an anti-climax for most teams sailing the Hamble Sailing Club's annual Hamble Winter Series. The lack of a race did little to clarify the remaining positions in the IRC classes. While a number of the prize-winners are now set in stone, or at least Solent mud, there are a number of podium places still to fight for.

    In IRC 2, Simon Perry's J/109 JIRAFFE has also been safe at the top for a while. Gavin Howe's J/88 TIGRIS in second is some ten points adrift. Third place will be one of next Sunday’s big battles, including Dirk Van Beek's J/88 SABRIEL JR and Mike and Susie Yates's J/109 JAGO-- a three-way match race" as one old wag put it. How JAGO must wish they could have got rid of that 13 points from Race 6, last week.


    The other big scrap will be at the top of IRC 1, where Ian Atkins Icy and Chaz Ivill's J/112E DAVANTI TYRES have been slugging it out all series. They both have the same four first places and a three two split in second places in favour of Icy. Will the J/112E that has won the class for the two previous years ultimately triumph? Time will tell.

    The good news is that the forecast is showing some 15-23 knots of breeze for Sunday. The bad news is that it will be from that tricky NE direction, producing very shifty, streaky, offshore breezes!

    As well as the overall prizes, this coming Sunday finale will see the "Yacht of the Series Trophy" presented and the "Paul Heys Trophy", to the best J/Boat, in memory of Paul who was such a great supporter of the HYS Hamble Winter Series. For more HYS Hamble Winter Series sailing information
     


    FREDO Wins J/80 Mundialito Regatta

    (Santander, Spain)- The Real Club Maritimo Santander in Santander, Spain hosted the 2019 J/80 Mundialito Cup Regatta off their famous setting in front of Spain's Pyrenees on the northeastern shoreline of Spain, located on the Bay of Biscay.  The fleet was treated to good racing when the breeze was over the weekend, but it was not without its challenges for the RCM Santander's PRO!


    In the end, it was a past J/80 World Champion- Jose Maria "Pichu" Torcida-Seghers that won the regatta on the fabulous FREDO!  Taking second was Alfredo Gonzalez's EDIFICIO and rounding out the podium was Jose Azqueta-Arrue's BIOBIZZ that took the bronze medal.  The balance of the top five in this always hyper-competitive fleet was determined by a tie-breaker at 10 pts each; winning that countback was Rafael Malo's HATUEY in fourth place and Ignacio Camino-Rodriguez’s ESP 899 in fifth place. For more J/80 Mundialito Regatta sailing information
     

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Oct 5- Dec 1- Hamble Winter Series- Hamble, England
    Nov 23- Hot Rum Series II- San Diego, CA
    Nov 30- Dec 1- J/80 Mundialito Regatta- Santander, Spain
    Dec 6-8- J/22 Jammin’ Jamaica Regatta- Montego Bay, Jamaica
    Dec 7- Hot Rum Series III- San Diego, CA

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

    Wirth Munroe Ocean Race Preview
    (Palm Beach, FL)- The Sailfish Club of Florida's 63rd Annual Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race is set for Friday, December 6th. In 2018, the race added a 40-mile course called "The Sprint", from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach, which complemented the existing 60.0nm Miami-to-Palm Beach track, known as "The Classic". Last year, five boats entered The Sprint race and 23 raced on The Classic course.  

    The Sprint will start off Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, while The Classic will start off Government Cut in Miami Beach. Both courses will finish off the Palm Beach Inlet. All crews will be welcome at the Sailfish Club’s legendary Rum Punch reception, buffet dinner and awards ceremony. The Classic Course will be scored as part of the SORC's "Islands in the Stream" series, which includes the Miami-Nassau Race, the Lauderdale-Key West Race, the Miami-Havana Race and the Pineapple Cup from Miami to Montego Bay. The Sprint Course will not be scored as part of the series. 

    First sailed in 1957, the race begins the winter ocean racing circuit in South Florida. The course presents challenging conditions as yachts must consider the vagaries of the Gulf Stream and the passing of the season’s first frontal systems. In 1957, members of the Florida Station of the Cruising Club of America, led by Dick Bertram, decided to sponsor a race from Miami to Palm Beach and to hold it in early December as racing yachts from the north had arrived by then in preparation for the Southern Ocean Racing Conference held in January and February. In 2016 the Club partnered with the Storm Trysail Club. After the race, the sailors finish the evening with a world-class awards banquet at the Sailfish Club of Florida.

    There are a number of J/Teams that are looking forward to their first winter blast up the spectacular, cobalt-blue, Gulf Stream.  In the ORC A Class, Seth Hall & Tom Pollack's J/124 MARISOL from Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, CA will be taking on a very mixed class of the globe-girdling Mills 68 PROSPECTOR down to a Farr 40!

    In the ORC B Class, Joe Brito's J/121 INCOGNITO from Newport, RI and Chris Lewis's J/44 KENAI from Seabrook, TX will be taking on another kaleidoscope of sailboats ranging from a GP 26 to an old Aerodyne 38.

    The PHRF A Class includes Tom Anderson & Hanson Bratton's J/120 KAIROS from Bayview Yacht Club in Birmingham, MI. Then, in PHRF B Class Bradley Stowers's J/92 HILLBILLY from Indian River Yacht Club in Melbourne, FL will be up against a raft of cruisers like a Little Harbor 54, Baltic 38DP, and Jeanneau 479. In PHRF 7 class is John Kearn's J/88 LOOSE CANNON from Castaways Sailing Club in Jupiter Island, FL.
    For more Wirth Munroe Race sailing information and scoring
     

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

    * This past summer, an all-women's team sailed on the J/92 KNOCKOUT with owner/ skipper Libby Tomlinson from Quantum Sails in Traverse City, MI. They had a very successful season sailing on Grand Traverse Bay.... here is Libby's report on the fun times and the challenges they face...


    "I’m excited to share that our J/92 KNOCKOUT was named Yacht of the Year at Grand Traverse Yacht Club, in Traverse City, Michigan! The all-women crew of KNOCKOUT came together seven years ago after the husband of a good friend of mine recognized that his wife wanted to get more involved in sailing but felt uncomfortable being the only woman on the boat (typically).  So, we got to talking, and Rob suggested that we go in together on a boat, “for the girls”, and we decided a B-25 would suit the needs and budget nicely.  The name KNOCKOUT came after a long, hilarious, democratic process to name an all-girls boat.


    During the six seasons on the B-25, we enabled over 25 women to get out on the water for Wednesday night racing, a little cruising, and some weekend short-distance events.  At the start of it all, only myself and my foredeck, Petra, knew anything about sailing!  Coaching from the helm, while driving and trimming main, and Petra coaching from the bow, we managed to get everyone up to speed in their positions.  Our first season was also our most successful, being named Yacht of the Year and winning our Intermediate level fleet.


    Being a Knockout crew is something special, and everyone onboard has become part of the team by asking to be there.  We’ve never recruited.  Nonetheless, we’ve grown over the years a bit, in numbers and skill level, and Rob and I both have had children who we wanted to introduce to sailing on a more family-friendly boat.  That led us to wanting a J/92.

    I joined the forum and kept watch for boats coming up for sale.  One day last fall, the opportunity came:  Bob Johnston on San Francisco Bay listed his beloved J/92 RAGTIME, hull #18.  I jumped, and about a week later, after a glowing survey, she started the journey across the country from San Francisco to Michigan.  Yes, fall isn’t the best time to buy a boat in Michigan!  She went into heated storage, amongst the area’s most prized auto collectors’ treasures, presiding high.

    Come to find out, hull #18 has some special history.  Originally owned by Rod Johnstone himself and named RAGTIME! Yes, the co-founder of J/Boats had sailed her for two summers in the Stonington, CT sailing circles, Off Soundings, Block Island, etc.

    Bob Johnston bought RAGTIME in November 2002.  She was in Marion, MA and owned by a former J/24 sailor, Joe Moore.  Joe was/is an engineer and meticulous.  Being in the Northeast, the boat (then called Acrobat) was kept inside for 5 months every year.  Joe sent many photos of every bit of the boat and they had some good conversations, such that Bob bought the boat sight-unseen.

    Bob and RAGTIME had many great adventures in their 16 years together, including double-handing to Hawaii once, and single-handing 4 more times!  Besides the Hawaii races, Bob and "Rags" have been the singlehanded season champions in the SSS (200 members), won the local ocean series (most recently singlehanded in 2016 and doublehanded in 2017), and had success in many other races on San Francisco Bay and the coast.


    So, we on the KNOCKOUT crew had a bit of a legacy to live up to!  Our season started out slowly, learning the changes needed to our crew work and positions, adjusting to the bigger loads and honing our teamwork, and getting our rig tuned for our new suit of Quantum sails.  The boat was a delight to sail from the get-go.

    We attended every Wednesday night race all summer, finishing the Spring series in second and the Summer series in third.   About mid-season we seemed to hit our stride with a string of bullets in August.  Our biggest competitor, an Express 34 fitted with a bowsprit, had been leading the season and we were quickly coming from behind.  It came down to the final race of the year, winner-take-all, and we managed to take line honors that night!  We also enjoyed a fun race mid-season and dressed up like Rosie The Riveter(s).  And our kids really enjoyed Knockout too! Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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