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J/105 Class News

The Perfect Junior Offshore Big Boat Trainer??
(Rye, New York)-  Peter Becker, head coach of the Young American Junior Big Boat Team at American Yacht Club in Rye, New York, reports how the success of their program begins with their J/105.“American YC has had an active junior big boat program for generations which traditionally overlapped with the eight-week-long junior dinghy program. However, in 2013, Rob Alexander and myself teamed up to supersize the program by expanding the junior’s racing season from spring to fall, setting the juniors up to race against the adult-sailed boats.The philosophy was to do as much...
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J/Team Top Cheseapeake Bay High Points Season
(Annapolis, MD)- Capital Gazette’s Nancy Noyes reported on the recent Chesapeake Bay High Point Honors winners for 2016 that notably had J/Team winners in several categories:“Racing sailors from the length of the Chesapeake Bay convened at the Gibson Island Club on Saturday for the presentation of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association's annual High Point Awards.High Point honors recognize top performances over the 2016 racing season in Cruising One Design and Handicap division classes including PHRF, Multihull, and the new Chesapeake Racer Cruiser Association and Chesapeake Shorthanded Sailing Society classes.High Point awards are...
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St Thomas International Regatta Preview
(St Thomas, US Virgin Islands)- For years, the grand-daddy of all Caribbean regattas was “the Rolex” in St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, proudly hosted by St Thomas YC in Cowpet Bay on the northeastern shoreline of USVI.  It was not unusual to have fleets of well over 100 keelboats packed into the Bay and competing for that rarest of commodities, a dinghy tie-up at the club.  Since that time, the regatta continues to maintain its strong heritage of hosting world-class sailing on the magnificent aquamarine waters off the eastern end of USVI.  The...
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Big Daddy Regatta Silver For J/Teams!
(Point Richmond, CA)- Not surprisingly, the first major offshore event on San Francisco Bay hosted by Richmond YC- the “Big Daddy”- produced great results across the board for J/Teams in their northeast corner on the Bay.Eleven J’s (about 1/3 of the fleet) from across all points of the compass on the Bay had a fun time sailing their unofficial start of the 2017 sailing season.  In PHRF B, it was Jack Clapper’s J/44 PHANTOM that took home the bronze in their class. The PHRF C Class was full of hot racing boats and a...
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Lowell North Celebrating 60 Years of Sailmaking!
(San Diego, CA)-  Lowell has sailed a variety of boats over time, but he notably was one of the first adopters of sailing asymmetric boats.  Lowell was the proud owner of one of the first boats off the J/105 production line in 1991- J/105 #3! Here is an overview of his story, courtesy of NORTH SAILS.“If I started a sailmaking company, would you buy a sail from me?”That’s what Lowell North asked his friend John Shoemaker, one afternoon in 1957, while seated at the bar of San Diego Yacht Club. John replied, “Yes, I would,”...
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“New” Double Farallones Race Innovations!
(San Francisco, CA)- The thirty-eighth annual Doublehanded Farallones Race, hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area Multihull Association, starts Saturday, March 18th and organizers are offering a new format for doublehanded sailors- four course options!! In order to provide sailors options in the race other than the classic 58nm beast offshore around the formidable Farallones rocks, BAMA is now offering 3 additional shorter courses to allow sailors a reduced event that might better suit their needs, skill set or weather conditions for the day.Here are the four options for the sailors:...
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Ted Hood Regatta Announcement
(Marblehead, MA)- The Storm Trysail Club’s Marblehead Station announced that the First Annual Ted Hood Regatta will take place in Marblehead on August 25th to 27th.  The host club for the Ted Hood will be the Boston Yacht Club, with help and cooperation from Corinthian YC and Eastern YC, and racing is open to PHRF, Cruising Class, and One Design Racing. Organizers are planning for over 100 boats participating in the event.  Big J/70 and J/105 classes are expected as well as a range of J’s sailing in the PHRF Class (J/109, J/111,...
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Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD Regatta Preview
(San Diego, CA)- This weekend marks the second major event in the Helly Hansen Sailing World NOOD events for the summer of 2017.  The host will be the San Diego YC and three large one-design fleets of J’s are sailing (J/70, J/105 & J/120) in the Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD Regatta.  Racing will take place from March 17th to 19th in two principal sailing areas- down in South Bay just past the majestic San Diego city waterfront or off the southwestern tip of the picturesque Point Loma Peninsula and the beaches of...
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ARBITRAGE Trumps Spring One-Design Regatta!
(San Francisco, CA)- The twenty J/105 teams in the season opening St. Francis YC Spring One Design Series were greeted with rain, hail, winds in high teens to low 20’s with gusts to 35 kts; and an erratic flood tide that was overrun by streaks of ebb from recent storm-induced water run-off from the NorCal rivers and reservoirs. It’s California! What do you expect when no one pays for taking care of dams, spillways and reservoirs and politicians line their pockets instead!?On Saturday, the southerly wind caused the course to run across the...
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