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J/88s & J/111s Dominate Chicago Bi-State
Fast Ride for J/105 Class!(Chicago, IL)- The Bi-State and the Tri-State is a multi-leg offshore race held over Labor Day Weekend on the southern parts of Lake Michigan. Chicago to St. Joseph, MI is the first leg of the race. More than 100 boats departed Friday evening for a fast sprint of 50.5 NM across the lake, most boats finishing early Saturday morning.For most, Saturday was a day of rest in St. Joseph with the Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament and live entertainment at the St. Joseph River YC. Then, on Sunday morning, racers chose...
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Rolex Big Boat Series Preview
(San Francisco, CA)- When it comes to determining the fastest guns in the west, Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the venerable St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC), has long served as the left coast’s pivotal proving ground. Of the 40 regattas StFYC hosts each year, Rolex Big Boat Series is the signature event and enjoys a proud 52-year history of testing competitors’ skills in the demanding, rewarding conditions of San Francisco Bay."Rolex Big Boat Series draws the top skippers and crew from around the U.S. and abroad, who should be prepared for four...
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J/Crews Sweep Vineyard Race Divisions!
(Stamford, CT)- Labor Day weekend's Vineyard Race was a classic. This 238-mile course stretches from Shippan Point through the swirling currents of The Race, past Block Island, and on to the light tower at the entrance to Buzzard's Bay. Once reached, sailors return by leaving Block Island to starboard en route to the finish in Stamford Harbor.  This year, a massive offshore Low was spinning away, producing strong Northerly winds that ultimately swung East as the fleet rounded Buzzards Bay Tower.  Needless to say, under such idyllic conditions, several records were broken.The...
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J/Sailors Ruling J/Class! : 10-Sep-2017 9pm
J/Sailors Ruling J/Class!
(Newport, RI)- The first ever J/Class World Championship took place this past week in Newport, RI and was hosted by the New York YC Harbour Court. Six of the 140 foot (~ 43 meter) sailing yachts participated in the five day event that saw racing take place on Tuesday in a “Navigators Race” inside Narragansett Bay and the next four days offshore in Rhode Island Sound about 4nm southwest of Castle Hill point. Not surprisingly, literally every single boat had local talent and local knowledge on board as strategists/ tacticians- virtually all of...
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J/Crews Enjoy Sunny Ted Hood Regatta
(Marblehead, MA)- How nice can sailing possibly be off Marblehead, MA in the summer time?   Sometimes amazing, as was the case this past weekend for the annual Ted Hood Regatta.  Fleets of J/70s, J/105s and PHRF handicap boats enjoyed three days of racing with winds below ten knots, with plenty of sun!The event was hosted by the trio of famous Marblehead clubs- Boston YC, Eastern YC and Corinthian YC- with each club hosting a circle for the various fleets.Following on his win in the J/70 Corinthian Nationals at Buzzards Bay Regatta, Brian Keane’s...
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J/111 SWEENY Wins @ Breskens Sailing Weekend
(Breskens, The Netherlands)- The forecast for this year’s Breskens Sailing Weekend was not far off the mark.  The three days were characterized by generally light winds in the 5-8 kts range, with two of the days starting off postponed, waiting for the wind to build into a race-able breeze for the fleets sailing on the two course- A & B.On the final day, Course A PRO Walther de Block was forced to shorten the first race. "I hoisted the S-flag. It took more than an hour before the sailors arrived at the first buoy...
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SKELETON KEY Crowned J/111 World Champion!
(San Francisco, CA)- After nine races spread over four grueling days, Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY was crowned the 2017 J/111 World Champion. Going into the final day, the regatta was still anyone’s game, and all eyes were on the top three contenders that had battled for pole position throughout the event- Skeleton Key, Slush Fund & Joust. The regatta was hosted by St Francis YC, with sailing taking place on the notoriously challenging San Francisco Bay.In total, there were eight teams competing for the J/111 world title, with four boats from the...
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Chicago Tri-State Race Preview
(Chicago, IL)- The Tri-State is a 3-leg offshore race held over Labor Day Weekend on the southern parts of Lake Michigan. Chicago to St. Joseph, MI is the first leg of the race. More than 100 boats depart on the 50.5 NM journey across the lake on Friday night. Saturday is a day of rest in St. Joseph with the Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament and live entertainment at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club. On Sunday morning, racers choose to continue to Michigan City, IN as part of the traditional Tri-State or head...
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