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J/80 North Americans & J/70 Fall Brawl Preview
(Annapolis, MD)- This coming weekend, there is no question the Eastport YC will have their hands full hosting two of the more aggressive one-design classes in the world- the J/70s and J/80s.  For the J/80s, they are hosting their 2017 North American Championship, while the J/70s are sailing their annual Fall Brawl. J/80 North American ChampionshipThe J/80 class on the Chesapeake Bay, New Hampshire, Toronto, and Buzzards Bay continue to have excellent one-design class racing.  For this year’s North Americans, a talented fleet of twenty-one crews have come from nearly all four corners...
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J/70 World Champions Racing Tips- Willem & Victor
Perspectives on sailing the J/70 Worlds- by Willem van Waay and Victor Diaz De Leon- team members that sailed on Peter Duncan’s winning boat- RELATIVE OBSCURITY.  Thanks to Jud Smith and Doyle Sailmakers for the stories.Willem’s report:“I recently had breakfast with my good friend, Fabian.  He owns a J70 at Coronado Yacht Club and is very excited about his boat, racing one design, and improving his skills on the race course.  The weekend before we had a local San Diego J70 Regatta called J Fest.  Fabian was a little frustrated with his results in...
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J/Fest Southwest Preview : 21-Oct-2017 11am
J/Fest Southwest Preview
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of J/Boats!(Seabrook, TX)- This coming weekend, the waters of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay will come alive again with dozens of J/sailors competing for honors in the 8th annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta, hosted by the always gracious Lakewood YC members.  The event features one-design racing for J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/105s (who are also using it as a tune-up/ training regatta for the upcoming J/105 North Americans), J/109s, and two classes of J/PHRF boats ranging from J/27s up to a J/122!As part of celebrating J/Boats’ 40th Anniversary, the kick-off event...
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J/70 RIMETTE Tops HPR Regatta
(Rye, New York)- The American Yacht Club hosted its annual HPR Regatta (formerly known as the High Performance One-Design Regatta) on western Long Island Sound off Rye, New York.  Twenty-one J/70 teams participated in the event as it provided them an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the often-tricky wind and current conditions before they sailed in the upcoming J/70 North American Championship. Winning his first event on the Sound was John Brim’s RIMETTE from Fisher’s Island, New York.  Sailing with John was tactician Taylor Canfield, one of the world’s top match racers. ...
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Windy Hamble Winter Series Regatta
(Hamble, England)- The first day of the Hamble One Design Championships began with wind in the low 20s, and gusts of up to 30 knots. The Hamble River Sailing Club race committee team headed out to Jonathan Jansen, and after a short AP the wind began to ease to around 16 knots, and the race team delivered a full schedule of four windward-leeward races in short order. The conditions provided spectacular autumn racing for the sportsboat classes, with fast and thrilling downwind surfing conditions. By contrast, the second day produced light winds of...
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TSUNAMI Wins Chilean J/70 Regatta Qualifier
(Algarrobo, Chile)- On September 23rd and 24th weekend, the last qualifying regatta for the 2017 J/70 South American Championship took place at Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico.  Eighteen Chilean teams participated in the racing, the fleet was treated to light to medium winds all weekend from the southwest. In the relatively cold weather, the crews had to choose to go right and get slightly more breeze, or go left into the bay and get a more geographical wind shift that would help at the windward mark. After just four windward-leeward races were sailed, the winners...
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YC Costa Smeralda & ONE OCEAN Announcement
(Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- The environmental sustainability initiative promoted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in its 50th anniversary year in the form of the One Ocean Forum and presentation of the Charta Smeralda in Milan on 3rd and 4th October, has garnered the support of the SAILING Champions League (SCL) and the International Sailing League Association (ISLA).On 23rd September, during the Audi SAILING Champions League event in Porto Cervo, both associations signed an agreement undertaking to promote the principles of the “Charta Smeralda” to an audience of more than 150,000 members of...
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Close encounters of the J/70 kind!
(Porto Cervo, Sardinia)- According to the skipper, “we were going around 14 knots downwind when another boat broached just ahead of us, we pulled up higher and higher until we were nearly broaching ourselves.The gennaker trimmer had no idea anything had happened so he kept responding to the skipper’s commands to let the sheet out with: "why?? the kites flying awesome!"We were able to narrowly avoid a collision, thanks to the great steering and cool head of our skipper! Top speed was 15.8 kts on that run.”   Watch YouTube J/70 sailing video...
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NOSTALGIA Crowned J/70 East Coast Champion!
(Deltaville, VA)- The J/70 East Coast Championship was held by Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC) in Deltaville, Virginia on September 30/October 1. Sailors enjoyed gusty/shifty northwest to northeast winds on Saturday and Sunday ranging from 8 to 20 knots. Given the strong wind, current and steep chop, the race committee moved racing inside to Fishing Bay so that they could set their anchors properly.Blake Kimbrough and his long-term NOSTALGIA crew of Julia and Lud Kimbrough and FBYC Vice Commodore, Rob Whittemore, was the top boat on Saturday with finishes of 1-5-2-3 and the top...
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Drama-filled Conclusion @ AYC Fall Series
(Rye, NY)- The American YC’s annual Fall Series that takes place over two weekends at the end of September and start of October always seems to have a combination of benign sailing weather and dramatic storms to round out the experience.  The 2017 series was no exception.  The first weekend produced near pristine sailing conditions on Saturday and much lighter breezes on Sunday- all punctuated by clear skies and sunny days.  The second weekend was anything but that scenario- with Saturday’s weather influenced by the “tail feathers” of Hurricane Maria offshore, producing...
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Cleveland 216 Regatta Report : 11-Oct-2017 10pm
Cleveland 216 Regatta Report
(Cleveland, OH)- On Lake Erie, the season-ending finale has symbolically become the Cleveland 216 Regatta hosted by the Edgewater YC for one-design fleets of J/22s, J/70s, and J/105s.The eight teams competing in the J/70 class were certainly not expecting a “master class” in how to get a 70 around the race track, but that’s exactly what they got!  “Schooling” the fleet was David Koski’s SOUL from Edgewater YC, winning 6 of 7 races to win by a large margin.  Second with four 2nds and the only boat to “steal” a win from SOUL was...
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J/70 North American Championship Preview
(Rye, NY)- It is going to be a busy week on the famous Rye Point that extends into Long Island Sound off Peningo Neck in Rye, New York!  The American YC is hosting their HPR Regatta on the weekend from October 7-8 for over a half-dozen classes (dinghies mostly) that also includes J/70 teams.  That event will act as a “warm-up” and training regatta for many teams that will then be participating in the 2017 J/70 North American Championship that starts racing on Thursday, October 12th and finishes on Sunday, October 15th. While...
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