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  • J/Newsletter- September 20th, 2017 Who Will be Europe’s "Best Sailing Club“ 2017?
    (Hamburg, Germany/ Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- This weekend the best sailing clubs from all over Europe will gather together for the finale of the SAILING Champions League in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy. For three days, 32 clubs will battle for the title “Best Sailing Club” in front of the fantastic scenery of the hosting club, the YC Costa Smeralda (yes, the same club that just hosted two major regattas in a row- Maxi 72/ Maxi-yacht Worlds and the AUDI J/70 Worlds)!

    A maximum of 48 races will be sailed in fleet-race-mode on eight one-design J/70 boats on the northeastern coast of Sardinia. First practice-races on Wednesday will help the teams to get familiar with the sailing area before the races will take place Friday to Sunday. The weather forecast promises light winds with summer-time temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius.

    The favorites are the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) from Hamburg who won Act 1 in St. Petersburg, the Segelclub Mattsee (SCM) from Austria, winner of Act 2 in St. Moritz, and certainly the Deutsche Touring YC (DTYC) from Bavaria. The defending champions from 2016 just participated successfully in the Nord Stream Race and are placed at the top of the German Sailing Bundesliga.

    Among the participants are further top-class teams like Cape Crow YC, Swedish Champions and winner of the Nord Stream Race 2017, the Royal Norwegian YC, winner of the SAILING Champions League in 2015 and the famous YC Costa Smeralda.

    As the technological partner of the SAILING Champions League, SAP will provide spectators worldwide with a professional livestream. Races will be commentated and explained for everyone by sailing experts and sailing reporters. All races will be broadcast live via the internet Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm CEST. Results and live stream can be found here 


    American YC Fall Series Preview
    (Rye, NY)- Starting this weekend, the American YC will be hosting the first of its two-weekend Fall Series Regatta for a range of IRC/PHRF handicap classes as well as one-design classes for J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, J/109s and J/44s.

    For the J/70s, it will represent the first of three-plus weekends of sailing that lead into the J/70 North American Championship hosted by American YC.  In the fourteen-boat fleet for the AYC series will be notable teams such as Scott & Alex Furnary’s ANY COLOUR, Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA, Andrew & Melissa Fisher’s BUTTON FLY, Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK and Mike Zupon’s LOKI.

    The J/88s have a robust turnout of nine boats, many of whom have been class leaders in the past two years on the 88 class circuit.  Incredibly, virtually all teams have posted at least a podium finish in a J/88 related event over the past 24 months.  Handicapping this event would be as effective as posting odds for the next 7.0 earthquake on the San Andreas fault- e.g. it’s not happening anytime soon!  Those crews participating include Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Kevin Marks’ VELOCITY, Doug Newhouse’s YONDER, Al Minella’s ALBONDIGAS, Ken & Drew Hall’s NEVERMORE, John Pearson’s RED SKY, Elizabeth Barry’s ESCAPE, Doug McKeige’s JAZZ, and Mike Bruno’s WINGS.

    The thirteen-boat J/105 class features last year’s winners- the dynamic duo of Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault on the mighty GOOD TRADE. Chasing them hard will be American YC’s Junior Big Boat Team on YOUNG AMERICAN, Duncan Hennes & Za/Lib Jelliffe on ARETE, Paul Beaudin’s LOU LOU, and Richie Palmer’s TOLO.

    The octet of J/109s includes the usual suspects of top teams from this past summer, such as Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY, John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT, Bill Rogers’ BIG BOAT, and Jonathan Rechtshaffer’s EMOTICON.

    With seven J/44s on the line, things will always be close amongst the evenly matched boats all sporting identical class-supplied sails.  As a result, “who’s on first” is always a great discussion, as it all comes down to which crews are dialed into the conditions for the day (or weekend).  Like other J/classes, the 44’s have most teams taking a “win-place-show” in some event in the past year or so.  Such teams include Len Sitar’s VAMP, the US Coast Guard Academy’s GLORY, Don & Dick Rave’s RESOLUTE, Jim Bishop’s GOLD DIGGER, and Bill Ketcham’s MAXINE.

    In PHRF 1 class, two veteran J/111 campaigners will be fighting hard for class supremacy- David & Maryellen Tortorello’s PARTNERSHIP and Paul Strauch’s ANDIAMO.  They will be challenged by Bill Ingraham’s J/124 TENEBRAE and Neil Hindle’s J/145 MUSKOKA.

    The ten-boat strong PHRF 2 class will see Aleksandr Tichter’s J/29 AKULA dueling with Jason Viseltear’s J/80 UPSETTER for class honors.

    Finally, the Leukemia Cup Navigators Course has two J/crews on the race track, including John & Corinne Forster’s J/92 SALTIRE and Jim Wilson’s J/100 LIBERTY.  For more American YC Fall Series sailing information

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The world’s largest ever sportboat regatta took place this past week.  Building upon its extraordinary growth and popularity over the past four years, the remarkable ascent of the J/70 class worldwide continues unabated.  With 175 boats registered to sail the AUDI J/70 Worlds in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, hosted by the eponymous YC Costa Smeralda, the sailors were looking forward to fantastic sailing in the playground of the rich and famous in Europe.  They were not disappointed, with a stunning conclusion on the final day of racing.

    Meanwhile, in northern Europe, unaffected by the mistral conditions be-deviling the AUDI J/70 Worlds in Sardinia, the Danish J/70 Sailing League held their league finale in Skovshoved, Denmark on the Baltic Sea.

    Over in the Americas, the famous Rolex Big Boat Series took place on San Francisco Bay, hosted by St Francis YC, in typically epic Bay sailing conditions for one-design fleets of J/70s, J/105s, J/120s and both PHRF and ORR handicap classes.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook pag  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Sep 15-23- J/24 World Championship- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    Sep 22-24- J/FEST San Diego- San Diego, CA
    Sep 22-24- J/80 Atlantic Telegramme Regatta- Lorient, France
    Sep 23-24- American YC Fall Series I- Rye, NY
    Sep 24- Oct 1- J/24 European Championship- Lake Balaton, Hungary
    Sep 30- Oct 1- J/70 East Coast Championship- Deltaville, VA
    Sep 30- Oct 1- American YC Fall Series II- Rye, NY
    Sep 30- Oct 1- Cleveland 216 Regatta- Cleveland, OH
    Oct 7-8- Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Big Boat- Larchmont, NY
    Oct 9-15- J/70 North American Championship- Rye, NY
    Oct 13-15- J/80 Crouesty Cup- Crouesty, France

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

    USA’s Duncan Crowned AUDI J/70 World Champion!
    Italy’s Noe' Tops Corinthians Division
    (Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- In more ways than one, the 2017 edition of the AUDI J/70 World Championship, hosted by YC Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, will go down in history as one of the most memorable.  For starters, it was the largest fleet of sportboats ever assembled for a World Championship- 163 boats ultimately sailed, with 175 boats initially registered from 24 nations.  Then, over three days of measurement, seven boats were rejected and another six boats simply disappeared and withdrew from the regatta.  As the teams started to practice on Sunday, it was evident the forecasted “mistral” was going to be much stronger than expected; by Sunday evening winds were a steady 20-30 kts, gusting to 40 kts from the West.  The mistral was the central theme for the next three days, blowing out Monday’s practice race with 62 kts in the harbor and 85 kts in the Straits of Bonifacio (between the southern cape of Corsica and the northern points of Sardinia), then steady 30 to 45 kts for what was supposed to be qualifying races on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Overcoming a wide-variety of challenging weather conditions for the next three days was none other than the American team led by Peter Duncan on RELATIVE OBSCURITY.  Peter’s crew of Jud Smith, Willem van Waay and Victor Diaz de Leon, simply showed their transom to the fleet more often than not for the six races sailed, compiling an amazing record of 3-1-1-2-1-3 for 8 pts net to easily win Peter’s first J/70 World Championship.

    Another impressive performance was the Corinthians Division winner- Italy’s Gianfranco Noe sailing WHITE HAWK, sailing with his son- Emmanuele and crew of Giuliano Chiandrussi, and Samuele Semi.  Their scorecard of 22-2-3-13-14-16 not only earned an easy Corinthians win, but also placed them 10th overall in the Open division!

    Day 3- Thursday
    After three days of mistral, the fleet was quite anxious to go sailing. After the mandatory 0930 hrs skipper’s briefing run by the PRO Mark Foster from Corpus Christi YC in Texas, the teams briskly walked down to their boats and headed out of the gorgeous Porto Cervo harbor into the big seas and big breezes that lay in wait offshore under spectacular sunny blue skies with torn cotton clouds racing across the horizon.  It was a magnificent start for the fleet.  A total of six races were run in 15-22 kts from the remnants of the westerly flowing mistral.  More often than not, the left hand side of the course was better than the right, due to the known geographical shift that would often show up in the top one-third of the race course.

    After the one-day, three-race qualifying series, Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY led with a 3-1-1 tally for 5 pts; followed in second place by Claudia Rossi’s Italian team on PETITE TERRIBLE #AUDI with a 1-4-1 scoreline for 6 pts; and yet another Italian team, Franco Solerio’s L’ELAGAIN, sitting in third place with a 2-2-7 for 11 pts.

    The top Corinthians Division leaders were Noe’s WHITEHAWK with a 22-2-3 record for 27 pts in first place; Follin Robin’s GIVE ME FIVE from France with an 8-29-14 for 41 pts in second; and Luis Bugallo’s MARNATURA from Spain with a 23-20-11 for 54 pts in third position.

    Day 4- Friday
    On Friday, the regatta moved up a gear, as the fleets were split into Gold and Silver Fleets. The early morning westerly Mistral wind, unexpectedly piped up to over 20 knots before the start of racing.  However, by the end of the day, a southerly wind caused the second race to be abandoned, and racing was shortly called to a halt. Four races had now been held, offically constituting a series, with one day to go.

    Following on their amazing performance on the first day of racing, Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY crew grew their lead to 10 pts by scoring a 2nd in the only race of the day.  Meanwhile, Rossi’s PETITE TERRIBLE #AUDI team scored a 9th to drop into third place.  Leapfrogging her into second place by taking a 4th in the race was the Spanish FERMAX team, skippered by Gustavo Martinez Doreste.

    Meanwhile, Noe’s WHITE HAWK continued to lead the Corinthians Division, followed by the Mexican Ignacio Perez skippering ADRENALINE in second place and Bugallo’s MARNATURA in third.

    In the Silver fleet, it was Norway’s Eivind Astrup that was leading on NORWEGIAN STEAM and the Silver Corinthians leader was Alessandro Zampori’s NOBERASCO DAS from Italy.

    The top three for Friday’s Gold Fleet race was all American; Peter Cunningham's POWER PLAY won in shifty conditions with an enormous lead of well over a minute. Despite not getting a great start, Cunningham's team, with Argentinian Lucas Calabrese calling tactics, came back to cross the finish line in first position. Duncan's RELATIVE OBSCURITY was second, scoring their fourth podium in the regatta and Brian Keane's SAVASANA made it a 1-2-3 for the American teams.

    "We still had the Mistral wind today, but it was much lighter,” commented Relative Obscurity's Jud Smith. "We thought the right would pay and it did, we rounded the top mark in second. In all my years, I have never been in a keelboat fleet this big. However, now we are in a fleet of about 80 boats, that is similar to last year's Worlds in San Francisco. I guess the popularity is down to the fact that the J/70 is a great boat, and it suits people of different sizes, gender, and ages, and its great to see a lot of young people at the regatta!”

    Day 5- Epic Saturday Finale
    With numerous General Recalls, a Black Flag in play, and a full on foam-up, the Worlds had a thrilling climax to remember for years to come. With sparkling sunshine, a significant sea state, and a warm westerly breeze, piping up to a ballistic 30 knots, the world's largest championship sportsboat fleet enjoyed a fantastic finale.

    After a stunning performance, scoring podium finishes in every race, including three race wins, the runaway winner of the regatta was America’s Peter Duncan on RELATIVE OBSCURITY. Another American team, Brian Keane's SAVASANA (with crew of Stu McNay, Tom Barrows, Ron Weed) scored a second in the final race, moving up to runner-up for the championship. Italian Luca Domenici on NOTARO TEAM (with crew of Diego Negri, Stefano Orlandi, Piero Vigo) moved up to third place after posting a BFD-5 in the last two races!  After posting a 9-BFD, Claudia Rossi's attempt to become the first lady helm to win the title was ended, her PETITE TERRIBLE #AUDI team settling for 4th place just 4 pts back from 3rd.  Then, only 1 pt behind her in 5th place was another Italian crew, Mauro Roversi’s JCURVE.

    The Corinthians Division was easily won by Noe’s WHITE HAWK.  Second, was Bugallo’s MARNATURA and third was Follin’s GIVE ME FIVE.

    The overall winner of the Silver Fleet and also the Silver Corinthians winner was Zampori’s NOBERASCO DAS from Italy. They were followed in second place by Stefano Roberti’s PICCININA from YC Monaco in Monte Carlo and in third place was Russia’s Dmitry Shunin from Moscow, Russia sailing GOLDEN WING. Rounding out the top five were Michael Grau’s German crew on PAINT IT BLACK in 4th and Horacio & Nicolas Carabelli’s Brazilian team on URUBU taking 5th place.

    In the Silver Corinthians Division, taking second place was America’s Henry Brauer sailing RASCAL from Eastern YC in Marblehead, MA (host of the 2018 J/70 World Championship).  Third place went to Pawel Tarnowski’s APOTEX team from Poland.

    "Awesome! Top of the world,” exclaimed Peter Duncan dockside at the YC Costa Smeralda. "It is a great feeling, I have sailed with some great guys, we had a great event, and everything seemed to go our way, it was just one of those weeks. It is hard to put into words how I feel like now, but this was just exceptional. This fleet has some really great talent, and the organizers, and the yacht club have done such an amazing job. Most of all I want to credit the crew, Victor, Jud, Willem, they have been just fantastic."

    Runner-up was Savasana (USA) Brian Keane. "We chartered the J/70, so we are really pleased to have come second in the championship. I have been racing in the class since the beginning, and now that we have fleets racing J/70s all over the world, the standard is just amazing, and so is this regatta. A world record keelboat fleet in superb surroundings."

    Top team for the host club, YC Costa Smeralda, and first team with a Lady Helm (winning the Helen C Johnstone Memorial Trophy), was Petite Terrible (ITA) Claudia Rossi. "Peter Duncan is a worthy World Champion, his team sailed the best this week. Our fourth position is better than fifth in the last World Championship, so maybe I will not win for three years,” laughed Claudia. "However, I will be in Marblehead for the 2018 J/70 World Championship!”

    The Closing Ceremony and Awards for the Audi J/70 World Championship was held at the Piazza Azzurra. YCCS Commodore, Riccardo Bonadeo, spoke about the event before presenting prizes to the winners.

    "Congratulations to all of the winners at the Audi J/70 World Championship. This is a special year for the YCCS, as we are celebrating our 50th anniversary, over the years we have hosted many world championships. However, this is the largest world championship fleet hosted by the Club in all of those years. It has been a pleasure and an honor to welcome over 160 teams from 25 different countries, to enjoy the fantastic sailing grounds of the Costa Smeralda, and the Clubhouse at the YCCS. I would like to thank Audi the Title sponsor of this event, and our partner for a long time, which supports us in so many of these new challenges. I also want to thank the J/70 International and Italian Classes, the owners, their crews, the Race Committee, the International Jury and all the YCCS staff. We hope that all of the competitors will come and race again with the Club in the very near future."

    The 2018 J/70 World Championship will be hosted by the Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Massachusetts USA from 22nd to 29th September 2018.  Follow the AUDI J/70 Worlds on Facebook here

    AUDI J/70 Worlds Summary video
    https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/380396249045985/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJQu7MRHXAY
    Day 3- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yge147XOAc
    Day 4- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUtBzYxpaHw
    Day 5- Finale- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJQu7MRHXAY

    Facebook Video interviews of J/70 Worlds winners here:
    Champion Peter Duncan- https://www.facebook.com/J70Class/videos/877195112432176/
    Corinthian winner- Gianfranco Noe- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/379790799106530/
    1st Woman helm- Claudia Rossi- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/379761999109410/
    2nd Woman helm- Lera Kovalenko- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/380363419049268/
    3rd Woman helm- Hannah Mills- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/379791925773084/

    Video Highlights
    Final race of Gold- https://www.facebook.com/Sail22Racing/videos/10155701957289868/
    Final race of Silver- https://www.facebook.com/Sail22Racing/videos/10155701943399868/

    Sponsor- Quantum Sails
    Time-lapse video- https://www.facebook.com/QuantumSails/videos/10155164917292098/
    Day 5 Gold fleet- https://www.facebook.com/QuantumSails/videos/10155170974467098/

    Sailing photo credits- Pierrick Contin, Max Ranchi & Kurt Arrigo  For more AUDI J/70 World Championship sailing information

    Claudia Rossi- VANITY FAIR Girl Sailing Amongst Giants!
    Rossi Led Many Top Women Teams Sailing the Worlds
    (Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- No question, for a 25 year old girl growing up in Italy, Claudia Rossi has earned her fair share of accolades "sailing amongst the giants" of the sport- not just in Europe, but also worldwide.

    This month's Italian VANITY FAIR edition not only features Angelina Jolie on the cover, but also features Claudia as a woman that can compete on the world stage, a supremely talented sailor forging new levels of competition for women in sailing around the world.  She proved it, yet again, sailling her PETITE TERRIBLE #AUDI into 4th place overall and was top women helm.

    Similarly, the second women helm at the J/70 Worlds was the 2017 Monaco Winter Series Champion, the top Russian women skipper- Valerya Kovalenko from Moscow, Russia.  Her team on ARTTUBE is often at the top of the Russian J/70 Sailing League and will, again, be sailing the Monaco Winter Series starting in mid-December 2017; a five regatta series that ends with the Primo Cup Credit Suisse at YC Monaco in March 2018.

    At the J/70 Worlds were several all-womens teams, too.  One was the United Kingdom's Hannah Mills, an Olympic 470 Gold Medallist, sailing with five other women on her team, including Suzy Russell and Hanna Peters.  Hannah was third woman helm at the AUDI J/70 Worlds.

    The Dutch all-women's crew was part of the "She Sails" team that have been competing all summer, including the J/70 Europeans sailed on the Solent and hosted by Royal Southern YC in Hamble, England. The crew on WATERLAND MONNICKENDAM included Rikst Dijkstra, Sanno Crum, Fettje Osinga, Milah Wouters, and Nova Huppess from Amterdam, The Netherlands.

    Then, there was an all-women's team from Germany that had been sailing on Lake Constance and were participants all year long in the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga that saw racing all over Germany, from the south to the north- Travemunda, Kiel, Lake Constance, Alster Lake in Hamburg, and so forth.  The "YC Langenargen Team" team sailed LADY LIKE, skippered by Anica Rimmele with crew of Lina & Rosanna Schnetz (sisters), Carla Rau, and Anne Winkelhausen.

    Epic Rolex Big Boat Series!
    (San Francisco, CA)- Burgees fluttered and spectra halyards slapped against carbon-fiber and aluminum masts on 89 highly tuned race boats assembled at the St. Francis Yacht Club for the 53rd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 13-17, 2017). The event is the West Coast’s premier regatta and one of the international sailing circuit’s most celebrated and anticipated Grand Prix events. There was a crackle of excitement in the late summer air as crews completed their final pre-race preparations for the four-day regatta.

    The StFYC Race Committee split the impressive entry list into eleven classes consisting of six one-design fleets (11 J/70s, 24 J/105s, five J/120s, Farr 40s, Express 37s and Pac52s), three ORR fleets (nine ORR-A entrants, nine ORR-B boats and five ORR-C entrants), a six-strong PHRF sportboat class and a multihull class.  Here is how it all went down over the course of the four days.

    Day One- Thursday
    While it’s tough to win a high-level regatta on Day One of racing, it’s possible to lose the series right away, especially in a highly competitive fleet racing on a challenging body of water.

    Throughout the two races, all 89 teams battled for strong leaderboard positions to set themselves up for the rest of the week’s racing. Fortunately, the Bay played nicely, at least at first, delivering five-to-eight-knot winds at the Treasure Island starting area. By the start of the second race, however, the breeze had built to a solid 20-plus knots, with a strong flood tide, as the sun marched west.

    Day Two- Friday
    Good wind is almost never in short supply on San Francisco Bay during the Rolex Big Boat Series, and day two of racing was no exception, even if it required a one-hour shore-side postponement to allow the breeze to build. But, once the starting signals began sounding, the air pressure gathered with the steepening seas, delivering what the 89 registrants came here for: full-on San Francisco Bay conditions that tested each team’s boathandling skills and endurance levels during two races stretching into the late afternoon. And, while the wind speed kept ratcheting upwards as the day progressed, so too did racecourse competition levels, especially given the fact there are no discarded races at the Rolex Big Boat Series, meaning that everyone is sailing for keeps.

    “Unlike short-course windward-leeward racing, the Rolex Big Boat Series uses longer courses that cover diverse parts of the Bay, which makes it possible to make significant navigational gains or losses—where a good move can reap large dividends or an error can prevent you from being able to dig back in by catching a shift,” said Bruce Stone, co-skipper of the J/105 ARBITRAGE (USA 116). “As a no throw-out regatta, you can’t take fliers or make large mistakes, but good straight-line boat speed is rewarded on the long legs, and any of the top boats who had a bad start will generally be able to make their way back at least to the middle of the pack and can still win the regatta.”

    After four races, Chris & Phil Perkins’ GOOD TIMIN’ was topping the J/105 leaderboard, followed by Phillip Laby’s GODOT and Adam Spiegel’s JAM SESSION.

    Skipper David Halliwill and his PEREGRINE team won the past three editions of the J/120 class at Rolex Big Boat Series, and after four races the StFYC-flagged team is again topping the leaderboard, followed by Barry Lewis’s CHANCE and Stephen Madeira’s MISTER MAGOO. “The crew is mostly small boat and dinghy sailors that have been sailing together for decades in large competitive fleets,” said Halliwill of his talented crew.

    As for the gravity that keeps drawing the PEREGRINE crew back to this regatta each year, Halliwill echoed the entire regatta’s sentiment: “The high level of competition, the big-breeze and strong-current racing conditions, the camaraderie, and the StFYC and their volunteers—they consistently deliver the best experience in the world.” And, added the skipper with a fine collection of Rolex Big Boat Series trophy hardware, “Winning is fun.” Amen!

    Day Three- Saturday
    When it comes to natural sailing amphitheaters, San Francisco Bay is virtually impossible to beat. Not only does the Bay present great geographical features for sailors to race around, but the late-September winds have a reputation for greeting each day with relatively calm velocities that climb into the high-teens to mid-20s as the racing unfurls. Best of all, the breeze hits a high note during the final finishes of each day, delivering a postcard-perfect experience for the crowds gathered on StFYC’s Race Deck. Day three of this exciting, every-race-counts regatta was no exception.

    “We started with a moderate breeze that filled in as the day progressed, allowing us to get off two great races that challenged crews sailing ability as well as endurance, especially later in the afternoon,” said Jenn Lancaster, StFYC’s Race Director. “After six races, the leaders are consolidating their positions going into tomorrow, which is their final chance to improve their standings."

    The ORR-B class is comprised of nine boats that range in vintage from a pair of J/44s (including Paul Stemler’s PATRIOT), to five J/111s, including Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY, which was fresh off of winning the 2017 J/111 World Championships. ORR-B began their day on the Treasure Island starting area on a long windward-leeward twice-around affair that included a final kite run along the city front as a San Francisco Fire Department fireboat arched its four water cannons high into the midday sky.

    The ORR-B class’s second race unfurled on the Alcatraz starting area on a course that brought the fleet out and under the Golden Gate Bridge for a taste of classic northern California sailboat racing. After six completed races, Doug and Jack Jorgensen’s J/111 PICOSA was sitting in 2nd place with Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY in third.

    The crews aboard the 11-strong J/70 fleet also spent their day keeping their core temperatures warm as the building winds tested their foul-weather gear and their boathandling skills. “Geoff McDonald and I own the boat together, and we’ve been sailing together since 1991 when we were both on the Stanford sailing team,” said Scott Sellers, co-skipper of the J/70 1FA. As for the boat’s somewhat odd moniker, Sellers was circumspect: “That’s a secret among the crew,” he said. “I’ve had a series of boats with donkey-related names, including Swamp Donkey, Donkey Jack and Tres Burritos, and this one is no exception.”

    After six races, Chris Snow and John Brigden’s Cool Story Bro. (USA 369) was in first place, followed by Sellers’s 1FA in second and Pat Toole’s 3 BIG DOGS from Santa Barbara, CA in third position.

    Day Four- Sunday Finale
    While the first three days featured long-course windward-leeward racing, the final day of racing sent competitors on the infamous “Bay Tour” courses with a finishing line directly in front of the StFYC clubhouse, providing onshore spectators a fine view of this year’s warhorses as they paraded past the Club’s stunning Race Deck.

    One-design sailing has always been a core component of the St Francis YC’s Rolex Big Boat Series, and this year the Commodore’s Cup— awarded to the winner of the regatta’s largest one-design class— went to brothers Chris and Phil Perkins and their J/105 GOOD TIMIN’.  They were followed by Adam Spiegel’s JAM SESSION in second place.  Then, third and fourth place were determined by a tie-breaker at 34 pts each, with Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s ARBITRAGE beating Jeff Littfin’s MOJO on count-back.  Fifth place went to Phil Laby’s GODOT.

    Scott Sellers and his 1FA crew won the 11-boat J/70 class, followed by Chris Snow and John Brigden’s COOL STORY BRO, and Pat Toole’s 3 BIG DOGS in third place.

    David Halliwill and his PEREGRINE crew put in a strong showing to win the J/120 class with five 1sts and two 2nd to win by a large margin.  They were followed by Barry Lewis’s CHANCE in second and Stephen Madeira’s MISTER MAGOO in third. Impressively, this was Halliwill’s fourth straight J/120 class win at the Rolex Big Boat Series.

    The ORR-A Class was dominated by big boats. However, the two smallest boats in the class- J/125’s- faired well considering the circumstances. Taking 4th was Viggo Torbensen’s TIMESHAVER and 6th was Richard Ferris’ AUGUST ICE from Lake Tahoe, NV.

    In ORR-B Class, Doug and Jack Jorgensen’s J/111 PICOSA (USA 120) took 2nd place, with Peter Wagner’s J/111 SKELETON KEY taking 4th, Dick Swanson’s J/111 BAD DOG in 5th, Jack Clapper’s J/44 PHANTOM in 6th, Gorkem Ozcelebi’s J/111 DOUBLE DIGIT in 7th and Paul Stemler’s J/44 PATRIO in 8th.

    Getting better each race, Marc McMorris’s team on the J/88 M-SQUARED nearly pulled off the silver in the PHRF Sportboat Division, settling for third on the podium.  Gary Panariello’s J/88 COURAGEOUS finished in 5th overall.
    Sailing photo credits- Rolex / Daniel Forster  Chris Ray   Tom Walker   Kara Hugglestone/ SAILCouture     Leslie Richter- Rockskipper.com   Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing   For more Rolex Big Boat Series sailing information

    Frederikshavn SC Two-Peats Danish J/70 Sailing League!
    (Skovshoved, Denmark)- The grand finale for the 2017 Danish J/70 Sailing League took place from September 15th to 17th at Skovshoved, Denmark. In the end, it was the Frederikshavn SC that was declared Denmark's best sailing club for the second consecutive year! Despite pressure going into the final event, the North Jutland team managed to keep the competitors away, as the year's sailing league ended Sunday in Skovshoved.

    The regatta had its tense and anxious moments for the Frederikshavn Sejklub team.  After twelve races in Skovshoved, they had a solid lead over KDY in the overall standings.  However, in the thirteenth flight, Frederikshavn scored a 6th place (last in their race) that threatened to drop them lower in the standings for the regatta, and thus the series lead.  It was tight racing for 3rd through 8th place in the event, with just four points separating all of them!

    In the penultimate race, both KDY’s skipper Henrik Jensen and Frederikshavn’s skipper Kris Houmann were racing in the same flight, with KDY taking 2nd and Frederikshavn 3rd— keeping them in the lead.  Then, in the last race, KDY started their flight first and posted a 4th place, effectively handing the overall series lead on a silver platter to Frederikshavn.  As a result, the Frederikshavn team could cheer on the dock before they even went out to sail the last race of the regatta.

    "We had a race where we finished last today. That put us in a bad mood and added a lot of pressure. But, we tried to focus on finding things that we know we can do right.  And, as we have shown at the other competitions this season, we managed to pull it off," explained Søren Steen, about the crucial moments on Sunday, where the title defense was suddenly endangered.

    Frederikshavn could "endure" seventh place at the competition and still win the Danish J/70 League overall. In the end, the team finished sixth, enough for the Championship title with a score card of 1-2-2-6 for 11 pts over the four regattas (Struer, Brejning, Aarhus, Skovshoved).

    "It was a lot of joy and redemption for us. We knew well before the competition and that it was only us who could lose the title on the race track. It was exciting, but eventually we did it,” said Captain Kris Houmann of Frederikshavn Sejklub.

    Frederikshavn Sejklub Chairman- Helmuth Melsen- was pleased to see their team take home the championship trophy to Frederikshavn, where it has adorned the wall of the clubhouse for the last year.

    "It is indescribable and wonderful for our club to have this great crew. They are a fantastic four- a lucky four-leaf clover! Since we won the title the first time a year ago, the club has received a lot of local attention in the press, which we did not experience before.  We hope to get a league match to Frederikshavn in 2018. So, winning the Sailing League has really meant a lot for our club," said a proud Mr Melsen.

    KDY secured this year's Danish Sailing League silver. KDY's crew in Skovshoved consisted of Niels Gramkow, Thomas Hartvig, Henning Lambertsen and Skipper Henrik Jensen.  KDY also finished second in the league debut in 2014.

    That same year in 2014, Kerteminde Sailing Club took the bronze. This year, again, Kerteminde took the bronze with their well-matched top crew- Thomas Møhl, Magnus Jung Johansen, Yann le Helleix and Skipper Jørgen Mohr Ernst.

    For Hellerup Sailing Club, 2017 was the club's weakest performance in the league so far. Without podium placements at any of the first three competitions, they were determined to redeem themselves in the final league event.  And, that they did! In Skovshoved, Hellerup was in the front all the way from beginning to end.  They won 8 of 15 races and ran the table completely in the last four races!  Q.E.D.!!  Hellerup's team in Skovshoved was Peter Wibroe, Jonas Hviid-Nielsen, Kristian Kvid Sørensen, and skipper Trine Abrahamsen.  Camilla Hylleberg Photography   For more Danish J/70 Sailing League information

    J/Community
    What friends, alumni and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
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    * Caribbean Regattas Support- Help Them Recover-
    Go Sailing!

    Said SEAHORSE’s publisher/ editor, Andrew Hurst (a J/80 owner in Lymington, UK)- “We’ve managed to remain in close touch with our friends in the Caribbean Sailing Association throughout their recent and dreadful experiences – offering by comparison minuscule but still sincere support wherever it can be of any use whatsoever.

    We were thrilled– and surprised– by the inspiring stated ambition to run their scheduled regattas for the coming 2018 Caribbean season. We at Seahorse will be digging deep and stretching ourselves a little thin, but we are committing now to having people at all the events we possibly can and we very much encourage the entire sailing community to do the same.

    The Caribbean regatta circuit plays a huge role in supporting the local economies of many of the islands that were just ravaged by Hurricane Irma (and, lately Maria)– islands and communities that have been incredibly welcoming to us all in the past.

    Now it’s our turn. As racing sailors, if ever you had an interest in visiting or revisiting a Caribbean Regatta then early 2018 is the best– and most public spirited– opportunity (hopefully) any of us will have in our lifetimes.

    The following article (which was written pre-Irma) maps out the CSA’s key events – we urge you to commit to one or more today, notify the organisers of your intention to take part and support wonderful communities that are at this moment working desperately hard to provide their families with something approaching normal living in the most adverse and dispiriting of conditions.”

    Caribbean Regattas on track for 2018
    The Caribbean Sailing Association announced its five-year Winter Series International Race Calendar with events starting as early as November and the CSA website lists many additional events. Most of our member nations from the islands affected by the passing of Hurricane Irma have checked in and confirmed that planning continues for the coming season and we are confident that regattas and sailing events will proceed without interruption, even in the most severely affected islands. CSA members and friends are working together with those islands to assist in the recovery process.

    Want to help? You can make donations and send aid for those in need (see below), but one of the most helpful things you can do is proceed with your plans to visit our shores, participate in our regattas and recommend to your friends and peers that they do the same. Don’t delay until next season. Tourism is the life blood of Caribbean economies and they need your continued support to ensure they recover and those hit hardest bounce back quickly.

    President of the Caribbean Sailing Association, Kathy Lammers, encourages you to proceed with your plans for the coming season: “Our hearts go out to our friends, neighbors and colleagues who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Irma (and Maria) and we wish you a full and speedy recovery. The CSA is confident that our regattas and events will go on so please proceed with your plans to visit us this season and submit your online entries early. The sun still shines, the water is still warm and the ever-present trade winds won’t let you down.”
    https://www.seahorsemagazine.com/current-issue/112-content/september-2017/535-the-2018-grand-caribbean-tour

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  • J/Newsletter- September 13th, 2017
    September Boat Show Time!
    (Newport, RI)- The middle of September is the unofficial start of the fall/ winter boat show season.  A great time to review the latest models from the J/Design team and catch up on the latest in one-design and offshore news from the many popular J/Classes.

    Newport International Boat Show- featuring the NEW J/121!
    The new J/121 Offshore Speedster will be making its worldwide debut at the Newport show, take the time to meet the designer and the build team.  The 1-2-1 has exceeded the expectations of those who’ve sailed her to date- the spacious ergonomic cockpit, the visibility from the wide spacing of the twin-wheels, and the extraordinary acceleration in puffs are some of the oft-repeated comments.  Plus, most importantly, its “short-handed” features for cruising couples or one-design racing crews of five people are getting high praise from all that have played with the roller-furling headsails (Code 0, J1, & J4) and the snuffer design on the A2 asymmetric spinnaker.   Learn more about the J/121 here.  For more Newport International Boat Show information

    Southampton Boat Show- J/112E Grand Prix Debut
    Key Yachting Ltd will be exhibiting several boats at the Southampton Boat Show from the 15th to 24th September at the marina berths M427-433.

    J/112E - Grand Prix version- Show Debut
    This multiple award-winning, two-cabin performance cruiser, is now available as a Grand Prix version. Fresh from her Round the Island victory, the J/112E GP features full race upgrades, including an IRC friendly keel without bulb, Axxon high modulus carbon mast with carbon spreaders, carbon boom and carbon steering wheel. She is also equipped with 3DI race sails and B&G H5000 with a Zeuss 3 plotter. This will be the first UK show for this formidable new IRC weapon, which has already won four French regattas this year.

    The J/112E joins her sisterships, the J/97E and J/122E, as an exceptional upwind performer. V-shaped bow sections provide superior directional stability and reduced slamming in waves. Freeboard forward and topside flare help to keep the deck dry. A long waterline combined with a low vertical center of gravity results in a smooth, sea-kindly motion – more like that of a 40 footer.   Read more about the J/112E offshore racer/cruiser here.

    The Infamous J/70 Sportsboat
    The J/70 is J/Boats’ first slipway-launchable keelboat - designed to fulfill the growing need for an easy to own, high performance one design, that is exciting to sail, stable enough sailboat for the family, and built to last. A natural evolution of its J pedigree, the J/70’s 7m of sailing length with high aspect, all carbon rig and deep lifting keel, provides spirited performance and stability that feels like a much larger boat. There are now 70 boats sailing in the UK, with an active class association and one design program. An incredible 170 boats are signed up for the Worlds in Porto Cervo this September.

    Key Yachting will be running a demo sail week from Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th September, please get in touch to arrange your trial on the J/112E or J/70.  Read more about the exciting, the infamous J/70 speedster here.

    For more Southampton Boat Show information or a boat show or demo appointment, please contact Key Yachting UK here:  Gemma Dunne at ph- +44 (0) 2380 455669 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | http://www.keyyachting.com  For more Southampton International Boat Show information- September 15-24


     
    J/FEST San Diego Announcement
    “Sending it back to ’77!”
    (San Diego, CA)- If you have ever sailed on, owned, raced on, cruised on, loved a J/Boat, you will not want to miss any of the special events of this celebration of all things J/Boats!

    San Diego YC is inviting all J/Boats from all over SoCal to participate in fall sailing in San Diego from September 23rd to 24th.  Most importantly, it will be a weekend to celebrate 40 years of sailing J/Boats!

    One-design fleets slated for J/Fest include the fast growing, super hot J/70 fleet as well as J/22, J/24, J/80, J/105, J/109, and J/120 fleets. Any J/Boat is eligible to participate, and all are welcome to race in One-design or J/PHRF classes.

    The weekend starts off on Friday with the 40th Anniversary of J/Boats Celebration in San Diego YC’s “Frost Room” from 1800 to 2030 hours, with hosted wine and pupu’s.  Jeff Johnstone (President @ J/Boats) will be presenting a “J/Boats 40 Years Past, Present and Future.”

    According to Jeff; ”the story of J/Boats is a classic entrepreneurial tale: with a small investment, and a speedy 24-foot sailboat that Rod Johnstone built in his garage, Rod & his brother Bob Johnstone went into business. That was 1977. Now, that boat (the J/24), has become the most popular recreational offshore keelboat in the world. Not only that, but the waters of SoCal have produced several J/24 Champions, including Vince Brun and Chris Snow. The Johnstone family has made an undeniable mark on the sailing world. In addition to the 5,400 J/24s cruising the waves, there are over 7,000 more J/Boats, ranging from the International J/22 to the J/65, that sailing enthusiasts have enjoyed over the last 40 years.”

    Then, on Saturday, there will be a J/22 Clinic starting at 1000 hrs with on-water coaching.  Then, after racing that starts around noon, there will be a “J/Fest Regatta Party” on the Sailwash Lawn.  Join the J/Boat sailors for a fun throw-back to 1977! In other words, a “70’s Party!”  There will be fun competitions among the crews, including “Best Vintage J/Fest T-shirt”, “Best Dressed for the Disco”, and more surprises! Giveaways, 70’s band, and much more!  For more J/FEST San Diego sailing information

    American YC Fall Regattas Announcement
    (Rye, NY)- Over the next few weeks, the American YC in Rye, New York will be hosting a series of events for both offshore racers as well as the J/70 class.

    FALL SERIES
    As most sailors on the northeastern seaboard may be familiar with, the AYC will be hosting their annual Fall Series, a popular two-weekend event that is held on western Long Island Sound for both offshore boats as well as one-design fleets of J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, J/109s, and J/44s. The event takes place on September 23rd/ 24th and September 30th/ October 1st.  For more American YC Fall Series information

    HPR REGATTA
    In addition, the AYC is also hosting the “HPR Regatta” (high-performance-regatta) for fleets of dinghies as well as J/70s from October 7th to 8th. It is the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta, originally named the “HPDO”, the regatta has been renamed to indicate the focus on a wider array of boats.  Commodore Andy Giglia commented on this regatta, “the membership of AYC is aware of the changing landscape of sailing and to further support our mission statement ‘enhancing our heritage of leadership in the sport of sailing and furthering the growth of the sport’, we are committed to help lead that change.”

    “We are working very hard to provide a competitor focused event.  Our objective is to maximize the number of races and we will be embracing a short course/ high volume format.  All of this with the New York city skyline in the background and the great shore side facilities AYC has always been known for,” said Rich Hulit, the event Co-Chairman.  For more HPR Regatta information

    J/70 NORTH AMERICANS
    Finally, from October 9th to 15th, the AYC is hosting the J/70 NA’s on western Long Island Sound for a four-day regatta.  The likelihood of a 75+ boat fleet is quite high with 55+ boats already entered as of the 1st of September!    For more J/70 North Americans sailing information  For more American YC sailing information

    J/24 European Championship Preview
    (Lake Balaton, Hungary)- Founded in 1867, the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club (BYC) was the first sailing club in Hungary located on beautiful Lake Balaton.  The BYC is also one of the oldest sailing clubs in Europe and continues to be the most successful and prestigious sailing club in Hungary. Located right in the center of Balatonfüred, the club plays a key role in the youth development and talent management,

    The BYC is proud to be able to host the 2017 J/24 European Championship on the gorgeous waters of its lake.  The regatta is taking place from September 24th to October 1st.  The local J/24 Hungarian fleet is enthusiastic and excited to be supporting the event.

    The goal is to host a ten-race championship for the forty-seven teams registered for the event.  Eight countries are represented, including Great Britain (1), Germany (19), Greece (2), Hungary (19), Italy (2), Netherlands (1), Sweden (2), and USA (1).

    Many top crews in Europe that are not participating in the J/24 World Championship being held in Port Credit, ONT, Canada virtually the same week will be looking to take home the European crown.  Amongst the top German teams will be Lars Hager’s PFAU, Stefan Karsunke’s Sullberg, Frank Schonfeldt’s HENK, Emily Kern’s ROTOGIRL (an all-women’s team), Manfred Konig’s VITESSE, and Dan Frost’s JJ-ONE.

    The host fleet from Hungary has a number of championship caliber teams, like Peter Tamas’ JUKEBOX, and Erik Hercsel’s DJANGO.  Ironically, perhaps Hungary’s most famous sailor, Farkas Litkey, will be sailing a combined Italian and Hungarian team on PELLE NERA/ ST JAMES.  From Sweden are two very strong crews; Per-Hakan Persson’s FRONT RUNNER and Andreas Olovsson’s FOR FUN (PINK).  Finally, a past “European Champion” will be a serious consideration for the top of the leaderboard- America’s Keith Whittemore from Seattle, WA sailing the familiar FURIO.  For more J/24 European Championship sailing information

    SAILING Champions League Preview  
    (Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- Europe ́s top sailing clubs will compete in the final of the SAILING Champions League in Porto Cervo, Sardinia from 22nd to 24th September. The aim is to win the sought-after silver trophy by Robbe & Berking and earn the title of Europe ́s “Best Sailing Club”.  The teams will be sailing a matched-fleet of J/70 One-designs.

    The teams competing in the grand final in Sardinia are the top clubs of the qualification events in St. Petersburg (August 2017) and St. Moritz (September 2017). Here are the 32 clubs that qualified: Ost-Legal Sailing, Åländska Segelsällskapet, Cape Crow YC, Circolo Canottieri Aniene, CV St Quentin, Deutscher Touring YC (SCL Champion 2016), Ekolns Segelklubb, Frederikshavn Sejklub, Hellerup Sejlklub, Jachtclub Scheveningen, Kongelig Dansk Yachtclub, Kongelig Norsk Seilforening, Kullaviks Kanot och Kappseglingsklubb, Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet, Lindauer Seglerclub, Lord of the Sail– Europe, Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Nyländska Jaktklubben, Port Edgar YC, Regattaclub Bodensee, SCTWV Achensee, Segelclub Mattsee, Société des Régates d’Antibes, Société Nautique de Genève, St. Petersburg YC, Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee, Wasa Segelförening, WV Almere Centraal, YC APCC Voile Sportive, YC Bregenz, YC Costa Smeralda, and YC Sopot.  Follow the SAILING Champions League on Facebook here.
    For more SAILING Champions League information

    European Sailing League Updates
    (Hamburg, Germany- Over the next two weekends, several of Europe’s sailing leagues will be having their season-ending finales.  Over fifty-four clubs will be participating in those events with over 300 people sailing on matched J/70 one-design class sailboats.

    The next event will be the Danish J/70 Sailing League sailing from September 15th to 17th at Skovshoved, Denmark.  For more Danish J/70 Sailing League information

    Then, the following weekend, the British J/70 Sailing League Finale will be taking place in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England from September 22nd to 24th.  For more British J/70 Sailing League information

    Finally, the Russian J/70 Sailing League will be holding their penultimate event at Konakovo River Club at Konakovo, Russia, northwest of Moscow.  The event will be taking place from September 23rd to 26th.  Follow Russian J/70 Facebook page here.

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The past week has seen activity taking place mostly in Europe as the first week of September came to a close.  The AUDI J/70 World Championship has started in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy, hosted by the YC Costa Smeralda.  The regatta has seen many challenges to overcome in the first few days from measurement issues to an overwhelming mistral weather condition blowing over 50 kts for three days- a highly unusual scenario, even for the Mediterranean.  Then, the J/70 sailing leagues were busy across Scandinavia, with the Norwegian and Swedish events both closing our as their finales for the season.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook pag  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Sep 12-16- J/70 World Championship- Porto Cervo, Italy
    Sep 14-17- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 15-23- J/24 World Championship- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    Sep 22-24- J/FEST San Diego- San Diego, CA
    Sep 22-24- J/80 Atlantic Telegramme Regatta- Lorient, France
    Sep 23-24- American YC Fall Series I- Rye, NY
    Sep 24- Oct 1- J/24 European Championship- Lake Balaton, Hungary
    Sep 30- Oct 1- J/70 East Coast Championship- Deltaville, VA
    Sep 30- Oct 1- American YC Fall Series II- Rye, NY
    Sep 30- Oct 1- Cleveland 216 Regatta- Cleveland, OH
    Oct 7-8- Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Big Boat- Larchmont, NY
    Oct 9-15- J/70 North American Championship- Rye, NY
    Oct 13-15- J/80 Crouesty Cup- Crouesty, France

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

     
    AUDI J/70 Worlds Update
    USA's Duncan Leads After Qualifiers
    (Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- After waiting for three straight days to go sailing in the spectacular venue of Port Cervo, Sardinia, J/70 sailors from twenty-four nations were certainly chomping on the proverbial bit to get out on the water and test their months of training and competing in many regattas leading up to sailing in the AUDI J/70 World Championship, hosted by the famous YC Costa Smeralda.

    For four straight days, sailors had to contend with the infamous “mistral” conditions, when a huge Low/depression forms over central Europe and the incessant High pressure pushes on the bubble to create a phenomenon that generates powerful west/northwest winds across the archipelago of Corsica and Sardinia in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

    As sailors went out for practice on Sunday, the mistral began to develop, producing 20-35 kts winds by late afternoon.  A number of boats that practiced ended up blowing up practice spinnakers.

    For the next three days, it was a mistral condition that refused to quit.  Most mistrals last two, maybe three days. On Monday, the day of the opening ceremonies and the only “practice race” for competitors; it was all but blown out by 30 to 62 kts winds in the Porto Cervo Harbor and gusts to 85 kts in the infamous Straits of Bonifacio between the northern tip of Sardinia and the southern tip of Corsica.

    The next two days produced more of the same, with spectacularly clear skies, dotted intermittently with torn-cotton clouds flying across the horizon, creating dramatic perspectives of boats, the islands, and “white-out” conditions offshore.  The sailors endured two days of postponements while waiting at the beautiful YCCS facilities, both Tuesday and Wednesday ending in “AP over A” flags, symbolizing the end of a long frustrating day for both sailors and the race organizers.

    Finally, on the third day, Mother Nature cooperated with more moderate breezes on a spectacularly sunny day with moderate temperatures in the upper 70s F.  After the Skipper’s Briefing at 0930 hours, sailors just about ran to their boats to get rolling for the day, in high anticipation of a full day’s of racing offshore.  It was quite a sight to see 163 J/70s all departing the beautiful Porto Cervo harbor as they headed out to sea.















    The racing for the day was challenging for all.  The forecasts showed westerly winds varying from 260 to 300 degrees- a wildly fluctuating breeze is normal in a waning mistral.  Sure enough, “local knowledge” that said “go left” in an offshore breeze was good advice.  Most of the top boats in the first two races played the left side of the course upwind and, conversely, played the middle to left downwind.  The principal factor driving decisions downwind were the crossover between “planing mode” and “soak mode”; dramatically different tactical considerations as each is governed by “VMG made good” downwind.  In a big puff, those who pushed “planing mode” would scream away in 12-14 kt bursts for several hundred meters, then stop as they ran out of wind!  Others would try to push hard downwind in “soak mode” and make it work, or not!

    From a tactician’s point of view, it was a nightmare.  Going left paid off, but not all the time.  Going into the left corner was “death”.  Those that faired best-played shifts going left upwind.  And, conversely, the same downwind as the fleet struggled with what tactic/ strategy worked best, minute-by-minute, and often at the finish line second-by-second!  And, in the third and last race of the day, boats that had played middle-right upwind made significant gains!  So much for "local knowledge"!

    It was fun, challenging racing for all and there were several impressive performances from a number of top teams.  The qualifying series for the Gold and Silver fleet was finally completed, with three flights (six total races) taking place over a unique “trapezoid/ windward-leeward” course format.  The first flight sailed the outside/left course and the second flight sailed the inside/right course- a simple way to keep the large fleets separated from each other.

    In the end, the top five qualifiers for the Gold fleet saw USA’s Peter Duncan skippering RELATIVE OBSCURITY into the lead with a consistent 3-1-1 for 5 pts.  Continuing her success in top-level events, Italy’s Claudia Rossi from the host YC Costa Smeralda, helmed her well-known PETITE TERRIBLE #AUDI into second place with an equally impressive scoreline of 1-4-1 for 6 pts.  Sitting in third place is Italy’s Franco Solerio driving L’ELAGIN to a 2-2-7 tally for 11 pts.  Just behind them in fourth place is Spain’s Gustavo Martinez sailing FERMAX to a 5-6-2 record for 13 pts.  And, lying in fifth is Argentina’s Sebastian Halpern’s CEBOLLITA with a very consistent 5-5-5 for 15 pts.

    All scores count for all teams, so these crews will carry forward their points into the Gold Championship round to compete for the 2017 World Championship title.  With two days of racing left, the weather forecasts indicate the fleet will be able to sail at least five more races.  Sailing photo credits- Kurt Arrigo & Max Ranchi.  Follow the AUDI J/70 Worlds on Facebook here

    Facebook Video interviews and race action here:
    Jonathan McKee interview- https://www.facebook.com/J70Class/videos/875658612585826/
    Qualifier 1- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/378790425873234/
    Qualifier 2- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/378899059195704/

    Regatta updates and perspectives here
    https://youtu.be/EHkCeq4jvWc
    https://youtu.be/zXQMDoqIiDo

    For more AUDI J/70 World Championship sailing information

    Moss SF Wins Norwegian J/70 Sailing League
    (Moss, Norway)- For the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League finale, both the 1st and 2nd Divisions sailed over the course of an extended weekend of sailing.  At the end of the day, Moss SF won the 1st Division despite a poor performance in their fourth event in the series.  And, Risor SF ended up winning the 2nd Division by closing with a strong performance in the finale.

    The 1st Division finale was not without its drama for the top two teams- Moss Sf and Asgardstrand SF.  Starting out the regatta, Moss SF had an enormous lead on the fleet.  However, by having one of their worst regattas of the season, their OCS in race 6 simply amplified the hard times they had to stay in hunt on their home waters! Their final result of 8th place was just sufficient enough for them to retain the overall series lead with a 1-1-2-8 for 12 pts. Taking second for the series was Asgardstrand SF with a 6-3-4-2 for 15 pts- a steady progression up the leaderboard. Then, RAN SF won the final regatta to jump on to the podium for the season series to secure the bronze with a 7-6-6-1 for 20 pts.  Notably, third in the Moss event was Grimstad SF, just one point behind Asgardstrand with 18 pts.

    In the 2nd Division, Bundefjord SF put their stamp on the results in Moss, winning with five 1sts and three 2nds to win, incredibly enough by just one point!  A complete mirror of their results was posted by Risor Sf to conclude the regatta with 12 pts.  Third was Bodø SF with 16 pts, counting four 1sts in their totals.

    For the season series in the 2nd Division, Risør SF wins the gold; the silver goes to Askøy SF and the bronze to Bundefjorden SF. Together with Hurum SF, these four clubs move to the 1st division in 2018.
    Follow the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Norwegian J/70 Sailing League information.

    KSSS Wins Swedish J/70 Sailing League
    (Gottskär, Sweden)- The dramatic finale of Allsvenskan Sailing 2017 took place in Gottskär, Sweden.  Only after the twelfth and final round of racing was it clear that the KSSS held off the Cape Crow YC to win the season series for the Swedish J/70 Sailing League.

    "Before the final race we did not look at our position. We knew it was tough and that we needed a good race. It blew quite a lot today.  Our tactic was to only make a good race, without stupid maneuvers," said KSSS Fredrik Bergström.

    The last round of Allsvenskan offered tough conditions with a lot of rain and wind at the beginning, very light winds on Saturday and lots of winds on the last day- mostly up to 10 m/s. But, neither the KSSS nor the Cape Crow, which are the clubs that dominated this year's all-Swedish tournament, sailed well in the final event. On the other hand, the Sotefjord Sailing Company won nine of the twelve races to win the final regatta at Gottskär.

    KSSS came to Gottskär as a favorite to sail home with the gold. However, after half of the twelve rounds were completed, they were far behind and at that time, Cape Crow was the possible league champion. But, KSS's young, good-natured skipper, 19-year-old Vilma Bobeck, and her crew of Fredrik Bergström, Patrik Erlandsson and Göran Bobeck made some changes in their tactics and completed the last six races with all top three finishes to seal the series win, despite finishing sixth in the regatta!

    "We did not sail at our peak earlier this weekend. But, on Sunday when it blew much harder, we managed to keep it together, sail well and take advantage of big mistakes by our competitors. We also improved a lot during regatta because we have not sailed this format before and I have never sailed the J/70,” said KSSS’s Fredrik Bergström- an Olympic 470 sailor at the Rio Games.  Follow the Swedish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Swedish J/70 Sailing League information   

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    * J/70 Sailor Claudia Rossi Inspires On and Off the Water. Kara Hugglestone from SAIL Couture had a chance to catch up with Claudia prior to her competing in this year’s AUDI J/70 Worlds in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.  Here is Kara’s story:

    The one to watch is PETITE TERRIBLE helmed by the brilliant young Claudia Rossi who, at just 24, is a two-time J/70 European Champion, as well as the youngest skipper ever and first female to hold the title. And, she just started sailing in college—four years ago!

    I had the pleasure of meeting Claudia at last year’s J/70 World’s in San Francisco. I was as taken by the Italian sailor’s beauty, sparkling eyes, and infectious laugh as I was by her impressive sailing skills. She was relentless on the racecourse, although in the end, it was not to be her regatta. She is out to right that wrong on the water in Sardinia.

    “I still have a bit bitter taste in my mouth from the San Francisco World Championship last year, but I­ won’t let that get in the way. It will be difficult this year because there are 175 boats and the best sailors in the world. Petite will do as much as ever. We never give up,” Claudia told Sail Couture.

    One could say her fighting spirit is a family trait; her father is the skipper of the famous Farr 40 Enfant Terrible. Claudia enjoys navigating for her father, but true competitors they are, they also compete against one another in the J/70 and Farr 40 classes. Indeed, last July, she became the Farr 40 Worlds Corinthian Champion (fourth overall) at the helm of Pierluigi Bresciani’s Pazza Idea; her father was second in the overall standings.

    Claudia says she chose the J/70 class because of its size and the skill level. Indeed, at 1,300 strong, the J/70 fleet is the fastest growing fleet worldwide and has attracted many of the world’s top professional and Corinthian sailors.  Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth and Rick Tomlinson  Follow Claudia’s PETITE TERRIBLE J/70 team on Facebook here  Full SAILCOUTURE.com article from Kara Hugglestone here
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  • J/Newsletter- September 6th, 2017 AUDI J/70 World Championship Preview
    (Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- The 2017 AUDI J/70 World Championship may go down in history as the class’ largest event ever- with 175 boats registered.  Hosted by YC Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, it can be said there are few yacht club and marina facilities in the world that can handle such an enormous fleet of very talented sailors from across the world.

    The regatta format has been updated twice because of the record number of entries. The YCCS PRO for the event will be Mark Foster from Corpus Christi YC in Texas- one of the survivors of the recent catastrophe caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico.  Foster has significant experience with big fleets, including acting as the St Francis YC’s PRO for the 2016 J/70 Worlds that had 83 boats on a single starting line.  The fleet will be split randomly into four “flights” and the goal is to have a double-round robin consisting of six races for each flight to determine a Gold and Silver Fleet.  Thereafter, the Gold fleet will consist of 85 boats racing for the World Championship with up to nine races scheduled over the three remaining days.  The start line will consist of three boats, including a mid-line signal boat.

    Twenty-four nations are represented in the fleet with sixteen European countries, four North American countries, three South American countries and Australia.  By far the largest contingent is from the greater European continental region.  As the host nation, Italy has thirty-nine teams registered, including all of the top names and teams that just completed their ALCATEL J/70 Cup on Lago Maggiore- emblematic of their Italian J/70 National Championship series.  Amongst those teams are two-time J/70 European Champion- Claudia Rossi’s PETITE TERRIBLE, Carlo Alberini’s CALVI NETWORK (2x J/70 Midwinter Champion and 2017 ALCATEL J/70 Cup winner), Gianfranco Noe’s WHITE HAWK (the 2017 ALCATEL J/70 Cup Corinthians champion), and Franco Solerio’s L’ELAGAIN (a multi-regatta winner in the ALCATEL J/70 Cups over the past two years).

    In addition to these top teams, there is also strong family participation in the Italian J/70 class.  Claudia’s father- Alberto Rossi- is sailing ENFANT TERRIBLE (he’s also a Farr 40 World Champion).  The famous fashion and sailing family- the Loro Piana’s also will have father and sons racing- brothers Giacomo & Pietro sailing on CU-J and father Pier Luigi sailing on MY SONG.  Similarly, another past Farr 40 and M32 World Champion, Vincenzo Onorato will be sailing MASCALZONE LATINO with Cameron Appleton as his tactician, while his son Achille Onorato will be sailing MASCALZONE LATINO JR with Francesco Bruni on board as tactician- a formidable pair those two!

    Just behind the large Italian group is an entire German armada of thirty-two teams heading south to take over Porto Cervo!  Clearly, their famous Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga is having an impact on sailing all across Germany, and Europe, for that matter!  Most all of the top German J/70 teams will be present, such as the uber-fast combo of Pit Finis and World Champion match-racer from Poland- Karol Jablonski- sailing on DRALION.DE for Dusseldorf YC. Other German colleagues should be in the hunt, such as Phil Mecklenburg’s HANDWERKER (with brothers Lukas & Tobias Feuerherdt aboard), Klaus Dieche’s LED ZEPPELIN, Martin Christiansen’s MARE-Z, Bjorn Bielken’s PROCEDES DIVA, Margale Rudiger’s REALITY DISTORTION FIELD, Jurgen Waldheim’s ROSAROTER PENGUIN and Christian Soyka’s VOICE OF ITZEHOE. An all-women’s crew from YC Langenargen will be sailing LADY LIKE- Anica Rimmele, Lina & Rosanna Schentz, Anne Winkelhausen, and Carla Rau.
      
    The next largest contingent is, surprisingly, the Swiss mountain lakes teams, with thirteen teams making the trek south for fun in the Mediterranean sun! Leading teams from their highly popular sailing leagues include the SN Geneva crew on Cde.CH- Nicolas Anklin, Fredrik Hedluns’ Buchillon YC crew on AGERA 3, Vieter Casas’ SN Geneva team on CER 1 APROTEC, Thomas Studer’s SC Enge crew on JEAN, and Alain Stettler’s team from Regattaclub Oberhofen on QUARTER-2-ELEVEN.   

    With a dozen crew making the migration across the English Channel and the Moby Lines Ferry ride out to Olbia, Sardinia, no question the teams from Great Britain will have had a lot of practice in a wide range of wind and sea conditions- all good for the waters off Porto Cervo.  Those leading teams include Allan Higgs’ ESF ENERGY, Dan Schieber’s HELLY HANSEN, Martin Dent’s JELVI 8, and Jeremy Thorp’s PHAN.  Amongst their crews are also a top women’s team- Suzy Russell and Hannah Peters’ HANZY.

    Also headed to Sardinia are several formidable Spanish teams; amongst the dozen crews are Olympic Medallists and multiple J/80 World Championships.  Not surprisingly, the first time these teams appeared at the J/70 Europeans in the United Kingdom, they had a very strong showing- at one point holding 2 of the top 5 places in the regatta!  While not well-known yet, they will be serious contenders for the top ten overall. Their top crews include NOTICIA from RCM Santander (“Pichu” Torcida and Rayco Tabares), PETITE PALACE HOTELS (Laureano Wizner), FERMAX (Gustavo Martinez) and the Canal brothers sailing on separate boats- ABRIL ROJO (Jorge Perez Canal) and ABRIL VERDE (Luis Perez Canal).

    Familiar with the local waters and certain to have teams at the top of the leaderboard will be the nine crews attending from YC Monaco.  Those crews include Pierrik Devic’s FRASER YACHTS, Ludovic Fassitelli’s JUNDA-BANCA DEL SEMPIONE, Stefano Roberti’s PICCININA (with United Kingdom’s Olympian Chris Grube aboard) and Maiano Herve’s SOPWITH CAMEL.

    Also showing up with a strong contingent that has been doing a lot of racing and practicing in Monaco are the nine Russian crews.  Their top teams include Valeria Kovalenko’s ARTTUBE, Daniel Odintsoy’s GOLDEN WING, Peter Nosov’s JESSIE TANTA, Aleksander Generalow’s JANE, and Alex Semenov & Hugo Rocha’s NEW TERRITORIES- a Russian & Spanish combined team.

    Similarly, the seven French teams have top J/80 sailors amongst them- including a French National Champion.  Those crews are Laurent Sambron’s EJP 14 and Elizabeth Valliant’s TRISKELL from SN Marseilles.

    Five teams are sailing from The Netherlands, including J/22 European Champion Wouter Kollmann sailing PLAJ and Rikst Dijkstra’s WATERLAND MONNICKENDAM.
      
    Other top crews from across Europe include Poland’s Krzytof Krempec skippering ENA, Norway’s Eivind Astrup sailing NORWEGIAN STEAM, Sweden’s Magnus Tyreman sailing TYRA with the American Jay Lutz onboard, Turkey’s Emir Icogoren racing AMEERA JET, Austria’s Klaus Diem skippering PFANDER, Croatia’s Pavel Kostov steering MINI NAHITA, and Malta’s Ripard brothers (Sebastian & John) sailing CALYPSO with Jon Calascione.
      
    The North American contingent is certainly the most deeply talented in the fleet- perhaps the “dirty dozen”- armed and dangerous and all fast.  Amazingly, all dozen teams have finished in the top three in large J/70 regattas in both the “open” and “Corinthians” divisions, including the Midwinters, Sailing World NOOD Regattas, Great Lakes Championship and the past three World Championships. Hoping to defend his World Championship title will be Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT crew that includes John Kostecki (himself a J/24 World Champion).  Chasing them hard will be teams like Glenn Darden & Reese Hillard’s HOSS with Olympic Gold Medallist Jonathan McKee on tactics; Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY crew (2nd in the J/70 Europeans and won the final ALCATEL J/70 Cup in Italy against all top European teams) that includes Victor Diaz de Leon from Venezuela and Willem Van Waay from San Diego; Brian Keane’s SAVASANA team (winner of the 2017 Corinthian Nationals) that includes US Olympic Medallist Stu McNay; Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE crew that has Australia’s Champion skipper Jeremy Wilmot; and Chris Kostanecki’s JENNIFER team from St Francis YC that includes none other than the famous Paul Cayard (Star World Champion and Volvo/Whitbread Race Champion) calling tactics!

    Other top crews from across the America’s and the Caribbean include Peter Cunningham’s POWER PLAY from the Cayman Island Sailing Club (with top Argentinean Olympic sailor Lucas Calabrese calling tactics); the Weakley brothers (Scott & Dave) from Toronto, ONT Canada sailing REX; Mauricio Santa Cruz from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil sailing MANDACHUVA (a four-time J/24 World Champion); Chilean J/24 Champion Victor Lobos and the Molina brothers (Cristobal & Benjamin) sailing LEXUS CHILE; Argentinean J/24 Champions Sebastian Halpern and the Despontin brothers (Pablo & Ezequiel) racing CEBOLLITA; and the Perez brother trio (Ignacio, Juan & Santiago) from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico sailing ADRENALINE.

    The lone crew from way, way Down Under is Reg Lord’s team from the Cruising YC of Australia racing JUNO!  For more AUDI J/70 World Championship sailing information


    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 days of racing in challenging conditions," said Dennis George, Rolex Big Boat Series regatta co-chair. "While the fleets vary in size, the competition in every fleet is fierce."

    Racing is anticipated to take place in nine classes including robust fleets of J/70s, J/105s, J/111s, J/120s, and ORR handicap class.

    All told, this year’s fleet will be competing for six perpetual trophies, accompanied by a Swiss-made Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Timepiece, as well as additional take-home trophies.

    “September is the sweet spot for weather,” said Jim Kiriakis, Commodore of St. Francis Yacht Club, who added that while it can get breezy in the afternoon, the Bay rarely delivers “nuclear” conditions in September. “The day develops from morning’s tranquility into a dynamic breeze often in the 15-25 kts range that provides great competition.”

    Despite the fact the AUDI J/70 World Championship is taking place simultaneously half a world away on the Mediterranean, a great fleet of thirteen J/70s are looking forward to yet another four-days of awesome competition on the Bay.  The event has become popular with the J/70s since it offers a wide-range of sailing conditions as well as “random-leg” racing.  Often the first race in the morning is a Windward-Leeward race starting off either the face of Alcatraz Island or down in the infamous Berkeley Circle.  Then, if it’s breeze-on early, a second W/L takes place before the afternoon race- designed to get all boats racing back to finish off the line in front of St Francis YC.  Then, of course, is the famous “Around the Bay Race” that traditionally takes place on Sunday- a.k.a.- the “Bay Tour” that can be from 18 to 25nm in length.  Ironically, even for J/70s, those can turn out to be “short races”, especially if it is an “ebb tide” event, which it will be for 2017.  Those conditions permit J/70s to sail at 6-7 kts VMG upwind while planing downwind at speeds averaging 13 kts in full-on planing-mode conditions.

    Looking forward to that challenge are a number of West Coast’s top J/70 crews, such as the Snow/ Brigden team on COOL STORY BRO, Pat Toole’s famous 3 BIG DOGS crew from Santa Barbara YC, Justin Kromelow’s LOOSE LUCY, Scott Sellers’ 1FA, David Schumann’s BOTTLE ROCKET, and Peter Cameron’s PRIME NUMBER.  Joining them from Amagasaki, Japan is Akinori Takezawa’s crew on PETIT STAR.

    As usual, the J/105 class turns out in droves for this event, being one of their most popular regattas all season-long. Two-dozen J/105s will be lining up on the starting line. Leading the cumulative standings for the J/105 season series are BLACKHAWK, followed by GODOT, ARBITRAGE and DONKEY JACK. The fleet is deeply talented, including numerous RBBS Rolex watch winners to J/105 North American Champions to Block Island Race Week Rolex watch champions!  Sure to be on the leaderboard over the four days will be crews like Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault’s ARBITRAGE, Ryan Simmons’ BLACKHAWK, Shannon Ryan & Rolf Kaiser’s DONKEY JACK, Chris & Phil Perkins’ GOOD TIMIN’, Adam Spiegel’s JAM SESSION, Rick Goebel’s SANITY from San Diego, CA, and Jeff Littfin’s MOJO.

    The J/120s have always loved the event and virtually every team on the Bay is in attendance.  Who will it be this time in this incredibly tight-knit fleet?  Seemingly, one boat seems to hit the “easy button” and just powers away, for no apparent reason.  And, each year its been different teams!  In any event, the players are Barry Lewis’ CHANCE, Tom Grennan’s KOOKABURRA, Timo Bruck’s TWIST, Steve Madeira’s MIST MAGOO, and Dave Halliwill’s PEREGRINE.

    In the PHRF Sportboat class, three J/88s are taking on all comers in their seven-boat class.  Hoping to grab silver are Gary Panariello’s COURAGEOUS, Jeremy Moncada’s JUNO, or Marc McMorris’ M-SQUARED.

    Finally, the 23-boat ORR class has a very wide-range of boats and may get broken up into two divisions.  Nevertheless, five J/111s that are fresh off sailing for five days in their recent J/111 World Championship will be out for blood, yet again.  With all that “training” against a very tough fleet of one-design crews, they will be formidable sailing in the ORR handicap division; those crews include J/111 World Champion Peter Wagner and his SKELETON KEY team, Gorkem Ozcelebi’s DOUBLE DIGIT, Dick Swanson’s BAD DOG, Nesrin Basoz’s SWIFT NESS and Doug & Jack Jorgenson’s PICOSA crew for Los Angeles (2nd in the Worlds).  Fighting them tooth and nail will be two of the famous J/125s- Richard Ferris’ AUGUST ICE for Lake Tahoe YC and Viggo Torbensen’s TIMESHAVER for Dana Point YC south of L.A.  Finally, two J/44s will be right in there, Paul Stemler’s PATRIOT from Newport Harbor YC and Jack Clapper’s PHANTOM from Mill Valley, CA.  Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing.com. For more Rolex Big Boat Series sailing information

    J/24 World Championship Preview
    (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)- The Port Credit YC of Mississauga, Canada, will be hosting the 2017 driveHG.ca J/24 World Championship. The J/24 is an international One-Design keelboat class and the most popular racing keelboat in the world with over 5,480 boats built and being sailed in 165 fleets and 110 countries.

    Over 400 yachtsmen and women on sixty-nine boats will be participating in this year’s Worlds representing ten countries- Argentina, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru and the USA.

    The opening day of the 2017 Worlds at Port Credit YC will feature 3-time J/24 North American Champion and World Champion Will Welles of North Sails, speaking at 5 pm about performance racing, along with fellow J/24 World Champion Tim Healy, the North Sails One-Design President.

    The host country is showing a bit of resurgence in J/24 activity, with twenty teams participating in this year’s event on Lake Ontario.  Top crews include Canadian Champion Rossi Milev steering CLEAR AIR, as a member of PCYC, clearly the hometown favorite.  Joining is Evan Petley-Jones’ LIFTED from Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax, and Katie Coleman Nicoll’s QUICK NICK also from PCYC.

    The largest, and arguably most talented, contingent comes from the USA, with thirty-four teams lining up on the starting line.  In that line-up are several past J/24 World Champions, European Champions and North American Champions.  An impressive group, to say the least.  Heading up that group are John Mollicone’s Newport team on HELLY HANSEN, with fellow World Champion Tim Healy on board.  Fellow Newport colleague Will Welles will be racing his familiar BOGUS.  Then, yet another J/24 World Champion, Mike Ingham’s crew from Rochester Canoe Club in New York will be racing USA 5443.  J/22 World Champion Mike Marshall will be racing with his Newport-based crew on PIPE DREAM.  Tony Parker’s famous BANGOR PACKET should be in the hunt with his talented crew, so will be Scott Milne’s TREMENDOUS SLOUCH for Seattle, WA, Aidan Glackin’s MENTAL FLOSS from Lloyd Harbor YC, Al Constants’ BLITZ from Long Island Sound, Todd Fedyszyn’s SPOONY TACTICS from St Petersburg, FL, Erica Beck Spencer’s SEA BAGS WOMEN’S SAILING TEAM from Portland, ME, Carter White’s YOU REGATTA from Portland, ME, and Mark Laura’s BABA LOUIE from Seattle, WA.

    The top South American crews include the entire trio from Argentina- Sergio Pendola’s CACIQUE, Matias Pereira’s CARRERA and Nick Cubria’s ELVIS- all from Buenos Aires and Club Nautico Olivos- all Argentinian or South American Champions.  Joining them is Mexico’s National Champion- Ken Porter on MONSTER FISH from Club Nautico Valle de Bravo.  In addition, are two Peruvian Champions- Luis Olcese’s SCARAMOUSH and Javier Arribas’ WAYRA.

    From Europe are a number of competitive women's teams, including Ann Taylor’s ROCKELY WATERSPORTS from Parkstone YC in England, Ann-Kathrin Frank’s Hamburg, Germany crew sailing JUELSSAND and Lizzy McDowell’s’ Howth YC team from Dublin, Ireland sailing SCANDAL.

    Finally, a substantial Asian contingent is looking forward to sailing on Lake Ontario’s “sweet water”.  Four Japanese teams are on hand, including Nobuyuki Imai’s SIESTA and Tokuma Takesue’s GEKKO.  Plus, Gyeongwon Jo’s crew from Korea will be sailing KOR 7777 SUMMER SANTA!  Follow J/24 Worlds on Facebook here  For more drive.hg J/24 World Championship sailing information
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The start of September has surely been one of the craziest experienced by J/sailors in recent memory. Friends down on the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana were experiencing the wrath of Hurricane Harvey and having to contend with a coast-wide human catastrophe.

    Now, the northern Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida and the southeast coast of America may be bracing for the massive Category 5 Hurricane Irma (sustained 185 mph winds, gusting to 225 mph) due to hit sometime late in the week!  We wish them all our best and hope everyone comes through OK.

    Meanwhile, on American waters, the Stamford YC’s Vineyard Race took place, an “end of summer” classic that takes racers 150nm from Stamford, CT out through the famous “Race” off the end of Long Island, around Buzzards Bay Tower then back into Long Island Sound to the finish at Stamford.  It was the fastest race on record, with several records broken and top J/Teams leading the way in a number of classes.  Then, on the southern part of Lake Michigan, another “end of summer” classic took place, hosted by Columbia YC- the Bit-State or Tri-State Races.  The Bi-State is a 50nm sprint from Chicago to St Joseph, MI and return. The Tri-State goes Chicago St Joe, Michigan City, IN and return.  In the Bi-State Race, there were several notable performances, especially by J/88s and J/111s!  Finally, the Conanicut YC’s 90th Round Island Race took place on Narragansett Bay, starting two hours delayed due to the stormy remnants of Hurricane Harvey passing through New England!  The waves were so huge offshore, pushing higher than 10-12 ft, only the bigger boats (30-60 ft) did the actual round island course of 21nm while the smaller boats did a 14nm course inside the Bay.

    Over in Europe, the second qualifying act for the SAILING Champions League took place in the gorgeous alpine setting of St Moritz, Switzerland sailed in J/70s.  24 teams were hoping to qualify for 16 spots to participate in the SAILING Champion League Finale at YC Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy in late September.  Meanwhile, over in the English Channel between France and the United Kingdom, the RORC Cherbourg Race completed the “local” overall Offshore Season Points series; a series of races that starts with the Rolex Caribbean 600 Race in February and ends in October with the Rolex Middle Sea off Malta in the Mediterranean.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook pag  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Sep 12-16- J/70 World Championship- Porto Cervo, Italy
    Sep 14-17- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 15-23- J/24 World Championship- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    Sep 22-24- J/FEST San Diego- San Diego, CA
    Sep 22-24- J/80 Atlantic Telegramme Regatta- Lorient, France
    Sep 23-24- American YC Fall Series I- Rye, NY
    Sep 24- Oct 1- J/24 European Championship- Lake Balaton, Hungary
    Sep 30- Oct 1- J/70 East Coast Championship- Deltaville, VA
    Sep 30- Oct 1- American YC Fall Series II- Rye, NY
    Sep 30- Oct 1- Cleveland 216 Regatta- Cleveland, OH
    Oct 7-8- Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Big Boat- Larchmont, NY
    Oct 9-15- J/70 North American Championship- Rye, NY
    Oct 13-15- J/80 Crouesty Cup- Crouesty, France

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

    Segelclub Mattsee Wins J/70 SAILING Champions League- St Moritz
    (St Moritz, Switzerland)- This year the best European Clubs sailed the SAILING Champions League in two different events (Act 1 - St. Petersburg (August) and Act 2 - St. Moritz (September)) to snatch one of the much sought-after starts for the grand finale in Porto Cervo (September) where Europe´s best sailing club will be crowned. The races take place in fleet-race-mode on one-design-J/70 class sailboats.

    24 sailing teams from 12 nations defied freezing temperatures and weak wind conditions in 24 exciting races in front of the fabulous alpine backdrop of St Moritz and the Engadin valley. On the third and last day of the SAILING Champions League Act 2, Segelclub Mattsee from Austria defended its lead to finish at top of the regatta. Second was Hellerup Sejlklub of Denmark, followed by the Seglerhaus am Wannsee from Germany in third place.

    In light and shifty winds, the team from Mattsee upheld good rankings over the entire weekend on the Lake of St. Moritz. In particular, the relatively low weight of this crew of four (Stefan Scharnagl, Anna Scharnagl, Lisa Leimgruber and Hanna Ziegler) paid off under such wind conditions.

    "We are overjoyed to have defended our lead from yesterday. We certainly didn't expect this victory, and are, of course, very happy about it“, says helmsman Stefan Scharnagl. The coveted trophy from the presenting partner JUVIA was handed over by Judith Dommermuth, founder and proprietor of the renowned fashion brand.

    With this overall win in Act 2 of the SAILING Champions League in St. Moritz, Red Bull Youth-America’s Cup helmsman Stefan Scharnagl and his team demonstrated their potential. At the Grand Finale in Porto Cervo on September 22-24, they aim to confirm it by winning the "Best Sailing Club“ trophy.

    Hellerup Sejlklub from Denmark again put pressure on the club from Mattsee on the last day with three wins out of four races. But, that was still not enough to overtake the Austrians. In the end, this team had to make do with second place. Runner-up in third place after a wonderful third day of racing was the German team, Seglerhaus am Wannsee, who won two of the last three races to gain a place on the podium.

    In these short close-to-the-shore “stadium races”, held in front of the fabulous alpine backdrop on the St. Moritzersee, the 24 teams rotated into eight J/70 one-design class keelboats over the three days.  It was classic “mountain lake sailing”, with very streaky, shifty winds- putting a premium on boat-handling and acceleration in the fickle breezes.

    As a result of the completion of this event in St Moritz, the top sixteen teams are qualified to sail in the SAILING Champions League finale hosted by YC Costa Smeralda, in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy. They include two German teams (Seglerhaus am Wannsee and Lindauer Segelclub) and a Swiss team (Societe Nautique de Geneve).  The SAP Sailing results can be found here   For more SAILING Champions League information

    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 race had many J/teams from J/97s up to J/160s.  Of the 103 keelboats registered to sail this weekend, twenty-six were J/crews (representing one-quarter of the fleet)!  The race has expanded its format to include three races being run simultaneously.  The “classic” is the “round Buzzards Bay Tower” and back.  The two additions are the Cornfield Point Course (the shortest) and the Seaflower Reef Course (middle distance).  Remarkably, J/crews won virtually every division they were sailing in on every single race track!

    Winning the PHRF 2 class in the Cornfield Point course was John Krediet’s J/97 PARTICIPANT II from Stamford, CT.

    Winning the PHRF 3 Doublehanded class in the Seaflower Reef course was Greg Imbruce’s J/109 JOYRIDE.  On the same track, sweeping the top six in PHRF 4 class were all J/crews- 1st was Frank Conway’s J/105 RAPTOR, 2nd Al Minella’s J/88 ALBONDIGAS, 3rd Iris Vogel’s J/88 DEVIATION, 4th John Pearson’s J/88 RED SKY, Todd Aven’s J/92 THIN MAN, and 6th Ken & Drew Hall’s J/88 NEVERMORE.

    On the “classic” Vineyard Race track, Gardner Grant’s famous J/120 ALIBI crushed it in IRC 5 Doublehanded class.

    In PHRF Class 7, American YC’s Young American Jr Big Boat Team, took 2nd place racing their J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN!

    Then, in PHRF 8 class Chris Nicholls’ J/109 RHIANNON took 4th, Jim Farrell’s J/35 SAPPHIRE 5th, and Mike Greene’s J/35 LOBLOLLY 6th place!

    PHRF 9 class saw J/crews sweep the top two spots and take 6 of the top 8!  Winning was Greg Leonard’s J/120 HERON, 2nd was William Ingraham’s J/124 TENEBRAE.  Fourth was Brian Spears’ J/120 MADISON, 5th John Greifzu’s J/109 GROWTH SPURT, 6th the Young American Jr Big Boat crew on the J/120 VAREKAI, and 8th was Steven Levy’s J/120 EAGLE.

    Winning PHRF 10 class MaryEllen Tortorello’s J/111 PARTNERSHIP, followed by John Donovan’s J/111 LIBERTAS in 3rd place, Abhijeet Lele’s J/111 VARUNA in 4th and Kevin Kelley’s J/122 SUMMER GRACE in 5th place.

    Finally, winning IRC 11 class Len Sitar’s J/44 VAMP followed by SUNY Maritime’s CHARLIE V in 4th place..
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    J/133 Leads @ RORC Offshore Season Series!
    2nd @ Cherbourg Race Clinches Overall!
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- Organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, in association with the Yacht Club de Cherbourg, and the Royal Yacht Squadron, the 75nm Cherbourg Race stared on Friday at 1850 and sent the fleet off on a straight shot across “La Manche” to Cherbourg, France.

    The RORC Cherbourg Race is the penultimate race of the RORC Season's Points Championship, between the record-breaking entry for the Rolex Fastnet Race, and the highly acclaimed Rolex Middle Sea Race. The 75nm “sprint race” from Cowes to Cherbourg is the last of the UK-based races for the RORC Season’s Points Championship, and for many teams this was the swan-song for their 2017 racing season.

    The 75-mile race featured a tight reach west out of the Solent, followed by a moonlit downwind sprint to Cherbourg across the English Channel.  The wind speed was up to about 20 knots from the northwest, boats were surfing towards a rising moon on starboard tack, just classic offshore racing. During the night, the wind speed decreased, and with a westerly going tide, the teams had to be careful not to heat up too much in the quest for speed, and end up too high at the finish.

    In IRC Two, Gilles Fournier's French J/133 PINTIA, secured class victory for the season, which was decided by the best five results. Gilles Fournier is full of praise for their rivals: “Having such close racing with ‘Lisa’, has definitely improved our performance, and we have enjoyed every battle in every race. After the Fastnet, we met for lunch, and we both worked out the same mathematics.”  In the end, PINTIA beat their rival in all five of their highest scoring races- Cervantes, Myth of Malham, Cowes Dinard St Malo, Channel Race, & Fastnet Race. Finishing third place for the season was Andy Theobald’s J/122 R&W.  And, 5th place was Chris Daniel’s new J/122E JUNO! Not far off the pace was Chris Schram’s J/120 MAVERICK from The Netherlands, finishing 8th place.

    At the Prize Giving held at the YC de Cherbourg, RORC Commodore, Michael Boyd, spoke on behalf of the competitors, thanking the club for their generous hospitality. The President of the YCC, Jean Le Carpentier, and RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott, officiated at the awards ceremony.  For more RORC Cherbourg Race & Series sailing information

    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 whether to continue to Michigan City, IN as part of the traditional Tri-State or head back to Chicago for the Bi-State leg of the race.  Most chose the latter based on the forecasted light winds down the Michigan shoreline.

    The first leg of the event saw 104 boats starting, 24 of them J/teams from across the spectrum (about 23% of all entries).  The J/105s raced as a one-design class, with eight crews vying for control.  Winning the leg across was Mike Hettel’s GLOBAL NOMADS.  Then, on the Bi-State leg back to Chicago, Kris Reichert’s ANGRY SLOTH won.  As a result, the combined scores saw Hettel’s GLOBAL NOMADS win with a 1-3 for 4 pt, followed by a rare three-way tie for 2nd place!  Winning that on countback was Reichert’s ANGRY SLOTH with a 5-1 for 6 pts. Third went to ESPRIT D’ECOSSE (Judith & Ross McLean) with a 4-2 for 6 pts and fourth position went to SEALAKR (Clark Pellet) with a 2-4 for 6 pts.

    The rough and tumble seventeen-boat PHRF 4 handicap class had a quartet of J/88’s dueling for class honors.  Amongst the J/88s, taking first was EXILE (Andy Graff) with a 2-1 for 3 pts.  Second was SLOT MACHINE (Boyd Jarrell) with a 4-3 for 7 pts, winning the tie-breaker based on “who-beat-who-last” over RAMBLER (Ben Wilson) with a 3-4 for 7 pts.  Rounding out the J/88s in 4th place was HOKEY SMOKE (Rich Stearns) with an 8-2 for 10 pts.

    With eighteen boats, the PHRF 2 class was the largest in the event.  In short, J’s took 3 of the top 4 spots in the Bi-State event.  Winning easily was the J/111 PURA VIDA (John Kalanik) with a 1-2 for 3 pts.  Third in class was the J/111 WARLOCK (Tom Dickson) with a 6-1 for 7 pts and sitting in 4th was the J/120 JAHAZI (Frank Giampoli) with a 5-4 for 9 pts.

    Finally, in PHRF 1 class, carrying the J/banner all alone was Tom Papoutsis’ J/133 RENEGADE, sailing in a class with an eclectic mixture of much larger offshore racing machines- like an Andrews 77 and a TP52! In the end, they took a commendable 4th place in the Bi-State with a 5-4 for 9 pts.

    Find all the YachtScoring information here
    Chicago to St Joe- https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4306
    St Joe to Michigan City- https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4333
    St Joe to Chicago- https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4332
    Michigan City to Chicago- https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4334
    For more Columbia YC Bi-State & Tri-State Race sailing information

     
    Blustery Conanicut YC Round Island Race
    J/29 Dominates Class B, J’s Sweep Class G!
    (Jamestown, RI)- Sunday dawned with a rather intimidating forecast.  The remnants of Hurricane Harvey that left a catastrophe in its wake across the Texas Gulf Coast had moved northeast and was rolling over New England on Sunday morning.  Strong rains and wind gusting 15-30 kts greeted the sailors ready to participate in the 90th Annual Around The Island Race- an end of summer tradition for most active sailors on Narragansett Bay.  This year, an enormous fleet of 101 boats were registered, 23 of them J/Crews (about 23% of the fleet) in various classes!

    The Conanicut YC Race Committee wisely postponed the start of the race for nearly two hours to let the strong easterly winds abate into the 15-25 kts range.  By noon, the small boats took off on a shortened course going north up Bay towards Prudence Island, rounding the green buoy and heading back down beneath Newport Bridge for a fast, safe race.  Offshore, the storm swells were hitting upwards of 10 to 12 ft at the traditional turning point off the southern end of the island- Beavertail Point bell.  The big boats- the last four divisions to start, did sail the traditional race, but also heading counter-clockwise, going north beneath Newport Bridge, leaving the green bell and green can at the northern end of the island to port, back south through Jamestown Bridge, around Beavertail Point bell to port, back up the Bay past Castle Hill Lighthouse, leaving Clingstone Rocks to port and into the finish line at Jamestown.

    With a strong ESE breeze, it was a quick race for the two race tracks as it was essentially a “fetch” in all directions to each turning point.  In the small boat fleets, the race was less than two hours elapsed.

    In Class B Spinnaker, it was Dennis Nixon’s J/29 LYNX that won their class quite handily.  Then in Class D, the two J/24s that raced could still hold their own in the demanding conditions, with Mike Hill’s OBSTREPROUS finishing 3rd and Rob Lambert’s BARFLY taking 4th in class.  Similarly, in Class E, the two J/30s both finished in the top five, with Chris Tate’s BLITZ finishing 4th and Daniel Borsutsky’s FLYING HIGH taking 5th place.

    For the larger boats that actually did race around the island, it was Classes G, H, J & K- four classes in total.  Class G saw a clean sweep of the podium by J crews, with Sean Doyle’s J/105 KESTREL winning, followed by Paul Grimes’ J/35 BREAKAWAY just over 3 minutes back on corrected to take 2nd.  Third position went to Doug Newhouse’s J/88 YONDER, just 40 second back corrected.  Fourth was Dawson & Ben Hodgson’s J/100 GRIMACE another minute back and in 5th was EC Helme’s J/92S SPIRIT.

    Finally, in the “J” class, appropriately enough, it was the first shakedown race for the new J/121 INCOGNITO co-skippered by Joe Brito and Jeff Johnstone. INCOGNITO led the class off the start and through Newport Bridge on a close fetch with the J1 sheeted to the rail. Half way to the north end as the reaching angle broadened, three smaller sport boats in the class leap-frogged ahead with early Code 0 sets. INCOGNITO eventually followed with a Code 0 and by the north turn, the four had stretched out from the rest of the class. Then the J/121 crew proved their mettle and ground down all but one sport boat on the port tack fetch to the Beavertail, rounding that mark 2nd before heading back to the finish under J1 jib trimmed to the rail to Clingstone Rock bell, then popping an A4 kite for the short burst to the finish for second on elapsed and third on corrected. The J/122 TARAHUMARA sailed by Jack Gregg from Corinthian YC of Philadelphia, took 5th in class, correcting our 4 minutes behind the J/121. All in all, it was a fun day for the INCOGNITO team who has their sights set on the 2018 Newport to Bermuda Race. Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images  For more Conanicut YC Around Island Race sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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    The NEW J/121 Offshore Speedster Flying Along Under Asymmetric Spinnaker!


    J/70 SAILING Champions League- St Moritz Preview
    (St Moritz, Switzerland)- Europe´s sailing elite will meet at the Segel-Club St. Moritz for the SAILING Champions League during the first weekend of September- the 1st to the 3rd. Teams like the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (SAILING Champions League winners 2015 and Norwegian champions 2016), the Yacht Club Bregenz (Austrian Champions 2015 and 2016), and the hosts, Segel-Club St. Moritz will be among the participants. Altogether 28 clubs will come to St. Moritzersee to qualify for the final in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. So, lots to look forward to as the top teams from the best sailing clubs in Europe face-off over the weekend in this gorgeous, picturesque Alpine setting nestled in a long valley.

    For the first time in SAILING Champions League (SCL) history, the participants have the chance to prove their skills on this outstanding sailing area in St. Moritz. Quick maneuvers, excellent tactics, and perfect boat handling are demanded on the St. Moritzersee, which is only 600 meters wide!

    One of the favorites in Switzerland is the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club who won the SAILING Champions League in 2015. They were Norwegian Champions last year and want to prove this year that they are right on track for this international field. Their crew is composed of Kristoffer Spone, Sigurd Hekk Paulsen, and Lars Horn Johannesen.

    Furthermore, top sailors from different Olympic and International classes will crew the boats during this internationally respected competition to win the European Champion´s bowl. Among others Michael Meister (SCTWV Achensee)- the Austrian 470-champion; Hendrik Kadelbach (Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee)- the German 470-champion U21; and Bo Petersen (Hellerup Yachtclub, Denmark)- the European Dinghy-champion in 2016. High-classed sailors, short races, identical J/70 class sailboats, and a standardized course will guarantee a thrilling weekend in St. Moritz.

    St. Moritz is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world, it was twice host city for the Winter Olympics, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its name is synonymous worldwide with style, elegance and class.

    Some places on earth are simply unlike anywhere else. The mere mention of their name is strangely compelling and brings to mind all manner of stunning imagery. St. Moritz is one such place. And, that’s not just because this is where James Bond dashed down the ski slopes in the movie- “The Spy Who Loved Me!” For it was here, 1,856 metres above sea level, in the heart of the spectacular Upper Engadin lakes district, that the notion of winter holidays and present-day winter sports were born, and where Olympic Winter Games were held on two occasions. The first electric light, the first skiing school, and Switzerland’s first electric tram are among the pioneering feats in St. Moritz’s long list of achievements. And yet, St. Moritz originally rose to prominence due its mineral springs, which have been attracting visitors for more than 3,000 years, and lay the foundation for its spa tradition.

    Today, St. Moritz is the number one alpine holiday destination. The sun-kissed Alpine metropolis on the south-facing flank of the Alps boasts an airport, the Engadin Airport, and it is the terminus of both the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express – two names that stand for quintessential classic train travelling. When UNESCO bestowed the accolade of World Heritage Site on the Rhaetian Railway’s Albula and Bernina train lines in 2008, St. Moritz became the only destination in the world to unite both the Olympic Games and the UNESCO labels.

    St. Moritz is well known for its grand hotels and high-end cuisine; set in a privileged position over Lake St. Moritz, the Badrutt’s “Palace Hotel” is, possibly, the most famous hotel in the Alps and no doubt an icon of St. Moritz’s league of five-star hotels. Award-winning restaurants top it all off– the valley at an altitude of 1,856 metres amasses so many Gault Millau points that «haute cuisine» gets a whole new meaning.

    The Via Serlas is to St. Moritz what the Rodeo Drive is to Los Angeles. Just a bit more condensed. High-end art galleries round off the exclusive shopping opportunities in the town center. The Segantini Museum is internationally renown, and the St. Moritz Casino caters for entertainment late into the night. Those inclined to be sporty will be thrilled by the Olympic Bob Run St. Moritz–Celerina and the Cresta Run, two legendary bobsleigh and skeleton institutions. Top events on the frozen Lake St. Moritz such as the White Turf horse races and the Snow Polo World Cup are just as legendary. They have long become the extravagant social highlights in St. Moritz’s remarkable calendar of events that so far counted five Alpine World Ski Championships.

    In short, the sailors will have plenty of “après-sailing” distractions after a long day of racing on the water!  As the technological partner of the SAILING Champions League, SAP will provide spectators worldwide with a thrilling livestream. Races will be broadcast live via the Internet Saturday and Sunday at noon. Results can be found here: http://www.sapsailing.com.  For more SAILING Champions League information and “live” broadcast

    The Vineyard Race Preview
    (Stamford, CT)- Labor Day weekend's Vineyard Race is a classic American yachting event. This 238-mile course stretches from Shippan Point through the swirling currents of Plum Gut, 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.

    Begun in 1932, it has attracted the finest sailors and fastest boats for nearly 80 years, and its intricacies and challenges bring them back time after time. Those who are successful nearly always credit local knowledge of these tricky waters and a good deal of luck.

    The Vineyard Race was described in Yachting Magazine as, "The greatest distance races of the world have several things in common - a challenging course, competitive fleets and an interesting array of famous yachts. By those standards, the Stamford Yacht Club's Vineyard Race rates close to the top. Like a miniature Fastnet, the Vineyard has a combination of coastal cruising, where currents play a big role, a stretch of open ocean sailing, and a mark to round- the Buzzards Bay tower - before returning."

    The race has continuously attracted top J/teams over the years from J/29s up to J/160s.  Of the 103 keelboats registered to sail this weekend, twenty-six are J/crews (representing one-quarter of the fleet)!  The race has now expanded its format to accommodate the wide range of sailors in the northeast, with three races being run simultaneously.  The “classic” is the “round Buzzards Bay Tower” and back.  The two additions are the Cornfield Point Course (the shortest) and the Seaflower Reef Course (middle distance).

    Sailing in the PHRF 2 Cornfield Point course is John Krediet’s J/97 PARTICIPANT II from Stamford, CT.

    In the Seaflower Reef course, Greg Imbruce’s J/109 JOYRIDE will be sailing in the PHRF 3 Doublehanded class.  On the same track in PHRF 4 class will be seven other J/crews; such as Frank Conway’s J/105 RAPTOR; Chris Ercole’s J/109 SWEET CAROLINE; four J/88s (Al Minella’s ALBONDIGAS, Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Ken & Drew Hall’s NEVERMORE, & John Pearson’s RED SKY); and Todd Aven’s J/92 THIN MAN.

    Sending it on the “classic” Vineyard Race track will be Gardner Grant’s well-traveled J/120 ALIBI, racing in IRC 5 Doublehanded class.  Hoping to repeat earlier offshore success in the Ida Lewis Distance Race will be the American YC’s Young American Jr Big Boat Team, racing their J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN in PHRF 7 class.  PHRF 8 class is a battle of the 35-footers, such as Chris Nicholls’ J/109 RHIANNON up against two J/35’s- Jim Farrell’s SAPPHIRE and Mike Greene’s LOBLOLLY.  PHRF 9 class includes another J/109- John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT, along with four J/120’s (Steven Levy’s EAGLE, Brian Spears’ MADISON, another Young American Jr Big Boat crew on VAREKAI, & Greg Leonard’s HERON), and William Ingraham’s J/124 TENEBRAE.  PHRF 10 class has a trio of J/111s fighting for class honors (John Donovan’s LIBERTAS, MaryEllen Tortorello’s PARTNERSHIP, & Abhijeet Lele’s VARUNA), and Kevin Kelley’s J/122 SUMMER GRACE. Finally, IRC 11 class has two J/44’s racing- Len Sitar’s VAMP and SUNY Maritime’s CHARLIE V.  Follow the Vineyard Race on Facebook here   For more Vineyard Race sailing information

    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 back to Chicago for the Bi-State.

    In the fleet of 104 boats, 24 of them are J/teams (about 23% of all entries).  The J/105s are racing as a one-design class, with eight crews ready for the sprint across the lake.  Several top crews are in the mix, including Vanessa Gates’ STRIKING, Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS, and Clark Pellet’s SEALARK.

    In the tough seventeen-boat PHRF 4 class are a quartet of J/88’s, including Andy Graff’s EXILE, Rich Stearns’ HOKEY SMOKE, Ben Wilson’s RAMBLER and Boyd Jarrell’s SLOT MACHINE.  Joining in on the fun will be John Madey’s J/92 CYCLONE.

    The sixteen-boat PHRF 3 class is shaping up to be yet another battle of 35-footers.  Three J/109s vs. two J/35s vs a bunch of other 35-somethings.  The J/109 ringleader must certainly be the Chicago Mackinac Race winner, Bob Evans’ GOAT RODEO, up against his colleagues Elwood Hansmann’s BLOODLINE and Jim Caesar’s LIQUID LOUNGE II.  The J/35’s are Mitch Weisman’s FLYING SPHAGETTI MONSTER and Rick Reed’s OB LA DI!

    With eighteen boats, the PHRF 2 class is the largest in the event and will have a lot of stiff competition.  A trio of J/111’s with extensive offshore experience should be contenders, such as Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi’s MOMENTUS, John Kalanik’s PURA VIDA, and Tom Dickson’s WARLOCK.  They will have to contend with Frank Giampoli’s J/120 JAHAZI and Jim Gignac’s J/130 SALSA.

    Finally, in PHRF 1 class, carrying the J/banner all alone will be Tom Papoutsis’ J/133 RENEGADE in a class with an eclectic mixture of much larger offshore racing machines- like an Andrews 77 and a TP52!  For more Tri-State Race sailing information

    Conanicut YC Round Island Race Preview
    (Jamestown, RI)- The 90th Annual Around The Island Race is taking place this weekend on Narragansett Bay and an enormous fleet of 101 boats are participating, 23 of them are J/Crews (about 23% of the fleet)!

    The event signifies for many sailors on Narragansett Bay the culmination of their summer sailing season.  Since it coincides with America’s Labor Day holiday weekend, it also marks the transition from summer vacation to children and youth going back to school in September for their new school year. In other words, for many families, the “last blast” before the fall season kicks in.

    Amongst the highlights of this year’s Round Island Race will be the debut of the brand new J/121 INCOGNITO, skippered by her new owner Joe Brito with Jeff Johnstone aboard helping on speed and tactics.  They will be tested hard by Jack Gregg’s J/122 TARAHUMARA in PHRF Class 1.

    Then, in PHRF 2 Class, will be a trio of J/109s (Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE, Brooke Mastrorio’s URSA, & John Sahagian’s PICANTE), Paul Grimes’ J/35 BREAKAWAY, Dawson & Ben Hodgson’s J/100 GRIMACE, and Doug Newhouse’s J/88 YONDER.

    In PHRF 3 Class will be a mix of classic J’s.  At the top of the fleet will be Stephen Lipman’s J/37C DUCK SOUP; they will be chased hard by Sean Doyle’s J/105 KESTREL and a ubiquitous Narragansett Bay competitor- EC Helme’s J/92S SPIRIT!

    The next class will be an interesting mix of boats that includes J/70s and J/80s.  Who will beat who?? Who knows?  It all depends on the course, the breeze, and the breeze angles!  Three J/70s are sailing- Chris Murray, Gordon Fletcher’s GIJIMA, & Suzy Leech’s JUNKANOO.  Victor Bell’s J/80 PHANTOM will be working hard to hold off the onslaught of those “little boats”!

    In PHRF 5 Class, it will be a battle of the classic “J” 30+ footers!  Two J/30s- Chris Tate’s BLITZ and Daniel Borsutzky’s FLYING HIGH versus James Cornwall’s J/35C SUGAREE and Dennis Nixon’s J/29 LYNX!

    Whether or not the CYC considers them a J/24 “class”, there is no question that after 40 YEARS, the J/24 Newport Fleet #50 has been a long, long-time supporter of the Conanicut YC Round Island Race!  Past winners over time sailing J/24s- Ken Read, Brad Read, Tony Rey, Anthony Kotoun, Terry Hutchinson, Bob, Stu & Jeff Johnstone.  Not exactly chump change in the world of sailing.  The J/24 fleet includes several Newport J/24 #50 Fleet winners.  For more Conanicut YC Around Island Race sailing information

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The final week of sailing in August in the northern hemisphere was highlighted by the J/111 World Championship that took place in San Francisco, CA, hosted by the St Francis YC; it was an epic and challenging affair for the four-day regatta.  Just south of them in King Harbor, CA (the Los Angeles basin), the King Harbor YC hosted their annual King Harbor Regatta that had J/70s as their largest fleet, and it was part of their SoCal series.  Heading across the continent about 2,000 miles east (e.g. bigger than Europe geographically), the Verve Cup Regatta took place at Chicago YC’s Belmont Station for yet another huge fleet of J/70s.  Then, heading another 1,000 miles further east to Boston (exhausting to even think about it riding my bike!), we find the annual Ted Hood Regatta took place in Marblehead, MA, hosted by their famous trio of clubs (Boston YC, Corinthian YC, Eastern YC) for one-design fleets of J/70s, J/105s and a big PHRF handicap fleet!

    Meanwhile, on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean, there was a lot of sailing activity taking place from the United Kingdom to the Continental Europe. Starting in the U.K. the Dartmouth Regatta took place in Dartmouth, England- the event saw a J/112E win (!), and great performances by J/122, J/88, J/109 teams.  Heading across “La Manche”, we land in Breskens, The Netherlands.  Why?  It was the occasion of the Breskens Sailing Weekend that included the European J/111 fleet, plus IRC classes that included J/97s, J/105s, and J/109s.

    In France, the J/80’s participated in their annual Obelix Trophy.  As part of their J/80 Coupe de France, sailing on the lake at Bénodet, France is a special occasion for many J/80 teams that participate in the French J/80 season sailing circuit.

    The past week was also a very busy one for the J/70 sailing leagues in Europe. This popular format is only getting more popular, the European version of what many know in America as “college sailing”- rotating teams onto a fleet of just six boats for 12 or 18 teams- the socializing between the clubs and teams on-shore between time on the water is what makes it so, so fun!  You get to meet people while racing during the day! Not just in the morning, or the evening, but actually having a chance to compare notes and meet each other during the day!  A radical concept, for sure!  Socializing sailing with friends as you watch the racing in front of you take place just dozens of meters offshore!

    Such was the case in Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark.  Ever go skiing in Europe?  Perhaps you have heard of Davos? It is famous in the circles of the World Cup in skiing for the F.I.S. World Championship. It is also a very dynamic community in the summer.  The lake at Davos is, perhaps, more famous in the summer-time for European cognoscenti!  Famous for attracting the people that love the Alps, the cool temperatures in the summer, there was no question J/70 sailors were excited to sail in a famous Alpine resort.  The host for the 4th event was the Davos Sailing & Surf Club!

    Similarly, the Swedish J/70 Sailing League took place in Jönköping, Sweden- a city on the shores of Lake Vättern, in southern Sweden. It’s known for its long lake-side beach, Vätterstranden. In the center is the 19th-century Sofia Church, with its neo-Gothic design and towering spire.

    Then, the Danish J/70 Sailing League took place in Aarhus, Denmark- a city first settled in the 5th Century AD and has always enjoyed a strong sailing heritage- dominated first by the infamous Vikings of Scandinavia, then later successive waves of settlers that made the seaport their commercial home for fishing the Baltic Sea.

    Meanwhile, an Australian team nearly won the J/111 Worlds in San Francisco Bay, California.  Their friends Down Under were cheering them on, flying the “boxing kangaroo” flag at the AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week.  Each year, this famous “spring time” event in Australia takes place on the northern end of the famous Great Barrier Reef of Australia- a world UNESCO site that all sailors should be concerned about as it is dying a slow, painful death.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook pag  Below are the summaries

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Aug 19-26- AUDI Hamilton Race Week- Hamilton Island, Australia
    Aug 23-27- J/111 World Championship- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 25-27- Breskens Sailing Weekend- Breskens, The Netherlands
    Sep 12-16- J/70 World Championship- Porto Cervo, Italy
    Sep 14-17- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 15-23- J/24 World Championship- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    Sep 22-24- J/FEST San Diego- San Diego, CA
    Sep 24- Oct 1- J/24 European Championship- Lake Balaton, Hungary
    Sep 30- Oct 1- J/70 East Coast Championship- Deltaville, VA

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

    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 Bay Area, one boat from Los Angeles, two from Annapolis, Maryland, and one boat— Rod Warren’s JOUST— from Melbourne, Australia.  Here is how it all went down over the course of the four-day event.

    Day 1- Thursday
    Spend enough time sailing on any body of water and it slowly reveals its secrets, giving sailors a set of rules-of-thumb that should—theoretically— be the keys to success, provided that time-honored patterns prove consistent. San Francisco Bay certainly has its closely guarded secrets, as the sailors learned during the first three races. But, instead of delivering conditions that were consistent with the tacticians’ hard-won playbooks, Thursday’s action was defined by big fleet splits that delivered interesting returns on investment at the rounding marks, leeward gate and finishing line.

    “By running three races, our goal was to let the fleet leg-out a bit,” said Jeff Johnson, the StFYC Principal Race Officer. “We saw gradually building conditions throughout the day that gave people time to shift gears and to introduce their crews to San Francisco Bay.”

    The build-up began with a slowly gathering morning breeze that filled in on the Bay’s Berkeley Circle, where the racing was held, with a steady 10-knot breeze and a tide that was flooding by the time the first starting gun sounded. While common wisdom on the Berkeley Circle holds that one should go right until it doesn’t work, some of the fleet instead opted for better current relief and while others sought out stronger pressure.

    Once the starting signals began sounding, all crews brought their A-game to bear against their rivals on a windward-leeward-twice-around course. And, while rules-of-thumb were certainly considered, the fastest sailors also knew when to go off-piste in terms of their rulebook strategy. “It took a lot of grinding,” said Peter Wagner, skipper of Skeleton Key (USA 115), immediately after taking the regatta’s first bullet. “The race was won upwind.” When queried about the favored side of the course, Wagner’s crew reported that things oscillated, requiring sharp focus from the entire team, and from their skipper.

    The breeze continued to slowly gather for the day’s second race, forcing teams to work through their gear changes and apply more rig tension as needed. Again, the fleet chose opposite sides of the racetrack up the first uphill hike, with Jim Connelly’s Slush Fund (USA 119) winning the start and holding her advantage all the way around to the finishing line, where Skeleton Key almost nicked victory. Rod Warren’s Joust (AUS 1110) crossed the finishing line next to complete the second race’s Top Three.

    “Our plan was just to have fun and sail fast,” said Jason Currie, Slush Fund’s mainsail trimmer, just after crossing the line. “We won the pin end of the start, and we tacked and sailed away. Currents played into it a fair amount, and we sailed into the cone of Alcatraz” to seek relief from the flooding waters.

    St. Francis Yacht Club’s race committee was clearly paying attention to the shifting weather conditions as the daily high-pressure system tried valiantly to push blue skies above the course, but the marine layer remained steady, even as the breeze swung to the south for the day’s final race. Skeleton Key enjoyed a tactically wise mid-line start, followed by Martin Roesch’s Velocity and Doug and Jack Jorgensen’s Picosa, but the building breeze and steepening waves saw numerous lead changes. By the first weather mark, Picosa was in the pole position, followed by Skeleton Key and Slush Fund. But, instead of the rich getting richer, Warren’s Joust team crossed the upwind finishing line in first place, followed by Velocity and Slush Fund.  At the end of the first day of racing, Skeleton Key was topping the leaderboard, followed by Joust and Slush Fund.

    Day 2- Friday
    Despite forecasts for lighter-than-average wind on San Francisco Bay, the second day delivered fresh conditions that gathered as the day’s action unfurled. Berkeley Circle conditions started with a gentle 5-7 knots for the first race and topped out in the high-teens with puffs into the low-20s by the end of the day. But while Mother Nature was dynamic in her temperament, the fleet’s fastest guns kept their performances consistent, proving once again that one-mode boats don’t win world championship titles.

    Unlike yesterday, the old saw about the Berkeley Circle (“going right always works until it doesn’t”) proved accurate today, especially for teams that worked the inside lanes. Jim Connelly’s Slush Fund beat the fleet to the first mark, followed by Wagner’s Skeleton Key— positions that both boats held across the finish. Warren’s Joust rounded out the top three.

    “We had great upwind speed, clean air and a great start off the line,” said Connolly, just after taking his proud win. “We were off the line nicely. It was upwind performance— that’s what did it for us!”

    The breeze continued to freshen for the day’s second race, which was also a windward-leeward-twice-around contest that sent teams on a 1.8 nautical mile climb that, in turn, was rewarded with big-grin kite rides. Wagner’s Skeleton Key and Connelly’s Slush Fund both enjoyed strong starts.  However, six of the eight-boat fleet broke left, ditching the typical wisdom exercised on the Circle. While Skeleton Key and Slush Fund covered each other tightly on the first leg, Warren’s Joust rounded the first mark in the pole position and managed to stave off Skeleton’s Key’s advances until an ugly looking gybe coming into the finishing line almost cost the Aussies their bullet. Fortunately, the team from Down Under man-handled their kite just in time, leaving second and third places to Skeleton Key and Slush Fund, respectively.

    “These were perfect conditions,” said Joust’s Aaron Cole, just after finishing. As for that final gybe, “we got a little chicken-winged out and came in a little bit hot, but we got control and luckily pulled it off!”

    Interestingly, almost all teams doused their headsails on the downhill legs in favor of a main-and-kite-only configuration, but once the wind began to gather to around 15-17 knots, most headsails remained at full hoist. “It’s our cross-over between planning and soaking,” said Cole. “If you do it at the right time, you get on the plane and go downwind fast.”

    The Race Committee gave competitors an extra few minutes to tighten their shrouds between the day’s final two races, the latter of which saw big breeze that was complimented by a flooding tide. While the wind was with the water, the Bay’s long fetch still managed to churn the Berkeley Circle into the notorious “washing machine chop” wave pattern.

    Warren’s Joust enjoyed another fine start to the day’s third race, followed by Connolly’s Slush Fund and Wagner’s Skeleton Key, but by the first weather mark Roesch’s Velocity managed to nose in between Joust and Slush Fund. While Velocity’s pace looked strong as the team worked their way around the top of the course, a series of leader changes unfurled that saw Slush Fund reap the day’s final win, followed by Picosa and Velocity, with Skeleton Key being forced to settle for a fourth-place finish.

    After six races over two days, Connolly’s Slush Fund was in the pole position and tied with Wagner’s Skeleton Key for total points (15). However, Slush Fund were sitting on a net score of 9 points (due to discarded races), while Wagner carried 11 points and Joust was in third place with 12 net points.

    Day 3- Saturday
    One of the marks of a world-championship-level sailing team is the ability to rapidly adjust to evolving conditions while also being fast at courses of all lengths and shapes. Such was the test Saturday as the race committee sent the eight-strong fleet on a 26.4-nautical-mile tour of the Bay that took teams from Alcatraz out under the Golden Gate Bridge to Point Bonito, then back into the Bay for some seriously fast legs that tested teams at all angles and all wind velocities, while also challenging their ability to stay focused for hours.

    “There’s a strong precedent in the J/111 class to have a distance race with their Worlds, so we’re including it,” said Jenn Lancaster, St. Francis Yacht Club’s Race Director. “It worked out great with our schedule, and we created a course that gave people good exposure to all corners of the Bay and a chance to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, which is a Bucket List item for most sailors.”

    Given that conditions outside of the Golden Gate Bridge are usually a different animal than conditions inside, the adventure quotient was high come dock-out. “Lead, cover, extend, come home early, and watch out for whales,” said Warren, skipper of Joust, which hails from the Sandringham Yacht Club in Sandringham, Australia, of his teams strategy. As for if his team prefers distance races or windward-leewards, Warren jested, “I’ll tell you after today!”

    A 5-8 knot breeze greeted sailors at the starting line, however the days forecast called for must stronger winds as the sun marched west. At the start, Jorgensen’s Picosa crossed first, followed by Wagner’s Skeleton Key and Roesch’s Velocity. The Golden Gate Bridge’s north and south towers were just emerging from the Bay’s infamous marine layer as the fleet headed for the Marin side of the course and some current relief. Here, the key to success lay in hugging close to the Marin Headlands’ rocky coastline, practically scrapping the bricks as rigs cleared the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Outside of this world-famous landmark was a confused and sometimes-choppy seaway and even less wind pressure. Teams continued to hug the shoreline, their laminate sails and carbon rigs camouflaged against a backdrop of dark oceanic basalt cliffs and hills punctuated by redwoods, sequoias and juniper trees.

    Sticky, light-air conditions prevailed until teams rounded a mark off of Point Bonita Lighthouse, popped their kites, and headed back towards Treasure Island, with Slush Fund leading the way, followed by Picosa and Skeleton Key, with Joust in hot pursuit.

    Whales flashed their fins as the teams fought to keep their kites full— an issue that would quickly vanish once teams entered the Bay where the breeze was building fast.

    Once past the bridge, the “Nantucket sleigh rides” commenced as teams fought to control their steeds in 20+ knots of breeze. At the second turning mark, situated off Treasure Island, Picosa had snatched the lead, followed by Skeleton Key and Slush Fund, with Joust still skirmishing for a spot in the top three.

    Next, the fleet aimed their bows back upwind for Harding Rock, the third turning mark, as a flood tide pressed hard against the buoy. The top four boats held their positions as crews prepared for the next kite-set and screaming sleigh-ride back down the Bay.

    The Berkeley Pier Ruins were the fourth turning point on the Bay Tour, and teams prepared for the final beat back up to Point Cavallo, where they would bear off and aim their bows for the finishing line.

    While the boathandling wasn’t easy, Skeleton Key picked-off Picosa’s lead at the last mark, however both boats went low after hoisting their kites, setting themselves up to cross the finishing line under jibs and mainsails, given the angles involved. Joust’s position gave them time to study the leaders’ fortunes and they opted for a very different angle that allowed them to carry their kite all the way to a screaming first-place finish.

    “On the last run down, Aaron Cole, my tactician, worked out that we shouldn’t hoist our kite right away but instead cross the current and then go up with the kite,” said an elated Warren at the dock. “We were in third place, but this queued us with the guys ahead of us, who we passed in that last bit, which I guess is the only bit that really counts!”  After seven races over three days, Slush Fund topped the leaderboard, followed by Joust and Skeleton Key.

    Day 4- Sunday- the Finale
    Bright sunshine and 10 knots of air greeted the crews for the final day of racing. Racing had been consistently competitive throughout four days of competition, with regular leader changes and a good mix of boats winning top-three finishes. Better still, the weather cooperated perfectly, giving sailors a hearty dose of what they came for- San Francisco’s legendary summer breeze.

    Going into the final day, Connolly’s Slush Fund had 12 pts net, with Joust sitting on 13 pts net, and Skeleton Key in third place with 13 net points.  To say it was anybody’s game was certainly going to ring true after two more races were scheduled to determine the World Champion.

    “Coming into today, we had already enjoyed three days of racing,” said Jenn Lancaster, St. Francis Yacht Club’s Race Director. “After a challenging distance race yesterday, it was great to round-out this championship with racing on the Berkeley Circle.”

    A moderate breeze worked in tandem with the current and tide to create lumpy seas that would only increase in height, steepness and frequency. The Race Committee signaled Course 4 (windward-leeward, twice around), and teams jostled for a favored spot on the starting line. Come the starting signal, Skeleton Key, Velocity and Joust were the quickest off the line, with five of the eight boats opting for the stronger pressure on the course’s left-hand side.

    A strong North Bay push threatened to set boats to the southeast that didn’t properly account for this influence, and— at the first windward mark— Slush Fund rounded and hoisted their kite first, followed by Skeleton Key and Picosa. Slush Fund successfully held their lead through the gate, followed by Skeleton Key and Joust.  But, fortunes changed come the second weather mark as Skeleton Key rounded first, followed by Picosa and Slush Fund. Numerous gybes and more leader changes ensued before Skeleton Key’s bow pierced the finishing line to take the win, followed by Picosa and Slush Fund.

    The RC promptly signaled the day’s last race, which was a windward-leeward-twice-around affair, fortified by an extra windward leg for an uphill finish. The starting signal sounded, with Skeleton Key again enjoying a fine start, followed by Velocity and Reuben Rocci’s Swift Ness. By the first windward mark, Joust had claimed the pole position, followed by Skeleton Key and Slush Fund. Kites were hoisted and the bow spray instantly started flying.

    Positions held at the leeward gate all the way to the finishing line, where a loud chorus of cheers could be heard coming from the Australian boat. While Joust sailed a phenomenal last race, it wasn’t enough to earn them the world title.  Instead, that went to Skeleton Key, a team that consistently proved their mettle. “Congratulations to Skeleton Key and Slush Fund,” said a tired-but-happy Warren, reflecting on his third-place overall finish. “I thought four bullets would have done it, but not quite.”

    After nine races, Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key crew are the new J/111 World Champions, and their victory on their home waters is made all the sweeter by the fact that they came in second at last year’s J/111 Worlds in Cowes, United Kingdom.

    “It took a lot of patience,” said an elated Wagner. “There was a lot of depth at the top of the fleet. Slush Fund had the best speed; Joust was consistent and fast; we had our moments; and several others such as Picosa and Velocity sailed well. We took nothing for granted out there. It was a long regatta that wasn’t decided until the final beat. It took a lot of concentration, but I’m glad we held it together.”

    When asked about the origins of his boat’s moniker, Wagner cracked a wry smile. “A skeleton key is an Australian term for a surfboard that performs well in a variety of conditions, and we like to think that we sail well in all conditions.” For those that wonder where Peter came from in his sailing career, he was an All-American at Harvard University’s Sailing Team in the world’s toughest collegiate sailing competitions in New England for a period of four years on the Charles River- famous for producing many of America’s top competitors.  Think Kenny Read at Boston University as a simple poster child.

    Rounding out the top five were Connelly’s Slush Fund in 2nd, Warren’s Joust in 3rd, Jorgensen’s Picosa in 4th and Roesch’s Velocity in 5th. Sailing photo credits- Chris Ray/ Christy Usher/ Gerard Sheridan/ Leslie Richter.  For more J/111 World Championship sailing information




















    J/112E Victorious @ Dart Regatta!
    (Dartmouth, United Kingdom)- For the Dartmouth Regatta 2017, the J/U.K. Team asked J/80 sailors, Nick and Annie Haigh. If they would like to put a crew together for the J/112E DAVANTI TYRES campaign. Now living in The West Country, Nick and Annie recruited a friendly crew of great sailors, most of whom are Devon based. Nick helmed the boat and Annie trimmed the spinnaker.

    Day 1- Thursday
    The first day of the regatta saw the crew sail together for the first time; Nick and Annie had sailed onboard for a day at the J/Cup. The Mast man- Mike- was the only other crew member to have previously sailed a J/112E.

    The day dawned with sunshine and a 10 knot breeze. The fleet was made up of some very good teams, Ed Fishwick's Redshift had won the RORC Easter regatta as well as races at the IRC Nationals and Cowes Week. Tim Cunliffe's Insatiable from Falmouth was a class winner at Dartmouth Regatta 2016. Sistership J/112E J'OUVERT is a local Dartmouth boat that had shown great bursts of speed at the J/Cup. Mike Bridges Elaine is a serial winner, although her configuration perhaps suits stronger winds than the regatta forecast.  And, the J/88's EAT SLEEP J REPEAT and J-DREAM were fresh from their 1-2 success at the J/88 Nationals.

    Paul Heys from J/U.K. was to miss the first day of racing, travelling back from the launching of the new J/121 in Newport. Arriving in Dartmouth he was delighted to hear that the team had scored a 1-1-3 and were leading Redshift by 2 points.  Nick, like all who have sailed her, expressed delight at the boats ability to outpoint rivals.

    Day 2- Friday
    The dawned with a very light wind forecast and only one race was sailed. Becoming boxed in at the start and then finding ourselves on the wrong side of a wind shift, we found ourselves buried deep at the first windward mark. Good sailing and raw speed allowed us to carve our way back to a third place, meaning we were now only retaining the lead by virtue of count back.

    Day 3- Saturday
    Unfortunately, there was even less wind on Saturday and the full day programme was cancelled.

    Day 4- Sunday
    On the final race day, there was just a little more wind forecast. Not much, that’s for sure!

    The race officer set the line with a very large port bias, adding extra pressure for the helm and tactician. In both races Nick Cherry, helming Redshift, made great starts at the pin with us very close behind. Redshift, our closest rival, had to give the J/112E time so if the J/112E can finish within 14 seconds of her after an hours sailing, the J/112E takes the win!  However, there was no question the crew preferred the safer bet of leading Redshift home!

    Here is the report from Paul Heys on what ultimately happened on the last day:

    “In the first race of the day, we were able to sail down inside of Redshift on the first run, despite the fact that we have a centerline bowsprit and A sail, whilst they have a symmetrical pole. It may be the case that our hull shape and single rudder has less drag than their fatter stern, twin rudder design?

    In the second race, we followed them and the Mumm 30 for the first lap, then we adopted our preferred strategy of sailing the boat very upright upwind, whilst most others were inducing heel in an attempt to reduce drag. In this upright mode, the new keel designed by Al Johnstone really works well, allowing us to move forward and climb out from first the Mumm and then Redshift. Thus, we ended the regatta with double line honours and handicap victories, winning the class with four straight firsts!!

    Sailing this regatta reminded me of 2009 when we first campaigned the J/97; both boats have an extremely competitive performance with no weak spots.

    As all-round boats that can compete doublehanded, fully crewed and then serve as an express cruiser, they are very hard to beat.

    The J/97’s went on to become serial winners at many, many regattas. We are confident that the J/112E has a similarly bright future.”  For more J/112E sailboat information

    J/133 EUPHORIA Wins @ AUDI Hamilton Race Week
    (Hamilton Island, Australia)- Following the destruction wrought by Cyclone Debbie just 5 months ago, Hamilton Island was back to its beautiful best for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week held August 19th to 26th, contested by 215 yachts from all around Australia.

    Five J/Boats contested various divisions in the event, including Stephen Everett’s J/160 SALACIA, Chris Morgan’s J/130 RAGTIME, James Crowley’s J/122 JAVELIN, Norman Weaver’s J/122E JAZZAMATAZZ and Tony Coleman’s J/133 EUPHORIA.

    JAZZAMATAZZ and EUPHORIA both made the 1,000nm delivery voyage from Sydney to compete in the beautiful warm waters of the Whitsunday Islands.

    Euphoria’s overall win in the Racer Cruiser division was particularly notable. Competing against a very diverse group of yachts that included the previous year’s divisional winner (a Sydney 32), several Beneteaus, a very fast one-design canting keel 40ft racing yacht, three Melges 32’s and some other sports boats, Euphoria scored 3 wins out of 6 races in a variety of wind strengths that ranged from less than 5 knots to more than 20 knots over the week. As a result, Euphoria comfortably won the point-score for her division.

    Euphoria has now built an enviable track record at HIRW having also won her division in 2011 and coming second on a count-back in 2015 when tied equal first on points. Her owner, Tony Coleman, also won at HIRW in 2003 with his previous Euphoria – a J/120.

    It is also notable that a majority of Euphoria’s crew (six out of ten) are ladies – so she also became quite a popular boat at the various social events held on Hamilton Island during Race Week. Lots of fun was had by all!

    Day 1- racing began in idyllic conditions, excited and some nervous crews facing the prospect of a 25-30 knot sou’easters and strong tide making for a wild downwind run from the narrow start in Dent Passage.  The fleet handled the fresh conditions over the 24nm course reasonably well, save for a few broaches by some.

    Day 2- four hours after the original scheduled start and with the entire fleet moved to open water on the southwestern side of the island, the first start on day three got underway near Surprise Rock in a light south-east breeze.

    Coleman’s J/133 EUPHORIA from Sydney won at Race Week in 2011 and so far they are on track to repeat the success in the Racer/Cruiser division with 1-4-1 scores. Owner/driver Coleman says their results are down to a good crew and the boat being an all-rounder. “The boat performs in most conditions; it’s happy in the strong winds and reasonable in the light stuff. Today was very pleasant, a 10 knot breeze and nice sunny skies. What more could you ask for?”

    Day 3- the winter tradewinds returned to the Whitsundays on the penultimate day of competition, allowing for an expanded schedule to make up for some races missed due to light winds mid-week.

    Coleman’s J/133 Euphoria was on either side of a tug-o-war in the Racer/Cruiser division, with the team dismayed by a 10th in the first race followed by a massive change of fortune in the second race of the day, winning by a comfortable margin to continue to lead class.

    Day 4- Crews from Tasmania to Western Australia to the American classic Dorade on a Southern Hemisphere odyssey used what was left in the tank in the sou’east tradewinds 15-18 knots to firm up a divisional placing, or just see out the series in spectacular North Queensland winter sailing conditions.

    All week the battle raged in the Racer/Cruiser division between Coleman’s J/133 EUPHORIA from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Adrian Walters’ Little Nico from Middle Harbour.

    “Little Nico is a seriously fast boat- it just disappeared over the horizon - but we managed to sail to our handicap and we are very happy with our result,” said Coleman on Saturday afternoon. “The boat’s been here once before, back in 2011. She’s 13 years-old and we have a majority of women crew so we are probably a bit unusual in that respect. It does make us quite popular in the evenings! We had a really good range of conditions over the week. We only lost the one day with no wind and the rest of the time it was decent sea breezes.”

    Of note, Stephen Everett’s J/160 SALACIA just four points shy of the podium, settling for 5th place in her Cruising Division I class.  For more AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week sailing information

    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 and that is too long. The second race was better and we managed to run the maximum number of seven races this weekend. A great achievement given the tough circumstances!”  Course B sailors were also able to get in seven races over the weekend.

    All in all, it was a nice weekend, for the one-design fleet of J/111s as well as the IRC classes.  Winning the J/111’s was Hans Zwijnenburg’s SWEENY, fresh off their win in the J/CUP held a fortnight ago in Torquay, United Kingdom.  Certainly, they are on a roll, having won most of the races.  Taking 2nd was Jorg Sigg’s LALLEKONING and in 3rd position was Sebastien de Liedekerke’s DJINN.

    In the IRC Two-handed class, taking the silver for the weekend was Tom De Jonghe’s J/105 DJ.

    There were several J/crews sailing in IRC 3 Class.  In the end, it was tough battle against light-air flyers.  Finishing 4th was Rene van Quekelberghe’s J/97 JAI HO, 6th was Bart Wauters J/92 JOLO, and 7th was Dimitri Vanvyve’s J/105 JUGGERNAUT.

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    ROSEBUD Romps @ J/70 Verve Cup Regatta
    (Chicago, IL)- Great Lakes J/70 sailors were treated to two great days of sailing on Lake Michigan last weekend.  Other the three-day event, eleven races were run by host Chicago YC Belmont Station Race Committee and PRO team.  In the end, the regatta came down to a duel between Pam Rose’s ROSEBUD crew and Jim Prendergast’s USA 167 crew, with Rose’s team taking the regatta win.

    Eighteen teams from Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois participated in the regatta.  The win was not an easy one for Rose’s ROSEBUD crew that included Match Racing World Champion Taylor Canfield trimming main and calling tactics.  Their first four races were a 4-1-8-5.  However, from there on end they nearly ran the table, getting settled into better starts, more consistent speed and excellent crew work, compiling four 1sts in their last 7 races to take the regatta with 34 pts total.

    Starting off with all top five finishes in the first six races was Jim Prendergast’s crew on USA 167.  Then, after a disappointing 7th in race 7, they seemed to have been shocked into drinking a can of Popeye’s “whupass” and rattled off a 1-2-3-1 to close out the regatta and grab the silver position on the podium.

    Behind the top two players, it was quite the rumble going on for the balance of the top five.  All three teams were playing the game of “chutes & ladders”, winning races, getting top three scores, then dropping like a stone in next race.  After the dust settled on Sunday afternoon, it was Mark & Sarah Renz’s BERTEAU GROUP that closed the deal and snagged the bronze with 52 pts total.

    Taking the fourth spot and winning the Corinthians Division was Bob Willis’ RIP RULLAH with 58 pts.  Five points back to take fifth place and 2nd in Corinthians was Martin Johnsson’s AQUAHOLIKS with 63 pts and 6th overall/ 3rd in Corinthians was Jake Christy’s PALE HORSE with 66 pts.  Follow Chicago YC Verve Cup on Facebook here   For more Verve Cup J/70 Regatta sailing information

    J/Crews Loving Dartmouth Regatta!
    (Dartmouth, England)- The Dartmouth Regatta is a great way to end the summer sailing season along the south coast of the United Kingdom.

    Set in the beautiful West Country, the sailing regatta forms part of a larger event that includes rowing championships and has many onshore attractions, a true British Summer festival!

    Many J/Teams attended the regatta this year, some fresh from the J/Cup, other’s post-Fastnet race finish, some locally based and other’s travelling from afar.

    The weather was perfect for rowing and beach activities, but not so good for sailing.  For example, 2/3 of day 2 and all of day 3 lost to lack of wind. Race day 1 saw three races sailed in 8-15 knots, day 2 just one race in 7-10 knots. The final day saw two races completed by 1330 in a 6-11 knot breeze.

    The J/Clan had great success, J/DREAM prevailed, reversing the Nationals result with EAT SLEEP J REPEAT in the J/88 battle. Peter Symonds J/112E J'OUVERT was declared top Royal Dart boat under IRC.

    Simon Perry's J/109 JIRAFFE team completed their 2017 JIRAFFE Safari with first place in the hotly contested fleet.

    Bob Baker and his Lymington-based team sailed their J/97 JAYWALKER to a hard-fought victory in IRC 3 Class.

    New to the circuit were the J/122 BLACK DOG and the new J/122e TIGH SOLIUS from Hamble. Despite perhaps trying a little too hard on day one, both boats showed nice bursts of speed, hinting at great future potential.

    The superb hospitality and organization of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, the Kingswear Marina, and the two towns of Kingswear and Dartmouth, will ensure that most will return in 2018!

    J/80 Obelix Trophy France
    (Bénodet, France)- Created in 1971 by Dominique le Page and Erwan Quéméré, the Obelix Trophy that took place from August 25th to 27th has become over the years an essential rendezvous for all those who sail during the summer in France.

    The event takes place every year and brings together J/80s and over 100 other sailboats on the Bénodet Lake. The Obelix Trophy, also counts for the overall season championship, the J/80 Coupe de France.

    This year’s event enjoyed the most beautiful sailing conditions in a wonderful place!

    Reveling in the conditions was Damien Fortini’s crew on J-GANTESQUE from CN Lorient.  His crew consisted of Stephane Brouillet, Anne Le Gouguec, Julien Le Granvalet, and Nathan Meric-Pons- a mostly Lorient-based crew.  However, their record of 2-1-5-1 for 9 pts meant they had to win on a tie-breaker, based on number of 1sts, over Anne Phelipon’s NAVIGATLANTIQUE crew from Societe Regate Rochelaises that had a 1-3-2-3 tally.  Anne’s crew consisted of Bertrand Nun, Thomas Haddouche, and Loig Leon.

    Rounding the top three for the regatta was Xavier Tinel’s team from CN Lorient on JEROBOAM MARINE LORIENT (Christophe Audic, Christophe Dreyer and Julien Bregegere).  Their record of 3-5-1-2 for 11 pts meant they were just two points off the pace!  For more J/80 Obelix Trophy sailing information

    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 SAVASANA seems to be developing a lot of momentum going into the AUDI J/70 World Championship that starts in a fortnight at YC Costa Smeralda’s facility in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy.

    With Stu McNay, USA Olympic 470 sailor and World Champion, as his tactician, Keane’s crew could seem to do no wrong, except for one nearly catastrophic 12th place in the 4th race.  They won five of the seven races to finish with 19 pts and the regatta win!

    Hot on their tail all weekend long was Bruce Golison’s crew from California racing MIDLIFE CRISIS- sailing by far the most consistent series in the top five with all finishes in the top 4!  While never winning a race, Golison’s crew ended up with 21 pts for the silver.  Taking the bronze with 23 pts total was Peter Duncan’s high-powered RELATIVE OBSCURITY crew, coming off a 2nd in the J/70 Europeans in the United Kingdom and having won the finale of the ALCATEL J/70 Cup in Italy with all of Europe’s top J/70 sailors competing.  Rounding out the top five were Bruno Pasquinelli’s crew from the Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas in 4th place and Tom Bowen’s REACH AROUND team from Annapolis YC in 5th place.

    In the J/70 Corinthians Division, it was Tyler Doyle’s USA 245 that took honors with 60 pts total, followed by Stein Skanne’s SHRED in 2nd with 62 pts and Frank McNamara’s CHINOOK in 3rd with 63 pts- close, eh??  Those results, literally, came down to the last race and the last leg of the regatta!

    Meanwhile, in the J/105 one-design class, it looked like it was just about a “walk-in-the-park” for Nicole Breault & Bruce Stone’s GOOD TRADE.  The J/105 team from San Francisco, skippered by Nicole Breault, dominated the Marblehead fleet with a 1-3-5-2-1-1-1 scoreline for 14 points. Her team consisted of Dave Marshall at bow, Halsey Richartz at mast and tactics, Casey Williams at pit and jib trim, Jamie Ewing at main, and co-owner Bruce Stone at spin trim.

    The top local team skipperedd by Fred deNapoli on ALLEGRO SEMPLICITA was 13 points behind with 27 points, followed by Matthew Pike and Dave Nelson's GOT QI with 35 points.

    Nicole and Bruce are on a roll in the J/105 class, having won three regattas on SF Bay (St Francis YC Spring One Design, SF Bay J/Fest and SF Yacht Club Resin Regatta), plus Cedar Point One-Design, Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week, Buzzards Bay Regatta and now the Ted Hood Regatta- the latter two skippered by Nicole.

    Nicole commented on their regatta, ”It was great to get back to Marblehead and its picturesque harbor and its strong racing heritage. I remember coming here to race in the USYRU Bemis championship in the 1980s and the 420 North Americans in the early 1990s.  So, it was fun to return in a big-boat and run into many friends from those years. The hospitality was terrific and we plan to be back in a few years for the J/105 North Americans!”

    In the world of PHRF handicap racing, there were plenty of stories to tell and, like their one-design colleagues, many “shoulda-coulda-woulda’s” going around the race track.

    In PHRF 1 Class, J/teams dominated the top five overall.  Gary Weisberg’s J/111 HEATWAVE took 2nd, Tom Mager’s J/122 GIGI was 3rd, Ed Kaye’s J/111 PRAVDA was 4th, and Ben Chigier’s J/122 ESCAPE VELOCITY was 5th.

    In PHRF Class 2, Dan Boyd & Mitch Wiest’s J/109 WILDTHING closed out their regatta with double bullets, wishing they had found that formula earlier in the series.  Nevertheless, they ended up 4th, only 5 points out of first place!  Tough fleet they were in!

    PHRF 3 Class saw Ward Blodgett & Liz Smith’s J/33 SIROCCO earn their handicap-racing debut to take second place in class!

    Then, in PHRF 4 Class, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the J/24 was none other than Dave Smith’s J/24 AIRODOODLE, dominating with six 1sts in seven races!  Wow, a fast J/24 is forever young!  Peter Pappas’ J/80 AIRPLAY completed J domination of the class, taking second with just 12 pts.  For more Ted Hood Regatta sailing information

    J/70’s Cruz King Harbor Regatta!
    (King Harbor, CA)- Here is the “pitch” for the King Harbor YC Summer Regatta…
    “Welcome Racers, come race with the whales (the cetacean kind, not the Wall St types) on a two-day premier sailing regatta using windward-leeward legs, Saturday & Sunday, in the scenic waters between Hermosa Beach and the Manhattan Beach piers. All PHRF classes, One-designs, J/70s, Farr 40s, etc… are invited. Beer included on the docks! With Rum tastings upstairs. Plus, a complimentary huge taco bar with live band after the races Saturday (dancing encouraged!). Trophy presentation and hors d'oeuvres on Sunday. Complimentary docking provided at KHYC.”

    Sounds good, right?  No question, that is a very attractive proposition to many sailors.

    Heeding the call of duty and looking forward to yet another weekend of fun were the J/70 SoCal fleet!

    Wow, what a circuit they enjoy between Santa Barbara in the north to San Diego in the south.  Eight boats sailed the event and enjoyed seven races over the two-day weekend!

    A new name and team leaped to the front of the fleet, James Murrell’s HUCKLEBERRY from the host King Harbor YC won the event by just the “hair of their chinny, chin, chin.”  For the top three boats in the regatta, it was an up and down affair.  Murrell’s HUCKLEBERRY had two 1sts, three 2nds in their seven race scoreline to win with 12 pts.  Pushing them hard all weekend-long was Craig Tallman’s JAYA, a fellow KHYC member, winning three races, but not enough to overcome their tough closing tally of a 4-1-6 to have to settle for second overall.  Third was a very competitive youth team comprised of Robert Garret’s Newport Harbor YC team on SLOOP JOHN B; winning the first race and hanging in to secure the bronze on the podium.  Rounding out the top five were Anthony Collins’ FLY from KHYC in 4th and Curt Johnson’s AVET 2.01 in 5th from California YC.

    In the PHRF A Class, it was the J/92 H2 BLUE sailed by Ross Moore from King Harbor YC that placed third.
    For more Kings Harbor J/70 Regatta sailing information

    Horsens SC Triumphs @ Aarhus- J/70 Danish League
    (Aarhus, Denmark)- The 2017 season's third league match in the 1st Division ended last weekend in the spectacular sailing location of Aarhus.  The sailors loved enjoying a sunny summer day, sailing in front of DOKK1 in Aarhus.  The difficult urban sailing conditions throughout the competition gave the sailors a lot of challenges, and for some, rather frustrating wind conditions when massive windshifts would roll across the course and upset the standings!

    Horsens, Hellerup, KDY and the defending masters from Frederikshavn, were the top four teams in the event. For this quartet, everything came down to the final race to determine the top three! Both KDY and Hellerup scored 6’s on the final day to negatively affect their chances of winning, but not affecting their chances to at least get on the podium.  In the end, Horsens young crew scored a 3rd in their last race to secure the win at Aarhus over Frederikshavn by two pts.  Never recovering from their 6th score in race 10, KDY had to settle for third place just 2 pts in arrears of the silver.

    There were a lot of nerves on the four young Horsens boys (Mikkel Hougaard, Jeppe Bregendahl, Andreas Skjerning and skipper Jakob Nikolajsen), but they kept their heads cool, and secured victory for their club!

    "We were in the groove and we were confident of sailing well. We had good speed and good tactics, luckily!  We knew we had to avoid a bad race.  It’s been funky and exciting racing with the winds jumping all over the place and up and down in strength.  It is great to celebrate our win with so many people from our club, it was absolutely indescribable,” said Horsens crew Mikkel Hougaard.

    Horsens Sejklub has been in the league's 1st division since 2015, but has never been on the podium, nor even near it!

    The Frederikshavn Sejklub ended up 2nd, but could rejoice in the fact they had extended their lead for the overall series after their scores at Stuer, Brejning, and Aarhus.

    "It was a cool competition, a bold backdrop and close sailing. The sailing conditions were difficult- almost impossible- but at the end of the day we took 2nd. We're happy," said captain Kris Houmann from Frederikshavn.

    As a result, after the three events, Frederikshavn has 5 pts, a commanding lead for this series!  Sitting in second is KDY with 11 pts, third is Kerteminde Sejklub with 14 pts, fourth is Horsens Sejklub with 18 pts, and fifth place also sitting on 18 pts is Skovshoved Sejklub.

    The final and decisive 1st division event will be sailed in Skovshoved from the 15th to 17th September.

    Sailing Photo Credits: Camilla Hylleberg Photography
    Live from Susanne Salminen + Jonathan Bay. Media credit to Risk It Media Sports Marketing.
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     Follow Danish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook   For more Danish J/70 Sailing League information

    Malmö Surprises Swedish J/70 Sailing League!
    (Jönköping, Sweden)- The third round of Allsvenskan Sailing (the Swedish J/70 Sailing League) was settled this past weekend on Munksjön in central Jönköping. And surprisingly, it was Malmö SS that took home victory, only one point ahead of the heavy regatta favorites-  KSSS (the Royal Swedish YC).

    “This feels fantastic. We managed to get together a team just two days before starting,” says Per-Håkan Persson from the Malmö SS team.  That is even more of a shocker for the rest of the Swedish sailing league crews!  In other words, the Malmo crew were a pretty talented collection of sailors.  However, do know the team are excellent J/24 sailors that have raced “mano-a-mano” against the world’s best J/24 competitors for years!

    There was no question the Malmo team upset the status quo that saw KSSS and the 2016 Champion Cape Crow YC from Gothenburg fighting for their lives to figure out how to stay in front of the Malmo SS team!  Nevertheless, the Malmo SS team won no less than seven races in the total of thirteen races sailed!!  Impressive, to say the least against the firepower assembled by their erstwhile competitors at KSSS and CCYC!

    In the end, Malmo won by just one point over the powerful KSSS team that had finally gotten their momentum going, winning five of their last six races! They were the only team to even have a “snowballs chance in hell” of succeeding to overcome the fast-sailing Malmo team.  Third was Cape Crow YC’s notoriously fast team that somehow had a hard time sailing on the lake in Jönköping.

    As a result, the overall season series has one more event to close out the season finale.  Currently, after three events in Strangnas, Ekero, and Jonkoping, the KSSS have posted a 1-1-2 for an almost unassailable lead for the 2017 Swedish Sailing League series.  Three points back are their arch-rivals, the Cape Crow YC that have a 2-2-3 for 7 pts total.  A long way back in third place is Hjuviks BK team with a 3-13-4 for 20 pts total.  However, that means it has become a battle royale for the final spot on the podium for the season series!  Just 2 pts back in 4th is Ornskoldsviks SS with 22 pts and in 5th place is the rapidly ascending Malmo SS with an outrageous 17-6-1 for 24 pts.  However, don’t discount the fact that sitting in the hunt just 1 pt further back in 6th is Ekoln SK with a 14-3-8 for 25 pts.

    Watch some of the race-by-race action of the Swedish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here (it is all commentary in Swedish):
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    Follow the Swedish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here   For more Swedish J/70 Sailing League information

    CN Versoix Tops Swiss J/70 Sailing Challenge League
    (Davos, Switzerland)- The final of the Swiss Sailing Challenge League took place in Davos on the Davosersee. Reliable thermal winds and the opportunity to sail directly in front of the shore were the best prerequisites for a sailing spectacle. In the final showdown for the top three teams to qualify for the Swiss Super League for 2018 were six teams with a mathematical possibility of qualifying.

    While the top two teams, the Segelclub Zürich-Enge and the Club Nautique de Versoix, could hardly be overtaken, the third-place Yachtclub Kreuzlingen had to defend itself against their pursuers from Murten, Männedorf and Thalwil.

    After three days of sailing with excellent sailing conditions, the final winner of the regatta as well as the overall season series was decided in the last race and the last leg to the finish!

    Three clubs, the Yachtclub Kreuzlingen, Thalwil and Cham still had chances to win the fourth round of the Swiss Sailing Challenge League.

    However, the overall victory for all four events- Lucerne, Romanshorn, Estavayer and Davos- still stood on a razor’s edge. Both the Segelclub Zürich-Enge and the Club Nautique de Versoix were able to win the overall Swiss Sailing League Cup!

    In the 24th and last race, the showdown took place. For starters, Kreuzlingen, Thalwil and Cham were fighting each other for the regatta win.  Meanwhile, the series leaders had their own battle going on!

    Versoix and Zurich-Enge sailed their own race, forgetting about anyone else. It was primarily “who beat who” to determine the 2017 Swiss Sailing Challenge League winner. Both teams were locked into a match race and tried to keep the competitors behind them. In the 24th and final race, Versoix was second behind Cham at the first windward mark.  However, on the last downwind leg, Versoix attacked the leaders and took the lead shortly before the finish line!  This meant Versoix secured the season championship.

    As a result of the last, wildly challenging races, it was Segel Club Cham that won the Davos event on a tie-breaker over YC Kreuzlingen at 32 pts each; with SCC winning on countback.  Third was Segler-Vereinigugn Thalwil a very narrow 1.8 pts further back with a total of 33.8 pts.

    Therefore, the final outcome for the Challenger series (Luzem, Romanshorn, Estavayer, Davos) had CN Versoiz winning  with a 2-1-3-4 tally for 10 pts.  Second was SC Enge with a 1-4-1-5 for 11 pts.  Third was YC Kreuzlingen with a 5-2-5-2 for 14 pts (symmetry there??).  Rounding out the top five were SC Thalwil with 21 pts in 4th and SC Murten in 5th with 23 pts.

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary on Lake Davos, the Davos Sailing & Surf Club was overwhelmed with the enthusiastic turnout of sailors for the Swiss J/70 Sailing League.  It was a great sailing festival for sailors from all over Switzerland in Davos; a special place in the world most famously notable for its incredibly challenging skiing terrain in the world of F.I.S. snow-skiing world championships.  Sailing Photo credits- Claudia Somm   Follow the Swiss J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information

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    What J/sailors and friends are doing around the world

    * Dave Schmidt, the Sail-World.com USA Editor based in Seattle, WA has a wonderful story to tell about his participation in the sport of sailing on a friends’ J/80..

    “As a lifelong sailor from a sailing-obsessed family, I sometimes forget that not everyone has been sailing since they could walk. Mind you, I'm certainly not professing to be any sort of polished tactician or accomplished skipper, but I do know how to trim sails, drive, stand watch and run a foredeck, and I've also been around sailing culture long enough to (more or less) be able to step onto a new boat and (hopefully) not cause too many headaches. After all, sailors are sailors the world over (read: salty), and odds are reasonably solid that if you can hang at one yacht club, you'll be OK at the next.

    However, this summer a good friend bought his first boat, and I had the opportunity to watch firsthand as a great bunch of newer sailors gelled into a winning team over the course of the racing season.

    While I wasn't on board for the full summer's racing program due to work obligations and a distracting mountain-climbing problem, I was there enough to see and appreciate this team's impressive improvement curve as the boat's leadership settled into a successful groove and people learned and refined their onboard roles and gained some miles in the new boat.

    For example, during the first few races of the season, the crew tended to want to play outside their roles, leading the skipper to try and actively 'manage' everyone's jobs, even though his hands were more than full with driving. Fortunately, the skipper is also a whip-smart engineer at one of Seattle's bigger tech companies, and he wisely parlayed the strong leadership and management lessons gleaned from his professional life into bolstering our team. Specifically, one mid-season Wednesday night, instead of assuming the tiller, he announced a crew shake-up that would see our tactician driving, our skipper calling tactics, and other people shuffled to new jobs (I somehow stayed on the mainsheet, which is A-OK with me). The results were dramatic.

    Rather than mid-fleet and ‘back-of-the-congo-line’ finishes, we took a bullet in our first race, promptly followed by a second place in race two. High fives were exchanged, but it wasn't until we consistently started repeating these results that the full fruits of our skipper's leadership moves-ncoupled with the crew's swelling experience, confidence levels and hard work-became evident.

    And that's to say nothing of the big improvements and growth that all sailors onboard (myself included) experienced as we started gelling into a can-do crew. These guys might not have spent their summer vacations taking sailing junior-sailing lessons, but the sheer level of psych and “beginner's eyes” excitement that these guys brought to the dock, week after week, was a cool thing to see and experience.

    While there's no danger of us winning any world-championship titles in the near future, odds are good that we will be the boat in our class to beat next summer on Puget Sound.

    For my part, I had a great look at what it's like for a relatively green sailor to step up and buy a sportboat, become a skipper, and build and nurture a crew capable of disrupting the order of things in a local class. Having spent more than a little bit of time trying to diagnose and solve our initial teething pains in my head on my morning runs, none of my solutions for improving performance were as elegant as our skipper's decision to relinquish the tiller and focus solely on tactics, while also placing other crewmembers in positions that best played to their strengths. I've seen some smart moves on boats over the years, but this ranks as one of the more impressive things that I've seen in a while.

    So, while I've been sailing for 41 of my 40 years on this lonely planet, I'm walking away from this summer's sailing with newfound appreciation for the kind of leadership skills that can be learned onshore and brought aboard. Moreover, I'm also walking away with a much better appreciation for what can happen when enthusiasm and psych are given the right environment to learn, grow and thrive.” Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth/ PWPictures.com

    * Sail Newport Christens New Sailing Center! Sail Newport, along with a slate of dignitaries, officials and supporters, celebrated the opening of its new Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center today.  Over 200 people joined Executive Director Brad Read for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) Director Janet Coit, former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, Representative Marvin Abney and Rob MacMillan, co-founder of 11th Hour Racing among other city and state leaders.
      
    "This is a center truly worthy of the Ocean State," Raimondo said. "The state-of-the-art sustainable design will allow Sail Newport to bring the magical experience of being out on the water to more Rhode Islanders. In particular, the center will teach our younger generation that these natural resources are gifts we must protect and preserve for the future."

    The 8,500 square foot LEED-compliant building located in Fort Adams State Park was conceived, designed, engineered and built with support and guidance from the State of Rhode Island and many construction and sustainability partners.

    In addition to sustainably-resourced materials and a flood-resilient design, the new center operates with energy-efficient heating and cooling, solar power, and a rainwater harvesting system for irrigation, boat wash and restroom water.

    "I am thrilled to celebrate the completion of the Mid-Park Education and Recreation Center at historic Fort Adams State Park - a place of profound beauty and culture and home to exceptional recreation, facilities, and marquee events," says Coit. "Beautiful waters and green-spaces, breathtaking vistas, and world-class boating - all of which surround you at Fort Adams- are hallmarks of Rhode Island. They are an intrinsic part of life here. And they attract streams of people and opportunity for our state," she adds.

    "Kudos to Sail Newport and all partners involved in making this project a reality and continuing to enhance and promote Fort Adams as a destination. I look forward to the many public programs and opportunities Mid-Park will offer- and the love of sailing and enjoyment of our parks that it will help inspire," Coit adds.

    The growth and progress of Sail Newport, which was founded in 1983 after the loss of the America's Cup, prompted the organization's leaders to set a goal five years ago to expand their public access sailing programs and marine education for the community. The new center was designed to facilitate more education with year-round classrooms and restrooms and an upgraded facility in order to offer more public sailing programs and more access to the water for all ages.

    "The State of Rhode Island, DEM and many generous donors have brought us to this day," Read says.  "Not only do we now have a sustainable headquarters, this new center will serve the community with more public access sailing programs and access to Narragansett Bay," he adds.

    Read notes that the first program to use the new center will be a fourth-grade learn-to-sail educational initiative with the Pell Elementary School which starts on September 18.  The program was developed by Sail Newport and Donna Kelly, a Newport Public School teacher and former board member of Sail Newport, and Superintendent of Schools- Colleen Burns Jermain.

    The unique program will align with the public school's fourth-grade core curriculum in the areas of math, science, social studies and art.  In addition to the on-the-water classroom of sailing instruction, the new indoor classrooms will house students for the land-based curriculum portions.

    Sail Newport also partnered with 11th Hour Racing for the design of the building to include sustainability at the heart of its sailing center operation and green events and programs. It was announced almost a year ago that 11th Hour Racing granted $1.0 million towards costs for the new center.

    11th Hour Racing’s Director MacMillan commented, ”We are thrilled to see the grant that 11th Hour Racing awarded to Sail Newport in 2016 come to fruition, with the new Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center ready to welcome and expand Sail Newport's educational programs, while integrating the message of preservation and maintenance of our ocean and shoreline. Since 2010, 11th Hour Racing has been harnessing the power of sport with an innovative and comprehensive approach, and this new sustainable headquarters is a testament to our core values centered around environmental and social responsibility.”

    MacMillan adds, "We exist to provide public access sailing programs and services. The new center will have a positive impact on all of our community-based programs that we provide at low cost or no cost to other non-profit organizations. He adds, "Most importantly," he says, "we hope to inspire all sailors as to the importance of preserving and maintaining our ocean and shoreline."
    Learn more about Sail Newport here.

    * J/Sailors Ruling J/Class!  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 them were top J/Boats sailors.

    Foremost in everyone’s minds were the two brothers aboard Jim Clark’s HANUMAN- Ken Read (steering) and Brad Read (tactician)- if there was ever a combination of sailors that knows the Bay and the Sound well, it would be them- needless to say both are multiple J/24 World Champions. Their world-famous navigator was none other than Stan Honey- he and his wife Sally have also raced J/105s on the West Coast. They also had Chuck Brown on runners, a Caribbean Champion and raced J/24s and J/30s for years- winning a few Rolex St Thomas Regattas along the way.  Despite all the talent on board, they could only muster a second place.

    On the winning boat- LIONHEART- they, too, had a Newporter on-board that was also a J/24 World Champion- Anthony Kouton- feeling perhaps a bit out of his element as a Moth World Champion (foiler), too! Plus, they had aboard Bouwwe Beking from the Netherlands- himself having raced on J/105s and J/109s in the Netherlands.

    As for the third place boat TOPAZ, they “only” had Tony Rey, Scotty Vogel and Peter Holmberg aboard taking up most of their afterguard, plus running the boat as “Crew Boss” (Scotty).  Peter is from the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has raced J/24s, IC/24s, and J/105s over the years as Caribbean and CORT Champion- in addition to being an expert match-racer.  Tony Rey is from Newport and has also raced at World Championship levels on J/24s, J/70s, J/122s, J/105s and others.  Scotty has also raced a wide variety of boats, including J/24s, J/35s, J/105s, J/109s and J/111s.

    RANGER had aboard Andrew Cape from the U.K.- a famous Volvo Ocean Race navigator and also guides the mighty RAMBLER 88 for George David.  He is a two-time Round Island (Isle of Wight) Doublehanded winner on a J/44 sailing on Stu Johnstone's J-HAWK, plus he’s raced quite a few J/24s, J/105s and J/109s in the U.K. over time.

    VELSHEDA had some veteran offshore and match-racing team members on board that have raced J/105s and J/80s in various events, such as Tom Dodson, Campbell Field and Don Cowie.

    Finally, Tom Siebel’s crew was practically 100% managed by top J sailors from all parts of the world. Growing up in Wilmette, IL, Tom himself sailed J/24s and out West has owned and race J/105s and J/125s on San Francisco Bay! His navigator was Peter Isler- a regular on the SC 70 PYEWACKET for Roy Disney Jr and has raced J/24s, J/80s, J/105s and J/44s.  Tom Whidden was his strategist, the former President of North Sails, a person that has raced on practically all of the earlier J/Boats, including J/24s, J/29s, J/35s, J/41s, J/105s, J/44s, J/160s, etc.  Francesco de’Angelis from Italy was serving as coach, and raced J/24s and recently J/70s for years- including winning a J/24 World Championship in Capri.  Steve Calder from North Sails Canada has also been J/24 Canadian Champion and has raced J/105s, J/109s, J/35s, J/70s in Canada and the USA.  Vince Brun from North Sails San Diego is a J/24 Champion, West Coast J/70 Champion and has raced just about everything in the J/range including J/105s and J/109s. Sailing photo credits- Onne Van der wal/ Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing/ Carlo Borlenghi. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/Newsletter- August 23rd, 2017
    NEW J/121 Offshore Speedster Launched!
    (Newport, RI) - The first J/121 named “Incognito” was launched at Stanley’s Boat Yard in Barrington, Rhode Island on Monday 8/21/17 at 9:45am.  Within 15 minutes the Southern Spars carbon deck- stepped mast was installed, shrouds pinned and the next few hours the rigging systems were assembled.  By late afternoon, the design and build team, several suppliers and the new owner and friends, were rewarded with a beautiful first sail on Narragansett Bay.

    The J/121 took off with the very first puff once the new carbon North Sails were raised, and even with twice the normal number of crew on-board the boat responded nicely.  There is a light touch on the wheel, combined with a big boat feeling of substantial stability and control.  Everyone is raving about the uniquely open, secure and comfortable cockpit design on this boat.  There are versatile trimming and driving positions and clear/wide paths for crossing the boat during all maneuvers.  The twin wheel system with floor-mounted traveler provides open access to the back of the boat and great visibility of headsails from the helm both while sitting and standing.  With 13 crew on this maiden voyage one might expect to feel a bit over crowded but that was not the case at all.  The J/121 cockpit might just be the most comfortable of any 40 footer and is combined with the best layout for sail handling by just a few at the same time.

    This exciting first sail and introduction to the J/121 did hint at her speed potential both upwind and down.  After sailing close hauled for a few miles tacking back and forth and tweaking shroud turnbuckles, 3D jib leads and in-haulers, the team was excited to turn the corner and try out the large A2+ asymmetric spinnaker.  The spinnaker filled and the boat accelerated quickly and confidently jumping above 10 knots of boatspeed with ease.  Stay tuned for more news, photos and details as sea-trials continue.  For more J/121 Offshore Speedster sailing information


    New J/112E & J/70 @ Southampton Boat Show!
    (Southampton, United Kingdom)- Fashion and Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Millie Mackintosh, will headline Britain’s biggest festival of boating this year. Often found out on the water herself, Millie will be officially opening the Show on Friday 15 September at 11am, helping to kick off 10 days of incredible fun at one of the world’s premier nautical events.

    Millie comments: “I’m thrilled to be opening this year’s Southampton Boat Show. I’m really looking forward to spending some time at the event, soaking up the atmosphere and exploring some of the beautiful boats that shall be on display.”

    Key Yachting Ltd will be exhibiting several boats at the Southampton Boat Show from 15th September, including one model that will be making her show debut. Step aboard all of these boats on marina berths M427-433, the show runs until Sunday, September 24th.

    J/112E - Grand Prix version- Show Debut
    This multiple award-winning, two-cabin performance cruiser, is now available as a Grand Prix version. Fresh from her Round the Island victory, the J/112E GP features full race upgrades, including an IRC friendly keel without bulb, Axxon high modulus carbon mast with carbon spreaders, carbon boom and carbon steering wheel. She is also equipped with 3DI race sails and B&G H5000 with a Zeuss 3 plotter. This will be the first UK show for this formidable new IRC weapon, which has already won four French regattas this year.

    The J/112E joins her sisterships, the J/97E and J/122E, as an exceptional upwind performer. V-shaped bow sections provide superior directional stability and reduced slamming in waves. Freeboard forward and topside flare help to keep the deck dry. A long waterline combined with a low vertical center of gravity results in a smooth, sea-kindly motion – more like that of a 40 footer.  Read more about the J/112E offshore racer/cruiser here

    The Infamous J/70 Sportsboat
    The J/70 is J/Boats’ first slipway-launchable keelboat - designed to fulfill the growing need for an easy to own, high performance one design, that is exciting to sail, stable enough sailboat for the family, and built to last. A natural evolution of its J pedigree, the J/70’s 7m of sailing length with high aspect, all carbon rig and deep lifting keel, provides spirited performance and stability that feels like a much larger boat. There are now 70 boats sailing in the UK, with an active class association and one design program. An incredible 170 boats are signed up for the Worlds in Porto Cervo this September.

    Key Yachting will be running a demo sail week from Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th September, please get in touch to arrange your trial on the J/112E or J/70.  Read more about the exciting, the infamous J/70 speedster here

    For more Southampton Boat Show information  For a boat show or demo appointment, please contact Key Yachting UK here:  Gemma Dunne at ph- +44 (0) 2380 455669 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | http://www.keyyachting.com

    Breskens Sailing Weekend Preview
    (Breskens, The Netherlands)- The forecast for the upcoming Breskens Sailing Weekend looks good, especially for the fleet of J/sailors participating in the J/111 class. All in all, it will be a nice three-day weekend.  In fact, it looks a lot like a copy of last weekend.

    The weekend starts with the passage of a Low pressure disturbance on Friday with solid southwesterlies, after which unstable air is fed on Saturday and the wind veers into the north.  But, then on Sunday, a High pressure is pushing in and backing the winds into the southwest again.

    Sailing in this year’s regatta is a range of boats from the J/92 and 97’s in IRC 3 up to the J/111’s sailing one-design. Participating in the J/111 class are Peter Huysman’s J-HAWK, Norbert Burkert’s TOP JOB, Jorg Sigg’s LALLEKONIG, Sebastien de Liederkerke’s DJINN, and Hans Zwijnenburg’s SWEENY.

    Two J/109s are racing in IRC 2, Andre de Kegel’s J-VENTURE and Andre Vincke’s JULIETTE.  One J/105 is sailing in the IRC Two-handed class, Tom de Jonghe’s DJ.  One J/80 is sailing in CR 5 class, Marc Fobert’s BAD JOKE.  Then,  four J’s are sailing in IRC 3 Class, including Bart Wauters’ J/92 JOLO, Richard Sparrow’s J/97 ONLY MAGIC, Rene van Quekelberghe’s J/97 JAI HO, and Dimitri Vanvyve’s J/105 JUGGERNAUT.  Follow Breskens Sailing Weekend on Facebook here   For more Breskens Sailing Weekend information

    J/70 Verve Cup Regatta Preview
    (Chicago, IL)- While the Chicago YC’s Belmont Harbor station is hosting what is technically called the Verve Cup Inshore Regatta, they might as well re-label it the J/70 Verve Cup Regatta!  After all, by far the largest class by an order of magnitude is the Great Lakes J/70 fleet on the starting line- eighteen boats strong from across the Midwest!

    The competition promises to be excellent, with a number of Chicago’s top names in offshore and one-design classes in the hunt.  Watch for some of these teams to be on the leaderboard, such as John Heaton’s EMPEIRIA, Steve Knoop’s AMERICAN FLYER, Mark & Sarah Renz’s BERTEAU GROUP, Preston Wake’s HOBGOBLIN 8, Amy Neill’s NITEMARE, Leif & Laura Sigmond’s NORBOY, Pam Rose’s ROSEBUD, Peter Wright’s TAIPAN/ SB and Richard Lehmann’s WIND CZAR!  For more Verve Cup J/70 Regatta sailing information

    Ted Hood Regatta Preview
    (Marblehead, MA)- In honor of one of Marblehead’s more famous yachting personalities and marine leaders, the Boston YC on Marblehead Harbor’s northern shore is hosting the Storm Trysail Ted Hood Regatta for J/70s and J/105s.  The weekend promises good weather for Marblehead- breeze!!

    The J/70 class has an incredibly competitive event, perhaps the last major J/70 event on the East Coast prior to some teams taking off to sail the AUDI J/70 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy, and hosted by YC Costa Smeralda. Amongst the twenty teams are crews like Jud Smith’s AFRICA; Duncan Swain’s CLOWN CAR (winner of the Marblehead NOOD Corinthians division); Bruce Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS from Alamitos Bay, CA; Henry Brauer’s RASCAL (2nd in the NOOD Corinthians in Marblehead); Tom Bowen’s REACH AROUND from Annapolis; Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY from Rye, NY (winner of the last ALCATEL J/70 Italian Cup on Lake Garda, Italy); Brian Keane’s SAVASANA (winner of the 2017 Corinthian J/70 Nationals) from Beverly YC; Will Welle’s SCAMP from Newport, RI; Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE from Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas; and Tyler Doyle’s USA 245 from Boston YC.

    With a round dozen boats, the J/105s will also be facing remarkably strong competition in such a modest-sized fleet. Leading the charge may be Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault’s GOOD TRADE, with locals like Fed deNapoli’s ALLEGRO SEMPLICITA giving them local tactical knowledge indigestion. Others in the hunt should be Mark Masur’s TWO FEATHER from Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas, Charlie Garrard’s MERLIN from Boston YC, and Steven Goldberg’s AIR EXPRESS from Beverly, MA.  For more STC Ted Hood Regatta sailing information

    King Harbor J/70 Regatta Preview
    (King Harbor, CA)- Like their colleagues in Chicago, the J/70s have completely taken over the King Harbor Regatta at the end of the summer sailing season.  As part of their “SoCal J/70 Circuit”, the fleet has nice participation from across the region.  The weather forecast looks typical for this time of year, cool upper 60s in the mornings followed by general heating in the Los Angeles Basin into the mid-upper 80s F.  That produces a fairly reliable seabreeze along the waterfront that should produce good racing for the King Harbor YC PRO to knockout up to 4 races per day.

    Looking forward to the regatta will be crews like Craig Tallman’s JAYA, Steve Wyman’s NUNUHUNU, Curt Johnson’s AVET 2.01, Robert Garrett’s youth crew on SLOOP JOHN B, and Jim Murrell’s HUCKLEBERRY from the host KHYC.  For more Kings Harbor J/70 Regatta sailing information

    Surfin Safari Preview
    How to Have a Hurrican Harvey Party??
    (Corpus Christi, TX)- Every year, when it is about as hot as it can possibly get at the southernmost sailing point of Texas (e.g. next to the Mexican border), the Corpus Christi YC hosts its famous “Surfin Safari” Regatta on the famous Corpus Christi Bay.

    However, the latest weather updates indicate it may be truly a “blowing dogs off chains” event as there is now a hurricane warning in the Gulf of Mexico.  It indicates that “Hurricane Harvey” will hit the Texas coast with 80-125 mph winds with massive flooding everywhere! Oh dear.  For sure, the regatta will get postponed.

    For those of you that have not had the pleasure of sailing in Corpus, just remember one thing- it blows like hell, hot, dry. The key is just drink lots of water.  While the natives of the city are used to the heat, and don’t be surprised to see people wearing long-sleeved shirts, blue jeans, and black sombreros on their heads, for any northerners it will be a study of contrasts, even for northern Texans!!

    When we say it does “blow dogs off chains”, we know it can be the equivalent of, or more, of San Francisco’s famous gear-busters in July/ August.  Do remember, in Corpus if it’s blowing 25-35 kts it’s 100 F “hot air”- in other words, it’s a “softer” breeze (air molecules are spaced farther apart, like your mind would be in such heat) than a 22-30 kts 55 deg on SF Bay.  Nevertheless, the enormous chop will cool you off to some degree as you blast upwind and downwind.

    There are three J/fleets that form the backbone of the Corpus Christi regatta, the J/22s, J/24s (5th stop of their Texas Tour), and the J/105s.  In the J/22 class, there are crews from Houston, Austin, Kemah, Fort Worth, and, of course, Corpus.  Notably, two of the teams are women owner/ skippers- Nataleigh Perez’s FORGET ME NOT from Fort Worth Boat Club and Linda McDavitt’s BONFIRE from Austin YC.

    The J/24s are counting all the races they can in their Texas circuit.  Amongst the notable teams are Stu Juengst’s VANG GO, John Parker’s CHUPACABRA, Chris Holmes’ BAD MOON, Natalie Harden’s famous GIGGLES, Jim Freedman’s MISS CONDUCT and Mark Smith’s AFTER MIDNIGHT.

    The J/105 trio includes Josh Richline’s VELOCE, Duncan Samo’s 5th LANDING, and John Bell’s KINDERSPEL 2- all from Corpus Christi YC. All of these J/sailors are looking forward to yet another Corpus “blow-out”!!  For more Surfin Safari Regatta sailing information

    SAIL First J/80 Cup Announcement!
    (Limassol, Cyprus)- The Sail First Club has been involved in the sailing scene in Cyprus since 2012 when they imported ten J/80 One-Design Racing boats.  Since then, the J/80 fleet has become a normal sight on the waters off Paphos, Latchi and Limassol as they compete for everyone to see.

    The Sail First club invites you to participate in their SAIL FIRST J/80 CUP that will take place from September 19th to 24th on the beautiful island of Cyprus!

    You can join the regatta as an individual or as an entire crew of five people!  Before the regatta, there is a drawing for the individual crews and also a drawing for the individual boats before going out to sail the event.

    After the first three days of racing, the fleet will be split into a Gold Group and a Silver Group.  Twelve races are planned for each group on windward-leeward courses of about 4nm in length (double W/L).  Furthermore, depending on weather conditions, a fun offshore random-leg race of 10-15nm will be held around islands, rocks and government markers.

    While the sailing should be beautiful and lots of fun, the on-shore social and entertainment schedule should be enjoyable and exciting- surrounded by the sea, Cyprus is famous for its shore-side dining and simply amazing sea food!   For more SAIL FIRST J/80 CUP sailing information

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The third week of August had several significant events taking place around the world.  For starters, the J/70 Women’s Keelboat World Championship was hosted at Club de Vela La Pena in Valle de Bravo, Mexico for ten teams.

    Up north of the border, the Ida Lewis YC in Newport, RI hosted their annual Distance Race that included J/105s, J/109s, J/120s, and J/122s.  This year it was a stormy affair for the 150nm race around Rhode Island Sound.  Still further northeast near Halifax, Nova Scotia, the famous “largest keelboat regatta in Canada” took place!  Known as Chester Race Week, it was sailed in Chester, Nova Scotia for one-design fleets of J/24s, J/70s and J/29s plus PHRF racing for J/120s, J/35s, J/105s, J/100s and others.  Then across the continental USA to San Francisco, we find the J/105s and J/111s on the Bay sail the Aldo Alessio and Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta, hosted by St Francis YC.

    Hopping over the Atlantic the United Kingdom, J/sailors enjoyed a challenging, stormy, and sunny Landsail Tyres J/CUP, held in Torquay, England and hosted by the Royal Torbay YC. The event also acted as the U.K. National Championship for the J/88s, J/109s, J/111s, and J/97s.  On continental Europe, we find J/70 sailing leagues happening everywhere.  Up in Helsinki, Finland, the Finnish  Sailing League held their second act for ten teams from across the country.  Then, down in Glucksburg, Germany, the 5th series event took place for 18 teams in the German Sailing League (Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga); their Grand Finale takes place in Berlin in November.  Also in Scandinavia, the Norwegian Sailing League held an event in Larvik, Norway, a pretty seaside resort at the opening to one of Norway’s many large fjords.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook pag  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Aug 19-26- AUDI Hamilton Race Week- Hamilton Island, Australia
    Aug 23-27- J/111 World Championship- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 25-27- Breskens Sailing Weekend- Breskens, The Netherlands
    Sep 12-16- J/70 World Championship- Porto Cervo, Italy
    Sep 14-17- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 15-23- J/24 World Championship- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    Sep 22-24- J/FEST San Diego- San Diego, CA
    Sep 24- Oct 1- J/24 European Championship- Lake Balaton, Hungary
    Sep 30- Oct 1- J/70 East Coast Championship- Deltaville, VA

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

    TEAM’MER Trounces J/70 Women’s Keelboat Worlds
    (Valle de Bravo, Mexico)- For the first time in event history, the revitalized 2017 International Women’s Keelboat Championship, a US Sailing Championship, was held outside the United States. Club de Vela La Peña A.C. in Valle de Bravo, Mexico hosted the 16th edition of this historic event and provided the competitors with a unique experience.

    Eleven teams representing Canada, Germany, Mexico, and USA raced on a matched fleet of J/70 one-design sailboats from August 15th to 18th.  In the end, the team representing the American Yacht Club (Rye, N.Y.), led by skipper Megan Ploch (Pelham, N.Y.), edged out the competition in a closely contested 6-team Championship Round. After beginning the final day in third place, their victory earned them the right to compete at the 2018 SAILING Championship League World qualifier in Europe!

    The winning TEAM’MER featured American YC skipper Megan Ploch (Clearwater, FL) along with the trio of Alix Hahn (Norwalk, Conn.), Carolyn Russell (Greenwich, Conn.) and Erin Sprague (Greenwich, Conn.). Amazingly, Megan’s “trio” was also the winning crew in the 2016 International Women’s Keelboat Championship hosted by American YC.

    Placing second was CHIQUITAS PERO PICOSAS, a local team representing Club de Vela La Peña, skippered by Camila Flores (Mexico City, Mexico) with teammates Casilda Flores (Mexico City, Mexico), Ana Clare Sole (Houston, Texas) and Manuela Legorreta (Mexico City, Mexico). Flores was in first place entering the Championships Round, and although they sailed well in each of the six races, they were unable to stay atop the leader board.

    TEAM CJ RACING- comprised of Emily Maxwell (New York, N.Y.), Elizabeth Dudley (Boston, Mass.), Avery Field (New York, N.Y.) and Katy Nastro (Huntington, N.Y.)- finished in third place.

    While Megan Ploch’s crew on TEAM’MER dominated the finals- posting two bullets, two 2nds and three 3rds- no one else even came close to their consistency.  The Flores sisters on CHIQUITAS PERO PICOSAS won the first two races of the Championship Round, but then they faded into the blue with a 3-5-4-2 in their final races.

    The racing was so tight in race six that any of four teams behind TEAM’MER could have finished second through fourth. Flores had 17 points, and Maxwell was tied at 19 with Giselle Camet (San Diego, Calif.), so it was anyone’s race to take. In the end, Maxwell just edged out Camet on the final run to secure the Bronze medal.  As a result, rounding out the top five were Camet’s San Diego YC Team in 4th place and Eliane Fierro’s RACING COMADRES in 5th place.  Follow the J/70 Women’s Keelboat World’s on Facebook here   For more International J/70 Women’s Keelboat Championship sailing information

    Stormy, Sunny J/CUP UK
    (Torquay, United Kingdom)- Not surprisingly, the weather forecast for this year’s Landsail Tyres J/CUP UK was “a sticky wicket” at best, as they say in the U.K.  Storms, lotsa winds, then some sun!!??  Well, it is a British summer.  Surprised?? It can range from hail, to Fastnet-like 70 kts “lows” (in other parts of the world your basic hurricane), to the glorious “5th” with tea and crumpets and a benign breeze of 8-12 kts from the west-southwest- your classic “shorts & shades” conditions.  Well, for the J/CUP UK 2017, the modus-operandi for the event was to keep rolling with the punches from the weather Gods- clearly, Neptune was not pleased and instead served forth some outrageous sailing conditions.

    Day One- Tough Competition
    Thrilling close racing was in the DNA of J/crews!! With no less than four National Championships, the competition was incredibly close, for the first day. Spotting the shifts, and extra breeze, were keys to winning performances, with 15-20 knots of solid pressure coming off the land.  The planing, asymmetric J’s were romping around Tor Bay having a great time!  The Royal Torbay YC set two excellent WL courses, with three races completed by all classes.

    For the J/88 UK National Championship, the competition was intense, the biggest winning margin was 21 seconds, with four teams within a point of pole position after three races. Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, was tied on points at the top, with David & Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream. Reigning J/88 UK National Champion, Gavin Howe's Tigris, won the last race of the day, to claim third, tied on points with Tim Tolcher's Raging Bull.

    “It was a cracking good day, great courses, great racing and a lot of fun,” commented Paul Ward. “The standard in the J/88 fleet just keeps going higher and higher. We are changing places three or four times every race. Make one mistake and you drop a place or two, get a good shift and you make it back again. Everybody is sailing really well, we have got half of a nose in front, and it is all to play for!”

    The reigning J/97 UK National Champions, Andy & Annie Howe's Blackjack II, opened their defense in style, winning two races. However, Bob Baker's Jaywalker was just a point behind, having won the last race of the day. George Rock-Evans, skipper of J/97 Juno, scored three podium places to finish the first day, third in class.

    For the J/109 UK National Championship, three teams are tied at the top for first place, but only one of them actually won a race today. Robert Stiles' team racing Diamond Jem won the last race of the day, to secure pole position on countback from Simon Perry's Jiraffe, and David Richards' Jumping Jellyfish. Race winners in the J/109 Class included, Steve Berry's Blue Jay, and Stuart Hills' Jenesis. Mike Yates' Jago, and David McGough's Just So, also made the podium.

    For the J/111 UK National Championship, Tony Mack's McFly, continued their impressive form exhibited at Cowes Week, to lead the class after three races. However, Marco Van Driel's Dutch J/111 Sweeney, showed championship winning from pushing McFly in every race. Paul Griffiths' Jagerbomb scored two podium finishes to claim third.

    “We come all the way from Holland because we know we will get a great competition.” commented Marco Van Driel, owner of Sweeney. “The British J/111s are ahead of us, and we like to measure ourselves in a real competition, after a lot of effort and training back home. We did a good job today, we decided to go for it from the first start, to be keen and go for it. One thing that we really love about the J/111 Class, is that all of the other teams are so helpful, we are so happy because they make us feel incredibly welcome!!”

    In the IRC Class, Chaz Ivill's brand new J/112E Davanti Tyres, helmed by Marie-Claude Heys, scored three straight bullets, to take a commanding lead in the class. By comparison, Andy Roberts J/105 Jin Tonic is second and William Newton's Jelly Baby is third. In the Handicap Class, J/70 Mjölnir, helmed by Rob Larke, leads after winning two of today's races, but it was far from easy, with Ralph Mason's J/92 Jaberwock just 3 seconds in Race 2, and Richard Puddifoot's J/70 Jibba Jabba less than a minute behind in today's first race.

    Day Two- Stormy and Wet!
    Thirty-knot squalls interspersed with beautiful sunshine and flat water, produced a testing race course for six classes. At times, the fleet disappeared upwind into the raging tempest, to return downwind, in a halo of bright sunlight. The bizarre weather tested boat handing skills, and stamina, considering the teams had now completed six races in two days.

    For the J/88 UK National Championship, all guns were blazing with three different teams scoring race wins in the feisty conditions. David & Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream won the first race of the day by 35 seconds to take the lead in the championship. Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, fought back winning Race 5, to regain the lead for the national title. The last race of the day was won by Tim Tolcher's Rajing Bull, by just 7 seconds. Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat lead the class going into the final day.

    The reigning J/97 UK National Champions, Andy & Annie Howe's Blackjack II, still lead the class after winning two of today's races. However, the competition was hard on their heels. Bob Baker's Royal Lymington team, racing Jaywalker, was North Sails boat of the day, after finishing every race on the podium. Royal Torbay YC member George Rock-Evans, scored his first National Championship win, and Nick Barlow's Jeopardy II, scored two podium finishes.

    “We have our mascot, Blackjack Davy, strapped to the back of the boat, and he kept us all safe today. There was a lot of breeze and plenty of water below us and falling down from the sky.” smiled Blackjack's Andy Howe. “Our boat handling kept us in it today, and kept us in front.  Torquay holds a special place for us. We did our first J-Cup here and it is great to come back. It is a great place to sail. We are in a good position but we need at least one good result tomorrow, and the fleet are not far behind us, it is still all to play for.”

    For the J/109 UK National Championship, there is a new leader. Steve Berry's Cardiff Bay YC team, racing Blue Jay, scored three keepers today, and now lead the championship after discard. Simon Perry's Jiraffe had a day of ups and downs but two good races means that the Royal Southern YC team retain second place, just a single point off the lead. “Laugh rhymes with Jiraffe, hence the name.” commented Simon Perry. “We race hard but we love to enjoy our sailing as well, and the J-Cup has the right balance of fun and great racing.” David McGough's Just So, scored two good results and then won the last race of the day, to climb to third, just two points off the lead. “This is definitely the most competitive racing I have done.” Declared David Gough. “This is an exceptional regatta.”

    For the J/111 UK National Championship, Paul Van Driel's Dutch J/111 Sweeney was in scintillating form today. The team from Breskens showed excellent boat-handling skills in the brutal conditions to win all three races and take the lead in the championship. Sjaak Haaman's Dutch team, racing Red Herring, scored well, as did Tony Mack's McFly. The British owner driver was also spotted wearing a pair of frogman's goggles, ripping fun at the wet weather!

    In the IRC Class, Chaz Ivill’s J/112E Davanti Tyres, helmed by Marie-Claude Heys, has now scored a perfect six bullets, securing the class win with a day to spare. The battle for second is a very even contest between two J/105s, both from the Royal Lymington YC.  Andy Roberts Jin Tonic holds the upper hand, by two points, but failed to finish the last race, William Newton's Jelly Baby is two points behind. Mike Wallis' J/122 Jamali, scored a 4-4-2 today, to challenge for the podium.

    Day Three- the Finale
    The last day was blessed with champagne conditions in beautiful Tor Bay. However, as we all know, when you pop a champagne cork it doesn't always all end up in the glass. A southwesterly breeze oscillated 20 degrees left and right during the day, and with tight racing in one design fleets, and closely matched handicap classes, getting the wrong side of a shift proved costly. The Royal Torbay Yacht Club produced two well-managed windward leeward courses, as the club has done for the entire event, and two races were held for all six classes.

    The intensity of racing in the J/88 fleet was exemplified by the fact that the winner only won a single race out of eight starts. Every mark rounding and wind shift became important with teams swapping places on many occasions. Richard Cooper's Jongleur and Tim Tolcher's Rajing Bull, both made the podium during the regatta, and 2016 National Champion, Gavin Howe's Tigris, finished in style, winning the last race. However, two teams battled for three days to take the prize. David & Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream, scored three bullets over three days of top class racing, but victory went to the new J/88 UK Open National Champion; Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat.

    “Awesome racing, it was really really close. The J/88 is a fast cool boat and lots of great people race in the class, who enjoy a drink and a get together after racing.” explained Paul Ward. “We were just in front when we started the last race, and it was very quiet on board - game face on. In the pre-start J-Dream came and had a little play, and we managed to defend that, and sailed our own race. This year the same team has sailed together for the whole of Cowes Week,  and the whole of this regatta, and we really won this yesterday, when the boat handling in tough conditions was spot on.”

    Torquay is a special place for Annie and Andy Howe; the Blackjack II team was formed at the 2009 J-Cup, which was held in Torquay. Back then the team's best result was a third, fast-forward to 2017, and Blackjack II has retained the UK National title for the J/97 Class. Bob Walker's Jaywalker was a worthy runner up, proudly representing the Royal Lymington YC, and local hero, George Rock-Evans, representing the Royal Torbay YC, was third.

    “Eight years ago we came to Torquay, and we picked up a few sailors here and there and we didn't do very well, but we started dreaming of winning,” commented Annie Howe.  “It has been an amazing adventure since then, and we have been getting better and better, and our dream has come true, we have had the most amazing time racing J/Boats. It is brilliant to back in Torquay, and come full circle, it is just so emotional and fantastic to come back and win, and it means a huge amount.”

    One of the most competitive J/109 Nationals for many years was played out in Torbay with ten boats scoring podium finishes during eight races. The winner came from behind, taking the championship in the very last encounter, having not won a single race. There is no finer example of the attitude - never give up.

    Before the last day, David Richard's Jumping Jellyfish was lying mid-fleet, but after gaining redress for a Race 6, the team moved up to fourth, and scoring a second place in Race 7, Jumping Jellyfish was leading the championship by 0.4 of a point from Simon Perry's Jiraffe. Steve Berry's Blue Jay was third. In the last race, Jumping Jellyfish held their nerve to score a fifth place, enough to win the J/109 Open UK National Championship. Blue Jay was runner up, and Jiraffe third.

    “It was an amazing win, unbelievable,” commented David Richards. “It was about never giving up, we thought we had an opportunity, and we took it. I have been racing J/109s since 2004, and that was probably the hardest ever, because there was no stand out boats, and winning was all about consistency, not making rash calls and trying to be a hero. Of the top three boats, only one got a bullet. This means absolutely everything to me; I have been trying to win this competition for 12 years. We came within an ounce of winning it three years ago, and we are a team of good sailors and great friends.”

    Paul van Driel's Dutch J/111 Sweeny is the new Open UK National Champion, after an impressive performance in Tor Bay. Sweeny scored five race wins out of eight, to lift the title. Tony Mack's McFly kept the championship alive with a win in Race 7, but Sweeny won the last race, to make no mistake. McFly was runner up for the championship, with Dutch team Red Herring, skippered by Sjaak Haaman in third.

    “It is unbelievable to beat the top British guys in British waters,” smiled Paul van Driel. “We have trained so hard for this, and I am incredibly proud of the crew. We have really put a lot of effort into this, everybody is so dedicated, they are second to none, and that is why we have won. Our feeling was to focus on McFly, they are the fastest boat in the fleet, and we were on them from the start, and we like strong wind, and it came good for us on the second day. On the last day, McFly was on us, and we were defending, and that worked out, but we had to be careful, because the other boats were coming good as well, and we were like two dogs fighting for a bone.”

    In the Handicap Class, Rob Larke helming J/70 Mjölnir, scored a fifth race win in the last race to secure the class, and Ralph Mason's J92 Jabberwock won a keen contest for runner up, from Richard Puddifoot's J/70 Jibba Jabba. Rob Larke's win was all the more amazing as he had undergone neck surgery, and was told by his doctor and his wife, that sailing was out of the question. However, Rob Larke was not going to miss the J-Cup!

    A total domination in the IRC Class was complete with Chaz Ivill's J/112E Davanti Tyres scoring eight straight bullets. Helmed by Marie-Claude Heys, the brand new design showed a great turn of speed at all angles of sail. The J/112E has now been unbeaten in 2017 in major regattas in France, and was also a class winner in this year's Round the Island Race. Key Yachting's Paul Heys was racing on board, as co-skipper.

    Key Yachting Sales Director, Hannah Le Prevost, took to the stage to announce the winner of the Landsail Tyres J-Cup. “Paul and Marie Claude Heys have been running the J-Cup for 18 years, and supporting J/Boats in the UK, and many other places. Always going above and beyond what was asked of them. They have raced at every J-Cup and have never walked away with the trophy. The new J/112E is a new boat, they have put together a team that have not sailed together before and made it work. If any team here was to make a score line of all bullets, we would be handing them the J-Cup. Paul and Marie Claude said they were not going to have it, that it was not for them. They have always given so much of themselves to other people, so perhaps this is a good time to give them the J-Cup.”

    Chaz Ivill's J/112E Davanti Tyres, helmed by Marie-Claude Heys and co-skippered by Paul Heys, was declared the 2017 Landsail Tyres J-Cup winner. Three hundred guests at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup party gave the Davanti Tyres crew a standing ovation, followed by a superb set from Britain's best ten-piece soul-funk band- Joey the Lips. The party lasted well into the night, with the J-Cup family fully letting their hair down.   North Sails UK video footage.   Sailing photo credits- Tim Wright/ www.photoaction.com
     Follow the J/CUP on Facebook here   For more J/CUP U.K. sailing information

    MOSS SF Leads J/70 Norway League!
    (Larvik, Norway)- For the third event in the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League, there was much at stake for both Moss SF and KNS sailing clubs. Both had 1st and 2nd place overall for the series, respectively, to defend and to make sure they maintained their leads heading into the crucial finale in Moss, Norway over the September 7th to 9th weekend.

    For this past weekend’s regatta, Moss SF managed to sail into a second place, thus securing their place in final event to be a contender. At this stage in the overall series, the Moss Sf team will have to sail incredibly badly in their home waters if they are to avoid taking the 2017 gold! They have a 9-point lead over Åsgårdstrand SF.

    The KNS team did not have one of their better performances in the regatta series. The team sailed into a 13th place in Larvik and, thus, bring so many points into the final that it is in no way given that they fit into the finale in Moss.

    As for the Larvik event itself, it was Arendal SF that dominated completely by winning 8 of the 11 flights!  Taking second was Åsgårdstrand SF with 13 pts and third was KNS with 17 pts.   Follow the J/70 Norwegian Sailing League on Facebook here   For more Norwegian J/70 Sailing League information

    DTYC Lead German J/70 Sailing League Series!
    (Glucksburg, Germany)- It could not have been a more exciting weekend for the 1st and 2nd Sailing League J/70 Germany Sailing Leagues in Glücksburg. For the 2nd league, it was all or nothing; because the weekend decided which four clubs were going to be promoted to the 1st league in 2018!

    The four happy climbers into the 1st league after the weekend’s sailing were Itzehoe SC, Flensburg SC, the Academic Sailing Association Warnemünde, and the Blankeneser SC.

    "Our goal was not to finish any of the events worse than the fifth place. We succeeded! So, we are at the top of the table and we are very happy about participating in the 1st league," enthuses Christian Soyka, skipper of Itzehoe. Soyka’s crew included Moritz Burmester, Ole Harder and Oliver Lewin.

    1st Sailing League Report
    In the first sailing league, Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee won the event in Glücksburg. The Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) and the Deutscher Touring YC (DTYC) took second and third place. Before the Grand Finale, the DTYC leads the overall season series table ahead of the NRV and the Segel-und Motorboot Club Überlingen.

    The team from Bavaria still has a chance to defend their championship title from last year and there is no question it will be close, tough racing in Berlin.  Just six point separate the top three teams after five events in the season series- Prien, Lindau, Kiel, Travemunde, & Glucksburg.

    The Grand Finale will take place from the 1st to 3rd of November in Berlin.

    Sailing League videos:   NRV Sailing Team   Summary      Interviews
    Follow German J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more German J/70 Sailing League information

    Åländska Lead Finland J/70 Sailing League
    (Helsinki, Finland)- By winning eleven of their fifteen races sailed, the remarkably fast and smart crew on the Åländska Segelsällskapet 1 Team walked off with the honors at their most recent Finnish sailing league event in Helsinki.

    Taking place over the August 19th and 20th weekend, the regatta PRO managed to run the full slate of fifteen races for the teams gathered from all four corners of Finland.  While the Åländska team sailed head and shoulders above everyone else in the fleet, behind them it was quite a battle for the balance of the podium.  Taking second was the Mariehamns Seglarforening with 31 pts and finishing in third place was Helsingors Segelklubb with 37 pts.  Rounding out the top five were Turun Pursiseura Team in 4th and the Brando Seglare Team in 5th position.

    As a result, after two events, the Åländska team is leading the series with a 2nd in their home waters of Aland and a 1st in Helsinki for a total of 3 pts.  The biggest battle is for the rest of the top five; all separated by just 3 pts- meaning the provisional standings can shift quite dramatically each regatta.  Sitting in second is Mariehamns with 8 pts, Brando is third with 9 pts, Nylandska is 4th with 10 pts, and Helsingfors is 5th with 11 pts!  Follow the Finnish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here   For more Finnish J/70 Sailing League information

    Biblical, Stormy Ida Lewis Distance Race
    J/105 Youth Team Dominates-- Again!
    (Newport, RI)– The weather started out gloomy, then got downright nasty for the 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race, which started Friday, August 18 off Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. A forecast calling for storms to pass over the race course during the night convinced seven of the original 40 entrants to drop out prior to the start for six classes (IRC, PHRF Spinnaker A, PHRF Spinnaker B, PHRF Cruising Spinnaker, Doublehanded and Multihull). Of the remaining 33 teams, an additional ten were forced to retire due to damaged equipment or other problems incurred during multiple squalls that left memorable impressions and their calling cards of driving rain and winds gusting 40+ knots.

    “It was biblical,” said Brian Cunha, who took overall honors in PHRF division and won his 11-boat PHRF Class A with a crew comprised primarily of local sailors. “It was just one cell after another, and it was raining so hard you couldn’t have your face into the wind, because it hurt so much. We were waiting for Noah’s Ark to come floating by!”

    The two PHRF Spinnaker classes and the IRC class sailed a 150 nautical mile course that took them to Buzzard’s Bay Tower, past Block Island to a government mark off Montauk Point, back to Buzzard’s Bay Tower and then back to Block Island before heading home. The first storm hit on the first stretch to Buzzard’s Bay Tower, making for a long, wet, yet exhilarating night of competition.

    Perhaps most impressive was the performance by the American YC’s Junior Big Boat Team aboard their J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN.  They persevered with three others teams in Spinnaker B to finish the race and take the top trophy for its first-place finish as well as the Arent H. Kits van Heyningen Trophy for the race’s Top Youth Challenge.

    “We knew the forecast wasn’t going to be easy on us but we didn’t think we’d see 50 knots,” said Constantyn van der Voort (Rye, N.Y.), who helped steer and ran things in the J/105’s cockpit. “That was a little scary, because we had three sails up… the storm jib, the #3 jib on the furler and the mainsail.” His crewmate Nick Hein (Westport, Conn.), who was on bow, said that the team of eight is preparing for the next Newport to Bermuda Race. “This was the most open ocean sailing we’ve ever done as a team,” he said.

    In the PHRF A division, Bob Manchester’s J/120 VAMOOSE took the silver.  Then, in the IRC Big Boat division, Jack Gregg’s J/122 TARAHUMARA took 5th place.  Finally, in PHRF B class, Bill Kneller’s crew toughed it out as well sailing their J/109 VENTO SOLARE to 4th.

    Photo is of Maddie Ploch, one of two members that were so successful in last year’s Newport to Bermuda race.  She’s driving the Young American J/105 off the start of Friday’s Ida Lewis Distance Race.  Sailing photo credits- Stephen Cloutier.  For more Ida Lewis Distance Race sailing information

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    Blustery Chester Race Week!
    (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)- Rain, cold and expected gusts of 30-plus knots per hour held back some Chester Race Week fleets, but others headed out on the water to finish their races on the fourth and final day of the regatta.  The event provided four days of racing on August 16 to 19 in the picturesque and historic seaside Village of Chester, Nova Scotia.

    In addition, the event is famous for its onshore entertainment, food and parties.  For starters, four great food trucks were on the grounds for all four days giving all lots of options for tasty eats, drinks, and hot coffee.  Then, the entertainment schedule was full all four days; the “Hopping Penguins” opened and closed the event on Wednesday and Saturday! Then the group “Party Boots” will be on Thursday and on Friday and, in addition, they had one of Atlantic Canada’s finest party bands “Asia & NuGruv!”  Sounds exhausting!

    The weather had some spectacular days and some ugly ones.  The fleets included one-design racing for J/70s, J/24s, and J/29s as well as offshore PHRF fleets. Winning the J/70s was Graeme Carr’s JOYRIDIN’ with, literally, all 1sts in 12 races!  Lying second was Kim Gibson’s SEE’YA and third was Peggy Bethune’s POINT EIGHT.

    In the J/24s, it was Chris Veinot’s HYPEWAVE that won with all 1sts and 2nds.  Second was Jon Reid’s BARELY LEGAL and third place went to Caroline Muselet’s CODFATHER.

    The large 8-boat J/29 fleet saw Scott Covey’s RUMBLEFISH take the title with three wins in six races.  Second was Jane Fibee’s PAINKILLER, winning the last race and amassing 15 pts in six races.  Third was Don Williams’ PARADIGM SHIFT with 17 pts.

    In the world of PHRF handicap racing, winning PHRF 1 was Stu McCrea’s J/120 DEVIATION.  In fact, there were four J/120s sailing in the class.  Ron Stewart’s J/120 SLICE took 5th place.  In PHRF 2 class, three J/35s dominated the top five.  Winning was Andrew Childs’ HELOC with Thane McDonald’s J-HAWK in 2nd and Rod Johnstone & Gary Bennett’s J’AI TU in 5th.  Winning PHRF 3 class was Terry McKenna’s J/100 DOG PARTY, followed by Colin Mann’s J/92 POOHSTICKS; rounding out the top five were Richard Gerstenberger’s J/105 AXIS in 4th and James Mosher’s J/105 MOJO in 5th place. Finally, in PHRF 4 class was yet another J/crew winning- Jesleine Baker’s J/30 JUST ADD WATER.  Sailing photo credits- Tim Wilkes.  For more Chester Race Week sailing information

    J/Crews Enjoy Whale-watching in San Francisco!
    (San Francisco, CA)- On a day that started grey and not particularly windy, the St Francis YC hosted their annual Aldo Alessio & Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regattas for boats LOA >35' or holding an ORR-fully measured certificate.

    Friday's races involved heading out the Golden Gate to marks out in the ocean. As if on cue, some of the Pacific's more majestic creatures joined in as the attached pix will attest. Humpbacks, Dolphins and Seals were all in attendance and a good time was had by all.  Then, on Saturday and Sunday, the fleet continued sailing in J/105 and J/111 classes in the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta.

    In Friday’s racing, Chris Kim’s J/105 VUJA STAR took third in the PHRF ToT Division.  Meanwhile, the J/111’s cleaned up in the ORR ToT Division, with Marty Roesch’s VELOCITY winning and Reuben Rocci’s SWIFT NESS taking 2nd, Gorkem Ozcelebi’s DOUBLE DIGIT placed 5th.

    Over the two-day weekend, Ryan Simmons’ crew on BLACKHAWK won two races and closed with two 2nds to seal the deal in the J/105 class with just 9 pts in five races.  Second was the duo of Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault on ARBITRAGE, winning the last race but not enough to reel in BLACKHAWK, finishing with 13 pts.  Rounding out the podium was Doug Bailey’s AKULA, closing with two 3rds to finish third place with 18 pts.

    In the J/111s, the fleet was gearing up for this week’s J/111 World Championship.  Winning with three bullets and two 2nds was Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY.  Just one point back with the flip-flop of the KEY’s record was Marty Roesch’s VELOCITY- two bullets and three 2nds!  Taking the bronze was Nesrin Basoz’s SWIFT NESS with 20 pts total.

    In the weekend ORR ToT Division, Jack Clapper’s J/44 continued racing and was sitting in 3rd place, but unfortunately, had to score a DNF in their last race and dropped to 4th place.   Sailing Photo credits- Chris Ray   For more Swiftsure & Aldo Alessio sailing information
     

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    * The J/24 Districts took place on Lake Erie two weekends ago.  We got a quick report from Brett Langolf, crewing for his J/24 friends while not sailing his famous light-air flyer- the J/34 IOR KNEE DEEP! Said Brett,

    “Our J/24 fleet came out strong- young and old alike- for the 2017 District 12 championships at Sandusky Sailing Club in Sandusky, Ohio.

    We had a great mix of sailors across many generations, and that brought very tough competition to Sandusky Bay. BOOYAH! US 3689 came out on top to win the regatta without winning a single race!!  Our team consisted of owners Louie Palmer and Bill Semans, along with John Stauffer and me as crew (Brett Langolf).  We had a blast on the old J/24!!”
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  • J/Newsletter- August 16th, 2017
    J/121 Offshore Speedster Decked!
    Launch Week of August 21st!
    (Newport, RI)- The amazing new J/121 Offshore short-handed speedster is coming together, in more ways than one.  She is looking fast, sleek and powerful- an offshore reaching machine!

    Just this past week, after all systems had been installed for engine, power-train, steering, plumbing, electrical and the water-ballast distribution pumps and manifolds, the deck was fitted and installed!

    Exciting times for the J/Design team and the team at CCF Composites in Bristol, RI!  Yet another “All-American” design, engineering, and build program is now coming to fruition and it is expected the J/121 will ultimately make its maiden voyage down Narragansett Bay to be in Newport for the boat show.
    For more J/121 Offshore Short-handed Speedster sailing information


    AUDI J/70 Worlds Update
    (Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- Every year sailors from all over the world check out Porto Cervo’s ideal sailing conditions characterized by prevailing northwesterly breezes which make it an outstanding place to sail in crystal clear, emerald-colored sea.  The Italian J/70 Class is going full steam ahead to make sure to provide J/70 sailors with the best possible experience on and off the water for what is going to be a great event: a mix of very competitive racing, steady breeze, emerald water, warm weather and the worlds’ best after sail parties where you'll feast on fantastic Italian food and wine.

    Now, there is just one month to go for the first start of the most awaited one-design keelboat event of 2017, the Audi J/70 World Championship, thta will be hosted in the facilities of YC Costa Smeralda from September 12th to 16th.

    Registrations, which had to be closed more than two months before the start of the event, reached the record the record of one hundred and seventy-five participants representing twenty-four nations: numbers that make the Audi J/70 World Championship one of the most populous events ever with one-design keelboats.

    Among the entries, the Americans aboard CATAPULT will arrive in Italy to defend the title won last year: the owner and helmsman Joel Ronning will be assisted in tactical choices by John Kostecki.

    In the large group of American boats, SAVASANA is also to be kept in the spotlight: owner Brian Keane, eighth in the San Francisco World Championship of 2016 and winner of the 2017 USA Corinthian J/70 Nationals, will be entrusted with Stu McNay’s tactical calls- McNay is a 470 sailor for the US Olympic team and won the M24 World title in 2016.

    Then, the three crews on the podium at the recent J/70 European Championship will also be in attendance- 1st- Claudia Rossi’s PETITE TERRIBLE (now a two-times continental champion), assisted on tactics by Olympian athlete Michele Paoletti; 2nd- Josè Maria Torcida’s Spanish crew on NOTICIA and 3rd- Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY from America. The American entry came to Italy for the last event of the ALCATEL J/70 CUP season and promptly won the event!  They aspire to do the same in the World Championship.

    The Italian fleet will be the most represented with thirty-seven boats, followed closely by the German teams, with thirty-one crews in the entry list.

    Among the Italians, in addition to the already mentioned PETITE TERRIBLE, there will also be the winners of the 2017 ALCATEL J/70 CUP circuit on board Carlo Alberini’s CALVI NETWORK, as well as the champions of the 2015 and 2016 editions of the same circuit, with L’ELAGAIN skippered by Franco Solerio.

    The battle will also be tough in the Corinthian category, reserved for non-professionals: eighty crews will be in play to find out who will succeed Shawn Bennett, winner of the 2016 Corinthians.  Among the favorites, there is also an Italian boat, WHITE HAWK skippered by Gianfranco Noè- they won Corinthians in every event of the 2017 season for the ALCATEL J/70 CUP.

    For the members and sailors of YCCS, it will be a September to remember!  Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, they are also hosting the ROLEX Maxi 72 Worlds, many with top J/70 sailors/ tacticians on board!

    The YCCS 50th Anniversary Regatta will be held between these two events, on 10th September, and will be open to all yachts of over 20 feet with an ORC or IRC measurement certificate. Given the large numbers of J/70s, the fleet will have a separate start and real-time scoring. This will be a unique opportunity for racing and cruising boats to take part in the celebrations to mark a significant anniversary in Italian and international yachting.

    The month concludes with the third edition of the AUDI SAILING Champions League (22nd to 24th September) sailing on the YCCS fleet of a dozen J/70s.  It is the finale for teams from top yacht clubs around Europe having qualified through their individual national leagues. Winning in 2016 was the team representing the Deutscher Touring Yacht-Club and more than 30 teams will fight it out in a series of flights on board the YCCS J/70 fleet.

    With the sporting events taken care of, the YC Costa Smeralda's activities then move to Milan where the One Ocean Forum will take place on 3rd and 4th October. The event is supported by UNESCO and the SDA Bocconi Sustainability Lab. Advocated by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, President of the YCCS Board of Directors, this will be the first Italian forum addressing the theme of sustainability relating to marine and coastal environments. The initiative, which will become a recurring appointment, and will be the highlight of the activities to celebrate the YC Costa Smeralda's 50th anniversary.  For more YC Costa Smeralda club information  For more AUDI J/70 World Championship sailing information

    J/111 World Championship Preview
    (San Francisco, CA)- Every team’s journey to a starting line is a tale of organization, crew alignment, vessel preparation and practice. Add in international travel, and the complexity snowballs. Then, weave in the pressures and prestige of a World Championship— in this case the 2017 J/111 World Championships (August 23-27, 2017), hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California— and the situation compounds. The emphasis on organization and practice is a constant, but the logistics escalate the farther afield you venture.

    But, what if the crew is (mostly) from Australia, the regatta is in San Francisco, and the boat is one that no one on the team has sailed? For skipper Rod Warren (AUS) and his crew, the rhumbline to the 2017 J/111 Worlds hasn’t been simple. While Warren has owned and raced his J/111 JOUST (AUS 1110) for the last four years in Melbourne, Australia, bringing her to the USA was a bridge too far. With transpacific vessel shipping off the table, he said “the hardest thing was finding a charter boat and a good owner.” When these efforts came up shy, Warren got creative.

    One of Warren’s Aussie mates, Phil Simpfendorfer, was shopping for a J/111 and found one in the Bay Area (Rob Theis’s former Aeolus). Phone calls and discussions ensued, and— to cut a long, dead-downwind leg short— Simpfendorfer generously offered Warren and crew (including Bay Area locals Chris Watts and Jennifer Canestra) a crack at the World Championship title using his boat before she gets shipped back to Australia.

    “It's a lucky break and an incredibly generous friend,” said Warren, who is now busily preparing for San Francisco conditions. “We love the wind and are used to big seas. Recently, we’ve been sailing in heavier winds, perfecting some new techniques. Time will tell if they work.”

    The St. Francis YC is no stranger to hosting international teams for World Championship events, or to welcoming sailors to San Francisco Bay’s gorgeous natural amphitheater. “My event co-chair Susan Ruhne and I are looking forward to welcoming competitors and their families to the Club,” said Gerard Sheridan, co-chair of the 2017 J/111 Worlds. “We love sharing the St. Francis YC experience with visitors, many who will be here for the first time.”

    In addition, for some sailors first experiencing St. Francis YC and the Bay through this regatta, this will be the first time the J/111 Class (established 2012) will host an international championship on the West Coast, as their previous two World Championships were in the United Kingdom (2014 and 2016) and Newport, Rhode Island (2015).

    “With our typical August conditions here on the Bay, a fleet of local and visiting J/111s will be a sight to behold, planing downwind in the afternoon breeze,” said Sheridan.

    Of the ten teams currently registered, four are from the Bay Area while the other six, including Warren’s JOUST crew, are from elsewhere. “Local knowledge is almost always a factor at most racing venues,” said Sheridan. “However, I find most good visiting teams to the Bay quickly get the big picture of our current patterns, tidal cycles, and rules of thumb that locals are happy to share.”

    Sheridan suggested that visiting teams consider arriving a week early and competing in the Aldo Alessio and Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta (August 19-21).  He also advised that St. Francis YC’s world-famous Rolex Big Boat Series (September 14-17) unfurls a few weeks later and could be a consideration for teams that mastered the Bay during the J/111 Worlds.

    No matter your plotted rhumbline to this World Championship, you can bet your last shackle that St. Francis YC’s seasoned Race Committee will deliver world-class racecourse management and the Club’s shoreside volunteers and staff will ensure welcoming après-sailing activities.  For more J/111 World Championship sailing information

    J/70 Women’s Keelboat Worlds Preview
    (Valle de Bravo, Mexico)- “There is a precise word to describe how we feel regarding your visit- honored.  Honored that you have chosen our little oasis as the venue for your prestigious championship. The peña that backs our club house and watches over the lake has witnessed four generations of friends become family.

    From the days in the late 50´s when our grandparents sailed Lido fourteens, to the days in the 80´s and 90´s when our parents enthusiastically made sailors of us on the Optimists, sailing has been the core of our story of affection.  Out of it we have harvested many gifts, perhaps the most meaningful is the understanding of sportsmanship.

    No matter how feisty a race might become, the victory has always been rejoicing over a petroleo* chased by a beer at the club bar.  The “petroleo”- a traditional Mexican tequila-based cocktail, and staple at the club´s bar.

    Another facet that has enhanced this tale has been the camaraderie developed among the sailors of the several clubs in Valle de Bravo.  Thus, sailing has been the basis of our Valle community.

    Once more, sailing is the basis of an even greater community that transcends borders with your visit. The passion that we all share for the telltales flying and the waves splashing creates an immediate connection of a brethren kind that we are certain you will feel as soon as we embrace you in a welcoming hug.

    Your visit is very meaningful to us.  It will rejuvenate the sailor´s blood in our community and inspire us to pass on the joy of sailing to our children.  For this and much more, we are thankful.

    My most heartfelt gratitude to the members and employees of our club, the J/70 class, the sponsors, and US Sailing for your generosity and support.  Please feel most welcome!”  Those are the kind, welcoming words from Roberto “Pollo” Escalante, the Vice Commodore of Club de Vela La Peña and also the Chair of the 2017 IWKC in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

    The summer is Valle de Bravo´s rainy season.  A typical summer day begins with a sunny morning.  It develops the thermal breeze that comes in between 11 am and 12 pm.  Then the breeze holds until 3-4 pm, when the traditional afternoon shower comes in. Sometimes the rain comes in earlier, sometimes later, and sometimes it does not rain at all.  The temperature will range from low 60´s to mid 70´s.  Very temperate.  However, as many J/24 and J/70 sailors will tell you, NEVER trust local weather forecasts, since there are no stations at Valle, forecasts are often wrong!

    A very competitive contingent of women’s J/70 teams have assembled for the event.  Here are the individual team biographies:

    American Teams:
    - Team Despacito Senoritas- Vivien Allan is our main trimmer/tactician, Amy Clark is our jib/kite trimmer and Lindsay Benton is our bow gal.  Don’t be fooled by the direct translation of our team moniker Despacito (Slowly) Señoritas; instead, like us, it is inspired by the very popular, super fun, sassy, sexy, Spanish/English song Despacito by artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.
    - Team BAAM!- Allie Blecher, Beka Schiff, Molly Noble, and Ali Blumenthal
    - Team Seattle- Kathryn Meyer, Ramona Barber, Melanie Edwards, Nikki Daniel
    - Team Your “Mom”- Team "Your Mom" is very excited to sail in the 2017 IKWC. All four of sailors grew up sailing on Lake Erie in Ohio. Liz Barker, Taylor Robinson, Megan Riddle, Audrey Sheehan
    - TEAM ‘MER- Megan Ploch (skipper), Erin Dubinski (main), Alix Hahn (tactics/jib), Carolyn Russell (kite trim and bow), representing American Yacht Club in Rye, NY,
    - Team Scooter- Liz Hjorth, Stine Cacavas, Karyn Jones, and (inset) Jennifer Arrington
    - Team CJ Racing- Team CJ Racing is comprised of Emily Maxwell, Elizabeth Dudley, Avery Field and Katy Nastro. Emily and Avery are cousins and grew up competing against one another in Optimists
    - Team SDYC- The team is made up of San Diego Yacht Club sailors – Giselle Camet Nyenhuis, Betty Sherman, Stacey Szabo, and Alexa Cavalieri.

    Mexican Teams:
    - Team Racing Comadres- Eliane Fierro, Margarita Pazos, Caty Pi-Suñer, Valeria Pi-Suñer
    - Team Chiquitas Pero Picosas- The Flores sisters (Manuela, Casilda, & Camila) and the Sole sisters (Ana Clare & Sophia)

    The Valle de Bravo “Weather Report” on YouTube.   Follow the J/70 Women’s Keelboat World’s here  For more International J/70 Women’s Keelboat Championship sailing information

    Landsail Tyres J/CUP U.K. Preview
    (Torquay, United Kingdom)- The thrill and fun of the J-Cup, celebrating its 18th birthday at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay, South Devon, England, will be running this coming weekend from 17th to 19th August.

    The Landsail Tyres J-Cup in Partnership with B&G, has eight races scheduled over three days of highly competitive racing, with excellent facilities ashore and a great social program.

    The regatta features four UK National Championships for the J/111, J/109, J/88 & J/97 Classes, and other J/Boats are also racing under IRC handicap classes.

    “The first J-CUP was in 2000, and it has proved to be a fantastic get together for the J/Clan,” commented Paul Heys from Key Yachting, the exclusive agent for J/Boats in the UK and Ireland.

    “Every Fastnet year, it makes sense for the regatta to be based in the West Country, and the dates are chosen to fit after the Fastnet finish, and before Torbay and Dartmouth Royal Regattas. We have been to Torbay Yacht Club twice before, and the club is so keen to have us back, plus the facilities are excellent with a superb marina and a lovely bay to sail in, which is easy to reach from the Fastnet finish at Plymouth, just 50 miles away.

    The J-CUP is not a rally, it is a very competitive regatta, and the motto of the event is to ‘race hard and play hard’. So once the final race is finished, we have a big hoedown on the Saturday night, with a grand prize giving, and live music from the sensational soul, rock and funk band- Joey the Lips.”   Sailing photo credits- Tim Wright/ photoaction.com   Follow the J/CUP U.K. on Facebook here   For more J/CUP U.K. sailing information

    AUDI Hamilton Race Week Preview
    (Hamilton Island, Australia)- AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia’s favourite yachting events and a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event’s on-water and off-water carnival. Every August, spectators and yachties from around the globe sail to Hamilton Island for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Australia’s largest offshore keelboat regatta.

    Perfectly situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst Queensland's 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.

    This year, the regatta is taking place from the 19th to 26th of August.  Participating this year is a select group of top J/crews sailing their larger boats.  The biggest J/team as the event is the J/160 SALACIA, sailed by Stephen Everett and his wife, family and friends.  Stephen bought the boat in America, and sailed her across from California, then Mexico, then across the Pacific to Australia!  An epic cruise it was! Now the Everett’s are enjoying their boat in the gorgeous waters of the Whitsundays!

    Then, a similar story holds true for the J/130 RAGTIME.  Chris & Bernadette Morgan acquired her in 2012 and brought her across the Pacific to Australia. Based at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, RAGTIME has been actively racing in Queensland events. RAGTIME’s major win so far was the 2014 Brisbane to Keppel Race!

    Finally, the J/122 JAVELIN was recently purchased in May 2017 by skipper James Crowley.  Her first regatta success was the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta, skippered by Sally Crowley, taking EHC Division 1 1st!  They are aiming for a full racing program in 2017/18 commencing with the Brisbane to Keppel Race and Hamilton Island Race Week.  For more AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week sailing information

    Ida Lewis Distance Race Preview
    (Newport, RI)- The list of registrants for the annual Ida Lewis Distance Race is growing daily.  Currently, 42 teams are signed up for the event’s 13th edition, scheduled for Friday, August 18. Ida Lewis Yacht Club has been hosting and running sailboat races all summer long, but this is its signature regatta, much adored by local sailors as well as those who travel here from across the region and the continent to compete.

    “It’s always nice to do a short offshore race,” said John Gowell. “This one is not too intense, it’s overnight, and it covers beautiful sailing grounds. The logistics are also easy; that’s a big attraction.”

    With turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower, the race course for the Ida Lewis Distance Race can be anywhere from 107 to 169 miles. The course is chosen on the day of the start and driven by the forecast conditions.

    The race’s – and club’s – namesake is the heroic lighthouse keeper who saved many a life during her tenure at “Lime Rock” upon which Ida Lewis Yacht Club is famously perched in Newport Harbor. Ida Lewis often rowed a dory to rescue soldiers in peril on the water between the “rock” and the hard place of Fort Adams. Off Fort Adams is where the start is planned on Friday at 12:30, so spectators can take a lunch-hour break to catch the action.  The Double-Handed Fleet starts first, followed by Multihulls at 12:45, PHRF Class at 1:00 and IRC Class at 1:15.)

    The finish is off the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, anywhere from 18 to 29 hours later, depending on the weather.

    A total of 10 J/Boats are sailing in the event after Ida Lewis organizers reached out to participants competing in J/Fest New England, which precedes the distance race on Aug. 11-13; that’s about 25% of the 40-boat fleet.

    IRC class will host an interesting mix of boats.  Three J/122s – MOXIEE (Daniel Heun, Franklin, Mass.), ORION (Paul Milo, Leesburg, Virginia) and TARAHUMARA (Jack Gregg, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) – will make it interesting with their equally matched hulls.

    PHRF Spinnaker Class has five J’s in the field, including two J/105s (Charles Stoddard’s FALCON 2.0 and the Young American Junior Big Boat Team on YOUNG AMERICAN), Bill Kneller’s J/109 VENTO SOLARE, Bob Manchester’s J/120 VAMOOSE, and EC Helme’s J/92S SPIRIT.

    In the PHRF Doublehanded Class, Dwight McMillan’s J/109 AVIATO will be taking on four other classmates for line and handicap honors.

    The Ida Lewis Distance Race includes Youth and Collegiate Challenges and is a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF) and the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC). Top Trophies are The Russell L. Hoyt Memorial Trophy for best elapsed time in IRC division; The Commodore’s Trophy for best-corrected time in IRC division; The Lois J. Muessel Memorial Trophy for best elapsed time in PHRF division; and The Lime Rock Trophy for best-corrected time in PHRF division.

    Gold sponsors for the 2017 Ida Lewis Distance Race are New England Boatworks and City of Newport. Silver sponsors are Bluewater Technologies, Helly Hansen, and Newport Shipyard; Bronze sponsors are North Sails, Rig Pro Southern Spars, and Stella Artois. Contributing Sponsors are DYT Yacht Transport, Flint Audio & Video, Goslings Rum, Mac Designs, Toni Mills Graphic Design, and Triton Insurance.  Sailing photo credits- Cate Brown  For more Ida Lewis Distance Race sailing information

    Calling All J/Boat Owners and Sailors!
    Spend Your Winter Sailing in Puerto Vallarta!
    (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)- Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico would like to welcome all J/Boats to come and race with us this winter in beautiful Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

    For those of you that have not sailed in Banderas Bay, the weather is perfect everyday and the wind comes up about Noon-time and blows 7 to 20 knots!

    Club Membership entitles free use of the single point hoist and there is a large boat storage lot with rates of just $3.00 per day.  Slips are available but sell out each year. We have a wonderful facility with a great Restaurant, locker room, pool, small boats and many fun events.

    We currently have and active fleet of J/70’s with about 9 boats and 5 J/80's. J/World Sailing is also here to improve your skills on J/80's.  We have one J/105 that seems to win many of the big boat races.

    We have an active race schedule planned this year with weekly beer-can races. If you can't bring your boat, come on down and crew!

    Some of the recent and future Regattas, J/70 Mexican National Championships, Vallarta Cup, WesMex Internacional Small boat Regatta (240 boats), Banderas Bay Regatta, Banderas Bay Blast, Regatta de la Revolucion, and Races after The Baja Ha-Ha. We also have an active Junior Program.  Plus, it is a San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race year, which means lots of fun on all kinds of boats for MEXORC- a series of races held in Banderas Bay after the race finishes!

    Dan Kelsey from Dillon, Colorado explains, “I trailered my J/80 HARMATTAN from Lake Dillon Colorado to Puerto Vallarta last November and returned in April.  Planning to go back again this year stopping in Texas for J/Fest October 21-23! Shipping your boat can be arranged.”

    Puerto Vallarta is one of the safest cities in North America with easy access via the busy Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport. Here is the link to Rentals and Documentation on safest cities.

    To learn more about the VYC’s fabulous winter program, please don’t hesitate to contact- Daniel Kelsey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or Daniel Green (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or Wayne Zittel @ J/World (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).   For more Vallarta YC member and sailing information

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    This past week saw the inaugural U.S. J/70 Youth Championship take place in the hallowed waters of Narragansett Bay, with nine youth sailing club teams from across America competing to win a FREE J/70 for their unlimited usage at their sailing club. Hosted by SAIL NEWPORT at their Fort Adams Sailing Facility, the RC/PRO team managed to run 25 races over the three-day regatta!  Simultaneously, the 2nd annual J/Fest New England Regatta took place, also hosted by SAIL NEWPORT for fleets of J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/105s, and J/109s.  Then, out in the Midwest, sailing on the Great Lakes were two other significant events.  Off Chicago’s spectacular waterfront, the Chicago YC hosted their annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta for one-design fleets of J/105s, J/109s, and J/111s.  Then up on Lake Superior, the Apostle Island Station of the Wayzata YC in Minnesota hosted their annual Bayfield Race Week for a range of J/crews from J/70s up to a classic J/120!

    Across the big pond, there were two significant events that concluded this past week.  One was the first act of the SAILING Champions League.  It was sailed on J/70s in St Petersburg, Russia and hosted by the Royal St Petersburg YC.  Then, the “mother-of-all-offshore-races”, the one and only famous ROLEX Fastnet Race, took off with a record fleet and after the cloud of salt spray had been cleared away, again several J/teams had fantastic performances; including a J/122E, a J/133, and a J/109.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Aug 18-20- Swiftsure Regatta- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 18- Ida Lewis Distance Race- Newport, RI
    Aug 19-26- AUDI Hamilton Race Week- Hamilton Island, Australia
    Aug 23-27- J/111 World Championship- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 25-27- Breskens Sailing Weekend- Breskens, The Netherlands
    Sep 12-16- J/70 World Championship- Porto Cervo, Italy
    Sep 14-17- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 15-23- J/24 World Championship- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    Sep 22-24- J/FEST San Diego- San Diego, CA
    Sep 24- Oct 1- J/24 European Championship- Lake Balaton, Hungary
    Sep 30- Oct 1- J/70 East Coast Championship- Deltaville, VA

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

     
    Santa Barbara YC Crowned U.S. J/70 Youth Champions!
    SBYC Wins FREE Use of a J/70 for 12 months!
    (Newport, RI)- The inaugural U.S. J/70 Youth Championship had its fair share of drama after two days of sailing.  Tight racing.  Teams pushing the envelope tactically all weekend long.  Close-quarters racing producing dramatic turn-arounds at each corner of the course. As each race unfolded, yet another wind shift and puff pushed another group of boats past leaders in front of them.  To say the least, it was about as atypical weather conditions anyone could imagine from a “locals” point of view in Newport.

    Ultimately, winning and demonstrating good tactical decision-making capability, extraordinary boat-handling, and a steady boat-speed advantage through-out the regatta was the Santa Barbara YC Youth Team- skippered by Lucas Pierce with an excellent crew of Ryan Eastwood, Chris Kayda, Payne Donaldson, and Kris Ozolins.  It was a remarkable performance, especially considering the wildly fluctuating and variable wind conditions every team had to contend with over the three-day regatta.

    The sailing conditions delivered by the weather Gods surely contributed to the drama and anxiety experienced by the various teams.  On Friday, it was a cruise ship floating around the bay off Newport that kept winds fluctuating from the SSE to SSW direction.  Then, on Saturday, after a long weather delay/ postponement, an ornery passage of a weather front ultimately produced a heavy gray mist and a good breeze from the south to finish a second round of nine races by early evening.  Sunday’s finale was no different, fog, then sun, then good breeze, then a thermal breeze shutdown by a front with high-level northwesterly breezes!

    All things considered, the regatta format permitted good teams to rise to the top given enough opportunities to get there!  In the Sunday morning “repechage” round that consisted of four races on Sunday morning, the top three teams were Annapolis YC, Little Traverse YC and Coral Reef YC.  They joined the double-round-robin leaders- Santa Barbara YC, Sail Newport and Severn Sailing Association.

    The finale started just after noon time. Winning the first race was Sail Newport’s team led by Brendan Read.  Then, in the second race, Annapolis YC (skippered by Porter Kavle) won by a large margin.  Then, in the third race, Sail Newport Youth Team won again.  There was no question the Santa Barbara YC crew were feeling the heat, especially from the local youth team from Sail Newport.

    In the fourth race, the wind went crazy, going light and mixing cat’s-paws with small streaks and shifting at least 50 degrees.  Two boats shot into a leg and half lead, in second was Santa Barbara, having seen the first streak and shot right to grab it and take off around the windward mark.  Sail Newport went left and missed it, bobbing in the powerboat chop. The race was ultimately canceled due to the time limit, much to everyone’s delight!  As a result, with no visible wind in sight and less than forty minutes to the regatta time limit, PRO Dooley wisely decided it was time to call it a day and fired off three guns to mark the end of racing.

    As a result, winning the regatta by ten points was the Santa Barbara YC Youth Team.  Second was the SAIL NEWPORT Youth Team comprised of Brendan Read, Andrew Sherrin, Kate Nota, and Ted Bjerregaard.  Third was Annapolis YC Youth Team comprised of Porter Kavle, Will Comerford, Benjamin Podlich, and Jake Viskers.  Rounding out the top five was Severn Sailing Association Youth Team in 4th and Coral Reef YC in 5th place.

    At the awards ceremony, the Santa Barbara YC Youth Team (pictured here) was presented not just with their keeper trophies, but also the FREE J/70 their club gets to use for twelve months!  The SBYC Vice Commodore Scott Deardorff, himself a J/70 sailor, is looking forward to utilizing their FREE J/70 (complete with a brand new suit of North Sails and Triad Trailer) for club events, youth keelboat development and, perhaps, even women’s keelboat development!

    Regatta Chairman- Stu Johnstone- remarked, “it was amazing to see the high-level of competitiveness by all nine teams.  Having sailed against some of them in past J/70 events, it was evident most could compete in the top ten in any major J/70 regatta, that is how much they had improved over the course of the year.  I also wanted to thank all the boat owners who donated their boats for the event- SAIL 22 (Ed & Becky Furry), Tim Healy, Henry Brauer, and Juan Reid from Chile- without them there would be no regatta!”

    Regatta sponsors included North Sails (providing 6 brand new suits of sails), Harken (promoting their “Blockheads” project), MJM Yachts’ Bob Johnstone (who also donated the free J/70), Sail Newport (Brad Read and Vinnie Pattavina), and SAIL 22 (especially, the help of Sam House- as the regatta bosun).

    Finally, kudos to the Regatta PRO Kevin Dooley, the Offshore Racing Coach from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy- amazing job for running 25 races in crazy weather conditions!  And, thanks to his supporting  cast on the Race Committee- Bill Canfield, Oakley Jones, Paul Hazlett, Bob Spagnolo, Richard Barker, Jack Fisher, and Macken Offspring!  Follow U.S. J/70 Youth Championships on Facebook here.   Sailing photo credits- Matthew Cohen   For more U.S. J/70 Youth Championship sailing information and results

    German NRV Team Win SAILING Champions League- Act 1!
    (St Petersburg, Russia)- A thrilling climax saw the regatta come down to the final race to decide Act 1 of the SAILING Champions League. The Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) from Hamburg won the decisive race in St. Petersburg.

    The NRV managed to handle the difficult conditions best with shifty, weak winds on the Neva River in the city center of St. Petersburg. On Sunday, the north Germans won four out of three qualifying races and managed to keep up their performance from the previous days.

    “We were of course hoping to reach the podium. During the qualifying races we became more and more relaxed and stayed confident even in these difficult currents,” said helmsman Johannes Polgar.

    With this victory during the SAILING Champions League in St. Petersburg, Johannes Polgar proved that he is still fully motivated to work on his 2020 Olympic campaign.

    Frederikshavn Sejlklub from Denmark finished second ahead of the hosts, Saint Petersburg YC.

    The Frederikshavn Sejlklub (FS) from Denmark lost their overnight lead to the NRV. Helmsman Kris Houmann commented, “In the decisive race unfortunately the NRV overtook us and due to the wind shifts, we could not control them anymore. We are still very happy with second place and are looking forward to come to St. Petersburg again.”

    The last race of the event was extremely thrilling as the hosts from Saint Petersburg YC (SPBYC) sealed the final podium spot.

    “It was an incredible race. After our terrible start, I never thought we would win this race. A huge thanks to my wonderful team,” commented a relieved Anna Basalkina, skipper of the SPYC team. The Russian Olympic sailor from 2000 in Sydney surely deserved to reach third place overall and her place on the podium after such a herculean recovery!

    Twenty-one teams from all over Europe were trying to qualify for the finale of the SAILING Champions League in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. The races in St. Petersburg on the one-designs J/70’s were extremely short and close to the audience on-shore.

    The SAILING Champions League will continue in September in Switzerland. Act 2 of the SAILING Champions League will take place from September 1st to 3rd in St. Moritz. Then, the second group of the best international sail clubs will fight to qualify for the final of the SAILING Champions League in Porto Cervo, Italy.

    In Porto Cervo, the best teams from Act 1 and Act 2 will fight for the title “Best European Sail Club” and for the beautiful silver bowl by Robbe and Berking.

    As a technology partner of the SAILING Champions League, SAP is providing professional livestream coverage with expert commentary along with live results of the events.  SAP SAILING Champions League results are here

    The primary regatta sponsor is GAZPROM- a global energy company. Being a socially responsible company, GAZPROM is supporting Russian sports at all levels. As a general partner of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club since 2013, GAZPROM devotes much attention towards the development of sailing in the Northern Capital and Russia at large. Supporting different local and international events, the St. Petersburg YC and GAZPROM aim at establishing St. Petersburg among the top sailing cities of Europe.

    From 2017, the St. Petersburg YC and GAZPROM, together with its subsidiary NordStream Company, became partners of the National Sailing Leagues of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany as well as of Act 1 of the European SAILING Champions League in St. Petersburg in August.   Sailing video teaser- by GAZPROM for the SAILING Champions League   For more SAILING Champions League sailing information here

    Challenging J/FEST New England Regatta
    (Newport, RI)- The 2nd annual J/Fest New England Regatta, hosted by SAIL NEWPORT, took place in the waters of southern Narragansett Bay and offshore on Rhode Island Sound.  Following in the footsteps of the fun-loving event held last year in the northern bay by Bristol YC, in partnership with Barrington YC, local J/sailors had yet another fun event on the Bay!

    While the regatta was missing the classic Newport summer sailing conditions of great sea breezes each day, the regatta PRO’s more than made up for it with clever race management.  The regatta hosted the celebratory J/24 40th Anniversary Round Island Race with twenty-one entries on Friday.  Then, on Saturday and Sunday there were one-design classes for J/22s, J/24s, J/30s, J/105s, J/70s, J/109s, and PHRF handicap racing.

    In the five boat J/105 class, there emerged a surprise winner!  New J/105 owners Alex and Alexandra Clegg and their team on ALLORA! won their class against Buzzards Bay Champion Nicole Breault on GOOD TRADE.  Alex reports:

    “After a multiple hour postponement in light winds on Saturday, the fleet was sent in with no racing completed. Sunday had a better forecast and excitement was palpable to get some racing in.  Fog was thick when we arrived at the boat, and the RC made the prudent decision to race up in the northern section of Narragansett Bay, in the vicinity of Halfway Rock.

    The sun burned the fog off and we had 10-12 knots, flat water, and an incoming tide for the first race, relatively perfect conditions for racing.  The five boat class of Allora!, Good Trade, Madcap 2.0, Pieces of Eight, and Tonto got off a race close to on time and proceeded to have two more great races in a slightly weaker breeze.  Allora!, Good Trade and Tonto mixed it up quite close at the front, rounding all the marks within a couple boat lengths of each other. 

    Allora! won the first race and Good Trade the second race, and were tied on points at 3 each going into the final race with Tonto 3 points back from us, so it was down to the third and final race of the day in a fading 8 knot breeze. We jockeyed fairly hard for position at the pin, to go left which had been slightly favored all day. 

    Allora! managed to avoid getting hooked from a leeward Good Trade by inches, and still make the pin without being over early.  The race was a very close one with Good Trade and Allora! in a tacking duel to an upwind finish, with Allora! squeezing it out.  Great fun and an awesome finish to our first OD regatta on Allora!

    Most of the credit is due to my crew, my wife Alexandra, Todd McGuire and Josh Parks with whom I have sailed years and countless miles, and Ben and Kelley Steinberg.  Final results were Allora! in first, Good Trade second, Tonto third. Excited to get to our next OD event, hopefully soon!”

    Then, in the J/22 class, former College All-American sailor Peter Levesque stole the show, winning class with a 2-1-2-1 tally for just 6 pts.  William Porter’s CONUNDRUM was second with a 3-5-1-3 for 12 pts.  Just one point back was Cory Sertl’s WHARF RAT with a 1-2-5-5 tally for 13 pts.

    In the J/24 class, they enjoyed two events.  In the Round Island 40th Anniversary race, the winds were so light that it was changed to be an all East Passage of Narragansett Bay race- a wise choice.  From the start off Rose Island, the fleet went around the Clingstone Rocks Bell to starboard, then north through the Newport Bridge to the Prudence Island green bell to starboard, then back to the finish off Fort Adams.  Winning that race by a country mile was Steve Kirkpatrick’s BUCKSHOT, followed by Ted Winston’s PASSAGE EAST and Matt Coughlin’s FUDGIE in third.   Then, taking their momentum into the weekend regatta was Kirkpatrick’s BUCKSHOT, taking a 1-6-1-1 for 9 pts to win the J/24 class by a longshot.  Second was Tim Corbett’s ESKIMO SISTERS with a 4-9-2-2 tally for 17 pts.  Just two points back was Mike Quaid’s ICE CUBE with a 3-1-7-8 record for 19 pts.

    The J/109 class had a strong turnout of nine very talented teams.  At the end of the day, it was Jonathan Rechtschaffer’s EMOTICON that won the class with a 1-5-2 for 8 pts.  Sitting one point back was regatta Chairman Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE with a 6-2-1 scoreline for 9 pts.  Third place went to John Sahagian’s PICANTE with a 2-3-5 score for 10 pts.  Top Corinthian boat in class was Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING, followed by Brooke Mastrorio’s URSA in 2nd and Dan Corcoran’s STRIDER in 3rd place.

    The J/70 class was won by Rachel Bryer’s all-women crew on JUNKANOO with all 1sts for 4 pts!  Second was Chris Murray’s LUCKY with a 2-2-3-2 for 9 pts and third place went to Gordon Fletcher’s GIJIMA with a 3-3-2-3 for 11 pts.

    In the PHRF Class, it was Kevin Dakan’s J/110 MEMORY winning with two bullets.  Second was Peter Colby’s J/92S STING with two deuces.  And, third was Stephen Lipman’s J/37C DUCK SOUP with a pair of thirds.  For more J/Fest New England sailing information

    Great J/Team Performance @ Rolex Fastnet Race!
    J/133 Wins IRC 2, J/122E 2nd in Doublehanded, J/122E Wins IRC 2B, J/109 Wins IRC 3B!
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- There is no question that well-sailed, all-around J/designs, even those over ten years old, can win major events like the RORC’s ROLEX Fastnet Race.  In a tour’de’force, the French J/133 PINTIA, the Dutch J/122E AJETO! and the Irish J/109 JEDI quite handily won their respective IRC divisions in this years incredibly challenging 605nm race.

    The Royal Ocean Racing’s biennial flagship event this year attracted another record-sized fleet of 362 boats, six more than 2015. It continues to be the world’s largest offshore yacht race, and also the most popular – when registration opened, the IRC fleet’s maximum limit of 340 boats was reached in just 4 minutes and 24 seconds!

    As ever, the course took the giant fleet west down the English Channel, either side of the prohibited ‘traffic separation scheme’ zone between Land’s End and the Scilly Isles, across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock, four miles off southwest Ireland, back south leaving Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles to port and then, on past the Lizard, to the finish off Plymouth– in total 605nm..

    Equally impressive as the size of the Rolex Fastnet Race fleet was its diversity, ranging from many of the world’s top offshore racing teams, either privately owned or sponsored, down to smaller amateur family and friends entries and to sailing schools featuring individuals for many of whom the Rolex Fastnet Race would rank as their “Mount Everest” (the world’s tallest mountain at 29,000+ feet) of their offshore racing careers.

    The traditional Sunday staggered start on the Solent, taking place the day after Cowes Week, was spectacular.  The giant fleet setting off by class, starting with the multihulls at 1100 and finishing 1hr 40 minutes later with the biggest monohulls. They were accompanied west down the Solent by the substantial spectator fleet before squeezing through the bottleneck at Hurst Castle Narrows and out into the English Channel headed west to the first turning point at Land’s End.

    This year’s race was a “classic” weather-wise.  The race started off with a prolonged beat all the way to the Fastnet Rock, followed by a run back to Bishop Rock and a reach to the finish. Conditions for the frontrunners were moderate, albeit somewhat awkward with a front lying across the southern UK, creating a small pause in the wind before filling in from the northwest.

    The medium-small sized boats got their money’s worth with a hard beat into winds approaching 30 knots en route to the Fastnet Rock. These same conditions made for a blistering sleigh ride back from the Rock for the larger boats.  J/Boats excelled in the all-around conditions.

    In IRC Two Class, Gilles Fournier and Corinne Migraine’s J/133 PINTIA won the first prize following their arrival at the finish line at 0533 hours. Incredibly, they placed 4th overall in IRC for 340+ boats!!  They were, by far, the highest finishing standard production boat in the entire race!

    “We had some good results already in IRC Two this year,” said Fournier. “But, the Rolex Fastnet Race is the peak of the season. We have had an internal battle with our friends on Lisa, including Commodore of the RORC Michael Boyd, since the beginning of the season.”

    Due to the tidal state at the time, PINTIA went to the west of the all-important traffic separation scheme off the Scilly Isles. Fournier said he enjoyed rounding the Fastnet Rock, even though it was at night.

    “You are pleased when you round that because it is an amazing place. You wouldn’t want to spend your holidays there, but it is a legendary place and we are now part of the legend!”

    RORC Commodore Michael Boyd acknowledged that PINTIA had stolen a march on them at Portland Bill.  “We failed to get to there in time. PINTIA went in and we probably should have followed her and they just managed to get through the gap. We went outside and lost quite a few miles, but we gained them back at Lyme Bay when an awful lot of boats went inside and we were surprised to see some of our competitors at anchor there. We were further offshore, in the wind. That kept us up with the IRC One boats.”

    The boats in IRC 2 Class saw 25 knots on the nose, some of the strongest conditions crossing the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock, requiring the crew to live on the rail. Boyd described the Fastnet Rock, off his native Ireland, as “extraordinary, absolutely magical.”

    The IRC Two Handed prize was just missed by “the Flying Dutchmen” on the J/122e AJETO!- sailed by Dutch Two-Handed Champions, Robin Verhoef and John van der Starre. The Netherlands boat had been leading the IRC Two-Handed class until Night & Day finally overhauled them yesterday, leaving them second.  They also placed 4th overall in the entire IRC 2 division and were the winners of IRC 2B Division!

    The Dutch duo, racing their new J/122E, which they have optimized for two-handed racing, had an up and down race.

    "We sailed well, but we had some bad luck with a wind hole at the Lizard,” said Verhoef. “We were not close enough to the shore and not far enough from the shore to get away from there. There was a big wind hole and we had to anchor twice for about 30 minutes letting out 120m of line!”

    This episode dropped them to 13th by the time they reached Land’s End, however they recovered this lost ground by going up the favorable east side of the Land’s End traffic separation scheme and then sailing into the favorable right hand shift in the Celtic Sea.

    “The Irish Sea was like lake sailing– wind shift-tack, wind shift-tack,” said van der Starre. “Then at the TSS we were up with the leaders in the group again.” They rounded the Fastnet Rock shortly before dawn, under the full moon. After the prolonged upwind conditions, there was tangible relief as they turned downwind. “That was one big smile. Then at the Scillies we saw for the first time we were leading our class again.”

    However, soon after they got stuck in another wind hole forcing them to back down, virtually perpendicular to the course, and then sail south in order to extricate themselves. It was this huge problem that allowed Night & Day to move ahead of them in the IRC Two Handed class! How frustrating for one of Europe’s top two-handed duos!  A win firmly in their grasp, not once, but twice, only to lose it again!  It seems they had a similar fate two Fastnet Races ago on their J/111, sitting stranded in no wind within 200 meters of the finish line, in no wind, anchored against the current flowing out of Plymouth Harbour, talking to the finish line officials- for 7+ hours!!  Yet, they did not go crazy, and still got second despite the fact they were winning by a country furlong on their approach to the final few meters at the Plymouth pier!

    The J/122 JUNIQUE RAYMARINE SAILING TEAM sailed by yet another top Dutch crew- Chris Revelman & Pascal Bakker- took 8th in IRC Two-handed Division and 7th in IRC 2 Division overall and 4th in IRC 2B Division!  They were followed by Nick Martin’s ever-present J/105 DIABLO-J in 11th and Wim van Slooten’s J/109 FIRESTORM in 12th.

    In the IRC 2A Class, the J/122 LORELEI from France, skippered by Marie & Alain Chatherineau, took 4th place.  Meanwhile, just 45 minutes corrected behind them in 5th place was their J/122 sistership- Andy Theobald’s R&W. Yet another J/122E took 9th place- Chris Daniel’s JUNO.

    Then, in IRC 3B class J/crews were 9 of the top 12 teams! First was the Irish J/109 JEDI skippered by Kenneth Rumball.  Third was yet another J/109, Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox’s MOJITO, and 5th place was Nick Martin’s J/105 DIABLO-J!   YB Tracking video  For more Rolex Fastnet Race sailing information

    Thrilling Finale @ Verve Cup Offshore Regatta!
    J/111 Podium Determined On Last Leg of Last Race!
    (Chicago, IL)- It was Chicago’s version of “the Thrilla from Manila!”  Going around and around in the proverbial ring, a jab here, a roundhouse punch there, the top three boats in the J/111 class and the outcome on the podium was not determined until the final minutes of the seventh and final race of the regatta on Sunday!  In short, “who beat who” determined the finish positions, with the trio of Karl Brummel/ Steve Henderson/ Mike Mayer on KASHMIR winning the final race, followed by Brad Faber’s UTAH in 2nd and Rich Witzel’s ROWDY in third place!  Rounding out the top five were Mark & Colin Caliban’s NO QUARTER in 4th and John Kalanik’s NO QUARTER in 5th position.   Here is J/111 KASHMIR- Mike Meyer interview

    As for the rest of the competitors in Chicago YC’s 25th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta, the racing was close, but not the anxiety-ridden thriller experienced by the J/111 class.

    The J/109 class saw the overall Chicago to Mackinac Race winner add more silverware to their trophy room collection!  Winning with three 1sts and three 2nds in the 7 race series was Jim Mitchell & Bruce Danly’s TOA.  Six points back in second place was Peter Priede’s FULL TILT, also winning three races along the way but having to contend with three high-scoring finishes (5-4-6) that hurt their chances for a shot at the top.  Third as David Gustman’s NORTHSTAR, followed by Bob Evans’ GOAT RODEO in 4th (the J/109 Chicago-Mackinac Race winner), and in 5th place was Keith Ecklenberg’s BLACKFIN.

    The J/105 class of ten boats also witnessed another “walk-away”, this one in the form of Gyt Petkus’s crew on VYTIS finally getting their “mojo” and collecting three bullets and three deuces on their way to a huge class win.  Second was past winner, Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM, third was Clark Pellet’s SEALARK (another past winner), fourth Mike Sheppard’s FLYING PIG and fifth Robert Amos’ SOUTHBOUND.

    The J/88 teams were lumped into the ORR 2 Division of eleven boats.  After eight races on their circle, Andy Graff’s EXILE placed 4th and Tim Wade’s WINDSONG took 5th. Rick Stage’s J/35 ALPHA PUPPY finished just behind the J/88s in 6th position.  For more Verve Cup Offshore sailing information

    J/Crews Lovin’ Bayfield Race Week!
    (Bayfield, WI)- Bayfield Race Week is the centerpiece of the Lake Superior offshore racing season, hosted by the Apostle Islands Station of the Wayzata Yacht Club.  It is a week long festival of sailing on the south shore of Lake Superior, with racing taking place around the spectacular Apostle Islands. The event surrounds the 4th of July, and attracts boats and crews all points of the compass, including: Canada, Florida, Duluth, and the Twin Cities.

    To say that it is also a “love fest” for J/sailors would be an understatement.  J/crews have been sailing the event for years and has become a fixture on their calendars once you’ve had the pleasure to experience the fun and camaraderie of the event!  It is truly one of the prettier corners of the sailing world you’ve ever seen, with plush green, pine-treed islands, magnificent tall bluffs, and incredibly clear deep blue waters- a color that could easily mistaken for the azure waters of the Caribbean.

    This year, J/Teams won three divisions and took silver in two others- a rather dominating performance by one brand of sailboats!

    The Mid-Distance PHRF A group of the big boats was swept by J/crews; these were races around a combination of government marks, islands and set marks- a lot like what you see in the Caribbean race weeks.  Winning was Keith Stauber’s J/35 PAPA GAUCHO II with a 2-4—7-3-2 record for 18 pts.  They also won the “Family Affair Award”.  Second was another J/35, Bob Vander Ploeg’s BOBSLED from Thunder Bay, Ontario with a 4-6-2-2-7 for 21 pts.  Third was David Resch’s J/120 FOREVER YOUNG with a 1-8-3-7-5 tally for 24 pts.  Then, Chris Wells’ J/41 IOR NORTHERN HARRIER from Thunder Bay, Ontario posted a 3-3-5-9-4 for 24 pts, losing the tie-breaker with the J/120 to take fourth place.

    In the Mid-Distance PHRF B class, George Johns’ J/80 JAVALINA sailed consistently well with a 1-2-1-5-6 for 15 pts, just one point from first!  Also taking silver was Jim Vaudreuil’s J/109 ZIGZAG in the Buoy Racing PHRF B class, also just missing a class win by one point.

    Winning the Jib and Main PHRF class was Edward Alspach’s J/36 RADIO FLYER- a bright, fire-engine red boat that looks great sailing on the lake!  They pretty much crushed their class with four bullets in their 5 races.  Similarly, winning the Sport Boat PHRF class was Erik Wilson’s J/70 FLY 2.0 from Fargo, ND- a long drive away!   Follow Bayfield Race Week on Facebook here   Watch the local Fox 21 News video of the event here   For more Bayfield Race Week scores and sailing information

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    What J/sailors and friends are doing around the world

    * J/109 JUNKYARD DOG report- owner Jim Goldberg has been having a fun time racing in a number of California offshore events this summer.  Here’s the latest:

    “After an extremely long wait for a weather window to get our boat back after the California Offshore Race Week, then some unexpected repairs once home, we finally have her out racing again.  We have another video of our J/109 racing in the San Francisco Drake’s Bay race.

    Drake’s Bay is a 31-mile race from San Francisco, out the Golden Gate into the Pacific Ocean and north to Drake’s Bay.  We anchor out overnight with the fleet, and then race back the next morning.  Usually, this allows the boats to raft up and socialize with the other boats and crew that we usually only see in passing.  This year we had 35-knot winds through the night so many of us chose to not raft up!!  A few boats had some anchoring issues and ended up aground in the middle of the night.  I can't help but wonder if this is expected when a group of racers tries their anchoring skills out!

    Junkyard Dog saw both ends of the spectrum, 2nd place Saturday and, well, not so good Sunday.  Enjoy the video, it was a fun, but challenging set of races!”   Watch the J/109 JUNKYARD DOG sailing video here
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  • J/Newsletter- August 9th, 2017
    U.S. J/70 Youth Championship Preview
    (Newport, RI)- The inaugural U.S. J/70 Youth Championship will be taking place this weekend from August 10th to 13th, hosted by the amazing team at SAIL NEWPORT at their extraordinary Fort Adams Sailing Facility in Newport, RI.

    Nine teams are participating from across the country, including teams from California to Maine, and from northern Michigan down to southern Florida.  The teams qualified by sailing in major regattas across the country, including many of Sailing World’s famous NOOD Regattas- San Diego, Annapolis, Chicago, and Marblehead.  What was notable about many of the youth teams were their remarkable performances against some of the top J/70 teams across America, many finishing in the top half of large “open” J/70 events that included some of the world’s top professional sailors in the J/70 class (many of them Olympic Medallists and World Champions in various classes).

    The teams qualified for their sailing clubs in the hopes of winning one of the most unique prizes in the world of sailing- FREE use of a J/70 for your sailing club for an entire twelve (12) months!  FREE to use for the youth keelboat program, for members to race in J/70 events, to introduce women sailors to the easy-to-sail J/70, and so forth- in other words, the only limitation for using the J/70 is your imagination!

    From the West Coast, the sole representative is the Santa Barbara YC from Santa Barbara, CA.  From the Midwest is the Little Traverse YC from Harbor Springs, MI.  There are two teams from Florida, the St Petersburg YC in St Petersburg, FL and the Coral Reef YC from Miami, FL.  From the Chesapeake Bay are two teams, the Annapolis YC from Annapolis, MD and the Severn Sailing Association from Eastport, MD. Finally, from the northeast are three more teams, Eastern YC from Marblehead, MA, MudRatz Sailing Club from Stonington, CT, and Sail Newport from Newport, RI.

    The teams are looking forward to a short-course, college-style racing format- “stadium sailing” at its best right off Newport Harbor, between Goat Island and Rose Island just south of Newport Bridge.  On-shore at Goat Island is an enormous, New England-style, open-air pavilion to watch the racing taking place in front on Narragansett Bay.  Up to 27 races are planned for the nine teams, so it will be “thrill-a-minute” racing, each one taking just 15-20 minutes each.

    Today, Tim Healy and Will Welles from North Sails provided an on-the-water clinic for the J/70 Youth teams.  It was time well-spent for many, as the youth teams grilled both Tim and Will (each J/24 World Champions and Tim the first J/70 World Champion) about nuances in boat-handling and trimming.

    The weather forecast is promising, with mostly southerly winds, sunny skies, and between 8-15 kt winds each day!  The Sail Newport PRO will be Kevin Dooley, the Offshore Racing Coach for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  Kevin is the principal PRO for all major USCGA events- like the famous Danmark Trophy, all J/70 events on the river, all team racing events (where 60+ races a weekend are not uncommon), and all offshore events for the big boats.

    This event can only happen with the help of some amazing people and sponsors.  For starters, “thanks” to Bob Johnstone’s MJM Yachts for providing the winning prize- the J/70 for FREE use by a sailing club for 12 months.  If some sailors might recall, Bob J. was responsible for starting the first U.S. Youth Championships in Wilmette, IL back in 1973 in both 470s and Lasers.  Many of the world’s top sailors today were participants in those first three years in Wilmette- including Augie Diaz, Carl Buchan, and Peter Commette.  In addition, Peter and Olaf Harken from HARKEN in Pewaukee, WI are significant contributors to the “youth movement”, promoting their “Blockheads” sailing program for youth teams.  North Sails is providing sails for the event, thanks to past 5x J/24 World Champion Ken Read, President of North Sails and Tim Healy, Chief of the One-Design Division.  Ed & Becky Furry’s SAIL22 is providing regatta support as well as their J/70 as one of the provided boats for the regatta.  Ben Klatzka’s PREMIERE SAILING LEAGUE is a supporter and has promoted J/70 sailing league programs in the USA, including Grosse Pointe YC’s “stadium sailing” events in 2017.  For more U.S. J/70 Youth Championship sailing information


    SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg Preview
    (St Petersburg, Russia)- From a field of more than 200 sailing clubs all over Europe, 50 clubs from 13 different countries have qualified for the SAILING Champions League (SCL) 2017. The top clubs will sail in two events (Act 1 – St. Petersburg and Act 2 – St. Moritz) going for the much sought-after start places in the final in Port Cervo. The regattas are fleet racing competitions, sailed in eight boats, all of the one-design J/70 class. Today Act 1 starts in St. Petersburg.

    21 of the qualified clubs from all over Europe will be attending this weekend (11 – 13 August) at the hosting club, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. The top clubs will compete in the final, sailed in the very center of St. Petersburg, right in front of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Among the participants are teams such as the Cape Crow Yacht Club (Swedish Champions 2016), Frederikshavn Sejklub (Danish Champions 2016) and Lord of the Sail– Europe (Russian Champions 2016). Some top sailors will be there, including Johannes Polgar, competitor at the 2008 Olympics in Xingdao, who is representing one of the two German teams (Norddeutscher Regatta Verein). Short races in identical J/70’s over a standard course are sure to provide the tightest competition and plenty of excitement for spectators.

    As a technology partner of the SAILING Champions League, SAP is providing professional livestream coverage with expert commentary. On Saturday and Sunday, the races will be shown live on the Internet from 12:00 local time (12:00 GMT+3) onwards: www.sailing-championsleague.com. International sports reporters and sailing pros will comment live on the races, using SAP’s Sailtracks tracking technology, graphics and analytics to make the racing easily accessible to everyone, sailors and general viewers alike. All results are available at www.sapsailing.com.

    The primary regatta sponsor is Gazprom- a global energy company focused on geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sales of gas, gas condensate and oil, sales of gas as a vehicle fuel, as well as production and marketing of heat and electric power.

    Being a socially responsible company Gazprom is supporting Russian sports at all levels. As a general partner of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club since 2013, Gazprom devotes much attention towards the development of sailing in the Northern Capital and Russia at large. Supporting different local and international events, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Gazprom aim at establishing St. Petersburg among the top sailing cities of Europe.

    From 2017, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Gazprom together with its subsidiary, Nord Stream company, become partners of the National Sailing Leagues of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany as well as of Act 1 of the European SAILING Champions League in St. Petersburg in August. Sailing video teaser- by Gazprom for SAILING Champions League  For more SAILING Champions League regatta information

    J/FEST New England Regatta Preview
    (Newport, RI)- The 2nd annual J/Fest New England Regatta is taking place in the waters of southern Narragansett Bay; the entire SAIL NEWPORT organization is turning out in full force to support this years event in Newport, RI!  Following in the footsteps of the fun-loving event held last year in the northern bay by Bristol YC, in partnership with Barrington YC, local J/sailors are looking forward to another fun event on the Bay!

    With Newport now enjoying a “real summer”, hot days/ cool nights, and great sea breezes, J/Sailors have responded in droves, with 55 boats participating! On Friday is the celebratory J/24 40th Anniversary Round Island Race with twenty-one entries!  Then, on Saturday and Sunday there are the combined one-design classes for J/22s, J/24s, J/30s, J/105s, J/70s, J/109s, and PHRF handicap racing.

    In the J/22 class, a half-dozen boats are registered with some hot talent on the line; like Peter Levesque’s DUSTY from Bristol, RI and Cory Sertl’s WHARF RAT from Conanicut YC in Jamestown, RI.

    After celebrating their 40th Anniversary Around Jamestown Island Race, the J/24s will be looking forward to good around-the-cans racing. Top crews include Steve Kirkpatrick’s BUCKSHOT, Tim Corbett’s ESKIMO SISTERS, Ken Porter’s crew from Valle de Bravo, Mexico on MONSTER FISH, Erica Beck Spencer’s SEA BAGS WOMEN’S SAILING TEAM, Steve Wood’s TASMANIAN DEVIL, and Dave Coppe & Jeff Johnstone’s USA 5283.

    The small fleet of J/30s includes Chris Tate’s BLITZ, John Howell’s GOOD NEWS and Jim Hilton’s KAOS.  Sailing J/70s includes current World Champion Joel Ronning from Wayzata, MN, Rachel Bryler’s JUNKANOO, and Chris Murray’s LUCKY.

    The fleet of J/105s includes the Buzzards Bay J/105 Champion, Nicole Breault’s GOOD TRADE from St Francis YC in San Francisco, CA and Fred Darlington’s TONTO from East Greenwich YC.

    The J/109s have a good fleet of nine boats, including Jon Rechtschaffer’s EMOTICON from Montclair, NJ; Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING from New Bedford, MA; Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY from Larchmont, NY; Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE from Newport, RI; and Brooke Mastrorio’s URSA from Mattapoisett, MA.

    In the PHRF world, the J-Asym class includes Kevin Dakan’s J/110 MEMORY, Bill & Shannon Lockwood’s J/80 SHENANIGANS, EC Helme’s J/92S SPIRIT, and Peter Colby’s J/92S STING.  In the J-Sym class is Steve Lipman’s J/37C DUCK SOUP.  For more J/Fest New England sailing information

    Fastnet Race Preview
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The Solent laid on ‘classic’ conditions for the start of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. In brilliant sunshine and with brisk westerly winds gusting up to 20 knots, the giant fleet tacked up the western Solent before compressing through the usual bottleneck at Hurst Narrows. A record-sized fleet of 368 boats started the race, 12 more than two years ago, confirming the Rolex Fastnet Race’s position as the world’s largest offshore yacht race.

    By mid-afternoon, competitors in IRC Two were favoring the inshore route, closest to St Alban’s Head at 1620 were class favourite Gilles Fournier and Corinne Migraine’s J/133 PINTIA.

    The inshore-offshore spread was the great debate amongst the smarter tacticians, strategists, navigators in the fleet.  For example, Joan Vila, MAPFRE’s legendary navigator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, confirmed the forecast: “Once we leave the Solent, the wind will blow at around 20 knots. From there, it will drop until tomorrow morning, with the probability of encountering areas of very light wind. As we get closer to Plymouth, the wind will build again.”

    One of the growing classes in many RORC offshore events is the Doublehanded Class.  In fact, some of the boats are so well sailed that they have proven then can win both the doublehanded and open full crew divisions overall!

    Thanks to our modern day lifestyles, a frequent problem facing race boat owners is finding willing and available crew. One solution is to sail with less people, an ultimate expression of this being two-handed racing. Therefore, it is no surprise that the IRC Two Handed class in has swelled, with 60 boats entered.

    This was also helped by the outcome of the 2013 race, famously won for the first time ever by a two-handed crew - Pascal and Alexis Loison, a French father & son team on a 35-footer.

    Dutch two-handed offshore champions, Robin Verhoef and John van der Starre, are entered on the J/122E AJETO! The last three Rolex Fastnet Races they campaigned a J/111, finishing seventh in the 54 boat Two Handed class last time. They acquired their new boat to be optimized for shorthanded racing, with a heavier, deeper keel and less sail area. “To make it easier to sail shorthanded,” explains van der Starre. “And we can adjust the mast while racing, which will be an advantage.”

    So why do they race doublehanded? “Why? Because we are both a little bit crazy probably! Robin and I really like sailing shorthanded and it is always a hassle with a big team,” van der Starre explains.

    As to how they divide up the labor, generally if one is sleeping, the other goes into solo mode, calling the other on deck for maneuvers. When both are up, they typically play to each other’s strengths: “Tactics is more my part,” says van der Starre. “Robin is little stronger, so he does the heavy stuff, getting jibs up and down and gennakers, etc.”

    On board they don’t run a watch system and they do rely on the autopilot. “The first 20 minutes you (the human) is better, but after that the pilot beats you every time,” says van der Starre!

    In the huge 60-boat IRC 1 class, two very well-sailed J/133s will be competing for class honors, David Ballantyne’s JINGS and Angus Bates’ ASSARAIN IV.

    The enormous 65-boat IRC 2 class has two J/111s (Paul Griffiths’ JAGERBOMB and Sebastien de Liedekerke’s DJINN), six J/122E’s (Chris Daniel’s JUNO, David Richard’s JOLLY JELLYFISH, Andy Theobald’s R&W, Robin Verhoef & John van der Starre’s AJETO, & Chris Revelman & Pascal Bakke’s JUNIQUE RAYMARINE), Gilles Fournier & Corinne Migraine’s J/133 PINTIA (leading class in the RORC Offshore Series), Alain Catherineau’s J/122 LORELEI, and four J/120s (Simon Ruffles’ JAMEERAH, Joost van der Wal’s J-QUATTRO, Elin Haf Davies & Chris Frost’s NUNATAK, & Chris Schram’s MAVERICK).

    The IRC 3 Class is composed mostly of J/109s, including top boats like Alain Bornet’s J/109 JAI ALAI
    and Chris Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE.  Hoping to spoil that party is Jonty Layfield’s J/11S SLEEPER 11.  YB Tracking video  For more Rolex Fastnet Race sailing information

    Verve Cup Offshore Regatta Preview
    (Chicago, IL)- On Friday through Sunday, August 11 to 13, the Chicago YC will host the 25th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta. This event will feature three days of offshore buoy racing and a separate one-day distance race. Annually, this event hosts over 100 yachts ranging in size from 25-70 feet, and carry crews from 4-20 racers. During this regatta, the Chicago Yacht Club looks forward to welcoming more than 2,000 racers, family members and friends to its award-winning lakefront Monroe Station Clubhouse.

    For this three-day regatta, boats will sail either in a handicap section or in a one-design section. Brag flags and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each section. The winner in what is determined to be the most competitive section by formula will be awarded the perpetual Verve Cup Trophy. The Verve Cup trophy dates back to 1893 and is the Chicago Yacht Club’s oldest trophy.

    Likewise, for the Saturday, August 12, 2017, Distance Race, brag flags and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each of the four handicap sections and the first place winner in the fleet determined by handicap will be awarded the 8 Mile Buoy Trophy.

    The Verve Cup Distance Race Awards will be given out during the Saturday Sundowner Party, and the three day Verve Cup Regatta Awards, including the Verve Cup Overall winner, will be given out during the Sunday Awards Party.

    Thirty of the ninety-five boats racing (about 33% of the fleet) are J/crews.  Four one-design classes are sailing- J/88s, J/105s, J109s, and J/111s.

    The J/88 class has been enjoying close competition all year, including the recent Chicago to Mackinac Race.  Sailing in the regatta are Andy Graff’s EXILE, Ben Wilson’s RAMBLER, and Tim Wade’s WINDSONG.

    The J/105s have most of their top Chicago area crews participating, such as Clark Pellet’s SEALARK, Vanessa Gates’ STRIKING, Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM, and Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS.

    The seven-boat J/109 class has the Chicago to Mackinac Race winner sailing- Bob Evans’ GOAT RODEO.  He will be up against strong around-the-cans teams, such as Peter Priede’s FULL TILT, David Gustman’s NORTHSTAR, Jim Mitchell & Bruce Danly’s TOA (the Overall ORR Chicago Mackinac Race winner), and Jack Toliver’s VANDA III (also a past Chicago Mackinac Race winner)!  Tough fleet!

    Finally, the J/111s will have all of their top teams racing, past Mackinac Race winners, Verve Cup winners, Chicago NOOD winners and so forth.  The racing promises to be fast and fun!  Several teams have the potential to be at the top of the leaderboard, like the trio on KASHMIR (Karl Brummel, Steve Henderson, & Mike Mayer), Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi’s MOMENTUS, Rich Witzel’s ROWDY, Dan Kitchens’ SKULL CRACKER and Tom Dickson’s WARLOCK.

    The sole J carrying the flag in the ORR Division is Rick Stage’s J/35 ALPHA PUPPY. For more Verve Cup Offshore sailing information

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    This past week marked the close of the LENDY Cowes Race Week, hosted by the Cowes Combined Clubs and sailed on the notorious Solent off Cowes, England.  The event was host for several one-design classes of J/70s, J/80s, J/88s, J/97s, J/109s, and J/111s.  In addition, there were IRC fleets for J/133s and J/122s, amongst others.  Then, the third event in the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League took place at the beautiful Baltic seacoast village of Larvik, situated on one of Norway’s famous fjords.  Then, down in The Netherlands, the J/22s sailed SNEEK Week off Sneek, a small, picturesque coastal town.

    Over in the Americas, New Bedford YC hosted the Corinthian J/70 National Championship off South Dartmouth, MA, the fleet of thirty boats enjoying three-days of challenging conditions on Buzzards Bay.  Then, simultaneously, the New Bedford YC also hosted their famous Buzzards Bay Regatta for a one-design fleet of J/105s and a PHRF fleet that included J/111s, J/109s and J/29s.  Finally, out west was the annual “world’s highest regatta,” sailing at 9,200 ft above sea-level; the Dillon YC hosted their Dillon Open for J/22s, J/24s, and J/80s on the Dillon Reservoir, surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Aug 10-13- U.S. J/70 Youth Championship- Newport, RI
    Aug 11- 40th Anniversary J/24 Round Island Race- Newport, RI
    Aug 12-13- J/Fest New England Regatta- Newport, RI
    Aug 18-20- Swiftsure Regatta- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 18- Ida Lewis Distance Race- Newport, RI
    Aug 19-26- AUDI Hamilton Race Week- Hamilton Island, Australia
    Aug 23-27- J/111 World Championship- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 25-27- Breskens Sailing Weekend- Breskens, The Netherlands
    Sep 12-16- J/70 World Championship- Porto Cervo, Italy
    Sep 14-17- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 15-23- J/24 World Championship- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    Sep 22-24- J/FEST San Diego- San Diego, CA
    Sep 24- Oct 1- J/24 European Championship- Lake Balaton, Hungary
    Sep 30- Oct 1- J/70 East Coast Championship- Deltaville, VA

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

    Glorious, Stormy Cowes Race Week
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- Yet again, the Cowes Combined Clubs had another amazing, diverse week of sailing during their famous LENDY Cowes Week Regatta, sailed from July 29th to August 5th on the Solent- famous for crazy currents and often very shifty breezes.  Overall, J/Crews had a great time sailing in light airs to more than epic, “fresh to frightening” conditions all week.  Here is how it all went down for the intrepid J/sailors on the Solent.

    Day 1- Shifty winds
    The opening day of Lendy Cowes Week dawned with bright sunny spells and a westerly breeze of around 10-15 knots. However, a weather front that gave rain to most of southern England moved across the race area at lunchtime, depressing the wind strength. The result was intensely tactical racing with persistence, along with good – and occasionally brave – decisions needed to achieve top results.

    By the time of the first start, for the 31-strong J/70 class, the breeze close inshore under the Royal Yacht Squadron had reduced to 10 knots. With a strong east-going stream running, the most aggressive starters held up as close to the line as possible before the gun. A pair of the Royal Thames YC’s boats started on port tack in the better tide close inshore and initially led the fleet away from the line, despite having less wind than the boats further offshore.

    However, they soon fell into a wind hole and four minutes into the race crossed tacks a few lengths astern of a group of three boats – Ali Hall’s SCEPTRE, Vilija Velyvyte, Sophie Sheldon and Will Jackson’s AURORA, and Guy Stephen’s BABY J – as the fleet made their way towards their first mark. Hall took the winner’s gun in a tight race that saw the first three boats cross the line 16 seconds apart. Nick Phillip’s CHAOTIC took second place and Paul Childs’ F’in MAGIC 2 third.

    The class’s second race of the day was over a windward/leeward course, starting from a committee boat stationed near Hill Head on the north shore of the Solent. This was won by a clear margin by Swiss entry Lorenz Mueller’s YCB Team ahead of John Greenland’s JUMBO and F’in MAGIC 2.

    After the first two races in their eight-race mini series that’s taking place over the first four days of the regatta, YCB Team is leading the fleet with a score of five points.

    “Although I have sailed at Cowes Week many times before, this is the first time in the J/70,” said Mueller. “We qualified within the Swiss sailing league to compete here and the team’s very happy with our performance. Today’s win was all about playing the shifts – I think we tacked on every shift, and it seemed to pay. We’re really enjoying our time here and are looking forward to the next two races tomorrow.”

    Day 2- Wild, blustery, sunny!
    Competitors enjoyed a bright and sunny day with challenging, but exhilarating, racing in a gusty west south-westerly wind in which the gusts topped 25 knots. Many of the larger Black Group yachts finishing on the Royal Yacht Squadron line experienced multiple broaches and spinnaker wraps, much to the delight of the throngs of spectators lining the shore.

    The blustery conditions also took their toll of boats across the fleet, with most classes seeing multiple retirements, with reasons including rig damage, groundings and collisions.

    Most of the White Group dayboats, starting on the Royal Yacht Squadron line, had to contend with a strong adverse tide. In the J/80 class Chris Body’s MOCKINGJAY and yesterday’s winner, Jon Powell’s BETTY, were closest to the line at the start, with Powell having the benefit of being in weaker tide close inshore. He quickly sealed this advantage with a neatly executed early tack onto port in a favorable wind shift, with Barney Dykes’ JANE following suit just behind.

    For the first couple of minutes of their first half-mile long windward leg to Kingston Marine Services buoy these two boats looked as though they were extending away from the bulk of the fleet further offshore. However, JANE stayed on the offshore tack for too long, standing out into the stronger stream offshore and handing second place at this stage back to MOCKINGJAY. BETTY finished unusually far down the fleet, leaving MOCKINGJAY to take first place exactly five minutes ahead of Terence O’Neill’s AQUA J. Felix Trattner’s UKSA 3 took third place.

    By the time of the IRC Class 1 start at 1030 the wind was already gusting above 20 knots at it wasn’t long before the gusts in the central Solent were topping 25 knots. The fleet was more spread out along the line than the earlier classes, with boats jockeying more for clear air than a specific end of the line. Marco van Driel’s Dutch J/111 SWEENY attempted to cross the fleet on port tack, but failed and had to tack under a group of second-row starters.

    The preference in this fleet was for earlier tacks towards the north shore than the two faster classes that started earlier. It was not long before the fleet was short tacking in the shallow water to the east of Lepe Spit.

    By the time of their finish, just before 1430, the wind had backed further into the southwest and moderated slightly, with the maximum gusts down to 22-23 knots. Nevertheless, the light displacement asymmetric yachts reveled in the conditions, planing at speeds well into double digits as they sped to the finish.

    The top boats enjoyed a close, planing-mode finish, including Tony Mack’s J/111 McFLY that took third on corrected time.

    Day 3- Sun, Wind, Perfection
    The Solent magically delivered yet more racing in blazing sun and a perfect southwesterly breeze of 12-16 knots that gradually built to a peak of 20 knots by the end of the afternoon. It was a day of intensely close racing for many competitors, with numerous podium places decided by only a handful of seconds after more than three hours of racing.

    It was also the Cowes Week “Charity Day”, supporting the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Inspired by Bart’s Bash, the annual international day of racing for which an overall winner is calculated

    Day 4- Gorgeous, classic conditions
    A ridge of high pressure over the English Channel brought more bright and sunny weather, with a classic southwesterly breeze, to day four.  The first start was for the big yachts in the Sevenstar Triple Crown fleet that are competing some of event’s biggest trophies, including the historic gold Queen’s Cup.

    IRC Class 2 also had a clean start, with Nick Southward and John Scott’s J/122 Team WHISKEY JACK making a perfectly timed start, hitting the southern end of the Bramble line at speed.

    IRC Class 3 also had a clean start. However, the pin end of the line was favored in terms of tide, as boats starting there would emerge more quickly into the strongest favorable tide. Chris Ivill’s new J/112E DAVANTI TYRES took 2nd place, losing by a margin of just four seconds!

    This day also marked the end of the eight-race mini-series for the J/70 class that had been taking place for the first four days of the regatta. Subject to protest, Paul Childs’ F’in MAGIC 2 was winner of the J/70 series, on 16 points. Ali Hall’s SCEPTRE was second on 24 points, just ahead of Jack Davies’ YETI, on 24.5 points.

    Day 5- Windy, blustery, epic day!
    There was a lot of fast and furious action on the Solent, with winds hitting 25+ kts again. “On the way out to the start it looked like the Apocalypse was coming, and with a short course, there were a lot of corners coming up really fast,”

    In IRC Class 5, Nick Munday’s J/97 INDULJENCE was sitting in 2nd place and was hoping to catch the leader. In turn, he had a 3.5 point cushion on another J/97, Bob and John Baker’s JAYWALKER in third overall.

    As it turned out, Mike Sellers and Chris Miles’ J/97 JET got a third for the day. A closely fought match for fourth place saw four boats separated by only 50 seconds. They were led by another J/97, James and John Owen’s JET, while INDULJENCE suffered her worst result so far in sixth place.

    Youth Day
    Lendy Cowes Week actively supports and encourages the next generation of sailors, as do many of the classes that actively encourage, support and coach young sailors, including J/70s and J/80s. The fifth day also marked the regatta’s Youth Day, which highlights the success of the many young sailors at the event.

    This year there are 29 teams in which the entire crew is under 25. In the rankings for the Under 25 trophy, last year’s winner, Jack Davies’ J/70 YETI took fourth place.

    Day 6- Squally day
    The Solent delivered big winds to the big boats at their start. A shower, with gusts close to 35 knots, blasted across the start area at the warning signal for the race, creating a bit of chaos, to say the least.

    As a result, conditions were declared too severe for the other classes to race, so the day’s racing was canceled.

    Day 7- Sunny shorts and shades!
    Day Seven dawned sunny and bright and in 10-15 kt winds, the fleet enjoyed a classic gorgeous Solent day on the water.

    Day 8- Squally Saturday
    The final day dawned bright and sunny, with a west northwesterly breeze of 7-10 knots. All starts took place from the Royal Yacht Squadron’s inner line, with an accelerated starting sequence for the reduced number of entries in Black Group, which finished their points series yesterday.

    The forecast included a low risk of the showers that were predicted further north on the mainland also affecting the race area. The cloud built over the mainland shore during the morning, as predicted, but by the time of the first start at 1215 hrs a powerful squall line could also be seen working its way up the western Solent.

    The postponement signal went up at 1218 for the remaining three starts, with the starting area now pummeled with driving rain and gusts above 25 knots. Many of the dayboats preparing for their starts scurried back into the shelter of the River Medina, while one of the big Cowes Harbormaster’s RIBs was towing in a stricken cruising yacht.

    With the rain blowing horizontally through the RYS starting platform, any race officials that could be spared scurried off to shelter, leaving a skeleton crew at the leeward end of the shelter. The lone figure of Cowes Radio’s Simon Vigar was left facing the onslaught, while valiantly continuing to broadcast from the weather end of the platform.

    The sun was back 10 minutes later and the postponement signal came down at 1229. A stream of boats headed back to Cowes having retired, some with no visible damage, but others with headsails in tatters, plus a Redwing with a broken mast that was towed back by a RIB from the RYS.

    The winner of the J/88 class was clearly David & Kirsty Apthorp’s J-DREAM, winning five of the six races sailed.  Taking second was Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT and fourth was SABRIEL JR.

    In the J/70 class, a win for Jack Davies’ YETI, by just one second over Robbie King’s THE JANITOR cemented Davies’ overall win for the week.  They finished ahead of Lorenz Mueller’s Swiss YCB-Team and Paul Childs’ F’in MAJIC 2.

    Jon Powell’s BETTY finished the week on just six points in the J/80 class, winning the series three points ahead of Chris Body’s MOCKINGJAY. Terence O’Neill’s AQUA J was a further 10 points further back in third overall.

    In IRC Class 1, Mack’s J/111 McFLY took third, followed by Martin Dent’s J/111 JELVIS in 5th.  That same finish order applied to the J/111 class- McFLY 1st, JELVIS 2nd and SWEENY third.

    In IRC 3 Class, the J/112E DAVANTI TYRES ended up in 4th place in a closely fought series. In the IRC 5 Class, the two J/97’s finished 3rd and 4th, respectively, INDULJENCE & JAYWALKER.  Taking 5th was the Greenough family’s J/92 J’RONIMO and sixth place went to another J/97- HIGH JINKS.  For the J/97 Class, the placings were the same for 1-2-3.

    The huge eighteen boat J/109 class saw a command performance by JACK RABBIT, scoring three 1sts and two 2nds on their way to an 11-point margin of victory.  After posting a 1-3 in the final two races, DIAMOND JEM took over second place.  Then, JUKEBOX continued to sail consistently to take third overall.  For more LENDY Cowes Week sailing information

    SAVASANA Crowned Corinthian J/70 Champion
    (South Dartmouth, MA)- New Bedford Yacht Club is hosting the 45th edition of the late summer classic, the quintessential “Buzzards Bay Regatta.”  As part of that program, they also hosted the second Corinthian J/70 USA National Championship. The fleet of 30 teams was treated to a wide variety of weather conditions over the three-day regatta.  On the first day, it was somewhat classic Buzzards Bay conditions, light winds building up to 9-13 kt winds with heavy chop, particularly on starboard tack.  Then, on Saturday, a front was scheduled to pass through with heavy showers, thunderstorms and winds gusting to 35 kts.  Fortunately, as the front hit the Atlantic Ocean, it fizzled out and the J/70s saw more southeasterly breezes with winds in the 8-12 kt range and for a brief period of time, gusts up to 20 kts.  Sunday dawned with a gorgeous sunrise and the wind blowing 15-20 kts from the Northwest; racing commence under clear sunny skies and the teams enjoyed very shifty, streaky winds.

    Excelling in the broad spectrum of weather conditions was the local hotshot, Brian Keane and his SAVASANA team from Marion, MA, winning the regatta by just two points.  Taking 2nd was Heather Gregg and Joe Bardenheier’s MUSE, sailing with the two “Stu’s”- Johnstone and Saffer.  Third place went to Glenn Darden’s HOSS with Reese Hillard as rock-star bow dude and man about town.  Fourth went to Ray and Jenn Wulff’s JOINT CUSTODY and fifth place was Hannah Swett’s all-women crew on SPARKLE.
    For more Corinthian J/70 Nationals sailing information

    Challenging Buzzards Bay Regatta
    GOOD TRADE Smokes J/105!
    (New Bedford, MA)- The 45th edition of the late summer classic known as the Buzzards Bay Regatta was an exciting event for the J/105 class as well as the big boat PHRF classes.

    Perhaps Nicole Breault’s J/105 GOOD TRADE put up the most stunning performance of the regatta.  Virtually leading at every single mark in every race, she posted ten 1sts and had to toss out a 1st for 9 pts net!  Ouch!  That is a spanking of the J/105 fleet.  Second with nearly all 2nds and 3rds, was Mark Lindquist’s STERLING.  Then, taking third place was Matt & Lisa Schmitt’s HARDTACK.

    In the PHRF Spinnaker division, 7 of 10 boats are all J/crews!!  Winning the PHRF 1 Class was Doug Curtiss’ J/111 WICKED 2.0, followed by Mark Verville’s J/120 ISURUS in second, Ted Herlihy’s J/109 GUT FEELING in 3rd, Cory Eaves’ J/109 FREEDOM in 4th and Dan Boyd’s J/109 WILD THING in 5th place.

    PHRF 2 class saw Ira Perry’s J/29 SEEFEST continue their great performances offshore, taking the silver in their class.  They were followed by Tom Sutton’s long-distance traveling J/35 LEADING EDGE- winner of last year’s New York YC Annual Regatta.

    The PHRF Non-Spinnaker class had Ken van Colen’s J/30 MOODY BLUE taking a third in class.  For more Buzzards Bay Regatta sailing information

    Arendals Seilforening Wins Norwegian J/70 Sailing League- Act III
    Moss Seilforening Leads Overall Series
    (Larvik, Norway)- The first division of the Norwegian Sailing League sailed their third act at the picturesque seaside town of Larvik, at the base of one of Norway’s many gorgeous fjords.  After sailing just eleven races, is was the Arendals SF that easily won by virtue of winning 8 of their 11 races.

    In behind them, a lot was at stake for the overall series lead between Moss SF and KNS (Kongelig Norsk Seilforening).  Both teams started the regatta in 1st and 2nd place for the series and both desperately wanted to defend their positions heading into the crucial final series being sailed at Moss on September 8th to 9th.  Moss managed to sail well and took 2nd in the Larvik event. Meanwhile, KNS had a disastrous time sailing in Larvik, virtually finishing last, taking a 13th place.

    As a result of the weekend’s final standings, Moss SF continues to lead the overall series with a 1st in Oslo, 1st in Sandefjord, and a 2nd in Larvik for 4 pts total.  Jumping into second place for the series is Asgardstrand SF with a 6-3-4 record in the three venues for 13 pt total.  Dropping fast like a rock in the standings was KNS, now sitting with a series scoreline of 2-2-13 for 17 pts total.  Follow the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here.  For more Norwegian J/70 Sailing League information

    Nidam Wins J/22 SNEEK Week Drama
    (Sneek, The Netherlands)- Over the previous weekend, the famous Netherlands regatta held in Sneek, played host to a fleet of J/22s.  The event was hosted by Koninkliejke Watersport Vereniging.  Due to the highly variable weather conditions, only two races were completed over the three-day event!

    Winning the J/22s was NED 1365 sailed by woman helm Lisanne Nijdam and her crew of Bern Laninga and Susanne Taekema.  Finishing second was NED 1514 skippered by Maarten Berendschot with crew of Jesper Overbeeke and Thom van der Starre.  Rounding out the podium was NED 1224 helmed by Kim Bos with crew of Pam Rierink and Bas Hemmes.   For more SNEEK Week sailing information

    Awesome Sailing @ Dillon Open Regatta
    CAMP ROBBER Steals J/22s, THE DUMPSTER Trashes J/24s, HENDRIX Singes J/80s
    (Lake Dillon, CO)- Racing on beautiful Lake Dillon in Dillon, Colorado has to be one of sailing’s most amazing experiences.  Sunny days on a crystal clear lake, fed by mountain streams, and surrounded by 12,000 ft high snow-capped Rocky Mountains is simply a spectacular, visual feast for the eyes.  Plus, the cool, clear mountain air simply enhances the sensory experience.

    The regatta is hosted by Dillon YC, the nation’s highest yacht club at 9,017 feet above sea level, located just west of the Continental Divide, a 70-mile drive from downtown Denver.

    As usual, the DYC offers a great schedule of racing, entertainment, food and other special events that makes if fun for all participants and their families.

    After five races, it was a clear-cut victory in the J/22 Class for the appropriately named CAMP ROBBER! Stealing the show was skipper Bill Darling’s team, posting an almost perfect score of 2-1-2-1 for 6 pts total to win by an enormous margin of 10 pts.  However, behind them it was a full-on dogfight for the balance of the podium.  Ultimately, winning that battle was Keith Lawrence’s SHAMELESS with a 1-9-3-3 record for 16 pts.  Although he beat SHAMELESS in the last race, it was not enough for Mike Kline’s NAUTI MOOSE to overtake them, finishing with a 6-5-4-2 tally for 17 pts.  Rounding out the top five were Cameron & Cooper Robinson’s USA 720 in 4th place with 18 pts and in 5th place was Peter Fornell’s MAYBE LATER with 23 pts.

    In the J/80 Class, two boats ended up with identical records of two 1sts and two 2nds for 6 pts total- winning on who won last was Kurt Vanderwall’s HENDRIX.  Getting the short-end of that stick was Heath Bowden’s RAKALI.  Taking third was Keith Tayman’s GOOSE.

    Also, getting a near identical score to the other class winners in the J/24 Class was Frank Keesling’s THE DUMPSTER, posting a 1-1-2-1 for 5 pts total.  Josh Bowens-Rubin’s ZERO GRAVITY took 2nd with a 2-2-1-2 tally for 7 pts.  Then, taking third was Frank Kelble’s BANANA PANTS with a 3-4-3-3 record for 13 pts.
    For more Dillon Open sailing information
     

    J/Community
    What J/sailors and friends are doing around the world

    * J/35 cruising Alaska? For sure!  It can be an amazing experience sailing the wild and un-explored waters of the mountainous Alaskan coastline.  We recently got a great report on that experience from Krista Howell:

    “Early August finds us back in our home port of Valdez, AK after our summer cruise. This is our second summer of cruising our J/35 and it has confirmed our decision that it is an excellent boat for us. When we started boat shopping, we wanted a boat that would be fun to sail, capable of working into a headwind and seaworthy enough for some ocean passages including safely crossing the Gulf of Alaska.

    We bought our J/35 VENTURE in the Seattle, WA area. She had been used for local racing and day sailing. In the Seattle area we made a few changes that would allow us to move her up the inside passage to AK. A Monitor Wind Vane and anchoring gear were the first two additions. We mounted the primary anchor on the bow with 300 ft of chain that leads back to the windless that is mounted on the cabin top aft of the V-birth hatch so that chain drops down into a chain locker we built in front of the mast, to reduce the weight in the bow. A secondary anchor was added to a holder on the stern. A solar panel, inflatable dinghy, epirb and life raft were also added. A local sail loft changed our racing sails from foil to hank ons. Leaving Seattle, we were a bit worried about how we would actually like cruising a J/35. We had a wonderful first trip north.

    In Valdez, we have continued to make more cruising modifications. We live aboard so additional storage down below was needed. We changed the settees in the main cabin by building in cupboards on both sides that matched the width of the shelf that was there. We also modified the storage under the quarter-berths and V-berth to create smaller compartments. A set of three shelves were also added to the corner of the port quarter-birth just aft of the galley for increased galley storage. We have an ice box but do not have any refrigeration. During the summer a cooler fits behind the ladder, between the quarter-births. In the winter, the cooler is moved to the cockpit and a wood box fits in that area. We have a small electronic heater that runs when we are in the harbor but we also have a small Dickinson woodstove that is mounted to the bulkhead at the end of the starboard settee. In this winter climate we fight condensation. The wood stove provides very dry heat and we have a stackrobber mounted on the stove pipe with a small fan that flows warm air into the V-birth. During the winter, we put up large canvas covers that help shed the significant amount of snow that Valdez receives each winter, but are also easy to take down for the wind storms that blow through the harbor each winter.

    This summer, we stayed out in the Gulf of Alaska from Prince William Sound to the north end of Prince of Wales Island. From there we traveled down the inside passage as far south as Shearwater, BC. Heading north, we have stayed in the inside passage to visit many small towns, scenic anchorages and natural hot springs in SE Alaska including Glacier Bay National Park before leaving the shelter of the inside passage to cross the Gulf again on our way back to Valdez. We have found our J/35 VENTURE to be well-suited to this type of cruising. When we left Valdez May first, the Gulf of Alaska was filled with series of low pressures that sent gale after gale from the SE moving along the coast. There are a number of bays that we could slip into and wait for the next small weather window before heading south again. The advances in communication now make it easy to get update weather reports even in remote locations. The J/35 design allowed us to easily and safely handle the offshore conditions with two people. Even when sailing her conservatively, she easily glides through the water making good time in offshore conditions handling the large swell and waves that can build in the Gulf of AK. The inside passage is known for shifting and varying wind conditions. SV Venture is fun to sail in these conditions because she sails so well to windward. In the course of the typical day, we alternated between working to windward and downwind sailing as the winds funnel around the islands and through the channels that did required frequent sail changes. Several days we were able to fly the spinnaker for hours at a time. We were able to sail most of the trip with very little motoring.

    Back home and preparing to return to work for the winter, we are already starting to plan next summers destinations.

    * Ed Sanford’s J/105 CREATIVE sailed this year’s Transpac Race- 2,225nm of full-on downwind racing for most of the time. Ed & Team Creative have sailed over 10,000 miles offshore, and we believe are the first J/105 to reach the Transpac podium and the first to do three Transpac races in a J/105.  Bravo! Here is what Ed had to say about their experience:

    “I have had a interesting progression in life!

    In 2013, my wife’s response regarding Transpac was, “I vote no.”

    In 2015, my wife’s response this time was, “so, when are you going?”

    Then, in 2017, my wife said, “I suppose Andrew is going, too?”  Andrew is my son.

    I think what I’m trying to say is I think I got a little better bit better each time and she knew I was happier for it.

    This year’s race was a priceless journey and one we will remember when I’m two feet from the grave!

    My son and I did every off-watch schedule together for the 12 days 19 hours! And, now he is off to college in 2 weeks. He was driving the boat in 20-plus kts with the 110 square meter kite up!

    4 hours on 4 hours off during the day, and 3 hours on and 3 hours off at night. I was particularly impressed on him getting out of his bunk with 15 min to go every time to get ready to go on deck!!  Amazing, not bad for a teenager!”
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  • J/Newsletter- August 2nd, 2017 Corinthian USA J/70 Nationals Preview
    (New Bedford, MA)- New Bedford Yacht Club is hosting the 45th edition of the late summer classic, the quintessential “Buzzards Bay Regatta.”  As part of that program, they are also hosting the second Corinthian J/70 USA National Championship. While this pocket rocket speedster has become a wildly popular boat with teams comprised of pros and top-level amateurs, the Corinthian Nationals shine the spotlight on “friends and family” teams, many of them former college standouts or dynamite amateur sailors, but none holding a Category 3 designation from World Sailing.

    Hoping to provide world-class racing for the 30+ teams that are competing will be NBYC PRO Charlie Cooper.  At least nine races are planned for the fleet; given the normally amazing and most excellent conditions that Buzzards Bay normally has on offer for sailors- sun, clear skies, 2-5 foot chop, and 15-25 kt winds from the WSW!!  While the initial forecasts show lighter weather, all things can change fast on the Bay- the key “fuel” is sun and clear skies, no matter where the wind blows, it will always come in from the WSW quadrant!

    There are many strong teams participating in this year’s edition of the Corinthian Nationals; many are top caliber teams that have won the J/70 North Americans outright, won the J/70 World Corinthian Championship, and won the Midwinters Corinthian Championship. In other words, there is no shortage of talent in the fleet.  In fact, some skipper/owners have ditched their “pro’s” to have a go at the amateur side of the world!

    To say the least, the “Ladbrokes and Vegas” form on this regatta is just about tossed out the window.  No question, there are certain teams that should factor into the overall leaderboard.  Those teams should include Andrew & Melissa Fisher’s BUTTON FLY from American YC; Mike Sudofsky’s CARLOS from local Beverly YC; Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK from Ridgewood, NY; Andy & Mallory Loe’s DIME from Seattle YC in Seattle, WA; Glenn Darden’s HOSS from Forth Worth Boat Club in Texas; Jenn & Ray Wulff’s JOINT CUSTODY from Annapolis YC in Annapolis, MD; Heather Gregg & Joe Bardenheier’s MUSE from New York YC in Newport, RI; Peter Vessella’s RUNNING WILD from St Francis YC in San Francisco, CA; Brian Keane’s SAVASANA from local Beverly YC from Weston, MA; Hannah Swett’s SPARKLE from New York YC in Jamestown, RI; Peter McChesney’s USA 209 from Annapolis YC; and Chris Chadwick’s WILD CHILD from Eastport YC in Annapolis, MD.  Needless to say, betting on any of these crews would be about as good as playing the children’s game of “pin the tail on the donkey”; the tale of that tape will be of interest to many across the world of J/70 racing!  Nevertheless, the weekend weather forecast is challenging and promises the winner will be a versatile crew, to say the least!  For more Corinthian J/70 Nationals sailing information


    SAILING Champions League- St Moritz Preview
    (St Moritz, Switzerland)- From September 1st to 3rd, the leading sailing clubs in Europe from sixteen countries will compete on the Lake of St. Moritz to qualify for the SAILING Champions League final in Porto Cervo on September 22nd to 24th at YC Costa Smeralda.  The host will be the famous Segel-Club St. Moritz.

    Some places on earth are simply unlike anywhere else. The mere mention of their name is strangely compelling and brings to mind all manner of stunning imagery. St. Moritz is one such place. And, that’s not just because this is where James Bond dashed down the ski slopes in “The Spy Who Loved Me.” For it was here, 1,856 metres above sea level, in the heart of the spectacular Upper Engadin lakes district, that the notion of winter holidays and present-day winter sports were born, and where Olympic Winter Games were held on two occasions. The first electric light, the first skiing school, and Switzerland’s first electric tram are among the pioneering feats in St. Moritz’s long list of achievements. And yet, St. Moritz originally rose to prominence due its mineral springs, which have been attracting visitors for more than 3,000 years, and lay the foundation for its spa tradition, and interest in water sports- like sailing!

    Today, St. Moritz is the number one alpine holiday destination. The sun-kissed Alpine metropolis on the south-facing flank of the Alps boasts an airport, the Engadin Airport, and it is the terminus of both the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express– two names that stand for quintessential classic train travelling. When UNESCO bestowed the accolade of “World Heritage Site” on the Rhaetian Railway’s Albula and Bernina train lines in 2008, St. Moritz became the only destination in the world to unite both the Olympic Games and the UNESCO labels.

    The “Via Serlas” is to St. Moritz what the “Rodeo Drive” is to Los Angeles. Just a bit more condensed. High-end art galleries round off the exclusive shopping opportunities in the town center. The Segantini Museum is internationally renown, and the St. Moritz Casino caters for entertainment late into the night. Those inclined to be sporty will be thrilled by the Olympic Bobsled Run St. Moritz–Celerina and the Cresta Run, two legendary bobsled and skeleton institutions. Other legendary Lake St. Moritz winter events include the “White Turf horse races” and the “Snow Polo World Cup”. They have long become the extravagant social highlights in St. Moritz’s remarkable calendar of events that so far counted five Alpine World Ski Championships.  And now, a new one- the SAILING Champions League high in the Swiss Alps!

    The SAILING Champions League continues its success. Apart from St. Petersburg and Porto Cervo, this year St. Moritz is part of the qualifiers for the ultimate SAILING Champions League finale in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy on September 22nd to 24th.

    The best European sailing clubs will be demonstrating their skills at this exceptional sailing rendezvous in St. Moritz. The lake is only 600 metres wide, so fast-turning maneuvers with excellent tactics and perfect boat-handling are indispensable. As in many international sailing league events, the teams will be sailing International J/70 class sailboats. Over three days, sailing will take place at an altitude of 1,768 metres above sea level (about 5,700 ft or over 1.0 statue mile). Welcome to Europe’s highest altitude regatta in St. Moritz- simply “ON TOP OF THE WORLD!”  For Americans, do note that Lake Dillon’s regattas in Colorado are a touch higher- at 9,017 feet above sea-level (2,802 metres), but not J/70s— yet!

    Enjoying the cool atmosphere on St. Moritz’s lake will be a fleet of twelve J/70s with two dozen teams from across Europe.  This event is part of two qualifiers for the SAILING Champions League Finale that takes place rom September 22nd to 24th in Porto Cervo, Italy at the YC Costa Smeralda on the island of Sardinia.  The other qualifier takes place from August 11th to 13th at St Petersburg YC in St Petersburg, Russia.  For more SAILING CHAMPIONS League sailing information

    ROLEX Big Boat Series J/70 Sailing Deal!
    (San Francisco, CA)- California J/70 Sailors!  We have a deal for you...

    According to Fleet Caption of J/70 Fleet 19 San Francisco Bay, Christy Usher, she is offering a FREE J/70 charter to one lucky Southern California J/70 team that wants to come sail Rolex Big Boat Series on the San Francisco Bay, Sept 14-17, 2017!!

    Christy says, “You have to act fast! This offer is only good for the next 24 hours. Now, we have a boat, who will travel? Contact me for details- Christy Usher- via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or my cell (650) 714-1276.

    What lucky J/70 sailor will win a ROLEX Submariner Watch this year? Register here.

    Here are some epic pics from Daniel Forster from last year’s 2016 ROLEX Big Boat Series here.

    This year, my friend Sharon Green will be shooting the event! You can find her amazing Rolex Big Boat Series and Key West photos of J/70s here:

    - J/70 Worlds- http://bit.ly/2hmc1R5
    - J/70 Rolex Big Boat Series- http://bit.ly/2wjNikq
    - J/70 Key West- http://bit.ly/2wjMax5


    Not able to sail RBBS?!  Then charter your boat for $700 a day. Not able to transport your boat, then charter a boat for $700 a day!!”

    Contact Christy Usher for charter opportunities and information- email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or cell (650) 714-1276.  For more J/70s at Rolex Big Boat Series sailing information

    Buzzards Bay Regatta Preview
    (New Bedford, MA)- The 45th edition of the late summer classic known as the Buzzards Bay Regatta is on track to be an exciting event, drawing boats from local, traditional classes as well as from some of the most popular sportboats currently on the racing circuit.

    This year’s regatta includes kiteboards (like all 5 variations- foilers, too) as well as a huge J/70 class for its Corinthian Nationals and also great participation by J/owners in various handicap classes.

    In the PHRF Spinnaker division, 7 of 10 boats are all J/crews!!  They include three J/109s- Corey Eaves’ FREEDOM, Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING and Dan Boyd’s WILD THING.  Plus, they will be up against past regatta winners like Doug Curtiss’ J/111 WICKED 2.0; Ira Perry’s J/29 SEEFEST; and NYYC Annual Regatta winner- Tom Sutton’s J/35 LEADING EDGE from Houston, TX.

    Finally, in PHRF Non-Spinnaker is Jamey Shachoy’s pretty J/122 AUGUST WEST and Ken van Colen’s hot blue J/30 MOODY BLUE!  Then, in PHRF Cruising division is another J/122, Jimmy Masiero’s URSUS MARITIMUS from Sterling, MA.   For more Buzzards Bay Regatta sailing information

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    Several huge events took place this past week in Europe as well as in North America.  On the America’s side of the world, the J/88 North American Championship was hosted by Youngstown YC, in Youngstown, NY and was sailed on Lake Ontario- an amazing event with an even more remarkable outcome!  Then, the famous Little Traverse YC “Ugotta Regatta” took place off that storybook little Hamlet on the northwestern shores of Michigan- Harbor Springs.  It was great racing on a pretty little bay on Lake Michigan for J/70s, J105s and PHRF/ ORR handicap classes.  Also in the Midwest, the CanAm Challenge for J/70s, J/22s, and PHRF racers took place at Youngstown YC in Youngstown, NY.  Then, out west we get the final report and outcome for the infamous J/105 Sausalito Invitational Regatta.  Infamous for one reason- it’s the end of July, on San Francisco Bay!  Guess what happens when you get fog at 55 F degrees in the morning reaching its tentacles through the Gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge??  And, the desert valleys off to the east are pushing 110 F degrees??  Yup, the crazy, truly blowing dogs-off-chains, type of conditions that top 30-35 kts on a cool, sunny, breezy day!!  Then, out east was the final installment of the HELLY HANSEN NOOD regattas- the Marblehead NOOD for J/70s and J/105s!

    Over in Europe, Cowes Race Week is continuing to take place all week long in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England- more on that update next week!  Meanwhile, the conclusion of the ALCATEL J/70 CUP national series in Italy was sailed in Scarlino.  It was the fourth and final regatta to determine the Italian J/70 National Champion.  It was also the final event before the AUDI J/70 Worlds takes place at YC Costa Smeralda at Porto Cervo, Sardinia.  The week before, the J/70 Coupe de France took place in La Rochelle, France, site of the 2015 J/70 Worlds.  Finally, the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League held their third act for the Division 2 sailing clubs in Latvik, Norway.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Jul 29- Aug 5- Cowes Race Week- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
    Aug 3-5- J/70 Corinthian Nationals- South Dartmouth, MA
    Aug 3-5- Buzzards Bay Regatta- South Dartmouth, MA
    Aug 10-13- U.S. J/70 Youth Championship- Newport, RI
    Aug 11- 40th Anniversary J/24 Round Island Race- Newport, RI
    Aug 12-13- J/Fest New England Regatta- Newport, RI

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

    CALVI NETWORK Wins ALCATEL J/70 CUP!
    (Scarlino, Italy)- The curtains falls on the 2017 edition of ALCATEL J/70 CUP, the national championship circuit promoted by the J/70 Italian Class and organized with as an open event that allowed crews from anywhere to join the already enormous Italian fleet in one of the most popular J/70 one-design circuits around the world.

    A total of 101 teams from different nineteen countries participated in the events held in San Remo, Malcesine, Riva del Garda and Scarlino.  Crews came from the Cayman Islands to Norway, from Turkey to the USA! Many arrived in Italy to start training with the fleet that will also compete in the AUDI J/70 World Championship, to be held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in September at YC Costa Smeralda.

    With two victories out of the four events, it was CALVI NETWORK’s owner/skipper- Carlo Alberini- that affirmed they were one of the fastest boats in the fleet.  His crew included Branko Brcin, Karlo Hmeljak and Sergio Blosi.

    Second and third place in the overall ALCATEL J/70 CUP ranking go, respectively, to the two-time European Champion Claudia Rossi aboard PETITE TERRIBLE, and to the European Champions of 2015- Luca Domenici’s Team NOTARO.

    In the Corinthians division, Gianfranco Noè’s team won all the events to become the indisputable leader of the fleet. Significantly, they were also a team that was good enough to take 5th place in the overall “open” ranking for all teams!  The balance of the podium was completed by Alessandro Zampori’s MAGIE DAS SAILING TEAM and by Marco Schirato’s JAWS TOO!

    Congratulations to the American team that won the Scarlino Act IV of the ALCATEL J/70 CUP series, Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY from American YC in Rye, New York!  It was Peter’s first, and only, participation in any leg of the national circuit- his crew included Jud Smith, Willem van Waay, and Ian Liberty.  Second behind them in the event was Claudia Rossi’s PETITE TERRBILE, followed by Alberini’s CALVI NETWORK.

    ALCATEL J/70 CUP sailing video
    Day 1- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/362360534182890/
    Day 2- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/362746047477672/
    Day 3- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/363219500763660/


    For more ALCATEL J/70 CUP sailing information

    HIJINKS Conquers J/88 North Americans
    (Youngstown, NY)- Of the nine races at the J/88 North American Championship, Laura Weyler's HIJINKS won five of them. Their performance dominated the thirteen-boat fleet, allowing the local team to sit out the final race.

    Owner Weyler was joined on board by Adam Burns (helm), Pete Doyle (bow), John Goller (headsail trimmer), Kevin Morgan (strategist) and Kris Werner (tactician). Tim Finkle's SEAWEED came on strong to take the silver position with 23 points. Doug Newhouse's YONDER tied on points with Iris Vogel's DEVIATION at 29 pts for third and fourth, respectively.

    Weyler bought her J/88 about a year and a half ago, and was especially satisfied to win this Championship on her home turf. When asked who on her team she'd like to recognize, she said, "If I were Belichick, I'd have to say it's Brady. On our boat, that’s Adam.  Adam was flawless, as well as the rest of the crew!" The J/88 Class was formed earlier this year, and Weyler thanked Iris Vogel, the first Class President, for "leading this Class into the future. It's going to be a growing Class. The level of competition will continually attract people to buy these boats."  Here is how it all took place over the three-day championship.

    Day One- A Breezy Day
    The thirteen J/88s took to the waters of Lake Ontario on Friday, where 15-20 knots of breeze allowed four wavy, bumpy races. Weyler’s HIJINKS collected a hefty advantage with scores of 1-1-3-1 for just 6 points. Mike Bruno’s WINGS held the second spot with 15 points. Two boats were tied at 17 pts each for third and fourth, respectively; James Egloff’s TOUCH 2 PLAY and Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION.

    HIJINKS, with local Burns at the helm, took bullets in the first two races.  They were followed by Newhouse’s YONDER and Egloff in race one, and by Tim Finkle’s SEAWEED and Bruno’s WINGS in race two. Bruno then won the third contest, ahead of Egloff and Weyler. Vogel and Doug McKeige’s JAZZ watched HIJINKS notch its third victory of the day in Friday’s final duel.

    Day Two- Lumpy Moderate Conditions
    After two more races Weyler’s HIJINKS maintained her place atop the leaderboard, now holding an eight-point advantage heading into the final races on Sunday. With Burns at the helm, HIJINKS lodged its lowest finish thus far— a fifth place in race five.  But, they were able to discard the score as their throw-out after race six!  A second in that contest leaves HIJINKS with 8 net points in six races. Vogel’s DEVIATION earned a 2-3 on Saturday to move into second place at 16 net points. Tim Finkle’s SEAWEED and Newhouse’s YONDER were tied just one point back.

    Saturday began with breeze at 10-12 knots and lumpy seas, as Newhouse’s YONDER triumphed over Vogel’s DEVIATON and Egloff’s TOUCH 2 PLAY. The Race Committee had to shorten the course in the next race as winds decreased. Finkle’s SEAWEED earned the win, trailed by Weyler and Vogel. The J/88s stayed on the water hoping for the breeze to return, but an additional race was not able to be completed.

    Day Three
    The fleet was already staring at a “fait accompli”, with Weyler’s HIJINKS just about pre-ordained to win the regatta overall- such was their domination over the first two days.  With winds on Lake Ontario around 5-7 knots on Sunday, HIJINKS simply sailed away again over the horizon to two more bullets, sealing the deal to win the event.  They did not sail the last race.

    The rest of the fleet battled it out to fill out the top five.  In the end, Finkle’s SEAWEED took 2nd place, followed by Newhouse’s YONDER taking the bronze over Vogel’s DEVIATION on a tie-breaker at 29 pts each.  Rounding out the top five was Egloff’s TOUCH 2 PLAY Racing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The top Corinthian team was Joseph & Jeffrey Pawlowski on EASY EIGHTS.  For more J/88 North American Championship sailing information

    GOLD SAILING Triumphs @ J/70 Coupe de France
    (La Rochelle, France)- Hosted by Societe de Regate Rochelais (SSR) in La Rochelle, France, fifteen teams competed in the J/70 Coupe de France Regatta.  The fleet was met by very challenging conditions all weekend long, mostly windy, showers, clouds and very uncharacteristic La Rochelle bay conditions! in the end, after three days of racing and seven races completed, it was the Spanish team of GOLD SAILING that won the regatta by just one point!

    On Friday, the first day of racing, it was heavy winds, big winds and grey skies.  The conditions favored the heavier crews.  Winning the first race was Herve Leduc’s JIBE SET with crew of Fabian Pic, Stephane Barraux and Mikael Garrett. Second was Bruno James’ French crew on LE McDONALDS CHERBOURG and third was Iker & Almandoz Ortiglia’s GOLD SAILING from Spain.  While the Race Committee at SSR was preparing to run the second race, the winds rapidly increased to 25 to 30 kts plus, so wisely canceled racing for the rest of the day.

    For the second day of racing, it was more clouds, but this time it was an onshore breeze of 12 kts that gradually increased to 20 kts by the end of the day.  It was great sailing for everyone, with four races being run, much to the delight of all the crews.  McDONALDS CHERBOURG won the first race, then Leduc’s JIBE SET won the second and third races, then GOLD SAILING won the fourth race of the day.  The racing was very tight amongst the top five boats.

    On the final day, more good breezes.  By winning the first race, GOLD SAILING Spanish crew (Iker and Ortigala Almandoz, Borja Sumalac, and Iraeta Sanhez) won the event since they could now include a toss-race in their scores.  Taking second for the event was Leduc’s JIBE SET crew (Fabian Pic, Stephane Barraux, Mikael Garrett) just one point back.  Third was McDONALDS CHERBOURG led by Bruno James and crew (Sebastien Metivier, Christian Potier, & Hugues Dorriere) with 19 pts.  The balance of the top five included Laurent Sambron’s crew on HEMON CAMUS (Jean-Yves Jaffrezic, Benjamin Diouris, Pierre-Yves Tinel, & Brewal Nael) with 22 pts in 4th place and Cyrille Teston’s J BEC.RE crew (Jean Francios Nevo, Didier Le Moal, & Bruno Gandolphe) in 5th position.

    Top woman skipper was Maxime Baudry’s crew on TEAM WINDS LA ROCHELLE (Etienne Mabit, Frederic Bouvier, Jean Francois Cruette, & Clara Fortin) in 6th position overall.   J/70 sailing photo gallery here- credits- Antoine Brule   For more J/70 Coupe de France sailing information

    VINEYARD VINES Wins Marblehead NOOD Overall!
    J/105 MERLIN Wins Boat of the Day!
    (Marblehead, MA)- After the final day of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at Marblehead Race Week today, J/70 class winners John and Molly Baxter on VINEYARD VINES took home the overall prize. In addition to new gear from Helly Hansen, the VINEYARD VINES crew (ironically) earned a berth in the final NOOD championship regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands Oct. 22-29.

    The Riverside, Conn.-based couple is fairly new to J/70s, having owned their boat for less than two years. They decided to compete in the Helly Hansen Marblehead NOOD to train for the class world championship, which will be held in Marblehead in 2018 and which they officially qualified for by winning this event.

    “We wanted to check out the spot, and we heard there were a lot of good teams out here,” John Baxter said. “It was fun. We definitely got the lay of the land.”

    The Baxter’s, along with crew members Jake LaDow and Luke Lawrence, held strong at the top of the fleet from the very beginning, winning two of three races on the first day. From there, it was all about consistency, good starts and conservative sailing, according to John Baxter.

    While Baxter said the team’s biggest takeaway was figuring out how to balance the boat going upwind, Lawrence, the tactician, went on to say that the team is making huge strides in their training program for the Worlds in Marblehead.

    “There’s a big checklist to make sure that you’re set up to be able to go out there and have a shot,” Lawrence said. “To come here to a venue like this early on and to excel against a majority of our good competition in the USA, I mean – it’s nice. But along with everything that comes with that, we’ve learned ten-fold how to come in to the next event.”

    Looking ahead, the crew plans to return to Marblehead next summer leading into the World Championship after training their way down to Florida and back.

    Regatta organizers determine the overall winner based on the strongest individual finish in the most competitive class. The J/70 fleet was the largest of the weekend and completed seven races in three days.

    Also in the J/70 class, the Helly Hansen Junior Crew— a team of five local youth sailors specially selected to compete in the regatta— finished 12th of 30 boats. Their crew consisted of Clark Uhl, Rachel Foster, Katharine Bowman, Kate O'Donnell and Garrett McKinnon.

    The balance of the podium behind the Baxter’s included Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE in 2nd place with tactician Jeremy Wilmot (Australia) on board and Brian Keane’s SAVASANA in 3rd place with USA Olympian Stu McNay as mainsheet/ tactician.

    In the J/70 Corinthians Division, winning was Duncan Swain’s CLOWN CAR, following in 2nd was Henry Brauer’s RASCAL crew of Newporters and San Diegans, and in third was Stein Skaane’s SHRED.

    Charlie Garrard, skipper of the J/105 MERLIN, was also the recipient of Sunday’s North Sails Boat of the Day and the Cressy Award said the key to his success this weekend was having his teenage kids, Emily (pit) and Jack (bow), onboard.  “Without them it wouldn’t happen,” Garrard said. “Together, we make it work.”

    Behind Garrard’s crew were past multiple Marblehead NOOD winners, Fred de Napoli’s ALLEGRO SEMPLICITA with 12 pts, and in third was Steve Goldberg’s AIR EXPRESS with 15 pts.  Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images.com   For more Marblehead NOOD sailing regatta information

    USA Wins CanAm Challenge!
    (Youngstown, NY)- In addition to the J/88 North American’s, the CanAm Challenge Regatta hosted the J/70 Lake Ontario Championship as well as one-design classes for J/22s and PHRF handicap racing boats.  An overall perpetual prize was awarded to the USA that topped rival Canada based on the high-point scoring system!  Note, that included street hockey madness!!

    Winner of the J/70 Lake Ontario Championship after eleven races scored was John Newell’s JUNIOR with 24 pts total, counting mostly top three finishes.  Taking second with mostly top five finishes was Tod Sackett’s FM, they were also Corinthians Division winners.  Then, third place went to Paul Cannon’s MAXIMON and also securing 2nd in Corinthians!  Rounding out the top five was Scott Weakley’s Canadian crew on REX, followed by Justin Hyas & Ben Zahradnik’s REVEILLE in 5th place.  Third Corinthians was Rick Pfarr’s LITTLE RASCAL.

    The ten-boat J/22 class saw Alfonso Bringas’ crew on NORTH SAILS win by a comfortable margin of six points. Second was famous local sailor, Cory Sertl’s LUCH with 26 pts.  Just two points back in third was Vic Snyder’s infamous MO’MONEY with 28 pts.  Tied on points with them, but settling for 4th place was John Huebschmann’s ESCAPE.  Fifth place was none other than a relaxed J/22 NA’s winner, Chris Doyle on the JUGE 4 1!!

    In the PHRF handicap racing world, the six boat PHRF 1 Spin class saw a clean sweep by four J/Teams!!  Yes, the odds were stacked against that outcome, but they did it!!  Winning was the Canadian crew on Andrew Koolman’s J/35 LOYALIST.  Second was yet another J/35- Paul-Angus Bark’s CRIME SCENE.  Third place went to Ed Berkhout’s J/105 ALI KAT and 4th position to John Reinhold’s J/124 FUTURES!!

    In the PHRF 1 Non Spin class, Doug Clarke’s J/35C ROGUE WAVE took 2nd place. And, in PHRF 2 Spin it was Rick Sherk’s J/24 BAD HABITS winning class!!  For more CanAm Challenge Regatta sailing information

    Askoy SF Tops Norwegian J/70 Sailing League II
    (Larvik, Norway)- The Second Division in the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League is having incredibly tight, hard fought racing for the top of the leaderboard in their overall series.  This past weekend in Larvik, Norway, yet another gorgeous seaside town in the Norwegian archipelago, the outcome of the regatta produced a huge change-over of the top teams.

    For starters, Risør SF looked strong with two straight wins in the 2nd division in the first two regattas in Oslo and Sadefjord.  However, this past weekend, Askøy SF won the event in Larvik and leapt into the overall lead for the Division 2 series by just one point!

    It was very even sailing during the weekend of racing in Larvik.  However, one team clearly distinguished themselves from the pack. Askøy SF won seven out of eleven flights to easily win the event.  Risør SF fought hard, but had to settle for a 6th place in Larvik, and thus dropped to 2nd place overall.

    The fight behind Askøy SF was very close and nerve-racking. In the end, it was Bærum SF who took second place with 21 points and Bundefjord SF with 22 points to take third place.

    As a result, the overall standings now sit with Askoy SF in first with 7 pts, Risor SF in second with 8 pts, Bundefjorden SF in third with 13 pts, Hurum Sf in 4th with 15 pts and Alesunds SF in 5th with 17 pts.  Follow the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League on Facebook  For more Norwegian J/70 Sailing League information  

    BLACKHAWK Tops J/105 Sausalito Invitational Regatta
    (Sausalito, CA)- The Sausalito YC J/105 Invitational on July 22-23 2017 brought 19 J-105’s out of their summer slumber for a weekend of heavy air racing - typical SF Bay summer conditions with winds in high teens and building into the 20’s, with gusts into the mid-30’s on Sunday!

    The Race Committee set up the starting area off the west face of Alcatraz and the windward mark toward mid-span of the Golden Gate Bridge.  With a significant flood tide on both days, many boats were doing dip-line starts. The PRO managed to cant the line so that competitors had to make a decision – start at the pin, closer to the relief along the city front, or start 15-20 degrees upwind toward the signal boat and hope that was enough to outweigh the extra time spent in a foul tide. Once the fleet hit the city front the decision was reversed, tack back into the middle of the Bay on lay line, fighting more current, or sail extra distance in the better water. With such a heavily favored side of the course upwind there was a premium on clear lanes and the ability to tack when desired, leaving many boats no choice but to over stand the weather mark.

    Conditions Saturday were classic San Francisco summer, 15-25 knot wind with fog rolling in and significant ebb chop in race 3. The finish to race 1 proved to be one of the more exciting and critical moments in the regatta. Arbitrage, Blackhawk and Godot all came into the downwind finish overlapped, slightly above lay-line for the left (pin) end of the line. With the heavy flood tide and breeze near 20 knots, a late decision by Godot caused all three to over-stand and started a chain reaction of them jibing and broaching, leaving the tide to take them across the finish line. Both Arbitrage and Blackhawk protested Godot for not providing room to finish and the protest was scheduled for Thursday. After two more races, Blackhawk held a 3 point lead over Arbitrage and Godot, pending the outcome of the protest.

    Sunday brought a repeat of the conditions from Saturday. 15-20 knot breeze with a flood tide for race 1 led to a runaway victory for Arbitrage, with the next boat a half leg back. The three boats were tied going into the final race, pending the prior day’s protest. At the start of the final race the same decision had to be made, start on the left end of the line and go for current relief, or start at the heavily favored right side. Blackhawk and Godot chose the pin, and Arbitrage the committee end.

    Soon after the start, a tanker came through the fleet.

    The boats at the pin were able to cross in front of the tanker and over to the current relief on the City Front and had a significant advantage over Arbitrage, Advantage and a few others who had to tack back into the flood that had to avoid the tanker.

    Blackhawk then led around the first weather mark, and with the heavy flood tide and 20-25 knot breeze, the lead quickly built. By the end of the race the wind reached 25-30 knots with gusts into mid-30s, leading to planing conditions downwind and challenging maneuvers for all crews. Blackhawk went on the win the race, with Godot finishing second and Arbitrage a hard earned 6th after being forced to go behind the tanker on the first leg.

    Upon discussion after racing, Godot retired from race 1, leaving Blackhawk 4 points ahead of Arbitrage for the regatta victory. The top 5 were rounded out by Donkey Jack in 3rd, Jam Session in 4th and Godot in 5th, beating Hazardous Waste via tie breaker thanks to their victory in race 2.   Sailing photo credits- RoxShots.com   For more J/105 Sausalito Invite sailing information

    J/Love @ Ugotta Regatta!
    (Harbor Springs, MI)- Sailors from across America and the World head to Harbor Springs each summer for sailing traditions, friends, relaxation, and a time to recharge and connect with the spectacular natural beauty of Harbor Springs.  The water is so clear and clean you can see nearly 35 feet down to the grassy, sandy bottom!  It is a slice of the Caribbean in the Great Lakes North!  No wonder people love coming to this gorgeous little corner of the world!!

    One of the hottest summer attractions in this quaint little village is the annual Little Traverse YC “Ugotta Regatta”!  The event takes place the weekend following the 2nd of the Mackinac Races (Port Huron-Mackinac or Chicago-Mackinac).

    LTYC’s Ugotta Regatta is open to all sailors.  However, there is a city-required cap of 88 boats (yes, a town ordinance!) and registration is first come, first served. The series begins with one-design racing on Friday followed by tour-of-the-bay courses on Saturday and Sunday.

    The weekend’s festivities kick-off bright and early Friday morning with a fun tradition: a long line of happy people beginning at sun-up outside Irish Boat Shop to purchase the 2017 Ugotta Regatta t-shirt. Each year, the shirt design changes and with a limited production, the lines begin early to score a coveted shirt! Yes, people are a bit crazy in northern Michigan, but then again, that is part of its charm!!  Then, on Friday night is the “Welcome to Harbor Springs” celebration at the Irish Boat Shop for racers and racer-chasers only!

    On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, the LTYC hosts the famous, traditional “Little Traverse Sailors Pancake Breakfast.”  Open to the public and racers, the Pancake Breakfast is a delicious way for the boat teams to quickly fuel up before getting on the water. One highlight of the breakfast?? The young sailors flip less-than-perfect pancakes over their shoulders to land on the roof of the sail shed behind them- a bit of light-hearted entertainment to start the day!!

    After the end of sailing each day, the LTYC hosts parties both Saturday and Sunday evening for regatta participants!  In short, there is no lack of fun, merriment, and socializing ashore, interspersed with moments of stark terror sailing on the gorgeous azure blue waters off Harbor Springs!!

    The venue has become a very, very popular one for J/70s in the Great Lakes region.  The family-oriented Harbor Springs J/70 fleet #25 has grown to eleven local boats, with several regular visiting fleet members from Chicago and Detroit that join in on all the fun! Not surprisingly, the J/70s were the largest and most competitive one-design fleet in the LTYC Regatta in July.

    Winning the enormous twenty-boat J/70 division was Richard Lehmann’s WIND CZAR with all top five finishes to win with just 14 pts total.  Second was John Heaton’s EMPEIRIA crew from Wilmette, IL with 32 pts.  Third and top Corinthian crew was Scott Sellers’ TRES BURRITOS with 38 pts.  Rounding out the top five were Polk Wagner’s ESCAPE, taking 4th overall and 2nd Corinthians, and in 5th place was Rick Shaffer’s NASTY BABY. In the photo are (L-R) the ESCAPE crew- Pilar Macomber, Will Macomber, then Ellie, Sarah Wagner, Polk Wagner.

    In the J/105 one-design class, Mark Symonds crew on PTERODACTYL have been on a roll in their past three major events.  Remember, they won their class in the Chicago-Mackinac Race, took 2nd in the Bayview-Mackinac Race, and now won the Ugotta Regatta J/105 class!  Wow.  I think Mark’s wife is about to convert their garage into a man-cave full of just this year’s trophy’s and pickle dishes!!  Second was the hot local team of Carter Williams on his famous CREATIVE DESTRUCTION and taking 3rd was Bill Petzold’s GREEN FLASH.

    In the world of handicap racing we find a number of J/Crews had fantastic performances racing around the Bay!!  In ORR B Division, Geoff Brieden & Jeff Clark’s J/120 SCOUT stunned the class with a 2-1 to win by a comfortable margin.  Third was yet another J/120, Mike Fozo’s PROOF, fresh from winning their class in the Bayview-Mackinac Race.

    Then, in PHRF A Division, Dave Irish’s famous J/111 NO SURPRISE posted a 2-2 to take second in class, followed by Carl Hanssen’s J/111 VARIANCE in third with a 3-3, what a coincidence, eh??

    In PHRF B Division, Scott & Jim Sorbie’s J/88 LEGACY took a 5th in class, with Larry Taunt’s J/35 BAD DOG in 7th, Tim Wade’s J/88 in 8th and Bob Evan’s J/109 GOAT RODEO in 9th.  This was a very weird class, ranging from M24 sportboats to a 100 ton Tartan 4000- not exactly “cricket” from a handicap standpoint!!

    In PHRF Non-Spinnaker, Bill and Judy Stellin’s J/42 JAYWALKER did exactly that, “walked away” from their fleet with two bullets to win by a comfortable margin in their class!  Second were their colleagues on a J/32- Gary Stewart’s J/32 ZONE with two 2nds in their scoreline!  For more Ugotta Regatta sailing information
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  • J/Newsletter- July 26, 2017 The J/88 North American Championship Preview
    (Youngstown, NY)- Introduced just three years ago, the J/88 continues to gain passionate new owners across the world.  Having just passed the century mark of boats built, those 100 owners are spread across four continents, racing in a combination of one-design events as well as making their mark in prestigious offshore handicap races.  J/88s are winning in Hobart, Tasmania; winning Singlehanded Transpac’s; as well as ORC offshore events at Algarrobo, Chile.  And, they continue to surpass all owner’s expectations racing offshore in the USA and all over Europe under various handicapping systems (ORR, ORC, IRC, & PHRF).  Recently, J/88s won a famous overnight race on Lake Champlain in Vermont and two teams swept the top two spots on the podium in the incredibly challenging Chicago to Mackinac Race (20 hours of beating to windward in 15-32 kts of wind, 15 hours of light winds reaching, and 15 hours of moderate breezes two-sail reaching or under asym spinnaker)!  Talk about versatility!

    No matter what the regatta or offshore race, the J/88 has proven time and again that both women owner/skippers and all corinthian teams are capable of sailing against some of the world’s top offshore sailors and win!  For more J/88 family speedster sailing information

    Therefore, it is no surprise that fifteen J/88 teams are easily trailering their boats from across the eastern parts of the USA and Canada and participating in the second J/88 North American Championship, hosted by Youngstown YC in Youngstown, New York.  The teams will be participating as part of the YYC’s famous CanAm Challenge, sailing on Lake Ontario.

    Registered for this year’s event is a “who’s who” of top J/88 teams from the past three years, including past NA winners, past Key West Midwinters winners, Block Island Race Week winners, and Queens Cup winners.  It will be an eye-opening event for many crews, particularly local teams facing the northeastern contingent that have been doing battle for at least five major events so far in 2017!  The leading east coast crews, based on performances at the recent East Coast Championship in Block Island, should be Doug McKeige’s JAZZ, Mike Bruno’s WINGS, Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION and Doug Newhouse’ YONDER.  From the Chicago area, visiting teams that have won various offshore events include Tod Patton’s BLONDIE 2, Andy Graff’s EXILE and Al Minella’s ALBONDINGAS.  Two Canadian teams from the north side of Lake Ontario are participating, Jim Egloff’s TOUCH2PLAY and Ard Van Leeuwen’s JAUNTY J.

    Defending their home turf and hoping to fend off the onslaught of the visiting teams on their home waters of Lake Ontario will be Laura Wyler’s HIJINKS, Richard Lohr’s NIGHT OWL, Tim Finkle’s SEAWEED, and Joe & Jeff Pawlowski’s EASY EIGHTS!  The racing should be close, and fiercely fought over the championship series!  For more J/88 North American Championship sailing information


    LENDY Cowes Week Preview
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- Cowes Week is one of the United Kingdom's longest running and most successful sporting events and is a key highlight of the British sporting summer. It has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two world wars.

    Traditionally, Cowes Week takes place after “Glorious Goodwood” (classic car stuff) and before the “Glorious Twelfth” (bird shooting stuff- grouse)- occasionally the traditional dates are changed to ensure optimum racing, most importantly, taking account of the ferocious tides of the Solent.

    Around 8,000 competitors will participate this year, ranging from Olympic and world-class yachtsmen to weekend sailors. The spectacle that the racing provides, together with the vibrant festival atmosphere attracts over 100,000 visitors to Cowes during the event.  The special events that take place all week are particularly noteworthy.  Starting on Tuesday, ELEMIS Ladies Day celebrates the contribution and achievement of women in sailing and recognizes some of the major successes of women in the sport.  Then, the end of week fireworks display on Friday is simply mind-blowing, and of course, the Royal Air Force “Red Arrows” acrobatic team are just awesome!  Every supporting yacht club also hosts big fireworks parties with disco dancing well past midnight (Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal London YC, RORC, Island Sailing Club, & Cowes Corinthian YC)!

    For 2017, the Cowes Combined Clubs organization is delighted to welcome LENDY- The Property Platform- onboard as title sponsor of Cowes Week.  As a result, the 2017 regatta is now known as “LENDY Cowes Week”.

    As the J/stable of cruisers, racers, and one-designs have expanded over the course of time, J/owners have made Cowes Week a fixture on their summer schedule, with hundreds of J/sailors participating from across the spectrum of age and experience.  There are three one-design classes (J/70s, J/80s, J/109s) and J/crews participating in IRC handicap classes.

    The thirty-three J/70s, by far the largest modern keelboat class in the regatta, are sporting several luminaries in their ranks, plus women’s teams and youth teams!  What must be noted is that Royal Yacht Squadron and Royal Thames YC combined have a dozen J/70s, many of which are entered with a variety of Corinthian youth and women’s crews.  At the top of the leaderboard should be well-known crews like Patrick Liardet’s COSMIC, Andrew Barraclough’s JENGA 8, Simon Cavey’s JUST4PLAY, Tony Hanlon’s RAF SPITFIRE, and Jack Davies’ YETI Under 25 Youth Team.  Notably, there are five women helms in the event- Vilija Velyvte & Sophie Sheldon’s AURORA, Kim Ridge’s NONE, Sarah Allan’s RTYC 743, Ali Hall’s SCEPTRE, and Anna Wilson’s SHIVER.

    With ten J/80s, the competition will always be close, particularly when racing up and down The Parade along the fabulous Cowes waterfront.  Leading crews in the class will have just come off a brutally tough J/80 World Championship held just across the Solent at the Royal Southern YC in the Hamble.  Those crews include Terence O’Neill’s AQUA J, Jon Powell’s BETTY, and Chris Body’s MOCKINGJAY.

    The enormous eighteen boat J/109 class will always have laid-back, but ferocious competition- if there were ever a “Pimms class” amongst the J/cognoscenti, it is the J/109’s on the Solent.  Having fun, fiercely, but kicking back after a long, hard day of racing on the royal waters of the Solent.  In fact, one of the class leaders is appropriately named JYNNAN TONNYX- a family affair sailed by Owain Franks and Jean Lockett.  Always near the top of the scorecard, they will be chased hard by pirate captains- the “Jack Sparrows” of the world- Roger Phillips’ DESIGNSTAR 2, Bob Stiles’ DIAMOND JEM, Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE, William King’s JOLLY JACK TAR, Chris Sharples & Rick Acland’s JUKEBOX, and Dave Richards’ JUMPING JELLYFISH.

    The eighteen-boat Sportsboat IRC class will be sporting five J/88s.  They will be up against a smorgasbord of Cork 1720s and Farr 280s, amongst other “sportboat exotica” that can be found in the United Kingdom!  Leading the charge will be David & Kirsty Apthorp’s J-DREAM, with classmates chasing them hard for class honors, such as Tim Tolcher’s RAGING BULL, Paul Ward’s notorious EAT SLEEP J REPEAT, Dirk & Dianne van Beek’s SABRIEL JR, and Paul Heys’ JENGA XXX.

    In the world of handicap racing, the six J/111s are racing in IRC 1 Class along with a brilliantly sailed J/122E.  They are up against an eclectic ensemble of various racer-cruisers.  Past J/111 World Champion Martin Dent and crew on JELVIS are up against Chris Jones & Louise Makin’s JOURNEYMAKER II; the fast, furious, fun, crazy and great partiers on Paul & Marcon van Driel’s Netherlands team on SWEENY; Simon Bamford’s KESTEL; Tony Mack’s McFLY; and the Belgium crew on DJINN. Of note, the DJINN team is born from the ‘Just4sailing' sailing school in Belgium (www.just4sailing.be). The owner (Sebastien de Liedekerke) will participate in the Fastnet Race. However, before that, he lent his boat to a young female skipper- Frederique!

    The IRC 2 Class is another eclectic combination of boats.  Essentially, a First 40 class that includes the J/120 PYR SUNSET (Andras Bakody) and the J/122 TEAM WHISKEY JACK, skippered by Nick Southward & John Scott.  Would that not be a shocker to see the J/122 dominate the class?

    Similarly, in the twenty-three boat IRC 3 CLASS, it is mostly Figaro 2’s and First 40.7s up against Adam Gosling’s new JPK 1080 YES! and also a new J/112E DAVANTI TYRES sailed by Charles Ivill and the J/11S SLEEPER 111 helmed by Jonty Layfield.  Good Lord, Ladbrokes London would have a helluva time trying to handicap this class of pirates on the high seas!  Good luck to all!

    Yet another rough & tumble class are the twenty-three teams in IRC 4 class that includes J/105s, a J/109 and J/35.  In the end, the most interesting crew are “newbies”- the J/105 REDEYE with Annapurna Racing from Wayzata YC, in Wayzata, Minnesota sailing on a charter with Pete Tyler as skipper. They will be up against a past RORC IRC Champion team, the J/35 OUTRAGEOUS sailed by Team Knight Builders from Ireland.  Plus, a top Dutch crew on the J/109 JAI ALAI (a past RORC offshore winner) will be skippered by Alain Bornet and two other J/105s will be in the mix- Prof Roger Williams’ JOS OF HAMBLE and Art Freeman’s JAZZ II.

    IRC 5 class looks to be a bit stacked towards J/sailors.  Of the 25 entries, 14 are J/Boats! Take your pick. J/97s or J/92s! Well, depends on weather conditions.  Reachy, white sails and shy kites- perhaps J/92’s. Windward/ leeward, J/97s will romp home in a clean sweep.  Then again, if it’s nuking blowing dogs off chains kind’of stuff, all bets are off.  Past “Ladies Day” award winner, Libby Greenhalgh, will be sailing with David on their J/92 J’RONIMO and will be a factor on the leaderboard due to their extremely intricate knowledge of Solent currents and winds.  They will be chased hard by a cadre of 92/97 teams, such as Rob Salter’s J/92 JACKDAW, Rachel Hunt’s J/97 JUMBLESAIL 2, Nick Munday’s J/97 INDULJENCE, and Bob & Jon Baker’s JAYWALKER.  In the “lambs getting tossed to wolves” category are Ed Holton’s J/110 SHADES OF BLUE and Chris Burbidge’s J/32 DOMAINE; nevertheless, in any white sails reachy stuff, watch out! It could be the lambs trampling the wolves!

    In truly the “lone wolf” category is Edmund Gatehouse’s J/24 JUPITER in the twenty-four boat IRC 6 Class.  Incredibly, the only J/24 sailing in this year’s 40th anniversary of the J/24 in the world’s longest standing race week?? WOW! We all hope he can crush the onslaught of those Impala 28s!  For more LENDY Cowes Week sailing information

    HELLY HANSEN Marblehead NOOD Preview
    (Marblehead, MA)- A highlight of the summer sailing season in the New England sailing community has been the annual Marblehead NOOD Regatta, presented by Sailing World and HELLY HANSEN.  The event is hosted by the triumvirate of Marblehead’s leading yacht clubs- Eastern, Boston, and Corinthian YC.  Sailors are treated to a first-class event on the waters of the greater Boston Harbor that emanate from that historic place in American history- e.g. remember the “Tea Party” in 1776!?  Yes, sailors were revolutionaries then, as they are now.

    So, clearly Boston is cool.  Especially, for sailing and doing it with friends.  Growing rapidly in the northeast is the J/70 class! It is the largest class in the regatta and it includes several top crews that are practicing for both the Corinthian J/70 North Americans in Buzzards Bay two weekends later as well as the J/70 North Americans at American YC in October.

    The thirty-boat J/70 class includes top crews like Oivind Lorentzen’s NINE, Doug Clark’s POLAR from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Tom Bowen’s REACH AROUND, John Brim’s RIMETTE, Brian Keane’s SAVASANA, Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE, and John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES. The top Corinthian crews include Andrew & Melissa Fisher’s BUTTON FLY, Henry Brauer’s RASCAL, Frank McNamara’s CHINOOK, Sam Altreuter’s LEADFOOT, and Ted Johnson’s VITAMIN J.

    The thirteen-boat J/105 class will always enjoy incredibly close racing. No one knows which team will be the next team to beat.  Nevertheless, with so many new faces in the crowd, it would be safe to say that top contenders like Fred De Napoli’s ALLEGRO SEMPLICITA (past two-times winner) and Mark Masur’s TWO FEATHERS (a perennial contender from Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas) will be amongst the favorites!  For more Marblehead NOOD sailing regatta information

    CanAm Challenge Preview
    (Youngstown, NY)- This coming weekend, the Youngstown YC is looking forward to hosting yet another one of their famous CanAm Challenge Regattas for fleets of J/70s, J/22s, and PHRF handicap racing boats.  A primary feature of the event is the annual “street hockey” challenge, too, between hand-picked mercenaries from the USA and Canada to take on each other in a knock-down, drag-em-out street hockey thrash in the Youngstown YC’s parking lot! It is not certain which is more popular for the sailors, the sailing on the water, or the party/ street hockey bash!  For certain, the Canadians are enjoying their current lead over the Americans on the street hockey duel!

    Out on the water, a strong contingent of J/70s are participating this year for their Lake Ontario Championship, the fleet of thirteen boats is looking forward to festivities both on and off the water.  For starters, four Canadian teams are joining in on the fun, such as Richard Veale’s EL JEFE, Greg Berti’s LIBERTI, Rich Jones’ MAVERICK, and Scott Weakley’s REX. Crashing the party from Cleveland, OH is Tod Sackett’s FM.  Hoping to keep the title “local” for both the hockey and sailing are teams like Peter Winkelstein’s EOWYN, John Newell’s JUNIOR, Scott Dinse’s MARGARITAVILLE, and Justin Hays & Ben Zahradnik’s REVEILLE.

    The ten-boat J/22 class will have a number of refugees from the recent J/22 North Americans, including the winners- Chris Doyle’s THE JUG 4 1!!  Also, lining up for some hot action will be Cory Sertl’s LUCY (a past Women’s Champion), Vic Snyder’s infamous crew on MO’MONEY, and Breck McFarlane’s FLUFFY.

    In the PHRF handicap-racing world, the six-boat PHRF 1 Spin class has four J/Teams; the odds are good they will have a clean sweep!  The boats include Ed Berkhout’s J/105 ALI KAT, John Reinhold’s J/124 FUTURES, and two J/35s- Paul-Angus Bark’s CRIME SCENE and Andrew Koolman’s LOYALIST.

    In the PHRF 1 Non Spin class is Doug Clarke’s J/35C ROGUE WAVE and in PHRF 2 Spin is Rick Sherk’s J/24 BAD HABITS.  For more CanAm Challenge Regatta sailing information

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    One of the highlights of the Scandinavian summer sailing season is the famous Bohusracet, a 170nm doublehanded race that sails through the 8,000 island Bohus Archipelago.  Sailing in the event was a J/111 that proved yet again that it is a double-handed weapon in a wide variety of wind and weather conditions.  Also racing offshore in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s were a J/133, J/109, J/105 and J/120 in the Channel Race.  Then, in the one-design arena, the German J/70 Sailing League Act IV took place in Travemunde, Germany on the southwestern parts of the Baltic Sea.

    Across the pond in the Americas, there were both classic offshore races and major one-design events.  Out on the east coast, the Lake Champlain Overnight Race took place off Burlington, VT that included a J/88, J/111, J/122 and J/110.  Then, just west of them on Lake Ontario, the J/22 North Americans were hosted at Buffalo YC in Buffalo, New York. Further west on the Great Lakes, the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Island Race completed by Tuesday, it started off Port Huron, MI and goes up Lake Huron, past Canada and up to the famous Mackinac Island.  Also, taking place on the Great Lakes on Lake Ontario was the J/Fest Great Lakes at Ashbridges Bay YC on J/105s, J/27s, J/35s J/80s.  Then, out west the J/70 Fiesta Cup Regatta was held at Santa Barbara YC.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Jul 27-30- Marblehead NOOD Regatta- Marblehead, MA
    Jul 28-30- CAN-AM Challenge- Youngstown, NY
    Jul 28-30- J/88 North American Championship- Youngstown NY
    Jul 29- Aug 5- Cowes Race Week- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
    Jul 29- J/FEST Annapolis- Annapolis, MD
    Aug 3-5- J/70 Corinthian Nationals- South Dartmouth, MA
    Aug 3-5- Buzzards Bay Regatta- South Dartmouth, MA
    Aug 10-13- U.S. J/70 Youth Championship- Newport, RI
    Aug 11- 40th Anniversary J/24 Round Island Race- Newport, RI
    Aug 12-13- J/Fest New England Regatta- Newport, RI

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

    Doyle Wins Close J/22 North Americans
    (Buffalo, NY)- The 2017 J/22 North American Championship was hosted from July 20th to 23rd at Buffalo YC in Buffalo, New York.  Thirty-two teams sailed the event in a wide variety of sailing conditions.  In the end, the racing was so close, it was determined by a tie-breaker at 27 pts each between Chris Doyle’s THE JUG 4 1 and Travis Odenbach’s HONEY BADGER!  On count back, it was Doyle’s jubilant crew of Will Harris and Adam Burns that won the coveted title of 2017 J/22 North American Champions!  Here is how it all went down over the three-day regatta.

    Day One
    Four races were completed on the opening day. Local Chris Doyle on THE JUG 41 posted a 2-1-4-5 for 12 points and the early advantage. On his heels was Travis Odenbach’s HONEY BADGER, just one point back. Jeff Todd’s HOT TODDY was in third place with 18 points.

    It was a Doyle family reunion in the top 10 so far, with all four of them standing eighth or higher overall!! Brothers Chris, Kevin and Peter plus Kevin’s son Jacob are dominant, all as amateur helmsmen.

    The Lake Erie winds were between 8-10 knots. Todd earned the opening victory, ahead of C. Doyle and Odenbach. The top three flopped places in race two, with C. Doyle taking first, Odenbach second and Todd third. Another of the Doyle’s entered in the regatta, Jacob Doyle, won the third contest in breeze at 10-12 knots and lumpy seas. Zeke Horowitz’s UNCLE FLUFFY placed second and Peter Doyle third. Horowitz claimed the day’s final battle with Odenbach in the silver spot and Terry Flynn’s TEJAS in the bronze.

    Day Two
    After seven races Odenbach had scraped his way to the top of the leaderboard. Following a bullet in Saturday’s first contest, HoneyBadger placed eighth in race six, becoming their discard. The Rochester-based helmsman rebounded for a third in race seven, leaving the team with 17 net points, heading into the last day of the event on Sunday. Doyle dropped to second place, tied on points at 19 with Todd’s HOT TODDY.

    Out on the lake, the teams waited out an on-water postponement for a couple hours before starting in about 6 knots. Odenbach collected the win, with Dave McBrier’s VAMANOS/ HARDWARE CHIMP and Todd completing the top trio. The breeze increased slightly in the next contest, won by C. Doyle.  Horowitz and Jake Doyle followed. Tim Finkle’s TOOTS closed the day with a victory, as winds slightly increased to 10 knots. Todd and Odenbach were second and third, respectively.

    DAY 3 FINALE
    In sports, coaches always say that every point matters. That was certainly the case for this year’s regatta! Doyle’s THE JUG 4 1 went into the ninth and final contest in third place, four points behind Odenbach’s HONEY BADGER. Doyle did his part by scoring a bullet, and paired with Odenbach’s fifth-place finish, the local boys (Doyle, Harris & Burns) took the Championship.  Behind Doyle and Odenbach, it was Todd’s HOT TODDY that took 3rd place.

    After Todd won race eight in winds around 6 knots, teams waited for breeze for about an hour.

    “The nice Northwesterly came in, but sailing here for a few years, we thought it would go southwest,” summarized Burns. Their local knowledge paid dividends, especially in race nine. “The RC started the race at 275 degrees, and we just knew it would go back to the true 260 degrees it normally does. So, we started right near the pin. Travis was to windward of us, but we got lucky that he went after Jeff Todd, and we just sailed our race. This was not Chris Doyle weather,” joked Burns, referring to his skipper’s knack for excelling in heavier breeze!

    The event included four teams in the Doyle family: Chris, brothers Kevin and Peter, plus Kevin’s son Jacob. All four placed in the top eight overall. Also competing was the current recipient of the US J/22 Class Association scholarship boat program from Jacksonville University, led by David Hein. They finished as high as second place in race eight, and ended 14th overall.  Rounding out the top five were Mike Marshall’s BAD NEWS in 4th place and Horowitz’s UNCLE FLUFFY in 5th place.  For more J/22 North American Championship sailing information

    Record-setting Bayview Mac
    J/Teams Excel Across Five Divisions!
    (Port Huron, MI)- Racing for the 93rd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race concluded when the last team of 191 to complete the race finished on Monday, July 24. The celebrations, however, continued through Tuesday for more than 5,000 sailors, their family members and friends gathered on the grounds of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel for a prize giving and party that included live music and the awarding of special trophies as well as Larry Bell’s announcement of a two-year extension of title sponsorship for Bell’s Brewery.

    After the start on Saturday, July 22, there were 123 teams competing on the 254 nautical-mile Cove Island course and 82 teams racing on the shorter 204 nm Shore Course. With rain and several storms to encounter, some boats retired, but for most, the race was extraordinarily fast and satisfying, even accounting for one record-breaking performance.

    As one sailor noted, this was the fastest “Bayview Mac” they had ever logged, a Volvo 70 set a course record in 21 hours! "We were never off the breeze all the way to Cove Island. I can’t ever remember going upwind (for 140 miles) that long, or getting that wet. Saturday was torrential rain. After getting around Cove Island, it became a fun, fast downwind course. We ran into storms, but thankfully, you could see them coming. They really blasted us, so we took down the spinnaker. Then, the last 15 miles the wind died!”

    First to finish in the J/fleet was the J/120 PROOF sailed by Mike Fozo & Robin Kendrick, completing the longer Cove Island course in just over 33 hours.  As a result, PROOF won Class C (all J/120s) quite handily.  Those crew members included Al McNally, Tom Vern, Sara Atkinson, Joshua Mankowski, Bill Miller, Steven Harthorn, Wally Cross, and Brad Restum. Taking 2nd place in class was Henry Mistele’s NIGHT MOVES, with crew of Nancy Kuspa, Steve Falcone, Tom Dawson, Jeff Mueller, Eric Petersen, Cynthia Ross, Kurt Hohn, John & Johnny Hughes, and Peter Siek.  Rounding out the podium in 3rd place was Geoff Brieden & Jeff Clark’s SCOUT with crew of Tom Enders, Brian Francis, Matt Malley, Stephen Beskange, Kevin Lewand, Jerry Bresser, Greg Engels, Brian Wagner.

    In Class D was a battle of the 35+ footers in the J/stable, with the J/105s winning on handicap, followed by a gaggle of J/111s and J/109s.  The J/105 crews were tough, sweeping the top two spots and placing 3 of the top 4 in class!  Winning was Mark DenUyl’s GOOD LOOKIN’ with crew of Brennan Churchill, Brock & Bryson DenUyl, Kevin Irland, John Anter, and Ron Churchill.  Taking 2nd place was the Chicago to Mackinac Race winning crew- Mark Symonds’ PTERODACTYL, with crew of Robert Bailey, John Quinlan, Kevin Morin, Michael Morin, Thac Nguyen, and Duane Rose.  Fourth in class was the J/105 WIND SHADOW sailed by skipper Jim Murphy with crew of Daniel Burleson, Dan Gidcumb, Lauri Ellias, Mike Hendrie and Ruth Barrett. Finally, rounding out the top five was Don Hudak’s J/111 CAPERS, with crew of Chad Atzemis, Eric Jackett, George Miller, Todd Imbler, Al Buescher, and Brian Epp.

    Class F saw Dick & Dan Synowiec’s J/33 SHENANIGAN take 6th place overall with crew of Chris McCardell, Rob & Ian Reimel, Jody Kjoller, and Brian Smith.

    The Level 35 Class G had a record-setting eleven J/35s in the race.  Not surprisingly, the winner was Bill Wildner’s J/35 MR BILL’s WILD RIDE!  For this year’s race, Bill only had along a few crew, such as Colleen Wildner, Jim Kostoff, Tom Kopp, Mike Zanella, Kent Schwandt, John Jamieson, Rob Rabine, Tim Schley and Eric Westen- where do you put all those people on a J/35??  Taking third place was Ed & John Bayer’s J/35 FALCON (Ed became a Grand Ram- 50 years!).  The FALCON crew included Brian Beaudet, Max Merget, Mike Welch, Mary Allen, Fred Blackmer, Ron Rossio, William Blackmer, and Mark Allen.

    Finally, in the Class I- Cruising division, Gary Gonzalez’s J/42 DOS MAS won their class with relative ease! Their crew included Ilja Vreeken, Eric Messerly, Mark Pytell, Bill Bishop, Geoff Vernon, Brett Dodds,
    Henry & Charles Gonzalez, James Lieder, Lynn Pytell.

    Sailing the shorter “Shore Course” that goes from the start and straight up the Michigan shoreline to Mackinac Island were two J/crews. In Class N, Don King’s classic J/30 CONUNDRUM took 4th place, with crew of Mark Elliot, Kevin Meiselbach, Tom Cadotte, Brian Hawkins, and Tyler Johnson.  For more Bayview Mackinac Race sailing information

    J/111 BLUR.SE Wins Bohusracet- World’s Largest Double-handed Race
    (Stockholm, Sweden)- Peter Gustafsson’s J/111 BLUR.SE sailed through the 8,000 island Bohus Archipelago in Sweden, taking on the best sailors in Scandinavia, to win the Bohusracet- reputed to be the world’s largest offshore double-handed race.  Here is Peter’s report:

    There are some sailing venues that are more magical than others, and some races that you really want to came back and do again and again. And even compared to some exotic places and iconic races, I think that Bohusracet tops my list.

    Why?  The recipe is easy:

    1/3 Bohuslän. With over 8,000 islands, CNN Travel ranks this archipelago the seventh most beautiful natural wilderness area in the world. It’s easy to spend 5 weeks of vacation- or a lifetime - and never visit the same spot twice. And a race course that takes you through most of it in 24 hours is bound to have both beautiful scenery and navigational challenges.

    1/3 Midsummer nights. When the sun sets at 10.30PM and rises at 04:00AM it's never really dark. And as the wind often drops, you tend to get close racing with other boats hunting for wind at 02:00AM. Unreal seeing the silhouettes of the crews whispering on the other boats.

    1/3 Intense racing (or just an adventure). With over 150 boats, a 170 nm course and seven checkpoints, it tends to be an intense fight for the serious racers. And with just 2 on board there’s not much time for food or sleep. Others do the race to test their limits and to share the experience with a significant other or one of the youngsters in the family.

    We hadn’t been able to do the race for a few years. last year we did the ÅF Offshore Race (Around Gotland double handed) and the year before that we focused on Fastnet Race.

    So now we were eager to get another chance. In the past we’ve won our class several times and finished second over all twice. But this year we might get lucky in the weather lottery - with 6 hours separating the small boats starting Friday morning and us, in the fastest class, starting at 3PM.

    The forecasts were unanimous: a big low over south-east Sweden would render a fast race with a puffy 20-30 knots from NE pushing all the boats out from the start in Uddevalla to Marstrand and the rounding to go north Friday evening.

    The big talk before start was to use downwind sails or not, but that proved to be a non-issue at the starting area as it was blowing a solid 30 knots gusting 50. Mmmm…

    We went with a full main and our shorthanded jib (a J3.5 with more shape and a reef) for the first short downwind leg, with plans for a deep reef after the first rounding. But we managed to keep it together by heading of in the gusts, easily doing 12-15 knots, and heading up in the lulls. This worked out nicely except for one occasions when we were supposed to go upwind for 500 meters to fetch a ”sprint prize” - not ideal in 52 knots of wind, but miraculously everything stayed in one piece. Others weren’t so lucky, and masts and sails were coming down all around.

    So a great ”shakeout” with 150 nm to go. It couldn’t get worse?

    And it didn’t. We extended the lead in our class, and after a few hours we managed to get the A5 up. Then managed to work through the downwind inventory before rounding the Hätteberget lighthouse with a healthy 15 minute lead on corrected before our main competitor, Norwegian "short-handed rock star” Elling Rishoff in a fine tuned First 40 Godevenner.

    Close hauled, continuously changing between jib and J0 (big jib/small code set on a furler on the sprit) we sailed north into the sunset. As forecasted we we’re headed just north of Smögen, and the long beat towards Norway began. We were catching up with many of the smaller boats, and it was pretty magical passing just meters away in a serene archipelago.

    We managed pretty OK, but we lost a few minutes here and there to First 40 Godevenner that had passed us just north of Smögen. On corrected time we were ok, but they seemed to have a slight advantage.

    In the morning, the conditions became trickier. Several weather systems were fighting, and a NW breeze were filling in from the west. We got caught in the transition just before Strömstad and lost even more. Now we were 20 minutes behind on corrected, and couldn’t wait to get to the Tresteinerne lighthouse in Norway to get the chute up and go south again.

    We rounded in a light northerly but we stayed west and the new breeze filled in nicely. We tried to as hard as possible and hunt pressure when possible. We slowly caught up with Godevenner, keeping track on them both on AIS and on the rounding reports.

    At some point we thought it was impossible to catch them, but at the last mark it became clear; we were just 1.5 minutes behind on corrected with 35 minutes to go… We went for it and took every shortcut we could find, and kept the big A2 up as long as humanly possible (did the best takedown of the season at the exactly the right moment).

    And we managed to beat them by 30 seconds. After 23 hours and 40 minutes that was a huge relief.

    The smaller boats had managed to get around the course without any upwind work, and were favored by more wind during the day Friday. So they dominated the over-all list.

    I guess we'll have to come back and try again…   Here’s a YouTube sailing video taken by Peter on BLUR.SE
    For more J/111 BLUR.SE sailing information

    Deutscher Touring YC Tops German J/70 Sailing League Act IV    
    (Travemünde, Germany)- From the July 21st to 23rd, the 36 sailing clubs of the 1st and 2nd Sailing League all raced as part of the 128th Travemünder Woche.  The weekend was punctuated by most light winds for all three days of sailing.  However, it was one of the most exciting weekends in the league history: in the 1st league, the final outcome for the regatta came about on the last leg of the last race on Sunday afternoon!!

    The Deutscher Touring Yacht Club (DTYC) with Julian Stückl, Sebastian Bühler, newcomer Dominik Müller and Marco Tarabochia secured the top spot on the victory podium. It was not an easy win for DTYC, the widely varying and changing conditions made it difficult for everyone on the race track. "With our bad starts on the last day of competition, we risked our lead unnecessarily," explained Julian Stückl. As the reigning German champion, the DTYC will also participate at the end of August at the Nord Stream Race (26 August to 7 September).

    The Segel-und Motorboot Club Überlingen (Tino Mittelmeier, Jan Fritze, Alexander Gaiser, Frederik Schaal) from Lake Constance just barely missed the victory in Travemünde. In the end, the 3rd place in the last race was not enough for the SMC. At 48 points the DTYC secured the victory in Travemünde with more first place finishes. The South Germans had not come to Travemünde with high expectations. "But, with our favorite conditions with little wave and ten knot winds, we were able to achieve consistently good results and, thus, a top position," says skipper Tino Mittelmeier.

    After four out of six total events in the DSBL series, the SMCC is leading the overall ranking based on a tie-breaker at 17 pt each.  Sitting in second is the DTYC after winning the Travemunde regatta.  Sitting in third overall is Norddeutscher Regatta Verein with 22 points.  Thanks for contributions from Julia Harrow and Sophie-Karolin Wehner.   DSBL Travemunde Sunday sailing video Highlights   Follow the German J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here   For more Deutsche Segel Bundesliga sailing information

    Challenging RORC Channel Race
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship continued this past weekend with the Channel Race. It was the 10th race of the series, and the last RORC offshore race before the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race. For those teams vying for class honours for the championship, starting the Rolex Fastnet Race in pole position, is highly desirable, and with most of the RORC season now completed, favorites are emerging for the 2017 RORC Season's Points Championship, the world's largest participation offshore racing series.

    Over 100 yachts entered the Channel Race, which featured a flexi-course starting and finishing in The Solent, lasting approximately 24 hours. In IRC 2 Class, Fournier & Migraine's French J/133 PINTIA were hoping to get to the top of the class with a good result in the Channel Race.

    With 28 teams competing, IRC Four was the largest class in the Channel Race. Robert Nelson's British J/105 BIGFOOT was sitting just 10 points back in 2nd place for the season series going into the race.

    In the end, it was a great outing for Fournier & Migraine's French J/133 Pintia, taking a second place in the race to elevate them into the overall series lead for the season. Sailing fast was Andy Theobald’s J/122 R&W, taking fourth place, just 3 minutes out of 3rd place!

    In the IRC 3 Class, the J/109 MOJO RISIN’ took 4th place, with Chris Burleigh’s’ J/109 JYBE TALKIN in 7th.

    As a result of the Channel Race, J/crews are sitting in 4th to 7th place in the IRC Doublehanded series- Nick Martin’s J/105 DIABLO-J in 4th, Bob Nelson’s J/105 BIGFOOT in 5th, Chris Schram’s J/120 MAVERICK in 6th, and Jerry Freeman’s J/105 JULIETTE in 7th.

    For the IRC 2 Class main series scenario, the J/133 PINTIA is leading and Theobald’s J/122 R&W has jumped up to 5th place. Plus, Schram’s J/120 MAVERICK is sitting in 8th place.

    In the IRC 3 Class, Trevor Sainty’s J/109 JELENKO sits in 5th overall, followed by the J/109 MOJO RISIN’ in 6th, Nick Martin’s J/105 DIABLO-J in 7th, and Jerry Freeman’s J/105 JULIETTE in 10th.  For more RORC Channel Race sailing information

    J/88 Crushes Lake Champlain Overnight Race!
    (Burlington, VT)- Lake Champlain in northern Vermont is a spectacular body of water that goes for a million miles north and south and forms the border between upper New York state and the long, tall skinny state of Vermont. The sailing is awesome and the vistas of lush New England foliage and the mountainous valleys on either side can be breathtaking.  It's truly one of those gems hidden in the American northeast that few in the sailing world ever enjoy to its fullest.

    One of the bigger races on the Lake is the annual Lake Champlain Race - an overnight PHRF race that allows crew to race through the night usually finishing the next morning. Held annually since 1956, the 60-mile race challenges crews in unique ways.  The light winds of midsummer require constant attention in order to keep pace with the fleet.  Starting at sunset, the wind slows down and brings along the need for good night vision and the hope for a full moon or many stars.  Sunrise is welcome and offers the first glimpse of where the rest of the fleet has settled. The race counts towards the Lake Champlain Championship Series, and all the series contenders turnout.

    The 2017 race was blessed with fair winds and clear skies. The wind angles favored the asymmetrical boats and a variety of J/Boats came out on top, led by Dana Bolton and Mark Damico and crew on their J/88 ALCHEMY in 1st place, Kjell Dhalen and crew on his J/111 ODIN in 2nd place, Rupert Thouron and crew on his J/122 DUNDER in 3rd place, and Doug Merrill and crew on his J/110 MOOVIN’ in 4th place.
    For more Lake Champlain Overnight Race sailing information

    J/FEST Great Lakes Fun!
    (Toronto, ONT, Canada)- The inaugural Lake Ontario J/FEST regatta was held July 21st to 23rd at Ashbridges Bay YC, just west of downtown Toronto, sailing on the beautiful Lake Ontario. The regatta was host to one-design fleets of J/105s, J/27s, J/80s and PHRF offshore handicap racing.

    With seventeen boats, the J/105 fleet was always going to be competitive.  Winning was the current J/105 North American Champion, Terry McLaughlin & Rod Wilmer’s MANDATE.  Taking 2nd was yet another J/105 NA’s winner, Jim Rathbun’s HEY JUDE.  Third was Gavin Disney’s USUAL SUSPECTS.  Rounding out the top five were Peter Hall’s JAMAICA ME CRAZY in 4th and Mike Mountford’s LIVE EDGE took 5th.

    The J/27s had tight racing amongst the top five crews.  In the end, Andrew Riem’s CURVED AIR won by just 3 pts over Andre Beese’s MESSING ABOUT.  Settling for third was Bob Kelly’s LINE DRIVE with 12 pts.  Fourth was Phil Jager’s FIVE J and fifth was Christian Greenfield’s MISS TRIXIE.

    In the J/35s, it was Paul-Angus Bark’s CRIME SCENE that took the class title, followed by Paul Cavanaugh’s TOP GUN in 2nd, and Geoff Roulet’s JEANNIE in 3rd.

    Finally, the J/80s were won by Hugh Mcgugan’s BREAKAWAY J, followed by Trudy Murphy’s FEISTY in 2nd and Gary Stephenson’s FLYER in third place.  For more J/Fest Great Lakes sailing information

    Raab’s SUGOI Wins J/70s @ Fiesta Cup Regatta
    (Santa Barbara, CA)- Over the past weekend, a baker’s dozen-plus J/70 had an extremely fun time sailing Santa Barbara YC’s Fiesta Cup.  As has been the case, when the breezes fill in after a glassy morning, the westerly flow begins to favor going right into the beach and inside the kelp beds.  However, setting the race course further south minimizes that basic strategy, it still has an impact on the curving breeze further offshore.  As a result, the SBYC PRO managed to fire off five races for the fleet, permitting one race to be dropped in the overall scoreline.

    In the end, it was Chris Raab’s Newport Harbor YC team on SUGOI that handily won the regatta, scoring just 1sts and 2nds in his scoreline to win with 5 pts net!  Similarly, trading some places in races was Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT crew from California YC that took second with a tally of 1-3-1-2-8 for 7 pts net.  Rounding out the podium was the “local rock star”, Pat Toole’s famous 3 BIG DOGS crew from Santa Barbara YC with a record of 5-2-6-7-2 for 15 pts net.

    The balance of the top five included Sarah Wyman’s NUNUHUNU from Dana Point YC in 4th and Steve Hendricks’ MONKEY HOUSE from Santa Barbara Sailing Club in 5th place.  For more J/70 Fiesta Cup sailing information
     

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

    *  Bob Mampe, owner of the new J/122E GOTTA WANTA, sailed an amazing Chicago to Mackinac Race and won their class going away.  Here is Bob’s account of their experience in this year’s wild and woolly Mac Race:

    “I’m just getting back into sailing after a hiatus of nearly 21 years. I've always dreamed of owning a plumb-bowed performance boat. I searched the internet and studied the numbers and came across the J/122. Unfortunately, Mitch Padnos snatched up the only available one in the USA at the time. Fortunately, for me, I was ready when the new J/122 E came out.

    Over next couple of years I've had the good fortune to have some J/Boat smart guys around me like Tom Babel "well known in the J racing " He's a member of GTYC and good friend. We worked putting a group out of the yacht club and in a couple of years we're doing quite well.

    Getting to the Mac Race, it was everything one could ask for. Starting with light winds, then a nice build to a full gale and an 18 hour beat to Pt Betsie and the Manitous, then chasing cats paws going to Greys Reef! The great thing about the J/122E is that it does all of them well. You just need to know which buttons to push.

    Our crew was under the tutelage of Tom Babel, a great offshore sailor, and they were ready!

    We worked our way out of the start with the Code Zero and, as the wind built, we debated A1.5 or A2 spinnakers, ultimately we went with the A2 and never looked back, the symmetrical chutes were no match. As we're getting close to midnight Tom was on the helm and we saw the weather to the west we knew it would hit soon!  So, we got the J3 heavy weather jib on deck ready to go.  We also discussed “letter-boxing” the kite and untied the knots in tack and sheets. We didn't get the lazy sheet over the boom but we got a hold with several people when all hands on deck was called out. The take down went with out incident when we were hit with 40+ knots. Tom was on the helm at the time and let out a Hee Haa and we were going 15 knots boatspeed “bare-headed” under full main alone!

    Things clocked around to the north fairly quickly and the slug-fest began. J3 first reef in the main beating into 20 to 25 knots no problem. Tacking back in forth under the lee of Leelanau Peninsula closer to shore was nicer than heading west. The boat is an up wind killer as well as it reaches.

    The next was the best to come. Light to no wind! Jim Elvart nephew in law had the cat paw / tumble weed debate all the way through to Greys Reef with Tom. It's about wind trying to re connect to the water. Jimmy is the master, and I thought I was good. The competition started to catch us but the artful debate an incredible bottom "They didn't have a chance"
    The J/122E is absolutely deadly in light air. About 40 gibes latter with the A 1.5 The Mighty Crew of the Gotta Wanta did a horizon shot on the rest of the fleet.

    I am blessed with a great bunch of friends an incredible all-weather boat.  Thanks to my amazing crew- Mark Clark, Tom Babel, Mike Burns, Karen Nemecek, Jim Elvart, Andrew Berg, Eric Geiser, and Scott Zimmerman!”

    * “Babes Who Hustle”: Stephanie Roble from East Troy, Wisconsin.  “Babes Who Hustle” is an online community for working women to connect and empower one another across all industries, professions, backgrounds and locations. Their aim is to inspire, celebrate and share an inside look into the day-to-day musings of babes who hustle around the world.

    In this profile, they pointed their aim toward Stephanie Roble, top ranked US women’s match racer, professional sailor, and aspiring Olympic athlete.  Steph grew up in East Troy, WI and learned how to sail in Optimists at her local club on Lake Beulah- the Lake Beulah Sailing Club.  After graduating from the local high school with her long-time friend Annie Haeger (recent Team USA 470 women’s team Olympian in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Steph went off to Old Dominion College and immersed herself in college sailing, becoming a three-time College All-American.  Since then, she has spent a lot of time match-racing the women’s world circuit, often on J/22s or J/80s and for the past four years has been a tactician on leading J/70s at various National and North American events. Here is her interview with BWH:

    What Babes you admire and why?
    There are so many babes I admire! Anyone who is physically and mentally strong, has big goals, works hard and is passionate and gracious, is a babe I admire. Some of my favorites are Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer) Dawn Riley (Sailor), and Katrin Davidsdotter (CrossFit Athlete).

    How do you spend your free time?
    When I find it, I love to cook and try new recipes, travel and explore new parts of town, bike ride, kiteboard, do yoga in the park, and hang out with my friends, family and boyfriend.

    Go-to coffee order?
    I cut out coffee for nearly three months and only drink it on the mornings when I’m extra tired. Being in Miami, though, I do love a Cuban coffee or a cortadito!

    If you could have coffee with anyone in the world, who would it be?
    Vince Lombardi. The guy is a legend. I would love to hear his advice, stories and thoughts.

    If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
    There are so many places I want to go. I would really love to road trip around New Zealand, ride the hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey, and adventure in the Galapagos Islands.

    What’s one thing you wish you knew more about?
    Weather and meteorology. I think they’re fascinating and such important tools to have as a sailor.

    What’s something not many people know about you?
    I used to be on the pom squad back in high school. It definitely brought out my girly side, but I loved the hard work to perfect something and then perform in front of people.

    Tell us about your hustle, what are you doing now?
    I am currently training to qualify our country and my team (myself and Maggie Shea) to compete in the Olympics and win a medal in the 49erFX Skiff Sailing Class for Team USA. In addition to Olympic sailing, I race professionally and do some coaching.

    What does your typical workday look like?
    A typical training day means waking up at 6:30, meditating and journaling. I usually do a 10 minute run with good music, come back and stretch, eat breakfast and food prep for the day, or I eat and food prep first and then go do a workout at a gym – it just depends on the location.

    Sometimes we review from the day before or hit any topics we want to talk about before sailing. Then we head to the boat park, rig the boat/do boatwork, eat lunch, launch, sail for 2-4 hours, de-rig the boat, debrief, eat dinner, check emails, and then go to sleep around 10-11.

    When and how did you get into Sailing? How soon did you know you’d want to pursue the sport professionally?
    I started sailing when I was 5 years-old on Lake Beulah, the lake that I grew up on in Wisconsin. At first I didn’t like it because it was quite intimidating being in a boat on your own and trying to understand something you can’t see – the wind! However, I soon realized it was a fun way to spend time with friends and then discovered competing and winning, which kept me in the game.

    What draws you to sailing and keeps you inspired to stay in the industry?
    I absolutely love being on the water. Every tack, gybe, start, upwind beat is different. You have to be constantly adapting to what’s going on around you. I love the teamwork aspect of it and the challenge of constantly learning. I also love the feeling of being free on the water. Just you, your boat, your crew, the water and the wind.

    How many working days do you spend on the water vs. traveling, coaching, etc.?
    This year I will spend about 240 days sailing, another 20-40 days traveling, and some rest and family days built-in there somewhere.

    How do you manage to coordinate event dates, regattas, and coaching opportunities?
    It takes a lot of coordination between me and my crew. We have to balance adding in work, family, spouses, rest, and time at home to build strength. Sometimes the schedule works out perfectly, other times it doesn’t, and one or both of us has to make sacrifices to work toward the ultimate goal.

    Similarly, do you have any advice for Babes who travel a lot for work?
    Figure out what makes you feel at home on the road. I am super shameless with the amount of stuff I travel with. I bring all my resistance bands, heating pad, foam roller, pillow, blender, cooking knives, extra backpack, reusable bags, etc. Whatever it is that makes your day-to-day life easier, bring it. Also, being loyal to an airline helps with certain perks, like free bags and upgrades.

    How would you say being a woman has affected your professional experience?
    I try not to think of it as being a female in a man’s world. I’ve been pushing hard against the guys since I was little, so I have no problem being on the playing field. You have to respect yourself, understand your limits, be a good teammate and be professional at all times.

    I don’t give the guys any room to disrespect me and I think that makes them respect me more. I’m not afraid to say “no” or “I can’t,” although I will try my damn best to make it happen. Yes, it’s harder as a woman to go to the bathroom or maintain your hair when you’re out on the water, but that’s about it in my mind!

    What is the gender ratio like in the sailing world? Do you see it evolving?
    It depends on what kind of sailing we’re talking about. The Olympic sailing scene is quite equal, including a mixed-gender event. In professional sailing, female participation is quite low, and there are times when I’m the only woman on the course.

    In the Volvo Ocean Race, it’s evolving, since there are crew limit rules that favor bringing women on board. However, the America’s Cup, aka the pinnacle of our sport, didn’t have a single female aboard any of the boats. There has definitely been an overall recognition lately that women aren’t on the scene as much as they should be, and there are a ton of women pushing for more women to get into the sport.

    What do you think needs to happen to introduce more women to the professional realm of the sport?
    I think there needs to be a push from both men and women. Men need to understand that women who have the desire and work ethic are completely capable of many of the jobs men do on the boat. And for the ladies, it is all about believing in yourself, working hard, and gaining respect. You have to create your own opportunities – they won’t come to you.

    What are some common misconceptions about your job(s)?
    The first that comes to mind is that a lot of people think I row! It’s funny because they always say it with their arms going in a circle… like rowing. I would say a big misconception is that sailing isn’t a real sport. Most people visualize cruising. Sailing a 49erFX requires extreme athleticism, especially from the crew. Imagine doing a CrossFit workout with an unstable platform underneath you while trying to make decisions about the wind and the boats around you. That’s sailing.

    How do you stay in physical shape for your work? What kind of routine and/or diet does that entail?
    Right now, we’re just trying to sail as much as possible and are trying to get “boat fit.” The boat is pretty intense, and after four hours of training, we’re toasted. Long term, we are working with a strength coach (Mike Kuschner with Opex,) who has a super holistic approach. He bases the workouts off of our schedule and when we can build strength, versus when we are tapering versus peaking in competition. He monitors diet, sleep, mental strength and physical strength. Right now, we are focusing on equalizing my strength side to side, endurance muscles (long workouts!) and quickness in my feet. My diet is paleo-inspired but sometimes on the road you don’t have a ton of options, so a big thing is just eating before you’re hungry. We are trying to gain weight!

    What’s your favorite thing about your job? Least favorite?
    I love the challenge of the sport. Every day is different on the water. Some days you nail it, and some days the conditions make your head spin. While I try not to think of the negatives, I would say a hard part of the job is all of the travel. I feel lucky if I get to be at home for a few days each month, or see my boyfriend for a few days after weeks of being apart.

    What would you say is your biggest strength as a sailor?
    I would say it’s my desire to succeed. I will do whatever it takes – besides cheating or harming someone – to make success happen. I will make the necessary sacrifices, research, changes, et cetera, to reach a goal.

    What would you say is the skill you most need to improve?
    I need to work on calming down mentally when something goes wrong. I’m a perfectionist, and little mistakes really annoy me. I tend to get mad at myself when I screw up, and it’s distracting. My crew and I have talked about it a lot, and are working on different methods to change it. I feel lucky to have my crew’s support and understanding.

    What is your advice for younger sailors who want to pursue it as a future career?
    Jump on any opportunities you can, whether it’s Wednesday night racing, the opportunity to umpire, match race or coach. The more you expand your sailing knowledge and experience, the better you’ll be. Take time to remember why you are doing what you are doing. Is it because you like winning or because you like being around friends? Set yourself up to succeed based on why you are doing it.

    What event or regatta do you aspire to win/participate in?
    Winning a medal at the Olympics is something I wake up thinking about and go to sleep thinking about. It is on my mind constantly and I will work until I get it.

    Are you involved with any other community organizations or side projects?
    I am quite passionate about reducing human impact on oceans and lakes. Not a day goes by when sailing where I don’t see trash in the water. I want to spread awareness of what we can do as sailors to prevent this from happening and how we can help fix the problem. I am an ambassador for 11th Hour Racing and we are collaborating to come up with solutions.

    What does success look like to you?
    Being a well respected teammate and competitor, keeping consistent emotions, trusting the process, and producing consistent results.

    What helps you wind down and manage stress?
    Every morning my coach sends me some questions that I journal about and then do some meditation and stretching. This helps me start each day on a positive note. At night, I love to read and listen to a podcast.

    What are some notable (funny, embarrassing, intense) experiences you’ve had on the job?
    Our wipeout stories are always good. We were in Holland in May and made our first medal race series (the top 10 race for overall places on a super short and confined race course). It was pretty windy and we were just sending it. On a spinnaker set, I somehow came unclipped from the trapeze wire and just started dragging behind the boat; still steering the boat no problem, but holding on and couldn’t pull myself back in. My crew finally pulled me in, and it took me a minute to reset and figure out where I was and what had happened!

    Career and/or life advice for other babes?
    Be confident in what you want and tell yourself you’re going to get it. Always ask questions. Don’t be scared to try something new. Don’t be scared to lose. Never make the same mistake twice. Make mini goals and become better everyday. Fight hard and remember it’s not over until it’s over. Take time to reflect on your skills, performance and attitude.
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  • J/Newsletter- July 19th, 2017 J/22 North American Championship Preview
    (Buffalo, NY)- The 2017 J/22 North American Championship will be hosted from July 20th to 23rd at Buffalo YC in Buffalo, New York.  Thirty-two boats are registered to compete for one of the most coveted titles in the J/22 class worldwide, after all the top USA team is often a World Champion.

    There is no question this year’s event is deep with talent for a modest-sized fleet.  There are a number of local “hotshots” that will be defending home turf from the various upstate New York fleets that range from Rochester to Youngstown and Buffalo to Lake George.  Amongst those teams hoping to top the leaderboard are Tim Finkle’s TOOTS, Kevin Doyle’s MO’MONEY, Chris Doyle’s THE JUG 4 1, and Travis Odenbach’s HONEY BADGER.

    Taking the local mafia head-on will be past J/22 World Champion, Terry Flynn’s TEJAS from Houston, Texas.  Another Texan team to be reckoned with will be Mark Foster’s PRESSURE DROP from Corpus Christi, a place famous for super hot, super windy conditions!  From the formidable Annapolis fleet is Zeke Horowitz’s UNCLE FLUFFY and Jeff Todd’s HOT TODDY.  Yet another J/22 Champion will be sailing from the Newport, RI fleet- Mike Marshall’s BAD NEWS; indeed “bad news” for those who know how fast and smart they can be!  Then, the visiting Canadian team is Johan Koppernaes’ RAISED J from Ottawa, Ontario.  Finally, from Tawas Bay, MI is Chris Princing’s EVIL DR PORK CHOP!

    The teams will most certainly be challenged by the weekend’s weather forecast.  For Thursday there are thunderstorms forecast with a frontal passage, blowing 10-20 kts from the WSW.  Friday looks to be the nicest with lighter, variable winds from the NW but swinging around the clock.  Then, Saturday’s forecast is partly sunny, turning to rain, with variable winds.  And, Sunday yet another frontal passage with a lot more thunderstorms!  Hold on to your hats, may need to bring along the old trusty fisherman’s hat to keep the rain from soaking down through your neck!  For more J/22 North American Championship sailing information


    Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Preview
    (Port Huron, MI)- When it comes to send-offs for distance races, nobody does it better than Bayview Yacht Club with their Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, which starts Saturday, July 22nd for 229 teams. Friday is “Boat Night,” when entries line up their boats along both banks of the Black River for some last-minute frolicking with friends and fans during the coinciding Blue Water Fest in Port Huron. The next morning, the fleet will motor to the starting line in a parade that passes under the Bluewater Bridge and past more fans that set up lawn chairs on the shore and cheer on their favorites. Then, after logging either 259 or 204 nautical miles on their choice of two courses (Cove Island Course and Shore Course, respectively), all “Bayview Mac” sailors will be welcomed on Michigan’s magical horse-and-carriage island of Mackinac with more celebrations, including a giant awards party at the Grand Hotel’s Woodfill Park on the Tuesday after the start.

    “It’s like no other race in this country,” said Greg Thomas (Gross Pointe Park, Mich.), who is set to sail the Cove Island Course. “The fun factor is huge, but more important, it’s a 92-year-old tradition where whole families live 12 months for the next race.”  Moreover, while the race is a platform for family fun, it’s also a true test of fortitude, says Thomas.

    “First of all Lake Huron is a big lake. You’re alone, it’s cold and there are no cities along the way (as opposed to Chicago Mac where you are passing towns with hundreds of thousands of people). Then, on the Cove Island Course you are near the Canadian shore, so you are very alone – there weren’t even cell phone towers until five years ago. You experience this significant challenge of survival instincts and your sailing abilities, so when you finish the race you feel like you’ve really done something: you’ve met a challenge and prevailed.”

    And because the race happens at the height of July and finishes at a fairy tale destination, there’s a migration of families and friends to Mackinac Island, instead of sailors getting on a plane to get out of there as fast as they can.

    “It’s truly out of a postcard, with the clop, clop, clop of horses everywhere, no cars, the fudge, the cannons going off…it’s a place turned back in time,” said Thomas.  “It’s no wonder Bayview Mac racers who get there Sunday night and Monday morning want to stay through to the awards party on Tuesday and then head back on Wednesday. It’s a great challenge followed by a great festival.”

    Imagine these scenes each year of the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race (from top left: Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, camaraderie after racing, overall winner Il Mostro near the finish, the fleet at Mackinac Island. (Photo Credit: Martin Chumiecki/Bayview Yacht Club)

    The weather forecast for the race is intimidating from a tactical point of view, and a challenge for the crews based on the recent experiences of the Chicago-Mackinac racers from the previous weekend.  Shown here, the forecast wind direction (streamlines) and wind speed (color contours) 0200 hrs on Sunday morning is from the GEFS forecast model. The GEFS is the ensemble version of the GFS, a long-standing global model used by the National Weather Service. The image shows the center of the low passing over southern Lake Huron and its counterclockwise wind field (red arrows have been added for clarity).  Check out the dramatic differences in wind direction based on low's quadrants along with the very weak winds associated with the low's center (1.7 knots). As mentioned above, modest differences in the timing and low's track across Lake Huron will have a dramatic impact on the wind forecast; and to adopt the correct strategy to play the wind field as it moves over the lake and switches from N/NE to SE/SW and around the clock, FAST, to W/NW!

    Most of the J/Teams are sailing on the longer Cove Island course that takes the teams up to the Canadian shoreline “turn left” to head to the famous Mackinac Island finish line with the candy red and white lighthouse marking the offshore end of the line.  In Class D there is an eclectic mix of J/35s, J/109s and J/111s- all about 35 to 36 feet in length, representing nearly the entire history of offshore racing J/designs in one class!

    The J/111 crews include Don Hudak’s CAPERS, Jim Cooper’s FREEDOM, Dave Irish’s NO SURPRISE, Jeff Schaeffer’s SHMOKIN JOE, and Dan Kitchen’s SKULL CRACKER.  Amongst the J/105s, top teams will include Mark Denuyl’s GOOD LOOKIN, Mark Symonds’ PTERODACTYL (recent J/105 class winner in the Chicago to Mackinac Race and hoping to complete a class double!), Doug Livermore’s VENOM, and Jim Murphy’s WINDSHADOW. The leading J/109 teams include Jim Murray’s CALLISTO, Bob Evan’s GOAT RODEO (recent winner of the J/109 class in the Chicago-Mac and also hoping for a class double!), Bill Hamilton’s PHOENIX, and Chris Mallett’s SYNCHRONICITY.  Finally, thrown into the mix for good measure will be John Stromberg’s J/92 KOHATSU and Bob Klairmont’s J/133 SIROCCO 3!

    Class C, a.k.a. the ten-boat one-design J/120 class, will have a number of the top dogs competing, such as Frank Kern’s CARINTHIA, Charlie Hess’ FUNTECH RACING, Mike & Bob Kirkman’s HOT TICKET, and Dave Sandin’s J-HAWKER.

    Class F will have only one competitor from the J/stable, Dick & Dan Synowiec’s very fast and well-sailed J/33 SHENANIGAN.

    The Level 35 Class G will have a record-setting participation of ELEVEN J/35s in the race (at least a recent 20 year record!).  So many new owners and faces on the J/35s, but for sure some of the veterans will be teaching the “newbies” a thing or two about the race.  These crews have done well and won class or overall Bayview Macs more than once!  They include Tim & Amie Ross’ BLACKHAWK, Ed & John Bayer’s FALCON (his 50th Mac??) and, of course, perhaps the most famous J/35 of all time in the Great Lakes- Bill Wildner’s MR BILL’s WILD RIDE!

    Finally, in the Class I- Cruising division, Gary Gonzalez’s J/42 DOS MAS will be looking to cruise faster than everyone else for the coveted class win— something J/42s are known to do with relative ease!

    Sailing the shorter “Shore Course” that goes from the start and straight up the Michigan shoreline to Mackinac Island are two J/crews.  In Class K is the J/34 IOR KNEE DEEP sailed fast and smart by Brett & Katie Langolf from Lake Erie- hoping to add another class win! Then, in Class N is another famous J/classic, Donald King’s J/30 CONUNDRUM.  For more Bayview Mackinac Race sailing information

    J/FEST Great Lakes Preview
    (Toronto, ONT, Canada)- The first Lake Ontario J/FEST regatta will be held July 21st to 23rd at Ashbridges Bay YC, just west of downtown Toronto, sailing on the beautiful, but way, way too full Lake Ontario!  That has been the big story of the year for sailors on the lake.  As of July 11, almost all of the ABYC docks were above water. The water level is likely to go down by another couple of inches by the regatta weekend and the club was hard at work getting ready to accommodate all competing boats. Most classes will be rafting and a small number of slips will be available for larger boats.

    Geoff Moore of North Sails will conduct on-water and on-shore workshops on Friday afternoon and evening. Practice starts on the water and sessions on rules and protest hearings are also planned.

    JAUNTY J, a J/88 family speedster, will be on display on Friday July 21 from about 11am to 7pm.  Check out the electric motor, available as standard from J/Boats, enjoy a demo sail, and see what makes this 29 footer such a fun speedster for the whole family!

    The inaugural Lake Ontario J/FEST Regatta is off to a great start with forty boats registered and strong fleets of J/105s, J/27s, and J/80s.  Plus, J/33, J/35, J/109, and J/120 crews will be racing in the PHRF division.

    With seventeen boats, the J/105 fleet on the lake has turned out in force with most of the top teams from the Toronto region looking forward to a fun weekend of racing and the gracious hospitality of ABYC!  Amongst the top boats are two past J/105 North American Champions; Jim Rathbun’s HEY JUDE and Terry McLaughlin & Rod Wilmer’s MANDATE!  Giving them a good run-for-the-money will be Mike Mountford’s LIVE EDGE, Mike Champman’s SENTIENT, Ian Farquharson’s SONIC BOOM, and Allan Megarry’s STARCROSS.

    The J/27s have enjoyed a bit of resurgence on the western end of the lake, seven boats have registered to compete for class honors.  Familiar faces in the top teams include Andrew Riem’s CURVED AIR (a past J/27 NA Champion), Robert Kelly’s LINE DRIVE, Andre Beese’s MESSING ABOUT and Christian Greenfield’s MISS TRIXIE.

    Similarly, the six J/80s will enjoy some nice racing, led by their class cheerleader Lawrence Alexander on the mighty JIGGERS!  Chasing them will be Dave Doyle’s INNOCENT BYSTANDER, Owen Schneider’s ENIGMA, and Trudy Murphy’s FEISTY!

    In the PHRF class will be a mix of teams from J/24s up to the J/120s.  Those teams include Bob Eckersley’s winning J/109 BLUE STREAK, Murray Gainer’s champion J/109 LIVELY, the two J/120s that are fast offshore (Matt Emerson’s RED LEAF and Graham Toms’ THE CAT CAME BACK), Sean Matthews’ famous J/33 WEE BEASTIE, and four smoking-hot classic masthead J/35s (Paul Cavanaugh’s TOP GUN, Geoff Roulet’s JEANNIE, Chris Cumming’s BATTLEWAGON, & Paul-Angus Bark’s CRIME SCENE).  For more J/Fest Great Lakes sailing information

    Fiesta Cup Regatta Preview
    (Santa Barbara, CA)- In what has become a new tradition for the SoCal J/70 fleet, a number of good crews will be participating in the extremely fun Santa Barbara YC Fiesta Cup over the July 22nd to 23rd weekend.  It’s not hard to see why the event attracts so many good crews, Santa Barbara is regarded as “America’s Riviera”, with beautiful Spanish mission-style buildings, a spectacular waterfront that features beaches for miles and the famous Stearns Wharf with lots of seafood, the famous Santa Barbara Zoo, lots of shopping and excellent restaurants downtown, and spectacular vistas and hiking up in the mountains that rim the bay.

    In addition to all the local attractions, the amazing venue for the SBYC allows nearly stadium-style racing to take place.  Situated high on a sandy bluff next to the harbor, sailors can enjoy spectacular views from the second story bar, restaurant and balcony; the sweeping 270 degree views permitting everyone to see the sailing taking place before them on the ocean.  The SBYC members make sure everyone has fun; especially on Saturday night when the famous Fiesta Cup party takes place with an excellent band or DJ and gallons of margaritas and Mexican beer flow along with delicious tacos, salsa, chips and guacamole.

    Looking forward to great sailing offshore by SBYC’s expert RC and PRO teams will be eight crews that range from San Francisco to the Los Angeles/ San Diego areas.  Amongst the leading teams should be local hero Pat Toole and his 3 BIG DOGS crew, famous for having won the J/24 North Americans in recent years.  Challenging him on his home turf will be renegade outsiders like Chris Raab’s SUGOI from Newport Beach, CA; Steve Wyman’s NUNUHUNU from Dana Point, CA; Curt Johnson’s AVET 2.01 from California YC in Marina del Rey, CA; and Tony Collis’ FLY from Kings Harbor YC and Redondo Beach, CA.  For more J/70 Fiesta Cup sailing information

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    It was a world championship kind of week last week for sailors in Europe as well as in the offshore community in the Americas.  For starters, the J/80 World Championship was hosted by Royal Southern YC on the Hamble, England for yet another incredibly talented fleet of sailors from over a dozen nations.  And, yet again, it was yet another amazing display of fire-power by both the Spanish and French teams!  Off to their east on the Continent, the Swiss J/70 Sailing League Act IV took place on Lake Geneva and was hosted by Societe Nautique de Geneve.  Similarly, the Italian J/70 Sailing League 2nd qualifier for the National Finals, was held on the Adriatic Sea at YC Porto Piccolo in Trieste, Italy- a gorgeous place to sail by the way!

    Then, what many consider to be one of the most competitive offshore events in the world, attracting top sailors from 5 continents and the 7 seas, took place over this past weekend.  The Chicago to Mackinac Race was hosted by Chicago YC for 290 boats, an epic event where a third of the fleet dropped out after succumbing to a wild “dry squall” with 50 knot winds, followed by a bruising 20 hour beat to windward in 6-12 foot “square waves” to the first turn at Point Betsie.  Several brilliant ORR handicap performances were given by a J/109, J/35, J/122, J/88s.  Plus, there was amazing one-design racing for J/105s, J/109s, and J/111s- all with teams separated by just minutes after 50 hours of racing!  Then, out west was the conclusion of yet another epic, highly competitive bucket list event- the Transpac Race hosted by the Transpac YC- there were some outstanding performances by a J/105 and two J/125s.  Also, on the California coast, the St Francis YC hosted the San Francisco Sportboat Regatta for J/70s and J/111s- it also counted as the J/70 Pacific Coast Championship.  Then, out east, the annual summer-fun event on the Chesapeake Bay- the Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge- was enjoyed by several J/crews on a J/70, J/105s, J/111s, and a J/80.

    Finally, up north in Canada, the Port Credit YC hosted the Lake Ontario 300 offshore race on Lake Ontario for J/109s, J/33, J/122 and about forty other boats.

    Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Jul 20-23- J/22 North American Championship- Buffalo, NY
    Jul 21-23- J/FEST Great Lakes- Toronto, ONT, Canada
    Jul 22- Bayview Mackinac Race- Port Huron, MI
    Jul 22-23- Fiesta Cup Regatta- Santa Barbara, CA
    Jul 27-30- Marblehead NOOD Regatta- Marblehead, MA
    Jul 28-30- CAN-AM Challenge- Youngstown, NY
    Jul 28-30- J/88 North American Championship- Youngstown NY
    Jul 29- Aug 5- Cowes Race Week- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
    Jul 29- J/FEST Annapolis- Annapolis, MD
    Aug 3-5- J/70 Corinthian Nationals- South Dartmouth, MA
    Aug 3-5- Buzzards Bay Regatta- South Dartmouth, MA
    Aug 10-13- U.S. J/70 Youth Championship- Newport, RI
    Aug 11- 40th Anniversary J/24 Round Island Race- Newport, RI
    Aug 12-13- J/Fest New England Regatta- Newport, RI

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

    Tabares Three-Peats J/80 World Championship
    (Hamble, England)- Rayco Tabares (ESP) is the 2017 J/80 World Champion, retaining the title for the third consecutive year, racing HOTEL PRINCESA YAIZA with a crew of Alejandro Bethencourt Fuentes, Alfredo Gonzalez, Hector Gonzalez, and Francisca Torres Jorge.

    Rayco Tabares has now won the J/80 World Championship four times! The Spanish team from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, led the regatta from the first day to the last, but did survive a jitter on the penultimate day. On the last day of racing, the team scored two second place finishes to clinch the world title.

    A northerly breeze ranging from 10-18 knots, with shifts both to the west and the east, provided yet another testing race course in the Central Solent. All fourteen scheduled races were completed, much to the satisfaction of the competitors, which roundly showed their approval for a World Championship that was extremely well run.

    "It has been amazing.” commented Rayco. “This is the fourth J/80 World Title for us, and we are really, really happy. I want to emphasis the incredible work done by the organization of this J/80 Worlds. On the water it has been perfect with a great team running the races, and ashore the Royal Southern has been looking after all of us in a great way- Perfect organization!”

    "I am really proud of my team. We are colleagues, we are friends, and we are a family. The team had worked brilliantly, leading to winning the Worlds. Except for yesterday, when we raced in a conservative mode, we have raced as normal, and the results have been great. The race area is quite complex due to the currents, but I have felt really comfortable with the medium to strong winds; it´s quite similar to the average wind speed we sail in Lanzarote.”

    Eric Brezellec (FRA) was runner up for the second year in a row. The team from Northern Brittany, racing COURRIER JUNIOR, scored seven podium finishes, but it was not enough to win a highly competitive regatta.

    Simon Moriceau (FRA), racing ARMEN HABITAT, won both races to finish the championship in third position. The team from Nantes had scored five podium finishes, including three race wins, to take third by just two points, from Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg (ESP), racing VSA COMUNICACION.

    Javier Chacártegui Cirerol (ESP), racing HM HOTELS, was the top Corinthian Boat. Runner-up for the Corinthian Class was Pepequin Orbaneja (ESP), racing CENYT HOSPITAL MARBELLA TEAM, and third was Luc Nadal (FRA) racing his famous GAN’JA.

    Top Lady helm was Capucine Vitel’s VITEL SAILING TEAM- CDV 22 from France in 20th place. Top all-women’s team was another French team led by Elodie Bonafous, racing J’AIME VOILE BAIED DE MORLAIX in 22nd position. Luke Patience, racing RYOKO MEKA, was the top British boat in 6th overall, suffering from a DSQ and a last race 29th that severely affected their otherwise fantastic results. Patrick O’Neill, racing MOJO was the top Irish entry in 13th place and Peter Paul de Vries, racing LED 2 LEASE was the top boat from the Netherlands in 23rd spot.  Here is how it all evolved over the course of the five-day racing series.

    Day One
    The J/80 Worlds got off to a flying start with two spectacular championship races for the 48-boat fleet.  A southwesterly wind of 12 knots built during the afternoon, piping up to over 20 knots in the gusts. With wind over tide shortly after the start, the combat zone boiled up with the J/80s powering upwind, and then surfing downwind, in a full-on foam up. Rayco Tabares (ESP) took the early lead, with Kevin Sproul (GBR) in second and Luke Patience (GBR) in third.

    PRO Stuart Childerley held a practice race in the morning, and after a big wind shift, moved the course to the east. “It can be a devil of a race area but we got two good races in today, helped by the competitors who settled into the tidal conditions very well at the start, but I expect that from this fleet, which is full of talented sailors,” commented Childerley.

    Reigning J/80 World Champion, Rayco Tabares, who was atop the leaderboard, won the battle of the day but the Spaniard did not have it all his own way. Reigning UK National Champion, Kevin Sproul won Race One but Rayco scored a 2-1 to Kevin's 1-4. The battle is due to continue all week.

    "Coming from Lanzarote, we are used to sailing in strong winds. But the tide and short chop is something different for us,” commented Rayco. “There are strong local teams, which have better knowledge of the Solent, and there are other high quality teams from overseas as well.”

    Olympic 470 Silver Medallist, Luke Patience was in third. “It is great to score two keepers on the first day, as we have only just put this team together,” commented Luke. “The plan is to try and improve our performance as the regatta develops, so we are happy to have got off to a good start in a very good fleet.”

    Spain's Javier Chacártegui scored an 8-2 to finish the day in fifth. 2012 J/80 World Champion, Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg, scored a third in Race One but was over eager in Race Two, and having returned to re-start correctly, finished the day with a poor result.

    Day Two
    Tabares (ESP) stamped his authority on the fleet with two bullets and a second to open up a commanding lead for the regatta.  But, it was a game of snakes and ladders for the rest of the fleet.

    Simon Moriceau (FRA) climbed to second place after an 8-3-1, and Luke Patience (GBR) put into two great races, but slipped up in the last race to remain in third place.

    Sproul’s (GBR) team had a shocker, dropping eight places after a 19-24-13. 2012 J/80 World Champion, Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg (ESP), had a good day, scoring a 5-2-5 to move up to fourth. Whilst last year's runner up, Eric Brezellec (FRA), was called OCS in Race Four, and slipped down to fourteenth.

    PRO Stuart Childerley and his team set three good races, resulting in a highly competitive start and mark roundings. It was a tough day on the Solent for the competitors; a low-pressure system brought poor visibility and rain for much of the day. With the wind oscillating in speed and direction, making the correct tactical decisions was difficult.

    “We had good speed today, especially downwind, and we made the right tactical choices,” commented Frenchman Simon Moriceau. “Today, we worked well as a team, and there was good communication. When we were down in the fleet, we remained calm, and just concentrated on passing one boat at a time. Coming from Brittany, we are used to this kind of weather; it is not a problem for us.”

    Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg (ESP) had a great day on the water scoring a 5-2-5 to finish the day in eighth place, which is likely to improve once the discard kicks in tomorrow. Among their crew is the youngest competitor in the championship, Luis Miro, just 12 years old. “Jose Maria is a good friend of my family, I sail Optimist normally, so this is very exciting for me!” smiled Luis. The current French National Champion, Simon Bertheau, scored an impressive 4-6-6 to place fifth.

    Day Three
    Tabares (ESP) retained his lead after day three, but a crack appeared in the Spanish team's seemingly invincible armor, scoring eighth in the last race of a tricky day in the Solent.

    Luke Patience (GBR) took his first race win, to move up to second place, and Eric Brezellec (FRA) had the best day of all, scoring a 3-3-1 to move up to third for the championship. Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg (ESP) scored 10-10-2 to move up to fourth.

    PRO Stuart Childerley moved the scheduled start an hour earlier for racing, and it proved to be an excellent decision. “The low pressure system that came through last night had gone through and we were expecting the weather to become unstable in the afternoon, which is exactly what happened. The wind oscillated through an axis of about 45 degrees today, causing plenty of potential traps for the competitors, and the Race Committee had to adjust the course on many occasions to compensate for the bigger shifts, the mark layers and race management team did a fantastic job today.”

    Today's top team was skippered by Breton Eric Brezellec; the last time Eric competed in the UK at the J/80 World Championship was in Falmouth, 2005. His team sailed the boat over 200 miles, from St Malo, with tents on board for regatta accommodation. “Time on the boat is very important, we train a lot,” commented Eric! “Today, it was important to take the shifts as they arrived, it was much more open than yesterday. Rayco (Tabares) looks very strong, it looks very hard to beat him, but this regatta has not finished, it is still possible.”

    “It would have been very easy to have a shocker today,” commented 470 Olympic Silver Medallist, Luke Patience. “Chris (Grube) did a great job reading the shifts, especially in the penultimate race, but that was a far from an easy race course today. When the wind is coming off the land like that, it can shift both ways. Personally, I tried to concentrate more on driving the boat and that has also paid off.”

    Day Four
    Brezellec (FRA) had an outstanding fourth day, scoring a scintillating 1-7-1-2, and was now within striking distance of Tabares (ESP). The defending world champion, from Lanzarote, is still in pole position, but a 4-1-16-18, has cut his championship lead to just seven points, with two races remaining. Coincidentally, the 14th July is French National Day, and everyone expected that Brezellec would be coming out with all guns blazing.

    “Today was a very tricky day, with plenty of shifts in the wind and changes in the tide, and we did not get the best results, especially in the last two races, but tomorrow we will be strong and sail better,” promised Tabares.

    Spain’s Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg (ESP) scored 8-4-11-1 on the day to move ahead of Luke Patience (GBR), in the fight for the podium. Simon Moriceau (FRA) slipped up in Race 10, but came back with a third in Race 12, to have a chance of making third for the regatta.

    With high pressure and a light southerly gradient wind forecast, there was the possibility that the gradient breeze would be fizzled out by a sea breeze in the afternoon. PRO Stuart Childerley, moved the scheduled start an hour earlier, and made a late call to change the starting area to East Knoll.  The two decisions proved to be spot on, providing great races and enough time to get four races sailed on a top class race course.

    Jon Powell (GBR) had his best day, scoring a 6-2-3-4, to move up three places. Rétho Rémi scored an impressive 11-3-4-5, to move up five places. Chris Body (GBR) came within inches of winning his first J/80 World Championship race, but was just beaten to the line by Brezellec.

    “We know we had speed coming into the regatta but that is not enough in this fleet, you have to get off the line well, stay in pressure, and play the shifts. Today, we had four races that were both physically and mentally exhausting, so to post the second best results of the day is very satisfying,” commented Jon Powell.

    Royal Southern Yacht Club Commodore, Karen Henderson-Williams, and Regatta Director Jane Windsor, officiated at the J/80 Worlds Prize Giving Ceremony, sponsored by Raymarine, who provided a wealth of top marine electronics for the winners. Harken and Baltic Lifejackets provided even more prizes.

    J/80 Worlds sailing videos- Day 1 Highlights   Day 2 Highlights    Day 3 Highlights
    For more J/80 World Championship sailing information

    An Epic Challenge- The Chicago Mackinac Race
    J/Teams Win Four Divisions, J/109 Wins Mackinac Cup!
    (Mackinac Island, MI) – This year’s 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac will go down in the history books as one of the toughest races ever, sharply reminiscent of the wild near gale bashing the fleet experienced decades ago when Ted Turner’s 12 Meter American Eagle won the race and he later on quipped, “that was the roughest and hardest race I’ve ever sailed in my life!”  How tough was it this year? Just 200 of the 297 starters completed the 289.4 nm course (e.g. about one third of the fleet dropped out).

    A frontal passage hit the fleet at midnight on Saturday, just hours into the race, producing a rare “dry front” that looked menacing as it came over the water but had no rain over Lake Michigan, but was pummeling the shoreline with rain, hail, and thousands of lightning bolts racing across the sky, thunder echoing over the water to remind everyone that Nature was King! As the front passed over the fleet, a blast front of 35-50 knot winds flew across the water that no one could see, other than the fact that boats just hundreds of yards away from you would suddenly flip over into a wild broach with spinnakers flailing away and, in many cases, simply blowing up into a thousand pieces of nylon!  Look at the  NOAA Radar Archive.

    Shortly thereafter, the front passed by, pulling behind it a far stronger northerly breeze than forecast, so the fleet settled into a 20+ hour beat to windward in 15-30 knot winds from the N/NE and punching into a classic 6-10 ft Lake Michigan “chop”- steep faces, no backs and constant slamming of the bow into the next wave.  To say it was unpleasant experience would be an understatement.  By the time the fleet reached the famous first turning point at Point Betsie about 163nm up the track, about a third of the fleet had dropped out for various reasons- equipment damage, boat damage, sail damage, or simply human damage (people got sick or hurt and physically could not take it any longer).

    Ironically, after the first trial by fire to get around Pt Betsie, the winds rapidly shut down between the Manitou Island Straits and the open waters headed to Grey’s Reef- the next major turning point.  In fact, it was a glass-out for several hours for most boats.  Talk about extremes!  From there on end, many felt they could swim or crawl faster to the Mackinac finish line than drift at “triple naughts” on their speedo’s!

    At the end of it all, the major highlight from J/sailor’s perspective was the amazing performance by the J/109 TOA owned and raced by Bruce Danly (Lake Bluff, IL) and Jim Mitchell (Chicago, IL), winning the Mackinac Cup, the overall win for the smaller boats in the fleet!  More importantly, there’s was a “family affair”, with young sailors, husband and wife on board!

    The race has always been popular with J/Teams.  The enormous contingent of sixty-nine J’s (23% of the entries), sailed in both one-design classes (J/111, J/109, J/105) as well as ORR handicap classes ranging from J/88s up to a J/145.

    J/111 One-Design Fleet
    The nineteen teams in the J/111 class knew it was going to be another battle for the entire 289nm, from start to finish.  After running through the storm front, the top five boats quickly emerged, sailing consistently faster than the rest of the fleet and employing strong overall tactics and strategies up the race course.  Once the fleet hit the Michigan shoreline around Little Sable Point, it was a frenetic game of playing shoreline shifts versus offshore streaks, the leaderboard constantly shifting between Marty Roesch’s VELOCITY, Rich Witzel’s ROWDY, the Brummel/ Henderson duo on KASHMIR, Brad Faber’s UTAH and Dave Irish’s NO SURPRISE.  It was like watching a heavyweight boxing match for those boats that were behind them.  In the end, emerging bruised, battered and grinning from ear-to-ear was none other than Marty Roesch and his amazing Annapolis YC team on VELOCITY that consisted of James Allsop, Camden Bowdren, Andrew Eyring, Jarrett Hering, Paul Luisi, Derrick Reig, and Chris Teixeira. Taking second after the long battle was Rich Witzel’s ROWDY crew (Jim Calto, Chris Doubek, Colleen Duncan, Tom Elliott, Keith Love, and Zac Schramm). The final step on the podium went to a familiar Chicago crew, Karl Brummel and Steve Henderson sailing KASHMIR with crew of Ryan Clulo, David Guba, Mark Lyons, Andy Ray, and Tom Roop.

    Of note, kudos to Dave McCreight’s J/111 DARK HORSE from Annapolis. It was a scary Saturday night on July 15th, when rough weather rolled in quickly, as it does on the Great Lakes, and a catamaran flipped. McCreight’s DARK HORSE was one of the boats to stand by to assist when the Coast Guard showed up to help the five sailors in the water. Although the crew’s assistance was not needed, we’d like to acknowledge the team for their sportsmanship, safety consideration for fellow sailors, and thoughtful conduct.

    Here is the report from J/111 class winner, Marty Roesch’s VELOCITY: “This was an interesting race because the navigation and strategy seemed like they were more obvious than in the past two Mac races I've done.  We were looking at SE winds at the start that were forecast to slowly build and clock to the SW before a gusty front would come through with NW winds and possible storms, followed by strong northerly winds with big waves on Sunday, then light shifty winds under a passing high pressure system on Monday.  So the plan was to stay left of rhumb until the front came in and then get across the lake, then inside at the Manitous and then see what we had to do to get across the finish on Monday.

    We had a great start, winning the boat end of the line and quickly transitioning into our Code 0.  We peeled to A1.5 and then A2 as the winds slowly clocked as per the forecast.  The sailing was absolutely fantastic on the first day as we picked our way though the larger fleet and kept an eye on the competition.  We spent a fair amount of time scratching our heads as No Surprise pulled in front of us a couple hundred yards up the course (where did those guys come from??) and kept an eye on Utah and Kashmir while we kept the boat speed up and waited for the front.

    When the sun went down we could see a big display of lightning to the northwest that was slowly approaching and putting on a huge cloud-to-cloud light show that was beautiful to watch.  When the NW winds finally hit it, was a very quick transition and we worked to get our A2 down and our short hoist J4 up.  We saw wind speeds build quickly into the 30s despite not feeling it on the water and in short order we saw high 30s and low 40s and then it landed.  The top wind speed we saw was 46 knots and we hit 15 knots of boat speed blast reaching under the J4 in the crazy winds and rapidly building sea state.

    The was a lull for a bit after the front came through and we put the Code 0 back up, but that proved to be the wrong sail after a few minutes so we switched to the A3 and I got back on the wheel.  Due to the clouds, it was pitch black on the water and very hard to see the waves so the first 10 minutes or so were very disorienting and hard to drive in.  Luckily, a bright star popped out under the cloud deck and I was able to use that as a steering reference and get things smoothed out.

    We were bashing through big waves at 15-17 knots boatspeed for a couple of hours as we headed northeast and across the lake to get to the Michigan side.  Once the jib went up, I went down for the night.

    When I woke a couple hours later, we were in pounding conditions close-hauled and heading up the coast of Michigan between Big and Little Sable Points.  We could see a few other J/111's around us and we spent pretty much all day on Monday dealing with mild seasickness among several crew members, trying to stay upright in 20-25 knot northerly winds and 6-10 foot waves, and chasing boats.  We spent a lot of time crossing and being crossed by Utah on Monday, which was alternately good and bad for morale.  These were some of the roughest conditions that I've sailed in for the amount of time we were in them and it was very challenging for the whole team.  We did a great job staying in contact with the leading contingent of 111's and staying in the game that day.

    If I were to pick a point where we made a call that put us into a position to achieve our ultimate victory, I'd say it was very early in the morning on Monday.  We were south of Beaver Island and we knew the winds were forecast to clock NE to SE and we also knew that we were on the outside of the pinwheel of leader group and that that was not going to be a great place to be.  We made the call to gybe away to an angle that took our VMG to almost zero and spent a half hour sailing to the inside of the pack and much closer to the rhumb line.  Shortly after we gybed back to course the winds did exactly what was predicted and the move paid off big.  As the sun came up on Monday we saw Kashmir about 2 miles in front of us, Utah and No Surprise over near Beaver Island and not moving very quickly, and Rowdy to the north of us with a group of boats from other classes.

    The conditions that morning were 0-4 knots of wind and very glassy. As the sun came up we could see patches of breeze on the water so we played the "connect the dots" game we play so frequently in Annapolis to get ahead of Kashmir and pull up even with Rowdy, slowly pulling past both them and No Surprise.  Once we got to Greys Reef, we were in a position to consolidate and defend against Rowdy and No Surprise and we spent 6 hours sailing the last 25 miles and staying out front through the whole afternoon.

    Once we got to the bridge we felt like we had a very comfortable lead and the breeze was moving Velocity along very nicely at 6-7 knots with the lighthouse in sight.

    That's when the bottom almost fell out.

    A mile or so past the bridge the winds started to go light on us again and it looked like the other two boats had connected with some breeze on the south side of the Straights of Mackinac so we decided to cover. As we came out of our covering gybe, I looked over my shoulder and saw No Surprise maybe 6-8 boat lengths back!  After 282nm and just 7nm left to go, we were within seconds of each other and we still had a lot of battling to do. With me on the wheel and Chris Teixeira trimming the kite, Derrick Reig and James Allsop managing the tactical picture, we got back to work and managed to extend on both them and Rowdy, finally gybing away for the finish after about an hour of dueling in the last 3 miles.

    As we approached the finish line there was one last challenge - the wind completely shut down!  With “triple naught” (0.00 knots of boatspeed) on the B&G displays we found that we had about 0.8 knots of current pushing us towards the finish line.  As I looked around in a bit of a panic, I saw that everyone else was being shut down as they approached the line as well.  It took us 30 minutes of getting tossed around by ferry wakes and doing everything we could to get the boat moving to cross the finish line!

    The conditions on this race ran the full gamut from 0-45 knot winds, flat water to 10 foot breaking rollers, cold to hot temperatures.  The crew of Velocity did a great job of overcoming it all, staying in the game and capitalizing where we could to win the prize in what was one of the toughest races I've ever sailed!”

    J/105 One-Design Fleet
    Another large, very competitive J/Class were the twenty-one boats sailing J/105s.  Like their colleagues in the 111’s, many of their top contenders in past Mac Races, Chicago NOOD regattas and other offshore events were quite well-prepared to do battle for the entire 40-50 hours on the race course.  In the end, a familiar crew led everyone home to claim class honors- it was Mark Symonds and his crew on PTERODACTYL (Tim Kerr, Michael Morin, Thad Nguyen, John Quinlan, Trey Rose, and Duane Rose).  Taking second after a 15 minutes scoring penalty was Vanessa Gates crew on STRIKING that included Will and Steven Knoop, Richard Martin, Patrick Rice, and Leslie Washburn. Third on the podium was another top Chicago boat, Clark Pellett’s SEALARK crew that consisted of Shane Montgomery, Russ & Steve Radke, John Schussler, Nathaniel Sher, and Craig Warner.

    Here is the J/105 class report from the winner, Mark Symonds on PTERODACTYL: “It was one of the most challenging Chicago Mac races I have sailed.  It started out like a typical Mac Race- a pleasant sleigh ride under spinnaker.  By late Saturday, though, we could clearly see the storm system coming down the lake.  Thankfully, the really bad stuff seemed to be tracking over the Wisconsin coastline off to the west of us.  We kept our spinnaker up a little too long and suffered a knockdown in a sudden increase in winds to 40+ knots. It seemed like we were at a 90-degree angle forever, but more likely about 30-40 seconds.  We were able to retrieve our spinnaker (in several pieces) and all the control lines.  From there, the wind turned north for over 24 hours.  North winds on Lake Michigan create big, powerful waves.  We slammed upwind all of Sunday.  We were very grateful and probably lucky that no one was hurt, being tossed around the cabin or deck.  We soldiered on trying to catch Buzz and SeaLark who were launched in front of us.

    When we reached the Manitou passage, we had momentary cell coverage and found that we had caught them, but that Striking had also caught up.  Four of us were bobbing for hours or ghosting along at very low speeds for quite some time.  We tried everything to get going - jib and main, spinnaker and main, spinnaker only.  We constantly worked it to try to accelerate out of the doldrums.  Three of us were neck and neck getting to Grays Reef.  This is the reason I love one-design racing - after two plus days of racing, we were in a clump of competitors who all had the same capabilities.  When we finally got past the reef and turned toward the bridge it was a drag race with the wind out of the south.  We were able to barely hang on flying a spinnaker at a tight angle the whole way.

    Kudos to the whole J105 fleet.  They are a great bunch of talented and well-prepared competitors.  While many had to drop out, we were very happy there were no serious injuries.  We are looking forward to a challenging fleet this Saturday for the Bayview Mackinac Race, our division is nearly all J/Boats, including J/105s, J/109s and the very fast J/111s!”

    Another notable development in the J/105 class was the confidence of women owners to assemble top-notch teams and pursue top-level performance with great teams.  Perhaps inspired by the likes of J/88 owner like Iris Vogel’s champion team on DEVIATION, Vanessa Gates’ STRIKING team is forging new paths for women owner/skippers, as well as Nancy Glover’s TEMPEST crew, the Petzold gals on GREEN FLASH, and Barbara Dael’s Y-NOT!!  Add in four husband/wife teams and there is no question the easy-to-sail J/105 with a nice, easy to manage wheel, is less intimidating and easily managed by women sailors in all extremes of weather conditions!

    J/109 One-Design Fleet
    With ten teams, the J/109 class will always be tough and competitive and this year was no different! Taking class honors after a long battle through the Manitou Straits to Grey’s Reef was Robert Evans’ GOAT RODEO with his Chicago crew consisting of Lorna Bath, Brian Evans, Christian Goebel, Michael Kearschner, Daniel Rylance, Cameron Rylance, and Keith Stauber.  Taking the silver was a nearly all-family crew- Woody, Max, John & Will Hansmann’s BLOODLINE, adding in Jim & John Lynch as well as Will & Katie Wells from Newport, RI!  The third spot on the podium was taken by Scott Sims’ SLAPSHOT II crew of Melanie Derleth, Matt Gartner, Ashley Hunsader, Preston Scruggs, John Stevenson, Rich Vedder, and Kurt Wittenberg.  What was notable about the J/109 fleet?? All of the top three had women sailors on board as part of their winning teams!  

    Level 35 Class Fleet
    The Level 35 Class of eight teams included a trio of J/35s, such as Rick Stage’s ALPHA PUPPY, Larry Taunt’s BAD DOG J, and Mitch Weisman’s THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER. Needless to say, they all did well. In the end, bragging rights went to Rick Stage’s J/35 ALPHA PUPPY team of Gene Benedict, Justin Kalb, Kristian Kobernus, Steve Krasowski, Kevin Starr, Aimee Strittmatter, Jon Van Norman, and Andrew Winter.  While it was an “almost sweep” of the podium, the bronze went to Larry Taunt’s J/35 BAD DOG with crew of Bruce Bustin, Denny Dryer, Brad Fisher, Jeff Fuller, Timothy Graham, Dan Nikesch, Philip Wujkowski, Jim Wujkowski.

    The class make-up for Section 2 was rather diverse, including a half-dozen Farr 40s plus the J/145 MAIN STREET sailed by Bill and Jean Schanen of SAILING magazine fame from Port Washington YC.  In the end, the Schanen family’s pretty red speedster took 5th in class with a crew that included most of the Schanen family (Bill 3, Bill 4, Bill 5, Erin, Greta, & Jean) plus a cast of characters from “da hood” of Milwaukee to Sheboygan (Dan Branson, Mike Burt, Scott Fruechtl, Nick Hayes (famous writer on all things sailing!), Dale Peters, and Richard Reichelsdorfer).

    For the Section 3 division, it was a battle of the J/130s versus the J/133s.  In the end, taking J/crew honors was Tom & Beth-Ann Papoutsis’ RENEGADE in third place; their crew consisted of Paul Bader, Devin Bader, Steve Curtis, William Dooley, David Galen, Larry Kwiat, James Lowe, Joey Papoutsis, and Matthew Pinsky.  Settling into 4th place after a tough thrash was Doug Petter’s WILLIE J, with crew of Brendan Hagman, Todd Labaugh, Andrew Lauten, Doug/ Andrew/ Juli Petter, Dell & Amy Todd, Brian Turuta, and Bert Vanderweele.

    Fighting for brand and class honors all by themselves in Section 4 was Randy Kuhn & James Richter’s J/44 CHEAP’N’DEEP, a proven winner based on their performances off the Chicago waterfront this summer.  For a tough Mackinac Race for a completely family crew, there’s was a notable performance to take 5th in class- their undoing was the classic “black hole” known as the Manitous to Greys Reef “depression”.  Otherwise, as contenders to win class going past Point Betsie, it was an awesome performance.  The crew included Alex Bott, Jay Butler, John Conway, Dylan Hahn, JJ Kuhn, Chuck Norris, George Richter, Pete Robinson, and Justin Theodore.

    Crushing the Section 5 class was the J/122 GOTTA WANTA skippered by Bob Mampe, from Grand Traverse YC.  To say this was a veteran team of a few dozen Mac Races would be an understatement.  Perhaps Dick & Doug Devos would wish to have this “all-star” team of amateurs and friends on board instead of their payroll of pro’s aboard WINDQUEST.  Needless to say, this crew knew what to do, where to go, and played all the nuances of the Michigan coastline to just crush their class.  The crew included Tom Babel, Andrew Berge, Michael Burns, Mark Clark, Jim Elvart, Eric Geiser, Karen Nemecek, and Scot Zimmerman.

    Then, crushing the huge Section 7 was a past winner of both the Bayview-Mackinac and the Chicago-Mackinac Races.  Winning the Mackinac Cup overall was the extraordinary crew on the J/109 TOA.  A slightly modified J/109 it was, with masthead massive spinnakers, giant squarehead main with dual running backstays.  They flew up the course in what were arguably perfect J/109 conditions; beating upwind into giant waves, big winds, knife-like bow chopping through the waves.  Not convinced?? Ask anyone in the UK or the Netherlands why the LOVE their J/109s.  Plain and simple, it can go uphill in nasty conditions when nothing else can— except, maybe a J/122 or J/111!! Therefore, to no one’s surprise, that is what Jimmie Mitchell and Bruce Danly did with their J/109 TOA.  Equipped with awesome sails from Rodney “Dangerfield” Keenan at Evolution Sails in New Zealand, they just sent it. They crushed their fleet by hours; beating the next boat by seven hours elapsed time and nearly five hours corrected time- e.g. a “spanking” of the fleet!  The TOA crew included Mike Beasley, Rodney Keenan, Dirk Kruger, and Richie & Lori Stearns. Six hours back on corrected time to take 2nd place was another classic J/Boat, the J/35 BOZO’s CIRUCS sailed by the Metcalf family (Bruce, Chris, Eric, Chris Jr) and Ally Haramia, Eric Larsen, Tim Lathrop, Glenn & Christina McCarthy, and Brendan Walsh.

    Here is the first-hand account of why TOA managed to do what they did by two of the crew- Richie & Lori Stearns (the J/Boats dealer in Chicago):

    “The 2017 race to Mackinac had just about every condition you could imagine. We were not sailing in the 109 section because “Toa” was sporting a new black square top main which was more than noticeable to everyone sailing around before the start. Co-owner Jim Mitchell started the race with the east-northeast wind a bit heavier than forecasted. We started with a code 0 with a genoa staysail under it. Once we got away from the line we began to slowly pull away from the fleet. Our sailmaker, Rodney Keenan from Evolution sails in Auckland New Zealand, was quick to want to change to our other code 0 for more speed. Yes, we had two code zeros, one sheets to the stern and one sheets about two thirds aft. They are both spinnakers and are tacked to the end of the pole. With the larger code 0 up, we then launched the genoa staysail, which is a very small sail but really fits in the slot nicely. Soon the wind shifted to more of a broad reach and Mike Beasley, Clay Danley and Dirk Kruger put up the A2 spinnaker. The genoa staysail was already up so we decided to add the spinnaker staysail. WOW! Talk about slots for directing wind! I have sailed all my life and had to go below to get my camera… four sails flying perfectly and the boat just kept pulling away from the fleet.

    The storms forecasted for later were coming from the northwest so we just sailed north instead of rhumb line. The VMG was faster to track north than to point at Point Betsie over 100 miles away. Also, the wind was forecast to swing to a beat and we wanted to get north as far as we could.

    The wind had shifted before the storm and when it hit we just had the A2 up. The wind kept building, but the J/109 was perfectly under control, and we continued to track north. There was some discussion of how to get the sail down and a letterbox takedown won. We were seeing high winds but the boat was still under control, we got ready for the take down and then the spinnaker was “gone”. The front tape and part of the sail jumped forward and wrapped around the head stay and the rest of it was torn/ blown-off somewhere on the other side of the main in 35 knots of breeze. However, we were still going 11.5 knots in a very good direction so even though it took quite a while to get the sail down, just sailing the right direction under main was perfect.

    As forecasted, the wind shifted to the north and we set in for 20 hours of heavy beating. The waves built all night and increased to 10 to 12 feet. Before daylight, we were on the Michigan shore and although we were having to short tack up the beach there was much less wave action on the shore. We were with faster boats so it was hard to keep up when we were in waves, but in smoother water we hung in there much better. Rail meat was everything at this point, so anyone trying to get sleep had to change bunks every time we tacked (which was a lot). The upper bunk was hard to get into so it was really better to be on deck.

    Keeping with the projected forecast, the wind continued to blow hard from the northeast until Sunday around 4:00 PM when it shifted and moderated. We rounded point Betsie at 5:30 pm Sunday night, and we felt lucky that the wind was still blowing as we got into the Manitou passage, giving us a direct shot though the passage. Early Monday morning the wind dropped under 5 knots. It was a very light, tight reach and really was hard to say where the wind was coming from. We put up the small code 0 and really got the boat going. I had never steered a sail like this on a beat. With no light on the tell tails and using the compass and speedo and feel as a guide, we started to really go fast. As the sun came up, I realized I was sailing better in the dark than when I had things to look at, generating your own wind is an odd edge to sail on. This sail caught us back up to the larger boats that had passed us the day before!  However, true to the forecast, the wind completely died.  Even cigarettes couldn’t find any wind and the boat at one point did a 360. With the help of the wind seeker, which is a fairly large light jib that has full battens, we were able to get going again. Once we got going, it was the A1 Spinnaker in light air, jibing to Greys Reef. Co-owner Bruce Danley did a great job steering through this stretch with Lori Stearns trimming the spinnaker. Looking at the tracker after the race, we noticed this was an area we really extended our lead. After Greys Reef, the A1 was still the sail and it took us under the Mackinac Bridge to about one mile from the finish, where the wind died. Thank goodness for the wind seeker, it kept us going and we crossed the line with no one behind us in sight. The door had shut and now we just had to wait to see if anyone corrected over us.”

    Finally, the Section 8 class of 28-33 footers that often produces huge surprises in the Mac Race nearly delivered, yet again!  Nevertheless, on “digital” based YB Tracker, the J/88s were crushing it up to Saturday midnight’s squall.  Thereafter, it was a long 20+ hour slog upwind in massive, breaking, cliff-sided waves.  While 29 feet with a knife-like bow can go fast most times, it’s a tall order of fries for a J/88 to beat a J/122 or J/111 upwind based on handicap time!  Nevertheless, the tables turned rapidly in the glass-out in the Manitou Island straits going to Grey’s Reef.  The J/88s flew in their conditions and nearly pulled off the mother of all upsets overall…just wishing a few more miles left!!  In the end, winning class was Tim Wade’s J/88 WINDSONG with crew of Todd Anderson, Andy Camarda, Kristin Olson, Tripp Wade, and Andrew Waters.  Leading the J/88 sweep with their colleagues was Ben & Amanda Wilson’s J/88 RAMBLER crew that consisted of Mark Ewing, Peter Fray, Rj Mills, Ed Montano, and Jim Nachtman.  For more Chicago to Mackinac Race sailing information

    Fast, Record-setting Transpac
    J/125's and J/105 Sail Fast to Silver!
    (Los Angeles, CA)- The 49th edition of the 2017 biennial offshore classic, the Transpac Race that started on July 3rd, 5th, and 6th from Point Fermin in Los Angeles to the finish at Diamond Head in Honolulu 2,225nm away has finally come to a conclusion. Among the fifty-five teams, the J/crews fought hard the entire way and had their moments of stark terror interspersed with their days and days of sheer joy surfing the giant Pacific swells to Honolulu’s Diamond Head.

    No question, the welcoming committee is one of the highlights of the race for the three J/crews entered in the race. After crossing the finish line, all boats are escorted to the narrow (sometimes treacherous) entrance to the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, a safe haven from the Pacific swells. Donned in their flowered shirts, the crews stand on deck to be greeted like conquering heroes by the amplified sounds of native drums, slack key guitar music and a loud and resounding “Aaaahhh- looohhh – haaaaah” given by staff commodore Howie Mednick from the second deck of the Hawaii YC.

    “We welcome you to Hawaii, and ask only that you do Drink well, Sing well, Eat well, Sleep well… and Drink well some more!”

    Boats then proceed to their assigned slips, get boarded and inspected for rules compliance, and then are released to the awaiting leis and hugs of family, friends and well-wishers. Regardless of the time of day or night, every crew is given an Aloha Party of food and drink, some more traditionally Hawaiian than others, with the unshaven and weary crews growing their smiles with each re-told story and re-acquaintance with terra firma.

    This is a unique feature of Transpac among the world’s ocean races: nowhere else will you find this intimate and embracing level of hospitality and respect. Finishers of the Volvo Ocean Race and Vendee Globe will experience their re-entry into life ashore under the glare of TV lights, crowds and microphones, whereas at Transpac it will be under the flickering flames of a tiki torch and the inner glow from a Mai Tai.

    The lore of this hospitality reaches far and wide, as evidenced by not only entries who come every two years from around the Pacific Basin, but also those who come from the other side of the world. This year two entries from Europe were here to have the Aloha experience.

    In the end, Ed Sanford’s J/105 CREATIVE team from San Diego YC sailed in 2nd place for most of the race in Class 6 and that is exactly where they finished; just four hours corrected time behind a surfing machine known as a turbo’d Hobie 33!  Not bad for a 24 year old family day sailor! Congrats to Ed and his crew for a job well done!

    Then, in Class 3 were the two notoriously fast J/125s- RAISIN’ CANE and RESOLUTE.  Both teams had been blogging via Inmarsat satellite service almost every day.  The “Golden Feather Scribe Award” for the race must go to the crew on RESOLUTE- with just about all crew members offering their personal perspectives and updates on the race!  Kudos to Tim Fuller’s RESOLUTE for keeping us abreast of the experience!  They nearly won the race, both in class and overall, having been in that position for days going into the last 48 hours!  However, being just a step behind the bigger boats hurt their chances for the ultimate outcome, with much, much lighter winds hitting them just before the finish.  Even then, Fuller’s RESOLUTE took 2nd in class and 4th overall!  Congratulations to Tim and his intrepid crew that included long-time J/sailor Trevor Baylis!

    In the early stages of the race, Frank Atkinson’s RAISIN’ CANE from Palm Beach, FL was amongst the race leaders, both in class and overall along with their stablemate RESOLUTE.  However, going a bit too far south slowed them down and hurt their chances for a possible 1-2 for the J/125s!  Nevertheless, it was a great performance and their 5th in class and 17th overall in a fleet of 55 boats is something to be proud of for a bunch of Floridians playing the West Coast offshore game!

    To catch you up on the blogs, here were the final installments from the crew on RESOLUTE:

    July 11, 2017, 1100- Tuesday
    Around 11:30 this morning, it seemed like it was time to gybe (turn) and head toward Honolulu with a wind shift we'd gotten. And then, we got another one and gybed back. My right arm has been getting a workout for the past six days trimming, so I WAS happy to get a little left arm work in. Alas, it was not meant to be. I'll just have to keep having right-handed arm wrestling contests.

    For anyone who has not been reading the Facebook page, you probably haven't heard about the savage flying fish attack last night. Matt got hit right in the face. The flying fish have been trying to get us for days, but have been missing (although there have been a couple of close calls). We've found a bunch on the deck and thought we had the upper hand, but I guess they're sending in their best pilots now. We'll see what happens throughout the rest of the race.

    Good news: Just as I came down here to write this, the distance to our waypoint (the finish) ticked to under 700 miles! That's a real morale booster -- although things get a little trickier from here on out. Brian says we're doing well, so every decision is an important one and every knot of boatspeed counts.

    We're romping happily along out here. But, the boat dreams have started to become really weird (maybe Jimmy Buffett should have written a song about boat dreams instead of boat drinks). I'm going to have to sell my car because of my dream that there was a rattlesnake inside that WOULD not leave (mom and dad, if you could handle that before I get home, that would be great) and Tim had a dream that we were waiting for an uber to finish the race. I checked my app and we're a bit out of the service area here.

    I'd like to report that everything is still smelling sweetly, but it's not. It's pretty gamey down below on the boat. Almost like there are five guys living in a confined, closed in space in the tropics. But, it's only four guys... and me... and let me tell you, I'm definitely part of the problem.

    Congrats to the boys on Mighty Merloe. Artie, I guess this means you're up 2 to 1 now.  -Alli

    July 11, 2017, 1600- Tuesday- Resolute Turns Left... Finally
    Well this morning was a great change of pace for all of us. After 5 days and 10 hours on Starboard and slowly turning right I figured Hawaii was somewhere to the left of us. That being said we made the call to gybe in hopes of finding the island. If it looks like we are going the wrong way on the tracker, please let us know. (-;

    Daily standings also came out and we moved up to 2nd overall! Unfortunately, the breeze has died slightly which gives a significant advantage to the bigger boats. Needless to say, we are all giving maximum effort and doing what we can to sail as fast as possible. That includes continuing to stack our pipe berths on top of each other to the windward side. If you haven't seen the pipe berth setup on Resolute imagine a coffin 6' long, 4' high, and 2' wide. Very claustrophobic and a total bitch to get in and out of. To make things worse, A) we haven't showered in 6 days and smell fantastic B) we move the leeward pipe berth into the same coffin... Yes, we are literally sleeping on top of each other give or take 6".

    Currently we are 742.1 miles to the finish. Averaging 12kn and 9.5 vmg over the last hour. Wind speed is 13-16. Waves are 4-6'.  Until next time, Brian

    July 12, 2300- Wednesday- Night Sky/Day Sky
    Did you guys know that if the moon is still up and bright around dawn, there is a clear demarcation between what is night sky and what is day sky? I didn't, until last night/this morning. Trevor and I were on watch and the moon was super bright. I looked behind us and dawn was just starting to break and there was a CLEAR line between what sky was still the night and what was the day. It was pretty cool.

    Speaking of night, for the first time we really saw some stars last night. And, the day star came out today for the first time since the start. Before night fell yesterday, I was just making the comment that we'd seen a total of about six stars including the sun our whole trip. I wouldn't say we had a LOT of stars last night, but it at least quadrupled our count. The sun has been out most of the day today, so I'm hoping that we'll see the Southern Cross (Traci, counting on you to back me up here) tonight or tomorrow because...

    ...we're in the final countdown! Right now, we're thinking we probably finish Friday afternoon-ish -- which is SO soon! And that's probably a good thing because things are getting a little loony out here. Or maybe more appropriate to say "terny". This morning after Tim and Matt came up on watch, we heard a loud squawking sound. Turns out, it was Tim shouting at (to?) the terns circling overhead. The bird whisperer.

    It's getting hot and stinky down below, but today has been shower day for at least some of us (so far: me and Brian), so that's always a relief. For those of you wondering, showering consists of throwing a bucket with a string overboard off the back of the boat (we're going kinda fast through the water), filling it, dumping it over your head, shampooing and soaping, and doing the bucket thing again to rinse. This far south, the water is warm and it's really a pleasant experience. To the disappointment of all on board, I'm sure, my shower was in a bathing suit rather than my birthday suit.

    Everything is going well aboard Resolute, although we could use some more breeze down this final stretch! BTW, I know Brian said we turned left, but... we turned back  -Alli

    July 13, 2017, 1100- Thursday
    Good evening Resolute fans. Well things are changing out here, and I wish I could report for the better. The weather forecast is calling for decreasing winds tonight and tomorrow. Unfortunately, that makes it more difficult to hang in there with the bigger/faster boats in front of us. Today's position report of 1st in class and 2nd overall is clearly in doubt tomorrow if things don't improve. Tomorrow too will be a scorcher in the heat made 100 times worse if there is no breeze. I've seen this movie before and didn't like it in 2013, but all we can do is push on to the finish and play the cards we are handed. On another note, today was the second time Matt has been punished by a flying fish. The first to the face and the last to the chest. The guy cannot get a break. Anyway more to follow, and thanks for hanging in there with us.  Tim Fuller - Skipper.  Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing.   Watch the Transpac sailing highlights Youtube video here    For more Transpac Race sailing information

    Circolo della Vela Bari Win Italian J/70 League Qualifiers
    (Trieste, Italy)- Organized by the CV Barcola & Grignano with the collaboration of the YC Porto Piccolo and sponsored by   Banca Aletti, the second qualifier for the Italian J/70 Sailing National Championship took place in the Gulf of Trieste under simply spectacular sailing conditions. Thirty-two races were completed in three days for the sixteen teams participating in the event.  They saw the classic “bora” winds on the first day up to 25 kts, then near perfect 10-15 kt winds for the next two day, perfect for sailing the J/70s in the short-course racing format!

    The event was won by the Circolo della Vela Bari, with Simone Ferrarese at the helm.  Their team was at ease in the rampant and challenging weather conditions; never finishing worst than a fifth place.  In fact, the CV Bari team collected five 1sts and six 2nds, closing at 36 points!  Fourteen points behind was the Societe Canottieri Garda Salo team; they were also extremely competitive and gathered three 1sts on their way to a well-deserved silver. Third place went to Circolo Nautico della Vela Argentario.

    "What a fantastic race day," commented Simone Ferrarese, the skipper of CV Bari, "I am excited to have qualified our Club and won the stage! Now, we prepare for the Crotone Finals. These races have challenged us a great deal: the format and wind from the ground made the races very difficult, but extremely enjoyable!  And, thanks to the boats, these beautiful J70s that are a great fit for these conditions and for this kind of racing!"

    Also happy with the outcome of the regatta was the President of the Italian Sailing League, Roberto Emanuele de Felice: "Trieste has confirmed once again to be an outstanding sailing venue. There is no ingredient missing: this second seasonal selection has seen strong, thunderstorms, strong winds, the launch of the Legavela Servizi fleet and a unique location like Porto Piccolo. I thank the CV Barcola & Grignano and YC Porto Piccolo for organizing an exceptional event and also the team of the Race Committee, with its President Costanzo Villa, and the Race Officer Joseph D'Amico. They have done outstanding work to complete all 32 races!"

    "This regatta,” said Executive Vice President Legavela Alessandro Maria Rinaldi, “has highlighted the high quality of sailing by the Club teams.  Amazingly, thirteen of the sixteen crews actually won a race, showing the high level of competition! Another element of great value for the Legavela development across Italy is that many teams had young crews and women in their mix.  The young sailors bring great promise for the future of the Legavela; in fact in October we are organizing the kick-off event for a Legavela Under 19 regatta!”

    In addition to the six qualifiers from the Porto Cervo event, the eight qualifiers from the Trieste event are CV Bari, Societe Canottieri Garda Salo, CN Vela Argentario, Aeronautica Militare, Diporto Nautico Sistiana, CV Bellano, YC Adriatico, and Reale Circolo Canotierri Tevere Remo.   Trieste Italian J/70 Sailing League Highlights video    Day 2- highlights video    Video interview- Simone Ferrarese, skipper of winning team Circolo della Vela Bari    Video interview- President Roberto Emanuele de Felice of the Lega Italiana Vela J/70    Follow the Italian J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here    For more Italian J/70 Sailing League information  

    SN Geneve Leads Swiss J/70 Sailing League
    (Lake Geneva, Switzerland)- It was a sunny weather and an optimal north wind of force 2 to 4 for the 40 races this past weekend for the Swiss Sailing Super League that was raced on Lake Geneva.  As both host and the home team, the Societe Nautique de Geneve clearly dominated the three days of competition.  The Genevan’s won most of their races and won the fourth stage with just 41 points! The Yachtclub Bielersee narrowly secured second place in front of the St. Gallen team of the Regattaclub Bodensee.

    On Friday, the SN Geneva team (Guillaume Rigot, Marc Stern, Nicolas Kaufmann and Mathieu Fischer) set the stage for their victory. After four straight wins, they were already leading the intermediate standings with a solid lead. Four more victories were added to this on Saturday, just like Sunday, thus allowing SN Geneva to win twelve of its twenty races in total. A high-level, very slick performance by the Genevan’s, a level that none of the other competitors could match.

    On the other hand, the other spots on the podium were fiercely contested. On Saturday night, after 28 races, six clubs from second to seventh place had just a three-point spread between them! In second place, the winner of last year, the Regattaclub Bodensee, was one point in front of Bordee de Tribord- La Neuveville. Behind them, followed the Yachtclub Bielersee, the Zürcher Yachtclub, the Société Nautique Rolloise and the Regattaclub Oberhofen, the leader of the league's intermediate standings.

    On the third day of racing, the presence of perfect conditions in the morning enabled the first race to be launched shortly after 10am and then another 12 races, bringing the total to 40 races for the entire event.

    Lorenz Müller, a regular on the circuit, managed to win four races on Sunday with his team from YC Bielersee; they managed to break away from their pursuers and take second place. At the end of the competition, YC Bielersee and RC Bodensee were tied at 48 pts each, the tie-breaker going to YC Bielersee on countback. It was a well-deserved second place for the Bielersee crew, considering that top Swiss skipper Julian Flessati was racing for Regattaclub Bodensee!   Follow the Swiss J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here   For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information       

    Sportboat Fun- San Francisco!
    J/70s & J/111s Thrash City Front Course
    (San Francisco Bay, CA)- City Front sailing at its finest! Last weekend the St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the J/70 Pacific Coast Championship and the J/111 Sportboat Regatta. Bennet Greenwald's Team PERSEVERANCE prevailed after three days of racing over the 9 race series with an impressive 6 bullets. Conditions overall were mild, warm, and sunny on the City Front making this San Diegan right at home!  And, feeling right at home on the Bay was St Francis YC member Peter Wagner, guiding his J/111 SKELETON KEY to six straight bullets to win the J/111 class!

    Congrats to Team PERSEVERANCE (pictured L-R including crew Dirk Johnson, owner/driver Bennet Greenwald, Ben Mercer and Victor Diaz de Leon) and to all the competitors who came. It was a small but highly competitive J/70 fleet with challenging and rewarding racing.

    Second place overall went to David Schumann’s Team Bottle Rocket with crew Cody Shevitz, Terre Layton, Shana Phelan and Willem Van Waay. Sailing with a crew of five paid off for this team, as did their two days of training with Willem Van Waay before the event.

    Fleet 19 was happy to welcome Paul Cayard back to the J/70 fleet almost 10 months after sailing with one of Italy’s top Italian J/70 Teams Calvi Network at the J/70 Worlds in San Francisco last fall. If you may recall, Cayard is a Whitbread Around the World winner, Star World Champion and America’s Cup helmsman sailing on Chris Kostanecki’s JENNIFER. Cayard will continue to sail with Fleet 19s Team JENNIFER in the J/70 Worlds in Sardinia and they found the PCCs to be a great tune up for their newly formed Worlds team. Team JENNIFER came in third overall at the PCCs.

    Tom Kassberg’s Team PICKLED HERRING is always a top contender and this weekend was no different. Kassberg came in fourth place overall at the PCCs.

    Several Corinthian teams sailed the PCCs including Tracy Usher's Team CHRISTINE ROBIN.  Despite some epic and memorable tacking duels up the City Front with the top teams, they managed to land 5th overall just one point out of 4th place and were the first Corinthian team.

    It was a family affair for Corinthian Justin Foox’s Team FLOTEK. At the PCCs, in addition to sailing with his wife Shar, which he does regularly, Justin also sailed with his sister and brother-in-law who were visiting from Australia. His sister and brother-in-law hadn’t sailed a J/70 before this weekend and loved the boats, no surprise! Justin and his sister hadn’t sailed together in 40 years so it was an especially fun experience for them all.

    Further enhancing the PCCs were daily debriefs from sailing Pro’s Willem Van Waay and Victor Diaz de Leon who ran informative debriefs post racing each day for the J/70s, which one attendee referred to as “liquid gold.”  In addition, Paul Cayard had nothing but praises for the pros and their debriefs.

    As always StFYC Race Committee executed flawless race course management.  In addition to the gorgeous overall and Corinthian perpetual trophy, donated last year by Justin Kromelow’s Team LOOSE LUCY, the StFYC provided frames with plaques for the winners with line drawings of the J/70.

    Gorgeous images of the racing with the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background say it all... Here is the link to photos from the 2017 PCCs by Leslie Richter.  Here’s another photo link from the 2017 PCCs by Chris Ray.  For more J/70 Pacific Coast Championship sailing information

    J/Cruz Lake Ontario 300
    (Port Credit, ONT, Canada)- The eighty-six boat fleet sailing the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge presented by drive.HG started on Saturday July 15th, 2017 with little expectations to finish the race in record time.  In fact, for the 300nm race, it was quite the opposite scenario that was being entertained by the intrepid adventurers on the flooded body of water known as Lake Ontario.

    Despite every possible obstacle thrown at them, like a few fronts, no wind, lots of wind and what not, the J/crews prevailed from east to west on their 300nm transit of Lake Ontario. In the end, it was Bruce Pierce’s J/122 HOOLIGAN II that placed 2nd in IRC 2 Class.  Then, Murray Gainer’s J/109 LIVELY was 2nd in PHRF 1 Class and Sean Matthews’ J/33 WEE BEASTIE III placed 4th in PHRF 3 class!  For more Lake Ontario 300 Race sailing information

    J’s Lovin’ Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge
    (Annapolis, MD)- The event is a popular one for J/sailors on Chesapeake Bay.  Organized down the Chesapeake Bay and run out of a local hotel, the event is welcomed as a wonderful summer reprieve to enjoy the Bay in about 100 degree heat each summer.  Many die-hards love this regatta; it is totally laid back, heat-coma induced, and a great time to catch up with friends that cannot escape the summer heat of the Chesapeake Bay in the middle of the summer.

    Despite the often oppressive heat conditions, the sailing can be quite good.  While classically light in the mornings, the land does get much hotter than the 70 F temps of the Bay, so when you get a 30 F temp differential, you actually get local thermals across the famous oyster beds on the Bay!!  If a cool front rolls through from the Midwest, all the better!!

    Taking part in PHRF A1 Class were two J/111s; Jim Whited’s BAD CAT (a past regatta winner) and also Jim Connelly’s SLUSH FUND.  At the end, Connelly’s SLUSH FUND won that match race and took third overall in the regatta.

    Finally, in PHRF B class, Neal McKinney’s J/80 HOMEGROWN nearly took class honors over a bunch of crooked PHRF-rated boats called Tripp 26s.  Instead, having to settle for third place.  SPINSHEET Magazine is the official media sponsor- visit them here.   Spinsheet Photos here.   For more Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge sailing information

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

    * What exactly is a Blockhead?  Innovators in all forms of boat rigging, the “adults” at Harken want to see kids messing about in boats like they did. Bill Faude, Director of Marketing Strategy/Creative for Harken, explains how their latest initiative – Harken Blockheads – seeks to heighten the connection between youth sailing and boat preparation.

    What’s the genesis of the Blockhead program?
    Harken CEO Bill Goggins and myself have young kids getting into sailing (four kids between us between the ages of 6 and 12 with younger Goggins kids to age in soon) and so were logically remembering what kind of great sailing experiences we had growing up.

    We remember drilling and pop riveting…moving cam cleats and changing between cam cleats and clam cleats and rigging twings and then going back to guy hooks…moving hiking straps around…flipping boats and wet sanding…really taking care of our boats to make sure they fit us better and in the balance learning to be self-reliant.

    In the midst of this, we came to the realization that kids don’t do that now. The boats they sail are MUCH better than a generation ago. They all come well rigged, and not much breaks. Even second-hand Optis and 420s work beautifully.

    As Harken employees, we are charged with growing our Brand. So we’ll never disguise the fact the existence of a sailing generation growing up without learning to screw or pop-rivet an eye strap to the deck, looked like a potential business risk. We felt the obligation to expose the next generation to the link between high-performance rigging applied effectively and better results. That link was not well understood.

    All told we both wanted and needed to launch a program like this.

    And what kind of program have you launched?
    We want to help the next generation of sailors love sailing as much as we do. Sounds like BS when I say it, but it’s true. Personally, I like sailing because it lets me go ‘off the grid’ for a few hours. There are no curbs and gutters and lines on the racecourse, so I can call my own shots.

    I actually still remember what it felt like when I first took my Laser (13095) off the dock and out of hearing range of my instructors. On my own. We think once kids feel that, they’ll imprint on the sport better.

    Emotionally, we want kids to feel the confidence sailing can uniquely bring. Rationally, we want there to be less Helicoptering for parents to do. Sailors should know how to maintain their own boats…the earlier they start this the better.

    We’re looking to engage the kids in the media they choose. So Blockheads is an old school fan-club model bolted to a video-infused website with social media opportunities for them to share their experiences and results.

    Importantly, we’re really conscious of staying in our lane, so the content we’re trying to create is all about boat care, rigging, go-fast ideas and shared experiences. We’re working hard to curate it so we don’t get into areas where others are already excelling.

    So there won’t be tactical discussions or sailing technique lessons. That’s not Harken’s niche. We explain how rigging works and how to upgrade for performance.

    Who can join the program?
    Anyone can join and it’s free, but we’re writing for a target between the Opti Green Fleet and the end of College Sailing. There’s free SWAG when you become a Blockhead. And we hope the program will grow so we can offer the benefits of becoming a member to more kids. Right now, we’ve budgeted for 1000 new members kits for this year.  Thanks for contribution from HARKEN and Scuttlebutt.
    • Additional details at http://www.harkenblockheads.com.
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