(Boston, MA)- SAIL's Best Around the Buoys is a grass-roots racing initiative to reward one-design sailors for their team's performance at the local racing level and encourage racers to set a goal of racing on the national level. One team will be selected based on its local-sailing resume and will earn a free entry to Quantum Key West Race Week, Jan 16–20, 2012, on board a race-ready J/80.
Best Around the Buoys Highlights are the following:
- Winning team earns regatta entry, housing, dockage, entry in the J/80 class at Quantum Key West Race Week (airfare not included)
- J/80 well-equipped by industry partners
- New suit of North racing sails
- Go-fast bottom paint job supplied by Pettit
- Hardware and team kit by Harken Yacht Equipment
To enter, fill in the information at the link below. Include your 2011 Race Resume (minimum 3 one-design events) and a 200-word maximum essay on why you think your team is ready to compete at Quantum Key West Race Week. Just one entry per team (crew of 4). Entries close Oct 19th, winner announced in November. SAIL Magazine Best Around Buoys J/80 information
Rolex Big Boat Fast 40s Preview
Strong J/120 and J/105 Turnout
(San Francisco, CA)- This year's Rolex Big Boat Series is hosting a Fast Forties Class, including the venerable J/125s against some of the latest boats off renowned designers drawing boards. Says Regatta Chairman Norm Davant, "it's providing a division where boats of similar characteristics can race together just makes sense, especially when it has been proven time and again that the rating systems work very well under these circumstances."
Viggo Torbensen (Laguna Beach, Calif.) is making his way up from Southern California to compete against Northern California rivals in the Fast Forties Class in what will be one of his first major regattas since purchasing the J/125 TIMESHAVER a few months ago. "This will be my first time sailing on the Bay," said Torbensen. "I’ve sailed in Rolex Regattas before, and it is just immense fun with unbelievable organization behind it. This particular regatta is dominated by the local guys, and we are excited to step up and meet some new competition."
Since purchasing TIMESHAVER, Torbensen has focused mainly on offshore sailing. 'We do very well with boat handling, and our team is experienced. During long legs we rock out super-fast downwind, but buoy racing is different,' said Torbensen. 'Thirty percent of your race is right at the start, and one mistake can cost everything.' Other J/124s entered in the Fast Forties currently are Richard Ferris’s (Tahoe City, Calif.) J/125 AUGUST ICE, Tim Fuller’s (Murrieta, Calif.) J/125 RESOLUTE and Andy Costello's (Point Richmond, CA) band of local speed merchants racing the beautifully refinished shiny silver J/125 DOUBLE TROUBLE.
Included in the large one-design fleets are the J/105 and J/120 classes, traditionally always some of the largest fleets participating at Rolex Big Boat Series. Leading the charge in the nineteen boat strong J/105 class, by far the largest and most competitive one-design keelboat class at Rolex BBS, will be a number of previous Rolex Big Boat Rolex Submariner watch winners and top three finishers, including Bruce Stone's ARBITRAGE, Scooter Simmon's BLACKHAWK, Rolf Kaiser's DONKEY JACK, Phil Laby's GODOT and Adam Spiegel's JAM SESSION. Notably missing are some of the top J/105 teams from Santa Barbara, San Diego and Long Beach, California. In the J/120s, it's anybody's guess as to who's going to lead this extremely competitive pack home this year as the boats are so incredibly evenly matched. Look for the following boats to be amongst the leaders, Steve Madeira's MR MAGOO, Barry Lewis' CHANCE, John Wimer's DESDEMONA and Don Payan's DAYENU. It's often the case that several J/120s finish overlapped as they slide into the StFYC finish line off their famous deck, pretty darn good competition for such a modest fleet.
The Rolex Big Boat Series annually attracts many world-caliber sailors, all of whom are eager to win one of the six specially engraved Rolex timepieces given to winners of the St. Francis Yacht Club’s Perpetual Trophies. From its inception, the Rolex Big Boat Series has showcased top sailing talent and boats. From the glory days of SORC, IOR and IMS to today’s Grand Prix and One Design classes, the Rolex Big Boat Series continues to be the West Coast’s premier regatta where the best of the best meet for four days of challenging racing. For more Rolex Big Boat Series sailing information
The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing WorldwideThis week marked the start of the Rolex Women's Worlds in Rochester, NY with thirty-six women vying for the title of top women keelboat sailor from around the world. So far, the competition has proven yet again these women teams are remarkably talented and extremely competitive, the top five are only separated by a few points! Over on the European side of the world, the J/109s just ran their J/109 European Championship in the gorgeous venue of Dartmouth, England. In Breskens, The Netherlands, the J/111 was dueling for the lead in the famous Breskens Regatta. The French had their next event in the season long J/80 series in Pornic, France for the Pornic Cup. Then, over in America, the J/120s concluded their J/120 North Americans in San Francisco Bay and Ida Lewis YC hosted their annual end-of-summer, increasingly popular offshore finale- the Ida Lewis Distance Race.
Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below 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 29- Sep 1- Rolex Women's Keelboat Championship- Rochester, NY- http://riwkc.ussailing.org/
Sep 2-4- Danish Boatshow (J/108)- Ega Marina, Arhus, Denmar- http://www.flydendebaadmesse.dk
Sep 7-10- J/80 Spanish Open- La Manga, Spain- http://www.openj80lamanga.com
Sep 9-11- J/105 Canadians- Toronto, Ont, Canada- http://fleet4.j105.org/
Sep 8-11- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA- http://www.stfyc.com/
Sep 14-19- Grand Pavois Boatshow (J/111, J/108)- La Rochelle, France- http://www.grand-pavois.com/
Sep 15-18- Newport Boatshow (J/111, J/109, J/95)- Newport, RI- http://www.newportboatshow.com/
Sep 16-18- J/30 North Americans- Annapolis, MD- http://www.j30.us/na2011/
Sep 16-25- Southampton Boatshow (J/97, J/108, J/111)- Southampton, England
Sep 24-25- J/Fest San Diego- San Diego, CA- http://www.sdyc.org/
Sep 28-Oct 2- J/80 North Americans- Larchmont, NY- http://j80.org/j80usa.php
Oct 6-10- Annapolis Sailboat Show (J/111, J/108)- Annapolis, MD- http://www.usboat.com
Oct 14- Greenport Ocean Race- Greenport, Long Island, NY- http://www.greenportoceanrace.org/
For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.
The DREAM J/109 Europeans
Husband-Wife Teams Sweep Podium
(Dartmouth, England)- Perhaps the J/109 Europeans could've been a formula for domestic tranquility. After all, since when did any class, of any kind, board, dinghy, keelboat, catamaran or log powered-by-palm-branch ever, ever have three couple teams (husband/ wife) all sweep the top three in a continental event? Can't think of one.
For starters, following on their earlier success in the 2011 J/109 UK Nationals in May, the J/DREAM team lead by David & Kirsty Apthorp simply proved yet again that a season of up and down results in events such as the Warsash Spring Series and Cowes Week only lead to better outcomes. Focusing on the J/109 Europeans was part of their overall program and their exemplary performance against formidable competition was especially sweet. The fact that Ben Ainslie, multiple Olympic Gold Medallist and ISAF World Sailor of the Year was aboard one of their competitors for a day didn't phase them one bit. In fact, if anything it galvanized the J-DREAM team to become the "dream team". The record speaks for itself- Dave and Kirsty's team managed to score a remarkable six 1sts and three 2nds on their way to winning the J/109 Europeans by 7.5 points.
Not to be outdone by any stretch of the imagination was another former National Champion VELVET ELVIS (Adam & Helen Wright) who are fresh from their success at Cowes Week and twice National Champions. The Wright's velvety smooth, sharp, very intelligent and fast sailors managed to hang tough for most of the event but simply didn't have the edge or speed to overcome the Apthorp's well-oiled machine. As it was, the "ELVIS" got two 1sts and four 2nds on their way to a very well-deserved second overall for 19.5 points.
Yet another husband/ wife team led by Mike and Sarah Wallis sailed JAHMALI to one of their best regatta scores ever! Finishing third in this incredibly talented fleet is quite an achievement. And, scoring three 1sts and three 3rds on their way to a total score of 28 points is simply awesome! And, the coupe'd'grace? Mike and Sarah sailed with three husband/wife couples-- now that's domestic tranquility, or so we believe?
Of special note were the fact that 2010 Euro Champion BLUEJAY (Greg Burgess) who were keen to defend their title sailed especially well and managed to garner a fourth overall-- perhaps next time he'll bring along his significant "other" as good luck? Finally, on Friday with eyes on the J/109 JET/ JP MORGAN with Britain's most successful Olympic sailor aboard, Ben Ainslie, Ben simply proved that he could help even good club racers-- taking a team that had been scoring in the bottom half of the fleet and helping them sail into the top five on Friday with a score of 3-8-7! Pretty cool, eh? Well, Ben's a pretty cool guy to start with and a talented sailor to boot. For more J/109 Europeans sailing information For more Ben Ainslie Sailing Team info Sailing Photo credits- Ginny Campbell
X-Centric Quantum Physics Needed to Win Breskens
(Breskens, Netherlands)- The Breskens Regatta is considered one of the pre-eminent events the Dutch summer sailing season and generally marks the culmination of the summer offshore series prior to the fall European events. Overall the J's had a respectable showing with a real battle going for the top of the IRC 2 class between an IRC-optimized J/33 and the new J/111.
Ultimately, the J/33 QUANTUM RACING sailed by Jeroen van der Velde won IRC 2 Class in convincing fashion, the largest IRC fleet in Breskens Weekend. Their 2nd and five 1sts dominated their fleet for a total of 7 points, having to throw out a first (!!) and count the 2nd since the long-distance race must be counted in the overall scores!! Fighting for every inch of the way was QUANTUM's classmate, stablemate, the J/111 J-XCENTRIC skippered by John van der Starre, getting a good scoreline in this tough fleet by wining the offshore race and then adding a 5-6-4-7-6 for a total of 22.5 points to get the third position on the podium. Also sailing well was Yvonne Beusker in her J/105 PANTHER, managing to snag a fifth overall despite a DNS and having to count a DSQ! In IRC 3 Class, the J/97 JAI HO raced by René Van Quekelberghe finished fourth in her class.
The sailing was better than what most expected for the weekend. The first day saw weather forecasts for light or no winds. However, the wind did fill in and the challenging conditions for the 36 nm offshore course not only was a mandatory score and counter for the Breskens Regatta, but it would also count as an offshore race for the Dutch championship IRC. First prize in IRC2 in class went to J-XCENTRIC, the J/111 sailed by John van der Starre (NED).
During the second day of sailing, between showers and strongly increasing winds, the participants had to demonstrate good seamanship and boat-handling skills. There was a lot of sail and mast damage in all three fleets. After starting the day with 49 boats, at the end of the day only 33 were left-- as it turned out, with breezes varying from 6 to 7 on the Beaufort scale, it was still too heavy for many. In IRC 2, it was the J/33 that sailed the best day, sailing to three 1sts!
For the final day of the regatta, the wind had not diminished. For most of the classes they had trouble keeping everything under control, spinnakers and hour-glasses around the forestay were commonplace, as were more torn sails, broken booms and severely bruised egos. For more Breskens Regatta sailing information
Brezellec's IC2 Wins J/80 Pornic Cup
Dramatic Three-way tie Determines 2-3-4!
(Pornic, France)- So far, it has been a remarkable sailing season for Eric Brezellec and his winning team aboard INTERFACE CONCEPT II. After winning the French J/80 Nationals as practice, Eric's IC2 team went on to the J/80 Worlds and finished as the top French team behind the Spanish sweep. Continuing his winning ways, Eric has clearly begun to master the J/80 and is sailing at a world-class level, as evidenced by his remarkable performance at the J/80 Pornic Cup, winning by 21 points overall!
The Club Nautique de Pornic hosted 29 participants, ran seven good races and ensured that all J/80 teams had a fantastic time sailing as well as enjoying onshore festivities-- hard to beat great French wine and cuisine, isn't it?!
Eric's IC2 team sailed to five 1sts, one 2nd and one 3rd, tossing the 3rd to win! Perhaps the most dramatic and intriguing part of the regatta was the fight for the balance of the podium, with five boats vying for 2-3 going into the last race. At the end, it was another strong French team skippered by perhaps one of the top women keelboat sailors in France, Christine Briand sailing J'IL DE RE, that won the battle and the war. As one of the the only other two teams to win a race, Christine's J'IL DE RE team sailed to a 6-4-1-9-3-8 to win by a tie-break over third place finisher Nicolas Troussel racing RENOSTYLE to a 3-2-9-10-2-2-10. Fourth, losing out the tie-break was Gwenole Bernard sailing MARINE LORIENT, the second women skipper in the event. Fifth only one point back was Gaetan Aunette sailing SAMBA.
For more J/80 Pornic Cup sailing information
PEREGRINE Flies Thru J/120 North Americans
New York Invasion Eclipses Californians!
(San Francisco, CA)- Hosted by the oldest yachting organization on the West Coast (perhaps even oldest west of the Mississippi River!), the gorgeous San Francisco YC in Belvedere, CA ensured the J/120 fleet in attendance for the J/120 North American Championships were well taken care of, most especially with some awesome racing on San Francisco Bay.
The sailors were not disappointed, with two good days of racing, the local "townies" were having to contend with a strong contingent of "out-of-towners" that were learning the Bay's capricious ways quite radically fast. Remarkably, a bunch of New Yorkers decided to head West and have some fun sailing in the gorgeous San Francisco Bay, renowned for nuclear wind conditions in the middle of summer where it's quite possible to get hypothermia sitting on the weather rail in a bikini or simple bathing suit! Sunny it is, but those cold waters from the Japanese Current whistling down the West Coast, and drawn into the Bay each day (at a steady 3-5 knots!), just ensure those un-initiated sailors that it really can be damn cold in the Bay in August (wind chill can easily hit in the 30s F!). Nevertheless, undaunted and totally un-intimidated, the New York team of David Halliwill from Center Island, NY sailed their magnificent bird PEREGRINE to a remarkable 3-3-1-1-1 for a total of 9 pts to win by seven points! Fast bird she was, eh?!
Holding up the fort for the local boys was John Wimmer's DESDEMONA sailing to a 4-1-6-3-2 for 16 pts to secure second overall. Just off the pace behind them was Steve Madeira's team on MR MAGOO sailing for Downeast Maine's Northeast Harbor Fleet, sailing to a 2-5-4-4-3 tally for 18 pts to get third overall.
Commenting on San Francisco Bay's conditions, John said "Winds were between 10 and 22 knots over the course of each day, with Sunday showing earlier and stronger breeze build, it was fabulous sailing."
For those of you interested in some great, college-style, close big-boat racing, you can't beat this fleet. Of course, the J/105 guys will argue their case, but the J/120s are certainly having a lot of fun in the Bay. There is a J/120 available for charter if you and your crew would like a change of venue. Please contact John Wimer at JohnSWimer@att.net if interested!! Go for it, you won't be disappointed. Still time to sail in the Rolex Big Boat Series! For more J/120 NA's sailing information.
J's Enjoy Ida Lewis Race
(Newport, RI) - A highlight of the Newport summer offshore season is the only round trip distance race to begin and end in Newport, the Ida Lewis Distance Race. The event, which enjoyed its seventh edition this year, is a qualifier for the 2011 New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series. Furthermore, the race incorporates something that was a first amongst all known offshore races- the Youth Challenge. The Youth Challenge is comprised of teams that have more than 40% junior sailors to qualify for a special trophy. In fact, one of the fastest growing divisions in this end of summer event is the Doublehanded PHRF Division!
There are five courses the RC can choose from depending on wind and weather conditions that range from 70 nm to 150 nm. This year the IRC Class sailed the longest version, the 150 nm Block Island Course. Sailing in this class were two J/122s, Marc Glimcher's CATAPULT and George Shaw's TUMBLEWEED, they finished fourth and seventh in class, respectively.
The 104 nm Buzzards Tower course was used for the Doublehanders. The top boats made it back to Newport by 6:00 a.m. after starting on Friday off Forth Adams at 1:05 p.m., with the rest of the 35 boat fleet. Jason Richter’s (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) J/35 PALADIN sailed a very solid race which turned out to be a sprint for them, finishing second overall.
In the PHRF Class, the largest class in the fleet with 20 boats, the fleet sailed the No-Man's Course (122 nm). The J/111 FLEETWING sailed by Bob Johnstone and crew sailed the race in just over 19 hours-- a fairly fast pace. “After rounding Sakonnet Point Bell we decided to stay on the offshore (southern side) of our competitors to hopefully get some better breeze on the windward beat in S/SW winds to Montauk Point Bell. That strategy seemed to work out pretty well,” said Johnstone. "Furthermore", he said, "the highlight of the race had to be the bright moon-lit night providing us a brilliant path towards the No-Man's Bell, the numerous meteor showers and the pod of porpoises playing in our wake and diving under the boat leaving blazing phosphorescent trails behind them made for a spectacular and memorable evening!" By the time FLEETWING passed the R-2 Brenton Reef Bell before turning into the East Passage to finish the race off Ida Lewis YC in Newport Harbor, it was clear the J/111 had a strong opportunity to win PHRF overall. However, a strong, late-filling S-SW breeze of 7-12 knots after 9:00 am enabled two other boats to take advantage of FLEETWING's finish in light 2-4 kt winds and beat her on corrected time by just 11 minutes! As a result, FLEETWING earned a tough third place overall in the fleet of twenty boats.
For more Ida Lewis Distance Race sailing information
What friends, alumni and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide* Long-time J sailor, Pat Kabris from Minnesota has had the the extraordinary experience of sailing in both the North American summer on Lake Minnetonka and the New Zealand summer on Hauraki Gulf! This summer, Pat was sailing his J/100 and managed to win the Lake of the Woods Regatta (pictured here). Soon, Pat and family are headed "down under" to sail there J/111 STELLA, the first J/111 to be sailing not just in America, but also New Zealand. Good on ya, Pat. Hope the summer down under is fun.
* Dave Morgan, a J/29 owner in the northeast England- is the proud owner of SHOTGUN, a modified J29 that he bought 2003. According to Dave, "SHOTGUN has proved very successful racing the NE coast of the England/ Scotland. We won the 'Bell Rock' race hosted by Royal Tay Yacht Club near Dundee and we are regularly in the top 3 at East Coast Week regatta's held each year.
There are very few J29's in the UK, maybe only 3 or 4, so there is no class racing. However, we do rate very well under IRC - 0.9450 and compete very well in mixed handicap racing with good competition from Corby 29's, RO340's etc.
As you can see from the attached photos, I have fitted her out very comfortably so I can entertain and live aboard when necessary (we entertain a lot!). She is fitted with a 9 hp Volvo Saildrive Diesel with a folding Gori prop and her keel is a Steel/lead bulb Low Cg design. Much better performance than the original standard design! We are loving her! Hope you enjoy the photos." Regards, David Morgan
The J Cruising Community J Cruisers continue their adventures around the world, below are a selection of most excellent "blogs" written by their prolific publishers. Some terribly amusing anecdotes and pearls of wisdom are contained in their blogs. Read some! You'll love it.
* The J/42 JARANA continues their epic voyage around the Pacific. Continue to read about Bill and Kathy Cuffel's big adventure cruising the South Pacific headed for New Zealand. Their blog is here: http://www.svjarana.blogspot.com/
* Prolific writers, Bill and Judy Stellin, sailed their J/42 JAYWALKER around the Mediterranean and Europe and back across the Atlantic for nearly three years. Their blogs/journals can be found at- http://blog.mailasail.com/jaywalker. The earlier journals have been compiled into two self published books which can be found at: http://www.blurb.com. Search for "SEATREK: A Passion for Sailing" by Bill Stellin or William Stellin." UPDATE- Just a short note to update from Bill- "Our cruise began in May of 2000 and ended in May of 2008, some 8 years later. I have just finished and published my third and final book covering the last three or so years including our double handed crossing in 16 days and one winter in the Caribbean. Like the others, "Sea Trek- A Passion for sailing- Book III," can be found at www.blurb.com. Thanks, Bill and Judy"
* John and Mary Driver are sailing their J/130 SHAZAM for extended cruising in the Atlantic basin. At this time, John and Mary finished their double-handed crossing of the Atlantic, landing in Portugal on their J/130 Shazam after completion of their ARC Rally. Read the latest news at http://www.sailblogs.com/member/shazam/.
* Several J/160 owners are island hopping across the world's oceans, fulfilling life long dreams to cruise the Pacific islands, the Caribbean islands, the Indian Ocean and all points in between. Anyone for Cape Horn and penguins?? Read more about their adventures and escapades (like our J/109 GAIA, J/42s PAX and JAYWALKER and J/130 SHAZAM friends above).
- SALACIA, the J/160 owned by Stephen and Cyndy Everett has an on-going blog describing some of their more amusing experiences (http://www.salacia1.blogspot.com).
- Bill and Susan Grun on the J/160 AVANTE are also sailing in the Pacific archipelago, read more about their great adventures on their blog (http://web.me.com/susangrun). Check out there recent travels- now past Fiji!
- Eric and Jenn on the J/160 MANDALAY also sailed the Pacific archipelago, read more on their blog at http://www.sailmandalay.com. Eric and Jenn are J/World alumni took MANDALAY up and down the West Coast (Mexico, CA), then to the South Pacific and New Zealand. MANDALAY is back in San Francisco now, and in the J/World fleet--she is available for skippered charters, private instruction, and corporate/executive groups.
* The J/109 GAIA (seen right in the Java Sea) was sailed by Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay around the world. In February 2011, their cruising adventures came to an abrupt, sad ending. As a tribute to them and their cruising friends worldwide, we hope their chronicles on their GAIA website remains a tribute to their warm-hearted spirits- read more about why many loved them dearly and will remain touched by their loving spirit forever- http://www.gaiaworldtour.net/
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J/Boats has the best track record in sailing for innovation and design as evidenced by: 15 Sailing World/ Cruising World Boat of the Year Awards in 14 years; 2 SAIL Awards for Industry Leadership; 2 American Sailboat Hall of Fame Designs (J/24 & J/35); and the three largest ISAF International One-Design keelboat classes (J/22, J/24, J/80).
Counting crew, every year there are over 100,000 friends to meet sailing J's, populating the most beautiful sailing harbors and sailing the waters of 35+ countries around the world. Sailing is all about friends. Come join us and expand your social network everywhere! For more information on J/Boats.
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