Wednesday, August 16, 2017

J/Newsletter- August 16th, 2017

New J/121 Offshore speedster
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

J/70 Worlds- Porto Cervo, SardiniaAUDI 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.

Porto Cervo, SardiniaRegistrations, 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 ChampionshipsJ/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 J/111 sailors- Rod Warren from Australia (on right)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 sailing Valle de Bravo, Mexico- Women's Keelboat WorldsJ/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.

J/70 Women's World Championships- Valle de Bravo, MexicoNo 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.

Mexican women J/70s team at WorldsMy 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 women's J/70 teamAmerican 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,
American women J/70 sailing team at Women's Worlds- Mexico- 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

J/70s sailing J/Cup U.K.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.

J/88s sailing J/Cup UK“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 WeekAUDI 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.

Audi Hamilton Race Week socialPerfectly 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!

J/160 sailing AUDI Hamilton Island Race WeekThen, 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

J/120 sailing Ida Lewis Distance RaceIda 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.

Ida Lewis Yacht Club- Newport, RIThe 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

J/80 sailing Banderas Bay RegattaCalling 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!

J/105 sailing Banderas Bay RegattaSome 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 (caitlincrew@me.com), or Daniel Green (dangreen39@gmail.com), or Wayne Zittel @ J/World (wayne@sailing-jworld.com).   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.

J/70s sailing Youth Champs 
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.
J/70 Mudratz Sailing Club- Youth Champs
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.
J/70s sailing Youth Champs
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.
J/70 Youth Champs winners- Santa Barbara YC
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

J/70 SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg, RussiaGerman 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.

J/70 SAILING Champions League winnersWith 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.

J/70 SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg, Russia“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.

J/70s sailing in St Petersburg, RussiaIn 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

J/105s sailing classChallenging 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

Rolex Fastnet Race start off Cowes, EnglandGreat 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!

J/122E sailing Fastnet RaceAs 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.

J/122E AJETO! sailing Fastnet RaceThe 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.

J/133 PINTIA sailing Fastnet RaceIn 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.”

J/122E Ajeto! sailed by Robin Verhoef and John van der Starre- The NetherlandsThe 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.”

sunset over Fastnet Rock off IrelandHowever, 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

J/111 class at Verve CupThrilling 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.   J/111 Kashmir- Mike Mayer interviewHere 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.

J/109 at Verve Cup ChicagoThe 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

The vibe at Bayfield Race weekJ/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!

J/35 Papa Gaucho II crewThe 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.

J/36 sailing Bayfield Race WeekIn 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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J/109 Junkyard Dog sailing video* 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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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

J/Newsletter- August 9th, 2017

J/70 Youth Championship- Newport, RI
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

J/70s sailing St Petersburg, RussiaSAILING 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.

Sailing Champions League21 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.

J/70s sailing St Petersburg, RussiaThe 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/105s sailing J/FestJ/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

J/122E AJETO sailing Fastnet RaceFastnet 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!

J/105 Panther sailing Fastnet RaceThanks 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!

J/109s sailing Fastnet RaceIn 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

J/105s sailing Verve Cup ChicagoVerve 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.

J/112E sailing Cowes WeekGlorious, 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.

J/111 sailing Cowes WeekBy 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.”

J/111s planing downwind off Cowes, EnglandDay 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.

J/109 sailing Cowes WeekBy 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.

J/80s sailing Cowes WeekDay 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.

J/70 sailing Cowes WeekIRC 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.

J/70s sailing off Cowes, EnglanDay 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.

J/70s sailing upwind off CowesDay 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.

J/70s sailing off CowesThe 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.

J/122E sailing Cowes WeekWith 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.

J/80s sailing off Cowes, EnglandJon 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

J/70s sailing Corinthian NationalsSAVASANA 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 J/70s sailing Corinthian Nationalswith 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

J/105s sailing Buzzards BayChallenging 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

J/70s sailing Norwegian Sailing LeagueArendals 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.

J/70 Norwegian Sailing League winnersIn 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

J/22 sailing off NetherlandsNidam 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

J/24 women sailors on Lake DillonAwesome 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.

J/22s sailing Dillon OpenAfter 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.
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J/35 sailing northwest* 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.

J/105s sailing San Diego* 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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