Friday, November 15, 2019

J/Newsletter- November 13th, 2019

J/Sailing News

The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

It was a relatively calm week of sailing activity around the world last week for J/sailors. The most popular event in the Americas was certainly the San Diego Yacht Club's famous "Hot Rum Series", the kick-off of the three-weekend event taking place last weekend for a fleet of 100+ boats! J/Crews faired well overall in this fun "pursuit-style" race and many took silver in their respective classes.

Down in South America, the Argentine J/24 National Championship was sailed at Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba, Argentina. The regatta for the twenty-boat fleet was organized by the Club Nautica Cordoba.

Over in Europe, German J/aficionados had a fun time sailing in the Vaeterchen Frost Regatta for one-design classes of J/22s, J/24s, and J/70s in Hamburg, Germany. The Hamburger Segel Club hosted the regatta on the beautiful Alster Lake for over 50 boats total and 250 sailors!!

Southeast of them, the annual J/24 Anzio & Nettuno Winter Championship was taking place in Rome/ Anzio-Nettuno, Italy. It was the start of the 45th Winter Championship of Anzio-Nettuno, organized by the Circolo della Vela of Rome, by the Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo, and by the Italian Naval League of Anzio. The sailing is taking place from the Nettuno Yacht Club for a fleet of twenty J/24s.

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J/105 off San DiegoJ/Sailors Love San Diego YC Hot Rum Series I
(San Diego, CA)- The San Diego Yacht Club's incredibly popular Hot Rum Series started this past weekend for the 133 entries, proving that the event is as popular as ever for southern Californians. Starting and finishing just off the western end of Shelter Island, the fleet heads out en-masse through the Point Loma passage to two buoys offshore and return to the same start line to finish the race. Since it is consistently one of the world's largest PHRF "pursuit races", the little boats know they almost always have no chance of winning overall and simply enjoy the parade of beautiful large sailing yachts gliding past them in all their glory. The smallest, slowest boats (J/22s & J/24s) start well over an hour before the biggest boats- the J/145s and J/160s, for example.

For the first time in a while, several J/Crews cracked the top five overall, an amazing feat for them! Rick Goebel's J/105 SANITY took second place, while Nico Landuer's J/34 MARLEN took fourth (a beautifully refurbished J/34 IOR boat that is all white and seriously fast in the lighter airs).

In the PHRF 1 class, Rudy Hasl's J/145 PALAEMON placed sixth, while Standish Fleming's J/125 TIMESHAVER settled for seventh. Yet another J/145, Robert Pace's ANDIAMO 2 placed ninth. All boats that placed ahead of these J's were all highly customized boats in the 44 to 60-foot range.

Then, in PHRF 4 class, Rick Goebel's J/105 SANITY won class (garnering his second trophy for the day!), with Nico Lindauer’s J/34 MARLEN in third.  Sixth to eleventh was all J/crews, including Steve & Lucy Howell's BLINK! in sixth, Ryan McCrillis' J/80 HAKA in seventh, Tom Garrett's J/70 SLOOP JOHN B in eighth, Chuck Bowers' J/29 RHUMB RUNNER in ninth, Jeff Brown's J/105 SWEET KAREN in tenth, and Dennis Case's J/105 J-OK in eleventh.

Finally, in PHRF 5 class, Tim Lynch's J/30 RUFFIAN took home the bronze for the day. Similarly, in PHRF 6 Cruising class (white sails only), Bill Engle's J/160 LIBRA pulled off the bronze, too. For more San Diego YC Hot Rum Series sailing information

J/24s sailing Cordoba, Argentina 
CARRERA is Argentine J/24 National Champion 7x!
(Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba, Argentina)- Organized by the Club Nautica Cordoba, Leo Rivas and a seasoned team were in charge of the regatta and run eight races in two amazing days of sailing on the lake called- "Lago San Roque". It is a beautiful place to sail, high in the Andes Mountains, with snow-capped peaks ringing the lake (see here- The twenty J/24 crews from across Argentina sailed their 38th edition of the Argentine J/24 National Championship in simply epic conditions, starting off with 13-18 northeast winds on Saturday, and ending with more northerly winds from 18-22 kts!

Matias Pereira's CARRERA (Club Nautica Olivos) and his team comprised of Andrés Guerra, Hernán Suarez, and Joaquín Delgado, again managed to win the Argentine J/24 Championship! This his seventh consecutive year as Argentine Champion, winning five of eight races, an astonishing record!
J/24s in Argentina
Pereira was accompanied on the podium by Nicolas Cubria's RINA (C.N. Olivos) taking the silver, with crew of Hernan Cubria, Federico Bertrand, and Nico Gorelik Mazur. Then, attaining the bronze medal position was the top local boat, Ezequiel Despontin's U2 (Club Nautico Cordoba) with crew of Pablo Aguirre, Alejandra Zicovich, and Daniel Distefano.

Rounding out the top five was Javier Moyano's GRAN CARAJO in fourth place with crew of Adrian Berelejis, Angeles Mensa, and Francisco Agusti.  Taking fifth was Sebastian Halpern's MORRUCHO with crew of Gaston Jaren, Gabriel Miralles, and Roberto Monetti.

The "Long Distance Award" went to the fun-loving Uruguayan crew sailing MARIA MARIA, skippered by Guillermo Pla with crew of Fernando Castro, Paola Rapela, and Ismael Caballero- all from YC Uruguay in Montevideo (see-

Remember, this event also scores in the "Triple Corona Series 2019-2020". It was the first of 3 events to be completed, the next two are the "West Championship (February 22 to 25)" and the "Central Republic Championship (from April 02 to 05). For more Argentina J/24 Class sailing information

J22 netherlandsAwesome Vaeterchen Frost Regatta for J/22s, J/24s, & J/70s
(Hamburg, Germany)- Over a three-day weekend, the Hamburger Segel Club in Hamburg, Germany hosted their annual fall extravaganza on the famously beautiful and quaint Alster Lake. With flat water, shifty breezes, and streaky puffs, it is a tactical nightmare for some and an amazingly entertaining, fun, challenge for others that revel in the wildly erratic sailing conditions.

The 2019 edition had near record entries for this late fall regatta for one-design fleets of J/22s, J/24s, and J/70s. The racing was hot, fast, and furious and extremely competitive. No one dominated any of the classes, as each winning team had roller-coaster finishes in the light and fickle winds; only four races were sailed over the two days.

Winning the seventeen-boat J/70 fleet was Gordon Nickel's GER 3 team, posting a 4-1-2-1 for 4 pts net.  Carsten Kemmling's GER 928 managed to overcome an OCS in race 2 to finish with net scores of 2-1-4 for 7 pts net. Then, rounding out the podium was top woman skipper from the host HSC club, Christina Schober's GER 978 with a strong tally of 1-2-7-6 for 9 pts net.  The balance of the top five included Ulf Plessmann's GER 966 with 10 pts in fourth and another top woman skipper from Flensburger Segel Club, Tania Tammling on GER 1416 placed fifth with 12 pts.

In the seventeen-boat J/24 class, it was Jan Kaehler's GER 5281 that took a tie-breaker at 7 pts each over Hauke Kruess's GER 5073. Ascending to the third step on the podium after starting out with a devastating Black Flag in race one was Fabian Damm's GER 5316 with 9 pts, winning two of the races!  The rest of the top five included top woman skipper Lynn Wolgast (Muehlenberger Segel Club) on GER 5266 in fourth place with 13 pts. Then, fifth position went to Stefan Karsunke's (Bayerischer Segel Club) GER 5381 with 17 pts.

The winner of the J/22 class was also determined by a tie-breaker at 7 pts each. Taking the countback win was Andreas Dillmann's GER 1141 with a 1-OCS-1-5 scoreline for 7 pts net. Second was Dagmar Hilcken's GER 1445 that sailed to a 6-3-3-1 score, also for 7 pts. The bronze was also determined by a tie-breaker! That countback went to Tom Loesch's GER 1640 that had a 5-1-6-2 for 8 pts; having to settle for fourth was Tom Lau's GER 1541 with a 3-2-4-3 tally.  Fifth place was taken by Christian Greving's GER 1343 with a 4-6-2-7 scoreline for 12 pts. For more Vaeterchen Frost Regatta sailing information

J/24 women sailor 
ENJOY 2 Leads J/24 Anzio & Nettuno Winter Championship
(Rome/ Anzio-Nettuno, Italy)- The 45th Winter Championship of Anzio-Nettuno, organized by the Circolo della Vela of Rome, by the Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo, and by the Italian Naval League of Anzio. The sailing is taking place from the Nettuno Yacht Club off a prominent cape on the shores of the Mediterranean, southwest of Rome. The event is a series divided into five weekends, one a month (16 and 17 November, 14 and 15 December, 18 and 19 January, 15 and 16 February, 29 February and 1 March).

The second weekend welcomed the Roman J/24 Fleet crews with a nice Sirocco wind around 15 knots with a rolling cross-swell.  Chairman of the NYC RC- Mario de Grenet- was able to run two good long races for the fleet.

The day was dominated by Ita 428 PELLE ROSSA skippered by Gianni Riccobono. Their two bullets enabled them to climb up to third place in the series standings.

Second in both races was Luca Silvestri's Ita 458 ENJOY 2.  As a result, they now lead the overall ranking after four races.

After starting strong in the first weekend with two bullets, Paolo Cecamore’s ITA 447 PELLE NERA bombed out their second weekend with a 7-5 to drop into second place overall.

Currently sitting in fourth position is Ita 399 MOLLA skippered by Massimo d'Eramo. They are followed by Ita 487 AMERICAN PASSAGE SAILED by Rome J/24 Fleet Captain Paolo Rinaldi.

The day ended with the usual favorite- the wine and pasta party on the terrace of the Circolo della Vela of Rome!! For more Circolo della Vela of Rome club information   For more Italian J/24 Winter Championship sailing information

Regatta & Show Schedules:

Oct 5- Dec 1- Hamble Winter Series- Hamble, England
Nov 9- Hot Rum Series I- San Diego, CA
Nov 9-10- J/22 Vaterchen Frost Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
Nov 16- Around Hong Kong Island Race- Hong Kong, China
Nov 23- Hot Rum Series II- San Diego, CA
Nov 30- Dec 1- J/80 Mundialito Regatta- Santander, Spain
Dec 6-8- J/22 Jammin’ Jamaica Regatta- Montego Bay, Jamaica
Dec 7- Hot Rum Series III- San Diego, CA

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

Hong Kong Round Island startHong Kong Round Island Race Preview
(Hong Kong, China)- The annual Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Around the Island Race is one of the biggest inshore events in Hong Kong. It is a 26.0nm race around Hong Kong Island involving Big Boats, One-Design Classes, Dinghies and even Beach cats!  It is a complete free-for-all as the start takes place off the RHKYC starting line in front of the magnificent, skyscraper laced, Hong Kong city waterfront. The average entry list is 200+ boat entries, with more than 1,500 participants.

Around Island Race courseThe race is popular amongst J/Teams in southeast Asia and amongst the local Hong Kong offshore community.  In the Big Boat Class there is a good turnout of J/Aficionados. At the top of that group is the J/122E JINN skippered by owner Nicolas Cohen-Addad. He is joined by the J/111 JUGGERKNOT (Kanev Pavel), the famous race-winning J/109 WHISKEY JACK (Nick Southward), the J/35 NO ONE ELSE (Wing Hung Ng), and the J/105 LEGENDE (Pascal Martin).

There is a large J/80 one-design class going out for their circumnavigation of Hong Kong, fourteen-boats to be exact. Some of the leading boats could be Henry Wong's FOOTLOOSE, Ben Bulmer's JASMINE, Andrew Blank's JAVELIN, Belinda Ng's JENA PABE, Lonny Chen's MAY 13, and Richard Johnston's UNKNOWN PLEASURES. The lone J/70 sailing the race is Andrew Ellis's DAZIBAO. Good luck to all!  For more Royal Hong Kong YC Around the Island Race sailing information

What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
J/105 Doublehanded class - Annapolis Doublehanded Offshore Race
The recent Annapolis YC Doublehanded Offshore Race
featured a large seven-boat one-design class for the “Mixed Crew One-Design” division. Randy Smyth & Christina Persson won the J/105 division in MIRAGE. Meanwhile, two classic older designs from the J/Design team both won medals in the ORC Division. Roger Lant & Mike Welin’s J/35 ABIENTOT was the first boat to finish in fleet, but corrected to the silver spot just 15 minutes off the lead in the 23-hour race. Then, John Loe & Matt Schubert’s J/33 HORNET took the bronze. Notably, these 30+ year old designs beat two of the latest “shorthanded” boats from France- the Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300 and the Beneteau Figaro 3 (both boats are dog slow upwind).

Here is a nice summary of that race, called “Testing the New Olympic Mixed Doublehanded Event,” from the world-famous Gary Jobson from Annapolis, MD. Enjoy watching the video here:

J/24 sailing off Miami
* Winner's debrief- J/24 World Champion Keith Whittemore, skipper/ owner of FLORIO, from Seattle, Washington.

Here is an interesting interview/ debrief with North Sails expert Mike Ingham...there are a few good tips that can help any J/24 teams sail better, faster, smarter... Enjoy...

Mike explained, "I trained with Keith’s team leading up to the Worlds, and we were both pretty quick. So, a few days after his win I called to ask him how they posted such a consistently impressive scoreline over conditions that ranged from go-below light air to sailing with the small jib hiked out hard.

Keith explained three key factors to their success:
  1. team (the right balance of skill and attitude)
  2. preparation (a well prepared boat, and a solid training plan)
  3. speed (he is a fanatic about sails, rig tune, and trim)
Winning Team
Keith spoke highly of his team’s skills and attitude, beginning with tactician Brian Thomas. “Brian and I have been sailing together for 40 years. We get along great, and I totally trust him.”

Trimmer Willem van Waay is a newer addition to the team, and Keith says he brought some big regatta winning experience and a great attitude.

Shelby Milne is on mast. “She has been with the team for two years and is great at her job, reliable, hardworking, and a ton of fun.”

Mark Rodgers mans the bow; “He is damn fun to be with, 100% reliable up there, and salt of the earth.”

J/24 Florio sailing off Miami, FL
Winning Speed
Keith had confidence in his sails, “they were perfect out of the bag—every time.”

Curious why he chose the San Diego genoa instead of the Newport model (DX-7TT), I asked him for his thoughts. He feels there is no speed difference between the two genoas and advises picking one and getting to know it well; “don’t switch between the two.” The San Diego model has won every single Worlds since 2013 when the designs were refined, so his advice seems sound.

Genoa Details
While training with Keith, we spent a lot of time looking at the genoa. As the driving factor on the J/24, getting it set up and trimmed just right is huge. The San Diego Genoa is a little flatter, so you have to be spot-on powering it up. The Newport is a little fuller, so at the top end you have to focus on getting that power out and make sure not to over-trim.

Keith offered a few additional speed tips:
“Unroll a brand new genoa for the first race of the first day of racing. It’s good to break in the main, jib, spin for a day or so, but there is nothing like a nice crisp genny for race one!”

Set Up for the Lulls
“If you tune up with your rig at 24/21 and you are always off on your backstay, wishing you had a bit more power, ease off your rig. Even with a front row start, the wind goes over that picket fence of 80 boats and we start in lighter wind, always—so err on powering up.”

Live Through the Puffs
“In the bigger puffs, or if the wind increases during the race, you need to get good at de-powering the boat. The idea of setting up the rig for the lulls is to excel in the lulls (big gains), But that means you have to learn to hang in there for the puffs with a soft rig. Play backstay, cunningham, boom vang, genoa halyard, and pinch as much as you can (less in waves). Last resort is to ease the genny sheet. No matter what, keep the boat mostly flat and the helm balanced.”

Jib Luff Tension
“To help make the genny work from 1 to 20 knots through flat water and waves, be super aggressive with the halyard and jib cunningham. If it is light, sail with scallops between the hanks. But if you make the halyard too loose, the scallops bunch in the middle- that is not good. As the wind increases, the halyard gets tighter and tighter and eventually at the top end it is stretched. The halyard has to be right for the trends, then fine-tune with the jib cunningham.”

Jib Leads
“In flat water, we set the leads to touch-touch (when over-trimmed, the genoa touches the chain plate and the spreader simultaneously). In the chop, we moved it forward a hole to round out the bottom and power it up. That may not seem like a lot, but since the lead is so close to the clew, it makes a big difference. When the waves were on the side on one tack and on the bow for the other, we would only power up on one tack.”

Team Furio have been sailing the J/24 for a long time, and they plan to keep it up. They have a 25-boat local fleet in Seattle, and they’ve made friends all over the world.

“That is something really special about the J/24 class,” Keith points out. “There’s a sense of community and friendship. Of course we want to do well, but really we do this because we sail with people we like to spend time with. We ran into a lot of friends in Miami from all over the world, it was a blast...winning was just icing on the cake!”

* One of the Australian women that sailed on the Australian TWO DOGS team in the recent J/24 World Championship- Megan Aulich- wrote a great report about her experience with her team, the event, a harrowing experience on the final day, and the fun of sailing their J/24.

Australian J/24 flag bearer
Megan sailed with Jack Fullerton on TWO DOGS and she was the flag-bearer for Australia during the opening ceremonies! Here is her account:

“Sometimes in sailing (and life) everything is easy, and things fall into place. This tends to happen when you get a great start, pick the right side, lead the pack to the top mark and stay there by protecting your position.

For team Two Dogs, unfortunately this was not one of those regattas! LOL! It would be easy to show you the highlight reel from this campaign, but I thought I’d share the challenges, too.

For a summary, check out the highlights below. If you want all the gory details read on.
  • All the training in the world can’t save you from bad luck
  • Lawson played chicken with a car on his bike on Beach Road on the day he was due to fly out. He lost… Lesson 1 - Wrap your crew in bubble wrap a month before the event.
  • Make sure charter agreements includes a clause guaranteeing the boat will pass measurement!!
  • Apply sun screen every 2 hours at a minimum. Miami sun is vicious + humidity means you sweat it off before it soaks in.
  • When acting as flag bearer, be less enthusiastic in flag waving to get some decent photos
  • “Back up” before each race to eliminate weed from the rudder and keel! OMFG, disaster!
  • Our self-governing sport is not always self-governing and sometimes protesting is essential.
  • Remember that reading clouds in the northern hemisphere is backwards!
  • It’s not over until the boat is on the trailer.
  • Check the condition of your keel bolts and NEVER stand under a boat on the crane. Ooops.
  • Build a team of great people, so that when things don’t go to plan, they will help you to rebuild and laugh it off!
Our experience at the J/24 World Championships in Miami was mixed. We had some highs and our fair share of lows. We met so many amazing people! The competition was fierce and the organization of the regatta- both on and off the water- was second to none.

We might need a year off to rest, but we will be back.

In the 6 months leading up to Miami, we trained every weekend at Sandringham Yacht Club through the brisk Melbourne winter with an impressive ability to schedule training during the rain. Character building stuff at 9am on a Sunday morning when you’re drenched from above and below from the waves and the rain. Through these targeted sessions we developed a sense of resilience and pride that we were doing everything we could to build our team for Worlds.

In addition to the sailing training, we also worked with fellow sailor and Exercise Physiologist Madeleine Linton every Thursday. We built our strength through punishing circuit routines at The Osteo Collective Cheltenham. We were stronger than we had ever been, and it was great fun to train as a team on land as well as water with plenty of banter, planks, wall sits, weights and everything in between.

At SYC we are lucky to be able to draw on the knowledge of fellow sailors. We tapped into that resource with sessions from Barney Walker and Dave Suda in the lead up.

We also had a nice new set of Doyle Sails Victoria, lovingly crafted by our very own Lawson Shaw!

Come the start of October we felt we had done everything we could to prepare ourselves for the upcoming challenge. Our team led by Jack Fullerton comprised Ramzey El Hila, Tony Moore, Lawson Shaw and me.

Cue upset number one.
On the morning he was flying to USA, Lawson was on his daily cycle along Beach Road when a car pulled out in front of him resulting in a broken collarbone and shattered plans for Worlds. Our team meeting that night was not a happy one. There was no chance of Lawson competing with us. We would be flying out without our tactician / sailmaker / back up trimmer and friend.

Within hours we had phone calls to friends and friends-of-friends all over the world trying to find someone to fill Lawson’s place. One of the best things about the sailing community is the network of friends and the knowledge that you can draw on these friendships when in need. Luckily for us, Anssi Paatero, a fellow J/24 sailor and competitor in the 2018 J/24 Worlds was able to rearrange his planned Finnish holiday and fly across the Atlantic to complete our team.

We were back to a team of 5 with some serious training and recalibrating of our crew dynamic to come in the following days.

Our two training days in the lead up to the regatta were great. We had 0 to 18 knots and were able to get a taste of Biscayne Bay in a variety of weather conditions. We were still working on the reassignment of tasks on the boat but that was always going to take time.

One of our biggest wins of the regatta has nothing to do with racing. We were incredibly lucky to be welcomed as guests to the Coral Reef Yacht Club. We were able to keep our boat with a handful of others from the club rather than trying to raft up with the other 75 J/24’s at Shake-A-Leg. This yacht club was amazing. They had a big pool, beautiful facilities, rooftop bar, big Opti fleet and incredibly accommodating members, particularly Andres Martinez, Sharon and Gerry Bourke. We look forward to seeing you all at Sandringham Yacht Club in the future!

On Friday 18th October, our boat was in for measurement. “Erika II” was rebranded with the Two Dogs logo and we started the very long measurement process. We had almost made it through and were about to crane the boat into the water when a very prolonged discussion between the boat owner and measurement officials over the weight of bulkhead hatches took place. Short answer is that we did not need to add any lead despite prepping it (with shitty power tools – thanks Ramzey).

Measurement day is by far the biggest hurdle for boat owners and those chartering boats. A number of boats didn’t measure at all, meaning crews missed out on the regatta altogether. I cannot imagine the disappointment of missing out due to technicalities.
Luckily for us it was all smooth sailing for the next few training days prepping for the regatta. We felt that we had good boat speed (thanks Doyle Sails) in training and spent the time focusing on crew maneuvers with the new team.

Australian J/24 teams at J/24 Worlds
Racing commenced on Monday with the Practice Race. The Race Officer very wisely provided us with the opportunity to complete three practice starts prior to commencing this race. This was an invaluable initiative for all boats and gave Jack and the team a very quick lesson in big boat starts. They’re bloody tricky! The practice race was to be the template for most of the races to follow with long 1.6 nautical mile legs plus 5-leg courses. The length of race and the final upwind to the finish proved a big challenge for our team, requiring everyone to focus for that additional leg. Although it doesn’t seem like a big deal, this was a big psychological hurdle and I believe it influenced our racing at the beginning of the regatta. Interestingly, most competitors chose not to complete the final leg of the practice race. As a matter of principal, and with respect for race committee and volunteers running the races, we completed the race.

My number 1 learning of the day is that that Miami sun is vicious. The Practice Race was our first day of full sun and despite applying 50+ sun cream three times over 7 hours, my legs were burnt to a crisp. Still not exactly sure why this happened, but I think it has something to do with the high humidity, and not allowing enough time for the sun cream to soak in before racing. Either way, full length pants became a staple for all future races.

On Monday evening the Opening Ceremony was hosted at Shake-A-Leg with all teams cheering as their respective national flags were paraded on the stage. I was incredibly privileged to be nominated as the Australian flag bearer for the event and will remember that moment for a long time to come. The Opening Ceremony was also our first experience of the infamous American “free-pour”. With Bacardi as a sponsor, we quickly learnt that three drinks in America is very different to 3 drinks in Australia. There were a few sore heads the following day to prove it!!

Come Tuesday morning, the real racing was upon us. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas and racing was postponed for 2 hours ashore due to lack of breeze. Racing commenced as predicted at 1300 hrs in around 5 knots of wind. Of all the days of the regatta, race day 1 was the one that nearly cracked team Two Dogs. We were seriously slow, frustrated with the light winds and as we later ascertained, had been trawling a significant amount of Biscayne Bay weed with us through each race. Big lesson in always checking your rudder and backing up before each race. We also discovered that due to the mast being taller than required, we had a rig tension that was well in excess of that required for such light conditions. We were schooled that day and it hurt.

To be fair, the competition was pretty fierce. Anything less than perfect would see you falling back in the fleet. Participants included 5 J/24 World Champion helmsmen, plus countless Continental and National Champions from 21 countries! My God it was a competitive fleet!

On Wednesday, the weather gods gave us another chance to prove that we could sail in light breezes with the right rig settings sans weed. It was another long day with 2 5-lap races in under 8 knots. Thankfully, our results were an improvement on the previous day, which did wonders for morale.

When organizing a regatta, the number one rule is to ensure that all racing is fair. Huey made absolutely sure the regatta was fair with 20+ knots all day on Race Day 3 (Thursday). One of the most interesting things about racing in Biscayne Bay is that the maximum depth is around 3 metres. When the wind picks up instead of big rolling waves that we are so used to in Port Phillip, there was short sharp chop which lacked consistent direction. We thought that we were good at sailing in chop after a winter with lots of westerlies, but this was something entirely different.

We found the clear air and rounded the first mark in 5th position in Race 5. Unfortunately, we couldn’t maintain that position, but it was a pretty amazing sight seeing the whole fleet rounding behind us. After the first race of the day we had the long downwind trip back to the start line. Regrettably for me, whilst sitting in the cockpit and applying sun cream the boat was too low and being moved around by the chop. We did an accidental gybe which I caught with my head… Cue “boom” + adrenalin and concerned crew members. Following the knock, I was able to regroup for the next race, albeit a little shaky. Tony was in pit for the day and took over tactics for me in the final race. There were clouds around and he was channeling his ocean racing experience in calling the shots with a good result.

Two Dogs finally got our mojo back and registered two solid results of 60 and 58 (out of 79 boats). We also lodged two protests from two separate incidents where other competitors had blatantly infringed on the rules. One was successful in arbitration and the second was drawn out, involved 3 boats, and ultimately thrown out. It made for a long day waiting for the protests to be heard. There were 5 very sleepy pups that evening.

On Friday we were again in the 20+ knot wind range and we were feeling good following the solid results from the day before. We cracked the elusive “top 50” result in the first race of the day, placing 49th and 58th respectively. There were black flags aplenty and lots of boats looking to improve their position following the first two ultra-light race days.

Saturday was the final day of racing with wind in the more comfortable 15-20 knot range. Due to some ongoing injuries obtained the day before, we started with a jib. While this was OK if we had clear air, the minute we were in secondhand breeze we really suffered. There was a speedy jib to genoa change during the first downwind thanks to Ramzey. The “lighter” conditions made for a considerably more pleasant day on the water, particularly downwind with the smaller chop.

Interestingly, as happened in the practice race, a handful of boats did not complete the final race of the regatta, instead opting to retire part way through. The cynic in me thinks they were just trying to get to the crane first to pack up their boats. The volunteer in me was disappointed that boats chose not to complete the course.

As Two Dogs completed the final race, we let out a collective sigh of relief and proudly stated that we were the only Australian boat to complete all the races and return the charter boat in one piece. At the time the statement was true. In a few short hours it was not.

We delivered the boat back to the US Sailing Centre (next to Coral Reef Yacht Club) to strip down our fittings and lines and hand back to the owner. There was a queue of 5 boats waiting to be lifted in front of us, so we were totally de-rigged and ready to put the boat on the trailer and head to presentation by the time it was our turn. Many of the crews before us were nervous with the crane, with little experience operating them. At Sandringham Yacht Club we crane our boats in and out of the water every sailing day, so we were confident and efficient in connecting the boat to the crane for the final hoist out.

I was operating the crane and the rest of the crew were pushing the boat out over the water as the wind was pushing it over the dock slightly. As I was lifting the boat about 3 metres above sea level, there was an almighty crack. The boat seemed to hover mid-air for a moment and then crash down into the water, catching the edge of the dock at the same time. The lifting strop still attached to the crane flung forward and ripped one of the shrouds from its socket.

And there we stared in shock for what felt like forever, failing to register what had just happened. As we too came back to Earth, we rushed forward to secure boat and ascertain the damage. I was the first one there and once someone else held the boat, I jumped downstairs to check the hull. Externally there were two prominent holes where the boat dropped onto the uprights of the hardstand. Inside the boat, there appeared to be no damage to the hull. By some miracle the holes were above the waterline and hadn’t punctured all the way through.

With time, we came to realize that the real miracle is that no one was hurt in this incident. As we walked away from the boat, it dawned on each of us that we had been incredibly lucky that the boat dropped over water rather than on land where it could have injured any or all of us. It was a pretty sobering afternoon. The boat owner was understandably in shock, devastated about the boat but grateful that there were no casualties. It broke our hearts to return the boat in it’s now less-than-perfect condition but at the end of the day the bolts were going to snap, and it was just unlucky it was on our watch.

It wasn’t the end of the regatta that we had hoped for. The biggest takeaway from the whole event is the importance of building a team of people who have your back no matter what.

The biggest thanks from the team goes to our skipper Jack. You did a superb job running the campaign, motivating the team, organizing the trip and racing in your first World Championships. For someone who didn’t know how to sail 6 years ago, that is a very impressive feat." Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

J/Newsletter- November 6th, 2019

J/Sailing News

The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

October has been a busy month in various parts of Europe, Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, and even China for fleets of J/24s, J/70s, and J/80s.

As China’s oldest sailboat regatta, the 15th edition of the J/80 China Cup Challenge took place off Xiamen, China on Wu Yuan Bay for an amazing fleet of thirty-eight teams from across China! The number of races completed was staggering; two full round robins equals a total of 120 matches over 44 flights!

In Europe, the 2019 French J/80 National Championship was sailed off La Rochelle, France for a highly competitive fleet of forty-eight J/80s from Spain and France. The Societe Regates Rochelaises had to cut the regatta short on Sunday due to full-on gale force weather conditions. The sailors were relieved to some degree, as they had just completed eight races in the first two days of racing in 15-25 kt winds and 4-8 ft waves!

The German J/70 Sailing League (Deutsche Segel-bundesliga) held their series finale in Glucksburg, Germany for the thirty-six best sailing clubs from across Germany. The teams enjoyed good sailing, each sailing fifteen races for a total of 45 races completed over the three days.

Two-dozen Russian sailing clubs sailed their Russian J/70 Sailing League finale in Sochi, Russia. The regatta was hosted by the Sochi Grand Marina by Burevestnik Group and the PRO managed to run a ten race series for each club, for a total of twenty races in three days…the fleet enjoyed great breeze and big waves on Black Sea.

The Yacht Club de Cannes in the French Riviera played host for the French J/70 Sailing League Finale on the Mediterranean for fifteen sailing clubs from across France. Sailing took place off the famous “star-crossed” beaches of Cannes, France.

The Nordic J/70 Championship was hosted by the Åländska Segelsällskapet in Mariehamn, Åland on the Baltic Sea for a fleet of eleven teams from across the Scandinavian peninsula with teams representing Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

Eighteen J/70 teams from Russia, Ukraine, and Ireland sailed the inaugural Sevastopol J/70 International Cup on the Black Sea. The racing took place in the first weekend of October off Sevastopol, Crimea; the regatta was held in conjunction with the Sevastopol Sailing Week festival.

The Italian J/70 Sailing League sailed their finale off Portopiccolo, Trieste, Italy in the northern Adriatic Sea with a dozen teams participating in the regatta.

Twenty-one women’s teams from all over Europe (Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Denmark) were hosted by the Sundby Sailing Club. The all-women teams participated in the second annual WoW (Women on Water) Regatta on the western reaches of the Baltic Sea off Copenhagen, Denmark.

Eighteen teams competed in the finale of the Dutch J/70 Sailing League off Muiden, The Netherlands. The event was organized by Jachtclub Veere and the Royal Dutch Sailing & Rowing Association (KNZ & RV).

The Finnish J/70 Sailing League completed their season series in Mariehamn, Finland. The dozen sailing club teams from across Finland were hosted Åländska Segelsällskapet; the club managed to run 10 races per team for a total of 20 races run over three days.

The J/24 Autumn Cup was hosted at Poole Yacht Club this year off Poole, England. The twenty-two teams enjoyed “fresh to frightening” conditions for two of the three days of racing. Of course, the J/24 crews reveled in the big breeze, big wave conditions, enjoying every minute of it!

The Irish J/24 Western Championship took place on Lough Erne, hosted by Lough Erne Yacht Club for a fleet of eighteen boats in generally good sailing conditions.

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J/80s sailing off France
COURRIER ECOLE NAVALE Crowned French 2019 J/80 National Champion

(La Rochelle, France)- There was a lot of celebration taking place at the French Naval Academy (Courrier Ecole Navale) after this past weekend’s results at the French J/80 National Championship. The Societe Regates Rochelaises hosted the event from November 1st to 3rd for forty-eight J/80 teams from across France and Spain.  The regatta was abbreviated on Sunday morning due to gale force winds. Taking three bullets on the first day, Pierre Laouenan skippered the COURRIER ECOLE NAVALE Team to victory.

On Saturday, the fleet enjoyed very strong 15-25 kts winds, huge seas, along with very heavy showers flying across the Bay of Biscay. Then, Sunday dawned with full gale conditions. The SSR PRO had to fly the N over A flags in the harbor; the winds were varying from 32 to 42 kts, with gusts into the low 50’s!
J/80 sailing in France
As a result, Laouenan’s team on COURRIER ECOLE NAVALE won the regatta with a 5-1-1-1-7 tally for 8 pts net. Second was determined by a tie-breaker/ countback on 10 pts each. Taking that scenario was the Spanish team of Iker Almandoz on GARATU with a 1-2-3-48-4 record, over Simon Moriceau’s ARMEN HABITAT with a 13-3-2-3-2 tally.

The outcome of the regatta had little effect on the J/80 Coupe de France Series, which say 103 J/80 teams participate over the course of the summer from all regions of France. Winning the overall classification was Pierre Laouenan’s COURRIER ECOLE NAVALE. Second was Franck Lavenant’s GIGA SAINT-MALO and third was Patrick Bot’s TETHYS, yet another member of the ECOLE NAVALE- BREST, like Laouenan’s team.
J/80s sailing on reach off France
The top women’s skipper awards went to Anne Phelipon’s NAVIGATLANTIQUE, followed by Claire Bochereau on JUMPER taking the silver, then awarded the bronze was Theau Guilcher’s GEOLAN.

Winning the all-women’s team classification was Laura Hue’s SAINT MALO 2. Following her in second was Lotz Munoz from the Spanish team on DECO EXSA in second, and Isabelle Maggiar’s FRA 1081 in third place.
J/80s starting off France
The Masters Division (three or more crew over 46 years old) was won by none other than Patrick Bot’s TETHYS from Ecole Navale CG29. Second was Eric Basset’s CN ST JACUT and third was Jacques Hubert’s EOS.

The Youth Division (four or more crew under 26 years old) was won by Franck Lavenant and his team on GIGA SAINT-MALO. Second was Nicolas Salaun’s MARINTE BREST 2 and third place went to Theau Guilcher’s GEOLAN.

Finally, in the Clubs Division, it was the sailing teams from CN SAINT-CAST that took the overall title, with ECOLE NAVALE- MARINE BREST in the silver, and YC CROUESTY taking the bronze.  For more French J/80 Class sailing information

J/70s sailing German Sailing League
Berlin Wins First German J/70 Sailing League Title

(Glucksburg, Germany)- At the end of an outstanding season of sailing, the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee (VSaW) from Berlin was crowned the German champion of sailing clubs. The runners-up was secured by the Wassersport-Verein Hemelingen (WVH). Then, the defending champion from the Hamburg, the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) was third.
J/70 German sailing team
In the big showdown for the championship, the thirty-six best sailing clubs from all over Germany sailed for three days. With a 15-point lead in the overall championship, the Berlin VSaW started from a very good starting position, securing not only the championship trophy, but also the coveted German starting place for the international offshore regatta 'Nord Stream Race' in 2020.

"At last! After many years in the Segel-Bundesliga, we managed to get the overall victory. We are overjoyed and look forward to the next season,” rejoiced Tim Elsner, helmsman of the Berlin’s VSaW.

The participants in the SAILING Champions League 2020 were also decided in Glücksburg. In addition to the VSaW, WS Hemelingen, the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein and the Bayerischer Yacht Club got a starting place for the upcoming season.  Follow the German Segel-Bundesliga on Facebook here   For more German J/70 Sailing League information

J/80 China Cup off Xiamen
J/80 China Cup Challenge Match Report

(Xiamen, China)- After an eleven-race fleet regatta for 38 teams, 10 teams plus the defender and a top women’s team were invited to return Xiamen and participate in the “match racing phase” of the 2019 China Cup Challenge Match on Wu Yuan Bay.

As China’s oldest sailboat regatta, this was the 15th edition of the China Cup Challenge, and as expectations have risen, it was also the largest one-design regatta ever held in China- with thirty-eight J/80 teams!

The format of the event is that the 11 ‘challengers’ fight for the right to compete against the defender from the previous year for the perpetual solid silver trophy in the shape of a clamshell.

The event started with two complete round robins over three days with the defender (the 2018 Champion, Beijing Sailing Centre) part of the round robin 1, but excused from round robin 2. One has to allow the defender some match practice, but not too much knowledge of who will ultimately face them.

Work this math out! Two full round robins equals a total of 120 matches over 44 flights, which makes for long days on the water. Not only for the sailors, but also for the umpire team of John (Chief) NZL, Wayne NZL, Nev AUS and Alistair GBR with a total of 44 flights over the three days.

Conditions ranged from an almost drift off, to enough breeze to light up the J-80s used for the event, making the pre-start very busy at times with some skippers rather fond of the ‘Y’ Flag which, more often than not, drew a ‘Green’ response.
J/80 sailing off Xiamen, China
Not always though, with more than a smattering of blues and yellows, a few reds, one black and a redress request (denied). A few ‘contacts’ but none more than a ‘kiss’ with no hull damage reports required, although one or two spinnakers required some tape assistance along the way.

A few sailors commented on their level of tiredness when they came ashore, but spare a thought for the race committee or the umpires who, rather than being involved for half the flights, were on the water for ALL the races.

Those first three days whittled the fleet down to the top 4 teams for the semi-finals. The semis were first to three, then the wind shutdown bringing a brief respite for all in the hot sun and, literally, cloudless sky before the heating land brought in a healthy double-figures sea breeze.

That meant the first semi-final was a humdinger. At one point, when one team put in a completely unexpected maneuver, the umpire boat had to make a swift exit at high power leaving one umpire flat on his back on the bottom of the RIB with the only evidence of his presence being a blue flag being waved above the console and the loud screech of a whistle signaling the penalty that caused the RIB to move!

SEAWOLF TEAM from Shenzhen eventually ran out the worthy winner 4 points to 2, but it was a hard (and fairly) fought victory where at times the tables could have easily been turned. A real sharpening up process for the eventual winner.

There followed a prize-giving on the dock for what could be called the local equivalent of the Louis Vuitton Cup or Prada Cup, as the job was only half done. The Challenger winner was now determined and now had the right to go up against the Defender.
J/80 sailing off Xiamen, China
Those Defenders, by the way, spent the whole afternoon on the spectator boat moored just off the race track observing the action with more than a little passing interest. They knew they would have to be on their game to defend their title.

The North against South battle in the Challenge match may appear to be one-sided with SEAWOLF taking the title 4-0, but they didn’t have it all their own way in the pre-start. For the SEAWOLF team, the 24 “practice races” leading up to the match had made the Shenzhen team razor-sharp and their superiority in boat speed. Plus, their boat-handling, particularly at the mark roundings, gave little chance to the Beijing-based team to take advantage of their competitors.

As the Chief Umpire, John Rountree explained, “the quality of the match racing across the fleet has risen every year.” He should know, he has been coming to the event for the past six years!

There was one final element to the event that was pioneered two editions ago- the “All-Star Challenge”.
J/80 sailing off China
The new champion would sail in a “Big Money Match” against a team brought together from the teams ranked 2nd to 5th with the best helm, the best mainsheet, etc for a first to 3 winner-takes-all for RMB 250,000; a portion of which would go to the charity of the winner’s choice.

In the past, this has seen some amazing racing. In fact, in one race, there was so much action, it prompted one umpire to claim it was “in the top 10 matches I have even witnessed” and he has umpired at three America’s Cups!

This year SEAWOLF ran away from the competition, winning in a 3-0 rout in convincing fashion; taking home their 250,000 RMB and donating it to a sailing charity for children in China.

Five days of intense racing, a total of 142 races– that’s NOT a typo by the way! The 2019 China Cup Challenge Match once again proving why it is one of the most highly-regarded regattas in the Chinese sailing calendar. Lots of smiles on sailor’s faces (winners and losers), which is what it should all be about – roll on next year!

J/70 sailing off Sochi, Russia
AHKMAT TEAM Win Russian J/70 National Championship!

(Sochi, Russia)- Two-dozen teams from across Russia assembled in Sochi, Russia to sail the 2019 Russian J/70 National Championship. The Sochi Grand Marina by Burevestnik Group hosted the three-day event. After a ten race, two discards series; it was Alexander Bozhko and his amazingly fast crew on AKHMAT that were crowned as the Russian J/70 National Champions.  Here is how it all went down on the choppy waters of the Black Sea off the Olympic city of Sochi.
J/70s sailing off Sochi, Russia
Day 1
Included in the 24 teams that started the Russian J/70 Nationals were many of the past few year’s leading teams. Remarkably, there were five women skippers (the most ever in a major Russian sailing event) participating; including DOLCE VITA (steering Inna Balashova); ARTTUBE RUS1 (Valeria Kovalenko); TREM SAILING 1 (Alexandra Peterson); TREM SAILING 2 (Irina Sorokina); and MATRYOSHKA (Natalia Kravets).

The leading men’s crews included X-FIT (Vladimir Silkin); ZID ART SAILING TEAM (Zoran Paunovich); AKHMAT (Alexander Bozhko); and M-SAILING TEAM (Andrey Malygin).

Sochi is one of the favorite sailing areas for Russian sailing events. Nevertheless, this was the first time the J/70 Class held their Russian National Championship in the Olympic capital city.

The first race day turned out to be quite complicated, despite the forecasts foreshadowing the complete absence of wind and heavy rain. Fortunately, neither of them happened. But, unfortunately, a quiet wind set at 50-60 degrees, which twice led to race postponements right after the start. In the end, two races were held in the light northeast winds offshore.

Leading after the first day was Alexander Bozhko’s Chechnyian crew aboard AKHMAT; they had only 4 points in 2 races. The second and third place teams were tied with 7 pts each- the twin teams of M Sailing Team (Andrei Malygin) and M Sailing Team CSKA (Mikhail Poslamovsky). Sitting in fourth place just one point back was top woman helm Natalia Kravets on MATRYOSHKA. Fifth place also had a tie at 9 pts each- Peter Nosov’s CARAMBA and Zoran Paunovich’s ZID art Sailing team.
J/70s starting off Sochi, Russia
Day 2
For the second day of sailing, Sochi weather was again distinguished by its inconsistency. Contrary to expectations, the wind was not stable enough.

The Chief Judge of the regatta- Nikolay Yushkov- commented, “the day started very well. In the first two races, the southeast wind blew a steady 15 knots. We were glad that the races were longer, each taking about an hour. In the middle of the day, the wind changed its direction 180 degrees! Then, we waited a couple of hours for the wind to settle. Amazingly, the wind returned to his original southeast direction, and we were able to run two more races.”

As a result, four more races were added to the results for a total of six races to score. Further increasing their lead was Bozhko’s Chechen Republic team on AKMAT after posting two 1sts and two 2nds! However, close friend and archrival Valeria Kovalenko on ARTTUBE RUS 1 had an amazing day, posting two 1sts and a 3-4 to race up the standings into second place! Rising to third place was Malygin’s M-SAILING team.
J/70 Sochi Russia winners podium
Day 3
The final day of the regatta turned out to be a sight for sore eyes- a stable wind of up to 8 knots made it possible to run four more races, to make it ten races in all. Coincidentally, the teams could now discard their two worst results.

Chief Judge Nikolay Yushkov commented, “we had a great day! The sun, warmth, stable southeast wind- all the components for high-quality sailing! It is a pity that the day was shortened, otherwise they would still be racing, with big smiles on their faces!. Congratulations to the winners and prize winners!”

Crowned as the 2019 Russian J/70 National Champion was the team from the Chechen Republic on AHKMAT. Bozhko’s team sailed a phenomenal regatta, winning with just 17 pts total and not having to sail the last race! Rising to the challenge of maintaining a podium position was Malygin’s M-SAILING Team, taking the silver over Kovalenko’s ARTTUBE RUS 1 Team, who finished with the bronze medal.

Rounding out the top five were Yuri Morozov’s RUSSOTRANS in fourth place and Peter Nosov’s crew on CARAMBA in fifth.  Follow the Russian J/70 Sailing League on Facebook   For more Russian J/70 National Championship sailing information here

J/70s sailing off Sevastopol, Crimea
ZID ART SAILING Win J/70 Sevastopol International Cup

(Sevastopol, Crimea)- The inaugural Sevastopol J/70 International Cup was sailed from the 4th to the 6th of October. The regatta was held in conjunction with the Sevastopol Sailing Week festival.

Eighteen teams from Russia, Serbia and Ireland participated in the first open international regatta in Sevastopol.  Some of the leading teams included, B-TEAM (Russia, Artem Basalkin), M-SAILING–CSKA (Russia, Alexandr Bozhko), MATRYOSHKA (Russia, Natalia Kravez), WILD CARD (Ireland, William Twomey), X-Fit (Russia, Vladimir Chaus), ZID ART Sailing team (Serbia, Zoran Paunovic), GALS (Russia, Sergey Dzhienbaev), DOBRYNYA (Russia, Igor Ignatov), ROSMOSPORT (Russia, Anton Timakov), and BLACK SEA NAVAL School (Russia, Petr Gorkunov). Here are the daily reports how the competition unfolded in a unique format.  The first two days were qualifiers for the top 10 teams. Then, on the final day, the “Gold Medal Races” for ten teams would determine the champion in a winner-take-all finale of three races.
J/70s sailing off Sevatopol, Crimea
Day 1
The sailing was good on the first day, with twelve total races run (6 for each team) before the close of racing for the day due to lack of sunlight! Leading after the first day was Artem Basalkin’s B-TEAM from Russia. Leading after the first two races was Alexander Bozhko’s M-SAILING CSKA team from Russia, however, they dropped to second place after posting a fourth place in their last race. Third place was a free-for-all, with four teams tied on 22 pts each after their six races.

Four different teams were claiming the third place. PEK: Sport won two races, Zoran Paunovic’s Serbian team on ZID ART SAILING won one and Sergey Dzhienbaev’s GALS also won one. The fourth crew was a top Russian woman sailor- Natalia Kravez- skippering MATRYOSHKA.
J/70s sailing downwind at Sevastopol, Crimea
Day 2
The second day was full of surprises. The sailors were greeted in the morning with heavy rain that thankfully ended before noon. The Race committee then sent the teams out and ran 10 more races (5 for each team).

M-SAILING- CSKA showed an excellent performance and climbed back into first place back after two victories. B-TEAM has also won two races, but scored 5 extra points and ended the day in second place overall.

ZID ART Sailing team from Serbia beat all rivals after winning three races and ended the day in third place. GALS and X-Fit won one race each and were now fourth and fifth. MATRYOSHKA dropped to sixth place.
J/70 Sevastopol Regatta winners podium
Day 3- Medal Race Finale
The final day of racing saw six qualifying races and three medal races. It was the first time the National Sailing League used this format.

After three days of racing, PEK: SPORT closed the Top-10 with two victories. Bill Twomey’s Irish team on WILD CARD finished 9th. The Saint Petersburg Yacht Club Youth Team was in 8th place. ALGA TATARSTAN from Kazan was in 7th place, winning their last race. MATRYOSHKA was three points behind the Top 5.

The final “Medal Races” were unpredictable and spectacular. The final results were calculated by the following method: your place after qualifying races + the sum of the points gained during medal races.

The top five qualifiers were M-SAILING- CSKA in first, ZID ART SAILING in second, B-TEAM third, GALS fourth, and X-FIT fifth.

In the three Medal Races, B-TEAM won two races and GALS won one race. However, ZID ART SAILING was the most consistent team in terms of results, scoring three seconds! The fate of the Cup was decided during the last medal race. B-TEAM won the race, but ZID ART Sailing team won the first Sevastopol J/70 International Cup.  Follow the Sevastopol J/70 International Cup on Facebook here   For more Sevastopol J/70 International Cup sailing information

J/70s sailing off Cannes, France
APCC VOILE SPORTIVE Crowned French J/70 Sailing League Champions

SR ANTIBES Win Finale in Cannes!
(Cannes, France)-The Yacht Club de Cannes in the French Riviera played host for the French J/70 Sailing League Finale on the Mediterranean for fifteen sailing clubs from across France. The three-day event saw incredibly sharp racing amongst the top teams, tightly fought starts, amazing choreography of boat-handling and teamwork in the mark-roundings, and close-racing due to very even boatspeeds amongst the competition. After twelve races for each team (a total of 36 races completed), it was SR ANTIBES that won the regatta winning a remarkable 10 of 12 races sailed, smoking the competition. However, it was not enough to take over the overall French Sailing League series; that title went to the very consistent sailing of APCC VOILE SPORTIVE that won 7 of their 12 races to take second in Cannes and be awarded first overall! Here is how it all went down over the three days of racing.
J/70s sailing off Cannes, France
Day 1- Friday
It was far from the summer time of Cannes, as the teams would have needed the Umbrellas of Cherbourg for this first day of racing! The rain in the Bay of Cannes did not disturb the good progress of the event since three complete flights and nine races were run from 1400 hours and onward. The teams all delivered a good fight in a wavering and oscillating wind and in a constant rain! Yes, it had to be miserable, but there were smiles on the regatta leaders!

The President of the Yacht Club de Cannes- Jean-Pierre Champion- commented that, “this is an emblematic event of the Federation, with a unique format and clubs that compete on the J/70 one-design sailboats that were provided by the Southern Sailing League Association. This is a test that we like, to which we wish our crews bon’chance and we have the opportunity a wonderful host this year! We are unhappy with the weather, of course, but I think that the quality of reception at the Yacht Club of Cannes will delight the crews!"

Leading after the first day was Sofian Bouvet’s team on SR ANTIBES, he is a formidable competitor, having been the French Olympic 470 Sailing Team representative and a Tour de’Voile winner. Three races, three victories for the excited team on the first day!

Sitting in second was Simon Bertheau’s crew on APPC VOILE SPORTIVE with a 1-2-1 tally.  Third was a top French woman skipper- Mathilde de Kérangat- skippering the SR ROCHELAISES team to a 3-1-1 record.

A perfect start that places them temporarily ahead of the overall standings just ahead of the Nantais of the APCC Voile Sportive led by Simon Bertheau who have come close to perfection themselves, with 2 race wins and a 2nd place. At the 3rd step of the podium, the crew of the SR Rochelaises were also part of the club "double winners" with 2 wins and a 3rd place. Tomorrow if the sky should stay cloudy, the wind should climb up a notch and maybe redistribute the cards!
J/70s sailing amongst super yachts off Cannes, France
Day 2- Saturday

After the light winds and relentless rain on Friday, the scenario changed completely on Saturday morning. Clears skies and a fabulous breeze from the south swept the race course with 13 to 18 kts breezes all day. As a result, the strong breezes “redistributed the cards” for the top five teams; some teams excelled in the demanding conditions, some did not.

There was 7 knots of maximum wind yesterday, and 13 knots minimum Saturday! To say that the atmosphere was different on the water would be an understatement! The strong got stronger, that was for sure. Excited about the big waves and planing-mode winds were Bouvet’s SR ANTIBES team, posting four bullets and a third to pull further away from the fleet.

However, also reveling in the conditions were Bertheau’s Nantais crew on APCC VOILE SPORTIVE, winning three of their races and sitting just four points back from SR ANTIBES. The big mover for the day was the CV Saint Aubin Elbeuf team, winning three races and adding two deuces to climb into the bronze position for the regatta.

Ed Russo, President of the LNVoile Commission and the International Sailing League Association, commented that “we had two great firsts this year for the National Sailing League in France. One was sailing on the lake in Léry-Poses. And, the other was sailing on the Mediterranean here in Cannes. The top four places qualify for the 2020 Sailing Champions League."
J/70s sailing off Cannes, France
Day 3- Sunday

On the Sunday finale, the teams were greeted with “fresh to frightening” weather conditions on the Bay of Cannes, big breaking waves and 20-25 kt winds offshore! Taking the big seas, big winds in stride was none other than Bouvet’s SR ANTIBES crew, posting another stunning record of 1-1-3-1 to win the Cannes event with ease for a total of 16 pts. Their nemesis all weekend was out to prove they could hang with the best and posted an even better scoreline of 1-2-1-1 to take second with 19 pts. The bronze went to the very excited CV Saint Aubin Elbeuf team, winning their last race in the big breeze to win a tie-breaker over CV ECOLE NAVALE at 23 pts each!

For the overall French Sailing League series, APCC VOILE SPORTIVE won a tie-breaker over CV SAINT AUBIN ELBEUF. Both had identical scores of 2-3 in both Léry-Poses and Cannes. However, the Nantais on APCC VOILE SPORTIVE won by virtue of a higher score in the final event in Cannes! Thrilled to race up the overall leaderboard from fifth place after Léry-Poses to the bronze on the podium were none other than the elated team from SR ANTIBES!
J/70 France Sailing League champions
Simon BERTHEAU (APCC Nantes) commented, “we were very consistent this weekend, but it was tight until the end. We had a nice day of breezes this Sunday and we sailed well, which allowed us to dig a little bit even if the crew of the SR Antibes was a little stronger on this stage. We are glad to offer this final victory to the club, the first for APCC Nantes! And, we are also happy to qualify for the Sailing Champions League Qualifier!"

Timothée ROSSI (SR Antibes) also commented on their racing; “we brought experience on the boat with Sofian (Bouvet), Julien (Lacaze) and Frédéric (Minucci) who joined us on this stage with my helmsman in 420s- Angel Delerce. We had conditions that were very different from that of Léry-Poses, and we felt more comfortable here at home in the South.  We are really happy with this victory, we thank our sports director who has re-launched the LNVoile project at the club, with a dynamic mix of experience and youth, and it really went very well!"  Sailing photo credits- Arnaud Pilpre/ FFVoile   Follow the French Sailing League on Facebook here   For more French Sailing League information

J/24s sailing in the United Kingdom
MADELAINE Tops U.K. J/24 Autumn Cup

(Poole, United Kingdom)- After a week of watching every available forecast race officer Steve Thompson made the brave (and as it turned out, correct) decision to go ahead with the J/24 Autumn cup at Poole Yacht Club. A weekend forecast of strong winds fueled the usual debate as teams launched amid the strong winds and rain of Friday afternoon.

Saturday dawned with a strong southwesterly breeze so the decision was made to race within the harbour to shelter from the mid-channel gales. Following the briefing, twenty-two teams went afloat for four races back to back.

Race one started on time at 10:30 with Madelaine helmed by Duncan McCarthy leading from start to finish. A pack of boats followed in close company with Joe Cross in Jambalaya just holding off a late charge from Dave Cooper's Jive to take 2nd followed by Cacoon and National Champions Hustle in 4th & 5th respectively.

A quick turn around and the fleet were away for race 2. Once again, a good start from Madelaine catapulted them into an early lead which they held to the finish, this time Nick Phillips and team on Chaotic recovering from a main halyard issue in race 1 sailed a solid race to finish 2nd ahead of Sam Pearson's Hustle.

Race 3 saw the breeze increase, with some particularly strong gusts on the run, resulting in plenty of planing and broaches. Jive stormed into an early lead, which they held until the final run, when the ever-consistent Madelaine powered past to take their 3rd win of the day. Jive took a close 2nd with Hustle once again taking 3rd. The increased breeze saw some spectacular broaches and Chinese gybes (David
Harding of Sailing scenes' pictures available on his website). However, all starters finished safely.

The final race of the day started with 2 boats OCS, but the majority of the fleet starting cleanly for another 3 laps. Once again, Madelaine started well leading around the windward mark and extending away to take a clean sweep for the day followed by Chaotic and Nick Macdonald's Mojos in 3rd.

The fleet returned to Poole YC with smiles on their faces ready for a barbeque laid on by the club straight after racing allowing crews to get together and socialize after an exciting day on the water. Following a few protests the day's results were posted seeing Duncan McCarthy and his team on Madelaine leading the way with 3 points following a very impressive "perfect day". 2nd was Dave Cooper's Jive on 9 points with Joe Cross' Jambalaya 3rd ahead on count back of Sam Pearson's Hustle both on 11 points.

Sunday morning dawned with gusts over 30 knots and a forecast of building breeze during the day. The decision was, therefore, made to abandon the days racing allowing boats to be lifted out before the weather closed in. A slick operation executed by a team of Poole YC members meant that an hour and a half later the 16 visiting boats had been lifted out of the water ready for the prize-giving where Poole YC Commodore (and J/24 sailor) Nye Davies presented Duncan and team Madelaine with the J/24 Autumn Cup. Duncan thanked the team at Poole YC for putting on a good event and getting four good races away in challenging conditions to finish the UK qualifiers for next year's UK J/24 World Championship.  For more J/24 United Kingdom Autumn Cup Championship sailing information

J/70 women's team sailing WOW in Denmark
Danish J/70 WoW Regatta Promotes Women’s Sailing

(Copenhagen, Denmark)- After a great WoW (Women On Water) success in 2018, all sails were set for the second annual edition in 2019. The event was extended to 21 teams; this year WoW teams came from Portugal, Germany and Sweden to race on the Danish J/70 Sailing League boats. Host for the regatta was Sundby Sailing Club.

"For us, it's a great thing to be able to attract guests from abroad as well as from the local area, especially when there are so many other things happening around us. The community that we have in the club after a weekend like this continues for the rest of the year and we can use that weekend to bring our sailing community together in Sundby. This is also why we like to host the WoW event,” says Jesper Lorents, who sits on the board of Sundby Sailing Association and one of the key people behind the event.
J/70 women's sailing team at WOW Regatta Denmark
It was close racing at the top of the leaderboard.  The KDY (Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub) Team of PELLE P (Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, Helle Ørum Ryhding, Anne Sofie Munk-Hansen, Henriette Koch and Tina Schmidt Gramkov) was up against a formidable crew on Hellerup Sejlklub HS WILD comprised of Klara Ekdahl, Anna Ekdahl, Clara Svensdotter, Isabell Jobson and Julia Stålberg.
J/70 women's sailing team at WOW Regatta
Despite the fact that both HS WILD and PELLE P only counted all podium finishes all weekend long, they were essentially tied going into the last race. In the crucial final race, PELLE P was leading at the bottom of the first of two windward-leeward legs. However, a bad takedown of the spinnaker enabled the HS WILD team to blow by them and win the crucial last race, with PELLE P taking second.  As a result, HS WILD won, with PELLE P in second and PLASTIC CHANGE Team in third.
J/70 WOW women's sailing regatta podium winners
The sailing was difficult for the sailors. The event started out with very heavy fog and virtually no wind, then slowly improved over the next two days. Despite the conditions, all the teams kept their fighting spirit. One thing the women were very good at was “networking”, spending a lot of team getting to know each other better during the repetitive postponements.  Follow the WoW Regattas on Facebook here   For more Danish J/70 Sailing League WoW events information

J/70s sailing off Finland
Åländska Segelsällskapet Conquer Finnish J/70 Sailing League

(Mariehamn, Finland)- The Finnish Sailing League concluded their 2019 season from the 11th to 13th October in Åland, when the top twelve club sailing teams competed on their fleet of J/70 one-design keelboats for the Finnish Sailing League Championship. The competition took place in the West Harbor of Mariehamn, and a tough battle ensued for the title.

On Sunday, Åländska Segelsällskapet celebrated their third successive club championship in their home waters. The ÅSS 2 Team (Daniel Mattson, Staffan Lindberg, Mathias Dahlman and Jasper Karlsson) took the gold overall. The silver was taken by Nyländska Jaktklubben's number one team (Thomas Hallberg, Juhana Rintala, Robert Nyberg and Christoffer Silén). The bronze was awarded to the Xtra Staerk Ocean Racing Society (Thomas Hacklin, Kim Westman, Aleksi Lehtonen and Mika Malm).
J/70 Finland Sailing League winners
"This win feels particularly good, as the final level was extremely tough thanks to two qualifying teams and a team of skillful sailors," said ÅSS skipper Daniel Mattson.

“We laid the foundation for the first two finals, as we did not sail well in the last three starts. It's hard to say why, but the victory tastes good,” commented ÅSS tactician Staffan Lindberg.

ÅSS will thus be able to hold the handsome Sportklubbens Pokal from 1886 and once again represent Finland in the offshore competition Nord Stream Race. The top four club teams were ÅSS, NJK, XS and fourth-placed Brändö Seglare. In addition, these teams will be looking to participate in the SAILING Champions League qualifying event in 2020.  Sailing Photo Credits- Pepe Korteniemi   For more Finnish J/70 Sailing League information

J/70s sailing off Finland
KSSS Crowned Nordic J/70 Champions

(Mariehamn, Finland)- After completing the Finnish J/70 Sailing League Championship the previous weekend, the Åländska Segelsällskapet hosted the Nordic Sailing Clubs Championship again in Mariehamn, Åland. Eleven teams from across the Scandinavian peninsula participated in the event, with teams representing Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
J/70 KSSS winners in Finland
After two days of racing and nine races sailed, it was the KSSS (Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet) team of Björn Hansen, Phillip Kai Guhle, Nils Bjerkås and Mathias Bredin that took home the gold medal with 15 pts total.  Second was the host club’s Åländska Segelsällskapet 1 Team with 17 pts total.  Then, taking the bronze was GSF (Grimstad Seilförening) with 19 pts. The KSSS team was pretty dominant overall, winning five of their nine races.  Follow the Finnish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Finnish J/70 Sailing League information

J/24 Irish Westerns podium winners
MADELAINE Triumphs @ Irish J/24 Westerns

(Lough Erne, Ireland)- A thirteen-strong fleet defied the aftermath of Hurricane Lorenzo to return Lough Ree for a re-run of the event which was originally blown out in mid-April. The easterly breeze on day one ranged between 10-15 knots with increasingly persistent rain, although the conditions did not dampen the competition with closely fought racing throughout the fleet.

Principal Race Officer David Dickson and team performed with textbook efficiency to deliver four high-quality races in typically shifty lake conditions that ensured there were plenty of snakes and ladders to contend with.

The Gold Fleet became a shoot out between Il Riccio helmed by JP McCaldin from Lough Erne Yacht Club and local boat Headcase helmed by Cillian Dickson. Il Riccio reveled in the shifty conditions to return three bullets, however, a fourth place in Race Three allowed the consistent performance of reigning Irish National Champions Headcase to finish the day within one point of the lead.

A strong performance by Diarmuid O’Donovan’s Yahtzee was marred by retirement in Race Four, however, it remained enough to lead the Silver Fleet overnight and stay in contention for the overall podium places with Mark Usher in Jumpin’ Jive and Flor O’Driscoll in Hard on Port.

A fine dinner provided by Lough Ree Yacht Club and numerous hot whiskies revived cold competitors ashore– at least until the next morning.

Day two provided a spectacular autumnal morning with lighter breeze from the west. A prompt start from David Dickson ensured two tight races to close out the event. The clinical Il Riccio crew only required one race to secure overall victory, a further bullet enough to win with a race to spare from Headcase. Il Riccio had successfully snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on several previous occasions during the year so this victory in the season finale was greatly welcomed by the crew. The evergreen Flor O’Driscoll and crew completed the Gold Fleet podium placings in third.

The lighter breeze saw new competitors enter the fray with Fergus Kelliher from Tralee Bay SC on Jibe securing their best individual result with a second in Race Five with newly installed Class President Mark Usher’s Jumpin’ Jive narrowly missing on a race win in Race Six.

Diarmuid O’Donovan’s Yachtzee completed a successful weekend for Lough Erne crews by securing Silver Fleet honours with a narrow victory over Conor Haughton’s Jade from Wicklow Sailing Club. Dave Lane’s YaGottaWanna from Royal Cork Yacht Club completed the Silver Fleet podium.

Lough Ree Yacht Club delivered an excellent event with special mention at the prize giving reserved for J24 stalwart and event organizer Finbarr Ryan. The J24 Irish fleet now enter the winter period following an excellent season of racing including a record-breaking entry for the National Championships and a different winner in each of the four events demonstrating the competitiveness within the fleet. 2020 will see the prestigious J24 World Championships hosted in Poole, Dorset; therefore, the Irish circuit will be full of well-primed crews preparing for the challenge.

Away from Lough Ree, Colm O’Flaherty from Sligo Yacht Club represented the fleet at the hotly contested All Ireland Sailing Championship in Dun Laoghaire. The Rosses Point helm won the Repechage before finishing 7th overall. Thanks for the report by Chris Scott.  For more Irish J/24 Westerns sailing information

J/70s sailing off Trieste, Italy
AERONAUTICA MILITARE Win Italian J/70 Sailing League

(Portopiccolo, Trieste, Italy)- The finale of the Italian J/70 Sailing League took place in the picturesque port of Portopiccolo in Trieste, Italy on the northeastern shores of the Adriatic Sea. A dozen teams participated in the regatta in very light, very difficult conditions; only three races were sailed for each team over the three-day weekend!

Winning the regatta was the Italian Aeronautica Militare Team, comprised of Niccolò Bertola (helmsman), Giancarlo Simeoli (tactician), Marco Balbi (bow), and Giovanni Bannetta (trim).
J/70s sailing off Trieste, Italy
Their tactician- Giancarlo Simeoli- had this to say about the regatta: "It was a complicated championship that took place in very light wind conditions, ending with a suspense lasting up to the last minute among the top three teams. We started with some bad races on the first day and, honestly, we knew that it was above all a lack of training in this particular race format, very fast tests and tight maneuvers, fleet crossings and match race duels. Then, with the continuation of the races, we meshed well and re-discovered how to better coordinate our team. Finally, impeccable, as always, the excellent hospitality in Portopiccolo, thanks for its amazing and efficient staff!”
J/70s sailing at mark off Trieste, Italy
The regatta chairman exclaimed, “at the conclusion of this Italian Championship, we would like to express our thanks to all the participants. The victory by the Italian Aeronautica Militare team, followed by the Compagnia della Vela with the multi-champion Tommaso Chieffi aboard, and the third place of the Velica Garda Saló team with the famous Pietro Corbucci at the helm. The level of competition demonstrated the importance that clubs give to the LegaVela Championship. The Italian title won by the Aeronautica Militare is another ribbon that Giancarlo Simeoli and his airmen will be able to pin on their uniforms. Thank you Portopiccolo, for having hosted us in a splendid setting and a special thanks to the Società Velica Barcola and Grignano, the Diporto Nautico Sistiana and the Yacht Club Porto Piccolo for organizing an impeccable Italian Championship worthy of the prestigious title it awards. Finally, special thanks go to President Francesco Ettorre and his entire Federal Council, which always supports LegaVela with particular enthusiasm and confidence.”

Behind the Aeronautica Militare, taking the silver was the Compagnia della Vela from Venezia, and taking the bronze was the Società Canottieri Garda Saló.  Follow the Italian J/70 Sailing League here   For more Italian J/70 Sailing League information

J/70s sailing off The Netherlands
WSV Giesbeek Win Dutch J/70 Sailing League

(Muiden, The Netherlands)- In the first weekend of October, Jachtclub Veere and the Royal Dutch Sailing & Rowing Association (KNZ & RV) organized the Eredivisie Sailing 2019. In total, seventeen sailing club teams competed for qualification for the SAILING Champions League 2020 on the Ilsjmeer in front of the port of Muiden!

In three days, 15 flights were run for an amazing 45 short races! Under challenging wind conditions, all races were sailed off the coast of Muiden this weekend. Until the last set of races, there were seven teams that claimed the podium. It was the youth team of WSV Giesbeek that finally won the title. The other tickets for the Sailing Champions League were for Almere Centraal in second, WV de Meeuwen in third and the KNZ & RV in fourth.
J/70s sailing league in The Netherlands
Chairman Michiel Dis about this weekend: “We are very happy that we have been able to host the Eredivisie and that it has been so successful. Strongly changing circumstances made it very tactical for the teams trying to maintain consistent performances. The level of competition was very high and the differences in points were very tight. I think we have demonstrated that we can give the Eredivisie Sailing as associations an excellent follow-up. The continuity of this format therefore appears to be guaranteed. We are most happy with that!”

Hard training pays off
WSV Giesbeek was the team that had by far the most hours training and racing in the J/70; and that effort paid off big time! WSV Giesbeek had a young and very talented team. Last year, they were the 2018 Dutch J/70 National Champions. Now, they can add to their trophy case the Dutch J/70 Sailing League award!
J/70s sailing off Netherlands
Team member Koen Sibbel commented on this weekend, “we sailed extremely hard and well all weekend. The teams are very close together. We have trained a lot in the past year and that paid off. The tactic was to stay out of trouble and to limit the damage with bad starts. We did not have to do any penalty turns the entire weekend and that, of course, made a big difference. At the end, we made it a bit difficult for ourselves by sailing an OCS (too early start, ed.). But, then picked up the pace again and closed with the win. We are very happy that we succeeded!”
J/70s Netherlands league winners
Great fight
The other two teams on the podium also agreed on the fun, the sportiness and the excitement of the competitions.

Gosse de Boer from WV de Meeuwen explained, “what a pleasure to sail such a wonderful event! It was a great battle on the water with strong teams and good organization. We are happy with our qualification for the Champions League and look forward to a continuation of the Eredivisie next year.”  For more Dutch J/70 Sailing League information

Regatta & Show Schedules:

Oct 5- Dec 1- Hamble Winter Series- Hamble, England
Nov 9- Hot Rum Series I- San Diego, CA
Nov 9-10- J/22 Vaterchen Frost Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
Nov 16- Around Hong Kong Island Race- Hong Kong, China
Nov 23- Hot Rum Series II- San Diego, CA
Nov 30- Dec 1- J/80 Mundialito Regatta- Santander, Spain
Dec 6-8- J/22 Jammin’ Jamaica Regatta- Montego Bay, Jamaica
Dec 7- Hot Rum Series III- San Diego, CA

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

J/80s sailing Frostbite Cup
J/80 Frostbite Cup Series Preview

(Gooimeer, The Netherlands)- Started in the fall of 2015, the Frostbite Cup was the creation of a few J/80 sailors from R&ZV Naarden to start a winter series competition. It soon turned out there was a lot of enthusiasm for the idea and fifteen J/80s participated in that first year. As the popularity soared over the years, it was clear that racing on perfectly flat water on the Gooimeer Lake was a “cool” idea.  For the 2019/ 2020 Frostbite Cup, a record 27 boats from four nations across Europe (The Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, and Belgium).

Sailing takes place on Sundays only and up to three races can be sailed in a short-course format of 30 to 45 minutes each. The first start is at 1100 hours.  At the end of the day are daily prize-givings and an open bar! Hot rum toddy’s are quite popular!
J/80s sailing Frostbite Cup in Netherlands
This year, the first Act started on October 5th, the second was November 3rd and the rest are distributed over December, January, February, and March (for the overall prize-giving on Sunday the 15th).

Currently leading the series are all Dutch teams. Leading is Jilko & Sybren’s OANT ST JEN with a 5-2-8-2-1-2 scorecard for 20 pts. Second is Nick Elsink’s J’ZUSTER with a 2-1-5-1-11-7 tally for 27 pts. And, sitting third is Bob Jansens’s FUN-J with a 4-3-2-10-5-11 roller-coaster ride for 35 pts.  Sailing photo credits- Twirre Bogaard   For more J/80 Frostbite Cup sailing information

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Everett Pearson
Class of 2019: Everett A. Pearson

The U.S. National Sailing Hall of Fame selected ten people in 2019 to join the 71 previously recognized individuals who have been enshrined since the first class in 2011.

Among this group to be inducted on November 9 is the grandfather of fiberglass production, Everett A. Pearson (Warren, RI & Estero, FL). 2011 inductee Gary Jobson provides this tribute:

“Everett Pearson was the first builder of fiberglass production cruising sailboats. He was an active racing sailor, graduating from Brown University in 1955 as an Economics major, where he was captain of the football team. Everett and his cousin, Clint went right into boatbuilding, experimenting with new materials in the family garage. Pearson Yachts was born.

At Tom Potter’s urging, the Pearson’s got Carl Alberg to design a 28-foot cruising boat that sold for under $10,000, the Triton. It was introduced at the 1959 New York Boat Show. Seventeen were sold. Within 10 years, they’d built 700. Three years later, they launched the 22-foot Ensign, selling 1,800 boats with the class remaining active today. In 1964, Invicta a 38-foot sloop designed by William Tripp, was the first production fiberglass sailboat to win the Newport to Bermuda Race.

When the original Pearson Yachts was sold to Grumman Allied Industries, Cousin Clint left to found Bristol Yachts while Everett partnered with Neil Tillotson to form Tillotson-Pearson, Inc. (TPI). In 1977, Everett became “another brother” to Bob & Rod Johnstone (2016 Inductees) to build a revolutionary design called the J/24.

Deja vu all over again: a boat for less than $10,000. Over 700 were sold in the first year. To catch up in May of 1978, Everett was building six J/24s per day, 6-days a week in two locations. Ultimately over 5,500 of these international one-designs were built, plus another 7,000 J/Boats from the J/22 to the J/65.

TPI later added the word “composites” to the company name, expanding to build: Swimex Exercise Pools, Windpower Blades, Disney and Airport Buses, Lagoon catamarans, Alerion Express and Freedom sailboats. In 2005-06, TPI was contracted to build sixteen 44-foot sloops for the U.S. Naval Academy. Everett put more boats into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame than any other builder: Five — Triton, Ensign, J/24, Freedom 40, and J/35.

Everett also contributed to the Sport of Sailing. In 1992 the U.S economy was struggling, a 10% luxury tax brought sailboat sales to a halt. In response, Everett became a co-founding member of Sail America and Sail Expo to promote sailing and “sail only” boat shows.

At the same time, he built the trend-setting 35-foot J/105 with retractable bowsprit and asymmetric spinnaker for less than the $100,000, when the Luxury Tax kicked in. He did much to revive excitement in sailing.

In addition to his production talent, two of Everett’s technical innovations were immensely important for the marine industry: (1) he popularized Bill Seamen’s patented SCRIMP infusion molding system to produce higher quality and stronger laminates and, (2) he worked closely with plastics chemists to create a combination of vinylester resin and an isophthalic gelcoat to provide a 10-year transferable warranty against gelcoat blistering…the first in the world to offer this benefit.

Everett Pearson was passionate about building better boats and sharing his talent. Many of the people who worked for him went on to build their own successful marine industry careers. Thousands of his boats will be sailing for many years into the future, securing Everett’s lasting legacy in the sport.

The 2019 class will be formally celebrated on Saturday, November 9, 2019, with an Induction Ceremony hosted at Seattle Yacht Club, Seattle, WA.

J/90 Hot Toddy crew
* J/90 HOT TODDY Loves the West Florida Ocean racing Circuit in Pensacola. Florida. The HOT TODDY crew consisted of Dan, Billy, Rives, James, Ed, and Huey. Owner John Guy related some of their experiences to date:

“It started out with a very rough race on Friday to the sea buoy and back – 15 knots of wind and huge waves (6 to 8 feet) as the wind was against a strong current going out of the channel. Someone reported that we went under water at one time on a particularly large wave coming back into the bay. Hunter Riddle won that race, we were second, and your friends on Forerunner were a solid third in the ocean race. The J/145 was quite fast, but went to an incorrect mark of the course and had to go back and lost a lot of time doing that.

The second day had only two races in fairly light air. This did not help Forerunner late in the day, but they won the first race of the day.

We went into day three tied with Hunter Riddle at 9 points. We were happy to be in that position, and then prevailed in a light air affair which yielded only one race that day (despite everyone being ready to race at 11:00am). All of the boats in Class A sailed well and had a hard fought series, but the Riddle Cup did not come from our class.

The J/80 ran away with the Class B win, but the finishing corrected times of the top 3 boats was still closer than in our class. Kirk Newkirk is a professional catamaran dealer and sailor from out on Pensacola Beach, and is a very nice guy. He has been getting better in the WFORC every year lately.

Here is a little scrapbook that my wife put together of my J /0 HOT TODDY winning Class A at the recently concluded West Florida Ocean racing Circuit in Pensacola. Florida. We had a J/145 in our class for the second time in as many years. What a beautiful, fast boat! He won Class A last year in this regatta. We were happy to prevail over him and all others in our class this year.”
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