Wednesday, July 10, 2019

J/Newsletter- July 10th, 2019

J/Sailing News

The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

This week, the J/22 World Championship is currently taking place on the Baltic Sea, hosted by the Warnemuender Segel-Club in Warnemuender, Germany for a fleet of thirty-one teams. Across the northern parts of Europe, the SAILING Champions League hosted their third and finale qualifying regatta in St Petersburg, Russia in the St Petersburg YC’s fleet of J/70s for 24 teams from across Europe. This event qualified eight teams for this year’s SAILING Champions League Finale that will be held in St Moritz, Switzerland on their matched fleet of one-design J/70 class sailboats. Another significant regatta took place in the United Kingdom; the RORC IRC National Championship was hosted at the club's Cowes, Isle of Wight station for a very competitive fleet of offshore boats that included a J/122, J/112E, J/109,

Over in the USA, one of the most popular regattas in New England- the Sail Newport Regatta- was hosted by the Sail Newport organization at Fort Adams in Newport, RI.  Racing took place on Narragansett Bay for a fleet of J/70s and J/109s. Also, completing this week after their Sunday start was the Marblehead to Halifax Race, hosted by Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron for a fleet of ORR and PHRF teams that included a J/122, J/42, J/40, J/111, J/130, and J/109. Finally, on the west coast, the Seal Beach to Dana Point Race was sailed over 4th of July weekend, hosted by Dana Point YC for a fleet that included a trio of successful J/teams- a J/125, J/120, and J/92.

J/22s sailing regatta 
J/22 World Championship Update
(Warnemuende, Germany)- Thirty-one boats are sailing the 2019 J/22 World Championship in Warnemuender, Germany in the coming week.  Hosts are the Warnemuender Segel-Club with help of Berliner YC and YC Berlin-Grunau, held in concert with Warnemeunder Week from the 6th to 13th July.

The J/22 teams come from Austria, Canada, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, and The Netherlands.  Many of the top teams are in attendance. From Canada is John Koppernaes’ RAISED J from Toronto; from the Cayman Islands is Mike Farrington’s SEE YA LATER; from France is Reiner Brockerhoff’s JAZZY; from Germany is Martin Menzner’s JABULANI; and from the Netherlands are two contenders (Dirk Jan Verdoorn’s JUT EN JUL and Emma Kok’s TU DELFT:BROACH 1524.

Most of the 30+ teams sailed the Pre-Worlds over the past weekend.  It was a Netherlands J/22 class clean sweep of the podium. Winning that event was Merlijn Rutten’s NED 1500, followed by Christian Feij’s NED 1514, with Bram de Vries’ NED 1221 taking the bronze.

Currently leading the J/22 Worlds after seven races is The Netherlands team of NED 1273 with crew of Jean-Michael Lautier, Denis Neves, and Giuseppe D’Aquino.  Second is the French team of FRA 1444 with crew of Reiner Brockerhoff, Michaux Charles, and Christophe Declercq. Third are the Canadians- Johan Koppernaes, Michele Cimon, Caroline Main, and the American Mike Marshall.  For more J/22 World Championship sailing information

J/122 Black Dog sailing RORC IRC Nationals 
J/122 Wins RORC IRC National Championship
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- A strong line-up, ranging from TP52s, FAST40+s and Performance 40s, down to nimble HP30s and the cruiser-racers all took part for three days of intense competition at the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s IRC National Championship that was sailed on the Solent.  It was an exciting event, in particular, for three J/teams that won 3 of the 4 classes! Here is how it all went down over the course of those three days.
J/122 sailing upwind
Day One- Light winds, strong tides and shouting!
Despite a dismal light wind and strong tide forecast that had most crews preparing for an afternoon ashore, a light breeze built early in the afternoon, miraculously allowing the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s two race committees to lay on a full three race opening day.

As the rating rule jointly operated by the RORC and the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL) in France, IRC seeks to create a level playing field between all kinds of boats. At this year’s IRC Nationals that was put to the test with a wide array from grand prix racers to cruisers, from brand new thoroughbreds to 80 years wooden classics, and in size from the two TP52s down to Quarter Tonners and HP30s.

Due to the high tides this weekend, the RORC divided the fleet in two so that the larger IRC 1, 2 and FAST40+ boats could race in deeper water in the western Solent while IRC 3 and 4 were sailing windward-leewards off Hill Head.

A particular feature of sailing in the western Solent was the powerful ebb tide. The consequences were particularly notable in race one, as it was causing difficult pile-ups and tricky maneuvering at the marks (e.g. the reason for the shouting of “water” everywhere). This was especially true at the top mark where the fleet arrived in strongest favorable current on port, directly into the path of boats looking to gybe set and get inshore, out of the foul tide. Because of largely tide-related incidents, the jury was sat late the first evening of the competition.

The largest class by far was IRC 2, including the entire Performance 40 fleet. After three races, two boats were tied at the top, including Stuart Sawyer’s J/122 BLACK DOG. Sawyer’s Falmouth-based BLACK DOG won the second two races and led IRC Two on countback.

“We were delighted, although somewhat shocked too! Hopefully, it will be a long evening so we can enjoy this as long as possible,” enthused Sawyer. This is his first IRC Nationals, although he has previously won the IRC South West Championship. “The IRC Nationals is a benchmark to see how we are doing as a Cornish boat. Other than our tactician, we are all Corinthians although this is our ninth season sailing together.”

As to today’s competition Sawyer continued: “The first race was tricky- we got caught out at the leeward mark and were about seven deep and got buried. In the second race, we had a really nice start and felt quite comfortable and managed to hold our lane quite well because we are one of the slower boats. It feels like we are threading the eye of a needle- being rolled from top and with someone higher below.”

Looking strong to recapture the IRC Nationals title was David Franks and his J/112E LEON; they were just one point off a perfect scoreline in IRC 3. Franks congratulated the race officials for getting in three races. “It was a pleasant surprise when the wind came in and then we got three races.” Perhaps equally surprising was recovering a second, the only blemish on their scoreline, despite being called OCS in race two. “We had a good recovery and a good first beat, which got us back into play. I have been racing too long to get too excited about the first day of a three day regatta. We are going well, but our competition might give us a thrashing tomorrow,” Franks concluded. Sitting in 3rd and 4th, respectively, behind LEON were two more J/112E sisterships; Bruce Huber’s XANABOO and James Chalmer’s HAPPY DAIZE.

The stand-out boat in IRC 4 was Chris Preston's J/109 JUBILEE posting a 1-2-1. However, hot on their tails was Nick and Adam Munday's J/97 INDULJENCE with 2-5-3 scoreline.
J/122 Black Dog winning crew
Day Two- Classic Solent Conditions
The second day saw conditions come good with a less severe tidal effect on the Solent due to a later kick-off time and a breeze that peaked at 16 knots. This allowed both race committees (IRC 3-4 run by the RORC racing team’s own Steve Cole and Stuart Childerley PRO for the larger classes) to run two windward-leewards, rounding off the afternoon with a longer round the cans race. The windward-leewards for the bigger boats were on the Brambles bank with the course for the smaller classes set further west.

While in some classes the leaderboard remains tight going into tomorrow’s final day, in others there are some exceptional, stand-out performances. The biggest and most competitive class– IRC 2- saw more tough battles around the tight race track. Overall Sawyer’s J/122 BLACK DOG continued to score well. A 1-4-2 for the day left them with a 15-point lead.

One point off having a perfect scoreline was the leader in IRC 3, Franks’ J/112E LEON, which today scored straight bullets, despite having one of her crew Medevac’d off with a head injury. Leon's six point lead is still vulnerable, but the dominance of the 2012 IRC National Champions is such that her J/112E sisterships, XANADOO and HAPPY DAIZE, are most likely to be left fighting for the remaining podium positions.

On a roll after his exemplary 1-2-1 yesterday was Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE. However, while they posted a third bullet today, they are facing increasing ferocious competition from defending IRC National Champion, Giovanni Belgrano’s and his 1939 vintage Laurent Giles-designed classic Whooper.

Preston admitted that their scoreline was let down today by a 7-5 in the opening windward-leewards. “We had a problem in the first race with a twisted kite, but we had really good starts all the way through. With a J/109, it is a problem when it is wind against tide, because the beats become very short and others are faster downwind. We got most of it right. We have a great crew and are having a great time. We had 2-3 knots more wind than yesterday. It made for lovely racing.”

Preston was pleased to observe that at this national championship for the RORC and UNCL’s jointly owned rating system, the standard of racing is noticeably higher than other events in which he typically competes.
J/112E LEON wins class
Day Three- Exciting Finale
Sunday was the third in the three-day event where the race committees ventured out into the Solent uncertain of whether they would get racing in. The day started out grey, with sub-10 knot winds and drizzle, and yet two windward-leewards were held on the Hill Head plateau enabling PROs Stuart Childerley and Steve Cole to complete the full schedule on their respective courses.

In the end, after the mathematics were applied, it was Sawyer’s J/122 BLACK DOG that was determined to be the worthy recipient of this year’s IRC National Championship title- winning not just IRC 2 Class, but also IRC Performance 40 Class, and the overall IRC National Champion title!

“We haven’t sailed that much this year, so when we came up we said we’d be aiming for the top five and we’d be delighted by top three in our class. To win overall is incredible!” said Stuart Sawyer, his BLACK DOG also securing the Performance 40 prize. While the team has been sailing out of Falmouth on several boats for the last nine years, Sawyer admitted that they feel isolated racing in Cornwall. Previously they campaigned their J/111 around the Solent, but coming from Cornwall, this proved too difficult.  So, according to Sawyer, he sold it and bought the J/122 “to take it easy. But then, after we won Dartmouth Royal Regatta last year we thought we had to come here to see how we’d do!”

Compared to racing in Falmouth, there was more of a chop than a swell to deal with on the Solent, but also the tides were far more complex. For the event, the regular crew was assisted by North Sails’ Shane Hughes, plus a copy of the Winning Tides book. “You are constantly having to change gears, but my crew has been amazing- I have never seen them hike harder,” said Sawyer who also paid tribute to the late J/Boats dealer and Solent racing guru Paul Heys. “The one person who would have loved to have seen this is Paul. He would have been so chuffed to see both a Cornish boat and a J/Boat do this.”

The closest competition for BLACK DOG’s overall IRC Nationals win came from David Franks’ J/112e LEON. Her otherwise perfect scoreline was broken twice today. Nevertheless, LEON won IRC 3 class by a convincing 9 pts margin. Their two J/112E sisterships, Huber’s XANADO and James Chalmer’s HAPPY DAIZE, took 3rd and 4th, respectively.
J/109 winners at RORC Nationals
One of the tightest battles occurred in IRC 4. However, winning overall by five points with a consistent 2-2 in the finale was Christopher Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE. “It was great fun,” observed Preston. “We were very pessimistic about whether we’d all be racing at all today. But, then the wind came in and the race committee got it going at the right time and we had two very nice, interesting races with the turn of the tide in the second that made it tactically interesting. It was a much better day than we had dared hope.” As to why Jubilee won, Preston attributed it to being “well prepared with a good crew who sail well together. It helps being at the top end of the rating bracket with a boat that is extremely good and a wide envelope to windward. We had consistently good starts and boat speed that enabled us to use our tactics, which was a big advantage.”  For more RORC IRC National Championship sailing information

J/70s sailing St Petersburg, Russia 
BYC Tops J/70 SAILING Champions League 3rd Qualifier
(St Petersburg, Russia)- Bayerischer Yacht-Club from Germany won the third and final Qualifier of the SAILING Champions League 2019. They won by 4 points from another German team- Wassersport-Verein Hemelingen. Union Yacht Club Wolfgangsee from Austria finished third. Of the twenty teams competing, the top six qualified for a place at the Finale in St. Moritz next month. They are:
  • Bayerischer Yacht-Club (Germany)
  • Wassersport-Verein Hemelingen (Germany)
  • Union Yacht Club Wolfgangsee (Austria)
  • PIRogovo (Russia)
  • Regattaclub Oberhofen (Switzerland)
  • St. Petersburg Yacht Club (Russia)
The event was frustrated by no racing on day one, due to excessively strong winds. This was followed by two days of very light airs, which meant only five flights of racing could be completed before the final day. The wind for the last day was also light, but consistent, and enough for another three flights, making every result count more than usual.
J/70s sailing off St Petersburg, Russia
Skipper Julian Autenrieth from the winning Bayerischer Yacht-Club team commented, “The location in St. Petersburg is great here in the middle of the city. But, the conditions were really tricky, with the low winds and the current. You always had to be able to stay calm. What we did well throughout were the starts with the current. This meant that we were often starting off among the top three, which made the races easier for us.”

On Friday, there was a Gala Dinner under the theme of “Connecting Through Sport”, which took place alongside five international teams from the Nord Stream Race who had just completed the 1,000 mile offshore race along the length of the Baltic Sea.
J/70 Russia winners
Mans Lundberg from Finland was a sailor who competed in both the offshore Nord Stream Race and then went straight into the short-course J/70 sportsboat racing in the SAILING Champions League on the Neva River. “As I sailed in Nord Stream Race and SAILING Champions League, I knew a lot of the people at the Gala Dinner. It was very exciting connecting the sailors between both events. We were at the same table as the guys from Lithuania, and we talked a lot with them. It was a really nice event,” said Lundberg.

The Final of the SAILING Champions League will take place from 15 to 18 August in St. Moritz, Switzerland, high up in the Swiss Alps.

Livestream and results by SAP
The final two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday will be live broadcasted by SAP, with expert commentators providing blow-by-blow analysis of the racing, aided by the detail provided by SAP Sailing Analytics. The SAP Sailing Analytics provide 24/7 additional statistics and data for sailors, fans, spectators and media like GPS tracking, real-time analysis, live leaderboard combined with 2D visualization. You find all results on sapsailing.comSailing Photo credits: SCL/Anya Semeniouk  For more SAILING Champions League information

J/70s sailing off NewportAwesome Fireworks @ Sail Newport Regatta
(Newport, RI)- Sail Newport hosted their annual Newport Regatta over the Independence Day Celebration weekend (USA) for a wide variety of one-design dinghy and keelboat classes. Featured amongst them were fleets of J/70s and J/109s; both deeply laden with world-class talent.

The ten-boat J/70 class saw the current J/70 World Champion- Jud Smith’s AFRICA- start off by winning the first race and never looked to be too stressed to win the regatta.  After compiling a 1-2-3-1-1, the AFRICA teamed headed for home and won by a comfortable six point margin. Sailing a solid series as well was John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES, keep it close and honest for the AFRICA team on the first day with a 3-1-4, but closing with a 5-6-1 to take the silver.  Rounding out the podium was Glenn Darden’s HOSS with a 5-6-1-7-3-2 tally for 17 pts.

The J/109s had incredibly close racing, tighter racing than what the scores suggest. Winning was John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT with a 2-1-3-1-3-1 scoreline for 11 pts. Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE took the silver with a 3-2-2-2-4-2 record for 15 pts.  And, just one point back was Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING with a 1-5-1-5-1-3, which included a DSQ and DNS!  For more Sail Newport Regatta sailing information

Halifax Race 
J/122 Wins Marblehead to Halifax Race
(Halifax, Nova Scotia)- The Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron hosted the 38th Biennial Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race this past week. The race started on Sunday July 7th 2019 off Marblehead, Massachusetts, and finished in about 58 to 62 hours for most yachts in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The big winner was in the ORR 2 division. Tom Mager’s J/122 GIGI won in grand style, eclipsing her fleet on corrected time by over an hour! The ORR 4 division saw Eliot Merrill’s J/42 FINESSE take 4th while Fred Allardyce’s J/40 MISTY placed sixth.

The PHRF 1 Racing division saw a near sweep by J/Teams; Stu McCrea’s J/120 DEVIATION took the silver, while Keith Amirault’s J/130 DRAGONFLY also managed a podium finish by taking the bronze. The US Merchant Marine Academy’s Ken Luczynski steered the J/111 BLACK DIAMOND YCC to a sixth in class.

The PHRF 2 Racing division also had good performances for members of the J/Tribe, with Eliot Shanabrook’s J/109 HAFA ADAI taking the silver and Paul Conrod’s J/42 CASTANEA placing sixth.  Marblehead to Halifax Race results  For more Marblehead to Halifax Race sailing information

J/125 sailing off CaliforniaJ’s Ignite Seal Beach to Dana Point Race
(Dana Point, CA)- This past weekend the Seal Beach YC and the Dana Point YC hosted their fun “wind sprint” over the 4th of July weekend, the 35.0nm Seal Beach to Dana Point Race for a fleet of 30-plus PHRF racers. Fun was had by all in the relatively fast race, the fast boats doing the race in just over 3.5 hours- about a 10.0 kts average.

In the PHRF A Division, taking 1st in Class and 1st Overall was Viggo Torbensen’s famous J/125 TIMESHAVER. Not too far behind were their friends on the J/120 POLE DANCER, sailed by Tom & Terri Manok, taking 2nd in class as well as 2nd Overall!

In the PHRF B Division, yet another J/crew celebrated the huge fireworks of the American Independence Day weekend; winning was Rich Bennet’s J/92 FIREWATER….or was it “fireworks”?!  For more Seal Beach to Dana Point Race sailing information.

Regatta & Show Schedules:

Jul 10- 50th Transpac Race- Los Angeles, CA
Jul 11-14- Dun Laoghaire Regatta- Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Jul 12- Lake Ontario 300 Race- Port Credit, ONT, Canada
Jul 12-14- U.K. J/24 Nationals- Plymouth, England
Jul 13- Chicago to Mackinac Race- Chicago, IL
Jul 13-21- J/80 World Championship- Bilbao, Spain
Jul 14-20- New York YC 175th Anniversary Regatta- Newport, RI
Jul 20- Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race- Port Huron, MI
Jul 20-21- Fiesta Cup Regatta- Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 20-21- J/Fest Great Lakes Regatta- Toronto, ONT, Canada
Jul 20-28- Travemunde Week- Travemunde, Germany
Jul 25-28- Marblehead NOOD Regatta- Marblehead, MA
Jul 26- Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race- Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 26-28- Ugotta Regatta- Harbor Springs, MI
Jul 27- RORC Channel Race- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Jul 24-27- Whidbey Island Race Week- Oak Harbor, WA

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

J/109 sailing Chicago Mackinac Race 
Chicago to Mackinac Race Preview
(Chicago, IL)- The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is one of the longest annual fresh water races in the world. "The Mac" starts at the Chicago Lighthouse, just off Navy Pier and ends after a 289.4nm dash to Mackinac Island. More than 270 boats are preparing to race the 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac that starts July 12 for the Cruising Division and July 13 for the Racing Divisions.

The 2019 edition has a diverse fleet that will traverse the course north up Lake Michigan. Thirteen states and three countries are represented, and there are over sixty J/Teams competing in the fleet of 240 offshore keelboats (about 25% of the fleet).

In the ORR handicap world are a range of J’s from the J/88s up to a J/145. In Section 2, Bill & Jean Schanen’s bright red J/145 MAIN STREET will be dueling with a few large boats. Section 4 includes Jim Gignac’s J/130 SALSA, Thomas & Beth Ann Papoutsis’ J/133 RENEGADE, Robert Klairmont’s J/133 SIROCCO 3, and Robert Christoph’s brand new J/121 LOKI (its inaugural Mac Race). A real mix of classic and newer J’s are participating in Section 5; such as Randy Kuhn & James Richter’s J/44 CHEEP N DEEP, Matt Songer’s J/122 EVVAI, Tom &^ Carol McIntosh’s J/111 MISTY, and three J/120s- FUNTECH RACING (Charlie Hess), MAZAL TOV (Arne & Deborah Fliflet), JAHAZI (Frank Giampoli).

Then, in Section 6 the sole J/crew is Ben Lumpkin’s J/112E MARY GAIL.  The brand new (and sailing its inaugural Mac Race) J/99 HOKEY SMOKES will be sailed by the veteran Mac Race team of Rich & Lori Stearns’ in Section 7, along with Marty Luken’s J/109 FANDANGO and Mitch Weisman’s J/35 FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER. Rounding out the ORR fleet for J’s in Section 8 are two J/88s-
Dan & Dana Floberg’s MISTY and Andy & Sarah Graff’s EXILE.

There are three one-design divisions of J/111s, J/109s, and J/105s. Fourteen J/111s are sailing with a number of the top Midwest teams looking forward to their 40+ hour tactical/ strategical fight up the lake. Those teams include Len Siegal’s LUCKY DUBIE, Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi’s MOMENTUS, Colin & Mark Caliban’s NO QUARTER, Scott Sellers’ NO SURPRISE, Brad Faber’s UTAH, and Tom Dickson’s WARLOCK.
J/111s sailing off Chicago, IL
As one of the largest fleets this year with fourteen boats, many of the J/111s will also race in their World Championships later this summer, also hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club. ROWDY, owned by Richard Witzel, is one that will be doing both.

For two years running, ROWDY has finished second in its section, and according to Roland Rayment who has been on the boat with Witzel from the beginning, "We try hard and put a lot into it. The past couple years we’ve been nipping at the top finish, so hopefully, this is our year."  Rayment predicts the J/111 could very well win overall should the sweet spot of 15-20 knot Southwest/east conditions present themselves. "With the right conditions, the J/111s can’t be beat; no question they can win the Mac Race overall.”

J/35 sailing Chicago Mackinac RaceIn a similar manner, there are many rivalries that will be brewing in the thirteen boat J/105 class. The following four teams have all won major one-design J/105 events and, in the end, just minutes will separate these top boats; Mary Symonds’ PTERODACTYL, Clark Pellet’s SEALARK, Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM, and Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS.

Not to be outdone, it may even be closer in the fourteen-boat J/109 class and the competition could not be any tougher. Watch for these class leaders to be a factor in the overall leaderboard; James Murray’s CALLISTO, Peter Priede’s FULL TILT, Robert Evans’ GOAT RODEO, David Gustman’s NORTHSTAR, Scott Sims’ SLAPSHOT II, George Miz’s SMEE AGAIN, Doug Evans’ TIME OUT, and Jack & Jim Tolliver’s VANDA III.

Meanwhile, in the Level 35s class, there will be a quartet of four J/35s participating, a boat that has proven to win the overall Chicago-Macs and Bayview-Macs in the past. Those teams include ALPHA PUPPY (Richard Stage), BAD DOG (Larry Taunt), NOMATA (Dan & Jill Leslie), and FIREFLY (Sheri Dufresne). For more Chicago to Mackinac Race sailing information

J/80s sailing Worlds in Spain 
J/80 World Championship Preview
(Bilbao, Spain)- From July 13 to 20, the Real Club Marítimo del Abra will host the 2019 edition of the J/80 World Championship. Eighty-seven teams will battle for the title on the Cantabrian Sea from twelve nations across the world (Canada, Spain, France, USA, Russia, Portugal, Cyprus, Ireland, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, and India).

There is no question the biggest battles will be fought between the principal protagonists of the class in Europe- the host nation Spain and their counterparts just across their border to the north- the French.  Familiar names will be in the thick of the battle for Spain, such as past World Champion Rayco Tabares Alvarez on HOTEL PRINCESA YAIZA from the Canary Islands; past World Champion Marc de Antonio on the famous BRIBON MOVISTAR; and IBO.ES with Francisco Javier Chacartegui on the helm.

The French are showing up in force, with teams like Luc Nadal’s GAN’JA; top woman helm Anne Phelipon on NAVIGATLANTIQUE; another top woman helm- Maxime Rousseaux’s J’RAFON; Patrick Bot on ECOLE NAVALE CD29; Simon Moriceau sailing ARMENT HABITAT; and Ludovic Gilet sailing NUMERO J.
J?80s sailing off Bilbao, Spain
One top American team is participating, Ramzi Bannura’s STACKED DECK from Annapolis/ Eastport YC. The Russian team NEW TERRITORIES is being sailed by Alexei Semenov.  Ireland is fielding two teams from Howth YC just north of Dublin- Dan O’Grady’s JAMMY and Patrick O’Neill’s MOJO. The United Kingdom have a pair teams from the Solent- Chris & Hannah Neve’s NO REGRETS and Nick Haigh’s SLIGHTLY STEAMY.  The Netherlands also have a pair on the starting line- Bram Adema’s NJORD and Louis Kanters’ JIP. Their neighbors in Belgium also have a duo in the frame- Jean Marc Fobert’s BAD JOKE and Lemaire Jacques & Winnie Berteloot’s SEA JOU 2.

Perhaps the most surprising development is the five-boat contingent from India’s Royal Madras Yacht Club. It will be interest to see how they perform and how quickly they learn the tricks of the trade from the best J/80 sailors in the world.  For more J/80 World Championship sailing information

Transpac race start50th Transpac Race Preview
(Los Angeles, CA)- Mere mention of the beautiful island chain of Hawaii amongst serious offshore sailors immediately sparks conversation of the world-famous Transpacific Race, which starts on the waters off of Los Angeles and finishes off of Honolulu’s Diamond Head formation, yielding a racetrack of some 2,225 nautical miles. Transpac, as the race is affectionately known, is organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club and now raced biennially (odd-numbered years) and has a proud and rich history hailing back to 1906.

More importantly, for anyone who loves sailing fast under spinnaker, Transpac also has a long track record of serving-up fantastic conditions, once teams crack off their sheets and aim their bows for what can only be described as one of the planet’s prettiest destinations.

Not surprisingly, the race has long attracted some of the world’s fastest boats. To help give some perspective on how much the race (and sailing) have evolved since Transpac’s inaugural event, skipper H.H. Sinclair won the 1906 Transpac with a time of 12+ days. Flash-forward 99 years and VPLP-designed 100 foot super maxi COMANCHE flew across the same course in just 5+ days.

What’s the best-case and worst-case scenarios for this year’s race in terms of weather?

According to Dobbs Davis, “for Transpac 50 we should be close to being “normal”.  In other words, the East Pacific sea surface temperatures are not high. So, with no obvious strong El Nino pattern in place this year the North Pacific High looks fairly stable and able to deliver the usual pressure in the usual directions.”

J/125 sailing Transpac RaceThe thirteen-boat Division 3, one of the largest and certainly most competitive in the event, has a quartet of J/125s participating. Those teams include Zach Anderson & Chris Kramer’s VELVET HAMMER from San Francisco, CA; Mark Surber’s SNOOPY from Coronado YC in San Diego, CA; Tom Garnier’s REINRAG 2 from Los Angeles YC; and Shawn Dougherty & Jason Andrews’ HAMACHI from Corinthian YC Seattle in Seattle, WA.  Taking them all on will be Roger Gatewood’s world-traveling J/145 KATARA from Davis Island YC in St Petersburg, FL (she was last seen racing in the Caribbean this past winter).

The eleven-boat Division 6 has an eclectic mix of boats. In the mix is Scott Grealish’s new J/121 BLUE FLASH from Willamette Sailing Club in Portland, Oregon. To date, BLUE FLASH successfully sailed the Cabo San Lucas Race and the Ensenada Race as their “training missions” to work through sail combinations and speed techniques offshore.

The seven-boat Division 7 has Paul Stemler’s classic J/44 PATRIOT from Newport Harbor YC in Newport Beach, CA.  Then, in Division 8, David Gorney’s J/105 NO COMPROMISE from Anacapa YC is up against a trio of Hobie 33s and a “modded” Farr 36.

Track the J/Teams and cheer them on as they spend from 8 to 10 days sending it across the Pacific Ocean in warm, windy trade winds!  For more Transpac 50th sailing information

J/121 sailing off Newport, RI 
New York YC 175th Regatta Preview
(Newport, RI)- One hundred twenty yachts are entered in the New York YC’s 175th Anniversary Regatta.  Those entries range from classics to the most modern racing yachts and just about everything in between.  Multiple J/Crews are participating in the regatta that features racing taking place inside Narragansett Bay with “navigator-style” races around government buoys to the fanatical racers doing all windward-leewards offshore in a frenetic dance around the buoys.

In the IRC 2 Class are a duo of J/111s (Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY from San Francisco, CA and Andrew & Sedge Ward’s J/111 BRAVO from Long Island); Joe Brito’s J/121 INCOGNITO from Bristol, RI; a duet of J/44s (NYYC Commodore Bill Ketcham’s MAXINE and Amanda & June Kendrick’s PALANTIER 5); Paul Milo’s J/122 ORION; and Bob Salk’s J/109 PICANTE from Jamestown, RI.

In the PHRF Spinnaker Navigator class is a trio of J/105s (Bill Dana’s USA 63, Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault’s GOOD TRADE, and Theresa Brandner’s JINX MINX).  For more New York YC 175th Regatta sailing information

J/109s sailing Lake Ontario 300Lake Ontario 300 Offshore Race Preview
(Port Credit, ONT, Canada)- From July 12th to 16th the Port Credit YC in Port Credit, Ontario will be hosting their annual Lake Ontario 300 race for a fleet of singlehanded, doublehanded, and fully-crewed yachts from across Lake Ontario. It is considered one of the most challenging Great Lakes long distance offshore races due to the nature of the course sailing a criss-crossing navigation of the lake.  The event is popular with J/Boats crews in the region and many are participating in nearly all the divisions.

In the IRC 1 Class, Bruce Pierce’s J/122 HOOLIGAN II from Toronto, ONT.  In the PHRF Singlehanded 1 division will be Geoffrey Roulet’s J/35 JEANNIE from Kingston, ONT. In the PHRF 1 Division are several full-crewed teams, such as Robert Dewitte’s J/100 PERSPECTIVE, Kim Piller’s J/109 LIVE WIRE, Murray Gainer’s J/109 LIVELY, and Matt Emerson’s J/120 RED LEAF.  For more Lake Ontario 300 sailing information

J/125 sailing off Ireland 
Dun Laoghaire Regatta Preview
(Dun Laoghaire, Ireland)- When the starting gun sounds off Dun Laoghaire’s famous harbour on Thursday, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta will not only surpass 2017’s fleet with a fleet of 498 boats, but will come close to breaking 2007's all time record of 528 entries.

A regatta of this scale brings key benefits to both the sport and the east coast town. It is a marine tourism boost and one that underpins Dun Laoghaire's place as Ireland’s largest sailing center and also the venue of one of Ireland’s largest participant sporting events with over 2,500 competitors on the water.

But, what’s even more satisfying for the Dun Laoghaire organizers this week is that nearly half the entries for 2019 are visiting boats – an indication of the future international prospects of the regatta.

Organized jointly by the four Dún Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs (the Dún Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, the National Yacht Club, the Royal Irish Yacht Club and the Royal St George Yacht Club), it provides a snapshot of the sport of sailing in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. With its focus on quality over quantity, the regatta has grown over 16 years into a premier sporting event, and is now competing with the best in Europe.

“VDLR owes its prominence to a number of factors. One is that it is one of the least expensive sailing events in Europe, thanks to generous sponsorship, so providing value for money,” says 2019 organizer Don O’Dowd.
J/122 sailing off Ireland
Many of the hottest racing boats will be participating in the IRC Offshore class of twenty-eight boats; it will surely be tough competition!  JACKKNIFE, Andrew Hall’s J/125 from Pwllheli Sailing Club, is leading the ISORA Series overall and is a potent performer, particularly when she can get planing. She will be up against James Tyrrell’s fast J/112E AQUELINA, three J/109s (Paul Sutton’s JAYDREAMER, Peter Dunlop’s MOJITO, & Nigel Ingram’s JET STREAM), Edward Hampson’s J/105 MOJO, and Lindsay Casey’s J/97 WINDJAMMER.

In the IRC Cruiser 0 class of six yachts will be Jonathan Anderson’s J/122E EL GRAN SENOR from the Clyde Cruising Club in Scotland.  The team has enjoyed some early season success in the offshore circuit in Scotland and hopes to continue that trend in this regatta.

The twenty-seven boat IRC Cruiser 1 class is likely to be the most competitive and hardest class to pick a winner this year. The normal Irish and Welsh boats in this class will be joined by the Scottish RC 35 Class who are using Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta as one of the Celtic Cup events, so six of this class have travelled to the hub of Irish Sea yachting.

Sixteen J/109s are featured in this class and are known to be potent in light airs, so it is likely that two or three of the podium results will go to a J/109. So far this year, a J/109 has won the Scottish Series, the ICRAs and the Sovereign's Cup, in varying conditions.
J/109 sailing off Ireland
The four J/109s that took the top four results at this year's ICRAs are all back, and all have good tacticians aboard. John Maybury's JOKER 2, From the Royal Irish, who was the 2017 Dun Laoghaire Regatta winner will have Olympian Killian Collins aboard. JELLY BABY, owned by Brian Jones from the Royal Cork has Killian's brother Mel on tactics. STORM 2, owned by the Kelly family from Rush has North Sails Nigel Young aboard, and OUTRAJEOUS, owned by John Murphy and Richard Colwell from Howth, has Olympian Mark Mansfield aboard. OUTRAJEOUS just won the Sovereigns Cup two weeks ago in Kinsale. Other top J/109s likely to do well will be Tim Goodbody's locally-based WHITE MISCHIEF from the Royal Irish, Brian and John Hall's SOMETHING ELSE from the National Yacht Club and Andrew Craig's Scottish Series winner, CHIMAERA from the Royal Irish.

Another good turnout is the 15 boats entered in the J/80 Class, which has proven to be particularly suited to Irish requirements. The impact of the J/80 may be relatively new, but one cannot help but notice that one of the favored helms in the class has to be Robert Dix, yet another product of the remarkable sailing nursery that is Malahide. His continuing sailing skill prompts us to remind the Royal Cork YC that at their Quarter Millennial Celebrations in 1970, one Robert Dix at age 17 emerged as the youngest-ever winner of the Helmsman’s Championship of Ireland. With the RCYC Tercentenary coming up next year, the Golden Jubilee of Dixie’s success is surely something that will get a special mention.

In the twenty-two boat IRC Cruiser 2 class, a quartet of J/crews have all been known to be top performers and have garnered their fair share of silverware in past events.  For starters, the two J/97s will be tough- Stephen Quinn’s LAMBAY RULES and Colin & Kat Kavanaugh’s THE JENERAL LEE, both boats hail from Howth YC.  Gary Fort’s J/92S JAGUAR and Andrew Miles’ J/35 SIDETRACK should in the hunt as well.

Despite the light airs forecast, the quartet of J/24s sailing in IRC Cruiser 3 class could be strong competitors.  Those teams include Steve Atkinson’s BAD, Lizzie McDowell’s SCANDAL, Doug Elmes’ KILCULLEN, and Flor O’Driscoll’s HARD ON PORT.  For more Dun Laoghaire Regatta sailing information

J/24s sailing off EnglandThe Plymouth Regatta & U.K. J/24 Nationals Preview
(Plymouth, England)- The Plymouth Yacht Regatta will take place over the weekend of the 12th to 14th July 2019. The Port of Plymouth Sailing Association is the organizer of the Plymouth Regatta 2019 and the RNSA (Royal Navy Sailing Association) and Plymouth Yacht Clubs will be supporting the regatta, providing excellent courses, and racing.

The twenty-eight-boat J/24 Nationals class has the usual suspects of leading teams participating from all across the United Kingdom.  Some of those crews include Nick Phillips’ CHAOTIC, William Pollock’s FLYING COLOURS, Per-Hakan Persson’s FRONT RUNNER from Sweden, Chris Randall’s HITCHHIKER, Dave Cooper’s JAWBREAKER, Finbarr Ryan’s JELIGNITE from Ireland, Chris Lloyd’s JOJO, and James Torr’s MAJIC.

The dozen-boat IRC Class includes Jon Harris’ J/105 JAMALA and Nick Barlow’s J/70 JEOPARDY 2. For more Plymouth Regatta sailing information

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J/34 IOR Knee Deep sailing off Cleveland, OH 
J/34 KNEE DEEP Wins Huron Race?

Fog and 17 knots of wind and the same time. Welcome to Lake Huron in July!

Big air from the North led to wall waves all night on the 76.0nm course on Lake Huron. The KNEE DEEP crew and the J/34 IOR design was doing it's usual best- “Upwind Beast Mode”- taking the lead halfway into the course and held on for a 35 mile downwind leg to win by 2 seconds!! Thanks J/Boats for all the fun! Your devoted fans- Brett Langolf and family.

Watch the J/34 IOR KNEE DEEP’s highlights video here
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

J/Newsletter- July 3rd 2019

J/Sailing News

The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

Setting records again for regatta participation was the J/70 class.  This time the occasion was the J/70 European Championship on Lake Garda, hosted in the picturesque town of Malcesine by Fraglia Vela Malcesine. 130 boats sailed the event.  No, that is not a “typo”- 130 teams; which meant nearly 1,000 people descended upon the little town on the lake for a week of competition. In addition, a woman J/70 sailor set another record!  Up in Scandinavia, the J/70 Nordic and Norwegian Championship was sailed off Hanko Island, Norway for 31 boats, the KNS (the Royal Norwegian YC) hosted the long weekend event. Just south of them in Sweden, the Midsummer Solo Challenge took place off Marstrand for a J/88 and J/111 and 80 other singlehanded boats; it was a 123.0nm race north and south in Sweden’s northwestern archipelago. Down in the United Kingdom, the Island Sailing Club held their annual monster race, the incredibly popular Round The Island Race- over 1,250 boats attempted to do the 60.0nm circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight, but few succeeded. Across The Channel in The Netherlands, the Delta Race Weekend was sailed off Colijnsplaat, with J/80s and J/70s sailing the Sportboat class and in ORC handicap class were a few J/109s.

Over in the USA several events took place in the Northeast and the Midwest. The Storm Trysail Club hosted their biennial Block Island Race Week, this time sponsored by Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville brand.  There were one-design fleets of J/88s, J/105s, and J/109s as well as ORC and PHRF handicap racing fleets that included the new J/99, J/29s, J/35s, J/111s, J/122s, and J/121s. Nearby, the New York YC held their One-Design Regatta off Newport, RI for a fleet of J/70s. Then, to the west in Long Island Sound, the Riverside YC hosted their popular Stratford Shoal Race for PHRF handicap fleets that included J/92s, J/29s, J/36, J/105s, J/109s, and J/111s.

Out in the Midwest, two popular events took place over the weekend in southern Lake Michigan.  Chicago YC and Waukegan YC hosted their annual 30.0nm Chicago to Waukegan Race, that included J/30, J/35, J/88s, J/105, the newly launched J/99, J/111s, J/109s, J/130s, and J/133s.  Then, further north off Milwaukee, the South Shore YC hosted their annual Queen’s Cup Race, a 90.0nm sprint southeast across the bottom of Lake Michigan to St Joseph Harbor, MI. The PHRF handicap fleet included J/30, J/35, J/105s, J/88s, J/109s, J/111s, J/122s, J/130, and J/145.

J/99 sailing upwind 
J/99 Wins Chicago to Waukegan Race!
(Waukegan, IL)- The day dawned with a gorgeous sunrise from the east, the sun’s light radiating across the lake against the magnificent skyscrapers that line the Chicago waterfront, millions of windows mirroring the sunrise back down onto the lakefront in a vast expanse of reddish-orange glow. The weather forecast promised an easterly breeze, fluctuating from ENE to ESE in the 7 to 14 kts range, with a perfectly sunny, cool day. The setting could not have been more perfect for a fleet of nearly 100 boats looking forward to a simple sprint of 30.0nm from Chicago to Waukegan, IL.

As the fleet approached the starting line for the early morning start at 10:00 am, the weather prognosis was anything but close to reality. The first fleet started off in a light easterly of 5-6 kts, but the subsequent starts in nearly calm breeze could barely generate any headway for boats across the line in an extremely severe cross-chop generated by Chicago’s notorious “washing machine generator”- the vertical steel walls of the downtown shoreline.

After three fleets could not fully clear the starting line, the Chicago YC’s Race Committee was forced to postpone the starts of the remaining fleets. Subsequently, as the next set of classes took off in the building breeze, like J/105s, J/109s and PHRF Classes, it was clear the last class to start was going to have the greatest handicap advantage overall.

In it’s inaugural race on Lake Michigan, the J/99 HOKEY SMOKES survived a few starting line debacles, avoiding collisions in a 2-3 kts blast, to ultimately break free with its Code Zero flying to get the ball rolling about a half hour after their start. From there, it was a tight fetch on starboard tack under Code Zero, with TWA’s varying from 85 to 120 degrees, with greater pressure seen offshore most of the race with gentle gusts up to 13 kts TWS.

In the end, Rich & Lori Stearns’ J/99 HOKEY SMOKES not only won PHRF 3 Class, but was just 12 minutes off winning the PHRF Overall classification, taking 2nd in fleet to the largest boat in the fleet- a custom 66 footer.

Winning the J/109 class of eight-boats was David Gustman’s NORTHSTAR. They were followed on the podium by Jim Murray’s CALLISTO and the duo of George Miz and Mark Hatfield on SMEE AGAIN.

The always competitive nine-boat J/105 class saw Clark Pellett’s SEALARK win, followed by Gerhard Zinserling’s Y-NOT in second, and Mark Stoll’s PEREGRINE in third.

Not surprisingly, the always formidable J/111 class on Lake Michigan made their mark in PHRF 2 Class with a near sweep; with John Kalanik’s PURA VIDA winning, Tom Dickson’s WARLOCK second by just 50 seconds, and Tom McIntosh’s MISTY in fourth place.

Similarly, in PHRF 4 Class the J/88s nearly sweet, too; Andy & Sarah Graff’s EXILE won with Ben Marden’s BANTER in second place.

Then, in PHRF 5 Class, Charles Olsen’s J/27 WHITEHAWK took 3rd place.  For more J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster sailing information  For more Chicago to Waukegan Race sailing information

J/70's sailing Lake Garda, Italy 
Rossi Three-peats J/70 European Championship
(Malcesine, Italy)- The town of Malcesine geared up to host the 2019 J/70 European Championship for more than 130 boats from around the world. The host club Fraglia Vela Malcesine and the J/70 Italian Class made sure crews from twenty-three countries enjoyed the amazing sailing conditions on the famous, picturesque Lago di Garda (Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, and USA).

After a six-race qualifying series for the four flights over the first two days, the championship flight sailed eight races over the next three days.  In the end, it was an amazing display of aggressive starting, conservative tactics, and fast sailing by the only woman sailor in recent history to eclipse such an array of world-class sailing talent. The J/70 sailing world knows her well, as this was the third time Claudia Rossi’s PETITE TERRIBLE team was crowned the J/70 European Champion! Ironically, the European title remains firmly in the hands of the famous Rossi sailing family from Italy, as Claudia won in 2016 and 2017, while her famous father Alberto Rossi (a multiple Farr 40 World Champion), won in Vigo, Spain in 2019 with ENFANT TERRIBLE.
J/70 Petite Terrible- Claudia Rossi
Claudia’s crew consisted of Michele Paoletti, Matteo Mason, Giulio Desiderato, and Rossella Losito. Commenting on her third win, Claudia exclaimed, “I am so excited and overjoyed about how the regattas went during this championship. We were very consistent and this paid off in the end. Today, we finally demonstrated how to race with the heart, without making too many errors. And for this, I want to thank all of my crew, because we gave our best and kept on believing until the end. We got our victory and I could not wish for anything more!”
Malcesine, Italy
Behind Rossi’s PETITE TERRIBLE team were Markus Weiser’s German crew on MISSION POSSIBLE taking the silver, and Mauro Roversi’s J-CURVE from Italy taking the bronze. Rounding out the top five was the top Spanish crew in fourth place- Gustavo Martinez Doreste’s REAL CLUB NAUTICO DE GRANADA, and another Italian crew in fifth- Franco Solerio’s L’ELEGAIN.
J/70s sailing on Lake Garda, Italy
In the Corinthian division, the Spanish crew of ABRIL VERDE (with skipper Luiz Perez Canal, Carlos Sanmartin, Eduardo Reguera, Juan de Cominges Carballo, & Luis Darocha) finished first, followed by the Maltese crew of CALYPSO and the Swedish crew of HILDA. Closing out the top five were Douglas Struth and the British team on DSP RACING and the Italian crew of WHITE HAWK, with Gianfranco Noè at the helm.
J/70 sailing Lake Garda, Italy
Luiz Perez Canal commented on the regatta, “Thank you to the Race Committee and to all those who made this beautiful Championship possible. Our chemistry with this race field was excellent and this allowed us to race at our maximum, and remain in the top 15 of the fleet. In the end, we won the Corinthian title, a success that we pursued since day one and that fills us with joy. We can’t wait to get back here to race again.”

Behind ABRIL VERDE’s command performance, taking second was Sebastian Ripard’s Maltese crew on CALYPSO and third was Sweden’s Oscar Lundquist’s HILDA.
Claudia Rossi- J/70 European Champion
As for the Silver fleet, Stefano Nicolussi’s VIVACE was the winner of the series, followed by Carlo Tomelleri’s ENJOY 1.0 and third was the Spanish crew of PATAKIN.

The J/70 Italian Class is sponsored for the 2019 season by Henri Lloyd, Official Clothing Partner, and by Armare Ropes, Garmin, Key One, IMAC Technologies, Girmi, Serena Wines and Powerade.

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J/99 spinnaker takedown 
Classic Margaritaville Block Island Race Week
Sun, Fog, Wind, Rain, & Jimmy Buffett!
(Block Island, RI)- In a throwback to yesteryears, the Storm Trysail Club’s biennial Block Island Race Week lived up to its storied past, producing a myriad of challenges to the sailors on the water, as well as a “block buster” entertainment program onshore.

Nearly two hundred boats sailed the 2019 Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week, sponsored by Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville brand. The island weather Gods were up to their usual tricks. The first day was simply spectacular and most fleets completed four races. However, a huge frontal system was rolling offshore during Tuesday’s Around the Island Race, making for a thunderous, memorable, wet, windy, cold race.  Wet, indeed, like nearly 2.0” of rain in 2 hours, that is a lot of rain. Then, Wednesday was declared a “day off”, a true “lay day” where crews enjoyed the foggy but sunny day in cool temperatures ashore with tug-o-wars, badminton wars, and corn-hole wars, and even “mudslide wars”.  Thursday and Friday both dawned with foggy mornings that gradually gave way to sunny days and, thankfully, warm seabreezes building that permitted good racing on the final two days.
J/99 sailing upwind
J/crews across the board enjoyed the week-long bacchanalian festival of sailing and onshore festivities.  In the ORC 2 Class, the Team family (Robin, Alston, & Colman) on the J/122 TEAMWORK from North Carolina managed a 2nd place in a very competitive eight-boat class.  Third was yet another J/122, Paul Milo’s ORION.
J/121 Incognito at Block Island
In the J/121 class, Joe Brito’s INCOGNITO won, followed by Peter Lewis’ Whistler team from Barbados in second, and Don Nicholson’s APOLLO in third position. One of the highlights of the week was the J/121 class reception hosted by Joe Brito for the five J/121 teams participating in the event; it was a family affair that was much enjoyed by all the owners (Peter Lewis, Don Nicholson, Greg & Sarah Manning) and crew.
J/109s sailing Block Island Race Week
In the eight-boat J/109 class, it was a classic “schooling” by the top team from Annapolis YC- Bill Sweetser’s crew on RUSH; posting seven 1sts and two 2nds to win by a significant margin.  Second was one of the strongest teams from Long Island Sound- Carl Olsson’s bright red MORNING GLORY; the only team to ultimately match Sweetser’s RUSH crew in the last four races, going “mano-a-mano” with them trading off 1sts and 2nds.  Third was Robert Schwartz’s very successful crew on NORDLYS.  Rounding out the top five was Tom Sutton’s Texas-based crew on another bright red boat- LEADING EDGE.  Fifth was Don Dwyer’s GUARDIAN J.
J/88 WINGS at Block Island Race Week
Matching the J/109 RUSH for best record (exactly) in the entire Block Island Race Week fleet was Mike Bruno’s crew on his J/88 WINGS from American YC in Long Island Sound, New York. While the WINGS crew eclipsed their fleet, it was a donnybrook for the balance of the podium over the course of the five days. In the end, it was the determined team on DEVIATION, skippered by Iris Vogel from Huguenot YC on Long Island Sound that took second place. DEVIATION posted their best record of the series on the last day with a 2-1 to take the daily class win. Third in the regatta was Bill Purdy’s WHIRLWIND. Like the J/121s, the J/88 crews enjoyed a wonderful fleet party hosted by Iris Vogel’s team at their house on the island.
J/105s sailing Block Island Race Week
While the 88s and 109s saw dominant fleet leaders, the J/105 class had an epic three-way battle for the top of the podium. As usual, it was a combination of luck, good tactics, speed, and Race Committee mistakes. Combined, it made for an interesting week for the leading teams. In the end, Paul Beaudin’s LOU LOU crew won in the final, epic battle in the last race to determine the class winner. Taking the short end of that stick was Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault’s GOOD TRADE, posting a 7th place to take 2nd. They won a tie-breaker on 33 pts over John & Marisa Koten’s GRAY MATTER. Rounding out the top five was Bill Zartler’s DEJA VOODOO in fourth and David Willis’ SOLUTION in fifth. Like their 88 and 121 counterparts, the J/105 class also enjoyed a large class get together on the island.
J/111 sailing Block Island Race Week
In the world of handicap racing, there were mixed results for some J/teams. In the PHRF 1 Division, Ken Comerford’s J/111 MONEYPENNY was one of the fleet leaders until their 6th race produced a 12 pts scoring penalty. As a result, the penalty torpedoed their chances for the class win, dropping from 2nd to 5th place in the end. Meanwhile, Bill & Jackie Baxter’s team on the J/111 FIREBALL had flashes of brilliance, posting finishes of 1-2-3-4-4, but their other results hurt their hopes for a podium finish, ending up in 4th place.

In the PHRF 2 Division, Rod Johnstone’s J/99 AGENT 99 managed a fourth place against remarkably tough competition.  Their highlight was Tuesday’s classic Around Island Race, winning the race boat-for-boat and correcting out to third place in the windy, foggy, rainy affair.
J/122 sailing Block Island Race Week
Not surprisingly, PHRF 3 class has been dominated by J/29s for decades. This time around, it was Jack McGuire’s DIRTY HARRY taking class honors over a past winner of the regatta, Steve Thurston’s MIGHTY PUFFIN.  John Cooper’s J/29 COOL BREEZE placed 4th.

The Pursuit Cruising 1 division saw Brian Prinz’s J/125 SPECTRE take the silver, with Len Sitar’s J/44 VAMP losing a tie-breaker for third place to settle for 4th place.

Two J/crews swept Pursuit Cruising 2 division, with G. John Krediet’s J/97 PARTICIPANT II winning class with Eric Bicknese’s J/105 BIG E.Z. taking the silver medal.

There was more good performances by J/29s in Performance Cruising 3 (non-spinnaker), with William Maher’s RIFT taking the bronze, while Peter Hilgendorff’s MEDDLER took 5th place. Sailing photo credits- "Block Island Steve"/ Stephen Cloutier. Follow Block Island Race Week on Facebook here  For more STC Block Island Race Week sailing information

Norway J/70 NationalsNORWEGIAN STEAM Crowned J/70 Norway Champ!
(Hanko, Norway)- Hankø Race Week was established in 1882 and over 137 years has developed as the greatest one-design event in Norway. In cooperation with Fredrikstad Seilforening, Hankø Yacht Club and GRUNDIG, the thirty-one J/70 teams were treated to three great days of sailing in the bay off Hanko.

In the end, the J/70 Nordic Championship and J/70 Norwegian Championship was held from June 27th to 29th with teams from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. The hometown favorites from the host yacht club, NORWEGIAN STEAM, sailed a very consistent regatta to just win by two points. The Steamers were led by Eivind Astrup, with crew of Lasse Berthelsen, Pal Tonnrsson, and Espen Tonnesson; they counted all podium finishes in their eight of nine races they counted.  Taking second was Moss Seilforening’s Jorn-Erik Ruud, also counting just podium placings for 16 pts net. Taking the bronze on the podium was Magne Klann’s VIEW SOFTWARE team from Soon Seilforening with 25 pts net.  The balance of the top five included Magnus Hedemark’s SAIL LOGIC RACING in 4th with 39 pts and the top Swedish team in 5th place- Jan Bjornsjo’s ACE OF BASE from Ekero Batklubb with 41 pts net.  For more J/70 Nordic Championship sailing information

J/111 sailboat 
Crazy Light Round The Island Race
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The 2019 edition of the world-famous “Round The Island Race” in the United Kingdom, hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight, may go down in history as one of the slowest ever for most of the fleet. The challenging 60.0nm race that goes around the Isle of Wight is by far the most popular race on any sailor’s social calendar all year long in the U.K., but this year it was celebrated with copious amounts of Pimms as most of the fleet motored back home to their anchorages- at least 75% of the fleet retired, which may be a record!

The forecast with scorching sun and no more than 15kts of wind was unlikely to create record-breaking conditions for the 1,253 entries. Nevertheless, with an ebbing tide and early morning east-south-easterly breeze, the fleet enjoyed a downwind spinnaker start, so the first leg to the Needles was reasonably swift for most of the fleet. However, the forecasted easing of the breeze to zero kts and a change from the easterly to a light westerly around 1400 to 1600 hours took its toll on the fleet. As it turned out, heading away from the island into more stable breeze was the best option. As one competitor described it, “basically, there was a big bubble of hot air above the island, which affected the wind, so those going too far inshore suffered the most.”
J/70 sailing Cowes Round Island Race
Excelling in the challenging conditions were the J/111s and J/122s in twenty-six boat IRC 1 division. Winning class by an astounding 35 minutes corrected was Cornell Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG, leading a near sweep of the top ten with six other J/teams in the hunt.  Taking third was Chris Jones And Louise Makin’s J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II, followed in 4th by the J/111 J4F (Frenchman Patrice Vidon) and Clive Miles’ J/122E JANGLE in 5th place. Then, seventh was George Willis & Stuart Sawyer’s J/122 BLACK DOG and eighth was Simon Bamford’s J/111 KESTREL.

Similarly, the quartet of J/112E’s in IRC 1C division nearly swept the top five in their thirty-one boat fleet. Second was David Franks’ LEON, third was Chaz Ivill’s DAVANTI TYRES, fourth was Jim Chalmers’ KNIGHT BUILD LTD, and fifth was Bruce Huber’s XANABOO.
J/111 sailing The Around The Island Race, Cowes, England
The J/109s and a J/99 took four of the top eight spots in the twenty-one boat IRC 2A Class.  Second was Christopher Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE, fourth was Chris Copeland’s J/109 JUKEBOX, sixth was James & John Owen’s J/99 JET, and eighth was Alan Beckheling’s J/109 RAF RED ARROW.

Nearly 60% of the 33 boat IRC 2 B Class were J/crews and, as a result, J/109s took 7 of the top 11 spots.  Second was Chris Burleigh’s JYBE TALKIN, fourth was Colin Walker & Nick Harris’ JURA, sixth was Harry Brewer’s SPACE 8, seventh was Chris Andrews’ JIGSAW, eighth was Bill Stock’s JENGU, tenth Steve Horne’s JAMBO, and 11th Richard Griffiths’ JOMALIA.
Fleet sailing past The Needles, Isle of Wight, England
Three of the top five in IRC 2D Class were J/crews.  Second was Ed Holton’s J/110 SHADES OF BLUE, third was Ralph Mason’s J/92 JABBERWOCK, and fifth was Bob Baker’s J/97 JAYWALKER.

Winning ISC 4A division was Ken Raby’s J/109 SQUIBS. Winning ISC 5B division was Andrew Norton’s J/100 TIDERACE with a family crew.

The J/70 class had four finishers, a triumph in its own right. Winning was Andrew Barraclough’s JENGA 8, second was Jack Davies’ YETI, third was Georgina Hill’s GENESTA.
J/122E sailing around the island race- Cowes, England
The J/80 class also had four finishers. Winning was Phil Lightbody’s JEDI, second was Simon Cameron’s JUNO, and third was Ross Bowdler’s JUSTIFY.

The J/88s had three finishers. Winning was Sam Cooper’s TIGRIS, second was Richard Cooper’s JONGLEUR, and third was Dirk Van Beek’s SABRIEL JR.

The overall J/Boats Trophy went to Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG. Second by less than 45 seconds corrected time was Alan Macleod & Andy Knowles’ J/92 SAMURAI J. Third was Jack Banks’ J/92 NIGHT JAR.  For more Round Island Race sailing information

J/111 sailing off Sweden 
J’s Cruise Sweden’s Midsummer Solo Challenge
(Marstrand, Sweden)- Back in December 2017, a group of sailors gathered together and decided to create the Midsummer Solo Challenge, a 123.0nm race from Marstrand around the northwestern archipelago of Sweden.  Here is the report from Peter Gustafsson sailing the famous J/11 BLUR.SE.

“This year it felt like it was real.

The idea behind Midsummer Solo Challenge was formulated at a meeting in December 2017, and last year was a test of the format.

This year there were nearly 80 boats registered; including long-distance sailors from Estonia and Switzerland. And it also felt that the breadth of experience was larger, from those who never raced to those who have singlehanded for 35 years.

It also felt like everyone took the event as a personal challenge to finish. That it was not a race, but a personal challenge where everyone is following their own conditions and ambitions. In my report, it may sound like a contest, but it's just my way of fooling myself into pushing myself to the limit and doing the sailing challenge that is not really necessary.

Most boats arrived on Thursday and were seen at the pier in front of the famous Carlsten's fortress.

We had a nice dinner that evening that ended with a review of safety, rules and a solid weather briefing by Erik Nordborg.
Midsummer Challenge course
The forecasts showed moderate southern winds during Friday, which would decrease during the afternoon/ evening to become very light and varied during the night. Saturday morning the wind would increase again from the east.

As last year, the boats were divided into classes based on LOA, where the smaller boats started first. It became a fast start with TWD of 130-150, and I took it carefully with the slightly smaller A3 spinnaker.

It was beautiful sailing between the islands and we made quick progress going north.

At Måseskär, the wind had eased a lot from the start of 7-8 m/s, and it seemed to be pure southerly up towards Lysekil, so I switched to A2 before I stepped north. Surprisingly, it was a smooth replacement, but still difficult.

Now, the wind rose again, and there was some gusts into the 9 m/s range. Suddenly, I had a hard time fetching the passage towards Islandsberg.  So, I had to take the A2 down after a couple of broaches, and then put it back up. That was very tiresome.

There were other ways through the archipelago, but I didn't feel at all sure about these. Here I should have done my homework, because I was not going to chance it with the big A2 (155 m2) in almost 10 m/s!

Then the southerly kicked in again going up to Lysekil. But, as the wind again got lighter, I passed many boats.
J/111 sailing off Sweden
After rounding the top mark in the north, it was first upwind and then reaching as I headed back south. I had both Code 0 and J0, and I had a lot to do on the front deck. But, the wind increased and I went fast with just the jib. So, I decided to save on my strength. Even here, I felt a little worried about the right choice. Nevertheless, I didn't seem to lose anything to the boats behind which I always had on AIS tracking. I also had a look at my friend Jonas Dyberg on the J/ to see which choice he and others made.

After Hållö, the big A2-gennaker was up again. It kept me in the middle of the course when the wind had now started to back even further. When it died, I didn't want to be on any edge east or west. In fact, quite a few of the boats ahead had chosen to go further west, and there was certainly more power there for a while. But, not for long.

Very true, the wind died on the way into the Fjällbaka archipelago. I had actually intended to take the western approach to Testholmen, but then I saw that some boats had wind inside.

I switched to A3 spinnaker to be able to sail higher, and tossed my lot among those boats going up the inside to the east.
J/111 at sunset
Also, I had some stops, getting becalmed in some place, but I came through quite OK.

After a while, I lost patience. The theory was that the weather would fill in from the south, so I put up the A3 again and switched to the J1, even though Ramskär was NNW from where we were.

And, thankfully, I found some type of wind that was extremely sheared (I sailed TWA 155 with gennaker). I had something that the others who were 5 km. to the east did not have. Here I passed the J/

Now, it was only two more boats that were ahead on the track. And, still a long way home.

But, just like last year, the wind died again. For a long time, I drove straight west with 0.8 knots current. Very frustrating. And, you didn't dare to sleep either.

Then a little wind filled in from the east, as promised. And, I could go from J0 to A3 at the approach to Väderöarna.

I tried to balance a desire to go further east into the archipelago and sail quickly south towards the next mark.
J/111 sailing off Sweden
At Hållö, there was too much wind, and a little too tight angle for the gennaker. Up with the jib, which felt OK when it blew 6-7 m/s, but not when it got lighter on occasion.

I then got my Code Zero up and aimed straight at Trubaduren.

I really wanted to be the fastest boat around the track and watched the distance to the finish.

After Hätteberget, there was a short cross in to the bay at Strandverket. Good with wind, very hot and a wind that twisted between TWD 60 and 80 degrees.

In the end, I was the fastest around on my J/111 BLUR.SE, which everyone expected.
J/111 sailing off Sweden
But, I am most satisfied with the fact that I sailed extremely actively throughout the race, I was good at decision-making when things happened with the weather and I tried to avoid big, tragic mistakes that would cost a lot of distance. It is a mental game, a physical game, a strategic game. It is tough!

I think we have managed to create a more intense and beautiful variant of the Silverrudder Race in Denmark and I hope that more will discover this form of sailing in the future. It's not as difficult as you think. And the feeling is also much better than you thought before you tried it.”

As a result, the J/111 BLUR.SE not only won overall, but also the “big boat” class. Winning the “Mid-size” class was Dyberg’s J/88 J/88.SE.  Watch the J/88.SE sailing video on YouTube  Here are J/111 BLUR.SE highlights from 2018   Follow the Midsummer Solo Race here on Facebook   For more Midsummer Solo sailing information

stratford shoal lightJ/Teams Love Stratford Shoal Race
(Riverside, CT)- The Riverside YC hosted its 88th annual Stratford Shoal Race this past weekend on Long Island Sound. The event featured a combination of fully-crewed, doublehanded, and the “Plus+One” PHRF divisions for offshore racing teams.

J/Crews overall did quite well across the board in the various PHRF divisions.  It was a clean sweep in the PHRF 3 Doublehanded division.  Winning was Todd Aven’s J/92 THIN MAN, followed by Barry Purcell’s J/27 LUCIDA in second, and James Reichel’s J/105 SCAPEGOAT in third position.

The PHRF 4 division was won by Eben Walker’s J/105 STRANGE BREW, with Ken & Drew Hall’s J/88 NEVERMORE in fourth place. Fifth was the American YC’s J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN youth offshore team.

The PHRF Plus+One division was won by Arthur Hanlon’s J/112E DAUNTLESS with Kevin Kelley’s J/122 SUMMER GRACE taking the bronze.  For more Stratford Shoal Race sailing information

J/130 sailing Queens CupAgonizingly Slow 81st  Queens Cup Race
(Milwaukee, WI)- The 81st challenge of one of the most storied yacht races on the Great Lakes this past weekend- the 90.0nm race called the Queen’s Cup- may have set a record for drop-outs.  Like the Round the Island Race in England, it happened to be a slow weekend for wind!

This year’s overnight race across Lake Michigan departed from Milwaukee, WI for St. Joseph, MI on June 28, 2019 in very light winds. Both Milwaukee’s South Shore Yacht Club and St. Joseph River Yacht Club hoped for better weather, but it was all for naught. In the end, even the super-fast TP 52s averaged just over 6 kts! Nevertheless, despite the challenges, several J/teams prevailed to collect lots of silverware!

PHRF 1 Division saw Bill Schanen’s J/145 MAIN STREET finish fourth.  Then, in PHRF 2 Division Robert Klairmont’s J/133 SCIROCCO3 won class.

In the J/111 class, Mark & Colin Caliban’s NO QUARTER won, followed by Jeff Schaeffer’s SHMOKIN JOE in second.  All the rest of the five J/111’s retired! The winning boat averaged 3.9 kts.

Then, in PHRF 6 Class, the J/88s cleaned house.  First was Ben Marden’s BANTER, followed by Andrew Graff’s J/88 Exile in 2nd. The winning boat averaged 3.5 kts…ouch!!  For more SSYC Queen’s Cup Race sailing information

J/22s NetherlandsExtremely Light Delta Race Weekend
(Colijnsplaat, The Netherlands)- The 49th Delta Race Weekend opened with a lot of promise on Friday. Sun and wind saw the fleet leave the port of Colijnsplaat with the hope of having multiple races for around the cans racing offshore. The moderate northeast wind slowly died off from its promising 10 kts morning breeze to the point where all afternoon races were canceled.  That “movie” was repeated for the rest of the weekend.  Morning winds that veered into the east, then southeast, quadrants looked good early, but would die off in the afternoons.  Consequently, it was difficult to get in the full repertoire of racing for all fleets.

In the ORC 2 Class, Arjen van Leeuwen’s J/109 JOULE took the bronze in class.

In the Sportboat Class, Bart van Gemert’s J/80 JIVE won, followed by Paul Kersten’s J/80 BABY J in second, and David van de Plasse’s J/70 DRV in third.  Rounding out the top five was Jan-Marien Nijsse’s J/80 VERDER SCIENTIFIC in fourth and Gijs Golverdingen’s J/80 JACHTING in fifth place.  Follow Delta Race Weekend on Instagram here  Follow Delta Race Weekend on Facebook here  For more Delta Race Weekend sailing information

J/70 sailing in fog 
HOSS Tops New York YC One-Design Regatta
(Newport, RI)- This past weekend, the New York YC hosted their One-Design Regatta that included a fleet of eight J/70s. Several top teams were in attendance for the beautiful weekend of racing prior to Newport’s famous 4th of July weekend of festivities.

Winning the J/70s was Glenn Darden’s HOSS with a record of 1-3-1-1-1-2 for 6 pts net. Placing second was John Brim’s crew on RIMETTE with a nearly identical record of 2-1-2-2-3-1 tally for 8 pts net. Then, taking the bronze on the podium was none other than Brian Keane’s crew on SAVASANA with a 3-2-3-3-5-4 scoreline for 15 pts net.  Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside  For more New York YC One-Design Regatta sailing information

Regatta & Show Schedules:

Jul 4-7- J/70 SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg, Russia
Jul 5-7- RORC IRC National Championship- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Jul 5-7- Sail Newport Regatta- Newport, RI
Jul 6-13- J/22 World Championship- Warnemunde, Germany
Jul 7- Marblehead to Halifax Race- Halifax, Nova Scotia
Jul 9- Nieuwpoort Channel Race- Nieuwpoort, Belgium
Jul 10- 50th Transpac Race- Los Angeles, CA
Jul 11-14- Dun Laoghaire Regatta- Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Jul 12- Lake Ontario 300 Race- Port Credit, ONT, Canada
Jul 12-14- U.K. J/24 Nationals- Plymouth, England
Jul 13- Chicago to Mackinac Race- Chicago, IL
Jul 13-21- J/80 World Championship- Bilbao, Spain
Jul 14-20- New York YC 175th Anniversary Regatta- Newport, RI
Jul 20- Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race- Port Huron, MI
Jul 20-21- Fiesta Cup Regatta- Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 20-21- J/Fest Great Lakes Regatta- Toronto, ONT, Canada
Jul 20-28- Travemunde Week- Travemunde, Germany
Jul 25-28- Marblehead NOOD Regatta- Marblehead, MA
Jul 26- Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race- Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 26-28- Ugotta Regatta- Harbor Springs, MI
Jul 27- RORC Channel Race- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Jul 24-27- Whidbey Island Race Week- Oak Harbor, WA

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

J/22 sailing upwind 
J/22 World Championship Preview
(Warnemunde, Germany)- Thirty-one boats are sailing the 2019 J/22 World Championship in Warnemuender, Germany in the coming week.  Hosts are the Warnemuender Segel-Club with help of Berliner YC and YC Berlin-Grunau, held in concert with Warnemeunder Week from the 6th to 13th July.

The J/22 teams come from Austria, Canada, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, and The Netherlands.  Many of the top teams are in attendance. From Canada is John Koppernaes’ RAISED J from Toronto; from the Cayman Islands is Mike Farrington’s SEE YA LATER; from France is Reiner Brockerhoff’s JAZZY; from Germany is Martin Menzner’s JABULANI; and from the Netherlands are two contenders (Dirk Jan Verdoorn’s JUT EN JUL and Emma Kok’s TU DELFT:BROACH 1524).  For more J/22 World Championship sailing information

J/70s sailing off St Petersburg, Russia 
J/70 SAILING Champions League Preview
(St Petersburg, Russia)- The last opportunity to qualify for the Finale of the SAILING Champions League 2019 is coming up soon - the third and last qualifier which takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, over four frenetic days from the 4th to 7th July.

Racing on the Neva River, amid the spectacular scenery of St. Petersburg, is a humbling experience. It’s also a challenge, with shifting winds and strong currents. There are 20 clubs from 12 nations (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland) fighting for six places that are available for a ticket to the Final in St. Moritz, Switzerland in August.

A first time entrant to the SAILING Champions League is Club Vela Portocivitanova from Italy. “It is a great honor and responsibility for us to be representing the Club Vela Portocivitanova,” said helmsman Michele Regolo. “This is the 70th anniversary of our club.  We have 70 years of sailing history with sailors competing in the America's Cup, Olympic Games and having multiple ORC world champions and Medallists. To bring our club to race among the best in the world for the SAILING Champions League is already a pleasure for us. Not only are we looking forward to a great competition in St. Petersburg but it is also our mission to try to qualify for the final in St. Moritz.“

This is the fourth occasion that St. Petersburg Yacht Club will be hosting a SAILING Champions League regatta, and it’s an association that works well for both parties.

“St. Petersburg hosts the largest sailing events every year. Sportsmen meet at the competitions at one of the best and most challenging sailing areas in the world, surrounded by beautiful historical buildings of the Northern Capital's center. St. Petersburg Yacht Club sees its mission to unite people around yachting and to promote maritime culture. We are glad to host guests from various countries and make their stay comfortable and exciting,” said Elena Soloveva, Head of Projects from St. Petersburg YC.

In total 24 clubs will be coming to race in the SAILING Champions Finale that will take place from 15 to 18 August high up in the Swiss Alps, in St. Moritz.

Livestream and results by SAP
The final two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday will be live broadcasted by SAP, with expert commentators providing blow-by-blow analysis of the racing, aided by the detail provided by SAP Sailing Analytics. The SAP Sailing Analytics provide 24/7 additional statistics and data for sailors, fans, spectators and media like GPS tracking, real-time analysis, live leaderboard combined with 2D visualization. You find all results on!  For more SAILING Champions League information

J/111 sailing off Cowes, EnglandRORC IRC National Championship Preview
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- From modern lightweight planing yachts to evergreen designs of the 1970s and 80s, the IRC rule brings them all together for three days of intense racing. With courses varying from windward-leewards to round-the-cans and the possibility of reaching or downwind starts, any boat can have its day. Of course, that all depends on the wind direction, courses, currents, and wind angles- especially on the Solent. A biased upwind course versus a biased all downwind course, a notable problem on the infamous Solent.

Sailing in IRC 2 Class will be Chris Daniel’s J/122E JUNO and Stuart Sawyer’s J/122 BLACK DOG.

The IRC 3 Class will see a duel between a trio of J/112E’s, including James Chalmer’s HAPPY DAIZE, David Franks’ LEON, and Bruce Huber’s XANABOO.

The IRC 4 Class may be the province of the J/109s, like Phil Warwick’s RNSA JOLLY JACK TAR and Chris Preston’s JUBILEE. However, watch out for the sleeper in the class, Nick & Adam Munday’s J/97 INDULJENCE.  For more RORC IRC National Championship sailing information

Sailing Newport Bridge 
Sail Newport Regatta Preview
(Newport, RI)- Sail Newport will be hosting their annual Newport Regatta this coming weekend for a wide variety of one-design dinghy and keelboat classes.  Featured amongst them will be fleets of J/24s, J/70s and J/109s; all deeply laden with world-class talent.

The nine-boat J/70 class has an incredibly diverse and talented fleet attending, including several World, North American, and Midwinter Champions in their midst from various classes (not to mention some Olympic Medallists in their crews).  So, it should be an incredibly competitive event.  Watch for the following crews to be a factor on the leaderboard; Doug Strebel’s BLACK RIVER RACING, Glenn Darden’s HOSS, Oivind Lorentzen’s NINE, John Brim’s RIMETTE, Brian Keane’s SAVASANA, John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES, and Mark Masur’s TWO FEATHERS.

In the half-dozen J/24 fleet are well-known characters (and World Champions) like Will Welles’ BUCKAROO, Steve Kirkpatrick’s BUCKSHOT, John Mollicone’s HELLY HANSEN, and Erica Beck Spencer’s SEA BAGS WOMEN’S SAILING TEAM. Doh! Perhaps the densest, most talented fleet of J/24s ever on a percentage basis? One wonders….

The J/109s should see incredibly close racing, considering all of them have won or were on the J/109 leaderboard in various events over the past twelve months. Those teams include John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT, Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING, Tom Sutton’s LEADING EDGE, and Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE. For more Sail Newport Regatta sailing information

What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
J24 women's regatta New York* SEA BAGS Women’s Sailing Team Takes on the Big Apple!
Sometimes, when least expected, an extraordinary opportunity presents itself and leads you to something grand.

Our 2019 regatta schedule was already in motion when we received news of the revival of J/24 competition in New York Harbor, June 8th and 9th, for the top amateur female sailors in the U.S. Thrilled to hear of the opportunity to race against other women’s sailing teams and compete under the watchful eyes of the Statue of Liberty, we signed up immediately despite our busy season. We knew we needed to be there to support women’s sailing. We didn’t just want to compete—we wanted to win and were really close to making that happen. In the end we brought home the second-place trophy.

The Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team was one of twelve teams that participated in the Lady Liberty Regatta hosted by the Manhattan Yacht Club in Jersey City. The first Lady Liberty Regatta was organized in 1989. Thirty years later, the relaunched regatta brought together an amazing group of female sailors passionate about racing, including our crew Hillary Noble, Jess Harris, Erica Beck Spencer, Karen Renzulli Fallon, Barbara Gold, and Kim Calnan

Our team had never sailed in New York Harbor before but knew that the current of the Hudson River would make racing quite intense. We did our homework and studied the Eldridge report and the tide charts posted at the Stevens Institute of Technology. On Friday, we went out on the course to learn as much as we could about where to get current relief and how to use it to our advantage. We spent a ton of time on Friday practicing timed approaches to the starting line with current.
Women's J/24 New York
We have learned from experience that winds can shift abruptly on rivers in cities with tall buildings. At the Lady Liberty Regatta, we didn’t experience many crazy wind shifts, but we did have current shifts. The winning team would know the current the best and be able to adjust faster than everyone else, regardless of wind conditions and unpredictable boat traffic.

Another unique facet of the event was that the Manhattan Yacht Club provided J/24s we raced. All we needed to bring was a crew and our spinnaker. The shrouds and the backstay were fixed and could not be adjusted. We could adjust the traveler, but it was rigged differently than our J/24. Every boat was slightly different and had its own quirks. To make it fair for all we’d rotate after each race, so every team got to race each boat.

We started the regatta strong by winning race one by half a leg. We learned quickly to stay clear of the Staten Island Ferries crossing the Harbor. The second race was a very mentally challenging race for all of us but served as a good reminder that we needed to work hard, adjust quickly, and fight for every point. We had a hard time getting off the line with speed and the wind shifted in the middle of the race, giving us back-to-back downwind legs. The competition was close at the end of the first racing day.

We started day two with a pep talk about our team goals for the day. We focused on the positive things we did and talked about the things we all needed to improve. We started the day off with a sizable lead but were late to the start in race five. On shore before the final race we did the math; we would need to win race six and the local team in first place would need to come in fourth place in order for us to win the regatta. We led the pack and I’m very proud to say that under significant pressure, we focused on the job at hand. At the end of the regatta, we were proud to place second overall.

Racing against all female sailors is something we hope to do again and again, and we’re so grateful to the organizers of the event, and the amazing teams that came to race. We will forever remember racing in the Big Apple, surrounded by gorgeous high rises, dodging fast moving commercial vessels, navigating the tricky current patterns, and taking in the breathtaking Statue of Liberty.
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