Wednesday, January 15, 2020

J/Newsletter- January 15th, 2020


J/Sailing News

The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

The beginning of the New Year is often highlighted by major boat shows that feature major product introductions. From a J/Boats perspective, this coming week features three quite significant shows across major continents. The world's largest indoor show is the boot Dusseldorf Boat Show in Germany, a show attended by nearly 300,000 boaters. In Canada, their Toronto Boat Show is also the largest indoor show in North America! Then, out in the Pacific Northwest is the Seattle Boat Show, the largest in the entire northwest of the United States.

Meanwhile, sailing is taking place all over the blue planet Earth....but, some places were a bit smokier than most. Remarkably, the Australian J/24 National Championship took place off Sydney, despite the extraordinary bush fires the country has been experiencing. The weather could not have been better, as mostly onshore breezes kept the weather clear and the fleet managed to sail twelves races over the four-day event.

Also, in the southern hemisphere, the Chilean J/70 class held their National Championship off Algarrobo, Chile for three days of amazing sailing conditions.

Then, in the Americas, an all-star fleet of sailors assembled in Tampa Bay, Florida for the second event of the Davis Island YC's J/70 Winter Series. For the fleet of fifty-plus boats, it was an amazing weekend of sailing. Perhaps most amazing, was the performance of the leading team that seemed to have the course "dialed-in" and win a few too many races (at least, according to their friends)!
 

J/112E sailing off Dublin, Ireland
Visit boot Dusseldorf Show Extravaganza- see J/70, J/99, J/112E!

(Dusseldorf, Germany)- The massive, world-famous, Boot Dusseldorf Boat Show is taking place from January 18th to 26th in Dusseldorf, Germany at the sprawling Messe Conference & Exhibit Center.

With over 300 sailboat-related exhibitors, there is no question the world’s largest sailboat show in the heart of Europe is an exciting place to visit.

Renowned as one of the major “arts” centers in Europe, Dusseldorf is both a cultural attraction along the gorgeous Rhine River as well as an amazing boat show to attend- truly one of those cultural events the entire family can enjoy!

On display in Hall 17/ Booth A22 will be the latest J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster, the World Champion J/112E sports cruiser, and the world’s most successful sportsboat- the International J/70.

In Germany alone, the most significant impact on sailing sport has been the evolution of the J/70 Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga, with over 80 sailing clubs participating and thousands of sailors across Germany enjoying fun, tight club racing.  Then, across Europe, there are 14 national SAILING Champions League series that use fleets of 6 to 12 J/70s to ensure close, fair racing- it's a boat that can be sailed by anyone in your sailing community- young and old alike, women, children, and 8 to 80 yrs old! Learn more about the J/70 here.

The premiere next-generation sport-cruiser, the J/112E, is proving to be quite popular in Europe. The J/112E has been enthusiastically enjoyed by sailing families seeking to combine the “joy of sailing” with a comfortable, spacious, sunny interior. Learn more about the remarkable performance of the J/112E the past two summers in European racing circles- repeating as IRC/ ORC European Champion as well as expanding on her IRC/ ORC World Championship performance in 2018. Learn more about the J/112E sport cruiser here.

Finally, winning enormous accolades across the spectrum of sailors is the latest edition to the J/Sport range, the J/99 offshore speedster. Learn more why she has already been awarded SAIL's Best Boats- "Best Performance Boat", SAILING WORLD's Boat of the Year- "Best Crossover", and British Yachting Awards- "Racing Yacht/ Sportsboat of the Year". Learn more about the J/99 here.  For more Boot Dusseldorf show information and to get on-line tickets.
 

J/99 at Seattle show
J/99 Pacific Northwest Debut at Seattle Boat Show!

(Seattle, WA)- Make your plans now to view the brand new, triple-award winning, 32' Offshore Speedster- the J/99! Sail Northwest in Seattle will be showing their boat indoor at the Seattle Boat Show, Century Link Field Event Center. The Seattle Boat Show goes from January 24th to February 1st, 2020.
  
The J/99 is the newest addition to the J/Sport range, combining headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven responsiveness of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World Champion J/112E. The interior features twin aft cabins, a proper sit-down forward facing nav station, an L-shaped galley, and a private forward head with sail locker.  For more Seattle Boat Show information and tickets
 

J/99
J/99 Debuts @ Toronto Boat Show
(Toronto, ONT, Canada)- Visit the Toronto International Boat Show, North America’s largest indoor boat show and is the preeminent selling venue for Canada’s recreational boating industry! The show is celebrating 62 years and runs from January 17th to 26th at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, in downtown Toronto.

Making her 2020 Canadian boat show debut will be the exciting J/99 offshore speedster! You can find her at Stand B2 & B3. Presenting the J/99 will be Pat Sturgeon Yachts from Mississauga, ON. For more J/99 visitation information, please contact Pat Sturgeon at phone- 905-278-5100 or email- pats@patsturgeonyachts.com.   For more Toronto Boat Show information and tickets
 

J/Calendar 2020
J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL- Save 25%

(Newport, RI)- Did you forget a few friends, family, or crew these past holidays? Well, here's a great way to go from naughty (or bad) to nice in one simple gesture! Buy the J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL now and pass them out to your deserving crew! It's just $12.95 each until January 17th, 2020 (plus postage & handling)!

For 2020, we have created another beautiful calendar for J/Sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world. Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in faraway places.

The 2020 sailing calendar features some of the most popular J's sailing in many of the world’s most picturesque sailing venues- Palma Mallorca (Spain), St Barths, Chicago, Lake Garda (Italy), Frutillar (Chile), Lake Thun (Switzerland), Torquay (England), and Valle de Bravo (Mexico).

Remember, it's just $12.95 until January 17th, 2020! That's a 25% savings.

See the gorgeous photo gallery here   ORDER the J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL here now!
 

J/80 sailing off Hong Kong
J/80 Worlds Fleet Special!

(Newport, RI)- The J/80 World Championship returns to Newport, Rhode Island in September 2020 for what promises to be another epic event. J/80 sailors are still talking about the last Newport-hosted Worlds in 2010.

The demand for charter boats this year is high, so J/Boats is offering a limited number of new J/80s on a pre-order Worlds Fleet Special. The new fleet will be commissioned in Newport, RI and sailed during the J/80 Worlds by international teams (September 28 – October 3) and then available for pick-up by owners following the event.

J/80 Worlds Fleet Special:
  • 2020 Model J/80 with standard specifications including:
  • AG+ mast and boom
  • Profurl R250 New Gen roller furling system
  • Lewmar winches and Harken deck gear
  • Triad Trailer - Galvanized, double-axle lift off trailer
  • Companionway spinnaker bag.
  • Safety Gear package – anchor, chain & rode, bucket, bilge pump, first aid kit, two fenders, two docklines.
  • 3.5hp Outboard motor (TBD) with padded engine bag.
The special package price is $52,900 FOB Bristol, Rhode Island with an order deadline of February 28, 2020. This represents an $8,000+ savings and is the best opportunity to get a race-ready J/80 at a great price. Please contact your J/Dealer or J/Boats to learn more!
 

J/70 sailing off Chile
NEW WAVE Wins J/70 Chilean Nationals

(Algarrobo, Chile)- Fresh off sailing the recent J/70 South American Championship in Punta del Este, Uruguay, a number of teams headed back across the formidable Andes Mountains range back northwest to Algarrobo, Chile for the 2020 J/70 Chilean National Championship, hosted by Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico.

Twenty-six teams participated in the regatta and many them participated in the training program provided by the Doyle Sails Team. Running the sailing clinic was non other than J/70 World Champion Jud Smith from Marblehead, MA. After the pre-regatta full-day training program that included an onshore debrief, the competitors continued to learn even more about Smith's "speed secrets" during the course of the regatta. Juddie was on-the-water all three days of racing and provided post-race day debriefs at the yacht club for any of the sailors.

The sailors were treated to a fairly typical cross-section of wind and wave conditions off Algarrobo. Friday's racing was light and shifty winds for most of the day. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, the fleet enjoyed 10-18 kts of breeze, increasing on Sunday to 15-20 kts...making for a few fun, full-out planing races downwind.

J/70s sailing off Chile
Day 1
In the lighter breezes on the first day, the right side of the course upwind paid off the best. However, late in the day, the seabreeze affect started to pull the breeze left with a little more pressure.  The strongest performance of the day was the Herman brothers on NEW WAVE, they had great starts, solid tactics and very good speed to post a 3-3-2 to sit atop the podium at the conclusion of racing. Not far behind was Matias Seguel's crew on TEAM VOLVO with a 7-1-5 and in third was Vernon Robert's MORENITA team that had just finished 6th in the J/70 South Americans in Punta, posting a 2-2-10 for the day.

J/70 sailing downwind off Chile
Day 2
On Saturday, the wind built a little more and some of the stronger teams took advantage of the wind and wave angles, particularly downwind. The Ducasse family onboard TSUNAMI posted the best record for the day with a 6-9-1. Meanwhile, the regatta leaders on the Herman's NEW WAVE posted a 3-11-4 to hold on to their lead. Meanwhile, Seguel's Team VOLVO also held on to their 2nd spot with a 4-12-2.

Chilean women J/70 teams
Day 3
The stronger wind conditions on the final day certainly played into the hands of the more experienced teams. Dominating the final day and closing out the regatta with a strong performance was the Herman brothers on NEW WAVE, posting a 2-1-4 for a 22 pts net (after one discard); that gave them a 13 pts winning margin. This was the second J/70 Chilean Nationals the Herman brothers have won, taking the first event in 2015 at Lago Panguipulli onboard CAROLINA.

Chile J/70 champions
Taking the silver was Seguel's VOLVO team, closing the regatta with a 3-5-8 for 35 pts net.  Then, rounding out the podium was the Ducasse family on TSUNAMI. Their final day was a bit of a disappointment, as they had been in the running for the overall lead with VOLVO and NEW WAVE. They started off the day winning their second race in a row, but suffered an OCS in Race 8 and, therefore, ruining their chances to win the regatta. They closed with a 2nd to take the bronze.

After an uncharacteristically bad fourth race- a 21st place- Robert's MORENITA crew demonstrated why they are one of South America's best J/70 teams, closing the gap very quickly on the leaders to finish just 7 pts from second place! In fact, they posted the best record of any team in the last five races- a 1-3-6-2-1, winning the last race by a big margin and securing fourth place. Rounding out the top five was Alejandro Perez's team on PELIGRO.

Winning the Corinthians Division was young Alfredo Urzua on LA NEGRA, second went to Cristóbal Pérez's IL MOSTRO, and third was José A Jimenez and family on DARK SIDE.
 

J/70 Savasana sailing Tampa
Franco's 3 BALL JT Smokes J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II

(Tampa, FL)- Fresh off their winter holidays, fifty-three J/70 teams savored spectacular conditions on Tampa Bay for the middle part of the 2019-2020 J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida. With record high temperatures in Tampa, winds were ripping on Saturday, starting at a sustained 16 knots with gusts in the 20s. Four races were completed, as the wind slowly backed off. Sunday saw about 8 knots, dying throughout the day, when two more races took place.

Reveling in the spectacular sailing conditions was Jack Franco’s 3 BALL JT. His all-star cast of Bill Hardesty, Alec Anderson and Rob Lindley, ruled the six races, posting five bullets and an eighth for just 5 net points. Brian Keane’s SAVASANA placed second on the weekend with 26 points, but leads the overall ranking (with the final of the Series to come). Darby Smith’s AFRICA took a second in Sunday’s final contest, moving her into third for the weekend with 28 points. Rounding out the top five was a tiebreaker at 31 pts each, winning the countback was the duo of Mark Foster and Travis Odenbach on HONEYBADGER while the duo of Josh Goldman and Allen Terhune took the fifth.

Bob Willis’ RIP RULLAH Team of Matt Clark, Michael Whitford and Patrick Hitchins, topped the 23-boat Corinthian division. They were followed by Peter Firey's PHOENIX in second and Tod Sackett's FM in third.

Each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 leads the "Porch Series', which includes a North Sails debrief. Mike Marshall was this week’s coach. Practice races were run, followed by a debrief and prizes. The Series concludes February 7-9.  For more Davis Island Winter Series sailing information
 

J/24s sailing off Sydney, Australia
CHECKMATE Crowned 2020 Australian J/24 National Champion

(The Spit, Mosman, NSW, Australia)- The 2020 Australian J/24 Championship was sailed over four days of racing in a variety of sailing conditions.  Race Officer Steve Tucker and the Middle Harbor Yacht Club Race Management Team completed the full schedule of twelve races with two days of north-easterly winds and two days of cooler southerly breezes on Sydney Harbour. It was a closely-fought battle for the top of the leaderboard, but in the end, it was the 2019 J/24 Australian Champion that managed to defend their title in 2020- Brendan Lee's team on CHECKMATE from Sandringham, Victoria. Here is how it all went down for the sixteen teams in the four-day, twelve-race, two-discards regatta.

J/24 sailing off Australia
Day 1- Light and Shifting
The first day saw racing on The Sound of Sydney Harbour in a light south-easterly that became moderate in the afternoon. It was a gentle start to four days of racing, with wind strength and temperature forecast to rise as the event progressed.

In the first race of the day, Lee's CHECKMATE was third behind Steve Wright’s TINTO (Cronulla SC), the runner-up for last year’s championship, but thirty seconds ahead was Middle Harbour sailor John Crawford and the crew of INNAMINCKA.  In race two, CHECKMATE took a narrow win from David West’s Ace (MHYC) and TINTO was third.

For the final race, Race Officer Steve Tucker signaled for three laps of the windward-leeward course running from south of Cannae Point out through the Sydney Heads, where the breeze held steady around 130 degrees throughout the afternoon and kept the fleet clear of the ferry lanes. David McKay’s STAMPED URGENT, the Cronulla team who placed third at the 2019 Nationals, were first home ahead of Simon Grain’s JET (Sandringham YC) and CHECKMATE.

At the end of day one, CHECKMATE led the series score by 3 points with TINTO (Steve Wright) second and INNAMINCKA (John Crawford) tied for third with STAMPED URGENT (David McKay).

J/24s sailing off Sydney, Australia
Day 2- Moderate and Pretty Day
As the morning southerly slowly turned east, and then northeast, and freshened, the smoke haze cleared over Sydney Harbour to provide some good racing conditions. The MHYC race management team set a course between Middle Head and North Head for another three races.

Race 4 was completed in an unsettled breeze with TINTO the winner by 11 seconds from CHECKMATE and VORTEX. The breeze had increased slightly for Race 5 but it was still fluky close to the top mark. STAMPED URGENT made the best of the conditions to finish ahead of Middle Harbour’s David West on ACE and TINTO in third.

Race Officer Steve Tucker “tweaked” the course for Race 6, but there was some excitement on the start line with a number of boats making contact.  CALYPSO (Paul Donnelly / RMYC) and PHOENIX (Joanna Lecka / CYCA) both suffered damage; with PHOENIX later sinking on Clontarf Beach within sight of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club marina!  The boat was eventually re-floated and hoped to be back for the following day (nothing a lot of epoxy cannot fix!).  Back on The Sound this afternoon, TINTO claimed another win, this time ahead of Warren Slater’s JAB and CHECKMATE.

Two wins for the TINTO crew moved them to the top of the series table, one point ahead of CHECKMATE and eight points clear of the top local boat  ACE.

J/24s sailing upwind off Australia
Day 3- HOT and Great Breeze
With the mercury rising to the mid-thirties C (that's HOT!), humidity around 40% and the breeze topping 20 knots, it was an exhausting third day for the sailors.

Three windward-leeward races were completed on a course set between the Sow & Pigs Reef and North Head with an axis of 025 degrees for the first two. INNAMINCKA was fast out of the blocks, claiming their second win of the series in Race 7 ahead of STAMPED URGENT and CHECKMATE. The breeze freshened to 18 knots in Race 8 and TINTO was back at the front, leading STAMPED URGENT and CHECKMATE to the line. For the final race of the day, the breeze had backed to 015 degrees and was 20-plus knots.  Grain'S JET crew loved the conditions and scored their first win, with TINTO in second and INNAMINCKA third.

After nine races, TINTO had a four point lead over CHECKMATE in the championship series score; meanwhile STAMPED URGENT was another seven points adrift in third.

J/24s starting off Sydney
Day 4- Epic Finale!
The final trio of races on the fourth day started in a moderate to fresh southerly with the course moved out of The Sound and set between Obelisk Bay and Neilson Park in search of flatter water. Shockingly, regatta leader TINTO posted their two worst results in races 10 and 11 (an 8th & 7th), handing the series lead on a silver platter to the CHECKMATE crew that had posted another steady 2-1 tally. In short, with just one race left, the CHECKMATE could have DNF'd the race and went home delirious with their good fortune and celebrating with a few dozen "tinnies"; however, that was not the case. The story gets better, or worse, depending on which boat you were on.

With the wind building to 20-25 knots, things got very interesting for the final Race 12. It took two General Recalls before the last race got underway. After getting completely flumoxed and frazzled in the first two races to give away the Championship, the TINTO team managed to collide with the Committee Boat in the final pre-start...adding insult too injury, as one might say. As a result, they were slow off the line and 11th at the first leeward rounding, half-way through the W2 course.  Meanwhile, CHECKMATE was having issues of their own! At the same half-race leeward gate, they managed put their spinnaker in the water (yes, a full-on shrimping mates!), and the resulting tangle caused them to retire and take a DNF! Meanwhile, STAMPED URGENT, the boat placed third in the series, was following INNAMINCKA in the lead at the first leeward rounding, and held on to post a handy second. A shocking outcome to all, to say the least! It was a "rumble in the jungle" in the blustery finale, the final tally showed a much closer finish and a complete re-shuffling of the leaderboard as a result of several fiascos in that last race!

Australian J/24 Champions
At the conclusion of four day’s racing, Brendan Lee and the CHECKMATE crew of Daniel Abbas, Daniel Cave, Will Shears, Keren Reynolds and Belinda Christie were declared the Australian J/24 Champions for 2020.  While CHECKMATE was able to drop their DNF score and finish on 25 points, Steve Wright’s TINTO had a disappointing day posting 8-8-7 to slide back from series leader into third place behind McKay’s STAMPED URGENT.

MHYC’s Vice Commodore of Racing, Geoff Charters, presented the J/24 National Championship awards and J/24 Australia Class President Ron Thomson presented the Handicap Prizes. First on handicap was PHOENIX (Joanna Lecka), second BAILE DE LUNA (Adam Keyes-Tilley) and third KAOTIC (Geoff Pearson).  A special award was made to David McKay for an incredible effort getting the sunken PHOENIX back on the race track the following day.

While there were no red flags on the final day, the protest committee were kept busy with eight protests and hearings held on each of the first three days. It took two hearings to unravel the facts of the start line incident in Race 6 involving four boats which saw two with significant damage and one sinking at Clontarf Beach before reaching the safety of the MHYC Marina.

Many thanks to the Middle Harbour Yacht Club race management volunteers, the protest panel and NSW J24 Association volunteers for enabling the Championships to run so smoothly, and to Marg Fraser-Martin for the great photography.  For more J/24 Australian National Championship sailing information:
 

Regatta & Show Schedules:
Jan 23- STC Lauderdale to Key West Race- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jan 23-26- J/Fest St. Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
Jan 25-26- J/70 Bacardi Winter Series II- Miami, FL
Jan 26-31- Grenada Sailing Week- St Georges, Grenada, West Indies
Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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

J/Community
What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
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* VOTE Now for Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year 2020!
Two well-known J sailors are in the final running for the 2020 Rolex YoY Awards for men and women sailors.
Willem and Nicole for Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of Year
VOTE now for Willem van Waay and Nicole Breault for the People's Choice Award for Rolex YoY in their respective categories! Click here.

Willem Van Waay Profile:
Hailing from Coronado, California, Willem proved his wide array of skill sets again in 2019 for several teams across many events and various classes. The tactician’s year was highlighted by a win at the J/24 World Championship in Miami with skipper Keith Whittemore aboard Furio. Van Waay and crew outlasted the fleet of 79 to claim the first-place prize by 16 points through 10 races. They won two races, including two of the last three of the regatta, and posted six top five finishes. The stacked fleet featured five former J/24 World Champions. In addition, Willem has also been J/70 World Champion as trimmer and in 2019 was the winning tactician in the J/70 Midwinters, the Rolex Big Boat Series J/70 Class, the San Diego NOOD J/70 Class, and the Marblehead NOOD J/70 Class.

Nicole Breault Profile:
Sailing most of her year on the famous San Francisco Bay, renowned match racer Nicole has always been a well-rounded and versatile sailor. Her skills as a tactician aboard Good Trade were on full display at the 2019 J/105 North American Championship, held last September in Marblehead, Mass. at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Breault and the crew on Good Trade defeated the fleet of 18 teams. They posted 18 points over eight races and won by an eight-point margin. They won three races, including the final race of the regatta, and never placed outside the top five. Plus, she won the U.S. Match Racing Championship Women's Division racing J/22s and also too the silver in the Nation's Cup Match Racing Championship Women's Division, emblematic of the Women's Match Racing Worlds.

J/70 sailing off Chile
* J/70 South American Update: Fastest Growing One-Design Class in South America
Just after North Sails swept the podium at the J/70 Chilean Nationals at the end of 2019, we sat down with Torkel Borgstrom to talk about class growth across the continent. He says the J/70 is growing in a very similar way to how the J/24 grew, thirty-plus years ago. With boats built in Buenos Aires, “It is becoming one of the most important and competitive classes in South America. And most of the sailors here use North Sails, including the top ones, because they perceive that it’s an advantage in terms of performance.” The first South American country to build a fleet was Chile, about seven years ago. “Right now there are probably 30-35 boats, and the numbers are stable.”

Uruguay has another 30-boat fleet, he continues. “And Brazil was one of the first countries that started with a J/70, but due to some restrictions on importation, they only have around ten boats. But every time they participate internationally, they do well.” Add in another 35 boats from Argentina, and it’s easy to see why Torkel says the J/70 “has become one of the strongest and most interesting one design classes. The regattas are very, very competitive, and normally there are a lot of boats participating.”

In Brazil, a lot of professional sailors have moved into the J/70 because the competition is so good. In the rest of South America, Torkel explains, the approach is more like in the US; most sailors are either amateur or people work in the industry, but don’t specialize in J/70s.

The J/70 South Americans in Punta del Este had great conditions but only 32 boats participated, which surprised Torkel—though he wasn’t surprised to see a  Argentinian tie for first. “Most of the sailors are new, and so when you put together a good crew like the one Guillermo Parada has, they normally will win most of the events.” As for the disappointing turnout, he blames it on the current political instability, particularly in Chile but also in Argentina. “Every time we have elections here, things get a little bit unstable. So I believe this is the reason why we haven’t seen more boats.”

Based on what he’s seen so far, Torkel is excited about the future of the class. “In January, we have the Rolex Atlantic Circuit regatta, which is one of the most important ones here. I expect to see more boats sailing in that event.” Longer term, “the good sailors ended up sailing in the J/24s, and the same thing is going to happen with the J/70s. So you will see more people from South America, Argentina especially, going into the international events and starting to do much better every year. We foresee that in the next five to eight years, we’ll continue growing slowly, and continue improving in terms of competitiveness.”  Sailing Photo Credits- Matias Capizzano

J/22 Warrior sailing* Warrior Sailing Update for 2020
The Warrior Sailing organization has steadily expanded over time to better serve the needs of America's war veterans. It is a noble effort to get those veterans an on-the-water experience that helps them better cope with both themselves and a team of people. A large part of the Warrior Sailing experience makes use of standard J/22s and handicap-equipped J/22s at various sailing organizations across the USA. From the West to the East and the Great Lakes to Florida, thousands of war veterans have had the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of sailing on J/22s everywhere. Here is the current Warrior Sailing schedule for 2020:
  • Mar 13-17:  Charleston, SC, Certification Course
  • Apr 22-27:  Charleston, SC, Charleston Race Week Regatta
  • May 14-18:  Fort Worth, TX, Basic Training
  • Jun 8-12:  San Diego, CA, Basic Training
  • Jun 19-20:  Great Lakes Basic Training 
  • Jun 26 to July 27: Warrior Sailing Great Lakes Tour
  • Aug 17-21 Certification Course (Park City, UT)
  • Sep 12: Newport, RI- Sail For Hope 
  • Sep 21-25: San Diego, CA- National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic
  • Oct 12-16: Annapolis, MD- Basic Training Camp 
  • Nov 30 to Dec 4:  St Petersburg, FL, Basic Training Camp
Please help the Warrior Sailing program in any way possible; whether it's volunteering, providing money support, or support in-kind.  Please contact Cory Kapes, Warrior Sailing Program Manager here: Cory@WarriorSailing.org / (727) 773-6164 Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

J/Newsletter- January 8th, 2020


J/Sailing News

The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

Happy New Year and Best Wishes and Success in 2020 to J/Crews all over the world. May fair winds carry you comfortably to wherever you go, be that day sailing, cruising, or racing offshore.

Already, the New Year is starting off well for a few J/Teams. For our friends Down Under, there was cause for celebration for a J/133 that sailed the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, starting off Sydney, Australia on Boxing Day (December 26th) and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania.  We also got a report from a highly successful outing for a pair of J/99s that raced in last year's French Duo Cat-Amania event for fifty  doublehanded teams off Le Crouesty, France.  Finally, we also got a fun report of more sailing off Melbourne, Australia regards a J/111 racing against many of Australia's top offshore teams. Enjoy!
 

J/99 offshore speedster
VOTE Now for J/99 European Yacht of the Year!

(Dusseldorf, Germany)- The German Yacht.de magazine and a number of professional boat reviewers and journalists tested the J/99 last fall as part of their 2020 European Yacht of the Year Awards program.

Now, YOU can also vote now for the J/99 as the "People's Choice European Performance Yacht of the Year"!  Please take 5 seconds to vote, click here now- https://www.surveylegend.com/s/1ya1

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Learn more about the J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster here.
 

J/99 speedster- awards winner
J/99 Pacific NW Debut at Seattle Boat Show!

(Seattle, WA)- Make your plans now to view the brand new, triple-award winning, 32' Offshore Speedster- the J/99! Sail Northwest in Seattle will be showing their boat indoor at the Seattle Boat Show, Century Link Field Event Center. The Seattle Boat Show goes from January 24th to February 1st, 2020.
  
The J/99 is the newest addition to the J/Sport range, combining headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven responsiveness of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World Champion J/112E. The interior features twin aft cabins, a proper sit-down forward facing nav station, an L-shaped galley, and a private forward head with sail locker.  For more J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster information   For more Seattle Boat Show information and tickets
 

2020 J/Calendar
J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL- Save 25%!

(Newport, RI)- Did you forget a few friends, family, or crew these past holidays? Well, here's a great way to go from naughty to nice in one simple gesture! Buy the J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL now and pass them out to your deserving crew! It's just $12.95 each until January 17th, 2020 (plus postage & handling)!

For 2020, we have created another beautiful calendar for J/Sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world. Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in faraway places.

The 2020 sailing calendar features some of the most popular J's sailing in many of the world’s most picturesque sailing venues- Palma Mallorca (Spain), St Barths (Caribbean), Chicago (Lake Michigan), Lake Garda (Italy), Frutillar (Chile), Lake Thun (Switzerland), Torquay (England), and Valle de Bravo (Mexico).

Remember, it's just $12.95 until January 17th, 2020! That's a 25% savings.  See the gorgeous 2020 J/Calendar photo gallery here   ORDER the J/Crew Calendar SPECIAL here now!
 

J/80 Worlds Newport RI
J/80 Worlds Fleet Special!

(Newport, RI)- The J/80 World Championship returns to Newport, Rhode Island in September 2020 for what promises to be another epic event. J/80 sailors are still talking about the last Newport-hosted Worlds in 2010.

The demand for charter boats this year is high, so J/Boats is offering a limited number of new J/80s on a pre-order Worlds Fleet Special. The new fleet will be commissioned in Newport, RI and sailed during the J/80 Worlds by international teams (September 28 – October 3) and then available for pick-up by owners following the event.

J/80 Worlds Fleet Special:
  • 2020 Model J/80 with standard specifications including:
  • AG+ mast and boom
  • Profurl R250 New Gen roller furling system
  • Lewmar winches and Harken deck gear
  • Triad Trailer - galvanized, double-axle lift off trailer
  • Companionway spinnaker bag.
  • Safety Gear package – anchor, chain & rode, bucket, bilge pump, first aid kit, two fenders, two docklines.
  • 3.5hp Outboard motor (TBD) with padded engine bag.
The special package price is $52,900 FOB Bristol, Rhode Island with an order deadline of February 28, 2020. This represents an $8,000+ savings and is the best opportunity to get a race-ready J/80 at a great price. Please contact your J/Dealer or J/Boats to learn more!
 

J/133 sailing Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
J/133 Dominates Sydney-Hobart Race Class!

(Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)- Congratulations to Jason Close's Sandringham YC team on the J/133 PATRIOT! They had a remarkable performance in the 2019 ROLEX Sydney-Hobart Race.. winning IRC 5 Class (IRC Overall 9th) and winning ORC 4 Class (ORC Overall 10th).

Jason's team included Lex O'Connor (navigator), Greg Coutts, Jordan Sunkel-Lozel, Stu Shafer, Cathy Furey, Graeme Smith, Pete Chalkley, Brett Averey, Stu Moseley, Andy Mcgrath, and Marissa Chalkley. The crew are members of Sandringham Yacht Club, with four of them having lots of International 14-foot skiff experience.

Clearly, their skiff experiences helped on this fast-reaching race... the J/133 PATRIOT was the only production boat in the top 14 overall; all the rest were flat-out, carbon-fiber racers that were professionally-sailed; TP52s went 1-2-3 (8 total in top 14), and the others were all 62 to 69 feet extreme carbon machines. Not bad company for a 15-year-old boat!

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Here is the commentary from owner Jason Close on their race-winning performance:

"Our Rolex Sydney-Hobart campaign started with the Sydney-Gold Coast race in July. We had a good result, placing in both our divisions and we had a good look at our opposition.

Our race plan was to sail at, or as close to, 100% polars for the entire race and leave nothing in the tank.

With our fantastic pre-race routing and forecasting prepared by weather and climate expert Jess Sweeney, we set off confident of a good result.   

After a great start, we exited Sydney Heads with two Farr 40s and were at the front of our division.

The first night consisted of some solid downwind sailing, which the J/133 really excelled in, and it enabled us to put a big break on our division and work through boats 2 or 3 divisions higher!

We found ourselves pretty well match-racing with an extremely well-campaigned Cookson 12 named Sail Exchange. We both pushed each other up the fleet and well into the overall IRC contention.

We had a number of challenging navigational decisions around Gabo Heads, with the strong current, in particular. But, we stuck with our pre-race strategy and made some significant inroads on the fleet.

The next night, we saw 20-25 knots of breeze downwind, with a very confused sea state, but the boat cut through it like butter with the assistance of some high-quality helming by the team... the skiff sailors loved it, diving from trough to trough as long as they could!

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
The next phase of the race was challenging, with many wind transitions to deal with. We managed to keep the boat moving and got through the wind transitions well. Unfortunately, from our perspective, the TP52 carbon racers at the front of the fleet (all the guys that won their class and overall) did not encounter the light weather that we did, so they all put a fair amount of time on us.

Coming into Storm Bay with the Cookson still hot on our tail, we had another light period before catching a decent sea breeze. Thankfully, the moderate sea breeze carried us through to the finish and allowed us to keep our nose in front of our opposition, at least in our class.  However, that sequence of light patches, getting becalmed, and waiting for the seabreeze to build cost us a shot at the overall title.

To win both ORCI and IRC in our divisions was what we set out to do, and we were extremely happy we achieved this. Nevertheless, to finish 9th IRC Overall and 10th overall in ORCI in a big boat race against fully professional outfits in our production J/133 was nothing short of remarkable. It was a credit to our great team and our awesome boat! This was one for the little guys!!"   Sailing photo credits- ROLEX/ Kurt Arrigo  For more Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race sailing information
 

J/99 doublehanded offshore speedster
Doublehanded J/99's Triumph in Duo Cat-Amania!

(Crouesty, France)- The Duo Cat-Amania, the premiere doublehanded offshore regatta in France, was hosted by the Yacht Club Crouesty Arzon (YCCA). An amazing fleet of fifty doublehanded teams participated in the event. The regatta is a combination of round-the-buoys plus point-to-point offshore racing legs. The 2019 edition started in Crouesty and headed to Quiberon. Then, from there they headed to Lorient. Next leg was then to Concarneau. Then, the fleet returned to Morbihan, with a stopover in Locmiquélic, then La Trinité-sur-Mer, then back to Le Crouesty for the finish and the awards party!

The J/Team contingent was well-represented in the week-long regatta. The winner of the 2018 edition, Philippe Girardin, was putting his title at stake on his J/120 HEY JUDE. The winner of the 2019 Armen Race, the duo of Philippe Baetz and Yves Chuberre on the J/112E MUSIX was anticipating a competitive outcome. Then, the two J/99's, both new entrants to the race, were hoping to match the competitiveness of their "J" stablemates.

In the end, the J/99 J-LANCE 14 sailed by Frederic Bouvier and Benjamin Dutreaux took the silver, while the J/99 GRASSI BATEAUX sailed by Olivier Grassi and Frederic Duthil took 5th place, then the Baetz/ Chuberre duo on the J/112E MUSIX ultimately  finished 8th, counting a bullet and a deuce in their scoreline. Girardin's J/120 HEY JUDE managed a 13th in the tough fleet, bracketing their six-race regatta with a 1st in the initial race and a 4th in the final race. In short, it was an amazing performance across the board for the J/Teams. Here is how it went down over the six-day regatta.

J/120 sailing off France
Day 1
The first stage sent the fifty teams on a 38.0nm course from Le Crouesty to Port-Haliguen, Quiberon. It was a gorgeous day for sailing, with 15-20 kts of breeze under clear and sunny skies. Reveling in the conditions was the 2018 Duo Cat-Amania winner, Girardin's J/120 HEY JUDE, winning the initial race quite comfortably.

Jean-Philippe Cau, President of the UNCL, commented, "It was a super pleasant day. We left on time, with perfect conditions and a perfect course. There were boats everywhere in Quiberon Bay that we have crossed several times. Going to La Vieille on such a day is really great. These are real beautiful images, regattas like this one we would like to do more often. Clearly, my friends on the J/120 loved the conditions and managed to fare well. The teams paid dearly for just the slightest error in this kind of fleet."

Day 2
The second stage between Quiberon and Lorient was a very light air affair. Due to a complete "glass out" in the morning, the AP postponement flag was flown and the fleet was forced to motor under engines from Port-Haliguen for 40.0nm to just outside the harbor of Lorient. At that point, the PRO waited for a seabreeze to develop and around 1500 hrs, a wind of around 5.0 kts arose to permit the Race Committee to setup a basic 9.0nm course between Isle Groix and Lorient. As a result of a 5-4 after the first two days, the duo of Bouvier/ Dutreaux on the J/99 J-LANCE 14 were sitting in second place.

J/99 Grassi Bateaux sailing off France
Day 3
The third leg of 38.0nm from Lorient to Concarneau was sailed in a light, but stable wind around 10 knots. There were a few surprising changes in the standings on what appeared to be a somewhat simple tactical/ navigational leg. The race proved to be the undoing of the J/99 J-LANCE 14 duo, posting their worst race of the regatta with a 20th. Nevertheless, they still managed to hold onto the bronze position at this stage of the regatta since everyone else was having an even harder time to maintain any degree of consistency.

Day 4
After a general recall, the competitors sailed another 44.0nm race in very light winds around 5 knots. It was a test of patience for virtually all of the teams as they made a loop around the Glénan archipelago and sailed under spinnaker to Guidel, where the Race Committee shortened the original 50.0nm course and sent them directly to Locmiquélic. The day was long and the competitors arrived at the port at the end of the day just before sunset!

Crushing the fleet was the Baetz/ Chuberre duo on the J/112E MUSIX. On elapsed time, they beat everyone home by more than thirty minutes and on handicap time won by a comfortable margin.

Commenting on their good fortune, owner/skipper Baetz said, "today was my day! We made good choices that paid off and we made a huge gain in the middle of the course. The boat is doing very well this season, after a podium finish at SPI OUEST-France and a victory in the ArMen Race in IRC B, I am delighted. With Yves (Chuberre), we never train as a doublehanded team, but he is part of the crew. After a few days of racing, we are taking automatic steps and no longer make the mistakes of the first days. Fortunately, there are a few days like this!"

Maintaining their position on the leaderboard was the Bouvier/ Dutreaux team on the J/99 J-LANCE 14, posting a well-deserved 4th to stay in contention for overall fleet honors.

J/99 sailing off France
Day 5
The fifth stage was sailed from Locmiquélic to La Trinité-sur-Mer. Under a strong sun and in a wind passing from very light in the morning to 20 knots by the end of the day, the duos completed a course of 46.0nm.

Taking advantage of these ideal conditions, the Race Committee sent them to do some sightseeing. A true tour of the splendors of the Morbihan coasts: a tour of the islands of Groix, the Birvideaux, the Foals at Belle-Ile, and finally the Béniguet, before reaching the finish line at La Trinité-sur-Mer.

Quiberon Bay proved to be a challenge for the J/99 J-LANCE 14 duo of Bouvier/ Dutreaux. Nevertheless, they pulled off a 3rd place by the finish line to hang on to 2nd place overall.

Day 6
After six days of racing along the Morbihan and Finistère coasts, the teams were ready to head back to the starting point of the regatta- Le Crouesty. Leaving Friday morning from La Trinité-sur-Mer, the fleet completed a 16-mile course in Quiberon Bay in around ten knots of wind. It was a beautiful finale, sunny, moderate breeze, and a nice way to close out the regatta.

Perhaps the most joyous celebration was that of the Bouvier/ Dutreaux duo on the J/99 J-LANCE 14; winning the final race by a comfortable margin! Finally, all that practice during the regatta paid off! As a result, the J-LANCE-14 J/99 team took home the silver. Also celebrating their final race good fortune was the Baetz/ Chuberre duo on the J/112E MUSIX, taking second place and making it a sweep of the top spots by J/Crews on the final day! That result enabled MUSIX to finish in 8th place. The other J/99, Grassi/ Duthil's GRASSI BATEAUX sailed a very consistent regatta after their first race debacle of 28th place, closing out the event with a 12-3-6-8-7 for 64 pts and taking 5th place!

Bouvier commented on their successful regatta. "All the races counted in the general classification," explained Fred. “Despite one bad decision in one race- a 20th- we always finished in the top 5 in front of larger sailboats than ours. In medium wind conditions, which normally favor large boats, we were successful and we managed to keep a good pace. Our second place reaffirms the versatility of the J/99 at all wind speeds and in all weather situations. The J/99 is a well-designed sailboat that is fully in tune for doublehanded sailing. The level of competition was extremely high in this year's Duo Cat-Amania. We are also delighted with the fifth place of another J/99, Olivier Grassi and Fred Duthil's GRASSI BATEAUX."

Perhaps most significantly from a competitive standpoint, this quartet of J/Duets beat out a number of "professional factory teams" from the following camps- JPK (960, 1010, 1030, 1080), Beneteau (Figaro 2s) and Jeanneau Sunfast (3200, 3300, 3600). For example, finishing in 6th place behind the two J/99s was the much-vaunted Daniel Andrieu design, the new Jeanneau Sunfast 3300 SAPRISTI (Daniel was sailing with Nicolas Andrieu- both professionals). And, another much-acclaimed boat in European offshore circles, the JPK 10.30 LEON (winner of the huge IRC 3 Class at SPI Ouest), was raced by her builder/co-designer Jean Pierre Kelbert (Mr. JPK), managing only a 9th place. In short, the all-around J/Boats designs were simply superior on every point of sail in a wide variety of weather and sailing conditions.

The Crouesty Arzon Yacht Club thanked its partners and volunteers for their commitment and support which made the regatta a great success.  For more Duo Cat-Amania Regatta sailing information
 

J/111 sailing off Australia
J/111 PLAYLIST Triumphs in Australia

(Melbourne, Australia)- While Australian brush fires were burning north to south, east to west, due to the obscenely hot temperatures inland and the very hot, dry airs whistling across the barren landscape, a number of Australian sailors made it out to sea to enjoy some clean fun on the azure waters of the Tasman Sea.

On December 26th (Boxing day), Matt Powell's J/111 PLAYLIST entered the 34.0 nm “Cock of the Bay” race from Melbourne (St. Kilda) to Blairgowrie. This is a pre-curser and a solid "training run" for the Melbourne to Hobart race that started at the bottom of the bay on December 27th.

It was a good sailing day with a SSW breeze from 10 to 20 knots. The line was set with a definite port-end bias and the PLAYLIST team worked this perfectly, crossing the line first and closest to the pin.

For the first 30 minutes, they were leading boat-for-boat in the 72-boat fleet. Once they got settled, the race came down to consistent good boat speed and picking the shifts as they headed southwards down toward the Peninsula. Although they were racing their entire division, the J/111 PLAYLIST often found themselves competing with a Hick 40 and two First 40’s.

In the end, PLAYLIST finished 11th over the line, 1st on PHS handicap, 2nd on AMS and 3rd on IRC in Division 1. The race was basically a 34.0nm windward beat from start to finish, crossing the line in an elapsed time of 5 hours and 46 minutes.

Commenting on their performance, Powell said, "all in all, we were very happy with how the J/111 performed against these bigger boats and we felt if there had been more downwind breeze, we would have really tested our competition. Once we got closer to the Peninsula towards the end of the race, the sea state really flattened out, and in those conditions, the J/111 really holds its own against the bigger boats."

Powell goes on to say, "although the race was a beat the entire way, and therefore minimal work for the bow crew, they all agreed that the race was a lot of fun. I think it is always fun when you get good results!" Plus, they got silverware in all three divisions- PHS, AMS, IRC- a trifecta!!

Their next regatta is the Australian J/111 Nationals in Geelong, Victoria at the “Festival of Sails” at the end of January. Thanks for this report from Matt Powell, owner of the J/111 PLAYLIST.
 

Regatta & Show Schedules:

Jan 10-12- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II-Tampa, FL
Jan 23- STC Lauderdale to Key West Race- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jan 23-26- J/Fest St. Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
Jan 25-26- J/70 Bacardi Winter Series II- Miami, FL
Jan 26-31- Grenada Sailing Week- St Georges, Grenada, West Indies
Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

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

J/70s sailing offshore
J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II Preview

(Tampa, FL)- Fresh off their winter holidays, who will it be that gets themselves back into the groove first and sails consistently enough to leap to the top of the leaderboard in the second act of the Davis Island Yacht Club J/70 Winter Series?  Will it be Brian Keane's SAVASANA that won the first regatta? Or, will it be other teams from the top of the leaderboard back in December like Will Welle's BRIBONA, John & Marisa Koten's PLANET CLAIRE, or Bruno Pasquinelli's STAMPEDE?

One thing is for sure, the competition from January 10th to 12th is heating up considerably since a number of teams that sailed the Bacardi Miami J/70 Winter Series in December will be joining the Tampa regatta. That means, the 48 boats from act one at the DIYC series will be seeing 7 new crews from across Florida's Everglades Swamp. Yes, making that brave trek on I-75 across the infamous "Alligator Alley" will be fresh faces like Joel Ronning's World Championship team on CATAPULT and the dynamic duo of Jack Franco and Bill Hardesty on 3 BALL JT-- neither one of these crews are "shrinking violets"! Quite the contrary, do not be surprised to see both of these teams vying for the top spots on the podium when the smoke clears on Sunday afternoon!  For more Davis Island Winter Series sailing information
 

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* J/42 Rendezvous 2020 Announcement!        
In 2019, the J/46 One Design Class totaled 9 boats on the starting line of the Camden Classic Cup. It was a wonderful showing and fun time on the water. However, a J/42 fleet could be larger! Who wouldn’t want to cruise in one of the world’s greatest cruising destinations (Camden, Maine on Penobscot Bay), participate in the spectacular Camden Classics Cup Regatta, and hang out with bunch of enthusiastic J/42 owners? Remember - July is wonderful in Maine.

J/42 sailing off Camden, Maine
Make your plans now to cruise the coast and enjoy two fun days of racing with fellow J/42 skippers and crews. Mark your calendars now- July 23rd, 24th and 25th in Camden, Maine!

In addition to the Camden Classic Cup events, the J/42 fleet will have an Owners Forum “meet and greet” and a post regatta skipper’s race debrief.

The one-design rules, taking into account that J/42 owners are mostly cruisers first, racers second, will be as follows:
  • #3 jibs only, no overlapping sails, spinnakers or drifters – keep it simple
  • Suitable anchor and chain in the bow
  • water tanks and fuel at cruising levels
  • dodgers and Biminis up
  • autopilots, electric assisted winches permitted
  • outboards and grills on the stern rail are encouraged
  • single handed, doubled handed, or a whole gaggle of crew- whatever works for you!
  • One-design ratings: shoal drafts rate 96 and deep keels rate 88
  • no other rating penalties or adjustments
Learn more here: https://www.camdenclassicscup.com/

* J/160 AVATAR Back to the Caribbean for 2020 Winter Season!  We just got a report over the holidays from owner Alan Fougere talking about his beloved J/160 AVATAR:

"Happy Holidays to the extended Johnstone family! Just wanted to let you know, we love our AVATAR. She is a great boat, offshore she's just a rocket! We have completed many upgrades and try to keep her in "Bristol" condition. I have a new power plant ready for installation next summer. This is our 14th season with her, and I hope to keep her for another 14, if I am still walking the planet!

We get many other boaters who swing by and compliment her lines. And, when they see her powered-up, with a bone in her teeth, then they are really impressed!

J/160 off St John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Recently, AVATAR averaged 17 knots all the way from Newport, RI to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Yes, we took the easy way out, we loaded her aboard a transport ship. She has had her winter haul, new clear coat on the topsides, and bottom paint over at BVI Painters @ Nanny Cay Marine Tortola. She is now back in the water and back at her winter home on St. John U.S. Virgin Islands, again at Proper Yachts. She is now a 20-year-old lady, just getting into her prime... built in 1998!

We do normally sail on offshore delivery passages. Last year, in the spring 2019, we sailed San Juan, Puerto Rico to Bermuda. It was an incredible passage! 965.0nm in just over four days! Over 200 nm each day! All white sails the whole way, 100% Jib and double-reefed main. It was truly four days of perfect offshore weather and sailing!"