Wednesday, April 25, 2018

J/Newsletter- April 25th, 2018

J/88 demo day @ Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, MIJ/88 Freshwater Demo Days!
(Grosse Pointe Shores, MI)- Port Sanilac Marina presents their J/88 Freshwater Dealer Demo Days at the 2018 Great Lakes Boating Festival from May 18th to 20th, 2018.  The event will be held at Grosse Pointe YC, 788 Lakeshore Rd, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI.

Head on down to the yacht club and go for a sail on the exciting J/88, a family speedster that has proven itself on the Great Lakes, winning both PHRF and ORR events everywhere.  In addition, one-design activity has taken off on the Great Lakes.  In fact, in 2018, the J/88 Great Lakes Championship will be at Youngstown YC from July 28th to 29th on Lake Ontario and the J/88 North American Championship will take place August 10th to 12th at Chicago YC on Lake Michigan. Learn more about J/88 one-design class activity here.

Before or after your demo, watch some awesome J/70 “stadium sailing” taking place literally right off the docks!  Fast, hot, riveting action that makes use of the “movable marks” pioneered in Detroit for super accurate, quick course adjustments.

Contact Chester Kolascz at Port Sanilac Marina for an appointment to take the exciting J/88 family speedster for a demonstration sail- phone- 810-622-9651 or email-
For more J/88 sailboat information

J/122 Liquid from AntiguaAntigua Sailing Week Preview
(Falmouth Harbour, Antigua)- More than 100 boats registered from 30 countries worldwide and crews from many more will be taking part in a nine-day festival of racing and shoreside events that is Antigua Sailing Week 2018, the Caribbean’s longest running regatta.

“The DNA of Antigua Sailing Week is professional race management and fun ashore after racing,” commented Commercial Director of Antigua Sailing Week, Alison Sly-Adams. “Last year we celebrated 50 years of Antigua Sailing Week and this year we see as the start of the next half century.

“We have a great format with 3 to 4 hours of racing each day off the South-East coast of Antigua. Once competitors get ashore, they experience fantastic events suitable for everyone. We have tried hard to listen to what the competitors want and also provide a great environment for non-racing friends and family.”

Over 70 yachts will be racing in the CSA Classes and winning skippers of the famous Lord Nelson Trophy will be competing.

Antigua Sailing Week beach partyThe CSA racing fleet has a huge variety of professional and Corinthian sailors, young and old. In the CSA Racing Class, there will be a trio of J/122s going for the gold, such as hometown hero Pamala Baldwin’s LIQUID, Victor Vasiliou’s NOISY OYSTER from France, and Kym Kapalla’s EL OCASO from Roadtown BVI.  The J/120 JAGUAR, skippered by Ben Jelic from St Maarten and another local hero, Tanner Jones’ J/30 BLUE PETER/ CARIBBEAN ALLIANCE INSURANCE, will join them.

Racing kicks off with the stand-alone Peters & May Round Antigua Race on Saturday April 28 followed by six days of Antigua Sailing Week from April 29 to May 4. While racing always comes first at Antigua Sailing Week, the shoreside fun is very much part of the regatta.

Competitors gather after racing for the daily prize giving. On May 1, internationally acclaimed reggae artiste, Tarrus Riley is set to headline at Reggae in the Park along with DJ Puffy and Private Ryan, one of the most highly anticipated events on the Antigua Sailing Week Party Calendar. After the big party night, the Wadadli Lay Day Beach Party on May 2 will this year include fun dinghy and SUP racing and zany beach games along with a line-up of seven DJs.

The Final Awards Ceremony & Party is always a memorable occasion and the fun doesn’t stop there, with Dockyard Day and the Inet Dickenson Bay Beach Bash closing the 2018 regatta on May 6th.   Follow Antigua Sailing Week on Facebook   For more Antigua Sailing Week information

J/80 sailing Lake GardaThe J/80 Regatta “Triple Play” Announcement!
Three Regattas, Three Cool Sailing Venues!
(Marion, MA)- Here is a personal invitation from Deb Gayle, the Co-Chair of the J/80 North American Championship and the Rear Commodore of Beverly Yacht Club.

“We are hosting this year's J/80 North Americans at the Beverly Yacht Club (BYC) in Marion, Massachusetts from September 7th to 9th.  We are located in Buzzard's Bay, famous for its big breeze and competitive racing fleets.

J/80s sailing downwindOn behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to personally extend an invitation to J/Sailors to participate in this Championship event.  We have a very seasoned race committee and promise exceptional racing and sailing.  Beverly YC is extremely welcoming and the membership is looking forward to once again hosting the J/80 fleet.  In addition to great racing and wonderful camaraderie, we are offering housing to those coming from a distance (first come- first served).

I would also like to let you know about the J/80 “Triple Play,” a terrific opportunity for racing, with three great J/80 regattas being held all two weeks apart from one another:
  1. Aug 24-26- J/80 East Coast Championship- Boothbay, ME
  2. Sep 7-9- J/80 North American Championship- Marion, MA
  3. Sep 21-22- J-Jamboree Regatta- Lake Winnipesaukee, NH
These events present an awesome opportunity for spectacular J/80 sailing and competition within a reasonable drive of each other.  Boats competing in the East Coast Championships in Boothbay can drive directly to Marion, MA.  We will store your boats and give you an opportunity to race during the intervening two weeks prior to the North American Championships.  Then, you can head up to Lake Winnipesaukee for the J-Jamboree for fall sailing on the most scenic mountain lake in New Hampshire!

We look forward to hosting you at the J/80 North American Championship.”  Register here today.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Deb Gayle at email -   For more J/80 class information

J/Sailing News

The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

This past weekend, the sailors in the United Kingdom finally got their wish for actual “spring-like” weather for sailing on their fabled Solent.  The Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series and the Crewsaver Spring Championship were blessed with nice conditions and the racers enjoyed a lot of racing over the weekend.  The J/70s managed to sail eight races while the J/88s, J/111s, J/97s, J/92s and others sailed multiple races in their respective fleets.

On Lake Garda, the famous Fraglia Vela Riva sailing club in Riva del Garda, Italy hosted the week-long fun and festivities for the annual YACHTING RUSSIA Cup in J/70s and J/80s; 36 teams from across Russia participated in the event.

Along the North Sea, the Van Uden Reco Regatta, emblematic of the start of the Dutch offshore sailing season, took place off Stellendam, The Netherlands for fleets of J/111s, J/22s and ORC Doublehanded and offshore fleets.

Finally, on the Pacific coast of America, Corinthian YC of Seattle on Puget Sound hosted the J/80 Western Championship and the Puget Sound Spring Regatta; the event included a J/105 class and PHRF handicap for J/109s and others.

Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook pag  Below are the summaries.

Regatta & Show Schedules:

Apr 26-29- J/70 Corinthian Nationals- Ft Worth, TX
Apr 27-29- Newport to Ensenada Race- Newport Beach, CA
Apr 28-May 1- Grand Prix de Saint Cast- Saint Cast, France
Apr 28- May 4- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua
May 2-6- J/24 North American Championship- Charleston, SC
May 4-6- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
May 4-6- Yachting Cup- San Diego, CA
May 8-12- J/22 European Championship- Laveoc, France
May 11-13- ALCATEL J/70 Cup- Porto Ercole, Italy
May 14-19- J/70 North American Championship- Valle de Bravo, Mexico
May 18-20- North Sea Regatta- The Hague, The Netherlands
May 24-28- J/Cup United Kingdom- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
May 25- Storm Trysail Block Island Race- Larchmont, NY
May 25-28- The FIGAWI Race- Hyannisport, MA
May 26- Spinnaker Cup Offshore Race- Belvedere, CA
May 26-28- Swiftsure International Yacht Race- Victoria, BC, Canada
May 26-28- U.K. J/24 National Championship- Poole, England
May 28-29- Coastal Cup Race- Santa Barbara, CA
May 31- SoCal 300 Race- San Diego, CA

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

J/111 sailing Warsash series on SolentA Spring-like Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series?
(Warsash, England)- Who knew?! There really is a “spring” on the seasonal calendar.  Given the fact that northern Europe and the upper half of North America have all experienced an extraordinarily cold and dreary early spring, one can be forgiven for jumping for joy like kids when the sun pops out, nice warm winds caress our faces, and shorts can be worn for once!

Yes, spring finally did arrive for the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series.  The great weather on Sunday also produced some of the best racing on the water.

The White Group had a light shifty SW breeze of 5 to 6 knots that eventually settled into 13 knots. The “U” flag (no boats permitted in the start line windward mark triangle in the last minute of start sequence) was used for the three J/70 starts, which all got away cleanly with most competitors within half a boat length of the start.

J/70s sailing Warsash series on SolentThe number of J/70 entries was boosted by those boats in the Crewsaver Warsash Spring Championship which runs over the two weekends 21/22 and 28/29 April, and the quality of racing was excellent. The White Group J/70 fleet leader in the series is DSP (Douglas Struth) with JEEPSTER (Graham Clapp) in second position and PEGGY (Jon Powell) in third.

In the Spring Championship, after seven races, it is Jon Calascione’s CALYPSO leading with just 14 pts, with Marshall King’s SOAK RACING from Ireland in second with 19 pts and Philip Rees Bryn in third with 33 pts.  Rounding out the top five is Laurie Smith’s ALFIE in 4th and Martin Dent’s JELVIS in 5th.

Black Group Series
Black Group had two races on Sunday with mainly windward-leeward courses using fixed and laid marks. The wind was generally about 240 to 250 degrees and between 7 and 9 knots, but it did drop to 2 to 4 knots for a while during the first race, which meant the bigger deeper draft yachts who couldn't do as much tide dodging, came to a near standstill for a while. Tidal tactics were vital as the beats were quite long against the tide on the southern edge of the Brambles plateau and the breeze was unreliable.  The second race was a short and sharp one as the breeze picked up and the racecourse was busy and lively.

In IRC 1 Class race 4, Chris Daniel’s J/122 JUNO took second, while in race 5, Chris Jones’ J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II took the second. As a result, tied on third @ 8 pts for best records of the day were the J/122 JUNO and also Cornel Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG.

J/112E sailing Warsash series on SolentIRC2 is led overall by Chaz Ivill’s J/112E DAVANTI TYRES with a first and third on Sunday to retain their lead with a total of 6 pts net in five races (four counted).

In IRC3, Rachel, David & Robert Hunt’s J/97 JUMBLESAL 2 has climbed onto the provisional podium by scoring two 2nds o the date, sitting just one point in arrears of the silver with one weekend to go!  Just three points back from them is a perennial contender in the class, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’RONIMO.

The J/109 fleet saw Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE go over the line early in the first race and, after restarting last, was able to overtake the boats ahead in breeze and held on to win! Thereafter, Robert Stiles’ DIAMOND JEM won race 5. Consequently, JIRAFFE holds a healthy lead in the J/109 class overall, tossing a 2nd to count just 1sts and 2nds for 6 pts net.  Sitting in second is Mike & Susie Yates’ JAGO with 13 pts net and third id David McGough’s JUST SO with 16 pts.

J/88 sailing Warsash series on SolentIn the J/88 fleet, David and Kirsty Apthorp’s J-DREAM had a dominant day with two wins.  However, Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS continues to lead the class overall by just a point over Richard Cooper’s JONGLEUR.  Holding comfortably onto third is Tim Tolcher’s RAGING BULL.

Black Championship
After the first weekend of sailing the Crewsaver Warsash Spring Championship, the IRC 1 Class sees groups of boats clumped together just one point shy of the podium, that is how close sailing has been in this tight fleet.  Cornell Riklin’s J/111 JTTERBUG is tied for 4th with 20 pts, only 1 pt away from the bronze. Her stablemates are just behind them, Daniel’s J/122 JUNO in 6th and Jones’ J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II in 7th.

The beautifully restored J/35 BENGAL MAGIC/ KNIGHT BUILD LTD is winning the class after closing with two bullets in the final two races for a total of just 9 pts in six races (5 counted).

J/111 sailing Warsash series on SolentThen, in IRC 3 Class, Andy Howe’s J/97 BLACKJACK II sits in second place with 9 pts, just one point off the lead.  And, Mike Lewis’ J/80 JESTER is third with 10 pts and Jack Banks’ J/92 NIGHTJAR is fourth.

Finally, leading the J/109 fleet in this event also happens to be Perry’s JIRAFFE.  Second is John Smart & Chris Copeland’s JUKEBOX and third is Chris Preston’s JUBILEE.

Peter Bateson, Series Chairman "Good luck to everyone for next Sunday 29th April, the final day of racing in this year's Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series.”

The Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series is The Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series is sponsored by Helly Hansen @HellyHansen #feelalive and organized and run by the Warsash Sailing Club. It is supported by race partners Crewsaver and Doyle Sails.   Sailing photo credits- Closed Hauled Photography   Follow the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series on Facebook here  For more HELLY HANSEN Warsash Spring Series sailing information

J/111 sailing Van Uden Reco regatta in The NetherlandsSunny, Sweet Van Uden Reco Regatta
(Stellendam, The Netherlands)- The traditional season opener for the Dutch offshore community is the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta, sailed off Stellendam, The Netherlands.  The competition was open to ORC, IRC, J/22 and J/111 one-design, and double-handed handicap classes.

As anticipated, the Friday evening food, drinks, and dance party in the warehouse at the Marina was epic; the band "Back to Basics" rocked the house all night long, warming up the sailors for their exciting races on Saturday and Sunday.  Fortunately, for those sailors a bit “groggy” the next morning, the weather Gods delivered flat waters, light to moderate winds and plenty of warm sunshine all weekend.

J/22s sailing Van Uden Reco regattaThe J/22s enjoyed one of their strongest and largest fleet in years with fourteen boats making the trek from all over the Netherlands, Germany, and France.  In the end, it was Dirk Jan Verdoorn’s JUT EN JUL family crew (including Rosemarijn & Liselotte Verdoorn and Renee Groeneveld) that out-classed the rest of the field by winning their first four races and taking home an 11 pt margin of victory.  While the Verdoorn family could not see their competition in the rear view mirror, it was quite the three-way battle for the balance of the podium.  Jesper Overbeeke’s NED 1514 (Michelle Koopmans, Christiaan Felj, & Carmen Platteeuw), Reiner Brockerhoff’s JAZZY from France, and Ivo Jeukens’ ELAINE from The Netherlands all traded off getting 2nds and 3rds in the eight races sailed.  The final race determined the outcome for this trio.  Jeauken’s crew got a BFD (black flag), so were immediately left out of the running.  Overbeeke’s team rose to the occasion and took a 1-3 in the last two races to grab the silver while Brockerhoff’s team posted a 3-4 to secure the bronze.  Rounding out the top five was Daan Grundeman’s TU DELFT BROACH.

J/111 sailing off Stellendam, NetherlandsSimilarly, the J/111 Northern Europe class had a great turnout of a half-dozen boats from The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, and Germany.  Racing was very close and any mistakes were quite costly.  After five races, there was a tie-breaker for first place!  Paul van Driel’s Dutch crew on SWEENY and Sebastian de Liedekerke’s French team on DJINN both finished with 8 pts each, the win going to SWEENY based on number of 1sts. In a remarkable feat of consistency, DJINN’s crew counted only 2nd places!  Third was nearly another tie-breaker, but Sjaak Haakman’s Dutch crew on RED HERRING was able to toss their last race OCS and finish with 10 pts net.  One point behind in fourth place was Jorg Sigg’s Swiss team on LALLEKONIG, helping them was Wouter Kollmann as “local knowledge” (a past Dutch, European and J/22 World Champion).

J/109 sailing Van Uden Reco doublehanded ORC classOne of the largest offshore classes in the regatta was the 11-boat ORC Doublehanded Class.  This discipline continues to gain more participants that are passionate and J/sailors are often seen as the ringleaders in the rising momentum.  Top J/crew this time in the light stuff was the J/109 FIRESTORM sailed by the English/ Dutch team of Wim van Slooten and Jochem Hamstra; they won the first race handily, but struggled in their next two races (a 7-5) to hang on for the bronze.  Not so lucky was the J/122 JUNIQUE, a team accustomed to winning regattas.  Their team of Chris Revelman and Pascal Bakker took 2nd in the first race, a DNF in the second (a breakdown) and 3rd in the last race to finish in 6th overall.  Of note, they were quite easily leading the fleet in virtually every race boat-for-boat and were contenders for the regatta win.

Three J/109s sailed in the ORC 2 Division, but it was only Alain Bornet’s JAI ALAI that managed to crack the top five, finishing tied on points at 17 each with another boat but having to settle for 5th place on the countback.

One would never guess the 40+ year-old J/24 design would be a rule-beater under ORC handicap measurement.  But, sure enough, Dirk Olyslagers’ J/24 JOOL walked away with class honors in the ORC 3 Division, counting just 1sts in five races!   Follow the Van Uden Reco Regatta on Facebook here  For more Van Uden Reco Regatta sailing information

J/80 sailing Yachting Russia CupGlorious Sailing @ Yachting Russia Cup
(Riva del Garda, Italy)- Each year, the principal yachting magazine in Russia- YACHT RUSSIA- hosts their annual Yachting Russia Cup on the famous “wind factory” known as Lago di Garda.  Fraglia Vela Riva, the local yacht club is renowned for hosting European and World-class event off the shores of Riva del Garda at the northern end of the lake.

The Yachting Russia Cup is unique in its format since it is sailed as fleet racing in J/70s, J/80s and CB66s with live judging on the water.  There are 32 teams with 140 sailors in total that rotate in two shifts, Alpha and Bravo, for three days of qualifying.  Then the top half sail in their fleets for the winners of each class.  Twelve teams were racing J/80s and eight teams were racing J/70s.

The first day of racing started on Sunday, April 22nd and the last day ended on Thursday, April 26th. Top social media and yachting “empress” from Russia, Elena Otekina, provided the reports and play-by-play here for the event.

J/80 sailors at Yachting Russia CupDay 1- Sunday
Thanks to the sunny and hot weather on the first race day, the “wind factory” worked almost without interruption. The main local wind- the “ora” that blows in from the south- began to blow in the morning to the surprise of everyone. At the beginning, it was extremely unstable and weak, but by noon, it was up to 15-18 knots and continued building until racing was finished for the day. In both groups, Alpha in the morning and Bravo in the afternoon, three races were held for all fleets.

The Alpha group in J/80s was a tight fleet, with a lot of the strongest teams in close company; including the winner of last year's Yachting Russia Cup- Vladimir Bodrikova. At the end of the first race, almost the entire fleet came in to the finish at the same time and it was nearly impossible to sort first from last in the photo finish.

In the J/70s, Yuri Firsov’s team was able to win the first day with 1-3-1 for 5 pts.  However, they were tied on points with Igor Puzanov’s DREAM TEAM that posted a 2-1-2 for 5 pts, too.

After lunch, the Bravo teams took to the water.  Unlike the morning Alpha crews, they did not have to wait and suffer from the lack of wind and unpredictable wind shifts.

In the J/80s, COMPUTEL’s Andrei Samoylov left nothing for chance to their rivals. Despite an over early in the first race, Samoylov’s team managed to post all firsts on day one.  Second was Roman Gorev’s ICEBERG team from St Petersburg and third was the team from Kaliningrad- Sergei Ezhikov’s TEAM EZHIKI.

In the Bravo J/70 group, Boris Mashunkin’s YES TEAM duplicated the record of their comrades in the J/80s, winning all three races! The team of Renata Hejdera sat in second place, third was Sergei Golofast, and fourth Timothy Zubkov’s TESTAROSSA team.

On Sunday night, there was a holiday dinner for all teams to celebrate the opening of regatta in one of the best restaurants of Riva del Garda- “Osteria la Contrada”- with unlimited quantities of wine and prosecco!!

J/70 sailing Yachting Russia CupDay 2- Monday
Monday’s racing was a study of contrasts.  Unlike the previous day, the morning Bravo group was able to run 4 races per class.  Meanwhile, after lunch, the famous “Ora” did not appear in the afternoon for the Alpha group; leaving them just a single race in an extremely gusty and unstable local breeze that turned the race into a lottery!

The first Bravo group race started in the morning north wind (the “Pelére”), but at the height of the race, the wind died down, and then changed direction to the opposite. The race had to stop and wait for the stabilization of the temperate southeasterly wind that the locals called the “Venedez.”

As a result, three long and one short race consisting of one windward-leeward loop were completed. Reveling in the conditions were the gangsters from Kaliningrad- Sergei Ezhikov’s TEAM EZHIKI.  They managed to win all four races in the variable morning wind conditions. Such a brilliant performance led the team to become the new leaders of group.  In fact, on total points they were tied with Andrei Samoylov’s COMPUTEL team that had dropped to second place after posting three 2nds and a 3rd for the day.

J/70s sailing Lake Garda, ItalyIn the J/70 class, the leader of the first day, Boris Mashunkin’s YES TEAM managed to keep first place with two 4ths and two 1st places. But, they were tied on points with Sergei Golofast’s FASTER TEAM, with two 2nds and two 1sts! Sitting in third place was Zubkov’s TESTAROSSA team.

After the lunch, the Alpha group had to wait for their start for more than two hours.  Then, after three hours, they were finally given just one race; one that generated a lot of anxiety amongst the leading teams. The wind seemed to come from all directions, starting at 90 degrees, then 180 degrees. To guess which way to go was absolutely impossible; someone in this lottery was going to get the lucky ticket, others would lose a lot. Throughout the race, almost every team were winners and losers, and the outcome depended only on the game of chance.

In J/80 Alpha group, the leader of the first day- Vladimir Bodrikov’s ALEONORA- had a roller-coaster performance, including a last place, but managed to hang on to their lead.  Moving into second place were Alexander Smagljuk’s crew from Krasnodar and the MAESTRO crew skippered by Konstantin Nazarenko moved up to third place.

In J/70 Alpha group, Boris Burmentiev won the race and climbed to third place in the final standings. The first and second places were retained by the teams of Yuri Firsov’s FIRSOV SAILING and Igor Puzanov’s DREAM TEAM.

J/80 sailing on Lake Garda, ItalyDay 3- Tuesday
The three-day qualifying series was now complete and the fleet was divided into Gold and Silver for the Grand Finale that would take place over the next two days.

After a difficult day with the wind on Tuesday, the “ora” wind factory appeared again, starting with about 6-8 kts in the morning and increasing to 16-18 kts by afternoon with gusts well into the low 20s!

In total, all four scheduled races for the morning group (Alpha) and two races for the Bravo group were held. The afternoon racing saw a number of spectacular broaches by the less experienced teams.

Winning the J/80 Alpha group was Vladimir Bodrikov’s ALEONORA, posting a 2-2-1-4 to win by a large margin.  The balance of the qualifiers on the podium included Alexander Smagljuk and Dmitry Kurshina’s SEABEAR team from Moscow.

The J/70 Alpha group saw no change in the standings after their four races. The top two qualifiers were Yuri Firsov and Igor Puzanov’s DREAM TEAM, both scoring two 1sts and two 2nds!

The Bravo group got the strongest and steadiest wind of the day; two long distance races were held, which allowed the teams to enjoy high-speed planing under the gennakers back and forth across the lake!

In the J/80 Bravo group, the two leaders did not change, with Sergei Ezhikov’s ESHIKI winning and Andrey Samoylov’s COMPUTEL in second.  However, in third place there was a change, with Roman Gorev’s ICEBERG taking the final spot on the podium.

The J/70s saw some epic broaching in the first race.  However, nothing was going to slow down Sergey Golofast’s FASTER TEAM from winning with a final 3-1.  Meanwhile, Mashunkin’s YES TEAM maintained their second position to qualify for the Gold fleet finale.

J/80s sailing Lake Garda, Italy - Russia Yachting CupDay 4- Wednesday- Grand finale I
On the first day of the finals, the moment of truth finally arrived. On Wednesday morning, the best teams of the Alpha and Bravo teams met in the Gold Fleet on the water, and after lunch, the crews of the Silver Fleet got to compete against each other.

Again the whole lake was covered with haze, so the convection of the air necessary for the emergence of the “Ora” did not work. However, the southeastern “Venedez” that reached 15-18 knots in the afternoon rescued the participants. As a result, four dynamic races were held for both Gold and Silver fleets.

With the top six crews all racing in the J/80 Gold division, no one was sure who was going to rise to the top.  Nevertheless, the J/80 Alfa group leader, Sergei Ezhikov’s EZHIKI had a bad day, posting a 4-3-3-5 to finish in third for the day.  As Ezhikov explained, “we go crushed at the start of the first race and got a 4th.  Then, everything somehow went wrong, bad mark roundings, a tear in the spinnaker and a terrible fourth race.”

J/70s sailing upwind on Lake Garda, ItalySimilarly, the leader of the J/80 Bravo group had an even worse day. Vladimir Bodrikov’s ALEONORA ended up in 4th place in the Gold fleet after posting a 6-5-4-3. According to Bodrikov, “everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for us! We had a false start, a drowned (shrimped) gennaker and bad tactical mistakes. We hope to rise from the depths of despair and have a brighter day tomorrow! The crew is not discouraged and we promise that we will compete for prizes and get on the podium!”

The most impressive performance of the day was Andrei Samoylov’s COMPUTEL, posting all bullets!  Not surprisingly, after posting four 2nds, it was Roman Gorev’s ICEBERG that closed the day in second place.

Like their classmates in the J/80s, the J/70 Gold fleet was dominated by Igor Puzanov’s DREAM TEAM, also posting an unassailable record of 1-1-1-2 for a comfortable first day lead.  Yuri Firsov’s had a rough start to the day, to say the least!  Off the starting line in the first race, they were over early, and then hooked their keel on the anchor line of the port end boat!  After taking a last in the first race, they acquitted themselves by climbing rapidly into contention with a 2-2-1 for the day, sitting in second place. In third place was the J/70 Bravo group winner, Sergei Golofast’s FASTER TEAM.  Fourth was Boris Mashunkin’s YES TEAM.

In the Silver Fleet, the fight was very close in both fleets.  However, with the strong breeze, boathandling issues were paramount with the less experienced crews; plenty of shrimped kites, epic broaches, and unfortunate collisions with out-of-control boats.  Nevertheless, everyone made it home safe to lick their wounds and repair the boats for the final day.  Leading the J/80 Silver division was Boris Yudin’s 40-PLUS with a 2-2-2-4.  In the J/70 Silver division, it was Boris Burmentiev’s team leading with a 1-1-4-3.

J/70s sailing upwind on Lake Garda, Italy- Russia CupDay 5- Thursday- Grand Finale II
The final day of racing for both Gold and Silver fleets saw a total of four more races sailed for each, thanks to another good day of winds from the famous “Ora”.  After eight races, it was quite clear that Puzanov’s DREAM TEAM in the J/70s was going to run away with the class honors, adding a 2-1-1-1 to finish with just 8 pts net, seven pts clear of the next boat.  In a similar fashion, Firsov’s team had already redeemed themselves after their horrific start to the final series the day before.  After closing with a 1st yesterday, Firsov started with a 1st on the final day and finished with scores of 1-2-3-4 for 15 pts net to take the silver.  Rounding out the podium was Golofast’s FASTER TEAM from Moscow.

The J/80 Gold fleet experienced a “white-wash” or “blitzkrieg”, depending on your point of view.  In short, after posting all bullets for seven races, Samoylov’s COMPUTEL TEAM from Moscow sailed home and took a DNS in their last race to finish with 7 pts net for a comfortable win.  Gorev’s ICEBERG crew maintained their consistency to post a steady 3-4-3-1 for a total of 15 pts net to take home the silver.  However, behind them it was an all-out battle for the final spot on the podium.  In fact, whoever beat whom in the last race would determine the final outcome.  Taking the bronze after a ferocious last race was Bodrikov’s ALEONORA, his 3rd place cemented by a 3rd in the last race.  Losing that battle was Ezhikov’s EZHIKI, posting a 4th in the finale to drop to 4th overall.

In the J/80 Silver fleet, nothing changed after four more races, with Yudin’s 40-PLUS winning, followed by Boris Lysenko’s KREBIAN RACING I in second and Nazarenko’s MAESTRO TEAM in third place.

Similarly, the J/70 Silver fleet saw Burmentiev’s team hold on to their lead to win their division. Taking the silver was Vadim Korkovidov’s LETJAT KIRPICHI and it was Zubkov’s TESTAROSSA taking the bronze.
J/70 Yachting Russia Cup winner

J/70 winner- Igor Puzanov on DREAM TEAM interview

J/80 winner- Andrei Samoylov on COMPUTEL interview

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J/80 sailing off Seattle, WACRAZY IVAN Takes J/80 Westerns
PSSR Blessed With Lots of Racing!
(Seattle, WA)- Over the past two weekends, the annual Puget Sound Spring Regatta (PSSR) was hosted by the Corinthian YC Seattle for both offshore PHRF racers as well as one-design classes of J/109s, J/105s, J/24s and J/80s.  In fact, for the J/80s was their first J/80 Westerns ever.

After seven races, nine-boat J/80 fleet enjoyed tight racing.  In fact, so tight, it was a two-way tie-breaker for first place and was nearly a three-way tie-breaker!  Bryan Rhodes’ CRAZY IVAN and John Sezer’s RECKLESS both ended up with 13 pts net, with the countback advantage going to those “wild & crazy guys” on the IVAN.  Just three points back was Mike Gridley’s RAVEN with 16 pts net.  Rounding out the top five were David Schutte’s TAJ MAHAL and Lek Dimarucot’s UNDERDOG in 4th and 5th, respectively.

J/24 sailing off Seattle, WAThe ten-boat J/24 fleet sailed the first weekend. Saturday was raining and the breeze was 5-7 kts early and built to 9-14 kts from the south running against a strong flood tide. Fortunately, on Sunday, the rain was gone and the breeze had switched to a northerly, 8-10 kts early, building to 15-24 kts in the afternoon.  Establishing their hegemony over the fleet early, Jako Lichtenberg’s HAIR OF THE DOG won the first two races and added five more 1sts in eleven races to win by a convincing margin.  However, behind them it was a huge battle all weekend for the next two spots on the podium between Bill Taylor’s ATOM ANT and Carl Sheath’s TUNDRA ROSE.  Neither gave an inch all weekend and in races the “hairy dogs” didn’t win, one of these guys did!  By winning the last race, Taylor’s “ants” took it by one point over Carl’s “rosebuds”.  Fourth was Chris Archer’s CHALLENGER.

J/105 sailing off Seattle, WAThe J/105s had an excellent turnout of seven teams from across the various Puget Sound clubs.  Following on their successes in 2017, Jerry Diercks’ crew on DELIRIUM truly did go wild once they found out their last race 1st place earned them the top of the podium over the 2017 J/105 Seattle Boat of the Year- Erik Kristen’s MORE JUBILEE- the difference was just one point.  Third was John Aitchison’s MOOSE UNKNOWN, fourth Jim Geros’ LAST TANGO and fifth Chris Phoenix’s JADED.

In the world of PHRF handicap racing, the J/crews acquitted themselves quite nicely.  In PHRF 2 Class, Jerry Woodfield’s J/109 SHADA took the bronze while Natalie Pryde’s J/92S SHIVA finished 6th and Tola Cezik’s J/109 LODOS was 7th.  Assuming the usual position of first place in PHRF 5 Class was none other than Pat Denny’s beautifully restored J/29 HERE & NOW, eviscerating their class with five bullets in seven races and having to toss out a 2nd!  And, that was against top-ranked teams on Ross 930s, Farr 1020, and an Olson 911!  A spanking it was!   For more Puget Sound Spring Series and J/80 Westerns sailing information

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J/122 Liquid sailing Caribbean regatta* J/122 LIQUID Smokes POP-UP Regatta Pursuit race to Saint Kitts.

The heat was on Monday, April 16th during the inaugural “POP-UP Pursuit Race” from Gustavia Harbour, St Barthelemy to Christophe Harbour, on the southeastern tip of St Kitts.  Race Promoter Becky Rutland promised a beautiful, fun Pursuit Race followed by two delightful days of surprises and fun for all ashore.  The event acted as the ideal feeder race for the Antigua Classics and Antigua Sailing Week regattas.

The exhilarating 5-6 hour, 52.0nm race gave sailors an unforgettable experience and a bird’s eye view of one of the Caribbean’s most prominent marinas.

The race from St Barts to Christophe Harbour’s Super Yacht Marina was pretty much a straight shot across gorgeous, aquamarine Caribbean seas.  Taking it all in stride and winning the coveted POP-UP CUP was none other than Pamala Baldwin’s hot J/122 LIQUID, making the crossing in just over 6 hrs for an average speed of 8.67 kts!

According to Pamala, “one of the best parts of this race was the promise of “gratis” docking and three days of spontaneous fun-- parties, games, barbecues! Plus, the dance parties at the ever popular Salt Plage water front club at Christophe Harbour were loved by our crew!”

Christophe Harbour was founded by S/Y “Andromeda la Dea” owner “Buddy” Darby, who designed the superyacht marina with superyacht owners and crew in mind. The marina currently houses 24 alongside superyacht berths and is estimated to provide 250 state-of-the-art alongside berths. For private or charter yacht homeport, the marina is considered an extension of crew ashore and offers exceptional guest concierge services to fulfill guest and crew needs, such as VIP clearance, provisioning, freight forwarding, local itineraries as well as ultra-fast Wi-Fi.

* The J/122 STELLAR RACING TEAM won the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2017 in the IRC Doublehanded Division, racing around Sicily and a set of Mediterranean islands in the famously grueling and challenging 650nm race.  Recall that nearly 80% of the fleet retired due to mountainous waves and a 25-40 kt “mistral” whipping the Med into a hellish maelstrom.
J/122 Stellar Racing team
The real heroes of that race were the two Russian sailors that felt like they had been to hell and back on their J/122 STELLAR RACING Team.  Here is their remarkable story, as told by Alexander GRUDNINA and Dmitry KONDRATIEV, to YACHT RUSSIA magazine and published in their December 2017 issue.

YACHT RUSSIA: In your opinion, what led to your amazing success on the race? Did luck play a role in the game? And, was there a Russian millionaire oligarch that wanted to sponsor you and say- “Get everything ready, shall we go?”

AG: If we were only to be so lucky! Everything depended on us and on the boat (said Alex laughing).

Our boat was very fast and strong! But, we were still afraid, can she (their J/122) survive in such difficult conditions?

So, we tried hard.  We changed our sails in time. The waves were huge, five-meters high! It was crazy!  True, the instruments did not always work. When one of these giant waves crashed over us, all the instruments and electrics went out. To be frank, it became scary.

But, our J/122 took the punishment, she flowed beautifully through the waves, and we kept going!

We did not intend to leave the race! But, our thoughts were, when would these storms end? And, will we be able to sail in quieter weather?

YACHT RUSSIA: Nevertheless, it looked like the unified battalion of eight Dueling Hammers from Hell were trying to force you from the dance?

AG: Probably! But, we wanted to win more than others.

DK: To finish off the race, one must have the power of forging strong determination and a will to win. Of course, we survived, both for the boat and for each other!

You have to know, both of us are “Persians”, we do not like something that has not worked out! And, if we do something, it's either good or not! And, we were sure that we would cope and persevere!
J/122 Stellar Racing team - Rolex Middle Sea Race winner doublehanded
YACHT RUSSIA: Overcoming yourselves or the extremes of nature and the elements- what was harder for you to do?

AG: I had doubtful questions about myself. For me, it was my first 600 nm offshore race in the Mediterranean in such insane weather.  And, I would not go into it without great faith in ourselves and abilities to overcome adversity. There was hope for us. I, myself, doubted whether I could come up with the strength to do it. But, I did it. I did not want to disappoint my teammate!

DK: We were going to chase our dream and enjoy it. Somehow.  It may seem crazy, what pleasure is there in the storm conditions? For us, this was an invaluable experience and provided unforgettable impressions for life.

YACHT RUSSIA: What was your preparation for the race and how long ago did your team come together?

AG: We met in Dima in September 2013.  Then, the next year we had two 600-mile races- the Caribbean 600 Challenge and the Newport to Bermuda Race. We had a training session in April this year, we went to the race around Malta on a 40-footer, not our current boat. But it was only 55 miles, just a day race.

DK: ...and yet it became clear, we must pay special attention to preparation and strategy.

J/122 Stellar Racing Team- finishing Rolex Middle Sea RaceYACHT RUSSIA: How are the duties divided, changing sails, making tactical decisions?

AE: We made all decisions together. Strategy and tactics were developed on shore, before the race, and we tried to strictly follow the strategic plan- to win!

And, almost everything we saw was as expected in our scenario/ strategic planning.  Only, a little more than the expected, as we stayed awake the entire first night off the coast of Sicily.

We changed and furled sails.  We took turns, of course, steering and changing sails together. How else? On the morning going around Sicily and the Straits of Messina, when the wind was a steady 30 knots, we began to change from the #3 jib to the #4 heavy weather jib.  But, after two or three attempts, when we were both swept across the deck by huge waves, we realized that we could not change sails going upwind!  Far too dangerous!  So, we turned downwind and changed sails.  With the reefed main and #4 we could get back on course— that took us about 40 minutes!

YACHT RUSSIA: Did you have a much more difficult race than boats with full crews?

AG: Yes, much harder! For example, you cannot change sails quickly, since you do not have 10 people on board. No one will help, except your partner!

JK: Yes, the race doublehanded is much more difficult. It depends on clear planning, slower processes and longer time for operational decisions. The higher the speed of work, the faster the yacht. Sasha and I worked well together, and at times, we even thought that we were not two on a yacht, but a whole team! Often, without even discussing, one look at the knotmeter or wind gauge, and we knew what to do and how.

YACHT RUSSIA: Understood. So, what was the most difficult part of the race?

AG: For me - it was the overall experience. Will the body and spirit stand up to the punishment? The J/122 is strong, an amazing boat.  Even though we had “older” sails, we were still fast in a big breeze. The boat was not difficult, just the sailors were having trouble!

DK: For me, the hardest part was getting myself to rest. When the elements got rough and violent, I sat at the helm for exactly 10 hours. Time seemed to stop. I was like bewitched. But, this euphoria had the opposite side. Going down into the warm cabin, you realize that there is no more strength. But, even when resting, we did not forget to monitor the speed of the yacht; any change in the wind, the character of the wave, the roll, was under constant control by the helmsman. You can feel that even while sleeping or resting down below.

AG: But, we did not sleep much on the day when the bad weather came; we only rested for two or three hours. That was enough. Once we were in the big storm (mistral) and crazy, breaking waves, you could rest a few hours at a time.  That was the hardest part, not getting enough rest.
Rolex Middle Sea Race course for J/122 Stellar Racing team
YACHT RUSSIA: And, how was the food on board?

AG: Everything was prepared on shore. Cooked pasta, rice, podlivka and all the sauces for them. Then, it's all vacuum-packed and put into the freezer. On the boat, it was only necessary to put the food in for an hour in the oven, or boil water to heat the food bags.  We always had a pleasant appetite and great meals! Even in the big waves, the J/122 is comfortable enough to cook! We had breakfast at about 0800 hrs, dinner was about 1800 hours. Dima would announce “food’s on!” He did it perfectly, and my task was not to interfere and just sail the boat!

YACHT RUSSIA: What was your first reaction when you found out that everyone in your IRC Doublehanded Division quit racing/ dropped out, except you?

AG: What's wrong, we wondered? We were sailing our J/122 just fine! We realized how bad the weather was for other boats when we saw our class leader with a badly torn mainsail, it was terrible to watch! He flew past half a dozen meters from us. At that moment, we ourselves went towards the nearest island, to hide from the monstrous waves.  We decided to make a minor repair to our mainsail and change from the #4 jib to the storm jib in the lee of the island.  It was a good move.  We then returned to the race, losing only an hour.  The RMSR Race Committee once again confirmed our position in the race and made sure we were “OK” and they notified us that we were the only boat left racing from our IRC Doublehanded Division. That is how it remained until we reached the finish line.

DC: It was a very unusual feeling, both joyful and sad. We felt we were competitive and, at the time the other boats dropped out, we knew we were in the top 1st or 2nd position in our class.

YACHT RUSSIA: To participate in the regatta, you raised funds with “crowd-funding” on the Internet.  Was that easier than finding a sponsor?

DK: We worked in both directions, looking for sponsors, offering partnerships, looking for support among sailing enthusiasts, our friends and acquaintances. Sponsorship on such a scale, when it is only one small race, is not very attractive for sponsors.  And, to get support from the sailing audience would be hard, very few people knew of us and our successes offshore.  Even when we returned from getting a 3rd place in the 2014 Newport to Bermuda Race- that went unnoticed and we did not get much press, if any. Russia and the Russian Sailing Federation need victories!! Then, publicize them, too!

YACHT RUSSIA: What is your greatest dream- is it to keep sailing?

AG: I'm not too attracted to offshore racing, ironically.  And, if six years ago I was called to sail the Volvo Ocean Race, I would think about that a hundred times. That would be a challenge!  But, today?  For me the highlights are fun, but brief.  To win the World Sailing Cup in some prestigious one-design boat, that would be great!  As for Dima here, he thinks otherwise, I am sure.  He likes long offshore passages, it’s special for him.

DK: For me, the big dream is to go on a long offshore race, maybe singlehanded.  For that, it might be worthwhile to dream a little more ...

YACHT RUSSIA: How is it possible to combine sailing and a normal lifestyle? Are there other hobbies that you might enjoy and share with family or friends? What is it, Alexander?

AG: Me? I love mountain skiing. And fishing, when there is time. In fact, we have an annual trip with friends to fish on the Volga! Huge catfish, sturgeon, too, maybe some with caviar! Plus, I love table tennis.

YACHT RUSSIA: And, for you Dmitry?

DK: In my “normal life”, I love snowboarding and hiking in the mountains. And, I adore spending time with my wife and children- I have two of them, a little boy and a girl. In general, I love the sea and the things associated with it- work, people, sports, and nature. Sailing is constantly evolving, so there is always room for improvement.

YACHT RUSSIA: Thank you both for taking the time to chat with us and sharing your incredible experience winning the Rolex Middle Sea Race IRC Doublehanded Division.  A truly amazing feat of seamanship!  Good luck on your future endeavors!

J/122 Russian team- Dmitry KondratieveDmitry KONDRATIEV
He’s been sailing since 2001. He accidentally learned that there was a sailing school at the Moscow Institute, and immediately decided to go racing.

Commented Dmitry, “There, for the first time, I saw how the skipper/solo cruiser yachts compete. At that moment, there was a push for such a unique format to get more sailors into it. A few years later, I already had two wins in singlehanded races, and I wanted something more complicated.

In 2008, I took part in an offshore crossing on a yacht of the Voytor-Osear class and learned a lot from a skipper from New Zealand. This year in Malta was my ninth 600+ mile race with the role of captain. It just so happened that I did not get a podium finish in any race, except Bermuda. In general, I graduated from one of the Russian Sailing Federation schools, then worked for several years, teaching people to sail. Now, I teach sailing with regards to racing, specifically with a focus on offshore racing.”

Alex GrudninaAlexander GRUDNINA
"How did I get into the sailing? I think it was in 1986, though not entirely sure why, like many of those times in life decisions and experiences!

A teacher came to our school, who turned out to be a “Saratov Sailing Merit” expert in Russia.  He recruited children for the sailing section in Saratov.

At first, I was not going to participate, because I was more attracted to team sports. However, he looked me in the eyes, and began to convince me that I really should definitely go! He was nice and a wise man, and I agreed!  Then, I grew up, grew and grew, to become an International Master of Sports in the Russian Sailing Federation. Among my personal achievements, I now have three victories in regattas that were sponsored by ROLEX- Rolex Middle Sea Race, Rolex Newport Bermuda Race, and Rolex RORC 600 Challenge Race. Not bad for a kid from Saratov, right?!”
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J/Newsletter- April 18th, 2018

J/70 corinthian sailingJ/70 Corinthian Nationals Preview
(Fort Worth, Texas)- The Fort Worth Boat Club is hosting the 2018 J/70 Corinthian National Championship from April 25th through April 29th.  This will be the third time this event has been held and will be a World Qualifier!

The Fort Worth Boat Club on Eagle Mountain Lake was chosen because of the excellent weather and sailing in late April and its proximity to Club de Vela La Peña in Valle de Bravo, Mexico- they are hosting the J/70 North American Championship two weeks later from May 14th to 20th.  

As a Corinthian event, all competitors (owner, driver, crew) must have World Sailing Group 1 classification.

In addition to three great days of racing, the goal is to make the regatta an opportunity for all competitors to improve their performance and great amounts of information will be shared with top pro coaches on-site.   Furthermore, long-time Fort Worth BC friend and sailor- Bruce Golison- will be the Race Committee’s PRO.

So far, sixteen teams have registered for the event. There are many new faces in the crowd as well as several prominent J/70 class veterans in the mix.  Perhaps the most prominent of those teams is a past J/80 World Champion, J/105 North American Champion- Glenn Darden sailing HOSS from the host club.  In addition, the 2017 Quantum J/70 Midwinter Series Champion- Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE- will also be sailing for his host club.  A top J/105 champion sailor will be trying his hand in the class- Mark Masur’s TWO FEATHERS.  The lone woman skipper is Liz Barker’s YOUR MOM’S A HOOLIGAN from Vermillion Boat Club in Rocky River, OH.   For all scoring and registration information   For more J/70 Corinthian Nationals sailing information

J/125 sailing off California71st Newport to Ensenada Race Preview
(Newport Beach, CA)- The Southern California offshore season continues to ramp up in the later stages of spring.  After the famous San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race that took place a few weeks ago, it’s now time for the Newport to Ensenada Race- still one of the world’s largest international yacht races, with a legendary 125nm course that starts off the piers at Newport Beach, CA and heads south down the California coastline to a finish inside Toto Santos Bay off the lovely Hotel Coral & Marina in Ensenada.

Starting on April 27th, the fleet of 180+ boats will look forward to their 71st annual edition of the race.  Answering that seductive call to the sea- the “song of the sirens”- are nearly a dozen J/crews from the Southern California region.

J/124 sailing Ensenada RaceThe majestic queen of the PHRF A fleet will be the J/65 GOOD CALL, sailed by Tom Barker from the Cortez Racing Association.  Two of the insanely fast J/125 offshore speedsters will be participating- TIMESHAVER (Viggo Torbensen from Dana Point YC) and WARRIOR (Dr Laura Schlessinger from Santa Barbara YC).

In the next PHRF B class will be Seth Hall’s J/124 MARISOL sailing for the Cortez Racing Association.  However, he will have to contend with two strong J/120 offshore crews- POLE DANCER (Terri Manok from OYC) and HASL FREE (Rudolph Hasl from San Diego YC).

Sailing PHRF C will be the J/105 ROCINANTE sailed by Juan Lois from SBYRC and the J/35 MACS skippered by Eric McClure from Alamitos Bay YC.  Then in PHRF D is the J/92 DOUBLE DOWN helmed by Brian Kerr from SMW YC.

Finally, sailing the “short course” to Dana Point YC will be the J/22 TEKEELA led by Jock McGraw from DWYC.  For more Newport to Ensenada Race sailing information

J/80 sailing Western ChampionshipsJ/80 Westerns & PSSR Preview
(Seattle, WA)- It is that time of year in the Pacific Northwest! Yes, it is the annual Puget Sound Spring Regatta that is hosted by the Corinthian YC Seattle for both offshore PHRF racers as well as one-design classes of J/109s, J/105s, and J/80s.  In fact, for the J/80s it will be their first J/80 Westerns ever, sailed from April 21st to 22nd on Puget Sound.

There is no question there is a passionate group of Pacific Northwest J/sailors that continues to grow organically every year.  The original nexus of hard-core J/24 sailors over 30 years ago has evolved into a contingent of sailors involved at all levels of business (Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, etc) and in local sailing circles from the original J/24s up to J/145s and J/160.

This particular weekend will see the inaugural J/80 Westerns with eight boats participating.  Familiar crews will be there to help new fleet members, such as Bryan Rhodes CRAZY IVAN, Kevin Callahan’s NAMASTE and David Schutte’s TAJ MAHAL.

In the half-dozen boat J/105 fleet, the usual suspects will be engaged to determine who wins bragging rights that weekend; such as Jim Geros’ LAST TANGO, Jerry Diercks DELIRIUM, Chris Phoenix’s JADED or Erik Kristen’s MORE JUBILEE.

So far, the J/109s have several class leaders participating- Stu Burnell’s TANTIVY, Jerry Woodfield’s SHADA, and Tolga Cezik’s LODOS.  For more Puget Sound Spring Series and J/80 Westerns sailing information

J/Sailing News

The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

In the Americas, the famous Charleston Race Week took place on Charleston Harbor, hosted by the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mount Pleasant, SC. J/Crews were there by tens of dozens for one-design fleets of J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, and ORC fleets.  The fleets enjoyed beautiful sailing the first two days and only the big boats got to enjoy the pending arrival of a massive storm and leaden grey skies on the final day. Meanwhile, out west, the SSS Round the Rocks Race hosted a fleet of 100+ boats for their annual doublehanded and singlehanded dash around three “rocks” in San Francisco Bay.  While it was light, it was pretty and sunny and J/Teams on everything from J/24s, J/70s up to J/111s and J/120s had a fun time, winning some silverware, too!

Over in the Caribbean, the second to last major sailing week in the winter circuit took place off the picturesque, mountainous island of Saint Barthelemy.  It was the 9th edition of the famous Les Voiles de Saint Barth, sailed out of Gustavia Harbor; a J/122, J/111, J/105 and J/120 had a fun time racing in what may have been the best sailing conditions yet in the 2018 Caribbean winter circuit- winds up to 30 kts and sunny!!

Across the Atlantic, there was a hotbed of activity in the numerous J/70 sailing leagues taking place across the Continent.  Enjoying their first regattas of the season were the Netherlands J/70 Sailing League- Act I- taking place off Almere on the Weerwater and the Swiss J/70 Sailing Super League- Act I- racing off Locarno on the northern end of Lago Maggiore.  Further east, twenty-seven clubs enjoyed windy conditions on the Baltic Sea sailing the Russian J/70 Sailing League- Act II- off Sochi, Russia.

Finally, in the United Kingdom, the third weekend of sailing produced more light airs for the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series, hosted by the Warsash Sailing Club with racing taking place on the infamous Solent.  Fleets of J/70s, J/80s, J/88s, J/109s and three IRC classes managed to get in two races on Sunday to catch up from previous missed weekends.

Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below has many entertaining stories and news about J/Sailors as well as cruising blogs about those who continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.  Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or  upload onto our J/Boats Facebook pag  Below are the summaries.

Regatta & Show Schedules:

Apr 21-22- J/80 West Coast Championship- Seattle, WA
Apr 21-22- Van Uden Reco Regatta- Medemblik, The Netherlands
Apr 26-29- J/70 Corinthian Nationals- Ft Worth, TX
Apr 27-29- Newport to Ensenada Race- Newport Beach, CA
Apr 28-May 1- Grand Prix de Saint Cast- Saint Cast, France
Apr 28- May 4- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua
May 2-6- J/24 North American Championship- Charleston, SC
May 4-6- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
May 4-6- Yachting Cup- San Diego, CA
May 8-12- J/22 European Championship- Laveoc, France
May 11-13- ALCATEL J/70 Cup- Porto Ercole, Italy
May 14-19- J/70 North American Championship- Valle de Bravo, Mexico
May 18-20- North Sea Regatta- The Hague, The Netherlands
May 24-28- J/Cup United Kingdom- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
May 25- Storm Trysail Block Island Race- Larchmont, NY
May 25-28- The FIGAWI Race- Hyannisport, MA
May 26- Spinnaker Cup Offshore Race- Belvedere, CA
May 26-28- Swiftsure International Yacht Race- Victoria, BC, Canada
May 26-28- U.K. J/24 National Championship- Poole, England
May 28-29- Coastal Cup Race- Santa Barbara, CA
May 31- SoCal 300 Race- San Diego, CA

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

J/70s sailing Charleston Race WeekChallenging Charleston Race Week
J/70 Wins Charleston Race Week Cup
(Charleston, SC)- The 2018 edition of the Sperry Charleston Race Week will be remembered for its first two days of great weather for a vast majority of the fleet.  On Sunday, forecasts indicated a massive front moving in across the harbor by the afternoon, producing a line of thunderstorms, squalls, and possible tornados.  As a result, only the big offshore boats in ORC 1, ORC 2, and J/105s sailed early on Sunday before the storms hit.  Crowned as overall winner of the top one-design fleet was Peter Duncan’s J/70 RELATIVE OBSCURITY from American YC in Rye, New York. Here is how it all went down over the course of the three-day event.

J/24s sailing CharlestonDay 1- Friday
Mother Nature delivered in a big way on the first day of Sperry Charleston Race Week with action getting underway in strong winds, sunny skies and warm temperatures. J/24 skipper Tony Parker called it “champagne conditions” and it would be hard to argue with that assessment.

Ten of the 11 classes competing on the four inshore circles were able to complete four races in winds that ranged from 12 to 16 knots and swung from south to slightly southwest. The lone exception was the highly competitive J/70 class, which did three races at the request of the sailors.

Because there are 66 boats in J/70, the class is so large that it is split for re-seeding after each day of racing. Class organizers felt three races would make for better round-robin competition.

Winds were lighter for the five classes racing on Circle 5 and Course 6 outside the jetties on the Atlantic. ORC A and B along with the J/105 one-design fleet all finished two races.

“What a wonderful day for sailing. You really could not ask for better conditions,” proclaimed Parker, who took the early lead in J/24 class. “It was challenging enough to make things really interesting. I think the combination of changing current and shifting winds made for really tight racing.”

Parker and his crew aboard the J/24 BANGOR PACKET sandwiched a couple bullets inside a pair of seconds to close the day with a low score of six points– two better than runner-up ANGEL OF HARLEM (Robby Brown, St. Petersburg, FL).

“We had good starts and solid upwind speed so we were basically able to dictate where we wanted to go,” said Parker, a seasoned J/24 sailor who resides in Washington, D.C. “We were first at every weather mark in three straight races to start the day, which was nice.”

North Sails pro Will Bomar is calling tactics for Parker, who is coming off a tough season in which he was runner-up at the J/24 Worlds, East Coasts and Midwinters. James Niblock is trimming the headsails and Martha Parker from TEAM ONE NEWPORT in Newport, RI was working the bow on BANGOR PACKET.

J/70 sailing Charleston harborDay 2- Saturday
As the skies darkened over Charleston Harbor Saturday evening, the leaders had to feel good about their position while the followers were hoping for an opportunity to change the final standings.

“We’re still in the hunt. Hopefully, we’ll get two or three more races tomorrow and be able to improve our position,” said SAVASANA skipper Brian Keane, who holds fourth place in J/70 class.

Plans had called for the J/70 fleet to conduct three races per day, but the prospect of thunderstorms on Sunday prompted the class leadership to ask regatta organizers to run four on Saturday while the weather was clear and the wind was blowing between 8 and 15 knots.

Peter Duncan and his crew on RELATIVE OBSCURITY had another solid day on the water and were able to maintain their lead. RELATIVE OBSCURITY finished 10th in Race 4, but came back with results of 1-3-4 and had a low score of 22 points. John Brim’s RIMETTE team was seven points behind Duncan and two points ahead of Joel Ronning and the CATAPULT crew.

A strong ebb tide pushed a bunch of boats over the start line and caused two general recalls for J/70 class, largest of the regatta with 68 boats. It took a while to finish four races as a result and the fleet did not return to the docks at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina until 5 p.m.

“They’re worried about the weather so they wanted to do four races, which makes sense,” Keane said. “It was a really tough day out there because the combination of the sea breeze and gradient. The wind was all over the place.”

To complicate matters, the tide changed from ebb to flood late in the afternoon. Keane sailed SAVASANA to victory in Race 6 after posting a third in Race 5. Those results came between a 7th and a 10th and left the Massachusetts entry with 34 points, just five points out of second place.

“We had two very good races and two decent ones,” said Keane, runner-up at the 2018 J/70 Worlds in Porto Cervo, Italy. “We had a couple good starts and were able to get over to the lifted tack on the first windward leg.”

Thomas Barrows and Joe Morris, who represented the United States in 49er class at the 2016 Summer Olympics, are aboard SAVASANA as tactician and jib trimmer, respectively. Veteran bowman Ron Weed rounds out the team.

Skipper Bruce Golison had MIDLIFE CRISIS in second place after taking second in the opening race on Saturday. The Long Beach resident had an impressive 1-7-2-2 score line at that point. Double-digit results in the other three races on Saturday dropped Golison to 10th overall.

“This is one of the trickiest venues in the world and it’s easy to have one of those days,” Golison said. “We got fouled and lost a lot of boats in the third race today.”

Golison enjoyed considerable success in the J/24 and Etchells classes before buying a J/70 three years ago. The 61-year-old loves racing a sportboat and competing against some of the finest sailors in the world.

“It keeps me young,” Golison said. “I’ve never won a world championship and that is still my goal. I came close in the J/24 and the Etchells. We’ll see if I can get it done in the J/70.”

J/22's sailing Charleston Race WeekThere are 11 boats in J/22 class and seven are being sailed by Warrior Sailing teams. Skipper Scott Ford is skippering the lone Warrior entry that is racing with a spinnaker and doing extremely well. Ford is trimming the mainsail, Sammy Lugo is trimming the jib and Josh Agripino is driving USA 1367, which won Race 3 and has taken third in five other starts.

“We had a lot of fun today. Conditions were great and the racing was exciting,” said Ford, a former construction mechanic in the U.S. Navy who is blind. “We’re really enjoying competing against the College of Charleston students and feel pretty good about the results we’ve put up.”

Agripino served in the Marine Corps and sustained severe injuries to his lower legs and feet while also losing sight in one eye. Lugo, who worked in civil affairs for the Army, had his right leg amputated just below the knee.

J/22 class grew from three boats last year to 11 this year due to the strong participation of members from the Warrior Sailing program along with the generosity of the College of Charleston, which donated all the boats. Ford was pleased that several of the Warrior teams are learning how to fly a spinnaker and hope to do so at Charleston Race Week 2019.

VELOCIDAD took over the lead in the J/24 class as skipper Chris Stone got the gun in two of three races held on Saturday. The New Jersey entry was winning by tiebreaker over ANGEL OF HARLEM (Robby Brown, St. Petersburg, FL), meanwhile Day 1 leader BANGOR PACKET (Tony Parker, Washington, D.C.) dropped to third.

There is good action in J/88 class where Tim Finkle has skippered SEAWEED to the top of the standings on the strength of four bullets. Tactician Kris Werner, owner of the Quantum Sails loft in Rochester, helped Finkle close out Saturday with back-to-back wins to gain eight points of separation from Deviation (Iris Vogel, New Rochelle, NY) and Spaceman Spiff (Rob Ruhlman, Cleveland, OH).

“We’ve had really tight racing and it’s still anyone’s game,” said Werner, who works for the J/Boat dealership in the Buffalo area. “We’re racing in fairly close quarters near Fort Sumter and there is not much of a runway, which puts a premium on starts and boathandling.”

J/105 sailing Charleston Race WeekTaran Teague, principal race officer on Circle 5, followed a windward-leeward race with an 11-nautical mile distance race that finished in Charleston Harbor. Mount Pleasant local Robert Scribner steered his J/105 JOYRIDE to victory in all four races held over two days and had a comfortable 10-point lead in J/105 class.

Scribner made his Charleston Race Week debut last year and finished fourth out of five boats in J/105. The 72-year-old skipper was determined to do better this year and took steps to make that happen.

“We did a lot of preparation in the offseason. We paid more attention to tuning the boat, got some new sails and developed a disciplined, committed crew. That has proven a winning formula,” Scribner said. “We were not very competitive last year so my crew chief (Maarten Zonjee) and I decided to put in the effort to reverse that result.”

TEAMWORK, the highly successful J/122 owned by four-time Palmetto Cup winner Robin Team, had its moment in the sun on Saturday by winning the distance race.

J/122 Teamwork sailing Charleston Race WeekDay Three- Sunday
There was an interesting dynamic taking place on the docks of Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina Sunday morning. Some of the boats competing in Sperry Charleston Race Week 2018 were getting ready to go racing with sailors pulling on foul weather gear in anticipation of heavy air and rough seas. Meanwhile, a bunch of other boats were in breakdown mode with sailors packing up gear and carrying sails down the dock.

That unique dichotomy was the result of a split decision by event organizers in response to a severe storm that was due to hit Charleston this afternoon. After carefully reviewing weather reports and consulting with overall principal race officer Hank Stuart, event director Randy Draftz decided to conduct racing for certain classes while cancelling the final day of action for others.

Sperry Charleston Race Week organizers announced in the morning that competition would be canceled in nine of the 10 one-design classes along with ORC C, which is comprised of smaller sportboats. Meanwhile, Stuart and his team elected to allow the two Pursuit Race classes to complete a condensed course out into the Atlantic Ocean and back. Meanwhile, the three classes on Circle 5 (J/105, ORC A, ORC B) came into Charleston Harbor for a windward-leeward course.

Draftz said the main reason for cancelling competition for the smaller boats was concern about the haul out process. Draftz had to consider the possibility of a severe thunderstorm hitting Charleston just as boats were beginning to be lifted out of the water and put onto trailers.

“I’ve been watching the forecast all morning and the breeze is just going to escalate. We could get one race in, but afterward we would have to pull all the boats out of the water,” Draftz said. “It was just not a prudent thing to do. We have 200 boats that have to get hauled out. You have to error on the side of caution. We know it’s coming, we just don’t know exactly when. Better to have cranes pulling boats out now as opposed to 2 or 3 in the afternoon.”

With the entire fleet safely out of the water by early afternoon, the final awards party on the beach at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina was moved up to 3 p.m. Overall winner of Sperry Charleston Race Week 2018 were the J/70 RELATIVE OBSCURITY.

Skipper Peter Duncan and his crew on RELATIVE OBSCURITY won three races and finished fourth or better in three others to capture the J/70 class, largest of the regatta with 68 boats. Duncan received the Charleston Race Week Cup for best overall performance by a one-design.

“Oh my God, it’s kind of off-the-charts. You read about people winning trophies like this and you never think it could happen to you. It’s a very, very cool honor,” Duncan said of capturing the Charleston Race Week Cup.

This marked the first Sperry Charleston Race Week for Duncan, the reigning J/70 World Champion. He came away completely sold on the regatta and cannot wait to come back.

“It’s just a wonderful event with really great competition. It was terrific to sail in this venue for the first time. Charleston is very tricky with lots of shifts, lots of current. I just think it’s a really well-run event and it was a pleasure to participate.”

Victor Diaz de Leon served as tactician and trimmed the main for Duncan, who took the lead on Day 1 and never looked back. Willem Van Waay trimmed the headsails aboard Relative Obscurity, which finished seven points clear of runner-up Rimette (John Brim, Palm Beach, FL).

“I think the best thing we did was we went after the first day really hard. We had a really good first day and that gave us a little latitude on the second day,” said Duncan, a resident of Rye, N.Y. “Actually, perhaps the most important thing was that we were really deep in two races on the second day and came back. We fought really hard and battled back to get a 10th and a third. To me, that was the key to winning the regatta.”

Brim’s RIMETTE crew (which included Taylor Canfield as mainsheet/tactician, a World Match Race and Congressional Cup Champion) secured the silver.  Meanwhile, Ronning’s CATAPULT crew (which included John Kostecki as mainsheet/ tactician, J/24 World Champion and America’s Cup winner) finished two points back to take the bronze.  Rounding out the top five were Brian Keane’s SAVASANA in 4th and John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES in 5th place.

Winning J/70 Corinthians Division was Andrew & Mallory Loe’s DIME from Seattle, WA with a total of 68 pts and also finishing 15th in the Open division.  Second was Sarah Renz’s BERTEAU GROUP from Chicago, IL with 86 pts and third was Jack & Vivien Wallace’s SELKIE, their best performance in a major J/70 event for a team that sails on Lake Champlain and hail from Burlington, Vermont.

Skipper Chris Stone steered VELOCIDAD to victory in the J/24 class, winning three races and taking third in three others. VELOCIDAD finished equal on points with Robby Brown (St. Petersburg, FL), but won the tiebreaker based on posting one more bullet and Stone earned his first class championship at Sperry Charleston Race Week.

“Well the starts, particularly with the current running out fast, were very challenging. I’ve never been so far from a starting line with one minute to go in my life. So timing was critical,” said Stone, from Middletown, N.J. “We were very fortunate to come out on top in a very tough fleet.”

J/88 Seaweed sailing Charleston Race WeekSkipper Tim Finkle led SEAWEED to the win in the J/88 class, getting the gun in four of eight races in posting a low score of 16 points. It was tightly bunched behind Seaweed with four boats finishing with either 24 or 25 points.

“We had a really good team that put a lot of effort into preparation and that paid off,” said Finkle, a J/Boat dealer in Buffalo who credited tactician Kris Werner for repeatedly putting the boat in good spots. “We got a bunch of good starts, which was huge because you had to get to one side of the course quickly because the current was such a huge factor.”

Leading the regatta after the first day, Mike Bruno’s WINGS crew from Rye, NY enjoyed a 3 pt lead on the closely packed fleet. During Saturday’s racing, their first two results of a 3-3 matched the second place team, Finkle’s SEAWEED, leaving the gap the same and WINGS hanging on to the lead.  However, after two gorgeous races, the Circle 3 RC/ PRO team took nearly three hours to change the course to match the winds.  By late afternoon when the third race of the day started after 1530 hrs, the wind had gone quite light due to the low-flying cloud cover rolling in from the ocean.  Liking the “lake-like” conditions, SEAWEED posted a 1-1 in the final two races to take the win.  Meanwhile, Bruno’s WINGS had issues with speed and executing on the corners of the course, registering a 7-8 to lose the lead. After tossing out their 8th place, the WINGS crew ended up one point off a three-way tie for 2nd place, having to settle for 4th.  Meanwhile, Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION and Rob Ruhlman’s SPACEMAN SPIFF both ended tied on points at 24 pts for second place, with the tiebreak going in favor DEVIATION.

The J/22s saw Ryan Davidson’s INVISIBLE BOATMOBILE and David Buckley’s MAGIC 8 BALL close the regatta tied on points at 9 apiece for first place.  Winning that countback was Davidson’s team.  Comfortably securing the bronze on the podium was Scott Ford’s WARRIO SAILING with 16 pts net.

Sperry Charleston Race Week 2108 closed with a distance race for the Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker classes on the Pursuit Race course along with a windward-leeward course in Charleston Harbor for the ORC A, ORC B and J/105 classes.

That last race proved decisive in the Spinnaker Pursuit class, as skipper Rick Moore steered the J/120 MOOSE DOWN to line honors. Chessie Racing, the Tripp 62 owned by George Collins, finished fifth and that four-point swing enabled MOOSE DOWN to secure the overall victory.

“Actually, the key to the whole thing was our crew just keeping the boat moving forward at all times, particularly on Friday when it was very light and sloppy,” said Moore, a Charleston local.

“Today we were fully-loaded and totally dialed in. We stayed on target, watched where we were going and used the currents. We’re extremely thankful for the outcome. It was a great day of racing and we had a blast in the Pursuit fleet. It’s a challenge when you see the boats coming up behind you and you have to work to stay in front of them.”

Tied for 3rd behind them in class was Bob Musor’s J/130 SCEPTRE from Charleston, SC; having to settle for 4th on the tiebreaker countback.

Then, in the ORC A class, Robin Team’s TEAMWORK won the last inside-the-harbor, storm-tossed race, to hold on to third overall.  In the ORC B class, Willy Schwenzfeier’s J/35 ARROW won their last two races to take second. John Keenan’s J/120 ILLYRIA liked the breezy last race, posting a 2nd to finish fourth overall.

In the Pursuit Non-Spin class, Bill Hanckel’s J/120 EMOCEAN brought home the silver after winning their last two races, just one point shy of the lead!

Finally, the J/105s saw Bob Scribner’s JOYRIDE win counting all bullets. They were followed by Joe Highsmith’s DEAD ON ARRIVAL in second and the trio of Smith/ Seif/ Jacques on RUCKUS win the last race to leap into third position.  For more Charleston Race Week sailing information

J/122 sailing Voiles St Barth regattaGorgeous Voiles de Saint Barth IX Regatta
(Gustavia, St Barth)- The ninth edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Barth Richard Mille started with a splash on Monday, April 9th, welcoming 53 teams in the regatta’s seven classes. The entire fleet enjoyed the first day’s racing in perfect easterly trade winds between 15 to 20 knots and big swell on the coastal courses – between 28 and 29 nautical miles – with a start and finish right outside of Gustavia port.

After an epic start off the Port of Gustavia for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de Saint-Barth Richard Mille, the fleet went on a wild ride up the southeast coast.  With winds gusting upward of 25 knots, the fleet of 53 teams battled it out in frantic surf. At the end of the day’s races, which included a 23-mile course for the CSA 3 Classes, a 32-mile loop for the CSA 1 and 2 Classes and then a 39-mile course forJ/120 sailing Voiles St Barth regatta the Maxi 1, Maxi 2, OMA and CSA Multihull, the fatigue was evident.

“The conditions were fantastic today!” Richard Eames on board the J/105 WHISTLER in CSA 3. The WHISTLER team was sitting in third place and optimistic about making the podium in their fifth Les Voiles de Saint Barth. “We had to be very focused on the attitude of the boat, especially downwind but it made the navigation very exciting. Downwind we were flying at unbelievable speeds.“

Jimmy Buffett Surprise Concert
The sailors quickly forgot their aches and pains after a hard day of hiking in the big waves once singer Jimmy Buffett announced a surprise concert on Tuesday evening. Buffett, this year’s US ambassador, treated the regatta to live music dockside in the Race Village.

Sailing around St BarthelemyPostcard conditions continued on Friday as competition resumed for the seven fleets after Les Voiles’ signature Day Off on Thursday and lots of fun and games at the infamous NIKI BEACH cafe and bar.  On the menu were 18-22 knot breezes.  The PRO set a 22-mile course for CSA 1 and 2 and an 18-mile loop for CSA 3. As in previous days, the conditions were ideal and the fight was intense.

On Saturday’s final act for Les Voiles, the fabulous 25–27 knot winds with gusts in the low 30s and big seas, took their place on center stage to create a spectacular finish for the 9th edition.

In the CSA 2 Division, Pamala Baldwin’s J/122 LIQUID from Antigua sailed a consistent six-race series to finish 4th, just two points from taking the bronze position on the podium.  In fact, a fifth race OCS dropped them out of contention for the podium. Then, Sacha Daunar’s J/120 PAULISTA from Guadeloupe took 5th place behind them.

In CSA 3 Division, Peter Lewis’ crew on the J/105 WHISTLER from Barbados could not have sailed a more consistent series, posting six 3rds to secure the bronze on the podium!   Sailing photo credits- Christophe Jounay   Follow Les Voiles de St Barth on Facebook here   For more Les Voiles de St Barth sailing information

J/109 sailing Warsash seriesMore Light Winds @ Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series
(Warsash, England)- Success in the second day of racing in the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series on Sunday 15th April went to those skippers who played the strong tides in the Solent and managed to stay in breeze.

Having lost two Sunday's of racing due to the weather, the race committee was keen to get racing going. Despite the breeze not reaching the numbers forecast, it managed to run two races for the Black Group and the usual three races for White Group.

J/70s sailing Warsash Helly Hansen spring seriesBlack Group's two starts were near Robin Culpan buoy in the Solent, with courses running towards East Bramble and Goodall Roofing; upwind against the building tide, and downwind with it. Most boats chose to stay offshore in the steadier breeze rather than seeking less tide inshore.

IRC 1 class saw Paul Griffith’s JAGERBOMB post a 4th to move themselves up to 5th overall. In IRC 2 class in the first race, Chaz Ivill’s J/112E DAVANTI TYRES won their second race and now leading the class in the series.  In IRC 3 class, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’RONIMO continue to sail consistently and are sitting in 3rd for the series.

The winners in the two races for the J/109 class were JIRAFFE (Simon Perry) and JUST SO (David McGough).  As a result, JIRAFFE leads with 5 pts, while JUST SO and Mike & Susie Yates’ JAGO are tied on 10 pts each.

J/88's sailing Warsash Spring seriesWinning both races in the J/88 class was Richard Cooper’s JONGLEUR to take the class lead with 4 pts.  Posting two 2nds to hold on to second place was Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS with 5 pts.  Currently sitting in third position is Tim Tolcher’s RAGING BULL with 11 pts.

The White Group was started with a tight beat near the mainland shore and a light Southerly breeze that then started flicking more Easterly. The first start was against the tide, which helped ensure no premature starters.

The committee boat moved more offshore for race 2 and again everyone was well behaved and got away cleanly. In race 3, there was one boat over the line and a collision (!), and the windward mark had to be moved for subsequent laps as the breeze swung.

Graham Clapp’s JEEPSTER is currently leading the J/70 class with three bullets in their scoreline.  However, tied on points with them is Doug Struth’s DSP counting all 1sts and 2nds.  Sitting in third is Jon Powell’s PEGGY. Closing with three bullets last weekend, Mike Lewis’ JESTER leads the J/80 class.  For more Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series sailing information

J/70s sailing Swiss Super LeagueSV Kreuzlingen Leads J/70 Swiss Super League
(Locarno, Switzerland)- The first Act of the season-long Swiss J/70 Sailing Super League just took place on Lago Maggiore, the large pretty lake bordered on the north by Switzerland and the south by Italy. While the weather was sunny and spectacular, the fleet of the best twelve sailing clubs in Switzerland were only able to sail fourteen races in the classic “Inverna” wind conditions (the southerly thermal breeze) on Saturday-only.

The favorites sailed away in the opening round to the Swiss National J/70 Sailing League. The Segler Verein Kreuzlingen team, with skipper Tom Rüegge, dominated the regatta with five race wins. They were closely followed by the Société Nautique de Genève with Youth America's Cup tactician Guillaume Rigot at the helm.

J/70s sailing Swiss Super League - Locarno- Lake MaggioreThe sailing level in the Super League is higher than ever. Only meters separated the boats at the finish line. Even the smallest mistake costs precious places. This made the J/70 Swiss Sailing Super League more exciting than ever. Although the favorites are again in the lead this year, their pursuers are hot on the trail and have proven they can beat them on the race track.

Guillaume Rigot and the Société Nautique de Genève have clear goals- to qualify again for the Sailing Champions League and the Swiss Championship. However, he is not alone with this goal- the defending champion Regattaclub Bodensee did everything to win the Cup for the third time in a row. Olympian and SV Kreuzlingen skipper Tom Rüegge is pleased with the inaugural victory of his team, but is aware that the season is a total of 5 events and the Cup will probably be awarded in the challenging finale in October in Versoix.   Sailing photo credits- Claudia Somm   Follow Swiss J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information

J/70 sailing Dutch J/70 Sailing League- Almere, NetherlandsWV Almere Centraal Tops Dutch J/70 Sailing League Act I
(Almere, The Netherlands)- Fifteen teams started the coveted Dutch National J/70 Sailing League against the skyline of Almere.  In total, no less than twenty-seven races were sailed during the first round of the Eredivisie Sailing 2018. At the end, the WV Almere Centraal Team fought off two very tough crews to mark their first win of the season.

Day One- Friday
After a day's sailing one thing became clear, the battle for the title was going to be incredibly exciting with the top three teams all within two points of each other.

J/70 Netherlands sailing league off AlmereIt was early in the morning when the participating teams gathered at the Weerwater in Almere. Race Officer Alex Hoeve expected a very exciting season. "The level is getting higher and the differences between them are getting smaller. The Dutch teams have also come along well on an international level. Our challenge as an organization is to get even more teams excited for this great competition!”

After an early morning postponement, the participants started racing at 1300 hrs. The light, shifty winds made it a challenge for both sailors and the committee.

WV Almere takes a strong start
The reigning national champion, WV Almere Centraal started strong on their home waters. To the question of whether the competition has gotten closer, John den Engelsman, the WVAC skipper, confidently answered, "Based on what I have seen today, not yet!” They closed their the first day at the top of the ranking.

JC Scheveningen
One of the challengers this year was Jachtclub Scheveningen. In the very first race of the season, they immediately put everyone on notice of their ambition for the rest of the season, by convincingly sailing to victory. The rest of the day showed that the club from South Holland was a formidable competitor.

J/70 SHE SAILS- all women's sailing teamSHE SAILS Team
One of the eye-catchers of the field is, just like last year, the YC Amsterdam team- SHE SAILS. This year they are sailing with five ladies in the boat, versus four last year.

"Last year we sailed with five women during the large J/70 class races. However, during the Eredivisie we had a woman shortage in the boat, that affected some of our boat-handling maneuvers. With five ladies here, that issue has now been resolved." The ladies do everything to stand out and promote their program, this year they can be recognized by their gloves with floral prints. “They’re from IKEA, they are so nice and wrong!”

Day 2- Saturday
Large differences in pressure and wind directions marked sailing on Saturday. The variable conditions made the tactics difficult for many of the sailing teams. Mistakes were expensive, but this had no effect on the top three teams.

J/70s sailing off Almere, NetherlandsThe regatta leader, skipper Marco de Klerk of WV Almere Centraal, was satisfied with their performance. "We started well and the pace was right. In total, we sailed four flights with a total of 12 races over a period of three and a half hours. There were many interesting duels for the jury to judge. Unfortunately, even a few collisions and some damage."

Despite the shifty, streaky winds, WV Almere Centraal remained consistently at the top with 17 points. They were followed closely by RR&ZV Maas & Roer Team and the Jachtclub Scheveningen Team, both only one point away from each other. WV de Meeuwen, KZ & RV Muiden and WV Brassermermeer shared 4th to 6th places with 24 points each, which shows the high level of competition- no one is giving a millimeter!

Day 3- Sunday
With 4 to 6 knots of wind, the teams all started on-time, first thing in the morning. Shortly after the finish of the first flights, the wind suddenly disappeared and the postponement flag was hoisted immediately.

After half an hour, it was decided to send the boats back to the shore, hoping for the return of the wind. Despite strong attempts to complete a full series of three races, the weather Gods were not favorable to the sailors on Sunday. As a result, the only race on Sunday morning did not count for the rankings.  Therefore, the scores at the end of Saturday’s racing became the final results for the first Act in Almere.

WV Almere Centraal sailing team- winners J/70 Dutch sailing league act 1WV Almere Centraal achieves objective
"The weekend sailing in familiar territory has paid off. Our goal was to win this weekend and we succeeded! Admittedly, with a minimum margin, because it was very close racing. Three teams shared fourth place, so we are still getting strong competition this season. In any case, it was a fun and a great round to sail,“ said team captain John den Engelsman.

Team RR&ZV Maas & Roer happily surprised
The tone was set with the final result of round 1, winning their last two races. The minimal difference in points between the top three (just 2 pts) shows the competitive level is quite high. By performing well and consistently, RR&ZV Maas & Roer hoped to earn a star certificate for the prestigious Sailing Champions League later this year.

"This weekend, we unexpectedly had a different team composition and we were forced to sail with an inexperienced combination.  Nevertheless, we sailed well and the new members did a great job! It went smoothly with smooth communication on board. We are very satisfied and look forward to the next round of play, where we hopefully have the home advantage,” commented their team captain.

The next round of the Eredivisie Sailing will take place in Roermond, where RR&ZV Maas & Roer believe it can make the difference.  For more Netherlands J/70 Sailing League information

J/70 ARTTUBE RUS1 sailing Russia Sailing LeagueCALIPSO Wins Russian J/70 Sailing League- Act II
(Sochi, Russia)- Over the April 13th to 15th weekend, the second stage of the Russian J/70 Sailing League took place in Sochi, Russia, racing just offshore on the rough and tumble Black Sea for the twenty-seven teams participating in the regatta. In the end, another new leader emerged from the ranks of Russia’s top sailors- Maxim Taranov’s team on CALIPSO from Tuapse, Russia.

J/70s sailing Russian National Sailing League off SochiDay One- Friday
On the first day of competition, fifteen races were held. Each of the teams sailed five races, with several unexpected, if not sensational, outcomes in the standings!

Topping the leaderboard with 8 points was the BLACK SEA Team with skipper Oleg Kuzmin from the host city- Sochi. Then, 2nd and 3rd place was surprisingly shared by KONAKOVO RIVER CLUB’s Dmitry Shunin from Moscow and LEVIATHAN’s Vadim Yahinson from St Petersburg, both sitting with 14 points each. One point behind them was CALIPSO’s Maxim Taranov, and then one more point back was ARTTUBE RUS1’s Valeria Kovalenko crew from Taganrog (Moscow).

J/70s sailing off Sochi, Russia on Black SeaDay Two- Saturday
The second day of competition produced more surprises, again!  Eleven more races were sailed, bringing the total to twenty-six.  Nine teams had sailed 8 races, eighteen teams a total of 9 races.

Saturday's races did not change the composition of the top five, but it did change the team standings on the leaderboard.  Taranov’s CALIPSO now led, followed by Kuzmin, Kovalenko, Yakhinson and Shunin.

Note, that the winner of the first Act in Sochi- NAVIGATOR Sailing Team with Igor Rytov as skipper- was now in the 12th position, an indication of how tough the competition had become since the first regatta.

The main questions for the regatta was- will the debutantes at the top of the standings be able to defend their positions and climb onto the podium? Why is it so tough?  Make note of the fact that this event had many of Russia’s top Olympic sailing athletes on various teams- famous names in Europe such as Sergey Komissarov, Denis Gribanov, Jan Chekh, Ivan Zotov, Christian Chekh, Vladimir Chaus, Boris Kucherenko, and Pavel Karachov, to name a few!

Winners of J/70 Russian Sailing League- Sochi, RussiaDay Three- Sunday
The third day of competition saw more good sailing conditions and the regatta PRO managed to knock out ten more races, for a total of 36 races completed!  In the end, each of the teams sailed a total of twelve races.

Sailing in their first Russian National J/70 Sailing League regatta, it was Maxim Taranov’s crew on CALIPSO that won by just 3 pts, with 30 total.  His crew consisted of Vladimir Shishkin, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Egor Zuev and Ilya Polishchuk; like ARTTUBE RUS1, this team had only two finishes off the podium in twelve races- a superior result for the debutante of the Higher Division!

Taking second place, not surprisingly for many familiar with top Russian J/70 teams, was Valerya Kovalenko’s ARTTUBE RUS team; consisting of Alexander Bozhko, Igor Lisovenko, and Denis Rozhkov. The team had a rough start, scoring a 5-2-8 in their first three races, but they got their “mojo” going and came roaring back, posting two 1sts and five 2nds enroute to racing up the leaderboard to take the silver. As a result, their two 2nd places in the first two events gives them a strong lead for the overall series.

In the third place were KONAKOVO RIVER CLUB’s Dmitry Shunin, Artem Basalkin, Artem Markov and Ivan Kolinko. This finish, coupled with a fourth in the first event, has moved them up into second place behind Kovalenko’s team for the overall series.

J/70 Russian Sailing League highlights off Sochi, RussiaFacebook sailing video highlights

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J/105 sailing SSS Round the Rocks RaceLight, Sunny SSS Round the Rocks Race
(San Francisco, CA)- An even 100 shorthanded crews signed up for the Single Handed Sailing Society's "Round The Rocks" race on Saturday. A 19.3 nm jaunt from the Berkeley Circle, up and over "The Rock" of Alcatraz, and up to Harding Rock and then north to "the Brothers rocks," leaving all to starboard, then back south leaving Red Rock to port and finishing in the Potrero Reach at the RYC Race Platform.

Conditions were as expected, light to medium at start with winds in the 8-10 knot range with slack water changing towards an ebb made for a fast ride to the west from the flats towards the gate, and just enough south in breeze for boats carrying kites to set them after rounding Harding. Nary a boat we saw headed towards Point Blunt, instead Raccoon Strait was the route d'jour. Though winds were lighter in the strait for the front-runners, it was still enough for decent VMG through and out towards the North Bay.

The one caveat for the fleet was the sneaky mud bank that lives between Elephant Rock and Bluff Point on the north side of the strait. Some boats managed to hit it!

The winds started off light, but late in the race, a sudden increase in the breeze gave the boats in the back a healthy dose of “hallelujahs” and the crew working the finish line got a big shot of "Yikes, they are all coming at once!!”

Overall, the vast majority of the boats finished in a window between 15:15:00 and 15:40:00 in the afternoon on what was an absolutely gorgeous day for the short-handed crews sailing around San Francisco Bay.  J/Crews had a fun time and even managed to collect some silverware for their trophy shelves.

In PHRF 6 Doublehanded Spin class, Jeremy Moncada & Richard Craig’s J/88 JUNO took 2nd in class.  In addition, classmates Eric Patterson & Tim Russell on their J/105 NENE finished 5th place. Not that far off the pace, and hurt by the fleet closing from behind, were Ludovic & Delphine Milin’s J/120 SAETTA in 10th and Richard Leute & Ken Grayson’s J/44 ACEY DEUCY in 11th.

In the PHRF 7 Doublehanded Spin class, Luther Izmirian & Ken Brown’s J/32 PARADIGM secured 4th place just six minutes in arrears on corrected time from first place!

The J/109 LINDO skippered by singlehanded sailor John Kalucki took third place in the PHRF 13 Singlehanded Non-Spin division.  Thanks for photos and contribution from Chris Ray’s PRESSURE-DROP.US  For more SSS Round the Rocks Race sailing information

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* Family Bonding at Charleston Race Week!?
If there has been one constant about Sperry Charleston Race Week over the years it’s the family dynamic that has become a hallmark of the regatta. The event and venue, with all the onshore fun, attracts sailors to combine high-level racing with quality family time.

As usual, there were plenty of family programs competing in Sperry Charleston Race Week 2018. In fact, family members comprise the entire crew of the J/70 Old School with Brandon Flack sailing with his wife, 15-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son.
Brandon Flack family sailing J/70s at Charleston
Brandon Flack and his family, from left to right, wife Cindy, son Dylan, daughter Lily and Brandon. Photo by Larry Monteith.

“It couldn’t be better when you can mix sailing at a great regatta like this and being with your family,” Flack said. “I was so psyched coming down here because I couldn’t imagine a more fun thing to do.”

The Flack family hails from Stonington, Connecticut. They travel to major regattas to compete in the J/70 class and Brandon borrows a friend’s boat for Sperry Charleston Race Week. “We’ve been sailing the J/70 for almost five years as a family team so we’ve kind of grown up with the boat,” he said.

Lily Flack, an accomplished Club 420 sailor, steers the boat upwind. Dylan Flack, described by his father as a retired Optimist racer, is a “gentleman” sailor who only likes to drive downwind. Brandon trims the headsails and keeps the middle sorted while Cindy works the bow.

“We just piece it together and have a blast,” Brandon said. “Sometimes we have good races and sometimes we have bad ones. I’d rather have a bad race with these guys than with a bunch of rock stars.”

While Brandon Flack may be listed as skipper on the scratch sheet, he made it clear that his wife is really the one in charge. “Cindy makes all the big decisions. She keeps us all on point,” said Brandon, a marine manufacturer’s representative for Samson Rope, Musto foul weather gear and Torqeedo outboard motors among other products.

For instance, Cindy declared that Old School would skip the third race on Thursday when the wind gusted into the mid-teens. Nobody had a problem with that call as the family spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the pool. Nights are spent hanging out and hosting friends in the recreation vehicle the family has parked just outside the Charleston Harbor Marina and Resort.

Serious sailboat racing can get crazy at times and Brandon Flack admitted that it’s not all smiles and niceties onboard. At stressful times there can be yelling and harsh words exchanged. “It’s not easy. There are moments when we think we might need to call social services. There are definitely some family dynamics onboard,” Brandon said with a laugh.

Spaceman Spiff has been a family-based program for years now as Rob and Abby Ruhlman brought their two children aboard as crew when both were young. Ryan and Maegan Ruhlman are all grown up with families of their own now, but the family team continues.
Rob Ruhlman's family sailing J/88 at Charleston
Ruhlman family photo. From left to right, Maegan, Ryan, Abby, Doug Moose, Rob. Photo by Larry Monteith

Rob steers and Abby works the pit while Ryan has developed into a top-notch tactician and Maegan Cross does a superb job of trimming the main. Ryan’s wife Tesse has joined the crew as jib trimmer while bowman Doug Moose is jokingly referred to as a “cousin.”

“We’re just real fortunate to be able to sail together as a family,” Rob Ruhlman said. “Abby and I have been sailing together for more than 40 years. Ryan and Maegan grew up racing on big boats. I brought Abby into sailing just like Ryan has brought his wife into it.”

While the Ruhlman family hails from Cleveland, Ohio, it has a strong connection to Charleston. Ryan and Maegan both attended the College of Charleston and were members of the sailing team. “We all have a lot of friends here so we really enjoy coming back each year,” Rob said.

Rob Ruhlman was proud that Spaceman Spiff passed four boats during the final downwind leg and wound up finishing third in Race 7. “I think this crew does a great job of staying focused and keeping their heads in the game,” said Rob, who also steered Spaceman Spiff to victory in Race 2 and third place overall in J/88 class.

The whole Ruhlman family, which now includes some grandchildren for Rob and Abby, is staying at The Cottages on Charleston Harbor – turning this regatta into a family vacation. After so many years of racing together, the communication on Spaceman Spiff is extremely strong.

“We really do have good chemistry aboard the boat. We’re intense competitors, but we’re pretty relaxed about it,” Rob said. “I think because we’re family we’re all sort of pulling the same direction, which makes things a little easier.”

There are too many other examples of family-oriented programs at Sperry Charleston Race Week to mention them all. Teamwork, the J/122 that is the only four-time winner of the prestigious Palmetto Trophy, is led by skipper Robin Team and includes his brother Adam and sons Alston and Coleman.  Thanks for contribution- Craig Leweck/ Scuttlebutt

* Jenn & Ray Wulff – How they make “JOINT CUSTODY” work
Here is an entertaining and educational interview with the 2018 Corinthian J/70 Midwinters Champions.
Wulff family sailing J/70
If you have sailed a J/70 and have not run into (figuratively, not literally) Jenn and Ray Wulff then you need to get out to more regattas! This Annapolis based couple runs the fun, “family-centric”, goal-oriented program that is “Joint Custody”. Their Corinthian program has earned them a place on everyone’s “who are the boats to beat” list at every major event. Coming off their win as the Top Corinthian team at the 2018 Midwinters, Ray and Jenn share their thoughts on the importance of practice, the goal of developing a team and having a “deep bench” along with their 3 top tips for the approaching summer season.

What was it that first attracted you to the J/70 class?

Ray: Jenn was racing in Key West on a big boat and saw the J/70s planing around the race course. Within a day of returning to Annapolis, Jenn let me know that we were going to sell our current boat, we were buying a boat, and she asked my help in her getting back into driving as the J/70 seemed like a boat where anyone could drive or crew, regardless of physical size or age (Jenn is 5’2”. She had been crewing for me & sailing with other teams for years in J/22s, Mumm 30s, Farr 40s and other boats. She hadn’t driven since junior sailing and wanted to get back on the tiller). Additionally, we were looking for a one-design sport boat where we didn’t need a crane or a gin pole to go sailing and that had a good group of people. The J/70 seemed like a strong fit.
Jenn & Ray Wulff sailing J/70s
What is it that you enjoy most about racing in this class?

Ray: Definitely, the people! It is an awesome fleet with every level from rank beginner to World champion and everyone in between. The boat is super accessible in that anyone can drive & crew – no matter size or age. There’s also a lot of camaraderie in the class. Everyone shares with each other what they are working on getting sorted which is great.

Jenn: We are ALWAYS learning!! It is very easy to sail the 70 well. There is enough information provided by sailmakers, experts, and videos to get you up to speed. That being said, to sail the boat at a very high level, you always have to be learning. The evolution of the class, how to sail the boat, and sail design is constantly evolving for the better. It’s fun to always be learning & having the opportunity to train with others & develop together.

You’ve spent a lot of time sailing Corinthian against all the top teams in the World, what is your mindset going into a regatta where all the “top dogs” are there?

Ray: I think we try to focus on our process and adjust as we see the top teams improving theirs. Jenn has drilled this into our brains, “Trust the process.” What I mean by that is to have a plan for the season, regatta, day, and race. Having this mindset lets you focus on YOUR race, and not get to distracted by the players in the fleet. We also seek to learn from the pros and top teams. We view it as them raising the bar makes us all better.

How do you prioritize your time preparing for events? Do you practice? Do you do local events? Do you select a certain number of “priority events” at the beginning of a year?

Jenn: Good question. The biggest adjustment is planning our schedule long in advance for the regattas that require days off. With everyone working, having that schedule out early lets people plan their schedules, see what they can commit to, and plan logistics.

Ray: When the class schedule comes out, we try to scope four major events a year and see how we can have the same crew for those. Interspersed are local events and possible practice regattas that can benefit the majors. We also try to build a deep bench of crew knowing that everyone has jobs with limited time off, it’s important to be able to have consistent crew across a variety of events.
Jenn & Ray Wulff sail J/70 Joint Custody
You have sailed with a number of different crew over the last few years, but the two of you are the staple on “Joint Custody.” How do you delegate the roles and divvy up jobs when adding new crew?

Jenn: I think it depends on the regatta. If we have our regular main trimmer on board, we try to fit new crew into other roles. If our regular main trimmer isn’t there, I slide back to that role and work with the team we have. We try to keep people as consistent as possible and focus on our consistent process, but also recognize that everyone have jobs and can’t be available for every event. We line up crew well in advance and try to have a few core folks for each position. Ray provides great consistency as he’s the tactician and can also be a main or jib trimmer when needed.

Ray: We had a crew have to bow out due to illness for the Midwinters. Beforehand we asked her to write up what her roles and responsibilities were and we provided that to our fill in. It really helped that person get up to speed and let us know all the things they were.

What are 3 tips you would give to any J/70 team when approaching a season?

1. Have a large bench and always grow it. Everyone has busy lives so there is no way you will have the same crew every regatta so make sure you have a large bench to choose from. Schedule out the season early and reach out to your “A-Team” to see their availability. (Can I emphasize early!). From there, you can see what holes you may need to fill.

2. Value your crew’s time. They are taking time away from their families, jobs, and other hobbies. Have the boat, sails, and equipment ready to go. Make sure housing, travel, and logistics are sorted out. Respecting the crew’s time is paramount in building a strong Corinthian team. And, remember to have fun!
3. Develop your goals for the season & for each regatta. Have a plan & stick to it & always reach out to the top teams and pros/sailmakers to ask questions & for help. We’ve progressed a lot by asking others for tips & having a tuning partner at each regatta.  A huge thank you to Jenn and Ray! And for the story by Zeke Horowitz

Ed Baird- World Champion- J/22 Pro-Am announcer* Creating that buzz for after racing
Regattas offer us that occasional test of skill, with the most skilled enjoying the sweet taste of the front of the fleet, and the trophy winners gaining the extra boost of ego nourishment. There are the haves, and the have nots.

But the best regattas offer more than just racing. They deliver that inviting atmosphere onshore where competitors can tell lies about the day and otherwise enjoy a social environment. It is where we come together, away from the pecking order.

For the second year running, Charleston Race Week (April 13-15) has organized entertainment after racing on Saturday in the hopes of filling that time slot from docking to dinner. The vision last year was to gather up some of the notable skippers, put them on J/22s, and have some races within sight of the cocktail gripping crowd and allow the heckling to ensue. The Pro-Am J/22 Regatta was born.

Apparently, it worked well enough that it is on again this year, with America’s Cup winning skipper Ed Baird doing play-by-play and the races live streamed on a Jumbotron in the Regatta Village. Not unlike a baseball game, where cups are filled and bladders emptied between innings, spectating will require strategy during this series of short races.

New this year is how each boat will have two high school aged crew, providing them valued exposure to the approach of seasoned sailors, or at least learn how cuss words contribute to competitiveness. Also onboard will be a student from the College of Charleston to ensure these “expert” sailors don’t screw up the school’s boats.

For the skippers, it’s an opportunity to give back to the sport, but with the risk that racing with a pick-up team, in an unfamiliar boat, could lead to poor finishes and reputation scars. Nobody wants to get last, which was the fate of Allan Terhune in 2017.

For someone who has notched up eleven continental championships (in the Lightning, Flying Scot and Thistle Classes) and was crowned the 2013 J/22 World Champion, getting DFL for Allan was unfamiliar territory.

But he’s returning to make amends in 2018, and he just needs to beat one person to pass on the baton. In his way will be Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Steve Benjamin, US Sailing President Bruce Burton, Rio 2016 Olympian Paris Henken, multiple World Champion Steve Hunt, J/Boat expert Travis Odenbach, the king of Gill North America David Pritchard, and defending champion Christophe Killian from the College of Charleston sailing team.

And one more… me.

The event did not award Allan with his rightfully earned perpetual, so I am going to source a memento for the last placed skipper this year…just in case.  Thanks for this contribution from Craig Leweck/ Scuttlebutt News.

J/22 Youth team sailing* J/22 Youth Team- Encouraging Talented Youth Sailors
The United States J/22 Class Association has announced that Patrick Isherwood and his team have been awarded the annual J/22 Scholarship Boat. Isherwood was selected from several extremely qualified candidates from the nation’s top-ranked university sailing teams.

Isherwood, and his teammates Jack Hurley, Peter Girard, Dakota Northrup and Marina Barzaghi, will be campaigning the scholarship sailboat during the summer. Possessing high-performance records in a variety of dinghies and keelboats, the team plans to compete in several J/22 regattas, including the 2018 J/22 World Championship at Annapolis Yacht Club in September.

The J/22 Youth Scholarship Boat Program was designed to encourage talented youth sailors to experience the J/22 Class’s tremendous community of one-design sailors – at virtually no cost. The goal of the program is to escalate the scholarship team’s experience and inspire them to accomplish great things in the sailing world. The scholarship program is funded through generous contributions from North Sails and members of the J/22 Class Association.

“North Sails is proud to provide sails for this excellent youth sailing opportunity in the J/22 Class,” said Mike Marshall, sail designer/design services for North Sails. “We are excited to work with a new youth team that is energized about sailing J/22 sailboats. We want to provide them with the opportunity to race at the highest possible level. The more we can help this program succeed, the stronger the J/22 Class and quality of racing becomes.”

To learn more about the J/22 Youth Scholarship Boat Program, visit To track the progress of the 2018 scholarship boat team, visit

2017 Scholarship Boat Member Biographies:

J/22- Patrick IsherwoodPatrick Isherwood is a junior ocean engineering student at the University of Rhode Island where he sails as part of the sailing team. He grew up sailing C420s in local Narragansett and Buzzards Bay events. As a freshman, Isherwood sailed for the University of Rhode Island under coach Skip Whyte. His collegiate major successes include winning A division at the 2016 Boston University Trophy and the 77th Schell Trophy at MIT. His first exposure to keelboat sailing was trimming main on a J/35— a boat he still races. More recently, Isherwood has begun racing J/22s with Matt Dunbar and Bill Porter. In 2016, he had the chance to compete in the J/22 Worlds—jump starting his exposure to J/22 sailing. This inspired Isherwood to sail weekly J/22 events—most recently skippering in the 2017 J/Fest. He has sailed on many different boats in various crew positions, including a J/111, J/30, Aerodyne and 210.

J/22 Youth- Jack HurleyJack Hurley is sailing for the University of Rhode Island . He views the J/22 Scholarship Boat grant as an opportunity to broaden his sailing experience. Hurley has been sailing all his life in many different regattas. Most recently, he competed in the Around Long Island Regatta. During this regatta, Hurley was the foredeck on a Farr 395. He has also sailed J/22s, most notably at the 2017 Annapolis NOOD Regatta. These were both amazing experiences where Hurley expanded his skills and further developed as a sailor. He participated in high school and college sailing. While on the high school team, Hurley competed and placed at multiple state- and divisional-level events and became captain of the team his senior year. Currently, he is sailing for the University of Rhode Island. Hurley has sailed with Pat Isherwood for two years. Isherwood and Harley have been successful racing in multiple regattas.

J/22 Youth- Peter GirardPeter Girard is a senior ocean engineering student at the University of Rhode Island. Girard competes as a skipper on the University of Rhode Island sailing team. Sailing has been a central part of his life since he began sailing at Community Boating Incorporated on the Charles River. Girard was on the junior program race team, competing in youth events in Boston. He sailed throughout high school, where he was captain during his senior year and competed in events as part of the New England Schools Sailing Association (NESSA). His desire to participate in its highly active sailing team was a crucial aspect of his decision to attend the University of Rhode Island. He has placed in high-level college sailing events throughout the east coast.

J/22 Youth- MarinaMarina Barzaghi is a freshman skipper at the University of South Florida pursuing a major in nursing and a minor in psychology. Barzaghi raced C420s in the New England summer circuit for four years and crewed on a boat that achieved 25th place out of 173 participating boats at the 2016 Buzzards Bay Regatta. She also won A division at the NESSA women’s championship her junior and senior years. As a freshman in college, Barzaghi placed second out of 16 competitors in B division at Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth College. She also skippered in A division at the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship. She has keelboat racing experience on Narragansett Bay aboard J/22s, J/24s and Shields. Barzaghi delivered a Swan 56 from Bermuda to Newport in 2016 and raced the same boat in the 2016 and 2017 NYYC Annual Cruise. This summer, she will compete in the Newport to Bermuda Race on a Swan 56 and will continue to be involved in keelboat competition throughout New England.

J/22 Youth- DakotaDakota Northrup is a student at the University of Rhode Island. Northrup started sailing at the age of 13. He competed at NBYA events on C420s when he was 15 years old. Northrup has competed at events outside of Narragansett Bay and has participated in the Brooke E. Gonzalez Advance Race Clinic. He also raced in the Buzzard Bay, New Bedford, Hyannis and Falmouth Regattas. Northrup is part of the University of Rhode Island sailing team, coached by Skip Whyte. Add to Flipboard Magazine.