J/44 2nd Europe One/OSTAR Race
Yankee ingenuity gives Martin van Breems and his J/44 Mohegan a competitive advantage in the Europe 1/New Man Star singlehanded race.
Fixing the hole in the hull
I had a hull patching kit from Naverex, which I tried out. The kit consisted of a sponge with several chemicals, which, when mixed soaked into the sponge and when exposed to seawater, were supposed to harden and lock the whole sticky mess in place. It seemed to work. Next, I covered the bow with a very strong tape, which was difficult given the constant wave action. Then I ripped a section of the interior overhead out, which was quarter-inch plywood with a Formica overlay, and used this to make a new bow locker cover. This was screwed and glued with 5200.
The final repair to the hole in the bow included plywood over the hole, with a canvas overlay, which prevented the canvas from chafing on the exposed fiberglass. This lasted the rest of the race.
J/44 Quest Receives US SAILING Rescue Medal
Portsmouth (R.I.) December 13, 2002 -- Duane and Mary Minard, crew of J/44 Quest, were honored with a US SAILING Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal for rescuing a solo sailor on Long Island Sound, after his boat caught fire from a gas engine explosion. Peter "Rudi" Millard, a member of US SAILING's Safety at Sea Committee (SASC), made the presentation at the Cedar Point Yacht Club Annual Awards Banquet, held on November 9 at Cobb's Mill Inn (Weston, CT).
The Rescue Medals recognize exemplary acts seamanship, but the award process is also a vital part of US SAILING's effort to gain more education about rescues at sea. The data and stories of award nominees are studied carefully by the SASC for the common practices that contribute to, or deter from, the success of a rescue operation.
The incident on Quest took place on Long Island Sound, on Sunday, June 2, 2002, off Fairfield (CT). Duane and Mary Minard were on the return leg of a weekend cruise--sailing in 30 knots of wind and 3-foot seas--when they noticed smoke from a distant sailboat at 4 PM. Besides this lone sailboat, the Sound was empty of other boat traffic.
A 41-year-old man was making a solo delivery in his newly purchased, gasoline powered Tanzer 28 when the engine exploded and his boat caught fire. The solo skipper first called 911 on his cell phone and then abandoned the boat onto its dinghy. But the sailor could not keep the dinghy upright, and it swamped. The sailor hung onto the dinghy while in the water, with his PFD on in chilly 60-degree water. The air temperature was 70 degrees.
The Minards headed towards the smoking boat and found the victim about 300 feet away from the boat. Unable to reach the Coast Guard on their handheld radio--and not wanting to go below to use the ship's radio and lose visual contact--they called 911 on a cell phone. They doused their sails and approached under power.
The Minards deployed their Lifesling but could not get it close enough to the dinghy, and the victim did not want to let go of the dinghy. The Minards held position upwind, and extended their own dinghy down to the victim. When he grabbed a hold, they pulled him in to their stern ladder and hauled him aboard. Westport Marine Police arrived about this time. Police boarded the burning vessel, extinguished the fire, and piloted the boat when a commercial salvor arrived.
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Sailing for Life in Better Sailboats
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Upcoming Sailing Events
Jan 5-7- Quantum J/70 Winter Series- Tampa, FL
Jan 19-21- J/Fest St Pete- St Petersburg, FL
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Feb 15-18- St Pete NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 17-18- SCYA Midwinter Regatta- Long Beach, CA
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Mar 1-4- Heineken St Maarten Regatta- Simpson Bay, St Maarten
Mar 7-10- Bacardi Cup J/70 Invitational- Coconut Grove, FL
Mar 16-18- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
NEW 40' Offshore Speedster for 5 or fewer Crew
The new J/121 is a 40’ offshore speedster that can be day raced or distance sailed by just 5 or fewer crew…. the best short-handed J ever…. capable of winning on any race track while also excelling in daysailing and weekend mode. J/121 redefines offshore sailboat racing as a recreation and shared adventure with friends - fulfilling the growing need to simplify life and reconnect with those you really want to sail with on a boat that’s pure magic to sail. Learn more about J/121 here.
Elegance, Comfort & Style - NEW J/112E
J/112E is the newest “E” Series of sport-cruising yachts. An Evolution of Elegant performance cruising design. This dual- purpose 36 footer has a spacious two-cabin layout and a roomy, comfortable, cockpit. Perfect for the annual club cruise, offshore racing or short-handed blue-water sailing. Learn about J/112E here.
J/70 - The Sportboat Changing Sailing
The J/70 speedster is a fun, fast, stable, 22 footer that can be towed behind a small SUV and ramped launched and rigged by two people. J/70 sails upwind like her larger sibling (the J/80) and off the wind she simply flies - planing fast in moderate winds. With 1,300+ boats delivered worldwide, the choice is clear. Learn more about J/70 here.
A Family-friendly One-Design & Daysailer - J/88
The J/88 combines big boat feel with sportsboat-like acceleration. Add a weekend interior, inboard head, engine and huge cockpit and you have a versatile 29 footer. Blistering upwind speed of 6.5 kts and trailblazing speed offshore means smiles all around as you collect both the silverware and priceless sailing memories. Learn more about J/88 here.