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J/Boats Historical Sailing Highlights

2017
The debut of the new J/121 Offshore Speedster was met with critical acclaim and tremendous enthusiasm from the marketplace.  A “revolutionary” boat from the J/Design team produced a unique concept for offshore sailing that was the “right boat at the right time”.  With crew limited to five or less people, water-ballasted, and with all sail-handling systems designed for double-handing, experienced offshore sailors welcomed the simplicity and minimizing logistical challenges associated with 40 footers. The J/121 was awarded SAIL Magazine’s Best Boat “Performance 30 to 40 Feet” category as well as SAILING WORLD’s Boat of the Year “Best Crossover” boat category. The Women’s Keelboat Worlds were again sailed in J/70s, this time in the mountains west of Mexico City on beautiful Valle de Bravo; meanwhile the J/70 Worlds were hosted by YC Costa Smeralda and sailed off Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy- the world’s largest sportboat fleet ever with 165 boats registered.  The J/70 Europeans were sailed on the Solent in England, with Italy’s famous woman skipper- Claudia Rossi winning for the second time (she previously won in Kiel, Germany).  The J/70 “sailing leagues” continued to grow and expand in Europe and across the Continent. The J/111s held their fourth World Championship on San Francisco Bay, sailing in epic Bay conditions on the Berkeley Circle and hosted by St Francis YC. Notably, the J/97E won her class in the British J/Cup, in the Round Island Race, Cowes Week, and the Hamble Winter Series.  Also, the J/112E continued here winning ways, taking 2nd in SPI OUEST France, winning J/Cup IRC 1 Class and also the Hamble Winter Series IRC 1 Class by a convincing margin. The J/88s grew as a one-design class in the USA and the United Kingdom.  With spirited racing on both side of the Atlantic.

2016
The debut of the new J/112E Grand Prix Sport Cruiser saw her win class at SPI Ouest France Regatta in La Trinite sur Mer, France and the famous Grand Prix du Crouesty.  J/112E also won SAIL Magazine’s “Best Performance Boat Over 30 Ft” and won SAILING WORLD’s Boat of the Year “Best Crossover Boat Category”. The introduction of the J/122E version of the famous J/122 was also met with critical acclaim.  Plus, she also performed on the water, winning the Dutch Double-handed Championship as well as taking 2nd in the RORC Fastnet Race Doublehanded Class.  Yes, it is possible to marry comfort with speed as the Dutch AJETO team proved over the course of a season of sailing offshore.  Out West in America, the J/122E JOYRIDE also garnered her fair share of silverware in major offshore races in the Pacific Northwest. J/Boats co-founders, Bob and Rod Johnstone, were honored by the Mystic Seaport Museum- garnering the “American & the Sea Award”; they were also honored by the USA National Sailing Hall of Fame as 2016 inductees. The J/70 phenomenon continued, with growing momentum in places like South America (Chile, Argentina, Brazil) and in Europe, especially.  The “sailing league” concept has now taken over the Continent- with over 100+ events taking place in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Denmark, The Netherlands, England, France, Italy, Germany, and Monaco…500+ sailing clubs participate with over 5,000 sailors.  The J/70s held their third World Championship on breezy, cool San Francisco Bay, hosted by St Francis YC. The Women’s Keelboat Worlds were hosted for the first time in J/70s on western Long Island Sound, hosted by American YC in Rye, New York. A number of J/teams participate in the first two yacht races to Havana, Cuba- one from Miami, the other from Key West, Florida. J/111s held their third World Championship on the Solent, hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, England- a very windy series.  The J/88 class continued to evolve with great racing at Key West, Youngstown’s CanAm Regatta, AYC Spring/Fall Series, Block Island, Charleston Race Week, and their first North American Championship at American YC in Rye, NY.

2015  
The J/70 explosion continues with 900+ boats delivered worldwide by year-end, and the first Worlds in European waters (LaRochelle, FRA). The Sailing League phenomenon spreads across Europe, featuring the J/70, and culminates in the Champions League finale held at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Italy. The J/111 Class celebrates its 2nd World Championship in Newport, RI and 25% of the world’s J/111s attend.  George Gamble and teamaboard My Sharona prevail in the 25 boat fleet. The new J/11S, a purpose-built 36’ double-handed, offshore racer is launching in LaRochelle, France. J/122 “Artie” wins second Rolex Middle Sea Race in a row this time it’s Class 5 and both IRC and ORC.  J/122 has now won it’s class three years in a row. The J/88 class kicks off with racing at Key West, Hamble, UK and the inaugural Great Lakes and New England Championship held in Youngstown, NY and Greenwich, CT respectively. The first ever electric powered J/Boat is launched with the J/88 Oceanvolt SEA at the Newport Boat Show along with the brand new J/122E and J/97E built by J/Composites.  The new "E" range with brighter interiors and modern styling is joined by the all-new 36' J/112E sport cruiser launched in November and sea-trialed in Narragansett Bay. 

2014   
J/122 “Artie” wins Rolex Middle Sea Race Overall in both IRC and ORC.  Sistership J/122 Otra Vez follows up 2013 win with a second in class. The J/88 wins Sailing World’s Boat of the Year “Best Overall One-Design” and one week later is announced as Yachts & Yachting Boat of the Year at the London Boatshow.  J/88 is the January cover girl for Sailing World Magazine and   production begins in France to meet demand in Europe. The new International J/111 Class holds its first ever World Championship in Cowes, England and hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron. J/70 growth explodes at the grass roots level with fleets developing across the USA, Europe, South America and elsewhere. By year end over 700 J/70s are sailing worldwide with event highlights including the Sportboat Winter Series at the Monaco Yacht Club, a new European J/70 Circuit, the North Americans at Rochester Yacht Club, and the inaugural World Championship in Newport, Rhode Island. J/70 production for the Asian market begins at McConaghy Boats in China. J/70 is awarded Sweden’s Boat of the Year by the Swedish yachting press.  German Sailing League takes off with the J/70 at the heart of this success.  Denmark follows suit with the Danish Sailing League. J/122 El Ocaso wins class at the Heineken Regatta and “Most Worthy Performance Overall” trophy. The new J/97E sport cruiser is introduced at the Southampton Show as a model year upgrade of the J/97 with a redesigned cockpit to accommodate a wheel option along with J/122E inspired styling. J/133 Wins the RORC Trans-Atlantic Race from the Canary Islands to Grenada in the Caribbean. The J/24 Worlds comes “home” to Newport, Rhode Island, site of the first Worlds held in 1979.  Will Wells of the USA prevails over 70 boats representing 12+ countries. Red Dragon Yachts of Xiamen, China begins J/80 production for the Asian market. The J/80 is the featured boat in the 2014 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Worlds in France and World Championship heads to Annapolis, MD in September.

2013
The J/70 hits center stage with an incredible 60 boats at it’s first Midwinter Championship in Key West, nine months after Hull #1 launched. J/70 is voted Best Performance Boat by Yachts and Yachting Magazine… “The Clear Winner” The J/70 is named European Yacht of the Year under the Special Yachts category, after swaying the judging panel with a flawless showing over several test days. 91 boats compete for first North American Championship in Annapolis with Heather Gregg Earl and her team winning against a very competitive fleet of sailors. J/70 Awarded International One Design Status by ISAF. Hugo Rocha of Portugal tops a 117 boat fleet to win the J/80 Worlds in Marseilles, France.  J/80 hull #1500 competes. The new 29’ J/88 Speedster is launched in late July. J/120 wins Pineapple Cup from Miami to Montego Bay Jamaica. J/97 one design action heats up in the UK and J/97 is class winner at RORC IRC Nationals and the 2013 Scottish Series. J/111 Class has break-out year with first Euro Cup held in La Trinite, France and first North American Championship in Chicago. J/122 “Otra Vez” & J/133 “Oiltanking Juno” win respective IRC classes at 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race with J/133 taking first under ORC as well. The new J/122E Sport Cruiser debuts at Grand Pavois Boatshow in La Rochelle France. J/42 “CEOL MOR“ completes global circumnavigation.

2012
This year may well go down in history as one of J's better years on record. The big news was the successful launch of the J/70. The first pair of J/70s launched in March with a record number of 100+ boats ordered before its maiden voyage, a feat un-equalled in J/Boats history. And, it was chosen for New York Yacht Club's US Qualifying Series for a fleet of dozen boats, plus its second one-design regatta was held in Annapolis, MD with DIESEL winning over 24 other boats. By end of the year, over 300 boats are on order and 40 boats are sailing Key West Race Week in January 2013. J/111 is VOILES Magazine's BOAT OF THE YEAR 2012 and it's chosen YACHTS & YACHTING'S READER'S YACHT OF THE YEAR! J/111s win Sydney, Australia's Short Ocean Series (JAKE), take 2nd at Key West Race Week (MENTAL), win IRC class in Warsash Spring Series (J-DREAM), win IRC Class in North Sea Regatta (XCENTRIC RIPPER), are 1-2-3 in PHRF B in Charleston Race Week (WICKED 2.0/ FLEETWING/ VELOCITY), wins Marstrand Big Boat Race in IRC Class (BLUR), wins epic Round Island Race in IRC Class (J-DREAM), take 9 of top 10 in Chicago-Mackinac Race ORR Handicap OVERALL (first time ever by any class of boat) and KASHMIR is awarded the Mackinac Trophy as Overall Winner, wins Bayview-Mackinac Race PHRF C class (NO SURPRISE), wins Nova Scotia Opener Regatta in Halifax, wins Bayview Regatta in Detroit, wins Tri-State Race Overall (MENTAL), 1st overall PHRF Class in Chester Race Week- Nova Scotia (BLAST), is third overall in Tjorn-Runt Race in Sweden (BLUR III sailing in largest race in Sweden with 436 boats!), wins Nova Scotia Offshore Championship overall (BLAST) and wins Netherlands IRC Championship Overall (J-XCENTRIC RIPPER). J/111's sail one-design at SPI Ouest France Regatta, Cowes Race Week, Chicago-Mackinac Race, Verve Cup, Chicago SW NOOD Regatta, Annapolis SW NOOD Regatta, Ugotta Regatta/ Harbor Springs, Vice Admiral's Cup and GARMIN Hamble Winter Series. J/145 wins San Diego YC's "Yacht of the Year 2011" (BAD PAK) for her epic offshore racing success and takes PHRF A in the Newport-Ensenada Race (RADIO FLYER). J/133 JIVARO wins Tour de Belle'Ile off La Trinite sur Mer, France over 600+ boats and HOT WATER smokes IRC Canadian Championship. J/125s crush Puerto Vallarta and Cabo Races, DOUBLE TROUBLE "three-peats" Spinnaker Cup and Big Boat Series in San Francisco, California, and DOUBLE TROUBLE crushes TransPac Pacific Cup overall. J/122s continue to win, taking Key West Race Week PHRF A (TEAMWORK), wins Corsica Race in IRC (650nm sailed by CHRISTINA III), wins Block Island Race and STC Stamford-Vineyard Race (CHRISTOPHER DRAGON), takes 3rd in St Tropez 900 Race (900nm sailed by NOISY OYSTER), 1st & 2nd in US IRC Championships (WINGS & CHRIS DRAGON), 2nd class in RORC North Sea Race, win Rolex Middle Sea Race IRC Class (ARTIE RTFX) again, win Garmin Hamble Winter Series IRC 1 (JOLOU) and in Australia (LITHIUM). The J/120 EL OCASO does another "Caribbean Tour" and walks off with every major regatta, winning class at St Maarten, Rolex St Thomas, BVI and Antigua Race Weeks.  J/109s and J/105 sweep Round Ireland 700nm race overall and in IRC 3 class; sweep IRC 2 Class at CORK Week in Cork, Ireland; and sweep French Pornic Cup Race to Gijon, Spain. J/97s continue their winning ways, taking Warsash Spring Series IRC class, Cowes Week IRC Class, Scottish Race Week, 2nd in Garmin Hamble Winter Series, SAILING FOR JESUS wins class in the Hermano Runt in Sweden and KNOCKABOUT wins in Sydney, Australia. In the one-design world, the J/105 class continues to expand into South America and is growing in Chile with its first South American Championships off Algarrobo, Chile on the Pacific coast. And, J/105s had an unprecedented four regattas in a row in Southern California, with San Diego YC hosting the Southern California Championships, North American Championships, International Masters Championship and the Lipton Cup in October/November-- the first two events featured new J/105 owner- Mr America's Cup- Dennis Conner! The J/22 Worlds were sailed in Le Crouesty, France and won by a Frenchman (Jean Queveau) for the first time ever. The J/24 Worlds had a record turn-out in Rochester, New York (over 100 boats) with Brazilian Mauricio Santa Cruz winning an unprecedented fourth worlds (just one away from Ken Read's famous mark of five J/24 Worlds!). The J/80 Worlds were sailed in Dartmouth, England and the Spanish teams, yet again, sweep with Jose Maria van der Ploeg on NILFISK winning. The J/80s also hosted the World Police Sailing Championships in Hong Kong, China.

2011
As the world economy continued to bounce along and slowly improve, the prospects for J sailors continually improved.  The successful introduction of the J/111 led to world-acclaim and to some remarkable performances offshore.  For starters, the J/111 KONTIKI V wins Key West Race Week in PHRF A; INVISIBLE HAND was 2nd in ORR Class D and 3rd in fleet in Cabo Race (after winning most of the race!); VELOCITY gets 2nd in Charleston Race Week PHRF B; SHMOKING JOE wins IRC Class in its maiden voyage on the famous Round Island Race and 5th overall in 450 boat IRC Class (the famous America's Cup Course around the Isle of Wight- England); JAKE wins its maiden voyage in Sydney, Australia in the Short Offshore Points Series; J/111s win both the Chicago-Mackinac Race (KASHMIR) in class and sweep the Bayview-Mackinac Race (NO SURPRISE); and J/111 gets third overall in the RORC Fastnet Race Double-handed Class (J-XCENTRIC was winning with 100 meters to go at the finish line, but wind died and they "parked" for 7 hours before finishing!).  The J/145 BAD PAK gets 2nd class C and 4th in fleet in the Cabo Race, later wins the Ensenada Race and also the TransPac Race in Division 4!  J/145 also wins Hong Kong- San Fernando Race to the Phillipines. J/122s continued their winning ways, taking the Fastnet Race IRC 2 class (the French NUTMEG IV) and, for the 3rd time, wins the Storm Trysail Club's Stamford-Vineyard Race (CHRISTOPHER DRAGON) and again takes the IRC East Coasts in Annapolis, Maryland (CATAPULT)!  The J/109 wins Double-handed Farallones Race off San Francisco, the Vancouver Isle 360 Race of 800nm+ off Vancouver, BC, the Lake Ontario 300 race (300nm) and the Bayview-Mackinac Race-- plus it's the Irish IRC Boat of the Year!  The J/97 wins SPI Ouest France and JIKA-JIKA wins Cowes Week and J/97 is also selected RORC's IRC Boat of the Year!  In the one-design world, the J/22 Women's Worlds sailed in Rochester, New York was won by local sailor Cory Sertl.  The J/22 Worlds sailed in New Orleans, is won by Rob Johnston from Heath, Texas.  The J/24 Worlds were sailed in Buenos Aires, Argentina and won by the Argentinean Team LUCA with skipper Alejo Rigoni.  And, in the J/24 Pan Am Games, past J/24 World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil wins the Gold Medal.  The J/80 Worlds were held in Copenhagen, Denmark with Spanish teams sweeping the top three, again, with Ignacio Camino winning a second time on NEXTEL ENGINEERING.  And, the J/80 North Americans were again won by Glenn Darden on LE TIGRE.  Plus, J/80 wins BEST SAILBOAT AWARD UNDER 40 FEET at the Shanghai China Boatshow. 

2010
The year of 2010 was characterized by an on-going recession worldwide, but unlike its competitors in the sailing industry, the J/Team continued to execute and expand the business worldwide. Two more new models were launched in 2010- the J/111 one-design speedster and the J/108 shoal performance cruiser. The J/111 was launched in August by CCF Composites in Bristol, Rhode Island and after a successful fall boatshow circuit in Newport and Annapolis, it garners the SAILING WORLD BOAT OF THE YEAR "Best One-Design Keelboat" Award and SAIL Magazine BEST BOATS AWARD - Performance Category-- the second year in a row that a J/Design has won the category!  The J/108 was launched in October in Les Sables d'Olonne, France by JB Composites, the next generation of performance, shoal-draft cruising boats in the line after the successful introduction of the J/95.  In the offshore sailing world, the J/122s win both racing divisions in the Chicago-Mackinac Race, the first and only time that feat has ever been accomplished, with FLYING JENNY IV winning the Mackinac Trophy Overall and SKYE winning the Double-handed Division.  J/122s repeat winning the Storm Trysail Club Stamford-Vineyard Race Overall, the IRC East Coasts in Annapolis and the Rolex Middle Sea Race off Malta.  Plus, the J/122s were winning in Australia, winning the IRC 1 Class offshore in Sydney Harbour series.  The classic J/125s win Key West Race Week, Coastal Cup off California and the Cabo Race to Mexico.  And, the Queen of the J/Fleet, the J/65 BRAND NEW DAY wins Bermuda Race Class serving home-cooked meals with red wine and cold white wine from the on-board wine cooler each night and sailing in air-conditioned comfort "off-watch" below decks!  In the one-design world, the Americans re-assert their domination atop the J/24 class with American Tim Healy winning the J/24 Worlds in Malmo, Sweden (America's Cup sailor Ed Baird last won it there in 1981!).  A number of J/80 regattas in France and Spain affected by the monstrous volcanic ash cloud that swept across Europe in April, affecting traffic everywhere.  This didn't stop the Spanish from, again, winning a very windy, epic J/80 Worlds in Newport, RI with Spaniard Pichu Torcida taking it for a second time! 

2009
The year of 2009 was marked by a continuing, persistent economic climate that bordered on "heavy recession", particularly in North America and Europe. The Asian and South American markets maintained a relative degree of prosperity by comparison. Nevertheless, 2009 was a remarkable year for the J/Team worldwide. For the first time ever, J/Boats introduced three new models in one year- the J/95 and J/97 in the spring and the J/111 in the fall. Launched in April in Bristol, Rhode Island by CCF Composites, the J/95 was the first shoal-draft performance cruising sailboat ever launched by J/Boats. With twin-rudders, wheel-steering and a fully-functioning keel-centerboard, the J/95 broke new ground. And, it won a lot of hearts, selling nearly two dozen boats by year-end and winning the first "triple-crown" of sailing industry awards ever-- the CRUISING WORLD BOAT OF THE YEAR, the SAILING WORLD BOAT OF THE YEAR and the SAIL BEST BOATS "Performance Cruising" Category.  In the first weekend of May, the performance IRC cruiser-racer J/97 was launched by JB Composites in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. The J/97 open, innovative interior design, aft head, six foot standing headroom and sleeping for six made it an immediate success in the European market. J/97 quickly demonstrated its capabilities offshore, sweeping its class in Cowes Week in August.  Later in the fall, the somewhat revolutionary J/111 was first announced to the world and by year-end over 25 boats had been sold-- the most successful launch of a new 35 foot boat ever by J/Boats!  On the sailing front, the J/122 J-BELLINO sailed by Rob Craigie from England wins the 2009 OSTAR. Plus, the J/105 KING OF SHAVES sailed by Oscare Meade was 2nd his class and youngest finisher ever in this 2,900nm race. The J/122s continued to win many offshore contests, including a three-peat in the Chicago-Mackinac Race. The J/122 SKYE led a sweep of the Chicago-Mac Double-handed Division, with a J/35 and J/29 coming in 2nd and 3rd, respectively! Other big J's continued to perform as well, with the J/133 BATFISH taking the RORC Offshore Season Points Championship Overall!  In the one-design world, the balance of power in the major J one-design classes had clearly moved away from the Americans. J/24s held their Worlds in Annapolis in May with Brazilian Mauricio Santa Cruz winning his 3rd Worlds title. The J/22 Worlds were held on Lago di Garda, Italy in June and the Dutch teams from the Netherlands swept all top three spots. The J/80s had a record 133 boats for their Worlds in Santander, Spain in July which saw all top three spots swept by the Spanish teams.

2008
Despite the economy slowing down, it was another great year of sailing for J owners. Starting with Key West, good turnouts for the J/80, J/105 and J/109s all hosting their Midwinters. Of the six handicap divisions that included at least one J Boat (5 PHRF divisions and 1 IRC division), J owners dominated the leader board, winning 44% of the top three class trophies. Experienced offshore sailor Ned Cabot recently published a story of the latest adventure aboard his J/46 ‘Cielita’ in Ocean Navigator magazine (Jan/Feb ’08 issue). The J/24 celebrated its 30th birthday at the J/24 Midwinters with 42 teams sailing a tough 11 race, no throw-out series- brothers Waldek and Chris Zaleski aboard TWINS won-- they also won the J/24 Nationals later in the year! 32 J/109s had a fun time sailing the J/UK J/109 Nationals. For the STC Bermuda Race, J owners turned out in record numbers and represented 22% of the 210 boat fleet - the first time J has surpassed Swan (14%) for the most popular brand/design in a Bermuda Race. And, J owners made the most of it. 52% of the top 25 overall finishers sailing IRC were J’s, and owners collected 26% of the top three places in all divisions and overall combined. Andrea Casale of Italy won the J/24 World Championship with 76 boats and an incredible 17 countries represented. Philippe Delaporte’s J/122 PEN AZEN was named the 2008 Yacht of the Year by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, dominating the IRC Classes in most all events. This success in IRC was repeated by the J/122 TKO winning Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco. Greg Fisher of Annapolis, MD won the J/22 World Championship in Rochester, NY over a record 103 sailing teams. Over in the Mediterranean, the J/133 CHESTRESS won IRC Class 3 and a 2nd Overall in the 2008 Rolex Middle Sea Race. 8 teams from 8 countries sailed the first International J/80 Invitational Regatta in Xiamen, China-- the first ever J/80 one-design event in the Pacific Rim

2007
A record year for J/Boat owners with major offshore racing wins across the US and Europe. The introduction of the new J/122 built by J/Europe taking the IRC circuit in France, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA by storm achieving several overall wins both inshore and offshore. J/Boat owners are class and overall champions of numerous offshore events including Ft. Lauderdale-Key West Race, Pineapple Cup, Bayview Mac Race, Annapolis-Newport Race, Charleston Bermuda Race, Transpac, Chicago Mac, and several RORC offshore races. J/133 is awarded “Best Series Produced Yacht” and J/122 wins IRC 1 class overall for the entire season in the 2007 RORC series. J/80 production races by the 1,000 hull milestone with over 1050 boats built. A record 120 J/80s sail at the World Championships in La Trinite France. The J/105 Class sets attendance records on both US coasts culminating in a 69 boat fleet at the North American Champs in Annapolis. J/105 also wins RORC 2-handed season trophy. J/109 class activity thrives in the US and UK. Clay Burkhalter successfully sails his Rod Johnstone designed Mini 6.5 ‘Acadia’ across the Atlantic from France to Brazil finishing 12th overall out of 89 entries. The J/80 debuts at the Asian Sportboat Championship placing 1st and 2nd overall. J/Europe increases factory capacity by 40% thanks to increasing demand worldwide for new J/Boats. Several J/Owners actively engaged cruising their boats through the oceans of the world. Congratulations to J/Owners for an incredible year!

2006
The J/92S makes its USA debut. The J/100 reaches 100 boat milestone and production begins in Europe. New 40’ J/122 development begins with J/Europe. J/ owners win 12 trophies in the Centennial Newport to Bermuda Race with the J/44 and J/42 classes the largest in the fleet. Glenn Darden captures the J/80 World title in Galveston Bay, TX, while fellow Texan Jon Halbert wins the inaugural J/109 North American Championships at New York Yacht Club. J/109 and double-handed J/105 finish 1-2 in Rolex Middle Sea Race. The York family completes a circumnavigation aboard their J/46 Aragorn. The J/22 North Americans returns to Fleet #1 Lake Minnetonka, MN with Terry Flynn crowned champion. The J/80 reaches 900 boat milestone and new fleets are established in Spain & Italy. The J/105 is awarded the Serendip Trophy for the Best Series-Produced Yacht in IRC by RORC for 2006 and Shaun Murphy’s Slingshot is named RORC 2006 Yacht of the Year and wins the Somerset Memorial Trophy for outstanding achievement of a 2-handed yacht. The J/122 is introduced and displayed at the Paris Show to rave reviews with a December launch in Hamble, UK and successful sea-trials.

2005
The new J/65 launches in San Diego. Scotsman Ruairidh Scott wins the Silva J/80 Worlds in Falmouth, UK. The J/105 class sets new milestones with a 40 boat fleet at Key West and the first Canadian hosting of a North American Championship. The J/100 rolls out of the factory at nearly 2 boats per week to meet the high demand. The J/133 notches impressive IRC class wins at Spi Ouest and Block Island Race Week. The rapidly growing J/109 class sees one-design starts at Spi Ouest, Block Island and Cowes Week. Anthony Kotoun of Newport, RI wins the J/24 Worlds in Weymouth, England and the J/24 North Americans in Marblehead, MA. The new J/92S, a family-friendly sprit boat with large cockpit and non-overlapping headsail launches in Europe. J/125 'Rienrag' takes class honors again in the Transpac. Sally Barkow wins the Rolex Int’l Women’s Keelboat Champs in J/22s in Annapolis, and the Women's Match Racing Worlds in J/24's in Bermuda. Henry Morgan, sailing his J/42 'Dolphin', wins the Annapolis-Bermuda Race fleet. Short-handed J-sailors celebrate as Pascal Loison wins the 2-Handed Rolex Fastnet Race in his J/105 and Sam and Gordon Vineyard win Marion- to Bermuda Race in their J/46. The new J/124, a 41’ follow-up sensation to the J/100, launches in Rhode Island.

2004
The J/133 Raincloud wins its debut regatta at Key West and production begins in both the US and France. J109s sweep IRC 4 at Spi Ouest, the UK J/109 Jeronimo is on the winning team of the Rolex Commodore’s Cup, and the J/109 class gets underway with 11 fleets formed, a class website and several class events held. Alec Cutler wins the J/22 Worlds in Annapolis over a fleet of 130 boats, an all-time J attendance record! Three J’s (J/35, J/46 and J/160) set sail in the 2004 Blue Water World Rally. The new J/100 (33’) is launched in Newport to rave reviews, is named Sailing World Magazine’s Overall Boat of the Year, and quickly reaches a six month backlog. J/145s enjoy class wins in the Newport to Bermuda and Port Huron-Mackinac races. Dave McConaughy wins the 25th Anniversary J/30 North Americans in Barrington, RI. Glen Darden of TX wins both the J/80 North Americans in Sag Harbor, NY and the 52 boat J/105 North Americans in Marion, MA. Wow! Jens Hookanson outduels Jeff Johnstone on the last leg of the final race to win the J/24 Worlds in Noroton, CT. The new J/65 (65‘) is announced as J Boats’ entry into the luxury performance sailing market with a custom bay set up at Pearson Composites and a highly anticipated 05 launching.

2003
The J/24 class celebrates its Silver 25th Anniversary in Newport, while the J/35 class has its 20th in Toronto with 27 boats racing for the North American Championship. The J/105 class continues to set attendance records and is the only class present at all 9 NOOD Regattas. Dr. Mike Finn’s J/160 ‘Kativa’ wins the Charleston to Bermuda Race; J/125 'Rienrag' that takes line and class honors for Division 3 in the Tranpac. J/42 owners create a new owner association. J/Boats continue to thrive under IRC with J/145 winning the Overall IRC Season Championship in UK (1-2 in class at Fastnet), and the J/109 winning its class at Fastnet as well as at Cowes and Spi Ouest. J/Europe is formed as new European builder (France). Jay Lutz wins J/80 Worlds in Fort Worth Texas as class breaks the hull #600 barrier. Sally Barkow wins the Rolex Women’s Keelboat Champs in J/22s in Annapolis. J/133 is awarded the Overall Boat of the Year award by Sailing World Magazine and Best Performance Cruiser by Cruising World.

2002
J/109 results roll in all year with wins at Spi-Ouest, Cowes Week, Breskens Race Week, Double-handed Round Britain Race and the prestigious Atlantic Trophy. J/109 plugs are shipped to the US and TPI begins production. ISAF selects the J/22 (women’s keelboat division) and J/80 (men’s keelboat division) for the World Sailing Games in Marseilles. J/105 explosion continues with 50 boats at the North Americans in Chicago, hull #600 built, and selected for UBS Challenge Pro Match-Racing. J/80 earns class start at Kiel Week and J/80 Worlds are held in La Rochelle, France. The J/Fest Regatta Series goes national with sponsors and five great events. Brad Read wins J/24 Worlds on its return to Newport. J/109 and J/105 are 1st and 2nd overall in Rolex Middle Sea Race. Terry Flynn wins 60-boat J/22 Worlds in Texas.

2001
J/145 is selected as a Sail Magazine Top 10 winner and wins class at Key West. J/80 class hosts its first World Championships in Newport. J Boats introduces the 35’ J/109 in Europe. Waterline Systems begins building J/22s, helping to revitalize J/22 class growth. J/130 BONKERS is overall winner in the Pineapple Cup race to Jamaica. J/160s win in Newport-Ensenada, Puerto-Vallarta, Marblehead-Halifax and Swiftsure races. J/125 wins overall at Middle Sea Race in Malta. The Rolex Int’l Women’s Keelboat Champs is held in J22s in Annapolis, with Cory Sertl’s team crowned champion.

2000
J/46 earns double honors, first as a Sail Magazine Top 10 winner; and as a category winner in Sailing World Magazine's Boat of the Year Awards. New carbon fiber J/145 (48') is launched. 92 boats attend the J/22 Worlds in Holland. J/105 production accelerates with hull #400 launched and European production underway. Waterline Systems becomes new US builder for J/24 and the World Championship returns to Newport for its 22nd running. New "L" version (L for liveaboard) is introduced for the popular J/42.

1999
J/35 inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame ceremonies in Atlantic City. J/125 wins "Sportboat of the Year" from Sailing World. J/120 J BIRD clean sweeps the Puerta-Vallarta race with 1st to finish, 1st in class and 1st overall- only the 3rd boat in history to do so (other two were 70' sleds). J/46 performance-cruising yacht is launched. J/22 featured in Santa-Maria Cup (women's match racing) and for the ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds. J/30 and J/35 classes combine efforts to run their 20th and 15th North American Championships in Annapolis. 25 J/105s sail one design at Block Island. Over 275 J/105s now sailing in 15 fleets worldwide. The Rolex Int'l Women's Keelboat Champs return to Newport in J/24s.

1998
J/160 PIPEDREAM wins Round-the-World Rally (American division) with a crew of five. Owner Scott Piper departs on cruise around the world in opposite direction! High tech built J/90 and J/125 usher in new wave of technology - carbon composite construction with 50% ballast/displacement ratios. J/90 wins "Sportboat of the Year" from Sailing World. J/125 wins at Block Island Race Week and St. Francis Big Boat Series. J/120s sweep top 3 spots in Newport to Ensenada Race. J/22 featured in ISAF World Championship in Dubai for women's match-racing and fleet disciplines. US Master's Championship held in J/105s in San Francisco. J/80 becomes fastest growing one-design in Sweden with 20 boats sailing. J/120 reaches hull #100, with 28 boats sailing in Southern California.

1997
100 J/24s attend the 20th anniversary J/24 Midwinters in Key West, Florida. Johnstone Family receives The Industry Leadership Award from SAIL Magazine. Harry Smith wins 1100nm Marina Del Rey to Puerto-Vallarta Race on his J/160 'Bushwacker' and J/160 Hull #3 PIPEDREAM begins the 'Round the World Rally'. The Moorings Company purchases a fleet of J/120s for an innovative "race weeks" charter program in Tortola.

1996
The first two of six J/160s are launched in early May. These deluxe flagships go on to win several offshore point-to-point races including a course record from Annapolis to Bermuda! J/44 Class returns for the 1996 Bermuda Race in force with 11 starters. J/105 reaches critical mass for class racing throughout the US with over 165 boats numerous regional events and a successful North American Championship. The new production J/32 Cruiser, designed by Alan Johnstone, is launched in July with over 20 sold in the first six months. J/Boats web site is expanded with a growing on-line class association presence, owner forums and monthly updates.

1995
J/120 named Cruising World Magazine's Overall Boat-of-the-Year and Best Value in a Full-Size Cruiser. J/24 is first of five inductees into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame. J/130 STARLIGHT EXPRESS takes line honors in Newport-Ensenada Race. New J/42 Cruiser is introduced. Hull #1 GANNET wins two New York Yacht Club events and Class A Downeast Racing Circuit with a cruising asymmetric spinnaker and short-handed crew. J/35 class rebounds in participation with 35 entries at its North American Championship. J/105s are featured on ESPN in the Brut Cup professional match-racing circuit. J Composite of France begins European production of the J/80 and J/92.

1994
J/130 named Sailing World's Boat-of-the-Year among Racer-Cruisers. J/22 & J/24 selected for inaugural IYRU World Sailing Championships, J/44 is first one-design class ever given start in Bermuda Race. J/120 introduced at SAIL EXPO with carbon mast and wins New England Solo-Twin. J/110 introduced at Annapolis Boat Show.

1993
J/92 is Sailing World's Overall Boat-of-the-Year. J/80 One-Design is launched- the first J model to be built with TPI's patented SCRIMP molding technology. J/22 celebrates its 10th anniversary by becoming an IYRU International Class with 1200 boats. J/33 DAYBREAK overall winner of Chicago-Mackinac. Newly launched J/130 and J92 sweep Andaman Sea Race in Asia.

1992
J/105 becomes Sailing World's Boat-of-the-Year among racer-cruisers, and ushers in the sport boat revolution. J/92 is introduced and destined for the 1992 Readers Choice Award from Sailing World. J/24 #5000 and J/35 #300 are launched. Rod Johnstone is inducted into the Sailing World Hall of Fame.

1991
Nick Brown's J/44 IONA wins Fastnet in IMS. Fortune Magazine names J Boats as one of the world's 100 best American made products. J/39s and J/35s sweep top 4 positions in CHS at Cowes Week. J Boats pioneers carbon-fiber retractable bowsprits and asymmetric spinnakers on offshore boats, introducing the first of its new "sprit" series, the J/105.

1990
J/35c named Sailing World's Boat-of-the-Year among 30-35 footers. J/44 wins NYYC Cruise. Motor Boating & Sailing names J/24 as 1 of 2 best sailboats of all time. New J/39 wins MBYC Fall Series. J/35 wins class in Sydney-Hobart Race. J/44 J-HAWK wins CHS class at Cowes Week.

1989
New J/44 wins New York Yacht Club Queen's Cup and Cowes Week on way to becoming Sailing World's Overall Boat-of-the-Year.

1988
J/34c named Sailing World's Boat-of-the-Year. New J/33 wins Class at Block Island Race Week. Jeff, Stuart, Drake, & Alan Johnstone commence management of company operations at J/Boat office in Newport, RI. TPI (J Builder) introduces industry-leading 10 year blister warranty.

1987
J/35 becomes America's fastest growing big-boat one-design with 24 sailing in Class at Block Island. J/37s win Class in 3 major race weeks.

1986
J/40 named Sailing World's Boat-of-the-Year among US designs. J/35 is lst Overall in Miami-Montego Bay and New England Solo-Twin. J/28 and J/37 Cruisers introduced.

1985
Charley Scott's J/41 SMILES wins SORC Overall. J boats introduces it's first purpose built cruising boat, the J/40, that then goes on to win Class in Chicago -Mackinac. J/34 becomes best selling IOR design in America.

1984
New J/27 is overall winner of MORC Internationals with J/29 winning Class A. J/35 is 1st Overall MHS in Chicago - Mackinac. J/41 has 1-2-3 sweep of One Ton North Americans and Bermuda Race class.

1983
J/22 and J/35 introduced. J/22 wins Class at MORC Internationals.

1982
New J/29s finish 1-2-3 to sweep Class in Block Island Race Week

1981
Stu, Drake & Jeff Johnstone start J/World Performance Sailing School. J/36 Wins Class A in Antigua.

1980
Nissan Motors becomes Japanese builder. J/24 wins Caribbean Ocean Racing Circuit, becomes IYRU International Class and named by SAIL (10th Anniversary) as "best keelboat in 30 years."

1979
J/30 #1 WARHOOP finishes 3rd in SORC Class. First J/24 Worlds in Newport with 78 boats.

1978
20 boats attend first J/24 one-design event at Key West. 68 boats attend North Americans in Newport. 1000 boats are sold with builders set up in UK, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and US West Coast where Trask family joins Johnstones to build J/24's.

1977

Brothers Bob and Rod Johnstone finish 1-2 in J/24s in MORC Division at Block Island Week. J/24s go on to dominate the MORC Internationals in Annapolis.

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J/Boats: Sailing to Success

The story of J/Boats is a classic entrepreneurial tale: With a $20,000 investment, and a speedy 24-foot sailboat that Rod Johnstone built in his garage, Rod & his brother Bob Johnstone went into business. That was 1977. Now, that boat (the J/24), has become the most popular recreational offshore keelboat in the world. The Johnstone family has made an undeniable mark on the sailing world. In addition to the 5,400 J/24s cruising the waves, there are over 7,000 more J/Boats, ranging from the International J/22 to the J/65, that sailing enthusiasts have bought at prices ranging from $10,000 to $2,000,000.

While other manufacturers may sell more boats, the Johnstones have won the high-end, performance-oriented segment of the market. Theirs is the so-called racer/cruiser category: boats that perform well on the race course but which are comfortable and easy enough for the family to daysail and cruise. It is with knowledgeable, experienced sailors that the Johnstones have done best.

The story begins in 1975. Rod, then an ad salesman for the sailing trade magazine, Soundings, and an active one-design sailor decided to build a sailboat he had been designing since completing a Westlawn School of Yacht Design correspondence course in the 60's. With $400-worth of fiberglass and wood, some rigging and hardware left over from a Soling of Bob's, he built the 24' x 9' wide RAGTIME on weekends in his 3 car garage at his home in Stonington, Connecticut. During the summer of 1976, with an all family crew aboard, RAGTIME beat everything in sight. Rod realized he had created something special.

Enter Everett Pearson, the owner of Tillotson Pearson, Inc, a highly respected boat builder in Warren Rhode Island. He was quite taken with Rod's design and agreed to produce the boat on spec in return for the U.S. building rights. Display ads in Soundings got the word out. That winter they set up a makeshift factory in an old textile mill in nearby Fall River, Massachusetts, and began popping out J/24s.

Enter the marketing experience of brother Bob, a vice president of marketing at AMF/Alcort (the makers of Sunfish sailboats at the time). He saw the potential in the boat Rod had designed. From 1975 to 1977, Bob had helped to take Alcort from the red into the black, and then began trying to convince AMF to start producing a boat similar to the J/24. When AMF didn't jump, in February of 1977, at age 43, Bob did and threw in his lot with J/Boats.

With Rod contributing the design and his prototype 'Ragtime' and Bob investing $20,000 to cover start-up costs, office space, and advertising, their 50-50 partnership was launched. They sold 250+ (and delivered 136) J/24s that first year. Each successive year has marked unique achievements in the sport and industry. 

The next generation of Johnstones has been at the helm since 1988, while founders Rod and Bob continue to contribute their talents. Since 1992, Jeff (president) & Alan (vice president & designer) have managed company operations from J/Boats Headquarters in Newport, RI while a total of six of Bob & Rod's sons (Jeff, Alan, Stu, Drake, Phil and Peter) serve on the J/Boats Board of Directors.

  • J/Newsletter- October 10th, 2018 J/109 North American Championship Preview
    (Larchmont, NY)- After an incredibly successful weekend introducing young college sailors to the wonders of big-boat sailing, the J/109 fleet now changes tacks and focuses on their 2018 J/109 North American Championship.  All the boats that participated in promoting the growth of college sailors in offshore sailing are also sailing the J/109 N.A.’s; a total of twenty entries from across the board from the northeast to the southwest.

    Again, Larchmont YC will be hosting the fleet for racing on Long Island Sound from October 14th to 21st.  Initial forecasts promise the racing will be wet, cool, and windy to start with, a sunny break in between, a perhaps having to deal with the “tail feathers” of Hurricane Michael that dealt a devastating blow to the Florida Panhandle by Sunday afternoon.

    The top crews in the Corinthians Division include the following:

    • Bill Rogers- BIG BOAT from Breakwater YC in Sag Harbor, NY
    • Ted Herlihy’s family crew on GUT FEELING from New Bedford YC in South Dartmouth, MA
    • Albrecht Goethe’s HAMBURG from Lakewood YC in Seabrook, TX
    • Adrian Begley’s MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN from Storm Trysail Club in Larchmont, NY
    • Jack Forehand’s STRATEGERY from Pequot YC in Fairfield, CT
    • Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE from Coasters Harbor YC in Newport, RI
    The leading crews in the Open/ Professional Division include these top teams (one Cat 3 permitted per boat):
    • Tom Sutton’s LEADING EDGE from Lakewood YC in Houston, TX with Tom Meeh as main/ tactician
    • David Rosow’s LOKI from Pequot YC in Fairfield, CT with Kerry Klingler as main/ tactician
    • Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY from Larchmont YC in Larchmont, NY with Max Skelley as tactician
    • David & Maryellen Tortorello’s PARTNERSHIP 3 from Black Rock YC in CT with Seadon Wijsen as tactician
    • Bill Sweetser’s RUSH from Annapolis YC in Annapolis, MD with Tom Babel as tactician. 
    For more J/109 North American Championship sailing information
     

    Legendary Skippers Sailing J/105 Masters Regatta
    (San Diego, CA)- The International Masters Regatta will return to the San Diego Yacht Club on October 19-21, 2018 for a regatta with some of the greatest names in sailing. Legendary skippers from across the country are invited to a round-robin battle in supplied J/105s and will be vying for the title in the stadium of San Diego Bay.

    The International Masters Regatta is one of SDYC’s signature events, adopted seven years ago from St. Francis Yacht Club member Don Trask in honor of his father. For many years prior, the world’s greatest Master sailors raced in this international sailing competition in San Francisco Bay and after a several year gap, relocated to San Diego. Sailors with iconic names including Elvstrom, Buchan, Burnham, Tillman, Trask, Irish, Harken, North and Holland (just to name a few) have competed in this prestigious event.

    The 2018 International Masters Regatta confirmed skippers include Jon Andron, Julian Bingham, Chuck Driscoll, Richard du Moulin, Tad Lacey, Bill Menninger, Ted Moore, Dave Perry, Bill Peterson, Andy Roy, and David Gould.      

    This regatta boasts high-level competition as well as high-level camaraderie. These skippers are old friends reunited for a fun weekend of intense racing. Five-time U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Perry states, “I enjoy these kinds of events that are among my friends and counterparts in the sport. The Masters hosted by the SDYC is a class event, the racing is fun, and I get the chance to spend time with old friends while making some new ones as well.”

    The winner of the 2017 International Masters Regatta was SDYC’s Bill Campbell, he offers his advice to this year’s competitors; “I think it is important to be able to gather a good crew and let them do their jobs on the boat. My job was to get good starts and steer. I had a tactician to point me in what he thought was the right direction. The trimmers and pit and bow guys didn't need any input from me except for timing at starts and mark roundings. Too often, the skipper tries to do too many jobs on the boat other than his own. As a result, the skipper's job suffers and the results suffer as well. I was able to handle positioning at the starts, steer fast, after which the crew got us around the course.”

    International Masters Regatta Chair Alli Bell, who also Chairs the following week’s San Diego Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup, explains how crucial volunteers are to executing the event. “These two regattas are a huge undertaking that cannot be successful without the commitment of an army of volunteers and the thirteen J/105 owners who generously charter us their boats for almost three weeks. On behalf of the San Diego Yacht Club, I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this event thrive and who will not stop working until long after the trophies have been awarded.”

    Anyone interested in watching the races can find them in San Diego Bay. The schedule of events for the sailors begins on Friday with breakfast, followed with racing and a dockside social in the evening. After Saturday Night’s racing, there will be a regatta banquet for participants and after racing on Sunday, the awards will be presented.

    In 2013, the perpetual trophy for the International Invitational Masters Regatta was gifted and dedicated by Malin and Roberta Burnham at the regatta banquet. The trophy is a beautiful original art piece created by Don Freedman of Nantucket Island and features a nautical inspired clock detailed with ships’ instruments.

    SDYC Commodore Michael Dorgan voiced his excitement for the regatta. “As Commodore of SDYC, I can say we are extremely proud to be the host of such a prestigious sailing event. Brought here from San Francisco only seven years ago, we are very pleased to have many incredible sailors coming to our Club to race at a very high-level, yet friendly environment. One of the successful things we are able to offer is a very closely matched fleet of J/105s, with identical Club owned sail inventory and couple this with competitors rotating boats between every single race that creates a very level racing field. In the end, the best team will win, not the best boat!”

    SDYC would like to thank our partners of the International Masters Regatta: Helly Hansen, YETI, Solid Sun Logistics and The Bay Club Hotel and Marina.  For more J/105 Masters Regatta sailing information
     

    J/Fest Southwest Preview
    (Houston, TX)- This year’s J/FEST Southwest Regatta will be taking place from October 12th to 14th, hosted by Lakewood YC on Clear Lake and on Galveston Bay.  J/Owners from across the spectrum are participating in PHRF handicap racing as well as in one-design classes for J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, and J/105s. Come one, come all, still not too late to head south and enjoy some fun in the Texas sun, great beer, and awesome TexMex food!

    In the one-design world, the boats to watch include father/son combo Farley & Barrett Fontenot’s J/22 USA 707, Natalie Harden’s GIGGLES keeping the J/24 boys in check, Bill Draheim’s PONY and Jay Lutz’s ZOUNDS topping the J/70 pack, and Bill Lackenmacher’s RADIANCE brilliantly showing the path for the J/105 fleet.

    The J/PHRF fleets in the Asym Class and Distance Class look a bit formidable. In the PHRF Asym group, JD Hill’s gorgeous J/122 SECOND STAR should lead the fleet around the track. Then, in PHRF Distance fleet, it’s anyone’s guess with a pair of J/29s, a J/95 and J/46 wondering what kind of “random-leg” track will determine the outcome of the race on Galveston Bay!

    Since it was such a HUGE hit last year, the “LEGENDS RACE” will take place on Clear Lake, right in front of the club.  This year, it will be a fleet of J/22s with live commentary on-site and on Facebook Live off the patio of the “party-barge” called BARGE 295.  There will be five (5) video cameras recording the live action!

    On Friday October 12th at 3:45 PM CST the broadcast for the Legends Race will go “live”.  It will be fun! Make sure to mark your calendar with a reminder to go to the You Tube link below at 3:45 pm CST and share it to your Facebook feeds!   https://youtu.be/PG2fhfwRFpk

    IF you have any questions at all, please contact Scott Spurlin at mobile- 512-423-2179 or email- scott@jboatssouthwest.com.   Watch the J/FEST Southwest promo highlights video here. For more J/FEST Southwest sailing and registration information.
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The past week across the blue planet Earth has produced a number of extraordinary milestones, if not achievements.  For starters, the inaugural 2018 Russian Open J/70 National Championship took place in Pirogovo, Russia (a lake about 20 miles north of Moscow’s Red Square) for a fleet of two dozen J/70s from across their vast country, including teams from St Petersburg, Moscow, Vladivostok, and Sevastopol (Crimea). Not far west of that event, the Swiss J/70 Sailing League had their third “finale” for their summer-long series at Versoix, Switzerland on Lake Geneva for a dozen sailing clubs. Similarly, the Dutch J/70 Sailing League held their third annual finale for the season-long series at Veere, The Netherlands for eighteen teams on the Veerse Meer in Zeeland. Then, the Italian J/70 Under 19 Youth Sailing League, their second year in a row, was held in Trieste, Italy, hosted by SV Barcola & Grignano for 18 teams! That’s a lot of J/70 sailing on the European/ Asian continent!

    Just offshore in the United Kingdom, the Hamble Yacht Services Hamble Winter Series just commenced for IRC fleets that include, J/92s, J/97s, J/111s, J/122s, and also one-design classes for J/88s, J/109s, and J/70s on the Solent.

    Over in the Americas, the San Diego YC held their annual J/FEST San Diego for fleets of J/70s, J/105s, and J/120s.  In the Great Lakes region, the Edgewater YC held their Cleveland 216 Regatta for one-design fleets of J/22s, J/70s, and J/105s.  Finally, out east, the Storm Trysail Club and the Larchmont YC held their incredibly popular “big boat college” regatta; where over 450 college men and women sailed the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta with one-design classes of J/105s, J/109s, J/44s, and PHRF J/teams!

    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 page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Oct 10-14- J/109 North American Championship- Larchmont, NY
    Oct 12-14- China Coast Race Week- Hong Kong, China
    Oct 12-14- German Youth J/70 League- Attendorn, Germany
    Oct 13-14- Puget Sound Sailing Championship- Seattle, WA
    Oct 18-21- Annapolis Fall Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 18-20- German J/70 Sailing League Finale- Hamburg, Germany
    Oct 19-21- French J/80 Sailing League Finale- La Rochelle, France
    Oct 19-21- J/105 Masters Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Oct 19-21- Swiss Youth J/70 League- Tenero, Switzerland
    Oct 20-21- J/70 Fall Brawl- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 20-21- Puget Sound Fall Regatta- Seattle, WA
    Oct 20- Rolex Middle Sea Race- Gzira, Malta
    Oct 26-28- J/24 East Coast Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 26-28- J/105 Lipton Cup Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Oct 27-28- Swiss J/70 Women’s Cup- Tenero, Switzerland
    Oct 27-28- J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 27-28- The Great Pumpkin Regatta- Richmond, CA
    Nov 1-4- French J/80 National Championship- Pornic, France

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

    ARTTUBE RUS-1 Crowned Russian J/70 Champion
    (Moscow, Russia)- A true milestone was recently achieved for the international J/70 one-design class this past weekend.  While J/70s have become wildly popular in many countries and regions that were first popularized by the famous J/24 class back in 1977- like Europe, North, Central and South America, Japan, Australia- it is the first time that a “J/Class” has held a national one-design event in what was the principal nation-state of the former U.S.S.R. (the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)- that is, Russia.

    Russian sailing has grown considerably in the past decade across their vast expanse in “Eur-Asia”, a country that is bordered on the east by the Pacific Ocean (just 50 miles from Alaska), the west by the Baltic Sea (e.g. the source for Europe’s natural gas), the north by the Arctic Ocean, and the south by the Black Sea (linked to the Mediterranean by the Straits of Bosporus in Turkey). In between are certainly far more than the 10,000 lakes claimed by America’s state known as Minnesota.

    Given that basic geography, it’s not surprising that an interest in water sports and the sea continue to flourish across Russia. A significant catalyst for that evolution (if not revolution) has been the creation of the Russian J/70 National Sailing League, sponsored and supported by the Russian Sailing Federation. That one idea has brought together sailors from across the spectrum to participate as sailing clubs, generating an enormous amount of camaraderie between sailors from east to west.

    As the principal sailboat platform, the J/70 has demonstrated to Russian sailors that, literally, every person from young to old, women and men, beginners to Olympic Medallists, can learn how to sail fast, quickly, on the simple J/70.  Like their counterparts in Germany and other member countries in the SAILING CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (http://sailing-championsleague.com/), their level of sailing has improved by quantum orders of magnitude in a mere four years of close one-design racing on the easy-to-sail J/70 sailboat.

    Perhaps the “poster child” of that extraordinary development has been Valeriya Kovalenko, a modest woman sailor from Moscow that has evolved to be one of Russia’s top women skippers. Her team has participated in most major European J/70 events as well as World Championships; their learning curve is steep! For the last two years, she has won the Monaco J/70 Winter Sportboat Series, as well as the YC Monaco’s prestigious PRIMO CUP Credit Suisse regatta in the spring. It is not surprising to see such results; she is fearless on the starting line and will fight for the favored-end amongst the world’s best.

    Just this past weekend, the inaugural Russian Open J/70 Championship took place on the lake hosted by Pirogovo YC, just 20 miles north of Moscow. It was a first for Russia, a first for the J/70 Class, and a first for World Sailing, to have a Russian national championship sailed in a recognized international class where two dozen (yes- 24 boats!) teams competed for national class honors. Here is a summary of what took place on this historic weekend for a total of FOURTEEN races in just three days (my goodness the crews must’ve been exhausted or dizzy from going around the race track so many times!).

    Day One
    It was a great start for the crew of Dmitry Šunina as they managed to post an 11-2-3-3 to give them a total of 19 pts at the end of the first day to top the leaderboard. Just behind them by three points was a leader of the J/70 class in Russia- Denis Čerevatenko- who’s team collected a 5-8-5-2 for 22 pts.  Then, sitting in third only one point further behind was Team GLEB FETISOVA with a tally of 5-5-11-1 for 23 pts total.  Details and results.

    Day Two
    After starting out the first day with a 6-10-14-1, it was clear Valeria Kovalenko’s crew on ARTTUBE RUS-1 had to get their “mojo” going.  After their post-race analysis on what to do, they managed to do exactly that on the five-race, very exhausting day two.  Their record speaks for itself, posting an incredibly consistent 3-3-1-3-4 to rocket up the standings and sit atop the leaderboard with a comfortable lead.  Starting out in the silver position on the first day, Denis Čerevatenko’s crew held onto their standing with a strong 8-1-2-6-1.  Then, after two days of racing and nine races, it was the Alexandra Peterson Collective Team that jumped into the third position.  WOW, it was an enormous game of “snakes & ladders” for everyone, including the podium finishers.  Yet, things were going to get even more interesting for the final day.  Details and results.

    Day Three
    Given more good winds, but quite shifty, as they had been the day before, the protagonists in the Russian J/70 Nationals at the top of the leaderboard did not change. In the end, after posting a closing tally in five more races of 16-1-1-1-2, it was the ARTTUBE RUS-1 Team that won by over 20 pts after 2 discard races.  Valeria Kovalenko’s team of Igor Lisovenko, Alexander Božko and Denis Rozhkov were declared the first Russian J/70 National Champions!

    Closing with a 1-4-14-15-6 tally to take the silver was Denis Čerevatenko’ team.  And, taking the bronze with an amazing closing scoreline of 14-2-4-3-1 was the team of Zoran Paunoviča.   Details and results.

    Follow the Russian J/70 National Championship photo album on Facebook  For more Russian J/70 National Championship sailing information
     

    Hamble Winter Series- Sunny, Wet First Weekend!
    (Hamble, England)- The IRC Autumn Championship took place over the weekend of the 6th & 7th October and, as anyone who was in the Solent last weekend will tell you, these were two very different days. Hamble River SC PRO Kathy Smalley summed it up when she said "It was a game of two halves!" If you prefer musical references to sporting ones then "Wet Wet Wet" summed up the overture to the weekend.

    Day One- Wet & Cold & Miserable!
    On the Saturday, Kathy, assisted by her redoubtable linesman, Peter Bateson, took up station at 4W (Goodall Roofing) and waited for the fleet to show up. Despite the rain and the building northerly, show up they did. Some 32 teams made the start area. The course consisted of a cascading windward/leeward with a windward mark 8R and Solent fixed marks.

    In IRC Class 2, the first race saw an epic battle between the two J/109s- Roger Phillips’ DESIGNSTAR 2 and David Richards’ JUMPING JELLYFISH. In the first race they finished 3/4 and in the second race 1/3 with the JELLYFISH holding the advantage.

    In classes 3 & 4 only two boats in each class braved the Saturday conditions. Joe Banks’s J/92 NIGHTJAR had two bullets in Class 3.

    With the conditions worsening in line with the forecast, the race team displayed AP over A and sent everyone home for the day. There was a suggestion that a lack of gas, and therefore hot drinks on the committee boat had something to do with the decision, but this has been dismissed as Fake News!

    Day Two- Gorgeous, Sunny, Lovely!
    Sunday dawned with beautiful conditions and 10 knots of breeze from the North. Once again, the committee boat set up at 4W. There was plenty of tacking and gybing in evidence on the beats and runs indicating some well set windward/leeward cascades on the west going tide. The improved weather brought some 52 boats out to play.

    The big battles for the top places were in IRC Class 2. Three boats ended tied on 14 points in Class 2 and countback gave the win to the J/109 JUMPING JELLYFISH and third went to the J/109 DESIGNSTAR 2.

    Taking the Autumn Champs win in IRC Class 3 was Banks’ J/92 NIGHTJAR!

    The Bugle presented the Sunday day prizes in a packed HRSC.  Next week the HYS Hamble Winter Series continues along with the Hamble Big Boat Championship and the Hamble One Design Championship.

    The 2018 HYS Hamble Winter Series will run from the 6th October to 2nd December 2018. Teams will be racing in IRC Classes and One Designs. The action pack program will feature the IRC Autumn Championship, the Performance 40 Series, the Hamble Big Boat Championship, the Hamble One Design Championship, and 2019 J/70 World Championship Qualifiers that will be sailed in Torquay, U.K. in the “west country”.   Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth  Follow the HYS Hamble Winter Series on Facebook here  For HYS Hamble Winter Series sailing information
     

    Fun, Sunny J/Fest San Diego
    (San Diego, CA)- This year’s J/Fest San Diego was hosted by San Diego YC, with racing taking place off the beautiful Point Loma promontory and the broad, sweeping beachfront off the city of San Diego.  The fleet was blessed with sunny skies and moderate winds for the two day event, with the one-design fleets of J/70, J/105, and J/120 enjoying a total of five races each.

    In the J/120 division, it again saw an amazing first day performance from the legendary John Laun, racing the infamous CAPER, posting an all bullet tally for three races.  Not far off his heels was Ernie Pennell’s MAD MEN with a 2-2-3 to take second for the day.  However, what ended up happening on the Sunday Funday finale was a surprising turn of events.  It appears that Chuck Nichols’ CC RIDER found a can of “whupass” on Saturday night, rolled out of bed with no hangovers, and proceeded to post the same record as Rudy Hasl’s HASL FREE, each getting a 1-2 and tied for the day’s awards.  As a result, Laun’s CAPER managed to hold on to their huge lead, despite a 4-3 on Sunday, to take class honors. However, the balance of the podium was determined on a tie-breaker!   Nichol’s CC RIDER taking the silver on countback from Hasl’s HASLE FREE who settled for the bronze.

    With a solid turnout of ten J/105s, it is never surprising the competition would be tight.  In the end, it was Chuck Driscoll’s bright-safety-orange JUICED that took the class title with a 3-1-1-3-1 tally for 9 pts.  Stew Cannon’s J-OK kept a close watch on every move by the JUICED team, but could not match them for the series, posting a 1-3-2-2-2 for 10 pts total to take the silver.  Rounding out the podium was Ed Sanford’s CREATIVE with a 4-2-3-1-3 for 13 pts total.  The balance of the top five included Steve & Lucy Howell’s BLINK! in 4th and Rich Bergman’s ZUNI BEAR in 5th place.

    In the J/70s, it was Kim Kundrak’s PERSEVERANCE 3 that swept her races to take the class win.  They were followed by Tom Garrett’s SLOOP JOHN B in second place with 10 pts and by Sarah Wyman’s NUNUHUNU in third position with 13 pts.  For more J/Fest San Diego sailing information
     

    J/Fest @ Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta
    (Larchmont, NY)- Thirty-six J/Boat owners participated and contributed their boats, in a fleet of 48 total, for the 2018 edition of the Storm Trysail Club and the Larchmont YC annual extravaganza for college sailors- known as the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR). The event has become by the most popular event in all of college sailing, with 45 colleges, universities, and academies gathering together to go racing in one-design classes and offshore boats on western Long Island Sound in the first weekend of October.

    What does that mean to the world of sailing?  Simple.  It signals that J/Sailors have PASSION! J/sailors and J/owners have a passion for sailing, a passion for growing the sport of sailing, a passion to include women and youth in the future of sailing at all levels- from beginners to the world’s best at all levels of the sport. For example, consider J/Boat owner’s commitments to this event- 75.0% of the entire fleet- J/105s (12), J/109s (9), J/44s (5), PHRF (10)!

    In the one-design classes, the racing was generally close around the windward-leeward race tracks. In the J/44 Commodore James D Bishop Division for USA Service Academies, the winners were the US NAVAL ACADEMY on Bill Ketcham’s MAXINE with an amazing record of 1-1-2-1-4 for 9 pts total.  Silver was the US COAST GUARD ACADEMY on GLORY with a 2-3-4-2-2 tally for 13 pts total.  Rounding out the podium was MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY’s sailing on Chris Lewis’ KENAI with a total of 4-2-3-4-1 for 14 pts.  Of note, the MMASA won a tie-breaker over SUNY MARITIME’s crew on CHARLIE V.

    The J/109s were completely outclassed by the TUFTS JUMBO’s sailing on Cory Eaves’ FREEDOM, their 3-1-3-2-2 total for 11 pts simply dominating their class.  Second was the NORTH CAROLINA STATE crew on Mike Sleightholme’s APSARA with a 4-3-1-9-4 tally for 21 pts, winning a tiebreaker.  Losing that tiebreak was the ROCHESTER TECHNOLOGY team on Albrecht Goethe’s HAMBURG with a tally of 1-4-6-7-3.

    Not surprisingly in the huge J/105 division, having a lot of offshore talent onboard their crew were the winning COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON crew racing the YOUNG AMERICAN boat- crushing their J/105 one-design class with just straight bullets for the most dominating performance in the entire regatta! Second was VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY on ECHO and third was WEBB INSTITUTE on HOONIGAN.

    In PHRF 2 Division, it was FORDHAM UNIVERSITY winning on board Bill Ingraham’s J/24 TENEBRAE with a 1-1-2-1-4 tally for 9 pts total.  Similarly, in PHRF 3 Division, it was VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY simply taking their division “to the cleaners”, winning with a commanding margin of 6 pts due to their 1-1-1-3-4 tally for just 10 pts.  Second was YALE UNIVERSITY’s team on Jon Yoder & Bill Gassman’s J/100 BLACKCOMB.

    Thanks to the following individuals for their efforts on behalf of all college sailors:
    • Charles Ulmer- Event Chairman- Intercollegiate Regatta
    • John Fisher- Chairman- Storm Trysail Foundation
    • Howie McMichael- STC IOR Official Photographer
    For all STC IOR race results, click here  For more Storm Trysail Club Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta sailing information
     

    Almere Central Three-Peat Dutch J/70 Sailing League
    (Veere, The Netherlands)- For the third time in a row, Almere Centraal became the Dutch champion of the Eredivisie Sailing. The pretty Veerse Meer in Zeeland was the playing field of a three-day battle for the coveted national title. WV De Meeuwen (Leeuwarden) was able to take a surprisingly fast start to the 2nd place thanks to the nice and constant results this weekend. With only 3 points away, RR & ZV Maas & Roer (Roermond) took third place.

    This last round was an important moment for many teams and it was a weekend where nothing turned out to be certain. This year, the sailors were treated to wind speeds varying from 2 to 16 knots over the weekend. On Friday, the spectacle on the water was very easy to follow from the quay in Veere; thanks to the wind direction, there was literally a front seat on the harbor to watch the action.

    In addition to the individual rounds of play earlier this year, the winner of the general classification was also determined in Veere. Gaining a top 4 place in the general classification means a coveted start ticket for the semi-finals of the international Sailing Champions League in 2019. In the 2018 SCL Finals in September, three Dutch teams sailed on the mountain lake St. Moritz, Switzerland.

    Hat Trick for Almere Centraal
    Almere Centraal won the national championship for the 3rd time with a total of only 105 points.  The winning team captain, John den Engelsman, commented, ”we have actually done everything we always do; good preparation, neatly mastered, do not take too many risks. As a result, we have been able to further expand our lead. The circumstances were not easy, but by paying attention to our opponents and the wind shifts, we were able to make it happen. We just have a good and reliable team that wants to train. In addition, we have often sailed the Champions League, where you learn a lot. If we can form a permanent crew, we participate and we go for a podium place". In Veere, Almere Central managed to win 11 of 15 races in the regatta!

    WV De Meeuwen won the silver. Their team captain explained, “despite the tension, we have managed to perform well. Actually, we climbed up the leaderboard the whole year, from eighth place after the first round to the second in the last one. Yesterday, we had a small dip and we had a backlog on our competitors. But, fortunately we knew how to recover and on Sunday we started very motivated. This was reflected in our good performance and we have been able to realize our main goal; participate in the Sailing Champions League! That we also could also get silver is, of course, absolutely fantastic. Next year we will go for gold!"  For more Dutch J/70 Sailing League information
     

    SVBG Win Italian Youth J/70 Sailing League!
    (Trieste, Italy)- This year the Italian Championship for Club Under 19 was supported by BarcolanaFun and Siram by Veolia.  The local host and organizer of the event in Trieste, Italy was the S.V. Barcola and Grignano and the principal sponsor was Banca Aletti.

    For the eighteen crews that participated, the event started off with an AP over A on the first day, with little wind and lots of rain.  Nevertheless, the boys and girls participating in the event, were challenged ashore by the Est Energy SpA to generate as much energy as each team could in a winch-grinding competition to raise money for charity.  All the energy they produced was converted into a donation for the local Burlo Garofolo Hospital in Trieste to benefit their children’s charity!

    Following that slow start for sailing, but a big step for benefitting the children’s hospital, the Youth Under 19 teams had a spirited round of races on Sunday to determine the ultimate youth champion sailing on J/70s.  In the end, it was the local youth team on SVBG that won, followed by the 3V SAILING CENTER taking the silver and the ADRIACO YC Youth Team taking the bronze.  In addition, the “Glam Team Award” went to Torre Del Greco Nautical Club, the Youngest Team Award to YC Adriatico, and the Fair Play Award to SVBG.

    One of the more entertaining elements of the regatta was to see the SVBG PRO and RC team playing with their new robot buoys- watch them play here (they work!).  Sailing photo credits- Fabio Taccola  Follow the Italian Under 19 J/70 Youth Sailing League here  For more Italian J/70 Sailing League information
     

    Hat Trick for RCB @ Swiss J/70 Super League
    (Versoix, Switzerland)- Like their counterparts in the Dutch J/70 Sailing League, the Regatta Club Bodensee won the 2018 championship title and the Swiss Sailing League Cup for the third time- a hat trick!!

    The Swiss National Sailing League 2018 ended in Versoix, Switzerland for the dozen sailing clubs in the Swiss Super League. After a summer-long series of five events throughout Switzerland from April to October, from Lake Maggiore to Lake Constance, Lake Lucerne and Davos, to Lake Geneva, Switzerland's best sailing club was finally determined for 2018.

    After a windless first day of competition, it was again a dramatic finale at Versoix on Lake Geneva. The Bodensee sailors, which arrived with a solid lead in the overall standings, could not cope with the light and shifty winds of 3-7 kts that ruled Lake Geneva this past weekend. They finished the final round in the unfamiliar position of 7th place in the middle of the field!

    The team of the Regattaclub Oberhofen (RCO) vom Thunersee, which competed with Stefan Seger, Elianne Böhni, Simon Brügger and Mathias Fahrni, was quite different. The RCO won six of its eight races and comfortably won the final round of the season.

    As a result, RCO’s dominating performance in the final regatta heavily influenced the overall series ranking. The Bernese were thus equal to the Regattaclub Bodensee (RCB) tied at 15 pts each. But, using the tie-breaker countback based on number of 1sts, 2nds, 3rds, the RCB crew from Lake Constance were declared the overall champions!

    Meanwhile, just one point off a possible three-way tie-breaker were the “local heroes” from the Société Nautique de Genève, having to settle for 3rd place in the season series.

    The balance of the top five overall were Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen in 4th place and the Club Nautique de Versoix (more “local heroes” from Lake Geneva) that took 5th position.

    What is most interesting about the Swiss J/70 Sailing League is the three-tiers of participation they have created for all Swiss sailing clubs- a methodology that permits THIRTY-SIX teams to participate from across their tiny country full of gorgeous lakes ringed by snow-capped Swiss Alps!  On a “per capita” basis of general population versus sailing population, their Swiss J/70 Sailing League may be the highest percentage of participation in the world!  Here is the graphic that explains how their 2018 three-tier sailing league panned out- Super League, Challenge League, Promotion League, and Qualifiers.

    NOTE- in addition to this formal process of qualifying up and down each year (depending on your team’s finish position), there are also a Women’s League and Youth League that will be sailing in the next two weeks!   Follow the Swiss J/70 Sailing League here on Facebook  For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information
     

    Glam + Foggy Cleveland 216 Regatta!
    Sun’s out, then Lights out for J/22, J/70, J/105 Fleets
    (Cleveland, OH)- The fourth annual Cleveland (216) Regatta welcomed three J/22's, seven J/70's, and six J/105's this past weekend at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio. Three races were completed in shifty breeze on Saturday with 8-12 knots out of the Southwest, flat water and sunshine peeking through. On Sunday, unusual Cleveland fog prevailed and even with some breeze, the EYC PRO was unable to get any racing in due to visibility! Following racing, the teams met on the drysail area for the Quantum/ Sailing Inc. "SAIL-gate" where the Cleveland Browns football team pulled off an overtime win for the first time on a Sunday in two years!

    In the J/70 class, from Rochester, NY, Kevin Morgan on WILD CARD took first place over two Edgewater boats. Tod Sackett's team on FM came in second place and in third John Zelli's FREE ENERGY.

    The J/105 fleet shook things up this year with Jim Uhlir's TRIO taking home first place, Rob Mock's UNBRIDLED in second and Chip Schaffner's FALL LINE in third.

    Adam Gilbertson on DEUCE took first place in the J/22 fleet, followed by Tim Meaney's MEANIAC in second and Jim Latham's RAMBLE ON in third, all out of Edgewater Yacht Club.

    Many thanks to the sponsors: Quantum Sails Cleveland, Sailing Inc, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Pusser's Rum, Yuengling beer, Regatta Ginger Beer, Pope's, Caruso's Coffee, Distillata, West Marine and APS.

    Edgewater YC’s PRO Joe Colling, with help from Sam Patterson, put together a phenomenal team for Race Committee! The fifth annual Cleveland (216) Regatta will be held September 20-21, 2019 leading into the J/70 North American Championship September 21st through the 29th, all being held at Edgewater Yacht Club. We hope to see you there!  For Cleveland 215 Regatta sailing information
     

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    * Butch Ulmer Interview- enjoy this preliminary insight from a long-time Long Island Sound expert regards the J/109 North American’s at Larchmont, NY.  Thanks to SAIL-WORLD.com.

    “The J/109 was first launched in 2001, and while the boat was never as popular as it’s slightly smaller cousin, the J/105, J/Boats built more than 375 J/109s during its 11-year production run. While only marginally larger than the 105, the 109’s design delivers more headroom and significantly more belowdecks comfort (read: a fully galley and other cruising amenities), while still proving plenty quick around the buoys. The net result is a design that’s both fun to cruise or to race, either in a handicap race or as part of a One Design class, such as the one that will be assembling on the waters of western Long Island Sound, off of Larchmont Yacht Club, in Larchmont, New York, for this year’s J/109 North Americans (October 11-14).

    The J/109 class currently enjoys broad geographic distribution across North America, but as with many popular boats, certain areas tend to attract more of a particular design, and the greater Northeast region is home to many of these capable cruiser/racers. Not surprisingly, several of these teams will be representing their clubs at this year’s North Americans.

    While 2017’s J/109 North Americans were contested on the waters off of Block Island as part of the 2017 Block Island Race Week, this year’s North Americans fleet will be contending with a much more confined racecourse that’s influenced by plenty of current and shore breezes and sporadically punctuated by heavy metal lumbering its way to and from the Big Apple.

    Still, with the starting guns set to sound in mid-October, there’s a reasonable chance that competing teams will enjoy some nice fall breezes and early onshore colors, compliments of the area’s deciduous trees.

    I checked in with Butch Ulmer, principal race officer for the 2018 J/109 North Americans, via email, to learn more about this highly competitive One Design regatta.

    SW: How many boats are you expecting on the starting line? Also, do you expect most of these boats to hail from the East Coast and New England, or do you expect a big geographic reach?

    Between 20 and 30 boats. Of the 16 boats already entered, only six are from Long Island Sound. Two are from Texas and one is from Annapolis, but yes, in the end, the bulk of the fleet will hail from the northeast U.S.

    SW: How would you describe the expected level of competition at the 2018 J/109 North Americans compared to other North American-level regattas that you have been involved with over the years?

    Hard to say. I used to sail a lot with Rick Lyall on his J/109 Storm and I made it a point to know who the competition was. I recognize a few of the skippers and am sure they’ll be at or near the top each day.

    I’d say there will be a small group of boats contending right up until the end. Last year, in a considerably larger J/105 Fleet, such was not the case. There was one boat (from out of town) and then the rest of the fleet.

    SW: Provided that the weather gods cooperate, how many races do you hope to contest at this regatta? Also, will these all be Windward-Leewards?

    Four days of racing, max number of races is ten. There is one course with two reaches. I will only use this course in light air to get the boats downwind so they can start the second beat.

    SW: Conditions on Long Island Sound can sometimes get a little frisky in mid-October, especially if a big easterly rolls through…in the ideal world, what kind of conditions can competitors expect? What about in the less-than-ideal world?

    I wouldn’t presume to guess at the conditions but the likelihood of a strong breeze certainly exists. Last year we saw puffs in the mid-30’s for the last race of the J/105 regatta.

    Over four days of racing, my guess is we’ll see a little of everything, e.g. some drifting, some good steady southwesters and a northerly after a frontal passage with 30-40 degree shifts.

    A big easterly is a long shot but it would make for great sailing!

    SW: From the PRO’s perspective, what will be the biggest challenges to conducting this regatta?

    Contending with fickle wind conditions is always the biggest challenge here on Long Island Sound. I am a believer that some races don’t deserve to live, but it can be tough to shoot a race in the head particularly if the better sailors are on top anyway.

    The job is easier if you surround yourself with good sailors and experienced race-committee personnel. I always do that.

    SW: Anything else that you’d like to add, for the record?

    Western Long Island Sound is a tough place to sail. The breeze is fickle and very subject to local conditions. We have a six-foot rise and fall of tide so there is plenty of current.

    The weekend before the North American Championship, Larchmont Yacht Club and The Storm Trysail Club will host the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (www.stormtrysailfoundation.org/intercollegiate-regatta) for 40-50 collegiate teams (copy of last year’s program attached). There will be a J/109 class in that event, and I have $20 that says the eventual J/109 North American champ will have sailed in the collegiate event.”

    * The J/34 IOR “KNEE DEEP” is at it again, sailing offshore on Lake Erie with kids! Shocking! And, NO video games and NO cell phones! Even more shocking!

    As many of you know in the global community of J/Sailors, Brett Langolf makes every attempt to include his young son and daughter on any regatta that he and his wife sail with friends on a classic, super-fast, light-air, IOR-designed, J/34 on Lake Erie.  They do many weekend and “beer can” races with everyone involved.  Every minute spent offshore without your kids texting or gaming is about an hour’s worth of love and communication!

    Recently, Brett posted a pic that would have most parents beaming from ear-to-ear with pride.  Said Brett, “here’s my daughter Hadley, 10 yrs old, driving a kite reach last week off the shores of Cedar Point on a “Sunday Funday” race aboard KNEE DEEP.  We all had a blast!” Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/Newsletter- October 3rd, 2018 J/121 Offshore Speedster @ Annapolis Sailboat Show!
    (Annapolis, MD)- The 2018 U.S. Sailboat Show will be taking place from October 4th to 8th in Annapolis, MD along the historic city front. Located opposite the famous Pusser’s Bar and Restaurant, the J/Boats waterfront booth will include the race-winning J/121 short-handed offshore speedster, the wildly popular International J/70 One-design class, and the incredibly family-friendly J/88 one-design/ offshore racer.

    The J/121 has proven to be popular amongst veterans of the offshore world. After winning her class in the 2018 Newport to Bermuda Race in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division, J/121 owners have enjoyed other silverware-garnering performances.  Notably, in her debut race, the Japanese crew on CRESCENT IV won class and 2nd overall in the classic Conanicut YC Round Jamestown Race in August- a 21.0nm blast around Narragansett Bay against a fleet of 100+ boats. And, a J/121 won the Doublehanded Division in the Ida Lewis Distance Race in August. Learn more about the J/121 here.

    The J/88 has proven beyond any reasonable doubt it has great all-around potential, both offshore as well as sailing as a one-design class. The recent J/88 North Americans in Chicago, IL had seventeen boats vying for class honors with teams from across the country; easy-to-do for this lightweight 6,500 pound high-performance yacht that can be towed behind your basic pickup truck or large SUV.  The boat on display has sailed the Chesapeake Bay circuit as well as the Florida Circuit and raced to Havana, Cuba!! Other J/88s have won the Ensenada Race in California and crushed their class and 2nd Overall in the Chicago-Mackinac Race! Learn more about the J/88 here

    Finally, the ubiquitous J/70 International One-Design Class continues to grow in popularity around the world. With 1,500+ boats and counting, the J/70 class has attracted the world’s best sailors (pro and Corinthians alike), as demonstrated by the extraordinary depth of talent in this year’s J/70 World Championship in Marblehead, MA. Learn more why any sailor, young or old, women or men, beginners or experienced, are flocking to the easy-to-sail, easy-to-ramp-launch J/70 speedster for their fun-loving beer-can sailing or testing the waters against the world’s best one-design sailors.  Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ UltimateSailing.com.  Learn more about the J/70 one-design here  For more US Sailboat Show information
     


    J/Class Intercollegiate Offshore Preview
    (Larchmont, NY)- The I.O.R. for college sailors wishing to experience offshore racing has been run by Storm Trysail Foundation, in conjunction with the Larchmont Yacht Club, since 2004. The event has grown every year and last year was able to accommodate almost 400 college sailors. Thanks to sponsors, private donations, and the generosity of participating boat owners, Storm Trysail Foundation and Larchmont Yacht Club are able to run this regatta at no cost to the schools' sailing teams!

    This year’s event will run from October 6th to 7th sailing on the waters of western Long Island Sound.  Included are one-design fleets of J/105s (12 teams), J/109s (9 crews), & J/44s (5 crews), as well as PHRF handicap fleets.  What has been significant about this event is the extraordinary generosity of J/Boats owners that have given their boats to college teams for free to sail in the event- the only caveat being that an owner-representative is onboard.

    Perhaps what is most remarkable is the overwhelming majority of sailboat owners donating their time (and the boat) are J/Boat owners.  The simple breakdown shows that of 49 boats participating, the majority by far are the 35 J/Boats owners (about 71.4% of the fleet).

    In the wild conditions of 2017, ranging from moderate winds to pea-soup fog and rain and 20 kts-plus winds on the final day, Boston University took home the overall honors and the “Paul Hoffmann Trophy” in the hotly contested J/105 class on “Young American,” with four bullets and a second place in the second largest class in the regatta. Will they repeat that command performance?  Time will tell.

    Perhaps the experience alone is the principal take-away from the event. Erica Vandeveer, Captain of the victorious Virginia Tech squad, is a Behavioral Psychology Major and sees the relevance of big-boat sailing; “Communication is critical to being successful on the race course. We had some challenges, but we were able to talk and work through them to win.”

    Juliette Joffre, captain of the Club Voile EDHEC Business School team who came all the way from Lille, France commented, “this is a big, serious and very competitive regatta.”

    Marianne Pierres, another member of the EDHEC crew, described how offshore racing is similar to business, “the starts were really exciting, and so was the broach! But, you have to manage and keep calm; you have to understand roles and do your job.”

    Juliette continued, “there is a lot of pressure to perform at your best, but I know that the team is much closer now because of this experience.” This was their first time at the IOR, and they had to win an international student regatta in France for the right to come to the IOR with an all-expenses paid trip through a partnership between the Storm Trysail Foundation and the EDHEC Sailing Cup.

    In the J/44s, it will again be the service academies racing for seafaring honors- SUNY Maritime, US Coast Guard Academy, Mass Maritime, US Naval Academy, and the US Army Teams.

    Thanks to the following individuals for their efforts on behalf of all college sailors:
    • Charles Ulmer- Event Chairman- Intercollegiate Regatta
    • John Fisher- Chairman- Storm Trysail Foundation
    • Howie McMichael- STC IOR Official Photographer
    For all STC IOR race results, click here  For more Storm Trysail Club Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta sailing information
     

    Hamble Winter Series Announcement
    (Hamble, England)- Hamble Yacht Services (HYS) and the Hamble River Sailing Club (HRSC) announce a three-year partnership for the HYS Hamble Winter Series. Well over 1,000 sailors will be taking part in the UK's most popular winter series, all of which will benefit from the long-term partnership.

    The 2018 HYS Hamble Winter Series will be the 37th edition run by the HRSC, the event is organized by a very experienced team, led by PRO Kathy Smalley, and supported by around 40 dedicated volunteers every race day.

    “Organising racing for the series requires resources, and whilst we have the tremendous support of enthusiastic volunteers, the partnership with HYS gives us the financial support to keep entry fees low. The Hamble River Sailing Club is delighted that HYS is sponsoring the series, and we would encourage all of the teams to support HYS, so that our partnership will continue for years to come,” commented Steph Merry Commodore of HRSC.

    HYS is a professional full-service open yard on the River Hamble with comprehensive facilities, and a reputation for excellence and expertise. Many of the teams racing in the HYS Hamble Winter Series are already customers of Hamble Yacht Services.

    “Supporting the HYS Hamble Winter Series helps the organizers to provide good race management, which is for the benefit of everyone involved. We have a great community spirit at HYS, sponsoring the series is very much part of that ethos,” commented HYS Director, Bertie Bicket.

    The 2018 HYS Hamble Winter Series will run from the 6th October to 2nd December 2018. Teams will be racing in IRC Classes and One Designs. The action pack program will feature the IRC Autumn Championship, the Performance 40 Series, the Hamble Big Boat Championship, the Hamble One Design Championship, and 2019 J/70 World Championship Qualifiers that will be sailed in Torquay, U.K. in the “west country”.  For more information about Hamble Yacht Services  For HYS Hamble Winter Series sailing information
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The past week was a stunning one for the sailing world. How many World Championships are won with a 10.5 place average over ten races??  Not many.  Or, perhaps more mind-blowing, how many Worlds are won with just THREE top ten finishes!?  Perhaps none in recent history.  Nevertheless, that is exactly what happened in the 2018 J/70 World Championship that was recently held in Marblehead, MA, hosted by Eastern YC for 91 boats from 19 nations.  Off in the Great Lakes, the J/111s sailed their North American Championship for seventeen boats off Macatawa Bay, MI, hosted by the Macatawa Bay YC; they had an epic finale. Also in the Midwest, Wayzata YC on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota hosted the US Adult Sailing Championship on a fleet of matched J/22 one-design sailboats.  Off to the east, the American YC concluded their annual Fall Series in sunny, light winds on western Long Island Sound for fleets of J/44s, J/109s, J/105s, and J/70s.  Then, not far north in New York, the J/24s enjoyed their 40th annual Colors Regatta on Lake George, NY hosted by the always-accommodating Lake George Club.

    Over in Europe, the Italian J/70 Sailing League series concluded their event in one of the most famous sailing/ watering holes in the world- Porto Cervo, Italy.  The YC Costa Smeralda had eighteen teams compete for the honor of Italy’s “top sailing club” for the 2018 sailing season racing a round-robin series on their fleet of matched one-design J/70 sailboats.

    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 page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Oct 4-8- US Sailboat Show- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 5-7- Dutch J/70 Sailing League- Veere, The Netherlands
    Oct 5-7- Italian Junior J/70 League- Trieste, Italy
    Oct 5-7- Swiss J/70 Super League Finale- Versoix, Switzerland
    Oct 6-8- German J/22 Open Regatta- Berlin, Germany
    Oct 6-8- Storm Trysail Club Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta- Larchmont, NY
    Oct 10-14- J/109 North American Championship- Larchmont, NY
    Oct 12-14- China Coast Race Week- Hong Kong, China
    Oct 12-14- German Youth J/70 League- Attendorn, Germany
    Oct 13-14- Puget Sound Sailing Championship- Seattle, WA
    Oct 18-21- Annapolis Fall Regatta- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 18-20- German J/70 Sailing League Finale- Hamburg, Germany
    Oct 19-21- French J/80 Sailing League Finale- La Rochelle, France
    Oct 19-21- J/105 Masters Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Oct 19-21- Swiss Youth J/70 League- Tenero, Switzerland
    Oct 20-21- J/70 Fall Brawl- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 20-21- Puget Sound Fall Regatta- Seattle, WA
    Oct 20- Rolex Middle Sea Race- Gzira, Malta
    Oct 26-28- J/24 East Coast Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 26-28- J/105 Lipton Cup Regatta- San Diego, CA
    Oct 27-28- Swiss J/70 Women’s Cup- Tenero, Switzerland
    Oct 27-28- J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Oct 27-28- The Great Pumpkin Regatta- Richmond, CA
    Nov 1-4- French J/80 National Championship- Pornic, France

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

    AFRICA Crowned J/70 World Champion!
    (Marblehead, MA)- The 2018 edition of the J/70 World Championship, sponsored by WEST MARINE, was hosted by Eastern YC in Marblehead, MA for a fleet of ninety-one teams from around the world. It was the most unprecedented assemblage of world-class talent ever gathered together in a single one-design regatta in history- keelboat or dinghy. Teams traveled thousands of miles, from as far away as Australia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, Monaco, Russia, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Turkey. Plus, J/70 competed from all over South America including; Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.

    After an eleven-race series that was cut short by a no-wind finale on Saturday, it was local “home-boy” rock-star Juddie Smith that was crowned the 2018 J/70 World Champion with his incredibly capable crew on AFRICA- Lucas Calabrese (main/ tactician), Will Felder and Marc Gauthier. There’s was not an easy win by any stretch of the imagination, considering that they averaged 10.5 pts per race over 10 races counted, never won a race, had only four top 10 finishes in 11 races, and included a tally of 14-11-22-15-13-35 in their scoreline.  In fact, their win was determined by the outcome of the final race on Friday, when their 10th was enough to eke out a 1 pt victory over Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE crew (Max Skelley, Eric Doyle, & Nathan Wilmot) that took a 7th and just 3 pts above Jack Franco’s crew on 3 BALL JT (Bill Hardesty, Lior Lavie, & Al Terhune) that took an 8th!!

    How deep and talented was the fleet? Well, Paul Goodison from the United Kingdom sailed as main/tactics on Vincenzo Onorato’s MASCALZONE LATINO team (Paul is an Olympic Gold Medallist in Lasers and 2x Moth World Champion) that included fellow top pro’s like Flavio Favini from Italy. After the first day, they had two 1sts and a 13th- just one point off the lead. However, from there on end, their “flash-in-the-pan”, near “runaway shopping trolley” went out of control, never garnering much above the mid-thirties and remaining the only boat in the fleet with two bullets!  Nevertheless, that merely earned them an 18th place… 

    The same held true for many other deeply-talented teams in the incredibly competitive fleet. Consider the tale of the two famous Wilmot brothers from Australia- Nathan and Jeremy.  One finished second sailing on Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE, the other finished 16th sailing on the Troutman’s PIED PIPER.

    Then again, other past J/World Champions and famous team-pairings faired not much better. Tim Healy and John Mollicone’s NEW ENGLAND ROPES USA 2 managed a 9th place (first J/70 Worlds 2014, 4x J/24 World Champs). Glenn Darden and Jonathan McKee’s HOSS were 14th (J/80 World Champ, J/105 NA Champ, and Olympic Gold Medallist). Peter Cunningham and Chris Rast’s POWERPLAY were 17th (Chris was multiple Farr 30 and M24 World Champs). Doug Clark and Geoff Becker’s POLAR were 19th (Geoff is Lighting World Champ).  Joel Ronning and John Kostecki’s CATAPULT settled for 20th (J/70 World Champions and J/24 World Champ). John Brim and Taylor Canfield’s RIMETTE were 22nd (Offshore Storm Trysail Club Champ, 3x Match Racing World Champ, 2x Congressional Cup Champ). And, the list goes on….

    For the third year in a row, it was top Italian woman sailor Claudia Rossi on PETITE TERRIBLE that won the top Women’s Skipper Trophy for the Worlds- the Helen Johnstone Memorial Award.

    The winners of the Corinthian Division were Luis Bagallo’s MARNATURA from Spain, with crew of Enrique Freire Faria, Gerardo Prego Menor, Alberto Basadre Lopez, and Jorge Lorenzo Roman.  Second was Jim Cunningham’s American crew on LIFTED (Mikee Anderson-Mittering, Jon Ziskind, and Dave Hochart), and third was Aldo Centaro’s PURA JODA from Punta del Este, Uruguay (Bruno Centaro, Marco Centaro, and Mauro Leite).

    Some interesting facts on fleet depth for 91 boats total:
    • How many boats had top 3 podium finishes? 21 total (23%), lowest finisher was 62nd
    • How many boats had top 5 finishes?  30 total (33%), lowest finisher was 62nd
    • How many boats had top 10 finishes? 41 total (45%), lowest finisher was 62nd
    Sailing photo credits- Allen Clarke- PHOTOBOAT.COM and Sharon Green- UltimateSailing.com and Tim Wilkes- TimWilkes.com.  For more J/70 World Championship sailing information
     

    SKELETON KEY Dominates J/111 North Americans
    (Macatawa Bay, MI)- Sixteen teams competed over the three-day event for the 2018 J/111 North American Championship title hosted by Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland, MI. The fleet was treated to a broad range of sailing conditions, from flat waters and light airs in the beginning, then concluding with 18-25 kt winds for an epic “blowing dogs off chains” finale in huge, steep seas from the southwest. Continuing their success in major J/111 events, it was Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY from San Francisco, CA that was crowned the 2018 J/111 N.A. Champion.

    Day 1- Light, Tricky Winds
    Light winds greeted the fleet on the first day, a breeze with a lot of streaks and lulls in between. Jim Connelly’s Slush Fund figured out the conditions in the pair of races, posting a 2-1 on the day for the lead at 3 points. Just two ticks behind in second place is Jeffrey Davis’ Shamrock, who recorded a solid 3-2 for 5 points. Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key started the day with a bullet but added a sixth for 7 points and third place.

    Following 2017 J/111 World Champion Wagner in the opening match were Connelly and Davis. Then Connelly and Davis each moved up a notch in race two, taking first and second ahead of Bradley Faber’s Utah.

    Day 2- More Moderate Winds
    Wagner’s Skeleton Key had a near perfect day on Thursday to move into the lead. Good breeze allowed three races, two of which were won by 2017 J/111 World Champion Wagner. Skeleton Key also had a second in the middle contest, ending with 11 net points in the no-discard series. Jim Connelly’s Slush Fund stumbled in the last race of the day, dropping to second overall with 23 points. The consistency of Bradley Faber’s Utah put them in third with 27 points among the 16-boat fleet.

    Chasing Wagner in the initial race were Richard Witzel’s Rowdy and Connelly. Then, it was Connelly back in the driver’s seat, beating Wagner and the Andrew and Sedgwick Ward team on Bravo. The final battle went to Wagner again, as Witzel earned another second and Tracy Brand’s Solution took third.

    Day 3- Epic Breeze for Finale
    Wagner’s Skeleton Key improved his J/111 resume by adding the 2018 J/111 North American Championship to his 2017 J/111 World Championship title. With crew John Collins (bow), Nick Gibbens (headsail trimmer), John Hayes (mast), Dave Lyons (spinnaker trimmer), John Pernick (main trimmer), Cory Schillaci (pit) and Seadon Wijsen (tactician), the St. Francis Yacht Club member recorded no scores lower than a sixth in the no-discard, eight-race series. Skeleton Key ended with 18 points, including three bullets. Jim Connelly’s Slush Fund secured the silver position with 36 points, just one ahead of Bradley Faber’s Utah and Rob Ruhlman’s Spaceman Spiff that tied on points at 37 for third and fourth, respectively.

    In breeze sometimes sustained over 20 knots, Friday’s race winners were Faber’s Utah, Jeffrey Davis’ Shamrock and the trio of Karl Brummel, Steve Henderson and Mike Mayer on Kashmir. However, race 6 was later abandoned due to an improper action by the Race Committee.

    The top five teams were SKELETON KEY first, Connelly’s SLUSH FUND second, Faber’s UTAH third, Ruhlman’s SPACEMAN SPIFF fourth, and Davis’ SHAMROCK fifth.  For more J/111 North American Championship sailing information
     

    ILYA Crushes US Adult Sailing Championship
    (Wayzata, MN)— Michael Hanson (Wayzata, Minn.) and crew turned a 56-year drought on its ear this past weekend when they won the 63rd U.S. Adult Sailing Championship sailing on a fleet of matched J/22 one-design class sailboats. They didn’t just turn it on its ear, they sailed consistently enough to take 16 podium finishes in 20 races!

    Hanson, Tim Siemers (Maple Grove, Minn.) and Mark Swift (St. Paul, Minn.) dominated the regatta, posting the low score of 53 points to win the coveted Mallory Trophy. They won six races and finished outside of the top three only three times in 20 races for an incredibly low average score of 2.7.

    The Mallory Trophy has a mixed history of close finishes and blowouts. The past two years have been more on the blowout side, with victories by 11 and 13 points, and Hanson continued that trend. His 16-point margin of victory is the largest since a 21-point victory in 2011. Hanson and crew won the first four races and never looked back.

    “We had great teamwork all weekend,” said Hanson. “Mark on the bow and Tim in the middle were rock solid. It was shifty all weekend, so you had to stay in phase.

    “Our game plan was to not make any big mistakes,” Hanson continued. “We came out guns blazing and won the first four races. We kind of kept the pedal to the metal on Day 2 and then played it a bit more conservatively the last two days. All in all, it was awesome.”

    Benz Faget (Metairie, La.) of the Gulf Yachting Association, who was aiming for a record-tying fourth championship, finished second with 69 points. Third-placed Paul Wilson (New York, N.Y.) of the Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association finished with 86 points. (Wilson overtook Ryan Lashaway (Rocky River, Ohio) of the Inter-Lake Sailing Association when Lashaway was disqualified from Race 20, the first race of the final day. Lashaway finished fourth with 90 points.)

    The winning trio represented the Inland Lake Yachting Association. An association of some 51 clubs across 10 states and the District of Columbia, the ILYA won the Mallory Trophy four years in a row, 1959-’62, with the legendary Harry C. “Buddy” Melges, an America’s Cup winner and Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist, winning the first three of those titles.

    Although the ILYA hasn’t won since 1962, 28 years before the 28-year-old Hanson was born, he wanted to represent the ILYA to stem that drought. Hanson was “well aware” of the ILYA’s history and in particular Melges’ victories, whom he views as an idol.

    “I’ve heard stories of Buddy looking back on those victories as a springboard to his career,” Hanson said. “He’s a bit of an idol in the ILYA and I can only hope that this victory has a similar effect on my career.”

    Hanson, who grew up sailing scows, is building an impressive résumé. He was part of the winning crew for the 2018 ILYA A Scow Championships and last year sailed aboard a Sydney 38 in the Sydney-Hobart Race where they placed first in Class C under the ORCi rating system and fifth under IRC. He has taught sailing in Australia, California and locally as Race Director at the Lake Minnetonka Sailing School. Now he shares his name on two trophy placards with Melges.

    “When I was 14 years old, I won an X-Boat regatta that Buddy had won,” Hanson said of the popular one-design that is raced on lakes. “It’s an honor seeing my name on a trophy with his.”

    The championship regatta was hosted by the Wayzata Yacht Club in Wayzata, Minn., just outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, and was sailed on Lake Minnetonka. The race committee ran a total of 22 races, with each of the 11 teams getting two byes in the series. Races were held on a windward/leeward course with the breeze ranging from today’s low of 6 to 8 knots to yesterday’s gusty, 20 knots.

    While the race committee ordered no spinnakers for the final race, Race 17, on Saturday, today the regatta was welcomed by 40-degree (F) temperatures, prompting many to add yet another layer.

    “We had a little bit of everything,” said Hanson. “We were a little under weight in the heavy winds yesterday and were sort of just hanging in there.”

    At the final awards ceremony, the teams representing the Sailing Association of Intermountain Lakes from Colorado and the Hawaii Yacht Racing Association were together awarded the Staton J. Peele Sportsmanship Trophy, as voted by their regatta peers.

    The HYRA crew was skippered by Maddy Kennedy (Honolulu, Hawaii), who grew up in the Wayzata area, and Robin Jackson (Littleton, Colo.) skipped the SAIL crew. Both teams were praised by their peers.

    The two teams were commended for their great attitudes, fun-loving approach, regatta spirit, and friendliness. Both teams also demonstrated great sportsmanship on the course in some difficult situations, and while assisting the jury with protest resolution.

    The Hawaii team was also recognized for having traveled the greatest distance.

    The regatta organizers at the Wayzata Yacht Club put forth a fantastic event, one that will be remembered on many levels.

    “Overall, the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship went about as smoothly as we could have expected,” said Odell Tuttle, Communications Chairman for the Wayzata Yacht Club. “The level of competition did not disappoint. The spectators and volunteers were excited to watch the battle for the top three spots, and were very impressed with the hometown team from ILYA as they captured the top spot.

    “Our volunteers and staff really exceeded expectations. We owe them a big thanks,” Tuttle said. “We also thank the competitors for the camaraderie, competitive spirit, sportsmanship, and tolerance of the cold temperatures.”  For more U.S. Adult Sailing Championship sailing information
     

    CCVB Crowned Italian J/70 League Winner
    (Porto Cervo, Italy)- Over the September 28th to 30th weekend, the Italian J/70 Sailing League’s fifteen teams completed 45 races to determine the ultimate winner of their season-long sailing season.  Hosting the event was the YC Costa Smeralda in its fleet of matched J/70s on the gorgeous waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

    Winning the overall series was the Club Circolo della Vela Bari (skippered by Simone Ferrarese, with crew of Valerio Galati, Corrado Capece Minutolo, Leonardo Dinelli). Eight points behind the winner in second place was the crew of the Italian Air Force (Giancarlo Simeoli - captain, Niccolò Bertola - helmsman, Marco Balbi, Giovanni Bannetta), they were followed in third by the team of the Società Canottieri Garda Salò (Diego Franchini - captain, Carlo Fracassoli - helmsman, Pietro Corbucci, Mauro Spagnoli).

    "The Circolo Della Vela Bari is the new Italian Champion of the Italian Sailing League,” said Simone Ferrarese, helmsman of the Circolo Della Vela Bari. “We are very happy to thank our crew, Valerio, Corrado and Leonardo who gave me the today, as high as a month and a half ago in St. Moritz, where we also managed to win the International Championship of the SAILING Champions League, who knows how it will go next year, we can not wait to return!"

    Commodore of YC Costa Smeralda Riccardo Bonadeo said, "We are delighted to have closed the YCCS sports season with the national final of the Italian Sailing League circuit, three intense days with a competition format that has given us exciting challenges. And, Thank You to our partner Audi, not only for the collaboration in the success of the event, but also for the support of our One Ocean initiative, promoting the principles of Charta Smeralda.  Thank you also to the Race Committee, the Jury, Umpire, YCCS staff and all the teams that embody the spirit of Club.”

    "It was a busy day,” commented the President of the Italian Sailing League, Roberto Emanuele de Felice. “The crews were the best in Italy, the fast and dynamic formula of the LIV regattas requires concentration and great harmony.  The clubs have brilliantly demonstrated the outstanding performance of the Circolo della Vela Bari, which won 10 of 15 races. The collaboration with the YCCS, whose efficiency has allowed us to complete such a high number of races, confirms once again the great synergy of the staff, both at sea and ashore."

    "The Italian Sailing League circuit,” declared Francesco Ettorre, FIV (Federation Italiano de Vela) President, “is an event the FIV has supported from the beginning because we believe it is an important opportunity both for the clubs and for the sailors; the format is the right one, fun and fast, in line with what is the new way to go boating outside of the Olympic classes. Here in Porto Cervo, we are experiencing great sailing. The crews have a great enthusiasm in participating in this format. Thank you to the whole board of LIV for the work you are doing, also towards our young people who represent the future of our sailing and our Club."

    Watch Italian J/70 Sailing League video highlights here
    https://www.facebook.com/legaitalianavela/videos/296914417803397/
    https://www.facebook.com/legaitalianavela/videos/586563615133739/

    Follow Italian J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Italian J/70 Sailing League information
     

    Challenging AYC Fall Series
    J/105 GOOD TRADE Awarded Overall Zilph Trophy
    KENAI Crowned J/44 North American Champions
    (Rye, NY)- For two weekends in succession, the American YC hosted their annual Fall Series Regatta for IRC and PHRF Handicap fleets as well as one-design classes for J/44s, J/109s, J/88s, J/105s, and J/70s.  Racing was held on Western Long Island Sound just south of Rye, New York from September 22-23 and September 29-30.  After promising winds and leaden grey skies in the first weekend, the last weekend ended up being sunny but with light airs.

    After last weekend, the South Course had already held seven races and the East Course held six races. Coming into this weekend two boats were tied for first place in the IRC and PHRF Divisions on the East Course, while the South course had tight competition in the J/70 Division.

    Saturday (Sep 29) racing started off slow with little wind, but beautiful weather otherwise. In total, the South Course was able to get two races in. In the J/88 Division, ESCAPE skippered by Elizabeth and Matthew Barry had a perfect day winning both races to move up to first place, tying with Douglas Newhouse’s YONDER.

    The neck and neck competition between Daniel Goldberg’s BAZINGA and Alex Meleney’s TRUCKIN carried on in the J/70 Division, as BAZINGA ultimately pulled ahead of TRUCKIN by one point.

    David Rosow’s LOKI continued a steady performance finishing fourth and eighth in the two races to maintain the lead in the J/109 division. Also in the same division, ZIG ZAG skippered by Bengt & Marie Johansson had a strong day on the water finishing first and second in the two races, as a result, moving up to fifth place.

    At the end of Saturday, GOOD TRADE, skippered by Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault, remained in the lead of the J/105 Division. CONUNDRUM helmed by Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson continued to gain ground behind them, finishing first and second in both races to stay in second place. Unfortunately, the East Course did not race due to lack of wind.

    After racing, sailors were provided a presentation in the American Yacht Club ballroom by Tucker Thompson. Tucker was the official host of the Volvo Ocean Race and returned to AYC to give expert commentary on what was the closest race in the history of the event. His presentation included stories, analysis, and a look at details of life aboard the VO65. Tucker also gave the attendees a sneak peek at the next Volvo Ocean Race. The presentation, sponsored by Volvo, was a great way to finish off the day after food and drinks on the front lawn.

    On Sunday (Sep 30), the light wind continued along with beautiful blue skies. On the East Course, Chris Lewis’ KENAI finished first place in today’s race to take the division and, in turn, win the J/44 North American Championship, which was held in conjunction with this year’s Fall Series. Rounding out the top five were Len Sitar’s VAMP in second, Ketcham’s MAXINE in third, Don & Dick Rave’s RESOLUTE in fourth and Tom Blackwell’s BREAKAWAY in fifth position.

    Like the East Course, the South Course also held one race on Sunday to conclude the regatta. LOKI finished second in the one race held to secure the J/109 Division after outstanding sailing on both weekends.  Bill Rogers’ BIG BOAT ended up second, Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY third, Bengt & Marie Johansson’s ZIGZAG fourth and John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT fifth place.

    The J/88 Division came down to a tiebreaker with YONDER finishing first and ESCAPE locking down second. The rest of the top five included Bruno’s WINGS in third, Justin Scagnelli’s ALBONDIGAS in fourth and Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION in fifth.

    GOOD TRADE won the J/105 Division, the largest division of the regatta, after holding the lead throughout both weekends. GOOD TRADE also won the Zilph Trophy for best performance in level rating classes. The balance of the podium included Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson’s CONUNDRUM in second and George Wilbanks’ REVELATION in third.  The balance of the top five had Jon Rechtshaffer’s RAPTOR in fourth and Thom Hering’s TRIFECTA in fifth.

    And finally, Goldberg’s BAZINGA came through to finish one point ahead of Meleney’s TRUCKIN to win the J/70 Division.  Third was Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK, fourth was Marcus Wunderlich’s STRATOS in fourth and Ernest Bourassa’s ALTHEA was fifth.

    Sailors reconvened on the front lawn to enjoy food, drinks, and live music by Cover Story. After a wonderful awards ceremony, the sun set over the New York City skyline for sailors to enjoy a picturesque view ending two great weekends on the water.  Follow AYC Fall Regatta on Facebook here   For all AYC Fall Regattas Yachtscoring   For more American YC Fall Series sailing information
     

    HONEYBADGER Squeaks J/24 Colors Victory
    (Lake George, New York)- The 40th annual Changing of the Colors is now on the books. Light and variable conditions on Saturday (winds 0-11, prevailing from NW) afforded the 29-boat fleet three races on Saturday. Sunday brought cloudy skies and steadier breeze from the South, and 4 races were sailed. Lots of shake-ups in the standings and pin-end pileups created plenty of excitement and uncertainty leading up to the final race. Nevertheless, it was yet another gorgeous, picturesque weekend on the gorgeous Lake George, with racing hosted by the Lake George Club.

    In the end, the two protagonists that started out the first day essentially tied, ended up that way at the end of the regatta.  No question, it was a titanic duel between long-time J/24 legends in the class- Travis Odenbach’s HONEYBADGER crew from upstate New York and Carter White’s YOUREGATTA.COM crew from Portland, ME.  Between the two boats, they took 11 podium finishes of a possible 21 total.  Odenbach’s HONEYBADGER crew got the better of them, winning the regatta by just one point over White’s YOUREGATTA.COM team.

    A country mile behind them on points it was yet another battle for the balance of the podium and the top five.  In that four-way battle, it was Alfie Merchant’s WITCH WAY, Ed Rees’ A+SALT, David Kaye’s ELLE, and Mike Quaid’s ICE CUBE.  In the final tally, it was WITCH WAY that took the bronze with 39 pts net.

    They were followed by Rees’ A+SALT in fourth and Kaye’s ELLE in fifth (winning the tiebreaker at 49 pts net each over ICE CUBE).  Follow the J/24 Changing of the Colors Regatta on Facebook here  For J/24 Changing of the Colors Regatta scorelines  For more J/24 Changing of the Colors Regatta sailing information
     

    J/Community
    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide

    * J/24’s sailing in the arid Arizona deserts?  You bet, on a gorgeous body of water northwest of downtown Phoenix, it’s actually a huge lake- called Lake Pleasant.

    For years, the past Commodore of the Arizona YC, Victor Felice, has been promoting sailing of all kinds on the lake- ranging from J/24s to J/80s to Hobie 16s and anything in between.

    Recently, we find that Victor’s “Tiller and Kites- Exceptional Sailing” program has continued to gain passionate, enthusiastic sailors to the lake.  His latest recruit is the sweet, attractive Brooke Miller from downtown Phoenix, AZ.  Here is a sailing video of Brooke’s recent sailing escapades, skippering one of the “pink” J/24s around the lake! 
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  • J/Newsletter- September 26th, 2018 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship Preview
    (Wayzata, MN)- The Clifford D Mallory Trophy, emblematic of the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship, will be taking place this coming weekend in Wayzata, MN, sailed on Lake Minnetonka on a fleet of matched J/22 one-design class sailboats.

    The format has been different in past years, with the 2018 participants determined by submission of their team’s C.V. and selected by a U.S. Adult Sailing Committee to determine the twelve crews sailing in the round-robin format, providing three days of challenging racing by sailors from around the country.

    Those twelve teams are the following:

    • BBYRA- Sean Bradley, Jarret Lynn, Russell Schon-  Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
    • Detroit YRA- Matthew Debois, Ellen Debois-Gossman, Kip Stoneburner- Detroit, MI
    • Gulf YA- Benz Faget, Randal Richmond, Josh Deupree- New Orleans, LA
    • Inland Lake YA- Mike Hanson, Tim Siemers, Mark Swift- Wayzata, MN
    • Inter-mountain Lakes- Robin Jackson, David Baker, Greg Shertz, Jeanne Strathamns- Littleton, CO
    • Hawaii YRA- Maddey Kennedy, Mike Van Woerkom, Morgan Stevenson, Karina Berry- Honolulu, HI
    • Interlake YA- Ryan Lashaway, Connor Madden, Ryan Kyel- Rocky River, OH
    • Texas SA- Fred Meno, Marc Nilsson, Mike Schwinn- Fort Worth, TX
    • Twin Cities RSA- Mike Schmid, Uta Moncur, Mike Miller- Minneapolis, MN
    • YRA San Francisco- Vaughn Seifers, Kurt Lahr, Nick Nash- Foster City, CA
    • Duluth SA- Susan Mattis-Turnhan, Monica Bertani, Ann Heimbach, David Turnham- Duluth, MN
    • Southern Massachusetts SA- Paul Wilson, Allison Coleman, Natalie Coleman-Fuller, Christina Persson- Oak Bluffs, MA
    Based on known experience in the J/22 class, it would be easy to handicap Benz Faget’s team from New Orleans, LA as the odds-on favorites on a 1-to-1 bet to at least place on the podium (he is a J/22 World Champion).  For more U.S. Adult Sailing Championship information.
     

    AYC Fall Series Preview
    (Rye, NY)- For the next two weekends in succession, the American YC will be hosting their annual Fall Series Regatta for IRC and PHRF Handicap fleets as well as one-design classes for J/44s, J/109s, J/88s, J/105s, and J/70s.  Racing will be taking place in Western Long Island Sound just south of Rye, New York.

    Showing up with a fleet of seven teams are the remarkably resilient, and popular, J/44 One-Designs.  This was a class that was popularized by the late Jim Bishop that used to sail his famous Caribbean green-colored GOLD DIGGER for decades.  Honoring that legacy will be teams like Willets Meyer’s BEAGLE, Tom Blackwell’s BREAKAWAY, SUNY Maritime’s CHARLIE V, Chris Lewis’ KENAI, Bill Ketcham’s MAXINE, Don & Dick Rave’s RESOLUTE, and Len Sitar’s VAMP.

    Fourteen teams are sailing in the J/109 one-design class, with many of the top east coast teams participating.  Those crews include John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT, Albrecht Goethe’s HAMBURG, Tom Sutton’s LEADING EDGE, David Rosow’s LOKI, Adrian Begley’s MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN, Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY, Robert Schwartz’s NORDLYS, and Dave & Maryellen Tortorello’s PARTNERSHIP III.

    The eight-boat J/88 one-design class has a number of class veterans as well as several new participants in the event.  The more experienced crews include Mike Bruno’s WING, Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Justin Scagnelli’s ALBONDIGAS, and Doug Newhouse’s YONDER.

    Amazingly, the biggest one-design class will be the twenty-strong J/105s. Leading crews include Duncan Hennes/ Za & Lib Jelliffe’s ARETE, Damian Emery’s ECLIPSE, Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault’s GOOD TRADE, Paul Beaudin’s LOU LOU, Jon Rechtschaffer’s RAPTOR, George Wilbanks’ REVELATION, and the Young American Sailing Academy’s YOUNG AMERICAN team.

    Despite the fact that ninety-one teams from around the world are competing this week in the J/70 World Championship off Marblehead, MA, there are nearly a dozen J/70s participating in the Sound this weekend!  Those top crews include Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA, Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK, Mike Zupon’s LOKI, Andrew Shea’s SHAKE’N’BAKE, and Alex Meleney’s TRUCKIN.

    The sole handicap participant in the J/stable will be sailing in PHRF 2- Scott Devine’s new J/112E REVIVER.  For more American YC Fall Series sailing information
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The last week of September for the past three years has marked the J/70 World Championship- 2016 San Francisco, 2017 Sardinia, and now 2018 Marblehead. This year no one knew what was going to be in store for the fleet of ninety-one boats based on recent summer weather patterns.  All summer-long, it was classic Marblehead, no wind, hot, and no thermals. However, things change when the fall season kicks in for the New England offshore sailing season. So far, it has been anything but typical for this year’s J/70 Worlds, hosted by the Eastern YC in Marblehead, MA.  Meanwhile, up north on Lake Ontario, the Royal Canadian YC hosted their annual Canadian J/105 National Championship.

    Over in Europe, the last weekend was the occasion for the popular Atlantic Telegramme Regatta in Lorient, France for fleets of J/70s and J/80s. Then, up north the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga organization held their finale for the season-long German J/70 Youth Sailing League Championship in Hamburg, Germany on their gorgeous Alster Lake.

    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 page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Sep 8-14- J/22 World Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Sep 12-16- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 14-16- J/70 Great Lakes Championship- Grosse Pointe, MI
    Sep 18-21- J/111 North American Championship- Macatawa, MI
    Sep 21-23- Canadian J/105 National Championship- Toronto, ONT
    Sep 21-23- J/22 Northeast Championship- Diamond Point, NY
    Sep 21-23- J/80 Atlantic Telegramme- Lorient, France
    Sep 22-29- J/70 World Championship- Marblehead, MA

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

    WEST MARINE J/70 World Championship Update
    (Marblehead, MA)- The 2018 edition of the J/70 World Championship, sponsored by WEST MARINE, will be hosted by Eastern YC in Marblehead, MA for a fleet of ninety teams from around the world. It may represent the most unprecedented assemblage of world-class talent ever gathered together in a single one-design regatta in history- keelboat or dinghy. Teams will be travelling thousands of miles to compete at the 2018 J/70 World Championship from as far away as Australia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, Monaco, Russia, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Turkey. Furthermore, J/70 teams will be competing from all over South America including; Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.

    Day 1- Big, Fat Tuesday
    The first day will be remembered for tough racing conditions. A cold and wet southeasterly wind brought true Atlantic conditions to the combat zone. The big factor was the sea state, with waves topping out at over three metres. Upwind J/70s were climbing, then launching off huge waves. The downwind rollercoaster ride was an adrenalin pumping rush, the opening day was extreme, and right on the edge for racing.

    PRO Hank Stuart and his team kept a close eye on the weather, and just before the bad weather really closed, called a halt to racing after two heart-thumping races. As the fleet headed into a warm welcome at the Eastern Yacht Club, torrential rain engulfed the race area, and there were no complaints about not running a third race.

    Reigning J/70 Open World Champion, Peter Duncan (USA) racing Relative Obscurity, was second in both races to top the leaderboard. In second place, Claudia Rossi (ITA) racing Petite Terrible scored a 4-1, and lying third after Day One is Bruce Golison (USA) racing Midlife Crisis, after a 3-3 scoreline. Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible is fourth after two races, having scored a 5-5, and Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino, racing under the burgee of the Yacht Club de Monaco, scored a win and a 13th to finish the day in fifth.

    In the Corinthian Class Jim Cunningham (USA) racing Lifted leads the fleet after two races. Ignacio Perez (MEX) racing Zaguero with all family members is second, and Lucas Authier (ARG) racing Manuto is third. Luis Bugallo (ESP) racing Marnatura scored the best result in Race One, but retired in Race Two after sustaining damage.

    “It was a struggle today,” commented Jim Cunningham racing Lifted to top of the Corinthian Class. “Keeping in clear air was key, but to do that in the pack you have to anticipate much more about the boats around you. Staying on the edges, especially downwind was our game plan today, and it was a lot of fun, we hit 19 knots as a top speed, which is something you don't often experience. Mark roundings were a challenge, we came in on Port a couple of times, which was interesting to say the least!”

    “It was a great day for us with two good results but the championship is really long so we have to be focused and strong until the end,” commented Claudia Rossi. “ I prefer big conditions, I feel strong, and I am not scared by the waves or high winds. I absolutely enjoy these conditions and I hope we get it every day!”

    Bruce Golison from San Diego is one of the most experienced skippers at the championship, and is a past winner of the Etchells Worlds and J/24 North Americans.  “Well done to the race committee today, under pressure, Hank and his team did a stellar job. On the first day of the worlds you just want to have a couple of keeper races, and things worked out for us,” commented Bruce. “It is a pretty darn tough fleet, so we are very happy with the start to the regatta. I hate sailing in the rain, but this is a world championship - you cannot let that bother you. I have been around since the first J/24 Worlds in 1979, and this is the deepest fleet in terms of overall talent. A lot of the owners have all sailed against each other for years and years, and this is spectacular racing, in a great fleet, who are pretty cool on the race course. It's the best of the best in one design keelboats.”

    Day 2- Spanish Flyboys Dominate
    After the rollercoaster ride on the first day, a change in the conditions provided a tactical and strategic second day of action. It was a gorgeous sunny day, most welcomed by the salt-encrusted crews from the day before.

    Two Spanish teams reveled in the Mediterranean conditions and were leading the Open and Corinthian Classes. The wind was oscillating 15 degrees either side of the course axis and the wind speed varied from 14-17 knots; it was definitely a day for keeping your head out of the boat, anticipating the changes in the conditions.

    After being deep in the fleet in Race 3, Jose Maria Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia, clawed back through the fleet to finish 14th. The Spanish team followed that with a 2-1 in the last two races to take the lead for the championship.

    “We are very happy! ” smiled Noticia skipper, Jose Maria Torcida. “Today we recovered from the back of the fleet in the first race to fight back up to fourteenth, basically we got the wrong side of the shift in that race. We got the tactics right in the second race, rounded the top mark in second and nearly won the race but Savasana made a good move on the downwind to pass us. In the last race we Port tacked the fleet and held on to take the win, which was fantastic, but we have only had five races.”

    Judd Smith (USA) racing Africa, posted a 2-6-11 to move up to second place. Brian Keane (USA), runner up for the 2017 J/70 World Championship, scored a bullet in Race 4 but a 28th in the last race, pegged his team racing Savasana back to third. Bruno Pasquinelli (USA) racing Stampede on his birthday, was challenging for the overall lead going into the last race but 31st place put Stampede into fourth by the end of the day. Mascalzone Latino (MON) helmed by Matteo Savelli, is in fifth place after scoring a bullet in Race 3.

    “We just want to have a chance when we go into the last day. Right now we are just looking to sail ourselves into a winning position with some good scores.” commented Judd Smith. “Obviously like the other 90 boats out there we want to have a good regatta, and do as well as you can, against a lot of great sailors.”

    In the Corinthian Class, Luis Bugallo (ESP) racing Marnatura leads after scoring three good results today. It was a much better day for the team from Vigo, Spain. After sustaining damage on the first day and retiring, Marnatura now has a big lead in the Corinthian Class. Aldo Centanaro (URU) racing Pura Joda, was the top Corinthian team in the last race, moving the Uruguay team up to second. Lucas Authier (ARG) racing Manuto, remains in third for the Corinthian Class.

    It was not a good day for the overnight leader and reigning world champion, Peter Duncan (USA) racing Relative Obscurity. “We set up to go left in the first two races, but it did not work out for us,” commented Duncan. “In the last race we went right and that didn't work either. Sometimes, that happens but we are only two days into the regatta and there is plenty more racing to come.

    Day 3- Black Flag Thursday
    There were thrills and spills on the third day with 15 teams falling foul of the Black Flag during the three races held. Flatter seas and a shifting nor-easterly provided yet another different day. Eight of the maximum 14 races have now been sailed, and challengers for the championship are now emerging.

    It was a day of high and lows for Peter Duncan (USA) racing Relative Obscurity. The defending J/70 World Champion did the business in Race 6, scoring their first bullet of the regatta but was disqualified in Race 7 for being OCS with the Black Flag flying. Race 8, Duncan's team scored a fourth to finish the day at the top of the rankings, on countback from Jud Smith (USA).

    “For the Black Flag it was close but we were highly visible as the first boat on the pin,” commented Victor Diaz de Leon, who is calling the starts on Relative Obscurity. “It was immature on my part, and maybe a lack of experience, I feel like I let my guys down, because I say when to pull the trigger. Peter and the team back me 100% but it was a low point. We had to watch for over an hour before we got into the next race, and we were hungry. In the last race, we had a mediocre start and battled back, and ended up having a great race. We are very happy that we are leading the regatta but we have the biggest drop of the top boats. As I see it the top six are all level, and who ever sails the best for now on, is going to be the winner.”

    Jose Maria "Pichu" Torcida (ESP) was leading the regatta at the start of the day but a 7-43-31 drops the Spanish team to third. Bruno Pasquinelli (USA) racing Stampede is in fourth place just four points off the lead. Jack Franco racing 3 Ball JT scored a bullet today to move up to fifth. Brian Keane (USA) racing Savasana drops to sixth after a 18-17-26. Congratulations should also go to Gannon Troutman (USA) racing Pied Piper who won the last race of the day.

    In the Corinthian Class Luis Bugallo (ESP) Marnatura has extended their lead with two solid results today, the young team from Vigo, Spain have now broken into the top ten for the entire fleet. Finishing the day in style, Aldo Centanaro (URU) racing Pura Joda, scored a fifth keeping the Uruguay team firmly in second place. Jim Cunningham (USA) racing Lifted had a consistent day, keeping out of trouble to move up to third.  For more J/70 World Championship sailing information
     

    McLaughlin Eclipses Canadian J/105 Nationals
    (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)- The 2018 Canadian J/105 Nationals were hosted by Royal Canadian YC for a fleet of seventeen boats on Lake Ontario.  The RCYC RC crew managed to produce five races for the fleet over the two-day weekend.

    Not surprisingly, ace Canadian sailor Terry McLaughlin (an America’s Cup skipper for Canada, 2x J/105 North American Champion, and Olympic Medallist) managed to post five bullets to be crowned the 2018 J/105 Canadian Champion.  Fellow J/105 North American Champion, James Rathbun, guided his famous HEY JUDE to an easy second place with a tally of 2-2-3-4-2 for 13 pts total. Rounding out the podium in third place was Frank McLaughlin’s STARCROSS with a tally of 3-7-4-3-3 for 20 pts total.  The balance of the top five included THE USUAL SUSPECTS in 4th and Peter Hall’s JAMAICA ME CRAZY in 5th position.  For more Canadian J/105 National Championships sailing information
     

    VSaW Crowned German J/70 Youth Sailing Champions
    (Hamburg, Germany)- The final act of the three event 2018 German J/70 Youth Sailing League Championship concluded in Hamburg, Germany on their famous, gorgeous Alster Lake in the middle of the city.  Twenty-one youth teams representing their sailing clubs were treated to a thrilling finale that featured ten races for each team to determine the winner of the overall series.

    Incredibly, winning the overall series on a tie-breaker on 12 pts each were the Verein Seglerhaus am Wansee.  Losing that scenario was the Bayerischer YC 2 Team.  Settling for third place was the Muncher YC with 16 pts total.  Rounding out the top five were the Bayerishcer YC 1 crew in 4th position and the Bodensee YC Uberligen in 5th place.  For more German J/70 Youth Sailing League information
     

    Fun Atlantic Telegramme Regatta
    (Lorient, France)- For the 19th edition of the Atlantic Telegramme Regatta, hosted by the CN Lorient from September 21st to 23rd, a fleet of J/70s and J/80s enjoyed a friendly and sporting atmosphere of offshore sailing. The event is renowned for conviviality and the bar along the pontoons, and the Saturday evening crew dinner.

    Winning the ten-boat J/70 fleet was Bruno James team on LE MDCO CHERBOURG with a 2-1-1-1-4 tally for 9 pts total. His crew was comprised of Hugues Dorriere, Olivier Fantou, and Sebastien Metivier.  Taking the silver was Philippe Guigne’s VIRTUAL REGATTA 70, with crew of Damien Scelo, Tanguy Caron, Jean-Yves Jaffrezic, and Eric Guigne.  Then, third place went to Herve Leduc’s PIERRE OCEANE, with his team of Loic Avram, Stephane Barraux, Mikael Garret, Etienne Luneau, and Bastian Le Morvan (note- different crew for different days!). Rounding out the top five were Guillaume Plassart’s IZENAH IV in fourth place and Manuel Guedon’s SNT1-TBS in fifth place.  For more Atlantic Telegramme Regatta sailing information
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  • J/Newsletter- September 19th, 2018 Grand Pavois La Rochelle Boat Show- J/112E, J/88 & J/70
    (La Rochelle, France)- The Grand Pavois La Rochelle Boat Show will be taking place from September 26th to October 1st at the Port des Minimes in La Rochelle.  As in past years, over 750 boats are on display and at least 80,000 visitors are expected to attend the six-day show- one of the most popular in Europe due to the wonderful fall weather often experienced at this time of year along the Atlantic coastline on the Bay of Biscay.

    J/Composites will have on display the World Offshore Sailing Champion J/112E sport cruiser, as well as the highly popular J/88 family speedster and the internationally famous J/70 one-design class. The boats will be located at Pontoon 5, Row 5, Location 04.

    The J/70 class continues to gain momentum in France, as more top crews are learning that to compete on the international level in sportboats requires that you test yourself against the world’s top sailors in a class that has, literally, taken over Europe as the leading sportboat keelboat one-design class in most countries.  The catalyst for that activity has been the formation of national sailing leagues, with all of Europe’s leading sailing clubs in over 14 nations participating in the latest SAILING Champions League event in St Moritz, Switzerland. Learn more about the J/70 one-design class sailboat here.

    The J/112E sport cruiser has been on a tear in European offshore sailing circles.  It's the 2018 Offshore Sailing World Champion (ORC & IRC), the 2018 IRC European Champion, two-time Round the Island winner (IRC class in 60nm round Isle of Wight race), Cowes Week IRC winner, and two-time SPI OUEST France IRC winner.  What is most remarkable about the J/112E’s performance is that she’s a fully-equipped cruising boat, too, with a gorgeous interior fit for a King and Queen; unlike its erstwhile competitors that are virtually stripped-out, full-on racing machines.  Learn more about the J/112E and how it can fit not only into your bucket list racing plans, but also how you can enjoy a very comfortable family cruise to your favorite islands and harbours.  Learn more about J/112E here.

    The J/88 continues to gain enthusiastic, passionate followers, both offshore and in one-design class activities.  As many J/88 owners have learned in Europe, the boat is extremely fast offshore in the light to moderate conditions that prevailed in Europe this past summer.  Given that climate change is making Europe hotter, with lighter winds in the summertime, it’s not surprising that J/88s are featuring at the top of the leaderboard in many events. Learn more about the J/88 speedster here.

    Finally, don’t forget to catch up with the latest news on the new J/99 offshore shorthanded speedster, the newest addition to the J/Sport range, combining headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven responsiveness of a sportboat!  Given that solo and double-handed circuits throughout Europe are very active, this will be a great time to learn more about this incredibly exciting evolution from the fast J/Design Team.  The first J/99 will be launching soon off Les Sables d’Olonne, France- - expectations are that a dozen J/99’s may be sailing in France before the end of 2019! Learn more about J/99 now.  For more Grand Pavois La Rochelle boat show information
     


    WEST MARINE J/70 World Championship Preview
    The World’s Most Competitive Regatta Ever?
    (Marblehead, MA)- The 2018 edition of the J/70 World Championship, sponsored by WEST MARINE, will be hosted by Eastern YC in Marblehead, MA for a fleet of ninety teams from around the world. It may represent the most unprecedented assemblage of world-class talent ever gathered together in a single one-design regatta in history- keelboat or dinghy. Teams will be travelling thousands of miles to compete at the 2018 J/70 World Championship from as far away as Australia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, Monaco, Russia, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Turkey. Furthermore, J/70 teams will be competing from all over South America including; Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.

    To appreciate the relative “fire power” and depth of talent that some J/70 teams bring to the table, here are the notable combinations of the top USA skippers & pro-sailors on the leading teams:
    • Jud Smith’s AFRICA- 3x Etchells 22 World Champion, 2017 J/70 World Champion/ Lucas Calabrese- Olympics 470 Bronze Medallist for Argentina
    • Tim Healy’s USA 2- first J/70 World Champion, 3x J/70 Midwinter Champion, 2x J/24 World Champion/ John Mollicone- Brown University Coach and 2x J/24 World Champion
    • Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT- J/70 World Champion, Melges 32 World Champion/ John Kostecki- J/24 World Champion/ Offshore World Champion, America’s Cup Champion
    • Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY- J/70 World Champion/ Willem van Waay and Victor Diaz de Leon- 2x J/70 World Champion crew
    • Glenn Darden’s HOSS- J/105 North American Champion, J/80 North American & World Champion/ Jonathan McKee- Olympic Gold Medallist
    • Brian Keane’s SAVASANA- 3x College All-American & J/80 North American Champion/ Thomas Barrows was College Sailor of the Year at Yale.
    • Bruce Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS- Etchells 22 World Champion/ J/24 North American Champion
    • Martie Kullman’s HYDRA- J/22 World Champion
    • John Brim’s RIMETTE- Storm Trysail Offshore Champion on Farr 60 RIMA/ Taylor Canfield- 3x World Match Racing Champion/ 2x Congressional Cup Match Race Champion
    • Will Welles’ SCAMP- 2x J/24 World Champion/ J/24 North American Champion
    • Jack Franco’s 3 BALL JT- 2x College All-American/ Bill Hardesty- Etchells-22 2x World Champion & J/70 World Champion/ Allen Terhune- J/22 World Champion.
    • Pat Toole’s 3 BIG DOGS- J/24 North American Champion
    • Chris Snow’s COOL STORY BRO- J/24 North American Champion & J/70 West Coast Champion
    • Bill Lynn’s FLYING NONE- 2x Sonar World Champion
    • Jenn & Ray Wulff’s JOINT CUSTODY- J/70 North American Corinthian Champion
    • Tom Bowen’s REACH AROUND- J/70 North American Champion
    • Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE- J/70 Midwinter Series Champion/ Eric Doyle multi-class champion
    • John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES- J/70 Midwinter Series Champion
    • Mark Foster’s WINTERWIND- J/22 World Champion and J/24 North American Champion
    Nearly half of the extraordinary fleet will come from overseas, including the best teams from Europe:
    • Alberto Rossi’s ENFANT TERRIBLE from Italy- J/70 European Champion and 2x Farr 40 World Champion/ Branko Brcin a famous offshore champion tactician
    • Claudia Rossi’s PETITE TERRIBLE from Italy (daughter of Alberto)- 2x J/70 European Champion and women’s J/70 World Champion
    • Valeria Kovalenko’s ARTTUBE RUS1 from Russia- 2x Monaco Winter Series Champion & Russia J/70 Sailing League Champion
    • Vincenzo Onorato’s MASCALZONE LATINO from Italy- Farr 40 World Champion, Melges 32 World Champion
    • Luis Bugallo’s MARNATURA from Spain- J/70 Corinthian European Champion
    • Jose Maria “Pichu” Torcida’s NOTICIA from Spain- 2x J/80 World Champion, 2nd J/70 Europeans
    • Martin Dent’s JELVIS form United Kingdom- 2x J/111 World Champion/ Ruairidh Scott- J/70 United Kingdom Champion
    • Javier Navarro from Mexico- 3rd J/70 North American Championship
    • Vernon Robert’s MORENITA from Chile- 5x J/24 Chilean Champion
    In short, THIRTY boats (1/3 of the 90 boat fleet) have on their teams Olympic Medallists, World, European, North American, or Midwinter Champions in various classes.  Not exactly a stacked deck, is it?!  Quite frankly, a mind-numbing proposition for those determined to become the 2018 World Champion. The five days of sailing off Marblehead in the cool Atlantic Ocean waters teeming with wildlife like whales, dolphins, and bluefish will be interesting.  Just cracking the top 25 will be a feat for most teams sailing in the regatta! Perhaps, what is most fascinating of all, is that no one knows what to expect with such an enormous gathering of talent from across the spectrum of experience in the sailing world!  For more J/70 World Championship sailing information
     

    China Club J/80 Match Challenge Announcement
    (Xiamen, China)- The famous China Club Match Challenge event will be taking place off Xiamen, China from November 19th to 22nd.  The event starts with fleet racing for forty-four J/80 teams from across China and Asia. That event then qualifies twelve teams to sail in the final match-racing event to determine the overall winner.

    The level of sophistication of the sailing teams has increased dramatically over the years. The top Chinese teams are now doing a lot more boat preparations, with bottoms being worked on for hours before practice. That is a large improvement over years ago, when they ignored the bottoms altogether. This will be the largest ever keelboat event in China with a one-design class.

    Then, in December, Xiamen is also hosting the first Asian J/80 Championships. This is an open event, but using International J/80 class rules. However, the Chinese J/80 Class has modified the class rules for championship events, with no restriction to professional sailors, since most Chinese sailors are professional (they have sailed for prize money in many local events). So far, teams that have committed to participate come from Japan, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia. The event organizers are expecting 40 to 65 entries! Boat weights, sail measuring, safety gear and crew weight will all be done in the three days before registration.

    For anyone interested in attending either the China Club Match Challenge or the Asian J/80 Championships, please contact Jim Johnstone- at email- jimjboats@icloud.com or at China cell# +86 185 7722 9501.
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    As a result of Hurricane Florence, this may have been the first time in the history of the International J/22 Class to have its World Championship prematurely completed before the scheduled final day. It was a wise decision, as a complete set of races before the storm hit the Carolinas coastline, producing enormous storm surges, and dumping feet of rain.  The Annapolis YC hosted the J/22 Worlds in Annapolis, MD for sixty-three boats from the USA, Canada, South Africa, and The Netherlands.  Also on the East Coast, the Long Island Sound Championship for PHRF, J/88s, and J/105s was hosted by the Storm Trysail Club and the Riverside YC on Long Island Sound; it was a very light series.  Moving to the Midwest, the J/70 Great Lakes Championship was hosted by Gross Pointe YC in Grosse Point Shores, MI for a fleet of twenty-four boats on Lake St Claire.  Out west, St Francis YC hosted the eponymous Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco, CA.  The fleet was blessed by near perfect weather, sunny skies after the fog burned off with 10-20 kt winds every day for the fleet of ORR handicap classes for J/111, J/125s and J/120s, and for the One-design fleets of J/88s and J/105s.  Up in the Pacific Northwest, the fun-loving, popular, “Jack & Jill” Regatta was hosted by Seattle’s famous Sloop Tavern YC for a fleet of mixed double-handers- J/duos took three of six divisions!

    Over in Europe, the penultimate German J/70 Sailing League- Act IV was held at Kiel, Germany for the top 18 teams in the country.  Then, just southwest of them on the North Sea, the Delta Lloyd Open Dutch J/22 Championship was hosted at Medemblik, The Netherlands- nine races in total!

    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 page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Sep 8-14- J/22 World Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Sep 12-16- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 14-16- J/70 Great Lakes Championship- Grosse Pointe, MI
    Sep 18-21- J/111 North American Championship- Macatawa, MI
    Sep 21-23- Canadian J/105 National Championship- Toronto, ONT
    Sep 21-23- J/22 Northeast Championship- Diamond Point, NY
    Sep 21-23- J/80 Atlantic Telegramme- Lorient, France
    Sep 22-29- J/70 World Championship- Marblehead, MA

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

    UNCLE FLUFFY Dusts J/22 World Championship
    (Annapolis, MD)- The Annapolis YC hosted the 2018 edition of the J/22 World Championship from September 9th to 14th on the Chesapeake Bay, for a fleet of sixty-three entries from the USA, Canada, South Africa, and The Netherlands. Winning the event was a last-minute, come-from-behind victory by Zeke Horowitz’s UNCLE FLUFFY.

    Zeke’s team accomplished what none of the other teams could avoid- a high-number finish in the nine-race series hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club in Maryland. As a result, Zeke and crew Jackson Benvenuti, Jo Ann Fisher and Emmy Stuart were named the 2018 J/22 World Champions. Rounding out the podium were Allan Terhune’s THUNDER CHICKEN with the silver and Jeff Todd’s HOT TODDY with the bronze, based on a tie-breaker with Mike Marshall’s BAD NEWS.  Taking fifth place was Chris Wentjes.

    Surviving the battle to win the war
    This report from Bill Wagner, of the local newspaper Capital Gazette, provides some great insight on what took place to win the regatta for Zeke Horowitz.

    Annapolis skipper Zeke Horowitz won the regatta on the water, then survived a lengthy challenge in the protest room to capture the 2018 J/22 World Championship on the Chesapeake Bay.

    “It’s an incredibly humbling thing, for sure,” Horowitz said. “We were going over some of the other names on the perpetual trophy and it’s a very impressive list. It’s certainly quite an honor to get my name on there.”

    Horowitz was a member of the College of Charleston sailing team and had Greg Fisher as head coach his last two years. Remarkably, the inscription on the J/22 World Championship perpetual trophy listing Horowitz as 2018 winner was placed adjacent to the one recognizing Fisher as the 2008 champion.

    “Greg Fisher is my ultimate mentor, and made a major impact on my life, both as a sailor and as a person,” Horowitz said. “So it was really cool when I saw the columns lined up perfectly so that our plaque is right next to Greg’s.”

    Allan Terhune led the regatta at the end of racing on both Day One and Day Two and carried a nine-point lead into the final day of an event ending one day early due to the threat of Hurricane Florence. Horowitz held second place, but readily admitted he needed Terhune to make a mistake in order to have a chance of claiming the title.

    Terhune did just that, drawing a “U” Flag penalty in Race 7, for committing a rules violation during pre-start maneuvers. That saddled the Annapolis skipper with a finish of 65th, which he was forced to throw out.

    That meant Terhune had to count an 18th place finish in Race 5, that he had previously used as a throw-out. Meanwhile, Horowitz tossed his worst result of 11th in Race 4, and his consistency made the difference.

    “Allan’s team sailed an incredible regatta. They were really fast, and in the right place a lot of the time,” Horowitz said. “We had to hope they made a mistake and that’s what happened.’

    It took almost two hours for the final results to become official as a series of protest hearings dragged on through the scheduled awards ceremony and held up formally crowning the 2018 J/22 World Champion.

    Horowitz and Terhune, who worked together at the North Sails-Chesapeake loft in Eastport, were adversaries in a protest that potentially could have changed the final outcome.

    Terhune alleged that he was fouled by Horowitz in the ninth and final race. That protest was ultimately dismissed by the International Jury after hearing testimony from both sides.

    Terhune then protested being assigned the “U” flag penalty in Race 7, hoping to receive redress and a result that would have wiped out the three-point deficit. That protest also was eventually denied.

    “I really don’t want to comment on any of that,” Horowitz said of the protest ordeal. “I’ll just say it’s not the way anyone wanted the regatta to end.”

    With Jackson Benvenuti on tactics, Jo Ann Fisher handled the foredeck while Emmy Stuart worked the pit aboard Uncle Fluffy, which represented Eastport Yacht Club.

    “I owe it all to my team. They were on point the whole event. They were all calm, cool and collected even when things weren’t going well,” Horowitz said. “Everyone was totally focused on doing their job. It’s a really, really cool thing to be able to focus solely on driving boat and going fast while letting the team worry about everything else.”

    Horowitz was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he developed into a top-notch youth sailor. He became an All-American competitor at the College of Charleston, where he was a teammate of Benvenuti. Those two have been friends since they were competitors on the Optimist class travel circuit as pre-teenagers.

    “I can’t say enough about Jackson’s contributions this week. He is such a gifted sailor. It’s really a pleasure to sit next to him and watch his brain work,” Horowitz said. “How Jackson can focus on trimming the jib and also concentrate on watching the race course in order to make sound tactical decisions is truly remarkable.

    “Jackson is a brilliant, but conservative sailor who is always looking to hit singles instead of home runs and that was really the key to our success in this regatta,” Horowitz added.

    Horowitz also had high praise for Stuart and Fisher, former of whom just happens to be his girlfriend and latter of whom is a past J/22 World Champ as crew for her husband.

    “We set this goal two year ago and it’s been a long process,” Horowitz said. “This is particularly special because I got to do it with my closest friend, my girlfriend, and a veteran sailor, who I respect immensely, in Jo Ann. Getting this outcome with people you love is really rewarding.”

    As an up and coming professional with North Sails, Horowitz readily admitted this result was a big boost for his career. The 28-year-old previously captured the 2016 Viper 640 World Championship off Bermuda.

    “It means everything. My career revolves around winning championships, so getting my name on a World Championship trophy is a huge steppingstone,” he said. “Winning a World Championship in a class as competitive as the J/22 is very validating.”

    Bringing a Dutch Youth Team to J/22 Worlds- a retrospective
    There were eight foreign entries in the 2018 J/22 World Championship on the Chesapeake Bay.  None was a more interesting backstory than RSZV-RWG, skippered by Auke Holtrop from South Africa.

    Holtrop was leading a youth entry from the Netherlands that was representing the Rotterdam Student Sailing Association. The official name of the organization in Dutch is Rotterdamse Studenten Zeil Vereniging, hence the RSZV in the boat name.

    Holtrop was the helmsman, while Anique Noordam was trimming the main and calling tactics. Sipke de Man was the headsail trimmer and strategist, while Lotte Brasser was on the foredeck and assisting with tactics. Holtrop, Noordam and Brasser are all 22 years old while de Man is 23.

    Those four team members were selected to campaign a J/22 owned by the Rotterdam Student Sailing Association for one year and have competed in regattas throughout the Netherlands, performing well and posting impressive results. Holtrop was so encouraged by the showing in national events, that he entered the youth team in the J/22 European Championship, held in Brest, France. The young sailors from Holland stunned a talent-laden fleet, by placing second overall.

    That result led the youngsters to consider a bid for the J/22 Worlds. It was not going to be easy to travel all the way to Annapolis, but several notable members of the J/22 class made that dream a reality.

    Veteran North Sails professional Mike Marshall finished behind the Dutch team at the European Championships and came away impressed. Marshall reached out to current U.S. Class president Matt Dunbar, who had purchased a used J/22 for the express purpose of providing a platform for youth participation in major class events.

    “We need to do whatever we can to grow the class, and that starts with encouraging younger sailors to get involved,” said Dunbar, who raced his boat, Wharf Rat, in the 2018 J/22 World Championship. “I wanted to do my part to pull younger members into the class to help keep it vibrant.”

    Needless to say, Dunbar was totally on board when told by Marshall about the talented group of youth sailors from the Netherlands that were looking for a ride for the J/22 Worlds.

    “Having a team from Holland show up, and use my boat to enter the J/22 Worlds, is a real bonus. It is very valuable and a huge boost for the event,” said Dunbar, whose intention was to eventually donate this particular J/22 to a Rhode Island-based sailing foundation, with the caveat that it be made available to youth teams for participation in major class events.

    Holtrop and crew arrived in the United States and spent a week in Newport getting the boat sorted. Marshall, a resident of Jamestown, RI, helped with the process of tuning the rig and setting up the sail package.

    “I went out on the water with the team and answered a lot of questions about tuning and sail shape,” said Marshall, who welcomed the four Dutch sailors into his home.

    Marshall also played an instrumental role in getting some sponsorship help from Harken (deck hardware), Vela Sailing Supplies (standing rigging, ropes) and North (sails).

    “We are grateful to all the companies that came aboard and helped with the boat. It has turned into quite a nice overall boat package,” he said. “Auke and his crew are very adept at fixing things themselves. They have worked really hard to get this boat prepared for worlds.”

    Dunbar lent the Dutch team his own vehicle to trailer the restored J/22 to Annapolis, borrowing a friend’s truck to get his own boat here. More assistance for the Netherlands’ program was provided by Canadian sailor Michele Cimon, who was housing the young sailors in Annapolis.

    “Michele Cimon, Matt Dunbar, and Mike Marshall, have been super important to making this happen, and we cannot thank them enough,” Holtrop said. “It’s unbelievable that this is possible, and we are going to be racing in the J/22 World Championship.”

    Holtrop felt good about the boat setup, which was quite different from the J/22 his team sails in the Netherlands. “We had a lovely week of training in Newport, and put a lot of effort into rigging the boat, and optimizing everything the way we wanted,” he said. Holtrop knew the competition at the 2018 J/22 World Championship would be the toughest the Dutch crew had faced to date.

    “We know the level of J/22 sailing in the United States is a lot higher than in Europe, so this will be a great learning experience,” he said. “Our goal was to finish Top 15, or somewhere around there. I think the most important thing is that we have a lot of fun and we definitely plan to do that. We are already having a wonderful experience over here.”

    There are six Canadian boats entered in J/22 Worlds, with most coming from the Quebec province. Ron Harris, who served as President of the Canadian J/22 Class Association for six years, was competing in his fifth world championship and had a top finish of 11th in New Orleans in 2011.

    “This is one of the best turnouts of Canadian boats at the J/22 Worlds in a while, so we are pleased with that,” said Harris, who is currently chairman of the Technical Committee for the International J/22 Class Association.

    Harris said the six Canadian boats in Annapolis all come from Lac des Deux Montagnes (“Lake of Two Mountains” in English). Several of the owners are members of the Hudson Yacht Club, including Harris and current Canadian class president Trevor Collins (Alternative Girlfriend). “We have really pushed the class in the greater Montreal area,” said Harris, who bought his first J/22 in 2005.

    Canada has hosted one J/22 World Championship, the 2016 edition that was held as part of the legendary Canadian Olympic Regatta at Kingston (CORK). It was a tremendous success and has the Canadian Class Association, which includes approximately 20 members, to bid for future North American and World championships.

    “Kingston is the best location for fresh water sailing in Canada and I think all the teams that came to the world championship we hosted enjoyed the venue,” Harris said. Harris has an extremely experienced crew aboard Broomstick and is quite familiar with Annapolis, having sailed several North American and East Coast championships here.

    “Annapolis is quite different from what we are accustomed to in Canada. When we sailed here in the past, the tidal currents were a major issue,” he said. Rounding out the list of international entries is Solstice, which will be representing South Africa. Skipper David Waiting and his wife Natalie both grew up sailing on Table Bay in Cape Town – he an avid Laser racer and she aboard various sport boats.

    Waiting was introduced to the J/22 while in college, crewing for Buddy Phillips who won the World Championship one of the four times the World Championship was held in South Africa.

    Natalie Burls is a Professor at George Mason University, and the couple joined Severn Sailing Association shortly after moving to Fairfax, VA. Waiting is the current J/22 fleet captain at SSA but is also a member of the South African Class Association and chose to race this year’s J/22 Worlds under the banner of his home country.

    “I’m very proud that we were able to put together a fully South African crew,” said Waiting, who will have his wife doing foredeck and longtime friend Neil Mackeller– a Cape Town resident– in the middle.

    “We have no expectations of doing well in the regatta. We’d be happy to finish in the middle of the fleet,” Waiting said. “We are still learning the J/22 so this opportunity to sail in a big fleet is invaluable. We’re the only blue boat in the regatta so we’ll be extremely conspicuous on the starting line.”  For more J/22 World Championship sailing information
     

    Gorgeous Sun-kissed Big Boat Series!
    (San Francisco, CA)– Bright sunshine, steady breeze and flat seas greeted the 76 teams for the final day of racing at the 54th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 12-16, 2018), hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. That was the recurring theme for the entire regatta, considered one of the premiere “bucket list” events on the world yachting calendar amongst knowledgeable sailors anywhere.

    In the ginormous fleet of twenty-eight J/105s, it was Jeff Littfin’s MOJO that cruised to a class win with virtually all top five finishes- a rarity in that class. Gary Panariello’s J/88 COURAGEOUS won class with all top three finishes. The MADMEN on Dorian McKelvy’s J/111 eclipsed, literally, ORR B Class with nearly straight bullets. The same was true for ORR C Class, with David Halliwill’s J/120 PEREGRINE simply blowing away their fleet with all top three scores. Here is how it all went down on a daily basis.

    Day One
    It’s not often that Mother Nature’s agenda perfectly aligns with a regatta’s racing schedule, but that’s exactly what unfurled for the first day of racing. Warm sunshine and a flooding tide ensured that the good times only compounded as the day unfurled and the breeze slowly but consistently built, eventually just knocking the tops off the waves to punctuate San Francisco Bay with sporadic white caps.

    And, while the racers more or less stayed dry (by San Francisco Bay standards, of course), the smiles were visible from multiple boat lengths away as teams put their steeds through the paces, their sails staying powered-up throughout both of the day’s races.

    “I’m really excited about all three ORR classes,” says regatta co-chair Susan Ruhne, about the week’s racing. “It’s the most robust and competitive handicap fleet that we’ve had in years. I’m also excited about the first race of each day, as some fleets will have their finishes off of the Race Deck. This is new and it will bring racing to the clubhouse windows.”

    Sailors competing in Class ORR-B began their day on the Treasure Island racecourse, and while the flood tide effectively lengthened each beat, the fastest teams did a great job finding maximum current relief along the City Front.

    Day Two
    What goes up must come down, but the flat, fast conditions that greeted sailors at Day One, continued on Day Two, following a short postponement to let the breeze gather. But, once the starting guns began sounding, racers were rewarded for their pre-racing patience by a flood tide and 10 to 15 knots that built all day. The net result of westerly wind cooperating with tide was long beats juxtaposed with blistering runs, bow spray and big grins aboard the boats that gathered on San Francisco Bay to contest the West Coast’s most prestigious regatta.

    “It’s been awesome!” says Gary Panariello, skipper of the J/88 Courageous (USA 77), about conditions. “It was a long way upwind— it took days!! I needed to shave! But, downwind was super-quick with the flood tide.”

    San Francisco Bay’s legendary breeze was the gravity that pulled Panariello to the Bay Area from New York City. First in his fleet after four races, he’s clearly adapted well to his new hometown. “If we can just dial up [the wind] it would be awesome!” he says with a smile reflective of the week’s phenomenal conditions and his team’s enviable 2-1-3-1 scorecard. Tied for points with Marc McMorris’ M Squared (USA 75) and only three points ahead of Aya Yamanouchi’s Benny (USA 79169), means he’ll have to keep working to hold his place.

    “Everyone in the fleet has been having a great time, irrespective of where they are in the fleet,” says Betsy Weiler, who is serving as Panariello’s strategist. “On Day One, we finished both races within one boat length of M Squared.”

    M Squared’s McMorris echo’s Weiler’s sentiments, even if the two crews are fierce on-the-water rivals. “It’s been lots of fun,” he says. “It’s a great group and great competition. It’s our first year having our own start, which has been terrific.” As for strategy, McMorris is succinct. “Stay fast,” he says with a knowing smile.

    While the flat waters have been making for long uphill legs for the sailors, the swiftly flooding tides haven’t exactly been making racecourse management easy. Here, however, the StFYC’s highly experienced teams of professionals and volunteers, as well as the father-and-son team of Peter and Anderson Reggio, the event’s Principal Race Officers, have a steady pulse on an otherwise highly complex situation.

    “No two races are ever the same,” says Anderson Reggio. “That’s what makes it interesting in my mind. StFYC provides a great venue. It’s one of the most well set-up facilities for running an event of this style. The volunteers are amazing, and they provide us with a level of confidence that we can do what we need to. I don’t mean to say the company line, but the quality of the sailors, from the Pac 52 class to the largest class—the J/105s—is great and is a testament to time spent sailing on the Bay. You become a hardened person sailing here.”

    Class ORR-B was currently being controlled by Dorian McKelvy’s J/111 Madmen (USA 17), who was seven points ahead of the 2nd place team and 13 points up on Zachery Anderson’s J/125 Velvet Hammer (USA 51517).

    Among the stacked J/105 class, after four races, Jeff Littfin’s Mojo (USA 119) was currently sitting in first, followed by Tim Russell’s Ne*Ne (USA 3) and Chris and Phil Perkins’ Good Timin’ (USA 35).

    While ORR-C may be last on the scratch sheet, alphabetically, this does nothing to lower the competition levels among these talented sailors. David Halliwill’s J/120 Peregrine (USA 25487) was currently first in the ORR-C class, followed by Stephen Madeira’s J/120 Mister Magoo (USA 28289) in second.

    Day Three
    Strong airs and freshening white caps greeted the third day of racing. Long uphill bashes in three to four-foot seas and 20 knots, gusting higher, were rewarded with blistering downwind runs and adrenaline-saturated kite rides juiced by a flooding tide.

    “I’d say these conditions are typical of San Francisco Bay, but the courses are so much longer that it’s testing people’s endurance,” says Jenn Lancaster, StFYC’s Race Director. “We tried to improve the reaching angles on the course for the handicap boats, and it’s been exciting to see them perform. These fleets are really competitive this year.”
     
    Racing was tight in the J/105 class, which is the 2018 Rolex Big Boat Series’ largest one-design class. “It’s a little bit of chaos, a little bit of analytical planning and a lot of guts,” says Ian Charles, skipper of the J/105 Maverick (USA 385) about what it’s like to be on the helm on a 28-boat strong Rolex Big Boat Series starting line.

    When queried about the hardest aspect of driving a J/105 on a racecourse with 27 other identical boats in the West Coast’s most prestigious regatta, Charles, who races with his wife, Natalie, pointed to the entire experience as the crux. “It’s everything,” says Charles. ”You’ve got to have your eyes on everything, the crew, the lines, right-of-way situations, tidal influences— you’ve got to process a lot of information at once.” After three days of racing, he’s sixth in the standings, with Jeff Littfin’s Mojo (USA 119) in the J/105 class’ pole position, followed by Tim Russell’s Ne*Ne (USA 3) and Ryan Simmons’ Blackhawk (USA 40).

    Competition was also predictably fierce in the J/88 one-design class, as well as in the ORR-B and ORR-C handicap classes. Among the J/88s, which were enjoying their first Rolex Big Boat Series as a one-design class, Gary Panariello’s Courageous (USA 17) heads into the regatta’s final day in first place, with Aya Yamanouchi’s Benny (USA 79169) and Marc McMorris’ M Squared (USA 75) close astern. In the handicap classes, Dorian McKelvy’s J/111 Madmen (USA 17) dominates ORR-B, with Zachery Anderson’s J/125 Velvet Hammer (USA 51517) in third.  Meanwhile, in ORR-C, David Halliwill’s J/120 Peregrine (USA 25487) was commanding headlines, followed by Stephen Madeira’s J/120 Mister Magoo (USA 28289) in second.

    Day Four
    The race committee announced a 15-minute postponement on both the Alcatraz and Treasure Island race courses to allow the breeze to consolidate and, given the flood-tide cycle that the racers have been enjoying all week, the water to flatten-out prior to the day’s single long-form Bay Tour race.

    This traditional final-day course selection allowed all seven competing classes to finish this no-drop series directly in front of StFYC’s Race Deck, giving onshore spectators a fantastic view, their cheering audible from the water as winning sailors crossed the finish line in one of the sailing world’s greatest natural amphitheaters.

    “It’s been very successful with the wind, great sailing and competitive classes,” says Susan Ruhne, regatta chair. “San Francisco Bay delivered the breeze and flat water to allow all boats and classes to show off great teamwork. I liked having all handicap boats in ORR, including the sportboats, and we continue to learn about the ratings.”

    Others agree. “We’ve been blessed with amazing conditions,” says Jenn Lancaster, StFYC’s Race Director, who explains that some of the pre-regatta work entailed editing the course shapes and scratch sheet breakdowns. “I think the new courses worked well,” continues Lancaster.

    “The classes were still compressed, especially in the handicap fleets, and we saw the one-design boats finish close to each other. We tried to group “like” boats more than worrying about rating bands, and it’s been successful.”

    While all teams were primarily racing for top honors in the West Coast’s most prestigious regatta, six classes— Express 37s, J/88s, J/105s, ORR-A, ORR-B, and ORR-C— raced for StFYC’s perpetual trophies. Of these perpetual-trophy winners, five will also be rewarded with gleaming new Rolex Submariner Date timepieces.

    Dorian McKelvy and his crew aboard his J/111 Madmen (USA 17) fully owned the ORR-B class, winning the City of San Francisco Trophy— one of the Golden Spades used during the 1933 groundbreaking ceremony for the Golden Gate Bridge.

    While the Madmen team sailed away with a Rolex, they faced plenty of racecourse competition from Zachery Anderson’s J/125 Velvet Hammer (USA 51517), who sailed to a third-place finish.

    StFYC’s Commodore’s Cup went to the winner of the largest one-design class– once again the J/105 class, which has commanded this enviable perpetual for the past decade. With 28 on the starting line and top contenders shuffling firsts, this was one of the regatta’s toughest wins.

    After seven races, Jeff Littfin’s Mojo (USA 119) crew claimed top honors and a beautiful new Rolex chronometer, followed by Tim Russell’s Ne*Ne (USA 3) and Ryan Simmons’ Blackhawk (USA 40).

    ORR-C sailors competed for the Keefe-Kilborn Trophy, a prestigious perpetual trophy that was established in 1976 to honor the memory of the late StFYC members Harold Keefe and Ray Kilborn.

    David Halliwill and his crew aboard his J/120 Peregrine (USA 25487) out-pointed and out-ran Barry Lewis and company aboard Lewis’ J/120 Chance (USA 28484) to win the Keefe-Kilborn Trophy, and accompanying Rolex timepiece, for his fourth win in four years.

    J/88 sailors raced as a Rolex Big Boat Series’ one-design class for the first time this year and, in addition to dockside bragging rights, were competing for the Richard Rheem Perpetual Trophy, which honors former StFYC member Richard Rheem and his crew aboard Morning Star, Transpac record-breakers in 1949 and again in 1955.

    This year’s trophy and accompanying Rolex were presented to J/88 fleet winners Gary Panariello and his Courageous (USA 77) teammates, who beat out Marc McMorris and his M Squared (USA 75) squad and Aya Yamanouchi and her Benny (USA 79169) team.

    In short, there were four Rolex Submariner watch winners in just six classes in the 2018 edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series- J/88, J/105, ORR B an ORR C. Congratulations to all J/Sailors for their class wins and for supporting what many consider to be the premiere West Coast event on the California summer circuit of regattas. Sailing photo credits- ROLEX/ Daniel Forster and ULTIMATE SAILING/ Sharon Green.   For more Rolex Big Boat Series sailing information
     

    AQUAHOLIKS Top J/70 Great Lakes
    (Grosse Pointe, MI)- The 2018 J/70 Great Lakes Championship was hosted September 14-16 by Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (GPYC) in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. Their new Sailing Center, in full view of the race course, proved to be an excellent base for operations.

    The event started off Thursday with a light-air practice session hosted by multi-Class world champion Tim Healy, followed by a two-hour debrief and Q&A session. It was very helpful for the sailing conditions, ultimately, to follow through with a nice onshore breeze. PRO Joe Colling and team did their best to get races off in very light conditions for the 23 competitors.

    Friday started off with a postponement onshore, followed by a lot of drifting out on the water before racing for the day was abandoned around 2:30 pm.

    Saturday was a wash/ rinse/ repeat of the previous day- starting with a postponement on shore. Race-able wind, but no visibility due to fog. The fog finally lifted, but, perversely, the wind speeds diminishing. PRO Joe got a start off around 1pm.....only to abandon it shortly after the start as the wind died. Racing for the day was abandoned about an hour later after hopes of a thermal breeze never materialized.

    Sunday was the day to “fish or cut bait”, so to speak.  Finally, a 3-8 knot oscillating northeasterly with better pressure on the left side of the course built in the morning.  As a result, three races were run and completed so the regatta and World qualifier was/is official!

    Congratulations to Martin Johnsson and his AQUAHOLIKS out of Libertyville, IL on their victory, starting out strong and getting better every race.  They came back from a two-point deficit in the last race, beating out Ryan McKillen’s SURGE from St. Francis Yacht Club by one point. Nicely done. Locals Gary Warner and Bob Pethik’s MOAB finished third.

    In the Corinthian division, Mark Allen and Mike Welch’s HELIUM, from GPYC, took first place and finished fourth overall in the regatta. Glenn Gault out of League City, Texas took the prize for farthest travelled. Emily Simon and team from GPYC won the “Women’s division" on Bill William’s CHROMA.

    Thank you all for your effort, help, patience and participation! Thanks to Michael Welch for this report.  For race results, please click here.  For more J/70 Great Lakes Championship sailing information
     

    Light Long Island Sound PHRF Championship
    WINGS takes J/88s, STRANGE BREW led J/105s
    (Riverside, CT)- The Storm Trysail Club and the Riverside YC were the hosts of the 2018 PHRF/ J/88/ J/105 Long Island Sound Championship.

    Like their colleagues in the Great Lakes sailing the J/70s on Lake St Clair, the Long Island Sound sailors are accustomed to having complete “glass outs” for an entire day, or even days at a time!  While Saturday was an overall non-starter for all fleets, Sunday at least produced two races to save the day for everyone.

    In the seven-boat J/88 one-design class, it was Mike Bruno’s WINGS that took the title with a 2-1 tally for 3 pts total.  Second was Bill Purdy’s WHIRLWIND with a 1-3 score for 4 pts.  Third was class leader Iris Vogel and her New York crew on DEVIATION, posting a 3-2 for 5 pts.  Rounding out the top five were Justin Scagnelli’s ALBONDINGAS in 4th and Ken & Drew Hall’s NEVERMORE in 5th position.

    The seven-boat J/105 one-design fleet saw a blitzkrieg from Randy Bourne’s STRANGE BREW, winning with two bullets. Similarly, second was taken by David Price’s TRIFECTA, posting a pair of deuces. Yet again, taking third with two “treys” was George Wilbanks’ REVELATION.  The balance of the top five included Max Kalehoff’s LAURA BEA in 4th and Richie Palmer’s TOLO in 5th.

    In PHRF handicap world, the SUNY Maritime Sailing Team took 3rd in PHRF 1 on their J/44 CHARLIE V.  Then, in PHRF 2, Chris Ercole’s J/109 SWEET CAROLINE finished third.  For more Long Island Sound PHRF Championship sailing information
     

    Bayerischer YC Win @ Kiel
    German J/70 Sailing League Act IV Windy & Sunny!
    (Kiel, Germany)- It was a heart-stopping final for the 2nd Sailing Bundesliga and the penultimate appearance of the first division this weekend in Kiel.Sailing.City (14 to 16 September). For the second league, it was about all or nothing, because it decided which four clubs make the promotion to the first league 2019. The four lucky ones are the Mühlenberger Sailing Club, the Schlei-Segel-Club, the Sailing Association 1903 and the sailing community Lohheider See.

    For the 1. Liga it was the last, and thus groundbreaking, event before their big final in October. The Bayerischer Yacht-Club won the event, followed by Seglerhaus am Wannsee and the Rupenhorn Sailing Club. Over 10,000 spectators watched the races live on site, watching all the racers finish just meters off the seawall finish line!

    "It was a great event, which fits well with the city of Kiel and were very satisfied with the excitement and enthusiasm of the sailing clubs and the spectators. The 10,000-plus spectators was fantastic to see, it reflects the passion people have for this short-course, sailing league format.

    We look forward to hosting the Bundesliga again next year and thanks to the organizers, all the helpers and the sailors," said Gerwin Stöcken, City Councilor for Social Affairs, Housing, Health and Sport of the City of Kiel.

    2nd Sailing Bundesliga
    Even though the Mühlenberger Segel-Club was already determined as a premature qualifier for the 1st Sailing League in 2019, the other 17 second division teams still had plenty of pressure and tension in the air. In the end, after a total of five events, these four clubs are in the lead in the overall classification and are rewarded with the promotion to the 1st Sailing League 2019: Mühlenberger Sailing Club, Schlei Sailing Club, Sailing Association 1903, Sailing Association Lohheider See.

    "It was a very demanding event here in Kiel, especially because we had to make a crew change due to illness. Nevertheless, we are thrilled that we have qualified for the 1st Sailing League," said helmsman Andreas Willim after the event in Kiel. He sailed with Chris Hartkopf, Henning Sohn and Suzanne Willim.

    1st Sailing Bundesliga
    The 1st League teams "rehearsed" in Kiel one last time, hoping to secure the best possible outcomes for their final next month in Hamburg.

    The reigning German champions in Kiel weakened a bit with a 5th place finish, but the Norddeutsche Regatta Verein, as the championship leader with an 8 pt gap, still have a very good chance to defend their title in front of the home crowd.

    Currently, in second place overall is the Bavarian Yacht Club, and sitting in third position is Seglerclub Hemelingen in third place. The final of the 1st Sailing Bundesliga will take place from 18 to 20 October in Hamburg.

    Did you miss the races of the Bundesliga? Then simply go to sapsailing.com to watch race replays and review the scoring for individual events and the overall leaderboard.  For more Deutsche J/70 Segel Bundesliga sailing information
     

    Lautier Crowned J/22 Dutch Champs
    (Medemblik, The Netherlands)- The 2018 Delta Lloyd Open Dutch J/22 Championship took place off Medemblik, The Netherlands last weekend for a fleet of a dozen J/22s from across the country.  The fleet was blessed with great sailing conditions, with the PRO producing a stunning NINE races for the happy campers sailing on their beloved J/22s.

    Winning the regatta by a country mile was NED 1273, skippered by Jean-Michel Lautier with crew of Denis Neves and Giuseppe d’Aquino.  After winning the first race, getting a bit too excited in the second race (earning an OCS), the team settled down to simply smoke the fleet with five bullets and a pair of deuces to win with just 10 pts net.  Watching their colleagues sailing over the horizon, but collecting virtually all of the other top two places was Gideon Mastenbroek’s NED 1295.  His all-women crew of Anneloes Krikhaar, and two sisters (Liselotte and Rosemarijn Verdoorn) got off to a slow start with a 4-3, but then the team coalesced and focused hard on the job at hand, running the table with five deuces and two bullets, mirroring their compatriot’s scores on Lautier’s NED 1273.  As a result, Mastenbroek’s team took the silver with 15 pts net.  This pair of teams were “head and shoulders” above the rest of the fleet.  The bronze Medallist sat 13 pts back, with 28 pts net- Jesper Overbeeke’s NED 1514 crew of Christiaan Feij and Michelle Koopmans.  For more J/22 Delta Lloyd Dutch Championship sailing information
     

    J’s Love Sloop Tavern YC’s Wild “Jack & Jill” Regatta
    (Seattle, WA)- The annual end-of-season Jack & Jill Regatta is hosted by the Sloop Tavern YC for a very enthusiastic fleet of “mixed doubles” crews.  Each team is comprised of a man/woman and you can only sail doublehanded. Consequently, there were over four dozen boats that made it to the starting line to race the 13.848nm course- a random leg affair this year that took the fleet around six marks from start to finish!

    Said one of the STYC Committee members, “our J&J racers had a wild ride out on the water today! There was sun, rain, hail, sun, then rain again, then.. I lost track. There was also wind, lots of it and over 25 knots at points during the day! Wow! Wild stuff! Thanks to everybody who came out!”

    Loving and reveling in the crazy conditions were several J/Crews participating in the event.  In the all J/Boats PHRF Class 5 FS, it was Leo Morales’ J/27 WIZARD that took class honors by only ONE SECOND! Yes, you read that right, literally winning by a nose!  Second was Phil Dean’s J/80 RUSH, while just 22 more seconds back on corrected time was Cindy Gossett’s J/30 OUTLAW.  Whew! Tough, close racing for those doublehanded crews- flying spinnakers, too!

    Clearly at home in the wild conditions were the J/105s in the PHRF 6 FS division, as they swept the podium!  Winning was Erik Kristen’s MORE JUBILEE, followed by John Aitchison’s MOOSE UNKNOWN in second, and Paul Viola’s PEER GYNT in third!

    Also enjoying the rough and tumble affair was Reed Bernhard’s J/109 MOUNTAIN, winning their PHRF 7 FS division by the slimmest of margins- 5 seconds!  For more Sloop Tavern YC’s Jack & Jill Regatta sailing information
     

    J/Community
    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide

    * Pink Boat Regattas Raise 1/2 Million Dollars in Seven Years!

    Kurt Hoehne, an active sailor and writer of the popular blog- SAILISH.com- in the Pacific Northwest offered some thoughts on their popular charity sailing event held each summer- the “Pink Boat Regattas”.

    Said Kurt, “The Pink Boat Regattas have proven an effective and extremely fun fundraiser for sailors to help fight breast cancer. The final tallies aren’t in for this year’s three Pacific Northwest events (Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma), but Jennifer Mathis of the Pink Boat Regatta reports that more than a half million dollars have been raised over seven years, and that Tacoma exceeded their goal of $20,000.

    Jan Anderson was on hand in Seattle and Tacoma to catch some of the action– e – costumes and smiles. If you want to plenty more pink, check her Seattle and Tacoma galleries!!”  To learn more about the Pink Boat Regattas and Sailish.com, read more here
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  • J/Newsletter- September 12th, 2018 Newport Boat Show- See the J/112E, J/121 & J/70!
    (Newport, RI)- The Newport Boat Show is open from September 13th to 16th, Thursday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, off the famous America’s Cup Avenue.

    On display will be three exciting models in the J/Boats line up- the World Sailing Offshore Champion- the J/112E sport cruiser; the Bermuda Race St David’s Lighthouse Division Champion- the new J/121 shorthanded offshore speedster; and the world’s most popular one-design sportboat- the famous J/70 speedster!

    For starters, the most decorated J/Boat in recent months will amaze people with its family-friendly “cruising” features as well as its extraordinary performance in European regattas.

    The J/112E was the 2018 IRC European Overall Champion and was also the World Sailing Offshore Champion in Class 3 (the largest by far in the regatta with 50+ boats on the starting line). Learn more about the J/112E sport cruiser here.

    Next, the new J/121 Offshore Speedster continues to gather steam, with class wins in the Newport to Bermuda Race (Gibbs Hill Lighthouse “professional” division), the Doublehanded Class winner in the Ida Lewis Distance Race, second in class at Heineken St Maarten Regatta, and first in class in the recent Conanicut Round Island Race on Narragansett Bay.

    Take a tour to discover how this “water-ballasted” speedster is turning heads and helping to re-define fast, short-handed, offshore sailing- remember, a J/24, J/70 or J/80 crew are all it needs to get around the race track! Learn more about the J/121 Offshore Speedster here.

    Finally, the world’s most popular sportboat- the famous International J/70 One-Design Class sailboat- continues to grow around the world, with fleets developing in all corners of Planet Earth and on every one of the Seven Seas!

    Hop aboard and discover why W.O.W. (Women On Water) in Denmark and other parts of Europe (and the Americas) are rapidly adopting the J/70 as their one-design keelboat class of choice to encourage more women sailors to have fun and compete on the world stage! Learn more about the women & youth friendly J/70 class here.   For more Newport Boat Show information
     





     Gorgeous J/122E @ Southampton Boat Show!
    (Southampton, England)- J/Boats United Kingdom dealer- Key Yachting Ltd- will be exhibiting the gorgeous J/122E cruiser-racer at the Southampton Boat Show from 14th September to Sunday, the 23rd. Step aboard at their exhibit on marina berths M427-433.

    The winner of IRC1 at last week's Dartmouth regatta, the J/122E is a versatile 40 foot cruiser-racer, with comfortable live-aboard accommodation, a refined deck layout, low VCG keel with a moderate 7.2' draft. The hull & deck are built using superior infusion molding technology to maximize durability and long-term value.

    An IRC-friendly cruiser/racer, the J/122E offers a completely furnished interior, a simple to manage balanced sail plan, head turning sailing performance and great looks; perhaps the ultimate 40' day sailing, weekending, racing and cruising sailboat?

    The J/122e on display at the show is a pre-owned model, currently listed for sale with Key Yachting. Learn more about the J/122E here.   For more Southampton Boat Show information
     


     Big Boat Series Preview  San Francisco, CA)- If it’s the third week of September, it must be that time of year for the bucket-list worthy, most famous, Rolex Big Boat Series sailing on San Francisco Bay from September 12th to 16th!  Will it “blow dogs off chains” or will it be a benign cruise around the Bay?! Whatever the case, the St Francis YC’s PRO and RC teams will ensure the big fleet will have a most excellent time racing on the Berkeley Circle in the east Bay as well as offer epic battles up and down the amazing San Francisco waterfront, as teams try to buck the powerful tides rolling in and out of the Bay at speeds up to 5 kts!

    Not surprisingly, the J/105s have by far the largest fleet in the regatta, with twenty-eight boats the J/105 Fleet #1 has become the veritable “backbone” of the regatta, without which there may not be a Rolex Big Boat Series! All of the top teams will be prepared to do battle along the spectacular San Francisco city waterfront in the afternoon races and down in the Berkeley Circle for their morning races.  The teams that should feature at the top of the leaderboard include Doug Bailey’s AKULA, Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault’s ARBITRAGE, Ryan Simmons BLACKHAWK, Rolf Kaiser & Shannon Ryan’s DONKEY JACK, Phi Laby’s GODOT, Chris & Phil Perkins’ GOOD TIMIN, Adam Spiegel’s JAM SESSION, Ian Charles’ MAVERICK, Jeff Litfin’s MOJO, and Tim Russell’s NE*NE.

    Sporting their biggest attendance yet in the RBBS are the J/88s on San Francisco Bay.  Eight teams will be competing for class honors on the same race tracks as the J/105 fleet. Fresh off his 4th place at the J/80 North Americans on Buzzards Bay is Gary Panariello, sailing his COURAGEOUS with a crew of local hotshots that have won their class before at RBBS.  Challenging them will be crews like Aya Yamanouchi’s BENNY, Marc McMorris’ M-SQUARED, Steve Gordon’s INCONCEIVABLE, and Paul Recktenwald’s LAZY DAWG.

    In the ORR handicap world, J/crews will be sailing in two classes.  In ORR B are a trio of J/111s and a trio of J/125s, should be a fascinating dogfight between those teams on handicap time! The J/111s include Dick Swanson’s BAD DOG, Dorian McKelvy’s MADMEN, and Nesrin Basoz’s SWIFT NESS.  The J/125s have Richard Ferris’ AUGUST ICE, Viggo Torbensen’s TIMESHAVER, and Zach Anderson’s VELVET HAMMER.  At the end of the day, the Las Vegas odds in this class favor a J/111 or J/125 to win class, if not a complete class sweep, such is the talent in this offshore fleet!

    The ORR C class includes a trio of J/120s, most of whom have won their one-design class in the past.  Those teams are Barry Lewis’ CHANCE, Steve Madeira’s MISTER MAGOO, and David Halliwill’s PEREGRINE. Despite sailing on ORR handicap, do not be surprised this trio of J/120s sweep their class.
    Sailing photo credits- ROLEX/ Daniel Forster. For more Rolex Big Boat Series sailing information
     

    J/111 North American Championship Preview
    (Macatawa Bay, MI)- Hosted by Macatawa Bay YC, the 2018 edition of the J/111 North American Championship will be taking place from September 18th to 21st, Tuesday to Friday, on the beautiful, but capricious blue waters of Lake Michigan.  An excellent turnout of sixteen teams are participating that includes past World, North American, Midwinter, Chicago-Mackinac, Bayview-Mackinac, and Chicago NOOD class champions- a remarkable collection of talent for just 16 boats!

    Hoping to lead that charge will be World Champion Peter Wagner with his San Francisco-based crew on SKELETON KEY.  Two Midwinter and Key West Champions from the Cleveland, OH and Lake Erie circuit will be up to the challenge of squaring off with the top West Coast team, they are Rob Ruhlman’s SPACEMAN SPIFF and Jeff Davis’ SHAMROCK.

    The local Chicago/ Midwest superstar teams include the trio on KASHMIR (Brummel, Henderson, Mayer), Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi on MOMENTUS, John Kalanik’s PURA VIDA, Rich Witzel’s ROWDY and Brad Faber’s UTAH.  From the East Coast are two strong teams, Jim Connelly’s SLUSH FUND from Annapolis, MD and Andrew & Sedgwick Ward’s BRAVO from Shelter Island, NY.  For more J/111 North American Championship sailing information
     

    San Diego J/Fest is Back!
    (San Diego, CA)- J/Boat owners and sailors are invited from up and down the West Coast!  And all you J/sailors from San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties have no excuse- just a daysail away (or less) to come enjoy the camaraderie of sailing and socializing with fellow J/Lovers!

    The following one-design fleets are invited to participate- J/22, J/24, J/70, J/80, J/105, J/109, and J/120.  Plus, there will also be a J/PHRF fleet. Each of these classes is extremely well-established in the region and offers sailors some of the most elite yacht racing in Southern California.

    Racing will take place from September 29th to 30th, either on San Diego Bay or on the Pacific Ocean (depending on the class breaks).

    Join us after racing each day for social events- a fun BBQ J/Fest party on Saturday evening, and the awards party on Sunday afternoon. All events are hosted at San Diego Yacht Club’s fabulous waterfront facilities.  For more San Diego J/Fest sailing information
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    As September has historically been the busiest month for hurricanes in the northern hemisphere, it’s not altogether surprising that many regattas on the eastern seaboard have contingency plans in the event one spins up in the Caribbean and meanders towards the USA and wrecks havoc with winds, waves, and the dangerous phenomenon known as “storm surges and flooding” (always the biggest killers in these powerful storms).  Sure enough, after a very quiet start to the 2018 hurricane season, September rolls around and now at least five named storms in the Atlantic and Pacific are spinning around.  One of them, Hurricane Florence spun-up in 48 hours from a tropical storm (up to 45 kts) to a dangerous Category 3 classification (winds 96 to 112 kts). As a result, the J/22 World Championship, hosted by Annapolis YC on the Chesapeake Bay (famous for flooding), shortened the regatta by one day for the sixty-five teams from the USA, Canada, South Africa, and The Netherlands.  The weekend before, it looked like a precursor for a hurricane, with grey skies, cool weather, and strong north to northeast winds of 15-30 kts across most of the northeast corridor.  That affected three significant regattas.  One was the J/80 North American Championship at Beverly YC in Marion, MA; the twenty-five teams had very blustery, choppy conditions on the notoriously rough Buzzards Bay.  Just down the coastline from them, the J/109 East Coast Championship took place, hosted by Ida Lewis YC in Newport, RI with sailing on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound for nine boats.  The just north up the coast from Portland, Maine, the USA J/24 Nationals were hosted by Portland YC in Falmouth, Maine for a fleet of forty-eight teams.  Then, out in the Midwest, the J/24 Great Lakes Championship was sailed on Lake Erie, hosted by the Sandusky Sailing Club in Sandusky, OH for eleven J/24s.

    Hopping over the big pond to Europe, we find several end-of-season finales for a number of leading J/one-design classes.  At the bottom of the Continent, the Italian J/70 Cup was sailed off Trieste, Italy for twenty boats; it was finale of four events for the Italian J/70 Cup (Sanremo, Porto Ercole, Malcesine and Portopiccolo). Heading north across the Continent, we find the Hamburg Sailing Club hosted the J/22 & J/24 Spätsommerpokale Alster Regatta in Hamburg, Germany on their famously beautiful Alster Lake in the middle of their bustling metropolis. Heading well north into Scandinavia and just yards away from the Arctic Circle, there was still enough light, warmth, and sun to have some fun racing J/70s- sailing league style! In Gottskär, Sweden, eighteen sailing clubs participated in their finale for the Swedish J/70 Sailing League, the final event of four acts (Malmo, Ekero, Örnsköldsvik, Gottskär).  Then, west of them off the Baltic Sea, the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League held their final event of four acts for eighteen teams, held in Arendal, Norway.  The first three events were in Bodo, Molde, and Larvik.

    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 page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Sep 8-14- J/22 World Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Sep 12-16- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 14-16- J/70 Great Lakes Championship- Grosse Pointe, MI
    Sep 18-21- J/111 North American Championship- Macatawa, MI
    Sep 21-23- Canadian J/105 National Championship- Toronto, ONT
    Sep 21-23- J/22 Northeast Championship- Diamond Point, NY
    Sep 21-23- J/80 Atlantic Telegramme- Lorient, France
    Sep 22-29- J/70 World Championship- Marblehead, MA

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

    J/22 Worlds Update
    (Annapolis, MD)- The Annapolis YC is hosting the 2018 edition of the J/22 World Championship from September 9th to 14th on the Chesapeake Bay, for a fleet of sixty-five entries from the USA, Canada, South Africa, and The Netherlands. Here is what is happening since it started on Tuesday.

    Day 1- Thunderous Start for Thunder Chicken!
    It was a foggy morning on the Chesapeake Bay for the opening day. But, patience prevailed to allow for four races to be completed, with Allan Terhune dominating the day.

    It was a solid day for the locals as all four races were won by Annapolis teams, led by 2013 J/22 World Champion Terhune with crew Skip Dieball and Cate Muller as the Thunder Chicken team recorded scores of 4,6,1,2 for 13 points.

    2016 J/22 World Champion Mike Marshall’s Bad News started with a 13 but added a solid 3,4,3 to claim second place with 23 points. Zeke Horowitz’s Uncle Fluffy’s 11th in today’s final contest added to a count of 6,1,6 for 24 points and third position.

    Following a postponement while the fog subsided on the Chesapeake Bay, racing got underway in 6-8 knots as local Jeffrey Todd’s Hot Toddy opened the Championship with a win. Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger and Christopher Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 followed in the top three. Horowitz gained the second victory, pursued by Pat Curran’s Alzo and Marshall.

    While winds worked their way up to about 10 knots, Terhune earned the next bullet, chased by fellow Annapolis YC member J.R. Maxwell’s Scooby and Odenbach. Brad Julian’s USA677 was able to lead the fleet back to shore after race four, with Terhune and Marshall.

    With 11 races scheduled, it was a solid start as the threat of Hurricane Florence approaches the region.

    Day One Results (Top 5 of 64; 4 races)
    1. Allan Terhune, USA - 4 -6 -1 -2, 13
    2. Mike Marshall, USA - 13 -3 -4 -3, 23
    3. Zeke Horowitz, USA - 6 -1 -6 -11, 24
    4. Pat Curran, USA - 7 -2 -5 -21, 35
    5. Brad Julian, USA - 10 -19 -10 -1, 40

    Day 2- Thunder Chicken Still Flying Fast
    Terhune’s Thunder Chicken has been putting his local knowledge to good use. While many teams have struggled with the strong current and light air, Terhune strengthened his first-place advantage during Wednesday’s two races.

    With the benefit of a discard after the sixth race, Thunder Chicken is able to toss an 18, leaving them with net scores of 4,6,1,2,2 for 15 points. That’s nine points better than fellow local- Zeke Horowitz’s Uncle Fluffy, who moved up a spot to second with a 5,6 today for 24 net points. Michael Marshall’s Bad News placed 35th in race five, and even with this being their throw-out, dropped to third place with 35 points.

    Sunshine returned to the Chesapeake Bay, but the breeze stayed calm at about 6 knots. The day’s opening match saw some new names at the top: Chris Wientjes’ Us, Cory Sertl’s Lucy and Kevin Doyle’s Mo’ Money. Kevin’s son Jake Doyle on Zesty Enterprise took the next contest, shadowed by Terhune and David Waiting’s Solstice.

    With locally heavy flooding predicted as part of Hurricane Florence hitting the USA East Coast in the Carolinas, the Annapolis YC PRO and Committee have elected to run at least three more races on Thursday and close the regatta one day early. So, it’s all to play for Thursday with a good breeze forecasted to power the fleet around the racetrack.

    Day Two Results (6 races, 1 discard)
    1. Thunder Chicken, Allan Terhune, USA - 4 -6 -1 -2 -[18] -2; 15
    2. Uncle Fluffy, Zeke Horowitz, USA - 6 -1 -6 -[11] -5 -6; 24
    3. Bad News, Mike Marshall, USA - 13 -3 -4 -3 -[35] -12; 35
    4. US, Chris Wientjes, USA - 23 -[30] -9 -6 -1 -8; 47
    5. Scooby, J.R. Maxwell, USA - 18 -5 -2 -[31] -15 -9; 49

    For more J/22 World Championship sailing information
     

    CAVITICA Wins J/80 North American Championship
    (Marion, MA)- The Beverly YC and the local J/80 Buzzards Bay fleet hosted twenty-five teams for their 2018 J/80 North American Championship held on Buzzards Bay.  The fleet was challenged by a wide variety of wind and weather conditions over the three-day event that ran from Saturday to Sunday. In particular, Saturday and Sunday the fleet enjoyed ENE winds in the 15-25 kts range, making for fun, fast planing-mode rides downwind in most races.

    In the end, thirteen races were held over the three days, making for exhausted, but happy crews dizzy from having 4+ races of double windward-leeward courses per day.  It was hometown hero Chip Johns and his crew on CAVITICA that was crowned 2018 J/80 North American Champion, winning by a convincing margin of 11 pts with five bullets.  Taking the silver was the duo of Kevin Hayes & Jeff Kirchhoff sailing MORE GOSTOSA and rounding out the podium in the bronze position was John White’s USA 1162 from Annapolis, MD.  The balance of the top five included J/80 class veteran Gary Panariello on COURAGEOUS from San Francisco Bay, California in 4th and Maine’s Ken Colburn on GHOST in 5th position. For more J/80 North American Championship sailing information
     

    ARTTUBE Wins Italian J/70 Cup- Trieste
    CALVI NETWORK Crowned Series Champion
    (Trieste, Italy)- The fourth act of the Italian J/70 Cup series took place off the beautiful, exotic eastern Italian Riviera on the Adriatic Sea off the port of Trieste, Italy. Hosting the twenty-boat, four nations fleet (Italy, Poland, Russia, & Switzerland) fleet was the YC Trieste based at Portopiccolo.  The weather Godz were not cooperating at all for this season-ending finale, with just four races counting for the regatta and series totals.

    Winning the final event was the Russian team on ARTTUBE RUS-1, skippered by the famous Russian woman helm- Valeria Kovalenko from the Taganrog Sailing Club. Considering the high-level of competition, she posted a remarkably steady scoreline of 1-5-5-2 for 13 pts total.  Taking second was Luca Domenici’s NOTARO TEAM with a 4-4-2-6 tally for 16 pts.  Third was Mauro Brescacin’s SOCIETE NAUTICA GIGNANO with a 15-2-1-3 for 21 pts total.  In fact, tied on points at 21 with Brescacin’s team was the Russian crew of Dmitriy Shunin on GOLDEN WING, the Konakovo River Club team settling for 4th after countback.  Fifth went to Gianfranco Noe’s CALVI NETWORK with a 12-10-4-1 tally for 27 pts.

    The final results for the season series (Sanremo, Porto Ercole, Malcesine and Portopiccolo) show that it was the crew of CALVI NETWORK (Gianfranco Noè, Karlo Hmeljak, Giulio Desiderato, Irene Bezzi, Sergio Blosi) that won the 2018 Italian J/70 Cup- a 4 event, 26 race series, for the second consecutive year!

    Gianfranco Noè, owner and driver of CALVI NETWORK, commented, "We could not hope for a better result: when at the beginning of the season we started planning, we said it would have been fantastic to put the seal on the circuit also winning the act of Trieste: this event was in fact particularly important for me because these are the waters where I was born and grew up as a sailor. It was a pity that there was no Enfant Terrible to duel with us until the end, because at the beginning of this leg, after twenty-two races, we were only divided by 5 points in the seasonal ranking".

    Taking second overall for the series was the two-time European Champion, Claudia Rossi of PETITE TERRIBLE- ADRIA FERRIES.

    The European Champions on ENFANT TERRIBLE-ADRIA FERRIES, led by skipper/ owner Alberto Rossi, did not participate in the last act of the circuit, but nevertheless closed the season in third position, thanks to the excellent placings scored during the season, including the victories in Sanremo and Porto Ercole.

    LA FEMME TERRIBLE, with co-owners Paolo Tomsic and Mauro Brescacin, and crew of Emanuele Noè, Giuliano Chiandrussi and Francesca Pagan, won the Italian J/70 Cup Corinthians Division.  The silver medal went to NOBERASCO DAS skippered by Alessandro Zampori and third place went to WHY NOT- #SLAM sailed by Alessio Zucchi.  Sailing photo credits- Zerogradinord   Follow Italian J/70 Cup on Facebook here  For more Italian J/70 Cup sailing information
     

    GUT FEELING Cruises J/109 East Coast Championship
    (Newport, RI)- After a long summer of racing up and down the eastern seaboard, the J/109 Northeastern fleet gathered together for their 2018 East Coast Championship, hosted by Ida Lewis YC, in Newport, RI.  The fleet of nine boats enjoyed six races over their two days of racing from September 8th to 9th, 2018.

    After starting off with three bullets, the question was whether Ted Herlihy’s North American Championship winning crew on GUT FEELING from Buzzards Bay could repeat as the 2018 East Coast Champion? The answer was quickly forthcoming, in the form of a 2-1-3 closing tally to toss a podium 3rd place finish to end with just 6 pts net.  Domination?  A “schooling”?  Perhaps.  Nevertheless, it was an eye-opener for the balance of the J/109 teams that were assembled for their end-of-season finale.

    Giving their all in a run for the gold was Tom Sutton’s Houston, TX crew aboard their bright-red LEADING EDGE, posting a steady 3-4-3-1-3-1 for 11 pts net. Closing out the podium, and also winning the Corinthians Division, was Albrecht Goethe’s HAMBURG with a 2-2-4-3-5-8 scoreline for 16 pts net.  Top woman skipper was Brook Mastrorio’s URSA in 4th place.  Past regatta winner, Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY YCC crew took 5th position.  For more J/109 East Coast Championship sailing information
     

    ANGELS Soar To USA J/24 National Championship
    (Falmouth Foreside, ME)- This year’s J/24 U.S. National Championship, hosted by Portland Yacht Club in Falmouth, ME, saw a very strong and competitive fleet of forty-eight teams assembled from across the USA and South America (Argentina).  Starting off slowly, but closing fast in the final race, it was Robby Brown’s ANGELS OF HARLEM that snagged the 2018 USA J/24 title.  Here is how it all went down over the three days of the regatta.

    Day One
    It was worth the wait for the anxious fleet. After several hours of anticipating the wind to settle, it came in at 6-8 knots, and then increased to 8-10, allowing two long races to go in the books on Casco Bay.

    At the close of the day, two races were held, and two teams were tied at 5 points each- Nicolas Cubria’s ELVIS from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Tony Parker’s BANGOR PACKET (a long-time “local” in these Portland waters). Cubria registered a 4-1, while Parker took a 3-2. Local Carter White’s YOUREGATTA.COM held the third spot with 11 points.

    Natalie Harden’s GIGGLES (a top woman J/24 helm) commenced the Championship with the opening bullet, in advance of White and Parker. Cubria then took line honors in the second race, as Parker moved up to second and Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss made the top three.

    Day Two
    Along with the wind being shifty on Saturday, so were the standings. Parker’s BANGOR PACKET claimed the overall advantage after posting a pair of thirds, giving him a consistent record of 3-2-3-3 in the four races thus far (11 points). Robby Brown’s ANGEL OF HARLEM shot up to second place with 20 points after rocking a 1-2 amongst the 48-boat fleet. Aidan Glackin’s MENTAL FLOSS cracked the top three with 38 points.
    Fickle winds around 6-8 knots made for a long day on Casco Bay. Brown started his leap up the leaderboard with a bullet in race three, trailed by Matt Coughlin’s FUDGIE and Parker. Evan Petley-Jones’ LIFTED earned the next victory with Brown and Parker again in the top three.

    Day Three- Finale
    By way of a second-place finish in Sunday’s final, and only, race, Brown’s ANGEL OF HARLEM clinched his first J/24 US National Championship. The Florida-based skipper came into Sunday nine points behind Parker’s BANGOR PACKET, but Brown’s second, paired with Parker’s 12, gave him the Championship by a single point over Parker in the five-race series.

    Breeze on Casco Bay looked promising at the start of the day, but lightened throughout. The Race Committee waited two hours in hopes of starting a sixth race, but the wind Godz did not cooperate. Aidan Glackin’s MENTAL FLOSS took the bronze spot on the podium with 42 points.

    Joining Brown on the ANGEL OF HARLEM crew were Mark Liebel, Ron Hyatt, Arthur Blodgett and Brian Simkins. Liebel shared that the team prefers light air, which the Championship saw plenty of. Regarding Sunday’s race, Liebel summarized, “We had a very good start at the boat and tacked right away into the current. We played the current, instead of the shifts, both upwind and downwind. We sailed our race, and the end result worked out!”

    Rounding out the top five were Natalie Harden’s GIGGLES (the USA Women’s J/24 Champion) in fourth place and Petley-Jones’ LIFTED took fifth.  For more USA J/24 Nationals sailing information
     

    KSSS King of Swedish J/70 Sailing League
    (Gottskär, Sweden)- The KSSS (Royal Swedish Sailing Club) team of Patrik Forsberg, Sandra Sandqvist, Lukas Bergman and Anders Mårtensson took home the Gold Medal on Sunday afternoon, winning the Allsvenskan (Swedish J/70 Sailing League) on the windy waters off Gottskär, Sweden. Their record was Malmo- 2nd, Ekero- 1st, Örnsköldsvik- 1st, Gottskär- 7th for a total of 11 pts, 6 pts clear of the second place team GKSS.

    "One of our strengths is that we have a good and broad squad. In total, we have used seventeen sailors this year and no one has sailed more than one round. Certainly, we have an advantage in being a big club. But, we take Allsvenskan seriously and always send good teams. We always want to fight hard and well," said Niklas Edler, Captain for the KSSS team.

    The weekend in Gottskär had tough conditions that tested the sailors and equipment. Friday provided winds around 10 to 17 kts.  But, on Saturday it was really windy. In the morning, a round was run, but then the boats began to break in the hard wind. When the wind rose to closer to 20 to 30 kts, sailing was canceled for the day.  On Sunday, the wind was still strong, but manageable. Nevertheless, the PRO made the decision to sail main & jib only, no spinnakers.  As a result, that changed the strategy a bit for the best crews on the water.

    Those who mastered the toughest conditions were Malmö SS; their team included Martin Starnberg, Johan Lindell, Björn Jönsson and Alexandra Wikström. They were extremely stable, fast, and had excellent boat-handling.  In twelve races, they finished 1st or 2nd in eleven of them! Theirs was a very impressive performance for the very windy weekend to win the weekend at Gottskär!

    "It has been a tough weekend. It was swiftly completed in Gottskär, thanks to the big winds and excellent RC team.  There were many islands on the race track (meaning boats broached on their sides) we had to avoid, especially for a bunch of Öresund sailors like us! But, we enjoyed the hard wind and our strength is the start and planing downwind- which we love,” says Malmö SS skipper Martin Starnberg.  Sailing photo credits- Daniel Stenholm   Follow Swedish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Swedish J/70 Sailing League information
     

    Risor SC Crowned Norwegian J/70 League Champion
    (Arendal, Norway)- The fourth and final act of the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League took place off the picturesque harbor of Arendal, Norway.  Winning the final event was Asgardstrand Sailing Club.  However, it was Risor Sailing Club’s consistency through all four events (Bodo- 4th, Molde- 1st, Larvik- 2nd, Arendal- 3rd) that enabled them to finish the last regatta in third place and handily clinch the season championship for the Norwegian League with just 10 pts total. Their crew for the finale included Mads and Tomas Mathisen, Morten Røisland and Regine Tronstad.

    In the Arendal regatta, Åsgårdstrand Sailing Association (with Jostein Grødem, Karl Otto Book, Trym Markussen and Lena Louise Vinje-Christensen on board) nearly ran the table on the fleet, posting seven 1sts and three 2nds in ten races to easily win the event.  Their performance vaulted them up the season standings into 5th place.  Brevik Sailing Club’s second place enabled them to breathe a sigh of relief, earning them the silver medal for the season championship.  Finally, RAN Sailing Club’s 5th place enabled them to hold onto the bronze medal on the podium for the season.

    "There is no doubt that the level in the elite series has increased tremendously this season. It is no longer possible to come with an inexperienced crew or to trust in a good helmsman. In order to have a good team, you have to be focused on the competition in the sailing sport league, the teams get better every year, it is incredibly competitive,” said Magnus Hedemark, who is Project Manager for the Norwegian Seilsports League.

    Like the other rounds of the sailing sport league, the finals in Arendal were also transferred directly to Facebook. Magne Klann and Thomas Nilsson conveyed what they observed with photos, videos, and the SAP SAILING graphics.

    "We had four times as many viewers on our Facebook page than the average in the previous rounds. One of the reasons is, of course, that it was the final round. But, the interest has been increasing. Not least because the associations and sailors participating have been good at sharing on Facebook. We have now become a "community" that works very well,” said Hedemark, who hopes to be able to professionalize the sailing sport league further next year.

    "The goal is to be the leader and an example of how the sport of league sailing can be communicated and displayed in Norway," he said.

    “There is such strong interest in the Norwegian J/70 League that an additional half-dozen sailing clubs have requested to participate.  As a result, after the season this year, we will sell this year's five league boats to interested associations and we have received several inquiries from associations interested in buying, which indicates that both interest and ambitions are growing around sailing Norway," said Hedemark. “For next year's sailing season there will be five new J/70s that will be added to our fleet!”   Follow the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League here on Facebook  For more Norwegian J/70 Sailing League information
     

    SANTANDER Wins Act V- Chilean National Circuit
    (Algarrobo, Chile)- The fifth event of the Chilean J/70 Winter Series took place over the September 8th to 9th weekend off Algarrobo, Chile, hosted by the Cofradía Náutica del Algarrobo.

    With fifteen boats on the starting line, the conditions on Saturday were cold, but with a great wind of 10 to 14kts from southwest. Each race had slightly different conditions for the swell and choppy seas.  The left side was favored on the windward leg, but also the right was favored on some of the running legs, due to better pressure. So, the race track was quite open for the teams and the smarter tacticians could gain and recover a lot.

    On Sunday, the conditions were quite unstable. The wind did not show up until 1530 hrs in the afternoon and the conditions were still very random and light. The CNA Race Committee and the PRO decided not to go ahead with the races and the weekend regatta was concluded with 3 races of the 6 programmed in the Sailing Instructions.

    As a result, SANTANDER won with a solid 1-1-3, skippered by Pablo Amunátegui with a family crew of two brothers- Felipe & Pablo Herman,  and their father- Lucho Herman.

    In second place was TSUNAMI, skippered by Andrés Ducasse, with a 2-2-4 tall for 8 pts.  Third was Matias Seguel’s VOLVO with a 4-5-1 for 10 pts.  The balance of the top five included Juan Reid’s WINDMADE in fourth with a 3-9-2 for 14 pts, tied with the fifth place boat- Vernon Robert’s MORENITA.

    In the Corinthians Division, Cristobal Perez’s TRILOGIA won, followed by Francisco Perez’s ELEANOR RIGBY in second, and Felipe Gonzalez’s COLUMBIA in third place.

    The standings for the “Circuito Nacional J/70 2018” for Chile are the following after 21 races and 3 discards:
    1. WINDMADE- Juan Reid- 54 pts
    2. TSUNAMI- Andres Ducasse- 57 pts
    3. SANTANDER- Pablo Amunategui- 59 pts
    4. MORENITA- Vernon Robert- 85 pts
    5. PELIGRO- Alejandro Perez- 94 pts.
    Of note- for TSUNAMI, WINDMADE, and MORENITA teams, this was the last regatta in the Chilean circuit before the 2018 J/70 World Championship in Marblehead, MA, where the three qualified teams are competing.

    Remarkably, the Chilean J/70 fleet has grown to thirty-six boats, with the principal activity taking place in Algarrobo- a seaside port 90 miles west of the capital of Santiago at the base of the Andean Mountain range. Algarrobo enjoys a year-round sailing calendar, no matter what the conditions are in the famous ski areas to the south and east in Chile and Argentina (considered some of the world’s best)- “cold” is 45-50 F, warm is 60-75 F in the “winter”.  Doh, so why don’t Europeans and North Americans, and Asians travel to Chile for more fun in the sun!  It is “bucket list travel” conditions- sailing, skiing, and beach weather all at the same time!

    The other small J/70 fleet is located on Panguipulli Lake, 900 km south from Santiago, where the J/70 fleet actually started in Chile and the first three J/70 Nationals were raced (2013, 2014 and 2015). They have an extensive schedule for January, February, March summer racing. The enormous 14,000 ft snow-capped mountain peaks, many of which are active volcanos, produce amazing “adabatic” wind conditions all summer long— think of Italy’s famous Lago di Garda and its clockwork-like winds in their European summers…it is no different on Lago de Panguipulli.

    According to Juan Reid, the J/Boats Chile dealer, “the J/70 fleet will have forty boats by the end of 2018, and more than 20 active boats in Algarrobo. The class is now the largest and most competitive one-design keelboat in Chile, by far. The only class that has had similar success in the past, not surprisingly, was the J/24 class from 1994 to 1998.

    Even now, the southernmost one-design class in the world are the Chilean J/24s, with a fleet in Puerto Williams, Chile- a town on Navarino Island in the Beagle Channel, in Chile’s far south. It’s part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, known as a starting point for trips around Cape Horn. For those that love travel, Argentina’s famous town and port of Ushuaia is north and west by 30.0nm, considerably farther away from the fabled Cape Horn and any expeditions that head south to the Antarctica.
     

    Doran Smokes J/24 Great Lakes Championship
    (Sandusky, OH)- A good turnout of eleven J/24s participated in the 2018 J/24 Great Lakes Championship, hosted by the Sandusky Sailing Club, and sailed on the choppy, puffy waters of Lake Erie.  What may be the most entertaining aspect of this particular regatta were the usual “off-the-wall” and quite goofy names that are attributed to various boats in the fleet.  The winning boat was called OSWEGO NY (no kidding), then others were FUGUE STATE, FOR SALE: $5000 (seriously?), NO B.S., HALL PASS, SUICIDE BLONDE, ORANGE WHIP, GREEN HORNET, and WIND MONKEY(?).  Too amusing for words.

    At the end of five races over two days in a one-throwout series, it was Tom Doran’s OSWEGO NY team that quite literally ran the table and smoked the fleet with four straight bullets, dropping a second, for a total of 4 pts net.  Kevin O’Brien’s FUGUE STATE had mostly seconds, winning the last race, dropping a 3rd, to take the silver with 7 pts net.  Rounding out the podium was a tie-breaker on 15 pts net each, believe it or not. On countback, the bronze went to Ryan Lashaway’s FOR SALE: $5000 (does he really want to sell it?).  Losing the battle was Park McRitchie’s NO B.S.  Rounding out the top five was Mike Palmer’s BOOYAH, taking that position based on yet another tie-breaker at 19 pts net each.  For more J/24 Great Lakes Championship sailing information
     

    Fun J/22 & J/24 Alster Regatta
    (Hamburg, Germany)- The Hamburg Sailing Club hosted its annual end-of-summer Alster Regatta on their gorgeous Alster Lake in the middle of Hamburg, Germany. Things were a bit tight on the lake, with two big fleets of J/22s and J/24s vying for “sea room” wherever they went around the race track!

    Eclipsing the dozen-boat J/22 fleet with all first-places was the French team on FRA 14444 consisting of Reiner Brockerhoff, Christophe Declerque, and Charles Michaux. Nearly duplicating their feat with mostly seconds, to finish second, was the German crew of GER 14111, led by Andreas Dillmann with crew of Oliver Thies and Julia Auinger.  Third place went to another German team on GER 1390, skippered by Holger Schmitt with crew of Sabine Schoenfeldt, and Thomas Hanf.

    A similar scenario played out for the octet of J/24s, with a virtual sweep of the five races by the German GER 5420 team of Emily Kern, Maike Hass Oko, Gesa Goellner, Johanna Richter, and Tom Stryi.  Two points back was GER 5467 sailed by Hauke Krussg, Nils Glockow, Rollo Boehm, Olaf Schmidt, Tina Lulfing, and Torsten Glawisch.  Third was GER 4718 skippered by Jonas Hentschel, with crew of Fabian Blasi, Jonas Franke, and Jannik Barop.  For more Spätsommerpokale Alster Regatta sailing information
     

    J/Community
    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide

    * Augie Diaz- from Optis to college Lasers/420s, then 470s to J/24s, and today Snipes to Stars

    James Boyd from SailingIntelligence.com wrote an interesting piece on Augie Diaz, titled “Master of the Classics”.  It is an insightful, entertaining story and perspective on how Augie evolved into one of the world’s better sailors, truly a story reminiscent of Robert Frost’s famous poem- “The Road Not Taken”.

    For starters, Augie is a Cuban émigré as a child, when his father- Gonzalo “Old Man” Diaz- brought his family to Miami to escape the wrath of the communist dictator- Fidel Castro.

    In his early racing days, Augie first met the Johnstone family sailing 470s in the 1973 to 1977 time frame.  At that time in college, Augie had teamed up with a buddy of his from Tulane University- Doug Bull- and sailed the USA 470 National circuit for awhile, achieving good success against the likes of David Ullman (a 4x 470 World Champion) and the two Johnstone brothers (Stu and Drake) sailing USA 600. In addition, Augie had met Bob & Mary Johnstone as well as Rod & Lucia Johnstone sailing 470s and, later, in J/24s.

    By 1977, the J/24 had been created by Bob and Rod Johnstone and the first J/24 Midwinters took place in Key West, FL in 1978. Seeing that it was going to be a “hot” class and a lot of fun, Augie jumped in to race his own J/24 against famous names such as Dave Ullman, Ken Read, Mark Ploch, David Curtis, Jud Smith, the crazy Brazilian- Vince Brun, and others (all familiar to most J/Boats sailors for having won multiple J/24, Etchells 22, 470, and Star World Championships). The pinnacle of Augie’s J/24 success was winning the J/24 Midwinters in 1983 on Biscayne Bay, his home waters and hosted by his home club- Coral Reef YC.

    Since that time in J/24s, Augie stopped sailing and focused on his family business in the medical supplies business in Florida.  After helping grow the business, the Diaz family sold their healthcare business and, as a result, Augie dove back into sailing his beloved Snipes and Stars.  Here is that story from James Boyd below:

    Few boats reward both brains and brawn in such equal measure as the Star. It was partly this that enabled a 64-year-old ‘amateur’ to claim this year’s Star European Championship in Flensburg, Germany.

    Admittedly Cuba-born American Agustín ‘Augie’ Díaz was sailing with one of the class’ top crew – in addition to his four Star World Championship titles, Brazilian Bruno Prada scored Star silver and bronze respectively at the Beijing and London Olympics with his long-term helm Robert Scheidt.

    But with more than 35 years’ experience and wisdom gained from competing against the world’s best in the class, Díaz is today one of the top helms as he proved when he and Prada became Star World Champions in 2016. The European Championship trophy is the latest silverware for this successful partnership’s trophy cabinet.

    Díaz comes from a sailing dynasty. His grandfather sailed and in 1959, his father Gonzalo and uncle Saul claimed silvers for Cuba in the Snipe both at the Pan American Games and at the Snipe Worlds, on the latter occasion to none other than Paul Elvstrøm.

    After his parents immigrated to Florida, an eight-year-old Augie took up sailing in the Optimist. While studying mechanical engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, in 1974 he led Tulane Green Wave sailing team to win the coveted Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for the top scoring overall collegiate team. That same year he was voted College Sailor of the Year.

    Despite his success in the Star in recent years, for most of his life Augie has been known, like his father, for racing Snipes. In this 1931 vintage doublehanded dinghy, his record is exceptional. He twice won the class’ biennial World Championship (in 2003 and 2005), something that only a handful of sailors have achieved, among them Torben Grael and Santiago Lange.

    He also won Snipe World Masters Championships in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2012, along with countless US and North American titles. Fifty-two years on, he emulated his father winning silver at the 2011 Pan American Games.

    So, what is it about boats from the first half of the 20th century that he prefers? “Some of the classes that are popular are more about boat handling and speed, which are also important,” explains Díaz. “But, I prefer tactical sailing where you have to do both – be good tactically, good athletically, and have good boat handling.”

    Although he was never selected to go to the Olympic Games, he tried in 1976 and 1980 in the Flying Dutchman and in 1984 made as far as the trials in the Star, but was up against Bill Buchan and Stevie Erickson who went on to claim the gold at Los Angeles.

    After that Díaz admits, “My time was passed. I had a fast-growing business and family. In fact I didn’t sail from 1986 to 1999.” This he describes as his “period of slavery…work and Little League coaching!”

    His first Star World Championship was in 1983 in Los Angeles but he competed in them again two years later in Nassau, on the very same waters albeit some 30 years on that the Star Sailor’s League Finals are held annually.

    The partnership with Bruno Prada began in 2006-7, whenever there was an event that Robert Scheidt couldn’t make – usually the ones in Miami over the winter. “I was very fortunate that I was the same weight as Robert, so Bruno didn’t have to lose any weight,” recalls Díaz. “And for Bruno it was a safe: If we did well it was because of him. If we did badly it was because of me!”

    Díaz says that his partner is much more than just a crew. “He is one of the guys in the class who has extensive helming experience in the Finn and in the Snipe when he was younger. He is really a skipper on the boat. Fortunately, our tactical approaches are very similar, so there’s no great discussion.

    “There are several classes that are ‘driven by the crew’ – there’s also the 505 and you even see it in the 49er. It is easy to feel the boat when you have the helm, much harder when it is just through your backside! The elite guys like Bruno can do that.”

    Personally for Díaz it also coincided with his pulling out of the medical supplies business he’d built up. Retiring into some “real estate and other investment stuff” he had more time on his hands for sailing, until he agreed to sell the MJM line of 35-53 ft long motor yachts designed by Bob Johnstone of J/Boats fame, which has proved more successful (and time-consuming) than he had hoped…

    Thanks to his Europeans result, Díaz is currently ninth in the Star Sailors League ranking which guarantees his invitation for the Star Sailors League Finals 2018, the annual event that determines who is the best sailor among the ‘stars’ of the sailing world and allocation of the US$200,000 prize pot. For a sixth year, the Finals will be held in the azure waters of Nassau in the Bahamas, from December 3rd to 8th.

    Having been based in Miami most of his life, he knows Nassau well and has been sailing there for decades: “It is one of the world’s premier venues. They say that when ‘God decides to go sailing’ he goes there – the combination of the breeze, which is usually quite strong, plus the waves and water color and the warm climate. And the Nassau Yacht Club is very friendly. You couldn’t find better people.”

    Díaz is aware that at 64 his profile doesn’t entirely fit in with that of the Star Sailors League, which aims to recognize the world’s best sailors, but more typically professionals, especially those on the ascent in their careers, but he remains a big fan.

    “The reason the Star continues to grow is because the Star Sailors League started right after we were taken out of the Olympics. The way it is run, where all the elite sailors in the world can get together in one platform and have an incredible regatta – for me you can forget about the America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race and all those races, at the Star Sailors League Finals you are sailing against the best.”

    He is especially in awe of the next generation such as Paul Goodison and even younger talent like Sime Fantela and Ben Saxton. “It was awesome that Paul could come in and be able to do what he did (winning the 2017 SSL Finals). That was huge for the Star Sailors League. It shows that people from the outside can come and be competitive in the Finals.”

    But will they once again get the better of the old timers this December? We wait to find out. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/Newsletter- September 5th, 2018 Newport Boat Show- See the J/112E, J/121 & J/70!
    (Newport, RI)- The fabulous Newport International Sailboat Show is open next week from September 13th to 16th, Thursday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, off the famous America’s Cup Avenue.

    On display will be three exciting models in the J/Boats line of one-design/ offshore sportboats and sport cruisers- the J/112E, the new J/121, and the incredibly popular J/70.


    For starters, the most decorated J/Boat in recent months will amaze people with its family-friendly “cruising” features as well as its extraordinary performance in European regattas.  The J/112E was the 2018 IRC European Overall Champion and was also the World Sailing Offshore Champion in Class 3 (the largest by far in the regatta with 50+ boats on the starting line). Learn more about the J/112E sport cruiser here.


    Next, the new J/121 Offshore Speedster continues to gather steam, with class wins in the Newport to Bermuda Race (St David’s Lighthouse “professional” division, no less), the Doublehanded Class winner in the Ida Lewis Distance Race, second in class at Heineken St Maarten Regatta, and first in class in the recent Conanicut Round Island Race on Narragansett Bay. Take a tour to discover how this “water-ballasted” speedster is turning heads and helping to re-define fast, short-handed, offshore sailing- remember, a J/24, J/70 or J/80 crew are all it needs to get around the race track! Learn more about the J/121 Offshore Speedster here.

    Finally, the world’s most popular sportboat- the famous International J/70 One-Design Class sailboat- continues to grow around the world, with fleets developing in all corners of Planet Earth and on every one of the Seven Seas!  Hop aboard and discover why W.O.W. (Women On Water) in Denmark and other parts of Europe (and the Americas) are rapidly adopting the J/70 as their one-design keelboat class of choice to encourage more women sailors to have fun and compete on the world stage! Learn more about the women & youth friendly J/70 class here.   For more Newport Boat Show information
     


    J/22 Worlds Preview
    (Annapolis, MD)- The J/22 class continues to gather new, passionate sailors from across the spectrum of experience.  The class strong holds- Chesapeake Bay, Lake Minnetonka (MN), upstate New York (Rochester/ Youngstown)- continue to see good participation in many events over the course of the season.  And, other areas continue to see increasing activity in places such as Texas, Narragansett Bay (RI), New Orleans (LA), and Ohio.

    A big fleet has gathered together to sail the 2018 edition of the J/22 World Championship from September 9th to 14th on the Chesapeake Bay, with Annapolis YC hosting sixty-five entries from the USA, Canada, and The Netherlands.

    On the international front, there are six teams from Canada, including Trevor Collins’ ALTERNATIVE GIRLFRIEND, Sylvain Gougeon’s POLO, and John Koppernaes’ RAISED J. Plus, there is one team from The Netherlands- Auke Holtrop’s ROTTERDAM WORLD GATEWAY and one crew from South Africa- David Waiting’s SOLSTICE.

    As for the Americans, it appears the class is increasing its depth of talent overall, as well as seeing a significant uptick in women-skippered teams (nine, as a matter of fact!). As for the women, a long-time class leader has been Sandy Adzick’s HOT TICKET from Severn Sailing Association, she was a 3x College Woman All-American at Boston University, and is consistently near the top of the leaderboard. Her good friend Cory Sertl from Rochester, NY (and summers in Jamestown, RI) often sails with her husband Mark and, as skipper, she has won numerous regional events, was US Women’s Sailing Champion, and has demonstrated she can finish in the top 10 in National regattas. In addition, other women helms include Sylvain Gougeon’s crew from Quebec on POLO; Koralina McKenna’s GODSPEED from SSA in Annapolis; Susan Mattis Turnham’s STELLAR JAY from Duluth YC in Minnesota; Karen Glass’ FOLKA from SSA; Julie Neal’s DONE DEAL from Wayzata, MN; Lynn Simpson’s BLING from LCYC in Texas; and Nicole Curran’s ATAATA from Riverton YC in Philadelphia, PA.

    The balance of the fleet is formidable, including several World, North American, & Midwinter Champions. No question, the United Kingdom’s Ladbrokes Betting Parlour (famous for sports betting) would have a hard time putting odds on this hard-core group of teams; they include Allen Terhune’s THUNDER CHICKEN, Brad Julian’s USA 677, Jake Doyle’s ZESTY ENTERPRISE, Jeff Todd’s HOT TODDY, Zeke Horowitz’s UNCLE FLUFFY, Mark Foster’s PRESSURE DROP, Chris Princing’s EVIL DR PORK CHOP, Mike Marshall’s BAD NEWS, Kevin Doyle’s MO’MONEY, Chris Doyle’s THE JUG 4 1, Travis Odenbach’s YEM, Bill Draheim’s FINN, and Pete Levesque’s DUSTY.  It would not be surprising to see this group of boats take most of the podium finishes all week long (if not all of the top five); in other words, picking a winner now would definitely be a “fool’s errand”!  For more J/22 World Championship sailing information
     

    J/80 North American Championship Preview
    (Marion, MA)- Twenty-five intrepid adventurers in the J/80 class are soldiering forth to the wild and woolly waters of Buzzards Bay, a place infamous for massively choppy waters and epic “blowing dogs off chains” breezes well into the 18-25 kts range.  Participating teams in the 2018 J/80 North Americans cannot wait to test their boats in the strong southwesterlies that are the prevailing condition on most sunny days at this time of year.

    As host for the event, the Beverly YC and their local J/80 Buzzards Bay fleet are looking forward to welcoming crews from as far away as California and Washington.  The three major fleets are well-represented, Buzzards Bay (MA), Lake Winnipesaukee (NH), and Annapolis (MD). The courageous visitors from afar include Bryan Rhodes’ CRAZY IVAN from Corinthian YC in Seattle, WA and Gary Panariello’s COURAGEOUS from Sausalito YC in Sausalito, CA.

    The homeboys from Beverly YC are hoping to take home the crown for proud display on the fireplace mantelpiece.  Those crews include Chip Johns’ CAVITICA, Dan Cooney’s AMERICAN PRAYER, Jack Gierhart’s AEGIR.  The always-strong Chesapeake Bay J/80 fleet are fielding solid contenders, too, such as John White’s USA 1162, Alex Kraus’ COOL J, Bert Carp’s ELEVEN, and Dan Shanahan’s LAWYERS GUNS & MONEY.  The Lake Winnipesaukee contingent includes Casey Nickerson’s ARGO III, Jason Blais’ BLONDIE, Les Beckwith’s FKA, and Kevin Hayes/ Jeff Kirchoff’s MORE GOSTOSA.  The “lone sharks” hoping to steal the championship include Ken Colburn’s GHOST (a previous winner and also NYYC Invitational Cup winner) from Boothbay Harbor YC and Peter D’Anjou’s LE TIGRE from PWYC.  For more J/80 North American Championship sailing information
     

    Italian J/70 Cup- Trieste Preview
    (Trieste, Italy)- The third act of the Italian J/70 Cup will be taking place this weekend off the beautiful, exotic Italian Riviera on the Mediterranean Sea.  Hosting the twenty-boat fleet will be the YC Trieste off their fabled harbor in Trieste.  Four nations are represented- Italy, Poland, Russia, & Switzerland.

    A number of the top Italian crews in the season-long series are represented, such as Claudia Rossi’s LA PETITE TERRIBLE, Gianfranco Noe’s CALVI NETWORK, Pietro de Luca’s ENJOY 1.0, Paolo Tomsic’s LA FEMME TERRIBLE, Vittorio di Mauro’s PLAN B, and Luca Domenici’s NOTARO TEAM.  The leading Russian teams include Denis Cherevatenko’s JOYFULL and Dmitriy Shunin’s GOLDEN WING.  The lone crew from Poland is Pawel Oskroboa’s CELLFAST and from Switzerland is Tom Studer’s JERRY.  For more Italian J/70 Cup sailing information
     

    Inaugural J/80 Asian Championship Announcement!
    (Xiamen, China)- J/80 production in China started in 2008. Since that time hundreds of J/80’s have been built in China and supplied around Asia and many into new Chinese fleets. This year production has been steady at 1 1/2 boats per week, non-stop.

    New fleets have developed in Qingdao, Sanya and Suzhou in 2018. The J/80 Chinese Class has been established and is now the only class in China that is working with a complete set of World Sailing class rules; including boat weight equalization, sail measurements, safety gear checks and crew weight limits being enforced.

    This year’s J/80 Asian Championship will be raced out of Wuan Bay in Xiamen, from December 4th to 10th, 2018. The class anticipates the fleet will be 40-65 boats with teams from around Asia.

    The first twenty new charter boats will be pre-checked on boat weight and safety gear. Sails and the safety gear list will be checked prior to registration. Three days planned for checking boats and practice. Priority will be given to international teams not based in China up until October 1st.

    The racing area is not far from the docking areas and the plan is for two to 4 races per day over four days of racing. This will be an open J/80 event, so no issues on professional sailors in the class rules. Each driver will need to be a member of either the international or national class association. This can be done at registration.

    If you or your team are interested in participating this December please contact- Jim Johnstone at J/Boats China- email- jimjboats@icloud.com

    J/FEST Southwest Announcement!
    (Houston, TX)- This year’s J/FEST Southwest Regatta will be taking place from October 12th to 14th, hosted by Lakewood YC on Clear Lake and on Galveston Bay.  Again, all J/Owners are invited to participate and the hope is that several one-design fleets will have starts, including J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/105s at a minimum!  Plus, there will be PHRF racing for the larger J’s. Come one, come all!  Never too late to head south and enjoy some fun in the Texas sun, great beer, and awesome TexMex food!

    Since it was such a HUGE hit last year, the “LEGENDS RACE” will take place on Clear Lake, right in front of the club.  This year, it will be a fleet of J/22s and J/24s, with live commentary on-site and on Facebook Live off the patio of the “party-barge” called BARGE 295.  There will be five (5) video cameras recording the live action!  It will be a blast for everyone!

    IF you have any questions at all, please contact Scott Spurlin at mobile- 512-423-2179 or email- scott@jboatssouthwest.com  Watch the J/FEST Southwest promo highlights video here.  For more J/FEST Southwest sailing and registration information.
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The past week saw the 40th annual J/24 World Championship take place on Lake Garda, one of the world’s most famous venues for holding regattas with most excellent wind conditions, generally.  The host club- Fraglia Vela Riva- had their hands full for the 89 boats in attendance. But, PRO Hank Stuart from Rochester, NY had them under control and the Americans, yet again, prevailed and controlled most of the top five.

    Over in Switzerland, yet another significant event was taking place to determine the “Best Sailing Club” in Europe.  With over a dozen J/70 sailing leagues (and 250-plus sailing clubs) feeding the event, there was no question that Europe’s top sailing clubs and their hand-picked teams were hoping to win the annual SAILING Champions League Finale. The event took place on the Engadine Lakes in St Moritz, Switzerland for 31 teams; the host club was the Sailing Club St. Moritz. As important as the sailing, the fabulous hangout of the world’s ultra-chic skiing world, the Grand Palace, also hosted an epic party for the uber-sailors of the European sailing community.

    Off to the west on the Bay of Biscay, it was the occasion for the World University Sailing Championship sailed on a matched-fleet of one-design J/80 class sailboats; sponsored by World Sailing and the French Sailing Federation (FFV).  The event took place in Cherbourg, France- hosted by YC de Cherbourg- for nineteen teams from ten nations.

    Over in the Americas, the annual “Labor Day” tradition, the Stamford YC Vineyard Race took place for J/crews participating in their two principal events- the classic 238.0nm Vineyard Race from Long Island Sound around Buzzards Bay Tower and back and the Seaflower Reef Race of 143.0nm that takes place inside Long Island Sound. J/Crews collected a ton of silver in this long-winded race!

    Then, while fellow J/lovers were criss-crossing Rhode Island Sound offshore in the Vineyard Race, the most famous Narragansett Bay race took place on Sunday- the Conanicut YC Round Island Race. The Conanicut YC hosted their annual 21.0nm race for over 100 boats. It was a fast race and a brand new J/121 from Japan nearly won the entire race overall- just 18.0 seconds!

    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 page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Sep 7-9- Italian J/70 Cup- Trieste, Italy
    Sep 7-9- German J/80 Open Nationals- Glucksburg, Germany
    Sep 7-9- J/24 USA Nationals- Falmouth, ME
    Sep 7-9- J/80 North American Championship- Marion, MA
    Sep 7-9- J/109 East Coast Championship- Newport, RI
    Sep 8-14- J/22 World Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Sep 9-10- J/24 Great Lakes Championship- Sandusky, OH
    Sep 12-16- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 14-16- J/70 Great Lakes Championship- Grosse Pointe, MI
    Sep 18-21- J/111 North American Championship- Macatawa, MI
    Sep 21-23- Canadian J/105 National Championship- Toronto, ONT
    Sep 21-23- J/22 Northeast Championship- Diamond Point, NY
    Sep 21-23- J/80 Atlantic Telegramme- Lorient, France
    Sep 22-29- J/70 World Championship- Marblehead, MA

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

    Welles Crowned 40th J/24 World Champion!
    (Riva del Garda, Italy)- Lake Garda lived up to its “bucket list” reputation for the 40th edition of the J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. Over the five days, the eighty-nine teams from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and United States) enjoyed spectacular sailing, with three days of the classic “ora” from the south and sunny, one unusual sunny, windy day of the “bora” from the north, and one day with clouds, sprinkles and no wind.

    Will Welles’ KASTER of the USA has achieved his second J/24 World Championship in five years. With crew Nick Turney, Rich Bowen, Giuliano Cattarozzi and Andrea Casale, the Newport, RI-based helmsman recorded 47 net points in 10 races. Next best was Nobuyuki Imai’s SIESTA of Japan who ended with 68 points. Demonstrating the continued strength of the J/24 class in America, the balance of the podium and top five were dominated by three American teams.  Taking the bronze was Keith Whittemore’s FURIO team from Seattle, WA (a regular on the Italian J/24 circuit); fourth place went to Travis Odenbach’s HONEY BADGER crew from Rochester, NY; and fifth was Mike Ingham’s NAUTALYTICS from Rochester, NY, who dominated Friday’s three contests with a 2-1-1.

    The IJCA also awarded its perpetual trophies:
    • Jaeger Women’s Trophy to Lynn Wolgast, Derbe Kerle, Germany
    • Under-25 Turner Trophy to Pietro Parisi, Ottobrerosso, Italy

    Welles put together a combined American and Italian team, and commended “Giuliano for bringing a fast boat and Andrea for putting it all together.” He also thanked PRO Hank Stuart and all the various volunteers and sponsors. Reflecting on 40 years of J/24 World Championships, he said that the robust international attendance proves that “The Class is as strong as ever!”

    Top five:
    1) Will Welles, Kaster- 2, 5, 2, 9, (25), 2, 2, 1, 8, 16, Net 47
    2) Nobuyuki Imai, Siesta, JPN, 25, 10, 5, 5, 1, 1, 7, (32), 7, 7, Net 68
    3) Keith Whittemore, Furio- 31, 19, DPI20, 3, 2, 9, 3, 1, (46), 3, 4, Net 75
    4) Travis Odenbach, Honeybadger- 14, 7, 8, 3, (16), 12, 8, 15, 2, 11, Net 80
    5) Mike Ingham, Nautalytics- 20, (43), 4, 10, 5, 8, 30, 2, 1, 1, Net 81

    Eighty-nine teams from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and United States) competed August 27-31 from Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda.  For more J/24 World Championship sailing information
     

    Italians Crowned SAILING Champions League Winners!
    (St Moritz, Switzerland)- Four days of tense competition and a nail-biting final race on Lake St Moritz brought victory for the Italian team from Circolo Della Vela Bari (CVB) in the SAILING Champions League Final in St Moritz, Switzerland. The team from CVB claims the title ‘Best Sailing Club of the Year’. Runner-up is the Swiss club from Société Nautique de Genève ahead of Wassersport Verein Hemelingen from Germany who take the third place. Thirty-one yacht clubs representing twelve nations came to St Moritz to fight for the prestigious silver trophy in the SAILING Champions League Final 2018.

    For the second consecutive year, the silver trophy of the SAILING Champions League stays in Italy. The CVB from the southeast coast of Italy takes over the title from their fellow Italians from Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Three months after winning Semifinal 1 of SAILING Champions League in Porto Cervo, Simone Ferrarese, Valerio Galati, Corrado Capece Minutolo and Leonardo Dinelli to claim the title.

    Simone Ferrarese admitted: “We were very, very lucky, we can’t pretend it was anything else. But we never gave up, even when we were a long way behind. Sometimes we were unlucky on other days so maybe the luck came back for us today. Over the four days I think we have sailed very well and all of us are so happy to have won this regatta, to make Circolo Della Vela Bari the best sailing club in Europe.”

    The Italians won in the most extraordinary showdown between the top four teams who qualified through to the four-boat final. After seven flights of eight-boat races, it was the Swiss team, Société Nautique de Genève, who came through qualification at the top of the leaderboard. If the Swiss could win the first race of the finals, the ‘first-to-two-wins’ format for this competition would have made them the champions.

    In a very light-airs final race, it looked like the Swiss would indeed close out the regatta. The Germans, Norddeutscher Regatta Verein and Wassersport Verein Hemelingen, were parked on the far side of the final run and it looked like the regatta was slipping away. But, a small gust from behind wafted the Italians past the Germans and the Swiss. As they crossed the finish line, all four boats were overlapped but CVB won the race by only one meter, and the SAILING Champions League 2018 after adding up the points.

    The light-airs conditions came in strong contrast to the two semifinals that took place earlier in the summer. Porto Cervo produced moderate winds in Sardinia, while St Petersburg produced some all-out planing conditions on the Neva River, with winds gusting up to 30 knots. St Moritz was a much more subtle challenge. While day one produced perfect breezes under bright blue skies, the next three days of lighter wind demanded smooth boathandling and roll-tacking in the sub-5 knot conditions.

    The host city of St Moritz worked closely with the hosting club of Sailing Club St. Moritz and the region Graubünden to make sure that this gathering of international talent was given a world-class reception, with lavish parties in the evening and a great opportunity for all the international crews to get to know each other better.

    Martin Berthod, Managing Director of St Moritz Tourism, was delighted to have welcomed so many top-level crews to the lake high in the Alps, “Water sports and sailing in summer is as important to us and the Engadine region as winter sports in winter. We want to offer our guests sports and relaxation, so we took the chance to work together with the SAILING Champions League to present sailing to our guests with hosting the finale for the best clubs in Europe.”

    The SAILING Champions League is proud to be supported by a number of key partners: Juvia, KRAFTWERK, DEDON, Breitling, Badrutt’s Palace, DKSH, SAP and Marinepool.

    For the clubs on the podium, three main partners handed over special prices:
    1st– Breitling: four watches of the model Superocean Héritage
    2nd– DEDON: a deep sofa from the TIGMI collection
    3rd– KRAFTWERK: one Nautic Tool Trolley equipped with tools and four Swiss army knives

    Sailing photo credits- Lars Wehrmann.  SAILING Champion League finale video highlights    For more SAILING Champions League Finals information
     

    Gold For Australia & France @ World University Championship
    (Cherbourg, France)- The 2018 edition of the World University Sailing Championship took place from August 30th to September 6th on the inner harbor of Cherbourg, France. The event was sailed in a matched-fleet of J/80 one-design class sailboats and was hosted by YC de Cherbourg. In the end, the YC Cherbourg PROs- Roland Galliot & Jean Paul Mauduit from France- managed to run a total of 21 qualifying races over three days for the nineteen teams participating from ten nations, then 8 more Championship races for the top 11 teams.

    Winning the overall World University Sailing Championship was the AUSTRALIA 2 TEAM comprised of Thomas Grimes, Nicholas Rozenauers, Mitch Evans, and Jessica Grimes.  And, winning the Women’s World University Sailing Championship title was the FRANCE 3 TEAM that also took the bronze overall; their team included skipper Elodie Bonafous, Morgane Keramphele, Anne Guillou, Anna Kerdraon, and Louise Acker.

    Opening Day
    It was under the radiant sunset on a Friday night, on “the Green Beach” of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, that the Opening ceremony of the 2018 World University Sailing Championship took place. The lively ceremony was marked by the presence of an unexpected and distinguished guest.

    After each of the 10 delegations marched at the parade of nations, in the presence of 300 spectators and guests, former French Prime Minister and also former Mayor of Cherbourg- Bernard Cazeneuve- made his appearance while the French national anthem played across the sea and sky of Normandy.

    Mr. Cazeneuve took the opportunity to thank the founders of the event, Olivier Gosselin and Eric Le Roi, two professors of physical education of the Cherbourg University campus.

    Then, French Navy Admiral- Pascal Ausser- officially declared the World Championship “open”.  Thereafter, the festivities include an artistic performance by the students from the University of Normandy.

    Day 1- Spain takes lead
    The regatta started on Saturday September 1st with almost ideal summer sailing conditions in the natural harbour of Cherbourg.

    In spite of a good first round of races launched at 10:00am, the wind played on tricks on the competitors throughout the day.  The teams had to be patient since the 19 teams had to wait for their turn in the rotation of thirteen boats to compete on the water.

    At the end of the first day, the SPAIN 2 TEAM (skippered by Alberto Basadre Lopez) was leading, followed by FRANCE 2 (skipper Pierrick Letouze) in second and the Australians on AUSTRALIA 2 in third place (skipper Tom Grimes).

    ”This day was difficult, because of the very unstable wind and the very good level of the other competitors. The championship lasts several days, this is why our objective was to start strong the race for the title,” commented Alberto Basadre Lopez, skipper of the SPAIN 2 team.

    ”We got organized and psyched up, that gave us confidence quickly, but we cannot lose any momentum, because it is a tightly-packed fleet. You should miss nothing, because otherwise we pay the price in boats lost! And, with the changes of wind, the waiting onshore between the two rotations was favorable for us,” explained Pierrick Letouzé, skipper of the crew FRANCE 2.

    Day 2- Leaders confirm their position
    The second day produced another gorgeous day of sailing, sunny, windy, and lots of races run for the enthusiastic university sailors.

    On the water, the Spanish crew of SPAIN 2 again showed their domination by winning two races, allowing them to keep their leadership position. The Australians on AUSTRALIA 2 were not to be outdone, because they jumped into second place, followed closely by the French crew on FRANCE 2 and the French women’s team on FRANCE 3 (skipper Elodie Bonafous).

    “It was a beautiful day for us, especially at the end when the wind increased in strength. We were able to adapt our tactics and learn from our errors from the day before. Little by little, we hoped to be the top qualifier for the Championship series, said Tom Grimes of AUSTRALIA 2.

    “We are satisfied by our performance, especially with the 11th race. Our tactics and strategy was much better in the afternoon, thanks to a more stable and more regular wind that helped us sail faster!” commented Elodie Bonafous, skipper of women’s crew on FRANCE 3.

    Day 3- Money time! Last day to qualify!
    The third day of the regatta was the last day to qualify.  And, it turned out to be the windiest so far, with 9 races being run for the fleet.

    Winning the qualifiers was Grimes’ AUSTRALIA 2 team, followed by Bonafous’ all-women FRANCE 2 team in second, Lopez’s SPAIN 2 team in third, Letouze’s FRANCE 2 crew in fourth, and Jonathan Yeo’s SINGAPORE 1 crew in fifth (the top Asian boat).

    The Championship round then took place over the next two days, with all teams starting from scratch with zero points.  So, for many teams that presented an excellent opportunity to take lessons learned and experiences from the qualifying round for another chance to get on the podium!

    Day 4– The French Vikings Prevail!
    After five races run in 10-12 knots of wind, there was no question which team was in command of the fleet- the French Vikings from Normandy on FRANCE 2; skipper Pierrick Letouze won three race to take the early lead in the Championship round.

    Following them were the two Australian teams, Grimes’ AUSTRALIA 2 in second with a 1-2-3-6-5 tally and Ethan Pierto-Low’s AUSTRALIA 1 in third with a 2-8-5-2-2 record.  Settling into fourth position with a 3-5-7-9-3 scoreline was none other than Bonafous’ all-women Brittany crew on FRANCE 3. Rounding out the top five was the top Chinese crew, CHINA 1 skippered by Chuancheng Zhou with a respectable tally of 6-4-1-7-9.

    ”We had an performance in our qualifying round, but we recovered well and analyzed our errors. Then, there was a great alchemy with our team and we felt comfortable in the harbor, improving our speed and tactics. We are going to give everything tomorrow!” said skipper Letouzé on FRANCE 2.

    ”We have tried our best since the beginning of the competition, but the level of the other competitors is rather high. We are satisfied by our place in the general ranking, because we do not have much experience at this level of competition. Today, we took time to understand and adapt to the shifty winds in the harbor and to the weather report; that helped us a lot! Plus, we won a race, a minor victory perhaps, but very encouraging for us!” commented Chuancheng ZHOU, skipper of CHINA 1.

    Day 5- Thrilling Finale- Gold for Australia and France!
    The final day was a bit like Muhammad Ali’s “Thrilla from Manila” fight for the World Boxing Championship belt many blue moons ago. However, this times it was the “Wonders from Down Under” that delivered the final hammer blow by winning the final race to take the title!  It was AUSTRALIA 2, skippered by Tom Grimes, that closed the last three races with a 1-6-1 to repeat as World University Champions (last won in 2016)!

    Starting out the day with a 7-point lead over the Australians, it was FRANCE 2’s regatta to lose over three races.  In short, that is exactly what they did.  Under tremendous pressure to defend their “home court” advantage, Letouze’s Normandy team (Paul Cousin, Marie Zugolaro, Arthur Richer, & Swann Pain) just could not put it together on the last day, opening with a 6th and closing with two 4ths to take the silver medal, two points behind the Australians.

    ”We are really happy to win in Cherbourg! The level of the championship was very high, we were very happy to be here, and the French teams sailed very well. We had to fight hard all the way up to the end. Bravo to them, too!” said Jessica Grimes, crew on AUSTRALIA 2.

    The surprising, and quite heart-warming, performance arose in the form of five French women! Bonafous’ all-women team from Normandy tied the AUSTRALIA 2 team for 2nd best record on the final day!  Their 3-3-2 was good enough to earn them the Bronze in the Open Division and the Gold for the Women’s Division!

    “It was a great championship, with an excellent atmosphere, with a high level of competition on the water, and perfect conditions. It was fantastic to meet other crews, which come from everywhere, and the organization was really at the top!” commented Morgane Kéramphèle, crew on FRANCE 3.

    Rounding out the top five were two more performances that are notable.  Having barely qualified in the first round, Aoi Makino’s crew on JAPAN 1 knew they had their work cut out for them to post a respectable regatta and be proud of the outcome.  After opening with a sub-par performance in the first 5 races (4-7-8-5-11), Makino’s crew (Shunsuke Mori, Kamikaze Takasaki, Tatsuya Takayama, & Daiki Tomita) finally figured it all out on the last day, closing with the best record for the day- a 4-1-3!  As a result, they leapt into 4th place, winning the tiebreaker on 39 pts each!

    Taking 5th place on the tie-breaker countback was the Dutch crew on NETHERLANDS 1, skippered by Jelmer Van Beek with crew of Wietse Pijlman, Jorden Van Rooijen, & Ruger Vos.

    The next World University Sailing Championship will take place at Lago di Ledro, Italy, in 2020!

    Watch YouTube sailing videos here
    Preparation- https://youtu.be/hE0yz3o9VfM
    Day 2 highlights- https://youtu.be/TjKgNhqZJOI
    For more FISU World University Sailing Championship information
     

    J’s Sweep Seaflower Reef Race
    Slow Vineyard Race, J/Teams Prevail in IRC/ PHRF Divisions
    (Stamford, CT)- New England's classic Labor Day weekend offshore race has to be Stamford YC’s annual Vineyard Race.  The 238 nautical-mile adventure starts off Stamford Harbor, and takes racers down the length of Long Island Sound to Buzzard's Bay Light Tower (passing it to starboard), then back to Block Island (also passing it to starboard) before again sailing the length of Long Island Sound, back to the finish just inside the harbor. The Stamford YC race committee also starts the 143 nautical mile Seaflower Reef Course that includes two PHRF Divisions.  Both races are popular with J/Crews from all over the northeastern seaboard.

    However, this year’s race may go down in history as one of the longest ever. Winning PHRF Class 11 and Overall PHRF was Bill & Jackie Baxter’s J/111 FIREBALL; their victory took just under 48 hours to complete the course- an average 4.95 kts over 238nm!  Ouch!  Second in their class was another J/111, Abhijeet Lele’s VARUNA.

    Taking 2nd PHRF Overall and winning PHRF Class 9 was Dan Nash’s J/109 MISTRAL.  They led a sweep of their class by other J/teams; 2nd was Don Dwyer’s J/109 GUARDIAN J, 3rd Mike Greene’s J/35 LOBLOLLY, and 4th was Cao Deambrosio & Chris Nicholls’ J/109 RHIANNON III.

    Winning PHRF Class 10 was Bill Ingraham’s J/124 TENEBRAE, with John Greifzu’s J/109 GROWTH SPURT in 3rd place.  Then, showing their class, commitment, and perseverance was the J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN (sailed by the Young American Youth Sailing Academy Team from Rye, NY), taking a 4th in PHRF Class 8.

    In the IRC Class 12, the J/44s have done it again, with Len Sitar’s VAMP winning class with Chris Lewis’ Texas crew on KENAI taking fourth place.

    Similar to the dominant performances of J/crews in the Vineyard Race PHRF divisions, the same scenario played out in the 143nm Seaflower Reef course that takes place all inside Long Island Sound.  Sailing their 10th anniversary race was Todd Aven’s J/92 THIN MAN, celebrating appropriately by winning both PHRF Class 5 and also PHRF Overall- being awarded the Cotton Blossom Performance Trophy.

    Here was Todd’s commentary on their race:

    “That was definitely one for the history books! We had a great start in very lumpy conditions... Easterly wind at about 15 knots. The wind increased, the wind decreased, it shifted left, and it shifted right. We started with a full main and the #2 jib. When it got windier, we put in a reef. When it got lighter, we shook out the reef. When it got lighter still, we changed (bare-headed) to the #1 jib. Then, the wind started building again. Time to put the reef back in, but only temporarily since the wind is going to drop soon (right?).  At 22kts, we decided enough abuse for the #1 and switched to the #3 (bare-headed). That was good for a while, but then, the wind did drop and we switched back to the #1.

    With the Easterly wind, the waves were pretty big and we were getting plenty of water over the deck. Then, the instruments shut off completely! It's really hard to drive in waves without a boat speed reading. I found a couple of bad connections right away, one of which was for the automatic bilge pump. That helped, since it now pumped some of the water out of the cabin, but still no instruments. Since it wasn't an easy fix, I went back to driving (without instruments) for an hour or two. Then, I went back to working on the instruments and got the wiring problem fixed.

    The race was tough, a windward beat directly into the waves for most of the day, followed by some close tacking near the Connecticut shore in the night approaching Seaflower Reef. Once around the mark, we set the spinnaker and it was a gorgeous sleigh-ride all the way home.

    When I got my "new" J/92 THIN MAN in 2007, I immediately set my sights on the Vineyard Race.  I didn't know the boat well enough the first year to be comfortable jumping in right away, so we devoted ourselves to sprucing her up for 2008.  Incredibly, we started off with a fleet and class win that year.  Here is how we’ve done ever since:
    • 2008 - Cornfield Point - 1st in class, 1st in fleet
    • 2010 - Cornfield Point - 1st in class, 1st in fleet (and boat speed record of 21 knots)
    • 2011 - Seaflower Reef - 1st in class, 1st in fleet
    • 2012 - Seaflower Reef - 2nd in class
    • 2013 - Vineyard Double-Handed - 4th in class
    • 2014 - Seaflower Reef - 1st in class
    • 2015 - Seaflower Reef - 1st in class
    • 2016 - Seaflower Reef - 1st in class, 1st in fleet
    • 2017 - Seaflower Reef - 5th in class
    • 2018 - Seaflower Reef - 1st in class, 1st in fleet
    Every time is different, and every time is GREAT!  Thank you to everyone  on our crew, you are the ones that makes it so much fun and so memorable!”

    Besides, the J/92 THIN MAN winning PHRF Class 5, Frank Conway’s J/105 RAPTOR took the bronze, Ken & Drew Hall’s J/88 NEVERMORE took 4th, and Justin Scagnelli’s J/88 ALBONDIGAS place 6th.

    In addition, winning the PHRF Class 4 Doublehanded was Greg Imbruce’s J/109 JOYRIDE.

    A great showing overall for the J/Tribe in the various Vineyard Race events!  Follow the SYC Vineyard Race on Facebook here   For more Vineyard Race sailing information
     

    Sunny, Fast Conanicut Round Island
    J/121 CRESCENT IV Takes 1st Class, 2nd Overall!
    (Jamestown, RI)- Under sunny skies and a building sea breeze, one hundred yachts ranging from 80 to 22 feet sailed 18 miles around the small island of Conanicut nestled in the middle of Narragansett Bay on Sunday afternoon. One of the oldest races in North America, the race marks the end of the summer sailing season in the coastal region.

    “Some sailors come out for the trophy or just bragging rights, while others are simply on a family picnic sail,” said Race Chair Alan Baines. “The best part about this race that there is something for everyone and it's truly a celebration of another summer coming to end.”

    The triple-digit fleet represented 25% of all race boats registered on Narragansett Bay, making it one of the largest CYC Around the Island Races in recent history. Plagued by Hurricane forecasts the last two years, organizers- who have been planning since January- were very happy both the weather and competitors turned out for the event.

    “We want to keep it fun above all else,” said Principal Race Officer Mark Grosby of Jamestown. “Fair racing, a scenic course, and a great party afterward are what keeps everyone coming back year after year.”

    Separated into 11 divisions and staggering starts by 6 minutes, the slower boats started at 11:00 am on Sunday in 8 knots from the south. It was around Beavertail Lighthouse on the southern tip on Conanicut that the fleets began to converge as they set their spinnakers for a nine-mile downwind run along the western side of the island.

    There were plenty of winners amongst the more than 800 sailors (for full results go to conanicutyachtclub.com/ATI) but the residents of Jamestown also received a special treat watching the spectacular race from the shore. Jane Miner commented on the Race’s Facebook Page: “Loved that I could use KATTACK [tracking website] to see when they would be coming by my house, and then the scratch sheet to know who was who when I saw them with my binoculars from my terrace! So glad the breeze came in, too!!”

    In every division that included J/crews, they either won or placed on the podium- there was a LOT of silverware to give out!  Starting with PHRF B Class, Dennis Nixon’s J/29 LYNX took third.  In PHRF C Class of mostly J/22s and J/24s, taking 2nd was Cory Sertl’s J/22 LUCY, 4th was Kira Munger’s J/24 Youth Grant Boat, and 5th was Henry Lane’s J/24 FAST LANE.

    Then, in PHRF D Class, 3rd was Dexter Hoag’s J/30 ALTAIR while a sistership placed 4th- Chris Tate’s J/30 BLITZ. The same happened in the PHRF E Class, with Sean & Susan Doyle’s J/105 KESTREL in 2nd with their sistership- Matt Schmitt’s J/105 HARDTACK- taking 3rd on the podium.

    In PHRF F Class, a perennial winner had to settle for silver this time around- Paul Grimes’ J/353 BREAKAWAY.  5th place went to Dawson & Ben Hodgson’s J/100 GRIMACE.

    The PHRF G Class consisted of just one-design J/109s.  Winning the internecine battle was Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE, joined on the podium by Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING in 2nd and John Sahagian’s PICANTE in third.

    Finally, the “big boat J class” was PHRF H Class.  Not surprisingly, it was a battle of the 40-plus footers, with a Japanese crew taking the class honors!  Winning was Akimitu Hirai’s brand new J/121 CRESCENT IV from Hayama Marina YC in Japan- not only 1st in class, but 2nd in fleet PHRF Overall by a mere 18 seconds!  Third was Greg Manning’s J/121 SARAH and fifth went to Jack Gregg’s J/122 TARAHUMARA. Sailing photo credits- Cate Brown   For more Conanicut Round Island Race sailing information
     

    J/Community
    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide

    * Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken Jr., and Terry Hutchinson?  Hmmm.  Good guys, all. 
    Bill Wagner from The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD had an interesting chat with Terry Hutchinson recently.  For the un-initiated, Terry was a 2x College Sailor of the Year at Old Dominion University, a J/24 World Champion, a J/70 East Coast Champion, and a great family guy.  That he's won the Farr 40, TP 52, and Maxi 72 Worlds with other teams is merely an asterisk to his J/24 accomplishments (the foundation of many of the world's best sailors worldwide).

    As a kid growing up in Maryland, Terry Hutchinson couldn’t wait until weekends. Most Saturdays and Sundays were spent on the West River where his father Phil berthed a Concordia Yawl at Hartge Yacht Harbor in Galesville.

    “We would go down there on the weekends and I would always beg my dad to rig up the dinghy so I could go sailing,” Hutchinson recalled. “I’d spend all day out on the water. It felt like my own little place of freedom.”

    That love and passion for sailing that was instilled at a young age would become a guiding force in Hutchinson’s life. He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia primarily because it boasted a strong sailing team.

    Hutchinson was named College Sailor of the Year in 1989 and 1990, establishing a reputation that would lead to a career he never envisioned. He graduated from Old Dominion with an education degree, but wound up working for Ed Reynolds out of a Shore Sails loft in Traverse City, Michigan.

    “My job was as much about promoting the product as selling,” Hutchinson said. “The J/24 class was wildly popular at the time and was a target market for our loft.”

    So Hutchinson hit the J/24 circuit and quickly ascended to the top, reaching the pinnacle by capturing the 1998 world championship off San Francisco.

    Twenty years later, Hutchinson is still competing at the highest level of the sport. Last month, the veteran professional led Quantum Racing to the TP52 World Championship out of Cascais, Portugal.

    That was just the latest in a long line of significant accomplishments for Hutchinson, who ranks among the greatest sailors in the long history of the sport. The 1986 St. Mary’s High graduate has been part of five America’s Cup campaigns and has been named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year twice (2008, 2014). He has claimed a total of 15 world championships in five different classes as either a skipper or tactician.

    Hutchinson’s legendary career as a professional sailor was recognized when it was recently announced he was a member of the 2018 induction class into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame. The Harwood native becomes just the second sailor ever selected for the state shrine, joining Annapolis resident Gary Jobson (2016 inductee).

    “When you look at all the notable people who are members of the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame it is really humbling. I don’t look at myself in the same manner as someone like Cal Ripken,” Hutchinson said. “To be considered on par with so many great athletes is a tremendous honor.”

    Hutchinson was particularly proud to represent the sport of sailing and happy the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee gave it equal consideration to more mainstream pursuits such as football, basketball, baseball, golf and tennis.

    Hutchinson’s professional career is far from complete and he is still chasing the one dream he’s held since boyhood. The 50-year-old is serving as skipper and CEO of American Magic, the New York Yacht Club’s challenger for the 36th America’s Cup.

    Hutchinson came close to hoisting the Auld Mug in 2007 as tactician for Team New Zealand, which reached the finals of the 32nd America’s Cup. It was one of the greatest matches in America’s Cup history with Switzerland-based Alinghi Racing beating Team New Zealand 5-2.

    “I don’t really want to sit back and reflect on my career right now because I haven’t achieved the greatest goal I set for myself,” Hutchinson said. “I want to become an America’s Cup champion, so there is still work to be done.”

    The induction ceremony will be on Nov. 8, 2018.  As J/Boats, we always wish him well! :)

    * “The Joy of Sailing a J”- by Gaston Moonen- current owner of a J/27 and J/145 in The Netherlands.  Enjoy Gaston’s story about how they fell in love with sailing a long line of J’s over time.

    “If there is anything that got my family and me into fast cruising it is J/boats. I started sailing at the age of nine when my father, an agricultural entrepreneur in the most land-locked province in the Netherlands, took his family – with five children - on a two-week sailing course. A few weeks after, he purchased two dinghies and the subsequent winter he ordered his first yacht, a Van der Stadt Design. My mother, not feeling comfortable on any boat, showed greatness in allowing this, something she has continued doing until the present day, including never lacking interest in the tales of sailing adventures we bring home.

    I got to know J/Boats when I was studying at the University of Minnesota and saw J/22s competing against each other on Lake Minnetonka in 1990. I have never lost that image! That same summer of 1990, my father, my brother Martien and I test-sailed several sailing boats of different makes in the Netherlands. This included the J/35, which a dealer had just brought to Dutch waters as an example of J/Boats’ bigger models. It did not take us too long to decide in favour of a brand new J/35, Then, and actually for every subsequent boat purchase, we used three main selection criteria: first, the boat had to be fast - no speed, no fun. Second, it had to be rock solid, both in build and equipment. And third: when, after a weekend’s sailing, you took a last look at the boat, the boat should make you think, each and every time: ‘What a beauty!’ Although we did not know it then, this last criteria is very much in line with what I once heard in person from Rodney Johnstone, saying: ‘Half the joy of owning a boat is looking at it.’

    Fast cruising is what we mainly did with our J/35 Jam Session. This ranged from trips to Normandy, including the Channel Islands, to fjords in Norway and also doing a ’Round Britain,’ but then in cruising mode, enjoying the shore’s great beauty. Most often we shared, meaning that one crew would do the first half of the trip, another crew the other half, always with at least a few family members on board. We truly loved our J/35, and not only because we were overtaking boats that were much bigger. We loved it also because it was such a comfortable boat to sail, which may come as a surprise to those who have only seen a J/35 and not sailed it. There was comfort in its stability, comfort in its straightforward set-up, also on the inside, and comfort in its ruggedness. While we pushed it hard occasionally, nothing broke, everything did what it was supposed to do. It had the finger-tip control in combination with thrilling responsiveness to wind and sea conditions that we knew from dinghy sailing.

    While fast cruising was its main destiny, we occasionally raced. I really got to know how much fun this was when I studied and worked in Manhattan in the early nineties and was a crew member sailing in Long Island Sound with skipper Dominique. Great fun, on a J/35 in a one-design fleet of about 20 boats. That’s where I got hooked on one-design racing, truly boat-to-boat racing. On my return to the Netherlands, this translated into the purchase of a J/22 and taking part more and more often, together with my wife Anne Marie and two friends, in J/22 one-design races, culminating in joining the 1995 J/22 Worlds in the Netherlands. While our results were poor, the fun we had and our learning curve were steep.

    Having started families of our own, we decided it was time for something bigger and time to join the J/sprit revolution that J/Boats triggered in the nineties. As a sailing family we looked for a boat with ease of sail handling downwind, while still applying the other three criteria mentioned above, the first one having become even more nuanced, i.e. we were not only seeking passage-making speed but also excellent performance in upwind conditions. Our experience had shown that when sailing on the North Sea, beating against the wind somehow occurred more often than sailing downwind, and that pointing high was so much fun when gaining on other boats while enabling you to keep your engine hours low. So early this century we roamed boat shows and all the family members involved came to the same conclusion: it had to be a J/120. To get a good idea of the details of our newly-ordered J/120 we visited the J/Composites shipyard in Les Sable d’Olonne in France, just as we had visited the TPI shipyard on Rhode Island for our J/35 in the nineties. Besides the warm welcome we received from the Johnstone’s and others, this gave us amazing insights into how J/Boats is able to blend innovative new techniques with solid craftsmanship.

    What makes sailing on a "J "so typically "J"? A few reasons that leap to mind are:
    • ‘Feeling’ the wind through your boat: every puff is translated into speed and/or higher pointing;
    • Staying in touch with the elements: the low freeboard/topsides at cockpit level contribute tremendously to sailing, feeling close to the water, yet remaining dry;
    • Walking on the deck of any J you feel the solid ‘build’ of the boat;
    • The set-up of things, be it on the deck or inside, makes sense. One quickly relates to this ‘common sense,’ reflected in design and execution, built on experience. This common sense approach is also the stepping stone for innovation, the Johnstone family not only thinking about changing a product but how people relate to sailing, how that changes and what this requires to optimize the joy of sailing;
    • Whenever I see a J it is a joy for the eye and it gives you a great feeling to sail on one of these gems yourself! After all, who wants to sail on an ugly boat?
    Still today, our J/120 does what we bought it for: providing many enjoyable family sailing hours across generations, with my father at the age of 85 still sailing on it, or my brothers and sisters, and our children, cousins or the like-minded, joining in. And every trip is a new adventure.

    Probably my wife and I are the worst infected by the J-fever, having bought a J/27, called Jiggy, in 2004. We use Jiggy both as ‘get away from work’ on a nearby lake and as a pocket racer in winter race series in the Netherlands, leading to pleasant podium ascents with a boat of 35 years in mint condition.

    For a good two years now, my wife and I and our three children are also the proud owners of the J/145 Ilderim, the fifth J in the family of J/boats we have sailed extensively. While providing more space, more speed, and also more draft, our J/145 ticks by far all the boxes we are looking for in a sailing boat - and even more, providing a fast, robust and comfortable yacht of timeless and striking beauty that offers an excellent and safe basis for memorable family fun sailing adventures.

    From the very beginning, the Johnstone family has understood what it takes to make this happen for our family, and many others. Enjoy your J!”

    * What it takes to win the J/111 World Championship.  It was a repeat win for Martin Dent’s JELVIS.  Twelve teams battled throughout the weeklong J/111 Worlds in Breskens, Netherlands, where big-breeze speed was the key to success. Martin Dent and his team on JElvis scored nine straight bullets and a second out of 12 races, an impressive scoreline!

    North Sails expert Ruairidh “Rory” Scott , main trimmer and crew captain onboard JElvis, says the team did a great job with boat handling.

        “Our crew made sure our hoists, spinnaker jibes and douses were on time and very tidy. This resulted in huge gains and the ability to overtake boats when the pressure was on.”

    They also matched headsail choice and mode to the conditions, Rory continues. “Most of the races were on the crossover between the J2 and J3. As the waves got bigger, we felt more comfortable on the J3 as a wider range of steering angles was possible. On Friday the waves were a little smaller and so we went back to the J2, which allowed us to sail a little higher at the same speed.”

    Downwind, it was important to sail the correct mode. “We were usually the first boat to sail a higher angle, which was faster downwind. The crossover was around 17 knots, and we also kept the jib up to maximize efficiency. As soon as the wind dropped below 16 for any length of time we would drop the jib and put the bow down.”

    North Sails expert Jeremy Smart helped Tony Mack’s McFly finish second overall and kept an eye on JElvis, noticing all the things they were doing right. “Their speed was unmatched as the breeze came up, when boat handling became crucial.”

    “The biggest gains were made downwind,” Jeremy continued. “They were able to sail hotter angles to extend, leaving their jib up and maintaining control while planing. Surfing waves was really helpful, which they were very good at, making them unbelievably fast.”

        “3Di has a great edge in breeze because it holds its shape very well,” Jeremy added. “Since it doesn’t stretch, the power that is put into the sail is transferred straight into the performance of the boat. The speed is unparalleled.”

    JElvis used North Sails standard sail designs for the 2018 Worlds. For more information on our World Championship-winning sails, please contact a North J/111 class expert.

    * J/88 Planing mode in Sweden’s famous annual Tjörn Runt Regatta on the Swedish west coast.
    Blowing 20-30 kts with A3 reaching kite up!  Thanks for video from J/88.SE and the crew of Jocke Cordaly, Mans Lundberg, Carl Fjallman, Johannes Tegern, Fredrik Eliasson, and Jonas Dyberg.
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  • J/Newsletter- August 29th, 2018 2018 J/70 Worlds- Most Competitive Keelboat Regatta Ever?
    (Marblehead, MA)- The J/70 World Championship may be the most competitive event in the sport of sailing. Ninety-eight teams from 19 different nations have qualified to compete in the 2018 WEST MARINE J/70 World Championship. After three days of inspections for the strict one-design class, racing for the championship will commence on Tuesday, September 25th. Five days of action are scheduled with up to three races per day. The Open and Corinthian Class Champions will be crowned on Saturday September 29th, at an Awards Ceremony at the Eastern Yacht Club.

    The inaugural J/70 World Championship was held in 2014, and today more than 1,700 fast planing J/70 sportboats have been sold worldwide. Three American skippers have won the championship and all of them will be racing in Marblehead: Tim Healy (Sail Newport), Joel Ronning (Wayzata YC), and the defending J/70 World Champion, Peter Duncan (American Yacht Club). The 2018 J/70 North American Open Champion, Tom Bowen (Annapolis YC), will also be competing, as will the runner up from the 2017 J/70 World Championship, Brian Keane (Beverly Yacht Club).

    Eight American skippers will be representing the Eastern Yacht Club, hosts for the 2018 J/70 World Championship, including Jud Smith, part of Peter Duncan's winning team last year, but racing his own J/70 Africa for the World Championship at his home club. “I am so excited to share my home club with these elite racers from around the world,” said Jud Smith. “Wind in September should be great, as long as there are no hurricanes, and we should see some really competitive racing.”

    Nearly half of the extraordinary fleet will come from overseas, including the best teams from Europe. The current J/70 European Champion Alberto Rossi (Circolo Canottieri Aniene, Italy) and his daughter, the 2016 & 2017 J/70 European champion, Claudia Rossi (YC Costa Smeralda, Italy) will both be competing. Notably, Alberto himself is two-time Farr 40 World Champion. Top Spanish teams include the 2018 J/70 Corinthian European Champion, Luis Bugallo (RCN Vigo, Spain), and Jose Maria Torcida (RCM Santander, Spain) who has won the J/80 World Championship twice. Top teams will be competing from Great Britain including two-time (2015 & 2018) J/111 World Champion Martin Dent (Royal Southern YC).

    Six teams from Mexico will be racing including, Javier Navarro (Club Izar), third in the 2018 J/70 North American Championship. J/70 teams will be competing from all over South America including; Argentina Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. Teams will be travelling thousands of miles to compete at the 2018 J/70 World Championship from as far away as Australia, Germany, Japan, Monaco, Russia, Sweden and Turkey.  For more West Marine J/70 World Championship sailing information
     


    SAILING Champions League Finals Preview
    (St Moritz, Switzerland)- Thirty-two of the world’s best sailing clubs representing twelve nations are set to fight for the prestigious silver trophy in the SAILING Champions League Final 2018, due to take place in St Moritz from August 30th to September 2nd. Whoever ends up earning the title of “Best Sailing Club of the Year” will quite literally feel on top of the world, as the winning crew will be celebrating on top of a podium that stands 1,856 metres above sea level, on the shores of Lake St Moritz.

    The host club of Sailing Club St Moritz has been working closely with the city of St Moritz and the region Graubünden to make sure that this gathering of international talent is given a world-class reception in this beautiful corner of Switzerland, high up in the Alps. The 32 clubs that have made it to the Final qualified through highly competitive Semifinals, the first held in the warm winds of Porto Cervo back in June, the second in St Petersburg when the Russian city put on some very strong and challenging winds.

    Quite what conditions will meet the competitors in St Moritz is anybody’s guess; it could be cold and light airs like last year’s event, or St Moritz could show its other side with warm, strong breezes as the predominant theme. Whatever St Moritz sends their way, the best sailors are those that are most adaptable to changing conditions in 15 flights of eight identically-prepared one-design sportboats.

    This year’s Final will be the first time for running a four-boat Final Series which was successfully trialed a month ago in Travemünde at the inaugural Youth SAILING Champions League. The top four boats from the Qualifying stage go through to the Final Series, carrying forward their ranking from Qualifying as a single race score. So, the winner of Qualifying would carry through a race win, the runner-up would carry through two points, and so on. In the Final Series, the teams will race against each other until one team has won two races. If the winner of Qualifying wins the first race of the Final Series, they become the outright winner of the SAILING Champions League 2018. On the other hand, the maximum number of races that could take place is four, if the race wins have been evenly distributed across all four teams.

    The aim of the format is to provide more of a climax for the spectators whilst retaining a format that is fair to those who have performed consistently over the previous days of competition. Emil Kjaer, helmsman of Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub, runner-up at Youth SAILING Champions League, commented, “The new format makes the event really exciting for the spectators and for us sailors. We like to sail under pressure.”

    Based on the outcome of the first two events, the following clubs should be near the top of the leaderboard; Circolo della Vela Bari (Italy), YC Bregenz (Austria), Club de Voile Saint Aubin Elbeuf (France), Regattaclub Bodensee (Switzerland), Segel-und Motorboat Club Uberlingen (Germany), YC Monaco (Monaco), Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (Germany), Deutscher Touring YC (Germany), three from Russia (Navigator Sailing/ Lord of the Sail- Europe/ Lord of the Sail Asia), and Societe Nautique de Geneve (Switzerland).

    Martin Berthod, Director of St Moritz Tourism, welcomes the sailors and visitors: “This event is an absolute high point of the year. For those that have not visited us before, I think St Moritz will take their breath away, and not just because the air is thinner up here! We believe it’s a spectacular place to stage the big SAILING Champions League Final. Thanks to the legendary Maloja winds, St Moritz and the Upper Engadine have become world-renowned sailing destinations. Furthermore, I would like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors and partners, without whose support this event would not be possible.”

    The SAILING Champions League is proud to be supported by a number of key partners: Juvia, KRAFTWERK, DEDON, Breitling, Badrutt’s Palace, DKSH, SAP and Marinepool.

    Livestream and results by SAP
    As with all SAILING Champions League events, the final two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday will be live broadcasted by SAP from 12:00 hrs (UTC+2), with expert commentators providing blow-by-blow analysis of the racing, aided by the detail provided by SAP Sailing Analytics. The final races are schedules for Sunday, 14:00 hrs (UTC+2). The SAP Sailing Analytics provide 24/7 additional statistics and data for sailors, fans, spectators and media like GPS tracking, real-time analysis, live leaderboard combined with 2D visualization. You find all results on sapsailing.com!  Watch the SAILING Champions League Finals promo video here   For more SAILING Champions League Finals information

    World University Sailing Championship Preview
    (Cherbourg, France)- The 2018 edition of the FISU World University Sailing Championship will be taking place from August 30th to September 6th on the inner harbor of Cherbourg, France.  The event is being hosted by YC de Cherbourg and supported by the FISU (International Federation of University Sports), World Sailing, and FFV (French Sailing Federation). The YC Cherbourg PRO will be Roland Galliot from France with real-time, on-the-water umpiring of all races.

    A total of nineteen teams are participating from ten nations, all racing a matched fleet of J/80 one-design sailboats supplied by the organizers.  The Open Division includes the following nations and number of teams: Australia (2), Austria (1), China (1), France (2), Italy (1), Japan (1), Netherlands (1), Singapore (2), South Korea (1), Spain (2).  In the Women’s Division, the following nations are participating: France (2), Netherlands (1), Singapore (1), South Korea (1).

    There will be an overall World University Sailing Champion for all teams participating.  In addition, there will be a Nation’s Champion for the best combined scores of the Open and Women’s Division, plus there will be a Women’s Champion trophy.  Watch the introductory World University Sailing Championship video here on YouTube  For more FISU World University Sailing Championship information

    Women On Water (WOW) Regatta Preview
    (Sundby, Denmark)- The WOW organization has now joined the Danish J/70 Sailing League and will have their first event in Sundby, Denmark from September 22nd to 23rd.  The format will be the same as the open sailing league, eighteen teams of five women on board each boat, with teams rotating on each flight.

    “WOW is expecting to get more women on the water, securing the next generation of girl sailors, and creating strong networks among women,” says Josefine Boel. "There has been a lot of support, from Sundby Sailing Association there are two teams. Henriette and I sailed a major European event last year, where there were more women. And, then we talked about how we get more women with in this.  When we spoke to the Danish Sailing League organizers, we created the WOW concept and created this event. We hoped for ten teams, but ended up with eighteen, and we even have four on waiting list! It's very overwhelming!”

    The WOW concept is off to a flying start. Over 200 women have joined the network - and it does not stop there.

    "Both Henriette Koch and I have an elite sailing background, but it was not what we wanted. The most important thing is to get more women sailing,” said Josefine. “Henriette is somewhat older than me, and she was the one girl I looked up to, she often beat all the boys.  I have seen many girlfriends stop sailing because they did not fit into the elite and Olympic sailing environment. There are many skilled young girls. But, there are no fun opportunities (or divisions like in soccer) for those who are not the top five percent. That is what we will try to improve. So, this is not just about sailing, but just as much to have fun, get together, and help each other. We tried to mix the teams, so there are veterans- including Dorte Jensen with a host of Olympic campaigns behind her- and young girls mixed together," continued Josefine.

    Dorthe Alvang is part of one WOW team in Sundby. She was born on the island and sailed in Roskilde before she returned to Amager. And, she has missed such an initiative women. Said Dorthe, ”I’m what you can call an ordinary sailor, there are lots of us! There is not much activity in sailing for women.  So, if you do not go all-in, there are not many opportunities to go sailing on a small sailboat.  For this WOW event, I formed a team with other women better than me. So, now we train for the competition every weekend. It is often the case in sailing that the men are very active and the women are so strangely withdrawn. So this is a perfect way to turn it up a bit and get out on the water!”

    The WOW organizers invite women to the WOW meeting on Thursday, September 20th, entitled "Women on the Podium”, at HORTEN Lawyers in Tuborg Harbor.

    "I've learned more about team dynamics by sailing than by going to work over the years. I have used my sailing experiences a lot in my work life. And, this is about focusing on the fact that there are too few women represented in boards and management positions in Danish businesses. Subsequently, the participants from the Thursday meeting are invited to sail at the WOW event in Sundby the following weekend. Here the participants could get a ride on a J/70 with some of Europe's best women sailors; and, further the opportunity to strengthen their network. So, it's not just about sailing together, but also helping each other in relation to the things we do- networking and collaboration," explains Josefine.
    Follow the WOW Women’s sailing event on Facebook   Facebook video highlights   For more Danish J/70 Sailing League information
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The last week in August has seen an enormous uptick in sailing activity across the planet; in particular Europe with the advent of the “post-European vacation” regattas for the J/70 sailing leagues taking place from Europe to Russia.  For starters, the J/111 World Championship was held in Breskens, The Netherlands, with sailing on the North Sea. Off to the east, the J/24 Worlds were being sailed on Lake Garda, Italy, hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva in Riva del Garda for an amazing fleet of 80+ teams- the 40th edition of the regatta.

    Meanwhile, the J/70 sailing leagues across Europe kicked back into high gear to complete their seasons.  In Germany, there were two events sailed on the Wansee in Berlin, one for the 36 teams in the 1st & 2nd Leagues and also the 20 teams in the German J/70 Youth Sailing League.  Over in Denmark, they also had their Danish J/70 Sailing League sail in Skovshoved with 18 teams in the Open league and also another dozen teams in their Youth League! Over in the Swiss Alps, the Swiss J/70 Sailing League took place on the gorgeous lake of Davos for 18 teams.  Up north, there were 18 teams participating in the Swedish J/70 Sailing League, sailed off Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.  Just east of them, it was the occasion for the next event in the Russia J/70 Sailing League that was sailed on the Neva River in St Petersburg, Russia.  Finally, down in Crouesty de Arzon, France, it was the 5th of seven regattas in the J/80 Coupe de France that took place- the J/80 Duo Crouesty Regatta- sailing J/80’s doublehanded.

    Over in the America’s, the top women match racers participated in the US Sailing Women’s Match Race Championship, hosted by St Francis YC, and sailed in J/22’s on San Francisco Bay, CA.  Off to the Midwest, the Verve Cup Inshore Regatta was sailed on Lake Michigan, hosted by Chicago YC for fleets of J/70s and J/24s.  Still further east, the J/80s sailed their East Coast Championship in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  Then, the Storm Trysail Club held their annual Ted Hood Regatta in Marblehead, MA for fleets of J/70s, J/105s, and handicap fleets- PHRF and ORR-EZ for J/111, J/124, J/122, J/33, J/109.

    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 page  Below are the summaries.

    Regatta & Show Schedules:

    Aug 30- Sep 2- SAILING Champions League Finale- St Moritz, Switzerland
    Sep 7-9- Italian J/70 Cup- Trieste, Italy
    Sep 7-9- German J/80 Open Nationals- Glucksburg, Germany
    Sep 7-9- J/24 USA Nationals- Falmouth, ME
    Sep 7-9- J/80 North American Championship- Marion, MA
    Sep 7-9- J/109 East Coast Championship- Newport, RI
    Sep 8-14- J/22 World Championship- Annapolis, MD
    Sep 9-10- J/24 Great Lakes Championship- Sandusky, OH
    Sep 12-16- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA
    Sep 14-16- J/70 Great Lakes Championship- Grosse Pointe, MI
    Sep 18-21- J/111 North American Championship- Macatawa, MI
    Sep 21-23- Canadian J/105 National Championship- Toronto, ONT
    Sep 21-23- J/22 Northeast Championship- Diamond Point, NY
    Sep 21-23- J/80 Atlantic Telegramme- Lorient, France
    Sep 22-29- J/70 World Championship- Marblehead, MA

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

    JELVIS Repeats @ J/111 World Championship
    (Breskens, The Netherlands)- The 2018 J/111 World Championship was hosted in conjunction with the Breskens Sailing Weekend in the Netherlands.  A dozen J/111 crews participated from five nations (Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, & Switzerland). The teams raced offshore on the North Sea along the famous Benelux beaches and seashore.

    Hosts for the Worlds were Watersportvereniging Breskens, Royal Yacht Club of Belgium, Koninklijke Roei & Zeilvereniging De Maas, Koninklijke Nederlandse Roei en Zeilvereniging Muiden, Koninklijke Antwerpse Watersportverenging SRNA and the Royal Netherlands Yachting Union (RNYU).

    As anticipated, the powerful British J/111 contingent would prove formidable over the course of competition.  In the end, it was Martin Dent’s JELVIS that loved the big breeze and big winds and repeated their win from 2016 to be crowned the 2018 J/111 World Champion.

    The first day of competition was already going to separate “the men from the boys” due to the big breeze, big waves, and difficult steering conditions in the chop that builds offshore of Breskens due to the current.  For those that relish the breeze (e.g. like the Solent sailors), they had a lot of fun offwind in the planing conditions.

    The second day produced even tougher conditions than the first, with a steady 20-plus kts of wind and huge waves.  Spinnaker runs saw boats easily hitting 14+ kts boat speed most of the way down the track to the leeward gates.

    Dent’s JELVIS team scored an impressive, perfect 1-1-1 on the day.  The only downside was that Simon Bamford’s team on KESTREL had a massive collision with RED HERRING during the first race of the morning.

    On the third day, the windspeed was gusting up to 23 kts and waves up to 8 feet high against the current!  Britain still ruled after three days of racing, with Dent’s JELVIS in an untouchable position for the final day.

    In the end, the JELVIS crew won their second J/111 World Championship with a very consistent performance, reveling in the breezy, choppy conditions.  Taking second was Tony Mack's McFLY and the battle for 3rd place was won by the “Flying Dutchmen” aboard Paul van Driel's SWEENY (they were also declared the J/111 Worlds Corinthians Division winner).  For more J/111 World Championship sailing information
     

    40th J/24 World Championship Update
    (Riva del Garda, Italy)- Lake Garda lived up to its “bucket list” reputation on the opening day of the J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. Eighty-nine teams from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and United States) descended on the picturesque lake for the 40th edition of the Championship.

    Day 1- Monday
    With sunny skies and breeze at 10-15 knots, American Will Welles’ Kaster got out of the gate with the early advantage, posting 2,5,2 for nine points in the three races. Hungarian Tomai Bala’zs’ J.Bond 037 started the day strong with 1,2, but a 13 in race three left him with 16 points for second place. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger of the USA rests in third place with 29 points.

    Bala’zs opened the regatta with a victory, ahead of Welles and Italian Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba. Keith Whittemore’s Furio, USA, took the next battle, as Bala’zs dropped to second and Duncan McCarthy’s Madeleine of Great Britain put another nation on the leaderboard. The final contest saw McCarthy, Welles and Whittemore comprise the top three.

    Day 2- Tuesday
    The leaderboard tightened up Tuesday at the J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. Lake Garda again produced fantastic conditions as the 89 teams recorded two more races, bringing the total to five, including now one discard. American Will Welles’ Kaster maintained the top spot with 18 net points, but Hungarian Tomai Bala’zs’ J.Bond 037 is just two points back in second place with 20, and Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta of Japan launched up to third with 21 points. Both Welles and Bala’zs stumbled in the day’s final race, but benefited from the throw-out.

    2016 World Champion Daniel Frost’s JJOne of Germany ruled the day, winning the first contest, and placing second in the next. Following Frost in Tuesday’s opener were two Americans: Keith Whittemore’s Furio and Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger. Imai’s Siesta also had a solid day, leading the fleet home in race five, ahead of Frost and fellow Japanese sailor Tomomi Hatakeyama’s Gekko.

    Day 3- Wednesday
    Lake Garda delivered more of the same champagne conditions on the middle day of the J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. American Will Welles’ Kaster showed the same consistency, posting two second place finishes in Wednesday’s pair of races. Welles now boasts a seven-point advantage over Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta of Japan, who won the opening contest but added a seven in the next. Daniel Frost’s JJOne of Germany continued his ascent up the rankings with a 4,3 to move into third at 36 points, with Keith Whittemore’s Furio of the USA looking over his shoulder one notch back.

    Imai’s Siesta stayed hot, winning the opening match Wednesday in the familiar 10-16 knot lake winds. Welles and Whittemore followed. Whittemore’s Furio earned his first bullet of the series in race seven, with Welles repeating in second and Frost third.  For more J/24 World Championship sailing information
     

    Breault Takes 3rd US Women’s Match Race Title!
    (San Francisco, CA)- Nicole Breault ran the table at the 2018 U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, August 24-26. Without a single loss, Breault and her St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC) crew of Molly Carapiet (San Francisco, Calif.), Hannah Burroughs (San Francisco, Calif.) and Karen Loutsenheiser (Santa Cruz, Calif.) successfully defended their 2016 title.

    Allie Blecher (San Francisco, Calif.), sailing with Ali Blumenthal (Bethport, N.Y.), Beka Schiff (San Diego, Calif.) and Molly Noble (Hood River, Ore.) for Cal Sailing Club, fought hard for second in a tiebreaker semi-final against Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, Md.).

    "It was the frosting on the cake, to have run the table, but it wasn't my expectation. I knew either Allie and Janel, coming out of the semi-finals, would be tough. We had to be ready," said Breault.

    Breault, along with Carapiet and Loutsenheiser, also won the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy in 2015.

    With the win, Breault is invited to compete at the 2018 U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club on October 19-21, 2018. She had already qualified to represent the U.S. at the 2019 Nations Cup Grand Final. Breault is the #1 ranked women's match racer in the country and #8 in the world.

    Eight teams were whittled down to two during three stages of match racing on San Francisco Bay. Commencing Friday with a round robin to determine seeding, racing was initially delayed due to light winds – a rare occurrence on these waters. This allowed for a little extra practice in the J/22s provided by StFYC. By Saturday there was enough breeze to power the teams rapidly through the rounds, with Breault picking off one after another to remain on top.

    Blecher's team said they were enjoying the bay's breeze-on conditions and sorry to see the Race Committee remove spinnakers when the wind reached upper limits, "though it was the right call," said Blumenthal.

    Sunday once again dawned light and shifty for the semi-finals, which would determine seeding for the final and petit final. Marilyn Cassedy (Los Angeles, Calif.) won her pair against Stephanie Wondolleck (San Rafael, Calif.) to advance, but lost against Breault, finishing fourth overall.

    The battle between second and third came down to a tiebreaker between Blecher and Zarkowsky. Blecher led during the first upwind and gained further when Zarkowsky scored a penalty on the downwind run. A tacking duel on the second upwind made for a close rounding and sailing down the course. Just short of the finish, Zarkowsky dropped the chute and smoothly executed a jibe, but it failed to fully clear the penalty, allowing Blecher to advance to the finals against Breault.

    "I should have waited but my heart was racing and I knew what was on the line," Zarkowsky recounted. "We're glad we gave her a hard time and we're glad she'll be at the Nations Cup."

    The light, shifty winds settled into a steady 15 knots heading into the final, where the first race was a textbook example of Breault and her crew's prowess. Blecher had the better start and a solid lead, but Breault clawed up her back, tack for tack, eventually seizing control and owning the first rounding. Her dialed deck crew had the spinnaker set and filled to lock in a solid lead they held to the finish.

    "We've got to be really aggressive," Breault said of her mindset on that first upwind. "We initiated a tacking duel and we knew were tacking better and gaining. It was like, 'We're behind, let's fight right now.'"

    Race two again saw Blecher control Breault through the pre-start and carry the lead all the way to the windward mark. Breault, on the hunt, shadowed her chute forcing her off to starboard.

    "As soon as I saw her spinnaker collapse the second time, I knew we were going to reel her in," said Breault. "But it's always a struggle. We'd come out of the jibe at a crazy angle and the kite would pop and we'd ratchet forward a couple of feet."

    Breault capitalizing on every micro error, took down Blecher in three races. "I felt like we were a triple threat. We had a clear advantage, being in home waters, sailing as an experienced team in boats we know," said Breault. "They gave it their all and did good match racing. From the grassroots women's sailing standpoint, there was a really good vibe. There was camaraderie among competitors and it bodes really well for the regatta going forward."

    Blecher was awarded the Mrs. Charles Frances Adams Perpetual Trophy, and as the top finisher of the event who hadn't previously qualified for the Nations Cup, she will be nominated by US Sailing to participate in the 2019 regatta, also hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club.

    "We had potential, we just lost to them upwind. We just don't have the time together in the boat," said Blecher. "It was nice to spice things up at the starts and it was definitely fun racing."

    The U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship was sponsored by Gill, with prizes for top finishers provided by Hobie Cat and gifts for the umpires from Cameron Hughes Winery.

    Randy Smith conducted a match-racing clinic with the participating sailors on Thursday, August 23.

    Previous winners of the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship include an impressive list of the top women's sailors in recent U.S. history. Cory Sertl, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Anna Tunnicliffe, Stephanie Roble, Genny Tulloch, Liz Baylis, and Debbie Cappozi have all won this US Sailing National Championship.
    For more US Women’s Match Racing Championship sailing information
     

    Surprise @ Russia J/70 Sailing League
    (St Petersburg, Russia)- The fourth regatta of the season for the Russian J/70 Sailing League took place in St Petersburg, Russian, with sailing taking place in front of the Peter & Paul Fortress on the Neva River.  Twenty-seven teams participated in the event; including ArtTube RUS1 (Valery Kovalenko), Konakovo River Club (Dmitry Shunin), NAVIGATOR Sailing Team (Igor Rytov), Leviathan (Vadim Yakhinson), Calipso (Maxim Taranov), "Sail Lord- EUROPE" (Vyacheslav Ermolenko), PIRogovo (Alexander Yezhkov), Sailor EUROPE (Sergei Musikhin), Rocknrolla Sailing Team / RUS76 (Andrey Kirilyuk), St. Petersburg Yacht Club Academy of Sailing (Anna Basalkina), Region-23 (Evgeny Nikiforov), Black Sea (Carina Teliants), Navigator Sailing Team (Alexandra Peterson), DC TEAM (Denis Cherevatenko), ZID PRO (Zoran Paunovich), RUS-7 (Igor Ginzburg), X-Fit (Igor Ginzburg), Resourcekomplekt (Alexander Mikhailov), CSKA (Ilya Kozhevnikov), Imperial Yacht Club (Irina Sorokina), Sochi- South Sport (Alexey Krylov), KOMATEK Kochnev), USC (Boris Kucherenko), Parma Lukomorye (Vitaly Tarakanov), East-West (Evgeny Anishev), Skolkovo Sailing Team (Konstantin Umnov), and Yacht Club of St. Petersburg (Sergey Dobrovolsky).

    For the first two days, the fleet was blessed with strong winds and sunny skies.  By the final day, an overcast sky with intermittent rains scattered across the northern capital of Russia, but it did not dampen the spirits of the sailors as they enjoyed more great racing in 8-14 kt winds.  Forty-five races in total were run on the windy, choppy river course with each team sailing at least fifteen races.

    In the end, it was a surprising outcome for the incredibly competitive fleet at the top of the leaderboard.  Winning the event by just a half point was CALIPSO, skippered by Maxim Taranov, with crew of Vladimir Shishkin, Egor Zuev, Dmitry Kolesnikov and Ilya Polishchuk.  Just missing the gold was a new top woman skipper- Vadim Yahinson; by winning her last race, she led her LEVIATHAN team (Alexander Prokofiev, Maxim and Mikhail Sheremetyev) onto the silver step on the podium.  Rounding out the top three to take the bronze was another woman skipper- Anna Basalkina and her crew of Ivan Zotov, Christian and Yakh Czech on the Y.C. ST PETERSBURG SAILING ACADEMY TEAM.

    The balance of the top five included two multi-regatta winners in the series; securing fourth place was Igor Rytov’s NAVIGATOR Sailing Team and in fifth place was yet another woman skipper- ARTTUBE RUS-1’s Valeria Kovalenko with her team of Alexander Bozhko, Igor Lisovenko and Denis Rozhkov.

    What was notable about this regatta was that for the first time in the history of Russian sailing and in Russian J/70 Sailing League history, three women skippers were in the top five (two on the podium) and were significant factors in the overall competition all weekend long!

    The next regatta will take place on September 20-23 at the unique sailing area in harbor of Vladivostok, Russia- the easternmost point of civilization on the Eur-Asian continent!

    Watch these Russian J/70 Sailing League highlight videos on Facebook here:
    DAY 1- https://www.facebook.com/russiansailingleague/videos/226085171413460/
    DAY 2- https://www.facebook.com/russiansailingleague/videos/481942298986885/
    DAY 3- https://www.facebook.com/russiansailingleague/videos/278706162729026/

    For more Russian J/70 Sailing League information  SAILING PHOTO CREDITS- Andrey Sheremetyev   For more Russian Sailing Federation League information
     

    YOUNGSTERS II Takes Danish Youth League Act III
    (Skovshoved, Denmark)- The Danish J/70 Sailing League created their Youth League two years ago and it continues to grow in popularity with young kids at sailing clubs across Denmark.  The combination of young girls and boys competing on the water and socializing ashore has made it fun and exciting for them. Last weekend, they enjoyed great sailing with racing managed by the Skovshoved Sailing Club.

    This year, it was the YOUNGSTER II team that won the event at Skovshoved- the second time they have done so. The team consists of brothers Jeppe & Nikolaj Borch, Amanda Ulmdal, Mathias Rossing and Nikolaj Rasmussen.

    The skipper- Jeppe Borch- talked about the close sailing they experienced over the weekend, “it was very close sailing each day.  In fact, we did not win until we beat the SUNDBY MARLINS in the last race, on the last run to the finish! We luckily pulled the longest straw!  Thank goodness! The SUNDBY MARLINS got a few penalties at the start, so we got a little distance on them right from the beginning. It was great that we could finish the weekend standing at the top of the podium!”

    The second place SUNDBY MARLINS, consisting of Josefine Boel Rasmussen, Kristian Schaldemose, Søren Andersen and Marc Wain, beat their previous best position in the Youth League by taking a podium for the competition. Before the competition, the team hoped for lots of fun and good wind, and they got what they came for!

    SUNDBY’s female skipper- Josefine Boel Rasmussen- said that, "we were happy with the weekend. Our not so good results in some races were mainly due to our mistakes or situations where we had fouled other teams. So, when we managed to get off with free wind, it was good to sail the boat fast, get a few good wind shifts, and hit it right, even winning some races!”

    With only one point separating the other teams on the podium, the game was a tough battle through the final race. The BANDHOLM WHITETAILED EAGLES team, that included skipper Bo Schulein, Ole Lindberg, Christian Torp and Peter Ammundsen, ended up landing on the podium at the last minute, even though they nearly threw away that opportunity several times. Sunday’s last race 4th place was due to the fact they had to do circles to exonerate themselves from a penalty incurred during the race; had they taken 5th, they would have finished 5th!

    The balance of the top five included the DTU SAIL RACING TEAM in 4th place and the THURO PIRATES in 5th position.  Follow the Danish J/70 Youth Sailing League here on Facebook  For Danish Youth Sailing League video highlights  For more Danish J/70 Sailing League information
     

    KDY SHARKS Lead J/70 Danish Sailing League
    (Skovshoved, Denmark)- This past weekend, the Skovshoved Sailing Club, together with the Danish Sailing League, hosted the third of four events in their season series off Skovshoved.  The eighteen teams that were participating had good weather all three days.

    Winning the third event and cementing their position at the top of the leaderboard for the season was the KDY SHARKS.  The team consisted of Michael Hestbæk, Thomas Hartvig, Henning Lambertsen and Niels Gramkov. After decimating the fleet in Skovshoved, they now count a 2-1-1 tally for a total of 4 pts for the season series.

    KALØVIG COBRAS made a big jump in the last day and secured 2nd place as they got two bullets in the last two races. It was undoubtedly a very good event for the KALØVIG COBRAS team (Lars Vilhelmsen, Sophus Jarvig, Nikolai Tiedemann, & Jesper Vogelius). The FAABORG FALCONS ended in 3rd place, 9 points behind.

    As a result of the third round, the top five positions in the Danish J/70 Sailing League are the following:
    1. KDY SHARKS (4 points)
    2. FREDERIKSHAVN SEAHAWKS (11 points)
    3. KALØVIG COBRAS (13 points)
    4. SEAHORSENS (13 points)
    5. AARHUS SHARKS (16 points)

    Follow the Danish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook   Facebook video highlights.   For more Danish J/70 Sailing League information
     

    NRV Leads J/70 German Sailing League
    (Berlin, Germany)- Thirty-six teams from both the 1st and 2nd Levels participated in the fourth round of the German J/70 Sailing League at the club Seglerhaus am Wannsee.  As anticipated, the Wansee Lake was a challenge for the 36 clubs; the teams fought hard over the three days with spinning winds, sun, rain, and difficult conditions.

    After 48 races (16 for each club), clubs from Hamburg were at the top of the podium for the second time in a row, but the outcome was made in the last race. The Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) and the Mühlenberger Sailing Club (MSC) defended their places at the top of the leader table.

    "It's impressive how strong the NRV is and how they stay at the top without great mistakes,” commented Dennis Mehlig of the Württemberg Yacht Club. “Our goal was to be in the front again, so we are super happy with our result. The overall ranking has mixed up a bit because of the Berlin results.”

    By winning seven of their sixteen races, it was quite clear that NRV was sailing in a league of their own.  Only Dusseldorf YC challenged them in most races, winning five races on their way to securing a second on the shifty lake.  Third went to Bayerischer YC, fourth was Wurttembergischer YC, and fifth was Wassersport-Verein Hemelingen.

    As result, for the 1st level, NRV are counting a 1-8-1-1 for 11 pts to lead the series by 8 pts.  Second with an 8-5-2-4 tally for 19 pts is Wurttembergischer YC, and third is Bayerischer YC with a 2-7-10-3 for 22 pts.

    Watch the YouTube sailing highlights of the sailing on Wansee in Berlin
    Day 1- https://youtu.be/9fJZMTPnFwo
    Day 2- https://youtu.be/_1CoXv4tWWM
    Day 3- https://youtu.be/whZI5HSWBnI

    Watch more sailing highlights of the German J/70 sailing league on Facebook here
    Day 1- https://www.facebook.com/SegelBundesliga/videos/2086378818344350/
    Day 2- https://www.facebook.com/SegelBundesliga/videos/319780161930358/
    Day 3- https://www.facebook.com/SegelBundesliga/videos/276868603040591/
    Sailing photo credits- Lars Wehrmann  For more German J/70 Sailing League information
     

    Munchner YC Tops German J/70 Youth Sailing League
    (Berlin, Germany)- The second round of the German J/70 Youth Sailing League took place on the Wannsee lake in Berlin. Despite summer holidays all over Germany, there were 20 passionately enthusiastic youth teams on the starting line, happily hosted by the Berlin Yacht Club.

    The sailors were fortunate that forecasts for 8 to 15 kt winds from the west provided the best sailing conditions they could expect on the Wannsee for two days.  As a result, it made for great sailing on Saturday but Sunday’s had to be canceled since the wind died and turned the lake in a complete “glass out”.

    Winning the abbreviated event was the Munchner YC with a 1-2-1-1 for 5 pts.  Second was the Bayerischer YC 2 team with a 1-1-4-1 for 7 pts. Then, third was the One Kiel Team with a 2-5-2-1 with 10 pts. Sailing photo credits- Lars Wehrmann.  Follow the German J/70 Youth Sailing League on Facebook here.   For more German J/70 Youth Sailing League information
     

    KSSS Lengthens Lead @ Swedish J/70 League
    (Örnsköldsvik, Sweden)- Eighteen teams participated in the third round of the Swedish J/70 Sailing League in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden this past weekend.  What transpired over the three-day event was not unexpected regards which team continued to demonstrate speed, strong tactics, and great boathandling.  In the end, the overall leader of the Swedish J/70 Sailing League (a.k.a. the Allsvenskan Segling 2018), the KSSS (Royal Swedish YC), added yet another bullet to their season scoreline to count just 4 pts after three events (Malmo, Ekero, Örnsköldsvik).

    Nevertheless, winning for the KSSS did not come easy in this event. The inner harbor of Örnsköldsvik has very shifty, puffy winds. That combined with very short legs both upwind and downwind put a premium on “short course” tactics and positioning, as well as a very strong premium on excellent boat handling.  Add in 10-20 kt winds, the speed of the race can get to you quickly, one bad tack, one bad spinnaker set, a bad gybe, a blown leeward gate rounding, all add up quickly when you are racing six teams on a short, quick track.

    While it was tough on the competitors, it was fantastic sport for the spectators along the quayside, literally a few meters offshore the boats were dueling for position from start to finish.  Plus, a few spectacular wipe-outs (broaches) downwind kept everyone entertained.

    "It's fair racing, but it feels like we've been moving so fat, so quickly! You cannot relax until you're finished the race, it can be exhausting working so fast! There is so much happening during the race,“ said Tobias Bergqvist from Särö Båtklubb (the team that was in 2nd after the first day).  At the end of Friday’s racing it was blowing a solid 18-25 kts!

    Saturday’s racing didn’t see much change in the standings. The wind conditions moderated into the 10-15 kts range, making it easier for crews to get around the race track in a somewhat organized fashion (e.g. fewer broaches and spinnaker “shrimpings”).  However, it did produce a tie-breaker between KSSS and the Särö Båtklubb at 14 pts each.  And, Hjuviks Boatklub was not sitting in 3rd place with 16 pts.

    At dawn on Sunday, everyone was hopeful for a final showdown between KSSS and the Särö Båtklubb teams. It was not meant to be, as the weather Gods instead produced 20-25 kt winds, gusting to 30 kts.  A bit much for the eighteen crews looking at the loss of a perfectly beautiful, sunny, warm, day of sailing in true “blowing dogs off chains” conditions.  So, the third day of racing was canceled and, thus, the KSSS won the round after only seven races during Friday and Saturday.

    The four who won the victory for KSSS were Mikael Lindqvist, Christian Harding, Linnea Floser and Hanna Mauer.

    "It feels great to be on top. There are shifty, puffy winds inside the harbor, but we managed to handle them well,” said Hanna Maurer from KSSS.

    “Varied sailing in beautiful surroundings inspired us. We dared to make quick and difficult decisions. Our experienced skipper- Mikael Lindqvist- led the team to a tight, but lovely victory. Many thanks to the organizers who gave us the opportunity to sail on such a nice sailing arena," said Christian Harding of the KSSS crew.

    With three out of four rounds completed for this year's Allsvenskan, the ruling champions and favorites from KSSS have a safe lead after a second place and two wins in the three rounds.

    The rest of the teams are now chasing Särö Boat Club that is sitting in 2nd place with 3-7-2 record for 12 pts, 8 pts back from the leaders KSSS.  Hot on their heels in third place overall is GKSS with a 9-2-4 tally for 15 pts.  And, only 2 pts in arrears of them in fourth place is Hjuviks BK with a 5-9-3 scoreline for 17 pts. In short, given the wildly gyrating performances between these three teams from event to event, it would be fair to say the balance of the podium behind KSSS is wide open!

    The Allsvenskan season outcome will be determined in the final round in Gottskär, outside Gothenburg, from September 7th to 9th.  Sailing photo credits- Daniel Stenhol.  Follow the Swedish J/70 Sailing League here on Facebook.   For more Swedish J/70 Sailing League information
     

    Regattaclub Bodensee Lead in Swiss J/70 League
    (Davos, Switzerland)- On the first day of the sailing on the beautiful mountain lake of Davos, the favorites, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) and the Regattaclub Bodensee, made it clear they were in top form. In difficult wind conditions, the fresh north wind turned strong, and both teams constantly sailed in the top two places, with the Lake Constance team from Bodensee getting the best of their fellow sailors 1-1-2-3-3-3-1 tally to easily lead the fleet of a dozen teams from across Switzerland.

    All crews were surprised by the massive windshifts and many found themselves, unexpectedly, at the back end of the field after one shift.  Or, they could work their way back to the top from a bad position if they caught some of those shifts to gain on their competitors.

    After a poor start on the second day of the competition, the Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen clawed their back up the ladder to take the 2nd position behind the Bodensee crew as the winner of the day.  Meanwhile, also experiencing a meteoric rise up the leaderboard was the Club Nautique de Versoix (CNV); they were third on the day and leapt from 11th place to 3rd overall was back in the race for third place from second to last place.  CNV’s tally was a blistering hot 1-2-1-4-1-2!!

    On the final day, the sun shone on the Davos mountain peaks and with a nice westerly wind between 4 to 8 kts, a further 12 races were scored and the round was completed for the regatta with the maximum program of 42 races. Thanks to the excellent organization of the Davos Sailing and Surfing Club, including President Johnny Wenger and the PRO Gian-Andrea Giovanoli, the Davos RC work ran like a well-oiled, precise Swiss clock!

    Regattaclub Bodensee’s crew of Massimo Soriano, Lea Rüegg, Stefan Zurfluh and René Ott won four of their last six races to clinch their victory in the Davos event, the second to last one of the Swiss Sailing Super League Series.

    The Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen team of Tom Rüegge, Peter Fritschi, Stefan Stäheli and Michael Hermann sailed a brilliant, consistent series to easily take the silver.

    While the leaders finally settled their scores with each other, it was nothing even close to that in the fight for the final bronze position on the podium; in fact, it was a wide-open battle until the final race between four teams! The Société Nautique de Genève, the junior team of Regattaclub Oberhofen, the Club Nautique de Versoix and the Yacht Club Bielersee were all within five points of each other before their last race! The juniors from Oberhofen seized the opportunity and overtook the favorites from Geneva to snatch the bronze, much to the delight crossing the final finish line cheering wildly and “high-fiving” each other as they headed into the docks.

    As a result of the Davos regatta, Regattaclub Bodensee have increased their overall series lead with finishes of 3-2-2-1 for 8 pts total for the Swiss Sailing Super League series.  Now sitting 5 pts back is the Societe Nautique de Geneve with 13 pts total.  Then, the “fast kids” from Oberhofen closed their gap considerably with the Genevans, sitting just one point back in third overall with 14 pts total.  And after winning the first two regattas then taking a disastrous 12th in the Luzern event, the SVK Team are back in the hunt with their 2nd place finish to sit in fourth for the series with 16 pts total.  Watch out!  The SSSL Finals in Versoix is going to be a big battle between those three teams for the final two podium spots (given the fact that it is unlikely RC Bodensee will finish worse than 5th!).  Sailing photo credits- Claudia Somm / SSL  Watch the SSSL sailing highlights video here on Facebook  Watch one of the SSSL daily sailing highlights here on YouTube   Follow the Swiss Sailing Super League on Facebook here   For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information
     

    GAN’JA Tops J/80 Duo Crouesty Regatta
    (Crouesty, France)- Over the past weekend, the YC du Crouesty Arzon hosted the J/80 Duo Crouesty Regatta using new racing format- doublehanded racing of J/80s.  This was done because of the “European Vacation” problem; traditionally, it is always difficult to gather crews at the end of August, hence the idea of testing a new racing format. And, it was also an opportunity to show the versatility of the J/80 as the “Swiss Army knife” of sailing- the ability to sail it for a variety of purposes, such as leisure, sailing school, match race, fleet race, and now as a doublehander.

    The fleet enjoyed very varied wind conditions from 6 to 18 kts, very sunny days/ hot, and the YCCA PRO managed to run six races for the nine teams that participated.  Note, this event counted as one of the regattas towards the overall J/80 Coupe de France season series.

    After sailing four windward-leeward race and two random-leg courses around government markers, it was pretty clear that the top of the leaderboard had become a duel between the Nadal’s and the Pellisier’s!  Starting off fast was the husband/wife duo of Sylvain & Caridad Pellisier on the INTUITIVE SAILS with a 1-2-1 the first day for only 4 pts.  Sitting in second after day one was Frank Vallet and Remi Rabbe’s AKAJOULE with a 2-3-4 for 9 pts, then sitting in third was another husband/wife team- Luc & Maureen Nadal’s GAN’JA with a 4-6-2 with 10 pts.

    However, the next day, the standings virtually flipped over on the leaderboard for the top three on the podium!  After posting a 2-1-1, the Nadal’s on GAN’JA claimed the top spot, crowned as French J/80 Doublehanded Champions!  Then, dropping to second place after a mediocre performance of 6-3-4 was the Pellisier’s on INTUITVE SAILS, losing the regatta by a half point.  Then, just on the verge of winning the event outright was Vallet/ Rabbe’s AKAJOULE, starting with a 1-2 but then adding a DNF to their scoreline to drop into third on the podium.

    As a result of this regatta, the standings remain fairly fluid for the top ten in the overall season series for the J/80 Coupe de France.  Still leading is Simon Moriceau’s ARMEN HABITAT with 350 pts after four regattas.  However, by winning the Duo Crouesty event, the Pellisier’s leap into the second spot with 317 pts.  Dropping to third is Patrick Bot’s ECOLE NAVALE CG29.  Then, leaping into fourth is Nadal’s’ GAN’JA with 270.5 pts, dropping Anne Phelipon’s NAVIGANTLIQUE into fifth position with 266.5 pts.

    The battle is on still to determine the final spots in the top five for the J/80 Coupe de France since there are two large regattas left on the calendar- The Atlantique Telegramme in Lorient from September 21st to 23rd and the final event will be the French J/80 Nationals in Pornic from November 1st to 4th. For more French J/80 class sailing information
     

    Sunny, Summery Ted Hood Regatta
    Healy Tops J/70s, Masur Takes J/105s
    (Marblehead, MA)- The annual Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta took place from August 24th to 26th for fleets of J/70s, J/105s, and a variety of ORR-EZ/ PHRF handicap racing teams.  The regatta was significant for the forty-seven J/70s since was the last major event prior to the upcoming 2018 J/70 World Championship being hosted by Eastern YC in late September.

    What was remarkable about the regatta for the J/70 class was the fact that every team in the top five had at least one or two double-digit finishes, which is how tough the fleet was over the three days.  Winning was Tim Healy’s NEW ENGLAND ROPES with a 5-11-2-6-3-3-4 tally for 34 pts, handily winning the event. Second was Brian Keane’s SAVASANA, the only boat to win two races, with a record of 1-22-4-5-5-1-8 for 46 pts. Then, third was Umberto de Luca’s Italian crew on MASCALZONE LATINO with a scoreline of 10-3-15-1-2-7-10 for 48 pts. Winning the Corinthians Division was Jim Cunningham’s LIFTED from San Francisco, CA.

    The J/105s enjoyed good racing off the east of Children’s Island.  Winning that fleet with four bullets in their scoreline was Mark Masur’s Texan team on TWO FEATHERS.  Second, was Ken Bowden’s KNOTLESS and third was Jon Samel’s BLOWN AWAY.

    In the ORR-EZ Division 1, Gary Weisberg’s J/111 HEAT WAVE took third, followed by Fred de Napoli’s J/124 ALLEGRO MALVAGIO in 4th, Tom Mager’s J/122 GIGI in 5th, Chris Lund’s J/133 JUMP in 6th, and Ed Kaye’s J/111 PRAVDA in 7th.

    J/Crews faired better in ORR-EZ Division 2, with Dan Boyd’s J/109 WILD THING winning with Ward Blodgett & Liz Smith’s J/33 SIROCCO in third. For more Storm Trysail Ted Hood Regatta sailing information
     

    J/Crews Enjoy Chicago's Verve Cup
    Renz Wins J/70s, J/24s Got Boned!
    (Chicago, IL)- From August 24th to 26th, the Chicago YC hosted the Verve Cup Inshore Regatta on the beautiful blue waters of Lake Michigan, right off the majestic waterfront of Chicago.  The J/70s enjoyed a total of nine races over the three days and the J/24 one-design class a total of just five races.

    Sarah & Mark Renz’s BERTEAU GROUP won the ten-boat J/70 class with all finishes in the top three, including three 1sts, three 2nds, and two 3rds for 17 pts total.  Starting off slowly with a 4-4-6, Martin Johnsson’s AQUAHOLIKS virtually smoked the fleet for four 1sts and two 2nds for 22 pts total to take the silver… just imagine if they had started off the regatta with that streak?  Third was Bob Willis’ RIP RULLAH a long distance back with 43 pts.

    The J/24s saw Josh Bone’s MOTORHOME actually motor home to the top of the leaderboard with a blistering 2-2-1-1-3 tally for 9 pts total. Not panicking was Richard Graef’s DON’T PANIC, collecting a 1-4-5-5-1 for 16 pts to take the silver.  Then, Cory Huseby’s BORK BORK BORK! took the bronze with an 8-1-2-3-5 for 19 pts total.  For more Verve Cup Inshore Regatta sailing information
     

    FKA Crushes J/80 East Coasts
    (Boothbay Harbor, ME)- Over the August 24th to 26th weekend, the Boothbay Harbor YC hosted the 2018 J/80 East Coast Championship.  A competitive fleet of sixteen J/80s from across the East Coast high-tailed it up to Maine to enjoy spectacular sailing in the gorgeous waters off Boothbay Harbor.

    Starting off the first day leading the regatta, Les Beckwith’s crew on FKA never looked back, despite a disappointing 10th in the 5th race.  In the end, they accumulated six firsts in nine races to win with just 18 pts total.  Kevin Hayes’ MORE GOSTOSA sailed a very consistent series, collecting 5 seconds along the way, to take the silver with 20 pts total.  Rounding out the podium in the bronze position was Dan Shanahan’s LAWYERS GUNS & MANGOS with a total of 32 pts.  For more J/80 East Coast Championship sailing information
     

    J/Community
    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide

    * Women’s J/24 Team- Lee Ann Zaretsky, owner of the J/24 LADY MINX, had a tremendous experience sailing in last weekend’s Lambert Lai Memorial Regatta, hosted by Rochester YC.  Here is her story…

    “The all-female J/24 Sailing Team, Lady MINX, recently spent a wind-whipped weekend racing on Lake Ontario in the J/24 District 7 Pendant Series Lambert Lai Memorial Regatta at the Rochester Yacht Club with many other J/24 competitors.  This regatta was organized by fleet captain Dave Stoller as a tribute to an amazing man, Lambert “Lambo” Lai and significant to many of us because Lambert called Rochester home.  For those of you not fortunate enough to have known him, he was an avid J/24 sailor and past president of the J/24 Class association.  Lambo loved racing his prized J/24, USA 5020 - Dr. Feelgood, and took pride in advancing the sport.  Case in point:  When Lambo heard I wanted to buy a J/24 and start racing it with an all-female crew, he took me under his wing.  He walked me through his boat pointing out all that I needed to know so that I was knowledgeable to find the right boat for me, and he helped me weed through the many boats I traveled to inspect over the summer of 2014.  His insights and words of wisdom were invaluable.

    Sadly, Lambo passed away soon after I purchased my boat.  Lady MINX was never able to race against him, but his influence, kindness, and willingness to support us lives on in our commitment to the sport and to this memorial regatta.  We sail in remembrance of this talented, respected, and likeable man and he would be proud of the Lady MINX sailing team!  While we are far from top-fleet competitors, we are beginning to turn heads and hear encouraging comments from our opponents as we make inroads sailing against the likes of Travis Odenbach, Kris Werner, Jack DePeters, Dave Stoller (new owner of Lambo’s USA 5020 Dr. Feelgood), Ed Gardner and other local experts who have been racing J/24’s for many years.

    Lambo was with us in spirit this weekend!  We experienced a great regatta filled with sailing coups and conquered challenges.  On day one, Lake Ontario threw everything she had at us from gusty gusts to shifty shifts to deadpan lulls challenging both competitors and the race committee alike.  Winds were anywhere from 5 to 20+ knots depending on one’s location and timing.  To say it was challenging, is an understatement.  Weighing in at a mere 600-ish pounds of rail meat, we were easily over powered in the gusts; so we started the day with a blade but quickly realized we needed the power of a full genoa to compete in this fleet, as the competition was tough!  Race committee kept a tight starting line making it difficult for many to get off in clean air, but we managed a majority of stellar starts that kept us in the game from the get-go.  Our challenge for the 5 races that day was keeping the boat flat, tacking smoothly, and staying in phase with the shifts – all proving difficult.  But we had a secret weapon that helped us reclaim lost footage – our new Quantum hot pink spinnaker that made it a breeze to shoot downwind.  Our skill at spinnaker handling, combined with our lower weight, finally gave us a respectable advantage and we were able to overtake other contenders!

    Lake Ontario calmed down a bit for day two with the winds settling into 12-15 knots and staying somewhat consistent and pleasing to all who came out to play.  It was definitely easier to keep the boat flat, to stay in-phase with the shifts, and to tack smoothly.  Alas, we found ourselves nipping at the heels of more opponents and competing for the finish with a solid pack of competitors.  We finished 3 races that day and proudly moved up a notch on the final race results.

    Sailing with an all-female team has its advantages!  We always have great snacks and drinks and we can easily share gear!  The down side is that there are a limited number of female competitive sailors, so that makes finding crew daunting.  Those of us who do sail are often already dedicated to a boat.   Lady MINX is supportive of and would like to see, more all-female J/24 sailboats on the racecourse.  If any females are interested in getting started and would like to learn from our experiences, then please contact us and we would be happy to share our insights and struggles with you.  
                                   
    A team is only as good as its members.  Therefore, I would be remiss if I did not thank my amazing crew for their hard work, skill, and willingness to give up the weekend to sail in the J/24 District 7 Pendant Series Lambert Lai Memorial Regatta:  trimmer – Shelly Strachan, bow – Leah Krauss, tactician – Tracie Patane-Neefuss, and mast – Stephanie Crittenden.  Moreover, final thanks goes to Lambert “Lambo” Lai for his positive support and encouragement the day that I told him I wanted to buy and skipper an all-female J/24.  Mahalo, my friend!  Your legacy lives on in those of us you touched!” Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/Newsletter- August 22nd, 2018
    Win the Worlds, Cruise Home- the Family-friendly J/112E Sport Cruiser
    (Newport, RI)- It would be hard to imagine a more successful sailing season than the summer the J/112E sport-cruiser has enjoyed in Europe, and there’s still plenty of summer and fall sailing left to enjoy!

    Our congratulations to Didier LeMoal, Fred Bouvier and the J/Composites team for organizing a great campaign with J/LANCE 12- capturing both the IRC European Championship and the IRC/ORC World Championship (with Netherlands J/Dealer Gideon Messink skippering).

    Check out this partial list of J/112E results from some of the top events in Europe:

    • 1st Place- SPI OUEST France– IRC 2
    • 1st Place- 2018 J/CUP– IRC Overall
    • 1st Place- IRC Europeans– Overall and IRC 3
    • 1st Place- Around the Island Race (Isle of Wight) – IRC 1
    • 1st Place- Offshore Sailing World Championship– Class C
    • 1st & 2nd Place- Lendy Cowes Week – IRC 4
    Even more impressive, the J/112E has been one of the few boats in each event carrying a full-on cruising interior.

    As Paul Heys of J-UK reported- midway through the IRC European Championship in Cowes, England, after seeing how fast the J/112E passed their boat on the race course, one competitor hopped aboard J/LANCE 12 to see what was below. To his great surprise he discovered a V-berth cabin, main cabin table, sit-down nav station, marine head with holding tank, and a galley with stove- everything his current, purpose-built race boat was lacking (a JPK 1080). The next day he put a deposit on J/LANCE 12 and, after watching her win the Offshore Sailing World Championship, recently celebrated by winning the IRC 4 Class at Cowes Week!

    Designing and building high quality sailboats that compete at the highest levels AND pass the family sailing test is no small task, which explains why so few companies do it. From the ramp launch-able J/70 to the open-course J/121, every J/ can be pushed or dialed back to the style and pace of sailing that best suits the owner. Sure, every design strikes a compromise between performance and accommodation to reach a specific design objective, but with a J/Boat there’s a big difference – we never compromise when it comes to the pure joy of sailing.

    Look for the amazing J/112E at these 2018 Fall Sailboat shows- Newport, Southampton (England), and La Rochelle (France).  Learn more about the J/112E sport cruiser here.
     

    Agent 99 or Bond "007"?
    (Seabrook, TX)- J/Boats Southwest has been fortunate enough to take delivery and introduce several new J/Boat models- all with Hull #7: J/70, J/88, and J/111 #007. J/Boats SW’s Steve LeMay put the following video together for fun on the J/99! They’re hoping to get J/99 007! Enjoy this Bond spoof on 007 and Agent 99!    Watch the Bond 007 J/99 sailboat spoof here.   Learn more about the J/99 here
     

    40th J/24 World Championship Preview
    (Riva del Garda, Italy)- The first J/24 World Championship took place in 1979 in Newport, RI. It was a memorable event. For four days, crews from around the world in the 72-boat fleet fought for world supremacy.  However, there was a “special race” that made it especially memorable for all participants that first year. On the last day of the event, the J/24 Worlds had their famous “long distance race”. In Rhode Island, there is ONLY one long distance race- the infamous “Round Island Race” of Jamestown- a 21.0nm affair.  It was a benign race to start off with; a mid-teens genoa windward beat to the first mark off the end of Beavertail Point Lighthouse.  However, from there on end, the Worlds would forever go down in infamy as one of the craziest races ever in the history of the J/24 class.

    The weather forecasts were a bit odd that day, sunny, partly sunny, but rapidly-building winds from the SSW. By late afternoon, possible thunderstorms and squalls were forecast.  As it turns out, the Low/ depression grew considerably in strength as it hit the New England coastline.  On the downwind run in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, the winds rapidly increased from a benign SSW 12-18 kts to gusts well into the high 30s from the WSE! Boats were broaching everywhere, spinnakers blown out, crews hankering down for more severe gusts as squall after squall rolled over the race track. What?? Narragansett Bay?? Cannot be!  Nevertheless, the entire fleet reduced to 100% jibs and finished the race off Fort Adams in 20-30 kt winds from the SSW.

    What no one expected was the jaw-dropping events for the awards ceremony held at the Newport Yachting Center that evening.  As everyone was enjoying their drinks and reminiscing about the past week, a huge black, ominous squall rolled over horizon from the west across Narragansett Bay.  Before everyone knew it, “white water” was blasting across the Bay underneath Newport Bridge and Newport Harbor, the tops of wavelets blown into a white froth, as the wind blast hit the regatta tent, it lifted it up nearly 5 feet!  Then, it settled down as everyone just about freaked out, then realized they had experienced a “hurricane-like” blast front and survived intact.  The drinks, and awards continued on that night, though a bit more subdued than one might expect.

    Later, as everyone realized at that first J/24 Worlds in Newport, that Low/ depression became a “super depression” with 70+ kt winds and it devastated the RORC’s Fastnet Race 1979 with the most horrific sailing conditions imaginable for many unfortunate teams; many boats and lives were lost that year in “Fastnet Force 10”.  While Ted Turner’s famous TENACIOUS won that race, he still considered the Chicago- Mackinac Race in his equally famous red 12-Meter AMERICAN EAGLE the toughest race he ever sailed.  Many J/Boats sailors can relate to both of these experiences, many of whom sailed those two events.

    The J/24 class has endured “winds of change” over the course of time, from 1977 until the present day.  Fleets around the world continue to enjoy close, fun, one-design, family racing, week to week in far-flung places around the world- such as Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Williams Bay/ Tierra del Fuego, Chile; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea;  Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, & Valle de Bravo, Mexico; and, of course, across the USA, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

    As a result, it is not surprising that a huge turnout of eighty J/24 teams are looking forward to a week of awesome racing at one of the most hallowed waters of one-design racing in the world- the northern end of Lake Garda, Italy.  Hosted by the Fraglia Vela Riva, the J/24 teams are in for a real treat of amazing sailing on what many consider to be one of the most spectacular bodies of water to sail- bar none.

    Looking forward to enjoy perfect summer sailing conditions on Lake Garda are the following fifteen nations from around the world and the leading skippers from each:
    • Australia (6 teams)- Simon Grain and Hugo Ottaway
    • Brazil (1 crew)- Rento Catallini
    • Denmark (1 crew)- Fabian Damm
    • France (2 teams)- Brice Pelletier and Garcia Aorelian
    • Great Britain (14 teams)- Ian Southworth
    • Germany (19 teams)- Laura Hartje, Stefan Karsunke, Frank Schonfeldt, Peer Kock, Manfred Konig,
    • Greece (5 teams)- Nikolas Kapnisis
    • Hungary (9 teams)- Farkas Litkey, Peter Szabo
    • Ireland (3 teams)- Finbarr Ryan
    • Italy (29 crews)- Fabio Apollonie, Ignazio Bonanno
    • Japan (4 teams)- Kazuki Kumagai
    • Korea (1 crew)- Gyeongwon Jo
    • Netherlands (1 crew)- Dirk Olyslagers
    • Sweden (2 crews)- Per-Hakan Persson
    • USA (5 teams)- Will Welles, Travis Odenbach, Keith Whittemore, Bill Allen, Mike Ingham
    Notably, the USA crews all have world-class talent on board.  In fact, all five teams are at least World Champions or North American Champions in various classes.  Given the tight quarters, emphasis on boat-handling, and acceleration/ boat speed, the American teams are likely to excel on the Lake Garda race-track.  For more J/24 World Championship sailing information
     

    STC Ted Hood Regatta Preview
    (Marblehead, MA)- The annual Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta taking place from August 24th to 26th is normally a fun-loving, locally-based, regatta for J/70s, J/105s, and a variety of PHRF handicap racing teams.  However, in 2018 the regatta has taken on a bit more significance since the presence of forty-six J/70 teams is an outsized, enormous fleet that is using the event as “practice” for the upcoming 2018 J/70 World Championship being hosted by Eastern YC in late September.

    Not surprisingly, many of the top USA teams will be present in the huge J/70 class, hoping to test new sails, refine tuning for speed, and iron-out boat-handling techniques.  Those teams range from Minnesota to Texas, from California to Massachusetts.  From the West and South are crews like Jack Franco’s 3 BALL JT from Texas; Pat Toole’s 3 BIG DOGS from Santa Barbara, CA; Doug Strebel’s BLACK RIVER RACING from Dallas, TX; Mallory & Andrew Loe’s DIME from Seattle, WA; Glenn Darden’s HOSS from Ft Worth, TX; Jim Cunningham’s LIFTED from San Francisco, CA; Bruce Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS from Long Beach, CA; and Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE from Dallas, TX. From the Midwest and East are leading crews such as John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES from Riverside, CT; Jud Smith’s AFRICA from Marblehead, MA (a true “home-boy” in these parts); Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT from Excelsior, MN; John Heaton’s EMPEIRIA from Wilmette, IL; Tod Sackett’s FM from Cleveland, OH; Marty Kullman’s HYDRA from St Petersburg, FL; Ray & Jenn Wulff’s JOINT CUSTODY from Annapolis, MD; Bill Lynn’s KEY PLAYER from Marblehead, MA (another “home boy”); Tim Healey’s NEW ENGLAND ROPES from Newport, RI; Oivind Lorentzen’s NINE from Stamford, CT; John Brim’s RIMETTE from Fisher’s Island, NY; and Brian Keane’s SAVASANA from Beverly, MA.

    Joining that rather formidable group of top USA J/70 teams from the R.O.W. is the famous Italian crew on MASCALZONE LATINO (Vincenzo Onorato) and Renato Faria’s team from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on TO NESSA.

    Meanwhile, the J/105s are turning out in force with a strong showing of nearly a dozen boats.  Notable class leaders include teams like Dave Nelson’s GOT QI from Hingham YC, Steve Hollis’ SIROCCO from Jubilee YC, and Mark Masur’s TWO FEATHERS from Ft Worth Boat Club in Texas.

    A new feature for the event this year is the ORR-EZ class of nearly two-dozen boats.  Featured among them are eight J/Crews that range from 24 ft to 43 ft!  Those teams include Fred de Napoli’s J/124 ALLEGRO MALVAGIO, Tom Mager’s J/122 GIGI, Chris Zibailo’s J/112E DOPODOMANI, Ed Kaye’s J/111 PRAVDA, Gary Weisberg’s J/111 HEAT WAVE, and Dan Boyd’s J/109 WILD THING.  For more Storm Trysail Ted Hood Regatta sailing information
     

    Verve Cup Inshore Regatta Preview
    (Chicago, IL)- From August 24th to 26th, the Chicago YC will be hosting the Verve Cup Inshore Regatta on the challenging waters of Lake Michigan, right off the majestic waterfront of Chicago.  Participating are seven one-design fleets, with the largest participation coming from the J/70 and J/24 classes.

    Ten J/70s are racing, including top local teams like Sarah & Mark Renz’s BERTEAU GROUP, Steve Knoop’s AMERICAN FLYER, Tod Sackett’s FM, Amy Neill’s NITEMARE, Bob Willis’ RIP RULLAH and Ray Groble’s TAIPAN (a leading Midwest youth team).

    The J/24s are also showing up in force, with nine boats heading for the starting line on Friday.  Many teams are traveling from all over the Midwest- from Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois.  Locals include Mark Soya’s BREAK AWAY, Dan Walsh’s GOLD RUSH and Ed Leslie’s JAMMIN.  Visitors include three teams from Minnesota- Cory Huseby’s BORK BORK BORK, Eric Christenson’s BUBBLES, and Josh Bone’s MOTORHOME.  Two are from Wisconsin- Ben Stauber’s INSATIABLE and Ed Leslie’s JAMMIN.  Joining the fun from Indiana is Rick Graef’s DON’T PANIC.  For more Verve Cup Inshore Regatta sailing information
     

    Miami J/70 Fleet Takes Flight
    NEW Bacardi Winter Series 2018/ 2019!
    (Biscayne Bay, FL)- The 2017/18 racing season on Biscayne Bay saw the formation of an action-packed new class, the J/70s. The hottest sport boat in sailing has come to Miami in a big way. Nine boats now call Miami home and are ready for an exciting 2018/2019 racing season, with several new regattas added to the calendar (see story on right).

    This is the first new class to call Biscayne Bay home in many years and the excitement is building with other owners planning to join. There is even a Swedish team planning on buying a boat and keeping it in Miami to escape the Swedish winter.

    There are currently only five boats available for immediate delivery from the factory. Interested parties should contact Mark Pincus at 305-915-1438 or mark@pincuscarlson.com

    New Winter Series From Bacardi
    Bacardi has announced a thrilling new series to be held on Biscayne Bay for the 2018/ 2019 racing season. The Bacardi Invitational Winter Series for the red-hot J/70 class will feature two regattas leading up to the grand finale- the Bacardi Cup.

    The Winter Series regattas are December 1–2 and January 19–20. There will be trophies for each event, plus trophies for the entire three-event series, which culminates with the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta on Biscayne Bay in March.  For more Bacardi Cup J/70 Winter Series information
     

    US Women’s Match Racing Championship Preview
    (San Francisco, CA)- Eight teams are set to face off in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on August 24-26, 2018.

    With the competition on San Francisco Bay in J/22 sailboats, teams will be racing with high stakes on the line this week. Due to a change in dates for the Nations Cup Grand Final from October, 2018 to April, 2019, US Sailing can nominate the skipper of the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Champion Match Racing team to represent the U.S. at this elite international match racing event.

    The top placing eligible skipper will also be invited to compete at the 2018 U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club on October 19-21, 2018.

    A number of familiar faces in the women’s match racing circuit will be on hand this week, including defending two-time Champion (2016, 2015), Nicole Breault (San Francisco, Calif.). She returns with the same crew from her winning 2016 team, composed of Molly Carapiet (San Francisco, Calif.), Karen Loutzenheiser (Santa Cruz, Calif.), and Hannah Burroughs (San Francisco, Calif.).

    Carapiet and Loutzenheiser also raced with Breault on her winning 2015 team. Breault is the #1 ranked women’s match racer in the country and #8 in the world.

    After taking second place honors in 2016 and 2015, Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) makes a return to this Championship to take another shot at the title. Zarkowsky won as crew with Stephanie Roble in 2014.

    “We are really looking forward to this year’s Championship on San Francisco Bay, especially since the list of highly-skilled and experienced teams racing this week is deep,” said Betsy Alison, Adult Sailing Director at US Sailing. “I expect the competition to be fierce as the competitors hone their skills by taking part in the additional opportunities for quality coaching and a clinic preceding the event."

    Randy Smith, an active match race competitor, umpire, and longtime PRO for the Congressional Cup, will be conducting a match-racing clinic with the participating sailors on Thursday, August 23.

    Previous winners of the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship include some of the top women’s sailors in recent U.S. history. Cory Sertl, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Anna Tunnicliffe, Stephanie Roble, Genny Tulloch, Liz Baylis, and Debbie Cappozi have all won this US Sailing National Championship.  For more US Women’s Match Racing Championship sailing information
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The end of “European Vacation” is near!  Yes, that amazing “mandatory” vacation built into all European Union countries- six weeks!  Starts in July, ends in August.  Ever heard of the 12-hour backups on the major autobahns in Europe as 80% of European families and friends all head south to the beaches in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy on the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean?? Caravans flying all over the place, tempers flaring. Plus it’s super hot this summer in Europe with record heat and record sales of AC units.  This summer was far more chaotic than usual. Imagine that for a few days last week, Oslo, Norway was over 90 degrees while Newport, RI was bathing in just 83 degree with 90% humidity and 10-15 kt southerlies cooling down Aquidneck Island (yes, we do live on an island in Newport)!  Which was worse?? Norway!! LOL!

    Fortunately, being on the water offshore brings those temperatures down quite dramatically, no matter where you live in the world.  Not surprising that a number of offshore races and regattas enjoyed near record participation as virtually everyone could not wait to get out on the water this summer in the northern hemispheres!

    The J/111 World Championship update from Breskens, Netherlands, shows they just completed the J/111 Pre-Worlds in the last two days.  Now it is “game on” for the fleet of a dozen boats from five nations.  And, the epic, wild, challenging RORC’s SevenStar Round Britain & Ireland Race is finally coming to a conclusion, with an amazing performance by a double-handed J/122 crew from The Netherlands. Then, a report from this summer’s Irish J/24 Nationals at Galway, Ireland where everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.

    Over in the America’s, the increasingly popular Ida Lewis Distance Race took place for a fleet of J/Teams that included four J/121s, a J/120, J/105, J/109, and J/35; just about everyone garnered some silverware.  Just further northeast, there was the famous Canadian regatta- the Chester Race Week hosted just west of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The event had a one-design fleet of J/105s as well as handicap fleets both Inshore and Offshore that included J/29s, J/27s, J/92s, and J/120s.  Just west in Canada, it was the long-standing CORK Regatta that hosted the J/24 Canadian Nationals off Kingston, Ontario on the far northeastern parts of Lake Ontario.

    Down South in the Americas, the Low Country Hook Race took place off South Carolina and Georgia.  The Low Country Hook Ocean Race goes from Hilton Head, SC to the finish off the Landings Marina on Skidaway Island, GA. The race was presented by Skidaway Island Boating Club and The Yacht Club of Hilton Head. Twenty-four boats registered with nearly half the fleet in the PHRF Spinnaker class. Of those nine boats, six were J/Boats; including two J/105s, two J/24s, one J/30, one J/100, and one J/109.

    Then, traveling 3,000 miles west to the Pacific Coast (same distance to fly from London to New York), we find the J/70 Pacific Coast Championship was hosted by the amazing St Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay in California; the fleet were treated to what everyone expected- near nuking wind conditions of 15-25 kts plus!  On the same weekend, the St Francis YC was also hosting the Phyllis Kleinmann Swiftsure Regatta for a large fleet J/105s and ORR handicap classes that included J/111s and J/120s.

    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:

    Aug 19-26- J/111 World Championship- Breskens, The Netherlands
    Aug 24-31- J/24 World Championship- Riva del Garda, Italy
    Aug 24-26- J/80 East Coast Championship- Boothbay Harbor, ME
    Aug 24-26- Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta- Marblehead, MA
    Aug 24-25- US Women’s J/22 Match Racing Championship- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 24-26- Verve Cup Inshore Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Aug 25-26- Vela J/24 Festival- Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Aug 30- Sep 2- SAILING Champions League Finale- St Moritz, Switzerland

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

    J/111 World Championship Update
    (Breskens, The Netherlands)- The 2018 J/111 World Championship is being hosted in conjunction with the Breskens Sailing Weekend in the Netherlands.  A dozen J/111 crews are participating from five nations (Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, & Switzerland). Racing will take place offshore, in the wide-open North Sea, along the fabled northern beaches of the Benelux seashore.  Hosting the event are Watersportvereniging Breskens, Royal Yacht Club of Belgium, Koninklijke Roei & Zeilvereniging De Maas, Koninklijke Nederlandse Roei en Zeilvereniging Muiden, Koninklijke Antwerpse Watersportverenging SRNA and the Royal Netherlands Yachting Union (RNYU).

    For the past two days, nearly all J/111's have been practicing their skills during the J/111 Pre-Worlds Tune-Up Regatta. With close racing in continuously changing conditions, Martin Dent's British team on JELVIS took pole position with the Belgians on Sebastien de Liederke’s crew on DJINN following second and the Dutch team of Sjakk Haakman on RED HERRING in third place. Rounding out the top five were one of the regatta pre-favorites- Paul van Driel’s Dutch team on SWEENY- that took fourth place and Jorg Sigg’s LALLEKONIG was fifth.

    On Thursday, the "real" work begins with a clean slate for all teams! Game on for the start of the 2018 J/111 World Championship!  For more J/111 World Championship sailing information
     

    J/Teams Sweep PHRF B/ Two-Handed Ida Lewis Race
    (Newport, RI)- The forecast was not the rosiest one might expect for an offshore race.  However, with an impending front with rain showers forecast to roll into New England over the next twenty-four hours after the start, the slowly strengthening south to southwesterly winds eventually gave the fleet a reasonably quick race.  In the end, the entire J/fleet finished before noon time in the 120nm long track they were given- start to “NB” buoy (traffic separation scheme buoy at the entrance to Narragansett Bay), then east to Buzzards Tower, back west to Montauk Bell, back east to Buzzards Tower, then round “NB” again to the finish.  A simple course, but devilish in the details on how to maximize VMG (both upwind and downwind)!

    Fifty-plus teams raced the 14th annual Ida Lewis Distance Race that started August 17th in the Eastern Passage of Narragansett Bay between Jamestown and Rose Island in Newport, RI. Starting first, fast out of the blocks was David Southwell’s J/121 ALCHEMY, taking the lead right off the starting line in the PHRF Doublehanded Class and never looking back, winning their fleet on corrected by over three hours.

    Then, in the PHRF A Spinnaker division were three more J/121 sisterships.  In their inaugural race, it was Greg Manning’s SARAH that took J/121 honors and was second on corrected, just a few minutes off from the lead.  Though finishing only ten minutes back on elapsed time, Don Nicholson’s APOLLO finished 5th on corrected.  What was fascinating about this duel was the differences in performance from the Montauk Point mark back east to the Buzzards Tower mark- a long starboard tack reach/ run under spinnakers.  After the first four legs, APOLLO was leading boat-for-boat.  However, Manning’s SARAH sailed lower and faster on the long leg back to Buzzards, passing APOLLO to leeward.  Thereafter, it was close-reaching back to the “NB” entrance buoy to Narragansett Bay, then a quick spinnaker run to the finish.

    All five (5) J/Crews in PHRF Spinnaker B simply eclipsed their class, occupying all top five spots.  Perhaps unprecedented in offshore sailing history, all teams sailed hard and fast and it was a duel to the finish on handicapped time for every boat.  Winning was Bob Manchester’s J/120 VAMOOSE, followed by just 57 seconds (!) by Greg Slamowitz’s J/111 MANITOU in second, Paul Grimes’ race-winning J/35 BREAKAWAY Collegiate in third, Bill Kneller’s veterans on the J/109 VENTO SOLARE in 4th and “the kids” on the J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN YCC YOUTH taking 5th!  Congrats to all, an amazing performance overall!  For more Ida Lewis Distance Race sailing information
     

    1FA Crowned J/70 Pacific Coast Champions
    (San Francisco, CA)- The St Francis YC hosted the 2018 J/70 Pacific Coast Championship over the weekend of August 17th to 19th.  As is typical for this time of year on San Francisco Bay, the seven teams racing in the event had to contend with strongly building seabreezes from the west that would peak up to 25-plus kts by late afternoon.

    Perhaps the most notable performance of the regatta was that of the Santa Barbara YC Youth Team on USA 1156, after the first day they were leading the entire fleet with a record of 5-1-1 for just 7 pts total.  However, one of the kids got into an accident on Saturday evening, severely scraping his leg.  As a result, on an even windier Sunday, the SBYC Youth Team did not want to risk their injured crew member, so bowed out of the last two races.  Nevertheless, skipper Paul Harteck was ecstatic with their performance against the top West Coast J/70 teams.  Ultimately, they finished in 4th place.

    Watch their YouTube sailing video highlights of their first (and only) day on the Berkeley Circle race track winning one of the races here.

    Winning the event by taking two bullets on the last day, obviously loving the nuking winds, was the trio of Scott Sellers, Harrison Turner, and Geoff McDonald on 1FA.  Their record of 2-3-2-1-1 for 9 pts enabled them to be crowned the 2018 J/70 PCC Champions. Never far behind them on the race track was Chris Kostanecki’s JENNIFER team with a 3-2-3-2-2 record for 12 pts total.  Then, ending up in the bronze on the podium was Tracy and Christine Usher on their boat- CHRISTINE ROBIN RACING- with a tally of 1-5-6-3-3 for 18 pts total.

    In the Corinthians Division, winning was Kostanecki’s JENNIFER, second was the Usher’s on CHRISTINE ROBIN RACING, and third was the SBYC Youth Team skippered by Paul Harteck!  For more J/70 Pacific Coast Championship sailing information
     

    Cliffhanger Final for J/105s
    J/Crews Top Phyllis Kleinmann Swiftsure Regatta
    (San Francisco, CA)- This past weekend, the St Francis YC hosted one of their favorite events of the year, honoring one of their long-time supporters of both offshore handicap and one-design sailing on San Francisco Bay- the Phyllis Kleinmann Swiftsure Regatta.

    Nineteen J/105s showed up for the party on and off the water.  After five races, it was apparent the entire podium was going to be determined by a cliffhanger finale in the last race.  Anyone could have won amongst the entire top five, so close was the racing along the San Francisco city waterfront.

    In the end, Tim Russell’s NE*NE won the countback on a tie-breaker for first place with Ryan Simmons’ BLACKHAWK. NE*NE was consistent from the start and faltered a bit in the end, posting a 4-1-1-2-8 for 16 pts.  BLACKHAWK had a 3-3-2-7-1 tally to nearly pull off the class win, also finishing with 16 pts.  Just out of the money was Bruce Stone’s ARBITRAGE, posting a roller-coast tally of 1-6-3-6-3 for 19 pts total to just hang on to third place.  Fourth went to Ian Charles’ MAVERICK with a 6-7-4-1-2 record for 20 pts.  Then, fifth place was Doug Bailey’s AKULA with a 2-2-6-4-10 for 24 pts total.  In short, had AKULA won the last race, they could have won the regatta!  And, that was apparently the case for the rest of the teams in the top five! 

    J/Crews cleaned up in their respective ORR Divisions. Reuben Rocci’s J/111 SWIFT NESS won ORR B, while Barry Lewis’ J/120 CHANCE won ORR C with straight bullets!  For more Phyllis Kleinmann Swiftsure Regatta sailing information
     

    J/122 Podiums RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race started from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at noon on Sunday 12th August, immediately after Lendy Cowes Week. The 1,805 nautical mile race around Britain and Ireland was organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club every four years and will go down in history as one of the toughest races yet in the quadrennial event.

    For the 2018 race, 29 teams with close to 200 professional and Corinthian sailors started the race.  Over a dozen dropped out over the course of time due to boat damage, human damage, or electronics failures.  In fact, the weather forecast was so rough, the RORC reversed the route to protect the fleet from a potential battering.  In layman’s terms, that meant that fast reaching/ running boats would enjoy an enormous advantage for 85% of the race.  The normal course is counter-clockwise, going around Britain first to the east, then around Ireland and back to the finish.  The clockwise course meant the fleet sailed in mostly southwesterlies due to a large depression northwest of Ireland- a fast reaching port gybe from southwest Ireland to the northernmost point of the course at Muckle Flugga.

    Racing in the IRC 2 Class and the IRC Doublehanded Class was the Dutch duo on JUNIQUE RAYMARINE SAILING TEAM (Chris Revelman & Pascal Bakker).  For most of the race, they lay in fourth place in both IRC Double and IRC 2.  However, as the race progressed, their perseverance produced gains on their much faster offwind competitors.  And, as things slowed down on the eastern shore of England, heading back down into the English Channel, they made enough gains to ultimately finish 3rd in IRC Doublehanded, 3rd in IRC 2 Division, and 5th IRC Overall!  Considering Revelman & Bakker were sailing a standard factory-built J/122, that is an extraordinary achievement against some of the world’s top professional sailors all in custom and semi-custom modified boats that beat them.  Congratulations to Revelman & Bakker’s tremendous achievement on their J/122 JUNIQUE RAYMARINE Sailing Team!  For more Round Britain & Ireland Race sailing information
     

    J/Crews Eclipse Chester Race Week
    (Chester, Nova Scotia)- After three nearly perfect sunny days, sailors brought out their foul weather gear for the fourth and final day of racing at Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2018. Thick fog, swells and rains that varied from a sprinkling to torrential downpour didn’t dampen enthusiasm at the many start lines.

    “It wouldn’t be Chester if we didn’t have these rainy days,” said Patricia Nelder, 2018 chair of on-water activities. “Despite some fog, the fleets were able to get in a few more races to finish the regatta.”

    Throughout the week, all four one-design fleets were extremely competitive, moving as one through their courses. It takes an extra edge to lead a fleet where all the boats are essentially identical. Doing exactly that in the J/105 class was Sean McDermott and Rory MacDonald’s McMAC, winning the class counting all bullets in five of six races.  Counting virtually all 2nds was Jim Mosher’s MOJO to take the silver with 10 pts in 5 races.  And, rounding out the podium was Barry Eisner’s BUZZ with 13 pts.

    The Inshore 1 Class was simply dominated by an enormous J/Navy.  Leading the sweep of the top five were all J/29s!  Jane Filbee’s PAINKILLER marked the first time a woman skipper/ owner topped the class.  Second was Chris MacDonald’s SCOTCH MIST IV (a previous regatta winner), third went to Don Williams’ PARADIGM SHIFT, fourth to Terry Schnare’s HEAD GAMES, and fifth was Scott Covey’s RUMBLEFISH.

    Dominating all four Distance Classes were J/Crews!  Winning Distance 1 Class was Stu McCrea’s J/120 DEVIATION.  Another J/120, Rick Calder’s BRILLIANCE took fourth.

    Andrew Childs’ J/35 HELOC led a sweep of Distance 2 Class.  Second was Larry Creaser’s J/100 YOUNGBLOOD, third went to Rod Johnstone (yes, the designer) and Gary Bennett’s J/35 J’AI TU.  The balance of the top five included Thane MacDonald’s J/35 J-HAWK in 4th and Peter Traves’ J/35 CRACKERJACK in 5th position.

    Distance 3 Class saw long-time J/92 veteran Colin Mann again wins his class on the famous POOHSTICKS.  Then, in Distance 4 Class, Jesleine Baker’s J/30 JUST ADD WATER marked yet another win by a woman skipper/ owner; and at that, winning with all firsts as counters!  Taking fourth was Jordan MacNeil’s J/30 FLUX.

    Sailing Video highlights of each day-
    Day 1- https://www.facebook.com/ChesterRaceWeek/videos/2227312080837134/
    Day 2- https://www.facebook.com/ChesterRaceWeek/videos/2793308284028926/
    Day 3- https://www.facebook.com/ChesterRaceWeek/videos/1069576573211802/
    Day 4- https://www.facebook.com/ChesterRaceWeek/videos/1517346938367338/

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    Howarth Tops J/24 Canadian Championship
    (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)- Thirteen teams took on the 2018 J/24 Canadian Championship held August 18-20 in Kingston, Ont. Michael Howarth’s crew started hot, winning three of the first five races, and held off a late charge by David Ogden to take the title. Ogden’s team won the final four races but still finished five points back in the 9-race series. Peter Dixon finished one point further back in third overall.

    Rounding out the top five were Jean Levac in fourth with 38 pts and Edmond Rees in fifth with 42 pts.  For more Canadian J/24 Championship sailing information
     

    Hyde Wins Irish J/24 Nationals
    (Foynes, Ireland)- The Irish J/24 National Championship concluded at Foynes Yacht Club in a light to moderate westerly breeze. The Foynes YC PRO- Derek Bothwell- was able to start on schedule for the first time the entire weekend after hours spent waiting around for wind for the previous two days.

    Race six of the championships got off to a clear start with the fleet splitting both left and right on the course in a flooding tide. GALA RACING, who went right on the first beat and left on the second, got their first win of the championship followed by Howth YC’s Under 25 team SCANDAL in second and Tim Corcoran on CRAZYHORSE in third.

    As the tide strengthened and wind lightened, the race course was shortened before the start of the final race of the event. Flor O’Driscoll’s HARD ON PORT tacked off to the right immediately after the start, keeping further right than any other boat and emerged with a clear lead by the windward mark. A battle for second developed between JIBE, CRAZY HORSE and JUMPIN JIVE who exchanged places numerous times on both the upwind and downwind legs, with CRAZY HORSE finishing in 2nd just ahead of JUMPIN JIVE.

    With the championship complete, attention turned to the prize giving. There were multiple changes in positions in the fleet after the final two races. In Gold, Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Stefan Hyde on MAURICE JOHNSON & PARTNERS became the new Irish J/24 National Champion for 2018. The new Under 25 Irish National Champion is Harry Cronin and his SCANDAL team from Howth Yacht Club.

    A number of initiatives brought in for this year’s event were very successful. The trialing of On-the-Water Judging conducted by Gordon Davies was well received by the competitors. Also, the introduction of a Bronze Fleet made for competitive sailing for all competitors.  Here are the complete results for each of the fleets.

    GOLD Fleet
    1st – Maurice Johnson & Partners – Stefan Hyde
    2nd – Crazy horse – Tim Corcoran
    3rd – Hard on Port – Flor O’Driscoll

    SILVER Fleet
    1st – Gala Racing – Simon McGibney
    2nd – FYC Under 25 Team – Michael Lynch
    3rd – Kilcullen – Colin O’Sullivan

    BRONZE Fleet
    1st – Jevan – Ken Draper/Adam Sutor
    2nd – Blue Jay – Brian McDowell
    3rd – NUIG Galway – Aaron O’Reilly

    UNDER 25
    1st – Scandal – Harry Cronin
    2nd – FYC Under 25 – Michael Lynch
    3rd – Kilcullen – Colin O’Sullivan

    The association acknowledged the support of the sponsors of the event and ICRA for their support and finally the host club and its members for a great weekend of sailing!  Thanks for contribution from AFLOAT.IE in Ireland for the report
     

    J/30 Leads Sweep of Low Country Hook Race
    (Hilton Head, SC)- The 2018 Low Country Hook Ocean Race goes from Hilton Head, SC to the finish off the Landings Marina on Skidaway Island, GA- a 30.0nm distance race that took place on August 18th.  The race was presented by Skidaway Island Boating Club and The Yacht Club of Hilton Head. Twenty-four boats registered with nearly half the fleet in the PHRF Spinnaker class. Of those nine boats, six were J/Boats; including two J/105s, two J/24s, one J/30, one J/100, and one J/109.

    The race took the sailors out into the Atlantic, crossing the Savannah River shipping channel past Tybee Island, south to the entrance of Wassaw Sound, where the boats then maneuvered up the Wilmington River to the finish line north of Landings Harbor Marina. The “Hook Race” is named after the pattern of the race course- looks like fish hook.

    Winds were light from the southwest at the start of the race, allowing the J/105 and J/109 to fly their asymmetrical spinnakers. The J/30 had chosen to use their 163% genoa, which allowed her to keep up with the asymmetrical spinnakers. The J/100 attempted to fly their symmetrical spinnaker with the pole at the lowest position on the mast and all the way forward just off the head stay.

    At the end of the race, the Gebel Seese’s J/105 HIGH VISIBILITY from Savannah YC crossed the finish-line first on elapsed time, followed by Mike Foster’s Savannah YC crew on the J/30 RONIN, then Troy Lamb’s J/109 WAHOO from Savannah YC, then Paul Reddick’s J/100 BLU J from Skidaway Island Boating Club.

    After PHRF handicap ratings were applied to the elapsed times, it was a convincing win for the Foster’s J/30 RONIN.  Taking the silver meal was Seese’s J/105 HIGH VISIBILITY, followed by Lamb’s J/109 WAHOO in 4th, Reddick’s J/100 BLU J 5th, and Amar Patel’s J/24 ROGUE from Skidaway Island Boat Club in 6th position.

    Commented one of the crew members (and Co-Chair of the Race), Mark Winters, “It was a great day of racing, especially for those of us on J/Boats. I was on the J/100 BLU J. We competed well with the J/105 and J/109 upwind, but downwind it is difficult to compete with them unless the wind is aft of beam.  Had we elected to bring our genoa, we would have been right there with the J/30!”  For more Low Country Hook Race sailing information
     

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    * Alison Kent- The making of a sailmaker- how did she get from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (the cheese state and brewery home of Schlitz, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Miller High Life, and Rhinelander, amongst others) to Auckland, New Zealand (the land of sails)?!  For starters, Alison sailed with family and friends for what seemed forever on their J/30, winning many races on Lake Michigan, and even competing as skipper in the J/30 North Americans as a teenager.

    For those that aspire to be a professional sailor, an apprenticeship in sailmaking is one of the best points of entry to consider and there are more opportunities than ever at Doyle Sails.

    For Doyle’s CEO, Mike Sanderson, a sailmaking apprenticeship was the obvious route to reaching his career goals. “My aim in life was to be a professional sailor and I left King’s College early at sixth form, having been on shortlist for Head Boy, to start a sailmaking apprenticeship,” he says. “At the time it was quite a drastic move with my peers finishing seventh form and going on to university. But I strongly believed that being 100% entrenched in sailing and sailmaking was the secret to success in the sailing world.”

    It was a move that more than paid off. Sanderson worked as an apprentice until he landed his first pro sailing gig on board NZ Endeavour in 1993. “That kick-started everything,” he remembers. The rest, as they say, is history with Sanderson forging a stellar career in sailing, going on to be named the youngest ever skipper to win the Volvo Ocean Race and winner of the 2006 World Sailor the Year Award.

    Unsurprisingly Sanderson is passionate about the value of sailing apprenticeships. “An apprenticeship sees you immerse yourself in the sailing world and gives you many opportunities to get on boats,” he explains. “Thinking about boats and the speed and handling of sails – which are the biggest singular component of what makes a boat go fast – is key, and sailmaking also gives you deeper insight into the boats, masts and rigging as well.”

    At Doyle New Zealand, American Alison Kent is now immersed in their apprenticeship program and shares the experience here:

    Where is home for you?
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA

    What do you miss most from home?
    Deep fried cheese curds and Spotted Cow Beer, it’s our local brewery, and you can only drink it in Wisconsin!

    How long have you been a sailor?
    I’ve been sailing on the Great Lakes of the States my whole life…ever since I can remember really! Literally all my baby photos are on boats. I tried to quit once when I was a kid and give soccer a-go but then I realized it was pretty lame compared to sailing, so I went back to my ways.

    How is sailing different from the states to NZ?
    I feel like NZ is a couple steps ahead in their sail technology and skill wise they are on another level. Even before I came to live in NZ, I had always heard that it was the place to be if you wanted to advance in sailing.

    How did you come to work for Doyle Sails NZ and what do you do there?
    I was lucky enough to get a job here when I originally came to Auckland as a post-grad trip. I quickly realized how many sailing opportunities came from learning how to make sails at this loft and sailing in Auckland. I now joined the apprenticeship program and work in the downwind department, making spinnakers and the code zeros!

    What has been your biggest learning curve?
    I really came to the loft not knowing anything about sailmaking. The whole process has taken awhile to perfect and I am still learning how to do things more efficiently every day. Spreading the sails on the floor and learning how and why the curves affect a sail’s performance has made me look at sailing so much differently.

    What teams do you race with? Any events coming up?
    I sail on a YD37 called Anarchy as their main trimmer and we basically participate in all the local Auckland events. They are such a fun crew to work with and the boat is fast! I’ve learned a lot sailing with them.

    I’ve also recently joined the all-female NZ Women’s Match Racing Team with some of the crew from Anarchy. It’s a different kind of sailing than I usually do and I’m on the bow, so it’s been cool learning a new role. We also travel around which is a bonus! We just got back from Finland and we’ll be participating a couple of regattas in Australia in September.

    What is your biggest sailing accomplishment so far?
    Probably sailing on the Magenta Project for the 2017 Sydney Hobart. It was a dream to work with rockstar sailors like Libby Greenhalgh and Lisa Blair. I was lucky enough to be put on watch with Libby and she was so down-to-earth and funny. When she left the boat to join Scallywag for the Volvo Ocean Race, she had to leave behind some of her kit and she gave me her sailing pants [trousers] from the last edition of the VOR when she sailed with the all-female team. I wear them all the time, they are so cool!

    Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now?
    I hope that in 5 years’ time I’ll have gained the confidence and skills as a sailmaker and that I’ll be using that experience in my offshore racing. At that point, I want to be competing in as many events as possible and learning from the very best in the industry. In 10 years, I’d like to have at least one major accomplishment under my belt and working in a management position in the sailmaking business.

    Who is your sailing idol?
    Can I say my dad? My dad (Tim Kent) sailed in an Open 50 alone in a round-the-world race back 2003…against all odds he accomplished it. My step-dad is also a very talented sailor and my sister and I have learned so much from him. My ‘dads’ were such positive influences and encouraged me to keep sailing. I feel very lucky that I had that.

    Favourite Kiwi slang?
    Fizzing – to display or feel excitement

    Can you use that in a sentence?
    I’m fizzing to get back home for some cheese curds and beer!  Watch her interview on YouTube

    * Nine boaters survive massive boat collision on Chesapeake Bay- J/105 vs. fishing boat!

    The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a collision between a commercial powerboat and a sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay on Friday.

    The two boats were off the shore of Thomas Point Park when the commercial boat, part of a charter service, and a J/105 sailboat belonging to the Chesapeake Boating Club in Eastport, collided. The powerboat slid over the sailboat, then came to rest with the cabin mounted across the middle of the deck, leaving a sizable dent.

    There were nine people aboard the boats and no one was injured, according to the Coast Guard.

    The boats were perpendicularly stacked until emergency personnel separated them and towed both boats back to shore.

    First responders with the Natural Resources Police, Anne Arundel County Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Maryland State Police arrived at the scene in the early afternoon. Two people from the sailboat, named “Levitation”, and seven people from the powerboat, named “The Hunter”, were rescued, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Shannon Kearney.

    Kearney did not know what charter service operates The Hunter.

    Typically, a motorboat gives way to a sailboat if the passengers are not engaged in certain types of fishing at the time or the boat is otherwise unable to move. Conditions Friday were perfectly clear.

    The U.S. Coast Guard has jurisdiction over crashes involving commercial vessels. Kearney could not disclose which boat caused the accident, or whether alcohol or excess speed caused the collision.

    Chesapeake Boating Club owner Kevin Ryman said a club member was sailing when the powerboat struck the vessel.

    Commented Ryman, "At approximately 11:30am, a member of the Chesapeake Boating Club was under sail on one of the Club’s J/105s when they were struck by a 35’ powerboat. The J/105 was struck amidships on the starboard side, with the powerboat coming to a stop on top of the sailboats’ cabin top, creating an enormous gash and hole on the starboard side of the J/105.  It’s a miracle the J/105 didn’t sink immediately- testimony to the tough building standards and qualities of the J/105!

    Our members were operating the boat in a safe manner, on a day with clear visibility and 10-12 knots of breeze. The J/105 crew attempted to hail the approaching boat prior to the collision, otherwise signaling with their hands and yelling, too, and then took action to avoid the collision."  Thanks for contribution from Danielle Ohl at The Capitol Gazette.

    Eye witness account from fishing boat- The Hunter:
    One of the passengers on the powerboat shared this witness account the next day on the Club Sea Ray forum (member ID- Winch1995):

    “Yesterday, I was passenger on a 34′ fishing charter out the eastern shore of Maryland, below the bridge (south). We had fished all morning and by noon we headed in. It was a brand new deadrise boat, first trip out. Six passengers plus the Captain.

    We were underway for about 10 minutes, and I estimate our speed was around 30 knots.

    Visibility was unlimited.

    Most of the passengers were hanging out enjoying the ride, and no one was really paying attention the situation on the water.

    I was on a port side bench seat, looking toward the stern. Suddenly, a guy yells “WATCH OUT!!!” I spun around to look forward and all I saw was white sails through the windshield.

    Then impact. We t-boned a sailboat with two guys in the cockpit. We were thrown to the deck. Now, we are on top of the sailboat.

    Our captain was kind of dazed, so being an experienced boater, I first told everyone to grab a life vest. We did a head count and injury check and nothing serious beyond cuts, scrapes, and bruises. I could not tell what was happening on the sailboat.

    Anyway, I turned on the marine VHF radio and Mayday’d. The US Coast Guard answers and I give GPS coordinates. The guys in the sailboat are shaken up, but ok (everyone was shaken up, but no panic).

    So, now we are sitting up on top of the sailboat, with our stern precariously close to being swamped. I found the bilge pump switch and turned it on to “auto”, but it did not appear to be working. I switched to manual mode and it started pumping water overboard. The switch set up required that you hold the switch down for the pump to work.

    Now, I’m at the helm holding this fricking switch down, dangerously close to swamping, and I’m thinking, if we swamp, I’m going to be trapped in the cabin at the front of the cockpit with no way out. It was kind of dicey at that point.

    US Coast Guard arrives about 15 minutes later and transfers the sailboaters to another boat, then they start to transfer the six passengers from the charter to another boat. I have to admit that the USCG did an awesome job. Once we were all safely transferred, the USCG actually went back to the charter boat and retrieved our coolers!!

    DNR, Marine Police, Fire Boats, Tow Boats, we had ’em all.

    I was kind of surprised that only one boater offered assistance.

    So, as far as I know, no serious injuries. But, we were so lucky in that respect. It could have been a whole lot worse.

    For the life of me, I cannot understand how this happened. Broad daylight, Captain was not drinking, etc. One guy said that he thought the sailboat changed tack.

    I guess my big lesson is this: Stay far away from all other boats because you don’t know what they might do.

    I am sharing this story reluctantly, since the Captain is a good guy, but it’s all over the news anyway. As a Captain of your vessel, be alert at all times. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you are too close to other boats. As a passenger, be a second set of eyes for the Captain. Give wide berth to other vessels.

    Stuff happens fast.

    I have this anxiety right now about boating, but I am going to go down to my 27′ Sun Dancer and do some maintenance work. I’m sure I’ll get over it but I’ll not forget yesterday.”

    Washington Post's Article- as reported by Martin Weil & Reis Thebault
    Two boats, one a sailboat and the other an engine-powered fishing boat, collided on Friday in the Chesapeake Bay, a crash that caused no serious injuries, authorities said.

    Two people were aboard the sailboat, named Levitation, and seven were on the fishing boat called Hunter, the Coast Guard said. Maryland Natural Resources Police said the crash occurred near Thomas Point, which juts into the bay south of Annapolis.

    The Hunter — which police described as a charter fishing boat from Kent Island, 10 miles east of Annapolis in the bay — overrode the sailboat and ended up atop its hull, until the two were almost perpendicular.

    The bow of the fishing boat projected beyond one side of the sailboat’s hull, the port side. The stern projected beyond the other side of the sailboat.

    In a photograph of the tangle, the fishing boat’s bow is seen pointed up, the stern down, touching the water.

    A sailboat under sail and not running its engine has the right of way, police said, speaking generally. A fishing boat could have priority if engaged in a certain kind of fishing, but authorities declined to say whether that was the case here. and also did not say whether the sailboat’s engine was running.

    The police described the sailboat as a J/105 based in Annapolis. Available specifications put its overall length at 34.5 feet. It has a large cockpit and can cost more than $100,000.

    In the photo, the two boats seemed to have melded firmly, with the lower edge of a sail draped across the front of the fishing boat, just in front of its cabin windshield.

    The hull of the fishing boat apparently left a V-shaped gouge across the hull of the sailboat.

    Coast Guard officials said that after they evacuated the seven people from the fishing boat, it slid off the sailboat. Authorities called in a commercial salvage company to tow both boats back to shore, which is standard practice when an incident does not result in a medical emergency.

    The Coast Guard is still investigating the cause of the crash.

    The height of summer is the most dangerous time for boating, said Capt. Melissa Scarborough of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, one of the agencies that initially responded to the crash.

    “July is historically, without fail, the biggest boat accident month that Maryland has,” she said. “August is the second highest.”

    So far this year, boating incidents have killed 16 people in the Chesapeake and its tributaries, Scarborough said. This month, two have died — one in an incident on a creek off the Potomac and another in Frederick County on the Monocacy River.

    Some on the water think of boating as purely recreational, Scarborough said, and forget that, just like cars, boats can be dangerous and even deadly.

    “I think that sometimes changes their mind set and the care that they take,” she said.

    COLREGS Right of Way Rules: a simple reference and reminder for all friends in the sailing and boating world…
    Whenever two boats try to occupy the same water at the same time, a right of way situation exists. When this happens, one boat is obligated to give way to the other. The boat that is supposed to give way is called the “give way” vessel and the other one is called the “stand on” vessel. The “stand on” vessel should keep to its course, so the skipper of the “give way” vessel can get out of the way without collision. There are specific rules to use in determining which vessel is which.

    Motor vs. Sail: A motorboat is any vessel using an engine, regardless of whether it is a sailboat or a motorboat. A sailboat is considered to be a motorboat, even if the sails are up, as long as the engine is running. A sailboat that is sailing generally has the right of way over motorboats. But, there are some exceptions as enumerated below:
    • Large motor vessels are given the right of way in channels where it is difficult for them to maneuver. In the case of ships, the whole of San Francisco Bay is considered to be channeled, so that ships always have right of way in the Bay.
    • In narrow channels such as Redwood Creek, motor vessels as small as 65 feet may be limited in maneuverability enough to make them the "stand on" vessel.
    • Motor vessels that are restricted in maneuverability, due to the special job they are doing, are "stand on”. This could be anything from towing nets to dredging, pile driving, or tending buoys.
    • Motor vessels don't have to give way to sailboats that are motoring, when the rules for motorboats give the motor vessel right of way. (When motoring, a sailboat is treated like any other motorboat).
    • If a motor vessel is experiencing some kind of difficulty restricting its maneuverability, it is given right of way.
    • If a sailboat is overtaking a power boat, the power boat has the right of way.
    • Passing- When any boat is passing another boat, the passing boat is the “give way” boat and the boat being passed is the “stand on” boat.
    • Head On- When two motor boats approach each other head on, both boats turn to the right and pass each other port to port.
    • Crossing- When motor boats paths cross, the boat on the other's right is “stand on” and the one on the other's left is the “give way” boat. This is like two cars coming to a 4-way stop, except that a give way boat would alter course to go behind the other boat.
    • Sailboats- When encountering sailboats that are sailing, motorboats generally should give way. If you are motoring in a sailboat, you should give way to sailboats that are sailing.
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  • J/Newsletter- August 15th, 2018 QUEBEC Yachting J/121 Boat Review
    (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)- “The new J/121 from J/Boats, with its 40 ft (12.19 m) in length, is a performance sailboat that can be used to race or simply sail with a crew of five or less,” commented Joani Hotte-Jean, Editor-in-Chief, of Quebec Yachting. “The rigging, sail and deck plan has been designed to simplify maneuvers in all conditions. The versatile and ergonomic cockpit is inspired by the design of the J/111 with its workspace, light dodger or hardtop that protect against the elements. Two helm stations allow the captain to handle the wheel and to reach all the main controls of the mainsail when driving. Inside, you will find a complete galley area and two full length berths in the middle of the boat on which your crew can sleep and a storage space at the front that can turn into a removable V berth.” Learn more about the J/121 here.  Read more here (in French) on Quebec Yachting.
     


    J/111 Worlds Preview
    (Breskens, The Netherlands)- The 2018 J/111 World Championship is being hosted in conjunction with the Breskens Sailing Weekend in the Netherlands.  Racing will take place offshore, in the wide-open North Sea, along the fabled northern beaches of the Benelux seashore.  Hosting the event are Watersportvereniging Breskens, Royal Yacht Club of Belgium, Koninklijke Roei & Zeilvereniging De Maas, Koninklijke Nederlandse Roei en Zeilvereniging Muiden, Koninklijke Antwerpse Watersportverenging SRNA and the Royal Netherlands Yachting Union (RNYU).

    A dozen J/111 crews are participating from five nations (Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, & Switzerland). Based on past J/111 Worlds, particularly the last edition in Europe when it was hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, England, Ladbroke’s betting parlour will likely handicap the following teams to be at the top of the leaderboard; a formidable contingent from the United Kingdom- Martin Dent’s JELVIS (2016 World’s winner), Tony Mack’s McFLY, Paul Griffiths’ JAGERBOMB, and Chris Jones/ Louise Makin’s JOURNEYMAKER II. Their top competitors from the Continent will be Paul van Driel’s SWEENY from the Netherlands, Sebastien de Liedekerke’s DJINN from Belgium, Norbert Burket’s TOP JOB from Germany, and Jorg Sigg’s LALLEKONIG from Switzerland. Learn more about the J/111 here. For more J/111 World Championship sailing information
     

    Ida Lewis Distance Race Preview
    (Newport, RI)- Over fifty teams are counting down the day for the 14th annual Ida Lewis Distance Race which gets underway August 17th, Friday noon, between Fort Adams and Rose Island in Newport, RI. Prior to the gun, Ida Lewis Yacht Club’s Race Committee will decide (based on weather forecasts and sea conditions) which of four courses will be used in this 2018 edition of the yearly round-trip offshore adventure.

    “The courses range from 112nm to 169nm and incorporate such iconic waypoints as Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard, and Buzzards Tower,” said Race Chairman Pat Kennedy. “They are chosen with the best intention of having the fleet finish within 18-24 hours.”

    Twenty teams hail from Rhode Island along with out-of-town entries from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and as far away as Ohio, Florida, and Louisiana.  Eleven of the fifty-one teams (22% of the fleet) entered are J/Crews from across the Northeast. Four of the brand-new J/121 offshore speedsters are entered across the spectrum of handicap racing and double-handed classes.  In the IRC Class is Don Nicholson’s J/121 APOLLO, winner of the Gibbs Lighthouse Division in the Newport to Bermuda Race in 2018.  Then, in PHRF Spinnaker are two more sisterships- Chris Brito’s INCOGNITO and Greg Manning’s SARAH (their inaugural offshore race in the 121). Finally, in the PHRF Doublehanded Division is David Southwell’s ALCHEMY.

    Other J/Teams participating include seven teams in the PHRF Spinnaker Division; such as the famous J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN, sailed by the American YC’s Young American Youth Sailing Academy from Rye, New York- they are past winners of their class!  In addition, two J/109s will be on the starting line- Sam Goldblatt’s MARQUISSE II and Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE from Newport.  Other J/teams include Greg Slamowitz’s J/111 MANITOU, Bob Manchester’s J/120 VAMOOSE, EC Helme’s J/92S SPIRIT, and Paul Grimes’ J/35 BREAKAWAY (another class winner).

    Representing the Young American Sailing Academy of Rye, NY as a Youth Entry in the 27-boat PHRF division, will be the J/105 YOUNG AMERICAN, the team won its class in 2017. “We had a great time despite the fact it was really windy,” said Young American YCC’s coach Peter Becker. “The kids loved it and have sea stories to tell about surfing right through the lee of boats significantly larger than us.”

    Portsmouth, RI’s Paul Grimes, who has sailed the event four times on his J/35 BREAKAWAY, hasn’t officially entered as a Collegiate Entry in PHRF division, but he’ll definitely be bringing along some local-area college sailing ringers, including his son Alden Grimes (Bowdoin College), Adrian van der Wal (Northeastern), Victoria Boatwright (Georgetown), and Collin Moffet (Princeton).

    Newport’s Bill Kneller has skippered in the race every year since 2015 on his J/109 VENTO SOLARE, with friends who sail with him regularly in the Tuesday night Jamestown Yacht Club race series. “We haven’t made the podium, yet, but are getting better each year,” he said. “Last year we were one of twenty boats that endured the weather and finished the race!”

    In the four-boat Doublehanded division, David Southwell (Chestnut Hill, MA) will be sailing the race for the first time in ALCHEMY, a J/121 that is new to him this year. His teammate (Stuart MacNeil) has never sailed a doublehanded race before and this will only be Southwell’s second time to do so. “I’m preparing for the Bermuda One-Two next year by doing shorthanded and solo races and deliveries. We’re really looking forward to this,” commented Southwell.  For more Ida Lewis Distance Race sailing information
     

    Phyllis Kleinmann Swiftsure Regatta Preview
    (San Francisco, CA)- The St Francis YC will be hosting one of their favorite events of the year, honoring one of their long-time supporters of both offshore handicap and one-design sailing on San Francisco Bay- the Phyllis Kleinmann Swiftsure Regatta.

    Not surprisingly, there is a strong turnout within the loyal J/105 fleet- the first J/105 one-design fleet in the world!  The J/105s have a “baker’s dozen” sailing in this year’s event.  Leading boats are none other than Ian Charles’s MAVERICK, Bruce Stone’s ARBITRAGE, Ryan Simmons’ BLACKHAWK, Adam Spiegel’s JAM SESSION, and Tim Russell’s NE*NE.

    In the ORR Division are a quartet of J/Crews; including two J/111s (Dick Swanson’s BAD DOG & Reuben Rocci’s SWIFT NESS), and two J/120s (Barry Lewis’ CHANCE & Tom Allard’s MR MAGOO). For more Phyllis Kleinmann Swiftsure Regatta sailing information
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The first half August always highlights one of the world’s most popular sailing weeks, the famous LENDY Cowes Week Regatta, hosted by the Cowes Combined Clubs, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.  A full-on J/Navy took on all comers on the tricky Solent waters.  Starting off the Royal Yacht Squadron line were fleets of J/70s, J/80s, J/92s, J/109s and IRC classes for J/122E, J/111, J/112E, J/97E, and J/105s.  As that race week finished, next up on the same famous starting line was the RORC Round Ireland & Britain Race, a 1,805nm long adventure that includes one of the top J/122 double-handed teams from the Netherlands- JUNIQUE RAYMARINE.  Then, off to the Arctic Circle, we find the Nordic J/70 Championship was sailed in Sandhamn, Sweden and hosted by the KSSS (Royal Swedish YC) for 22 boats from Norway, Finland, and Sweden- they enjoyed three windy days!

    Hopping across the North Atlantic to the Great Lakes in North America, we saw the J/88 North Americans were sailed on Lake Michigan, hosted by the Chicago YC for a fleet of fourteen boats.  Simultaneously, the Chicago YC also hosted the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta for one-design fleets of J/105s and J/109s and also hosted the J/111 Great Lakes Championship.

    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:

    Aug 16-18- J/24 Westerns- Oranmore, Galway, Ireland
    Aug 17- Ida Lewis Distance Race- Newport, RI
    Aug 17-20- J/24 Canadian Championship- Kingston, Ontario
    Aug 18-19- Phyllis Kleinmann Swiftsure Regatta- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 19-26- J/111 World Championship- Breskens, The Netherlands
    Aug 24-31- J/24 World Championship- Riva del Garda, Italy
    Aug 24-26- J/80 East Coast Championship- Boothbay Harbor, ME
    Aug 24-26- Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta- Marblehead, MA
    Aug 24-25- US Women’s J/22 Match Racing Championship- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 24-26- Verve Cup Inshore Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Aug 25-26- Vela J/24 Festival- Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Aug 30- Sep 2- SAILING Champions League Finale- St Moritz, Switzerland

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

    HIJINKS Wins J/88 North Americans
    (Chicago, IL) – Laura Weyler’s HIJINKS collected two bullets in the finale on Sunday to repeat as J/88 North American Champion. With Adam Burns (skipper), John Goller, Philip Hasl, Kevin Morgan, and Kris Werner, the upstate New York-based team kept all their scores in the top four in all ten races; winning six of them! No scores were discarded for the series. The J/88 NA’s were part of the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta hosted by Chicago Yacht Club, with teams sailing off the spectacular Chicago waterfront on Lake Michigan.

    HIJINKS was on top of the thirteen other J/88s for three of the four days of racing. Although Ben Marden’s Chicago-based BANTER team grabbed the overall lead after day two, Weyler’s crew finished strong with three successive victories in the remaining races on Saturday and Sunday. BANTER ended in runner-up position with 33 points, and Douglas Newhouse’s Newport, RI-based team on YONDER placed third with 46 pts.  Rounding out the top five were Mike Bruno’s New York-based crew on WINGS in 4th place with 49 pts and Iris Vogel’s New York-based team on DEVIATION in 5th position with 52 pts.  For more J/88 North American Championship sailing information
     

    Spectacular Cowes Week Regatta!
    J/112E’s Crush Class, J/109 Tops Black Fleet!
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- Cowes Week is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events and is a key highlight of the British sporting summer. It has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two World Wars.

    The event offers a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and World-Class professionals to weekend sailors. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event.

    The 2018 edition of the annual LENDY Cowes Week Regatta started August 4th and ended August 11th with a bang- with the final day’s racing canceled due to 25-35 kts winds bucking a strong 3-4 kt current, making for steep 6-8 ft breaking waves with “no backs” to them (e.g. a “cliff”)- it would have been a gear and people-buster for sure!

    In the end, here is what happened in each class after a total of six days of actual racing out on the waters of the ever-challenging Solent.

    Ultimately, the forty-two boat J/70 class saw Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT take the win with 17.5 pts in the best of six races.  Second was Marshall King’s THE JANITOR, third Simon Cavey’s JUST4PLAY, fourth Glynn Williams’ EV EXPERTS, and fifth Simon Spraggs’ JACKAL.

    A class veteran won the nine-boat J/80 class with nearly straight bullets- Jon Powell’s BETTY.  Second was Ray Mitchell’s CHECKMATE, third was Chris Body’s MOCKINGJAY, fourth Mike Lewis’ JESTER, and fifth Richard Powell’s PURPLE HAZE.

    The J/92s were out in force for this year’s Cowes Week and it was extremely competitive racing for class honors.  Winning by just one point was Robin Stevenson’s UPSTART, with the trio on NIGHTJAR (Banks, Overstall, & Searle- sounds like a law firm!) taking second and David Greenhalgh’s J’RONIMO taking third yet one more point down- tough sledding for all!

    The eighteen-boat J/109 class always has spirited competition all week-long.  This year, 1st in class and 1st Overall in Black Fleet was Caroline van Beelen and Rutger Krijger’s JACK RABBIT from the Netherlands. Second was Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE, third Chris Sharples & Rick Acland’s JUMPING JELLYFISH, fourth the quartet on BROWN TEAL (Clementi, Sheldon, Stanley, & Walker), and fifth Neil Mcgrigor’s BOO.

    The IRC 2 Class of twenty-three entries had several good performances by J/Crews.  Chris Daniel’s J/122E JUNO took the silver while Tony Mack’s J/111 McFLY wore the bronze medal.  Chris Jones & Louise Makin’s J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II managed an 8th in the highly competitive class.

    With two-dozen entries, the IRC 4 Class had two lethal weapons of the 35-foot-plus variety- the new J/112E’s.  Sweeping the top two spots quite comfortably were David Franks’ J/112E LEON on the top podium step, while Chaz Ivill’s very successful J/112E DAVANTI TYRES had to settle for the silver- the first major event in months where they had not won their class!

    IRC 5 Class had twenty-five entries, and quite a few J/teams in the 30-footer range had a successful outing during the week- 5 of the top 10.  Andy & Annie Howe’s J/97E BLACKJACK II took 3rd, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’RONIMO was 5th, Banks Overstall & Searle’s J/92 NIGHTJAR placed 6th, Robin Stevenson’s J/92S UPSTART took 7th, and Jim Owens’ J/97 JET was 10th.

    After a week of demanding sailing in the IRC Doublehanded Class, the two J/105s both podiumed; Natalia Jobling’s MOSTLY HARMLESS finished 2nd and Andy Roberts & Bill Edgerley’s JIN TONIC was 3rd.  For more Lendy Cowes Week sailing information
     

    KSSS Dominates Nordic J/70 Championship
    (Sandhamn, Sweden)- Spectacular sailing conditions greeted the sailors participating in the 2018 Nordic J/70 Championship, hosted by the Royal Swedish YC (KSSS) off Sandhamn, Sweden.  In fact, the twenty-two teams were greeted by a little too much awesome weather conditions, with racing having to be canceled on Saturday due to sunny skies, warm air, and 25-35 kt winds!  In the end, Oscar Lundqvist’s crew on HILDA (Jacob Lundqvist, Erik & Oskar Skoting, & Oliver Österberg) counted four bullets and two deuces to crush their Scandinavian competitors, finishing with just 8 pts net!

    The first day was three races take place in nearly ideal conditions. Bright sun, stable southern winds of 7 kts increasing to 16 kts by the afternoon, made for fun, challenging racing as the J/70s transitioned through the three downwind modes (VMG displacement, wing-on-wing, to full-on planing). After the three races, it was pretty clear which team had the best handle on those three modes, with Lundqvist’s HILDA crew posting a 2-1-1 to lead at the completion of racing on Friday with only 4 pts.  Sitting in second was Anders Kemmler’s DYNAMANT RACING team (Björn Kemmler, Ulf Camitz, & Mikael Lindqvist) with a 1-3-2 for 6 pts and rounding out the top of the leaderboard was the Tom Hallberg’s Finnish team on REVALENCE with a 3-2-10 for 15 pts.

    Peter Åkerström, the KSSS PRO for the regatta, commented, “there were three tough, even races and no incidents. Fair and decisive sailing with ideal winds. Tomorrow, it seems to be worse with winds up to 20 m/s (25 kts-plus), according to weather reports. We'll see how the conditions are, at least we secured ourselves a good start to the regatta by running three races today!”

    On the second day, the weather forecasts came true.  While a few teams ventured forth to “test” the conditions, along with a few choice “crashes” in the 25-30+ kt winds, racing was canceled for the day on the Rödkubbsfjärden, despite the spectacular sunny weather.

    The finale on the third day was intensive, with no less than four races being run from morning to afternoon.  Again, it was four double windward-leeward races on the starting line north of Svängen.

    KSSS PRO- Peter Åkerström- was pleased with how the sailors were doing, commenting that “although many boats were sailing well, it blew 10-12 m/s (15-23 kts) out there, the tough conditions proved to be a challenge for some of the less experienced crews.  Nevertheless, it was fair sailing and great, windy conditions with stable winds- what else can you ask for?! In total, we were happy to run seven races over the two racing days, that feels good!”

    Reveling in those conditions were the KSSS teams, making a clean sweep of the podium.  Winning was Lundqvist’s crew on HILDA, followed by Kemmler’s DYNAMANT RACING in second.  Climbing fast up the leaderboard on the last day was Patrik Forsgren’s team on TEAM PRO4U (Sandra Sandqvist, Anders Mårtensson, Rebecka Harding, & Kenneth Edvardsson); posting a 1-7-2-1 to finish with 21 pts total and the bronze.

    The balance of the top five was determined by a tie-breaker on 29 pts each, with Fabian Bergman’s TEAM LULU taking 4th place on the countback over John Hedberg’s EMELIE.   For more Nordic J/70 Championship sailing information
     

    ROWDY Crowned J/111 Great Lakes Champion
    CALLISTO Tops J/109s, THE ASYLUM Dusts J/105s
    (Chicago, IL)- From Friday, August 10, through Sunday, August 12, 2018, the Chicago Yacht Club hosted the 27th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta. The event featured three days of offshore buoy racing and a separate one-day distance race. The first day of racing on Friday offered nice westerly winds, puffy and shifty in the 7 to 12 kts range.  However, Saturday and Sunday were near “glass-outs”, with just 2 to 3 races completed in most classes over the two days due to very light winds flowing over Lake Michigan.

    The nine-boat J/105 class saw Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM take the class honors by winning the last three races with a total score of 14 pts.  Just hanging on to second place, after a strong start of 2-2-1-1, was Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS with a total of 17 pts.  After a rough start in the first four races, Clark Pellett’s SEALARK raced up the leaderboard with three straight 2nds in the closing races to secure the bronze on the podium with 18 pts.  Rounding out the top five were Judith & Ross McLean’s ESPRIT d’ECOSSE in 4th and Kathie & Mike Newman’s VALHALLA in 5th position.

    The five-boat J/109 class saw Jim Murray’s CALLISTO continue their winning ways after winning the J/109 class in the Chicago to Mackinac Race, winning four of seven races to win by a country furlong- just 10 pts total!  Second was Keith Eickenberg’s BLACKFIN with 20 pts and third was Jack & Jim Toliver’s VANDA III with 22 pts.

    The regatta also served as the 2018 J/111 Great Lakes Championship for eleven boats from across the country. Fast out of the starting blocks was local Chicago boat ROWDY, skippered by Rich Witzel, leading after the first day with a 2-1-1. Thereafter, over the tough light air sailing on Saturday and Sunday, they averaged just over a 3rd place with finishes of 4-3-1-5 to take the Great Lakes title with 17 pts total.  Current J/111 World Champion- Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY team from San Francisco Bay- is unaccustomed to the light air, super choppy/ sloppy conditions off the Chicago waterfront.  Nevertheless, after a slow start they proved to be fast learners, they closed quickly on the leader with a 1-1-3-2 for a total of 20 pts to take the silver.  Rounding out the podium was Brad Faber’s UTAH with 22 pts.  The balance of the top five included the KASHMIR trio (Brummel/ Henderson/ Mayer) in 4th and John Kalanik’s PURA VIDA in 5th place.

    In the ORR 2 Division, Rick Stage’s J/35 ALPHA PUPPY won two races, but it was only good enough to help them secure third for the weekend.  For more Verve Cup Offshore sailing information
     

    Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race Update
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race started from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at noon on Sunday 12th August, directly after Lendy Cowes Week. The 1,805 nautical mile race around Britain and Ireland is organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club every four years and is considered to be one of the toughest challenges in the sport of yacht racing.

    For the 2018 race, 29 teams with close to 200 professional and Corinthian sailors will be competing. For the past two editions, the weather has been so rough that the RORC has reversed the route to protect the fleet from a potential battering.

    J/Teams are taking on the challenge. Racing in the IRC 2 Class and the IRC Doublehanded Class is the Dutch duo on JUNIQUE RAYMARINE SAILING TEAM (Chris Revelman & Pascal Bakker).  They are currently lying in fourth place, just 35nm behind the class leader.

    After the start in Cowes, England off the Royal Yacht Squadron’s famous starting line in the Solent, Revelman & Bakker have maintained pace with the top boats in very demanding conditions.  They passed Land’s End off the southwest tip of England, passed by the famous Fastnet Rock, rounded the hellishly rough southwest point of Ireland at Great Skelligh Island Lighthouse and are now headed north to leave Saint Kilda Island to starboard off northwest Scotland.  Next stop thereafter, the infamous Muckle Flugga Lighthouse off the northern end of the Shetland Islands.

    There is still a LOT of sailing left in this 1,805nm adventure.  And, the weather is getting worse, as one might expect sailing across the southern parts of the North Sea- a region notorious for freak waves, rapidly worsening depressions, and full on gales instead of a sunny Force 5 day that was forecast!  Things change quickly in those parts and the race is quickly living up to its reputation as a gear-buster, people-buster- so far, eight boats have already dropped out for various reasons (1/3 of the fleet!). In fact, standing in the way of JUNIQUE RAYMARINE is a forecast for a full gale of 30-45 kts of southwesterly winds by Saturday, with 15-20 ft waves predicted in the British MET office shipping forecasts.  For more Round Britain & Ireland Race sailing information
     

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    What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide

    * J/122 EL OCASO Ready to Race Charter in 2019- Caribbean Regatta Circuit!

    Interested in taking your team to race a Caribbean Regatta in 2019?  Caribbean Yacht Racing can help you make it happen...just arrive and race!

    CYR has the J/122 EL OCASO available for the following 2019 Caribbean Regattas:
    Caribbean Yacht Racing offers a complete charter package, simply arrive to the location with your team and the highly competitive J/122 “El Ocaso” will be ready to race.  CYR can also assistant with team logistics, including lodging.

    If you are interested, please contact Bob Hillier- bob@caribbeanyachtracing.com- for complete charter details or visit http://www.caribbeanyachtracing.com

    * “J/Boats took the top two positions in the annual Sandusky Ohio Deepwater race on August 2nd. The Deepwater is a feeder race from the entrance of Sandusky Bay in the shadow of Cedar Point Amusement Park, amongst the islands of Lake Erie's western basin, to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, where the Inter Lake Yachting Association holds its Put-in-Bay Race Week series and festivities each summer,” commented Phil Dufresne.

    Taking top honors in the PHRF class was Bill Kellner's J/92 JUMPSTART followed in second place by QUADRIFOGLIO, a J/29 sailed by Phil Dufresne.
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  • J/Newsletter- August 8th, 2018
    J/99 Short-handed Offshore Speedster Hatched!
    (Newport, RI)- Fresh out of the box! The first J/99 offshore speedster is well on its way for future offshore stardom and is getting ready to fly across oceans and Great Lakes!

    As the newest addition to the J/Sport range, the J/99 features powerful righting moment and the proven streamlined reaching shape that will enable her to surf and plane offshore in reaching/ broad reaching conditions like her offshore speedster sisterships- the J/88, J/111, and J/121.  And, when the winds go forward of the beam, the J/99 has the power and pointing ability to decimate the competition.

    Now more than ever, sailors are attracted to adventure-filled, signature events (Fastnet, Middle Sea, Chicago-Mac, etc.) where straight-line speed, sail handling, strategy and weather routing are all equally put to the test. The J/99 is designed to excel in these events (both fully crewed and short-handed) while delivering the exhilarating, family-friendly experience the J/Sport range is known for.  For more J/99 Shorthanded Offshore Speedster sailing information
     


    J/88 North American Championship Preview
    (Chicago, IL)- The Chicago YC’s fabulous Race Committee is hosting the four-day J/88 North American Championship, in conjunction with the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta, starting on Thursday, August 9th. A fleet of seventeen J/88s from across the eastern half of North America will be vying for the N.A. Championship crown against the best fleet ever assembled for the class. Twelve or more races will ensure the competitors from New York, Ontario (Canada), Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, North Carolina, and Rhode Island will have plenty of opportunity to determine who is the fairest of them all after thrashing around the cans off the spectacular Chicago waterfront, racing on the pristine waters of Lake Michigan.

    The top teams from the Northeast include Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Doug Newhouse’s YONDER (with World Match Racing Champion Taylor Canfield as tactician) and Mike Bruno’s WINGS.  There is a strong contingent from Lake Ontario, including Tim Finkle’s SEAWEED, and Laura Weyler’s HIJINKS (2018 Great Lakes Champion).  Then, the hosts from the Chicago region have several hot teams, like Al Minella’s ALBONDIGAS, Tod Patton’s BLONDIE 2, Andy Graff’s EXILE, Richie Stearns’ HOKEY SMOKES, Ben Wilson’s RAMBLER, and Boyd Jarrell’s SLOT MACHINE.

    Given the incredibly close competition at the J/88 Midwinters in St Petersburg, FL and at Charleston Race Week, the 2018 edition of the J/88 NA’s should see very competitive sailing throughout the event at the top of the leaderboard. Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images and Chris Howell/ J88 Class.  For more J/88 North American Championship sailing information
     

    Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race Preview
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is set to start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at noon on Sunday 12th August, directly after Lendy Cowes Week. The 1,805 nautical mile race around Britain and Ireland is organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club every four years and is considered to be one of the toughest challenges in the sport of yacht racing.

    For the 2018 race, 31 teams with close to 200 professional and corinthian sailors will be competing. For the past two editions, the weather has been so rough that the RORC has reversed the route to protect the fleet from a potential battering.

    After a momentous start at the Royal Yacht Squadron line, the fleet will race through the Solent then past the famous headlands of the South West of England. The epic adventure continues into the Celtic Sea, past the Fastnet Rock and Mizzen Head onto the wild west coast of Ireland. The Atlantic racing continues past St Kilda, up to the most northerly point of the course, Muckle Flugga on the 61st parallel. Then, turning south through the infamous North Sea, the fleet will have turned their bows for home. The English Channel and Solent form the final stages of the marathon race.

    Solent to Land's End- Approx. 180 nm
    Getting a good start will depend upon using the best of the wind and tides to exit the Solent. The race starts to the east leaving the Isle of Wight to starboard. There are four major headlands which form tidal gates along the South Coast of England; Portland Bill, Start Point, The Lizard and Land's End. Deciding whether to go inshore or offshore at each of these headlands will depend on the wind speed, the direction and the tidal flow.

    Land's End to Mizzen Head- Approx. 210 nm
     The Celtic Sea forms part of the North Atlantic Ocean and the seabed is part of the Continental Shelf of Europe, which is relatively shallow at 100 metres. The fleet will get a real taste of Atlantic weather that can produce a significant and confused sea state as the ocean waves rear up in the shallows. The boats will pass the famous Fastnet Lighthouse along the way, but the significant waypoint is nine miles further west at Mizzen Head when the fleet will turn north to race along the wild West Coast of Ireland.

    Mizzen Head to Black Rock- Approx. 170 nm
     Bull Rock, Great Skelling and Tearaght Island must be rounded to starboard, but it is highly likely that the fleet will give them a good offing, as there are outlying rocks that should be avoided. The coastline features bold mountainous peninsulas with deeply indented bays. Taking the full violence of the North Atlantic's prevailing gales it is subject to heavy seas and swell.

    Black Rock to Muckle Flugga- Approx. 530 nm
     Having rounded Black Rock, it is unlikely that the fleet will see land again for over 200 miles of Atlantic Ocean Racing. As the fleet head further north, the air and sea temperature will begin to fall. The fleet will round St Kilda, which is an archipelago of islands in the Outer Hebrides. Hirta is the largest island in the St Kilda archipelago with cliffs rising 430 metres sheer out of deep water. On to Sula Sgeir, that is a small, uninhabited island 40 miles into the North Atlantic from mainland Scotland. Muckle Flugga, Shetland Islands is the most northerly part of the course on the 61st parallel. The fleet will be as far north as Alaska, which will deliver cold conditions, even in August. The teams will have now travelled over 1,000 nautical miles and over the halfway point in the race as they turn their bows south towards the finish.

    Muckle Flugga to Ramsgate- Approx. 580 nm
     The fleet may be heading south and away from the effects of the Atlantic Ocean, but the North Sea can be just as difficult to navigate and to avoid hazards. The North Sea is one of the world's most important shipping lanes as well as a major fishery, and in recent years has seen the developments of wind and wave farms. The approach to Felixstowe is also complicated by a myriad of sandbanks and tidal rips are notorious.

    Ramsgate to Finish- Approx. 130 nm
     The English Channel with its busy shipping routes and tidal streams forms the last open water leg of the marathon before the teams enter the Solent to finish the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. For many teams they will have been at sea for up to 14 days, catching a few hours of sleep and dining on snacks and freeze-dried fare. The Royal Ocean Racing Club will welcome each team after they cross the finish line with a warm handshake and cold beer.

    Two J/Teams are taking on the challenge. Racing in the IRC 2 Class are two J/122s.  Sailing with a full crew is Andy Theobald’s R&W from the United Kingdom.  Then, the Dutch duo on JUNIQUE RAYMARINE SAILING TEAM (Chris Revelman & Pascal Bakker) will be scored in both IRC 2 as well as IRC Doublehanded Class!   For more Round Britain & Ireland Race sailing information
     

     
    Verve Cup Offshore Regatta Preview
    J/111 Great Lakes Championship Preview
    (Chicago, IL)- From Friday, August 10, through Sunday, August 12, 2018, the Chicago Yacht Club will host the 27th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta. This event will feature three days of offshore buoy racing and a separate one-day distance race. Annually, this event hosts over 100 yachts ranging in size from 25 to 70 feet, and carry crews from 4 to 20 racers. During this regatta, the Chicago Yacht Club looks forward to welcoming more than 2,000 racers, family members and friends to its award-winning lakefront Monroe Station Clubhouse.

    For this three-day regatta, boats will sail either in a handicap section or in a one-design section. Brag flags and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each section. The overall winner in what is determined to be the most competitive section by formula will be awarded the perpetual Verve Cup Trophy. The Verve Cup trophy dates back to 1893 and is the Chicago Yacht Club’s oldest trophy.

    Likewise, for the Saturday, August 11, 2018, Distance Race, brag flags and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each of the four handicap sections, and the first place winner in the fleet determined by handicap will be awarded the 8 Mile Buoy Trophy.

    The nine-boat J/105 class includes most leading local teams, like Clark Pellett’s SEALARK (winner of combined J/105 NAs & J/105 Chicago-Mac Race trophy), Vanessa Gates’ STRIKING, Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM and Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS.

    The five-boat J/109 class has Jim Murray’s CALLISTO (Mac Race winner), Peter Priede’s FULL TILT, Bob Evans’ GOAT RODEO (2017 Mac Race winner), and Jack & Jim Tolliver’s VANDA III (also a Mac Race winner); this will be a very tough fleet considering the number of boats racing.

    Sailing the 2018 J/111 Great Lakes Championship are eleven boats from across the country.  Current J/111 World Champion- Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY- will be vying for class honors against the top local boats.  The winner of the Ugotta Regatta- KASHMIR- hopes to maintain their winning streak in around-the-cans racing. However, both boats know there are several spoilers in this fast fleet; such as John Kalanik’s PURA VIDA, Rich Witzel’s ROWDY, Dan Kitchens’ SKULL CRACKER, Brad Faber’s UTAH, and Tom Dickson’s WARLOCK.

    In the ORR Distance Race division in Saturday, there are two J/crews participating- Frank Giampoli’s J/120 JAHAZI and Rick Stage’s J/35 ALPHA PUPPY. Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images.  For more Verve Cup Offshore sailing information
     

    40th J/24 Canadian Nationals Preview
    (Kingston, ONT, Canada)- The 2018 Canadian J/24 Nationals are being held in conjunction with CORK/ Sail Kingston Regatta in that famously windy (mostly) location at the far eastern end of Lake Ontario.  Since 1979, the J/24s have been sailing on Lake Ontario and across all parts of Canada for over 40 years, this year marking the 40th time Canadians have sailed their National Championship in J/24s!  The lake is a perfect venue for the event, as the classic seabreezes start out light in the mornings from the SSW, then slowly build from 6-10 kts into the 12-18 kts range by late afternoon.

    The thirteen boats sailing in this year’s event has a dozen Canadian teams and one American (a woman skipper- Kira Munger from Fair Haven, New York sailing USA 423).  The Montreal crews include Stephan Blais CAN 3366, Fred Deom CAN 4019, & Brian Morris CAN 3782.    The Ottawa fleet (the Canadian capitol) sailors include Jean Levac CAN 5254 and Richard Tanguay CAN 2594. The Toronto crews include Dave Ogden’s CAN 5235 and Ed Rees’ CAN 3729.  For more Canadian J/24 Nationals sailing information
     

    J/Sailing News

    The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

    The first week of August always seems to be the time to celebrate the start of the famous Lendy Cowes Week; that renowned regatta hosted by the Cowes Combines Club, starting off the iconic Royal Yacht Squadron line in front of Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. Hundreds of boats and thousands of sailors enjoy the frenetic pace of racing around the Solent each day, deciphering what to do tactically and strategically for each leg of the random-leg courses set out each day for each individual fleet.  The navigational challenge is one of the most difficult in sailing, as there can be up to 7 or even 9 mark roundings on a given day over an 18-30nm course! There is an update below on how things went in the J/70 class and the rest of the one-design and IRC fleets.

    Just off to the northeast on the European continent, the SAILING Champions League Semi-Final was sailed in St Petersburg, Russia, hosted by the Royal St Petersburg YC and sailed on the Neva River for 28 teams from across Europe. The event served as the last qualifier for Europe’s best sailing club teams to participate in the SAILING Champions League Finale in St. Moritz, Switzerland, to be sailed on the Silvaplana Lakes.

    Then, across the “big pond” to the Americas, we find the New England PHRF Championships and Buzzards Bay Race Week were held in conjunction by New Bedford YC, sailed on the windy, choppy waters of Buzzards Bay.  Heading farther west, the first August weekend also marks the date to celebrate the Dillon Open Regatta for J/22s and J/24s; the event was sailed on the capricious waters of Lake Dillon over the weekend, with a few exciting moments and shredded sails for some!  That’s what happens when you sail on the highest sailing lake in the world- at 9,022 feet of altitude!  Heading still further west, it was San Francisco YC’s weekend to host their annual Summer Keelboat Regatta; the event attracted a large fleet of two-dozen J/105s and, as usual, the fleet endured typical windy, foggy, sunny, summer conditions on San Francisco Bay- there were a number of new faces/teams near the top of the leaderboard!

    Down in South America, the J/70s enjoyed their first winter series event the prior weekend in Algarrobo, Chile (90nm west of the capital city of Santiago on the Pacific Ocean).  This past weekend, it marked the occasion for the first Argentina J/24 Winter Series regatta, sailed in the gorgeous Andean foothills of the Cordoba region- north-northwest of the capital city of Buenos Aires.  Aside from the fun, picturesque sailing, it is also one of the best wine-growing regions in the world! Notably, it was the Jesuits of Córdoba, the resourceful monks that planted South America's first vineyards in Córdoba in the 16th century, as they required wine to celebrate the Eucharist!! No wonder those famous “malbecs” are so good- learn more here- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina_Wine_Route

    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:

    Aug 9-12- J/88 North American Championship- Chicago, IL
    Aug 9-11- Nordic J/70 Championship- Sandhamn, Sweden
    Aug 9-12- Verve Cup Offshore Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Aug 16-18- J/24 Westerns- Oranmore, Galway, Ireland
    Aug 17- Ida Lewis Distance Race- Newport, RI
    Aug 17-20- J/24 Canadian Championship- Kingston, Ontario
    Aug 18-19- Phyllis Kleinmann Swiftsure Regatta- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 19-26- J/111 World Championship- Breskens, The Netherlands
    Aug 24-31- J/24 World Championship- Riva del Garda, Italy
    Aug 24-26- J/80 East Coast Championship- Boothbay Harbor, ME
    Aug 24-26- Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta- Marblehead, MA
    Aug 24-25- US Women’s J/22 Match Racing Championship- San Francisco, CA
    Aug 24-26- Verve Cup Inshore Regatta- Chicago, IL
    Aug 25-26- Vela J/24 Festival- Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Aug 30- Sep 2- SAILING Champions League Finale- St Moritz, Switzerland

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

    LENDY Cowes Week Update
    J-DOG Wins J/70 Short Series!
    (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- Cowes Week is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events and is a key highlight of the British sporting summer. It has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two world wars.

    The event offers a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and World-Class professionals to weekend sailors. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event.

    The 2018 edition of the annual LENDY Cowes Week Regatta started August 4th and ends August 11th. It has been extremely popular for J/Teams across not only from the United Kingdom and Ireland, but from across Europe as well. 

    So far, the sailors have enjoyed five good days of sailing.  Here’s the latest on what is happening out on the waters of the ever-challenging Solent.

    Day 1- Saturday
    The opening day of Lendy Cowes Week delivered a gloriously sunny and tactically challenging day of racing for the 35 classes taking part.

    The first start, for the 36-strong J/70 fleet, was on the Royal Yacht Squadron line in a northerly breeze of 10 knots. The fleet bunched towards the favored northerly end of the line for a reaching start heading towards the east.

    Simon Childs’ F’IN MAJIC and Tarra Gill-Taylor of the Royal Thames YC Academy led away from the line. However, John and Kate Greenland’s J-DOG and Peter Harrison’s SORCHA-J were first to hoist spinnakers on the short first leg and soon pulled ahead. Once the fleet settled onto their first beat, J-DOG held the advantage over Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT. Greenland was ahead at the finish, with a 48 second advantage on Harrison, while Ali Hall’s SCEPTRE took third place.

    The J/70 class is using Lendy Cowes Week as an event in its 2018 Grand Slam series and has three races per day scheduled over the first four days of the regatta. Greenland won the second, held on a windward-leeward course from a committee boat, with Hall second and Harrison third. J-DOG took another win in the third race and now leads the series the Grand Slam series by a commanding margin.

    “We were absolutely delighted to win all three races in a boat kindly loaned to us by the Royal Thames YC,” says Kate Greenland. “It was really close racing, which made it even more enjoyable. Today was all about good starts and staying in the pressure. To be honest the boys on board made my life as tactician pretty easy today because they all worked really hard in the shifty conditions.”

    Black Group
    Among the Black Group yachts, IRC Class 4 promises to be very hotly contested. Entries include David Franks’ J/112E LEON, fresh from winning the IRC/ORC Offshore Sailing World Championship in Holland a couple of weeks ago with her previous owner. Another J/112E, Chaz Ivill and Paul Heys’ DAVANTI TYRES also has an enviable record.

    Three minutes after their start, heading east from the Bramble line, the J/112E LEON was amongst the leaders with her sistership DAVANTI TYRES a few lengths behind.

    By the time they passed south of Lepe Spit, against the tide en route to their first mark off Newtown Creek, the J/112E LEON, sailing lower but faster, had pulled out a lead on their fleet. The J/112E DAVANTI TYRES went on to take line honors in the three-hour race, and retained the lead on corrected time, just 34 seconds ahead of their sistership LEON.

    Day 2- Sunday
    Family Day at Lendy Cowes Week delivered stunning conditions with unbroken sun and a solid east south-easterly breeze of 9-12 knots. The best winds of the day were predicted to be in the eastern Solent, so all classes started towards the east.

    Rob’s Cotterill’s MOJO RISING and Ed Bolton-King’s RED ARROW led the J/109 fleet away from the southern end of the line, with the former accelerating faster and pulling clear ahead and to windward in the first few lengths. Best placed at the northern end were Jamie Sheldon’s BROWN TEAL and the Royal Naval Association’s JOLLY JACK TAR, while Caroline van Beelen and Rutger Krijger’s Dutch JACK RABBIT and Nick Southward, John Scott and Andy Christie’s Team WHISKEY JACK were in the front row more towards the middle of the line. JACK RABBIT finished 29 seconds ahead of Robert Stiles’ DIAMOND JEM, giving the Dutch boat two consecutive race wins. BROWN TEAL took third place, just 10 seconds later.

    "It was quite light airs but we made some good tactical calls, which was key today,” says Krijger. “Good crew work and maintaining boat speed was also important; it was very close, and we crossed the finish line just 30 seconds ahead of the next boat."

    IRC Class 5 had an even tighter finish – the first three boats crossed the line in just 10 seconds. The fleet started cleanly, but only because a number of premature starters had already turned around before the gun.  In the end, Jack Banks’ J/92 NIGHTJAR took second and Andy and Annie Howe’s J/97 BLACKJACK II placed third.

    Day 3- Monday
    Competitors enjoyed a fabulous classic sea breeze day, after a long postponement, while race officials waited for the wind to arrive. They were rewarded with a stable 10-15 knot southwesterly breeze on another warm and almost cloudless day.

    The bulk of the larger Black Group yachts started on the inshore Royal Yacht Squadron line, short tacking along the shore to the west. The start of IRC Class 1 was a spectacular sight, with the front row yachts perfectly in line when the cannon fired. There was soon much shouting for room to tack before boats grounded, as well as close port/starboard tack incidents.

    IRC Class 2 was subject to an individual recall at the start and Chris Jones and Louise Makin’s J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II duly went back to restart correctly.  Tony Mack’s J/111 MCFLY started towards the outer end of the line and was also well placed, sailing at the top of the fleet.  However, in the end, it was Christopher Daniel’s J/122E JUNO that won on corrected time.

    Day 4- Tuesday
    After a relaxed morning waiting for a breeze to build, the teams were thoroughly tested by a series of wild fluctuations in the wind that accompanied short showers that passed over the race area in the afternoon. Lulls saw to wind drop to as low as three knots while some gusts topped 20 knots, while the direction at times swung through 90 degrees.

    In IRC Class 5, Andy and Anne Howe’s J/97 BLACKJACK II got third. Said one sailor, “it was a great race– a good length and very enjoyable– even though the wind was very shifty and up and down from 5 to 21 knots”.

    White Group
    A small band of rain moved across the start area, then the breeze rapidly built back to 10-12 knots, temporarily shifting right to a more westerly direction. The two cannons for an individual recall were sounded at the start of the J/80 one-design class, but no boats turned back.

    Fiona and Malcolm Thorpe’s J/80 KING LOUIE, and Jon Powell’s J/80 BETTY, were closest to the inshore end of the line. However, Chris Body’s J/80 MOCKINGJAY took an early lead ahead of Ray Mitchell’s CHECKMATE after KING LOUIE grounded on Grantham Rocks, as the fleet short tacked past the Green. BETTY crossed the line first, but had to take a penalty for a rule infringement, which lifted MOCKINGJAY to first place, while CHECKMATE took third.

    “Having led the race and maintained the lead when the wind from the north dropped out and the then came in from the south, when we were on a tight spinnaker reach, I managed to hit the mark,” says Powell. “It was quite impressive because the tide was pulling us off– I’m not sure how that happened. I did some turns, but then realized we had to take a penalty so, even though we crossed the line in first place, we ended up second.”

    J/70 Short Series results
    Tuesday was also the final day of a short series for a number of classes that two or three races per day over the first four days of Lendy Cowes Week. Kate and John Greenland’s J-DOG won the J/70 short series by a nine-point margin ahead of Clive Bush’s DARCEY, with Ali Hall’s SCEPTRE taking third place.

    Day 5- Wednesday- Youth Day
    A change in the weather today gave a cooler and windier, sunny day, with gusts nearing 25 knots in the early afternoon. Thousands of sailors came ashore sporting big grins after an energetic day that saw many thrills and spills on the downwind legs. Wednesday was “Youth Day” at Lendy Cowes week, with the spotlight shining on the numerous young sailors, teams and skippers at the event.

    Today 14-year-old Callum Robbins raced on Chris Jones & Louise Makin’s J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II. “It was fantastic, I have never done something like this before,” he says. “It was great fun and something I am going to remember for a long time. I would love to get out racing again!”

    The new Double-Handed IRC class, saw Natalie Jobling’s J/105 MOSTLY HARMLESS vying for the lead.  The lead pair split gybes in the early stages of their first leg. At this stage, MOSTLY HARMLESS opted for more downwind angles that reduced the distance to sail at the expense of boat speed, ultimately taking 2nd in the race.  Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth- http://www.pwpictures.com  For more Lendy Cowes Week sailing information
     

    German Crews Blitzkrieg SAILING Champions League Semi-Finals!
    (St Petersburg, Russia)– Norddeutscher Regatta Verein has won the second Semifinal of the SAILING Champions League 2018 in St Petersburg, Russia after four days of challenging racing. Norddeutscher Regatta Verein only just beat fellow Germans Deutscher Touring Yacht Club by 2.8 points, with Russia’s Navigator Sailing Team in third overall. Now, 32 clubs from 12 nations are qualified for the big Final of SAILING Champions League in St. Moritz from 30 August to 2 September.

    The Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) team (Florian Haufe, David & Dorian Heitzig, & Miklas Meyer) mastered the most challenging of river-racing conditions in St Petersburg to win the 24-team Semifinal #2 of the SAILING Champions League 2018. It’s a repeat victory for the German club that won in Russia a year ago. The Deutscher Touring YC team (Julian Stuckl, Patrick Follmann, Jonas Vogt, & Tobias Bolduan) never let them get too far into the lead, in fact, coming very close to pulling off an upset at the very end.  Across the four days of competition, the Russian Navigator Sailing Team (Igor Rytov, Igor Lisovenko, Viacheslav Martynov, & Alexander Bozhko) won six of their 16 races, an impressive number of bullets. However, no one could match the consistency of NRV that scored five bullets, but also never scored worse than 5th in any of the races, each of which was an eight-boat short-course windward-leeward contest.

    Florian Haufe, helmsman of NRV, commented: "We are very happy to have qualified for the final in St. Moritz and even more with the overall win here in St Petersburg. Today, every single maneuver counted. We made a few mistakes less than the other teams. With the 3-knot current, we tried to sail a bit more conservative than normally. It worked, we played our cards well.”

    While last year’s wind came from every quarter and every day brought a very different race course, 2018 was blessed with four days of westerly winds. Two days with lighter winds, two days with stronger winds, but always sun and the summer conditions drew big crowds of spectators to the banks of the river where they enjoyed world-class racing right in front of the historic Peter and Paul Fortress.

    Boathandling was critical on the final day, with the winds gusting close to 30 knots and many crews unable to control the boats through maneuvers, often resulting in some spectacular wipeouts and broaches. The shoreside spectators loved the show, as did those who tuned in from around the world to enjoy the live broadcast by SAP.

    In total, 16 of the 24 teams in St Petersburg have qualified for the SAILING Champions League Final in St Moritz a few weeks from now. The 16 clubs from Russia will join the final’s host club Segel-Club St. Moritz, the SCL champion from 2017 Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the 14 clubs who qualified from Semifinal #1 in Porto Cervo back in June, making it
    32 international clubs from 12 nations who will be competing high up in the Swiss Alps for the title of “Best Sailing Club of the Year” from 30 August to 2 September.

    The sailors were full of praise for the host organization, St Petersburg Yacht Club, who was supported by its main partner Gazprom. Elena Solovyeva, project manager of SPBYC, explains: “One of the goals of St. Petersburg Yacht Club is the organization of sailing events in our city, our country and it’s impossible to do it better than hosting an event right in the heart of our amazing city. Citizens and visitors of our city are able to see this level of sailing. We had three days of perfect weather, wind, sun and almost no rain. We are very happy and I think it’s the best solution for events like SAILING Champions League having venues like this sailing stadium.“

    Live broadcasting by SAP
    Did you miss the races of SAILING Champions League? Just visit sapsailing.com and click through the SAP Sailing Analytics for replays of all races and different and interesting statistics about the action on water. You find the overall results on sapsailing.com!

    SAILING Champions League sailing video highlights:
    Day 1- https://youtu.be/dtKn590dXoY
    Day 2- https://youtu.be/vs6tA17zvE0
    Day 3- https://youtu.be/m7BoEEIJ_P0
    Day 4 Finale- https://youtu.be/kJ-OTJnXoi4

    Sailing photo credits- Anya Semenyk and Andrei Sheremetov  SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg, Russia Introduction video  For more SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg- sailing information
     

    J/111 New England PHRF Champion @ Buzzards Bay
    (South Dartmouth, MA)- The Beverly Yacht Club and New Bedford Yacht Club hosted their annual Buzzards Bay Regatta this past weekend with 13 fleets of boats on 7 circles, over 200 boats and 1,000+ sailors!

    Winning the seven-boat J/80 Class was Dan Cooney’s AMERICAN PRAYER with six bullets in their seven-race scoreline.  However, behind them it was a real battle all weekend-long between Peter d’Anjou’s LE TIGRE and Jim Shachoy’s PEARLY BAKER.  That fight for the silver came down to the final race, with LE TIGRE holding on to a 3rd place, while Shachoy’s crew finished 4th; LE TIGRE taking the silver by 1.5 pts.

    Winning the PHRF New England Racing A division was Doug Curtiss’ J/111 WICKED 2.0, counting an impressive record of five 1sts for a total of 5 pts net.  Two J/109s finished 4th and 5th, respectively, Cory Eaves’ FREEDOM and Dan Boyd’s WILD THING.

    J/Crews led a near sweep of the PHRF NE Racing B Division.  Winning was Mark Lindquist’s J/105 STERLING with 6 pts in five races.  Second was Ira Perry’s J/29 SEEFEST with 8 pts, fourth was Mary Schmitt’s J/105 HARDTACK with 14.5 pts, and fifth position went to Massachusetts Maritimes J/105 BOUNTY with 18 pts.

    In the PHRF New England Championship- Cruising Division- Steve Dahill’s J/35C RIVA took the silver with a consistent scoreline of 2-4-2-3-3 for 10 pts net.  For more Buzzards Bay Regatta sailing information
     

    BABY DOE J/22 Leaps Ahead @ Dillon Open
    THE DUMPSTER Trashes J/24 Fleet
    (Lake Dillon, CO)- At 9,022 feet (2,750 meters or over a mile-and-a-half straight up into the stratosphere), there is no question that Dillon YC’s annual “Dillon Open” that is sailed on the Dillon Reservoir high up in Rocky Mountains is the longest-running, highest altitude regatta in the world.  It’s a gorgeous area to sail; just SSE is the fabulous Keystone Resort & Spa- the top of Keystone Mountain is 12,408 ft (3,782m, or over 2 miles up into the sky- the air does get a bit thin up there!)- https://www.keystoneresort.com/

    Yet again, a great fleet sailors on J/22s and J/24s had to contend with incredibly challenging sailing conditions.  On Sunday, there was an amazing photo taken of Greg & Susan Johnson’s J/24 PINOTAGE rounding the windward mark, spinnaker up, then gets flattened by a 50mph hail-infested vertical micro-burst from the sky; shredding their spinnaker and jib all at once!  That is what happens when it blows over 100 mph just a few thousand feet above the tall 10-14,000 foot snow-capped peaks that surround Lake Dillon. The winds are often capricious and unpredictable, making for tough, tactical windward-leeward races.

    Greg Schertz, the PRO for the Dillon Yacht Club running the races took this shot- he was blown away! “Yes, we have challenging sailing sometimes at the nation’s highest sailing club,” remarked Schertz.

    Despite the crazy weather, Mateo & Tito Vargas talent-laden crew on BABY DOE took J/22 class honors with a remarkably steady 2-1-1-2-1-1 for 8 pts total. Reed Baldridge’s crew from the College of Charleston YC in Charleston, SC sailed fast to post a 4-3-3-1-3-4 for 18 pts to take the silver.  Rounding out the podium was Mike Kline’s NAUTI-MOOSE with a 1-5-4-5-2-3 for 20 pts.

    Sailing with past J/24 World and Etchells-22 World Champion Vince Brun on board, Frank & Vivian Keesling’s THE DUMPSTER won their class only after the Johnson’s PINOTAGE got trashed by the hail-infused microburst.  THE DUMPSTER’s posted a 1-1-3-3-2-2-3 for 15 pts total.  The Johnson’s PINOTAGE had an equally impressive scoreline of 3-2-1-2-3-1-5 for 17 pts total.  Closing out the podium was Josh Bowens-Rubin’s ZERO GRAVITY with a 4-5-2-1-1-4-4 tally for 21 pts total.  For more Dillon Open sailing information
     

    SEAWOLF Leads Argentina J/24 Winter Series
    (Buenos Aires, Argentina)- The Central Republic J/24 fleet in Argentina completed the first of their Winter Series on their beautiful Cordovan lake- Lago Salinas Grandes- for a very competitive sixteen-boat fleet.

    Winning the first regatta was one of the newest boats in the fleet- Pablo Senestrari’s SEAWOLF. After six races, their 3-1-1-3-3-15 tally was good for 11 pts net.  However, they only won the tiebreaker based on most 1sts over Adrian Bongianni’s team sailing ON LINE, which had a 2-3-6-1-2-3 tally.  The final spot on the podium was also determined by a tiebreaker on 26 pts each!  Winning that countback was Javier “Caraca” Moyano’s GRAN CARAJO over Carlos Trigo’s PURA VIDA.  Finally, rounding out the top five was Julian Dadone’s SIROCCO with 30 pts net.  For more Argentinean J/24 Winter Series sailing information
     

    NE*NE Tops J/105s @ Summer Keelboat Regatta
    (San Francisco, CA)- In the summertime, San Francisco Bay is famous for its thumping seabreezes that often start out light in the morning with streaks of fog filtering through the grand twin towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.  However, my midday the breezes from the west are well into the mid-teens and in the more extreme scenarios, gusts can hit the high 20s/ low 30s.

    The local J/105 fleet revels in the big Bay breezes.  A fleet of twenty-three boats was engaged in battle over the weekend for San Francisco YC’s annual Summer Keelboat Regatta.  After five races in two days, it was Tim Russell’s NE*NE winning by a whisker over Ian Charles’ MAVERICK.  J/105 #3 NE*NE (Lowell North’s original “superboat”) posted a 9-1-1-7-1 tally for 19 pts, while MAVERICK had a 4-9-3-1-3 record for 20 pts.  Rounding out the podium was Ryan Simmons’ BLACKHAWK with a 3-11-2-2-4 scoreline fro 22 pts.  The balance of the top five includes Doug Bailey’s AKULA in 4th place just one more point back and Phil Laby’s GODOT in 5th with 27 pts.  For more SFYC Summer Keelboat Regatta sailing resultsAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/Fest @ Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

    J/Fest @ Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (Larchmont, NY)- Thirty-six J/Boat owners participated and contributedtheir boats, in a fleet of 48 total, for the 2018 edition of the StormTrysail Club and the Larchmont YC annual extravaganza for collegesailors- known as the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR). The eventhas become by the most popular event in all of college sailing, with 45colleges, universities, and academies gathering together to go racing inone-design classes and offshore boats on western Long Island Sound inthe first weekend of October.

    What does that mean to the world of sailing?  Simple.  It signals thatJ/Sailors have PASSION! J/sailors and J/owners have a passion forsailing, a passion for growing the sport of sailing, a passion toinclude women and youth in the future of sailing at all levels- frombeginners to the world’s best at all levels of the sport. For example,consider J/Boat owner’s commitments to this event- 75.0% of the entirefleet- J/105s (12), J/109s (9), J/44s (5), PHRF (10)!

    Inthe one-design classes, the racing was generally close around thewindward-leeward race tracks. In the J/44 Commodore James D BishopDivision for USA Service Academies, the winners were the US NAVALACADEMY on Bill Ketcham’s MAXINE with an amazing record of 1-1-2-1-4 for9 pts total.  Silver was the US COAST GUARD ACADEMY on GLORY with a2-3-4-2-2 tally for 13 pts total.  Rounding out the podium wasMASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY’s sailing on Chris Lewis’ KENAI with atotal of 4-2-3-4-1 for 14 pts.  Of note, the MMASA won a tie-breakerover SUNY MARITIME’s crew on CHARLIE V.

    The J/109s were completely outclassed by the TUFTS JUMBO’s sailing onCory Eaves’ FREEDOM, their 3-1-3-2-2 total for 11 pts simply dominatingtheir class.  Second was the NORTH CAROLINA STATE crew on MikeSleightholme’s APSARA with a 4-3-1-9-4 tally for 21 pts, winning atiebreaker.  Losing that tiebreak was the ROCHESTER TECHNOLOGY team onAlbrecht Goethe’s HAMBURG with a tally of 1-4-6-7-3.

    Notsurprisingly in the huge J/105 division, having a lot of offshoretalent onboard their crew were the winning COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON crewracing the YOUNG AMERICAN boat- crushing their J/105 one-design classwith just straight bullets for the most dominating performance in theentire regatta! Second was VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY on ECHO and third wasWEBB INSTITUTE on HOONIGAN.

    In PHRF 2 Division, it was FORDHAM UNIVERSITY winning on board BillIngraham’s J/24 TENEBRAE with a 1-1-2-1-4 tally for 9 pts total. Similarly, in PHRF 3 Division, it was VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY simply takingtheir division “to the cleaners”, winning with a commanding margin of 6pts due to their 1-1-1-3-4 tally for just 10 pts.  Second was YALEUNIVERSITY’s team on Jon Yoder & Bill Gassman’s J/100 BLACKCOMB.

    Thanks to the following individuals for their efforts on behalf of all college sailors:

    • Charles Ulmer- Event Chairman- Intercollegiate Regatta
    • John Fisher- Chairman- Storm Trysail Foundation
    • Howie McMichael- STC IOR Official Photographer
    For all STC IOR race results, click here  For more Storm Trysail Club Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • SVBG Win Italian Youth J/70 Sailing League!

    SVBG Win Italian Youth J/70 Sailing League! (Trieste, Italy)- This year the Italian Championship for Club Under 19was supported by BarcolanaFun and Siram by Veolia.  The local host andorganizer of the event in Trieste, Italy was the S.V. Barcola andGrignano and the principal sponsor was Banca Aletti.

    For the eighteen crews that participated, the event started off with anAP over A on the first day, with little wind and lots of rain. Nevertheless, the boys and girls participating in the event, werechallenged ashore by the Est Energy SpA to generate as much energy aseach team could in a winch-grinding competition to raise money forcharity.  All the energy they produced was converted into a donation forthe local Burlo Garofolo Hospital in Trieste to benefit theirchildren’s charity!

    Followingthat slow start for sailing, but a big step for benefitting thechildren’s hospital, the Youth Under 19 teams had a spirited round ofraces on Sunday to determine the ultimate youth champion sailing onJ/70s.  In the end, it was the local youth team on SVBG that won,followed by the 3V SAILING CENTER taking the silver and the ADRIACO YCYouth Team taking the bronze.  In addition, the “Glam Team Award” wentto Torre Del Greco Nautical Club, the Youngest Team Award to YCAdriatico, and the Fair Play Award to SVBG.

    One of the more entertaining elements of the regatta was to see the SVBG PRO and RC team playing with their new robot buoys- watch them play here (they work!).  Sailing photo credits- Fabio Taccola  Follow the Italian Under 19 J/70 Youth Sailing League here  For more Italian J/70 Sailing League informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • Hamble Winter Series- Sunny, Wet First Weekend!

    Hamble Winter Series- Sunny, Wet First Weekend! (Hamble, England)- The IRC Autumn Championship took place over theweekend of the 6th & 7th October and, as anyone who was in theSolent last weekend will tell you, these were two very different days.Hamble River SC PRO Kathy Smalley summed it up when she said "It was agame of two halves!" If you prefer musical references to sporting onesthen "Wet Wet Wet" summed up the overture to the weekend.

    Day One- Wet & Cold & Miserable!
    On the Saturday, Kathy, assisted by her redoubtable linesman, PeterBateson, took up station at 4W (Goodall Roofing) and waited for thefleet to show up. Despite the rain and the building northerly, show upthey did. Some 32 teams made the start area. The course consisted of acascading windward/leeward with a windward mark 8R and Solent fixedmarks.

    InIRC Class 2, the first race saw an epic battle between the two J/109s-Roger Phillips’ DESIGNSTAR 2 and David Richards’ JUMPING JELLYFISH. Inthe first race they finished 3/4 and in the second race 1/3 with theJELLYFISH holding the advantage.

    In classes 3 & 4 only two boats in each class braved the Saturdayconditions. Joe Banks’s J/92 NIGHTJAR had two bullets in Class 3.

    With the conditions worsening in line with the forecast, the race teamdisplayed AP over A and sent everyone home for the day. There was asuggestion that a lack of gas, and therefore hot drinks on the committeeboat had something to do with the decision, but this has been dismissedas Fake News!

    Day Two- Gorgeous, Sunny, Lovely!
    Sunday dawned with beautiful conditions and 10 knots of breeze from theNorth. Once again, the committee boat set up at 4W. There was plenty oftacking and gybing in evidence on the beats and runs indicating somewell set windward/leeward cascades on the west going tide. The improvedweather brought some 52 boats out to play.

    The big battles for the top places were in IRC Class 2. Three boatsended tied on 14 points in Class 2 and countback gave the win to theJ/109 JUMPING JELLYFISH and third went to the J/109 DESIGNSTAR 2.

    Taking the Autumn Champs win in IRC Class 3 was Banks’ J/92 NIGHTJAR!

    The Bugle presented the Sunday day prizes in a packed HRSC.  Next weekthe HYS Hamble Winter Series continues along with the Hamble Big BoatChampionship and the Hamble One Design Championship.

    The 2018 HYS Hamble Winter Series will run from the 6th October to 2ndDecember 2018. Teams will be racing in IRC Classes and One Designs. Theaction pack program will feature the IRC Autumn Championship, thePerformance 40 Series, the Hamble Big Boat Championship, the Hamble OneDesign Championship, and 2019 J/70 World Championship Qualifiers thatwill be sailed in Torquay, U.K. in the “west country”.   Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth  Follow the HYS Hamble Winter Series on Facebook here  For HYS Hamble Winter Series sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • Almere Central Three-Peat Dutch J/70 Sailing League

    Almere Central Three-Peat Dutch J/70 Sailing League (Veere, The Netherlands)- For the third time in a row, Almere Centraalbecame the Dutch champion of the Eredivisie Sailing. The pretty VeerseMeer in Zeeland was the playing field of a three-day battle for thecoveted national title. WV De Meeuwen (Leeuwarden) was able to take asurprisingly fast start to the 2nd place thanks to the nice and constantresults this weekend. With only 3 points away, RR & ZV Maas &Roer (Roermond) took third place.

    Thislast round was an important moment for many teams and it was a weekendwhere nothing turned out to be certain. This year, the sailors weretreated to wind speeds varying from 2 to 16 knots over the weekend. OnFriday, the spectacle on the water was very easy to follow from the quayin Veere; thanks to the wind direction, there was literally a frontseat on the harbor to watch the action.

    In addition to the individual rounds of play earlier this year, thewinner of the general classification was also determined in Veere.Gaining a top 4 place in the general classification means a covetedstart ticket for the semi-finals of the international Sailing ChampionsLeague in 2019. In the 2018 SCL Finals in September, three Dutch teamssailed on the mountain lake St. Moritz, Switzerland.

    Hat Trick for Almere Centraal
    Almere Centraal won the national championship for the 3rd time with atotal of only 105 points.  The winning team captain, John den Engelsman,commented, ”we have actually done everything we always do; goodpreparation, neatly mastered, do not take too many risks. As a result,we have been able to further expand our lead. The circumstances were noteasy, but by paying attention to our opponents and the wind shifts, wewere able to make it happen. We just have a good and reliable team thatwants to train. In addition, we have often sailed the Champions League,where you learn a lot. If we can form a permanent crew, we participateand we go for a podium place". In Veere, Almere Central managed to win11 of 15 races in the regatta!

    WV De Meeuwen won the silver. Their team captain explained, “despite thetension, we have managed to perform well. Actually, we climbed up theleaderboard the whole year, from eighth place after the first round tothe second in the last one. Yesterday, we had a small dip and we had abacklog on our competitors. But, fortunately we knew how to recover andon Sunday we started very motivated. This was reflected in our goodperformance and we have been able to realize our main goal; participatein the Sailing Champions League! That we also could also get silver is,of course, absolutely fantastic. Next year we will go for gold!"  For more Dutch J/70 Sailing League informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • ARTTUBE RUS-1 Crowned Russian J/70 Champion

    ARTTUBE RUS-1 Crowned Russian J/70 Champion (Moscow, Russia)- A true milestone was recently achieved for theinternational J/70 one-design class this past weekend.  While J/70s havebecome wildly popular in many countries and regions that were firstpopularized by the famous J/24 class back in 1977- like Europe, North,Central and South America, Japan, Australia- it is the first time that a“J/Class” has held a national one-design event in what was theprincipal nation-state of the former U.S.S.R. (the Union of SovietSocialist Republics)- that is, Russia.

    Russian sailing has grown considerably in the past decade across theirvast expanse in “Eur-Asia”, a country that is bordered on the east bythe Pacific Ocean (just 50 miles from Alaska), the west by the BalticSea (e.g. the source for Europe’s natural gas), the north by the ArcticOcean, and the south by the Black Sea (linked to the Mediterranean bythe Straits of Bosporus in Turkey). In between are certainly far morethan the 10,000 lakes claimed by America’s state known as Minnesota.

    Given that basic geography, it’s not surprising that an interest inwater sports and the sea continue to flourish across Russia. Asignificant catalyst for that evolution (if not revolution) has been thecreation of the Russian J/70 National Sailing League, sponsored andsupported by the Russian Sailing Federation. That one idea has broughttogether sailors from across the spectrum to participate as sailingclubs, generating an enormous amount of camaraderie between sailors fromeast to west.

    As the principal sailboat platform, the J/70 has demonstrated to Russiansailors that, literally, every person from young to old, women and men,beginners to Olympic Medallists, can learn how to sail fast, quickly,on the simple J/70.  Like their counterparts in Germany and other membercountries in the SAILING CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (http://sailing-championsleague.com/),their level of sailing has improved by quantum orders of magnitude in amere four years of close one-design racing on the easy-to-sail J/70sailboat.

    Perhapsthe “poster child” of that extraordinary development has been ValeriyaKovalenko, a modest woman sailor from Moscow that has evolved to be oneof Russia’s top women skippers. Her team has participated in most majorEuropean J/70 events as well as World Championships; their learningcurve is steep! For the last two years, she has won the Monaco J/70Winter Sportboat Series, as well as the YC Monaco’s prestigious PRIMOCUP Credit Suisse regatta in the spring. It is not surprising to seesuch results; she is fearless on the starting line and will fight forthe favored-end amongst the world’s best.

    Just this past weekend, the inaugural Russian Open J/70 Championshiptook place on the lake hosted by Pirogovo YC, just 20 miles north ofMoscow. It was a first for Russia, a first for the J/70 Class, and afirst for World Sailing, to have a Russian national championship sailedin a recognized international class where two dozen (yes- 24 boats!)teams competed for national class honors. Here is a summary of what tookplace on this historic weekend for a total of FOURTEEN races in justthree days (my goodness the crews must’ve been exhausted or dizzy fromgoing around the race track so many times!).

    Day One
    It was a great start for the crew of Dmitry Šunina as they managed topost an 11-2-3-3 to give them a total of 19 pts at the end of the firstday to top the leaderboard. Just behind them by three points was aleader of the J/70 class in Russia- Denis Čerevatenko- who’s teamcollected a 5-8-5-2 for 22 pts.  Then, sitting in third only one pointfurther behind was Team GLEB FETISOVA with a tally of 5-5-11-1 for 23pts total.  Details and results.

    Day Two
    After starting out the first day with a 6-10-14-1, it was clear ValeriaKovalenko’s crew on ARTTUBE RUS-1 had to get their “mojo” going.  Aftertheir post-race analysis on what to do, they managed to do exactly thaton the five-race, very exhausting day two.  Their record speaks foritself, posting an incredibly consistent 3-3-1-3-4 to rocket up thestandings and sit atop the leaderboard with a comfortable lead. Starting out in the silver position on the first day, DenisČerevatenko’s crew held onto their standing with a strong 8-1-2-6-1. Then, after two days of racing and nine races, it was the AlexandraPeterson Collective Team that jumped into the third position.  WOW, itwas an enormous game of “snakes & ladders” for everyone, includingthe podium finishers.  Yet, things were going to get even moreinteresting for the final day.  Details and results.

    Day Three
    Given more good winds, but quite shifty, as they had been the daybefore, the protagonists in the Russian J/70 Nationals at the top of theleaderboard did not change. In the end, after posting a closing tallyin five more races of 16-1-1-1-2, it was the ARTTUBE RUS-1 Team that wonby over 20 pts after 2 discard races.  Valeria Kovalenko’s team of IgorLisovenko, Alexander Božko and Denis Rozhkov were declared the firstRussian J/70 National Champions!

    Closing with a 1-4-14-15-6 tally to take the silver was DenisČerevatenko’ team.  And, taking the bronze with an amazing closingscoreline of 14-2-4-3-1 was the team of Zoran Paunoviča.   Details and results.

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  • Pink J/24’s Sailing in Arizona Deserts?

    Pink J/24’s Sailing in Arizona Deserts? (Lake Pleasant, AZ)- You bet! On a gorgeous body of water northwest of downtown Phoenix, it’s actually a huge lake- called Lake Pleasant.

    For years, the past Commodore of the Arizona YC, Victor Felice, has beenpromoting sailing of all kinds on the lake- ranging from J/24s to J/80sto Hobie 16s and anything in between.

    Recently, we find that Victor’s “Tiller and Kites- Exceptional Sailing”program has continued to gain passionate, enthusiastic sailors to thelake.  His latest recruit is the sweet, attractive Brooke Miller fromdowntown Phoenix, AZ.  Here is a sailing video of Brooke’s recent sailing escapades, skippering one of the “pink” J/24s around the lake!  Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/Fest Southwest Preview

    J/Fest Southwest Preview (Houston, TX)- This year’s J/FEST Southwest Regatta will be taking placefrom October 12th to 14th, hosted by Lakewood YC on Clear Lake and onGalveston Bay.  J/Owners from across the spectrum are participating inPHRF handicap racing as well as in one-design classes for J/22s, J/24s,J/70s, and J/105s. Come one, come all, still not too late to head southand enjoy some fun in the Texas sun, great beer, and awesome TexMexfood!

    In the one-design world, the boats to watch include father/son comboFarley & Barrett Fontenot’s J/22 USA 707, Natalie Harden’s GIGGLESkeeping the J/24 boys in check, Bill Draheim’s PONY and Jay Lutz’sZOUNDS topping the J/70 pack, and Bill Lackenmacher’s RADIANCEbrilliantly showing the path for the J/105 fleet.

    The J/PHRF fleets in the Asym Class and Distance Class look a bitformidable. In the PHRF Asym group, JD Hill’s gorgeous J/122 SECOND STARshould lead the fleet around the track. Then, in PHRF Distance fleet,it’s anyone’s guess with a pair of J/29s, a J/95 and J/46 wondering whatkind of “random-leg” track will determine the outcome of the race onGalveston Bay!

    Since it was such a HUGE hit last year, the “LEGENDS RACE” will takeplace on Clear Lake, right in front of the club.  This year, it will be afleet of J/22s with live commentary on-site and on Facebook Live offthe patio of the “party-barge” called BARGE 295.  There will be five (5)video cameras recording the live action!

    On Friday October 12th at 3:45 PM CST the broadcast for the Legends Race will go “live”. It will be fun! Make sure to mark your calendar with a reminder to goto the You Tube link below at 3:45 pm CST and share it to your Facebookfeeds!   https://youtu.be/PG2fhfwRFpk

    IF you have any questions at all, please contact Scott Spurlin at mobile- 512-423-2179 or email- scott@jboatssouthwest.com.   Watch the J/FEST Southwest promo highlights video here. For more J/FEST Southwest sailing and registration information. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/109 North American Championship Preview

    J/109 North American Championship Preview (Larchmont, NY)- After an incredibly successful weekend introducingyoung college sailors to the wonders of big-boat sailing, the J/109fleet now changes tacks and focuses on their 2018 J/109 North AmericanChampionship.  All the boats that participated in promoting the growthof college sailors in offshore sailing are also sailing the J/109N.A.’s; a total of twenty entries from across the board from thenortheast to the southwest.

    Again, Larchmont YC will be hosting the fleet for racing on Long IslandSound from October 14th to 21st.  Initial forecasts promise the racingwill be wet, cool, and windy to start with, a sunny break in between, aperhaps having to deal with the “tail feathers” of Hurricane Michaelthat dealt a devastating blow to the Florida Panhandle by Sundayafternoon.

    The top crews in the Corinthians Division include the following:

    • Bill Rogers- BIG BOAT from Breakwater YC in Sag Harbor, NY
    • Ted Herlihy’s family crew on GUT FEELING from New Bedford YC in South Dartmouth, MA
    • Albrecht Goethe’s HAMBURG from Lakewood YC in Seabrook, TX
    • Adrian Begley’s MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN from Storm Trysail Club in Larchmont, NY
    • Jack Forehand’s STRATEGERY from Pequot YC in Fairfield, CT
    • Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE from Coasters Harbor YC in Newport, RI
    The leading crews in the Open/ Professional Division include these top teams (one Cat 3 permitted per boat):
    • Tom Sutton’s LEADING EDGE from Lakewood YC in Houston, TX with Tom Meeh as main/ tactician
    • David Rosow’s LOKI from Pequot YC in Fairfield, CT with Kerry Klingler as main/ tactician
    • Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY from Larchmont YC in Larchmont, NY with Max Skelley as tactician
    • David & Maryellen Tortorello’s PARTNERSHIP 3 from Black Rock YC in CT with Seadon Wijsen as tactician
    • Bill Sweetser’s RUSH from Annapolis YC in Annapolis, MD with Tom Babel as tactician. 
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  • HONEYBADGER Squeaks J/24 Colors Victory

    HONEYBADGER Squeaks J/24 Colors Victory (Lake George, New York)- The 40th annual Changing of the Colors is nowon the books. Light and variable conditions on Saturday (winds 0-11,prevailing from NW) afforded the 29-boat fleet three races on Saturday.Sunday brought cloudy skies and steadier breeze from the South, and 4races were sailed. Lots of shake-ups in the standings and pin-endpileups created plenty of excitement and uncertainty leading up to thefinal race. Nevertheless, it was yet another gorgeous, picturesqueweekend on the gorgeous Lake George, with racing hosted by the LakeGeorge Club.

    Inthe end, the two protagonists that started out the first dayessentially tied, ended up that way at the end of the regatta.  Noquestion, it was a titanic duel between long-time J/24 legends in theclass- Travis Odenbach’s HONEYBADGER crew from upstate New York andCarter White’s YOUREGATTA.COM crew from Portland, ME.  Between the twoboats, they took 11 podium finishes of a possible 21 total.  Odenbach’sHONEYBADGER crew got the better of them, winning the regatta by just onepoint over White’s YOUREGATTA.COM team.

    A country mile behind them on points it was yet another battle for thebalance of the podium and the top five.  In that four-way battle, it wasAlfie Merchant’s WITCH WAY, Ed Rees’ A+SALT, David Kaye’s ELLE, andMike Quaid’s ICE CUBE.  In the final tally, it was WITCH WAY that tookthe bronze with 39 pts net.

    They were followed by Rees’ A+SALT in fourth and Kaye’s ELLE in fifth(winning the tiebreaker at 49 pts net each over ICE CUBE).  Follow the J/24 Changing of the Colors Regatta on Facebook here  For J/24 Changing of the Colors Regatta scorelines  For more J/24 Changing of the Colors Regatta sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • Challenging AYC Fall Series

    Challenging AYC Fall Series J/105 GOOD TRADE Awarded Overall Zilph Trophy
    KENAI Crowned J/44 North American Champions
    (Rye, NY)- For two weekends in succession, the American YC hosted theirannual Fall Series Regatta for IRC and PHRF Handicap fleets as well asone-design classes for J/44s, J/109s, J/88s, J/105s, and J/70s.  Racingwas held on Western Long Island Sound just south of Rye, New York fromSeptember 22-23 and September 29-30.  After promising winds and leadengrey skies in the first weekend, the last weekend ended up being sunnybut with light airs.

    After last weekend, the South Course had already held seven races andthe East Course held six races. Coming into this weekend two boats weretied for first place in the IRC and PHRF Divisions on the East Course,while the South course had tight competition in the J/70 Division.

    Saturday(Sep 29) racing started off slow with little wind, but beautifulweather otherwise. In total, the South Course was able to get two racesin. In the J/88 Division, ESCAPE skippered by Elizabeth and MatthewBarry had a perfect day winning both races to move up to first place,tying with Douglas Newhouse’s YONDER.

    The neck and neck competition between Daniel Goldberg’s BAZINGA and AlexMeleney’s TRUCKIN carried on in the J/70 Division, as BAZINGAultimately pulled ahead of TRUCKIN by one point.

    David Rosow’s LOKI continued a steady performance finishing fourth andeighth in the two races to maintain the lead in the J/109 division. Alsoin the same division, ZIG ZAG skippered by Bengt & Marie Johanssonhad a strong day on the water finishing first and second in the tworaces, as a result, moving up to fifth place.

    At the end of Saturday, GOOD TRADE, skippered by Bruce Stone and NicoleBreault, remained in the lead of the J/105 Division. CONUNDRUM helmed byHarald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson continued to gain ground behindthem, finishing first and second in both races to stay in second place.Unfortunately, the East Course did not race due to lack of wind.

    Afterracing, sailors were provided a presentation in the American Yacht Clubballroom by Tucker Thompson. Tucker was the official host of the VolvoOcean Race and returned to AYC to give expert commentary on what was theclosest race in the history of the event. His presentation includedstories, analysis, and a look at details of life aboard the VO65. Tuckeralso gave the attendees a sneak peek at the next Volvo Ocean Race. Thepresentation, sponsored by Volvo, was a great way to finish off the dayafter food and drinks on the front lawn.

    On Sunday (Sep 30), the light wind continued along with beautiful blueskies. On the East Course, Chris Lewis’ KENAI finished first place intoday’s race to take the division and, in turn, win the J/44 NorthAmerican Championship, which was held in conjunction with this year’sFall Series. Rounding out the top five were Len Sitar’s VAMP in second,Ketcham’s MAXINE in third, Don & Dick Rave’s RESOLUTE in fourth andTom Blackwell’s BREAKAWAY in fifth position.

    Like the East Course, the South Course also held one race on Sunday toconclude the regatta. LOKI finished second in the one race held tosecure the J/109 Division after outstanding sailing on both weekends. Bill Rogers’ BIG BOAT ended up second, Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORYthird, Bengt & Marie Johansson’s ZIGZAG fourth and John Greifzu’sGROWTH SPURT fifth place.

    The J/88 Division came down to a tiebreaker with YONDER finishing firstand ESCAPE locking down second. The rest of the top five includedBruno’s WINGS in third, Justin Scagnelli’s ALBONDIGAS in fourth and IrisVogel’s DEVIATION in fifth.

    GOODTRADE won the J/105 Division, the largest division of the regatta,after holding the lead throughout both weekends. GOOD TRADE also won theZilph Trophy for best performance in level rating classes. The balanceof the podium included Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson’s CONUNDRUMin second and George Wilbanks’ REVELATION in third.  The balance of thetop five had Jon Rechtshaffer’s RAPTOR in fourth and Thom Hering’sTRIFECTA in fifth.

    And finally, Goldberg’s BAZINGA came through to finish one point aheadof Meleney’s TRUCKIN to win the J/70 Division.  Third was Carrie &Ed Austin’s CHINOOK, fourth was Marcus Wunderlich’s STRATOS in fourthand Ernest Bourassa’s ALTHEA was fifth.

    Sailors reconvened on the front lawn to enjoy food, drinks, and livemusic by Cover Story. After a wonderful awards ceremony, the sun setover the New York City skyline for sailors to enjoy a picturesque viewending two great weekends on the water.  Follow AYC Fall Regatta on Facebook here   For all AYC Fall Regattas Yachtscoring   For more American YC Fall Series sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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Sailing for Life in Better Sailboats

Sailing is the ultimate freedom, the experience of being at one with nature and the sea, powered only by the wind and one's imagination. It's one of the few "life sports" that offers both a relaxing escape as well as an invigorating challenge. You pick your level of comfort and excitement. Sailing is never the same twice - each time on the water with your sailboat is a unique adventure that can enrich friendships, strengthen family ties, and refresh one's own sense of well-being. How many other outdoor activities can be shared with three or more family generations?  It's been said there are two types of sailors in the world - the young and the young-at-heart.

What a Difference a J Makes

Fulfilling those sailing dreams starts with finding a sailboat that fits you - whether you aspire to sail close to home, cruise to distant shores, or take up the challenge of competitive sailing. Performance differences between sailboats are greater than differences between golf clubs, tennis rackets, skis or cars. A well-designed sailboat, like a good sports car, is an extension of its owner. It could take years of sailing other boats to learn the difference that good design and quality make to one's sailing enjoyment. Or, you can save time and take advantage of what we've designed into every "J."

NEW 40' Offshore Speedster for 5 or fewer Crew

J/121 offshore speedster sailing off Newport 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.

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J112E 01 19986J/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.

A Family-friendly One-Design & Daysailer - J/88

J88 SolarSailer cockpit 001 18209The 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.

J/70 - The Sportboat Changing Sailing

J70 spin08 redThe 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.

J/Sailing Gear For 2018

JGear marquee 2018Look great this season in J sailing apparel. Check out the comfortable and fashionable sailing clothing, tech shirts, polo shirts, sailing jackets and sailing hats at the J/Sailing Gear site. Also backpacks, totes, J battleflags and other fun items like half-model sailboats are available as gifts and trophies. 

J/Gear is fully customizable to your needs.  When you order, you can specify just about anything you wish, including boat name, boat type, yacht club, hailing port, etc.  Please be sure to visit our store here.

Upcoming Sailing Events

Aug 19-26- J/111 World Championship- Breskens, The Netherlands
Aug 24-31- J/24 World Championship- Riva del Garda, Italy
Aug 24-26- J/80 East Coast Championship- Boothbay Harbor, ME
Aug 24-26- Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta- Marblehead, MA
Aug 24-25- US Women’s Match Racing Championship- San Francisco, CA
Aug 24-26- Verve Cup Inshore Regatta- Chicago, IL
Aug 25-26- Vela J/24 Festival- Buenos Aires, Argentina
Aug 30- Sep 2- SAILING Champions League Finale- St Moritz, Switzerland

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