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J/111 Sailing News

  • Sydney Boat Show Features J/70, J/88, J/111!
    (Sydney, Australia)- While it may be technically called “winter” in Sydney, it’s still warm, sunny and breezy outside most days (at least compared to their over the top friends in Eurasia and North America!).  It is also a great time to visit Sydney and go to the Sydney International Boat Show- the largest recreational marine event in the southern hemisphere.The show is located at two great waterfront sites on Sydney Harbour: the in-water exhibits are in Cockle Bay Marina in Darling Harbour and the undercover exhibits are at the fabulous Sydney Exhibition Centre...
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  • CanAm Challenge Preview
    (Youngstown, NY)- The Youngstown Yacht Club will be hosting the 2nd Annual CanAm Challenge July 25 & 26th.  The regatta is open to all boats.  Any class that has 5 registered boats will compete as a One Design Class, and boats without a One Design Class will compete in a series of 2 Pursuit Races.The CanAm Challenge is a competition of the boats individually but also to defend their nation.  In 2014, Canada was victorious, but 2015 is a whole new year.  Who will win? On shore, activities will include live music, a...
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  • Edgartown Race Weekend Preview
    (Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA)— There are two ways to approach Edgartown Yacht Club’s Race Weekend, scheduled for Thursday, July 23 through Saturday, July 25. Come for Saturday only to compete in the 56 nautical mile ‘Round-the-Island Race. Or, go for a full three days of total-immersion racing therapy, come Thursday and Friday for two days of ‘Round-the-Buoy Races before circumnavigating Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday.Stephen McManus (Annapolis, Md.), owner of the J/120 SAYKADOO, is sailing all three days.  “We had been cruising in the area for 10 years, and last year I thought...
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  • Ugotta Regatta Preview
    (Harbor Springs, MI)- Sailboats from across America head to Harbor Springs each summer for one of the grander sailing traditions on the Great Lakes: the Ugotta Regatta. Hosted by the Little Traverse Yacht Club, the Regatta brings together some of the best sailboat racers in the country to Little Traverse Bay, easily one of the prettiest bodies of water in all the Great Lakes. Ugotta Regatta takes place the weekend following the second of the Mackinac Races (Port Huron-Mackinac, Chicago-Mackinac).LTYC’s Ugotta Regatta is open to all sailors but there is one caveat,...
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  • Santa Barbara- King Harbor Race Preview
    (Santa Barbara, CA)- The 2015 Santa Barbara to King Harbor race, co-hosted by Santa Barbara YC and King Harbor YC, will start off their 81nm distance race (a.k.a. “sprint”) this coming Friday afternoon around 1300 hrs.  The race has been a tradition for Santa Barbara and King Harbor sailors for 42 years and typically fields over 50 entries per year.  So far, 51 boats have registered and are hoping that “classic” SB-KH weather conditions predominate for the tour through the Channel Islands, around Anacapa Island to port and into the finish line south...
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  • Slow, Fly-swatting Chicago-Mac Race
    J/88 Wins Class, J/35s Sweep Level 35s!(Chicago, IL)- It was never going to be a record year for the 107th running of the 289nm Chicago to Mackinac Island Race.  The weather forecast for lightish airs after the Saturday start followed by even lighter airs on Sunday made for less than riveting conversations about how to fully deploy “fly nets” over the companionways to keep out the bugs!  Nevertheless, the fleet did benefit from the fact that a massive frontal system replete with thunderstorms missed most of the fleet late Saturday, then another bank...
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  • J/11S- A New 36’ Double-handed, Offshore Racer
    (La Rochelle, France)- Just launched in La Rochelle, France this week is a new 36’ (11 meter) double-handed, offshore J designed to compete in the double-handed IRC circuit in Europe. Built by J/Composites, the J/11S starts with the high performance hull of the J/111 and is then rating optimized for its length (from IRC 1.096 down to 1.050) with a shorter VCG-optimized sail plan, increased stability, a twin rudder/single tiller steering system, and simplified deck and interior plan.While most designs in this genre are focused on offwind sailing in windy conditions (i.e....
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