Sunday, May 3, 2015

Come Sailing Lake Pleasant- Phoenix, AZ!

(Phoenix, AZ)- Victor Felice, owner of the J/24 MERMAID RESCUE that sails on Lake Pleasant in Phoenix, Arizona invites all J sailors to join them anytime they come through Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport.  Said Victor,

J/80 sailing Lake Pleasant, Phoenix, AZ“This May, barring some unforeseen fierce write-in campaign, I will be the Rear Commodore of the Arizona Yacht Club. Chris Smith (J/80) fills that position now and he will become the new Commodore. At last count, I know of 1 J/22, 3 J/24’s, 1 J/27, 2 J/80’s and a J/105 on Lake Pleasant. We’re having a great time together with our little J sailing community!

This season we have had an interesting mix of speakers, most of whom you probably know – Stephanie Roble, Sharon Green, John Sangmeister (1987 America’s Cup; Tritium Racing), Jeanne Socrates (solo circumnavigator), Tom Ehman (Golden Gate Yacht Club), Peter Nichols (Author, A Voyage for Madmen; Sea Change; Evolution’s Captain, among others), Rod Favela (Vela Sailing Supply) and Keith Magnussen (Ullman Sails Newport Beach).  Tom Leweck, the founder of Sailing Scuttlebutt, is going to speak at our meeting next month. Previous speakers have included Annie Gardner, Anna Tunnicliffe, Andrew Campbell, and Peter Isler.

Here’s the info about meetings for any and all you J sailors. They are the second Tuesday of the month from June through November and then February through April and held in Tempe, which is a few minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. We are quite an adventurous bunch and you’all would truly enjoy the desert experience. We can even go sail on Lake Pleasant if your schedule allows.  Please drop us a line anytime!  Best, Victor.”  Victor's contacts are: ph- +1.480.577.4007/

Palmavela Preview

J/80 sailing off Palma Mallorca, Spain(Palma Mallorca, Spain)- The Gaastra PalmaVela regatta will celebrate its twelfth edition with a multi-coloured fleet, consolidating its international status as the Mediterranean’s first big boat sailing event of the season.  117 boats from 16 different nationalities will be hosted by the Real Club NĂ¡utico de Palma, where flags will be flown from Germany, Antigua, Spain, France, Holland, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, British Virgin Islands, Italy, Monaco, Portugal, Russian, Switzerland, Sweden and the United States.

The Gaastra PalmaVela Regatta was first held in 2004 as an ambitious project to “convert Palma into the Mediterranean capital of sailing”, explains Manuel Fraga. Eleven years later, the regatta has established itself as the principal kick-off event of the offshore keelboat season in the Mediterranean.

“The key word is adaptation”, adds Fraga, “There are a lot of regattas on the calendar, but in the last decade Gaastra PalmaVela has managed to continue filling the spectacular Bay of Palma de Mallorca with boats and sails in springtime”.

The racing programme of Gaastra PalmaVela 2015 will alternate coastal racing with windward/leeward races throughout the four days. J sailors will be participating in J/80 one-designs as well as in the ORC handicap classes.

A number of top Spanish and German teams are sailing as part of their preparations for the upcoming J/80 World Championship in Kiel, Germany.  Champion sailors like Marc de Antonio from Barcelona will be skippering BRIBON-MOVISTAR and his team will be up against fierce competitors like Javier Chacartegui Cirerol on HM HOTELS, Sebastian Allebrodt on MNEMONIC and World Champion Jose Marie van der Ploeg on NAUTICA WATCHES.  One Swedish team will be on the line- Tom Bscher’s OPERA SEASON- TEAM RCNP.  And, two German teams should be in the hunt as well- Dirk Euler’s LIMMAT EXPRESS and Inken Braunschmidt’s JOY TOY.

The large ORC Offshore Division will have to contend with Juan Carlos Sanchis’ J/92S CAFE DEL MAR from CNS Antonio.  For more Gaastra Palmavela sailing information

J Sailors Foiling St Barths- Caribbean!

Peter Johnstone sailing Gunboat G4 Timbalero (Gustavia, St Barthelemy)- While there were a number of J/Boats sailing in the Voiles de St Barth’s last weekend, a number of J sailors were also sailing aboard other boats and having a combination of ethereal as well as hair-raising experiences.

For starters, on the Gunboat 62 ELVIS was Steve Cucchiaro (J/105 North American champion strategist), Cam Lewis, Jack Slattery, Mark Laura, Brian Thomas and Dru Slattery- all avid J/Boats sailors over the years having fun cat racing in the Caribbean.

G55 Toccata sailing St BarthSimilarly, long-time J/105 and J/70 owner Chris and Carolyn Groobey were sailing the Gunboat 55 TOCCATA in the same class with Stu & Julia Johnstone aboard.  Here’s a nice sailing video of her by ace Spanish photographer Jesus Renedo:

Gunboat G40 sailng St BarthFinally, Stu’s brother Peter J. was sailing the brand new Gunboat G4 TIMBALERO III (40 footer) and learned their limits of sailing a performance cruising foiling catamaran on the final day of Les Voiles de St Barth- check out the sailing video here:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Yachting Cup Preview

J/80s sailing Yachting Cup (San Diego, California)- For sailors, springtime in San Diego can only mean one thing. While the rest of the country enjoys warmer weather and blossoming wildlife, the sailing community is training and strategizing for Yachting Cup, the premiere spring regatta of the San Diego Yacht Club.  2015 marks the 43rd running of the Yachting Cup Regatta, SDYC’s signature event. Again, this year is the expanded two and a half day format that combines both random leg racing with windward leeward buoy courses that will truly test the competitors.

The regatta kicks off on Friday, May 1st with a single ‘Beer Can style’ race in San Diego Bay to be held at 4:00 in the afternoon. For those who missed the Friday race, a throwout is allowed for the regatta, keeping them in the running. Following the race are the first day of parties at SDYC with the exclusive ‘Skippers/Tacticians VIP Party’ held in the Frost Room while the open invite ‘Crew Party’ will be held on the front deck of the club. Free food and complimentary drinks will be featured at the parties so they are sure to be a big hit!

J/70s sailing Yachting CupSaturday and Sunday will once again feature windward/leeward courses held in multiple venues in the ocean off the coast of San Diego. With steady breeze and open water, good boat speed and steady crew work will be what wins the event. Eight races are scheduled for the weekend, combined with after race parties at SDYC each day, skippers and crew are guaranteed to get plenty of excitement. There will be a trophy ceremony following racing on Sunday with class awards and the overall winner of the regatta crowned.

Part of the success of Yachting Cup could be attributed to its ideal placement on the calendar the weekend after the Newport to Ensenada Race. SDYC capitalized on that opportunity by offering registered Yachting Cup competitors free mooring at SDYC starting the weekend prior and going all the way through the regatta. This means boats traveling back north from Mexico can take a pit stop in San Diego, enjoy the racing and hospitality, free slip space on the docks all week and then continue on north.

Seventy-two of the sport’s most enthusiastic sailors have already signed up to compete in the signature regatta.  The 2014 Yachting Cup Champion Rick Goebel is registered and ready to defend his championship title in the J/105 class. However, he is faced with a long list of past champions ready to take back the title, including 2013 champion Tim Fuller on the J/125 RESOLUTE and 2012 champion John Laun sailing in the J/120 class.

Not surprisingly, the J/70s have the largest fleet at the regatta with a million boats sailing.  For many teams, it’s a continuing quest to prepare for this summer’s J/70 North Americans being hosted by San Diego YC.  Some of those top sailing teams include Bruce Golison’s MIDLIFE CRISIS, Justin Kromelow’s LOOSE LUCY, Karl Pomeroy’s ZERO TO 60, Vince Brun’s BLISS, Tom Garrett’s SLOOP JOHN B, Eric Kownacki / Tom Jenkins’ DFZ, Beverly Burr’s VIVACE, and Dave Vieregg’s SOGGY DOLLAR.

J/120 sailing off San Diego, CAEnjoying one of their best turnouts in a blue moon is the popular offshore cruiser-racer- the J/120s.  Most of the top Southern California teams will be pushing the starting line hard, such as Chuck Nichols’ CC RIDER, Rudolph Hasl’s HASL FREE, Gary Winton’s SHENANIGANS, Tom & Teri Manok’s POLE DANCER, Peter Bretschger’s ADIOS, Peter Zarcades’ MELTEMI, Ernie Pennell’s MADMEN, John Snook’s JIM, Mike Hatch’s J-ALMIGHTY, and Eric Axford’s CAPER.

Never to shy away from a good battle are the veterans in the J/105 class in SoCal.  Familiar leaders in the class will be at it again with familiar names like Tom Hurlburt’s BLOWBOAT, Dag Fish’s VIGGEN, Dennis Case’s WINGS, Rick Goebel’s SANITY, Steve & Lucy Howell’s BLINK!, and Jon Dekker’s AIRBOSS.

J/109 sailing off San Diego, CAFor one of their best collection of teams seen in recent events, the J/109s from across SoCal have gathered together for some fun in Sunny Diego.  With a number of them fielding updated crews and sails, it’s going to be hard to handicap this crowd.  So, it’s your pick from the following crews- Alice Leahey’s GRACE O’MALLEY, Tom Brott’s ELECTRA, Gene Pitkin’s GERONIMO, Daylen Teren’s GREAT BALLS OF FIRE, and John Schulz’s LINSTAR.

The longest-distance traveling crew from San Diego YC might be Curt Johnson’s team aboard the J/80 AVET.  They will be up against several J/World J/80s with a few skippers in the “yet to be revealed, but they are good” category.

Finally, in the world of offshore random leg PHRF handicap racing, the classic J/35 RIVAL skippered by David Boatner will have to contend with an on-going rivalry between two very fast, very well-prepared J/125s- TIMESHAVER skippered by Viggo Torbensen and RESOLUTE helmed by Tim Fuller.

In addition to top-notch competition, the Yachting Cup also prides itself in promoting environmental responsibility by registering with Sailors for the Sea as a Clean Regatta.

The Yachting Cup would like to thank its sponsors El Jimador, Spinlock, Harken, Downwind Marine and Sailing Supply, North Sails, Mount Gay, Anchor Glove Co., Jackson Design & Remodeling, First National Bullion, Ballast Point, SD Boatworks, Bronny Daniels/ Joysailing and Cynthia Sinclair Photography. For more Yachting Cup sailing information

Southern Straits Sailing Madness Reigns Supreme!

Southern Straits start (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)- Hosted by the West Vancouver YC, the Southern Straits Race continues to gain momentum.  Southern Straits has earned its reputation as being one of the Pacific Northwest’s premiere sailing events. 2015 marked the 47th consecutive start of this WVYC flagship event, and what a weekend of racing it was!

With 4 all new course options, this year saw 92 boats on the line with over 750 sailors on the water. The Medium Course turned out to be the most popular with 46 boats racing to Sister Islets and back.

We haven’t had a downwind start for years and the visual spectacle of nearly 100 boats setting off under spinnaker was quite something. A spectacular blood red moon lunar eclipse and good wind at the Finish Line at Pt. Atkinson made for an incredibly memorable event for all.

J/160 sailing Southern Straits raceIn the Long Course race of 138nm, John McPhail’s J/160 JAM from Gig Harbor YC managed a 5th in Division I class behind all the ULDBs.  In the Medium Course race of 98nm, the J/120 TIME BANDIT sailed by Bob Brunius missed first place by a mere 13 minutes, having to settle for 3rd place in Division 4 class. On the same course in Division 4, the J/109 DIVA sailed by Jim Prentice from Royal Vancouver YC took fifth place and Ron MacKenzie’s J/37 FUTURE PRIMITIVE placed 13th.  Also sailing the same course was Mardy Grossman’s J/30 DESPERADO, cruising into a well-earned 3rd in Division 5 Class.

The new sponsor ePACT had plenty to say about their experience being associated with the Southern Straits event:

“Over Easter weekend we sat on the sidelines in awe, as we watched 92 boats take off from Dundarave Pier. The ePACT team is new to the sailing world, and we can honestly say that we were blown away by it all. From the infectious energy leading up to the race start, to the tight knit sailing community and the addicting SPOT tracker, the Southern Straits was an incredible event from start to finish.”

To bring you a recap of the race, we sat down again with Sonia Telford, Race Chair.

What were a few of the race highlights for you?
It has been a few years since we’ve had a downwind start, and the spectacle of 92 boats heading out of English Bay on their Southern Straits adventure under spinnaker was quite a sight. Eric Holden and his Open 60 “O Canada” was such a thrill to see. In addition, we had dolphins on both the start and finish line, and when you top that with good winds and a spectacular red moon lunar eclipse; I think we had it all!

How many boats and participants did you have out on the water?
This year we had 92 boats with roughly 750 sailors. We also had an amazing group of 92 volunteers who helped to pull of this fantastic weekend of sailing – we couldn’t have done it without you!

J/120 Time Bandit sailing off SeattleWhat was included in your safety/emergency plans?
Each boat must satisfy strict safety requirements in order to qualify to race. New for this year we introduced pre-race safety inspections to ensure that the participants had the necessary safety equipment on board. With 18 first time Skippers racing this year, this was more important than ever before.  In addition, each boat carried a SPOT Transponder which not only allows friends and family to watch the race from home, but also allows the Race Committee to monitor the fleet throughout the duration of the race. This was the first year that we implemented ePACT for our Crew Lists and having the information about who was on which boat in a secure, easy to use database was a great addition!

With so many moving pieces for the event, how did you keep safety top of mind for everyone?
Like any extreme sport, safety has to be top of mind and sailboat racing is no different. Leading up to Southern Straits, West Vancouver Yacht Club hosted 3 Tech Talk evenings with each one focusing on a different safety topic: Boat & Crew Preparation, Rig Maintenance, Man Overboard Recovery & Weather. In addition to pre & post safety checks for participants, each boat is required to “check in” with Race Committee at various points throughout the race. Not only does this confirm the boat location, it gives Race Committee the opportunity for on-site weather checks from each boat so that conditions can be monitored.

How was ePACT used during the race?
Traditionally for an overnight race, Crew Lists are submitted to Race Committee on a piece of paper prior to the race. Last minute crew changes or rushed handwriting have the potential to make the Crew List inaccurate and this has always been a concern.

This year, we made the switch to ePACT and not only was the information up to date, easy to read and secure, it lead to an interesting discussion throughout the sailing community about how critical this information is. For example, we had a competitor add 2 crew members to their boat the morning of the race start. Rather than scribbling out the names and contact information and stapling it to the original document, the Skipper was able to log in and make the changes quickly, while having peace of mind that the correct information was available in the case of an emergency.

I knew ePACT had been a great addition when several Skipper’s retained their boat account and are using ePACT for Swiftsure, Van Isle 360 and other overnight races!

Can you give us a sneak peek into next year’s events?
Well, I can tell you that Easter is early next year with Good Friday falling on March 25, 2016. This will definitely affect the number of daylight hours available which is a factor in an overnight race. The Organizing Committee is already at work planning the 2016 event, so you will just have to wait and see what we have in store!

A huge thank you to Sonia and the West Vancouver Yacht Club for having us as a part of the Southern Straits! To learn more about this great event, check out our Play of the Month and video interview with Sonia, or our blog, Introducing the Southern Straits Sailing Race! We’re already looking forward to the 2016 event.   Southern Straits Facebook page    For more Southern Straits Race sailing information

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Ultimate Red Hat Sailing Party!

J/24s sailing Mt Gay Rum Barbados series (Barbados)- Or, what you need to know to have lots of fun and great sailing in the Mt Gay Rum Barbados Series.  Hats off to the local J/24 fleet on the island.  They know how to do it and get people aboard as crew.

Since its relaunch five years ago the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series has developed into an event that offers golden opportunities for teams looking for top class but seriously fun racing.  There can be few sailing venues to beat Barbados... host to the ultimate Mount Gay Rum Red Hat Crew Party.

Barbados, the home of Mount Gay Rum, and affectionately dubbed as the seafarers' Mecca, continues to attract those who enjoy a fun element along with great sailing. The Mount Gay series, which incorporates three days of coastal racing, the headline event —the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race — and a final 300-mile ocean race to Antigua to tie up with the Superyacht Challenge, is organized by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing and Mount Gay. Next year the event, which runs from 16 to 24 January 2016, celebrates its 80th anniversary, which means there'll be even more of an excuse for a week of hot sailing and rum-fuelled partying.

By the nature of its date, which always falls in mid-January, this annual regatta marks the opening of each Caribbean race season. It not only serves as a warm-up for teams competing on the Caribbean circuit, but also acts as the perfect post-Christmas winter escape for crews from the Northern Hemisphere.

The Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race, which traditionally takes place on a public holiday (21 January) to celebrate Errol Barrow Day (birthday of the first Prime Minister of Barbados and 'father' of independence... and also keen member of the Barbados Cruising Club), is one of the key attractions of the annual series. While big boat racing teams from around the world are beginning to recognize the event as a strong component of the Caribbean race circuit there are also more and more charter and blue water cruising yachts taking part. Overseas competitors, who made up a large part of the 49-strong fleet in 2015, represented 11 countries including a strong contingent from the UK, plus teams from Canada, New Zealand, the USA, Lithuania, Slovakia, France, Poland, Germany, Argentina, plus of course many neighboring islands.

Event manager Alene Krimholtz commented, “We are delighted that this event has re-established itself not only as a major island attraction, but also as a key regatta on the Caribbean circuit. One of the main incentives, other than the warm Caribbean waters, miles of gold sandy beaches and generally constant 12-18kt east to east-north-east trade winds... is the opportunity to break records in the 60-mile Round Barbados Race. We hope the 2016 event, which celebrates 80 years for the series, will encourage even more teams to join the fun.”

The impressive standard of sailing in the local J/24 fleet will hopefully attract bigger numbers in the future, particularly with the opportunity for visitors to charter local boats. Although most of the eight-race, closely fought J/24 Coastal Series takes place in the beautiful setting of Carlisle Bay on windward-leeward courses, for the first time in 2015 the J/24s were granted fleet status in the Round Barbados Race.

Robert Povey, overall winning skipper of the J/24 Coastal Series sailing Hawkeye, commented, “I think Barbados as a sailing venue is one of, if not the, most incredible places to go sailing in the world. I am hoping that next year we'll be able to encourage more international J/24 teams to participate, particularly from the USA and of course Europe.”

Peter Gilkes, yachting consultant to Barbados Tourism Marketing, who has been involved in the organization of the event for many years, believes the future looks bright, “Our event has grown with each passing year and this has not gone unnoticed by those who are charged with making key decisions within the tourism arena. As the event continues to grow our product can only get better with each passing year."   For more Mt Gay Rum Barbados Series sailing information

Annapolis NOOD Preview

J/70s sailing Annapolis NOOD(Annapolis, Maryland)- The upcoming Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD regatta hosted by Annapolis YC in Annapolis, MD is seeing an excellent turnout, with strong growth over last year’s event.  Of the fleet of 206 boats registered, there are 159 J’s (77% of the fleet) sailing in nine one-design classes (J/22, J/24, J/70, J/80, J/30, J/35, J/105, J/109 and J/111.  In short, the Annapolis NOOD has become a de facto J/Fest for the Chesapeake Bay and very class has talented teams in their mix.

The fleet will have to deal with a less than thrilling forecast for the three days of sailing.  While Friday may have some sprinkles and 6-10 kt easterlies with the passing of a weak Low, Saturday morning at least looks promising with nice breezes out of the northeast starting in the 10-20 kts range and diminishing and veering as the day goes on- a fairly typical scenario.  Sunday looks like a roll of the dice, with winds starting northwest but shifting east, then back west in the 4-7 kts range.  Perhaps a few offerings to old man Neptune may be in store each day to improve those odds!

Starting off with the J/22s, the 21-boat class has teams from New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Rhode Island and New Jersey.  Leading teams include Mike Marshall’s BAD NEWS, Jeff Todd’s HOT TODDY, top woman sailor Sandy Adzick skippering HOT TICKET, Brad Julian on JULIAN ASSOCIATES, Terry Flynn (recent Midwinters Champion) on RUG BURN from Houston, and Chris Doyle’s THE JUG 4 1 from Youngstown.

The venerable J/24 class has seven boats sailing with Ron Medlin’s BASH, Pat Fitzgerald’s RUSH HOUR, Pete Kassal’s SPACEMAN SPIFF and Mark Rivera’s THE J-TEAM.

J/70s sailing AnnapolisContinuing to set attendance records is the extraordinarily popular J/70.  With 59 boats scheduled to be on the starting line, there will be little room for error amongst the fleet leaders as it appears that it will be just one starting line for this hyperkinetic group of sailors.  Many of the top teams from the Midwinters, Bacardi Miami Sailing Week and the recent Charleston Race Week will be in attendance.  The mighty AFRICA will have Will Stocke from Martha’s Vineyard racing her this time (she got 3rd in Charleston); Mauricio Santa Cruz’s BRUSCHETTA from Rio de Janeiro YC in Brazil (5x J/24 World Champion); Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT for Wayzata YC Minnesota; Allan Terhune’s DAZZLER from Annapolis YC; Julian Fernandez Neckelmann’s FLOJITO Y COOPERANDO from Valle de Bravo, Mexico (recent Charleston winner with Etchells 22 World Champion Bill Hardesty on tactics); current World Champion Tim Healy sailing HELLY HANSEN from Newport, RI; Jen & Ray Wulff sailing JOINT CUSTODY from Annapolis; Cole Allsopp skippering MOXIE from Annapolis; Dan & Gannon Troutman aboard PIED PIPER from Fishing Bay YC; Will Welles on RASCAL from Newport, RI; Peter Vessella skippering RUNNING WILD from St Francis YC in San Francisco; John Aras’ hot local team on SCHOOL’S OUT; Peter McChesney driving SUM TING WONG from Annapolis; Alex Meleny cruisin’ on TRUCKIN’ from Martha’s Vineyard, MA; Henry Filter on WILD CHILD from Eastport; and finally he who needs no introduction- Terry Hutchinson sailing USA 419 (recent ROLEX Yachtsman of the Year sailing with his daughter and Taylor Canfield- World Match Racing Champion).

Top Corinthians J/70 teams are likely to include MUSE led by Joe Bardenheier from Boston, MA; Bryan Cameron & Brian Elliott on B-SQUARED from Sayville YC; Holly Graf skippering SPICE from Eastport YC; and Brandon Flack & family electrifying the world on TORQEEDO from Stonington, CT.

With one of their strongest turnouts in recent months, the 25 boat J/80 fleet will have spirited racing with many class leaders showing up on the starting line, some of whom also sailed Charleston Race Week two weeks ago.  Some of those fun-loving sailors are Nizar Abuzeni’s ARROW from St Croix Sailing Club in the US Virgin Islands; Bill Blank’s BLIND SQUIRREL from Eastport; Gary Panariello’s COURAGEOUS from New York; Bert Carp’s ELEVEN from Annapolis; Ken Mangano’s MANGO and Mike Hobson’s MELTEMI from Eastport; Bill & Shannon Lockwood’s SHENANIGANS from Keyport YC in New Jersey; and David Andril’s VAYU from Annapolis.

Moving on to the “big boat” world, we see the classic J/30 cruiser-racer continues to enjoy a resurgence.  The ten-boat fleet has a number of passionate enthusiasts that sees some beautifully re-conditioned boats sporting new paint jobs, gloss varnished interiors and fast new sails.  Teams that have participated and sailed well in past NOODs include George Watson’s AVITA, Bob Rutsch & Mike Costello’s BEPOP, Pam Morris’ BUMP, Ron Anderson’s INSATIABLE and Rob Lundahl’s RAG DOLL.

Like their 30-foot colleagues, the popular 35-36 foot category has all four major J designs sailing- J/35, J/105, J/109 and J/111.  The eight-boat J/35 fleet continues to attract their loyal following as well.  Famous boats include AUNT JEAN with the duo of Jim Sagerholm and Jerry Christofel leading the charge.  Sure to give them fits will be Maury Neibur’s BUMP IN THE NIGHT, Peter Schiedt’s MAGGIE, Charles Kohlerman’s MEDICINE MAN and the MASCI & McGONIGLE duet on WINDEPENDENT.

With 18 boats, the J/105 fleet continues its long-term love affair with Chesapeake Bay sailors.  Familiar names that have led the Annapolis fleet over time include Andrew Kennedy’s BAT IV, Collin Jones’ CHESSIE, Jim Konigsberg’s INIGO, Don Santa’s SANTAS REIGN DEAR, Chuck Lawrence’s FROYA, and Carl & Scott Gitchell’s TENACIOUS.  Talented visiting teams include Jim Macdonald’s DISTANT PASSION from the Royal Bermuda YC in Bermuda and Josh Richline’s VELOCE from Corpus Christi YC in Texas.

The modest but highly talented J/109 fleet includes North American Champion Bill Sweetser sailing the famous RUSH with an Annapolis YC team.  Their chief battle will likely be with Bob Schwartz’s NORDLYS visiting from Manhasset Bay YC from Long Island, New York and Francis Albert’s RESOLUTE.

Continuing their migration north that will ultimately end up in Newport, Rhode Island for the J/111 World Championship are the migratory J/111 sailors.  Two of the top three teams from Charleston Race Week are participating- George Gamble’s MY SHARONA from Pensacola YC in Florida and local hotshots Marty Roesch on VELOCITY from Annapolis YC.  Several teams have undergone significant enhancements to their programs and could easily upset their duel, including Robert Stein’s KINETIC from Charleston, SC; Dave McCreight’s appropriately named DARK HORSE from Annapolis YC; Gary Weisberg’s HEAT WAVE from Marblehead, MA; and Tony Culotta’s CUORE DI LEONE from Baltimore, MD.   Follow your favorite teams at HELLY HANSEN Annapolis NOOD Regatta here