Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Perfect Junior Offshore Big Boat Trainer??

J/105 Young American- youth sailing team (Rye, New York)-  Peter Becker, head coach of the Young American Junior Big Boat Team at American Yacht Club in Rye, New York, reports how the success of their program begins with their J/105.

“American YC has had an active junior big boat program for generations which traditionally overlapped with the eight-week-long junior dinghy program. However, in 2013, Rob Alexander and myself teamed up to supersize the program by expanding the junior’s racing season from spring to fall, setting the juniors up to race against the adult-sailed boats.

The philosophy was to do as much distance racing as possible and to “hand the juniors the keys to the boat,” thus giving the juniors full command (within reason). Peter and I figured that a J/105 was the perfect trainer for the juniors, and Joerg Esdorn’s J/105 Kincsem was available. The boat was purchased by a syndicate of members with the specific intent to be exclusively used by the junior big boat team. Young American became the boat’s new name.

The Young American Jr. Big Boat Team has 30-35 enrolled junior sailors between the ages of 13-18. The team competes from spring to fall in every race possible: distance races, one-design races, and club evening non-spinnaker races. The boat is also sailed by the juniors in the annual club’s weeklong cruise. Over the course of the summer, Young American has been typically sailed in 50-70 race days, providing in excess of 300-person days of sailing.

J/105 Young American sailing teamSome of the great successes the junior team has had with Young American is with distance racing. Over the last four years, Young American has been a multiple winner of all of the various Stratford Shoal races. For distance races, the boat is equipped with an A3 spinnaker and a second spinnaker halyard. In 2015, Young American had a banner year, not only winning the Block Island Race overall (PHRF) but also winning the prestigious New England Lighthouse Series Trophy which is the culmination of the scores from the Vineyard Race (1st class), Around Long Island Race (1st class, 2nd overall) and the Block Island Race (1st class, 1st overall).

The one-design racing has been the most difficult for the junior team to master. Since we are rarely sailing with the same crew members with the same lineup, each race day often presents a new set of training opportunities and challenges. While this is perfect for creating high-level training, it makes it very difficult to sail a series with consistent finishes. To date, Young American’s best one-design placing has been third place, which she has scored now in multiple series. The junior team had a fantastic time participating in the 2016 J/105 North American Championship held at Larchmont Yacht Club in an incredibly windy regatta.

The Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound holds two big boat races that are an all-junior event: the Dorade Race and the Beach Point Overnight. The J/105 has become the standard-bearer and the go-to boat for most of the junior programs so much so that despite the fact that the Dorade Race is a PHRF event, the J/105s compete as a one-design fleet.

J/105 Young American youth sailing team take down chuteFollowing are comments and stories from some of the juniors who have participated in the program (who are now graduated), and Carina and Collin who are instructing junior big boat sailing at other clubs. Richard is hoping to head to Navy sailing. The J/105 training prepared all who participated in the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race as a predominantly junior crew sailing High Noon, winning line-honors (1st in class and 3rd overall).”

Carina Becker, 2016 Graduate of the Young American Jr. Big Boat Team:
“My first time sailing a J/105 was around the buoys, competing against our local J/105 fleet of almost 10 boats. This fleet is one of the strongest fleets on Long Island Sound, and the fleet never passes up the opportunity to race hard. Through the years, I have gotten to know many of our fellow J/105 sailors. In particular, Paul Beaudin, our J/105 Fleet Captain, has always been supportive of our junior team and of Fleet #6.

In 2015, Paul put together a crew made up from our local fleet to compete in the J/105 North Americans in San Francisco. Being part of this crew, racing with (not against) some of Young American’s biggest home competitors was an amazing experience. While the North American racing was cutthroat with almost 30 boats on the line, the way “Team New York” came together to represent our home fleet shows the camaraderie the J/105 community holds.

Having such an amazing group of sailors to race against has made my experience in the J/105 outstanding. These boats, when used for junior programs like Young American, produce sailors who love the sport for what it is and what they want to make of it. I hope that more people (and juniors) will join in with the opportunities and friendships associated with a J/105 fleet.”

Richard O’Leary, 2016 Graduate of the Young American Jr. Big Boat Team:
“The J/105 acts as the foundation of the American Yacht Club Jr. Big Boat Team. Most of what I know about big boat racing is attributed to my first summers spent racing on Young American. The J/105 makes it possible for a crew of predominantly 14- to 16-year-old kids to race competitively against juniors and adults alike. The fact that Young American has a tiller makes the boat more approachable for those of us used to dinghy sailing.

J/105 Young American planing downwindSummer racing means the boat sees plenty of use from the junior sailors, with Can One Evening races every Thursday night and the Sunset Series on Fridays, in addition to the many other races throughout the season. I even had the opportunity to act as “owner’s rep” for the Boston University Sailing Team on their training day for the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta a few years ago. A 15-year-old teaching college students about the J/105 was an experience that was bizarre but rewarding nonetheless.

Whether two or twelve juniors show up to sail on a given day, and the J/105 somehow manages to stay the perfect educational platform and a really fun boat to sail.”

Collin Alexander, 2015 Graduate of the Young American Jr. Big Boat Team:
“The J/105 is an all-around perfect boat for juniors to learn how to sail big boats and for junior programs in general. My experience with J/105s goes back before my time sailing on Young American, where an AYC member loaned his J/105 War Horse to the junior program. Today I think so highly of the design of the boat that I recommended it to the Riverside Yacht Club’s big boat program where I now am an instructor. I am glad to say that they hooked one up for this upcoming summer.

The J/105 has a nice balance of sport and safety. You can get one of those bad boys planing in enough breeze at the right angle. They are super fun boats to race, and they are certainly not the “slow beasts” that those that do not know sometimes make J/105s out to be. They have a fair PHRF rating, and I can remember pushing ourselves to our limits while we were distance racing, sometimes a hundred miles behind, knowing our efforts would pay off. Not many ratings are like that.

On the flip side, I have witnessed a J/105 heel so far over that the mast touched the water, only to right itself and keep on going. Our team on occasion has been thrown breakdown after breakdown, only for us to bounce back. One time, our main halyard broke mid-race on an upwind leg. We sent our guy up there and managed to fix it with a temporary halyard, and we finished the race with boats behind us. J/105s are seaworthy, and I would be comfortable taking one the distance offshore. They are solid boats and can be distance-raced, something that I found to be very valuable for our team.

J/105 Young American team relaxingIn Long Island Sound, there are so many that one-design racing is popular and super fun. I remember learning to get competitive and stripping off all the extra gear and stuff from the boat, right down to the minimum required by Class Rules. In a super competitive fleet, we still needed more speed, but it gave our team a taste of what great one-design sailing is really like.

It is small and simple enough that our team has been entrusted with taking care of and maintaining Young American. I remember long and hot afternoons out on the mooring with Capt. Becker fixing stanchions and trying to figure out what in the world was wrong with our engine. We repaired the boom on one occasion when it just gave out on us one day on the water.

I am not trying to say that J/105s are unreliable…it is the opposite. Young American is old, and boats break. Maintaining Young American taught our team what owning a boat entailed and gave us valuable experience with repairs. J/105s are an all-around type of boat. They are good for buoy racing, distance racing, cruising and educating.

J/105s are also excellent cruising boats. Many of the memories I made with my teammates were not in competition but on the Junior American Yacht Club (JAYC) cruises that we went on. A bunch of us juniors sailed the American Yacht Club cruise, which is a weeklong cruise, on Young American.

We had lots of fun challenges that week which included not having an engine for most of the cruise. We sailed from port to port making it all the way to Newport, RI and back to AYC in Rye, NY. I was only 16, and my parents trusted me with unsupervised overnights on the J/105, and those were perhaps the most fun and educational sails of my life. Imagine that, four boys cruising a J/105 down Long Island Sound with NO ADULTS.

We were in heaven and having a blast of a time. This would not have been appropriate on any other boat; but we knew Young American like the back of our hands, and it was not the most delicate and expensive boat out there either.

In regard to the Jr. American Yacht Club Big Boat Program, we had a blast. It was led by my father, Robert Alexander, and Peter Becker. Other adults definitely helped along the way. Doug McKeige, Mark Ploch and basically every parent contributed. Those four were the guys who went on the races with us kids. Each taught me to be a proper helmsman and competent in every position. I would like to thank those adults and especially my father; without him, our program would not have been successful. These guys are some talented sailors.

You have to have some guts to head into certain danger with a bunch of kids. I think of one windy overnight race when the junior team sailed a New York 42. It was a crazy adventure but in retrospect, I can only think of the adults who were willing to be responsible when things went wrong. They must have had serious confidence in their abilities and in our abilities as junior sailors.

The success of our team reflects Rob and Peter’s own seamanship. They have taught us everything from navigation to spinnaker trimming. The secret to our team was that we went out and actually did it, by ourselves and frequently. It starts and ends with the J/105 Young American— she taught us everything a junior needs know about big boat sailing.” Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

J/Team Top Cheseapeake Bay High Points Season

J/111 Velocity sailing Chesapeake Bay- Annapolis (Annapolis, MD)- Capital Gazette’s Nancy Noyes reported on the recent Chesapeake Bay High Point Honors winners for 2016 that notably had J/Team winners in several categories:

“Racing sailors from the length of the Chesapeake Bay convened at the Gibson Island Club on Saturday for the presentation of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association's annual High Point Awards.

High Point honors recognize top performances over the 2016 racing season in Cruising One Design and Handicap division classes including PHRF, Multihull, and the new Chesapeake Racer Cruiser Association and Chesapeake Shorthanded Sailing Society classes.

High Point awards are determined using a mathematical formula in which a qualifying sailor's actual score in the races in which he or she competed is divided by the score that sailor would have earned had he or she won each of the relevant races.

A minimum number of races must be sailed in order to qualify, and, if more races than the minimum are completed, some of the worst performances may be thrown out.

In addition to the High Point trophies, several prestigious overall awards also were announced, including divisional championships.

Taking top honors for best performance in the Handicap Division with the Labrot Trophy was Marty Roesch, an Annapolis Yacht Club member. Roesch and his team sailed his J/111 VELOCITY to the top spot in PHRF A1 in Region 3AW (Annapolis/Western Shore). Since worst-race throw-outs aren't part of the calculation for determining the LaBrot winner, it always signifies a consistently strong performance over the year.

Roesch's counterparts in the Cruising One Design division, winners of the J.F. Healy Memorial Trophy, were Jim Sagerholm and Jerry Christofel, leaders of the AUNT JEAN in the J/35 class.

Regional honors also were presented, including the Lady Anne Arundel Trophy for the 2016 highest scoring Anne Arundel County skipper and the Decker Memorial award for best performance in PHRF in Region 2.

No stranger to recognition for strong performance, John White was the recipient of the Lady Anne Arundel Trophy. While the numbers of qualifying sailors and starting line totals may be lower over the last several years than they once were, White not only won the highly competitive J/105 Class (a fleet still thriving with strong numbers of qualifiers and competitors in any given event).  He also sailed enough races in the J/80 class to qualify and finish second in that class as well!

J/24 (17 participants, 3 qualifiers)
1. USA 4006- Peter Rich 2. Spaceman Spiff- Pete Kassal 3. Rush Hour- Pat Fitzgerald

J/30 (13 participants, 7 qualifiers)
1. Infectious Smile- Tristan and Sheila Keen 2. Bebop- Bob Rutsch / Mike Costello 3. Insatiable- Ron Anderson

J/35 (8 participants, 3 qualifiers)
1. Aunt Jean- Jim Sagerholm and Jerry Christofel 2. T-Bone- Bruce Artman 3. Medicine Man- Chuck Kohlerman

J/80 (30 participants, 5 qualifiers)
1, Vayu- David Andril 2. John White 3. Eleven- Bert Carp

J/105 (28 participants, 15 qualifiers)
1. John White 2. Bat IV- Andrew Kennedy 3. Tenacious- Carl and Scott Gitchell 4. Mirage- Fred Salvesen and Cedric Lewis 5. Jester- Hugh Bethel

Full High Point standings on the CBYRA website.  THANKS to Nancy Noyes for the contribution from Capital Gazette. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

J/22 Midwinters Preview

J/22s sailing upwind (New Orleans, LA)- The spectacular Southern YC, located on the lovely waters of Lake Ponchartrain just east of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, will be hosting the 2017 J/22 Midwinter Championship from March 23 to 26th.  Thirty-three boats are registered for the event, hailing from across America and at least nine states from across Middle America to the East Coast.  Many of the top dogs in the class will be on hand for another crack at being declared this year’s Midwinter Champion.

As usual, the posse from New York state are quite intimidating as they field crews that have won just about every major championship in the world of J/22s.  This year’s rag tag gang of pirates intent on looting any silverware not bolted down in New Orleans include Peter Doyle & Jack Huebschmann on ESCAPE, Jessica Oswalt sailing MUSKRAT LOVE, Travis Odenbach’s SEA BAGS SAILNG TEAM, Chris Doyle’s THE JUG 4 1, and Adam Masters’ TRAINWRECK.

The local boys & girls (themselves all likely descendant of real pirates like the Johnstone family’s relative- the notorious Frenchman Jean Lafitte) will be intent on preserving their civic pride and obligations to keep the Midwinter crown (and silver) in NOLA!  That contingent includes Zak Fanberg’s WILD TCHOUPITOULAS, Rick Heausler’s FAST COMPANY, Matt Jordan’s RACINE, Chip Carpenter’s WIZARD, Billy Marchaj’s WHISTLING IN THE WIND III, Chris Wientjes’ USA 754, Louise Bienvenu’s USA 320, Debbie Grimm’s CAYENNE, Tommy Meric’s USA 1024, and Dwight J Leblanc III’s WAVEMAKER (true Naw’leens royalty!).

Not to be outdone by their southern brothers, or northern haymakers, the “they make’em much bigger in Tejas” cast of cowboys will include notable rock stars like Terry Flynn’s TEJAS from League City, Mark Foster’s PRESSURE DROP from Corpus Christi YC, Keith Zars’ VOODOO BABY from San Antonio, Kevin Orff’s TRES LOCOS from League City, and two more Houstoner’s- Dov Kivlovitz and Anne Lee’s HELMS-A-LEE.

The enormous Annapolis fleet is noticeably absent, with just Zeke Horowitz’s UNCLE FLUFFY making the trip south from sunny Naptown.  And, the same is true for the Lake Minnetonka monster fleet in Minnesota; perhaps they got frozen into a ginormous snow drift. Nevertheless, it looks like four Mini-tonker’s are headed south to enjoy good’ole Southern hospitality, grits, shrimp, cajun and stuff and hopefully, not receiving beaded necklaces for showin’ inappropriate stuff on Bourbon Street!  That quartet includes Cris Cox’s HOT TUNA, Matt Thompson’s UNDERDOG, Mike Schmid’s EN FUEGO, and Kurt Taken-Holtze’s TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?!  No doubt, the 30+ crews will find a way to have a fun time downtown, if not on the water this coming weekend!  For more J/22 Midwinter Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Silvestri Dominates J/22 Cal Dreamin Match!

J/22s sailing match race on San Francisco Bay (San Francisco, CA)- The St Francis Yacht Club hosted the California Dreamin' Match Race Regatta this weekend. Eight teams from across the West Coast got wind in the low double digits, sun, and a fair bit of tide.  The St Francis YC Race Committee managed a full double round robin, plus the championship round starting with quarter-finals and ending with the top two teams in the finale- a good time was had by all!

The 2017 California Dreamin’ Series – match racing at San Diego YC, Long Beach YC, and St. Francis YC – finished this past weekend at the St. Francis under sunny skies and light winds that delayed the starts but then filled in nicely, leading to action-packed, close matches.

J/22 Match Race winners- Russ SilvestriIn the San Francisco finale, the third of the three regattas, it was two St. Francis YC teams, Russ Silvestri and Nicole Breault that finished first and second, with Russ winning all of his matches and Nicole losing only to Russ.  Third place went to Dave Hood of Long Beach YC.

The overall winner of the J/22 California Dreamin' Series was Long Beach YC member Shane Young due to his second place finish at SDYC and his victory at LBYC, the second stop.  Sailing photo credits- Chris Ray  For more J/22 California Dreamin’ Match Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Italian J/24 Series Reports

J/24 sailing Lago Como, Italy (Rome, Italy)- For many of the J/24 fleets across the Italian peninsula, the conclusion of their winter series over the past few weeks has meant just a short breather.  Now, some of the fleets have started up their official 2017 summer series.  Here are the latest reports on that activity.

Marina di Carrara
In the “Gulf of Poets”, as it is referred to, two days of great sailing have taken place.  For the ten teams sailing off the breakwater of the Marina di Carrara, six races were held.  It is pretty clear that one team is dominating the proceedings, with ITA 215 MOLLICONA, sailed by Vincenzo Mercuri and James Del Nero, compiling a 2-1-1-5-2-1 for just 7 pts net.  Despite their excellent record, just two points back is Italian J/24 Class President Pietro Diamanti, sailing ITA 212 JAMAICA to a 1-2-4-1-3-2 tally for 9 pts net.  Sitting in third is IRA 202 TALLY HO, sailed by Roberta Banfo and Luca Macchiarini.

“We had two beautiful days of sailing and sun during which we sailed six good races,” commented Pietro Diamanti. “All crews were very happy. A big thank you to all those who worked on the Race Committee for their most excellent race management."

Pare Valmadrera/ Lario
With three victories in six races, there are no questions that ITA 503 KONG GRIFONE sailed by Marco Stefani has a narrow lead in their series; their tally so far is 1-1-2-1-2-3 for 7 pts!  However, keeping close tabs on them is Roger Spreafico’s ITA 476 DEJA VU, posting scores of 3-2-1-3-1-1 for just 8 pts!  Sitting in third position in the cheap seats is Mauro Benfatto’s ITA 352 with 15 pts.

“It was amazing racing over the two days on the lake water of Parè Valmadrera!  Plus, we had admirable organization by the Circolo Vela Tivano, they deserve a big Thanks from the Fleet,” commented Mauro Benfatto. "The next stage is scheduled for March 25th & 26th at the Navy League of Mandello del Lario. Here we will designate the winner of our series in Lario.”

La Superba J/24 sailing crewAnzio & Nettuno/ Rome
The Roman J/24 fleet concluded their Trofeo Roberto Lozzi series with a flourish; four races were held over the weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. Not surprisingly, it was ITA 416 LA SUPERBA that won the series; she was skippered by Ignazio Bonanno and crewed by Simone Tarjeta, Alfredo Branciforte, and Francesco and Vincenzo Picaro.  Sailing faster and smarter all series long was the Hungarian team on HUN 1622 JUKE BOX; their crew was Miklòs Rauschenberger, Balmaz Litkey, Tamas Peter, Akos Pecsvaradi, & Tamas Richter.

"On Saturday we had a nice strong wind of 18 kts,” explained Federico Miccio.  “In fact, by the time we started racing it was gusting up to 25 kts!  Loving the 100% blade jib conditions were the Hungarians on JUKE BOX, they posted a 1-2 on Saturday’s racing.

Then on Sunday, we were presented with totally different conditions.  There was no sirocco wind as forecasted; instead, we had a light breeze of 5-6 kts, true 150% genoa conditions! The conditions were a bit crazy. In fact, on the first race we had a 70-degree shift to the south (from the original easterly direction), so the teams on the right side of the course simply sailed away into the lead!  In particular, ITA 40 ALBA CHIARA, skippered by Stefano Ventures (with crew of Raffaele Venditto, Alessandro de Julio, Luciano Tricarico and Eugenio Aurisicchio) sailed over the horizon to win the race, followed by ITA 447 PELLE NERO (with the Hungarian Farkas Litkey steering) in second and JUKE BOX in third place.

J/24 Juke Box from HungaryWith the wind now positioned at 190 degrees, the RC started the last race of the series.  Winning was ITA 447 PELLE NERO followed by ITA 210 JULIUS CAESAR, then JUKE BOX.

As a result, the final standings for the series was LA SUPERBA first with 21 pts, followed by PELLE NERO in second with 37 pts and JUKE BOX in third with 38 pts.  Rounding out the top five were ITA 428 PELLE ROZ in fourth with 80 pts and JULIUS CAESAR in fifth with 86 pts.

"This year, both the Trofeo Lozzi and the series gave us many surprises,” commented Miccio. “Not only did we have the honor to host the Hungarian crew that won the Trofeo Lozzi, but Farkas Litkey was able to give the crew of LA SUPERBA a hard time for the series.  It was the first time any team had challenged them so hard for the top of the podium! This is a great sign that our fleet is getting more competitive and we hope that will show in the upcoming J/24 European Championship in the home waters for the Hungarians- Lake Balaton.”  For more Italian J/24 fleet sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

St Thomas International Regatta Preview

J/122 sailing St Thomas (St Thomas, US Virgin Islands)- For years, the grand-daddy of all Caribbean regattas was “the Rolex” in St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, proudly hosted by St Thomas YC in Cowpet Bay on the northeastern shoreline of USVI.  It was not unusual to have fleets of well over 100 keelboats packed into the Bay and competing for that rarest of commodities, a dinghy tie-up at the club.  Since that time, the regatta continues to maintain its strong heritage of hosting world-class sailing on the magnificent aquamarine waters off the eastern end of USVI.  The trade-winds are almost always turned-on and the sailors look forward to a magnificent four days of sailing.  What is fun and challenging about this event is that the StYC provides a range of courses for the fleet, from windward-leewards offshore to random-leg courses around the fabulously beautiful islands and rocks that grace the eastern part of the island chain.

J/105 sailing St ThomasThis weekend, the fleet of forty-seven boats will be competing in one-design as well as IRC and CSA handicap rating rules.  Other than the thirteen teams sailing the IC24s (the modded J/24), the biggest field of J/Crews will be in the CSA Spinnaker class of eleven boats.  Leading charge around the track each day should be the famous J/122 EL OCASO, chartered by Bob Hiller from Lake Geneva YC.  Chasing them hard on handicap will be the J/88 TOUCH 2 PLAY RACING, skippered by Canadian Rob Butler from Collingwood, Ontario; Jordan Mindich’s J/105 SOLSTICE from Huntington, NY; and Angle Ayala’s J/80 SUNBUM II from Carolina, Puerto Rico.  In the CSA Non-Spinnaker division, Ben Jelic’s J/120 JAGUAR from St Maarten will be vying for class honors with six other teams.

The weather forecast for this year’s regatta remains a bit mixed.  While the sailors remain hopeful, it looks to be overcast to partly cloudy skies with occasional rain and light winds from the southeast from 5-12 kts. This is due to what NOAA describes as the following scenario:

Wednesday to Friday- an upper level ridge southeast of the area will continue to weaken as a trough pattern aloft builds from the west through the end of the week. At low levels, a prefrontal trough is forecast to move over the islands on Friday. As this trough pattern unfolds, moisture will continue to pool across the area and the intensity and coverage of showers and isolated thunderstorms will increase each day.  From Friday to end of racing on Sunday- the Long wave trough across the western Atlantic is still forecast to deepen and extend southwards into the west and central Caribbean through the end of the week. As a result, a moist south to southeasterly flow should persist through Friday and into the weekend. All model guidance supports a very moist and unstable pattern across the region for the next several days with good tropical moisture advection.  Bummer. In short, light winds and wet at times.  For more St Thomas International Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Big Daddy Regatta Silver For J/Teams!

J/24 sailors on San Francisco Bay (Point Richmond, CA)- Not surprisingly, the first major offshore event on San Francisco Bay hosted by Richmond YC- the “Big Daddy”- produced great results across the board for J/Teams in their northeast corner on the Bay.

Eleven J’s (about 1/3 of the fleet) from across all points of the compass on the Bay had a fun time sailing their unofficial start of the 2017 sailing season.  In PHRF B, it was Jack Clapper’s J/44 PHANTOM that took home the bronze in their class.

The PHRF C Class was full of hot racing boats and a trio of J/88s.  In the end, it was Gary Panariello’s J/88 COURAGEOUS from Sausalito YC that took the bronze, while stablemate Marc McMorris’ crew took 4th place and Jimi Hopp’s J/88 WHITE SHADOW from the San Francisco Singlehanded Society cruised home in 6th.

Taking home the gold in PHRF D class was Brian Richards’ J/109 LA VIAJERA from the San Francisco Singlehanded Sailing Society.  Fifth in class was Charles Pick’s J/105 BOX OF RAIN from San Francisco YC.

Finally, rounding out the J/Crew haul of silverware was Richard Stockdale’s classic J/24 FROG LIPS, blasting off three straight bullets to simply crush their class. The Olsen 24, Melges 20, Open 5.70 meter, and Moore 24 in their class simply had no chance against this class act!  For more Big Daddy Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Open J/70 Nordic Championship Announcement

J/70s sailing in Hanko, Norway (Hankø, Norway)- Welcome to Grundig Hankø Race Week! The event will take place from June 28th to July 2nd and it will also be hosting the J/70 Open Nordic Championship. The racing area just outside the island of Hankø offers one of the best race courses in Norway, some would say one of the best race courses in the world! The race course is exposed to sea breezes from the southwest and generally offers very good and fair sailing.

Sailing has been an important activity and has made the island internationally well known. For many years, King Olav stayed most of the summer at his summer house on the island or on the Royal Yacht “Norge” parked in front of the harbor. Hankø offers tennis courts, areas for swimming, forest walks and horse riding.

The Royal Norwegian YC cooperates with Hankø Yacht Club (HYC), a private club, which was founded in 1954 by senior members of KNS aiming to promote international yacht racing at Hankø. The club has picturesque clubhouse and a protected harbour on the island a few hundred metres from the mainland. Participating boats will be moored along the berths just outside the clubhouse. The berths are new and offer fresh water and electricity. Wireless internet access is available at HYC on your arrival.

Charter boats are available at very favorable rates and are owned by Norwegian Sailing Federation. Approximately 10 to 12 boats will be available.  Please contact the class on Norwegian J/70 Class Facebook  For more Grundig Cup Hankø Race Week sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

J’s Cruzan Miami to Havana Cuba Race

J/111 sailing Miami to Havana, Cuba race (Miami, FL)- The second Miami to Havana Race fleet started on March 15th, Wednesday, off Miami, Florida.  Hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba, along with SORC as Race Committee, they sent the horses down the track and across the Gulf Stream to Havana, Cuba on a nice windy day.

J/125 Raisin Cane sailing Miami to Havana Cuba raceIt was a pretty fast race overall. The fastest J/crew down that trail took just 24 hours to get there in a 160nm+ race.  Taking 2nd in PHRF A Class and 3rd overall was Frank Atkinson’s J/125 RAISIN CANE with a corrected time of 1:04:46:31, missing out on first overall by just 30 minutes.  A gybe here, a gybe there, that was all the difference.

In PHRF 2 Class, Gary Weisberg’s crew from Marblehead, MA sailed their J/111 HEAT WAVE fast & furious, finishing in a corrected time of 1:06:23:55 to take 2nd in class and 4th overall.  For more Miami to Havana Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

The Future of Offshore Distance Racing

North Sails and J/Boats talk on distance racing in AnnapolisPresented by North Sails’ Ken Read and J/Boats’ Jeff Johnstone
(Annapolis, MD)- Mark your calendars now!  More importantly, sign-up now!!  On Thursday, April 13th, North Point Yacht Sales, North Sails & J/Boats present an evening presentation and discussion by two of the sport's most influential voices on the growing trend towards adventure and destination sailing.

Experience the Maxi 100 footer COMANCHE on its record breaking Trans-Atlantic run and a recap of Vendee Globe IMOCA 60 flying foilers excitement via video and Ken’s first-hand experience sailing such insane offshore speed machines.

Ken and Jeff J. will discuss the growing trends in adventure racing, what effect it is having on sailing, and how the industry is responding.  From J/Boats’ perspective, Jeff will describe the evolution of such innovative offshore designs like the new J/121 and how it fits into recent offshore trends.

Where? The event will be at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 732 2nd St, Annapolis, MD 21403.

The schedule for the evening will be:
  • Meet & Greet with Cocktail Hour- 6 to 7pm (cash bar, free munchies)
  • Presentation by Ken and Jeff with open Q&A- 7 to 9pm
Ticket Price Includes 1 Free Drink.  Space is limited. Advance ticket purchase is recommended!  Advance tickets are $10, but at the door $15!  NOTE- Junior (17 and under) sailors admitted FREE!  BUY your tickets here.   For more North Sails information and J/Boats information.  Presentation courtesy of North Point Yacht Sales. Add to Flipboard Magazine.