Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cruising a J/105 on the Pacific Coast?

J/105 cruising Channel Islands- Santa Cruz!(Santa Barbara, CA)- Why not!?  Larry & Becky Harteck, active members of the Santa Barbara J/105 fleet, decided to do exactly that with their two sons- heading for the Channel Islands!  According to Larry:

“We were at Santa Cruz Island for three days without any cell service!  Our son, Nick, is exploring a cave (an underwater ‘grotto’) that goes back at least a 100 feet and opens up to 2 large ‘rooms’.

We anchored at Lady's Harbor in absolutely perfect conditions!  So nice to enjoy the sounds of nature, hiking adventures ashore, swimming and exploring with the kids!”

We could not agree more with this idea.  Disconnecting from anything electronic and interacting with your environment in a family setting is a wonderful way to spend time with your kids!

J/130 SCEPTRE Dominating CORA

(Mount Pleasant, SC)- The J/130 SCEPTRE is now sailing in the offshore circuit in the southeastern USA.  Here’s a report from her owner- Bob Musor from Mt Pleasant, South Carolina- “We moved from the San Francisco Bay Area two years ago and brought our J/130 SCEPTRE with us to South Carolina. I have been slowly building a crew in the area.

Last Friday, we raced in the annual Savannah Cup, which is a night race from Charleston, SC to Savannah, Ga.  We finished second in Alpha Class and were less than 30 minutes from winning the Savannah Cup outright!!  SCEPTRE now has won trophies on both coasts and is as much fun to sail as ever!!”

Saturday, August 27, 2016

J/111 BLUR Sailing Gothenburg Ocean Race Video!

J/111 BLUR.SE sailing Gothenburg Offshore Race (Gothenburg, Sweden)- J/111 BLUR.SE report- owner/ skipper Peter Gustafsson commented on the Gothenburg Open Sea Race:  “This is perhaps the only proper offshore race on the west coast of Sweden- the Gothenburg Open Sea Race.  It is a short 120 nm over-night stunt back and forth over Kattegat bay.

Most of the J/111 BLUR.SE crew were on vacation, but I was keen to go anyways- - so we decided to do it double-handed.  We thought it might be fun to challenge the fully-crewed teams. Or, so we thought.  As we got closer to the race, the forecast became more and more grim, with pouring rain and 18-24 knots southwesterly breeze during the night.

We managed to stay with the pack on the long upwind over to the northern tip of Denmark, before we took off on the way home in the pitch black August night.

Unfortunately, the wind picked up even more at daybreak, and we had a steady 34-36 kts of wind when we rounded the last offshore mark at Marstrand. Not good. But the J/111 performed great with the heavy weather jib and a deep reef.  We didn’t break anything and we felt confident all the way!!  And the bonus? We took line honors and beat the fully crewed boats on handicap as well!! And, we did 20+ kts for a long time!!”  Here is a YouTube sailing video J/111 BLUR.SE’s experience on the Gothenburg Open Sea Race.

Sailing Champions League- St Petersburg Preview

J/70 Sailing Champions League- St Petersburg, Russia(St Petersburg, Russia)- The SAILING Champions League (SCL) will start this Friday (August 26th) in St. Petersburg. Clubs from all over Europe will arrive in the far north to obtain a starting position for the big SCL finale at the end of September on Sardinia. As a technological partner of the SAILING Champions League, SAP will provide technical support for professional live coverage. Organizers and partners expect a thrilling weekend with spectacular sailing pictures on “Sail TV.”

“This is the first season that the SAILING Champions League stages Act I and our Club is happy to be among the pioneers of the sailing league movement that is fast growing every year. With support of the Gazprom Company, SAP, SailTracks and the SCL professionals, we aim to make this Act one to remember“, said Vladimir Lyubomirov, St. Petersburg Yacht Club Commodore.

J/70s sailing champions leagueThe sailing will take place on Neva Bay with matched international J/70 one-designs.  The Bay, also known as the Gulf of Kronstadt, is the easternmost part of the Gulf of Finland between Kotlin Island and the Neva River estuary where Saint Petersburg city center is located. The entire bay has been separated from the Baltic Sea/ Gulf of Finland by the 25 km long Saint Petersburg Dam.  As a result, the Bay is also informally known as “the Marquis’ Puddle”- named after Jean Baptiste, Marquis de Traversay, the Russian naval minister who regarded the shallow waters of the bay as an ideal place for holding naval exercises.

Twenty-three of the best sailing club teams from across Europe have been invited; all are leaders in their respective sailing leagues.  Participants include Austria’s Segelclub TWV Achensee, Denmark’s Hellerup Sejlklub and Roskilde Sejlklub, Finland’s Nylandska Jaktklubben and Wasa Segelforening, Germany’s Berliner YC, Munchner YC & Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Italy’s Societa Velica di Barcola e Grignano and YC Adriaco, Malta’s Royal Malta YC, Norway’s Nesodden Seilforening, Netherlands’ RR & ZV Maas en Roer and WV Almere Centraal, Poland’s Jacht Klub Wielkopolski and Towarzystwo Zeglarstwa Regatowego PMT, Russia’s St Petersburg YC and YC PIRogovo, Switzerland’s Regattaclub Bodensee and Societe Nautique de Geneve, and Sweden’s Ekolns Segelklubb, Halmstads Segelsallskap and Varmdo Jolleseglare.

On Saturday and Sunday, the SCL will broadcast live from St. Petersburg. Races will then be streamed from 12:00 to 04:00 pm live in the Internet. International sports reporters and sailing experts will comment on the races and make the sport of sailing easily accessible to everyone with the help of descriptive graphics and comprehensible explanations.  Live broadcasting: Watch the Races of Act I LIVE!
For more J/70 St Petersburg Russia SAILING Champions League information

J/22 Worlds Update

J/22s sailing Worlds- Kingston, ONT (Kingston, ONT, Canada)- The world-famous CORK International Sailing Week is playing host to the 2015 J/22 World Championship, held in Kingston, Ontario and being sailed on the eastern end of Lake Ontario until the end of the week.  Forty-six teams participating from Canada (15 boat), the Cayman Islands (three teams) and the USA (28 crews).

Day One report
Chris Doyle of New York showed why he’s the reigning J/22 World Champion on the opening day of the regatta. Three races were completed in gorgeous Lake Ontario conditions. Doyle, sailing with Will Harris and Adam Burns, finished Monday with 10 points, after scoring a 4,4,2. Mike Marshall won the opening contest, then added a 5,10 for 16 points and second place. Brad Julian recovered from a 19 to earn two bullets for 21 points and third overall.

After an on-water postponement as the seabreeze settled in, the winds began at 6-8 knots but built to 8-12, as Marshall, Marvin Beckmann and Terry Flynn made up the top three in the opening battle. Race two saw the highest breeze at 12-17 with gusts in the low 20s. Behind Julian were Jeff Todd and Zeke Horowitz. The winds dropped to 13-15 in the day’s final duel, won again by Julian, as Doyle and Travis Odenbach took the next two spots.

J/22s sailing Worlds off Kingston, ONTAmong the regatta entrants are the recipients of the first ever US J/22 Class Association scholarship boat, led by skipper Patrick Shanahan of Brown University. Also racing is the Warrior Sailing Program, which introduces active military and veterans with disabilities to sailing. Ed Norton is helming USA1367

Day Two report
The day before the Worlds started, Mike Marshall led a panel discussion focused on techniques for heavy breeze and waves. Tuesday, he and his crew of Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence put those practices to good use in winds that began in the mid-teens and quickly built to a steady 19 knots with gusts into the 20s and 2-4 foot waves. Recording a 2,1,3, the Newport-based helmsman now posts a net score of 12 points in six races, able to discard a 10th from race three. Chris Doyle dropped to second place with 18 net points, and Jeff Todd moved up to third with 22.

Travis Odenbach opened the day with the race win, as Marshall placed second and Terry Flynn third. Flynn again followed Marshall in the middle contest, as Chris Gaffney made the top three. Flynn continued his solid day with a bullet in Tuesday’s final race, ahead of Zeke Horowitz and Marshall.

The 41 teams will enjoy dinner at Fort Henry in Kingston this evening, and racing continues through Thursday.  For more J/22 World Championship sailing information

Friday, August 26, 2016

New J/70 Corinthian Nationals Announcement

J/70s sailing off Key West (Annapolis, MD)- The US J/70 Class Association announced the inaugural US Corinthian National Championship will take place this fall in Annapolis, Maryland. Eastport Yacht Club will host the "amateur-only" event in conjunction with the established Fall Brawl regatta from October 20-23, 2016. In addition to three days of racing, J/World will conduct practice races on Thursday, October 20, and both Friday and Saturday evenings will include a competitors’ social and industry professional debrief.

As a Corinthian event, all competitors, including the owner/driver, must provide proof of a valid ISAF Group 1 classification at the time of registration. “The concept of having a Corinthian Championship really took off at this year’s Easter Regatta,” summarized Christopher Howell, US J/70 Class Association Executive Director.

“While our amateur teams have benefited tremendously from professional sailors, there is a strong desire to also have a Championship with a balanced playing field where the competitors can receive advice from industry experts,” Powell added.

The Class Association has already scheduled the second US Corinthian National Championship for August 2017 as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta in Massachusetts.  Sailing photo credit- Ingrid Abery.com.  For more J/70 Corinthian Nationals sailing information

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Challenging Chester Race Week

J/29 crew loving Chester Race Week (Chester, Nova Scotia)– Sailors are a resilient lot– they race hard when conditions allow, and when they don’t. After hours on the course looking for wind, Chester Race Week organizers finally cancelled races for Bravo, Delta, and One Design fleets, sending wind-weary sailors back to shore on the final day of Chester Race Week. The only fleets to get races on the final day were Alpha and Bluenose.

“This was a tough week for everybody, weather wise,” said Chief Principal Race Officer Brian Todd. “Huge thanks to our race Course PRO's– Ken Legler, Oliver Bone, and Daniel Conrad– and their mark boat crews who all worked so hard to ensure the best racing possible given the challenging, constantly changing conditions. In the end, that’s why we had to cancel some courses.”

The regatta did not start out that way.  It was quite the opposite end of the spectrum.  With nearly gale force winds in the first two days, there were plenty of broken boats (sails, masts, etc) that forced retirements and, in fact, so much wind that some boats didn’t even venture forth to go sailing.  With breezes hitting 30+ kts, many of the J/Teams reveled in the conditions and took full advantage of it.  Later in the week, as the breezes subsided and went all for naught on the last day, you would’ve been hard pressed to find sailors that didn’t enjoy the breadth of weather thrown at them!  “It sure beats fog and no wind” was a familiar perspective!

Winning the J/35 class was Andrew Child’s HELOC with a scoreline punctuated by all 1sts & 2nds.  Not far behind was Thane MacDonald’s J-HAWK with 9 pts and closing out the podium in third place was the dynamic duo of Gary Bennett & designer Rod Johnstone on J’AI TU.

The J/120 Class, Stu McCrea’s DEVIATION taking class honors with nearly all bullets to count in their six-race/ one toss series.  Taking second was Ron Stewart’s SLICE from Stratford, Prince Edward Island; they were followed by Richard Calder’s BRILLIANCE, just one point back.

Similarly, the J/29s enjoyed very tight racing between the top three boats.  At the end of the five race series, Don Williams’ PARADIGM SHIFT and Terry Schnare’s HEAD GAMES were tied on points at 6.5 pt each, with PARADIGM SHIFT taking the tie-breaker.  Third only three points back was Paul Dexter’s PAINKILLER.

The large J/24 class saw a runaway, taking their “Get out of jail free” card and running around the table like no won was there!  Winning 6 of 8 races, Dave Wedlake’s BARELY LEGAL dominated class, winning by 7 pts.  Chasing them hard around the course and even taking a win off BARELY LEGAL was Chris Veinot’s HYPEWAVE, ultimately finishing in 2nd place with 15 pts.  Third was Ross Romney’s RUSH HOUR with 21 pts.

Over in the PHRF handicap world, on the Bravo 1 Class, it was Bruce Moore’s lovely J/30 RATTLE & HUM that was first JBoat and 4th in class.  Second J/crew and 5th in class was Bill Adams’ J/70 RE-DEMPTION, sixth was Dale Robertson’s J/80 GOAT WHISPERER, 7th place was Jesleine Baker’s JUST ADD WATER, and 8th was Sam Lamey’s J/27 INCORRIGIBLE.

The Alpha 3 Class saw local hotshot Colin Mann sail his J/92 POOHSTICKS onto the top of the leaderboard after closing their six race series with four bullets in a row!  Second was Rory Macdonald’s J/105 McMAC, 5th place was Jim Mosher’s J/105 MOJO, and 6th was Richard Gerstenberger’s AXIS.

The J/88 DEEP BIGHT, with Jim Snair as skipper, was sailing in perhaps the most mixed, bizarre combination of boats in the entire regatta- from two large Beneteau cruisers down to a Viper 830 and Fareast 28R!  In the end, Snair’s J/88 placed fourth.  Sailing photo credit- Allen Clark/ Photoboat.com.   For more Chester Race Week sailing information

J/80 UK Nationals Preview!

J80 UK Nationals- Lymington YC (Lymington, England)- There are only 10 days to go until the J/80 Nationals at Royal Lymington YC that start on Saturday 27th August. With 23 boats entered so far and more expected, this is looking like it will be a spectacular event. Entries will be accepted until 9am on Saturday 27th August.

Amis Production drones are revving their blades, Seahorse Magazines are fattening the pig for the Hog Roast, Skyscanner are sound checking the Sunday night band, North Sails are trimming last minute sails, Berthon are sweeping the docks, Nick Cox are sizing up the gear from Helly Hansen and Royal  Lymington YC are readying the Ribs. The extensive number of sponsors and the great sailing waters of Christchurch Bay mean that this event will be a classic of the J/80 calendar; if you haven’t entered already, then don’t miss out!

A full shore-based program has been arranged for the Championships and subsidized tickets can now be purchased for the two main social events by visiting J/80 Nationals Social Events.  For more J/80 UK Nationals sailing information

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Arendals Wins Norway J/70 Sailing League Act III

J/70 sailing Norwegian sailing league (Stavanger, Norway)- While Olympic sailors were fighting for medals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, so gathered Norway's best Sailing Clubs to participate in their third round of the Norwegian Sailing League at Stavanger Yacht Club in Stavanger, Norway.  The initial forecast was promising for the fifteen participating teams from across Norway- 10 kts from the West on Saturday, followed by a little less from the Northwest on Sunday, with Saturday being a bit wet and a sunny Sunday for all!

It turned out the weather forecasters in Oslo were quite accurate.  It was cold, wet and windy on the first day, with breezes hitting in excess of 20-25 kts on Saturday.  Then, Sunday provided light northwesterly winds all day to enable the Stavanger YC’s PRO to complete a total of 14 races for each team!

J/70 Norway sailing league winnersShowing their training has begun to pay big dividends, the Arendals team posted eight 1sts and five 2nds in their 14 races to win by four points over the Asgardstrand sailing club- also winning ten races but having a few bad ones to contend with.  Third was KNS (Kongelig Norsk Seilforening) only one point back from ASF.

“It blew so fresh on Saturday that some teams chose to sail without gennakers in their races. In the big winds, you can see an big difference between the best teams and those who are still climbing up the learning curve,” commented Didrik Godaker, PRO for Stavanger YC.

In the overall series, Åsgårdstrand SF currently leads by a single point over their arch rivals KNS.  ASF counts a 1st in Oslo, 2nd in Sandefjord and 2nd in Stavanger for 43 pts total (high point scoring).  Due to their important win in Stavanger, Arendals counts a 4-8-1 for 35 pts, vaulting from the bottom of the pack to third overall.  While it may be hard for Arendals to catch the two leaders in the finale on September 10th to 11th in Bergen, they will have to watch their backs since they are in a virtual four-way tie for third place; sitting in third with 35 pts, with RAN in fourth with 34 pts, Larvik in fifth with 33 pts and Trondhjems in sixth with 30 pts.  Bergen will be the game-breaker for one of these teams, that is for certain!!  Follow the exciting action soon in a fortnight!  For more J/70 Norwegian Sailing League information

Cape Crow YC Leading J/70 Swedish Sailing League

J/70 sailing Swedish Sailing League (Malmo, Sweden)- Series leader Crow Cape Yacht Club from Gothenburg retained the lead in the Swedish J/70 Sailing League after winning Act III in Malmö this past weekend; they finished only two points ahead of the KSSS- the Royal Swedish Yacht Club from Stockholm. Third was Ekolns Sailing Club from Uppsala.

Sailing in their fleet of six identically matched J/70s, eighteen clubs sailed in Malmo, completing 14 races for each club over the three-day weekend. Cape Crow YC won nine of their 14 races and had only one race outside the top three! For the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, they also had nine wins in their scoreline, but were two points back from the Gothenburg team.

Swedish J/70 Sailing League- winners podium“We are very smooth, except at the end when there was a little bit of shakiness by our team in the last race. But, it is important to not have any bad races. The key is to not to be overly aggressive when it comes to tactical choices and maneuvers,” said the winning team from Hönö.  The CCYC crew consisted of Patrik Sturesson, Herman Andersson, Erik Malmberg, Måns Holmberg and Lovisa Karlsson.

Conditions have varied greatly over the weekend. But overall, Malmö had spectator-friendly sailing in winds from 4 m/s up to puffs of 10 m/s. There were times when the weather ranged from brilliant sunshine to pouring rain, so conditions were extremely challenging for all of the teams.

As a result of the standings from Act III in Malmo, the overall series leader continues to be Cape Crow YC with a 2nd in Motala, a 1st in Ekero and 1st in Malmo for grand total of 4 pts.  Holding on to a comfortable second place is KSSS with a 3-2-2 in those events for 7 pts.  Third overall in the series is Ekolns Segelklubb with a 4-6-3 for 13 pts.

The fourth and final race of the Swedish Sailing League takes place in Gothenburg from September 2nd to 4th.  Will the Cape Crow team continue their winning ways, or will they stumble and give it all away to KSSS?  Or, will the Ekolns crew step-up their game and finally win an event?  Follow along in two weeks time to find out with live SAP Tracking!   For more Swedish J/70 Sailing League information