Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wild Outcome @ Benelux Open J/80 Champs

J/80 Netherlands sailing (Naarden, The Netherlands)- This year’s Benelux Open J/80 Championship was hosted by R&ZV Naarden from April 15th to 16th.  The outcome was all but determined after the first day of racing.  The team of Jilko & Sybren on OANT S’JEN were in their element and were simply unstoppable, they were way too fast for any other team on the race course, no matter what the conditions were.

After two days of racing with eight races sailed and one discard for all teams, the Jilko/Sybren crew kept winning races to easily take top honors for the event with a tally of 2-3-2-1-2-1-1-1 for about a 1st average with 10 pts net! Doh! Hard to beat that number, right? Sailing their hearts out and hoping to forestall the inevitable was Bernard Holsboer’s crew on JUUL. Despite tossing a 4th place, JUUL’s crew still could not match the blistering pace set by the Jilko/Sybren crew, happily settling for the silver.  Zeroing in for the bronze position was Jorrit Beekman’s JSB with 23 pts net. Rounding out the top five was OJ Golverdingen’s LED2LEASE with 27 pts net in 4th place and in 5th place was Bart van Breeschoten & Michel van der Stelt’s DEEP with 33 pts net.  For more J/80 Netherlands sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

J/24 Girls RULE @ WISC Regatta

Australia J/24 women's team (Port Phillip Bay, Australia)- Hugo Ottaway, a.k.a. ‘“Mr J/24”, and long-time champion of introducing women to sailing on J/24s, in particular, put a team together on his own J/24 recently to compete in the Women In Sailing Regatta held at Sandringham Yacht Club.  Here is Hugo’s report on the proceedings:

“Despite only one J/24 entry in the Sandringham YC Women In Sailing regatta 2017, the result sheet was full of our ‘J/Girls’ winning every division and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Doris Little Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Amongst the entries were Krystal Weir, dual Olympic representative, Kirsty Harris, competitor at the 2013 J/24 World Championship in Sweden and Sophie Cisek, Volvo Round the World competitor and 2016 Victorian Female Sailor of the Year.

The regatta was sailed over 4 heats on Port Phillip Bay in ideal conditions with sunny skies and a breeze that freshened to 12 knots. J/24 BRUSCHETTA VI won the AMS division and placed 3rd in the Doris Little PHS trophy sailed by a mixture of girls from our Sandy J/24 fleet, skipper- Madeline Linton (Jet), Trim- Paulina Mattila (Bruschetta VI), Kirby O’Brien, and Maria Vasardani (both from Kicking).

Kirsty Harris and her crew from J/24 HYPERACTIVE sailed a modified Adams 10 to win IRC and come second in the Doris Little PHS trophy and Janet Dean, Past Commodore of RMYS and owner of Adams 10 ‘Jungle Juice’ and crew member on J/24 Kicking, winner of the Doris Little perpetual trophy and PHS division. There were also many other women J/24 sailors amongst the competitors.

The talent amongst our J/24 female sailors has risen to a point where they have repeatedly won almost all the Women’s sailing events in Victoria over the past few years.  The number of women sailing J’s has risen to 30% + of our overall crew group, with the class focused hard on fostering growth in this area. These results are a reminder of the strength and depth of talent of our female J/24 sailors!  Well done girls, you make us proud!!”  For more J/24 Girls Rule sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Newport to Ensenada Race Update!

J/125 sailing Ensenada (Newport Beach, CA)- Members of the Newport Ocean Sailing Association are thrilled to announce the Kick-Off Party on Sunday, April 23, will be held at Marina Park, the City’s extraordinary waterfront sailing and community center. The public celebration will take place from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

The 10.5 acre park that opened December 2015 is operated by the City’s Recreation & Senior Services Department. The party will celebrate the 70th running of the iconic Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race - that is now less than seven weeks away - and its relationship to its host city, its residents and sailing partnerships.

“I’m pleased that the Newport Ocean Sailing Association chose to have the kickoff event at the City’s Marina Park. It was recently built as a “window to the bay” for our residents and visitors to enjoy so it’s the perfect location to bring people together to celebrate this year’s race,” said Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon.

At the new docks, guests can tour two participating race boats or watch juniors compete in a demonstration regatta. The University of California, Irvine’s Campus Recreation Department that runs year-round sailing programs at the facility for residents and students will offer basic sailing instruction, including a sail and will rent out paddle boards and sailboats throughout the day. Children’s activities will include rides on a Coast Guard boat.

If you’re nostalgic, there will be a 6-vehicle display of Woodies, the old-time beach cruising cars from the 50s and 60s. If you like to go fast in the latest street machines, Sterling BMW will have several of its new cars on display. Sponsors tents will be set up for browsing, representatives from the Mexican and Ensenada Tourist Boards will be in attendance.

Upstairs in the open community center, guests can visit with competitors; racers can pick up their official race packets and everyone can enjoy the Stella Artois beer garden and entertainment while ogling a selection of beautiful N2E trophies that will be vied for in the race that starts Friday, April 28, off the Balboa Pier.

“The Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race has been a Newport Beach tradition for seven decades and is woven into our city’s nautical heritage,” Muldoon said. “Each year, it draws sailors and spectators to the coastline to watch as hundreds of boats line up for the start of the race. It’s a spectacular sight.”

So far, with over 150 keelboats racing in the event, including a dozen J/Teams, they will be looking forward to the pre-race festivities!  More news next week once the fleet is finalized for the start on April 28th!  For more Newport to Ensenada Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Easter J/Bunny Visits Sailing Regatta

J/Easter bunny (Columbia, SC)- Being one of the most popular J/24 regatta's since 1988, the J/24 Easter Regatta brings a mix of excellent shore side events with world class sailing. The competition can vary from an amateur crew at their first regatta, to sailing against professional skippers such as Tim Healy, Mike Ingham, and Tony Parker.

One of the many perks of attending the Easter Regatta is the sailing club facility. With a recently rebuilt clubhouse, the shore-side events are better than ever. The Columbia Sailing Club offers FREE camping to all competitors that attend the regatta. The beautiful peninsula and gorgeous beach provide an excellent camping experience for families and friends.

Since its humble beginnings, the sailors in Columbia have now expanded their interest to the J/70 class as well. Two years ago, the class was invited to participate and the growing interest (it’s still VERY top secret) is reflected by their fun-loving presence.  For those “in the know”, it is an incredibly fun, casual regatta that is focused less on the competition and more on learning from each other and the amazing shore-side festivities for all!

J/24s sailing Easter Regatta- Lake Murray, SCThis year’s regatta saw nearly two dozen J/24s participate from across the spectrum of experience, and the same can be said for the J/70 class, too.

The sailors were greeted by a wide variety of weather that was punctuated by a gorgeous day of sailing on Easter Sunday, a suitable day for Easter Bunny sightings and awesome Easter Egg Hunts for the kiddies.

In the end, the leaders in each class had an enjoyable time helping out their colleagues on the nuances of sailing their boats over a few brewskies.  It helps that everyone ends the day of racing at the moorings/ docks and all the socials are taking place right there at the beautiful facilities provided by the host- Columbia Sailing Club.  Their staff and volunteers are second to none and provide good’ole down-home southern-style hospitality.

In the J/24 class, top crew was Daniel Borrer’s JESUS LIZARD in 1st with a 1-4-7 tally for 12 pts.  Taking 2nd was a famous J/24 champion sailor- Mike Ingham’s USA 5443 from Rochester Canoe Club with a 3-9-3 record for 15 pts.  Taking home the bronze was James Howard’s CLASSIC with an astonishing roller coaster line of 2-14-1 for 17 pts.  The balance of the top five included Ron Medlin’s BASH in 4th and Roger Dougal’s TUTAKRNAUT in 5th place.

J/70s sailing Easter RegattaOver in the J/70s, it was San Francisco “transplant”, Don Trask, that showed some of his hidden light-air, flat-water skills to win the regatta with all bullets on the suitably named SMOKIN’J- not often an 80+ year old can apply a scorched Earth policy to the millennials and baby boomers in the fleet! Behind that blitzkrieg score line, it was an evolving battle for the remainder of the podium.  In the end, Jay Greenfield’s TBD took 2nd with a 2-3-2 tally for 7 pts. Just 2 pts back in third place was Hunter C Davidson’s LOONATICTU with a 3-2-4 score for 9 pts.  The rest of the top five include David Betts’ INSTANT KARMA in 4th place and Steve Kiemele’s WHITE RABBIT in 5th.  Follow on Easter Regatta Facebook page here.   For more J/70 & J/24 Easter Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Encouraging Talented Young Sailors!!

J/22s sailing downwind (Jacksonville, FL)- The USA J/22 Class Association has awarded the second-annual Scholarship Boat to students from Jacksonville University Sailing Team. The enthusiastic crew members— Alfonso Garcia Bringas, Andre Guaragna, Jack Gower and David Hein— will be campaigning the boat in 2017. Their goal is to become the top youth team at the 2018 J/22 World Championship in Annapolis, MD.

This summer, the Scholarship Boat Program members will be racing the sailboat with J/22 Fleet 20 at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, OH. During the school year, they will be sailing at Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville. Helmsman Alfonso Garcia Bringas and crew have an ambitious regatta schedule, including the Annapolis NOOD, Chicago NOOD, Cleveland Race Week, J/22 North American Championship, CanAm Challenge and J/Fest.

The J/22 Youth Scholarship Boat Program encourages talented young sailors to gain first-hand experience racing within the J/22 Class of one-design sailors at virtually no cost. Scholarship recipients receive a fully outfitted J/22 sailboat and trailer for one season. Generous contributions from members of the J/22 Class Association make this program possible.

To learn more about the J/22 Scholarship Boat Program, how to donate, or how to apply for the 2018 scholarship.  Here are the 2017 Scholarship Boat Member Biographies:

BringasAlfonso Garcia Bringas, from Mexico City, Mexico, has experience racing as skipper and crew in several sailboat classes throughout the world. Bringas finished in first place in several national championships in Mexico and a regional regatta in Canada. He finished second in numerous regattas throughout North America and participated in the IODA World Championship events in New Zealand and Dominican Republic. Majoring in mechanical engineering, his goal is to gain experience and become a top-ranking international sailor.

GuaragnaAndre Guaragna, from Miami, FL, has diverse crew position and helm experience on a multitude of sailboats. Guaragna won many Snipe regattas throughout the nation and has competed with impressive results in international Snipe events. He also received first place at the 2016 Melges 32 Lauderdale Cup and third in the 2014 LYC Laser Commodores. Guaragna is starting a campaign for the next Red Bull Youth Americas Cup at Lauderdale Yacht Club. He is earning a degree in mechanical engineering.

GowerJack Gower, from North Fort Myers, FL, was the head instructor for Edison Sailing Center Sailing Summer Camp from 2010 to 2016. In addition, Gower was the green fleet coach for the 2015/2016 school year at Edison Sailing Center. The 2014 winner of Sail Fest Laser radial class, he has sailed Optimists, Laser and 420s. Gower also has several second- and third-place results in radial class Laser regattas. He is currently a freshman at Jacksonville University majoring in business.

HeinDavid Alan Hein, from South Miami, FL, has been a competitive international sailor since the age of eight. Hein conducted an Olympic sailing campaign from 2011 to 2016 and qualified for the US Olympic Sailing Development Team from 2013 to 2014. In addition to rigorous training on the water and in the gym, Hein promoted and raised funds for his Olympic sailing campaign. He competed in both youth and adult Championships in the F16 and the Olympic NACRA17 classes of sailboats. He has coached youth and adult sailors. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Italy J/24 Report- Sailing Week 16

J/24s sailing Italy's lakes (Rome, Italy)- This past weekend saw sailing activity taking place in two of the Italian peninsula’s signature resort/ yachting destinations.  One was on the alpine lake of Lago di Caldonazzo in the north and the other was off Arzachena on the island of Sardinia.

Lago di Caldonazzo/ Valcanover
They were two beautiful sailing days for the dozen J/24s that were sailing on Lake Caldonazzo for the Trofeo Autopergine.   The Associazione Velica Trentino hosted the event.

Commented Ale Ferrara from the host club, “As usual, after Saturday's races, there was a big party where all the sailors share their ‘war stories’ from their day of sailing on the water.  Fine wines augmented the conversations and an equally excellent dinner offered by the club, thanks to the excellent catering offered by the Hotel Valcanover next door.  The sailors clearly enjoyed the entire evening!”

After posting a record of two 1sts and three 2nds in six races, it was an easy victory for Dario Cattarozzi’s crew on ITA 182 J-JAM, claiming the title for the Trofeo Autopergine. In second and third place, respectively, was Giuliano Cattarozzi on ITA 432 KASTER with 11 pts and Giuseppe De Mori on ITA 49 EOS with 14 pts.

J/24 sailing off Sardinia, ItalyArzachena/ Palau
The Club Nautico Arzachena (http://www.clubnauticoarzachena.it), situated on the beautiful harbor of Palau, played host to the talented fleet of local crews.

"After the customary preparations, the boats were heading towards the sailing area located between the islands of La Maddalena, Spargi and Santa Maria,” explained Fleet Captain Marco Whirring.  “The light wind from the northeast permitted three races to take place on the first day. There was no favored side of the course due to the tremendous wind shifts.  As a result, three races produced three different winners!  The RC Chairman, Sandro Ricetto and his team (Giovanni Porcu, Karin Paternost, Francesca Campus and Salvatore Corda) waited patiently for all boats to finish each race, made quick adjustments, then fired off another race quickly!  They are to be commended for their first-class management of the races!”

The star of the weekend was Davide Gorgerion’s ITA 431 LIN CARLISLE with just 8 pts. Second was ITA 318 NORTEOESTE with 10 pts and third was Lucio Balzano’s ITA 4 SAINT LUCIA with 12 pts. Just behind them in fourth and fifth, respectively, were ITA 405 SURRAU VIGNE and ITA 460 BOTTA LIGNE.

The second stage of the Sardinia J/24 series continues on Sunday, April 23 and will conclude May 7. Every Sunday, at the end of the event, there will be a pasta party for all participants along with great vino!  For more Italian J/24 class sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Spurlin Takes J/70 Governor’s Cup!

J/70 setting spinnaker (Austin, Texas)- This year’s Austin YC annual Governors Cup Regatta, hosted on the beautiful Lake Travis, featured the first stop on the J/70 Southwest Circuit series.  It was a great event with three (3!) bands, and a championship level barbecue for dinner on Saturday! Not to mention the mandatory kegs of Texas's own Shiner Bock beer.

Ten J/70's showed up from out of town and with the four local boats there were 14 boats on the line!  Saturday was a windy day with gusts in the high 20’s, that made for some great downwind rides with boats hitting 17+ kts in full-on planing mode, spray flying everywhere, people hootin’n’hollerin’ as they waved their ten-gallon hats in the air- big Tejas style!  This crowd does not use baseball caps! :0

The J/Boats Southwest Racing team had a great Saturday, bringing home straight bullets. Holding on to their fast pace just a few points back was Forbes Durdin's MOJITO team in second place.

Saturday after racing, 40+ J/70 sailors gathered to discuss the days racing and share their "go fast" secrets.  There was no question, many tongues were loosened as a result of the top secret J/Boats Southwest rum punch!  Everyone in the crowd learned helpful pointers and go-fast ideas!

Sunday started off overcast with lighter winds that brought the famous "Lake Travis" shore effects into play. It was very easy to be suckered into going to the right shore when the left shore was the place to be!  Nevertheless, the fleet was able to fit in 3 races on Sunday for a total of 7 scored races.  In addition, there were at least 4 extra starts as most of the fleet was trying to get that starting line jump- but the RC did not let anyone get away with it.

It was a great weekend with a great fleet of sailors.  Circuit stop #2 is at Fort Worth Boat club on April 29th and 30th.  Finally, “thanks” to professional photographer Bill Records for his photos- he was a former US Presidential staff member in the White House! Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Monday, April 24, 2017

J/112E Tops Class @ SPI Ouest France!

J/122E JLance 12 sailing SPI Ouest (La Trinite sur Mer, France)- The 38th edition of the SPI Ouest-France- Destination Morbihan regatta is one of the most important sailing events in Europe and it is the first major regatta of the year after a long, cold winter.  How major is it??  Well, just 409 boats, with more than 2,500 sailors, that were all looking forward to shaking-out the cobwebs, dial-up the adrenalin, and figure out “who’s on first” after a winter of repairs, preparation, new bottom paint, new sails, new electronics and, often, new crew!  A lot is at stake as well for many of the leading builders in Europe as it is the first time they get to test out their newest (or revamped) models against many of the best sailors in France, if not Europe.

Twelve nations were represented in this year’s event along with over a dozen classes that included big fleets of J/70s, J/80s, and handicap classes for both IRC and OSH rules. As usual, the Societe Nautique de La Trinite sur Mer did a fabulous job hosting the event off their gorgeous, quaint little seaport along the Bay of Quiberon.  They were lucky to be blessed with reasonably good winds and weather over the four-day weekend regatta.  The fleet was treated to westerlies on Friday of 10-15 kts; then on Saturday it was a somewhat grey day with breezes of 10-15 kts from the N-NW and quite shifty; Easter Sunday saw the Easter Bunny deliver a suitably sunny day for Easter Egg hunts for the children while the sailors enjoyed a rather light N-NW shifty wind with big holes; and, finally, on Monday the regatta was blessed with more N-NW winds in the 10-15 kts range.

J/112E JLance 12 winning SPI OuestIn the end, the most notable and impressive victory was the spectacular IRC 2 Class win by Didier Le Moal’s J/112E J-LANCE 12 from Societe Regate Rochelaises. Their record of 3-1-1-2-1-15-5 for 13 pts net was a decisive 10+ point victory over Dream Pearls- a JPK 10.80 factory team. Ironically, J-LANCE 12’s win may have been even greater had they not missed the penultimate race and score a DNC (their discard race)- somehow their navigator missed the flags at the rear of the RC finish boat indicating there would be one more race on Sunday!

According to Le Moal, “The J/112E has shown impressive upwind capability (being able to overtake higher rated boats in the class above them in real-time). Downwind, the asymmetric spinnaker has confirmed its benefits in a mix of coastal and around-the-cans races.”

There were several other good performances by J/crews in IRC classes. In IRC 1 Class, 5th was J/133 GICQUEL ASSOCIATES with E Gicquel skippering, just two points from fourth place. Then, in IRC 3 (with 31 boats), 5th place was J/97 MISPICKEL VI skippered by Benoit Fagart from Societe Regate Rochelaises, notably beating Rolex Fastnet Race winner FOGGY DEW, the JPK 10.10 sailed by Noel Racine.

J/11S shorthanded custom sailing SPI OuestFinally, there was an impressive performance by a newly launched, un-tuned, un-optimized J/11S in the massive IRC Double Class of 35 boats- the largest offshore keelboat section in the entire regatta!  Taking 3rd was the J/11S JATAKA with the team of Nicholas Troussel & E Kerscaven from CVF with an 11-4-2-2 record!  They were up against a rogue’s gallery of the top French offshore short-handed teams, many of them “factory teams” on JPK 10.10s (5), JPK 10.80s (3), Sun Fast 3200s (7), and A35s (3).  According to D Le Moal, “she finished in IRC Doublehanded class with a not yet optimized rating and just a few days of training for the crew. The overall performance was fantastic, she showed the ability to overtook all the fleet as soon as the wind was over 5 knots!”

In the French version of PHRF in America, the OSH 1 Class of 25 boats saw a solid performance by J/crews, with 6 boats finishing in the top 15 places!   Second was the J/111 J4F sailed by P Vidon from SR Douarnenez; 5th was the J/120 HEY JUDE skippered by P Girardin from CN Pornic; 7th was the J/92 LUXIOR ASSURANCES ET IMMOBILIER with M Le Formal from SR Brest; 11th was the J/120 LADY JANE with P Tostivint from CN Pornic; 14th was the J/122 JOLLY JOKER with L Marchais from SN Trinite sur Mer; and 15th was the J/105 J-SQUARED skippered by V Jomier from SN Trinite sur Mer!  Congratulations to all!

J/80s sailing SPI OuestAs has been the case for over the past dozen years at SPI Ouest, the 67 J/80s had great sailing, great competition, and a surprising outcome!  “The Spanish are back!”  And, in a big way.  Taking the top two spots were two of Spain’s top sailors and past J/80 World Champions.  Winning with just 57 pts net was Ignacio Jauregui’s GOLD SAILING, counting just top 8 finishes in this incredibly competitive fleet. Fellow countryman, Jose Maria van der Ploeg (also an Olympic Medallist for Spain), sailed VSA COMUNICACION fast enough to take the silver just 2 pts back, counting an astonishing SIX 4th places (plus, never winning a race) in his 11 races counted scoreline!

Rounding out the bronze medal position on the podium for the J/80 class was top French sailor Eric Brezellec on COURRIER JUNIOR with 62 pts net. The balance of the top five included Simon Moriceau’s ARMEN HABITAT in 4th place and Luc Nadal’s familiar GAN’JA in 5th place. Top woman skipper for the event was Ms C Vitel sailing with her crackerjack crew on VITEL SAILING TEAM- she was 7th overall- a fabulous performance for her! It is clear the Spanish and the French are “dialing up” their activities and focused on the J/80 World Championship that will soon be taking place at Royal Southampton YC on the Solent in the United Kingdom.

J/70 Easter bunny at SPI OuestThe J/70s had their largest fleet so far at this year’s SPI Ouest.  With twenty-one boats on the line, there is no question the class is beginning to gain momentum in France.  Many top J/80, J/22, J/24 sailors, plus refugees from Surprise and 5.70 Classes in France are recognizing the J/70 is a fun, easy-to-sail class that can be easily trailered anywhere due to its simple ramp-launch-ability!  To say that French sailors are a quick study of the class is an understatement- after all, they have some of the most extreme offshore boats imaginable in the entire world- pioneering stuff no one else even dares to try (like globe-girdling IMOCA 60 and Mini 6.50 foilers).  The J/70 has become the “world’s proving ground” for many of those top French sailors training for their other offshore programs- Vendee, Volvo, Mini-TransAt, and so forth- the J/70 forces extreme attention to detail on the simplest boat, focusing on a sailor’s ability to read wind, waves, and their competitors for optimum performance.  As a reflection of that effort to learn from the world’s best sailors, winning the SPI Ouest J/70 class was Luc Sambron’s HEMON-CAMUS team.  They sailed a very consistent series, winning just 2 races but placing in the top 6 in every race to win by a scant one-point margin!  Just one point back was top UK J/70 team SOAK RACING, skippered by Ian Williams.  Although they won 4 races, they could not match the consistency of Sambron’s team.  Third was Oscar Lundqvist’s Swedish crew on TBA with 50 pts net, winning two of the last three races to race up the leaderboard.  Fourth was Herve Leduc’s French crew on JIBE SET with 54 pts net, demonstrating their fast learning curve by winning the first race and never finishing out of the top 8!  Finally, 5th place was evidence the Spanish are beginning to focus their efforts on the world of J/70s- G Alfredo’s LANZAROTE EUROPEAN SPORTS DESTINAT crew from the infamous Canary Islands (home of many great heavy air sailors) demonstrated flashes of brilliance and speed- taking 2nd in the first race and winning two races!   Sailing photo credits- Thomas BrĂ©gardis and Marc Ollivier.   For more SPI OUEST-France sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Netherlands J/22 Warming Up Report

J/22s sailing Netherlands (Brassermermeer, The Netherlands)- The J/22 class in the Netherlands are all “warming up” for the J/22 World Championship that is starting on May 30th and goes until June 4th in Scheveningen.

As part of that program, they host their annual “Spring Warming Up” Regatta series. Over the weekend, in the Dutch Roelofarendveen, the traditional Warming Up took place.  The Brassermermeer showed its most beautiful side with beautiful sunshine, a blue sky, and 3-5 bft breeze from the northeast.

J/22 warming up security detailTwenty boats participated, with most of the crews from The Netherlands, plus there were four top crews from Germany’s J/22 class and two top French teams. Everyone was highly motivated to prepare their boats, get their crews working like a well-oiled machine, and tune their rigs and sails for optimum performance.  After all, the World Championships are less than two months away, and the security detail (pictured here at right) are ready to hug, snuggle, and lick you to death! :)

After a total of nine exciting races, it was quickly clear who would be at the forefront of the World Championship!  Nic Bol (NL), the 2010 J/22 World Champion, won the Warming Up with 37 points lead, counting four 1sts and two 2nds in his scoreline. Nic’s crew consisted of Chris Bol, Niels de Vries, and Tim de Weerdt.

J/22 warming up winnersWhile Bol and crew were simply sailing in a league and class higher than anyone else, the fight for the last two positions on the podium was a rough and tumble one!  Those protagonists were a Dutch and French crew- Lisanne Nidjam’s NED 1365 and Reiner Brockerhoff’s FRA 1444.  Both teams started off their first five races quite slowly, in fact neither one was in the top five after five races counted.  However, both went into much higher gears, sailed faster, smarter and made less crew work mistakes and got better starts.  That combination enabled both of them to race up the standings.  Nijdam’s crew closed with a 3-2-4-2 while Brockerhoff’s team closed with a 4-ocs-3-1.  In the end, it was Nijdam’s crew (Tomas te Velde, Derk Hillege, Iris van Gerrevink) that finished with 56 pts to take the silver.  Three points in arrears was Brockerhoff’s crew (Christophe Deckecp & Charles Mic), settling for the bronze with 59 pts.  The balance of the top five included Jean-Michel Lautier’s NED 1273 with 65 pts in fourth place and 5th was Hylke Kooistra’s NED 1455.

Next event for additional World’s “training” will be the VanUdenReco Regatta in Stellendam at the end of April.  For more Netherlands J/22 class sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Cowtown Stampede Preview

J/105 sailing Texas (Fort Worth, TX)- The Fort Worth Boat Club is looking forward to hosting their Annual Regatta & Cowtown Stampede to be held on Eagle Mountain Lake, with racing taking place on Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd & 23rd. Make plans to attend “THE PARTY” on Saturday night- e.g. the namesake for the event- the “Cowtown Stampede”!

The club is hosting several one-design classes for their event on the picturesque Eagle Mountain Lake, including J/105s, J/22s, and J/24s.  Looking after the cowboys out on the water are PRO Bob Gough for Course 1 (J/22 & J/24s) and PRO Chet Klyn on Course 2 (J/105s).

The J/105 class has some stiff competition shaping up for the weekend, including Rick Shaeffer’s DOUBLE DARE, Dwight Horton’s BEAUTY, Bill Chambers and Martin Peacey’s EB2.0 METAMORPHOSIS, Matt Arno and Tiffany O’Kelley’s BLUE FLASH, and Jason Dyer and Mark Smith’s EAU LA LA!

The J/22 fleet is showing up in style, with seven boats registered from across the south- Houston, TX; New Orleans, LA; and San Antonio, TX.  Watch out for these teams on the leaderboard- Stu Lindow’s SOUTHERN BELLE; Kevin Orff, Eric Simonson, & Aaron Brittain’s TRES LOCOS; Alberto Simoncini’s BON GRIEF; and Keith Zars’ VOODOO BABY.

As part of their season-long Texas Circuit (that started over 35 years ago!), the J/24s have several strong contenders in their midst.  Teams are from Dallas, Fort Worth, and the Austin fleets.  Known “stampeders” are Tim Johnson’s GRAY WOLF, Jim Freedman’s MISS CONDUCT, Natalie Harden’s GIGGLES, Stu Juengst’s VANG GO, Chris Holmes on BAD MOON, and Andrew Theismann sailing YOUNG’UNS.  For more Cowtown Stampede sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.