Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Two good friends and fellow sailors Jens Utbult and Andreas Granberg from Sweden have taken on the challenge to sail to the West Indies from Portugal aboard their J/80 Roxen.com and are just now nearing completion of the crossing/odyssey. Why, you might ask? “The idea of sailing to the West Indies was born during a warm summer night on our way to Fårö. A J/80, is an eight meter long racing boat with the same conveniences as a two-man-tent and is so fast that it even leaves some 40-feet boats behind. J/80s have been sailed in races like Gotland Runt and other ocean races many times but still, no one has crossed the Atlantic Ocean in one. We will change that during 2007.” Follow their adventure here.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
The Asian debut comes at a time when J/80 activity is booming worldwide. The recent J/80 World Championship in La Trinite-sur-Mer, France had 124 competing teams - a record for the Class, and momentum continues to build. "The J/80 is a solid all-around performer that’s really easy to sail," Johnstone said. "It's more stable than most sportboats, and so attracts and rewards sailors from a wider age and ability range."
Brown is equally enthusiastic about the J/80's Asian debut. "We see Hong Kong, China, and Asia as great opportunities for J/80 sailing and for the J/80 Class," said Brown. "There is no better small keelboat for new sailors - the J/80 combines the speed and responsiveness of a small boat with the comfort and stability of a larger yacht. With momentum so strong around the world, we're hoping to host the J/80 Pacific Rim Championship in a few years!"
The J/80 will be on display at the Shanghai International Boat Show next April.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Just six weeks before the J/80 NA Championships the J/80 Class organization faced a terrible problem. Lake Norman, N.C., where the regatta was scheduled to take place was drying up because of the severe drought in the southeast USA. With too little water to launch boats and race it was panic time! The class’s first call was to Kristen Robinson to ask if Eastport YC, in Annapolis, could host the regatta. The club accepted and started organizing a first class event in record time. The class embraced the move and teams from as far away as California changed plans. The end result was a true championship regatta, raced by 33 competitors who love the boat… Complete wrap-up.
And speaking of teams, Robin Team’s brand new J/122 Teamwork sailing in her first out of the box event finished a respectable 2nd place in IRC Class 3. With no wind during the practice race to tune up and then breeze-on for day 1, the Teamwork crew put their new boat and team on a steep learning curve, improving each race and eventually taking at least one first and a couple of second place finishes for the series….next stop, Key West. In total 45 boats, divided into five classes competed in this the final event in the 2007 IRC Gulf Stream Series. Results.
Each J/105 competing at the North American event was GPS monitored by the folks at Kattack who recorded every race and through the magic of the web will allow anyone to play, rewind, and replay any race of the series. Go to kattack.com to download the player….it’s pretty cool stuff.
For complete reports and links to the daily commentary from the event as well as to online photos please visit the J/105 Class web site.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The lineup of competitors is not only challenging, but also diverse. Along with past champions and consistently strong performers from 15 J/105 fleets in North America, two teams of Naval Academy midshipmen also will compete. These collegians are not the youngest participants, however; that honor goes to the Storm Trysail Club’s Chessie Team, made up of five junior sailors and their coach. -- Full report
• Fastest speed: 17.5 knots in the first few days – during the first several days of the race when in squalls the wind would increase to as much as 50 knots.
• Scariest moments: Climbing the mast twice to untangle halyards. And, a few days into the race, when one of many squalls hit and Clay found himself moving so fast downwind that, as he put it, “All I could do was kneel in the cockpit, struggle to keep control of the rudders and hope it would pass before things started breaking all over the place.”
• During this year’s Transat 650, Acadia did not suffer a single crucial equipment failure that Clay was unable to fix enroute. His sails are intact, but for a small rip in one. However, plenty of hardware broke – from turnbuckles and blocks to a spinnaker pole, and by the end of the race, Clay was substituting hardware from one part of the boat to another. For more info, links to interviews and video clips please visit the Team Acadia web site.
Going into the day, Tedeschi knew there were only two or three boats they had to watch: Gary Mozer’s Current Obsession, Long Beach, John Shulze’s Linstar, Newport Beach, and Tony Wetherbee’s Commotion, Dana Point. In heavy winds of 14-16 knots, some boats had miscues and Current Obsession tore its jib. But the Tedeschi crew of Tony Tedeschi, Mark Ploch, Mark “Gonzo” Gonzales, Alex Millet, Melody Schleusner, and Peter Hamm persevered with fifth- and second-place finishes Sunday to clinch the crown for the championship. results
“The Fall Series this year had conditions ranging from 5 to 23 Knots. Competition in the class included Tom Carroll’s J/133, an IMX45, two Farr 395s, a Ker 11.3 and a modified Beneteau 40.7. The first race was in very shifty westerly winds where we missed a shift and ended up in 6th place. Ultimately this would be our throw out race for the series. As the wind increased over the first weekend we were very fast upwind passing larger boats on the beats. Downwind we had little to no trouble with boat handling as many of the boats were wiping out.
The second Saturday we sailed three races in 17-23 knots placing 1,3,1. In the last race we were first to finish beating all the big boats on elapsed time. As the year has gone on we have been amazed how fast this boat goes upwind in big breeze. The last race on Sunday was a long seven leg race in shifty conditions. With the boat’s ability to tack faster and sail deeper angle's downwind we won both the race and series with finishes of 6,3,1,3,1,1. This regatta topped a year with Christopher Dragon where we finished first in every series entered except one where we finished second to another J/122. We couldn't be happier with the boat.”
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
PS. She said yes!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
After the traditional warm up race on Friday afternoon come visit us for the annual wine tasting party hosted by our good friend Robert with Longboard Vineyards. On Saturday morning we'll kick off the day with a seminar by B&G and then it’s off to the races!
Upon the return to the dock the festivities will kick into high gear! We’ll be raffling off tons of great stuff and tossing a few hats! This event is always the best of the year with lots of food, fun & friends. Look forward to seeing you all there! Complete Regatta Info Here.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
(1) 108 - J/Boats - 19.0%
(2) 53 - Swan - 9.4%
(3) 49 - Beneteau - 8.7%
(4) 34 - Farr - 6.0%
(5) 18 - C&C - 3.2%
(6) 15 - X-Yachts - 2.7%
(7) 8 - Tartan - 1.4%
These 7 brands account for 285 boats, or better than half the total.
Not only are J Boats more fun to sail, easier to own, in constant demand, and more likely to hold their value over time, but the world is beginning to discover (thanks to the extraordinary race results being posted under IRC by the latest J series of racer/cruisers: J/109, new J/122 and J/133) that J Boat designs are excelling in a domain previously dominated by custom boats. US IRC List.
Friday, August 31, 2007
With the help of great sponsors, great parties, stellar race management by the Royal Western Yacht Club and tons of awards including, of course, the J/Cup itself, this year’s event was a complete success… Weather conditions were clear with winds of 20 knots on day 1 and 8-10 for days 2-3 after the sea breeze kicked in. Complete results, info & photos are available on the J-UK web site. (photos by Lee Whitehead).
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Newman won the tiebreaker over last years winner Bruce Metcalf aboard his J/35 Bozo's Circus and beat out the newer C&C 115s and Beneteau 10R among others in the PHRF section. complete results
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
As the scratch boat of the fleet Bad Pack was destined to be first to finish, and this year that advantage was two-fold as the breeze lightened for the remainder of the fleet after Bad Pack got the gun. With a final corrected time win of over 9 hours, it sounds like the wind conditions may not have mattered... Congratulations to Tom and the Bad Pack team for a great start to their racing future... results
“I do not have the words or the elegance to describe this place and this day. It was more of everything than any of us expected. The blue skies, the relative warmth, the iceberg fields, the steep chiseled walls, the views, the glaciers --- so very much more.”
Enjoy the complete Avante cruising log here.
Monday, August 27, 2007
1st in Class 1st Overall Rorc Cowes – Ouistreham (16 boats)
1st in Class 2nd Overall Rorc Channel Race (91 boats)
2nd in Class 5th Overall Rorc Cowes - Dinard St Malo (197 boats)
1st in Class 8th Overall Rorc Cowes – Jersey (104 boats)
1st in Class 2nd Overall Rorc Cowes - North Head (88 boats)
1st in Class 2nd Overall Rorc Cowes - St Quay (51 boats)
1st in Class 27th Overall Rorc Cowes - Le Havre (122 boats)
“Deliciously terrifying - That’s about the best way to describe this race. Not only did we have the satisfaction of being one of the smallest boats to complete the race, but we also finished on the podium (3rd overall) having been beaten by the Mumm 36 ‘Ballyhoo Too’ and the ILC 40 ‘Gumption’ respectively. These were relatively minor achievements as the real glamour of the day went to a breathtakingly fast, downwind sleigh ride in 35 knots of winter gale with huge waves. Add to that a brand new speed record for Smackwater Jack of 17,6 knots – smashing our previous record of 16,6 in the process. I wouldn’t have missed this one for all the tea in China."
Read the “abridged” story here (.pdf).
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
In a race that started fast on Saturday afternoon with a beat in 15 knots of wind out of the north, ended up slow with some boats sitting in wind holes up for 5 or 6 hours off of Saginaw Bay. With these difficult conditions the J Boat fleet showed their mettle. The J/145, Bill Schanen's Mainstreet, turned in a decent performance by placing 3rd in the 18 boat IRC A class. In the J/105 class it was Larry and Brian Smith's Sorcery who won that class with Windshadow less than 5 minutes behind and Tenacious one minute behind them. The J/120 fleet turned in the best performance. Carinthia, owned by Frank Kern, won 1st in the J/120 class and 1st overall in the 158 boat IRC Division followed by Bob Kirkman's Hot Ticket, placing 5th overall and Dave Sandlin's Jayhawker placing 10th overall. results
The J/29 Here and Now was the overall winner of race week receiving the coveted Chelsea Mantle Clock. The J/109 "Astral Plane" down from Vancouver BC won the always tight PHRF 72 - 73 fleet with the J/35 "The Boss" in third place.
The J/105 fleet had the only One Design Start with 9 boats. The racing was close in every race with four to six boats overlapped at every mark. After 6 races the top two boats had 21 points the next two boats had 22 points and the 5th place boat had 25 points. Eventually "Last Tango" prevailed and got class trophy for the week. complete results
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
- 1st Place PHRF Overall
- 1st Place IRC Overall
- 1st Place IRC Division 1
- 1st Place Div. 10
- Foredeck Award (to the foredeck captain on the winning boat)
J/Boats: Congratulations on sailing to Hawaii on a 33 foot boat! What made you decide to do the Transpac in a daysailer?
Tim Fuller: "The J/100 is very easy to sail, which is one of the reasons I originally got it. I walked away from top tier ocean racing in the early 90's to concentrate on work and family. I have a six and a nine year old and I wanted to teach them to sail, so I bought the 100. Then I couldn't help myself so I got a PHRF rating. I've done well locally in 24 hour double-handed races, so 2200 miles wasn't really that much of a stretch. And seaworthiness was never a concern." …complete interview here.
J/Owners took seven of the top ten overall positions in the Mackinac Cup Division. With J/105s finishing 1st, 2nd & 4th and a J/110 in third... in fact 7 of top 10 finishers overall in this division were J/Owners with five J/105s, the Metcalf family J/35 Bozo’s Circus who topped Section 6, and Don Meyer’s J/110 Certainly winning Section 7. In the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division, three of the top ten were J’s including J/109 class winner and runner up Zeitgeist & Guaranteed Period finishing 2nd & 3rd on corrected time behind only the MaxZ86 Windquest overall. Bill Schanen’s J/145 Mainstreet finished second in the big boat class, again only behind Windquest. In addition there was one-design for the J/120, J/109 and J/105 classes. It was reported to be one of the lightest Mac races in recent years… more.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
It was what we came for. The moon was out, we were headed straight for Diamondhead and we were surfing down 15 ft seas. About 20 - 25 kt winds and R^2 just dances. The boat starts off at 12 kts, picks up a wave and suddenly you're doing 15... then you come up on the wave in front, punch in with the spray going both ways and over the deck and you just keep going faster. 17kts? Sure... sometimes 20... feels like you've broken the sound barrier and speed no longer matters. After a while a lull comes or you bounce of a wave a little hard so you slow down.... Then you start all over again. You could spend millions to get a ride on a rocket, and not get the experience we had... Dr. D.
Clay is steadily improving with each tune up race this season and is looking forward to the start of the 2007 Mini Transat Race. This is a one stop solo 4250 nm race from France to Brazil in 21ft (very powerful and small) offshore race boats known as mini’s. Only 80 or so well qualified skippers are granted entry to this marathon race with the start in La Rochelle France on September 16, 2007. If you’d like to support Clay’s effort or learn more, please visit the Team Acadia web site.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
“After racing for the past 11 Sundays in Australia’s premier winter racing series (CYCA Audi Winter Series) we are delighted to inform you we have won the event.
We competed in one of the largest divisions giving between 5 and 25 minutes head start to the fleet. Our division comprised of 19 yachts in the 34 to 42 foot range. Although racing under PHS we were giving time to boats we know are rated similar and in many cases quicker than the J109 under IRC. In pursuit style racing we started last in every race and posted 7 fastest elapsed times over a wide range of conditions ranging from drifters to 35 knots.
The J109 continues to impress us, our colleagues, crew and competition. The elapsed times prove we have chosen the right boat as yet again this 35 footer shows she can mix it with many larger yachts on the race course continuing to show the competition her racing pedigree. The real secret of this boat however is the fact all we have to do to go cruising is top up the water tanks and fridge then decide north or south at Sydney Heads. Last Christmas in our two week leave we clocked over 460 nautical miles two up and no autopilot. Sailing from Sydney to Jervis Bay, Pittwater, Newcastle, Port Stephens, returned to Newcastle for the first twilight of the New Year and finally back to Sydney and reluctantly prized ourselves off our comfortable Chariot. We believe the J109 has the best interior in its class. Many who have viewed the boat during the winter series have been surprised how comfortable she is below decks which certainly belie her race winning performance. She is a delight to race and very easy to sail two handed. Her powerful asymmetric rig making her a flyer downwind even when short handed cruising.”
Monday, July 16, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
"We came here with very limited objectives knowing we would face the word's best. We've only been sailing seriously and competitively in the J/80 since last October. We decided to train as a team with the entire 30 boat fleet gathered in Santander. All that hard work has paid off."
Germany's Ulrich Muenker's third place overall prevents the Spaniards from heading home with a unique grand slam in the J/80's World history. For the very first time, the Worlds winner did not come from the organizing country. The 2008 Worlds will take place in mid-July in Kiel, Germany.
Overall top six (results...)
1. Jose Maria Torcida Seghers, ESP, 29 points
2. Ignacio Camino, ESP, 46
3. Ulrich Muenker, GER, 57
4. Rayco Tabares, ESP, 61
5. Sylvain Pellissier, FRA, 65
6. Glenn Darden, USA, 66
Friday, June 29, 2007
The new Kattack system was employed by most of the J’s in the fleet for this event. Kattack is a web-based software application that collects position data via GPS from boats in a race. Data is collected and uploaded to the web and can then be replayed with performance data to indicate which elements can be improved: starting, boat handling, and strategy, etc... Those who have studied the replays from LBRW have called it an essential learning tool. It’s your own virtual race record… check it out.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Other notable J finishes included Tom Carroll's J/133 SirenSong who finished 2nd in the big boat class and James Wilson’s J/42 Ceol Mor finishing 2nd in the Double Handed class. complete news & results.