Wednesday, February 8, 2012

J/111 One-Design Offshore Sailing Events 2012

J/111 speedster- sailing fast downwind (Newport, RI)- The International J/111 Regatta Schedule for 2012 is outlined below for one-design and offshore events for J/111s located in Europe (UK/ Ireland/ France/ Sweden) and for the Americas (East, Pacific, Great Lakes).

The J/111 has already achieved phenomenal race results under IRC, ORR and PHRF handicap systems including class wins at the Round the Island Race, Cowes Week, Key West Race Week and Annapolis Race Week, to name just a few.  However, the intention has always been to launch an International One Design Class as soon as a viable number of J/111s had been sold and were out on the water racing. This point has now been reached: over seventy-five J/111s have been sold and fifty of these are already sailing!

The J/111 Class has been created as a true one-design Class where the real test when raced is between crews and not boats and equipment.  The fundamental objective of the J/111 class rules is to ensure this concept is maintained. J/111 hulls, appendages and rigs are only be produced by a licensed manufacturer (every single boat is weighed on a load-cell prior to leaving the factory) and all J/111 sails measurement will be controlled under the ISAF Certification system.

The J/111 Class Association will initially be administered by both J/Boats in Newport and Key Yachting Ltd in the UK for the J/111 owners on an international basis.  The intent is to have the formalized J/111 Class organization operating by Fall 2012 by J/111 owners. For more information on the J/111 or on the regatta schedule detailed below, please contact Becci Eplett at Key Yachting Ltd or J/Boats Newport.

The primary J/111 Championship events for each "region" are the following: Europeans (Cowes Week), Great Lakes (Harbor Springs), East Coasts (NYYC Annual, Newport) and Pacific Coasts (Rolex Big Boat Series, San Francisco).  Please look at the schedule and links below to help organize your 2012 summer schedules.  In addition, we suggest you look at Peter Gustafsson's BLUR.SE ('s sailing the European circuit) and the French LE JOUET ( websites for an example of how teams are organizing in Europe.  A J/111 Class website will be on-line soon.

England/ Ireland/ France:
Mar 18-Apr 29  Warsash Spring Series-
Apr 5-9         SPI Ouest France-
Apr 28          Tour de Belle-Ile-
May 18-20     Vice Admiral's Cup-
May 25-28     Grand Prix Crouesty-
Jun 1-5         Record SNSM-
Jun 9-10       Royal Southern YC Regatta-
Jun 30          JP Morgan Round the Island Race-
Jul 7-13        Cork Week-
Jul 25-28      J-Cup 2012-
Aug 11-18    Cowes Week (J/111 Europeans)-

East Coast Circuit:
May 4-6      Annapolis SW NOOD-
Jun 8-10     NYYC Annual Regatta-
Jul 13-15    SailNewport Regatta-
Jul 18-22   NYYC Race Week (J/111 East Coasts)-       
Aug 3-5       Buzzards Bay Regatta-
Aug 17-18   Ida Lewis Distance Race-

Great Lakes Circuit:
Jun 2-3       Colors Regatta-
Jun 8-10     Chicago SW NOOD-
Jul 21-24    Chicago-Mackinac Race-
Jul 27-29   Harbor Springs Regatta (J/111 Great Lakes)-
Aug 10-12   Verve Cup Regatta-

Pacific Coast Circuit:
May 4-6       Yachting Cup-
May 25-26    Spinnaker Cup-
Jun 13-17    Coastal Cup-
Jun 22-24    Long Beach Race Week-
Jul 27-29     Aldo Alessio Regatta-
Sep 5-9       Big Boat Series (J/111 Pacific Coasts)-

Future International Regattas:
2013    J/111 European Championship, France
2013    J/111 World Championship, USA
2014    J/111 World Championship, UK