Saturday, October 31, 2015

J/80 SailFirst Training program video

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Diamante Wins Italian J/24 National Circuit

J/24s sailing Italy Nationals (Cervia, Italy)- With three victories over four races, Pietro Diamante and his team on JAMAICA (Joseph Garofalo, Fabrizio Ginesi and Gabriele Zoppi) won the sixth and final stage of the J/24 National Championship and also took home the Trophy Francesco Ciccolo Perpetual Challenge.

In second place, was J-OC owner/skipper Fabio Apollonio Trieste, Fleet Captain of the Lago di Garda J/24 fleet. Third was KERMESSE sailed by Marco Maccaferri from CN Cervia Amici della Vela.

Four races were completed (one Saturday and three Sunday) in the waters off Cervia by a dozen brave crews, regardless of adverse weather and sea conditions.

"This time, due to work commitments, I had a different crew,” commented Diamante, President of the Italian J/24 Class.  “On Saturday, we had a moment of concern when, because of the light wind, we were able to sail only one race.  Nevertheless, during the evening, friends of mine in Cervia consoled us with an excellent dinner of fried fish and piadina. On Sunday, a light but steady wind allowed us to complete three perfect races. On behalf of the other teams, I would say that, thanks to the organization, hospitality and beautiful weather over the two days, we are all doing great!”

"Despite the little wind we managed to bring it home with four good races," added the Captain of the Romagna J/24 fleet, Guido Gains. “A special thanks to the organizers and RC/PRO, as always, to organize everything perfection both on land and at sea!”

The Italian J/24 National Circuit includes the Trofeo Nettuno in March, the Pasquavela in Porto Santo Stefano, the Trofeo Navale Academia in April, the Trofeo Nacional in Cala Galera in June, the Trofeo Menchelli in October, and the Trofeo Francesco Ciccolo in late October.  For more Italian J/24 class sailing information

J/22 & J/24 East Coast Preview

J/24 sailboat crew having fun sailing! (Eastport, MD)- A fall sailing classic will be taking place this weekend on Chesapeake Bay- the East Coast Championships for both the J/22 and J/24 classes.  Taking place from October 30th to November 1st, the fleets will be treated to the amazing hosts in Eastport, MD known as the Severn Sailing Association.  Both fleets have more than fifteen boats registered and the quality of the fleet is incredibly high.

For the J/22s, class President Sandy Adzcik will be racing and will be joined by veterans like Brad Julia, Trevor Perkins, Jeff Todd and Chris Wilson.  Teams are participating from Rhode Island, New York, Maryland and Virginia.

The J/24 Eastern Championships are sponsored by Hillman Investments.  The fleet has several class leaders participating, including past East Coast, National, North American and World Champions.  In fact, it’s quite the stellar cast for the size of the fleet.  The de facto class cheerleader for over three decades, Tony Parker’s BANGOR PACKET, will be hoping to lead an all-star group that includes Carter White’s SEA BAGS SAILING TEAM, Peter Kassal’s SPACEMAN SPIFF, Mike Marshall’s PIPE DREAM from Jamestown, RI, Robby Brown’s crew from Tampa, FL, the Samson/Deom duo on HIJACK from Montreal, Quebec and Travis Odenbach’s HONEY BADGER from New York.  For more J/22 East Coast sailing information  For more J/24 East Coasts sailing information

Great Competition In Norwegian Sailing League ("Seilsportsliga")

J/70 sailing league- Norway (Oslo, Norway)- The Norwegian Sailing League, the “Norsk Seilsportsliga”, will start its first season in 2016. After two qualifying events in Western and Eastern Norway in September, 15 clubs are now officially qualified for the inaugural season in 2016. The regatta in Ålesund (western Norway) was won by Arendals Seilforening; the eastern event in Oslo was won by Åsgårdstrand Seilforening.

Karl-Otto Book and his team from Åsgårdstrand Seilforening were delighted to win their qualifying races. “The goal was to qualify Åsgårdstrand,” said Book, “so it was a pure bonus that we won. It was a very tight fight and fun sailing. Now we are looking forward to next year and the start of the Norwegian Sailing League.”

Oslo showed its absolute best side on Friday with brilliant sunshine and a nice breeze across the race course. Saturday the conditions were somewhat more volatile, but the race committee completed enough races to give the 15 teams a total of six flights during the two days.

Nesodden Seilforening led after the first day, but was overtaken after losing on an equal points tiebreak with Åsgårdstrand Seilforening who had a win over Nesodden Seilforening. The really big battle came in the middle of the fleet, with a number of evenly-ranked teams looking to stay up in the top division. Tønsberg Seilforening qualified as the last boat, while Oslo Seilforening, which was just a point behind, could not make it. Jostein Aker (14 yrs old) from Tønsberg Seilforening was the event’s youngest helmsman and managed to qualify his club for next year’s elite division. Seilforening won all six races! “It was really fun to sail in such tight races, and particularly enjoyable to win all the starts,” said Aker who wants to sail for Tønsberg SF next year. He sails actively in several classes and finishes high up every leaderboard.

Espen Guttormsen, secretary general of the Norwegian Sailing Federation who owns the league, hopes the Norwegian Sailing League will be the start of a new series that will be as attractive as similar series in other sports. The hope is also that the Sailing League will inspire more organizations to host local events in the same format. “This format enables us to recruit young sailors locally without requiring them to invest in boats. Here, sailors only come with a bag and get to enjoy some really fun sailing,” said Guttormsen.  Facebook Seilsportsliga sailing page-   For more Seilsportsliga sailing information

The 15 clubs that qualified for the 2016 Norwegian Sailing League are:

  • Ålesund Seilforening
  • Arendals Seilforening
  • Åsgårdstrand Seilforening
  • Askøy Seilforening
  • Brevik Seilforening
  • Florø Seilforening
  • Fredrikstad Seilforening
  • Kongelig Norsk Seilforening
  • Larvik Seilforening
  • Nesodden Seilforening
  • Ran Seilforening
  • Soon Seilforening
  • Stavanger Seilforening
  • Tønsberg Seilforening
  • Trondhjems Seilforening

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thrilling Finale for Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga

J/70s sailing league- Germany (Hamburg, Germany)- Showdown forming for Division I finals in Hamburg!

The fourth event for the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga’s (DSBL) Second League took place in Uberlingen, Germany from the 25th to 27th of September.  The excitement was immense because it was the final event for the DSBL Division II. The ranking was so tight, that every point was relevant – more than ever. At the end, the Bayerischer YC (BYC) won the weekend. The team with Philipp Hibler, Andreas Plettner, Poldi Lindner and Andreas Achterberg took the lead in Überlingen, followed by the Lindauer Segler-Club and the Lübecker Yacht-Club. The three clubs also took the podium places in the overall ranking and will move up into the “Premier DSBL League” for 2016.

“It was a tricky event. A bit of everything. The team is experienced and so we could adapt very well. That was probably our success. We look forward to be back in the 1st League,” commented the happy helmsman, Philipp Hibler from Bayerischer YC.

In the lower portion of the fleet, six clubs (ranked 13th to 18th) will have to go into the qualifier races (9th to 11th October) to continue for next year. These six clubs were the best out of 58 clubs at the Qualifier in Flensburg and will be part of the 2nd German Sailing League in 2016: Schaumburg-Lippischer Seglerverein, Duisburger Yacht-Club, Segel-Club Ville, Schlei-Segel-Club, Seglergemeinschaft Lohheider See and Seglervereinigung 1903 Berlin.

In the 1st German Sailing League (the so-called “Premiere League”), it was also a neck-and-neck race. At the end of the day, again a local hero demonstrated their ability to get in front of the fleet. The Segel-und Motorboot Club Überlingen (SMCÜ) with Steffen Hessberger, Alexander Gaiser, Christian Zittlau and Hendrik Schaal sailed remarkably well, performing consistently over the weekend to take the top of the podium.

“We are very happy to have won at home. Finally, Lake Constance provided great sailing conditions, plenty of wind and big, choppy waves! It was a great event”, said Steffen Hessberger, the jubilant helmsman from SMCU.

The Münchner YC finished second overall in Überlingen.  They were closely followed by the Berlin crew from the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee.

The Deutscher Touring Yacht-Club from Tutzing missed the moment and could not bring home the early victory for the overall Championship. They finished in eighth place and remain within reach for their competitors (an 11 pts lead only!). So, it will prove to be a thrilling finale from the 29th to 31st of October in Hamburg! Based on the outcomes in Uberlingen, it will be a big showdown and fight to the finish for the Champion’s title in the DSBL!   Sailing Photo Credits- Sven Jürgensen.  For more Deutsche Segel Bundesliga sailing information

A collection of 2015 Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga sailing videos:

Lipton Cup Preview

J/105s sailing Lipton Cup (San Diego, CA)- The life of Thomas Johnstone Lipton of Great Britain was an amazing one at many levels, not the least of which was his contribution to yachting worldwide. Sir Thomas, who was knighted in 1898 by Queen Victoria, offered all yachtsmen an excellent example of a true sportsman in the broadest sense. He was undaunted by defeat, despite his team’s inability to win the America’s Cup after multiple attempts.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland (1850), Thomas Johnstone Lipton eventually became one of the world’s great success stories. He went to work at an early age as an errand boy in a Glasgow bookstore. At the age of 15, he came to the United States as a steerage immigrant but never forgot his homeland. He first worked in a grocery store, then drove a mule streetcar in New Orleans, became a traveling portrait salesman and finally worked on plantations in South Carolina and Virginia.

Sir Thomas returned to Glasgow at age 26, with enough money to open a small grocery store. As his business grew, he opened other stores– first in Scotland and then all over Ireland, Wales and England. To supply these stores, he acquired tea plantations in Ceylon and also purchased coffee and cocoa plantations. A global entrepreneur, Sir Thomas operated a large packing house in Chicago, a bacon curing plant and bakeries in England. He had fruit orchards and factories for making jellies and jams. Within 10 years, he was employing 8,000 persons.

His passion for being on the water was undiminished by his business interests.  Ultimately, in 1898 at the age of 48, he challenged for the America’s Cup sailing the famous line of “Shamrock” designs.

J/105 sailing Lipton Cup San DiegoBy early 1903, Commodore Lucien Blochman of the Corinthian YC (later San Diego YC) knew of Sir Thomas’ respect for sportsmanship and wrote to the tea baron, requesting that a trophy be created in his name for West Coast yacht racing excellence. This exchange resulted in the San Diego Lipton Challenge Cup. On July 22, 1903, the spectacular silver trophy arrived in San Diego, compliments of Sir Thomas Lipton.

Since its inception, the Lipton Challenge Cup has been considered as one of the preeminent events in Southern California racing, and the event’s history closely follows the history of yachting in Southern California- from the CCA days, to IOR heydays and now to one-designs. Since 2002, the event has been sailed in J/105s, a very popular offshore keelboat class on the west coast.

The 2015 edition promises to be every bit as competitive as has been over the past century.  Last year, the St Francis YC team led by skipper Chris Raab won the event for the first time in decades.  Chris and his tactician Russell Silvestri (an Olympic-class sailor) will be back to defend the title against a field of sailors that includes multiple National, North American and World Champion sailors.  Participating clubs and their skippers include: Annapolis YC (Peter McChesney), California YC (Bob Little), Chicago YC (Steve Knoop), Coronado YC (Patrick Powell), Larchmont YC (Dan Pletsch), Long Beach YC (Dustin Durant), New York YC (Brian Keane), Newport Harbor YC (Jon Pinckney), San Diego YC (Tyler Sinks), San Francisco YC (Jack Barton), and Southwestern YC (Shala Youngerman).   For more Lipton Cup sailing information

Netherlands Sailing League (“Eredivisie Zeilen”) Big Success

J/70s sailing Netherlands sailing league (Almere, The Netherlands)- Watersportvereniging Uitdam won the first event of the Dutch Sailing League, the “Eredivisie Zeilen” that was sailed from the 2nd to 4th October in Almere near Amsterdam.  As a result, they also claimed the Overall Champion title. Helmsman Wietze Zetzema said: “It was awesome to win here. The whole event was the best possible advertisement for the sport of sailing.”

Throughout the regatta, Watersportvereniging Uitdam had been sitting in 4th place overall, but on the last day they climbed to the top after winning four of their last five races.

This event was the only one to take place in 2015 and served as a test event for the coming year. In 2016, five regatta weekends are planned. Enthusiastic spectators lined the waterfront in Almere.  All the ingredients were there (happy sailors, great spectators, good organization) to suggest that the Dutch Sailing League is set to become one of the premier regattas in the country’s sailing calendar for 2016.

Organizer Simon Keijzer was delighted with this debut event: “The Dutch Sailing League is now a fact. We had a great weekend, everyone is enthusiastic. Next year, we will fill the league with more happy clubs and sailors!”

The crew of the Scheveningen YC Team provided a report on their experiences during the Eredivisie Sailing Test Event:

“We were fifth place during the test event of the Eredivisie Zeilen!  Fantastic.  It was fun!  And, we have a lot to learn!

Sailing seems to be something we do for our fun.  Right?  But, that concept was not going through my head when the alarm clock goes off at 0600 hrs! With black circles around my eyes I crawl to the coffee machine for a cup of the elixir of life. Then, dress up and screech to Almere in my trusty car (brakes need fixing)!

Upon arrival at the competition grounds by the Weerwater, next to the Municipal Theatre of Almere, it is clear that while it is all about a test event, it is well organized. There is a large team of people ready to manage the event, several umpires and race committee that are driving six RIBs!

Immediately in the first race, we know that this weekend is going to be rough for us, no gifts from anyone! We round the top mark in second; the pole is out, we're going to pop the chute! Then, bam, straight into the water goes our spinnaker- that’s called ‘shrimping’! Damn. Four teams sail by us as if nothing has happened. The only other boat near us wants to be sure that we really cannot get away and park it all over us. The tone is set; no one is giving an inch to anyone!

That is how it goes for the rest of the day. Many ups and downs; catch a puff and sprint ahead, others sit in little wind watching others blow by! In addition, it happens that our lofty ambitions combined with our (lack of) skills, means we keep tangling the gennaker around the forestay. We ultimately worked it out.  But, windshifts of 20-30 degrees were normal, as were big puffs and waves up to 3 feet between the breakwaters of Scheveningen. The result is inadequate for us, a provisional 10th place overall after the first day on the water.  Ouch!

The second day is perfect in terms of outcomes.  We win twice during the first (and only) two races sailed. Unfortunately, there is almost no wind on the Weerwater; that creates frustration among the sailors but also the organizers.  It was difficult racing, get one puff you win.  It was that simple.  So, we were lucky.

Fortunately, the sun was shining and we could enjoy the nice weather (despite lack of wind) before it all becomes like living in an icebox with no windows during our six month long winter!

After these two first places, we rise in the rankings to seventh place; it will be an exciting final day!

For the third day, fog, mist and fog again! Mother Nature doesn’t know what to do! It is windy, but the visibility is not more than 50 meters.  Again, postponement, or so we thought, we cannot even see the postponement flag!

We sailed well in the first race- a second place.  But, that was despite fervent attempts at failure! After a fabulously bad rounding of the bottom mark, we were perfectly on track not to finish in front of the field. But then, our tactician spoils the day!  He tells us to tack! As we get closer to the top mark, we get an increasingly anxious feeling that we will round second again!  What can we possibly screw up now!? Well, the spinnaker goes up just fine.  During the downwind leg, we seem unable to screw-up again and grab a second place behind eventual overall winners WV Uitdam!!

With this result, we steam further into the top tier and fifth overall is in sight!

The next race we do a truly professional job of screwing-up everything!  The start, the race, everything!  We start at the RC boat and are OCS.  So, we re-round and take off in hot pursuit about a mile back from the fleet.  It was quite sobering, really.  Finishing last, so far back you can hardly see anyone’s numbers- on a course so short that you should!

In the penultimate race of the regatta, exactly the opposite happens- a dream start! Everyone's too early at the start but us! Long live an RC and PRO that does not believe in general recalls! With everyone else scrambling to return and restart after their OCS’s, we sail away blissfully to an easy win! Was that it?  No.

The RC take the decision to sail another race, there was plenty of wind so they decided to take advantage of the nice sailing conditions.  So, we have the opportunity finish 5th. Can we survive our own mistakes?  Well, our start demonstrated the theme of the day, because once something happens early in the game, it kills us.  For the last start we’re too early again. But, we somehow have created a “turbo mode” and we arrive second at the top mark; it proves that we are going well. On the second beat, we’re confident we can get to first place.  Somehow, we pass the team in front and hold first place to the finish on the final downwind leg. We’re 5th overall!  Bloody amazing.  A great outcome for a team just beginning to learn how to sail a J/70 faster.  Can’t wait for next year!”   Sailing photo credits- Remmelt Staal   Facebook sailing page for Eredivisie Zeilen   Netherlands Test Event sailing video Highlights.   For more Dutch Sailing League information and results.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Russian J/70 making waves with “classic” Trabant

J/70 sailboat and Russian Trabant towing vehicle(Moscow, Russia)- the most famous of all Russian automobiles is still running strong.  The Edsel Ford of the Communist Party era has now become a lovable classic that are restored far, far beyond their usable expiration date.

Here’s one in eastern Russia towing a J/70 as part of the J/70s “eastern tour” within Russia.  Check out the movie, an original Trabant with a mini-4 cylinder engine is still capable of moving it around the boat yard!  In Germany, it would be the same as having the original VW Volkswagen Bug doing the same thing!  Wonders will never cease.  The juxtaposition of the world's leading sportsboat and the Russian “everyman” car is too amusing for words.  Watch this YouTube sailing video here- proof the Trabant lives!

Swiss Sailing League Finale

J/70s sailing league- Switzerland (Lake Constance, Switzerland)- With ideal wind and weather conditions, the best sailing clubs in Switzerland enjoyed a thrilling finale to their first season on Lake Constance (2nd to 4th October 2015).  The new Swiss Champion is the Regattaclub Oberhofen.  Taking second overall and also qualifying automatically for the SAILING Champions League 2016 is the Regattaclub Bodensee.

With a victory in the last of 14 races, the Regattaclub Bodensee (St. Gallen) won the second and final regatta of the Swiss Sailing League from the Société Nautique Rolloise (Rolle) and the Regattaclub Oberhofen (Thunersee). With this final victory, the Regattaclub Bodensee also secured a starting place for the 2016 SAILING Champions League together with the Regattaclub Oberhofen, which won the first Swiss Sailing League event.

The Swiss Champion, the Regattaclub Oberhofen, already took part in the 2015 SAILING Champions League event in Porto Cervo and finished in ninth place.

The regatta at Lake Constance was also the qualifier for the 2016 Swiss Sailing Super League (1st League) and the 2016 Swiss Sailing Challenge League (2nd League).

For 2016, the Swiss Sailing League is planning five events all over Switzerland for the 1st League and three events including one qualifier for 2017 for the 2nd League.  Sailing Photo Credits- Claudia Somm and Peter Kupferschmied   For more Swiss sailing league information and results

Danish Sailing League (Sejlsportsligaen) Report

J/70 sailors- Denmark Sailing League (Copenhagen, Denmark)- The Danish Sailing League concluded with Skovshoved Sejlklub as the overall winner after the final event in Copenhagen (25th to 27th September). Silver went to the defending champions from Hellerup Sejlklub, while Aarhus Sejlklub finished third.

The fleet sailed in front of the famous Little Mermaid in Copenhagen Harbour. The summery weather lured spectators from far and wide to watch the weekend’s thrilling racing. Among the spectators was a small delegation from Hadsund, as some of the first arrived Sunday morning with folding chairs and took their front-row seats to follow the fortunes of their local club throughout the day. Together with all the other spectators, they were able to experience the league sailing more closely than ever. Most of Sunday’s racing saw the races finish just a few metres from the quayside and brought cheering and hollering every bit as passionate as you’d witness at a football match.

The Danish Sailing League starts again in May 2016.  Here’s their Facebook sailing league page-  And, more Sejlsportlgaen sailing information can be found here-

What the sailing league organizers have done better than any other sailing event in the world is to produce a combination of compelling “real-time” graphics showing how each team is doing mark-by-mark each race.  Even better yet, the giant jumbotron LED screens also show “live” standings for the entire fleet! Thanks to SAP SAILING SPORT, you can now enjoy the type of “live” leaderboards you see at a NASCAR or Formula One race. You get the complete picture of all the action on the water- it’s fascinating and it’s constantly changing, much to the delight (or anxiety) of those watching the race on the waterfront.  Here are some good examples of Sejlsportsligaen YouTube sailing videos that incorporate that real-time information:

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Crowned Student Yachting World Cup Champions

J/80 Student Yachting World Cup sailors (La Baule - Le Pouliguen)- The Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoC) is an event organized every year in France by students for students. Created in 1979 under the name of Course de l'Europe, the cup was just meant for participants from Western Europe. But, as time went by, more and more Eastern European countries joined the cup. That's why the Course de l'Europe changed its name to become the SYWoC.

The regatta lasts one whole week in France and counts about 150 competitors, representing 15 countries from all around the world. During this week, the atmosphere is both sporting and multicultural. The first night, every team participates in the crews' dinner by bringing some dishes or some beverage representing their country. This way, the students have an opportunity to meet and discover other culture before the cup begins. Each night, students can also meet at the dinner room and have some nice time with the participants.

UK university sailors at Student Yachting World Cup in J/80sThe 35th SYWoC took place from October 13th to 20th.  This year, four UK University teams were entered and every boat had a Royal Southern Academy member onboard as skipper or crew. The Oxford University team was skippered by 19 year-old Lulu Wallis; Cambridge was sailed by Damien Arnol (25), and 21 year-old Annabel Vose is heading up the Southampton University team. Annabel is a 420 World and European Champion and successfully skippered a women's match racing team to win the University World Championship last summer. Academy members Jamie Diamond & Tom Harrison joined her. The University of Strathclyde's team captain is 22 year-old Peter Cameron.

The regatta is a test of patience, perseverance and conditioning.  Up to three races per day can be sailed and by the time the crews are into the fifth day of racing, the sheer mental and physical exercise can be exhausting to some crews.

A perfect example is what happened one-day before the last race.  The name of the final winner was still unknown, even though the Swiss team was the favorite of the competition. Yet, the ranking was could still change because the teams were so close on points.  Although the morning fog delayed the first race, the sun was present on the second part of the day and the wind was stronger than Saturday, around 15 knots with highs of twenty knots. Despite the strong wind, the program was the same as yesterday, with three inshore races and one coastal race.

J/80 sailboat- at Student Yachting World cupThe 12th race took place just before midday and saw Canada make a very good start. After the first buoy, they were far ahead of the other boats, followed by Switzerland and Southampton, the defender team. Far behind came the other crews led by Ireland, who managed to catch up on Southampton at the half of the race. Unfortunately for Ireland, they faced a problem with their spinnaker that cost them one place. This leading quartet led the remainder of the race, and Switzerland managed to overtake Canada just before the finish line. Southampton and Ireland finished third and fourth, far ahead of Cambridge, fifth at the finish.

The wind began increased up to twenty knots at the beginning of the second race. Despite a promising start for Cambridge, Ireland and Southampton took the lead of the race but were very close to each other, followed by Switzerland. Ireland lost two places but was still in competition for the win of this round. Canada had a good race, but suffered from a spinnaker problem and later was DSQ’d anyhow for an OCS. At the end of the race, the battle raged between Switzerland and Southampton, the latter finally managed to win the round.

J/80 Switzerland team- winners Student Yachting World CupThe third race was the last inshore one for the day. Once again, Switzerland, Southampton and Ireland immediately took control, but were very close to each other. However, Southampton managed to widen the gap with the Swiss boat for most of the race.  But, in a surprisingly smart strategic move, the Swiss caught them by the finish! Taking third was Japan, scoring their best result of the series!

The last race was the only coastal race of the day. Southampton was unbeatable from the start, followed by Ireland. Sadly for Oxford, their great start and 3rd at the first mark didn’t hold, dropping to 8th by the finish.

On the last day, the outcome was still in doubt even though the Swiss team from Lausanne was in a good position to win the title. The English team from Southampton could still catch them, especially since two inshore races were planned.

Due to much stronger winds than the previous few days, the crews were permitted to use the small spinnaker only.

J/80 sailboat- at Student Yachting World CupThe first race of the day produced a surprising outcome.  Having learned from earlier mistakes tactically and with regards to boatspeed, the Canadian team essentially started first and ran away from the fleet, posting one of the most emphatic wins of the entire regatta!  Finishing a distant second in the windy, full-on planing race was the Southampton team (hoping to defend their title) and in third were the Swiss.  Another surprise was the 4th place finish by the Japanese Kobe university team!

The University of Southampton won the last race with the Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne behind them. Third were the Irish University College of Dublin crew, who can be proud of their performance this year.

At the closing ceremony the Swiss Ecole Polytechnique team were crowned World Student Champions with 27 pts. The trophy of the City of Le Pouliguen was given to University of Southampton for finishing 2nd overall just 3 pts back with 30 pts total.  Third was University College of Dublin with 45 pts, they also won the AGPM Trophy rewarding the crew who had the Best Performances on the Coastal Races.  Fourth was University of Cambridge from the United Kingdom with 59 pts.  Fifth was the Canadian Dalhousie University team sitting on 73 pts.  For more Student Yachting World Cup sailing information

The Student Yachting World Cup team in La Baule produced well-edited sailing videos, enjoy them here:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

J/122 ARTIE Wins Rolex Middle Sea Race

J/122 Artie sailing at start- Rolex Middle Sea Race (Gzira, Malta)- The Royal Malta YC is proud to be hosting the 36th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The race has attracted 100+ competitors from 22 countries from all over the world. The 606nm race starts and finishes in the spectacular surroundings of Malta's capital city, Valetta.  The weather forecasts of light to medium winds for most of the race have been true to form.  No records broken.  In fact, 88 ft canting-keelers (Rambler 88) were beating 70 ft record-breaking trimarans (e.g. Phaedo) through the Straits of Messina between the volcanic island of Sicily and the Italian mainland- the famous “boot”.

It was a drama-filled several days of sailing for the various J/teams in the event. Here were some of the reports.

On Monday 1600 hrs on the third day of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, a pulsating battle had emerged between six Maltese yachts close to the Aeolian Islands, north of Sicily. The six yachts are all in sight of each other, vying to be the first Maltese yacht to finish the race and lift the Transport Malta Trophy. Last year's overall winner, the J/122 ARTIE, co-skippered by Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard, leads the pack of Maltese boats by a single mile and was the first Maltese boat to finish the race last year. The six Maltese yachts are only three miles apart after 250 miles of racing!

Tuesday at 1600 hours at Favignana Rock, the scenario was not much different.  In IRC Four, Sönke Stein and David Anastasi’s Maltese J/133 OIL TANKING JUNO was in a dead heat for the class lead and, potentially, overall lead.  In IRC Five at Favignana, Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard's Maltese J/122 ARTIE held a narrow lead of just 16 minutes on corrected time from Laurant Charmy's French J/111, SL ENERGIES GROUPE FASTWAVE.

Thursday 0800 hours at the finish line- there was high drama in the early hours of Thursday morning, with five Maltese boats all finishing the race in sight of each other at the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Lee Satariano & Christian Ripard's J/122 ARTIE, was the first Maltese yacht to cross the line with David Anastasi & Sönke Stein's J/133 OILTANKING JUNO completing the scene.

Lee Satariano & Christian Ripard's Maltese J/122 ARTIE corrected out to win IRC Five and placed fourth overall in a fleet of over 100 yachts. ARTIE was also the Maltese yacht with the best-corrected time in IRC and ORC, winning both of the Teddy Borg Trophies. After the race, the ARTIE crew were happy with their performance, despite not winning the race overall, as they have done on two previous occasions.

“Mentally that was a very tough race and at times very frustrating, overall I don't think there was anything more we could have done to achieve a better result. At many stages of the race, if we could have found more wind, we would have done, but there is an element of luck to that and this year, we were not so lucky but tactically we sailed pretty well and amongst the crew, we agree that we probably sailed the boat better this year than we have ever done. We set out to win our class and we are very happy that we have achieved that.”

“I think that the fact that so many Maltese boats finished so close together shows that we are very competitive people. The level of sailing amongst the Maltese teams has definitely gone up, we have all improved, because the standard starts somewhere, someone takes that on, and so we drive each other to new levels. Maltese sailors are also taking part in more racing internationally, this race is getting bigger, and the Maltese sailors are taking it more seriously.”

The Royal Malta YC has been buzzing all day, with crews arriving back in Malta, rubbing shoulders with fellow sailors, describing the story of their own Rolex Middle Sea Race. About half of the fleet has now finished the race with many more yachts expected to arrive today and tomorrow.

In IRC Five, the J/122 ARTIE was the winner. Taking third in a terrific performance was Laurant Charmy's French J/111 SL ENERGIES GROUPE FASTWAVE from the South of France.   Sailing photo credits- Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo   For more Rolex Middle Sea Race sailing information.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Italians Dominate J/70 European Championship

J/70 Europeans- YC MonacoSpanish J/70 Sailors Are Rising Stars
(Monte Carlo, Monaco)- It was an all-Mediterranean affair for the top five in this year’s J/70 European Championship for the Credit Suisse Trophy.  Sixty teams representing 11 nationalities enjoyed the four days of racing provided by YC Monaco’s RC team of John Coveney & Thierry Leret.  Plus, the extraordinary crew at YC Monaco not only rolled out the gilded red carpet for the J/70 sailors, but they warmly embraced them as an extended family in the Monegasque tradition of welcoming sailors from all nations.

The regattas started off with brisk easterly breezes in the 13 kts range with a steady swell rolling in with a cross-chop on top— typical of sailing in the tricky Hercules Bay conditions.  For the next four days, the sailors were challenged by such demanding conditions and it was clear those who were familiar with the venue excelled when the going got rough.  What surprised many J/70 teams were the rapid rise of the Spanish and Italian teams to the top of the standings.

J/70 sailing teamWith the J/70 Worlds as the ultimate training ground, the Italian NOTARO Team led by Luca Domenici proved their top ten performance at the Worlds in La Rochelle, France was no fluke.  The top sailor from Anzio, Italy started off the first race with a 20th, but simply scorched the fleet for a 5-2-5-1-3, posting all top five scores to win with 16 pts net.  Domenici attributes his winning performance to his crew of Piero Vigo, Lorenzo Del Rio and Davide Bortoletto.

Another Italian crew that was at the top of the Alcatel OneTouch J/70 Italian National Championship series was the runner-up- Franco Solerio’s L’ELAGAIN from San Remo.  His team of Daniele Cassinari, Simon Alltree and Luca Albarelli also sailed well at the J/70 Worlds and, again, improved every single race to close the Europeans with a bullet in the last race.  Their record of 10-8-6-3-2-1 was good for 20 pts net.

After starting out the regatta in first place after the first day of racing, Spain’s J/80 World Champion and Olympic Medallist, Hugo Rocha, managed to keep NEW TERRITORIES and crew (Alexey Semenov, Ruben Castells, Fran Palacios) in the hunt and secure the bronze with a consistent performance; posting a 3-1-8-2-17-11 for 25 pts net.

J/70 Europeans sailing teams at YC MonacoRounding out the top five was another Spanish team in fourth, Gonzalo Araoejo’s SAILWAY with crew of Guilherme Almeida, Alberto Viejo and Joaquin “Hurricane” Cores).  Fifth was the top Monegasque crew on CARPE DIEM, skippered by Jacopo Carrain with crew of Enrico Fonda, Filippo La Mantia, and Andrea Felci.

The competition was unrelenting and unforgiving.  Multiple Black Flags, plenty of OCS’s, and massive “roller coaster” scorelines scuttled more than their fair share of champion teams.  No one won more than one race and few could even post consistent top ten finishes.

The Mexican J/70 World Champion, Julian Fernandez Neckelmann sailing with Bill Hardesty as tactician on FLOJITO Y COOPERANDO, for example, won the fourth race.  But, they could not overcome a BFD, DSQ and 18th and, subsequently, couldn’t crack the top 15 overall.

A similar scenario held true for the J/70 Midwinter and Bacardi Race Week champion, Carlo Alberini’s CALVI NETWORK.  While they sailed fast and counted a 2-1-2, they also had a BFD-13-19 to contend with; knocking them out of any possible contention for regatta honors.

Not once did the team leading the pack to the first mark win the race, with the downwind legs proving as tactically difficult as the upwind legs.  All the finishes on a reach saw some dramatic luffs with spinnakers flying, delighting spectators and getting the adrenaline pumping.

J/70 sailing- start off YC MonacoThere was everything to play for among the top ten right up to the last race, as the slightest mistake on the start (e.g. an OCS) risked any hope of being on the podium. For example, the young, very talented French team of Quentin Delapierre and Matthieu Salomon (CHARIOT PLUS- VANNES UTILITAIRES) from EV Cataschool were J/80 European Champions.  Their performance during the regatta surprised many people. After a BFD in the first race, their results in the next four races equaled the ultimate regatta winner, posting a 3-5-4-3.  However, a discouraging 23rd in the last race (a counter) dropped them from an easy podium finish to 7th overall.  Watch out for CHARIOT PLUS- VANNES UTILITAIRES in the future, a young, smart, talented French crew!

Amongst the host YC Monaco J/70 fleet, Jacopo Carrain, the Monaco Class President and head of the 15-strong Monegasque fleet reached the objective of a respectable showing with a fine performance.  Carrain’s 5th place was a reflection of the YC Monaco’s commitment to creating the largest training and competition base for J/70s in Europe. Fellow YCM member Andrea Zaoli sailing EST finished 10th.  A great showing for the Principality’s sailors!

Leading the 18-strong German fleet was Moritz Bohnenberger’s TOURING JUNIOR crew that finished 9th overall.  Just off the pace, but winning the first race of the regatta, was colleague Max Rieger on LED ZEPPELIN who finished 12th.  Bo Teichmann’s OUTSIDER was third German team in 16th place.

For having an embryonic fleet, the Swedish contingent of exactly two boats had amazing results.  Oscar Lundqvist’s FANNY was in the top five after three races, but tanked in the last three to salvage an 8th overall.  However, Lundqvist’s FANNY crew was declared J/70 European Corinthian Champions!  Meanwhile, fellow Swede, Ingemar Sundstedt’s ROCAD RACING, sailed consistently in the top quarter of the fleet to take 13th overall.

Besides FANNY’s win in Corinthians, second place went to the Spanish team on MARNATURA skippered by Luis Bugallo Ariolla from Club Nautico de Vigo and third went to Moritz Bohnenberger’s TOURING JUNIOR from Germany’s Deutscher Touring YC.  Fourth was Beppe Zavanone’s PENSAVO PEGGIO from YC San Remo in Italy and fifth was the top UK boat- Anthony Esse’s BABY J from Royal Thames YC.

YC Monaco with J/70 sailboats in frontThanks to the generosity of all the teams, the Championship raised 10,000 euros for the LENVAL Foundation that supports sick children, with a check being presented to its President, Arnaud Pouillart. The money will be used to buy pediatric equipment to detect bacterial and viral infections in A&E or after an operation. Another donation will finance the Christmas Show for the “Conte sur Moi at Le Patio” nursery that has 36 toddlers.

More than half of the J/70 European teams are leaving their boats at YC Monaco for the winter to take part in the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, with their sights set on victory at the Primo Cup– Trophée Credit Suisse!  For more J/70 European Championship sailing information   Enjoy these nicely produced sailing videos of the J/70 Europeans:

Sunday, October 25, 2015

New VINEYARD VINES J/70 on Launchpad!

J/70 Vineyard Vines- skipper Charlie Baxter(Greenwich, CT)- The new VINEYARD VINES J/70 is on its way to the J/70 winter circuit to sail in the Quantum Key West Race Week, Miami’s Bacardi Miami Sailing Week and more.

This past weekend, John and Molly Baxter were preparing their new J/70 VINEYARD VINES with a little help from their “friends & family”.

After watching his son crawl onto the boat, John observed, “we got the boat rigged and going. Little Charlie was loving it.  I think he might be the most excited of all of us!”

Jud Smith's J/70 Go-Fast Insights

J/70 AFRICA- Jud Smith from Doyle Sailmakers (San Diego, CA)- Jud Smith- skipper of AFRICA that won the J/70 North Americans in San Diego had some interesting commentary on their success:

“Since the 2014 Newport J/70 Worlds, where we finished a respectable 9th overall, we set out to improve on that performance and hit the circuit pretty hard over the winter.   Starting in the Chesapeake, followed by Tampa, Key West, St. Pete, Miami and Charleston.  All were big regattas with plenty of competition and opportunity to improve our speed and technique. During that time, we developed our flatter J6 Radial Jib for the fresher seasonal conditions we encounter on the East Coast.  With our heavy air performance improved, we placed 4th overall at Key West without losing our good light air speed we had in Newport.   At Charleston race week, we moved up to 3rd overall and topped the Dynasty division; racing both major regattas with my daughter Lindsay, Will Felder and Marc Gauthier.  We race at 725 to 740 lbs depending on our team since I’m one of the heaviest drivers in the class at over 100 kilos.

During these travel regattas, we have refined our trimming and tuning techniques for the new J6 Radial jib.  Our high clew jib allows us to in-haul the jib to the cabin house nonskid, which powers up the main and generates more helm and point.   As the wind speed increases to the 7 to 8 knots max power condition, we start to depower by lowering the traveler toward center line and tension the outhaul all before touching the backstay.  We only start using the backstay once the outhaul is tensioned and traveler car is nearing centerline to keep from having too much helm.  Managing the correct amount of power while sailing close hauled is crucial for the Main Trimmer and Helmsman.

Jud Smith winning in J/70 North AmericansJib development prior to La Rochelle Worlds
This summer we raced Africa in our local Fleet 9, only missing one race day during my trip to the J/70 Worlds in La Rochelle on Peter Duncan’s “Relative Obscurity”.   We tested our current J6 Radial jib design in mid-June with Roller Battens in preparation for the Worlds.  The Jib performed very well at the Worlds even though the experimental roller battens showed signs of fatigue by the end of a windy event, but overall performed well – winning the last race of the Worlds to place 7th overall.  (The roller batten jibs may have a future in the J/70 once the batten durability improves.)

After returning from the Worlds in July, we made a standard vertical batten version of J6R, which we used to win the competitive J/70 New England Championships during Marblehead Race Week, in a wide range of wind speeds and sea conditions. That was our first win in a sanctioned J/70 championship event since we had started racing in 2013.  So we were improving each regatta in 2015 with the NA’s fast approaching.  Meanwhile Team Hooligan, one of our training partners at the North Americans, won Cleveland Race Week (they placed 7th at NA’s using the same main and jib combo as us.)  At the end of August, we won the regional ONE Regatta in light air conditions that were a lot like San Diego.

J/70s sailing off start- North Americans- San DiegoSail Selection for the North Americans
It’s unique to sail a big regatta in a venue where the conditions are so consistently light, but thankfully, there was plenty of time to prepare for this.  Leading up to September, I got invited to do a two-boat testing session in San Diego with Joel Ronning and his “Catapult” team.  Joel had set up a two boat J/70 testing camp in San Diego for the month leading up to the NA’s and invited all the top sailmakers in the class to join in for a few days and test their designs at that venue.  I couldn’t resist that opportunity, since Ronning was second at the Newport Worlds and has been one of the top boats on the circuit since the outset.

From that two days of testing on the NA’s track we learned our J6R performed just fine even in the light air and was especially quick with crew on the rail.  What we also found was that our older Main from the 2014 NA’s in Rochester was a bit softer now and provided more power that would be needed for the light air anticipated for NA’s.   While we came away from the New England’s with a win, I felt like for us to be competitive at our weight range in light air, we would need a better downrange soaking kite if we were going to have a shot at the podium."  Read more about Juddie’s experiences here.

Babbit's Cruising their J/46- Sailing the World!

J/46 BRAVO- skippered by Tom Babbit (Hells Gate, New York)- Tom and Jane Babbit are having fun sailing their J/46 BRAVO in various parts of the world.  Recently, they sailed from Maine down to Newport just before Hurricane Joaquin passed offshore of Cape Cod.  They continued on their journey south, here’s Tom’s commentary:

“Thanks for the use of your mooring in front of New York YC’s Harbour Court. However, with the forecast for gale force northerlies, we moved to an Oldport Marine mooring just off Newport Yachting Center for the lost week of the great Nor’easter!

Finally, on Sunday, the sun came out, Hurricane Joaquin went east and there was a glimpse of less than heinous seas off New Jersey.

Off we went on our J/46 BRAVO to conquer Block Island Sound and Long Island Sound to New Haven.

J/46 BRAVO speedTalk about no turning back!  We soon found ourselves with 25 to 30 knots (and the occasional 35 knot whistler) nearly dead astern (Northeast) with short period swells of 15 feet against the outgoing tide!  More like building-sized steep chop!

The plan was to hit the flood at The Race, which we did, and that rewarded us with a relatively calm second half of the cruise.

While we have sailed our various J/Boats for decades in 30 to 40 knots in comfort we honestly had never seen conditions like this for many years.

So as we approach our seventies, here is our salute to exuberance and never growing sedentary - proof of a 17-knot surf! Darn good boats, I might add!  Our average speed to New Haven just over 9 knots! Cheers, Tom”

Saturday, October 24, 2015

J/70 Sailing IN China Project!

J/70 SailingIN China(Shenzen, China)- Jim Johnstone continues to develop the J/Boats program in China, potentially the world’s largest sailing market with 1.5 billion people who basically all live within an hour of hundreds of lakes suitable for sailing.

Jimmy commented, “here are photos of our new sailing school in Shanghai that is using J/70s. SAILING IN is the only performance sailing school in China and we are currently working on expansion to Shenzhen and Xiamen where we J/70 SailingIN off Chinawill have new fleets of J/70's and J/80's to work with.

The school has also taken students to many different Chinese events including a distance race around Hainan Island on a 50-footer to the Mayor’s Cup in Qingdao racing across the Straits to Korea. Currently, we have won those events we have participated in, which is exciting for our Chinese students!

Our next student event is racing the Kings Cup in Phuket on TRADER and Langkawi Race week after that.”

J/105 Masters Regatta Preview

J/105 Masters Regatta- San Diego, CA
(San Diego, CA)- The International Masters Regatta was established in 1975 by St. Francis YC member, Don Trask. For years, the world’s greatest master sailors such as Elvstrom, Buchan, Burnham, Tillman, Trask, Irish, Harken, North, Holland, Hinman and Dickson had competed in this prestigious international sailing event on San Francisco Bay. After a three-year hiatus, the San Diego YC ushered in a new era for the event and hosted for the first time in 2012.

From October 23rd to 25th, the SDYC will again host the Masters for the third consecutive year in a fleet of matched J/105s supplied by the generosity of their local fleet.  A dozen legendary master sailors from around the world will sail buoy races inside the beautiful bay alongside San Diegoʼs gorgeous waterfront.

Regatta Chairman Jeff Brown will have the help of Joanne O’Dea (Regatta Coordinator), Jeff Johnson (Regatta Manager) and a small army of SDYC’s famous volunteers (50+) to roll out the red carpet and look after the needs of the famous participants.  Helping to support that effort are sponsors JK3 YACHTS, McCarthy Holthus and TESLA Motors (sprint laps around the parking lot, perhaps?).  Everyone is invited to join the teams, sponsors and club members at the amazing 5th annual Taste of Point Loma at SDYC! It takes place on Thursday, October 22, starting at 5pm.

Joining regatta founder Don Trask from St Francis YC will be a host of top West Coast sailors who’ve made their mark in a wide variety of classes from Stars to Farr 40s and the “Congo Cup” to the Transpac Race.  Don’s fellow StFYC members joining the event are John Kilroy of SAMBA PA TI fame (past winner of the Masters) and Jon Andron (most recently a top Masters Team Racing champion).

The SoCal gang is well represented with long-time regatta supporter Malin Burnham (Star World Champion) and friends from San Diego YC, including Chuck Nichols and Sandy Purdon. In that mix of talent is Newport Harbor YC member Dennis Durgan- himself a famous offshore and match-racing champion.

The East Coast contingent will see the return of the “Cuban Comet”. Returning from Miami, Florida for a second shot at the title is Defending Masters Champion Augie Diaz from Biscayne Bay YC.  Other Easterners accompanying him to the Left Coast include Collegiate Sailor of the Year and America’s Cup veteran Gary Jobson from Storm Trysail Club, Maxi-sailor Jeff Neuberth from New York YC, and offshore champion John Rumsey from South Carolina YC.

The lone foreigner tossed into the frying pan of such amazing talent happens to be the lovable character known simply as “Fish”.  For those in America’s Cup circles over the past half-century, you’d recognize Bob Fisher from the United Kingdom as the leader of the British media contingent poking fun at every sacred cow imaginable in the yachting world. Forewarned is forearmed, Fish claims he can “see” this year after some surgery- that may be a liability! He mentioned in passing he can see “skirts” from at least 500 yards away!

While the skippers are all exceptional in their talents and how they have contributed to the sport of sailing, what is perhaps most frightening from a competitive standpoint is to see the formidable teams they have assembled to do battle on the placid waters of San Diego Harbor!  At last count, those crew members include several World Champions, Olympic Medalists, North American Champions, College All-Americans and Collegiate Sailors of the Year, match race champions (Congressional Cup, etc) and silverware from the marquee West coast offshore events such as the Transpac Race, Ensenada Race, Rolex Big Boat Series and Cabo San Lucas Race.  Should make for interesting conversations at the leeward gate!
For more J/105 International Masters Regatta sailing information

J/70 Fall Brawl Preview

J/70s sailing off start line (Eastport, MD- If it’s fall, it must be time for da’brawl!  What started out as a fun way to bridge summer sailing with the winter sailing events in Florida, the now annual J/70 Fall Brawl hosted by Eastport YC has become a “must do” regatta as boats and teams slowly head south, escaping the first snow flurries of winter this past weekend in New England!

The Eastporters love hosting the event and regatta participants always seem to rave about how good a time they had in Annapolis, post all the boat show madness.  Come rain or shine, chilly or warm, windy or not (most times there’s a damn good breeze), the regatta has continued to grow and gain its passionate fans.

At last count, over thirty boats have registered to sail over the October 24th to 25th weekend on the sparkling waters of northern Chesapeake Bay, surrounded by masses of trees bursting into a profusion of colors- reds, yellows, oranges- one of the most magical times of year, in fact, to be sailing on the Bay as the leaves reach peak foliage.

Blinded by the scintillating light of nature’s colorful magnificence will be a group of J/70 sailors that span the spectrum of time and experience.  Teams are traveling from as far away as Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and across the Northeast (CT, RI, MA, ME, NJ, NY, PA).  The local talent is hot and they continue to do well at the national level, such as Peter McChesney, Todd Hiller’s LEADING EDGE, Al Terhune’s DAZZLER (a J/22 World Champion), Geoff Becker’s PAPA WHEELIE (current Lightning World Champion), Henry Filter’s WILD CHILD (a general champion of everything), Jon Pollak’s MONKEY BUSINESS, and Taz Coffey’s DANGER MOUSE.

The Annapolis contingent knows their hometown turf is not an easy one to defend.  The vagaries of wind, current and general randomness can often confound even the cleverest hometown heroes.  They’re facing a formidable bunch from all points of the compass.  Foremost amongst them may be Marty McKenna’s RARITY leading the Youngstown YC group that includes Tim Finkle’s JUNIOR.  Then, John Brim’s RIMETTE (the wily fox from Fisher’s Island YC), Alex Meleney’s TRUCKIN from Vineyard Haven YC and Bodo von der Wense’s TURBO DUCK from Chester River YC round out eastern contenders.  From the Midwest is an increasingly formidable team from the M24/ M32 wars of the past- Trey Sheehan’s HOOLIGAN/ FLAT STANLEY RACING from Put-in-Bay YC in Ohio.

A number of women skippers will surely make their presence felt amongst the leaders, such as Jennifer Wulff’s JOINT CUSTODY, Holly Graf’s SPICE, Tricia Pletcher’s OCCAM’s RAZOR, Kristen Robinson’s ZOMBIE, and Cat Evans’ MOJITO.  Five women’s teams, nearly 20% of the fleet!  Amongst this group, they’ve already collected silverware as top finishers in both Corinthian and Open divisions at various major J/70 regattas.  The weather forecast looks promising, sunny and warm Saturday with southerlies and more of the same on Sunday AM, save for the prospect of a frontal passage late afternoon.  For more J/70 Fall Brawl sailing information