Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Arendals Wins Norwegian J/70 Sailing League- Act III

Moss Seilforening Leads Overall Series
(Larvik, Norway)- The first division of the Norwegian Sailing League sailed their third act at the picturesque seaside town of Larvik, at the base of one of Norway’s many gorgeous fjords.  After sailing just eleven races, is was the Arendals SF that easily won by virtue of winning 8 of their 11 races.

J/70 Norwegian Sailing League winnersIn behind them, a lot was at stake for the overall series lead between Moss SF and KNS (Kongelig Norsk Seilforening).  Both teams started the regatta in 1st and 2nd place for the series and both desperately wanted to defend their positions heading into the crucial final series being sailed at Moss on September 8th to 9th.  Moss managed to sail well and took 2nd in the Larvik event. Meanwhile, KNS had a disastrous time sailing in Larvik, virtually finishing last, taking a 13th place.

As a result of the weekend’s final standings, Moss SF continues to lead the overall series with a 1st in Oslo, 1st in Sandefjord, and a 2nd in Larvik for 4 pts total.  Jumping into second place for the series is Asgardstrand SF with a 6-3-4 record in the three venues for 13 pt total.  Dropping fast like a rock in the standings was KNS, now sitting with a series scoreline of 2-2-13 for 17 pts total.  Follow the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here.  For more Norwegian J/70 Sailing League information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SAVASANA Crowned Corinthian J/70 Champion

J/70s sailing Corinthian Nationals (South Dartmouth, MA)- New Bedford Yacht Club is hosting the 45th edition of the late summer classic, the quintessential “Buzzards Bay Regatta.”  As part of that program, they also hosted the second Corinthian J/70 USA National Championship. The fleet of 30 teams was treated to a wide variety of weather conditions over the three-day regatta.  On the first day, it was somewhat classic Buzzards Bay conditions, light winds building up to 9-13 kt winds with heavy chop, particularly on starboard tack.  Then, on Saturday, a front was scheduled to pass through with heavy showers, thunderstorms and winds gusting to 35 kts.  Fortunately, as the front hit the Atlantic Ocean, it fizzled out and the J/70s saw more southeasterly breezes with winds in the 8-12 kt range and for a brief period of time, gusts up to 20 kts.  Sunday dawned J/70s sailing Corinthian Nationalswith a gorgeous sunrise and the wind blowing 15-20 kts from the Northwest; racing commence under clear sunny skies and the teams enjoyed very shifty, streaky winds.

Excelling in the broad spectrum of weather conditions was the local hotshot, Brian Keane and his SAVASANA team from Marion, MA, winning the regatta by just two points.  Taking 2nd was Heather Gregg and Joe Bardenheier’s MUSE, sailing with the two “Stu’s”- Johnstone and Saffer.  Third place went to Glenn Darden’s HOSS with Reese Hillard as rock-star bow dude and man about town.  Fourth went to Ray and Jenn Wulff’s JOINT CUSTODY and fifth place was Hannah Swett’s all-women crew on SPARKLE.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Glorious, Stormy Cowes Race Week

J/112E sailing Cowes Week (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- Yet again, the Cowes Combined Clubs had another amazing, diverse week of sailing during their famous LENDY Cowes Week Regatta, sailed from July 29th to August 5th on the Solent- famous for crazy currents and often very shifty breezes.  Overall, J/Crews had a great time sailing in light airs to more than epic, “fresh to frightening” conditions all week.  Here is how it all went down for the intrepid J/sailors on the Solent.

Day 1- Shifty winds
The opening day of Lendy Cowes Week dawned with bright sunny spells and a westerly breeze of around 10-15 knots. However, a weather front that gave rain to most of southern England moved across the race area at lunchtime, depressing the wind strength. The result was intensely tactical racing with persistence, along with good – and occasionally brave – decisions needed to achieve top results.

J/111 sailing Cowes WeekBy the time of the first start, for the 31-strong J/70 class, the breeze close inshore under the Royal Yacht Squadron had reduced to 10 knots. With a strong east-going stream running, the most aggressive starters held up as close to the line as possible before the gun. A pair of the Royal Thames YC’s boats started on port tack in the better tide close inshore and initially led the fleet away from the line, despite having less wind than the boats further offshore.

However, they soon fell into a wind hole and four minutes into the race crossed tacks a few lengths astern of a group of three boats – Ali Hall’s SCEPTRE, Vilija Velyvyte, Sophie Sheldon and Will Jackson’s AURORA, and Guy Stephen’s BABY J – as the fleet made their way towards their first mark. Hall took the winner’s gun in a tight race that saw the first three boats cross the line 16 seconds apart. Nick Phillip’s CHAOTIC took second place and Paul Childs’ F’in MAGIC 2 third.

The class’s second race of the day was over a windward/leeward course, starting from a committee boat stationed near Hill Head on the north shore of the Solent. This was won by a clear margin by Swiss entry Lorenz Mueller’s YCB Team ahead of John Greenland’s JUMBO and F’in MAGIC 2.

After the first two races in their eight-race mini series that’s taking place over the first four days of the regatta, YCB Team is leading the fleet with a score of five points.

“Although I have sailed at Cowes Week many times before, this is the first time in the J/70,” said Mueller. “We qualified within the Swiss sailing league to compete here and the team’s very happy with our performance. Today’s win was all about playing the shifts – I think we tacked on every shift, and it seemed to pay. We’re really enjoying our time here and are looking forward to the next two races tomorrow.”

J/111s planing downwind off Cowes, EnglandDay 2- Wild, blustery, sunny!
Competitors enjoyed a bright and sunny day with challenging, but exhilarating, racing in a gusty west south-westerly wind in which the gusts topped 25 knots. Many of the larger Black Group yachts finishing on the Royal Yacht Squadron line experienced multiple broaches and spinnaker wraps, much to the delight of the throngs of spectators lining the shore.

The blustery conditions also took their toll of boats across the fleet, with most classes seeing multiple retirements, with reasons including rig damage, groundings and collisions.

Most of the White Group dayboats, starting on the Royal Yacht Squadron line, had to contend with a strong adverse tide. In the J/80 class Chris Body’s MOCKINGJAY and yesterday’s winner, Jon Powell’s BETTY, were closest to the line at the start, with Powell having the benefit of being in weaker tide close inshore. He quickly sealed this advantage with a neatly executed early tack onto port in a favorable wind shift, with Barney Dykes’ JANE following suit just behind.

For the first couple of minutes of their first half-mile long windward leg to Kingston Marine Services buoy these two boats looked as though they were extending away from the bulk of the fleet further offshore. However, JANE stayed on the offshore tack for too long, standing out into the stronger stream offshore and handing second place at this stage back to MOCKINGJAY. BETTY finished unusually far down the fleet, leaving MOCKINGJAY to take first place exactly five minutes ahead of Terence O’Neill’s AQUA J. Felix Trattner’s UKSA 3 took third place.

J/109 sailing Cowes WeekBy the time of the IRC Class 1 start at 1030 the wind was already gusting above 20 knots at it wasn’t long before the gusts in the central Solent were topping 25 knots. The fleet was more spread out along the line than the earlier classes, with boats jockeying more for clear air than a specific end of the line. Marco van Driel’s Dutch J/111 SWEENY attempted to cross the fleet on port tack, but failed and had to tack under a group of second-row starters.

The preference in this fleet was for earlier tacks towards the north shore than the two faster classes that started earlier. It was not long before the fleet was short tacking in the shallow water to the east of Lepe Spit.

By the time of their finish, just before 1430, the wind had backed further into the southwest and moderated slightly, with the maximum gusts down to 22-23 knots. Nevertheless, the light displacement asymmetric yachts reveled in the conditions, planing at speeds well into double digits as they sped to the finish.

The top boats enjoyed a close, planing-mode finish, including Tony Mack’s J/111 McFLY that took third on corrected time.

J/80s sailing Cowes WeekDay 3- Sun, Wind, Perfection
The Solent magically delivered yet more racing in blazing sun and a perfect southwesterly breeze of 12-16 knots that gradually built to a peak of 20 knots by the end of the afternoon. It was a day of intensely close racing for many competitors, with numerous podium places decided by only a handful of seconds after more than three hours of racing.

It was also the Cowes Week “Charity Day”, supporting the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Inspired by Bart’s Bash, the annual international day of racing for which an overall winner is calculated

Day 4- Gorgeous, classic conditions
A ridge of high pressure over the English Channel brought more bright and sunny weather, with a classic southwesterly breeze, to day four.  The first start was for the big yachts in the Sevenstar Triple Crown fleet that are competing some of event’s biggest trophies, including the historic gold Queen’s Cup.

J/70 sailing Cowes WeekIRC Class 2 also had a clean start, with Nick Southward and John Scott’s J/122 Team WHISKEY JACK making a perfectly timed start, hitting the southern end of the Bramble line at speed.

IRC Class 3 also had a clean start. However, the pin end of the line was favored in terms of tide, as boats starting there would emerge more quickly into the strongest favorable tide. Chris Ivill’s new J/112E DAVANTI TYRES took 2nd place, losing by a margin of just four seconds!

This day also marked the end of the eight-race mini-series for the J/70 class that had been taking place for the first four days of the regatta. Subject to protest, Paul Childs’ F’in MAGIC 2 was winner of the J/70 series, on 16 points. Ali Hall’s SCEPTRE was second on 24 points, just ahead of Jack Davies’ YETI, on 24.5 points.

J/70s sailing off Cowes, EnglanDay 5- Windy, blustery, epic day!
There was a lot of fast and furious action on the Solent, with winds hitting 25+ kts again. “On the way out to the start it looked like the Apocalypse was coming, and with a short course, there were a lot of corners coming up really fast,”

In IRC Class 5, Nick Munday’s J/97 INDULJENCE was sitting in 2nd place and was hoping to catch the leader. In turn, he had a 3.5 point cushion on another J/97, Bob and John Baker’s JAYWALKER in third overall.

As it turned out, Mike Sellers and Chris Miles’ J/97 JET got a third for the day. A closely fought match for fourth place saw four boats separated by only 50 seconds. They were led by another J/97, James and John Owen’s JET, while INDULJENCE suffered her worst result so far in sixth place.

Youth Day
Lendy Cowes Week actively supports and encourages the next generation of sailors, as do many of the classes that actively encourage, support and coach young sailors, including J/70s and J/80s. The fifth day also marked the regatta’s Youth Day, which highlights the success of the many young sailors at the event.

This year there are 29 teams in which the entire crew is under 25. In the rankings for the Under 25 trophy, last year’s winner, Jack Davies’ J/70 YETI took fourth place.

J/70s sailing upwind off CowesDay 6- Squally day
The Solent delivered big winds to the big boats at their start. A shower, with gusts close to 35 knots, blasted across the start area at the warning signal for the race, creating a bit of chaos, to say the least.

As a result, conditions were declared too severe for the other classes to race, so the day’s racing was canceled.

Day 7- Sunny shorts and shades!
Day Seven dawned sunny and bright and in 10-15 kt winds, the fleet enjoyed a classic gorgeous Solent day on the water.

Day 8- Squally Saturday
The final day dawned bright and sunny, with a west northwesterly breeze of 7-10 knots. All starts took place from the Royal Yacht Squadron’s inner line, with an accelerated starting sequence for the reduced number of entries in Black Group, which finished their points series yesterday.

J/70s sailing off CowesThe forecast included a low risk of the showers that were predicted further north on the mainland also affecting the race area. The cloud built over the mainland shore during the morning, as predicted, but by the time of the first start at 1215 hrs a powerful squall line could also be seen working its way up the western Solent.

The postponement signal went up at 1218 for the remaining three starts, with the starting area now pummeled with driving rain and gusts above 25 knots. Many of the dayboats preparing for their starts scurried back into the shelter of the River Medina, while one of the big Cowes Harbormaster’s RIBs was towing in a stricken cruising yacht.

J/122E sailing Cowes WeekWith the rain blowing horizontally through the RYS starting platform, any race officials that could be spared scurried off to shelter, leaving a skeleton crew at the leeward end of the shelter. The lone figure of Cowes Radio’s Simon Vigar was left facing the onslaught, while valiantly continuing to broadcast from the weather end of the platform.

The sun was back 10 minutes later and the postponement signal came down at 1229. A stream of boats headed back to Cowes having retired, some with no visible damage, but others with headsails in tatters, plus a Redwing with a broken mast that was towed back by a RIB from the RYS.

The winner of the J/88 class was clearly David & Kirsty Apthorp’s J-DREAM, winning five of the six races sailed.  Taking second was Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT and fourth was SABRIEL JR.

In the J/70 class, a win for Jack Davies’ YETI, by just one second over Robbie King’s THE JANITOR cemented Davies’ overall win for the week.  They finished ahead of Lorenz Mueller’s Swiss YCB-Team and Paul Childs’ F’in MAJIC 2.

J/80s sailing off Cowes, EnglandJon Powell’s BETTY finished the week on just six points in the J/80 class, winning the series three points ahead of Chris Body’s MOCKINGJAY. Terence O’Neill’s AQUA J was a further 10 points further back in third overall.

In IRC Class 1, Mack’s J/111 McFLY took third, followed by Martin Dent’s J/111 JELVIS in 5th.  That same finish order applied to the J/111 class- McFLY 1st, JELVIS 2nd and SWEENY third.

In IRC 3 Class, the J/112E DAVANTI TYRES ended up in 4th place in a closely fought series. In the IRC 5 Class, the two J/97’s finished 3rd and 4th, respectively, INDULJENCE & JAYWALKER.  Taking 5th was the Greenough family’s J/92 J’RONIMO and sixth place went to another J/97- HIGH JINKS.  For the J/97 Class, the placings were the same for 1-2-3.

The huge eighteen boat J/109 class saw a command performance by JACK RABBIT, scoring three 1sts and two 2nds on their way to an 11-point margin of victory.  After posting a 1-3 in the final two races, DIAMOND JEM took over second place.  Then, JUKEBOX continued to sail consistently to take third overall.  For more LENDY Cowes Week sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Verve Cup Offshore Regatta Preview

J/105s sailing Verve Cup Chicago (Chicago, IL)- On Friday through Sunday, August 11 to 13, the Chicago YC will host the 25th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta. This event will feature three days of offshore buoy racing and a separate one-day distance race. Annually, this event hosts over 100 yachts ranging in size from 25-70 feet, and carry crews from 4-20 racers. During this regatta, the Chicago Yacht Club looks forward to welcoming more than 2,000 racers, family members and friends to its award-winning lakefront Monroe Station Clubhouse.

For this three-day regatta, boats will sail either in a handicap section or in a one-design section. Brag flags and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each section. The winner in what is determined to be the most competitive section by formula will be awarded the perpetual Verve Cup Trophy. The Verve Cup trophy dates back to 1893 and is the Chicago Yacht Club’s oldest trophy.

Likewise, for the Saturday, August 12, 2017, Distance Race, brag flags and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each of the four handicap sections and the first place winner in the fleet determined by handicap will be awarded the 8 Mile Buoy Trophy.

The Verve Cup Distance Race Awards will be given out during the Saturday Sundowner Party, and the three day Verve Cup Regatta Awards, including the Verve Cup Overall winner, will be given out during the Sunday Awards Party.

Thirty of the ninety-five boats racing (about 33% of the fleet) are J/crews.  Four one-design classes are sailing- J/88s, J/105s, J109s, and J/111s.

The J/88 class has been enjoying close competition all year, including the recent Chicago to Mackinac Race.  Sailing in the regatta are Andy Graff’s EXILE, Ben Wilson’s RAMBLER, and Tim Wade’s WINDSONG.

The J/105s have most of their top Chicago area crews participating, such as Clark Pellet’s SEALARK, Vanessa Gates’ STRIKING, Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM, and Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS.

The seven-boat J/109 class has the Chicago to Mackinac Race winner sailing- Bob Evans’ GOAT RODEO.  He will be up against strong around-the-cans teams, such as Peter Priede’s FULL TILT, David Gustman’s NORTHSTAR, Jim Mitchell & Bruce Danly’s TOA (the Overall ORR Chicago Mackinac Race winner), and Jack Toliver’s VANDA III (also a past Chicago Mackinac Race winner)!  Tough fleet!

Finally, the J/111s will have all of their top teams racing, past Mackinac Race winners, Verve Cup winners, Chicago NOOD winners and so forth.  The racing promises to be fast and fun!  Several teams have the potential to be at the top of the leaderboard, like the trio on KASHMIR (Karl Brummel, Steve Henderson, & Mike Mayer), Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi’s MOMENTUS, Rich Witzel’s ROWDY, Dan Kitchens’ SKULL CRACKER and Tom Dickson’s WARLOCK.

The sole J carrying the flag in the ORR Division is Rick Stage’s J/35 ALPHA PUPPY. For more Verve Cup Offshore sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg Preview

J/70s sailing St Petersburg, Russia (St Petersburg, Russia)- From a field of more than 200 sailing clubs all over Europe, 50 clubs from 13 different countries have qualified for the SAILING Champions League (SCL) 2017. The top clubs will sail in two events (Act 1 – St. Petersburg and Act 2 – St. Moritz) going for the much sought-after start places in the final in Port Cervo. The regattas are fleet racing competitions, sailed in eight boats, all of the one-design J/70 class. Today Act 1 starts in St. Petersburg.

Sailing Champions League21 of the qualified clubs from all over Europe will be attending this weekend (11 – 13 August) at the hosting club, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. The top clubs will compete in the final, sailed in the very center of St. Petersburg, right in front of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Among the participants are teams such as the Cape Crow Yacht Club (Swedish Champions 2016), Frederikshavn Sejklub (Danish Champions 2016) and Lord of the Sail– Europe (Russian Champions 2016). Some top sailors will be there, including Johannes Polgar, competitor at the 2008 Olympics in Xingdao, who is representing one of the two German teams (Norddeutscher Regatta Verein). Short races in identical J/70’s over a standard course are sure to provide the tightest competition and plenty of excitement for spectators.

As a technology partner of the SAILING Champions League, SAP is providing professional livestream coverage with expert commentary. On Saturday and Sunday, the races will be shown live on the Internet from 12:00 local time (12:00 GMT+3) onwards: www.sailing-championsleague.com. International sports reporters and sailing pros will comment live on the races, using SAP’s Sailtracks tracking technology, graphics and analytics to make the racing easily accessible to everyone, sailors and general viewers alike. All results are available at www.sapsailing.com.

J/70s sailing St Petersburg, RussiaThe primary regatta sponsor is Gazprom- a global energy company focused on geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sales of gas, gas condensate and oil, sales of gas as a vehicle fuel, as well as production and marketing of heat and electric power.

Being a socially responsible company Gazprom is supporting Russian sports at all levels. As a general partner of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club since 2013, Gazprom devotes much attention towards the development of sailing in the Northern Capital and Russia at large. Supporting different local and international events, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Gazprom aim at establishing St. Petersburg among the top sailing cities of Europe.

From 2017, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Gazprom together with its subsidiary, Nord Stream company, become partners of the National Sailing Leagues of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany as well as of Act 1 of the European SAILING Champions League in St. Petersburg in August. Sailing video teaser- by Gazprom for SAILING Champions League  For more SAILING Champions League regatta information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

SAILING Champions League- St Moritz Preview

J/70s sailing league- St Mortiz, Switzerland(St Moritz, Switzerland)- From September 1st to 3rd, the leading sailing clubs in Europe from sixteen countries will compete on the Lake of St. Moritz to qualify for the SAILING Champions League final in Porto Cervo on September 22nd to 24th at YC Costa Smeralda.  The host will be the famous Segel-Club St. Moritz.

Some places on earth are simply unlike anywhere else. The mere mention of their name is strangely compelling and brings to mind all manner of stunning imagery. St. Moritz is one such place. And, that’s not just because this is where James Bond dashed down the ski slopes in “The Spy Who Loved Me.” For it was here, 1,856 metres above sea level, in the heart of the spectacular Upper Engadin lakes district, that the notion of winter holidays and present-day winter sports were born, and where Olympic Winter Games were held on two occasions. The first electric light, the first skiing school, and Switzerland’s first electric tram are among the pioneering feats in St. Moritz’s long list of achievements. And yet, St. Moritz originally rose to prominence due its mineral springs, which have been attracting visitors for more than 3,000 years, and lay the foundation for its spa tradition, and interest in water sports- like sailing!

Today, St. Moritz is the number one alpine holiday destination. The sun-kissed Alpine metropolis on the south-facing flank of the Alps boasts an airport, the Engadin Airport, and it is the terminus of both the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express– two names that stand for quintessential classic train travelling. When UNESCO bestowed the accolade of “World Heritage Site” on the Rhaetian Railway’s Albula and Bernina train lines in 2008, St. Moritz became the only destination in the world to unite both the Olympic Games and the UNESCO labels.

J/70s sailing St Moritz, SwitzerlandThe “Via Serlas” is to St. Moritz what the “Rodeo Drive” is to Los Angeles. Just a bit more condensed. High-end art galleries round off the exclusive shopping opportunities in the town center. The Segantini Museum is internationally renown, and the St. Moritz Casino caters for entertainment late into the night. Those inclined to be sporty will be thrilled by the Olympic Bobsled Run St. Moritz–Celerina and the Cresta Run, two legendary bobsled and skeleton institutions. Other legendary Lake St. Moritz winter events include the “White Turf horse races” and the “Snow Polo World Cup”. They have long become the extravagant social highlights in St. Moritz’s remarkable calendar of events that so far counted five Alpine World Ski Championships.  And now, a new one- the SAILING Champions League high in the Swiss Alps!

The SAILING Champions League continues its success. Apart from St. Petersburg and Porto Cervo, this year St. Moritz is part of the qualifiers for the ultimate SAILING Champions League finale in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy on September 22nd to 24th.

St Moritz- top of the world sailing!The best European sailing clubs will be demonstrating their skills at this exceptional sailing rendezvous in St. Moritz. The lake is only 600 metres wide, so fast-turning maneuvers with excellent tactics and perfect boat-handling are indispensable. As in many international sailing league events, the teams will be sailing International J/70 class sailboats. Over three days, sailing will take place at an altitude of 1,768 metres above sea level (about 5,700 ft or over 1.0 statue mile). Welcome to Europe’s highest altitude regatta in St. Moritz- simply “ON TOP OF THE WORLD!”  For Americans, do note that Lake Dillon’s regattas in Colorado are a touch higher- at 9,017 feet above sea-level (2,802 metres), but not J/70s— yet!

Enjoying the cool atmosphere on St. Moritz’s lake will be a fleet of twelve J/70s with two dozen teams from across Europe.  This event is part of two qualifiers for the SAILING Champions League Finale that takes place rom September 22nd to 24th in Porto Cervo, Italy at the YC Costa Smeralda on the island of Sardinia.  The other qualifier takes place from August 11th to 13th at St Petersburg YC in St Petersburg, Russia.  For more SAILING CHAMPIONS League sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

U.S. J/70 Youth Championship Preview

J/70 Youth Championship- Newport, RI
(Newport, RI)- The inaugural U.S. J/70 Youth Championship will be taking place this weekend from August 10th to 13th, hosted by the amazing team at SAIL NEWPORT at their extraordinary Fort Adams Sailing Facility in Newport, RI.

Nine teams are participating from across the country, including teams from California to Maine, and from northern Michigan down to southern Florida.  The teams qualified by sailing in major regattas across the country, including many of Sailing World’s famous NOOD Regattas- San Diego, Annapolis, Chicago, and Marblehead.  What was notable about many of the youth teams were their remarkable performances against some of the top J/70 teams across America, many finishing in the top half of large “open” J/70 events that included some of the world’s top professional sailors in the J/70 class (many of them Olympic Medallists and World Champions in various classes).

The teams qualified for their sailing clubs in the hopes of winning one of the most unique prizes in the world of sailing- FREE use of a J/70 for your sailing club for an entire twelve (12) months!  FREE to use for the youth keelboat program, for members to race in J/70 events, to introduce women sailors to the easy-to-sail J/70, and so forth- in other words, the only limitation for using the J/70 is your imagination!

From the West Coast, the sole representative is the Santa Barbara YC from Santa Barbara, CA.  From the Midwest is the Little Traverse YC from Harbor Springs, MI.  There are two teams from Florida, the St Petersburg YC in St Petersburg, FL and the Coral Reef YC from Miami, FL.  From the Chesapeake Bay are two teams, the Annapolis YC from Annapolis, MD and the Severn Sailing Association from Eastport, MD. Finally, from the northeast are three more teams, Eastern YC from Marblehead, MA, MudRatz Sailing Club from Stonington, CT, and Sail Newport from Newport, RI.

The teams are looking forward to a short-course, college-style racing format- “stadium sailing” at its best right off Newport Harbor, between Goat Island and Rose Island just south of Newport Bridge.  On-shore at Goat Island is an enormous, New England-style, open-air pavilion to watch the racing taking place in front on Narragansett Bay.  Up to 27 races are planned for the nine teams, so it will be “thrill-a-minute” racing, each one taking just 15-20 minutes each.

On Thursday, Tim Healy and Will Welles from North Sails provided an on-the-water clinic for the J/70 Youth teams.  It was time well-spent for many, as the youth teams grilled both Tim and Will (each J/24 World Champions and Tim the first J/70 World Champion) about nuances in boat-handling and trimming.

The weather forecast is promising, with mostly southerly winds, sunny skies, and between 8-15 kt winds each day!  The Sail Newport PRO will be Kevin Dooley, the Offshore Racing Coach for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  Kevin is the principal PRO for all major USCGA events- like the famous Danmark Trophy, all J/70 events on the river, all team racing events (where 60+ races a weekend are not uncommon), and all offshore events for the big boats.

This event can only happen with the help of some amazing people and sponsors.  For starters, “thanks” to Bob Johnstone’s MJM Yachts for providing the winning prize- the J/70 for FREE use by a sailing club for 12 months.  If some sailors might recall, Bob J. was responsible for starting the first U.S. Youth Championships in Wilmette, IL back in 1973 in both 470s and Lasers.  Many of the world’s top sailors today were participants in those first three years in Wilmette- including Augie Diaz, Carl Buchan, and Peter Commette.  In addition, Peter and Olaf Harken from HARKEN in Pewaukee, WI are significant contributors to the “youth movement”, promoting their “Blockheads” sailing program for youth teams.  North Sails is providing sails for the event, thanks to past 5x J/24 World Champion Ken Read, President of North Sails and Tim Healy, Chief of the One-Design Division.  Ed & Becky Furry’s SAIL22 is providing regatta support as well as their J/70 as one of the provided boats for the regatta.  Ben Klatzka’s PREMIERE SAILING LEAGUE is a supporter and has promoted J/70 sailing league programs in the USA, including Grosse Pointe YC’s “stadium sailing” events in 2017.  For more U.S. J/70 Youth Championship sailing information

Friday, August 11, 2017

J/FEST New England Regatta Preview

J/105s sailing J/Fest (Newport, RI)- The 2nd annual J/Fest New England Regatta is taking place in the waters of southern Narragansett Bay; the entire SAIL NEWPORT organization is turning out in full force to support this years event in Newport, RI!  Following in the footsteps of the fun-loving event held last year in the northern bay by Bristol YC, in partnership with Barrington YC, local J/sailors are looking forward to another fun event on the Bay!

With Newport now enjoying a “real summer”, hot days/ cool nights, and great sea breezes, J/Sailors have responded in droves, with 55 boats participating! On Friday is the celebratory J/24 40th Anniversary Round Island Race with twenty-one entries!  Then, on Saturday and Sunday there are the combined one-design classes for J/22s, J/24s, J/30s, J/105s, J/70s, J/109s, and PHRF handicap racing.

In the J/22 class, a half-dozen boats are registered with some hot talent on the line; like Peter Levesque’s DUSTY from Bristol, RI and Cory Sertl’s WHARF RAT from Conanicut YC in Jamestown, RI.

After celebrating their 40th Anniversary Around Jamestown Island Race, the J/24s will be looking forward to good around-the-cans racing. Top crews include Steve Kirkpatrick’s BUCKSHOT, Tim Corbett’s ESKIMO SISTERS, Ken Porter’s crew from Valle de Bravo, Mexico on MONSTER FISH, Erica Beck Spencer’s SEA BAGS WOMEN’S SAILING TEAM, Steve Wood’s TASMANIAN DEVIL, and Dave Coppe & Jeff Johnstone’s USA 5283.

The small fleet of J/30s includes Chris Tate’s BLITZ, John Howell’s GOOD NEWS and Jim Hilton’s KAOS.  Sailing J/70s includes current World Champion Joel Ronning from Wayzata, MN, Rachel Bryler’s JUNKANOO, and Chris Murray’s LUCKY.

The fleet of J/105s includes the Buzzards Bay J/105 Champion, Nicole Breault’s GOOD TRADE from St Francis YC in San Francisco, CA and Fred Darlington’s TONTO from East Greenwich YC.

The J/109s have a good fleet of nine boats, including Jon Rechtschaffer’s EMOTICON from Montclair, NJ; Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING from New Bedford, MA; Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY from Larchmont, NY; Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE from Newport, RI; and Brooke Mastrorio’s URSA from Mattapoisett, MA.

In the PHRF world, the J-Asym class includes Kevin Dakan’s J/110 MEMORY, Bill & Shannon Lockwood’s J/80 SHENANIGANS, EC Helme’s J/92S SPIRIT, and Peter Colby’s J/92S STING.  In the J-Sym class is Steve Lipman’s J/37C DUCK SOUP.  For more J/Fest New England sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

VINEYARD VINES Wins Marblehead NOOD Overall!

J/70 Vineyard Vines winners J/105 MERLIN Wins Boat of the Day!
(Marblehead, MA)- After the final day of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at Marblehead Race Week today, J/70 class winners John and Molly Baxter on VINEYARD VINES took home the overall prize. In addition to new gear from Helly Hansen, the VINEYARD VINES crew (ironically) earned a berth in the final NOOD championship regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands Oct. 22-29.

The Riverside, Conn.-based couple is fairly new to J/70s, having owned their boat for less than two years. They decided to compete in the Helly Hansen Marblehead NOOD to train for the class world championship, which will be held in Marblehead in 2018 and which they officially qualified for by winning this event.

“We wanted to check out the spot, and we heard there were a lot of good teams out here,” John Baxter said. “It was fun. We definitely got the lay of the land.”

The Baxter’s, along with crew members Jake LaDow and Luke Lawrence, held strong at the top of the fleet from the very beginning, winning two of three races on the first day. From there, it was all about consistency, good starts and conservative sailing, according to John Baxter.

J/70 Vineyard Vines sailing Marblehead NOODWhile Baxter said the team’s biggest takeaway was figuring out how to balance the boat going upwind, Lawrence, the tactician, went on to say that the team is making huge strides in their training program for the Worlds in Marblehead.

“There’s a big checklist to make sure that you’re set up to be able to go out there and have a shot,” Lawrence said. “To come here to a venue like this early on and to excel against a majority of our good competition in the USA, I mean – it’s nice. But along with everything that comes with that, we’ve learned ten-fold how to come in to the next event.”

Looking ahead, the crew plans to return to Marblehead next summer leading into the World Championship after training their way down to Florida and back.

Regatta organizers determine the overall winner based on the strongest individual finish in the most competitive class. The J/70 fleet was the largest of the weekend and completed seven races in three days.

J/70 Marblehead Junior crewAlso in the J/70 class, the Helly Hansen Junior Crew— a team of five local youth sailors specially selected to compete in the regatta— finished 12th of 30 boats. Their crew consisted of Clark Uhl, Rachel Foster, Katharine Bowman, Kate O'Donnell and Garrett McKinnon.

The balance of the podium behind the Baxter’s included Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE in 2nd place with tactician Jeremy Wilmot (Australia) on board and Brian Keane’s SAVASANA in 3rd place with USA Olympian Stu McNay as mainsheet/ tactician.

In the J/70 Corinthians Division, winning was Duncan Swain’s CLOWN CAR, following in 2nd was Henry Brauer’s RASCAL crew of Newporters and San Diegans, and in third was Stein Skaane’s SHRED.

Charlie Garrard, skipper of the J/105 MERLIN, was also the recipient of Sunday’s North Sails Boat of the Day and the Cressy Award said the key to his success this weekend was having his teenage kids, Emily (pit) and Jack (bow), onboard.  “Without them it wouldn’t happen,” Garrard said. “Together, we make it work.”

Behind Garrard’s crew were past multiple Marblehead NOOD winners, Fred de Napoli’s ALLEGRO SEMPLICITA with 12 pts, and in third was Steve Goldberg’s AIR EXPRESS with 15 pts.  Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images.com   For more Marblehead NOOD sailing regatta information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

GOLD SAILING Triumphs @ J/70 Coupe de France

J/70 sailing La Rochelle, France (La Rochelle, France)- Hosted by Societe de Regate Rochelais (SSR) in La Rochelle, France, fifteen teams competed in the J/70 Coupe de France Regatta.  The fleet was met by very challenging conditions all weekend long, mostly windy, showers, clouds and very uncharacteristic La Rochelle bay conditions!  In the end, after three days of racing and seven races completed, it was the Spanish team of GOLD SAILING that won the regatta by just one point!

On Friday, the first day of racing, it was heavy winds, big winds and grey skies.  The conditions favored the heavier crews.  Winning the first race was Herve Leduc’s JIBE SET with crew of Fabian Pic, Stephane Barraux and Mikael Garrett. Second was Bruno James’ French crew on LE McDONALDS CHERBOURG and third was Iker & Almandoz Ortiglia’s GOLD SAILING from Spain.  While the Race Committee at SSR was preparing to run the second race, the winds rapidly increased to 25 to 30 kts plus, so wisely canceled racing for the rest of the day.

J/70s sailing off La Rochelle, FranceFor the second day of racing, it was more clouds, but this time it was an onshore breeze of 12 kts that gradually increased to 20 kts by the end of the day.  It was great sailing for everyone, with four races being run, much to the delight of all the crews.  McDONALDS CHERBOURG won the first race, then Leduc’s JIBE SET won the second and third races, then GOLD SAILING won the fourth race of the day.  The racing was very tight amongst the top five boats.

On the final day, more good breezes.  By winning the first race, GOLD SAILING Spanish crew (Iker and Ortigala Almandoz, Borja Sumalac, and Iraeta Sanhez) won the event since they could now include a toss-race in their scores.  Taking second for the event was Leduc’s JIBE SET crew (Fabian Pic, Stephane Barraux, Mikael Garrett) just one point back.  Third was McDONALDS CHERBOURG led by Bruno James and crew (Sebastien Metivier, Christian Potier, & Hugues Dorriere) with 19 pts.  The balance of the top five included Laurent Sambron’s crew on HEMON CAMUS (Jean-Yves Jaffrezic, Benjamin Diouris, Pierre-Yves Tinel, & Brewal Nael) with 22 pts in 4th place and Cyrille Teston’s J BEC.RE crew (Jean Francios Nevo, Didier Le Moal, & Bruno Gandolphe) in 5th position.

Top woman skipper was Maxime Baudry’s crew on TEAM WINDS LA ROCHELLE (Etienne Mabit, Frederic Bouvier, Jean Francois Cruette, & Clara Fortin) in 6th position overall.   J/70 sailing photo gallery here- credits- Antoine Brule   For more J/70 Coupe de France sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BLACKHAWK Tops J/105 Sausalito Invitational Regatta

J/105 sailing- San Francisco Bay (Sausalito, CA)- The Sausalito YC J/105 Invitational on July 22-23 2017 brought 19 J-105’s out of their summer slumber for a weekend of heavy air racing - typical SF Bay summer conditions with winds in high teens and building into the 20’s, with gusts into the mid-30’s on Sunday!

The Race Committee set up the starting area off the west face of Alcatraz and the windward mark toward mid-span of the Golden Gate Bridge.  With a significant flood tide on both days, many boats were doing dip-line starts. The PRO managed to cant the line so that competitors had to make a decision – start at the pin, closer to the relief along the city front, or start 15-20 degrees upwind toward the signal boat and hope that was enough to outweigh the extra time spent in a foul tide. Once the fleet hit the city front the decision was reversed, tack back into the middle of the Bay on lay line, fighting more current, or sail extra distance in the better water. With such a heavily favored side of the course upwind there was a premium on clear lanes and the ability to tack when desired, leaving many boats no choice but to over stand the weather mark.

J/105s sailing San Francisco BayConditions Saturday were classic San Francisco summer, 15-25 knot wind with fog rolling in and significant ebb chop in race 3. The finish to race 1 proved to be one of the more exciting and critical moments in the regatta. Arbitrage, Blackhawk and Godot all came into the downwind finish overlapped, slightly above lay-line for the left (pin) end of the line. With the heavy flood tide and breeze near 20 knots, a late decision by Godot caused all three to over-stand and started a chain reaction of them jibing and broaching, leaving the tide to take them across the finish line. Both Arbitrage and Blackhawk protested Godot for not providing room to finish and the protest was scheduled for Thursday. After two more races, Blackhawk held a 3 point lead over Arbitrage and Godot, pending the outcome of the protest.

Sunday brought a repeat of the conditions from Saturday. 15-20 knot breeze with a flood tide for race 1 led to a runaway victory for Arbitrage, with the next boat a half leg back. The three boats were tied going into the final race, pending the prior day’s protest. At the start of the final race the same decision had to be made, start on the left end of the line and go for current relief, or start at the heavily favored right side. Blackhawk and Godot chose the pin, and Arbitrage the committee end.

Soon after the start, a tanker came through the fleet.

The boats at the pin were able to cross in front of the tanker and over to the current relief on the City Front and had a significant advantage over Arbitrage, Advantage and a few others who had to tack back into the flood that had to avoid the tanker.

Blackhawk then led around the first weather mark, and with the heavy flood tide and 20-25 knot breeze, the lead quickly built. By the end of the race the wind reached 25-30 knots with gusts into mid-30s, leading to planing conditions downwind and challenging maneuvers for all crews. Blackhawk went on the win the race, with Godot finishing second and Arbitrage a hard earned 6th after being forced to go behind the tanker on the first leg.

Upon discussion after racing, Godot retired from race 1, leaving Blackhawk 4 points ahead of Arbitrage for the regatta victory. The top 5 were rounded out by Donkey Jack in 3rd, Jam Session in 4th and Godot in 5th, beating Hazardous Waste via tie breaker thanks to their victory in race 2.   Sailing photo credits- RoxShots.com   For more J/105 Sausalito Invite sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

J/Love @ Ugotta Regatta!

J/70s sail Ugotta Regatta- Harbor Springs (Harbor Springs, MI)- Sailors from across America and the World head to Harbor Springs each summer for sailing traditions, friends, relaxation, and a time to recharge and connect with the spectacular natural beauty of Harbor Springs.  The water is so clear and clean you can see nearly 35 feet down to the grassy, sandy bottom!  It is a slice of the Caribbean in the Great Lakes North!  No wonder people love coming to this gorgeous little corner of the world!!

One of the hottest summer attractions in this quaint little village is the annual Little Traverse YC “Ugotta Regatta”!  The event takes place the weekend following the 2nd of the Mackinac Races (Port Huron-Mackinac or Chicago-Mackinac).

J/105 sailingLTYC’s Ugotta Regatta is open to all sailors.  However, there is a city-required cap of 88 boats (yes, a town ordinance!) and registration is first come, first served. The series begins with one-design racing on Friday followed by tour-of-the-bay courses on Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend’s festivities kick-off bright and early Friday morning with a fun tradition: a long line of happy people beginning at sun-up outside Irish Boat Shop to purchase the 2017 Ugotta Regatta t-shirt. Each year, the shirt design changes and with a limited production, the lines begin early to score a coveted shirt! Yes, people are a bit crazy in northern Michigan, but then again, that is part of its charm!!  Then, on Friday night is the “Welcome to Harbor Springs” celebration at the Irish Boat Shop for racers and racer-chasers only!

On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, the LTYC hosts the famous, traditional “Little Traverse Sailors Pancake Breakfast.”  Open to the public and racers, the Pancake Breakfast is a delicious way for the boat teams to quickly fuel up before getting on the water. One highlight of the breakfast?? The young sailors flip less-than-perfect pancakes over their shoulders to land on the roof of the sail shed behind them- a bit of light-hearted entertainment to start the day!!

After the end of sailing each day, the LTYC hosts parties both Saturday and Sunday evening for regatta participants!  In short, there is no lack of fun, merriment, and socializing ashore, interspersed with moments of stark terror sailing on the gorgeous azure blue waters off Harbor Springs!!

J/70 corinthians teamThe venue has become a very, very popular one for J/70s in the Great Lakes region.  The family-oriented Harbor Springs J/70 fleet #25 has grown to eleven local boats, with several regular visiting fleet members from Chicago and Detroit that join in on all the fun! Not surprisingly, the J/70s were the largest and most competitive one-design fleet in the LTYC Regatta in July.

Winning the enormous twenty-boat J/70 division was Richard Lehmann’s WIND CZAR with all top five finishes to win with just 14 pts total.  Second was John Heaton’s EMPEIRIA crew from Wilmette, IL with 32 pts.  Third and top Corinthian crew was Scott Sellers’ TRES BURRITOS with 38 pts.  Rounding out the top five were Polk Wagner’s ESCAPE, taking 4th overall and 2nd Corinthians, and in 5th place was Rick Shaffer’s NASTY BABY. In the photo are (L-R) the ESCAPE crew- Pilar Macomber, Will Macomber, then Ellie, Sarah Wagner, Polk Wagner.

In the J/105 one-design class, Mark Symonds crew on PTERODACTYL have been on a roll in their past three major events.  Remember, they won their class in the Chicago-Mackinac Race, took 2nd in the Bayview-Mackinac Race, and now won the Ugotta Regatta J/105 class!  Wow.  I think Mark’s wife is about to convert their garage into a man-cave full of just this year’s trophy’s and pickle dishes!!  Second was the hot local team of Carter Williams on his famous CREATIVE DESTRUCTION and taking 3rd was Bill Petzold’s GREEN FLASH.

In the world of handicap racing we find a number of J/Crews had fantastic performances racing around the Bay!!  In ORR B Division, Geoff Brieden & Jeff Clark’s J/120 SCOUT stunned the class with a 2-1 to win by a comfortable margin.  Third was yet another J/120, Mike Fozo’s PROOF, fresh from winning their class in the Bayview-Mackinac Race.

Then, in PHRF A Division, Dave Irish’s famous J/111 NO SURPRISE posted a 2-2 to take second in class, followed by Carl Hanssen’s J/111 VARIANCE in third with a 3-3, what a coincidence, eh??

In PHRF B Division, Scott & Jim Sorbie’s J/88 LEGACY took a 5th in class, with Larry Taunt’s J/35 BAD DOG in 7th, Tim Wade’s J/88 in 8th and Bob Evan’s J/109 GOAT RODEO in 9th.  This was a very weird class, ranging from M24 sportboats to a 100 ton Tartan 4000- not exactly “cricket” from a handicap standpoint!!

In PHRF Non-Spinnaker, Bill and Judy Stellin’s J/42 JAYWALKER did exactly that, “walked away” from their fleet with two bullets to win by a comfortable margin in their class!  Second were their colleagues on a J/32- Gary Stewart’s J/32 ZONE with two 2nds in their scoreline!  For more Ugotta Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Fastnet Race Preview

J/122E AJETO sailing Fastnet Race (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The Solent laid on ‘classic’ conditions for the start of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. In brilliant sunshine and with brisk westerly winds gusting up to 20 knots, the giant fleet tacked up the western Solent before compressing through the usual bottleneck at Hurst Narrows. A record-sized fleet of 368 boats started the race, 12 more than two years ago, confirming the Rolex Fastnet Race’s position as the world’s largest offshore yacht race.

By mid-afternoon, competitors in IRC Two were favoring the inshore route, closest to St Alban’s Head at 1620 were class favourite Gilles Fournier and Corinne Migraine’s J/133 PINTIA.

The inshore-offshore spread was the great debate amongst the smarter tacticians, strategists, navigators in the fleet.  For example, Joan Vila, MAPFRE’s legendary navigator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, confirmed the forecast: “Once we leave the Solent, the wind will blow at around 20 knots. From there, it will drop until tomorrow morning, with the probability of encountering areas of very light wind. As we get closer to Plymouth, the wind will build again.”

One of the growing classes in many RORC offshore events is the Doublehanded Class.  In fact, some of the boats are so well sailed that they have proven then can win both the doublehanded and open full crew divisions overall!

J/105 Panther sailing Fastnet RaceThanks to our modern day lifestyles, a frequent problem facing race boat owners is finding willing and available crew. One solution is to sail with less people, an ultimate expression of this being two-handed racing. Therefore, it is no surprise that the IRC Two Handed class in has swelled, with 60 boats entered.

This was also helped by the outcome of the 2013 race, famously won for the first time ever by a two-handed crew - Pascal and Alexis Loison, a French father & son team on a 35-footer.

Dutch two-handed offshore champions, Robin Verhoef and John van der Starre, are entered on the J/122E AJETO! The last three Rolex Fastnet Races they campaigned a J/111, finishing seventh in the 54 boat Two Handed class last time. They acquired their new boat to be optimized for shorthanded racing, with a heavier, deeper keel and less sail area. “To make it easier to sail shorthanded,” explains van der Starre. “And we can adjust the mast while racing, which will be an advantage.”

So why do they race doublehanded? “Why? Because we are both a little bit crazy probably! Robin and I really like sailing shorthanded and it is always a hassle with a big team,” van der Starre explains.

As to how they divide up the labor, generally if one is sleeping, the other goes into solo mode, calling the other on deck for maneuvers. When both are up, they typically play to each other’s strengths: “Tactics is more my part,” says van der Starre. “Robin is little stronger, so he does the heavy stuff, getting jibs up and down and gennakers, etc.”

On board they don’t run a watch system and they do rely on the autopilot. “The first 20 minutes you (the human) is better, but after that the pilot beats you every time,” says van der Starre!

J/109s sailing Fastnet RaceIn the huge 60-boat IRC 1 class, two very well-sailed J/133s will be competing for class honors, David Ballantyne’s JINGS and Angus Bates’ ASSARAIN IV.

The enormous 65-boat IRC 2 class has two J/111s (Paul Griffiths’ JAGERBOMB and Sebastien de Liedekerke’s DJINN), six J/122E’s (Chris Daniel’s JUNO, David Richard’s JOLLY JELLYFISH, Andy Theobald’s R&W, Robin Verhoef & John van der Starre’s AJETO, & Chris Revelman & Pascal Bakke’s JUNIQUE RAYMARINE), Gilles Fournier & Corinne Migraine’s J/133 PINTIA (leading class in the RORC Offshore Series), Alain Catherineau’s J/122 LORELEI, and four J/120s (Simon Ruffles’ JAMEERAH, Joost van der Wal’s J-QUATTRO, Elin Haf Davies & Chris Frost’s NUNATAK, & Chris Schram’s MAVERICK).

The IRC 3 Class is composed mostly of J/109s, including top boats like Alain Bornet’s J/109 JAI ALAI
and Chris Preston’s J/109 JUBILEE.  Hoping to spoil that party is Jonty Layfield’s J/11S SLEEPER 11.  YB Tracking video  For more Rolex Fastnet Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Askoy SF Tops Norwegian J/70 Sailing League II

J/70 Norwegian sailors (Larvik, Norway)- The Second Division in the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League is having incredibly tight, hard fought racing for the top of the leaderboard in their overall series.  This past weekend in Larvik, Norway, yet another gorgeous seaside town in the Norwegian archipelago, the outcome of the regatta produced a huge change-over of the top teams.

For starters, Risør SF looked strong with two straight wins in the 2nd division in the first two regattas in Oslo and Sadefjord.  However, this past weekend, Askøy SF won the event in Larvik and leapt into the overall lead for the Division 2 series by just one point!

J/70s sailing off NorwayIt was very even sailing during the weekend of racing in Larvik.  However, one team clearly distinguished themselves from the pack. Askøy SF won seven out of eleven flights to easily win the event.  Risør SF fought hard, but had to settle for a 6th place in Larvik, and thus dropped to 2nd place overall.

The fight behind Askøy SF was very close and nerve-racking. In the end, it was Bærum SF who took second place with 21 points and Bundefjord SF with 22 points to take third place.

As a result, the overall standings now sit with Askoy SF in first with 7 pts, Risor SF in second with 8 pts, Bundefjorden SF in third with 13 pts, Hurum Sf in 4th with 15 pts and Alesunds SF in 5th with 17 pts.  Follow the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League on Facebook  For more Norwegian J/70 Sailing League information Add to Flipboard Magazine.