Thursday, October 18, 2018

Glam + Foggy Cleveland 216 Regatta!

J/105s sailing off Cleveland, OHSun’s out, then Lights out for J/22, J/70, J/105 Fleets
(Cleveland, OH)- The fourth annual Cleveland (216) Regatta welcomed three J/22's, seven J/70's, and six J/105's this past weekend at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio. Three races were completed in shifty breeze on Saturday with 8-12 knots out of the Southwest, flat water and sunshine peeking through. On Sunday, unusual Cleveland fog prevailed and even with some breeze, the EYC PRO was unable to get any racing in due to visibility! Following racing, the teams met on the drysail area for the Quantum/ Sailing Inc. "SAIL-gate" where the Cleveland Browns football team pulled off an overtime win for the first time on a Sunday in two years!

In the J/70 class, from Rochester, NY, Kevin Morgan on WILD CARD took first place over two Edgewater boats. Tod Sackett's team on FM came in second place and in third John Zelli's FREE ENERGY.

The J/105 fleet shook things up this year with Jim Uhlir's TRIO taking home first place, Rob Mock's UNBRIDLED in second and Chip Schaffner's FALL LINE in third.

Adam Gilbertson on DEUCE took first place in the J/22 fleet, followed by Tim Meaney's MEANIAC in second and Jim Latham's RAMBLE ON in third, all out of Edgewater Yacht Club.

Many thanks to the sponsors: Quantum Sails Cleveland, Sailing Inc, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Pusser's Rum, Yuengling beer, Regatta Ginger Beer, Pope's, Caruso's Coffee, Distillata, West Marine and APS.

Edgewater YC’s PRO Joe Colling, with help from Sam Patterson, put together a phenomenal team for Race Committee! The fifth annual Cleveland (216) Regatta will be held September 20-21, 2019 leading into the J/70 North American Championship September 21st through the 29th, all being held at Edgewater Yacht Club. We hope to see you there!  For Cleveland 215 Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Legendary Skippers Sailing J/105 Masters Regatta

J/105 Masters regatta(San Diego, CA)- The International Masters Regatta will return to the San Diego Yacht Club on October 19-21, 2018 for a regatta with some of the greatest names in sailing. Legendary skippers from across the country are invited to a round-robin battle in supplied J/105s and will be vying for the title in the stadium of San Diego Bay.

The International Masters Regatta is one of SDYC’s signature events, adopted seven years ago from St. Francis Yacht Club member Don Trask in honor of his father. For many years prior, the world’s greatest Master sailors raced in this international sailing competition in San Francisco Bay and after a several year gap, relocated to San Diego. Sailors with iconic names including Elvstrom, Buchan, Burnham, Tillman, Trask, Irish, Harken, North and Holland (just to name a few) have competed in this prestigious event.

The 2018 International Masters Regatta confirmed skippers include Jon Andron, Julian Bingham, Chuck Driscoll, Richard du Moulin, Tad Lacey, Bill Menninger, Ted Moore, Dave Perry, Bill Peterson, Andy Roy, and David Gould.      

This regatta boasts high-level competition as well as high-level camaraderie. These skippers are old friends reunited for a fun weekend of intense racing. Five-time U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Perry states, “I enjoy these kinds of events that are among my friends and counterparts in the sport. The Masters hosted by the SDYC is a class event, the racing is fun, and I get the chance to spend time with old friends while making some new ones as well.”

J/105s sailing Masters Regatta- San Diego, CAThe winner of the 2017 International Masters Regatta was SDYC’s Bill Campbell, he offers his advice to this year’s competitors; “I think it is important to be able to gather a good crew and let them do their jobs on the boat. My job was to get good starts and steer. I had a tactician to point me in what he thought was the right direction. The trimmers and pit and bow guys didn't need any input from me except for timing at starts and mark roundings. Too often, the skipper tries to do too many jobs on the boat other than his own. As a result, the skipper's job suffers and the results suffer as well. I was able to handle positioning at the starts, steer fast, after which the crew got us around the course.”

International Masters Regatta Chair Alli Bell, who also Chairs the following week’s San Diego Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup, explains how crucial volunteers are to executing the event. “These two regattas are a huge undertaking that cannot be successful without the commitment of an army of volunteers and the thirteen J/105 owners who generously charter us their boats for almost three weeks. On behalf of the San Diego Yacht Club, I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this event thrive and who will not stop working until long after the trophies have been awarded.”

Anyone interested in watching the races can find them in San Diego Bay. The schedule of events for the sailors begins on Friday with breakfast, followed with racing and a dockside social in the evening. After Saturday Night’s racing, there will be a regatta banquet for participants and after racing on Sunday, the awards will be presented.

In 2013, the perpetual trophy for the International Invitational Masters Regatta was gifted and dedicated by Malin and Roberta Burnham at the regatta banquet. The trophy is a beautiful original art piece created by Don Freedman of Nantucket Island and features a nautical inspired clock detailed with ships’ instruments.

SDYC Commodore Michael Dorgan voiced his excitement for the regatta. “As Commodore of SDYC, I can say we are extremely proud to be the host of such a prestigious sailing event. Brought here from San Francisco only seven years ago, we are very pleased to have many incredible sailors coming to our Club to race at a very high-level, yet friendly environment. One of the successful things we are able to offer is a very closely matched fleet of J/105s, with identical Club owned sail inventory and couple this with competitors rotating boats between every single race that creates a very level racing field. In the end, the best team will win, not the best boat!”

SDYC would like to thank our partners of the International Masters Regatta: Helly Hansen, YETI, Solid Sun Logistics and The Bay Club Hotel and Marina.  For more J/105 Masters Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hat Trick for RCB @ Swiss J/70 Super League

J70s sailing Swiss Sailing Super League on Lake Geneva, Switzerland (Versoix, Switzerland)- Like their counterparts in the Dutch J/70 Sailing League, the Regatta Club Bodensee won the 2018 championship title and the Swiss Sailing League Cup for the third time- a hat trick!!

The Swiss National Sailing League 2018 ended in Versoix, Switzerland for the dozen sailing clubs in the Swiss Super League. After a summer-long series of five events throughout Switzerland from April to October, from Lake Maggiore to Lake Constance, Lake Lucerne and Davos, to Lake Geneva, Switzerland's best sailing club was finally determined for 2018.

J/70s starting in Swiss Super League on Lake Geneva, Versoix, SwitzerlandAfter a windless first day of competition, it was again a dramatic finale at Versoix on Lake Geneva. The Bodensee sailors, which arrived with a solid lead in the overall standings, could not cope with the light and shifty winds of 3-7 kts that ruled Lake Geneva this past weekend. They finished the final round in the unfamiliar position of 7th place in the middle of the field!

The team of the Regattaclub Oberhofen (RCO) vom Thunersee, which competed with Stefan Seger, Elianne Böhni, Simon Brügger and Mathias Fahrni, was quite different. The RCO won six of its eight races and comfortably won the final round of the season.

Swiss J/70 Sailing Super League winners at VersoixAs a result, RCO’s dominating performance in the final regatta heavily influenced the overall series ranking. The Bernese were thus equal to the Regattaclub Bodensee (RCB) tied at 15 pts each. But, using the tie-breaker countback based on number of 1sts, 2nds, 3rds, the RCB crew from Lake Constance were declared the overall champions!

Meanwhile, just one point off a possible three-way tie-breaker were the “local heroes” from the Société Nautique de Genève, having to settle for 3rd place in the season series.

The balance of the top five overall were Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen in 4th place and the Club Nautique de Versoix (more “local heroes” from Lake Geneva) that took 5th position.

Swiss Sailing League- 3-tiers- Super, Challenge, PromoWhat is most interesting about the Swiss J/70 Sailing League is the three-tiers of participation they have created for all Swiss sailing clubs- a methodology that permits THIRTY-SIX teams to participate from across their tiny country full of gorgeous lakes ringed by snow-capped Swiss Alps!  On a “per capita” basis of general population versus sailing population, their Swiss J/70 Sailing League may be the highest percentage of participation in the world!  Here is the graphic that explains how their 2018 three-tier sailing league panned out- Super League, Challenge League, Promotion League, and Qualifiers.

NOTE- in addition to this formal process of qualifying up and down each year (depending on your team’s finish position), there are also a Women’s League and Youth League that will be sailing in the next two weeks!   Follow the Swiss J/70 Sailing League here on Facebook  For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

J/Fest @ Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

J/109 sailing Storm Trysail Intercollegiate regatta (Larchmont, NY)- Thirty-six J/Boat owners participated and contributed their boats, in a fleet of 48 total, for the 2018 edition of the Storm Trysail Club and the Larchmont YC annual extravaganza for college sailors- known as the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR). The event has become by the most popular event in all of college sailing, with 45 colleges, universities, and academies gathering together to go racing in one-design classes and offshore boats on western Long Island Sound in the first weekend of October.

What does that mean to the world of sailing?  Simple.  It signals that J/Sailors have PASSION! J/sailors and J/owners have a passion for sailing, a passion for growing the sport of sailing, a passion to include women and youth in the future of sailing at all levels- from beginners to the world’s best at all levels of the sport. For example, consider J/Boat owner’s commitments to this event- 75.0% of the entire fleet- J/105s (12), J/109s (9), J/44s (5), PHRF (10)!

J/44s rounding mark setting spinnakerIn the one-design classes, the racing was generally close around the windward-leeward race tracks. In the J/44 Commodore James D Bishop Division for USA Service Academies, the winners were the US NAVAL ACADEMY on Bill Ketcham’s MAXINE with an amazing record of 1-1-2-1-4 for 9 pts total.  Silver was the US COAST GUARD ACADEMY on GLORY with a 2-3-4-2-2 tally for 13 pts total.  Rounding out the podium was MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY’s sailing on Chris Lewis’ KENAI with a total of 4-2-3-4-1 for 14 pts.  Of note, the MMASA won a tie-breaker over SUNY MARITIME’s crew on CHARLIE V.

The J/109s were completely outclassed by the TUFTS JUMBO’s sailing on Cory Eaves’ FREEDOM, their 3-1-3-2-2 total for 11 pts simply dominating their class.  Second was the NORTH CAROLINA STATE crew on Mike Sleightholme’s APSARA with a 4-3-1-9-4 tally for 21 pts, winning a tiebreaker.  Losing that tiebreak was the ROCHESTER TECHNOLOGY team on Albrecht Goethe’s HAMBURG with a tally of 1-4-6-7-3.

J/105s sailing Storm Trysail Intercollegiate regattaNot surprisingly in the huge J/105 division, having a lot of offshore talent onboard their crew were the winning COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON crew racing the YOUNG AMERICAN boat- crushing their J/105 one-design class with just straight bullets for the most dominating performance in the entire regatta! Second was VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY on ECHO and third was WEBB INSTITUTE on HOONIGAN.

In PHRF 2 Division, it was FORDHAM UNIVERSITY winning on board Bill Ingraham’s J/24 TENEBRAE with a 1-1-2-1-4 tally for 9 pts total.  Similarly, in PHRF 3 Division, it was VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY simply taking their division “to the cleaners”, winning with a commanding margin of 6 pts due to their 1-1-1-3-4 tally for just 10 pts.  Second was YALE UNIVERSITY’s team on Jon Yoder & Bill Gassman’s J/100 BLACKCOMB.

Thanks to the following individuals for their efforts on behalf of all college sailors:
  • Charles Ulmer- Event Chairman- Intercollegiate Regatta
  • John Fisher- Chairman- Storm Trysail Foundation
  • Howie McMichael- STC IOR Official Photographer
For all STC IOR race results, click here  For more Storm Trysail Club Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SVBG Win Italian Youth J/70 Sailing League!

J70 Italian Youth Sailing League sailing off Trieste, Italy (Trieste, Italy)- This year the Italian Championship for Club Under 19 was supported by BarcolanaFun and Siram by Veolia.  The local host and organizer of the event in Trieste, Italy was the S.V. Barcola and Grignano and the principal sponsor was Banca Aletti.

For the eighteen crews that participated, the event started off with an AP over A on the first day, with little wind and lots of rain.  Nevertheless, the boys and girls participating in the event, were challenged ashore by the Est Energy SpA to generate as much energy as each team could in a winch-grinding competition to raise money for charity.  All the energy they produced was converted into a donation for the local Burlo Garofolo Hospital in Trieste to benefit their children’s charity!

SVBG winners of J/70 Italian Youth Sailing LeagueFollowing that slow start for sailing, but a big step for benefitting the children’s hospital, the Youth Under 19 teams had a spirited round of races on Sunday to determine the ultimate youth champion sailing on J/70s.  In the end, it was the local youth team on SVBG that won, followed by the 3V SAILING CENTER taking the silver and the ADRIACO YC Youth Team taking the bronze.  In addition, the “Glam Team Award” went to Torre Del Greco Nautical Club, the Youngest Team Award to YC Adriatico, and the Fair Play Award to SVBG.

One of the more entertaining elements of the regatta was to see the SVBG PRO and RC team playing with their new robot buoys- watch them play here (they work!).  Sailing photo credits- Fabio Taccola  Follow the Italian Under 19 J/70 Youth Sailing League here  For more Italian J/70 Sailing League information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Hamble Winter Series- Sunny, Wet First Weekend!

J/112E sailing Hamble Series on Solent, England (Hamble, England)- The IRC Autumn Championship took place over the weekend of the 6th & 7th October and, as anyone who was in the Solent last weekend will tell you, these were two very different days. Hamble River SC PRO Kathy Smalley summed it up when she said "It was a game of two halves!" If you prefer musical references to sporting ones then "Wet Wet Wet" summed up the overture to the weekend.

Day One- Wet & Cold & Miserable!
On the Saturday, Kathy, assisted by her redoubtable linesman, Peter Bateson, took up station at 4W (Goodall Roofing) and waited for the fleet to show up. Despite the rain and the building northerly, show up they did. Some 32 teams made the start area. The course consisted of a cascading windward/leeward with a windward mark 8R and Solent fixed marks.

J/109 sailing Hamble Series on Solent, EnglandIn IRC Class 2, the first race saw an epic battle between the two J/109s- Roger Phillips’ DESIGNSTAR 2 and David Richards’ JUMPING JELLYFISH. In the first race they finished 3/4 and in the second race 1/3 with the JELLYFISH holding the advantage.

In classes 3 & 4 only two boats in each class braved the Saturday conditions. Joe Banks’s J/92 NIGHTJAR had two bullets in Class 3.

With the conditions worsening in line with the forecast, the race team displayed AP over A and sent everyone home for the day. There was a suggestion that a lack of gas, and therefore hot drinks on the committee boat had something to do with the decision, but this has been dismissed as Fake News!

J/88s sailing Hamble Winter Series on Solent, EnglandDay Two- Gorgeous, Sunny, Lovely!
Sunday dawned with beautiful conditions and 10 knots of breeze from the North. Once again, the committee boat set up at 4W. There was plenty of tacking and gybing in evidence on the beats and runs indicating some well set windward/leeward cascades on the west going tide. The improved weather brought some 52 boats out to play.

The big battles for the top places were in IRC Class 2. Three boats ended tied on 14 points in Class 2 and countback gave the win to the J/109 JUMPING JELLYFISH and third went to the J/109 DESIGNSTAR 2.

Taking the Autumn Champs win in IRC Class 3 was Banks’ J/92 NIGHTJAR!

The Bugle presented the Sunday day prizes in a packed HRSC.  Next week the HYS Hamble Winter Series continues along with the Hamble Big Boat Championship and the Hamble One Design Championship.

The 2018 HYS Hamble Winter Series will run from the 6th October to 2nd December 2018. Teams will be racing in IRC Classes and One Designs. The action pack program will feature the IRC Autumn Championship, the Performance 40 Series, the Hamble Big Boat Championship, the Hamble One Design Championship, and 2019 J/70 World Championship Qualifiers that will be sailed in Torquay, U.K. in the “west country”.   Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth  Follow the HYS Hamble Winter Series on Facebook here  For HYS Hamble Winter Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Almere Central Three-Peat Dutch J/70 Sailing League

J/70s sailing Dutch sailing league (Veere, The Netherlands)- For the third time in a row, Almere Centraal became the Dutch champion of the Eredivisie Sailing. The pretty Veerse Meer in Zeeland was the playing field of a three-day battle for the coveted national title. WV De Meeuwen (Leeuwarden) was able to take a surprisingly fast start to the 2nd place thanks to the nice and constant results this weekend. With only 3 points away, RR & ZV Maas & Roer (Roermond) took third place.

J/70 Netherlands sailing league- women's teamThis last round was an important moment for many teams and it was a weekend where nothing turned out to be certain. This year, the sailors were treated to wind speeds varying from 2 to 16 knots over the weekend. On Friday, the spectacle on the water was very easy to follow from the quay in Veere; thanks to the wind direction, there was literally a front seat on the harbor to watch the action.

In addition to the individual rounds of play earlier this year, the winner of the general classification was also determined in Veere. Gaining a top 4 place in the general classification means a coveted start ticket for the semi-finals of the international Sailing Champions League in 2019. In the 2018 SCL Finals in September, three Dutch teams sailed on the mountain lake St. Moritz, Switzerland.

J/70 Netherlands sailing league winnersHat Trick for Almere Centraal
Almere Centraal won the national championship for the 3rd time with a total of only 105 points.  The winning team captain, John den Engelsman, commented, ”we have actually done everything we always do; good preparation, neatly mastered, do not take too many risks. As a result, we have been able to further expand our lead. The circumstances were not easy, but by paying attention to our opponents and the wind shifts, we were able to make it happen. We just have a good and reliable team that wants to train. In addition, we have often sailed the Champions League, where you learn a lot. If we can form a permanent crew, we participate and we go for a podium place". In Veere, Almere Central managed to win 11 of 15 races in the regatta!

WV De Meeuwen won the silver. Their team captain explained, “despite the tension, we have managed to perform well. Actually, we climbed up the leaderboard the whole year, from eighth place after the first round to the second in the last one. Yesterday, we had a small dip and we had a backlog on our competitors. But, fortunately we knew how to recover and on Sunday we started very motivated. This was reflected in our good performance and we have been able to realize our main goal; participate in the Sailing Champions League! That we also could also get silver is, of course, absolutely fantastic. Next year we will go for gold!"  For more Dutch J/70 Sailing League information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

ARTTUBE RUS-1 Crowned Russian J/70 Champion

J/70 Russian Nationals winners (Moscow, Russia)- A true milestone was recently achieved for the international J/70 one-design class this past weekend.  While J/70s have become wildly popular in many countries and regions that were first popularized by the famous J/24 class back in 1977- like Europe, North, Central and South America, Japan, Australia- it is the first time that a “J/Class” has held a national one-design event in what was the principal nation-state of the former U.S.S.R. (the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)- that is, Russia.

Russian sailing has grown considerably in the past decade across their vast expanse in “Eur-Asia”, a country that is bordered on the east by the Pacific Ocean (just 50 miles from Alaska), the west by the Baltic Sea (e.g. the source for Europe’s natural gas), the north by the Arctic Ocean, and the south by the Black Sea (linked to the Mediterranean by the Straits of Bosporus in Turkey). In between are certainly far more than the 10,000 lakes claimed by America’s state known as Minnesota.

Given that basic geography, it’s not surprising that an interest in water sports and the sea continue to flourish across Russia. A significant catalyst for that evolution (if not revolution) has been the creation of the Russian J/70 National Sailing League, sponsored and supported by the Russian Sailing Federation. That one idea has brought together sailors from across the spectrum to participate as sailing clubs, generating an enormous amount of camaraderie between sailors from east to west.

As the principal sailboat platform, the J/70 has demonstrated to Russian sailors that, literally, every person from young to old, women and men, beginners to Olympic Medallists, can learn how to sail fast, quickly, on the simple J/70.  Like their counterparts in Germany and other member countries in the SAILING CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (http://sailing-championsleague.com/), their level of sailing has improved by quantum orders of magnitude in a mere four years of close one-design racing on the easy-to-sail J/70 sailboat.

J/70 Russian woman skipper- Valeriya KovalenkoPerhaps the “poster child” of that extraordinary development has been Valeriya Kovalenko, a modest woman sailor from Moscow that has evolved to be one of Russia’s top women skippers. Her team has participated in most major European J/70 events as well as World Championships; their learning curve is steep! For the last two years, she has won the Monaco J/70 Winter Sportboat Series, as well as the YC Monaco’s prestigious PRIMO CUP Credit Suisse regatta in the spring. It is not surprising to see such results; she is fearless on the starting line and will fight for the favored-end amongst the world’s best.

Just this past weekend, the inaugural Russian Open J/70 Championship took place on the lake hosted by Pirogovo YC, just 20 miles north of Moscow. It was a first for Russia, a first for the J/70 Class, and a first for World Sailing, to have a Russian national championship sailed in a recognized international class where two dozen (yes- 24 boats!) teams competed for national class honors. Here is a summary of what took place on this historic weekend for a total of FOURTEEN races in just three days (my goodness the crews must’ve been exhausted or dizzy from going around the race track so many times!).

J/70 Russian Nationals- Pirogovo, RussiaDay One
It was a great start for the crew of Dmitry Šunina as they managed to post an 11-2-3-3 to give them a total of 19 pts at the end of the first day to top the leaderboard. Just behind them by three points was a leader of the J/70 class in Russia- Denis Čerevatenko- who’s team collected a 5-8-5-2 for 22 pts.  Then, sitting in third only one point further behind was Team GLEB FETISOVA with a tally of 5-5-11-1 for 23 pts total.  Details and results.

Day Two
After starting out the first day with a 6-10-14-1, it was clear Valeria Kovalenko’s crew on ARTTUBE RUS-1 had to get their “mojo” going.  After their post-race analysis on what to do, they managed to do exactly that on the five-race, very exhausting day two.  Their record speaks for itself, posting an incredibly consistent 3-3-1-3-4 to rocket up the standings and sit atop the leaderboard with a comfortable lead.  Starting out in the silver position on the first day, Denis Čerevatenko’s crew held onto their standing with a strong 8-1-2-6-1.  Then, after two days of racing and nine races, it was the Alexandra Peterson Collective Team that jumped into the third position.  WOW, it was an enormous game of “snakes & ladders” for everyone, including the podium finishers.  Yet, things were going to get even more interesting for the final day.  Details and results.

J/70 Russian Nationals- starting line on Pirogovo Lake, RussiaDay Three
Given more good winds, but quite shifty, as they had been the day before, the protagonists in the Russian J/70 Nationals at the top of the leaderboard did not change. In the end, after posting a closing tally in five more races of 16-1-1-1-2, it was the ARTTUBE RUS-1 Team that won by over 20 pts after 2 discard races.  Valeria Kovalenko’s team of Igor Lisovenko, Alexander Božko and Denis Rozhkov were declared the first Russian J/70 National Champions!

Closing with a 1-4-14-15-6 tally to take the silver was Denis Čerevatenko’ team.  And, taking the bronze with an amazing closing scoreline of 14-2-4-3-1 was the team of Zoran Paunoviča.   Details and results.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pink J/24’s Sailing in Arizona Deserts?

Woman J/24 sailor- Brooke (Lake Pleasant, AZ)- You bet! On a gorgeous body of water northwest of downtown Phoenix, it’s actually a huge lake- called Lake Pleasant.

For years, the past Commodore of the Arizona YC, Victor Felice, has been promoting sailing of all kinds on the lake- ranging from J/24s to J/80s to Hobie 16s and anything in between.

Recently, we find that Victor’s “Tiller and Kites- Exceptional Sailing” program has continued to gain passionate, enthusiastic sailors to the lake.  His latest recruit is the sweet, attractive Brooke Miller from downtown Phoenix, AZ.  Here is a sailing video of Brooke’s recent sailing escapades, skippering one of the “pink” J/24s around the lake!  Add to Flipboard Magazine.

J/Fest Southwest Preview

J/Fest Southwest J/105 fleet (Houston, TX)- This year’s J/FEST Southwest Regatta will be taking place from October 12th to 14th, hosted by Lakewood YC on Clear Lake and on Galveston Bay.  J/Owners from across the spectrum are participating in PHRF handicap racing as well as in one-design classes for J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, and J/105s. Come one, come all, still not too late to head south and enjoy some fun in the Texas sun, great beer, and awesome TexMex food!

In the one-design world, the boats to watch include father/son combo Farley & Barrett Fontenot’s J/22 USA 707, Natalie Harden’s GIGGLES keeping the J/24 boys in check, Bill Draheim’s PONY and Jay Lutz’s ZOUNDS topping the J/70 pack, and Bill Lackenmacher’s RADIANCE brilliantly showing the path for the J/105 fleet.

The J/PHRF fleets in the Asym Class and Distance Class look a bit formidable. In the PHRF Asym group, JD Hill’s gorgeous J/122 SECOND STAR should lead the fleet around the track. Then, in PHRF Distance fleet, it’s anyone’s guess with a pair of J/29s, a J/95 and J/46 wondering what kind of “random-leg” track will determine the outcome of the race on Galveston Bay!

Since it was such a HUGE hit last year, the “LEGENDS RACE” will take place on Clear Lake, right in front of the club.  This year, it will be a fleet of J/22s with live commentary on-site and on Facebook Live off the patio of the “party-barge” called BARGE 295.  There will be five (5) video cameras recording the live action!

J/Fest Southwest Legends Regatta "LIVE"!On Friday October 12th at 3:45 PM CST the broadcast for the Legends Race will go “live”.  It will be fun! Make sure to mark your calendar with a reminder to go to the You Tube link below at 3:45 pm CST and share it to your Facebook feeds!   https://youtu.be/PG2fhfwRFpk

IF you have any questions at all, please contact Scott Spurlin at mobile- 512-423-2179 or email- scott@jboatssouthwest.com.   Watch the J/FEST Southwest promo highlights video here. For more J/FEST Southwest sailing and registration information. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

J/109 North American Championship Preview

J/109 starting off line(Larchmont, NY)- After an incredibly successful weekend introducing young college sailors to the wonders of big-boat sailing, the J/109 fleet now changes tacks and focuses on their 2018 J/109 North American Championship.  All the boats that participated in promoting the growth of college sailors in offshore sailing are also sailing the J/109 N.A.’s; a total of twenty entries from across the board from the northeast to the southwest.

Again, Larchmont YC will be hosting the fleet for racing on Long Island Sound from October 14th to 21st.  Initial forecasts promise the racing will be wet, cool, and windy to start with, a sunny break in between, a perhaps having to deal with the “tail feathers” of Hurricane Michael that dealt a devastating blow to the Florida Panhandle by Sunday afternoon.

The top crews in the Corinthians Division include the following:
  • Bill Rogers- BIG BOAT from Breakwater YC in Sag Harbor, NY
  • Ted Herlihy’s family crew on GUT FEELING from New Bedford YC in South Dartmouth, MA
  • Albrecht Goethe’s HAMBURG from Lakewood YC in Seabrook, TX
  • Adrian Begley’s MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN from Storm Trysail Club in Larchmont, NY
  • Jack Forehand’s STRATEGERY from Pequot YC in Fairfield, CT
  • Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE from Coasters Harbor YC in Newport, RI
The leading crews in the Open/ Professional Division include these top teams (one Cat 3 permitted per boat):
  • Tom Sutton’s LEADING EDGE from Lakewood YC in Houston, TX with Tom Meeh as main/ tactician
  • David Rosow’s LOKI from Pequot YC in Fairfield, CT with Kerry Klingler as main/ tactician
  • Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY from Larchmont YC in Larchmont, NY with Max Skelley as tactician
  • David & Maryellen Tortorello’s PARTNERSHIP 3 from Black Rock YC in CT with Seadon Wijsen as tactician
  • Bill Sweetser’s RUSH from Annapolis YC in Annapolis, MD with Tom Babel as tactician. 
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HONEYBADGER Squeaks J/24 Colors Victory

J/24s sailing Lake George, NY (Lake George, New York)- The 40th annual Changing of the Colors is now on the books. Light and variable conditions on Saturday (winds 0-11, prevailing from NW) afforded the 29-boat fleet three races on Saturday. Sunday brought cloudy skies and steadier breeze from the South, and 4 races were sailed. Lots of shake-ups in the standings and pin-end pileups created plenty of excitement and uncertainty leading up to the final race. Nevertheless, it was yet another gorgeous, picturesque weekend on the gorgeous Lake George, with racing hosted by the Lake George Club.

lake george view sunsetIn the end, the two protagonists that started out the first day essentially tied, ended up that way at the end of the regatta.  No question, it was a titanic duel between long-time J/24 legends in the class- Travis Odenbach’s HONEYBADGER crew from upstate New York and Carter White’s YOUREGATTA.COM crew from Portland, ME.  Between the two boats, they took 11 podium finishes of a possible 21 total.  Odenbach’s HONEYBADGER crew got the better of them, winning the regatta by just one point over White’s YOUREGATTA.COM team.

A country mile behind them on points it was yet another battle for the balance of the podium and the top five.  In that four-way battle, it was Alfie Merchant’s WITCH WAY, Ed Rees’ A+SALT, David Kaye’s ELLE, and Mike Quaid’s ICE CUBE.  In the final tally, it was WITCH WAY that took the bronze with 39 pts net.

They were followed by Rees’ A+SALT in fourth and Kaye’s ELLE in fifth (winning the tiebreaker at 49 pts net each over ICE CUBE).  Follow the J/24 Changing of the Colors Regatta on Facebook here  For J/24 Changing of the Colors Regatta scorelines  For more J/24 Changing of the Colors Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Challenging AYC Fall Series

J/105 sailing AYC Fall seriesJ/105 GOOD TRADE Awarded Overall Zilph Trophy
KENAI Crowned J/44 North American Champions
(Rye, NY)- For two weekends in succession, the American YC hosted their annual Fall Series Regatta for IRC and PHRF Handicap fleets as well as one-design classes for J/44s, J/109s, J/88s, J/105s, and J/70s.  Racing was held on Western Long Island Sound just south of Rye, New York from September 22-23 and September 29-30.  After promising winds and leaden grey skies in the first weekend, the last weekend ended up being sunny but with light airs.

After last weekend, the South Course had already held seven races and the East Course held six races. Coming into this weekend two boats were tied for first place in the IRC and PHRF Divisions on the East Course, while the South course had tight competition in the J/70 Division.

J/105s sailing Long Island SoundSaturday (Sep 29) racing started off slow with little wind, but beautiful weather otherwise. In total, the South Course was able to get two races in. In the J/88 Division, ESCAPE skippered by Elizabeth and Matthew Barry had a perfect day winning both races to move up to first place, tying with Douglas Newhouse’s YONDER.

The neck and neck competition between Daniel Goldberg’s BAZINGA and Alex Meleney’s TRUCKIN carried on in the J/70 Division, as BAZINGA ultimately pulled ahead of TRUCKIN by one point.

David Rosow’s LOKI continued a steady performance finishing fourth and eighth in the two races to maintain the lead in the J/109 division. Also in the same division, ZIG ZAG skippered by Bengt & Marie Johansson had a strong day on the water finishing first and second in the two races, as a result, moving up to fifth place.

At the end of Saturday, GOOD TRADE, skippered by Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault, remained in the lead of the J/105 Division. CONUNDRUM helmed by Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson continued to gain ground behind them, finishing first and second in both races to stay in second place. Unfortunately, the East Course did not race due to lack of wind.

J/44 MaxineAfter racing, sailors were provided a presentation in the American Yacht Club ballroom by Tucker Thompson. Tucker was the official host of the Volvo Ocean Race and returned to AYC to give expert commentary on what was the closest race in the history of the event. His presentation included stories, analysis, and a look at details of life aboard the VO65. Tucker also gave the attendees a sneak peek at the next Volvo Ocean Race. The presentation, sponsored by Volvo, was a great way to finish off the day after food and drinks on the front lawn.

On Sunday (Sep 30), the light wind continued along with beautiful blue skies. On the East Course, Chris Lewis’ KENAI finished first place in today’s race to take the division and, in turn, win the J/44 North American Championship, which was held in conjunction with this year’s Fall Series. Rounding out the top five were Len Sitar’s VAMP in second, Ketcham’s MAXINE in third, Don & Dick Rave’s RESOLUTE in fourth and Tom Blackwell’s BREAKAWAY in fifth position.

Like the East Course, the South Course also held one race on Sunday to conclude the regatta. LOKI finished second in the one race held to secure the J/109 Division after outstanding sailing on both weekends.  Bill Rogers’ BIG BOAT ended up second, Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY third, Bengt & Marie Johansson’s ZIGZAG fourth and John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT fifth place.

The J/88 Division came down to a tiebreaker with YONDER finishing first and ESCAPE locking down second. The rest of the top five included Bruno’s WINGS in third, Justin Scagnelli’s ALBONDIGAS in fourth and Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION in fifth.

J/105 good tradeGOOD TRADE won the J/105 Division, the largest division of the regatta, after holding the lead throughout both weekends. GOOD TRADE also won the Zilph Trophy for best performance in level rating classes. The balance of the podium included Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson’s CONUNDRUM in second and George Wilbanks’ REVELATION in third.  The balance of the top five had Jon Rechtshaffer’s RAPTOR in fourth and Thom Hering’s TRIFECTA in fifth.

And finally, Goldberg’s BAZINGA came through to finish one point ahead of Meleney’s TRUCKIN to win the J/70 Division.  Third was Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK, fourth was Marcus Wunderlich’s STRATOS in fourth and Ernest Bourassa’s ALTHEA was fifth.

Sailors reconvened on the front lawn to enjoy food, drinks, and live music by Cover Story. After a wonderful awards ceremony, the sun set over the New York City skyline for sailors to enjoy a picturesque view ending two great weekends on the water.  Follow AYC Fall Regatta on Facebook here   For all AYC Fall Regattas Yachtscoring   For more American YC Fall Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hamble Winter Series Announcement

J/112E sailing Hamble winter series (Hamble, England)- Hamble Yacht Services (HYS) and the Hamble River Sailing Club (HRSC) announce a three-year partnership for the HYS Hamble Winter Series. Well over 1,000 sailors will be taking part in the UK's most popular winter series, all of which will benefit from the long-term partnership.

The 2018 HYS Hamble Winter Series will be the 37th edition run by the HRSC, the event is organized by a very experienced team, led by PRO Kathy Smalley, and supported by around 40 dedicated volunteers every race day.

“Organising racing for the series requires resources, and whilst we have the tremendous support of enthusiastic volunteers, the partnership with HYS gives us the financial support to keep entry fees low. The Hamble River Sailing Club is delighted that HYS is sponsoring the series, and we would encourage all of the teams to support HYS, so that our partnership will continue for years to come,” commented Steph Merry Commodore of HRSC.

HYS is a professional full-service open yard on the River Hamble with comprehensive facilities, and a reputation for excellence and expertise. Many of the teams racing in the HYS Hamble Winter Series are already customers of Hamble Yacht Services.

“Supporting the HYS Hamble Winter Series helps the organizers to provide good race management, which is for the benefit of everyone involved. We have a great community spirit at HYS, sponsoring the series is very much part of that ethos,” commented HYS Director, Bertie Bicket.

The 2018 HYS Hamble Winter Series will run from the 6th October to 2nd December 2018. Teams will be racing in IRC Classes and One Designs. The action pack program will feature the IRC Autumn Championship, the Performance 40 Series, the Hamble Big Boat Championship, the Hamble One Design Championship, and 2019 J/70 World Championship Qualifiers that will be sailed in Torquay, U.K. in the “west country”.  For more information about Hamble Yacht Services  For HYS Hamble Winter Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

ILYA Crushes US Adult Sailing Championship

(Wayzata, MN)— Michael Hanson (Wayzata, Minn.) and crew turned a 56-year drought on its ear this past weekend when they won the 63rd U.S. Adult Sailing Championship sailing on a fleet of matched J/22 one-design class sailboats. They didn’t just turn it on its ear, they sailed consistently enough to take 16 podium finishes in 20 races!

Hanson, Tim Siemers (Maple Grove, Minn.) and Mark Swift (St. Paul, Minn.) dominated the regatta, posting the low score of 53 points to win the coveted Mallory Trophy. They won six races and finished outside of the top three only three times in 20 races for an incredibly low average score of 2.7.

The Mallory Trophy has a mixed history of close finishes and blowouts. The past two years have been more on the blowout side, with victories by 11 and 13 points, and Hanson continued that trend. His 16-point margin of victory is the largest since a 21-point victory in 2011. Hanson and crew won the first four races and never looked back.

“We had great teamwork all weekend,” said Hanson. “Mark on the bow and Tim in the middle were rock solid. It was shifty all weekend, so you had to stay in phase.

“Our game plan was to not make any big mistakes,” Hanson continued. “We came out guns blazing and won the first four races. We kind of kept the pedal to the metal on Day 2 and then played it a bit more conservatively the last two days. All in all, it was awesome.”

Benz Faget (Metairie, La.) of the Gulf Yachting Association, who was aiming for a record-tying fourth championship, finished second with 69 points. Third-placed Paul Wilson (New York, N.Y.) of the Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association finished with 86 points. (Wilson overtook Ryan Lashaway (Rocky River, Ohio) of the Inter-Lake Sailing Association when Lashaway was disqualified from Race 20, the first race of the final day. Lashaway finished fourth with 90 points.)

J/22 sailng on Lake Minnetonka, MNThe winning trio represented the Inland Lake Yachting Association. An association of some 51 clubs across 10 states and the District of Columbia, the ILYA won the Mallory Trophy four years in a row, 1959-’62, with the legendary Harry C. “Buddy” Melges, an America’s Cup winner and Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist, winning the first three of those titles.

Although the ILYA hasn’t won since 1962, 28 years before the 28-year-old Hanson was born, he wanted to represent the ILYA to stem that drought. Hanson was “well aware” of the ILYA’s history and in particular Melges’ victories, whom he views as an idol.

“I’ve heard stories of Buddy looking back on those victories as a springboard to his career,” Hanson said. “He’s a bit of an idol in the ILYA and I can only hope that this victory has a similar effect on my career.”

Hanson, who grew up sailing scows, is building an impressive résumé. He was part of the winning crew for the 2018 ILYA A Scow Championships and last year sailed aboard a Sydney 38 in the Sydney-Hobart Race where they placed first in Class C under the ORCi rating system and fifth under IRC. He has taught sailing in Australia, California and locally as Race Director at the Lake Minnetonka Sailing School. Now he shares his name on two trophy placards with Melges.

“When I was 14 years old, I won an X-Boat regatta that Buddy had won,” Hanson said of the popular one-design that is raced on lakes. “It’s an honor seeing my name on a trophy with his.”

The championship regatta was hosted by the Wayzata Yacht Club in Wayzata, Minn., just outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, and was sailed on Lake Minnetonka. The race committee ran a total of 22 races, with each of the 11 teams getting two byes in the series. Races were held on a windward/leeward course with the breeze ranging from today’s low of 6 to 8 knots to yesterday’s gusty, 20 knots.

While the race committee ordered no spinnakers for the final race, Race 17, on Saturday, today the regatta was welcomed by 40-degree (F) temperatures, prompting many to add yet another layer.

“We had a little bit of everything,” said Hanson. “We were a little under weight in the heavy winds yesterday and were sort of just hanging in there.”

At the final awards ceremony, the teams representing the Sailing Association of Intermountain Lakes from Colorado and the Hawaii Yacht Racing Association were together awarded the Staton J. Peele Sportsmanship Trophy, as voted by their regatta peers.

The HYRA crew was skippered by Maddy Kennedy (Honolulu, Hawaii), who grew up in the Wayzata area, and Robin Jackson (Littleton, Colo.) skipped the SAIL crew. Both teams were praised by their peers.

The two teams were commended for their great attitudes, fun-loving approach, regatta spirit, and friendliness. Both teams also demonstrated great sportsmanship on the course in some difficult situations, and while assisting the jury with protest resolution.

The Hawaii team was also recognized for having traveled the greatest distance.

The regatta organizers at the Wayzata Yacht Club put forth a fantastic event, one that will be remembered on many levels.

“Overall, the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship went about as smoothly as we could have expected,” said Odell Tuttle, Communications Chairman for the Wayzata Yacht Club. “The level of competition did not disappoint. The spectators and volunteers were excited to watch the battle for the top three spots, and were very impressed with the hometown team from ILYA as they captured the top spot.

“Our volunteers and staff really exceeded expectations. We owe them a big thanks,” Tuttle said. “We also thank the competitors for the camaraderie, competitive spirit, sportsmanship, and tolerance of the cold temperatures.”  For more U.S. Adult Sailing Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SKELETON KEY Dominates J/111 North Americans

J111 NA winners (Macatawa Bay, MI)- Sixteen teams competed over the three-day event for the 2018 J/111 North American Championship title hosted by Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland, MI. The fleet was treated to a broad range of sailing conditions, from flat waters and light airs in the beginning, then concluding with 18-25 kt winds for an epic “blowing dogs off chains” finale in huge, steep seas from the southwest. Continuing their success in major J/111 events, it was Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY from San Francisco, CA that was crowned the 2018 J/111 N.A. Champion.

J111 sailing downwindDay 1- Light, Tricky Winds
Light winds greeted the fleet on the first day, a breeze with a lot of streaks and lulls in between. Jim Connelly’s Slush Fund figured out the conditions in the pair of races, posting a 2-1 on the day for the lead at 3 points. Just two ticks behind in second place is Jeffrey Davis’ Shamrock, who recorded a solid 3-2 for 5 points. Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key started the day with a bullet but added a sixth for 7 points and third place.

Following 2017 J/111 World Champion Wagner in the opening match were Connelly and Davis. Then Connelly and Davis each moved up a notch in race two, taking first and second ahead of Bradley Faber’s Utah.

J/111 surfingDay 2- More Moderate Winds
Wagner’s Skeleton Key had a near perfect day on Thursday to move into the lead. Good breeze allowed three races, two of which were won by 2017 J/111 World Champion Wagner. Skeleton Key also had a second in the middle contest, ending with 11 net points in the no-discard series. Jim Connelly’s Slush Fund stumbled in the last race of the day, dropping to second overall with 23 points. The consistency of Bradley Faber’s Utah put them in third with 27 points among the 16-boat fleet.

Chasing Wagner in the initial race were Richard Witzel’s Rowdy and Connelly. Then, it was Connelly back in the driver’s seat, beating Wagner and the Andrew and Sedgwick Ward team on Bravo. The final battle went to Wagner again, as Witzel earned another second and Tracy Brand’s Solution took third.

J/111 surfing downwindDay 3- Epic Breeze for Finale
Wagner’s Skeleton Key improved his J/111 resume by adding the 2018 J/111 North American Championship to his 2017 J/111 World Championship title. With crew John Collins (bow), Nick Gibbens (headsail trimmer), John Hayes (mast), Dave Lyons (spinnaker trimmer), John Pernick (main trimmer), Cory Schillaci (pit) and Seadon Wijsen (tactician), the St. Francis Yacht Club member recorded no scores lower than a sixth in the no-discard, eight-race series. Skeleton Key ended with 18 points, including three bullets. Jim Connelly’s Slush Fund secured the silver position with 36 points, just one ahead of Bradley Faber’s Utah and Rob Ruhlman’s Spaceman Spiff that tied on points at 37 for third and fourth, respectively.

In breeze sometimes sustained over 20 knots, Friday’s race winners were Faber’s Utah, Jeffrey Davis’ Shamrock and the trio of Karl Brummel, Steve Henderson and Mike Mayer on Kashmir. However, race 6 was later abandoned due to an improper action by the Race Committee.

The top five teams were SKELETON KEY first, Connelly’s SLUSH FUND second, Faber’s UTAH third, Ruhlman’s SPACEMAN SPIFF fourth, and Davis’ SHAMROCK fifth.  For more J/111 North American Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.