Saturday, September 14, 2019

J/99 & J/112E @ Fall Boat Shows!

(Newport, RI)- It is that time of year, again! Time to plan a visit to one of the exciting sailboat shows in either the USA or Europe.  Featured in most of the shows are the race-winning cruiser-racers, such as the J/112E and the new J/99.
J/112E sailing offshore
J/112E- the family cruiser that crushed the ORC & IRC Worlds and Europeans
With a spacious two-cabin accommodation plan and a comfortable, ergonomic cockpit, the all-new J/112E is as well suited for the annual cruise as she is sprinting to Mackinac Island or short-handing through rough weather. Versatility in sailboat design means not only a sailboat that can do many things, but also one that can do many of them well across a wide range of conditions, both fair and adverse.

The J/112E joins her sisterships, the J/97E and J/122E, as an exceptional upwind performer. V-shaped bow sections provide superior directional stability and reduced slamming in waves. Freeboard forward and topside flare help to keep the deck dry. A long waterline combined with a low vertical center of gravity results in a smooth, sea-kindly motion – more like that of a 40 footer. For more J/112E sailboat information.

J/99 sailing off Newport

J99 European Yacht of the YearJ/99- the seriously fast, comfortable, offshore shorthanded speedster
Making her Southampton, Newport, and Annapolis debuts, the J/99 is the newest addition to the J/Sport range, combining headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven responsiveness of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew, and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World champion J/112E. The interior features twin aft cabins, a proper sit-down forward facing nav station, an L-shaped galley, and a private forward head with sail locker. Plus, the J/99 has been nominated for European Yacht of the Year Award. For more J/99 sailboat information.

Here are the various boat shows you can visit to catch up with the latest in the J/Boats line-up of offshore high-performance cruisers:
  • Sep 12-15- Newport Boat Show- J/99- at Newport Yachting Center along Newport’s famous harbor-front. For more information.
  • Sep 13-22- Southampton Boat Show- J/99 and J/112E- at Mayflower Park Marina in Southampton, England, on Stand M436 and M438. For more information.
  • Sep 18-23- Grand Pavois La Rochelle- J/99 and J/112E- at Port Des Minimes, La Rochelle, France on Pontoon 5 on the waterfront. For more information.
  • Oct 10-14- Annapolis Sailboat Show- J/99, J/97E, J/70- at Annapolis Cityfront. For more information.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Zurich Segelclub Top Swiss J/70 Women’s Cup

J/70 Swiss Women's Cup on Lake Zurich, Switzrland
(Zurich, Switzerland)- The 2019 edition of the Swiss Sailing Women’s Cup enjoyed two glorious days of sailing, with a south wind in the 5 to 10 kts range. It was a great atmosphere on the lake for the fifteen teams from all four corners of Switzerland. In total, twenty races were sailed.

Saturday started windless. Towards midday, an initial breeze blew across Lake Zurich and the wait came to an end. But, after just an hour of sailing, the heat dominated again, and another postponement kicked in; an opportunity for more swimming and chilling in the lake.  Late in the day, a beautiful south wind with 5-9 kts enabled Race Director Rolf Frey to fire off a few more races to complete the day.

On Sunday, the south wind welcomed the sailors, and after some passing rain dampened the euphoria, the south wind was back, the sun was starting to show, and like the proverbial Swiss watch, races were run in perfect precision.
J/70s womens sailing teams- Swiss Women's Cup
The sailors offered thrilling sailing, and the fight for victory between YC Horgen and the Zurich Sailing Club (ZSC) remained exciting to the end. The ZSC team with Amrei Keller, Theresa Lagler, Zoé Straub, Annika Pellegrini won the duel- almost a match race- against YC Horgen with the Top Match Race sailor Alexa Bezel at the wheel

The third podium place was hotly contested between the CV Lausanne and the sailors of the SV Thalwil. Lausanne took the third podium place tied, but took the bronze based on their victory in the last race.
J/70s Swiss Women's Cup on Lake Zurich, Switzerland
Even though the winning teams clearly dominated on points- the two winners scored only victories and second places- the course was very close and exciting. Between victory and defeat were often only a few boat lengths. For this great and fair sailing, we congratulate all participants!

The Women's Cup was also a successful party on land. The paella on Saturday night was just as "WoW" as the wind on the water. Wonderful what the kitchen crew and the members of host ZSC served up, from the aperitif to the dessert.

It’s gratifying to see that more and more women are actively involved in taking the helm into their own hands. The success of this event shows that women's sailing is on the rise. The initiative "WoW - Women on Water" is intended to motivate new teams as well as organizers to enter the women's sailing. We look forward to more WoW events and the Swiss Sailing Women's Cup 2020.   Sailing Photo Credits- Felix King   For more Swiss J/70 Women’s Cup sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

J/121 & J/99 Class Winners @ Conanicut Round Island Race

J/99 sailing off Newport RI
(Jamestown, RI)- Sunday dawned with partly cloudy skies and a gentle northerly breeze wafting down Narragansett Bay. The forecast was for the gradient winds to swing into the east/ southeast by late afternoon and only build into the 5 to 9 kts range. The course selected was “X”, a counter-clockwise race starting north through the Newport Bridge, leaving all marks to port. After the first four classes started at 1100 hrs, the Conanicut Yacht Club PRO wisely decided to postpone all following starts for over an hour. The northerly winds had died and the powerful ebb tide of 1.5 kts was pushing the first four classes backwards across the starting line! Soon, the forecasted southeaster seabreeze slowly filled in and the rest of the fleet was sent off on their 21.0nm circumnavigation of Conanicut Island (Jamestown).

It turned out to be a “big boat” race on an overall basis, as the big, tall rigs were powering the 50-plus footers down the eastern passage to the finish line in the fickle southeast breeze. The smaller boats had to deal with variable winds from the Beavertail Point bell buoy, down past Clingstone bell, to the finish.

Nearly 100 boats sailed the race. Winning the PHRF H Division was Stu Johnstone’s J/99 AGENT 99 with his “Big Chill” crew of 60-somethings; many were members of past J/24 World Championship and J/24 North American Championship campaigns three decades ago. Third in their class was EC Helme’s J/92 SPIRIT, fourth was Matt Schmitt’s J/105 HARDTACK, fifth was Tom Sutton’s J/109 LEADING EDGE, sixth was Bill Kneller’s J/109 VENTO SOLARE, and seventh was John Sahagian’s J/109 PICANTE.

In the one-design PHRF C Class of J/22s, winning was Bill Fortenberry’s QUINN, followed by Jeff Westcott’s MACHBUSTER in second place, and Peter Parsons’ CATCH in third position. Rounding out the top five were Matt Dunbar’s DON’T TELL MOM and Victor Oancea’s WHARF RAT, in 4th and 5th, respectively.

J/24s dominated the PHRF D Class Spinnaker class. Winning was Henry Lane’s FAST LANE, followed by Mike Hill’s OBSTREPEROUS in third.

Winning the closely fought PHRF G Spinnaker class was Paul Grimes’ J/35 BREAKAWAY; his team are multiple Round Island Race class winners.

Finally, winning the high-test PHRF J Class was Joe Brito’s J/121 INCOGNITO. Not too far behind them in fourth place was Jack Gregg’s J/122 TARAHUMARA, and Mark Nannini’s J/120 SALACIA placed eighth.  For more Conanicut YC Round Island Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Monday, September 9, 2019

J/Teams Dominate Vineyard Race

J/111 Fireball sailing off Block Island
(Stamford, CT)- The 2019 edition of the Vineyard Race was a relatively fast race, with many J/crews covering the track in over a 6.6 kts average. The 238.0nm course stretches from Shippan Point through the swirling currents of Plum Gut past Block Island, and on to the light tower at the entrance to Buzzard's Bay. Once reached, sailors return by leaving Block Island to starboard en route to the finish in Stamford Harbor. The shorter Seaflower Reef Race is run entirely within Long Island Sound.

Vineyard Race
Leading the sweep of the top two spots in IRC 6 Doublehanded Class was Gardner Grant’s J/120 ALIBI and Mike Greene’s J/35 LOBLOLLY took the silver!

The PHRF 9 Class was swept by three J/109s- John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT was 1st, Dan Nash’s MISTRAL took 2nd, and Cao Deambrosio & Chris Nicholls’ RHIANNON III placed 3rd. Jim Farrell’s J/35 SAPPHIRE ended up sixth. Brian Spears’ J/120 MADISON won PHRF 10 Class, while Rick Oricchio’s J/120 ROCKET SCIENCE took the bronze.

In IRC 11 Class, Len Sitar’s J/44 VAMP took the silver, while Don Dwyer’s J/122 BLUE YONDER finished fourth. Two J/111s swept the top two spots in PHRF 12 Class. Winning was Bill & Jackie Baxter’s FIREBALL, with John Donovan’s LIBERTAS taking the silver. Finally, in IRC 13 Class, Steve Levy’s J/121 EAGLE placed fifth.

Seaflower Reef Race
Winning the PHRF 4 Doublehanded Class was Greg Imbruce’s J/109 JOYRIDE! Then, in the fully-crewed PHRF 5 Class, Justin Scagnelli’s J/88 ALBONDIGAS led a sweep of the podium by J/Crews.  Second was Frank Conway’s J/105 RAPTOR and third place went to Todd Aven’s J/92 THIN MAN.  For complete Vineyard Race results   For more Vineyard Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

IRC Doublehanded Championship Preview

J/97 sailing offshore (Cowes, England)- The RORC’s IRC Doublehanded Offshore Championship is comprised of two components. The Offshore event is this coming weekend’s Cherbourg Race, an 80.0nm dash across the English Channel (La Manche) from Cowes nearly due south to Cherbourg, France. The second event is next weekend’s two days of around-the-buoys racing on the classic Solent random-leg courses off Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Participating in the IRC Doublehanded event at two J/109s (Chris Preston’s JUBLIEE and Mike Yates JAGO), Jerry Freeman’s J/105 JUILETTE, and Chris Miles & Mike Sellers’ J/97 HIGH JINKS. This quartet of boats will be up against all the top doublehanded teams from the 2019 RORC summer sailing season. For more RORC IRC Doublehanded Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

J/Teams Sweep Low Country Hook Ocean Race

>J crews starting off south carolina
(Hilton Head, SC)- The Low Country Hook Ocean Race is a distance race from Hilton Head Island, SC to Skidaway Island, GA. The race was presented by Skidaway Island Boating Club and The Yacht Club of Hilton Head.

On August 23rd, the fleet started from Harbour Town to Skidaway Island, making the “hook-shaped” course in a fast time of approximately 3 hrs 45 mins. After the exhilaration of an ocean race starting at Hilton Head Island, sailing past Tybee Island, through Wassaw Sound, and a finish at Skidaway Island, sailors enjoyed drinks, dinner, and awards at Landings Harbor Marina.

The PHRF Spinnaker Class was simply swept by just about every member of the J/Tribe one can imagine over the 40-plus years of designs.
J/crew in South Carolina Low Hook Race
Winning appropriately enough, and paying homage to the J/Legacy, was Eric Gotwalts’s J/24 DIMARIAN. Second was Matt Self’s J/105 RUCKUS from Charleston Harbor YC; third Amar Patel’s J/24 ROGUE from Skidaway Island Boating Club; fourth James Thurlow’s J/24 FORTITUDE from South Carolina YC; fifth Gebel Seese’s J/105 HIGH VISIBILITY from Savannah YC; sixth Mike Foster’s J/30 RONIN from Savannah YC; and finally ninth was Paul Reddick’s J/100 BLU-J from Skidaway Island Boating Club.

That was quite a performance by enthusiastic, passionate members of the J/Tribe “south of the Mason-Dixon line” in the warm, somewhat humid months one often sees in Deep South Summers.

The J/105 took line honors in the 30.0nm race and finished 2nd on corrected time. The 2nd boat across the finish line was a J/105 and the 3rd was a J/100.
J/24 Youth team
Of note, the South Carolina YC Youth Team that participated in the J/70 Youth Championship at the St Petersburg YC took fourth place in the club’s $531.00 J/24. No, that is not a “typo”. They sailed a $531.24 J/24 bought off CraigsList.com! LOL. Awesome!  For more Low Country Hook Ocean Race information

German J/80 Championship Preview

J/80s sailing offshore
(Glucksburg, Germany)- The Flensburger Fordewoche is playing host to the 2019 German J/80 Open Championship, hosting is Flensburger Segelclub.  The eleven-boat fleet includes most of the top boats from across Germany.

Certain to be the top contender on the leaderboard is Martin Menzner’s PIKE, a previous German J/80 Champion. Giving them a “run for the roses” should be Torsten Voss’ FRIDA, Arne Wilcken’s DIVA, Hauke Thilow’s POLLUX, and Inken Braunschmidt’s JOY TOY.  For more German J/80 Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Dutch J/22 Championship Preview

J/22s sailing off The Netherlands (Medemblik, The Netherlands)- The 17th edition of the Open Dutch Sailing Championships, hosted off Medemblik, The Netherlands, will see an enormous flotilla of dinghies (29ers, 49ers, Contenders, Finns, F18s, Lasers) and keelboats such as the J/22, Star, and Yngling.

The event also marks the Open Dutch J/22 Championship for 2019. The lone German team is Thomas Loesch’s GER 1640 with crew of Emmanuoela Filippidi and Lenskaya Ektaerina.  The top Netherlands crews include Suzanne van Iterson’s NED 1223 with crew of Anne Rietveld and Frans Dijcksmeester; Dirk Naj Verdoorn’s NED 1295 with crew of Anneloes Krikhaar, Rosemary & Liselotte Verdoorn; and Merlin Rutten’s NED 1500 with crew of Alexandra Siebels, Floor de Boer, and Janine de Groot.  For more Dutch J/22 Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

30th Jammin J/22 Jamaica Regatta Announcement!

J/22 Jamaica mon! (Montego Bay, Jamaica)- Montego Bay Yacht Club is proudly hosting the 30th edition of this yacht racing series, having been held every year since a year after Hurricane Gilbert all but destroyed the J/22 fleet.

Every year since 1989, through the generosity of local boat owners, visiting competitors are invited to come and race on the clear, aquamarine-blue waters of Montego Bay.

“2019 will be the largest, longest and best regatta since the series started. We have a wait list of teams to sail the available boats and this year, with the help of Seaboard Marine, we are importing two more boats specifically for the event,” said Richard Hamilton, the Jammin J/22 Race Chairman. "Seaboard Marine have really made the shipping easy; particularly compared to 2009 when a boat sailed from Cayman Islands just for the weekend.”

J/22 JamaicaHamilton continues to explain, “the J/22 is an internationally recognized 22 ft keelboat and raced by a crew of 3 or 4 people. Each yacht is identical and the winners are determined through team work, boat-handling skills, understanding the rules of sailing, and an appreciation of the wind. There are approximately 2,000 J/22s around the world with active fleets in the Cayman Islands, USA, Italy, Germany, France, South Africa, Canada and the UK.  This year in Montego Bay, there will be 13 yachts on the start line, with teams from Cayman, USA, Canada and Kingston. And, maybe other countries, too!

Mike Farrington, former Jamin J/22 Champion and past Commodore of the Cayman Islands Sailing Club had this to say about the challenging sailing condition in Montego Bay; “In Cayman, we have to deal with a short chop and big breeze. Montego Bay has the shifting winds and flat water inside the bay, as well as the swells of the open ocean to play with too. These are perfect conditions for this type of boat.”

Previous prizewinner from Cayman- Tomeaka McTaggart- said of a previous year’s event, “having never visited Jamaica before, I was hugely impressed with the quality and enthusiasm of the J/22 fleet. It was a great weekend of racing and I thank the volunteers for organizing a great regatta."

Sailing is a growth sport in Jamaica, with training boats recently being introduced to both the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club and Montego Bay YC with a full time instructor available. Jamaica has great potential for more Olympic sailors; these new boats are the start of an exciting future in Jamaican sailing!

The regatta will be the culmination of an active year of J/22 sailing at the Montego Bay YC, with the fleet having maintained a healthy interest and encouraged new people to experience the sport. Jamin J/22 Jamaica 2019 promises to be another great finale to the racing calendar!

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Squeals of Delight @ J/22 Great Lakes Championship

J/22 winners
(East Tawas, MI)- The setting was perfect. The clear blue waters of Tawas Bay were left pretty much empty for the fleet of J/22’s to sail and play ball in beautiful sunshine, flat water and 10-15 knots of unpredictable shifty breeze!

Tawas Bay Yacht Club’s crack team of race professionals did an amazing job. That team included RC PRO Don Thwing, aided by William Coberly and Yohann Thwing. Mark Set 1- Rich Main & Ann Princing. Mark Set 2- Peter Veremis & Matt Haglund & Matt’s cousin. This group got off four great races in tough conditions.  All of the sailors appreciate the hard work and the time commitment these fine people put forth in order for us to go sailing!

Racing was tight across the fleet and roundings were close. Said one skipper, “I personally have not experienced the amount of passing we saw this weekend, ever! The wind shifts were crazy and unpredictable. Rounding marks in first place meant nothing!”

In the end, a couple boats figured out how to finish the races better than the rest of the fleet.

Winning the event was an all-family affair- USA 454 SQUEALER. Mike Scott with his two sons Matt and Tim won the regatta. Congrats to the 2019 State of Michigan J/22 Champions who received a beautifully sand carved glass award from Award & Sports in Saginaw, Michigan! In a close second place, was Tom Barnes from the Charlevoix, Michigan fleet and his team sailing GREEN EGGS. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Friday, September 6, 2019

J/105 North American Championship Update

J/105s sailing offshore
(Marblehead, MA)- The 2019 J/105 North American Championship started on September 5th off Marblehead, MA on the open waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. Hosting the event is Corinthian Yacht Club, along with title sponsor “The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board”.

The eighteen teams from across the USA and Canada enjoyed spectacular early fall sailing conditions, with winds starting clear, cool from the Northeast, and saw winds shifting into the Southeast by late afternoon. The Corinthian YC PRO managed the conditions well, getting off three races in a breeze that persistently shifted right all day, as forecasted.

Leading the regatta after the first day is Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s GOOD TRADE from San Francisco, CA with a 2-2-1 record for 5 pts, in a no-throw out up to 12 race series. Second is Ken Horne’s FINAL FINAL crew from Houston, TX with a 3-1-6 tally for 10 pts. Third is hometown local hero Charlie Garrard’s MERLIN with a 6-4-3 scoreline for 13 pts.  Rounding out the top five are Tim Russell’s NE*NE crew from San Francisco, CA with a 8-3-4 scoreline for 15 pts and Terry Michaelson’s Canadian team on THE USUAL SUSPECTS with a 1-8-8 score for 17 pts.

In the first race, Terry Michaelson’s THE USUAL SUSPECTS banged the left corner hard on the first leg to lead the race at the first mark, followed by Stone/Breault’s GOOD TRADE. Those two boats finished in that order, followed by Horne’s FINAL FINAL. In the second race, a similar scenario played out, with Stone/Breault’s GOOD TRADE leading around the first leeward gate, but with Horne’s FINAL FINAL splitting from the fleet all alone into the deep left corner and rounding the second weather mark in first, holding on for the lead at the finish; GOOD TRADE second again, and Russell’s NE*NE passing two boats on the final run to take third place.  In the final race, GOOD TRADE took off from the port end of the line, tacked and crossed the feet, and led around the first mark, the first boat to lead from wire-to-wire in the racing on Thursday. Second was Steven Goldberg’s AIR EXPRESS and third was Garrard’s MERLIN.

Good racing is expected on Friday prior to Hurricane Dorian upsetting things a wee bit on Saturday (possibly no racing). And, there should be great racing on Sunday post-hurricane Dorian.  For complete J/105 North American Championship results  For more J/105 North American Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

US Sailing’s Mallory Trophy Preview

J/22s sailing Mallory Cup
(Marion, MA) – Regional Sailing Associations (RSA) from around the United States will be well represented this week by a talented group of sailors competing for the historic 2019 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship, hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club.

Thirteen teams will be fleet racing for the Mallory Trophy in the J/80 over four days on Buzzards Bay. Competition for this legendary trophy gets underway on Thursday, September 5 and wraps up on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Returning to defend the 2018 title is Michael Hanson (Deephaven, Minn.) of the Minnetonka Yacht Club and his team representing the Inland Lake Yachting Association and Area K. Hanson and his team dominated the regatta, hosted by the Wayzata Yacht Club (Minn.) and raced in the J/22, 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. 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.

Returning to crew for Hanson from the 2018 team is Mark Swift (St. Paul, Minn.), along with newcomers Maclean Potts (Hopkins, Minn.) and Judson Koehn (Minnetonka, Minn.).

Hanson is not the only returning champion competing this week. Charles Quigley (Winthrop, Mass.) of the Boston Yacht Club won this title in 2002 and 17 years later, he hopes to capture a second Mallory Trophy.

Quigley and his team representing the Mass Bay Sailing Association and Area A includes David Bryan (Boston, Mass), who won with Quigley in 2002, Kay VanValkenberg (Boston, Mass.), and William Colehower (Marblehead, Mass.). Johns is representing the Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association, Area A, and is a member of the Beverly Yacht Club.

Another local standout sailor will be on hand to challenge Hanson and the rest of the fleet. The 2018 J/80 North American Champion, Chip Johns (Mattapoisett, Mass.), will be a major contender for this year’s Championship. Johns will be sailing with Alex Gryska (Marion, Mass.), William Godfrey (New York, N.Y.), and William Marvel (Marion, Mass.). Gryska and Marvel sailed with Johns as part of the winning J/80 North American Championship team.

This Championship will be sailed using league racing, a fast and competitive format, featuring two flights with teams rotating every two races. Each team will race an equal number of races against the others. Races are approximately 15 minutes in duration. The host club ensures quick rotations and on-the-water judging, in addition to an improved viewing experience for spectators.

“We will be tested in conditions that we don’t regularly sail in,” said Hanson. “The J/80 is a new platform for us, with very few of them around the Twin Cities area. We managed to find one to practice on over the past few weeks, so we will be coming into the event as prepared as possible.

“One thing we like about the event format is the small courses and the fast-paced nature of the racing. It is a format I’m used to from both college sailing and match racing, so we look forward to bringing the smackdown on our competitors when things get tight.”

To drive more participation in the event and to improve diversity overall for the Championship there are several requirements per boat. Sailors under 30 make up 25% of the team and female sailors make up at least 25% of the team. A bonus is provided if a female is a helm.

The Mallory Trophy, a magnificent sterling silver tureen trophy, has a long and colorful history that dates to the Battle of the Nile in 1798. Racing for the Mallory Trophy was first held in 1952 as the U.S. Men’s Sailing Championship and transitioned to an open event in 1993.

Since then, it has become a more open and inclusive regatta, allowing female skippers and all-female crews. In reflection, the regatta was renamed the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship in 2013.

“It’s great to see so much enthusiasm here at the Beverly Yacht Club in anticipation of hosting this historic regatta,” said Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing and Commodore of the Beverly Yacht Club.

“The Beverly Yacht Club has a longstanding tradition of hosting major national and international regattas, including many US Sailing National Championships and Olympic Trials, and the club will add to its legacy by hosting its second U.S. Adult Sailing Championships this week on Buzzards Bay. I know the club is excited to welcome these talented sailors to this spectacular sailing venue.”

US Sailing medals will be awarded to the top three teams. The first place team will be presented the Clifford D. Mallory Trophy. The Staton J.Peele, Jr.Trophy voted upon by the sailors may be awarded for sportsmanship.  For more US Adult Sailing Championship information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

J/Crews Sweep Sandusky “Night Race Offshore”

J/29 crew Sandusky, OH (Sandusky, OH)- Starting well within earshot of the excited screams from Cedar Point’s massive and colorful roller coasters, the race takes boats past sand shoals and the rock piles, into the open waters of Lake Erie. Crews navigate around an un-lit can at the north end of Kelly’s Island, then between the island and rocky shoals that can make the leg tricky if it’s to windward, down the west side of the island and back to the bay, once again avoiding the rock piles and the shifting sand shoals that border the channel (that seem to now look less familiar in the dark), to finish at the entrance of the Sandusky Sailing Club.

With just enough wind at the start to maneuver, the wind then mostly died, with small gusts appearing here and there, favoring, then punishing each boat in the now separating fleet until they slowly clawed their way to the open lake and more consistent wind. The nearly full moon rose, then became obscured off and on by clouds on a beautiful warm summer night, with the potential storms and rain never materializing and the wind holding out to allow a spirited beat to the finish.

The venerable J/29, Phil Dufresne’s QUADRIFOGLIO, captured first place correcting ahead of Bill and Judy Kellner’s J/92 JUMPSTART. Taking third place just two seconds behind was the J/34 IOR KNEE DEEP sailed by Brett Langolf and his family crew. The crew from QUADRIFOGLIO attributed their success to being able to fly the spinnaker on a somewhat close reach across the top of Kelly’s Island. Sailing at night can be magical, and the darkness adds an extra dimension to a distance race, especially on a J/Boat. Thanks for this contribution from Phil Dufresne. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

J/70 World Championship Update

J/70 Worlds in Torbay, England
(Torquay, Devon, England)- 79 Teams, 20 Nations, 5 Continents. On Monday September 2nd, racing started at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. This will be the sixth edition of the J/70 World Championship and the first to take place in the United Kingdom. Five days of windward-leeward racing are scheduled with up to 14 races in the stunning, yet tricky sailing grounds of Torbay.

J/70 teams from all over the world are competing at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships: Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States of America. So far, the racing has been extremely challenging, tricky, and have tested the skills of the world’s best J/70 sailors. Here are the reports from the first four days.
J/70 Worlds starting
Day One- Shifty, Puffy, & Streaky Offshore winds
The Worlds kicked off on Monday with three races in Torbay. Big wind shifts and changes in wind speed tested the 78 teams competing as well as the Race Management team led by Stuart Childerley. In the Open Class, Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, leads the championship after three races. Second is Claudia Rossi (ITA) racing Petite Terrible, which recovered from a 28th place in Race 1 to post two podium finishes. Andrey Malygin (RUS) racing Maria, is third. In the Corinthian Class Patrick Liardet (GBR) racing Cosmic leads by just one point from Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP. Wilson & King (IRL) racing Soak Racing completes a trio of British boats leading the championship for the Corinthian title. There were race wins today for Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia, Reg Lord (AUS) racing Juno, and Nelson Mettraux (SUI) racing CER Aprotec - Ville de Genève.

Joel Ronning (USA) CATAPULT
“It was a very anxious series of races and we had a lot of fun. It was very shifty, very puffy and you have to find a lane, which was incredibly important downwind because if you didn't find a vein of breeze or gybed the wrong way you were a loser. Consistency is going to be very important, we have a bet on the boat in terms of the average score for the winner, my number is 9, and we are all about that range. This is a very tricky venue, and we expect variable results but we are prepared for that, we know we will bring in some real shockers but we are looking forward to tomorrow, this is a lot of fun.”

Patrick Liardet (GBR) COSMIC
“We had a great day, the conditions were fantastic for us, 9-14 knots is a good for us, and we have practiced a lot in that range. It was very exciting to be out there with 78 boats on the line racing amongst some of the top keelboat teams from all over the world. The worlds is really testing and competitive, and we were really on the pace today, the team on board performed well, and we enjoyed it.”

Pichu Torcida (ESP) NOTICIA
"The first race was fantastic we went for the left and winning the race made us feel very happy. The rest of the races proved more difficult, in the second race, we went right and the left won, and in the last race, we were going well downwind for the finish but a very big shift caught us out. This championship is very long, so to finish the first day in fourth is okay. The Noticia team are good friends, we all do a very good job. Torquay is a tricky place to sail but we enjoy being here and tomorrow we will try to do our best.”

Murray Jones (AUS) JUNO
“The start line was really packed with everyone pushing the line really hard. Getting a bullet at the worlds was a good feeling. We were about 25th on the water up the first beat but we managed to slowly chip away, had a good second downwind to slide into the lead at the end and it felt good. Last race of the day, we managed to find a pretty clean end of the line but it was the wrong end and we got buried. We don't get many big fleets in Australia, here there is much more boat on boat action, which puts on the pressure.
J/70 Worlds sailing Torbay, England
Day Two- Brilliant & Breezy
The breeze for Day Two started with a stable 10 knots from the southwest, but backed south after the first race building to a 18 knots, with brilliant sunshine providing spectacular condition for the international fleet. With the wind direction and speed fluctuating, today's results were far from stable.

After six races there are new leaders for both the Open and Corinthian classes. Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible, acknowledged as one of the best in Europe if not the world, moves up to pole position for the Open Class, after posting 1-16-2 today. Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, drops to second, three points behind the leader. Boat of the day was Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat raced by Paul Ward (GBR) propelling the team to third just a point off second. Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia is only one point off the podium. In the Corinthian Class, Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP, is the new leader. Wilson & King's Soak Racing (IRL) discarded a Black Flag infringement in Race 5, to place second for the amateur status class, as did Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull. All results are provisional pending protest decisions. There were race wins today for Alberto Rossi (ITA) Enfant Terrible, Andrey Malygin (RUS) Maria, and Peter Duncan (USA) Relative Obscurity.

Henry Brauer USA RASCAL- Past President J/70 International Class and Vice Commodore Eastern YC- host of the 2018 J/70 Worlds, commented: “The folks at the Royal Torbay YC, led by Bob Penfold, are doing a great job, this us a tough regatta to organize with a lot of volunteers and a lot of moving parts, and it has been seamless, and they are doing a fantastic job. On Rascal, we are getting it together, a bit better every day. The competition is world class and the sailing conditions are challenging, you have to keep your head out of the boat and keep on your toes. The last race today was the stand out, things didn't work out upwind and we rounded the top mark pretty deep, but our tactician Brian Kamilar called for a quick gybe, and we got a great puff and moved up into the top ten, so it paid off in spades. Tomorrow the weather man says we will have more breeze, but Torquay seems to have its own micro-climate with its spectacular topography of climbing cliffs, I think Torquay does what Torquay wants to do!”

Doug Struth GBR DSP- 2018 J/70 UK National Champions for both the Corinthian and Open Classes.
“So far it has ben very good but we have had tricky sailing conditions, unlike the conditions we normally get in the Solent. Everyone is having the same issues with the shifty wind and awkward chop but for us so far so good. The team has been together for nearly a year and a half, it has always been the worlds that we have been building towards, and we have been refining our roles. As with all teams, we have our moments but it is all beginning to click together. I think we are better than last year, and we are pretty happy with our results so far.”
J/70 Worlds Torbay England
Day Three- Big Wednesday
20 knots of breeze piping in from the north created full-on battle conditions for the 20-nation fleet on Day Three of the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships. For the third consecutive day, the Open and Corinthian leaders have changed, with teams from nine nations occupying the top ten places. There were thrills and spills as the wind speed reached close to the top end of the wind speed for the class but with flat warm water, it was a day to remember for the J/70 fleet.

In the Open Class, Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT scored a 1-4-15 to take the overall lead. Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia has climbed to second after scoring a 5-17-6. Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, drops to third after scoring 14-14-10. Yesterday's leader Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible, started the day well posting 9-8 but a 28 in the last race after broaching out drops Enfant Terrible to fourth.

In the Corinthian Class, King & Wilson Soak Racing (IRL) is the new leader after posting 2-34-9 today. Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP drops to second place. Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull retains third but is under pressure from a top performance today by Charles Thompson (GBR) racing Brutus. There were race wins today for Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, Henry Brauer (USA) Rascal, and Carlo Alberini (ITA) Calvi Network.

Paul Ward GBR EAT SLEEP J REPEART
“The conditions today were exactly like we expected for Tor Bay – shifty, difficult to sail, and hard to find the right way to go. We managed okay and had an absolute blast out there. Leading the championship is terrifying, there are some really good sailors and we have a long way to go, and we will see how it all rolls tomorrow.”

Ian Wilson (GBR) SOAK RACING
“It is really difficult to track the boats in the Corinthian fleet because we are all out on one race course and we are racing against the pros and we can give them a really good run for their money but we do keep an eye out for our mates from Hamble, DSP, if we are in front of them, we know we are doing well. It was brilliant today, blowing 20 knots, wind all over the place, a great day out with boats planing all over the place - just great fun. We are hoping for more of the same tomorrow, big breeze and great racing in Tor Bay.”
J/70 Calvi Network- Carlo Alberini
Carlo Alberini (ITA) CALVI NETWORK
“We are very happy to be in Torquay but today we had a black cloud with the first race when we were just one second over the line before the start, and we were disqualified. We won the last race in the sunshine, so we were so happy. Today those conditions were good for us, we specialize in strong wind, and I hope we will do better over the last five races.
Darwin Escaps J/70 Worlds
Day Four- More Breeze, More Shifts
The penultimate day was blessed with beautiful conditions in Tor Bay. With the breeze coming from the land once again, shifts and puffs of breeze made for tricky conditions with snakes and ladders right across the race course. Three windward leeward races were held in a shifting northerly breeze oscillating 45 degrees, the mean wind speed was about 12 knots with occasional 20-knot gusts.

In the Open Class, Paul Ward (GBR) EAT SLEEP J REPEAT retains the lead having scored a 6-8-30 today. However, Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing NOTICA has shortened their odds on winning the worlds posting an 11-9-11, finishing the day just four points off the lead. Realistically these two teams will battle for the Open World Championship in a double-header of racing tomorrow. Still in with a chance of winning the title are Alberto Rossi (ITA) ENFANT TERRIBLE, Joel Ronning (USA) CATAPULT, and Claudia Rossi (ITA) PETITE TERRIBLE.

In the Corinthian Class, Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP has regained the lead but only just, Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing JOYFUL had a great day on the water and move up to second just 4 points off the lead. Yesterday's leader King & Wilson SOAK RACING (IRL) drop to third after three mid-fleet finishes. There were race wins today for Reg Lord (AUS) racing JUNO, ENFANT TERRIBLE, and Luis Bugallo (ESP) MAR NATURA.

Luis Bugallo (ESP) MAR NATURA
“Today the conditions were a bit easier, especially as there was less chop but it was still difficult to work out which way to go. This is a difficult place to sail but it is the same for everybody. We are looking forward to the last day of the regatta, we have a lot of teams in front of us but we are a young team looking to improve, and just like every day, tomorrow there will be lessons that we can learn.”

Tom Grimes (AUS) JUNO
“Today the shifts were shorter and more manageable and we had a much more enjoyable day. We just have to keep it together and avoid any big mistakes. It is a really big thing for us to come and race here, as we only have a few J/70s in Sydney Harbour, so to shake it up with this big competitive fleet is a lot of fun. Tor Bay is a lot like racing on Lake Macquarie where a lot of the crew grew up sailing.”

Ludovico Fassitelli (MON) JUNDA-BANCE DEL SEMPIONE
"We scored two podiums today so that was really good, Tor Bay is a big surprise for us, we were expecting big ocean waves but this is like sailing on a beautiful lake with very strong winds! We are in sixth position and tomorrow we want to stay in there and maybe get up the leaderboard. To race in this beautiful place with 80 boats is great, and we expect to have all of these boats in Monaco 2021 for the J/70 World Championship."

The Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, will have up to the minute coverage as the drama unfolds at Facebook here.  For more Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 Worlds sailing world information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

NINE Over 70’s @ Verve Cup Inshore Regatta

J/70s sailing offshore
(Chicago, IL)- The 2019 Verve Cup Inshore Regatta & J/70 Great Lakes Championship was held August 23rd to 25th. The J/70 fleet raced over three days while the rest of the fleets raced over two days. The regatta served as a J/70 World Championship Qualifier for the 2020 J/70 World Championship being sailed in Long Beach, CA.

The J/70 fleet had nine races for their Great Lakes Championship. Winning was Oivind Lorentzen’s NINE with crew of Lucas Calabrese, Ian Coleman, and Collin Leon with an astonishing record of six 1sts, one 2nd, two 3rds in nine races for a total of 14 points. It was a real battle for the balance of the podium between three boats. Winning that dogfight to take the silver was Sarah Renz’s BERTEAU GROUP with crew of Matt Clark, Andy Graff, Will Holz, and Michael Miller. Third was Martin Johnsson’s AQUAHOLIKS, fourth John Heaton’s EMPEIRIA and fifth John & Marisa Koten’s PLANET CLAIRE. Winning the Corinthians Division was Sarah Renz’s BERTEAU GROUP.

In the J/24s, Mark Soya’s 2XS won a duel over their friendly combatants- Eric Christenson’s BUBBLES- by a mere one point! Third was Dan Walsh’s GOLDRUSH.  For more Verve Cup Inshore Regatta sailing info Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Rolex Big Boat Series Preview

J/70s at Rolex Big Boat Series (San Francisco, CA)- The St Francis Yacht Club will be hosting their world-famous Rolex Big Boat Series from September 12th to 15th. The event is hosting one-design fleets of J/70s, J/88s, and J/105s. In addition, J/crews will be sailing in the ORR Handicap fleets.

As a qualifier for the 2020 J/70 World Championship in Long Beach, CA, the J/70 fleet of fifteen boats has most of the top West Coast teams participating. Some of those crews include Scott Sellers/ Geoff McDonald/ Harrison Turner’s 1FA, David Schumann’s BOTTLE ROCKET, Tracy & Christine Usher’s CHRISTINE ROBIN, John Brigden’s COOL STORY BRO, Mallory & Andrew Loe’s DIME, Chris Kostanecki’s JENNIFER, and Peter Cameron’s KANGAROO JOCKEY.

The six-boat J/88 class promises great competition in the Bay’s challenging conditions.  Top teams include Gary Panariello’s COURAGEOUS and Steven Gordon’s INCONCEIVABLE.

J/105s sailing San FranciscoThe twenty-four boat J/105 class again promises some of the best racing on the Bay. Fresh off sailing the J/105 North American Championship in Marblehead, MA will be Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault’s ARBITRAGE and Tim Russell’s NE*NE. Top local teams that are always a factor on the leaderboard include Ryan Simmons’ BLACKHAWK, Rolf Kaiser’s DONKEY JACK, Phil Laby’s GODOT, Adam Spiegel’s JAM SESSION, Jeff Littfin’s MOJO, and Theresa Brandner’s WALLOPING SWEDE! Tough hombres, ALL of them! The question in this fleet is always, “who’s on first”? Who’s got the “mojo” to make it happen, put it all together on the Berkeley Circle morning windward/leewards, and the afternoon races that send the fleet home up the San Francisco waterfront to the famous downwind finish line off the St Francis YC RC deck!

In the ORR B class, it is an amusing mix of “sportboats”. Two J/111s (Dick Swanson’s BAD DOG and Reuben Rocci’s SWIFT NESS) and Zach Anderson’s J/125  VELVET HAMMER will be taking on a mixed bag of M32s and an IC37.

The ORR C Class has three J/120s (Barry Lewis’ CHANCE, Steve Madeira’s MISTER MAGOO, & David Halliwill’s PEREGRINE) taking on another mixed bag of boats like a Swan 42, Sunfast 3600, and C&C 115. For more Rolex Big Boat Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Headbanger Finish at Irish J/24 Nationals

J/24 Ireland
(Lough Erne, Ireland)- The fleet awoke on Sunday morning to a lake that looked like a sheet of glass and were none too optimistic as they headed to the race course on the final day of racing at the Irish J/24 National Championship.

But, as the morning went on, the wind started to build and by the time the fleet had made it to the race area a steady 10-12 kts had materialized. That enabled LEYC’s PRO Derek Bothwell and his team to lay marks and get racing off on schedule. With just five races completed out of a scheduled nine, the race management team were eager to get as many races in as possible and all racing for the day started with the “U” flag!!

Going into the final day’s racing, Cillian Dickson’s HEADCASE from Howth Yacht Club was lying in third place behind Darragh McCormack’s STOUCHE from Foynes Yacht Club in first and JP McCaldin’s EL RICCIO in second.

However, HEADCASE climbed their way back up, winning the first two races, but still needing to finish two places ahead of STOUCHE in the final race. That race was won by JANA from Sligo Yacht Club but HEADCASE’s third place ahead of STOUCHE’s fifth was enough for them to finish the event on level points and win on countback. Dickson’s crew included Sam O’Byrne, Cillian Dickson, Marcus Ryan, Ryan Glynn, and Louis Mulloy.

Tadgh O’Loinsigh on JANX SPIRIT from Tralee Bay Sailing Club sailed a superb series and is the new ICRA Under 25 J/24 National Champion. His crew included Hugh Stewart, Tadgh McSweeney, Brian Fox, and Donnagh O’Buachalla. He will receive a grant from ICRA to assist with his J/24 campaign, which will be presented at the ICRA National Conference later this year along with a presentation on the importance of supporting Under 25 programs.

Colm O’Flaherty’s JANA from Sligo Yacht Club won the Silver Fleet. Meanwhile, Conor Houghton’s JADE from Wicklow Sailing Club won the Bronze Fleet.

The band playing outside on the Saturday night was a little bit of magic and gave the event a festival feel and the racing finished on a high with three great races.

The Lough Erne YC would like to thank Brian and also Martin O’Reilly and Sinéad Enright who are also stepping down this year, for all their hard work and commitment to the association over the past few years. We would also like to wish newly elected President Mark Usher from Greystones Sailing Club the very best of luck and to welcome Tadgh O’Loinsigh from Tralee Bay Sailing Club as the Under 25 representative on the new committee.

The Lough Erne YC’s race manager had this commentary on the racing:

“The forecast said “ten knots, gusting close to twenty”, but as the fleet made its way to the race course it was clear that the “breeze was on” for Day 1.

The starts were hectic with twenty-eight boats fighting for front row positions, the fleet got away clean for three of the four races.

The upwind legs were a battle between finding flatter water and picking your way through the wind shifts across the broad Lough. There were gains to be made on both sides of race course, and all through the fleet, boats traded positions with only small margin making the difference of often multiple places.

The front half of the fleet was always still tightly packed as they approached the first windward mark, and with spinnakers hoisted and powerful gusts, the downwind legs in the first couple of races were fun and felt short. The leeward gate created opportunities as the fleet split each time for a second lap.

By the time the warning signal for Race 3 was raised, the breeze showed signs of dropping a little bit. At that point, about half the fleet made the change to their larger genoa headsail. On balance, those who stuck with Jib’s probably fared better during the next race and only by Race 4 had the wind moderated enough to make sailing with the J/24’s big Genoa really manageable.
J/24 Irish Youth Under 25 team
With testing wind conditions, and a very competitive fleet, every place was fought for and as is so often the case in big fleets consistency was the key to success on day 1. After four races completed, and still no discard, the McCormack’s STOUCHE from Foynes Yacht Club managed to stay just ahead of Flor O'Driscoll's team in HARD ON PORT. Behind them, and still in the running to grab the National title, were the local team of JP Caldin on IL RICCIO and HEADCASE owned and sailed by the first graduates of the Howth YC J/24 “Under 25” development program.”

The Foynes YC U-25 Team had this to say:
“So glad to be out here in Enniskillen; what a fantastic venue to compete in. Our team’s first time racing here and it didn’t disappoint. While our results weren’t as good as we would have originally hoped, we had a great day on the water all the same. The PRO Derek Bothwell and his team set great courses that made for extremely competitive and nail-biting races for us all day long. We were met with testing conditions at the beginning of the day, which gradually eased. It took us a while to get the boat going but we dusted off the cobwebs and eventually got into the groove. We are happy to say our results improved as the day progressed. Hopefully, our performance will continue to improve tomorrow and the day after!”

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J/105 North American Championship Preview

J/105 starting line
(Marblehead, MA)- The 2019 J/105 North American Championship will be sailed from September 5th to 8th off Marblehead, MA on the open waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. Hosting the event is Corinthian Yacht Club, along with title sponsor “The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board”.

The nineteen J/105 teams that are entered will also be happy to hear that VRSports.TV is providing photo and video coverage of all four days of racing. The UK-based film and editing crew has covered nearly every one-design event in the world and their founder and executive director- Simon Butterworth- will be joining his team to cover the event.

Many of the top teams come from afar. There are two teams from San Francisco (Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault’s GOOD TRADE and Tim Russell’s NE*NE); three teams from Texas (Bill Zartler’s DEJA VOODOO, Ken Horne’s FINAL FINAL, and Mark Masur’s TWO FEATHERS), one boat from Canada (Terry Michaelson’s THE USUAL SUSPECTS from Toronto), and the rest are from the northeastern seaboard of the USA. The top local boats include Mark Lindquist’s STERLING and Charlie Garrard’s MERLIN.  For complete J/105 North American Championship results  For more J/105 North American Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.