Thursday, April 10, 2008

J/125 Reinrag 2 Streaks to Cabo

The Garnier's J/125 Reinrag 2 from Portland, OR scored yet another offshore class win (and a second overall!) at the recently completed CDM to Cabo San Lucas Race hosted by Balboa Yacht Club. This team has already taken three consecutive Transpac class wins culminating last July in an overall Transpac victory. Surfing down the coast of Mexico the team took line honors ahead of the entire fleet of mainly larger boats. Tim Fuller on his J/122 Resolute had a good run as well taking a 4th in PHRF and 2nd under ORR in his class. Click the Reinrag icon for some great R2 action video from the Race. More results here

Js Sail Fast @ Rolex International

Winning four of the seven handicap classes, J/Boat sailors were having more than just fun at the Rolex International regatta in St. Thomas., they were collecting silver. In total, (including the IC 24 class) over 37% of the Rolex fleet were sailing aboard J/Boat hulls at the event.

Winning Spinnaker Racing 2 was Gilberto Rivera's (Guaynabo, PR) J/24 Urayo, which also won in 2006. Rivera, who gave his Rolex watch to his father in 2006, gave this year's prize to foredeck crew Francisco Velez and plans to give any watch he wins in the future here to a crewmember until it's his turn. "That's so my crew will stay with the boat," said Rivera jokingly. "Seriously, this is such a great event; we've been coming since 1998."

Jens Hookansen (Middletown, R.I.), who steered Robert Armstrong's J/100 Bad Girl to win Spinnaker Racing 1, had similar sentiments. "I love coming down here," said Hookansen, a native of St. Croix and past J/24 World Champion. "The venue is fantastic and you get a chance to wear a Rolex home. What could be better?"

Non-spinnaker Racing class was won by Juan Moline's (Vega Baja, PR) J/24 Medalla Light, while Spinnaker Racing/Cruising class was won by James Dobbs' new J/122 Lost Horizon continuing his string of 2008 wins... results and pics.