(Plymouth, England)- The 2016 J/24 Europeans were hosted by Royal Western YC in Plymouth, England for a fleet of the 37 boats from eight nations (France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden). After battling with strong winds and a reasonable sea state for the first three days of the J/24 Europeans, the winner was finally declared after a light final day of racing- Andy Taylor on the mighty PHOENIX from Parkstone YC!
The course for both races on Friday was in a tricky southerly varying in strength and direction. The smart tactic was to head out to starboard ... Read More
(Newport, RI)- The 12th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race concluded on Saturday, August 20 after thirty-seven boats completed either a 121 nautical mile course (Doublehanded, PHRF Spinnaker and IRC classes) or a 107 nm course (Cruising Spinnaker) that started and finished off Newport, R.I.
One of the first critical decisions of the race had to be made after the rounding the Buzzards Bay Tower- which way to go around Block Island to get to the government mark just east of Montauk Point. Most boats all went south on that long leg. However, the next critical decision was how ... Read More
(Cowes, England)– The inaugural edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Île d’Ouessant Race produced a fascinating strategic battle for the new 400nm ocean race from Cowes to France via a somewhat circuitous routing. In an ever-changing wind and tide scenario, the outstanding performers needed to make bespoke tactical decisions to achieve success. Speed is always king in offshore racing, but the fastest time is not always achieved by adopting the shortest route. The course is Cowes– Wolf Rock– Ouessant– St Malo (400nm), and was run on August 12, 2016. Overall, a number of J/Crews did exceptionally well in the ... Read More
(Rye, New York)- Communal experience as a team and college sailing experience in shifty winds paid dividends for Clemmie Everett (Rye, N.Y.) and her crew, who took home the Bengt Julin Trophy for winning the 2016 International Women’s Keelboat Championship at American Yacht Club on Friday.
“Wednesday’s racing was coming right off the shore so it was very shifty,” said Everett. “Alix sailed at Tufts. Tufts sails at Mystic Lake. I sailed in the Charles River in college. We both do a lot of frostbiting. We were totally comfortable with puffy and shifty conditions.” The team made a conscious effort ... Read More
(Santa Barbara, CA)- Why not!? Larry & Becky Harteck, active members of the Santa Barbara J/105 fleet, decided to do exactly that with their two sons- heading for the Channel Islands! According to Larry:
“We were at Santa Cruz Island for three days without any cell service! Our son, Nick, is exploring a cave (an underwater ‘grotto’) that goes back at least a 100 feet and opens up to 2 large ‘rooms’.
We anchored at Lady’s Harbor in absolutely perfect conditions! So nice to enjoy the sounds of nature, hiking adventures ashore, swimming and exploring with the kids!”
We could ... Read More
(Mount Pleasant, SC)- The J/130 SCEPTRE is now sailing in the offshore circuit in the southeastern USA. Here’s a report from her owner- Bob Musor from Mt Pleasant, South Carolina- “We moved from the San Francisco Bay Area two years ago and brought our J/130 SCEPTRE with us to South Carolina. I have been slowly building a crew in the area.
Last Friday, we raced in the annual Savannah Cup, which is a night race from Charleston, SC to Savannah, Ga. We finished second in Alpha Class and were less than 30 minutes from winning the Savannah Cup outright!! SCEPTRE ... Read More
(Gothenburg, Sweden)- J/111 BLUR.SE report- owner/ skipper Peter Gustafsson commented on the Gothenburg Open Sea Race: “This is perhaps the only proper offshore race on the west coast of Sweden- the Gothenburg Open Sea Race. It is a short 120 nm over-night stunt back and forth over Kattegat bay.
Most of the J/111 BLUR.SE crew were on vacation, but I was keen to go anyways- – so we decided to do it double-handed. We thought it might be fun to challenge the fully-crewed teams. Or, so we thought. As we got closer to the race, the forecast became more and ... Read More
(St Petersburg, Russia)- The SAILING Champions League (SCL) will start this Friday (August 26th) in St. Petersburg. Clubs from all over Europe will arrive in the far north to obtain a starting position for the big SCL finale at the end of September on Sardinia. As a technological partner of the SAILING Champions League, SAP will provide technical support for professional live coverage. Organizers and partners expect a thrilling weekend with spectacular sailing pictures on “Sail TV.”
“This is the first season that the SAILING Champions League stages Act I and our Club is happy to be among the pioneers ... Read More
(Kingston, ONT, Canada)- The world-famous CORK International Sailing Week is playing host to the 2015 J/22 World Championship, held in Kingston, Ontario and being sailed on the eastern end of Lake Ontario until the end of the week. Forty-six teams participating from Canada (15 boat), the Cayman Islands (three teams) and the USA (28 crews).
Day One report Read More
Chris Doyle of New York showed why he’s the reigning J/22 World Champion on the opening day of the regatta. Three races were completed in gorgeous Lake Ontario conditions. Doyle, sailing with Will Harris and Adam Burns, finished Monday with 10 points, ...
(Annapolis, MD)- The US J/70 Class Association announced the inaugural US Corinthian National Championship will take place this fall in Annapolis, Maryland. Eastport Yacht Club will host the “amateur-only” event in conjunction with the established Fall Brawl regatta from October 20-23, 2016. In addition to three days of racing, J/World will conduct practice races on Thursday, October 20, and both Friday and Saturday evenings will include a competitors’ social and industry professional debrief.
As a Corinthian event, all competitors, including the owner/driver, must provide proof of a valid ISAF Group 1 classification at the time of registration. “The concept of ... Read More