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Kirkjian Crowned Australian J/24 Champion

20 Jan

J/24 Australia sailing off Sydney(Sydney, Australia)- Sean Kirkjian’s Pacific Sailing School team admirably aided by the inimitable ‘AJ’ Tony Reynolds and the school graduates in ‘Sailpac’ have taken out the 2017 nationals with a solid and consistent result over Shane Guanaria, helming class stalwart Arthur Crother’s ‘Kaotic’ by 4 points. Brendan Lee sailing ‘By the Lee’ from Melbourne was third by another 7 points.

A recent record fleet of 25 boats competed in the nationals hosted by the Cronulla Sailing Club, located in Port Hacking on the southern edge of Sydney. Many competitors were visiting Cronulla for the first time and have come away ...

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Record Lauderdale to Key West Race

19 Jan

J/111 Heat Wave sailing Lauderdale Key West RaceJ/44 KENAI Wins Class, J/111 HEAT WAVE Second!
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)- The 41st Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club, started at noon on Wednesday under absolutely perfect conditions- winds from the ENE blowing 15-20 kts with boats setting Code Zero’s and asymmetrics once they approached Rebecca Shoals, the first primary turning point to the WSW towards Key West.  Records were broken for both monohulls and multihulls.  And, the J/crews reveled in the conditions.

The annual race sends sailors on a 160 nm sprint down along the curve of the ...

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J/111 Benelux Series Announcement

18 Jan

J/111 sailing off Benelux(Dordrecht, The Netherlands)- 2017 will see the sequel of last year, regarding J/111 One Design Racing in Benelux. Again, three events are selected to host the growing class and it is hot racing:

  • 22-23 April: Van Uden Reco Regatta, Stellendam
  • 02-04 June: North Sea Regatta, Scheveningen (Open Benelux Class Championship)
  • 25-27 August: Breskens Sailing Weekend, Breskens

Before and between these events, there are special dedicated J/111 training programs scheduled, as well as regattas in the Solent off Cowes, United Kingdom.

“After a very successful 2016 season of great One-Design racing, all Benelux-owners agreed to continue One-Design Racing and getting the ...

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STAMPEDE @ Quantum J/70 Winter Series II!

17 Jan

J/70 planing on Tampa Bay at Quantum J/70 Winter Series(Tampa, FL)- The scene might have been right out of a Caesarean drama!  As Julia Caesar once commented after quickly conquering yet more lands, “vene vidi vici”, and that’s the way it was for the Fort Worth, Texas based team on the mighty STAMPEDE. Led by owner Bruno Pasquinelli, the STAMPEDE crew that included Jamie Wilmot and Willem van Waay simply smoked the fleet, winning the first five races and sailing home after race six to let the others fight for the leftovers.

J/70s sailing upwind on Tampa BaySuch a thorough spanking of the fleet was not what anyone anticipated, nor expected, in the highly ...

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US J/70 Youth Championship Announcement!

16 Jan

US J/70 Youth ChampionshipWin a FREE J/70 for your Sailing Club!
(Newport, RI)- The first annual U.S. J/70 Youth Championship will take place concurrent with the J/FEST New England Regatta from August 11th to 13th, 2017.  The event will be hosted by the famous crew at SAIL NEWPORT, Newport, Rhode Island and hosted at their extraordinary facility at Fort Adams State Park.

The goal of this event is to help develop and build leading-edge junior keelboat sailing programs across America.  The winning club of this event will get ”free” usage of a fully equipped International J/70 one-design class sailboat, with sails and trailer, ...

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Quantum Key West Regatta Preview

15 Jan

J/70s sailing Key West Race Week(Key West, FL)- In a fashion befitting a 30th anniversary, the famous Quantum Key West Regatta bristles with a plethora of racing stars from American and ten countries, some of the most technically developed racing boats afloat and one of the largest growing classes in the world- the J/70 speedster!

According to Commanders’ Weather, the weather forecast supplier for race week, the first three days of the regatta will offer moderate to strong winds of 10 to 20 knots from the east/east-southeast. A cold front predicted for the second half of the week could lighten the conditions, but Commanders’ Weather ...

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Monaco J/70 Winter Series- Act III Preview

14 Jan

J/70s sailing off Monte Carlo, Monaco(Monte Carlo, Monaco)- Sailing concurrently as Key West Race Week on the lovely, sunny Mediterranean is the European J/70 fleet.  From January 13th to 15th, YC Monaco will be running the third Act of their Monaco J/70 Winter Series for an incredibly competitive, closely-packed fleet of thirty-one boats.

Russian J/70 ARTTUBE.com teamThe fleet is remarkably diverse, with crew coming from ten nations across Europe, including Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden.  While the winner of the last Act is not sailing, Lera Kovalenko, Russia’s top woman sailor, will be back on ARTTUBE to defend her series leading position ...

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boot Dusseldorf Boat Show Extravaganza!

13 Jan

J/97E family sports cruiser(Dusseldorf, German)- With over 300 sailboat related exhibitors, there is no question the world’s largest sailboat show in the heart of Europe is an exciting place to visit.  Das boot, the boat show, takes place from January 21st to 29th.

On display in Hall 15/ Booth B21 will be two choices for J/Clan aficionados.  For those into performance, the two little speedsters will be on display- the J/70 and J/88. And, for those into fast, comfortable cruising- the J/97E and the J/112E.

In Germany alone, the most significant impact on sailing has been the evolution of the J/70 ...

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Dutch Double-handed J/Sailors Honored!

12 Jan

Netherlands Two-handed sailors at awards(Nieuwegein, The Netherlands)- The annual awards ceremony of the Dutch Sailing Federation honored the top two-handed sailors in the Dutch offshore circuit.

For the annual Shorthanded Awards, sailors nominate candidates for the Double Handed and Solo Challenge Award, and the committee, consisting of Chairman Sander Bakker Erik van Vuuren, Hans Bourscholte and Luke Schroeder, review the nominations and select and designate a winner.

J/120 sailing double-handed in NetherlandsFor the Double Handed Awards, the jury proposed three nominations:

  • John van der Starre and Robin Verhoef for winning the Two-handed sailing series and prepping their new J/122 AJETO for the best possible performance shorthanded.
  • Yvonne Beusker

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J/24 Italy Winter Series Reports

11 Jan

J24 sailing off Italy(Rome, Italy)- The J/24 class in Italy continues to enjoy their winter series events around the peninsula, particularly in the more southern fleets in the Mediterranean.

The winner for the J/24 Trophy for Best Owner/Skipper and crew for 2016 (based on four of the best scores in the circuit) was Italian J/24 Class President, Pietro Diamante racing his boat ITA 212 JAMAICA.  They were followed in the overall scoring by ITA 400 CAPTAIN NEMO, sailed by Guido Guadagni, in second place and taking the bronze position on the podium was ITA 371 JOC sailed by Fabio Apollonio.  ...

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