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August 4th

J/70s sailing New EnglandsALLEGRO SIMPLICITA Tops J/105s, SEA BAGS Overwhelms J/24s
(Marblehead, MA)– More than 130 boats in nine classes competed in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Marblehead, featuring the J/70 New England Championship. According to one sailor, “It was a very tough weekend of sailing.  There was everything from light air and flat water, to heavy air and high seas.”  Indeed, Mother Nature tossed everything including the dirty dishes and the kitchen sink at the fleet all weekend long!

The first day saw clear skies and temperatures in the high 70s. Winds topped out at 6-8 knots, making for a slow but competitive day on the water.  The J/70s had 23 boats in the class and finished the day with three races.…

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August 4th

J/42 sailing Trans-Atlantic Race 2015(Plymouth, England)-  “We’re here in the U.K. packing the boat up after the Transatlantic Race and want to report the boat was super!  We averaged 7.45 knots for 3,225 nautical miles— a simply amazing performance for this wonderful cruising boat! I had could have pushed the boat harder in the heavy weather, which there was a lot of, but recognized that some of the crew were a bit nervous surfing above 14 knots. We hove to for seven hours during one gale of 40-50 knots with 15-20 foot steep waves. This move was, while comfortable, costly in the overall as 7 hours separated places 6 through 8 in the class.…

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August 4th

YC Costa Smeralda- Porto Cervo, Sardinia(Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- The SAILING Champions League and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) are pleased to announce their collaboration for an event in 2015. YCCS will organize and host the SAILING Champions League Final in its European home waters in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, from 18th to 20th September 2015.

The YC Costa Smeralda is awaiting delivery of a new fleet of eight J/70s at the end of this month that will be used for the SAILING Champions League Final. The fleet will also be used in the future for inter-club events, team racing and will be available to YCCS members.…

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August 3rd

J/22s sailing CanAm Challenge regatta(Youngstown, NY)- Instead, consider the following.  Use the LAKE EFFECT to REACH AROUND, avoid DEVIATION, and meet the MO’MONEY MANDATE defined by the EU! LOL! Such would be world politics defined by sailors, and the names of their boats!

Just about as much fun was had by anyone this past weekend by the clan of J sailors that gathered together in Youngstown, New York for the second edition of the Can Am Challenge.  Yes, there was sailing.  Yes, there was plenty of camaraderie.  Indeed, MOLSON ALE supplied a few keggers of beer.  Even better yet, there was a street hockey game on the waterfront in front of the fleet of J/105s.  Long-time local Marty McKenna, owner of J/70 168 RARITY, commented on his experience this year sailing the CanAm Challenge.…

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August 3rd

Doyle wins J/22 Worlds- Travemunde, Germany(Travemunde, Germany)- The setting for the 2015 J/22 Worlds could not have been nicer for this popular little J class.  Over time, the Worlds have been hosted in Europe, the USA and South Africa.  This year, the German J/22 Class and Lubecker YC (Chairman Andrea Varner Tümmler) threw out the red carpet treatment for all and ensured the Travemunde Week sailing organizers and the primary sponsors MARINEPOOL and SAP SAILING ANALYTICS provided “first-class” treatment for all, both onshore and on-the-water.  To say the least, the organizers provided all that in “spades” and then some.  No one came away from their experience in Travemunde and could say, after 14 races sailed in the highly competitive 44 boat fleet, that they were not exhausted- be that from the epic social program ashore or the amazing sailing on the water.…

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August 3rd

J/97E sailing under spinnaker(Seattle, Washington)- The first J/Boat created after the revolutionary 24-footer was the J/30 in 1979. The Johnstone team saw a place in the market for a fast 30-foot +/- racer-cruiser, and the J/30 fit that bill nicely. They’re still great boats.

In 2009, J/Boats introduced the J/97 (31.5′), which targeted that same racer-cruiser market with a much more modern design paradigm. Much had changed in the nearly 30 years since the J/30. The new boat, though heavier, was dramatically faster and arguably more comfort-able with an aft double and aft head.

With the asymmetrical spinnaker and non-overlapping headsails, it was also easier to sail shorthanded.…

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August 2nd

J sailor Nicole Breault wins ISAF Nations Cup(Vladivostok, Russia)- It seems it pays to sail a lot of one-design regattas with top-notch competition in J/22s, J/105s, J/80s and so forth.  In Vladivostok, Russia, Nicole came home with the gold medal in the Women’s match race division!

The ISAF Nations Cup was first introduced to the world in 1991, with Open and Women’s contests based on a series of Regional Finals with the top crews meeting at the Grand Final. The eighth edition of the match racing championship was held July 15-19.

Breault had been looking strong coming out of the final round-robin with a perfect four from four record.…

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August 2nd

J/70s sailing offshore(Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA)- Running for decades, the Edgartown YC Annual Regatta regularly attracts strong one-design competition from across New England.  The event has been famous for participation by the Kennedy family from Hyannisport, MA in their fabled Wianno Seniors.  Indeed, in this year’s event, the Wianno’s were the largest one-design class participating with over twenty boats.

The “new kid on the block”, not surprisingly, is the J/70 class.  Teams from Edgartown YC and Vineyard Haven YC joined in the fun-in-the-sun for a great weekend of sailing.

The regatta turned into a bit of a duel between the top two boats, Alex Meleny’s TRUCKIN and Roland Vandermeer’s VENONA.…

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August 1st

J/80 JETTE- Wiedemann family sailing Worlds off Kiel, Germany(Kiel, Germany)- This year’s J/80 Worlds had a number of family boats participating on the Schilksee off Kiel, Germany.  One of those family boats was called JETTE and was sailed by the Weidemann family- a father, mother, both sons and a girlfriend!!  According to Sven Jurgensen who was the official J/80 Worlds photographer, “they all had a great time despite the hair-raising, challenging, stormy conditions on the last day of racing!  Can’t you tell?  They’re all still smiling!”

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