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March 4th

Banderas Bay beach(Bahia de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)- The 23rd Annual Banderas Bay Regatta is scheduled to take place March 3rd to 7th, 2015. A well-rounded fleet of twenty-five boats ranging in size from 24 feet to 50+ feet is looking forward to a fun-filled week of music, good food, great camaraderie, and great racing.

This regatta is the one of the biggest cruiser regattas in the world and is the largest and oldest on Mexico’s west coast. For the past 22 years, the event has brought together cruisers as well as serious racers for a week of parties and yacht racing. Handicaps are calculated based on the fact that most competitors are loaded with gear; a dinghy or two, extra anchors, a complete sail inventory, and most likely lots provisions (refreshments, too).…

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March 3rd

J/24 sailboats- sailing off Tampa, Florida(Tampa, Florida)- Will Welles continues his six-month hot streak, adding the 2015 J/24 Midwinter Championship to his trophy case, which also holds the 2014 J/24 US National Championship and 2014 J/24 World Championship. Racing COUGAR with Chris Morgan, Monica Morgan, Jeff Linton and Erik Rexford, Welles totaled 25 points in eight races with a scoreline that included four bullets.

Will Welles' COUGAR racing team at J/24 MidwintersWelles credited Chris Morgan for putting the crew together and using his local boat. “I’d been looking forward to sailing with this team, and it just all fit together.” He commended the race committee for completing eight races in the first two days.…

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March 3rd

J/122 sailing at Heineken St Maarten Regatta(Simpson Bay, St Maarten)- For 35 years, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing in the Caribbean and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: “Serious Fun”.

Year after year, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta orchestrates a balance between excellent sailing and international artists to give visitors and competitors a one of a kind experience.  This year is no different, Tessane at Heineken St Maarten sailing regattaand organizers have stepped it up a notch and booked none other than Tessanne Chin to perform on Saturday night as the headliner for the Caribbean Jam night on Kim Sha Beach.  She just recently performed at “Redemption Live: Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday” celebration, in Kingston Jamaica.…

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March 2nd

J/111 Worlds logo(Newport, Rhode Island)- The second annual J/111 World Championship in Newport, Rhode Island is garnering tremendous enthusiasm from 111 teams.  Several boats are participating from the United Kingdom, including the current J/111 World Champion SHMOKIN JOE owned by Duncan McDonald and Phil Thomas.  Plus, an Australian team from way Down Under is making the trek to sail in Newport as well as a top Canadian team is coming down from the north.  At this stage, over twenty boats have committed to participate, including teams from across America (New England, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico and the West Coast).…

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March 1st

The J/40 cruisers, the Malmquists from Bellingham, WA(Bellingham, WA)- The J/40 HERON REACH, was recently completely refit by Jerry Schuster and Ginny Malmquist (from Bellingham, WA) and is now sailing south to join up with the Blue Planet Odyssey project founded by renowned offshore sailor Jimmy Cornell.

Formerly known as Mal de Mer III, J40 Hull# 33 was first built in 1986. After buying it as their first boat a little over a year ago, they renamed her as HERON REACH. Jerry, who has always been a build it/fix it person doing everything from R&D on the Apache helicopter, to running the greenest car mechanic’s shop in Washington State, completed a total refurbishment and after 15 months of hard work HERON REACH was ready to go to sea.  According to Jerry,

“We have actively worked to raise awareness about climate change in our community of Bellingham, WA and have been active in our local Transition Movement.…

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February 28th

J/36 Paladin sailing off St Croix, US Virgin Islands with youth sailing team(St Croix, USVI)- The J/36 PALADIN, owned by Stan Joines from St Croix, US Virgin Islands, has been on a mission to introduce young sailors to offshore sailing.  Stan comments, “The crew of PALADIN is a mix of kids.  Five of the crew are from the St. Croix Yacht club; they are in Junior high school at Good Hope Country Day private school, ages 10-13. They are also very active in Optimist racing at the club.  Another of the crew is my son, age 8.  Another four of the crew are from Central High, a public school here on St. Croix, where I teach.  We practice Saturday mornings.  The boat is sponsored by St.…

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February 28th

(Palma Mallorca, Spain)- Norm Curnow’s J/36 JAZZ from the United Kingdom continues its adventures across the Mediterranean.  Like Stan Joine’s perspective above, Norm has been a big fan of his J/36 after sailing her for several tens of thousands of miles both single-handed and double-handed.  Here’s a quick update from Norm:

“Things that make a cruiser-racer worthwhile even after 35 years of sailing my J/36:

Sunset traveling home after a visit to Crete

J/36 sailboat- kevlar jib after storm

The kevlar jib after 50-plus knots of wind

Trophies won in one of the good seasons

At rest at the top of the Straits of Messina

J/36 cruiser sailboat- docked at Palma Mallorca, Spain

Once again in Palma Majorca off Spain

J/36 cruiser sailboat- sailing off Newport, Rhode Island

Finally, were it all started in the USA as Rod Johnstone’s JAZZ.  We won the trophy for the most traveled boat in 2014 at my local sailing club- Saltash Sailing Club!…

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February 28th

J/88 sailing downwind off Key West, Florida(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)- Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Here is an excerpt from the January report:

The ever-popular Quantum Key West Race Week delivered picture perfect sailing conditions until the final day of racing where competitors were faced with howling winds and rough seas forcing the top contenders to raise their game in order to claim victory.

The Canadian entry in the J/88 class was Ontario natives Rob and Sandy Butler, sailing on TOUCH2PLAY. TOUCH2PLAY trailed behind class leader DEVIATION for most of the week, eventually capitalizing on DEVIATION’s weaknesses on the final day.…

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February 27th

DIYC Commodore- Kath(Tampa, FL)- Kristen Berry from J/World Annapolis was active at the last of the Quantum J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island YC in Tampa, Florida (a.k.a. “Do It Yourself Club”).  Kristen’s role as “coach” for their two J/World J/70s participating had some interesting insights from the regatta.

In addition, Kristen had an opportunity to interview the Chief Cheerleader at Davis Island YC- Kath Robinson-Malone- ex-Laser sailor, then J/24 sailor, then a “permanent” volunteer including being first woman Commodore for DIYC.   See YouTube sailing interview of Commodore Kath Robinson-Malone here.

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February 27th

J/70 Junior rounding mark(Youngstown, New York)- Recently, Don Finkle and his son Tim (the upstate New York J/Dealer- RCR Yachts.com) put together their collective thoughts and notes after sailing the first part of the J/70 winter circuit down in Florida.  Here is their commentary:

“We’ve done our fair share of racing on the national J/70 circuit and we’ve learned a lot!  We learned from those we’ve sailed with, through trial and error, from listening to seminars, and talking to many of the pros within the fleet.  I am not a professional sailor and I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do pay attention.…

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