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J/Sailors Leading America’s Cup!?

4 Dec

Ben Ainslie's America's Cup AC45 Land Rover BAR team winners(Hamilton, Bermuda)- What do Ben Ainslie and Jimmie Spithill have in common?  Both have sailed various J/Boats over time.  Ben has raced J/80s and J/109s in the United Kingdom on the Solent (off Cowes) as well as down in Plymouth.  Jimmie moved to San Diego, CA after the last America’s Cup in San Francisco to settle down with his wife and friends.  In that process, Jimmie bought Dennis Conner’s J/105 #3 and renamed it “17”, Jimmie’s lucky number for all his sailboats.

In Fukuoka, Japan, Land Rover BAR, the British challenge headed by Olympic legend Ben Ainslie– won the Louis ...

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Wirth Munroe Miami to Palm Beach Race Preview

4 Dec

J/160 Pipe Dream sailing Wirth Munroe race(Palm Beach, FL)- Storm Trysail Club and The Sailfish Club of Florida in Palm Beach are hosting their annual Wirth Munroe Invitational Race.  It is a quick offshore sprint of 70nm north, up the Gulf Stream from Miami to Palm Beach.

The weather looks promising for the fleet, with breezes on Friday starting in the northeast quadrant at 10-15 kts and increasing to 15-20 kts ENE later in the day.  With the Gulf Stream flowing “hot” offshore in a northerly direction around 5.5 kts, that means it could be a beat or close-fetch up the shoreline on starboard tack for ...

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J/Sailors Leading Vendee Globe!?

3 Dec

Thomson's Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 sailboat(Les Sables d’Olonne, France)-  It’s all “glam” at the front of the fleet.   The phrase ‘the rich get richer’ has rarely been more fitting than when describing the current state of the Vendée Globe fleet in the third week of the solo round the world race.  Experienced J/sailors at the top include race leader Alex Thomson (HUGO BOSS), Morgan Lagravière (SAFRAN), and now up into 7th place- Jeane-Pierre Dick’s St MICHEL-BIRBACK.

The gap between the seven frontrunners and the 21 skippers trying desperately to keep up with them has turned from a gully into a chasm.  Life could not be ...

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SOLSTICE Eclipses J/22 Turkey Bowl

3 Dec

J/22s sailing Chesapeake Bay(Annapolis, MD)- The Severn Sailing Association held their annual pre-Thanksgiving regatta- the Turkey Bowl- in Annapolis, MD for the local J/22 fleet on the weekend of November 12th to 13th.

After enjoying a weekend of delightful racing on the Chesapeake Bay, the SSA PRO managed to run four races.  Taking the honors as Chief Turkey was the team on the mighty SOLSTICE, comprised of David Waiting, Natalie Burls and Pedro Espina with a record of 2-1-1-1 for 5 pts- a virtual eclipse of the fleet.  Second overall was determined on a tie-breaker at 12 pts each!  Taking the tiebreak was ...

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Dark’n’Stormy J/105 Bacardi Bermuda Invite

2 Dec

J/105s sailing Bermuda(Hamilton, Bermuda)- The prognosticators who sail Bermuda’s Great Sound (e.g. local knowledge) were convinced the weather forecast was perfect for this year’s Bacardi XL Catlin Bermuda Keelboat Invitational.  From November 17 to 19, Bermuda Weather Service, as well as the European Community Model Weather Forecast service (ECMWF), were in agreement that winds would be near gale force from the westerly quadrants for most of the weekend.  A “nice breeze” for locals, by the way, is 15-25 knots in this beautiful little island community about 635nm offshore southeast of Newport, RI.  For J/105 sailors, especially for those familiar with San Francisco ...

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Dark’n’Stormy J/105 Bacardi Bermuda Invite

2 Dec

J/105s sailing Bermuda(Hamilton, Bermuda)- The prognosticators who sail Bermuda’s Great Sound (e.g. local knowledge) were convinced the weather forecast was perfect for this year’s Bacardi XL Catlin Bermuda Keelboat Invitational.  From November 17 to 19, Bermuda Weather Service, as well as the European Community Model Weather Forecast service (ECMWF), were in agreement that winds would be near gale force from the westerly quadrants for most of the weekend.  A “nice breeze” for locals, by the way, is 15-25 knots in this beautiful little island community about 635nm offshore southeast of Newport, RI.  For J/105 sailors, especially for those familiar with San Francisco ...

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J/122 Sailing Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race

2 Dec

J/122 Jackpot sailing off Australia(Sydney, Australia)- In less than 39 days, ninety-seven boats from Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Sweden, Germany, China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea will be lining up in Sydney Harbour for the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.  The YouTube video sailing preview can be found here.

One of the competing yachts is the J/122 JACKPOT, skippered by Adrian van Bellen. Their team has been practicing a lot as a work-up to what is famous for being one of the world’s toughest yacht races anywhere. For the past 71 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s ...

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Georgetown Wins College Match Racing Nationals

1 Dec

J/22 College match race champions- Georgetown(San Diego, CA)– The 2016 College Sailing Match Racing Nationals, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC), concluded last weekend on San Diego Bay. After three days of competitive racing on SDYC’s fleet of matched one-design J/22 class sailboats, Georgetown University won the Cornelius Shields Sr. Trophy, emblematic of the college match-racing champion.

The final day of racing consisted of a knockout round for 9th and 10th place, Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals, Petite Finals and Finals. Race Committee was able to pull off all races with winds at 5-7 knots.

After the Semi-Finals, Dartmouth College and College of Charleston raced for ...

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Seguel’s GURU Crowned Chilean J/24 Champion!

1 Dec

J/24 Chile(Talcahuano, Chile)- Over the weekend of November 19th & 20th, the Chile J/24 class held their National Championship and it also served as the qualifying event for the J/24 South American Championship being sailed later in December in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

The J/24 fleet in Talcahuano hosted the regatta out of the Chilean Navy Base in Marina El Manzano.  Of note, this harbor was located at the center of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2010 that flooded coastal cities and harbors up to 8,000nm away!  The fleet and harbor have since recovered and have a growing fleet of ...

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New J/World Training Programs for 2017

1 Dec

J/World Sailing School(Annapolis, MD)- The J/World team has created some exciting new programming for 2017.  It all starts this winter with coaches on both coasts heading south for racing and cruising training in Florida, San Diego and Puerto Vallarta. Most of the programs dovetail with prominent race weeks or cruising rallies, giving students the unique opportunity to learn new skills and immediately apply them.  Learn more about their respective training programs here:

J/World New Boat Training Option!
Now available for any new J/Boats orders is a “J/World training option” for new J/Owners!  J/World will custom-tailor a ...

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