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April 18th

Anchoring Tips from J World

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ANCHORING:

Anchoring involves a set of skills and knowledge that is often overlooked. Too often the ability to anchor properly is taken for granted. The feeling that all you have to do is “toss the anchor into the water and tie it to the boat” is far from the truth and can be dangerous. Here are a few suggestions that may help you to anchor successfully:

1) Select a location with a good holding ground. Remember, most anchors work by digging into the bottom. If you do not take steps to make sure this happens then your anchor will not hold regardless of how big it is.…

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April 18th

J/80 RUSSIA Yachting Cup(Lago di Garda, Italy)- One of the oldest yacht clubs in Europe is the Fraglia Vela Riva, located on the picturesque northern shores of Lago di Garda in Italy.  Last week, FVR hosted the ninth edition of the “Yachting Russia Cup” for the Russian-speaking yachting community. Competition was held on International J/80 one-design sportsboats in a format of match races for all participating teams.

Nearly 60 athletes from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Germany and Italy were divided into 11 teams. According to rules of the Cup each skipper has the right to choose from all participants one crew member, then the rest of the crew is formed by drawing from a lottery (e.g.…

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April 17th

Bob Billingham- J/24 sailor (San Francisco, CA)- Bob Billingham (a.k.a. “Buddha”) passed away following a lengthy illness on March 30, 2014 at home in Grass Valley, California. He was 56 years of age.

Bob had graduated from Amherst College in 1979 with degrees in Geology and English. Born in England, he immigrated to the United States when he was five years old with his parents, who were professors at Stanford University.

Bob had an accomplished sailing track record which included representing the United States at the 1988 Olympics, winning the Silver medal in the Soling Class with John Kostecki and Will Baylis. Bob is a five-time World Champion in Solings, Etchells, J/24s and Maxis.…

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April 17th

J/70s on San Francisco BayFun Sailing For J/24s, J/70s, J/105s, J/111s, J/120s
(San Francisco, CA)- The annual salute to all things “J”, the St Francis YC’s J-Fest got a well needed shot in the arm this year with the addition of the J/111′s and J/70′s. A staple of the StFYC spring series for decades, the J-Fest originally featured dozens of J24′s, J-30′s and the then, elite J-35′s. The fleet of these boats have lessened in years gone by and the introduction of the J/105′s in 1991, the J/120 in 2000 enabled the J-Fest to enjoy a bit of a resurgence. Fast forward to 2014, the addition of the new J-Speedsters, the J/111s and the J/70s, were a welcome new addition to the regatta.…

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April 16th

(Lloyd Harbor, NY)- It’s already officially spring, although you wouldn’t know it in many parts of the northeast United States. Despite more forecasts for cold and rain, the Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club is already in race mode. Enrollment is open for the 2014 Race for the Case! The race will be held May 17 & 18, 2014 in central Long Island Sound.

As has been the tradition since its inception, the Race for the Case event offers one-design and PHRF racing, with a case of rum to be awarded to the overall regatta winner!

Sailing photographers 42Degrees will be on the course taking photos and videos of the action.…

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April 16th

J-Cup Back To Hamble!

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J/109s sailing in England(Hamble, England)- The J-Cup 2014 will be hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble, the heart of sailing on the Solent. Racing takes place from Thursday 24th until Saturday 26th July, with registration on Wednesday 23rd.

The J-Cup is the only regatta in the U.K. exclusively for J-Boats and all models are eligible to compete. One-design racing will be available for almost everybody, including the exciting new J/70 class, and a rapidly expanding J/97 fleet. Fans of the brand will also be delighted to see a small number of J/88s out for the first time, following the model’s launch at the end of last year.…

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April 15th

It’s a tough job as they say but someone has to do it. And since I couldn’t think of anyone better to do it, I figured I just had to do it myself. Poor me!

Cooper Island

Jeanneau Owners gather on the beach at the Cooper Island Beach Club for a group shot

I just returned from the beautiful British Virgin Islands where I spent a week sailing around with my family on a beautiful Jeanneau 409 chartered from Sunsail Yacht Charters. This was not one of our usual family sailing vacations but rather a company event that we hosted for the owners of our boats.…

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April 15th

Cat Carrier

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Leopard Catamarans Delivered to Nice France14 Robertson & Caine-built cats arrived in Nice, France this weekend. The Leopard Catamarans, Sunsail, and The Moorings-branded cats got to ride in luxury on a cargo ship for the journey from Cape Town. In situations like this, with a large order going to one place, delivery via cargo ship makes the most sense. But most Leopard cats are delivered across oceans on their own hulls–even the power cats.

The on-water delivery method serves as a testament to the yachts’ blue water capabilities, and for the power cats, their fuel efficiency and range. With more and more cats going to Asia, Australia and South America, as well as continued demand in North America and the Caribbean, the seasoned delivery captains who make these voyages from the Cape Town factory are logging some serious miles.…

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April 15th

J/80 sailing on Solent(Warsash, England)- An exhilarating day’s racing was completed for the fourth gathering of the Brooks Macdonald Warsash Spring Series on 6th April 2014. Competitors come from near and far for this early season contest and journeying through the driving rain to their boats early on Sunday morning, the sailors might well have been thinking an indoor sport could have been a better choice. During the racing however the visibility cleared, the deluge stopped giving way to glimpses of warm sunshine.

The weather forecast had suggested a brisk south-westerly in the 14 to 20 knot range but with, unusually, the possibility of double that in the gusts.…

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April 15th

J/109 women crew in St Barts(Gustavia, St Barts)- The Caribbean racing season, which kicked off with the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Series in mid-January, now heads to the Les Voiles de St. Barth in Gustavia, St. Barth’s main port, on April 14-19.

Now in only its fifth year, Les Voiles de St. Barth has become a key stop on the Caribbean racing calendar, attracting 70 boats from Europe, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.  Six classes are taking part, the Spinnaker class stands out with no fewer than 35 boats, between 32 and 60 feet in length, that are among the most competitive boats in the Caribbean.…

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