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October 20th

J/112E cruiser racer sailboat
(Newport, RI)- The J/112E is the newest addition to J/Boats’ “E” Series of versatile performance sailing yachts. The “E” is for elegance and evolution in performance cruising design. Why settle for anything less than sailing with comfort, style and speed?

Dual Purpose Versatility
36 feet is a magic size in the J/Boats line-up. With a spacious two-cabin accommodation plan and a comfortable, ergonomic cockpit, the J/112E is as well suited for the annual cruise as she is sprinting to Mackinac Island or short-handing through rough weather. Versatility in sailboat design means not only a sailboat that can do many things, but one that can do them across a wide range of conditions.…

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October 19th

J/22 sailing on Lake Minnetonka(Lake Minnetonka, MN)- Racers enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures, topping out in the 80s, for the J/22 Western Great Lakes District Championships/ Evergreen Cup. Sixteen boats participated in the regatta, which was held September 27 and 28, 2014 on Lake Minnetonka and hosted by J/22 fleet #1 at Wayzata Yacht Club. To increase the number of boats on the line, several J/22 owners from the lake generously offered their boat to guest skippers and crew.

Five races were completed on day one of the regatta in wind speeds from 5 to 11 mph. The final race was canceled on day two as a result of extremely light breeze.…

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October 19th

J/122 sailing off MaltaThe Most Beautiful Course in the World?
(Gzira, Malta)- American tycoon Ted Turner once described the Rolex Middle Sea Race course, a 606 nm route circumnavigating Sicily and its neighboring islands, as the ‘most beautiful in the world’. It is a tour that on October 18, a fleet of 123 yachts is expected to start, eclipsing the current record of 99 entries set last year.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race has seen USA boats take the title on four occasions and, for one, George David’s RAMBLER set the record in 2007 (47:55:03).  Ironically, as avid J/24 sailors in their pasts, both David and Ken Read (America’s Cup & Volvo Ocean Race veteran and 5x J/24 World Champion) were on board for the record run.…

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October 18th

Volv0 65- Alvimedica- skipper Charlie Enright of Newport, RI(Alicante, Spain)- Charlie Enright and Team ALVIMEDICA  have started the Volvo Ocean Race off Alicante, Spain and they are now five days into their first 6,500+nm Leg #1.  They successfully navigated the Straits of Gibraltar and, needless to say, they are enjoying a real one-design race with dramatic swings taking place nearly hourly as the duel with the six other contenders for the race lead.  They’ve gone from 1st to 5th, then back to 1st more times than you can remember.  Epic, drama-filled days, creating enormous anxieties for the navigators making new “calls” just about every hour (often less!). 

It’s turning into a mind-numbing game of nerves as each crew “bobs & weaves” through the fleet and whatever the wind Gods deliver to them as they play gybing angles downwind off the coast of Africa.  For many, it’s been a maddeningly frustrating start to the race as they are now past the Canary Islands and sailing on a southwest course along the African coastline towards their next mark off Recife, Brazil.  Unlike the last race, this time the whole fleet took the “classic” trading ship route down along the coast of Africa before going hunting for the offshore tradewinds.  Also sailing fast is the J/80 superstar sailor from Spain, Iker Martinez on MAPFRE and J/24 ace Ian Walker from Great Britain leading Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing!…

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October 18th

J/105s sailing on Long Island Sound(Rye, New York)- The jury was out whether or not the weather forecasts were going to hold as predicted, or simply wash-out like they did the previous weekend.  With Saturday looking a bit wet with gusty SSE 10-20 kt winds (due to an approaching cold front) and Sunday looking cooler with a puffy westerly of 10-15 kts and sunny skies, everyone was hoping the forecasts would hold enough to get in 4-5 races over the weekend.

As it turned out, the American Yacht Cub PROs were blessed with perhaps a bit too much breeze on Saturday afternoon.  With a massive swell of 3-4 feet rolling in from the east down the entire fetch of Long Island Sound and a cross-chop on top of 1-2 ft due to the southerly breezes blowing off the windward shore, it was just about all the fleets could take on the East and Southwest courses.…

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October 18th

J/70 SAILING Champions LeagueWorld Childhood Foundation Joins As Partner
(Copenhagen, Denmark)– For the first time in international sailing history one club will be nominated as the best sailing club at the newly established “SAILING Champions League” (SCL) in Copenhagen taking place from 17th to 19th October 2014. The hosts from the national German sailing league (Segel-Bundesliga), the Danish sailing league (Sejlsportsligaen) and the Royal Danish Yacht Club are expecting 24 clubs from 15 nations. In addition to the European Sailing Federation as patron, the World Childhood Foundation (Childhood) has joined the event as the Charity Partner.

The competition starts this weekend in Denmark, following the same format of national sailing leagues in Germany and Denmark.…

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October 17th

BY BRAM DALLY

When Meade Gougeon asked me if I’d write a piece about what I’m up to for Epoxyworks, I was honored. He had read the January 2002 article on my single-handed skiff in Sailing World and offered the assistance of GBI (Gougeon Brothers, Inc.) to do some extensive testing for us on several composite samples. The findings will be made public and should be educational. The cedar-cored samples particularly interest me because we’ve had good success using cedar cores and there seems to be a pervasive lack of understanding regarding this composite in high-tech applications. While many high-quality ski and snowboard manufacturers have tried other exotic cores, most have returned to wood.…

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October 17th

Little Ensenada Race Report

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J/125 Timeshaver sailing San Diego to Ensenada Race(San Diego, CA)- One of the last downhill slides offshore for the Southern California big boat sailing season is the short (55nm) San Diego to Ensenada Race- often referred to as “Little Ensenada” or the “Baby Ensenada” race.  Here is the report from Keith Magnussen (e.g. “K-Mag”) from Ullman Sails Newport Beach.  According to KMag,

“The Little Ensenada is always one of my favorite races of the year.  You get the chance to sail along the northern Baja coast during the day (something you do not get to do during the N2E) and experience the joy of coming into Ensenada Bay at a relatively decent hour.…

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October 16th

J/105 sailboats- sailing off Seattle, WA(Seattle, WA)- J/Teams excelled in the light fickle conditions of this years Foulweather Bluff Race, hosted by Corinthian YC Edmonds.  On a difficult, current-riddled, light air, sunny, Pacific Northwest fall day the J crews showed once again that the Pacific Northwest is J/Boat country!

J/33 Corvo sailing off Seattle, WATaking first in 2 of the 9 classes and in true Sail Northwest fashion first’s was the place of the day for Mike Poole and crew on their just purchased J/80 SKYE ROCKET.  Hull #1 of this highly successful 26′ sportboat on it’s first race with its 1st time boat owner taking first place in Fleet 4 and second overall!  Well done SKYE ROCKET!  Just behind SKYE ROCKET in Fleet 4 was the J/30 BOB in second.…

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October 16th

J/111 JAKE Takes Australian Triple-Crown!

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J/111 JAKE crew winning Melbourne Offshore race(Melbourne, Australia)- Stuart Lyon and his crew on JAKE have been sailing their J/111 on Port Phillip and Bass strait since picking her up two years ago. JAKE, was originally owned by Ray and Sandra Entwistle in Sydney, where she had success in the Sydney offshore program. She was delivered to Melbourne from Sydney, by Stuart and some of his crew almost two years ago now.

JAKE has just come off a very successful summer program with wins in all three handicap divisions in the Bass Strait series. This is Australia’s oldest offshore yachting trophy and includes the Melbourne to Geelong race.…

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