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December 18th

J/160 JAM sailing Vashon Island race off Seattle, WA(Seattle, WA)- “74 hearty boats and crews made the Dec 6th start off the slag pile near Ruston to compete in the second ever counter-clockwise race Around Vashon Island, the first installment in the 2014/2015 South Sound Sailing Series.  It felt like a warm fall day out there compared to last year’s 24 degree temps and for all those that want a screamin’ deal on a Christmas tree or even several cords of wood, the Fall Vashon was for you – formerly regarded as Winter Vashon, I stand corrected by prominent members of Tacoma Yacht Club that winter doesn’t start till Dec 21st!…

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December 17th

Abordage.com J/122 model(San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic)- Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Denis Cartier’s model-making business-  Abordage.com- has produced a number of gorgeous J/models, ranging from the J/22, J/24, J/70, J/80 up to the J/109, J/122 and J/44.

With their great devotion to both the sea and sailing, Abordage has been proudly producing beautifully handcrafted ship models, either classic or modern ships, since the Company’s inception in 1989.

From their well-established boat yard in the Dominican Republic, the highly skilled team of craftsmen works with only the finest of materials and produces every ship model in minute detail and with innovative perfection.  If you have an interest in these remarkably affordable models of your boat, please visit- http://www.abordage.com.   For J/Model examples, please take a look at some of the stunning detail here.

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December 17th

J/Sailing Calendar 2015(Newport, RI)- HOT Off the Press!  Order your J/Calendar 2015 now! There’s still enough time to fill the stockings or toss some under the tree for your favorite sailors!

For 2015, we have created another beautiful calendar for J sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world.  Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in far away places.

The 2015 sailing calendar features photos of J/70s flying off Monte Carlo & Lake Garda; J/24s dueling off Sweden, Newport & Seattle; surrealistic J/80s off Santander, Spain; J/120s gliding off San Diego; J/111s serenely sailing on the Solent; J/22s sailing off the Netherlands; and other gorgeous images of J/105s and J/122.  A great gift for loved ones, family, friends and crew (see gallery here).…

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December 16th

J/105s sailing in Hot Rum seriess off San Diego, CAJ/70s Eclipse PHRF Class 4!
(San Diego, CA)- For the three weekends that comprise the San Diego YC’s Hot Rum Series, it’s clear the veterans know you can expect just about anything the weather Gods can throw at you— from full-on gales to simply no wind- known as a “glass out”.  While the first weekend offered somewhat reasonable racing, the last two races of this year’s series were fraught with peril.

For example, Hot Rum #2 was another busy day on the water for competitors and Race Committee. With the addition of a nice westerly breeze, maneuvers at the start line were much easier to accomplish and nobody came in contact with the RC Signal boat.…

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December 15th

start of RORC Trans-Atlantic race off Grand Canaria, Canary Islands(Grand Canaria, Canary Islands)- In the mix for both IRC Class 2 leadership and also IRC Overall honors is the J/133 APOLLO 7 from the United Kingdom, skippered by her owner Nigel Passmore.  As they close down to the final part of the 2,900nm long Trans-Atlantic Race from the Canary Islands down the tradewinds route to Grenada, the APOLLO 7 team is working hard to milk the breeze for every advantage possible.

The overall race win is difficult to predict; as the wind is likely to lighten for the leaders during their approach to the islands, but the rest of the fleet are going to begin to catch up with them.…

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December 15th

Testing Large Bonded-In Fastners

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By Brian Knight

Scheherazade is a 154′ 7″ Bruce King designed ketch under construction at Hodgdon Yachts, in East Boothbay, Maine. Scheherazade is 60% larger than Antonisa, the last Bruce King/Hodgdon Yacht collaboration, and is the largest sailboat under construction in the United States. We first looked at Scheherazade in EPOXYWORKS 17, Spring 2001, before she was rolled and set on her 153,000 lb ballast keel. On a March, 2002 visit, Scheherazade was resting on her massive keel (cover), while far above, surrounded by multiple levels of staging, work continued on her interior and deck (below). Launch is scheduled for 2003.…

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December 15th

J/22 Jamin Jamaica sailing regattaThe Silver Anniversary J/22 Jamin’ Jamaica
(Montego Bay, Jamaica)- You bet mon!  Since 1983, J/22s have been part of the sailing landscape in Jamaica; a beautiful, rugged, jungle festooned island in the middle of the Caribbean, renowned for “Bob Marley and the Wailers” and their unique form of reggae music.  While Marley and friends like Peter Tosh continued to attract a worldwide audience for their metaphorical “chill”, relaxing rhythms and stories of life in ‘da hood in Jamaica, the J/22 also expanded as a fleet at Montego Bay Yacht Club.

Not soon after the arrival of the first J/22s, many local sailors fell in love with their little boats and continued to champion their use to the local school kids and local population, encouraging one and all to enjoy sailing off the spectacular coastline along the north shore of the island.  For over a quarter century, the “Jamaica, No Problem Mon” family of J/22 sailors have hosted their Jamin’ Jamaica Invitational since 1989, a wildly popular event for those “in the know”.…

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December 14th

J/105 family sailing off Cleveland, Ohio (Cleveland, Ohio)-  Here’s the city-front of Cleveland from our annual Thanksgiving Day sail! According to Doug Moose, “The annual Thanksgiving Day Sail on Lake Erie is an honored tradition for us Clevelanders.  Whatever the weather you will always find one or two boats braving the elements to gain bragging rights at the dinner table for the evenings feast.  This year we were treated to a 30 degree day with 18 knot winds out of the north and a fresh inch or two of wet snow on the decks.  Now its time to get the boat out of the water!!”

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December 14th

J/22 sailboat- sailing off Arcachon, France(Arcachon, France)- It seems that J/22s happen to pop up in the most unusual places performing rather well and, even more heartening, posting some remarkable performances.  In the world of one-design racing, they continue to be quite popular in the USA, Europe and South Africa.  And, for those who simply enjoy day sailing and weekending, the J/22 has proven to equally adept at winning under various handicap systems- like PHRF or IRC!  Who knew, eh?!

To that end, Olivier Saint Martin from Arcachon, France is happy to report they have repeated their 2013 performance as the “kings” of Arcachon Bay, taking the Premium Class Championship for the second time in a row!  The event consists of fourteen races and had over twenty-three boats participating for the series- over eighty sailors participated!…

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December 13th

David Ashton- J/24 sailor from Bermuda(Hamilton, Bermuda)- Family and friends are grieving the death of well-known sailor David Ashton, who passed away on November 21. He was 62. Mr Ashton died from complications following surgery in a Boston hospital.

He was a veteran of multiple Newport Bermuda Races, including the 2012 race aboard the Spirit of Bermuda. He was also co-founder of the local J/24 fleet in Bermuda and represented Bermuda at the J/24 World Championships in the United States.

In the 1970s, Mr Ashton owned a boat rental company and also operated a performance keelboat sailing school, using J/24s as the design of choice. More recently, he was a member of the International One Design Class of Bermuda and owner of the IOD sloop, Slingshot.…

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