(Santa Barbara, CA)- In what has become a new tradition for the SoCal J/70 fleet, a number of good crews will be participating in the extremely fun Santa Barbara YC Fiesta Cup over the July 22nd to 23rd weekend. It’s not hard to see why the event attracts so many good crews, Santa Barbara is regarded as “America’s Riviera”, with beautiful Spanish mission-style buildings, a spectacular waterfront that features beaches for miles and the famous Stearns Wharf with lots of seafood, the famous Santa Barbara Zoo, lots of shopping and excellent restaurants downtown, and spectacular vistas and hiking up in ...Read More
(Port Huron, MI)- When it comes to send-offs for distance races, nobody does it better than Bayview Yacht Club with their Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, which starts Saturday, July 22nd for 229 teams. Friday is “Boat Night,” when entries line up their boats along both banks of the Black River for some last-minute frolicking with friends and fans during the coinciding Blue Water Fest in Port Huron. The next morning, the fleet will motor to the starting line in a parade that passes under the Bluewater Bridge and past more fans that set up lawn chairs on the shore ...Read More
(Toronto, ONT, Canada)- The first Lake Ontario J/FEST regatta will be held July 21st to 23rd at Ashbridges Bay YC, just west of downtown Toronto, sailing on the beautiful, but way, way too full Lake Ontario! That has been the big story of the year for sailors on the lake. As of July 11, almost all of the ABYC docks were above water. The water level is likely to go down by another couple of inches by the regatta weekend and the club was hard at work getting ready to accommodate all competing boats. Most classes will be rafting and ...Read More
(San Francisco, CA)- A J/22 Women’s Match Race clinic was hosted last weekend by women all-stars in match-racing, all managed and coached by U.S. Sailing’s top ranked women’s match racer- Nicole Breault from San Francisco, CA. Here is the report of this pioneering event to get women more engaged in all kinds of sailing, and get an introduction into the craziness of the tactics associated with rules and the exciting, heart-thumping elements of match-racing “mano-a-mano” against your competitors.
Over the past weekend, from Friday through Sunday, Nicole Breault and members of her Team Vela Racing led over three-dozen women in ...Read More
(Buffalo, NY)- The 2017 J/22 North American Championship will be hosted from July 20th to 23rd at Buffalo YC in Buffalo, New York. Thirty-two boats are registered to compete for one of the most coveted titles in the J/22 class worldwide, after all the top USA team is often a World Champion.
There is no question this year’s event is deep with talent for a modest-sized fleet. There are a number of local “hotshots” that will be defending home turf from the various upstate New York fleets that range from Rochester to Youngstown and Buffalo to Lake George. Amongst those ...Read More
J/Teams Garner Gold, Silver and Bronze!
(Vineyard Haven, MA)- The host for the annual Vineyard Cup Regatta was Sail Martha’s Vineyard, based in Vineyard Haven on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The regatta is managed like the FIGAWI Race, a PHRF “pursuit style” event that has your starting time based on the distance of the race sailed and your handicap rating. The goal is “fun & games” and not at all based on serious racing, although based on the tenacity that some boats fought to trim sails, sit on people’s wind, and cross-tacks, would have you thinking otherwise!!
The PHRF ...Read More
(Moscow, Russia)- The legendary Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin and the leading Russian sailing project- PROyachting- partnered again for the 2017 stadium sailing series that is taking place on the “Water Stadium” in front of Royal Yacht Club in Moscow, Russia. The main prize for the winner of popular Wednesday Night Races will be a brand new Marine Chronograph series from Ulysse Nardin (that’s one of only 150 units made in the world- priceless!!).
For over 170 years, the Swiss watch maker has created models that embody the latest technological developments and impeccable style. Director General of Ulysse Nardin Russia, Maxim ...Read More
(Pskov, Russia)- The fourth act of the 2017 Russian J/70 Sailing League had challenging weather conditions at Pskov, Russia; the teams were sailing on the beautiful Lake Pihkva that borders Estonia at the far western end of Russia (just to the north is the famous historical city of St Petersburg on the Baltic Sea).
The three-day event featured a lot of variable wind conditions, mostly on the lighter side, that kept things interesting as all the top teams had some bad races. As a result, there were significant lead changes all weekend long. Winning easily was the NEK SPORT Team ...Read More
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- In excess of 1,500 sailors, from all over the world, competed in the 2017 Cowes Dinard St Malo Race. The largest RORC fleet since the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, comprising of 176 yachts took part for the magnificent King Edward VII Cup. The hope was for a WSW breeze, warm midsummer air, an almost full moon, and a glorious downwind race for 151nm. As it turns out, the prognosticators were not that far off the mark for this year’s event.
The racing “form” for the race was interesting for each class. In IRC 2, Gilles ...Read More
Awesome Sailing for J/70s & J/24s!
(Newport, RI)- The largest regatta of Newport’s summer sailing for one-design sailboats is the Sail Newport Regatta. The fleet of seventy keelboats had thirty-nine J/crews (55% of keelboats) competing in two of the world’s leading keelboat classes- the J/70 and J/24.
Perhaps the biggest factor in the racing over the three-day weekend was the weather. On Friday, a pernicious low pressure system was working its way ever, every so slowly east, just south of Long Island Sound and south of Newport. In the morning until about 2:30pm on Friday it rained, from a persistent ...Read More