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St Thomas International Regatta Preview

24 Mar

J/122 sailing St Thomas(St Thomas, US Virgin Islands)- For years, the grand-daddy of all Caribbean regattas was “the Rolex” in St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, proudly hosted by St Thomas YC in Cowpet Bay on the northeastern shoreline of USVI.  It was not unusual to have fleets of well over 100 keelboats packed into the Bay and competing for that rarest of commodities, a dinghy tie-up at the club.  Since that time, the regatta continues to maintain its strong heritage of hosting world-class sailing on the magnificent aquamarine waters off the eastern end of USVI.  The trade-winds are almost always turned-on and the ...

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Big Daddy Regatta Silver For J/Teams!

24 Mar

J/24 sailors on San Francisco Bay(Point Richmond, CA)- Not surprisingly, the first major offshore event on San Francisco Bay hosted by Richmond YC- the “Big Daddy”- produced great results across the board for J/Teams in their northeast corner on the Bay.

Eleven J’s (about 1/3 of the fleet) from across all points of the compass on the Bay had a fun time sailing their unofficial start of the 2017 sailing season.  In PHRF B, it was Jack Clapper’s J/44 PHANTOM that took home the bronze in their class.

The PHRF C Class was full of hot racing boats and a trio of J/88s.  In the ...

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Open J/70 Nordic Championship Announcement

24 Mar

J/70s sailing in Hanko, Norway(Hankø, Norway)- Welcome to Grundig Hankø Race Week! The event will take place from June 28th to July 2nd and it will also be hosting the J/70 Open Nordic Championship. The racing area just outside the island of Hankø offers one of the best race courses in Norway, some would say one of the best race courses in the world! The race course is exposed to sea breezes from the southwest and generally offers very good and fair sailing.

Sailing has been an important activity and has made the island internationally well known. For many years, King Olav stayed most ...

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J’s Cruzan Miami to Havana Cuba Race

23 Mar

J/111 sailing Miami to Havana, Cuba race(Miami, FL)- The second Miami to Havana Race fleet started on March 15th, Wednesday, off Miami, Florida.  Hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba, along with SORC as Race Committee, they sent the horses down the track and across the Gulf Stream to Havana, Cuba on a nice windy day.

J/125 Raisin Cane sailing Miami to Havana Cuba raceIt was a pretty fast race overall. The fastest J/crew down that trail took just 24 hours to get there in a 160nm+ race.  Taking 2nd in PHRF A Class and 3rd overall was Frank Atkinson’s J/125 RAISIN CANE with a corrected time ...

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The Future of Offshore Distance Racing

23 Mar

North Sails and J/Boats talk on distance racing in AnnapolisPresented by North Sails’ Ken Read and J/Boats’ Jeff Johnstone
(Annapolis, MD)- Mark your calendars now!  More importantly, sign-up now!!  On Thursday, April 13th, North Point Yacht Sales, North Sails & J/Boats present an evening presentation and discussion by two of the sport’s most influential voices on the growing trend towards adventure and destination sailing.

Experience the Maxi 100 footer COMANCHE on its record breaking Trans-Atlantic run and a recap of Vendee Globe IMOCA 60 flying foilers excitement via video and Ken’s first-hand experience sailing such insane offshore speed machines.

Ken and Jeff J. will discuss the growing trends ...

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Rozenauers Family Win J/70 NSW State Championship!

22 Mar

J/70 sailing Sydney, Australia(Sydney, Australia)- The J/70 Class held its NSW State Championships during this year’s Sydney Harbour Regatta held by Middle Harbour Yacht Club.  Although typically raced between North and South Head at the opening of the harbour, Sydney’s uncharacteristic blustery conditions found the fleet of nine J/70’s racing in Middle Harbour this year.  Over the March 4th weekend, the weather was atrocious with an east coast low-pressure system arriving that resulted in rain and very strong winds.

Due to some engine trouble on the starter boat on Saturday (where it nearly washed onto the rocks), unfortunately only one windward/leeward course was ...

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J/88 JIYUU Winning Hobart Offshore Double Series

21 Mar

J/88 sailing Hobart, Tasmania(Hobart, Tasmania)- The J/88 JIYUU, owned by Peter & Karen Davis, have been sailing their boat in the Hobart Doublehanded series on the Derwent River.  This past weekend, they had an opportunity to sail a 12.0nm race up and down the river in the always tactically demanding conditions on the river- there are some big hills (mountains & cliffs!) that cause amazing cat’s-paws and tornado-like puffs to whirl down the river!  Here is Peter’s report on their most recent adventures:

“We had a great day on the river today. Karen and I have entered JIYUU in the Doublehanded Long Race ...

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Misty Start To Warsash Spring Series

20 Mar

J/88 sailing Warsash Spring series(Warsash, England)- Last year the first race of the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series took place in unseasonably glorious sunshine, but this year (Sunday 12 March) entrants were faced with drizzle, mist and light winds. Not ideal conditions, however, crews were undeterred and some good competitive racing was still enjoyed.

With light fair tide beats and foul tide runs, the latter were always going to a challenge, and both the White and Black Groups boats found that avoiding holes downwind was the main priority of the day.

J/97E sailing Warsash Spring seriesIt was a challenging day also for line and course setting for the ...

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Duncan Triumphs @ Bacardi Sailing Week Regatta

20 Mar

J/70s sailing Bacardi Miami Sailing Week(Coconut Grove, FL)- This year’s Bacardi regatta took place from March 9th to 11th, hosted by the triumvirate of Biscayne Bay sailing clubs- Coral Reef YC, Biscayne Bay YC, and Coconut Grove SC.  The regatta conditions were challenging for all, for both sailors as well as the RC/PRO’s on each circle.

The thirty-six boats from seven nations (USA, Argentina, United Kingdom, Monaco, Brazil, Poland, & Uruguay) that participated in event were treated to a challenging combination of light to moderate conditions that never seemed to fall into the “normal” tactical/ strategic patterns many sailors are accustomed to on Biscayne Bay. ...

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Lowell North Celebrating 60 Years of Sailmaking!

19 Mar

Lowell North- founder of North Sails(San Diego, CA)-  Lowell has sailed a variety of boats over time, but he notably was one of the first adopters of sailing asymmetric boats.  Lowell was the proud owner of one of the first boats off the J/105 production line in 1991- J/105 #3! 

Here is an overview of his story, courtesy of NORTH SAILS.

“If I started a sailmaking company, would you buy a sail from me?”

That’s what Lowell North asked his friend John Shoemaker, one afternoon in 1957, while seated at the bar of San Diego Yacht Club. John replied, “Yes, I would,” which surprised Lowell. ...

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