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Netherlands J/22 Warming Up Report

23 Apr

J/22s sailing Netherlands(Brassermermeer, The Netherlands)- The J/22 class in the Netherlands are all “warming up” for the J/22 World Championship that is starting on May 30th and goes until June 4th in Scheveningen.

As part of that program, they host their annual “Spring Warming Up” Regatta series. Over the weekend, in the Dutch Roelofarendveen, the traditional Warming Up took place.  The Brassermermeer showed its most beautiful side with beautiful sunshine, a blue sky, and 3-5 bft breeze from the northeast.

J/22 warming up security detailTwenty boats participated, with most of the crews from The Netherlands, plus there were four top crews from Germany’s J/22 class and ...

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Cowtown Stampede Preview

23 Apr

J/105 sailing Texas(Fort Worth, TX)- The Fort Worth Boat Club is looking forward to hosting their Annual Regatta & Cowtown Stampede to be held on Eagle Mountain Lake, with racing taking place on Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd & 23rd. Make plans to attend “THE PARTY” on Saturday night- e.g. the namesake for the event- the “Cowtown Stampede”!

The club is hosting several one-design classes for their event on the picturesque Eagle Mountain Lake, including J/105s, J/22s, and J/24s.  Looking after the cowboys out on the water are PRO Bob Gough for Course 1 (J/22 & J/24s) and PRO Chet Klyn on ...

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Charleston Race Week Preview

22 Apr

J/70s at Charleston(Charleston, SC)- Spring maybe finally be arriving for the much anticipated Sperry Charleston Race Week that is taking place from April 20th to 23rd in Charleston, SC. Between the historical downtown of Charleston and the casual atmosphere of Mt Pleasant across the harbor, the sailors will be spoiled for choice for charming restaurants, quaint southern-style inns, and plenty of sites to see, including the famous World War II aircraft carrier- the USS Yorktown.

The incredibly popular regatta is the first large-scale spring event to take place on the East Coast, with 217 boats entered, with just about all boats based ...

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Sailing Friends Become Rivals in Biennial Classic!

21 Apr

(Annapolis, MD)- Annapolis Yacht Club members Richard Born and Jimmy Praley grew up sailing on big boats with their fathers.  Both began by racing on the Chesapeake Bay during elementary school and then graduated to offshore racing as teenagers.

After a lot of dinghy racing in high school and college, Born and Praley eagerly returned to big boat racing and became indispensable crew members for their fathers.

Now, things have come full circle as Born and Praley will each skipper entries in the 2017 Annapolis to Newport Race starting June 2 and 3. The two longtime friends will become competitors ...

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Handing Over the Keys to the Future.

20 Apr

(Annapolis, MD)- The first annual J/70 U.S. Youth Championship will take place August 11-13 in Newport, RI. The event is open to 11 teams that had advanced from one of the 11 regional qualifiers, with the goal of the event to promote youth keelboat sailing across America.

Porter Kavle, Will Comerford, Jake Vickers, and Leo Boucher of Annapolis, MD hope to compete in the championship and will be participating in the next qualifier – Charleston Race Week on April 21-23 – thanks to Kristen and Brian Robinson who are loaning them their boat.

“They have helped us out tremendously by ...

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Italian J/24 Fleet Spring Report

19 Apr

J/24 sailing on Lake Como(Rome, Italy)- The Italian J/24 fleets have been running various championship series over the past few weeks.  In Marina di Carrara, they completed their spring series and in Valmadrera, located on the southeastern “fork” of Lago di Como, one of the beautiful mountain lakes in the Italian Alps, they completed their winter series.  Here are their latest reports.

Marina di Carrara
With the last six races taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the final weekend of races for the Marina di Carrara Spring Championship saw ten teams competing for class honors on the “Gulf of Poets”.

This time, ITA 215 ...

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Hazy Lazy Day @ Spring Series

18 Apr

J/111s sailing Warsash Spring series(Warsash, England)- Another day of varied racing conditions on the fifth weekend of the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series saw a light and hazy day for crews, but certainly not lazy.

A sunny spring day, 10 knots of SE breeze, swinging right to SW and increasing a couple of knots was the forecast, and as the committee boats arrived on station SE with up to 10 knots of breeze was what they found.

On the inshore White Group line IRC4 was sent away cleanly to their first windward mark, however the J/70 start was a much more eager affair and ...

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Bertheau Untouchable @ J/70 European Match Race

17 Apr

J/70s sailing match race off Monaco(Monte Carlo, Monaco)- The Yacht Club de Monaco delighted sailing enthusiasts as it hosted two unusual regattas in the Principality to set the pace for the summer. With eight J/70 teams competing in a stage of their European Match Race Tour, a total of some 50 sailors from seven nationalities were on Quai Louis II.

This year marks the return of the America’s Cup that puts the spotlight on the match race format, nail-biting one-on-one duels that rewards strategy by seasoned sailors. It’s a discipline that was popular with the YCM which is renewing ties to its past by hosting ...

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J/105 SOLSTICE Leads Class @ Les Voiles de St Barth

16 Apr

J/88 sailing St Barth regatta(Gustavia, St Barthelemy) – Perfect Caribbean conditions offered the backdrop for the stacked competition that took to the starting line for day one of racing at Les Voiles de St. Barth.  The 65 boats, split into nine classes, were sent on coastal courses, ranging from 24 to 31 nautical miles, tracing the western and northern coast of the island, all starting and finishing in the port of Gustavia in St. Barth.

Event newcomers, Jordan and Shannon Mindich’s J/105 SOLSTICE, with Bruce Stone skippering, shook up the competition in CSA 4, taking the lead after day one from last year’s class ...

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Easter Regatta Preview

15 Apr

J/24s sailing Easter Regatta(Columbia, SC)- The annual Easter Regatta hosted by the Columbia Sailing Club will be taking from April 13th to 16th on Lake Murray in the northern parts of their state.  It is a beautiful setting; a wide-open fresh water lake, surrounded by trees and rolling hills, pretty homes, and a yacht club that truly rolls out the red carpet for the crews that participate in their famous spring-time event.  There are twenty-four J/24s and seven J/70s that are sailing in the event. Several notable teams are participating from across the northeast.

The J/24 class has top crews like Mike Ingham’s ...

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