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April 18th

J/70s sailing Charleston Race Week(Charleston, SC)- It seems unlikely that any of the competitors at the first edition of Charleston Race Week in 1996 would have expected that a small, local event started by a few friends would become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential regattas.  This year’s edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week caps off an incredible 20 years of change – change that has seen the regatta evolve from an old-school handicap yacht race to the most modern and vibrant regatta of its kind.

On April 17-19, Sperry Charleston Race Week takes the crown as the biggest keelboat regatta in the Americas with 286 boats registered.…

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April 18th

Holly Jo and crew on J/22(Wayzata, Minnesota)- That is amazing! Is that really possible?  You bet.  Here’s the story from Holly Jo Anderson regarding how Team AQUAVIT from Wayzata YC in Wayzata, Minnesota overcame enormous odds (and snow and ice and broken stuff) to take third in this year’s J/22 Midwinters.  Here’s Holly Jo’s story:

“Interest in our amateur team started after we earned good results on the first day. The excitement around our performance built as this crew, consisting of a teacher, lawyer and marketing professional, scored a fifth and two first place finishes on the second day of the J/22 Midwinter Championship. What was the secret sauce for the success of this Wayzata Yacht Club (WYC) boat from J/22 Fleet #1 on Lake Minnetonka?…

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April 17th

Pacific NW J/Rendezvous(Seattle, WA)- Save the date- Saturday, June 20th! Sail Northwest is excited to follow our first ever J/Boats Rendezvous for the Pacific Northwest this past spring 2014 at the Brownsville Marina with the now second running of what we hope will be annual event – the PNW J Boats Rendezvous.

J/Boats has touched the lives of nearly every sailor in America and it’s time to celebrate those designs and those experiences that continue to shape the racing and cruising world.  Since its’ inauspicious beginnings in the garage of Rod Johnstone back in 1975, J/Boats has continued to produce high-end performance oriented racer/cruisers that perform well on the race course and are designed and built with such quality they are able to cruise the world’s oceans or provide your family with a safe a comfortable platform to cruise or daysail on the bay.…

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April 16th

J/122 sailing CaribbeanThe “Kids” J/36 Win Cruising Class!
(Roadtown, Tortola, BVI)- Sailing amongst the stunning tropical islands that feature fabulous parties can be tough work, particularly when it starts out blowing “dogs off chains” with rain flying at you like horizontal bullets.  As they say, “this ain’t what I bargained for dear!”  While flak jackets may have been more appropriate attire for a few precious hours on the first day of racing, the rest of the week was nearly postcard perfect sailing conditions.  That’s how it all went down for this year’s BVI Spring Regatta!

Day one for the event could be described as “epic” in the sense that Neptune’s wrath was unmerciful after some knuckleheaded sailors forgot their morning “offerings” to the mighty weather Gods!  The result?  Well, rain squalls ripped through the Sir Francis Drake Channel at the start of racing, enhancing the warm trade winds with 20-25+ kts winds for most of the day.…

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April 15th

J/109 sailing Hong Kong offshore race(Hong Kong, China)- A fleet of seventeen from a 25-boat entry field headed off on the annual San Fernando Race from Victoria Harbour on Wednesday, April 1st but this year the fleet did not go anywhere near San Fernando.  In the “normal” race, the 480nm Category 1 offshore race goes from Hong Kong, China to San Fernando in the Philippines.  Instead, the fleet looped back to Hong Kong because of a super typhoon that was forecasted (and did) hit the Philippines with devastating damage.

With unseasonal southerly winds of between 2 knots and 8 knots, race officer Simon Boyde set a start line in the middle of the harbour and sent the fleet off on the rerouted San Fernando Race, a 330nm challenge that was described by one sailor as, “pleasant conditions but, tactically, very difficult because of the challenging weather”.…

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April 15th

J/80 sailboat- sailing Spi Ouest France Intermarche(La Trinite sur Mer, France)- The first day began with fifteen knots of southwest breezes, in a rainy, drizzly cloudy day, but the sun and the wind soon arrived in Quiberon Bay— it had to be Easter Bunny magic! “Exceptional sailing conditions allowed virtually all fleets to have 2-3 races,” commented Anthony Marchand (a famous French offshore sailor). “You could not ask for more!”  The weather could not have turned out better for the 37th SPI Ouest France Intermarche Regatta over the four day Easter holiday weekend.  Many of the large one-design classes (like the J/70s and J/80s) managed to get in eleven races!…

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April 14th

J/24 sailboats- sailing start at Pasquevela in Santo Stefano,  ItalyBonnano’s LA SUPERBA Top Italian
(Porto Santo Stefano, Italy)- the phenomenal hosts and race management of the YC Santo Stefano again hosted this year’s XXVIII Pasquavela Regatta.  The regatta combines two classes of offshore boats with a J/24 one-design start.  It has been an enormously popular regatta for years due to the combination of great regatta management and a simply gorgeous place to sail (plus the food and wine each evening are simply “out of this world” delicious as one might expect from the top restaurants and cafes surrounding the harbor).

Forty boats attended the Pasquavela over the two-day weekend, with nineteen J/24s participating and six foreign crews from Holland, Germany and Hungary.…

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April 14th

J/88 SAILING magazine review(Port Washington, Wisconsin)- “The latest midsized racer-cruiser from J/Boats offers exhilarating performance in a family-friendly package.  I have been fortunate to sail most models in the J/Boat family and I confess, I like them all. The new J/88 is an ideal blend of what makes the J/Boat brand so enduring,” said John Kretschmer from SAILING Magazine.

“Falling neatly between the J/70 and J/111, the 88 might be labeled midsize if it were an automobile, but no matter what you call it, the J/Boat design and build team found the sweet spot with this 29-foot family daysailer and racer. It’s a J, so it’s fast and fun to sail in a variety of conditions.…

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April 13th

J/70 sailing Easter RegattaGriffin Chief Bunny of J/24s
(Columbia, SC)- This year’s 49th annual Easter Regatta, hosted by Columbia Sailing Club, could not have asked for better weather for three great days of sailing over the Easter Holiday weekend.  Mostly sunny skies, warm and blowing from 8 to 15 kts gave the fleet plenty to think about at starts, boat-handling (gybe and takedowns anyone?) and just basic boatspeed.

In addition to the nineteen J/24s that have traditionally shown up for this Easter “classic”, the newbies on the block were the eight J/70s from all over the East Coast.

J/24 sailboats- sailing Easter RegattaHere’s how one J/24 sailor described the proceedings, “Wow, what a great regatta!…

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April 13th

J/88 family daysailerHarness the Power of the S.E.A.
(Newport, Rhode Island)-  Imagine sailing a beautiful boat knowing that, even if the wind dies and you’re forced to turn on the engine, peace and tranquility aren’t lost.  Furthermore, imagine that every minute sailing, the battery banks are silently charging, allowing you to later push a button to silently power back to the harbor.

A state-of-the-art electric propulsion and charging system from Oceanvolt is now being offered on the J/88, the 29’ state-of-the-art performance daysailer from J/Boats.

“There’s no quicker buzz kill for sailors than having to turn on the diesel engine,” said Jeff Johnstone, President of J/Boats.  “Most of our owners will tell you they sail their boats 90% of the time.  We’d like to improve that other 10% and make it an environmentally-friendly solution for sailors who love the sea!”

Oceanvolt clean-energy power systemsJ/Boats will be installing Oceanvolt’s innovative, fully integrated S.E.A.…

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