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February 8th

J/122E sport cruiser sailing off Newport
 (Miami, FL)- The “new” Miami Boat Show runs from February 11th to 15th with the sailboats located at Miamarina along the waterfront park.  On display will be the gorgeous new J/122E sporting jazzy red designer accents and the spectacular open, airy, modern Scandinavian interior design.  It is a sailing yacht that is truly a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”- her sisterships have won just about every major offshore race around the world.  Learn more about the exciting new J/122E “sports cruiser” here.

Also, on display will be the J/70 one-design speedster floating on the very cool “Versadock Drysail” system. J/70 owners can enjoy the pleasure of sailing within minutes, while at the same time storing their boat 100% out of the water.  The DrySail system won the “Equipment Innovation of the Year” from Yachts & Yachting Awards in 2014.…

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February 7th

Ed Baird- Quantum Sails ambassador/ coach(Key West, FL)- Ed Baird, past J/24 World Champion and America’s Cup Champion, was in Key West Race Week this past week providing participants some perspectives on their race course performance that day.

At 58, Ed Baird’s list of accomplishments began pre-internet, so you have to be of a certain age to know how long he has been dominant in the sport. Ed remains at the pointy end of performance, and this week he is sharing his observations during a nightly ‘show and tell’ at Key West Race Week. It was well-received and very informative for many boats.  Here Ed explained his mission:

“Quantum Sails and Harken asked me to do a daily debrief for the three race courses at the event.…

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February 7th

J/24s sailing off La Punta, Peru(La Punta, Peru)- A very nice fleet of ten J/24s participated in the 2015 Peruvian J/24 Nationals held off La Punta along Peru’s dramatic and beautiful Pacific coast line.  Under the watchful eye of PRO Luis Yarlaque, the sailors were put to the test over the three-day championship weekend with a total of nine races.  After one discard race, the winner was again Luis Olcese’s SCARAMOUCH.

After the first five races, the young skipper Javier Arribas Jr. was on a roll.  After accumulating a 2-4-1-2-3, Arribas’ HAWKY was comfortably leading the series.  Perhaps a bit of championship pressure or a combination of that and some early celebrations may have impacted their fall from grace with the sea (e.g.…

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February 6th

J/105 Puerto Vallarta charter school(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)- Learn how to sail faster and better and be part of a team.  Plus, you’ll learn how to dock, anchor, cruise and make monkey fists in between!  Join Captain Eugenie in Puerto Vallarta for 1/2 day or full day courses on a J/105 in the gorgeous water of Bahia de Banderas, one of the world’s most picturesque bays.

Captain Eugenie is a fully licensed 100T captain, as well as an ASA and US Sailing coastal and offshore cruising certification instructor. A sailor, teacher and entrepreneur, she has been sailing for more than thirty years. She has run and been part of four sailing schools— the Spinnaker Sailing school in San Francisco, the City of Oakland’s youth sailing program, the J/World Sailing School program in Puerto Vallarta, and currently the Vallarta Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program.…

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February 6th

J/22 Cayman Island team sailing Caribbean(Cayman Islands)- JUST LEAVIN’, the J/22 sponsored by Yellow Pages, took first place for the third year in a row for the J/22 Commodore’s Cup.  At the helm was Commodore Mike Farrington and crew consisting of Matt Diaz and Ralph Harvey.

If you recall, earlier in the Caribbean winter sailing season, Farrington was the winner of the Montego Bay YC’s J/22 Jammin’ Jamaica event.  Farrington and crew are on a roll and may be headed for the big time in the 2016 J/22 Worlds this coming August in Kingston, Ontario’s CORK Regatta!

The Commodore’s Cocktail party was well attended, where the 50th anniversary celebration for the club was announced.    For more J/22 Cayman Islands sailing information

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February 5th

J/24s sailing Italian Winter series(Taranto, Italy)- After the fourth event in the Italian J/24 Winter Series, in which two more demanding races were sailed in very cold northerly winds up to 22 kts, we find the team of JEBEDEE leading the series with a 3-1-1-1-2-2-1 record for just ten points.  The team of owner Nino Soriano from CN Maestrale and skipper Luca Gaglione are proving to be a very tough combination to beat.

Italian J/24 crew sailing Winter SeriesFollowing JEBEDEE in the standings is FIVE FOR FIGHTING J owned by Tommaso De Bellis and skippered by Tarantino Andrea Airò with just 12 pts total.  Then, lying in third place overall is DOCTOR J that is owned by Sandro Negro and helmed by Marco Raeli with 21 pts.  Rounding out the top five are Massimo Ruggiero’s CANARINO FEROCE in 4th and Marcello Bellacicca’s MARBEA in 5th place.…

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February 5th

J/24s sailing off Barbados(Bridgetown, Barbados) – The final day of the Coastal Series at the 80th anniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta, organized by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism, and Mount Gay, concluded in fine style today with sunshine, wind up to 28kts, and a relatively flat sea. The fleet reveled in the conditions along the south coast of the island with a long beat out to Oistins and a rewarding blast back home.

In Carlisle Bay, where winds remained around 18-20 kts, the J/24 fleet enjoyed yet more close battles in the final four races of the series. With Robbie Yearwood and team on ISLAND WATER WORLD DIE HARD from Grenada, and Neil Burke and team on IMPULSE equal on points going into the final day’s racing, competition was guaranteed to be intense.…

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February 4th

J/24 sailing off AustraliaThe “Black Prince” Wins Another J/24 Nationals
(Victoria, Australia)- Host for this year’s Australian J/24 Nationals was the wonderful crew at Sandringham YC.  Nineteen teams showed up to compete for class honors in one of the most resilient one-design classes in Australia.  Blessed with a variety of conditions, it was not altogether surprising that the local hero, e.g. the “Black Prince of Sandy” (David Suda) made sure no one vanquished his PACEMAKER team on home waters.  Here is how it all went down way, way Down Under.

DAY ONE
After an abandoned practice day and with the possibility of Day One being a no-go as well it is great to be able to say we got 3 good races in.…

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February 4th

J/70s sailing off Monte Carlo, Monaco(Monte Carlo, Monaco)- Conditions could not have been better for Act III of the YC Monaco Winter Sportboat Series, with eight races completed over the three days.  The sailors from North Europe, including eight German, three Swedish and two Russian teams, enjoyed steady southwesterly breezes beneath sunny skies all weekend.

In total there were thirty-four boats jostling for position on the start, confirming Monaco’s reputation as the European winter regatta center for the J/70 class to prepare for the upcoming season’s big meetings.

Sweden’s Oscar Lundqvist and crew sailed FANNY super-fast and won the weekend, eight points in front of the Englishman Charlie Esse on BABY J, who came back with a vengeance on the Sunday.  Taking third overall was the German sailor Claas Lehmann on TRES MARKELLER, who did not win a race but was consistently at the front of the fleet throughout the weekend.…

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February 3rd

J/122 Jackpot sailing off Sydney, Australia(Sydney, Australia)- Adrian van Bellen and crew, sailing the beautiful J/122 JACKPOT, sailed a brilliant race to win IRC 2 and ORCi in the 35th Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race, hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport.  In fact, on IRC Overall they took second the Maxi 80 footer BEAU GESTE!

After a light nor’easter start at the mouth of Pittwater, the highly competitive 40-boat fleet headed north as the breeze turned southeast at Sydney Heads, for the run up the coast.  As with most offshore racing, the 226-mile ‘Coffs Race’ is full of challenges, but the winds were favorable for the fleet, finishing in a 10-15 kt southeasterly breeze.…

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