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April 24th

J/97 sailing off Sydney Harbour, Australia(Sydney, Australia)- For the second season in a row the Sydney Harbour based J/97 KNOCKABOUT has won the Australian Measurement System (AMS) pointscore of the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club Super 30 Gold Cup. The Super 30 division is a mixed fleet of high performance keelboats of approximately 30ft length, some of them highly modified and is hotly contested.

The race series included a wide variety of weather from drifters to howling gales. In the final tally KNOCKABOUT dropped a 4th and a 6th to come home with an impressive score line of five 1sts, three 2nds and two 3rds.

It was a tight finish.…

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April 24th

J/80 sportboat sailing EDHEC college regattaJ/80 largest and most popular fleet
(Les Sables d’Olonne)- Originally created by 3 students from the French Business School EDHEC in 1968, the EDHEC Sailing Cup is now organized by 50 students and has become the leading student sporting event in Europe. Older than the Vendée Globe or the Volvo Ocean Race, the EDHEC Sailing Cup has always been a leader in the student top-level regattas. This year, the largest student regatta in the world comes back for its 46th edition in the mythic Port Olona, Les Sables d’Olonne, on the French Atlantic coast, from April 25 to May 3, 2014.…

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April 23rd

J/70s sailing off Alassio, Italy(Alassio, Italy)- During the International Offshore Week, a classic Spring event that starts off the summer sailing season, the first of the Italian J/70 Circuit regattas took place.  The interest has been high for J/70s in Italy and the fleet is having a lot of fun for many of them who were competing for the first time. 

In the first regatta off Allasio, it was a closely fought race with Carlo Alberini the winner and Beppe Zavanone taking second overall.

The second regatta of J/70 Italian Circuit will be organized at YC San Remo from 24-27 April.  Many J/70s are already present practicing for the weekend regatta.  The regatta expects teams from Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia and Monaco  On 24th April, J/Boats Italy is hosting a “J/70 day” for all sailors interested in discovering more about the boat.…

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April 23rd

Warsash Spring Champs Report

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J/70 sailing Warsash spring series on Solent(Warsash, England)- It was a busy time for Warsash Sailing Club on 12th/13th April with racing on both days for the opening of the Brooks Macdonald Warsash Spring Championship and the fifth Sunday of the Spring Series. As the weather became warmer, entry numbers have increased so that some 140 boats were out to enjoy the full schedule of racing. During the two days, the race officers ran over 50 separate races – a challenging but rewarding weekend all round.

Saturday– Day One
For Black Group, the south-westerly breeze started light but built by the end of the afternoon to a brisk 17 knots.…

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April 22nd

J/70 sailing PSSR Regatta in Seattle, WA(Seattle, WA)- It was a fun weekend regatta with three J/70s & two J/80’s in one class, nine J/105’s in another, and three J/29’s in a mixed PHRF class.  The report from Ben Braden follows:

“If you didn’t return to the dock with a smile on your face it’s time you quit sailing and take up horse riding! It simply does not get much better than the two days of racing that showed up for this year’s Puget Sound Spring Regatta, hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Fifty-five boats made it out April 12/13 for two of the most stellar days of the year for sailing in the Pacific Northwest.…

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April 22nd

Charleston Race Week Report

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J/70 sailing Charleston(Charleston, SC)– From the newly, massively, dynamic J/70 fleet to the revved-up PHRF classes, there was a tremendous amount of racing activity across Charleston area waters for Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week on April 11-13; the 19th edition hosted racing for 16 separate classes.

The growth of the event drew competitors from 27 states and five continents, from as far away as New Zealand, Scandinavia, Brazil, Guatemala, Australia and Peru. Many of these foreign sailors are among the sport’s top names, including Vasco Vascotto from Italy (in the J/70 Class), 2013 College Sailor of the Year Juan Maegli of Guatemala (in the J/24 Class), Jordan Reese from Australia (in the J/70 Class), and Peruvian Olympic Laser hopeful Stefano Peschiera (in the J/24 Class).…

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April 21st

J/80 Shanghai Boat Show winner(Shanghai, China)- The International J/80 continues to garner accolades in the world of Asian yachting.  This past weekend, the J/80 won the “Best Sport Boat and Day Boat” in China. The J/80 was noted by the Judges at the Shanghai Boat Show (the largest in China) for “being a safe, fun and easy boat to sail that is also affordable”— the primary reasons for winning this category in China over the past 5 years. 

Accepting the award for J/Boats Asia are Mr. He, Jim Johnstone and Frank Lin. The group photo includes all of the Chinese dealerships on stage that have provided the support for the J/80’s success across China— all major provinces in China were represented!   For more J/80 sailboat information

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April 21st

A Look at Leopard South America

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Leopard Catamarans BrazilThere’s no doubt that cats are popular in South America. The 2014 Rio de Janeiro Boat Show took place last weekend at the Marina da Glória, and a series of open houses and sea trials on the Leopard 48 followed at other locations in Brazil. Pictured above, Guilherme Kodja stands in front of his company SetSail, which has become the new Leopard Catamarans and Sunsail and Moorings Ownership office in Brazil. Kodja and his team were thrilled with the popularity of the Leopard 48 this weekend.

Working with the South American market is not new for Leopard Catamarans, explains Franck Bauguil, Vice President of Yacht Sales and Ownership, ”Leopard Catamarans has been working with Central and South American customers very successfully for many years, but mainly with Spanish speaking staff in the Ft Lauderdale office working directly with customers.” But Bauguil has shifted to a new distribution model in South America: Leopard Catamarans partner agents have opened their doors in Peru and Brazil to serve customers locally.…

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April 20th

(Gustavia, St Barths)- Les Voiles has continued to grow in each of its five editions, both in entry numbers and shoreside activities, and many competitors have been heard to say that organizers have figured out the perfect racing/shoreside formula. Racing begins Tuesday and on Thursday, the now traditional lay day on St. Jean Bay, competitors will enjoy lunch at Nikki Beach.

With many in the 70 boat fleet returning from prior Les Voiles editions, the international fleet is drawn from across the Caribbean (St. Barth, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Martinique, Antigua, BVI, Puerto Rico) as well as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., The Netherlands, France, Spain, Malta, Sweden, Australia and Ireland.…

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April 19th

J/111 DJANGO sailing New Zealand(Auckland, New Zealand)- The J/111 DJANGO has been sailing for over the past year “down under” in Auckland, NZ.  Sailed by her new owner Andrew Reid and often sailed with Doyle Sails NZ sailmaker Andrew Pilcher aboard, they’ve had some great experiences and successes in the offshore world.  Here is some of their commentary from the J/111 thread on Sailing Anarchy (amusing reading!):

“The SSANZ B&G SIMRAD two handed series is hugely popular here in Auckland – with around 150 entries. Race 1 (60 nms around the Hauraki Gulf) was sailed in variable conditions, 0-17 kts TWS from a bunch of different directions.…

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