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J/22s Huge at Van Uden Reco Regatta

6 May

J/22 Bigroll sailing Van Uden Reco regatta“Two-peat” by Lisanne Nijdam!
(Stellendam, The Netherlands)- With rain, hail, sun and a lot of wind, the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta was a spectacular season opener for the more than 100 registered sailing race teams.

The two days of competition were spectacularly produced by OnAir Media, photographer Lawrence Morel, On-Board Reporter Klaas Wiersma and the teams themselves!

Martine Fox, president of the Holland Regatta Club is very proud of the teams that participated in the event- they ranged in age from 16 to well over 50. Martine commented, “It is a special mix of young and enthusiastic sailors, ambition and years of experience.…

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J/80 Danish Open Invite!

5 May

J/80 sailing in Europe(Taarbaek, Denmark)- The Danish J/80 Class Association wishes to invite one and all J/80 sailors from around Europe (even Americans and Russians who wish a European vacation!) to join them for the National J/80 Danish Open Championship.  The regatta will takes place at the beautiful seaside town of Taarbaek at the Taarbaek Sejlklub (just north of Copenhagen) from August 27-28 2016.  Racing takes place just offshore on the western parts of the Baltic Sea, an ideal place to be sailing in the middle of August with all the beautiful Scandinavian people frolicking along the seashores and on the water!

J/80 charter boats are available on request.  Please be sure to contact the President of the Danish J/80 Class Association for more information- Jens Harsaae- jens@harsaae.dk.   Sailing photo credit- Tim Wright/ Photoaction.com.  For more Danish J/80 Class sailing information

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J/111s Loving Benelux Series!

4 May

J/111 sailing Van Uden Reco regatta- Netherlands(Stellendam, The Netherlands)- Last weekend saw the start of J/111 One-Design Racing in the Benelux region at the Van Uden Reco Regatta in Stellendam.  And, what a great start it was!!

The conditions on Saturday were very tricky, to say at the least. The conditions saw very tight, close racing, demanding everything from everybody on the boats; resulting in some very exhausted crews at the end of the day.

But, what great racing! Three races, three different winners with the top three boats (Zwijnenburg’s SWEENY, Sigg’s LALLEKONIG and Vroom’s RED HERRING) all in a three-way tie on equal points!  As a result, that meant the racing on Sunday was going to be anyone’s game to play for.…

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Great Lakes School of Boatbuilding

4 May

By Bruce Niederer

I traveled to the U.P. (that’s what we Michiganders call the Upper Peninsula) on June 7th to attend the graduation ceremony and participate in the yearly on site PAC (Project Advisory Committee) meeting which I currently sit on. I arrived on a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the mid 70s, a stark contrast from my last trip to the school in mid-April when I awoke to 4” of new snow and 3°F! For those of you who live in the southwest where the temperature has been hot for some time, by contrast, the great lakes finally became 100% ice free the beginning of June.…

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J’s Romp In SSS Round Rocks Race

4 May

J/105 sailing SSS Round Rocks Race(San Francisco, CA)- 106 intrepid short-handed boats signed up for this years Singlehanded Sailing Society Round the Rocks Race. An in the Bay, 19.3 nm event that originates on the Berkeley Circle just off Richmond YC, leaves Alcatraz to starboard, Harding Rock to starboard, The Brothers to starboard, Red Rock to Port and on to finish in the Point Potrero Channel next to Richmond YC.

Light winds at the start left some boats drifting on the flats while others we able to ghost their way up towards Treasure Island into a slight westerly. However, unusually soft, lightening winds and a steady, stubborn 2-knot flood was too much for the fleet.…

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Grand Finale- Warsash Spring Series & Championship

3 May

J/70s sailing Warsash Helly Hansen Spring series(Warsash, England)- According to one observer out on the Solent race track, it was “synchronized broaching on the final weekend of the Crewsaver Warsash Spring Championship!”  Perhaps it was not that bad, but it certainly was marked by a bitter wind chill, sunshine and cloud, shifty winds and some cracking racing!

The wind remained in the north similar to last weekend but this time a NNE on the Saturday with around 10-15 kts of wind. The forecast for Sunday had been a NNW veering north but it was in fact close to a NNE backing N that made course setting quite a challenge for the race committee.…

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Bacardi Newport Sailing Week- Register Now!

3 May

J/70 sailing Bacardi sailing week regatta(Newport, RI)- The J/70 class is again invited to participate for three days of racing in the Bacardi Newport Sailing Week.  The event will take place from June 24th to 26th and hosted by Newport Yacht Club.  Leading the Newport YC Race Committee team will again be PRO Eric Langley.

The regatta in 2015 was great sailing, first-class race committee work, and very entertaining.  The NYC runs the J/70 class just north of the Pell Newport Bridge, inside of Gould Island.  The racing is fast & furious and no race lasts for more than 30-40 minutes at most.  Virtually, college-style sailing with fast turn-arounds between races and very little waiting time.  As one might expect, it’s very tactical sailing and puts a premium on good boathandling, all excellent training for any J/70 crew!…

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Women’s World Keelboat Championship Update

2 May

Women's J/70 sailing team
(Rye, NY)– The American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y. will host the new International Women’s Keelboat Championship in provided J/70 class sailboats from August 14-20, 2016. Twenty-four teams from around the world will be invited to compete, with the intention of an even ratio of North American and intercontinental teams. Teams representing eight countries have already submitted applications. There will be a $250 discount on the entry fee for applications received by Sunday, May 1st, 2016!!  Register here now!

More than ever, this championship will offer women keelboat and offshore sailors high quality racing on the international stage without the need to provide their own boats or sails.…

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Women’s World Keelboat Championship Update

2 May

Women's J/70 sailing team
(Rye, NY)– The American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y. will host the new International Women’s Keelboat Championship in provided J/70 class sailboats from August 14-20, 2016. Twenty-four teams from around the world will be invited to compete, with the intention of an even ratio of North American and intercontinental teams. Teams representing eight countries have already submitted applications. There will be a $250 discount on the entry fee for applications received by Sunday, May 1st, 2016!!  Register here now!

More than ever, this championship will offer women keelboat and offshore sailors high quality racing on the international stage without the need to provide their own boats or sails.…

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J/Teams Crush Epic, Record-breaking Ensenada Race

2 May

J/120 Pole Dancer sailing Newport Ensenada Race(Newport Beach, CA)- For decades, one of southern California’s most popular offshore races has been the annual 125nm blast down the SoCal/ Mexico coastline from Newport Beach to Ensenada.  It is a marquee event in SoCal offshore circles for many reasons:  the downhill sleighride more often than not is loads of fun flying spinnakers most of the way; and the pre-race “send-off” party and the post-race awards party have gone into notorious folklore status for many boats and crews, good, bad, or otherwise!  It is truly a classic event for those who’ve experienced the traditions of SoCal offshore sailing.  Organized and hosted by the Newport Ocean Racing Association, the beloved N2E is an eclectic mix of serious sailors campaigning multi-million dollar yachts racing alongside recreational cruisers.…

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