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September 4th

Sailing mag J/105(Port Washington, Wisconsin)- In the September “New Boats ” issue the J/105 was featured on the cover of the magazine.  Then, in the “New Boats 2016” article, the new J/11S launched in Les Sables d’Olonne, France for European IRC racing was given an overview.  Then, the famous, classic, world’s largest one-design keelboat class, the J/24, was featured on the “Boats & Gear” cover, as well as being featured in the Used Boat Notebook” on page 56.

Thanks to Sue Reynen and the Schanen Family at SAILING for these boat features.  You can visit their website (http://www.sailingmagazine.net) and follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SAILINGmag)!…

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September 4th

KILCULLEN Wins Irish J/24 Nationals

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J/24 sailing Ireland(Lough Derg, Ireland)- The J24 fleet was out in force for last weekend’s J24 Nationals. The event, which was held in Lough Derg Yacht Club, saw 13 boats coming from all parts of the country to compete. With 13 J24s on the start line, it was sure to be an interesting and competitive 9 races.

Perfect sailing conditions were forecast for the first day of racing all sailors were eager to get to the race course and sail the first beat before the starting gun. 10 boats opted for Jib as the strong gusts made sailing upwind more manageable. The first of the three races went off without any faults.…

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September 4th

Dirt Bike Loading Ramp

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By Daryl Brunette

A dirt bike loading ramp is very bulky and heavy, but important for loading everything you need in motocross. You can just use a wooden board thick enough to support the weight of your bike, or you can buy expensive aluminum ramps. But I (Daryl) wanted to build one and give it a personal touch, making it lighter and stronger.

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September 3rd

J/111s sailing in San Francisco Bay(San Francisco, CA)- The annual summer time big-boat classic, the St Francis YC’s Aldo Alessio Regatta, took place over the August 21st to 23rd weekend in the usual “fresh to frightening” weather conditions served up by San Francisco Bay.  The format was different than it had been in past years, the StFYC offered up a trio of scoring systems for all who wished to participate and to gain a better understanding of how their boats would perform under various rating rules- PHRF ToT, ORR and HPR.  In addition, there was a one-design class for the J/111 SF Bay fleet.

For the six J/111s sailing one-design, it was loads of fun and tight racing.  Nevertheless, the standout for this regatta happened to be Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY.  They certainly had the “key” to something, like perhaps a direct line to the “big guy upstairs”, since their scoreline of straight bullets was pretty remarkable in this closely-fought racing.  Taking second with nearly as many 2nds was Dorian McKelvy’s MADMEN with 9 pts total.  Hanging on to third place was Rob Theis’ AEOLUS with 12 pts.  The top five was completed with Dick Swanson’s BAD DOG in fourth and Gorkem Ozcelebi’s DOUBLE DIGIT in fifth position.…

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September 3rd

J/70 women's sailing team- NORGIRLS in ChicagoAQUAHOLIKS Top Corinthians, 3rd Overall Too!
(Chicago, IL)- The annual Verve Inshore Regatta weekend got an early start as fourteen J/70s began their Great Lakes Championship Friday morning with uncertain conditions in the forecast. “We started the day off in six knots of wind at 10:30 this morning and the wind shifted over to the southeast to about nine knots,” said Chicago YC’s PRO Rick Lillie. “We were able to get four square races off today with only a few adjustments.”

Even before racing started there was a shift when NORBOY transitioned to “NORGIRL”! During practice on Thursday, NORBOY’s owner Leif Sigmond was injured after a rough round up and a dip into the storm-cooled waters of Lake Michigan.…

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September 2nd

J/70s sailing Fishing Bay YC on Chesapeake Bay(Fishing Bay, Virginia)- Fishing Bay YC would like to invite you to the 2015 J/70 Chesapeake Bay Championship.  Following on the success of last year’s event, we have planned what we hope to be an excellent regatta. We expect a strong group of competitors from around the Bay as well as from places afar.

This year the date has been moved up to October 3-4 while fall sailing conditions are at their peak.  Fishing Bay YC is ideally situated at the mouth of the Piankatank River at the Chesapeake Bay offering a variety of sailing areas to suit the conditions. The water temperature will still be mild and the breezes should allow for excellent racing.…

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September 2nd

Fairing Basics

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By Jeff Wright

The goal of fairing is to create a surface without bumps or hollows.

Fairing Compound should be of a consistency that can be troweled onto a surface without sagging. Add 407 Low Density or 410 Microlight filler to mixed epoxy, checking the consistency as you stir in the filler to determine if the mixture has the correct viscosity for your application.…

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September 2nd

J/70 Deutsche Segel-bundesliga sailing on Wansee in Berlin, Germany(Berlin, Germany)- The Deustche Segel-Bundesliga sailed it’s fifth act on the Wansee in Berlin, Germany this past weekend, from August 21st to 23rd.  Like their compatriots sailing the Fastnet Race, that same “squishy flat” high pressure moved over the European continent and proceeded to park itself over most of the major sailing lakes, leaving many regattas gasping for any breeze.  On Berlin’s Wansee, that was the case.  The first day of racing was canceled because of the absolutely perfect mirror created by a complete lack of wind- yes, the proverbial “glass out”, as some might call it.  Nevertheless, over the next two days, the teams were treated to reasonable winds and the host club’s team, Berliner YC, won the regatta with a remarkably consistent scoreline- in fifteen races posting 5 3rds, 7 2nds and a 1st.  Comparatively, their erstwhile competitors were all over the map playing their own versions of “snakes & ladders” all weekend long!…

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September 1st

J/105 Panther- top women's team in Fastnet Race(The Hague, The Netherlands)-  Here’s the report of the women’s two-handed team sailing the J/105 PANTHER from the Netherlands.  Yvonne Beusker (left in this photo) sailed with her friend Edith Voskamp all season long in the Netherlands/ RORC races as a warm-up/ training for the Rolex Fastnet Race.  Here is their story as told by Yvonne about their Rolex Fastnet Race experience:

“Monday 10 August around noon time – what a splendid welcome- drizzly Cowes! The non-stop journey from Scheveningen (NL) prepared us from no wind and sun on Saturday afternoon to a 20-23 kts of wind and, well, the rain the days following.…

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September 1st

J/105 Jester wins Fastnet Race Doublehanded class(Plymouth, England)- In the court of the crimson king, this court needed its court jester! 54 teams entered the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race racing in the IRC Two-Handed Class from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland, Monaco and the United States of America and the winner, after over four days and nights of racing, was decided by just 14 seconds, with the top 18 yachts just 5% apart after time correction.

For most of the two-handed competitors, food will have been simply fuel, and sleep will have been the ultimate luxury. Racing two-handed for 603 nautical miles non-stop, spending most of the time alone on deck is tough.…

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