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Italy J/24 Nationals Preview

29 May

J/24 sailing off Italy(Marina di Carrara, Italy)- There will be over thirty crews sailing from the 25th to 29th of May in the XXXVI J/24 Nationals in Italy! Hosting the event is the Club Nautico Marina di Carrara in cooperation with the Italian J/24 Class and the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV).

Amongst the participating teams is three-time defending champion LA SUPERBA, sailed by Ignazio Bonanno and crew of Giuseppe Incatasciato, Francesco Picaro, Alfredo Branciforte and Vincenzo.  More determined than ever to win the title are the following teams JUMPIN JACK FLASH, sailed by Frederick Miccio and Alessio Cervellin; NORTH EAST CONSTRUCTION skippered by Antonio Chessa; JOC helmed by Fabio Apollonio from Lake Garda; JUDITH skippered by Riccardo Oleanders; and CAPTAIN NEMO steered by Chief of the Rome J/24 Fleet- Guido Guadagni.…

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The Swiftsure Race Preview

28 May

Swiftsure Cup Session Ale(Victoria, BC, Canada)- It’s a testament to an event, the Swiftsure International Yacht Race, and a sport, sailboat racing, that has been changing in ways that have allowed more people to become involved in recent years and stay interested.  Swiftsure began in 1930. Since then, it has been halted only by major world calamities, the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Second World War. So, this year will be the 73rd running of Swiftsure.

Its most prestigious event, the Swiftsure Lightship Classic, is 138.2nm (256 km) from Clover Point out to the Swiftsure Banks near the entrance of Juan de Fuca Strait.…

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Happy 40th Birthday- J/24 RAGTIME!

28 May

J/24 Ragtime 1976 launching(Stonington, CT)- This weekend, the 40th birthday party celebration of the first launching of the J/24 RAGTIME will be taking place in Stonington, CT at Dodson’s Boatyard.  Drop on by and say “Hi” or simply visit the Dogwatch Cafe and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and absorb some J/Boats history along the way!

Down in Algarrobo, Chile, the Navegantes TV program did a special on the history of J/Boats in South America.  They interviewed J/Chile dealer Juan Eduardo Reid from Windmade Spa.  It’s all in Spanish, but jump to 29.0 minutes on the timeline and you can hear how it all happened!  Watch on YouTube here!…

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Spinnaker Cup Race Preview

28 May

J-teams sailing Spinnaker Cup(Tiburon, CA)- Coming up this holiday weekend is one of classic offshore races that sends boats surfing down the “Cali” coastline in huge swells and NW breezes- the famous Spinnaker Cup Race from San Francisco Bay to Monterey, CA.  The race starts Friday, May 27 and the mad dash down the coastline often takes less than 24 hours.

San Francisco Yacht Club, in partnership with the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club has hosted the annual Spinnaker Cup regatta since 1998. In its 19th year, the Spinnaker Cup holds a long tradition in offshore racing with a 100nm one-way trip from the San Francisco Bay’s Knox racing area to Monterey‘s Municipal Wharf.…

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J/Teams Lovin’ Vashon Island Race

27 May

J/105s sailing off Seattle(Seattle, WA)- The Seattle YC hosts a very popular offshore racing series in late spring called the Tri-Island Series.  The racing takes place bi-weekly and the teams sail races that can easily be completed by midnight given the right conditions.  The trio of events are the Smith Island, Vashon Island and the Blake Island Races.  This past weekend, the Seattle offshore fleet raced the Vashon Island on May 14th.

In Class 1, Tom Huseby’s J/145 DOUBLE TAKE is now standing 5th in the Tri-Island series after taking a 4th in class in the 46.54nm long course, covering the race in 9:51:30.…

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YC Furesøen Triumphs in Danish J/70 Sailing League Debut

27 May

J/70 Denmark winning sailing league team(Lundeberg, Denmark)- This past Saturday marked the Danish J/70 Sailing League’s third season kick-off in Lundeberg; the Oure schools in Lundeberg hosted this year’s first double event.

The second division began with races on Saturday and Sunday (May 14 to 15).  Then, next weekend (May 20 to 22) the first division starts, where Skovshoved Sejlklub hopes to embark on their title defense.

The Danish Sailing League offers two significant innovations this year. Both were put in to sharpen the drama and intensity – while strengthening the league as a spectator sport.

The latter is about the finish line consistently brought as close as possible to the quay, regardless of the wind direction.…

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Win The SHOE Regatta? Get New Flip-Flops!

26 May

JBoats Shoe Regatta(Seabrook, TX)- Lakewood Yacht Club’s Race Committee Chairman Larry Rogers was looking forward to hosting the 34th Annual Shoe Regatta.  The regatta was held over the weekend of May 14-15th.  Bay Access, a not-for-profit organization that supports amateur racing, is the organizing authority of the races.

The Shoe Regatta, which is open to the public and raced on Galveston Bay, is a favorite among local racers because, in the past, each crew member of the winning boat in each class was awarded a certificate for a pair of Sperry deck shoes; hence, the name of the event- “the SHOE Regatta!”  This year, every crew member of the winning boat of every class received a pair of premium Musto Sailing Shoes with exceptional grip for the serious sailor!…

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Tactical J/Stop Regatta Debut

25 May

J/105 sailing San Francisco(San Francisco, CA)- The St Francis YC hosted the inaugural J/Stop Regatta this past weekend for one-design fleets of J/105s, J/111s and J/120s.  The format was short courses between either the club start line or off the western face of Alcatraz Island with weather marks up near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Twenty-one J/105’s competed in the inaugural J/Stop.  The sailors really enjoyed the innovative format featuring more racing with shorter courses so there could be more action for skippers and crews.  An added bonus was a lower entry fee due to just enjoying a keg on the dock instead of a catered event inside the Club.…

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RORC De Guingand Bowl Race Report

24 May

J/35 sailing North Sea racesJ/105 Jumps Into RORC Season Points Lead!
(Cowes, IOW, England)- The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s offshore racing season continued this past weekend with the 4th race of the RORC Season’s Points Championship. Designed to last 24-36 hours, the De Guingand Bowl Race starts and finishes in the Solent and is a flexi-course allowing the Royal Ocean Racing Club to design a bespoke course.

“Without the constraint of finishing the race in a totally different location, we concentrate on the weather and tidal conditions to decide the course,” explains RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott. “We try to get all of the fleet to finish the first leg in the same tidal vector, so as to avoid a tidal gate early in the race and that is often why we start the slower yachts first.…

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National Sailing Hall of Fame

24 May

By Grace Ombry

Meade and Jan Gougeon were inducted into The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) in October of 2015. Meade and Jan, along with their brother Joel, founded Gougeon Brothers, Inc. in 1969. They were selected because of their pioneering work in the use of epoxies for boat construction, and because each are accomplished sailors.…

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