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January 28th

 

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Last Sunday, my 11 year old daughter competed in a local indoor track meet. There were a ton of kids there of all ages competing in everything from the 100 meter dash to the 200 meter relay to the shot put to the long jump to the pole vault. Mollie ran the mile crossing the finish line in 6:35; not too bad considering she hasn’t been training.

The meet was billed as an “all comers” meet meaning that it was open to everyone, kids and adults alike. As a runner myself, I’ve competed in plenty of road-races where it’s common to see people who are well into their 70s and even their 80s truckin’ along in good style.…

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January 26th
The Newly painted Jeanneau 64, Trois Vignes, sits in the factory Poieter.
Dressed all in black, the newly painted Jeanneau 64, Trois Vignes, sits at the factory in Poiré. She is scheduled to sail in mid-March from Les Sables- d’Olonne to Chicago by way of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Just about a year ago, I took a trip to France to the town of Le Poiré Sur Vie in the Vendee region to see the first 64 being built. As you can easily imagine, building a 64 foot sailing yacht is not exactly a small accomplishment and in fact due to the dip in the economy, the project had been started and stopped more than once.…

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January 25th

(Portsmouth, RI)-  Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, and Stephanie Roble of East Troy, WI, were named US Sailing’s 2014 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. A total of ten men and seven women had been shortlisted for the 2014 honors based on nominations submitted by members of US Sailing, with these two sailors then selected for the noteworthy distinction by a diverse panel of sailing journalists.

Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are considered the sport’s ultimate recognition of an individual’s outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year.…

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January 24th

J/105 sailing- Seattle series (Seattle, WA)- Last week we featured one of the premiere season long awards for “most excellent” performances in the greater Pacific Northwest.  This week we get the 48 North/ Fisheries Supply Top 25!  Again, “congratulations” to the top J sailors who took 40% of the Top 25.

Here is how it all shook out in the end.  Taking 2nd was Bob Brunius’ J/120 TIME BANDIT tied on class score but just 3/4 point back on average fleet score!  In 4th was Jerry Diercks’ J/105 DELIRIUM; 6th was Stuart Brunell’s J/109 TANTIVY; in 7th was Bob Mayfield & Christine Nelson’s J/29 SLICK; 9th was James Geros’ J/105 LAST TANGO; 18th was John McPhail’s gorgeous navy blue J/160 JAM; another spectacular blue boat took 20th- John Tenneson’s J/145 JEDI; Jerry Woodfield’s J/109 SHADA took 22nd; in 23rd was the Seattle Sailing Club’s J/105 LIFE IS GOOD; and rounding it all out was Pat Denney’s J/29 HERE & NOW in 25th.  Good show all!  Sailing photo credits- Jan Anderson   Courtesy of 48 North Digital online

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January 23rd

North Sails for Sustenance(Chicago, IL)- Join Us for a Fun Night Out!!  Hello J/Sailors! North Sails is proud to host a fund-raising event with Sails for Sustenance on January 28, 2015 at our loft at 1665 North Elston, Chicago, IL. Because many of you have generously donated to this program in the past, you are familiar with the organization. For those who have never heard of Sails for Sustenance, they collect donated sails and take them to fishermen in Haiti to re-purpose for their livelihood.

North Sails- Ken ReadWe plan on a fun evening of food, music, Hawaiian dance lessons, live & silent auctions, and North Sails President Ken Read will give an update on the Comanche project and speak about the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup – all to benefit Sails for Sustenance.…

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January 22nd

J/24s sailing Australia(Adelaide, SA, Australia)- “When you’ve got it, flaunt it! And, that’s just what ‘The Black Prince of Sandringham’ in Pacemaker did in the last race today,” commented Simon Grain. He continues, “With the series win in the bag after two wins this morning they were spectators at the last start, watching the fleet sail off while they cruised home to early celebratory drinks. Well done Dave, congratulations to you and your crew, Herschel, Rachael, Sam and Luke!”

The J/24s in Australia continue to have spirited, fun racing and their grass-roots efforts continue to bring new sailors into the fold in their various fleets that range all over Australia and Tasmania.  The indefatigable, irrepressible, and always amusing Simon Grain provided further insights on the comings and goings of this year’s J/24 Nationals in Adelaide.  Starting on the first day, here is how it all went down “Down Under”.…

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January 22nd

NEW WAVE Triumphs In J/70 Q-II

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J/70s sailing Tampa Bay, FL(Tampa, FL)- The second stop of the three-event Quantum J/70 Winter Series attracted 52 boats for the seven race regatta hosted by Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL. Setting the pace from their opening race bullet was Marty Kullman on NEW WAVE, posting only one score out of the top three to win by 12 points over Will Welles’ RASCAL team in second.  Taking third was Al Terhune’s DAZZLER, 4th was Doug Strebel’s BLACK RIVER RACING and fifth was Henry Brauer’s SCAMP team (they also won Corinthian’s Division).

Conditions were light to medium air both days allowing seven races to be completed.…

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January 21st

J/122E cruising racing sailboat
(Newport, RI)- In addition to the London, Toronto and Chicago boat shows taking place this week, be sure to pencil in a date to go see more of the latest, greatest and hottest sailboats in the J/Boats line-up in Dusseldorf, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.  Here is what’s happening at each place:

J/70 Denmark- sailing leagueJan 17-25- Boot Dusseldorf
Taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany, on display will be the spectacular new J/122E Euro-styled cruiser-racer and the highly popular J/70 that has, literally, taken over one-design keelboat sailing in Germany.  Due to the extraordinary popularity of the “Deutsche Segel—Bundesliga (learn more here) and the fact the Lake Constance sailing association (made up of 100+ clubs on the Bodensee) chose the J/70 as their next-generation one-design keelboat, the J/70 is poised to become the dominant factor in German sailing for the next decade.  Learn more about the new J/Boats “E” series cruising boats (J/97E, J/112E and J/122E) from the fantastic team at Mittelman’s Werft (Henning Mittelman & Bo Teichman) and from the J/Europe Team of Fred Bouvier/ Didier Le Moal and J/Boats’ Jeff Johnstone.  For more Boot Dusseldorf boat show information.…

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January 20th

J/122e sailing off Mumbai, India(Mumbai, India)- The “Raja Maharaja Talpade Cup” is a combined class regatta that saw a variety of new sails sported by many of the boats; including the unfurling of the new spinnaker for the J/122E SKADOOSH!!

The Mumbai sailing club’s Race Committee planned a “butterfly course” around the harbour for the fleet.  The race handicap system was designed for a close racing day. The small boats all started and went off onto the shorter Under 22-foot course and the larger keelboats went onto their long and fun course. The boats all started with their given timings.

According to Sunil Lobo sailing aboard the J/122E SKADOOSH, “We were the last boat to start.…

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January 20th

NW Yachting J/122E Review

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J/122E cruising interior(Seattle, WA)- Recently, Bruce Hedrick of Northwest Yachting magazine had the opportunity to jump aboard a brand new J/122E, the queen of the new “E” series fleet focused on exciting, performance cruising.  Here is some of Bruce’s commentary:

“The J/122E is a development of the already wildly popular J/122, the perfect blend of all-around J Boat performance with interior cruising luxury. The “E” is for elegance and evolution in performance design. Why settle for less than sailing where and when you want to in comfort, style and speed?

From its sailor-friendly cockpit with optimized sail handling to the spacious, naturally lit two or three cabin interior, the J/122E is as easy to sail offshore as she is entertaining guests for dinner.…

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