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May 29th

J/24s sailing with spinnakersJ/70 PRIME NUMBER Sweeps Elite Keel Class
(Belvedere, CA)- The beautiful San Francisco Yacht Club, situated on Belvedere Cove facing the famous Raccoon Straits inside of Angel Island, hosted their annual Elite Keelboat Regatta and the J/24 Western Regional Championship from May 16 to 17. The J/70 class had eight boats racing on the Berkeley Circle along with the fleet of twelve J/24s.

As a Worlds Qualifier regatta, the J/24s were the headliner class for the weekend.  Sailing like a rabid dog going after the last bone on Earth (e.g. like the MadMax movie), Pat Toole’s Santa Barbara YC team on 3 BIG DOGS (past J/24 North American Champions) proved they still had all the skills necessary to be top dog for the weekend, posting four bullets and a 5th to win with 9 pts.…

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May 29th

J/80s sailing GPEN in Camaret, France(Camaret, France)- At Camaret, the J/80 Class has always been very loyal to the Grand Prix Ecole Navale France Championship Monotype habitable. Camaret even organized the J/80 2006 European Championship. It is this year, again, the largest class at GPEN are the J/80s; with 58 boats it also marked a participation record for the event. While starting off very slowly on the first day of racing, it was Martin Bertrand’s CHARLY Team (Xavier Lara, Thomas Haddouche, Julien Lebru, and Amelie Grassi) that closed with a flourish of top five finishes to win by 9 pts.

For the first day of racing on the harbor waters of Brest, it was anything but easy for many of the top teams.…

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May 28th

J/70s sailing Wannsee Woche in Berlin, Germany(Berlin, Germany)- As the first major J/70 regatta of the season hosted by Potsdamer YC on the Wannsee in Berlin, it was the team of JUST IN TIME skippered by Gordon Nickel (including Sebastian Rocke, Fiege Nils-Mathes, Nils Merten Farber) that took the thirteen boat fleet overall honors.  As they say in America, they were first to “punch out” on the time-clock after a weekend of long hard work!

The event had two days of racing with six total races- three each on Saturday and Sunday.  Both days were just about spectacularly perfect— 8 to 18 kts of breeze, some of the best sailing conditions anyone could imagine for the middle of Berlin’s beautiful lake (one of the coolest cities in the middle of Europe!)

J/70s sailing Wannsee in Berlin, GermanyFor the first day of sailing, the crew of DUFTe skippered by Frank-Uwe Fuchs was the runaway leader with a 1-7-1 tally.  Tied for second were Nickel’s JUST IN TIME team with a 6-6-2 and Maxmilian Nickel’s team on JUKEBOX with a 4-3-5.…

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May 28th

J/111 Xcentric Ripper sailing North Sea RaceJ/105 PANTHER Top Women’s Duo!
(Scheveningen, The Netherlands)- John van der Starre & Robin Verhoef’s Dutch J/111 XCENTRIC RIPPER was the winner of the 18-strong IRC Two-Handed Class, winner of the ORC Two-Handed Class, second ORC Overall, third in IRC 2 Class and fourth IRC Overall! Talk about filling up your trophy shelves in just one race!  FOUR trophies in ONE race for ONE boat!  This was the tenth North Sea Race for John van der Starre and by far their closest finish. After time correction, Xcentric Ripper won the class by four seconds.

“It was a tough but very nice race for us.…

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May 27th

Summer Sailstice 2015Come sailing with us!
(Newport, RI)- We are inviting all J/Boat sailors worldwide to come sailing ‘with us’ as part of the Summer Sailstice global celebration of sailing.  We want to show off the best of J/Boat sailing and you can help us do it by entering your sailing plans for this once-a-year event held annually on the weekend nearest the summer solstice.  This year the June 20th weekend.

Everyone signed up and sailing is eligible to win a $100 gift certificate to the J/Boat store plus a one-week BVI charter from Sunsail and numerous other prizes.  You can participate if you’re racing Block Island Race Week, the Marion Bermuda Race, Cleveland Race week or cruising the Med or just out for an afternoon sail.  Sign up, hoist your sails and celebrate J/Boat sailing.…

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May 27th

J/111 sailing on Solent seriesJ/111 McFLY & J/109 JELLY BABY Victorious
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK)- This year’s Vice Admiral’s Cup Regatta could not have been more fortunate with the sailing conditions all weekend long.  With the extraordinary PRO and RC work from the host Royal Corinthian Yacht Club’s team, the sailors managed to enjoy nine races over the weekend’s racing from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th May. Since its introduction, the event has gone from strength to strength with its simple close-racing format and the fun social program made it exceedingly enjoyable for the competitors. Reveling in the on-water and onshore repartee’ was Tony Mack’s McFLY winning the J/111 class and Ian Nagle’s Irish team aboard the J/109 JELLY BABY.  Here is how it all went down on the usually tricky Solent weather conditions.…

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May 26th

J/70s sailing Alcatel OneTouch Italian Nationals off San Remo, Italy(San Remo, Italy)- Twenty-five teams from three countries contested the second leg of the J/70 ALCATEL ONETOUCH Italian Trophy this past weekend, May 16 and 17. Classic San Remo gentle breezes, varying in direction from 230 to 235 degrees and generally averaging between 7 to 12 knots graced the two-day, five-race event hosted by Yacht Club San Remo.

J/70 Alcatel OneTouch San Remo winnersAt the halfway mark into the Alcatel OneTouch J/70 Italian National Open Championship, top honors went to NOTARO Team helmed by Luca Domenici. After taking the lead on day one, thanks to the positive scoreline of 3-2-1, the Domenici’s NOTARO Team stayed on the top to claim the final victory of the act.…

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May 26th

J/111 Blur sailing SkagenRace(Skagen, Denmark)- The Skagen Race is the offshore season premiere in Scandinavia. A quick 120nm overnight dash from Norway to Denmark over a cold, and sometimes rough, Skagerrak sea. But it’s usually worth it and the reward is the famous weekend party in the little Danish town of Skagen. Sun, cold Danish beer and late night boat parties attract crowds from far away!

Peter Gustafsson and his crew on board J/111 Blur³ are preparing for the Fastnet Race in August and decided to get the most out of the race. They started with a 140nm delivery to Norway in full-on “race mode”; 26-30 knots of wind and massive seas were a decent shake-out for both the boat and the crew.…

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May 25th

http://www.jboats.com/j111Hot Racing for J/105s, J/111s and J/120s
(San Francisco, CA)- The St Francis YC played host to the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta last weekend for fleets of J/105s, J/111s and J/120s.  Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Bay conditions delivered in spades with the StFYC PRO able to run five races on the western end of the Bay between Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge- a.k.a. “the city front course.”

Perhaps the most surprising element of this year’s event was the fact that despite tremendous parity between the top teams in all three J classes, it was a set of new (or re-invented) players that simply dominated their fleets.  Almost as if on cue, the top boats all managed to avoid bad races in the no-throw-out series.…

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May 25th

J/70s sailing in Germany(Kiel, Germany)- The first J/70 German Open Championship will be held in conjunction with the famous Kieler Woche event, one of the world’s largest one-design regattas.  Running from the 20th to 28th of June, it’s a tremendous opportunity to enjoy not only great sailing but also fantastic shoreside festivities that include rock concerts, symphonies, a zillion different “craft beers” and a smorgasbord of delicious foods.

So far, over eighteen entries have registered with many teams representing the J/70 fleets in Berlin and also Lake Constance.  In addition, there are boats from The Netherlands and from Russia.  Top names in the European class include Claas Lehmann, Jurgen Waldheim, Thomas Studer, Christian Soyka, and Wouter Kollmann.…

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