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April 23rd

J/70s sailing off Alassio, Italy(Alassio, Italy)- During the International Offshore Week, a classic Spring event that starts off the summer sailing season, the first of the Italian J/70 Circuit regattas took place.  The interest has been high for J/70s in Italy and the fleet is having a lot of fun for many of them who were competing for the first time. 

In the first regatta off Allasio, it was a closely fought race with Carlo Alberini the winner and Beppe Zavanone taking second overall.

The second regatta of J/70 Italian Circuit will be organized at YC San Remo from 24-27 April.  Many J/70s are already present practicing for the weekend regatta.  The regatta expects teams from Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia and Monaco  On 24th April, J/Boats Italy is hosting a “J/70 day” for all sailors interested in discovering more about the boat.…

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April 23rd

Warsash Spring Champs Report

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J/70 sailing Warsash spring series on Solent(Warsash, England)- It was a busy time for Warsash Sailing Club on 12th/13th April with racing on both days for the opening of the Brooks Macdonald Warsash Spring Championship and the fifth Sunday of the Spring Series. As the weather became warmer, entry numbers have increased so that some 140 boats were out to enjoy the full schedule of racing. During the two days, the race officers ran over 50 separate races – a challenging but rewarding weekend all round.

Saturday– Day One
For Black Group, the south-westerly breeze started light but built by the end of the afternoon to a brisk 17 knots.…

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April 22nd

J/70 sailing PSSR Regatta in Seattle, WA(Seattle, WA)- It was a fun weekend regatta with three J/70s & two J/80’s in one class, nine J/105’s in another, and three J/29’s in a mixed PHRF class.  The report from Ben Braden follows:

“If you didn’t return to the dock with a smile on your face it’s time you quit sailing and take up horse riding! It simply does not get much better than the two days of racing that showed up for this year’s Puget Sound Spring Regatta, hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Fifty-five boats made it out April 12/13 for two of the most stellar days of the year for sailing in the Pacific Northwest.…

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April 22nd

Charleston Race Week Report

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J/70 sailing Charleston(Charleston, SC)– From the newly, massively, dynamic J/70 fleet to the revved-up PHRF classes, there was a tremendous amount of racing activity across Charleston area waters for Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week on April 11-13; the 19th edition hosted racing for 16 separate classes.

The growth of the event drew competitors from 27 states and five continents, from as far away as New Zealand, Scandinavia, Brazil, Guatemala, Australia and Peru. Many of these foreign sailors are among the sport’s top names, including Vasco Vascotto from Italy (in the J/70 Class), 2013 College Sailor of the Year Juan Maegli of Guatemala (in the J/24 Class), Jordan Reese from Australia (in the J/70 Class), and Peruvian Olympic Laser hopeful Stefano Peschiera (in the J/24 Class).…

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April 21st

J/80 Shanghai Boat Show winner(Shanghai, China)- The International J/80 continues to garner accolades in the world of Asian yachting.  This past weekend, the J/80 won the “Best Sport Boat and Day Boat” in China. The J/80 was noted by the Judges at the Shanghai Boat Show (the largest in China) for “being a safe, fun and easy boat to sail that is also affordable”— the primary reasons for winning this category in China over the past 5 years. 

Accepting the award for J/Boats Asia are Mr. He, Jim Johnstone and Frank Lin. The group photo includes all of the Chinese dealerships on stage that have provided the support for the J/80’s success across China— all major provinces in China were represented!   For more J/80 sailboat information

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April 20th

(Gustavia, St Barths)- Les Voiles has continued to grow in each of its five editions, both in entry numbers and shoreside activities, and many competitors have been heard to say that organizers have figured out the perfect racing/shoreside formula. Racing begins Tuesday and on Thursday, the now traditional lay day on St. Jean Bay, competitors will enjoy lunch at Nikki Beach.

With many in the 70 boat fleet returning from prior Les Voiles editions, the international fleet is drawn from across the Caribbean (St. Barth, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Martinique, Antigua, BVI, Puerto Rico) as well as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., The Netherlands, France, Spain, Malta, Sweden, Australia and Ireland.…

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April 19th

J/111 DJANGO sailing New Zealand(Auckland, New Zealand)- The J/111 DJANGO has been sailing for over the past year “down under” in Auckland, NZ.  Sailed by her new owner Andrew Reid and often sailed with Doyle Sails NZ sailmaker Andrew Pilcher aboard, they’ve had some great experiences and successes in the offshore world.  Here is some of their commentary from the J/111 thread on Sailing Anarchy (amusing reading!):

“The SSANZ B&G SIMRAD two handed series is hugely popular here in Auckland – with around 150 entries. Race 1 (60 nms around the Hauraki Gulf) was sailed in variable conditions, 0-17 kts TWS from a bunch of different directions.…

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April 18th

J/80 RUSSIA Yachting Cup(Lago di Garda, Italy)- One of the oldest yacht clubs in Europe is the Fraglia Vela Riva, located on the picturesque northern shores of Lago di Garda in Italy.  Last week, FVR hosted the ninth edition of the “Yachting Russia Cup” for the Russian-speaking yachting community. Competition was held on International J/80 one-design sportsboats in a format of match races for all participating teams.

Nearly 60 athletes from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Germany and Italy were divided into 11 teams. According to rules of the Cup each skipper has the right to choose from all participants one crew member, then the rest of the crew is formed by drawing from a lottery (e.g.…

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April 18th

J/80 sailing off La Trinite sur Mer, France(La Trinite-sur-Mer, France)- The 36th SPI Ouest France Intermarche Regatta is taking place this weekend from April 17th to 21st, with four days of racing planned on Quiberon Bay.  Over 300 boats are sailing and, again, the J/80 class will be by far the largest fleet (one-design or handicap) with 86 boats expected on the starting line.  This year’s event also marks the debut of the J/70 class with a dozen boats primed to do battle for SPI Ouest honors.

The J/70s have several notable teams registered, including a new French crew sailing PEN AZEN that will be skippered by Philipe Delaporte, a long-time J owner and past RORC Offshore Champion in his J122 PEN AZEN.  Joining the French J/70 class sailors will be J.…

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April 17th

Bob Billingham- J/24 sailor (San Francisco, CA)- Bob Billingham (a.k.a. “Buddha”) passed away following a lengthy illness on March 30, 2014 at home in Grass Valley, California. He was 56 years of age.

Bob had graduated from Amherst College in 1979 with degrees in Geology and English. Born in England, he immigrated to the United States when he was five years old with his parents, who were professors at Stanford University.

Bob had an accomplished sailing track record which included representing the United States at the 1988 Olympics, winning the Silver medal in the Soling Class with John Kostecki and Will Baylis. Bob is a five-time World Champion in Solings, Etchells, J/24s and Maxis.…

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