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November 21st

J/122E Bombay Race Winner!

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J/122e sitting at anchor off Bombay, India(Bombay, India)- Recently, a brand-new J/122E was delivered to her owners in Bombay, India.  That it was an enormous undertaking to simply get the boat launched and sailing would be worthy of “Sisyphian” feats of wonder and tall tales that would be repeated in many local saloons along the commercial waterfront of Bombay.  The combination of Sunil Lobo of J/India and Jim Johnstone of J/Boats Asia had to work wonders with the local Indians to offload, rig and get the boat sailing; then spend considerable time getting her up to speed. Here is the report from Jim J on the Far Side of the Pacific:

J/122e launch off Bombay, India commercial docks“Nandan (the new J/122E owner) called to say they were excited about winning their first race on their J/122E in Bombay.  The other boats were using spinnakers and his J/122 doesn’t even have one yet!  He said the next closest boat was about a mile behind him.  The breeze was about 17 knots and he was working with the targets, making sure they didn’t let the boat go faster then 7.6 kts upwind.  He said that he was noticeably higher then everyone else racing and was completely thrilled, especially against a well-sailed local Nautor Swan 57.…

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November 20th

Canadian Andy Roy sailing Laser(Toronto, Ontario)- Canada was recently celebrating some of its best sailors.  Remarkably (or alarmingly, depending on how you see it all), a number of Canada’s beloved “brothers in arms” were all top J/24 alumni of some form or another over the past decade or three.  You can include in that group Andy Roy, Terry McLaughlin, Greg Tawastjerna, “Bean Pole” (Terry Neilson) and a number of other characters we should mention but may not.

Nevertheless, October marks the time of year where Canadians celebrate good harvest and fortune followed by the ever so popular Halloween, the single night of the year when candy hoarding and unusual attire are encouraged.…

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November 20th

J/105s sailing Hot Rum Series(San Diego, CA)- What fun!  You can watch a “live” pursuit race play out in real-time on the Internet courtesy of San Diego YC and the sailing teams that are participating in the famous SDYC Hot Rum Series— watch how they all did on Saturday November 8th here- http://raceqs.com/regattas/hot-rum-series.

There were dozens of J/sailors participating in the fleet of 134 boats, with 32 J/Teams (25% of the fleet!), all hoping to be the first boat to cross the finish line in this epic pursuit race format.  You never know how these things turn-out, but more than half the fun is participating and watching many of your sailing colleagues pass by (one way or another!).…

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November 19th

J/88 Blue Flash “It Was Love @ First Sight!”
(San Diego, CA)- As we covered in last week’s news, the J/88 is beginning to realize its enormous potential in offshore races in Southern California.  Having already won the Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race in its class, new owner Scott Grealish just took his J/88 BLUE FLASH to both class and overall honors in the Rum Runner Race- a 75m dash down the SoCal coastline from Newport Harbor to San Diego.  Here’s Scott’s report (download PDF version here- http://www.jboats.com/images/stories/pdf/J88_BlueFlash_Report.pdf):

“Some days on the water are better than others, and racing my newly bought J/88 offshore in the Rum Runner Race from Newport Beach to San Diego was supposed to be one of the good days.…

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November 18th

J/80 AnyWayAnyDay Cup winner(Limassol, Cyprus)- For the first time, the AnyWayAnyDay Cup was held in Cyprus on 10 newly built J/80 yachts from 30th October to 4th of November.  With the support of the Russian Sailing Federation, the Cup attracted many famous Russian yachtsmen such as Igor Lisovenko (a two-time Russian Olympian), Vladimir Silkin (President of the Russian Yachting Federation) and Russian Olympic Gold Medallist at the Sydney Olympic Games- Evgeniy Braslavec.

The format for the regatta was mixed teams, in which professional yachtsmen shared their experiences with novices. The goal of the event was to show that every person can start sailing despite of their age and abilities!…

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November 18th

J/70s sailing off start at Key West- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing.com(Paris, France)- For those passionate J/70 sailors, J/Crew and J/Lovers around the world, here’s a wonderful chance to continue to grow the momentum of not just the J/70, but “J” sailing worldwide with family and friends.

Sharon Green/ UltimateSailing.comSharon Green of Ultimate Sailing took this awesome photo of J/70s starting off Key West on the first day of racing at the J/70 Midwinters, held in conjunction with Key West Race Week 2014.  As she describes, “it was like a battalion of white sails raking the coal-black squall behind the fleet, symbolizing how the J/70 has literally taken the sailing world ‘by storm’ since its introduction in 2012.”

As the only J/Boat represented in the “Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image” contest, the “J/70 Storm” photo needs your VOTE!  Please click on this link here to vote now.…

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November 17th

J/24 women sailors- La Punta, Peru(La Punta, Peru)- With the advent of spring sailing “down under”, the various J/24 fleets in South America and Australia are beginning to get the ball rolling in their various summer season championships as well as major events.

In La Punta, Peru, the J/24s have just started their South American Championships sailing on the Pacific Ocean along the spectacular coastline of this mountainous country.  The fleet so far has been blessed with good sailing conditions for the highly competitive fleet.

While the betting is that Mauricio Santa Cruz on BRUSCHETTA may be able to repeat as South American Champion, behind him there is no question many are expecting to challenge them enough to dethrone them for 2014!  Leading that charge should be several good local teams, like Luis Olcese’s SCARAMOUCH, Javier Arribas’ WAYRA, Matias Seguel’s GURU, Lucas Peschiera’s TIAMAT and Vernon Robert’s JOYTIA.  There is a lot of racing planned for the fleet, with the regatta starting on November 8th and finishing one week later on November 15th.  For Facebook photos & commentary on the J/24 South Americans    For more J/24 South American Championship sailing information

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November 17th

Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- Founded in 1815 the Royal Yacht Squadron will mark its 200 years with an invitational regatta from the 25th to 31st July 2015 at its historic home in Cowes with racing on the Solent and a Round Island Race on Wednesday, July 29th (the famous 60nm “America’s Cup” course around the Isle of Wight). The RYS has invited 25 clubs from 19 countries to send crews to the event with the option of taking part in a one-design regatta with supplied boats or participating in IRC Division. Additionally, two-on-two team racing will take place in J/70s for sailors 30 years old or younger (teams of 4 each).…

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November 16th

J/24s sailing on Chesapeake Bay(Annapolis, MD)- Congratulations to Tony Parker for winning the 2014 Hillman Capital Management J24 East Coast Championship aboard the famously-named J/24 yacht called BANGOR PACKET!  Sailing with Tony were a bunch of characters, namely the Hungarian/Canadian Rossi Milev, Team One’s famous Martha Parker and Ross Dierdorff, a worldly man about town.

Hosted by Severn Sailing Association, the J/24s suffered the same fate as many of their colleagues did down south in the J/70 Chesapeake championship.  Saturday dawned with a lot of promise for clouds, drizzle and wind, like lots and lots of wind.  While down in Fishing Bay it was blowing 20-25 kts, gusting to 30 kts by 2pm, it was blowing even harder in the northern Chesapeake Bay as a monster front was rolling through the region.  Such was the blow-out that racing was quite rightfully canceled Saturday afternoon.  As Sunday dawned, no one on the docks even bothered to pull out mainsails as it was truly epic, fresh-to-frightening conditions, e.g.…

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November 15th

Sailing IC24s off Bitter End YC(Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands)- Anthony grew up in St Thomas on the U.S. Virgin Islands – just 30 miles away from the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda in the BVI. And he will readily acknowledge that throughout his life he has regarded the skippers who were invited to compete in the BEYC’s Pro-Am Regatta as sailing’s “Hall of Fame.”  When Kotoun got the opportunity to skipper one of BEYC’s matched IC-24s in this year’s 28th annual Pro Am Regatta, he did not squander it.

His regatta began on an inauspicious note with an OCS call in the first fleet race, and a last place finish.…

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