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September 3rd

J/70 women's sailing team- NORGIRLS in ChicagoAQUAHOLIKS Top Corinthians, 3rd Overall Too!
(Chicago, IL)- The annual Verve Inshore Regatta weekend got an early start as fourteen J/70s began their Great Lakes Championship Friday morning with uncertain conditions in the forecast. “We started the day off in six knots of wind at 10:30 this morning and the wind shifted over to the southeast to about nine knots,” said Chicago YC’s PRO Rick Lillie. “We were able to get four square races off today with only a few adjustments.”

Even before racing started there was a shift when NORBOY transitioned to “NORGIRL”! During practice on Thursday, NORBOY’s owner Leif Sigmond was injured after a rough round up and a dip into the storm-cooled waters of Lake Michigan.…

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September 2nd

J/70s sailing Fishing Bay YC on Chesapeake Bay(Fishing Bay, Virginia)- Fishing Bay YC would like to invite you to the 2015 J/70 Chesapeake Bay Championship.  Following on the success of last year’s event, we have planned what we hope to be an excellent regatta. We expect a strong group of competitors from around the Bay as well as from places afar.

This year the date has been moved up to October 3-4 while fall sailing conditions are at their peak.  Fishing Bay YC is ideally situated at the mouth of the Piankatank River at the Chesapeake Bay offering a variety of sailing areas to suit the conditions. The water temperature will still be mild and the breezes should allow for excellent racing.…

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September 2nd

J/70 Deutsche Segel-bundesliga sailing on Wansee in Berlin, Germany(Berlin, Germany)- The Deustche Segel-Bundesliga sailed it’s fifth act on the Wansee in Berlin, Germany this past weekend, from August 21st to 23rd.  Like their compatriots sailing the Fastnet Race, that same “squishy flat” high pressure moved over the European continent and proceeded to park itself over most of the major sailing lakes, leaving many regattas gasping for any breeze.  On Berlin’s Wansee, that was the case.  The first day of racing was canceled because of the absolutely perfect mirror created by a complete lack of wind- yes, the proverbial “glass out”, as some might call it.  Nevertheless, over the next two days, the teams were treated to reasonable winds and the host club’s team, Berliner YC, won the regatta with a remarkably consistent scoreline- in fifteen races posting 5 3rds, 7 2nds and a 1st.  Comparatively, their erstwhile competitors were all over the map playing their own versions of “snakes & ladders” all weekend long!…

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September 1st

J/105 Panther- top women's team in Fastnet Race(The Hague, The Netherlands)-  Here’s the report of the women’s two-handed team sailing the J/105 PANTHER from the Netherlands.  Yvonne Beusker (left in this photo) sailed with her friend Edith Voskamp all season long in the Netherlands/ RORC races as a warm-up/ training for the Rolex Fastnet Race.  Here is their story as told by Yvonne about their Rolex Fastnet Race experience:

“Monday 10 August around noon time – what a splendid welcome- drizzly Cowes! The non-stop journey from Scheveningen (NL) prepared us from no wind and sun on Saturday afternoon to a 20-23 kts of wind and, well, the rain the days following.…

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September 1st

J/105 Jester wins Fastnet Race Doublehanded class(Plymouth, England)- In the court of the crimson king, this court needed its court jester! 54 teams entered the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race racing in the IRC Two-Handed Class from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland, Monaco and the United States of America and the winner, after over four days and nights of racing, was decided by just 14 seconds, with the top 18 yachts just 5% apart after time correction.

For most of the two-handed competitors, food will have been simply fuel, and sleep will have been the ultimate luxury. Racing two-handed for 603 nautical miles non-stop, spending most of the time alone on deck is tough.…

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August 31st

J/111 BLUR sailing team- from Sweden(Stockholm, Sweden)- Sweden’s Peter Gustafsson has been sailing in Scandinavia ever since he was a little kid.  As his passion for sailing developed, he has been fortunate to have the ability to sail a number of different boats and has chronicled his adventures on the social media blog site- BLUR.SE (http://www.blur.se).  For years he successfully raced a J/109 named BLUR and then three years ago, Peter decided to jump into a similar-sized but much faster boat- the J/111.  After nearly a year of preparation, Peter and his all Scandinavian crew took on the Fastnet Race with their J/111 BLUR.  Here is their story as told by Peter:

“Let’s start with answering the obvious question, ‘how was it’?  It was fantastic!  And different.…

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August 31st

Fastnet Race start- NeedlesJ/105 Wins Doublehanded, J/111 Takes IRC 2A
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The Rolex Fastnet Race, the event that caused the formation of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, celebrated its 90th birthday in 2015.  The founding fathers of the club and its flagship event would have been in awe of their creation with 300 boats signing up within just 24 minutes of the entry list opening in January, a record-sized fleet of 356 boats starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron line making the Rolex Fastnet Race by far the largest of the world’s classic 600 mile offshore races, in terms of participation.  The race attracts top teams from around the world with boats ranging from SPINDRIFT 2 and COMANCHE, the world’s fastest offshore racing multihull and monohull respectively, down to the J/97 cruiser-racer with every conceivable flavor of offshore racing yachts in between.…

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August 30th

Sailors- Ken Read, Jim Spithill, Ben Ainslie, Samantha Davies- left to right(Hamilton, Bermuda)-  So, what is the common denominator between these four world-renowned sailors– Ken Read, Jimmie Spithill, Ben Ainslie, Samantha Davies (L-to-R)??  Sailing J/Boats, of course.  Specifically, J/24s, J/80s, J/105s, J/109s— at match-racing, team-racing, fleet racing on national, continental and World Championship levels.  The four sailors were assembled together thanks to the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary Regatta held on the Solent.

As many of you know, Ken won six J/24 World Championship titles, amongst many others.  Ben has raced Ken in J/24 modders down at Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands- in that “Ben & Ken Show” a few decades ago, Ben won (I think).…

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August 30th

German J/24 sailing Kiel(Boltenhagen, Germany)- Next week, the German J/24 teams, their families and friends are looking forward to sailing and partying with all J/24 sailors in Boltenhagen on the Baltic coast, one of the top sailing areas in Germany! Boltenhagen’s attractive location in Mecklenburg-Vorpommerania allows spectator-friendly inshore racing, with stable winds and free from commercial shipping lanes.

From 28th August to 4th September, the fifty-five boats from 14 countries (Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Peru, Sweden, USA) will be based in the purpose-built Boltenhagen Marina located within the exclusive ‘Weiße Wiek’ holiday village which offers a modern yet relaxed atmosphere.…

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August 30th

Skip Novak- Chicago sailor extraordinaire!(Tierra del Fuego, Argentina)- Recently, a good friend from back in our Midwest days (e.g. as kids growing up sailing off Chicago and Wisconsin’s various lakes), was named to be the Ullman Sails “Sailing Ambassador”- his name is Skip Novak.  For starters, kudos to Skip and to Dave Ullman and friends at Ullman Sails for bringing Skip on board to help promote the experience of sailing worldwide and educate people on the importance of eco-friendly life-styles and environmentally-friendly programs.

Skip has sailed just about everywhere, starting with dinghies in Chicago, then a Chicago-Mac Race, then a Whitbread Race on the Swan 65 KINGS LEGEND (with a beloved, now long lost, friend- Greg Tuxworth), then some J/24 stuff here and there with friends, a few Cowes Race Weeks, now adventuring in a 70 foot schooner/ketch called PELAGIC II (funded by mostly Chicago sailing friends) and based out of Tierra del Fuego doing charters/ eco-adventures!  Read on!…

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