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February 13th

J/90 Ragtime sailing Three Bridge Fiasco(San Francisco, CA)- Three hundred sixty-nine singlehanded and doublehanded entrants signed up for the 2016 Three Bridge Fiasco on January 30, an iconic event on San Francisco Bay that lays testament to the support of shorthanded sailing in the Northern California area as well as the pursuit race curriculum.

This year’s fleet eclipsed the previous record of 368 boats signed up in 2011, but considering it’s an El Niño year with epic rain totals already measured, attracting a crowd of this size is a big accomplishment. Long live the counter culture!

With starts strung out from 0900 to 1112 hours for PHRF ratings ranging from 264 to -102, the 21.7 nm reverse pursuit course has become a must-do for sailors from all walks of life and all areas of the country.…

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February 12th

J/111 Joust off Australia(Geelong, Australia)- Two J/111’s were featured in the Geelong “Festival of Sails” that sees 225 boats compete on flat water with strong breezes. This is the largest regatta held in the Southern hemisphere and typically sees all of the fastest offshore racing teams from around the eastern parts of Australia participate in a week long festival offshore.

In the first passage race of 36 miles the two J/111s dominated, winning their class in lighter breeze building to 18 knots.  Three windward-leewards were sailed the following day in a fleet containing M32 sportboats and a canting keel 36 foot Shaw from New Zealand.  Those two races were decided by less than four seconds and a further one by eight seconds.…

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February 11th

J/105 Patagonia Virgin- winner of Chiloe Regatta(Puerto Montt, Chile)- Two J/105 teams from the St. Francis YC, one led by Bruce Stone and the other by Ralph Silverman, journeyed south last week to Patagonia, Chile to compete in the prestigious Regata de Chiloe 2016, held every other year in the lovely Chiloe archipelago, framed by volcanoes to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west.

Stone reported that the regatta is run by the Chilean Navy under the auspices of Club Nautico Oceanico de Chile, and with 8 days of racing might be one of the longest in duration: “Ending up in a different small port each night, it places a premium on navigation and also juggling shoreside logistics – aside from the race committee’s ocean-going patrol boats and helicopters, over 50 private support boats (for meals and lodging) followed the fleet, and had their own subtle competition, trying to get to the next port for a great anchorage prior to the arrival of the 70 racing boats.…

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February 10th

J/105 sailing Grenada Week(St Georges, Grenada)- Grenada Yacht Club and Prickly Bay Marina in St Georges are the host venues for our 2016 edition, giving participants a taste of Grenada’s beautiful bays and marine services. Race courses are set off the calmer West Coast and the challenging current-filled South Coast, with a variety of conditions to test racing performance.

The sailing week starts January 28th and finishes February 2nd.  The mixture of racing and course styles is one of the regattas most attractive features.  Looking forward to that challenge in CSA Racing Class will be Peter Lewis’ J/105 WHISTLER from Barbados YC.  Then, in the CSA Racer-Cruiser Class, Hal Slentz-Whalen’s J/125 EAGLE’S WINGS from New Bern, NC will vie for class honors with a team from Great Britain- David Ballantyne’s J/133 JINGS!…

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February 10th

J/111 sailing Conch Republic Cup(Key West, FL)- For the first “official” Conch Republic Race dash from Key West, Florida to Havana, Cuba, the fastest boat in the fleet was Peter Krueger’s J/125 silver bullet called DOUBLE TROUBLE; she covered the course in just about 10 hours, or an average of 9.0 kts.  First-to-finish honors were not in the calling cards when Krueger’s team registered for the race.  However, with extremely favorable sailing conditions, the famous J/125 from San Francisco simply lit-up the track and took home overall elapsed honors.

Conch Republic Key West to Havana raceFor the rest of their J sailing colleagues in PHRF B Racing class, it was a battle for the top five class handicap awards.  In the end, J’s took five of top seven boats in class.  Sailing the 90nm course about two hours behind the mighty DT was David Malkin’s J/88 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 from Annapolis, MD, taking 3rd in class.  Finishing just one hour behind DT and taking 4th place in class was Bennet Greenwald’s J/111 PERSEVERANCE from San Diego, CA.  Twenty minutes elapsed behind them was Marcus Cholerton-Brown’s J/120 SUNSET CHILD in 5th place.  Just 40 minutes off handicap corrected winning time was Krueger’s DOUBLE TROUBLE, taking 6th on corrected.  Bill Smith’s J/111 WOOTON rounded out the top 7, finishing just 10 minutes behind PERSEVERANCE on elapsed time (e.g.…

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February 9th

J/88 electric boat- solar sails, hydro regen(Lymington, England)- French sailmaker Alain Janet is the founder of Solar Cloth System which has been busy developing a practical system for generating electrical power from thin photovoltaic films laminated onto modern sail fabrics…

In the past sailors have taken the ecological high ground over other boaters, yet modern sailing requires far more electrical power than it used to. With new onboard technologies and their growing demands for power, it’s clear that sailors now experience regular energy shortages while cruising and/or racing, even over relatively short distances. And of course, the problem grows exponentially when you are racing across oceans and around the world.…

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February 9th

J/111s sailing off start(Cowes, England)- Attention J/111 owners and sailors!  The Royal Southern YC is pleased to provide the draft version of the Notice of Race for the 2016 J/111 World Championships this coming August in Cowes, England! The regatta is being hosted by Island Sailing Club from August 1st to 4th, just prior to the famous Cowes Race Week.  Please click here for the J/111 Worlds NOR.

Here’s a reminder of the busy programme for J/111s in the Solent this summer!

  • June 9-11 National Championships at J-Cup – Royal Southern YC
  • July 16-17 Europeans as part of Royal Southern YC July Regatta
  • July 29-30 Pre-Worlds Regatta – Royal Southern YC
  • August 1-4 World Championships – Island Sailing Club
  • August 6-13 Cowes Week

If you need any assistance with getting your boat to the Worlds, local logistics, hotels, etc., please let me know!  Be sure to contact Gemma Dunn at Key Yachting in Hamble at Ph- +44-2380-455669/  email- info@keyyachting.com or check our website at http://www.keyyachting.com

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February 8th

J/122E sport cruiser sailing off Newport
 (Miami, FL)- The “new” Miami Boat Show runs from February 11th to 15th with the sailboats located at Miamarina along the waterfront park.  On display will be the gorgeous new J/122E sporting jazzy red designer accents and the spectacular open, airy, modern Scandinavian interior design.  It is a sailing yacht that is truly a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”- her sisterships have won just about every major offshore race around the world.  Learn more about the exciting new J/122E “sports cruiser” here.

Also, on display will be the J/70 one-design speedster floating on the very cool “Versadock Drysail” system. J/70 owners can enjoy the pleasure of sailing within minutes, while at the same time storing their boat 100% out of the water.  The DrySail system won the “Equipment Innovation of the Year” from Yachts & Yachting Awards in 2014.…

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February 7th

Ed Baird- Quantum Sails ambassador/ coach(Key West, FL)- Ed Baird, past J/24 World Champion and America’s Cup Champion, was in Key West Race Week this past week providing participants some perspectives on their race course performance that day.

At 58, Ed Baird’s list of accomplishments began pre-internet, so you have to be of a certain age to know how long he has been dominant in the sport. Ed remains at the pointy end of performance, and this week he is sharing his observations during a nightly ‘show and tell’ at Key West Race Week. It was well-received and very informative for many boats.  Here Ed explained his mission:

“Quantum Sails and Harken asked me to do a daily debrief for the three race courses at the event.…

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February 7th

J/24s sailing off La Punta, Peru(La Punta, Peru)- A very nice fleet of ten J/24s participated in the 2015 Peruvian J/24 Nationals held off La Punta along Peru’s dramatic and beautiful Pacific coast line.  Under the watchful eye of PRO Luis Yarlaque, the sailors were put to the test over the three-day championship weekend with a total of nine races.  After one discard race, the winner was again Luis Olcese’s SCARAMOUCH.

After the first five races, the young skipper Javier Arribas Jr. was on a roll.  After accumulating a 2-4-1-2-3, Arribas’ HAWKY was comfortably leading the series.  Perhaps a bit of championship pressure or a combination of that and some early celebrations may have impacted their fall from grace with the sea (e.g.…

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