J/Boats

J/88 North Americans Preview

1 Oct

J/88 sailing fast off San Francisco(Rye, NY)- American YC is hosting the inaugural J/88 North American Championship on Western Long Island Sound from September 30th to October 2nd.  The forecast is daunting for the weekend, with breezes offering 20-30 kts from the northeast, making for a choppy, breezy start for the sailors hoping to sail fast on the Sound.

The previous weekend at the American YC Fall Series served as a good “practice regatta”.  Showing good form all weekend was John Pearson’s RED SKY, winning the weekend by taking three bullets.  Ken & Drew Hall’s NEVERMORE just squeaked out a second place over Doug McKeige’s ...

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FRAPORITA Conquers J/22 Dutch Nationals

1 Oct

J/22s sailing Nationals- Dutch, Netherlands, Holland(Hoorn, The Netherlands)- Held in conjunction with the famous “Zuiderzeeweek”, the Dutch J/22 Class held their annual “Open J/22 Dutch Nationals” on the beautiful Zuider Zee!

The class enjoyed a great turnout of thirteen boats, a big improvement over last year’s event!  Teams participated from The Netherlands and Germany.  After an eight race series with one discard (7 races counting), it was Jean-Michel Lautier’s FRAPORITA that showed her transom to the fleet for most of the races, compiling an impressive four 1sts and three 2nds to win the crown of 2016 Dutch National Champion!

J/22s sailing Open Dutch NationalsDespite the hailstorm of bullets generated ...

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J/Domination @ YRA LIS Championships

30 Sep

J/105 on Long Island Sound(Riverside, CT)- The Storm Trysail Club and Riverside YC hosted this year’s 2016 Long Island Championships for PHRF handicap classes and the J/70 class on Western Long Island Sound.  Providing Riverside YC with additional help and support for the event were American YC and Indian Harbor YC.  Much to the delight of all the competitors, the weekend weather provided uncharacteristically excellent breeze and lots of racing on Long Island Sound!  The conditions were very much to the liking for J/Teams that won 3 of 4 PHRF handicap classes!

With a dozen J/70’s showing up ready to do battle for LIS ...

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Annapolis Boat Show- See the J/70, J/88, J/112E

30 Sep

J/112E Sports Cruiser sailing under spinnaker
(Annapolis, MD)- J/Boats is looking forward to seeing the Chesapeake/ Mid-Atlantic members of the J/Tribe at the Annapolis Sailboat Show from October 6th to 10th. The J/112E will be making its Annapolis show debut and she will be joining the J/88 family speedster and the world’s fastest growing sportsboat class- the International J/70.

The Famous J/70 Sportsboat- 1,100 Boats Strong!!  The J/70 is J/Boats’ first slipway-launchable keelboat- designed to fulfill the growing need for an easy-to-own, high-performance one-design, that is exciting to sail, stable enough sailboat for the family, and built to last. A natural evolution of its J ...

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A Fine Weekend for J/80 UK Nationals

29 Sep

J/80s sailing UK Nationals- Lymington, England(Lymington, England)- Hosted jointly by the enthusiastic Lymington J/80 fleet, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and supported by the Lymington Town Sailing Club, this year’s J/80 UK Nationals could be summed up by misquoting the most famous Briton ever- “Never was so much packed into so little (time) by so few (organizers)!”

Having dispensed with the analogies, it is correct to highlight the fact that in just three days RLYC PRO Roger Wilson and his team ran 9 near-perfect races, in winds from 0-30kt, tides from 0-4kt, using two very different race areas set 7nm apart.

Meanwhile, on shore, competitors ...

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Exciting German J/70 Sailing League Act IV

29 Sep

J/70s sailing German Sailing Leauge(Kiel, Germany)- The fight for the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga championship continued this past weekend in the amazingly cool sailing city of Kiel. Hot duels, tight distances and amazing sailing conditions made for fast & furious sailing all weekend long in the “City of Sails”.

The first division fought in Kiel head-to-head for fifteen races with Deutscher Touring YC winning again over a star-studded cast of seventeen sailing clubs from across Germany.  Their team was led by Julian J/70s sailing in Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga at Kiel, GermanyStückl, Patrick Follmann, Jonas Vogt and Luis Tarabochia.  As usual, DTYC sailed strong and confident with consistent performances and a cool head.

“We are ...

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Danish J/70 Sailing League Act IV Finale

28 Sep

J/70 Denmark Sailing League winners(Skovshoved, Denmark)- It was an epic final battle for the Danish J/70 Sailing League title in Skovshoved, Denmark.  The duel between Frederikshavn and Hellerup sailing clubs went down to the wire, with Frederikshavn winning in the end, much to the delight of their delirious fans lining the waterfront on Skovshoved Harbour.

Frederikshavn Sejlklub sailed in Skovshoved with the solid team of Kris Houman (skipper), Rasmus Melsen, Søren Steen and Rasmus Damsgaard.  Hellerup Sailing Club put up a fantastic crew that included Trine Abrahamsen (skipper), Kristian Kvid Sorensen, Ida Hartvig and Nicolas Brandt Hansen.  Not only was Hellerup’s crew a highly ...

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Epic Sailing @ Rolex Big Boat Series

28 Sep

Spinnakers at Rolex(San Francisco, CA)- The record-setting 52nd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series got underway last Thursday under leaden skies and cool temperatures. But with a westerly wind of 10 to 20 knots blowing, the fleet of 127 boats banged out at least two races on three racing circles.

In classic Big Boat Series fashion, the race committees sent the 11 classes on long courses around San Francisco Bay with the second race finishing off the St. Francis Yacht Club. The formula for success was hard to fathom because the tide shifted from flood to ebb between races, meaning that ...

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Epic Sailing @ Rolex Big Boat Series

28 Sep

Spinnakers at Rolex(San Francisco, CA)- The record-setting 52nd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series got underway last Thursday under leaden skies and cool temperatures. But with a westerly wind of 10 to 20 knots blowing, the fleet of 127 boats banged out at least two races on three racing circles.

In classic Big Boat Series fashion, the race committees sent the 11 classes on long courses around San Francisco Bay with the second race finishing off the St. Francis Yacht Club. The formula for success was hard to fathom because the tide shifted from flood to ebb between races, meaning that ...

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MANDATE Man-handles J/105 Canadians

27 Sep

J/105s sailing off Toronto, Canada(Toronto, ONT)- The J/105 Canadian Championships took place at the Royal Canadian YC from September 15th to 18th. A total of seven races were sailed over the three-day event for the eighteen-boat fleet. As usual, the RCYC staff ashore and their RCYC PRO did an amazing job hosting the J/105 sailors.

Picking up where he left off in the 2015 J/105 North Americas, Terry McLaughlin and his friend Rod Wilmer sailed MANDATE to a crushing win over their fellow Canadians.  Basically, they never let off on the gas pedal, blazing around the track in fine form, taking four 1sts and ...

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