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August 1st

J/80 JETTE- Wiedemann family sailing Worlds off Kiel, Germany(Kiel, Germany)- This year’s J/80 Worlds had a number of family boats participating on the Schilksee off Kiel, Germany.  One of those family boats was called JETTE and was sailed by the Weidemann family- a father, mother, both sons and a girlfriend!!  According to Sven Jurgensen who was the official J/80 Worlds photographer, “they all had a great time despite the hair-raising, challenging, stormy conditions on the last day of racing!  Can’t you tell?  They’re all still smiling!”

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August 1st

J/24 sailor Augie Diaz- bronze at Pan Am Games(Toronto, ONT, Canada)-  As a long-time J/24 sailor from Coral Reef YC and Miami, Florida (including winning a J/24 Midwinter Championship), Augie Diaz and his crew- Kathleen Tocke- just won the Snipe class for the USA in the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Ontario.  Host for the regatta was the Royal Canadian YC- the home of many J/24 and J/105 champions over time, including Terry McLaughlin, who is not only the Silver Medallist in the J/24 Pan Am Games this year, but also the current J/105 North American Champion (having won that event in the same waters as he just sailed in the Pan Am Games off Sugar Beach!).…

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August 1st

J/24s sailing Florida States(Miami, Florida)- The J/24 Florida State Championship Regatta is a regatta that Miami’s J/24 Fleet 10 started a bunch of years ago in the summer to have a regional district type regatta to sail on the years when we were not awarded the D10 District Championship.

It has become a popular regatta for the D10 boats from around the state, with Davis Island YC’s Fleet 86 usually showing up with the most out of town boats. Three of the 4 out of town boats were from DIYC again, one from St Pete YC and the 2 or 3 from Melbourne did not make it this year due to prior commitments.…

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August 1st

J/24s sailing Florida States(Miami, Florida)- The J/24 Florida State Championship Regatta is a regatta that Miami’s J/24 Fleet 10 started a bunch of years ago in the summer to have a regional district type regatta to sail on the years when we were not awarded the D10 District Championship.

It has become a popular regatta for the D10 boats from around the state, with Davis Island YC’s Fleet 86 usually showing up with the most out of town boats. Three of the 4 out of town boats were from DIYC again, one from St Pete YC and the 2 or 3 from Melbourne did not make it this year due to prior commitments.…

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August 1st

UK J/24 Nationals off Plymouth, England(Plymouth, England)- Over the July 17th to 19th weekend, the UK J/24 Nationals were hosted during Plymouth Regatta by the Royal Western YC and the Port of Plymouth Sailing Association.

The sailors enjoyed fantastic sailing conditions in the more sheltered conditions inside Plymouth Sound.  With minimal tidal influences, the waters off Plymouth were perfect for close, competitive racing in the southwest UK’s premiere event.

J/24 women's team sailing EnglandThe J/24 Nationals were a hotly contested program.  However, asserting their recent hegemony on the fleet again was none other than Duncan McCarthy’s MADELEINE.  While they were pretenders to the throne of “King J/24”, Dave Cooper’s JAWBREAKER could not maintain the blistering pace and simply brilliant tactics displayed by the MADELEINE boys, having to settle for second overall.  Having their moments as well was Roger Morris’ JOLLY ROGER, but their inconsistencies were overcome and they still managed a bronze in the end.  Rounding out the top five were Nick McDonald’s CACOON in 4th and Daryl & Matt Conyers’ UNITY LETS in 5th.  For more UK J/24 Nationals sailing information

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July 31st

J/70 007 sailing Sydney, Australia(Sydney, Australia)-  It seems that Tim Ryan’s J/70 JAMES 007 has just won the CYCA Div E Winter series.  And, this took place whilst Tim and the rest of the normal crew were in La Rochelle for the J/70 Worlds!

Despite not being on board, Tim Ryan was thrilled that his J/70 JAMES 007 won Division E victory in the hands of friend Peter Ryan. It gave them a clear four-point victory over Jonathan Green’s Melges 32 Crusader.

Coming in to the day, Crusader, JAMES 007 and Skeeter were on equal 21 points, with Tigger one point behind. Sandor Tomai’s Farr 30, Skeeter, ultimately finished third overall on countback, while Tigger maintained fourth place, in this hotly contested division.…

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July 31st

J/70 sailing Fiesta Cup off Santa Barbara, CA(Santa Barbara, California)- The 9th annual Fiesta Cup took place on July 17th to 19th at Santa Barbara Yacht Club.  Due to somewhat challenging sailing conditions that were due to the remnants of a Pacific typhoon that originated off Mexico, the J/70 class were just able to squeeze in a regatta with just three races for the entire weekend!

In the somewhat abbreviated event, it was Kenny Kieding’s SMOKE & MIRRORS that took advantage of the disparate weather scenarios to take a 1-2-2 for 5 pts total to win the event.  After a slowish start, Pat Toole’s THREE BIG DOGS rattled of a convincing 5-1-1 for 7 pts to grab the silver.  Then, showing their experience in numerous J/70 events across the country, Scott Deardorff’s crew on CAKE snagged the bronze with a very, very consistent 3-3-3 tally for 9 pts.  Rounding out the top five was Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT in 4th and Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT from Wayzata, MN in 5th.  For more J/70 Fiesta Cup sailing information   For more Fiesta Cup sailing information

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July 31st

J/122 JOSS winning Fremantle, Western Australia regatta(Freemantle, WA, Australia)-  “Onboard our J/122 JOSS, we opened our Valmadre Cup campaign with 2 top 3 placing’s– leaving the skipper and crew in a state of happy disbelief as it was only our second Valmadre Regatta and JOSS’ first IRC State Championships. To walk away with a 1st Place in Division 2 YAH and 2nd Place in the Div. 2 State IRC Championship was a fantastic start.

Like many yacht’s JOSS had been struggling all season to find regular crew for river and offshore races. Therefore, before the start everyone was extremely nervous as to how we would perform, as most of the crew had never sailed together.…

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July 30th

J/24 sailing Italy's Adriatic coast(Mandello del Lario, Italy)- The fourth stage of the five race Italian J/24 National Championship series took place on the eastern end of Lago di Como in northern Italy.  The event was hosted by the Leggio Navale de Mandello del Lario and it also commemorated a famous Italian Star sailor.

The “breva” wind blew generously across the lake and allowed a nice long windward-leeward course to be laid out by the RC’s PRO Alberto Zerboni.  After four races were completed over the weekend by the dozen J/24s, the victory for this stage went to DEJA VU sailed by the J/24 del Lario Alfio fleet captain- Ruggero Spreafico.  DEJA VU’s scoreline of 4-4-1-1 for 10 pts was just enough to win over Marco Stefano’s GRIFFON KONG team that posted a 1-6-2-2 for 11 pts to take the silver.  Third place went to BRILLANTE sailed by Pierluigi Puthod, who managed to post a 5-1-5-4 for 15 pts total.…

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July 30th

J/122 sailing NYYC IRC East Coasts(Newport, RI)- With all the regattas that populate the summer sailing schedule in Newport, RI, it’s a surprise to find there’s any kind of a hole between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In fact, however, the odd years had little competition for larger, handicap yachts after the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex in early June. Therefore, the New York Yacht Club’s Sailing Committee decided to fill the gap with a mid-season IRC regatta. Both four-day events were run out of the New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court and finished up on Sunday with all fleets sneaking a single race into a day marred by a very persistent fog bank.…

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