(Seattle, WA)- Last weekend, Seattle YC continued their popular Tri-Island Series of races, hosting the Vashon Island Race on Puget Sound for a fleet of nearly eighty boats. The J/teams all faired well on the circuitous course down and around the island chains in the Sound, with some crews advancing their cause and continuing to elevate in the series standings.
In the PHRF 2 Class, Shawn Dogherty & Jason Andrew’s J/125 HAMACHI did not race, but they still sit third in class for the series. In the PHRF 3 class, Ron Holbrook’s J/133 CONSTELLATION took a 4th in class.
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J/105 “The Soup” Wins PHRF Overall!
(Victoria, BC, Canada)- The prestigious trophy for winning first Overall in the Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race will have another THREE names emblazoned on it this year – Schenk, Hopper & Davis. The trio sailed their J/105 FREE BOWL OF SOUP to an overall victory in the 2017 race under blustery conditions. “Congratulations” to the crew! They were not only the PHRF Overall winner, but the J/105 Class winner, too. In fact, J/Teams in general sailed extremely well; with six J’s in the top eight boats overall.
According to Schenk from “the Soup”, “another ... Read More
(Edgartown, MA)— Edgartown YC Race Weekend isn’t your typical regatta. For starters, it has two parts: one for the much revered and time-tested (79 years old) distance race around Martha’s Vineyard and another for two days of short-course racing (added in 2012) in Edgartown’s Outer Harbor. And no need to fret if you can’t do it all. Only the ’Round-the-Island Race (‘RTI) on Saturday, July 22 requires an entry fee, and to boot, each day of the ’Round-the-Buoy Races (‘RTB) are scored separately, so if you can make one day and not the other, you can still win silverware in ... Read More
AYC Young American J/105 Wins, Again!
(Larchmont, NY)- This year’s 62nd annual Edlu Distance Race, a quick 32nm race from Larchmont breakwater to Eaton’s Neck and back was a bit more of a classic tune-up race than most people expected. Saturday morning dawned, grey, cold, and quite breezy- in fact, blowing up to 30+ kts. As a result, there was a bit of carnage on the race course with broaching, torn sails, ripped chutes and bruised egos. For those that finished the race (about 25% of the fleet DNF’d), it was an epic race to tell tall tales at the ...
(St Petersburg, FL)- The 2017 edition of the US Sailing Adult Championship will be hosted by St Petersburg YC in St Petersburg, FL from November 9th to 12th. The qualifiers from the various US Sailing regional sailing associations will be racing in StPYC’s new fleet of matched J/70 class sailboats! The competitors will be in for a real thrill, racing a short course format, all hoping to win the coveted Clifford D Mallory Trophy. In addition, the winner will be the USA representative racing J/70’s at the Sailing Champions League World qualifier, the principal event that all fourteen European national ... Read More
(Almere, The Netherlands)- The first act of the Netherlands J/70 Sailing League started this past weekend on the Weerwater in Almere. Eighteen well-prepared sailing clubs will be competing in five rounds for the 2017 season championship. The national champion will automatically end up in Champions League Sailing in 2018.
The big question was how the various teams would evolve after a long winter? WSV Almere Centraal, the 2016 champion, is hoping their home field advantage might help them during the season opener. In addition to Almere Centraal, KWS Sneek, Jachtclub Scheveningen, VWDTP Groningen, WSV Giebeek, RR & ZV Maas and ... Read More
(Valle de Bravo, Mexico)– For the first time in event history, the storied International Women’s Keelboat Championship (IWKC) will be contested outside the United States! The revitalized championship, organized by US Sailing, will offer women sailors an opportunity for high-quality racing in J/70’s on the international stage. Club de Vela La Peña in Valle de Bravo, Mexico will host this championship on August 14-19, 2017 and will be providing the J/70’s for the event.
Up to 20 teams will be selected through an application process. The goals is for half the teams selected to represent North American countries and half ... Read More
(Oslo, Norway)- This past weekend, the Norwegian Sailing League opened in Oslo, Norway. There were thirty sailing clubs participating in two divisions, the Premiere League and the Challenge League. The weather was a bit brisk, even by Norwegian standards, moderate breezes but with temperatures at 15 degrees C! No one wants to mention, of course, that it was snowing at times just before and during the regatta! Host was the Vippa sailing club, famous for serving both food and drinks, with many nice sailors volunteering to make everyone feel at home and having a great time! By all accounts, they ... Read More
(Cedar Point, CT)- Cedar Point Yacht Club’s One Design Regatta in Westport, CT, June 3 & 4 is an early season sailor favorite event on Long Island Sound. This year, several J/Boat classes have very strong fleets, ten J/70, eight J/88, six J/105 and the biggest class is J/109 with seventeen boats. J/Boats make up 75% of the registered competitors for the 2017 regatta.
The One Design Regatta is also the 2017 East Coast Championship for the J/109 class with entrants as far away as Annapolis to the south and Newport to the east. It is a very competitive fleet ... Read More
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- This past weekend, the RORC held their fourth event in their season-long RORC Offshore Points Series, the De Guingand Bowl. The race starts and finishes off the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line at Cowes, Isle of Wight. The course picked for the fleet included a fair amount of fetching, reaching and running. In fact, the intensity of competition is such that a good start can make all the difference, the first leg being a spinnaker run off the starting line. North Head was tough for a number of boats. At this point, the competition had ... Read More