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August 20th

Australia J/24 Ladies Race winners in pink boas(Sydney, Australia)- Well, it is the middle of winter down there for them- but here’s the latest update from this beyond fun-loving group of Australian J/24 sailors from Simon Grain and crew:

“Well, Doug has been at it again, under a number of alias’ and with a few ring-ins he has stitched together another one of his famous dissertations on the state of the “J/Nation” at Sandy.  Great reading that will keep you warm and fuzzy through our chilly winter. Guys, there’s a headline about the pool party, there’s pictures of girls, pictures of boats (don’t get the two confused) and one about the big apple.…

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August 20th

Carolyn Russell and her sailing family(Rye, NY)- Carolyn Russell is the rare leader in the sailing community who sees just as much, if not more, value in creating space for others to thrive on the water as she does in developing her own skills as a sailor. Carolyn spearheads the Women On Water (WOW) program at American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y. where she looks to create opportunities for women sailors of all levels to deepen their knowledge of sailing, whether for recreational purposes or with the objective of competing successfully in various regattas. The club as a whole, but especially the contingency of women sailors, has benefitted enormously from Carolyn’s leadership that promotes inclusivity of sailors of all levels and values learning collaboratively above everything else.…

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August 20th

Carolyn Russell and her sailing family(Rye, NY)- Carolyn Russell is the rare leader in the sailing community who sees just as much, if not more, value in creating space for others to thrive on the water as she does in developing her own skills as a sailor. Carolyn spearheads the Women On Water (WOW) program at American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y. where she looks to create opportunities for women sailors of all levels to deepen their knowledge of sailing, whether for recreational purposes or with the objective of competing successfully in various regattas. The club as a whole, but especially the contingency of women sailors, has benefitted enormously from Carolyn’s leadership that promotes inclusivity of sailors of all levels and values learning collaboratively above everything else.…

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August 20th

Russian J/70 sailing on Upper Volga River(Konakovo, Volga River, Russia)- The first eight J/70s have been delivered (of a ten boat fleet) to the famous Volga River. They will be based at a four-stars Konakovo River Club (a hotel-conference center) situated on the shores of the Upper Volga (http://bit.ly/1vIMT8N) northwest of Moscow.  The Konakovo River Club was selected by the Russian Sailing Federation as a growth point for sailing in Russia.

Much like their counterparts in Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands, all events are supported by their national sailing federations as a way to grow sailing participation for all citizens and communities, the Russian Sailing Federation will start the Russia’s National Sailing League in late September 2014!  At least ten clubs are invited to participate in this inaugural event and the hope is to grow it across the country from the Baltic Sea to the west, to the Black Sea and Caspian Sea to the south and maybe even the Bering Sea to the east, and all principal sailing lakes in between!!  Please note, the J/70 Fleet will be available for charters, regattas and other activities like sailing seminars and coaching!…

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August 19th

J/27 sailing off Oakville, Ontario(Oakville, Ontario, Canada)- The Oakville Yacht Squadron hosted 15 boats for this year’s J27 North Americans.  The event was the 3rd consecutive year that the OYS has hosted the event and this year also marked the 30th anniversary of the boat’s introduction and domination of the 1984 MORC Internationals as commemorated in this year’s t-Shirt.

Absent from this year’s event were the 2012 (“Northern Seitz”)  & 2013 (“SuperG”) Champions so it was certain that a new champion would be crowned.  To do so they would need to master the notoriously fickle & light winds that can be common at the Western End of Lake Ontario during the dog days of summer.  And dog days they were…hot, sunny and winds never exceeding 6 knots for the duration of the event; conditions that would favour the local boats with the most experience in both light air and fleet racing (OYS has 8 boats locally).…

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August 19th

J/80 sailing Copa del Rey(Palma Mallorca, Spain)– The 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE finished in Palma de Mallorca this past weekend on a high note. The bay of Palma reaffirmed its reputation with good wind conditions throughout the week, and only added a little bit more excitement on the final day with an irregular wind that reduced the sailing schedule to a single race. The winners were decided in the last race of the championship.

The J/80 champion of the 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE is “Noticia”.  Skipper “Pichu” Torcida was presented the trophy by The King of Spain, H.R.M. King Felipe- who presided at the official prize giving ceremony for all fleets on Palma.…

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August 18th

Round Britain & Ireland race course(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- Organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is undoubtedly living up to its reputation as one of the toughest yacht races in the world. While other ocean races are longer, racing 1,800 miles around a coastline notorious for highly changeable weather and wicked tides and currents, puts the race amongst the most difficult to complete, let alone win. In fact, conditions were so tough at the start, the RORC wisely delayed the start 24 hours to avoid the remnants of a “depression”/ hurricane that was sweeping across the British Isles.…

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August 18th

J/80s sailing off Cowes(Cowes, England)- This past Saturday saw the conclusion of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014. The overall prize-giving on Saturday evening was attended by some 300 people and regatta organizers, Cowes Week Limited, reflected on a Week of mixed weather conditions. Champagne sailing conditions started the Week with sunshine and great breeze but this was followed by much lighter conditions resulting in disappointing abandonments for some on Thursday and for all classes on Friday. For those that raced on the final Saturday though, there was a welcome return of good breeze and sun providing some fantastic conditions for the last day of racing, with the added spectacle of Black Group starting on the Royal Yacht Squadron line for the first time in as long as anyone can remember.…

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August 18th

J/111 sailing one-design world championship(Cowes, England)- The inaugural J/111 World Championship will take place from August 19th to 24th, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron on Cowes, Isle of Wight.  It’s a famous venue, and the RYS is renowned for being a leader in the yachting world, pre-dating the infamous “100 Guinea Cup” that later became emblematic of the first “America’s Cup.”  For years, the RYS has hosted many European and World Championships, but it’s perhaps best recognized amongst world sailors for its prominent position at Cowes Race Week for being the southern end of the starting line; “the castle”, as its known fondly by many, that forms a magnificent backdrop to the parade of sails that cross the start and finish line for many events held on the Solent.…

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August 17th

J/70s sailing in Algarobbo, Chile (Algarobbo, Chile)- Here’s the latest report from Juan Eduardo Reid:  “Things are OK in Chile, the economy slowing down, but the momentum with the J70 is good!  We have six boats in Algarrobo, all in the same yacht club where most of the yachting activity is located in northern Chile.  Also, this is the same yacht club where the J/105 idea start with Mr Seguel, Del Castillo, González, Gumucio, Rosales and others.

Two J/70s are sailing almost every weekend…training a little for the upcoming J/70 Worlds in Newport.  It is winter time here, but you can sail nicely some days and two boats sailing and match racing is very nice and good marketing even if there are not to full at this time of the year.…

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