J/Boats

Dark’n’Stormy J/105 Bacardi Bermuda Invite

2 Dec

J/105s sailing Bermuda(Hamilton, Bermuda)- The prognosticators who sail Bermuda’s Great Sound (e.g. local knowledge) were convinced the weather forecast was perfect for this year’s Bacardi XL Catlin Bermuda Keelboat Invitational.  From November 17 to 19, Bermuda Weather Service, as well as the European Community Model Weather Forecast service (ECMWF), were in agreement that winds would be near gale force from the westerly quadrants for most of the weekend.  A “nice breeze” for locals, by the way, is 15-25 knots in this beautiful little island community about 635nm offshore southeast of Newport, RI.  For J/105 sailors, especially for those familiar with San Francisco ...

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Dark’n’Stormy J/105 Bacardi Bermuda Invite

2 Dec

J/105s sailing Bermuda(Hamilton, Bermuda)- The prognosticators who sail Bermuda’s Great Sound (e.g. local knowledge) were convinced the weather forecast was perfect for this year’s Bacardi XL Catlin Bermuda Keelboat Invitational.  From November 17 to 19, Bermuda Weather Service, as well as the European Community Model Weather Forecast service (ECMWF), were in agreement that winds would be near gale force from the westerly quadrants for most of the weekend.  A “nice breeze” for locals, by the way, is 15-25 knots in this beautiful little island community about 635nm offshore southeast of Newport, RI.  For J/105 sailors, especially for those familiar with San Francisco ...

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J/122 Sailing Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race

2 Dec

J/122 Jackpot sailing off Australia(Sydney, Australia)- In less than 39 days, ninety-seven boats from Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Sweden, Germany, China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea will be lining up in Sydney Harbour for the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.  The YouTube video sailing preview can be found here.

One of the competing yachts is the J/122 JACKPOT, skippered by Adrian van Bellen. Their team has been practicing a lot as a work-up to what is famous for being one of the world’s toughest yacht races anywhere. For the past 71 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s ...

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Georgetown Wins College Match Racing Nationals

1 Dec

J/22 College match race champions- Georgetown(San Diego, CA)– The 2016 College Sailing Match Racing Nationals, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC), concluded last weekend on San Diego Bay. After three days of competitive racing on SDYC’s fleet of matched one-design J/22 class sailboats, Georgetown University won the Cornelius Shields Sr. Trophy, emblematic of the college match-racing champion.

The final day of racing consisted of a knockout round for 9th and 10th place, Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals, Petite Finals and Finals. Race Committee was able to pull off all races with winds at 5-7 knots.

After the Semi-Finals, Dartmouth College and College of Charleston raced for ...

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Seguel’s GURU Crowned Chilean J/24 Champion!

1 Dec

J/24 Chile(Talcahuano, Chile)- Over the weekend of November 19th & 20th, the Chile J/24 class held their National Championship and it also served as the qualifying event for the J/24 South American Championship being sailed later in December in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

The J/24 fleet in Talcahuano hosted the regatta out of the Chilean Navy Base in Marina El Manzano.  Of note, this harbor was located at the center of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2010 that flooded coastal cities and harbors up to 8,000nm away!  The fleet and harbor have since recovered and have a growing fleet of ...

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New J/World Training Programs for 2017

1 Dec

J/World Sailing School(Annapolis, MD)- The J/World team has created some exciting new programming for 2017.  It all starts this winter with coaches on both coasts heading south for racing and cruising training in Florida, San Diego and Puerto Vallarta. Most of the programs dovetail with prominent race weeks or cruising rallies, giving students the unique opportunity to learn new skills and immediately apply them.  Learn more about their respective training programs here:

J/World New Boat Training Option!
Now available for any new J/Boats orders is a “J/World training option” for new J/Owners!  J/World will custom-tailor a ...

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Hot Rum Race II Report

30 Nov

J/105 sailing Hot Rum Series- San Diego(San Diego, CA)- It was more fun and games for the enormous fleet of 140+ boats that have been racing the infamous San Diego Yacht Club Hot Rum Series.  The second race that took place on Saturday, November 19th proved to be an excruciatingly slow light air affair.  It was a case of “haves” and “have not’s” just about everywhere on the racecourse in the various divisions.  The PHRF “pursuit style” race meant that the small boats (with highest PHRF handicaps) took off in light airs going out the Pt Loma channel to the first mark offshore.  The larger boats ...

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J/24 ITALY Winter Series Report

30 Nov

J/24 sailing off Italy(Taranto, Italy)- The J/24s in Italy continue to enjoy their annual winter series in the various fleets spread across the peninsula.  This past weekend, racing continued in Taranto, Anzio & Nettuno, and Portoferraio.  Here are their updates.

TARANTO
It was a good winter series start for Puglian J/24 sailor- Nino Soriano; he returned to racing after a brief absence with his ITA 427 JEBEDEE (co-skippered with Luca Gaglione).  At the end of the first day, they shared the lead with the same score (3 pts) with Thomas De Bellis Vitti’s ENG 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING.

The racing on Sunday was, ...

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SAILING Champion Leagues 2017 Program

30 Nov

J/70s at Sailing Champions League(Hamburg, Germany)- All thirteen National Sailing Leagues have finished racing for 2016 and planning for next season is in full swing. Three events have been scheduled for the SAILING Champions League 2017. The provisional dates are as follows:

  • Act 1: 4 – 6 August or 11 – 13 August, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Act 2: 1 – 3 September, Segel-Club St. Moritz, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Final: 22 – 24 September, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Porto Cervo, Italy

Due to the high demand for places in the SAILING Champions League, the International Sailing League Association (ISLA) has decided ...

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Sea Kings Win High School Nationals

29 Nov

J/70s sailing high school nationals- ISSA(St Petersburg, FL)- The inaugural ISSA (Interscholastic Sailing Association) National Keelboat Invitational Championship was held November 19 – 20 at St. Petersburg Yacht Club in St Petersburg, FL with sailing taking place on Tampa Bay. Ten high school teams from across the country competed in a new fleet of matched J/70 one-designs for the Mendelblatt Trophy. Conditions ranged from 10–18 knots over the weekend and the fleet was able to enjoy a full rotation for ten races in total.  In the end, the two teams from Newport Beach, CA dominated the regatta.  Winning was the Corona Del Mar High School ...

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