J/Boats

Fast, Record-setting Transpac

26 Jul

J/125 sailing Transpac RaceJ/125’s and J/105 Sail Fast to Silver!
(Los Angeles, CA)- The 49th edition of the 2017 biennial offshore classic, the Transpac Race that started on July 3rd, 5th, and 6th from Point Fermin in Los Angeles to the finish at Diamond Head in Honolulu 2,225nm away has finally come to a conclusion. Among the fifty-five teams, the J/crews fought hard the entire way and had their moments of stark terror interspersed with their days and days of sheer joy surfing the giant Pacific swells to Honolulu’s Diamond Head.

No question, the welcoming committee is one of the highlights of the ...

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J/Cruz Lake Ontario 300

25 Jul

Lake Ontario 300 tracking(Port Credit, ONT, Canada)- The eighty-six boat fleet sailing the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge presented by drive.HG started on Saturday July 15th, 2017 with little expectations to finish the race in record time.  In fact, for the 300nm race, it was quite the opposite scenario that was being entertained by the intrepid adventurers on the flooded body of water known as Lake Ontario.

Despite every possible obstacle thrown at them, like a few fronts, no wind, lots of wind and what not, the J/crews prevailed from east to west on their 300nm transit of Lake Ontario. In the end, it ...

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An Epic Challenge- The Chicago Mackinac Race

25 Jul

J/29 sailing Chicago Mac RaceJ/Teams Win Four Divisions, J/109 Wins Mackinac Cup!
(Mackinac Island, MI) – This year’s 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac will go down in the history books as one of the toughest races ever, sharply reminiscent of the wild near gale bashing the fleet experienced decades ago when Ted Turner’s 12 Meter American Eagle won the race and he later on quipped, “that was the roughest and hardest race I’ve ever sailed in my life!”  How tough was it this year? Just 200 of the 297 starters completed the 289.4 nm course (e.g. about one third of the fleet ...

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Sportboat Fun- San Francisco!

24 Jul

J/70s sailing San Francisco BayJ/70s & J/111s Thrash City Front Course
(San Francisco Bay, CA)- City Front sailing at its finest! Last weekend the St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the J/70 Pacific Coast Championship and the J/111 Sportboat Regatta. Bennet Greenwald’s Team PERSEVERANCE prevailed after three days of racing over the 9 race series with an impressive 6 bullets. Conditions overall were mild, warm, and sunny on the City Front making this San Diegan right at home!  And, feeling right at home on the Bay was St Francis YC member Peter Wagner, guiding his J/111 SKELETON KEY to six straight bullets to win the ...

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Tabares Three-Peats J/80 World Championship

24 Jul

Tabares- J/80 World Champion(Hamble, England)- Rayco Tabares (ESP) is the 2017 J/80 World Champion, retaining the title for the third consecutive year, racing HOTEL PRINCESA YAIZA with a crew of Alejandro Bethencourt Fuentes, Alfredo Gonzalez, Hector Gonzalez, and Francisca Torres Jorge.

Rayco Tabares has now won the J/80 World Championship four times! The Spanish team from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, led the regatta from the first day to the last, but did survive a jitter on the penultimate day. On the last day of racing, the team scored two second place finishes to clinch the world title.

A northerly breeze ranging from 10-18 knots, ...

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Fiesta Cup Regatta Preview

22 Jul

J/70 sailing off Santa Barbara, CA(Santa Barbara, CA)- In what has become a new tradition for the SoCal J/70 fleet, a number of good crews will be participating in the extremely fun Santa Barbara YC Fiesta Cup over the July 22nd to 23rd weekend.  It’s not hard to see why the event attracts so many good crews, Santa Barbara is regarded as “America’s Riviera”, with beautiful Spanish mission-style buildings, a spectacular waterfront that features beaches for miles and the famous Stearns Wharf with lots of seafood, the famous Santa Barbara Zoo, lots of shopping and excellent restaurants downtown, and spectacular vistas and hiking up in ...

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Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Preview

22 Jul

J/120s sailing off Michigan(Port Huron, MI)- When it comes to send-offs for distance races, nobody does it better than Bayview Yacht Club with their Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, which starts Saturday, July 22nd for 229 teams. Friday is “Boat Night,” when entries line up their boats along both banks of the Black River for some last-minute frolicking with friends and fans during the coinciding Blue Water Fest in Port Huron. The next morning, the fleet will motor to the starting line in a parade that passes under the Bluewater Bridge and past more fans that set up lawn chairs on the shore ...

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J/FEST Great Lakes Preview

22 Jul

J/Fest Great Lakes(Toronto, ONT, Canada)- The first Lake Ontario J/FEST regatta will be held July 21st to 23rd at Ashbridges Bay YC, just west of downtown Toronto, sailing on the beautiful, but way, way too full Lake Ontario!  That has been the big story of the year for sailors on the lake.  As of July 11, almost all of the ABYC docks were above water. The water level is likely to go down by another couple of inches by the regatta weekend and the club was hard at work getting ready to accommodate all competing boats. Most classes will be rafting and ...

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Fabulous Women’s J/22 Match Race Clinic!

21 Jul

Women's J/22 Match Race training- San Francisco(San Francisco, CA)- A J/22 Women’s Match Race clinic was hosted last weekend by women all-stars in match-racing, all managed and coached by U.S. Sailing’s top ranked women’s match racer- Nicole Breault from San Francisco, CA.  Here is the report of this pioneering event to get women more engaged in all kinds of sailing, and get an introduction into the craziness of the tactics associated with rules and the exciting, heart-thumping elements of match-racing “mano-a-mano” against your competitors.

Over the past weekend, from Friday through Sunday, Nicole Breault and members of her Team Vela Racing led over three-dozen women in ...

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J/22 North American Championship Preview

21 Jul

J/22s sailing downwind(Buffalo, NY)- The 2017 J/22 North American Championship will be hosted from July 20th to 23rd at Buffalo YC in Buffalo, New York.  Thirty-two boats are registered to compete for one of the most coveted titles in the J/22 class worldwide, after all the top USA team is often a World Champion.

There is no question this year’s event is deep with talent for a modest-sized fleet.  There are a number of local “hotshots” that will be defending home turf from the various upstate New York fleets that range from Rochester to Youngstown and Buffalo to Lake George.  Amongst those ...

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