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October 25th

(Annapolis, MD)- The 3rd annual J/70 Fall Brawl will be taking place from October 25th to 26th on the Chesapeake Bay, hosted by Eastport YC.  Thirty-one teams are currently registered, many of whom are participating in the regatta as their first trip headed south to Florida for the J/70 Midwinters in Key West and the Quantum J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island YC in Tampa, FL.

The regatta promises gorgeous weather and excellent competition with many top open and corinthian teams in the mix from the recent J/70 Worlds as well as some “newcomers” to the regatta.  Amongst the local Napolitan veterans will be Jenn & Ray Wulff on JOINT CUSTODY, Chris & Carolyn Groobey on JUNGLELAND, Peter McChesney on TROUBLE and Henry Filter on WILD CHILD.  Top visiting teams include Tim Finkle from Youngstown YC sailing JUNIOR, Marty McKenna on RARITY also from Youngstown, Joel Ronning on CATAPULT from Minneapolis, MN, Alex Meleny on LAYLA from Vineyard Haven YC and Dan Goldberg on BAZINGA from Mamaroneck, NY.…

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October 25th

J/105 Masters Preview

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J/105 sailboats- sailing off San Diego(San Diego, CA)- The International Masters Regatta was established in 1975 by St. Francis Yacht Club Member, Don Trask. For years, the worldʼs greatest master sailors such as Elvstrom, Buchan, Burnham, Tillman, Trask, Irish, Harken, North, Holland, Hinman and Dickson have competed in this prestigious international sailing event on the San Francisco Bay. The San Diego Yacht Club is proud to host the event for the third time in 2014. The competition always attracts some of the world’s best master sailors on an “invitation-only” basis.

The regatta is sailed in J/105 one-design and will include buoy-racing inside the beautiful bay alongside San Diegoʼs gorgeous waterfront.  In the gentile sea breezes of 8-15 kts, the starts are often right up against the enormous USS MIDWAY, a US Navy aircraft carrier that saw duty in World War II.  To make matters more interesting, the fleet often sails long starboard tacks alongside the newest US Navy nuclear carriers, like the USS NIMITZ, with the fleet playing the shift and compression puff along their 1,200 foot length and 20-story tall topsides.  Calling for “room to tack” is often a hot topic amongst the cagey’ole master skippers and tacticians!

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October 25th

Sailing offshore Harvest Moon Regatta- Gulf of Mexico(Galveston Bay, Texas)- Hosted by Lakewood YC in Houston, Texas, the 2014 Harvest Moon Regatta was another success.  The annual regatta is one of our favorites so check out Keith Magnussen’s report from the race on board James Liston’s J-120 Aeolus.

“The annual Harvest Moon Regatta (HMR) is my annual trek to the great big state of Texas.  In the past, this race has thrown some very challenging and interesting weather my way and this year was no exception.

If you are unfamiliar with the HMR then let’s get you informed.  If you know about the HMR skip to the next paragraph.  The HMR is a 150-mile race from Galveston to Port Aransas Texas.  The coastline is littered with oil rigs, unlight platforms, oyster beds, shrimpers and a whole bunch of other stuff.  Galveston is a beach community close to Houston and Port Aransas is a spring break town close to Corpus Christie.…

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October 24th

J/105 sailing at Storm Trysail IOR regatta(Larchmont, New York)- Over 430 college sailors raced on 52 owner-coached keel-boats over Columbus Day Weekend (October 11-12) in the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR) sailed in Western Long Island Sound. The event is organized by the Storm Trysail Foundation (STF) and the Larchmont Yacht Club and this year was led by Regatta Chairman Barry Gold. The goal of the IOR is to introduce dinghy sailors to the fun and teamwork of big boat racing, which is a new aspect of the sport to many dinghy sailors. It also gives college sailors with big boat skills a chance to compete in some of the best-prepared boats around.…

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October 23rd

J/80 Interface Concept sailing Lorient, FranceINTERFACE CONCEPT Flies Over Moon!
(Lorient, France)- This year’s Lorient J/80 Open was an epic on more than two elements, the weather and the winner!  To begin with, the thirty-four J/80 teams from across France could not have been more delighted with the sailing conditions on Friday and Saturday, it was near “picture-perfect” Indian Summer sailing with warms breezes from the SSW blowing from 10 to 15 kts each day.  Despite a front rolling in on Sunday, the sailors were treated to a solid 10-20 kts NE breeze that enabled the teams to “get up on the step” and hop into planing mode downwind for last and final race of the regatta.…

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October 23rd

J/70 Swedish Master of Masters winners(Bastad, Sweden)- The London 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the Laser class, Rasmus Myrgren, sailed to victory in the Swedish Master of Masters Regatta with his team of Thomas Rahm, Rahm Axel and Carl Sylvan.  Over the two-day event held on October 11th and 12th, 39 teams participated (all champions of one class or another), sailing 25 races in the 8-boat fleet of evenly-matched J/70s.

According to Myrgren, “I had a good crew with me in the boat and we coordinated nicely in all the races. We focus really hard when it comes boatspeed and worked hard to choose our own path through the fleet.”

J/70s sailing Swedish Master of Masters RegattaFor the ninth year, the top Swedish champions selected each year in different sailing classes gathered for the Master of Masters Championship.…

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October 22nd

J/111 Mojito sailing Hong Kong China Coast regatta(Daya Bay, Shenzen, China)- Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s flagship China Coast Regatta took place from 10 to 12 October this year, following a tried and tested three-day format that offered competitors a variety of windward/ leeward and islands courses in the waters to the south of Hong Kong Island and west of Lamma Island.

Headlined by Audi for the first time since its inception in 1993, the regatta attracted nearly 40 competitors in four classes and seven divisions, with the majority of entrants sailing IRC Racing class. In the most competitive class in the entire event, the IRC 2 Division, the J/111 MOJITO skippered by Simon Blore handily won their nine-boat class with a very consistent 4-8-1-4-1-2-1 for 13 pts net.…

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October 22nd

Singapore Gold Medalists in Asian Games J/80 Match RaceWin Asian Games J/80 Match Race!
(Incheon, Korea)- Singapore’s sailors bagged their third gold medal at the Incheon Asian Games after the J/80 Match Racing team beat South Korea 2-0 in a best-of-three final on Wednesday afternoon.

The five-man crew of Maximilian Soh, Andrew Paul Chan, Russell Kan, Christopher Lim, and Justin Wong had reached the final after winning 15 of their 16 match races in the nine-team round robin preliminary stage. They then beat Malaysia 3-0 in a best-of-five final.

J/80 Match Race Gold Medalists- J/80 Match Race Asian GamesCommenting on the team’s performance in Incheon, Dr Ben Tan, President of the Singapore Sailing Federation said, “Our sailors were up against the big boys of Asia, such as China, Korea, Japan, and they did Singapore proud.…

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October 21st

JBoats sailing Barcolana race off Trieste, Italy(Trieste, Italy)- For all seafaring and sailing lovers and for those who cannot miss one of the world’s unique spectacles, you must take a special trip to Trieste, Italy in the very northeastern parts of the gorgeous Adriatic Sea on the second Sunday of October.  The event is called the “Barcolana”, it almost always has the most number of boats sailing in an international regatta on the Mediterranean; it’s a week-long celebration on land and at sea that turns Trieste into the “European Capital of sailing”.  Perhaps the most famous part of the experience is to watch the starting line of nearly two thousand boats under the Victory Lighthouse.  Just about anything that floats in the Mediterranean is there led by helmsmen that are used to competing in world championships, or just about any amateur skipper or holiday sailor who has fallen under the spell of an event that every seafarer must take part in, at least once in their lives!…

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October 21st

J/70s sailing off Monaco(Monte Carlo, Monaco)- The Yacht Club de Monaco is inviting all J/70 sailors from across Europe to join them for their Sportsboat Winter Series being held in Monaco.  While the rest of northern Europe may be fending off winter gales and sub-zero temperatures, the wonderfully warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea provide a winter retreat along the sunny south coast of the French, Monagesque and Italian Riviera’s.  Perhaps more importantly, instead of withdrawing into a cave up north and lighting fires to stay warm, you could be sailing off the gorgeous YC Monaco and getting some much needed practice for their famous Trophée Credit Suisse Primo Cup in February as well as the upcoming J/70 Europeans in October 2015.…

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