March 27th

J/105s sailing on San Francisco Bay(San Francisco, California)- On the first day of the 2015 sailing season opener at St Francis Yacht Club, the Spring One Design regatta, it seemed everyone was there— 80 boats, 300 sailors, 8 fleets— everyone, that is, but the wind. Early season conditions prevailed and the lack of breeze on Saturday resulted in a string of postponements with, ultimately, no racing.

“We knew that even if we were able to get off a start,” says regatta Chair Peggy Lidster, “we wouldn’t have been able to get around any windward mark. There was no wind in any direction, and we were fighting an ebb.” Sailors made the most of the day by enjoying the sun, admiring the fleets’ many sets of new sails and meeting back at the St.…

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March 26th

J/70 sailing off Sydney, Australia(Sydney, Australia)- The J/70s in eastern Australia gathered together for the inaugural J/70 New South Wales State Championships from March 7th to 8th on stunning Sydney Harbour. The J/70 NSW States were held in conjunction with the annual Sydney Harbour Regatta, run by Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

With the first day of sailing on Saturday starting off with a light easterly of 7-9 knots and a huge 3 metre plus swell with breaking tops running through Sydney Heads on the J/70 course, the crews knew they were going to be in for their first major test of the fall sailing season.…

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March 25th

J/111 sailing Warsash Spring Series(Warsash, England)- Competitors in the opening races of the Brooks Macdonald Warsash Spring Series were undeterred by the heavy grey sky and chilly wind in the Solent on Sunday 15 March 2015.

12-18 knots of breeze, with just the occasional 20 knot gust, from the ENE throughout the day provided a good breeze for competitors. The wind tracking showed a 20 degree shift cycle coming off the Meon shore which took about an hour to go from left to right, and back to left again, thereby favouring the right hand side of the courses set for the day.

J/80s sailing Warsash Spring seriesBlack Group race starts were mostly held just east of the Brambles in the middle of the Solent, with White Group starts taking place off Titchfield Haven near Wilson Covers buoy.…

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March 25th

J/22 Midwinters Preview

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J/22 one-design sailboat- sailing upwind on a lake(Ridgeland, MS)- From March 27th to 29th, the beautiful Jackson Yacht Club in Ridgeland, Mississippi will be hosting the J/22 Midwinters on the Ross Barnett Reservoir, right in the middle of the state and about 100 miles due north of New Orleans, Louisiana.  The JYC and J/22 Fleet #63 are looking forward to welcoming J/22 sailors for their first midwinter event north of Route 10!  As their invitation says, “after the races and as the sun sets, southern hospitality will amp up with the sounds of the blues and flavors of the ‘y’all’ lifestyle!”

The current entry list of forty-plus boats has attracted not just a strong southern contingent, but a highly talented range of international teams from across the USA, Canada and the Cayman Islands.  From down in the Caribbean, the rockstars of the Cayman Islands Sailing Club, Mike Farrington and gang from Georgetown, are hoping their 3rd place performance in the J/22 Worlds in South Africa will give them the competitive edge necessary to hang with the top American teams.  The same holds true to some degree for the Canadian contingent.  These refugees from the bitter cold weather of the north may already be driving south now!  They include Ron Harris’ BROOMSTICK from Hudson Yacht Club in Hudson Heights, Quebec; Darcy Fuller’s PROST from South Port Sailing Club in Windsor, Ontario; and Stephen Jones’ team from National Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario.…

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March 24th

J/120s sailing off Point Loma, San Diego, CASailors Lovin’ Blue skies, Hot Comp!
(San Diego, California)- The three day Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in San Diego, sailed from March 13th to 15th, couldn’t have had nicer weather, with record heat and enough wind to fill the scorecards for the 89 competing teams. Racing was held for 12 one-design classes, with the larger keelboats racing on the ocean course off Point Loma and the smaller sportboat and dinghy fleets on San Diego’s South Bay course. The event also included the North Sails Rally, a low-key random race on Saturday within the Bay.

The Overall HH NOOD Regatta Champion was John Laun and the crew of the J/120 CAPER, they were the winning team in the largest offshore keelboat class in the regatta.  Winning the J/105s was Dennis Case and his crew on WINGS and taking it all in the huge J/70 class was Vince Brun’s BLISS.…

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March 23rd

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico- sailing parradise(Newport Beach, California)- The Newport Harbor Yacht Club has enjoyed a long-standing tradition of hosting the Newport to Cabo San Lucas Yacht Race. Since its first race in 1971, sailors have enjoyed the 800nm race down the Baja coastline to the warm weather and big breeze of Cabo San Lucas.

Over the 40+ years of hosting the Cabo Race, NHYC has witnessed the tremendous evolution of yacht design and offshore sailing. Typical entries in the 70’s and early 80’s were IOR boats with unique downwind sailing characteristics (like “bloopers”?).

Cabo San Lucas harbor- sailing paradiseLater, the ultralight (ULDB) boats arrived in the early 80’s with short rigs and huge poles and fat round kites.…

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March 22nd

J/105s sailing Blakely Rock race off Seattle
(Seattle, Washington)- Daffodils shimmered on the wave tops once again as sailors floated those yellow emblems of spring into the winds while rounding the beacon on the rock and remembering the light that was taken from us too early – a race that should be properly called the Kelly O’Neil Memorial.

J/160 sailing off Seattle66 boats made it out for Corinthian Yacht Club Seattle’s Blakely Rock Light race; the first in their three race Center Sound Series- – conditions couldn’t have been better for slowly sweeping out the proverbial cobwebs! Winds were out of the north at 6 to 8 by start time and at 10am class one led the fleet off the line towards the first mark in the course.…

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March 21st

J/24 sailing Banderas Bay regatta(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)- What a day the first day of Banderas Bay Regatta XXIII was! With more pirates parading out of the marina than you can shake a saber at, then the first race! Things were okay, then they got light, and for those who stuck it out, it got windy again at the end. No matter, everyone had a great time!

The second day of BBR brought more wind, and the lovable PRO decided everyone (well, almost everyone) needed a sightseeing tour of Puerto Vallarta and all of Banderas Bay!  All classes, except two, headed to the Puerto Vallarta Sea Buoy, enjoying winds that diminished a little on the PV side, but definitely didn’t disappoint on the Nuevo Vallarta side of the course.  What a day!…

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March 20th

Sunset on Islands Race on J/160(Long Beach, California)- The 2015 Islands Race marks the start of the offshore racing season in Southern California.  An eclectic mix of yachts from the Mexican border to Santa Barbara collect themselves in Long Beach and race around two islands and into San Diego every year. Yes, it’s a lovely triangular course that is far more challenging and deceiving tactically and strategically than most sailors can imagine.

The 130 nm course is far more challenging than meets the eye– you have to navigate offshore from Long Beach Harbor, transit the deep blue ocean swells and genuine sea breezes to the west of Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands, and finally negotiate various points of sail to the finish off San Diego’s Point Loma.…

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March 19th

J/125 sailing Heineken Regatta off St MaartenJ/125 Crushes, EL OCASO Pre-dominates!
(Simpson Bay, St. Maarten)- A record entry of 81 yachts entered the Gill Commodore’s Cup, the prelude to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. 30 knots of wind with breaking waves, provided testing conditions for the fleet. The starting area on the south side of St. Maarten provided some relief from the ocean swell but the big breeze from the east cascaded over the hill tops forming bullets of pressure causing several boats to spin-out. Today’s best performers were the teams that kept their yachts under control in difficult conditions.

J/122 sailing Heineken St Maarten regattaIn this “warm-up” regatta, many of the J/Teams attending had a fun time working out the “rust” of winter and collecting some silverware along the way.  In CSA 2 Class, Greg Slyngstad’s fantastic crew from Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California sailed the J/125 rocketship called HAMACHI to an easy class win with two bullets.  In CSA 4 Class, fellow J owner Rick Wesslund also sailed “lights out” on the fleet, posting double bullets to take CSA 4 on his highly photogenic J/122 EL OCASO.  Not far behind in third was John Thouron’s J/122 DUNDER with a 2-3, losing the tie-breaker for 2nd.  And, in third was Global Yacht Racing’s J/120 SUNSET CHILD.  CSA 7 Class saw the resurrection of the famous J/39, now named BUDGET MARINE ARUBA, and sailed by Robbie Ferron from St Maarten to a 2nd in class.  Finally, CSA 8 saw Bryan Coon’s J/105 SOLSTICE take class honors followed by David Cullen’s J/109 POCKET ROCKET from St Barths.…

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