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October 31st

(Marstrand, Sweden)- Peter Gustafsson’s J/111 BLUR in Sweden recently reported (and recorded) their “last blast” of the 2014 sailing season.  They sailed 107nm from Helsingborg to Gothenburg, a northerly routing, in a SSE 16-22 kts TWS breeze.  According to Peter, not the best direction for nice big surfing waves, but nevertheless a fun escapade for the crew!

“We gybed 12 times on the way north to Gothenburg.  We had 4 people as the total crew, it was perfect to keep weight down but still push hard.  We blew the A2 kite halfway there (3 years of hard racing took it’s toll) but the A5 was just as fast when the wind was over 20 knots.  With all the gybes and some extra distance, we averaged 11.78 knots during 10.5 hours and topped 20.64 kts!  WOW!…

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October 30th

(Hamble, England)- All last week the forecasts agreed that this weekend was to be a brutal one. But contrary to the expectations of most of the fleet, the weather gods allowed the race team to fit in one race on this, the third Sunday of the 2014 Garmin Hamble Winter Series – but it was in conditions that put boats and their crews to the test.

As boats motored out of the Hamble in the early morning, conditions seemed mild, with a light breeze from the South-south east. But as they cleared the lee of Calshot Spit, it built to around 18-20 knots.…

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October 29th

Hong Kong J/80 Class Championship

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J/80s sailing Hong Kong, China(Hong Kong, China)- The fifth Hong Kong J/80 Class Championships will be held on the 1st & 2nd of November.  The event is organized by the Royal Hong Kong YC, one of the oldest sailing clubs in Asia with a history dating back as far as 1890.  Expected to be the biggest international J/80 event in Asia thus far, over twenty J/80’s are planning to participate with some of the high profile sailors from the region.  This year a number of visiting teams will travel down from Mainland China to test their skills against the local fleet.

The regatta will be sailed off the southern tip of Lamma island, in open waters.  November typically offers optimal sailing conditions; East-North Easterly breezes of between 12 and 18 knots, a light swell and clear blue skies.  Add in local hospitality, stunning location and facilities of the host- the Royal Hong Kong YC- and its no wonder this event is growing in popularity.  For more J/80 Hong Kong Championship sailing information

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October 28th

Three Regatta Wins Gives NRV Commanding Series Lead
(Friedrichshafen, Germany)- “As you were” may have been the stand-down phrase after “colors” were struck at sunset for the past five stages in this year’s Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga.  After all, it’s not often that the first event in a summer-long series of events becomes the prognosticator of the ultimate outcome after sailing hundreds of races.  However, that was indeed the case once the top three teams on the podium completed their first regatta in Starnberg; with NRV (Norddeutscher Regatta Verein) in 1st, VSW (Verein Seglerhaus am Wansee) in 2nd and DTYC (Deutscher Touring YC) in 3rd!  Consistency paid off for these teams with steady crews and, for the most part, avoiding massive pitfalls along the way.  NRV’s series-long scoreline is impressive, Starnberg 1st, Travemunde 1st, Berlin 2nd, Kiel 2nd and Friedrichshafen 1st.  Their collective total of 88 high points for the series gives them a very comfortable 18 pt lead over the next closest team.…

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October 27th

J/70 SAILING Champion League winners- KDY(Copenhagen, Denmark) – Twenty-three clubs from fourteen nations competed over three days (October 17-19) off the spectacular Copenhagen city waterfront.  The sailing featured incredibly tight-racing at a world-class level, boats rapidly changing positions from mark-to-mark as wind-shifts and tactics came into play on the tight 10-13 minute race course.  While the premiere of the SAILING Champions League may have ended on a cloudy, drizzly day, the atmosphere was absolutely brilliant amongst the teams competing in fleet of identically-matched J/70s. In total, 45 races were sailed over the long weekend.  Fortunately, there was good breeze each day and the spectators in front of the world-famous “Little Mermaid” were treated to front-row seats in a true “stadium-sailing” format, the boats were often tacking just 20-30 feet off the seawalls!  No wonder, among the 92 sailors were more than 22 Olympic sailing medalists, multiple World Champions from various classes and even Volvo Ocean Race winners!…

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October 26th

J/122 Otra Vez sailing Rolex Middle Sea Race(Gzira, Malta)- As of late Tuesday afternoon, it appears the two leading J/122 teams from Malta, ARTIE and OTRA VEZ, are leading the race both IRC Overall and IRC Class 4!  The teams are about halfway around the spectacular 608nm course– a rigorous anti-clockwise loop around Sicily that introduces numerous “corners” that present challenging and complex meteorological shifts. The route includes passing by the Aeolian and Egadi Islands, as well as Pantelleria and Lampedusa Islands. One of the most stunning vistas is Stromboli, the active volcano that is a course mark.  Here are the latest reports from the Rolex Middle Sea Race website.…

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October 26th

(Seattle, WA)- Fun in the sun!  What everyone imagines when they think of the Seattle Yacht Clubs annual Grand Prix Invitational, right?  Following the most beautiful 70 degree fall weekend and falling on the heels of the well attended (if lightly sailed) Puget Sound Sailing Championships the Seattle Yacht Club Grand Prix invites boats from around the PNW that have won or podium finished in every type of race imaginable.  From distance races like Swiftsure and the Tri-Island Series to the mid-distance PNW races like the South Sound Series and Center Sound Series, to weekend rally races like Round the County, to shorthanded races like Northern Century and Race to the Straits and with a few buoy weekends and round the cans thrown in for good measure.  Grand Prix brings in racers off the podium of more races than you can count from a vast area of racing with over 500 different yachts competing over the year.…

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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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