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September 14th

Heather Gregg-Earl- J/70 sailor and owner of MUSE(Nantucket, MA)- Nantucket Race Week inspires perspective on the global picture for some sailors.  This annual summer event is a nine-day experience that brings the entire Nantucket community together in a fun-filled week of regattas, awards ceremonies, and parties. Over the course of the week, there are 15 race events that provide sport for everyone from young dinghy sailors and families in the household one design to grand prix racers at the very top of their profession.

Skipper Heather Gregg-Earl won the IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta, with Robbie Doyle as her celebrity tactician, raced in IOD International One Design class boats.…

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September 13th

J/44 Gold Digger sailing off Newport, Rhode IslandJ/44 GOLD DIGGER Flies Platinum Class
(Jamestown, RI)- Annually attracting a fleet of 100+ boats over America’s “Labor Day” holiday weekend, the Conanicut Yacht Club’s “Round Island Race” ranks right up there with many of the classic around island events.  With the standard course for most boats presenting a nearly 20nm challenge, usually clockwise, around Conanicut Island, the fleet enjoys a picturesque tour around Narragansett Bay and an opportunity to traverse beneath two magnificent bridges- the Jamestown Bridge to the west and the Newport Bridge to the east.

Competitors this year were confronted with somewhat grey, overcast skies in the morning with a nicely developed SSW gradient breeze that, ultimately, was reinforced with awesome sailing conditions later in the afternoon when the clouds broke like magic over the smaller boats in the fleet finishing later in the afternoon.…

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September 12th

J/Teams Triumph In Vineyard Race

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J/122 Patriot sailing with American YC Junior Big Boat Team(Stamford, CT) – Stamford Yacht Club’s Vineyard Race is a classic American yachting event, a 238-mile offshore course stretching from Shippan Point east, through swirling currents of the famous “Race”, past Block Island, and on to the light tower at the entrance to Buzzard’s Bay, to return leaving Block Island to starboard to the finish in Stamford Harbor. Begun in 1932, it has attracted the finest sailors and fastest boats for nearly 80 years, and its intricacies and challenges bring them back time after time. 96 boats entered this year’s race with a number of J crews dragging off bags full of silverware and pickle-dishes for their kitchens (or trophy cabinets).…

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September 12th

Early J-Sprit designs at Royal Dartmouth Regatta(Dartmouth, England)- Regattas have flourished along the English south coast since the early 1820s, with Dartmouth being recognized as a key player on ‘the regatta circuit’ since 1822. The dramatic cliffs around the mouth of the River Dart (The Range) form a beautiful natural theatre with many vantage points from where the sailing races can be easily seen. Since 1822, The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta has grown extensively – it now offers an extraordinary mix of high-class competitive sailing and rowing, with a plethora of diverse social events and activities.

Dartmouth Week is coordinated by the three sailing clubs on the River Dart – Dartmouth Yacht Club (DYC), Dittisham Sailing Club (DSC) and Royal Dart Yacht Club (RDYC) – with all three clubs being represented on The Joint Regatta Sailing Committee (JRSC).…

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September 11th

J/88 Smokes Chicago Bi-State Race

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J/88 team wins Chicago Tri-State or Bi-State race(Chicago, IL)- An estimated 700 sailors and crew members sailed the into St. Joseph on Saturday on the first leg of this year’s Tri-State Regatta.  The race, which sails from Chicago to St. Joseph overnight from Friday into Saturday, from St. Joseph to Michigan City, Ind., on Sunday and from there back to Chicago on Monday, has been conducted since the 1940s.

Terry Deegan, fleet vice commodore for the St. Joseph River Yacht Club, said earlier this week that 115 boats were registered for the first leg of the race.  Pam Bower, one of the event organizers, said the events all day Saturday at the St.…

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September 11th

J/70s starting at Rolex Big Boat Series(San Francisco, CA)- No doubt this year’s 50th Rolex Big Boat Series will be a time for celebration and reflection.  A fixture of the West Coast offshore and one-design racing circuit for a long enough period of time that 2-3 generations of sailors will be enjoying the festivities shoreside as well as the amazing sailing on San Francisco Bay.  The “Big Boat” series has evolved with the times, going from the days of IOR Maxi’s (think KIALOA, BLACKFIN & ONDINE) to masses of J/70s, J/105s, J/111s and J/120s criss-crossing the straits in front of Alcatraz Island.

With over 100 boats participating in this year’s event, the fact that 43 are J/Teams is no coincidence (over 43% of the fleet!).  The combination of fast offshore racer-cruisers and strong one-design fleet participation developing over the past decade has meant that many more sailors with a broad spectrum of talents and interests are participating in Bay sailing— most of them on J/Boats!…

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September 10th

J/111 sailing San Francisco Bay(San Francisco, CA)- Three days of tight racing with an offshore buoy ocean combo made for a superb weekend during the 2014 Aldo Alessio Regatta hosted by the St Francis YC this past weekend. With nine different courses that would take the fleets out to Point Bonita twice on Friday, beginning with a flood for the first rounding in 12-15 knots, and then switching to a boisterous ebb with 15-18 outside the Gate and much more inside. The fleet, sailing course 5 would leave Harding to starboard, then Alcatraz to port, then down to the red number four buoy east of Point Blunt before sailing back uphill to Blackaller before finishing in front of the StFYC.  The weather and wind conditions made for fabulous sailing.…

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September 10th

J/70 Europeans Update

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J/70s sailing Lago di Garda, Italy(Lago di Garda, Italy)- What are you waiting for!?  The world’s best sailing on one of the world’s best freshwater lakes!  Guaranteed winds morning and afternoon in the 15-20 kts range with a setting that many consider to be one of the most picturesque anywhere— verdant green, tree-laden cliffs diving right into the waters on your starboard tack layline, rolling pastures of goats, vineyards and late summer snows in the distant Italian Alps glistening in the background!?  Exquisite, cozy little villages, cafes that encompass all the best Italy has to offer- tasty bruschetta, delicious pastas, insalata caprese, yummy wine.  You simply cannot imagine a better place to be at the end of summer, the warm, loving Italian hospitality is simply to die for!…

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September 9th

J/80 sailors at Pornic Cup in France(Pornic, France)- As one of the sailors in Pornic described the regatta on the first day, “the 2014 edition is a big party under a big sun with 21 crews from all over France!”  Sailed over a three-day weekend, the Club Nautique de Pornic rolls out the red carpet for the J/80 crews partaking in their next edition of the summer-long J/80 Coupe de France.  After winning the first three races on the first day, it became readily apparent to all teams that Herve Leduc and friends on ATLANTIS (Jean Yves Jaffrezic, Benjamin Diouris, & Jose Vazquez) were well-prepared and were sailing fast and smart— they never let off pressure on the gas-pedal, winning by a comfortable 13 point margin.…

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September 9th

J/122 Evolution - a signature design of a unique offshore sailboat design
(Newport, RI)- With the passage of summer now moving into early fall, the boat show season is upon those in the northern hemispheres.  Now is the opportunity to check your diary, make sure you have a day or two to wander around some of the world’s nicest sailboat shows in the world.  On the same extended weekend are the Cannes Boat Show in France, the Southampton Boat Show in Great Britain and the Newport Boat Show in Rhode Island.

First out of the box will be the Cannes Boat Show on what may be one of the hottest and coolest places on the planet to host a boat show.  Next to famous beaches, super hot nightlife and fabulous cuisine, it’s a magnet for all the coolest things happening in southern Europe.  The event marks the debut of the J/97 and J/122 Evolution versions of these two fantastic designs.  Proven cruising boats for their owners and also more than capable of bringing home the silver in both around-the-cans or offshore events.  In addition, the famous J/70 and the new J/88 family speedster will be on display.  The event takes place from September 9th to 14th in Cannes, France.  For more Cannes Sailboat Show information.…

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