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April 18th

J/80 RUSSIA Yachting Cup(Lago di Garda, Italy)- One of the oldest yacht clubs in Europe is the Fraglia Vela Riva, located on the picturesque northern shores of Lago di Garda in Italy.  Last week, FVR hosted the ninth edition of the “Yachting Russia Cup” for the Russian-speaking yachting community. Competition was held on International J/80 one-design sportsboats in a format of match races for all participating teams.

Nearly 60 athletes from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Germany and Italy were divided into 11 teams. According to rules of the Cup each skipper has the right to choose from all participants one crew member, then the rest of the crew is formed by drawing from a lottery (e.g.…

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April 17th

Bob Billingham- J/24 sailor (San Francisco, CA)- Bob Billingham (a.k.a. “Buddha”) passed away following a lengthy illness on March 30, 2014 at home in Grass Valley, California. He was 56 years of age.

Bob had graduated from Amherst College in 1979 with degrees in Geology and English. Born in England, he immigrated to the United States when he was five years old with his parents, who were professors at Stanford University.

Bob had an accomplished sailing track record which included representing the United States at the 1988 Olympics, winning the Silver medal in the Soling Class with John Kostecki and Will Baylis. Bob is a five-time World Champion in Solings, Etchells, J/24s and Maxis.…

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April 17th

J/70s on San Francisco BayFun Sailing For J/24s, J/70s, J/105s, J/111s, J/120s
(San Francisco, CA)- The annual salute to all things “J”, the St Francis YC’s J-Fest got a well needed shot in the arm this year with the addition of the J/111′s and J/70′s. A staple of the StFYC spring series for decades, the J-Fest originally featured dozens of J24′s, J-30′s and the then, elite J-35′s. The fleet of these boats have lessened in years gone by and the introduction of the J/105′s in 1991, the J/120 in 2000 enabled the J-Fest to enjoy a bit of a resurgence. Fast forward to 2014, the addition of the new J-Speedsters, the J/111s and the J/70s, were a welcome new addition to the regatta.…

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April 16th

(Lloyd Harbor, NY)- It’s already officially spring, although you wouldn’t know it in many parts of the northeast United States. Despite more forecasts for cold and rain, the Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club is already in race mode. Enrollment is open for the 2014 Race for the Case! The race will be held May 17 & 18, 2014 in central Long Island Sound.

As has been the tradition since its inception, the Race for the Case event offers one-design and PHRF racing, with a case of rum to be awarded to the overall regatta winner!

Sailing photographers 42Degrees will be on the course taking photos and videos of the action.…

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April 16th

J-Cup Back To Hamble!

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J/109s sailing in England(Hamble, England)- The J-Cup 2014 will be hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble, the heart of sailing on the Solent. Racing takes place from Thursday 24th until Saturday 26th July, with registration on Wednesday 23rd.

The J-Cup is the only regatta in the U.K. exclusively for J-Boats and all models are eligible to compete. One-design racing will be available for almost everybody, including the exciting new J/70 class, and a rapidly expanding J/97 fleet. Fans of the brand will also be delighted to see a small number of J/88s out for the first time, following the model’s launch at the end of last year.…

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April 15th

J/80 sailing on Solent(Warsash, England)- An exhilarating day’s racing was completed for the fourth gathering of the Brooks Macdonald Warsash Spring Series on 6th April 2014. Competitors come from near and far for this early season contest and journeying through the driving rain to their boats early on Sunday morning, the sailors might well have been thinking an indoor sport could have been a better choice. During the racing however the visibility cleared, the deluge stopped giving way to glimpses of warm sunshine.

The weather forecast had suggested a brisk south-westerly in the 14 to 20 knot range but with, unusually, the possibility of double that in the gusts.…

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April 15th

J/109 women crew in St Barts(Gustavia, St Barts)- The Caribbean racing season, which kicked off with the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Series in mid-January, now heads to the Les Voiles de St. Barth in Gustavia, St. Barth’s main port, on April 14-19.

Now in only its fifth year, Les Voiles de St. Barth has become a key stop on the Caribbean racing calendar, attracting 70 boats from Europe, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.  Six classes are taking part, the Spinnaker class stands out with no fewer than 35 boats, between 32 and 60 feet in length, that are among the most competitive boats in the Caribbean.…

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April 14th

J/70s sailing Deutsche Segel-bundesliga23 Teams Qualify for DSBL I & II
(Glucksburg, Germany)-  The second annual Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga (DSBL), hosted by Flensburg Sailing Club in Glucksburg, Germany from April 4th to 6th was a resounding success.  Sixty-one of the best sailing clubs in Germany sailed in fleets of J/70s and J/80s on an arm of the Baltic Sea directly across from Denmark (see http://bit.ly/1epRk0y).  In the end, the team from Kieler YC skippered by Martin Menzner were crowned winners and, therefore, the early leaders in the season-long series.  Twenty-three teams in total qualified for the next round of sailing in the DSBL.  The weather conditions were challenging for all, with a storm on Friday and medium winds on Saturday and Sunday testing everyone’s skills to their physical and tactical limits.…

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April 13th

Olympic Circle Sailing Club(Berkeley, CA)- Anthony Sandberg, skipper, guru, storyteller and educator, host of weekly sailing “salons,” founder of a top sailing school in the East Bay of San Francisco Bay, and adventure travel leader, believes that maneuvering a boat through rough seas is a metaphor for learning to sail through life.  His Olympic Circle Sailing Club has a huge fleet of J/24s, J/105s and so forth to teach people the ways of life on the sea.

Sandberg is now “adopting” an inner-city charter high school in Oakland with the idea of getting all of the students out on San Francisco Bay.

Q: You founded the Olympic Circle Sailing Club, which has 50 boats and 80 employees.…

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April 13th

(La Trinite sur Mer, France)-  In their final preparations for participating in the grand regatta that marks the beginning of the French summer sailing season- SPI Ouest France- the J/80s held the last of their training/ regatta sessions in La Trinite.  The sixteen participants enjoyed beautiful weather for the second straight event in a row, 8-15 kts winds from the southwest virtually all weekend.  Said Arnaud Walter, “it looks like the crews are sharp and ready to go!”

On Saturday, there were four races sailed in the SSW winds that produced excellent, closely matched racing between all the teams.  On Sunday, it was more practice starts on a small line with fast 3 minute starting sequences.  Part of the practice was learning how to arrive early on the line, stop, manage speed and recovery and then go.  In short, it was a great weekend for practice and learning how to sail smarter and faster.…

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