(San Francisco, CA)- The St Francis YC hosted the inaugural J/Stop Regatta this past weekend for one-design fleets of J/105s, J/111s and J/120s. The format was short courses between either the club start line or off the western face of Alcatraz Island with weather marks up near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Twenty-one J/105’s competed in the inaugural J/Stop. The sailors really enjoyed the innovative format featuring more racing with shorter courses so there could be more action for skippers and crews. An added bonus was a lower entry fee due to just enjoying a keg on the dock instead of a catered event inside the Club.… Read More
J/105 Jumps Into RORC Season Points Lead!
(Cowes, IOW, England)- The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s offshore racing season continued this past weekend with the 4th race of the RORC Season’s Points Championship. Designed to last 24-36 hours, the De Guingand Bowl Race starts and finishes in the Solent and is a flexi-course allowing the Royal Ocean Racing Club to design a bespoke course.
“Without the constraint of finishing the race in a totally different location, we concentrate on the weather and tidal conditions to decide the course,” explains RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott. “We try to get all of the fleet to finish the first leg in the same tidal vector, so as to avoid a tidal gate early in the race and that is often why we start the slower yachts first.… Read More
(Blue Point, NY) – Thirty-nine teams were competing in the 2016 J/24 US National Championship, hosted by Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point, NY; including entrants from various areas of the United States as well as Argentina, Canada, Chile and Mexico. There were three solid days of racing, starting out with light winds and wet weather and concluding with near gale force conditions and massive Great South Bay chop on the last day. After starting out in first place after the first day of racing, Will Welles and his team (Chris Morgan, Monica Morgan, Jeff Linton and Todd McGuire) were crowned this year’s J/24 USA National Champs! Here is how it all went down for Welles’ crew and the rest of the fleet.… Read More
(Corpus Christi, TX)- The 2016 Surfin’ Safari is scheduled for June 11-12, 2016 at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club. The CCYC has hosted many national and world-class regattas over the years and is a fantastic sailing venue.
If you are looking for a regatta with strong breeze and some waves to surf, then you need to make the trip to Corpus Christi, Texas for this regatta. The wind down on the bay averages between 15-20 knots and on a good day can hit 30 kts and will be t-shirts, shorts and shades weather!
This year, Mount Gay Rum is one of the sponsors for the regatta.… Read More
(Crouesty-Arzon, France)- Over the past weekend, the YC Crouesty de Arzon hosted their annual Grand Prix du Crouesty for both one-design and offshore classes. Sailing in the IRC class was the brand new J/112E sport cruiser. Here is the report from Fred Bouvier at J/Composites, a crew on-board the J/112E:
“This past weekend we were racing in Le Crouesty (Brittany / France). The weather forecast was predicting a light and sunny weekend. Our crew was our usual base along with new crew coming from friends and family.
We were in a decent fleet that had a wide cross-section of top French offshore teams. In fact, we ended up racing in a combined IRC 1 and IRC 2 fleet start.… Read More
(Marquesas Islands)- The J/46 BOLARO is cruising the South Pacific- Eric McClure’s latest update on their adventure is explained here: “As you see, we made it to the Marquesas Islands. The J/46 Bolaro made the trip from San Diego to South Pacific in 16 days 19 hours. In other words, around 17 days. It is 2,800nm and we sailed about 3,200nm.
After talking to other boats in the Marquesas, only catamarans do that speed. At night we do not fly the spinnaker, so we can sleep with one person on watch. After all, we are cruising 9 to 10 kts, and we very commonly hit 16.9 kts, but it did not last long.”
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(Santiago, Chile)- This weekend, the 40th birthday party celebration of the first launching of the J/24 RAGTIME will be taking place in Stonington, CT at Dodson’s Boatyard. Drop on by and say “Hi” designer Rodney Johnstone or simply visit the Dogwatch Cafe and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and absorb some J/Boats history along the way!
Down in Algarrobo, Chile, the Navegantes TV program did a special on the history of J/Boats in South America. They interviewed J/Chile dealer Juan Eduardo Reid from Windmade Spa. It’s all in Spanish, but jump to 29.0 minutes on the timeline and you can hear how it all happened! Watch on Vimeo here.… Read More
(Vallejo, CA)- This not too often publicized event is hosted by the great, one and only, Vallejo YC. Where is that, one might ask? Click here- they are cool and they love to sail! They also host one of San Francisco Bay’s more notorious races and dock parties!
The race most often starts near the Berkeley Circle on Saturday morning, rounds a single weather mark near Alcatraz, and then heads to Vallejo, usually under spinnaker for the remainder of the race. The challenge is to maintain speed through the shadow of Angel Island, find the best combination of wind and current past the Richmond-San Rafael bridge and East Brother Light Station, and then avoid the mud shoals on the east side of the San Pablo Bay.… Read More
“Distance Racing is What We Love to Do”
(Larchmont, NY)– Most racing sailors are familiar with the Storm Trysail Club’s (STC) penchant for running world-class races across the country, and it’s safe to say New England sailors particularly prize the organization’s Block Island Race, which starts on Friday, May 27 at 1400. In its 71st year, this 186nm race for IRC and PHRF boats starts at The Cows off Stamford Harbor (Conn.), runs down Long Island Sound, around Block Island (R.I.) and back to Stamford. (A Plum Island Course of 125 nautical miles is a shorter option for PHRF, and doublehanded classes are hosted on both courses.)
“Offshore distance racing is what the Storm Trysail Club is all about; it’s what we love to do,” said STC Vice Commodore Lenny Sitar (Holmdel, NJ), who will skipper his J/44 VAMP with a mostly New Jersey crew and several STC members aboard, including STC Rear Commodore and Vamp Watch Captain AJ Evans (Atlantic Highlands, NJ).” It’s one of the club’s most iconic races primarily because of the sailors’ interest and repeat entries every May.… Read More
(The Hague, The Netherlands)- This coming weekend marks the start, and continuation, of several prominent sailing leagues across Europe and Russia. For those of you who love the idea of sailing in evenly-matched one-design boats, it’s the best type of sailing you can experience anywhere in the world. Eighteen sailing clubs show up to rotate into six J/70s with identical tuning and sails. You only have to show up with a team of four people and battle with brains and boat-handling with other top sailors in your league. Youth, women and men sailors comprise the teams and it is an amazingly “social” event, with teams commiserating and chatting about their experiences on-shore while they wait to get back into the boats again in yet another rotation.… Read More