(St Croix, USVI)- The J/36 PALADIN, owned by Stan Joines from St Croix, US Virgin Islands, has been on a mission to introduce young sailors to offshore sailing. Stan comments, “The crew of PALADIN is a mix of kids. Five of the crew are from the St. Croix Yacht club; they are in Junior high school at Good Hope Country Day private school, ages 10-13. They are also very active in Optimist racing at the club. Another of the crew is my son, age 8. Another four of the crew are from Central High, a public school here on St. Croix, where I teach. We practice Saturday mornings. The boat is sponsored by St.…Read More
(Palma Mallorca, Spain)- Norm Curnow’s J/36 JAZZ from the United Kingdom continues its adventures across the Mediterranean. Like Stan Joine’s perspective above, Norm has been a big fan of his J/36 after sailing her for several tens of thousands of miles both single-handed and double-handed. Here’s a quick update from Norm:
Sunset traveling home after a visit to Crete
The kevlar jib after 50-plus knots of wind
Trophies won in one of the good seasons
At rest at the top of the Straits of Messina
Once again in Palma Majorca off Spain
Finally, were it all started in the USA as Rod Johnstone’s JAZZ. We won the trophy for the most traveled boat in 2014 at my local sailing club- Saltash Sailing Club!…Read More
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)- Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Here is an excerpt from the January report:
The ever-popular Quantum Key West Race Week delivered picture perfect sailing conditions until the final day of racing where competitors were faced with howling winds and rough seas forcing the top contenders to raise their game in order to claim victory.
The Canadian entry in the J/88 class was Ontario natives Rob and Sandy Butler, sailing on TOUCH2PLAY. TOUCH2PLAY trailed behind class leader DEVIATION for most of the week, eventually capitalizing on DEVIATION’s weaknesses on the final day.…Read More
(Tampa, FL)- Kristen Berry from J/World Annapolis was active at the last of the Quantum J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island YC in Tampa, Florida (a.k.a. “Do It Yourself Club”). Kristen’s role as “coach” for their two J/World J/70s participating had some interesting insights from the regatta.
In addition, Kristen had an opportunity to interview the Chief Cheerleader at Davis Island YC- Kath Robinson-Malone- ex-Laser sailor, then J/24 sailor, then a “permanent” volunteer including being first woman Commodore for DIYC. See YouTube sailing interview of Commodore Kath Robinson-Malone here.
(Youngstown, New York)- Recently, Don Finkle and his son Tim (the upstate New York J/Dealer- RCR Yachts.com) put together their collective thoughts and notes after sailing the first part of the J/70 winter circuit down in Florida. Here is their commentary:
“We’ve done our fair share of racing on the national J/70 circuit and we’ve learned a lot! We learned from those we’ve sailed with, through trial and error, from listening to seminars, and talking to many of the pros within the fleet. I am not a professional sailor and I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do pay attention.…Read More
(Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)- The premier lady skippers race on Port Phillip Bay Melbourne Victoria is the Jennifer Goldsmith Memorial Trophy regatta – this year swept by J/24 teams!
In memory of Jennifer, a keen sailor, all the entry fees were donated to Melanoma skin cancer research. In its 24th year, the JGMT attracts Melbourne’s best female sailors from all the major keelboat clubs in the bay.
This year the race began in very light, sunny 34 degree (93.3 degrees Fahrenheit) conditions, which quickly changed with the arrival of a southerly breeze reaching 12 knots, on what was a beautiful day for sailing. Amongst a fleet of 30, the boat size ranged from 44 footers to the smallest, two J/24s.…Read More
TRIG Money Sailing Team announcement
(Santander, Spain)- “The Wheelhouse” at the Real Club Maritimo de Santander, was the venue chosen by the newly minted TRIG MONEY Sailing Team, for the presentation of their racing calendar for 2015 and its new sponsor the Swedish multinational TRIG MONEY.
With the presence of Jaime Yllera (President RCMS), Julia Casanueva (President of the Cantabrian Sailing Federation), Antonio Gorostegui (Olympic medalist), Juan Carlos Castro (Director General of TRIG) and Juan Dominguez (Director of the Municipal Institute of Sports), the sailing team led by Ignacio “Pichu” Camino and Armando Gutierrez Mendoza, along with the rest of his crew Jose Luis Gomez, “Cospe” Juan Valle, Pablo Cuervas and Miguel Merino, presented their racing schedule for the summer which included three prominent regattas- the 2015 J/80 World Championships in Germany, the Spanish J/80 Championship and Copa de Espana.…Read More
(St Petersburg, Florida)- The largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States, the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta series, opened its 28th season in St. Petersburg with nearly 130 teams competing on Tampa Bay, vying for individual class trophies as well as the regatta’s big prize—an invitation to the Helly Hansen NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands in October, where they will face overall champions from NOOD regattas across the country in Sunsail bareboats.
With 10 to 15-knot winds and bright sunshine on Tampa Bay, it was a full day of races on Friday, the 13th. Some teams were luckier than others. According to Dave Reed, SAILING WORLD’s Editor, “All in all, PROs on three circles got in more races today than we sometimes do an entire weekend, so it was good one to start with.…Read More
(San Diego, CA)- Have you ever witnessed the brilliance of a “green flash” along the horizon at sunset? Have you had the pleasure of enjoying a tasty Green Flash beer? Now is your chance to experience both! Visit sunny San Diego for the J/70 NAs!
Green Flash Brewing Co. has signed on as the title sponsor of 2015 J 70 North American Championship to be held at San Diego Yacht Club, September 24-27. We are extremely excited to have Green Flash and their team on our side. They are the most important part of our promise to provide sun, wind and beer!…Read More
(English Harbour, Antigua)- An amazing fleet of yachts from around the globe has come together for a spectacular Caribbean rendezvous. Fort Charlotte, Antigua will be the starting and finishing point for a sensational 600-mile yacht race around 11 Caribbean islands that starts on February 23rd.
Since 2009, the RORC Caribbean 600 has been growing in popularity and the seventh edition boasts an extraordinary range of yachts: record breaking high performance racers, magnificent schooners, elegant classics and fast production yachts. World-class sailors will be taking part, rubbing shoulders with royalty, captains of industry and passionate Corinthian amateurs.
The course meanders through the stunning central Caribbean affording amazing scenery, but the RORC Caribbean 600 is not just a joyride.…Read More