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May 3rd

(Phoenix, AZ)- Victor Felice, owner of the J/24 MERMAID RESCUE that sails on Lake Pleasant in Phoenix, Arizona invites all J sailors to join them anytime they come through Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport.  Said Victor,

J/80 sailing Lake Pleasant, Phoenix, AZ“This May, barring some unforeseen fierce write-in campaign, I will be the Rear Commodore of the Arizona Yacht Club. Chris Smith (J/80) fills that position now and he will become the new Commodore. At last count, I know of 1 J/22, 3 J/24’s, 1 J/27, 2 J/80’s and a J/105 on Lake Pleasant. We’re having a great time together with our little J sailing community!

This season we have had an interesting mix of speakers, most of whom you probably know – Stephanie Roble, Sharon Green, John Sangmeister (1987 America’s Cup; Tritium Racing), Jeanne Socrates (solo circumnavigator), Tom Ehman (Golden Gate Yacht Club), Peter Nichols (Author, A Voyage for Madmen; Sea Change; Evolution’s Captain, among others), Rod Favela (Vela Sailing Supply) and Keith Magnussen (Ullman Sails Newport Beach).  Tom Leweck, the founder of Sailing Scuttlebutt, is going to speak at our meeting next month.…

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May 3rd

J/80 sailing off Palma Mallorca, Spain(Palma Mallorca, Spain)- The Gaastra PalmaVela regatta will celebrate its twelfth edition with a multi-coloured fleet, consolidating its international status as the Mediterranean’s first big boat sailing event of the season.  117 boats from 16 different nationalities will be hosted by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, where flags will be flown from Germany, Antigua, Spain, France, Holland, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, British Virgin Islands, Italy, Monaco, Portugal, Russian, Switzerland, Sweden and the United States.

The Gaastra PalmaVela Regatta was first held in 2004 as an ambitious project to “convert Palma into the Mediterranean capital of sailing”, explains Manuel Fraga. Eleven years later, the regatta has established itself as the principal kick-off event of the offshore keelboat season in the Mediterranean.…

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May 3rd

Peter Johnstone sailing Gunboat G4 Timbalero(Gustavia, St Barthelemy)- While there were a number of J/Boats sailing in the Voiles de St Barth’s last weekend, a number of J sailors were also sailing aboard other boats and having a combination of ethereal as well as hair-raising experiences.

For starters, on the Gunboat 62 ELVIS was Steve Cucchiaro (J/105 North American champion strategist), Cam Lewis, Jack Slattery, Mark Laura, Brian Thomas and Dru Slattery- all avid J/Boats sailors over the years having fun cat racing in the Caribbean.

G55 Toccata sailing St BarthSimilarly, long-time J/105 and J/70 owner Chris and Carolyn Groobey were sailing the Gunboat 55 TOCCATA in the same class with Stu & Julia Johnstone aboard.  Here’s a nice sailing video of her by ace Spanish photographer Jesus Renedo: https://vimeo.com/125166259.…

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May 2nd

J/80s sailing Yachting Cup(San Diego, California)- For sailors, springtime in San Diego can only mean one thing. While the rest of the country enjoys warmer weather and blossoming wildlife, the sailing community is training and strategizing for Yachting Cup, the premiere spring regatta of the San Diego Yacht Club.  2015 marks the 43rd running of the Yachting Cup Regatta, SDYC’s signature event. Again, this year is the expanded two and a half day format that combines both random leg racing with windward leeward buoy courses that will truly test the competitors.

The regatta kicks off on Friday, May 1st with a single ‘Beer Can style’ race in San Diego Bay to be held at 4:00 in the afternoon.…

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May 2nd

Southern Straits start(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)- Hosted by the West Vancouver YC, the Southern Straits Race continues to gain momentum.  Southern Straits has earned its reputation as being one of the Pacific Northwest’s premiere sailing events. 2015 marked the 47th consecutive start of this WVYC flagship event, and what a weekend of racing it was!

With 4 all new course options, this year saw 92 boats on the line with over 750 sailors on the water. The Medium Course turned out to be the most popular with 46 boats racing to Sister Islets and back.

We haven’t had a downwind start for years and the visual spectacle of nearly 100 boats setting off under spinnaker was quite something.…

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May 1st

J/24s sailing Mt Gay Rum Barbados series(Barbados)- Or, what you need to know to have lots of fun and great sailing in the Mt Gay Rum Barbados Series.  Hats off to the local J/24 fleet on the island.  They know how to do it and get people aboard as crew.

Since its relaunch five years ago the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series has developed into an event that offers golden opportunities for teams looking for top class but seriously fun racing.  There can be few sailing venues to beat Barbados… host to the ultimate Mount Gay Rum Red Hat Crew Party.

Barbados, the home of Mount Gay Rum, and affectionately dubbed as the seafarers’ Mecca, continues to attract those who enjoy a fun element along with great sailing.…

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May 1st

J/70s sailing Annapolis NOOD(Annapolis, Maryland)- The upcoming Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD regatta hosted by Annapolis YC in Annapolis, MD is seeing an excellent turnout, with strong growth over last year’s event.  Of the fleet of 206 boats registered, there are 159 J’s (77% of the fleet) sailing in nine one-design classes (J/22, J/24, J/70, J/80, J/30, J/35, J/105, J/109 and J/111.  In short, the Annapolis NOOD has become a de facto J/Fest for the Chesapeake Bay and very class has talented teams in their mix.

The fleet will have to deal with a less than thrilling forecast for the three days of sailing.  While Friday may have some sprinkles and 6-10 kt easterlies with the passing of a weak Low, Saturday morning at least looks promising with nice breezes out of the northeast starting in the 10-20 kts range and diminishing and veering as the day goes on- a fairly typical scenario.  Sunday looks like a roll of the dice, with winds starting northwest but shifting east, then back west in the 4-7 kts range.  Perhaps a few offerings to old man Neptune may be in store each day to improve those odds!…

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May 1st

J/70s sailing San Francisco JFest(San Francisco, CA)- This year’s J/Fest regatta hosted by St Francis YC had an excellent turnout of fifty boats and the J/Tribe were treated to a wet & wild weekend of sailing in classic 15-25 kt breezes that are part of any Bay sailor’s weekend repertoire. Five one-design J classes were sailing- J/24s, J/70s, J/105s, J/111s and J/120s.

Starting with the “classics”, the eight-boat J/24 fleet was treated to a complete “schooling” of how to sail in the challenging conditions.  While they’ve sailed well in the past, it was Mike Whitfield’s crew on TMC RACING that simply went into “turbo mode” and despite attempts by Launch Control in Houston to throttle them back, managed to go ballistic and nail down four bullets to win by a commanding ten points.  Despite their dominance, the rest of the pack was in a “cat fight” for the top five.  Those scores were not settled until the last race when Paul van Ravenswaay’s crew from Severn Sailing Association (yup, of Annapolis fame) took their whacked-out FEERAL ROOSTER (not avian flu influenced) and took their Bay hosts to task to snag a 2nd in the last race to take second overall.  Third was locals Alex Schultink’s appropriately named FLY BY NIGHT from Berkeley YC.…

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April 30th

J/24s sailing off Melbourne, Australia(Melbourne, Australia)- Without taking anything away from the excellent Nationals in Adelaide earlier in the year, the Vic States have been warming up to be the real contest of the year. And so it was. Twenty-seven boats at Sandringham YC!  And, yet again, the “Black Prince of Sandringham” took it from the “Young” Sydney Fox with the canny scotsmen third.  What that means in plain English is that Dave Suda (VIC) was 1st, Steve Girdis (NSW) took 2nd and Doug Watson (SA) finished 3rd.

Performance handicap was won by Dave MacKay from Cronulla, our own Stephanie Strong took out second in the Sidetracked youth boat and Steve Girdis was third.…

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April 30th

J/70 sailing Lake Constance/ Bodensee(Lindauer, Germany)- The first major regatta for J/70s sailing on Lake Constance took place this past week.  Teams from all three countries that surround the lake were participating (Switzerland in the south, Germany in the north and Austria in the east).  The event was called “The Battle @ Lindauer” and twenty boats hit the starting line eager to test their skills against each other.  It was a perfect weekend for the sailors and the hosts- Lindauer Segel-Club (http://bit.ly/1EnK3cb)- were able to get in 14 races total, 8 on Saturday and 6 on Sunday.  Race Director/ PRO Josef Bitsche said, “you seldom have spectacular weather like this with a cool, brisk north wind- force 4 Saturday and force 3 on Sunday!”

J/70s sailing Lake Constance/ Bodensee regattaAt the end of 14 races, the top boat was Malte Kamrath skippering RIO from VSaW in Berlin, their five 1sts enabled them to win with 25 pts net.  Battling them from the first race was Julian Stuckl’s team on GER 470 from DTYC in Hamburg.  Had it not been for a BFD in race 10, Stuckl and crew sailed a very consistent series posting most all their races in the top three, but could only manage 27 pts net to take second place.  The top local boat was Veith Hemmeter’s crew from Lindauer Segel-club, taking a third with fairly consistent scores in the top five.  Fourth was Florian Troeger on JACKPOT and fifth was Tino Mittelmeier on ESPRIT D’EQUIPE.…

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