J/Boats

J/109 Wins Volvo CORK Week Regatta!

27 Jul

J/109 Cork Week winners(Cork, Ireland)- Shrouded in sea fog, the final day of racing at Volvo Cork Week was curtailed to just one race for some classes. However, as the mist cleared, class winners appeared and the inaugural IRC European Champion went to the wire. Located outside Cork Harbour, the visibility was just too bad for safe racing for IRC Zero, One and Two and the results remained unchanged from the previous day. The Final Prize Giving was held at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, established in 1720, the antique silverware being presented includes some of the world oldest and famous trophies but ...

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Rosow Wins J/109 North Americans

26 Jul

J/109 Loki- David RosowMAXINE Tops IRC 3, YONDER Dominates J/88s @ NYYC Race Week
(Newport, RI)- With 19 boats, the J/109 fleet was the biggest to compete in the 2016 New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. By the time the first race started on the final day, however, only two boats mattered. David Rosow’s LOKI (Southport, Conn.) and Donald Filippelli’s CAMINOS (Amagansett, N.Y.) started the day tied at 23 points each. With third place 14 points back and a morning delay limiting the class to just one race, the class’s North American Championship, and a Rolex Stainless Steel ...

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J/88 Sails Singlehanded TransPac

26 Jul

J/88 TransPac(Hanalei, Hawaii)- The Singlehanded Sailing Society puts on the Singlehanded TransPac race every two years, ever since the first race, way back in 1978.  Since then, more people have made it to outer space than have raced singlehanded from San Francisco to Hawaii.  But, if you like to sail by yourself, paradoxically, you’re still in good company.

The race is open to ocean-going boats and skippers.  This is not an event catering to the latest and greatest go-fast machines, but rather attracts the adventurous skippers that want to test themselves out on the Big Blue Pacific Ocean, and do it ...

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Wyman Crowned J/70 West Coast Champ!

25 Jul

J/70 Fiesta Cup off Santa Barbara, CA(Santa Barbara, CA)- The J/70 West Coast Championship was hosted by Santa Barbara YC as part of the fun-loving annual Fiesta Cup Regatta.  After the amazing luau-styled barbecue on Saturday night (a BBQ on the beach with awesome local band and free-flowing margarita bar), nothing was going to slow down nor stop Steve Wyman’s crew on NUNUHUNU from winning the regatta.  In fact, after three bullets and two 3rds in the first seven races, they did not have to sail the last race to win!

Starting out the weekend with two bullets in two races, Pat Toole’s crew on 3 ...

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J/Teams Dominate Bayview Mac Race

25 Jul

J/35 Mr Bill's Wild Ride- winners Bayview Mac race(Port Huron, MI)- The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race proved to be a fast ride for the 214 boats that started Saturday, July 16, from Port Huron with all but 14 teams completing the contest in Mackinac Island.  After looking at weather models) most of the top boats stayed to the west of the fleet.

According to one winning navigator, “the first couple of hours were tricky, because the wind didn’t do what it was supposed to, but we still stuck with our plan, hugging the Michigan shoreline. We had some traffic issues in the first 6-8 hours, which cost ...

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J/Teams Dominate Bayview Mac Race

25 Jul

J/35 Mr Bill's Wild Ride- winners Bayview Mac race(Port Huron, MI)- The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race proved to be a fast ride for the 214 boats that started Saturday, July 16, from Port Huron with all but 14 teams completing the contest in Mackinac Island.  After looking at weather models) most of the top boats stayed to the west of the fleet.

According to one winning navigator, “the first couple of hours were tricky, because the wind didn’t do what it was supposed to, but we still stuck with our plan, hugging the Michigan shoreline. We had some traffic issues in the first 6-8 hours, which cost ...

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SAILING Champions League Act I Announcement

25 Jul

J/70 sailing champions league(St Petersburg, Russia)- The first event of the SAILING Champions League 2016 will take place in St Petersburg, Russia from August 26th to 28th at St. Petersburg Yacht Club. The line-up for the qualification event for the finale that takes place at YC Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy includes a total of 32 sailing clubs from across Europe.  For the first Act in St Petersburg, the teams will be sailing in a matched fleet of International one-design J/70s.

So far, twenty-two clubs have already registered for the SAILING Champions League Act I in St. Petersburg. The current list ...

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Johnstone Brothers Elected to Sailing Hall of Fame

24 Jul

Bob & Rod Johnstone- Sailing Hall of Fame(Newport, RI)- Johnstone brothers honored by 2016 National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF).  Today, it was announced that nine people will make up the 2016 class of inductees in the NSHOF:  America’s Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.); legendary sailing champion (Star Worlds, Congressional Cup and America’s Cup) Bill Ficker (Newport Beach, Calif.); husband and wife sail training pioneers, adventurers and authors Irving and Electa “Exy” Johnson (Hadley, Mass.); brothers and J/Boats co-founders, Robert Johnstone (Newport, R.I.) and Rodney Johnstone (Stonington, Conn.), respectively, marketing guru and boat designer; yachtsman and sailmaker Dave Ullman (Newport Beach, Calif.); as well ...

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J/160 Pipe Dream Cruising to Bahamas

24 Jul

J/160 Pipe Dream sailing from Bermuda to Bahamas(Hamilton, Bermuda)- The J/160 PIPE DREAM update- from RoseAnn Vineberg and Mike D’Errico:   “We spent The Fourth of July docked at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Fireworks were a little skimpy, but what do you expect when the British lost!  Today, July 5th, we sailed from Hamilton to St.George’s, and will clear customs in the morning and head directly to sea. It will be 4-5 days to the Bahamas, depending where we choose to put-in. The weather looks good.

While here in St. George’s, docked next to the super yacht, “Altair,” a man came over to Pipe Dream. His name ...

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Pacific Cup Race Update

24 Jul

J/42 sailing Pacific Cup transpac race(San Francisco, CA)- The “FUN Race to Hawaii” from San Francisco to Kaneohe (Oahu) Hawaii has been going for several days for the fleet and, so far, the weather has been producing high average speeds down the course, much to the delight of the various J/teams in the race!  The biennial Pacific Cup has sixty-four entrants for the 2,070 nm course from San Francisco to Hawaii.

Sailing in the Weems & Plath Division B are Ray Sanborn’s J/109 ALOHA from Kaneohe YC in Hawaii; Karl Haflinger’s J/35 SHEARWATER from Corinthian YC Tacoma in Washington; Scott Dickinson’s J/42 TIKI J from ...

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