J/Boats

Testy Warsash Spring Series- Act II

30 Mar

J/70 sailing Warsash spring series(Warsash, England)- If patience was the key factor in Race 1, then endurance and good waterproofs (and wellies) were the key factors in Race 2 of the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series. The forecast for the Solent was SW 20 knots gusting 30 knots, and when the RC committee boats arrived on station, the wind was varying around 20 kts.  During the morning, however, the wind increased to 25 knots with gusts of 30 kts.  So, after one successful race, the decision was taken to send the White Group back in.

With a lee going tide you might have expected ...

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J/Fest New England Announcement

30 Mar

J/Fest New England(Newport, RI)- Event organizers are excited to announce that registration is open for the second annual New England J/Fest Regatta. The regatta is being hosted by Sail Newport the weekend of August 12-13th 2017.

North Sails is the Partner Sponsor for this exciting regatta that is limited to J/Boat owners and crew. Racing will take place in the beautiful waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. This will truly be a thrilling weekend of racing that will encompass a celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the J/24 class as well as the inaugural U.S. J/70 Youth Championship.

Sail Newport ...

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J/Crews Sweep Double Farallones Classes!

29 Mar

J/111 Aeolus sailing Double Farallones race(San Francisco, CA)- For Saturday’s revamped BAMA Double Handed Farallones race, the lightish winds, flat seas, and changing tides meant the starting line could only be described as chaos.  For the 0800 hrs start, there was an unexpectedly strong flood right along the shoreline.  So, the BAMA RC officials postponed the original start, hoping for increased breeze to get the fleet off the line.  To make matters worse, the RC were forced to delay starting sequences again after a snafu with the Class C start.  Starting slower boats first can present additional problems if the smaller boats cannot make headway ...

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Landsail Tyres J-Cup Announcement!

29 Mar

J/111 sailing JCup UK(Torquay, United Kingdom)- Key Yachting Ltd. and the Royal Torbay Yacht Club are thrilled to announce that entry is open for the Landsail Tyres J-Cup 2017 in Partnership with B&G Electronics!  The event takes place from the 17th to 19th of August, 2017.

Incorporating the National Championships for the J/88, J/97 and J/109, the J-Cup is quite simply three days of serious competition coupled with not-so-serious shoreside entertainment, with one design racing for almost everyone. If you have a J/Boat, you’re invited!

The J-Cup returns to glorious Torbay for the first time since 2009. Gemma Dunn from Key Yachting commented, ...

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J/97 Takes Silver @ Sydney Harbour Regatta

28 Mar

J/97E sailing Sydney Harbour Regatta(Sydney, Australia)- The Sydney Harbour Regatta was this year run on 4th and 5th March. The SHR is an annual event organized by the Middle Harbour Yacht Club. It is a cooperative event and most of the major clubs in the Harbour region participate in the running of the racing, with fleets ranging from historic 18ft skiffs to ocean racers. Racing is conducted all over the harbour as well as offshore.

The Super 30 division’s racing was conducted by the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club. The usual SASC Super 30 fleet was bolstered by other entries and this year had 21 ...

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BVI Spring Regatta Preview

28 Mar

J/111 sailing Caribbean(Roadtown, Tortola, British Virgin Islands)- The 2017 BVI Spring Regatta is shaping up to be nicely attended event, particularly with the enormous one-design fleets of charter boats from the various charter companies that operate in that part of the Virgin Islands archipelago.  The regatta also benefits from being the second event in the Virgin Islands after S.T.I.R. in St Thomas.

The event will be hosted by the Royal BVI Yacht Club with boats based in Nanny Cay Marina in Road Town, Tortola.  Racing takes place from March 28th to April 3rd in Virgin Gorda Sound.  If the “racer’s regatta” is ...

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Smashing San Diego NOOD Regatta!

28 Mar

J/70s sailing San Diego NOODSanta Barbara YC Qualifies for US J/70 Youths!
(San Diego, CA)- The masses attending this year’s Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD Regatta were not disappointed!  As they have managed to accomplish in the past, the San Diego YC hosted another great event for the 500+ sailors that were participating in their annual spring bash on the San Diego Harbor and offshore of Point Loma.

The weekend marked the second major event in the Helly Hansen Sailing World NOOD events for the summer of 2017.  Three large one-design fleets of J’s were sailing- J/70, J/105 & J/120.

J/70s sailing San Diego NOODThe nineteen J/70s enjoyed ...

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J/70 Stadium Sailing Hits Detroit Race Track!

27 Mar

J/70 sailing league- stadium styleFour Sailing League Events @ Grosse Pointe YC
(Grosse Pointe Shores, MI)– For this summer, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Michigan has organized a series of three stadium-style regattas – scheduled May 20, June 23 and September 16 – and will host the Premiere Sailing League USA’s Freshwater Cup/ Great Lakes Challenge on August 12. All four competitions will be sailed in one-design J/70s, with the May 20 event promising “adrenalin-fueled action” at the club’s Great Lakes Boating Festival.

“The May event, like the others, is free, open to the public, and designed to capitalize on fast-paced sailing in close ...

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J/121 Offshore Speedster Update

27 Mar

J/121 hull molds(Newport, RI)- We are pleased to share several updates as the J/121 project transitions from the tooling-only phase into the initial production of hull #1.

Tooling/Production Update
The hull mold was vacuum tested last week to ensure an air-tight fit – a critical component in the resin infusion molding process. The hull mold surfaces were then waxed in final preparation for the molding of the first hull. The boot stripes and flanges are shown being taped off in this photo earlier this week.

And presto, hull #1 begins molding! The light grey boot stripes were applied first, and then the ...

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The Perfect Junior Offshore Big Boat Trainer??

26 Mar

J/105 Young American- youth sailing team(Rye, New York)-  Peter Becker, head coach of the Young American Junior Big Boat Team at American Yacht Club in Rye, New York, reports how the success of their program begins with their J/105.

“American YC has had an active junior big boat program for generations which traditionally overlapped with the eight-week-long junior dinghy program. However, in 2013, Rob Alexander and myself teamed up to supersize the program by expanding the junior’s racing season from spring to fall, setting the juniors up to race against the adult-sailed boats.

The philosophy was to do as much distance racing as possible and ...

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