J/105 Class Association

10.Feb.16 - Bermuda J/105 Regatta   November 2015 saw the annual running of the Bermuda J/105 Invitational event with competitors coming from the UK and the US to compete. The format involves crews comprising a local owner and two crew teaming up with an overseas skipper and two crew for three days of fast and furious fun on and off the water! Where else in the world would you get to do all this on a beautiful island and be racing in the company of the Americas Cup catamarans? This year's event runs from November 17-19. Invites will be going out soon but if you are interested in attending, please e-mail the Class President James Macdonald at jmwork@ibl.bm. This link is also useful: www.gotobermuda.com.  Video of last year's event

01.Feb.16 - Three Bridge Fiasco  369 singlehanded and doublehanded entrants signed up for the Three Bridge Fiasco on January 30, an iconic event on San Francisco Bay that lays testament to the support of shorthanded sailing in the Northern California area as well as the pursuit race curriculum. With starts strung out from 0900 to 11:12:10 AM for PHRF ratings ranging from 264 to -102, the 21.7 nm reverse pursuit course has become a must-do for sailors from all walks of life and all areas of the country. For many, it might be the only race they may sail shorthanded all year. For others, it's another of the fun runs combined with long distance and offshore events fulfilling a busy competition schedule. The start and finish off the Golden Gate Yacht Club can be done in either direction and the marks of the course-the Blackaller Buoy representing the Golden Gate Bridge, Red Rock Island representing the Richmond San Rafael Bridge and Yerba Buena Island representing the Oakland /SF Bay Bridge-can be rounded in any direction and any order. Playing the currents, the wind, and out foxing your competitors is the name of the game-along with a little luck. The 2016 Three Bridge Fiasco provided yet another legendary day of fun, challenges, camaraderie and variety of weather for all participants, the majority of which completed the course before the daylight faded, and enjoyed a robust breeze for their final legs and ride home. (Submitted by Erik Simonson) In the 11-boat double-handed J/105 fleet, Steve & Gregg Kent on Perseverance placed first, followed by Steve Marsh & Ben Wells on Masquerade and Jeff Littfin & Brendan Bradley on Mojo.   Complete results

01.Feb.16 - GBCA Icicle Series  
The fifth and final race of Galveston Bay Cruising Association's Icicle Series was completed with beautiful partly cloudy Texas skies, temperatures in the mid 70s and 15-25 knot winds. Does it sound like and Icicle race to you? Bee Bednar's Stinger finished this race in second place just behind the GP26 Pingo. Bill Lakenmacher's Radiance finished fourth in the race but still in the points. Bee's second-place finish gave Stinger the tie-breaker for a second place finish with Infinity in third.

31.Jan.16 - Regata de Chiloe  
Two J/105 teams from the St. Francis YC, one led by Bruce Stone and the other by Ralph Silverman, journeyed south last week to Patagonia, Chile to compete in the prestigious Regata de Chiloe 2016, held every other year in the lovely Chiloe archipelago, framed by volcanoes to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west. Bruce reported that the regatta is run by the Chilean Navy under the auspices of Club Nautico Oceanico de Chile, and with eight days of racing, it might be one of the longest in duration. He said, "Ending up in a different small port each night, it places a premium on navigation and also juggling shoreside logistics. Aside from the Race Committee's ocean-going patrol boats and helicopters, over 50 private support boats (for meals and lodging) followed the fleet, and had their own subtle competition, trying to get to the next port for a great anchorage prior to the arrival of the 70 racing boats. Each was at anchor with hot showers and a late lunch ready for whenever their team arrived, the earliest being 4:30 pm and the latest 8:30 pm. Per Chilean custom, shoreside events or dinner onboard generally began around 10:00 pm, therefore racing did not start until between noon and 2:00 pm. With just two days of windward-leeward buoy racing, and five days of 25-30 mile point-to-point racing, the courses wound around islands and required skill in avoiding shoals and the salmon fishing farms along the shoreline." Stone's team, on the chartered J/105 Patagonia Virgin, included Bill Higgins (bow) and Bruce's wife Nicole Breault (main/tactics), together with owner Santiago Said (trim), Ignacio Alvarado Segovia (mast) and Victor Cook (pit). Ralph chartered Harald Schilling's J/105 Sandy and was supported by Melissa Purdy Feagin (main/tactics) and daughter Whitney and husband Randle made an appearance onboard for the final long-distance race. Stone further commented, "The Chilean J/105 fleet is strong and growing, with just over 30 boats racing, and more expected to buy boats in the next one to two years. Members expressed satisfaction with the size and cost of the boat, and the fact that they could race with family members on board, as did every J/105 in this regatta except for the Navy cadets." He continued, "This week offered an extremely difficult combination of light air and strong current, placing a premium on local knowledge, and we were in fourth place going into the last day. We then found our wheels in perfect SF Bay conditions of 14-18 knot winds, scoring a third and then a bullet to take the top spot on the podium. The Baeza family team on Utopia and Jorge Gonzalez on Plan B tied for second with Utopia winning the tie-breaker, then Jose Manuel Ugarte on Scimitar just another point back to take fourth. Martin Baeza told us that competing in the 2015 J/105 NAs at St. Francis Rolex Big Boat Series took their game up to a much higher plane, and they intend to come to the NAs in Larchmont this October. Ralph and his team on Sandy turned in a solid performance, hanging really close but finishing sixth." Along with Baeza, several other Chilean teams, including the naval cadets, now intend to come to the U.S. for the J/105 North Americans, while both Bruce and Ralph are considering returning to Patagonia for the next Regata de Chiloe in 2018, or possibly sooner for the Chilean J/105 fleet's National Championship in December, held in the north near Valparaiso.   Event website

20.Jan.16 - 80th Mount Gay Round Barbados Series Coastal Series  The final day of the Coastal Series at the 80th anniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta, organized by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., and Mount Gay, concluded in fine style with sunshine, wind up to 28 knots and a relatively flat sea. Peter Lewis and team on Whistler (J/105) in CSA Division had one of the best starts of the day, at the pin end of the line. They kept up the pace on the long beat to South Point and some good kite trimming on the long run back ensured them their third win of the series. In doing so, they beat Conviction the local TP52 sailed by Clint Brooks and team representing the Barbados Offshore Sailing Syndicate (BOSS).  Event website

17.Jan.16 - GBCA Icicle 3  
Saturday January 16, three J/105s dominated Galveston Bay's third Icicle Series Race. In somewhat cool 50+ degree temperatures and 15-20 knot winds, Uzi Ozeri's Infinity, Bee Bednar's Stinger and John Barnett's Vici hit the line in for a picture perfect start. Amazingly, Vici managed to hold her genoa in the strong winds. She did lose some ground during the beat on the first leg, but holding that genoa was to turn out to be a brilliant choice. Stinger rounded the first mark approximately one boat length ahead of Infinity and two boat lengths ahead of Vici. As if by magic, the winds dropped dramatically down to the 5-10 knot range, and the big genoa on Vici proved to be the proper weapon to conquer Stinger and Infinity. As far as they were concerned, first place among the 105s was settled. Stinger and Infinity rounded the third and final mark together heading toward the finish 3.5 knots away and hoisted their jumbo kites. From that point on, the two boats sailing on starboard with Infinity on the leeward side were in a virtual tie until just before the finish. In the controlling position, Infinity held Stinger out until the last minute, but after the final gybe, Stinger managed just enough extra speed to eek out the victory. Over 60 boats, of varying vintages and styles, competed in this race. The three 105s Vici, Stinger and Infinity, finished 1, 2 and 3, followed by 2 J/109s. It's safe to say that a good time was had by all.

11.Jan.16 - 2016 Class Rules  The 2016 Class Rules are posted  here.

19.Dec.15 - Grand Slam Dominates Chilean J/105 Nationals  In the first weekend of December, the Chilean J/105 fleet held their fourth National Championship on Algarrobo Bay. It was a fantastic turnout for this rapidly growing fleet on the southwestern coast of South America, as 18 boats were on the starting line. During Saturday's racing, the light wind conditions allowed the fleet to sail two of the three races programmed for the day. On Sunday and Monday, wind conditions were stronger, and all eight races were completed for the championship. Grand Slam and Archimedes where fighting for the overall lead. However, Grand Slam was crowned the 2015 J/105 Chilean Champion. Patricio Seguel was at the helm with his son Matias Seguel calling tactics and making the decisions along the windward-leeward course. Father and son were a fast, smart combo, compiling a very steady record, winning four of the eight races for a total of 13 points net. Vernon Robert skippered Archimedes and found themselves in a battle for the silver with three other boats toward the end of the series. In the end, Archimedes counted 33 points total to secure second overall. However, Jorge Gonzalez's Plan B nearly caught them, closing fast with a 7-4 to finish with 35 points net and the bronze on the podium. Miguel Perez's Recluta finished in fourth with 37 points. Miguel Salas' Big Booty took the fifth position with 40 points.

06.Dec.15 - San Diego Hot Rum Series  The third and final race of the very popular San Diego Yacht Club Hot Rum Series finished as it started under clear sunny skies and perfect sailing conditions. The winds from 9-18 knots made for a fast trip around the five-legged pursuit course. The J/105s continued to dominate Class 3 and did very well overall in the 141-boat fleet. Dennis Case's Wings was first in class and third overall holding off Rick Goebel's Sanity who took second in class and fourth overall. Dag-Fish's Viggen was fourth in class and eight overall. Steve and Lucy Howell's Blink was sixth in class and 12 overall. Ed Sanford's Creative was seventh in class and 23 overall. All in all. a good showing for the J/105 and a whole lot of fun.  Results

30.Nov.15 - Fall Newsletter  Members will receive the Fall edition of the J/105 newsletter via e-mail. It is also posted on the  newsletter page.

27.Nov.15 - San Diego Hot Rum Series  The second race in the famous San Diego YC Hot Rum Series took place this past weekend in spectacular sailing conditions off Point Loma. With a fresh 10-14 knot breeze from the NNW, the fleet took off under sunny skies. The J/105s are dominating Class 3, and the racing cannot be much closer as Rick Goebel's Sanity and Dennis Case's Wings both tied on 4 points each for the class lead with Dag Fish's Viggen in third with 7 points. Steve & Lucy Howell's Blink! is sitting in fifth with 11 points, Ed Sanford's Creative is seventh with 14 points and Mike O'Connell's Speedplay is ninth with 17 points. In the overall standings, the J/105s are right in the hunt for the top three. Case's Wings is currently third with 12 points and Goebel's Sanity is fifth with 16 points.   San Diego YC Hot Rum Series sailing information

27.Nov.15 - Bermuda International Race Week  The 2015 edition of the XL Catlin Bermuda International Race Week was blessed with relatively classic Bermuda sailing conditions for the international group of sailors in the J/105 fleet. The forecast could not have been much better, with the first day's racing schedule to have NNE winds of 10-20 knots, partly cloudy skies, followed by more of the same on Friday with slightly less wind, and then closing with light air and a sunny day on Saturday. The Royal Bermuda YC's PRO Hank Stuart completed the 10-race no-throw-out series for the fleet of seven boats. The format is unique: local Bermudian crews of three persons are matched with international crews of three people, with the Bermuda and International skippers swapping for each race, each skipper helming five races each. The racing on Thursday started off in cool temperatures with puffy breezes ranging 20-30 degrees in the 12-22 knot range. Fast out of the gate was local Peter Bromby and co-skipper Chris Murphy sailing Chequemate, posting a perfect score of five bullets to take a commanding lead. The Yabsta crew with Trevor Boyce (BER) and Stew Neff (USA) sailed to a 4-2-2-2-2 scoreline to secure a strong hold to second place. Settling into third place after the first day was the team of Jon Corless (BER) and John Barnett (USA) with a 5-6-3-3-5 record. The second day dawned with beautiful blue skies and a moderate breeze from the ENE, blowing 6-10 knots, gusting higher at times during the day. Continuing their remarkable string of firsts was the Bromby/Murphy team on Chequemate, starting out their day with a first place in race 6, and closing out the day with a third to remain comfortably at the top of the standings. With two races being sailed in light to moderate winds, the Great Sound saw big, puffy, dark grey clouds sliding across the race area and producing massive shifts for each leg. The standings were jumbled for the balance of the top teams. The Yabsta Boyce/Neff crew survived the day with a 3-7, while behind them the Back in Black crew of Ed Faries (BER) and Mark Riley (USA) posted a 2-1 for the day and jumped into third overall. Mayhem dropped back to fourth place with a 4-6 record, and Passion's team comprised of Jim Macdonald (BER) and Andrew Kennedy (USA) from Annapolis tightened the gap with the top three with a 5-2. On the final day, the J/105 teams sailed three more races. The day started with PRO Stuart sounding the horn and the AP went up the Club's flag pole alerting the classes to stay ashore. The Race Management Team went afloat to hunt for wind. At 10:32:55, the AP came down and the fleet was on for racing. On the final day, the Yabsta team of Boyce/Neff won the day based on their very consistent 3-1-3, enabling them to secure a second overall as well as second in both divisions. Boyce was second in the Bermuda skipper category and Neff second in the International group. The Mayhem crew of Corless/Barnett posted a 1-6-1 to take second for the day and secure third overall, with Corless taking third in the Bermuda group and Barnett fourth in the International. Third on the day was Chequemate's Bromby/Murphy team with a 2-5-2 record to hang on for the overall win and winning each category. Of note was that Mark Riley on Back in Black was third in the International skippers' group. Thank you to the great sponsors of this event: Bacardi Limited, EFG, Bermuda Tourism Authority and J/105 sponsors: XL Catlin & Butterfield Group.  Bacardi Bermuda Keelboat Race Week sailing information

23.Nov.15 - J/105 Dark Star Tops St. Croix Regatta  From November 13-15, the St Croix YC in Christiansted, St Croix unfurled the regatta flags and signaled the start of the Caribbean winter racing season. The 23rd edition of the regatta included Optimists, with a VISA (Virgin Island Sailing Association) sponsored Optimist clinic on Friday and racing on Saturday and Sunday. The Big Boat race on Friday was renamed Captain Nicks Race in honor of the founder Nick Castruccio, who turned 90 this year. The race for the rum was Saturday and Sunday's overall winner. The runaway winner in CSA Spinnaker Class for the Captain Nicks Race Regatta was the J/105 Dark Star from San Juan, Puerto Rico, skippered by Jonathan Lipuscek from Club Nautico Puerto Rico; they posted the unbeatable scoreline of 1-1-1 for three points. For the weekend regatta, again Lipuscek's Dark Star crew rattled off six bullets in CSA Spinnaker Racing Class to finish with 6 points, winning their weight in Cruzan Rum as the overall regatta winner!   St. Croix YC website

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