J/105 Class Association

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

13.Nov.15 - Hot Rum Series in San Diego, CA  The J/105s swept PHRF 3 Class at the Hot Rum Series in San Diego, CA, taking six of the top eight positions. Leading the gang was Rick Goebel's Sanity in first place (sixth overall), followed by Dennis Case's Wings in second place (eighth overall), Dag Fish's Viggen third place (12th overall), Ed Sanford's Creative (13th overall), then Steve & Lucy Howell's Blink! in sixth and Mike O'Connell's Speedplay in eighth.  San Diego YC website

06.Nov.15 - Chesapeake Bay Championship  Over Halloween weekend, Annapolis Yacht Club hosted the J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championship. The J/105s had a great turnout with 17 boats participating. The top three teams all sailed extremely well and posted mostly all top five finishes in their scorelines. Improving every single race was Scott Gitchell's crew on Tenacious, starting out with a fifth place, then posting a 3-2-1 tally to win bragging rights as Chesapeake Bay Champion. Just behind him, the duel became a tie-breaker scenario, with Andrew Kennedy's Bat IV winning that fight over Lewis' Mirage, both sitting on 15 points. For the balance of the top five, it is hard to imagine how close the racing was on the water. The next four boats in the standings all finished within six points of each other, the last race being the determining factor in the final outcome. By virtue of a third in the last race, Cherner's Crash took fourth place with 22 points while Konigsberg's Inigo took fifth in the finale, dropping them into fifth overall with 24 points. In fact, Inigo also had to win a tie-breaker over Robbins' Allegiance.  Annapolis YC website

01.Nov.15 - San Diego Yacht Club Wins Lipton Cup  The 101st Challenge for the Lipton Cup saw 12 elite yacht club teams sailing J/105s in a three day (Oct 30-Nov 1) round-robin series on San Diego Bay. Hosted by San Diego Yacht Club, their team led by skipper Tyler Sinks took over the lead on day two and held on today to take the title. A strong third day by Newport Harbor Yacht Club moved them up to second, passing defending champions St. Francis Yacht Club who finished third.  Event website

28.Oct.15 - Annapolis YC Fall Series  In the J/105 class, 16 boats enjoyed the weekend of sailing at the Annapolis Yacht Club Fall Series with Cedric Lewis on Mirage posting three bullets on their way to winning the class with just 14.5 points. Sailing nearly as consistently was Scott Gitchell's crew on Tenacious who completed the series with 18 points. By winning the first race long distance race for double-points, Jim Konigsberg's Inigo was well-placed to win the regatta, added a 4-9 to drop into third overall. The balance of the top five included Matt Robbins' Allegiance in fourth with 34 points, closely followed by Andrew Cherner's Crash just 1.5 points back.  Complete results

26.Oct.15 - Minutes posted  Minutes from the 10/19/15 Annual Meeting are posted.  Class Business page

26.Oct.15 - Leaders Hold Spots in Fleet 6 Season Finale  Eclipse and Stratos held their 1-2 spots in the last racing day of the 2015 Fleet 6 season. Revelation took the bullet in the distance race to move to third. Thanks to all the boats that came out to race this season!  Results

25.Oct.15 - Masters Regatta  "I'm going to tell my crew we've got to go faster," said Malin Burnham on the first day of the International Masters Regatta, and that is just what they did. Just shy of his 88th birthday, Malin Burnham can also celebrate his 2015 International Master Regatta first place victory. Sunday's wind conditions were less than favorable, but the Race Committee tried their best to find whatever San Diego Bay could offer. A race was finally started right after 2:30 pm but abandoned before the first boat reached the windward mark. Congratulations to Malin Burnham, the 2015 International Masters champion! Results, photos and tracking replays are posted  here.

19.Oct.15 - Eclipse and Stratos frostbite to the top at Manhasset Fall Series  Frigid temperatures and a solid breeze greeted six hearty boats braving the weather for the season finale at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club's Fall Series. Damian Emery's Eclipse has the lead, but the big story is Marcus Wunderlich's Stratos sitting in second, winning two of the six races. This is a big jump up the ranks for Marcus and team. Only next Sunday's distance race remains which will ensure a no worse than silver for the long-time Fleet 6 treasurer sitting only three out of first. Following respectively is Conundrum in third and Revelation in fourth. This is the course for next year's North Americans which will be held the following weekend with this being the Pre-NAC. The report off Stratos: The Manhasset Bay YC hosted some great racing for the J/105 fleet this past weekend. For those who braved the cool fall temperatures, the fresh NW breeze offered the opportunity to complete six races over Saturday and Sunday. The Manhasset Bay crew did a great job keeping the races rolling (and the sailors moving and warm) with winds in the mid- to high-teens for most of the weekend. Sailing into the New York shore, conditions were shifty with stronger winds at the bottom of the course and flatter water near the weather mark. Damian Emery and his team on Eclipse mastered the shifts on the first day, pulling out a 1,1,2 combination. Racing was tight, however, with Marcus Wunderlich's Stratos keeping it close and winning the third race on Saturday. Stratos carried the momentum into Sunday, winning the first race, before Eclipse gathered itself to win the last two races. Conundrum and Revelation were also in the mix of top three finishers all weekend, so final standings after two days of racing will make for an exciting final day on October 24.  Complete scores

17.Oct.15 - Greenport Ocean Race  Over the Columbus Day Weekend, the Chinese Yacht Club and Old Cove Yacht Club, with additional support from The Village of Greenport, Shelter Island YC, and the Orient YC, held their end-of-season offshore yacht race known as the Greenport Ocean Race, a 90nm navigation around the buoys and islands that comprise the eastern end of Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound. Simultaneously, they also ran the Greenport Bay Race of about 32nm for smaller boats. In PHRF Spin 2 Division, it was Steve Marenakos' J/105 Reckless in forst. Second was Stephen Guyer's J/105 Alliance.  Greenport Ocean Race sailing information

17.Oct.15 - UK Double-Handed Nationals  Organized by the Royal Southampton YC, in conjunction with the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the second edition of the IRC DoubleHanded UK National Championship took place in the Solent last weekend. A huge variety of keelboats entered with about 40 teams taking part. Three races were scheduled with no discard, but only two races were sailed. The variety of courses were designed to test all the elements of Double-Handed racing with a laid marks course, a round the cans race and a long passage race. The largest class racing, IRC 2 Class, had 15 yachts vying for the class and five yachts took podium positions. Race One was won by the defending champion, Paul Griffith's J/109, Jagerbomb, and William Newton's J/105 Jelly Baby crewed by Bill Darley was third. The winner of Race Two was Andrew Roberts' J/105 Jin Tonic crewed by Bill Edgerley. In the end, it was the J/105 Jin Tonic that took the class championship by a single point over the J/109 Jagerbomb. Fourth was the J/105 Jelly baby (Bill Newton & Bill Darley). Sixth was the J/105 Voador (Alex Adams & Robert Smith). And, tenth was the J/105 Mostly Harmless (Tom Hayhoe & Natalie Jobling). "The Royal Lymington Yacht Club organized a series of double handed races back in 2011, and we decided to give it a go and much to my surprise I enjoyed the challenge of adapting a boat that is normally raced with a crew of 7 to one that 2 can handle," commented Andy Roberts, skipper of Jin Tonic. "I quickly learnt that every maneuver took more time and more effort and they should be kept to a minimum. Racing short-handed means you are utterly dependent on your partner, their skills and input both tactical and navigational, as well as the sail handling. The boat needs to be prepared differently, simplify everything, so there was no umming and arring about sail calls, we just use what we have got, remembering that not having an extra 450 kilos of crew weight on the rail meant that the boat was tuned differently so that we could de-power much earlier than usual to keep the boat on its feet and footing rather than crabbing sideways. I think one of the things that helped us get a good result was having a clear strategy on the route we were going to take around the course so that we had no last minute panic moves to make, for example, dropping the spinnaker on the correct side for the next hoist. Spinning the kit when going upwind is seriously slow, losing at least half a knot of boat speed for 5 or 10 minutes. We did not chose a J/105 for any other reason than there were three others in Lymington, yet we have found it to be a super boat for both short-handed and fully-crewed racing; easy to handle and always feels safe even when surfing along at 14 knots. To summarize, we felt we did well by keeping it simple, so we had time to focus on the race. A big thank you to everyone at the Royal Southampton YC, for all their hard work to give us such an enjoyable regatta."  RORC Double Handed UK National Championship information

13.Oct.15 - J/Fest Southwest  Seven J/105s completed seven races at J/Fest Southwest from October 10-11 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX. Mark Masur on Two Feathers won four races and finished second in the other contests for 10 points and the victory. John Barnett on Vici took second with 12 points, and Uzi Ozeri on Infinity was third with 24.  Event website

02.Oct.15 - American YC Fall Series weekend two cancelled  Due to inclement weather, the second weekend of American Yacht Club's Fall Series has been cancelled. Last weekend's results are final, with Damian Emery's Eclipse prevailing by one point.  Results

02.Oct.15 - J/Fest San Diego  The San Diego Yacht Club hosted the 20th Anniversary of the J/Fest regatta in Southern California, including one-design fleets such as the J/105s. The racing consisted of a Fun Bay Pursuit race on Friday afternoon followed by windward/leeward courses in the Coronado Roads area on Saturday and Sunday. The SDYC PRO, Summer Greene, managed to provide five races. The trio of J/105s enjoyed their weekend on the race course watching Dennis Case's Wings sail off to five straight bullets. Trading places most of the time were Steve Howell's Blink! and Stew Cannon's J-OK. In the end, Howell got the better of Cannon and took the silver.  Event website

02.Oct.15 - Long Island Sound Offshore Championship  Storm Trysail Club and the Riverside Yacht Club in Connecticut hosted this year's Long Island Sound Offshore Championship. It was a strong turnout of nearly 40 boats with a J/105 one-design class participating. The fleet was treated to a nice cross-section of sailing conditions: a mix of light air on Saturday 6-10 knots and more breezes on Sunday at 12-20 knots. Starting with the half-dozen-boat J/105 class, it was the family affair of George and Alex Wilbanks who, in the first four races, scored three firsts. Randy Bourne's Strange Brew sailed consistently, winning the last race and, as a result, put himself into a tie for first place with the Wilbanks. It was not enough to overcome the three bullets that Revelation had banked earlier in the regatta. Bob Zannetti's Venturesome posted all top three scores, ending up with the bronze.  Riverside YC website

29.Sep.15 - McLaughlin wins J/105 Canadian Championship  Eighteen teams competed in the J/105 Canadian Championship, held September 25-27 in Toronto, Ontario. Terry McLaughlin's team on Mandate dominated the event, winning eight of the nine races to take the title by 44 points over Peter McDermott Hall, with James Rathburn two points further back in third.  Results

28.Sep.15 - American YC Fall Series weekend one: Eclipse and Loulou lead  The American Yacht Club Fall Series got off to a great start with 15 boats and solid east winds to kick off Fleet 6's largest fall event. Day one had the breeze pushing 20 with a steep chop. Loulou took the day but not without a battle from Damian Emery's Eclipse which prevailed in very shifty conditions on day two to take the weekend lead by 1 point. This is after six races, and with another weekend to go it should be a good battle at the top. Not far back are Revelation, Skipperdee and Conundrum.  Results

27.Sep.15 - Texas Navy Trophy  The last offshore race in the four-race Texas Offshore Racing Circuit (TORC) took place the weekend of September 26-27. Bee Bednar's Stinger finished first, followed by J.D. Hill's J/122 in second. Stinger managed to win all four races in the series, and as a result won the Texas Navy Trophy for the third time. The race start saw winds in the 6-8 knot range with predictions indicating that the wind would drop to the 5-knot range after sunset. This proved to be incorrect. Just after sunset, a rapidly developing storm pushed 6-8 knot winds into the 20-28 knot range with gusts of 30+.

24.Sep.15 - 2016 Chiloe Regatta  The racing season in Chile starts now for their 35-boat J/105 fleet in the northern part of the country, and in a few months around half of them are trucked south to Puerto Montt for racing in their summer series, culminating in the medium-distance races of the seven-day Chiloe Regatta on January 23-30, 2016. Arbitrage is going and has chartered a local boat. Since this is through an archipelago with stops each evening at a different island, each team charters a cruising boat to follow along, with comfortable accommodations and dining on board. You fly into Puerto Montt around January 18, pick up the boat and cruise for two days to Castro where the regatta starts this year. The regatta ends back in Puerto Montt on January 30. Some people stay longer for a vacation to the south in the national parks, or up north to visit wine country. Anyone interested should reach out to the local fleet secretary Martin Baeza at mbaeza@procasa.cl if they want to do the same, or wait until we report back and then go in 2017! The regatta website is www.regatachiloe.cl.  Video

24.Sep.15 - NAC Video  For a quick J/105 NA video wrap-up, click  here.

21.Sep.15 - HOOD Regatta  The Houston Open One Design (HOOD) Regatta was held from September 19-20 at the Houston Yacht Club in Texas. Four J/105s completed five races, with Uzi Ozeri's Infinity handily taking the top spot with a line of 1,1,2,1,1 for 6 points. Brad Robbins' Rumpus placed second with 13 points, and Bee Bednar's Stinger third with 15.  Complete results

20.Sep.15 - J/105 North American Champion: Shawn Bennett on team Jose Cuervo  
Opening the regatta with what would prove to be his worst finish, a fourth, Shawn Bennett and his team on Jose Cuervo then racked up four first place finishes for a nearly perfect record against 26 other teams competing for the 2015 J/105 North American Championship, run concurrently with Rolex Big Boat Series at the St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, CA). Shawn won not only the right to have his name inscribed on the J/105 NA half-model trophy, but also the St. Francis YC Commodore's Cup, and he received a coveted Rolex Submariner Watch. In second place was Mojo (Jeff Littfin), with Risk (Jason Woodley/Scott Whitney) in third place, last year's Big Boat Series winner Arbitrage (Bruce Stone) in fourth, and Blackhawk (Ryan Simmons) in fifth.  Event website and results

19.Sep.15 - North American Championship Day 3  The leader of the J/105 North American Championship coming into today was Shawn Bennett's Jose Cuervo, with a score of 4-1-1-1. In Race 5, JC found herself back in the second tier early on, passing Alcatraz in fourth, but continuously made gains throughout the race, picking off boats on each leg and eventually taking the gun to ensure a ten-point lead going into the final day.  Event website and results

18.Sep.15 - North American Championship Day 2  It was a clean sweep on day 2 of the J/105 North American Championship at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California as Shawn Bennett's Jose Cuervo won both races to tally 7 overall points. Jeff Littfin's Mojo stands in second with 12 points and Bruce Stone's Arbitrage in third with 14 points. Winds ranged from 8-10 knots at the start of racing to 16-18 by the end of the day. Racing continues through Sunday as part of Rolex Big Boat Series.  Event website and results

17.Sep.15 - North American Championship Day 1  If any regatta is worthy of doubling as a major championship for one of its classes, it is the St. Francis Yacht Club's Rolex Big Boat Series, which started Thursday, hosting 89 boats on San Francisco Bay. Held annually for over five decades and revered for its keen offerings both competitively on the water and socially ashore, the four-day event is serving as the North American Championship for the J/105 Class, which with 27 boats comprises the largest fleet. Today, the unthinkable happened, when the club's race committee-known for expertly conducting more than its fair share of regattas thanks to San Francisco's ideal winds (consistently strong), challenging conditions (currents aplenty) and superior setting (stadium sailing at its best)-had to postpone the morning race for two hours due to lack of breeze. It left the J/105 sailors champing at the bit, but in the end nothing was missed when both of today's scheduled races were completed in 15 knots of westerly breeze. As all Classes must do, the J/105s rotate each day between the Treasure Island circle and the Alcatraz circle. Today, J/105s started with Treasure Island, sailing a 10.9 mile course, and followed it with an 11.1 mile race on the afternoon's Alcatraz course. The latter race's downwind finish wowed spectators at Crissy Field and the St. Francis Yacht Club Race Deck as competitors jockeyed for position under their large spinnakers. As tradition calls for, all Classes finished their second race the same way and at the same place: between the Race Deck and a mark set just shouting distance from the shore, with the Golden Gate Bridge set to the west as a backdrop. Shawn Bennett's Jose Cuervo and Ryan Simmons' Blackhawk are tied for first with 5 points each, after both tallying a 4 and 1. Jeff Littfin's Mojo is one point back in third. Racing continues through Sunday.  Event website and results

15.Sep.15 - Bermuda National Championship  Peter Bromby and crew of Chequemate won the J/105 Bermuda National Championship contested for in the Great Sound at the weekend. Bromby finished four points clear of second-placed Jon Corless and crew of Mayhem with James MacDonald and crew of Passion rounding out the podium. Read the full article  here.

11.Sep.15 - J/105 North American Championship Kicks Off Thursday, September 17 from San Fran  27 J/105 teams are gathering for racing at the J/105 North American Championship, a part of Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco, California. The competition begins Thursday, September 17 and continues through Sunday, September 20. Keep up with all the action from St. Francis Yacht Club at the  regatta website.

04.Sep.15 - Marblehead ONE Regatta  In somewhat light conditions at the Marblehead ONE Regatta, the PROs from the three principal yacht clubs (Eastern, Boston, Corinthian) running the regatta did an admirable job starting up to nine races for some of the fleets. In the largest Class at the regatta, the 16-boat J/105 fleet managed to get in seven races. The Blown Away crew won their first major J/105 regatta. Their dominance in the conditions was evident after posting two bullets in the first two races. They won with a total of 18 points. Fred de Napoli's Allegro Simplicita won three races and closed in with bullets in the last two races, finishing in second. Third was Jon Wale's Bantry, winning a tie-breaker to collect the bronze. Losing that tie-break on 32 points was Mark and Jolene Masur's Two Feathers from Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas. Fifth place was taken by Merlin with skipper Charlie Garrard at the helm.  Regatta website

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