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27.Oct.14 - Manhasset Bay Race Week Ends Fleet 6 Season  Manhasset Bay Race Week saw the cooling of loulou's season-long hot streak in the final distance race off the regatta. Great conditions met the racers with a clear fall day and 10 knots of breeze. loulou took the pin end and had an easy run to the first mark and held the lead on a downwind run to the next turn. The next leg, a 5-mile beat, initially had loulou still in control until they failed to cover Eclipse and let them sneak to the inside of a shore lift. Eclipse came back just a nose ahead and maintained a close cover pushing loulou to the outside. The second half of this beat was in a channel with very shifty winds. The brief Eclipse encounter allowed two other boats, Revelation and Peregrina, to the inside, also to pass. This put Eclipse one point up for the series, and they held their ground to the finish. Eclipse took the gold, loulou silver and Revelation the bronze. Paul Beaudin on loulou, although trying hard for a win was very happy for the great competition they have in the local fleet.  Complete results


27.Oct.14 - Augie Diaz wins International Masters Regatta  Established in 1975, the International Masters Regatta hosted 12 notable teams on San Diego Bay for an 11-race round robin event in J/105s. A newcomer to the event, Augie Diaz took the lead on day one, and while he stumbled some on day two, he stayed in the top five on the final day to take the title. Rounding out the top five was Don Trask, Jonathan Wright, Gary Jobson, and Chuck Nichols.  Results


21.Oct.14 - Minutes posted  Minutes from the 10/16/14 Annual Meeting are posted.  Class Business page


20.Oct.14 - J/105 Midwinter Championship classified a Level B regatta  The J/105 Midwinter Championship at Key West Race Week has been designated a Level B Regatta. The Notice of Race will be amended to reflect this change. "Level B: The crew aboard (including a 100 percent Owner) shall be comprised of Group 1 competitors, except that the crew may include one Group 3 competitor." Classes and sailors from across the country and around the world already have Quantum Key West 2015 on their winter calendars. Boats ranging in size from 23 to 72 feet will compete in the waters off America's southernmost city during the 28th edition of Key West Race Week, scheduled for January 18-23.  Register at the regatta website


20.Oct.14 - Windy Start to First Weekend of MBYC Fall Series  Things got off to a moderate start on Saturday with the first two races sailed in light shifty conditions, with the final race of the day bringing on the breeze that would hold for the rest of the weekend. Paul Beaudin and team loulou had the edge on day one to take all three races with Damian Emery's Eclipse in second, and a strong showing by Marcus Wunderlich's Stratos in third. Revelation, skippered by George Wilbanks, came on strong on the windy second day to win both races. Day one had some interesting action with the fleet heading to a change mark, only to have it picked up and towed off with the fleet in pursuit. Turned out, the change was for another class. Day two had cool temps and solid breeze in the 20 knot range with higher gusts. Loulou broke their jib tack at the start of the first race putting them back a few minutes, with Revelation showing their usual comfort in high wind to take the gun. Stratos blew the tack off the kite just at the finish but held off a late charge by loulou. Next Saturday will be the last of the 2014 LIS Season with a distance race.  Results


16.Oct.14 - Connecting College Sailors to Big Boat Racing  Over 430 college sailors raced on 52 owner-coached keel-boats over Columbus Day Weekend (October 11-12) in the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR) sailed in Western Long Island Sound. The team from the University of Toledo sailing the Express 37 Troubador was the overall winner after winning three races and finishing second in two races in the 10-boat PHRF class. The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta is organized by the Storm Trysail Foundation (STF) and the Larchmont Yacht Club and this year was led by Regatta Chairman Barry Gold. The goal of the IOR is to introduce dinghy sailors to the fun and teamwork of big boat racing, which is a new aspect of the sport to many dinghy sailors. It also gives college sailors with big boat skills a chance to compete in some of the best-prepared boats around. The 52-boat fleet was divided up into five classes: 12 IRC 32'-43' boats, five J/44s, 13 J/109s, 10 PHRF boats and 12 J/105s. Roger Williams University won the 12-boat J/105 class sailing Jeremy Henderson's Conundrum that posted a tally of 1-2-2-3-1 for a mere 9 points. Second was Boston University aboard Rob Alexander's Young American, and in third was the University of Wisconsin racing Josh Burack's Peregrina. In this highly competitive fleet, Princeton University took fourth on Gary Myer's Magic, and rounding out the top five was US Naval Academy 2 onboard Za Jelliffe's Arete.  Regatta website


10.Oct.14 - 2015 J/105 North Americans during Rolex Big Boat Series at the St. Francis YC  J/105 Fleet One and the St. Francis Yacht Club are pleased to invite J/105 owners to bring their boats to San Francisco in September 2015 for the J/105 North Americans, part of Rolex Big Boat Series. We're already working up a list of potential boats to charter, or local owners who would like to ride along with a top team. Just drop an email to Bruce Stone at bruce@brucestone.com to indicate your interest. We're also encouraging interested parties to charter earlier in the year or crew with a local owner to get a feel for what is offered. Check out the exciting three-minute video from the 2014 Rolex Big Boat Series.  Video


08.Oct.14 - Foulweather Bluff Race  Light fickle conditions ruled this year's Foulweather Bluff Race, hosted by Corinthian YC Edmonds. "Fleet 6" was topped by the J/105 Last Tange followed by the J/105 Usawi in second.   Pictures by Jan Anderson Marine Photography


06.Oct.14 - loulou wins American YC Fall Series  Team loulou, continuing their season hot streak, sailed a very consistent regatta in very inconsistent conditions to win the American Fall Series by 7 points, dropping the last race with no other finish lower than second. The regatta had a bit of everything from a very light first weekend to a blustery shifty second weekend that featured pouring rain, planing conditions, no wind holes and 90 degree shifts - sometimes all in the same race. Revelation, also consistent, took silver, followed by Conundrum in third and Eclipse in fourth. Another positive note had three skippers racing who were new to the fleet this season.  Complete results


04.Oct.14 - San Diego J/Fest  Over the past weekend, the San Diego J/Fest Regatta could not have been more satisfied with the spectacular weather and warm gentle breezes offshore. Sponsored by JK3 Nautical Enterprises and hosted by San Diego YC, the sailors were provided excellent racing and great social entertainment on the lawns of the club. J/Fest San Diego has always proved to be a popular event as it marks the beginning of the active fall and winter series of racing in South Bay and offshore. The world of J/105s saw a very familiar face atop the standings. After learning how to start and round marks in the first race, nothing was going to stop Dennis Case's Wings from winning all the rest of the races, posting a third and four firsts to win with a mere 7 points. Sailing a very consistent series was Steve & Lucy Howell's Blink!, with a 1-3-3-3-5 score for 15 points. Taking third was Sean O'Keefe's Decolores 2 with a 6-2-2-5-2 for 17 points. Rounding out the top five were Dag Fish sailing Viggen to fourth and Jon Dekker's Airboss sliding into fifth.   Regatta website


29.Sep.14 - GBCA Performance Cup  The Galveston Bay Cruising Association's 30th annual Performance Cup was held the weekend of September 27-28. Extremely tight racing began under crisp clear and relatively cool Texas skies precisely at 11:00 AM each day. E to ESE winds ranged from a low of 5 to a high of 15 knots. Four races on Saturday were followed by two on Sunday. Six J/105s comprised the largest of the four fleets. By taking first with 2,1,1,2,1,4, Uzi Ozeri's Infinity also brought home the Performance Cup. Bee Bednar's Stinger took second with 3,5,3,1,3,2 followed by John Barnett's Vici 4,3,2,4,4,1 in third.


29.Sep.14 - AYC Fall Series Weekend One dominated by loulou  Light air ruled weekend one of American YC Fall. 15 boats registered. Day one had the first race go to loulou. After a poor start, loulou consistently dug right to the lifted breeze to pass Eclipse and Revelation at the top mark never looking back. In the second race, Eclipse got away clean and had a big lead only to have the wind die and the race was abandoned. Day 2 started with a dead calm. Young American had fun ghosting around with their Save The Sound reacher while the rest of the fleet waited. Sun awnings were the order of the day. When it looked like the day would be lost, a nice 7 knot breeze suddenly appeared and the RC got a race off. The pin was favored. loulou was there and led wire to wire. Paul's comment was "Some boats are sporting flatter jibs which point well in breeze but seem to struggle in lighter air. We were using our regular jib cut and had very good upwind wheels." loulou has 2 points followed by Revelation with 6 and Conundrum with 7.  Complete results


28.Sep.14 - Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin's Mandate Succeeds at J/105 North American Champ  Light air ruled the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - and so did Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin on Mandate. In the five-race series, the Mandate crew of McLaughlin, Wilmer, John Millen, Sandy Andrews, Fraser Howell, Graham Hicks and Andrew McTavish earned just 10 points (1,3,2,2,2). Rick Goebel's Sanity (12 points) gained second place, and Peter Hall's Jamaica Me Crazy (13 points) third. No races occurred Sunday due to lack of breeze. McLaughlin has swept the major J/105 championships this year, as he is also the current Midwinter Champion. The next J/105 North American Championship moves to St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco from September 14-20, 2015. Twenty-seven teams competed from Bermuda, Canada and the United States. Photos from Tim Wilkes, as well as complete results are available at the  regatta website.


27.Sep.14 - Wilmer/McLaughlin Team Maintain Slim Advantage at J/105 North American Champions  Five races are now in the books, and just three points separate the top three teams at the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin on Mandate notched a pair of seconds in Saturday's races to total 10 points overall, heading into the final day of competition on Sunday. Knocking on the door are Rick Goebel's Sanity (12 points) and Peter Hall's Jamaica Me Crazy (13 points). No races occurred Friday due to lack of wind, but Saturday brought 4-8 knots under cloudless skies and temperatures in the high 70s on Lake Ontario. Competition was unable to get underway until mid-afternoon when Hall mastered the conditions, with Wilmer/McLaughlin and Goebel close behind. Goebel moved up to the top spot in the day's other battle, as Wilmer and McLaughlin kept hold on second, and Hall dropped to third. Twenty-seven teams are competing from Bermuda, Canada and the United States. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos from Tim Wilkes, as well as complete results are available at  regatta website.


25.Sep.14 - Wilmer/McLaughlin Master Light Conditions at J/105 North American Championship  Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin excelled in the light air of the opening day of the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. McLaughlin (current J/105 Midwinter Champion and Sail Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year) and the Mandate team tallied at 1,3,2 in Thursday's contests for a two point advantage. Rick Goebel's Sanity stands in second with 8 points. Following closely in third is Peter Hall's Jamaica Me Crazy (9 points) and James Rathbun's Hey Jude (current J/105 North American Champion) with 10 points. The fleet of 27 J/105s took to the waters of Lake Ontario under sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70s. The winds began around 4 knots when the Wilmer/McLaughlin team grabbed the regatta's first victory. Rathbun trailed in second and Goebel in third. In the next battle, Goebel took line honors, as Hall and Wilmer/McLaughlin followed. Rathbun moved to the top spot in the day's last race in winds hovering at 6 knots. Wilmer/McLaughlin were the runner up, with Hall in third. Twenty-seven teams are competing from Bermuda, Canada and the United States. Racing continues through Sunday, but no races took place on Friday due to lack of wind. Photos from Tim Wilkes, as well as complete results are available at the  regatta website.


24.Sep.14 - HOOD Regatta   Houston Yacht Club's Houston Offshore One Design (HOOD) regatta began with some 94 boats spread over three lines. Spectacular Texas weather with smooth seas, moderate winds and cool temperatures made for some wonderful racing for all involved. The big boat class consisted of five J/105s and four J/109s each in separate fleets. After the smoked cleared, Uzi Ozeri's Infinity took first with five bullets. Bee Bednar's Stinger finished second, while Tylan Ilhan's Zippity finished third in the 105 fleet.


21.Sep.14 - J/105 North American Championship this week  The J/105 North American Championship will be hosted this week by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 27 teams are competing from Bermuda, Canada and the United States. Racing begins Thursday, September 25 and continues through Sunday, September 28. The fleet boasts an impressive array of talent including James Rathbun, current J/105 North American Champion, and Terry McLaughlin, current J/105 Midwinter Champion. A full list of entrants may be found on the  regatta website.


19.Sep.14 - J/105 Jam Session wins Dutch Shorthanded competition 2014  The Noorzeeclub and Shorthanded.nl organized together a shored-handed competition. During the year, there are 10 events were you can score points. At the end of the season, the best score of four events will decide who is the winner. Junique (J/122) and Batfish (J/133) were already in a battle for several events, Junique at #1. Jam Session had only done three events, so at the last event they needed to score good points. That was the Bruine Bank Race, a race around a sandbank where skippers can decide if they want clockwise or counter-clockwise around the marks. Jam Session sailed clockwise and after 13h:47m:25s, Jam Session finished, one hour behind the Batfish and 0:45 min behind the Junique, making them second in the race and a total score 351 points, just 5 points more than the Junique in the competition!   Results


16.Sep.14 - Summer Newsletter  Members will receive the Summer edition of the J/105 newsletter via e-mail. It is also posted on the  newsletter page.


15.Sep.14 - Long Island Sound Championship  Storm Trysail Club and Riverside Yacht Club provided two days of quality one design racing. Eight J/105s turned out for this inaugural event which proved to be very challenging, testing all the competitors with an unexpected 15-20 knot easterly on day one with huge swells and a shifty northerly on day two. Competitors included new owners Kirk Stirland on Bangarang and Greth Lester who just purchased Ghostdog, but crewed with Paul Beaudin on loulou to get a crash course in 105 sailing and all the latest go fast techniques. loulou showed superior point and straight line speed in the first two windy races to take two firsts. Race three had Za Jellife on Arete take his first fleet win by successfully getting the jump on a big outside shift and staying spot on to hold off loulou. Riverside had one of the better apres race spreads with a complementary slider feast which included a variety like fried oyster and pulled pork sliders. Day two had lighter but extremely shifty conditions with the race course close to the lee shore. The Wilbanks family Revelation controlled the day taking race one after several lead changes in the 20-30 degree shifts, followed by loulou and Morning Glory. Loulou had what they thought to be a comfortable three-point edge going into the last race when a finishing boat in another class got trapped in the middle of the 105 start and tacked right on top of loulou off the line. This put them in the 'way back machine' well in last place, with Revelation, Bangarang and Arete launching into what seemed like an insurmountable lead. But the loulou team clawed back over 50 boat lengths to nip Arete at the finish and take the regatta by one point over Revelation. Carl Olsen and Morning Glory sailed a solid event for the bronze.  Results


14.Sep.14 - Rolex Big Boat Series  
A year after the contest for the 34th America's Cup, world-class sailing is still alive and well on San Francisco Bay. In fact, for the last four days (Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 14), the 50th Anniversary edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series has hosted hundreds of sailors on 99 teams, rotating onto three strategically-placed race circles that triangulate the constant wind and tide challenges of the largest Pacific estuary in the Americas. Having developed stadium sailing long before the America's Cup made it a local colloquialism, the St. Francis Yacht Club ensured fast fun for spectators as well as competitors by designing each day's second race (always sailed in a blustering afternoon breeze) to finish within cheering distance of the clubhouse's famous second-story race deck that commands attention east to Alcatraz Island and west to a sun-drenched, or alternately fog-enshrouded, Golden Gate Bridge. The J/105s made up the largest fleet at Big Boat this year, and Bruce Stone's Arbitrage held the lead every day, earning the team the Commodore's Cup plus the Rolex watch. "This is the toughest fleet in the country I think," said Stone who missed winning last year by a narrow margin. "We felt that the courses were really interesting compared to the past, and St. Francis Yacht Club did a really excellent job," he said. "For us, it was all about keeping the boat moving with all the lulls and gusts and changing of conditions and tides." Scooter Simmons' Blackhawk took the silver position, and Phillip Laby's Godot the bronze.  Complete results


13.Sep.14 - Hey Jude Wins J/105 Canadians  Jim Rathbun's Hey Jude team won three of six races to take the overall win over Terry McLaughlin's Mandate team for the Canadian J/105 Championship. All other J/105 crews in the top five were fighting amongst each other for the remaining spots. Greg Mezo's team on Forro took third, with Peter Hall's Jamaica Me Crazy on fourth and Bill Bevan's Endeavor taking fifth. This event was the last major regatta for all Lake Ontario J/105 teams taking place in the upcoming J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian YC later in September.   RCYC website


27.Aug.14 - RI-14-01  J/105 Rule Interpretation 14-01 Definition of "Passing" the windward mark and retraction of the sprit is now posted on the  Rule Interpretation page.


25.Aug.14 - ONE Regatta  The Offshore New England Championship a.k.a ONE Regatta, formerly the PHRF New England Championship, is New England's premier large boat sailing event. The ONE Regatta is hosted by Boston YC, Corinthian YC and Eastern YC, all in Marblehead, MA. The event is organized and promoted by Mass Bay Sailing Association, and each year one of the three clubs will host the onshore festivities while all three clubs will produce excellent racing on the water. 17 J/105s came out for the event, which was dominated by Fred deNapoli. Allegro Semplicita won seven of eight races, and adding in a second tallied just 9 points. Ken Colburn's Ghost and Jonathan Wales' Bantry tied on points at 34 to round out the top three.  Complete results


14.Aug.14 - J/105 Rules Proposals for comment  Thank you to Matt Arno and his Technical Committee for preparing this year's J/105 Rules Proposals. Comments are encouraged on the  Forum.


11.Aug.14 - Verve Cup in Chicago  This year's Verve Cup, which featured a three-day offshore course race from Friday through Sunday and a one-day distance race on Saturday, included 12 racing sections. Sailing conditions were ideal throughout the weekend. On the final day of sailing on Sunday, temperatures were in the upper 70s with winds out of the ENE at 7-11 knots. Both circles completed a total of nine races throughout the weekend, with Circle A completing three races and Circle B completing two Sunday. "A lot of the sailors have said that this is the best weather we've had for a regatta in quite a while," said Verve Cup Chairman Martin Sandoval. "The Race Committee did a great job on the water cycling through the sequences to get racers started. They worked very efficiently on the water." CYC Member Sandy Curtiss, skipper of Rocking Horse, won the J/105 section with his crew, which included his two sons, Alex and Will. "Sailing in the race with my two sons was pretty special," Curtiss said. "I haven't sailed with them in quite a while, so it felt good to have them with the crew in place." "We had fun. We did our job," said Rocking Horse crewmember Ted Towey. "I'd emphasize how much fun we had. We all get along extremely well, so it was good humor and hard work out on the water this weekend."  Complete results


09.Aug.14 - LYRA Regatta  The Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) hosted the 130th annual Lake Yacht Racing Association (LYRA) Annual Regatta. This event consisted of both long-distance and course racing, with the fleets representing numerous LYRA member yacht clubs in the Great Lakes. The J/105s were tuning-up for their J/105 North Americans locally in Toronto being held later in September at Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Many local top teams were in attendance, but the fleet was a bit disappointed to get in only one race. The highly-talented 12-boat fleet saw Peter Hall's Jamaica Me Crazy win, followed by Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer in second. Third was snagged by Jim Rathbun's Hey Jude. Ted Weir's Tusk and Gavin Disney's The Usual Suspects, respectively, rounded out the top five.  Website


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