Class News

Boston U Wins Intercollegiate Offshore

Over 360 college students from the United States, as well as international teams from Canada and France, participated in the 2017 Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR), October 6-7. Boston University took home the overall honors and the "Paul Hoffmann Trophy" in the hotly contested J/105 class on Young American with four bullets and a second place in the second largest class in the regatta. Echo, crewed by Vanderbilt University (a first time entrant to the regatta) took home second place in the J/105 class by edging out Drexel University on Fairhope with a tie-breaking first in the third race. Robert Alexander and Peter Becker received the Ed du Moulin Trophy awarded to the boat owner/syndicate of the overall winning team. Barry Gold, Chairman of the event, said, "In spite of some of early Saturday pea-soup fog and intermittent rain on Sunday, we had two days of fantastic racing, with steady and increasing breeze. With a few well-timed postponements and relocations, the race committee gave the teams five competitive and fun races. We want to thank The Corinthians, who started the Corinthians Intercollegiate Regatta in 1983 and ran it until 1999, for transferring their original four perpetual trophies to the Storm Trysail Foundation. These four beautiful trophies bring together the initial regatta with its later reincarnation by Storm Trysail, and begin new traditions for the competitors. The rededicated trophies were presented to class winners this year for the first time along with two perpetual trophies donated by Larchmont Yacht Club." For more event details, visit https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4452.

Good Trade Takes American Yacht Club Fall Series

The 2017 Fall Series Regatta ended October 1 at American Yacht Club in splendid fashion. This Saturday and Sunday concluded the latter half of the Fall Series Regatta which occurred over the course of two weekends. Saturday racing was met with an anticipated Fall feel as temperatures hovered below 60 degrees with oscillating winds ranging from 15-20 knots. The higher than forecasted breeze velocities created some epic sailing conditions and top speed records for certain boats. Towards the end of Saturday, several boats set personal speed records both upwind and downwind. Eight8 classes of boats embraced the chilly weather to compete on the Long Island Sound. The competition was fierce in the J/105 fleet. A tiebreaker for first place left Good Trade (StFYC) skippered by Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault winning the class and Eclipse (MSSA) skippered by Damian Emery finishing in second place. For complete event details, visit https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2994.

Dark Horse Jumps to Win at Cleveland (216) Regatta

Beautiful fall sailing conditions greeted competitors at the Cleveland (216) Regatta, hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club from September 30-October 1. In the growing J/105 fleet in and around Lake Erie, five boats made up the J/105 division for this event. Rob Mock’s Dark Horse came in first with 15 points, including three bullets. Stephen Mitcham’s Breezin Bayou and Jim Uhlir’s Trio tied on points at 18, with Mitcham earning the tie-breaker. Complete event details may be found at http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/14533#_home.

Chuck Driscoll Juices J/Fest San Diego

It was an outstanding weekend for racing and nostalgia when San Diego Yacht Club hosted the second annual J/Fest Regatta on September 22-24. Over two days, teams raced on San Diego Bay and ocean courses in four classes, and competitors had the opportunity to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of J/Boats at numerous social events scattered throughout the weekend. Starting with a sellout crowd on Friday night, almost 100 attendees heard from J/Boats President Jeff Johnstone in SDYC’s Frost Room. Following the first day of racing on Saturday was the spirited "Sending it Back to ‘77" Party on the Spinnaker Deck and Sail Wash Lawn. On the water, PRO Becky Ashburn reported sunny and warm conditions on Saturday morning with a light breeze. Sunday’s two scheduled races began in wind that started at 9 knots and built to over 16 knots during the last leg of race 5. The J/105s experienced a solid turnout with most top teams in attendance. Taking the win was Chuck Driscoll’s JUICED, winning the fleet handily with three bullets in their scoreline for just 8 points total. However, for the rest of the crews it was a tight battle for the balance of the podium as the top five had just four points separating four places. Second and third place were determined by a tie-breaker at 18 points apiece, with Steve & Lucy Howell’s BLINK! winning on count-back over Stew Cannon’s J-OK. Just one point back in fourth place was Jeff & Karen Brown’s SWEET KAREN with 19 points, and placing fifth was Rich Bergmann’s ZUNI BEAR with 20 points. For more J/Fest San Diego information, visit https://sdyc.org/calendar/event/j-fest17/j_fest.

2017 J105 Canadian Championships

The 2017 J105 Canadian Championships were hosted by RCYC on September 22-24. Atypical late September weather brought temperatures in the lower thirties and light winds for the three days of racing. The regatta’s first event was the 8 AM Thursday morning crew weigh-in, this year held at the RCYC City Station. To celebrate this first-time location, the Fleet Captain went to the trouble to arrange for some unpaid entertainment for those lucky sailors who showed up right at 8 AM. This very well received entertainment may, or may not, have violated the Club’s public space dress code rules. The race committee, led by Mike Milner did a good job completing 7 races in challenging conditions. With good size starting lines, and boats being called over early from both ends, there were no General Recalls, I Flags, U Flags or Black Flag starts in the whole regatta. In the usually aggressive J105 fleet, this was an anomaly and helped to get the races off quickly. In the light air and flat water, the racing was very close with the fleet often bunched up at the first windward and leeward gate marks. The approach to the windward mark, and the exit from the leeward gate, often were key elements in determining one’s race finish. On Friday, sixteen boats appeared on the starting line. After the two races, Hey Jude led (3, 1) followed by Starcross (2, 3) and Mandate (6, 2). The next day, after a delay on shore waiting for wind to appear, three races were held where Mandate took over the regatta lead with a 3, 1, 1. Both Hey Jude and Starcross had two good and one not as good races to stay in contention. Sentient scored three top four finishes and Full Tilt had a 1, 5, 6 to move into the top 5 overall. Saturday evening was the traditional Canadian Championship dinner held in the RCYC dining room with the Master of Ceremonies Sentient’s Andrew Chapman taking good humoured shots at as many competitors as he could fit in. Michael Mountford presented Fleet Captain Doug Bullock with a beautiful framed photo of Doug steering his True Blue to a nice leeward end start as a thank you for his years of service acting as the Fleet 4 Fleet Captain. Doug is going on to bigger and better things taking over as President of the J105 Class Association. Doug will still be around though sailing True Blue next year and has even offered to continue running the J105 regattas at RCYC. After another delay on shore Sunday morning, enough wind appeared in the early afternoon to hold two races before the daily start time limit of 3 PM came and went. Starcross led the first race from wire to wire with Mandate on their tail. Hey Jude made an amazing come back to finish third. Full Tilt and Sentient once again rounded out the top five in the race. With one race to go, Mandate held a 5 point lead over both Hey Jude and Starcross. Mandate started the last race at the committee boat end with Jude and Starcross further down the line. Mandate felt that they had a good start but as boats from the left came across strong combined with starboard layline dirty air their race went downhill quickly rounding the first mark in 10th or 11th with Jude and Starcross both in good shape. As the regatta lead was at this point lost, for the first time all regatta there could be no guarantee that Mandate’s tighty whities were both so. Working the left on the second beat, Mandate managed to climb back to 7th place in the race and with Jude finishing 3rd Mandate was able to hold onto a slim 1 point victory in the regatta. In the end, the top five boats Mandate, Hey Jude, Starcross, Sentient and Full Tilt were separated by only 6 points making it one of the closest Canadian Championships ever held. Jamaica finished 6th and True Blue, showing great improvement over the season, finished 7th. Nine of the sixteen boats recorded at least one top five finish. By: Terry McLaughlin Photos are available at www.tillertakes.com, and complete results may be found at https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4459.

Perkins Brothers Earn Commodore’s Cup at Rolex Big Boat Series

Racing concluded Sunday, September 17 at the 53rd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on the wind and tide-torn waters of San Francisco Bay. After seven races spread across four days of on-water action, winners were crowned in 11 classes, including six perpetual trophies. En route to determining this year’s winners, the 89 entries experienced a wide range of San Francisco Bay conditions, with an emphasis on each team’s heavy-air sail inventory. While the first three days of this Grand Prix regatta featured long-course windward-leeward racing, the final day of racing sent competitors on "Bay Tour" courses with a finishing line directly in front of the StFYC clubhouse, providing onshore spectators a fine view of this year’s warhorses as they paraded past the Club’s stunning Race Deck. While any racecourse hardware is to be celebrated, the Rolex Big Boat Series perpetual trophies, which reside at the StFYC, are especially desirable, as each is engraved with the names of the winning team whose skippers also receive an engraved Swiss-made Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner chronometer. One-design sailing has always been a core component of the StFYC’s Rolex Big Boat Series, and this year the Commodore’s Cup—awarded to the winner of the regatta’s largest one-design class—went to brothers Chris and Phil Perkins and their J/105 Good Timin’ (NZL 35), followed by Adam Spiegel’s Jam Session (USA 434) and Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s Arbitrage (USA 116). Please visit www.rolexbigboatseries.com for more information about the Rolex Big Boat Series, including the complete 2017 results list.

Fast Ride for J/105s in Chicago Bi-State/Tri-State

The Bi-State and the Tri-State is a multi-leg offshore race held over Labor Day Weekend on the southern parts of Lake Michigan. Chicago to St. Joseph, MI is the first leg of the race. More than 100 boats departed Friday evening for a fast sprint of 50.5 NM across the lake, most boats finishing early Saturday morning. For most, Saturday was a day of rest in St. Joseph with the Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament and live entertainment at the St. Joseph River YC. Then, on Sunday morning, racers chose whether to continue to Michigan City, IN as part of the traditional Tri-State or head back to Chicago for the Bi-State leg of the race. Most chose the latter based on the forecasted light winds down the Michigan shoreline. The J/105s raced as a one-design class, with eight crews vying for control. Winning the leg across was Mike Hettel’s GLOBAL NOMADS. Then, on the Bi-State leg back to Chicago, Kris Reichert’s ANGRY SLOTH won. As a result, the combined scores saw Hettel’s GLOBAL NOMADS win with a 1-3 for 4 points, followed by a rare three-way tie for second place. Winning that on countback was Reichert’s ANGRY SLOTH with a 5-1 for 6 points. Third went to ESPRIT D’ECOSSE (Judith & Ross McLean) with a 4-2 for 6 points, and fourth position went to SEALARK (Clark Pellet) with a 2-4 for 6 points. Find all the YachtScoring information here: Chicago to St Joe: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4306 St Joe to Michigan City: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4333 St Joe to Chicago: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4332 Michigan City to Chicago: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4334

J/105 Raptor Flies at Vineyard Race

Labor Day weekend's Vineyard Race is a 238-mile course stretching from Shippan Point through the currents of The Race, past Block Island, and on to the light tower at the entrance to Buzzard's Bay. Once reached, sailors return by leaving Block Island to starboard en route to the finish in Stamford Harbor. This year, a massive offshore Low was spinning away, producing strong Northerly winds that ultimately swung East as the fleet rounded Buzzards Bay Tower. The race has expanded its format to include three races being run simultaneously. The "classic" is the "round Buzzards Bay Tower" and back. The two additions are the Cornfield Point Course (the shortest) and the Seaflower Reef Course (middle distance). With PHRF 4 class was Frank Conway’s J/105 RAPTOR. For more Vineyard Race information, visit http://www.stamfordyc.com/Sailing/Vineyard_Race_(1).

Kestrel Takes Division at Classic Narragansett Bay Contest

Heavy breeze and high seas – remnants of Hurricane Harvey – made for some exhilarating racing on Narragansett Bay for the 90th edition of the Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race. The day kicked off with wind speeds clocking in over 20 knots, forcing Race Committee to postpone the start 1.5 hours and send the five small boat classes on a shortened inshore course. The remaining five classes proceeded to race 18.1 nautical miles counter clockwise around Conanicut Island. Although the rigorous conditions convinced 35 of the original 98 entrants to drop out before the start, the remaining 63 teams all successfully finished the race and winners were crowned in 10 classes. In Division G, the J/105 Kestrel led by Sean Doyle won the 10-boat fleet. "This is the second year in a row that we’ve had to contend with hurricanes during the race, but I think the conditions definitely made for an exciting race and competitors enjoyed the challenge that it provided," said Race Organizing Chairman Alan Baines. "The Around the Island Race is a summer favorite among many sailors in the area and the enthusiasm surrounding it seems to build every year. All in all, I think we rang in The Race’s 90th anniversary in style, mixing some thrilling racing with lots of fun. I look forward to what next year will bring." For complete results, click here.

Good Trade Dominates Storm Trysail Ted Hood Regatta in Marblehead

[caption id="attachment_4147" align="alignleft" width="300"]Caption: Team Good Trade and Ted Hood's son Bobby presenting the award. Team Good Trade and Ted Hood's son Bobby presenting the award.[/caption] With three days of racing with winds below 10 knots, the J/105 team from San Francisco on Good Trade, skippered by Nicole Breault, dominated the Marblehead fleet with a 1, 3, 5, 2, 1, 1, 1 scoreline for 14 points. Her team consisted of Dave Marshall at bow, Halsey Richartz at mast and tactics, Casey Williams at pit and jib trim, Jamie Ewing at main, and co-owner Bruce Stone at spin trim. The top local team skipped by Fred deNapoli on Allegro Semplicita was 13 points behind with 27 points, followed by Matthew Pike and Dave Nelson's Got Qi with 35 points. Nicole and Bruce are on a roll, having won three regattas on SF Bay (St Francis YC Spring One Design, SF Bay J/Fest and SF Yacht Club Resin Regatta) plus Cedar Point One Design, Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week, Buzzards Bay Regatta and now the Ted Hood Regatta, the latter two skippered by Nicole, who commented, "It was great to get back to Marblehead and its picturesque harbor and its strong racing heritage. I remember coming here to race in the Bemis championship in the 80s and the International 420 North Americans in the early 90s, so it was fun to return in a big boat and run into many friends from those years. The hospitality was terrific, and we plan to be back in a few years for the J/105 North Americans." For complete results, visit https://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=3000.

J/105s Enjoy Swiftsure & Aldo Alessio Regattas on SF Bay

On a day that started grey and not particularly windy, the St. Francis Yacht Club hosted their annual Aldo Alessio & Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regattas for boats LOA >35' or holding an ORR-fully measured certificate. Friday's races involved heading out the Golden Gate to marks out in the ocean. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, the fleet continued sailing in the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta. In Friday’s racing, Chris Kim’s J/105 VUJA STAR took third in the PHRF ToT Division. Over the two-day weekend, Ryan Simmons’ crew on BLACKHAWK won two races and closed with two seconds to seal the deal in the J/105 fleet with just 9 points in five races. Second was the duo of Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault on ARBITRAGE, winning the last race but not enough to reel in BLACKHAWK, finishing with 13 points. Rounding out the podium was Doug Bailey’s AKULA, closing with two thirds to finish third place with 18 points. For event details, visit https://www.stfyc.com/.

J/105 Youth Team Rocks Ida Lewis Distance Race

The weather started out gloomy, then got downright nasty for the 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race, which started Friday, August 18 off Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. A forecast calling for storms to pass over the race course during the night convinced seven of the original 40 entrants to drop out prior to the start for six classes. Of the remaining 33 teams, an additional 10 were forced to retire due to damaged equipment or other problems incurred during multiple squalls that left memorable impressions and their calling cards of driving rain and winds gusting 40+ knots. Perhaps most impressive was the performance by Young American Yacht Club’s Junior Big Boat Team aboard the J/105 Young American, which persevered with three others teams in Spinnaker B to finish the race and take the top trophy for its first-place finish as well as the Arent H. Kits van Heyningen Trophy for the race’s Youth Challenge. "We knew the forecast wasn’t going to be easy on us, but we didn’t think we’d see 50 knots," said Constantyn van der Voort (Rye, NY), who helped steer and ran things in the cockpit. "That was a little scary, because we had three sails up... the storm jib, the #3 jib on the furler and the mainsail." His crewmate Nick Hein (Westport, CT), who was on bow, said that the team of eight is preparing for the next Newport to Bermuda Race. "This was the most open ocean sailing we’ve ever done as a team," he said. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=4193.

VYTIS Dominates Verve Cup Offshore

At the 25th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta in Chicago, the J/105 fleet of 10 boats witnessed a walk-away, as Gyt Petkus’s crew on VYTIS collected three bullets and three deuces on their way to the win. Second was past winner Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM, third was Clark Pellet’s SEALARK (another past winner), fourth Mike Sheppard’s FLYING PIG and fifth Robert Amos’ SOUTHBOUND. For more Verve Cup Offshore information, visit https://www.chicagoyachtclub.org/verveoffshore.

Team Allora! Tops J/105 Fleet at J/Fest New England

New J/105 owners Alex and Alexandra Clegg and their team on Allora! won the J/Fest New England on August 12-13 in Newport, RI, hosted by Sail Newport. Thanks to Alex for the following report: After a multiple hour postponement in light winds on Saturday, the fleet was sent in with no racing completed. Sunday had a better forecast, and excitement was palpable to get some racing in. Fog was thick when we arrived at the boat, and the RC made the prudent decision to race up in the northern section of Narragansett Bay, in the vicinity of Halfway Rock. The sun burned the fog off, and we had 10-12 knots, flat water and an incoming tide for the first race, relatively perfect conditions for racing. The five-boat class of Allora!, Good Trade, Madcap 2.0, Pieces of Eight and Tonto got off a race close to on time and proceeded to have two more great races in a slightly weaker breeze. Allora!, Good Trade and Tonto mixed it up quite close at the front, rounding all the marks within a couple boat lengths of each other. Allora! won the first race and Good Trade the second race, and were tied on points at 3 each going into the final race with Tonto three points back from us, so it was down to the third and final race of the day in a fading 8 knot breeze. We jockeyed fairly hard for position at the pin to go left which had been slightly favored all day. Allora! managed to avoid getting hooked from a leeward Good Trade by inches, and still make the pin without being over early. The race was a very close one with Good Trade and Allora! in a tacking duel to an upwind finish, with Allora! squeezing it out. Great fun and an awesome finish to our first one-design regatta on Allora! Most of the credit is due to my crew, my wife Alexandra, Todd McGuire and Josh Parks with whom I have sailed years and countless miles, and Ben and Kelley Steinberg. Final results were Allora! in first, Good Trade second, Tonto third. Excited to get to our next one-design event, hopefully soon!

Perfect Weekend for Good Trade at Buzzards Bay

Spectacular conditions greeted competitors for the Buzzards Bay Regatta at New Bedford Yacht Club in South Dartmouth, MA from August 4-6. In the five-boat J/105 fleet, Nicole Breault's Good Trade went a perfect 10 for 10, leaving the team with 9 net points. Mark Lindquist's Sterling took the silver position, and Matthew & Lisa Schmitt's Hardtack the bronze. Complete event details may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm.

Blackhawk Sets Tanker as Pick, Edges out Arbitrage in Windy 2017 Sausalito YC J/105 Invitational

The Sausalito Yacht Club J/105 Invitational on July 22-23 brought 19 J/105s out of their summer slumber for a weekend of heavy air racing—typical SF Bay summer conditions with winds in high teens and building into the 20s, with gusts into the mid-30s on Sunday. The Race Committee set up the starting area off the west face of Alcatraz and the windward mark toward mid-span of the Golden Gate Bridge. With a significant flood tide on both days, many boats were doing dip-line starts. The PRO managed to cant the line so that competitors had to make a decision—start at the pin, closer to the relief along the city front, or start 15-20 degrees upwind toward the signal boat and hope that was enough to outweigh the extra time spent in a foul tide. Once the fleet hit the city front, the decision was reversed—tack back into the middle of the Bay on layline, fighting more current, or sail extra distance in the better water. With such a heavily favored side of the course upwind, there was a premium on clear lanes and the ability to tack when desired, leaving many boats no choice but to overstand the weather mark. Conditions Saturday were classic San Francisco summer, with 15-25 knot winds with fog rolling in and significant ebb chop in race 3. The finish to race 1 proved to be one of the more exciting and critical moments in the regatta. Arbitrage, Blackhawk and Godot all came into the downwind finish overlapped, slightly above layline for the left (pin) end of the line. With the heavy flood tide and breeze near 20 knots, a late decision by Godot caused all three to overstand and started a chain reaction of them jibing and broaching, leaving the tide to take them across the finish line. Both Arbitrage and Blackhawk protested Godot for not providing room to finish, and the protest was scheduled for Thursday. After two more races, Blackhawk held a three-point lead over Arbitrage and Godot, pending the outcome of the protest. Sunday brought a repeat of the conditions from Saturday—15-20 knot breeze with a flood tide for race 1 led to a runaway victory for Arbitrage, with the next boat a half leg back. The three boats were tied going into the final race, pending the prior day’s protest. At the start of the final race, the same decision had to be made—start on the left end of the line and go for current relief, or start at the heavily favored right side. Blackhawk and Godot chose the pin, and Arbitrage the committee end. Soon after the start, a tanker came through the fleet. The boats at the pin were able to cross to the relief on the City Front and had a significant advantage over Arbitrage, Advantage and a few others who had to tack back into the flood so as to avoid the tanker. Blackhawk then led around the first weather mark, and with the heavy flood tide and 20-25 knot breeze, the lead quickly built. By the end of the race, the wind reached 25-30 knots with gusts into mid-30s, leading to planing conditions downwind and challenging maneuvers for all crews. Blackhawk went on the win the race, with Godot finishing second and Arbitrage a hard earned sixth after being forced to go behind the tanker on the first leg. Upon discussion after racing, Godot retired from race 1, leaving Blackhawk 4 points ahead of Arbitrage for the regatta victory. The top five were rounded out by Donkey Jack in third, Jam Session in fourth, and Godot in fifth, beating Hazardous Waste via tie breaker thanks to their victory in race 2. Full results at: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/15018#_newsroom+results

Pterodactyl Overtakes Ugotta Regatta

The Ugotta Regatta at Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs, MI took place from July 28-30. Five J/105s completed five races, and it was ultimately a duel between Mark Symonds’ Pterodactyl and Carter Williams’ Creative Destruction. In the end, Symonds earned the victory with a bullet in the final race, leaving him with a line of 1,3,2,1,1 for 8 points. Williams took second place with 11 points, and William Petzold’s Green Flash third with 17. For complete event details, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2986.

Merlin Dazzles at Marblehead NOOD

Of the nine classes competing in the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at Marblehead Race Week July 28-30, two winners were local sailors including Charlie Garrard on Merlin in the J/105 fleet. Garrard, who was also the recipient of Sunday’s North Sails Boat of the Day and the Cressy Award said the key to his success this weekend was having his teenage kids, Emily (pit) and Jack (bow), onboard. "Without them it wouldn’t happen," Garrard said. "Together, we make it work." Marblehead NOOD Recap from Fred deNapoli: Fleet 2 (Mass Bay) wrapped up three days of racing at the final stop on the National Offshore One Design regatta tour in Marblehead, MA. Local BYC sailor Charlie Garrard’s Merlin did an amazing job with four firsts and a second to utterly dominate the 13-boat fleet of J/105s in the light/moderate conditions of Friday and Sunday. Saturday's conditions were anything but light/moderate....20-25 knots with gusts higher and 4-6' seas (very short and very steep) on the offshore course where we were. The CYC committee tried their best, but it was just too rough to even keep the committee boat on station in 150+ feet of water, let alone the marks. The three mark boats and their crews were battered for hours. The fleet blasted around the starting area under postponement for over an hour trying to assimilate to the conditions while experimenting with settings. Photographer Paul Todd did a great job catching a 105 launching off a wave going upwind, tuning with Two Feathers, a team from Texas who come up each year for this event. Eventually, the committee had to abandon the outside line. On the final day of racing (Sunday), the weather turned another 180 degrees for an absolutely perfect 10-15 with flat water. When the smoke cleared, second overall went to Fred deNapoli’s allegro semplicita, while Steve Goldberg’s Air Express from Beverly, MA came third. Here’s a video interviewing the winner, Charlie Garrard: http://www.sailingworld.com/inside-classes-j-105 Final Results – Top Three J/105 (One Design – 13 Boats)
  1. Merlin, Charlie Garrard, USA – -1 -1 -1 -1 -[2]; 4
  2. Allegro Semplicita, Fred deNapoli, USA – -2 -2 -6 -2 -[10]; 12
  3. Air Express, Steven J. Goldberg, USA – -[10] -3 -2 -9 -1; 15 For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=3009.

Record-setting Bayview Mac

Racing for the 93rd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race concluded when the last team of 191 to complete the race finished on Monday, July 24. The celebrations, however, continued through Tuesday for more than 5,000 sailors, their family members and friends gathered on the grounds of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel for a prize giving and party that included live music and the awarding of special trophies as well as Larry Bell’s announcement of a two-year extension of title sponsorship for Bell’s Brewery. After the start on Saturday, July 22, there were 123 teams competing on the 254-nautical-mile Cove Island course and 82 teams racing on the shorter 204 nm Shore Course. With rain and several storms to encounter, some boats retired, but for most, the race was extraordinarily fast. In Class D, the J/105 crews were tough, sweeping the top two spots and placing three of the top four in class. Winning was Mark DenUyl’s GOOD LOOKIN’ with crew of Brennan Churchill, Brock & Bryson DenUyl, Kevin Irland, John Anter and Ron Churchill. Taking second place was the Chicago to Mackinac Race winning crew Mark Symonds’ PTERODACTYL, with Robert Bailey, John Quinlan, Kevin Morin, Michael Morin, Thac Nguyen and Duane Rose. Fourth in class was the J/105 WIND SHADOW sailed by skipper Jim Murphy with crew of Daniel Burleson, Dan Gidcumb, Lauri Ellias, Mike Hendrie and Ruth Barrett. For more Bayview Mackinac Race information, visit http://www.bycmack.com/.

J/105s Enjoy Inaugural J/Fest Great Lakes

DSC_3442This regatta was heavily promoted by ABYC and supported by Fleet Captain Doug Bullock with some impromptu assistance from Team Sonic’s Flip Cup Challenge experts Michelle Skutelsky, Emily Sale and Kira Fulford. ABYC worked hard to organize a great event and did it with help from the old style reggae tunes of the Errol Blackwood band. Fleets included J80, J27, J35 on Alpha course and the 18 boat strong J105 fleet with a mix of J109/120/33 in a PHRF division on Bravo adding up to total 42 boats. The shore side effort promised a great event. Top contender Mandate had its usual crew, but Hey Jude was short one doctor and long one Jarvis with Scott C. taking the helm. It promised to be a good challenge between these two and Jamaica looked strong but no Jorge. Usual was back in strength with Johnny Wright on the helm. It was promised to be tight racing. All the J105’s were well prepared and raring to go but woke up to a Saturday forecast of absolutely no wind until maybe late in the afternoon. Guess what? That’s exactly what happened as the fleet sat idle until a wind line showed up around 2PM. The patient PRO hung in wisely and managed to get off 2 short races in a light but sailable shifty breeze which saw the fleet sailing much later into the afternoon than normal. Key to the race was as usual, getting off the line especially with 18 boats in a light breeze. Mandate took the first race but finished 2nd behind Hey Jude in the second. JMC was consistent with two 3rds finishing the first day in 3rd. Al Megarry helming Starcross had a solid day in 4th with Usual Suspects taking 5th place. Three boats (Sonic, TrueBlue and Voodoo Magic) were a little too eager at the start of the 2nd race and found out on shore they were scored UFD which dropped them back out of any chance of contention. The shore side party was fantastic reminding me of some of the club parties in the 80’s and 90’s when sailing attracted many more boats and sailors ashore. Michelle ran a fun flip cup event, the club sold lots of great rib-chicken dinner combos. All was good. Sunday’s forecast proved equally correct but completely different with a strong easterly wind overnight and current from around 50-70 degrees building throughout the day with 16 to 18 knots solid which created quite a bump and wave condition by days end. The PRO remained determined to complete the scheduled three races which were long and challenging. It ended up that the regatta winner was determined by the race 1 results as both Hey Jude and Mandate each had a 1st and 2nd on the remaining four races. So Mandate takes overall, Hey Jude 2nd and Usual Suspects sailing a really solid 2nd day (4, 3, 3) to overtake Jamaica who fumbled the ball (7, 4, 6). Mike Mountford’s Live Edge remained consistent to take 5th and Sentient punched above her weight level taking 6th. As a Sentient team member, the call was to stay away from other boats and sail our own race. We missed getting off the line but made it up by doing early takedowns and controlled gybes working the wind as best we could with a lighter weight and strength crew. Noteworthy sails by Team Endeavour who tanked in the light stuff on day 1, but took off in the breeze with a (3, 5) but a retirement from the last race pushed her back. Good solid sailing on the first 2 races though! Some observations (mine); 1) It was interesting to see that many of the J105’s passed the “faster” PHRF boats who had started 6 minutes ahead. J105’s rock with the breeze up! 2) It paid to gybe early. Not only could you work down the waves taking advantage of the larger waves offshore but when you gybed back, the bigger waves helped you surf faster and farther. 3) Teams that were more conservative taking down spins early were faster around the gates and better prepared upwind. It’s tempting to leave it late but any delay was disastrous. 4) Some lighter crew boats like Sonic and Jamaica still performed well in the big breeze. Next event is the National YC, August 12 & 13th after the Long weekend. Enjoy! Robert Baker Team Sentient Tactician and Lunch fetcher

REVELATION Wins Larchmont Yacht Club’s 119th Race Week

Sailors from Long Island Sound and nearby yachting areas congregated at Larchmont (NY) Yacht Club from July 15 to 23 to sail in one of the grandfathers of American regattas, the Larchmont Race Week. This annual event spanned top one-design classes, racer/cruisers, classic yachts, junior boats, and hosted the Storm Trysail Club’s Jr. Safety-at-Sea Seminar. The Charles Vanderlaan Trophy, recognizing the best overall racer/cruiser performance was awarded to George and Alex Wilbanks’ J/105 REVELATION. They won the eight-boat J/105 fleet with 8 points over six races. The Young American Junior Big Boat Team came in second, just one point back. Max Kalehoff took third with 12 points. Race Committee Chairman John May noted, "Our Race Committee again was up to the job running three circles every day, and, despite the lack of cooperation by the wind gods, lots of good races were conducted and excellent competition was demonstrated." For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4236.

Mark Symonds Wins J/105 Fleet at Wild Chicago Mackinac Race

This year’s 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac will go down in the history books as one of the toughest races ever. Just 200 of the 297 starters completed the 289.4 nm course. A frontal passage hit the fleet at midnight on Saturday, just hours into the race, producing a rare "dry front" that looked menacing as it came over the water but had no rain over Lake Michigan. As the front passed over the fleet, a blast front of 35-50 knot winds flew across the water. Shortly thereafter, the front passed by, pulling behind it a far stronger northerly breeze than forecast, so the fleet settled into a 20+ hour beat to windward in 15-30 knot winds from the NNE and punching into a classic 6-10 ft Lake Michigan chop. The winds rapidly shut down between the Manitou Island Straits and the open waters headed to Grey’s Reef. There were 21 boats in the J/105 one-design fleet. Here is the report from the winner, Mark Symonds on PTERODACTYL: "It was one of the most challenging Chicago Mac races I have sailed. It started out like a typical Mac Race—a pleasant sleigh ride under spinnaker. By late Saturday though, we could clearly see the storm system coming down the lake. Thankfully, the really bad stuff seemed to be tracking over the Wisconsin coastline off to the west of us. We kept our spinnaker up a little too long and suffered a knockdown in a sudden increase in winds to 40+ knots. It seemed like we were at a 90-degree angle forever, but more likely about 30-40 seconds. We were able to retrieve our spinnaker (in several pieces) and all the control lines. From there, the wind turned north for over 24 hours. North winds on Lake Michigan create big, powerful waves. We slammed upwind all of Sunday. We were very grateful and probably lucky that no one was hurt, being tossed around the cabin or deck. We soldiered on trying to catch Buzz and SeaLark who were launched in front of us. When we reached the Manitou passage, we had momentary cell coverage and found that we had caught them, but that Striking had also caught up. Four of us were bobbing for hours or ghosting along at very low speeds for quite some time. We tried everything to get going—jib and main, spinnaker and main, spinnaker only. We constantly worked it to try to accelerate out of the doldrums. Three of us were neck and neck getting to Grays Reef. This is the reason I love one-design racing—after two plus days of racing, we were in a clump of competitors who all had the same capabilities. When we finally got past the reef and turned toward the bridge, it was a drag race with the wind out of the south. We were able to barely hang on flying a spinnaker at a tight angle the whole way. Kudos to the whole J/105 fleet. They are a great bunch of talented and well-prepared competitors. While many had to drop out, we were very happy there were no serious injuries." For complete event information, visit http://www.cycracetomackinac.com/.

Troublemaker Takes Whidbey Island Race Week

Sixty-two entrants competed in the 35th Annual Whidbey Island Race Week, held July 10-14 at Oak Harbor, WA. The 13-boat J/105 fleet completed 13 races, with John Weil and Kent Sisk’s Troublemaker taking the win with 27 points. John Aitchison’s Moose Unknown claimed second with 34 points, and Erik Kristen’s More Jubilee third with 38. For complete event details, visit http://whidbeyislandraceweek.com/.

The Cloudy Bay Round the Island Race 1st July in the UK

Thank you to William Newton for this report: This year in Class 2B (48 entries), 10 J/105s were competing including one French boat, Job d’ete. The total entry was 1,342 boats, of which 1,207 finished. Our start was at 0620hrs, marginally better than the first start at 0530hrs. The wind was NW 18 knots, but forecast to decrease. Starting with several other classes, we were one of the largest starts so the fetch from the line reduced the chance of any incidents. With a good breeze and the tide with us, the leg to the Needles lighthouse was fast. The big decision at the Needles is always do you go between the lighthouse and the remains of the Varvassi, or outside? The J/105 Jester didn’t quite get it right, taking the inside route, and clipped the side of the wreck, but fortunately was able to continue. From the Needles to St. Catherine’s lighthouse, it was a run, however with the wind coming off the Island, tricky if you sailed too close to the Island to avoid the foul tide. At this stage, Jin Tonic was the leading J/105 offshore, with Jelly Baby inshore and the chasing pack of J/105s close behind. At St. Catherine’s, the wind headed us so it was predominantly a beat to Bembridge ledge. At Bembridge, the tide was against us and the wind decreasing, not ideal for the 105s. Short tacking along Ryde sands, the shallows were clearly marked with the odd competitor firmly aground. Very helpful! As we approached Osborne bay, Jin Tonic had moved ahead of the chasing pack, and the race between the 105s Jelly Baby, Redeye, Jazz and Jos started, much to the delight of the cheering spectator boats in Osborne Bay. Positions changed frequently, with Jelly Baby bouncing off one rock. Rounding the point, the unfortunate Jazz went too close to the shore, ran aground and was unable to continue. The wind had now dropped to 5 knots, and combined with the foul tide, crossing the correct finish line was extremely difficult with boats coming from all directions. The finishing order for the J/105 fleet was Jin Tonic, Jelly Baby, Redeye, Jos and Job d’ete, with Jin Tonic finishing second overall in Group 2. It was great to have 10 boats competing, and the design still proving competitive under IRC.

J/105s Dominate Doublehanded Class at Stratford Shoal Race

This past 4th of July Independence Day weekend marked the annual 45nm offshore dash from Riverside, CT to the Stratford Shoal Light and back to the finish link just off the club. This was the 86th edition of the Stratford Shoal Race, hosted by the Riverside YC on Long Island Sound. The highlight of the race included a duel between two well-sailed J/105s vying for class honors in the PHRF Doublehanded division. Sailing in one-design class configuration at a PHRF rating of 93, the top two boats finished just minutes apart after criss-crossing the Sound for 45nm. Winning by just over four minutes was Randy Bourne’s STRANGE BREW, and taking the silver was Josh Burack’s PEREGRINA. In fleet, they did quite well, taking fourth and sixth, respectively, overall. After starting at 0955 hrs on Saturday morning, virtually the entire fleet was finished by 1730 hrs, in time for fireworks, cocktails and food and a gorgeous sunset over New York City. For more Stratford Shoal Race information, click here.

Block Island Race Week

[caption id="attachment_4078" align="alignleft" width="300"] Team Good Trade, from left to right: John Sahagian (mast), Bill Higgins (bow), Nicole Breault (main/tactics), Casey Williams (jib trim and pit), Marc Acheson (spin trim) Bruce Stone (helm).[/caption] After five days of hard racing at Block Island Race Week, on Friday, June 23, there were 16 ecstatic winners and an equal number of disappointed runners-up. One of the happier crews was located at the far end of the Champlin’s dock aboard the J/105 Good Trade, owned by the husband-wife team of Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault. Good Trade sailed impressively all week en route to capturing the J/105 New England Championship, winning five races and placing second in two others in posting a low score of 12 points. That was seven better than runner-up Eclipse (Damiam Emery, Shoreham, NY), and earned Stone and Breault the prestigious Everett B. Morris Memorial Trophy. First awarded in 1967 and rededicated in 1991, the Morris Memorial Trophy is presented to the Block Island Race Week entry that wins its class and, in the judgment of the race committee and Storm Trysail Club commodore, put forth the Best Overall Performance. "We were on fire, really in the zone," Breault said. "We sailed the boat really well and minimized our mistakes." Stone steers while Breault calls tactics on Good Trade, which they bought last May from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The couple resides in San Francisco and races a J/105 named Arbitrage on the West Coast. "We’ve won five of the last seven regattas we’ve entered so I’d say we’ve been on a bit of a roll," Stone said. "We’re having a really strong season so far and hope to keep it going." Marc Acheson (headsail trimmer), Bill Higgins (bow), John Sahagian (mast person) and Casey Williams (jib trimmer) complete the crew on Good Trade, which opened the regatta with a third then reeled off a steady string of firsts and seconds the rest of the way. "Our crew work is so solid that I can call for any type of maneuver at any time and not worry one bit," Breault said. The fleet also featured team Rigadoon, owned by Bill Riggs and skippered by his 20-year-old grandson Kyle Riggs. Kyle finished ninth in his first regatta skippering the boat. The oldest crew member was 21 years old. In the J/105 Class overall: [caption id="attachment_4075" align="alignright" width="300"] In photo: Team Rigadoon led by Kyle Riggs, grandson of owner Bill Riggs, second from left.[/caption] 3rd overall and 3rd in the J/105 New England Championship: OJ Young, LOU LOU 2nd for Friday, 2nd overall and 2nd in the 2017 J/105 New England Championship: Damian Emery, ECLIPSE 1st for Friday, 1st overall, winner of the EVERETTE B. MORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY for the Best Performance for the Week and the 2017 J/105 New England Champion: Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault, GOOD TRADE For complete event information, visit www.blockislandraceweek.com

Cleveland Race Week One-Design

In one of the largest Cleveland Race Week events, 138 one-design boats were welcomed at Edgewater Yacht Club for the 37th annual Cleveland Race Week One-Design Weekend from June 15-18. Eleven fleets competed on four race circles. Light winds prevailed at the start of the event, but the weather only improved throughout the weekend. The J/105 fleet had five local boats, with Chip Schaffner and team on Fall Line placing first in class with 12 points after seven races. Trailing him were Rob Mock’s Unbridled with 18 points and the Uhlir Brothers on Trio just off the pace in third with 19. Following racing each day, competitors were greeted with live music, food trucks and cocktails. The Race Committee did an outstanding job on all four courses and in all weather conditions. For complete information, visit www.clevelandraceweek.com. Photos are available on the Cleveland Race Week Facebook page.

Chicago COLORS Regatta

The annual regatta that marks the start of the offshore sailing season in Chicago on Lake Michigan is Columbia Yacht Club’s Skyway Yacht Works Colors Regatta. Depending on weather and fleets, most boats sailed three to four races over the weekend in the challenging weather conditions. A familiar face was at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday afternoon in the J/105 fleet of eight boats. Clark Pellet’s SEALARK won with straight bullets, while Mike Sheppard’s FLYING PIG was second, Bob Amos’ SOUTHBOUND was third, Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS was fourth and Vanessa Gates’ STRIKING was fifth. For more COLORS Regatta information, visit http://www.columbiayachtclub.org/.

NYYC Annual Regatta

The 163rd New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, sponsored by Porsche and AIG and supported by Helly Hansen, took place June 9-11 in Newport, RI. The J/105 Tonto, skippered by Fred Darlington, won both races Sunday to claim top honors in PHRF 2. For complete event details, visit http://nyyc.org/yachting/racing/163rd-annual-regatta.

Chicago NOOD

The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in Chicago came to a close June 11 after three days of stellar sailing weather on Lake Michigan for more than 145 teams. Seven races were completed in the eight-boat J/105 division, with Clark Pellett’s Sealark taking the win with 16 points. Mark Gurney’s Buzz placed second with 21 points, and Gyt Petkus’s Vytis third with 30. For complete event details, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=3008.

Good Trade wins Cedar Point One Design Regatta

IMG_3645Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault (Good Trade #96) launched their 2017 East Coast J/105 program with a solid win at the Cedar Point One Design Regatta, scoring four bullets and two seconds for 8 points, followed by George & Alex Wilbanks on Revelation with 11 points, Davie Willis’ Solution with 18 points, and Jordan Mindich’s Shakedown in fourth place with 19 points. Many teams were using the regatta as a warm-up for Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week, and got a lot of chance for practice in widely varying conditions, generally mid to high teens on Saturday except for a brief 40 kt squall that ripped through the race course, and 4-8 kt on Sunday. On both days, the ebb tide was a significant factor in gauging starts as well as lay-line calls. According to Stone, "We used our flatter, heavy air jib on Saturday and cross-sheeted to have our team always on the high side, and be able to shift gears when hitting a wave set or needing to duck some traffic from other fleets on the race course. Nicole trims both main and jib upwind, and we maintain a running dialogue on what we’re trying to accomplish. She also breaks on tacks so our crew can stay on the rail until the last moment. During the squall, while boats were shredding or dropping their spinnakers, Good Trade got up onto a plane and surfed at 18+ kt, something we last did at Block two years ago when we hit 20.9 kt during the Around Island Race. On Sunday, we were sheeting to the low side as well as roll-tacking the boat, and used our light LA-3 AP jib, which is optimized for 3-10 kt. Both days were quite shifty so we avoided pinching and instead sailed low and fast to get to the next shift. With such an unstable wind direction, we also found it profitable to jibe soon after rounding the windward mark and carry that down to the gates. In general, there were great opportunities for the crew to practice everything, and we now feel readier for Block. Trimming sails on Good Trade was Mark Taylor, a new J/105 owner (#246 based in Mystic, CT), at pit was John Sahagian, owner of J/109 Picante, and two dinghy sailors, Claire Dennis and Meredith Killian, who provided wind calls and ran the bow." For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2999. Link to wrap-up video: https://youtu.be/iCd-PUR2gFQ.

Cape Flattery Race

In the Cape Flattery Race (a part of Swiftsure Race Week at Royal Victoria Yacht Club in British Columbia Canada) in the J/105 one-design class, PHRF L3, Jim Geros’ LAST TANGO won by nearly 15 minutes over Chris Phoenix’s JADED and Chuck Stephens’ PANIC, in second and third, respectively. Rounding out the top five were Doug Schenk’s FREE BOWL OF SOUP in fourth and Doug Pihlaja’s ABSTRACT in fifth. For complete information, visit http://www.swiftsure.org/.

Block Island Race

The 72nd edition of the Block Island Race on May 26 off of Stamford, CT was 186nm with 66 entrants. The breeze at the first start was a shifty 4 knots, but by the third start, it settled into a stiff northwesterly of 15 knots with significantly higher gusts. Most of the fleet popped their kites right at the start, with the majority paralleling the CT coast for the first 15-20 miles. A number of forecasts predicted a big wind hole in the middle of L.I. Sound in the Bridgeport-to-New Haven area, and soon the leading boats in the fleet began to see the first signs of its unwelcome appearance. The quandary was which side of the Sound would be better for getting around the hole–the CT shore, or the Long Island shore. Some gybed toward the LI shore, and others decided to stay the course along the CT side. Cutting across the Sound carried an additional risk of not making it to the other shore before the wind shut down. The key– in hindsight– was being close to either shore: it mattered less which shore you were on, as long as you weren’t out toward the middle. The hole, however, didn’t last nearly as long as some of the forecasts had predicted, and the fleet made good progress toward buoy 1BI off the north end of Block Island, with most flying spinnakers all the way to, and then around, the island. As they passed the south side of the island, the fleet was faced with a NW breeze and back toward Long Island Sound. The forecasts indicated a good chance the wind would shift toward the SE, with a light and fluky transition period. After the fleet leaders re-entered the Sound (most through Plum Gut), the wind from the NW faded to a period of calm before the southerly wind began to fill in, but somewhat erratically. Eventually, the southerly took precedence, and by Saturday afternoon (May 27), the lead competitors began to reappear on the Stamford horizon. American Yacht Club’s J/105 Young American Junior Big Boat Team took first place in PHRF Class 3. For more STC Block Island Race information, visit https://www.stormtrysail.org/regattas/block-island-race.

Manhattan Regatta

ManhattanContinuing a NYC and J/105 tradition, Fleet 10 in conjunction with the Liberty Yacht Club hosted the seventh annual Manhattan Regatta in the amazing racing venue of New York Harbor. Nine J/105s fought it out in eight races over two days in courses set by PRO Vicky Neiner between Lady Liberty and the Brooklyn shoreline. The regatta started with a light air first race in a course paralleling the Staten Island Ferry path where the wind shifted 180 degrees. At one point, spinnakers were simultaneously used in opposite directions. After this slow start, a steady sea breeze kicked in from the south necessitating a course reset to the Brooklyn shore. Three races were then completed with tight competition, leaving area favorite Paul Beaudin’s Loulou first with Ann and Gary Myer’s Magic and Mark van Schalkwyk’s Circe close behind. Paul is currently the area’s hot boat after winning the American Yacht Club Spring Regatta. Additionally, the Perth Amboy, NJ-based boat Escapade skippered by Al Rothschild won the single day PHRF division. At the end of the day, all the competitors returned to the Liberty Landing Marina to enjoy the traditional BBQ aboard the Liberty Lightship under the Manhattan skyline. Sunday featured a steady mid-teens southeast breeze and bright sunshine. Another course was set up along the Brooklyn shoreline under the gaze of Lady Liberty. The competitors enjoyed four races with Magic constantly nipping at Loulou’s heels in every race. Both split the bullets while Magic gained ground in races they did not win. An exhausted Loulou survived the eighth race of the weekend to win their first place Lady Liberty trophy. Magic and Circe completed the podium positions. Thank you LYC members Jim Chambers and Huhnsik Chung for generously providing their boats and time for RC. Also to Fleet 10 officers David Spence and Paul Zajac for once again organizing a great spring event. Complete results can be reviewed in the following Yacht Scoring link https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4167.

Vashon Island/Tri-Island Series Report

Seattle Yacht Club continued their popular Tri-Island Series of races, hosting the Vashon Island Race on Puget Sound for a fleet of nearly 80 boats. In the large J/105 fleet, Erik Kristen’s MORE JUBILEE is on a winning streak, posting another first to easily be leading the series. Lance Rummel & David Cohen’s INCONCEIVABLE added a second to their scoreline to now sit in second for the series. Third in Vashon was Chris Phoenix’s JADED (fourth in series), and then taking a fourth place and sitting in third for the series is Jim Geros’ LAST TANGO. For more SYC Tri-Island Series information, visit http://www.seattleyachtclub.org/.

J/105 Free Bowl of Soup Wins PHRF Overall at Oregon Offshore Race

The prestigious trophy for winning first overall in the Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race will have another three names on it this year: Schenk, Hopper & Davis. The trio sailed their J/105 FREE BOWL OF SOUP to an overall victory in the 2017 race under blustery conditions. They were not only the PHRF Overall winner, but the J/105 Class winner, too. According to Schenk, "Another epic one is in the books with a Southerly up the coast, and not too dead in the straights for an early finish. Having a J/105 division was super cool, and J/105s finished first, third and eighth overall!" The Oregon Offshore is one of the toughest races on the entire West Coast, hosted by Corinthian YC of Portland and the Astoria YC in Astoria, OR along the opening of the Columbia River. The race starts off the Columbia River Buoy 2 and goes 193nm north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, leaving Duntze Rock buoy to starboard and finishing off the piers at Victoria, British Columbia in Canada on the northern side of the Straits. Twenty-one teams entered this year. Behind the J/105 winners, it was Doug Pihlaja’s ABSTRACT that took second place (third overall), while Dana Sibilla’s ESCAPE ARTIST placed third (eighth overall). For more information, visit http://www.oregonoffshore.org/.

62nd Annual Edlu Distance Race

The 62nd Annual Edlu Distance Race attracted 59 entrants for what has long been a classic tune-up race for the around Block Island Race and Block Island Race Week. Hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club (Larchmont, NY) on May 13, spinnaker fleets were on a 32.2nm course and non-spinnaker on a 19.6nm course, with racing followed by a classic party to make it one of the must-do events on western Long Island Sound. In the 13-boat PHRF 2, the Young American Jr. Big Boat Team's J/105 placed first, followed by another J/105, Arete, with Duncan Hennes/Za & Lib Jelliffe in second. For complete event details, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=3041.

Race to the Straits

The 16th Annual Race to the Straits provided a Single- and Double-Handed event on May 6 and 7, hosted by Sloop Tavern Yacht Club in Seattle, WA. An entry limit of 125 boats was reached, with each accepting the race’s preamble: The Race to the Straits is a challenging event where a boat can be subjected to the heavy weather typical of the Puget Sound and Admiralty Inlet. The Race to the Straits Race Committee expects that each competitor has prepared their boat accordingly and possesses the skills necessary to successfully navigate their boat in such heavy weather. The full course length is 30.036 nautical miles each day. Saturday’s race goes from Shilshole Bay to Point Hudson keeping the Double Bluff Buoy to port. Sunday’s race goes from Point Hudson to Shilshole Bay keeping the Double Bluff Buoy to starboard. All boats are prohibited from using the Port Townsend Canal. The short course lengths (if necessary) are 17.873 nautical miles on Saturday and 12.163 nautical miles on Sunday and finish at the Double Bluff Buoy. Eight J/105s competed in Class 14 - Double Handed Flying Sails Division. Matthew & Tessa Gardner-Brown's Dulcinea topped the fleet, with Erik Kristen's More Jubilee in second and David Cohen's Inconceivable in third. For complete results, visit https://www.styc.org/race_info/RaceToTheStraits/2017/Res_Series_Class.html.

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Annapolis

It was the largest Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in recent years, with more than 200 boats in 17 fleets competing in the unpredictable conditions of the Chesapeake Bay from May 5-7. In the 22-boat J/105 fleet, Canadian Michael Mountford’s Live Edge earned the victory over locals Andrew Kennedy on Bat IV and the Lewis/Salvesen team on Mirage. Three races were completed. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=3007.

Yachting Cup

The third and final day of the 2017 Yachting Cup concluded on Sunday, May 7 with a change of course due to atypical San Diego weather. Race Committee decided early to change all courses from the ocean to inside the San Diego Bay where waters were much calmer. All of the boats that sailed in Saturday's Near Roads course sailed in the South Bay and all the boats that sailed in the Middle and Far Roads courses sailed in the North Bay. All of the fleets sailed course 1 which was 7.28nm except the Pac52s and the Division AA boats. These bigger boats sailed course 2 which totaled 10.53nm. After an hour delay, the first races started at 12:30pm in a steady drizzle with wind speeds reaching 14+ knots in certain parts of the course. Race Committee on the South Bay course was able to complete two races, but the North Bay course was not as lucky. Shortly after 2:00pm when Race Committee on the North Bay started the second race, a line of squalls came in with heavy rain and wind, forcing Race Committee to abandon the second race in the North Bay. Though all the sailors can confirm that conditions were insane for San Diego, that didn't stop Rick Goebel and his crew on Sanity from winning the J/105 fleet and the overall regatta. In addition to winning every race this weekend, Goebel was also named the Yachting Cup Overall winner in 2014. "We really had a great regatta, especially in the heavy air. We go up to the Big Boat Series every three or four years so we are really set up for heavy air and we have a great heavy air crew. Only two of the crew members have changed since we last won Yachting Cup, so we are basically the same group. This year was really tough, but to win it this year was fantastic." Chuck Driscoll’s Juice placed second, and Ed Sanford’s Creative third in the 12-boat fleet. Complete results posted at http://yachtingcup.com/results, and photos from all three days of the event are located at http://yachtingcup.com/media/image-gallery.

American Yacht Club Spring Series

Seventy boats competed over the course of two weekends in the 38th Annual American Yacht Club Spring Series Regatta. This year was no disappointment as the final weekend brought breezes and sunny skies to challenge racers as they prepare their boats and crew for another sailing season in the Northeast. The Spring Series saw eight classes complete 10 and 11 races on the East and South courses respectively, over the two-weekend event. Race days were followed by cocktails and food on the picturesque lawn of the American Yacht Club overlooking the course. Paul Beaudin's LouLou with crew, Lionel Crear, Miguel Sanchez Maymi, Carina Becker, Dave Schrader and Burton Williams walked away with the nine-boat J/105 fleet victory at 14 points, keeping Thom Hering and his Trifecta at a safe distance in second. Third place was hotly contested as three boats posted 38 points each. The Junior Sailors of American Yacht Club, however, topped the group by winning two races during the series. The junior team, made up of high school age 420 sailors, began their keelboat racing experience led by US Sailing's "Volunteer Coach of the Year," Peter Becker. Peter had coached and nurtured these young sailors to unprecedented success in the 2016 Newport to Bermuda Race. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2993.

Team Arbitrage Wins SF Yacht Club Resin Regatta

Arbitrage (1)Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault and their team on Arbitrage posted their third regatta win of the 2017 SF Bay season by topping the 21-boat J/105 fleet in the San Francisco Yacht Club’s Resin Regatta on the Berkeley Olympic Circle. The Race Committee waited out the light early northerlies for the westerlies that kicked in almost on schedule around noon, providing great racing in flat water. Competitors enjoyed warm winds generally in the 13-16 kt range each day with gusts to 27 kt late Saturday and 18 kt on Sunday. Starting Sunday in third place, Arbitrage posted two bullets to wrest the lead away from Rolf Kaiser/Shannon Ryan’s team on Donkey Jack, with Phil Laby’s Godot taking third and Adam Spiegel’s Jam Session in fourth. Major drama for several teams on Saturday was trying to get out of the city-front marina near the St. Francis YC in San Francisco, as the tides were at record lows and Arbitrage was fully stuck in the mud at its slip, while Jam Session ran aground at the exit to the harbor. Along with Perseverance, they waited for the water to rise and were then able to leave, just making it to the starting area across the bay. Full results at: http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=14187.

Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta

The Sloop Tavern Yacht Club Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta took place on April 1 in Seattle, WA. 116 boats signed up to support The STYC Sailing Foundation fundraiser (promoting the advancement of youth sailing and boating safety), and after all the starting horns were done, 109 boats in 16 different classes crossed the start line on their way to Blakely Rock off the southeast end of Bainbridge Island. Winds were light at first, but eventually built before trailing off again. The Class 11 J/105 one-design fleet was easily taken by John Atchison’s MOOSE UNKNOWN. They finished six minutes ahead of Tom Kerr’s CORVO-105, and two minutes back from them was Chuck Stephens’ PANIC. The rest of their top five included Jim Geros’ LAST TANGO in fourth and Matt Rockett’s INCONCEIVABLE in fifth. For more Blakely Rock Benefit Race information, visit http://www.styc.org/.

CowTown Stampede

The Fort Worth Boat Club hosted their Annual Regatta & Cowtown Stampede on Eagle Mountain Lake. The J/105 fleet was won by Rick Shaffer’s DOUBLE DARE with nearly all bullets. Taking second was Dwight Horton’s BEAUTY with a 4-4-2-3-3-1 tally for 13 points net. Only one point back was HOSS sailed by Williamson Phillip to a 1-2-3-4-5-4 record for 14 points net. For more Cowtown Stampede information, visit http://www.j24texas.com/.

Puget Sound Spring Series

Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle recently hosted their Puget Sound Spring Series. It is a popular event that is comprised of two divisions (big boats and small boats) which sail over two weekends. The eight-boat J/105 fleet was incredibly competitive. First was Erik Kristen’s MORE JUBILEE with 9 points net, winning six of eight races for the landslide victory. Behind them, it was quite the battle for the top five. In the end, taking second was David Cohen & Lance Rummel’s INCONCEIVABLE with 17 points net. Then, in third position was Jim Geros’ LAST TANGO with 20 points net, followed in fourth by Jerry Diercks’ DELIRIUM, and in fifth was Chris Phoenix’s JADED. For more Puget Sound Spring Series information, visit http://www.cycseattle.org/racing/results-and-registrants/.

Charleston Race Week

Charleston is known for its reliable spring seabreeze, but the Holy City’s coast outdid itself this year during the 22nd edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week. It wasn’t just the three race days either; from the first team’s arrival for practice more than a week earlier until the lengthy awards ceremony on Sunday night, reliable southerly winds buffeted the region, ensuring maximum racing, maximum action, and maximum enjoyment for the nearly 2,000 sailors, shore crew, staff, and volunteers that comprise this largest event of its kind in the Americas. Teams that clinched their wins before the end of the regatta included Frickie Martschink and Bill McKenzie’s RumFront in the five-boat J/105 Class. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=2997.

Voile de St Barths

With a dying breeze and shortened course Friday, J/105 Solstice skippered by Bruce Stone with Nicole Breault at main/tactics managed to post a hard-earned fourth place finish (after leading the regatta) and, with racing cancelled Saturday due to lack of wind, finished in second place overall after posting a 1, 2 and 4. Reported Bruce: "We're satisfied with this outcome given it was handicap racing and the boat's owners, Jordan and Shannon Mindich, felt that conditions favored the boats with genoas and masthead kites...and now we have a day to go snorkeling." Final results are at https://regattaguru.com/lesvoiles/100213/class_results/100973.

J/Fest San Francisco

J/Fest San Francisco was held at St. Francis Yacht Club on April 1-2 with 21 J/105s on the starting line looking for the wandering river of spring run-off ebb that snuck through the weak flood tide. Heading out to late ebb away from the shore was sometimes the ticket to the fast lane, and later in the tide cycle footing to the city front brought some relief, though some boats won both sides and arrived together at the top mark. Scoring a consistent 4, 4, 4, 5, 3 for 20 points, Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s Team Arbitrage won by two points over Jeff Littfin’s Mojo and Ryan Simmons’ Blackhawk, with Mojo winning on the tie-breaker, followed by Adam Spiegel’s Jam Session and Theresa Brandner’s Walloping Swede just one point further back with 23 points. Said Stone, "This was an amazingly close regatta – five boats separated by three points! In fact, including Rolf Kaiser/Shannon Ryan’s Donkey Jack with 25 points, each of the top six boats were in contention to take the victory based on the last race. This was also the first time on the podium for Theresa Brandner, and we were thrilled to see her progress. The SF Bay fleet had 20 entrants on the starting line for each of the midwinters, with several new owners, and over 20 entrants in the Spring One Design and in this J/Fest, so that bodes well for the vibrancy of the Class." In winning SF Bay J/Fest, Stone and Breault celebrated their second win of the season, and look forward to competing in other J/Fests. On their calendar are J/Fest New England in Newport RI in August, and J/Fest Southwest in Galveston in October. View complete event information by clicking here. (Thanks to Bruce Stone for this report.)

Seattle Center Sound Series

The Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle finished their Seattle Center Sound Series. It is three weekends of sailing in March that consist of random-leg buoy races around the Puget Sound. The first race took place on March 4: the Blakely Rocks Race of 16.57nm. Then, on March 11, the fleet sailed the Scatchet Head Race of 26.29nm. The finale took place on March 25: the Three Tree Point Race of 14.1nm. The J/105 Class saw an excellent 10-boat turnout, with Erik Kristen’s MORE JUBILEE walking off with class honors, posting a 3-1-1 for just 5 points total. The real battle was for the balance of the top five, with Jim Geros’ LAST TANGO getting a 5-2-4 for 11 points. Just one point back was a tiebreaker between Jerry Diercks’ DELIRIUM and Chris Phoenix’s JADED, with DELIRIUM taking the bronze. Sitting only one point behind them to round out the top five was Dave Cohen & Lance Rummel’s INCONCEIVABLE with 13 points. For more CYC Seattle Center Sound Series information, visit http://www.cycseattle.org/racing/results-and-registrants/.

Texas Invitational Regatta

Thank you to Paul Beaudin for this report: I just spent a fantastic weekend at Lakewood Yacht Club, enjoying the Texas Invitational Regatta. Fourteen teams of three teamed up to put seven boats on the line for two days of warm weather sailing on Galveston Bay. The goal is to give owners from other areas an inexpensive way to go to an event without all the expense of taking your boat. Along the way, you get to sail with new friends and experience J/105 racing in a new place. This particular place also happens to be the host club for this year’s North American Championship. It is a great sailing venue and relatively inexpensive. Winning or losing was not the priority of the format but here are a few results: First place was taken by two new J/105 owners OJ Young and Steve Rhyne. Second was Uzi Ozeri and myself, Paul Beaudin. Third was Nat Kimberling and past owner Bill Zartler. I very much recommend this type of event for other fleets. It is very easy to do, low cost for the visitors and an excellent way to make new friends and pick up some tricks from your teammates. Nice going Fleet 17!

San Diego NOOD

The Helly Hansen Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in San Diego attracted 126 boats for 13 classes of competition on March 17-19. This was the second stop of the 5-event NOOD national tour, with the top teams from each event advancing to the Caribbean NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands on October 22-29. Here are the top three of the 11-boat J/105 fleet:
  1. Sanity, Rick Goebel, San Diego, CA, USA, 2 -2 -1 -3 -1 -3 ; 12
  2. Wings, Dennis Case, San Diego, CA, USA, 4 -3 -2 -1 -2 -7 ; 19
  3. Juiced, Tom Hurlburt / Chuck Driscoll, San Diego, CA, USA, 3 -1 -3 -2 -5 -6 ; 20 For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=3006.

J/105 Team Arbitrage Wins 2017 St. Francis YC Spring One Design

ArbitrageThe 20 J/105 teams in the season opening St. Francis YC Spring One Design Series were greeted with rain, hail, winds in high teens to low 20s with gusts to 35 kts and an erratic flood tide that was overrun by streaks of ebb from recent storm-induced water run-off from the NorCal rivers and reservoirs. On Saturday, the southerly wind caused the course to run across the tides, while on Sunday the westerly ran parallel to the tides. Going into the fifth and last race, it was a three-way tie among Brent Vaughn’s Jabberwocky, Philip Laby’s Godot (winner of the 2016 J/105 Fleet One season championship) and past national fleet captain Bruce Stone’s Arbitrage, with Jeff Littfin’s Mojo and Ryan Simmon’s Blackhawk just a few points behind and challenging for the podium. With flood on the pin end at the shore and ebb outside, the Race Committee skewed the starting line to favor the pin, but Arbitrage won the committee, flopped onto port and ran away from the pack, with Jabberwocky slightly back on its windward hip, both footing out toward the ebb. Godot dug out of a third row start and reached off to clear its air. Arbitrage faced the dilemma as to whom to cover. Mainsheet/tactician (and co-owner) Nicole Breault kept Arbitrage high to pinch off Jabberwocky, and hedge against the southerly gusts which favored Mojo and Blackhawk on the inside. This had the effect of letting Godot get to the ebb first, shooting forward from a 10-length deficit to a five-length lead at the windward mark. Arbitrage caught up downwind, and could have pinned Godot outside but let them gybe to round the unfavored port gate. In going there, Godot sought to replicate its strategy of getting to the ebb first, but Arbitrage chose the well-upwind starboard gate, coming out of the rounding way ahead and romping home with a huge lead. Godot finished second, with Mojo third, Jabberwocky and Blackhawk tied for fourth with Jabberwocky winning on the tie-breaker due to its two bullets to Blackhawk’s one bullet. Full results at: https://www.regattatoolbox.com/results?eventID=g0EvWKuBY9

USF Wins Southern Collegiate Offshore Regatta in J/105

Nine universities from across the U.S. competed in the Southern Collegiate Offshore Regatta, held February 11-12 in Charleston, SC. Held in keelboats using PHRF, the seven-race series was won by the University of South Florida. The competition was staged in a fleet of donated boats randomly assigned to the nine teams with racing inside Charleston Harbor on medium-distance courses. The University of South Florida team won on the J/105 JOYRIDE with a record of 5-1-2-1-4-1-2 for just 16 points total. Securing fifth position on the J/105 SKIMMER was the Vanderbilt University team with a total of 43 points.

Three Bridge Fiasco

The 362 entries in the Singlehanded Sailing Society's 2017 edition of the Three Bridge Fiasco in San Francisco, CA had more wind than predicted, except when they had none at all. One of the factors that makes the race a "fiasco" is that the crews, all singlehanded and doublehanded, must choose which way to start and finish and which direction to sail around the three marks: Blackaller Buoy near the Golden Gate Bridge, Red Rock just south of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, and Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the Bay Bridge. The clockwise pack had a restart when the wind died north of Treasure Island. Fortunately, the current on this patch of water was mellow, though at least one boat dropped an anchor. Kame Richards, a local sailmaker and highly successful racer, offered some advice about strategy at the skippers' meeting on Wednesday. "If you go clockwise you're statistically in an okay group," he commented. Probably 95% of the racers went clockwise on Saturday, but this year it was the contrarians who finished first. "The tidebooks are going to be wrong," stated Richards. "The tides will not be normal." He was right on that score. It wasn't so simple as flood turning to ebb. Rip currents abounded. The velocity of rushing water in some places was unusual on the Bay. Patches of meringue and weird whirlpools popped up in seemingly random places, all adding to the day's challenges. With so little breeze and such strong currents, the starboard rounding of Yerba Buena was far trickier than the much earlier port rounding of it by the CCW boats had been. Some boats were dragged into the island and ran aground, others piled up into a buoy tender docked at the Coast Guard station there. Some of the clockwise crews had fretted about typically light air at Red Rock and the flood turning to ebb, so they went straight to Red Rock after the start, leaving Blackaller Buoy for last. (As it turned out, there was plenty of breeze at Red Rock, though the ebb did start early there). In the late afternoon, this group shot toward the Golden Gate Bridge on a river of 4- to 5-knot ebb. Turning toward shore, they found an equivalent back eddy of flood surrounding their last mark. As Kame explained,"When it's ebbing very hard, all the water can't fit under the Golden Gate Bridge. Some of it hits Fort Point and gets bounced back along the City-front." In the large J/105 Double class, winning was Chris Kim & Mike Lazarro’s VUJA STAR. Nearly a half hour behind them in second was Adam Spiegel & Chris Tholstrup’s JAM SESSION, with William Woodruff & Mike Weinman’s RUSSIAN ROULETTE in third, John Robison & Simon James’ LIGHTWAVE in fourth and Phil Laby & Matt Skafel’s GODOT in fifth position. Thanks for contribution from Erik Simonson.

Mount Gay Round Barbados Series Coastal Series Finale

The final day of the Coastal Series at the 81st Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta, organized by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., and Mount Gay, concluded in spectacular style Thursday with sunshine, a good working breeze up to 17-18kts, and a relatively flat sea. The 15nm course took the fleet out to the west, followed by a long windward leg to Oistins, not far off South Point. Peter Lewis and his seasoned local team aboard the J/105 Whistler clinched the series with three straight wins. This super-tuned team demonstrated their impressive kite handling skills once again so it wasn’t particularly surprising to see them take overall honors. For complete event information, visit http://mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com.

J/105 Chilean Championship

The 2016 Chilean J/105 National Championship was sailed at Higuerillas Yacht Cub, located in Con-Con Bay in late November. The club members welcomed the fleet of 12 J/105s including six teams from Algarrobo and six from the Valparaíso/Higuerillas area. On the first day, the fleet was treated to four races, with winds up to 20 knots from the south. Crews worked hard in the tricky, shifty winds to sail consistent and fast. Downwind, the teams had fun surfing 10-12 foot waves. On day two, teams woke up to even more waves and winds. With steady breezes in the 25-30 knot range, gusting higher (and forecast to get even stronger), plus waves cresting over 15 feet, the fleet realized it was going to be impossible to sail any race. A Sunday brunch and awards presentation took place instead. The clear winner was declared, with Patricio Seguel guiding GRAND SLAM to a comfortable win with a 1-3-1-1 record for 6 points total. They were chased hard by Vernon Robert skippering ARCHIMEDES who claimed the silver with a 2-1-3-2 tally for 8 points. For the final spot on the podium, it was a three-way contest between Miguel Perez’s RECLUTA, Martin Baeza’s UTOPIA and Jose Manuel Ugarte’s SCIMITAR. In the end, the teams were just three points apart. Starting out strongly with a 3-2 was Perez’s RECLUTA. Even though their last two races were a 4-9, the closing tally was just enough to score the bronze medal with a total of 18 points. Baeza’s UTOPIA finished with 19 points to Ugarte’s SCIMITAR with 21 points to round out the top five.

Hot Rum #3

The San Diego Hot Rum Series is now in the books. With 132 boats entered in a reverse PHRF handicap, the race to finish first is always a crap shoot. But for Race #3, the winds were 10-17 knots and just right for San Diego Fleet 8's J/105s. Of the five first to finish, three were J/105s. Dennis Case’s Wings was second, Rick Goebel's Sanity was third and Erostino Dagfish’s Viggen was fifth in the final race. In class overall for the series, it was Sanity first and Wings third. For complete results, visit http://sdyc.org/results16/hotrum_r3_res.htm.

Hot Rum Race II Report

For the 140+ boats racing in the San Diego Yacht Club Hot Rum Series for the second race that took place on November 19, it was a slow light air affair. The J/105 division/Class 3 continues to have four J/105s in the top ten. Lead boat is Rick Goebel’s SANITY with a 1-5 for 6 points to hold second overall. Dennis Case’s WINGS has an 11-3 for 14 points, good enough for fifth place. Tim Fuller’s STEADFAST has a 7-10 for 17 points and is in seventh position. Then, "Dag" Fish’s VIGGEN is in 10th place with a 4-16 for 20 points. It will all be on the line next week. For more SDYC Hot Rum information, visit http://sdyc.org/.

Bermuda Invitational

From November 17-19, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club hosted the Bacardi XL Catlin Bermuda Keelboat Invitational. On Thursday, a harbor postponement was posted for a few fleets, including the J/105s. It became clear it was a good decision as by 11am, gusts at Pearl Island were in excess of 45 knots with intermittent rain squalls flooding the streets. By noon, the RBYC PRO canceled racing for the day. The regatta is a unique format, as it’s invitation-only. Local Bermuda J/105 teams invite a non-Bermuda team to join them, so three "foreigners" join three "locals" to form a team of six crew. Then, the skippers of each group (Bermuda/foreigner) take turns skippering each race. Awards are given for the top three Bermuda skippers, the top three foreign skippers, and for the overall team leaders. It is a fun regatta format that produces camaraderie between the crews, particularly since the event sponsors include Bacardi. Friday dawned partly cloudy and sunny with a 10-12 knot westerly breeze. As the teams took off to get some early practice, it was evident it was going to be a difficult day to get in four to five races (the race day’s schedule). Over the course of the day, the wind direction changed 70 degrees at least twice, and during the racing there was little rhyme or reason to the wind shifts as the cloud lines passed by, often producing 30-45 degree shifts per leg and at least twice per race. After four races on Friday, local Star World Champion Peter Bromby’s team on AIRFORCE from the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club posted a very consistent 1-2-3-1 to take the lead with 7 points total. Just behind them was Jon Corless’s MAYHEM from Royal Bermuda YC posting a 4-3-2-3 for 12 points and James Macdonald’s PASSION from RBYC in third with a 3-7-1-2 for 13 points. Saturday dawned with one rain squall after another sweeping the Great Sound. Forecasted was a rapid increase of breeze from 10-20 knots to 20-35 knots, accompanied by massive rain squalls. The RBYC PRO took no chances and simply postponed for one hour. As expected, the weather did not improve at all and got dramatically worse. At that point, it was time to put the boats away and celebrate the coronation of the winners of Friday’s racing by early afternoon. For more information, visit http://rbyc.bm/.

Hot Rum Race

A 115-boat fleet completed a West Coast pursuit-style event: the Hot Rum Race hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. Winning by over two minutes was Rick Goebel’s J/105 SANITY, also taking the Class 3 win. Taking fourth in Class 3 was Dag Fish’s J/105 VIGGEN, followed by Tim Fuller’s J/105 STEADFAST in seventh. The teams all enjoyed their celebrations on the San Diego YC docks in the post-race festivities. Next race takes place on November 19. For more Hot Rum Series information, visit http://sdyc.org/calendar/events/4493.

J/Fest Southwest

The turnout at this year’s J/Fest Southwest at Lakewood Yacht Club was great and so was the sailing on Galveston Bay. The leaderboard for J/105s was a three-way battle all weekend-long. Lakewood YC local Uzi Ozeri took class honors skippering INFINITY to a one-point victory over Scott Spurlin’s AFTERSHOCK. John Barnett’s VICI crew came on strong in the last three races to post a 3-2-2 to close within four points on AFTERSHOCK, taking the bronze on the podium. Mark Masur’s TWO FEATHERS from Fort Worth Boat Club sailed consistently to take fourth place. Brad Robbins’ RUMPUS took fifth overall. For complete information, visit http://jfestsouthwest.com/.

Chesapeake Championship

The J/105s held their Chesapeake Bay Championship October 29-30 at Annapolis Yacht Club. Competition was tight between John White's 33 THOUSAND EMAILS and Andrew Kennedy's BAT IV. Kennedy had three bullets in five races, and was on top for the weekend. But, it all came down to the final race, and Kennedy fell to fifth place, allowing White to come in on top by just a point. The balance of the top five was a three-way battle. The teams—Lewis/Salvesen’s MIRAGE, Ben duPont’s CTRL ALT DEL, and Hugh Bethell’s JESTER—all traded off top five finishes in the five races sailed. In the end, the final race also determined the outcome of this trio, with MIRAGE taking the bronze, duPont settling for fourth and JESTER in fifth. For complete results, click here.

Newport Harbor Yacht Club Wins 2016 Lipton Cup

The 2016 Lipton Cup ended dramatically on Sunday, October 30 under ominous clouds and light rain. Despite challenging wind directions on San Diego Bay, Race Committee ran three races, completing all 12 scheduled races for the weekend, meaning every team competed in each of the J/105s. Newport Harbor Yacht Club (NHYC) won the first two races and even though they finished ninth in the third race, they were able to keep their overall lead and win the regatta by one point. NHYC finished third in 2014 and second in 2015, so it was game on to see if they could pull off the win this year. The first race on Sunday was between Coronado Yacht Club (CorYC) and NHYC. CorYC was leading until the second weather mark when NHYC moved into first place, with a clean spinnaker. Race two was a Southern California battle between San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC), Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC) and NHYC who were all neck and neck at the beginning of the race. LBYC passed SDYC on a tack and maintained their lead around the second weather mark and downwind to the finish. Jon Pinckney shared how he was successful the whole weekend, "We fought really hard, and we had a really good team. I think one of the keys was whenever we were down in the race, we were able to come back. There were two races we didn’t, but there were also a lot of other races when we did. The first two races (Sunday) we started well, but the last race we had to battle once again. When you’re battling you have to rely on your whole team, and everyone was really good." The skies opened up and it started raining for the final race of the day at 3pm in about 9 knots of wind. Almost the whole fleet rounded the first weather on top of each other, but St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC) managed to break in front of the fleet and keep the lead until the finish. StFYC's win of the last race moved them up to a second place finish overall and just one point away from the overall win. StFYC's skipper, Chris Raab, knew where he needed to finish going into the last race, saying, "I was thinking about how badly I screwed up in race eleven, so I knew we had to win the last race. It was an interesting race since SDYC and NHYC were so close. My strategy was to get ahead of NHYC, because once we get ahead, we stay strong and nobody catches us. So that's what we did." Before the awards ceremony, Pinckney reflected on his overall win, "It feels really good. It's been a long time coming." Full results are available at http://sdyc.org/results16/liptoncup_res.htm. Photos are available at http://sdyc.org/liptoncup/media/image-gallery. The Lipton Cup would like to thank its sponsors: Ballast Point, Helly Hansen, North Sails, Pacific Gate San Diego & Zeal Optics. And special thanks to the local J/105 owners for lending their boats to make this regatta possible.

Seattle Grand Prix

The 40th Annual Seattle Grand Prix Regatta took place on Puget Sound, hosted by Seattle Yacht Club. The fleet enjoyed two gorgeous days of sailing in relatively light winds on the Sound. Amongst the fleets, there was one-design class racing for the J/105s. James Geros’ LAST TANGO won the J/105 fleet with a 1-1-2-5 for 9 points total. Chris Phoenix’s JADED was second with a 2-5-1-6 for 14 points. Third was determined by a tie-breaker, with Lance Rummel’s INCONCEIVABLE with a 5-4-7-2 for 18 points taking it over FREE BOWL OF SOUP campaigned by the trio of Schenk/Davis/Hopper. Fifth place was taken by Jerry Diercks’ DELIRIUM. For more event information, click here.

Bill Menninger Wins International Masters Regatta

After pulling themselves up from seventh to fourth on Saturday, October 22, Bill Menninger (Newport Harbor Yacht Club) and his team posted two bullets Sunday to climb to the top of the 12-boat fleet and win San Diego Yacht Club’s International Masters Regatta in J/105s. Meninger was sailing with Scott Mason, Jon Pinckney, Steve Schupak, Robert Kinney and Shawn Patrick. Sunday’s conditions were unusual for San Diego, featuring cloudy and sporadically rainy skies with little wind at noon. Racing was delayed for about an hour and a half due to 100 degree wind shifts, making the Race Committee unable to set a course. Eventually, the wind settled to more typical conditions, and the Race Committee was able to run two of the four scheduled races. The delay in racing provided plenty of time for the skippers to reminisce with their crews about past races in their careers, a central theme of the International Masters Regatta. Chuck Nichols (SDYC), the winner of the 2013 Masters Regatta, describes the International Masters Regatta as "...a bunch of old characters that come back and tell you about sailing. It reminds you of how great they were and still are." Race one got underway just before 2pm once the wind was up to five to six knots. The fleet was split at the start, but the right side of the course was clearly favored upwind. Mennniger had the lead at the first weather mark and was able to keep his lead throughout the entire race as the wind picked up to about 10 knots. Jon Andron (St. Francis Yacht Club) and Don Trask (St. Francis Yacht Club) were behind Menninger and eventually finished second and third. Racing was slightly delayed before the second race so that a proper course could be set in shifty conditions. Three skippers–Menninger, Richard du Moulin (Storm Trysails Club/Larchmont Yacht Club) and Jon Andron (St. Francis Yacht Club)–were in a three-way tie for first place overall going into the last race. The anticipation was visible once the race started and six boats were immediately OCS. Menninger was not among them, which helped him gain a commanding lead. Menninger was able to keep this lead and sailed across the finish line as the 2016 International Masters Regatta champion. This is Menninger’s first time winning the International Masters Regatta and also the first win from a Newport Harbor Yacht Club skipper. Menninger will be back at SDYC next weekend for the 102nd Challenge for the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup where he will crew for Jon Pinckney on the Newport Harbor Yacht Club team. Menninger reflected at the end of the weekend, "My overall strategy for these three days was to get better every race. My starts were not very good at the start of the regatta, but they got a lot better by the end. Sailing aside, my favorite part of the Masters Regatta is the camaraderie of the guys that you’ve raced against your whole life, or new guys that you haven’t sailed against yet." du Moulin, who had led the event through the first two days of the competition, posted an 8-2 Sunday to slip to second overall, one point off the lead. du Moulin was sailing with Barrett Holby, Bill Campbell, Peter Bauer, Chris Reyling and Gerard Girstl. Completing the podium was Andron sailing with Shawn Bennett, Tom Ducharme, Spuds Whidden, Dave Kelly, and Allie Rowe. For complete event information, visit http://www.sdyc.org/masters/.

Terry McLaughlin & Rod Wilmer’s Mandate Rules J/105 North American Championship

It took until the sixth race of the Stella Artois J/105 North American Championship before another team could cross the finish line ahead of Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer’s Mandate. Following five consecutive bullets, the Canadian team (including crew Graham Hicks, Fraser Howell, Evert McLaughlin and John Millen) added a 2,3 to end the seven-race series with just 10 points, earning their second J/105 North American Championship title in three years. By virtue of a six in Sunday’s only contest, Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s Good Trade took second place, winning the tie-breaker on points at 27 with local Damian Emery on Eclipse. Larchmont Yacht Club in New York hosted the four-day event for 37 teams representing Bermuda, Canada, Great Britain and the USA. Bill Lakenmacher’s Radiance won the seventh and final race of the event in breeze that started around 25 knots, and then increased to 35 by the end. "If we had another race, we might have worn hockey helmets," joked McLaughlin. "This was good Canadian weather, and a real test of crew work." Rod Wilmer added, "We had solid starts, focused on finding a lane and getting clear to stay out of trouble." Photos are available on the J/105 Facebook page, and complete results may be found at www.j105nas.com. Top Five: 1. Mandate, CAN83, Terry McLaughlin / Rod Wilmer - 1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -2 -3; 10 2. Good Trade, USA96, Bruce Stone / Nicole Breault - 2 -4 -3 -8 -3 -1 -6; 27 3. Eclipse, USA50, Damian Emery - 4 -2 -2 -3 -2 -3 -11; 27 4. loulou, USA334, Paul Beaudin - 7 -7 -6 -6 -4 -8 -12; 50 5. Mad Blue, GBR8, Adrian Owles - 3 -5 -7 -12 -18 -4 -2; 51

Terry McLaughlin & Rod Wilmer’s Mandate Nearly Flawless at J/105 North American Championship

Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer’s Mandate built a perfect scoreline through five races at the Stella Artois J/105 North American Championship, until Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s Good Trade won Saturday’s final race. The Canadian team on Mandate holds a nine-point advantage over local Damian Emery on Eclipse going into the final day of racing on Sunday. Good Trade rests in third overall with 21 points. After racing was postponed Friday at Larchmont Yacht Club in New York due to a lack of wind, a cold front drastically changed conditions on Saturday. Temperatures dropped into the forties under gray skies, in winds that began at 12-15 knots and quickly jumped to 18-20 with major puffs. Trailing Mandate in the first race were Texan Bill Lakenmacher on Radiance and Emery. The familiar three boats of Mandate, Eclipse and Good Trade comprised the top three in the second match, and again in the next—just flip-flopping to Good Trade, Mandate, and Eclipse. Racing concludes Sunday for the 37 teams representing Bermuda, Canada, Great Britain and the USA. Photos are available on the J/105 Facebook page, and complete results may be found at www.j105nas.com.

Harvest Moon Regatta

The Harvest Moon Regatta is an offshore experience taking off from Galveston Bay on an afternoon start, sailing out into the Gulf of Mexico and turning left down the shoreline to Port Aransas about 50 nm down the coastline. This year, a good weather forecast meant that teams turned out to enjoy the gorgeous overnight sail. In ORC Class B, John Barnett’s J/105 Vici from Lakewood Yacht Club took first, second was Josh Richline’s J/105 Veloce from Corpus Christi Yacht Club, third was Bee Bednar’s J/105 Stinger from Lakewood YC, and fourth was John Bell’s J/105 Kinderspiel 2 from Corpus Christi YC. For more information, visit http://www.harvestmoonregatta.com/.

Terry McLaughlin & Rod Wilmer’s Mandate Leads Pack at J/105 North American Championship

Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer’s Mandate reveled in the blustery conditions on day one of the Stella Artois J/105 North American Championship, hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in New York. In winds between 16-20 knots, the Canadian team on Mandate lined up perfect scores in Thursday’s three races to take a five-point lead over second place Damian Emery on Eclipse (4,2,2 for 8 points). Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s Good Trade is in third with 9 points (2,4,3). Thirty-seven teams representing Bermuda, Canada, Great Britain and the USA took to the waters of Long Island Sound for the 11 a.m. kick-off of the Championship. McLaughlin and Wilmer, winner of the North American crown in 2014, dominated the fleet. Behind them in race one were the Stone/Breault husband and wife team on Good Trade and Adrian Owles on Mad Blue. Local favorite Eclipse earned the silver spot in the middle battle, with David Greenhouse’s Skipperdee in the bronze position. The top three in the final contest matched the top three overall for the day: Mandate, Eclipse and Good Trade. Racing continues through Sunday. Photos are available on the J/105 Facebook page, and complete results may be found at www.j105nas.com.

Manhasset By Fall Series

IMG_2621 Top three teams at Manhasset Bay Fall Series Team Mandate wins Manhasset Bay Fall SeriesOut-of-towners dominated the J/105 fleet at the Manhasset Bay Fall Series held in Western Long Island Sound on October 15-16, a precursor to the North American Championship being held this week in the same waters. Team Mandate from Toronto, skippered by Terry McLaughlin, won in convincing fashion, posting a 2,1,2,1,1,1,(2) for 6 points, followed by San Franciscans Bruce Stone/Nicole Breault on Good Trade with 15 points, winning the tie-breaker over Fred deNapoli's gang from Marblehead on Allegro Semplicita. Chamber of Commerce fall weather greeted sailors with temperatures in the low/mid 60s and winds in the 4-8 kt range Saturday and 14-18 kt on Sunday, offering a chance for the 13-boat fleet to test out both light air and medium-heavy air skills and settings. The John B. Thomson, Sr. trophy was awarded to Mandate as having the best overall performance in one-design racing. Complete results are available by clicking here.

Cleveland (216) Regatta

Warm weather and chamber of commerce breeze welcomed seven J/22s, thirteen J/70s and six J/105s October 15-16 for the second annual Cleveland (216) Regatta at Edgewater Yacht Club. Four races were completed on a bright and sunny Saturday in varying breeze, flat water and 8-15 knots out of the south. All fleets were extremely competitive with aggressive starts and close finishes. In the J/105 fleet, Chip Schaffner's Fall Line from Cleveland Yachting Club was leading with four bullets, and Robert Mock's Limousine Liberals (Edgewater Yacht Club) was following with all second place finishes. Day two started off cloudy, but with more breeze out of the southwest at 15-22 knots, gusting over 25 and nearing 80 degree temperatures. All fleets were again aggressive getting off the starting line and competitive at each mark rounding battling for podium finishes. Chip Schaffner's Fall Line won the J/105 fleet with straight bullets followed by Robert Mock's Limousine Liberals in second and Stephen Mitcham's Breezin' Bayou in third. Many thanks to the sponsors: Quantum Sails Cleveland, Sailing Inc., Tito's Vodka, Boston Beer Co., Mapleside Farms and APS, as well as the families who were so generous hosting visiting teams. Bobbi and Bruce Sundman pulled off a traditional Southern boil on Saturday evening, and Quantum Sails sponsored the tailgate party on Sunday during the awards ceremony. PRO Mike Vining put together a flawless Race Committee, and great fun was had by all! The third annual Cleveland (216) Regatta will be held in early October 2017. For complete event information, click here.

J/105 North American Championship Kicks Off Thursday, October 20 from Larchmont, NY

Forty J/105 teams are gathering for racing at the J/105 North American Championship in Larchmont, New York. The competition begins Thursday, October 20 and continues through Sunday, October 23 for the entrants representing Bermuda, Canada and the USA. Look for photos on the J/105 Facebook page, and keep up with all the action from Larchmont Yacht Club at the regatta website http://www.larchmontyc.org/Yachting/Regatta_Schedule/2016_J105_NA.aspx.

Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

Forty-five college teams competed in the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, with keelboat racing October 8-9 on Western Long Island Sound hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY. Division winners included the University of South Florida/Gary Myer in the 10-boat J/105 fleet. Second was Massachusetts Maritime Academy/Bruce Stone, and third was U.S. Naval Academy/Za Jelliffe. For complete event information, click here.

American Yacht Club Fall Series

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Scoring six bullets, three seconds and one third-place finish (which was their drop), St. Francis Yacht Club members Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault dominated the two-weekend American Yacht Club Fall Series, not only winning the J/105 fleet in their East Coast boat Good Trade, but also earning the trophy for best overall performance in a one-design class. They were assisted by bowman Bill Higgins and trimmer Philipp Berner, both regulars on their SF Bay based J/105 Arbitrage. Also crewing were two different cadets each weekend from Mass Maritime Academy. Stone and Breault are lending their boat to Mass Maritime for the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Regatta next weekend at Larchmont YC, then their team return to Larchmont for the Manhasset Bay Fall Series and the J/105 North Americans. Damian Emery's Eclipse placed second, and Harald Edegran/Jeremy Henderson' Conundrum third. For complete American YC Fall Series information, visit http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1645.

Canadian Championship

On September 16, 18 J/105s gathered at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto for the Canadian Championship. Friday’s racing saw three light air races out of the east with a significant current running roughly with the wind. The current, along with a leftover swell, made weather and offset mark roundings challenging, especially for those in a crowd. Several boats were forced to do circles after either hitting the mark or fouling a competitor. Eight different boats had at least one top five finish on the day. Full Tilt Boogie owned by Kevin Pask had a solid day with at 4,3,10. Saturday brought a fresh SW breeze with a good amount of waves to power through. Three races were sailed in winds that ranged from 8-22 knots. Mandate (Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer), which seems to like the breeze, got clean starts and sailed to three bullets to take a firm lead in the regatta. Hey Jude (Jim Rathbun) got progressively better over the day with finishes of 7,5,2. Starcross (Frank McLaughlin/Paul Currie/Michael Penny) with a 6,2,4, Jamaica Me Crazy (Peter Hall) 2,8,3, Sonic Boom (Ian Farquharson) 3,4,7, Rounding Error (Felicity Rodness) 8,3,5 and Live Edge (Michael Mountford) 4,6,8 all had good days to keep themselves in contention. Three races were planned for Sunday, but the weather did not cooperate. In the only race of the day, Hey Jude got off the starting line going left to never be challenged for the win. Fleet Captain Doug Bullock sailing True Blue sailed a solid race working the left side of the upwind legs to round the last mark in second place with Mandate on their heels. Despite Mandate to True Blue discourse down the last leg, in an attempt to throw Doug off, True Blue kept their lead on second until close to the finish line when Mandate was able to gybe onto starboard and force True Blue to do the same, thus preventing them from reaching the zone. Nonetheless, Doug had sailed well and was happy with his third place finish. All in all, it was three days of great racing. Many thanks to Regatta Chairman Dough Bullock, the RCYC race committee and the volunteer jury members who sat through a few number of protest hearings. For complete results, visit https://rcyc.ca/getmedia/341084c7-670d-4431-96b8-b2c9e8130804/J105_Canadians_2.aspx.

Trifecta Takes First Fleet Win at Long Island Sound Championship

Team Trifecta with Thom Hering, Joe Scarpulla and David Price took their first podium win at this weekend’s Long Island Sound Championship at Riverside Yacht Club. Saturday had zero wind and no races, but Sunday started with a nice 10-12 knot breeze, and the race committee got three races off. Racing was tight with positions changing on every leg. Trifecta did the best job of closing the deals and taking solid finishes. The next three spots were virtually tied with the kids on Young American taking silver, followed by Paul Beaudin’s loulou and Harald Edegran helming Conundrum. Things now will get into full swing for the North Americans with the top five boats here all able to win races. The heat will just get hotter at next week’s American Fall Series with more quality teams getting out to the course. Results are available by clicking here.

Rolex Big Boat Series

The record-setting 52nd Rolex Big Boat Series hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club drew to a close September 18 in splendid late-summer sailing conditions. After a slight delay waiting for the breeze to fill, a seabreeze of 15-18 knots arrived and brought with it decidedly warmer temperatures. For the first time in four days, crews shed their foul weather gear and fleeces as they took to the racecourse. This year’s regatta attracted the largest fleet ever: 127 boats in 11 classes. San Francisco’s reliable seabreeze came in every day, starting at a gentle 8-10 knots and then steadily increasing into the 20s, with a peak of 30 knots yesterday. All classes completed their full slate of racing. The coveted prize at all Rolex Yachting events is a specially engraved Rolex timepiece. Class winners were presented a Stainless Steel Submariner Date watch as well as a St. Francis Yacht Club perpetual trophy. The Atlantic Perpetual Trophy, a ship’s bell from the schooner Atlantic, which established a transatlantic record in 1905 that stood for 92 years, was presented to Philip Laby’s (Oakland, CA) Godot, winner of the J/105 Class. In a seesaw battle that came down to the seventh and final race, Godot scored a 1-point victory over Ryan Simmons’s (Sausalito, CA) Blackhawk. For more information, please visit the Rolex Big Boat Series website at http://www.rolexbigboatseries.com/, and for complete results, visit http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1620.

ONE Regatta

he ONE Regatta (Offshore New England Championship) in Marblehead was conducted in ideal conditions over a period of three days, August 26-28, off Marblehead, MA. Boston Yacht Club Race Committee did a brilliant job by orchestrating no less than 10 races in very difficult conditions at times, led by PRO Karen Tenenbaum. This was an all-time high number of races for this event, spanning over 30 years (formerly called "PHRF NEs"). The fleet of 14 J/105s had a star studded cast: Merlin sporting no less than two Malory Cup winners, Got Qi with stand-out intercollegiate sailor Dave Nelson at the helm, last year's winner and multiple MA Bay Champions Blown Away, Fleet 2 captain Fred deNapoli's allegro semplicita with intercollegiate All-American Nick Burke calling tactics, and visiting teams from as far away as Dallas, Texas (including last month's Marblehead NOOD regatta runner up Two Feathers). After an extremely challenging first day, it was a local boat Knotless, helmed by Marblehead sailor Ken Bowden, who topped the leader board, and another new addition to the fleet Aqua Boggie (formerly Steal Away) in the hunt, with Got Qui and allegro fighting it out for third and fourth. The second day, Karen ran no less than five races, and when the smoke cleared once again Knotless held the lead, while Got Qui and allegro were in close pursuit. The final day's three races saw Nelson and deNapoli trade off firsts with a do or die final shoot out with the score tied. DeNapoli was over early by a foot, and so after 10 races Nelson and his team went on to win the final race and the event by 2 points—well earned! Hard to imagine a better series; a great warm up for the North Americans. For complete event information/results, visit www.oneregatta.org.

Swiftsure Cup

The Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Cup took place on San Francisco Bay, hosted by St. Francis YC. Winning the 19-boat J/105 fleet was Phil Laby’s GODOT with a consistent 4-1-2-3-1 record for 11 points. The Simmons family, led by skipper Ryan, took BLACKHAWK to the silver with another all top five record, posting 5-5-1-2-3 for 16 points. Third was Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault’s ARBITRAGE with a 3-3-5-1-10 for 22 points, just squeaking out that scenario by one point over Adam Spiegel’s JAM SESSION with a 2-4-7-4-6 for 23 points. Fifth was Tom Kennelly’s WONDER with a 6-10-4-5-2 for 27 points. For more J/105 Swiftsure Cup sailing information, visit https://www.stfyc.com/.

J/Fest New England/East Coast Championship

This year, J/Fest New England in Bristol, RI doubled as the East Coast Championship. Six J/105s were on hand, including the winning team on Good Trade, led by Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault. Good Trade won five of the six races and totaled just 8 points. Fred Darlington's Tonto settled for second with 13 points, and Mark Lindquist's Sterling took third with 18 points. For complete event details, visit http://jfestnewengland.com/.

UK J/105 Update

On the July 16, in the Royal Southampton YC Island Double Class 1 IRC, the J/105s Jin Tonic and Jelly Baby were second and third in this two-handed event. Six J/105s started. There were 32 boats in IRC 1 and a total of 80 boats entered. On July 29, the Taittinger Regatta hosted by the Royal Solent Yacht Club in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight took place with 178 boats in various classes competing. In IRC 2, the J/105 Jin Tonic won the class with Jelly Baby third. Four J/105s were in this very competitive class.

Chicago Mackinac Race

The 108th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac had 121 boats race the Mackinac Cup Division and 121 boats race the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Divisions in their annual 289nm race from the Chicago waterfront north to Mackinac Island. The race was incredibly wet, wild, blustery and squally, with thousands of lightning bolts flickering across the sky. Winning the largest one-design class in this year’s Mac Race was Mark Gurney’s BUZZ in the J/105 Division. With 21 boats, it was going to be a tough road to the finish line as so many teams have won so many events over the course of time. So close was the racing that the first six boats all finished within a half hour of one another. Behind BUZZ by just seven minutes was Dave & Matt Pierce’s CAUGHT IN TRAFFIC, third was Carter Williams’ CREATIVE DESTRUCTION, fourth Sandy Curtiss’ ROCKING HORSE and fifth Ken Ganch’s GONZO. For more Chicago to Mackinac Race sailing information, visit http://www.cycracetomackinac.com/.

Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

The Storm Trysail Foundation and Larchmont Yacht Club invite all J/105 owners to participate in the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (the "IOR") to be sailed October 8-9 at Larchmont Yacht Club. This regatta gives college dinghy and big boat sailors a chance to enjoy the team work and fun of keelboat racing against teams from all over the US, Canada and some from Europe. The IOR is the largest US collegiate big boat regatta, and it continues to grow. The 2014 IOR had over 450 collegiate sailors and 50 boats; the 2015 regatta was cancelled due to an impending tropical storm. They typically have three one design classes (J/44s, J/109s and J/105s ) and two close-rating handicap classes. The J/105 is a perfect platform for dinghy sailors new to big boat racing, as well as experienced big boat racers. It is a perfect size for most teams, the sails are manageable, visibility is enhanced with the non-overlapping jibs, and the boats are evenly matched. In this event, the boat owner, who is the skipper of record, is part of the experience. The owner (or their representative) is not only the "safety officer," but also a coach. Owners are encouraged to share their experience with the collegiate sailors in all aspects, except tactics. It is made clear to the students that if the owner feels that something unsafe could happen, he or she is free to take the helm or to give a command to change course. Many of the owners learn a thing or two from the students. The Storm Trysail Foundation does have a fund to take care of sail repairs and gear that gets lost or broken. The IOR is a totally free event for the boat owners and college sailors thanks to the Storm Trysail Foundation, the Larchmont Yacht Club and the event sponsors. There is a free dinner for the students on Friday and Saturday evenings and a legendary Storm Trysail Club cocktail party for the boat owners and coaches on Saturday evening. For those of you planning to sail in the J/105 North American Championship, you can moor your boats at Larchmont for the time between the IOR and that event. Please contact the IOR Chairman, Barry Gold, (a former J/105 owner) with any questions you may have (barrypgold@gmail.com) and visit the regatta website at: http://www.stormtrysailfoundation.org/intercollegiate.htm. The Storm Trysail Foundation is a charitable 501 (C)3 organization that accepts J/105 sail donations. They keep these sails so that owners without practice sails can use the donated sails during educational events like the IOR and Junior Safety At Sea Seminars.

Marblehead NOOD

With 16 J/105s on the entry list for the Marblehead NOOD, great competition was to be had over the seven races. Fred deNapoli on allegro semplicita kept all his finishes in the top three, earning him the victory with 11 points. Mark Masur's Two Feathers took second place with 14 points, and Steven Goldberg's Air Express third with 21. For complete results, click here.

Sausalito YC J/105 Invitational

San Francisco Bay whipped up a significant flood tide which, together with fearsome 20-27 kt winds, made for a challenging weekend for the 19 J/105s that made it out to the western face of Alcatraz for a weekend of windward-leeward racing in the Sausalito YC J/105 Invitational on July 23-24. Unlike racing anywhere in the country where you need to sail upwind both legs, time the oscillations of the shifts and take into account a progressive veer or backing of the wind based on forecasts, here it was a case of advance planning. Before leaving home, skipper Bruce Stone reviewed the Sailtactics.com wind and tide forecast with his team on Arbitrage and announced, "We’re starting at the pin and banging the shore for tide relief upwind, and then jibe setting or a quick set-and-jibe out to the bigger flood." Well, of course it doesn’t perfectly work like that, as you can do too much of a good thing. Arbitrage nailed the pin end of the line on the first two starts and led to the shore, winning both races by large margins. On the third try, the rest of the pack caught on and, with heavy traffic at the pin, Arbitrage managed to slide into the mark and had to jibe and restart, taking 18 sterns and going in the wrong direction, away from current relief. Regatta over? "We’ll get some leverage outside in more pressure – no other option." Heading into the teeth of the flood, they made little progress up the course while the fleet legged over to the shore. Coming back, Arbitrage was in solid last, but started picking people off, and passed two boats by the windward mark. Rounding the outside and seemingly wrong gate was a winner, gaining many lengths to windward and more boats.By the end of the race they finished tenth and were still leading the regatta, albeit by just one point. On Sunday, same weather and tide, and they once again couldn’t make the pin, jibed and restarted. Rinse and repeat, taking plenty of sterns and heading the wrong way, and it seemed once again that it was game over. However, when they tacked back toward the City Front, they saw that the fleet banging the shore headed into light air, while staying out in pressure allowed for major gains. Grinding up through the fleet, they made it through the scrum and finished second. Finally, Stone tried a more conservative start in the middle of the line, pulled away, and earned a solid third to secure the victory with a score line of 1,1,10,2 and 3, two points ahead of Steve Kent’s team on Perseverance and six points ahead of Philip Laby’s team on Godot. Stone remarked, "It was really special for the J/105 fleet to have a dedicated race course, with our own water and no delays. Sausalito YC did a great job in arranging this for us and dealing with really tough conditions for setting marks. Hospitality in sunny Sausalito was off the charts, with the Commodore pouring free beers for us and offering sandwiches. We’re looking forward to coming back next year. (Thanks to Bruce Stone for the report.)

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Photo caption: A crowd of J/105s starting mainly at the leeward end. Arbitrage is to the left, in front of ferry, jibing onto port tack to restart...flood tide having swept them far back (photo credit Cynthia Willson)

118th Edition of Larchmont Race Week

The historic 118th running of Larchmont Race Week attracted 206 entries on its two weekend format of July 16-17 and 23-24 in Larchmont, NY. Eleven J/105s competed, and Paul Beaudin's loulou dominated the seven races, winning five, for just 8 net points. It was a tight battle for the next three positions, as Jeremy Henderson & Harald Edegran's Conundrum eked out the silver position with 17 points, one ahead of the Young American Junior Big Boat Team. George & Alex Wilbanks' Revelation was just another notch back with 19. For complete results, click here.

Red Grant Regatta July 9-10

On its 151st anniversary, the Raritan Yacht Club, located in Perth Amboy, NJ, hosted the 70th annual Red Grant Regatta in Raritan Bay approximately 10 miles south of the Verrazano Bridge. The regatta continued its tradition as the largest keelboat regatta in NY Harbor/NJ coastal area. 46 boats raced in a various windward/leeward and point-to-point races, including a competitive 10-boat J/105 division. Competitors benefitted from steady breezes in the 15 knot range and good weather. There were three races on Saturday in warm cloudy weather with 10-15 knots out of the southeast. Paul Beaudin’s Loulou took two bullets and a sixth to lead Paul Zajac’s skål by a point and Mark van Schalkwyk’s Circe by two points in close racing. On the second day of the regatta, a front came through along with a fresh northwest breeze. Skål pulled ahead in the first race with Ann & Gary Myer’s Magic taking a bullet and moving up to within three points of skål and tying Loulou. Loulou showed its real potential by coming back to clearly win the last race to take the regatta. The rest of the fleet was compressed in very close racing with all finishing within a few boat lengths. Skål got lost in the mix by finishing ninth and Magic finishing sixth. In the final results, Loulou won with 16 points. Magic won the tie-breaker over skål, both with 22 points. Circe and Marcus Wunderlich’s Stratos finished just behind with 22 and 25 points, respectively. The regatta and charity auction proceeds benefited the US Coast Guard Foundation, and Goslings was the primary sponsor. Click here for full results.

Round Island Race

The fleet of 1,000+ sailboats all knew they were going to have their hands full round the back (southern side) of the infamous Isle of Wight in England for the Round Island Race. The race track is simple—start around dawn, head west out past the Needles Lighthouse, turn left around St. Catherine’s Point, sail eastward to Bembridge Ledge, left around the Forts and back west up the Solent to the finish (a 60nm race). The morning came and the forecast was true holding steady at 27kts, still windy but it all seemed manageable for most crews. Getting out toward the Bramble Banks in the western approaches to the Solent, things were starting to heat up a bit, wind against tide made for square-walled 5-8 foot waves. After passing Needles Lighthouse, the fleet took off on a fast reach, most under jibs and reefed mains. However, the big tactical consideration was when to pop the kite approaching the first turning point downwind at St. Catherine’s Point. Some did, most did not. Those who did took off, with many crews experiencing some of the most amazing planing rides in their lifetimes. After rounding the Forts/Bembridge Ledge at the eastern end of the Solent, it was a beat against the tide up the beaches off the Ryde Sands in flat water to the finish line off the Royal Yacht Squadron. In IRC Division 2B, winning in such heavy weather conditions were the J/105s, taking the first four positions: JELLY BABY (Bill Newton), JIN TONIC (Roberts/Edgerley), NEILSON REDEYE (Neilson Holidays/Peter Tyler) and JESTER (David Cowell). For the overall "J/Boats Trophy," two of the top three boats were J/105s: Bill Newton’s JELLY BABY and Roberts/Edgerley’s JIN TONIC. For more JP Morgan Round the Island Race, click here.

Queens Cup

J/105 Fleet 5 Chicago organized J/105 one-design racing in the South Shore Yacht Club Queens Cup Race. 10 foot waves and 30 knots of wind greeted the sailors early in the morning prior to the start. As the day progressed, winds settled to 15 knots at the 3:55pm start of this 79 NM race across Lake Michigan to St. Joseph, MI. Winds slowly diminished as the night race across the lake progressed - which created a race lasting approximately 24 hours for the J/105 fleet. Competing in the event were nine J/105s - Smokin' J, Esprit d'Ecosse, Global Nomads, Buzz, The Asylum, Attitude, Striking, Phantom and Peregrine. Angry Sloth was entered but unable to compete. Winners of the event: 1st place Buzz, 2nd place Attitude, 3rd place Peregrine. Full results are at http://ssyc.org/queens-cup-2016/2016-queens-cup-race-results/263-2016-queen-s-cup-race-results-updated-on-7-4-16/file. J/105 Queens Cup Race Chairman Mike Ludtke organized a J/105 party in Milwaukee prior to the event and did a great job as J/105 RC. Congratulations to all J/105 competitors and award winners.

Cleveland Race Week

In the J/105 fleet at Cleveland Race Week's offshore weekend, Chip Schaffner’s FALL LINE won convincingly, posting six bullets for a final tally of 6 points. Sailing fast, but not fast enough to catch FALL LINE, was Rob Mock’s UNBRIDLED, settling for second with 11 points, and Jim Uhlir’s TRIO finished third. For more Cleveland Race Week information, visit http://www.clevelandraceweek.com/index.php/offshore-regatta/.

Ballard Cup Series II Update

The Sloop Tavern YC in Seattle, WA is enjoying hosting another of their famous Ballard Cup Series (there are three of them). At this stage, a J/105 is leading overall. In Class 6 Flying Sails, John Aitchison’s J/105 MOOSE UNKNOWN is first in class and first overall. Lloyd Fogg’s J/105 AVALANCHE is third and 21st overall, Margaret Pommert’s J/105 PUFF is sixth and 39th overall and Jim Geros’ J/105 LAST TANGO is in 8th and 44th overall. For more information, visit https://www.styc.org/race_info/Ballard_Cup/index.shtml.

Farallones Race

The fully-crewed Farallones Race hosted by San Francisco YC is 58nm from inside the San Francisco Bay, around the rocks and back into the Bay. In PHRF 1C class, the J/105s cleaned house with Doug Bailey’s AKULA winning class and classmate Sergei Podshivalov’s JAVELIN in second just 2 minutes behind on corrected time. For more Farallones Race sailing information, visit http://www.sfyc.org/.

Annapolis YC Annual Regatta

The Annapolis YC’s Annual Regatta continues to be a popular event at the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay summer sailing season. This year’s event was well-attended across the board in both offshore PHRF handicap divisions as well as in one-design fleets. With a dozen boats, the J/105s had the largest fleet in the event. Winning was the Lewis/Salvesen team on MIRAGE with straight bullets. Second was John White’s ONE LESS BAD PERSON. Third was a familiar local team, Andrew Kennedy’s BAT IV. Slotting into fourth was Mark Elert’s WIND RIVER, and fifth was assumed by Carl & Scott Gitchell’s TENACIOUS. For more Annapolis YC Regatta sailing information, click here.

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Chicago

Patience. Plenty of it was required over the four-day Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Chicago as wind conditions varied from fresh to frustrating, and wind shifts swung unpredictably from the lakeshore to offshore. But those who kept their composure during long morning postponements were rewarded with challenging races in the end. Irrespective of the outcome for each of the 163 teams sailing in the regatta, it was a beautiful weekend to be on the cooler Lake Michigan waters, looking westward to the heat factory of downtown Chicago. In the 10-boat J/105 fleet, six races were completed, and Clark Pellett’s Sealark won four of them. Totally 16 overall points, they beat Mike Sheppard’s Flying Pig with 20 points, and Jon Weglarz’s The Asylum with 21. For complete results, click here.

NYYC Annual Regatta

Team Good TradeJ/105 Fleet 14 (Southern New England) held its inaugural 2016 season counter with the New York Yacht Club’s 162nd Annual Regatta, consisting of the Around Island Race on Friday, June 10, scored as a separate event, followed by two days of buoy racing. While the J/105 fleet had a small turnout, skippers used it to try out some new crew and tune their boats for the upcoming season. The 22-mile race around Conanicut Island (Jamestown) was highly tactical, and the lead changed several times between Sean Doyle’s Kestrel and Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s newly-launched Good Trade, with Mark Lindquist’s Sterling and Mark Masur’s Two Feathers close behind. Aside from deciding how close to hug the island to avoid the adverse current, each team had a lookout for overtaking maxi-boats and classic 12 meters which, while beautiful to see, cast a large wind shadow. Coming down West Passage from the Jamestown Bridge to Brenton Reef buoy at the southern tip of the island, Good Trade managed to catch the last shift and made up the distance needed to lead with a comfortable spinnaker run to the finish...only to run smack into 30 nearly-becalmed Gunboats, maxi’s, 12 meters, 8 meters, and a wide assortment of other classic yachts including Dorade, all trying to squeeze into a tiny finish line. Nicole pulled out her famous SF City-Front wing-on-wing maneuver with the kite out to starboard and the main out to port, with starboard rights, carried the dying Southerly right through the scrum to the finish, gathering a win for Good Trade in its inaugural race, followed soon thereafter by Kestrel. Saturday saw mellow stadium racing in flat water and 8-12 kt breezes off scenic Ft. Adams, between Newport and Jamestown, and Good Trade notched two more bullets. Team Stone/Breault sealed the perfect score-line on Sunday with two more bullets on the ocean course, with large swells and 15-25 knots in the first race, followed by a sustained 29-31 knots in the final race. Good Trade actually broke its bow sprit fitting in the first race and doused the kite, sailing to the finish once again wing-on-wing, without being passed. The crew were unable to make a repair, so they raced that way again in the second race, actually making 9+ knots downwind with a terrific VMG, staving off the hard-charging Sterling in both races. J/105–5 Boats: 1. Good Trade, Bruce Stone/Nicole Breault, San Francisco, CA, USA – 1 -1 -1 -1 ;4 2. Sterling, Mark Lindquist, Kingston, MA, USA – 4 -2 -2 -2; 10 3. Two Feathers, Mark Masur, Dallas, TX, USA – 2 -3 -3 -3; 11

Goose Island Colors Regatta

The annual regatta that marks the start of the offshore sailing season in Chicago on Lake Michigan is Columbia YC’s Goose Island Colors Regatta. Jon Weglarz’ THE ASYLUM led the charge in the J/105 fleet with score of just 6 points—the result of winning four races and having to tolerate a second in the second race of the first day. Behind Weglarz, it was a race for the balance of the podium. A trio of boats were at it all weekend, with Ken Ganch’s GONZO just squeaking out a second place by one point over the next two boats. Third was determined by a tie-breaker with both boats sitting on 15 points each: Mike Sheppard’s FLYING PIG taking the bronze over Clark Pellet’s SEALARK. Fifth place went to Judith & Ross McLean’s ESPRIT D’ECOSSE. For more Goose Island Colors Regatta sailing information, visit http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1617.

Renaissance Reinsurance Sailing Day

IMG_5050 IMG_5058Friday, June 3 saw the annual Renaissance Reinsurance Sailing Day take place and supported as always by the Bermuda J/105 Fleet. Eight J/105s turned out to sail, and the format was something along the lines of three windward/leeward courses in Granaway Deep followed by a distance race to the Royal Naval Dockyard and a tour of the Oracle Team USA Americas Cup Base. In a change from previous years, this year’s edition of the Sailing Day also had a charitable side to it, and competitors were aiming to raise money for KAASO Primary School in Uganda. This effort was spearheaded by Emma Outteridge (whose husband Nathan is the Skipper of Artemis Racing), and the goal was to raise some money to provide a school bus for the children in Uganda. The highlight of the day was the final race back to Renaissance Re Headquarters in the company of eight Americas Cup skippers who had generously donated their time to helm each of the J/105s. From Artemis Racing came Iain Percy, Francesco Bruni and Nathan Outteridge. Oracle Team USA was represented by Jimmy Spithill, Tom Slingsby and Grant Simmer, and the line-up was completed by Dean Barker and Chris Draper from Softbank Team Japan. What a line-up! This was a fantastic experience for all involved, and the race was won by Iain Percy helming Mayhem. Overall the day was won by Dave Brining and team on Elusive. Post-race festivities included a BBQ, silent auction and many other items up for bidding with Americas Cup, Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USA all donating rides to follow the AC45s on their chase boats. At the end of a highly successful and fun day, the combined efforts of all involved had raised enough money to provide a new school bus for the children in Uganda. Please see: www.ileftmyheartinuganda.com.

Loulou Wins Cedar Point One Design

15 boats made it out for what was to be a very trying regatta. Day one only finished one race in a dying breeze with Revelation showing good form in their home waters to take the gun, followed by Strange Brew and Conundrum. Loulou was over and took penalty turns at the start to put them in last at the first mark. The next run was a reach, and on the last two legs they passed nine boats to scratch out a sixth. Sunday brought more fickle light winds and rain squalls. Bad positioning on starts or lay lines took a heavy toll on many boats, putting teams from the front row to the cheap seats with a few extra tacks in no wind and current. Loulou just pulled out reasonable top four finishes, while most others posted at least one pushing double digits. That was enough to take the gold, followed by relative newcomer Dave Willis and family on Solution. Za Jelliffe’s Arete rounded out the top three, also by sailing a consistent regatta. Results are available by clicking here.

FIGAWI Race

The 45th Annual Figawi Race Weekend is one of the top sailing events that takes place on the northeast coast over the Memorial Day weekend and ranks as one of the largest pursuit-style races in the world. Sailors from several states crewed the massive fleet of 220+ sailboats, with over 3,000 sailors and visitors enjoying the sailing and festivities all weekend long. After the kickoff party at Hyannis Yacht Club on Friday evening, the competitors gathered early Saturday morning to head out to the start line. The first boat officially began at 10 am off the Hyannis Port Jetty after the parade of sailboats that took place at 0800 hrs sharp. Depending on the various conditions, the theory of the Pursuit Race format is that all competitors should reach the Nantucket MO(A) Buoy at around the same time. They finish at the entrance of Nantucket Harbor and parade into Nantucket Boat Basin. In PHRF Spinnaker 2 division, it was a clean sweep of the top five by the J/105s, with the trio of Joyce & Reservitz & Wagner sailing DARK’N’STORMY onto the top of the podium, followed by Art Cox’s LYRIC in second, Chris Lund’s WHOMPER in third, Ed Lobo’s WATERWOLF in fourth and Nick Aswad’s CLIO in fifth. For more FIGAWI Race sailing information, visit http://www.figawi.com/.

Oregon Offshore

Corinthian YC of Portland celebrated their 40th anniversary of their famous race offshore race, the Oregon Offshore, which took place in May. It was yet another test of wills, perseverance and clever sailing as the fleet took off in sloppy seas and light winds. There was a huge tidal ebb flow out of the Columbia River for much of the start of the race. This allowed the boats on the northern edge of the fleet to benefit early with a lee bow push upwind, northwesterly, and out to sea. Later in the race, when the fleet was making its way down the Straits of Juan de Fuca towards the finish line on the north shore of the channel, the fleet had to negotiate the infamous Race Rocks. As night time set in, and the tide slowly changed from flood to ebb, the J/105 FREE BOWL OF SOUP made a calculated move north of the leaders in the fleet as they approached Race Rocks. Despite some considerable distance to make up, SOUP was gambling on playing the coastline of Canada on a northerly track as a hedge against the imminent ebb tide running until about 4:30 am. It was a good tactical play in the final analysis. Dominating Class A2 was Eric Hopper/Doug Schenk’s J/105 FREE BOWL OF SOUP and taking third overall in PHRF. For more Oregon Offshore Race sailing information, visit http://www.oregonoffshore.org/.

Manhattan Regatta

Fourteen J/105s competed in this year's Manhattan Regatta in the strong currents and busy commercial waters of New York Harbor. Mixed weather provided breezy weather the first day and light air the second day. The fleet got five races in with W-L courses set in the area just east of the Statue of Liberty. The competition was close with different boats winning each of the races, and the final standings coming down to the last race. Marcus Wunderlick (Stratos) won the regatta with consistent placings through the whole weekend. Paul Beaudin (Warlock) and Ann and Gary Myer (Magic) rounded out the podium. Dennis Driscoll (Hornet), the defending champion, ended with the same number of points as Magic, but missed the podium and winning the whole event because of an untimely protest. Thanks for the efforts of Fleet 10 and Fleet 6 and the hospitality of Liberty Landing Marina to make the event possible. The weekend included a great deck BBQ aboard the Liberty Light Ship permanently docked at the marina immediately across the Hudson from the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan. For complete results, go to http://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1624.

RORC De Guingand Bowl Race Report: J/105 Jumps Into RORC Season Points Lead

The Royal Ocean Racing Club's offshore racing season continued this past weekend with the fourth race of the RORC Season's Points Championship. Designed to last 24-36 hours, the De Guingand Bowl Race starts and finishes in the Solent and is a flexi-course allowing the Royal Ocean Racing Club to design a bespoke course. "Without the constraint of finishing the race in a totally different location, we concentrate on the weather and tidal conditions to decide the course," explains RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott. "We try to get all of the fleet to finish the first leg in the same tidal vector, so as to avoid a tidal gate early in the race and that is often why we start the slower yachts first. After that, wherever possible, we try to set turning marks that give tactical options to yachts during the race, although trying to predict exact wind speed and direction can be difficult. The race should last over 24 hours but the breeze looks to be changing over the weekend and that will be a factor in what is possible with the course." This year’s DGB Race was held in the Solent and South Coast of England in highly changeable conditions. During the course of the race, the wind direction swung to every point on the compass and the wind strength varied from zephyrs to 16 knots. Keeping your head out of the boat for the changes and pre-empting and correctly adapting to them was the key to success. RORC racing manager Nick Elliott chose a longer course of 123nm for the faster yachts and a shorter course of 105nm for the smaller and slower boats, with the overall result being decided on average speed. In IRC 4, Robert Nelson's J/105 BIGFOOT was fourth in IRC 4 and fourth in IRC Two-handed division, which was enough to put the Two-handed team in first place overall for the RORC Season's Points Championship. Just behind them was Nick Martin’s J/105 DIABLO-J in fifth place. The Royal Ocean Club's Season's Points Championship continues on May 28 with the Myth of Malham Race. The 256 nautical mile Cowes - Round Eddystone - Cowes course is weighted 1.2 for the championship, and a highly competitive fleet is expected to be racing. For more RORC De Guingand Bowl Race sailing information, visit http://www.rorc.org/.

SHOE Regatta

Lakewood Yacht Club’s Race Committee Chairman Larry Rogers was looking forward to hosting the 34th Annual Shoe Regatta. The regatta was held over the weekend of May 14-15. Bay Access, a not-for-profit organization that supports amateur racing, is the organizing authority of the races. The Shoe Regatta, which is open to the public and raced on Galveston Bay, is a favorite among local racers because, in the past, each crew member of the winning boat in each class was awarded a certificate for a pair of Sperry deck shoes; hence, the name of the event. This year, every crew member of the winning boat of every class received a pair of premium Musto Sailing Shoes with exceptional grip for the serious sailor. The Shoe Regatta is for one-design, handicapped offshore sailboats. The one-design classes sail as many races as conditions permit. On Saturday, the racing was postponed on shore because of no breeze. However, the fleet went out by noon to a light breeze that built quickly to 15 knots (much more than predicted). The J/105s sailed six races.Winning four races on their way to a class win was JB Bednar’s STINGER. No one else came close to that performance. John Barnett’s VICI took second, followed by Uzi Ozeri’s INFINITY in third place. For more Musto SHOE Regatta sailing information, visit http://lakewoodyachtclub.com/regattas-781.html.

Larchmont Edlu Race

The spring classic distance race, the Larchmont Yacht Club Edlu, brought a little bit of everything for the 61 entrants. The race started in a 5 knot Northwesterly which clocked all the way East and died, making for a confusing and prolonged outbound leg to Eatons Neck. The return trip to Larchmont was a tight reach in a 15 knot afternoon Southwesterly. It was picture perfect main and jib J/105 weather, with Josh Burack’s Peregrina hitting 9 knots with one crew (former Hillaria owner David Florence) and Arete )owned by Za and Libby Jelliffe) reaching 10 knots with a full crew. Peregrina won the PHRF double-handed division, and Arete was the winner in division PHRF 2. All were rewarded with a post-race party at LYC with complementary Dark and Stormys (until they ran out).

J/Stop at St. Francis YC on May 14-15, 2016

21 J/105s competed in the inaugural J/Stop at the St. Francis Yacht Club on May 14-15, with an innovative format featuring more racing with shorter courses so there could be more action for skippers and crews, and a lower entry fee due to just enjoying a keg on the dock instead of a catered event inside the Club. "We tried this out a few years ago at the Wickford YC in Rhode Island, with nine races, and it was a major success with J/105 owners reporting it was the best weekend of racing they had ever had," reported regatta organizer Bruce Stone, Past President of the J/105 Class and owner of Arbitrage #116. "While we usually have five races on the weekend, St. Francis PRO John Callahan agreed to try out eight races. John set us up with the same long beat as the four J/111s and five J/120s so we could get some separation going into the windward mark, and a separate set of leeward gates so the downwind leg and the second upwind beat were shorter. We were rarely mixing it up with the other fleets...though of course being J/105s, there was a lot of action among ourselves at the windward and leeward marks. With the stronger ebb in the middle of SF Bay, the RC favored the shoreside pin end of the line by a little over 10 degrees to attract some customers, and in a few races the winning move was to start at the pin, flop immediately to port and cross the fleet, well-executed by Phil Laby's team on Godot #44, who won three races and finished second. Arbitrage won two races by starting at the other end, at the committee boat, and tacking to port to foot out to the strong mid-bay ebb. Ryan Simmons' Blackhawk #40 took fewer risks, was almost always on the starting line with speed, and won the regatta without actually winning a single race. Tom Kennelly's Wonder #266 turned in a strong last day with a bullet on the final race to move up to third, edging out Arbitrage. Back at the docks, teams intermingled, blenders appeared on several boats, and competitors reported how wonderful it was to actually get a chance to match up faces with boats. With a low entry fee of just $80, or $10 per race, our expectation is that this less formal format will be tried again." Results at: https://www.regattatoolbox.com/results.html?eventID=lNNcOLWe4y

Race to the Straits

The Sloop Tavern Yacht Club hosted the weekend Race to the Straits Regatta in Seattle, WA. On Saturday, the fleet heads north; Sunday, the fleet returns down south. Saturday’s racing was cancelled due to no wind, so the fleet powered north to the party. Sunday saw just enough breeze, requiring a combination of playing current versus winds to make both tactical and strategic gains. Seventh overall was Kathryn Meyer’s J/105 JUBILEE, ninth was David Cohen’s J/105 INCONCEIVABLE, 10th was Matt Gardner-Brown’s J/105 DULCINEA, 15th Henderson/Barber’s J/105 DELIRIUM, 19th Jim Geros’ J/105 LAST TANGO. In the Jack & Jill Class, Kathryn Meyer’s J/105 JUBILEE was fourth, Matt Gardner-Brown’s J/105 DULCINEA was sixth and Henderson/Barber’s J/105 DELIRIUM was ninth. In Class 9, J/105 Doublehanded, Meyer’s JUBILEE was first, Cohen’s INCONCEIVABLE second, Gardner-Brown’s DULCINEA third. For more Sloop Tavern YC Race To The Straits sailing information, visit https://www.styc.org/.

The Great Vallejo Race

This event is hosted by the Vallejo Yacht Club. The race most often starts near the Berkeley Circle on Saturday morning, rounds a single weather mark near Alcatraz, and then heads to Vallejo, usually under spinnaker for the remainder of the race. The challenge is to maintain speed through the shadow of Angel Island, find the best combination of wind and current past the Richmond-San Rafael bridge and East Brother Light Station, and then avoid the mud shoals on the east side of the San Pablo Bay. As the boats enter Carquinez Strait, they bunch together, making the turn into Mare Island Strait a nightmare for many boats. Because of the topography of Mare Island, as well as the fact that it sits at the mouth of the Napa River, local knowledge (or many years of sailing the race) can make the difference as the yachts maneuver toward the finish line on the Vallejo city waterfront. Winds vary from light to heavy, and become exceedingly shifty. In the dash for the finish line, sharp crews can usually pick off several places with close attention to trim, wind, and current. The big J/105 one-design fleet saw spirited competition, with BLACKHAWK (Kristin Simmons) winning followed by 007 (Justin Hersh) second and CUCHULAININ (Jim Mullen) in third. For more Great Vallejo Race sailing information, visit http://www.vallejoyc.org/#!great-vallejo-race/snxu0.

North Sea Race

The North Sea Race from Harwich UK across the North Sea to Scheveningen Netherlands welcomed summer-like conditions. After a beat to South Galloper Buoy, the fleet turned north for a long starboard tack reach to Smith's Knoll Buoy, followed by a port tack reach to the Netherlands coast and a beat to finish at Scheveningen. The course length: 181 nautical miles. The race featured 10 teams racing Two-Handed and five of the short-handed crews made the top ten overall. In IRC 4, in second place and winning a tough IRC Two-Handed Class was Yvonne Beusker & Eric Van Vuuren racing the J/105 Panther. "My usual sailing partner for Team Panther is Edith Voskamp but she has had shoulder surgery, so Eric was my partner for the race. He is our team coach, and we did some of the Global Ocean Race together in a Class40. Two-Handed racing has become very popular in the Netherlands, and the North Sea Race is part of our National Championship. I believe our win was down to keeping each other sharp. It is difficult to stay alert in light winds, but we made a big point of keeping each other focused, even after 30 hours with little sleep." The North Sea Race is one of seven weighted races for the RORC Season's Points Championship, carrying a points factor of 1.2. Full results for the North Sea Race are online at www.rorc.org.

Helly Hansen Junior Crew Gets a Taste of Big Boat Sailing at Annapolis NOOD

Sailors are a superstitious bunch, and the same goes for the youth sailors aboard J/105 More Cowbell. During a race on Saturday, bowman Andrew Hiller was hungry, and reached into the pocket of his PFD to grab a snack, but his team wouldn’t let him. "The fruit rollup was in his PFD when we were winning the race," says skipper Kate Riley. "So, it was staying there until we finished that race." Riley (16) is one of four Annapolis YC Youth Sailors selected by coach Jane Millman to the Helly Hansen Junior Crew. Ben Podlich (15), Andrew Hiller (14), and Annabelle Hutchinson (17) round out the squad. The Junior Crew sailed, with Millman and another adult aboard, in the18-strong J/105 class. As they head down to the boat on Sunday morning to complete the regatta, Podlich carries a brand new box of fruit roll ups in his bag. "I chose four kids who love to sail first, and love winning second, because I think that’s a recipe for success," says Millman. "I chose Ben because he has a goofy side to him, but when it’s game time he’s really serious. Kate is a good driver and very focused. She’s handling a really large boat, compared to a dinghy, well this weekend. I chose Annabelle because she has a positive attitude to bring to the team, and if things are going wrong I can count on her to keep our morale up. Andrew is a part of the team because, even though he’s the youngest on the team, I see a lot of keelboat sailing in his future and I want to start him young." Pendleton Alexander, an AYC member who was speaking at a conference this weekend, made the opportunity possible. Alexander handed over the keys to his race boat with full confidence in Millman and the AYC youth sailors. Strategy in a keelboat fleet is vastly different than the experience in dinghies, and the four youth sailors enjoyed the change of pace. "It’s fun, even though it’s been difficult getting used to the boat," says Podlich. The Junior Crew all sail on different teams, though Millman coaches them all. "Having to communicate every last thing has been challenging but also really helpful," says Podlich. "It’s something we’ll be able to use again." Tactics on long-leg races are a change from the small dinghy races the Junior Crew sailors are used to, where starts are the most vital aspect of any race. "The races are long enough that, if you mess up the start, it’s not a death sentence," says Podlich. "You can only work back from it. We had a not-great start yesterday, but ended up catching five boats by the end of the race. It wasn’t the best race I’ve ever had but I was happy with our performance." They finished the regatta in 11th overall, with one seventh place race finish on their scorecard. For these four youth sailors, the Junior Crew is an early step onto the path of their adult sailing career. "You don’t get to stay in a dinghy forever, or stay in high school forever," says Podlich. "It’s the future for all of us, and it’s a great opportunity to get to sail keelboats as early as we are."

Yachting Cup

After 29 teams competed in the Friday Ton Cup Race, the precursor of San Diego Yacht Club’s signature spring regatta, Yachting Cup, 85 boats in 12 classes competed April 30-May 1 in the Yachting Cup on three ocean course venues. Mostly sunny skies with 7-12 knots offered up to seven races with tie breakers required to determine trophies in three of the fleets. After a tiring, bumpy day on Saturday, many competitors were relieved that Sunday’s races were back to familiar conditions. "Today was much nicer than yesterday," confirmed Joanne O’Dea on the J/105, Viggen, which took fourth place in the J/105 class. "The breeze was perfect and steady at 220-225 on Course C for today’s three races. Our crew hadn’t all sailed together since the New Year’s Day Race, and it was so nice to be with them this weekend and get back into a groove. Our roundings were perfect, the mechanics on the boat were great and though our starts were shy at first, they steadily improved each race." Sunday’s winds were slower to accelerate, but picking up to about 10 knots with gusts at 12 by the start of the second races. The wind was consistently blowing right all day. Eight J/105s completed seven races, with Rick Goebel's Sanity earning the victory with 10 points. Dennis Case's Wings and the Hurlburt/Driscoll team on Juiced tied on points at 12 for second and third place, respectively. For complete results, click here.

American YC Spring Series Finale

The American YC Spring Series finale was a very strange and fickle event tasking the competitors with very inconsistent conditions for this time of year on Long Island Sound. 30 degree shifts and big jumps in velocity were the norm. Lead changes were more common than tacks, and even the magic 8 ball was of little help. But Paul Beaudin’s loulou held their lead to take the gold, followed by Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson on Conundrum, plus a great showing by Randy Bourne's team Strange Brew with the third (including two bullets). Complete results are available by clicking here.

Annapolis NOOD

Despite steady showers, strong winds made for favorable sailing conditions Sunday as the 2016 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta, the largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States, came to a close after three days of competition. During the three-day event, nearly 200 boats and 1,000 sailors raced in 13 classes in a battle against rain, wind and fierce competition from around the world, ranging from amateur to world champion. 19 J/105s completed six races, with Jim Konigsberg’s inigo earning the victory with 19 points. Carl & Scott Gitchell’s Tenacious followed in second with 24 points, and James Macdonald’s Distant Passion rounded out the top three. The first-ever Helly Hansen Junior Crew, comprised of four local teenagers, competed against 18 other teams in the J/105 class, coming out in 11th place overall, with one 7th place race finish on their scorecard. For complete results, click here.

American YC Spring Series Weekend One

Fleet 6 opened their season at American Yacht Club with 10 boats for the first weekend of the Spring Series. There were sunny skies but very challenging conditions with frequent big shifts in velocity and direction. Paul Beaudin’s loulou is on top with 8 points followed by Conundrum and the AYC juniors on Young American--both with 12 points. Results are available by clicking here.

Puget Sound Spring Series

Hosted by Corinthian YC Seattle, sailors came out to experience a sunny weekend with nice breeze both days. The J/105 fleet had a great turnout, and it was Erik Kristen’s MORE JUBILEE crew that took class honors with three firsts and two seconds in their scoreline. Second was Jim Geros’ LAST TANGO with two firsts, two seconds and a third. Jerry Diercks’ team on DELIRIUM won the last race to snag third overall. The rest of the top five included Chris Phoenix’s JADED in fourth place and David Cohen & Lance Rummel’s INCONCEIVABLE in fifth. For more Puget Sound Spring Regatta sailing information, click here.

Annapolis Youth Sailors Selected to Helly Hansen Junior Crew on J/105

Sailing is a pastime that doesn’t discriminate age. It’s a competitive outlet where young sail with, against, and alongside elders, as well their peers. And whereas many youth sports segregate kids to the field of play and adults to the sidelines, sailboat racing does not. Sailing is the ultimate lifetime sport. Ask the outstanding youth sailors selected to be members of Helly Hansen’s Junior Crew, which will compete at the 2016 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Annapolis. "There’s small hole in the pipeline of our sport where kids can fall out after junior sailing," says Dave Reed, Editor of Sailing World, which owns the 26-year NOOD Regatta series. "They come back eventually, but miss out on great years of keelboat team sailing. This initiative will prove the value of having young sailors on the team. They and bring infectious curiosity and energy to every race." These five sailors, aged 14 to 17 will compete in the J/105 Class, against national champions and highly experienced teams, putting their dingy skills to use in the big keelboat: Annabelle Hutchinson, Age 17: Born and raised in Annapolis, Annabelle Hutchinson comes from a big sailing family. She has raced competitively on the St. Mary's High School sailing team since freshman year, and while she loves dinghy sailing, she is very excited to get more experience on keelboats. Andrew Hiller, Age14: Andrew Hiller has been sailing as long as he can remember, mostly in Optis and a local J/70 fleet on Wednesday nights. He also plays Water Polo for Navy. Kate Riley, Age 16: Kate Riley has been sailing dinghies (420s and Optis) since she was about six years old and has been racing on her high school's sailing team since 8th grade. She has had some experience with sailing keelboats, but she hopes to have more opportunities to do so as her sailing career advances. Ben Podlich, Age 15: Ben Podlich has been sailing since he was a little kid, and has been racing at the high school level for the past couple years. He loves sailing in dinghies, but gladly takes any opportunity he can get to sail keelboats, as they are the future in terms of sailing as an adult. Liam Kennedy, Age 17: Liam Kennedy has been sailing since Optis in 2008 at Eastern YC, has competed in two previous NOOD regattas on J/70s, the AYC Sunday frostbite series on J/88, and sailed J/22s and J/24s on and J/70s in various local fleets. He is excited to sail in the 2016 NOODs here in Annapolis. They’re not old enough, yet, however, to be given the keys to the Cadillac. Rather, Annapolis AYC Sailing Director, Jane Millman, will oversee the campaign. She will be on board to ensure the safe return of Dr. Alexander’s yacht. "I chose sailors who I feel represent what the sport of sailing is about, a Corinthian spirit and willingness to learn in any situation," says Millman. "By bringing different ages and skill levels together, we will have success in continuing to instill and foster a passion for keelboat sailing at a young age." The Helly Hansen Junior Crew is an initiative of the NOOD’s partner, Helly Hansen, which has been making gear for sports and work on the ocean and in the mountains since 1887. They dress world-class sailors, skiers and adventurers with full-protection gear, with the understanding that if you’re not comfortable, you’re not performing at your best. This is especially true of on raceboats, so to be sure the Youth Crew are focused on sailing fast and competitive, they will be outfitted with proper Helly-Hansen gear: from footwear to neckwear. For information on the Annapolis NOOD, visit http://www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/annapolis.

J/Fest on San Francisco Bay

Twenty-five J/105s competed in J/Fest 2016 on April 16-17 at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA. With two races completed, the standings were tight. Phillip Laby's Godot notched a 4,1, and Pat Benedict's Advantage3 a 1,4 for 5 points each. Also tied on points were the third through fifth place boats with 12 each: Charles James' Roxanne, Bruce Stone's Arbitrage and Ryan Simmons' Blackhawk. For complete event information, click here.

Texas Invitational Regatta

Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX hosted the Texas J/105 Invitational Regatta during the first weekend of April. Alternating between Galveston Bay skippers and guest skippers, six teams completed eight races as the winds were mighty on Saturday and started Sunday almost nonexistent. They had five races Saturday, and as the wind built they added the final three on Sunday. A good time was had by all with no formal protests filed. Local Uzi Ozeri with guest skipper Glenn Darden on Infinity topped the pack with 13 points, with Bill Lakenmacher and James Macdonald on Radiance in second with 19. The remaining places: John Barnett and Harry Diorio on Vici took third with 32 points, Brad Robbins and Mark Smith on Rumpus were in fourth with 34, tied on points with John Bell and Don Santa on Kinderspel 2. Bee and Kevin Bednar with Nat Kemberling on Stinger completed the standings with 36 points. Invitational Scoring

BVI Spring Regatta

The third and final day of the 45th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival delivered the fleet with a light easterly of 8-12 knots throughout the morning, becoming a little lighter towards the end of racing. In CSA-Racing 3, the J/105 Dark Star, skippered by Jonathan Lipuscek took first with 8.5 points, including five bullets and a tie for first over eight races sailed.  Event website

Double Handed Farallones Race

This year's BAMA Doublehanded Farallones Race (San Francisco, CA) was 'nuking.' The J/105s nearly swept their class. It was the duet of John Robison & Simon James on Lightwave who won their PHRF 9 division with an elapsed time of 9:41:22 and corrected time of 10:01:44. Taking third place was Richard Pipkin & Mary McGrath on the J/105 Racer X, finishing 9:58:30 on elapsed and 10:19:28 on corrected.  Event website

Wind was the word in St. Thomas

The real story of the 43rd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) was wind. Lots of it. Gusts blustered over 30 knots all three days with 6 to 8 foot seas. Yet combine these conditions with 80-degree weather, bright sun and bathwater warm turquoise seas and it's a recipe that racers on the 67 entered boats relished. In CSA Spinnaker Racing 3, Puerto Rico's Jonathan Lipuscek on his J/105, Dark Star, successfully defended their title.  Event website

GBCA Performance Cup

Six J/105s checked in to Galveston Bay Cruising Association's March 19-20 Performance Cup. They were greeted by 20-30 knot north winds gusting to 35+. There were reports of 39 knot gust with many seeing sustained 30-35 knot breezes. The super strong gusts on Saturday moved the buoys around to the extent that GBCA's PRO was forced to cancel racing. While testing crew skills in the tough wind conditions, Bill Lakenmacher sailed around the windward mark only to jokingly report that he watched it sail past him as he returned to the starting area. Winds on Sunday were originally predicted to be 10-15 knots but to no one's surprise were actually in the 20-25 range with 30+ knot gusts. With some difficulty, GBCA managed to get the line set and start all races on time. Bee Bednar's Stinger was forced to withdraw before the first race with equipment failures. John Bell's Kinderspel2 and Uzi Ozeri's Infinity had similar issues during one or the other of the following races. With what surely amounted to super crew work and great tactics, Brad Robbins' Rumpus, took the tie breaker over John Barnet's Vici and Bill Lakenmacher's Radiance to win their first ever J/105 regatta. Although very experienced racers, Brad and company are relative newcomers to Fleet 17, having joined the fleet in 2015. Congratulations guys!

San Diego NOOD

The second stop of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta series relished three days (March 18-20) of quality conditions for more than 100 teams in San Diego. With 12 classes spread out on two ocean courses and one bay course, 10 J/105s were on hand to complete seven races. Rick Goebel's Sanity won four of those to claim the victory with 12 points. Dennis Case's Wings put together a great weekend for second place with 18 points, followed by Gary Mozer's Current Obsession 2 with 25.  Complete results

Scachet Head Race

The Scachet Head Race (on Puget Sound, the second of three races in the Center Sound Series hosted by Corinthian YC Seattle) was a challenging one for many with chilly temperatures and winds howling in the 20-25 knots plus range for most of the day. Class 4 is the one-design J/105 fleet. Winning the day and hanging onto first by virtue of a tiebreaker is Erik Kristen & Kathryn Meyer's More Jubilee. In second is Jim Geros' Last Tango, also with three points. Third place counting two third places is David Cohen & Lance Rummel's Inconceivable. They are followed by Robert Blaylock's Usawi in fourth and Jerry Diercks' Delirium in fifth. Next race in the Center Sound Series will be the Three Tree Point Race on March 26. The entire fleet was treated to a Chalk Talk by hometown Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Buchan on March 11.  More Center Sound Series/Scachet Head Race sailing information

Spring One Design

Tested by strong system-generated, cross-current wind, a heavy ebb tide, and 22 J/105 teams hungry for their first win of the season, Rolf Kaiser, Shannon Ryan and the other crew of Donkey Jack finished on top at the 2016 StFYC Spring One Design Regatta, March 5-6. Gale force winds were forecasted on Saturday afternoon, so PRO Bartz Schneider and his RC team compressed time on the water with three short races, featuring a .4-mile-long reach against the ebb tide to the offset buoy to enable a square downwind leg. Southerly winds built in pulsing storm-driven fashion and showed a westerly shift, challenging racers to find the early starboard layline. Donkey Jackposted consistent finishes of 4-2-2 to lead the day by 3 points, despite Tom Kennelly's team on Wonder taking bullets in both race 2 and 3! Kaiser credited their relatively conservative strategy with Saturday's success: "Our goal was to start 'upriver' at the pin, and then make sure we could tack before we got to the port-tack layline as it (too) came up quickly on such a short course. Then we made sure to tack well under the crowd (fetching the windward mark) since you could always make it with such a strong left-to-right ebb. After that we just focused on keeping the boat upright downwind." Noted Rules expert and sailing coach Dave Perry finished up a week of seminars in San Francisco with an all-day session Saturday, following the J/105 fleet on-the-water and providing a debrief in the evening. Following his advice, several boats got out to the starting area much earlier on Sunday to practice and collect pre-race information. Day two presented sailors with more customary winds from the WSW and even some sunshine. "Now this was in the brochure!" remarked Santiago Said, owner of the Chilean J/105 Patagonia Virgin (#346), as he sailed out to the starting area aboard Bruce Stone's Arbitrage. His smile grew wider when Arbitrage won the first race of the day. Santiago had come all the way from Chile to crew for Stone in this regatta, and he left for home with Dave Perry's book and the hope that some of his colleagues read it. He seemed to think they could use help in following the Racing Rules of Sailing! Both races Sunday featured tough decisions concerning the accelerating ebb and a rather large transition zone between westerly influenced outside pressure and southerly puffs along the shore. Pat Benedict and his team on Advantage3 demonstrated their savvy local knowledge by winning the final race of the regatta in convincing fashion. "In the last race, we got a great start and stayed in the ebb upwind. Downwind we took relief along the shore even though the wind was slightly lighter. It must have paid off, because on the last leg we nipped Akula at the finish," Benedict explained, and added, "These kind of days keep you coming back!" In the end, it was Donkey Jack that held onto the overall lead with a 3-6 and clinched the first regatta win of the season. We "had challenging conditions to start the season but everyone seems to be able to keep their boats and people in one piece," reflected Kaiser. "Plus, there were a few new faces out there we are happy to welcome to the fleet. Let's get 20+ boats on the line for each event this year!"  More Spring One-Design sailing information

Blakely Rocks Race

The first of many races in the Center Sound Series took place this past weekend. The Blakely Rocks Race is a 16.7nm dash up and around a famous rock in the Sound and back to the finish line. Hosted by Corinthian YC of Seattle, the Center Sound Series continues all year long and concludes in the fall. The J/105s sailed one-design as Class 4. It was Jim Geros' Last Tango taking the class win followed by Erik Kristen/Kathryn Meyer's More Jubilee in second, David Cohen/Lance Rummel's Inconceivable taking third, Jerry Diercks' Delirium in fourth and Chris Phoenix's Jaded in fifth position.  More Blakely Rocks Race sailing information

Gonzo report from Miami to Havana Race

The J/105 Gonzo from Chicago was sailed by Ed Reagan and his team in the inaugural Miami to Havana Race this year that finished in the historical Hemingway Harbor in Havana, Cuba. Here is Ed's report on their experience: "We sailed aboard Gonzo, our J/105, co-captained by myself and Ken Ganch with a total crew of eight in the Miami to Havana race. It started in lighter winds right outside of government cut on a beautiful Florida day, albeit it was cooler than usual with a cold front heading in. That was welcome news as were all heading south veering southwest as the fleet headed down the keys so North winds were favorable and were forecast to go Northeast at some point. There were also fairly cold temperatures forecast for the first night but fortunately the water was warm. The route from Miami to Key West takes you south and you constantly turn to the west keeping outside of the reefs, which are well marked along the entire stretch of the Keys. On our port side was the Gulf stream, so you have a narrow band in which you want to sail to avoid sailing against the Gulf Stream that is running counter to our course at up to 6 kts! One of the most strategic decisions is where and when to cross the Gulf Stream. As the first afternoon went on, the winds steadily built along with the waves. There were long periods with sustained wind speeds 15-25 knots and the Gulf Stream varied but seemed to have reached 4-5 knots at that time according to our readings. The challenge was to get through it as efficiently as possible and then, hopefully, catch a counter-current closer to the coast of Cuba that was still heading west. The moon was very small and the stars were brilliant the first night when we were crossing the Gulf Stream. Wind speeds maintained all through the next day and into night when we finally saw Cuba at dusk. The winds died down only for the last 50 miles and we sailed along the length of Havana and finished right about midnight. We took second in PHRF C and eighth overall! Imagine that!? A Chicago boat collecting silverware for placing in a race to Havana. That's awesome! Hemingway Club Nauticio in Havana hosted the fleet with excellent facilities and the staff was gracious and welcoming. There was a race along the Malecon on Sunday but winds were very strong and only a handful of boats completed the race after several dropped out. Overall for us, it was an amazing experience and hope others do the same in the future!"

Miami to Havana Race

It was a beautiful, sunny day that saw the 46 sailboats prepared for a brisk forecast at the start of the first-ever Miami to Havana Race, organized by the Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC). In PHRC C class, it was Ken Ganch & Ed Reagan's J/105 Gonzo from Columbia YC in Chicago, IL happily celebrating taking the silver in one of the more eccentric collection of boats in any class.  Event website

18 boats already on the NAC list!

18 J/105s registered on the first day that the 2016 North American Championship website went live! Sign up now, and pay at the end of summer. The event will be hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY from October 19-23. For charters and logistics, contact Paul Beaudin at j105loulou at gmail. Register

Texas Invitational

The second annual Texas J/105 Invitational Regatta is scheduled for April 2-3. The format is based on the pioneering Bermuda J/105 Regatta wherein local crews consisting of a local owner and two of his or her crew team up with a non-Galveston Bay or Dallas (Fleet 16 and Fleet 17) skipper and two of his or her crew for two jam-packed days of sailing fun. Weather permitting, 10 races with five helmed by local owners and five by non-local owners are to be sailed over the two-day period. Six invitees have already accepted invitations, but there are still boats available. If you are interested in an invitation or would like to join in with your own boat, contact Uzi Ozeri (uzio at hotmail), Bee Bednar (bee at panoramatech dot com) or Bill Lackenmacher (Bill at lockeprotective dot com).

2016 NAC website

The event website for the 2016 Stella Artois J/105 North American Championship at Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY from October 19-23, 2016 is now live  here.

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

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

GBCA Icicle Series

BeeThe 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.

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

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

GBCA Icicle 3

2015Icicle3Finish-cropped-webSaturday 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.

Grand Slam Dominates Chilean J/105 Nationals

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.

San Diego Hot Rum Series

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

Bermuda International Race Week

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

San Diego Hot Rum Series

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

J/105 Dark Star Tops St. Croix Regatta

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

Hot Rum Series in San Diego, CA

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

Chesapeake Bay Championship

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

San Diego Yacht Club Wins Lipton Cup

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

Annapolis YC Fall Series

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

Leaders Hold Spots in Fleet 6 Season Finale

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

Masters Regatta

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.

Eclipse and Stratos frostbite to the top at Manhasset Fall Series

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

Greenport Ocean Race

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 first. Second was Stephen Guyer's J/105 Alliance.  Greenport Ocean Race sailing information

UK Double-Handed Nationals

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

J/Fest Southwest

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

American YC Fall Series Weekend Two Cancelled

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

J/Fest San Diego

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

Long Island Sound Offshore Championship

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

McLaughlin wins J/105 Canadian Championship

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

American YC Fall Series weekend one: Eclipse and Loulou lead

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

Texas Navy Trophy

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+.

2016 Chiloe Regatta

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

NAC Video

NAC Video

For a quick J/105 NA video wrap-up, click here.

HOOD Regatta

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

J/105 North American Champion: Shawn Bennett on team Jose Cuervo

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

North American Championship Day 3

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

North American Championship Day 2

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

North American Championship Day 1

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

Bermuda National Championship

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.

J/105 North American Championship Kicks Off Thursday, September 17 from San Fran

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.

Marblehead ONE Regatta

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

J/105 Wins Doublehanded in Difficult ROLEX Fastnet Race

J/105 Wins Doublehanded in Difficult ROLEX Fastnet Race

The Rolex Fastnet Race celebrated its 90th birthday in 2015. The founding fathers of the club and its flagship event would have been in awe of their creation with 300 boats signing up within just 24 minutes of the entry list opening in January, a record-sized fleet of 356 boats starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron line making the Rolex Fastnet Race by far the largest of the world's classic 600 mile offshore races, in terms of participation. Stuart Childerley and Kelvin Rawlings took victory in the two-handed class aboard their J/105 Jester. Childerley and Rawlings' performance was such that they also ended up top British boat, finishing fourth overall under IRC. Yvonne Beusker and Edith Voskamp's J/105 Panther finished 38th in class and were, in fact, top women's team in the entire race! Read about their journeys at https://www.facebook.com/panthersailingteam.   Complete regatta stories, photos, videos and results

Thanks to Steve Kent for the following SFYC Summer Keelboat regatta update:

Thanks to Steve Kent for the following SFYC Summer Keelboat regatta update:

After moving to San Francisco a little over a year ago and buying Perseverance to race in Fleet 1, we won our first regatta at the SFYC Summer Keelboat event this past weekend. Without a doubt, this is one of the most competitive fleets I've had a chance to sail in. As we expected, over the last year we struggled to learn the boat, assemble a team, figure out the rig, etc. We tore up some gear making the transition from SoCal relatively light air sailing to the breeze on The Bay. What a great experience! Guys from the top of the fleet like Mojo, Donkey Jack and Arbitrage were generous with advice, and a new jib and main from Quantum have all helped us improve. A couple things made all the difference this weekend. We forgot about 'winning' the start, and instead focused on being at full speed with a hole to leeward anywhere on the line. We also worked hard at a 'quiet boat,' not something easy for me but Alex Steele was a great coach on this aspect. In the end, it was a close regatta with Bruce Stone's Arbitrage team just two points back (after two bullets on Sunday), and Ryan Simmons' Blackhawk team challenging at every mark in third. Looking forward to the J/105 North Americans at StFYC Rolex Big Boat Series next month and a full four days of racing against the best!

Buzzards Bay Regatta

Buzzards Bay Regatta

The 43rd Buzzards Bay Regatta was held August 7-9 at the New Bedford Yacht Club in Dartmouth, MA. Buzzards Bay delivered yet again on good conditions for the three-day weekend regatta. Fair weather and plenty of breeze provided favorable conditions. In PHRF 2, Richard Fontaine's J/105 Good Trade from Mass Maritime led a sweep of the class. Fourth was Ed Joyce's J/105 Dark'n'Stormy.   Event website

Verve Cup

Verve Cup

The J/105 Asylum, owned by Jon Weglarz, took top spot in the one design section of the Verve Cup in Chicago. "Our team won the regatta in the first two days. Sunday, we just maintained our position." The top three boats - Sealark, Vytis and The Asylum - have been battling each other for 15 years in their fleet. "Our section was a little light. We hope that for 2016 the J/105s will be back with more entries." Pictured Ellen Wesley, Sean Wilson, Andy Vincent, Heidi Rocke, Jon Weglarz, Tom Spees (The Asylum).   Complete results

RORC Channel Race Report

RORC Channel Race Report

The Royal Ocean Racing Club Season's Points Championship continued with the Channel Race, the tenth race of the series, and the last RORC race before the Rolex Fastnet Race. Eighty-seven yachts started from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, around marks in the English Channel, with a Solent finish on a 130nm course. IRC 3 Class has a raft of J/105s participating. Top dog again happened to be Nick Martin's J/105 Diablo-J, sailing two-handed against fully-crewed boats and succeeding admirably at fourth in class. As a result, Diablo-J currently sits fourth in the overall series standings. In the separately scored IRC Two-handed class, the fleet saw Diablo-J continue to excel during the season, taking a fifth in class. In the overall Two-handed Series, Diablo-J is ranked third.   More RORC Channel Race sailing information

Transpac Race J/105 result

Transpac Race J/105 result

Congratulations to Ed Sanford's J/105 Creative from San Diego YC who took fifth in class at the 2015 edition of the Transpac YC's 2,225nm Transpac Race!   Transpac Race website

Ugotta Regatta

Ugotta Regatta

For the better part of last weekend's Little Traverse YC Ugotta Regatta, the fleet enjoyed the usual gorgeous weather in Harbor Springs, MI on the waters of Little Traverse Bay. The PHRF 4 class was a mixed bag of boats, but the J/105s had fun. Top boat was Sam Powers' Gryphon at third in class with Bill Petzold's Green Flash in fourth. Carter Williams sailed Creative Destruction to a ninth with friends and family sailing the boat. Separately, the J/105s sailed a one-design regatta the day before the weekend event. Four W/L races were sailed. Bill Petzold's Green Flash won a tie-breaker on 9 points each with Sam Powers' Gryphon. Third was Carter Williams' Creative Destruction.   Ugotta Regatta sailing information

J/105 Chicago to Mackinac Race report

J/105 Chicago to Mackinac Race report

Carter Williams has enjoyed sailing his J/105 Creative Destruction for years. Having grown up sailing in Harbor Springs during the summers, Carter decided to again sail the Chicago-Mac Race this year, but with a youth sailing team. Here's Carter's report: "Creative sailed with a mostly junior crew, finishing third in the hugely competitive J/105 class! We had Libby Forsen as our navigator. She's taken the Starpath Navigation course and, at 16 years old, this was her first time sailing the Mac Race. Sonny Jenema was sailing his second Mac at 18 years old. JT Ludington, 21 years old, was on his first Mac. Preston Carey, 16 years old, was on her second Mac. It was a young crew! The old guys were Carter Williams, Mike Duff and Robert Matthews. Sunday morning it was hot, with little wind and lots of biting flies. Despite the lack of wind, the kids stayed focus, which we attribute to close attention to the watch schedule. As the wind built Sunday evening into the Manitou's, everyone was well rested, so we were able to get the whole crew on the rail late Sunday night and early Monday morning. As a result, we blasted through the Manitou's, slowly picking up more boats. As we came into Grays Reef Monday early am, there were three J/105s in front of us. With the chop around Grays Reef, we sailed our angles well, gybed right on the lay line, and closed the gap on one boat a bit more, maybe to a quarter mile. As we turned the corner at Grays Reef, it was a tight spinnaker reach into the Mackinac Straits. Clark kept up high, so it was difficult for us to fully close the gap, but the kids were focused all on the rail. Slowly but surely, we were inching on Clark. About an hour from the bridge, a squall hit, driving all the boats down into a broach. The kids moved quick, got the spinnaker down, and jib out. They had all the waypoints in for the rest of the course, so in the fog/whiteout, we were back on course quickly. That helped us move up to third place overall! As we hit the other side of the bridge, we covered Clark while looking for our opening to move up to second place, but time and wind ran out so we could not move up. The kids absolutely loved it! They cannot wait to do it again. We are trying to assemble two junior teams to sail J/105s next year, and would encourage other boats to do the same. Perhaps we will give an award for the boat with highest score with three or more juniors (under 21) aboard! After the Mac Race, we took our J/105 back down to Harbor Springs for the Ugotta Regatta. Being an off year, we did not have enough J/105s for a class. So, I and the new owner of J/105 hull 29 (the ex-Convexity), Sam Powers, contributed our boats to let the sailing school and juniors field two boats in the Ugotta Regatta. The boats were skippered by junior sailors, racing under the Storm Trysail IOR Collegiate rules (keeping two boat lengths). The kids had lots of fun racing the Ugotta Regatta too!

Whidbey Island Race Week

Whidbey Island Race Week

The big boat segment of Whidbey Island Race Week, based at Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island (WA), was July 20-24 for 68 one design and PHRF entrants. The small boat segment had been held July 18-19 for one design and Portsmouth entrants. Ten J/105s competed in 12 races, with James Geros' Last Tango coming out on top with 24 points. Kent Sisk and John Weil on Troublemaker took second with 34 points, one ahead of Doug Schenk, Eric Hopper and Matt Davis on Free Bowl of Soup.   Complete results

LORC Championship 2015

LORC Championship 2015

The Winner of the LORC J/105 Championship for 2015 is Jamaica Me Crazy. Congratulations to Peter Hall and his team. They won in a tie breaker with Hey Jude, having had four bullets to Hey Jude's one bullet over 13 races. The LORC J/105 Championship was created in 2013 in support of the Lake Ontario Racing Council (LORC) series of regattas that the fleet attends. For the last three seasons, the fleet has attended the following three regattas: ABYC Open, RCYC Open and the PCYC Open. Hey Jude won the LORC J/105 Championship in 2013 and 2014. The winner has to have attended all three regattas, and the low score wins with no drops. The trophy, a half model donated by Fogh Marine & North Sails, is currently on display in the Ovens Room at the RCYC Island Clubhouse. The Trophy will be presented to Jamaica Me Crazy on August 9 at the Awards Ceremony for the J/105 Summer Regatta.

CanAm Challenge

CanAm Challenge

At this weekend's CanAm Challenge at Youngstown Yacht Club in New York, Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer's Mandate edged out fellow Canadian James Rathbun on Hey Jude for the victory in the 13-boat J/105 fleet. Mandate posted a 1,1,3,1,1,2,2 for 11 points, two better than Hey Jude. Peter Hall's Jamaica Me Crazy rounded out the top three with 33 points. Seven races were completed.   Complete results

Marblehead NOOD

Marblehead NOOD

More than 130 boats in nine classes competed in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Marblehead. Fred deNapoli's Allegro Semplicita, the J/105 class winner, took home the black Wilmington Trust Leader Spinnaker. The "leader spinnaker" was given to the winning boat of each day, and switched owners a few times over the regatta. Ultimately, the overall class winner took it home for good. In second place was mark Marsur's Two Feathers, followed by Mark Lindquist's Sterling.    Complete results

Bayview Mac Race

Bayview Mac Race

According to Chairman Peter Wenzler, a white squall hit the fleet shortly after the start, making a whole lot of wind out of what started as a light downwind breeze. While some spinnakers became streamers at the tops of masts, others were locked and loaded or temporarily switched out for easier-to-handle headsails before the wind calmed and then elevated again to a more sustainable 22 knots over flat, waveless water. The bigger boats sailed the 259 nm Cove Island Course while the smaller boats sailed the 204 nm Shore Course, with both courses finishing at Mackinac Island. The bigger boats enjoyed a strong beat home in 18-22 knots after turning the corner at Cove Island. The bulk of the Shore Course fleet enjoyed a mid-morning finish, reaching in a solid 20-25 knots. The J/105s nearly swept Class J Racing, taking four of the top five positions. Leading everyone home was Windshadow helmed by Jim Murphy from Bayview YC. Following in their tracks in second place was Mark Denuyl's Goof Lookin from Port Huron YC, then in fourth was Don Harthorn's Snake Oil from Lake Shore Sail Club, and fifth was last year's winner Pterodactyl skippered by Mark Symonds from Grosse Pointe YC.   Regatta website

Larchmont Race Week

Larchmont Race Week

Larchmont Race Week got underway on July 11-12 with the second half held July 18-19 to complete the 117th edition. Returning this weekend were the racer/cruiser division and the one-designs. All fleets enjoyed the continuation of competitive racing in a 3-5 knot southwesterly breeze on Saturday and a late-filling 6-12 knot southwesterly on Sunday. Thirty boats sailed on the cruising course with 18 in the PHRF spinnaker division and 12 in the non-spinnaker group. Three races were completed in each fleet. This weekend also included a distance race around Execution Light on Sunday, an event new to the Race Week format. "The addition of the distance race to the Race Week format added some fun and variety," noted Cruising circle PRO Jed Kelly. One-design PRO Nick Langone was able to run seven races for the fleets. Winning the nine-boat J/105 fleet was Paul Beaudin from Harlem Yacht Club on loulou. Jeremy Henderson and Harald Edegran's Conundrum and the AYC Jr. Big Boat Team's Young American rounded out the top three.   Complete results

TransPac 2015

TransPac 2015

Nearing the halfway mark, Ed Sanford and his J/105 Creative are sailing the rum line doing a steady 8.5-9.0 kts. They are third in fleet and ninth overall with the fastest boats starting today. The trimaran Lending Club 2 hoping to set a LA to Honolulu record is sailing at speeds of 28-31 kts. You can follow on the Yellow Brick Road tracking system   here.

2015 NAC

2015 NAC

You still have time to register for the J/105 North American Championship, which takes place in San Francisco on September 17-20 in conjunction with the exciting Rolex Big Boat Series at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Sign-up prior to August 15 without a late fee. Skippers from out of the Bay Area may purchase HA sails without them counting against their sail tags as long as they sell them by year-end, or they can tag them in 2016. There are boats available! In fact, teams from Long Island, Connecticut, Texas and Chile have already chartered, and several more teams have shown indications of interest. For information about chartering, contact Regatta Chairman Bruce Stone at 917-822-4060 and leave a voice message with your call back info.   Register here

St. Malo Race

St. Malo Race

The RORC Season's Points Championship continued last weekend with the highly popular Cowes Dinard-St. Malo Race (Cowes, England). With 173 entries, the 151 nautical mile race featured the largest RORC fleet since the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race. With an 0850 hrs start time, the teams sail west out of the Solent and around marks consisting of Casquets-Les Hanois-St. Malo finish. The weather forecast was promising, but no one expected race records to be set. In short, the weather was fabulous, the breeze on big time and the race was nothing short of sensational. In IRC Two-Handed, three British teams racing J/105s swept the podium. Alex Adams and Chris Holliman on Voador won the class from Jester, sailed by Kelvin Rawlings and Stuart Childerley. Nick Martin's Diablo-J was third. That was quite an extraordinary feat for the 20+ year old J/105 design, sailing against all the latest hot IRC designs from European boat shops! The three J/105's performances were so emphatic that the same three J/105s took sixth, seventh and ninth in IRC Overall, crushing many of the top JPK 10.10s and JPK 10.80s and Sun Fast 3600s in the process. If that weren't enough, trophies for this trio of J/105s, Voador, Jester and Diablo-J also took fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in IRC Three class (a fully-crewed division).    RORC St Malo Race sailing information

Red Grant Regatta

Red Grant Regatta

The Raritan Yacht Club of Perth Amboy, New Jersey hosted their 69th annual Red Grant Regatta on July 11-12 as part of the yacht club's 150th anniversary celebration. The regatta hosted 56 boats including nine J/105s and nine J/109s, along with several PHRF spinnaker/non spinnaker and cruiser classes. The weather was typical summer conditions for Lower NY Harbor/Raritan Bay with warm temperatures and light breezes of 5-8 knots. In the very competitive J/105 fleet, Marcus Wunderlich's Stratos edged out Paul Zajac's skal in the last reach of the last race to win the race and take home the regatta trophy by a point over Ann and Gary Myer's Magic. Magic was unbeatable the first day of the regatta, taking all the bullets. Skal took third overall. The regatta benefitted the charity Easter Seals of New Jersey and had the lead sponsor of Goslings.    Results

Chicago Mackinac Race

Chicago Mackinac Race

Twenty-two J/105s took part in the 298 nm Chicago Mackinac Race over the weekend. Kenneth Ganch of Illinois on Gonzo won the J/105 division, followed by Terry Timm and David Laidlaw on Send in the Clowns and Carter Williams on Creative Destruction.   Results

Stratford Shoal Light Regatta

Stratford Shoal Light Regatta

The Riverside Yacht Club in Connecticut ran the annual Stratford Shoal Light regatta last weekend. It is a popular event for those who enjoy offshore racing as it all takes place from mid-Long Island Sound to eastern Long Island Sound. This year's race took place on a fairly windy Saturday. Strong easterlies made for big waves on Long Island Sound. With such a long fetch, the beat upwind to the first marks were rough, but the effort was well worth it for those crews that stuck it out to enjoy surfing and planing conditions all the way home to the Riverside YC finish line. In such demanding sailing, it's not surprising the J/105s swept the podium in PHRF 2 class. Marcus Wunderlich's team on Stratos took class and J/105 honors. Second was the American YC Junior Big Boat Team on Young American, another fantastic performance for this young crew. Then, the Larchmont YC Junior Offshore Team sailing Privateer took third overall. In the shorter Cable & Anchor Bell Race, the J/105 Strange Brew sailed by Randy Bourne won the PHRF Non-Spinnaker I class.   Stratford Shoals Race sailing information

Long Beach Race Week

Long Beach Race Week

Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week concluded with a splash, as classic Long Beach conditions gelled, and a solid breeze filled in from the west. Ivory cirrus swirled in the blue skies; steady waves and swell barreled through the courses. LBRW had its origins in 1980, and is hosted by neighboring Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. In PHRF-4, the J/105 Off The Porch (Scott McDaniel) took the victory.   Complete results

Emil Bus Mosbacher Sportsmanship Trophy

Emil Bus Mosbacher Sportsmanship Trophy

At the 2015 Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week, Josh Burack (New Rochelle, NY), owner of J/105 Peregrina, won the Emil "Bus" Mosbacher Sportsmanship Trophy. Peregrina lost its mast in Tuesday's Round the Island Race when a shroud broke. The mast folded in half at the top spreader. Burack then volunteered for Race Committee duty and was placed on a safety boat. Prior to racing on Wednesday, fellow J/105 competitor Damian Emery's Eclipse (Shoreham, NY), a two-time Block Island winner, broke its gooseneck during practice before the day's first race. Burack raced back to Champlin's Marina, removed the gooseneck fitting from his broken mast, and got it to Eclipse with time to spare. "Before we left the dock on Wednesday, we noticed a crack in the gooseneck, but decided it would likely be fine until the end of the week, but of course the moment we went up with the main, it busted," said Dave Shrader, trimmer on Eclipse. "If it wasn't for Josh running in and stripping the gooseneck off his stricken boat for us, it would've been a lot worse. We didn't even miss a race," he said. "It's this sort of camaraderie and respect for one another that makes Race Week so special." The J/105 Class was decided on the last day, where Emery's Eclipse staged a come-from-behind victory to win the class and the J/105 East Coast Championship. Eclipse was placed fourth after Wednesday's racing, 11 points out of first, but finished the regatta with a 1-2-1-2 to score a 1 point victory over Paul Beaudin's loulou (New York, NY). 2009 Storm Trysail Race Week winner Bruce Stone's Team Arbitrage (San Francisco, CA) was another four points back to take third. Stone reported hitting his career high speed in a J/105, surfing at 20.9 kt over the ground when winning the Around Island Race in 30+ kt of wind. "It turned out that we had no working instruments on our chartered boat, Play Station, but were able to log the SOG using our Velocitek ProStart. We maintained a sustained surf both faster and of longer duration than even on SF Bay, despite the bigger waves. What a hoot! We'll be back at Block Island in 2017." (photo credit Nicole Breault)

Eclipse Pulls Out Miracle to Take 3rd Block Island Victory

Eclipse Pulls Out Miracle to Take 3rd Block Island Victory

Damian Emery sailed a near perfect day to advance to the podium and take the East Coast Championship away from loulou by 1 point. The first race had loulou in front until the second upwind when Eclipse got the pass with loulou attempting to cover both sides and coming up short of both Eclipse and Arbitrage for a third. The start of the last race had loulou struggling at the boat and forced to the right with Eclipse in the middle. A new wind developed out of the left side and left both boats back in the pack with Eclipse closer to the top and loulou, the bottom. Both boats advance but it would not be enough for loulou, with Eclipse finishing right behind Mark Lindquist's Sterling and loulou several boats back falling to second. This is Damian's third victory in a row at the biannual event. In third was Class President Bruce Stone and followed by Bermuda's Distant Passion. (Photo Credit: Aliki Navajas)   Complete results

Topsy Turvy Thursday at East Coasts

Topsy Turvy Thursday at East Coasts

Two races got off in moderate breeze Thursday at the East Coast Championship at Block Island Race Week after a brief postponement. The first race in a very unsettled breeze had regatta leaders Paul Beaudin and James Macdonald in the weeds and Damian Emery figuring it out to take the gun followed in second by Mark Masur and then Bruce Stone. This moved Emery up to second and took a bite out of loulou's lead. The breeze was more settled for race two with loulou off clean at the pin to never look back rounding the top by 10 lengths and extending to win by a 1/4 leg. Following was Eclipse to solidify his second position and take the daily trophy. Next was Two Feathers again having a great showing for second in the daily prizes. Friday will have loulou starting with a 6-point advantage over Eclipse with Arbitrage (Play Station) and Distant Passion following 9 points out of first.   Results

Transpac 2015

Transpac 2015

We will have a J/105 entered in this year's Transpac. Ed Sanford and his Creative crew are going to do it again. In 2013, they learned a few things on their first race. The first and foremost is to be sure they have backup kites because without them it is a slow trip. This year, Ed will be carrying a total of 14 sails that will include masthead kites and a code zero. The first fleets will start July 13 outside of the Los Angeles harbor and finish off Diamond Head. If you want to follow their progress, go to the Transpac website and locate the Yellow Brick Road tracking system.   Transpac website

East Coasts at Block Island: 3 down 2 to go

East Coasts at Block Island: 3 down 2 to go

Block Island Race Week mid-point: In the J/105 Class, Paul Beaudin's loulou posted a 1-5-1 to leapfrog from second into first. Loulou now has the low score of 20 points and leads previous leader James MacDonald's Distant Passion by 3 points. Bruce Stone's Arbitrage is third with 29 points, while two-time reigning champion Damian Emery's Eclipse is fourth with 31 points. For Beaudin, Wednesday was about getting his new crew members in sync and improving his starts. "We had great speed all day. In fact, we've had great speed all week," said Beaudin. "We have a couple of new people on the boat, and after a couple of days we're working very well together. I've been over early quite a bit this week, but (Wednesday) we got relatively clean starts. That, combined with really good boatspeed has helped drastically."   Complete story and results link

Big Breeze at Block on Day 2

Big Breeze at Block on Day 2

Tuesday had the breeze up at the East Coasts at Block Island. The classic Around The Island Race was sailed. Bruce Stone showed his San Fran form to take the gun followed by Andrew Kennedy's Bat 4 from Annapolis and Paul Beaudin's loulou of Harlem, NY. Loulou made big gains upwind recovering from an over early and downwind gear failures to pass four boats on the last long beat inching out current leader James MacDonald of Bermuda. Big gear failures in the 30-knot breeze had Josh Burack losing the rig on Perigrena. On a tack, the rig snapped at the top spreader. Eclipse had the jib halyard snap at the start, but at least made it around the course for a seventh with five minutes lost at the start and bareheaded changes. The next few days have moderate sunny conditions.   Results

East Coast Championship at BIRW Starts With Stiff Competition

East Coast Championship at BIRW Starts With Stiff Competition

Day one had beautiful weather for sailboat racing with 12-16 knots of wind and sunny skies. Three races had the 16-boat J/105 fleet working hard all day. Race 1 had loulou first around the top mark followed by Eclipse, back with Pam Morris trimming the spinnaker after a year long maternity leave. Eclipse made the pass downwind to take the gun in the first race. But it was James MacDonald and team Bermuda on Distant Passion that kept every finish solid and took a strong bullet in the last race for the top spot on the leader board on Day One. Paul Beaudin's loulou is sitting second, followed by Damian Emery's Eclipse, the last boat of the week winner of this bi-annual event. With five days of racing and no throw outs, this will be an exciting event for sure.    Results

Tenacious Takes Top Honors in J/105 Fleet at AYC Annual Regatta

Tenacious Takes Top Honors in J/105 Fleet at AYC Annual Regatta

Brothers Carl and Scott Gitchell used to argue so much aboard the J/105 they co-own their crew took to calling them "The Bickersomes." Age and maturity have mellowed the brothers over the years, and things are less contentious on Tenacious as a result. "We're not yelling at each other as much," Scott Gitchell said. It was all peace and harmony for the Tenacious team during Saturday's Annapolis Yacht Club Annual Regatta. With Carl driving and Scott trimming the main and calling tactics, Tenacious got the gun in both races in taking top honors in J/105 fleet. Read the full article   here.

J/105 Jib Class Rule Change

J/105 Jib Class Rule Change

A change to the J/105 Class Rule for jib materials of construction has been passed by the Executive Committee. This change will be effective January 1, 2016. The new Class Rule 6.5.1 will read: "The roller jib shall be constructed of either woven ply, laminated ply, and/or single ply. The use of Vectran, PBO or Cuben Fiber in the construction is not permitted."

Chicago NOOD

Chicago NOOD

More than 100 boats in 10 classes competed in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Chicago, including 11 J/105s. Tom & Gyt Petkus' Vytis came out of top after the seven races with a line of 1,1,5,1,2,1,4 for 15 points. Clark Pellett's Sealark took the runner-up spot with 22. Tied on points at 29 in third and fourth were Jon Weglarz on The Asylum and Kenneth Ganch on Gonzo.   Complete results

NYYC Annual Regatta

NYYC Annual Regatta

The 161st New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and when the three-day event concluded after a day of around-the-island racing (Friday, June 12) and a weekend of around-the-marks competition (June 13-14), there was plenty of satisfaction to be had. For Event Chair David Bush-Brown, there was satisfaction that the Annual Regatta, robust-as-ever with 169 entries, had successfully upheld its keen sense of tradition, which for well over a century and a half has kept the New York Yacht Club at the forefront of sailing. "A lot of changes have happened to our sport and the regatta over 161 years," said Bush-Brown, "but one thing remains the same: spirit of competition and camaraderie." That spirit was evident on Saturday night when the New York Yacht Club hosted over 1,000 sailors for cocktails and dinner on the expansive grounds of its waterfront Harbour Court clubhouse. It was also evident during Sunday's two-hour postponement ashore when the Newport Shipyard, where many of the boats were docked, felt less like a paddock area for preparation and more like a venue for a class reunion, with long-time friends as well as newly-established acquaintances swapping war stories and discussing what lies next on the sailing horizon. Sunday's sailing, when it got going by mid-afternoon in an easterly of 10-14 knots, delivered even more color than Friday's and Saturday's held in relatively lighter air, and when all was said and done, winners in 19 classes were the most satisfied of all that they had shined on the stages of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound for a rotating mix of stadium-style, drop-mark and navigators-course competition. Three J/105s competed in the PHRF Spinnaker 2 class, which got in three races. Fred Darlington's Tonto notched a 1,4,1 for 6 points and the victory. Donald Santa's Santas Reign, Dear followed in second with 9 points, and Mark Masur's Two Feathers placed fourth with 14 points.   Complete results

Conundrum Breaks Three-way Tie to Take Cedar Point OD Regatta

Conundrum Breaks Three-way Tie to Take Cedar Point OD Regatta

Conundrum took the Cedar Point Regatta with a three-way tie breaker followed by Revelation and loulou, all with 15 points. The next two spots were held by new comers: Za Jelliffe's Arete and Dave Willis on Solution who was carrying a BFD. The J/105 fleet had one day of challenging but very good tight racing with every boat having at least one solid finish. Day 2 was skunked with no wind.   Complete results

Swiftsure Race

Swiftsure Race

This year's Swiftsure Race in Victoria, BC, Canada had nearly all the best elements of a near perfect race: good winds, smooth waters, incredible competitors from far and wide, the largest complement of racers in years. The Swiftsure is now actually five different races over three separate courses, plus an inshore regatta. The J/105s swept top honors in the L3 Division. At the top of the trio was Matt Davis' Free Bowl of Soup from Arizona YC. They won their class in the Oregon Offshore Race last year and went on to repeat that same performance in the Pacific Cup Race. Second was Jerry Diercks' Delirium, and third place went to Ed Wilder's Avalanche.    Swiftsure Facebook page

FIGAWI Race

FIGAWI Race

The FIGAWI Race is a classic 36nm pursuit race from Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on Cape Cod to Nantucket Harbor. Dawning with a gorgeous sunrise and a fresh breeze from the WNW, the day got better and better for a spectacular race. In PHRF S2 division, the J/105s swept the top four spots, led by the Joyce/Reservitz/Wagner trio on Dark'n'Stormy. Their classmates that followed were Matt and Lisa Schmidt's Hardtack in second, Steve Widdis' Prima in third and Ed Lobo's Waterwolf in fourth.    Regatta website

Young American Kids kill it again with a first in fleet in the Block Island Race

Young American Kids kill it again with a first in fleet in the Block Island Race

Repeating its PHRF class 3 victory from last year was American Yacht Club's J/105 Young American, an entry with junior sailors. The kids were the majority onboard with Peter Becker serving as the team's single adult safety officer and coach. "Last year, we won our class and finished third overall, which was a huge moment," said Becker. "This year, we were first in PHRF division and first overall in PHRF, so we bested our performance by a big margin. The kids are on fire; they love it!" The Young American team was pressured up at the start for their spinnaker run in 25 knots. When the tack of their chute blew out, they switched to a spare and were surfing down Long Island Sound at 15 knots. "We were all hiking off the stern and hanging with the big boats and double-handed boats. They started the double-hands, then small to large classes in order, so Comanche was the last start. It was really cool when it went whizzing by us doing 18-20 knots." From the team report: "The AYC Jr. Big Boat Team really enjoys distance sailing with the J/105, and this race was no exception. The spinnaker run out the Sound to Block was rewarding. The wind was gusting upwards of 27 knots at the start diminishing to 18-20 knots for most of the leg. With our top speed at 13 knots and a very high average speed, we were able to sail effectively the same speed as the J/44s, a J/122 and Carina which was incredibly rewarding and a testament to speed of the J/105 in windy surfing conditions. The bigger boats started not long after us, and it took until New Haven for them to get to us and to get past us. Much of the fleet chose to sail high along the CT shoreline with Young American choosing a route more towards the rhumb line. Unfortunately we fell into a hole which allowed the bigger boats to get past us by a mile or two. On the final approach to 1BI, we made very good use of our A3 and gained several miles back on the fleet ahead of us. A couple of notes on changes we made to the J/105 for this type of racing. First a masthead VHF antenna is now required, as is DCS capability. We also added a bobstay to the sprit and a lashing between the pole and the forward bulkhead to firmly hold the pole extended. With the bobstay, the pole did not flex and it felt like there was better transfer of force into the boat. The challenging part of sailing a J/105 in a distance race of this length is the lack of a proper galley stove and bunks that are suited for sleeping while under way. Someday we may look into installing proper pipe berths and a gimbaling stove burner. The sail home from Block saw a windy beat back to the Gut where we made good use of the new Doyle #3 heavy jib. After fighting the foul current at the Gut, the wind moderated to 12-15 knots, and with smoother water we had a very pleasant sail home to finish at 6:00 pm just as the current was turning to an Ebb and the wind was dying in the transition to a fresh and cold southerly wind. At the finish, we were very unsure how we had done as we could only identify the J/120 that was in our division that came from behind to pass us in the last few miles and really could not see any boats behind us. After a quick look on Yacht Scoring, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that we might be in a good position." The junior crew consisted of Carina Becker, Will McKeige, Kelly Hanlon, Hector McKemey, Nick Davis, Andy Rochat, Sam Papert, with Peter Becker, the only adult onboard, acting as safety officer and coach.

GBCA/TMCA Spring Fling

GBCA/TMCA Spring Fling

Galveston Bay Cruising Association and Texas Mariners Cruising Association were joint organizers for the first ever Galveston to Port Arthur (yes Janis Joplin's hometown) Spring Fling Race. This race is one of the four-race Texas Offshore Racing Circuit (TORC). Of the six boats originally vying for the Texas Navy Trophy, only two (Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger, and J.D. Hill's J/122 Second Star) signed up. Preliminary weather forecasts were for 8-10 kt winds from the SE, but what racers saw was NE winds in the 15-20 kt range with 5-8 foot seas. The resulting slug fest saw Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger take line honors over the J/109 Harm's Way and Second Star. Of the 24 boats entered, only four managed to finish the race in the allotted time frame. Bee's three bullets in the four-race TORC together with a one race drop-out assures that Stinger has won the Texan Navy Trophy for the third time.

Pacific Northwest One-Design Regatta

Pacific Northwest One-Design Regatta

There was a nice turnout of J/105s at the Pacific Northwest One-Design (POD) Regatta, run and hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Taking the J/105 class was Jim Geros' Last Tango with a 1-2-2-1 score for 6 points. Second was Jerry Diercks' Delirium with a 3-1-1-3 record for 8 points. Then, in third overall was David Cohen's Inconceivable with a 2-3-3-2 for 10 points.   CYC PNW One-Design sailing information

Swiftsure Regatta

Swiftsure Regatta

The St. Francis Yacht Club played host to the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta last weekend for fleets including the J/105s. The San Francisco Bay conditions delivered, with the StFYC PRO able to run five races on the western end of the Bay between Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. It was Jeff Litfin's Mojo with a record of 4-1-6-1-1 for 13 points, who won with 12 points. In second place was Bruce Stone's Arbitrage. In a four-boat fight for the top five, Arbitrage hung on to post a 2-2-5-11-5 for 25 points. Just two points behind them was the trio of Steve, Paul and Gregg Kent on Perseverance with 27 points. The rest of the top five included Ryan Simmons' Blackhawk in fourth and Doug Bailey's Akula in fifth.   St. FYC Swiftsure Regatta sailing information

Edlu Race

Edlu Race

They have done it again facing the most extraordinary odds. And they overcame all manner of challenges to pull off yet another stunning victory in their class and overall. The American Yacht Club Junior Offshore Team have seemingly made the extraordinary seem ordinary. After winning the Stamford Vineyard Race on a club member's J/122 Patriot last year, they can now add first in PHRF 2 Class and first PHRF Overall sailing their J/105 Young American in the Edlu Distance Race. As a result, they also picked up the Commodore Wilfred Kluss Trophy for the PHRF yacht with the best corrected time. The Larchmont Yacht Club 60th Annual Edlu distance race was held on May 9 in pea soup fog with visibility of only about one quarter mile. Thirty seven yachts from 14 yacht clubs competed in six divisions of IRC and PHRF ratings. The course for the IRC and PHRF spinnaker boats was approximately 32 miles to Buoy 11B off Eaton's Neck/Stamford. The non spinnaker division sailed a 16.4 mile course to the red bell off Lloyd's Neck. The first start went off at 0911 in an easterly breeze of 8-10 knots with a flooding tide. The final boat crossed the finish line off the Larchmont breakwater just a few minutes before the time limit of 7 pm to hearty cheers from the Race Committee. The fog was the real challenge as several boats withdrew after reporting to the Race Committee that they had rounded the wrong mark due to poor visibility. According to Doug Mckeige, the "adult supervision" on board the J/105 Young American, "The kids really had a fun time sailing the race. It was quite a challenge for them, especially working on their charts, navigation, currents and strategy. My son Will was on board along with a bunch of his junior sailing buddies: Hector McKemy, Richard O'Leary, Malcolm, TJ and Chris. We mixed up the roles along the race to ensure everyone had a hand in trying the various roles on the boat. In the end, Will and Hector did most of the driving. It was tough on anyone wearing glasses to be peering through the thick fog for so long!" Whether they knew it or not, the Young Americans had another J/105 hot on their tail for most of the race, Za & Libby Jelliffe's Arete, finishing only two minutes behind them to take second in Class/second Overall. George and Alex Wilbanks' J/105 Revelation placed fifth. In the PHRF Double Handed division, only 47 seconds back on corrected time and placing third in class was Marcus Wunderlich's J/105 Stratos. Two more J/105s filled out the top five, including Marc Berkowitz's Clean Slate in fourth and Charlie Cannam's Engarge in fifth.   More Edlu Distance Race sailing information

HYC Offshore

HYC Offshore

The second race of the four race Texas Offshore Racing Circuit was held on April 9 under the auspices of the Houston Yacht Club. The seven competitors included the J/122 Second Star, J/109 Harm's Way, J/120 Aeolus, J/105 Stinger, Ericson 39 SolAire, Cal 39-II SD Outrageous and the Ericson 38 Good Leif. Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger took top honors over Andy Westcoat's J/109 Harm's Way, and Ken Humphries Outrageous in third. With 17-18 kt winds, gusting to 22+, this race was much more fun then the frustrating light air first one. Andy's Harm's Way led the J/109-J/105 match racing duel for all but three of the first 45 nm. After closing to within striking distance at the 45 nm mark, the J/105's ability to dive deep and routinely surf in the big winds resulted in a convincing win for Bee. Stinger committed no errors this time. She had plenty beer left at the end.

Race to the Straits

Race to the Straits

The conditions could not have been much better at the Sloop Tavern YC Race To The Straits in Seattle, Washington - sunny skies, solid winds out of the North and Northwest. As a pursuit race, the slower rated boats start first, so Saturday morning just after 8am the first boats began sailing across the start line and continued until a bit after 10am. Class 7 was the J/105 One Design Class sailing DHFS. First boat home was Erik Kristen's Jubilee, second was Matthew & Tessa Gardner-Brown's Dulcinea, and third were Henderson & Barber aboard Delirium.    Complete information and results

Great Battles Wrap American Spring Series

Great Battles Wrap American Spring Series

Light air continued for the second weekend of the spring opener. Saturday had George and Ann Wilbanks' Revelation winning the day with a 1,1,3 followed by Paul Beaudin's loulou with a 3,2,1, putting loulou in first and Revelation in second going into the last day. Sunday had a match race for the two top spots with Revelation pressuring loulou hard at every opportunity. Race one was Conundrum first followed by Revelation and loulou right behind. The final race had both point leaders with an even closer match, pushing them back in the pack with loulou making the last pass on the downwind to take the regatta by three points. The junior team from American Yacht Club sailing Young American (ex Kinsem) came on strong, winning the last race to take their first regatta podium finish followed by Conundrum with a 1,3 to move up to fourth. Six different boats had bullets in this regatta, with Young American taking three. Even though the cold weather left many not launched in time for this event, the racing was still as competitive as it has been in years.   Complete results

Annapolis NOOD

Annapolis NOOD

The three day Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta (May 1-3) was light on winds as 14 fleets competed, including 18 J/105s. Carl and Scott Gitchell's Tenacious took the victory with 13 points in four races. Jim Konigsberg's Inigo came in the place position with 23 points, and James Macdonald's Distant Passion in the show spot with 25.   Complete results

Yachting Cup

Yachting Cup

There is one word that competitors will not be using to describe the final day of racing at the 2015 Yachting Cup: boring. Sunday's racing saw split head sails, shrimped kites, and a sailor in the water all in one race. With fast sailing, sunny skies and plenty of action, this day was truly a testament to how exciting San Diego sailing can be. Eight J/105s competed in eight races. Rick Goebel's Sanity came out on top with 18 points. Dennis Case on Wings trailed in second with 21 points.   Complete results

LYC 2015 Heald Bank

LYC 2015 Heald Bank

The Lakewood Yacht Club annual 90 nm Heald Bank offshore race was held April 25-26. It is one of four offshore events forming the basis for the Texas Navy Trophy. Since 1971 this trophy, donated by the State of Texas, has been awarded annually to the overall winner of the PHRF Texas Offshore Racing Circuit (TORC) by the Texas Navy. The winner must enter all four races. The trophy currently resides at the Galveston Bay Cruising Association Clubhouse. The J/122 Second Star, J/120 Aeolus, J/109 Airborne, J/105 Vici, J/105 Stinger and the Ericson 38 Good Leif formed the six-boat spinnaker class. Typically run in strong spring winds, this race was characterized by extremely light winds, and was won by Bee Bednar on the J/105 Stinger with a 23:55:24 elapsed time. Stingers corrected time of 21:57:33 was 12:22 faster then the J/120 and 29:57 better then the J/122. The track in the graphic shows some of the extreme frustrations this race entailed. Speeds ranged from 0 to 8+ knots with a short burst of 12. What the graphic does not show is the dense fog that covered the race course from 2 a.m. until just a bit after sunrise. It can be just a little eerie to pop out of the fog within a few boat lengths of a big offshore oil platform. While winning was great, Stinger committed a inexcusable error. She ran out of beer!

AYC Spring Has Topsy Turvy Weekend One

AYC Spring Has Topsy Turvy Weekend One

Chilly temps and very light and fluky conditions greeted the hearty 10 boats that showed for the first weekend of the Fleet 6 season. With snowflakes only two days prior, this year is getting off to very slow start for all the sailors on Long Island Sound. Race one had loulou launched at the last turn only to be nipped at the finish by Za Jelliffe and team on Arete. The second race had the juniors on Young American helmed by Megan Ploch just ahead of loulou at the first mark, a position they held to the finish with loulou being the first major casualty of the weekend sailing into a hole that they never got out of (going from second to last). This was a pattern that would continue throughout the weekend, and it turned out that no leader was immune from the 'way back affliction.' Arete followed the kids to lead on day one. Day two was a bit warmer but still light and challenging. David Greenhouse on Skipperdee had the most solid day posting a 2,1 and moving them to the top of the standings with the juniors on Young American taking another bullet in the first race, tied right behind with loulou. Going into weekend two, with the next race bringing the throw-out into play, will have the top three boats tied and the top 6 separated only by 6 points.   Full results

J/Fest San Francisco

J/Fest San Francisco

The 2015 J/Fest regatta hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club had an excellent turnout of 50 boats, who were treated to a wet and wild weekend of sailing in classic 15-25 knot breezes. The 21-boat J/105 fleet saw Phil Laby and his Godot crew recover from an 11 in the first race to post a 4-4-1-1 in the remaining bouts to win the tie-breaker on 21 points with colleague Jeff Littfin on Mojo. Not far off was Adam Spiegel on Jam Session sitting on 27 points in third. Bruce Stone on Arbitrage claimed fourth, and in fifth was Doug Bailey on Akula.    J/Fest San Francisco sailing information

Three Tree Point Race

Three Tree Point Race

Great breeze and three weekends in a row in Washington. Over 30 knots for Scatchet Head, 20s the next weekend for the Islands Race, in the 30s for the final Snowbird off Shilshole and then finishing off the Center Sound Series with upper teens and low 20s for the Three Tree Point Race. What an incredible spring to be out racing sailboats on Puget Sound. A race the fleet generally worries about simply making it to the mark down in the East Passage off the south side of Three Tree Point, everyone was pleasantly surprised the CYC race committee wasn't seen motoring by them to shorten the course at the halfway mark. Class 4, the J/105 fleet, was sailed away with by Jerry Diercks and crew aboard Delirium.    Full regatta report and pictures

St. Thomas Regatta

St. Thomas Regatta

The first day of racing at the St. Thomas Regatta took the fleet out of Cowpet Bay, around the heads to the east, then heading south down, mostly downwind on port tack to the port of Charlotte Amalie. After a midday break, the fleet then raced back to Cowpet Bay mostly upwind on starboard tack. The leader of CSA 3 after the first day was Jonathan Lipuscek's J/105 Dark Star with a 2-1. They beat their classmate Bryan Coon's J/105 Solstice who took second. For day two on Saturday, Dark Star managed to pull off two bullets for a huge class lead both for the day and the regatta. Their fellow classmates on Solstice also had an excellent day posting a 3-3. The stage was thus set for the final day of racing with more of the same spectacular, gorgeous sailing conditions. Lipuscek's team collected four firsts and two seconds en route to a dominant class win with just 8 points. Solstice, skippered by Bryan Coon, narrowly lost out a good chance to get onto the podium, finishing in fourth just one point back.   St. Thomas Regatta sailing information

Texas Invitational

Texas Invitational

In spite of losing PRO Dwight Bengston at the last minute, J/105 Fleet 17's first annual Texas Invitational went off without a hitch under absolutely beautiful blue Texas skies in perfect winds and temperatures. A big thanks goes to John Barnett (Vici) and a host of Lakewood Yacht Club volunteers for quickly stepping up to the plate to make sure the 10-race schedule was executed to perfection. Seven boats competed with both Fleet 17 and non-Fleet 17 owners on the helm. The 10 races were split into evens and odds. Fleet 17 owners helmed odd numbered races, and non-Fleet 17 owners helmed even number races. Big thanks to the Bermuda fleet for allowing Fleet 17 to copy their format. This is a super format which produces a fabulous opportunity for owners and crew to travel without having to drag their boats along. Five races were sailed on Friday in light winds under clear skies with temperatures in the 70s. Three races went off under similar conditions on Saturday, and then the big Texas sea breezes filled in for some spectacular kite flying in 18-25 knots on Sunday. There was a bit of carnage but no actual protests. For the local Fleet 17 owners, Bill Lakenmacher's Radiance took first with 12 points, Uzi Ozeri's Infinity came in second with 15 and Brad Robbins' Rumpus finished in third. The non-Fleet17-ers had Glen Darden (Dallas) on Infinity in first, James Macdonald (Bermuda) on Radiance in second, and Mark Smith (Fort Worth) in third. The same boats took the top three places overall with Ozeri/Darden in first, Lakenmacher/MacDonald in second, and Robbins/Smith in third. Videos are here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrSWPRlj4p0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jN0NIcdBt4. A few thousand photos and final results will be posted   here.

Scatchet Head Race

Scatchet Head Race

Winds were howling on Puget Sound on March 14 for the second race in the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle's Center Sound Series: the Scatchet Head Race. Sixty-six boats made it out for the start. In Class 4, the J/105 A3 flying one-design class was once again taken by those fast sailors aboard Erik Kirsten's J/105 Jubilee. Leaving the J/105 Last Tango over six minutes back in second and the J/105 Avalanche another 13 minutes back in third. The J/105's reported flying along under control with their smartly chosen A3s pulling them along at speeds over 16 knots, pushing into 17 at times.   Scatchet Head Race sailing information

San Diego NOOD

San Diego NOOD

It came down to the very last race to determine the winner of the seven-boat J/105 fleet at the San Diego NOOD. With a victory in that contest, Dennis Case's Wings took the title, beating out Gary Mozer's Current Obsession 2, who placed second in that race and the regatta (Case had nine points to Mozer's 10). Stewart Cannon's J-OK rounded out the top three with 17 points. Five races were completed.   Complete results

Slow Start, Big Turnout at St. Francis YC Spring One Design Regatta

Slow Start, Big Turnout at St. Francis YC Spring One Design Regatta

On the first day of the 2015 season opener, the St. Francis YC Spring One Design regatta, it seemed everyone was there: 80 boats, 300 sailors, 8 fleets. Everyone, that is, but the wind. Early season conditions prevailed, and the lack of breeze resulted in a string of postponements with, ultimately, no racing. "We knew that even if we were able to get off a start," says regatta chair and Express 27 sailor Peggy Lidster, "we wouldn't have been able to get around any windward mark. There was no wind in any direction, and we were fighting an ebb." Sailors made the most of the day by enjoying the sun, admiring the fleets' many sets of new sails and meeting back at the St. Francis Yacht Club for food, drinks, lawn games and even a s'mores pit in the courtyard. Conditions varied throughout Sunday, wavering between 7 and 20 knots. The unsteady breeze kept all fleets alert as fresh crew shook off wintertime cobwebs, and fresh sets of sails took on their first tacks and douses. "Looking around, you could feel a fervor for the start of the season. These are the Bay area one design keelboat fleets, and everyone brought their A-game," says Lidster. "The entire central Bay was filled with sails, from Alcatraz to the gate to the shore. The number of sailboats and the camaraderie between fleets was fantastic. It felt like days of old!" While the smaller boats competed on the City Front course, the 21 boat J/105 fleet started off the western face of Alcatraz, heading upwind 1.3 miles toward the mid-span of the Golden Gate Bridge. There was a heavy ebb, creating the inevitable short chop as the current flows into the prevailing westerly, especially acute as winds eventually built to 20 knots by the third race. The day was dominated by Bruce Stone's team on Arbitrage #116, turning in a 3, 1 and 2 to finish with just six points. Scooter Simmons' Blackhawk placed second with 10 points, and Phillip Laby's Godot third with 13. (Photo credit: Chris Ray)   Complete results

Gill Commodore’s Cup

Gill Commodore's Cup

A record entry of 81 yachts entered the Gill Commodore's Cup, the prelude to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. 30 knots of wind with breaking waves provided testing conditions for the fleet. The starting area on the south side of St. Maarten provided some relief from the ocean swell, but the big breeze from the east cascaded over the hill tops forming bullets of pressure causing several boats to spin out. The best performers were the teams that kept their yachts under control in difficult conditions. CSA 8 saw Bryan Coon's J/105 Solstice take class honors.

Blakely Rock Light Race

Blakely Rock Light Race

66 boats made it out for Corinthian Yacht Club Seattle's Blakely Rock Light Race - the first in their three race Center Sound Series. Winds were out of the north at 6-8 by start time, and at 10am class one led the fleet off the line toward the first mark in the course. With a starting area off Shilshole Marina, the Northerly breeze takes sailors up to a temporary mark set off the tank farms south of Edmonds, then all the way south to Blakely Rock before returning to the finish area off Shilshole Marina, a distance of just over 20nm. Picture 66 boats working up the sound in sunny skies through the last of the ebb, and the winds building up towards 10 knots as it slowly oscillated right to left. The solid J/105 one design fleet became the indicator for many as they split across the course, and those from behind watched who had the advantage on which side of the course before making their tactical choices. Most in the fleet pushed west into the last of the ebbing current, and as the later starters compressed into the fleet ahead, a few boats were seen heading off to the east toward Shilshole Marina. Winds built a touch more on the run down the sound, a solid 10-12 with a few puffs to 14 knots as the sun continued to warm up the city and create that solid thermal suction as temps downtown moved into the 60s. Rounding the rock and the long drag race across the sound to Magnolia began. Each boat battled for a clear lane, and if you got your bow across a boat that was slightly faster and could sail slightly higher, you were tossed off the wheel and had to tack away to clear before coming back on port and lining up again for Magnolia. The bigger faster boats continued to blow through the fleet on the long tack toward Magnolia Bluff, and the closer you got to that shallow muddy beach, the better you made out against your fleet. Tough to keep a clear lane but if you got forced outside to the left, you found yourself coming back in on the transoms of your competitors. Next up was West point and how to get across the sand bar without running aground but stay close enough in to spend the least amount of time in the adverse flooding current. But then an odd thing happened; usually you tack onto port and get out of the current along the beach and sail away from anyone on the outside. But there was still a finger of ebbing current out in the middle of Shilshole Bay. If you held out to the left just long enough, boats tacked over onto port in positive current and lifted right up past the ship canal toward the breakwater before tacking over onto the layline and the finish. The seven boat J/105 fleet, Class 4, was dominated by Jubilee, skippered by Erik Kirsten. Just a minute back in second was Delerium, leaving third to Inconceivable. Thanks for contribution from Ben Braden at Sail Northwest.    Blakely Rock Light sailing information

Corinthian Yacht Club CYC Midwinter Regatta

Corinthian Yacht Club CYC Midwinter Regatta

Going on the hunch that the light northerlies would give way to more substantial westerlies, the RC at the Corinthian Yacht Club of Belvedere Midwinters raised the postponement flag before the 11:55 first gun and let it ride. The wind filled with a mid spring like blast from outside the Gate (CYC is in Tiburon, CA) and filled in nicely across the course allowing the RC time to square things up to the freshening breeze with a Yellow Bluff weather mark and a Knox leeward rounding. While the start was delayed, the flood in the start area began to transition to the early phases of ebb and the ever changing strategy of favorable current vs. wind strength played into the tacticians minds. Many chose a more direct line and others swung wide seeking more favorable wind direction on the downhill runs. Sunday brought 20 plus of northerly. In the J/105 fleet, the clear winner was Charles James' Roxanne with two bullets followed by Neil Gibbs' Nimbus with two seconds. Third was Dick Maclay's Yellowfin.   Complete results

Texas Invitational

Texas Invitational

Galveston Bay Fleet 17 announces the first annual J/105 Texas Invitational March 27-29 at Lakewood Yacht Club. This regatta will feature at least eight locally owned boats with split crews - half from outside Fleet 17's area and half local. Five of the 10 scheduled races will have the local owner on the helm. The other five will feature non local owner drivers. The format is similar to the Bermuda Invitational with emphasis on fun and enjoyment. There are three Fleet 17 J/105s looking for invitees. If you are interested, please contact Bee Bednar at bee @ panoramatech . com.

GBCA Cruzan Rum Icicle Series

GBCA Cruzan Rum Icicle Series

The fifth and final race in the GBCA Cruzan Rum Icicle Series took place on Saturday, January 31 in 60+ degrees temperatures and 12-17 knot breezes. Some 60 boats started, including J/70s, J/80s, J/105s, J/109s and FT10. Uzi Ozeri's Infinity managed to finish in third place and take the second place trophy in the series. Another beautiful sail on The Bay.

Icicle 4

Icicle 4

Another spectacular day on the Bay. GBCA's Cruzan Rum Icicle Series race 4 took place under light 7-10 knot breezes without a cloud in the sky and 60+ degree temps. The J/109 Hamburg was followed by the FT10 ONO, the J/92 77, and Uzi Ozeri's J/105 Infinity, with a J/70 following to collect series points.   Video

J/105 at Key West Race Week

J/105 at Key West Race Week

Jon Weglarz of Chicago, IL and his team on The Asylum made the trek south to beautiful Key West for the annual Race Week. Jon placed second in PHRF 2 with 21 points, making him the Midwinter Champion. Ten races were completed. Check out daily report and photos on the   event website.

J/105 at Strictly Sail

J/105 at Strictly Sail

J/105 Fleet 5 had a booth at the 2015 Chicago Strictly Sail Show held at McCormick Place January 14-18. The booth was manned by Fleet 5 members and had the J/105 Bella (Chicago NOOD winner) as the center piece where visitors to the booth could climb aboard and see what the boat looked like. There was also a flat screen with a loop of the 2014 North Americans video running continuously. There was a lot of interest as the Fleet 5 members were enthusiastically talking to potential owners and crew. Fleet 5 grew by three boats in 2014 and is attempting to keep up the momentum in 2015.

Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race

Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race

Despite generally light airs with winds reaching no more than 15 knots, three teams have won their skipper's weight in rum for breaking records in the 79th Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race. Peter Lewis on his J/105 Whistler won the 35ft and Under and the CSA divisions said he couldn't have asked for a better day, "It was an excellent race and despite the generally light airs it was a beautiful day for sailing and one of the best on record. We were a bit concerned the big boats would swamp us towards the end, but thankfully we were far enough ahead."   Full results

GBCA Icicle 3

GBCA Icicle 3

Finally! GBCA's third Icicle race on January 17 saw some 60+ boats find themselves in 64 degree temperatures and mostly sunny Texas skies. The wind gods' decision to provide fluky 2-10 knot breezes made for some extremely interesting sail choices and some very strange position changes along the 8 mile run. In the 14 boat sprit fleet, including J/70s, J/80s, J/92s, J/105s, J/109s, a GP26 and a single FT10, leads changed from last place to second and then back. The FT10, J/109, Uzi Ozeri's J1/05 Infinity and a J/70 followed by Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger finished in the top five collecting points for the overall series.

GBCA Icicle 2

GBCA Icicle 2

For once, January in Texas took on aspects of that Northern Yankee weather. GBCA's second Icicle began with the temperature at 39 degrees, heavy cloud cover, and high humidity that switched into light rain for the last two-thirds of the race. Twenty-five brave competitors started, but it was to be a J-sprit race with six J-sprits finishing in the top six. Uzi Ozeri's J/105 Infinity took third just behind the J/109 Hamburg and J/92 77. Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger finished sixth behind the J/109 Harm's Way and the J/80 Doodah. Hopefully next weekend will be more like the usual winter Texas weather with temps around 60 degrees.

The First Icicle

The First Icicle

Galveston Bay's first Icicle race on January 3 of 2015 began in gray overcast skies, 10-12 knot NW winds, 58 degree temps, and finished in beautiful warm Texas sun. On the order of 50 boats started with two 105s, a GP 26, two 109s, two J/92s, a couple of J/80s and one FT 10 in the sprit class. The downwind start saw Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger round the first mark ahead of all but the 80s and the 92s, with Uzi Ozeri's J/105 Infinity just behind. The second and third slightly off the wind legs were almost perfect for the 105s. Stinger managed to roll the GP 26 at the second mark and then fend the light speedster off at the finish. Infinity finished in third.

Scimitar Repeats at J/105 Chilean Championship

Scimitar Repeats at J/105 Chilean Championship

Over a three-day weekend in December (the 6th to 9th), the last event of 2013-14 Chilean J/105 National Championship took place off Algarrobo. An excellent, highly competitive field of 17 teams were on the starting line, ready to do battle to determine the season-ending leaders for this local offshore fleet. The weekend's weather gods smiled on the sailors, providing them great wind conditions, with a 10-15 knot southwest breezes (the best local wind) and enormous waves over 6.5 feet tall. From the earlier regattas, it was clear the three teams that were dominating those events would have to settle in for a three-way battle for the top spots on the podium. Or, they would have to contend with a late bloomer, a new team ready to ascend the leadership with better tacticians or crew. Repeating as they had from 2013, Team Scimitar skippered by Jose Ugarte, finished in first place thanks to their consistent firsts, seconds and thirds. Miguel Salas' Big Booty followed closely with 34 points to take second overall, but had to win a tie-breaker over the Plan B team skippered by Jorge Gonzalez. Plan B got the short end of that stick due to fewer top three finishes. The Chilean J/105 fleet will race again in the Sailing Week 2015, where many classes and fleets join to celebrate this event. This will take place from January 24-31, 2015 off Algarrobo as well.

Hot Rum Series III

Hot Rum Series III

For the three weekends that comprise the San Diego YC's Hot Rum Series, you can expect just about anything weather-wise. For the last weekend, the weather didn't cooperate, with light airs prevailing most all day. Six J/105s took up the challenge in Class 3 with Dag Fish's Viggen taking class honors and second in class. Third in Class and second J/105 was Dennis Case's Wings, losing a tie-breaker with Viggen at 13 points each.    Hot Rum Series website

Pacific Northwest Snowbird Series #1

Pacific Northwest Snowbird Series #1

Here's Ben Braden's latest report on the first of their Snowbird Series taking place on the Sound: Stellar, spectacular, this is why we do this, I can't believe how nice it was--these comments and more rolled around the boisterous and smiling group of sailors gathered at the Anthony's Bar after participating in the first Snowbird Series race of the year, hosted by Shilshole Bay Yacht Club. Bookending a spectacular week of cool temperatures, sunny skies and strong Northerly winds, Saturday's weather couldn't have been much better. 'Are there really people crazy enough to race in this freezing weather? Hell ya!' laughs Lisa Cole sailing aboard the J/105 with the most race miles under their keel, Last Tango. With a forecast of 5 knots or less and temps in the 40s, the fleet was met with a building 12-14 knot northerly, sunny skies and temps in the mid 40s, but with the sun shining so hard it was easy to stay warm and enjoy the stellar views. One of those dry sunny winter days when the mountains seem so close that you can touch the little bit of white at their peaks. When the lighthouses stretch so tall that you think you're just a few feet away from them and a day the lucky few that came out racing will be talking about for the next month as they await Snowbird Series Race #2 on December 13. Eighteen boats registered for the first race of the series, and the RC broke them up into a NFS class and three Flying Sails classes with remarkably good rating spreads for their Time on Time scoring. As with many of the smaller races over the year, SBYC is bringing out the sub 125 raters with even a class of raters from 153 to 204 in class B flying sails. Class C brought out an Olson 911, Q boat, Catalina 36, J/30 and a Jeanneau 36. Class D has a J/105, Farr 30, Beneteau 44.7, J/35 and a Wauquiez 42. Eighteen boats of amazingly different designs and eras out racing on an amazing PNW cool & crisp fall day. A course area that starts off Shilshole Marina and took racers up to the always elusive Spring Beach spar buoy, back downwind to West Point, through the starting area and up to the NOAA weather buoy and back downwind through the finish was led off the line by the small class of Non-flying sails boats. As they headed out into the sound on starboard, class B lined up with Perfectly Strange hovering in that pin end position, the precursor to the always sought after port tack start. With the perfect left shift holding through the sequence, they nailed it and crossed the fleet while looking back at the international sign of disapproval held high on some of the crossed boats. But their advantage quickly disappeared as the wind shifted back to the right and built on the outside leaving the little Pocket Rocket sailing in the middle of their fleet, losing the gains they made on the port tack start. The final two starts rolled off the line without a hitch and a few tacks in and around Meadow point led the fleet into that long port tack up to the Spring Beach buoy. The Dufour 34, Frog Prints was charging north, out in the front after starting first in the NFS class, but sailing in that unenviable position of having to be the first boat to find the little white spar buoy that so easily gets lost in the background. As the fleet was consistently lifted with the wind shifting to the NW, Frog Prints finally found and rounded the mark causing many to bump out a few inches on their jib sheets as they put their bows down a degree or two towards the first mark in the course. Poles forward for the first few miles of the run with the waves almost big enough to surf, the wind almost strong enough to scoot, and those stellar views all around the boat. The further south the fleet sailed the more the wind shifted behind them and as they got within the last mile of West point the inside boats had the advantage sailing their hotter angle towards the mark. The Farr 30 Deep Pickle led the low road around the mark with the J/105 Last Tango hot on their tail. Deep Pickle kept legging out on the second upwind, and they extended their lead by over four minutes in front of Last Tango at the shorter weather mark (the first NOAA buoy). Behind them Kowloon led the five boats in Class C with Grayling and Outlaw pushing hard up there transoms. Back to the finish, everyone went after rounding the NOAA buoy with Deep Pickle leading the way finishing over 5 minutes in front of the J/105 Last Tango, but not far enough in front to hold their position after correction, leaving Last Tango in first, Deep Pickle in second & Bonni Jean in third. Full results can be found at the Shilshole Bay Yacht Club website, as well as entry forms for the December 13 race.   SBYC Snowbird Series sailing information

St. Francis Yacht Club wins 100th Lipton Cup

St. Francis Yacht Club wins 100th Lipton Cup

Chris Raab and his crew from St. Francis Yacht Club showered champagne on an 85-year-old dry spell after crossing the finish line for the 100th Lipton Cup challenge. The three-day regatta was a true test of skill, with competitors completing a full rotation through 12 charter boats in conditions that ranged from strong, full winds to shifty, unpredictable breezes. While teams like Newport Harbor excelled in the lighter winds, St. Francis demonstrated their versatility by competing well throughout the range of wind conditions. Some of the best competition didn't come from the 12 J/105s, but from the spectators. Throughout the day a swarm of boats circled the outside of the course, each hoping to secure a front row seat as history was made on the final day of the regatta's centennial installation. Each of the day's four races was filled with exciting sailing, lead changes and demanding technical maneuvers. In the first race of the day, San Francisco broke away from the fleet with an early gybe on the first downwind leg. Though the maneuver initially appeared premature, a wider look at the course revealed what skipper Chris Perkins noticed: the majority of the fleet had overshot the gate mark. San Francisco stole away with a significant lead and maintained their position all the way to the finish line. Behind them was San Diego, who under the direction of skipper Brad Rodi managed to pull off the most impressive comeback of the whole regatta. Between rounding the weather mark on the first lap and coming upwind off the gate mark, San Diego went from the 11th position to second. Four boats were OCS at the start of the next race, giving Seattle Yacht Club the opportunity to gain an early lead. With a solid race, they kept their position to finish in first place. Seattle repeated their victory with another first place victory in Race 11. Going into the final race, it was still anyone's game with a mere six point spread separating the top three teams: St. Francis, San Francisco and San Diego. St. Francis held tight to third place throughout the race, finishing behind Newport Harbor and Long Beach. They won the regatta with a total of 51 points, seven above San Diego who finished second. Newport Harbor's two first place finishes nudged them ahead of San Francisco for third place. Both teams had a total score of 60 points. Coronado rounded out the top five teams in fifth place with a total of 71 points. Overall, the regatta was an incredible showcase of talented, diverse sailing. Not only was the racing technical, but so was the equipment. This regatta featured the innovative RaceQs app, which allowed race fans from their home clubs to watch the action with a 3D race display online. Race replays are available through the Tracking link at the   event website.

St Croix Regatta

St Croix Regatta

The St Croix International Regatta, hosted by the St Croix YC, has a lot going for it and continues to attract more sailors. What's not to like sailing off their famous beach? For one, the winning skipper's weight in Cruzan Rum is first overall prize; secondly, there are three spectacular days of racing in classic Caribbean sailing conditions; and lastly, there are live bands each night on the beach with island-style hospitality. The event is somewhat unique from a regatta format as well since there is a pre-regatta called the Commodore's Race Trophy. This enables the locals, in particular, to practice. The CSA Racing was dominated this year by Jonathan Lipuscek's J/105 Dark Star, taking four firsts and two seconds on their way to a massive win; the only blemish on their record being a DSQ in race 4.   Event website

Hot Rum Series #2 Report

Hot Rum Series #2 Report

San Diego's favorite fall racing event, the Hot Rum Series, continues in full swing. This fun-loving "free-for-all" generally sees the fleet starting inside of San Diego Harbor, takes them on a tour that heads out past the majestic Point Loma, around some buoy set offshore, then back home to again finish inside the channel just off Harbor Island. It's consistently one of the largest PHRF pursuit-style races run annually-with the little boats starting first and the big boats starting last; whomever crosses first wins. The enormous Class 3 is generally the provenance of the large, aggressive J/105 class. Sitting in second overall and leading the J/105s is Dennis Case's Wings, followed by Dag Fish's Viggen in fourth.    Event website

HYC Turkey Day

HYC Turkey Day

The 36 entries in the Houston Yacht Clubs annual Turkey Day regatta had to be a big disappointment for the race organizers, but can be explained by what turned out to be a bad weather forecast that included winds in the 25-30 knot range with temps in the 40s. Fortunately, the big winds never showed up, the temps stayed in the 60s, and Saturday's overcast dreary skies and 15-20 knot breezes transformed into Sunday's bright blue and clear skies with temps in the 70s. Even better, the winds held steady with a few gusts above 20. The RC split the small seven boat spin fleet into two classes with Bee Bednar's J/105 and two J/109s in Spin A. The only other J/Boat, Scott Tuma's Butter Ball Beaver Nuggets J/80, was assigned to Spin B. At the end of the racing on Saturday, the 105 and 109s were all tied for first place with 4 points. The tie breaker went to the 105. It's worth noting that had the J/80 been in Spin A, there would have been a four-way tie for first. Under the beautiful conditions on Sunday, and in spite of a horrific hoist of a jumbo kite, Bee's 105 easily took first to win Spin A and take home a big 25.6 pound turkey. Next up is HYC's revognah regatta (spell it backwards) on January 1.   HYC website

Bermuda J/105 Invitational Day 3

Bermuda J/105 Invitational Day 3

The final day of the Bermuda J/105 Invitational Regatta, sponsored by XL, saw three races completed in a stiff northerly breeze. The opening race (8) of the day was in 14-18 knots, and the fleet had to deal with large wind shifts as well as difficult chop that this wind direction always brings. The race went to Yabsta (Trevor Boyce) - his second bullet of the regatta, ahead of Chequemate (Peter Bromby). Race 9 (the final International race) started with a shift to the left in strong breeze. A coming together shortly after the start saw protests hailed and flags raised, as the finer points of rules were discussed on the racecourse. Sadiiqi came out of this mess pinned out to the right and behind, never to recover. After two laps, Passion (Bill Lakenmacher) beat Chequemate (Kevin Murphy) to the line. Race 10 (the final Bermuda race) rounded out the series, with Chequemate (Peter Bromby) taking the final win ahead of Passion (James Macdonald). A fun distance race "Last Race" then took the teams on a tour of the Great and Little Sounds, before working down Granaway Deep back to RBYC. Yabsta won this race for the prize presented by Triangle Rigging. After a brief hearing, by International Umpire Bob Duffy, to sort out the protests, the final results were tabulated and prizes were awarded. The "boat of the day," sponsored by Butterfield Bank, went to Chequemate. For the International Trophy, sponsored by Bermuda Tourism Authority: Passion (Bill Lakenmacher) 13 points; Yabsta (Stewart Neff) 15 points; Sadiiqi (Richard Mitchele) 16 points. For the Bermuda Trophy, sponsored by Goslings: Chequemate (Peter Bromby) 10 points; Morning Glory (Glenn Astwood/Jon Corless) 15 points; Sadiiqi (Pete Ramsdale) 18 points. For the Overall Trophy, sponsored by XL: First - Chequemate (Kevin Murphy, Henry Colie, Scott Callahan, Ian Feathers, Peter Bromby, Lee White) 29 points; second - Morning Glory (Jason Owen, Andrew McIrvine, Paul Wiseman, Glenn Astwood, Jon Corless, Paul Wring) 33 points; third - Passion (Bill Lakenmacher, Daniel Lakenmacher, Peter Sutch, James Macdonald, Mary Geraghty, Nik Smale) 33 points. Results are on www.lflag.com under RBYC/J105.

Bermuda J/105 Invitational Day 2

Bermuda J/105 Invitational Day 2

The second day of the Bermuda J/105 Invitational Regatta, sponsored by XL, saw five races completed in a stiff north westerly breeze. The opening race of the day was in 13-15 knots, and the majority of the fleet picked the southerly side of the course to good effect. The opening race went to Morning Glory (Jason Owen), with the boat continuing to lead the overall. Race 4 (Bermuda helm) had a battle between Moring Glory (Jon Corless) and Chequemate (Pete Bromby) for the two-lap race, with Bromby taking the win in a close finish. Race 5 (International) saw the fleet split, with Sadiiqi (Richard Mitchele) hard left and the bulk of the fleet middle to right. With the left paying handsomely, Sadiiqi took her second win of the competition from Passion (Bill Lakenmacher), who was having a very consistent day. Race 6 and the breeze had shifted a little to the south and built to 16-18 knots. Both Morning Glory and Sadiiqi showed solid upwind speed, keeping them ahead of the fracas at the first windward mark as the rest of the fleet converged. At the end of the race, Morning Glory took the win from Sadiiqi, with Yabsta picking up some penalty points. Race 7 - the last race of a very long day. Sadiiqi led after the first lap, but Yabsta had a better leeward rounding and took the lead on the second upwind, and then kept a comfortable lead to the finish from Sadiiqi and a hard charging Passion, making up a number of places. Boat of the day (sponsored by TOPS Limited) went to Sadiiqi.

Bermuda J/105 Invitational Day 1

Bermuda J/105 Invitational Day 1

The first day of the Bermuda J/105 Invitational Regatta, sponsored by XL, saw two races completed in a light northerly breeze. The first race was for International helms, and Morning Glory (Jason Owen) and Yabsta (Stewart Neff) led out on the left side of the course, but Sadiiqi (Richard Mitchele) quickly headed right into more pressure and led at the first mark, and maintained the lead to the bottom of the course. The next lap of the course, Sadiiqi successfully covered the competition and took the opening win, with Yabsta second to Morning Glory's third. Race 2, with Bermuda helms, got under way after the course was reset in the now more easterly and lighter breeze. Congestion at the start boat had two boats shut out and having to circle back to start. Morning Glory (Jon Corless) recovered from a poor start and were well placed after the first lap, with Chequemate (Peter Bromby) chasing hard. Coming down to the finish it was Morning Gory ahead of Chequemate, with Sadiiqi (Pete Ramsdale) holding off Passion (James Macdonald). The format for the event is for alternate races to be helmed (International and Bermuda), with the combined results counting for the XL Trophy. After the first day the overall results are Morning Glory (4 points); Sadiiqi (4 points); Chequemate (6 points). Six International (UK, US, Canada) yacht clubs are represented, in addition to the two Bermuda Royal Clubs. Racing continues Friday and Saturday.

2014 Caribbean NOOD Championship

2014 Caribbean NOOD Championship

Wow. What a week it was! First and foremost a huge thank you to Sunsail for making the 2014 NOOD Caribbean Championship a reality. Eight teams raced in the grand finale event: the five 2014 NOOD winning teams and three teams joined in the Open Class. The weather was on the competitors' side so that all five days of competition were perfect. From buoy racing on the first day, and for all the distance racing, they had the wind and sun beating down, which only made the beach bar rendezvous that much more important to quench thirsts. The Caribbean Championship was five days of competition, but seven days of fun. They managed to sneak in a lay day at the Bitter End Yacht Club that crossed over with Bitter End's Pro-Am Regatta so that after a day of playing with the beach cats, they could rub elbows with the rock stars of the sport. The final day of racing brought them into The Bight on Norman Island, where they crowned the winners and recognized all those that made the week unforgettable. Gary Mozer of the J/105 Class took the honor for NOOD Overall Champion after winning his spot at the 2014 San Diego NOOD.   Pictures

J/Fest Southwest

J/Fest Southwest

J/Fest Southwest Committee Chairman Al Goethe and the team at Lakewood Yacht Club (LYC) welcomed teams to the 5th Annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta, sailed November 1-2 on Galveston Bay. Over the weekend, most fleets were treated to 6+ races in classic Galveston Bay sailing conditions--breeze, chop and plenty of wind shifts. The well-traveled and very experienced team on Mark and Jolene Masur's Two Feathers won the J/105 class in a closely fought affair. Not surprisingly, just 2 points behind them was Uzi Ozeri's Infinity. However, the biggest fight in the entire regatta may have been for the bronze in the J/105s, with five teams all scrapping for any advantage over one another to claw their way onto the podium. When the smoke cleared, all five teams finished just four points apart! Winning this dustup by just one point was John Barnett's Vici with 32 points to take the bronze. Fourth was Bill Lakenmacher's Radiance with 33 points after suffering an SCP (scoring penalty) in the last race. Then fifth, yet one more point back was Alan Bates' Zippity with 34 points. John Bell's Kinderspiel 2 and Mark Young's Killer Rabbit each won one of the final two races and had a mathematical possibility of finishing third, but instead ended up tied with one another (with Kinderspiel 2 getting the nod on countback for sixth place).    Results

Manhasset Bay Race Week Ends Fleet 6 Season

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

Augie Diaz wins International Masters Regatta

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

J/105 Midwinter Championship classified a Level B regatta

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

Windy Start to First Weekend of MBYC Fall Series

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

Connecting College Sailors to Big Boat Racing

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

J/105 North Americans during Rolex Big Boat Series at the St. Francis YC

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

loulou wins American YC Fall Series

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    

San Diego J/Fest

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

GBCA Performance Cup

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.

AYC Fall Series Weekend One dominated by loulou

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

Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin’s Mandate Succeeds at J/105 North American Champ

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.

Wilmer/McLaughlin Team Maintain Slim Advantage at J/105 North American Champions

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.

Wilmer/McLaughlin Master Light Conditions at J/105 North American Championship

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.

HOOD Regatta

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.

J/105 North American Championship This Week

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.

J/105 Jam Session Wins Dutch Shorthanded Competition 2014

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

Long Island Sound Championship

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

Rolex Big Boat Series

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

Hey Jude Wins J/105 Canadians

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

ONE Regatta

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

Verve Cup in Chicago

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

LYRA Regatta

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

Whidbey Island Race Week

Whidbey Island Race Week

The City of Oak Harbor, the Oak Harbor Yacht Club, the Oak Harbor Junior Sailing program and the Whidbey Island organizers welcomed racers to sailboat racing in Penn Cove and in the Saratoga Passage. For 32 years, sailors have convened in Oak Harbor, Washington for 'Adult Summer Camp' to enjoy a spectacular sailing event in the Pacific Northwest. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, predictable breeze and an occasional Orca sighting, Whidbey Island Race Week has earned the reputation for offering some of the best racing in the region. Under the management of the talented couple Charley and Schelleen Rathkopf, they have managed Race Committee at Whidbey Island Race Week for over a decade and have a highly experienced race committee team. The Whidbey is a 'must-do' for Pacific Northwest sailors and it attracts a broad range of boats from the Seattle, WA area as well as Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. This year's racing featured J/105 one-designs as well as PHRF handicap racing. The J/105s had a half-dozen boats on the starting line and after winning 7 of 9 races sailed, it was pretty clear that everyone knew who was #1 in the J/105 fleet: Jerry Diercks and crew on Delirium. While they gave it their all, the trio of Cohen, McKinnon & Rummel who sailed Inconceivable strung together a series of seconds and thirds to take second. Robert Blaylock's USAWI took whatever thirds that were left to also finish third for the event.   Regatta website

Marblehead NOOD

Marblehead NOOD

With a storm front moving through Massachusetts Bay Sunday afternoon, the conditions between Saturday and Sunday of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in Marblehead could not have been more different. As the first guns sounded, the rain started to fall and by the third leg of the J/105 fleet's first race the combination of light air and building chop kept many of the lead boats from making significant gains up the course. "It made the course very challenging going upwind," said J/105 overall winner Ric Dexter. "Our fleet was extremely close, all three top boats were within one point of each other. Fred deNapoli in the second place boat, and Two Feathers [third place] from Dallas are all fantastic competition and inspirational sailors." Dexter and his crew aboard Circe's Cup not only won the J/105 class but also the Wilmington Trust leader spinnaker, a new award added to this year's Marblehead NOOD.   Complete results

Pacific Cup

Pacific Cup

This year's Pacific Cup ran from San Francisco to Hawaii. Many in the fleet suffered light airs in the beginning of the race and at least midway through the race due to the wobbly Pacific High that couldn't make up its mind which way to move next. After 13 days at sea, the big winner in the Weems & Plath PHRF Division B, was the J/105 Free Bowl of Soup from the Corinthian YC in Portland, OR (Eric Hopper skipper with crew of Eric Albertson, Scott Davey, Keith Sheets, and Doug Schenk as Navigator).    Regatta website

Chicago-Mackinac Race

Chicago-Mackinac Race

At 333 miles (289.4 nautical miles), the Race to Mackinac is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. The Mac starts at the Chicago Lighthouse just off Navy Pier and continues to Mackinac Island. Twenty J/105s competed this year. John Moore's Here's Johnny! was first in class and 11th overall. Mark Gurney's Buzz was second in the J/105s and 17th overall. Mark Symonds' Pterodactyl followed, and was 24th overall.   Overall results

Bayview Mackinac Race

Bayview Mackinac Race

This year's Bell's Beer 90th Bayview Mackinac Race began on July 12 in Southern Lake Huron, with 9-11 knots of breeze offering the 227 boats in 14 classes a swift downwind leg along the two courses offered, either to the Presque Isle Lighthouse (on the Michigan shoreline), where the Shore course begins taking a left, or the Cove Buoy where the Cove Island Course does the same (about 130 miles away from the start). The shorter Shore course covers 204 nm along the Michigan shoreline before heading west to Mackinac Island Bell's Beer finish line. The longer Cove Island Course is 259 nm and takes sailors around a buoy off the tip of the Bruce Peninsula in Canadian waters before heading west toward the finish line. A westerly breeze of 9-11 knots allowed an initially mellow downwind spinnaker run to the first turning points in each of two courses. During the evening, however, "a lot of everything" happened when it came to weather and wind, including rain, dense fog and gusts up to 36 knots. The front continued to move and produced a brisk westerly breeze that kept the fleet "on its nose" throughout Saturday evening and into Sunday. That meant the Cove Island course had the unfortunate task of playing windshifts for nearly 90nm upwind to Mackinac Island after rounding the Cove Buoy. PHRF D division had an eclectic, diverse group of boats in their fleet of 16 entries. The J/105s swept the class. The resounding winner by over 1.5 hours on elapsed time was the J/105 Pterodactyl (Mary Symonds). Behind was the J/105 Send in the Clowns (Terry Timm) in second place. Fourth was Snake Oil (Don Harthorn).   Regatta website

Southern Chesapeake Bay Leukemia Cup Regatta

Southern Chesapeake Bay Leukemia Cup Regatta

For the 2014 edition of the Southern Chesapeake Bay Leukemia Cup Regatta, Mother Nature served up better weather than in some recent years, although Saturday was a better day for power boating than for sailing, with pleasant temperatures but light airs. Four Fleet 15 boats signed up for the regatta: David Clark's Corryvreckan, Bob Rock's Shamrock, Don DeLoatch's Special K, and Rich Payne's Flying Colors. Since the regatta organizers required five entries to constitute a one-design class, the J/105s were forced to sail with the crowded, 10-boat PHRF A fleet.

NYYC Rolex

NYYC Rolex

New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex will feature the J/105 class racing Thursday to Saturday, July 17-19. For complete information and to register by July 4, go to the   regatta website.

J/105 Midwinter Championship Returns to Key West Race Week in 2015

J/105 Midwinter Championship Returns to Key West Race Week in 2015

Quantum Key West is excited for the return of the J/105 Class to beautiful Key West. Mark your calendar for January 18-23, 2015 as the J/105 Midwinter Championship. Race Week is the perfect winter escape with a full racing schedule, unique shoreside fun, and fantastic sailing conditions. Event details, information on logistics and planning, and more will be posted on the   event website.

Offshore PHRF Series at Cleveland Race Week

Offshore PHRF Series at Cleveland Race Week

Cleveland Race Week concluded its 10-day event with 69 boats competing in the PHRF Offshore Series. The 'Big Boat' portion of the regatta began Thursday night with beautiful breeze on Lake Erie, and continued Friday night with lighter air. Friday featured a finish line at the William G. Mather steamship in the heart of downtown Cleveland's harbor. Both Saturday and Sunday's races took place under sunny skies and winds that started on the low end each day but built in the afternoon. Six J/105s competed in PHRF Spin E with Jim Sminchak and Doug Moose winning on It with a line of 1-1-1-1-[3]-2 for 6 points. Rob Mock's Unbridled placed second with 9 points, and Jim Uhlir's Trio rounded out the top three with 15 points.    Regatta website

Cleveland Race Week

Cleveland Race Week

Eight fleets of one-design boats invaded Cleveland Race Week at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio from June 13-15, including five J/105s. Winds started strong on Saturday morning, but died off throughout the day. Sunday dawned with light breeze but increased, making for a beautiful day of racing in Cleveland. The J/105s were able to complete six total races, of which Jim Sminchak and Doug Moose on It won four. They won with 9 overall points, followed by Jim Uhlir's Trio with 13 points, and Rob Mock's Unbridled with 14.   Complete results

RORC de Guingand Bowl

RORC de Guingand Bowl

The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Seasons Points Championship continued last weekend with the De Guingand Bowl Race, the fifth offshore race of the annual RORC offshore championship. Designed to last 24-36 hours, the De Guingand Bowl Race starts and finishes in The Solent and is a flexi-course allowing the Royal Ocean Racing Club to design a bespoke course. In IRC 3 Class, Nick Martin's J/105 Diablo-J took second overall and also third in the IRC Double-handed class. At this juncture in the overall RORC Season Series, Martin's J/105 is lying second in IRC Double class, second in IRC 3 and sixth in IRC Overall.    RORC website

Chicago NOOD

Chicago NOOD

Prior to the 2014 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Chicago, Skipper Steve Knoop had raced in the previous 25 Lake Michigan NOOD stops aboard his Tartan 10. Making his maiden NOOD appearance in the J/105 fleet this weekend, Knoop looked anything but a newcomer, sailing his way to Overall Winner honors at the country's largest regatta series. After strong winds on Lake Michigan Sunday led to an eventual abandonment, Knoop and crew aboard Bella were awarded the prestigious honor based on their overall performance during the first two days of racing in the highly-competitive J/105 Class. "This was our first year in the J/105, before that I was with T/10 for 26 or 27 years," said Knoop. "We took lessons learned from T/10 and brought it here. Chicago is a unique weather system, light air in the summer brings thermals out of the southeast and it's a matter of how you play them. This regatta has been about what side of the course you were on and how it played out. Local knowledge was a huge factor." As overall winner in Chicago, Knoop received a charter aboard a Jeanneau 44i courtesy of Sunsail, to compete in the NOOD Caribbean Championship.   Complete results

Southern Bay Race Week

Southern Bay Race Week

The J/105s sailed in the PHRF A2 fleet as a two-boat competition at Southern Bay Race Week. Rich Payne's Flying Colors and Don DeLoatch's Special K conducted a match race for fleet honors, with Special K winning six of the seven races sailed.   Complete report

North Sea Race

North Sea Race

A fleet of 52 yachts entered the 180nm Royal Ocean Racing Club North Sea Race - the fourth race of the RORC Season's Points Championship. Starting from Harwich on the East Coast of England, the line was blessed with a 15 knot easterly wind, providing a true beat to the first turning mark of the course. The breeze was to fade during the race, which suited the big boats in general. The J/105 Dream Machine sailed by John Van Veen and Rob Vis were the overall IRC Double-handed Class winner amongst the 15 teams competing from France, Belgium, Netherlands and the UK.    Royal Ocean Racing Club website

Cedar Point One Design Regatta

Cedar Point One Design Regatta

Seven fleets attended the 2014 Cedar Point One Design Regatta on Long Island Sound, hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT on May 31-June 1. Fourteen boats comprised the J/105 fleet, won by Paul Beaudin's loulou with 12 net points. Six races took place, and Damian Emery's Eclipse snagged second place with 14 points, while Richard Swann's Ghost Dog came in third.   Complete results

Block Island Race

Block Island Race

The 69th Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race, which started on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, attracted 69 boats. While George David's custom 90 footer Rambler won IRC on both handicap and elapsed with a fully professional crew, the polar opposite was true of the J/105 that won the hearts of everyone at the awards ceremony on Sunday. That team was Young American, the J/105 that won PHRF 1 and represented American Yacht Club with its junior offshore team aboard. According to the team's coordinator and adult crew member Peter Becker, "The seven Young American juniors are part of the club's junior big boat program, which sees 35 kids between the ages of 14 and 17 spending a huge amount of time on the water learning sailing and seamanship skills. Beating out the Sound, we were under-powered, and there was a funny sea wave, but they magically called a couple of shifts, got inside some big lifts and were in good company. The biggest problem was the big boats, which were in better wind and better current, while the smaller boats had the current turn on them. Coming back we were in foul current, which was not enjoyable at all." Finishing around 4 a.m. on Sunday, the Young American team thought they had done horribly but soon learned they were first in PHRF Class 1 and third overall. The team also won the Harvey Conover Memorial Overall Trophy awarded to the boat that has won her class and, in the judgment of the Flag Officers and Race Committee, had the best overall performance. Becker's son Key who was one of three designated skippers onboard, summed up the experience by saying, "It was pretty light, but instead of getting frustrated, we held it together, worked as a team, shared our ideas and made it work."   Storm Trysail Club website

FIGAWI Race

FIGAWI Race

The 43rd Annual Figawi Race did not disappoint the 206 boats and 3,000+ sailors making the annual pilgrimage from Hyannis to Nantucket Harbor nearly 25.0nm away. According to Brad Mascott on the J/105 Two If By Sea, "Big wind and big seas made for a fast sleigh ride to Nantucket for those brave enough to carry their chutes. Wind was 15-20 knots from NE, which made for a broad reach on port tack for the spinnaker fleet on Course #5 on their way to Tuckernut Shoal Bell #1. As the J/105s started, Dark 'n' Stormy had a great start, popped the chute and never looked back on their way for a 3-peat win in its division. Another J/105 to my starboard had trouble with another spinnaker boat as they both nearly broached with a t-bone, and then when the dust settled the J/105's spinnaker exploded on the forestay! Other boats also blew spinnakers and halyards. We chose not to fly our spinnaker as we had our cruising crew onboard and still thoroughly enjoyed the fast and easy ride at 7-9 knots surfing down the waves! Our second leg was a slog upwind to #15 north of great point and thank God it was only approximately four miles long in some huge waves. The J/105 took it in stride. The J/122 Patriot trucked past us as they looked to be in fine fighting form. Both Patriot and the J/44 Spice popped their chutes one last time to the finish and both looked good on the nearly dead downwind final leg. Really hard to complain with sunny skies all day, strong breeze and temps in the 50s-60s leading into a raucous scene at the wharf. The BaHa Brothers band were in fine form in the tent as crews and friends told stories, danced and drank the night away." The Division S2 Spinnaker saw Dark 'n' Stormy, sailed by Joyce & Wagner Reservitz, win followed by Jonathan Bloom's J/105 Bear Spirit in third and Diana Brown's J/105 Clio in fourth. The top four boats all finished within a two minute time span!    FIGAWI Race information

Blackhawk Wins Swiftsure Regatta

Blackhawk Wins Swiftsure Regatta

The Swiftsure Regatta is a classic city front event that takes place along the San Francisco city shoreline, just south of Alcatraz Island. The regatta is well attended by the local J/105 fleet on San Francisco Bay. Scooter Simmons' son, Ryan sailed and skippered Blackhawk to the overall win in the J/105 class. They won by a whisker, beating Jeff Litfin's Mojo crew on a tie-breaker. Starting with a 1-3-1, Simmons' crew nearly lost it all by taking a 10th in the last race to Litfin's first. Blackhawk took the tie-break on most firsts. Third, just three points back was Jason Woodley & Scott Whitney on Risk followed by Bruce Stone's Arbitrage then Doug Bailey on Akula in fifth.   Complete results

Manhattan Regatta

Manhattan Regatta

Twelve J/105s competed in this year's Manhattan Regatta under blue skies, good wind and of course a strong current. After a storm that passed through the day before, the ebbing tide was intensified by the river's surge, making starts quite challenging. With the exception of one distance race, course legs were short (under a mile) which offered lots of quick action and lead changes. New owner Dennis Driscoll (Hornet) did not let the New York Harbor's chaos rattle him, as his team took the lead on the first day with a couple of bullets in four races and held on to it Sunday to win the regatta. Overall second place goes to Mark Van Schalkwyk (Circe) who almost lost everything in the fifth race with an OCS but clawed his way back to a fourth place finish. A big welcome back and third place goes to Fairhope, skippered by Gareth Gaston. Fairhope snuck onto the podium spot in his first regatta since getting his boat repaired from Hurricane Sandy damage.   Complete results

Seattle NOOD

Seattle NOOD

Mostly light winds and strong current on Puget Sound provided the backdrop for the Sperry Top-Sider Seattle NOOD Regatta, held May 16-18. One hundred ten boats competed in 17 classes, including seven J/105s who completed six races. Jerry Diercks three-peated as regatta winner on Delirium with three bullets and a total of 14 points. Todd Rickard's SeaMist and Erik Kristen's Jubilee tied on points at 18 for second and third place, respectively.   Complete results

Edlu Distance Race

Edlu Distance Race

The format of the Edlu Race in Larchmont, NY was transformed back in 2005 into a day race. The starts have been made much earlier, and the distance is set so that all boats can finish before sunset. The course for this year was 32 nm from Larchmont Breakwater to Gong 11B off Eaton's Neck and back. The J/105s took the top two spots in the Edlu. Winner was George & Alex Wilbanks' Revelation, and in second was the American YC Junior Big Boat team with coach Peter Becker aboard Young American.   Regatta website

Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race

Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race

29 yachts started the 38th annual Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race on May 8. This 193-mile race began at 8:10 am in confused seas and heavy chop, with winds at the start of the race from the south, gusting to 20 knots. Rain went from drizzle to pelting as the southerly front enveloped the fleet, air temperature was 51 degrees for the start of the race. The race begins off the coast of Astoria, Oregon, starting off the mouth of the Columbia River, with the fleet heading north along the coast, then turning east into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and finishing in the harbor at Victoria, British Columbia. Division winners in PHRF Overall include the J/105 Free Bowl of Soup with Eric Hopper, Doug Schenk and Matt Davis in PHRF B.   Complete results

Race to the Straits

Race to the Straits

It was a blustery weekend of sailing in Seattle, WA for the Race to the Straits regatta. Class 7 Double-handed was made up of seven J/105s. The winner was Erik Kristen sailing Jubilee, followed by Matt & Tessa Gardner-Brown aboard Dulcinea. In third was Paul Henderson & Ramona Barber on Delirium, followed by Bob Blaylock & Mario Laky on Usawi in fourth and Ian Wesley-Smith on Cyrano in fifth.   Sloop Tavern YC website

Vallejo Race

Vallejo Race

149 boats showed up to race at the Vallejo Race in Vallejo, CA. After a short postponement on day one and with a fickle, light southwest breeze, the race committee sent the first two divisions off to fight a building ebb for the long 21 miles to Vallejo. Then the wind died. Once half of the divisions were started, the northwesterly finally arrived at 1330, as a wall of wind hit the boats, and within seconds they were off. Once around the windward turning mark, they had a one tack beat to get into San Pablo Bay for the real fun to begin. After Point San Pablo, the boats turned down just enough that some chose to set the chute. A building breeze, ebb and big waves created surfing all the way to Mare Island. The racers woke up Sunday morning under gray skies, and some drizzle fell before the sun came out. At noon the starts were off with a bang in plenty of wind to get out of the Napa River and into San Pablo Bay. Although it was building as the day wore on, it was nothing like Saturday's 25 knots. On Saturday's 21.5nm race down the bayou, PHRF 3 was won by the J/105 Racer X sailed by Mary McGrath. In the one-design J/105 class, the top three were Arbitrage (Bruce Stone), Godot (Phil Laby) and Advantage 3 (Pat Benedict). On Sunday's 14.5nm race back, Bruce Stone's Arbitrage continued their winning ways, bulleting the race and winning class overall.    Vallejo YC website

Conundrum Dominates American YC Spring Series

Conundrum Dominates American YC Spring Series

The final day of the American Yacht Club Spring Series saw gusts to 35 knots and planing conditions. Several boats reported speeds in the mid teens, with newcomer Zack Fluhr (sailing his boat Ajax) hitting 17 knots. Needless to say, he was pretty stoked. Everyone on the course handled the big breeze without any major issues. Two races sailed, and everyone went with spinnakers on all the downwind legs. Jeremy Henderson and Harald Edegran sailed Conundrum very consistently and rarely not in front to win the event by a comfortable 12 points over Loulou and Morning Glory respectively. Conundrum posted five firsts in the eleven race series.    Complete results

Annapolis NOOD

Annapolis NOOD

Strong westerly winds on Chesapeake Bay delivered favorable racing conditions for sailors competing in the final day of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Annapolis (held May 2-4) where the current J/105 North American champion dominated the 17-boat J/105 fleet. James Rathbun's Hey Jude of Toronto tallied a near perfect scoreline of 1,1,1,1,2,1 for just seven points in the six races. The local team of Lewis/Salvesen on Mirage was a distant second with 24 points. Michael Mountford's Live Edge, also of Toronto, rounded out the top three with 28 points.   Complete results

Rick Goebel’s Sanity team selected Overall Winner at Yachting Cup

Rick Goebel's Sanity team selected Overall Winner at Yachting Cup

The heat wave that had hovered over California began to give way Sunday as the 42nd annual Yachting Cup regatta awoke to its third and final day for the 11 competing fleets. As coastal clouds and the cool Pacific put locals on notice that 'May Grey' weather may soon return, it proved to be only slightly cooler and only slightly windier than Saturday. But progress nonetheless. The Near Roads Course, closer to Point Loma, fit in three races for its six fleets. Making the most of the day was Rick Goebel's Sanity team, posting all bullets to move up and win the J/105 fleet. After reviewing the competition within all 11 fleets, the Organizing Authority selected Sanity team as the Overall Winner of the Yachting Cup.   Complete results

AYC Spring Series

AYC Spring Series

Seventy-eight boats participated in the American YC Spring Series last weekend. After two days and six races, the fleets were pleased with the performance of AYC's excellent Race Committee work on this opening weekend of the Series. The J/105s have a clear leader in the form of Conundrum (Harald Edegran & Jeremy Henderson) who managed to score three firsts and two seconds for just 7 points net. Trailing them in a tie-breaker at 14 points each are Carl Olsson on Morning Glory and Paul Beaudin on LouLou.    Complete information

PSSR

PSSR

It simply does not get much better than the two days of racing that showed up for this year's Puget Sound Spring Regatta, hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. 55 boats made it out April 12-13 for two of the most stellar days of the year for sailing in the Pacific Northwest. Nine local J/105s competed, and the fleet was once again sailed away with by the fast crew aboard Jerry Diercks Delirium. 10 points behind them, but just three points in front of the third place Jaded, was Erik Kristen's Jubilee.    Complete regatta information

J/Fest West

J/Fest West

A staple of the St. Francis Yacht Club spring series for decades, a fleet of 48 boats were treated to beautiful conditions for J Fest during the first weekend in April. Starting with sunny, cloudless mornings, the StFYC PRO kept the fleet in the confines of the harbor until 11am under postponement. As soon as the first whispers of the seabreeze wafted in under the Golden Gate Bridge, StFYC PRO John Craig sent the fleet out to the starting line just off Alcatraz Island and the magnificent San Francisco city front. The Blackhawk success continued in the J/105 class, as Scooter Simmons with tactician Brent Draney and company held off Jeff Littfin's Mojo by three points after five races. Scooter and crew posted a line of 8-1-1-1-1 for 12 points. Third was Adam Spiegel's Jam Session.   St. Francis YC website

Doublehanded Farallones in San Francisco, CA

Doublehanded Farallones in San Francisco, CA

Sergei Podshivalov, sailing his J/105 Javelin in the DH Farallones for the first time, sailed to a corrected time victory in PHRF 4. Here are some of Sergei's observations: "It was my first time going to Farallones, so I was intent to make it even if we had to finish at midnight. Had plenty of food on board to prevent the crew mutiny. We did a few timed drifts before the start, and concluded that the StYC breakwaters would be a good a place to be at the 5 min warning. Had anchor ready, but didn't have to use it, were maybe 5 boat lengths away from the line at the gun. Better be safe than sorry. Luckily it was enough breeze to clear the South Tower; eventually the pressure has built up and once we were 5 miles out of the gate, the wind veered such so we were fetching the islands. The happiness didn't last that long. The wind dropped to 4 knots or less, and we just stopped and drifted northwest with the current. Even jellyfish of which was plenty around were moving faster than us. Need to learn how to make J/105 move in the light wind. Saw some other boats around making a knot or so. At 2:45 the wind built up again, to a reasonable 8 knots and we started to move. Half an hour later we had to crack off to fetch the mark. Too bad too much distance was lost due to this northerly drift and inability to make the boat to move. We rounded the islands at happy hour, wind blowing 16 -18 knots at 5 pm, then immediately jibed and set the kite. Apparently this wind angle was very favorable to the J/105, and we were able to beeline to the Golden Gate on a very hot reach, rounding up every so often, but still moving at about 10-12 knots boat-speed. Other boats either kept going with the jib, or carrying the kite but leaving the mark to windward. Once we reached Point Bonita at 8:15, the wind started to die down to 6-8 knots and was almost behind us. Eventually we had to heat up and then jibe. Close to the bridge the wind increased to 18 knots and we rounded up right by the South Tower, but fortunately missed it! As soon as we went past the Golden Gate, the wind calmed again, so we went inshore jibing back and forth to avoid the ebb. We soon crossed the finish line and opened a well-earned cold beer!"   Results

Three Tree Point Race

Three Tree Point Race

At the final race of Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle's Center Sound Series, the Three Tree Point Race, the battle of the J/105s in Division 6 was once again won by Erik Kristen and crew aboard Jubilee, finishing less than a minute in front of Jerry Diercks' Delirium.

Spring One-Design Invite

Spring One-Design Invite

Hosted at St. Francis Yacht Club, the annual spring-season opening regatta for the J/105 fleet sailing on San Francisco Bay took place last weekend. With a terrific turn-out of 19 boats, the largest one-design fleet in the event, the competition was sure to be close. Continuing their excellent performance last year was Scooter Simmons' Blackhawk team. Their 4-2-1-4-1 tally for 12 points was enough to be crowned the Spring Champions. Not giving much away and sailing exceedingly well was Jeff Litfin's crew on Mojo. Starting out with an extraordinary 2-1 in the first two races, they settled into a good rhythm and posted a 4-5-2 for the next three to lose the 'match race' to the Blackhawk gang but still secure second overall. Phil Laby's Godot, started out with a 10th, but posted a very consistent 3-3-3-4 for 23 points to snag third overall. Next up was Doug Bailey's Akula, grabbing fourth with a 3-9-6-2-6 for 26 points. And fifth went to Adam Spiegel's Jam Session, who won a three-way tie at 27 points. Losers of the tie-break were Bruce Stone's Arbitrage in sixth and Jason Woodley/Scott Whitney's Risk in seventh. Check out video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5odXWACM5A&feature=youtu.be.   St. Francis YC website

Gary Mozer named Overall Winner at San Diego NOOD

Gary Mozer named Overall Winner at San Diego NOOD

A dominating final day of sailing in the J/105 class earned Gary Mozer and crew aboard Current Obsession 2 the prestigious Overall Winner title at the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta San Diego, hosted by San Diego and Coronado Yacht Clubs on March 14-16. The Beverly Hills-based skipper made tactful decisions in the breezy conditions on San Diego Bay to claim top honors at the country's largest regatta series. As overall winner, Mozer and crew received an invitation to the Caribbean to sail against fellow NOOD Overall Winners. The event attracted 120 entrants to compete in 14 divisions, with racing held on the ocean and bay courses. An additional feature was the pursuit-start North Sails Rally Race, an 11nm tour of San Diego Bay won by the J/105 Viggan with Joe Dagostino and Tom Fisher. New to the 2014 NOOD season is the "Local Boat of the Day" award presented by North Sails. Designed to recognize a skipper who exemplifies superior local knowledge of the course as well as precise execution during their races, San Diegan Rick Goebel, epitomized those characteristics on Sanity, also in the J/105 class, claiming this weekend's distinction.    Gary Mozer video interview

Terry McLaughlin Earns Advantage at J/105 Midwinter Championship

Terry McLaughlin Earns Advantage at J/105 Midwinter Championship

Terry McLaughlin, recently named Sail Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year, has taken the lead after day one of the J/105 Midwinter Championship hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. Sailing Avici with Paul Parsons, Kevin Taylor, Jeff Cooke, Emmett Dickheiser and Monica Parsons, McLaughlin won three of the day's five races, and has a point total of 10. Locals Bill Lakenmacher on Radiance and Uzi Ozeri on Infinity hold the next two spots, with 15 and 20 points, respectively. Winds on Galveston Bay held at a steady 10-16 knots throughout Friday. McLaughlin started the event with a bullet, as Greg Turman's Horny Toad placed second, and Bee Bednar's Stinger third. Avici again took first in the next contest, while Lakenmacher and Ozeri moved up to the silver and bronze positions. Mark Young's Killer Rabbit earned the victory in race three, as again Lakenmacher and Ozeri rounded out the top three. McLaughlin returned to the highest mark in race four, followed by Young and Bednar. The closing battle was won by Lakenmacher, as McLaughlin settled for second and Ozeri for third. Racing continues through Sunday. Photos (courtesy of John Lacy Photography) are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacyphotos/sets/72157642007204024/, and complete results are available at the   regatta website.

Terry McLaughlin Prevails at J/105 Midwinter Championship

Terry McLaughlin Prevails at J/105 Midwinter Championship

Terry McLaughlin dominated the fleet at the J/105 Midwinter Championship hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. Sailing Avici with Paul Parsons, Kevin Taylor, Jeff Cooke, Emmett Dickheiser and Monica Parsons, McLaughlin (recently named Sail Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year) totaled only 22 points in the 11 race series. They endured a 20 percent penalty in race three, and otherwise tallied all top three finishes. Hometown helmsmen Bill Lakenmacher on Radiance (32 points) and Uzi Ozeri on Infinity (46 points) rounded out the top three. McLaughlin raced with Paul Parsons years ago, but actually didn't know the rest of his crew, since Paul did the organizing. "Our win was a true team effort," McLaughlin said while accepting his trophy. He also complimented the great Race Committee, noting, "It has been a long time since I have experienced 10 races in two days!" With favorable breezes on Friday and Saturday, the Race Committee was able to complete five races per day, leaving just one on Sunday (won by Lakenmacher). The top five: Terry McLaughlin, Avici (22 points), Bill Lakenmacher, Radiance (32), Uzi Ozeri, Infinity (46), Mark Young, Killer Rabbit (50), Greg Turman, Horny Toad (51). Eleven teams competed. Photos (courtesy of John Lacy Photography) are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacyphotos/sets/72157642007204024/, and complete results are available at the   regatta website.

Terry McLaughlin Extends Lead Heading into Final Day of J

Terry McLaughlin Extends Lead Heading into Final Day of J/105 Midwinters

Terry McLaughlin lengthened his advantage after another five-race day at the J/105 Midwinter Championship. Sailing Avici with Paul Parsons, Kevin Taylor, Jeff Cooke, Emmett Dickheiser and Monica Parsons, McLaughlin (recently named Sail Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year) notched another round of consistent scores to total just 20 points in 10 races heading into the final day of competition. The event is being hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas with 11 teams. Local Bill Lakenmacher on Radiance continued his stellar performance, and kept hold of second place with 31 points. Fellow Texan Uzi Ozeri on Infinity maintained his bronze position with 43 points. The day dawned with light breezes around 4-5 knots, as Greg Turman's Horny Toad lodged Saturday's first victory, trailed by McLaughlin and Lakenmacher. Radiance won the ensuing contest over Ozeri and McLaughlin. The breeze kept creeping up a couple knots each race so by the third bout, teams saw 10-12 knot winds, when Mark Young's Killer Rabbit took the bullet. Again Lakenmacher and McLaughlin made it into the top three. Avici returned to the first spot in the next battle, followed by Alan Bates on Zippity and Matt Arno on Blue Flash. McLaughlin ended the day with another victory, ahead of Turman and Lakenmacher. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos (courtesy of John Lacy Photography) are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacyphotos/sets/72157642007204024/, and complete results are available at the   regatta

Midwinter Championship launches Friday

Midwinter Championship launches Friday

11 J/105 teams are gathering for racing at the Midwinter Championship this Friday through Sunday in Seabrook, Texas. Lakewood Yacht Club is again our gracious host. Keep up with all the action at the regatta website, and look for photos on the J/105 Class Facebook page.   Regatta Website

Chiloe Island Regatta in Chile

Chiloe Island Regatta in Chile

The 2014 Chiloe Regatta was the second year of participation for the J/105 fleet in Chile. With 14 boats attending, the J/105s are by far the biggest and most successful one design in Chile. And there where many boats sailing with family crew. The competition between Scimitar and Recluta was tough from the beginning. Recluta was the top J/105 in the previous edition, so they were hoping to continue the tradition and started off on a good track. During the week these guys from Valparaiso had many good races, so they managed to stretch into a little lead for the final day. But, in Chiloe, any position is uncertain until the very end and the very shifty 18 to 20 kt breezes on the last day broke down the tradition. Recluta had a bad result in the first of two windward leeward races, losing the lead to Scimitar. After the first race, the conditions in Puerto Montt Bay were very tricky with 50 degree wind shifts, lots of rain and current. So, when the RC at 16:15 communicated to the fleet that there would not be more races, the championship was complete. Scimitar's young crew, that had been under the deck staying somewhat dry and warm from the heavy rain, were about to explode! They jumped on deck and started taking off their clothes and were getting ready to jump into the 14 degree Celsius water in the rain. But, before they managed to leap, both fathers Toti and Maceta and Carola (Maceta's wife) managed to control the kids exuberance and kept them aboard. Their crew of nine managed to get back to the yacht club and have a dry celebration. The Chiloe Island Regatta is the most famous and competitive regatta in Chile. It runs every two years around Chiloe Island, 650 miles south from Santiago and after the first version in 1990, 23 editions have been organized since. The regatta is mainly long distance races of 12 to 30 miles plus some windward leeward courses during a seven day program with one day off in the middle.

Lookin’ Good

Lookin' Good

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San Juan Regatta

San Juan Regatta

Gusts blowing 20+ knots and rolling seas created challenging yet exhilarating conditions for nearly 100 sailors from five islands that competed in the 13th Club Nautico de San Juan International Regatta (CNSJIR), held January 31-February 2 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The CNSJIR Race Committee reveled in the brisk conditions launching as many as 13 races for the six classes that sailed with teams hailing from five Caribbean island nations. In the 7-boat CSA Spinnaker class, which included three Melges 32s, it was Puerto Rico's Jonathan Lipuscek's J/105 Dark Star that won with a decisive five firsts in six races. "We did very well considering the conditions and the competition," explains tactician, Rafi Martinez. "Our strategy was to focus on good boat handling, make few errors and on the downwind when the Melges plane to maximize the waves and puffs to our advantage."   San Juan International Regatta sailing information

Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series

Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series

Billed as Barbados' Ultimate Sailing Challenge, the new format Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series was deemed a huge success. It incorporated a series of coastal races as well as the iconic Mount Gay Round Barbados Race, and a final 300-mile sprint to Antigua to tie-up with the Superyacht Cup. Organized by the Barbados Cruising Club in association with the Barbados Tourism Authority and Mount Gay, this annual event (January 15-24) played its part in kick-starting the Caribbean racing season. With nearly 50 boats from all around the world (Great Britain, USA, Canada and New Zealand plus a strong Caribbean contingent from BVI, St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados) close competition prevailed throughout the week. The breezy conditions made for some spectacular racing conditions. "We had excellent conditions and we sailed well as a team," said Peter Lewis, skipper of the J/105 Whistler. "We touched about 14 knots of boat speed in 25 knots of wind so our spinnaker runs added excitement." Whistler took the 35 and Under Class honors with an elapsed time of 7:37:06. They also took second in CSA Racing Class during the three-day regatta held earlier.   Regatta website

Fast track to Key West

Fast track to Key West

It was a quick race for the 30 boats competing in the 160 mile Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race. David Bond's J/105 Loki won PHRF B!   Results

NOR Posted and Registration Open for 2014 J/105 Midwinters

NOR Posted and Registration Open for 2014 J/105 Midwinters

Lakewood Yacht Club, J/105 Fleet 17, and the J/105 Class Association invite you to attend the J/105 Midwinter Championship to be held March 7-9, 2014 in Seabrook, Texas on the waters of Galveston Bay. On the regatta website, you will find: the official Notice of Race (now posted!), online registration form (now open), information on charter boat availability, information about lodging and information on Galveston Bay weather. Here is the deal. It's going to be a cold winter. Your 105 is going into storage. It may even be going up on blocks. Why not store it in sunny South East Texas and join locals for the Icicle series, the GBCA Spring, the HYC Midwinter, and then the J/105 Midwinter Championship? This is what March should look like - shirt sleeve weather and big winds.   Regatta website

Chilean J/105 Nationals

Chilean J/105 Nationals

With shifty winds and a closely fought regatta for the top five finishers, it was anyone's guess who would emerge as the ultimate winner in the Chilean J/105 Nationals. Providing the stage was the Club de Yates Algarrobo, with sailing taking place on Algarrobo Bay (located about 60 miles west of the capital Santiago). The championship was raced over the December 7-8 weekend. Saturday's sailing had light wind conditions and only two races were completed. On Sunday, the fleet was blessed with much stronger Northwest breeze conditions, large Pacific swells and much better racing conditions. The CYA PRO and Race Committee managed to do an amazing job to get four windward-leeward course races completed before the cut-off time to send the sailors back to shore exhausted, but happy, for the exuberant awards ceremonies. In the end, a familiar boat known to J/105 sailors in the Northeastern USA won by a large margin. With her new owner driving fast and staying out of trouble, the famous Scimitar and her skipper/owner Jose Manuel Ugarte were crowned 2013 Chilean National Champions, accumulating a 4-6 on the first day, but following up with three straight bullets in the windier conditions on Sunday to take the title with just 13 points total. The battle for the balance of the podium was fierce between Patricio Seguel on Grand Slam, Jorge Gonzalez on Plan B and Miguel Salas on Big Booty. Leading this trio after the first day's racing was Gonzalez's Plan B by just two points over Seguel's Grand Slam; Big Booty didn't figure in the picture yet for even the top five. With the light air specialists now having to contend with big breeze and epic waves flowing into the crescent-shaped Algarrobo Bay, the game was changing dramatically for all the players wanting to grab silver on the stage at the end of Sunday's racing. After their 8-1 on day 1, Seguel again started off the day with an eighth, rose to third, dropped to 21st, then won the last race. Seguel and crew secured second overall on a three-way tie-breaker at 21 points total for the silver medal. Gonzalez started the regatta well and seemed to excel in the light air on Saturday, knocking out a 3-4 to be leading the regatta. Sunday was a different story for them, struggling with finishes of 6-9-6-2, but still managing to secure third overall on the podium. Perhaps the toughest break was that taken by Salas. They sailed five of the six races in the top five but still lost the tie-break to take fourth overall. Fifth overall was Rodrigo Gumucio's Spin Out, also sailing in the top eight all regatta-long but not good enough to hop onto the podium.   Chilean J/105 Nationals sailing information

Rest in Peace Walt

Rest in Peace Walt

Walt Nuschke passed away on December 20. Thank you to Nelson Weiderman for the following words: Walt took over as J/105 Chief Measurer in 2008, and he only retired from that job in 2012 when his health took a turn for the worse. Previously he had been the Vice President, the President and on the Technical Committee for the J/105 Class. He was a tireless worker for us and saw it through many changes in the Class Rules and many Rule interpretations. He wanted the Rules to be simple as possible, but no simpler. He made the technology work for us and spiced up many a North Americans with the apps (that he commissioned) that went on all the boats. He was there when we had 75 boats (and two starting lines) at the 2007 North Americans in Annapolis. And he was a great one for affordability. He used his engineering background to engineer better solutions to problems. When we still had forestay measurements, he helped me get mine right at Block Island Race Week. Walt will be missed. He was always the "go to" guy for questions, even after he was no longer the Chief Measurer. Walt's obituary: Mr. Walter L. "Walt" Nuschke, 66, of 130 West North Street, Waynesboro, PA, died at 7:55 P.M., Friday, December 20, 2013 in Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown, MD, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 16, 1947 in Clarksville, TX, he was the son of Paul and Thelma (Brumley) Nuschke of Fayetteville, PA. Walt graduated from McLean High School, McLean, VA, with the class of 1965. He later graduated from Penn State University in 1970 with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He and his wife, Judith S. "Judy" (Stinson) Bartholow have been together since December 20, 1989 and were married on October 4, 2013 in Waynesboro. Walt has been the owner and president of L.S.I. Controls, Waynesboro, since 1979. He was a member of J105 Sailing Associates in Annapolis, MD, where he was a past president. He was also a member of Joe Stickell American Legion Post #15, Waynesboro, the National Woody Club, and Delta Epsilon at Penn State. Walt was passionate about sailing and also enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, Penn State Sports, antique cars, especially his 1931 Woody, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was also a little league coach and a youth basketball coach for many years. In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by three children, Sarah Petsky and her husband Tim of Severna Park, MD, Paul Nuschke and his wife Annie of Philadelphia, PA, and Jesse Nuschke and his wife, Tizzie of Richmond, VA; one step-son, Jason Bartholow and his wife, Kristia of Waynesboro; seven grandchildren, Chloe, Kyle, Conrad, Luka, Stella, Caroline, and Madison; one brother, David Nuschke and his wife, Melissa of Enola, PA; one sister, Paula Alford and her husband, Jim of Great Falls, VA; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 P.M., Thursday, December 26, 2013 in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 384 Floral Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.    Online condolences

Santa Barbara YC Holiday Regatta

Santa Barbara YC Holiday Regatta

The annual Santa Barbara YC Holiday Regatta has been known over the course of time to experience the extremes in weather. The forecast for the weekend event was exciting for those who enjoy downwind planing conditions. With morning winds of 10-20 kts NW increasing to 20-30 kts in the afternoon and gusts to 35 kts with 6-10 ft seas, the fleet was going to be in for wild ride on Saturday! The J/105s saw Mark Noble's Escapade take the win followed by Larry Harteck's Repeat Offender in second and Tom Bollay's Armida in third.   Santa Barbara YC Holiday Regatta sailing information

Hot Rum Series

Hot Rum Series

The infamous Hot Rum Series in San Diego attracted 143 entrants to compete over three Saturdays on Nov. 9, 23, and Dec. 7. Using an inverted start system, with the 11.9 mile course routed around fixed marks, wind direction and strength frequently impact the final results. The J/105s generally seem to dominate Class 3 by sheer numbers as well as by some remarkable performances. Not surprisingly, a perennial contender topped the fleet, Dennis & Sharon Case's Wings. They were followed by Steve Howell (sailing with wife Lucy) on the ever popular Blink!, taking third in class. Ed Sanford's Creative sailed nicely to take fourth.   Full results

Bermuda J105 Invitational Regatta

Bermuda J105 Invitational Regatta

The final day of competition (Saturday) in the Bermuda J/105 Invitational Regatta, sponsored by XL, got underway shortly after the breeze filled in. With everything to play, the teams had a single race to decide the local winner, and a single race to decide the international winner, plus a fun race back to Hamilton Harbour to round out the event. Race 9 had two general recalls before the race committee, led by Charles Tatem, resorted to starting under more punitive conditions - anyone over the line early now had to restart by rounding the end of the line. The racing finally got underway in the freshening conditions, and the win went to Back in Black, with Elusive and Yabsta taking second and third. Race 10 started under the black flag rule. This enabled an orderly start, and after three circuits of the course the win went to Mayhem, followed by Elusive and Back in Black. The event now concluded with a long distance race back to Hamilton Harbour, taking in the Small Sound and the channel up to dockyard. Mayhem took line honours and won the Bermuda Project Managers prize. The Tops Limited boat of the day was Back in Black. Results are: the Overall (XL Trophy) in 1st place was Elusive (21 points), followed by Passion (24 points) and Mayhem (42 points). The top International helmsmen (Bermuda Tourism Trophy) in 1st place was Bill Lakenmacher (11 points), followed by Steve Cucchiaro (15 points) and Greg Turman (17 points). The top local helmsmen (Goslings Trophy) in 1st place was Chuck Millican (6 points), followed by James Macdonald (13 points) and Jon Corless (16 points).   Royal Bermuda YC website

Bermuda Sailing Association Keelboat Championship

Bermuda Sailing Association Keelboat Championship

James MacDonald clinched a maiden J/105 national title on the penultimate day of the 2013 Bermuda Sailing Association (BSA) Keelboat Championships in the Great Sound. MacDonald came from behind to claim the top prize after pipping rival skipper John Corless on a countback after the two teams remained tied at the end of the eight-race series for the championship. MacDonald, who was joined by crew Paul Watson, Alison Hill, Nick Smale, Mary Geraghty and Jay Tucker, entered the final day of racing in the J/105 fleet trailing overnight leader Corless by a single point. Chuck Millican rounded off the podium finishers respectively.   Full story

J-Fest Southwest

J-Fest Southwest

Lakewood Yacht Club's annual J-Fest Southwest Regatta began on Saturday, November 2 under almost brutal conditions. Northerly winds in the 20-25 knot range produced the usual big chop with the potential for some serious carnage. The 8 J/105s on the line survived with only minor damage to sails and hardware. Saturday saw Bee Bednar's Stinger hold on to first place with Matt Arno's Blue Flash in second and Uzi Ozeri's Infinity in third. Sunday's 16-20s made for somewhat better conditions but resulted in a reversal of fortunes for the top three boats. Infinity came out on top with Blue Flash in Second and Stinger in third. Six points separated the top five finishers.    Complete results

Lipton Cup

Lipton Cup

The 99th edition of the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup hosted eight yacht club teams representing California and Louisiana, competing in equally matched J/105s for three days (November 1-3) of fleet racing inside San Diego Harbor. Defending champion California Yacht Club was unable to overcome a day one black flag penalty, falling short by one point to 2013 champion San Diego Yacht Club. Winning SDYC teams included Brad Rodi (skipper), Chris Busch, Andrew Campbell, Steve Hunt, Al Pleskus, Molly Pleskus and Chuck Sinks.    Complete results

Photos

Photos

Photos from day 4 of the North American Championship are available here.

NAC Awards

NAC Awards

Check out the North American Championship award photos for the top five teams helmed by James Rathbun of Hey Jude, Damian Emery of Eclipse, Cedric Lewis of Mirage, Bruce Stone of LouLou and Jack Biddle of Rum Puppy.   NAC award pictures

James Rathbun Earns J/105 North American Championship

James Rathbun Earns J/105 North American Championship

James Rathbun of Toronto, Ontario led after day one of the J/105 North American Championship and never relinquished his advantage. He is now the 2013 J/105 North American Champion. With crew Mark Robertson, Dave Jarvis, Andrew Van Nostrand, Ian Richardson and Scott Collinson, Hey Jude tallied 6,3,1,1,1,4,5,2 for just 23 points in the eight-race series. Damian Emery's Eclipse of New York placed second with 39 points, and local Cedric Lewis on Mirage came in third with 45 points. The event was hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club in Maryland. After racing was cancelled on Saturday due to lack of breeze, conditions allowed for three races on Sunday in winds between 12-16 knots. Jim Konigsberg's Inigo won the opening contest, trailed by Emery and Lewis. Emery moved up to first in the next race, with Bruce Stone's LouLou in second and Chris Groobey's Java in third. Emery again took the bullet in the final bout, followed by Rathbun and Stone. The top 10: 1) James Rathbun, Hey Jude, 23 points 2) Damian Emery, Eclipse, 39 3) Cedric Lewis, Mirage, 45 4) Bruce Stone, LouLou, 56 5) Jack Biddle, Rum Puppy, 58 6) Ken Colburn, Ghost, 61 7) Stephen Phillips, Le Renard, 63 8) Hugh Bethell, Jester, 68 9) Michael Mountford, Live Edge, 96 10) Jim Konigsberg, Inigo, 102 27 teams from Bermuda, Canada and the USA competed in the event. Photos are available on the J/105 Facebook page.    Complete Results

NAC Update

NAC Update

No racing today at the North Americans due to lack of wind in Annapolis. The Championship will be determined tomorrow. You will be able to follow live updates on the Class Twitter page, and results will be available on the   regatta website.

And More Photos

And More Photos

Photos from day 2 of the North American Championship are available here.

More Photos

More Photos

More photos from day 1 of the North American Championship are available   here.

Seattle Grand Prix Regatta

Seattle Grand Prix Regatta

One of the regattas many sailors look forward to in the Seattle area is the season-ending Seattle Grand Prix hosted by Seattle YC on Puget Sound. This year's event was characterized by epic conditions for at least one of the days, blowing 20-25 knots and sunny with puffy white clouds. In the J/105 one-design class, Jerry Diercks' Delirium sailed an excellent series to post a 2-1-1-3-1-4 for 8 points net to nearly sweep their class. Taking second was Erik Kirsten's Jubilee with a 3-2-2-2-3-4 for 12 points net for the runner-up position. Third was Lorenzo Migliorini's Allegro Vivace with a 5-3-3-5-2-1 for 14 points net. Rounding out the top five were Jim Geros's Last Tango in fourth and Stephen Summers's Life is Good in fifth.   Seattle YC website

James Rathbun Extends Lead at J/105 North American Championship

James Rathbun Extends Lead at J/105 North American Championship

James Rathbun's Hey Jude won both of Friday's races at the J/105 North American Championship to open up a 10-point lead on day two of the event. Rathbun, of Toronto, now has three consecutive bullets, succeeding a sixth and third in the initial races on Thursday, for 12 points. With a pair of fourth-place finishes today, Cedric Lewis' Mirage moved into second overall with 22 points. The next two boats are tied at 24: Ken Colburn's Ghost and Stephen Phillips' Le Renard. The championship is hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club in Maryland. Teams were postponed onshore until noon, waiting for a line of storms to pass through the area. Once they did, the fleet was sent out for two races. The first was started in about 5 knots of breeze that died quickly as the boats went up the first beat. When the wind filled in, it shifted left and settled in at 6-8 knots for the rest of the day. Following Hey Jude in Friday's opening battle were Chuck Lawrence's Froya and Damian Emery's Eclipse. In the second contest behind Rathbun came Hugh Bethell's Jester and Phillips. Racing continues through Sunday for the 27 teams from Bermuda, Canada and the USA. Photos are available on the J/105 Facebook page, and complete results may be found at the   regatta website.

NAC Photos

NAC Photos

Day 1 North American Championship photos from Dan Phelps are available on this   website.

James Rathbun Leads Tight Pack at J/105 North American Championship

James Rathbun Leads Tight Pack at J/105 North American Championship

The standings couldn't be much closer after day one of the J/105 North American Championship, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club in Maryland. Just four points separate the top five after three races were completed on Thursday. James Rathbun's Hey Jude holds the top position with scores of 6,3,1 for 11 points. Bruce Stone's LouLou trails by one point in second place after tallying a 4,4,3. Stephen Phillips's Le Renard is in third with 12 points, earned from an 8,2,2 performance. Ken Colburn's Ghost netted 13 points for fourth place, and Cedric Lewis's Mirage has 14 points for fifth. Colburn, of Massachusetts, won the opening race of the championship, as Lewis and Damian Emery's Eclipse completed the top three. Emery, of New York, topped the fleet in race two, with Phillips and Rathbun behind him. Rathbun, of Toronto, won the day's final bout, with Phillips again in second and Stone in third. Winds on the Chesapeake Bay were between 12-14 knots, with some gusts and a 2-foot chop. Racing continues through Sunday for the 27 teams from Bermuda, Canada and the USA. Photos are available on the J/105 Facebook page, and complete results may be found at the   regatta website.

North American Championship Launches Thursday

North American Championship Launches Thursday

27 teams have descended upon Annapolis, Maryland for the 2013 J/105 North American Championship. Racing begins Thursday and runs through Sunday for the competitors from Bermuda, Canada and the USA. Keep up with the action on Twitter and on the regatta website.

International Masters Regatta

International Masters Regatta

Eleven teams from throughout the US and UK descended on the International Masters Regatta, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club on October 25-27. Sailing in equally matched J/105s, 11 races were held inside San Diego Bay, with local Chuck Nichols separating from the fleet to take the title. John Jennings was second with Rod Johnstone in third.    Regatta website

Manhasset Bay Fall Series

Manhasset Bay Fall Series

At the 35th Annual Manhasset Bay Yacht Club Fall Series from October 19-20 and 26, Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson on Conundrum scored all bullets to win the Series with 4 points. George and Alex Wilbanks on Revelation notched all seconds for 8 points and second place. Josh Burack's Peregrina placed third with 13 points.   Complete results

Bermuda J/105 Invitational Regatta, Sponsored by XL

Bermuda J/105 Invitational Regatta, Sponsored by XL

The Bermuda J/105 Class is preparing for the inaugural Bermuda J/105 Invitational Regatta, Sponsored by XL Group. Eight teams are lined up for the event to be held November 21-23. This event will bring together sailors from the USA, Canada, UK and Bermuda to form eight teams competing for the XL Trophy (Overall Series); the Bermuda Tourism Trophy (International Series); and the Goslings Trophy (Bermuda Series). Teams are made up of three international sailors and three Bermuda sailors who will sail together in each race. Races will be designated as Bermuda or International. The respective nominated helmsman shall helm for that race, and compete for either the Bermuda or International trophy, with all the team results counting towards the XL Trophy. This is the first time this format has been used. Participation in the event was quickly fully subscribed, being limited by the number of local boats, and there is much interest for an invitation for 2014. One of the Island's top Race Officers, Charles Tatem, will oversee the racing, and the event is hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Racing will take place in the Great Sound, with the first race getting underway shortly after 10am each day. A final fun race The Last Blast will round out the event.   Royal Bermuda YC website

Harvest Moon Regatta

Harvest Moon Regatta

(Thank you to Bee Bednar for this update.) Every October, a couple hundred boats of all varieties line up off Pleasure Pier in Galveston for Lakewood Yacht Club's 150-mile Harvest Moon Regatta race to Port Aransas, TX. This is a PHRF only race so sometimes how you finish is not always how you finished. For the first time in a number of years, the entry list included more then one J/105. In this case, three J/105s - Bee Bednar's Stinger (PHRF of 78), John Bell's Kinderspel2 and Greg Turman's Horny Toad (yes that is a real Texas toad, PHRF 87) - raced in the Bacardi PHRF Racing Fleet's PS-C class with the Viper 830 Rented Mule (PHRF 69). The Bacardi Fleet started downwind at 14:55 in cool and light 10-knot breezes out of about 10 degrees. As the evening progressed, the winds increased to the mid 20s, finally topping out at 28+ in the early morning light. Rented Mule took line honors with Stinger finishing in sixth place scratch. The two other J/105s finished about an hour after that. This was definitely a hot chute run and perfect for the Mule. Being able to fly the big 110 sq mt kite made the difference for Stinger's second place. Turman's Horny Toad finished third, and Bell's Kinderspel2 came in fourth. Stinger's maximum speed was 18.1 knots. Have no idea what the Mule's top speed was, but even with the smaller class kites, the other two 105s hit speeds above 14 knots. It's somewhat interesting to look at the overall finishes in the 21 boat racing fleet. Rented Mule was the first boat across the line followed quickly thereafter by a J/44, two J/120s, the Hobie 33 Soap Opera and Stinger. On corrected time, it appeared that the final overall finishing order would be Rented Mule, Soap Opera and Stinger. Well, that will teach us one design hardheads a thing or two! Rented Mule finished fourth and Stinger eighth overall. Nevertheless sailing under spinnakers under the big moon-lit skies and spectacular stars provided a beautiful environment for all races. The big party afterward is a big payoff for a long 20+ hour run. The ride back on Stinger turned out to be more then just interesting. After about four hours motoring toward Galveston, the winds picked up to around 5 knots so we decided to hoist the main to gain a bit more speed. This resulted in a few degrees of lean which of course none of us thought much about. About an hour later, a considerable amount of water in the port quarter berth made it a big deal. Stinger was taking on water though what is thought to be the upper rudder bearing. At that point along the Texas coast, there is no place to run. It took a little thinking to realize that the incoming water was actually due to the fact that because of the lean the rudder stock was under the water line. Flattening out the boat allowed the water to flow into the bilge where the auto pump flushed it out pretty quick. It also simultaneously stopped the incoming water flow. All movable weight was moved forward. Sailing somewhat fatter angles minimized the lean and significantly reduced the flow over the top of the rudder stock. Stinger safely returned home after a slow 29 hour trip. Moral of this story is: always check all potential leaks before you leave the dock on any kind of extended run. The leaking bearing is the result of not recognizing the full extent of damage due to hitting a submerged object some time prior to the race.   Regatta website

College Big Boat Regatta

College Big Boat Regatta

The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR) as it is officially known, run by the Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club, had an epic regatta this year. Over 300 college sailors hopped aboard 54 borrowed offshore boats to make this year's IOR the largest collegiate regatta in North America. Eleven J/105s were in the fleet. As a result of a stationary low, strong northeast winds blew for three days before the regatta as well as for the two days of racing, making conditions extreme, even for experienced Long Island Sound racers. After two races were sailed on the first day in winds blowing from 22-30 with higher gusts, the race committee sent the dwindling fleet back to the harbor in hopes of more benign conditions the next day. But the low pressure system still refused to budge and conditions remained the same. After a two-and-a-half hour harbor postponement, the RC called it quits and neither the owners of the borrowed boats nor the sailors thought it was a bad call. After two races, the standings were tight; three divisions were won by boats with two firsts and the other two divisions were won with scores of a first and a second. Picking an overall winner was impossible; therefore, the Paul Hoffman Trophy for the overall winner of the 2013 IOR went jointly to Georgetown and the College of Charleston. The Charleston team sailed on Austin Fragomen's J/105 Warlock. Each boat had the boat owner or his representative aboard as well as a second adult. The adults are encouraged to teach boat-speed, boat-handling and sail trim since much of big boat sailing is new to dinghy sailors. Since the regatta is a stand-alone event and is not used to rank the teams, the regatta organizers encourage teaching during the regatta. The only line that is drawn covers tactics. The college sailors call their own tactics since figuring out which way to go on the race course is universal to all sailboats.    Intercollegiate Offshore Race sailing information

Kestrel wins American Fall Series

Kestrel wins American Fall Series

Sean and Susan Doyle were victorious at the premier Long Island Sound fall regatta. Although never winning a race, consistency paid for Kestrel posting no worse than a fourth place during the 11 race two- weekend event. 16 boats competed with everyone else in the top five winning at least one race. George and Ann Wilbanks on Revelation and Damian Emery on Eclipse each had a strong regatta posting four firsts each to take second and third respectively. The top five rounded out with Paul Beaudin's Loulou fourth and Harald Edegran's Conundrum fifth. Fleet 6 is showing growth with two new boats on the line for this event.   Results

SoCal Championship

SoCal Championship

J Fest hosted by JK3 and San Diego Yacht Club sponsored by Ullman Sails saw four classes of J boats from the J/120s down to the new J/70s. The largest fleet this year was again the J/105s with 14 boats. The J/105s were double dipping the J Fest regatta by also hosting the SoCal Championships within the same regatta. Last year, the SoCal Champs were the weekend before the North American Championship also hosted by SDYC with 22 boats showing up to battle the kelp and winds off Pt. Loma. The first day of racing started with glassy conditions but soon saw winds to 16 knots and 85 degree sunny San Diego weather with a little twist. The usual steady San Diego breeze was shifty with velocity changes of 8 knots or more. The first race of the day saw several top boats getting high scores and several lead changes. Race two saw a 40-minute delay for the J/105s due to the shifty wind and the committee trying to get the course square. After the first day, the top 3 J/105s were Wings, Current Obsession 2, and Viggen, separated by one point. The second day brought on steady conditions but lighter overall wind under 12 knots. In the J/105s, Dennis Conner and Gary Mozer made significant comebacks from the slow start on Saturday with Mozer once again taking the top place on the podium followed by Wings and DC's Pholly.   Complete results

American Yacht Club Fall Series

American Yacht Club Fall Series

Sean Doyle is on top for weekend one of the American Yacht Club Fall Series. 19 boats are registered in the classic two-weekend event on Long Island Sound. Two days of beautiful weather with 8-12 knots of wind in challenging shifting conditions had the fleet working hard. This first weekend had six races with Doyle coming out on top, and five points separating the top four boats. Kestrel is follow by George Wilbanks on Revelation that put in a great day on Sunday to move up to second with a 1,5,1. Revelation is the only boat to put two wins on the board, with every other race won by a different boat. Damian Emery's Eclipse and Paul Beaudin's Loulou are third and fourth, respectively.    Current results

Rolex Big Boat Series

Rolex Big Boat Series

Just as the America's Cup finals did for two weeks before it, the Rolex Big Boat Serie (St. Francis Yacht Club's signature regatta) took over San Francisco Bay for four days of spirited racing this week (Thursday through Sunday, September 25-28), giving 107 teams in 10 classes the chance to enjoy stadium sailing at its finest. In fact, for 49 years the annual event has captured for its competitors the thrill of sailing in a famous venue with even more famous winds. Thus, there is always plenty of fast action for spectators to enjoy from multiple vantage points around the Bay, including St. Francis Yacht Club's own race deck, which serves as one end of the finish line in each day's final race. For Sunday's traditional Bay Tour finale (the single long race that wraps up each class's series and determines final winners) the fleet's final push to the finish was tame in comparison to previous days when boat speeds were jacked up by brisk breezes and a strong flood tide, but the end result was all that mattered. The J/105 Blackhawk, skippered by Scooter Simmons (Belvedere, CA), managed a sixth to maintain its lead in that class, and take home the Atlantic Perpetual Trophy. With 27 points in the seven-race series, Simmons topped Bruce Stone on Arbitrage (second place), Jason Woodley and Scott Whitney on Risk (third place), as well as the remaining J/105s in their 22-boat fleet.   Complete results

Quisset Round-the-Bay a Nail Biter

Quisset Round-the-Bay a Nail Biter

Results from the Quisset Round-the-Bay race (MA) are in, and the J/105s made it a one-design 1-2-3 finish. Mark Lindquist of the Beverly Yacht Club in his J/105 Sterling beat Eric Wagner of the Buzzards Yacht Club in his J/105 Dark 'n' Stormy by two minutes and 11 seconds in the long distance race September. 7. Lindquist finished at 04:24:14 to Wagner's 04:26:25. In third place was Matthew Schmitt, also of the Buzzards Yacht Club, in his J/105 Hardtack at 04:28:47.   Complete story

Star & Bar Regatta

Star & Bar Regatta

One of the all-time late summer sailing classics in the greater Puget Sound region that surrounds Seattle, Washington is the Star & Bar Regatta hosted by Seattle YC. The J/105s enjoyed some great one-design class racing with the top three teams, all hailing from CYC Seattle, having a very tight battle for the podium positions. In the end, it was Delirium sailed by Jerry Diercks that amassed a consistent scoreline of 2-2-1-2-1-DNF for 8 points net to take the gold. Second was Jubilee helmed by Erik Kristen that scored 3-1-2-3-3-1 for 10 points net. Consistent top finishes in the last three races brought Lorenzo Migliorini's Allegro Vivace into third position with a tally of 4-3-4-1-2-2 for 12 points net.   Star & Bar Regatta information

GBCA Rum Series

GBCA Rum Series

Galveston Bay Cruising Association's annual pursuit style Rum Race Series concluded on September 7 with the eighth and final race. The series traditionally begins near the end of May and finishes at the end of August or beginning of September. Racing is divided into non-spin, sprit-spin, non-sprit spin, single/double handed, and Club Cruising classes. Entrants in the Club Cruising Class enjoy having their PHRF ratings adjusted based on where they finish in each race. The new ratings are computed by the all powerful super chicken. This year saw some 60+ boats competing in these classes. Boats in the sprit-spin class included Melges 24s, 105s, 109s, 120s, 80s, J70s, a 122, a GP26, an FT10, and a Beneteau 47.7. After the smoke cleared, Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger eked out a third place overall behind a Melges 24 and the GP26. Click on the picture at left to see a larger version.

Stamford Vineyard Race

Stamford Vineyard Race

For those teams that sailed the shortest Seaflower Reef Course, the racing was close and there were two standout performances by J/105s sailing in separate PHRF divisions. Winning the PHRF Double-handed division was Carl Olsson's Morning Glory from Larchmont, NY. And, taking second in the PHRF 2 Racing division was David Spence's Synergy from Maplewood, NJ.   Complete information

J Cup Plymouth

J Cup Plymouth

With gusts close to 20 knots ripping through the race area in Plymouth Sound, the final day of the B&G J-Cup 2013, produced some ballistic action at the event hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club. It was a fitting end to another fabulous weekend of sailing - the sailors enjoyed near-perfect sailing conditions for most of the regatta, closing with an epic final day of sailing. In an extremely close J/105 class, just four points separated the top three boats at the final day of racing. A win for Chris Jones' Journeymaker in the final race, their third bullet of the regatta, was not enough to beat Andy Robert's Jin & Tonic, who never placed outside of the top two throughout the three days.   Complete information

Summer Keelboat

Summer Keelboat

The Summer Keelboat regatta took place at the San Francisco Yacht Club from August 17-18 with 20 J/105s. In the five races, Bruce Stone's Arbitrage tallied dominating scores of 2,1,1,5,1 for 10 points and the victory. Scooter Simmons' Blackhawk was the runner-up with 17 points, and Jeff Littfin's Mojo came in third with 21 points.   Complete results

Chicago Yacht Club Verve Cup

Chicago Yacht Club Verve Cup

Nine J/105s competed in the Verve Cup last weekend. Clark Pellett's Sealark won the event, followed by Vytis in second, and Here's Johnny in third in a primarily light air regatta. The weather was beautiful!   Full results

Swiftsure Regatta

Swiftsure Regatta

15 J/105s competed at the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta at St. Francis Yacht Club during the first weekend of August. Jeff Littfin & John Case won three races out of four on Mojo, earning the regatta victory with 8 points. Adam Spiegel's Jam Session placed second with 12 points. Just one point further back was Jason Woodley and Scott Whitney on Risk.   Complete results

LYC Bay Cup II

LYC Bay Cup II

Under hot Texas skies, the second race of Lakewood Yacht Club's Bay Cup Series was completed on August 10. Beginning in Trinity Bay, crossing the Houston Ship Channel, and finishing near the Clear Lake entrance in Galveston Bay, this race totaled some 17.56 nautical miles. Winds from ESE in the 8-9 knot range at the start gradually increased to 15-17 knots SSE at the finish. Bee Bednar's Stinger and Uzi Ozeri's Infinity were the only two J/105s entered. Competitors included a Melges 24, Viper 640, J/70, two J/109s, 1D35, Beneteaux 44.7, J/24, and a J/22 divided into two PHRF classes. After the smoke cleared, Bee Bednar's Stinger hung on to second place between the Melges and the Viper in PHRF A.

Annapolis Race Week

Annapolis Race Week

15 J/105s took to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for Annapolis Race Week over the Labor Day holiday. Gearing up for next month's North American Championship, also hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club, the fleet lodged six races, with Hugh Bethell's Jester winning the division. The team finished with 14 points after scores of 1,3,2,1,5,2. Cedric Lewis on Mirage was three points behind with 17, including three bullets, and Carl & Scott Gitchell's Tenacious was third with 30 points.   Complete results

Texas Offshore Racing Circuit

Texas Offshore Racing Circuit

The Texas Offshore Racing Circuit (TORC) concluded on July 26 with Galveston Bay Cruising Association's Texas Race Week (TRW) offshore Galveston. In addition to TRW, the TORC consists of two offshore distance races each of approximately 90 miles. Winds ranged from 5-15 on Thursday to Saturday's 12-19. Surprisingly the weather was not as hot as usual so the sailing was fabulous. The TRW spinnaker fleet included two J/105s, two J/109s, a Melges 32, an Olsen 30, a Navy 44, and an Express 37. After three full days of racing, Brian Uffelman's J/105 Avici took first with a spectacular 2,1,1 followed by Steve Ryan's Melges 32 Mojo in second with 1,2,4, and Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger in third with 3,4,3. Having participated in the entire TORC, Avici, Stinger and the J/109 Airborne were the only boats competing for the Texas Navy Trophy. Brian Uffelman's Avici finished first, Bee Bednar's Stinger second and Dave Christiansen's Airborne third.

Ugotta Regatta

Ugotta Regatta

The Ugotta Regatta, sponsored by Credit Suisse, took place from July 26-28 at Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Spring, MI. Six J/105s competed. For the tour of bay on Saturday, the course was 18 miles under overcast skies with variable winds building to 18 knots over 4 hours. Mac/Bayview winner Perydactal (Mark Symonds) participated. Why not do the 2 Mac races and finish buoy racing in Harbor Springs? Little Traverse Sailors, a boat of primarily junior sailors came in second, showing that the J/105 is a great boat for juniors to compete in high end regattas. Carter Williams' Creative Destruction won the J/105 division, and was overall winner for regatta (beating out Wind quest, J/111s, Gl70s, Melges, etc.). This was the first time a J/105 won the entire regatta.   Complete results

Marblehead NOOD

Marblehead NOOD

Robert Slattery's Ghost tallied a perfect six bullets in six scored races (dropping a fifth in race 4) to dominate the 19-boat J/105 fleet at the Marblehead NOOD over the weekend. Fred deNapoli's Allegro Semplicita placed second with 21 points. 2012 winner Charlie Garrard on Merlin rounded out the top three with 26.   Complete results

Rockland Castine Regatta

Rockland Castine Regatta

Two great days of racing took place this past weekend at the 3rd Annual Rockland Castine Regatta hosted by Rockland Yacht Club. In all 32 boats made it to the line for the start on both days. There were two cruising classes, three racing classes, a shorthanded division, and a multihull division each sailing a 20 mile course, to and from, Rockland and Castine Harbors. Day one was the sleigh ride to Castine with a 10-20 knot WSW breeze that was reasonably consistent throughout the race. Keemah, the J/105 owned by Don Logan, in racing class two was the second boat to finish. It was not the day for the big boats as they were never able to catch all the way up to most of the smaller boats. Day 2 would be another story completely. Day two started off with a whimper and finished off with a bang. The weather intelligence provided the race committee with a forecast for some wind although it didn't look like it just after the starting sequence had begun. A nice 5 knot northerly filled just outside Castine harbor, and the race committee anxiously started the race on time. However, that wind proved to be a fluke and very light air commenced for the rest of the starting sequence. Luckily a nice 1 knot+ outgoing current kept most of the boats moving toward the goal of Rockland harbor while the whole fleet waited for a southwesterly wind to fill for a great upwind leg back home. The wind did fill to about 10-15 knots and provided some large oscillations between 200 degrees and 250 degrees during the race. The boats that hit the shifts just right each time made huge gains, however, if you got caught on the wrong side it was hard to recover. The shifts only took place every 40 minutes or so, which created a wait and see, patience game. The outgoing current meant that you didn't need to go to a shore but boats would go to each side of the course and create some major leverage of about 1-2 miles at times. The larger boats were able to catch up with the fleet on day two. Keemah won the overall by 1 minute and 35 seconds. Congratulations to Keemah and Don Logan's crew on a second consecutive overall win of the Rockland Castine Regatta.   Rockland Castine Regatta sailing information

Edgartown Week & Round Island

Edgartown Week & Round Island

After notching only eight knots of breeze on opening day (July 18), Edgartown Yacht Club's three-day Race Week cranked into high gear for a subsequent two days of action, loading up 25 teams with 20 knots of breeze for a second day of the event's Big Boat Buoy Races and giving 62 teams an exhilarating run for their money in 25 knots plus during the 54.7 nautical mile Round-the-Island Race, which was scored separately and comprised the final day of racing (July 20). Sailing in Class 3 PHRF in the BBBR and in Class 4 in the Round Island was the J/105 Dark'n'Stormy sailed by Ned Joyce from Buzzards Bay YC. "In the light air, after the first day, we were in last place overall," said Ned Joyce (Cataumet, MA), who won PHRF B class in the Big Boat Buoy Races with his J/105 Dark'n'Stormy, "but in the heavy air we turned in three first-place finishes to win. That's what we are more used to having on Buzzards Bay where we usually sail." Joyce went on to win his class in the Round-the-Island Race, making him one of only two racers to claim victory in both of the weekend's double-header events.    Edgartown Yacht Club website

Fiesta Cup

Fiesta Cup

The 7th annual Fiesta Cup took place on July 20-21 at Santa Barbara Yacht Club with eight J/105s participating. Tight racing ensued over the six-race series, but Rick Goebel's Sanity took top honors with 19 points. Just four points separated the top four, with Alex Bernal/Tedd White's Free Enterprise in second (21 points), Larry Harteck's Repeat Offender in third (22 points), and Steve Howell's Blink! in fourth (23 points).   Complete results

J/105 Invitational Regatta

J/105 Invitational Regatta

This past weekend the San Francisco J/105 fleet was treated to its own race course on the Berkeley Circle courtesy of Sausalito YC. SYC has been running the event for J/105s-only for years between Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. However, with all the America's Cup hoopla going on, SYC wisely moved the event to the Berkeley Circle to avoid having J/105s sliced in half by 50 kt 72-foot AC catamarans careening out of control. On Saturday, the winds started at 15 kt, quickly grew to a consistent 30-32 kts, and even hit 50 kts after racing was over and folks were motoring home in their boats across San Francisco Bay! Scooter Simmons' Blackhawk dominated the first day of racing with a fourth and two bullets, while Bruce Stone and the team on Arbitrage were just three points behind with a 2-4-3. Jeff Littfin's Mojo and Phil Laby's Godot were tied for third a couple more points back, so with such a closely bunched crowd, the regatta was anyone's to win going into Sunday. As has often been the case with the SF J/105s, whatever happened on Saturday would have little bearing on the outcomes for Sunday to determine the final winners. Arbitrage was called over early in the first race. Nevertheless, Stone's team clawed their way back for a hard-earned second. In the last race, the Arbitrage team turned in another consistent race, finishing third, to claim the top spot on the podium despite no bullets. Littfin's Mojo took second and Laby's Godot third. Past regatta winner Risk (Jason Woodley & Scott Whitney) secured fourth, while early regatta leader Simmons' Blackhawk slid down to fifth place; much of that could be attributed to that fact they sailed a borrowed boat on Sunday after their own boat blew-up the jib roller due to Saturday's heavy winds. According to Stone, "Steering was quite difficult both days, and big gains were made switching gears. Nicole Breault, our main trimmer and tactician, worked really hard to keep us moving from normal trim into footing mode to punch through the significant chop and get into the next shift. Since we cross sheet, she had the jib at hand and was able to work both main and jib all the way up the race course. We feel this made a huge difference in our performance."   Sausalito YC J/105 Invite sailing information

Bayview Mackinac Race

Bayview Mackinac Race

Closure has come to the Bayview Mackinac Race, which had 221 starters on July 20 with only 12 retirees. Seven J/105s joined in on the journey. The J/105s saw a two-peat take place in their midst, with past race winner Pterodactyl skippered by Mary Symonds finishing late Sunday night to win by only two minutes. Chasing them hard the entire race was Good Lookin sailed by Dean and Lana Walsh. Just seven minutes back from them in third position was Snake Oil skippered by Don Harthorn. The rest of the top five include Windshadow sailed by Jim Murphy in fourth and Rampage led by Matt Haglund in fifth.   Finishes

Whidbey Island Race Week

Whidbey Island Race Week

71 teams competed at Whidbey Island Race Week in 10 one design and PHRF fleets. Racing out of Oak Harbor, WA was held July 15-19, with a perfect scoreline of all bullets posted in the J/105 fleet (Jerry Diercks). Diercks on Delirium won Boat of the Week with 11 straight bullets and solid crew work. In the six-boat J/105 class, James Geros on Last Tango finished second with 26 points, and Matthew Gardner-Brown in third with 37 points.   Regatta website

Conundrum Wins 115th Larchmont Race Week

Conundrum Wins 115th Larchmont Race Week

Conundrum bested the nine-boat field in the 115th running of Larchmont Race Week. It took the final leg of the ten-race series to decide the outcome. The last race began with Damian Emery's Eclipse holding on to a one-point lead as well as the tiebreaker advantage with four race victories to two for Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson's team on Conundrum. That meant Conundrum not only needed to beat Eclipse, but also put a boat between them. The drama started early in the final race, when both Eclipse and Conundrum were OCS at the gun. The two boats were vying for position at the pin end and the call from the race committee came instantly, so both competitors were able to circle back and restart quickly. By the weather mark, the two J/105s had climbed into the top five with Eclipse slightly ahead. But the downwind leg turned into a challenging one. Rather than moving clockwise as expected, the wind went the other way and favored boats that got to the starboard jibe layline in the bottom third of the leg. Covering was also tricky in the lumpy and light conditions. Conundrum seized the opportunity brought on by the unexpected shift, and shot ahead of Eclipse. The upwind beat was a parade to the right side with Conundrum rounding in third and Eclipse in fourth. Conundrum set off downwind still needing to put one boat between it and Eclipse. It was flying a new Doyle spinnaker Edegran and Henderson had just purchased from Paul Beaudin, whose Loulou was just ahead in second place. Loulou was flying a 2011 chute. Conundrum's sail investment appeared to pay off as it gradually caught and passed loulou (despite shouts of tactical advice for loulou from the crew on Eclipse). Conundrum crossed the finish line with its fourth consecutive second place; Eclipse was fourth. "We tried to hold them off but just couldn't do it," Beaudin said afterward. George and Alex Wilbanks won the final two races on Revelation to move into third for the regatta. Fourth went to Beaudin on loulou, and fifth to the American Yacht Club junior sailors sailing with Peter Becker on Young American. When the day began, Conundrum's Edegran was overheard hoping for just enough wind for two races but not so much to eliminate the chance for some fluky shifts. His wish was granted.   Complete results

Chicago to Mackinac Race

Chicago to Mackinac Race

There was nothing quick about getting to the finish line in the extreme light wind conditions sailors faced in the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot. In the 333-mile invitation-only race from Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac Island, there were 301 boats and 2,472 crew registered for this year's race. Winning the Mackinac Cup Division was Providence, an Ericson 35 owned by Jerry and Greg Miarecki of the Chicago YC. Providence won the division with a corrected time of 57:16:27. This division included boats from Sections 5-8, Beneteau 36.7, J/105 and Tartan 10. The J/105s had the largest J/One-Design fleet with 16 boats participating. Topping the fleet was the 2012 Bayview Mac winner, Mary Symond's Pterodactyl from Grosse Point YC. Top local Chicago boat was Mike Tuman's Striking in second followed by Clark Pellett's team on Sealark in third, Mark Gurney's Buzz in fourth and John Moore's Here's Johnny in fifth.   Results by division

Cowes Week 2013

Cowes Week 2013

With seven boats, the J/105s enjoyed some spirited racing and a past class winner again rose to the top to take class honors at Cowes Week 2013. Winning three of the six races was Fiona & Malcolm Thorpe's beautiful navy blue King Louie, netting 10 points in the end to win class. Never far off the pace and well within striking distance to the end was Charles Nicholson and Neil McGrigor's Jin & Tonic, taking second overall with 13 pooints. Chris Jones Journeymaker 5 snagged the bronze in class. Finally, taking fourth was Jacana (Paul Wood) and fifth was Jos Of Hamble sailed by the honourable Professor Roger Williams.   Regatta Website

J/105 in Transpac Race

J/105 in Transpac Race

This years Transpac Race from Long Beach, California to Honolulu includes the J/105 Creative owned by Ed Sanford. Creative was in the first start July 8 and is doing very well after two and a half days. Currently his fleet is closely bunched, but on a handicap basis Creative is in the lead. Since the start, the fleet has been jib reaching in 10-12 kts winds. Soon the fleet will be spinnaker reaching where the J/105 excels. The faster boats start July 11 and July 13 at 13:00. This race is too early to predict but considering the good start this first fleet got, they my never be caught so stay tuned! Creative is carrying a code zero and a masthead spinnaker.   Track the progress

Long Beach Race Week

Long Beach Race Week

Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week brought broken hearts to some but a happy daze to others in a wild windup to the West Coast's largest keelboat regatta Sunday, co-hosted by the adjacent Long Beach and Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs. Gary Mozer on Current Obsession 2 swept the first six races in the seven-boat J/105 fleet and sat out the seventh race, giving him 14 total points. Rick Goebel's Sanity placed second with 22 points, and Scott McDaniel's Off the Porch was third with 23 points.    Complete report and results

Emery Wins Block Island No XXV

Emery Wins Block Island No XXV

Fog was the sub plot at the 25th biannual running of the Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week. There was so much of it and it was so thick, that had it been gasoline vapors a single match strike would have annihilated the North East and there would have been nothing Brad Pitt or Superman could have done about it. Fog prevented racing entirely on Thursday and lifted just enough for one race on Friday. As the mist cleared, Damian Emery once again jumped out in front, leading the fleet to the left corner to put an exclamation point on a resounding regatta victory. Emery racked up just ten points in seven races and failed to win only two. Bruce Stone also sailed an excellent regatta, skippering Paul Beaudin's Loulou with Beaudin on the bow. But Loulou amassed 18 points and had to settle for second. James MacDonald sailed his Bermuda based Distant Passion to third. He was followed in fourth by Jordan Mindich on Shakedown and Fred Darlington on Tonto in fifth. Emery and crew were awarded the Everett Morris Memorial Trophy for the Best Overall Performance at Block Island Race Week XXV.    Complete results

Block Island Report: Emery in Command

Block Island Report: Emery in Command

Damian Emery has Eclipse back (following some Hurricane Sandy damage), and he and his team appear to be sailing it faster than ever. Eclipse captured the first three races of the 25th Block Island Race Week and stands in first with just three points and a six-point lead over second-place James MacDonald on Distant Passion. Emery narrowly won the first race, holding a slim lead over Bruce Stone on loulou throughout the entire contest. In the second race on Monday, Eclipse took off to the right side of the course for a second time and built a huge lead. He went right again in the third contest on Tuesday and held his lead over all challengers in a quasi-bizarre around the island race. The distance race was weird for two reasons. The first was an unusual convergence zone on the back side of the island that seemed to randomly deal out wind cards. This happened at the same time that the J/105s were surrounded by other fleets of varying sizes and speeds. The second was that the race committee finished the J/105s and other fleets early, before the full island circumnavigation was completed. The RC did so despite a building wind (around 18 knots at the finish), despite that it was still early on a beautiful sunny day, despite that the next leg was a beat, and despite that all boats had to finish sailing all of the way around the island to get back to New Harbor anyway. MacDonald sailed a smart race in the face of these factors to finish second behind Emery and move into second place in the standings one point ahead of Stone. Loulou's race was indicative of the conditions that faced competitors. Over early at the start, loulou gradually clawed back into contention, only to sail into a low pressure zone near the end of the first beat. Loulou rounded the weather mark in ninth, then caught a gust of wind that carried it past three boats in the convergence zone, bringing it into sixth at the finish and third place in the overall standings with 10 points. The 14 J/105s participating at this year's Block Island Race Week still have three more days of racing and a promise of further interesting competitive episodes.    Full standings

Bill Volk Regatta

Bill Volk Regatta

Five J/105s participated in the Bill Volk Regatta & RAINE Cup at Keyport Yacht Club in Keyport, NJ from June 22-23. Paul Zajac's Skal took top honors with tallies of 1,2,1 for four points. Mark van Schalkwyk's Circe was just one point back in second, also with impressive scores of 2,1,2. David Spence's Synergy placed third with 10 points.   Complete results

Houston Yacht Club Leukemia Regatta

Houston Yacht Club Leukemia Regatta

Five J/105s competed in Houston Yacht Club's annual Leukemia Cup Regatta. The hot Texas sun and high temperatures created 12-16 knot breezes that made for some exciting and extremely close racing. Five points separated the leaders from the followers after three five-leg races. It was clearly anyone's regatta. The last two races on Sunday in similar conditions saw Mark Young's Killer Rabbit finish 6 feet ahead of Bee Bednar's Stinger to take first place honors. Mark Smith and Marion V finished in third place.   Houston YC website

Cleveland Race Week

Cleveland Race Week

71 one-design boats invaded Cleveland Race Week at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio from June 14-16. Seven fleets competed, including 5 J/105s. Light and inconsistent breeze on Saturday allowed only the J/105s to complete a race. Sunday dawned with winds between 14-16 knots, and all fleets were able to run three races. Mindy Sminchak on It made it a perfect weekend with a line of 1-1-1-1 for just 4 total points. They also won their division in the Offshore PHRF Series which ran June 20-23.   Complete results

Doyles Win NYYC Annual Regatta

Doyles Win NYYC Annual Regatta

Sean and Susan Doyle won a closely contested New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta. Only five J/105s participated, but the competition was first rate and the racing extremely tight, with numerous position changes. In almost every race, the winner was decided moments before the line. The top four boats finished with 11 points, 12 points, 13 points, and 14 points for the five race series. The Doyle's Kestrel won two of the races, as did Mark and Jolene Masur on Two Feathers, who led after the first day of racing. But Kestrel took a 1st and a 3rd on the second day, while Two Feathers had less luck. Fred Darlington's Tonto finished the 159th annual NYYC event in second, Two Feathers was third, John and Marisa Koten's Planet Claire fourth, and Ned Joyce's Dark n Stormy fifth.   Full report

Susan Hood Trophy Race

Susan Hood Trophy Race

Every year, the western Lake Ontario offshore yacht racing fleet looks forward to what many consider to be the start of their offshore sailing season - the 76 nm overnight race called the Susan Hood Trophy Race held on Memorial Day weekend and hosted by Port Credit YC. In PHRF 3 class, the J/105s took first and second with Mandate (Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer) winning by nearly an hour and a half over Belles & Whistles (Gordon McIquham). Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer on the Mandate from Royal Canadian YC in Toronto were one of those yachts that won their division with a finishing time of 0:12:35:29 over 30 minutes ahead of the next J/105, making them this year's Susan Hood Trophy Race Cup Overall Winners.   Regatta website

SailMaine Shakedown Regatta

SailMaine Shakedown Regatta

The Annual SailMaine Shakedown Regatta was held under the threat of the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea, which cleared through the area well before the delayed captain's meeting and first gun. PRO Ted Smith and Race Committee Boat host Dave Gooch set a short course in 18 knots of northwesterly breeze for a brisk first race. The breeze persistently backed and diminished throughout the day, but some longer courses were set to challenge the sailors. In the A division, it was a battle throughout the regatta that included Keemah, Don Logan's J/105 helmed by Stephanie Helms. With two firsts in the final two races, Team Keemah captured the division and the overall trophy for the regatta.   Regatta website

Leukemia Cup

Leukemia Cup

Eastport YC and Annapolis YC co-hosted the 21st annual Leukemia Cup regatta in Maryland. More than 100 boats were out there supporting this cause. The racing was held on a very sunny, 70-degree day with 10-15 knots of breeze. Perfect conditions on the water for sailing, except for the 2 knots of current that plagued the fleet much of the afternoon. Scott Gitchell bested 11-boats and took top honors in the J/105 class on Tenacious.    Website

June Invitational Regatta

June Invitational Regatta

17 J/105s participated at the Invitational Regatta at San Francisco Yacht Club from June 8-9. Jason Woodley/Scott Whitney raced Risk to the top of the pack with 11 points and a line of 2,1,1,5,2. After the five races, Phillip Laby's Godot trailed in second with 18 points, and Bruce Stone's Arbitrage rounded out the top three with 24 points.   Complete Results

Chicago NOOD

Chicago NOOD

Wind, waves and sunshine greeted competitors on day 1 of the Chicago NOOD over the weekend. While conditions calmed down on day 2, it was a beautiful weekend of racing in the nine-boat J/105 fleet. Clark Pellett's Sealark snagged the victory with 22 points in seven races. Michael Tuman's Striking was two-points back in second, and John Moore's Here's Johnny finished just one more point behind him with 25 points.   Complete results

Cal Race Week

Cal Race Week

It was a clean sweep for Gary Mozer at Cal Race Week. With 5 wins in 5 races, Current Obsession 2 took the victory in the seven-boat J/105 fleet. Rick Goebel's Sanity was runner-up with 10 points, and Rich Bergmann's Zuni Bear placed third with 19.   Complete results

Cedar Point One Design Regatta

Cedar Point One Design Regatta

The racing was ultra tight at the Cedar Point One Design Regatta at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT over the weekend. Only three points separated first through fourth, but Kevin Grainger's Gumption3 came out on top with 14 points. In the 14-boat J/105 fleet, seven races took place. Damian Emery's Eclipse was just one point back in second, and there was a tie on points for the next spots between Harald Edegran/Jeremy Henderson's Conundrum and Paul Beaudin's loulou (17 points).   Complete results

Swiftsure Classic in Victoria, BC

Swiftsure Classic in Victoria, BC

In the Cape Flattery Race, Lorenzo Migliorini's Allegro Vivace was first in class, first division and first overall in the toughest class with 59 entrants. Perhaps even more impressive was that fact that the whole race was light air with only five minutes of spinnaker work on a J/105, yet they were still able to win overall.   Regatta website

FIGAWI Race

FIGAWI Race

This year's famous FIGAWI race was perhaps one for the record books. It was wild, wet, cold, rainy and windy. The several thousand sailors in the race faced the same conditions as many of their sailing friends who were participating in the Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race just a bit further east of Nantucket - powerful NNW winds of 15-25 kts and mountainous seas drove the fleet fast across Nantucket Sound from Hyannis to Nantucket in an epic, wet and windy roller-coaster ride. Of the 210 boats that registered, about 75 percent of them completed the race due to the crazy conditions. The pursuit-style race with quartering seas and winds were fun conditions for most of the teams planing and surfing like mad all the way across Nantucket Sound. In Division S were lumped all the fast asymmetric spinnaker sprit boats, with 13 boats vying. First boat home was the J/105 Dark'n'Stormy sailed by Andrew Reservitz.    Regatta website

Aldo Alessio

Aldo Alessio

18 J/105s competed at the Aldo Alessio Perpetual Trophy Regatta at St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco) over the weekend. It was tight racing amongst the leaders, but Bruce Stone's Arbitrage took the victory with 16 points in the five-race series. Adam Spiegel's Jam Session was close behind at 18 points, as well as Scooter Simmons' Blackhawk with 19.5. Two teams tied on points for the following places-Jason Woodley & Scott Whitney on Risk and the Donkey Jack group of Shannon Ryan, Rolf Kaiser & Steve Kleha (both with 21 points).   Complete results

Lakewood Yacht Club’s Shoe

Lakewood Yacht Club's Shoe

Lakewood Yacht Club's Annual Shoe Regatta was held May 18 and 19 on beautiful Galveston Bay. The big bright Texas sun and moderate temperatures brought forth SSE winds in the 15-20 knot range with a few gusts to 26. Five J/105s battled it out in sometimes difficult but extremely close racing. The five competitors frequently finished within seconds of each other. Bill Lackenmacher's Radiance held on to first place throughout the regatta finishing with 2,2,1,2,2,1,2. Monty Python's Killer Rabbit, OOPS that's Mark Young's Killer Rabbit finished second with 1,1,4,4,1,2,3 followed by Bee Bednar's Stinger with 3,3,2,1,3,5,1.   Lakewood YC website

3rd Annual Manhattan Regatta May 18-19

3rd Annual Manhattan Regatta May 18-19

Despite the fact that several Fleet 10 J/105s are still on the hard due to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, this year's Manhattan Regatta was still able to sustain its reputation as an exciting and challenging event for J/105s in the NY/NJ metro area. 8-10kt winds on Saturday and 10-15kt winds on Sunday gave seven teams enough power to push their J/105s around NY Harbor and tolerate the soaking rain. And as always, the currents, ferries and barges did not disappoint. Paul Beaudin's loulou won the coveted Libby award with finishes of 1-1-3-1-1-2. Planet Claire, helmed by John Koten, finished second and Dave Spence's Synergy grabbed third. Marcus Wunderlich's Stratos showed a much stronger second day with a couple of thirds and second place finish, but not enough to break their 24pt tie with Circe, whose bullet on Saturday gave them the decision and a fourth place finish. Though on paper the scores seem pretty consistent, the reality was anything but. Many legs of the windward/leeward courses saw several place changes across the entire fleet. And everyone, especially the winners, had their share of mishaps, including swamped spinnakers and hitting marks. As one racer noted, "This is the regatta that reminds you all the things you forgot over the winter."   Complete results

Seattle NOOD

Seattle NOOD

Jerry Diercks repeated as Seattle NOOD J/105 champion over the weekend. Diercks raced Delirium to all top-three finishes in the 12 races, including six bullets, for 19 overall points. Erik Kristen's Jubilee tallied an impression line as well, with four race victories, to total 29 points and second place. Eric Hopper's Free Bowl of Soup placed third with 38 points. Seven J/105s competed.   Complete results

Oregon Offshore

Oregon Offshore

J/105 #519 Free Bowl of Soup, out of Portland, Oregon, was fifth to finish, placing first in PHRF B and seventh overall in the Oregon Offshore. This was the 37th annual running of the Oregon Offshore 193 mile race from Astoria, Oregon to Victoria, BC as a feeder to the International Swiftsure. This year was true to form with variable conditions consisting of no wind to the upper 20s for some boats (though Free Bowl of Soup never saw anything over 18kts). The race started at 10:05am Thursday in remarkably nice conditions of 10-12kts out of the North. The wind built throughout the afternoon, also clocking a bit West creating some steep seas, before finally dying to almost nothing in the morning. The next day was light and variable until getting around Cape Flattery and past Neah Bay. Inside the Straits of Juan de Fuca, they had a nice midnight broad reach with speeds from 9-11.4 kts for several hours. At daylight, the wind backed and eventually shut down creating a challenging fight against the fading ebbing tide. Free Bowl of Soup was lucky to ride the beginning of the flood tide near Sooke through Race Passage in virtually no wind. Finally, they caught a new 7-8kt Southeasterly that brought them into Victoria at 4:10pm Saturday afternoon. The J/105 is a great versatile boat and handles offshore conditions quite well. Their sail inventory consisted of class jib, main, and spinnaker supplemented by a light air reaching 1A, a light air running AP, a heavy air reaching kite (not used) and a daisy staysail. They sailed with four crew this year, which was nice for space, but another set of hands would have been nice periodically, particularly downwind. They look forward to switching into One-Design for the Seattle NOOD. The main items that will come off consist of the life raft (strapped on in front of the mast), emergency rudder, Man-Overboard-Module (MOM), ditch bag w/EPIRB, jack lines, gimbaled propane burner, and lee cloths.   More info and complete results

Revelation Repeats as AYC Spring Champ

Revelation Repeats as AYC Spring Champ

Revelation wrapped up its second consecutive American Yacht Club Spring Championship with finishes of 2-3-4-9-1 over the second weekend of the 11-race regatta. George and Alex Wilbanks started Saturday in second place, but their team moved into the lead by making fewer mistakes than the competition. Sean and Susan Doyle matched Revelation's three race victories with three of their own in the 14-boat fleet. But Kestrel finished 10th twice and had to count one of them in the series that only allowed one discard. That accounted for much of the nine-point difference that separated the two boats in the event. Paul Beaudin came on strong the final weekend. His loulou won two races and moved up to third. Harald Edegran and Jermey Henderson finished fourth aboard Conundrum, while Kevin Grainger finished fifth on Gumption3. Conundrum and Gumption3 both won one race, as did Carl Olsson's Morning Glory. The top 12 boats in the event all had at least one finish of 5th or better in the changing conditions.   Complete results

Annapolis NOOD

Annapolis NOOD

18 J/105s competed in this weekend's Annapolis NOOD, which is the same host as the 2013 J/105 North American Championship. Cedric Lewis and Fredrik Salvesen took Mirage to the victory with 33 points. Also the winners in 2011, they tallied a line of 5,2,9,2,1,8,5,1 to beat the MBE Syndicate of Marty Hublitz, Bobby Marinelli and Eddie Hornick on Veloce who totaled 45 points. Jim Konigsberg's Inigo placed third with 52 points. Eight races were completed in all, with Friday as the nicest day of breeze around 15 knots. For Saturday and Sunday, the winds began around 10-12, but decreased and became shifty with choppy seas.   Complete results

Tequila Storm Hits San Diego

Tequila Storm Hits San Diego

The typically sleepy sailing conditions of San Diego got hit by a tequila storm for the annual Yachting Cup, with 20+ knots on Saturday preceding the Cinco de Mayo party that night. Amid stories of torn sails and broken boats, there were 83 boats competing in 10 PHRF and one-design classes. Winning the Scuttlebutt Sailing Club overall crown was Dave Vieregg's Triple Play team, which took the title in the 13-boat J/105 class.    Complete results

Doyles Lead Halfway Through AYC Spring

Doyles Lead Halfway Through AYC Spring

Sean and Susan Doyle are at the top of the leaderboard midway through the American Yacht Club's Spring series. Their Kestrel posted finishes of 2-2-4 on Saturday and then came back with a 2-1-1 on Sunday. The performance left them with 8 points counting one throw-out at the halfway point of the regatta. One might think that recording only eight points in six races would have left Sean and Susan with a wide lead. It did not. Hot on their heels with just 9 points are the veteran J/105 sailors from Cedar Point, George and Alex Wilbanks, on board Revelation. Their finishes: 6-1-3 and 1-2-2. That one point difference between the Doyle and Wilbanks teams on Sunday is the difference so far in the event. Kevin Grainger, winner of the third race on Saturday, stands in third with 14 points. Tied for fourth: the new AYC junior team sailing Kincsem and Harald Edegran/Jeremey Henderson aboard Conundrum. Thirteen boats raced in the 105 class, which has the largest one-design turnout at the event. The racers all got beautiful weather for the season opening weekend, with warm temperatures and plenty of wind to sail six races. The event concludes next weekend.   Complete results

Race for the Case

Race for the Case

The Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club Spring Series Race for the Case is less than 3 weeks off. Entry is now available.   Sign-up early

Houston Yacht Club’s Reach Down the Beach

Houston Yacht Club's Reach Down the Beach

Houston Yacht Club's second annual Reach Down the Beach from Galveston to Freeport (40 nm) was held on April 25. Two J/105s signed up but only one showed up and finished. Bee Bednar's Stinger took line honors about 30 minutes ahead of a J/120. That elapsed time also resulted in first overall. Average wind backed and veered around 105 degrees providing a 120 TWA resulting in an average overall speed of approximated 8.2 knots. Surprisingly the most interesting part of this race was yet to come. As Stinger neared the Freeport City Marina, she was stopped by two Coast Guard ribs with mounted and manned 50 caliber machine guns. The Coasties had established a 1000 foot security zone around a compressed national gas tanker that was poised to exit the channel. Their ribs were making sure that no one came withing 1000 feet of that boat. As Stinger circled, the larger of the two ribs came up and asked what Stinger's intentions were. Stinger responded by saying that she was heading to the Freeport Marina. That produced an escort, in the narrow channel, by the smaller rib allowing Stinger to safely pass the tanker. Interestingly, the Coastie manning the 50 cal was a 20+ year old young lady. Seeing that she had both hands on the 50 cal, Stinger figured the best option was to keep very clear.

Houston Yacht Club Offshore

Houston Yacht Club Offshore

The Houston Yacht Club's annual offshore triangle is part of Texas Offshore Race Week. It is one of a three-part series required to win the Texas Navy Trophy. The eight yachts competing in the spinnaker class included two J/105s, a J/109, a J/120, a Beneteau 44.7, a Beneteau 36.7, a Macgregor 65 and a Contessa 34. Bee Bednar's Stinger finished in second just behind the J/109. Except for the care required to get to the start, the race was unremarkable in that it was basically a parade from the start to the finish. Another big compressed natural gas tanker required the RC to postpone the start in order to allow sufficient time for all of the spinnaker boats to arrive at the starting line.

Grand Slam Wins Chile J/105 Nationals

Grand Slam Wins Chile J/105 Nationals

For two consecutive weekends of April (6-7th and 13-14th), the fleet of 18 J/105s sailed on the beautiful waters in the Bay of Algarrobo, competing for top honors in the Chilean J/105 fleet's first National Championship. Both weekends had a great wind conditions for sailing, between 10 and 15 knots from the southwest - the best local wind - and gently rolling offshore swell in excess of 6.5 feet. Teams that could master good upwind speed and turn the top mark and make use of the great surfing conditions often made significant gains on their competitors. From the beginning, it was clear that three teams were battling for the podium and dominated the regatta. However, notably five boats won races in the nine race event, and 13 of the 18 boats (nearly 75 percent of the fleet) posted top five scores in their overall records. That's a wonderful indicator of good, close, competitive racing to have the kind of scoring distribution across the fleet. In the end, Patricio Seguel's team on Grand Slam were declared Chile''s first J/105 National Champions. They managed to hold off their two closest competitors and after two discard races, scored all top three finishes for a total of 13 net pts. Scoring two firsts and two seconds was not enough to chase down the leader for Miguel Salas' team on Big Booty, ending up with 19 net pts to secure a well-deserved second overall. Chasing both teams was Vernon Robert's Arachimides, themselves also counting two firsts and a second in their scoreline, but not enough to catch the others with a 22 pts net for the regatta. Rounding out the top five were Pedro Perez's Recluta with 28 pts net in fourth place and in fifth was Daniel Gonzalez's crew on Tricalma with 31 pts. The J/105 was introduced in Algarrobo, Chile 17 years ago with a few units, and at the end of 2010 the class was launched by Algarrobo Yacht Club members. Nowadays there are more than 25 boats in the central part of Chilean Coast. As a result of that effort and passionate enthusiasm by Chilean sailors, the J/105 class has become the principal family-fun, one-design yacht in Chile. The fleet will meet again on May 11-12 in Vina del Mar for the Chilean Navy Day Celebration, locally known as Glorias Navales, where many classes join together to celebrate the event.   More Chilean J/105 Nationals sailing information and photos

J/Fest San Francisco

J/Fest San Francisco

This year's J/Fest hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club had another strong turnout. The J/105 class on San Francisco Bay continues to remain a strong fleet and fresh blood is always popping up over the course of time to make life interesting. Such was the case this past weekend. Leading the way home was Steve Kleha sailing the renown Donkey Jack to first place with a 3-5-10-4-1 record for 23 pts to just nip a group of four veteran boats hot on their tail. Second was the team of Jason Woodley and Scott Whitney sailing Risk to a 4-2-5-5-9 tally for 25 pts, just two points back. Third was Pat Benedict on Advantage 3 putting on a strong effort to finish in the money with a 5-7-6-6-3 scoreline for 27 pts. Rounding out the top five based on a tie-breaker at 29 pts were Scooter Simmons on Blackhawk in fourth and Walter Sanford on Alchemy in fifth.   Complete results

J/105s Shine at Larchmont Edlu

J/105s Shine at Larchmont Edlu

Breezy conditions made for some challenging sailing conditions under the 58th Edlu Distance Race, which took place on May 11. Larchmont YC's Race Committee decided to go for an early start with the first warning sound shortly after 9AM. Southerly winds gradually increased from 12-15 knots to 20 knots with gusts up to 25 knots throughout the race. Several J/105s attended and finished at the top of their respective divisions. Morning Glory not only won PHRF division II but finished (on time-adjusted basis) as the fastest PHRF boat of the day. Morning Glory was followed by Young America, which finished just four minutes later after approximately 32 miles of sailing. The PHRF double-handed division was also dominated by J/105s. Stratos finished first, followed by EnGarde. Jaded finished in fifth position. An onboard view from Marcus Wunderlich on Stratos: "Southerly winds of 20 knots with gusts up to 25 knots made for some challenging but exciting sailing conditions, the kind of weather under which the J/105s perform best. It all came down to the right choice of sails and avoiding being overpowered under broad reaching conditions. We frequently hit 13 knots and despite the shortage of crew (we sailed double-handedly), we were able to keep Stratos well under control during the entire race."

North Americans NOR Posted and Registration Open

North Americans NOR Posted and Registration Open

The Notice of Race is now posted for the 2013 J/105 North American Championship. Be in Annapolis October 31 through November 3 for your chance to compete with many of the best J/105 sailors in the world! Registration is open, so enter early to save. Do not wait until the last minute to register. Everyone wants to know who is coming!   NAC website

Houston Yacht Club’s Elissa

Houston Yacht Club's Elissa

Over the weekend of April 6-7, six J/105s battled it out during Houston Yacht Club's annual Elissa regatta. The Elissa regatta is held every year to benefit Galveston's Tall Ship Elissa. Winds in the 15-25 knot range made for some exciting extremely tight racing under beautiful Texas skies and very comfortable temperatures. First place changed hands several times during the 6 races, but Mark Young on Killer Rabbit won his first ever J/105 regatta and was properly doused in the drink afterward by his admiring competitors. Has Fleet 17 found a new tradition? Bill Lakenmacher on Radiance stole second by one point from Bee Bednar on Stinger. A great time was had by all.

Dark Star Shows Well at St. Thomas Rolex Regatta

Dark Star Shows Well at St. Thomas Rolex Regatta

Jonathan Lipuscek's J/105 Dark Star from Puerto Rico was leading the last race and the regatta in the CSA II class at the 40th International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas USVI when the forestay broke on the downwind leg. Even with the DNF, they finished third in the event. The forestay pin came loose and as it worked out bent the toggle too severely to repair on the run. They took the mainsail down with the spinnaker flying to access a halyard to hoist the bowman, but could not get it reattached while surfing at 10 knots. Good idea to check these periodically. Paul Beaudin, also on board, built a new Carbon jib to the CSA Rule which does not measure girths. The sail had about 6" more roach and put the leech right on the spreaders. Dark Star also tested a class sized spinnaker using 1/2oz cloth. Both sails made a big difference in performance with no penalty under this rule. The rule also allowed a much heavier crew, 1700 lbs, which was a real treat in the 15-20 knot Caribbean trade winds. This is a beautiful place to sail.   Regatta website

Register Now for Fleet 10 Annual Manhattan Regatta

Register Now for Fleet 10 Annual Manhattan Regatta

Please join Fleet 10 in competitive sailing and merriment in one of the most exciting ports in the world, New York Harbor. The challenge of navigating between tugs, barges, and the Staten Island ferry, whilst in a current, makes for intense and complex, competitive racing.Last year there were nearly a dozen boats on the starting line with talk of even more this year. Courses will be primarily windward/leeward under the watchful gaze of the statue of liberty and multi-support boats. Social events include an outdoor barbeque aboard Liberty State Park's lightship and an awards party at North Cove Marina on Sunday after racing. Please bring family and friends to watch the action. Never far from the shores of either New York or New Jersey, the race provides spectators and tourists alike with the site of big boat racing.    Register

Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta

Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta

The second stop for the eight event Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta circuit was in San Diego, CA on March 15-17. The feast or famine tradition for this event prevailed, where strong conditions in past events were set aside this year for light and spotty winds. Three race courses hosted 101 boats competing in 12 one design classes, with the J/105 and the Viper 640 leading the way with 14 boats in each fleet. Gary Mozer's Current Obsession 2 dominated the four-race series scoring all firsts and seconds for 6 points. Tom Hurlburt and Chuck Driscoll on Blow Boat took second place with 12 points. Rich Bergmann's Zuni Bear came in third with 21 points.   Complete results

Bill Zartler’s Solaris Repeats as J/105 Midwinter Champion

Bill Zartler's Solaris Repeats as J/105 Midwinter Champion

Bill Zartler and his Solaris team will be keeping the title of J/105 Midwinter Champion. Despite placing seventh in Sunday's only race, Solaris hung on for the two-point victory and back-to-back Midwinter Championship trophies. With crew Chris Lewis, Karen Lewis, Gustavo Eacobar, Michael Byrne and Cynthia Powell, Zartler completed the nine-race series with 28 points and a line of 8,1,5,1,3,1,1,1,7. Host Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX claimed the top two boats of the event, as Bill Lakenmacher's Radiance placed second with 30 points. New York's Paul Beaudin on Avici came in third at 40 points. Zartler praised the Race Committee for fulfilling their goal of nine races, and also commended the stellar competition. "It was great to have competitors coming from all over the country, and see the fleet continue to grow" he said. Teams were postponed on shore in the morning when a line of storms came through. When the AP flag came down and the 13 boats were sent to the race course, winds averaged 10-12 knots. Greg Turman's Horny Toad won Sunday's only race, trailed by Beaudin and Lakenmacher. The top five: Bill Zartler, Solaris (28 points), Bill Lakenmacher, Radiance (30), Paul Beaudin, Avici (40), Greg Turman, Horny Toad (52), James Macdonald, Distant Passion (52). The J/105 Class extends its appreciation to the Lakewood Yacht Club and all of its volunteers. Photos are available on the J/105 Facebook page, and complete results may be found at the    event website.

Blakely Rock Race

Blakely Rock Race

Generally described as the most unique of all the light-air Blakely Rock Center Sound Series races, the Northwest offshore sailing season is off to a great start. Over the course of the day, the wind waxed and waned and flopped and held, but just as the fleet began to wonder whether the race would be shortened, the sailors could see the forecasted northerly coming down the Sound. In the PO4 Division was the one-design J/105 fleet. The top three included Jerry Diercks sailing Delirium to first in class. Not far behind was Jim Geros' Last Tango in second, and taking the last spot on the podium was Erik Kristen sailing Jubilee; all three teams from CYC Seattle.   Corinthian YC website

Bill Zartler’s Solaris Commands Day 2 of J/105 Midwinter Championship

Bill Zartler's Solaris Commands Day 2 of J/105 Midwinter Championship

Reigning Midwinter Champion Bill Zartler snagged three bullets on day 2 of the J/105 Midwinter Championship to take a six-point lead into the final day of the competition on Sunday. Racing Solaris with Chris Lewis, Karen Lewis, Gustavo Eacobar, Michael Byrne and Cynthia Powell, Zartler has recorded 21 points in the eight races. Host Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas boasts the top two racers thus far, as Bill Lakenmacher's Radiance stands in second place with 27 points. Paul Beaudin and Damian Emery on Avici hold the third place position with 38 points. It was another beautifully breezy day on Galveston Bay with winds starting at 10-12 knots and building to 16-20, with temperatures around 70 degrees. Uzi Ozeri helmed Infinity to another regatta victory in the day's first contest, followed by Mark Masur's Two Feathers. Zartler lodged a third in that race, before winning the next three contests. Familiar faces rounded out the top three in races 6-8, with Lakenmacher claiming three second-place tallies, Beaudin finishing in third on two occasions and Ozeri taking the other third. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos are available on the J/105 Facebook page, and complete results may be found at the   event website.

Midwinters Underway Today

Midwinters Underway Today

It is a gorgeous day at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas for the first day of racing at the J/105 Midwinter Championship! All those reading this from home, you are missing 70 degrees and winds 12-16 knots. The goal is 4 races today. Pictures will be posted on Facebook later. Also look for a few real-time updates on Twitter. Keep up with results at the   event website.

Bill Zartler’s Solaris on Top After Day 1 of J/105 Midwinter Championship

Bill Zartler's Solaris on Top After Day 1 of J/105 Midwinter Championship

Local Bill Zartler took Solaris to the top of the leaderboard after four races on the first day of the J/105 Midwinter Championship. Defending Champion Zartler, of host Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas, began the day with an eighth place tally, then won two of the next three races for an overall score of 15 points. He leads another local, Bill Lakenmacher on Radiance, by 2 points. Paul Beaudin of New York, NY is another point behind with 18. LYC's Uzi Ozeri on Infinity kicked off the event with a win in race 1, followed by Donald Santa's Santas Reign, Dear and Mark Smith's Marian V. Conditions were perfect on Galveston Bay with 70 degree temperatures and winds between 10-12 knots. Zartler took the victory in race 2, with Lakenmacher in second and Greg Turman's Horny Toad third. Lakenmacher moved up to race winner in the third bout, trailed by Santa and Beaudin. Zartler won the race back to shore by claiming race 4, when wind conditions had increased to 16-18 knots. Beaudin placed second and Lakenmacher third, although with a scoring penalty notched a 9. Racing continues through Sunday. Photos are available on the J/105 Facebook page, and complete results may be found at the   event website.

Midwinter Championship Launches on Friday

Midwinter Championship Launches on Friday

Teams are gathering at the beautiful Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas for the J/105 Midwinter Championship. Racing begins Friday and runs through Sunday. Photos will be posted to the J/105 Facebook page daily, and results will be updated at the   event website.

Lakewood Yacht Clubs Bay Cup I

Lakewood Yacht Clubs Bay Cup I

After a 1-hour postponement due to low water levels, 47 boats in Lakewood Yacht Club's annual Bay Cup I regatta got off to a rousing beginning at 11:30. Winds out of the NW ranged from 10-20 knots with an occasional 9 thrown in just for fun. As the day progressed, the winds strengthened to 18+ with maximum gusts in the low to mid 30s. The 9-boat PHRF A fleet included a Melges 24, four J/109s, two J/105s, one J/80 and a Beneteau 10R. The 11.74 mile course was divided into 4 legs with a reaching start, a run to the second mark, and two beating legs to the finish. Kevin Hayes/Mike McGagh's Melges 24 Mojo took first with Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger coming in second and Al Goethe's J/109 Hamburg finishing third. The warm Texas sun and strong winds made for an exciting day on Galveston Bay.   Results

SCYA Midwinters

SCYA Midwinters

After a busy fall 2012 sailing nearly four J/105 regattas in a row, the San Diego J/105 sailors were back on the water for the SCYA Midwinters. Dennis & Sharon Case on Wings sailed a closely fought series to win with three firsts and two seconds, beating Rick Goebel and gang on Sanity by just 3 points. Lying third was Dave Vieregg on Triple Play.   SCYA Midwinter Regatta website

Block Island XXV to Host J/105 East Coasts

Block Island XXV to Host J/105 East Coasts

This year's J/105 East Coast Championship will be held during Block Island Race Week. The Class expects to draw boats from the Newport area, Long Island Sound, New Jersey and even Annapolis. The 25th anniversary of BIRW will also serve as host to a number of other national and East Coast Championships as the Storm Trysail organizers work to stage a memorable regatta. The dates are June 23-28. Make your plans to attend early as ferry reservations (for vehicles), housing, and mooring space will become increasingly limited as enthusiasm for the event builds. This is not an event you want to sign up for at the last minute.    BIRW website

Santa Barbara Hot Rum Round Up

Santa Barbara Hot Rum Round Up

Santa Barbara's racing season starts very early in the year. The first race of the Hot Rum Series in January was moderate breeze while the second one was plagued with very thick fog. The starting order is determined by PHRF ratings with the highest rated boats starting first and the lowest starting last. Theoretically all the boats should finish at the same time. The 32 entrants range from Harbor 20s with a 230 rating to a RP 68 at a -69 rating. Three J/105s sailed in Class B with Larry Harteck's Repeat Offender, Dan Durbeck's Perfect Timing 2 and Mark Noble's Escapade racing against 11 boats in their class. Saturday February 9 was the third and final race of the series. The wind was blowing 20-25 knots with some smaller boats electing not to go out. 19 boats finished the race but the most exciting part was the photo finish. Leading the race to the finish line was J/24 Bullet followed by J/105 Repeat Offender. Closing fast on the two J Boats was the Farr 40 Skian Dhu with the RP 68 Taxi Dancer looking to pass all three. What boat was going to out gut and out hike the smaller or bigger boat to lean for the finish tape for an amazing finish! The J/105 beat the J/24 by only 1 second and Taxi followed behind by another 4 seconds. The Farr 40, having been rolled by Taxi Dancer a couple minutes earlier, finished 21 seconds later. The series went to Taxi Dancer with 9 total points.   Santa Barbara Yacht Club Racing website

San Juan International Regatta

San Juan International Regatta

The winter sailing season in the Caribbean is beginning to wind-up into a higher gear. Starting with the San Juan International Regatta, the racing takes place in San Juan Bay where temperatures reach a comfortable high in the low 80s and winds customarily blow 10-15 knots in February. The event was hosted by Club Nautico de San Juan from February 1-3 and welcomed over 140 sailors in 102 boats racing in 10 classes. Postcard-perfect sailing conditions prevailed, just as advertised. Generally perfect with mostly sunny skies and winds blowing under 10 knots the first day and gusting to nearly 20 knots on the final day of competition. The mark of a truly great regatta is the opportunity for lots of racing. True to reputation, the SJIR Race Committee ran as many as 13 to 16 races over three days for the dinghy classes and seven races for the newly-added CSA spinnaker class. In the nine-boat CSA class, Julio Reguero of Puerto Rico from the host club CNSJ sailed his J/105 Umakua fast and consistent. They scored an impressive 4.5-1-1-DNS-1-1-1 for 9.5 pts net to win by a landslide. Also finishing in the top five and taking fourth in class was the J/105 Dark Star sailed by another local Jonathan Lipuscek, managing a 7-2-2-5-7-3-2 scoreline for 21 net pts.    Regatta website

Three Bridge Fiasco

Three Bridge Fiasco

The J/105s have seen the 3BF as an honorable right of passage to start their sailing season. Showing they were up to the task in this popular and highly competitive fleet on the Bay, David Miller and Roger Wise sailed Bald Eagle to a near 4-minute win over the team of David Gross and Alex Samodurov racing Nirvana. Just 40 seconds back was Richard Butts and Jill Visor, sailing Melilani to snag third for the race. 12 J/105s competed.   Complete results