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Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series Chicago

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The breeze was on for the third and final day (reminiscent of Friday) of the Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series in Chicago. A fast-building northwest wind pushed boats, gear and crew to their limits. Still, the Chicago and Corinthian Yacht Clubs gave the sailors a full slate of races…

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Skyway COLORS Regatta

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Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago hosted its annual SKYWAY Colors Regatta on June 3-4. The J/105s had a great turnout, with 11 teams. The winner was determined by a tiebreaker at 11 points each. On countback, taking the gold was Mike Sheppard’s FLYING PIG, with Mark Fruin’s BYCTOSAUR settling for…

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Cedar Point One-Design Regatta

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Cedar Point Yacht Club held its annual One Design Regatta from June 1-2 on Long Island Sound. The six-boat J/105 fleet saw Gardner Horan’s CUSH post five straight bullets (and discard a bullet) for 4 points net. Behind CUSH, it was a battle between three boats: John & Marisa Koten’s…

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Challenging Swiftsure Race

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The 79th running of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race, hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, got off with a bang. Skies were overcast but dry. Winds were present in a big way, well into the 25 to 35 kts range. Its Cape Flattery Race is a 101.0nm dash up…

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Why Buy a J/105

According to Jeff Johnstone, President of JBoats, the J/105 has overwhelmed the entire 30-37 foot keelboat market. And he is not only speaking about his competitors, but boats in his own line as well. Even though the J/105 was the first sprit boat when it was designed by Rod Johnstone in 1990, it still dominates sixteen years into its production cycle and it is among the top four boats receiving inquiries (among 15 current models) from potential buyers. According to Jeff, their other 30-37 foot boats serve other needs.