Wednesday, July 20, 2011

J/Newsletter- July 20th, 2011

J/111 sailing in Australia- Sydney Harbour J/111 @ Sydney Show
(Sydney, Australia)- Next weekend, from July 28th to August 1st, YachtSpot will debut the first ever introduction of the J/111 Speedster for the Australian market.  For those of you Down Under, or will be traveling there soon, it's a great opportunity to chat with sailors who can describe that rare and unique experience that is J/111- a truly modern, fun, fast, easy-to-handle "offshore sportboat" that has 6 foot standing headroom and enough room to have a party comfortably in the main cockpit or down below around the enormous main cabin.  Take a peak, you won't be disappointed!  For those who've experienced 15-23 knots offshore downwind on a J/111, they simply cannot believe that comfort, speed and control like this could ever co-exist!  Truly a next-generation offshore speedster and one-design class (read more about it below).

Also on display at the Sydney Show will the initial debut of one of the world's most popular International One-Design keelboat classes, the J/80.  With over 1,600 J/80s sailing worldwide, strong local fleets sailing in over fourteen countries and World Championships that have averaged over 80 competitors in the last seven years running, take some time to visit the show and find out why so many people have so much fun sailing this one-design class worldwide.

For more information, please contact Ray Entwistle at ph# +61-2-9449-4976 or email-  For more  Sydney Boatshow information-

J/111 one-design fleet startingUgotta Regatta 35' One-Designs
J/111, J/105, J/35 Racing!

(Harbor Springs, MI)- How do you spell fun?  Jump into one of three generations of 35 foot J racers in one of the prettiest regatta venues on the planet- Little Traverse Bay near Harbor Springs, MI.  Imagine pristine light blue Caribbean-colored waters, good sea-breezes most days and a great program for on-shore festivities and entertainment, you just can't miss.

The annual Harbor Springs Regatta, renamed to Ugotta Regatta, reflects the camaraderie and enjoyable spirit of Midwestern sailing on the Great Lakes.  With such a short summer sailing season of only three (max 4) months, Midwestern sailors absolutely make the most of any good weather and awesome sailing conditions Mother Nature dishes out for them.  More often than not, the town of Harbor Springs rolls out the red carpet for sailors and, coincidentally, the sometimes capricious Midwestern weather seems to cooperate.  Let's hope for more good stuff for this event.

For the first time,  there will be fleets of J/111s, J/105s and J/35s sailing as one-design classes in one event.  The same six J/111s that sailed the Chicago-Mackinac Race will also be lining up to determine who's the around-the-cans champion after their long offshore tests the previous weekends.  While KASHMIR won the Chicago-Mac Race (and the SW NOOD Regatta), expect to see IMPULSE, MENTAL, MISTY, NIGHT HAWK and, especially, local favorite and local sailing hero Dave Irish give them all a run for the money on NO SURPRISE.

In the J/35s, you'll see Larry Taunt's BAD DOG, Ed Baye's FALCON, Melia Carter's SPECIAL K, Larry Schell's TOUCH OF GREY and Gregg Whipple's WHIPLASH all fighting it out for the podium, all equally capable of grabbing the brass ring.

The J/105s will see Kevin Farrell's BANSHEE, Carter Williams' CREATIVE DESTRUCTION, Clarence Holman's EXIT STRATEGY, Bill Petzold's GREEN FLASH, Mary Symonds' PTERODACTYL and Richard Lehmann's WIND CZAR also having fun trying to overcome CREATIVE DESTRUCTION's and GREEN FLASH's local knowledge to bring home some silverware and pickle dishes.   For more Ugotta Regatta sailing information

J/Sailing News

The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

It wan an epic week and awesome weekend.  In the Americas, it's not often that you get two of the premiere yacht races on the Great Lakes to not only have enormous challenges face the fleet, but to see J's sweep divisions in each race as well as set new standards (if that's even possible) for performance and reliability!  In the Chicago-Mackinac Race, it was both blessed and cursed with the best of times and the worst of times-- near postcard perfect sailing with record-shattering potential, but also fleet-destroying storms. In the Lake Ontario 300, it was a remarkable display of performance by 35 foot J's covering three generations of design.  Then, the Transpac Race saw near record-breaking conditions as well, with an awesome performance by a long-term J/145 team from San Diego.  Over on the East Coast, Chesapeake sailors enjoyed one of their summer-time rights of passage, the Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge and Solomon's Island Race in near idyllic full-moon sailing conditions.  Across the pond in Europe, the Gotland Round Island Race (renamed AF Offshore) simply showed that J/109s are nearly unstoppable in the Baltic Sea.  And, both the French and English enjoyed a spectacular J/Fest, called the J-Cup, in the fabulously quaint, picturesque town of St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom-- trust us, the sailing was incredible, the host city was perhaps even better!

Read on! The J/Community and Cruising section below continue to enjoy the Caribbean and the South Pacific, staying warm while others are trying to stay warm up north.   Check them out!  More importantly, if you have more J/Regatta News, please email it or upload onto our J/Boats Facebook page!  Below are the summaries.

Regatta & Show Schedules:

Jul 17-22- Whidbey Island Race Week- Whidbey Is, WA-
Jul 23-26- J/22 Europeans- Travemunde, Germany-
Jul 23- Port Huron-Mackinac Race- Port Huron, MI-
Jul 23-24- Youngstown Level Regatta- Youngstown, NY-
Jul 28-31- Marblehead NOOD Regatta-
Jul 28-Aug 1- Sydney Boatshow (J/80, J/111)- Sydney, Australia-
Aug 5-7- Buzzards Bay Regatta- S Dartmouth, MA-
Aug 10-13- Chester Race Week- Halifax, Nova Scotia-
Aug 10-14- J/105 Northamericans- Marblehead, MA-
Aug 14- Rolex Fastnet Race- Cowes, England-
Sep 16-25- Southampton Boatshow (J/97, J/108, J/111)- Southampton, England

For additional J/Regatta and Event dates in your region, please refer to the on-line J/Sailing Calendar.

J/111 sailing under 1a at sunset on Chicago Mackinac RaceJ/111 KASHMIR Wins Epic Chicago-Mac Race!
J's Sweep Double-handed Podium!
(Chicago, IL)- This year's Chicago to Mackinac Island 289 nm dash was a tale of two races, the "haves" (the big fast boats) and the "have nots" (the smaller boats).  For the 361 sailboats entered (about 1/3 J/Boats), the first 30 hours after the starts at noon Saturday were near postcard perfect, Chamber of Commerce sailing. No bugs, plenty of breeze from the right angle, a kindly sea-state, warm air and brightly colored spinnakers punctuating the horizon as far as the eye could see. Nothing broken about this picture at all-- yet.  However, about midnight Sunday/ early Monday the dogs came howling off their chains and the lights went out. At the time, the 18-22 knots southwest breezes saw a large part of the Mackinac fleet sailing on port gybe headed from the Point Betsie turning point up through the Manitou Island Straits and headed to Grey's Reef Lighthouse- a 50 mile stretch of water.  Then, all hell brook loose and the maelstrom struck. Sheet lighting started illuminating the sky and it became a mad scramble aboard most boats to get the spinnakers down and either batten-down the hatches (and crew) or hoist heavy-air sails and press-on regardless through the storm.

J/111 sailboat- sailing downwind during Chicago Mackina RaceSailing on the J/111 NO SURPRISE was legendary Great Lakes yachtsman (and winner of multiple Mac Races), Dave Irish from Harbor Springs, Michigan.  Dave's commentary is both insightful and helpful:  "The race started with 230 miles more or less of running, from light to over 20kts of warm and pleasant wind. In the higher wind, with good sea running, we heated the angle significantly up to 150-155 TWA, and using the waves, sailed at speeds in the teens. We made significant gains on boats sailing conventional downwind angles. Fun and active too.

The real story of the race was the weather at the north end of the lake. The whole middle of the fleet, maybe over 100 boats, were hit with severe weather in the middle of the night, which resulted in the loss of two lives.  My call is that we had a 60 knot hit. The wind would move your body, it was necessary to hold on. The big wind was preceded by an hour of incredible electrical activity. It was clear we were in for a "pasting", but as usual it is difficult to tell when it will hit, especially when it's pitch black outside, and in the meantime there was racing to be done.

As the inevitable neared we got the spinnaker off, the #3 jib on, and of course Spinlock deck-vests on with tethers. The wind came and the boat laid down, rig near but not in the water. Lots of white water in the air and no clear line between. I won’t claim actual control, but the boat took care of us until there was a little moderation and it was possible for the crew to move and act.

Chicago Mackinac finish line tentReefing: We have only one mainsail reef, and it is 2.5 meters deep, big enough to make a difference. So two crew members proceeded to pull in the reef, one easing the halyard (on a winch), and one grinding in the single reef line, (also on its own winch). We had opted for the Antal cars on the luff so that part of the sail was under control as well. It is just a routine operation to reef the boat in those conditions, with no-one outside the cockpit. I think we partially rolled the jib. But within a short period of time the boat was all snugged down and we were back at work sailing towards Grey's Reef.

I have known fear on the water, but not this time, and not in this boat (have sailed over 60 years).  The J/111 was amazing.  It was under us, did not demand that we do dangerous things to manage it, and only had to be taken out of race mode for a few minutes. This weekend we race the Lake Huron Mac race, the boat arrived in Port Huron last evening, and we are ready to go. Bring it on, we have the weapon to play this game!"

From another perspective was the team on the J/111 IMPULSE sailed by George Miz, Peter Dreher and Mark Hatfield.  Said George, "This boat certainly had the fun meter pegged in the 'red' all of Sunday afternoon on the Mac. We had 3 consecutive drivers hit 18+ kts in 20-25 kts of breeze and in full control. The boat just likes to go fast with none of the drama we've dealt with on previous boats (George is a former Farr 395 owner)."

Adding to George's commentary was Karl Brummel on KASHMIR, stating that "the boat was fantastic in a variety of conditions. Saturday we were doing 6-7 kts boat speed in 4-5 kts wind with Code Zero. Sunday we were killing it 10-15 kts downhill in 20-28 kts wind with the 2A asym up.  Sunday, after we went storming by a well-sailed Farr 395 at 11-15 kts boat speed/ 155-165 TWA, I said, 'We should have named this boat HORIZON JOB.'"

Mackinac BridgeDuring the early stages of the race, it was apparent the strategies that were unfolding for the sailors headed north were the following:  a) sail the classic rhumbline of 21 degrees from Chicago to Pt Betsie,  b) sail West and up the Illinois/ Wisconsin shoreline in a "thermal" scenario based on various forecasters prognostications, or c) toss everything out the window (ignore all forecasts) and sail at least as high as rhumbline and head east overnight to be on the eastern lake/ west Michigan shoreline to take advantage of southerly breezes accelerating along the shoreline due to the massive heating of the Michigan sand dunes during Sunday's sailing.  Post-race analysis showed the best scenario was a combination of the 1st and 3rd options-- a very bizarre circumstance considering the pre-race forecasts from leading offshore weather routers that recommended staying west of rhumbline and away from the middle of the lake at night!  The boats that worked further east saw more easterly breezes (75-110 degrees) with more pressure until it went light, swung south and accelerated Sunday morning.  The boats that worked west saw the forecasted SSW winds of 7 to 14 knots and sailed mostly 6.5 to 8.5 knots all night long (albeit on a much longer routing).

J/109 one-design sailboat- sailing Chicago Mackinac RaceOff the starting line for the J/111's it was clear the fleet was split on strategy as outlined in the 3 approaches to the race above.  KASHMIR sailed by the team of Brummel/Henderson/Mayer that won Class 3 started at the starboard end with a Code Zero and simply sailed down rhumbline and ultimately worked further east.  Near them was Steve Dabrowski's and Tom Edman's team on NIGHTHAWK that finished 7th.  Going north/northeast just west of rhumb was NO SURPRISE sailed by Dave Irish that finished 3rd, but Dave made it pay by sailing more aggressively downwind (as mentioned above) when the wind hit the high teens/ low twenties and they moved into "planing mode" to pass other boats like they were pylons on a race course.  Near them was Thomas and Carol McIntosh's team on MISTY that finished 10th, sailing a bit more conservatively than most and apparently not taking advantage of "planing mode" to make large gains.  Headed the most westward, heading due north after the start were MENTAL and IMPULSE.  MENTAL was sailed by Paul Stahlberg, Richie Stearns and father Dick Stearns, taking the northernmost route and finished 14th (modified based on a time award for helping with the rescue efforts of the capsized boat WINGNUTS).  IMPULSE, sailed by George Miz, Peter Dreher, Mark Hatfield started north, but bailed at Sheboygan and played gybe angles across the lake to Pt Betsie, ultimately sailing for over 80 nm on starboard gybe at speeds up to 18 knots before having to gybe down the Manitous Islands channel northeast of Pt Betsie, finishing 11th in class.

The story was much the same for most other classes as they all faced the same trade-offs.  In the J/105s, Marty Symond's PTERODACTYL was 1st, followed by Mark Gurney's BUZZ in 2nd, Clark Pellet's SEALARK for 3rd, Tom Petkus' VYTIS in 4th and Mark Nichols' CERTARE in 5th. A very strong class showing overall.

The J/109s had a tough fight for first overall. In the end, it was MERENGUE's David Southwell and Jack Dau 1st.  VANDA III's Jimmy Mitchell was 2nd, yet again getting top 3 division finish over multiple Mac's in a row.  Third was David Gustman's NORTHSTAR.  Fourth was Don Meyer's CERTAINLY and fifth was Peter Priede and Roy Stewart's FULL TILT.

J/105 sailboats sailing Chicago Mackinac Race doublehanded winnersThe Double-handed Division saw an epic performance by a group of 35 foot J's (seen right).  Amongst the three J/105s, OCH! (Brendon Docherty and Patrick Lindenhurst) won the class, followed by GONZO (Ken Ganch, David Pikowitz) in 2nd overall and PHANTOM (Scott Vukovich and John Kalanik) was 7th.  The J/29 TFWB RELENTLESS (George and Kimberly Petritz) was third overall and a J/35 NEMESIS (Timothy Kent and Dana Felton) was 8th.  A remarkable performance for these J sailors considering the challenging conditions for two people to race full-on for 289 nautical miles.

Section 1 had the J/125 and J/145 speedsters (seen below).  They saw the right conditions for outright speed and they took advantage of that fact, sailing their fastest possible VMC angles while headed up the track to Pt Betsie.  The J/125 JEANINE III sailed by Jack Roeser was 6th and the two J/145s, Bill Schanen's bright red MAIN STREET finished 4th and Chris Saxton's VORTICES was 5th.

Section 2 saw the J/133 RENEGADE sailed by Thom Papoutsis finish 12th.  Also sailing in this tough group were two J/130s, Pete Stott's SALSA that finished 14th and Doug Petter's WILLIE J that sailed well to get 8th.

Also sailing in Section 3 with the J/111s was Mitch Padnos' beautiful J/124 SUFFICIENT REASON, getting 5th in a very tough class--- as we said before, this team sails hard, fast and have fun doing it!

J/145 sailboat- Main Street sailing Chicago Mackinac RaceAmongst the Section 4 fleet were four J/120s, including Matthew Songer's PERSEVERANCE that ended up a well-deserved 2nd, Tim Matheson and Glen Estill's ELUSIVE was 7th and Robert Klairmont's SIROCCO 2 was 12th.  Included amongst the 120s was the J/46 WINDRUSH sailed by George Hender, sailing perhaps more comfortably than all of us put together to get a respectable 11th in class.

Section 6 was the "J/35 class" and, sure enough, the "clowns" led everyone home.  Bruce Metcalf's BOZO'S CIRCUS was 2nd, leading the other J/35s.  Larry Taunt's BAD DOG was 7th, Larry Schell's TOUCH OF GREY was 10th and Jack Andree's HOUQUA was 16th.  The J/100 JUST MESSIN sailed by Adam Esselman was 4th.

For the Section 7 gang, you just can't keep a good woman down.  Yet again sailing a great race was the J/110 LADY K sailed by Mike Stewart to a well-earned 4th overall.

Finally, in Section 9 the two J/30s had a rough go considering the storm elements.  Nevertheless, persevering like their Disney movie namesakes, RAFIKI's Greg & Stephanie Moll from Milwaukee, WI finished 6th while INNISFREE's John Nesling from Toronto, ONT ended up 13th overall.  For more Chicago-Mackinac Race sailing information

J/145 BAD PAK winning Transpac RaceJ/145 BAD PAK Wins Transpac
(Honolulu, HI)- It takes awhile to cover 2,225 nautical miles sailing, even in the fabled Transpac Race where you spend more than 90% of the time sailing downwind in tradewind/ synoptic winds of 15-20 knots at various reaching and running angles, optimizing your VMC down course to ride the "passing lane" around the southern portion of the Pacific High past your competitors.  Those "lanes" can be capricious, they keep changing, some fast, some slow, some the wrong angle, too.  Nevertheless, it's what makes the Transpac the enduring challenge that keeps sailors coming back for more.  As they say, it's not often the winning that counts, it's the adventure and the voyage of getting there that makes it so memorable an experience.

In addition, says Kimball Livingston, "there's one great thing the Transpac has going for it. The big finish. The Molokai Channel. Maybe you got stuck in the fog off Catalina and spent what seemed like weeks getting out of town. Maybe the Pacific High Pressure Zone pulled a gotcha and reached down and swallowed the lane that you thought was going to sweep you to glory, but instead you watched the little transponder blips that represent the competition just walk away on a different latitude line.

And then you get to the opening of "the Channel"-- perhaps one of the best in the world to see pop up over the horizon for many reasons. The islands rise on the horizon, clear and lovely. The breeze rises behind you and funnels down the Molokai Channel and there you are on the ride of a lifetime, and the water is white-capped and tropical blue, and the sky is tropical blue with puffy trade-wind clouds, and ahead lies that iconic Diamond Head finish line that has beckoned racing sailors for over a century, generation after generation. This is the ride of the legends."  Even current J/100 and J/105 owner "Dr. Laura" Schlessinger, first-time Transpac sailor was ecstatic, "What can you say when the wind is 30 knots and the waves are boiling eight feet high, and I'm driving? The water was coming down the deck, and sometimes I couldn't even see out. And I didn't lose the boat. I...did...not...lose...the...boat! (we sure it's due to her J/125 and J/100 training!)."

And, there are those who've seemingly got it in their blood and keep coming back for more.  For more of that adrenalin rush experienced by Dr Laura, "newbie Transpac racer".  With a great team, great navigation and a really fast, fun boat to sail, it was Tom Holthus' team from San Diego YC that repeated yet again another Division 4 win on their J/145 BAD PAK.  Starting on the "second start" on Friday with all the big sleds, BAD PAK seemingly sailed a textbook race, start first and increase your lead!  Seriously?  Sure enough, they did exactly that.  Blasting out past Catalina Island soon after the start, holding a conservative line south of rhumb and making judicious choices in terms of distance versus wind, the J/145 BAD PAK sailed that fine line to perfection. Blasting down the Molokai Channel after literally leading the entire race, they finished in 18 days 17:56:24 to win their class on corrected time by over 4.5 hours- and an average speed of 9.4 knots for 2,225 nm!  Needless to say, the BAD PAK crew were jubilant, especially for becoming part of an exclusive club-- that rarified air of being a repeat winner in the Transpac Race.

J/130 BEBE finishing Transpac Race off Diamond Head, HawaiiFellow J sailor, Santa Barbarian Charles Browning, started out the race strongly, smartly, but with a bit of a handicap.  As part of the first fleet to start on Monday, July 4th, Browning's team on the J/130 BEBE from Santa Barbara YC sailed one helluva race for the first third, overcoming lighter than forecasted winds, a receding synoptic trade-wind that was supposed to blow stronger and a class spread over 300 miles of ocean.  Even then, Browning's BEBE led their Division 6 for nearly a week straight!  Then, some equipment issues apparently threw a monkey wrench into their race navigation, forcing them to fly "blind" for awhile until such time they could square it all away.  Nevertheless, they sailed with great determination and ultimately finished sixth in class.  As said earlier, in this case the adventure and experience is what keeps them all coming back for more.   For more Transpac Race sailing information and Facebook link   Sailing Photo Credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate

J/92 sailboat- winners of 2011 J-CupThe J-Cup 2011 – A Channel Island Idyll
J/92 BLACKJACK Wins Overall
(St Peter Port, Guernsey)- The J-Cup 2011, our tenth anniversary regatta, was brought to you by the principal event sponsors B&G, Dubarry of Ireland, Lombard Marine Finance, North Sails, Universal Marina and Nautical Guernsey, and was supported by Ray and Scott, Zenith Watches and Harken. The indisputable stars of the show were, as ever, the 350 J Boat owners and crew who made it happen. The J-Cup 2011 was won by Andy Howe, Annie Kelly and the crew on the J/92 Blackjack. The 2011 Lombard Marine Finance J/97 UK National Champions are Grant Gordon and his team on Fever.

J's sailing J-Cup 2011The final day of racing at the J-Cup 2011, hosted by the Guernsey Yacht Club, took place on Thursday in The Little Russell just off St Peter Port. The breeze was a light 6 to 10 knot north westerly. Whilst the PRO had planned to run three races for each of the four competing classes but the dying breeze and the fact that the fleet had their monster J-Cup Prize-giving Party scheduled for later in the day meant that two races were sailed and the fleet were sent home in good time for tea and medals at 1300 hours.

Grant Gordon’s J/97 Fever had established a strong lead in the Lombard Marine Finance J/97 UK National Championship by the final day or racing and no doubt left the dock after having giving his crew the ‘sail our own regatta’ pep talk. Money would have been worth parting with for an ear in on Tony Mack’s team talk to his crew on McFly who were lying second on Thursday morning or indeed on board Mike and Jamie Holmes Jika Jika, in third, each of whom would be racing to change the course of their regatta. After the final two races Fever’s 1,2 scoreline, and Jika Jika’s 2,1 sealed the overall positions. Grant Gordon’s Fever is the Lombard Marine Finance J/97 UK National Champion for 2011. Jika Jika took second and McFly was third overall. Jika Jika won the North Sails Boat of the Day Prize.

J/122 sailing J-Cup regatta in EnglandThe two top boats in IRC 1 as set off for the two final races on Thursday were Nigel and Donna Passmore’s J/133 Apollo 3 in first place and Rob Craigie’s J/122 J Bellino in second, each tied on nine points. Key Yachting’s J/111 J Spirit was in third with twelve points and Colin Wall’s J/111 True Love had fourteen points. Tricky, sticky, light stuff for two races and it was ‘All Change’ in IRC 1 at the end of the seven race series. True Love won both races on Thursday which shot them into the top slot for IRC 1. Apollo 3 finished second in class, on equal points with the winner and only losing out to True Love on the count-back for number of race wins! J Bellino took third in class. The North Sails Boat of the Day Prize for IRC 1 was presented to David Cule’s J/122 Mint Julep.

Just two points separated the top three boats in IRC 2 at the start of racing on Thursday. William Newton’s J/105 Jelly Baby sat at the top of the fleet on five points as the mainsails went up. The J/92 Blackjack owned and raced by Andy Howe and Annie Kelly and Marc Noel’s J/92 Dr Jeckyll were  tied for second and third respectively on six points. The adage goes ‘show me the man who has had his last bad day on the water’, but for IRC 2 on Thursday it was more like ‘show me the man and woman who have had their best day on the water, ever!’ and Blackjack went out to bang in two race wins, securing them the Class win in IRC 2. Second overall was Dr Jeckyll and Jelly Baby took third. Daniel Sheehan and Peter Sandover’s J/105 Jacana won the North Sails Boat of the Day prize.

J/109 one-design sailboat- sailing off St Peter Port, GuernseyThe J/109 One-Design Class was chock full of new faces to the fleet but the competition was as tight here at the J-Cup as at any National Championship that the Class has ever enjoyed. Going in to the final two races of the seven race series, Bruce Huber and Johnnie Goodwin’s Alexabelle was leading the class but from pole position to fifth place overall there were only five points separating the key contenders. It must have been lip bitingly tense out on the J/109 race-course, but it was Tony De Mulder’s crew on Victric who kept themselves ‘the coolest of the cool’ and their 1, 5 score on Thursday propelled them into the top slot overall. Seamus Fitzpatrick’s Mermaid V showed the J/109 fleet some proper Irish attitude and took second place whilst St Peter Port local superstars, Roger Martel and the crew of Moojo, climbed up to third place in class. Blue Jay, the J/109 of Greg Burgess won the North Sails Boat of the Day prize.

As the 350 J-Cup 2011 prize-giving party-goers took their seats at their dinner tables on Thursday night, everyone of course knew who had won each of the competing classes, and the champagne duly flowed freely. However, those who have never attended this epic event in the past were blissfully unaware of the sheer number and variety of seriously significant prizes and awards that were yet to be presented to a whole host of winners.

J/111 one-design sailboat- sailing past rocks in EnglandAs supper commenced so did a game of ‘Heads and Tails’ the like of which most of us had never previously experienced. Ray and Scott (a specialist jeweller and diamond specialist on Guernsey) had arranged with Zenith Watches to offer a beautiful and extremely valuable Zenith Watch in response to donations from the J-Cup fleet for their chosen charity, Toe In The Water. Everyone present made a donation to Toe in the Water by way of an ‘entry fee’ to the game  and then 350 sailors stood on chairs to make their ‘heads or tails’ calls as the coin was tossed by Jeff Fox of Ray and Scott. After much hilarity, Paul England of the J/122 Majic won the Zenith Watch. However, the real winners here are the injured servicemen and women whom Toe in the Water help to rehabilitate through the sport of Sailing. Toe in the Water is £1773 better off today, thanks to the generosity of Zenith Watches, Ray and Scott and the J-Cup fleet. What a way to go!

J/109 one-design sailboats- sailing downwind at J-Cup Guernsey, EnglandThe presentation of the main prizes commenced at 2130 hours and all of those who had achieved third or better in their class were presented with silver, glass and goodies. The beautiful, silver Lombard J/97 UK National Championship Trophy was presented to Grant Gordon and his crew on Fever. The Dubarry Boot for Endurance went to Andrew Given and his crew from J/109 High Tension, long term stalwarts and supporters of the J/1089 fleet and Martin Pound of the J/92 Moby-J was presented with the Dubarry Boot for Outstanding Achievement. The Best Newcomer Trophy went to Stuart Sawyer and his Cornishmen on the J/97 Black Dog. The best two boat team was that of J/109 Victric and J/111 True Love and they took home the Musketeer Trophy, a double champagne ice bucket. Jackie Dobson and the crew from J/133 Jeronimo won the stunning Ray and Scott Prix d’Elegance Trophy. Universal Marina gave away a year’s free berthing at their exquisite facility at the top of the river Hamble to Jamie Arnell for his J/109 Jeez Louise, who was the eventual winner of their photo competition.

And so, that just left the presentation of the J-Cup itself, the overall and most coveted prize of the whole regatta. In ten years of running the J-Cup regatta, the J-Cup has never been awarded to the same boat or the same team, twice. It’s just a very simple piece of silverware but it embodies the soul of the J-Cup regatta and of the unique spirit of friendship, competition and camaraderie which exists between J Boat owners. The winners of the J-Cup in 2011 were Andy, Annie and the crew from Blackjack: for their win in IRC 2, for their support of the J/92 Class over the years and for their unfaltering friendship to all newcomers to the J Boat family. Isn’t that what our sport should be about?

The J-Cup 2012 will be hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble from Wednesday 18th July to Saturday 21st of July. You have to be in it, to win it.   For more J-Cup sailing informationSailing photo credits- Tim Wright/

J/109 sailors wins Lake Ontario 300J/109 BLUE STREAK Wins Lake Ontario 300
35 Foot J's Clean Sweep IRC Overall/IRC 2/ PHRF 1!
(Port Credit, Ontario, Canada)- It's not often that one brand can command clean sweeps in separate classes in two premiere Great Lakes offshore races in a single weekend.  But, that's exactly what happened.  Other than the Double-handers in the Chicago-Mac walking off the podium with all the pickle dishes, the 35 foot J's swept IRC Overall and IRC Class 2 and PHRF 1 in both the long course and Scotch Bonnet short course to take home all the silver.

J/109 Blue Streak winning Lake Ontario 300For starters, "congratulations" to Sperry Cup winner Robert Eckersley and the J/109 BLUE STREAK crew from Queen City Yacht Club, winning the not just the coveted Sperry Cup, but IRC 2 Class Overall.  Not only did they sail one heck of a race to beat their closest rivals, it was fellow J sailors who were giving them a run for all the marbles.  Just behind was the J/35 JEAGER sailed by Leszek Siek to get 2nd class and 2nd overall!  Then, as if to ice the competition altogether, the J/109 LIVELY sailed by Murray Gainer got 3rd class, 3rd overall!  Astonishing.  Awesome. Unprecedented?  Perhaps.  Then to add insult to injury to all their competitors, yet another J/109, Denys Jones's  CARPE VENTUS finished 4th class, 7th overall!

As if to prove their stablemates in IRC were not the only ones to show the fleet the way home, in PHRF 1 the J/35 SHORTHANDED sailed by Michael Pietz was also 1st class, 3rd overall!  Remarkable, nearly total domination of 35 foot J's in the long-course 300 mile Lake Ontario race.

J/35 sailboats starting Lake Ontario 300 sailing raceOn the shorter Scotch Bonnet Course, it was clear that yet another 35 foot J set the pace, to be the first boat into the marina after all had taken off the day before.  In PHRF 1, the J/35 ABRACADABRA sailed by Klaus Noack and team were not only first boat to finish in fleet, but 1st Class, 2nd overall!  In short, like their 35 foot counterparts on the Chicago-Mac, the Lake Ontario crowd also demonstrated why they are a force to be reckoned with offshore-- easy to sail and awfully damn fast in nearly all conditions on all points of sail.   For more Lake Ontario 300 sailing information   For full LO300 Sailing results

J/109 sailing in SwedenAF Offshore/ Round Gotland Runt Race
(Stockholm, Sweden) - The J/109 MATADOR sailed by Jonas Grander from the Royal Swedish YC (KSSS) finished third in SRS Bravo Class after sailing the 364 nm race course.  The Gotland Runt race is considered the Baltic Sea's premier offshore race for most sailors in norther Europe and Scandinavia.

It was one of the fastest around Gotland Island races in a long time.  As always, the difficulty is the capricious wind. Sometimes the wind is strong and steady, and other times there's nothing.  The goal for all the boats is to keep running the boat and not park too often.  The first part of the race was fast, but then came the doldrums soon after rounding the southern tip of Gotland.  For more AF Offshore/ Gotland Runt sailing results

J/111 sailing Screwpile Race/ Solomons Island RaceScrewpile Lighthouse Challenge
J/111, J/105s, J/109s, J/80s Summer Fun on Chesapeake
(Solomon's Island, Maryland)- Every summer, sailors on the Chesapeake Bay all look forward to one of their favorite summer time classics, the Solomon's Island Race that takes you 55 miles down the Chesapeake from Annapolis to Solomon's Island. That race is then followed by four days of racing around the buoys for even more fun and frolic.

This year, the combination of extreme heat, mushy fronts and lighter winds tested the mettle of even the more hardened Chesapeake Bay sailors-- a rare breed to say the least.

It was on Friday night of last week when Eastport Yacht Club started the 120 boats competing in the 31st edition of their annual point-to-point race from Annapolis to Solomons Island in Maryland. With a healthy fleet spread among PHRF and one design classes, it would seem to make this overnight race a success. And based on this report by Bryn from APS, it may be popular because of the attitude...even on grand prix boats.  Said Bryn, "Five minutes before the start of the 2011 Solomons Island Race, the crew on-board Yellow Jacket were busy cooking up burgers so they'd be "smoking gas and on fire at the start"!  Literally!  They were clearly having a bit too much fun."

J/80s sailing Screwpile regattaThe wind gods were kind for the 55-mile trek down the Bay. A steady southerly breeze kept the fleet upwind the entire race. The fleet were guided by a full moon that may or may not have caused a little craziness on board some boats.  About nine hours after the start, some of the leaders reached Solomons.  North Point Yacht Sales friends and staff enjoyed a great night of racing on the J/111 VELOCITY. The team finished with impressive 3rd place in the PHRF 1 Division with a great fleet of competitors.

For the J/80's present at the 2011 Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge: John White, Angry Chameleon, White Lightnin', Dragonfly, Rakali & Mango battled it out on the water for 1st in an exciting 3 day event, proving that the J/80's know how to sail fast and have fun.

For more Screwpile Light Challenge and Solomons Island Race sailing information


What friends, alumni and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide

Lorenzo Berho- J/24 sailor racing Transpac on big boat* Lorenzo Berho- a Mexican J/24 and former J/145 owner sailed the 70 foot PELIGROSO in the Transpac Race this year.  Being the unflappable gentleman that he is as both a sailor, a person and as a competitive racer, it was more than amusing to hear about Lorenzo's spectacular finish off Diamond Head, Hawaii.  As described by Kimball Livingston who was present as it all happened---

"Another hundred yards and it would have been right out of the movies, the A4 spinnaker blowing up dead-on the finish line of an eight day race. But, she blew a hundred yards short, and PELIGROSO finished Transpac 2011 under the main that had been reefed since the night before, when that sail blew out in a gybe. Then, they blew big time, both of them-- at the finish!  We can honestly report there was no apparent dampening of spirits aboard.  Sorry, we don't have that shot, or at least, not yet.

Mexican J sailors celebrating 2nd in Transpac aboard Berho's 70 footerThe PELIGROSO crew was the second to arrive at Ala Wai Harbor and the first to tie up on Transpac Row-- the crew sang for the waiting crowd before they stepped ashore. According to navigator Ben Mitchell, they sang all the way across, 2,225 measured miles, from Los Angeles to Honolulu!

Once ashore and into the party tent, it was not long before young Eduardo Saenz - third generation sailor from the Club de Yates de Acapulco - fielded a bottle of rather fine tequila for the boat's owner, Lorenzo Berho, and that kicked off a round of 'put your head back, open, I'll do the pouring' celebration.

Lorenzo, grateful for his youth sailing and J/24 sailing in his early racing career, recognized the need to support youth sailing.  As part of his long-term interest in supporting youth sailing, Lorenzo bought PELIGROSO to bring big-boat racing to the talented youth of Mexico, and at second in Division One of the 46th Transpacific Yacht Race, it would appear he's moved the ball."  Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing and Kimball Livingston/ Blue Planet Times.

* Congratulations to long-time J/105 sailor Ken Colburn for winning the Swan 42 US Nationals.  As a result, his team qualify to represent the New York YC in the upcoming NYYC Invitational Cup!  And, thanks also to ED's friends Jack and Bob Slattery for helping Ken get across the finish line as his tacticians in grand fashion, themselves accomplished J/22, J/24 and J/105 champion sailors.

Noteworthy was that dominating the leader board in the Swan 42 Nationals were J/105 and J/80 sailors who've cut their teeth on tough one-design competition sailing various J's.  Second was Phil Lotz from Newport sailing ARETHUSA who learned one-design racing in offshore boats on J/105s, winning a number of regattas over time.  Fourth was J/80 World Champion and J/105 North American Champion Glenn Darden from Ft Worth, Texas sailing HOSS.  Fifth was Jim Madden's STARK RAVING MAD IV who's won class in the Bermuda Race on his J/65 and also numerous Key West and West Coast events sailing his J/125 STARK RAVING MAD III.

The NYYC's Harbour Court will host 22 yacht club teams - representing 16 nations from six different continents - with racing on NYYC Swan 42s September 10-17.  As has been demonstrated for the American NYYC representative, there are several foreign teams that have champion J/22, J/24 and J/80 teams on-board as tacticians and skippers-- should be an interesting fireworks display of top corinthian skippers and tacticians in September!

J/109 Realt Na Mara Chicago Mackinac storm video* As sailors, the J/Family's hearts go out to the friends and family of Mark Morely and Suzanne Bickel, both of whom drowned in an unfortunate incident in this past weekend's Chicago-Mackinac Race.  Both were highly regarded and loved in their community in Saginaw, Michigan.  Our heartfelt condolences to all and best wishes and prayers go out to the families of those who were lost.

Answering the "call of duty" to a Channel 16 emergency/ distress call were several J/Teams- including the J/111 MENTAL sailed by Paul Stahlberg and Richie and Dick Stearns as well as the J/109 REALT NA MARA sailed by Tom and Joe Londrigan. Tom and Joe's crew member, Greg Alm was wearing a helmet cam about the time at 12:40 a.m. Monday, when the storms capsized the winged Kiwi 35 WINGNUTS, and two of the eight crew members drowned (Mark and Suzanne).  Alm describes the scene in the description that accompanied the video on YouTube:  "Here's edited footage shot from a helmet camera aboard the J/109 REALT NA MARA during the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race in 50-60+ knots. The worst of the storm hit just after midnight which made bolts of lightning our only light source. The evening's weather reports indicated winds were not expected to exceed 30 knots. As the wind built, our tack line exploded; we were knocked down immediately and stayed horizontal from winds of 54 knots for about 15 minutes. Shortly after being knocked down, with no steerage, lightning flashed and another boat, just to weather, without sails was planing right towards us. Thankfully, they managed to alter course and avoid a collision. Once the winds calmed a bit, lights shined on our boat followed by the release of an emergency flare. We approached the vessel we now think was SOCIABLE who was first at the scene of the capsized WINGNUTS. They told us there were 8 people in the water. We began searching the area immediately. In a short period of time, more than a dozen boats were at the site; and, after about 45 minutes, the rescue helicopter joined the search as well." Greg's video is compelling.  Note, it's exactly what the ED's team on the J/111 IMPULSE saw, too, 52-63 knot winds over the deck, Zeus's' lightning bolts thrown everywhere, horizontal sheets of water blowing across the deck and 4-6 foot wave tops blown flat by violent winds (not 100 knots, but easily 50 to 60 knots plus winds).   You can see the J/109's REALT NA MARA YouTube video here

The J Cruising CommunityJ cruising directions- roll the dice and go!  Sailing to anywhere, anytime! J Cruisers continue their adventures around the world, below are a selection of most excellent "blogs" written by their prolific publishers.  Some terribly amusing anecdotes and pearls of wisdom are contained in their blogs. Read some! You'll love it.

* The J/42 JARANA continues their epic voyage around the Pacific. Continue to read about Bill and Kathy Cuffel's big adventure cruising the South Pacific headed for New Zealand.  Their blog is here:

* Prolific writers, Bill and Judy Stellin, sailed their J/42 JAYWALKER around the Mediterranean and Europe and back across the Atlantic for nearly three years.  Their blogs/journals can be found at-  The earlier journals have been compiled into two self published books which can be found at:  Search for "SEATREK: A Passion for Sailing" by Bill Stellin or William Stellin."  UPDATE-  Just a short note to update from Bill- "Our cruise began in May of 2000 and ended in May of 2008, some 8 years later. I have just finished and published my third and final book covering the last three or so years including our double handed crossing in 16 days and one winter in the Caribbean. Like the others, "Sea Trek- A Passion for sailing- Book III," can be found at  Thanks, Bill and Judy"

J/130 sailing ARC Rally arrives Portugal- leave a message on the sea wall!* John and Mary Driver are sailing their J/130 SHAZAM for extended cruising in the Atlantic basin. At this time, John and Mary finished their double-handed crossing of the Atlantic, landing in Portugal on their J/130 Shazam after completion of their ARC Rally. Read the latest news at

* Several J/160 owners are island hopping across the world's oceans, fulfilling life long dreams to cruise the Pacific islands, the Caribbean islands, the Indian Ocean and all points in between.  Anyone for Cape Horn and penguins??  Read more about their adventures and escapades (like our J/109 GAIA, J/42s PAX and JAYWALKER and J/130 SHAZAM friends above).

SALACIA, the J/160 owned by Stephen and Cyndy Everett has an on-going blog describing some of their more amusing experiences (

-  Bill and Susan Grun on the J/160 AVANTE are also sailing in the Pacific archipelago, read more about their great adventures on their blog (  Check out there recent travels- now past Fiji!

- Eric and Jenn on the J/160 MANDALAY also sailed the Pacific archipelago, read more on their blog at  Eric and Jenn are J/World alumni took MANDALAY up and down the West Coast (Mexico, CA)J/109 racer-cruiser sailboat GAIA- sailing off Java Sea cruising offshore, then to the South Pacific and New Zealand.  MANDALAY is back in San Francisco now, and in the J/World fleet--she is available for skippered charters, private instruction, and corporate/executive groups.

* The J/109 GAIA (seen right in the Java Sea) was sailed by Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay around the world. In February 2011, their cruising adventures came to an abrupt, sad ending.  As a tribute to them and their cruising friends worldwide, we hope their chronicles on their GAIA website remains a tribute to their warm-hearted spirits- read more about why many loved them dearly and will remain touched by their loving spirit forever-

J/122 Gambler- one-design racer cruiser sailboat- sailing downwindFeatured Boats

J/122 GAMBLER For Sale

A 2008 J/122, Gambler has the three cabin layout, and the optional light grey deck.  White topsides and cherry interior.  The light grey deck really cuts down on the glare, the boat looks great and is in immaculate condition.

Gambler's owner has prepared this boat to race at the highest levels and her race results show it:

-2011 Charleston Race Week winner: PHRF Class B winner. 4 Bullets!!!
-2008 NYYC Annual Regatta-3rd
-2008 Sperry Topside regatta-1st
-2009 NYYC Race Week-2nd
-2009 J122 North American Championship-1st
-2010 Texas Race Week-2nd
-2010 Sperry Topside Regatta-2nd

Gambler may have the best winning record in the US topped by the 2009 North American championship!  In addition the owner has been on a scheduled sail program with North Sails and the inventory has been continually updated each year, including 2011.  For 2011 the owner has purchased the new 3Di carbon sails from North Sails.  This boat is also set up to race offshore and includes complete foul weather for 10, Gill life jackets for 10, along with offshore jacklines.

The factory options are:  light grey non-skid deck, Lewmar Carbon Wheel and Opening ports-aft face of cabin. Don't Gamble and miss out on this well prepared and race winning J/122. This is truly a step aboard and sail to the start line, or cruise across the ocean.  Please contact Scott Spurlin at J/Boats Southwest- email- or phone- 512-335-2391

About J/Boats

Started in 1977, J/Boats continues to lead the world in designing fun-to-sail, easy-to-handle, performance sailboats that can be enjoyed by a broad spectrum of sailors.  The International J/24 has become the most popular recreational offshore keelboat in the world with over 5,400 J/24s cruising the waves. Today, there are 13,000+ J/Boats, ranging from the International J/22 to the J/65 and ranging in style from one-designs to racers, cruisers to daysailers and, of course, the ubiquitous J sprit boats- J/Boats' innovation in 1992 for easy-to-use asymmetric spinnakers and retractable carbon bowsprits (J/80, J/92, J/95, J/105, J/109, J/110, J/120, J/122, J/130, J/133, J/125, J/145, J/160).

J/Boats has the best track record in sailing for innovation and design as evidenced by:  15 Sailing World/ Cruising World Boat of the Year Awards in 14 years; 2 SAIL Awards for Industry Leadership; 2 American Sailboat Hall of Fame Designs (J/24 & J/35); and the three largest ISAF International One-Design keelboat classes (J/22, J/24, J/80).

Counting crew, every year there are over 100,000 friends to meet sailing J's, populating the most beautiful sailing harbors and sailing the waters of 35+ countries around the world.  Sailing is all about friends.  Come join us and expand your social network everywhere!    For more information on J/Boats.

Read Kimball Livingston's SAIL update on the J/Boats story- A Band of Brothers