Wednesday, October 17, 2012

J/Newsletter- October 17th, 2012

J/70 one-design sailboats- sailing off NewportTwin J/70s Demo Sailing Greenwich
Demos on Super Saturday Oct 27th
(Greenwich, CT)-  Indian Harbor YC is hosting their own J/70 demo day for both members as well as friends in the sailing community in greater Western Long Island Sound. IHYC will set some marks and provide chase boats and two of the local 70's will be on the water for sea trials.  Please note, Indian Harbor is inviting members and sailors who have an interest in J/70s and sailing on Long Island Sound.

The J/70 demos will take place down on the floating docks along the river from 12 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, October 27th.  Don't miss your chance to sail the new J/70 speedster- the ramp-launchable, trailerable, lifting keel fun boat anyone in the family can sail! Please be sure to call or email to confirm your spot- Michael Beers/ McMichaels- contact at or (914)381-5900    For more J/70 sailboat information

sunset sailing offshoreJ/Sailing News

The Sun Never Sets on J's Sailing Worldwide

As October fall colors make their way across the northern parts of America and Europe, sailors begin to bundle-up to weather the elements in the more northern parts while others begin the fall migration south to warmer climes for more relaxing sailing in the warmer parts of the northern climates.  Simultaneously, Down Under various fleets are beginning to roll in their spring seasons, like the J/24s starting off with their annual Gosford Classic in New South Wales.  On the European front, the Danish J/80 class have completed their J/80 Danish National Championship and the Hamble Winter Series has put another chapter behind them in their Big Boat Regatta, sailed the first chapter in the One-Design Regatta and are yet another weekend into their Garmin Winter Series sailing J/70s, J/80s, J/109s, J/111s and J/122s.  Across the continent in Asia some J/Sailors were racing their J/109 in the Royal Hong Kong YC China Coast Regatta along the spectacular southern shores of Hong Kong.  Then, across the Pacific, their colleagues were racing in the Pacific Northwest fun-house regatta, hosted by Seattle's Corinthian YC, called the PSSC- PNW Slipping, Sliding & Crashing Regatta (since by now the NW is often getting inundated with some suspect weather that includes rain, snow and ice and plenty of wind!).  Southeast of them was the third annual J/Fest Southwest event hosted by Houston's Lakewood YC with one-design classes for J/22, J/24, J/70, J/80, J/105 and J/109 classes and J/PHRF classes.  Finally, out East the Harbor School Regatta featuring J/24s had many enthusiastic children from downtown New York, the Bronx and Long Island participating in an incredibly fun, learning experience for all!

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:

Oct 6- Dec 2- Garmin Hamble Winter Series- Hamble, England
Oct 17-21- J/105 North Americans- San Diego, CA
Oct 18-21- J/30 North Americans- New Orleans, LA
Oct 20-27- Rolex Middle Sea Race- Gzira, Malta
Oct 26-28- J/24 East Coast Championship- Annapolis, MD
Oct 26-28- J/80 Italian Nationals- Sestri Levante, Italy
Oct 31- Nov 4- J/80 North Americans- Ft Worth, Texas
Nov 1-4- J/80 French Nationals- Douarnenez, France
Nov 3-4- J/70 Fall Brawl Regatta- Annapolis, MD- Eastport YC
Nov 14-18- J/24 North Americans- Jacksonville, Florida

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

J/105s sailing SoCal Champs- San Diego, CACO2 Wins J/105 SoCal Champs
(San Diego, CA)- The action promised to be fast, furious, hot and cold.  That's San Diego sailing for you.  Fast and furious when the J/105s are enjoying spectacular, un-October-like conditions of NNW winds 8-15 knots with weather so clear you can see Tijuana, Mexico's rolling hills to the south and the infamous Coronado Islands offshore with their majestic, breathtaking sheer vertical cliffs.  Hot and cold when fleet tactics are often governed by islands of kelp (yes, way bigger and heavier than your family SUV) that force boats to duck, pinch, tack or gybe to try to stay in contention.  Or, have teams on-board who are expert "kelp shedders" who employ various methods of shedding kelp as large as small trees wrapped around keel bulbs and rudders.  Yes, San Diego sailors live in interesting times (the old kelp harvesting operations are now gone).  Despite the challenges, the sailors adapt and make the most of the opportunities presented to them and it's clear some "locals" are way better at the eclectic mixture of kelp avoidance/ shedding + tactics + wind shifts + mark roundings + current + starting in kelp.  It's the game you have to play in the waters offshore of the US Navy's Third Fleet HQ with 688-class fast attack subs, enormous 1,100 ft Enterprise-class nuclear carriers and scads of frigates, missile cruisers, destroyers and other naval hardware floating about and criss-crossing the sailing areas.

As anticipated, the fleet of 23 boats provided incredibly competitive racing.  The conditions were certainly challenging and nowhere near what many of the locals were expecting.  The forecast for Saturday's and Sunday's racing were for NNW winds due to the fact there was a powerful High up north and a large Low spinning in the south, both conspiring to force a northerly gradient airflow.  Saturday morning saw the fleet heading out in variable winds, but by midday the northerlies blew in link a "Santa Ana" offshore wind as a large dark line of wind that continued to build all day long to 10-17 kts.  On Sunday, the fleet again headed out in variable winds, mostly from the WSW before the gradient filled in more WNW with winds blowing 8-14 kts.  Kelp was the big issue both days in addition to the large wind shifts and long wind streaks that would fill in from either side of the course.  While many locals have seen these conditions before, many of them favored the right side of the course-- although it didn't often pay off.

Sailing a very consistent series was Gary Mozer from Long Beach racing CURRENT OBSESSION 2, not only winning overall in the last race, but also getting special recognition for having the youngest person on-board- his young son as bowman!  Gary's team sailed a solid series, posting a 1-3-5-3-1 for 13 pts to narrowly beat out Dennis Conner's team sailing DC's PHOLLY by only one point to be crowned the J/105 SoCal Champion.  DC's team started out well, winning the first day with a 3-1-1 in Saturday's windier conditions, then had to overcome lots of kelp issues on Sunday and still managed to sail to a 4-5 for a total of 14 pts.  Chuck Driscoll and Tom Hurlburt sailed their beautiful navy-blue boat, called BLOW BOAT, to a steady series with a 2-6-7-1-8 for 24 pts to grab third place on the podium.  Fourth was the tough Santa Barbara team on GROOVERDERCI sailed by Johnnie Demourkas, snagging three 2nds and a 9-11 for 26 pts.  Fifth was the "other DC", Dennis & Sharon Case sailed WINGS to a 7-4-10-13-4 for 38 pts.  It will be interesting to see how these teams fair in what appears to be a more standard SoCal San Diego wind scenario, light WSW sea breezes.  Then again, if Hurricane Paul to the south going over Mexico's Cabo San Lucas has any effect, it could generate some more unusual NNE Santa Ana wind conditions, similar to what the fleet had to contend with the previous weekend.  Sailing Photo Credits- Bronny Daniels-   For more J/105 championship sailing information

J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing on SolentJ's Enjoy Close Sailing on Solent's Winter Series
J/122 Leading IRC0, J/97 Leads IRC3
(Hamble, England)- The second weekend of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series, which incorporated the first weekend of the Lewmar Hamble One Design Championships, saw some champagne sailing conditions. Bright sunshine and 8-12 knots of breeze burned off the thick frost and eerie mist that started the day off, giving some stunning, if shifty, sailing conditions for all classes.

The race team got two races in on schedule on windward-leeward courses, with big shifts and a strong ebb tide giving competitors the chance to make big gains - and losses.

IRC 0 was first away. Dr Ivan Trotman’s J/122 JOLOU won her race and continues to lead IRC0 with a 1-2-1 scoreline for 4 pts.  Nick and Adam Munday’s J/97 INDULGENCE topped the IRC 3 class, with a 3rd and a 1st to be leading their series in IRC 3.

In the J/111 class things were close. Cornel Ridkin’s JITTERBUG and David and Kirsty Apthorp’s J-DREAM are tied overall on 5 points, with a first each. Third lies Charles Rolls & Andrew Christie's ICARUS with 10 pts.  Similarly in the J/109s, Paul Griffiths’ JAGERBOMB leads the class overall by a point, with a first and a third, ahead of David McLeman’s OFFBEAT and her score of a 4th and a 1st.  Third is Owain Franks' JYNNAN TONNYX with a 3-4 tally for 7 pts.  A look at the full results shows some close battles lining up in all classes, which should prove fascinating to watch as the series unfolds.

Lewmar Hamble One Design Championships
The weekend also hosted the first of two Lewmar Hamble One-Design Championships weekends. This popular event had 48 entries, and featured racing for J/80 and J/109 classes on both Saturday and Sunday, kindly supported by Lewmar.

Paul Griffiths’ JAGERBOMB tops the J/109 class with a good smattering of top 3 results, accumulating a formidable scoreline of 5-3-1-2-1-3 for 15 pts. They finish the weekend three points ahead of Richard and Valerie Griffith’s OUTRAJEOUS who have a 1-2-2-4-8-1 record for 18 pts and are sitting in 2nd place.  In third is David McGough's JUST SO with 3-1-8-1-5-5 scores for 23 pts.  Currently lying fourth is Owain Franks' JYNNAN TONNYX and fifth is David Rolfe & Andy Johns' SHADOWFAX.

The J/80s sailed 7 races over the weekend. Phil Taylor’s J.A.T leads the 13-strong class overall with fairly consistent low-point scores of three 1sts, three 2nds and one 8th for 17 pts.  Jon Powell’s BETTY from France has been sailing very fast and smart and could easily be leading were it not for an RET in Race 4.  As a result "the BETTY" scoreline is four 1sts, two 2nds and an RET for 21 pts!  Next up in third overall is Patrick Liardet’s AQUA-J with a 3-4-3-4-2-7-3 record for 26 pts.  Rounding out the top five are Yannig Loyer sailing J-OUT-OF-THE-BOX in fourth and Dr Ross skippering  ROCK & ROLL in fifth.

Next weekend is the final MDL Hamble Big Boat Championship weekend, as well as the third race day of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. Everyone is hoping the fine weather continues.   Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth  For more Garmin Hamble Winter Series sailing information

J/24s sailboats- sailing one-design in AustraliaSAILPAC Wins Gosford J/24 Classic
(Gosford, NSW, Australia)- The Gosford J24 Classic Regatta was once again a great success with a fleet of 13 making the huge effort to sail and trailer to Gosford from Sydney and Lake Macquarie.  Saturday delivered very gusty westerlies with an average of 25 kts all day.  We saw some fantastic broaches, whole crews hanging off life lines up to their eyes in water which thankfully wasn’t as cold as Sydney, a man overboard, a few cautious kite hoists and someone with a very squeaky voice now!  Day two gave us a virtual glass out mixed with some nice 10 kts and at one point saw boats changing to a short-lived jib.

Overall, Sean Kirkjian's crew on SAILPAC walked off with all the marbles.  Second was John Crawford's crack crew aboard INNAMINKA.  Third was Brett Lewis sailing WILDCARD.

J/24s sailing one-design off AustraliaA big "Thanks goes out to Gosford Sailing Club for running good courses in touch conditions; to Terry Wise for bringing 6 Pacific Sailing School teams and introducing them to the fantastic world of J/24 Racing; to WATER HOUND for the huge effort to get their boat to their first regatta – they assure me they are now hooked (and we will be seeing more of them); to Waterborne Again for breaking away from club racing and joining the fleet; to all our usual loyal skippers who come back year after year for the fun; and to everyone for competing.  Many thanks to Kevin Phillips for his on water photos and for full results and some great photos.

We hope to see you all at Balmain Regatta on 28 October, and the NSW State Championships on 3 & 4 November at RPEYC.  Remember, we will be presenting a Travellers Award at the end of the season so the more you enter, the better your chance of being the best overall NSW J24!!!   For more J/24 Gosford sailing information.   For more J/24 Australia sailing information

J/80 sailing under spinnakerJesperson Wins Danish J/80 Championship
(Copenhagen, Denmark)- The Thiele J/80 Class Championship for Denmark saw twelve teams competing over five races on the weekend of October 6th and 7th near Copenhagen.  The weekend of sailing provided the teams with incredibly challenging sailing conditions, ranging from light, shifty airs the first day to near epic, "fresh to frightening" conditions on the second for the teams.

On Saturday the wind was very weak for the first two races, so it was difficult to keep pace in the boat and go in the right places on the course. A southbound current flow required further attention by the competitors.  In the light wind, it was Lier's crew that had consistently good starts and great speed-- they finished the first day in first place.

Sunday saw three races in the plenty of wind, often blowing in excess of 25 kts in the puffs.  It was in these sailing conditions that Jesper Jespersen's crew showed great speed, experience and flawless boat-handling make the difference.  No bad spinnaker hoists, great gybes downwind and no "shrimping" (dropping of spinnakers in the water), meant they were catching boats all-around the race course.  Sunday's first race saw Jesper Jespersen first, then Sofie Hessel Source and her almost girl crew and then Lier. The rest of the teams recognized that time spent on the water practicing was paying off for the top teams.  As Sunday progressed, sailed more and more without spinnakers for the more inexperienced teams, the top teams were flying around the course in the big puffs.  For others, it was getting too difficult to deal with the fast-closing speeds coming into the leeward marks and having to drop the spinnaker without getting into trouble.  For some, there were many "Kodak moments" and others a great educational experience.  By the third race on Sunday, it was obvious that fatigue was taking its toll on the sailors, so the RC's PRO wisely decided to send the boats in the harbor after 3 races.

One year after J/80 World Cup in Dragor the J/80 class continues to grow nicely with several new privately owned boats in Denmark as well as several sailing clubs considering buying the J/80 for their club sailing programs.  Today, there are nearly thirty J/80s actively sailed in Denmark.  Thanks for the contribution from Jens Kristian.   For more Danish J/80 sailing information

J/29 sailing off Seattle, WA on Puget SoundJ/105 DELIRIUM & J/29 SLICK Win Northwest PSSC
(Seattle, WA)-  CYC Seattle’s annual fall buoy regatta delivered grey skies and solid breeze for the Pacific-northwest Slipping Sliding and Crashing regatta (PSSC). DNF’s and DNC’s dominated the results as mainsails flogged apart, spinnakers shredded, rudders broke off, skippers went swimming and Melges crews waved to the spectators as they slipped along sideways with their keels in the air.

CYC set up two race courses with the smaller boats sailing off of Shilshole and the bigger boats sailing up North off of the Highlands. 37 boats made it out Saturday for the South course and the North course garnered 35 boats with 2 one design classes, including J/105s and 4 PHRF groupings. DNF’s and DNC’s were so wildly prevalent that nearly all classes had alphabet soup on their score card.

The first fronts of the year came through with power Saturday with winds on the South course hitting 25 knots and up in the North course reaching a little higher into the 30 knot realm. Waves built up for the North course, outside of the protection of West Point on the Southerly breeze, but the Sound remained relatively flat for the 37 smaller boats on the South course. The RC on the South course kept things moving with only minutes between races, no time for sail changes between races and with whatever rig tension they had. By the end of the day, after 7 races, the only thing the racers on the South course were complaining about was sore muscles, bruised arms & legs, and hungry bellies as they finally had some time for lunch while sailing into the marina.

Up on the North Course the big boat class was going at it.  By 3:30pm the RC had the big boats heading in to the marina, trying to leave enough time for the sailmakers to repair all the carnage on the course, getting everyone back out for Sunday’s 25 to 35 knot forecast. On the South course the RC sent everyone in to re-coup and get some much needed rest after the windy tough day.

By morning the forecast hadn’t changed and a strong front was still supposed to come through bringing with it winds into the 30 knot range. At start time, though, boats had their big jibs out and pulling, sailing along in a nice 10 to 12 knots of breeze out of the South. Things built as the day went on but barely into the 20 knot range, good sailing conditions without that survival feeling everyone knows and loves in tight buoy racing.

The J/105 DELIRIUM owned by Jerry Diercks was able to continue holding on to first against Lorenzo Migliorini’s ALLEGRO VIVACE who was consistently biting at their heels all weekend. Finishing just 2 points in front of ALLEGRO VIVACE, DELIRIUM was able to stand on top of the podium after a tough weekend of sailing.

Down on the South Course the PHRF class saw Bob Mayfield and Pat Nelson’s always dominating J/29 SLICK hold court over the fleet and sail away with first for the weekend through consistently placing in the top of the class in all of their 10 races.   Sailing photo credits- Jan Anderson    For more Corinthian YC PSSC sailing information

J/70 one-design sailboat- sailing fast on Galveston Bay, Houston, TxJ/Fest Southwest Success!
J/70s Debut, Enormous Showing for J/22s, J/24s
(Houston, Texas)- Lakewood YC hosted the third annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta for sixty-two boats! Awesome atmosphere! Great band and free beer waiting for all the crews as they came off the water! Everyone is in party mode!

The focus of the J/Fest Southwest Regatta is to provide a Regatta venue that is extra fun for J/Boat owners, their family, and friends. While the racers are on the water, their spouses, children, family, and friends can enjoyed a myriad of activities and tourist attractions in the Bay Area.

J/24 fleet sailing one-design under spinnakerOne-design fleets that participated this year include the J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/80s, J/105s, J/109s and a J/PHRF class.  In the J/22s a great class of fourteen boats sailed with the local host team, BLACKBURN MARINE RACING skippered by Casey Lambert, simply walking off with the overall honors with four straight firsts for 4 pts.  Second was Fred Lindsey's team CACTUS JACK with a record of three 2nds and a 3rd for 9 pts.  Third was RICH SKANK sailed by Brant Koepke's team from Galveston Bay Cruising Association with three 3rds and a 2nd for 11 pts.

J/24 one-designs sailing downwind under spinnakerThe J/24s had an excellent showing with sixteen boats participating.  It was a knockdown, drag 'em out fight for the top three with Corey Harding's team on HAPPY DANCE taking the gold with a 1-3-2-2 record for 8 pts to win by one point.  Second was Bryan Dyer skippering RUMLINE from Fort Worth Boat Club with a 2-1-3-3 tally for 9 pts.  Third was Stu Lindlow on TROPICAL AGGRESSION with a 3-2-1-4 for 10 pts.  Great racing to the end for this trio of teams!

J/70 one-design speedster- sailing downwind in HoustonThe J/70s had their first one-design racing on Galveston Bay.  It was fun racing for all as the teams were all learning how to get the most out of their new boats.  In the finale, it was Bruce McDonald sailing ROGUE WARRIOR 2 from Houston YC that managed to score four 1sts and a 2nd for 6 pts.  Second was Jimmy Mitchell on BOOMTOWN from Fort Worth Boat Club that managed to wind a count-back tie-breaker based on most 1sts, etc.  Jimmy's 3-1-3-2-3 was good enough for 12 pts, overcoming Dave Hinrichsen's #51 that had three 2nds and two 3rds for 12 pts, too.

J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing Galveston Bay, Houston, TxThe J/80s had a great cross-section of sailors amongst the eight teams, including a team from Dillon, Colorado- Kurt Vanderwal on HENDRIX.  In some respects, this regatta was a great practice warm-up for local sailors all participating in the upcoming J/80 North Americans being held in Fort Worth Boat Club later in October.  Topping out the fleet was local J/80 champion sailor Jay Lutz sailed USA 803 with four straight 1sts!  Jay's performance was all the more remarkable considering the fact that they were up against another J/80 NA and World Champion, Terry Flynn and David Whelan, who ultimately finished second.  The Flynn/Whelan team sailed QUANTUM SAILS/ GULF COAST RACING to four 2nds to easily finish behind their local, friendly competitors.  Third was Alfred Poindexter sailing ANDALE that managed to just secure their position with a consistent 4-5-5-4 for 18 pts.

J/105 HORNY TOAD RACING TEAMAfter the Fort Worth Boat Club's One-Design weekend and racing seminar, it was clear the ten boat class was going to have some very competitive racing as many of the teams had stepped up their game and were sailing their boats much more effectively and faster around the race track.  In the end, local rock star Bill Zartler on SOLARIS again proved to be the "wiseman" of the class and managed to sail to four 1sts and a 5th for 9 pts, easily winning their class.  Behind them was Greg Turman's HORNY TOAD, a well-sailed team that featured some great local talent from the Houston area; their 4-2-4-2-2 record for 14 pts was good enough for 2nd place.  Bill Lakenmacher sailed his RADIANCE to a third place position overall with an 8-6-3-4-1 record for 22 pts, showing improvement every single race.

J/109 one-design racing cruising sailboat- sailing Galveston Bay, TxThe J/109s had one of their best showing in years with six boats sailing with one of the local host sailors simply dominating the fleet.  It was the HAMBURG "show" as Albrecht Goethe's teams led the fleet with five straight 1sts for a 5 pts total to win by a landslide.  Behind them was a real donnybrook of a fight for second place with Tom Sutton sailing his LEADING EDGE to a 2-3-4-2-5 record for 16 pts, to win a count-back tie-break based on 1-2-3 tally.  Losing that tie-break battle was Dave Christensen racing AIRBORNE into third place with a consistent 4-2-2-4-4 record also for 16 pts.

Finally, in the PHRF division, Doug Shaffer's beautiful J/122 GAMBLER sailed well as the "big boat" in the division to win with yet another "picket fence" performance- garnering four straight bullets for 4 pts to win class.  Second was Chris Alk's J/27 FOOTLOOSE with 11 pts.  Third was Bob Crutchfield's J/120 BLUECHIP with 18 pts.   For more J/Fest Southwest sailing information

J/24 one-design sailboats- racing off New YorkJ/24 Harbor School Regatta
(New York, NY)-  The second annual Harbor School Regatta at Governors Island had Manhattan Sailing Club J/24 sailboats competing near and around Governors Island as schooners and other sailing yachts host hundreds of spectators in New York Harbor for a delightful afternoon of cocktails, light bites and commentary by sailing experts and media luminaries including MSNBC’s Willie Geist.

Following the Regatta, sailors, spectators and Harbor School supporters from New York’s finance, media, technology, fashion, entertainment and philanthropic industries convened at Governors Beach Club on Governors Island for the Post–Regatta Bash, complete with live reggae music from "Aljam & the Reggaelution Band", cocktails and specialties from New York’s best eateries. Regatta proceeds benefitted the New York Harbor Foundation to fund career & technical education, after school programs, college readiness and summer programs for New York Harbor School students. New York Harbor School is only New York City public high school that provides a rigorous college preparatory education built upon New York’s maritime experience.

J/24 crews happy after sailing New YorkIt's not often that New Yorkers spend an afternoon sailing or cruising on the water then head to a beach party in the city -- but that's exactly what nearly 600 supporters of maritime education and a New York Harbor revival did.  For the past 10 years, local inner-city kids have been spending time in and on the waters of New York Harbor learning marine science, building boats, regenerating the local oyster population and learning to sail as students of the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School on Governors Island, the only New York City public high school that provides a college preparatory education built on New York's maritime experience. Harbor School students choose New York Harbor School because they are intrigued by the concept of using the Harbor as a classroom and are interested in becoming experts in a skill or technology related to the Harbor. What better way to showcase what a dynamic place the Harbor is for teaching and learning than a multi-class Regatta that captivates hundreds of adults and at the same time legitimizes the students' choice of schools?

J/24 one-design sailboat- sailing off New York's waterfrontNearly 200 sailors participated in the Harbor School Regatta at Governors Island with 24 J/24s. The event had Harbor School students sail New York Harbor alongside expert sailors from the Olympics, racing teams and maritime academies and industries, putting them in close and meaningful contact with people who have reached the peak in fields Harbor School students have chosen for high school.  With NBC's Willie Geist commentating on the Hornblower Hybrid spectator Boat and several Olympic sailors skippering the J/24 races aboard Manhattan Sailing Club J/24s, the buzz from the event helped remind New Yorkers they live on a Harbor, that the city was founded here because of the Harbor, has depended on the Harbor for hundreds of years, and must continue to depend on the Harbor for commerce, food and recreation, as well as a sense of freedom and connections to the rest of the world.

After the race, nearly 600 people gathered on Governors Island, where they got a personalized tour of the Harbor School by the students, then danced the night away to live reggae music at Governors Beach Club as they enjoyed Goslings' Dark n' Stormies, Brooklyn Brewery favorites, Fishers Island Oysters, Luke's Lobster and other specialties. Dozens of sailing, maritime, financial, fashion and food and wine companies supported the event, including Chelsea Clock, Gaastra Pro, Nautica, Keeper Springs, Mast Brothers Chocolate, Virgin Atlantic and Conde Nast.

One Regatta team member offered a sentiment shared by fellow Harbor School supporters, saying that his racing team was made up of "life-long sailors passionate about sharing the life experience of being on the water with others. The Harbor School offers us the opportunity to align this passion with a practical and innovative educational program for kids in the the City of New York. We are proud to be able to support this school, its programs, and the opportunity it gives city kids to develop their own passion for the water, along with the career opportunities that passion and education may provide."  For more Harbor School Regatta sailing information

J/109 cruiser- racer sailboat- sailing in Asia/ Hong KongJ/109 Sails China Coast Regatta
(Hong Kong, China)- Over the weekend of October 12th to 14th the Royal Hong Kong YC hosted the China Coast Regatta.  The event is three days of Big Boat racing in the best sailing conditions that Hong Kong has to offer.  The China Coast Regatta is staged in the waters on the southern side of Hong Kong with the backdrop of the enormous mountain ridges that form the backbone of the Island as the backdrop.  With 15 to 20 knots of north-easterly breeze in shorts, shades and t-shirt weather is your sort of sailing, then it's pretty darn hard to come by more spectacular sailing anywhere in the world.

In IRC 2 Racing class, the J/109 WHISKEY JACK sailed by Nick Southward managed to sail to three 4ths and two 5ths to finish 4th overall in the regatta.  For more China Coast Regatta sailing information


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

J/120 sailing on Great Lakes* J/120 NIGHT MOVES chronicled their sailing adventures in the summer of 2012 sailing around the Great Lakes- going from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan and back.  These boys put on some SERIOUS miles on their boat this past summer.  They experienced everything from dead calm to wild squalls, from cloudy washed out grey days to spectacular wind-swept days with winds blowing across Mediterranean-like deep azure blues seas with windswept frothy white tops on breaking waves.   J/120 one-design class association   Watch their sailing video on YouTube- the J/120 NIGHT MOVES

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 (  Read about their latest adventures as they've gotten to New Zealand- "Avante Cruises the Pacific".

- 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-

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J/122 cruiser-racer sailboat- Gambler for saleJ/122 GAMBLER For Sale

GAMBLER is a 2008 J/122 that is ready to continue winning races, or go cruising!  If you are looking for a 40' dual purpose sailboat, GAMBLER can do it all!  There are very few J/122's with the winning pedigree that GAMBLER has and even fewer with the 3 cabin layout. GAMBLER has been optimized for racing with top notch bottom and foil preparation, she's a past J/122 North American Champion.  The sail inventory is all North and includes NEW 3Di sails!

Please contact Scott Spurlin at:  Scott@JBoatsSouthwest or Toll free at: 1-877-596-8430