Wednesday, May 27, 2020

J/Newsletter- May 27th, 2020

sunset in Chile
While many have experienced "the good, the bad, and the ugly" over the past few week of pandemic life, there are more and more "rays of hope" that are burning brightly as we peer into the future for the opportunity to go sailing again...

Remember John Masefield's Sea Fever...the call is stronger than ever as we experience varying forms of "cabin fever" and the northern hemisphere is now well into late spring with temps into the 70s-plus..

"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking...."

Officially, all USA states are "open"; most importantly, waterways and harbors and marinas for sailors!

In Europe, the same is generally true. Sweden, was always "open", doh! When is the first regatta in Marstrand or Stockholm- Midsummer Gotland Runt Race? Mid-summer June 21st- the Baltic Sea? The world wants that experience- sun 24 hours a day sailing!

We see some positive examples in America providing that glimmer of hope. In San Diego, California, we see the first efforts at getting that "new normal" moving forward again on the water.

Thankfully, in Newport we see that activities are opening up at Fort Adams State Park, that not inconsequential enormous peninsula of land that forms the western parts of Newport Harbor. That also means SAIL NEWPORT has been able to open sailing for its members sailing on J/22s on Narragansett Bay. Imagine that... the freedom to sail with "family" or "double-handed" anywhere your heart's desire.

There is no question that John Masefield's poem "Sea Fever" is an inspiration to us all, imagining of far away places we wish we could be right now!

Sailing on San Diego Bay
Re-define Normal and Enjoy It!

(San Diego, CA)- Last weekend on San Diego Bay, thirty-nine boats participated in the first race to be held since early March in all of southern California. Remarkably, the announcement had come out only three days earlier, and the strong response had everything to do with a smart plan and an eager audience.

As an active commercial and military port, the challenge with hosting events inside San Diego Bay is securing permission. However, amid this pandemic health crisis, optics are a challenge, too. For starters, the harbor is in plain view of government offices and an impatient population in downtown San Diego. To do this race, the boxes needed to be checked.

But, with strong relationships, and a track record for doing what they say, the Cortez Racing Association was able to work with the San Diego Harbor Police and U.S. Coast Guard to get their understanding and permission and created the CRA "Race Your Household I" event.  The hope is that it will evolve into a series all summer long!

As for the plan, it was shorthanded classes and same household crew, using government marks and a bare-bones race committee.

It was also about Corinthian spirit to cooperate and appreciate, and with Chamber of Commerce post-card sailing conditions, it laid the groundwork for future events.

Answering the call in the Singlehanded, Doublehanded, and Family Crew (3 or more) classes were an amazing cross-section of J/Teams enthusiastically heading "down to the sea again".  Those crews included Rudy Hasl's J/145 PALAEMON with family crew of Philip, Melanie, and Harris Hasl); Christina Seidel's J/24 CYGNET 2 (with family crew of Susan, Ella, and Holly Seidel); Bill & Robert Quealey's J/105 J-RABBIT SLIM; and Tim Lynch & Sandy Vissman's J/30 RUFFIAN.

In the end, winning the 3 or More Class was the Hasl family on their J/145 PALAEMON, while the Lynch & Vissman duo on their J/30 RUFFIAN sailed home to take the silver.

"Thank you's" to Race Committee Chair Colleen Cooke and Fleet Captain Rich Chambers! And, congratulations to the class winners, who will receive a $25.00 gift certificate from Fiddler's Green- compliments of owner Steve Rock! You have to LOVE Steve and his crew at Fiddler's Green, truly amazing people! :)

Said Scuttlebutt's Craig Leweck, "I have said this before, but for those harbors waiting to return to their normal competition schedule, you will be waiting too long. The season is on, people want to use their boats, and there are ways to do it. While major sports leagues struggle to return to their normal, we can re-define ours and still have a great time. We sure did!"

Stay tuned for Race Your Household II, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 6!  Thanks for contribution by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News   Learn more about the Cortez Racing Association racing schedule here.

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J/70s sailing off Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
J/70 Mexico Regatta Report

(Valle de Bravo, Mexico)- The new year had started off well for "nuestros amigos" in Mexico. The 2020 Mexican J/70 Circuit blasted off with a lot of enthusiasm and families and teams looking forward to a winter/spring regatta series across the country in some of the more famous "watering holes" in Mexico.

Here is the brief report from Mexican J/70 Fleet Captain Ignacio Perez Morett, just before the world went off the cliff and into the abyss of the pandemic.

"We started this year with the first two J/70 Mexico regattas in 2020. The first regatta was held in Valle de Bravo at the La Peña Sailing Club, over the January 11th to 12th weekend, with the participation of six boats.

The top of our leaderboard had some of our most exceptional sailors. Winning was Hector Guzman's ESCIPION, followed by Diego Reyes' RAGTIME in second and Roberto Escalante's LAMPUGA bringing home the bronze.

Our second regatta was sailed off Puerto Vallarta on January 18th to 19th on the famous Bahia de Banderas, famous for being one of the world's most beautiful places to sail, with its highly reliable 10 to 18 kts seabreeze that builds like clockwork from 11:30 am onwards.

In this regatta, we had eight boats participating. Wow! I can tell you from my personal experience, the competition was getting significantly better over last year! The leaderboard was comprised of Fernando Pérez Ontiveros' BLACK MAMBA taking class honors, with José Luis Pérez Morett's AMIGO earning the silver, and Eduardo Cano's CHILCANO holding the bronze medal."

Like many other J/70 sailors around the world, they are anxious to get out sailing again in a socially responsible way-- perhaps, a Doublehanded J/70 World Championship, anyone? Anywhere? Serious!? Why not!? Simple to organize, BTW.

Editor's note- "Having done over 100 Around Conanicut Island circumnavigations (yes, that does include my J/World days in Newport), I can honestly say one of the most satisfying and enjoyable were my last two double-handed around the island races.  Ironically, the first was a complete lark.

A good friend at Ida Lewis Yacht Club- Dan Faria- offered his Shields 30 ft. classic, beautiful, day sailor to do the race. Of course, we took him up on his offer, as it was the first (of three) Round Jamestown races that summer- Cafe Zelda's version is always the first. It was a blast. Spectacular day in Newport. Sunny, a gentle seabreeze blowing out of the south/ southwest.

Our principal competitor was a green Shields from Jamestown with SIX guys aboard, about average weight just a bit north of 250 lbs (our best guess, they looked like NFL offensive linemen). Most importantly, when asked what was in the Igloo Cooler in the middle of their cockpit before the start, they simply replied "beer". LOL. As is the tradition of the Round Island race (a day race, thank God), the partying had started early, like pre-noon.  So, after the start, they were first to the weather mark. We were not surprised.

However, the several mile downwind run from Beavertail Light to the top end of Jimmie-town proved to be their undoing. One wonders why!? LOL. A few missed shifts, a missing beer over the side, and they were done. Never saw them again... we simply gybed the Shields downwind, 470-style with tiller between my legs, handling both spinnaker sheets, while Julia gybed the spinnaker pole standing at the mast... a bit difficult sometimes, of course. Conversation during each gybe was, as you might imagine, along the lines of "What the hell honey, ease the sheets and bear off for God's sakes"...and, some other choice expletives hurled in the skipper's general direction.

The subsequent round island race was on a J/70. It was a "no dramas" circumnavigation. Fast. A blast. Perfect day. We had a scream as it reminded us of sailing in dinghies, like 470s, Hobie 16s, and International 14s. Upwind was simple, since the jib on a J/70 is easy to trim by anyone- young, small, old, man or woman. Downwind, gybing all day long was a complete "no-brainer". Having reflected on our Shields experience the previous year, it was laughably easier and more enjoyable. Change tacks, change gybes? Simple. Let go one sheet, pull the other, all day long.  Perhaps a consideration for the near future for J/70 events? And, true for offshore sailors, as well! Think J/88s, J/99s, J/105s, J/111s, J/121s, J/122s, truly the simplest, easiest boats to sail offshore double-handed, ever.  For more J/70 and J/70 Class sailing information.

J/24 Champion- Travis Odenbach
Refine the plan, Improve the fun

(Rochester, NY)- While traveling will be curtailed in 2020, Quantum Sails’ Travis Odenbach still has some good suggestions in this report for the J/24 Class Newsletter on how to make regattas easier and more fun for everyone. Here are Travis' perspectives:

"I like to think back on past years and reflect on what worked and what didn’t work in regattas or with teams I sailed with. This process helps me improve and move forward in the year to come.

In a perfect world, we’d sail with the same people at every event. Our teams would become almost machine-like, and with little communication needed, prepare for a regatta. But the truth is, this is not a reality for most teams in the J/24 Class, so if you can’t sail with the same team every single regatta, what should you do?

In the J/24 Class, I’ve learned to create a list of 10 to 15 people with whom I can build a team. I look at weights, sailing ability, and, most importantly, compatibility. Making sure that everyone gets along and more or less thinks the same way will get you off to a good start and ensure you have a good time at the regatta.

Once you find a team of compatible people, then look at weight and skill level to decide who will be doing what on the boat. With your team identified, you can get down to the nuts and bolts of the program−the stuff that makes your team work and makes it easy for everyone to focus on sailing and having fun.

For years I arrived at regattas early to get the whole boat set up and launched by myself. By the time the actual regatta began, I was cranky, tired, and pretty much burned out. I started to realize there had to be a better way. Sure enough, there was.

Through good communication with my team, we started to spread out the jobs based on all kinds of skill levels, not just those that pertain to sailing. This was a big change to the program. Skills also include cleaning the boat, tuning the rig, shopping for food, and checking into the house, among others.

We started to pick our jobs in advance of the regattas. One person took care of food every day, two people rigged the boat, two others cleaned the boat and one person made sure the sails were ready to go. Everyone pitched in. Whether we were at a Worlds or a District regatta, the process became easier and the team stayed energized and excited to sail.

My tips to make your 2020 season easier and more fun:
  1. Find a team that is compatible with each other.
  2. Assign a job to each crew member, from cleaning the boat, organizing sails and rigging the boat to filling up water bottles and making sure the crew has food for the day.
  3. Try to arrive to the event as a team. After all, this is a chance to sail and spend time with friends. It also makes life so much easier.
In my opinion, sailing is the greatest team sport in the world. We all sail because we love it and want to improve. I truly believe that incorporating these tips will not only help your sailing season improve, but also make it more enjoyable. Remember to enjoy sailing for the reasons you got into the sport in the first place: friends, competition, and traveling!"  Thanks to USA J/24 Class and Scuttlebutt Sailing News.

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The Wet Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Fabulous Friday boat?

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Perfect weather here in Torres del Paine, Chile
* The BIG SECRET About Weather?
Having known Peter Isler since his college sailing days at Yale University, sailing out of "Yick-Yick" (a.k.a. Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in Branford, CT), sailing the infamous "Snow & Satisfaction Regatta" (with famous sailors multiple-Olympic Champion Paul Elvstrom from Denmark), it is remarkable to see how he and fellow Yale Bulldogs sailing alumni from that era like Dave Perry, Stan Honey, Steve Benjamin, Jonathan McKee, amongst others, have grown and evolved in the sailing world as knowledgeable leaders, World Champions, Offshore Champions, and experts in various permutations of the sport.

Scuttlebutt recently had a chance to catch up with Peter, a world renowned sailor, educator, and two-time America’s Cup winning navigator. Peter had some ideas he wanted to share with fellow sailors around the world as we sit in front of our computer screens in this pandemic world dreaming, wishing, we could be flying down magnificent Pacific swells under spinnaker at sunset doing 25 kts down the face of a never-ending surf to forever....  We’ll let him explain…

"When was the last time a friend bragged about their latest “weather app du jour” that is the “best ever” for forecasting the wind in a particular location? It happens to me a lot. And most of the time, when I check out the app or website – it’s just a new-fangled “re-packaging” of a weather model that is freely available (often thanks to some nation’s taxpayer funding) in a host of places.

Now, weather models are good things– invaluable tools for meteorologists, but they are not created equally– and none of them are exactly right.

In the right hands, these models (the grist for the forecasting output of 99.9% of every weather app out there) can provide invaluable data that will result in good forecasts. But used blindly in their raw form (e.g. with the thumb swipe to the screen) – well, let’s say their batting average won’t get you into the Hall of Fame.

It’s kind of like self-medicating with hydroxy-chloroquine to prevent a coronavirus infection. You might do okay, but you would probably be better off if you enlisted a medical doctor to direct your treatment.

sunset and rainbow over Newport, RI
I studied meteorology in college, obtained a bachelor’s degree in that fine course of study, and I have raced sailboats professionally for most of my life. I have navigated boats to offshore course records in both hemispheres, on the Pacific and the Atlantic. So, I hope you may agree my weather savvy is above the median. And yes, I use weather apps (want to know my favorites? – hang on for a minute – the answer isn’t as simple as you may hope).

I use weather models regularly, but when there’s big money on the line, I do more than “swipe right” on my favorite app.

I appreciate important characteristics of different models– like their pedigree, resolution, initialization time and more– and that helps me be more discerning when looking at their output and, ultimately, assists me in making better decisions in my forecasting/tactics.

Don’t get me wrong– I love weather apps. And, I use them all the time.

For example, when it comes to deciding whether I can get one or two more good runs in on my windsurfer before a thunderstorm (still learning to kite– so probably wouldn’t cut it so close), there’s nothing like the amazing weather radar we have here in the US – available (repackaged) on just about every good weather app. And, before a long back-country horse ride when there’s rain threatening, I have my go-to apps.

But here’s fact of life #42 – Weather forecasts have their limitations. They have been the brunt of jokes about their inaccuracies for centuries and now that computers have gotten into the game– they, too, have had their share of spectacular failures. That’s when we come back to the batting average analogy.

When I’m really serious about getting the weather right, I work hard at it– burning the midnight oil– not relying on a single data source, app, or model. And, I don’t just look on my phone/computer. I do what sailors have been doing for centuries– looking at the sky, the present conditions, and I scan the horizon for clues. Because, it is the human side of the forecast process that the app-bound sailor misses out on– it is a big swing and a miss.

And, when I’m really serious about getting the weather right– I hire a professional. Ironically. You see, even if I’m better than most professional meteorologists at running weather routing software; they're probably better than me at the human side of the art and science of weather forecasting.  The part where you have to decide between all the different forecast outputs (by definition every one of them is always ‘wrong’ to a degree– never perfect.)

Weather professionals do it for a living and some are really good at what they do. They don’t have to get a good night sleep before the race, they don’t have to attend the skipper's meeting, or work on some last minute item on the boat’s to-do list, and they probably have a good internet connection to be able to send out a crew email/ Whatsapp when I’m still packing my sea bag.

For me, having an outside meteorologist providing a morning forecast before a big race is money well spent and allows me to better do my job.

All this brings me to a new endeavor– Marine Weather University. I’ve teamed up with my weather guru and long-time friend, Chris Bedford ( to create an online school to teach sailors about the weather. Chris is adroit at teaching the weather– he’s one of those people who have the ability to make complex subjects become understandable.

Marine Weather University is designed to help sailors go beyond their favorite weather app and build a foundation of knowledge that will make them smarter about the weather. Chris has designed the curriculum with that goal in mind. Classes are rolling out throughout the summer with the first launching in a live webinar on June 2.

Ultimately all classes will be online for 24/7 access. Students can sign up for single classes, but we encourage they take one of MWU’s two full courses (Fundamentals or Advanced) – where the classes are bundled together, in a curriculum designed by Chris– like a real university course.

Check it out – you will learn what are my favorite apps (and Chris’ too), but more importantly, you’ll learn about the weather the right way. You will be able to read the sky better, make the most of the data you have available, and understand the limitations and strengths of your weather information." Thanks for this contribution from Scuttlebutt Sailing News.   For more Marine Weather University information.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

J/Newsletter- May 20th, 2020

sunset in Chile Remarkably enough, since the first week of March when coastal New England went into "lockdown" mode to combat the dreaded virus, it seems efforts to control and slow the spread of Covid-19  has been working. With all 50 states now officially "open" for business, with beaches, state parks, marinas, waterways, and so forth available for the general public to enjoy again.

Last week we saw a few examples of "family only" sailing events and even a doublehanded event on Long Island Sound. Yes, everyone is cautiously optimistic that people behave, observe the guidelines/ protocols for mitigating spread of "you know who that shall not be mentioned". And, there was a great report of a fun-filled virtual social fund-raising event for a community sailing program that makes use of J/24s and J/80s.

Hudson River Community Sailing
13th Annual Dark'n'Stormy Recap

(Manhattan, New York)- It was a wild ride, with nautical trivia, human bingo, fantastic raffle prizes, and a tutorial from an 8th-generation Gosling rum runner. We danced to "Men or Myth", introduced our pets and kids, sang to score points, and raised a glass to Hudson River Community Sailing center. We saw short films of our students engaged and learning remotely, and were carried through the festivities by a dynamic MC.

J/24 sailing on Hudson River, NY
When we set out to do a virtual Dark‘n’Stormy, we were in uncharted waters. But, we knew we had to find a way to bring our community together in the midst of this crisis and raise funds to support Sail Academy and the future of our students. Two months later, here we are, having sold over 300 tickets and having raised over $47,000!

This is the kind of magic our community makes happen.

Hudson River sailors
Take a moment to watch the videos we shared during the event. Relive MEN or MYTH's from-home concert. Consider a gift to help us hit our $50K goal!

Thank you again for being part of our mission.

Kids learning sailing
Highlights video of kids remote learning

men or myth musicians
MEN OR MYTH music video- an entertaining group!

For more Hudson River Community Sailing information

J/105s sailing Long Island SoundCaptain Islands Challenge on Long Island Sound
(Greenwich, CT)- Over the years, racing on Long Island Sound has been very popular in western Connecticut. The competition is typically casual, particularly mid-week evening racing. And as important as the racing is, for many, the social aspect is equally critical. Following the racing, the Greenwich area clubs organize post-race gatherings so competitors can share stories of triumph and defeat.

Yet in the age of COVID-19, activities such as sailing have had to be curtailed, but with restrictions starting to loosen, it is appropriate to ask if competitive sailing can be held in a way that does not jeopardize the community. Indian Harbor Yacht Club (IHYC) has responded by creating the Captain Islands Challenge.

This event is unique in that instead of racing against other boats on the same course at the same time, competitors race against the clock around a fixed course. This makes the competition more akin to a time trial. Competitors pick when to race. All they need is a boat and a watch.

The series consists of three races starting in mid-June and ending in late-September. Racing dates are chosen by the sailor subject to certain restrictions. Competitors also choose whether to race in the double-handed class or fully crewed class subject to any social distancing rules. Both classes are main and jib only – spinnakers are prohibited.

The course has a fixed starting and finishing location and the race is around Captain Islands (twice in one direction, once in the opposite direction). Boats record how long it took them and report that time to IHYC. The club then takes those times and adjusts them for each boat’s handicap and publishes the results. At the end of the season, each boat’s times are summed and the boats with the lowest handicap-adjusted times from each class are the winners.

IHYC will monitor official health and governmental regulations and guidelines and will not hesitate to suspend or cancel the series if conditions warrant. In the meantime, the Captain Islands Challenge offers the opportunity to get on the water and sail with a purpose. Contact information- Thanks for contribution from Scuttlebutt.   For more Captain Islands Challenge sailing information

Good Fun Sailing Challenge Announcement
(Annapolis, MD)- The 2020 Annapolis sailing season has started unlike any other, and despite the recent easing of Maryland’s recreational boating restrictions to limit the COVID-19 spread, there are still limitations on organized racing.

No racing? No problem. Go sailing like this intrepid J/70 sailor did the previous weekend.  Watch the video here.

J/70 sailing offshore

Gale Force Sailing created the Good Fun Sailing Challenge for sailors interested in getting that “racing feel” back, while still being compliant with state regulations. The course is a 10-mile loop that allows sailors to compete in a pandemic-friendly way.   Good Fun Sailing Challenge sailing information

navigating round the island
Navigating through the restrictions

(Manhasset, NY)- Sailboat racing is about dealing with variables, and despite health guidelines now to limit the COVID-19 spread, event formats can safely navigate through the restrictions. This is occurring on New York’s Long Island Sound as 20 entrants signed up for an informal “pick-up” race on May 16 organized by Adam Loory. Here’s his report:

"To observe social distancing, all boats were doublehanded. There was no race committee, no trophies, and no party, but there was a lot of fun as sailors pushed their boats as best as possible considering that most boats are rigged for full-crewed racing.

While the weather was beautiful for sun-bathing, it was a little difficult for sailing. An all-too-common mid-summer weather pattern made sailing challenging. A light northerly was in a battle to the death with a southerly sea breeze. Neither won, but both made their scant presence known at times.

Third place finisher Richard du Moulin called the conditions, “About as ‘Long Island Sound’ as it could be, but at least it was fun racing in close proximity with friends, except PHANTOM, which missed all the fun and won by a mile!”

To sail without a race committee, the pursuit format was used. The slowest boat in the fleet started first and rest of the boats started later based on how much time they owed the slowest boat. This way, the finish order is the results.

With a scratch sheet having start times for a long, medium and short course (click here), I announce on the radio which course we are sailing, and everyone can then see their starting time. Given the conditions, the call was for the short, 9.25nm course.

The race started with 8-12 knots out of the N-NE, and then did exactly what the weather forecast called for – it died. Most of the fleet set off on a close reach heading straight at the one turning mark a little over four miles away, but soon the boats on the rhumbline got headed and then the wind died.

For most of the fleet, the wind died away for nearly an hour just as the boats were reaching the turning mark at Matinecock Point. The fleet struggled to change sails, jibe and tack multiple times to eke out some forward progress; some jibed to the north and others worked their way south.

For a while, each looked good, until they weren’t..."

Enjoying a nice sunny day on the water was the J/88 ONE TOO MANY, the new J/99 THIN MAN, and others like the gorgeous J/42 ATALANTA. Thanks for contribution from Scuttlebutt.

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The shirt comes with the J/Class logo of your choice and can be customized with your boat name and sail number. Comes in colors of Black, Blue and White and sizes from S to XXL.
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Chicago offshore- J/33
Chicago Yacht Club Weather Challenge
(Chicago, IL)- In the wake of a successful weather Zoom presentation, Chicago Yacht Club members Matt Gallagher and Winn Soldani teamed up with CYC’s On-the-Water Director Skip Dieball and hatched a plan to create a weather forecasting contest.

“After Matt and Winn set up the simple website, invitations to participate were sent to club members and friends around the country, and through social media,” noted Dieball. “Inquiries from all over the world came in.”

The concept is simple – submit your predicted forecast for tomorrow’s weather and get scored based on its accuracy. High/Low Temps, Wind Speed/Direction, and Precipitation. The closer you are, the lower your score.

All sailors fancy themselves weather experts, and as Gallagher, Soldani, and other weather experts provide support and education via the contest’s site and a private Facebook group, this is a chance for people to prove themselves while waiting to get back on the water.

The current contest is free of charge and open to all. This week’s forecast is for Chicago, IL; next week is Providence, RI; and the week of June 1 is Miami, FL. New forecasters can join any time, and champions will be crowned for all three cities individually along with an overall champion. Suitable swag and bragging rights will be awarded to the winner. Thanks for contribution from Scuttlebutt.   For more info and to enter.

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J/160 JAM Seattle, WA* Throwback Thursday- Memorial Day Kickoff Weekend? Not.
Remember what we had been accustomed to doing on the first major weekend of any summer season in years gone by? Wow, hard to imagine actually  By now, with major events gone by like SPI Ouest France Regatta, the Warsash Spring Series, American YC Spring Series, Charleston Race Week, Annapolis NOOD Regatta, San Diego NOOD, the Caribbean Winter Offshore Circuit (St Maarten Heineken, St. Thomas/ BVI Weeks, Voiles St Barth, Antigua Sailing Week), many sailors would have been looking forward to three eponymous events on the Memorial Day sailing calendar.

Remember FIGAWI Race- the pursuit race from Cape Cod to Nantucket Island? The Swiftsure International Yacht Race in Victoria, BC, Canada? The offshore season opener for northeastern USA- the Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race from Stamford, CT around Block Island and back? Fond memories all.

In retrospect, it's still shocking that we are missing what had been decades of family and friends traditions to start sailing on Memorial Day weekend. The weekend has always been penciled into everyone's calendars for those who look forward to the northern hemisphere's woefully short four month sailing season.  On the other hand, our friends way Down Under have seen what was normally a long nine month sailing season simply evaporate before their very eyes. Not sure which is worse.

giant flounder and halibut
* If Plan A doesn’t work, Beware of Plan B- a real fish story?
Marc Hermann shares a non-sailing story to take our minds off all the non-sailing now occurring.

"Many years ago, I got an opportunity to go out fishing with a friend, and as we waited for the next bite, he told me about his wife’s unique experience obtaining her diving certification.

She was pursuing her dockside certification in shallow waters, and while underwater she saw a large white object floating just above the ocean floor. Curious, she swam closer to discover it was a 5+ foot halibut that had a rope noose around its body, followed by a length of line with a frayed end.

She found this to be rather odd, and once back on the dock, she told her story to one of the Marina attendants. He immediately started to laugh and began to tell her about an early morning fishing incident with a guy who had snagged a massive halibut in his old aluminum car-topper boat.

Apparently, he fought with this thing for a couple of hours when finally it succumbed, allowing him to reel it alongside the boat to club it. Realizing he had landed the mother lode, and it being far too big to bring into the boat, he decided to make a rope noose and tie it to the side of the boat and head back to the marina.

However, on his way back, the fish came back to life, and for those of you familiar with halibut and the strength in their tail, it started to violently thrash around while attached to the boat.

With less than half mile to the marina, this is when our avid, and at the time happy fisherman, realized that given the current circumstances, the trapped fish was going to destroy the boat.

Not realizing what to do next, and seeing the boat was taking on water, he panicked and picked up his shotgun (don’t ask me why he had a shotgun) to shoot the thrashing fish.

However, this idea didn’t quite go according to plan. As when he aimed at the fish, the fish’s tail violently hit the side of the boat and knocked our fisherman off balance just as he fired the gun. Rather than his aim be directed at the fish, it instead blew out the stern, which then led to significant ingress of water and subsequent sinking.

With half the marina watching this unfold, our now very unhappy fisherman was swimming in the water, with no boat, and much to his consternation that last traumatic course of events broke the noose around the fish and it, too, got away.

And now you know the story of the large halibut with a noose that got away."  Thanks for this funny fish story from Scuttlebutt.

* Eight Bells for Dana Bolton
J/88 boat co-owner of ALCHEMY- Dana Bolton- passed away last weekend due to complications from brain cancer.  Dana was an avid sailor and racer and a huge supporter of junior sailing at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center. He was awarded the US Sailing Volunteer of the Year a few years ago. Prior to the J/88, he owned the J/95 SWISH. His co-owner, Mark Damico, had this to say about the passing of his close friend:

"When Dana Bolton and I agreed to partner on the purchase of our new J/88, our first task was to decide on a name.  We emailed each other long lists of possible names and followed up with discussions about the various possibilities. When Dana came up with the idea to name her Alchemy, we knew we had found the right name.  It was perfect.

"Alchemy" is defined as the process of taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary, sometimes in a way that cannot be explained.  That was our hope, to make our partnership and every shared experience on the boat something memorable for us and for our crew.

Thanks to Dana, every time we sailed Alchemy, the experiences were always special and always memorable. He had a knack for making every crew member feel important regardless of their sailing experience. Dana made every day on the water fun.

Although Dana loved the competitive aspects of racing our J/88, sailing Alchemy was more about having fun, sailing her well, staying safe, and creating lasting memories and valued friendships.  Dana always created a welcoming environment on the boat for our regular crew as well as new sailors we had invited on the boat. On-board post-race reflections always included cold Vermont beers, snacks for the crew, and a lot of laughs. He helped everyone to get a little bit better every time we sailed through his understated leadership skills and extensive sailing knowledge.

Some of the best days on Alchemy were taking junior sailors out for the week during the Community Sailing Center’s Junior Big Boat program; he was a highly skilled instructor and his students learned a lot about sailing and a lot about life. Other memorable days were long sails out in the open waters of Lake Champlain.  Dana cherished beautiful, sunny, windy Vermont days.  He loved the long spinnaker runs and surfing down waves to grab an extra knot or two of boat speed. He brought smiles and joy to all his many sailing friends every day we hoisted Alchemy’s sails.

Alchemy was the perfect name for our boat because Dana was a sailing alchemist; everyone whose life he touched has been made better and richer in extraordinary ways. He will never be forgotten." Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

J/Newsletter- May 13th, 2020

sunset in Chile Another week, another perspective on how life has changed in a pandemic world in ways no one would have ever imagined in their lifetimes. This past week, I had a chance to speak with war veterans down the street at our local store, it was a humbling experience. To hear how they were surviving, yet again. Indeed, it is a sobering perspective on what was a more difficult experience to go through, a one-time battle against a known enemy lobbing bullets and bombs at each other. Or, having an unseen enemy ready to attack you when you least expected it. No question, the latter was what these grizzled veterans feared the most.

On the flip side, there are "rays of hope" that we can go sailing yet again! Below are a number of ideas that would make it permissible to enjoy our waters with family and close friends, given appropriate measures for distancing and use of PPE- such as face masks.

J/109s sailing J/Cup
Indian Summer for Landsail Tyres J-Cup
(Cowes, England)- In the light of recent United Kingdom Government announcements, it has become clear that the 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup will be postponed and not take place in July. The new date, confirmed by an amendment to the Notice of Race, will be September 3rd to 5th, 2020.

J/70s sailing J/Cup off Cowes, England
Whilst the current measures on social distancing have been eased, they are still in place. However, by early September, the UK Government may allow competitive sports for fully crewed yacht racing, which would allow the Landsail Tyres J-Cup to take place. Key Yachting will continue to monitor the Government announcements and will keep the J Boat community updated with any relevant developments. Sailing photo credits- Tim Wright/ For more information.

J/109 sailing shorthanded
How Can Keelboat Racing Work with Social Distancing?

(Dublin, Ireland)- Four-time Olympic sailor, Mark Mansfield, a professional sailor, is part of the Key Yachting/ J/UK team representing J/Boats in Ireland. Mark contributed a good perspective on how sailing can take place while enjoying with family and friends.

Fully crewed or shorthanded?
Though there are other options around, family crew and the like, clearly it will be challenging to sail fully crewed for the first couple of months and still keep the required space between each other. The sight of 8 bodies huddled together on the rail while going upwind on a 35-foot cruiser-racer would not only be regarded as unsafe, but irresponsible and would send all the wrong messages.

So, at what crewing levels could racing happen and still keep close to the permitted social distancing levels?

It is possible to specify a max crew level for different sized boats.
Different sized boats have different crewing needs. A J/70, for example, does not need the same crew numbers as a 42-footer. So, what crew numbers would be required on different sized boats. Here is my estimate:

    Up to 26 footers 3 max per boat – Only 2 allowed to sit over the side
    Over 26 foot and up to 31 foot – Max of 4 crew – only 2 allowed to sit over the side
    Over 31 foot and up to 36 foot – Max 5 crew – only 2 allowed to sit over the side
    Over 36 foot and up to 41 foot – Max 6 crew – only 3 allowed to sit over the side
    Over 41 foot and up to 46 foot – Max 7 crew and only 4 allowed to sit over the side

And, so on in 5-foot sized increases.

An amendment to The Notice of Race (NOR) could be inserted for events to make these reduced numbers a requirement, while we still have these restrictions due to COVID 19.

Is this enough crew to race boats with spinnakers?
In the Fastnet Race in 2019, there were 65 entries in the Doublehanded class, ranging from 45 footers, down to 30 footers. Most boats were in the 35-foot size range and used spinnakers. Yes, they all would have autopilots, and that effectively gives you an extra pair of hands doing sail changes. But that still would mean that they would have had two less crew than my crew size thoughts above. Here is how that would look like on specific boats:

J/22, J/24, J/70, J/80?
Three crew could easily handle any of these boats. In fact, two would be just as easy. One is helming and trimming the main, one in the cockpit, and one on the bow. The Bowman stays forward of the shrouds; the cockpit person stays away from the helm, up by the hatch. It won't be all that easy, but 30-foot boats like Etchells have similar-sized sails and normally sail with 3.

J/109, J/109, J/111, J/112E?
Five on any one of these boats is possible. One on the wheel, staying back a bit. One in the cockpit is trimming the mainsheet but sitting well forward. Helm adjusts the traveler or leaves it in the center. One sits in the hatch, or on top of the coach roof. The Jib Trimmer sits out, and during tacks, they pull in the new sheet while the Mainsheet Trimmer has let off the old jib sheet. The Bow person sits out forward of the shrouds; jib trimmer sits out to windward, 2 metres back from the Bowman.

Downwind more room becomes available as both sides of the boat can accommodate the crew. Andrew Craig, Class Captain of the J/109 class in Ireland, says, "the J/109 is well-suited to shorthanded racing with the small jib and plenty of space for a reduced number to spread out. The Asymmetrical Spinnaker requires no pole, which also makes shorthanded use possible in the right conditions".

For more about Mark's perspective on the new world of sailing in the "post-covid-19 world"

Dark'n'stormy celebration
Celebrate the 13th Annual Dark 'n' Stormy Virtually!

(Manhattan, New York)- Come together to support the Hudson River Community Sailing and Sail Academy.

Tuesday, May 19th, @ 7:00 PM (aka 1900 hrs Eastern).

Win prizes in trivia and bingo, dance to "Men or Myth", make Dark 'n' Stormies with your at-home cocktail kit, and socialize with the HRCS community. We promise it will be a night to remember!

All tickets come with entry into every raffle, with a fantastic array of prizes: a salmon lovers’ package from Portage Foods, remote meditation coaching, tickets to sail on American Eagle in Newport, a cocktail-making class, and more!

Can't make the event but still want to support? You can enter the Peloton raffle-- need not be present to win!

About the Event
For the past 13 years, Dark 'n' Stormy has brought our community together to celebrate a new season and fundraise for the transformative work we do with young people. As New York continues to battle this terrible disease, we think it’s important to support our students and their futures by keeping up the tradition.

Dark ‘n’ Stormy is going virtual!
Purchase your ticket to be a contestant on our live MC’d game show. Let’s dance, compete, laugh, and catch up with friends without leaving home.   Go here to sign up and enjoy the show!

J/111s sailing World Championship
J/111 World Championship Update

(Cowes, England)- The J/111 Class Association, its owners, and the Royal Ocean Racing Club in Cowes, England have determined, because of the varying levels of infection and disruption across the world, to cancel the 2020 J/111 World Championship originally scheduled for September.

The Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the worldwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. They understand the huge commitment of time and money it takes to participate in a major Championship, as well as the enormous resources that our host clubs dedicate to such events.

Simon Bamford, Captain of the J/111 North European Fleet, said, “A big thank you to everyone who helped organize the J/111 2020 Worlds. Special mentions to Simon Grier-Jones who put many hours of work into it and to Steve Cole and RORC for their professionalism and support. Best wishes to all of you and looking forward to meeting whenever we can get back onto the water.” More news for 2021 plans coming soon. Sailing photo credits- Tim Wright/ Learn more about the J/111 and the J/111 Class here

J/Gear Under Armour shirt
J/Gear May 20% OFF Special!

(Newport, RI)- The "J" Under Armour long-sleeved polo shirt is a great all-round, stylish choice, both on and off the water. Light, comfortable, and easy-to-wear.

The shirt comes with the J/Class logo of your choice and can be customized with your boat name and sail number. Comes in colors of Black, Blue and White and sizes from S to XXL.
Check it out here on the J/Gear website

J/Boats inspired technology flying on foils
Smart Tune/ Smart Link Update

(Southampton, England)- Cyclops Marine and the Smart Tune/ Smart Link range of products have continued to evolve since its introduction in 2018 by innovative J/Sailors with backgrounds in engineering from the famous colleges in England- Cambridge and Oxford. The wireless rig sensor replaces your current forestay/ shroud turnbuckle fittings. They have been fitted already on J/99s, J/109s, J/111s and J/122s across the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America.

Peter Gustafsson, owner of the famous J/111 BLUR.SE, explained his experiences with the Smart Tune fitting and Smart Link for his B&G instruments system.

"In August, we installed a Smart Tune to measure forestay tension. The initial impressions were great; installation was super simple and having the tension on the mast display made communication much easier.

J/111 forestay pressure to sail trim
After sailing the Rolex Middle Sea Race and also the Coastal Race in Malta (we had a very shifty upwind leg) we also had some data to work with. Above is the forestay tension (in kg) as a function of TWS (in knots). So, in 12 knots of wind, 1400 kg is a good starting point with the J2 jib on our J/111.

This is just the first iteration, and we need more data before this becomes a cheat-sheet in the cockpit. But, it felt great to be able to convert our experience, and prior references on the backstay, to hard numbers.  Also, communication with our crew/ trimmers worked very well, and it felt we could be more proactive with backstay tension when we have the numbers in view rather than flying blind behind us…"   Read more here.

J/111 video of Smart Tune setup
Video of the Smart Tune and Smart Link system at work

In a recent development, Cyclops Marine is supporting Sir Ben Ainslie and INEOS TEAM UK in their bid to bring the America’s Cup back home to Great Britain (last time it was there was in 1851)! The INEOS TEAM will be using both Smart Tune and Smart Link state-of-the-art wireless load-sensing products.

Cyclops Marine Smart Tune setup
“Cyclops is proud to have our expertise contribute to the British America’s Cup challenge”, explained Ian Howarth, Cyclops Marine’s CEO. “And, it's fantastic that INEOS TEAM UK chose to utilize our leading-edge technology to help them with their data requirements".  Read more here about INEOS TEAM UK data.

The NEW Sports Boat Smart Tune is due to be introduced to the market by June 2020, just in time to go sailing again! This new smaller size will be well-suited for J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, and J/80s. You can use them to "dial-in" repeatable, fast settings on your boat just using your mobile phone and the Smart Tune app.  Learn more about Smart Tune and Smart Link here

Sailing in Bahamas and Florida Keys
Two NEW Social Distance Races Announced!

(Miami, FL)- As each region makes progress through the coronavirus pandemic, government restriction on recreation eases and boating becomes more permissible. But, with limitations within health guidelines, developing new events for organized activity becomes the focus.

At this point, any effort is worthwhile, as there are no bad ideas other than waiting for normal times to return (if ever). That’s not an option, so here are a couple efforts to mimic:

Social Distance Offshore Race- SORC– Miami, FL:
We realize that the sailing calendar has been placed on postponement for most all of the events planned for this spring and even into early summer. SORC has found a way to get you out on your boats in a safe and socially conscious way.

The Southern Ocean Racing Conference is the Organizing Authority for The Social Distance Race on May 24 which will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing, and Miami-Dade County guidance on On-Water Activity.

For boats 21 feet or larger, a pursuit start will commence a 20nm course on Biscayne Bay, with special rules including limits on crew size and how boats must remain more than 50 feet apart. Learn more here about "The Social Distance Race"

Rock the Lake Challenge- Sailing Inc. – Cleveland, OH:
The "Rock the Lake Challenge" seeks to promote and encourage participation in the sport of sailing in a format that is flexible and inclusive (please note- this is the home to the Rock & Roll Musuem of Planet Earth!). The event will consist of multiple race courses on Lake Erie along the coastline of Cleveland that competitors can attempt to race any date or time of your choosing between June 1st and August 31st.

No entry fee, and all sailboats with a LOA greater than 21 ft are welcome to compete. Scoring will use PHRF-SS, there will be multiple divisions (Performance, Cruising & Double-handed), and a rating will be provided if a boat does not have a valid certificate.

While the race courses will be defined, the format allows for a competitor to go when they want. If its breeze-on at 8 AM on Sunday morning, go sailing! If it’s a gorgeous moonlit Thursday night, go sailing. If the wind/ wave set favors an upwind machine, go sailing! Please come join us! Thanks for contribution from Scuttlebutt.  Learn more here 

What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
* J/Net Brokerage Specials! Check out our exciting new site for lovingly-owned J/Boats from around the world.

J/100 for sale
Here is another beautiful example of our popular 33 ft. day sailor- the J/100.  This J/00 shows in near new condition and is loaded with race and day sailing gear. She was completely re-fitted by her current owner in 2015 and has a number of great improvements on the boat; including a retractable carbon sprit, new standing and running rigging, full Grand Prix race bottom and keel fairing, and gorgeous new Awlgrip hull paint in Ice Blue. More information here.

J/130 sailing off Charleston, SC
* Down in South Carolina, an enthusiastic J/130 owner- Bob Musor from Mount Pleasant- passed along his perspectives on the joy of having the ability to go short-handed sailing and cruising on his 43 ft performance cruiser named SCEPTRE.

Commented Bob, "I celebrated 25 years of owning SCEPTRE this past month. She is as much fun to sail and cruise as ever. She has raced to Hawaii (2,225.0 nm), spent several years in Mexico after participating in the Baja Haha (a 1,100 nm cruise-in-company), held the San Francisco to Santa Barbara (Coastal Cup) record for a while. She trophied in the Rolex Big Boat Series. More importantly, I have taught many folks how to a sail a big J sprit boat! She is J/130 Hull# 25. She is still winning trophies and great fun to cruise. Just a great boat!

J/130 sailing off Charleston with University of Michigan crew
This photo is the University of Michigan sailing team racing her in the SCOR (South Carolina Offshore Racing association) Regatta in February this year.

I had a J/30 #340 before SCEPTRE. Prior to that, I raced Tornado Olympic class cats. Some friends bought a J/30. I crewed with them and got the bug. I have owned J/Boats for over 35 years and have enjoyed every moment on them.

By the way, great to see J/Boats' co-founder Bob Johnstone and his wife Mary living in Charleston now. I often see them out on their gorgeous MJM Yachts (can never figure which one he's got now- a 43z or 53z)."

Fair Winds,
Bob Musor
Charleston, SC

J/70s sailing at Annapolis NOOD Regatta
* Throwback Thursday- Annapolis NOOD Regatta
For many J/Sailors in the northeastern corridor of America, it is sad the huge HELLY HANSEN Sailing World Annapolis NOOD Regatta was canceled for this weekend. Nevertheless, understandable in this day and age of pandemic life.

Many of us have fond memories of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and returning to shore after a long day's racing to enjoy the amazing "après race" festivities and entertainment ashore at Annapolis Yacht Club's beautiful new facilities! We are sure that all past participants are looking forward to the event later this summer- August 28th to 30th- to celebrate getting back out on the water! For more Annapolis NOOD Regatta sailing information

Commodore Harry Anderson and Gary Jobson
* Eight Bells for Harry Anderson (the young guy on the right)
Said New York Yacht Club Commodore, Bill Ketcham (owner of the J/44 MAXINE), "it's with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Commodore Henry H. Anderson, Jr., the 47th Commodore of New York Yacht Club and member #2. Commodore Anderson joined the Club in 1948, and his contributions to the Club were boundless, along with his character, spirit and sense of humor. The burgee is flying at half-mast at Harbour Court, and three black mourning ribbons are flying with the burgee at 44th Street."

From a J/Boats perspective, Harry was a big fan of the J/24 from its very beginning as a global sailing phenomenon. Its impact on sailing at all levels, from women's sailing, to youth programs, to multiple World Champions and America's Cup crews and skippers having learned from the world's best sailors in what is still the World's largest one-design keelboat class- 5,400+ boats and counting.

Harry often enjoyed his conversations with various members of the J/Boats family from the early days in 1977, while he was Commodore of NYYC, to the present day. Bob & Mary, Rod & Lucia, Stu, Drake, Peter & Jeff, would often encounter Harry at NYYC's Harbour Court in the dining room, at the bar, sitting outside on the deck chairs, sharing a few laughs and drinks together as we discussed an extraordinary range of topics. How could you not love Harry? A gentleman, bright as hell, considerate, with a quick wit, always something thoughtful to say. We will miss him dearly! Harry, truly the soul of Robert Frost's poem- The Road Not Taken- and John Masefield's poem- Sea Fever. A man passionate about the sea and those who loved it as well.

As American President John F. Kennedy once remarked at the dinner for the America's Cup crews, on September 14, 1962 in Newport, RI, "“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And, it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our vein,s the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came." And, so our dear beloved friend Harry... sail on.

A family tribute to his amazing life follows.....

Henry Hill Anderson Jr passed away  peacefully on the morning of May 11 in Mystic, Connecticut. Commodore Anderson was a young man of 98 years. In his beloved Latin, Harry proved “Quam bene vivas refert non quam diu….it is how well you live that matters, not how long.” Harry lived an incredibly full and generous life for almost a century.

“Harry”, as he was known to his family, friends as well as by those who knew him by his legend, was a man of enormous intellect, inspiration, leadership, and inexhaustible energy. Recognized by many as a leader in international sailing circles for more than 60 years, Harry was also a mentor to many, a champion of experiential learning, and a historian of rare equal.

An adventurer from a young age, Harry sailed his first Newport-Bermuda Race at 15 years. Harry’s passion for the sport of sailing took him along many paths; from sailing as a child on Six Meters in the 1930s, to introducing the Finn dinghy class in the United States in the 1950s with his friend Glen Foster, to serving on the America’s Cup Selection Committee in the 1970s and 80s. Harry was the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club during the club’s last successful defense of the America’s Cup in 1980.

Harry’s achievements and contribution to the sport may never see an equal. He was a very successful racer, having collected dozens of victories over the years sailing his many boats of all sizes and varieties. He was a stalwart shipmate whose seamanship skills were exemplary. Many Collegiate and Frostbite sailors compete on the “Harry A” race course, a unique dinghy racing course created by the imaginative Harry.

To the many who had the privilege of racing or cruising or acting in an official manner with Harry, his greatest delight was derived from the camaraderie and friendships that came from the sport he devoted much of his life to. There is nary a noteworthy body of water upon which Harry did not compete or officiate, or a smart waterfront tavern where he did not raise a glass. Communicator, prolific writer of countless notes, problem solver, philanthropist, and fun-loving friend, “godfather by proxy” to legions and Uncle to a very special few, everyone – from waterfront rascals and collegiate sailors to Kings and Princes, Gold Medalists, Sultans, and Presidents, too – knew him as their cheerful friend Harry.

His connections were limitless. One would never be surprised to hear a person’s name come up in passing only to have Harry say, “he’s my second cousin, twice removed.”

His travels were limitless, too. Whether sailing a clipper ship in the Windward Islands, competing on the famed Six Metre “Goose” in the Solent, or working on his beloved Boulaceet Farm in Cape Breton, Harry was rarely a sedentary soul.

During those travels, Harry would never miss a chance to drop in and visit his many nieces and nephews and give them his whole-hearted support in their endeavors.

Born June 2, 1921, in New York City, to Henry H. Anderson Sr and Helen James Anderson, Harry had early distinguished Colonial antecedents, namely his great-grandfather Henry Hill Anderson, counsel for the City of New York in the 1800s.

Harry’s great grandfather, Oliver Burr Jennings, was a "Forty-Niner" (San Francisco Gold Rush days) whose ancestor Joshua Jennings settled in Hartford, Connecticut in 1645, concurrently with Jehue Burr, great grandfather of Col. Aaron Burr of whom Henry H. Anderson Jr. is a collateral descendant (both families settled in Fairfield, Connecticut). Harry is also a descendant of William James of Scituate, Massachusetts, who moved to Newport, Rhode Island, ca 1680.

Brought up in Oyster Bay, New York, Harry was also the Commodore of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Commodore of the Revolting Colonist Outpost, and an honorary member of yacht clubs extending from Long Beach, California to Helsinki, Finland. He was a flag officer of nine different yacht clubs.

A graduate of Yale, Harry completed his studies there in three and a half years so he could join the United States Army in 1943. He served in World War II as a Field Artillery captain in Patton’s Third Army having landed at Normandy, D-Day plus 30. He was a part of Patton’s historic campaign which helped to liberate Europe from the Nazi’s. After the war Harry got his Law degree from Columbia University, though he did not follow in the Anderson family tradition to practice law.

Harry always saw sailing as an educational experience and tirelessly supported and promoted it, whether as a yacht club officer, U.S. Sailing director, college sailing advocate, Congressional Cup judge, financial supporter, or advisor to many sailing organizations. Harry was actively associated with numerous educational institutions including Tall Ships America, University of Rhode Island, Yale University, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Anderson chaired US Sailing’s Appeals Committee for 25 years and had a hand in writing a good part of the racing rules of sailing during that tenure.

Harry was a devoted, life-long researcher driven by a compelling curiosity about subjects ranging from the location of Captain Cook’s ships on the bottom of Newport Harbor, to the lives of his illustrious antecedents. He participated in comprehensive publications and films about railroad magnate Arthur Curtiss James (another collateral ancestor), and America’s third vice president, Aaron Burr. He was determined that those forgotten (James) or maligned (Burr) be accurately documented and assigned their proper places in history.

Anderson’s philanthropies included the Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida, his alma mater, where he was trustee for life. His name appears on the school’s gymnasium and sailing center. He was long involved as a champion of Yale (class of ’42) and University of Rhode Island sailing programs, having donated several fleets of boats, raised funds for sailing facilities, and as an advisor.

A longtime resident of Newport, R.I., Commodore Anderson sat on the boards of Tall Ships America, Seamen’s Church Institute, the US Naval War College, the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project, the Aaron Burr Association, the Fales Committee at the United States Naval Academy, and the Foundation for the Preservation of Captain Cook’s Ships.

Always a volunteer himself, no one worked harder. Anderson had a subtle way of snapping the whip that not only produced results, but brought him respect and admiration. He was often the silent person at the table, whose succinct conclusions solved problems. His work continued well beyond the usual retirement age, including being a founding member of the University of Rhode Island Sailing Advisory Council when he was in his 90’s and even last month working on his latest project, a book about William Rockefeller (descendant of John D. Rockefeller-  famous for creating the world's first vertically integrated oil monopoly- Standard Oil).

Harry’s awards and honoraria include Intercollegiate Sailing Association Hall of Fame; National Sailing Hall of Fame; Doctor of Laws from the University of Rhode Island (2009); The Beppe Croce Trophy (International Sailing Federation and International Yacht Racing Union); the Nathaniel Herreschoff Trophy (U.S. Sailing Foundation); Lifetime Service Award (Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association); Congressional Cup Scarlet Blazer; 33rd Congressional Cup (dedicated to HHA Jr); Post Captain’s Trophy (North American Station, Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs & Nylandska Jaktklubben); Bronze Star U.S. Army; Richard S. Nye Trophy (Cruising Club of America); Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Sail Training Scholarship Fund (American Sail Training Association); Lifetime Achievement Award (American Sail Training Association); W.P. Stephens Award (Mystic Seaport); Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Library (Seamen’s Church Institute).

Over the years and right up until the end, Harry would frequently write notes on an infinite number of topics, often on re-purposed paper. It is quite likely that many who are reading this tribute to Harry are smiling as they may have received one or many such notes through the years. Some were pointed in its message; others were anecdotal in their reference, often quoting classic poetry and prose to make their point or deliver the message. All were something to behold and cherished upon reflection.

Here is one of Harry’s notes to a friend in 2012: “Life’s pleasures are to be enjoyed in moderation, and apropos the cruising man, while we are not always borne with swelling sails before a blowing wind, neither do we drag out life struggling with headwinds; or befitting the fortune of the racing man ‘behind the foremost, ever before the foremost’. One snatches one’s enjoyment of the brief and pleasant hours like a school boy in the spring holidays.”

Harry Anderson’s was a life well-lived.

Harry was pre-deceased by his beloved brother Jim and is survived by his brother, David, and 45 nephews, nieces, and great nephews and nieces.

Given the restrictions of COVID-19, there will be a small family gathering to lay the Commodore to rest. A memorial “gam” of suitable scale and good cheer will be scheduled when the circumstances allow for Harry’s friends to raise a glass to his memory and legacy.

Harry was very generous to causes he believed in. All were focused on the development of young people through experiential learning from being on the water. Gifts in lieu of flowers can be sent any of the causes that were important to Harry:

- Yale Sailing Association, Ray Tompkins House, 20 Tower Parkway, New Haven, Ct. 06511
- Ransom Everglades School, Attn: Julie Rosenfeld, 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
- Henry H. Jr Anderson Sailing Endowment, The University of Rhode Island Foundation, PO Box 1700 Kingston, RI 02881
- Tall Ships America, 221 3rd Street, Building 2, Suite 101, Newport, RI 02840

* How lucky we’ve been- a perspective on Harry Anderson from one of the United Kingdom's most successful sailors- Ian Walker- a guy who once knew how to sail J/24s....

The great John Wooden once said: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are…the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

The passing of Henry Hill Anderson, Jr. reminds us of how much he did when no one was watching, and how great the impact was from his random acts of kindness. Well before Ian Walker was a two-time Olympic medalist, J/24 sailing champion, and now the Director of Racing for the Royal Yachting Association, he was a recipient of Harry’s kindness.

Ian commented on his experience with Harry, "In 1991, I captained the British University Team on a USA tour of the East Coast, racing against colleges and combined US teams from Maine all the way down to South Carolina. It was arguably the most fun six weeks of my life… although, most of it still lives under a 'cone of silence'.

A special highlight was our visit to the home of the America’s Cup– Newport RI. We had a plan to compete in the Around Jamestown Island Race on J/24s, but were without accommodation and no local contacts. So, after a couple of cold beers in a local bar, we hatched a plan to visit the legendary New York Yacht Club and introduce ourselves.

Imagine... eight British students turning up in a van at the NYYC having had a few drinks– hoping to perhaps be given a tour. LOL. We donned our blazers, put on our best British accents, and walked straight in the front door. However, we immediately realized we weren’t going to get that far, until a member was passing and asked if he could help.

We thought we were going to be thrown out. But, before too long, this gentleman had not only signed us all in as guests, he had bought us all drinks. And to top it all, he offered us a roof over our heads (all eight of us) for nearly a week!

We had no idea how lucky we were to have met Harry. His hospitality was exemplary and his sailing memorabilia in his house was extraordinary– especially in the toilet, as I recall. I thoroughly enjoyed recounting the story of how we first met, when we met again at NYYC Harbour Court many years later.

I feel honored to have met Harry and to have stayed in his home. To this day I feel guilty for not having appreciated quite how lucky we were at the time. What an amazing man and an amazing life. Sail on Harry."   Thanks for this contribution from Scuttlebutt newsletter.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

J/Newsletter- May 6th, 2020

sunset in ChileFor starters, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all those Moms worldwide that have been multi-tasking far beyond anything they have ever imagined in their lifetimes! Some are balancing remote working, pets, Dads, kids, school, cooking, cleaning and so forth. And, we hope, Moms have been doing an amazing job delegating and refereeing the madness on the home front. Time for Dad and the kids to step it up and give Mom a "time out" to enjoy a special weekend!

It's difficult to believe that we have been living under "stay@home" orders since March 3rd in little Rhode Island- 2+ months! Unlike other states, we have been fortunate that our Governor- Gina Raimondo- has been able to delicately, and thoughtfully, combine getting "tough" on certain measures and maintain some semblance of "work" in others.

Infamously, RI was the first state in America to issue a "no foreign entry" decree on March 26th that was aimed directly at sick New Yorkers (many of whom were "spreaders") leaving the city by the millions to seemingly greener, less infected pastures than the concrete canyons of Manhattan. The public outcry from New York was swift, of course. But, Gov. Raimondo was resolute in her toughness to protect Rhode Islanders. Just one day later, she simply issued an order that said ALL non-RI citizens shall go into a 14-day quarantine upon entering the state; RI State Troopers formed blockades on all roads entering RI. The "fast lane" was for all truckers and cars with RI plates. The "do not past go" lane was backed up for miles, with RI troopers taking down names, cell #'s, emails, and addresses before they would let non-RI cars continue on their journey. Later, Gov. Raimondo then had US National Guard troops and local police (especially, here in Newport), walk door-to-door to knock on doors and ensure the "foreign invaders" were living up to the "stay@home" quarantine orders-- if caught (and there were many) the fines ranged up to $1,000 per person. As a result, while the number of Covid-19 cases in RI skyrocketed after New York and Boston/ MA "locked down", the total number of cases and deaths has been far lower than either of RI's larger neighbors to the east and west.

While being tough on the "spreaders", Gov. Raimondo and her business advisors knew well enough that trying to keep RI businesses open was a good thing. Basically, all manufacturing, construction, trucking, delivery, banks, landscaping services, gas stations, grocery stores, most big-box retailers (Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc) all could stay open, so long as they observed "safe distancing" guidelines and used face masks when working. That meant boat-building could continue, thank goodness!

J/99 JAZZ with Rodney Johnstone
Here is a photo taken by Jeff Johnstone (up the rig on one J/99 he was commissioning with an owner) of his father Rod Johnstone happily commissioning his new J/99 JAZZ. Rod's boat was recently delivered and launched in Rhode Island! Rod was thankful that RI had a "pro-boating/ pro-boat yard" support of boat owners, workers, service personnel!

J/121 shipping from Bristol, RI
Here is the latest J/121 out-the-door from our builders in Bristol, RI- CCF Composites. She will be headed to IMI Marine to get a bottom job, then off to Stanley's Boatyard in Warren, RI for commissioning and launching in June! The best news of all? As of Friday, May 8th, the state of RI has opened up boat yards and marinas and boating on Narragansett Bay! For more information on the J/121 offshore speedster.

J/122 Liquid winning offshore
J/122 LIQUID Wins Caribbean Best Boat Award!
(English Harbour, Antigua)- The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) has awarded for the second year running the CSA Traveler’s Trophy to Antigua-based Pamala Baldwin’s J/122 LIQUID. Although the racing season was cut short due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, Team LIQUID had already earned a class win in CSA 1 at Grenada Sailing Week, second in CSA 2 in the RORC Caribbean 600, and second in CSA 3 at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

J/122 LIQUID- Caribbean Best Boat winners!
CSA President Alison Sly-Adams called Pamala to give her the good news. Of the news, Pamala said, "I am so happy to win this for the second year. Skipper Jules White and I, and the rest of the crew, came together so well at the start of the season. We were confident, without being complacent, this year and we felt the team dynamics had fallen into place well. We had high hopes for the series for the season, so we are delighted to hear that we have won. I am already looking forward to the 2021 season and seeing if we can make it a hat-trick! Thank you so much for the good news right now."

Baldwin joins a long list of famous winners of the trophy including many famous Caribbean sailors and those based in the region for the season such as Jamie Dobbs, John Foster, Hugh Bailey, Bernie Evan-Wong, Dougie Myers, Tom Hill, Scott Ledbetter, Andrew Birk, Jaime Torres, and Sandy Mair, the creator of the trophy.

The CSA Traveler’s Trophy has been awarded for more than 20 years as a way of awarding excellence in yacht racing performance as well as effort in terms of travelling to away regattas.

To qualify for the Trophy, a boat must participate in a minimum of three regattas of which at least one must be in an away region and at least one a major event. Boats accumulate points over the season so that by season's end an overall winner - "Caribbean Best Boat" - will emerge. Final totals are assessed at Antigua Sailing Week, with the winner being announced and the trophy is awarded at the Antigua Sailing Week final awards presentation if the winner is in Antigua. Today would have been the prize-giving of Antigua Sailing Week 2020 and, therefore, in line with tradition, the CSA decided to announce the winner.
For more J/122 offshore sailboat information.

J/Gear Under Armour shirt
J/Gear May 20% OFF Special!

(Newport, RI)- The "J" Under Armour long-sleeved polo shirt is a great all-round, stylish choice, both on and off the water. Light, comfortable, and easy-to-wear.

The shirt comes with the J/Class logo of your choice and can be customized with your boat name and sail number. Comes in colors of Black, Blue and White and sizes from S to XXL.
Check it out here on the J/Gear website

What friends, alumni, and crew of J/Boats are doing worldwide
* J/Net Brokerage Specials! Check out our exciting new site for lovingly-owned J/Boats from around the world here:

J/97E for sale
Here is one of those beauties, a J/97E down in Annapolis, MD. A rare opportunity to own this very lightly used very well taken care of J/97e. The 97e is the evolution of the J/97, a proven winner. The J/97e combines excellent performance with comfortable accommodations and easy sail handling. 97E is the first J in over two decades under 32' to combine headroom and family cruising accommodations in a high performance, easily driven hull. Learn more about her and nearly 100 other J/Boats here from around the world. For more information about J/97E cruisers.

* Moving beyond last week's "Sailors Binge Watching sailing videos", a number of sailmakers have been conducting on-going "Zoom" video webinars or YouTube broadcasts or even Facebook LIVE interactive sessions. 

Below are a select few of North Sails webinars that were related to the J/111 one-design class and also the highly popular J/70 one-design class. Lots of great information to study over Mother's Day weekend!

J/111 tuning and sailing tips
J/111 Upwind & Downwind Performance Tips
This webinar was chock full of great information sailing the hot J/111 one-design class. The experts included Seadon Wijsen from San Francisco, Jeremy Smart from United Kingdom, Allan Terhune from Annapolis/ Chicago, and Jack Orr from Milford, CT.

J/70 Worlds seminar
J/70 Worlds Webinar- sailing off Marina del Rey, CA 
Alex Curtiss, Allan Terhune and Eric Doyle held a fascinating webinar about sailing off Marina del Rey, the site of the 2021 J/70 World Championship. Many great tips, helpful insights sailing a regatta there.

J/70 downwind techniques
J/70 Downwind tips and techniques
World Champion Tim Healy, along with last year's World Champion crew Ruairidh Scott from the United Kingdom, and Allan Terhune walk you through a strong webinar discussion on how to "send it" when it's breezy as well as the very tactical transition process of when it's best to go from VMG, to Wing & Wing, to Planing Mode!

J/70 mainsail trim
J/70 Mainsail trim
Ever wonder why some boats are simply consistently faster upwind that others? It's the mainsail trim, dude! Learn some of those secrets here from Giulio Desiderato from Italy, Zeke Horowitz from Newport and Allan Terhune from Annapolis/ Chicago. Add to Flipboard Magazine.