Puget Sound Spring Regatta
It simply does not get much better than the two days of racing that showed up for this year's Puget Sound Spring Regatta, hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. 55 boats made it out April 12-13 for two of the most stellar days of the year for sailing in the Pacific Northwest. On the South course, set off the Shilshole Bay Marina, there was a PHRF J/70 & J/80 fleet. The consistent sailing of the crew on the J/70 Just Listed left them solidly in the lead by 10.5 points over the J/80 Crazy Ivan. For complete regatta information, visit http://ballardsailor.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/sun-fun-for-pssr/.
Charleston Race Week
There was a tremendous amount of racing activity across Charleston area waters for Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week on April 11-13. The 19th edition hosted racing for 16 separate classes. The growth of the event drew competitors from 27 states and five continents, from as far away as New Zealand, Scandinavia, Brazil, Guatemala, Australia and Peru. Many of these foreign sailors are among the sport's top names, including Vasco Vascotto from Italy (in the J/70 Class) and Jordan Reese from Australia (in the J/70 Class). This pantheon of stars notwithstanding, the majority of the competitors racing in Charleston are folks whose faces wouldn't catch notice on the pages of a sailing magazine, yet they're definitely capable of scorching up the race course. In the regatta's most numerous class—the 80-boat J/70 fleet—Jim Barnash from New York took top honors by four points over Rob Britts' crew from Florida. For Britts, who has only been sailing the boat for three months and sails with an all Corinthian team of friends, it was a very sweet moment. He said, "This is my seventh time competing here. We won this event back in 2003, but I think finishing second in such a big fleet is even more satisfying." For complete information, visit www.charlestonraceweek.com.
A staple of the St. Francis Yacht Club spring series for decades, a fleet of 48 boats were treated to beautiful conditions for J Fest during the first weekend in April. Starting with sunny, cloudless mornings, the StFYC PRO kept the fleet in the confines of the harbor until 11am under postponement. As soon as the first whispers of the seabreeze wafted in under the Golden Gate Bridge, StFYC PRO John Craig sent the fleet out to the starting line just off Alcatraz Island and the magnificent San Francisco city front. The J/70 called 1FA, sailed by Scott Sellers and Geoff McDonald, took delivery the day before the regatta of their brand new boat. "Norm Davant from Sail California helped us tune the boat on Friday when we took delivery, and we were ready to sail on Saturday," said Scott. He continued, "It is a pretty easy boat to sail so there weren't a lot of tricks. Our crew has a lot of miles sailing together in small keelboats on the City Front so despite being a new boat for us, we felt we were playing a game that we have played before. Just like with any boat on the City Front in 15 to 20 knots of breeze, keeping the boat flat and tracking consistently through the puffs is the key to speed. Everyone in the fleet is fairly new to the boat so I am sure techniques will be refined and the Class will get more competitive as more people enter the Class and spend more time in the boats. The momentum in the Class nationally and locally is undeniable. I expect 30+ boats on the Bay in the next two years." Behind the Sellers/McDonald team on 1FA, in second place was Peter Cameron's team on Prime Number. And, sailing equally consistently in the top three was Chris Kostanecki's Jennifer taking the bronze for the J/70 fleet. For more regatta information, visit http://www.stfyc.com/.
Dazzler Wins J/70 DIYC Winter Series Final Weekend; Touch2Play Crowned Overall Series Champion
Rob Butler and crew on Touch2Play took the inaugural Quantum J/70 Winter Series hosted by Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL over the three months series. With thunderstorms and a frontal passage on Friday, the result was one race Saturday and three races Sunday. According to one sailor, "It was light weather on Saturday morning. We started postponed on shore. The first race was around noon. During the race it went from 6-8 knots to 15-20 knots and more. The racing was then postponed after the first race due to an impending weather front, and everyone went back to shore at DIYC. When the storm hit with thunderstorms, wind and rain, everything was called off after 1400 hrs. Sunday was a beautiful day with NW breeze, puffy, shifty, 10-15 knots and velocity slowly diminishing. We managed to get in three races. Beginning with the first race on Sunday, it was going from planing to displacement mode, but soon thereafter it was all displacement downwind." Allan Terhune's Dazzler from Annapolis Yacht Club with Chris Larson on board sailed the most consistently in the fleet. By Sunday afternoon, the Dazzler team amassed a fleet-leading 2-3-1-6 for 12 points total to win by a dozen points. The balance of the top five was solved by who beat whom in the last race and a tie-breaker, all within five points of each other! Taking second on the podium by virtue of a tie-breaker was Peter Tuite sailing Curragh to an 8-12-3-1 record for 24 points. Peter was also top Corinthian sailor for this event. He beat out the top Canadian team, Rex sailed by Scott Weakley from Port Credit Yacht Club. Rex's scoreline of 3-4-9-8 also scored 24 points and was good for third overall. In fourth was Rob Butler's Touch2Play with Martie Kullman on board. Their performance was sufficient to move them onto the top of the overall Quantum Winter Series lead. Taking fifth was Joel Ronning's Catapult with guest tactician, Tim Healy, aboard. In the Corinthians world, as mentioned above, Peter Tuite won on Curragh. He was followed by Rob Britts on Hot Mess in second and Blake Kimbrough on Nostalgia in third. One of the notable performances was to see top female skipper Catharine Evans sailing Mojito to third in Corinthians in the overall series. As for the overall Open Division results for the Winter Series, the combined three event results saw Butler's Touch2Play win. They were followed by Britts's Hot Mess, and in third was Mark Ploch on Sugar Daddy from American Yacht Club in Rye, NY, sailing with Moose McClintock on board. Fourth in the series went to Thomas Bowen on Reach Around, a fellow American YC member. And, fifth went to the Werner/Barnash duo on Superfecta from Rochester Yacht Club. In the Corinthian overall series standings, Britts won, followed by Ted Johnson's Vitamin J in second, Cat Evans's Mojito in third, Noel Clinard's Loonatictu from Fishing Bay Yacht Club in fourth, and Blake and Lud Kimbrough's Nostalgia also from Fishing Bay YC in fifth. For more information, visit http://diyc.org/calendar/2014-quantum-j70-winter-series/.
J/70 JENNIFER Wins The "Big Daddy"
The Bob "Big Daddy" Klein Invitational Regatta is hosted by Richmond YC, on the eastern parts of the famous San Francisco Bay. The event marks the first regatta of the sailing season for the East Bay contingent and generally sees an enthusiastic turn-out for the event. With the rapid growth of the J/70s on the Bay (a dozen already and a dozen more on the way), it was not surprising to see nearly a half-dozen J/70s on the line for this early season regatta. This past weekend's racing in the Big Daddy saw light and shifty (but warm) winds. Coming out on top of the pack was Chris Kostanecki's JENNIFER, taking two bullets to seal their first win of the season. Chris Anderson's PERFECT WIFE took second overall and Mark Nelson's SUGOI took third. For more J/70 Big Daddy Regatta sailing information, click here.
San Diego NOOD 2014
The 2014 Sperry Top Sider San Diego NOOD saw absolutely perfect conditions for
the 16 boat J70 Fleet. Sunny skies, high 70‘s and breezes in the 10-15 knot range
were around all weekend. The 16 boat J70 fleet was the largest one design fleet at the
NOOD regatta. The J70 class is rapidly growing nationwide with over 500 boats sailing
now. The event began on Thursday for many of the J70 sailors as North Sails hosted
a small clinic and took video during practice. The unique thing about the J70 class is it
has a healthy mix of both Amateur and professional sailors. The Pros have been great
at helping the fleet really figure out how to sail the J70 which has resulted in very close
sailing. There were 9 J70’s out sparring and working on boat handling, starting and
boat speed. Friday came and the first day of racing saw light early morning breezes
quickly fade as a strong sea breeze set in. Joel Ronning and his Chicago based team
on Catapult quickly jumped to a lead in the event with a strong 3-2-1 for the day. The
conditions throughout the weekend were near perfect for sailing with the trend of strong
Sea Breezes filling every day. The shifty South bay made it possible to recover from
mistakes and the fleet saw extremely close racing. In the end the top 5 for the event
• 1st - Catapult - Joel Ronning - Wayzeta YC
• 2nd - Ohana - Joe Markee
• 3rd - Sloop John B - Tom Garrett - NHYC
• 4th - Zero to 60 - Karl Pomeroy - NHYC
• 5th - DFZ - Kownacki/Jenkins - MBYC
The J70 fleet in Southern CA has been growing rapidly in the past 3 months. There is
an active group of 14 local J70’s with more boats on the way. The fleet has a great list
of planned High Point events which Include:
• King Harbor Race Week - KHYC
• Yachting Cup - SDYC
• Long Beach Race Week - LBYC
• Fiesta Cup -SBYC
• Ahmanson Regatta - NHYC
• JFest - SDYC
BACARDI Miami Sailing Week
The mantra "a bad day on the water is better than a good day at the office" will resonate with many of the sailors who have been racing at the fifth BACARDI Miami Sailing Week Presented by EFG. While the breeze Friday was higher than allowed for competition by some Class Rules, Saturday's finale saw so little wind it appeared as though a raft-up was taking place on Biscayne Bay instead of a regatta. With scores of 10-1-1, Will Welles (Portsmouth, RI) took the win in the 40-boat J/70 fleet with 12 points, winning the tie-breaker over BMSW defending champion Brian Keane (Weston, MA) who had finishes of 7-2-3. Peter Duncan (Rye, NY) took third with 14 points, followed by Heather Gregg-Earl (Boston, MA) with 22 points, and Tim Molony (New Orleans, LA) with 23. "Out of all the regattas, this was a really great one to win," said Welles. "We had a great start, good team work, nice speed and a little luck. The first day we had about 10 knots, second day we had about 20. So I would say (Saturday) they made a good choice to not race. Coming from Newport we really love coming to BACARDI, and we are so glad they invited the J70 Class to be part of it." For a full report, results, and photo gallery, visit http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=915.
St. Pete NOOD
26 J/70s competed at the Sperry Top-Sider St. Petersburg NOOD on Tampa Bay from February 14-16. In the five races, Joel Ronning's Catapult tallied three bullets and two seconds for just 7 total points. Jud Smith's Africa placed second with 17 points, and Mark Ploch's Sugar Daddy third with 20. For complete regatta information, visit http://www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/st-petersburg.
Read the five keys to success at the St. Petersburg NOOD from the J/70 Catapult by clicking here.
Quantum J/70 Davis Island YC Winter Series Weekend Two
Hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL, the second weekend of the Quantum J/70 Davis Island YC Winter Series concluded Sunday. In first with 21 points is Helly Hansen (Tim Healy, Eastern YC); second with 26 points is Catapult (Joel Ronning, Willem van Waay, Victor Diaz, Scott Nixon); and third with 52 points is Reach Around (Thomas Bowen, AYC). Full results are available at https://www.regattatech.com/events/DIYC/J70WSeries13-2/scoring/showResultsRoster
Tim Healy Repeats as J/70 Midwinter Champion at Key West Race Week
Organizers with Premiere Racing deemed the most impressive performance of the regatta was put forth by skipper Tim Healy and his team on Helly Hansen, which won the 60-boat J/70 fleet in convincing fashion. Healy repeated as Midwinter champion in Key West by winning two races and placing second or third in five others. Helly Hansen clinched the regatta by finishing third in Race 9 and therefore did not sail the final race, using that as its throw-out. Geoff Becker and John Mollicone combined on tactics and trimming while Gordon Borges worked the bow for Healy. “Obviously the biggest key to success is having a good team. My guys did an awesome job of boat-handling and tactics,” Healy said. “We sailed here last year so we had a real good feel for the race course. This team has also sailed J/24s together the past few years so we have a comfort level that makes a big difference.” Healy and Helly Hansen came away with the biggest prize—capturing Quantum Sails Boat of the Week honors. “We had a huge Class down here last year with a lot of really good sailors so it’s a great accomplishment to come out on top. Winning Key West is definitely one of the highlights of my career,” said Healy, a 42-year-old resident of Jamestown, RI. Eight different boats took first place during the week. Rob Britts’ Hot Mess finished as the top J/70 Corinthian boat. Conditions at the southernmost point of the United States delivered the strongest winds of the regatta. North-northeasterly breezes in the 18-24 knot range made for some spectacular racing. For complete results, news and photos, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
Key West Race Week/Midwinter Championship Day 4 Report
Quantum Key West 2014 got off to an atypically slow start due to difficult weather conditions the first couple days, but reliably strong winds off the Conch Republic certainly delivered on Wednesday and Thursday. Northerly winds today ranging from 12 to 16 knots allowed for another three-race day on all courses. Tim Healy has put forth an impressive performance in the J/70 class, largest of the regatta with 60 boats. Healy, the defending Class champ in Key West, has placed first or second in five races and counts no lower than a fourth in accumulating 15 points. This event also serves as the J/70 Midwinter Championship. Savasana, the second place entry skippered by Brian Keane, is a whopping 27 points astern. Healy won two races on Thursday and finished fourth in the other to earn the Industry Partner Boat of the Day honor. Geoff Becker and John Mollicone are teaming to call tactics while Gordon Borges works the bow aboard Helly Hansen. “The big takeaway today was that you can’t get too focused on one side of the course. We saw big shifts both ways and there was plenty of pressure on both sides,” Healy said. “Our strategy has been to choose a side, but not be the furthest boat out there. You don’t want to get pushed all the way to the edge.” Racing concludes on Friday. For complete news, results and photos, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
Quality conditions on third day at Quantum Key West
Northerly winds that held steady from 12-16 knots provided the best racing conditions yet for Quantum Key West Race Week, with three races completed for the 10 classes on three divisions. There is a new leader in J/70 class. Tim Healy steered Helly Hansen to a couple seconds and a third on Wednesday to take control with a low score of 29. Catapult, skippered by Joel Ronning of Minneapolis, MN is 12 points behind in second. Geoff Becker is calling tactics upwind while John Mollicone is doing the honors downwind for Healy (Jamestown, RI), the defending regatta champ. “Going downwind we were in-between planing and displacement mode so you had to decide when to keep the bow up and the jib out,” Healy said. “There were big gains and losses to be made downwind.” Healy explained that a J/70 begins to plane in around 15 knots of breeze and attempting to do so when the wind is not strong enough causes the boat to really slow down. “It’s crucial to know when to soak it low,” he said. Racing continues daily through Friday for the 60 J/70s competing in their Midwinter Championship. Complete regatta details may be found at www.premiere-racing.com.
Key West Race Week day 2 update
After racing for the J/70s was unsuccessful on Monday due to lack of wind, rain squalls and wind shifts were the order of the day during Day 2 at Quantum Key West 2014. Multiple storm bands that were quite severe at times challenged the race committees and forced delays. Ultimately, perseverance and patience paid off as Division 2 completed two races. Boat-handling was at a premium on Division 2 as the J/70 class was buffeted by the big breeze. There were plenty of knockdowns and round-ups as the spinnakers were pounded with sudden gusts. Skipper James Allsopp and his team on Moxie showed tremendous skill and strategy in winning both races in J/70, largest class of the regatta with 60 boats. Former College of Charleston sailor Zeke Horowitz was on his game calling tactics on Moxie, which led after the first day of racing last year as well. "We went out there with a plan and we stuck with it. Everything just kind of came together for us today," said Allsopp, who competed collegiately at the Naval Academy. "We got off the line well in both races and did a good job of managing the shifts. We had a good time today." The event is also the Midwinter Championship with multiple berths on the line for the first ever J/70 World Championship this fall. News, results and photos are available at www.Premiere-Racing.com.
Ian Atkins of Boats.com is competing!
Ian Atkins of Boats.com is competing on a J/70 at Key West Race Week. He is writing a blog on the event at: http://blog.boats.com/2014/01/j70-boats-com-rigs-up-for-key-west-race-week/#.Ut03gBBFDIU
J/70 Midwinter Championship
60 J/70s have descended upon Key West for the Midwinter Championship in conjunction with Key West Race Week. Teams have gathered from across the USA, Canada, Bermuda and Great Britain for five days of competition. Tim Healy is back to defend his Midwinter title, as are runner-up Brian Keane and third place finisher Bruno Pasquinelli. "We're excited to be back in Key West and hoping we do as well as last year. There are a lot of really good teams here, and it's really hard to say which ones are the top contenders," said Healy, who has John Mollicone and Geoff Becker aboard as co-tacticians and trimmers. "As usual, consistency is the key and you have to keep fighting all the way around the course. There are gains to be made on every leg and every point will count at the end." Follow updates and results all week at http://www.premiere-racing.com.
Jud Smith Takes Win at First Weekend of Quantum J/70 Davis Island YC Winter Series
The Quantum J/70 Winter Series got off to a rousing start with 39 boats competing at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL. The three-weekend series kicked off from January 11-12, with Jud Smith of Eastern Yacht Club snagging the victory. Tallying a line of 1,5,1,10,2,6, Smith totaled 25 points to earn the win by nine points over second-place Rob Butler’s Touch 2 Play. A trio of boats followed next with 53 points each: Rob Britts’ Hot Mess, Henry Brauer’s Scamp and Mike Dressel. Nineteen boats competed in the Corinthian Division, and the top three are: Britts on Hot Mess, Peter Tuite on Curragh and Joe Colling’s USA69. On Saturday, winds started at 12 knots and built to 20 by the end of the day. With the breeze out of the south, waves increased to 1-3 feet. Sunday dawned with North winds which flattened the wave action, while breezes began at 8-10 knots but dropped to 4-6. Six races were completed overall. In addition to Smith’s two bullets, race winners were Britts, Butler, Bennet Greenwald and Kris Werner. Racing continues at DIYC on February 7-9 and March 28-30. Registration is available at http://diyc.org/calendar/2014-quantum-j70-winter-series/, as are complete results. Photos may be viewed on the J/70 Class Facebook page.
Hot Rum Series
The infamous Hot Rum Series in San Diego attracted 143 entrants to compete over three Saturdays on Nov. 9, 23, and Dec. 7. Using an inverted start system, with the 11.9 mile course routed around fixed marks, wind direction and strength frequently impact the final results. Sailing in what was arguably one of the toughest fleets, Jeff Brown’s J/70 took top honors followed by Dave Vieregg’s Soggy Dollar in third overall in class. The J/70 fleet won every race in class with Eric Kownacki’s DFZ taking one and Karl Pomeroy’s Zero TO 60 taking another. For full results, visit http://sdyc.org/results13/hotrum_res.htm.
Santa Barbara YC Holiday Regatta
The annual Santa Barbara YC Holiday Regatta has been known over the course of time to experience the extremes in weather. The forecast for the weekend event was exciting for those who enjoy downwind planing conditions. With morning winds of 10-20 kts NW increasing to 20-30 kts in the afternoon and gusts to 35 kts with 6-10 ft seas, the fleet was going to be in for wild ride on Saturday! Having started less than a year ago, the Santa Barbara J/70 fleet is now over a dozen boats strong with more arriving in the not too distant future. Taking J/70 fleet honors by a whisker was Chris Gabriel on Diversion, posting a 1-1-2-4-3 for 11 points, clearly relishing the big breeze on Saturday and taking somewhat of a breather on the lighter conditions Sunday. Second on the tie-breaker was Shawn Hughes and Andrew Nunn sailing Eclipse, taking a 3-3-1-3-1 for 11 points. Just one point back was Ken Kieding’s Smoke & MIrrors with a 2-2-3-1-4 scoreline for 12 points—close racing indeed for the top three. For more Santa Barbara YC Holiday Regatta sailing information, visit www.sbyc.org.
2014 Caribbean Racing for J/70 Winter Racing
Are you looking for warm water and hot racing?
Now's the time to plan to ship your J-70 from Florida in time to race the St. Thomas International Regatta, March 28-30, followed by the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, March 28- April 6, 2014.
Three great races in just 10 Days!
Click here for more details.
J/70 Awarded ISAF Status
At the recent annual meeting of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in Oman, the ISAF board approved the J/70 as one of their newest ISAF classes. The designation becomes official upon the signing of the standard class agreement in the coming weeks. In less than 18 months after launching, the J/70 exceeded the requirements for global distribution and class organization; and now joins the distinguished company of many long standing international classes. ISAF status allows a class to run sanctioned World and continental events; it opens up funding in many countries for sailing athletes who compete in class events; and it allows the class to be considered for future international “Games” such as the Pan Am Games, Asian Games and the Olympic Games.
Lakewood Yacht Club's J-Fest Southwest Regatta
Lakewood Yacht Club's annual J-Fest Southwest Regatta began on Saturday, November 2 under Northerly winds in the 20-25 knot range producing the usual big chop. Sunday's 16-20 made for somewhat better conditions for the 12 J/70s. The Pasquinelli/Wilson team on Stampede came out on top with 10 points, followed by Chris Lewis' GB with 18 points and Scott Spurlin's JBoats Southwest with 21 points. Six races were held, for complete results click here.
The Young Guns team came up from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and dominated the 24-boat J/70 Fall Brawl fleet from the start last weekend. St. Mary’s was led by Venezuelan Olympic hopeful Victor Diaz de Leon, borrowing a boat from the skipper on whose team Diaz de Leon had sailed a couple weeks earlier in the J/70 North Americans. Their first day’s keeper finishes of 1-1-3-1 put the Young Guns so far ahead of the pack by the time the fleet came ashore on Saturday evening that they could afford to slack off a little on the second day and still take the overall win by a comfortable margin. Sailed out of Eastport Yacht Club, the regatta was held over two days in moderate to heavy air and lumpy seas with five races on Saturday and three more to wrap things up on Sunday. Competitors came from up and down the East Coast, with out-of-state sailors — primarily from Massachusetts and New York — outnumbering locals in the top 10 by the time the racing was done. Finishing solidly in third overall in the eight-race, one-throwout series was Annapolitan John Aras’ team, including John Dolan, Alex Stout and Mark Eagan. “We only just got the boat a couple of days before the NAs,” Aras said, “so we’re still figuring it out. The learning curve is pretty steep.” Aras, who also was the top Corinthian (amateur) sailor in the event, said the conditions and the tight competition were challenging throughout the weekend, describing solid southwesterlies coupled with big chop on Saturday and puffy, shifty northerlies on Sunday that swung 20 degrees or more. “Getting through that chop was a bit of a challenge,” he said. “It was all about trying to be consistent and not making too many mistakes, hitting the shifts and keeping clear air, ” he said. “A little mistake could cost you five or six boats pretty quickly.” With five top-five finishes and only one keeper worse than 10th, Aras and his team showed that they’ve picked up a lot of boat knowledge in a short time. “It was a lot of fun,” Aras said. “There was good breeze and Eastport did a good job with the courses.” The fleet was tightly packed most of the time, and the conditions clearly took a toll as nearly everyone, including the top sailors, had one or more finishes they would have preferred to forget. In fact, the EYC Race Committee led by PRO Keith Jacobs had to weather their share of challenges, too, particularly on Saturday when the weather mark blew away in the building breeze during the day’s last race and the mark boat crew had to sub in suddenly for the missing cylinder.
Full results J/70 Fall Brawl (24 boats)
1. Young Guns, Victor Diaz de Leon, 1-1-3-1-[RAF]-7-3-6 = 22
2. USA 179, Jud Smith, -2-5-4-1-9-4-5 = 30
3. 364, John Aras, -4-1-12-3-4-2-9 = 35
4. Whiquila, Andrew Criezis, 2-11-2--11-3-5-3 = 37
5. Nostalgia, Blake Kimbrough, 4-9-7--6-1-8-4 = 39 -
Heather Gregg Earl & Joe Bardenheier Make History as Inaugural J/70 North American Champions
Heather Gregg Earl and Joe Bardenheier will be remembered as the first ever J/70 North American Champions. The co-owners from Boston, MA, sailing Muse with Stuart Saffer and Bill Lynn, earned a ninth in the final race to secure victory with 95 points in the seven-race series. The North American Championship was held at the Annapolis Yacht Club by Fleet #1 and title sponsored by Hillman Focused Advantage Fund. Brian Keane’s Savasana earned second on the podium with 97 points. Tim Healy’s Helly Hansen placed third with 101 points. “We didn’t know we won the regatta until we got to the dock!” beamed Bardenheier. “We just figured if we stayed in the top 10, we might end up pretty high in the event. We didn’t look at the scores all day.” In fact, Muse was 13th after the first day, when they tallied two fifths plus a 55 due to having the challenge of a penalty turn. “Today we sailed very consistently and just stuck with it. We had great teamwork and good communication the whole time.” Saturday’s conditions cooperated to allow four races in winds that started around 15-18 knots and leveled off to 8-10. Keane crossed the line first in the day’s initial bout, with Healy and Muse rounding out the top three. Douglas Strebel’s Black River Racing won the next contest, trailed by Robert Hughes’s Heart Breaker and John Killeen. Keane returned to victory in Saturday’s third race, while Jennifer Wulff’s Joint Custody placed second and Joe Colling/Ian Moran third. The final battle saw Cole Allsopp’s Moxie take line honors, followed by Hughes and Bruno Pasquinelli. Muse was purchased in December and sails with an entire Corinthian team, and have campaigned the boat throughout the Southern Circuit as well as events in New England. “This was a conclusion to a hard fought year,” summarized Bardenheier.”We got into the J/70 relatively early, and we’ve put together a nice team effort with my fellow Tufts University Alumni. It’s a wonderful Class, and we are so excited about the people in it. The organization is wonderful, and we look forward to being involved for years to come!”
The top 10 are:
1. Heather Gregg Earl/Joe Bardenheier (95 points)
2. Brian Keane (97)
3. Tim Healy (101)
4. Peter McChesney (111)
5. Robert Hughes (115)
6. Joel Ronning (144)
7. Douglas Strebel (152)
8. John Brigden (153)
9. Martin Kullman (154)
10. Henry Filter (159)
Sandy Grosvenor served as PRO for the 90 teams from Bermuda, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Visit www.j70nac.com for complete results.
J/Fest San Diego
The fleets of one-designs at San Diego YC’s J/Fest were blessed with nice breezes for all three days during the last weekend of September. The J/70's debut as a class with their five-boat fleet was a lot of fun racing offshore on San Diego Bay. Having been traveling to the last three major J/70 events on the West Coast, Dan Gribble's GO-RILLA, Eric Kownacki/Tom Jenkins' DFZ and Karl Pomeroy's ZERO TO 60 were likely to have the upper hand--and they did. Kownacki & Jenkins took a 1-1-1-2-1 for a win in the J/70 class. Second was Gribble's GO-RILLA and third was Pomeroy's ZERO TO 60. For complete results, visit http://sdyc.org/results13/jfest_res.htm.
Rolex Big Boat Series
Racing Abandoned on Second Day of Inaugural J/70 North American Championship
Due to a lack of wind, racing was abandoned on day two of the first-ever J/70 North American Championship in Annapolis, MD. Bennet Greenwald will take his lead into the final day of competition, which gets underway one hour earlier at 10:00 a.m. EDT Saturday. Perseverance compiled just 12 points after Thursday’s three races. Joel Ronning’s Catapult stands in second place with 22 points. Martin Kullman’s Touch 2 Play and Peter McChesney’s Trouble are next in line with 41 points. This inaugural event is title-sponsored by Hillman Focused Advantage Fund and hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club and J/70 Fleet #1. PRO Sandy Grosvenor and her Race Committee team scrutinized the conditions constantly throughout the day, but the breeze never piped up enough to meet the required minimum. Racing concludes Saturday for the 90 teams from Bermuda, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Visit www.j70nac.com for complete regatta information and live racing updates.
Consistent Greenwald Gains Advantage on First Day of Inaugural J/70 North American Championship
The leaderboard changed with every race on day one of the first-ever J/70 North American Championship, but it was Bennet Greenwald’s identical line of 4,4,4 that places him in the lead after three races. With winds ranging between 4-8 knots, and no boats able to repeat a top three finish all day, Greenwald’s Perseverance lived up to its name as the 89 teams battled the tides of the Chesapeake Bay. This inaugural event is title-sponsored by Hillman Focused Advantage Fund and hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club and J/70 Fleet #1. Joel’s Ronning’s Catapult notched 22 points after finishes of 15, 6 and 1 for second place. Martin Kullman’s Touch 2 Play is next in line with 41 points. Excitement ran high for the kick-off race, which saw Kerry Klingler’s Menace seize the victory, with Bodo von der Wense on Turbo Duck and Douglas Strebel’s Black River Racing close behind. Kullman’s team took the win in race two, trailed by Peter McChesney on Trouble and Henry Filter’s Wild Child. Ronning snagged Thursday’s closing contest, and rounding out the top three were John Aras and Tyler Doyle. Racing continues through Saturday for the teams from Bermuda, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Visit www.j70nac.com for complete regatta information and live racing updates
Inaugural J/70 North American Championship Launches Thursday
Ninety teams have descended upon Annapolis, MD for the first-ever J/70 North American Championship. This inaugural event is title-sponsored by Hillman Focused Advantage Fund and hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club and J/70 Fleet #1. Competitors from the USA, Bermuda, Canada and Mexico have invaded the area over recent days as teams complete the registration procedures and tune-up on the Chesapeake Bay. The anticipation for this North American Championship has been growing at a feverish pace since June when the regatta reached its 90-boat entry threshold within 28 hours. “It’s tremendous to see a great turnout from all over North America for the first Class championship,” praised Jeff Johnstone of J Boats. “Fleet 1 and Annapolis Yacht Club have done an incredible job organizing a major championship on such short notice. It’s particularly gratifying to see such a broad cross section of sailors from one-design boats and with helmsmen ranging from ages 13 to 76. It’s all building up to tomorrow with 90 boats on one starting line.” Racing commences Thursday and continues through Saturday. Visitwww.j70nac.com for complete regatta information and live racing updates.
Annapolis Race Week
28 J/70s took to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for Annapolis Race Week over the Labor Day holiday. Gearing up for the first North American Championship in Annapolis later this month, the fleet lodged eight races, with Peter McChesney winning the division. The team finished with 35 points after scores of 1,2,1,7,5,5,6,8. Joel Ronning on Catapult was three points behind with 38, and James Allsopp's Moxie was third with 43 points. For complete results, click here.
J Cup Plymouth
With gusts close to 20 knots ripping through the race area in Plymouth Sound, the final day of the B&G J-Cup 2013, produced some ballistic action at the event hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club. It was a fitting end to another fabulous weekend of sailing - the sailors enjoyed near-perfect sailing conditions for most of the regatta, closing with an epic final day of sailing. In the J/70 Class, Ruairidh Scott's North Sails conducted a master class of sportsboat racing, winning the class with straight bullets and a race to spare. However, it was a highly rewarding experience for the entire J/70 Class as the North Sails team were happy to share their knowledge dockside after racing. Nigel Passmore's Apollo 6 finished second and the young team on Mike Flood's J7t won the last race of the day to secure third for the regatta. For complete information, click here.
Verve Cup Inshore Regatta
Hot, gusty winds led to challenging conditions and some tight competition as the Verve Cup Inshore Regatta wrapped up over the August 24-25 weekend at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Station. “We had wind eight to 12 knots, typical Chicago southwester. This was the first offshore breeze we’ve had this summer on a race day, which was shocking, and the competition was good,” said Race Officer Janet Baxter. After a solid day of racing on Saturday, Sunday's variable winds made things interesting for both race committee and the competitors. “We’d have 15 knots followed by seven knots, so it was a little bit challenging to figure out where the racers wanted to be sent – they were all kind of tired from yesterday,” said Race Officer Lynn Lynch. “I would’ve liked some more consistent breezes today, because not all of the runs were as square as they could have been. Yesterday was really, really solid racing – today we had a little bit more breeze, so that was more fun that way. I thought the competition was very tight in some of the fleets.” Race organizers said the annual regatta features two days of the best one-design sailing in the Midwest, with identical classes competing to determine which boat has the best skipper and crew. Of the 86 boats registered, 20 were J/70s, an impressive turnout for the fleet’s debut year at Verve Inshore. “We’re very happy we have the J70 class and the Colgates for the first time,” said Race Co-Chair Jessica Jamieson. “I think the event went very well, we’re getting a lot of positive feedback.” Taking first in the J/70s was Extreme, owned/skippered by Dan Cheresh of Saugatuck, MI. Second place went to Catapult, owned/skippered by Joel Ronning of Minneapolis, MN. Rounding out third in the J/70 class was CloudSourced, owned/skippered by Ronald Copfer of Cleveland, OH. For complete results, click here.
TOUCH2PLAY Takes J/70 Great Lakes Championship
The inaugural J/70 Great Lakes Championship was held over the August 10-11 weekend, hosted by the Buffalo Yacht Club and sponsored by BMW. Twenty-six boats attended, from as far away as California, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, LI Sound and Indiana, to go along with entries from PA, Ohio and NY. There were two Canadian boats as well. Friday afternoon before the regatta, Jud Smith gave a chalk talk on the clubhouse deck followed by some on-water practice time. Jud had some very good pointers for those in attendance. Saturday was forecast to be light, but we were treated to a much better than advertised 9-13 knots of sparkling clear sailing conditions. Lake Erie is known for its chop, and we had plenty of that to go along with the sea-breeze so the sailing was both exhilarating and challenging. Given the discouraging forecast for Sunday (next to no wind), PRO David Searle and his team gave us five races. Everyone returned to the club tired but happy and enjoyed a nice party and filling buffet dinner. With five races sailed, the throw-out kicked in and three teams were atop the leaderboard after the first day of racing, headed by Dave Ullman, Marty Kullman, and the team of Gary Tisdale and Adam Burns. Dave Ullman sailed beautifully to card three first places but had to take his throw-out when their headstay came loose before the start of race two (lesson learned-- pin your turnbuckle!). Kudos go to the guys on CloudSourced from Rocky River, Ohio for salvaging a 17 in race one. Their spinnaker halyard came loose on the first hoist of the day, yet they managed to get to the top of the mast and recover it under way. Sunday morning dawned as feared, sunny and nice but no wind. The fleet bobbed around as the breeze teased us with puffs here and there but wouldn't build to the steady 5 knot Class minimum. Many of the boats began to drift off closer to the harbor to beat the race to the hoist. PRO Searle came on the radio and told us to give it another half hour, and we were very glad that he did, as the breeze filled enough for one final challenging but fair race. It was light and shifty, but we never stopped moving and places were changing all over. The duel for first between Ullman and Kullman was intense, and in the end Marty pushed Dave back enough to secure the win for himself. While that was going on, Jud Smith got away to a big lead and Tisdale/Burns ended up second for the race and the regatta by carding three straight seconds in the final three races. After the smoke cleared, Ullman took third followed by Ron Copfer in fourth just two points back, and in fifth was Jud Smith with 26 points. The racing was excellent with 6-10 places separated by only 5 points. Top women’s team skipper was Jen Wulff sailing with her husband Ray on Joint Custody, taking sixth overall. The top Canadian team was Rex skippered by Scott Weakley in eighth. For more J/70 Great Lakes Championship sailing information, click here.
Cowes Week 2013
In the nine-boat J/70 class, it was Team Raf Spitfire led by Wing Commander Simon Ling that took the overall series trophy. Following them was Jugador skippered by Jack Davies in second and in third was Wilson Covers sailed by Ian Wilson. The balance of the top five was North Sails (Ruairidh Scott) and Django (Malcolm Jaques), fourth and fifth respectively. For more information, click here.
Ruairidh Scott, Charlie Cumbley, Hugh Fletcher and Matt Curthoys, the team on board the J/70 North Sails, were pronounced as the winners of the race series that everyone was talking about: the J/70 Short Series at AAM Cowes Week 2013. The Jaques family were second in Django and Simon ‘Sling’ Ling and crew finished third in Team Rafbf Spitfire. Almost exactly one year after the very first J/70 arrived in the UK, this brand new fleet were offered a Class Start at AAM Cowes Week and better still, the J/70s were able to compete in two races each day from Saturday 3rd of August to Tuesday 6th of August in the J/70 ‘Short Series.’ The J/70s were the first fleet to start off the Squadron line each morning and then raced the second race from a committee boat start-line, finishing off Cowes. It was a race format which worked extraordinarily well for the fleet and which everyone agreed delivered great racing and superb competition. Racing in the J/70 fleet at Cowes was both extremely close and incredibly exciting; in the first race on Sunday, 60% of the fleet crossed the finish line in an 83 second period! It is clear the J/70 is not only great fun to sail but that the Class delivers absolutely first rate competition. Heading into the AAM Cowes Week Short Series, the smart money may well have been on the North Sails team as they are the current J/70 UK National Champions, but as Ruairidh was the first to point out, the fleet is getting hotter and hotter all the time and the standard of sailing is improving at every event so it was far from an easy win. Certainly Ruairidh and his team did not have things all their own way. The Jaques family team won two of the six races completed in Django (racing for all classes at Cowes was abandoned on Tuesday when the breeze failed to show up on the course) and kept the pressure on Ruairidh from the off, starting the regatta with a win in Race 1. Malcolm said, “It made sense for Tristan to helm the boat and I slipped into the tactician’s role with my daughter Naomi doing navigation and strategy. Tristan is clearly a very quick driver but it’s not just that: his reactions are also faster than mine and that is crucial to success in this fleet. Tristan was able to really keep 100% of his focus on boat-speed.” At the close of the series, North Sails had notched up just six points, Django had eight on the score card and Team Rafbf Spitfire clocked 18. Ruairidh and his crew were clearly thrilled to have won. Ruairidh explained, “We’ve had a great regatta. We’ve certainly been under lots of pressure from the rest of the fleet at this event, especially Django, but my crew worked really hard and kept their focus from start to finish taking any little knock back in their stride.” He continued, “I would like to say hats off to the organizers for taking the decision to run two races a day. It has transformed the event for us: two shorter races really keep the interest levels up. The key elements of our success here at AAM Cowes Week include having good all round boat speed, a crew with a thorough knowledge of The Solent and 100% concentration from the whole team.” The next major event for the J/70 Class is the J-Cup later this month in Plymouth and then the UK teams will be packing their boats up and heading down to glorious Lake Garda for the J/70 EuroCup Championships in September. For more Cowes Week sailing information, click here.
Marblehead NOOD/New England Championship
Bennet Greenwald continued a stellar year on Perseverance, winning the Marblehead NOOD/New England Championship in the 16-boat J/70 fleet. Six races were completed with one discard, leaving Greenwald with 10 net points. Jud & Cindy Smith weren't far behind with 12. Joel Ronning's Catapult rounded out the top three with 20 points. Just a couple points separated the leading three boats with the next two, as Tyler Doyle came in fourth (21 points) and Joe Bardenheier/Heather Earl on Muse in fifth (22). For complete results, click here.
Youngstown Level Regatta
One hundred eighty-one teams competed in the 2013 Youngstown Level Regatta, hosted by Youngstown Yacht Club on July 27-28. Twenty-six fleets hosted IRC and PHRF along with ten one design classes. Largest class was the J/70 with 17 teams, which was won by Kerry Klingler. Racing Menace, they notched scores of 4,3,2,1,1,3,7,1 for 22 points in the eight races. Martin Kullman's Touch 2 Play came in second with 24 points, and Kris Werner's Superfecta in third with 36 points. For complete information, click here.
J/70s Sail Travemunde Week
The J/70 Bundesliga yacht club participants were looking forward to sailing on Travemunde's famous bay on the Baltic Sea; renown for the sea-breeze that often fills in the afternoon at 10-15 knots from the northeasterly quadrants—often oscillating from 40-75 degrees. The second regatta of the Bundesliga took place in front of Lübeck, sailing in a "stadium-style" racing right along the Travemunde waterfront. The regatta organizers did a fabulous job of running 30 races for three flights over the two days for the 18 teams that were competing. The weather Gods cooperated, offering up sunny days with nice sea-breezes every afternoon. Demonstrating how close the competition was for all the teams, the top three was determined on a three-way tie-breaker with 25 points total each. Winning the regatta with the most firsts was the Bayerischer YC, second was the North German Regatta Association and third was YC Berlin Grunau. "The leading clubs are all sailing on the same level. Everybody has won races and sometimes have also landed back in the field," says Walter Roth sailing with Yacht Club Berlin Grunau. And, he adds that "having short, fast consecutive races means bad ones are quickly forgotten! The BYC team with skipper Christian Schäfer and crew John Kaske, Philip Hibler and Walter Roth have been improving constantly. Their victory in Travemünde means we now move into second place in the overall Bundesliga series!" The YC Berlin Grunau continues to lead the Bundesliga series as a result of their third place finish in Travemunde. "For us, everything went as planned. We defended our championship lead and want to continue our good performance in the next regatta in Hamburg," said the team manager of YCBG. The second place team in Travemünde, the North German Regatta Association, underlined their ambitions in the Bundesliga. "We're used to match race sailing, but we quickly adapt to these exciting new boats- the J/70s. This has definitely helped us on the first day of racing," explains Florian Weser. He generally match races with his teammates Klaas Höpcke and Niklas Meyerinck. "The NRV team is now ranked third in the Bundesliga series and we intend to get better!" added helmsman Johannes Polgar. As one of the primary sponsors of the Bundesliga series sailed on J/70s, SAP's Sail-TV has been providing both locally live TV broadcasts as well as live internet broadcasts online. The popularity of the event not only throughout Germany, but across Europe, has been increasing dramatically! Watch for other versions of this J/70 circuit in other European countries next year. For more information, visit http://www.travemuender-woche.com/.
Leukemia Cup in Chesapeake
The Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup regatta, hosted by Fishing Bay Yacht Club and Stingray Harbor Yacht Club, was held July 13-14. The fleet was blessed with somewhat remarkable conditions considering that the mid-Atlantic region had been baking in extremely hot, muggy conditions for the past few weeks. For Saturday's racing, the sailing was postponed due to thunderstorms rolling up the bay earlier in the day, but it soon turned out to be a fantastic day for sailing with the wind building from 10 knots to gusts over 30 knots under clear skies towards evening. Sunday's racing was equally challenging with light, but steady, breezes all day long. Debuting in the regatta for the first time were the J/70s, with a competitive fleet of five boats. Taking the class honors was Ron Thompson with a leading tally of 1-2-1-1 for 5 points. Behind them was a battle for the podium with three boats, all tied with six points each after the first day- the two Vortex Racing boats (Vortex and GetMyBoat.com) and Drake Johnstone's Cat's Pajamas. In the end, Vortex took second with a 3-3-2-2 for 10 points and GetMyBoat.com took third with a 2-5-3-3 tally for 13 points. For complete information, click here.
The 7th annual Fiesta Cup took place on July 20-21 at Santa Barbara Yacht Club with nine J/70s participating. In the six-race series, Dave Ullman captured the victory with scores of 1,2,3,1,4,2 for 15 points. Thomas Jenkins & Eric Kownacki's DFZ wasn't far behind with 15 points and second place. They racked up an impressive line of 4,5,1,2,2,1. Kenny Kieding's Smoke & Mirrors rounded out the top three with 23 points, and there was a two-way tie for fourth at 24 points between Craig Tallman's Jaya and Chris Gabriel's Diversion. For complete results, click here.
The Newport Regatta, New England's premiere one-design regatta for 29 years, took place over the weekend with 22 J/70s registered. Joel Ronning's Catapult narrowly took the victory with 16 points to Bruno Pasquinelli's Stampede with 17 points. Bennet Greenwald's Perseverance came in third with 21 points. The final race determined the regatta winner when Catapult took the bullet, completing a line of 1,7,7,1. Stampede finished with scores of 9,4,2,2, and Perseverance 4,1,6,10. For complete information, visit here.
Long Beach Race Week
As one of the classic California summer regattas, this year's Long Beach Race Week delivered on that promise with WSW breezes, some fog and cool conditions. Friday's sailing saw lots of fog in the morning burn off and produce gorgeous sailing in the afternoon with 8-14 knot breezes from the WSW. Saturday's sailing saw the wind in a more southerly quadrant and with three races scheduled, the PROs were busy changing marks to the west all day as the wind clocked from 190 to 235 degrees. Sunday dawned sunny onshore, but by midday the tail feathers of a front passing by the south produced the most southerly breezes of the weekend, ranging from 160 to 210 degrees with some grey overcast skies for some fleets. The host clubs, Long Beach YC and Alamitos Bay YC, provided excellent race management. The eight teams sailing the J/70 class saw San Diego YC member Bennet Greenwald continuing his winning streak in J/70s sailing PERSEVERANCE to take top honors with five firsts in their score card of seven races. Behind them it was quite a tussle for the top five. In the end, Craig Tallman from Kings Harbor YC took second sailing JAYA with mostly second and thirds for a total of 20 points. Third was the team of Tom Jenkins and Eric Kownacki on DFZ just three points back. Fourth was Karl Pomeroy in ZERO TO 60, and fifth was Dan Gribble and Joe Wiese in GO-RILLA. For more information, visit http://www.lbrw.org/.
Hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron from June 14-16, the rapidly growing J/70 class held their National Championship in widely varying, challenging sailing conditions on the Solent. Winner in the J/70s was Ruairidh Scott on North Sails. The J/70 UK Nationals were the first major UK one-design regatta. J/70 crews will then go on and sail one-design at Cowes Week and at the J-Cup Regatta at the end of August. The first day of the regatta on Friday could not have been nicer. Fleets were presided over by PRO Captain Simon Van Der Byl. Conditions on the race-track (in the area of Brambles Bank) were some of the Solent’s finest with a brisk but variable 10-18 knots from South to Southwest. The first race for the J/70s saw newcomer to the Class, Russell Peters and his team on Bob, in first at the first windward mark. But, Race 1 and Race 2 ultimately belonged to Ruairidh Scott and his boys onboard North Sails who scored bullets in both. Ben Field, tactician for North Sails explained, "We got the boat going well, we took the shifts and tried to play every little lift and header. Russell did a tremendous job keeping the pressure on, as did the guys in Team RABF Spitfire." Ruairidh added, "The first race was really close but at the start of the second we saw a potential fight brewing at the pin and we came up to avoid it. We got a clean start and then worked the shifts as they arrived to our advantage." At the close of racing, North Sails led the J/70 UK Nationals with Bob in second place with five points and Simon Ling’s Team RABF Spitfire in third, also on five points. It was a challenging day on the water for all on Sunday. Having completed the first two races of the championship on Friday in sublime race conditions, competitors were sent ashore and racing was abandoned before the first start sequence on Saturday, as an easily sailable 21 knots quickly built to a steady 33 knots in the course area near Mother Bank on the Solent. Three races were scheduled for Sunday, of which two were completed by the J/70s in a fading breeze of between 6-12 knots which swung between 230 and 190 degrees. Sunday was a ‘double bullet’ day for Ruairidh Scott and the boys on the J/70 North Sails. For Ruairidh, these two wins completed his perfect regatta score-line and stamped convincing authority on this first J/70 UK National Championship title. Fleets were invited to a Pimms loaded prize-giving on The Platform at the Royal Yacht Squadron on Sunday afternoon. In the J/70 Class, the Best Corinthian Team was Simon Ling and the boys on board Team RAFBF Spitfire Powered by SLAM. In third place at the 2013 J/70 UK National Championship was Simon Ling and his crew from Team RAFBF Spitfire Powered by SLAM with 12 points on their score-sheet. Second overall was Russell Peters and his team from Bob with 9 points. Ruairidh Scott, Hugh Fletcher, Ben Field and Matt Curthoys sailing North Sails stepped up to accept the J/70 UK National Championship title, never having lost a race. They were presented with a J/70 half-model. For more J/70 UK Nationals sailing information, visit https://www.rys.org.uk/events/details?id=6174.
Levels and Great Lakes Championship
The 40th Annual Youngstown Level Regatta takes place July 27-28 in Youngstown, NY. There are 13 J/70s registered as of June 20. NOR and online entry may be found at http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=743 on Yacht Scoring. This is 15 minutes north of Niagara Falls, sailing on Lake Ontario. Boats wishing to sail in the Great Lakes Championship in nearby Buffalo two weeks later may leave their J/70s at no charge in between the two events. They will also tow your boat from Youngstown to Buffalo after the Level if desired (25 miles), also at no charge. Great Lakes NOR and online entry is also on Yacht Scoring at http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=827, and there are 13 entries as of June 20. Contact Don Finkle with questions on the above at 716-695-4328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York YC Annual Regatta
The New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex—the oldest regatta in the country—has entered the history books for the 159th time after two days of weekend racing (June 15 and 16) preceded by an optional and separately scored competition “Around the Island” on Friday (June 14). With 153 teams competing, the 2013 edition also was the largest Annual Regatta on record, with enough action on the water and ashore to guarantee the event’s venerable reputation into the next century. In the 11-boat J/70 fleet, Joel Ronning's Catapult put up impressive scores of 1,7,1,2,1,1,1 for 14 points and the victory. Mark Ploch/Mike Bruno on Sugar Daddy placed second with 18 points, and Joe Bardenheier/Heather Gregg-Earl's Muse third at 28. For the complete report, (click here).
Cleveland Race Week
71 one-design boats invaded Cleveland Race Week at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio from June 14-16. Seven fleets competed, including 14 J/70s. Light and inconsistent breeze on Saturday did not allow the J/70s to complete a race. Sunday dawned with winds between 14-16 knots, and all fleets were able to run three races. Dave Ullman notched a perfect line of 1-1-1 for just 3 total points. He also led a clinic on Friday for the J/70s registered for the event. For complete information, visit www.clevelandraceweek.com.
Both Newport, RI and Annapolis, MD sailors had enjoyable times sailing with families and friends while supporting the Leukemia Cup. Eastport YC and Annapolis YC co-hosted the 21st annual Leukemia Cup regatta in Maryland. More than 100 boats were out there supporting this cause. The racing was held on a very sunny, 70-degree day with 10-15 knots of breeze. Perfect conditions on the water for sailing, except for the 2 knots of current that plagued the fleet much of the afternoon. Jen Wulff sailing Joint Custody with her husband Ray were able to top the 8-boat J/70 fleet. For the Rhode Island chapter the New York YC and Sail Newport co-hosted their Leukemia Cup regatta on Narragansett Bay, raising a new record in excess of $250,000 in one evening of auctions. The J/70 class saw Heather Gregg-Earl of New York YC and Boston, MA win the class. She was followed by Newport's Morgan Paxhia in second place. For more Leukemia Cup sailing information, visit http://www.leukemiacup.org/.
J/70 North American Championship Hits 90 Entries in 28 Hours
Anticipation abounded for the first ever J/70 North American Championship as the regatta reached its 90-boat entry threshold within 28 hours. Hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club and J/70 Fleet 1, the J/70 North American Championship will take place from September 26-28, 2013. Regatta registration opened on Monday, June 3 at 9:30 am ET, and J/70 sailors from across North America flooded the event website until the 90-boat limit was achieved around 12:30 pm ET on Tuesday, June 4. “In 35 years of sailing, I’ve never seen anything close to this!” exclaimed J/70 Class President Joe Colling of Ohio. “Watching the registration all day and seeing those numbers keep climbing demonstrates the unbelievable enthusiasm for the J/70. It’s already an epic event!” Al Johnstone shared his registration experience, saying, “Cousin Drake Johnstone called me this morning at about 10:00am with great concern in his voice that Rod had not yet entered his J/70 Ragtime in the J/70 NAs, and that entries were capped off at 90 boats for the event. I casually told him it was no big deal, as Rod would check-in later that afternoon and register for himself. Drake then shared the news that there were only five slots remaining and STRONGLY encouraged me to immediately sign him up on the website, which I thankfully did. Thanks to Drake, Ragtime is official entry number 86 of 90 boats, and when I went back to check the regatta site, the inaugural J/70 North American Championship entry book was full with 90 boats entered! So, in about 24 hours the event was already booked, that must be some kind of record! I'm looking forward to sailing with Rod, cousin Andrew Sheriff and a to-be-determined fourth family member in Annapolis for what promises to be a fantastic regatta!” Event organizers limited entries to 90 boats to ensure the highest level of race management and onsite logistics. Competitors may still sign-up and be placed on a wait list. Visit www.j70nac.com for complete regatta information.
Southern Bay Week
One of the highlights of the southern Chesapeake Bay racing season is the Southern Bay Race Week hosted by Hampton Yacht Club. The event actually starts with the annual "feeder race" from Annapolis, the "Down the Bay Race." After the racers have recuperated from their blast down the Chesapeake, the Hampton YC plays host to an amazing regatta that is loaded with an enormous amount of social activities and festivities for the next four days straight. For their debut event, the J/70s had a good turnout for Southern Bay. Locals Ron Thompson and crew started strongly. Their 1-1-2-1-4-1-3 for 13 points sealed the deal to win the J/70s. The Kimbrough boys on NOSTALGIA sailed well and their 3-4-1-3-3-2-1 for 17 points was good enough to take a comfortable second overall. Third was John Hanna sailing VORTEX Racing, beating on a tie-breaker Basil Rowland sailing GETMYBOAT.COM. For complete information, visit http://www.hamptonyc.com/sbrw/.
Cal Race Week
The J/70s debut in the Cal Week regatta saw good, close racing. In the end, the Jenkins/Kownacki duo on DFZ took the crown, winning with a 2-1-1-5-1 record for 10 pts. Karl Pomeroy's ZERO TO 60 accumulated a 1-2-3-4-2 for 12 pts to take second. Third was Dan Gribble's GO-RILLA, amassing scores of 5-5-2-1-4 for 17 pts to snatch third overall. Craig Tallman's JAYA won the battle for fourth while Sean O'Keefe on DECOLORES 3 was fifth (both with 18 points). For complete results, visit http://results.calyachtclub.com/RaceResults/2013/calraceweek-2.html.
J/70 New England Circuit 2013
Inaugural North Americans
Annapolis Yacht Club and the J/70 Class Association cordially invite you to attend the inaugural J/70 North American Championship from September 26-28, 2013 in Annapolis, MD. The Notice of Race is posted, and registration opens on June 1 at the event website: www.j70nac.com.
This year marked the 41st year of San Diego Yacht Club's signature regatta, the Yachting Cup. This premiere regatta brings together competitive fleet and one-design racing at multiple venues in San Diego. For their debut in the Yachting Cup, the half-dozen J/70s certainly served up some excellent racing in the windy Saturday conditions with huge waves and massive, almost epic planes/surfs down the big Pacific rollers. It was close racing with the top four boats all finishing within 7 points of each other. The Kownacki/Jenkins team on DFZ sailed the most consistently, with four seconds counting towards their total of 12 points to take the J/70 crown. Karl Pomeroy's ZERO TO SIXTY sailed some great races (including three firsts) but couldn't maintain that "fast & furious" pace, settling for second place overall with 14 points. Third was Scott Grealish's SPLASH with 18 points. Craig Tallmans' new JAYA was fourth, only one point back. And, taking the fifth spot was Kenyon Martin's CHEETAH CUB. Four boats won races. For complete results, visit http://sdyc.org/results13/yachtingcup_res.htm#J70.
Charleston Race Week
Tim Healy edged out Peter Duncan to win the J/70 fleet at Charleston Race Week. After eight races, some of which were sailed in very gusty conditions, team Helly Hansen grabbed a two-point victory over Relative Obscurity. 55 J/70s registered, and 53 competed in the three-day regatta from April 19-21. Blustery winds challenged the teams on Friday, before moderating on Saturday. Sunday racing was a no-go due to brutal winds and huge seas. Healy tallied a line of 5,3,3,1,2,4,10,1, and dropped the 10 for a total of 19 points. Duncan threw-out an 11, leaving a line of 3,2,4,4,3,3,2 for 21 points. Henry Filter’s Wild Child placed third with 36 points. There were multiple race winners among the fleet, but Healy’s consistency earned him the title. For complete results, visit: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=742.
In the J/70s Corinthian Division (amateur teams), it was Heather Gregg-Earl and Joe Bardenheier aboard MUSE/TEAM ATLANTIS that took the honors over 16 other teams. Second was Brian Elliott sailing B-SQUARED and third was Mike Glover and Robbie Wilkins sailing LUCY, the top local Charleston team in the regatta.
College of Charleston Alums Take on the J/70 World
Check out the Scuttlebutt link for a Q&A with Greg Fisher and the College of Charleston alumni team competing in the J/70 fleet at Charleston Race Week: http://bit.ly/Z8FmhQ
Houston Yacht Club recently hosted its 27th annual Elissa Regatta for the benefit of the tall ship ELISSA. This event not only raises money for the ELISSA but also raises awareness of Texas' sailing heritage. The ELISSA is an iron-hulled sailing ship built in Scotland in 1877, and is now a National Historical Landmark as well as the "Official Tall Ship of Texas". She is a three masted barque with nineteen sails covering over one-quarter of an acre in area. The Elissa is housed at the Texas Seaport Museum and is owned and operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Proceeds from the Elissa Regatta Weekend not only help maintain the ship but also fund exhibits, community activities and educational programs in connection with the Elissa for youth and adults. The six J/70s saw two matches form over the course of the regatta, one a race for first and the other for third overall. In the end, Tom Romberg from Austin YC won the first match with Chris Lewis from Lakewood YC taking second. In the second match, Jim Mitchell from Fort Worth Boat Club sailed BOOMTOWN into third by virtue of winning a tie-breaker over Bruce McDonald's team from Austin YC sailing ROGUE WARRIOR. For more information, visit http://www.houstonyachtclub.com/Racing/ElissaRegatta.aspx.
Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta – San Diego
The second stop for the eight event Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta circuit was in San Diego, CA on March 15-17. The feast or famine tradition for this event prevailed, where strong conditions in past events were set aside this year for light and spotty winds. Three race courses hosted 101 boats competing in 12 one design classes. Bennet Greenwald's Perseverance claimed first in the impressive 10-boat J/70 fleet, with 16 points in the six-race series. David Ullman's USA32 took second with 20 points, and Joel Ronning's Catapult was one point back with 21. Complete results may be found at http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=753
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week
The J/70 class made a strong debut in Miami with 20 boats racing. In pole position with no finish worse than third to start the final day of the series, Briane Keane (Weston, Mass.) added two wins to his score line to take the inaugural BMSW class win with 13 points. “Learned a lot in Key West, tried new things here in Miami and things have worked out!,” said Keane. “Our goal was to be in the top-five and we did it. The J/70 class is the most exciting class in 10 years with top sailors; it’s the best fleet in North America right now; winning Miami is a great accomplishment.” Keane had the largest point cushion – 19 points – of any top finisher in the competing fleets. Peter Duncan (Rye, N.Y.), who won one of the day’s races, finished second overall with 32 points, beating Will Welles (Portsmouth, R.I.) in a standings tie-breaker. Joe Woods (Torquay, GBR) with 43 points, and Brian Elliott (Sayville, N.Y.) with 47, complete the top-five. Event details: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=729. More information on the BACARDI Miami Sailing Week and the 86th BACARDI Cup is available at www.MiamiSailingWeek.com andwww.BacardiCup.com.
Joel Ronning's Catapult Dominates St. Pete NOOD
Twenty J/70s hit St. Petersburg, Florida for the NOOD Regatta from February 15-17. Joel Ronning's Catapult dominated the fleet with a line of 1,4,4,1,1,2,1,6,2,2 for just 24 points overall. This was 20 points ahead of runner-up Will Welles' Rascal. Kerry Klingler's Menace came in third with 58 points. Friday saw the breeziest conditions with gusts to near 30, while Saturday moderated just a bit but the breeze was still on. The final day dawned quite chilly, but the Race Committee was able to complete 10 races over the three days. For complete regatta information and results, visit www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/st-petersburg.
Tim Healy's Team Helly Hansen Wins J/70 Fleet at Quantum Key West Race Week
The J/70 was the largest class at Quantum Key West Race Week with 39 boats registered, and the brand new design was showcased with some spectacular racing. Tim Healy and his experienced team on Helly Hansen seized the lead on Thursday then held it by winning both races on Friday, which featured 14-16 knot winds. Geoff Becker (tactician), John Mollicone (trimmer) and Dave Reed (foredeck) comprised the crew on Helly Hansen. "It was really fun to figure out how to sail the boat. Right up to the last race, we were working on tuning and experimenting with techniques,” said Healy, a J/24 champion who was making his J/70 debut. “We went out early every morning and tinkered with sail trim and rig tune. We made progress every day, and the crew worked very hard at fine-tuning every maneuver.” David Franzel (Somerville, MA) captured the Corinthian portion of J/70 fleet, consisting of 12 boats that did not have a professional aboard. Franzel sailed Spring to a steady stream of firsts and seconds within the Corinthian contingent. For complete regatta information, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
Quantum Key West Race Week Day 4
With four days of racing complete, it is not difficult to identify the stars of Quantum Key West Race Week: the sun and the wind! Even the most veteran sailors have been amazed by the fact that every day of the regatta has brought spectacular conditions with warm temperatures and solid breezes. Wednesday brought 18-22 knot winds, and Thursday was equally ideal as the breeze held steady between 14-18 knots. Tim Healy and his team on Helly Hansen seized the lead in the J/70 fleet, largest of the regatta. Geoff Becker is calling tactics for Healy (Newport, RI), who posted high scores of a first and a second in three races on Thursday, and slighly leads Savasana (Brian Keane, Weston, MA) heading into the final day of racing. For complete regatta information, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
Quantum Key West Race Week Day 3
It appeared there was a new leader in the J/70 fleet after racing concluded on Wednesday. Newport-based pro Tim Healy and his Helly Hansen team won Race 6, finished third in Race 7 and threw out a 23rd suffered in Race 1. That briefly allowed Helly Hansen to overtake Moxie for the overall lead in the regatta’s largest class with 39 boats. However, Healy lost a protest and was hit with a penalty that changed the seventh race result to 19th and dropped Helly Hansen to fourth in the overall standings. Moxie, sailed by brothers Cole and James Allsopp (Annapolis, MD), remained the leader for the second straight day with 34.5 points, 1 ½ better than Relative Obscurity (Peter Duncan, Rye, NY). Healy was disappointed with the protest decision, but remained confident his crew could wind up on top at the end. We’re going to give it our best shot. We just have to keep plugging away,” he said. For complete regatta updates, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
Quantum Key West Race Week Day 2
With northerly winds in the 12-16 knot range, Tuesday provided a perfect opportunity to complete an extra race, for three races on the second day of the 26th annual Quantum Key West Race Week. The J/70 is the largest class in the regatta with 38 boats. The Allsopp brothers (Cole and James) aboard Moxie grew up sailing together before heading off to College of Charleston and the Naval Academy, respectively. Cole is driving while James is handling the bow, and the team closed with a fourth and third on Tuesday to overtake Dave Ullman, the Day 1 leader. For complete regatta information, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
European Yacht of the Year 2013
The awards of this years European Yacht of the Year contest were determined after thoroughly inspecting and testing the 25 nominated boats in Southampton and La Spezia. Leading the winners in five categories was the J/70! See the complete story at http://blog.boats.com/2013/01/european-yacht-of-the-year-2013-the-winners/#ixzz2IkFbKR2H.
Quantum Key West Race Week Day 1
In the J/70 class, all the sailors were going into the first day of racing with wide-open expectations about what might happen on the race track. With a fleet deeply-laden with talent, the outcomes for the first two races were going to help the teams learn more about how their boats were going to perform against their colleagues. With two races behind them, it was pretty clear one team had the day dialed in with Dave Ullman scoring an impressive 2-2 to lead the fleet. Just behind them in second place is Brian Elliott on B-SQUARED with a 4-7; Bob Hughes on HEARTBREAKER with a 1-12 tied with Ryan Ruhlman on SPACEMAN SPIFF with an 8-5; and lying fifth is Cole Allsop on MOXIE with a 5-10. In the J/70 Corinthian Division, Brian Elliott on B-SQUARED is leading with a 1-1, Chris Carroll on TORQEEDO is second with a 2-4 and Kathy Parks and husband Paul Parks are third on SUNDOG with a 6-2. 38 J/70s are competing. For complete regatta updates, go to www.premiere-racing.com.
J/70 Wins Yachts & Yachting Best Performance Award
The winners of the Yachts & Yachting Awards 2013 have been announced and the J/70 has been voted the "Best Performance Boat under 30 feet." The Yachts & Yachting Awards celebrate the very best in what was a fabulous year for sport and for sailing. Readers of the Yachts & Yachting Magazine and web users were asked to vote for their preferred "winner" in each of ten categories and then these "reader" votes were added to the votes of the official judging panel. The award for "Best Performance Boat Under 30 feet" is sponsored by Garmin. The commentary from Y&Y Editors was, "This was a clear winner. Arguably a boat on which the hopes of many sailors are resting – it fills a hole in a sector of the market that has been waiting for the next new thing for several years. J/Boats has almost 40 years of success with one-designs of this size, and this design brings the concept bang up to date. It’s a lightweight boat that planes readily in moderate breezes and is therefore great fun to sail in its own right. Add in one-design racing and you have a recipe that’s proven to make owners and their crews very happy. The J/70 is also well-mannered, easy to sail and to look after, minimising hassle and maximising sailing time. The lifting keel format that makes it launchable from a slipway is also one of a number of factors that helps to minimise annual running costs. It’s easy to see why the boat has been so successful just months after its launch, with almost 200 already built."
Inaugural J/70 North American Championship
The J/70 Class Association is proud to announce the first ever J/70 North American Championship, hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis. MD! Home of J/70 Fleet 1, the Chesapeake Bay will welcome competitors for three days of racing from September 26-28, 2013. More detailed information will be forthcoming throughout the year, but save these dates, and plan to be part of history this Fall!
J/70 Announced as 2013 Boat of the Year
Sailing World magazine announced the winners of its annual Boat of the Year awards, the most anticipated awards in the sailboat-building industry. Topping this year’s field of winners as the Boat of the Year is the J/70 from J/Boats and CCF Composites (Bristol, RI).
The J/70 and five other new boats won awards from an independent panel of experts that evaluated 15 nominees following the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD in October. Selections were based on extensive inspections and sea trials of all the boats. Sailing World’s January/February 2013 issue will feature all six winners.
“When it comes to successfully launching a new design, especially a one-design in a crowded market, no other builder in the performance sailboat industry rivals J/Boats. With the J/70, it meticulously refined the design and construction while promoting it to yacht clubs and potential owners before the first boat was ever built,” says Sailing World editor and Boat of the Year director Dave Reed. “The result is a high-performance, but modestly technical sportboat that instantly appealed to a wide range of racing and recreational sailors.”
“The thing is really sweet,” says BOTY judge Chuck Allen, whose enthusiasm is echoed by fellow judge and professional boatbuilder Tom Rich: “It’s really fun to sail, but I’m really impressed with how well it’s built—the quality is excellent for the price.”
“J/Boats promotes it as a multigenerational boat, and I can see why,” says Greg Stewart, a naval architect and veteran BOTY judge. “A good young sailor could steer this boat just fine. It felt solid going through the waves. We could sail the angles we wanted. This is a boat that could definitely be raced by the family.”
An impressive bunch of 49 J/70s marked the largest fleet at this weekend's Annapolis NOOD regatta. Bennet Greenwald's Perseverance took first place with a final score of 49.1 points. With RDG in race 5, the team lodged 16,12,4,2,6.1,2,1,6 in the series. Joel Ronning's Catapult claimed second with 57.1 points, and Tim Healy was literally right behind with 58 points. Eight races were completed in all, with Friday as the nicest day of breeze around 15 knots. For Saturday and Sunday, the winds began around 10-12, but decreased and became shifty with choppy seas. For complete results, visit http://www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/annapolis/2013-sperry-top-sider-annapolis-nood-results.
Following up on his win at the San Diego NOOD, the victory earned Greenwald’s team of Jeff Madrigali, Steven Pickel and Morgane Renoir as the event's overall winner, earning an invite to participate in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands this fall.
The J/70 Speedster (22.75 feet) is J/Boats' first ramp-launchable keelboat - designed to fulfill the growing need for an easy-to-own, high performance one-design that is exciting to sail, stable enough sailboat for the family and built to last.
- Large comfortable cockpit with open transom
- Deck-stepped carbon mast with single spreaders
- Three sail inventory with masthead A-Sail
- Vertical lifting keel
- Small cabin for storage and personal privacy
- Easy to trailer and ramp launch