Rosebud Earns BVI Trip at San Diego NOOD

Glamourous weather prevailed for the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego on March 15-17 in San Diego, CA. Fourteen divisions hosted 123 teams, with racing inside San Diego and Coronado Bay and offshore on ocean courses. Each stop of the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta series produces a challenger for the Caribbean NOOD Championship with Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in late October. This year’s San Diego challenger is the crew of Pamela Rose’s J/70 Rosebud. Sailing with Rose was Willem van Waay, who accepted the trophy on her behalf. "I’ve had this regatta snatched away from me more times than I can remember," said Van Waay, of Coronado, CA. "Pam did a great job steering. The conditions were challenging each day, and consistency was key. We’re excited to head to the British Virgin Islands later this year, and we should be competitive." Following Rosebud were Jeff Janov’s Minor Threat and Chris Raab’s Sugoi. For complete event details, visit

Light Airs Big Daddy Regatta

The Big Daddy Regatta marks the 34th year of mark racing on Saturday and a Pursuit race on Sunday hosted by Richmond Yacht Club. All mono-hulled keelboats with a Northern California PHRF rating of 280 and below were invited. Fleets over 5 boats may be given one-design starts on Saturday. In PHRF E Class, the J/70s were doing battle with other sportboats. Winning was Mark Thomas’ J/70 KANGAROO JOCKY from Richmond YC with a 1-2-2 for 5 points, with Tom Thayer’s J/70 RAMPAGE from Richmond YC posting a 7-1-1 for 9 points to grab the bronze. For more Big Daddy Regatta information, visit

Catapult Takes J/70s at Bacardi Invitational Regatta

Miami and Biscayne Bay showcased the best day of racing as the iconic racing venue said good-bye to the 500 sailors who competed at the Bacardi Invitational Regatta. A great Easterly breeze of around 10 knots, sun shining warm and wave chop a lot less than the previous days made for a perfect race day. In the J/70 fleet, the winners were the team on Catapult (USA), featuring Joel Ronning, Victor Diaz del Leon, Patrick Wilson and Chris Stoke. They were the most solid and consistent of the fleet with every score inside the top three, after discarding their 11th in race 3. They racked up a 16-point advantage over second-placed Americans onboard Surge with Mark Mendelblatt calling tactics, and in third was Italy’s Calvi Network with Carlo Alberini driving. "This was a very fun team to sail with. We all got along very well," commented Ronning of Catapult. "This group of people are very good at what they do. We had tremendous fun. We were able to minimize mistakes by keeping the dialogue open, and if there were any issues, they were taken care of right away. It’s a phenomenal event and one of the premier series in the world. It’s very well organized. We love Shake A Leg, we love Bacardi, everybody is so welcoming and we will definitely be coming back." Full results are available at

Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity Controls J/70 Midwinter Championship

Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity only needed eight of the nine races at the J/70 Midwinter Champion to collect the 2019 title. Fifty J/70s enjoyed postcard Biscayne Bay conditions for three days, but none more than the Relative Obscurity team of Will Felder, Willem Van Waay and Bill Hardesty, who counted scores of 1-1-4-1-1-1-2-7 for 18 net points. Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis crushed the final day with three bullets, hurdling him into second place overall with 34 points. Brian Keane’s Savasana placed third with 46 points. The Juicy team of Francisco Van Avermaete, Carlos Lacchini, Galvan Geronimo and Rafael De Martis from Argentina earned victory in the 11-boat Corinthian division. Rounding out the top three amateur teams were Scott Sellers’ Donkey McFly and Bob Willis’ Rip Rullah. "It’s really all the practice and all the little things that make the big difference," Duncan summarized. "You have to do those very repetitively, and it becomes second nature. So when you have to make big decisions, it’s easy." Duncan explained the team’s conservative approach, saying, "We came off the middle of the line, went straight as far as we could go. If we could hold our lane, it was very positive." While 2017 J/70 World Champion Duncan excels in a variety of conditions, they do like more breeze. "These boats are great to sail, and when there’s 50 boats or more, it’s very exciting!" This event, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, FL, is a US qualifier for the 2020 World Championship to be hosted by California Yacht Club. The two Open berths are awarded to Bruce Golison and John Heaton, and the one Corinthian berth goes to Scott Sellers.

Top Five Overall:

  1. Relative Obscurity, Peter Duncan / Will Felder / Willem Van Waay / Bill Hardesty 1 -1 -4 -1 -1 -1 -2 -7 -[51] ; 18
  2. Midlife Crisis, Bruce Golison / Steve Hunt / Erik Shampain / Jeff Reynolds 3 -[11] -1 -10 -6 -11 -1 -1 -1 ; 34
  3. Savasana, Brian Keane / Thomas Barrows / Charles Swanson / Mack Bryant 2 -7 -6 -8 -2 -2 -8 -[16] -11 ; 46
  4. Catapult, Joel Ronning / Victor Diaz-de Leon / Patrick Wilson / Chris Stocke 9 -6 -[15] -3 -11 -7 -5 -5 -6 ; 52
  5. Empeiria, John Heaton / Zach Mason / Joe Morris / Ian Barrows 21 -3 -2 -7.2 -7 -3 -9 -11 -[27] ; 63.2
    Photos are available on the USA J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity Nails Perfect Day at J/70 Midwinter Championship

A fresh breeze in the mid-teens on Biscayne Bay made for an exciting Saturday for 50 J/70s competing to be the 2019 J/70 Midwinter Champion. Three more races were accomplished, bringing the total to six, five of which have been won by Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity. Now able to drop a fourth, the Rye, NY-based skipper keeps five bullets for a mere 5 net points. Brian Keane’s Savasana moved solidly into second place with 19 points, following consecutive second-place finishes Saturday and discarding an eight. Scott Sellers’ Donkey McFly held its top spot in the Corinthian division. This event, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, FL, is a qualifier for the 2020 World Championship to be hosted by California Yacht Club (2 Open berths and 1 Corinthian berth). Duncan’s team of Will Felder, Willem Van Waay and Bill Hardesty opened Saturday the same way they did Friday—with back-to-back triumphs, and then added a third. Looking ahead at them in the day’s first race were Ryan McKillen’s Surge and Joel Ronning’s Catapult. The trailing teams in the middle duel were Keane’s Savasana and Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe. And completing the top three to end the day were Savasana and John Heaton’s Empeiria. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos are available on the USA J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity Jumps Out at J/70 Midwinter Championship

Fifty J/70s reveled in gorgeous Biscayne Bay conditions on Friday as the J/70 Midwinter Championship got underway with three races. Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity laid its claim by knocking off two straight bullets and adding a fourth for only 6 points so far. Following Duncan, Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis and Brian Keane’s Savasana are locked in a tie for second and third places at 15 points each. Scott Sellers’ Donkey McFly is atop the Corinthian division. This event, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, FL, is a qualifier for the 2020 World Championship to be hosted by California Yacht Club (2 Open berths and 1 Corinthian berth). Miami delivered its renowned weather with sunny skies, temperatures in the low 80s and winds between 8-14 knots. The day’s overall top three were the same group leading the way in the Championship’s opening battle: Duncan, Keane and Golison. Trailing Duncan in race two were Kevin Downey’s Mr. Pitiful and John Heaton’s Empeiria. Golison earned the victory in Friday’s final contest, ahead of Heaton and Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat. Racing continues through Sunday. Photos are available on the USA J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Sun and Odenbach Shine on the St. Petersburg NOOD

It was another beautiful day for the final races of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta St. Petersburg. Once the sea breeze filled in, racing got underway and most Classes completed two races for a regatta total of eight to nine races. At each Helly Hansen NOOD regatta, organizers select one challenger from among its Class winners to challenge the 2018 Caribbean NOOD Championship winner. In St. Petersburg, J/70 winner, Travis Odenbach, skipper of Honeybadger, and his crew were selected to represent, earning a berth in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in October. This was a particularly sweet win for the Pittsford, New York native and his team, who won by 15 points. Odenbach was the regatta’s overall winner previously and was unable to attend the Caribbean Championship due to a conflict with the J/24 North Americans. "I have been doing the NOOD since then trying to redeem myself, and my crew doesn't want to sail with me if I skip it again," said Odenbach. "We tried pretty hard to win, and this is a gift. We are all really excited, and we are not going to skip this year. With 75-degree temperatures and 10 to 12 knots of breeze, it's been one of the best years that I have been in the NOOD here." Odenbach, a successful J/24 racer, is relatively new to the J/70 and attributes his success to his crew who is enjoying the boat and also some lessons on the water this weekend. "One of the things I learned was driving through waves and understanding that the boat doesn't go any faster or slower if you go really low through the waves, so we powered up, crashed on through and it seemed to really work out going upwind," he said. Good starts, getting off the line clean and letting the crew do the rest was their recipe to success. Crew members on Honeybadger included Ian Coleman, Patrick Wilson and Brendan Feeney. For complete event details, visit

J/70 (14 Boats)

  1. Honeybadger, Travis Odenbach, Pittsford, NY 3-2-3-1-1-1-1-1-1;14
  2. USA 88, Maddy Ploch, Pelham, NY 4-3-4-2-5-2-3-2-4;29
  3. Tea Dance Snake, Peter Bowe, Baltimore, MD 2-1-1-6-2-6-4-6-2;30

Brian Keane’s Savasana Wins 2018-2019 J/70 Winter Series, and Bob Willis is Top Corinthian

Forty-nine J/70 teams qualified to win the 2018-2019 J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida by competing in at least two of the three weekends with the same boat and skipper. Brian Keane’s Savasana repeated as Series Champion, including a commanding performance this weekend that including four bullets in seven races. Picture perfect conditions closed the Series with two days of sunshine, temperatures in the 70s and breeze in the teens. The Corinthian division was won by Bob Willis’s Rip Rullah. Both skippers now qualify for the 2020 World Championship at California Yacht Club. Greiner Hobbs’ Dark Horse finished second overall for the Series, followed by Kevin Downey’s Mr. Pitiful in third. The popular J/70 Winter Series spans three weekends of racing between early December and February, allowing participants to store their boats onsite for a reasonable fee. Additionally, on each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 led the Porch Series to offer practice races and coaching. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and event details may be found at

Three Bridge Fiasco

The 2019 edition of the Three Bridge Fiasco in San Francisco, CA will go down in the history books as one of the nicest in recent memory—sunny skies, gentle northeast winds of 4 to 12 knots and warm 72 F temperatures. The Singlehanded Sailing Society welcomed a fleet of 334 boats that were entered as singlehanded or doublehanded teams (most were sailing doublehanded). It is believed the race, a 21.0nm dash around three marks is considered the largest shorthanded sailing event in the world. Starting off Golden Gate YC on the south shore of the Bay, the sailors can choose which direction to go (clockwise or counter-clockwise). The marks are Blackaller Buoy near the south pylon of the Golden Gate Bridge at the westward opening of the Bay, around Red Rock Island near the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge in north Bay, and around the Bay Bridge by rounding Treasure & Yerba Buena Islands. Since the race is a reverse start (pursuit) race, the start time for each boat is based on its PHRF rating, with slowest boats starting first at 0900 hrs and the fastest at -102 starting two hours later. The five-boat J/70 fleet saw a runaway winner, with Peter and Drake Cameron’s PRIME NUMBER taking class honors crossing at 14:12:39, nearly an hour ahead of the next boat. Davis King and David Sharp’s ALLONS-Y was second home at 15:06:43, and crossing third in a near dead-heat at 15:06:51 was David Fried and Paul Schroeder’s SON OF A SON. For more Three Bridge Fiasco information, visit

Tale of Two Days at Bacardi Invitational

The Bacardi Invitational Winter Series continued with the second event of the three-stage inaugural series on January 19-20 in Miami, FL. With three one design classes attracting 47 teams, Biscayne Bay delivered two distinctly different days for the competition. Three races were completed by the J/70s on day one in 10-12 knots and sunny skies, but the remnants of Winter Storm Harper proved disruptive for day two. Once the system passed, a cloudy and colder WSW breeze at 15-18 knots allowed for two more races. Winning the 23-boat J/70 fleet was Joel Ronning's team of Patrick Wilson, Victor Diaz and Chris Stocke. For complete results, visit

Catapult Wins Second Weekend of 2018-2019 J/70 Winter Series

Fifty-five J/70 teams traveled to Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida for the middle weekend of the 2018-2019 J/70 Winter Series. Joel Ronning’s Catapult took the victory with 24 points in five races. Ronning fell ill on Saturday morning, so Wendy Reuss stepped in to helm the team to scores of 5,2,3,1 in gorgeous conditions (winds around 15 knots with higher gusts, under a cloudless sky). Catapult was two notches behind Travis Odenbach’s B Squared after day one. Light winds around 6 knots allowed only one race on Sunday, with Ronning feeling better and returning as Catapult skipper. They finished 13th, but Odenbach landed 20th, giving the Catapult team the weekend victory (Odenbach totaled 29 overall points). Brian Keane’s Savasana placed third with 33 points. The 18-boat Corinthian division was topped by Andrew Fischer’s Button Fly. Each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 leads the Porch Series, which included a Racegeek Clinic. The weekend also featured practice races in which teams were able to learn from on-water coaches in moderate breeze as a cold front was passing through the Tampa Bay area. Racing concludes at Davis Island Yacht Club on February 8-10. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Igor Rytov’s Russian Bogatyrs Wins Opening Weekend of 2018-2019 J/70 Winter Series

Forty-seven J/70 teams traveled to Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida for the first weekend of the 2018-2019 J/70 Winter Series. Conditions on Saturday were sunny and warm with winds at 6-8 knots, allowing three races. The passage of a cold front on Sunday brought rain and storms through Tampa Bay, keeping teams ashore. Igor Rytov’s Russian Bogatyrs earned the overall victory with scores of 7,2,4 for 13 points. Greiner Hobbs’ Dark Horse placed second with 16 points, and Doug Strebel’s Black River Racing followed in third with 18 points. The 14-boat Corinthian division was topped by Bob Willis’ Rip Rullah, who notched a bullet in race 2. Each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 leads the Porch Series including a North Sails debrief. This weekend featured several races in which 33 boats were able to learn from on-water coaches, before heading in for a North Sails forum at the DIYC clubhouse. Racing continues at Davis Island Yacht Club on January 4-6 and February 8-10. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Light Winds Launch New Winter Series

Biscayne Bay was open again for business as the inaugural three-event Bacardi Invitational Winter Series kicked off December 1-2 in Miami, FL. The event is an off-shoot of the perennial Bacardi Invitational Regatta now run in conjunction with the Bacardi Cup every March. Despite light winds allowing only three races on day one and no racing on day two, the J/70 Class was extremely tight in the top five positions, with a different crew winning each race. In the end, Geoff Pierini’s team took the honors. Many teams from up north and Europe arrived early for the regatta and took advantage of the Miami weather to get in some practice days to get the rust off. On day one, sailors awoke to an overcast sky, a westerly breeze of 8–11 knots, and moderate Biscayne Bay chop. The Key Biscayne Yacht Club Race Committee set up a windward-leeward course of two laps. In race one, the entire J/70 fleet went left on the upwind, so a strong start was essential to being in the top of the fleet. Henry Brauer’s Rascal and Joel Ronning’s Catapult led neck and neck at the first mark. The two boats battled closely throughout the race with Catapult victorious in the end. Trey Sheehan’s team Hooligan sailed a near perfect second race, winning with a generous lead for such light conditions. For most of the day, boats that got out in front, stayed in front. The day ended with Geoff Pierini winning the third race. His team kept their pace in the dying breeze and seemed to glide effortlessly around the race course. Pierini and his team were hyper focused on maximizing their speed and making the smallest of gains on every little puff. As day one progressed, the breeze lightened, and so did the chop. The left side continued to be favored, making starts difficult since everyone wanted to go the same way. Pierini’s J/70 team had three great starts that gave them the freedom to continue left as long as they wished and not be held out to the layline. The breeze was relatively stable and pressure moved slowly down the course, so it was difficult to make major gains on the upwinds. Gains were sometimes made on the downwinds by teams taking a risk to jibe away from the fleet early. The majority straight set on the downwinds and jibed only when they arrived near the layline. J/70 winner Geoff Pierini attributed much of his win to his crew, US Olympian Thomas Barrows, keeping them in the pressure on downwinds, which helped them work the boat lower than their competitors, giving them the chance to jibe out when the opportunity presented itself. Timing was everything in the tight fleet. Day two’s weather forecast proved over-optimistic. Despite the patience of the Race Committee and the competitors, the day’s racing was called just after noon. The breeze never filled. The next event is planned for January 19-20. For complete results, visit

King Harbor wins J/70 U.S. Youth Championship

Entering the third and final day on Sunday, November 18 of the 2018 J/70 U.S. Youth Championship with a 21-point lead, the King Harbor YC Youth Team (Kyle Collins/ Brock Paquin/ River Paquin/ Justin Zmina) posted a 1-4-3 to take the title. Merideth Moran led the Little Traverse YC to second, with Bridgette Groble and Chicago YC in third.

Day 1 recap: The seven youth teams from across America attending the second annual U.S. J/70 Youth Championship were blessed with extraordinary fall sailing conditions on Tampa Bay. While the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast regions were getting blasted with their first winter storm of the season, the youth teams from clubs in California, the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast enjoyed postcard perfect sailing conditions all day long. The St. Petersburg YC welcomed the teams at the 8:30am Captain’s meeting and, facing winds gusting to 25 knots at 7:00am, Regatta Chairman and PRO Todd Fedyszyn wisely postponed for one hour. With a forecast of NNE winds of 15-20 knots diminishing to 6-15 knots by day’s end, the teams were blessed with a perfectly sunny, cool day, with not a cloud in the sky. As a result, the teams sailed a fast-paced series of 10 races of about 20 minutes each, finishing by 4:00pm. Starting off with a 2-1-1-1, there was no question the team from King Harbor YC in Los Angeles, CA were determined to set a high bar. A few lapses in concentration in races 5 and 7 were their only blemish on a record that closed with three bullets to lead the fleet with 16 points total. Their nemesis all day long was the Chicago YC teams headed by Ray Groble and crew of Bridgette Groble, Remmington King and Jack Hemmelgarn. While emphatically winning the first race, they accumulated six more seconds in the 10 races to hold on to second place. Sitting in third was Little Traverse YC skippered by the top woman skipper Merideth Moran and her team of Ellie Wagner, Molly Matthews, Luke Baker and Jack Miller.

Day 2 recap: The second day continued to see beautiful sailing conditions. The seven teams saw winds oscillating from 20 to 65 degrees (N-NE) and velocities ranging from 5-10 knots of wind. PRO Fedyszyn immediately sent the teams out to start promptly at 10:00am with a goal of getting at least seven races in for the day. In the end, Fedyszyn’s team managed to pump out eight races before the wind diminished to below the 4-5 knots threshold at 3:00pm. Starting where they left off the first day, the King Harbor YC team won the first race in convincing fashion. Thereafter, they accumulated five more firsts in the eight races to extend their lead by 21 points. Jumping into second place with an amazingly consistent day was the Little Traverse YC team after posting five seconds for a total of 50 points. The Chicago YC team dropped to third place.

Final Results (21 races):

  1. King Harbor YC, Kyle Collins/ Brock Paquin/ River Paquin/ Justin Zmina; 37
  2. Little Traverse YC, Merideth Moran/ Ellie Wagner/ Molly Matthews/ Luke Baker/ Jack Miller; 54
  3. Chicago YC, Bridgette Groble/ Remmington King/ Jack Hemmelgarn/ Ray Groble; 79
  4. St. Petersburg YC, Heather Kerns/ Emma Shakespeare/ Heidi Hicks/ Emily Allen/ Cameron Delgado; 90
  5. Mudratz Sailing Team, Lily Flack/ Peter Cronin/ Lucy Rath/ Eli Gleason/ Tanner Kelly; 97
  6. South Carolina YC, Matthew Monts/ Bradlee Anderson/ Colin Meidler/ James Thurlow/ Bobby Soares; 108
  7. American YC, Maddy Saffer/ Lise Powers/ Grace Flannagan/ Felix Nusbaum/ Burke Avenari; 123
    Complete event details can be found at

Clean Sweep at The Great Pumpkin Race

Over the Halloween weekend, the Richmond Yacht Club hosts its annual Great Pumpkin Regatta over two days in the northeastern part of San Francisco Bay. It is a popular event with costume parties. In the J/70 fleet, it was Mark Thomas’ KANGAROO JOCKEY that won with all bullets, with Tom Thayer’s RAMPAGE in second and Jim Diepenbrock’s WINGMAN RACING in third. For more The Great Pumpkin Regatta information, visit

JOINT CUSTODY Dominates J/70 Fall Brawl

The Eastport Yacht Club hosted the annual J/70 Fall Brawl for a fleet of 18 boats on the Chesapeake Bay. The fleet was treated to a total of five races in nice sailing conditions. Winning the regatta with four deuces and a bullet was Ray Wulff’s crew on JOINT CUSTODY for a total of 9 points. Taking second was Henry Filter’s team on WILD CHILD with a 6-5-3-3-3 for 20 points. Third was Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA with a tally of 3-6-4-7-7 for 27 points. Rounding out the top five were Peter Firey’s PHOENIX in fourth and Peter Bowe’s TEA DANCE SNAKE in fifth place. For more J/70 Fall Brawl information, visit

Jay Lutz Winds J/70 Dual at J/Fest Southwest

Sixty-two boats total participated in J/Fest Southwest, hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club in Houston, TX from October 12-14. Sailors were treated to awesome sailing conditions both days; in particular, it was windy on Saturday with gusts in the high 20s. The event started out with the newly famous Legends Race that was sailed in a "stadium-sailing" scenario right in front of the club. Five video cameras recorded the live action, broadcast worldwide on YouTube. Winning the J/70s was not easy for Jay Lutz’s ZOUNDS team. They were mixing it up with Forbes Durdin’s MOJITO. In the end, they both had all top four finishes and dominated the top of the leaderboard. However, ZOUNDS had a consistent tally of 1-2-2-2-1-3-3 to score the gold, while the MOJITO crew took the silver with a 3-4-1-1-2-2-4 for 17 points. Glenn Gault’s SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE settled for third with 29 points. For more J/FEST Southwest information, visit

Fun, Sunny J/Fest San Diego

This year’s J/Fest San Diego was hosted by San Diego Yacht Club, with racing taking place off the Point Loma promontory and the beachfront off the city. The fleet was blessed with sunny skies and moderate winds for the two-day event. In the J/70s, it was Kim Kundrak’s PERSEVERANCE 3 that swept her races to take the win. They were followed by Tom Garrett’s SLOOP JOHN B in second place with 10 points and by Sarah Wyman’s NUNUHUNU in third position with 13 points. For more J/Fest San Diego information, visit

Wild Card Rocks Cleveland (216) Regatta

For the fourth annual Cleveland (216) Regatta, after some rain showers on Friday, warm weather and beautiful fall breeze welcomed seven J/70s at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio on October 6-7. Three races were completed in shifty breeze on Saturday with 8-12 knots out of the southwest, flat water and sunshine peeking through. On Sunday, unusual Cleveland fog prevailed and even with some breeze, Organizers were unable to get any racing in due to visibility. Following racing, teams met on the drysail for the Quantum/Sailing Inc. "SAIL-gate" where the Browns pulled off an OT win for the first time on a Sunday in two years! In the J/70 fleet, from Rochester, NY, Kevin Morgan on Wild Card took first place over two Edgewater boats. Tod Sackett's team on FM came in second place and in third John Zelli's Free Energy. Many thanks to the sponsors: Quantum Sails Cleveland, Sailing Inc., Tito's Handmade Vodka, Pusser's Rum, Yuengling, Regatta Ginger Beer, Pope's, Caruso's Coffee, Distillata, West Marine and APS. PRO Joe Colling, with help from Sam Patterson, put together a phenomenal team for Race Committee. The fifth annual Cleveland (216) Regatta will be held September 20-21, 2019 leading into the J/70 North American Championship September 21-29, all being held at Edgewater Yacht Club. For complete results, please visit:

Bazinga! Edges Out Truckin' at American Yacht Club Fall Series Regatta

The 2018 Fall Series Regatta ended at American Yacht Club in splendid fashion. Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30 concluded the latter half of the Fall Series Regatta which occurred over the course of two weekends. Saturday racing was met with an anticipated Fall feel as temperatures hovered below 60 degrees. Eight classes of boats embraced the chilly weather to compete on Long Island Sound. Saturday racing started off slow with little wind, but beautiful weather otherwise. In total, the South Course was able to get two races in. The neck and neck competition between Daniel Goldberg's Bazinga! and Alex Meleney's Truckin’ carried on in the J/70 division, as Bazinga! ultimately pulled ahead of Truckin' by one point. On Sunday, the light wind continued along with beautiful blue skies. The South Course held one race on Sunday to conclude the regatta. Bazinga! came through to finish one point ahead of Truckin' to win the J/70s. For complete event details, visit

Fairy Tale for Jud Smith at the 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship

The glitterati from the world of sailing came to Marblehead for the 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship. Ninety-One teams from 18 different countries battled out 11 highly competitive races. The depth of talent in the fleet was unprecedented with Olympic Gold Medalists, America's Cup winners and World Champions vying for one of the biggest World Championships in the modern era. There was a fairy tale ending for Jud Smith, born and bred in Marblehead, winning the J/70 World Championship with his team of Lucas Calabrese, Will Felder and Marc Gauthier racing Africa, and representing the Eastern Yacht Club, host for the event. The intensity of the battle was such that Jud Smith succeeded without winning a single race, and only making the top three on one occasion. In the end Jud Smith's Africa won the world title by a single point. "This fleet was incredibly deep," commented Smith. "We all have the utmost respect for all 90 of you. Anybody could have won this regatta, and we respected that. It really was a privilege to race here and a lot of fun. I would like to thank my team. We have worked really hard, training for this event all year long, and we have been together through thick and thin. It has been a hard week. For Marblehead, we have had more breeze than we usually get. The conditions have been very challenging. We are really glad we came back from a tough position in the last race, and at the time, we didn't realize how important those points were. It is hard to comprehend. Winning in Marblehead is special, but a little extra pressure for sure. I really cannot praise my team enough." Luis Bugallo (ESP), racing Marnatura with Alberto Basadre Lopez, Enrique Freire Faria, Jorge Lorenzo Roman and Gerardo Prego Menor, is the 2018 Corinthian J/70 World Champion, adding to the European title won in June at the young Spaniard’s home club, Real Club Náutico de Vigo. Luis, like most of the Marnatura team, is just 23 years old. "I think we did a great job as a team. We prepared by trying to improve ourselves, and coming sixth overall and winning the Corinthian title is a very good result. In this fleet, consistency is one of the most important factors, and so is to know the best way to mode the boat for the conditions. Upwind, probably the top 30 boats were the same speed and height, but the big difference is optimizing the boat for downwind, knowing whether to heat up, go wing-on-wing, or go low, and that takes time to understand. The racing was amazing, the start line was huge, and we tried not to be at the extremes of the line, we tried to keep our options open." Bruno Pasquinelli's Stampede (Fort Worth BC) was the runner-up overall, just a single point away from victory. "A lot of the owners have been racing against each other for decades. This has been a lot of fun, even though we just missed out." Jack Franco's 3 Ball JT (Lakewood YC) was third overall, just three points away from glory, and had high praise for Jud Smith. With a touch of irony, Jack commented, "Jud, if you hadn't won, you would be a dud, but now you have, well you're a real stud!" Runner-up in the Corinthian Class was Jim Cunningham (USA), racing Lifted (SFYC/NYYC). In third place for the Corinthian Class was Aldo Centanaro (URU) racing Pura Joda (Yacht Club Punta del Este). Of the 11 races sailed, teams from Brazil, Great Britain, Italy, Monaco, Spain and the United States all scored race wins. Twenty-two teams made the race podium, epitomizing the strength in depth of the fleet, which was the largest fleet of J/70s ever assembled in North America. The 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship prize-giving was held at the Eastern Yacht Club. Officiating were Regatta Chairman Doug Morgan, Eastern Yacht Club Commodore Ulf Heide, J/70 International Class President Henry Brauer and Ward Blodgett. Doug Morgan was full of praise for co-chair Cheryl Byrne, PRO Hank Stuart and his race team, and all of the staff at the Eastern Yacht Club, led by General Manager Jeff Wargo and Assistant General Manager Brandon Farrell. Henry Brauer presented Eastern Yacht Club Commodore Ulf Heide with a half model of his J/70 Rascal to commemorate the 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship. Commodore Ulf Heide awarded the prizes to the top ten teams, and also special prizes were awarded: The youngest helm at the Championship was Gannon Troutman (USA) racing Piped Piper, scoring a race win. Claudia Rossi’s Petite Terrible(ITA) for the top woman helm, and Kim Gibson (CAN) racing Seaya for the team's good humor throughout the regatta. Hundreds of competitors partied through the night at the Eastern Yacht Club after an amazing Championship. The 2019 J/70 World Championship will be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay, United Kingdom from August 29 to September 6, 2019. For 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship daily news, pictures and videos, visit

Americans Top Five at West Marine J/70 World Championship on Day 4

The West Marine J/70 World Championship is heading for a thrilling finale Saturday. On the penultimate day, three races were held and five American teams now occupy the top of the leaderboard. Jud Smith's Africa (Eastern YC) is now in pole position by a single point from Bruno Pasquinelli's Stampede (Fort Worth BC). Jack Franco's 3 Ball JT (Lakewood YC) is now third, three points off the lead. Defending J/70 World Champion Peter Duncan (American YC), racing Relative Obscurity is in fourth, just a point ahead of Brian Keane's Savasana (Beverly YC). Winning the J/70 World Championship would be a fairy tale ending for Jud Smith, who is a long-standing member of the Eastern YC, hosting the fifth edition of the J/70 World Championship. Two powerful teams from Texas are the immediate opposition, in the shape of Stampede and 3 Ball JT. Luis Bugallo (ESP), racing Marnatura, has all but sealed the Corinthian World Championship title with another impressive day on the race course, scoring a 27-7-3 to lift the team from Vigo to sixth place overall, just ahead of Jose Maria Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia. Congratulations should also go to Flavio Andrade (BRA) racing OceanPact, Martin Dent (GBR) racing Jelvis, and Bruce Golison (USA) racing Midlife Crisis, who all won races Friday. "It was very exciting to win today, and every race is interesting because there are so many opportunities during the racing," commented Ocean Pact's Flavio Andrade. "We haven't had a lot of time to train this year, so this regatta has been a challenge for us. There are three Brazilian boats in Marblehead, and we have been given such a great welcome by the Eastern Yacht Club." Jelvis' Martin Dent, a double J/111 World Champion, said, "This is a really tough fleet, and it is getting tougher. The top teams have been racing in the Class for many years, and that time together, and the knowledge they have about the boats, is the reason why they are the best. We got our bit of luck, getting on the right side of two big wind shifts. It was very satisfying to get a win in a fleet as good as this." PRO Hank Stuart commented after racing, "We have had a huge variety of conditions at the Championship, which has really kept the race team busy. Today in the last race, we anticipated two big wind shifts." Racing for the 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship concludes Saturday. For live updates from the race course go to: For daily news, pictures and videos:

Black Flag Day at West Marine J/70 World Championship

The third day of the West Marine J/70 World Championships found 15 teams falling foul of the Black Flag during the three races held. Flatter seas and a shifting nor-easterly provided yet another different day for the 91 teams. With eight of the maximum 14 races having now been sailed, the challengers for the Championship are now emerging. It was a day of highs and lows for defending champion Peter Duncan (USA) racing Relative Obscurity. The defending J/70 World Champion did the business in Race 6, scoring their first bullet of the regatta but was disqualified in Race 7 for being OCS with the Black Flag flying. In Race 8, Duncan’s team scored a fourth to finish the day at the top of the rankings, on countback from Jud Smith (USA). "For the Black Flag, it was close but we were highly visible as the first boat on the pin," commented Victor Diaz de Leon, who is calling the starts on Relative Obscurity. "It was immature on my part, and maybe a lack of experience. I feel like I let my guys down, because I say when to pull the trigger. Peter and the team back me 100%, but it was a low point. We had to watch for over an hour before we got into the next race, and we were hungry. In the last race, we had a mediocre start and battled back, and ended up having a great race. We are very happy that we are leading the regatta, but we have the biggest drop of the top boats. As I see it, the top six are all level, and whoever sails the best for now on is going to be the winner." Jose Maria Torcida (ESP) was leading the regatta at the start of the day, but a 7-43-31 dropped the Spanish team to third. Bruno Pasquinelli (USA), racing Stampede, is in fourth place just four points off the lead. Jack Franco, racing 3 Ball JT, scored a bullet today to move up to fifth. Brian Keane (USA), racing Savasana, fell to sixth after a 18-17-26. Congratulations should also go to Gannon Troutman (USA), racing Pied Piper, who won the last race of the day. In the Corinthian Class, Luis Bugallo (ESP), Marnatura, has extended their lead with two solid results Thursday. The young team from Vigo, Spain have now broken into the top ten for entire fleet. Finishing the day in style, Aldo Centanaro (URU), racing Pura Joda, scored a fifth, keeping the Uruguay team firmly in second place. Jim Cunningham (USA), racing Lifted, had a consistent day, keeping out of trouble to move up to third. For live updates from the race course go to: For daily news, pictures and videos:

Spanish Fly at the West Marine J/70 World Championship on Day 2

After the rollercoaster ride on the first day of the West Marine J/70 World Championship, a change in the conditions provided a tactical and strategic second day of action for the 91 teams racing for the J/70 World Championship. Two Spanish teams reveled in the Mediterranean conditions and are now leading the Open and Corinthian Classes. The wind was oscillating 15 degrees either side of the course axis, and the wind speed varied from 14-17 knots. It was definitely a day for keeping your head out of the boat, anticipating the changes in the conditions. After being deep in the fleet in Race 3, Jose Maria Torcida (ESP), racing Noticia, clawed back through the fleet to finish 14th. The Spanish team followed that with a 2-1 in the last two races to take the lead for the Championship. "We are very happy!" smiled Noticia skipper Jose Maria Torcida. "Today we recovered from the back of the fleet in the first race to fight back up to 14th. Basically, we got the wrong side of the shift in that race. We got the tactics right in the second race, rounded the top mark in second and nearly won the race, but Savasana made a good move on the downwind to pass us. In the last race, we port tacked the fleet and held on to take the win, which was fantastic, but we have only had five races." Jud Smith (USA), racing Africa, posted an 2-6-11 to move up to second place. Brian Keane (USA), runner up for the 2017 J/70 World Championship, scored a bullet in Race 4, but a 28th in the last race pegged his team racing Savasana back to third. Bruno Pasquinelli (USA), racing Stampede on his birthday, was challenging for the overall lead going into the last race but a 31st place put Stampede into fourth by the end of the day. Mascalzone Latino (MON), helmed by Matteo Savelli, is in fifth place after scoring a bullet in Race 3. "We just want to have a chance when we go into the last day. Right now, we are just looking to sail ourselves into a winning position with some good scores," commented Jud Smith. "Obviously like the other 90 boats out there, we want to have a good regatta, and do as well as you can against a lot of great sailors." In the Corinthian Class, Luis Bugallo (ESP), racing Marnatura, leads after scoring three good results Wednesday. It was a much better day for the team from Vigo, Spain. After sustaining damage on the first day and retiring, Marnatura now has a big lead in the Corinthian Division. Aldo Centanaro (URU), racing Pura Joda, was the top Corinthian team in the last race, moving the Uruguay team up to second. Lucas Authier (ARG), racing Manuto, remains in third for the Corinthian Class. It was not a good day for the overnight leader and reigning World Champion, Peter Duncan (USA) racing Relative Obscurity. "We set up to go left in the first two races, but it did not work out for us," commented Duncan. "In the last race, we went right and that didn't work either. Sometimes that happens, but we are only two days into the regatta and there is plenty more racing to come. For live updates from the race course go to: For daily news, pictures and videos:

Big Tuesday: Day 1 of the West Marine J/70 World Championship

The first day of the West Marine J/70 World Championship will be remembered for tough racing conditions for the 91 J/70s competing. A cold and wet southeasterly wind brought true Atlantic conditions to the combat zone. The big factor was the sea state, with waves topping out at over three metres. Upwind J/70s were climbing, then launching off huge waves. The downwind rollercoaster ride was an adrenalin pumping rush. The opening day was extreme, and right on the edge for racing. PRO Hank Stuart and his team kept a close eye on the weather, and, just before the bad weather really closed, called a halt to racing after two heart-thumping races. As the fleet headed into a warm welcome at the Eastern Yacht Club, torrential rain engulfed the race area, and there were no complaints about not running a third race. Reigning J/70 Open World Champion, Peter Duncan (USA) racing Relative Obscurity, was second in both races to top the leaderboard. In second place, Claudia Rossi (ITA) racing Petite Terrible scored a 4-1, and lying third after Day One is Bruce Golison (USA) racing Midlife Crisis, after a 3-3 scoreline. Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible is fourth after two races, having scored a 5-5, and Mascalzone Latino, racing under the burgee of the Yacht Club de Monaco, scored a win and a 13th to finish the day in fifth. In the Corinthian Class, Jim Cunningham (USA) racing Lifted leads the fleet after two races. Ignacio Perez (MEX) racing Zaguero with all family members is second, and Lucas Authier (ARG) racing Manuto is third. Luis Bugallo (ESP) racing Marnatura scored the best result in Race One, but retired in Race Two after sustaining damage. "It was a struggle today," commented Jim Cunningham racing Lifted to top of the Corinthian Class. "Keeping in clear air was key, but to do that in the pack you have to anticipate much more about the boats around you. Staying on the edges, especially downwind was our game plan today, and it was a lot of fun. We hit 19 knots as a top speed, which is something you don't often experience. Mark roundings were a challenge; we came in on port a couple of times, which was interesting to say the least!" Claudia Rossi said, "It was a great day for us with two good results, but the Championship is really long so we have to be focused and strong until the end. I prefer big conditions. I feel strong, and I am not scared by the waves or high winds. I absolutely enjoy these conditions, and I hope we get it every day!" Bruce Golison from San Diego is one of the most experienced skippers at the Championship, and is a past winner of the Etchells Worlds and J/24 North Americans. "Well done to the race committee today. Under pressure, Hank and his team did a stellar job. On the first day of the Worlds, you just want to have a couple of keeper races, and things worked out for us," commented Bruce Golison. "It is a pretty darn tough fleet, so we are very happy with the start to the regatta. I hate sailing in the rain, but this is a World Championship so you can't let that bother you. I have been around since the first J/24 Worlds in 1979, and this is the deepest fleet in terms of overall talent. A lot of the owners have all sailed against each other for years and years, and this is spectacular racing, in a great fleet, who are pretty cool on the race course. It's the best of the best in one design keelboats." For live updates from the race course go to: For daily news, pictures and videos:

Martin Johnsson and His Auquaholiks Earn J/70 Great Lakes Championship

Thanks to Michael Welch for this report: The 2018 J/70 Great Lakes Championship was hosted September 14-16 by Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (GPYC) in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. Their new Sailing Center, in full view of the race course, proved to be an excellent base for operations. It started off Thursday with a light-air practice session hosted by multi-Class world champion Tim Healy followed by a two-hour debrief and Q&A session. Very helpful for the conditions ultimately to follow. Thank you, Tim! PRO Joe Colling and team did their best to get races off in very light conditions for the 23 competitors. Friday started off with a postponement onshore, followed by a lot of drifting out on the water before racing for the day was abandoned around 2:30 pm. Saturday started out also with a postponement on shore. Raceable wind.....but no visibility due to fog. The fog finally lifted, the wind lightened, Joe got a start off around 1pm.....only to abandon it shortly after the start as the wind died. Racing for the day was abandoned about an hour later after hopes of a thermal breeze never materialized. Sunday was the day...finally, in a 3-8 knot oscillating northeasterly with better pressure on the left side of the course, three races were run and completed so the regatta and World qualifier was/is official! Congratulations to Martin Johnsson and his Auquaholiks out of Libertyville, IL on their victory, starting out strong and getting better every race, coming back from a two-point deficit in the last race, beating out Ryan McKillen’s Surge from St. Francis Yacht Club, NY by one point. Nicely done. Locals Gary Warner and Bob Pethik’s MOAB finished third. In the Corinthian division, Mark Allen and Mike Welch’s Helium, from GPYC, took first place and finished fourth overall in the regatta. Glenn Gault out of League City, Texas took the prize for farthest travelled. Emily Simon and team from GPYC won the "women’s division" on Bill William’s Chroma. Thank you all for your effort, help, patience and participation! For complete event details, visit

The J/70 World Championship is One of the Most Competitive Events in the Sport of Sailing

Ninety-eight teams from 19 different nations have qualified to compete in the 2018 J/70 World Championship. After three days of inspections for the strict one-design Class, racing for the Championship will commence on Tuesday, September 25. Five days of action are scheduled with up to three races per day. The Open and Corinthian Class Champions will be crowned on Saturday, September 29 at an Awards Ceremony at the Eastern Yacht Club.

The inaugural J/70 World Championship was held in 2014, and today more than 1,700 fast planing J/70 sportsboats have been sold worldwide. Three American skippers have won the Championship, and all of them will be racing in Marblehead: Tim Healy (Sail Newport), Joel Ronning (Wayzata YC), and the defending J/70 Open World Champion Peter Duncan (American YC). The 2018 J/70 North American Open Champion, Thomas Bowen (Annapolis YC), will also be competing, as will the runner-up from the 2017 J/70 World Championship, Brian Keane (Beverly YC). Eight American skippers will be representing the Eastern Yacht Club, hosts for the 2018 J/70 World Championship, including Jud Smith, part of Peter Duncan's winning team last year, but racing his own J/70 Africa for the World Championship at his home club. "I am so excited to share my home club with these elite racers from around the world," said Jud Smith. "Wind in September should be great—as long as there are no hurricanes—and we should see some really competitive racing."
Nearly half of the extraordinary fleet will come from overseas, including the best teams from Europe. The current J/70 European Champion Alberto Rossi (Circolo Canottieri Aniene, Italy) and his daughter, the 2016 & 2017 J/70 European Champion, Claudia Rossi (Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Italy) will both be competing. Top Spanish teams include the 2018 J/70 Corinthian European Champion, Luis Bugallo (R.C.N.Vigo, Spain), and Jose Maria Torcida (R.C.M.Santander, Spain) who has won the J/80 World Championship on two occasions. Top teams will be competing from Great Britain including 2015 J/111 World Champion Martin Dent (Royal Southern YC).
Six teams from Mexico will be racing including Javier Navarro (Club Izar), third in the 2018 J/70 North American Championship. J/70 teams will be competing from all over South America including Argentina Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. Teams will be travelling thousands of miles to compete at the 2018 J/70 World Championship from as far away as Australia, Germany, Japan, Monaco, Russia, Sweden and Turkey.
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Forty-seven J/70s Tune-Up at Storm Trysail Club's Ted Hood Regatta

August 24–26 saw the return of the Storm Trysail Club’s Ted Hood Regatta to Marblehead Harbor. Under glistening conditions, almost 100 boats participated in various classes over three days. The host of the regatta was the Corinthian Yacht Club, while on-the-water Race Committee duties were shared by Corinthian, Boston and Eastern Yacht Clubs. A large contingent of J/70s made up almost half of the racing fleet. Competitors from Europe to South America were on hand to test their skills in Marblehead waters, as a tune-up event for the World Championship. Winning the J/70 fleet was Tim Healy, followed closely by Brian Keane in second and Umberto de Luca in third. Jim Cunningham topped the Corinthians. For complete event details, visit

Nine Races at Verve Cup Inshore Regatta

The Verve Cup Inshore Regatta was held August 24-26 for 53 teams in Chicago, IL. Open to one-design fleets for boats 30 feet 6 inches long or shorter, the event attracted 10 J/70s who got in nine races. By way of keeping all their scores in the top three, Mark & Sarah Renz’s Berteau Group topped the fleet with 17 points. Keeping close throughout was Martin Johnsson’s Aquaholiks in second place with 22 points. Bob Willis’ Rip Rullah was a distant third with 43. For complete results, visit

1FA Crowned J/70 Pacific Coast Champions

The St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the J/70 Pacific Coast Championship August 17-19. The seven teams racing had to contend with strongly building seabreezes from the west that would peak up to 25-plus knots by late afternoon. The Santa Barbara Yacht Club Youth Team on USA 1156 were leading after the first day with a record of 5-1-1 for just 7 points total. However, one of the kids got into an accident on Saturday evening, severely scraping his leg. As a result, on an even windier Sunday, the SBYC Youth Team did not want to risk their injured crew member, so bowed out of the last two races. Ultimately, they finished in fourth place. Winning the event by taking two bullets on the last day was the trio of Scott Sellers, Harrison Turner and Geoff McDonald on 1FA. Their record of 2-3-2-1-1 for 9 points enabled them to be crowned the 2018 J/70 Pacific Coast Champions. Never far behind them on the race track was Chris Kostanecki’s JENNIFER team with a 3-2-3-2-2 record for 12 points total. Ending up in the bronze on the podium was Tracy and Christine Usher on their boat CHRISTINE ROBIN RACING with a tally of 1-5-6-3-3 for 18 points total. In the Corinthian Division, winning was Kostanecki’s JENNIFER, second was the Ushers on CHRISTINE ROBIN RACING and third was the SBYC Youth Team skippered by Paul Harteck. For more J/70 Pacific Coast Championship information, visit

Tonic Leads J/70s Round the Sound

Edgartown Yacht Club’s Round-the-Island Race (one of America’s oldest distance races) took place around Martha’s Vineyard. It is part of the Edgartown Yacht Club’s Edgartown Race Weekend, which includes two days of buoy racing and a Round-the-Sound Race. Starting at 0800 Saturday morning, the RTI fleet sailed between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket along the east beach of Chappaquiddick. At midday, the fleet headed into the open Atlantic Ocean off the south coast of the Vineyard. In the afternoon, after rounding the cliffs of Gay Head, the sailors then headed up Vineyard Sound to the finish near Edgartown Harbor. The Round-the-Sound fleet, which started directly after the RTI boats, finished midday on Saturday, sailing a course that took them seven miles toward Hyannis then four miles west and six miles back home. Winning the J/70 fleet was Isabella Giordano’s TONIC, second was Mike Eberstadt’s ARTEMIS, and third was Tim Cohan’s GHOST. For more Round the Island Race & Sound information, visit

21 J/70s at Ugotta Regatta

The Little Traverse Yacht Club’s Ugotta Regatta lived up to its fun reputation on the Little Traverse Bay in Michigan. The 21-boat J/70 fleet was mostly Corinthian. Sarah Berteau’s BERTEAU GROUP won both the regatta overall and the Corinthian Division, winning with just 15 points in 8 races sailed. Second was Jake Christy’s PALE HORSE, also taking second in Corinthians. Closing out the podium was the first pro-team, Bill McKinley’s DENALI 0.5. The balance of the top five saw Scott Sellers’ TRES BURRITOS in fourth (third in Corinthians) and Polk Wagner’s ESCAPE in fifth position. For more LTYC Ugotta Regatta information, visit

Tod Sackett Takes CanAm Challenge

The Youngstown Yacht Club hosted the CanAm Challenge Regatta on western Lake Ontario over the last weekend in July. Sailing 11 races over three days was the largest fleet in the event, the dozen-boat J/70s. Tod Sackett’s FM crew sailed the most consistently, posting all podium finishes as his counters to win with 19 points. The balance of the podium was determined by a tie-breaker at 24 points each, with Travis Odenbach’s USA 40 winning the countback over Kevin Morgan’s WILD CARD. For more CanAm Regatta information, visit

Jud Smith Takes Marblehead NOOD Title and New England Championship

Though early morning winds appeared promising, the breeze disappeared and never returned for the final day of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at Marblehead Race Week July 26-29. As the winner of the largest, most competitive Class in the regatta, J/70 skipper Jud Smith and his crew on Africa earned the coveted Overall Winner prize. In addition to new gear from Helly Hansen, the Swampscott, MA native and his teammates earned a berth in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in October. The team won by a considerable 14-point lead, but success didn’t come without its challenges. Their big focus this weekend was to start well and consistently – and when that didn’t happen, they had to rely on good communication and teamwork to pull them through. One particularly bad start Saturday saw team Africa behind the majority of the 57-boat fleet, but the crew was able to battle back to the weather mark and finish in 13th place. "In a tough situation, we just kept going and we got to the weather mark in the top 15," Smith said. "To me, it was the race we sailed the best, because those are the hard races. The easy races are the ones where you have a good start and you get clear and it’s pretty straightforward. The hard races are the ones where you have to overcome adversity, and I thought our team did a really good job." Smith has been sailing with Marc Gauthier (bow) and Will Felder (trim) for years; in fact, they won J/70 North Americans together in 2015. But tactician Lucas Calabrese — a 2012 Olympic sailing bronze medalist in the International 470 class — is a recent addition to the team, and Smith said Calabrese has helped the crew step up its game. "Now, everyone in the fleet is going close to the same speed and the top boats are sailing really well, so it all comes down to the team dynamic in the end," he said. "I thought our team did really well." Team Africa also won the 2018 J/70 New England Championship this weekend, which had greater than usual significance for Smith and his crew. After taking the year off from driving in 2017 to sail with Peter Duncan’s team — and winning the J/70 World Championship in Italy along the way — Smith said he was "pretty rusty" when he returned to his boat in February. This win is a symbol of his progress. "For me, it’s about getting back to the form I was in a few years ago," he said. "And it was important for us as a team to get to work together better, feel confident about what we’re doing and trust each other." As an added layer of importance, the Helly Hansen Marblehead NOOD was also the J/70 sailors’ opportunity to familiarize themselves with the venue for the World Championship this September. Smith said there was one key learning that will inform the teams’ championship performances. "There’s more current out there than we were all aware of," he said of the racecourse. "People might get the impression that we have some sort of local advantage, but we were just sailing well. That current we were encountering was new to us too. I’ve never sailed in that section of the water before."

J 70 (One Design – 57 Boats)

  1. Africa, Jud Smith , USA – 1 -10 -1 -1 -[13] -3 ; 16
  2. USA 2, Timothy Healy , USA – 18 -[19] -3 -5 -1 -1 ; 28
  3. Catapult, Joel Ronning , USA – 7 -2 -7 -18 -[33] -4 ; 38
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Minor Threat Tops Fiesta Cup

The annual Fiesta Cup was hosted by Santa Barbara Yacht Club July 21-22 for the fleet of a dozen J/70s. Winning was Jeff Janov’s crew on MINOR THREAT from California YC in Marina del Rey, CA. After starting with a 4-4-2, they closed with four firsts in a row to win with just 10 points net. Second was Chris Snow’s COOL STORY BRO from San Diego YC, third Scott Deardorff’s CAKE from Santa Barbara YC, fourth Pat Toole’s 3 BIG DOGS also from SBYC, and fifth Bruce Cooper’s USA 32 from Long Beach YC. For complete results, visit

Duncan Bests Large J/70 Fleet at Newport Regatta

Sailors from 21 U.S. States and from U.S.V.I., Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, the Grenadines, Canada, Chile, Italy and the U.K. competed in the 34th Annual Newport Regatta, held July 7-8 in Newport, RI. The event started in 1984 as a Shields-only event and has grown to be a "must-do" on the East Coast. Twelve classes of one-designs raced on five course circles of racing over Narragansett Bay including 27 J/70s. Six races were completed, and current J/70 World Champion Peter Duncan on Relative Obscurity topped the fleet with 17 net points. Just two notches back were Marty Kullman's Hydra and Jud Smith's Africa. For complete results, visit

Resilience and Patience Prove Keys to Success at New York Yacht Club One-Design Regatta

A bad start in light air in a 37-boat fleet can be fatal. If you let it be. Skipper John Baxter and his team on the J/70 Team Vineyard Vines were determined not to let a mistake at the outset of the first race define their regatta. So instead, they got to work, found the advantageous puffs and shifts, and battled through a fleet of top amateur and professional sailors to an 11th in the only race on the first day of the second annual New York Yacht Club One-Design Regatta, which was sailed Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, RI. It wasn't anything to write home about, but it was enough to keep them in the hunt. Sunday, in virtually identical conditions, Baxter and his team, which includes his wife Molly, Jake LaDow and Ben Lamb, were nearly unbeatable, winning two races and placing third in the final race to secure a seven-point win in the regatta's biggest Class. "(Saturday), we didn’t start very well; we were real deep and then we ground back to an OK finish," said John Baxter, from Riverside, NY. "(Sunday), we started better and were able to use our speed to get out of some sticky situations. [The goal] was really to minimize the bad starts, because a lot of the teams go the same speed. You’ve got to have a front-row start and just go fast." The wind played possum for much of the weekend, but the New York Yacht Club Race Committee earned strong reviews for getting in four races for each of the Classes.

J/70 Top Five (37 Boats)

  1. Team Vineyard Vines, John & Molly Baxter , USA - 11 -1 -1 -3 ; 16
  2. USA 2, Timothy Healy , USA - 1 -9 -3 -10 ; 23
  3. Surge, Ryan McKillen , USA - 5 -6 -11 -1 ; 23
  4. Rimette, John Brim , USA - 3 -2 -4 -20 ; 29
  5. The SLED, Eiichiro Hamazaki , JPN - 2 -5 -5 -18 ; 30
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USA Wins Team Racing Challenge in J/70s

The final day of the Audi Invitational Team Racing Challenge saw defending champs Newport Harbor Yacht Club (USA) clinch victory ahead of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the New York Yacht Club (USA)—who placed second and third respectively. The third edition of this event, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of Title Sponsor Audi, hosted seven prestigious international yacht clubs from the USA, England, Sweden and Italy with a total of 55 races for the two-on-two team racing format. Waves of 1.5 metres and 18-20 knots of westerly wind meant racing had to be postponed until the breeze settled at about 3 p.m. The finalists then proceeded with racing to decide the top podium finishers. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, led by Justin Law and Mac Mace, faced the home team from YCCS (skippers Antonio Sodo Migliori and Edoardo Mancinelli Scotti) to do battle for first and second place. Wins in two of their three races brought the Americans to first place ahead of the YCCS. The American teams of Eastern Yacht Club (skippers Spencer Powers and Stein Skaane) and New York Yacht Club (Brian Doyle and Will Graves) were next up in a fight for third place which was claimed by New York Yacht Club in consideration of their score in the round robins of the previous days. Complete event details may be found at

Tight Racing at Long Beach Race Week

It all came together on the final day of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. The wind blew, the sun shone, dolphins leapt, and racers smiled. A gentle breeze from the south filled in, bringing with it a mild sea state – nothing like Saturday’s churning grey waters. The 27-boat J/70 fleet completed seven races from June 22-24. In the end, just one point separated the top two—Argyle Campbell’s Sox and Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis—with Campbell edging out Golison. Jeff Janov’s Minor Threat followed in third with 31 points. Complete results may be found at

Sacketts Top J/70s at Cleveland Race Week

Cleveland Race Week started June 15-17 on the waters of Lake Erie, hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club for its one-design weekend. The 13-boat J/70 fleet saw the duo of Lee Sackett & Dave Kerr rule the fleet, starting off with five straight bullets, then backing off to take a deuce in their last race, closing with just 6 points total. Fellow family member Tod Sackett upheld the family honor by taking second place with 21 points total. Third was the Sminchak/Moose team on SPIFFIT with 23 points. For more Cleveland Race Week information, visit

Empeiria Rules J/70s at Chicago NOOD

At the Chicago NOOD on June 8-10, local owner John Heaton celebrated a "first" over the weekend with his inaugural win in the J/70 fleet. For his crew on Empeiria, the keys to the weekend were consistency, boatspeed and communication. "It was mainly about working really hard on speed all the time," Heaton said. "That’s a testament to the team I have onboard. They work the boat really well. In the J/70s, it’s important to get free of other boats, put the bow down and go fast. That really helped us, especially Sunday. We were confident in our boatspeed, got free of other boats and kept it rolling." For complete results, visit

J/70 (top three - 13 Boats)

  1. Empeiria, John Heaton - 1 -2 -3 -2 -1 -3; 12
  2. Rip Rullah, Andrew Criezis - 3 -3 -1 -1 -6 -4; 18
  3. Pale Horse, Jake Christy - 4 -9 -2 -8 -5 -2; 30

Renz Team Earns COLORS Regatta J/70 Win

A mix of one-design Classes and handicap fleets embracing cruising boats, shorthanded sailors, and random leg racing was the format for the 2018 COLORS Regatta on June 2-3 in Chicago, IL with 107 teams on Lake Michigan. Five J/70s competed in the Inshore Course Racing One Design Division, getting off five races. Mark & Sarah Renz’s Berteau Group notched three bullets to end with 8 points and the victory. Hot on their heels was Adam Bowen’s Black Pearl who won the other two races and finished with 9 points. John Heaton’s Empeiria rounded out the top three with 15 points. Complete results may be found at

Sackett/Kerr Team Win J/70 Fleet at Bayview One Design Regatta

The Bayview One Design Regatta attracted 138 boats for racing on June1-3 in Detroit, MI. Light winds on Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River limited racing for 13 one design classes and three PHRF fleets. The 15-boat J/70 fleet completed four races, three of them won by Lee Sackett and Dave Kerr on USA 364. They finished with just 6 points. Lee’s father Tod Sackett took second place with 14 points, and Jake Christy’s Pale Horse placed third, also with 14 points. For complete results, visit

BOD.jpgThanks to Mike Welch for this report: Thanks to all who participated in the year’s Bayview One Design Regatta, especially the five who trailered in from out of state. All boats stayed at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, conveniently located about a mile from the start with the northerly breeze. We got off one race Friday with Chuck Bayer enjoying a comfortable lead on leg 3......until the race was abandoned due to wind readings of zero at the windward mark and RC boat. Nice job, sorry Chuck! Racing was called off for the day so back to the docks. Skip Dieball and Paul Abdullah from regatta sponsor North Sails treated us to a dock talk, which got upgraded to the Matt Wenzler Boat Party Talk on his air conditioned Nonsuch 40. Good info, good times!
Saturday, we were able to get four races in as the wind faded throughout the day, presenting challenging conditions on our course. RC was hoping for a fifth race, but Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. We were treated with a bonus dock talk from Paul where he got into specifics on sail trim for the conditions. Thank you again Paul and North Sails. For any of you who want to take your game to the next level, (particularly you jib trimmers) take Paul up on his offer to answer questions. Be respectful, be concise, please. Paul’s synopsis: "It was great to be able to speak with everyone Friday and Saturday. We touched on a lot of things, but here are the highlights. North Sails J6 Jib: It's a high clew jib that needs to be in-hauled. Because of the clew height, the jib car lead will be farther back than the J2 did. I would start with seven holes showing from the first bolt in flatter water, and move forward as the chop builds. The in-haul amount will depend on the chop as well, from 1" over the cabin top to 2-3" away in big chop or waves. The idea is not to close the slot between the main and jib. Always have the slot working. The telltale on the leach of the jib is the key sign you're looking for to be sure the slot is open. Use marks on the deck and sheets for reference. When tacking, have a little in-haul on coming out of the tack. This is controlled by the forward crew having a mark on the sheet as a reference. Then the trimmer can fine tune once the boat is up to speed. One thing we didn't hit on is halyard tension. Play the halyard as the breeze increases or decreases, and remember that it affects your jib lead position. You might change the lead a 1/2 hole setting."
Sunday, we waited. RC tried, waiting for the storm to roll through, then called it off due to conditions or lack thereof. Off to Bayview for the party. All in all, the Race Committee made the most of what we had. Thanks to Bayview, Geoff Kimmel, Joe Colling and all the organizers that put on a first-class event.

Savasana Takes Long Island Sound Championship at Cedar Point YC One Design Regatta

Cedar Point Yacht Club hosted its largest-ever One Design Regatta June 1-3, as a record 106 boats and 560 sailors competed in eight Classes. Fickle breezes and constantly changing seas created challenges on Saturday, as sailors worked through periods of dead calm followed by a thunderstorm that roared across Long Island Sound from the north. On Sunday, brisk winds across the circle courses southeast of Compo Beach made for more favorable conditions, and more races were completed. The J/70s also raced for their Long Island Sound Championship. Brian Keane’s Savasana won this title by finishing first in three out of five races. Joel Ronning’s Catapult placed second, and John & Molly Baxter’s Team Vineyard Vines third. CPYC encourages amateur sailors and gives a special Corinthian Team honor to those who race non-professionally. Six of the J/70 teams qualified as Corinthian, and the winners were Andrew and Melissa Fisher of Greenwich. Thanks to the HamletHub for this report. For complete results, visit

Epic Elite Keel Regatta

In windy, gusty weather, the San Francisco Yacht Club hosted their annual Elite Keel Regatta along the northern side of the Bay near Sausalito. Loving the breeze-on conditions was Chris Kostanecki’s San Francisco YC crew on the J/70 JENNIFER, winning the regatta with three bullets in five races. Second was the trio of Scott Sellers, Geoff McDonald and Harrison TU on St Francis YC-based 1FA with a 2-2-2-1-4 tally for 11 points. Third was Bob Milligan’s RAMPAGE team from Richmond YC. Rounding out the top five were David Schuman’s San Francisco YC crew on BOTTLE ROCKET and Pete Woodhouse’s ZED team, fourth and fifth, respectively. For more SFYC Elite Keel Regatta information, visit

Thomas Bowen’s Reach Around Grabs J/70 North American Championship

The daily leader of the J/70 North American Championship never changed over four days and 12 races. Thomas Bowen’s Reach Around commanded the 32-boat fleet and earned the privilege of returning to host Club de Vela La Peña in Valle de Bravo Mexico to watch the final race from ashore. With crew Jacolyn Wetmore, Alec Anderson and Bill Hardesty, Bowen won a third of the races and didn’t record a finish lower than 8 to end with 30 net points (discarding a DNC in race 12). Fellow American Oivind Lorentzen’s Nine sailed a solid series, but settled for second place with 46 points. Ander Belausteguigoitia’s Bandoola of Mexico took third place with 71 points. Winning the Corinthian division was Hector Guzman Gonzalez’s Escipion. Picture perfect conditions again greeted competitors on Saturday with winds at 10-14 knots. Fernando Stephan Gutierrez seized the first win of the day, with Lorentzen and Diego Berho’s BBB behind him. Lorentzen concluded the Championship on a high note, followed by Chris Snow’s Mexigenics and Ignacio Perez’s Zaguero.

Top five:

  1. Reach Around, Thomas Bowen, USA - 4 -1 -2 -3 -8 -1 -1 -1 -2 -3 -4 -[34] ; 30
  2. Nine, Oivind Lorentzen, USA - 5 -5 -9 -1 -1 -2 -8 -[22] -7 -5 -2 -1 ; 46
  3. Bandoola, Ander Belausteguigoitia, MEX - 9 -8 -1 -[18] -3 -3 -4 -14 -4 -9 -12 -4 ; 71
  4. 815, Fernando Stephan Gutierrez, MEX - 6 -16 -4 -[25] -7 -7 -3 -16 -6 -1 -1 -16 ; 83
  5. Mexigenics, Chris Snow, USA - 12 -6 -3 -2 -15 -[17] -12 -2 -13 -2 -14 -2 ; 83
    Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Thomas Bowen’s Reach Around Closes in on J/70 North American Championship

It was another stellar day for Thomas Bowen’s Reach Around at the J/70 North American Championship at Club de Vela La Peña in Valle de Bravo Mexico. Following three consecutive bullets Thursday, Bowen added a 2,3 on Friday for a dominating 25-point lead heading into the final two races of the regatta. Bowen counts only scores in the top four of the 32-boat fleet, able to drop an eight, leaving him with 18 net points in 10 races so far. Oivind Lorentzen’s Nine maintained the silver position with 43 points, ahead of third place Ander Belausteguigoitia’s Bandoola who has 55 points. Leading the Corinthian division is Hector Guzman Gonzalez’s Escipion. Valle de Bravo delivered winds at a steady 10-14 knots and gusts to 17, with puffs and shifts keeping teams on their toes. Yon Belausteguigoitia’s Bullet lived up to its name in the opening contest, trailed by Bowen and Diego Berho’s BBB. Fernando Stephan Gutierrez snagged the next win, with Chris Snow’s Mexigenics and Bowen following. Racing concludes Saturday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Bowen Extends at J/70 North Americans

The second day of the J/70 North American Championship completed four more races, with American Thomas Bowen’s Reach Around team increasing their lead to 18 points over the 32-boat fleet with an 8-1-1-1. Hector Guzman Gonzalez (MEX) has taken over the lead in the Corinthian division. Up to 12 races are scheduled for May 16 to 19 in Valle de Bravo Mexico. For complete details, visit

Americans Lead Opening Day of J/70 North American Championship

Thirty-two teams have gathered for the J/70 North American Championship at Club de Vela La Peña in Valle de Bravo Mexico. After four races on a spectacular first day, three American teams top the leaderboard, commanded by Thomas Bowen’s Reach Around with 10 points after posting a 4,1,2,3. Oivind Lorentzen’s Nine holds second place with 20 points, followed by Chris Snow’s Mexigenics with 23. Ignacio Perez’s Zaguero has the advantage in the Corinthian division. With sunny skies, warm temperatures and breeze around 8 knots, Ricardo Brockmann’s Vincitore opened the Championship with a victory, ahead of Yon Belausteguigoitia’s Bullet and Sebastian Halpern’s 707. Winds increased to about 11 knots in the next contest, when Bowen took the bullet, and Brockmann and Perez completed the top trio. Ander Belausteguigoitia’s Bandoola earned the race three victory as the breeze amped up again to 13 knots. Bowen and Snow followed. Lorentzen ended the day on a positive note, while Snow and Bowen flopped second and third. Racing continues through Saturday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

J/70 3 BIG DOGS Win Cinco de Mayo Regatta

The annual Cinco de Mayo Regatta in Santa Barbara, CA is a favorite for one-design keelboats in the region, hosted by Sail Santa Barbara Sailing Club. The conditions on Saturday included winds ranging from 240 to 270 deg at 4-8 knots; Sunday’s sunny breezes built midday from the west around 4-8 knots. The Sail SBSC RC and PRO crew managed to knock out eight races for the J/70s. Winning the J/70 fleet was Pat Toole’s 3 BIG DOGS crew with a consistent record of five firsts and three seconds to win with just 9 points net. Second was Scott Deardorff’s CAKE, finishing with 16 points net. Then, taking the third spot on the podium was Wolfe’s SHARK with 20 points net. For more Cinco de Mayo Regatta information, visit

eSailing World Champs is Launched

World Sailing is launching into the digital world as it announced that the Official eSailing World Championship has started. The game is now available online for millions worldwide to play and enjoy for free. The launch of the eSailing World Championship takes sailing into a brave new world, where the core skills of sailing remain, but the constraints of venue and equipment are removed. Sailing demands constant inputs and an acquired skillset to manage the relationship between the boat and the forces of nature. These unique qualities are all captured accurately in this virtual world and will provide sailors onshore, and fans without access to sailing equipment, to become engaged and inspired by the excitement of sailing. In partnership with Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, the eSailing World Championship will be comprised of a series of weekly Challenges and Play Offs, with the boat types and venues changing on a regular basis. The series will culminate in a Live Arena Final to be held in Sarasota, Florida on the 30th of October. Governed by the Virtual Racing Rules of Sailing, the 2018 eSailing World Championship open access game started on May 10 and run through to the start of September. Each Challenge will be graded based on the importance of the Challenge with Players earning Ranking points. The top five Players from each weekly Challenge will automatically qualify to the Play Offs. The Play Offs will bring together the pre-qualifiers and the top ranked Players from the eSailing World Championship World Rankings, until a quota of 1,000 is reached. The Play Offs will be an online virtual regatta and will last up to 14 days in September. The top four ranked women and top four men from the Play Offs will qualify for the eSailing World Championship Final. They will be invited on a full expenses paid trip to compete against the best eSailors in the world. It will be held in front of a live crowd on October 30, 2018 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida, USA, and streamed worldwide on a range of OTT channels from Twitch to Facebook Live. Each Challenge will be held in boats that are internationally recognized with the intricate details that make them challenging to sail on the water, seamlessly incorporated into the game. Players will be able to race on:

• J/70, a popular worldwide keelboat
• Nacra 17, the Olympic Mixed Multihull
• 49er and 49erFX, the high performance men’s and women’s Olympic skiff
• Melges 32, a dynamic racing keelboat
Alongside the announcement of the launch, World Sailing welcomes North Sails, a worldwide leader in sailmaking, as an Official Technical Partner for the eSailing World Championship. Speaking at the launch event, World Sailing President Kim Andersen stated, "Sailing as a sport is constantly pushing the boundaries of human innovation and engineering, and World Sailing is entering a brave new world that is going to revolutionize our sport. As the world governing body, World Sailing has a duty to develop and promote the popularity of the sport. We are moving the sport into an exciting new future that will inspire millions more to fall in love with a sport that so many of us here hold dear to them. Aimed at everyone from expert sailors to sports gamers, the eSailing World Championship will enable sailors on shore and fans without access to sailing equipment or facilities to become engaged and inspired by the excitement of sailing." Philippe Guigne, Founder and CEO of Virtual Regatta said, "It’s a very big day for Virtual Regatta. We are launching the most ambitious project we have ever undertaken, and we are proud to be partnering with World Sailing who have become one of the first International Federations to enter this industry." The game can be played on desktop and via iOS and Android devices by following the links below:

Hochart Awarded Overall Yachting Cup

Seventy-nine teams competed in 10 fleets in the Yachting Cup, held May 5-6 in San Diego, CA. David Hochart’s J/70 team on Tangaroa won the final race to secure their class victory and get recognized as the overall event winner. Twelve J/70s completed seven races. Behind Hochart were Chris Snow's Cool Story Bro in second and Jay Janov's Minor Threat in third. For complete results, visit

Trevor Roach's Semi Charmed Earns J/70 Win at American Yacht Club Spring Series

The American Yacht Club Spring Series continued for the final weekend of racing on May 5-6. Spring sailing resumed as eight separate fleets competed on the Long Island Sound. On Saturday, sailors aimed to pick up where they had left off the prior weekend; however, the weather had other plans. With very little wind on both courses, sailors were forced to wait for breeze throughout the day. In total, the East Course was only able to get one race in. The South Course managed to get two races in by shortening the last race. After racing, sailors were treated to a special presentation in the American Yacht Club ballroom by Tucker Thompson, who was the official host of the 35th America’s Cup. Tucker gave a unique behind the scenes look at the competition for the 35th America's Cup held in Bermuda. He also gave the attendees a sneak peek at the 36th America's Cup in New Zealand. On a day that also celebrated Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby, it's safe to say Saturday had plenty of fun for sailors both on and off the water. Sunday morning brought overcast skies as competitors returned to AYC for the final day of racing. On the South Course, the battle in the J/70 division continued, where first place was anyone’s for the taking. Trevor Roach's Semi Charmed persevered to win the division with Daniel Goldberg’s Bazinga! right behind finishing second. Both boats had quite the comeback considering at the end last week, Semi Charmed was second in the division and Bazinga! was fifth. Sailors enjoyed cocktails and food on the flag pole lawn after racing, followed by an awards ceremony in the AYC ballroom. For complete results, visit

John Brim Takes Annapolis NOOD Overall

The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta wrapped its third stop of the season with two races completed Sunday, May 6 amid challenging wind conditions on the Chesapeake Bay. John Brim of Palm Beach, Florida, and his crew on Rimette not only scored their first-ever major regatta win in the J/70 Class, but also earned the coveted title of Overall Winner at the event. Victory didn’t come easily for team Rimette. In fact, it all came down to the eighth and final race of the weekend. Heading into it in second place, the crew had difficulty getting off the starting line and then committed a port-starboard foul, for which they had to perform a penalty turn in light air. Fortunately, Rimette’s tactician Taylor Canfield soon made a call that put them on the path to redemption. "We were very, very deep in the fleet [after the penalty turn], but our tactician was brilliant," Brim said. "He saw a breeze, and we went hard left. I focused my eyes on the jib and the waves, and the next thing I knew we were lifted to port-tack with fresher breeze. We rounded the mark in second, amazingly." From there, third-place J/70 NINE worked its way between Rimette and Savasana, which was holding the top spot at the time. Brim’s team finished that race in second, gaining the necessary two points to tie with Brian Keane’s Savasana. The tiebreaker — based on which team has the most first-place race finishes — worked in Brim’s favor, as team Rimette had three to Savasana’s two. "Frankly, we were surprised at the whole thing, and delighted," Brim said, whose crew also included Scott Ewing and Colllin Leon. "I’ve sailed in Annapolis many times, and it’s always a challenging place, but this weekend was one of the nicest Annapolis regattas I remember." As the Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD’s overall winner, Brim earns a berth in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship Regatta, presented by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in October.

J/70 (32 Boats)

  1. Rimette, USA340, John Brim – 1 -1 -2 -1 -10 -4 -3 -2 ; 24 – OVERALL WINNER
  2. Savasana, USA96, Brian Keane – 6 -2 -4 -4 -1 -1 -2 -4 ; 24
  3. NINE, USA819, Oivind Lorentzen – 4 -5 -5 -2 -3 -2 -9 -3 ; 33
    J/70 Corinthian (18 Boats)
  4. Joint Custody, USA419, Jennifer & Ray Wulff – 5 -4 -8 -6 -11 -18 -6 -9 ; 67
  5. Wild Child, USA45, Henry Filter – 9 -8 -20 -13 -9 -9 -7 -6 ; 81
  6. FM, USA313, Tod Sackett – 3 -7 -6 -9 -17 -23 -17 -11 ; 93
    For complete event details, visit

Annapolis YC Spring One-Design Regatta

The Chesapeake Bay had its annual Spring One-Design Regatta on April 29, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club. The Bay delivered good conditions to get off three races in each fleet. The 11-boat J/70 class saw Jenn & Ray Wulff’s JOINT CUSTODY post all firsts to comfortably win the fleet. Lying second was Henry Filter’s WILD CHILD with 7 points, and in third was Peter Firey’s PHOENIX with 11 points. For more Annapolis YC Spring Series information, visit

Glenn Darden’s Hoss Claims J/70 Corinthian US National Championship

Local Glenn Darden’s Hoss, with crew Jake Scott, Brian Tyrrell and Tony Waldon, won the third annual J/70 Corinthian US National Championship, hosted by Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas. Fifteen all-amateur teams converged on Eagle Mountain Lake to compete from April 27-29. After two light air races late in the day Friday, the group got shut out with no wind on Saturday. PRO Bruce Golison moved up the start time Sunday, and they banged out four races to cap off the event with six total races. Bruno Pasquinelli’s Stampede followed Darden overall with 15 points, and Forbes Durdin’s Mojito took third with17 points. Dave Dennison on Piranha and David Hiebert on USA 546 rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth, respectively. The event served as an incredible learning experience with sailmakers Tim Healy, Jud Smith and Bill Draheim onsite to conduct on-water clinics and briefings for the Corinthian sailors. With debriefs on Thursday and a nearly three-hour session on Saturday morning, these professionals shared immense amounts of knowledge and tuning tips. Next year’s Corinthian US National Championship will be in Harbor Springs, MI, and the sailmakers have already committed to an even higher-level training and education for the participants. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

J/70 Corinthian US National Championship Opens in Fort Worth

The third annual J/70 Corinthian US National Championship, hosted by Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas, welcomed 15 all-amateur teams in winds of 5-8 knots under sunny blue skies. David Hiebert’s USA546 grabbed the day one advantage, by way of a 4,1 in Friday’s two races for 5 points thus far. Dave Dennison’s Piranha is hot on his heels with 6 points, after posting a 2,4. Forbes Durdin’s Mojito holds the third position with 9 points. Eagle Mountain Lake provided a gorgeous setting as Glenn Darden’s Hoss began the Championship with a victory, trailed by Dennison and Durdin. Hiebert took the day’s second contest, while Elizabeth Barker’s Your Mom’s a Hooligan and the Mark Allen/Mike Welch team on Helium Racing completed the top three. Local sailmakers and professional sailors are onsite to conduct on-water clinics and briefings for the Corinthian sailors. The competition continues through Sunday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

J/70 Corinthian National Championship Kicks Off Friday, April 27 from Fort Worth, Texas

Sixteen J/70 teams are gathering for racing at the J/70 Corinthian National Championship in Fort Worth, Texas. The competition begins Friday, April 27 and continues through Sunday, April 29. Look for photos on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and keep up with all the action from Fort Worth Boat Club at the regatta website:

Charleston Race Week Cup Goes to J/70 Relative Obscurity

Skipper Peter Duncan and his crew on Relative Obscurity won three races and finished fourth or better in three others to capture the J/70 fleet, largest of Charleston Race Week with 68 boats. Duncan received the Charleston Race Week Cup for best overall performance by a one-design. "Oh my God, it’s kind of off-the-charts. You read about people winning trophies like this and you never think it could happen to you. It’s a very, very cool honor," Duncan said of capturing the Charleston Race Week Cup. This marked the first Sperry Charleston Race Week for Duncan, the reigning J/70 World Champion. He came away completely sold on the regatta and cannot wait to come back. "It’s just a wonderful event with really great competition. It was terrific to sail in this venue for the first time. Charleston is very tricky with lots of shifts, lots of current. I just think it’s a really well-run event, and it was a pleasure to participate." Victor Diaz de Leon served as tactician and trimmed the main for Duncan, who took the lead on day 1 and never looked back. Willem Van Waay trimmed the headsails aboard Relative Obscurity, which finished seven points clear of runner-up Rimette (John Brim, Palm Beach, FL). "I think the best thing we did was we went after the first day really hard. We had a really good first day and that gave us a little latitude on the second day," said Duncan, a resident of Rye, NY. "Actually, perhaps the most important thing was that we were really deep in two races on the second day and came back. We fought really hard and battled back to get a 10th and a third. To me, that was the key to winning the regatta." For complete event details, visit

Jennifer Bests J/70s at J/Fest San Francisco

The St. Francis Yacht Club held its annual J/Fest April 7-9 with rain, low clouds, wind and sun. With the top three contenders in the J/70 fleet swapping firsts, seconds and thirds across five races, it was SFYC’s Chris Kostanecki on JENNIFER who ultimately bested StFYC’s 1FA and CHRISTINE ROBIN, helmed by Scott Sellers and Tracy Usher, respectively. Taking fourth was Justin Foox’s FLOTEK, and fifth was Tom Thayer’s RAMPAGE. For more J/Fest San Francisco information click here.

Team Perseverance Tops J/70s at San Diego NOOD

The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta hosted 11 fleets of boats on courses outside San Diego Bay and within Coronado Bay, along with the North Sails Rally Race in San Diego Bay from March 16 to 18. Team Perseverance, led by skipper Bennet Greenwald, won the J/70 fleet, the largest of the event with 24 boats. "The J/70s are always tough," Greenwald said, touting that the fleet this weekend boasted several World Champions. "South Bay is really fun because it’s flat water, but the shifts come quick. It was a very exciting weekend. It feels good to win, but just being here is a privilege." The Snow/Brigden team on Cool Story Bro claimed second place, and Jeff Janov third. For complete results, visit

Joel Ronning’s Team Headline J/70 Leaderboard at Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta

At the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta from March 8-10 in Miami, the top spot in the J/70 fleet was seized by Joel Ronning and his crew on Catapult. On the final day, an up and down breeze of 10-15 knots in a choppy sea and tropical temperatures on Biscayne Bay presented a whole new set of race conditions. It was another day of reading the windshifts or reacting to pressure to make the gains. It was the same faces inside the J/70 leaderboard at the end of the day as at the start, with just a few ups and downs in position after races 7 and 8. Featuring the best J/70 sailors in the world, racing was always going to be tight with multiple teams in a leaderboard position to claim victory on the final day. The strategy for most was sail to win the first race, and then focus on opponents in the second. Victory in the J/70 fleet went to Joel Ronning and his team on Catapult, successfully converting third overall at the beginning of the day with consistent scores of 4,4, whilst their closest rivals notched up double-digit results. Going into the decisive race, 2016 J/70 World Champion Ronning held a five-point lead, with Jud Smith and Brian Keane tied for the second and third place on 25 points each. Smith, the 2017 J/70 World Champion, and his team on Africa, held onto second overall. Keane’s Savasana ended the series in third overall. Patrick Wilson, trimmer on Catapult, reflected on their achievement, saying, "Going into (Saturday), there were four teams who were all phenomenal and anyone could have got it. It was cut-throat out there, and somehow we ended up winning. It came down to the last shift in the last race. It was amazingly close competitive sailing." Talking about their solid performance, Wilson continued, "We just sort of ground it out and stayed in good spots, did well and the whole team sailed really well together." Saturday also saw a standout performance from Tim Healy, who won the inaugural J/70 World Championship in 2014, and his crew, who won both races to move up from 8th overall to 5th. Heather Gregg and her crew on Muse won the Corinthian category, with Mallory Loe on Dime in second and Nancy Glover on WinterWind in third.

J/70 Class - Final Overall Results after 8 Races:

  1. Joel Ronning / Christopher Stokey / Patrick Wilson / John Kosteki (USA) - 24 Pts
  2. Jud Smith / Will Felder / Marc Gauthier / Cindy Smith / Lucas Calabrese (USA) - 30 Pts
  3. Brian Keane / Brian Keane / Thomas Barrows / Charles Swanson (USA) - 32 Pts
  4. Peter Duncan / Victor Diaz Deleon / Willem Van Way / Massimo Bortoletto (USA) - 33 Pts
  5. Timothy Healy / Reed Baldrige / John Mollicone / Paul Abdullah (USA) - 49 pts
    For complete event details, visit

Jack Franco’s 3 Ball JT Racks Up J/70 Midwinter Championship

The J/70 Midwinter Championship saw a different leader on each day, but Jack Franco’s 3 Ball JT was on top when it counted. Coming into Sunday in fourth place, the Texas-based skipper with Bill Hardesty (main trimmer), Rob Lindley (bow) and Allan Terhune (headsail trimmer), secured a 5,2,4 to leap over a couple J/70 World Champions for the victory with J/70 hull #3. Although Joel Ronning’s Catapult won race 8 of 9, an 18 in the final contest left him in the silver position overall with 41 points. Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity also had a bullet on Sunday, but followed with a 29,7 to land in third overall with 42 points. Sixty-one boats completed nine races over three days at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, Florida. "We just tried to be consistent with solid starts and minimal mistakes," summarized Franco. "We won the regatta without winning a race. At the last weather rounding of the last race, we were fourth and wanted to be defensive. We are not speedy off the wind since we’re a little heavy." 3 Ball JT held their fourth position which was enough to secure the Championship. Franco credited Hardesty, who he has known since Hardesty was eight years old. "He is the king of tacticians!" Jenn & Ray Wulff’s Joint Custody bested the 23-boat Corinthian division, with Jim Cunningham’s Lifted and Nancy Glover’s WinterWind rounding out the top three. Sunday’s race winners were Duncan, Ronning and Brian Keane’s Savasana in gorgeous conditions with a warm breeze around 10 knots.

The top five overall:

  1. 3 Ball JT, Jack Franco, 2 -4 -7 -[62] -8 -3 -5 -2 -4; 35
  2. Catapult, Joel Ronning, 1 -3 -3 -15 -9 -2 -7 -1 -[18]; 41
  3. Relative Obscurity, Peter Duncan, 6 -12 -8 -1 -3 -4 -1 -[29] -7; 42
  4. Midlife Crisis, Bruce Golison, 4 -5 -1 -3 -1 -5 -13 -17 -[19]; 49
  5. Savasana, Brian Keane, 8 -[15] -6 -4 -2 -15 -2 -13 -1; 51

Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis Surges at J/70 Midwinter Championship

Another picture-perfect day on Biscayne Bay was clouded for several of the 61 teams at the J/70 Midwinter Championship who bore Black Flag penalties. Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis survived to take over the top spot after six races of the planned nine-race series. By way of a 3,1,5 on Saturday, the California-based skipper has tallied all top-five finishes and therefore able to drop a 5 for just 14 net points. Joel Ronning’s Catapult, the day one leader, dropped to second overall after adding a 15,9,2. Tossing the 15 leaves Catapult with 18 net points. Also in the mix heading into the final race day on Sunday is Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity who moved up to third with 22 net points. Andrew & Melissa Fisher’s Button Fly leads the 23-boat Corinthian division. With sunny skies and warm temperatures, the winds were again in the mid-teens for the Championship hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, Florida. Black Flag penalties were scattered through the fleet in each of Saturday’s races. The BFDs didn’t hamper Duncan who kicked off his solid day with a victory in the opening battle, trailed by John & Molly Baxter’s Team Vineyard Vines and Golison. It was Golison earning his second bullet of the event in the next race, ahead of Brian Keane’s Savasana and Duncan. Jud Smith’s Africa took a turn in the lead position in race 6, as Ronning and Jack Franco’s 3BallJT completed the top three. This regatta is the final opportunity for teams to qualify for the 2018 J/70 World Championship in Marblehead, MA, with four Open and two Corinthian spots available. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Joel Ronning’s Catapult Launches at J/70 Midwinter Championship

Among the 61 teams at the J/70 Midwinter Championship are multiple J/70 World Champions and those from other Classes. One of those Champions is Joel Ronning on Catapult, who leapt to the first day’s advantage at the Midwinters hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, Florida. It’s was a postcard day on Biscayne Bay with breeze in the mid- to upper-teens, sunshine and temperatures in the 80s. 2016 J/70 World Champion Ronning opened with a bullet and added a pair of thirds for 7 points in three races. Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis started with a 4,5, then won Friday’s last contest to hold second overall with 10 points. Jack Franco’s 3 Ball JT is in third with 13. Jim Cunningham’s Lifted leads the 24-boat Corinthian division. Ronning’s Catapult earned the initial victory of the event, with Franco and James Prendergast comprising the top trio. Bruno Pasquinelli’s Stampede got the race two win, shadowed by Prendergast and Ronning. Golison ended Friday on a positive note, along with Pasquinelli and Ronning, as 1,2,3. This regatta is the final opportunity for teams to qualify for the 2018 J/70 World Championship in Marblehead, MA, with four Open and two Corinthian spots available. Racing continues through Sunday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

J/70 Speed Guide

North Sails has released a J/70 Speed Guide, which is available at

J/70 Midwinter Championship Kicks Off Friday, February 23 from Miami

Sixty-four J/70 teams are gathering for racing at the J/70 Midwinter Championship in Miami, Florida. The competition begins Friday, February 23 and continues through Sunday, February 25. Look for photos on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and keep up with all the action from Coral Reef Yacht Club at the regatta website:

Coming Up Roses at St. Pete NOOD

After two days of racing on Tampa Bay from February 16-17, light weather persisted Sunday to close the 2018 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta in St. Petersburg, FL with a day ashore. While many of Pamela Rose’s competitors have raced sailboats most of their lives, the J/70 winner took home her first major regatta win this weekend — and qualified for the World championship — only two years after taking up the sport. A self-proclaimed "serious boater," Rose said she didn’t expect to enjoy sailing so much when she bought Rosebud looking for a new challenge three years ago. After taking sixth-place last year at the Helly Hansen St. Petersburg NOOD, Rose gathered a crew of top-notch talent to help accelerate her success this year. "The goal for me was to win a qualifying seat [for Worlds]," Rose said. "I’ve been working really hard. I was thrilled to have this amazing team — they are very experienced, very calm. I call them the dream team." Rose said she will plan her summer schedule around training, including an entry into the Helly Hansen Marblehead NOOD in July, to get a test run in the same venue that the 2018 J/70 World Championship will be held in September. Also competing in the J/70 fleet were five local teens specially selected to participate as the Helly Hansen Junior Crew, who finished the weekend ranked 28th of 39 boats, led by Heather Kerns.

J/70 (One Design - 39 Boats)

  1. Rosebud, Pamela Rose, USA - 2 -5 -3 -1 -5 -1 -5 ; 22
  2. Savasana, Brian Keane, USA - 1 -3 -4 -2 -6 -3 -9 ; 28
  3. Perseverance, Bennet Greenwald, USA - 6 -4 -5 -6 -2 -10 -1 ; 34
    J/70 Corinthian (One Design - 14 Boats)
  4. 6, Mark Hillman, USA - 14 -7 -11 -16 -16 -14 -2 ; 80
  5. WinterWind, Nancy Glover, USA - 7 -10 -14 -15 -11 -21 -11 ; 89
  6. Tea Dance Snake, Peter Bowe, USA - 11 -20 -12 -12 -17 -9 -12 ; 93
    For complete results, visit

Minor Threat Wins J/70s at SCYA Midwinters

California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey hosted the 2018 Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) annual "Midwinters" regatta for J/70s. Fourteen boats turned out on the starting line to enjoy the first regatta of the season. The CYC PRO managed to run five races offshore in the big rolling swells of the Pacific Ocean, running double windward-leewards. After the first three races on Saturday, Pat Toole’s 3 BIG DOGS from Santa Barbara YC was leading with a 3-2-4 for 9 points. Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT from Cal YC with a 7-3-1 score sheet for 11 points was good enough for second place, and Tony Collins’ FLY from Kings Harbor YC with a 2-9-2 for 13 points. On Sunday, the standings experienced a juggling of positions. By closing with a 2-3, Janov’s MINOR THREAT won the regatta with 16 points total and taking second was Collins’ FLY with 18 points. 3 BIG DOGS dropped to third. Rounding out the top five were Chris Snow’s San Diego YC crew on COOL STORY BRO in fourth place, and in fifth was Jim Murrell’s HUCKLEBERRY from Kings Harbor YC. For more SCYA Midwinters information, visit

Brian Keane’s Savasana Wins 2017-2018 Quantum J/70 Winter Series, and Sarah Renz is Top Corinthian

Fifty-nine J/70 teams qualified to win the 2017-2018 Quantum J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida by competing in at least two of the three weekends with the same boat and skipper. Brian Keane’s Savasana placed third overall on the final weekend to earn the Series victory. Following Keane are Bennet Greenwald’s Perseverance and Bruno Pasquinelli’s Stampede. The Corinthian division was won by Sarah Renz’s Berteau Group. Following two breezy weekends accompanying cold fronts, conditions this Saturday and Sunday were characterized by sunshine, record high temperatures and light winds on Tampa Bay. Four races were completed, and Jack Franco’s Flojito 3JT won the final segment of the Series. The popular Quantum J/70 Winter Series spans three weekends of racing between early December and February, allowing participants to store their boats onsite for a reasonable fee. Additionally, on each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 and North U combined forces for the Porch Series to offer practice races and coaching. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Gary Weisberg’s AFRICA Takes J/Fest St. Pete Regatta Win

The inaugural J/Fest St. Pete Regatta took place January 19-21 on Tampa Bay. Host St. Petersburg Yacht Club and its Race Committee, PRO and volunteers made a valiant effort to get in as many races as they could considering the cards they had been dealt—essentially no, or very little, wind for all three days. It warm up quickly all three days of sailing, so the sunshine and warm 70 degree days were a welcome reprieve for many teams who had come south to Florida. In the J/70 fleet, after two days and two races, two teams had 1-2 scores: Gary Weisberg’s AFRICA and Connor Mraz’s VAMOS. On the last day, Weisberg’s AFRICA took the crown by winning the race, with VAMOS in second. Third for the regatta was Dan Gross & Danette Szakaly’s D2 RACING. For more event information, visit

2018 U.S. J/70 Youth Championship

The second annual U.S. J/70 Youth Championship will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida from November 16-18, 2018. The event will be hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in its fleet of club-owned matched one-design J/70s. The U.S. J/70 Youth Championship (USJYC) is open to 12 youth teams representing US Sailing-recognized sailing clubs or organizations. Sailing clubs may enter more than one youth team per event but may only qualify one team for the USJYC Championship.

The 2018 qualifiers are:
• February 15-18 Helly Hansen St Pete NOOD, St. Petersburg, FL
• March 7-11 Bacardi J/70 Invitational, Miami, FL
• March 16-18 Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD, San Diego, CA
• April 12-15 Sperry Charleston Race Week, Charleston, SC
• May 4-6 Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD, Annapolis, MD
• June 2-3 Cedar Point YC One-Design Regatta, Cedar Point, CT
• June 8-10 Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD, Chicago, IL
• June 15-17 Cleveland Race Week, Cleveland, OH
• July 6-8 Newport Regatta, Newport, RI
• July 15-16 St. Francis Sportboat Regatta, San Francisco, CA
• July 26-29 Helly Hansen Marblehead NOOD, Marblehead, MA
The USJYC Notice of Race is available at For more U.S. J/70 Youth Championship information, please contact J/Boats at or refer to

Lease a J/70, Build Your Fleet

J/Boats and Dockline are pleased to announce the first-of-its-kind lease program for J/70s. Lease a J/70 today, starting at $799/month for 36 months. Boat, trailer and sails are included. Leasing, as an alternative to purchasing, has been popular in other industries for years and is booming in the automobile and RV markets, thanks to a whole new generation coming of age with purchasing power. It’s this generation that’s leading the charge in the new shared economy, and this generation that’s actively seeking alternatives to buying big-ticket items. Leasing is the perfect fit. There’s no large upfront expense, no long-term commitment, and at the end of 36 months, you turn in the keys with no resale headaches. To learn more about the J/70 Leasing program, please contact your local J/Boats dealer. (Please note the price of $799/month excludes tax, title and delivery.)

Peter Duncan Selected as US Sailing’s 2017 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year

J/70 World Champion Peter Duncan (Rye, NY) was selected as Rolex Yachtsman of the Year for his remarkable sailing performance in 2017. The selection follows the announcement in December of the six men and eight women who were shortlisted for these prestigious awards and recognized as sailing’s top performers of the year by US Sailing. A slate of nominees, determined by the membership of US Sailing, was presented to a panel of accomplished sailing media professionals, who together discussed the merits of each nominee and individually voted to determine the ultimate winners. Duncan will be honored on February 28 during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, where he will be celebrated by family and friends, teammates and crew, past winners, sailing dignitaries, and representatives from US Sailing and Rolex. He will also be presented with a specially-engraved Rolex timepiece. Duncan, 58, a life-long one-design sailor and proud member of the American Yacht Club, was once again at the top of his game in 2017 at the highest-levels of international competition and in a variety of sailboat classes. He received this honorable distinction for first time in his illustrious career. "I was just honored to be nominated for the award," said Duncan. "When I found out I won, I was just stunned. It is just so humbling to be associated with so many great sailors who have won this award. It's an honor of a lifetime. With all the racing and training we did in 2017, I was actually on the water for 110 days last year, which is absolutely extraordinary. That's what you have to do to accomplish what we did last year." His year was highlighted with a win at the ultra-competitive Audi J/70 World Championship in September off the waters of Porto Cervo in Sardinia, Italy. Duncan and his talented crew including Jud Smith, Victor Diaz de Leon and Willem van Waay, won the 161-boat World Championship by a 15-point margin over contender Brian Keane. Duncan’s Relative Obscurity was dominant through six races. They placed in the top three in each race, including three wins. "You can't find a better crew to sail with as far as I'm concerned," added Duncan. "We got there early to practice, and we spent a great deal of time preparing ourselves for this event. It was a serious venture." One member of the selection panel noted that "to win first place so convincingly in a highly-talented and large fleet at the J/70 World Championship in Italy is a testament to Peter’s abilities and preparation." He won four other J/70 regattas in 2017, including the Italian National Championships (Alcatel Cup), New England Championship, Bacardi Cup and Sail Newport Regatta. His team placed second out of 58 at the J/70 North American Championship in Rye, New York and third at the European J/70 Championship. "We won the Italian Nationals on the last race of the last day," explained Duncan. "We got there early and were hopeful to learn a lot about the competition. We knew that the Italian fleet was going to be very strong, and it was a very deep fleet. It was really close racing. And again, we got what we put into it. We worked hard and got the result in the end." Duncan participated in multiple classes throughout 2017, including the Etchells, Melges 20 and Melges 24. His Etchells team took home first place honors at the Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta featuring 45 competing boats last January in Coconut Grove, Florida. Duncan has been sailing for about as long as he can remember. He started sailing with his parents on the weekends at American Yacht Club in their 210 sailboat. "I love the competition, and I enjoy racing in large fleets. That to me is wildly exciting. But it's also about all the camaraderie and the people that you meet and the places you go. Luckily, the fleets we compete in are generally the same, so whatever issues you might have had out on the water are usually left on the water, and it's really a great group of people to spend time with."

3 BIG DOGS Top SBYC Holiday Regatta

Just before Christmas, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club in Santa Barbara, California hosts their annual SBYC Holiday Regatta. The turn-out for the event this year was higher than previous years with a very competitive J/70 fleet in attendance. Pat Toole’s 3 BIG DOGS crew won two races in the four races sailed, and won by one point. Scott and Leslie Deardorff’s crew on CAKE placed second with 10 points. Third was Tom Tunberg’s NAMASTE with a 4-1-3-6 record for 14 points. For more Santa Barbara YC J/70 fleet information, visit

Joel Ronning’s Catapult Wins Second Weekend of 2017-2018 Quantum J/70 Winter Series

Fifty-three J/70 teams traveled to Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida for the middle weekend of the 2017-2018 Quantum J/70 Winter Series. Chilly but sunny conditions ranged from 8-10 knot breezes on Saturday to 16+ knots on Sunday, as three races were completed each day. Joel Ronning’s Catapult topped the fleet with 9 net points, dropping a fifth in Saturday’s last contest and otherwise keeping all top three finishes. Bennet Greenwald’s Perseverance took second place with 20 points. Brian Keane’s Savasana, who won the first weekend of the Series in December, was just one notch back in third. The 22-boat Corinthian division was topped by Bob Willis’ Rip Rullah. Each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 and North U are combining forces for the Porch Series to offer practice races and coaching. Racing concludes at Davis Island Yacht Club on February 9-11. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Brian Keane’s Savasana Wins Opening Weekend of 2017-2018 Quantum J/70 Winter Series

Fifty-three J/70 teams traveled to Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida for the first weekend of the 2017-2018 Quantum J/70 Winter Series. Brisk weather made its way south with the passage of a cold front on Friday night, bringing breeze into the high 20s on Saturday, but backing off some on Sunday. In all, seven races were completed, with Brian Keane’s Savasana handily taking the victory at 13 net points including two bullets. Darby Smith’s Africa placed second with 35 points, and Bruno Pasquinelli’s Stampede was third with 37. The 21-boat Corinthian division was topped by Mallory and Andrew Loe’s Dime. Each Friday of the Series, SAIL22 and North U are combining forces for the Porch Series. This weekend featured a dock talk discussing boat setup and tuning, followed by on-the-water coaching with North U. Practice races were run by J/World, with a debrief immediately after sailing with North U and J/World. Racing continues at Davis Island Yacht Club on January 5-7 and February 9-11. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Hot Rum Series Finale

Originated in 1957, the annual Sinnhoffer Hot Rum Series completed its three-race schedule (November 4, 18, December 2) under sunny skies and light to moderate winds in San Diego, CA. J/70 fleet winner was Fabian Gomez-Ibarra’s Vagazo. For complete results, visit

Hot Rum Series II

Sailors were treated to another classic day of sailing off San Diego’s Point Loma for the second installment of the Hot Rum Series. As usual, the little boats and early starters (the lower rating boats) go off in relatively light winds as they sailed out the channel to the first turning mark. Then, with the building WNW seabreeze, the big boats took off in a decent breeze that was starting to hit 8-10 knots. In PHRF 4 Class, the only three J/70s racing are having a three-way match race to see who wins. So far, the Gomez-Ibarra duo on VAGAZO is leading with a 1-2 for 3 points. Then, Wyman’s NUNUHUNU sits in second with a 2-3 tally for 5 points. And, tied in third place is Dave Vieregg’s SOGGY DOLLAR with a 4-5 for 9 points. Overall in the in the 137-boat fleet, VAGAZO is 15th. For more San Diego YC Hot Rum Series results, visit

Annapolis HS Wins Mendelblatt Trophy in J/70s

The top high school sailors from around the county gathered November 18-19 to compete for the Mendelblatt Trophy, which began in 2014 and is given annually to the top keelboat team. The St. Petersburg Yacht club hosted the fourth annual ISSA National Keelboat Invitational. Teams raced in St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s fleet of identically matched J/70s. Corona del Mar High School from California were back as the defending champions and were pushed hard by Newport Harbor High School, Olympia High School, Minnetonka High School, Annapolis High School, Clear Falls High School, Archbishop Spaulding High School, Falmouth High School, North Kingstown High School and St. Petersburg High School. On the first day of the event, racing began in a dying easterly, and after the first windward-leeward, the wind completely shut down, the race was abandoned, and boats were towed back in. After a prolonged postponement on shore, the predicted southwesterly filled in, 5-8 knots, and races 1-4 were completed, with the fleet returning to the dock just prior to sunset. The weather, as promised, was much more favorable for the final day of racing. Race 5 was started promptly with 10-14 knots of breeze from the SW. Races 6 though 8 saw a building breeze, up to 16-20 knots out of the west as the front approached. "Frontal passage" occurred during race 9 marked by a thin band of rain which lasted about 10 minutes. After the brief rain, the winds actually lightened considerably for the final race of the series. Two teams were awarded breakdown points: one a main halyard splice which failed, the other a forestay swage that also failed. One protest was filed and disallowed. Annapolis High School, who found their fourth year to be the charm, prevailed as they won the event handily this year. For complete event details, visit

San Francisco Bay One Design Winter Series Kick Off

The annual San Francisco Bay One Design Winter Series kicked off at Sausalito Yacht Club. Teams enjoyed sunshine and mild breeze on the first race day of the weekend series that sails on the second Saturday of each month from November thru February. According to Christy Usher, skipper of the J/70 CHRISTINE ROBIN, "Two of the five J/70s that signed up for the series raced. As a result, it was a fun match-race between Tom Thayer's RAMPAGE versus my all-women crew on CHRISTINE ROBIN (Terre Layton, Dana Riley and Jessica Chase). After sailing a few short races, both teams traded wins in the light and tricky conditions." And, Tom Thayer had this to say about the day’s racing, "The day started out cool and overcast with a discouraging glassy look to the water. So, after we rigged the boat, we got at the Torqeedo and slowly headed toward the racing area. Our conversation on board was mostly jokes about the lack of wind. But halfway out, the wind started to fill in, building to about 8 knots. The racing was on! Once we got to the race area, we searched for other J/70s, but could not find any. So now, the jokes were about finishing first and last at the same time, port tacking the fleet, and general recalls. Fortunately, Christine Robin made an appearance just before the scheduled 11:30 first gun. While it would have been great to have more boats, with two boats we could use the races to continue to refine our rig tune, trim settings, weight placement and driving technique in the light air. The Regatta Pro/Sausalito YC team, under the direction of Jeff Zarwell, did their usual great job of setting up a course. Given the light air, we were given ¾ mile legs. But the short legs allowed for more boat handling with course 4 (double sausages) for each of the two races. Rampage got a good start in the first race. We were able to use a high mode to force Christine Robin to tack for clear air. But that was a mistake on our part because as soon as they were free to sail their own race, Christy Usher and her crew found a fast, high mode that was devastating. They went on to win the race by a large margin. But we continued tweaking our boat, going to a sloppy loose rig setting for the second race as the wind died down. We also got more power from the jib with a little less halyard tension. And, we got even more aggressive with our weight placement. The result of all of this was that we could come closer to hanging with Christine Robin in the second race. They still beat us around the first windward mark, but we were closer. They jibed soon after the mark rounding. By doing so, we thought they were going the wrong way. Despite our intent of staying with them to maximize the opportunity for two boat testing, we couldn’t resist the temptation to separate on starboard. By the time we reached the leeward gate, we had made a substantial gain, that we were able to hold onto for the rest of the race. So a successful day for both boats. Christy had little experience at the helm before, and had to have gained considerable confidence with the excellent way she had the boat performing. Rampage was able to continue up the light air learning curve, especially with our weight placement and luff tension adjustment. And both boats ended up with a first and second place finish (or is that first and last?)." For more San Francisco Winter Series information, visit

Sail Maine Wins U.S. Adult Sailing Championship in J/70s

The action was fast and furious on Tampa Bay over Veterans Day weekend. Twelve teams in J/70s representing their respective Regional Sailing Associations (RSA) enjoyed the speedy and highly entertaining racing format, as well as the spectacular weather and racing conditions at the 2017 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship, hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Sailors enjoyed a variety of conditions, including light air and sunshine to big breeze and rain. Thirty-eight races were completed. Sailors were greeted with rain, wind and waves for the final day of racing for the Mallory Trophy, as seven races were completed to round off the series. Great work by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s waterfront team who were quick on their feet to repair breakdowns throughout the weekend and keep sailors racing. In the end, it was Carter White (Portland, ME) and his team composed of sailors from Sail Maine representing the Northeast Sailing Association, who came out on top in an exciting finish on Sunday. White’s team included Michael McAllister (Portland, ME), Henry Cole (Freeport, ME) and Fiona Gordon (Portland, ME). Carter and company were ranked fifth after two round robins. They avoided the qualifying repechage round by one spot, as the bottom six teams dueled it out over four races with the top six teams advancing to the championship round and the last two teams being eliminated from contention. The Sail Maine team saved their best for Sunday afternoon as they dominated the 10-team championship round and won by 11 points through 10 races. "We sailed almost 40 races over four days. It’s pretty crazy," said White. "I had never skippered a J/70 before so it was a lot of fun. The four of us have never sailed before as a team. Mike and I sail a lot together on the J/24. We had a lot of breeze (Sunday) at times, and changing conditions throughout the event from 6 knots to 20 knots. There was a little bit of everything for everyone, and the race committee did an excellent job." The win for White and his team earns them an entry to represent the U.S. at the Sailing Champions League World Qualifier. David Loring’s team from Charleston, SC, representing the South Atlantic YRA placed second. This team featured Jeff Woodard, Amy Woodard and Patrick Wilson. Finishing third was Trey Sheehan (Chagrin Fall, OH), Wilson Stout (Annapolis, MD), Brad Boston (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada), and Curtis Florence (Lakewood, OH). They represented the Inland Lake Yachting Association. The Championship got underway on Thursday under light breeze. Most of the day was spent under postponement. Racers experienced a Northwest building breeze at 5-8 knots later in the afternoon, and the fleet managed to complete two races in the first-round robin series. Local knowledge paid off for skipper David Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, FL/Florida Sailing Association) who won both races to take an early lead. Friday’s conditions were improved, as sailors experienced a Northeast breeze of 6-10 knots. The fleet tallied 16 races. Chris Raab (Huntington Beach, CA/YRU of Southern California) took command of the leaderboard on Friday and had a six-point lead through the first round robin and a five-point lead through six races of the second round robin series. On Saturday, sailors finished the second round robin, completed four races in the repechage round, and the top 10 teams sailed three races in the championship round. Sailors enjoyed a variety of conditions from medium breeze to start the day, to lighter breezes mid-day and ideal conditions for the start of the championship round. Raab and crew maintained a five-point lead over Pat Toole (Santa Barbara, CA/Southern California YRA) through the second round robin. Teams qualified by competing at a high level in their respective RSA events. Teams consisted of both men and women sailors. The league racing format offered sailors quick and competitive races, on-the-water umpiring, no discards, and an improved viewing opportunity for spectators. Every race counted, so consistency was a major factor. Races were approximately 15 minutes in duration. Some of the competitors have likened the format to college sailing in big boats. First place team was presented the Clifford D. Mallory Trophy and received entry as the U.S. representative at the Sailing Champions League World Qualifier. The top three teams received US Sailing medals – Gold, Silver, Bronze. Teams representing the Southern Yacht Club, Edgewater Yacht Club, and James Island Yacht Club earned the Staton J. Peele, Jr. Trophy for sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship Notes:
Southern Yacht Club: Following racing Thursday evening, members of the Southern Yacht Club team derigged their J/70 and then assisted the St. Petersburg Yacht Club junior sailors by hauling 20+ Optimist prams out of the water.
James Island Yacht Club: Thank you to the sailors from the James Island Yacht Club for assisting in the measuring and tuning of the J/70s Saturday afternoon, prior to the start of the championship round.
Edgewater Yacht Club: Thank you to the sailors from the Edgewater Yacht Club for assisting in the measuring and tuning of the J/70s Saturday afternoon, prior to the start of the championship round. In addition on Sunday, sailors from the team came in off the water to assist in the replacement of a forestay; they even offered their personal forestay to the event.
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Hot Rum Series Opening

Every year, many sailors in southern California look forward to the Hot Rum Series run by San Diego Yacht Club in November and December. It is a pursuit race, so you start at an appointed time pre-determined by the SDYC PRO and PHRF calculators, and where you finish is how you actually finished in the race. The first weekend in November was quite typical of the Hot Rum Series. The first starters saw light breezes from the northwest, building as the afternoon progressed up to 8-10 knots. The Gomez-Ibarra crew on the J/70 VAGAZO got fourth overall and first in their class. The J/70s just about cleaned house in PHRF 4 class. Behind VAGAZO, it was Wyman’s NUNUHUNU in second and Dave Vieregg’s SOGGY DOLLAR in fourth. For more Hot Rum Series information, visit

Bottle Rocket Time at Great Pumpkin Regatta

Richmond Yacht Club’s 32nd Great Pumpkin Regatta had a mix of fall weather with mostly grey skies and generally light airs, but some occasions with more breeze. On Saturday, the fleet enjoyed three well-run races in classic "around the cans" scenarios in the Berkeley Circle. In the seven-boat J/70 fleet, David Schumann’s BOTTLE ROCKET from San Francisco YC posted straight bullets for an easy win. Similarly, Tom Thayer’s RAMPAGE from Richmond YC dropped all deuces to complete the day in second place. Then, it was Mark Thomas’ USA 29 from Richmond YC that posted all thirds to round out the podium. Thanks for contribution from Erik Simonson. For more Great Pumpkin Regatta information, visit

Stormy J/Fest Southwest Regatta

From October 21-22, the eighth annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta took place on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay, hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club. The event featured the "Legends Regatta" on Friday afternoon. Thereafter, it was an attempt to get in as many races as possible despite the somewhat unusual weather pattern that had setup over the Gulf of Mexico and the southern plains just to the west of Galveston Bay. In the end, the 70-boat fleet managed to get in four races. The 15 boats sailing the J/70 fleet saw duals taking place for both Open and Corinthian division leadership. In the Open class, winning was Glenn Darden’s HOSS from Fort Worth Boat Club over local Jay Lutz driving ZOUNDS HEARING from Lakewood YC. Third was Forbes Durdin’s MOJITO from Lakewood YC and also the Corinthian division winner. Fourth overall was Al Poindexter’s USA 241, and also second by 2 points to MOJITO in the Corinthians. For more event information, visit

Light Fall Brawl

Light winds across Chesapeake Bay played havoc to the J/70 Fall Brawl, held October 20-22 in Annapolis, MD. Sixteen J/70s arrived on Saturday, with no wind for racing that day and then only able to complete one race on Sunday. Robert Sweet’s Vitesse won the only J/70 race. Complete event details may be found at

Annapolis YC Fall Series

For the 2017 edition of the annual fall tradition on the Chesapeake Bay, a large turn-out participated in the Annapolis Yacht Club Fall Series. A variety of weather conditions greeted the crews. The team of Jenn & Ray Wulff, posting a 3-2-1-1-3 for 10 points, won the eight-boat J/70 fleet. Two points back was the Chip/Steiner/Vickers team on GNIXE with a 1-4-4-2-1 tally for 12 points. Only one point back in third place was Peter Bowe’s TEA DANCE SNAKE with a 4-1-3-3-2 for 13 points. Just off the pace in fourth was Mark Hillman’s SIX with a 2-3-2-4-4 scoreline for 15 points. For more Annapolis YC Fall Series information and results, visit

Joel Ronning's Catapult is 2017 J/70 North American Champion

Peter Duncan and the Relative Obscurity team controlled the J/70 North American Championship from day one. Not surprising, coming off a World Championship title. But there was a twist to the plot. Joel Ronning's Catapult never fell very far behind in points, always lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce. And pounce they did in the final race of the Championship at American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. A bullet in the final race coupled with a 10th place finish by Relative Obscurity was enough to push them ahead with a three-point cushion. Sunday conditions were challenging. A new wind direction with varying intensity made for a tactician's nightmare. Credit to Bruce Golison for staying in the hunt and finishing third overall with line honors in race seven. This was not an easy task with Brian Keane and Marty Kullman right on his heels. The Corinthian title was no easy achievement either. The lead swapped multiple times throughout the day, but Jenn and Ray Wulff sailing Joint Custody managed to win in the end. Berteau Group and Muse held their top three spots finishing in that order. Despite the intensifying wind as the regatta concluded, American Yacht Club hosted a wonderful awards presentation with crystal and framed photographs as prizes. Full results can be found at: See how the excitement unfolded through photos and videos by visiting the American Yacht Club Regattas Facebook page at:

Precious Throw-Outs at J/70 North American Championship

Many throw-outs were likely used Saturday at the J/70 North American Championship as the breeze lightened and began to turn southeast. However, leader Peter Duncan and crew managed to stay consistent with a sixth place in the lone race in Rye, NY. Joel Ronning's Catapult, currently second, did not fare so well, finishing in 18th place. That's a number that will likely remain a throw-out, leaving no room for error on the final day. Victor Diaz de Leon, sailing with Duncan, said, "We tried to focus on minimizing maneuvers. When we did try to tack or jibe, we did it in a puff because that makes it so much less painful." An impressive light air performance was delivered by John and Molly Baxter, sailing Team Vineyard Vines to a bullet, moving them up to ninth overall. Current second, third (Bruce Golison) and fourth (Jack Franco) place boats all posted big numbers making their final day on Sunday a challenge. Meanwhile, competition for the Corinthian crown has become fierce. Jenn and Ray Wulff of Annapolis Yacht Club sailing Joint Custody are now equal on points with Sarah Renz. Muse is holding on just one point behind. Complete event details may be found at

J/70 North American Championship Day 2

Friday morning weather conditions did not disappoint. The American Yacht Club Race Committee was able to pull off four action-packed races for the first day of competition at the J/70 North American Championship, presented by Domaine Chandon. The entire fleet was very competitive with the top four boats earning a bullet each. Current World Champion Peter Duncan on Relative Obscurity sits in first, but Joel Ronning and the Catapult crew are right on his heels only two points back. The Midlife Crisis team from Long Beach, California, led by Bruce Golison, currently holds third. Only a few points separate from them are the next two boats. Sarah Renz from the Chicago Yacht Club, sailing Berteau Group, is the lead Corinthian, only one point ahead of Heather Gregg and Joe Bardenheier on Muse. The wind has been mostly out of the east all week, blowing across the longest fetch of the Long Island Sound, creating four to five-foot waves in a tight frequency. Upon reaching the docks after racing, the tired and satisfied sailors were treated to fine sparkling wine given out with white glove treatment, thanks to sponsor Domaine Chandon. Complete results are available at

Rimette Succeeds at High Performance Regatta

The Fall regatta season continued to bring excellent racing conditions to Milton Point on October 7-8. Previously known as the High Performance Dinghy Open, the High Performance Regatta has consistently been one of the most unique Fall regattas held annually on the Long Island Sound. This international regatta brought competitors from different parts of the United States, Canada and Ireland. The mix of sailors along with the unique blend of boats created an exciting atmosphere both on and off the water. After a short morning delay on shore, seven fleets launched into the easterly conditions on Saturday. Despite some challenging tactical upwind legs, both circles were able to get great racing in. The Orange and Yellow circles delivered five races for the majority of the fleets. On Sunday, the breeze lightened throughout the day, but the waves continued to make sailors work hard to maintain boat speed throughout the course. With a relatively consistent breeze direction, boat speed was paramount to high performance on the Orange circle. The top boats were able to find a higher gear and power around the marks. The J/70 fleet, again, had over 20 competitors gearing up for their North American Championship. Rimette, skippered by John Brim (FIYC), won the J/70 division with Nine, helmed by Ovind Lorentzen (IHYC), finishing second, and Muse, skippered by Joe Bardenheier and Heather Gregg, finishing third. For complete results, visit

Nostalgia Crowned J/70 East Coast Champion

The J/70 East Coast Championship was held by Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, VA on September 30-October 1. Sailors enjoyed gusty/shifty northwest to northeast winds on Saturday and Sunday ranging from 8 to 20 knots. Given the strong wind, current and steep chop, the race committee moved racing inside to Fishing Bay so that they could set their anchors properly. Blake Kimbrough and his long-term NOSTALGIA crew of Julia and Lud Kimbrough and FBYC Vice Commodore Rob Whittemore were the top boat on Saturday with finishes of 1-5-2-3 and the top boat overall for the weekend. Henry Filter and his WILD CHILD team placed second in the regatta, with their performance ramping up from 3-7-1-6 on Saturday to 1-2-3 on Sunday. Gannon Troutman and his all junior crew on PIED PIPER (fellow classmates from Christ Church School near Deltaville, VA) sailed extremely well both days with finishes of 2-2-8-2 on Saturday (tied for second for the day) and finishes of 7-3-4 on Sunday to end up third for the regatta. For more J/70 East Coast Championship information, visit

Any Colour Takes American Yacht Club Fall Series

The 2017 Fall Series Regatta ended October 1 at American Yacht Club in splendid fashion. This Saturday and Sunday concluded the latter half of the Fall Series Regatta which occurred over the course of two weekends. Saturday racing was met with an anticipated Fall feel as temperatures hovered below 60 degrees with oscillating winds ranging from 15-20 knots. The higher than forecasted breeze velocities created some epic sailing conditions and top speed records for certain boats. Towards the end of Saturday, several boats set personal speed records both upwind and downwind. Eight8 classes of boats embraced the chilly weather to compete on the Long Island Sound. The J/70 fleet had a strong showing of over 20 boats with Any Colour (AYC), skippered by Scott and Alex Furnary, finishing first. The duo came into the weekend leading the fleet and finished Sunday with a commanding lead. Scott and Alex took home the Zilph Trophy for the second time in three years--an outstanding accomplishment. Trevor Roach who skippered the Semi Charmed(CPYC) finished second. The past two weekends provided an incredible training opportunity for the J/70s, as many sailors saw the Fall Series as ideal preparation for the J/70 North American Championship. For complete event details, visit

Dave Koski's Soul Earns Win at Cleveland (216) Regatta

Beautiful fall sailing conditions greeted competitors at the Cleveland (216) Regatta, hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club from September 30-October 1. The eight-boat J/70 fleet was dominated by Dave Koski’s Soul, who won six of seven races and added a second-place finish for just 8 overall points. Lee Sackett’s Aqua Dump came in second with 15 points, followed by his dad Tod Sackett’s FM in third with 23 points. Complete event details may be found at

Nail-biter at J/Fest San Diego

It was an outstanding weekend for racing and nostalgia when San Diego Yacht Club hosted the second annual J/Fest Regatta on September 22-24. Over two days, teams raced on San Diego Bay and ocean courses in four classes, and competitors had the opportunity to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of J/Boats at numerous social events scattered throughout the weekend. Starting with a sellout crowd on Friday night, almost 100 attendees heard from J/Boats President Jeff Johnstone in SDYC’s Frost Room. Following the first day of racing on Saturday was the spirited "Sending it Back to ‘77" Party on the Spinnaker Deck and Sail Wash Lawn. On the water, PRO Becky Ashburn reported sunny and warm conditions on Saturday morning with a light breeze. Sunday’s two scheduled races began in wind that started at 9 knots and built to over 16 knots during the last leg of race 5. The J/70 fleet had an exciting last race on Sunday. There was a tiebreaker going into the last race, which was ultimately won by David Hochart who ended the regatta as the J/70 winner. "Going into the last race, we had to decide whether to go one-on-one vs Team Fly to get more than three points between us to win the regatta. We ultimately decided to start close to them on the line but not be aggressive and sail a clean race. We ended up winning the last race, and it was close as they finished fourth which resulted in a tie. Exciting to have the regatta decided by the final race!" By virtue of losing the tie-breaker, taking second was Tony Collins’ FLY. Third was taken by Drew Belk’s KAWAU BAY with 22 points, followed by Curt Johnson’s AVET 2.01 in fourth with 25 points and Steve Wyman’s NUNUHUNU with 26 points. For more J/Fest San Diego information, visit

Scott Sellers Earns Class Win at Rolex Big Boat Series

Racing concluded Sunday, September 17 at the 53rd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on the wind and tide-torn waters of San Francisco Bay. After seven races spread across four days of on-water action, winners were crowned in 11 classes, including six perpetual trophies. En route to determining this year’s winners, the 89 entries experienced a wide range of San Francisco Bay conditions, with an emphasis on each team’s heavy-air sail inventory. While the first three days of this Grand Prix regatta featured long-course windward-leeward racing, the final day of racing sent competitors on "Bay Tour" courses with a finishing line directly in front of the StFYC clubhouse, providing onshore spectators a fine view of this year’s warhorses as they paraded past the Club’s stunning Race Deck. While any racecourse hardware is to be celebrated, the Rolex Big Boat Series perpetual trophies, which reside at the StFYC, are especially desirable, as each is engraved with the names of the winning team whose skippers also receive an engraved Swiss-made Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner chronometer. In addition to the highly coveted perpetual trophies, the J/70s raced for take-home trophies and class honors. The award went to Scott Sellers and his 1FA (USA 534) crew, who won the 11-boat J/70 fleet, followed by Chris Snow and John Brigden’s Cool Story, Bro. (USA 369) and Pat Toole’s 3 Big Dogs (USA 58). Please visit for more information about the Rolex Big Boat Series, including the complete 2017 results list.

Audi J/70 World Championship: Duncan is Top of the World

With numerous general recalls, the black flag in play and a full-on foam up, the Audi J/70 World Championship had a thrilling climax to remember for years to come. With sparkling sunshine, a significant sea state, and a warm westerly breeze piping up to a ballistic 30 knots, the world's largest championship sportsboat fleet enjoyed a fantastic finale. Peter Duncan is the Audi J/70 World Champion, after a stunning performance, scoring podium finishes in every race, including three race wins. American Brian Keane's Savasana scored a second in the final race, moving up to runner-up for the Championship. Italian Luca Domenici moved up to third in the final race. Italian Claudia Rossi's attempt to become the first female helm to win the title was ended with a black flag in the final race. The Audi J/70 World Championship was organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in collaboration with the J/70 International Class Association, title sponsor Audi and official sailmaker Quantum Sails.

Audi J/70 World Champion: Relative Obscurity (USA) Peter Duncan, Victor de Leon, Willem Van Waay, Jud Smith
Second: Savasana (USA) Brian Keane
Third: Notaro Team (ITA) Luca Domenici
Gold Corinthian Class Winner:
White Hawk (ITA) Gianfranco Noè
Second: Marnatura (ESP) Luis Bugallo
Third: Give Me Five (FRA) Robin Follin
Silver Fleet Overall Winner & Corinthian Winner: Noberasco Das (ITA) Alessandro Zampori.
"Awesome! Top of the world!" exclaimed Peter Duncan dockside at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. "It is a great feeling, I have sailed with some great guys, we had a great event, and everything seemed to go our way. It was just one of those weeks. It is hard to put into words how I feel now, but this was just exceptional. This fleet has some really great talent, and the organizers and the yacht club have done such an amazing job. Most of all, I want to credit the crew—Victor, Jud and Willem have been just fantastic."
Runner-up was Savasana (USA) Brian Keane. "We chartered the J/70, so we are really pleased to have come second in the Championship. I have been racing in the Class since the beginning, and now that we have fleets racing J/70s all over the world, the standard is just amazing, and so is this regatta. A world record keelboat fleet in superb surroundings."
Top team for the host club, YCCS, and first team with a female helm, was Petite Terrible (ITA) Claudia Rossi. "Peter Duncan is a worthy World Champion. His team sailed the best this week. Our fourth position is better than fifth in the last World Championship, so maybe I will not win for three years!" laughed Claudia. "However, I will be in Marblehead for the 2018 J/70 World Championship."
The Closing Ceremony and Awards for the Audi J/70 World Championship was held at the Piazza Azzurra. YCCS Commodore, Riccardo Bonadeo spoke about the event before presenting prizes to the winners. "Congratulations to all of the winners at the Audi J/70 World Championship. This is a special year for the YCCS, as we are celebrating our 50th anniversary. Over the years, we have hosted many World Championships. However, this is the largest World Championship fleet hosted by the Club in all of those years. It has been a pleasure and an honor to welcome over 160 teams from 25 different countries to enjoy the fantastic sailing grounds of the Costa Smeralda and the clubhouse at the YCCS. I would like to thank Audi, the title sponsor of this event and our partner for a long time, which supports us in so many of these new challenges. I also want to thank the J/70 International and Italian Classes, the owners, their crews, the Race Committee, the International Jury and all the YCCS staff. We hope that all of the competitors will come and race again with the club in the very near future."
The 2018 J/70 World Championship will be hosted by Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Massachusetts USA from September 22-29, 2018. For more event news, photos, videos, official documents and results from the regatta, visit

Audi J/70 World Championship: Relative Obscurity Rises to the Top

The Audi J/70 World Championship moved up a gear, as the fleets were split into Gold and Silver Fleets. The Friday early morning westerly Mistral wind unexpectedly piped up to over 20 knots before the start of racing, but by the end of the day, a southerly wind caused the second race to be abandoned, and racing was shortly called to a halt. Four races have now been held, constituting a series, with one day to go. Peter Duncan's Relative Obscurity (USA) holds a 10- point lead for the Audi J/70 World Championship. However, with a discard unlikely to kick in, the winner is far from decided.

GOLD FLEET: Relative Obscurity (USA), Peter Duncan leads after four races. Fermax (ESP), Gustavo Martinez Doreste is second, and Petite Terrible #Audi (ITA), Claudia Rossi is third.
Gold Corinthian Class after Race 3: White Hawk (ITA) Gianfranco Noè, Adrenaline (MEX) Ignacio Perez, Marnatura (ESP) Luis Bugallo.
SILVER FLEET: Norwegian Steam (NOR) Eivind Astrup leads, Corinthian Class leader is Noberasco Das (ITA) Alessandro Zampori.
The top three for Friday's Gold Fleet race were all American. Peter Cunningham's Power Play won in shifty conditions. Despite not getting a great start, Cunningham's team, with Argentinian Lucas Calabrese calling tactics, came back to cross the finish line in first position. Peter Duncan's Relative Obscurity was second, scoring their fourth podium in the regatta. Brian Keane's Savasana made it a 1-2-3 for the Stars and Stripes. In the Silver fleet, Michael Grau's team from Hamburg, Germany racing Paint It Black won Friday's race. "We still had the Mistral wind today, but it was lighter," commented Relative Obscurity's Jud Smith. "We thought the right would pay, and it did. We rounded the top mark in second. In all my years, I have never been in a keelboat fleet this big. However, now we are in a fleet of about 80, and that is similar to last year's Worlds. I guess the popularity is down to the fact that the J/70 is a great boat, and it suits people of different sizes, gender, and ages, and it’s great to see a lot of young people at the regatta." The Audi J/70 World Championship will come to a conclusion September 16. Keep up with daily news, photos, videos, official documents and provisional results from the regatta website at and via social media using #j70worlds #yccs50 #myj70worlds.

Audi J/70 World Championship: A Magnificent Start

The world's largest sportboat fleet finally commenced racing at the Audi J/70 World Championship, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in collaboration with the title sponsor Audi and the official sailmaker Quantum Sails. Relative Obscurity (USA), Peter Duncan/Jud Smith leads after three races. Petite Terrible #Audi (ITA), Claudia Rossi/Michele Paoletti is second in the rankings, and L'Elagain (ITA), Franco Solerio/Daniele Cassinari is third. In the Corinthian Class after Race 3: White Hawk (ITA) Gianfranco Noè, Give Me Five (FRA) Follin Robin, and Marnatura (ESP) Luis Bugallo. Under clear blue skies with a westerly breeze ranging from 12-20 knots, three races were held on the beautiful Costa Smeralda. The J/70 Armada left the safe confines of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda apprehensive of what was to come. The sight of 162 teams gathered on the race course was nothing short of spectacular, a gigantic festival of yacht racing. The fleet would not return for over eight hours of intense competition, salt-encrusted and elated by the experience. J/Boats’ Stuart Johnstone, racing with Henry Brauer on the American entry Rascal, spoke about the first day of racing at the Audi J/70 World Championship, "It was an extraordinary feeling leaving the harbor this morning. I was thinking back to the golden days of the J/24. I was filled with family pride, seeing so many sailors going out there to enjoy a spectacular day of sailing. Out on the race course, we could recognize the depth and talent of the fleet. If you fell out of the top tier, it was very difficult to claw your way back before the top mark. Downwind, the classic post-mistral conditions meant there were big lulls as well as big puffs, which is very challenging. Packs of boats kept passing each other with sometimes 50% difference in boat speed." The Audi J/70 World Championship will continue September 15 with the intended first warning signal at 1100 CEST. The 162-boat fleet will be split into Gold and Silver Fleets. Keep up with daily news, photos, videos and official documents from the regatta website and via social media using #j70worlds #yccs50 #myj70worlds.

Audi J/70 World Championship Day 2: Teasing Mistral

The Mistral winds continued to batter the Costa Smeralda for the second day of the Audi J/70 World Championship, which is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the title sponsor Audi and the Official sailmaker Quantum Sails. The strong northwesterly wind came tantalizingly close to dropping to the 25 knot Class limit. Principal Race Officer Mark Foster continually updated the fleet, but the wind refused to subside and racing was called off for the day at 15:00 CET. Martin Kullman, Global Sales Director Quantum Sails, commented, "Thursday, we are expecting 18 knots from the west with a medium sea state. So ideal conditions for the fleet, with the J/70s just about getting up on the plane downwind. Let's hope the forecast is right." Weather permitting, 162 teams will fight to gain the right to race in the Gold and Silver Championship fleet; the big change is that the scores from those races will now count toward the Championship Series. Olympic Gold medalist and multiple World Champion Jonathan McKee is racing with Texan Glenn Darden on Hoss. McKee has an intimate knowledge of heavy weather sailing, and revealed some useful tips for racing a J/70 in high winds. "The main thing is to keep it simple and safe," commented Jonathan. "When it's over 20 knots, you should try to minimize maneuvers and sail in your own water if you can. Upwind, the key to speed is a lot of coordination between the main and jib to keep the balance of the boat correct. In the bigger puffs, you might ease the jib so it isn't pulling the bow down. You should have a fairly neutral helm with the driver steering aggressively to keep the boat on its feet. Downwind, it is important not to tip over by being aware of gusts and by putting as much weight out as you can. Keep the boat going fast, but not so high that you are in danger of broaching." Keep up with daily news, photos, videos and official documents from the regatta website and via social media using #j70worlds #yccs50 #myj70worlds.

Audi J/70 World Championship Day 1: Mistral Stops Play

Mistral winds prevented racing for the first day of the Audi J/70 World Championship, which is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the title sponsor Audi and the Official sailmaker Quantum Sails. The strong northwesterly wind failed to ease during the day on September 12, and after a series of updates via VHF, racing was finally called off at 1300 CEST by the Race Committee. In the morning, Quantum Sails' Marty Kullman gave a weather briefing to competitors on the Piazza Azzurra, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, saying, "The wind speed is way over the Class target, and after several days of high winds, there are some massive waves out there." Keep up with daily news, photos, videos and official documents from the regatta website and via social media using #j70worlds #yccs50 #myj70worlds.

J/70 Worlds: This is going to be huge

The 2017 AUDI J/70 World Championship may go down in history as the class’ largest event ever – with 171 boats registered for the event on September 12 to 16. Hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, it can be said there are few yacht club and marina facilities in the world that can handle such an enormous fleet. The regatta format has been updated twice because of the record number of entries. The YCCS PRO for the event will be Mark Foster from Corpus Christi YC in Texas – one of the survivors of the recent catastrophe caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico. Foster has significant experience with big fleets, including acting as the St Francis YC’s PRO for the 2016 J/70 Worlds that had 83 boats on a single starting line. The fleet will be split randomly into four "flights" and the goal is to have a double-round robin consisting of six races for each flight to determine a Gold and Silver Fleet. Thereafter, the Gold fleet will consist of 85 boats racing for the World Championship with up to nine races scheduled over the three remaining days. The start line will consist of three boats, including a mid-line signal boat. Twenty-four nations are represented in the fleet with 16 European countries, four North American countries, three South American countries and Australia. By far the largest contingent is from the greater European continental region. As the host nation, Italy has 39 teams registered, including all of the top names and teams that just completed their ALCATEL J/70 Cup on Lago Maggiore – emblematic of their Italian J/70 National Championship series. Amongst those teams are two-time J/70 European Champion – Claudia Rossi’s PETITE TERRIBLE, Carlo Alberini’s CALVI NETWORK (2x J/70 Midwinter Champion and 2017 ALCATEL J/70 Cup winner), Gianfranco Noe’s WHITE HAWK (the 2017 ALCATEL J/70 Cup Corinthians champion), and Franco Solerio’s L’ELAGAIN (a multi-regatta winner in the ALCATEL J/70 Cups over the past two years). In addition to these top teams, there is also strong family participation in the Italian J/70 class. Claudia’s father – Alberto Rossi – is sailing ENFANT TERRIBLE (he’s also a Farr 40 World Champion). The famous fashion and sailing family – the Loro Piana’s also will have father and sons racing – brothers Giacomo & Pietro sailing on CU-J and father Pier Luigi sailing on MY SONG. Similarly, another past Farr 40 and M32 World Champion, Vincenzo Onorato will be sailing MASCALZONE LATINO with Cameron Appleton as his tactician, while his son Achille Onorato will be sailing MASCALZONE LATINO JR with Francesco Bruni on board as tactician- a formidable pair those two! Just behind the large Italian group is an entire German armada of 32 teams heading south to take over Porto Cervo. Clearly, their famous Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga is having an impact on sailing all across Germany, and Europe, for that matter. Most all of the top German J/70 teams will be present, such as the uber-fast combo of Pit Finis and World Champion match-racer from Poland- Karol Jablonski – sailing on DRALION.DE for Dusseldorf YC. Other German colleagues should be in the hunt, such as Phil Mecklenburg’s HANDWERKER (with brothers Lukas & Tobias Feuerherdt aboard), Klaus Dieche’s LED ZEPPELIN, Martin Christiansen’s MARE-Z, Bjorn Bielken’s PROCEDES DIVA, Margale Rudiger’s REALITY DISTORTION FIELD, Jurgen Waldheim’s ROSAROTER PENGUIN and Christian Soyka’s VOICE OF ITZEHOE. An all-women’s crew from YC Langenargen will be sailing LADY LIKE- Anica Rimmele, Lina & Rosanna Schentz, Anne Winkelhausen, and Carla Rau. The next largest contingent comes from the Swiss mountain lakes with 13 teams making the trek south to the Mediterranean sun. Leading teams from their highly popular sailing leagues include the SN Geneva crew on Cde.CH – Nicolas Anklin, Fredrik Hedluns’ Buchillon YC crew on AGERA 3, Vieter Casas’ SN Geneva team on CER 1 APROTEC, Thomas Studer’s SC Enge crew on JEAN, and Alain Stettler’s team from Regattaclub Oberhofen on QUARTER-2-ELEVEN. With a dozen crew making the migration across the English Channel and the Moby Lines Ferry ride out to Olbia, Sardinia, no question the teams from Great Britain will have had a lot of practice in a wide range of wind and sea conditions – all good for the waters off Porto Cervo. Those leading teams include Allan Higgs’ ESF ENERGY, Dan Schieber’s HELLY HANSEN, Martin Dent’s JELVI 8, and Jeremy Thorp’s PHAN. Amongst their crews are also a top women’s team- Suzy Russell and Hannah Peters’ HANZY. Also headed to Sardinia are several formidable Spanish teams; amongst the dozen crews are Olympic Medallists and multiple J/80 World Championships. Not surprisingly, the first time these teams appeared at the J/70 Europeans in the United Kingdom, they had a very strong showing – at one point holding 2 of the top 5 places in the regatta. While not well-known yet, they will be serious contenders for the top ten overall. Their top crews include NOTICIA from RCM Santander ("Pichu" Torcida and Rayco Tabares), PETITE PALACE HOTELS (Laureano Wizner), FERMAX (Gustavo Martinez) and the Canal brothers sailing on separate boats- ABRIL ROJO (Jorge Perez Canal) and ABRIL VERDE (Luis Perez Canal). Familiar with the local waters and certain to have teams at the top of the leaderboard will be the nine crews attending from YC Monaco. Those crews include Pierrik Devic’s FRASER YACHTS, Ludovic Fassitelli’s JUNDA-BANCA DEL SEMPIONE, Stefano Roberti’s PICCININA (with United Kingdom’s Olympian Chris Grube aboard) and Maiano Herve’s SOPWITH CAMEL. Also showing up with a strong contingent that has been doing a lot of racing and practicing in Monaco are the nine Russian crews. Their top teams include Valeria Kovalenko’s ARTTUBE, Daniel Odintsoy’s GOLDEN WING, Peter Nosov’s JESSIE TANTA, Aleksander Generalow’s JANE, and Alex Semenov & Hugo Rocha’s NEW TERRITORIES- a Russian & Spanish combined team. Similarly, the seven French teams have top J/80 sailors amongst them- including a French National Champion. Those crews are Laurent Sambron’s EJP 14 and Elizabeth Valliant’s TRISKELL from SN Marseilles. Five teams are sailing from The Netherlands, including J/22 European Champion Wouter Kollmann sailing PLAJ and Rikst Dijkstra’s WATERLAND MONNICKENDAM.

Other top crews from across Europe include Poland’s Krzytof Krempec skippering ENA, Norway’s Eivind Astrup sailing NORWEGIAN STEAM, Sweden’s Magnus Tyreman sailing TYRA with the American Jay Lutz onboard, Turkey’s Emir Icogoren racing AMEERA JET, Austria’s Klaus Diem skippering PFANDER, Croatia’s Pavel Kostov steering MINI NAHITA, and Malta’s Ripard brothers (Sebastian & John) sailing CALYPSO with Jon Calascione. The North American contingent is certainly the most deeply talented in the fleet – perhaps the "dirty dozen" – armed and dangerous and all fast. Amazingly, all dozen teams have finished in the top three in large J/70 regattas in both the "open" and "Corinthians" divisions, including the Midwinters, Sailing World NOOD Regattas, Great Lakes Championship and the past three World Championships. Hoping to defend his World Championship title will be Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT crew that includes John Kostecki (himself a J/24 World Champion). Chasing them hard will be teams like Glenn Darden & Reese Hillard’s HOSS with Olympic Gold Medallist Jonathan McKee on tactics; Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY crew (2nd in the J/70 Europeans and won the final ALCATEL J/70 Cup in Italy against all top European teams) that includes Victor Diaz de Leon from Venezuela and Willem Van Waay from San Diego; Brian Keane’s SAVASANA team (winner of the 2017 Corinthian Nationals) that includes US Olympic Medallist Stu McNay; Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE crew that has Australia’s Champion skipper Jeremy Wilmot; and Chris Kostanecki’s JENNIFER team from St Francis YC that includes none other than the famous Paul Cayard (Star World Champion and Volvo/Whitbread Race Champion) calling tactics. Other top crews from across the America’s and the Caribbean include Peter Cunningham’s POWER PLAY from the Cayman Island Sailing Club (with top Argentinean Olympic sailor Lucas Calabrese calling tactics); the Weakley brothers (Scott & Dave) from Canada sailing REX; Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil sailing MANDACHUVA (a four-time J/24 World Champion); Chilean J/24 Champion Victor Lobos and the Molina brothers (Cristobal & Benjamin) sailing LEXUS CHILE; Argentinean J/24 Champions Sebastian Halpern and the Despontin brothers (Pablo & Ezequiel) racing CEBOLLITA; and the Perez brother trio (Ignacio, Juan & Santiago) from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico sailing ADRENALINE. The lone crew from way, way Down Under is Reg Lord’s team from the Cruising YC of Australia racing JUNO! Follow the event at

Huckleberry Succeeds at King Harbor Regatta

The King Harbor Yacht Club Summer Regatta is a two-day weekend regatta using windward-leeward legs in the scenic waters between Hermosa Beach and the Manhattan Beach piers in southern California. Eight J/70s sailed the event and enjoyed seven races. James Murrell’s HUCKLEBERRY from the host King Harbor YC won the event. For the top three boats in the regatta, it was an up and down affair. Murrell’s HUCKLEBERRY had two firsts and three seconds in their seven-race scoreline to win with 12 points. Pushing them hard all weekend-long was Craig Tallman’s JAYA, a fellow KHYC member, winning three races, but not enough to overcome their closing tally of a 4-1-6 to have to settle for second overall. Third was a very competitive youth team comprised of Robert Garret’s Newport Harbor YC team on SLOOP JOHN B, winning the first race and hanging in to secure the bronze on the podium. Rounding out the top five were Anthony Collins’ FLY from KHYC in fourth and Curt Johnson’s AVET 2.01 in fifth from California YC. For more event information, visit

Rosebud Claims Chicago Yacht Club Inshore Verve Cup


Pamela Rose’s Rosebud won the 17-boat J/70 fleet at the Chicago Yacht Club Inshore Verve Cup. The three-day event had challenging Lake Michigan conditions with strong chop and 10-20 mph winds. Success was attributed by Pamela to "strong teamwork led with tactics by Taylor Canfield, swift trimming by Scott Ewing and local wizard Will Holz at the bow." Rosebud earned five bullets out of 11 races overall and will continue to race the J/70 circuit this fall and in Florida all winter. Pamela added, "It was a thrill to be racing against a competitive Chicago fleet and visitors from around the Midwest, and I plan to work very hard at keeping this momentum going!" All were grateful for the Chicago Yacht Club’s professional race management skills, great bar tending and food services, and agreed the sponsors, including Quantum Sails’ Andy Camarda, did an amazing job filming and debriefing. For complete event details, visit

Savasana Edges Out Win at Storm Trysail Ted Hood Regatta in Marblehead

With three days of racing with winds below 10 knots, Brian Keane’s Savasana followed up on his Corinthian National Championship by winning the 16-boat J/70 fleet at the Storm Trysail Ted Hood Regatta in Marblehead, MA. The local team won five of seven races and tallied 19 points for the victory. Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis was just 2 points further back in second place with 21, and Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity took third with 23 points. For complete results, visit

Megan Ploch and Crew Earn Win at International Women’s Keelboat Championship

For the first time in event history, the revitalized International Women’s Keelboat Championship, a US Sailing Championship, was held outside the United States. Club de Vela La Peña A.C. in Valle de Bravo, Mexico hosted the 2017 edition of this historic event and provided the competitors with a unique experience, sailed in J/70s.

In a climactic conclusion Friday afternoon, August 18 on Lake Avándaro, the team representing the American Yacht Club (Rye, NY), led by skipper Megan Ploch (Pelham, NY), edged the competition in a closely contested Championship Round. They began the day in third place. With the win, they earned the right to compete at the 2018 Sailing Championship League World qualifier. The team featured crew members Alix Hahn (Norwalk, CT), Carolyn Russell (Greenwich, CT) and Erin Sprague (Greenwich, CT). This trio won the 2016 International Women’s Keelboat Championship with helm Clemmie Everett in last year’s event, hosted by American Yacht Club. Placing second was a local team representing Club de Vela La Peña A.C skippered by Camila Flores (Mexico City, Mexico) with teammates Casilda Flores (Mexico City, Mexico), Ana Clare Sole (Houston, Texas) and Manuela Legorreta (Mexico City, Mexico). Flores was in first place entering the Championship Round, and although they sailed well in each of the six races Friday, they were unable to stay atop the leader board. Emily Maxwell (New York, NY), Elizabeth Dudley (Boston, MA), Avery Field (New York, NY) and Katy Nastro (Huntington, NY) finished third. The racing was so tight in race six that any of four teams could have finished second through fourth. Flores had 17 points, and Maxwell was tied at 19 with Giselle Camet (San Diego, CA), so it was anyone’s race to take. In the end, Maxwell just edged out Camet on the final run to secure the Bronze medal.
Final Standings – Championship Round (Top 6)

  1. Megan Ploch (USA) – 15 points
  2. Camila Flores (MEX) – 19 points
  3. Emily Maxwell (USA) – 23 points
  4. Giselle Camet (USA) – 24 points
  5. Eliane Fierro (MEX) – 28 points
  6. Liz Barker (USA) – 38 points
    Complete Final Standings:
    To ensure fast and competitive racing, the round robin format for the championship featured team rotations after every five races. Each team raced an equal number of races against the other teams. Races were approximately 15 minutes in duration. The racing featured quick rotations and on-the-water umpiring, in addition to a quality viewing experience for spectators. This year’s Championship consisted of 10 teams overall, including seven from the United States, two from Mexico and one from Canada. The two Mexican teams excelled in the Qualifying Rounds, placing first and second overall. The top four teams from the Qualifying Rounds automatically advanced to the Championship Round on Friday. Thursday’s racing wrapped up with the Repechage Round featuring the bottom six teams sailing for the last two spots. Advancing teams carried a "virtual" race result that reflected their ranking going into the Championship round. The Championship Round consisted of six races, each team sailing each J/70 sailboat once. The competitors list is available at
    The top six teams entering the Championship Round:
  7. Camila Flores (MEX) – 1 points
  8. Eliane Fierro (MEX) – 2 points
  9. Megan Ploch (USA) – 3 points
  10. Giselle Camet (USA) – 4 points
  11. Emily Maxwell (USA) – 5 points
  12. Liz Barker (USA) – 6 points
    The lake sailing venue framed by mountainous land formations offered new and exciting challenges to the competitors. Conditions during the week were spectacular with a SW breeze and 5 to 14 knots of wind daily. Each day, the threat of afternoon thunderstorms was a reality, as evidenced by Thursday’s last race of the Repechage Round being cancelled due to thunder and lightning. The hospitality and friendship shown by the local hosts was truly outstanding, as was expressed by the competitors and race organizers.
    For complete information, visit the event website:

Challenging J/FEST New England Regatta

The second annual J/Fest New England Regatta, hosted by Sail Newport, took place in the waters of southern Narragansett Bay and offshore on Rhode Island Sound during the weekend of August 12-13. While the regatta was missing the classic Newport summer sailing conditions of great sea breezes each day, the regatta PROs more than made up for it with clever race management. The J/70 fleet was won by Rachel Bryer’s all-women crew on JUNKANOO with all firsts for 4 points. Second was Chris Murray’s LUCKY with a 2-2-3-2 for 9 points, and third place went to Gordon Fletcher’s GIJIMA with a 3-3-2-3 for 11 points. For more J/Fest New England information, visit

Santa Barbara Yacht Club Wins U.S. J/70 Youth Championship

The inaugural U.S. J/70 Youth Championship had its fair share of drama after two days of sailing: tight racing, teams pushing the envelope tactically all weekend long, close-quarters racing producing dramatic turn-arounds at each corner of the course. As each race unfolded, yet another wind shift and puff pushed another group of boats past leaders in front of them. To say the least, it was about as atypical weather conditions anyone could imagine from a "locals" point of view in Newport. Ultimately, winning and demonstrating good tactical decision-making capability, extraordinary boat-handling and a steady boat-speed advantage throughout the regatta was the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Youth Team skippered by Lucas Pierce with an excellent crew of Ryan Eastwood, Chris Kayda, Payne Donaldson and Kris Ozolins. It was a remarkable performance, especially considering the wildly fluctuating and variable wind conditions every team had to contend with over the three-day regatta. On Friday, August 11, it was a cruise ship floating around the bay off Newport that kept winds fluctuating from the SSE to SSW direction. Then, on Saturday, after a long weather delay/postponement, an ornery passage of a weather front ultimately produced mist and a good breeze from the south to finish a second round of nine races by early evening. Sunday’s finale was no different—fog, then sun, then good breeze, then a thermal breeze shut down by a front with high-level northwesterly breezes. All things considered, the regatta format permitted good teams to rise to the top given enough opportunities to get there. In the Sunday morning "repechage" round that consisted of four races, the top three teams were Annapolis Yacht Club, Little Traverse Yacht Club and Coral Reef Yacht Club. They joined the double-round-robin leaders- Santa Barbara Yacht Club, Sail Newport and Severn Sailing. The finale started just after noon time. Winning the first race was Sail Newport’s team led by Brendan Read. Then, in the second race, Annapolis Yacht Club won by a large margin. Then, in the third race, Sail Newport Youth Team won again. There was no question the Santa Barbara Yacht Club crew were feeling the heat, especially from the local youth team from Sail Newport. In the fourth race, the wind went crazy, going light and mixing cats’ paws with small streaks and shifting at least 50 degrees. Two boats shot into a leg and half lead. In second was Santa Barbara, having seen the first streak and shooting right to grab it and take off around the windward mark. Sail Newport went left and missed it, bobbing in the powerboat chop. The race was ultimately canceled due to the time limit, much to everyone’s delight. As a result, with no visible wind in sight and less than 40 minutes to the regatta time limit, PRO Dooley wisely decided it was time to call it a day and fired off three guns to mark the end of racing. As a result, winning the regatta by ten points was the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Youth Team. Second was the Sail Newport Youth Team comprised of Brendan Read, Andrew Sherrin, Kate Nota and Ted Bjerregaard. Third was Annapolis Yacht Club Youth Team comprised of Porter Kavle, Will Comerford, Benjamin Podlich and Jake Viskers. Rounding out the top five was Severn Sailing Association Youth Team in fourth and Coral Reef Yacht Club in fifth place. At the awards ceremony, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Youth Team was presented not just with their keeper trophies, but also the FREE J/70 their club gets to use for 12 months! The Santa Barbara Yacht Club Vice Commodore Scott Deardorff, himself a J/70 sailor, is looking forward to utilizing their free J/70 (complete with a brand new suit of North Sails and Triad Trailer) for club events, youth keelboat development and perhaps even women’s keelboat development. Regatta Chairman Stuart Johnstone remarked, "It was amazing to see the high-level of competitiveness by all nine teams. Having sailed against some of them in past J/70 events, it was evident most could compete in the top 10 in any major J/70 regatta, that is how much they had improved over the course of the year. I also want to thank all the boat owners who donated their boats for the event: SAIL 22 (Ed & Becky Furry), Tim Healy, Henry Brauer and Juan Reid from Chile. Without them, there would be no regatta. I also want to thank our sponsors that provided amazing support: North Sails, Harken, MJM Yachts’ Bob Johnstone (who also donated the free J/70), Sail Newport (Brad Read and Vinnie Pattavina) and Sail 22 (especially the help of Sam House as our regatta bosun). Finally, kudos to PRO Kevin Dooley from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy...amazing job for running 25 races in crazy weather conditions. And thanks to his supporting RC cast of Bill Canfield, Oakley Jones, Paul Hazlett, Bob Spagnolo, Richard Barker, Jack Fisher and Macken Offspring."

Brian Keane’s Savasana Claims J/70 Corinthian US National Championship

Brian Keane’s Savasana began Sunday in third place at the second annual J/70 Corinthian US National Championship, hosted by New Bedford Yacht Club as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta. Savasana, with crew Adam Burns, John Goller and Mark Liebel, proceeded to take two bullets and a fourth in the day’s three races to earn the Championship title with 37 points in the 11-race series. Day two leader Heather Gregg’s Muse settled for second place with 39 points, after posting a 2,6(RDG),7 on Sunday. Glenn Darden on Hoss earned the bronze position with 49 points. The 28-boat fleet reveled in spectacular conditions today on Buzzards Bay with sunshine and breeze between 10-16 knots with higher gusts. Keane took line honors in the first two contests, followed by Gregg and the Wulffs in race nine, and by Max Lopez’s Pinch & Roll and Peter Vessella’s Running Wild in race 10. Darden’s Hoss won the 11th and final meeting, ahead of the Wulffs and Hannah Swett’s Sparkle.

The top five:

  1. Savasana, Brian Keane - 8 -1 -9 -2 -[29] -4 -6 -1 -1 -1 -4; 37
  2. Muse, Heather Gregg - 2 -[10] -5 -1 -2 -1 -9 -4 -2 -6 -7; 39
  3. Hoss, Glenn Darden - 5 -5 -1 -3 -5 -2 -7 -[29] -14 -6 -1; 49
  4. Joint Custody, Jenn & Ray Wulff - 6 -8 -2 -4 -9 -5 -[13] -6 -3 -10 -2; 55
  5. Sparkle, Hannah Swett - 7 -2 -4 -14 -7 -8 -[20] -2 -9 -12 -3; 68
    Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Heather Gregg’s Muse Charges to Front at J/70 Corinthian US National Championship

Another day, another four races at the second annual J/70 Corinthian US National Championship, hosted by New Bedford Yacht Club as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta. Heather Gregg’s Muse moved to the front of the pack, following Saturday’s scores of 2,1,9,4. Now able to discard a 10 from Friday, the 2014 Corinthian World Champion Gregg holds a four-point advantage over second-place Glenn Darden on Hoss. Due to an equipment malfunction in the day’s last race, Hoss was unable to start, leaving the Texas team with a scoreline of 5,5,1,3,5,2,7. Brian Keane’s Savasana remains in third place, with 31 points. The 28-boat fleet again relished 8-12 knots of breeze on Saturday. John Wilsey’s Goofyfoot gained the day’s first win, tracked by Gregg and Andrew & Mallory Loe’s Dime. It was Gregg at the top in the next battle with day one leader Darden and Dave Kerr/Lee Sackett on her heels. The Kerr/Sackett team moved up to first in race seven, with Ted Johnson’s VitaminJ and Max Lopez’s Pinch & Roll in the next two positions. Keane’s Savasana closed the day on a positive note, looking back at Hannah Swett’s Sparkle and Frank McNamara’s Chinook. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Glenn Darden’s Hoss Jumps to Lead at J/70 Corinthian US National Championship

Ideal conditions on Buzzards Bay allowed four races to be accomplished at the second annual J/70 Corinthian US National Championship, hosted by New Bedford Yacht Club as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta. Texan Glenn Darden on Hoss recorded finishes of 5,5,1,3 for 14 points and the early advantage in the 28-boat fleet. 2014 Corinthian World Champion Heather Gregg’s Muse holds second place after notching a 2,10,5,1 for 18 points. Brian Keane’s Savasana and Jenn & Ray Wulff’s Joint Custody are tied at 20 points for third and fourth, respectively. The all-amateur teams enjoyed beautiful breeze of 8-12 knots on Friday. Dave Kerr & Lee Sackett took the top position in the opening race, tailed by Gregg’s Muse and Andrew & Mallory Loe’s Dime. Keane’s Savasana won the next contest with Hannah Swett’s Sparkle and the Loes rounding out the top trio. The standings were again shuffled in race three when Darden’s Hoss gained the victory, ahead of the Wulff’s Joint Custody and John Wilsey’s Goofyfoot. Gregg ended the day with a bullet, as Keane and Darden followed. Local sailmakers and professional sailors are onsite to conduct on-water clinics and briefings for the Corinthian sailors. The competition continues through Sunday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Wind Czar Rules Ugotta Regatta

The Ugotta Regatta at Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs, MI took place from July 28-30. The 20-boat J/70 fleet was able to complete nine races, and Richard Lehmann’s Wind Czar won six of them. Adding two seconds and a fourth gave Lehmann and team 14 points and the victory. John Heaton’s Empeiria took second place with 32 points, and Scott Sellers’ Tres Burritos placed third overall with 38 points but was the winner of the Corinthian division. For complete event details, visit

Baxters Awarded Marblehead NOOD Overall Win

After the final day of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at Marblehead Race Week on July 30, J/70 class winners John and Molly Baxter took home the overall prize. In addition to new gear from Helly Hansen, the crew earned a berth in the championship regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands October 22-29. The Riverside, CT-based couple is fairly new to J/70s, having owned their boat for less than two years. They decided to compete in the Helly Hansen Marblehead NOOD to train for the 2018 J/70 World Championship, which will be held in Marblehead and which they officially qualified for by winning this event. "We wanted to check out the spot, and we heard there were a lot of good teams out here," John Baxter said. "It was fun. We definitely got the lay of the land." The Baxters, along with crew members Jake LaDow and Luke Lawrence, held strong at the top of the fleet from the very beginning, winning two of three races on the first day. From there, it was all about consistency, good starts and conservative sailing, according to John Baxter. While Baxter said the team’s biggest takeaway was figuring out how to balance the boat going upwind, Lawrence, the tactician, went on to say that the team is making huge strides in their training program for Worlds. "There’s a big checklist to make sure that you’re set up to be able to go out there and have a shot," Lawrence said. "To come here to a venue like this early on and to excel against a majority of our good competition in the U.S., I mean – it’s nice. But along with everything that comes with that, we’ve learned ten-fold how to come in to the next event." Looking ahead, the crew plans to return to Marblehead next summer leading into the World Championship after training their way down to Florida and back. Regatta organizers determine the overall winner based on the strongest individual finish in the most competitive class. The J/70 fleet was the largest of the weekend and completed seven races in three days. Also in the J/70 fleet, the Helly Hansen Junior Crew—a team of five local youth sailors specially selected to compete in the regatta—finished 12th of 30 boats.

J/70 (One Design – 30 Boats)

  1. Team Vineyard Vines, John and Molly Baxter, USA – 1 -[7] -1 -4 -4 -2 -2; 14
  2. Stampede, Bruno Pasquinelli, USA – [6] -2 -5 -3 -3 -5 -4; 22
  3. Savasana, Brian Keane, USA – 8 -[12] -2 -5 -1 -4 -3; 23

J/70 Corinthian (One Design – 19 Boats)

  1. Clown Car, Duncan Swain, USA – 2 -5 -3 -6 -5 -[14] -8; 29
  2. Rascal, Henry Brauer, USA – 12 -4 -13 -9 -2 -[15] -6; 46
  3. Shred, Stein Skaane, USA – 3 -[19] -9 -7 -8 -8 -12; 47
    For complete results, visit

John Newell Wins J/70 Lake Ontario Championship

John Newell’s Junior notched consistent scores over 11 races to win the J/70 Lake Ontario Championship at the CanAm Challenge at Youngstown Yacht Club in New York from July 28-30. Thirteen J/70s competed in initially breezy conditions on Friday that lightened over the weekend. Newell won three races and never placed out of the top four, ending with 24 points. Tod Sackett placed second overall with 34 points, and was top Corinthian. Fellow Corinthian Paul Cannon’s Maximon took third with 44 points. For complete event details, visit

J/70 Corinthian National Championship Kicks Off Friday, August 4 from Massachusetts

Thirty-three J/70 teams are gathering for racing at the J/70 Corinthian National Championship in S. Dartmouth, Massachusetts as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta. The competition begins Friday, August 4 and continues through Sunday, August 6. Look for photos on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and keep up with all the action from New Bedford Yacht Club at the regatta website:

Raab’s SUGOI Wins Fiesta Cup Regatta

From July 22-23, 13 J/70s sailed in Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s Fiesta Cup. The PRO managed to fire off five races for the fleet, permitting one race to be dropped in the overall scoreline. In the end, it was Chris Raab’s Newport Harbor YC team on SUGOI who handily won the regatta, scoring just firsts and seconds to win with 5 points net! Similarly, trading some places in races was Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT crew from California YC who took second with a tally of 1-3-1-2-8 for 7 points net. Rounding out the podium was Pat Toole’s 3 BIG DOGS crew from Santa Barbara YC with a record of 5-2-6-7-2 for 15 points net. The balance of the top five included Sarah Wyman’s NUNUHUNU from Dana Point YC in fourth and Steve Hendricks’ MONKEY HOUSE from Santa Barbara Sailing Club in fifth place. For more J/70 Fiesta Cup information, visit

Larchmont Yacht Club’s 119th Race Week

Sailors from Long Island Sound and nearby yachting areas congregated at Larchmont (NY) Yacht Club from July 15 to 23 to sail in one of the grandfathers of American regattas, the Larchmont Race Week. This annual event spanned top one-design classes, racer/cruisers, classic yachts, junior boats, and hosted the Storm Trysail Club’s Jr. Safety-at-Sea Seminar. On the second weekend (July 22-23), J/70s joined the racing. Four races were completed among the seven-boat fleet, won by Megan Ploch with 8 points. Carrie & Ed Austin followed in second with 13 points, and Michael Zupon and Wade Waddell tied on points at 14 for third and fourth place, respectively. Race Committee Chairman John May noted, "Our Race Committee again was up to the job running three circles every day, and, despite the lack of cooperation by the wind gods, lots of good races were conducted and excellent competition was demonstrated." For complete results, visit

Perseverance Crowned Pacific Coast Champion

Congratulations to the 2017 J/70 Pacific Coast Champions: Bennet Greenwald's Team Perseverance. After three days of racing, Greenwald and his crew prevailed over the nine-race series. Conditions overall were mild, warm and sunny on the City Front making this San Diegan right at home. It was a small but highly competitive fleet with challenging and rewarding racing. Sailing pros Willem van Waay and Victor Diaz de Leon ran informative debriefs post racing each day for the J/70s, and Saint Francis YC RC PRO John Callahan executed flawless race course management. For complete event details, visit

Relative Obscurity Tops 33rd Annual Newport Regatta

It was a medley of weather conditions for the 33rd Annual Newport Regatta, hosted by Sail Newport on July 7-9 in Newport, RI. Typically the largest regatta of Newport’s summer sailing for one-design sailboats, the 600+ sailors got it all. On Friday, the J/70 sailors raced outside of Newport Harbor off the East shore of Jamestown, RI. It was a tough, rainy day with low visibility. The breeze started out a moderate easterly and built to a strong 16-18 knot northerly. Nevertheless, the Newport Regatta was on. On Saturday, the sunshine arrived with a moderate southerly which built to 15-17 knots for "Chamber of Commerce" conditions. Sunday, a light northwesterly shifted around to a light southwesterly. Over the afternoon, the southwesterly built for the five circles of racers. The 16 classes of one-design boats completed multiple races in winds in the upper teens. Overall, 177 boats competed on five areas of racing on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. The sailors traveled from 24 U.S. States and three countries to participate. In the 29-boat J/70 fleet, Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity took the victory with 13 points, seven ahead of Brian Keane’s Savasana. Oivind Lorentzen’s Nine placed third with 23 points. The Corinthian fleet was topped by Heather Gregg and Joe Bardenheier on Muse. For complete event information, visit

Long Beach Race Week

Sporty sailing conditions by day, spiced rum and dancing by night: Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week delivered 24/7, for the hundreds of sailors who turned up to race in the waters off Long Beach, CA on June 23-25. "Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club team up to put together this event each year, merging our forces to provide – with our years of experience and knowledge gleaned from this event, and others – the best regatta possible, for our participants," said co-chair John Busch, of LBYC. "This year we were blessed with strong winds, fair seas, excellent competition and great parties. And we couldn’t do it without our sponsors, like Ullman Sails and all the others who support this great event." Three stellar days, of breeze and sunshine, rounded out this annual funfest of racing and parties. Over 100 teams, hailing from Montana to Mexico, competed in one design and PHRF racing, on three different courses along the California coast. There were thrills and spills, in the 15 to 20 knot conditions, and chop. Chris Snow’s Cool Story Bro iced the 26-boat J/70 fleet, never finishing lower than fifth place; Pat Toole’s 3 Big Dogs topped the Corinthian entries. For complete results, visit

Great Lakes Championship at Cleveland Race Week

In one of the largest Cleveland Race Week events, 138 one-design boats were welcomed at Edgewater Yacht Club for the 37th annual Cleveland Race Week One-Design Weekend from June 15-18. Eleven fleets competed on four race circles. Light winds prevailed at the start of the event, but the weather only improved throughout the weekend. The J/70s started their Great Lakes Championship on June 16 with 16 boats. After seven races in three days, Bruce Golison and his crew out of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club on Midlife Crisis went home with the title and 17 points. Trey Sheehan and his crew on Hooligan: Flat Stanley Racing placed second, Dave Koski on Soul came in third, in fourth place was James Prendergast and his team on USA 167, and Lee Sackett and team on USA 364 placed fifth. Additionally, Trey Sheehan, from the ILYA Area E, earned a berth for the Mallory Cup in St. Petersburg, FL this November. Following racing each day, competitors were greeted with live music, food trucks and cocktails. The Race Committee did an outstanding job on all four courses and in all weather conditions. For complete information, visit Photos are available on the Cleveland Race Week Facebook page.

Cal Race Week

The 19th annual Cal Race Week, California Yacht Club's signature buoy racing event, took place over the June 3-4th weekend. The nine-boat J/70 one-design fleet was quite competitive for the top five. Winning was Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT with a 2-1-1-2-4 record for 10 points. Craig Tallman’s JAYA was second with a 1-2-6-3-1 tally for 13 points. Then, Chris Raab’s SUGOI was third with a scoreline of 5-4-3-1-3 for 16 points. Rounding out the top five were Bruce Coopers USA 32 in fourth and Tony Collins’ FLY in fifth place. For more Cal Race Week information, visit

SAVASANA Tops NYYC J/70 Regatta

The New York Yacht Club One-Design Regatta hosted a talented fleet of 13 J/70s that featured World, Olympic and North American Champions in the crew. The fleet was treated to two days of racing offshore in Rhode Island Sound, with breezes generally in the S/SW quadrants and breezes fluctuating from 6 to 18 knots over the course of the day. Winning was Brian Keane’s SAVASANA team from Beverly YC with a record of 2-4-1-1-5 for 8 points net. John Brim’s RIMETTE from Fisher’s Island YC had two-time World Match Racing Champion Taylor Canfield trimming main and calling tactics; their 4-5-2-3-1 tally was good enough to take the silver. Rounding out the podium and taking the bronze was Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE crew that included Australia’s Jeremy Wilmot as tactician. The balance of the podium included Ray Wulff’s JOINT CUSTODY in fourth place and Glenn Darden’s HOSS in fifth place. For more information, visit

Southern Bay Race Week

This year’s Southern Bay Race Week, hosted at Hampton Yacht Club in Virginia, ranks as one of the largest regattas on the Chesapeake with 100+ entries. In the J/70 fleet, it was Latane Montague’s FULL MONTY that took class honors, with Matt Braun’s E.L.E. in second, followed by Mike Karn’s INCONCEIVABLE in third place. For more Southern Bay Race Week information, visit

Chicago NOOD

The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in Chicago came to a close June 11 after three days of stellar sailing weather on Lake Michigan for more than 145 teams. Seven races were completed in the 20-boat J/70 division, with Oivind Lorentzen’s Nine taking the win with 21 points. Robert Hughes’s Heartbreaker placed second with 24 points, and Corinthian Martin Johnsson’s Aquaholics third with 30. For complete event details, visit

American Yacht Club High Performance Regatta

American Yacht Club is pleased to announce the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta will be held on October 7-8. Previously named the HPDO, the regatta has been renamed to indicate the focus on a wider array of boats. Commodore Andy Giglia commented on this regatta, "The membership of American Yacht Club is aware of the changing landscape of sailing and to further support our mission statement ‘enhancing our heritage of leadership in the sport of sailing and furthering the growth of the sport,’ we are committed to help lead that change." Rich Hulit, the event Co-Chairman, said, "We are working very hard to provide a competitor focused event. Our objective is to maximize the number of races, and we will be embracing a short courses/high volume format. All of this with the New York City Skyline in the background and the great shore side facilities American Yacht Club has always been known for." American Yacht Club is hosting their annual Fall Series the two proceeding weekends before the HPR, which will allow J/70 teams three uninterrupted weekends to tune-up for the 2017 J/70 North Americans, which are scheduled to start on October 11 at American Yacht Club. AYC is offering the J/70s mast-up storage from the Fall Series through the NAC. The HPR NOR has been posted, and the event website can be found at

Cedar Point One Design

The Cedar Point One Design Regatta was hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club the weekend of June 3-4. The racing was held on Long Island Sound southeast of Cedar Point. Seventy eight boats sailed the regatta on two circle courses. On Saturday, a squall blew through both courses to make things interesting for the first day of racing. Sunday was a different day, one light air race was enough to solidify some champions, but for some, the ripping tidal current on Long Island Sound was enough to see some lead changes. In the 19-boat J/70 fleet, six races were completed with Doug Clark’s Polar earning the victory with 13 points, one ahead of second place Andrew & Melissa Fisher on Button Fly. Team Victura placed third with 18 points. For complete results, visit

J/70 Class Rules Updated with Clerical Changes

World Sailing has approved the clerical changes to the J/70 Class Rules. The new version with these changes is now posted on World Sailing’s website at and on the IJ70CA website at

Elite Keel Regatta

Eight J/70s sailed the Elite Keel Regatta May 20-21 hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club with great sailing and socials. Team CHRISTINE ROBIN with Tracy & Christy Usher, Mike Bishop and Jon Andron took first place with 8 points for the five-race series; followed by Peter Cameron's PRIME NUMBER in second place with 13 points (he had three bullets over the two-day regatta). Scott Sellers' 1FA came in closely behind in third place. For complete information, visit

2017 International Women’s Keelboat Championship Comes To Mexico: US Sailing Accepting Applications From Teams All Over The World

For the first time in event history, the storied International Women’s Keelboat Championship (IWKC) will be contested outside the United States! The revitalized championship, organized by US Sailing, will offer women sailors an opportunity for high quality racing in J/70 boats on the international stage. Club de Vela La Peña A.C. in Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico, Mexico will host this championship on August 14-19, 2017 and will be providing the J/70s for the event. Up to 20 teams will be selected through an application process. The goal is for half the teams selected to represent North American countries and half will represent countries from around the world. The top American boat will be the U.S. representative at the 2018 Sailing Champions League World qualifier. International teams are encouraged to apply. Additional 2017 IWKC Application Information:

-Notice of Race and the application form are posted online
-Application is by resume (please attach your sailing resume)
-Entry fee increases on May 20, 2017
-Application fee is refundable if you are not accepted
To ensure fast and competitive racing, the round robin format for the championship features team rotations after every five races. Each team will race an equal number of races against the other teams. Races will be approximately 15 minutes in duration. The host club will ensure quick rotations and on-the-water umpiring, in addition to a quality viewing experience for spectators. Learn more and register at

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Annapolis

It was the largest Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in recent years, with more than 200 boats in 17 fleets competing in the unpredictable conditions of the Chesapeake Bay from May 5-7. In the 43-boat J/70 fleet, Bruce Golison followed up his win at the 2016 Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD with another first-place finish. This event was the Midlife Crisis crew’s opportunity to make strides in the direction of future championships. "We were able to qualify here for the 2018 Worlds, and that was important to us," said Golison. "It was a good regatta and a good learning experience, and kept us going on our way to what we want to accomplish." Brian Keane’s Savasana and Martin Kullman’s New Wave rounded out the top three. For complete results, visit

American Yacht Club Spring Series

Seventy boats competed over the course of two weekends in the 38th Annual American Yacht Club Spring Series Regatta. This year was no disappointment as the final weekend brought breezes and sunny skies to challenge racers as they prepare their boats and crew for another sailing season in the Northeast. The Spring Series saw eight classes complete 10 and 11 races on the East and South courses respectively, over the two-weekend event. Race days were followed by cocktails and food on the picturesque lawn of the American Yacht Club overlooking the course. The largest fleet was the J/70s with 16 boats. Scott and Alex Furnary on Any Colour won not only the fleet but also the Reggie Imamura Family Sailing Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually by J/70 Fleet 15 to a family of two or more sailing together on the Long Island Sound. Locomotion skippered by Daan Goedkoop took a close second only two points behind. Third place went to Carrie and Ed Austin on Chinook. For complete results, visit

Charleston Race Week

Charleston is known for its reliable spring seabreeze, but the Holy City’s coast outdid itself this year during the 22nd edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week. It wasn’t just the three race days either; from the first team’s arrival for practice more than a week earlier until the lengthy awards ceremony on Sunday night, reliable southerly winds buffeted the region, ensuring maximum racing, maximum action, and maximum enjoyment for the nearly 2,000 sailors, shore crew, staff, and volunteers that comprise this largest event of its kind in the Americas. It was drama right until the final gun of the week for Joel Ronnin’s J/70 Catapult. Holding a small lead all week over the uber-competitive 73-boat fleet, Ronning’s team saw it nearly all fall apart just 10 minutes before the final race. Lifelong Charlestonian and Catapult trimmer Patrick Wilson explains the scenario, "We were sailing around killing time just after the first race today, and we hit something in the water, maybe the bottom, and at the same time we noticed something wrong with the mast," said Wilson. "We noticed our forestay had sheared away from the bow and things were looking bad – with no races to discard, anything out of the top places would lose the regatta for us." Wilson’s team somehow got the forestay reattached before the start of the final race. "Somehow we got to the line with seconds to spare," said John Kostecki (the tactician on board). "That put us in the right place, and we saved the situation." Catapult’s performance landed the reigning J/70 World Champs not just the Class championship here in Charleston, but also the Charleston Race Week Cup, the perpetual trophy for the best overall performance by a one-design entry. "It’s great to win in Charleston in front of my family and friends," said Wilson. "I’ve been trying over and over since this regatta started, and this is my first victory here." The event saw a big influx in the number of all-female teams and all-junior teams, with three crews made up entirely of College of Charleston sailors and three more made up of under-21 teams. Longtime Race Week competitor and Annapolis racer Kristin Robinson took a break from the course this year, riding a power boat to watch the crew of 17 and 18-year olds to whom she loaned her J/70 Skyline Racing for the week. "It was the best thing I’ve ever done with my boat," said Robinson. "We talk all the time about these young sailors leaving the sport after school, and this could be one solution to keeping them engaged and involved and growing the sport again." For complete results, visit

Spurlin Takes J/70 Governor’s Cup

This year’s Austin Yacht Club annual Governors Cup Regatta, hosted on Lake Travis, featured the first stop on the J/70 Southwest Circuit series. Ten J/70s showed up from out of town and with the four local boats there were 14 boats on the line. Saturday was a windy day with gusts in the high 20s that made for some great downwind rides with boats hitting 17+ knots in full-on planing mode. The J/Boats Southwest Racing team had a great Saturday, bringing home straight bullets. Holding on to their fast pace just a few points back was Forbes Durdin's MOJITO team in second place. Saturday after racing, 40+ J/70 sailors gathered to discuss the days racing and share their "go fast" secrets. Sunday started off overcast with lighter winds that brought the famous Lake Travis shore effects into play. It was very easy to be suckered into going to the right shore when the left shore was the place to be. Nevertheless, the fleet was able to fit in three races on Sunday for a total of seven scored races. In addition, there were at least four extra starts as most of the fleet was trying to get that starting line jump. It was a great weekend with a great fleet of sailors. Circuit stop #2 is at Fort Worth Boat club on April 29-30.

Easter Regatta hosted by the Columbia Yacht Club, Lake Murray, SC

Thank you to Dave Betts for this report: There were seven registered J/70s that competed this year in the Corinthian-only three-day event. That is, of course, an increase from 2016, and we hope to keep building the fleet in the future. The event is only a week in front of Charleston Race Week so it presents a great opportunity to tune-up and get ready. Thursday afternoon following some practice starts and practice races, North Sails' J/70 guru Tim Healy conducted a dock talk about the 70 and shared some boat handling and go fast tips. Friday, the winds refused to cooperate and after the start of the first race for the J/24 fleet, that race and all others were abandoned for the day. However, later in the afternoon, the breeze came up and in what seemed like all of five minutes, several 70s went out to practice and the race committee could muster a few volunteers to set a course and get off a practice race. While there was no official racing, the practice race was great followed by a fantastic pulled pork dinner, fried chicken, coleslaw, rice and a great banana pudding desert. The legendary Billy Ray invited everyone to the barn for live music and drinks....a must-do at this regatta. Saturday, the race committee sent the fleet out at 930 as scheduled to race but was unable to find steady breeze so regrettably the fleets were postponed on the water and sent ashore to continue the postponement and later abandoned. Dueling pianos played after a great dinner at the club house. These pianists played all types of music and tunes and were great. Sunday, there was great breeze and racing was fabulous. Three races were held and back to the docks for the awards. Great competitive racing and fantastic breeze for Sunday. Don Trask on Smokin J won the event with a total score of three. Jay Greenfield, sailing Reach Around, took second place with 7 points, Hunter Davidson, Loonatictu, third place with 9 points, David Betts, Instant Karma, fourth with 14 points, Steve Kiemele on White Rabbit, fifth with 15, Holly Graf on Spice was sixth with 17 points followed by Scott Dinse on Margariaville with 19. This is always a great event, the club and members are friendly and accommodating, great facilities, great race committee...what more can you ask for! We are trying for 10 J/70 Corinthian teams next year, hope to see you there! Complete results may be found at

J/Fest San Francisco

J/Fest San Francisco was held at St. Francis Yacht Club on April 1-2 with seven J/70s on the starting line. After five races, Peter Cameron’s Prime Number edged out Tom Kassberg’s Pickled Herring on a tie-breaker at 12 points. Chris Kostanecki’s Jennifer took third with 16 points. For complete event information click here.

San Diego NOOD

The Helly Hansen Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in San Diego attracted 126 boats for 13 classes of competition on March 17-19. This was the second stop of the 5-event NOOD national tour, with the top teams from each event advancing to the Caribbean NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands on October 22-29. Here are the top three of the 19-boat J/70 fleet:

  1. Minor Threat, Jeff Janov, Malibu, CA, USA, 2 -1 -3 -1 -2 -4 -1 -15 -12 -1 ; 42
  2. 3 Big Dogs, Pat Toole, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 1 -5 -1 -6 -4 -9 -3 -8 -6 -2 ; 45
  3. Huckleberry, Jim Murrell, Torrance, CA, USA, 5 -3 -2 -7 -6 -1 -8 -4 -4 -9 ; 49
    Here are the top three of the 6-boat J/70 Corinthian fleet:
  4. 3 Big Dogs, Pat Toole, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 1 -5 -1 -6 -4 -9 -3 -8 -6 -2 ; 45
  5. USA 540, David Hochart, Coronado, CA, USA, 6 -7 -6 -5 -11 -10 -5 -2 -8 -8 ; 68
  6. Jaya, Craig Tallman, Redondo Beach, CA, USA, 14 -12 -4 -2 -13 -5 -10 -11 -3 -15 ; 89
    For complete results, visit

Miami Sailing Week

The 90th Bacardi Cup and the 8th BACARDI Miami Sailing Week experienced more light air for the final day of racing. The J/70s were the largest fleet with 36 boats on the starting line. Seven nations were represented with boats coming from Europe and the Americas. Competition was very tight among the top three boats, exchanging the overall lead often. The fleet completed seven races and the following teams finished in the top five spots:

Top 5 Overall:

  1. USA 49 Peter Duncan on Relative Obscurity – 22 pts
  2. USA 901 John & Molly Baxter on Team Vineyard Vines – 28 pts
  3. USA 26 Bruce Golison on Midlife Crisis – 29 pts
  4. USA 246 Martin Kullman on New Wave – 32 pts
  5. USA 96 Brian Keane on Savasana – 41 pts
    For complete event details, visit

Tim Healy’s 'New England Ropes' Lassos Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship

Tim Healy’s New England Ropes tied up a 2,1 in the final two contests to secure the Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship at Saint Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida. Able to drop a 16 from race one, the team of Healy, Nathan Housberg (bow), Alden Reid (trim) and Marcus Eagan (tactics) kept scores of 4,4,7,2,1 for 18 net points and the victory. Will Welles’ Scamp finished a mere point behind Healy in second place, and John Brim’s Rimette took third with 28 points. "This is the first time we’ve sailed together so we were learning the whole time just how to work together and how to get our trim and tune right," summarized Healy. "Slowly, we started to get everything down. We had some light breeze, but today was a little breezier with some chop. We were getting used to the settings so we could power through the chop." Three more races took place Sunday in breeze between 10-15 knots under clear skies with temperatures again in the 70s. The day’s race winners were the Darden/Hillard team on Hoss, Ignacio Perez’s Zaguero and Healy. After light and shifty conditions earlier in the event, "Today was beautiful," Healy said. "We got up early, got out early and took advantage of the breeze. The Race Committee did a great job." This Championship was held with Class Rule C.3 modified so that the entire crew is limited to no more than one member who is classified as ISAF Group 3. The 52-boat fleet was comprised of 20 all-Corinthian teams, won by Andrew & Melissa Fisher, followed by Charles Bayer, Bryan Cameron, David Mendelblatt and Blaire McCarthy. "I prefer the Open and Corinthian because it’s a little bit more pure that way, being one or the other," explained Healy. "Leave the Open open and have some really nice Corinthian regattas throughout the country and hopefully internationally."

The top five overall:

  1. New England Ropes, USA2, Tim Healy - [16] -4 -4 -7 -2 -1; 18
  2. Scamp, USA248, Will Welles - 2 -[14] -7 -2 -4 -4; 19
  3. Rimette, USA340, John Brim - 1 -1 -9 -10 -7 -[14]; 28
  4. Reach Around, USA151, Thomas Bowen - [17] -10 -5 -11 -3 -7; 36
  5. Zaguero, MEX164, Ignacio Perez - [25] -19 -1 -9 -1 -8; 38
    Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

Advantage to John Brim’s Rimette at Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship

Mother Nature provided brilliant blue skies and summer-like temperatures, but light and fluky breeze as racing got underway Saturday at the Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship hosted by Saint Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida. But John Brim’s Rimette didn’t seem to mind. He won the first two races, and added a nine, for 11 points and a healthy advantage over Will Welles’ Scamp in second (23 points) and Tim Healy’s New England Ropes in third (24 points). This Championship is being held with Class Rule C.3 modified so that the entire crew is limited to no more than one member who is classified as ISAF Group 3. The 52-boat fleet is comprised of 44% all-Corinthian teams, currently led by James Prendergast’s USA167. Brim notched his first of two bullets as racing began in about 6 knots of breeze. Welles and Joshua Goldman’s Building A followed Brim in race one, and Prendergast and Bryan Cameron’s B Squared in race two (when winds were about 10 knots but shifty). The most consistent conditions occurred during Saturday’s final contest when Ignazio Perez’s Zaguero took the top spot, ahead of the reigning Midwinter team of Darden/Hillard of Hoss and John & Molly Baxter’s Team Vineyard Vines. No racing occurred Friday due to lack of wind. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at

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