American YC Fall Series
As the biggest fleet in the American YC Fall Series, the 17 strong J/70 was going to have tough competition. Never relinquishing their first weekend lead were the Ploch Sisters (Megan & Madelyn) sailing SUGAR DADDY to an extremely steady 1-1-3-2-1-2 for 7 points net. Hanging with them most of the time was Scott Bursor's SLINKY, taking second overall with 17 points net. Third was Andrew Shea's SHAKE'N'BAKE with 24 points, followed by Sandy Weil & Markus Lahrkamp on ICE NINE in fourth and Trevor Roach's SEMI-CHARMED in fifth. The regatta had a bit of everything from a very light first weekend to a blustery shifty second weekend that featured pouring rain, planing conditions, no wind holes and 90 degree shifts - sometimes all in the same race. For more American YC Fall Regatta sailing information, visit http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1045.
San Diego J/Fest
Over the past weekend, the San Diego J/Fest Regatta could not have been more satisfied with the spectacular weather and warm gentle breezes offshore. Sponsored by JK3 Nautical Enterprises and hosted by San Diego YC, the sailors were provided excellent racing and great social entertainment on the lawns of the club. J/Fest San Diego has always proved to be a popular event as it marks the beginning of the active fall and winter series of racing in South Bay and offshore. The J/70s enjoyed spirited racing with a new face added to their fleet. The latest member is Bruce Golison, a famous one-design sailor from SoCal who has many championships. Bruce was a quick study of the J/70, posting five firsts on his way to a convincing victory in his newfound class. Jeff Brown took second with an equally consistent four seconds and one third. Third was Dave Cheresh's Flare with one second and four thirds. For more San Diego J/Fest sailing information, visit http://sdyc.org/race/calendar/events/2050/.
J/70 Dynasty Division
Last Saturday concluded the inaugural J/70 World Championships in Newport, Rhode Island. 86 boats competed in what was the largest inaugural World Championships in the history of sailing. This year, Torqeedo also introduced a new division to the Class. The Dynasty Division was created to recognize teams competing with more than one family member onboard. Encouraging family sailing is paramount to the future involvement of sailing, and the introduction of the class was a huge success. Out of the total 86 teams competing, 21 teams were eligible for the Dynasty Division--a true testament to how important family involvement in sailing is to have almost a quarter of the fleet registered was a great introduction. The sailing and competition was fierce, with the British team from Team RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) Spitfire taking first place overall in the Dynasty Division. Torqeedo is looking for future regattas to implement this division in and be a part of.
1st Team RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) Spitfire – Simon Ling with brother-in-law Tony Hanlon
2nd Africa - Cindy & Jud Smith
3rd Joint Custody - Jenn and Ray Wulff
West Coast Championship
A keynote event on the Newport Harbor Yacht Club circuit is the famous Ahmanson Cup Regatta held on the third weekend of September every year- this year from September 20-21. Featured for this year's event was the J/70 West Coast Championship. Local Tom Garret's SLOOP JOHN B from Newport Harbor YC orchestrated a come-from-behind victory to take J/70 class honors and be crowned the first J/70 West Coast Champion. Garret's path was not an easy one, for they were up against multiple World Champion (J/24, Etchells 22, Star) Vince Brun crewing for John Fuller on BLISS, also an NHYC "local." The Fuller/Brun team posted an extremely consistent performance in the first four races, taking a 1-2-2-2 home to be leading by over four points on the fleet. However, an incident in race 5 resulted in their DSQ. That scenario setup the proverbial match race to win the regatta in the sixth and final race. Taking the gun was SLOOP JOHN B, and securing second place with a third in that race was BLISS. It was tight racing for the balance of the top five with only six points separating the three boats, again the last race becoming the determining factor in the overall standings. Karl Pomeroy's ZERO TO 60 posted a 4-1-1-3-4-4 for third with 13 points. Taking fourth was Dan Gribble's GO-RILLA from Balboa YC with finishes of 2-4-3-4-3-5 for 16 points. Then, rounding out the top five was Eric Kownacki's DFZ, starting slowly but finishing with a flourish, posting a 6-5-5-5-2-2 tally for 19 points net. For more J/70 Westerns sailing information, visit http://www.nhyc.org/.
J/70 Worlds & Class Update
The 2014 J/70 World Championship was the largest inaugural world championship of all the J classes to date. 86 boats and 14 countries were represented. The event was staged at Sail Newport and hosted by New York Yacht Club. 12 races were conducted over 5 days in mostly moderate winds and big seas, testing the mettle of top sailors from around the world. If you weren't following the action, check out all the daily reports and great photos at www.j70worlds.com.
All 86 boats went through a rigorous measurement including boat weight, keel and rudder, hull check, deck equipment, sails, etc. The measurement team included ISAF international measurers and an ISAF Technical Committee member. The measurement team was equipped to check for alterations to the shape of foils and hulls. The "random sample" test in the J/70 class rules is based on the similar provision in other J/ class rules – allowing measurers to spot check any aspect of a boat against a random sample. Most of the boats passed through the process quickly with no issues. Some were flagged for secondary inspection, and of those, some had to take corrective action to be legal. The ratio of boats passing/not passing initial inspection was no more or less than would be expected at a one-design world championship. Most boats passed through the measurement process in about 12-15 minutes, which was the goal of the class at the outset – make measurement rigorous but efficient.
To maintain an enforcement presence throughout the event, the event docks were walked early each morning, and it was typical at the morning Skipper's Briefing for a few bow numbers to be directed to the measurer. Additionally, on-the-water umpires were monitoring the hiking rule. It was great to see from the photo library that the crews were very good about staying inside the vertical plane of the lifelines. They actually look comfortable!
From the perspective of several people who have been integrally involved behind the scenes of many previous "first" major one-design championships, the 2014 J/70 Worlds represented one of the most rigorous on the measurement side and one of the most memorable from a competitive sailing standpoint.
Last week during the middle of the Worlds, a popular sailing website posted a three week old photo of a broken rudder shown on the transom of a J/70. The rudder was not built by a licensed J/70 builder and appeared to contain carbon fiber. Unfortunately the timing of the post has caused many people to mistakenly believe that the rudder had something to do with the Worlds, which it did not. The rudder in question broke while the boat was practice sailing in Newport, Rhode Island on August 16th. The broken top part of the rudder was left on the transom for 24 hours with no apparent attempt to conceal it. When questioned about the rudder, the owner stated in writing that the rudder had not and was not intended for competition but had been built as an experiment to attempt to reduce the humming/vibration of the rudder at high speeds. The owner further pledged to certify that any molds taken from a J/70 rudder to create the test rudder would be destroyed. The owner, who was also a volunteer member of the US J/70 Executive Committee, accepted responsibility for the incident and resigned from the board.
Needless to say, if a boat were discovered to be competing in a class event with a non-licensed appendage, spar or other major component, then the Class with J Boats support would pursue all available disciplinary avenues under ISAF.
Registration Open for Quantum J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island
Quantum Sail Design Group is proud to partner with Davis Island Yacht Club for another Quantum J/70 Winter Series. This three-race series kicks off in Tampa on December 13, 2014, followed by regattas on January 10-11 and February 7-8, 2015. Quantum team members will be on-site for every event to provide support services along with pre-regatta clinics and daily debriefs. Individual and pre-regatta consultations are available by contacting Quantum's One Design Director Allan Terhune at 732.644.1051 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Each regatta is capped at 50 entries with a wait list. Registration is now open here: http://diyc.org/calendar/2014-j70-winter-series/
Rolex Big Boat Series
A year after the contest for the 34th America's Cup, world-class sailing is still alive and well on San Francisco Bay. In fact, for the last four days (Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 14), the 50th Anniversary edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series has hosted hundreds of sailors on 99 teams, rotating onto three strategically-placed race circles that triangulate the constant wind and tide challenges of the largest Pacific estuary in the Americas. Having developed stadium sailing long before the America's Cup made it a local colloquialism, the St. Francis Yacht Club ensured fast fun for spectators as well as competitors by designing each day's second race (always sailed in a blustering afternoon breeze) to finish within cheering distance of the clubhouse's famous second-story race deck that commands attention east to Alcatraz Island and west to a sun-drenched, or alternately fog-enshrouded, Golden Gate Bridge. Andy Costello's Double Trouble topped the scoreboard all week in the J/70 Class. Chris Andersen's Perfect Wife took the silver position and Geoff McDonald's 1FA the bronze. Thirteen J/70s competed in the seven races. For complete results, visit http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1097.
Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges Win 2014 J/70 World Championship
For the final day of the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, the New York Yacht Club Race Committee brought the fleet back out to Rhode Island Sound where three races were run in 8-14 knots of breeze.
Winning the first race of the day was Joel Ronning of Minneapolis on Catapult. Ronning had led the standings for the first two days of the championship but came into the final day 14 points out of first place behind Jamestown's Tim Healy and his crew on Helly Hansen. With Healy crossing the line in fourth, Ronning was able to chip away at the deficit and, in race two, the margin was further cut to seven points when Ronning finished fourth and Healy finished eighth. However, in the final race, won by Brian Keane of Weston, Mass., on Savasana, Healy crossed the line in second with Ronning back in fourth, to earn Healy and the Helly Hansen team the championship title on 28 points to Ronning's 39. Keane retained third overall with 61 points, while Florida's Martin Kullman, on New Wave, and Boston's Heather Gregg-Earl, on MUSE, were tied, respectively for fourth and fifth, on 83 points. Gregg-Earl and the crew on MUSE were also the Corinthian (non-professional) division winners.
When Healy's Helly Hansen team (crew Gordon Borges, Geoffrey Becker and Paul Abdullah) crossed the finish line in the last race, there was little outward excitement onboard. "Our caveat is we're still waiting for protest time to elapse," explained Healy. "There's potential that someone could file a protest and we just want to make sure that's totally wrapped up. It was close enough that we wanted to wait until we could check and then we could celebrate once everything is 100%."
Except for one day, the conditions over the five days of racing had been strenuous and exhausting. "It was a fun week," said Healy. "The nice part is there was wind the whole time; we enjoyed that, but because there's wind you have to work hard and at this point everybody is tired but also excited at the same time." This is Healy's third world championship title as he adds the J/70 title to two he has won in the J/24 class (2013, 2010).
"The key to doing well is time spent in the boat. From day one when Jeff Johnstone called and said 'we have the first two boats ready to go, are you interested in doing some sea trials?' I jumped on it. As soon as I sailed the boats I knew the class was going to be huge. I think it's the simplicity of it. Anybody who grew up sailing dinghies or got into small keelboat sailing can go down and look at a J/70 and say 'I get it.' They can look at the rig and see that it's simple, and how the spinnaker works and how the main works, the deck layout is totally simple and clean and it's easy to handle. The boat performs really well upwind; downwind it's exciting and it's planing. It's got just about everything for the typical sailor looking for a fast one-design boat that's easy to sail. And it performs well. The younger sailors can handle it and sail it, same for older sailors and it's a good fit for women's teams also."
The youngest competitor on the race course was 13-year old Julian Sudofsky of Marion, Mass., who missed a week of eighth grade at Old Rochester Regional to race with his father Mike Sudofsky on Carlos. The young sailor was not simply enjoying a week off from school; as a veteran in the J/70 class he has twice raced in Key West Race Week, along with events in Annapolis and Cedar Point. "Even though we didn't do too well, we had so much fun because everyone was top competitors," said Sudofsky who handles the bow on Carlos. "I just got to see Tim Healy, and Brian Keane is also my neighbor," he added.
From their patriotic hats to their colorful spinnaker, one team garnering lots of attention on the course was Team RAFBF Spitfire from Great Britain, helmed by Simon Ling of Burford.
"Team Spitfire was formed about six years ago," explained Ling. "We're made up of serving, ex-serving members of the Royal Air Force and a couple of civilians as well. We basically look to sail as competitively as possible but also to promote the RAF charity: the RAF Benevolent Fund. The name Spitfire comes from the iconic airplane that was built in the south where we sail in The Solent, and it seemed the perfect name for an RAF team."
Having done the UK national circuit, this was the first time Team RAFBF had been overseas with the boat. "It was absolutely fabulous. What can you not enjoy about Newport?," said Ling. "It's my first time here, we've all fallen in love with the place; the race organization has been second to none, the racing has been fabulous and we're really pleased with our result (12th overall and second Corinthian team)."
Ling as owner/helm switched to the J/70 last year after three years in the J/80. "It's been a fabulous boat; we love it," said Ling ticking off the attributes of the J/70: "The class has taken off, it's new, there are 90 boats here at the first worlds, its great fun to sail, they're demanding to sail, and they put a smile on your face. What's not to like about that?"
Seeing 86 teams, representing 14 nations, on the starting line for any sailing event is significant. For those 86 teams to be contesting the first-ever world championship of the J/70 class is a testament to the popularity of this boat which was introduced just over two years ago, and even more notable was the mix of sailing royalty that was peppered throughout the fleet including: 2008 Finn Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey of Clearwater, Fla., 2004 Tornado Olympic Silver Medalist John Lovell of New Orleans, California's 1996 Soling Olympic Bronze Medalist Jeff Madrigali, 2013 America's Cup winning strategist and 2012 Laser Olympic Gold Medalist Tom Slingsby of Australia, 2011 Lightning Pan Am Games Silver Medalists Jody Lutz of Brick, N.J., and brother Jay Lutz of Houston, who is also a four-time world champion in the J/80 and Lightning classes, 1984 Windsurfing Olympic Silver Medalist Scott Steele of Annapolis, Olympian and two-time Star World Champion Phil Trinter of Richmond, Va., 2013 Star World Champion John MacCausland of Cherry Hill, N.J., 2001 Sonar World Champion Mark Ploch of The Bronx, N.Y., and 2007 Snipe World Champion Tomas Hornos of Boston.
Kalle Coster and Annemieke Bes, both of whom represented The Netherlands three times at the Olympic Games were in the fleet, as was Vermont's 2012 Olympian Trevor Moore, along with New York's Cory Sertl and Jody Starck, both of whom have won the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award multiple times. Top-ranked match racers Taylor Canfield and Stephanie Roble, 2005 J/24 World Champion Anthony Kotoun and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Eric Doyle were all onboard as was 2006 Audi Etchells World Champion Jud Smith of Marblehead, 2013 J/22 World Champion Allan Terhune of Arnold, Md. and 2014 J/24 US National Champion Will Welles of Portsmouth, R.I..
The silver fleet was won by Mark Ploch on Sugar Daddy after finishes of 3-1-3 allowed him to edge out Puerto Rico's Marco Teixidor, on Cachondo, with 113 points versus 121.
The September 8-13 competition was hosted by New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court, with regatta headquarters at Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center. For results, photos and additional information on the inaugural J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, please visit www.j70worlds.com. Helly Hansen is presenting sponsor of the world championship, and North Sails is the Official Regatta Support Partner. Also enhancing the experience of competitors at the regatta will be Harken, Marlow Ropes, Newport Storm, Seadek Marine Products, Southern Spars, Torqeedo and Triad Trailers.
Bodensee YC Uberlingen Wins J/70 Germany #4
The fourth stage of the J/70 Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga for the best sailing clubs competing from all over Germany recently took place at the Kiel Fjord. The regatta team from Kieler Yacht Club, including PRO Philip Rosenberg, provided the sailors on the water an organization at the highest level. On land, the state capital Kiel and Kiel-Marketing GmbH made sure the sailors were more than taken care of with professional class. The first day went into slow motion. Only five of 45 races scheduled were completed—an unusual sight at the top after a day in Kiel with very little wind. The second day was not much better. Only eight more races could be completed. At this point, the Bodensee YC defended their lead before the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein crew and the Wannsee sailing team. The wind-puzzle at the first Segel-Bundesliga in Kiel meant it was a challenge for all sailors all weekend. Bodensee YC Überlingen (BYCÜ) won with crew of helmsman Andreas Buchert, Dr. Klaus-Peter Stengele, Jonathan Koch and Joseph Pochhammer in Kiel. "The fact that we begin here as well and win in the end, we had not thought of. It was an up and down. We appreciate the support of the fans and the city, which are close behind us as the only Bundesliga team from Überlingen," says Andreas Buchert. With the victory in Kiel and in fifth place in Berlin in August, the BYCÜ catapulted out of the relegation and is now fifth in the series table. Behind by three points in second place were the defending champion Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) with Sven-Erik Horsch, Carsten Kemmling, Florian Weser and Niklas v. Meyerinck, and only one point behind them were the Luebeck Yacht Club with Simon Grotelüschen, Janika pulse, Arne Holweg and Niclas Kath. KIEL.SAILING.CITY proved to be the perfect station for the Segel-Bundesliga. "That the Segel-Bundesliga is positioned close to the shore in front of the audience was a great experience. For today, I had specially ordered more wind, that Neptune did not, for that I apologize. The races were still very exciting and we look forward to welcoming you again in the Bundesliga Kiel," said Gerwin Stichs, Councillor for Social Affairs, housing, health and sports for the city of Kiel. YouTube sailing video Summary:www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqjBhoSHh1k. For more J/70 Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga sailing information, visit http://segelbundesliga.de/.
Dying Breeze Curtails Action on Penultimate Day / Leaders Unchanged Heading into Final Day of World Championship
Narragansett Bay was the setting for the penultimate day of racing at the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen as the New York Yacht Club Race Committee worked to get the competitors racing before the northerly breeze died. In roughly 10 knots of breeze, two races – one each for the gold and silver fleets – were run before the breeze ultimately ran out. It was a complete change of pace for the competitors who had faced big breeze and rough seas for the first three days of the series; picking the correct side of the course and factoring in the ebb tide was the key to doing well. For series leader Tim Healy of Jamestown, the lone race would become his drop as he picked up a 13th-place finish. Despite crossing the finish behind his closest rival for the championship crown – Minneapolis' Joel Ronning, who placed 10th on Catapult – Healy and the crew on Helly Hansen retain the lead position heading into the final day of the championship tomorrow. Healy's lead over Ronning (14 points vs 28) is not insurmountable for Ronning, in light of an earlier start for the final day and the Race Committee's plan to get in three races. 2013 BACARDI® Miami Sailing Week class champion Brian Keane of Weston, Mass., at the helm of Savasana, was the winner of the lone gold fleet race today, which helped to slightly close his points gap on the leaders. With 41 points, Keane has also improved his margin over Martin Kullman of St. Petersburg, Fla., on New Wave who has 55 points and is fourth overall. After moving from 24th into fifth overall in the standings yesterday, 2013 J/70 North American Champion Heather Gregg-Earl of Boston, Mass., on MUSE, kept the momentum going with a second-place finish in today's race. MUSE retains the fifth spot on 60 points, and also continues as the top Corinthian (no professional sailors on board) team in the series. "We're pretty happy about our position considering the talent in the fleet," said Gregg-Earl. "We are super excited about where we are in the standings so far; it's a really deep talent pool and to be in the top-15 in the regatta was our goal and we're achieving that." Gregg-Earl is sailing with Joe Bardenheier (Boston), Stu Johnstone (Newport, R.I.) and Stu Saffer (New York, N.Y.). All four are not only alumni of Tufts University (Medford, Mass.), but also members of New York Yacht Club and it was through NYYC's Team Racing program that the four came together. "We are all friends and felt strongly about sailing Corinthian," said Gregg-Earl, explaining that they have been able to keep a Corinthian team and still do well. For the final day of the championship, the strategy on MUSE will be to sail conservatively. "Just keep ourselves in the game. Not be too risky; not take flyers," said Gregg-Earl. "Lots of people have had some deep races and we want to get ourselves in the top-five or ten tomorrow." In the silver fleet, Puerto Rico's Marco Teixidor, on Cachondo, moved up from third to first overall with 104 points after finishing fifth in today's lone race for that fleet. Following Cachondo is a three-way tie on points – 106 – between Mark Ploch of the Bronx, N.Y., on Sugar Daddy, Newport's Blake and Lud Kimbrough on Nostalgia, and Geoffrey Pierini of Rumson, N.J. on Surge. Racing concludes Saturday, September 13. The September 8-13 competition is being hosted by New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court, with regatta headquarters at Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center. For results, photos and additional information on the inaugural J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, please visit www.j70worlds.com. Helly Hansen is presenting sponsor of the world championship, and North Sails is the Official Regatta Support Partner. Also enhancing the experience of competitors at the regatta will be Harken, Marlow Ropes, Newport Storm, Seadek Marine Products, Southern Spars, Torqeedo and Triad Trailers.
Hellerup SC Tops J/70 Danish Sailing League
The Danish Sailing League's first season ended Sunday with Hellerup Sailing Club at the top of the podium as sovereign Danish champions for sailing clubs. The winning HSC team included Mads Christensen, Ida Hartvig, Trine Abrahamsen, Casper Peetz, Kvid Kristian Sorensen, Morten Halkier and Christina Otzen along the way. "I've tried to win the ISAF World Cup and other things in my time. But this is the first time I've seen someone come up to me and say that WE are 'number one.' I am proud to have helped to create a sense of community within the club about this," said the skipper Mads Christensen - the only one who has sailed all four events for Hellerup SC. "Overall, Danish yachting be really proud of the league's first season. We have had many young sailors back in the sport, and we have created something really fun and with very close sailing. I believe that the league may be the 'Game-Changer' for the sport of sailing," said Mads Christensen. The Royal Danish YC demonstrated its participation with four different crews for each of four events—16 sailors in total. In Aarhus, the KDY had four young match racing talents. The result was a second place finish at the event - and second place as the final series standings. "It went very well and we can be satisfied, although we were also disappointed about not winning," said Hans-Christian Rosendahl for KDY. The big drama on the last day played out in the battle for the league's third place that also provides access to the forthcoming Champions League Tournament in Copenhagen. All five clubs were in contention. Kaløvig and Aarhus had the best starting point, but with three first places in the last three races, the Kerteminde Sailing Club came from behind and took third place at the very end. "It's absolutely fantastic, I almost do not know what to say. We did not expect it," said skipper Kim Haugaard. "We chose to focus on our starts with open air as the most important criteria. Even if others were ahead of us. It worked, we can see now," he went on. Kerteminde SC had a total of eight sailors participating, with Thomas Møhl as the only one who has sailed all four events. The stage is set for a close battle for next year's qualifiers to the 2015 Sailing League season. At least 15 clubs are in the qualifying tournament held in late October. The registered clubs are- Elsinore SC, Horsens SC, Struer SC, KAS - Kjøbenhavns Amateur SC, Gilleleje SC, Vedbaek SC, Sejlklubben Lynæs, Thuroe YC, YC Furesøen, Bogense SC, Godalming Bådelaug, SC Lynetten KØS, Boating SC, Hadsund SC, and Skærbæk Bådeklub. "The number of registered clubs largely live up to expectations," says the league's project manager Peter Wolsing. "It's really positive with so much support. More than ten percent of all member clubs in the Danish Sailing Association is now either in the league or trying to qualify," said Wolsing. He elaborates, "In reality, we are now close to having enough clubs to form the second division. Two leagues will allow the development of sports boat sailing in Denmark a tremendous impetus. And that is precisely Sailing League's main mission - to create a broad and accessible platform for attractive sports boat sailing in Denmark." The qualification regatta will take place over the weekend of October 25-26 in Copenhagen, prior to the planned Champions League competition shortly before. For more J/70 Danish Sailing League sailing information, visit http://www.sejlsportsligaen.dk/.
Day Two of Racing Sees Completion of Qualifying Series / Championship Round of Inaugural World Championship Begins Tomorrow
Day two of the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen saw the completion of the Qualifying Series leading to the Championship Series of this inaugural world championship. With 86 boats racing, the fleet had been divided into four color-coded groups for the first two days of competition. Each group sailed two races today, which, when added to the three races sailed on the opening day, allows each team to count the best four out of five to determine whether they will sail in either the gold or silver fleet starting tomorrow. Winning the final race of the day was Brazil's Mauricio Santa Cruz on Bruschetta, who stands fourth overall with 13 points after finishes of 5--4-3-1. Santa Cruz has only been racing the J/70 for a short time – in fact his first regatta was the J/70 North American Championship this past July in Rochester, where he placed fourth in a fleet of 71 boats. He is, however, a familiar face on the top of the podium, especially in the J/24 class in which he holds four world championship titles (2012, 2009, 2007 and 2006). He is racing in Newport for the first time since sailing a Tornado here during Olympic campaigns which resulted in his twice (2004, 2000) representing Brazil at the Olympic Games. That he is sailing the J/70 Worlds with a crew that he is never previously raced with (although all are familiar as members of the Rio de Janeiro Yacht Club) clearly does not slow him down. Joel Ronning of Minneapolis, Minn., remains at the top of the overall standings after sailing Catapult to a 1-1-1-4- for seven points. His three-point lead over local sailor Tim Healy (Jamestown, R.I.) on Helly Hansen was eroded today with Healy posting 2-2-2-1- to tie things up on points. 2013 BACARDI® Miami Sailing Week class champion Brian Keane of Weston, Mass., at the helm of Savasana, retains third overall on finishes of 1-3-3-2- for nine points, just four points ahead of Santa Cruz. Martin Cullman of St. Petersburg, Fla., rounds out the top-five with 17 points on finishes of 6--6-3-2. The September 8-13 competition is being hosted by New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court, with regatta headquarters at Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center. For results, photos and additional information on the inaugural J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, please visit www.j70worlds.com. Helly Hansen is presenting sponsor of the world championship, and North Sails is the Official Regatta Support Partner. Also enhancing the experience of competitors at the regatta will be Harken, Marlow Ropes, Newport Storm, Seadek Marine Products, Southern Spars, Torqeedo and Triad Trailers.
Healy Surfs into Lead Championship Round of Inaugural World Championship Begins
After two days of qualifying, the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen today saw the first races of the Championship Series that will decide the winner of this inaugural world championship. Based on their performance during the first two days of the regatta, the 86 teams are now racing in either the gold or silver fleet, with the championship crown going to the eventual victor in the gold fleet. After being postponed ashore this morning until a thunderstorm threat had lifted, the competitors were once again sent out to do battle on Rhode Island Sound. Under partly cloudy skies, with breeze ranging from 12-18 knots out of the southwest, competitors were tested by another day of swells and seaweed that did little to help their results. Tied on points to start the day were Joel Ronning of Minneapolis, Minn., on Catapult, and Rhode Island's own Tim Healy on Helly Hansen, with the tie-break going in Ronning's favor two days in a row. The story looked to be on replay when Ronning finished 1-2 to Healy's 2-1 in the first two races. But Healy went on to win the third race of the day while Ronning earned and used his drop race on a 14th-place finish. Healy's Helly Hansen is now the overall standings leader with 11 points, while Ronning sits second overall with 18 points. "The New York Yacht Club Race Committee was watching a line of thunderstorms that dissipated as they got closer and actually passed to the north of us, so they just were on the safe side," said Healy of the morning's postponement. "With the breeze expected to be good in the afternoon they didn't have a problem with waiting a little bit and we ended up getting three really good races in, so it worked out. It probably maxed out around 15-16, so it was in the range of 12-16 knots from the SSW." With the sea state factoring in again, Healy agreed that the swells were giving the fleet more of a workout than they might have anticipated. "Upwind it was really choppy. The boats are only 22-23 feet, so the key is to keep the momentum up and keep powering through the waves. If you can do that and keep the boat moving then you can extend a little bit and have good speed. The problem is you really can't escape hitting bad waves. You're going to pound a wave whether you like it or not every once in a while and then getting the boat back up to speed as fast as possible is a big deal. There also was a lot of seaweed out there and steering around the clumps of seaweed and making sure to keep your keel and rudder clear of it was also a big deal. Downwind it was perfect surfing conditions so working hard and getting the whole team to work together to catch waves really made a big difference too. Not only catching a wave but staying on it helps downwind and made a big difference in speed." Healy acknowledged that there is no one way to prepare for the constant pounding that Rhode Island Sound has served up two out of the three race days thus far, but those sailors whose general conditioning is good will fare better. "The first day it [the breeze] was easterly and that was rough also. Downwind you have to work the boat, pump the sheets, stay in good shape that way. Your back, your core, everything has to be ready for that." Maintaining third, behind Healy and Ronning, in the standings is 2013 BACARDI® Miami Sailing Week class champion Brian Keane of Weston, Mass., at the helm of Savasana. Keane has 40 points and an 11-point cushion over Martin Kullman of St. Petersburg, Fla., on New Wave. The big move of the day was made by 2013 J/70 North American Champion Heather Gregg-Earl of Boston, Mass., on MUSE. Finishes of 5-4-3 today propelled her from 24th into fifth overall, which also makes MUSE the top Corinthian team thus far in the series. In the silver fleet, two California teams, Craig Tallman of Torrance, on Jaya, and Scott Deardorff of Santa Barbara on Cake, are tied on points (88). Puerto Rico's Marco Teixidor, on Cachondo, is third overall with 99 points. All three teams are Corinthian, i.e. they do not have any professional sailors aboard. The September 8-13 competition is being hosted by New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court, with regatta headquarters at Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center. For results, photos and additional information on the inaugural J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, please visit www.j70worlds.com. Helly Hansen is presenting sponsor of the world championship, and North Sails is the Official Regatta Support Partner. Also enhancing the experience of competitors at the regatta will be Harken, Marlow Ropes, Newport Storm, Seadek Marine Products, Southern Spars, Torqeedo and Triad Trailers.
Catapult-ed to the Top of the Standings on Opening Day of Inaugural World Championship
It may have been mostly cloudy for the opening day of the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, but one standout bright spot was the performance of Joel Ronning of Minneapolis, Minn. Sailing Catapult with long-time crew Victor Diaz De Leon of Venezuela, and San Diego sailors Willem Van Waay and Bill Hardesty – the latter the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year – Ronning drove to win three out of three races sailed on a lumpy Rhode Island Sound.
New York Yacht Club's Race Committee started the 86-strong fleet in a 18-20 knot ENE breeze which moderated slightly over the subsequent two races. Between the strong breeze and the sea state – the swells did not subside until the tide change late in the day during the third and final race – competitors were given a healthy workout.
Ronning holds the lead in the standings with three points over local sailor Tim Healy (Jamestown, R.I.) on Helly Hansen who posted a consistent 2-2-2 for six points.
Healy, the current J/70 North American Champion, is sailing with Geoff Becker, Gordon Borges and Paula Abdullah. Having long been a dominant force in the J/24 class, Healy got into the J/70 because of the family atmosphere. "Everyone is willing to share ideas on how to sail the boats better and how we can make a stronger J/70 class. The competition is fierce but the focus for sure is to have fun racing and to make good friends along the way."
Healy summed up the hurdles facing competitors who will be racing in Newport for the first time during this championship. "The biggest challenge will be figuring out how to sail the boats in the open water of Rhode Island Sound. The current is difficult to figure out (I am not sure anyone has it figured out) and predicting the wind shifts is also difficult. In early September we usually have good wind but it can come from just about any direction. Air temperatures can be anywhere from the high 50s to the low 80s."
"Our biggest challenge will be to keep working as a team through the difficult times," added Healy. "In a large fleet like this and on a big racecourse, there will be many difficult situations when we will need to stay focused on just getting up the course as fast as we can, and not dwelling on mistakes."
2013 BACARDI® Miami Sailing Week class champion Brian Keane of Weston, Mass., at the helm of Savasana, is one point behind Healy, in third overall, followed by Brazil's Mauricio Santa Cruz on Bruschetta with 15 points. Rounding out the top-five is San Francisco's Jim Cunningham on Lifted with 16 points.
The September 8-13 competition is being hosted by New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court, with regatta headquarters at Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center.
For results, photos and additional information on the inaugural J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, please visit www.j70worlds.com
Helly Hansen is presenting sponsor of the World Championship, and North Sails is the Official Regatta Support Partner. Also enhancing the experience of competitors at the regatta will be Harken, Marlow Ropes, Newport Storm, Seadek Marine Products, Southern Spars, Torqeedo and Triad Trailers.
Three corners of USA advance to premier Corinthian big-boat competition
The three yacht clubs that finished on the podium at the 2014 U.S. Qualifying Series for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup have at least two things in common. First, each has previously earned a berth in the Invitational Cup. Second, each club was less than satisfied with their previous showing at that event. Next September, those three clubs–Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach, CA), Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, MA), and Seattle Yacht Club (Seattle, WA)–will have a chance to redeem themselves at the 2015 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. Each of the teams took a different path to the podium in the 2014 U.S. Qualifying Series. Newport Harbor was utterly dominant. Led by skipper Michael Menninger and tactician Jon Pinckney, Newport Harbor won 13 of 17 races. The team, which also included Taylor Grimes and Gregory Helias, wobbled slightly on the final day with an eighth and a 12th. But the latter was the result of a jib halyard issue and eventually rectified with a redress claim, which was approved by the jury. Newport Harbor also won three races on the final day. "It wasn't the best day," says Menninger. "We had one bad race and one breakdown, but we never got worried. We just kept plugging away. We knew we had good boatspeed, we knew we were still sailing well. Our mentality on the boat didn't change at all." For Eastern Yacht Club, on the other hand, the final day was a constant battle. The team entered Saturday with a tenuous grip on a top-three finish. Time after time, skipper Bill Lynn and his team found themselves staring at a host of transoms, and they were forced to grind through a very stubborn fleet. The end result, a second-place overall, was worth the effort. "We seemed to just dig ourselves little holes and them climb out of them," says Lynn, who sailed with Alden Reid, Ben Richardson and Megan Watson. "We were probably sailing a little too conservatively at times–except for the one time we did circles at the windward mark when we stuck it somewhere we shouldn't have. I think overall we were trying not to be over [early at the start], trying to stay with the pack. We had great speed, which made it easier to dig our way out when we had to." Lynn was part of a team that won the inaugural J/70 North American Championship last fall in Annapolis, Md., but he said that the rule changes for this event–which prohibit changing the rig tune and don't allow any crew to hike with their legs over the side of the boat–made it hard to transfer much of what he has learned about the J/70 to the USQS. "I've spent a fair amount of time in these boats," says Lynn. "It helps you downwind with the technique when you're figuring out when to plane, but upwind it's a totally different animal because you can't tune the rig." Eastern Yacht Club finished fourth at the 2011 Invitational Cup and missed earning a spot for 2013. Lynn says the club is eager for one more bite at the apple. For Seattle, the route to its second Invitational Cup bid was paved with consistency. Of the 11 races in the championship series, Seattle finished between third and sixth in nine. Andrew Loe, who skippered the club's USQS entry in 2012 and its Invitational Cup team in 2013, knew exactly what was required to earn his club a return trip to the Invitational Cup. Just outside of the top three were New Bedford and Shelter Island. Both clubs were competing in the USQS for the first time and both came on strong on the final day, a good sign should they come back in 2016. In the Silver Fleet, Rush Creek Yacht Club followed a similar storyline to that of Newport Harbor. The Texas team had one bobble on the final day, a sixth in Race 9, but otherwise added to the string of first and second-place finishes it started on Friday. The end result was a 19-point win over Balboa Yacht Club. Nantucket, which was one of the youngest teams in the regatta, finished third. "Everybody out there knew what they were doing," says Nantucket skipper Max Bent. "It was good competition no matter where you were, so we're happy with our finish. Everybody wants to get into the Gold Fleet, but [the Silver Fleet] is a new regatta and I think it went well. It's a great event, it's tough to beat." With the U.S. Qualifying Series now finished, the New York Yacht Club will work to finalize the roster of invited teams for the 2015 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex (September 12-19). That list will be released by early 2015. As with the past three editions of the Invitational Cup, the premier international Corinthian big-boat competition, a diverse and very competitive field is expected to challenge the two-time defending champions from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. The application process for the 2016 U.S. Qualifying Series will start in 2015.
Gold Fleet: 1. Newport Harbor, 19.8; 2. Eastern, 49; 3. Seattle, 52; 4. New Bedford, 59; 5. Shelter Island, 64; 6. San Francisco, 67; 7. Southern, 72; 8. Little Traverse, 73; 9. Bayview, 79; 10. Beverly, 80.6; 11. Chicago, 114; 12. Larchmont, 114.
Silver Fleet: 1. Rush Creek, 22; 2. Balboa, 41; 3. Nantucket, 47; 4. Coral Reef, 48; 5. Indian Harbor, 54; 6. Texas Corinthian, 58; 7. Fishing Bay, 63; 8. Carolina, 84; 9. Harbor Island, 92; 10. South Carolina, 93. For complete information, visithttp://www.nyyc.org/yachting/invitational-cup/2014-u-s-qualifying-series.
Inaugural World Championship Brings Elite Level Competitors to Newport's Fabled Waters
In the two and a half years since being introduced, the J/70 has not only become one of the most popular and competitive classes in the world – with 600+ boats sailing in 20+ countries – it has been chosen Sailing World's 2014 Boat of the Year and also been designated an International Class by ISAF (International Sailing Federation). With that kind of momentum, it is no surprise that the class' inaugural world championship – the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen – would see a stampede of entries for the September 8-13 competition. Adding to the luster of competing in the inaugural worlds is the fact that the racing will take place on the fabled waters of Newport, Rhode Island, where it will be hosted by the venerable New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court.
Ninety teams – representing 14 nations – have registered, many having proven their mettle via the Qualifying System which was established to facilitate an outstanding level of competition. As can be expected for such a popular class, the entry list is replete with world, national and regional champions including 2013 J/70 North American Champion Heather Gregg-Earl (Boston, Mass.), 2006 Audi Etchells World Champion Jud Smith (Marblehead, Mass.), 2013 J/22 World Champion Allan Terhune (Arnold, Md.) and 1996 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Dave Ullman (Santa Ana, Calif.), along with top international skippers Chuck Millican (Hamilton, BER), Mauricio Santa Crux (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), Pieter Taselaar (Amsterdam, NED) and Juergen Waldheim (Berlin, GER).
Local favorites include 2013 J/24 World Champion Tim Healy (Jamestown, R.I.), 2014 J/24 US National Champion Will Welles (Portsmouth, R.I.) who took the J/70 class win at Newport Regatta® in July, and Suzy Leech (Jamestown, R.I.). Leech, having gained an international reputation as a top competitor via Olympic and America's Cup campaigns, is a former "bow chick" who has moved to the back of the boat. She will steer the only (as of press time) all-woman entry: Helly Hansen Junkanoo Racing.
"A few years ago, I lost my motivation to be on the bow," said Leech citing the cold, wet and physicality of that critical team position. "I was looking for a boat that I could race in a competitive fleet, yet also be able to take out with my husband and 7-year-old daughter. The J/70 has turned out to be the perfect boat for me."
Anticipating the top-level helms she will be up against, Leech is hoping to be in the top 20% of the fleet. She will race with champion dinghy sailor and match racer Elizabeth Kratzig of Miami, three-time Olympian Annemieke Bes of The Netherlands, and another experienced local, Newport's Chafee Emory who was a member of the Melges 32 winning team at the 2014 Key West Race Week.
"We are again sailing with an all-female crew, as we did in Key West. That makes us significantly lighter (roughly 100 lbs.) than most other crews which could be a disadvantage if it blows over 15 knots as it can at this time of year. But I really enjoy sailing with my friends. I love the camaraderie, and it doesn't hurt that most of my friends have been, or are currently, coaches and are patiently improving my helming skills."
Leech admits that the hardest thing to learn has been how to start in a big fleet. "You can't get coached in those few seconds; you have to really do it yourself because there is no time to wait for directions ... your hole will be gone. Only time in the boat and lots of starts will help make up for all my years not driving, but for now, I just try not to start on some great boat's hip."
Leech also feels there is not a significant home-court advantage for local teams. "Newport is a very neutral venue, as long as you are sailing outside on Block Island Sound. There are a few general weather patterns that local knowledge may help with, but even those are not set in stone, and can often catch you unprepared if you rely on them and don't keep your head out of the boat. If we race up the Bay then tides become a major factor – and local knowledge could make the difference."
For more information about the inaugural J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, please visit www.j70worlds.com
Helly Hansen is presenting sponsor of the world championship, and North Sails is the Official Regatta Support Partner. Also enhancing the experience of competitors at the regatta will be Harken, Marlow Ropes, Newport Storm, Seadek Marine Products, Southern Spars, Torqeedo and Triad Trailers.
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The Offshore New England Championship a.k.a ONE Regatta, formerly the PHRF New England Championship, is New England's premier large boat sailing event. The ONE Regatta is hosted by Boston YC, Corinthian YC and Eastern YC, all in Marblehead, MA. The event is organized and promoted by Mass Bay Sailing Association, and each year one of the three clubs will host the onshore festivities while all three clubs will produce excellent racing on the water. Twelve J/70s registered for the event, which was dominated by William Lynn's Africa, which tallied 13 points in eight races (1,2,2,1,2,2,2,1). Alex Meleney's Layla settled for second with 27 points, ahead of Kurt Winkelmann's Navega Racing in third. For complete results, click here.
Verve Cup Inshore Regatta
After Saturday's races were postponed due to weather, 71 boats made the most of a spectacular day of sailing in Chicago in the annual Verve Cup Inshore Regatta, hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club at its Belmont Station. The annual regatta features the best one-design sailing in the Midwest, with nine classes in this year's event. "It was some nice racing on Sunday," said Jessica Jamieson, chair of the Verve Inshore. "Unfortunately, we had to abandon racing on Saturday due to the weather, but I was pleased to see the turnout of so many fleets." With temperatures in the upper 80s under sunny skies, winds shifted to the east/southeast at approximately 8 knots throughout the day. "We made up for the weather yesterday with champagne sailing today in Chicago," said Jay Kehoe, on-the-water director for the Chicago Yacht Club. "We also saw great performances by Sarah Renz in the J/70s and Mark Teborek in the Etchells, who are both preparing to represent CYC in the New York Yacht Club invitational in the first week of September." PRO Rick Lillie said there was a 55-degree wind shift during the first race, which made it a challenge to keep the course somewhat square. "A special thanks to the Race Committee team, who moved every mark several times today," Lillie said. "Good, tight racing and we were able to get three races in today. And we are happy to host the largest J/70 turnout of the season." The J/70 class is indeed growing and attracted competitors from as far away as Norway. Eighteen J/70s competed in this year's regatta. Heartbreaker, skippered by Robert Hughes of the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, earned the top spot in the J/70 class. The Heartbreaker crew included Taylor Canfield, ranked No. 1 match racer in the world. "We got in three great races today, with the wind backing from the southeast all the way to the east. But overall, it was some good, fair racing," Canfield said. "The city is great — freshwater, Lake Michigan is awesome. It's one of my favorite places to sail and one of my favorite places to be." For complete results, click here.
The CanAm Challenge hit Youngstown Yacht Club in New York from July 26-27 with 12 one-design fleets plus two pursuit groups. In the 12-boat J/70 fleet, a clear winner emerged in the team of Gary Tisdale and Adam Burns. They took Kraken to four wins in the six races, adding in a second and a third for 9 points. Travis Odenbach's Honey Badger settled for second with 21 points, and John Goller/Brian Hill for third with 24 points. For complete results, click here.
The sixth and final event on the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta circuit culminated with the 125th anniversary of Marblehead Race Week, with 158 teams competing in the three day event (July 25-27). With a storm front moving through Massachusetts Bay on Sunday afternoon, the conditions between Saturday and Sunday could not have been more different. In the 17-boat J/70 fleet, Jud & Cindy Smith mastered all the conditions by totaling just 15 points in nine races. They scored four bullets, and never placed out of the top five. With 27 points, Stein Skaane's Shred grabbed second. The team of Bill Lynn and Matt Hooks took third with 30 points. For complete results, click here.
Tim Healy Conquers J/70 North American Championship
Tim Healy, with his team of John Mollicone, Gordon Borges and Geoff Becker, has attained the 2014 J/70 North American Championship. Hosted by Rochester Yacht Club in Rochester, New York, six races were completed in the second annual Championship, which did not include a discard race. Although never finishing higher than third, Healy and crew avoided notching any scores below a 12 and finished the series with 43 points. Ian Atkins of Great Britain secured the runner-up position with a bullet in Sunday's only race, tallying 50 overall points. No racing took place on Saturday, after five were completed on the initial two days. Brian Keane totaled 57 points for third place. Healy praised the Race Committee, led by PRO Hank Stuart, saying, "Hank and his crew did a really great job getting races off in the tough conditions that we had. The race management was excellent." He also complimented the welcoming hospitality at the Rochester Yacht Club. "For the J/70 Class, this is a great place to have a Championship regatta," Healy continued. "Everything was done first-class. We enjoyed every part of it, and stayed for all the dinners. It was fun for us; we had a great time in Rochester." Martin Johnsson won the Corinthian Division, with Adam Burns in second and Brian Elliott in third.
The top 10 overall:
1) Tim Healy, USA 58, 3-3-6-9-12-10 (43 points)
2) Ian Atkins, GBR 76, 6-20-3-13-7-1 (50 points)
3) Brian Keane, USA 36, 5-6-2-4-5-35 (57 points)
4) Mauricio Santa Cruz, BRA 66, 4-16-1-29%-10-7 (67 points)
5) Allan Terhune, USA 69, 10-13-4-27-3-11 (68 points)
6) Martin Kullman, USA 42, 21-15-21-8-2-4 (71 points)
7) John Brim, USA 03, 24-9-9-17-11-3 (73 points)
8) Kris Werner/Flip Wehrheim, USA 23, 20-7-22-5-9-13 (76 points)
9) Joel Ronning, USA 52, 29-2-8-28-1-9 (77 points)
10) Bennet Greenwald, USA 54, 16-22-5-1-13-43 (100 points)
Seventy-one teams competed from Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Sweden and the United States. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at www.j70nac.com.
Brian Keane Moves to Top of Leaderboard at J/70 North American Championship
No racing today at the J/70 North American Championship in Rochester, NY due to lack of wind. Sunday is the final day of competition. For complete regatta information, visit www.j70nac.com.
Five races are now in the books, and the J/70 North American Championship has a new leader. Brian Keane continued to post consistent scores, and with nothing lower than a sixth (5,6,2,4,5) has moved solidly into first place with 22 points. Tim Healy dropped to second with 33 points, and Ian Atkins is in third with 49. Brian Elliott currently tops the Corinthian division. The regatta, hosted by Rochester Yacht Club in Rochester, New York, will not have a discard race. Teams were briefly postponed on shore as the wind filled in. When it did, the breeze ranged between 6-8 knots under clear skies. Bennet Greenwald tallied the victory in race four, just ahead of Martin Johnsson and Jud Smith. Joel Ronning grabbed a bullet in the next battle, as Martin Kullman and Allan Terhune finalized the top three spots. Racing continues through Sunday for the 71 teams from Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Sweden and the United States. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at www.j70nac.com.
J/70 North American Championship Opens with Tim Healy/Brian Keane Tight Battle for First
Three races were completed on the initial day of the J/70 North American Championship, hosted by Rochester Yacht Club in Rochester, New York. Only one point separates Tim Healy and Brian Keane for the top position, with Healy holding the advantage 12 points to 13. Mauricio Santa Cruz stands in third place with 21 points. Healy tallied two thirds and a sixth, while Keane managed a 5,6,2. There are no throw-outs in the regatta. Thursday dawned with winds between 6-8 knots, as Jenn and Ray Wulff began the regatta with a victory. Marco Teixidor and Healy completed the top three. With sunny skies and temperatures around 70 degrees, the breeze increased to 10-12 knots in the next contest when Brian Elliott grabbed the win, and Joel Ronning and Healy followed. Santa Cruz ended the day successfully in the final bout, which saw winds build to 12-14. Keane trailed in second, and Ian Atkins in third. Racing continues through Sunday for the 71 teams from Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Sweden and the United States. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at www.j70nac.com.
The eighth annual Fiesta Cup at Santa Barbara Yacht Club had an excellent turnout of J/70s, and the fleet of eight boats enjoyed two good days of racing. As has been the tradition since the event started, the sailors were treated on Saturday evening to an awesome luau-styled barbecue sponsored by Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard and Cerveza Pacifico and supplanted by the famous Santa Barbara YC "margaritas." On the first day, BOTTLE ROCKET (Jeff Thorpe & David Schuman) took off like a rocket and posted an unbeatable scoreline of 2-1-2 to lead the fleet on the first day. In their wake was Scott Deardorff's CAKE with 4-3-3 for second, and in third was Ken Kieding's SMOKE & MIRROS with a 1-4-4. The next day of racing saw an up-and-down scoreline for the entire fleet with a surprising outcome for the regatta. After starting slowly, the ECLIPSE team led by Pat Toole was determined to beat the others around the track. When the dust settled on Sunday afternoon, ECLIPSE's three straight bullets for the day gave them a record of 7-6-1-1-1-1 for 17 points. Sailing with Pat were Shawn Hughes, Andrew Nunn and Mike Drammer. The balance of the top five was extremely close, with just three points separating them after six races; the outcome determined by the last leg of the last race. After posting a strong finish at Long Beach Race Week, Scott Deardorff's team on CAKE (wife Leslie Dierdorff and Matt & Laura Wilson) sailed a very consistent series and, in fact, were the only team to post all top four finishes in the regatta. Their record of 4-3-3-4-4-2 for 20 points was good enough for second place. CAKE just beat Mike Wolfe's IN SHEEP's CLOTHING crew by one point. The "Sheep" posted a 3-5-5-2-3-3 tally for 21 points to secure third. Fourth was Chris Gabriel's DIVERSION with 22 points, and fifth was the top visiting team, Jeff Thorpe & David Schumann's BOTTLE ROCKET from San Francisco YC. For more Fiesta Cup sailing information click here.
J/70 North American Championship Launches Thursday from Rochester, New York
Eighty-one J/70 teams are assembling in Rochester, New York for the second annual J/70 North American Championship. Competitors from Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Sweden and the United States are invading the area as entrants complete the registration procedures and tune-up for the official start of competition on Thursday, July 17. The inaugural J/70 North American Championship was won by Heather Gregg Earl last September in Annapolis, Maryland. Heather will try to defend her title this week in Rochester against a slew of champions from various Classes. This event is also one of the final qualifiers for the first ever J/70 World Championship, taking place in Newport, Rhode Island from September 8-13. NAC racing commences Thursday from the Rochester Yacht Club and continues through Sunday. Visit www.j70nac.com for a full entry list, complete regatta details and racing updates.
North Sails Becomes Gold Sponsor of the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen
The J/70 Class Association is pleased to announce that North Sails has committed to a Gold Sponsorship and will be the Official Regatta Support Partner for the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, which will be contested September 8-13, 2014, in Newport, Rhode Island, and hosted by the New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court. As the Official Regatta Support Partner, North Sails' North U Regatta Services team will be onsite all week working with sailors to improve their boat setup, rig tune and sail trim. Available to all competitors, expert sailing performance analysts Andreas Josenhans and Chuck Allen will offer on-the-water performance analysis followed by daily photo and video debriefs. Additionally, North Sails' J/70 Class experts will host dock talks immediately after sailing throughout the regatta; North's sail care van will be available to pick-up and drop-off sails needing overnight repair; and North Sails has partnered with Sailing Weather Service to provide free detailed daily weather forecasts for all competitors. "The J/70 has quickly become one of the fastest growing one-design Classes in North America, and I have firsthand knowledge of how fun it is to sail and how competitive the racing has become," said North Sails One Design President Tim Healy (Jamestown, RI). "The boat is a solid design, and J Boats has done a great job backing the Class's growth, which has contributed to its popularity. This regatta is sure to be a marquee event with huge participation, and personally I can't wait for September." North Sails President Ken Read (Newport, RI) will kick off the week at Sail Newport on Sunday, September 7, with a local knowledge presentation followed by the North Sails-hosted J/70 Worlds Welcome Party featuring beverages from local brewery Newport Storm. "The J/70 Class is exploding right now," said Read. "North Sails has been a supporter of the boat since its inception, and we're proud to sign on for J/70 Worlds. Newport is the perfect venue, and the New York Yacht Club will ensure the regatta is well run. We look forward to welcoming all J/70 sailors, especially the international competitors, to Newport in September." For more information about the inaugural J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, please visitwww.j70worlds.com.
Newport Regatta Rocks the East Coast
Sailors from 21 US states and eight countries gathered in Newport for Sail Newport's annual Newport Regatta on July 11-13, featuring Bacardi Newport Race Week with long-term sponsors Heineken and new sponsor Helly Hansen. The mammoth event on four circles of racing on Narragansett Bay, in its 31st year, requires over 100 volunteers and partnerships with New York Yacht Club, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport Yacht Club and Barrington Yacht Club. The J/70 fleet was won by Allan Terhune's team on Dazzler, who netted 16 points in the six races. Martin Kullman's Touch2Play was eight points back in second place, and Will Welles' Rascal rounded out the top three with 30 points. 31 J/70s were registered. For complete results click here.
J/70 North American Championship
Long Beach Race Week
The sailors with the best prescriptions survived the relatively windless distress of a difficult Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. The 35th version of the West's largest keelboat regatta was staged by the neighboring Long Beach and Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs, and despite the absence of the familiar whitecapped race courses and breeze below, the usual level the competition was lively. In the 16-boat J/70 fleet, a veteran with experience in the boat from ventures to the East Coast tallied four firsts, a second and a third. His name: Dave Ullman. "The wind wasn't big but it was good enough to sail," the title sponsor said. "It was quite shifty, but we were always sailing." Scott Deardorff's Cake came in second with 26 points, trailed by Tom Garrett's Sloop John B in third with 31 points. For complete results, visit http://files.lbrw.org/2014/LBRW_Overall.html.
J/70 Class Announces Helly Hansen's Presenting Sponsorship of Inaugural World Championship
The J/70 Class Association is pleased to announce Helly Hansen as presenting sponsor for the 2014 J/70 World Championship which will be contested from September 8-13, 2014, in Newport, Rhode Island, and hosted by New York Yacht Club from its Harbour Court clubhouse. Over 100 teams–representing up to 18 countries–are expected to compete for the championship title during the inaugural World Championship of this exciting new one-design Class. "We are thrilled to present the first J/70 World Championship in Newport," said Filip Francke, Helly Hansen's VP/General Manager Sport and Workwear-US. "Sailing has been a part of our cultural fiber since Norwegian sea captain Helly Juell Hansen created the first supple waterproof fabrics for his crew in 1877. As we re-launch in the USA with a revitalized Helly Hansen sailing line, new community and racing partnerships, and outstanding development programs, we're excited to showcase our long-term commitment throughout the event in front of a strong international field of teams and supporters, and a great location and host venue." For more information about the inaugural J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, please visit www.j70worlds.com.
2014 J/70 Worlds
Great Lakes Championship
Eight fleets of one-design boats invaded Cleveland Race Week at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio from June 13-15, including 25 registered J/70s competing in the Great Lakes Championship. The J/70s began their series on Friday, which featured Northwest breezes in the teens and typical Lake Erie waves. Winds started strong again on Saturday morning, but died off throughout the day. Sunday dawned with light breeze but increased, making for a beautiful day of racing in Cleveland. Paul Hulsey's Team Bayview handily won the 10-race series with 49 points. The Corinthian team beat out Henry Filter's Wild Child and Paul Cannon in second and third, respectively--both with 62 points. For complete results, visit www.clevelandraceweek.com.
The Chicago NOOD (June 6-8) had 14 J/70s from the Great Lakes to as far west as California. Friday and Saturday produced a steady light to medium breeze. Three races on both days gave the fleet six races for the regatta. Sunday, the wind shifted Northeast with steady 25 knot winds gusting to 40. Waves built from 3-5 feet to 8, at which point Chicago Yacht Club cancelled Sunday's racing. 20/20 skippered by John Arendshorst took first followed by X skippered by Dan Cheresh in second, and in third Bennet Greenwald skippering Perseverance. The Corinthian fleet represented half of the boats with Paul Hursey on BYC Team Pride taking first, Aquaholicks skippered by Martin Johnsson in second, and Gemini skippered by Blane Shea taking third. For complete results, click here.
Southern Bay Race Week
Southern Bay Race Week in Hampton, VA took place from May 30-June 1 with nine J/70s registered. The racing was very tight with just one point separating first and second place after seven races. Dave Wilbar's Vortex edged out Latane Montague's Full Monty, taking advantage of three bullets to win 15 points to 16. Ron Thompson placed third with 18. For complete results, click here.
New England Championship
Seven fleets attended the 2014 Cedar Point One Design Regatta on Long Island Sound, hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT on May 31-June 1. The event was also the J/70 New England Championship, and 37 boats comprised the J/70 fleet. Six races were held, and Brian Keane's Savasana handily claimed the victory with 10 net points. Jud Smith's Africa and Henry Filter's Wild Child tied on points at 25 to round out the top three. For complete results, click here.
Delta Ditch Run
The 24th annual Point Richmond to Stockton Race, aka the Delta Ditch Run, was held on May 31. 155 boats started in San Francisco Bay, following the perilous 67 mile route inland through the Delta to finish at the Stockton Sailing Club, just minutes from Interstate 5. Among the winners was Eric Kownacki/Tom Jenkins on the J/70 DFZ. Eleven J/70s competed. For complete results, visit http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/7799.
J/70 Midwinter Championship Returns to Key West Race Week in 2015
Capitalizing on a 60-boat J/70 fleet at the 2014 Midwinter Championship in Key West, FL, the J/70 Midwinter Championship will again be conducted as part of Key West Race Week in 2015. The 28th edition of the week-long event is scheduled for January 18-23, 2015, and this will be the fourth straight year that Quantum Sails will serve as title sponsor. Kathy Parks, owner of Sundog, shares the enthusiasm of many other J/70 owners, saying, "The Division 2 race committee gave us another great Quantum Key West Regatta. I love the five days of racing, which we rarely see anywhere else and we love the energy at the panels, party and awards." Tim Healy has won both previous renditions of the J/70 Midwinter Championship in America's southernmost city, including "Boat of the Week" honors this past January. Registration and regatta details can be found at the regatta website www.Premiere-Racing.com.
Congratulations to John Fuller and team BL!SSS from Newport Harbor Yacht Club on winning the J/70 fleet at the Elite Keel Regatta hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club this past weekend. Eleven teams sailed the windy event, getting in four races of which Fuller won three. Scott Deardorff's CAKE placed second with 13 points, trailed by Scott Sellers' 1FA and Eric Kownacki's DFZ (both with 15 points). For complete results, visit http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/8364#_newsroom+results.
With 10 starts over three days of sun filled racing in Puget Sound, it is hard to call the inaugural J/70 one-design race at the Seattle NOOD anything but a success. The fun and competitiveness of the J/70 and the PNW Fleet clearly shined through this last weekend with the top three boats all taking at least one first place and all boats taking at least one second place. While Ben on Just Listed was able to maintain a consistent first place position throughout the regatta, second place wasn't locked down until the final two races when Andrew Mesher on Peridot was able to overcome a one-point deficit by taking his first bullet of the weekend and then extending his points gap over Michael Pitt on DaSpencer with a solid second in the final race of the regatta. The weekend ended with an adhoc gathering of the top three skippers and crew members at CYC discussing tactics and recapping the regatta. For full results, click here.
149 boats showed up to race at the Vallejo Race in Vallejo, CA. After a short postponement on day one and with a fickle, light southwest breeze, the race committee sent the first two divisions off to fight a building ebb for the long 21 miles to Vallejo. Then the wind died. Once half of the divisions were started, the northwesterly finally arrived at 1330, as a wall of wind hit the boats, and within seconds they were off. Once around the windward turning mark, they had a one tack beat to get into San Pablo Bay for the real fun to begin. After Point San Pablo, the boats turned down just enough that some chose to set the chute. A building breeze, ebb and big waves created surfing all the way to Mare Island. The racers woke up Sunday morning under gray skies, and some drizzle fell before the sun came out. At noon the starts were off with a bang in plenty of wind to get out of the Napa River and into San Pablo Bay. Although it was building as the day wore on, it was nothing like Saturday's 25 knots. On Saturday's 21.5nm race down the bayou, the J/70 DFZ sailed by Eric Kownacki and Tom Jenkins won the Sportboat 2 Class and fellow classmate Alex Knox on Small Craft Advisory took fifth. On Sunday's 14.5nm race back, the duo on the J/70 DFZ (Kownacki/Jenkins) again repeated their performance of the day before and took another first to win their weekend. For more information, visit http://www.vyc.org/.
American YC Spring Series
The final day of the American Yacht Club Spring Series saw gusts to 35 knots and planing conditions. Fifteen J/70s were registered for the event, which encompassed two weekends. Scott and Alex Furnary's No Name Yet won the 11-race series with a total score of 22 points. Carrie and Ed Austin's Chinook took second place with 36 points. Megan and Madelyn Ploch's Sugar Daddy grabbed the bronze position with 44 points. Complete results are available athttp://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1044.
The heat wave that had hovered over California began to give way Sunday as the 42nd annual Yachting Cup regatta awoke to its third and final day for the 11 competing fleets in San Diego, CA. As coastal clouds and the cool Pacific put locals on notice that "May Grey" weather may soon return, it proved to be only slightly cooler and only slightly windier than Saturday. But progress nonetheless. The Near Roads Course, closer to Point Loma, fit in three races for its six fleets. Conditions were an improvement over Saturday, offering a relatively steady 4-9 knots, and the leaders remained at form to lock in their victories. The J/70 fleet winner was the team of Kownacki/Jenkins on DFZ. David Ullman and John Fuller completed the top three. For complete results, visithttp://sdyc.org/results14/yachtingcup_res.htm#J/70.
Brian Keane named Overall Winner at Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Annapolis
Strong westerly winds on the Chesapeake Bay delivered favorable racing conditions for sailors competing in the final day of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Annapolis. As crews headed out to the race courses Sunday, the potential for multiple races in each class appeared to be a foregone conclusion, making the Overall Winner title within reach for many of the regatta's top skippers. However, it was skipper Brian Keane and crew aboard Savasana in the J/70 fleet who performed flawlessly under pressure to obtain the prestigious honor. Keane and crew maintained excellent boat speed and positioning in both races Sunday in the regatta's most competitive class. The Weston, MA-based team was also spot-on in their strategy for handling wind shifts and the strong current. As overall winner, the crew earns an invitation to the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Championship in October in the British Virgin Islands. For complete regatta information, visit http://www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/annapolis.
AYC Spring Series
Seventy-eight boats participated in the American YC Spring Series last weekend. After two days and six races, the fleets were pleased with the performance of AYC's excellent Race Committee work on this opening weekend of the Series. The largest fleet was also the youngest and marks its debut in the AYC Spring Series. With 15 boats registered, the J/70s saw spirited competition across the board. Currently leading is Class newcomer David Murphy sailing COOKIE MONSTER to five firsts in a row! Just behind them is John Brim's RIMETTE only five points back. Lying third is Scott Furnary on NONAME YET. Dave Florence in BUZZZ is fourth and Carrie & Ed Austin sailing CHINOOK are sitting in fifth. For complete information, visithttp://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1044.
Puget Sound Spring Regatta
It simply does not get much better than the two days of racing that showed up for this year's Puget Sound Spring Regatta, hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. 55 boats made it out April 12-13 for two of the most stellar days of the year for sailing in the Pacific Northwest. On the South course, set off the Shilshole Bay Marina, there was a PHRF J/70 & J/80 fleet. The consistent sailing of the crew on the J/70 Just Listed left them solidly in the lead by 10.5 points over the J/80 Crazy Ivan. For complete regatta information, visit http://ballardsailor.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/sun-fun-for-pssr/.
Charleston Race Week
There was a tremendous amount of racing activity across Charleston area waters for Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week on April 11-13. The 19th edition hosted racing for 16 separate classes. The growth of the event drew competitors from 27 states and five continents, from as far away as New Zealand, Scandinavia, Brazil, Guatemala, Australia and Peru. Many of these foreign sailors are among the sport's top names, including Vasco Vascotto from Italy (in the J/70 Class) and Jordan Reese from Australia (in the J/70 Class). This pantheon of stars notwithstanding, the majority of the competitors racing in Charleston are folks whose faces wouldn't catch notice on the pages of a sailing magazine, yet they're definitely capable of scorching up the race course. In the regatta's most numerous class—the 80-boat J/70 fleet—Jim Barnash from New York took top honors by four points over Rob Britts' crew from Florida. For Britts, who has only been sailing the boat for three months and sails with an all Corinthian team of friends, it was a very sweet moment. He said, "This is my seventh time competing here. We won this event back in 2003, but I think finishing second in such a big fleet is even more satisfying." For complete information, visit www.charlestonraceweek.com.
A staple of the St. Francis Yacht Club spring series for decades, a fleet of 48 boats were treated to beautiful conditions for J Fest during the first weekend in April. Starting with sunny, cloudless mornings, the StFYC PRO kept the fleet in the confines of the harbor until 11am under postponement. As soon as the first whispers of the seabreeze wafted in under the Golden Gate Bridge, StFYC PRO John Craig sent the fleet out to the starting line just off Alcatraz Island and the magnificent San Francisco city front. The J/70 called 1FA, sailed by Scott Sellers and Geoff McDonald, took delivery the day before the regatta of their brand new boat. "Norm Davant from Sail California helped us tune the boat on Friday when we took delivery, and we were ready to sail on Saturday," said Scott. He continued, "It is a pretty easy boat to sail so there weren't a lot of tricks. Our crew has a lot of miles sailing together in small keelboats on the City Front so despite being a new boat for us, we felt we were playing a game that we have played before. Just like with any boat on the City Front in 15 to 20 knots of breeze, keeping the boat flat and tracking consistently through the puffs is the key to speed. Everyone in the fleet is fairly new to the boat so I am sure techniques will be refined and the Class will get more competitive as more people enter the Class and spend more time in the boats. The momentum in the Class nationally and locally is undeniable. I expect 30+ boats on the Bay in the next two years." Behind the Sellers/McDonald team on 1FA, in second place was Peter Cameron's team on Prime Number. And, sailing equally consistently in the top three was Chris Kostanecki's Jennifer taking the bronze for the J/70 fleet. For more regatta information, visit http://www.stfyc.com/.
Dazzler Wins J/70 DIYC Winter Series Final Weekend; Touch2Play Crowned Overall Series Champion
Rob Butler and crew on Touch2Play took the inaugural Quantum J/70 Winter Series hosted by Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL over the three months series. With thunderstorms and a frontal passage on Friday, the result was one race Saturday and three races Sunday. According to one sailor, "It was light weather on Saturday morning. We started postponed on shore. The first race was around noon. During the race it went from 6-8 knots to 15-20 knots and more. The racing was then postponed after the first race due to an impending weather front, and everyone went back to shore at DIYC. When the storm hit with thunderstorms, wind and rain, everything was called off after 1400 hrs. Sunday was a beautiful day with NW breeze, puffy, shifty, 10-15 knots and velocity slowly diminishing. We managed to get in three races. Beginning with the first race on Sunday, it was going from planing to displacement mode, but soon thereafter it was all displacement downwind." Allan Terhune's Dazzler from Annapolis Yacht Club with Chris Larson on board sailed the most consistently in the fleet. By Sunday afternoon, the Dazzler team amassed a fleet-leading 2-3-1-6 for 12 points total to win by a dozen points. The balance of the top five was solved by who beat whom in the last race and a tie-breaker, all within five points of each other! Taking second on the podium by virtue of a tie-breaker was Peter Tuite sailing Curragh to an 8-12-3-1 record for 24 points. Peter was also top Corinthian sailor for this event. He beat out the top Canadian team, Rex sailed by Scott Weakley from Port Credit Yacht Club. Rex's scoreline of 3-4-9-8 also scored 24 points and was good for third overall. In fourth was Rob Butler's Touch2Play with Martie Kullman on board. Their performance was sufficient to move them onto the top of the overall Quantum Winter Series lead. Taking fifth was Joel Ronning's Catapult with guest tactician, Tim Healy, aboard. In the Corinthians world, as mentioned above, Peter Tuite won on Curragh. He was followed by Rob Britts on Hot Mess in second and Blake Kimbrough on Nostalgia in third. One of the notable performances was to see top female skipper Catharine Evans sailing Mojito to third in Corinthians in the overall series. As for the overall Open Division results for the Winter Series, the combined three event results saw Butler's Touch2Play win. They were followed by Britts's Hot Mess, and in third was Mark Ploch on Sugar Daddy from American Yacht Club in Rye, NY, sailing with Moose McClintock on board. Fourth in the series went to Thomas Bowen on Reach Around, a fellow American YC member. And, fifth went to the Werner/Barnash duo on Superfecta from Rochester Yacht Club. In the Corinthian overall series standings, Britts won, followed by Ted Johnson's Vitamin J in second, Cat Evans's Mojito in third, Noel Clinard's Loonatictu from Fishing Bay Yacht Club in fourth, and Blake and Lud Kimbrough's Nostalgia also from Fishing Bay YC in fifth. For more information, visit http://diyc.org/calendar/2014-quantum-j70-winter-series/.
J/70 JENNIFER Wins The "Big Daddy"
The Bob "Big Daddy" Klein Invitational Regatta is hosted by Richmond YC, on the eastern parts of the famous San Francisco Bay. The event marks the first regatta of the sailing season for the East Bay contingent and generally sees an enthusiastic turn-out for the event. With the rapid growth of the J/70s on the Bay (a dozen already and a dozen more on the way), it was not surprising to see nearly a half-dozen J/70s on the line for this early season regatta. This past weekend's racing in the Big Daddy saw light and shifty (but warm) winds. Coming out on top of the pack was Chris Kostanecki's JENNIFER, taking two bullets to seal their first win of the season. Chris Anderson's PERFECT WIFE took second overall and Mark Nelson's SUGOI took third. For more J/70 Big Daddy Regatta sailing information, click here.
San Diego NOOD 2014
The 2014 Sperry Top Sider San Diego NOOD saw absolutely perfect conditions for
the 16 boat J70 Fleet. Sunny skies, high 70‘s and breezes in the 10-15 knot range
were around all weekend. The 16 boat J70 fleet was the largest one design fleet at the
NOOD regatta. The J70 class is rapidly growing nationwide with over 500 boats sailing
now. The event began on Thursday for many of the J70 sailors as North Sails hosted
a small clinic and took video during practice. The unique thing about the J70 class is it
has a healthy mix of both Amateur and professional sailors. The Pros have been great
at helping the fleet really figure out how to sail the J70 which has resulted in very close
sailing. There were 9 J70’s out sparring and working on boat handling, starting and
boat speed. Friday came and the first day of racing saw light early morning breezes
quickly fade as a strong sea breeze set in. Joel Ronning and his Chicago based team
on Catapult quickly jumped to a lead in the event with a strong 3-2-1 for the day. The
conditions throughout the weekend were near perfect for sailing with the trend of strong
Sea Breezes filling every day. The shifty South bay made it possible to recover from
mistakes and the fleet saw extremely close racing. In the end the top 5 for the event
• 1st - Catapult - Joel Ronning - Wayzeta YC
• 2nd - Ohana - Joe Markee
• 3rd - Sloop John B - Tom Garrett - NHYC
• 4th - Zero to 60 - Karl Pomeroy - NHYC
• 5th - DFZ - Kownacki/Jenkins - MBYC
The J70 fleet in Southern CA has been growing rapidly in the past 3 months. There is
an active group of 14 local J70’s with more boats on the way. The fleet has a great list
of planned High Point events which Include:
• King Harbor Race Week - KHYC
• Yachting Cup - SDYC
• Long Beach Race Week - LBYC
• Fiesta Cup -SBYC
• Ahmanson Regatta - NHYC
• JFest - SDYC
BACARDI Miami Sailing Week
The mantra "a bad day on the water is better than a good day at the office" will resonate with many of the sailors who have been racing at the fifth BACARDI Miami Sailing Week Presented by EFG. While the breeze Friday was higher than allowed for competition by some Class Rules, Saturday's finale saw so little wind it appeared as though a raft-up was taking place on Biscayne Bay instead of a regatta. With scores of 10-1-1, Will Welles (Portsmouth, RI) took the win in the 40-boat J/70 fleet with 12 points, winning the tie-breaker over BMSW defending champion Brian Keane (Weston, MA) who had finishes of 7-2-3. Peter Duncan (Rye, NY) took third with 14 points, followed by Heather Gregg-Earl (Boston, MA) with 22 points, and Tim Molony (New Orleans, LA) with 23. "Out of all the regattas, this was a really great one to win," said Welles. "We had a great start, good team work, nice speed and a little luck. The first day we had about 10 knots, second day we had about 20. So I would say (Saturday) they made a good choice to not race. Coming from Newport we really love coming to BACARDI, and we are so glad they invited the J70 Class to be part of it." For a full report, results, and photo gallery, visit http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=915.
St. Pete NOOD
26 J/70s competed at the Sperry Top-Sider St. Petersburg NOOD on Tampa Bay from February 14-16. In the five races, Joel Ronning's Catapult tallied three bullets and two seconds for just 7 total points. Jud Smith's Africa placed second with 17 points, and Mark Ploch's Sugar Daddy third with 20. For complete regatta information, visit http://www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/st-petersburg.
Read the five keys to success at the St. Petersburg NOOD from the J/70 Catapult by clicking here.
Quantum J/70 Davis Island YC Winter Series Weekend Two
Hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL, the second weekend of the Quantum J/70 Davis Island YC Winter Series concluded Sunday. In first with 21 points is Helly Hansen (Tim Healy, Eastern YC); second with 26 points is Catapult (Joel Ronning, Willem van Waay, Victor Diaz, Scott Nixon); and third with 52 points is Reach Around (Thomas Bowen, AYC). Full results are available at https://www.regattatech.com/events/DIYC/J70WSeries13-2/scoring/showResultsRoster
Tim Healy Repeats as J/70 Midwinter Champion at Key West Race Week
Organizers with Premiere Racing deemed the most impressive performance of the regatta was put forth by skipper Tim Healy and his team on Helly Hansen, which won the 60-boat J/70 fleet in convincing fashion. Healy repeated as Midwinter champion in Key West by winning two races and placing second or third in five others. Helly Hansen clinched the regatta by finishing third in Race 9 and therefore did not sail the final race, using that as its throw-out. Geoff Becker and John Mollicone combined on tactics and trimming while Gordon Borges worked the bow for Healy. “Obviously the biggest key to success is having a good team. My guys did an awesome job of boat-handling and tactics,” Healy said. “We sailed here last year so we had a real good feel for the race course. This team has also sailed J/24s together the past few years so we have a comfort level that makes a big difference.” Healy and Helly Hansen came away with the biggest prize—capturing Quantum Sails Boat of the Week honors. “We had a huge Class down here last year with a lot of really good sailors so it’s a great accomplishment to come out on top. Winning Key West is definitely one of the highlights of my career,” said Healy, a 42-year-old resident of Jamestown, RI. Eight different boats took first place during the week. Rob Britts’ Hot Mess finished as the top J/70 Corinthian boat. Conditions at the southernmost point of the United States delivered the strongest winds of the regatta. North-northeasterly breezes in the 18-24 knot range made for some spectacular racing. For complete results, news and photos, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
Key West Race Week/Midwinter Championship Day 4 Report
Quantum Key West 2014 got off to an atypically slow start due to difficult weather conditions the first couple days, but reliably strong winds off the Conch Republic certainly delivered on Wednesday and Thursday. Northerly winds today ranging from 12 to 16 knots allowed for another three-race day on all courses. Tim Healy has put forth an impressive performance in the J/70 class, largest of the regatta with 60 boats. Healy, the defending Class champ in Key West, has placed first or second in five races and counts no lower than a fourth in accumulating 15 points. This event also serves as the J/70 Midwinter Championship. Savasana, the second place entry skippered by Brian Keane, is a whopping 27 points astern. Healy won two races on Thursday and finished fourth in the other to earn the Industry Partner Boat of the Day honor. Geoff Becker and John Mollicone are teaming to call tactics while Gordon Borges works the bow aboard Helly Hansen. “The big takeaway today was that you can’t get too focused on one side of the course. We saw big shifts both ways and there was plenty of pressure on both sides,” Healy said. “Our strategy has been to choose a side, but not be the furthest boat out there. You don’t want to get pushed all the way to the edge.” Racing concludes on Friday. For complete news, results and photos, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
Quality conditions on third day at Quantum Key West
Northerly winds that held steady from 12-16 knots provided the best racing conditions yet for Quantum Key West Race Week, with three races completed for the 10 classes on three divisions. There is a new leader in J/70 class. Tim Healy steered Helly Hansen to a couple seconds and a third on Wednesday to take control with a low score of 29. Catapult, skippered by Joel Ronning of Minneapolis, MN is 12 points behind in second. Geoff Becker is calling tactics upwind while John Mollicone is doing the honors downwind for Healy (Jamestown, RI), the defending regatta champ. “Going downwind we were in-between planing and displacement mode so you had to decide when to keep the bow up and the jib out,” Healy said. “There were big gains and losses to be made downwind.” Healy explained that a J/70 begins to plane in around 15 knots of breeze and attempting to do so when the wind is not strong enough causes the boat to really slow down. “It’s crucial to know when to soak it low,” he said. Racing continues daily through Friday for the 60 J/70s competing in their Midwinter Championship. Complete regatta details may be found at www.premiere-racing.com.
Key West Race Week day 2 update
After racing for the J/70s was unsuccessful on Monday due to lack of wind, rain squalls and wind shifts were the order of the day during Day 2 at Quantum Key West 2014. Multiple storm bands that were quite severe at times challenged the race committees and forced delays. Ultimately, perseverance and patience paid off as Division 2 completed two races. Boat-handling was at a premium on Division 2 as the J/70 class was buffeted by the big breeze. There were plenty of knockdowns and round-ups as the spinnakers were pounded with sudden gusts. Skipper James Allsopp and his team on Moxie showed tremendous skill and strategy in winning both races in J/70, largest class of the regatta with 60 boats. Former College of Charleston sailor Zeke Horowitz was on his game calling tactics on Moxie, which led after the first day of racing last year as well. "We went out there with a plan and we stuck with it. Everything just kind of came together for us today," said Allsopp, who competed collegiately at the Naval Academy. "We got off the line well in both races and did a good job of managing the shifts. We had a good time today." The event is also the Midwinter Championship with multiple berths on the line for the first ever J/70 World Championship this fall. News, results and photos are available at www.Premiere-Racing.com.
Ian Atkins of Boats.com is competing!
Ian Atkins of Boats.com is competing on a J/70 at Key West Race Week. He is writing a blog on the event at: http://blog.boats.com/2014/01/j70-boats-com-rigs-up-for-key-west-race-week/#.Ut03gBBFDIU
J/70 Midwinter Championship
60 J/70s have descended upon Key West for the Midwinter Championship in conjunction with Key West Race Week. Teams have gathered from across the USA, Canada, Bermuda and Great Britain for five days of competition. Tim Healy is back to defend his Midwinter title, as are runner-up Brian Keane and third place finisher Bruno Pasquinelli. "We're excited to be back in Key West and hoping we do as well as last year. There are a lot of really good teams here, and it's really hard to say which ones are the top contenders," said Healy, who has John Mollicone and Geoff Becker aboard as co-tacticians and trimmers. "As usual, consistency is the key and you have to keep fighting all the way around the course. There are gains to be made on every leg and every point will count at the end." Follow updates and results all week at http://www.premiere-racing.com.
Jud Smith Takes Win at First Weekend of Quantum J/70 Davis Island YC Winter Series
The Quantum J/70 Winter Series got off to a rousing start with 39 boats competing at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL. The three-weekend series kicked off from January 11-12, with Jud Smith of Eastern Yacht Club snagging the victory. Tallying a line of 1,5,1,10,2,6, Smith totaled 25 points to earn the win by nine points over second-place Rob Butler’s Touch 2 Play. A trio of boats followed next with 53 points each: Rob Britts’ Hot Mess, Henry Brauer’s Scamp and Mike Dressel. Nineteen boats competed in the Corinthian Division, and the top three are: Britts on Hot Mess, Peter Tuite on Curragh and Joe Colling’s USA69. On Saturday, winds started at 12 knots and built to 20 by the end of the day. With the breeze out of the south, waves increased to 1-3 feet. Sunday dawned with North winds which flattened the wave action, while breezes began at 8-10 knots but dropped to 4-6. Six races were completed overall. In addition to Smith’s two bullets, race winners were Britts, Butler, Bennet Greenwald and Kris Werner. Racing continues at DIYC on February 7-9 and March 28-30. Registration is available at http://diyc.org/calendar/2014-quantum-j70-winter-series/, as are complete results. Photos may be viewed on the J/70 Class Facebook page.
Hot Rum Series
The infamous Hot Rum Series in San Diego attracted 143 entrants to compete over three Saturdays on Nov. 9, 23, and Dec. 7. Using an inverted start system, with the 11.9 mile course routed around fixed marks, wind direction and strength frequently impact the final results. Sailing in what was arguably one of the toughest fleets, Jeff Brown’s J/70 took top honors followed by Dave Vieregg’s Soggy Dollar in third overall in class. The J/70 fleet won every race in class with Eric Kownacki’s DFZ taking one and Karl Pomeroy’s Zero TO 60 taking another. For full results, visit http://sdyc.org/results13/hotrum_res.htm.
Santa Barbara YC Holiday Regatta
The annual Santa Barbara YC Holiday Regatta has been known over the course of time to experience the extremes in weather. The forecast for the weekend event was exciting for those who enjoy downwind planing conditions. With morning winds of 10-20 kts NW increasing to 20-30 kts in the afternoon and gusts to 35 kts with 6-10 ft seas, the fleet was going to be in for wild ride on Saturday! Having started less than a year ago, the Santa Barbara J/70 fleet is now over a dozen boats strong with more arriving in the not too distant future. Taking J/70 fleet honors by a whisker was Chris Gabriel on Diversion, posting a 1-1-2-4-3 for 11 points, clearly relishing the big breeze on Saturday and taking somewhat of a breather on the lighter conditions Sunday. Second on the tie-breaker was Shawn Hughes and Andrew Nunn sailing Eclipse, taking a 3-3-1-3-1 for 11 points. Just one point back was Ken Kieding’s Smoke & MIrrors with a 2-2-3-1-4 scoreline for 12 points—close racing indeed for the top three. For more Santa Barbara YC Holiday Regatta sailing information, visit www.sbyc.org.
2014 Caribbean Racing for J/70 Winter Racing
Are you looking for warm water and hot racing?
Now's the time to plan to ship your J-70 from Florida in time to race the St. Thomas International Regatta, March 28-30, followed by the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, March 28- April 6, 2014.
Three great races in just 10 Days!
Click here for more details.
J/70 Awarded ISAF Status
At the recent annual meeting of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in Oman, the ISAF board approved the J/70 as one of their newest ISAF classes. The designation becomes official upon the signing of the standard class agreement in the coming weeks. In less than 18 months after launching, the J/70 exceeded the requirements for global distribution and class organization; and now joins the distinguished company of many long standing international classes. ISAF status allows a class to run sanctioned World and continental events; it opens up funding in many countries for sailing athletes who compete in class events; and it allows the class to be considered for future international “Games” such as the Pan Am Games, Asian Games and the Olympic Games.
Lakewood Yacht Club's J-Fest Southwest Regatta
Lakewood Yacht Club's annual J-Fest Southwest Regatta began on Saturday, November 2 under Northerly winds in the 20-25 knot range producing the usual big chop. Sunday's 16-20 made for somewhat better conditions for the 12 J/70s. The Pasquinelli/Wilson team on Stampede came out on top with 10 points, followed by Chris Lewis' GB with 18 points and Scott Spurlin's JBoats Southwest with 21 points. Six races were held, for complete results click here.
The Young Guns team came up from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and dominated the 24-boat J/70 Fall Brawl fleet from the start last weekend. St. Mary’s was led by Venezuelan Olympic hopeful Victor Diaz de Leon, borrowing a boat from the skipper on whose team Diaz de Leon had sailed a couple weeks earlier in the J/70 North Americans. Their first day’s keeper finishes of 1-1-3-1 put the Young Guns so far ahead of the pack by the time the fleet came ashore on Saturday evening that they could afford to slack off a little on the second day and still take the overall win by a comfortable margin. Sailed out of Eastport Yacht Club, the regatta was held over two days in moderate to heavy air and lumpy seas with five races on Saturday and three more to wrap things up on Sunday. Competitors came from up and down the East Coast, with out-of-state sailors — primarily from Massachusetts and New York — outnumbering locals in the top 10 by the time the racing was done. Finishing solidly in third overall in the eight-race, one-throwout series was Annapolitan John Aras’ team, including John Dolan, Alex Stout and Mark Eagan. “We only just got the boat a couple of days before the NAs,” Aras said, “so we’re still figuring it out. The learning curve is pretty steep.” Aras, who also was the top Corinthian (amateur) sailor in the event, said the conditions and the tight competition were challenging throughout the weekend, describing solid southwesterlies coupled with big chop on Saturday and puffy, shifty northerlies on Sunday that swung 20 degrees or more. “Getting through that chop was a bit of a challenge,” he said. “It was all about trying to be consistent and not making too many mistakes, hitting the shifts and keeping clear air, ” he said. “A little mistake could cost you five or six boats pretty quickly.” With five top-five finishes and only one keeper worse than 10th, Aras and his team showed that they’ve picked up a lot of boat knowledge in a short time. “It was a lot of fun,” Aras said. “There was good breeze and Eastport did a good job with the courses.” The fleet was tightly packed most of the time, and the conditions clearly took a toll as nearly everyone, including the top sailors, had one or more finishes they would have preferred to forget. In fact, the EYC Race Committee led by PRO Keith Jacobs had to weather their share of challenges, too, particularly on Saturday when the weather mark blew away in the building breeze during the day’s last race and the mark boat crew had to sub in suddenly for the missing cylinder.
Full results J/70 Fall Brawl (24 boats)
1. Young Guns, Victor Diaz de Leon, 1-1-3-1-[RAF]-7-3-6 = 22
2. USA 179, Jud Smith, -2-5-4-1-9-4-5 = 30
3. 364, John Aras, -4-1-12-3-4-2-9 = 35
4. Whiquila, Andrew Criezis, 2-11-2--11-3-5-3 = 37
5. Nostalgia, Blake Kimbrough, 4-9-7--6-1-8-4 = 39 -
Heather Gregg Earl & Joe Bardenheier Make History as Inaugural J/70 North American Champions
Heather Gregg Earl and Joe Bardenheier will be remembered as the first ever J/70 North American Champions. The co-owners from Boston, MA, sailing Muse with Stuart Saffer and Bill Lynn, earned a ninth in the final race to secure victory with 95 points in the seven-race series. The North American Championship was held at the Annapolis Yacht Club by Fleet #1 and title sponsored by Hillman Focused Advantage Fund. Brian Keane’s Savasana earned second on the podium with 97 points. Tim Healy’s Helly Hansen placed third with 101 points. “We didn’t know we won the regatta until we got to the dock!” beamed Bardenheier. “We just figured if we stayed in the top 10, we might end up pretty high in the event. We didn’t look at the scores all day.” In fact, Muse was 13th after the first day, when they tallied two fifths plus a 55 due to having the challenge of a penalty turn. “Today we sailed very consistently and just stuck with it. We had great teamwork and good communication the whole time.” Saturday’s conditions cooperated to allow four races in winds that started around 15-18 knots and leveled off to 8-10. Keane crossed the line first in the day’s initial bout, with Healy and Muse rounding out the top three. Douglas Strebel’s Black River Racing won the next contest, trailed by Robert Hughes’s Heart Breaker and John Killeen. Keane returned to victory in Saturday’s third race, while Jennifer Wulff’s Joint Custody placed second and Joe Colling/Ian Moran third. The final battle saw Cole Allsopp’s Moxie take line honors, followed by Hughes and Bruno Pasquinelli. Muse was purchased in December and sails with an entire Corinthian team, and have campaigned the boat throughout the Southern Circuit as well as events in New England. “This was a conclusion to a hard fought year,” summarized Bardenheier.”We got into the J/70 relatively early, and we’ve put together a nice team effort with my fellow Tufts University Alumni. It’s a wonderful Class, and we are so excited about the people in it. The organization is wonderful, and we look forward to being involved for years to come!”
The top 10 are:
1. Heather Gregg Earl/Joe Bardenheier (95 points)
2. Brian Keane (97)
3. Tim Healy (101)
4. Peter McChesney (111)
5. Robert Hughes (115)
6. Joel Ronning (144)
7. Douglas Strebel (152)
8. John Brigden (153)
9. Martin Kullman (154)
10. Henry Filter (159)
Sandy Grosvenor served as PRO for the 90 teams from Bermuda, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Visit www.j70nac.com for complete results.
J/Fest San Diego
The fleets of one-designs at San Diego YC’s J/Fest were blessed with nice breezes for all three days during the last weekend of September. The J/70's debut as a class with their five-boat fleet was a lot of fun racing offshore on San Diego Bay. Having been traveling to the last three major J/70 events on the West Coast, Dan Gribble's GO-RILLA, Eric Kownacki/Tom Jenkins' DFZ and Karl Pomeroy's ZERO TO 60 were likely to have the upper hand--and they did. Kownacki & Jenkins took a 1-1-1-2-1 for a win in the J/70 class. Second was Gribble's GO-RILLA and third was Pomeroy's ZERO TO 60. For complete results, visit http://sdyc.org/results13/jfest_res.htm.
Rolex Big Boat Series
Racing Abandoned on Second Day of Inaugural J/70 North American Championship
Due to a lack of wind, racing was abandoned on day two of the first-ever J/70 North American Championship in Annapolis, MD. Bennet Greenwald will take his lead into the final day of competition, which gets underway one hour earlier at 10:00 a.m. EDT Saturday. Perseverance compiled just 12 points after Thursday’s three races. Joel Ronning’s Catapult stands in second place with 22 points. Martin Kullman’s Touch 2 Play and Peter McChesney’s Trouble are next in line with 41 points. This inaugural event is title-sponsored by Hillman Focused Advantage Fund and hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club and J/70 Fleet #1. PRO Sandy Grosvenor and her Race Committee team scrutinized the conditions constantly throughout the day, but the breeze never piped up enough to meet the required minimum. Racing concludes Saturday for the 90 teams from Bermuda, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Visit www.j70nac.com for complete regatta information and live racing updates.
Consistent Greenwald Gains Advantage on First Day of Inaugural J/70 North American Championship
The leaderboard changed with every race on day one of the first-ever J/70 North American Championship, but it was Bennet Greenwald’s identical line of 4,4,4 that places him in the lead after three races. With winds ranging between 4-8 knots, and no boats able to repeat a top three finish all day, Greenwald’s Perseverance lived up to its name as the 89 teams battled the tides of the Chesapeake Bay. This inaugural event is title-sponsored by Hillman Focused Advantage Fund and hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club and J/70 Fleet #1. Joel’s Ronning’s Catapult notched 22 points after finishes of 15, 6 and 1 for second place. Martin Kullman’s Touch 2 Play is next in line with 41 points. Excitement ran high for the kick-off race, which saw Kerry Klingler’s Menace seize the victory, with Bodo von der Wense on Turbo Duck and Douglas Strebel’s Black River Racing close behind. Kullman’s team took the win in race two, trailed by Peter McChesney on Trouble and Henry Filter’s Wild Child. Ronning snagged Thursday’s closing contest, and rounding out the top three were John Aras and Tyler Doyle. Racing continues through Saturday for the teams from Bermuda, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Visit www.j70nac.com for complete regatta information and live racing updates
Inaugural J/70 North American Championship Launches Thursday
Ninety teams have descended upon Annapolis, MD for the first-ever J/70 North American Championship. This inaugural event is title-sponsored by Hillman Focused Advantage Fund and hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club and J/70 Fleet #1. Competitors from the USA, Bermuda, Canada and Mexico have invaded the area over recent days as teams complete the registration procedures and tune-up on the Chesapeake Bay. The anticipation for this North American Championship has been growing at a feverish pace since June when the regatta reached its 90-boat entry threshold within 28 hours. “It’s tremendous to see a great turnout from all over North America for the first Class championship,” praised Jeff Johnstone of J Boats. “Fleet 1 and Annapolis Yacht Club have done an incredible job organizing a major championship on such short notice. It’s particularly gratifying to see such a broad cross section of sailors from one-design boats and with helmsmen ranging from ages 13 to 76. It’s all building up to tomorrow with 90 boats on one starting line.” Racing commences Thursday and continues through Saturday. Visitwww.j70nac.com for complete regatta information and live racing updates.
Annapolis Race Week
28 J/70s took to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for Annapolis Race Week over the Labor Day holiday. Gearing up for the first North American Championship in Annapolis later this month, the fleet lodged eight races, with Peter McChesney winning the division. The team finished with 35 points after scores of 1,2,1,7,5,5,6,8. Joel Ronning on Catapult was three points behind with 38, and James Allsopp's Moxie was third with 43 points. For complete results, click here.
J Cup Plymouth
With gusts close to 20 knots ripping through the race area in Plymouth Sound, the final day of the B&G J-Cup 2013, produced some ballistic action at the event hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club. It was a fitting end to another fabulous weekend of sailing - the sailors enjoyed near-perfect sailing conditions for most of the regatta, closing with an epic final day of sailing. In the J/70 Class, Ruairidh Scott's North Sails conducted a master class of sportsboat racing, winning the class with straight bullets and a race to spare. However, it was a highly rewarding experience for the entire J/70 Class as the North Sails team were happy to share their knowledge dockside after racing. Nigel Passmore's Apollo 6 finished second and the young team on Mike Flood's J7t won the last race of the day to secure third for the regatta. For complete information, click here.
Verve Cup Inshore Regatta
Hot, gusty winds led to challenging conditions and some tight competition as the Verve Cup Inshore Regatta wrapped up over the August 24-25 weekend at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Station. “We had wind eight to 12 knots, typical Chicago southwester. This was the first offshore breeze we’ve had this summer on a race day, which was shocking, and the competition was good,” said Race Officer Janet Baxter. After a solid day of racing on Saturday, Sunday's variable winds made things interesting for both race committee and the competitors. “We’d have 15 knots followed by seven knots, so it was a little bit challenging to figure out where the racers wanted to be sent – they were all kind of tired from yesterday,” said Race Officer Lynn Lynch. “I would’ve liked some more consistent breezes today, because not all of the runs were as square as they could have been. Yesterday was really, really solid racing – today we had a little bit more breeze, so that was more fun that way. I thought the competition was very tight in some of the fleets.” Race organizers said the annual regatta features two days of the best one-design sailing in the Midwest, with identical classes competing to determine which boat has the best skipper and crew. Of the 86 boats registered, 20 were J/70s, an impressive turnout for the fleet’s debut year at Verve Inshore. “We’re very happy we have the J70 class and the Colgates for the first time,” said Race Co-Chair Jessica Jamieson. “I think the event went very well, we’re getting a lot of positive feedback.” Taking first in the J/70s was Extreme, owned/skippered by Dan Cheresh of Saugatuck, MI. Second place went to Catapult, owned/skippered by Joel Ronning of Minneapolis, MN. Rounding out third in the J/70 class was CloudSourced, owned/skippered by Ronald Copfer of Cleveland, OH. For complete results, click here.
TOUCH2PLAY Takes J/70 Great Lakes Championship
The inaugural J/70 Great Lakes Championship was held over the August 10-11 weekend, hosted by the Buffalo Yacht Club and sponsored by BMW. Twenty-six boats attended, from as far away as California, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, LI Sound and Indiana, to go along with entries from PA, Ohio and NY. There were two Canadian boats as well. Friday afternoon before the regatta, Jud Smith gave a chalk talk on the clubhouse deck followed by some on-water practice time. Jud had some very good pointers for those in attendance. Saturday was forecast to be light, but we were treated to a much better than advertised 9-13 knots of sparkling clear sailing conditions. Lake Erie is known for its chop, and we had plenty of that to go along with the sea-breeze so the sailing was both exhilarating and challenging. Given the discouraging forecast for Sunday (next to no wind), PRO David Searle and his team gave us five races. Everyone returned to the club tired but happy and enjoyed a nice party and filling buffet dinner. With five races sailed, the throw-out kicked in and three teams were atop the leaderboard after the first day of racing, headed by Dave Ullman, Marty Kullman, and the team of Gary Tisdale and Adam Burns. Dave Ullman sailed beautifully to card three first places but had to take his throw-out when their headstay came loose before the start of race two (lesson learned-- pin your turnbuckle!). Kudos go to the guys on CloudSourced from Rocky River, Ohio for salvaging a 17 in race one. Their spinnaker halyard came loose on the first hoist of the day, yet they managed to get to the top of the mast and recover it under way. Sunday morning dawned as feared, sunny and nice but no wind. The fleet bobbed around as the breeze teased us with puffs here and there but wouldn't build to the steady 5 knot Class minimum. Many of the boats began to drift off closer to the harbor to beat the race to the hoist. PRO Searle came on the radio and told us to give it another half hour, and we were very glad that he did, as the breeze filled enough for one final challenging but fair race. It was light and shifty, but we never stopped moving and places were changing all over. The duel for first between Ullman and Kullman was intense, and in the end Marty pushed Dave back enough to secure the win for himself. While that was going on, Jud Smith got away to a big lead and Tisdale/Burns ended up second for the race and the regatta by carding three straight seconds in the final three races. After the smoke cleared, Ullman took third followed by Ron Copfer in fourth just two points back, and in fifth was Jud Smith with 26 points. The racing was excellent with 6-10 places separated by only 5 points. Top women’s team skipper was Jen Wulff sailing with her husband Ray on Joint Custody, taking sixth overall. The top Canadian team was Rex skippered by Scott Weakley in eighth. For more J/70 Great Lakes Championship sailing information, click here.
Cowes Week 2013
In the nine-boat J/70 class, it was Team Raf Spitfire led by Wing Commander Simon Ling that took the overall series trophy. Following them was Jugador skippered by Jack Davies in second and in third was Wilson Covers sailed by Ian Wilson. The balance of the top five was North Sails (Ruairidh Scott) and Django (Malcolm Jaques), fourth and fifth respectively. For more information, click here.
Ruairidh Scott, Charlie Cumbley, Hugh Fletcher and Matt Curthoys, the team on board the J/70 North Sails, were pronounced as the winners of the race series that everyone was talking about: the J/70 Short Series at AAM Cowes Week 2013. The Jaques family were second in Django and Simon ‘Sling’ Ling and crew finished third in Team Rafbf Spitfire. Almost exactly one year after the very first J/70 arrived in the UK, this brand new fleet were offered a Class Start at AAM Cowes Week and better still, the J/70s were able to compete in two races each day from Saturday 3rd of August to Tuesday 6th of August in the J/70 ‘Short Series.’ The J/70s were the first fleet to start off the Squadron line each morning and then raced the second race from a committee boat start-line, finishing off Cowes. It was a race format which worked extraordinarily well for the fleet and which everyone agreed delivered great racing and superb competition. Racing in the J/70 fleet at Cowes was both extremely close and incredibly exciting; in the first race on Sunday, 60% of the fleet crossed the finish line in an 83 second period! It is clear the J/70 is not only great fun to sail but that the Class delivers absolutely first rate competition. Heading into the AAM Cowes Week Short Series, the smart money may well have been on the North Sails team as they are the current J/70 UK National Champions, but as Ruairidh was the first to point out, the fleet is getting hotter and hotter all the time and the standard of sailing is improving at every event so it was far from an easy win. Certainly Ruairidh and his team did not have things all their own way. The Jaques family team won two of the six races completed in Django (racing for all classes at Cowes was abandoned on Tuesday when the breeze failed to show up on the course) and kept the pressure on Ruairidh from the off, starting the regatta with a win in Race 1. Malcolm said, “It made sense for Tristan to helm the boat and I slipped into the tactician’s role with my daughter Naomi doing navigation and strategy. Tristan is clearly a very quick driver but it’s not just that: his reactions are also faster than mine and that is crucial to success in this fleet. Tristan was able to really keep 100% of his focus on boat-speed.” At the close of the series, North Sails had notched up just six points, Django had eight on the score card and Team Rafbf Spitfire clocked 18. Ruairidh and his crew were clearly thrilled to have won. Ruairidh explained, “We’ve had a great regatta. We’ve certainly been under lots of pressure from the rest of the fleet at this event, especially Django, but my crew worked really hard and kept their focus from start to finish taking any little knock back in their stride.” He continued, “I would like to say hats off to the organizers for taking the decision to run two races a day. It has transformed the event for us: two shorter races really keep the interest levels up. The key elements of our success here at AAM Cowes Week include having good all round boat speed, a crew with a thorough knowledge of The Solent and 100% concentration from the whole team.” The next major event for the J/70 Class is the J-Cup later this month in Plymouth and then the UK teams will be packing their boats up and heading down to glorious Lake Garda for the J/70 EuroCup Championships in September. For more Cowes Week sailing information, click here.
Marblehead NOOD/New England Championship
Bennet Greenwald continued a stellar year on Perseverance, winning the Marblehead NOOD/New England Championship in the 16-boat J/70 fleet. Six races were completed with one discard, leaving Greenwald with 10 net points. Jud & Cindy Smith weren't far behind with 12. Joel Ronning's Catapult rounded out the top three with 20 points. Just a couple points separated the leading three boats with the next two, as Tyler Doyle came in fourth (21 points) and Joe Bardenheier/Heather Earl on Muse in fifth (22). For complete results, click here.
Youngstown Level Regatta
One hundred eighty-one teams competed in the 2013 Youngstown Level Regatta, hosted by Youngstown Yacht Club on July 27-28. Twenty-six fleets hosted IRC and PHRF along with ten one design classes. Largest class was the J/70 with 17 teams, which was won by Kerry Klingler. Racing Menace, they notched scores of 4,3,2,1,1,3,7,1 for 22 points in the eight races. Martin Kullman's Touch 2 Play came in second with 24 points, and Kris Werner's Superfecta in third with 36 points. For complete information, click here.
J/70s Sail Travemunde Week
The J/70 Bundesliga yacht club participants were looking forward to sailing on Travemunde's famous bay on the Baltic Sea; renown for the sea-breeze that often fills in the afternoon at 10-15 knots from the northeasterly quadrants—often oscillating from 40-75 degrees. The second regatta of the Bundesliga took place in front of Lübeck, sailing in a "stadium-style" racing right along the Travemunde waterfront. The regatta organizers did a fabulous job of running 30 races for three flights over the two days for the 18 teams that were competing. The weather Gods cooperated, offering up sunny days with nice sea-breezes every afternoon. Demonstrating how close the competition was for all the teams, the top three was determined on a three-way tie-breaker with 25 points total each. Winning the regatta with the most firsts was the Bayerischer YC, second was the North German Regatta Association and third was YC Berlin Grunau. "The leading clubs are all sailing on the same level. Everybody has won races and sometimes have also landed back in the field," says Walter Roth sailing with Yacht Club Berlin Grunau. And, he adds that "having short, fast consecutive races means bad ones are quickly forgotten! The BYC team with skipper Christian Schäfer and crew John Kaske, Philip Hibler and Walter Roth have been improving constantly. Their victory in Travemünde means we now move into second place in the overall Bundesliga series!" The YC Berlin Grunau continues to lead the Bundesliga series as a result of their third place finish in Travemunde. "For us, everything went as planned. We defended our championship lead and want to continue our good performance in the next regatta in Hamburg," said the team manager of YCBG. The second place team in Travemünde, the North German Regatta Association, underlined their ambitions in the Bundesliga. "We're used to match race sailing, but we quickly adapt to these exciting new boats- the J/70s. This has definitely helped us on the first day of racing," explains Florian Weser. He generally match races with his teammates Klaas Höpcke and Niklas Meyerinck. "The NRV team is now ranked third in the Bundesliga series and we intend to get better!" added helmsman Johannes Polgar. As one of the primary sponsors of the Bundesliga series sailed on J/70s, SAP's Sail-TV has been providing both locally live TV broadcasts as well as live internet broadcasts online. The popularity of the event not only throughout Germany, but across Europe, has been increasing dramatically! Watch for other versions of this J/70 circuit in other European countries next year. For more information, visit http://www.travemuender-woche.com/.
Leukemia Cup in Chesapeake
The Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup regatta, hosted by Fishing Bay Yacht Club and Stingray Harbor Yacht Club, was held July 13-14. The fleet was blessed with somewhat remarkable conditions considering that the mid-Atlantic region had been baking in extremely hot, muggy conditions for the past few weeks. For Saturday's racing, the sailing was postponed due to thunderstorms rolling up the bay earlier in the day, but it soon turned out to be a fantastic day for sailing with the wind building from 10 knots to gusts over 30 knots under clear skies towards evening. Sunday's racing was equally challenging with light, but steady, breezes all day long. Debuting in the regatta for the first time were the J/70s, with a competitive fleet of five boats. Taking the class honors was Ron Thompson with a leading tally of 1-2-1-1 for 5 points. Behind them was a battle for the podium with three boats, all tied with six points each after the first day- the two Vortex Racing boats (Vortex and GetMyBoat.com) and Drake Johnstone's Cat's Pajamas. In the end, Vortex took second with a 3-3-2-2 for 10 points and GetMyBoat.com took third with a 2-5-3-3 tally for 13 points. For complete information, click here.
The 7th annual Fiesta Cup took place on July 20-21 at Santa Barbara Yacht Club with nine J/70s participating. In the six-race series, Dave Ullman captured the victory with scores of 1,2,3,1,4,2 for 15 points. Thomas Jenkins & Eric Kownacki's DFZ wasn't far behind with 15 points and second place. They racked up an impressive line of 4,5,1,2,2,1. Kenny Kieding's Smoke & Mirrors rounded out the top three with 23 points, and there was a two-way tie for fourth at 24 points between Craig Tallman's Jaya and Chris Gabriel's Diversion. For complete results, click here.
The Newport Regatta, New England's premiere one-design regatta for 29 years, took place over the weekend with 22 J/70s registered. Joel Ronning's Catapult narrowly took the victory with 16 points to Bruno Pasquinelli's Stampede with 17 points. Bennet Greenwald's Perseverance came in third with 21 points. The final race determined the regatta winner when Catapult took the bullet, completing a line of 1,7,7,1. Stampede finished with scores of 9,4,2,2, and Perseverance 4,1,6,10. For complete information, visit here.
Long Beach Race Week
As one of the classic California summer regattas, this year's Long Beach Race Week delivered on that promise with WSW breezes, some fog and cool conditions. Friday's sailing saw lots of fog in the morning burn off and produce gorgeous sailing in the afternoon with 8-14 knot breezes from the WSW. Saturday's sailing saw the wind in a more southerly quadrant and with three races scheduled, the PROs were busy changing marks to the west all day as the wind clocked from 190 to 235 degrees. Sunday dawned sunny onshore, but by midday the tail feathers of a front passing by the south produced the most southerly breezes of the weekend, ranging from 160 to 210 degrees with some grey overcast skies for some fleets. The host clubs, Long Beach YC and Alamitos Bay YC, provided excellent race management. The eight teams sailing the J/70 class saw San Diego YC member Bennet Greenwald continuing his winning streak in J/70s sailing PERSEVERANCE to take top honors with five firsts in their score card of seven races. Behind them it was quite a tussle for the top five. In the end, Craig Tallman from Kings Harbor YC took second sailing JAYA with mostly second and thirds for a total of 20 points. Third was the team of Tom Jenkins and Eric Kownacki on DFZ just three points back. Fourth was Karl Pomeroy in ZERO TO 60, and fifth was Dan Gribble and Joe Wiese in GO-RILLA. For more information, visit http://www.lbrw.org/.
Hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron from June 14-16, the rapidly growing J/70 class held their National Championship in widely varying, challenging sailing conditions on the Solent. Winner in the J/70s was Ruairidh Scott on North Sails. The J/70 UK Nationals were the first major UK one-design regatta. J/70 crews will then go on and sail one-design at Cowes Week and at the J-Cup Regatta at the end of August. The first day of the regatta on Friday could not have been nicer. Fleets were presided over by PRO Captain Simon Van Der Byl. Conditions on the race-track (in the area of Brambles Bank) were some of the Solent’s finest with a brisk but variable 10-18 knots from South to Southwest. The first race for the J/70s saw newcomer to the Class, Russell Peters and his team on Bob, in first at the first windward mark. But, Race 1 and Race 2 ultimately belonged to Ruairidh Scott and his boys onboard North Sails who scored bullets in both. Ben Field, tactician for North Sails explained, "We got the boat going well, we took the shifts and tried to play every little lift and header. Russell did a tremendous job keeping the pressure on, as did the guys in Team RABF Spitfire." Ruairidh added, "The first race was really close but at the start of the second we saw a potential fight brewing at the pin and we came up to avoid it. We got a clean start and then worked the shifts as they arrived to our advantage." At the close of racing, North Sails led the J/70 UK Nationals with Bob in second place with five points and Simon Ling’s Team RABF Spitfire in third, also on five points. It was a challenging day on the water for all on Sunday. Having completed the first two races of the championship on Friday in sublime race conditions, competitors were sent ashore and racing was abandoned before the first start sequence on Saturday, as an easily sailable 21 knots quickly built to a steady 33 knots in the course area near Mother Bank on the Solent. Three races were scheduled for Sunday, of which two were completed by the J/70s in a fading breeze of between 6-12 knots which swung between 230 and 190 degrees. Sunday was a ‘double bullet’ day for Ruairidh Scott and the boys on the J/70 North Sails. For Ruairidh, these two wins completed his perfect regatta score-line and stamped convincing authority on this first J/70 UK National Championship title. Fleets were invited to a Pimms loaded prize-giving on The Platform at the Royal Yacht Squadron on Sunday afternoon. In the J/70 Class, the Best Corinthian Team was Simon Ling and the boys on board Team RAFBF Spitfire Powered by SLAM. In third place at the 2013 J/70 UK National Championship was Simon Ling and his crew from Team RAFBF Spitfire Powered by SLAM with 12 points on their score-sheet. Second overall was Russell Peters and his team from Bob with 9 points. Ruairidh Scott, Hugh Fletcher, Ben Field and Matt Curthoys sailing North Sails stepped up to accept the J/70 UK National Championship title, never having lost a race. They were presented with a J/70 half-model. For more J/70 UK Nationals sailing information, visit https://www.rys.org.uk/events/details?id=6174.
Levels and Great Lakes Championship
The 40th Annual Youngstown Level Regatta takes place July 27-28 in Youngstown, NY. There are 13 J/70s registered as of June 20. NOR and online entry may be found at http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=743 on Yacht Scoring. This is 15 minutes north of Niagara Falls, sailing on Lake Ontario. Boats wishing to sail in the Great Lakes Championship in nearby Buffalo two weeks later may leave their J/70s at no charge in between the two events. They will also tow your boat from Youngstown to Buffalo after the Level if desired (25 miles), also at no charge. Great Lakes NOR and online entry is also on Yacht Scoring at http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=827, and there are 13 entries as of June 20. Contact Don Finkle with questions on the above at 716-695-4328 or email@example.com.
New York YC Annual Regatta
The New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex—the oldest regatta in the country—has entered the history books for the 159th time after two days of weekend racing (June 15 and 16) preceded by an optional and separately scored competition “Around the Island” on Friday (June 14). With 153 teams competing, the 2013 edition also was the largest Annual Regatta on record, with enough action on the water and ashore to guarantee the event’s venerable reputation into the next century. In the 11-boat J/70 fleet, Joel Ronning's Catapult put up impressive scores of 1,7,1,2,1,1,1 for 14 points and the victory. Mark Ploch/Mike Bruno on Sugar Daddy placed second with 18 points, and Joe Bardenheier/Heather Gregg-Earl's Muse third at 28. For the complete report, (click here).
Cleveland Race Week
71 one-design boats invaded Cleveland Race Week at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio from June 14-16. Seven fleets competed, including 14 J/70s. Light and inconsistent breeze on Saturday did not allow the J/70s to complete a race. Sunday dawned with winds between 14-16 knots, and all fleets were able to run three races. Dave Ullman notched a perfect line of 1-1-1 for just 3 total points. He also led a clinic on Friday for the J/70s registered for the event. For complete information, visit www.clevelandraceweek.com.
Both Newport, RI and Annapolis, MD sailors had enjoyable times sailing with families and friends while supporting the Leukemia Cup. Eastport YC and Annapolis YC co-hosted the 21st annual Leukemia Cup regatta in Maryland. More than 100 boats were out there supporting this cause. The racing was held on a very sunny, 70-degree day with 10-15 knots of breeze. Perfect conditions on the water for sailing, except for the 2 knots of current that plagued the fleet much of the afternoon. Jen Wulff sailing Joint Custody with her husband Ray were able to top the 8-boat J/70 fleet. For the Rhode Island chapter the New York YC and Sail Newport co-hosted their Leukemia Cup regatta on Narragansett Bay, raising a new record in excess of $250,000 in one evening of auctions. The J/70 class saw Heather Gregg-Earl of New York YC and Boston, MA win the class. She was followed by Newport's Morgan Paxhia in second place. For more Leukemia Cup sailing information, visit http://www.leukemiacup.org/.
J/70 North American Championship Hits 90 Entries in 28 Hours
Anticipation abounded for the first ever J/70 North American Championship as the regatta reached its 90-boat entry threshold within 28 hours. Hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club and J/70 Fleet 1, the J/70 North American Championship will take place from September 26-28, 2013. Regatta registration opened on Monday, June 3 at 9:30 am ET, and J/70 sailors from across North America flooded the event website until the 90-boat limit was achieved around 12:30 pm ET on Tuesday, June 4. “In 35 years of sailing, I’ve never seen anything close to this!” exclaimed J/70 Class President Joe Colling of Ohio. “Watching the registration all day and seeing those numbers keep climbing demonstrates the unbelievable enthusiasm for the J/70. It’s already an epic event!” Al Johnstone shared his registration experience, saying, “Cousin Drake Johnstone called me this morning at about 10:00am with great concern in his voice that Rod had not yet entered his J/70 Ragtime in the J/70 NAs, and that entries were capped off at 90 boats for the event. I casually told him it was no big deal, as Rod would check-in later that afternoon and register for himself. Drake then shared the news that there were only five slots remaining and STRONGLY encouraged me to immediately sign him up on the website, which I thankfully did. Thanks to Drake, Ragtime is official entry number 86 of 90 boats, and when I went back to check the regatta site, the inaugural J/70 North American Championship entry book was full with 90 boats entered! So, in about 24 hours the event was already booked, that must be some kind of record! I'm looking forward to sailing with Rod, cousin Andrew Sheriff and a to-be-determined fourth family member in Annapolis for what promises to be a fantastic regatta!” Event organizers limited entries to 90 boats to ensure the highest level of race management and onsite logistics. Competitors may still sign-up and be placed on a wait list. Visit www.j70nac.com for complete regatta information.
Southern Bay Week
One of the highlights of the southern Chesapeake Bay racing season is the Southern Bay Race Week hosted by Hampton Yacht Club. The event actually starts with the annual "feeder race" from Annapolis, the "Down the Bay Race." After the racers have recuperated from their blast down the Chesapeake, the Hampton YC plays host to an amazing regatta that is loaded with an enormous amount of social activities and festivities for the next four days straight. For their debut event, the J/70s had a good turnout for Southern Bay. Locals Ron Thompson and crew started strongly. Their 1-1-2-1-4-1-3 for 13 points sealed the deal to win the J/70s. The Kimbrough boys on NOSTALGIA sailed well and their 3-4-1-3-3-2-1 for 17 points was good enough to take a comfortable second overall. Third was John Hanna sailing VORTEX Racing, beating on a tie-breaker Basil Rowland sailing GETMYBOAT.COM. For complete information, visit http://www.hamptonyc.com/sbrw/.
Cal Race Week
The J/70s debut in the Cal Week regatta saw good, close racing. In the end, the Jenkins/Kownacki duo on DFZ took the crown, winning with a 2-1-1-5-1 record for 10 pts. Karl Pomeroy's ZERO TO 60 accumulated a 1-2-3-4-2 for 12 pts to take second. Third was Dan Gribble's GO-RILLA, amassing scores of 5-5-2-1-4 for 17 pts to snatch third overall. Craig Tallman's JAYA won the battle for fourth while Sean O'Keefe on DECOLORES 3 was fifth (both with 18 points). For complete results, visit http://results.calyachtclub.com/RaceResults/2013/calraceweek-2.html.
J/70 New England Circuit 2013
Inaugural North Americans
Annapolis Yacht Club and the J/70 Class Association cordially invite you to attend the inaugural J/70 North American Championship from September 26-28, 2013 in Annapolis, MD. The Notice of Race is posted, and registration opens on June 1 at the event website: www.j70nac.com.
This year marked the 41st year of San Diego Yacht Club's signature regatta, the Yachting Cup. This premiere regatta brings together competitive fleet and one-design racing at multiple venues in San Diego. For their debut in the Yachting Cup, the half-dozen J/70s certainly served up some excellent racing in the windy Saturday conditions with huge waves and massive, almost epic planes/surfs down the big Pacific rollers. It was close racing with the top four boats all finishing within 7 points of each other. The Kownacki/Jenkins team on DFZ sailed the most consistently, with four seconds counting towards their total of 12 points to take the J/70 crown. Karl Pomeroy's ZERO TO SIXTY sailed some great races (including three firsts) but couldn't maintain that "fast & furious" pace, settling for second place overall with 14 points. Third was Scott Grealish's SPLASH with 18 points. Craig Tallmans' new JAYA was fourth, only one point back. And, taking the fifth spot was Kenyon Martin's CHEETAH CUB. Four boats won races. For complete results, visit http://sdyc.org/results13/yachtingcup_res.htm#J70.
Charleston Race Week
Tim Healy edged out Peter Duncan to win the J/70 fleet at Charleston Race Week. After eight races, some of which were sailed in very gusty conditions, team Helly Hansen grabbed a two-point victory over Relative Obscurity. 55 J/70s registered, and 53 competed in the three-day regatta from April 19-21. Blustery winds challenged the teams on Friday, before moderating on Saturday. Sunday racing was a no-go due to brutal winds and huge seas. Healy tallied a line of 5,3,3,1,2,4,10,1, and dropped the 10 for a total of 19 points. Duncan threw-out an 11, leaving a line of 3,2,4,4,3,3,2 for 21 points. Henry Filter’s Wild Child placed third with 36 points. There were multiple race winners among the fleet, but Healy’s consistency earned him the title. For complete results, visit: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=742.
In the J/70s Corinthian Division (amateur teams), it was Heather Gregg-Earl and Joe Bardenheier aboard MUSE/TEAM ATLANTIS that took the honors over 16 other teams. Second was Brian Elliott sailing B-SQUARED and third was Mike Glover and Robbie Wilkins sailing LUCY, the top local Charleston team in the regatta.
College of Charleston Alums Take on the J/70 World
Check out the Scuttlebutt link for a Q&A with Greg Fisher and the College of Charleston alumni team competing in the J/70 fleet at Charleston Race Week: http://bit.ly/Z8FmhQ
Houston Yacht Club recently hosted its 27th annual Elissa Regatta for the benefit of the tall ship ELISSA. This event not only raises money for the ELISSA but also raises awareness of Texas' sailing heritage. The ELISSA is an iron-hulled sailing ship built in Scotland in 1877, and is now a National Historical Landmark as well as the "Official Tall Ship of Texas". She is a three masted barque with nineteen sails covering over one-quarter of an acre in area. The Elissa is housed at the Texas Seaport Museum and is owned and operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Proceeds from the Elissa Regatta Weekend not only help maintain the ship but also fund exhibits, community activities and educational programs in connection with the Elissa for youth and adults. The six J/70s saw two matches form over the course of the regatta, one a race for first and the other for third overall. In the end, Tom Romberg from Austin YC won the first match with Chris Lewis from Lakewood YC taking second. In the second match, Jim Mitchell from Fort Worth Boat Club sailed BOOMTOWN into third by virtue of winning a tie-breaker over Bruce McDonald's team from Austin YC sailing ROGUE WARRIOR. For more information, visit http://www.houstonyachtclub.com/Racing/ElissaRegatta.aspx.
Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta – San Diego
The second stop for the eight event Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta circuit was in San Diego, CA on March 15-17. The feast or famine tradition for this event prevailed, where strong conditions in past events were set aside this year for light and spotty winds. Three race courses hosted 101 boats competing in 12 one design classes. Bennet Greenwald's Perseverance claimed first in the impressive 10-boat J/70 fleet, with 16 points in the six-race series. David Ullman's USA32 took second with 20 points, and Joel Ronning's Catapult was one point back with 21. Complete results may be found at http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=753
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week
The J/70 class made a strong debut in Miami with 20 boats racing. In pole position with no finish worse than third to start the final day of the series, Briane Keane (Weston, Mass.) added two wins to his score line to take the inaugural BMSW class win with 13 points. “Learned a lot in Key West, tried new things here in Miami and things have worked out!,” said Keane. “Our goal was to be in the top-five and we did it. The J/70 class is the most exciting class in 10 years with top sailors; it’s the best fleet in North America right now; winning Miami is a great accomplishment.” Keane had the largest point cushion – 19 points – of any top finisher in the competing fleets. Peter Duncan (Rye, N.Y.), who won one of the day’s races, finished second overall with 32 points, beating Will Welles (Portsmouth, R.I.) in a standings tie-breaker. Joe Woods (Torquay, GBR) with 43 points, and Brian Elliott (Sayville, N.Y.) with 47, complete the top-five. Event details: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=729. More information on the BACARDI Miami Sailing Week and the 86th BACARDI Cup is available at www.MiamiSailingWeek.com andwww.BacardiCup.com.
Joel Ronning's Catapult Dominates St. Pete NOOD
Twenty J/70s hit St. Petersburg, Florida for the NOOD Regatta from February 15-17. Joel Ronning's Catapult dominated the fleet with a line of 1,4,4,1,1,2,1,6,2,2 for just 24 points overall. This was 20 points ahead of runner-up Will Welles' Rascal. Kerry Klingler's Menace came in third with 58 points. Friday saw the breeziest conditions with gusts to near 30, while Saturday moderated just a bit but the breeze was still on. The final day dawned quite chilly, but the Race Committee was able to complete 10 races over the three days. For complete regatta information and results, visit www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/st-petersburg.
Tim Healy's Team Helly Hansen Wins J/70 Fleet at Quantum Key West Race Week
The J/70 was the largest class at Quantum Key West Race Week with 39 boats registered, and the brand new design was showcased with some spectacular racing. Tim Healy and his experienced team on Helly Hansen seized the lead on Thursday then held it by winning both races on Friday, which featured 14-16 knot winds. Geoff Becker (tactician), John Mollicone (trimmer) and Dave Reed (foredeck) comprised the crew on Helly Hansen. "It was really fun to figure out how to sail the boat. Right up to the last race, we were working on tuning and experimenting with techniques,” said Healy, a J/24 champion who was making his J/70 debut. “We went out early every morning and tinkered with sail trim and rig tune. We made progress every day, and the crew worked very hard at fine-tuning every maneuver.” David Franzel (Somerville, MA) captured the Corinthian portion of J/70 fleet, consisting of 12 boats that did not have a professional aboard. Franzel sailed Spring to a steady stream of firsts and seconds within the Corinthian contingent. For complete regatta information, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
Quantum Key West Race Week Day 4
With four days of racing complete, it is not difficult to identify the stars of Quantum Key West Race Week: the sun and the wind! Even the most veteran sailors have been amazed by the fact that every day of the regatta has brought spectacular conditions with warm temperatures and solid breezes. Wednesday brought 18-22 knot winds, and Thursday was equally ideal as the breeze held steady between 14-18 knots. Tim Healy and his team on Helly Hansen seized the lead in the J/70 fleet, largest of the regatta. Geoff Becker is calling tactics for Healy (Newport, RI), who posted high scores of a first and a second in three races on Thursday, and slighly leads Savasana (Brian Keane, Weston, MA) heading into the final day of racing. For complete regatta information, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
Quantum Key West Race Week Day 3
It appeared there was a new leader in the J/70 fleet after racing concluded on Wednesday. Newport-based pro Tim Healy and his Helly Hansen team won Race 6, finished third in Race 7 and threw out a 23rd suffered in Race 1. That briefly allowed Helly Hansen to overtake Moxie for the overall lead in the regatta’s largest class with 39 boats. However, Healy lost a protest and was hit with a penalty that changed the seventh race result to 19th and dropped Helly Hansen to fourth in the overall standings. Moxie, sailed by brothers Cole and James Allsopp (Annapolis, MD), remained the leader for the second straight day with 34.5 points, 1 ½ better than Relative Obscurity (Peter Duncan, Rye, NY). Healy was disappointed with the protest decision, but remained confident his crew could wind up on top at the end. We’re going to give it our best shot. We just have to keep plugging away,” he said. For complete regatta updates, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
Quantum Key West Race Week Day 2
With northerly winds in the 12-16 knot range, Tuesday provided a perfect opportunity to complete an extra race, for three races on the second day of the 26th annual Quantum Key West Race Week. The J/70 is the largest class in the regatta with 38 boats. The Allsopp brothers (Cole and James) aboard Moxie grew up sailing together before heading off to College of Charleston and the Naval Academy, respectively. Cole is driving while James is handling the bow, and the team closed with a fourth and third on Tuesday to overtake Dave Ullman, the Day 1 leader. For complete regatta information, visit www.premiere-racing.com.
European Yacht of the Year 2013
The awards of this years European Yacht of the Year contest were determined after thoroughly inspecting and testing the 25 nominated boats in Southampton and La Spezia. Leading the winners in five categories was the J/70! See the complete story at http://blog.boats.com/2013/01/european-yacht-of-the-year-2013-the-winners/#ixzz2IkFbKR2H.
Quantum Key West Race Week Day 1
In the J/70 class, all the sailors were going into the first day of racing with wide-open expectations about what might happen on the race track. With a fleet deeply-laden with talent, the outcomes for the first two races were going to help the teams learn more about how their boats were going to perform against their colleagues. With two races behind them, it was pretty clear one team had the day dialed in with Dave Ullman scoring an impressive 2-2 to lead the fleet. Just behind them in second place is Brian Elliott on B-SQUARED with a 4-7; Bob Hughes on HEARTBREAKER with a 1-12 tied with Ryan Ruhlman on SPACEMAN SPIFF with an 8-5; and lying fifth is Cole Allsop on MOXIE with a 5-10. In the J/70 Corinthian Division, Brian Elliott on B-SQUARED is leading with a 1-1, Chris Carroll on TORQEEDO is second with a 2-4 and Kathy Parks and husband Paul Parks are third on SUNDOG with a 6-2. 38 J/70s are competing. For complete regatta updates, go to www.premiere-racing.com.
J/70 Wins Yachts & Yachting Best Performance Award
The winners of the Yachts & Yachting Awards 2013 have been announced and the J/70 has been voted the "Best Performance Boat under 30 feet." The Yachts & Yachting Awards celebrate the very best in what was a fabulous year for sport and for sailing. Readers of the Yachts & Yachting Magazine and web users were asked to vote for their preferred "winner" in each of ten categories and then these "reader" votes were added to the votes of the official judging panel. The award for "Best Performance Boat Under 30 feet" is sponsored by Garmin. The commentary from Y&Y Editors was, "This was a clear winner. Arguably a boat on which the hopes of many sailors are resting – it fills a hole in a sector of the market that has been waiting for the next new thing for several years. J/Boats has almost 40 years of success with one-designs of this size, and this design brings the concept bang up to date. It’s a lightweight boat that planes readily in moderate breezes and is therefore great fun to sail in its own right. Add in one-design racing and you have a recipe that’s proven to make owners and their crews very happy. The J/70 is also well-mannered, easy to sail and to look after, minimising hassle and maximising sailing time. The lifting keel format that makes it launchable from a slipway is also one of a number of factors that helps to minimise annual running costs. It’s easy to see why the boat has been so successful just months after its launch, with almost 200 already built."
Inaugural J/70 North American Championship
The J/70 Class Association is proud to announce the first ever J/70 North American Championship, hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis. MD! Home of J/70 Fleet 1, the Chesapeake Bay will welcome competitors for three days of racing from September 26-28, 2013. More detailed information will be forthcoming throughout the year, but save these dates, and plan to be part of history this Fall!
J/70 Announced as 2013 Boat of the Year
Sailing World magazine announced the winners of its annual Boat of the Year awards, the most anticipated awards in the sailboat-building industry. Topping this year’s field of winners as the Boat of the Year is the J/70 from J/Boats and CCF Composites (Bristol, RI).
The J/70 and five other new boats won awards from an independent panel of experts that evaluated 15 nominees following the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD in October. Selections were based on extensive inspections and sea trials of all the boats. Sailing World’s January/February 2013 issue will feature all six winners.
“When it comes to successfully launching a new design, especially a one-design in a crowded market, no other builder in the performance sailboat industry rivals J/Boats. With the J/70, it meticulously refined the design and construction while promoting it to yacht clubs and potential owners before the first boat was ever built,” says Sailing World editor and Boat of the Year director Dave Reed. “The result is a high-performance, but modestly technical sportboat that instantly appealed to a wide range of racing and recreational sailors.”
“The thing is really sweet,” says BOTY judge Chuck Allen, whose enthusiasm is echoed by fellow judge and professional boatbuilder Tom Rich: “It’s really fun to sail, but I’m really impressed with how well it’s built—the quality is excellent for the price.”
“J/Boats promotes it as a multigenerational boat, and I can see why,” says Greg Stewart, a naval architect and veteran BOTY judge. “A good young sailor could steer this boat just fine. It felt solid going through the waves. We could sail the angles we wanted. This is a boat that could definitely be raced by the family.”
An impressive bunch of 49 J/70s marked the largest fleet at this weekend's Annapolis NOOD regatta. Bennet Greenwald's Perseverance took first place with a final score of 49.1 points. With RDG in race 5, the team lodged 16,12,4,2,6.1,2,1,6 in the series. Joel Ronning's Catapult claimed second with 57.1 points, and Tim Healy was literally right behind with 58 points. Eight races were completed in all, with Friday as the nicest day of breeze around 15 knots. For Saturday and Sunday, the winds began around 10-12, but decreased and became shifty with choppy seas. For complete results, visit http://www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/annapolis/2013-sperry-top-sider-annapolis-nood-results.
Following up on his win at the San Diego NOOD, the victory earned Greenwald’s team of Jeff Madrigali, Steven Pickel and Morgane Renoir as the event's overall winner, earning an invite to participate in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands this fall.
The J/70 Speedster (22.75 feet) is J/Boats' first ramp-launchable keelboat - designed to fulfill the growing need for an easy-to-own, high performance one-design that is exciting to sail, stable enough sailboat for the family and built to last.
- Large comfortable cockpit with open transom
- Deck-stepped carbon mast with single spreaders
- Three sail inventory with masthead A-Sail
- Vertical lifting keel
- Small cabin for storage and personal privacy
- Easy to trailer and ramp launch