Scott Sellers Earns Class Win at Rolex Big Boat Series

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


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

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

GOLD FLEET:
Audi J/70 World Champion: Relative Obscurity (USA) Peter Duncan, Victor de Leon, Willem Van Waay, Jud Smith
Second: Savasana (USA) Brian Keane
Third: Notaro Team (ITA) Luca Domenici
Gold Corinthian Class Winner:
White Hawk (ITA) Gianfranco Noè
Second: Marnatura (ESP) Luis Bugallo
Third: Give Me Five (FRA) Robin Follin
Silver Fleet Overall Winner & Corinthian Winner: Noberasco Das (ITA) Alessandro Zampori.
"Awesome! Top of the world!" exclaimed Peter Duncan dockside at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. "It is a great feeling, I have sailed with some great guys, we had a great event, and everything seemed to go our way. It was just one of those weeks. It is hard to put into words how I feel now, but this was just exceptional. This fleet has some really great talent, and the organizers and the yacht club have done such an amazing job. Most of all, I want to credit the crew—Victor, Jud and Willem have been just fantastic."
Runner-up was Savasana (USA) Brian Keane. "We chartered the J/70, so we are really pleased to have come second in the Championship. I have been racing in the Class since the beginning, and now that we have fleets racing J/70s all over the world, the standard is just amazing, and so is this regatta. A world record keelboat fleet in superb surroundings."
Top team for the host club, YCCS, and first team with a female helm, was Petite Terrible (ITA) Claudia Rossi. "Peter Duncan is a worthy World Champion. His team sailed the best this week. Our fourth position is better than fifth in the last World Championship, so maybe I will not win for three years!" laughed Claudia. "However, I will be in Marblehead for the 2018 J/70 World Championship."
The Closing Ceremony and Awards for the Audi J/70 World Championship was held at the Piazza Azzurra. YCCS Commodore, Riccardo Bonadeo spoke about the event before presenting prizes to the winners. "Congratulations to all of the winners at the Audi J/70 World Championship. This is a special year for the YCCS, as we are celebrating our 50th anniversary. Over the years, we have hosted many World Championships. However, this is the largest World Championship fleet hosted by the Club in all of those years. It has been a pleasure and an honor to welcome over 160 teams from 25 different countries to enjoy the fantastic sailing grounds of the Costa Smeralda and the clubhouse at the YCCS. I would like to thank Audi, the title sponsor of this event and our partner for a long time, which supports us in so many of these new challenges. I also want to thank the J/70 International and Italian Classes, the owners, their crews, the Race Committee, the International Jury and all the YCCS staff. We hope that all of the competitors will come and race again with the club in the very near future."
The 2018 J/70 World Championship will be hosted by Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Massachusetts USA from September 22-29, 2018. For more event news, photos, videos, official documents and results from the regatta, visit http://www.yccs.it/en/regate-2017/info/audi_j70_world_championship-250.html.


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

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

GOLD FLEET: Relative Obscurity (USA), Peter Duncan leads after four races. Fermax (ESP), Gustavo Martinez Doreste is second, and Petite Terrible #Audi (ITA), Claudia Rossi is third.
Gold Corinthian Class after Race 3: White Hawk (ITA) Gianfranco Noè, Adrenaline (MEX) Ignacio Perez, Marnatura (ESP) Luis Bugallo.
SILVER FLEET: Norwegian Steam (NOR) Eivind Astrup leads, Corinthian Class leader is Noberasco Das (ITA) Alessandro Zampori.
The top three for Friday's Gold Fleet race were all American. Peter Cunningham's Power Play won in shifty conditions. Despite not getting a great start, Cunningham's team, with Argentinian Lucas Calabrese calling tactics, came back to cross the finish line in first position. Peter Duncan's Relative Obscurity was second, scoring their fourth podium in the regatta. Brian Keane's Savasana made it a 1-2-3 for the Stars and Stripes. In the Silver fleet, Michael Grau's team from Hamburg, Germany racing Paint It Black won Friday's race. "We still had the Mistral wind today, but it was lighter," commented Relative Obscurity's Jud Smith. "We thought the right would pay, and it did. We rounded the top mark in second. In all my years, I have never been in a keelboat fleet this big. However, now we are in a fleet of about 80, and that is similar to last year's Worlds. I guess the popularity is down to the fact that the J/70 is a great boat, and it suits people of different sizes, gender, and ages, and it’s great to see a lot of young people at the regatta." The Audi J/70 World Championship will come to a conclusion September 16. Keep up with daily news, photos, videos, official documents and provisional results from the regatta website at http://www.yccs.it/en/regate-2017/info/audi_j70_world_championship-250.html and via social media using #j70worlds #yccs50 #myj70worlds.


Audi J/70 World Championship: A Magnificent Start

The world's largest sportboat fleet finally commenced racing at the Audi J/70 World Championship, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in collaboration with the title sponsor Audi and the official sailmaker Quantum Sails. Relative Obscurity (USA), Peter Duncan/Jud Smith leads after three races. Petite Terrible #Audi (ITA), Claudia Rossi/Michele Paoletti is second in the rankings, and L'Elagain (ITA), Franco Solerio/Daniele Cassinari is third. In the Corinthian Class after Race 3: White Hawk (ITA) Gianfranco Noè, Give Me Five (FRA) Follin Robin, and Marnatura (ESP) Luis Bugallo. Under clear blue skies with a westerly breeze ranging from 12-20 knots, three races were held on the beautiful Costa Smeralda. The J/70 Armada left the safe confines of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda apprehensive of what was to come. The sight of 162 teams gathered on the race course was nothing short of spectacular, a gigantic festival of yacht racing. The fleet would not return for over eight hours of intense competition, salt-encrusted and elated by the experience. J/Boats’ Stuart Johnstone, racing with Henry Brauer on the American entry Rascal, spoke about the first day of racing at the Audi J/70 World Championship, "It was an extraordinary feeling leaving the harbor this morning. I was thinking back to the golden days of the J/24. I was filled with family pride, seeing so many sailors going out there to enjoy a spectacular day of sailing. Out on the race course, we could recognize the depth and talent of the fleet. If you fell out of the top tier, it was very difficult to claw your way back before the top mark. Downwind, the classic post-mistral conditions meant there were big lulls as well as big puffs, which is very challenging. Packs of boats kept passing each other with sometimes 50% difference in boat speed." The Audi J/70 World Championship will continue September 15 with the intended first warning signal at 1100 CEST. The 162-boat fleet will be split into Gold and Silver Fleets. Keep up with daily news, photos, videos and official documents from the regatta website http://www.yccs.it/en/regate-2017/info/audi_j70_world_championship-250.html and via social media using #j70worlds #yccs50 #myj70worlds.


Audi J/70 World Championship Day 2: Teasing Mistral

The Mistral winds continued to batter the Costa Smeralda for the second day of the Audi J/70 World Championship, which is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the title sponsor Audi and the Official sailmaker Quantum Sails. The strong northwesterly wind came tantalizingly close to dropping to the 25 knot Class limit. Principal Race Officer Mark Foster continually updated the fleet, but the wind refused to subside and racing was called off for the day at 15:00 CET. Martin Kullman, Global Sales Director Quantum Sails, commented, "Thursday, we are expecting 18 knots from the west with a medium sea state. So ideal conditions for the fleet, with the J/70s just about getting up on the plane downwind. Let's hope the forecast is right." Weather permitting, 162 teams will fight to gain the right to race in the Gold and Silver Championship fleet; the big change is that the scores from those races will now count toward the Championship Series. Olympic Gold medalist and multiple World Champion Jonathan McKee is racing with Texan Glenn Darden on Hoss. McKee has an intimate knowledge of heavy weather sailing, and revealed some useful tips for racing a J/70 in high winds. "The main thing is to keep it simple and safe," commented Jonathan. "When it's over 20 knots, you should try to minimize maneuvers and sail in your own water if you can. Upwind, the key to speed is a lot of coordination between the main and jib to keep the balance of the boat correct. In the bigger puffs, you might ease the jib so it isn't pulling the bow down. You should have a fairly neutral helm with the driver steering aggressively to keep the boat on its feet. Downwind, it is important not to tip over by being aware of gusts and by putting as much weight out as you can. Keep the boat going fast, but not so high that you are in danger of broaching." Keep up with daily news, photos, videos and official documents from the regatta website http://www.yccs.it/en/regate-2017/info/audi_j70_world_championship-250.html and via social media using #j70worlds #yccs50 #myj70worlds.


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

Mistral winds prevented racing for the first day of the Audi J/70 World Championship, which is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the title sponsor Audi and the Official sailmaker Quantum Sails. The strong northwesterly wind failed to ease during the day on September 12, and after a series of updates via VHF, racing was finally called off at 1300 CEST by the Race Committee. In the morning, Quantum Sails' Marty Kullman gave a weather briefing to competitors on the Piazza Azzurra, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, saying, "The wind speed is way over the Class target, and after several days of high winds, there are some massive waves out there." Keep up with daily news, photos, videos and official documents from the regatta website http://www.yccs.it/en/regate-2017/info/audi_j70_world_championship-250.html and via social media using #j70worlds #yccs50 #myj70worlds.


J/70 Worlds: This is going to be huge

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

Other top crews from across Europe include Poland’s Krzytof Krempec skippering ENA, Norway’s Eivind Astrup sailing NORWEGIAN STEAM, Sweden’s Magnus Tyreman sailing TYRA with the American Jay Lutz onboard, Turkey’s Emir Icogoren racing AMEERA JET, Austria’s Klaus Diem skippering PFANDER, Croatia’s Pavel Kostov steering MINI NAHITA, and Malta’s Ripard brothers (Sebastian & John) sailing CALYPSO with Jon Calascione. The North American contingent is certainly the most deeply talented in the fleet – perhaps the "dirty dozen" – armed and dangerous and all fast. Amazingly, all dozen teams have finished in the top three in large J/70 regattas in both the "open" and "Corinthians" divisions, including the Midwinters, Sailing World NOOD Regattas, Great Lakes Championship and the past three World Championships. Hoping to defend his World Championship title will be Joel Ronning’s CATAPULT crew that includes John Kostecki (himself a J/24 World Champion). Chasing them hard will be teams like Glenn Darden & Reese Hillard’s HOSS with Olympic Gold Medallist Jonathan McKee on tactics; Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY crew (2nd in the J/70 Europeans and won the final ALCATEL J/70 Cup in Italy against all top European teams) that includes Victor Diaz de Leon from Venezuela and Willem Van Waay from San Diego; Brian Keane’s SAVASANA team (winner of the 2017 Corinthian Nationals) that includes US Olympic Medallist Stu McNay; Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE crew that has Australia’s Champion skipper Jeremy Wilmot; and Chris Kostanecki’s JENNIFER team from St Francis YC that includes none other than the famous Paul Cayard (Star World Champion and Volvo/Whitbread Race Champion) calling tactics. Other top crews from across the America’s and the Caribbean include Peter Cunningham’s POWER PLAY from the Cayman Island Sailing Club (with top Argentinean Olympic sailor Lucas Calabrese calling tactics); the Weakley brothers (Scott & Dave) from Canada sailing REX; Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil sailing MANDACHUVA (a four-time J/24 World Champion); Chilean J/24 Champion Victor Lobos and the Molina brothers (Cristobal & Benjamin) sailing LEXUS CHILE; Argentinean J/24 Champions Sebastian Halpern and the Despontin brothers (Pablo & Ezequiel) racing CEBOLLITA; and the Perez brother trio (Ignacio, Juan & Santiago) from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico sailing ADRENALINE. The lone crew from way, way Down Under is Reg Lord’s team from the Cruising YC of Australia racing JUNO! Follow the event at http://www.yccs.it/en/regate-2017/info/audi_j70_world_championship-250.html.


Huckleberry Succeeds at King Harbor Regatta

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


Rosebud Claims Chicago Yacht Club Inshore Verve Cup

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Pamela Rose’s Rosebud won the 17-boat J/70 fleet at the Chicago Yacht Club Inshore Verve Cup. The three-day event had challenging Lake Michigan conditions with strong chop and 10-20 mph winds. Success was attributed by Pamela to "strong teamwork led with tactics by Taylor Canfield, swift trimming by Scott Ewing and local wizard Will Holz at the bow." Rosebud earned five bullets out of 11 races overall and will continue to race the J/70 circuit this fall and in Florida all winter. Pamela added, "It was a thrill to be racing against a competitive Chicago fleet and visitors from around the Midwest, and I plan to work very hard at keeping this momentum going!" All were grateful for the Chicago Yacht Club’s professional race management skills, great bar tending and food services, and agreed the sponsors, including Quantum Sails’ Andy Camarda, did an amazing job filming and debriefing. For complete event details, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4057.


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

With three days of racing with winds below 10 knots, Brian Keane’s Savasana followed up on his Corinthian National Championship by winning the 16-boat J/70 fleet at the Storm Trysail Ted Hood Regatta in Marblehead, MA. The local team won five of seven races and tallied 19 points for the victory. Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis was just 2 points further back in second place with 21, and Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity took third with 23 points. For complete results, visit https://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=3000.


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

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

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

  1. Megan Ploch (USA) – 15 points
  2. Camila Flores (MEX) – 19 points
  3. Emily Maxwell (USA) – 23 points
  4. Giselle Camet (USA) – 24 points
  5. Eliane Fierro (MEX) – 28 points
  6. Liz Barker (USA) – 38 points
    Complete Final Standings: http://www.ussailing.org/wp-content/uploads/DARoot/Championships/IWKC/2017/2017%20IWKC%20Standings%20FINAL%20Results.pdf
    To ensure fast and competitive racing, the round robin format for the championship featured team rotations after every five races. Each team raced an equal number of races against the other teams. Races were approximately 15 minutes in duration. The racing featured quick rotations and on-the-water umpiring, in addition to a quality viewing experience for spectators. This year’s Championship consisted of 10 teams overall, including seven from the United States, two from Mexico and one from Canada. The two Mexican teams excelled in the Qualifying Rounds, placing first and second overall. The top four teams from the Qualifying Rounds automatically advanced to the Championship Round on Friday. Thursday’s racing wrapped up with the Repechage Round featuring the bottom six teams sailing for the last two spots. Advancing teams carried a "virtual" race result that reflected their ranking going into the Championship round. The Championship Round consisted of six races, each team sailing each J/70 sailboat once. The competitors list is available at http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registrant_list.php?regatta_id=15047&custom_report_id=149.
    The top six teams entering the Championship Round:
  7. Camila Flores (MEX) – 1 points
  8. Eliane Fierro (MEX) – 2 points
  9. Megan Ploch (USA) – 3 points
  10. Giselle Camet (USA) – 4 points
  11. Emily Maxwell (USA) – 5 points
  12. Liz Barker (USA) – 6 points
    The lake sailing venue framed by mountainous land formations offered new and exciting challenges to the competitors. Conditions during the week were spectacular with a SW breeze and 5 to 14 knots of wind daily. Each day, the threat of afternoon thunderstorms was a reality, as evidenced by Thursday’s last race of the Repechage Round being cancelled due to thunder and lightning. The hospitality and friendship shown by the local hosts was truly outstanding, as was expressed by the competitors and race organizers.
    For complete information, visit the event website: http://www.ussailing.org/racing/championships/adult/iwkc/.

Challenging J/FEST New England Regatta

The second annual J/Fest New England Regatta, hosted by Sail Newport, took place in the waters of southern Narragansett Bay and offshore on Rhode Island Sound during the weekend of August 12-13. While the regatta was missing the classic Newport summer sailing conditions of great sea breezes each day, the regatta PROs more than made up for it with clever race management. The J/70 fleet was won by Rachel Bryer’s all-women crew on JUNKANOO with all firsts for 4 points. Second was Chris Murray’s LUCKY with a 2-2-3-2 for 9 points, and third place went to Gordon Fletcher’s GIJIMA with a 3-3-2-3 for 11 points. For more J/Fest New England information, visit https://2017.jfestnewengland.com/.


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

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


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

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

The top five:

  1. Savasana, Brian Keane - 8 -1 -9 -2 -[29] -4 -6 -1 -1 -1 -4; 37
  2. Muse, Heather Gregg - 2 -[10] -5 -1 -2 -1 -9 -4 -2 -6 -7; 39
  3. Hoss, Glenn Darden - 5 -5 -1 -3 -5 -2 -7 -[29] -14 -6 -1; 49
  4. Joint Custody, Jenn & Ray Wulff - 6 -8 -2 -4 -9 -5 -[13] -6 -3 -10 -2; 55
  5. Sparkle, Hannah Swett - 7 -2 -4 -14 -7 -8 -[20] -2 -9 -12 -3; 68
    Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2805.

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

Another day, another four races at the second annual J/70 Corinthian US National Championship, hosted by New Bedford Yacht Club as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta. Heather Gregg’s Muse moved to the front of the pack, following Saturday’s scores of 2,1,9,4. Now able to discard a 10 from Friday, the 2014 Corinthian World Champion Gregg holds a four-point advantage over second-place Glenn Darden on Hoss. Due to an equipment malfunction in the day’s last race, Hoss was unable to start, leaving the Texas team with a scoreline of 5,5,1,3,5,2,7. Brian Keane’s Savasana remains in third place, with 31 points. The 28-boat fleet again relished 8-12 knots of breeze on Saturday. John Wilsey’s Goofyfoot gained the day’s first win, tracked by Gregg and Andrew & Mallory Loe’s Dime. It was Gregg at the top in the next battle with day one leader Darden and Dave Kerr/Lee Sackett on her heels. The Kerr/Sackett team moved up to first in race seven, with Ted Johnson’s VitaminJ and Max Lopez’s Pinch & Roll in the next two positions. Keane’s Savasana closed the day on a positive note, looking back at Hannah Swett’s Sparkle and Frank McNamara’s Chinook. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2805.


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

Ideal conditions on Buzzards Bay allowed four races to be accomplished at the second annual J/70 Corinthian US National Championship, hosted by New Bedford Yacht Club as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta. Texan Glenn Darden on Hoss recorded finishes of 5,5,1,3 for 14 points and the early advantage in the 28-boat fleet. 2014 Corinthian World Champion Heather Gregg’s Muse holds second place after notching a 2,10,5,1 for 18 points. Brian Keane’s Savasana and Jenn & Ray Wulff’s Joint Custody are tied at 20 points for third and fourth, respectively. The all-amateur teams enjoyed beautiful breeze of 8-12 knots on Friday. Dave Kerr & Lee Sackett took the top position in the opening race, tailed by Gregg’s Muse and Andrew & Mallory Loe’s Dime. Keane’s Savasana won the next contest with Hannah Swett’s Sparkle and the Loes rounding out the top trio. The standings were again shuffled in race three when Darden’s Hoss gained the victory, ahead of the Wulff’s Joint Custody and John Wilsey’s Goofyfoot. Gregg ended the day with a bullet, as Keane and Darden followed. Local sailmakers and professional sailors are onsite to conduct on-water clinics and briefings for the Corinthian sailors. The competition continues through Sunday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2805.


Wind Czar Rules Ugotta Regatta

The Ugotta Regatta at Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs, MI took place from July 28-30. The 20-boat J/70 fleet was able to complete nine races, and Richard Lehmann’s Wind Czar won six of them. Adding two seconds and a fourth gave Lehmann and team 14 points and the victory. John Heaton’s Empeiria took second place with 32 points, and Scott Sellers’ Tres Burritos placed third overall with 38 points but was the winner of the Corinthian division. For complete event details, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2986.


Baxters Awarded Marblehead NOOD Overall Win

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

J/70 (One Design – 30 Boats)

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

J/70 Corinthian (One Design – 19 Boats)

  1. Clown Car, Duncan Swain, USA – 2 -5 -3 -6 -5 -[14] -8; 29
  2. Rascal, Henry Brauer, USA – 12 -4 -13 -9 -2 -[15] -6; 46
  3. Shred, Stein Skaane, USA – 3 -[19] -9 -7 -8 -8 -12; 47
    For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=3009

John Newell Wins J/70 Lake Ontario Championship

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


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

Thirty-three J/70 teams are gathering for racing at the J/70 Corinthian National Championship in S. Dartmouth, Massachusetts as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta. The competition begins Friday, August 4 and continues through Sunday, August 6. Look for photos on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and keep up with all the action from New Bedford Yacht Club at the regatta website: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2805.


Raab’s SUGOI Wins Fiesta Cup Regatta

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


Larchmont Yacht Club’s 119th Race Week

Sailors from Long Island Sound and nearby yachting areas congregated at Larchmont (NY) Yacht Club from July 15 to 23 to sail in one of the grandfathers of American regattas, the Larchmont Race Week. This annual event spanned top one-design classes, racer/cruisers, classic yachts, junior boats, and hosted the Storm Trysail Club’s Jr. Safety-at-Sea Seminar. On the second weekend (July 22-23), J/70s joined the racing. Four races were completed among the seven-boat fleet, won by Megan Ploch with 8 points. Carrie & Ed Austin followed in second with 13 points, and Michael Zupon and Wade Waddell tied on points at 14 for third and fourth place, respectively. Race Committee Chairman John May noted, "Our Race Committee again was up to the job running three circles every day, and, despite the lack of cooperation by the wind gods, lots of good races were conducted and excellent competition was demonstrated." For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4236.


Perseverance Crowned Pacific Coast Champion

Congratulations to the 2017 J/70 Pacific Coast Champions: Bennet Greenwald's Team Perseverance. After three days of racing, Greenwald and his crew prevailed over the nine-race series. Conditions overall were mild, warm and sunny on the City Front making this San Diegan right at home. It was a small but highly competitive fleet with challenging and rewarding racing. Sailing pros Willem van Waay and Victor Diaz de Leon ran informative debriefs post racing each day for the J/70s, and Saint Francis YC RC PRO John Callahan executed flawless race course management. For complete event details, visit https://www.stfyc.com/default.aspx?p=.NETEventView&ID=3868315&qfilter=&type=0&ssid=279128&chgs=.


Relative Obscurity Tops 33rd Annual Newport Regatta

It was a medley of weather conditions for the 33rd Annual Newport Regatta, hosted by Sail Newport on July 7-9 in Newport, RI. Typically the largest regatta of Newport’s summer sailing for one-design sailboats, the 600+ sailors got it all. On Friday, the J/70 sailors raced outside of Newport Harbor off the East shore of Jamestown, RI. It was a tough, rainy day with low visibility. The breeze started out a moderate easterly and built to a strong 16-18 knot northerly. Nevertheless, the Newport Regatta was on. On Saturday, the sunshine arrived with a moderate southerly which built to 15-17 knots for "Chamber of Commerce" conditions. Sunday, a light northwesterly shifted around to a light southwesterly. Over the afternoon, the southwesterly built for the five circles of racers. The 16 classes of one-design boats completed multiple races in winds in the upper teens. Overall, 177 boats competed on five areas of racing on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. The sailors traveled from 24 U.S. States and three countries to participate. In the 29-boat J/70 fleet, Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity took the victory with 13 points, seven ahead of Brian Keane’s Savasana. Oivind Lorentzen’s Nine placed third with 23 points. The Corinthian fleet was topped by Heather Gregg and Joe Bardenheier on Muse. For complete event information, visit http://www.sailnewport.org/regattas/newportRegatta/2017newportregatta.


Long Beach Race Week

Sporty sailing conditions by day, spiced rum and dancing by night: Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week delivered 24/7, for the hundreds of sailors who turned up to race in the waters off Long Beach, CA on June 23-25. "Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club team up to put together this event each year, merging our forces to provide – with our years of experience and knowledge gleaned from this event, and others – the best regatta possible, for our participants," said co-chair John Busch, of LBYC. "This year we were blessed with strong winds, fair seas, excellent competition and great parties. And we couldn’t do it without our sponsors, like Ullman Sails and all the others who support this great event." Three stellar days, of breeze and sunshine, rounded out this annual funfest of racing and parties. Over 100 teams, hailing from Montana to Mexico, competed in one design and PHRF racing, on three different courses along the California coast. There were thrills and spills, in the 15 to 20 knot conditions, and chop. Chris Snow’s Cool Story Bro iced the 26-boat J/70 fleet, never finishing lower than fifth place; Pat Toole’s 3 Big Dogs topped the Corinthian entries. For complete results, visit http://www.lbrw.org/2017-results.


Great Lakes Championship at Cleveland Race Week

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


Cal Race Week

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


SAVASANA Tops NYYC J/70 Regatta

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


Southern Bay Race Week

This year’s Southern Bay Race Week, hosted at Hampton Yacht Club in Virginia, ranks as one of the largest regattas on the Chesapeake with 100+ entries. In the J/70 fleet, it was Latane Montague’s FULL MONTY that took class honors, with Matt Braun’s E.L.E. in second, followed by Mike Karn’s INCONCEIVABLE in third place. For more Southern Bay Race Week information, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=3016.


Chicago NOOD

The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in Chicago came to a close June 11 after three days of stellar sailing weather on Lake Michigan for more than 145 teams. Seven races were completed in the 20-boat J/70 division, with Oivind Lorentzen’s Nine taking the win with 21 points. Robert Hughes’s Heartbreaker placed second with 24 points, and Corinthian Martin Johnsson’s Aquaholics third with 30. For complete event details, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=3008.


American Yacht Club High Performance Regatta

American Yacht Club is pleased to announce the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta will be held on October 7-8. Previously named the HPDO, the regatta has been renamed to indicate the focus on a wider array of boats. Commodore Andy Giglia commented on this regatta, "The membership of American Yacht Club is aware of the changing landscape of sailing and to further support our mission statement ‘enhancing our heritage of leadership in the sport of sailing and furthering the growth of the sport,’ we are committed to help lead that change." Rich Hulit, the event Co-Chairman, said, "We are working very hard to provide a competitor focused event. Our objective is to maximize the number of races, and we will be embracing a short courses/high volume format. All of this with the New York City Skyline in the background and the great shore side facilities American Yacht Club has always been known for." American Yacht Club is hosting their annual Fall Series the two proceeding weekends before the HPR, which will allow J/70 teams three uninterrupted weekends to tune-up for the 2017 J/70 North Americans, which are scheduled to start on October 11 at American Yacht Club. AYC is offering the J/70s mast-up storage from the Fall Series through the NAC. The HPR NOR has been posted, and the event website can be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4240.


Cedar Point One Design

The Cedar Point One Design Regatta was hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club the weekend of June 3-4. The racing was held on Long Island Sound southeast of Cedar Point. Seventy eight boats sailed the regatta on two circle courses. On Saturday, a squall blew through both courses to make things interesting for the first day of racing. Sunday was a different day, one light air race was enough to solidify some champions, but for some, the ripping tidal current on Long Island Sound was enough to see some lead changes. In the 19-boat J/70 fleet, six races were completed with Doug Clark’s Polar earning the victory with 13 points, one ahead of second place Andrew & Melissa Fisher on Button Fly. Team Victura placed third with 18 points. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2999.


J/70 Class Rules Updated with Clerical Changes

World Sailing has approved the clerical changes to the J/70 Class Rules. The new version with these changes is now posted on World Sailing’s website at http://www.sailing.org/33242.php and on the IJ70CA website at http://www.j70ica.org/class-office-rules.


Elite Keel Regatta

Eight J/70s sailed the Elite Keel Regatta May 20-21 hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club with great sailing and socials. Team CHRISTINE ROBIN with Tracy & Christy Usher, Mike Bishop and Jon Andron took first place with 8 points for the five-race series; followed by Peter Cameron's PRIME NUMBER in second place with 13 points (he had three bullets over the two-day regatta). Scott Sellers' 1FA came in closely behind in third place. For complete information, visit http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/14189#_home.


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

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

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


Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Annapolis

It was the largest Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in recent years, with more than 200 boats in 17 fleets competing in the unpredictable conditions of the Chesapeake Bay from May 5-7. In the 43-boat J/70 fleet, Bruce Golison followed up his win at the 2016 Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD with another first-place finish. This event was the Midlife Crisis crew’s opportunity to make strides in the direction of future championships. "We were able to qualify here for the 2018 Worlds, and that was important to us," said Golison. "It was a good regatta and a good learning experience, and kept us going on our way to what we want to accomplish." Brian Keane’s Savasana and Martin Kullman’s New Wave rounded out the top three. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=3007.


American Yacht Club Spring Series

Seventy boats competed over the course of two weekends in the 38th Annual American Yacht Club Spring Series Regatta. This year was no disappointment as the final weekend brought breezes and sunny skies to challenge racers as they prepare their boats and crew for another sailing season in the Northeast. The Spring Series saw eight classes complete 10 and 11 races on the East and South courses respectively, over the two-weekend event. Race days were followed by cocktails and food on the picturesque lawn of the American Yacht Club overlooking the course. The largest fleet was the J/70s with 16 boats. Scott and Alex Furnary on Any Colour won not only the fleet but also the Reggie Imamura Family Sailing Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually by J/70 Fleet 15 to a family of two or more sailing together on the Long Island Sound. Locomotion skippered by Daan Goedkoop took a close second only two points behind. Third place went to Carrie and Ed Austin on Chinook. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2993.


Charleston Race Week

Charleston is known for its reliable spring seabreeze, but the Holy City’s coast outdid itself this year during the 22nd edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week. It wasn’t just the three race days either; from the first team’s arrival for practice more than a week earlier until the lengthy awards ceremony on Sunday night, reliable southerly winds buffeted the region, ensuring maximum racing, maximum action, and maximum enjoyment for the nearly 2,000 sailors, shore crew, staff, and volunteers that comprise this largest event of its kind in the Americas. It was drama right until the final gun of the week for Joel Ronnin’s J/70 Catapult. Holding a small lead all week over the uber-competitive 73-boat fleet, Ronning’s team saw it nearly all fall apart just 10 minutes before the final race. Lifelong Charlestonian and Catapult trimmer Patrick Wilson explains the scenario, "We were sailing around killing time just after the first race today, and we hit something in the water, maybe the bottom, and at the same time we noticed something wrong with the mast," said Wilson. "We noticed our forestay had sheared away from the bow and things were looking bad – with no races to discard, anything out of the top places would lose the regatta for us." Wilson’s team somehow got the forestay reattached before the start of the final race. "Somehow we got to the line with seconds to spare," said John Kostecki (the tactician on board). "That put us in the right place, and we saved the situation." Catapult’s performance landed the reigning J/70 World Champs not just the Class championship here in Charleston, but also the Charleston Race Week Cup, the perpetual trophy for the best overall performance by a one-design entry. "It’s great to win in Charleston in front of my family and friends," said Wilson. "I’ve been trying over and over since this regatta started, and this is my first victory here." The event saw a big influx in the number of all-female teams and all-junior teams, with three crews made up entirely of College of Charleston sailors and three more made up of under-21 teams. Longtime Race Week competitor and Annapolis racer Kristin Robinson took a break from the course this year, riding a power boat to watch the crew of 17 and 18-year olds to whom she loaned her J/70 Skyline Racing for the week. "It was the best thing I’ve ever done with my boat," said Robinson. "We talk all the time about these young sailors leaving the sport after school, and this could be one solution to keeping them engaged and involved and growing the sport again." For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=2997.


Spurlin Takes J/70 Governor’s Cup

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


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

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


J/Fest San Francisco

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


San Diego NOOD

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

  1. Minor Threat, Jeff Janov, Malibu, CA, USA, 2 -1 -3 -1 -2 -4 -1 -15 -12 -1 ; 42
  2. 3 Big Dogs, Pat Toole, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 1 -5 -1 -6 -4 -9 -3 -8 -6 -2 ; 45
  3. Huckleberry, Jim Murrell, Torrance, CA, USA, 5 -3 -2 -7 -6 -1 -8 -4 -4 -9 ; 49
    Here are the top three of the 6-boat J/70 Corinthian fleet:
  4. 3 Big Dogs, Pat Toole, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 1 -5 -1 -6 -4 -9 -3 -8 -6 -2 ; 45
  5. USA 540, David Hochart, Coronado, CA, USA, 6 -7 -6 -5 -11 -10 -5 -2 -8 -8 ; 68
  6. Jaya, Craig Tallman, Redondo Beach, CA, USA, 14 -12 -4 -2 -13 -5 -10 -11 -3 -15 ; 89
    For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=3006.

Miami Sailing Week

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

Top 5 Overall:

  1. USA 49 Peter Duncan on Relative Obscurity – 22 pts
  2. USA 901 John & Molly Baxter on Team Vineyard Vines – 28 pts
  3. USA 26 Bruce Golison on Midlife Crisis – 29 pts
  4. USA 246 Martin Kullman on New Wave – 32 pts
  5. USA 96 Brian Keane on Savasana – 41 pts
    For complete event details, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2963.

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

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

The top five overall:

  1. New England Ropes, USA2, Tim Healy - [16] -4 -4 -7 -2 -1; 18
  2. Scamp, USA248, Will Welles - 2 -[14] -7 -2 -4 -4; 19
  3. Rimette, USA340, John Brim - 1 -1 -9 -10 -7 -[14]; 28
  4. Reach Around, USA151, Thomas Bowen - [17] -10 -5 -11 -3 -7; 36
  5. Zaguero, MEX164, Ignacio Perez - [25] -19 -1 -9 -1 -8; 38
    Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=2951.

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

Mother Nature provided brilliant blue skies and summer-like temperatures, but light and fluky breeze as racing got underway Saturday at the Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship hosted by Saint Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida. But John Brim’s Rimette didn’t seem to mind. He won the first two races, and added a nine, for 11 points and a healthy advantage over Will Welles’ Scamp in second (23 points) and Tim Healy’s New England Ropes in third (24 points). This Championship is being held with Class Rule C.3 modified so that the entire crew is limited to no more than one member who is classified as ISAF Group 3. The 52-boat fleet is comprised of 44% all-Corinthian teams, currently led by James Prendergast’s USA167. Brim notched his first of two bullets as racing began in about 6 knots of breeze. Welles and Joshua Goldman’s Building A followed Brim in race one, and Prendergast and Bryan Cameron’s B Squared in race two (when winds were about 10 knots but shifty). The most consistent conditions occurred during Saturday’s final contest when Ignazio Perez’s Zaguero took the top spot, ahead of the reigning Midwinter team of Darden/Hillard of Hoss and John & Molly Baxter’s Team Vineyard Vines. No racing occurred Friday due to lack of wind. Racing concludes Sunday. Photos are available on the J/70 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=2951.


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