Monday, September 25, 2017

USA’s Duncan Crowned AUDI J/70 World Champion!

J/70 Peter Duncan Relative Obscurity- World ChampionsItaly’s Noe' Tops Corinthians Division
(Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- In more ways than one, the 2017 edition of the AUDI J/70 World Championship, hosted by YC Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, will go down in history as one of the most memorable.  For starters, it was the largest fleet of sportboats ever assembled for a World Championship- 163 boats ultimately sailed, with 175 boats initially registered from 24 nations.  Then, over three days of measurement, seven boats were rejected and another six boats simply disappeared and withdrew from the regatta.  As the teaYCCS deck- 60+ knots!ms started to practice on Sunday, it was evident the forecasted “mistral” was going to be much stronger than expected; by Sunday evening winds were a steady 20-30 kts, gusting to 40 kts from the West.  The mistral was the central theme for the next three days, blowing out Monday’s practice race with 62 kts in the harbor and 85 kts in the Straits of Bonifacio (between the southern cape of Corsica and the northern points of Sardinia), then steady 30 to 45 kts for what was supposed to be qualifying races on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Overcoming a wide-variety of challenging weather conditions for the next three days was none other than the American team led by Peter Duncan on RELATIVE OBSCURITY.  Peter’s crew of Jud Smith, Willem van Waay and Victor Diaz de Leon, simply showed their transom to the fleet more often than not for the six races sailed, compiling an amazing record of 3-1-1-2-1-3 for 8 pts net to easily win Peter’s first J/70 World Championship.

Corinthians winner- Giancfranco Noe- WhitehawkAnother impressive performance was the Corinthians Division winner- Italy’s Gianfranco Noe sailing WHITE HAWK, sailing with his son- Emmanuele and crew of Giuliano Chiandrussi, and Samuele Semi.  Their scorecard of 22-2-3-13-14-16 not only earned an easy Corinthians win, but also placed them 10th overall in the Open division!

Day 3- Thursday
After three days of mistral, the fleet was quite anxious to go sailing. After the mandatory 0930 hrs skipper’s briefing run by the PRO Mark Foster from Corpus Christi YC in Texas, the teams briskly walked down to their boats and headed out of the gorgeous Porto Cervo harbor into the big seas and big breezes that lay in wait offshore under spectacular sunny blue skies with torn cotton clouds racing across the horizon.  It was a magnificent start for the fleet.  A total of six races were run in 15-22 kts from the remnants of the westerly flowing mistral.  More often than not, the left hand side of the course was better than the right, due to the known geographical shift that would often show up in the top one-third of the race course.

J/70s sailing off Porto Cervo, SardiniaAfter the one-day, three-race qualifying series, Peter Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY led with a 3-1-1 tally for 5 pts; followed in second place by Claudia Rossi’s Italian team on PETITE TERRIBLE #AUDI with a 1-4-1 scoreline for 6 pts; and yet another Italian team, Franco Solerio’s L’ELAGAIN, sitting in third place with a 2-2-7 for 11 pts.

The top Corinthians Division leaders were Noe’s WHITEHAWK with a 22-2-3 record for 27 pts in first place; Follin Robin’s GIVE ME FIVE from France with an 8-29-14 for 41 pts in second; and Luis Bugallo’s MARNATURA from Spain with a 23-20-11 for 54 pts in third position.

J/70 Worlds starting line off Porto Cervo, SardiniaDay 4- Friday
On Friday, the regatta moved up a gear, as the fleets were split into Gold and Silver Fleets. The early morning westerly Mistral wind, unexpectedly piped up to over 20 knots before the start of racing.  However, 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 had now been held, offically constituting a series, with one day to go.

Following on their amazing performance on the first day of racing, Duncan’s RELATIVE OBSCURITY crew grew their lead to 10 pts by scoring a 2nd in the only race of the day.  Meanwhile, Rossi’s PETITE TERRIBLE #AUDI team scored a 9th to drop into third place.  Leapfrogging her into second place by taking a 4th in the race was the Spanish FERMAX team, skippered by Gustavo Martinez Doreste.

Audi J/70 Worlds - Porto Cervo, Sardinia- YC Costa SmeraldaMeanwhile, Noe’s WHITE HAWK continued to lead the Corinthians Division, followed by the Mexican Ignacio Perez skippering ADRENALINE in second place and Bugallo’s MARNATURA in third.

In the Silver fleet, it was Norway’s Eivind Astrup that was leading on NORWEGIAN STEAM and the Silver Corinthians leader was Alessandro Zampori’s NOBERASCO DAS from Italy.

The top three for Friday’s Gold Fleet race was all American; Peter Cunningham's POWER PLAY won in shifty conditions with an enormous lead of well over a minute. 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. Duncan's RELATIVE OBSCURITY was second, scoring their fourth podium in the regatta and Brian Keane's SAVASANA made it a 1-2-3 for the American teams.

"We still had the Mistral wind today, but it was much 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 boats, that is similar to last year's Worlds in San Francisco. 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 its great to see a lot of young people at the regatta!”

J/70s flying down reach at J/70 Worlds- Porto Cervo, SardiniaDay 5- Epic Saturday Finale
With numerous General Recalls, a Black Flag in play, and a full on foam-up, the Worlds 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.

After a stunning performance, scoring podium finishes in every race, including three race wins, the runaway winner of the regatta was America’s Peter Duncan on RELATIVE OBSCURITY. Another American team, Brian Keane's SAVASANA (with crew of Stu McNay, Tom Barrows, Ron Weed) scored a second in the final race, moving up to runner-up for the championship. Italian Luca Domenici on NOTARO TEAM (with crew of Diego Negri, Stefano Orlandi, Piero Vigo) moved up to third place after posting a BFD-5 in the last two races!  After posting a 9-BFD, Claudia Rossi's attempt to become the first lady helm to win the title was ended, her PETITE TERRIBLE #AUDI team settling for 4th place just 4 pts back from 3rd.  Then, only 1 pt behind her in 5th place was another Italian crew, Mauro Roversi’s JCURVE.

The Corinthians Division was easily won by Noe’s WHITE HAWK.  Second, was Bugallo’s MARNATURA and third was Follin’s GIVE ME FIVE.

The overall winner of the Silver Fleet and also the Silver Corinthians winner was Zampori’s NOBERASCO DAS from Italy. They were followed in second place by Stefano Roberti’s PICCININA from YC Monaco in Monte Carlo and in third place was Russia’s Dmitry Shunin from Moscow, Russia sailing GOLDEN WING. Rounding out the top five were Michael Grau’s German crew on PAINT IT BLACK in 4th and Horacio & Nicolas Carabelli’s Brazilian team on URUBU taking 5th place.

In the Silver Corinthians Division, taking second place was America’s Henry Brauer sailing RASCAL from Eastern YC in Marblehead, MA (host of the 2018 J/70 World Championship).  Third place went to Pawel Tarnowski’s APOTEX team from Poland.

Peter Duncan- J/70 World Champion"Awesome! Top of the world,” exclaimed Peter Duncan dockside at the YC 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 like 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, Willem, they 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."

Claudia Rossi- Top Women Helm- Helen Johnstone TrophyTop team for the host club, YC Costa Smeralda, and first team with a Lady Helm (winning the Helen C Johnstone Memorial Trophy), 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 the Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Massachusetts USA from 22nd to 29th September 2018.  Follow the AUDI J/70 Worlds on Facebook here

AUDI J/70 Worlds Summary video
https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/380396249045985/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJQu7MRHXAY
Day 3- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yge147XOAc
Day 4- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUtBzYxpaHw
Day 5- Finale- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJQu7MRHXAY

Facebook Video interviews of J/70 Worlds winners here:
Champion Peter Duncan- https://www.facebook.com/J70Class/videos/877195112432176/
Corinthian winner- Gianfranco Noe- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/379790799106530/
1st Woman helm- Claudia Rossi- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/379761999109410/
2nd Woman helm- Lera Kovalenko- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/380363419049268/
3rd Woman helm- Hannah Mills- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/379791925773084/

Video Highlights
Final race of Gold- https://www.facebook.com/Sail22Racing/videos/10155701957289868/
Final race of Silver- https://www.facebook.com/Sail22Racing/videos/10155701943399868/

Sponsor- Quantum Sails
Time-lapse video- https://www.facebook.com/QuantumSails/videos/10155164917292098/
Day 5 Gold fleet- https://www.facebook.com/QuantumSails/videos/10155170974467098/

Sailing photo credits- Pierrick Contin, Max Ranchi & Kurt Arrigo  For more AUDI J/70 World Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Who Will be Europe’s "Best Sailing Club“ 2017?

J/70 Sailing Champions League(Hamburg, Germany/ Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- This weekend the best sailing clubs from all over Europe will gather together for the finale of the SAILING Champions League in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy. For three days, 32 clubs will battle for the title “Best Sailing Club” in front of the fantastic scenery of the hosting club, the YC Costa Smeralda (yes, the same club that just hosted two major regattas in a row- Maxi 72/ Maxi-yacht Worlds and the AUDI J/70 Worlds)!

A maximum of 48 races will be sailed in fleet-race-mode on eight one-design J/70 boats on the northeastern coast of Sardinia. First practice-races on Wednesday will help the teams to get familiar with the sailing area before the races will take place Friday to Sunday. The weather forecast promises light winds with summer-time temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius.

Audi J/70 Sailing Champions LeagueThe favorites are the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) from Hamburg who won Act 1 in St. Petersburg, the Segelclub Mattsee (SCM) from Austria, winner of Act 2 in St. Moritz, and certainly the Deutsche Touring YC (DTYC) from Bavaria. The defending champions from 2016 just participated successfully in the Nord Stream Race and are placed at the top of the German Sailing Bundesliga.

Among the participants are further top-class teams like Cape Crow YC, Swedish Champions and winner of the Nord Stream Race 2017, the Royal Norwegian YC, winner of the SAILING Champions League in 2015 and the famous YC Costa Smeralda.

As the technological partner of the SAILING Champions League, SAP will provide spectators worldwide with a professional livestream. Races will be commentated and explained for everyone by sailing experts and sailing reporters. All races will be broadcast live via the internet Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm CEST. Results and live stream can be found here Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

American YC Fall Series Preview

J/105 sailing American YC Fall Series (Rye, NY)- Starting this weekend, the American YC will be hosting the first of its two-weekend Fall Series Regatta for a range of IRC/PHRF handicap classes as well as one-design classes for J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, J/109s and J/44s.

For the J/70s, it will represent the first of three-plus weekends of sailing that lead into the J/70 North American Championship hosted by American YC.  In the fourteen-boat fleet for the AYC series will be notable teams such as Scott & Alex Furnary’s ANY COLOUR, Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA, Andrew & Melissa Fisher’s BUTTON FLY, Carrie & Ed Austin’s CHINOOK and Mike Zupon’s LOKI.

The J/88s have a robust turnout of nine boats, many of whom have been class leaders in the past two years on the 88 class circuit.  Incredibly, virtually all teams have posted at least a podium finish in a J/88 related event over the past 24 months.  Handicapping this event would be as effective as posting odds for the next 7.0 earthquake on the San Andreas fault- e.g. it’s not happening anytime soon!  Those crews participating include Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Kevin Marks’ VELOCITY, Doug Newhouse’s YONDER, Al Minella’s ALBONDIGAS, Ken & Drew Hall’s NEVERMORE, John Pearson’s RED SKY, Elizabeth Barry’s ESCAPE, Doug McKeige’s JAZZ, and Mike Bruno’s WINGS.

The thirteen-boat J/105 class features last year’s winners- the dynamic duo of Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault on the mighty GOOD TRADE. Chasing them hard will be American YC’s Junior Big Boat Team on YOUNG AMERICAN, Duncan Hennes & Za/Lib Jelliffe on ARETE, Paul Beaudin’s LOU LOU, and Richie Palmer’s TOLO.

The octet of J/109s includes the usual suspects of top teams from this past summer, such as Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY, John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT, Bill Rogers’ BIG BOAT, and Jonathan Rechtshaffer’s EMOTICON.

With seven J/44s on the line, things will always be close amongst the evenly matched boats all sporting identical class-supplied sails.  As a result, “who’s on first” is always a great discussion, as it all comes down to which crews are dialed into the conditions for the day (or weekend).  Like other J/classes, the 44’s have most teams taking a “win-place-show” in some event in the past year or so.  Such teams include Len Sitar’s VAMP, the US Coast Guard Academy’s GLORY, Don & Dick Rave’s RESOLUTE, Jim Bishop’s GOLD DIGGER, and Bill Ketcham’s MAXINE.

In PHRF 1 class, two veteran J/111 campaigners will be fighting hard for class supremacy- David & Maryellen Tortorello’s PARTNERSHIP and Paul Strauch’s ANDIAMO.  They will be challenged by Bill Ingraham’s J/124 TENEBRAE and Neil Hindle’s J/145 MUSKOKA.

The ten-boat strong PHRF 2 class will see Aleksandr Tichter’s J/29 AKULA dueling with Jason Viseltear’s J/80 UPSETTER for class honors.

Finally, the Leukemia Cup Navigators Course has two J/crews on the race track, including John & Corinne Forster’s J/92 SALTIRE and Jim Wilson’s J/100 LIBERTY.  For more American YC Fall Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

J/70 Sailor Claudia Rossi Inspires On and Off the Water.

Claudi Rossi with father Alberto(Porto Cervo, Italy)-  Kara Hugglestone from SAIL Couture had a chance to catch up with Claudia prior to her competing in this year’s AUDI J/70 Worlds in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.  Here is Kara’s story:

The one to watch is PETITE TERRIBLE helmed by the brilliant young Claudia Rossi who, at just 24, is a two-time J/70 European Champion, as well as the youngest skipper ever and first female to hold the title. And, she just started sailing in college—four years ago!

I had the pleasure of meeting Claudia at last year’s J/70 World’s in San Francisco. I was as taken by the Italian sailor’s beauty, sparkling eyes, and infectious laugh as I was by her impressive sailing skills. She was relentless on the racecourse, although in the end, it was not to be her regatta. She is out to right that wrong on the water in Sardinia.

J/70 woman sailor- Claudia Rossi wins Europeans“I still have a bit bitter taste in my mouth from the San Francisco World Championship last year, but I­ won’t let that get in the way. It will be difficult this year because there are 175 boats and the best sailors in the world. Petite will do as much as ever. We never give up,” Claudia told Sail Couture.

One could say her fighting spirit is a family trait; her father is the skipper of the famous Farr 40 Enfant Terrible. Claudia enjoys navigating for her father, but true competitors they are, they also compete against one another in the J/70 and Farr 40 classes. Indeed, last July, she became the Farr 40 Worlds Corinthian Champion (fourth overall) at the helm of Pierluigi Bresciani’s Pazza Idea; her father was second in the overall standings.

Claudia says she chose the J/70 class because of its size and the skill level. Indeed, at 1,300 strong, the J/70 fleet is the fastest growing fleet worldwide and has attracted many of the world’s top professional and Corinthian sailors.  Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth and Rick Tomlinson  Follow Claudia’s PETITE TERRIBLE J/70 team on Facebook here  Full SAILCOUTURE.com article from Kara Hugglestone here Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Friday, September 22, 2017

J/FEST San Diego Announcement

J/Fest San Diego
“Sending it back to ’77!”
(San Diego, CA)- If you have ever sailed on, owned, raced on, cruised on, loved a J/Boat, you will not want to miss any of the special events of this celebration of all things J/Boats!

San Diego YC is inviting all J/Boats from all over SoCal to participate in fall sailing in San Diego from September 23rd to 24th.  Most importantly, it will be a weekend to celebrate 40 years of sailing J/Boats!

J/70s sailing off San DiegoOne-design fleets slated for J/Fest include the fast growing, super hot J/70 fleet as well as J/22, J/24, J/80, J/105, J/109, and J/120 fleets. Any J/Boat is eligible to participate, and all are welcome to race in One-design or J/PHRF classes.

The weekend starts off on Friday with the 40th Anniversary of J/Boats Celebration in San Diego YC’s “Frost Room” from 1800 to 2030 hours, with hosted wine and pupu’s.  Jeff Johnstone (President @ J/Boats) will be presenting a “J/Boats 40 Years Past, Present and Future.”

According to Jeff; ”the story of J/Boats is a classic entrepreneurial tale: with a small investment, and a speedy 24-foot sailboat that Rod Johnstone built in his garage, Rod & his brother Bob Johnstone went into business. That was 1977. Now, that boat (the J/24), has become the most popular recreational offshore keelboat in the world. Not only that, but the waters of SoCal have produced several J/24 Champions, including Vince Brun and Chris Snow. The Johnstone family has made an undeniable mark on the sailing world. In addition to the 5,400 J/24s cruising the waves, there are over 7,000 more J/Boats, ranging from the International J/22 to the J/65, that sailing enthusiasts have enjoyed over the last 40 years.”

Then, on Saturday, there will be a J/22 Clinic starting at 1000 hrs with on-water coaching.  Then, after racing that starts around noon, there will be a “J/Fest Regatta Party” on the Sailwash Lawn.  Join the J/Boat sailors for a fun throw-back to 1977! In other words, a “70’s Party!”  There will be fun competitions among the crews, including “Best Vintage J/Fest T-shirt”, “Best Dressed for the Disco”, and more surprises! Giveaways, 70’s band, and much more!  For more J/FEST San Diego sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Moss SF Wins Norwegian J/70 Sailing League

J/70 Norwegian Sailing League (Moss, Norway)- For the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League finale, both the 1st and 2nd Divisions sailed over the course of an extended weekend of sailing.  At the end of the day, Moss SF won the 1st Division despite a poor performance in their fourth event in the series.  And, Risor SF ended up winning the 2nd Division by closing with a strong performance in the finale.

The 1st Division finale was not without its drama for the top two teams- Moss Sf and Asgardstrand SF.  Starting out the regatta, Moss SF had an enormous lead on the fleet.  However, by having one of their worst regattas of the season, their OCS in race 6 simply amplified the hard times they had to stay in hunt on their home waters! Their final result of 8th place was just sufficient enough for them to retain the overall series lead with a 1-1-2-8 for 12 pts. Taking second for the series was Asgardstrand SF with a 6-3-4-2 for 15 pts- a steady progression up the leaderboard. Then, RAN SF won the final regatta to jump on to the podium for the season series to secure the bronze with a 7-6-6-1 for 20 pts.  Notably, third in the Moss event was Grimstad SF, just one point behind Asgardstrand with 18 pts.

In the 2nd Division, Bundefjord SF put their stamp on the results in Moss, winning with five 1sts and three 2nds to win, incredibly enough by just one point!  A complete mirror of their results was posted by Risor Sf to conclude the regatta with 12 pts.  Third was Bodø SF with 16 pts, counting four 1sts in their totals.

For the season series in the 2nd Division, Risør SF wins the gold; the silver goes to Askøy SF and the bronze to Bundefjorden SF. Together with Hurum SF, these four clubs move to the 1st division in 2018.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SAILING Champions League Preview

J/70 sailing off Sardinia (Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- Europe ́s top sailing clubs will compete in the final of the SAILING Champions League in Porto Cervo, Sardinia from 22nd to 24th September. The aim is to win the sought-after silver trophy by Robbe & Berking and earn the title of Europe ́s “Best Sailing Club”.  The teams will be sailing a matched-fleet of J/70 One-designs.

The teams competing in the grand final in Sardinia are the top clubs of the qualification events in St. Petersburg (August 2017) and St. Moritz (September 2017). Here are the 32 clubs that qualified: Ost-Legal Sailing, Åländska Segelsällskapet, Cape Crow YC, Circolo Canottieri Aniene, CV St Quentin, Deutscher Touring YC (SCL Champion 2016), Ekolns Segelklubb, Frederikshavn Sejklub, Hellerup Sejlklub, Jachtclub Scheveningen, Kongelig Dansk Yachtclub, Kongelig Norsk Seilforening, Kullaviks Kanot och Kappseglingsklubb, Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet, Lindauer Seglerclub, Lord of the Sail– Europe, Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Nyländska Jaktklubben, Port Edgar YC, Regattaclub Bodensee, SCTWV Achensee, Segelclub Mattsee, Société des Régates d’Antibes, Société Nautique de Genève, St. Petersburg YC, Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee, Wasa Segelförening, WV Almere Centraal, YC APCC Voile Sportive, YC Bregenz, YC Costa Smeralda, and YC Sopot.  Follow the SAILING Champions League on Facebook here.  For more SAILING Champions League information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

J/24 European Championship Preview

J/24s sailing Hungary- Lake Balaton (Lake Balaton, Hungary)- Founded in 1867, the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club (BYC) was the first sailing club in Hungary located on beautiful Lake Balaton.  The BYC is also one of the oldest sailing clubs in Europe and continues to be the most successful and prestigious sailing club in Hungary. Located right in the center of Balatonfüred, the club plays a key role in the youth development and talent management,

The BYC is proud to be able to host the 2017 J/24 European Championship on the gorgeous waters of its lake.  The regatta is taking place from September 24th to October 1st.  The local J/24 Hungarian fleet is enthusiastic and excited to be supporting the event.

The goal is to host a ten-race championship for the forty-seven teams registered for the event.  Eight countries are represented, including Great Britain (1), Germany (19), Greece (2), Hungary (19), Italy (2), Netherlands (1), Sweden (2), and USA (1).

Many top crews in Europe that are not participating in the J/24 World Championship being held in Port Credit, ONT, Canada virtually the same week will be looking to take home the European crown.  Amongst the top German teams will be Lars Hager’s PFAU, Stefan Karsunke’s Sullberg, Frank Schonfeldt’s HENK, Emily Kern’s ROTOGIRL (an all-women’s team), Manfred Konig’s VITESSE, and Dan Frost’s JJ-ONE.

The host fleet from Hungary has a number of championship caliber teams, like Peter Tamas’ JUKEBOX, and Erik Hercsel’s DJANGO.  Ironically, perhaps Hungary’s most famous sailor, Farkas Litkey, will be sailing a combined Italian and Hungarian team on PELLE NERA/ ST JAMES.  From Sweden are two very strong crews; Per-Hakan Persson’s FRONT RUNNER and Andreas Olovsson’s FOR FUN (PINK).  Finally, a past “European Champion” will be a serious consideration for the top of the leaderboard- America’s Keith Whittemore from Seattle, WA sailing the familiar FURIO.  For more J/24 European Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

KSSS Wins Swedish J/70 Sailing League

Sweden J/70 Sailing League winners- KSSS (Gottskär, Sweden)- The dramatic finale of Allsvenskan Sailing 2017 took place in Gottskär, Sweden.  Only after the twelfth and final round of racing was it clear that the KSSS held off the Cape Crow YC to win the season series for the Swedish J/70 Sailing League.

"Before the final race we did not look at our position. We knew it was tough and that we needed a good race. It blew quite a lot today.  Our tactic was to only make a good race, without stupid maneuvers," said KSSS Fredrik Bergström.

The last round of Allsvenskan offered tough conditions with a lot of rain and wind at the beginning, very light winds on Saturday and lots of winds on the last day- mostly up to 10 m/s. But, neither the KSSS nor the Cape Crow, which are the clubs that dominated this year's all-Swedish tournament, sailed well in the final event. On the other hand, the Sotefjord Sailing Company won nine of the twelve races to win the final regatta at Gottskär.

KSSS came to Gottskär as a favorite to sail home with the gold. However, after half of the twelve rounds were completed, they were far behind and at that time, Cape Crow was the possible league champion. But, KSS's young, good-natured skipper, 19-year-old Vilma Bobeck, and her crew of Fredrik Bergström, Patrik Erlandsson and Göran Bobeck made some changes in their tactics and completed the last six races with all top three finishes to seal the series win, despite finishing sixth in the regatta!

"We did not sail at our peak earlier this weekend. But, on Sunday when it blew much harder, we managed to keep it together, sail well and take advantage of big mistakes by our competitors. We also improved a lot during regatta because we have not sailed this format before and I have never sailed the J/70,” said KSSS’s Fredrik Bergström- an Olympic 470 sailor at the Rio Games.  Follow the Swedish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Swedish J/70 Sailing League information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Monday, September 18, 2017

American YC Fall Regattas Announcement

J/109 sailing Long Island (Rye, NY)- Over the next few weeks, the American YC in Rye, New York will be hosting a series of events for both offshore racers as well as the J/70 class.

FALL SERIES
As most sailors on the northeastern seaboard may be familiar with, the AYC will be hosting their annual Fall Series, a popular two-weekend event that is held on western Long Island Sound for both offshore boats as well as one-design fleets of J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, J/109s, and J/44s. The event takes place on September 23rd/ 24th and September 30th/ October 1st.  For more American YC Fall Series information

HPR REGATTA
In addition, the AYC is also hosting the “HPR Regatta” (high-performance-regatta) for fleets of dinghies as well as J/70s from October 7th to 8th. It is the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta, originally 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 AYC 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.”

“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 course/ high volume format.  All of this with the New York city skyline in the background and the great shore side facilities AYC has always been known for,” said Rich Hulit, the event Co-Chairman.  For more HPR Regatta information

J/70 NORTH AMERICANS
Finally, from October 9th to 15th, the AYC is hosting the J/70 NA’s on western Long Island Sound for a four-day regatta.  The likelihood of a 75+ boat fleet is quite high with 55+ boats already entered as of the 1st of September!    For more J/70 North Americans sailing information  For more American YC sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

European Sailing League Updates

J/70 sailing leagues Europe(Hamburg, Germany- Over the next two weekends, several of Europe’s sailing leagues will be having their season-ending finales.  Over fifty-four clubs will be participating in those events with over 300 people sailing on matched J/70 one-design class sailboats.

The next event will be the Danish J/70 Sailing League sailing from September 15th to 17th at Skovshoved, Denmark.  For more Danish J/70 Sailing League information

Then, the following weekend, the British J/70 Sailing League Finale will be taking place in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England from September 22nd to 24th.  For more British J/70 Sailing League information

Finally, the Russian J/70 Sailing League will be holding their penultimate event at Konakovo River Club at Konakovo, Russia, northwest of Moscow.  The event will be taking place from September 23rd to 26th.  Follow Russian J/70 Facebook page here. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Blustery Conanicut YC Round Island Race

J/121 sailing Jamestown Round Island Race
J/29 Dominates Class B, J’s Sweep Class G!
(Jamestown, RI)- Sunday dawned with a rather intimidating forecast.  The remnants of Hurricane Harvey that left a catastrophe in its wake across the Texas Gulf Coast had moved northeast and was rolling over New England on Sunday morning.  Strong rains and wind gusting 15-30 kts greeted the sailors ready to participate in the 90th Annual Around The Island Race- an end of summer tradition for most active sailors on Narragansett Bay.  This year, an enormous fleet of 101 boats were registered, 23 of them J/Crews (about 23% of the fleet) in various classes!

J/121 sailing off Beavertail PointThe Conanicut YC Race Committee wisely postponed the start of the race for nearly two hours to let the strong easterly winds abate into the 15-25 kts range.  By noon, the small boats took off on a shortened course going north up Bay towards Prudence Island, rounding the green buoy and heading back down beneath Newport Bridge for a fast, safe race.  Offshore, the storm swells were hitting upwards of 10 to 12 ft at the traditional turning point off the southern end of the island- Beavertail Point bell.  The big boats- the last four divisions to start, did sail the traditional race, but also heading counter-clockwise, going north beneath Newport Bridge, leaving the green bell and green can at the northern end of the island to port, back south through Jamestown Bridge, around Beavertail Point bell to port, back up the Bay past Castle Hill Lighthouse, leaving Clingstone Rocks to port and into the finish line at Jamestown.

With a strong ESE breeze, it was a quick race for the two race tracks as it was essentially a “fetch” in all directions to each turning point.  In the small boat fleets, the race was less than two hours elapsed.

In Class B Spinnaker, it was Dennis Nixon’s J/29 LYNX that won their class quite handily.  Then in Class D, the two J/24s that raced could still hold their own in the demanding conditions, with Mike Hill’s OBSTREPROUS finishing 3rd and Rob Lambert’s BARFLY taking 4th in class.  Similarly, in Class E, the two J/30s both finished in the top five, with Chris Tate’s BLITZ finishing 4th and Daniel Borsutsky’s FLYING HIGH taking 5th place.

For the larger boats that actually did race around the island, it was Classes G, H, J & K- four classes in total.  Class G saw a clean sweep of the podium by J crews, with Sean Doyle’s J/105 KESTREL winning, followed by Paul Grimes’ J/35 BREAKAWAY just over 3 minutes back on corrected to take 2nd.  Third position went to Doug Newhouse’s J/88 YONDER, just 40 second back corrected.  Fourth was Dawson & Ben Hodgson’s J/100 GRIMACE another minute back and in 5th was EC Helme’s J/92S SPIRIT.

J/121 sailing aroud island raceFinally, in the “J” class, appropriately enough, it was the first shakedown race for the new J/121 INCOGNITO co-skippered by Joe Brito and Jeff Johnstone. INCOGNITO led the class off the start and through Newport Bridge on a close fetch with the J1 sheeted to the rail. Half way to the north end as the reaching angle broadened, three smaller sport boats in the class leap-frogged ahead with early Code 0 sets. INCOGNITO eventually followed with a Code 0 and by the north turn, the four had stretched out from the rest of the class. Then the J/121 crew proved their mettle and ground down all but one sport boat on the port tack fetch to the Beavertail, rounding that mark 2nd before heading back to the finish under J1 jib trimmed to the rail to Clingstone Rock bell, then popping an A4 kite for the short burst to the finish for second on elapsed and third on corrected. The J/122 TARAHUMARA sailed by Jack Gregg from Corinthian YC of Philadelphia, took 5th in class, correcting our 4 minutes behind the J/121. All in all, it was a fun day for the INCOGNITO team who has their sights set on the 2018 Newport to Bermuda Race. Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images  For more Conanicut YC Around Island Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Friday, September 15, 2017

September Boat Show Time!

J/121 offshore speedster
(Newport, RI)- The middle of September is the unofficial start of the fall/ winter boat show season.  A great time to review the latest models from the J/Design team and catch up on the latest in one-design and offshore news from the many popular J/Classes.

Newport International Boat Show- featuring the NEW J/121!
The new J/121 Offshore Speedster will be making its worldwide debut at the Newport show, take the time to meet the designer and the build team.  The 1-2-1 has exceeded the expectations of those who’ve sailed her to date- the spacious ergonomic cockpit, the visibility from the wide spacing of the twin-wheels, and the extraordinary acceleration in puffs are some of the oft-repeated comments.  Plus, most importantly, its “short-handed” features for cruising couples or one-design racing crews of five people are getting high praise from all that have played with the roller-furling headsails (Code 0, J1, & J4) and the snuffer design on the A2 asymmetric spinnaker.   Learn more about the J/121 here.  For more Newport International Boat Show information
New J/112E Grand Prix version
Southampton Boat Show- J/112E Grand Prix Debut
Key Yachting Ltd will be exhibiting several boats at the Southampton Boat Show from the 15th to 24th September at the marina berths M427-433.

J/112E - Grand Prix version- Show Debut
This multiple award-winning, two-cabin performance cruiser, is now available as a Grand Prix version. Fresh from her Round the Island victory, the J/112E GP features full race upgrades, including an IRC friendly keel without bulb, Axxon high modulus carbon mast with carbon spreaders, carbon boom and carbon steering wheel. She is also equipped with 3DI race sails and B&G H5000 with a Zeuss 3 plotter. This will be the first UK show for this formidable new IRC weapon, which has already won four French regattas this year.

The J/112E joins her sisterships, the J/97E and J/122E, as an exceptional upwind performer. V-shaped bow sections provide superior directional stability and reduced slamming in waves. Freeboard forward and topside flare help to keep the deck dry. A long waterline combined with a low vertical center of gravity results in a smooth, sea-kindly motion – more like that of a 40 footer.   Read more about the J/112E offshore racer/cruiser here.

J/70 sailing San FranciscoThe Infamous J/70 Sportsboat
The J/70 is J/Boats’ first slipway-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. A natural evolution of its J pedigree, the J/70’s 7m of sailing length with high aspect, all carbon rig and deep lifting keel, provides spirited performance and stability that feels like a much larger boat. There are now 70 boats sailing in the UK, with an active class association and one design program. An incredible 170 boats are signed up for the Worlds in Porto Cervo this September.

Key Yachting will be running a demo sail week from Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th September, please get in touch to arrange your trial on the J/112E or J/70.  Read more about the exciting, the infamous J/70 speedster here.

For more Southampton Boat Show information or a boat show or demo appointment, please contact Key Yachting UK here:  Gemma Dunne at ph- +44 (0) 2380 455669 | email- info@keyyachting.com | http://www.keyyachting.com  For more Southampton International Boat Show information- September 15-24 Add to Flipboard Magazine.

J/88s & J/111s Dominate Chicago Bi-State

J/88 sailing offshore Fast Ride for J/105 Class!
(Chicago, IL)- The Bi-State and the Tri-State is a multi-leg offshore race held over Labor Day Weekend on the southern parts of Lake Michigan. Chicago to St. Joseph, MI is the first leg of the race. More than 100 boats departed Friday evening for a fast sprint of 50.5 NM across the lake, most boats finishing early Saturday morning.

For most, Saturday was a day of rest in St. Joseph with the Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament and live entertainment at the St. Joseph River YC. Then, on Sunday morning, racers chose whether to continue to Michigan City, IN as part of the traditional Tri-State or head back to Chicago for the Bi-State leg of the race.  Most chose the latter based on the forecasted light winds down the Michigan shoreline.

The first leg of the event saw 104 boats starting, 24 of them J/teams from across the spectrum (about 23% of all entries).  The J/105s raced as a one-design class, with eight crews vying for control.  Winning the leg across was Mike Hettel’s GLOBAL NOMADS.  Then, on the Bi-State leg back to Chicago, Kris Reichert’s ANGRY SLOTH won.  As a result, the combined scores saw Hettel’s GLOBAL NOMADS win with a 1-3 for 4 pt, followed by a rare three-way tie for 2nd place!  Winning that on countback was Reichert’s ANGRY SLOTH with a 5-1 for 6 pts. Third went to ESPRIT D’ECOSSE (Judith & Ross McLean) with a 4-2 for 6 pts and fourth position went to SEALAKR (Clark Pellet) with a 2-4 for 6 pts.

The rough and tumble seventeen-boat PHRF 4 handicap class had a quartet of J/88’s dueling for class honors.  Amongst the J/88s, taking first was EXILE (Andy Graff) with a 2-1 for 3 pts.  Second was SLOT MACHINE (Boyd Jarrell) with a 4-3 for 7 pts, winning the tie-breaker based on “who-beat-who-last” over RAMBLER (Ben Wilson) with a 3-4 for 7 pts.  Rounding out the J/88s in 4th place was HOKEY SMOKE (Rich Stearns) with an 8-2 for 10 pts.

With eighteen boats, the PHRF 2 class was the largest in the event.  In short, J’s took 3 of the top 4 spots in the Bi-State event.  Winning easily was the J/111 PURA VIDA (John Kalanik) with a 1-2 for 3 pts.  Third in class was the J/111 WARLOCK (Tom Dickson) with a 6-1 for 7 pts and sitting in 4th was the J/120 JAHAZI (Frank Giampoli) with a 5-4 for 9 pts.

Finally, in PHRF 1 class, carrying the J/banner all alone was Tom Papoutsis’ J/133 RENEGADE, sailing in a class with an eclectic mixture of much larger offshore racing machines- like an Andrews 77 and a TP52! In the end, they took a commendable 4th place in the Bi-State with a 5-4 for 9 pts.

Find all the YachtScoring information here
Chicago to St Joe- https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4306
St Joe to Michigan City- https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4333
St Joe to Chicago- https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4332
Michigan City to Chicago- https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4334
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

AUDI J/70 Worlds Update

A horizon of 163 J/70s at Worlds in Sardinia
USA's Duncan Leads After Qualifiers
(Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy)- After waiting for three straight days to go sailing in the spectacular venue of Port Cervo, Sardinia, J/70 sailors from twenty-four nations were certainly chomping on the proverbial bit to get out on the water and test their months of training and competing in many regattas leading up to sailing in the AUDI J/70 World Championship, hosted by the famous YC Costa Smeralda.

For four straight days, sailors had to contend with the infamous “mistral” conditions, when a huge Low/depression forms over central Europe and the incessant High pressure pushes on the bubble to create a phenomenon that generates powerful west/northwest winds across the archipelago of Corsica and Sardinia in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

As sailors went out for practice on Sunday, the mistral began to develop, producing 20-35 kts winds by late afternoon.  A number of boats that practiced ended up blowing up practice spinnakers.

J/70 sailed by Peter DuncanFor the next three days, it was a mistral condition that refused to quit.  Most mistrals last two, maybe three days. On Monday, the day of the opening ceremonies and the only “practice race” for competitors; it was all but blown out by 30 to 62 kts winds in the Porto Cervo Harbor and gusts to 85 kts in the infamous Straits of Bonifacio between the northern tip of Sardinia and the southern tip of Corsica.

The next two days produced more of the same, with spectacularly clear skies, dotted intermittently with torn-cotton clouds flying across the horizon, creating dramatic perspectives of boats, the islands, and “white-out” conditions offshore.  The sailors endured two days of postponements while waiting at the beautiful YCCS facilities, both Tuesday and Wednesday ending in “AP over A” flags, symbolizing the end of a long frustrating day for both sailors and the race organizers.

Finally, on the third day, Mother Nature cooperated with more moderate breezes on a spectacularly sunny day with moderate temperatures in the upper 70s F.  After the Skipper’s Briefing at 0930 hours, sailors just about ran to their boats to get rolling for the day, in high anticipation of a full day’s of racing offshore.  It was quite a sight to see 163 J/70s all departing the beautiful Porto Cervo harbor as they headed out to sea.
J/70 Worlds- Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy















The racing for the day was challenging for all.  The forecasts showed westerly winds varying from 260 to 300 degrees- a wildly fluctuating breeze is normal in a waning mistral.  Sure enough, “local knowledge” that said “go left” in an offshore breeze was good advice.  Most of the top boats in the first two races played the left side of the course upwind and, conversely, played the middle to left downwind.  The principal factor driving decisions downwind were the crossover between “planing mode” and “soak mode”; dramatically different tactical considerations as each is governed by “VMG made good” downwind.  In a big puff, those who pushed “planing mode” would scream away in 12-14 kt bursts for several hundred meters, then stop as they ran out of wind!  Others would try to push hard downwind in “soak mode” and make it work, or not!

From a tactician’s point of view, it was a nightmare.  Going left paid off, but not all the time.  Going into the left corner was “death”.  Those that faired best-played shifts going left upwind.  And, conversely, the same downwind as the fleet struggled with what tactic/ strategy worked best, minute-by-minute, and often at the finish line second-by-second!  And, in the third and last race of the day, boats that had played middle-right upwind made significant gains!  So much for "local knowledge"!

J/70 Petite Terrible- Claudia RossiIt was fun, challenging racing for all and there were several impressive performances from a number of top teams.  The qualifying series for the Gold and Silver fleet was finally completed, with three flights (six total races) taking place over a unique “trapezoid/ windward-leeward” course format.  The first flight sailed the outside/left course and the second flight sailed the inside/right course- a simple way to keep the large fleets separated from each other.

In the end, the top five qualifiers for the Gold fleet saw USA’s Peter Duncan skippering RELATIVE OBSCURITY into the lead with a consistent 3-1-1 for 5 pts.  Continuing her success in top-level events, Italy’s Claudia Rossi from the host YC Costa Smeralda, helmed her well-known PETITE TERRIBLE #AUDI into second place with an equally impressive scoreline of 1-4-1 for 6 pts.  Sitting in third place is Italy’s Franco Solerio driving L’ELAGIN to a 2-2-7 tally for 11 pts.  Just behind them in fourth place is Spain’s Gustavo Martinez sailing FERMAX to a 5-6-2 record for 13 pts.  And, lying in fifth is Argentina’s Sebastian Halpern’s CEBOLLITA with a very consistent 5-5-5 for 15 pts.

All scores count for all teams, so these crews will carry forward their points into the Gold Championship round to compete for the 2017 World Championship title.  With two days of racing left, the weather forecasts indicate the fleet will be able to sail at least five more races.  Sailing photo credits- Kurt Arrigo & Max Ranchi.  Follow the AUDI J/70 Worlds on Facebook here

Facebook Video interviews and race action here:
Jonathan McKee interview- https://www.facebook.com/J70Class/videos/875658612585826/
Qualifier 1- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/378790425873234/
Qualifier 2- https://www.facebook.com/j70italianclass/videos/378899059195704/

Regatta updates and perspectives here
https://youtu.be/EHkCeq4jvWc
https://youtu.be/zXQMDoqIiDo

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J/133 Leads @ RORC Offshore Season Series!

J/133 sailing RORC Cherbourg Race2nd @ Cherbourg Race Clinches Overall!
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- Organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, in association with the Yacht Club de Cherbourg, and the Royal Yacht Squadron, the 75nm Cherbourg Race stared on Friday at 1850 and sent the fleet off on a straight shot across “La Manche” to Cherbourg, France.

The RORC Cherbourg Race is the penultimate race of the RORC Season's Points Championship, between the record-breaking entry for the Rolex Fastnet Race, and the highly acclaimed Rolex Middle Sea Race. The 75nm “sprint race” from Cowes to Cherbourg is the last of the UK-based races for the RORC Season’s Points Championship, and for many teams this was the swan-song for their 2017 racing season.

The 75-mile race featured a tight reach west out of the Solent, followed by a moonlit downwind sprint to Cherbourg across the English Channel.  The wind speed was up to about 20 knots from the northwest, boats were surfing towards a rising moon on starboard tack, just classic offshore racing. During the night, the wind speed decreased, and with a westerly going tide, the teams had to be careful not to heat up too much in the quest for speed, and end up too high at the finish.

In IRC Two, Gilles Fournier's French J/133 PINTIA, secured class victory for the season, which was decided by the best five results. Gilles Fournier is full of praise for their rivals: “Having such close racing with ‘Lisa’, has definitely improved our performance, and we have enjoyed every battle in every race. After the Fastnet, we met for lunch, and we both worked out the same mathematics.”  In the end, PINTIA beat their rival in all five of their highest scoring races- Cervantes, Myth of Malham, Cowes Dinard St Malo, Channel Race, & Fastnet Race. Finishing third place for the season was Andy Theobald’s J/122 R&W.  And, 5th place was Chris Daniel’s new J/122E JUNO! Not far off the pace was Chris Schram’s J/120 MAVERICK from The Netherlands, finishing 8th place.

At the Prize Giving held at the YC de Cherbourg, RORC Commodore, Michael Boyd, spoke on behalf of the competitors, thanking the club for their generous hospitality. The President of the YCC, Jean Le Carpentier, and RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott, officiated at the awards ceremony.  For more RORC Cherbourg Race & Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.