J/News Articles

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

    J/70 Sailor Claudia Rossi Inspires On and Off the Water. (Porto Cervo, Italy)-  Kara Hugglestone from SAIL Couture had a chance to catch up withClaudia prior to her competing in this year’s AUDI J/70 Worlds in PortoCervo, Sardinia.  Here is Kara’s story:

    The one to watch is PETITE TERRIBLE helmed by the brilliant youngClaudia Rossi who, at just 24, is a two-time J/70 European Champion, aswell 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 SanFrancisco. I was as taken by the Italian sailor’s beauty, sparklingeyes, and infectious laugh as I was by her impressive sailing skills.She was relentless on the racecourse, although in the end, it was not tobe her regatta. She is out to right that wrong on the water inSardinia.

    “Istill have a bit bitter taste in my mouth from the San Francisco WorldChampionship last year, but I­ won’t let that get in the way. It will bedifficult this year because there are 175 boats and the best sailors inthe world. Petite will do as much as ever. We never give up,” Claudiatold Sail Couture.

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

    Claudia says she chose the J/70 class because of its size and the skilllevel. Indeed, at 1,300 strong, the J/70 fleet is the fastest growingfleet worldwide and has attracted many of the world’s top professionaland 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 hereAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/FEST San Diego Announcement

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

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

    One-designfleets slated for J/Fest include the fast growing, super hot J/70 fleetas well as J/22, J/24, J/80, J/105, J/109, and J/120 fleets. Any J/Boatis eligible to participate, and all are welcome to race in One-designor J/PHRF classes.

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

    According to Jeff; ”the story of J/Boats is a classic entrepreneurialtale: with a small investment, and a speedy 24-foot sailboat that RodJohnstone built in his garage, Rod & his brother Bob Johnstone wentinto business. That was 1977. Now, that boat (the J/24), has become themost popular recreational offshore keelboat in the world. Not only that,but the waters of SoCal have produced several J/24 Champions, includingVince Brun and Chris Snow. The Johnstone family has made an undeniablemark on the sailing world. In addition to the 5,400 J/24s cruising thewaves, there are over 7,000 more J/Boats, ranging from the InternationalJ/22 to the J/65, that sailing enthusiasts have enjoyed over the last40 years.”

    Then, on Saturday, there will be a J/22 Clinic starting at 1000 hrs withon-water coaching.  Then, after racing that starts around noon, therewill be a “J/Fest Regatta Party” on the Sailwash Lawn.  Join the J/Boatsailors for a fun throw-back to 1977! In other words, a “70’s Party!” There will be fun competitions among the crews, including “Best VintageJ/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 informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • Moss SF Wins Norwegian J/70 Sailing League

    Moss SF Wins Norwegian J/70 Sailing League (Moss, Norway)- For the Norwegian J/70 Sailing League finale, both the1st and 2nd Divisions sailed over the course of an extended weekend ofsailing.  At the end of the day, Moss SF won the 1st Division despite apoor performance in their fourth event in the series.  And, Risor SFended up winning the 2nd Division by closing with a strong performancein 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 anenormous lead on the fleet.  However, by having one of their worstregattas of the season, their OCS in race 6 simply amplified the hardtimes they had to stay in hunt on their home waters! Their final resultof 8th place was just sufficient enough for them to retain the overallseries lead with a 1-1-2-8 for 12 pts. Taking second for the series wasAsgardstrand SF with a 6-3-4-2 for 15 pts- a steady progression up theleaderboard. Then, RAN SF won the final regatta to jump on to the podiumfor 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 behindAsgardstrand with 18 pts.

    In the 2nd Division, Bundefjord SF put their stamp on the results inMoss, winning with five 1sts and three 2nds to win, incredibly enough byjust one point!  A complete mirror of their results was posted by RisorSf 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; thesilver goes to Askøy SF and the bronze to Bundefjorden SF. Together withHurum SF, these four clubs move to the 1st division in 2018.
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  • SAILING Champions League Preview

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

    The teams competing in the grand final in Sardinia are the top clubs ofthe qualification events in St. Petersburg (August 2017) and St. Moritz(September 2017). Here are the 32 clubs that qualified: Ost-LegalSailing, Åländska Segelsällskapet, Cape Crow YC, Circolo CanottieriAniene, CV St Quentin, Deutscher Touring YC (SCL Champion 2016), EkolnsSegelklubb, Frederikshavn Sejklub, Hellerup Sejlklub, JachtclubScheveningen, Kongelig Dansk Yachtclub, Kongelig Norsk Seilforening,Kullaviks Kanot och Kappseglingsklubb, Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet,Lindauer Seglerclub, Lord of the Sail– Europe, Norddeutscher RegattaVerein, 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 amWannsee, 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 informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • J/24 European Championship Preview

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

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

    The goal is to host a ten-race championship for the forty-seven teamsregistered for the event.  Eight countries are represented, includingGreat 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 WorldChampionship being held in Port Credit, ONT, Canada virtually the sameweek will be looking to take home the European crown.  Amongst the topGerman 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 acombined Italian and Hungarian team on PELLE NERA/ ST JAMES.  FromSweden are two very strong crews; Per-Hakan Persson’s FRONT RUNNER andAndreas 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 informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • KSSS Wins Swedish J/70 Sailing League

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

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

    The last round of Allsvenskan offered tough conditions with a lot ofrain and wind at the beginning, very light winds on Saturday and lots ofwinds on the last day- mostly up to 10 m/s. But, neither the KSSS northe Cape Crow, which are the clubs that dominated this year'sall-Swedish tournament, sailed well in the final event. On the otherhand, the Sotefjord Sailing Company won nine of the twelve races to winthe 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 behindand at that time, Cape Crow was the possible league champion. But, KSS'syoung, good-natured skipper, 19-year-old Vilma Bobeck, and her crew ofFredrik Bergström, Patrik Erlandsson and Göran Bobeck made some changesin their tactics and completed the last six races with all top threefinishes to seal the series win, despite finishing sixth in the regatta!

    "We did not sail at our peak earlier this weekend. But, on Sunday whenit blew much harder, we managed to keep it together, sail well and takeadvantage of big mistakes by our competitors. We also improved a lotduring regatta because we have not sailed this format before and I havenever sailed the J/70,” said KSSS’s Fredrik Bergström- an Olympic 470sailor at the Rio Games.  Follow the Swedish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook here  For more Swedish J/70 Sailing League informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • American YC Fall Regattas Announcement

    American YC Fall Regattas Announcement (Rye, NY)- Over the next few weeks, the American YC in Rye, New Yorkwill be hosting a series of events for both offshore racers as well asthe J/70 class.

    FALL SERIES
    As most sailors on the northeastern seaboard may be familiar with, theAYC will be hosting their annual Fall Series, a popular two-weekendevent that is held on western Long Island Sound for both offshore boatsas 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 fromOctober 7th to 8th. It is the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta,originally named the “HPDO”, the regatta has been renamed to indicatethe focus on a wider array of boats.  Commodore Andy Giglia commented onthis regatta, “the membership of AYC is aware of the changing landscapeof sailing and to further support our mission statement ‘enhancing ourheritage of leadership in the sport of sailing and furthering the growthof the sport’, we are committed to help lead that change.”

    “We are working very hard to provide a competitor focused event.  Ourobjective is to maximize the number of races and we will be embracing ashort course/ high volume format.  All of this with the New York cityskyline in the background and the great shore side facilities AYC hasalways 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 onwestern Long Island Sound for a four-day regatta.  The likelihood of a75+ boat fleet is quite high with 55+ boats already entered as of the1st of September!    For more J/70 North Americans sailing information  For more American YC sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • European Sailing League Updates

    European Sailing League Updates (Hamburg, Germany- Over the next two weekends, several of Europe’ssailing leagues will be having their season-ending finales.  Overfifty-four clubs will be participating in those events with over 300people 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 holdingtheir penultimate event at Konakovo River Club at Konakovo, Russia,northwest of Moscow.  The event will be taking place from September 23rdto 26th.  Follow Russian J/70 Facebook page here. Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • Blustery Conanicut YC Round Island Race

    Blustery Conanicut YC Round Island Race
    J/29 Dominates Class B, J’s Sweep Class G!
    (Jamestown, RI)- Sunday dawned with a rather intimidating forecast.  Theremnants of Hurricane Harvey that left a catastrophe in its wake acrossthe Texas Gulf Coast had moved northeast and was rolling over NewEngland on Sunday morning.  Strong rains and wind gusting 15-30 ktsgreeted the sailors ready to participate in the 90th Annual Around TheIsland Race- an end of summer tradition for most active sailors onNarragansett Bay.  This year, an enormous fleet of 101 boats wereregistered, 23 of them J/Crews (about 23% of the fleet) in variousclasses!

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

    With a strong ESE breeze, it was a quick race for the two race tracks asit 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 theirclass quite handily.  Then in Class D, the two J/24s that raced couldstill hold their own in the demanding conditions, with Mike Hill’sOBSTREPROUS 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 HIGHtaking 5th place.

    For the larger boats that actually did race around the island, it wasClasses G, H, J & K- four classes in total.  Class G saw a cleansweep 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 oncorrected to take 2nd.  Third position went to Doug Newhouse’s J/88YONDER, just 40 second back corrected.  Fourth was Dawson & BenHodgson’s J/100 GRIMACE another minute back and in 5th was EC Helme’sJ/92S SPIRIT.

    Finally,in the “J” class, appropriately enough, it was the first shakedown racefor the new J/121 INCOGNITO co-skippered by Joe Brito and JeffJohnstone. INCOGNITO led the class off the start and through NewportBridge on a close fetch with the J1 sheeted to the rail. Half way to thenorth end as the reaching angle broadened, three smaller sport boats inthe class leap-frogged ahead with early Code 0 sets. INCOGNITOeventually followed with a Code 0 and by the north turn, the four hadstretched out from the rest of the class. Then the J/121 crew provedtheir mettle and ground down all but one sport boat on the port tackfetch to the Beavertail, rounding that mark 2nd before heading back tothe 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 onelapsed and third on corrected. The J/122 TARAHUMARA sailed by JackGregg from Corinthian YC of Philadelphia, took 5th in class, correctingour 4 minutes behind the J/121. All in all, it was a fun day for theINCOGNITO team who has their sights set on the 2018 Newport to BermudaRace. Sailing photo credits- Paul Todd/ Outside Images  For more Conanicut YC Around Island Race sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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  • September Boat Show Time!

    September Boat Show Time!
    (Newport, RI)- The middle of September is the unofficial start of thefall/ winter boat show season.  A great time to review the latest modelsfrom the J/Design team and catch up on the latest in one-design andoffshore 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 atthe Newport show, take the time to meet the designer and the buildteam.  The 1-2-1 has exceeded the expectations of those who’ve sailedher to date- the spacious ergonomic cockpit, the visibility from thewide spacing of the twin-wheels, and the extraordinary acceleration inpuffs are some of the oft-repeated comments.  Plus, most importantly,its “short-handed” features for cruising couples or one-design racingcrews of five people are getting high praise from all that have playedwith the roller-furling headsails (Code 0, J1, & J4) and the snufferdesign on the A2 asymmetric spinnaker.   Learn more about the J/121 here.  For more Newport International Boat Show information

    Southampton Boat Show- J/112E Grand Prix Debut
    Key Yachting Ltd will be exhibiting several boats at the SouthamptonBoat 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 nowavailable as a Grand Prix version. Fresh from her Round the Islandvictory, the J/112E GP features full race upgrades, including an IRCfriendly keel without bulb, Axxon high modulus carbon mast with carbonspreaders, carbon boom and carbon steering wheel. She is also equippedwith 3DI race sails and B&G H5000 with a Zeuss 3 plotter. This willbe the first UK show for this formidable new IRC weapon, which hasalready won four French regattas this year.

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

    The Infamous J/70 Sportsboat
    The J/70 is J/Boats’ first slipway-launchable keelboat - designed tofulfill the growing need for an easy to own, high performance onedesign, 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 7mof sailing length with high aspect, all carbon rig and deep liftingkeel, provides spirited performance and stability that feels like a muchlarger boat. There are now 70 boats sailing in the UK, with an activeclass association and one design program. An incredible 170 boats aresigned up for the Worlds in Porto Cervo this September.

    Key Yachting will be running a demo sail week from Saturday 2nd toSaturday 9th September, please get in touch to arrange your trial on theJ/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 demoappointment, please contact Key Yachting UK here:  Gemma Dunne at ph-+44 (0) 2380 455669 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | http://www.keyyachting.com  For more Southampton International Boat Show information- September 15-24Add to Flipboard Magazine.

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