The CanAm Challenge was hosted by Youngstown Yacht Club in Youngstown, NY from July 22-24. In the PHRF 1 Spinnaker division, Robert Hesse's J/111 Lake Effect came out on top, ahead of two J/109s, a J/35, J/124 and J/105. For complete event details, click here.
J/111 Crowned New England PHRF Champion
This year’s New England PHRF Championship was hosted by Portland YC in Portland, Maine and was sponsored by Handy Boat Service & Hallet Sails. Over the two-day weekend event, 30 boats participated in four divisions—cruising and three PHRF Racing divisions. Sitting on top after winning PHRF 1 Class was Mike Williamson’s J/111 BRIGADOON, handily winning their class and the overall regatta. For more New England PHRF Championship sailing information, visit http://www.portlandyc.org/.
JELVIS Clinches J/111 European Championship
With a stiff southwesterly breeze and sunshine, the J/111 European Championship went right to the wire with the champion decided on the very last race. The J/111’s enjoyed beautiful weather for their six-race series hosted by the Royal Southern YC on the River Hamble in the United Kingdom. Chris Jones' JOURNEYMAKER II scored two bullets to lead the class after the first day of racing, but three straight bullets from Martin Dent's JELVIS on the second day secured the European Championship for the Scottish skipper’s young team. Third was Paul Griffith’s JAGERBOMB. "This was yet another weekend of very close racing. All the boats were sailing well, every mark rounding we were in company, and if you made a mistake you would let somebody through. Yes it’s competitive, but there is a fantastic spirit in the fleet. There’s healthy rivalry and banter in equal proportion between the teams. We are now looking forward to the Pre-Worlds, Worlds and then straight into Cowes Week—14 days of continuous J/111 sailing! It just doesn’t get any better than that!" Royal Southern Commodore Chris Mansfield officiated at the prize-giving, which was well attended in the Upper Bar at the Royal Southern Yacht Club. The Commodore introduced Martin Gammon, Joseph Perrier Champagne UK Director, who presented winners with generous prizes of Joseph Perrier champagne. For more J/111 Europeans sailing information, visit http://www.royal-southern.co.uk/.
Round Island Race
The fleet of 1,000+ sailboats all knew they were going to have their hands full round the back (southern side) of the infamous Isle of Wight in England for the Round Island Race. The race track is simple—start around dawn, head west out past the Needles Lighthouse, turn left around St. Catherine’s Point, sail eastward to Bembridge Ledge, left around the Forts and back west up the Solent to the finish (a 60nm race). The morning came and the forecast was true holding steady at 27kts, still windy but it all seemed manageable for most crews. Getting out toward the Bramble Banks in the western approaches to the Solent, things were starting to heat up a bit, wind against tide made for square-walled 5-8 foot waves. After passing Needles Lighthouse, the fleet took off on a fast reach, most under jibs and reefed mains. However, the big tactical consideration was when to pop the kite approaching the first turning point downwind at St. Catherine’s Point. Some did, most did not. Those who did took off, with many crews experiencing some of the most amazing planing rides in their lifetimes. After rounding the Forts/Bembridge Ledge at the eastern end of the Solent, it was a beat against the tide up the beaches off the Ryde Sands in flat water to the finish line off the Royal Yacht Squadron. The IRC Division 1A saw J/111s sweeping the podium. Winning was JELVIS (Martin Dent), followed by JITTERBUG (Cornell Riklin) and JOURNEYMAKER II (Chris Jones & Louise Makin). JELVIS completed the course in 6:12:26, surely to be a record to stand for a long time for a 36 ft cruiser-racer. For the overall "J/Boats Trophy," one of the top three boats was the J/111 JELVIS. For more JP Morgan Round the Island Race, click here.
Queens Cup Race
The South Shore YC on the southern part of the Milwaukee Harbor breakwaters hosts their Queens Cup Race, a dash straight across Lake Michigan to St. Joseph, MI of exactly 78.4nm at a heading of approximately 131 degrees. The J/111s had a field day in PHRF 4 Division, with Richard Hobbs’ HOBGOBLIN taking first, followed by Tom Roop’s KASHMIR in fourth and Mark Caliban’s NO QUARTER in seventh. For more Queens Cup Race sailing information, visit http://ssyc.org/queens-cup-2016.
J/111 UK National Championship
Stuart Sawyer's BLACK DOG sealed victory for the J/111 UK National Championship at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in The Hamble with a race to spare, but it was far from easy for the team from Falmouth Cornwall. Marco van Driel's Dutch J/111 SWEENY finished the regatta in second place, with fellow Dutch team RED HERRING, skippered by Sjaak Haakman, finishing third. Last year's UK National Champion, Tony Mack's McFLY, finished in fourth place. During the three-day regatta, six out of the eight teams made the podium, including Cornel Riklin's JITTERBUG and Chris Jones' JOURNEYMAKER II, who both won races. For complete event information, visit http://www.j-cup.co.uk/.