Tight Racing at Van Uden Reco Regatta
The traditional season opener for the Dutch offshore community is the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta, sailed off Stellendam, The Netherlands. The J/111 Northern Europe fleet had a great turnout of a half-dozen boats from The Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Germany. Racing was very close, and any mistakes were quite costly. After five races, there was a tie-breaker for first place. Paul van Driel’s Dutch crew on SWEENY and Sebastian de Liedekerke’s French team on DJINN both finished with 8 points each, the win going to SWEENY based on number of firsts. DJINN’s crew counted only second places. Third was nearly another tie-breaker, but Sjaak Haakman’s Dutch crew on RED HERRING was able to toss their last race OCS and finish with 10 points net. One point behind in fourth place was Jorg Sigg’s Swiss team on LALLEKONIG. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/mr/.
Madmen Bests J/111s at J/Fest San Francisco
The St. Francis Yacht Club held its annual J/Fest April 7-9 with rain, low clouds, wind and sun. In the J/111 fleet, Dorian McKelvy’s MADMEN just missed an "all bullets" regatta, winning with just 6 points total. Second was Nesrin Basoz’s SWIFT NESS, and third was Dick Swanson’s BAD DOG. For more J/Fest San Francisco information, click here.
Light Air Big Daddy Regatta
The Big Daddy Regatta marks the 33rd year of mark racing on Saturday and a Pursuit race on Sunday for the host Richmond Yacht Club. All mono-hulled keelboats with a Northern California PHRF rating of 280 and below were invited. Fleets over 5 boats may be given one-design starts on Saturday. In the PHRF F "big boat" class, it was Nesrin Basoz’s J/111 SWIFT NESS from Richmond YC that took home the honors with a 1-2-2 for 5 points total. For more Big Daddy Regatta information, visit http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/16268.
J/111 Wins Gill Commodore’s Cup at Heineken St. Maarten Regatta
In the light, but consistent easterly breeze, all fleets sailed series of stadium-style racing off Simpson Bay, competing in short around the buoy courses. Taking home the event’s coveted "Most Worthy Yacht" trophy was Sam Talbot and his team racing the J/111 SPIKE, which finished the three races in fiercely competitive CSA 3 Class with straight bullets. "We were up against a lot of very competitive boats that are well known on the Caribbean circuit, so we were excited with this outcome," said Talbot whose team of U.S. and BVI sailors was probably one of the younger ones competing, with the average age onboard being 30. "This is my second time racing in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and we are so happy to see such an incredible turnout of competition. We owe the win to some great crew work onboard." For more Heineken Regatta information, visit https://heinekenregatta.com/.
J/111 PICOSA Wins Islands Race Class
The 130 nm Islands Race drew 26 teams for the ninth edition of this Southern Californian offshore contest on February 16-17. Starting in Long Beach Harbor, the course headed west of the Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands before finishing in San Diego. This year’s race fell on the lighter breeze side, with the wind speed never exceeding 10 knots. In the end, it was Doug & Jack Jorgensens’s J/111 PICOSA that dominated their ORR 4 Division fleet of high-performance modified custom boats. For more Islands Race information, visit http://www.islandsrace.com/.
2018 J/111 Class Rules Posted
The 2018 J/111 Class Rules have been approved by World Sailing and became effective January 1, 2018. You can view the Rules at https://www.j111class.org/class/rules.