Jeff Davis’ Shamrock is Top J/111 at Chicago NOOD
The Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD wrapped up Sunday, June 9 in a shroud of fog, again. Morning rain and fog saw the remaining scheduled races cancelled on the third day of the regatta. Spirits were high, however, as competitors gathered at Chicago Yacht Club for the evening’s awards party. An out-of-town crew from Cleveland, Ohio, won the eight-boat J/111 fleet, with skipper Jeff Davis leading his team on Shamrock. "It’s a lot of fun when you can sail in challenging conditions like we had this weekend," says Davis. "The fog and the waves and the varying wind we had made the racing really tricky, so we’re happy to leave town with the championship."
- Shamrock, Jeffrey Davis , USA – 2 -1 -1 -1 ; 5
- Warlock, Tom Dickson , USA – 4 -5 -2 -2 ; 13
- Kashmir, Michael/Steve Mayer/Henderson , USA – 1 -2 -3 -9 ; 15
For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6037.
J/111s Tie at COLORS Regatta
The COLORS Regatta was hosted by Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago, IL from June 1-2. Seven J/111s completed four races, and two boats tied on points at 6 for the lead positions: Richard Witzel on Rowdy and Michael Mayer and Steve Henderson on Kashmir. Rowdy's line of 2,2,1,1 mirrored Kashmir's 1,1,2,2. Rounding out the top three was John Kalanik's Pura Vida with 14 points. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6244.
J/111 Snags PHRF Win at Southern Bay Race Week
Southern Bay Race Week was hosted by Hampton Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of Virginia and Old Point Comfort Yacht Club in Hampton, VA from May 31-June 2. In PHRF SUPER A (Up to 49), the J/111 Sitella, led by Ian Hill, topped the six-boat group. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6123.
J/111s Enjoy Tight Class Racing at RORC Vice Admirals Cup
The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s annual Vice Admiral’s Cup Regatta was sailed on the Solent. The fleet was treated to a wide variety of weather conditions—cloudy to sunny, light to breezy, shifty to streaky, and, of course, current.
Day One: The opening day served up light airs, with big shifts and wind reversals that challenged competitors and race officials alike. A quiet morning quickly gave way to an afternoon that started with fast-paced action on both course areas. The first start was for the J/111s in a very shifty southwesterly of 10-12 knots that created plenty of tactical challenges in a tight race with a short 0.8 mile windward leg. The fleet strongly favored the committee boat end of the line, and the first start was abandoned with 40 seconds to go. In the restart, the fleet was more spaced out, with Cornel Riklin's J/111 JITTERBUG closest to the pin end of the line. Both Simon Bamford's KESTREL and Joerg Sigg's LALLEKONIG appeared well placed mid-line, but the former was OCS. It was an intense race for the J/111s, with two laps completed in only 35 minutes, and the first five boats finishing just 69 seconds apart. Joerg Sigg's Swiss LALLEKONIG took victory, 20 seconds ahead of Tony Mack's McFLY, with Cornel Riklin's JITTERBUG third.
Day Two: The second day of racing delivered short, sharp races that tested sailors over a wide range of conditions. It was a day of intensely close racing in a very shifty north-northwesterly breeze of mostly 10-15 knots, but with a number of lighter spells and a brief squall that saw gusts above 20 knots. Tony Mack’s McFLY asserted near dominance in the J/111 fleet, taking two decisive wins and two second places. The winner of Friday’s race, Joerg Sigg’s LALLEKONIG, took a 30 percent points penalty for an infringement in race 3, and lying one point behind McFLY in the overall standings. Competition further down the fleet was equally strong, with Chris Jones’ JOURNEYMAKER II on 14 points, and both Jan Van Berne’s RED HERRING and Cornel Riklin’s JITTERBUG on 15 points going into the final day.
Day 3: Summer sun returned for Sunday’s racing, with bright sun and rising temperatures, but initially without any wind. The committee boats left the dock when the beginnings of a southerly of 2-3 knots sprang up in the central Solent at 1030 hrs. Half an hour later, it had swung into the southeast and increased to 8 knots, and the AP flags signaling the postponement came down at 1100. At the start of the day, five boats were still in contention for a podium place in the J/111 fleet. A win in both of Sunday's races sealed Tony Mack's class victory on McFLY, 6.5 points ahead of Sigg's LALLEKONIG. The three-way fight for third was resolved in favor of Chris Jones' JOURNEYMAKER II, thanks to his two second places.
For more RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup information, visit http://www.rorc.org/racing/racing-portal.
Fast & Furious Edlu Distance Race
Larchmont Yacht Club in New York kicked off it summer offshore sailing season with their Edlu Race, first sailed in 1956. The event has two courses for different types of sailors. The Spinnaker course is 32.0nm from the Larchmont Breakwater to Gong 11B off Eaton's Neck and back. The Non-Spinnaker course is approximately 20.0nm. The eight-boat PHRF Doublehanded Division was won by Abhijeet Lee’s J/111 VARUNA. For more Larchmont YC Edlu Distance Race information, visit https://www.larchmontyc.org/.
Skeleton Key Takes J/111 Fleet at Annapolis NOOD
The Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD regatta took place May 3-5. In the eight-boat J/111 fleet, Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key won four of seven races to earn the Class win with 14 points. Rob Ruhlman’s Spaceman Spiff followed in second place with 20 points, and Jim Connelly’s Slush Fund in third with 27 points. For complete event details, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=6036.