Sun-Baked July ‘Champagne Charlie’ Regatta at Royal Southern Yacht Club
Running racing in light winds on the biggest tides of the year meant the weekend of 14–15 July was never going to be easy. With water temperature in the Solent now almost 21 degrees Celsius and unbroken sunshine predicted, the met office forecast was for a late start to the sea breeze on Saturday and even lighter winds on Sunday. The PRO, Philip Gage, issued an amendment to add an extra race on the Saturday, in case racing had to be abandoned on Sunday – as indeed turned out to be the case. The larger keel boats in Black group set off on schedule, with a light southeasterly blowing and the last of the east-going flood adding to the apparent wind. But after the first race was completed, the wind died away as the southwesterly sea breeze started to kick in – but slowly. As it got stronger, the race team managed to get in three more races, with the final race being the best conditions of the day. The J/111 fleet was won by Jelvis (Martin Dent). Full details of the results can be found here: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=4691.
Light Air Queen’s Cup Race
The 80th running of the Queen’s Cup, one of the most storied yacht races on the Great Lakes hosted by the South Shore Yacht Club will certainly not go down as one of the fastest in history. Nearly 200 boats participated, with over 1,200 sailors enjoying great parties both pre-race and post-race at each venue (Milwaukee, WI across Lake Michigan at a course of approximately 89 degrees to Grand Haven, MI). PHRF 3 was the J/111 Division. Winning that competitive class was Mark Caliban’s NO QUARTER, followed by Brad Faber’s UTAH in second and Richard Hobbs’ HOBGOBLIN holding on for the bronze. For more Queen’s Cup Race information, visit http://www.ssyc.org/.
Bravo Block Island Race Week
The Duck Island Yacht Club in Westbrook, CT and the Block Island Yacht Club teamed up to co-host Block Island Race Week 2018. The sailors were blessed with five good days of racing on Block Island Sound from June 17-22. In the PHRF Spinnaker division, a half-dozen boats sailed the entire week. The highlight was the three-way "match race" taking place within the PHRF division all week long. In the end, topping the J/111s was Sedge & Andy Ward’s BRAVO. Greg Slamowitz’s MANITOU, then Kenn Fischburg’s WILD CHILD followed them in succession. For more BIRW information, visit http://www.birw2018.com/.
Ruhlman Family Time at Cleveland Race Week
Following Cleveland Race Week one-design weekend is additional days of women’s, youth, double-handed and "big boat" sailing. Topping out PHRF B was the Ruhlman family on their J/111 SPACEMAN SPIFF that won class honors with straight bullets in six races. For more Cleveland Race Week information, visit www.clevelandraceweek.com.
Royal Southern Yacht Club Harken June Regatta, 23-24 June
Sixty-one yachts competed in the Harken June Regatta, as part of the 2018 Summer Series organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Glorious sunshine prevailed for a weekend of Solent racing with up to six races enjoyed by 11 classes. Nine J/111s were racing under their one-design Class Rules. Six teams made the race podium in a highly competitive series. Martin's Dent's Jelvis, the 2015 J/111 World Champion, was runner up and 2017 J/111 UK National Champion Tony Mack's McFly was third. Winner of the J/111 Class was Sebastien de Liedekerke Beaufort's Djinn, which had arrived in Hamble only a few days before the event. "The team come from Belgium and Holland, and we are very much a Corinthian team," commented Sebastien. "We have really enjoyed coming to Hamble and received such a warm welcome from the Royal Southern. The racing has been extremely well organised and very close. The J/111 Worlds are in Breskens this year so it has been very interesting to race here with British teams and other teams from Holland." Racing in the 2018 Royal Southern Summer Series continues with the July Regatta which will be over the weekend of 14/15th of July, sponsored by Charles Heidsieck champagne. For details on how to enter: www.royal-southern.co.uk.
Kashmir Earns Chicago NOOD Overall Title
Among the 11 Class winners at the Chicago NOOD on June 8-10 stood one above all: J/111 Kashmir, which earned the event’s overall title. The boat is co-owned by Steve Henderson, Mike Mayer and Karl Brummel. This was team Kashmir ’s first major regatta of the season in preparation for the J/111 North Americans later this summer, and the crew saw improvements in boat speed throughout the weekend as they settled in with new sails. "I thought we were fast downwind, and our speed upwind was OK on Friday, but not great," Brummel said. "We had some boathandling problems that we were able to fix." Kashmir’s results on Friday were a second and a third, but in Saturday’s first race, said Brummel, "We just got launched, and fortunately the other top three or four boats somehow got buried. We just kept getting faster and faster; our speed upwind was probably better than anybody’s at the end of the regatta. We were breaking in new jibs, so it was the first time trimming those and getting the rig right." The game plan going into the final race was to get a clean start and cover the competition, Brummel said. All they had to do was sail their boat well and sail better than everyone else. "But we failed to execute that plan," he said. "We got a horrific start. We were second row, we tacked out to port and went right. It turns out there was a nice lane of pressure on the right that wasn’t on the left, and we rounded the mark first." Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, he added, but what also helped was that the second-place boat was over the starting line early and had to restart. "That took some pressure off of us, but the third-place boat got a good start so we were not thrilled with the first 30 seconds of the race," Brummel said. "We were flat out lucky." As the Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD’s overall winner, team Kashmir earns a berth in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship Regatta, presented by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands this October. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=4474.
J/111 (top three - 12 Boats)
- Kashmir, Karl Brummel/Steve Henderson/Mike Mayer - 3 -2 -1 -3 -1; 10
- Shamrock, Jeffrey Davis - 4 -3 -3 -1 -5; 16
- Rowdy, Richard Witzel - 2 -1 -9 -4 -2; 18