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.
Skeleton Key Tops J/111 Fleet at St. Pete NOOD
After two days of racing on Tampa Bay from February 16-17, light weather persisted Sunday to close the 2018 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta in St. Petersburg, FL with a day ashore. In the five-boat J/111 one-design fleet, Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key won three of five races to take the victory with 8 points. Jim Connelly’s Slush Fund earned second place with 11 points, and Rob Ruhlman’s Spaceman Spiff placed third with 14 points. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=4471.
Momentous Season Ahead for J/111s in Northern Europe Culminates with World Championship
The J/111s in Northern Europe have a full program of events for 2018. The showcase event will be the J/111 World Championship, to be held at WV Breskens, Netherlands from 22-26 August. "A fleet of J/111s planing across the Solent at 20 knots is an awesome sight and one that we saw frequently at the 2016 World Championship from Cowes. We are looking forward to the same excitement for our 2018 season with the Worlds back in Europe again. Whilst it is spectacular for our spectators, it is much more fun when you are on board and you do tend to see J/111 crews smiling a lot," commented J/111 Class Association President Chris Jones. The early part of the 2018 season will see the J/111s racing as part of the new Performance 40 Class, mixing it up with yachts of similar size and speed racing under IRC. J/111s will be out in force racing at the RORC Easter Challenge, Warsash Spring Series and the Royal Southern YC May Regatta. The Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta Netherlands will also feature J/111s in action. In May, the J/111s will be at the RORC Vice Admiral's Cup followed by the J/111 UK National Championship, as part of the J-Cup, hosted by the Island SC and then the Royal Southern YC's June and July regattas. In August, Lendy Cowes Week will host the inaugural J/111 Euro Cup, followed by the J/111 Pre-Worlds, and the sixth edition of the J/111 World Championship, staged in Breskens, Netherlands. Find information for the 2018 Worlds at http://www.j111worlds.nl/.
VELOCE Triumphs at Festival of Sails Regatta
It is always on everyone’s calendars in eastern Australia to enjoy the "Festival of Sails" off Geelong, an event hosted by the Royal Geelong YC. This was the 175th annual celebration of sailing on the long holiday weekend known as Australia Day. Participating in this year’s regatta was the J/111 one-design class. After a seven-race series, there was no question who was the dominant team—Phil Simpfendorfer’s VELOCE with a 4-2-2-1-1-2-1 tally for 9 points net (after toss race). Keeping pace most of the time was Rob Date’s SCARLET RUNNER 11 with their tally of 1-3-3-2-2-1-2 for 11 points net. Then, rounding out the top three in class was Rod Warren’s team on JOUST with a 3-1-1-3-3-4-3 record for 14 points net. While the J/111s were competing for one-design honors, they were also competing for handicap honors in their "Super 11s" handicap class. The J/111s swept the podium as well. Same cast of characters 1-2-3 in handicap class as well, with Simpfendorfer’s crew on VELOCE collecting all the silverware. For more Festival of Sails information, visit http://festivalofsails.com.au/.
SHAMROCK Crowned J/111 Midwinter Champion
The inaugural J/Fest St. Pete Regatta took place January 19-21 on Tampa Bay. Host St. Petersburg Yacht Club and its Race Committee, PRO and volunteers made a valiant effort to get in as many races as they could considering the cards they had been dealt—essentially no, or very little, wind for all three days. It warm up quickly all three days of sailing, so the sunshine and warm 70 degree days were a welcome reprieve for many teams who had come south to Florida. The largest fleet in the regatta were the J/111s at their Midwinter Championship. Winning was a relative Class newcomer, Jeff Davis and his team on SHAMROCK from the Midwest rode a 1-2-2 record to win handily. Another Midwest crew accustomed to light air racing took second place, Rob Ruhlman’s SPACEMAN SPIFF from Cleveland, OH. They had the most consistent record of any boat in the regatta—a 3-3-3 for 9 points total. The bronze was secured by Peter Wagner’s World Championship crew on SKELETON KEY. While they had a 1-2 in their scoreline, they missed the time limit in the second race and had to score a TLE/DNF. For more event information, visit https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4451.