Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series
The final Sunday (April 24) of the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring proved to be a tricky day's racing when the wind ignored the forecast and dished up between 5-20 knots plus massive, cold microbursts that switched direction up to 30 degrees. The start for race one for the Black Group was near S Ryde Middle, courses with a two-mile first beat to a laid mark just inshore of the North Channel and then triangles and windward/leeward legs between there and the Ryde Middle Bank before a finish between the East Bramble and Hill Head buoys. The first windward mark was carried away by a boat in the first class to race and was then left drifting. The next two classes managed somehow to round it as it blew rapidly downwind before it was spotted by the Race Committee and replaced in position with new ground tackle (the final two classes were delayed while this was done). The second Black Group race start was near Deloitte Sailing Club mark; 6-7 mile courses with a first windward leg up to hamblewinterseries.com mark, then one or two windward/leeward legs before a spinnaker reach to a laid mark near Kilchoman and a short beat back to the same finish. As a result of their incredibly strong leadoff to their series, Cornel Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG walked off with the Black Group IRC 1 Class Championship. Paul Griffiths’ JAGERBOMB managed a sixth in class despite missing the first two races. For more Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series sailing information, visit http://warsashspringseries.org.uk/2016/index.htm.
J/111s at Van Uden Reco Regatta in The Netherlands
Last weekend saw the start of J/111 one-design racing in the Benelux region at the Van Uden Reco Regatta in Stellendam in The Netherlands. The conditions on Saturday were very tricky, to say at the least. The conditions saw very tight, close racing, demanding everything from everybody on the boats; resulting in some very exhausted crews at the end of the day. But what great racing with three races and three different winners, with the top three boats (Zwijnenburg’s SWEENY, Sigg’s LALLEKONIG and Vroom’s RED HERRING) all in a three-way tie on equal points. As a result, that meant the racing on Sunday was going to be anyone’s game. The wind kicked in, beating the boats with brutal force all day long. This ended up with TOP JOB (broken jib#3.5) and LALLEKONIG (injured person on board) needing to retire before the racing actually began. Thankfully, they are both in good shape and will be ready to resume racing at the next J/111 event in two weeks. The two races sailed that day had two different winners: Zwijnenburg’s SWEENY and Vroom’s RED HERRING. The outcome again left both boats on equal points, tied for the lead. However, as ISAF-rules apply (best result in the last race is decisive), this made Vroom’s RED HERRING the winner of the first event. De Liedekerke’s DJINN showed great progress that day by catching up on the two leaders to take third overall. All owners and crews were very enthusiastic and looking forward to the next J/111 Benelux One Design event: the North Sea Regatta in Scheveningen from May 13-16. Then, all participating boats in the races in the Benelux countries will also participate in the J/111 World Championship in Cowes (UK) in early August. (Thanks for the report from Paul Gladdines). For more J/111 Benelux Van Uden Reco sailing information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/.
Despite steady showers, strong winds made for favorable sailing conditions Sunday as the 2016 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta, the largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States, came to a close after three days of competition. During the three-day event, nearly 200 boats and 1,000 sailors raced in 13 classes in a battle against rain, wind and fierce competition from around the world, ranging from amateur to world champion. Seven J/111s were registered, and only one point separated the top two boats after six races. Martin Roesch’s Velocity eked out the victory with nine points, over Bennet Greenwald’s Perseverance with 10. David McCreight’s Dark Horse took third place with 21 points, one in front of Douglas Curtiss’ Wicked 2.0. For complete results, click here.
Warsash Spring Series Report
Competition in the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series in England continued over the past few weekends. April 10th weekend: Crews and skippers alike had their work cut out with a SE to ESE wind of 19-24 knots, gusting 28-29 knots and a big spring tide in the Solent, the fourth day of the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series. Black Group classes, except for IRC4, started racing near mark Deloitte Sailing Club and followed a largely windward leeward pattern to and from the Ryde Middle Bank and then up the North Channel for further legs before finishing at East Knoll. In IRC1, Cornel Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG was the only one of the three boats leading the class to finish the race. JITTERBUG finished first, with Simon Bamford’s J/111 KESTREL taking second. April 19th: It was tight racing for the first weekend of the Crewsaver Warsash Spring Championship as 110 boats were competing with around 850 people on the water. A NNW wind dominated in the Solent over the weekend racing. Saturday was largely grey and cold with the wind generally 8-10 knots, dropping away for a time during race three to 5-7 knots and coming up to 12-15 knots at the end of the afternoon. Sunday bought sunshine but a very light breeze from between the W and NNW. Fluky and between 3-7 knots. Black Group start area was toward the eastern end of the Ryde Middle bank near the Roger Swinney buoy. The four races on Saturday and two on Sunday were mainly windward/leeward courses. The IRC 1 Class saw stiff competition, with Chris Jones & Louise Makin’s J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II posting all top five scores to hang on to fifth position. April 19- Part 2: Competitors searched for wind on day five of the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series. The forecast NNW wind of 5-10 knots shifted around 105 degrees extreme to extreme. Black Group's start area was around the eastern end of the Ryde Middle Bank with windward/leeward courses.
In IRC 1 class, Cornel Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG had maintained her overall series lead with an astounding 10-point gap to second place. However, JITTERBUG sustained some damage in an incident with another competitor and was not able to race on the Sunday. For more Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series and CrewSaver Spring Championship sailing information, click here.
Charleston Race Week
Eighteen classes with 243 boats competed amid breezy conditions at Charleston Race Week 2016, held April 15-17 in Charleston, SC, including six J/111s. Peter Wagner's Skeleton Key dominated with four bullets in all four races. William Smith's Wooton followed in second place with 10 points, and Rob Ruhlman's Spaceman Spiff in third with 13. For complete results, click here.
J/Fest on San Francisco Bay
Four J/111s competed in J/Fest 2016 on April 16-17 at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA. Richard Swanson's Bad Dog won both contests for the win with 2 points. Nesrin Basoz's Swift Ness took the silver spot in each race for 4 points and second place. Gorkem Meltem Ozcelebi's Double Digit and Rob Theis' Aeolus tied on points at 7 for third and fourth. For complete event information, click here.