Landsail Tyres J-Cup 21st Birthday Celebration
By invitation of Key Yachting, the 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup celebrated the 21st birthday of the annual regatta exclusively for J/Boats. Whilst the regatta was somewhat different this year, the spirit of the J/Boats family was as strong as ever. Hosted for the first time by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the regatta was a huge success. 50 J/Boats with over 200 crew enjoyed great racing, plus safe and secure social functions at the RORC Clubhouse in Cowes.
Tony & Sally Mack's McFly retained the J/111 National Championship and was also awarded the J-Cup. Full results at https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=11774
J/Fest Chicago Celebrates Sailing Again
Following Chicago's pandemic guidelines, the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club was able to host Chicago's first one-design keelboat regatta for just J/Crews - the inaugural J/Fest Chicago. The event took place August 29-30, sailing out of Montrose Harbor, with racing taking place on the waters of Lake Michigan. In the J/111 one-design fleet, it was a match race duel all weekend between the two boats. In the end, it was John Kalanik's PURA VIDA winning over their colleagues on MOMENTUS (Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi). For more J/Fest Chicago information, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=13130.
Fast & Furious Stamford Overnight Race
Stamford Yacht Club hosted their popular Overnight Race on the waters of Long Island Sound for a fleet of PHRF offshore teams. It is a fast overnight race, and for the first time, the event featured a large PHRF Doublehanded class. In the "big boat" PHRF A Division, Bill and Jackie Baxter's J/111 FIREBALL took the silver in their class. For more Stamford Overnight Race information, visit https://www.stamfordyc.com/.
Battle at Beaver Island Race Weekend
Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Spring, MI annually hosts their 68.0nm Beaver Island Race Weekend toward the end of summer. This year was different than past races, due to the pandemic guidelines they had to adhere to from the state of Michigan. It was a straightforward weekend regatta, comprising of two legs of 34.0nm each: a round-trip from a start off Harbor Point Light in Little Traverse Bay, out into Lake Michigan, across to Beaver Island, finishing off St. James Light. Stay overnight on anchor or mooring, then race back. On the outbound race to Beaver Island, winning that first leg was Bob Matthews's J/105 GRYPHON, with Scott Sellers's J/111 NO SURPRISE taking second. On the return, Sellers's NO SURPRISE took second again while Matthews's GRYPHON dropped to fourth place. For the combined results, the J/111 NO SURPRISE lost the tie-breaker to take the silver overall, while the J/105 GRYHPON took the bronze. For more Little Traverse YC Beaver Island Race information, visit https://ltyc.org/.
Wild Hook Race
The HOOK is the Racine Yacht Club’s premier yacht race, and 2020 marks its 37th year. It is a race from Racine through "Death’s Door" at the top of the Door County peninsula to a port in Green Bay. The first HOOK, named by a member who saw a picture of the course and thought it looked like a hook, was sailed in 1984 with 12 boats racing from Racine, Wisconsin to Menominee, Michigan, finishing off Menominee’s marina and the M&M Yacht Club. The finish line at M&M is between a trailer on the marina seawall and a buoy just offshore. Total distance is some 189.0nm. This year’s event saw challenging, nasty weather at times, with two fronts passing over the race track before the fleet could finish. With a limit of 100 boats to participate, storms led to significant attrition: 4 withdrew, 5 did not start, and 29 did not finish. In the J/111 Class, NO SURPRISE won followed by Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi's MOMENTUS. For more Racine YC The Hook Race information, visit https://www.racineyachtclub.org/the-hook.
J/111 Tops IRC 1 at Royal Southern YC Charity Cup Regatta
With not a breath of wind in The Solent, racing was called off at midday on the final day of the Royal Southern Yacht Club Charity Cup Regatta. A virtual prizegiving was held at the RSYC Clubhouse on the banks of the River Hamble. Commodore Graham Nixon welcomed the virtual audience using Facebook live. A charity raffle was also conducted with all the proceeds going to the chosen charities of the regatta: Solent Mind and Hamble Sea Scouts. Commodore Nixon opened proceedings and thanked all of the supporting partners for the regatta and the volunteers and club members. There was a special thank you for the two race officers, Stuart Childerley and Tanya Robinson, who produced excellent racecourses for the regatta. Commodore Nixon commented, "The Royal Southern is delighted to see all of the competitors racing over the three days, and it has been equally delightful for us to host the event. It has been a frustrating four months where we have had to cancel our open events. I am delighted to say that we intend to run Hamble Classics (22-23 August) and our September Regatta (19-20 September). We hope to see everybody there, and we have already booked the same weather with a little more wind!" Stuart Childerley said, "We have had three days of good racing, and it has been great to see everyone out there, taking the first tentative steps back to racing at this time. Congratulations to all the winners. In these difficult times, it is really pleasing to see people enjoying their sailing in a safe manner." Paul Ward, Chair of Sailing at the Royal Southern YC, added, "It’s been fantastic to get everybody out sailing. There is a long history of top class Solent racing at this club. This is what we do, and it is great to back out there again, especially with such a fantastic and varied entry. We have had a lot of help putting this event together, particularly from the RYA and a great race team led by Stuart Childerley. All of the team at the Royal Southern have worked really hard, afloat and ashore, to keep everything safe and run a good regatta." In IRC 1, Tony Mack’s J/111 McFly took top honors. Full results at https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=13042.
Tight Fiesta Cup Regatta
The Santa Barbara Yacht Club hosted their 14th annual Fiesta Cup Regatta from July 18-19. The fleet was greeted by nice sailing conditions and a total of seven races were held per Class. The J/111 Class was a three-way duel between very experienced offshore teams. The winner was Mike Drammer & Shaun Hughes' TITANIUM with a 1-3-1-1 tally for 6 points total. The next two spots were determined on a tiebreaker at 9 points each. With a 2-1-3-3 tally, it was Kenny Kieding's ARGO 3 that took the silver over Bernie Girod's ROCK & ROLL that had a 3-2-2-2. For more Fiesta Cup Regatta information, visit https://sbyc.org/fiesta-cup.
J/111 North American Championship Moved to Spring 2021
The J/111 Class Association and Annapolis Yacht Club have determined, because of the varying levels of infection and disruption across the world, that this year’s J/111 North American Championship scheduled for October 29-November 1 will be raced as part of the Annapolis NOOD April 30-May 2, 2021. The Class will instead hold its East Coast Championship in Annapolis during the previously scheduled Halloween weekend 2020. The Organizing Authority has been closely monitoring the worldwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. They understand the commitment of time and money required to participate in a Continental Championship, as well as the enormous resources that our hosts dedicate to such events. Allan Terhune, Event Chair, said, "Last week, we had a great meeting with several J/111 owners. While Annapolis YC was ready and committed to hosting the event, the owners were in agreement that with the uncertainty of events, moving to the spring of 2021 will ensure that the J/111 Class and AYC will have an event that is worthy of being a North American Championship. I am very excited for the decision and look forward to the great sailing on schedule this fall and also in 2021 on the Chesapeake Bay." In the meantime, the Class wishes all J/111 sailors and their families the best in these difficult times. We look forward to resuming sailing as soon as we can.
Bayview Mackinac Race
For the 2020 edition of the Bayview Mackinac Race, the fleet endured many hours of beating upwind to get to Mackinac Island. Due to Canadian maritime restrictions over the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's course went north and finished. The only obstacles were having to leave Thunder Bay Island and Bois Blanc Island to port before crossing the virtual GPS finish line between the lighthouse and Mackinac Island. Despite the challenging weather conditions Saturday night and Sunday, most teams completed the entire race. In the 11-boat Class D Racing division, Scott Sellers' J/111 NO SURPRISE placed second. Here is the report from the Polk Wager: "Another Mackinac Race in the books aboard the NO SURPRISE, and another spectacular adventure with friends and family. It was a difficult and physically uncomfortable race this year, with strong upwind breeze and challenging sea states leading to a very wet boat, long hours on the rail, and essentially no sleep for anyone. After we spent much of the race from the outside looking in, Scott found the shift we were waiting for at 9:00 PM on Sunday night to allow us to take second place in our class (and very nearly first). A special shout-out to our three rookies: Trip Wagner, Hannah Sellers, and Hadley Camp. These three spent countless hours on the rail being pelted by waves, eagerly made sandwiches for the team as the boat pounded upwind in the Straits, pumped the boat out with buckets as needed, and even completed a classic midnight water-crashing-spray-everywhere jib change pretty much unassisted. And they did it all with enthusiasm and energy; it was great to be there at the start of what I am sure will be many future Mac race adventures for them." For more Bayview Mackinac Race sailing information, visit https://www.bycmack.com/index.cfm?.
2020 J/111 World Championship Cancelled
The J/111 Class Association, its owners and the Royal Ocean Racing Club in Cowes United Kingdom have determined, because of the varying levels of infection and disruption across the world, to cancel the 2020 J/111 World Championship originally scheduled for September. The Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the worldwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. They understand the huge commitment of time and money it takes to participate in a major Championship, as well as the enormous resources that our host clubs dedicate to such events. Simon Bamford, Class Captain of the J/111 North European Fleet, said, "A big thank you to everyone who helped organise the J/111 2020 Worlds. Special mentions to Simon Grier-Jones who put many hours of work into it and to Steve Cole and RORC for their professionalism and support. Best wishes to all of you and looking forward to meeting whenever we can get back onto the water."
J/111 SCARLETT RUNNER Wins Lincoln Race Week
The end of February saw the start of the 70th Teakle Classic offshore race from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. Following the offshore feeder race, the fleet enjoyed Lincoln Race Week comprising six races over four days on the waters of St. Vincent’s and Spencer Gulfs in South Australia. The event begins with the 160nm Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race which starts off Outer Harbour in the Gulf St Vincent. Once in Port Lincoln, teams race on the waters of Boston Bay and Spencer Gulf for a four-day regatta run by Port Lincoln Yacht Club. Rob Date trucked his J/111 SCARLETT RUNNER from Sandringham, Victoria to Adelaide for the event. Rob said, "It was a great regatta. The race to Port Lincoln was close to typical conditions, although a little windier at the start. We struggled with our reefing system soon after the start and dropped 30 minutes on our competitors in the 40.0nm upwind section." Unfortunately, the J/111 then also struggled to set her Code Zero at the start of the next 40.0nm section (needed a jib top), but along the bottom of York Peninsula the wind gradually went left and the angles improved as the wind freshened. According to Rob, "Eventually, we set the Black A3 asymmetric, with the crew mantra ‘Never Go Back From The Black!’ In 20-25 knots of pressure and travelling at 14-18 knots, we rode the 4-meter swells throughout the night in pitch black, no moon. It was a wild ride until dawn, and we had our J/111 back in the hunt. With good navigation, we avoided the fish farms (though some did not). 80.0nm VMG running in 10-14 knots of wind resulted in a respectable non-podium finish." Lincoln Race Week consisted of a total of four windward-leeward races on Monday and Thursday inside Boston Bay in flat water. On Tuesday, the fleet sailed a 40.0nm offshore race and then a 15.0nm inshore fixed mark race on Wednesday. In the end, winning was SCARLETT RUNNER with five firsts and one second, discarding the second to win with a perfect scoreline racing under the AMS (Australian Measurement System).