The J/Boats family bid a fond farewell to Paul Heys who 'sailed away' in February this year. Before the start of racing, the 60-boat fleet gathered in the vicinity of the proposed location for the Paul Heys Memorial Buoy for a special tribute. Whilst observing a minute’s silence, Paul Heys' ashes were released in a seashell by his wife Marie-Claude, assisted by Paul's daughters, Gemma and Natalie. Over £25,000 has already been raised, covering the cost and maintenance of the Paul Heys Memorial Buoy for 10 years. The target of £34,000, will ensure that the buoy will be raced around by Paul Hey's grandchildren and those of the J/Boat familys. To make a donation: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/paulheys. Martin Dent said, "It was fantastic when we came in and congregated. I looked at the other boats, and teams were standing in rows on deck to attention. It was very moving. We got to our feet as well in honour of an absolute legend. I am glad that we are fund raising to put a mark in to celebrate Paul. I hope the mark will be a place of much carnage....if ever we are doing a mark rounding there, we will leave the drop late, rodeo drop, and possibly fling it in with borderline rights in honour of the greatest rogue. Paul Heys has made more impact on sailing than any other single person, and is responsible for so many Solent sailors, including my family and team Jelvis. I miss him." The Landsail Tyres J-Cup is an annual event in which all J/Boats are invited to attend, to race in one-design classes or under IRC. The 2019 edition was hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club with racing in the Solent. Sixty teams racing 10 different examples of the J/Boats range were in action with skippers from Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and the United States. All nine races were completed over three days of thrilling racing for over 300 sailors. Conditions ranged from moderate to fresh and frightening. Mother Nature saved her best until last with 25 knots of breeze in clear blue skies for the last race of a fantastic regatta. Competitors enjoyed the use of modern facilities at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, including the spacious Upper Bar with elevated views over the Hamble River. In the dining room, North Sails delivered a video debrief, a master class on heavy airs trimming and boat handling from: Dave Lenz, Ruairidh Scott, Jeremy Smart and Charlie Cumbley. In the J/111 fleet, Tony Mack's McFly held off a strong challenge to win the class from 2018 J/111 National Champion, Chris Jones & Louise Makin's Journeymaker II, and 2018 J-Cup winner Paul van Driel's Sweeny. In a high-octane close encounter, races were won by just seconds. Tony Mack was full of fun at the prize-giving, and was quick to praise his crew. Journeymaker II and Sweeny tied for second place, both scoring equal points after nine races. Sweeny was scored second on countback after winning the last race of the regatta.

Results Landsail Tyres J-Cup:
https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6117

The 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Race, sponsored by Wintrust, will go down as one of the slowest on record. The J/111s battled up the lake with various boats leading at one point or another. Prevailing in the end was Rich Witzel’s ROWDY, followed by Tom Dickson’s WARLOCK in second and Scott Sellers’ NO SURPRISE in third. For more Chicago to Mackinac Race information, visit https://www.cycracetomackinac.com/.

 

A fleet of nearly 100 boats gathered for a sprint of 30.0nm from Chicago to Waukegan, IL. The first fleet started in a light easterly of 5-6 knots, but the subsequent starts were in nearly calm breeze. After three fleets could not fully clear the starting line, the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race Committee was forced to postpone the starts of the remaining fleets. Subsequently, as the next set of classes took off in the building breeze, it was clear the last class to start was going to have the greatest handicap advantage overall. The always formidable J/111 fleet on Lake Michigan made their mark in PHRF 2 Class with a near sweep: with John Kalanik’s PURA VIDA winning, Tom Dickson’s WARLOCK second by just 50 seconds, and Tom McIntosh’s MISTY in fourth place. For more Chicago to Waukegan Race information, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=9446.

The 81st challenge of one of the most storied yacht races on the Great Lakes—the 90.0nm race called the Queen’s Cup—may have set a record for dropouts. This year’s overnight race across Lake Michigan departed from Milwaukee, WI for St. Joseph, MI on June 28 in very light winds, hosted by Milwaukee’s South Shore Yacht Club and St. Joseph River Yacht Club. In the J/111 class, Mark & Colin Caliban’s NO QUARTER won, followed by Jeff Schaeffer’s SHMOKIN JOE in second. All the rest of the five J/111s retired. The winning boat averaged 3.9 knots. For more SSYC Queen’s Cup Race information, visit https://www.ssyc.org/queens-cup/queens-cup-home.

The 2019 edition of the Round The Island Race in the United Kingdom, hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight, was one of the slowest ever for most of the fleet. The challenging 60.0nm race goes around the Isle of Wight. The forecast of sun and no more than 15 knots of wind was unlikely to create record-breaking conditions for the 1,253 entries. Nevertheless, with an ebbing tide and early morning east-south-easterly breeze, the fleet enjoyed a downwind spinnaker start, so the first leg to the Needles was reasonably swift for most of the fleet. However, the forecasted easing of the breeze to zero knots and a change from the easterly to a light westerly around 1400 to 1600 hours took its toll on the fleet. As it turned out, heading away from the island into more stable breeze was the best option. Excelling in the challenging conditions were the J/111s, included in the 26-boat IRC 1 division. Winning class by 35 minutes corrected was Cornell Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG. Taking third was Chris Jones and Louise Makin’s J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II, followed in fourth by the J/111 J4F (Frenchman Patrice Vidon), and eighth was Simon Bamford’s J/111 KESTREL. The overall J/Boats Trophy went to Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG. For more Round Island Race information, visit http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk/web/code/php/main_c.php?section=home.

The biennial Van Isle 360 Race is comprised of nine individual legs that circumnavigate the Vancouver Island off the Pacific coastline of British Columbia. The combination of the nine legs determined the class winners as well as the overall winner. The legs were:

  1. Nanaimo to Comox- 36.9nm
  2. Comox to Campbell River- 27.6nm
  3. Deepwater Bay to Hardwicke Island- 24.2nm
  4. Hardwicke Island to Telegraph Cove- 41.0nm
  5. Telegraph Cove to Port Hardy- 28.7nm
  6. Port Hardy to Winter Harbour- 69.1nm
  7. Winter Harbour to Ucluelet- 138.1nm
  8. Ucluelet to Victoria Harbour- 98.2nm
  9. Victoria Harbour to Nanaimo- 59.9nm
    That made for a total of at least 486.8nm down the rhumbline. The fleet experienced the standard extremes of weather from complete glass outs/waiting for breeze to 40 to 50 knot microbursts coming down from the mountain peaks. In the PHRF Division 1, winning was B. Chan and A. Smyth’s J/111 65 RED ROSES II with 19 points and also taking first PHRF Overall (six classes). For more Van Isle 360 Race information, visit https://www.vanisle360.com/.

The Marstrand Big Boat Race started out as a local spring regatta, but has turned into Scandinavia’s biggest annual short course event. This year saw almost 70 yachts from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany, including the J/111s Blur and Dacapo. Saturday morning was grey, but a 18-20 knot westerly wind caused big waves and challenging conditions. The team on Blur has focused on offshore sailing after their Fastnet Campaign in 2015, and is planning to do the Middle Sea Race in October. But they have continuously worked to improve rig trim, sail design and other speed factors. And the result of this work was evident as they posted a fourth and a first before race management took the decision to cancel the last race of the day due to increasing wind. So Blur grabbed the daily first champagne. Skipper Peter Gustafsson explained, "We had great speed upwind with our bulletproof J3.5 and managed to hang with the bigger boats. Ideally, we want to go for speed, but we managed to keep our lane. Downwind, we stayed upright with the 'whomper', our 155 sqm A2 and managed to move ahead quite a bit. Especially on the last run where we observed a late shift and went for the A3." Sunday morning's forecast had 10-14 knots of wind moving from SW to S during the day. Also, the current plays an important part when racing in Marstrand, so with at least five boats in the mix, racing would be tight. Most top boats opted for the right corner, close to land, to get relief from the current. Blur showed superior speed, this time with a recut J2 and led at all the marks to win with almost a minute on corrected time. At this point, even the team was surprised. After a bad start in race 4, they managed to catch the top boats and post a third place, just ahead of the Norwegian J/111 Dacapo. Heading into the last race, Blur lead FinnFlyer 36 Zlatan with only one point. Another good start made it possible to both work the shifts and keep a light cover on Zlatan. After a long run to the finish inside Marstrand harbor, Blur posted another first with just a three-second margin. Peter Gustavsson commented on their performance, "Wow. This is unbelievable! After six years and over 12,000nm, we know the boat well and are pretty confident with our targets. But, with more rake and harder jib in-haulers, we're almost a degree tighter than the North tuning guide. As a result, we sail higher without sacrificing speed. This is a team effort, both getting the boat blazing fast, but also when it comes to tactics and strategy, where we typically involve more people than many other crews. Comes in handy when we run watches at sea, but apparently, it's useful on tight courses as well." For more Marstrand Big Boat Race information, visit http://www.blur.se/2019/06/05/marstrand-big-boat-race-2019/.

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."

  1. Shamrock, Jeffrey Davis , USA – 2 -1 -1 -1 ; 5
  2. Warlock, Tom Dickson , USA – 4 -5 -2 -2 ; 13
  3. Kashmir, Michael/Steve Mayer/Henderson , USA – 1 -2 -3 -9 ; 15
    For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6037.

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.

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.

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.