Tight Racing at Van Uden Reco Regatta
The traditional season opener for the Dutch offshore community is the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta, sailed off Stellendam, The Netherlands. The J/111 Northern Europe fleet had a great turnout of a half-dozen boats from The Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Germany. Racing was very close, and any mistakes were quite costly. After five races, there was a tie-breaker for first place. Paul van Driel’s Dutch crew on SWEENY and Sebastian de Liedekerke’s French team on DJINN both finished with 8 points each, the win going to SWEENY based on number of firsts. DJINN’s crew counted only second places. Third was nearly another tie-breaker, but Sjaak Haakman’s Dutch crew on RED HERRING was able to toss their last race OCS and finish with 10 points net. One point behind in fourth place was Jorg Sigg’s Swiss team on LALLEKONIG. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/mr/.
Madmen Bests J/111s at J/Fest San Francisco
The St. Francis Yacht Club held its annual J/Fest April 7-9 with rain, low clouds, wind and sun. In the J/111 fleet, Dorian McKelvy’s MADMEN just missed an "all bullets" regatta, winning with just 6 points total. Second was Nesrin Basoz’s SWIFT NESS, and third was Dick Swanson’s BAD DOG. For more J/Fest San Francisco information, click here.
Light Air Big Daddy Regatta
The Big Daddy Regatta marks the 33rd year of mark racing on Saturday and a Pursuit race on Sunday for the host Richmond Yacht Club. All mono-hulled keelboats with a Northern California PHRF rating of 280 and below were invited. Fleets over 5 boats may be given one-design starts on Saturday. In the PHRF F "big boat" class, it was Nesrin Basoz’s J/111 SWIFT NESS from Richmond YC that took home the honors with a 1-2-2 for 5 points total. For more Big Daddy Regatta information, visit http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/16268.
J/111 Wins Gill Commodore’s Cup at Heineken St. Maarten Regatta
In the light, but consistent easterly breeze, all fleets sailed series of stadium-style racing off Simpson Bay, competing in short around the buoy courses. Taking home the event’s coveted "Most Worthy Yacht" trophy was Sam Talbot and his team racing the J/111 SPIKE, which finished the three races in fiercely competitive CSA 3 Class with straight bullets. "We were up against a lot of very competitive boats that are well known on the Caribbean circuit, so we were excited with this outcome," said Talbot whose team of U.S. and BVI sailors was probably one of the younger ones competing, with the average age onboard being 30. "This is my second time racing in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and we are so happy to see such an incredible turnout of competition. We owe the win to some great crew work onboard." For more Heineken Regatta information, visit https://heinekenregatta.com/.
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.
Annapolis YC Fall Series
For the 2017 edition of the annual fall tradition on the Chesapeake Bay, a large turn-out participated in the Annapolis Yacht Club Fall Series. A variety of weather conditions greeted the crews. In six windward/leeward races and one long distance coastal race, the Annapolis YC Fall Series "Big Boat" division in ORC 1 Class was won by Jim Connelly’s J/111 SLUSH FUND. Conditions were varied enough to use all three levels of ORC Triple Number Scoring – Low, Medium and High – and both the Windward/Leeward and Long Distance scoring models. In the end, Connelly’s SLUSH FUND posted five firsts and 4-2 to win with just 11 points, well clear of the next boat. Fourth in class was Marty Roesch’s J/111 VELOCITY. In the PHRF ToT Division, the same boats above were scored using PHRF handicap ratings. Connelly’s crew on SLUSH FUND still won, but Roesch’s VELOCITY crew jumped into third place. For more Annapolis YC Fall Series information and results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=3033.