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.
Hamble Winter Series Kick-Off Weekend
The 36th edition of the Hamble Winter Series kicked off on September 30 and included the inaugural IRC Spinlock Autumn Championship organized by the Hamble River Sailing Club. Five races were held for all classes competing in the IRC Spinlock Autumn Championship, and for those competing in the Hamble Winter Series, two races were completed on October 1. A wide variety of yachts racing under IRC and in one-designs enjoyed a perfect southerly wind of 15 knots on Saturday with a 16-18 knot southwesterly intensifying condition on Sunday. For the Spinlock IRC Autumn Championship, in IRC 1 Class, Tony Mack’s J/111 McFLY is lying in second for the series with a 4-1-3-8-1 for 17 points total. Louise Makin’s J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II is currently fifth with a 5-7-6-2 tally for 25 points and Cornel Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG is sixth with a 2-6-4-6.5 record for 25.5 points. For more Spinlock Hamble Winter Series information, visit http://www.hamblewinterseries.com/.
Atlantic Telegramme Regatta
The 18th Atlantic Telegramme Regatta took place in Lorient, France, organized and hosted by the Center Nautique de Lorient. It was a three-day regatta that had 121 sailboats across a wide variety of classes for 800+ sailors. The sailing on day one was not optimal with low winds and huge oscillations across the race course area. The next day was almost perfect, with 10-15 knot winds from the southeast. On the closing day, a less than idyllic weather scenario played out as a Low swept across the Bay of Biscay, bringing with it rain, fog and good breezes from the southwest. In the Osiris 2 class, it was Patrice Vidon’s J/111 J4F that handily won their class. For more Atlantic Telegramme Regatta information, visit https://www.cnlorient.org/.