J/105 Class Association

31.Jul.15 - Transpac Race J/105 result  Congratulations to Ed Sanford's J/105 Creative from San Diego YC who took fifth in class at the 2015 edition of the Transpac YC's 2,225nm Transpac Race!  Transpac Race website

31.Jul.15 - Ugotta Regatta  For the better part of last weekend's Little Traverse YC Ugotta Regatta, the fleet enjoyed the usual gorgeous weather in Harbor Springs, MI on the waters of Little Traverse Bay. The PHRF 4 class was a mixed bag of boats, but the J/105s had fun. Top boat was Sam Powers' Gryphon at third in class with Bill Petzold's Green Flash in fourth. Carter Williams sailed Creative Destruction to a ninth with friends and family sailing the boat. Separately, the J/105s sailed a one-design regatta the day before the weekend event. Four W/L races were sailed. Bill Petzold's Green Flash won a tie-breaker on 9 points each with Sam Powers' Gryphon. Third was Carter Williams' Creative Destruction.  Ugotta Regatta sailing information

31.Jul.15 - J/105 Chicago to Mackinac Race report  Carter Williams has enjoyed sailing his J/105 Creative Destruction for years. Having grown up sailing in Harbor Springs during the summers, Carter decided to again sail the Chicago-Mac Race this year, but with a youth sailing team. Here;s Carter's report: "Creative sailed with a mostly junior crew, finishing third in the hugely competitive J/105 class! We had Libby Forsen as our navigator. She's taken the Starpath Navigation course and, at 16 years old, this was her first time sailing the Mac Race. Sonny Jenema was sailing his second Mac at 18 years old. JT Ludington, 21 years old, was on his first Mac. Preston Carey, 16 years old, was on her second Mac. It was a young crew! The old guys were Carter Williams, Mike Duff and Robert Matthews. Sunday morning it was hot, with little wind and lots of biting flies. Despite the lack of wind, the kids stayed focus, which we attribute to close attention to the watch schedule. As the wind built Sunday evening into the Manitou's, everyone was well rested, so we were able to get the whole crew on the rail late Sunday night and early Monday morning. As a result, we blasted through the Manitou's, slowly picking up more boats. As we came into Grays Reef Monday early am, there were three J/105s in front of us. With the chop around Grays Reef, we sailed our angles well, gybed right on the lay line, and closed the gap on one boat a bit more, maybe to a quarter mile. As we turned the corner at Grays Reef, it was a tight spinnaker reach into the Mackinac Straits. Clark kept up high, so it was difficult for us to fully close the gap, but the kids were focused all on the rail. Slowly but surely, we were inching on Clark. About an hour from the bridge, a squall hit, driving all the boats down into a broach. The kids moved quick, got the spinnaker down, and jib out. They had all the waypoints in for the rest of the course, so in the fog/whiteout, we were back on course quickly. That helped us move up to third place overall! As we hit the other side of the bridge, we covered Clark while looking for our opening to move up to second place, but time and wind ran out so we could not move up. The kids absolutely loved it! They cannot wait to do it again. We are trying to assemble two junior teams to sail J/105s next year, and would encourage other boats to do the same. Perhaps we will give an award for the boat with highest score with three or more juniors (under 21) aboard! After the Mac Race, we took our J/105 back down to Harbor Springs for the Ugotta Regatta. Being an off year, we did not have enough J/105s for a class. So, I and the new owner of J/105 hull 29 (the ex-Convexity), Sam Powers, contributed our boats to let the sailing school and juniors field two boats in the Ugotta Regatta. The boats were skippered by junior sailors, racing under the Storm Trysail IOR Collegiate rules (keeping two boat lengths). The kids had lots of fun racing the Ugotta Regatta too!

28.Jul.15 - Whidbey Island Race Week  The big boat segment of Whidbey Island Race Week, based at Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island (WA), was July 20-24 for 68 one design and PHRF entrants. The small boat segment had been held July 18-19 for one design and Portsmouth entrants. Ten J/105s competed in 12 races, with James Geros' Last Tango coming out on top with 24 points. Kent Sisk and John Weil on Troublemaker took second with 34 points, one ahead of Doug Schenk, Eric Hopper and Matt Davis on Free Bowl of Soup.  Complete results

27.Jul.15 - LORC Championship 2015  The Winner of the LORC J/105 Championship for 2015 is Jamaica Me Crazy. Congratulations to Peter Hall and his team. They won in a tie breaker with Hey Jude, having had four bullets to Hey Jude's one bullet over 13 races. The LORC J/105 Championship was created in 2013 in support of the Lake Ontario Racing Council (LORC) series of regattas that the fleet attends. For the last three seasons, the fleet has attended the following three regattas: ABYC Open, RCYC Open and the PCYC Open. Hey Jude won the LORC J/105 Championship in 2013 and 2014. The winner has to have attended all three regattas, and the low score wins with no drops. The trophy, a half model donated by Fogh Marine & North Sails, is currently on display in the Ovens Room at the RCYC Island Clubhouse. The Trophy will be presented to Jamaica Me Crazy on August 9 at the Awards Ceremony for the J/105 Summer Regatta.

27.Jul.15 - CanAm Challenge  At this weekend's CanAm Challenge at Youngstown Yacht Club in New York, Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer's Mandate edged out fellow Canadian James Rathbun on Hey Jude for the victory in the 13-boat J/105 fleet. Mandate posted a 1,1,3,1,1,2,2 for 11 points, two better than Hey Jude. Peter Hall's Jamaica Me Crazy rounded out the top three with 33 points. Seven races were completed.  Complete results

27.Jul.15 - Marblehead NOOD  More than 130 boats in nine classes competed in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Marblehead. Fred deNapoli's Allegro Semplicita, the J/105 class winner, took home the black Wilmington Trust Leader Spinnaker. The "leader spinnaker" was given to the winning boat of each day, and switched owners a few times over the regatta. Ultimately, the overall class winner took it home for good. In second place was mark Marsur's Two Feathers, followed by Mark Lindquist's Sterling.   Complete results

23.Jul.15 - Bayview Mac Race  According to Chairman Peter Wenzler, a white squall hit the fleet shortly after the start, making a whole lot of wind out of what started as a light downwind breeze. While some spinnakers became streamers at the tops of masts, others were locked and loaded or temporarily switched out for easier-to-handle headsails before the wind calmed and then elevated again to a more sustainable 22 knots over flat, waveless water. The bigger boats sailed the 259 nm Cove Island Course while the smaller boats sailed the 204 nm Shore Course, with both courses finishing at Mackinac Island. The bigger boats enjoyed a strong beat home in 18-22 knots after turning the corner at Cove Island. The bulk of the Shore Course fleet enjoyed a mid-morning finish, reaching in a solid 20-25 knots. The J/105s nearly swept Class J Racing, taking four of the top five positions. Leading everyone home was Windshadow helmed by Jim Murphy from Bayview YC. Following in their tracks in second place was Mark Denuyl's Goof Lookin from Port Huron YC, then in fourth was Don Harthorn's Snake Oil from Lake Shore Sail Club, and fifth was last year's winner Pterodactyl skippered by Mark Symonds from Grosse Pointe YC.  Regatta website

20.Jul.15 - Larchmont Race Week  Larchmont Race Week got underway on July 11-12 with the second half held July 18-19 to complete the 117th edition. Returning this weekend were the racer/cruiser division and the one-designs. All fleets enjoyed the continuation of competitive racing in a 3-5 knot southwesterly breeze on Saturday and a late-filling 6-12 knot southwesterly on Sunday. Thirty boats sailed on the cruising course with 18 in the PHRF spinnaker division and 12 in the non-spinnaker group. Three races were completed in each fleet. This weekend also included a distance race around Execution Light on Sunday, an event new to the Race Week format. "The addition of the distance race to the Race Week format added some fun and variety," noted Cruising circle PRO Jed Kelly. One-design PRO Nick Langone was able to run seven races for the fleets. Winning the nine-boat J/105 fleet was Paul Beaudin from Harlem Yacht Club on loulou. Jeremy Henderson and Harald Edegran's Conundrum and the AYC Jr. Big Boat Team's Young American rounded out the top three.  Complete results

18.Jul.15 - TransPac 2015  Nearing the halfway mark, Ed Sanford and his J/105 Creative are sailing the rum line doing a steady 8.5-9.0 kts. They are third in fleet and ninth overall with the fastest boats starting today. The trimaran Lending Club 2 hoping to set a LA to Honolulu record is sailing at speeds of 28-31 kts. You can follow on the Yellow Brick Road tracking system  here.

18.Jul.15 - Minutes posted  Minutes from the 7/13/15 Executive Committee Meeting are posted.  Class Business page

16.Jul.15 - St. Malo Race  The RORC Season's Points Championship continued last weekend with the highly popular Cowes Dinard-St. Malo Race (Cowes, England). With 173 entries, the 151 nautical mile race featured the largest RORC fleet since the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race. With an 0850 hrs start time, the teams sail west out of the Solent and around marks consisting of Casquets-Les Hanois-St. Malo finish. The weather forecast was promising, but no one expected race records to be set. In short, the weather was fabulous, the breeze on big time and the race was nothing short of sensational. In IRC Two-Handed, three British teams racing J/105s swept the podium. Alex Adams and Chris Holliman on Voador won the class from Jester, sailed by Kelvin Rawlings and Stuart Childerley. Nick Martin's Diablo-J was third. That was quite an extraordinary feat for the 20+ year old J/105 design, sailing against all the latest hot IRC designs from European boat shops! The three J/105's performances were so emphatic that the same three J/105s took sixth, seventh and ninth in IRC Overall, crushing many of the top JPK 10.10s and JPK 10.80s and Sun Fast 3600s in the process. If that weren't enough, trophies for this trio of J/105s, Voador, Jester and Diablo-J also took fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in IRC Three class (a fully-crewed division).   RORC St Malo Race sailing information

16.Jul.15 - 2015 NAC  You still have time to register for the J/105 North American Championship, which takes place in San Francisco on September 17-20 in conjunction with the exciting Rolex Big Boat Series at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Sign-up prior to August 15 without a late fee. Skippers from out of the Bay Area may purchase HA sails without them counting against their sail tags as long as they sell them by year-end, or they can tag them in 2016. There are boats available! In fact, teams from Long Island, Connecticut, Texas and Chile have already chartered, and several more teams have shown indications of interest. For information about chartering, contact Regatta Chairman Bruce Stone at 917-822-4060 and leave a voice message with your call back info.  Register here

14.Jul.15 - Red Grant Regatta  The Raritan Yacht Club of Perth Amboy, New Jersey hosted their 69th annual Red Grant Regatta on July 11-12 as part of the yacht club's 150th anniversary celebration. The regatta hosted 56 boats including nine J/105s and nine J/109s, along with several PHRF spinnaker/non spinnaker and cruiser classes. The weather was typical summer conditions for Lower NY Harbor/Raritan Bay with warm temperatures and light breezes of 5-8 knots. In the very competitive J/105 fleet, Marcus Wunderlich's Stratos edged out Paul Zajac's skal in the last reach of the last race to win the race and take home the regatta trophy by a point over Ann and Gary Myer's Magic. Magic was unbeatable the first day of the regatta, taking all the bullets. Skal took third overall. The regatta benefitted the charity Easter Seals of New Jersey and had the lead sponsor of Goslings.   Results

14.Jul.15 - Chicago Mackinac Race   Twenty-two J/105s took part in the 298 nm Chicago Mackinac Race over the weekend. Kenneth Ganch of Illinois on Gonzo won the J/105 division, followed by Terry Timm and David Laidlaw on Send in the Clowns and Carter Williams on Creative Destruction.  Results

03.Jul.15 - Stratford Shoal Light regatta  The Riverside Yacht Club in Connecticut ran the annual Stratford Shoal Light regatta last weekend. It is a popular event for those who enjoy offshore racing as it all takes place from mid-Long Island Sound to eastern Long Island Sound. This year's race took place on a fairly windy Saturday. Strong easterlies made for big waves on Long Island Sound. With such a long fetch, the beat upwind to the first marks were rough, but the effort was well worth it for those crews that stuck it out to enjoy surfing and planing conditions all the way home to the Riverside YC finish line. In such demanding sailing, it's not surprising the J/105s swept the podium in PHRF 2 class. Marcus Wunderlich's team on Stratos took class and J/105 honors. Second was the American YC Junior Big Boat Team on Young American, another fantastic performance for this young crew. Then, the Larchmont YC Junior Offshore Team sailing Privateer took third overall. In the shorter Cable & Anchor Bell Race, the J/105 Strange Brew sailed by Randy Bourne won the PHRF Non-Spinnaker I class.  Stratford Shoals Race sailing information

29.Jun.15 - Long Beach Race Week  Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week concluded with a splash, as classic Long Beach conditions gelled, and a solid breeze filled in from the west. Ivory cirrus swirled in the blue skies; steady waves and swell barreled through the courses. LBRW had its origins in 1980, and is hosted by neighboring Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. In PHRF-4, the J/105 Off The Porch (Scott McDaniel) took the victory.  Complete results

28.Jun.15 - Emil Bus Mosbacher Sportsmanship Trophy  
At the 2015 Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week, Josh Burack (New Rochelle, NY), owner of J/105 Peregrina, won the Emil "Bus" Mosbacher Sportsmanship Trophy. Peregrina lost its mast in Tuesday's Round the Island Race when a shroud broke. The mast folded in half at the top spreader. Burack then volunteered for Race Committee duty and was placed on a safety boat. Prior to racing on Wednesday, fellow J/105 competitor Damian Emery's Eclipse (Shoreham, NY), a two-time Block Island winner, broke its gooseneck during practice before the day's first race. Burack raced back to Champlin's Marina, removed the gooseneck fitting from his broken mast, and got it to Eclipse with time to spare. "Before we left the dock on Wednesday, we noticed a crack in the gooseneck, but decided it would likely be fine until the end of the week, but of course the moment we went up with the main, it busted," said Dave Shrader, trimmer on Eclipse. "If it wasn't for Josh running in and stripping the gooseneck off his stricken boat for us, it would've been a lot worse. We didn't even miss a race," he said. "It's this sort of camaraderie and respect for one another that makes Race Week so special." The J/105 Class was decided on the last day, where Emery's Eclipse staged a come-from-behind victory to win the class and the J/105 East Coast Championship. Eclipse was placed fourth after Wednesday's racing, 11 points out of first, but finished the regatta with a 1-2-1-2 to score a 1 point victory over Paul Beaudin's loulou (New York, NY). 2009 Storm Trysail Race Week winner Bruce Stone's Team Arbitrage (San Francisco, CA) was another four points back to take third. Stone reported hitting his career high speed in a J/105, surfing at 20.9 kt over the ground when winning the Around Island Race in 30+ kt of wind. "It turned out that we had no working instruments on our chartered boat, Play Station, but were able to log the SOG using our Velocitek ProStart. We maintained a sustained surf both faster and of longer duration than even on SF Bay, despite the bigger waves. What a hoot! We'll be back at Block Island in 2017." (photo credit Nicole Breault)

27.Jun.15 - Eclipse Pulls Out Miracle to Take 3rd Block Island Victory  
Damian Emery sailed a near perfect day to advance to the podium and take the East Coast Championship away from loulou by 1 point. The first race had loulou in front until the second upwind when Eclipse got the pass with loulou attempting to cover both sides and coming up short of both Eclipse and Arbitrage for a third. The start of the last race had loulou struggling at the boat and forced to the right with Eclipse in the middle. A new wind developed out of the left side and left both boats back in the pack with Eclipse closer to the top and loulou, the bottom. Both boats advance but it would not be enough for loulou, with Eclipse finishing right behind Mark Lindquist's Sterling and loulou several boats back falling to second. This is Damian's third victory in a row at the biannual event. In third was Class President Bruce Stone and followed by Bermuda's Distant Passion. (Photo Credit: Aliki Navajas)  Complete results

26.Jun.15 - Topsy Turvy Thursday at East Coasts  Two races got off in moderate breeze Thursday at the East Coast Championship at Block Island Race Week after a brief postponement. The first race in a very unsettled breeze had regatta leaders Paul Beaudin and James Macdonald in the weeds and Damian Emery figuring it out to take the gun followed in second by Mark Masur and then Bruce Stone. This moved Emery up to second and took a bite out of loulou's lead. The breeze was more settled for race two with loulou off clean at the pin to never look back rounding the top by 10 lengths and extending to win by a 1/4 leg. Following was Eclipse to solidify his second position and take the daily trophy. Next was Two Feathers again having a great showing for second in the daily prizes. Friday will have loulou starting with a 6-point advantage over Eclipse with Arbitrage (Play Station) and Distant Passion following 9 points out of first.  Results

25.Jun.15 - Transpac 2015  We will have a J/105 entered in this year's Transpac. Ed Sanford and his Creative crew are going to do it again. In 2013, they learned a few things on their first race. The first and foremost is to be sure they have backup kites because without them it is a slow trip. This year, Ed will be carrying a total of 14 sails that will include masthead kites and a code zero. The first fleets will start July 13 outside of the Los Angeles harbor and finish off Diamond Head. If you want to follow their progress, go to the Transpac website and locate the Yellow Brick Road tracking system.  Transpac website

25.Jun.15 - East Coasts at Block Island: 3 down 2 to go  Block Island Race Week mid-point: In the J/105 Class, Paul Beaudin's loulou posted a 1-5-1 to leapfrog from second into first. Loulou now has the low score of 20 points and leads previous leader James MacDonald's Distant Passion by 3 points. Bruce Stone's Arbitrage is third with 29 points, while two-time reigning champion Damian Emery's Eclipse is fourth with 31 points. For Beaudin, Wednesday was about getting his new crew members in sync and improving his starts. "We had great speed all day. In fact, we've had great speed all week," said Beaudin. "We have a couple of new people on the boat, and after a couple of days we're working very well together. I've been over early quite a bit this week, but (Wednesday) we got relatively clean starts. That, combined with really good boatspeed has helped drastically."  Complete story and results link

24.Jun.15 - Big Breeze at Block on Day 2  Tuesday had the breeze up at the East Coasts at Block Island. The classic Around The Island Race was sailed. Bruce Stone showed his San Fran form to take the gun followed by Andrew Kennedy's Bat 4 from Annapolis and Paul Beaudin's loulou of Harlem, NY. Loulou made big gains upwind recovering from an over early and downwind gear failures to pass four boats on the last long beat inching out current leader James MacDonald of Bermuda. Big gear failures in the 30-knot breeze had Josh Burack losing the rig on Perigrena. On a tack, the rig snapped at the top spreader. Eclipse had the jib halyard snap at the start, but at least made it around the course for a seventh with five minutes lost at the start and bareheaded changes. The next few days have moderate sunny conditions.  Results

24.Jun.15 - East Coast Championship at BIRW Starts With Stiff Competition  Day one had beautiful weather for sailboat racing with 12-16 knots of wind and sunny skies. Three races had the 16-boat J/105 fleet working hard all day. Race 1 had loulou first around the top mark followed by Eclipse, back with Pam Morris trimming the spinnaker after a year long maternity leave. Eclipse made the pass downwind to take the gun in the first race. But it was James MacDonald and team Bermuda on Distant Passion that kept every finish solid and took a strong bullet in the last race for the top spot on the leader board on Day One. Paul Beaudin's loulou is sitting second, followed by Damian Emery's Eclipse, the last boat of the week winner of this bi-annual event. With five days of racing and no throw outs, this will be an exciting event for sure.   Results

21.Jun.15 - Tenacious Takes Top Honors in J/105 Fleet at AYC Annual Regatta   Brothers Carl and Scott Gitchell used to argue so much aboard the J/105 they co-own their crew took to calling them "The Bickersomes." Age and maturity have mellowed the brothers over the years, and things are less contentious on Tenacious as a result. "We're not yelling at each other as much," Scott Gitchell said. It was all peace and harmony for the Tenacious team during Saturday's Annapolis Yacht Club Annual Regatta. With Carl driving and Scott trimming the main and calling tactics, Tenacious got the gun in both races in taking top honors in J/105 fleet. Read the full article  here.

19.Jun.15 - J/105 Jib Class Rule Change  A change to the J/105 Class Rule for jib materials of construction has been passed by the Executive Committee. This change will be effective January 1, 2016. The new Class Rule 6.5.1 will read: "The roller jib shall be constructed of either woven ply, laminated ply, and/or single ply. The use of Vectran, PBO or Cuben Fiber in the construction is not permitted." You can view the entire 2015 Class Rule Change #1-Jib Construction Proposed Change on the  Class Business page.

14.Jun.15 - NYYC Annual Regatta  The 161st New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and when the three-day event concluded after a day of around-the-island racing (Friday, June 12) and a weekend of around-the-marks competition (June 13-14), there was plenty of satisfaction to be had. For Event Chair David Bush-Brown, there was satisfaction that the Annual Regatta, robust-as-ever with 169 entries, had successfully upheld its keen sense of tradition, which for well over a century and a half has kept the New York Yacht Club at the forefront of sailing. "A lot of changes have happened to our sport and the regatta over 161 years," said Bush-Brown, "but one thing remains the same: spirit of competition and camaraderie." That spirit was evident on Saturday night when the New York Yacht Club hosted over 1,000 sailors for cocktails and dinner on the expansive grounds of its waterfront Harbour Court clubhouse. It was also evident during Sunday's two-hour postponement ashore when the Newport Shipyard, where many of the boats were docked, felt less like a paddock area for preparation and more like a venue for a class reunion, with long-time friends as well as newly-established acquaintances swapping war stories and discussing what lies next on the sailing horizon. Sunday's sailing, when it got going by mid-afternoon in an easterly of 10-14 knots, delivered even more color than Friday's and Saturday's held in relatively lighter air, and when all was said and done, winners in 19 classes were the most satisfied of all that they had shined on the stages of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound for a rotating mix of stadium-style, drop-mark and navigators-course competition. Three J/105s competed in the PHRF Spinnaker 2 class, which got in three races. Fred Darlington's Tonto notched a 1,4,1 for 6 points and the victory. Donald Santa's Santas Reign, Dear followed in second with 9 points, and Mark Masur's Two Feathers placed fourth with 14 points.  Complete results

14.Jun.15 - Chicago NOOD  More than 100 boats in 10 classes competed in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Chicago, including 11 J/105s. Tom & Gyt Petkus' Vytis came out of top after the seven races with a line of 1,1,5,1,2,1,4 for 15 points. Clark Pellett's Sealark took the runner-up spot with 22. Tied on points at 29 in third and fourth were Jon Weglarz on The Asylum and Kenneth Ganch on Gonzo.  Complete results

11.Jun.15 - Spring Newsletter  Members will receive the Spring edition of the J/105 newsletter via e-mail. It is also posted on the  newsletter page.

02.Jun.15 - Conundrum Breaks Three-way Tie to Take Cedar Point OD Regatta  Conundrum took the Cedar Point Regatta with a three-way tie breaker followed by Revelation and loulou, all with 15 points. The next two spots were held by new comers: Za Jelliffe's Arete and Dave Willis on Solution who was carrying a BFD. The J/105 fleet had one day of challenging but very good tight racing with every boat having at least one solid finish. Day 2 was skunked with no wind.  Complete results

29.May.15 - FIGAWI Race  The FIGAWI Race is a classic 36nm pursuit race from Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on Cape Cod to Nantucket Harbor. Dawning with a gorgeous sunrise and a fresh breeze from the WNW, the day got better and better for a spectacular race. In PHRF S2 division, the J/105s swept the top four spots, led by the Joyce/Reservitz/Wagner trio on Dark'n'Stormy. Their classmates that followed were Matt and Lisa Schmidt's Hardtack in second, Steve Widdis' Prima in third and Ed Lobo's Waterwolf in fourth.   Regatta website

29.May.15 - Swiftsure Race  This year's Swiftsure Race in Victoria, BC, Canada had nearly all the best elements of a near perfect race: good winds, smooth waters, incredible competitors from far and wide, the largest complement of racers in years. The Swiftsure is now actually five different races over three separate courses, plus an inshore regatta. The J/105s swept top honors in the L3 Division. At the top of the trio was Matt Davis' Free Bowl of Soup from Arizona YC. They won their class in the Oregon Offshore Race last year and went on to repeat that same performance in the Pacific Cup Race. Second was Jerry Diercks' Delirium, and third place went to Ed Wilder's Avalanche.   Swiftsure Facebook page

26.May.15 - Young American Kids kill it again with a first in fleet in the Block Island Race  Repeating its PHRF class 3 victory from last year was American Yacht Club's J/105 Young American, an entry with junior sailors. The kids were the majority onboard with Peter Becker serving as the team's single adult safety officer and coach. "Last year, we won our class and finished third overall, which was a huge moment," said Becker. "This year, we were first in PHRF division and first overall in PHRF, so we bested our performance by a big margin. The kids are on fire; they love it!" The Young American team was pressured up at the start for their spinnaker run in 25 knots. When the tack of their chute blew out, they switched to a spare and were surfing down Long Island Sound at 15 knots. "We were all hiking off the stern and hanging with the big boats and double-handed boats. They started the double-hands, then small to large classes in order, so Comanche was the last start. It was really cool when it went whizzing by us doing 18-20 knots." From the team report: "The AYC Jr. Big Boat Team really enjoys distance sailing with the J/105, and this race was no exception. The spinnaker run out the Sound to Block was rewarding. The wind was gusting upwards of 27 knots at the start diminishing to 18-20 knots for most of the leg. With our top speed at 13 knots and a very high average speed, we were able to sail effectively the same speed as the J/44s, a J/122 and Carina which was incredibly rewarding and a testament to speed of the J/105 in windy surfing conditions. The bigger boats started not long after us, and it took until New Haven for them to get to us and to get past us. Much of the fleet chose to sail high along the CT shoreline with Young American choosing a route more towards the rhumb line. Unfortunately we fell into a hole which allowed the bigger boats to get past us by a mile or two. On the final approach to 1BI, we made very good use of our A3 and gained several miles back on the fleet ahead of us. A couple of notes on changes we made to the J/105 for this type of racing. First a masthead VHF antenna is now required, as is DCS capability. We also added a bobstay to the sprit and a lashing between the pole and the forward bulkhead to firmly hold the pole extended. With the bobstay, the pole did not flex and it felt like there was better transfer of force into the boat. The challenging part of sailing a J/105 in a distance race of this length is the lack of a proper galley stove and bunks that are suited for sleeping while under way. Someday we may look into installing proper pipe berths and a gimbaling stove burner. The sail home from Block saw a windy beat back to the Gut where we made good use of the new Doyle #3 heavy jib. After fighting the foul current at the Gut, the wind moderated to 12-15 knots, and with smoother water we had a very pleasant sail home to finish at 6:00 pm just as the current was turning to an Ebb and the wind was dying in the transition to a fresh and cold southerly wind. At the finish, we were very unsure how we had done as we could only identify the J/120 that was in our division that came from behind to pass us in the last few miles and really could not see any boats behind us. After a quick look on Yacht Scoring, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that we might be in a good position." The junior crew consisted of Carina Becker, Will McKeige, Kelly Hanlon, Hector McKemey, Nick Davis, Andy Rochat, Sam Papert, with Peter Becker, the only adult onboard, acting as safety officer and coach.

23.May.15 - GBCA/TMCA Spring Fling  
Galveston Bay Cruising Association and Texas Mariners Cruising Association were joint organizers for the first ever Galveston to Port Arthur (yes Janis Joplin's hometown) Spring Fling Race. This race is one of the four-race Texas Offshore Racing Circuit (TORC). Of the six boats originally vying for the Texas Navy Trophy, only two (Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger, and J.D. Hill's J/122 Second Star) signed up. Preliminary weather forecasts were for 8-10 kt winds from the SE, but what racers saw was NE winds in the 15-20 kt range with 5-8 foot seas. The resulting slug fest saw Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger take line honors over the J/109 Harm's Way and Second Star. Of the 24 boats entered, only four managed to finish the race in the allotted time frame. Bee's three bullets in the four-race TORC together with a one race drop-out assures that Stinger has won the Texan Navy Trophy for the third time.

22.May.15 - Pacific Northwest One-Design Regatta   There was a nice turnout of J/105s at the Pacific Northwest One-Design (POD) Regatta, run and hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Taking the J/105 class was Jim Geros' Last Tango with a 1-2-2-1 score for 6 points. Second was Jerry Diercks' Delirium with a 3-1-1-3 record for 8 points. Then, in third overall was David Cohen's Inconceivable with a 2-3-3-2 for 10 points.  CYC PNW One-Design sailing information

22.May.15 - Swiftsure Regatta  The St Francis Yacht Club played host to the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta last weekend for fleets including the J/105s. The San Francisco Bay conditions delivered, with the StFYC PRO able to run five races on the western end of the Bay between Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. It was Jeff Litfin's Mojo with a record of 4-1-6-1-1 for 13 points, who won with 12 points. In second place was Bruce Stone's Arbitrage. In a four-boat fight for the top five, Arbitrage hung on to post a 2-2-5-11-5 for 25 points. Just two points behind them was the trio of Steve, Paul and Gregg Kent on Perseverance with 27 points. The rest of the top five included Ryan Simmons' Blackhawk in fourth and Doug Bailey's Akula in fifth.  St. FYC Swiftsure Regatta sailing information

14.May.15 - Edlu Race  They have done it again facing the most extraordinary odds. And they overcame all manner of challenges to pull off yet another stunning victory in their class and overall. The American Yacht Club Junior Offshore Team have seemingly made the extraordinary seem ordinary. After winning the Stamford Vineyard Race on a club member's J/122 Patriot last year, they can now add first in PHRF 2 Class and first PHRF Overall sailing their J/105 Young American in the Edlu Distance Race. As a result, they also picked up the Commodore Wilfred Kluss Trophy for the PHRF yacht with the best corrected time. The Larchmont Yacht Club 60th Annual Edlu distance race was held on May 9 in pea soup fog with visibility of only about one quarter mile. Thirty seven yachts from 14 yacht clubs competed in six divisions of IRC and PHRF ratings. The course for the IRC and PHRF spinnaker boats was approximately 32 miles to Buoy 11B off Eaton's Neck/Stamford. The non spinnaker division sailed a 16.4 mile course to the red bell off Lloyd's Neck. The first start went off at 0911 in an easterly breeze of 8-10 knots with a flooding tide. The final boat crossed the finish line off the Larchmont breakwater just a few minutes before the time limit of 7 pm to hearty cheers from the Race Committee. The fog was the real challenge as several boats withdrew after reporting to the Race Committee that they had rounded the wrong mark due to poor visibility. According to Doug Mckeige, the "adult supervision" on board the J/105 Young American, "The kids really had a fun time sailing the race. It was quite a challenge for them, especially working on their charts, navigation, currents and strategy. My son Will was on board along with a bunch of his junior sailing buddies: Hector McKemy, Richard O'Leary, Malcolm, TJ and Chris. We mixed up the roles along the race to ensure everyone had a hand in trying the various roles on the boat. In the end, Will and Hector did most of the driving. It was tough on anyone wearing glasses to be peering through the thick fog for so long!" Whether they knew it or not, the Young Americans had another J/105 hot on their tail for most of the race, Za & Libby Jelliffe's Arete, finishing only two minutes behind them to take second in Class/second Overall. George and Alex Wilbanks' J/105 Revelation placed fifth. In the PHRF Double Handed division, only 47 seconds back on corrected time and placing third in class was Marcus Wunderlich's J/105 Stratos. Two more J/105s filled out the top five, including Marc Berkowitz's Clean Slate in fourth and Charlie Cannam's Engarge in fifth.  More Edlu Distance Race sailing information

10.May.15 - HYC Offshore  The second race of the four race Texas Offshore Racing Circuit was held on April 9 under the auspices of the Houston Yacht Club. The seven competitors included the J/122 Second Star, J/109 Harm's Way, J/120 Aeolus, J/105 Stinger, Ericson 39 SolAire, Cal 39-II SD Outrageous and the Ericson 38 Good Leif. Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger took top honors over Andy Westcoat's J/109 Harm's Way, and Ken Humphries Outrageous in third. With 17-18 kt winds, gusting to 22+, this race was much more fun then the frustrating light air first one. Andy's Harm's Way led the J/109-J/105 match racing duel for all but three of the first 45 nm. After closing to within striking distance at the 45 nm mark, the J/105's ability to dive deep and routinely surf in the big winds resulted in a convincing win for Bee. Stinger committed no errors this time. She had plenty beer left at the end.

08.May.15 - Race to the Straits  The conditions could not have been much better at the Sloop Tavern YC Race To The Straits in Seattle, Washington - sunny skies, solid winds out of the North and Northwest. As a pursuit race, the slower rated boats start first, so Saturday morning just after 8am the first boats began sailing across the start line and continued until a bit after 10am. Class 7 was the J/105 One Design Class sailing DHFS. First boat home was Erik Kristen's Jubilee, second was Matthew & Tessa Gardner-Brown's Dulcinea, and third were Henderson & Barber aboard Delirium.   Complete information and results

04.May.15 - Great Battles Wrap American Spring Series  Light air continued for the second weekend of the spring opener. Saturday had George and Ann Wilbanks' Revelation winning the day with a 1,1,3 followed by Paul Beaudin's loulou with a 3,2,1, putting loulou in first and Revelation in second going into the last day. Sunday had a match race for the two top spots with Revelation pressuring loulou hard at every opportunity. Race one was Conundrum first followed by Revelation and loulou right behind. The final race had both point leaders with an even closer match, pushing them back in the pack with loulou making the last pass on the downwind to take the regatta by three points. The junior team from American Yacht Club sailing Young American (ex Kinsem) came on strong, winning the last race to take their first regatta podium finish followed by Conundrum with a 1,3 to move up to fourth. Six different boats had bullets in this regatta, with Young American taking three. Even though the cold weather left many not launched in time for this event, the racing was still as competitive as it has been in years.  Complete results

04.May.15 - Annapolis NOOD  The three day Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta (May 1-3) was light on winds as 14 fleets competed, including 18 J/105s. Carl and Scott Gitchell's Tenacious took the victory with 13 points in four races. Jim Konigsberg's Inigo came in the place position with 23 points, and James Macdonald's Distant Passion in the show spot with 25.  Complete results

04.May.15 - Yachting Cup  There is one word that competitors will not be using to describe the final day of racing at the 2015 Yachting Cup: boring. Sunday's racing saw split head sails, shrimped kites, and a sailor in the water all in one race. With fast sailing, sunny skies and plenty of action, this day was truly a testament to how exciting San Diego sailing can be. Eight J/105s competed in eight races. Rick Goebel's Sanity came out on top with 18 points. Dennis Case on Wings trailed in second with 21 points.  Complete results

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