J/105 Class Association

24.Apr.15 - J/Fest San Francisco  The 2015 J/Fest regatta hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club had an excellent turnout of 50 boats, who were treated to a wet and wild weekend of sailing in classic 15-25 knot breezes. The 21-boat J/105 fleet saw Phil Laby and his Godot crew recover from an 11 in the first race to post a 4-4-1-1 in the remaining bouts to win the tie-breaker on 21 points with colleague Jeff Littfin on Mojo. Not far off was Adam Spiegel on Jam Session sitting on 27 points in third. Bruce Stone on Arbitrage claimed fourth, and in fifth was Doug Bailey on Akula.
  J/Fest San Francisco sailing information

19.Apr.15 - Minutes posted  Minutes from the 4/13/15 Executive Committee Meeting are posted.  Class Business page

09.Apr.15 - RI-15-01  J/105 Rule Interpretation 15-01 "Jib Minimum Weight Requirements" is now posted on the  Rule Interpretation page.

02.Apr.15 - Three Tree Point Race  Great breeze and three weekends in a row in Washington. Over 30 knots for Scatchet Head, 20s the next weekend for the Islands Race, in the 30s for the final Snowbird off Shilshole and then finishing off the Center Sound Series with upper teens and low 20s for the Three Tree Point Race. What an incredible spring to be out racing sailboats on Puget Sound. A race the fleet generally worries about simply making it to the mark down in the East Passage off the south side of Three Tree Point, everyone was pleasantly surprised the CYC race committee wasn't seen motoring by them to shorten the course at the halfway mark. Class 4, the J/105 fleet, was sailed away with by Jerry Diercks and crew aboard Delirium.   Full regatta report and pictures

02.Apr.15 - St. Thomas Regatta  The first day of racing at the St. Thomas Regatta took the fleet out of Cowpet Bay, around the heads to the east, then heading south down, mostly downwind on port tack to the port of Charlotte Amalie. After a midday break, the fleet then raced back to Cowpet Bay mostly upwind on starboard tack. The leader of CSA 3 after the first day was Jonathan Lipuscek's J/105 Dark Star with a 2-1. They beat their classmate Bryan Coon's J/105 Solstice who took second. For day two on Saturday, Dark Star managed to pull off two bullets for a huge class lead both for the day and the regatta. Their fellow classmates on Solstice also had an excellent day posting a 3-3. The stage was thus set for the final day of racing with more of the same spectacular, gorgeous sailing conditions. Lipuscek's team collected four firsts and two seconds en route to a dominant class win with just 8 points. Solstice, skippered by Bryan Coon, narrowly lost out a good chance to get onto the podium, finishing in fourth just one point back.  St. Thomas Regatta sailing information

31.Mar.15 - Texas Invitational  
In spite of losing PRO Dwight Bengston at the last minute, J/105 Fleet 17's first annual Texas Invitational went off without a hitch under absolutely beautiful blue Texas skies in perfect winds and temperatures. A big thanks goes to John Barnett (Vici) and a host of Lakewood Yacht Club volunteers for quickly stepping up to the plate to make sure the 10-race schedule was executed to perfection. Seven boats competed with both Fleet 17 and non-Fleet 17 owners on the helm. The 10 races were split into evens and odds. Fleet 17 owners helmed odd numbered races, and non-Fleet 17 owners helmed even number races. Big thanks to the Bermuda fleet for allowing Fleet 17 to copy their format. This is a super format which produces a fabulous opportunity for owners and crew to travel without having to drag their boats along. Five races were sailed on Friday in light winds under clear skies with temperatures in the 70s. Three races went off under similar conditions on Saturday, and then the big Texas sea breezes filled in for some spectacular kite flying in 18-25 knots on Sunday. There was a bit of carnage but no actual protests. For the local Fleet 17 owners, Bill Lakenmacher's Radiance took first with 12 points, Uzi Ozeri's Infinity came in second with 15 and Brad Robbins' Rumpus finished in third. The non-Fleet17-ers had Glen Darden (Dallas) on Infinity in first, James Macdonald (Bermuda) on Radiance in second, and Mark Smith (Fort Worth) in third. The same boats took the top three places overall with Ozeri/Darden in first, Lakenmacher/MacDonald in second, and Robbins/Smith in third. Videos are here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrSWPRlj4p0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jN0NIcdBt4. A few thousand photos and final results will be posted  here.

27.Mar.15 - Scatchet Head Race  Winds were howling on Puget Sound on March 14 for the second race in the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle's Center Sound Series: the Scatchet Head Race. Sixty-six boats made it out for the start. In Class 4, the J/105 A3 flying one-design class was once again taken by those fast sailors aboard Erik Kirsten's J/105 Jubilee. Leaving the J/105 Last Tango over six minutes back in second and the J/105 Avalanche another 13 minutes back in third. The J/105's reported flying along under control with their smartly chosen A3s pulling them along at speeds over 16 knots, pushing into 17 at times.  Scatchet Head Race sailing information

16.Mar.15 - Slow Start, Big Turnout at St. Francis YC Spring One Design Regatta  
On the first day of the 2015 season opener, the St. Francis YC Spring One Design regatta, it seemed everyone was there: 80 boats, 300 sailors, 8 fleets. Everyone, that is, but the wind. Early season conditions prevailed, and the lack of breeze resulted in a string of postponements with, ultimately, no racing. "We knew that even if we were able to get off a start," says regatta chair and Express 27 sailor Peggy Lidster, "we wouldn't have been able to get around any windward mark. There was no wind in any direction, and we were fighting an ebb." Sailors made the most of the day by enjoying the sun, admiring the fleets' many sets of new sails and meeting back at the St. Francis Yacht Club for food, drinks, lawn games and even a s'mores pit in the courtyard. Conditions varied throughout Sunday, wavering between 7 and 20 knots. The unsteady breeze kept all fleets alert as fresh crew shook off wintertime cobwebs, and fresh sets of sails took on their first tacks and douses. "Looking around, you could feel a fervor for the start of the season. These are the Bay area one design keelboat fleets, and everyone brought their A-game," says Lidster. "The entire central Bay was filled with sails, from Alcatraz to the gate to the shore. The number of sailboats and the camaraderie between fleets was fantastic. It felt like days of old!" While the smaller boats competed on the City Front course, the 21 boat J/105 fleet started off the western face of Alcatraz, heading upwind 1.3 miles toward the mid-span of the Golden Gate Bridge. There was a heavy ebb, creating the inevitable short chop as the current flows into the prevailing westerly, especially acute as winds eventually built to 20 knots by the third race. The day was dominated by Bruce Stone's team on Arbitrage #116, turning in a 3, 1 and 2 to finish with just six points. Scooter Simmons' Blackhawk placed second with 10 points, and Phillip Laby's Godot third with 13. (Photo credit: Chris Ray)  Complete results

16.Mar.15 - San Diego NOOD  It came down to the very last race to determine the winner of the seven-boat J/105 fleet at the San Diego NOOD. With a victory in that contest, Dennis Case's Wings took the title, beating out Gary Mozer's Current Obsession 2, who placed second in that race and the regatta (Case had nine points to Mozer's 10). Stewart Cannon's J-OK rounded out the top three with 17 points. Five races were completed.  Complete results

14.Mar.15 - Winter Newsletter  Members will receive the Winter edition of the J/105 newsletter via e-mail. It is also posted on the  newsletter page.

13.Mar.15 - Gill Commodore's Cup  A record entry of 81 yachts entered the Gill Commodore's Cup, the prelude to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. 30 knots of wind with breaking waves provided testing conditions for the fleet. The starting area on the south side of St. Maarten provided some relief from the ocean swell, but the big breeze from the east cascaded over the hill tops forming bullets of pressure causing several boats to spin out. The best performers were the teams that kept their yachts under control in difficult conditions. CSA 8 saw Bryan Coon's J/105 Solstice take class honors.

13.Mar.15 - Blakely Rock Light Race  66 boats made it out for Corinthian Yacht Club Seattle's Blakely Rock Light Race - the first in their three race Center Sound Series. Winds were out of the north at 6-8 by start time, and at 10am class one led the fleet off the line toward the first mark in the course. With a starting area off Shilshole Marina, the Northerly breeze takes sailors up to a temporary mark set off the tank farms south of Edmonds, then all the way south to Blakely Rock before returning to the finish area off Shilshole Marina, a distance of just over 20nm. Picture 66 boats working up the sound in sunny skies through the last of the ebb, and the winds building up towards 10 knots as it slowly oscillated right to left. The solid J/105 one design fleet became the indicator for many as they split across the course, and those from behind watched who had the advantage on which side of the course before making their tactical choices. Most in the fleet pushed west into the last of the ebbing current, and as the later starters compressed into the fleet ahead, a few boats were seen heading off to the east toward Shilshole Marina. Winds built a touch more on the run down the sound, a solid 10-12 with a few puffs to 14 knots as the sun continued to warm up the city and create that solid thermal suction as temps downtown moved into the 60s. Rounding the rock and the long drag race across the sound to Magnolia began. Each boat battled for a clear lane, and if you got your bow across a boat that was slightly faster and could sail slightly higher, you were tossed off the wheel and had to tack away to clear before coming back on port and lining up again for Magnolia. The bigger faster boats continued to blow through the fleet on the long tack toward Magnolia Bluff, and the closer you got to that shallow muddy beach, the better you made out against your fleet. Tough to keep a clear lane but if you got forced outside to the left, you found yourself coming back in on the transoms of your competitors. Next up was West point and how to get across the sand bar without running aground but stay close enough in to spend the least amount of time in the adverse flooding current. But then an odd thing happened; usually you tack onto port and get out of the current along the beach and sail away from anyone on the outside. But there was still a finger of ebbing current out in the middle of Shilshole Bay. If you held out to the left just long enough, boats tacked over onto port in positive current and lifted right up past the ship canal toward the breakwater before tacking over onto the layline and the finish. The seven boat J/105 fleet, Class 4, was dominated by Jubilee, skippered by Erik Kirsten. Just a minute back in second was Delerium, leaving third to Inconceivable. Thanks for contribution from Ben Braden at Sail Northwest.   Blakely Rock Light sailing information

06.Mar.15 - Corinthian Yacht Club CYC Midwinter Regatta  Going on the hunch that the light northerlies would give way to more substantial westerlies, the RC at the Corinthian Yacht Club of Belvedere Midwinters raised the postponement flag before the 11:55 first gun and let it ride. The wind filled with a mid spring like blast from outside the Gate (CYC is in Tiburon, CA) and filled in nicely across the course allowing the RC time to square things up to the freshening breeze with a Yellow Bluff weather mark and a Knox leeward rounding. While the start was delayed, the flood in the start area began to transition to the early phases of ebb and the ever changing strategy of favorable current vs. wind strength played into the tacticians minds. Many chose a more direct line and others swung wide seeking more favorable wind direction on the downhill runs. Sunday brought 20 plus of northerly. In the J/105 fleet, the clear winner was Charles James' Roxanne with two bullets followed by Neil Gibbs' Nimbus with two seconds. Third was Dick Maclay's Yellowfin.  Complete results

04.Feb.15 - Texas Invitational  Galveston Bay Fleet 17 announces the first annual J/105 Texas Invitational March 27-29 at Lakewood Yacht Club. This regatta will feature at least eight locally owned boats with split crews - half from outside Fleet 17's area and half local. Five of the 10 scheduled races will have the local owner on the helm. The other five will feature non local owner drivers. The format is similar to the Bermuda Invitational with emphasis on fun and enjoyment. There are three Fleet 17 J/105s looking for invitees. If you are interested, please contact Bee Bednar at bee @ panoramatech . com.
  Fleet 17 website

02.Feb.15 - GBCA Cruzan Rum Icicle Series  
The fifth and final race in the GBCA Cruzan Rum Icicle Series took place on Saturday, January 31 in 60+ degrees temperatures and 12-17 knot breezes. Some 60 boats started, including J/70s, J/80s, J/105s, J/109s and FT10. Uzi Ozeri's Infinity managed to finish in third place and take the second place trophy in the series. Another beautiful sail on The Bay.

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