Wednesday, September 29, 2010

J/80 Worlds Start In Newport

J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing upwind on port tack
(Newport, RI)- Be sure to follow what's happening with your favorite J/80 teams this coming week.  Sixty-two teams are competing in Rhode Island Sound for what promises to be one of the most competitive J/80 Worlds to date. Teams from nine countries are currently registered including boats from Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and USA. Six past World Champions are participating; including 2001 Newport, RI- Kerry Klingler; 2003 Fort Worth, TX- Jay Lutz; 2006 Corpus Christi, TX- Glenn Darden; 2007    La Trinite, France- Jose Maria Torcida (ESP); 2008 Kiel, Germany- Ignacio Camino Rodrigues (ESP); and 2009 Santander, Spain- Rayco Tabares (ESP).  The last event in Santander had one of the largest ISAF International keelboat class fleets ever assembled, 133 boats!

Rayco Tabares- current J/80 World Champion- from Canary Islands, SpainThe reigning champion, Rayco Tabares from Islas Canarias (pictured here), will be racing HOTEL PRINCESA YAIZA- CANARY ISLANDS.  Rayco's preparations for this year's Worlds included racing La Coruna Cup, the Spanish Championship.  Rayco said. "We could not attend the J/80 Europeans and the reasons were economic, instead focusing all the resources we had to sure to be present at the Worlds in Newport."  In the Spanish Championship in early July, Tabares had to fight some rivals that will be in the Worlds.  As Rayco exclaims,  "The level was very strong, three world champions in the class and prestigious sailors like Gonzalo Araujo and Chuni Bermudez.  It was a pity that we could not do more races for lack of wind.  With the best there, we would have loved more tests to measure ourselves against them." Rayco also wanted to speak to the current level of the Spanish fleet, not only of the representatives who will be in Newport, but also of his rivals at the international level. "The Spanish fleet is a world power and there are many boats that have chances of winning the World Cup. I believe that our fleet is the best in the world.  Nevertheless, I have many friends in the American fleet, they are good, so we focus on our work and hopefully keep up with them! I have hope, and believe, that some Spanish team will again win the J/80 Worlds, however we have to prove again to the Americans who've spent many years practicing that the Spanish J/80 fleet has world-class sailors!"  Follow all the action, photos and results for the J/80 Worlds.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2010 J/80 Worlds Preview

J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing downwind off Santander, Spain
The Spanish Armada Are Coming!
(Newport, RI)- The 2010 J/80 World Championships, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport, promises to be one of the most competitive J/80 events to date.  66+ boats from nine countries are currently registered including boats from Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and USA. Seven past World Champions are participating.

Outside of a strong US contingent, the Spanish J/80 Class is showing up in force with ten sailing teams.  Amongst them are 2010 J/80 European Champion Carlos Martinez sailing PERALEJA GOLF from Santiago, past World Champions Jose Maria Torcida sailing Team ECC VIVIENDAS from Cantabria, Rayco Tabares on HOTEL PRINCESSA YAIZA from Las Palmas, and Ignacio Camino Rodriguez on NEXTEL ENGINEERING from Cantabria.  In fact six of the top ten teams at the 2010 Europeans (Lake Garda, Italy) are competing. Other top European teams include Tom Whitmore (the J/80 Swedish Champion), Federico Rajolas of Italy, Thomas Klok of Denmark, Jurgen Waldeim of Germany and Bruno Trouble from France.

The American fleet is the deepest it's ever been and well tuned up after a busy nine month USA Tour including the recent North American Championship. Teams from 12 different states are represented.  While all eyes will be on past World and North American Champions Jay Lutz/Gary Kamins (Houston, TX), Glenn Darden (Ft Worth, TX), and Kerry Klingler (Larchmont, NY), they will be pushed hard by other top ranked teams including John Storck on RUMOR (2010 North American Champion), Terry Flynn & Scott Young (Annapolis NOOD Champion), Chip Johns (Marion, MA), Allan Terhune (Arnold, MD) and Bruno Pasquinelli (Dallas, TX).  For more J/80 Worlds sailing informationSailing photo credit- ChapiFoto


J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing downwind in Nextel Engineering Trophy
(Santander, Spain)- The J/80 fall racing season for the Real Club Maritimo de Santander recently started with competition for the Trophy Nextel Engineering, a series of races held over several weekends.  

As one might expect from one of the world's more competitive J/80 fleets, the class leaders were out in force as early training for their participation in the upcoming J/80 Worlds in Newport, RI.  After two days of racing with very close situations creating a lot of passing amongst the top five boats, it was MABLE-EDICIONES ENCUENTRO sailed by Jose Miguel Oriol and Alberto Padron as the early leader in the series.  

A total of sixteen J/80s are competing.   Pichu Torcida's team on ECC VIVIENDAS is doing well, as is Herreria's team on Groupe Rhine.    Currently, MABLE leads with 4 points followed by GROUPE RHINE with 5 points, ECC VIVIENDAS with 7 points and NEXTEL ENGINEERING with 8 points!  Next weekend promises to be a very good test of these teams, the last before they many fly over to America to sail the J/80 Worlds.   For more J/80 Spain sailing information.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Storck Family Wins J/80 North Americans

(Marion, MA)- Vene, vidi, vici.  Five strong.  The Jackson Five they're not, but they sure put on quite a show.  The Storck family team again prevailed as J/80 North American Champions with a dramatic finish over a very strong fleet that saw competitors from Canada as well as from far-away places like Denmark, Hong Kong and Japan! It was an extraordinary event hosted by Beverly Yacht Club and superbly run by PRO Sam Vineyard.  Three great days of sailing, thirteen races and in wind conditions that varied considerably, providing a tremendous test for all forty-four teams.  And, it certainly proved to be an excellent "training" event for all teams participating in the J/80 Worlds happening in Newport, RI in early October.  Perhaps what was most remarkable about the quality and depth of the fleet was the fact that EIGHT different boats won over the course of thirteen races!  Boats were loaded with talent with National, North American, World Champions, college All-Americans and College Sailors Of The Year spread across the top fifteen boats.

The fleet was blessed with blustery N-NW winds on Friday.  Upwards of thirty degree shifts swept across the course varying in intensity from 5 to 18 knots...nowhere near what was forecast for the day (less).  With a course laid out across the easternmost portions of Buzzards Bay, the starting line was set just shy of the Cape Cod Canal shipping channel and weather mark set in the general vicinity of Converse Point. It was clear the Storck's (Dad- John III, sons John Jr and Eric, daughter Katie and Kayla Johnson) threw down the gauntlet early and were not to be denied, winning the first race in their well-known boat RUMOR, followed by Glenn Darden of Fort Worth Boat Club in second sailing LE TIGRE, Jay Lutz/ Gary Kamins from California YC sailing FIRED UP in third and Jeff Johnstone from Ida Lewis YC racing LITTLE FEAT into fourth.  This race proved to be a premonition of things to come, as three of the top four in the race took the top three overall!  The fleet continued to be treated with great racing conditions all day and PRO "Sam the Man" Vineyard simply told any competitor that inquired, "we're racing all day".  He wasn't kidding, managing to pull off five races by 5pm... a fun but exhausting 9+ hours of sailing!  In addition to the teams mentioned above, one of the better performances of the day was turned in by Ben Schwartz from New York YC, sailing his LUCKY FROG to a 5-8-8-3-6 record to be amongst the early regatta leaders.  Everyone else seemed to have one throw-out race already accounted for on the first day!

By the second day, the fleet continued to see a northerly gradient wind flow with N-NE winds forecasts up to 15 knots at midday and diminishing to 5 kts... very atypical for Buzzards Bay, more renowned for its powerful San Francisco Bay-like sea breezes than for multi-day northerlies.  How wrong those computer weather models were again!  By the start of the first race the winds were gusting well in excess of 15 knots from the Northeast and for the rest of the day winds blew in excess of 23 knots at times, creating some carnage on the race course with torn spinnakers, blown up spinnaker poles, bent stanchions and bruised egos. But for most, a blast to sail downwind as the 80s simply took off on fast planing angles.  At this point, the early regatta leaders began taking their steps to cement their positions atop the leader board.  Like the first day, the left side of the course continued to pay most of the time because of the geography (instead of Converse Point, this time it was Butler Point).  The Storck's RUMOR managed to avoid the one BAD race and sailed to a 9-8-7-2-8 score for the day; Darden's LE TIGRE really did have a tiger by the tail and got the day's best tally at 7-2-3-1-4; and Johnstone's LITTLE FEAT sailed nearly as well with a very consistent 4-6-5-4-5 record.  Sailing strongly on this day was New York YC's Henry Brauer and Will Welles on RASCAL, making their bid for a phoenix-like comeback with a 3-4-6-8-10 score, but had to take a DSQ for their 6th.

Sunday dawned with lots of low-level flying clouds with high-level cirrus layered above and another not so promising forecast with winds pegged to be in the 5-13 knot range from the NE and diminishing during the day.  Following the same theme of wrong forecasts as the previous two days, the fleet was treated to another excellent day of sailing with NE-ENE winds in the 8-17 knot range.  With the course setup so the windward mark was in the general vicinity of Bird Island south of Butler Point, one might have guessed that sailing off into the Cape Cod Canal shipping channel with favorable current in the morning races might help.  It didn't.  The first two races still saw a strong play to the left side of the course.  Not until the last leg of the last race did the "giant right-hand" shift kick in as all models kept forecasting to favor those who could see the black puff rolling across the Bay from Cape Cod.  With the regatta on the line, it was clear the top five boats were very aware of their placement relative to one another.  Johnstone's LITTLE FEAT drew first blood, opening the first two races with a 1-2 followed by Scott Young's and Terry Flynn's QUANTUM RACING Team from Austin YC (TX) with a 5-3 and Chip Johns' CAVITICA from host Beverly YC with a 3-5.   The Storck's started the day slowly, getting themselves in trouble with a 16-6 while Darden started with an 8-7.  The result of these finishes were that Darden's LE TIGRE could win the regatta if they could press Johnstone's LITTLE FEAT below 20th in the last race and simply hope that the Storck's RUMOR wouldn't get anything higher than a 2nd--- for the most part a pretty good bet.  Darden succeeded in preventing Johnstone from getting a 20th or better but he could do nothing but watch the Storck's sail an incredibly dramatic race to win the last one, the biggest one, to take the regatta, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat right at the finish line!  Nearly six boats all crossed the line in less fifteen seconds for the final race!  At the end, the top three were the Storck's RUMOR (pictured below), Darden's LE TIGRE and Johnstone's LITTLE FEAT.  Fourth was Scott Young/ Terry Flynn's QUANTUM RACING and fifth was Kerry Klingler and Robert Miller's LIFTED.

Special thanks to BYC Commodore Chip Johns and to Karen Manning, the regatta chair, and her team of volunteers for delivering a fantastic regatta.  As usual, the Beverly Yacht Club were terrific hosts, great volunteers and had amazing support from the local Marion community. The racing was excellent, with great courses and the pace of the racing kept everyone on their toes with little time to waste between each races.  Barden's Boat Yard also chipped in, and deserves special "thanks", for providing all the hauling/ launching for all J/80s for the event, including having an entire team of crane operators, bobcat drivers for moving trailers and cherry pickers for picking masts on Sunday (their day off!)-- now that's service with a smile! 

Sailing Photo Credits- Spectrum Photo/ Fran Grenon (BTW, some amazing shots!)

For more J/80 North Americans Sailing information.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

J/80 North Americans Preview

J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing upwind on port tack
(Newport, RI)- This coming weekend the creme'de'la'creme of the J/80 fleet in North America will be competing for honors as not only NA Champion but as a top contender for this year's J/80 Worlds being held in October in Newport, RI.

The top Americans include past World and North American Champions like Terry Flynn and Scott Young sailing 655 from Austin, TX; Jay Lutz and Gary Kamins sailing FIRED UP from Houston, TX; recent J/80 Midwinter Champion Glenn Darden racing LE TIGRE from Ft Worth, TX; Kerry Klingler sailing LIFTED from Larchmont, NY; and John Storck, Jr and family sailing RUMOR from Newport, RI.  Thrown into this mix are two recent class converts, past J/105 North American Champions Brian Keane sailing SAVASANA from Weston, MA and Bruce Stone/Nicole Breault racing PHANTOM from San Francisco, CA. 

Local New England representatives include Ida Lewis Yacht Club members Jeff Johnstone sailing LITTLE FEAT (current Buzzards Bay Champion) and Peter McCarthy on EAGLE and from New York Yacht Club are members Chris Bulger sailing GOOSE; Will and Marie Crump racing GULDFAXE; Ben Schwartz on LUCKY FROG; Henry Brauer and Stuart Johnstone sailing RASCAL; and Henry deGroot skippering WIRED.

For more J/80 North Americans Sailing information

Sailing Photo Credits- Jesus Renedo

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Last Chance For New J/80 Worlds Boat!

J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing off France

(Newport, RI)- An overwhelming demand from overseas teams for charter boats for the J/80 Worlds has led to an expansion of the the J/80 Worlds fleet special to 14 boats.  Seven (7) former J/80 World Champions are showing up, including all four past World Champions from Spain!  This new fleet commitment from J Boats is the largest for an event since the 1982 Championship of Champions regatta when 20 J/24s were built and provided.  Come join the fun, over sixty J/80s are now registered for the Worlds in Newport.

With great J/80 buzz going on worldwide and a 2011 USA Winter Tour being planned, this is the time to get one of your friends or family into one of the new US Watercraft J/80s.  You'll get a race-ready boat at the best savings offered on the J/80 for over 5 years-- over $10,000 in savings!  Please contact your J/Dealer regards this program, details are at

Davidsen Wins J/80 Danish Nationals

(Copenhagen, Denmark)- In a competitive, multinational fleet, Ullman Sails' Jesper Davidsen and team of Jacob Jacobsen, Morten Davidsen and Michael Lauersen won the Danish J/80 Nationals in Copenhagen, August 14-15. Of the five races sailed, the team won four and dropped a second place to round out their final score. "We had very good upwind speed and won every duel we had. We always could choose between speed and point," Jesper said.  For more Danish J/80 sailing news.

Chiron is Boss in J/80 Pornic J/Cup

J/80 one-design sailboat- rounding mark at Pornic J Cup

(Pornic, France)- According to Paul Chiron, the Pornic J Cup is one of his favorite events.  He did not disappoint, leading his J/80 JULES into contention and finishing all the races in the top 5- it was a consistent 2-3-2-4-5-3-4 record.

27 J/80s were on the starting line and Club C.N. Pornic was a wonderful host for the event.  The fleet was treated to a variety of wind and sea conditions over the three days-- light winds, flat seas Saturday and Sunday and Monday choppy waters with good breeze.  The competitors sailed 8 races (6 windward-leewards and two coastal races).

J/80 one-design sailboats- rounding leeward mark with spinnakerBehind JULES was INTERFACE CONCEPT 2 skippered by Gildas Mahe, Emeritus Figaro sailor. Were it not for one bad race to count, Gildas and crew could have easily won the event, their record was a 1-5-14-3-1-6-1.  Third was Ludovic Gilet's JACUZZI.  Fourth was INTERFACE CONCEPT 1 sailed by Jean Charles Moriceau, a good regatta for this team that is currently doing well in Coupe de France rankings. Christine Briand sailed her J IL DE RE into fifth and Bruno Trouble raced COYOTE sixth.   For more French J/80 sailing news.

J/80 Canada Fleet Growing

Port Credit YC J/80 Challenge Cup- Larry Alexander and friends on the north shore of Lake Ontario (Hamilton to Toronto) have formed a small group that are diligently putting together a fleet of J/80s on Lake Ontario (perhaps a J/80 World's boat or two?).

As Larry describes, "..the reason I’m writing is we’re putting together a friendly match in September at Port Credit YC with the hopes to create some local knowledge and interest in J’s.  The PCYC race committee chair has generously offered to run the series and our hope and desire is that J/80 owners (and potential owners) have some interest in helping get the word out and participating!"

Furthermore, Larry says, "So far we have contact with seven boats of which we believe we’ll be able to put together a race, and we’ve set up a hotmail account ( and a FaceBook group (J80 Lake Ontario).  One of our owners went so far as to put his boat in the Toronto International Boat Show last winter created a lot interest, but we need more enthusiasm from any and all sources. Ideas welcome."  Please contact Larry at mobile# 416-464-5236 or