Tight Fiesta Cup Regatta
The Santa Barbara Yacht Club hosted their 14th annual Fiesta Cup Regatta from July 18-19. The fleet was greeted by nice sailing conditions and a total of seven races were held per Class. The J/111 Class was a three-way duel between very experienced offshore teams. The winner was Mike Drammer & Shaun Hughes' TITANIUM with a 1-3-1-1 tally for 6 points total. The next two spots were determined on a tiebreaker at 9 points each. With a 2-1-3-3 tally, it was Kenny Kieding's ARGO 3 that took the silver over Bernie Girod's ROCK & ROLL that had a 3-2-2-2. For more Fiesta Cup Regatta information, visit https://sbyc.org/fiesta-cup.
J/111 North American Championship Moved to Spring 2021
The J/111 Class Association and Annapolis Yacht Club have determined, because of the varying levels of infection and disruption across the world, that this year’s J/111 North American Championship scheduled for October 29-November 1 will be raced as part of the Annapolis NOOD April 30-May 2, 2021. The Class will instead hold its East Coast Championship in Annapolis during the previously scheduled Halloween weekend 2020. The Organizing Authority has been closely monitoring the worldwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. They understand the commitment of time and money required to participate in a Continental Championship, as well as the enormous resources that our hosts dedicate to such events. Allan Terhune, Event Chair, said, "Last week, we had a great meeting with several J/111 owners. While Annapolis YC was ready and committed to hosting the event, the owners were in agreement that with the uncertainty of events, moving to the spring of 2021 will ensure that the J/111 Class and AYC will have an event that is worthy of being a North American Championship. I am very excited for the decision and look forward to the great sailing on schedule this fall and also in 2021 on the Chesapeake Bay." In the meantime, the Class wishes all J/111 sailors and their families the best in these difficult times. We look forward to resuming sailing as soon as we can.
Bayview Mackinac Race
For the 2020 edition of the Bayview Mackinac Race, the fleet endured many hours of beating upwind to get to Mackinac Island. Due to Canadian maritime restrictions over the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's course went north and finished. The only obstacles were having to leave Thunder Bay Island and Bois Blanc Island to port before crossing the virtual GPS finish line between the lighthouse and Mackinac Island. Despite the challenging weather conditions Saturday night and Sunday, most teams completed the entire race. In the 11-boat Class D Racing division, Scott Sellers' J/111 NO SURPRISE placed second. Here is the report from the Polk Wager: "Another Mackinac Race in the books aboard the NO SURPRISE, and another spectacular adventure with friends and family. It was a difficult and physically uncomfortable race this year, with strong upwind breeze and challenging sea states leading to a very wet boat, long hours on the rail, and essentially no sleep for anyone. After we spent much of the race from the outside looking in, Scott found the shift we were waiting for at 9:00 PM on Sunday night to allow us to take second place in our class (and very nearly first). A special shout-out to our three rookies: Trip Wagner, Hannah Sellers, and Hadley Camp. These three spent countless hours on the rail being pelted by waves, eagerly made sandwiches for the team as the boat pounded upwind in the Straits, pumped the boat out with buckets as needed, and even completed a classic midnight water-crashing-spray-everywhere jib change pretty much unassisted. And they did it all with enthusiasm and energy; it was great to be there at the start of what I am sure will be many future Mac race adventures for them." For more Bayview Mackinac Race sailing information, visit https://www.bycmack.com/index.cfm?.
2020 J/111 World Championship Cancelled
The J/111 Class Association, its owners and the Royal Ocean Racing Club in Cowes United Kingdom have determined, because of the varying levels of infection and disruption across the world, to cancel the 2020 J/111 World Championship originally scheduled for September. The Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the worldwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. They understand the huge commitment of time and money it takes to participate in a major Championship, as well as the enormous resources that our host clubs dedicate to such events. Simon Bamford, Class Captain of the J/111 North European Fleet, said, "A big thank you to everyone who helped organise the J/111 2020 Worlds. Special mentions to Simon Grier-Jones who put many hours of work into it and to Steve Cole and RORC for their professionalism and support. Best wishes to all of you and looking forward to meeting whenever we can get back onto the water."
J/111 SCARLETT RUNNER Wins Lincoln Race Week
The end of February saw the start of the 70th Teakle Classic offshore race from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. Following the offshore feeder race, the fleet enjoyed Lincoln Race Week comprising six races over four days on the waters of St. Vincent’s and Spencer Gulfs in South Australia. The event begins with the 160nm Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race which starts off Outer Harbour in the Gulf St Vincent. Once in Port Lincoln, teams race on the waters of Boston Bay and Spencer Gulf for a four-day regatta run by Port Lincoln Yacht Club. Rob Date trucked his J/111 SCARLETT RUNNER from Sandringham, Victoria to Adelaide for the event. Rob said, "It was a great regatta. The race to Port Lincoln was close to typical conditions, although a little windier at the start. We struggled with our reefing system soon after the start and dropped 30 minutes on our competitors in the 40.0nm upwind section." Unfortunately, the J/111 then also struggled to set her Code Zero at the start of the next 40.0nm section (needed a jib top), but along the bottom of York Peninsula the wind gradually went left and the angles improved as the wind freshened. According to Rob, "Eventually, we set the Black A3 asymmetric, with the crew mantra ‘Never Go Back From The Black!’ In 20-25 knots of pressure and travelling at 14-18 knots, we rode the 4-meter swells throughout the night in pitch black, no moon. It was a wild ride until dawn, and we had our J/111 back in the hunt. With good navigation, we avoided the fish farms (though some did not). 80.0nm VMG running in 10-14 knots of wind resulted in a respectable non-podium finish." Lincoln Race Week consisted of a total of four windward-leeward races on Monday and Thursday inside Boston Bay in flat water. On Tuesday, the fleet sailed a 40.0nm offshore race and then a 15.0nm inshore fixed mark race on Wednesday. In the end, winning was SCARLETT RUNNER with five firsts and one second, discarding the second to win with a perfect scoreline racing under the AMS (Australian Measurement System).
J/111s Dominate Big Daddy Regatta
Richmond Yacht Club in Richmond, CA every spring hosts the Big Daddy Regatta. On Saturday, the various PHRF handicap and one-design fleets enjoy up to three quick windward-leeward races. Then, on Sunday the pursuit race takes place with the smallest/slowest boats starting first in the morning and the fastest boats starting much later. For Saturday's buoy-racing, the fleet enjoyed good breezes, and the Richmond YC PRO managed to run three races.
Winning PHRF A Division of seven boats was Peter Wagner's J/111 SKELETON KEY with a 2-1-1 tally for 4 points. Six points back with a 6-2-2 for 10 points was Nesrin Basoz's J/111 SWIFT NESS. For Sunday's Pursuit Race, the two J/111s sailed well to both finish in the top ten in a fleet of 74 boats. Wagner's SKELETON KEY was in fourth place, followed by Basoz's SWIFT NESS in seventh place. For Big Daddy race results, visit https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/20330.