J/111s Rock Santa Barbara Hardway Race
The Nineteenth Annual Island Series just completed the first of the three race series—The Hardway Race on May 19. Santa Barbara Yacht Club in California and Pierpont Bay Yacht Club in Ventura, CA hosted the event. This year, the fleet was sent down the Coastwise Spinnaker Course—from the start line off Santa Barbara, leave Anacapa Island to port, leave the R2 Ventura entrance buoy to starboard, and finish in the Ventura Harbor entrance channel (a 47 nm course length). Winning the seven-boat PHRF A class was Bernie Girod’s J/111 ROCK & ROLL, followed by Kenny Kieding’s J/111 ARGO 3. For more Hardway Race information, visit https://www.sbyc.org/.
Jelvis Earns J/111 Win at Vice Admiral's Cup
The Vice Admiral's Cup at the Royal Ocean Racing Club has a long-standing reputation for providing exceptionally close competition. The final day of racing this year saw further intense racing, with most classes going to the wire, in a building south-easterly sea breeze. Anyone looking at the overall results might assume that Martin Dent's J/111 Jelvis had an easy ride to victory, thanks to his six race wins. However, the scoreboard belies the effort that went into those results. Hans Zwijnenburg’s Sweeny took second, while Chris Jones’ Journeymaker II placed third. Full Results: www.rorc.org/racing/race-results/2018-results
Velocity at Annapolis NOOD
The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta wrapped its third stop of the season with two races completed Sunday, May 6 amid challenging wind conditions on the Chesapeake Bay. In the 8-boat J/105 fleet, Martin Roesch’s Velocity kept all of its scores in the top three over seven races to secure the win with 15 points. Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key settled for second place with 17 points, and Rob Ruhlman’s Spaceman Spiff took third with 23 points. For complete event details, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4473.
Tight Racing at Van Uden Reco Regatta
The traditional season opener for the Dutch offshore community is the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta, sailed off Stellendam, The Netherlands. The J/111 Northern Europe fleet had a great turnout of a half-dozen boats from The Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Germany. Racing was very close, and any mistakes were quite costly. After five races, there was a tie-breaker for first place. Paul van Driel’s Dutch crew on SWEENY and Sebastian de Liedekerke’s French team on DJINN both finished with 8 points each, the win going to SWEENY based on number of firsts. DJINN’s crew counted only second places. Third was nearly another tie-breaker, but Sjaak Haakman’s Dutch crew on RED HERRING was able to toss their last race OCS and finish with 10 points net. One point behind in fourth place was Jorg Sigg’s Swiss team on LALLEKONIG. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/mr/.
Madmen Bests J/111s at J/Fest San Francisco
The St. Francis Yacht Club held its annual J/Fest April 7-9 with rain, low clouds, wind and sun. In the J/111 fleet, Dorian McKelvy’s MADMEN just missed an "all bullets" regatta, winning with just 6 points total. Second was Nesrin Basoz’s SWIFT NESS, and third was Dick Swanson’s BAD DOG. For more J/Fest San Francisco information, click here.
Light Air Big Daddy Regatta
The Big Daddy Regatta marks the 33rd year of mark racing on Saturday and a Pursuit race on Sunday for the host Richmond Yacht Club. All mono-hulled keelboats with a Northern California PHRF rating of 280 and below were invited. Fleets over 5 boats may be given one-design starts on Saturday. In the PHRF F "big boat" class, it was Nesrin Basoz’s J/111 SWIFT NESS from Richmond YC that took home the honors with a 1-2-2 for 5 points total. For more Big Daddy Regatta information, visit http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/16268.