Wild Hook Race
The HOOK is the Racine Yacht Club’s premier yacht race, and 2020 marks its 37th year. It is a race from Racine through "Death’s Door" at the top of the Door County peninsula to a port in Green Bay. The first HOOK, named by a member who saw a picture of the course and thought it looked like a hook, was sailed in 1984 with 12 boats racing from Racine, Wisconsin to Menominee, Michigan, finishing off Menominee’s marina and the M&M Yacht Club. The finish line at M&M is between a trailer on the marina seawall and a buoy just offshore. Total distance is some 189.0nm. This year’s event saw challenging, nasty weather at times, with two fronts passing over the race track before the fleet could finish. With a limit of 100 boats to participate, storms led to significant attrition: 4 withdrew, 5 did not start, and 29 did not finish. In the J/111 Class, NO SURPRISE won followed by Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi's MOMENTUS. For more Racine YC The Hook Race information, visit https://www.racineyachtclub.org/the-hook.
J/111 Tops IRC 1 at Royal Southern YC Charity Cup Regatta
With not a breath of wind in The Solent, racing was called off at midday on the final day of the Royal Southern Yacht Club Charity Cup Regatta. A virtual prizegiving was held at the RSYC Clubhouse on the banks of the River Hamble. Commodore Graham Nixon welcomed the virtual audience using Facebook live. A charity raffle was also conducted with all the proceeds going to the chosen charities of the regatta: Solent Mind and Hamble Sea Scouts. Commodore Nixon opened proceedings and thanked all of the supporting partners for the regatta and the volunteers and club members. There was a special thank you for the two race officers, Stuart Childerley and Tanya Robinson, who produced excellent racecourses for the regatta. Commodore Nixon commented, "The Royal Southern is delighted to see all of the competitors racing over the three days, and it has been equally delightful for us to host the event. It has been a frustrating four months where we have had to cancel our open events. I am delighted to say that we intend to run Hamble Classics (22-23 August) and our September Regatta (19-20 September). We hope to see everybody there, and we have already booked the same weather with a little more wind!" Stuart Childerley said, "We have had three days of good racing, and it has been great to see everyone out there, taking the first tentative steps back to racing at this time. Congratulations to all the winners. In these difficult times, it is really pleasing to see people enjoying their sailing in a safe manner." Paul Ward, Chair of Sailing at the Royal Southern YC, added, "It’s been fantastic to get everybody out sailing. There is a long history of top class Solent racing at this club. This is what we do, and it is great to back out there again, especially with such a fantastic and varied entry. We have had a lot of help putting this event together, particularly from the RYA and a great race team led by Stuart Childerley. All of the team at the Royal Southern have worked really hard, afloat and ashore, to keep everything safe and run a good regatta." In IRC 1, Tony Mack’s J/111 McFly took top honors. Full results at https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=13042.
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."