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J/Crews Enjoy The Great Pumpkin Race!
(Richmond, CA)- Over the Halloween weekend, the Richmond YC hosts their annual Great Pumpkin Regatta over two days in the northeastern part of San Francisco Bay.  It is a wildly popular event, with costume parties, Halloween parties, and plenty of revelry all weekend long as it also marks the calendar as one of the premiere end-of-season sailing regattas.  The event featured one-design classes for J/70s, J/24s, J/105s, and a PHRF Pursuit fleet that included J/111s, J/120s, J/105s and so forth.In the J/70 Class, it was Mark Thomas’ KANGAROO JOCKEY that won with all...
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J/88 Wins IHYC Gearbuster : 28-Oct-2018 4pm
J/88 Wins IHYC Gearbuster
(Greenwich, CT)- One of the more popular end-of-season offshore races on Long Island Sound is the Indian Harbor YC’s infamous “Gearbuster Race”.  The race sounds easy, just a 46.0nm course eastward down the Sound from Greenwich, CT to Stratford Shoal and return.  Some years, the fleet can take a beating on swift-moving storm fronts.  This year, it was pretty benign and very quick for some boats.The report from Drew Hall’s J/88 NEVERMORE was similar to their colleagues on HORNET.  Said Drew, “we had a scream in the IHYC Gearbuster on our J/88. We...
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J/88 Wins Annapolis Fall Series
(Annapolis, MD)- The Chesapeake Bay comes alive in the fall when the weather gets a little cooler, weather fronts start moving in faster from the west, and the winds increase significantly.  For Chesapeake sailors, it is their favorite time of year to sail on the Bay, often with warm waters and big breeze.We got a report from J/88 owner Bill Walczak, sailing on his beloved HORNET.  Bill commented, “in the last four races, we got three 1sts and a 2nd. We had up to twenty-four boats racing in PHRF A2 class.  HORNET stung...
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Spectacular J/Fest Southwest!
(Houston, TX)- J/Fest Southwest was a spectacular success this year! Sixty-two boats total; the J/22’s and J/24’s really came out in force! The sailors were treated to awesome sailing conditions both days; in particular, it was windy on Saturday with gusts in the high 20’s, which was tough on humans, sails, and boats.  Reported Scott Spurlin- J/Boats Southwest dealer- “we had a nice sustained downhill ride on the J/88!  Held 17.2kts for a loong time.  Crew was hooting and hollering!”The J/FEST Southwest Regatta took place from October 12th to 14th, hosted by Lakewood...
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Brilliant, Wet, Cold Hamble Winter Series- Week 2
(Hamble, England)- Anyone who doubted that the wonderful summer of 2018 was at an end has had it confirmed during the first two weeks of the HYS Hamble Winter Series. Rain and plenty of wind from the North has had competitors digging out the layers and the waterproofs.Saturday saw the start of the Hamble One Design Championships for the J/70 fleet. The forecasts during the week promised average wind speeds of 20 kts with gusts in the region of 30 kts. In order to give the crews as much advanced notice as possible, PRO...
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