• Sailing Fundamentals

    Our beginner level courses are designed to insure you get off to a smooth start. First, you will be placed aboard with other students of similar skill and experience levels. Learn more

  • Introduction to Racing

    We will work on boathandling, sail trim and spinnaker handling during the first part of the week and then move on to starting and boat against boat speed and tactical drills. Learn more

  • U.S. Sailing Certifications

    Learning to sail is part dream, part great instruction, and part hands-on experience. All of these come together in the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification System. Learn more

Welcome to the 2017 sailing season.

Check out the calendar for some special events planned for this spring.

Sailing a Low Risk First Beat

J World J/80 Wild Horse fights through the fleet after a tough start.
J World J/80 Wild Horse fights through the fleet after a tough start.

Sailing World magazine has really become a great resource for racing sailors.  So has their website – where you can find hundreds of well written and illustrated articles on all sorts of racing topics.  In fact, we’ve stopped handing out a proprietary book on racing and point our students to the treasure trove of resources available on the site and others.  It is also cool that they used a J World boat – Wild Horses – as the featured image for the article.  Just sayin.

After more than 40 days of racing already this season (you read that right) you wouldn’t think an article like the one written by Steve Hunt about low risk first beats would have much impact.  Haven’t we seen it all?  Isn’t it easy by now?  But leave it to Steve, one of the best in business, to boil the whole thing down to its root and make it actionable.

If you like the right, he says, position yourself just to the right of your competitors. If you like the left, position yourself just to the left. It’s that simple. There’s no need to sail off by yourself, splitting from the majority, hoping for the horizon job, because if you’re wrong, you’ll find yourself deep at the top mark and unable to catch up. By positioning yourself in the proximity of the favored side, you’ll be in contention if you’re right, and if you’re wrong, you’ll still be close enough to have a decent comeback. Taking a huge risk by splitting creates more of an all-or-nothing outcome. Winning regattas (or simply doing well) is more about avoiding bad races than it is about winning a few and placing deep in the others.

I should have that tattooed on my arm.  I have been frustrated so many times by the simple fact that I can’t — or don’t execute my game plan or decide to swing for the fences because I am feeling way behind.

The only time sailing to an edge is safe is in really light air, when the edges tend to have more wind and the middle is disturbed. My dad, who is a light-air expert, used to tell me, “You have a 50-percent chance of getting the edge right in light air, and a 100-percent chance of being wrong in the middle.” He’s always right.

As North American sailors – especially here on the Chesapeake and on Tampa Bay – we ARE light air sailors.  So that last quote should be tattooed in our brains too.

Check out the rest of the great stuff over at Sailing World — even if it means kicking yourself the next time you are racing.

 

 

 

 

 

Chesapeake Boating Club adds new membership benefits for 2017

Exciting things are happening at J/World and the Chesapeake Boating Club!

In 2016 Chesapeake Boating Club acquired J/World Annapolis sailing school, at J Port. Although we have shared this location for over 20 years, we previously operated as separate companies. This merger will add additional value and benefits to your club membership. J World is a nationally recognized sailing school that teaches all levels of boating from beginning safe boater courses to offshore passage making. The Boating Club’s acquisition provides all members with the following new benefits for the 2017 season.

  • FREE 3 hour tune up session 
  • 20% off all standard courses
  • Ability to sit in on any morning lectures
  • Free social/chalk talk on the third Saturday of every month (March-September)
  • Ability to participate on any of the offsite adventure travel events.

 

The merger has created the following portfolio of offerings:

 

Instruction –  Sail and Powerboat – on our boat or yourswww.jworldannapolis.com   

410-280-2040

Boat Sharing – Annual memberships for Sail and Power – Better than owning. www.chesapeakeboatingclub.com   

410-280-8692

Sailing Excursions –  Captained 3 hour outings for up to 20 passengers – perfect for partieswww.sailthepintita.com   

443-463-4488

Dockside Accommodations – Spend the night afloat on Sojourner instead of in a hotel.   www.vrbo.com/202132   

410-280-8692

Adventure Travel – Regattas and cruising adventures on the bay and beyond.    www.jworldannapolis.com   

410-280-2040

 

Membership options include unlimited use for 12 months; for less than the cost of a slip and insurance.

 

Sail 1 or Power 1 Mid Week: $2,090.00 plus tax.     Smaller runabouts and day sailors 

Sail 1 or Power 1: $2,900.00 plus tax

Sail 2 or Power 2 Mid Week: $4,400.00 plus tax     Larger overnight cruisers + level 1 boats

Sail 2 or Power 2: $6,400.00 plus tax

Please inquire about combo membership pricing.

 

Stop dreaming – start boating !

Let us know how we can help you get out on the water today.

 

The J/Port Crew

410-280-8692    Boating Club

410-280-2040    J/World

J/70 Racing Season Heats Up

Fifty-three J/70 teams traveled to Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida for the first event of the 2016-2017 Quantum J/70 Winter Series on December 10-11. Basking in sunshine and breeze between 10-18 knots for seven races, Marty Kullman on Reach Around finished strong to secure the weekend victory with 13 points.  J World was there with a three student and one coach team as well as providing coaching and logistics support to several other J/70 teams from around the country.

Kullman was able to discard a 15 from the opening contest, and added in four bullets. Bruno Pasquinelli’s Stampede took second place with 19 points, followed by Darby Smith’s Africa with 35.

The 23-boat Corinthian division was topped by Andrew Loe.

 

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