Coronavirus: Weathering The Storm

We are all navigating uncharted waters these days during the CoVid-19 pandemic. We here at J World are remaining calm, staying educated and taking reasonable precautions to stay safe and productive. We are fortunate in that our Annapolis season has not yet started, foot traffic on our campus is minimal, and our staff has been able to continue preparing for the season. As each day brings new uncertainties and recommendations for limiting the severity of the outbreak, J World is in a “wait and see” mode with regard to our upcoming scheduled courses in April and beyond. We remain optimistic that we can continue to bring the joy of sailing to our students. That said, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority and understand that anyone with concerns about their course is welcome to reschedule for a later date when this crisis is over. As always please reach out to us with any questions at (410) 280-2040 or

The J World Team

Strategy & Tactics: A Thursday Evening Series

Don’t Miss – Starts Next Week!

This winter we are offering our renowned strategy & tactics lectures in a series of three, bi-weekly Thursday evening sessions. We’ll cover what to do during key points in a race including starting, upwind and downwind.

Our curriculum will cover the racing rules for each situation, strategy and tactics, mark roundings, and more. Finish the series with a much clearer picture of what’s going on while racing and an increased confidence in your practical knowledge. This is an ideal course for the novice and experienced skippers alike as well as crew members looking to increase their all-around knowledge.

Course dates for Winter Seminars are February 6th – STARTING, February 20th – UPWIND and March 5th – DOWNWIND

Each lecture is only $20 and you are welcome to bring your own frosty beverage to enjoy that evening!

Happy Holidays!

J World Annapolis will be closed from Saturday, December 22 through Sunday, December 29. We wish you a peace, joy and hope in this holiday season and fair winds & following seas in the coming year.

J Port Staff Continues its Winning Tradition


Charleston Race Week overall winners of the Palmetto Trophy went to the J/122 Teamwork, owned by Robin Team. The trophy is awarded to the boat with the best performance overall for the regatta. Members of the crew included the Chesapeake Boating Club’s President Kevin Ryman and Jeff Riedle, coach at J World Annapolis, who trimmed the main and headsails, respectively. This marked the fifth time Teamwork has received the Palmetto Trophy at Charleston Race Week.

Basic Piloting and Local Navigation Seminar

Have you ever run aground?  Never cruised to Cantlers for crabs?  Declined a raft-up invitation because you didn’t know how to access Lake Ogleton for the rendez-vous?  Could you successfully find your way back to the dock in dense fog?
If any of these apply to you, then you need this course!

Part of being safe on the water is knowing where you are, and how to get where you want safely and efficiently. J World’s Basic Piloting & Local Navigation course is a one-day, introductory seminar designed for any boater who wants more confidence in reading a chart, interpreting and using aides to navigation (buoys, daymarks, lights and ranges), plotting basic courses and taking a GPS or visual fix. The course is taught using local area charts of Annapolis Harbor and the nearby Chesapeake Bay.

2020 Season Dates:

March 21, 2020

Course tuition is $125.

For more information and to register, email us at or call (410) 280-2040.

In Case Your Missed It – We’ve added another date for our Coastal Navigation certification!


Join us on April 6-7!

Due to its popularity, we’ve added an additional course date for the  Coastal Navigation Two-Day Seminar & Certification   This is a two-day, comprehensive and challenging classroom course on coastal navigation and piloting. Our curriculum covers charts and features, compass errors, plotting, triangulation, dead reckoning, route planning, tides, current vectors, aids to navigation and an introduction to electronic navigation. The course text is US Sailing’s Coastal Navigation book. This is an ideal course for anyone who wants to develop a solid foundation in navigation principles. This course includes US Sailing certification upon completion of Coastal Navigation written exam.

Thursday Night Racing Rules Seminar – This Thursday Evening


Join us on Thursday, March 14 at 7pm at J Port for a Thursday Night Racing series overview and review of the racing rules, led by new TNR Race Director Bill Simon.

Join us to learn what’s new:
Online registration & payment
Online scoring from the RC Signal Boats
Scoring – every race is scored, with more dropped races
Additional course option
Text and email notifications for schedule changes
Crew sign-up for notifications

Rules Review
We will do a round-the-race course rules summary focusing on your questions, then provide a debrief of protests from last year. By focusing on prior protests, we’ll address the rules that are the most in question.

*J World Alumni and current Chesapeake Boating Club members are welcome to join this seminar, as well as compete in the TNR Series on J World boats!   Email us at for more information.

Our Sail Trim & Balance Seminar is Right Around the Corner!

sail trim


Unlock the mystery of how and why sailboats work. This course will help you understand everything from powering up in light air to de-powering when it gets heavy, causes of weather helm and how to balance the boat, effects of all trim adjustments from vang and jib leads to mast bend and traveler. We also will talk about spinnaker handling, broaching and recovery plus much more. Finish this class with all the knowledge and theory to make you an expert. Our most popular seminar!

Join us next Saturday, March 9th for this one-day seminar that begins at 9am sharp. It’s a great way to shake off the winter cobwebs to start thinking about the upcoming sailing season.   And who doesn’t want to sail better?

Simply complete our online Registration Form and we’ll get you squared away.

A Jenga Battle for the Ages

J World Coaches in an epic Jenga battle on the beach in Anguilla during this year’s Alumni Cruise to the Leeward Islands.

This year’s Flotilla is now a memory, but be sure to stay tuned as plans are already underway for the 2020 Caribbean Flotilla.


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