HMS Bounty Crew Abandon Ship While Battling Hurricane Sandy


Earlier this year the staff of J World Annapolis were invited to join the crew of the HMS Bounty while she was docked in Annapolis at the City Dock.  We took a tour  of the ship, met her crew and swooned over her towering rig.  This morning we were met with terrible news that the Bounty has been battling this storm and recently alerted the US Coast Guard that they would be abandoning ship.The Coast Guard said it’s been able to rescue 14 crew members of an abandoned tall-masted ship off the North Carolina coast early Monday morning after it became distressed as Hurricane Sandy moved in. Two crew members are still missing.

Officers said 16 people were aboard the 180-foot, three-masted tall ship HMS Bounty. The ship was about 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., early Monday morning when Coast Guard officials said the crew put on cold-water survival suits and lifejackets and abandoned ship in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

Officers said the vessel was taking on water Sunday night and was without propulsion. Crewmen said the Bounty was about 160 miles west of the eye of Hurricane Sandy.

The Coast Guard said two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters were sent in to rescue the crew around 6:30 a.m. The 14 rescued crew members are being flown to the closest Coast Guard base to get medical treatment.

Officials said two other aircraft are still working to find the last two missing crew members.

Officials received a distress call from the ship but lost communication with the crew late Sunday evening. An HC-130 Hercules was dispatched to the ship’s location after the rescue crews got a signal from the ship’s emergency position radio beacon.

The aircraft crew was eventually able to reestablish communication with the Bounty’s crew.

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How Will You Start Next Season – Key West Race Week 2013

Whether you are a fair weather sailor or a die hard winter warrior, it is never too late to think about next season and how to maximize your sailing enjoyment.

With the arrival of the “frankenstorm” many sailors have pulled their boats, stripped their canvas and may have had their last sail of the season.  Others, like the 16 J World Frostbite students will be suiting up to enjoy whatever mother nature can throw our way on any given Sunday.  J World Annapolis wants to help sailors create plans or campaigns to enjoy their sailing more, and for winter bound racers and cruisers we offer some outstanding programs to help keep your sailing skills sharp.

Every January we head to Key West, Florida to compete in the annual Quantum Key West Race Week.  We offer racers two unique and low stress ways to enjoy North America’s best winter racing event including racing yacht charters and coach supported racing programs.

J/80 Charter

For most teams the cost of hauling, prepping, storing their boat is an overwhelmingly daunting task that ultimately destroys the enjoyment of an already expensive away event like Key West Race Week.  For others, the draw of One Design racing is fascinating, and for international teams, the logistics of getting your boat here is simply cost prohibitive.  For those experienced teams that want to come to Key West Race Week, but want to focus on sailing and not their boat, we do offer J/80 charters.  For our charter clients, we deliver a boat and sails that is prepared and ready to compete at the highest level.  We invite our Key West Race Week charter clients to join us for two days of on the water practice prior to the event and we are on site to provide technical and coaching support throughout the week of racing.

J/80 Coached Programs

For individuals and teams that seek both the Key West Racing experience, but also the support and learning that an onboard coach can provide we offer our Key West Race Week Racing Program.  Our two days of training and five days of racing have been compared to going to driving school and then racing in the Daytona 500.  We believe deeply in the value of cross training and the understanding of the delicate choreography that is learned by rotating positions.  So between each race, clients will move from position to position.  In this program you hone your existing skills and develop new skills while racing against top competition!  We provide you with a race ready J80, onboard coach and 2 days of pre-regatta training followed by 5 days of racing.  Three participants will rotate through all positions onboard including helm, trim and bow.  Truly a turn-key program, you simply show up with your deck shoes and sunscreen.  We take care of the rest!  Plan to arrive in the evening on Friday, January 18th in Key West.  We train Saturday and Sunday.  Racing begins Monday January 2oth, 2013. Regatta ends Friday January 25th.

Applicants must have prior racing experience including tiller steering and spinnaker work.  Experience level is subject to review prior to acceptance of your application. Participants must be in excellent physical condition.  Boat delivery, setup and dockage, regatta entry, J World Racing Team wear, daily lunch, and entry to regatta parties is included in the price.  You will need to cover transportation, accommodations in Key West, meals and entertainment.

It is never too early to start planning your 2013 season.  There are only a few spots still available for Key West Race Week.  Deadline for registration is November 15, 2012 – so call to reserve  your spot TODAY!

2013 Heineken Regatta Update

The registration deadline for 2013 Heineken Regatta (Feb. 25 – March 3) registration is fast approaching.  With only a handful of spaces remaining for this “bucket list” event, we will be closing registration on Wednesday, November 1, 2012.

To learn more about the Heineken Cup Regatta download our Heineken primer, read this month’s Sailing World article and check out the official video below:


33rd St Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013 Visual Information Piece 2
33rd St Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013 Visual Information Piece 2

Flotilla is Filling Fast

Do you ever dream of sailing the British Virgin Islands?  Want to bareboat charter, but want to have the confidence to do it right?  Annually J World Annapolis and the Chesapeake Boating Club point the bow to the Caribbean for a week of fun, sun and bareboat cruising.  Our annual BVI Flotilla leaves from Tortola and takes in all the great sites generally including Virgin Gorda and The Baths, lobster dinner on the beach in AnegadaPainkillers at the Soggy Dollar and maybe even yard arm jumping at Willy T’s.

More popular than ever the 2013 BVI Flotilla is filling up fast.  We currently have one, two person cabin remaining.  Pricing for the 2013 Flotilla is $1995 per person based on double occupancy and $2495 for a single cabin.

Call today to reserve your space on this amazing trip.



End of Season Classes

Cooler temperatures and fair fall winds make Annapolis an incredible fall destination for sailing well into the fall and early winter.  J World Annapolis still has plenty of courses on the books and there are a few spots still available.

Check the calendar on our improved website or give us a call in the office to see what courses are still available in October and November:

Spaces are extremely limited, so call us today to finish your season with a bang!

2012 Annapolis Boat Show

The boat show is here!  Stop by booth A2 to learn about our exciting 2013 course offerings including new cruising courses and racing events like Key West Race Week and the Sint Maarten Heineken Cup Regatta!

For J World alumni, stop by to get your J World alumni sticker and share your latest sailing stories.  See you at the show!

Now in its 43rd year, the United States Sailboat Show, October 4 – 8, 2012, attracts more than 50,000 boating enthusiasts from around the world to the waterfront of historic Annapolis, Maryland. The Chesapeake Bay town is also home of U.S. Naval Academy. Recognized worldwide as the premier sailing showcase, this is the place to buy, sell or dream.

The Sailboat Show is followed by the United States Powerboat Show, October 11-14, 2012. Both shows are the oldest and largest, new in-water boat shows in the world.

This Year’s Features

  • Daily Seminars by Cruising World and Chesapeake Bay Magazines
  • Take the Wheel Interactive Workshops including Boat Demos
  • Smaller Boats From One Designs & Trailerables To Sailing Dinghies & Inflatables
  • Sailing Equipment, Rigging & Accessories
  • Maintenance Products & Services
  • Vacation Basin – NEW Charter & Travel Section
  • Hottest Domestic & International Racing and Cruising Boats
  • One of the Largest Collections of Multihull Sailboats on the Planet
  • Grand Prize Drawing – 7 day/ 6 night charter in the British Virgin Islands provided by The Moorings with airfare sponsored by BVI Tourism Board


Editors Note:  This article was featured in the October issue of All At Sea Southeast Magazine as well as the Daily Scuttlebutt newsletter.

The other day I was daydreaming about sailing in some far off place and I got to asking myself “Why does sailing occupy so much of my thought space?”

I concluded that it has a lot to do with the fact that I can actually sail in my mind at any time. The time spent on the boat is just the execution of what I have already anticipated in my mind.

I spend an awful lot of time anticipating my sailing. While most sports require their players to anticipate, sailing requires the most anticipation of them all. Whether you are a racer or a cruiser, sailing well requires you to “play” in the future.

To sail well, sailors have to ask and answer questions like: “Will the wind shift left or right?” or “What will the current be like when we go through the canal tomorrow?” The better you get, the farther you can look ahead and the more prepared you are to capitalize on strategic advantages or avoid clear pitfalls.

On the racecourse, successful anticipators know not only what the wind will do next, but what they’ll do when they get to it. Long before you yell “starboard!,” the anticipating racer knows whether she’ll tack, duck or cross.

The smartest cruisers are no different. They head toward shifts, seek pressure and watch the current just like racers do, and those who can anticipate will take advantage of those environmental opportunities.

Anticipating also gives you a chance to check just how good you are. If what you thought would happen does not, you have a great learning opportunity. Simply asking yourself what you failed to include in your thought process and how can you better anticipate in the future will make you a better sailor.

Maybe the best part of all is that you now have a very good excuse for spending a little more time thinking about your sailing. Just think of it as “anticipation training.”

Learn to sail in three weekends with JWorld Annapolis

Our 3-weekend format is designed for those who want a comprehensive Learn to Sail course but are unable to take a sail with us on weekdays.  Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions.  This course is conducted onboard our high performing 26′ keelboats – J/80’s.  This course is offered every weekend of our sailing season (April-November), your sessions can be scheduled for either consequitive weekends or at other intervals – making our three weekend course the most flexible way for you to learn to sail.  For each weekend, you will be placed onboard with others at the same progression level.  Our three-weekend format includes a sixth day of training to help make up for the lag time between sessions.

By taking this course, we guarantee that you will acquire the skills and knowledge to pass the written and skill evaluation for US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification.  If you do not pass during your course, you may come back for makeup instruction and testing until you do at no additional charge.

General Standard

The Basic Keelboat graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions.

The course and examinations will be conducted on high our high performing J/80’s, a 26’ daysailing sloop-rigged keelboat with tiller steering and with adequate equipment inventory to complete all required certification outcomes.

There is no prerequisite for Basic Keelboat Certification or the three weekend course.

Certification Requirements
Basic Keelboat Certification requires the successful completion of the following knowledge and skill requirements. These requirements are expected to be able to be performed safely with confident command of the boat in familiar waters with a wind range of 5 to 15 knots.  The certified candidate will be able to skipper a tiller steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length.

Here are the practical skills and knowledge required to complete the JWorld Annapolis Basic Keelboat course:

Preparation to Sail:

  • Demonstrate ability to recognize and forecast prevailing local weather conditions.
  • Perform a presail check for the boat’s flotation integrity, safety and legally required equipment, and crew indoctrination.
  • Demonstrate the proper rigging of the sails, halyards, sheets, blocks, and winches.
  • Check all other equipment specific to your boat not indicated above.
  • Describe personal preparation such as clothing and sun protection.

Crew Operations and Skills:

  • Demonstrate how to put on a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
  • Demonstrate tying and use of knots: stopper knot, bowline, cleat hitch and sail lashing knot.
  • Demonstrate the use of these sail controls: halyards, sheets, cunningham/downhaul and outhaul.
  • Be familiar with the nomenclature for basic parts of the boat, sails, battens and rigging.
  • Describe the proper use of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and throwable flotation devices.
  • Describe the use of sail controls.
  • Explain potential electrical hazards such as overhead electrical wires and lightning.

Sailing Theory:

  • Describe basic sailboat design, sail theory and boat dynamics.
  • Explain how to read the wind and determine all points of sail.
  • Understand what is meant by the term “sailing by the lee” and explain the inherent dangers involved

Leaving the Dock or Mooring:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for departure suitable to the conditions: raising sails, line handling, casting off and boathandling.
  • Understand the effects of wind, tide and currents in relation to the boat and surrounding area while preparing to get underway.
  • Describe the differences and alternatives for leaving under sail and/or power in upwind, crosswind and downwind situations.

Boat Control in Confined Waters:

  • Demonstrate in close quarters under sail: starting, stopping, speed control, tacking, jibing, steering control, sail luffing, the No-Go Zone, getting out of irons, backing the jib, and crew coordination and communication.
  • Demonstrate sailing a predetermined closed course and maneuvering around obstacles.

Navigation (Piloting):

  • Point out Aids to Navigation in the harbor and local waters that you are sailing, and respond accordingly.
  • Be familiar with basic chart reading specific to your local waters.
  • Describe Aids to Navigation: buoys, daymarks, regulatory markers, and other markers specific to your local waters.

Navigation Rules, International-Inland:

  • Demonstrate use of Navigation Rules while sailing.
  • Describe the Navigation Rules, International-Inland, for Stand-On and Give-Way sailboats and powerboats for collision avoidance and understand your state and local boating regulations.

Boat Control in Open Water:

  • Demonstrate proper sail trim with accurate sheet adjustment of the main and headsails. Make use of the sail telltales and identify points of sail.
  • Perform a heaving-to maneuver per the prescribed method.
  • When appropriate, demonstrate sailing “by the lee” and explain the inherent dangers involved.

Heavy Weather Sailing:

  • Demonstrate how to reef and/or depower sails.
  • Describe weather warning sources

Overboard Recovery Methods:

  • Properly demonstrate one of the overboard recovery methods, which is most appropriate for: your sailing ability, boat type, crew experience, wind and sea conditions, and maintaining constant visual contact with the victim.
  • Understand the Quick-Stop and Quick-Turn overboard recovery methods to include: constant visual contact with the victim, communication, recovery plan, sequence of maneuvers, boathandling, course sailed, pickup approach and coming alongside the victim (or simulated object).
  • Describe methods of getting an overboard recovery victim back on deck after the vessel is stopped alongside.

Safety and Emergency Procedures:

  • Explain the proper procedure for using an approved distress signal.
  • Be familiar with treatment of victims of overheating, hypothermia and seasickness.
  • Describe the use and regulations for flares.
  • Be familiar with at least six different distress and emergency signals per Navigation Rule 37.
  • Be familiar with the U.S. Coast Guard requirements for safety equipment.

Anchoring Techniques:

  • Be familiar with anchoring procedures for emergency situations such as loss of boat control, sudden storms, prevention from going aground or injured crew situations.

Returning to the Dock or Mooring:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for arrival under sail and/or power suitable to the conditions: boathandling, deploying fenders, stopping, tying up and lowering sails. Explain at least two different approach plans for other conditions.
  • Describe the differences and alternatives for arrival under sail and/or power in upwind, crosswind and downwind situations.

Securing the Boat Properly:

  • Demonstrate stowing of sails, rigging and equipment. Thoroughly clean the boat, and install any covers.
  • Check both the electrical and bilge systems for dock operation if required.
  • Check the locks on companionway, lockers and hatches. Make a final check of docklines, spring lines and fender placement.

So who should take this class?

Everybody interested in developing a strong sailing foundation while acquiring US Sailing’s Basic Keelboat Certification.

How will I spend my Time?

 This course is held from 9:00 to 4:00 over the span of three weekends.  The weekends do not have to be sequential but is our recommendation to complete the three weekends as close together as possible.  Total hours; 5 classroom, 36 on the water.

How do I register?

The course is offered every weekend from April 1 to November 1.  Call or email us to register now!

What should I bring?

Why should I take a course at J World Annapolis?

Join Us For Annapolis Race Week 2012

Ever wonder how you might match up with the best of the Chesapeake Bay?  Want to learn to race right? Then join JWorld Annapolis for the 46th annual Annapolis Race Week! 

Our regatta event racing program begins with two days of intense racing training onboard one of our race ready J/80’s and concludes with three days of top notch racing against a fleet of one design competitors.  There is no better way to test your boat handling skills and build your strategic and tactical experience than racing in one of these events.
There are only a handful of spaces still open so call us today to register!

Back Creek Clinic – Some “Ting” for everyone!

Join us for another great Back Creek Clinic
Join us for another great Back Creek Clinic

Join JWorld Annapolis and the Chesapeake Boating Club for a British Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten Heineken Cup Regatta and St. Barts cruising discussion this Saturday August, 18.  Beginning at 4:30 we’ll be cracking beers and telling stories of the great cruising opportunities “down island.”  Everyone interested in learning more about the Caribbean sailing scene or just killing time with some fellow pirates is encouraged to join.  Head to our Facebook Event page to register! The party starts at 4:30 P.M. and continues until around 6:00 P.M. – leaving plenty of time to enjoy the sunset, grab dinner or even go for a quick sail!

 Bring your flip flops, favorite Caribbean Cocktail (Ting and anything right?) and questions for this next installment of the Back Creek Clinic Series brought to you by JWorld Annapolis and the Chesapeake Boating Club.

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