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.”

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