The video production of the second annual Junior Keelboat Regatta is provided by T2PTV.
On May 25th we hosted the first annual Annapolis Junior Keelboat Regatta held at the Annapolis Spring Boat Show. Five teams from local high schools; South River, Broadneck, St. Mary’s, Spalding, and Severna Park, competed in 7 races with light and shifty breeze. At the end of the day South River edged out Broadneck for the victory. Team pictured here with J World head coach Dave Manheimer.
Congratulations to long time friend of J World Robin Team and crew for there first place finish at Charleston Race Week! I think if you look closely you will notice several Annapolis sailors.
Longtime alumnus, Norm Olson, and a slew of JWA coaches sailed his boat QA 2 to a tie for first on day one of Annapolis Labor Day Regatta. Below is a breakdown of the race by tactician Kent Bartlett:
Day One of the inaugural Annapolis Yacht Club Labor Day Regatta was challenging. The tide predictions were way off. At 1130 it was predicted that the current would be at its maximum sending water out of the bay away from Annapolis when in reality it was flooding and it took two whole races to convince me of that fact. I thought it was just going to switch late if anything but really it was just going to do the exact opposite of what some scientist thought it was going to do. In the days leading up to Day One the forecasts said it would be light but the next day the forecasts bumped up a little and that happened every day. On the morning of Day One the forecasts said 8-10 knots and it was 8-10 knots. Let’s give those meteorologists a raise. Read more
In preparing for the 2014 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race I came across this great article by Wally Cross of Quantum Sails. Wally is a veteran of both Mackinac races. Find the article here: Read Article
Here is a little history about the 90 year old race. The inaugural race course was 235 statute miles (378 km) up the Michigan shore line south of Bois Blanc. Originally it was started at the same time as the Chicago Race to Mackinac with the yachts crossing the finish line from two different directions. In 1935, the course was lengthened to 290 miles (470 km) and required participants to round Cove Island Buoy just south of Canada’s Georgian Bay. Fog created confusion and the longer course was abandoned as dangerous and slow in 1936. In 1940 the race rounded the Six Fathoms Shoal buoy for that year only. The following year the race went back to shore course but left Bois Blanc to port. In 1972 the 290-mile (470 km) Cove Island course was restored. Twenty years later, participating yachts were divided into two separate fleets, with one heading east to round Cove Island and the other following the original shore course. After the Canadian government’s decision to decommission the Cove Island buoy in 2000, the longer course was replaced with the Southampton Course in which sailors are directed towardSouthampton, Ontario and then to the finish line at Mackinac Island.
Long standing Chesapeake Bay contender Eurotrash Girl joins the J World stable today. She is a ocean equipped J 120 with a long list of victories and smiles on her resume. The J 120 is the boat we have been pining for here at the world for years. She is a modern comfortable cruiser that is right at home on the race course as well. We plan to use her to expand our cruising course curriculum and add some big boat racing programs. Stay tuned.
Check out the the latest from our resident VJ Dave M.
J/80 US Midwinters Report
(Key West, FL)- Top J/80 sailor Andrew Kerr has been going down to Key West as part of his annual pilgrimage south to escape the frozen Midwest. He provided a great report on how it all went down for the J/80 class in their recent Midwinters.
“This year’s Key West Race Week was also the venue for the J80 Midwinter Championships; it is hard to think of a better venue for a championship in January! Peter Craig and his team from Premiere Racing always make the event a World class event with top level race management on the water and great shore side activities after wards.
On the Sunday evening I participated as a member of the tactician’s panel representing division three (J80 class and PHRF 1 and 2 fleets) with Ed Baird as moderator, Ed does a great job keeping everyone engaged and the ideas and conversation flowing and as a result the interaction with the audience was highly effective with great insight and thoughts from the panel and questions from the audience. Read more
Welcome to the third installment of “What’s in my sea bag?” We are going to share with you what kind of things we would pack depending on what kind of trip and the location. Up next, Kristen Berry. As many of you know, Kristen and I share one brain, so I am looking forward to finding out what I should take to Key West. So Kristen, What’s in the bag?
January is a funny time of year for me. I get excited to head to points south for J World Annapolis winter programs like Key West Race Week, St. Pete NOOD, and the BVI Alumni Flotilla, but inevitably some “arctic vortex” turns my palm tree paradise into a reptile freezer. Read more
Below you will find a breakdown of the 2013 Kennedy Cup that was held last weekend in Annapolis. Congratulations Jahn and the Midshipman on another successful regatta and a fantastic season.
Friday, November 8:
True fall weather greeted sailors competing in the 2013 Kennedy Cup Regatta at Navy. Ten teams from around the country are on hand to contest ICSA’s Big Boat National Championship aboard the US Naval Academy’s fleet of 44′ sloops. Read more