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International J/24 Class News

  • Gorgeous Puget Sound Spring Series!
    (Seattle, WA)- It was one of those rare weekends that everyone dreams about sailing on Puget Sound.  The famous local sailing photographer, Jan Anderson, commented about the weekend, “first, the wind forecast helped us choose which day to show up, and then Mother Nature delivered a gorgeous weekend! And hey, those that came out sailed their hearts out … what fun! Hope you enjoy these images!” Hosted by Corinthian YC Seattle, the sailors came out in droves to experience a sunny weekend with nice breeze both days.  The J/105 class had a great...
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  • Warsash Spring Series IV Report
    (Warsash, England)- Competition in the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring continues over the past few weekends.  Here are the latest reports.April 10th weekendCrews and skippers alike had their work cut out with a SE to ESE wind of 19-24 knots, gusting 28-29 knots and a big spring tide in the Solent, the fourth day of the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series.Black Group classes, except for IRC4, started racing near mark 'Deloitte Sailing Club' and followed a largely windward leeward pattern to and from the Ryde Middle Bank and then up the North Channel for further legs...
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  • Fabulous, Epic Charleston Race Week
    (Charleston, SC)- Event Chairman Randy Draftz said that nature smiled on the fleet for Charleston Race Week’s 21st birthday.  “This is a dream forecast with our strongest group of sponsors, supporters, and competitors ever, and it’s fitting that our birthday present is the same thing that made Charleston such a world famous sailing destination: Great wind.”With three courses in Charleston Harbor and one outside the jetties, Sperry Charleston Race Week welcomed competitive sailors of all skill levels, from the highest ranks of Olympic and America’s Cup crews to the newest jib-and-main racer...
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  • Keeping Families Sailing Together!
    (Charleston, SC)- A long-time J/24 Newport Fleet 50 sailor, Dan Dickison, provided some perspective on several teams that are participating in this year’s Charleston Race Week.  Here is his commentary:“Not too long ago, sailing with family was the norm in this sport. On summer weekends, Dad or mom or both regularly dragged the youngsters out on the water in the family’s Flying Scot or Pearson Ensign or Santana 20. Eventually, the young ones took to the sport – and soon enough – they were taking over.Witness Shannon Lockwood and her dad Bill, who are...
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  • J/80 Growth Continues in China
    (Xiamen, China)- With over 100 J/80s already sailing in China, interest in the class is stronger than ever. The recent Shanghai Boat Show (April 7-10) brought current J/80 sailors and prospective owners together checking out the latest boat from Red Dragon Yachts, the J/Boats licensee for Asia."We're booked on orders for the next five months," said Liu Hong Yan, General manager at Red Dragon. She added, "Chinese sailors love the J/80 for the same reasons it's been successful elsewhere. It's a terrific all-around boat for training, daysailing and one-design racing, and a...
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  • Warsash Spring Series III Report
    (Warsash, England)- Sunday's racing saw light to medium conditions, warmer than the previous Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series race, but overcast.Black Group start was at East Knoll buoy, with winds of 9-13 knots South East backing almost East at times. Courses were mainly windward/leeward with courses set between start and Ryde Middle bank; becoming slightly skewed as the breeze backed further east than forecast.Again, this week normal Solent tactics appeared to pay - with foul tide beats sailing to the tides first and wind shifts second was the order of the day.In IRC...
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  • J/80 Yachting Russia Cup Report
    (Riva del Garda, Italy)- The Russian Sailing Federation recently hosted their 14th annual Yachting Russia Cup Regatta on Lake Garda, hosted by the ever gracious volunteers at Fraglia Vela Riva.  The five-day event featured a round robin type elimination round for the first three days and then a championship flight in the J/80 fleet for the last two days.  As might be expected on the Lake Garda, the wind conditions in the mornings were generally light, but by early afternoon, the classic breeze would fill in from the south at 10-15 kts (or...
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