American Yacht CLub Spring Series
American Yacht Club will be holding their Spring Series 26-27 April and 3-4 May 2014. The J80 class has been invited to participate in this event. For those not wanting to travel to Annapolis for the 2014 NOODs, this is a great event with fine hospitality on Long Island Sound!!
| 05 March 2014 | Registration |
Annapolis NOOD Registration is up!
Good morning sports fans! Just wanted to let everyone know that registration for the next stop on the 2014 Worlds training circuit is up and running! Hope to see you there!
| 26 February 2014 | Annapolis NOODs website |
A Brand New Bouncing Baby....Fleet!!!!
Good Morning everyone!!! I wanted to pass on the news that due to the hard work of a number of J80 owners up north, the class has reached enough momentum that it was time to create a Canadian Fleet! Welcome J80 USA Class Association Fleet 20, located out of Ontario, to our crazy family!!!! Here's to years of sailing success, new friendships, and great competition!!!
| 25 February 2014 |
Hi everyone! I just wanted to make you aware that there is an issue with the backside of the membership update section of the website. We are working to resolve the issue. This won't interfere with you paying 2014 dues. It just may not show correctly on the site.
Thanks for your patience!
| 21 February 2014 |
2014 J80 Southern Circuit
The 2014 J/80 Southern Circuit is Finalized! The last (supposedly!) major winter storm is now east of us! Time to wax those hulls and lube those bearings and saddle up for a great slate of events in 2014!
HYC ELISSA REGATTA APRIL 5-6
FWBC LEUKEMIA CUP APRIL 26-27
DCYC HERITAGE CUP MAY 17-18
HYC LEUKEMIA CUP JUNE 21-22
HYC HOOD SEPT 20-21
LYC JFEST NOV 1-2
| 12 February 2014 |
2014 J80 Worlds Update
Breaking news! Registration has gone live for the 2014 J80 Worlds in Annapolis MD!!
Follow the link for more info!!!
| 07 February 2014 | Registration link |
Key West Wrap Up!
The following was pulled from a North Sails roundup.
Report by Andrew Kerr - Tactician J/80 Team Vayu 2
This year’s Key West Race Week was also the venue for the J/80 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 (J/80 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.
For the fourth year I sailed with Vayu 2 as Tactician and Jib trimmer, Vayu 2 is a J/80 chartered from J World Annapolis by Ron Buzil of Chicago, helmed by Jahn Tihansky (Jahn Owns J World Annapolis and is the Offshore coach for the US Naval academy) and TJ Voght from Atlanta, TJ and Jahn go a long way back together as they owned a J24 together in Tampa back in 1979. I have coached Ron’s Benetau 40. 7 team in Chicago for the last 14 years.
Our regular spinnaker trimmer Nigel Brownett from Long Beach was not able to make the event and TJ filled in for him.
Fourteen J/80’s were originally registered, by start time we were down to 12 boats but we were still the second largest fleet and had great representation of fleets from Annapolis, Long Beach, New York, Chicago, Florida and Rhode Island and featured many talented teams, some of them included former J/80 NA Champs John Stork Jr. and team on Rumour, Bill & Shannon Lockwood and there team from New Jersey on Shenanigans, last year’s 3rd place North Americans ( at Block Island Race Week) finisher Gary Panariello and team on Courageous, perennial top finisher Chris & Liz Chadwick on Church Key and top West coast finisher Bob and Cheryl Hayward from Long Beach, CA on Blue Jay.
With the J/80 North Americans and World Championships both scheduled for Annapolis in September the event was a perfect way for teams to get revved up for the road to the World Championships, other stops on the J/80 winter tour include Charleston Race Week & the Annapolis NOOD with Key West being the kick starter.
Key West always presents a variety of conditions – flatter water and light air all the way to big waves and 25 knots with everything in between as the frontal systems roll down from the North, so the sails and tuning have to be flexible to every day’s different weather pattern change.
On Vayu 2 we strictly followed the North sails tuning guide and took a lot of time prior to the regatta making sure we had the rake and pre bend exactly right, the mast butt in the correct place for the 3. 5 inches of pre bend and a tuning matrix set up so we knew the number of turns up and down from base setting.
Every day when we returned to the dock we were sure to go back to base setting so we knew our starting point, when on the water we were sure to watch the leeward upper and Intermediate shrouds for visual clues of power – if 10 knots and above we needed to seem them snug as per the tuning guide, if under 10 knots then they needed to be looser for power with a ½ to 3/ 4 quarter inch of side sag in the mast for power. This visual clue proves an excellent visual for how good the tuning is, coupled with the helms feedback on power and feel.
Our North sails inventory provided excellent speed and pointing in all conditions, one key element we found was critical was playing the vang upwind in the puffs and lulls, on the rail we would call the lull and how long it would last for – “ light spot, last’s for 4 to 6 lengths, followed by a slow build”, on receipt of this we would ease the vang and backstay, ease the mainsheet, pull the traveler up and ease the Jib slightly. Depending on the nature of the puff – a slow build would require just an adjustment on the backstay, if a big build we would be sure to tighten the vang to help flatten the lower part of the Main and take pressure of the mainsheet and traveler to in turn make them easier to play.
Easing the vang in the lulls is the critical element though as the J/80 will suffer badly if the vang is on tight in any lull.
The first day of the series was the lightest with winds from the SW with the priority being velocity over angle and trying to connect the bands of Zephyrs and stay away from the other boats not only in our fleet but in the other fleets as well to maintain clear air both upwind and downwind. This day essentially was your team against the race course, these are days I personally really enjoy as it is pure strategic sailing while balancing the tactical needs.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday the wind freshened and went to a pre frontal NNW / NW with building chop, occasionally going North, port tack into the waves was much harder on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so we found it better to have the Jib lead one hole forward on that tack for power and the lead in the normal setting on the other one for the easier tack where we could trim the Jib harder. With the lead one hole forward we found that we could ease the Jib sheet for power while still retaining the form shape in the leech of the sail effectively.
Tuesday was particularly challenging as there were rain squalls and complex cloud systems and a 90 degree wind shift in the middle of the day - the rain clouds brought more wind and large shifts followed by big light spots.
In the gusty pre Frontal conditions we found we had to ease the mainsheet out a little quickly as the Traveler would not suffice on an initial basis, in this instance the Jib was eased as well to keep the slot consistent and the boat tracking straight. If the Jib is kept in all the pressure will go to the bow and blow the boat sideways. The value of playing the Jib cannot be overstated – easing slightly in a puff (as the apparent wind shifts aft toward the true wind), easing in a lull or light spot for power and easing it together with the Main in a big puff to keep the boat tracking. To this end I found myself occasionally “French Hiking” (made famous by the French 12 meter sailors from the America’s Cup’s in Newport) of half facing inboard to play the sheet while hiking out fully with the lower body, it is not comfortable at all but being a long time J24 sailor I am not used to rail comfort anyway so no difference ! It was however effective in the conditions where the Jib demanded to be played all the time otherwise the boat would come to a stop in a square wave.
I found the North sails weather service to be excellent all week and also an excellent learning tool as there is an in-depth discussion of cloud formations and what to look for in the sky. There was much value on sailing to the ridge of the cloud to get the downdraft and lift and avoid the middle of the cloud where there is updraft, the exception to this was with the rain clouds. Along these lines I encourage teams to keep copies of the weather forecasts, compare them with the notes gleaned from the race course and from that one can start to develop trends in what to look for on the race course.
These three days were very shifty with the wind oscillating 15 degrees or sometimes more, the priority was to be on the closest tack to the mark and consolidate on other boats by taking opportunities to tack and cross whenever the opportunity presented itself. Having kept notes on the event since the first Key West in January, 1988 (it’s a lot of notes!) the general consensus was to sail toward the shore for both more velocity and an easier port tack into the waves when you made the trek across to the mark just shy of the port tack layline, there was also a geographical left shift at the top of the beat so it was important to tack shy of port tack lay line in expectation of a lift later on.
If there is one trait that can serve one consistently well as a tactician it is patience, as very often the situation does not look good and a knee jerk reaction to a situation rarely works, along these lines we waited until the wind would come back to median or got ourselves into a wind line and then tacked, it does not always work but very often it can bale you out of a situation that is less than ideal and mitigate the potential damage an adverse shift can do!
On the downwind legs it was important to keep a firm luff on the spinnaker as there was some cross chop and also to be aggressive with crew weight fore and aft – forward in the light spots – particularly out of lighter air Jibes to prevent the transom from sinking and aft in the puffs to promote a plane.
When planing was possible we would get the weight aft, unroll the Jib and utilize it as a staysail, pull the backstay on to firm the luff of the spinnaker and ease the vang to promote twist in the sail and provide a wider steering groove for playing the waves, to this end we had three marks on the vang for light, medium and heavy air.
In a big light spot the jib was rolled up, the weight moved well forward and the backstay eased right off. In my position my weight position varied a lot depending on the wind and waves - in lighter air i always find value in standing up to see the wind and doing constant “ Sanity Checks” as Mike Ingham calls it – looking around and scanning nonstop at the highest point on the cabin top in front of the mast while hop scotching from side to side to balance the boat in puffs and lulls, then getting the weight low for any chop before standing up again, in medium air I would alternate going forward in the lulls to standing on the balls of my feet and pressing against the lifeline, when we could plane I would go to the back of the boat, call puffs and pump the mainsail if needed.
We constantly looked out for crab pots as we had heard stories of some teams on the other circles hitting them, as our designated “weight Rover” – in a lull I would go to leeward and tighten the leeward spinnaker sheet as that has the potential to lasoo a crab pot, we also were careful to make the sure the spinnaker pole tack line was in the cradle of the bow pulpit and tightened up as that could also catch a pot.
Friday was the passage of the cold front with the wind out of the NE with gusts up to 22 knots and some big waves, the fleet enjoyed one great final race and then it was back to the dock and on to the awards ceremony and team dinners to wrap up the week.
Key West was another fantastic week! A big thank you to Peter Craig and Premiere Racing for putting on another world class Key West Race week, we are already looking forward to next year’s regatta !
Key West Race Week 2014 / J/80 US Midwinter Championships
1. Ron Buzil "Vayu 2"
2. John Stork, Jr. "Rumor"
3. Chris & Liz Chadwick "Church Key"
4. Bill & Shannon Lockwood "Shenanigan"
| 30 January 2014 | Full Results |
Canadian Fleet Forming!!
Looking for a challenging international competition before the J80 Worlds? Look no further than Toronto, Ontario and Youngtowns, New York for 3 great pre-Worlds events!
July 26th and 27th – The inaugural CAN AM Challenge One - Design Regatta hosted by the Youngstown Yacht Club
July 30th - a one-day advanced J/80 speed clinic on July 30th hosted by the Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) and run by none other than the 2012 J/80 North American champion Mike Wolfs (a great opportunity to address any challenges and tune–up for the final event
August 1st to 3rd - The Canadian J/80 Championship hosted by ABYC
** Stay tuned for details on a J/80 greet being hosted by the Canadian fleet on the 31st.
| 28 January 2014 |
2014 Quantum Key West Deadline Approaching
Hi Everyone!! Just a reminder that the first deadline for registering for Quantum Key West Race Week is December 20, three days away! The J80 fleet is the second largest fleet in the regatta. If you're thinking of coming, now's the time!!! Info can be found at the link below!!
| 17 December 2013 | Read more |
2014 Charleston Race Week
Hi everyone!! Wanted to post to let you know that registration is up and running for Charleston Race Week! Charleston is definitely one of the more challenging venues to race due to the crazy tides and currents; you're never totally out of the game, or running away! One shift and current line is all it takes to "turn the tide"!! (See what I did there??)
Charleston is a great family destination regatta and also a great 21 and over spot; Charleston is a lively college town!
This is an ideal stop on the way up to Annapolis for the NOOD regatta a few weeks later!
Boats are already registered, but more would be better! So, get online and get 'er done!!
| 15 December 2013 | CRW website |
Quantum Key West Race Week
Good morning sports fans!!!! It's that one of year! Yea, yea, Santa is coming, the Manurahs have been lit, Festivus is upon us....blah blah...
Not what I'm talking about!!! It's time to finalize plans for the 2014 J80 sailing schedule. And first up...Key West!! We have 14 boats currently registered, the second largest class for the regatta, and we are hoping for more boats to join the fun.
Stock Island Marina has once again extended their launch haul and storage deal to the fleet. The new regatta headquarters and party venue is awesome, and there is nothing better than catching up with friends someplace where you don't need a parka to stand outside!
So, what are you waiting for????
Hope to see you in January!!
| 13 December 2013 | Read more |