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JJJ - Jamboree! New England style....
J-Jamboree is back, September 23rd – 25th, and its bigger and better!!! This year your entry fee gets you haul in & out, four (4) J-Jamboree hats, four (4) dinner tickets, breakfast for you and the team Saturday and Sunday mornings, Friday night Welcome Party and of course that great New England hospitality and weather !!

Registration is open now!! More information, including registration and Notice of Race are posted on the website

Jeff Rabinowitz
J80 Fleet 1 Captain

| 16 August 2016 | Event Info and Registration

Severna Park's White broadens title horizon
John White added to his long list of impressive victories last week when he captured the J/80 North American Championship, hosted by National Yacht Club in Toronto. Competition was held on the Humber Bay area of Lake Ontario from Aug. 5-7.

| 15 August 2016 | click here for full editorial

Class act people, great competitors and fabulous sailors!
Congratulations to John White and the crew of 1162 from Annapolis. Finishing with 27 points after 12 races they won this year's title of North American Champions here in Toronto! … Safe travels home everyone!

| 08 August 2016 | Full results here..

2016 J/80 North Americans - 5 weeks to go!
The 2016 J/80 NA's are now only 5 weeks away and we're looking forward to seeing you there!

The Organizing Committee have been hard at work booking bands, planning meals and of course, lining up a top notch Race Committee to ensure we pack as many races into the 3 days as possible! In true J/80 Fleet 20 style, it's going to be one of the friendliest and fun regattas you'll ever attend with great racing too!

There's already 20 boats registered including 6 from the US and at least another 5-10 competitors expected. If you've registered but not yet paid, be sure to do that before the late fee kicks in on July 17th.

When registering, we hope many of you will also join us for the tune-up clinic being hosted by our friends at North Sails One Design on Thursday August 4.

If you're looking to make the most of your on water time in Toronto, consider joining us for 3 days of course racing at LYRA the weekend before the North Americans (July 29-31). LYRA is being held in Whitby which is just a 20 minute drive from National YC or compete in the free feeder race, The Founder's Cup, on Tuesday July 26th. Find out more about LYRA here -

Looking forward to seeing you soon!
J/80 Fleet 20 - NAs Organizing Committee

| 02 July 2016 | Registration

How to Cross the US / Canadian Border with a Boat
Heading to the 2016 J/80 North Americans in Toronto? Preparation is the key to crossing the border with a boat!

My wife, Lisa, and I have been racing our J/80 Eagles Wings since 2002, but have always been a little intimidated by traveling to regattas. We finally decided that the 2012 LYRA at Ashbridges Yacht Club (just outside of Toronto) would be our first out-of-town (Rochester, NY) regatta. The north side of the lake J/80s (Fleet #20) were growing and we knew it would be great to race against a bunch of new -to-us boats. The welcoming crew at AYC was a great way to begin to ease our stress. They knew when we were to arrive, how to use the equipment, where to dock the boat and in general available to help.

Besides packing up and making sure we hadn’t forgotten anything, my biggest “fear” was how was the border crossing going to go? As it turned out, the border crossing was a non-event and despite the lack of wind, the regatta was a blast – we got to make a bunch of new J/80 friends and had a great time.

Just like racing, the key to success with crossing the border into Canada and (don’t forget) back into the United States is preparation. The definitive sources of information are the Canada Border Services Agency ( and US Customs and Border Protection ( We’ll cover the high level items here, but if you have any questions you should contact either or both of the above agencies well before attempting to travel into Canada. For the sake of this discussion, we’re assuming that you are US citizens and will be trailering a boat across one of the US/Canadian border crossings to Toronto for the J/80 North Americans.
Both governments have two main areas of interest when you are traveling across the border: the vehicle-trailer-boat and the people.

Both governments are concerned that all vehicles are properly registered and carry current inspections. The ideal situation would be if all three (vehicle, trailer, boat) are registered to the same name and that person is you or is with you. Otherwise, there must be clear documentation that you have permission to be transporting the vehicle/trailer/boat, including the owners contact information. The other concern is that you are not buying or selling – and therefore should be paying some tax. When asked, simply state that you are traveling to a regatta in Toronto and will be returning to the US in a few days.

The documentation required for the people crossing the border is different between the US and Canada. In order to return to the US, you must have a valid passport, NEXUS, or enhanced driver’s license. You can enter Canada with a birth certificate, but that will not be sufficient to allow you back into the US. If you are traveling with a minor whose parents are not present, you will also need an original Birth Certificate and a signed consent letter from the parents. Canada may also not allow individuals with a felony conviction or DUI entrance to Canada. See the websites above if there are any concerns about the admissibility of anyone in your group.

The websites also document items that are prohibited going to Canada and back into the US:

Certain food and vegetables

If you are leaving your boat in Canada for any reason, you will need form E29Bfor temporary Importation. For example if you are racing the LYRA regatta in Whitby Canada the week before and you wish to go back to the US in-between the regatta's.

In our case, for the 2012 regatta, both border crossings went very smoothly. We crossed into Canada at Lewiston, NY on a Wednesday in the early afternoon and only spent 5 minutes with the Canada Border officer. I had all the vehicle documentation ready, but all he needed were our passports. A simple conversation about where we were going and when we expected to return and then we were on our way. Sunday night after the regatta, we did encounter a delay due the amount of traffic returning to the US (maybe an hour), but the interaction with the Border officer was also very straightforward and professional.

| 21 April 2016 | J80.CA

Update - NA's registration is open for biz!
2016 J/80 North Americans Championships

(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)- National Yacht Club and the Lake Ontario fleet welcome the J/80 Community! Back to back three day weekend summer regattas and a few days between to enjoy Toronto Canada. Built in early registration discount for our US sailors as a result of their soaring dollar. The schedule for the 2016 J/80 North Americans will include a North Sails tune-up clinic on August 4th followed by 3 days of course racing from August 5-7 including daily prizes and social events with the championship awards on August 7th. Why not schedule a crew warm up, in conjunction with LYRA, we’re hosting the Hans Fogh Lake Ontario Championship the weekend prior at Whitby Yacht Club with 3 days of course racing July 29 – 31.

2016 J/80 North American Championship host at National Yacht Club on August 5-7

Register now

Contact Fleet 20 Captain Lawrence Alexander (CAN 33 JIGGERS!)- cell# +1-416-464-5236

| 13 February 2016 | Read more

2016 J/80 North American Championships in Toronto Canada!
Toronto & National Yacht Club Welcome the J/80 Community!

The Fleet 20 J/80 class flag is up and we’re looking forward to hosting the best North American Championship yet! For the first time ever, the NA’s will be hosted in Canada at National Yacht Club, right in the heart of downtown Toronto. Enjoy racing the world's best sport boat (yes, we're biased!) in great lake breezes followed by the friendliest après sailing parties.

The time is right to come on up to Toronto!

J/80 North American Championships
National Yacht Club, Toronto
August 4-7, 2016

Visit for details.

The schedule for the 2016 J/80 North Americans will include a tune-up clinic on August 4th followed by 3 days of course racing from August 5-7 including daily prizes and social events with the championship awards on August 7th. For full details, refer to the official race documents posted on the Yacht Scoring registration website.

And, don’t miss the 2016 J/80 Hans Fogh Memorial Championship at LYRA on July 29 - 31, 2016

The 2016 NA’s follow one week after LYRA which will be hosted at Whitby Yacht Club, just 35 minutes from Toronto. Consider entering both regattas for back to back weekend competition and time to enjoy Toronto. In 2015, the J/80 Lake Ontario fleet took home LYRAs largest one-design award and we intend to do it again in 2016.

Come join us to help make it the largest OD fleet LYRA has ever hosted!

Visit for details.

| 25 January 2016 | Go to 2016 J/80 North American's Web Site for More Information

2016 J/80 Hans Fogh Lake Ontario Championship
I’m please to announce that the 2016 J/80 Hans Fogh Lake Ontario Championship will be held at Whitby Yacht Club in conjunction to LYRA 2016. The Lake Yacht Racing Association annual regatta has a long and vibrant history on Lake Ontario and we are please to partner again this year to holding our event under the LYRA umbrella. Our hosts, the Whitby Yacht Club are celebrating their 50th anniversary and determined to put on a first class regatta! Boat measurements and weigh-ins are by appointment July 27th and 28th and course racing runs from July 29th through 31st. This regatta is considered a warm up event for the J 80 North Americans held the following weekend.

For more on our local J/80 fleet activities please visit or contact fleet captain Lawrence Alexander C 416 464 5236

| 20 January 2016 | The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions

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