J/109 E-News

May 2008
In This Issue
UK Nationals Sets Record
Sunny Seattle NOOD
Upcoming Regattas
AYC Spring Series

San Francisco J/Fest

J-Cup sets Record

CONGRATULATIONS to the UK fleet who showed up in force at last week's J-Cup (Hamble, England) and set a new world record for J/109 regatta attendance (32 boats).  Doesn't that sound like a challenge to fleets on the US side of the pond?

And if you haven't already done so, please pay your 2008 dues.
American YC Spring Series
1. RELENTLESS  Al Minella  10
2. MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN Adrain Begley  13
3. STRIDER  Andrew Berdon  13
4. STORM  Rick Lyall  20
5. 5CENT  Nickel Van Reesema  42
6. SWEET CAROLINE  Greg Von Der Ahe  44
7. MELODY  Alan Tannous  45

2008 UK Nationals at J-Cup

Top: JEEZ LOUISE, owned by Jamie Arnell, challenged Saturday's temps with bright uniforms.  Bottom:  kites gleam downwind under brighter skies.  Photos courtesy of Eddie Mays

75 boats in five classes competed at the J-Cup 2008, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble, England.  But the highlight was surely the 32 boat fleet of J/109s racing for their UK National Championship. This was, to date, the largest gathering of J/109s anywhere in the world.

For the team on board JOHNNY BLUE II, the long walk up to the podium had a familiar feel to it. Having won the event in 2007 in a borrowed boat, they were defending their title this year, and the very fact that this team put together such consistent programmes makes their achievement all the more poignant.

The Dubarry Boot for Outstanding Achievement went to Simon 'Sling' Ling and the RAF's RED ARROW. These guys cannot possibly sail together, with the same team, every single week because their work commitments within the RAF would never allow it. They have worked hard to get to know the boat whenever the opportunity arises and the fact that this team, skippered by Sling, finished fourth in the J/109 UK National Championship made them the obvious choice for this award.

Jonas Grander was awarded the North Sails Boat of the Day prize for scoring a bullet in his first regatta in his new boat.

The J-Cup itself, the trophy from which this event takes its name, is awarded each year by the team at J-UK. It does not necessarily go to the boat with the lowest points score. This year the J-Cup was presented to Michael Ewart-Smith and Ben Richards on ZELDA. These two gentlemen have been absolutely instrumental in driving and protecting the development of the J/109 UK One-Design Class. The fact that there were 32 boats racing one-design at this event, the largest fleet of J/109s anywhere in the world, ever, is testament to this fact.  JCup 08 downwind2

1st    JOHNNY BLUE II    Bruce Jubb         15.0
2nd    ZELDA    Ben Richards    Royal Southern Yacht Club    23.0
3rd    SHIVA    Matthew Boyle    Royal Southern Yacht Club    28.0
4th    RED ARROW    RAFSA    RAFSA    37.0
5th    J-DREAM    Kirsty Apthorp    RORC    44.0
6th    JUMPING JELLYFISH    David Richards    RAFYC    62.0
7th    JAHMALI    Mike Wallis    Royal Southampton    65.0
8th    OFFBEAT    David McLeman    Royal Southampton    66.0
9th    JOUSTER    Adam Wright    Papercourt SC    77.0
10th    FIRESTORM    Jon Perry & Simon Murphy    RAFYC    80.0
11th    TIGH SOLUIS II    Dr Ken Grant    Holy Loch    84.0
12th    ARIA    Luca Rubinelle    RORC    87.0
13th    OUTRAJEOUS    Richard & Valerie Griffith    JOG    96.0
14th    MOJITO    Gary & Sasha Fry    RORC    96.0
15th    J2EAU    Steve & Jody Maine         106.0
16th    JEEZ-LOUISE    Jamie Arnell    Brighton Marina YC    118.0
17th    HIGH TENSION    Andrew Given    KYC    120.0
18th    JUMUNU    Elliot Wishlade    Royal Temple Yacht Club    123.0
19th    DESIGNSTAR 2    Roger Phillips    Hill Head Sailing Club    129.0
20th    JOYRIDE    Michael Jones         133.0
21st    BASIC INSTINCT    J. Hearth    Starcross Yacht Club    143.0
22nd    JURA    Kevin Moll         148.0
23rd    BETH    Guy Knight    Itchenor Sailing Club    148.0
24th    JUNO    Tony Dawson    Island Sailing Club    151.0
25th    BATFISH II    Bill Blain    Royal Southern Yacht Club    153.0
26th    JEBOCH    David Carter    Brighton Marina YC    187.0
27th    MAJADOR    Jonas Grander    Royal Swedish Sailing Society    188.0
28th    AUDAJIOUS    David Jobson    HRSC    188.0
29th    JANGADA TOO    R Palmer    RLymYC    190.0
30th    YEOMAN OF WIGHT    Max Kenna    Island Charters    193.0
31st    STALKER    Steven Tapper    Parkstone Yacht Club    199.0
32nd    ME JULIE    Dominic Monkhouse         204.0

Seattle NOOD Provides Variety of Conditions

Sunshine and a variety of wind conditions provided a pleasant backdrop for the first NOOD in Seattle, WA.  Full results and story sailingworld.com

1. TANTIVYStuart M BurnellCYC Seattle10.0
2. J-TRIPPERDDRN Dack / NordquistSeattle YC11.0
3. ASTRAL PLANEAdam KorbinRoyal Vancouver YC11.0
4. SHADAJerry WoodfieldCYC Seattle13.0
5. ILLUSIONISTDavid MacleanCYC Seattle25.0
6. IT'S ONLY ROCK & ROLLRobert ArneyCYC Seattle25.0
7. JEOPARDYEdward PinkhamTacoma27.0

Second place finisher J-TRIPPER has an average age of 60. Photo courtesy of Dave Reed/Sailing World.

This enewsletter was edited and produced for the J/109 Class Association by
Carol Newman Cronin of Live Wire.