|From the Editor
|Last night I "sat" in on the Class Association conference call. Although regatta attendance has been down this year at events around the US, new attendance records were set at events in the UK. And the energy level is high among those running the class, which in any economic environment is an invaluable asset.
The Class Executive Board is considering a few changes to the rules and wants your opinion (see below). The "Submit your Feedback" link will take you directly to the website forum. And be sure to check the website for further updates about rules changes.
Another change: we will add a link to the website's home page to facilitate contributions of stories and news. Remember, this is your newsletter, so submit results, information, or just a link to a recent event. I'll make sure it is shared it with the rest of the J/109 world. -Carol Cronin
|Class Executive Board wants your opinion on Proposed Rules Changes
At the Executive Board Annual Meeting, several rules change proposals
were discussed. Before proceeding further, the Executive Board decided
to ask for more thoughts and opinions from class members.
Under the present rule (5.3), you can declare five sails for an event
(main, two class jibs, two chutes). From this inventory, you can
designate one jib and one chute each day. What are your thoughts on the
following changes to the rule:
1. From the inventory of five declared sails, you can change jibs and chutes as you choose between races; or
Your inventory of five declared sails includes a smaller, heavy
weather jib and / or a heavy weather chute. From this inventory, you
can change only to or from heavy weather sails between races. The rules
would specify minimum specs for the heavy weather sails.
Under the present rule (5.7), you can purchase one complete suit of
sails each year (one main, jib, and chute). What are your thoughts on
modifying the rules to permit purchase of up to any three sails a year?
Submit your feedback
|Intercollegiate Regatta Won by a J/109
|Barby MacGowan from Media Pro Int'l prepared this report. More photos
The annual Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta breezed into Larchmont
Yacht Club on Columbus Day Weekend, bringing a whopping 318 college
sailors to play on 36 borrowed boats that included 5 J/109's. With 29 different colleges
and universities competing this year, long-time host Larchmont Yacht
Club officially joined forces with the eventıs organizer, the Storm
Trysail Club (STC), to run what has become the largest college sailing
regatta in the country.
Owners again sailed on board the borrowed
boats as coaches, helping to introduce college sailors to the
challenges and teamwork of big boat racing, and having a good deal of
crews also enjoyed themselves. Jesse Fielding, a University of Rhode
Island Sailing Team member said, "The opportunity for college sailors
to experience a different perspective on the sport is invaluable. The
responsibility of looking after a boat, a crew and an owner are skills
that lifelong sailors need to have. It is inspiring to know that the
regatta is growing every year. And we are already looking forward to
coming back next year." Fielding was one of two URI team members who
sailed the 2008 TransPac Race as part of Roy Disneyıs Morning Light
campaign (which spawned the recently-released Disney movie).
The boats were divided into four one-design classes and one PHRF division. The
overall winner of the five-race
regatta (based on the best winning percentage) was Mass. Maritime, sailing Rick Lyallıs J/109 STORM. Mass.
Maritime is the first winner of the Paul Hoffmann Trophy, a perpetual
trophy donated this year by the family of Paul Hoffmann, Jr., in memory
of Paulıs father, a past Commodore of the STC and a long-time member of
the Larchmont Yacht Club.
Lyall was the first-time winner of the Edward
du Moulin Trophy, another new perpetual that is awarded to the winning
boatıs owner. Richard du Moulin donated the trophy in memory of his
father, a long-time STC member and a founding member of the Americaıs
Cup Hall of Fame.
Five races were sailed over two days in
shifty light easterlies that died as the days went on. All the courses
were windward-leeward twice around and the windward mark was moved each
race for the second beat because of the shifty breeze. Frequently,
there were classes starting to the left of the committee boat as others
were finishing on the right of the boat. Getting the races off quickly
was the key to completing three races on Sunday, because the wind shut
off just as the last race was finishing.
1. USA 146 Storm Mass.
Maritime 2 6/TLE 1 1 1 11.0
2. USA 310 Tastes Like Chicken Tufts 1
6/TLE 2 2 2 13.0
3. USA 332 Strider Michigan 3 6/TLE 3 3 5 20.0
250 Melody Fordham U. 4 6/TLE 4 4 3 21.0
5. USA 52750 Wingweaver
Dartmouth 5 6/TLE 5 5 4 25.0
|Hamble Winter Series Continues through November 30
Dave and Kirsty Apthorp's JDREAM continues to dominate the multi-weekend Garmin Hamble Winter Series. Full results
|Key West 2009 Preview
Picture the glistening azure
waters and feel the warmth of the Florida sunshine. Envision yourself
and your crew on the starting line, racing among some of the very best
talent in the world. Imagine the electric anticipation that only
Acura Key West 2009, presented by Nautica can deliver. When you're
serious about the sport of sailboat racing, where else could you hope to
be the third week of January?
Premiere Racing invites you to take part in
the 22nd edition of North America's premiere regatta. More info