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[01/28/20]   EVENT SCHEDULE

Jan 26-31- Grenada Sailing Week- St Georges, Grenada, West Indies
Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, Arzon, France
Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
May 1-3- Annapolis NOOD Regatta- Annapolis, MD
May 27-31- J/24 North American Championship- Blue Point, NY
Jun 11-14- Helga Cup Ladies J/70 Regatta- Hamburg, Germany
Jun 12-14- Chicago NOOD Regatta- Chicago, IL
Jun 20-21- J/70 East Coast Championship- Cape May, NJ
Jul 26-Aug 1- J/70 World Championship- Marina del Rey, CA

SAIL Magazine 2020 Pittman Innovation Awards

The notion of “push-button” sailing has become increasingly de rigueur, and with these two creative innovations, Seldén is leading us yet another step down the path. Building on its recently introduced Power Supply System (which converts 12V or 24V power to 42V power, thus greatly reducing both motor and cable sizes) Seldén’s three-speed E40i electric winch incorporates a motor inside its drum to create a more compact bit of kit that is especially well suited to coachroof installations, where the need to maximize headroom below is paramount. Also taking advantage of the Power Supply System is Seldén’s new Synchronized Main Furling (SMF), which links the E40i to a retrofittable furling motor in the mast, synchronizing the two so that the E40i automatically tensions the sail as the furling motor lets it out—all at the touch of a button. (A load sensor automatically matches the winch speed to the outhaul tension, ensuring everything runs smoothly.) To furl, the outhaul is simply released and the mast motor hauls the sail back in. As the old joke goes, your finger will surely get tired from having to do so much work.

From $7,000. SeldénMast AB, seldenmast.com

Hooper's Yachts is a regional Selden Mast/Furlex Distributor. Contact us for any of their products.

J/Boats, Newport, RI

Visit the exciting boot Dusseldorf boat show, world's largest indoor show! On display is J/70, J/99, and J/112E. Our booth is Hall 17 / A22. Open from Jan 18-26. #jboats #j70 #j99 #j112e #sailing #bootdusseldorf

[01/08/20]   2020 J/80 Worlds Fleet Special
The J/80 World Championship returns to Newport, Rhode Island this September for what promises to be another epic event for this prolific class.

J/80 sailors are still talking about the last Newport-hosted Worlds in 2010. The demand for charter boats this year is high, so J/Boats is offering a limited number of new J/80s on a pre-order Worlds Fleet Special.

The new fleet will be commissioned in Newport, RI and sailed during the J/80 Worlds by international teams (September 28 – October 3) and then available for pick-up by owners following the event.

J/80 Worlds Fleet Special $52,900 FOB Bristol, Rhode Island with an order deadline of February 28, 2020. This represents an $8,000+ savings and is the best opportunity to get a
race-ready J/80 at a great price. Contact Hooper's Yachts for more details or to order a boat.

The Fleet Special includes:

• 2020 Model J/80 with standard specifications including:
• AG+ mast and boom
• Profurl R250 New Gen roller furling system
• Lewmar winches and Harken deck gear
• Triad Trailer - Galvanized, double-axle lift off trailer
• Companionway spinnaker bag.
• Safety Gear package – anchor, chain & rode, bucket, bilge pump, first aid kit, two fenders, two docklines.
• 3.5hp Outboard motor (TBD) with padded engine bag.


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Congratulations to Jason Close's Sandringham YC team on the J/133 PATRIOT! They had a remarkable performance in the 2019 ROLEX Sydney-Hobart Race.. winning IRC 5 Class (IRC Overall 9th) and winning ORC 4 Class (ORC Overall 10th).

Jason's team included Lex O'Connor (navigator), Greg Coutts, Jordan Sunkel Lozel, Stu Shafer, Cath Furey, Graeme Smith , Pete Chalkley, Brett Averey, Stu Moseley, Andy Mcgrath, and Marissa Chalkley. The crew are members of Sandrigham Yacht Club, with four of them having lots of International 14-foot skiff experience.

Clearly, their skiff experiences helped on this fast-reaching race... the J/133 PATRIOT was the only production boat in the top 14 overall; all the rest were all-out, professionally-sailed carbon-fiber racers- TP52s went 1-2-3 (8 total in top 14), and the others were all 62 to 69 feet extreme machines. Not bad company for a 15 year old boat! Sailing photo credits- ROLEX/ Kurt Arrigo

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2019 Melges M14 Midwinter Championship, MC Sarasota Bay Cup : Sarasota Sailing Squadron

Local White Bear Lake Sailor wins the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship

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SARASOTA, Fla. (March 3, 2019) – Eddie Cox beat out Harry Melges IV to win the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship in the final moments of the final race. The Melges 14 World League has officially kicked off!

The stage is set for a great Melges 14 World League with 8 total championship-level regattas around the world. With his win this weekend, Cox is officially the World League leader for now. Next up is the Melges 14 Euro Warm-Up (Liguria, Italy) and the Melges 14 Spring Championship (Chattanooga, Tennessee).

Lots of boats, sun, fun and great people from all around the country attended the third annual championship held by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. The Melges 14 continues to deliver fantastic racing with great class camaraderie.

The day before racing began, Melges Performance Sailboats sponsored Zenda University, a Melges 14 racing clinic with expert coaching and drone & video review. This allowed the fleet a great opportunity to learn, improve and gain confidence in their boats and equipment.

For the first day of racing, Friday morning brought warm humid air, sunshine and warm water for easy beach launching in Sarasota Bay. A casual morning of friends and competitors and the opportunity to meet new friends from many different sailing venues. Racing started on Friday with three solid races in breeze of 8-14 knots. The perfect start for the championship. The tone was set by Harry Melges IV as he was working to defend his 2018 Midwinters crown. Continually pushing “H4” on the first day were his father Harry Melges III, Jeff Solum and Eddie Cox, but none could catch him. Also having a great day were Finn Rowe, Adam Ankers and Daniel Thielman.

Saturday was another ideal day of sailing with winds starting a bit lighter. Eddie Cox had a great day and was once again battling it out with H4. As the day progressed, the wind would reach 10 knots. A nice condition for the Melges 14 Gold Rig. There were a handful of Blue Rig sailors on the course as well. One of the great things about the Melges 14 are the three rigs that vary in sail area allowing many different size sailors to compete and enjoy the boat.

Thank you to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron for the fun post-race dinner and party on Saturday. After a day of racing, the Melges 14 fleet still had plenty of energy to enjoy the party and enjoy spending time with other competitors. The Squadron has a perfect casual atmosphere, and after the day’s sailing that is just what everyone needed.

Rolling into the final day there was even more sunshine! H4 entered the final day with a five point lead over Cox. Anticipation was building with two races left. In the first race on Sunday, H4 placed fifth, setting up the final race as an epic showdown for the trophy.

It was a ‘who-beats-who’ race as Harry Melges IV and Eddie Cox both had their eyes on the prize. The showdown lasted until the final moments with Cox successfully holding off H4 by inches and earning his crown.

Thank you to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron for hosting the Melges 14 Midwinters. An incredible job!

Results: bit.ly/2019Melges14Midwinters

Videos & Photos: www.melges14.com/news/2019-melges-14-midwinters

World League: www.melges14.com/world-league/

regattanetwork.com The M14/MC Scow Sarasota Bay Cup is one of the premier mid-winter regattas. An hour’s drive south of Tampa on the West Coast, we have unique sailing conditions with reliable winds, and calm, warm waters behind scenic Long Boat Key. With several bays easily accessible, it's almost always possible t...

J70 2019 South American Championship

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(Newport, RI)- For the first time in recent history, a newly introduced "J" has been nominated for a record number of five "Performance Yacht of the Year" awards across the USA, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

J/70 International Class Association

Miami is calling! Register now for the Bacardi Winter Series & Bacardi Invitational Regattas at https://bacardiinvitational.com.


Good as gold: Annapolis boat shows cruises into 50

Hope to see you there.

capitalgazette.com No, the calendar isn’t wrong: The U.S. Powerboat Show starts Friday and will be followed by the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, which is celebrating its 50th run. That’s right, five decades


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J/109 sailing Dobson Cup at Apostle Islands, WI J/Crews Sweep Awesome Dobson Cup Regatta (as seen in J/News 9/27/19)

(Bayfield, WI)- When you sail on Lake Superior, on the northwest shoreline of Wisconsin, you are always grateful for reasonable sailing conditions on one of the coldest sailing lakes on the Planet Earth- it is not unusual to see water temps in the forties (Fahrenheit) as you are beating upwind in 20-35 kts from the west/northwest (your typical breeze when monster fronts blow in from the Arctic Circle and sweep across the northern parts of North America).

Nevertheless, Lake Superior sailors are the hardiest bunch of sailors you can imagine. When the weather is beautiful, they enjoy one of the prettiest archipelago of islands and shorefront in the world… which is, perhaps, why they keep coming back to Bayfield, Wisconsin. The spectacular, pristine waters of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is simply stunning… for those of you wishing to add a “bucket list” place to go sail!!

At the end of summer, Ken Dobson’s Black Hawk Boatyard has sponsored a two-day, season-ending, regatta in Bayfield for the past six years. The regatta is run by the Apostles Island Station of the Wayzata Yacht Club and takes place on the pristine waters of Lake Superior. The regatta brings all of the area's racers together, windward-leeward and random-leg focused, in an incredibly fun weekend of racing around spectacular, picturesque islands and marks. It is a very challenging test of boat speed, navigation, tactics and crew work.

J/120 sailing Dobson Cup off Bayfield, WI and Apostle IslandsThe first day was the 22.0nm Around Oak Island race. Starting in 1-2 knots of a drifting breeze, the fleet ultimate saw over 25 knots, from several angles, as the day progressed.

The second day was a 17.0nm journey. The RC set a nice upwind start, followed by a close reach to Grant's Point, a broad reach around Basswood Island, and then upwind to the finish. A wide variety of sailing conditions in nice winds. Reefs were put in and taken out, peels occurred and sail inventories were well-explored!

In the end, three J/Teams swept the podium because of the wide variety of weather conditions; light to heavy, beating to reaching and running. The catch? Four boats were tied for first place! What was the mathematical probability of that happening? Perhaps in the “millions to one”. Winning was Jim Vaudreuil’s J/109 ZIGZAG with 5-1 scorecard for 6.0 pts. Losing on that countback was Rich Baker’s J/120 BLACK SWAN with a 4-2 to take the silver, and then Charlie Schroeder’s J/109 CHASE took the bronze with a 2-4! Close, to be sure. Nevertheless, unimaginably tighter than anyone might have expected!

Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and, of course, the competitors!” Thanks for this contribution from Bill Hooper.
Photo Credit Margaret Erickson

With over 1,600 boats now sailing in 30+ countries, the J/80 continues to set the world standard for keelboat one-design racing and leading-edge institutional sail training.
And 2020 promises to be even more exciting in North America with the return of the J/80 World Championships to Newport, Rhode Island (Sept 28 – Oct 3).
Newport hosted both the inaugural J/80 Worlds in 2001 and the epic 2010 J/80 Worlds.
Class racing in North America is re-energized, and to celebrate, we’re pleased to announce the J/80 Fall Package:
• 2020 Model J/80 with standard specifications including:
• AG+ mast and boom
• Profurl R250 New Gen roller furling system
• Lewmar winches and Harken deck gear
• Triad Trailer - Galvanized, double-axle lift off trailer
• Companionway spinnaker bag.
• Safety Gear package – anchor, chain & rode, bucket, bilge pump, first aid kit, two fenders, two docklines.
The package price is $54,950 (Bristol, RI) with an order deadline of October 15, 2019.
Delivery dates are available from February to May. Contact Hooper's Yachts


There's a "Fleet Building" incentive offered by J/Boats that expires on October 15th, 2019. It is for anyone looking to buy a 2020 J/70 to build their existing fleet or just to buy a boat and get into one of the hottest designs ever.
There is no minimum order to qualify for the package deal but remember the completed order deadline with deposit is on or before October 15th.
$49,900 gets you a 2020 J/70 which includes all the items that are standard including carbon mast and boom, Harken SnubbAir Low-profile winches, and Quantum Class sails (Main, jib and Spinnaker with royalty tags) plus the Triad Trailer, companionway spinnaker launching bag and safety gear package.
The normal J/70 price at $49,900 gets you a boat and trailer, but nothing else. This package price at $49,900 also includes class sails, launching bag and safety gear package in addition to the boat and Triad trailer.
AND as an additional incentive for those interested, There is a GRAND PRIX One-Design Sails Upgrade Option with your choice of Quantum or North Sails for an additional $2,000. The difference is in the sail cloth and cut. Contact Hooper's Yachts for more specific details.
Don't forget the October 15th deadline. No exceptions.
The first boats of the production runs are just coming off the line in Rhode Island and slots are available in time for the Florida winter series.
This is THE time to place orders for boats for the upcoming 2020 season.


Pearson, Everett - 2019 Hall of Fame

Everett Pearson joins Sailing Hall of Fame
We’re very pleased to share the great news that Everett
Pearson - friend, colleague and long-time J/Boats builder, is to
be inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Everett
joins 9 other 2019 inductees and 71 previously recognized
individuals as the National Sailing Hall of Fame continues to
fulfill its mission by drawing attention and recognition to
Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the
sport of sailing.
Sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice
for induction, and then the selection committee – made up of
representatives from US Sailing, the sailing media, the sailing
industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, a previous
inductee, and the NSHOF Board – reviewed a wide range of

To see Gary Jobson’s full article on Everett’s incredible career, click here. http://nshof.org/hall-of-fame/class-of-2019/418-the-national-sailing-hall-of-fame/hall-of-fame-2019/1289-pearson-everett-2019-hall-of-fame

To see all the inductees (including long-time J/35 owner Capt. John Bonds) click here. https://nshof.org/hall-of-fame/class-of-2019

The 2019 class will be formally celebrated on Saturday, November 9, 2019, with an Induction
Ceremony hosted at Seattle Yacht Club, Seattle, Washington.


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