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Dolphins in J/122 Junique bow wave!(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race started from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at noon on Sunday

J/70 off St Petersburg, Russia- Sailing Champions League(St Petersburg, Russia)– Norddeutscher Regatta Verein has won the second Semifinal of the SAILING Champions League 2018 in St Petersburg, Russia after four days of challenging racing. Norddeutscher Regatta Verein only just beat fellow Germans Deutscher Touring Yacht Club by 2.8 points, with Russia’s Navigator Sailing Team in third overall. Now, 32 clubs from 12 nations are qualified for the big Final of SAILING Champions League in St. Moritz from 30 August to 2 September.

J/70 Sailing Champions League winners- St Petersburg, RussiaThe Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) team (Florian Haufe, David & Dorian Heitzig, & Miklas Meyer) mastered the most challenging of river-racing conditions in St Petersburg to win the 24-team Semifinal #2 of the SAILING Champions League 2018. It’s a repeat victory for the German club that won in Russia a year ago. The Deutscher Touring YC team (Julian Stuckl, Patrick Follmann, Jonas Vogt, & Tobias Bolduan) never let them get too far into the lead, in fact, coming very close to pulling off an upset at the very end. Across the four days of competition, the Russian Navigator Sailing Team (Igor Rytov, Igor Lisovenko, Viacheslav Martynov, & Alexander Bozhko) won six of their 16 races, an impressive number of bullets. However, no one could match the consistency of NRV that scored five bullets, but also never scored worse than 5th in any of the races, each of which was an eight-boat short-course windward-leeward contest.

J70s sailing off St Petersburg, RussiaFlorian Haufe, helmsman of NRV, commented: "We are very happy to have qualified for the final in St. Moritz and even more with the overall win here in St Petersburg. Today, every single maneuver counted. We made a few mistakes less than the other teams. With the 3-knot current, we tried to sail a bit more conservative than normally. It worked, we played our cards well.”

While last year’s wind came from every quarter and every day brought a very different race course, 2018 was blessed with four days of westerly winds. Two days with lighter winds, two days with stronger winds, but always sun and the summer conditions drew big crowds of spectators to the banks of the river where they enjoyed world-class racing right in front of the historic Peter and Paul Fortress.

Boathandling was critical on the final day, with the winds gusting close to 30 knots and many crews unable to control the boats through maneuvers, often resulting in some spectacular wipeouts and broaches. The shoreside spectators loved the show, as did those who tuned in from around the world to enjoy the live broadcast by SAP.

J/70 sailing in St Petersburg, RussiaIn total, 16 of the 24 teams in St Petersburg have qualified for the SAILING Champions League Final in St Moritz a few weeks from now. The 16 clubs from Russia will join the final’s host club Segel-Club St. Moritz, the SCL champion from 2017 Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the 14 clubs who qualified from Semifinal #1 in Porto Cervo back in June, making it
32 international clubs from 12 nations who will be competing high up in the Swiss Alps for the title of “Best Sailing Club of the Year” from 30 August to 2 September.

The sailors were full of praise for the host organization, St Petersburg Yacht Club, who was supported by its main partner Gazprom. Elena Solovyeva, project manager of SPBYC, explains: “One of the goals of St. Petersburg Yacht Club is the organization of sailing events in our city, our country and it’s impossible to do it better than hosting an event right in the heart of our amazing city. Citizens and visitors of our city are able to see this level of sailing. We had three days of perfect weather, wind, sun and almost no rain. We are very happy and I think it’s the best solution for events like SAILING Champions League having venues like this sailing stadium.“

J/70 sailing champions league- st petersburg, russiaLive broadcasting by SAP
Did you miss the races of SAILING Champions League? Just visit sapsailing.com and click through the SAP Sailing Analytics for replays of all races and different and interesting statistics about the action on water. You find the overall results on sapsailing.com!

SAILING Champions League sailing video highlights:
Day 1- https://youtu.be/dtKn590dXoY
Day 2- https://youtu.be/vs6tA17zvE0
Day 3- https://youtu.be/m7BoEEIJ_P0
Day 4 Finale- https://youtu.be/kJ-OTJnXoi4

Sailing photo credits- Anya Semenyk and Andrei SheremetovSAILING Champions League- St Petersburg, Russia Introduction video For more SAILING Champions League- St Petersburg- sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

   
New J/99 hull flying out of new molds in Les Sables d
(Les Sables d'Olonne, France)- Fresh out of the box! The first J/99 offshore speedster is well on its way for future offshore stardom and is getting ready to fly across oceans and Great Lakes!

As the newest addition to the J/Sport range, the J/99 features powerful righting moment and the proven streamlined reaching shape that will enable her to surf and plane offshore in reaching/ broad reaching conditions like her offshore speedster sisterships- the J/88, J/111, and J/121. And, when the winds go forward of the beam, the J/99 has the power and pointing ability to decimate the competition.

Now more than ever, sailors are attracted to adventure-filled, signature events (Fastnet, Middle Sea, Chicago-Mac, etc.) where straight-line speed, sail handling, strategy and weather routing are all equally put to the test. The J/99 is designed to excel in these events (both fully crewed and short-handed) while delivering the exhilarating, family-friendly experience the J/Sport range is known for. For more J/99 Shorthanded Offshore Speedster sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

   
(CJ/122s sailing Round Britain Ireland Raceowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is set to start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at noon on Sunday 12th August, directly after Lendy Cowes Week. The 1,805 nautical mile race around Britain and Ireland is organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club every four years and is considered to be one of the toughest challenges in the sport of yacht racing.

For the 2018 race, 31 teams with close to 200 professional and corinthian sailors will be competing. For the past two editions, the weather has been so rough that the RORC has reversed the route to protect the fleet from a potential battering.

After a momentous start at the Royal Yacht Squadron line, the fleet will race through the Solent then past the faFastnet Rockmous headlands of the South West of England. The epic adventure continues into the Celtic Sea, past the Fastnet Rock and Mizzen Head onto the wild west coast of Ireland. The Atlantic racing continues past St Kilda, up to the most northerly point of the course, Muckle Flugga on the 61st parallel. Then, turning south through the infamous North Sea, the fleet will have turned their bows for home. The English Channel and Solent form the final stages of the marathon race.

Solent to Land's End- Approx. 180 nm
Getting a good start will depend upon using the best of the wind and tides to exit the Solent. The race starts to the east leaving the Isle of Wight to starboard. There are four major headlands which form tidal gates along the South Coast of England; Portland Bill, Start Point, The Lizard and Land's End. Deciding whether to go inshore or offshore at each of these headlands will depend on the wind speed, the direction and the tidal flow.

J/122 sailing offshoreLand's End to Mizzen Head- Approx. 210 nm
The Celtic Sea forms part of the North Atlantic Ocean and the seabed is part of the Continental Shelf of Europe, which is relatively shallow at 100 metres. The fleet will get a real taste of Atlantic weather that can produce a significant and confused sea state as the ocean waves rear up in the shallows. The boats will pass the famous Fastnet Lighthouse along the way, but the significant waypoint is nine miles further west at Mizzen Head when the fleet will turn north to race along the wild West Coast of Ireland.

Mizzen Head to Black Rock- Approx. 170 nm
Bull Rock, Great Skelling and Tearaght Island must be rounded to starboard, but it is highly likely that the fleet will give them a good offing, as there are outlying rocks that should be avoided. The coastline features bold mountainous peninsulas with deeply indented bays. Taking the full violence of the North Atlantic's prevailing gales it is subject to heavy seas and swell.

Black Rock to Muckle Flugga- Approx. 530 nm
Having rounded Black Rock, it is unlikely that the fleet will see land again for over 200 miles of Atlantic Ocean Racing. As the fleet head further north, the air and sea temperature will begin to fall. The fleet will round St Kilda, which is an archipelago of islands in the Outer Hebrides. Hirta is the largest island in the St Kilda archipelago with cliffs rising 430 metres sheer out of deep water. On to Sula Sgeir, that is a small, uninhabited island 40 miles into the North Atlantic from mainland Scotland. Muckle Flugga, Shetland Islands is the most northerly part of the course on the 61st parallel. The J/122 Round Britain Ireland racefleet will be as far north as Alaska, which will deliver cold conditions, even in August. The teams will have now travelled over 1,000 nautical miles and over the halfway point in the race as they turn their bows south towards the finish.

Muckle Flugga to Ramsgate- Approx. 580 nm
The fleet may be heading south and away from the effects of the Atlantic Ocean, but the North Sea can be just as difficult to navigate and to avoid hazards. The North Sea is one of the world's most important shipping lanes as well as a major fishery, and in recent years has seen the developments of wind and wave farms. The approach to Felixstowe is also complicated by a myriad of sandbanks and tidal rips are notorious.

Ramsgate to Finish- Approx. 130 nm
The English Channel with its busy shipping routes and tidal streams forms the last open water leg of the marathon before the teams enter the Solent to finish the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. For many teams they will have been at sea for up to 14 days, catching a few hours of sleep and dining on snacks and freeze-dried fare. The Royal Ocean Racing Club will welcome each team after they cross the finish line with a warm handshake and cold beer.

Two J/Teams are taking on the challenge. Racing in the IRC 2 Class are two J/122s. Sailing with a full crew is Andy Theobald’s R&W from the United Kingdom. Then, the Dutch duo on JUNIQUE RAYMARINE SAILING TEAM (Chris Revelman & Pascal Bakker) will be scored in both IRC 2 as well as IRC Doublehanded Class! For more Round Britain & Ireland Race sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

   
J/111s sailing Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco(San Francisco, CA)— It’s hard to find a purer form of sailing than a lineup of polished teams on identical platforms, all with an equal shot at race course glory. This is precisely what makes One-Design racing the heart and soul of the St. Francis Yacht Club’s annual Rolex Big Boat Series. From September 12-16, top teams will race in at least seven different One-Design fleets, as well as several highly-competitive handicap fleets, making this the West Coast’s most competitive regatta. J/88s, J/105s, J/111s, and J/120s have all met the NOR requirement of six or more entrants for One-Design class racing!

Held on San Francisco Bay’s beautiful, but always challenging waters, prepared teams who know how to press their boats hard will benefit from the conditions by creating micro-advantages in fleets that define the term “stacked”.

“Two important factors draw sailors to his event,” says StFYC Commodore Theresa Brandner, skipper of J/105 WALLOPING SWEDE (USA 157). “One is the Rolex sponsorship, which the StFYC appreciates immensely. The other is the combination of our unparalleled sailing venue, with extreme winds and variable currents, which presents an unusually challenging scenario for even the most experienced sailors. Add to that the depth of talent on the crews, the large number of fleets, the seasoned rivalries and the adrenaline of the race to the finish, and you have the complete Rolex Big Boat Series package.”

The J/105 class has shown impressive pre-event motivation, with 22 boats currently registered and more expected.

“We love racing in the big fleet— it’s without a doubt one of the most attractive aspects to racing J/105s,” says Ryan Simmons, skipper of BLACKHAWK (USA 40). “It’s our biggest regatta of the year and something we all enjoy being a part of.”

Others agree. “The Rolex Big Boat Series is the pre-eminent regatta on the West Coast and, arguably, in the USA,” says Ian Charles, skipper of the J/105 MAVERICK (USA 385). “The StFYC does a truly exceptional job at producing, hosting and managing, which makes it a ‘must-not-miss’ event if you have the ability and the opportunity to compete in it.”

J/105s sailing Rolex Big Boat Series- San FranciscoCharles should know, having recently returned to the class and the Rolex Big Boat Series after a 12-year hiatus spent competing in Ironman Triathlons. “I bought my [boat] in August last year on the East Coast and had it shipped out to the West Coast in anticipation of the 2018 racing season,” he says, adding that—depending on how MAVERICK’s crew weight pencils-out, he hopes to draft his wife and two sons, aged 13 and 16. “I’ve [finished in] second place at the Rolex Big Boat Series twice in the past, so stepping onto the top of the podium this year is the number-one goal for me and our team.”

While there’s no question that it takes serious talent to be a two-time bridesmaid in the Rolex Big Boat Series’ largest One-Design class, all teams competing in this legendary regatta will face their share of physical and metaphoric starboard-tackers come September’s racing. “The competition is tough, mark roundings are intense and we all want to hear the finish gun first,” says Commodore Brandner. “It’s a regatta sailed by the best and bravest. This year, leading the StFYC fleet as Commodore, combined with racing in the Bay Area’s largest One Design fleet, brings a great deal of pride to me.”

While not all classes can draw the numbers of the J/105 fleet, the J/88 class pulled enough entries to enjoy their inaugural Rolex Big Boat Series as a One-Design class.

“I think it changes our approach preparations in that we need to practice, practice, practice as best we can given the short time remaining,” says Aya Yamanouchi, skipper of the J/88 BENNY (79169). “We're a new boat and new team still gelling… We're presently planning to race in the StFYC’s Aldo Alessio and Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Cup [August 17-19] as a warm-up, and hopefully some of the other J/88s will come out so we can get a 'sneak-preview' of the Rolex Big Boat Series.”

Weather depending, the StFYC aims to score seven races at this year’s Rolex Big Boat Series, with two scheduled races per class per day from Thursday through Saturday, followed by Sunday’s planned “Bay Tour” race. While the StFYC’s Race Committee can’t promise big breeze and blue skies, they can ensure world-class racecourse management, engaging evening entertainment and a great awards ceremony. For more Rolex Big Boat Series sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

   
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