• 2010-J/105 Canadian Championship - Jamaica Me Crazy

    Fleet 4 J/105 - 2010 Canadian Champions - Jamaica Me Crazy

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    Jamaica Me Crazy was crowned 2010 J105 Canadian Champions with after winning (22 points) this year’s J105 Canadians at CORK. Jamaica Me Crazy finished 3rd or better in eight of nine starts raced.  Second and third places went to by Re-Tern (28 points) and Planet B (31 points). Ten boats from Toronto and one from New York attended this outstanding event which was held in conjunction with the CORK Offshore and One Design Regatta held August 27 to 29 in Kingston, Ontario.



    JAMAICA
    ME CRAZY WINS 2010 J-105 CANADIANS AT CORK

    By: Peter Hall (Wheel) and Paul Milkman (Tactics, Jib)

    Final Sept 20th.2010

    Jamaica Me Crazy earned a victory (22 points) at this year’s J105 Canadian Championships finishing 3rd or better in eight of nine races.Second and third places were won by Re-Tern (28) and Planet B (31). Ten boats from Toronto and one from New York attended this outstanding event which was held in conjunction with the CORK Offshore and One Design Regatta held August 27 to 29 in Kingston, Ontario

    It’s apparently a J-105 tradition to allow the victor to write a true story about the racing, to brag a little bit and to get some coverage about the fleet. So here goes!

    First, some background. The course was positioned just off the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, with Wolf & Simcoe Islands making for some interesting wind, wave and current effects – all of which were not entirely understood. The conditions were ideal for the J105s and no one sailing the Canadians would deny that Kingston continues to be a world class sailing venue. At 10:00AM the winds were about 8 knots, at Noon they had built to 12 and by 2:00PM mostly from 15 to 18 knots with occasional gusts above that. Starting lines were mostly square with a slight current early in the day which increased as the wind built especially toward the north shore, or at least it appeared that way. The wind tended to back from the SW as the day progressed while the islands created some interesting ‘wind-pipe’ effects on the course.

    For those who haven’t sailed in the J105 fleet, we can report that this regatta, like every regatta this season, really showcased the great sailing, and quality crews that make the J105s a joy to race.Reasonably sized crews and budgets, the great camaraderie among the fleet, and the incredible venue at Kingston combined to make it all great fun.

    Day One

    In the first race Jamaica Me Crazy made a full speed pin start with one second to spare and sailed a hard left up the course. Three of us had raced here many years before and we all seemed to remember that left was the way to go in the Southwesterly. And being on course an hour before the start had reaffirmed that. A few minutes after the start we passed into a layer of disturbed air that made it feel like the strategy was wrong. But, after a tense few minutes we entered more stable and stronger air that slowly backed. After tacking to port upon closing in on Wolf Island we were slowly lifted up to the windward mark and in fact over-stood it. That, however, allowed us to crack off and boost the speed in flat water, leaving the fleet well behind. The downwind strategy was just the opposite, stay toward the north shore to pick up more current and downwind chop, but also staying in the stronger wind pipes that ebbed and flowed across the course. By mostly following this strategy for the second leg we finished more than 2 minutes ahead of the fleet. “Left was working”. We invented a new word to characterize the pride that we wanted to avoid: “hubrosity” was born, and we decided that one win should not go to our heads!

    The winds continued to build for the next two races of the day and this made for some minor adjustments to the strategy. The key was getting a good start and implementing the ‘left’ strategy successfully, because now there was a lot more knowledge among the fleet.Sonic Boom won the second race in a photo finish after taking and regaining the lead 3 times, and Re-Tern took the third race. Standings at the end of the day were: Jamaica (5 points), Re-Tern (8) and Red Port Left (11). As in the Tour de France, a yellow jersey was presented to Jamaica Me Crazy. And yes the skipper had to wear this all night or buy a round of drinks to anyone who spotted him without it on.While we were worried about the jersey raising our ‘hubrosity’ factor, we accepted the honor and bore the weight.

    Day Two

    The yellow jersey a beacon, also required wear during the race, made Jamaica a target.The four races of the day, in winds from 12 and up to 23 knots, gave us the most demanding day of the series. And in many ways, this was the hardest and the best racing of the season.

    Planet B won the 1st race of the day, Hey Jude the 2nd and 4th races and Re-Tern the 3rd. Standings at the end of the day were Re-Tern (16 points), Jamaica Me Crazy (17) and Planet B (28). Hey Jude had found her ‘mojo’ and was one point behind in 4th place.Re-Tern had a fantastic race day.The stage was now set for the four top boats to determine the outcome of this regatta.

    But it was nearing sundown and time for the Fleet to dine together at the Kingston Yacht Club.David Shaver of Re-Tern was now wearing the yellow jersey – and under a lot of pressure because not only was he the organizer of the entire event, but a new father, a new home owner and the potential champion!The Re-Tern team did a classy job of running the party putting lots of creativity into choosing the ‘gag gift’ awards. Planet B started a rumor, repeated by many, that Re-Tern would be required to host a month-long Kingston racing series every August. Everyone is clearly in favor of this, and we look forward to someone informing Dave…

    Day Three

    Re-Tern having inherited ‘the yellow curse’ of regatta leader was now the target. Unwisely, and coincidently, the Jamaica Me Crazy crew donned their bright lime green team shirts – “all the better to be spotted early on the start line” as one race official gleefully commented. We weren’t going to get away with anything.

    Two deciding races were held that final day, as two race within a race scenarios were developing.Re-Tern and Jamaica had the 1-2 battle while Hey Jude and Planet B were going to duke it out for the 3rd podium spot with RedPortLeft (the winners of the CORK Long Distance race) and others still in the hunt. Both races were largely decided in the starting area. To leeward of Re-Tern at the first start of the day, we were able to pinch them off (see photo). They had to tack to port, ducking several boats. Hey Jude, sharpening her skills in preparation for the J105 North Americans, won the start on our lee bow to take 1st place. Planet B placed 2nd after a terrific duel with Jamaica. In the last race Jamaica took 2nd place and Planet B with a first had won its podium duel with Hey Jude.

    At that moment the possible became certainty. Jamaica Me Crazy had won the Canadians and the previously dreaded yellow jersey was now proudly worn. Perhaps a tiny bit of ‘hubrosity’ had set in.

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    Start line squeeze at the pin soon developed as a favored move to head left – it did not always work. In this critical Race 8 start, Hey Jude lee-bows Jamaica Me Crazy, who in tern takes control of Re-Tern, with Jude coming out in dominant position over both.Photo Courtesy: Geoff Websterwww.photoone.smugmug.com

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    Windward mark rounding: Jamaica Me Crazy followed by Planet B and Thunderstruck.Photo Courtesy: Geoff Websterwww.photoone.smugmug.com

    Kingston Bill Trophies

     

     

    J105 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

    CORK Offshore 2010

    Rank

    Boat

    SailNo

    Club

    Skipper

    Total

    1

    Jamaica Me Crazy

    158

    RCYC

    Peter Hall

    22.0

    2

    Return

    CAN 73

    RCYC

    David Shaver

    28.0

    3

    Planet B

    54315

    RCYC

    Stuart Kilpatrick

    31.0

    4

    Hey Jude

    CAN110

    RCYC

    James Rathbun

    35.0

    5

    RedPortLeft

    USA62

    YYC

    Marty McKenna

    42.0

    6

    Sonic Boom

    54858

    RCYC

    Ian Farquharson

    43.0

    7

    Thunderstruck

    358

    RCYC

    Andrew Moor

    58.0

    8

    Tusk

    677

    RCYC

    Ted Weir

    68.0

    9

    Sentient

    560

    RCYC

    Mike Chapman

    80.0

    10

    Scotch Rocks

    CAN 642

    MCC

    Bob Fler

    90.0

    11

    Another Hazard

    339

    AYC

    Peter Wolniak

    97.0

     


     

     

     

  • 2011 J/105 Canadian Championship Regatta Information

     

    2011 J105 Canadian at RCYC - Retern 2011 Canadian Champions

    Re:Tern 2011 J/105 Canadian Champions

    Final Day:  The 2011 J/105 Championship, the premier racing event of the J/105 Fleet 4 season was awarded to Dave Shaver's Retern, also winner of the 2007 edition.

    This year's Championship war flag was well earned in one of the closest events for the season and of past record.  Second place went to Jamaica Me Crazy, last year's winner whilst third place went to Hey Jude.  Final Results

    The three day event was the perfect test for J/105 sailing out of Toronto, with variable wind conditions from moderate (Friday and Sunday) to high waves Saturday, current and oscillating wind directions, testing sailing and strategy of all the top crews. Of note Sunday's racing which saw Sentient, displacing from the day winner podium any of the four top contender boats this weekend.  Sunday's racing, did not disappoint, with the final winners consolidating their respective positions on the very last two legs of the regatta.  
     

    Day2. Consistency wins the day as Jamaica Me Crazy takes over the lead. Retern and Planet B follow. Saturday's stronger breeze (15-12 knts for the first race) complemented with a veerying wind and rollers set the stage on this four race day. The fleet was again very close at all marks, and many boats on the fray until the end. There were no repeat winners with Trident and The Usual Suspects winning individual races. Again Endeauvor and Sentient had great races today.

    Day1. Three points separate the top 4 boats, with Planet B, leading after day 1.  Retern, Hey Jude and Jamaica Me Crazy were most consistent in the three race opening day.  Wind veered to the right by 30 degrees gradually throught the day which topped at 10 knts early in the first race. RC lead by Mike Milner did a fantastic job, which saw a first, no OCS for any of the thirteen starters. Races were extremely close and the Kattack views of the third race should fascinating as the boats approached the first windward mark in true big boat, big regatta style a wall of boats!

    2011 NOR: (PDF) | Registration: (PDF)  | Crew Eligibility: (PDF) | Safety Sign-OFF: (PDF) |  Sail Declaration(PDF) | Regatta Program here J105-2011CAChampHD

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    Happy sailing, David Shaver


    J105 Logo (TM) 2011 J105 Canadians (cont'd)

    Dave Shaver, the J105 Canadians Chair, has organized a great event sponsored by

    The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, J105 Fleet 4 Lake Ontario Class Association, Steam Whistle Brewery, North Sails, Evolution Sailmakers, Matt Johnston Rigging

    Please use the links below or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please use the READ MORE sections for greater detail

    Thanks for all your help with this event. Just to confirm the entry process, which we understand you will be helping with is as follows,

    1) Entry Forms - link  RCYC Website download the PDF 

    2) Inspection Times - Boats will be calling RCYC Sailing Office to book a time for Thursday Sept 8. Kathleen will book time slots form 9 to 3PM - The inspection team will be able to do 3 boats per hour with 3 separate teams.

    3) Other Forms - to complete registration each boat will need to complete the following three forms and give to you (attached below)

    a) Sail Declaration: Print and sign (PDF) J105 Class Sail Declaration Form.pdf

    b) Crew Weight and Waiver (Kathleen will print and keep a copy for each boat to record crew weights at the crew weigh-in) 

    Print and sign (PDF)  2011_J105_CND_CREW.pdf 

    c) Boat Inspection Sign Off (Peter Hall and his team will be doing the inspections and we will get the completed forms to you)

    Print and sign (PDF) 2011_J105_CND_BOAT_INSPECTION_SIGNOFF.pdf

    The sailing office will print additional copies in case boats don’t bring their own printed copies to the island.

    4) Crew Weigh-in - Scheduled for Thursday Sept 8 from 2 PM to 6 PM and Friday Sept 9 from 8:30 to 9:10 AM at the sailing office.

    Please take each crew members weight and have them sign the waiver form.

    5) Registration is schedule for Thursday Sept 8 from 2 to 6 PM. I would expect most boats to register in advance but the cut off is 6 PM.  

    Each entered boat should be provided an entry package which includes the Sailing Instructions, 6 Dinner Tickets and 12 Beverage control cards.  

    6) Skippers Meeting: Set for 6:30 PM - Venue to be announced.



    It looks like 13 boats are registered to date. If you are not registered please do so now with Kathleen at the RCYC Sailing Office  416 934 4435 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The forms needed are on the J105 website. 
     
    Here's what we plan to do on Inspection Day. 
    • One of three Inspection Teams will visit your boat so stay at your dock or assigned place and please be aboard at the time shown below. Visiting boats please contact me with location. 
    • Inspection will include several items including the J105 Class Minimum Required Equipment required (See Attached) So make sure your boat is prepared.
    • Complete the forms you need beforehand. Make sure you have aboard (a) sail tags on your sails all ready to be checked and that they jive with the official sail tag list on the www.j105.org website ("no tag no use"), (b) the J105 Class Sail Declaration Form; and (c) a valid Boat Weight Certificate and all lead weights properly attached and all equipment required on board per the certificate.
    • Make sure you have at least 1/2 tank of fuel aboard to pass inspection. And remember you have to complete the racing with at least 1/2 tank of fuel so better to make it 3/4 tank.

    The schedule for Inspections is below.

    Boats who have not requested a time slot have been allocated one. Please have your boat and forms ready.
     
    11:00AM -   Jamaica Me Crazy     Hey Jude      Planet B
    12:00PM -   Another Hazard      
    01:00PM - Scotch Rocks     Endevour      Voodoo Magic
    02:00PM - Trident     Sentient     Tusk
    03:00PM - Re-Tern   Thunderstruck  The Usual Suspects
    You will also need to get your crew weigh-in completed on Thursday afternoon from 14:00 to 18:00 or Friday morning 08:30 to 09:10.  Please see Kathleen at the Sailing Office. Make sure each skipper and crew sign off on the Skipper & Crew Waiver Form and your total weight is below max of 475 kg.NB: there will be on the water inspections by the PRO this year. Make sure all your required equipment is aboard, your lifelines properly tensioned and that you complete the race with at least 1/2 tank of fuel. Penalties will be per the Sailing Instructions.

    Here's to good luck, fun and fair racing

    Peter Hall


    Weigh Schedule

    We have reserved the Travel-Lift at RCYC for Tuesday August 30 to haul out these boats and weigh them - probably starting right after lunch if we have no more that 4 - 5 boats. This is the only time to get this done, it costs, takes us away from work, and requires a special jig and a rented scale. So don't miss getting on the 2011 Canadians Racecourse in September and contact me right away to make your reservation so you will have your Boat Weight Certificate in time.

    Again this year Dan O'Dwyer and I are your Measurers so help us get this done on time - please hit the reply button and write "Book me"! Boats named above - you are hereby respectfully notified!

    We are also looking for volunteers (skippers and crew) to help do the Inspections throughout the day on Thursday Sept 8 - the day before the racing begins. So come on out with your crew to get your boat race ready and volunteer for 3 hours or more and get some exercise checking certificates, sail tags, etc. to help make this easy for all.

    Peter Hall


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    2011 J105 Canadian Championships

    Schedule of Events        

    Thursday, September 8: Registration, Inspection and Opening Ceremonies           
    0900 – 1600    Inspection           
    1400 – 1800    Registration and Crew Weigh-In at RCYC Island Sailing Office           
    1830              Skippers Meeting at RCYC Island Sailing office           
    1900              Informal Cook Out (Thursday BBQ available, not included in event fee)             
    Friday, September 9th: First Day of Competition           
    0830 – 0910    Weigh-In at RCYC Island Sailing Office
    0830 – 0910    Breakfast and purchased Box Lunch pickup available           
    1050**           Warning 1st Race           
    1800-1900*     Daily Prizes and Post Race Crew Appreciation on Front Lawn ***             
    Saturday, September 10th: Second Day of Competition           
    0830 – 0910    Breakfast and purchased Box Lunch pickup available           
    1050**           Warning 1st Race           
    1830              Championship Cocktails/Dinner & prizes in Dining Room***            
    Sunday, September 11th: Third Day of Competition, Awards and Closing           
    Ceremonies           
    0830 – 0910    Breakfast and purchased Box Lunch pickup available           
    1025**          Warning 1st Race           
    1500*             Post Race Crew Appreciation Cocktails on Front Lawn ***           
    1600*             Awards and Closing Ceremonies            

    The above schedule is subject to change

            * Post race activities will begin shortly after boats have returned to the club docks.
    ** A total of 9 races are planned. Up to four races may be held on any race day.
       No race will start on Friday or Saturday after 1600 hrs and on Sunday after 1500 hrs.
        *** Designated social events: 6 tickets per boat are included with registration for the post race crew appreciation cocktails and the Saturday dinner.    
     
    Canadian’s Dinner
    Sat. Sept 10 @ 1830 RCYC Dinning Room
    Fleet 4 hosts tonight’s dinner and the daily awards  6 Dinner Tickets per boat are included in the entry fee with a reservation confirmed upon receipt of the entry fee.   
    Additional tickets may be purchased. Please inform the RCYC sailing office ( 416 934 4435 or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require additional dinner tickets by Tuesday September 6th Dress is smart casual - collared shirts & slacks (no jeans please)
     


    2010 J105 Canadians. Race Summary - Here

  • Hall of Fame

    2014 J/105 Canadian Championship - Hey Jude

      Hey Jude wins the Canadian Championship

    2014-J105 Canadians - Hey Jude

     

    2014 J/105 Canadian Championship: GAME ON!

     

    J/105 Fleet 4 Lake Ontario The J/105 Canadian Championship was held on September 6th and 7th at RCYC. This traditional 3-day event was shortened to 2-days to respect the time requirements of the J/105 North Americans, also at RCYC, later in the month. The event attracted 21 teams and the entries included boats from the USA and Bermuda; teams were ramping up and it promised to be a warm-up for the North Americans.

    On Saturday the teams were met with medium breeze from the west, which was forecast to shift to the north; to add to the fun there were patches of west to east current that made the laylines a bit of a challenge. Mandate jumped out of the blocks to take the first race, with Hey Jude following in second and Endeavour taking third. It became apparent that there was going to be “no love” on the start line for this event as there were a number of General Recalls and Black Flags the became a recurring theme. In races two and three, Mandate and Hey Jude traded firsts and seconds with Jamaica Me Crazy and Distant Passion (Bermuda) taking third respectively. On this day, teams were rewarded by getting off the line clean, and then helping the boat go upwind in the short chop. With a sudden drop in the breeze and then a hard shift to the north, the race committee wisely decided to call it a day. After three races, the top five consisted of Mandate (4 pts), Hey Jude (5 pts), Live Edge (13 pts), Forro (17 pts), and Jamaica (19 pts).

    The crews enjoyed a fun social evening where the day’s challenges and opportunities were discussed. Topics like: how to keep the boat powered up in short chop, or how to get a handle on the current and local knowledge, for the visitors, were discussed. It was apparent in Saturday’s informal debrief that the key asset of Toronto’s J/105 Fleet is its willingness to share knowledge.

    The schedule planned for an earlier start on Sunday, and the teams were hoping to get one good race in during the dying northerly before the afternoon’s uncertainty. The first race was a tedious affair and crews were rewarded by keeping the boat going fast through the water at all times; being caught downspeed was a killer. There was a familiar outcome in this race with Hey Jude taking the gun, and Mandate finishing a close second; Endeavour was an even closer third to Mandate. The second race of the day proved pivotal; it was really difficult to figure out what, if anything, the wind would do and it became a choice of whether the remaining gradient would prevail, or whether the seabreeze would come in this late in the day. Hey Jude placed their bets on the seabreeze and it payed off for a first, with Jamaica and Usual Suspects not far behind.

    There was time for a sixth race and Hey Jude just needed keep it clean to take the Canadian title; easier said than done in a quality fleet with no drop races. A shaky first-beat saw Hey Jude round the weather mark deep in the fleet; while Mandate was out to a commanding lead with Jamaica close behind. Hey Jude was able to leverage boatspeed and boathandling to be upwardly mobile and take a 3rd in that race and clinch the regatta. Mandate claimed second, while Forro took third with Jamaica forth, and Endeavour fifth.

    What became clearly apparent was the competitiveness of the local fleet and the learning curve of the visiting boats as they prepared for the North Americans. Local boats like Forro, Jamaica, Endeavour, Live Edge, and Tusk all showed that they were ready to roll. Visiting boats like Distant Passion (Bermuda), Ali Cat (California), and Good Lookin (Michigan) gave notice that they were getting a handle on the local conditions were going to be a force in the NAs. Many thanks to Doug Bullock and his team of volunteers for this prelude to the 2014 J/105 North Americans at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto.

    GAME ON!
     

    Written by Scott Collinson - Hey Jude

    | Regatta Photos| Video (from Jamaica Me Crazy) | Regatta Results | Fleet Standings |

     1st place:  Hey Jude

    2014 Canadians 1st HeyJude 
     

      2nd place:  Mandate

    2014 Canadians 2nd Mandate
     

     3rd place:  Forro

    2014 Canadians 3rd Forro
     
     | Regatta Photos| Video (from Jamaica Me Crazy) | Regatta Results | Fleet Standings |
     
  • 2011 ABYC Regatta

    2012 ABYC. The 2012 edition of the ABYC regatta, the traditional start for keel racing on Lake Ontario, was exciting and frustrating for many of this year's participants.  Hey Jude won the weekend one point over Planet B. Both boats had frustrating results in one of the seven races started by the RCYC race committe. However both boats also enjoyed the fruits of great boat handling with remarkable starts, in variable (treacherous even) wind on Saturday, with low sub-teens early in the day and building. Sunday was a more enjoyable day with ten plus knots and steady on medium wave seas.

    Great racing was had by all, with twelve participants and very much improved racing performance by many of the Fleet 4 racers, in what will be a break thru year for many, we are sure.

    2012 Results - ABYC Open 


    2011 ABYC Skipper's Plan  May 28 & 29th- Three races in 5-9knts and oscillating winds between 70 an 110 degrees, and 11 racers, led by Hey Jude, Jamaica Me Crazy, Thunderstuck and Planet B. Photos have been published. Send your links or photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

    2011 ABYC Open 2011 Photo Album | 2011 Regatta Results |Fleet Standings

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    2011 Regatta

    j The Kattack reports in full use for the first time show interesting transitions and clear midfleet changes, induced by unexpected wind shifts. As is often the case at ABYC, some wind lanes influence performance as well.

    Low cloud and fog prevented the Race Committee from starting a race on the first day of the 2011 ABYC Skipper's Plan Regatta. 

    As always, the east-end club's hospitality was a welcome respite to what was otherwise a frustrating date for the 11 registered J105 Fleet 4 participants. 

    2010 ABYC Open Regatta A great start for the 2010 Season with 13 racers (11 starters each day) at the always favourite ABYC Open Regatta. With six races (three each day) races in weather more not unlike mid-summer Lake Ontario conditions. Hey Jude's stood out with two bullets each day, complemented by a second place on Saturday and Sunday. Planet B, was unable to maintain the pace, finishing 4th or better for each race. Jamaica Me Crazy, started Sunday with their first bullet of the year. Fourth was Thunderstruck.


    2010 Photo Album | 2010 Regatta Results | Overall Standings

  • 2011-LYRA at PCYC (Course Races)

    The Usual Suspects win 2011 LYRA Regatta.The  2011 LYRA Regatta at PCYC attracted eight J105 for three days of course racing. 

    The conditions were challenging for both the competitors and the race committee and the sailors had to keep their wits about them to deal with the shifts and wind ranging anywhere from 27 knts in a squall, to drifting in 5 knts. Two races had to abandoned before the weather mark. 

  • 2010-RCYC Founders

    SB 2010 Founders start2010 The Founders Regatta's is Jamaica Me Crazy's first weekend win for the year! JMC's strong showing brings her first season's regatta, overtaking the early leaders Hey Jude and Planet B.  Full Tilt Boogie is second for the weekend, Planet B is third.

    In the midst of Toronto's G20 mayhem,  12 participants braved the elements, police and coast guard Toronto Harbour overzelous patrolling.  The regatta was punctuated by unusual wind shifts, hazy, variable wind, and only one race on Saturday due to poor wind. A total of 4 races were started.  Planet B's two first place finishes, was marred by a black flag DSQ, which also affected Hey Jude on Sunday's second race.  The absence of the two season's leaders, for that race was not wasted by Jamaica Me Crazy and Full Tilt Boogie.  Remarkable this weekend was the srong showing of all competitors, new and old to the fleet.  

    This year's Founders edition also featured the hospitality of Vicky Hall, Peter Hall and crew of the Jamaica Me Crazy, which hosted an informal get together, well attended and exquisitely catered by Vicky and members of her crew.  Once again the bar has been set high for the next social event organizers! Check out the photo album link for some pics of the event. Thank you guys, it was terrfic!

    Photo Album | Regatta Results | Overall Standings

  • 2011-Youngstown Level

    J105 Logo (TM) 2011 J105 Fleet 4 at YYC. Planet B takes YYC Levels on last day on Sunday, two points over Jamaica Me Crazy, last year's Level regatta winner.  In great weekend for racing, with excellent wind on both days, great RC work, delayed on Sunday after large waves and strong winds delayed the smaller tenders to getting to the race course on time.

     2011 Photo Album | 2011 Regatta Results | 2011 Fleet Standings

  • 2011-PCYC Open Regatta

     Trident wins 2011 PCYC Open.

  • 2010 J/105 Canadian Championship - Jamaica Me Crazy

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    Jamaica Me Crazy, maintains her 2010 outstanding season with her first J105 Canadians Championship, and a very convincing win, finishing 3rd or better in 8 of 9 total races scored! Re:Tern was second and Planet B was third. Both finished with at least two bullets, one less than Hey Jude.

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    Jamaica Me Crazy: 2010 J105 Canadian Champions. (with Green Shirts) Jessica Perraton, Vicky Hall, Paul Milkman, Marco Pronto (not in the photo), Peter Hall, Pamela Campbell and Alan Corrance.

    A fabulous time was had by all in Kingston. All the rumours about strong wind and great sailing conditions are true. It was an excellent regatta.
    At 10 am when we were tuning up the winds were 8 - 10 knots
    At 11 - 12 during the first race they were 10 - 12 knots
    At 12:30 - 1:30 they were 12 - 14 knots
    At 2:00 - 3:00 they were 15 -18 knots
    At 3:30 - 4:30 they were 19 - 22 knots
    Followed the same pattern every day. Great sailing with lots of awesome moments

    2nd Place Re:TERN - Photos
    3rd Place Planet B - Photos

    Link to Regatta Photos - J105 Class

    CORK Online Registration

    Registration -  All Classes

    Registered Participants

    Boats Registered

    CORK Notice of Race - NOR

    CORK NOR -  All Classes

    2010 NOR - J105 Class Only

     J105 NOR Only - (PDF Only)

    2010 Sailing Instructions

     SIs

    2010 Mimimum Required Equipment

     Safety Sign-OFF - PDF Version

    2010 Crew Sign-off

    Crew Eligibility -PDF Version

    2010 Measurement & Signoff

     Measure Sign-OFF- PDF Versio

    Regatta Race Information:

    Hey Jude at 2009 Canadian ChampionshipsFleet 4 and CORK are proud to welcome the J105 Fleet for the 2010 Canadian Championships, August 27-29 as part of CORK Offshore in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

    5-08-2010 The forms for compliance at the Canadians have been updated are attached and posted on the J/105 Canadian's website.  There will be no formal measurement process with the exception of spot inspections during the regatta.  Each owner will be responsible for submitting the attached forms (Crew Waiver, Minimum Required Equipment and Owner Sign Off with sail tag numbers) to the CORK Registration office in Kingston prior to 9 AM on the first day of Racing (Preferably before hand to my attention via email in PDF). Also, boats that do not have valid boat weight certificate should speak to Dan O'Dwyer.

    The crew weigh in, as posted in the Notice or Race, will occur in Kingston from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday Aug 26 and 8 to 9 AM on Friday Aug 27 at the CORK registration Area at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.

    The Annual Championship Dinner is scheduled for Saturday Aug 28 at Kingston Yacht Club.  The cost will be $100 per boat for six tickets. Extra tickets will be available for $20 Each. I will need to be confirm the exact #s one week before the event.  I will assume all boats registered will be attending the dinner and please let me know if you require extra tickets. 

    The Notice of Race ("NOR") for the 2010 Canadian Championship and the Appendix for J/105s has been posted on the CORK website.

    REGISTRATION: Register before Aug 10 to avoid a late fee.  Online or fax in form in the NOR

    CORK/Sail Kingston, 53 Yonge St, Kingston, ON, K7M 6G4 or Phone: (613) 545-1322. Fax: (613) 548-3752 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Pre-Regatta Information.

    25-07-2010: The J-105 Canadian Champs are only one month away and we have +10 boats confirmed!   Kingston offers some of the best fresh water sailing in the world with South West 15 knot thermals and warm waters that attract crews from all over the world - not to mention the great restaurants and bars!.    Post race socials are planned for each night following racing and we have our annual, not to be missed, Championship dinner on Saturday Aug 28 at Kingston Yacht Club.

    You can register via the link to the CORK Website and the early bird fee is available until Aug 10. http://www.cork.org/events/cork_offshore.html

    The Feeder Race from Toronto to Kingston is set for Friday Aug 20 with a start time of approximately 12 Noon - Robert Baker will be circulating the SIs shortly.

    More info is on the Fleet 4 website and stay tuned for further email updates and posts to http://www.j105.ca

    DOCKING: Information regarding docking before, during and after the Championship is included in the NOR and if you have not made arrangements for docking before and after the Championships I would encourage you to do so ASAP with they City of Kingston. The deposit is only one nights docking (further information is in the NOR). Docking during the Championships at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour is included in the registration fee and will be reserved with your registration.


    ACCOMMODATION
    : Information is provided in the NOR Appendix.

    SOCIAL: This years Saturday night social event will be held at the Kingston Yacht Club - If you have not done so already, please let me know if you think you will be attending - I would like to give the club a rough idea of numbers.

    SPONSORS
    : At this time we do not have a sponsor for the Championship and any ideas are welcome if they could be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    2010-CND-FR-20100801

    Confirmed Participants:

    No

    Boat

    Club

    1

    Re Tern

    RCYC

    2

    Hey Jude

    RCYC

    3

    Planet B

    RCYC

    4

    Jamaica Me Crazy

    RCYC

    5

    Tusk

    RCYC

    6

    Red Port Left

     YYC

    7

    Scotch Rocks

    Mimico

    8

    Sonic Boom

    RCYC

    9

    The Usual Suspects

    RCYC

    10

    Sentient

    RCYC

    11

    Thunderstruck

    RCYC

     

     

     

     

     

     The Sailing Instructions and Skipper/Crew Waiver forms have been posted for the 2010 J105 Canadian Championship Feeder Race to Kingston.

    Please note, the J105 Canadians Feeder Race to Kingston Sailing Instructions (SI's). differ greatly from those of day racing events. You are instructed to carefully reading and understand these SIs thoroughly, including but not limited to the Self recording policy, fixed starting time, the use of engines, finish deadline and crew waiver and registration. READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!

    Sailing Instructions (PDF Version) | Skipper and Crew Waiver (PDF Version)

    Boat Registration and Skipper and Crew Waiver forms must be completed and faxed prior to 24:00 August 19th, 2010.

    Robert Baker.

  • 2012-J/105 Canadian Championship - Planet B

    PLANET B wins the 2012 J/105 Canadians in convincing style with 3 bullets on the final day to cap off a great career.

    2012-J105-CNDS-H3

    J105 Fleet 4 But let's go back to the beginning where all good adventure stories start. Friday Sept 21 came in quite mildly and the winds were not forecast to do much of anything. Sadly, the forecasters were right for once. Each crew seemed to get ready for racing very eagerly and headed out before the PRO could put up a shore side postponement. Sixteen J/105's were keen to duke it out but they'd have to wait for another day after 4 hours of hanging around in 3 knot breezes. Great call not to race actually by Mike Milner, PRO who didn't fall pray to trying to make something out of nothing. As quickly as we scooted out - we popped right back in to enjoy the on shore El Dorado Rum party hosted by Jason from Woodman Wines and Spirits.

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  • 2014 RCYC Open - Hey Jude

    Hey Jude wins the 2014 RCYC Open

    Hey Jude - RCYC Open - 2014

    Hey Jude won with 4 races over the two day regatta with two bullets and top five finishes. Jamaica Me Crazy, and Forro filled out the top three with one win for each boat. Mandate and Starcross were 4th and 5th overall.

    Regatta  Photos | Regatta  Results |Fleet 4 Championship Standings |

     


    Perspective from H-Bomb (new to the fleet in 2014)

    2014 RCYC Open H-Bomb

    After a number of mechanical issues, we finally made it out to a regatta. The RCYC Open lived up to expectations although we missed the party. I want to extend a special thanks to Michael Penny for looking after the weigh in - this process was really well done and we got through six boats in short order. It speaks well for the fleet’s future that there are four new boats in Toronto for 2014.

    Now to the racing - it has been 30 years since I raced competitively and I must admit to some butterflies as we approached the starting line. As an aside, it must be noted that the fleet is much friendlier on the dock than they are at the starting line and at mark roundings. Normally the focus is on the perspective from the front of the fleet. I am going to focus on our experience because we were not close enough to the leaders to provide any commentary on what was happening up there. There is plenty happening throughout the rest of the fleet.


    Race #1: Our objective was to not get blown out. As it turned out we were doing pretty well until a minor altercation required us to do a couple of turns. In this fleet a couple of turns take you from mid-fleet to back of the pack in a hurry. Final results were: 1 st – Jamaica me Crazy, 2 nd – Tusk, 3 rd – Live Edge

    Race #2: Bad boat speed and brutal tactical decisions following a pathetic start – what can I say. We needed binoculars to see Hey Jude. When all was said and done: 1 st – Hey Jude, 2 nd Jamaica me Crazy (plus a penalty) and 3 rd – Forro.

    Race #3: Finally we sailed a decent race and were quite thrilled with a 9 th place finish. We spent a lot of time after the race trying to figure out what was different between race #2 and race #3 – we like to think that race #3 was normal and #2 was an aberration. Meanwhile, up at the front: 1 st – Forro, 2 nd – Jamaica Me Crazy, and 3 rd – Hey Jude

    Race #4: No wind at first but after much waiting around, we finally got going. A big shift to the right on the second windward leg changed the order around pretty significantly. Hey Jude was first followed by Mandate with Jamaica Me Crazy in third.

    Final results:

    #1 – Hey Jude

    #2 – Jamaica Me Crazy

    #3 - Forro

    The takeaways from this event are:

    • A complete vindication of my decision to join the J105 community in Toronto (what a blast),
    • The pleasant realization that the boat should be competitive (thank you one design),
    • The confirmation that this fleet is extremely competitive from top to bottom (the bar has been set pretty high),
    • If you are not the lead dog the view never changes, and
    • There is a lot of work to do before September.

    Well, that is all from the Bomb Squad – see you in Port Credit.

     

    Written by: Russell Hopper

  • 2014 PCYC Open - Mandate

    Mandate wins the 2014 PCYC Open

    Mandate

    Mandate prevailed over Jamaica Me Crazy and Hey Jude for the 2014 edition of the Port Credit Yacht Club Open Regatta.

     Regatta Results  | Fleet 4 Standings  | Regatta Photos

     

    Port Credit Open Regatta - July 5&6, 2014

    Peter Hall, Skipper Jamaica Me Crazy

    The Port Credit Regatta was a very enjoyable event and provided conditions that were challenging, taxing even the hotshots on Mandate & Hey Jude. The wind seemed more predictable on Saturday, and like Wayne Gretzsky's strategy, you needed to sail on both days to where the wind would be next. Jamaica Me Crazy had an open hotline with the wind gods on Saturday, but then lost contact on Sunday when the winds were somewhat stronger and where the shore side of the course was a death trap.

    There was also a current on Sunday from the west which probably acccounted for less general recalls that day than the record performed the day before: it felt like we were doing a race start clinic. Unfortunately Endevour and Voodoo Magic each had a BFD in Race#1 but otherwise sailed well in several races with Voodo's best finish a 2nd and Endevour a 4th. Tusk decided to play chicken with a Melges which cost them race # 3 but would otherwise heve been close to the podium.


    Race management anchoring errors meant only 3 of the 4 races scheduled were run on Saturday but by then after all those starts we all probably wanted to head in for a beer. 

    The final results for the top five are as follows:

    1. Mandate 18 points, with three first place finishes and an eighth their worst. For the second time this year she was skippered by Dirk, the leader of the "B Team", proving how formidable these guys are;
    2. Jamaice Me Crazy 22 points, with two first place finishes and a seventh for their worst, just breaking a tie with Hey Jude by beating Mandate by a whisker in Race # 6;
    3. Hey Jude 22 points, with four second place finishes and a tenth their worst;
    4. Usual Suspects 31 points, with a second for their best; and
    5. Starcross 35 points, with a first for their best finish.

    While the lake conditions was one of the best so far this season it would have been really "Grand" if more boats had turned up. So hopefully participation will improve as the North Americans approach.

    And last but not least we should welcome H-Bomb to the fleet. She is skippered by Russell Hopper from the National YC and were out for their second regatta. They certainly caused a few necks to look upwind to see their stern in the early stages of many races. This performance must have been good starts and great boat speed which makes us suspect that they have a good shot at the podium. The Jamaicans would like to invite them over for some post race Appleton at the Summer Regatta at RCYC July 19 & 20th.

  • 2014 J105 Summer Regatta - Mandate

    Mandate wins the 2014 J105 Summer Regatta

    J105 Summer Regatta 2014 First Place MANDATE

    First Place: Mandate

    J105 Summer Regatta 2014 Second Place TUSK

    Second Place: Tusk

     Regatta Results  | Fleet 4 Standings

    Report from Tusk

    The 2014 J105 Summer Regatta held on Saturday June 19th featured 16 of the fleet's 25 boats competing just south of Toronto's Island with a north easterly 10-12 knot breeze and a nasty bump on port tack. Onboard Tusk, our pre-race strategy was go left no matter what, and when we thought we'd gone far enough, to keep going. Most of the fleet had the same idea - but not everyone could get off the line clean enough to execute the strategy. Those that did rounded the top mark in good shape. This strategy would not change for each of the 4 races on the day.


    The first start attempt was abandoned by a general recall - and then, the first time in Fleet4's history this writer can remember, the RC went immediately to the I-Flag which was displayed for every start. Being over the line within 60 seconds of the gun meant you had to go round the ends to restart. We thought that most boats would favour an end opening up the middle which is where Tusk headed to get a good lane. Tusk's fearless skipper Ted was able to pull off 4 flawless starts to allow the Tusk crew to cruise to a 2, 3, 1, 4 result ending up tied for first with 10 points.

    Mandate's finest were able to get clean starts to win both of the first 2 races rather easily. But Usual Suspects fought for the pin on Race 3 and Mandate was pushed over, forced around the end and the best they could do was get back to 7th. Jamaica recorded their worst finish on the first race and improved as the day went on sitting in 3rd place where they would finish up with 6, 2, 3, 2 finishes.

    The regatta winner was determined in Race 4 although at the time we didn't know this as everyone expected more racing on Sunday - not to be. The wind was a little lighter and Tusk's start was a little further off the line but we held our lane and rounded the top mark on the final leg in 3rd place which would have placed us 1 point ahead of Mandate at the end of the day as they were once again in 1st rounding the top mark. However, Hey Jude having pulled off 2 uncharacteristic finishes of 15th and 11th for races 2 and 3 decided to pull up their socks and sneak past Tusk just before the finish and take away the clear win allowing Mandate to tie Tusk with 10 points and a well deserved victory with a 1, 1, 7, 1 record for the regatta.

    In 4th with 8, 5, 2, 8 for 23 was Rounding Error which showed good speed all day, followed by Forro helmed this event by George Mezo who tallied 3, 7, 5, 9 for 24. Usual Suspects showed good results for races 2 and 3. Looking through the results, it is clear that most of the fleet had a couple of good races sandwiched between a couple of poor ones. Obviously, consistency is key and being in the top 3 or 4 boats is all that's needed to win the bigger events.

    Sunday's weather didn't cooperate with fluky winds that never filled in even though the RC waited 3 hours in a shore side postponement before abandoning racing for the day.

    At the awards ceremony, Mandate's Rod Wilmer reminded everyone that we're all improving with the tight competition ramping up to the Canadians and North American Championship in September. It's critical for all to get out and compete in order to be ready for those key events. Next regatta is the Sat-Sunday of LYRA Day races on August 2nd and 3rd. Let's get everyone out for it !

    Robert Baker

    Team Tusk

  • 2014 LYRA Regatta - Jamaica Me Crazy

    Jamaica Me Crazy takes LYRA and the Winner's Flag

    During the two-day regatta for LYRA 2014, dominated by a textbook case of a Lake Ontario August glassy calm, despite the heroic diligence of the Bravo course RC only a single race (with shortened course at that) could be completed. Jamaica Me Crazy won the race, and with it the regatta and the right to fly the yellow winner's flag. The podium was rounded out by Mandate in second place and Hey Jude in third. Tusk took fourth and Usual Suspects fifth, with the newcomer to the fleet - H-Bomb - taking sixth place. Full results are here .

    Saturday started with around 4 kts and an AP. After an hour's wait, the breeze steadied enough at 6 kts for the fleets to be started. As the boats searched for pressure, the breeze fell to around 2 kts, and the RC wisely shortened the course to ensure at least one finished race. On Sunday conditions were so glassy that the race was AP'd on shore, and under unchanging conditions the day was called in the afternoon.

    Kudos to the RC for their excellent race management, unceasing efforts to assess conditions, wise decisions, razor-sharp radio communications and sense of humour!

    Regatta Photos  | Regatta Results  | Fleet 4 Standings
     

    Congratulations Jamaica Me Crazy!

    2014-LYRA winners Jamaica Me Crazy-001

  • 2014 Royals Regatta - Mandate

    Mandate Reclaims the Winner's Flag at Royals

    A strong fleet of nineteen J-105s came out for the 2014 Royal Weekend Regatta. Sailing on Alpha course with the Eight Meters and the IRC fleet, Saturday finally brought some long awaited wind. Three good SW hiking breeze races were held, the last one being a windward leg followed by a long sail downwind through the Eastern Gap and a finish off the RCYC dock. Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin’s Mandate won the day with three bullets followed by Jim Rathbun’s Hey Jude with three seconds. Jamaica Me Crazy and Live Edge both had consistent days with all three races in the top six and eight respectively.

    Sunday saw a wait for the offshore gradient to be overcome by a light southerly lake breeze. Hey Jude won the leeward end favoured fourth race starting line and worked left into the better wind on that side of the course. Mandate chased Jude the whole race but even after a last leg light air gybing duel was not quite able to get close enough to steal the win. Full Tilt had a strong race to finish third followed by Sonic Boom.

    In a bid to start a fifth race prior to the 2 PM deadline, after one General Recall, the Black Flag came out for the heavily leeward end favoured start. Needless to say it was hard to get off the line with speed and clear air. Hey Jude managed to get left and rounded the top mark second behind Usual Suspects before slipping into the lead soon after. Mandate rounded in sixth place. Initially starboard gybe paid off but not for too long as the east part of the course saw a dying breeze. Hey Jude stayed in the middle trying to protect their lead while Mandate and Sentient sailed off on port gybe to become the most westerly boats with Rounding Error not far away. The course was shortened to the leeward gate where the south wind had now died completely and there were signs of a very light northerly staring to appear. With too much clean living on their side Mandate was able to sail around the remaining boats and two sail reach into the finish line to win the race closely followed by Rounding Error and Sentient.

    Top five in the regatta were Mandate, Hey Jude, Full Tilt, Jamaica Me Crazy and Live Edge.

    Next up are the Canadians and North Americans.

    - Terry McLaughlin (Mandate)

    Regatta  Photos  | Regatta  Results  | Fleet 4  Standings
  • 2014 J/105 Canadians - Hey Jude

     Hey Jude wins the Canadian Championship

    2014-J105 Canadians - Hey Jude

     2014 J/105 Canadian Championship: GAME ON!

     

    The J/105 Canadian Championship was held on September 6th and 7th at RCYC. This traditional 3-day event was shortened to 2-days to respect the time requirements of the J/105 North Americans, also at RCYC, later in the month. The event attracted 21 teams and the entries included boats from the USA and Bermuda; teams were ramping up and it promised to be a warm-up for the North Americans.
     
    On Saturday the teams were met with medium breeze from the west, which was forecast to shift to the north; to add to the fun there were patches of west to east current that made the laylines a bit of a challenge. Mandate jumped out of the blocks to take the first race, with Hey Jude following in second and Endeavour taking third. It became apparent that there was going to be “no love” on the start line for this event as there were a number of General Recalls and Black Flags the became a recurring theme. In races two and three, Mandate and Hey Jude traded firsts and seconds with Jamaica Me Crazy and Distant Passion (Bermuda) taking third respectively. On this day, teams were rewarded by getting off the line clean, and then helping the boat go upwind in the short chop. With a sudden drop in the breeze and then a hard shift to the north, the race committee wisely decided to call it a day. After three races, the top five consisted of Mandate (4 pts), Hey Jude (5 pts), Live Edge (13 pts), Forro (17 pts), and Jamaica (19 pts).
     
    The crews enjoyed a fun social evening where the day’s challenges and opportunities were discussed. Topics like: how to keep the boat powered up in short chop, or how to get a handle on the current and local knowledge, for the visitors, were discussed. It was apparent in Saturday’s informal debrief that the key asset of Toronto’s J/105 Fleet is its willingness to share knowledge.
     
    The schedule planned for an earlier start on Sunday, and the teams were hoping to get one good race in during the dying northerly before the afternoon’s uncertainty. The first race was a tedious affair and crews were rewarded by keeping the boat going fast through the water at all times; being caught downspeed was a killer.  There was a familiar outcome in this race with Hey Jude taking the gun, and Mandate finishing a close second; Endeavour was an even closer third to Mandate. The second race of the day proved pivotal; it was really difficult to figure out what, if anything, the wind would do and it became a choice of whether the remaining gradient would prevail, or whether the seabreeze would come in this late in the day. Hey Jude placed their bets on the seabreeze and it payed off for a first, with Jamaica and Usual Suspects not far behind.
     
    There was time for a sixth race and Hey Jude just needed keep it clean to take the Canadian title; easier said than done in a quality fleet with no drop races. A shaky first-beat saw Hey Jude round the weather mark deep in the fleet; while Mandate was out to a commanding lead with Jamaica close behind. Hey Jude was able to leverage boatspeed and boathandling to be upwardly mobile and take a 3rd in that race and clinch the regatta. Mandate claimed second, while Forro took third with Jamaica forth, and Endeavour fifth.
     
    What became clearly apparent was the competitiveness of the local fleet and the learning curve of the visiting boats as they prepared for the North Americans. Local boats like Forro, Jamaica, Endeavour, Live Edge, and Tusk all showed that they were ready to roll. Visiting boats like Distant Passion (Bermuda), Ali Cat (California), and Good Lookin (Michigan) gave notice that they were getting a handle on the local conditions were going to be a force in the NAs. Many thanks to Doug Bullock and his team of volunteers for this prelude to the 2014 J/105 North Americans at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto.

    GAME ON!

     Written by Scott Collinson - Hey Jude
     

     

    1st place:  Hey Jude

    2014 Canadians 1st HeyJude 
     

    2nd place:  Mandate

    2014 Canadians 2nd Mandate
     

    3rd place:  Forro

    2014 Canadians 3rd Forro
     
     
     

     

  • 2014 J105 North American Championship - Mandate

     

    J105 NACs Thur 9-25-2014 1-25-33 PM

     Light air start on Lake Ontario

     

    The biggest regatta on the J105 schedule, the North American Championship, was hosted by RCYC on September 24-28. Twenty seven teams from California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Bermuda and Canada made their way to Toronto to duke it out for the Championship. The expected late September strong winds failed to materialize as a very large high firmly planted itself over the Great Lakes and refused to move along. Despite the poor forecast for the opening day Thursday the race committee managed to squeeze in 3 good sized races in the light ESE breeze.

    On that day four boats - Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin’s Mandate (1, 3, 2), Rick Goebel’s Sanity (3, 1, 4), Peter Hall’s Jamaica Me Crazy (4, 2, 3) and defending champion Jim Rathbun’s Hey Jude (2, 7, 1) - proved that they were the teams to beat in the 27 boat fleet. Rick had brought his boat all the way from San Diego, California. Getting off the starting line with speed was the key and the fleet was very aggressive at starting. The first and third races started under black flag after two general recalls each time. Apres racing the crews were treated to a Caribbean BBQ on the front lawn entertained by Errol Blackwood and his Reggae band.

    The second day of racing on Friday was a non-event as the fleet never left the dock. The race committee was stationed out in the lake all day but could only report back on the lack of wind. That meant that the pool party could start a little earlier than planned. The party featured music by Jack Squat and a juggling contest for the sailors run by a professional juggler.

    Saturday’s forecast didn’t look any better than Friday’s but after a delay on shore the fleet was sent out to wait for wind. A light southerly finally came in and the race committee did a good job to squeeze in two races. The second race of the day was shortened at the second weather mark with the breeze dying fast. Mandate (2, 2), Sanity (3, 1) and Jamaica (1, 3) all scored 4 points on the day to maintain the narrow point gap at the top of the standings. Hey Jude had a 4 & 7 finish to drop off a bit. Saturday night featured a magnificent buffet in the ballroom.

    The stage was set on Sunday to have a real battle for the championship. Mandate led Sanity by 2 points and Jamaica was only one point behind Sanity. Given the 2 PM race start cut off time it was unlikely that more than two races could be held. As the sailing instructions stated "no drop races", anything could still happen. One bad start, over early, Black Flag, miss the first shift or DSQ could scupper a boat’s regatta in a real hurry. By virtue of Sanity’s two first places to Mandate’s one first place Sanity would win a possible tie break between the two of them. With a lot on the line, and for other reasons, it was difficult to get a good night’s sleep on Saturday night/Sunday morning for some of the contending skippers.

    As it turned out on Sunday morning when the crews came across to the Island the harbour was flat calm and there was no more wind in the lake. Once again the race committee went out to the lake to wait for wind while the teams were held ashore but the breeze never developed. At 1 PM the three signals were fired abandoning races for the day and the regatta was over. The team of Terry McLaughlin, Rod Wilmer, John Millen, Andrew McTavish, Graham Hicks, Fraser Howell (on Thursday, Friday, Sunday) and Sandy Andrews (on Saturday) aboard Mandate were declared 2014 J105 North American Champions. Sanity was second, Jamaica Me Crazy third, Hey Jude fourth and The Usual Suspects fifth.

    Many thanks to the Regatta Chairman Doug Bullock who, along with this team, did an excellent job in all aspects of the championship. Michael Penny led the measurement team and Mike Milner was the PRO. Janet McDougall organized a first class International Jury.

    The quality of racing and the camaraderie of the fleet have other RCYC Members now thinking of the buying a J105 and joining the fleet. If interested, please contact Doug Bullock the head of Fleet 4.

    Terry McLaughlin - Team Mandate

     

    J105NAC Mandate FirstPlace

     First Place:  Mandate

     

    J105NAC Sanity SecondPlace

    Second Place:  Sanity

     

    J105 NAC JamaicaMeCrazy Third

    Third Place:  Jamaica Me Crazy

     

    Results  | Regatta Details  | Class Association Report| Fleet 4 Photo Album | Race 3 - Drone Video (Mike Wolfes) |

    | Tim Wilkes Photography Event Photos  |


  • 2015 Canadians - Mandate

    Mandate wins 2015 the Canadian Championship

    2014-J105 Canadians - Hey Jude

    2015 J/105 Canadian Championship: Mandate

    The J/105 Canadian Championship was held on September 25th to  27th at RCYC, 18 participants, including Two Feathers (Fleet 16, Texas).
     

    MANDATE WINS THE 2015 J/105 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

    1st Mandate - 10 pts

    2nd Jamaica Me Crazy - 54 pts

    3rd Hey Jude - 56 pts

    4th The Usual Suspects - 61 pts

    5th Live Edge - 67 pts


     

    Full Results | Photography | Dinner Video

     

    First Place: Mandate

    Mandate Team Photo Wins J105 Canadians 2015

     

    Second Place: Jamaica Me Crazy - Peter Hall

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    Third Place: Hey Jude - Jim Rathbun

     

    Fourth Place: The Usual Suspects - The Suspects Syndicate

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    Fifth Place: Live Edge - Michael Mountford

  • 2016 Fleet 4 Championship Standings

    Results to date have been posted after the Port Credit Yacht Club regatta.  Link

    Jamaica Me Crazy leads the 2016 Fleet 4 Lake Ontario Association championship after 23 races.

     

  • Video - JamaicaMeCrazy Canadians 2014

    Published on Sep 10, 2014

    A race in September 2014 Toronto J105 Fleet 4. Jamaica Me Crazy 4th at the Canadian Championship. (c) Fleet IV Lake Ontario Class Association