• 2013 Report from Hey Jude at NAs

    Report from Hey Jude at the 2013 NAs

    Our first North American championship attendance was in 1998 in Newport, when both J105s and J92s were competing. Eighteen J105s showed up and we chartered a boat from a guy who gave up his windsurfer for a J105 at his wife's request. He was 84! We didn't do so well but had a great time. Since that time in 15 years we have attended ten J105 NA championships. We had some good results; 3rd in Larchmount, 2nd in Rye, but never a 1st.

    We would have a few excellent races with high finishes, only to be plagued by one or two very deep results from which it is impossible to climb out of the hole so created.

    We had a crew meeting early in the spring and decided to put all our energies toward the NAs in Annapolis.We have attended both previous NAs in Annapolis as well as a number of NOOD regattas there, so we feel quite confident about our ability to compete at that venue.

    The boat was well prepped starting with new bottom pain in August and new sails, which we did not take out of the bag, literally until that regatta itself. We used 2010 sails the entire season including the Canadians.

  • 2010 J/105 North American Championships, CYC.

    Last Day: Hey Jude consolidates her hold of third place and maintains a longstanding tradtion of high finishes for boats competing on class wide events in the east coast. Her well earned third place, with all but one finish 4th or better proves the tenacity of the skipper and the consistency of performance of her crew. Congratulations Jim;

     

    Link to results | Link to J105.org | Link to J105 Facebook | Link to NA Photography


    Michael Mountford's Live Edge, kept a hold of sixth place, bested of a top 5 finish by just two points.   The strong finishes, consolidate a well regarded reputation for top one design racing in the GTA region.

    Day 1. Racing: Hey Jude, Live Edge, performing well at J105 North Americans. The 2010 J105 North Americans hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club, has Hey Jude and Jim Rathbun defending her 2nd place from last year's championship on the line. After two races, both Canadian boats were amongst the top ten finishers.

    Hey Jude consolidates her hold of third place and maintains a longstanding tradtion of high finishes for boats competing on class wide events in the east coast. Her well earned third place, with all but one finish 4th or better proves the tenacity of the skipper and the consistency of performance of her crew. Congratulations Jim;

    Michael Mountford, kept a hold of sixth place, bested of a top 5 finish by just two points.

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    Hey Jude, Live Edge, performing well at J105 North Americans. The 2010 J105 North Americans hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club, has Hey Jude and Jim Rathbun defending her 2nd place from last year's championship on the line. After two races, both Canadian boats are in the top ten.

     

     

     

  • 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-RCYC Founders Regatta

    RCYC Founders

    At the up and coming Founder's Regatta at the RCYC the J105 Fleet will be hosting a special Party on Saturday Night.

    All Skippers will receive 1 BBQ ticket and a 1 RUM drink ticket for all crew - these tickets can be picked up at Snug Island from 5:00 onwards - additional BBQ tickets are $25.

    The RUM Drink Tasting is from 5:00 to 6:00 on the porch of the Cottage - from which you can watch the Beach Volleyball Challenge - 8M vs J105 fleets.

    Then the Band and the BBQ starts at 6:00 - during which there is a Limbo Contest - winner gets a bottle of El Dorado RUM.

    The Band is Errol Blackwood - who many of you will remember from the J105 Year End Party last year - back by popular demand.

    The BBQ includes: Corn Bread,Tropical Island Slaw, Jerk Chichen, Spiced Dirty Rice in Banana Leaf, Steamed Corn in Cilantro & Lime butter and Watermelon.

    This will be a GREAT Party - everyone is invited - we are expecting between 150 to 200 people - please plan on coming out an supporting this Fleet Party.

    Cheers and see you at the Party.

    Doug Bullock

    Chair J105 Commodore's Challenge


    Fleet42011 FOUNDERS REGATTA  -  June 25 - 26. The third event in the Fleet 4 J105 Calendar turned into a classic.  Saturday's close action and great wind (15-29 kts) in choppy conditions complemented the day winner Hey Jude with two bullets for the day. Sunday proved a bit tougher for Jim, but his 4th on race #4 was sufficient to beat Planet B by 1 point (after 1 drop) overall.

    RCYC Founders Photo Album

     Emma Farquharson's  Photos

      | Regatta Results | Fleet Standings | Founders Youtube Movie
  • 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.

  • 2011 J/105 East Coast Championship-Hey Jude

    31.Oct.11 - East Coast Championship  As has been tradition for the last few years, we close the sailing season's website updates by re-calling yet another great finish by Hey Jude at one of the many regattas were they have represented RCYC and Fleet 4. With three races completed Sunday in sunny but cold surroundings, Fleet 3's Pete McChesney on Mystery Machine tallied 6 points to edge out James Rathbun's Hey Jude (8 points) and Jim Konigsberg's Inigo (12 points).  East Cost Championships - Complete results

    Fleet 3 - The East Coast Championship The East Coast Championshp and the Chesapeake Bay Championship were combined this year. Extreme and unusual weather resulted in a Friday cancellation of Saturday's racing as high winds, extreme low temperatures, and wind driven wintery mix brought a halt to championship weekend on the Bay.

    Sunday turned into a beautiful fall day and three races were held. The conditions were typical trailing edge filling winds from the Northwest with puffy 30 degree oscillating shifts, a persistent right shift, a big ebb current, and 16 boats trying to sort it out. After 2 races The Mystery Machine (Peter McChesney) had 5 points, with Hey Jude (James Rathbun), and Inigo (Jim Konigsberg) at 6 points.

    AYC set up a 5 leg finishing race for the championship. Mystery Machine won the last race to capture first (6pts), with Hey Jude in 2nd (8pts), and Inigo a 6th to hold onto 3rd place (12pts). Veloce (Marty Bublitz & Eddie Hornick) finished 4th (13pts) and Bat IV (Andrew Kennedy) in 5th (22pts) to finish out the award positions. No one can say that they completely solved the tactics but the top boats mostly went to the left side on the up-wind legs, inside the 1AH-Thomas Point current line, and that seemed to be the difference maker. The variety of conditions across the course made for big differences, with the boats that tried to protect the forecast right shift, to use the apparent better pressure, taking the biggest hit as the fleet spread over 7.5nm in the final race was about 20 minutes.

  • 2013 J/105 North-American Champion - Hey Jude

    Hey Jude wins the NAs!

    Congratulations to Hey Jude for winning the J/105 North American Championships in Annapolis last weekend. In a convincing victory, Jim Rathbun and crew put only 23 points on the scoreboard in eight races (including four bullets) placing them far ahead of second place Eclipse with 39.

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    Skipper: Jim Rathbun

    Crew: Dave Jarvis, Scott Collinson, Andrew Van Nostrand, Ian Richardson and Mark Robertson.

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    Honourable mention goes to Live Edge's Michael Mountford crew for securing 9th in a strong fleet of 27 boats.

    2013 North American Championship

  • 2014 Annapolis NOOD - Hey Jude

    Hey Jude wins NOOD!

    Hey Jude and Live Edge finish on the podium at Annapolis NOOD

    Two RCYC teams, Hey Jude and Live Edge, decided to let their boats winter in Annapolis after the J/105 North American Championships in the fall. This gave these teams the opportunity to get a head-start on their season by competing in the Annapolis NOOD regatta from May 2-4. The Annapolis NOOD draws over 200 boats and is the kick-off to the racing season in the Chesapeake; there is a heavy J-Boat turnout for this event with J/70s, J/80s, J/22s and J/105s making up the largest fleets and accounting for well over half the entries. The J/105 fleet had 17 entries that included many familiar teams from the 2013 North Americans.

    Day 1 started with medium, puffy, breeze out of the west and a very strong ebbing current from two days of rain that hit the east coast. It was generally accepted that this would be a “rust-remover” event for the two Canadian teams; however the Hey Jude team had the added challenge of a backstay-adjuster and instruments that decided to go back into winter hibernation on the way out to the race course. Without those “toys” the Hey Jude team had more time to keep their head out of the boat and figure out the race course. The first race was exactly as anticipated with the teams getting a feel for the puffs, the shifts, and the current. At the finish line Hey Jude and Live Edge were 1st and 2nd; in fact the two RCYC boats finished in that order for three of the six races in the regatta and the RCYC battle-cry became “One-Two, One-Two!” On this day fortunes were made and lost easily and, unfortunately, the second race was not so kind to Live Edge, two tacks at the top of the second windward leg turned a top-five finish into a 12th.The third and final race of the day saw the sea-breeze fighting to come in and the shifts were even bigger while the teams figured out which side breeze was going to win out. Hey Jude turned their challenges with the backstay and instruments into opportunities to try some new tuning and trimming ideas. This approach seemed to help them find another gear that enabled them to post a 1-1-1 on the day…and some new settings to bring back to the similar conditions of Toronto.

    Day 2 was light as advertised and the teams were kept ashore till noon. Just as the teams thought they would not get a race in, a light sea-breeze decide to make an appearance that allowed for a race to be completed. The strong ebb current from the day before was still present and it was important to understand where the lay-lines were; the downwind legs seemed to take forever. Crew work was also at premium today as the favoured hoist at the weather mark was a gybe-set, aka “Sambuca” hoist with an asymmetrical spinnaker, and the teams that could master this could take advantage of the current on the downwind leg. Hey Jude again found their upwind gear and played the current well, while Live Edge showed some terrific downwind speed and, once again, the RCYC boats finished One-Two!

    For Day 3, the forecast was for solid breeze and it did not disappoint. Looking at the wind prediction, Hey Jude used the opportunity to try some new settings that seemed to suit the boat well. Teams that were able to keep the boat moving in the steep chop and keep track of the puffs and shifts were rewarded with a good result. Hey Jude posted a 2-1 and Live Edge put up a 5-2; once again in the final race, RCYC One-Two! Michael Mountford’s Live Edge team sailed a great regatta to place 3rd; their unfortunate 12th place finish in race 2 would have put them solidly in 2nd for the event and was the only blemish on a scorecard that otherwise included all top 5 finishes. Jim Rathbun’s Hey Jude team was delighted to be able to start the season with a regatta win. The Annapolis NOOD proved to be a great way for the two RCYC teams to get a head-start on the season. Thanks go out to the advance teams that helped with shore logistics and boat set-up!

    1st Hey Jude, RCYC, 1-1-1-1-2-1 = 7

    2nd Mirage, AYC, 3-8-2-5-3-3 = 24

    3rd Live Edge, RCYC, 2-12-5-2-5-2 = 28

    Full Results

    http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=938

     

  • 2014 ABYC Open Regatta - Mandate

    Mandate wins ABYC

    by Terry McLaughlin

    Twelve J-105s showed up on the starting line for the 2014 season opening regatta the ABYC Open. Three races were run on Saturday by the RCYC Race Committee in a 6-10 knot, somewhat tricky, breeze. It was cold on the water but the sun helped to warm up the sailors. The predominant wind was from the SW but there were plenty of puffs and lulls. Every once in a while the wind would shift hard right and make the run a tight port gybe reach or favour the right side of the upwind leg. Usually the left side of the course had the old lake breeze direction. It looked like the more offshore big boat course had steadier breeze all day whereas the more inshore courses were less so.

    Mandate navigated the conditions well enough to record a 1, 1, 2 on the day followed by Hey Jude with a 4, 3, 1. Hey Jude sailed with their North American crew minus Ian Richardson who didn’t quite make it to the ABYC parking lot gate when his front wheel brake locked up and sent Ian’s left side of his face and shoulder straight into the pavement. Ian was carted away by ambulance for stitches and skin repairs. Usual Suspects had a consistent day recording a 3, 4, 5.

    Sunday gave us continued brilliant sunshine and a more consistent SW breeze. Hey Jude won the first race of the day going away while Mandate could only recover from a bad start to finish 7 th . That put Hey Jude in the lead in the regatta by two points. In race 5 Mandate was able to chase down Tusk and Usual Suspects to finish first with Hey Jude in third place knotting up the score for the regatta lead. It all came down to the last race for the regatta win. In race 6 Mandate got off the starting cleaner than Jude and was able to score another bullet. Hey Jude cane back strong to finish 3 rd in the race and finish two points behind in regatta. Usual Suspects, with their worst race being a 6 th , claimed the final podium position. Endeavour had two second place finishes on Sunday to move them up in the standings. Sentient had a very good 2, 6, 4, 3 regatta going before fading in the last two races. Of the twelve participants eight teams had at least one top three finish. The separating factor in the final results was consistency.

    Next up is RCYC Founders Regatta June 7-8.

    Full Results

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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.

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    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.

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    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 LORC Championship-Hey Jude

    Hey Jude takes LORC Championship

    This year’s winner of the J105 LORC Championship is once again Jim Rathbun in Hey Jude.

    This Championship Trophy was created last year in support of the LORC Regatta Series. Only J105s that participate in all LORC Regattas on the Fleet’s schedule are eligible. Low total score wins the Trophy with no drops allowed.

    This year, there were 16 races over the 3 regattas: ABYC Open, RCYC Open and PCYC Open. Scoring results are here .

    The Trophy is a half model donated by Fogh Marine and North Sail and is on display in the Ovens Room at the RCYC Island Clubhouse. The Trophy was presented to Hey Jude at the J105 Summer Regatta Awards Ceremony on Sunday July 20.

    HEYJUDE wins LORC Championship 2014

    Fleet Captain Doug Bullock (right) Presents LORC Award to Hey Jude's Jim Rathbun (left)

    Congratulations to Jim and all his crew for a great performance!

  • 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!

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    Congratulations Jamaica Me Crazy!

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  • 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)

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  • 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

     

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  • 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 J/105 Fleet 4 Racing - Summer 2013 from Endeavour

    Published on Jul 21, 2013

    Racing on Endevour last leg of Race 2 Saturday 20th, 2013. Followed by Hey Jude, Mandate and Sonic Boom. (c) Fleet IV Lake Ontario Class Association

  • Video - National Yacht Club One Design - 2012

    Published on Jul 16, 2012

    Planet B and Hey Jude at the start of the National Yacht Club One Design Regatta - 2012 (c) Fleet IV Lake Ontario Class Association