Greetings J35 Racers,
Here in the Midwest the 2019 sailing season is starting to wind down with some exciting fall sailing still to come especially in the very active Eastern Great Lakes fleet.
The J35 fleet has seen some exciting and active racing around the country with the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes Fleets seeing the most activity.
Congratulations to Dan Leslie and the crew of No Ma Ta for winning the Level 35 section of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, and to Bill Wildner and the crew of Mr. Bill’s Wild Ride for their win in the Bayview Yacht Club’s Port Huron to Mackinac Race. Staying in the Great Lakes congratulations to Keith Stauber and the crew of Papa Gaucho for his PHRF A win and second overall in Duluth Yacht Club’s Biennial Trans Superior International Race (a 325 nautical mile journey from the Soo Locks to Duluth MN).
In the Chesapeake, Jim Sagerholm and the crew of Aunt Jean have been Dominate in the very competitive Annapolis Yacht Clubs very active racing schedule, winning the NOODS, Spring, and Summer Wed night series (and leading the fall as of this writing).
For 35 years, the J35 has been and continues to be actively and very competitively raced in regattas all over the world. In the Eastern Great Lakes, the fleet is growing and thriving because people have embraced the boat and the sport and have put amazing efforts into bringing new sailors to the J35 fleet. This past spring, they held a J35 training course to teach new sailors how to sail on a J35. They asked a heavy commitment to participate in the course. You had to agree to attend all of the classroom and on the water training. You had to pay $750 to attend. BUT if you raced five races on a J35 during the 2019 season your check would not be cashed. Approximately 25 new sailors signed up for the course, and the Detroit area sailing community stepped up with top level professional instructors coupled with top level J35 sailors to teach the various positions, techniques, and methods to successfully sailing a J35. It was a huge success and a big Thank You to Dean Fitzpatrick for creating and promoting this course. Dean has been a tireless cheerleader and promoter of J35 sailing for the last several years and the efforts are paying dividends in the expanding and strengthening of the Eastern Great Lakes Fleet.
This is a venerable old class but, the boats are still a hoot to compete in. The sail materials have changed and modernized but whether on a windward leeward course or over hundreds of miles on a fleet race, this Hall of Fame Race boat is still highly competitive while at the same time, still being affordable.
Make sure to visit our web page www.j35.org and the Facebook Page “J35 Class Association” and post your pictures, race results, projects, and stories. We also have discussion forums on www.sailianarchy.com forums under the J Boat section. Lots of great information and resources there.
Owners and crew Please support the J35 Class by joining the J35 Class Association and PARTICIPATING in the many exciting events that our boats compete in. Class membership is only $75 per year for owners and only $25 per year for crew. Membership allows you full access to all of the many resources that we have compiled over the last 35 years on our website, and it supports the class so we can fund our North American Championship Regatta’s, maintain our website and class records, and maintain the one design integrity of the class.
As we in the Midwest wind down our season and start thinking about winter projects I wish all of you a great fall season and hope you get the chance to sail and race this remarkable boat more and more.