Greetings J35 Friends and Family,
As we have turned the corner and days area starting to get longer again, interest in the upcoming sailing season is already ramping up. Some big events Registration is opening already! The Bayview YC Port Huron to Mackinac Race registration is already open with nearly 100 boats registered, and Chicago Yacht Clubs Race to Mackinaw registration opens soon. Yacht club sailing schedules are starting to appear online and large packages of sandpaper, polishing compound, paint and varnish are arriving from suppliers as winter boat yard work is starting to happen.
As most of your fleet are now well north of 30 years old mark, winter maintenance is part and parcel to keeping our boats in top form. My boat was part of the 1985 fleet and is still wearing her factory gelcoat albeit with quite a few touch ups and repairs over the years. Keeping her dry and lots of elbow grease keep her in pretty darn good shape for an old girl.
In other news, we have undertaken a major update to the J35 Class Constitution. This document dates back to 1984 and needed some updating and modernization to bring it into the 21st century. Allowing for a streamline organization, electronic meetings, votes, and correspondence, etc. will hopefully see us through for another twenty or thirty years of iconic one design racing!
Fleet meetings are happening in the Great Lakes, and on the East Coast. These are the homes of our most active fleets (Eastern and Western Great Lake fleets and Chesapeake Bay Fleet), and I did hear from a representative of the Lake Ontario Fleet recently as there is an effort to reenergize the fifteen or so boats located still on Lake Ontario.
Don’t forget about the J35 forum on Sailing Anarchy and keep checking the website at www.j35.org for new and exciting information on the upcoming season.
J35 Class President