2019 Transpac – Ready to go!

Out boats and teams are in Long Beach making final preparations for the 2019 Transpac to Hawaii! Man, this is going to be fun.  It is the 50th running of this iconic race, and there are over 90 boats setting off to the tropics in the coming days.  J/World is contributing 27 sailors on three boats, and we are chomping at the bit to get sailing! Check out the YB Tracker for latest positions, and we’ll try to get some blog posts here while racing!

 

Cazan and Hula Girl in prep mode

 

Hula Girl, Westerly just behind her, and Cazan at the far dock with the blue J/World battle flag…. Team J/World!

 

Team Westerly ready to rumble

2019 Transpac Opportunity!

We have just had a couple of cancellations in the 2019 Transpac aboard our J/World boats.  All three of our entries have been sold out for well over a year, so this is a rare opportunity to join the 50th running of this iconic race.  Our teams a re comprised of six sailors each supported by three coaches per boat.  Everyone is a fully engaged, active member of the team.  Every one of our boats is a blast to sail:  DK46, turboed Santa Cruz 50, and a Santa Cruz 52.  J/World has run programs in the past twelve races from CA to HI and has a proven record, including podium finishes in more than half of the events.

Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime.  Visit here for more info and contact us for a team brief and additional information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J/105 Racing Week!

Cruising Mexico – A Photo Report

Happy Holidays and Thank You from J/World!

Wow, what a year it was!  Thanks so much to all our supporters for a fantastic 2018.  We raced to Puerto Vallarta, Bermuda, Hawaii, and along the California Coast.  We cruised to Baja, Cabo, Hawaii, the Channel Islands, and Newport RI.  We rounded innumerable buoys, dropped thousands of feet of anchor rode (and had to pull it all back up!), all while introducing hundreds of sailors to the sport we love!

Thank you all, and we hope to see you again (or for the first time) in 2019!

Wayne Zittel & the J/World Team

 

2018 Newport to Bermuda Race Report

Well the 2018 Newport to Bermuda Race is all wrapped up!  It was a challenging year, with a lot of light breeze and some periods of slow going, but we had an excellent time.  Team J/World boasted a full team of our alumni from other offshore events and was backed up by coaches Paul, Patrick, and Wayne.

The mighty Westerly, a sweet Santa Cruz 52, provided a comfortable and fast platform.  While we were one of the leading pack into Bermuda and thought we were doing pretty well (tracker had us in second), the late filling breeze brought up the competition from behind and a number of boats corrected out in front of us.

But it didn’t dampen our spirits at all.  We were in Bermuda after an excellent sail with fabulous crew.

Here’s our gallery:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks tons to Dave, Derek, Jimmy, Chris, Tom, an Jimmy….  and a big ‘atta boy to Paul and Patrick for a fantastic event!

Wayne Zittel and the J/World Team

Palm trees, flip-flop, whales and sea-turtles: Winter Sailing!

So this is winter down at our Puerto Vallarta J/World facility.  Our fleet is all dialed in, and  we have a whole range of courses and activities on tap. Not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it really doesn’t get any better than this.

Palm trees, flip-flop, whales and sea-turtles. We love winter.  And we aren’t bragging.  We are inviting.  Come join us for a sail!

 

 

2017 Baja Ha Ha – that’s all, folks!

So we got this report from Paul yesterday, filed from the finish of the cruiser’s rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas that marks the start of the southern cruising season. And he sent a bunch of photos with the direction to post what we wanted. I have to say we dug them all, so they are ALL published.  When it’s this cool, who can pick and choose?

Our season starts NOW in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, with sailing, racing, and cruising courses offered all winter long. And in April and May we’ll be offering TWO cruises from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas. Fire us a note for more details.  And soak in the images below to get a feel for what could be in store for you….

Thanks for a great passage Paul!

 


 

Hola from Cabo Falso! We are dropping the hook soon and things will get busy, so I wanted to let you know everything is great aboard.  To go with this, I will send some photos when I get a margarita, I mean, WiFi…

– Capt Paul

 

2017 Baja Ha Ha Wrap Up

Vanishing Girl sailed across the finish line of the 24th Annual Baja Ha-Ha at 10am on Thursday.

The deal is that this year was rather light, wind-wise. But at least half the course was sailed… under three different spinnakers and a harvest moon!

Highlights include sailing among the 130-boat fleet into three very different Mexican bays; Tortuga, Santa Maria, and the quiet puebla of Cabo San Lucas, jaja! In addition to the sailing there was playing baseball with the local kids, SUP surfing, cooking good meals, reading, sleeping, and generally disconnecting from the hustle for 10 days.

Vanishing Girl will be back out voyaging on Sunday. This next leg takes us across the Sea of Cortez, and down the Mexican mainland coast for a visit with the Blue Footed Boobies of Isla Isabella. By Thanksgiving, you can find us for a sail – a day, a week, or more – in Beautiful Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Be, or N2B… Newport to Bermuda, of course!!

Ok, we are excited to be announcing that J/World will be entering the 2018 Newport to Bermuda Race. The Newport to Bermuda Race is one of the world’s most renown offshore events, and as such draws premier boats and sailors from every corner of the globe.

As if just racing in the N2B wasn’t exciting enough, how about this: we’ll be doing it on a super sweet Santa Cruz 52, Westerly.  Yeah, I thought that might get your attention.  So we are really looking forward to the race. Our clients have been clamoring for this one for a while, so understandably, this event sold out before we even announced it formally!  So that’s the bad news.

Sistership Prevail Looking Great

The good news?  Well, there’s a couple of things.  First, we still have an opportunity for you to join us in the 2018 San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race.  And the other good news is that following the Bermuda Race (and some other East Coast adventures), Westerly will be trekking to the West Coast and we’ll have her entered in the 2019 Transpac!  Yep, including Hula Girl and Cazan, that makes three  J/World entries in the race to Hawaii.  So while the 2018 Pacific Cup is sold out, we still have spaces available for the 2019 race to Hawaii. But I wouldn’t wait too long…

So below is the calendar as it is taking shape for our big boat racing events (keep in mind, this doesn’t include our full suite of cruising adventures and buoy racing offerings):

February – San Diego to Puerto Vallarta
March – MEXORC
May – California Offshore Race Week
June – Newport to Bermuda
July – Pacific Cup

 

All the best,

The J/World Team

 

 

 

2017 Transpac Wrap Up – Congrats Team Hula Girl!

Ok, the spray  has settled after the 2017 Transpac and wow, what an absolute blast!  I have to say that our fleet comprised of 10 Santa Cruz 50s and 52s was probably one of the most competitive fleets I have race in an offshore event….  ever!  The boats were all highly competitive and stacked with top tier sailors.  So it makes me especially proud that our mixed team of clients and coaches was able to sail into third place!  Oh, and we missed second by a mere four minutes.  And only 46 minutes separated second from sixth place after 2225 miles.  Now that is something.

The J/World Team aboard Hula Girl did a fantastic job all the way through. Many thanks to coaches Patrick and Paul, and congratulations to Andreas, Jimmy, Derek, Chris, Vern, and Dave! Thanks to Rick Shema (http://theweatherguy.com/) for the routing, thanks to Jeff and Tanja for the warm reception (your family rocks!!), thanks to Lauren (http://www.leialohacreative.com/) for the awesome photos, and thanks to all our friends and families for the support!

Ok, here are some photos from the trip: