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
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
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!
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.
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):
All the best,
The J/World Team
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:
Ok, the spray has settled from the 2017 California Offshore Race Week, and we are here with a report of the fun!
The first leg was the Spinnaker Cup, from SF to Monterrey. We had a solid showing aboard our new boat, Cazan, with a third in class. Nice job, team! We had a well earned lay-day in Monterey and prepped for round two…
The Coastal Cup (Monterey to Santa Barbara) is known for the often challenging conditions, and this year was no exception! Winds in the steady 35 knot range (gusting to over 40) kept us pretty wound up, and after blowing up our second kite we throttled back, but still recorded a top speed of just over 20 knots…. woo-hoo!!
The final leg from Santa Barbara to San Diego started with big breeze and we were the second monohull thru the first scoring gate at Santa Cruz Island. But the race ended with a whimper as the breeze died about 70 miles outside San Diego. It was a long slow leg requiring tons of concentration, but the team did a fantastic job and we actually reeled-in a lot of the bigger boats on the push to the finish!
Here is the gallery:
Skirting the Nor Cal Coast
J World’s Cazan in Monterey
An easy 16 knots… got a bit more ‘sporty’ that night (40+ knots of breeze!)
Wildlife to the extreme… fish, dolphins, whales… and one shark!
C’mon Mike, drive faster, they are gaining on us! Frank Slootman’s brand spanking new turbocharged Pac 52 Invisible Hand
goes absolutely screaming by. He’s a J/World alum (Frank) by the way! Big congrats to them on winning the CORW overall!
Ok, that’s it for this report! Great job team, and it was a real pleasure to sail with all of you! Next up: Transpac!
– Wayne Zittel and the J/World Team
The name Merlin is iconic in the world of racing sailboats. When Bill Lee designed and built her just outside Santa Cruz, then went on to crush the competition racing to Hawaii and setting a record that would stand for 20 years, the understanding of what defined a fast sailing yacht was completely upended. I’ll spare you the recounting of her history since any Google search will lead to dozens and dozens of articles about the importance and impact of this great boat. But suffice it to say that Merlin led directly to the Santa Cruz 70 and 50s that have dominated West Coast offshore racing for decades.
It was pretty great when Bill Lee re-took ownership of his famous boat in 2015. And it’s going to be awesome to see her in this year’s Transpac. What could possibly be cooler? Well, how about to sail on her? How about sailing aboard the famous Merlin from Hawaii to California with a J/World Offshore Coach? Yeah, sounds pretty cool to us too. This is a special opportunity that we are excited to be a part of. Contact us if you want to be a part of this adventure… it goes without saying that this is a very limited opportunity, so don’t delay…