J/World Offshore Racing Event
The Transpacific Yacht Race is considered by many to be the ultimate offshore race. Departing Los Angeles in July of ‘odd’ years, a highly competitive fleet makes the mostly downwind sail across 2225 miles of open ocean to the finish line off Diamond Head in Oahu. The consistently excellent sailing conditions and the allure of making landfall I the Hawaiian islands attracts some of the best boats – and team – in the world. For many, this is the event of a lifetime.
J World Sailing offers sailors the opportunity to race in this world class event. Each running, we compete with a team comprised of six amateurs and three of our world-class, professional coaches. Each individual will be an active and equal member of the team, and everyone aboard gets to take turns at doing everything, including driving. The environment will be fun, positive, and conducive to learning… and we’ll of course work hard to get a great finish!
Our J/World offshore fleet has a couple of fantastic boats. We are the proud custodians of the legendary Santa Cruz 50, Hula Girl. This highly modified boat was turboed under the supervision of Bruce Nelson. She sports an updated carbon rig, a modern bulb keel, and new rudder. She was most recently the personal boat of Paul Cayard, one of the most successful racers in yachting history, and completed an extensive refit in 2013. For more on this incredible boat, visit here. Our most recent addition is the Mark Mills designed DK46 CaZan. A big wide open cockpit and modern design have made the few DK46s built highly sought after and very successful on the racecourse. We are proud to have this modern, fast yacht in our stables!
Students may be of various ability levels, from experienced offshore racers who enjoy the notion of joining a ‘turn-key’ program, to sailors who are looking to expand their horizons and learn more about offshore racing. The program will include practice sessions prior to the race, all the onboard provisioning, team gear, entry fees, port fees, and delivery fees. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements in Los Angeles and Hawaii.
J World Offshore Racing – 2012 San Deigo to Puerto Vallarta Race
J World Offshore Racing – 2011 Transpac
About J World Offshore Programs
There are no other programs in the world like this. Period.
Our offshore programs, put together and managed by J/World are absolutely unique in the world of yachting. You are a truly active and integral member of an actual racing team. We don’t load the boat with clients to the point where no one gets to do anything. We won’t just park you over a grinding pedestal We aren’t just taking you for a ride like so many big boat programs. You are sailing the boat. You get to drive, trim, navigate… whatever your interests are, we’ll be sure that you get to exercise that muscle.
For most programs, we limit enrollment to six clients. With three coaches aboard, that’s a 2:1 ratio which means everyone aboard gets a ton of personal attention from our extremely experienced staff.
These programs are fully turn-key, and managed by a team of sailors who are hand selected for both their extensive sailing background, and their ability to coach well and share their knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm with others. The afloat staff is supported by our expert shore team, insuring that you have the time of your life.
The boat is owned by J/World. This is crucial… it is not some charterboat that we tap into for occasional use. It is our boat, campaigned regularly by our team. To you, this means that the equipment is on absolutely top condition, the boat is maintained to the highest competitive standards, and the safety equipment onboard is second to none.
The J World Offshore Programs are singular in the world of yachting. If you have heard of other pay to play programs or you have joined the ‘cattle boat’ programs that dominate the market, it’s time to rethink your experience. There is no other program in the world like J World Offshore.