We here at J World have been working hard at our offshore racing and cruising programs.  These special events take a tremendous amount of work, time, money, and energy to put together and pull off in “J/World” style.  That’s why it’s always fun and gratifying after the fact to hear how much everyone enjoyed it…  and we keep in touch with alumni from years (and decades!) past, so it’s good to know that what we are doing is working.

And now it’s cool to hear the the ‘main-stream’ sailing media has heard the news about what we are doing.  In fact, SAIL Magazine featured us in their November issue in an article on Pay-to-Play Programs…  and they ran a great shot of our Hula Girl reaching into Hawaii (thanks again for the photo, Rob Grant!).

Our offshore programs are like no others I know of.  The number of clients aboard is extremely low.  And the level of participation is incredibly high.  You are a truly active and integral member of the 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.   And we aren’t just  taking you for a ride like so many other 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.
And we are competitive…  3rd in the Pacific Cup, 4th in Transpac, 3rd in Cabo Race…  and stay tuned for the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race, MEXORC, and the next Pac Cup!
If you have ever dreamed of getting aboard a turboed offshore boat and really sailing her, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to discuss how to take your sailing to the next level, and how to have the adventure of a lifetime in the process…
All the best,
Wayne Zittel and the J World Team

The Past Blast….

The 2011 Banderas Bay Blast wrapped up yesterday.  This three day event provides fun for all comers, and good things for the local school children.  The BBB is a fundraiser that focuses on providing kids with school supplies, and the local beneficiaries came by Friday morning to say thank you…

The Banderas Bay Blast is a charity event for local school kids
Then it was off to the races!  As I mentioned, it’s a three day event, with casual point-to-point races each day and a host of activities each evening, but it culminates in the “Pirates for Pupils” charity spinnaker run from Punta Mita to the Paradise Village Marina.  For the final day of the rally, I was invited aboard the 63′ catamaran Profligate with a large crew of old –  and new – friends…  here’s about a third of our gang shoving off for the boat anchored out off of Punta Mita:
The pupils were left ashore and the pirates headed out to the boat for the Pirates for Pupils Charity Spinnaker Run from Punta Mita to Paradis Village Marina

The breeze was light, but spinnakers were up right away, the sun was out, and you’d be a fool to complain!  Down the run a ways, we caught up to one of our classes on a J/80…  here’s the the view from aboard Profligate.  And I’ll commend Rick on his choice of shirts and assistants for the day.

J/World J/80 in the background, J World’s coach Rick trimming, and future J/World  alum Saira before she sails off to the South Pacific…   right?

And here are Servando and Julio (with coach Chris) looking great as they jibed across our transom.  The breeze might have been dying in the evening, but the cheer and crew spirits remained pretty strong well into the evening.

An atypical evening cloudiness gave a bit of relief from the sun, and made for some beautiful lighting as we headed into the marina…
Another beautiful day on the water down here in Puerto Vallarta….  in December!!
C’mon and get down here…  you know you want to…
Wayne Zittel and the J World Team