Midwinter Clinic and Regatta – Feb 14, San Deigo

Well with the winter season kicking in you would think the sailing choices would be limited…  but it really seems to be the opposite right now!

Plus, we have added a couple special events for the spring, including a three day clinic followed by two days of racing in the SCYA Midwinters in San Diego aboard our J/80s.  Want a fun winter get-away?  Want to up your sailing game?  Want to race in a great event with a pro coach?  Check this out:

Beyond that, regular classes are going in San Diego (probably the best year round sailing venue in North America), and if you want the guaranteed bathing suit and flip-flops vacation, then join us in Puerto Vallarta.  While it is certainly cooler in San Francisco  there have been some beautiful sailing days days.  And our host/partner hotel, the Waterfront, is running some great deals we wanted to pass on in case you are thinking about joining us on the Bay:

Happy Holidays everyone!

Wayne Zittel and the J World Team

Southbound… and Northbound…

What a weekend.  We just had a great trip out of our San Diego school aboard our J/120 on a liveaboard cruising class.  For this one, we headed down to northern Baja and Ensenada.  Great weather, perfect company, and the full range of diversions (submarines, dredges, warships, islands, dolphins, whales… ) made for a fantastic trip.

The J/120 lights it up on a sweet
beam reach, bound for Mexico…
Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
There’s the mighty Hula Girl looking pretty naked.  In the shed, just before the iconic graphic got peeled from the transom.  Don’t worry, she’ll be back.

The refit is moving along.  When we say we are re-doing everything, we mean everything.  Here’s the bow with the new glassed over hull/deck seam (got rid of the old aluminum rails).  Pretty slick.  More reports soon…  but we still have space in the Newport to Cabo race aboard this turboed 50 footer in March.  She’s going to be better than new, in a big way.  Details here.

All the best,

Wayne Zittel and the J World Team



You know, we are proud of our alumni.  It really is impressive what some of you have gone on to accomplish…  and there is nothing cooler than when someone walks up to us in the tent at, say, Key West Race Week, swings cup of rum punch our way, and says, “hey you taught me how to race!”  It makes what we do very gratifying.  Case in point:  

Hi guys,
I wanted give you an update on our first full season with the boat.  As you can see from the pic we did really well and you deserve huge kudos for your great training and coaching.  In just a few years you’ve helped me progress from knowing nothing about sailing to club champion.  Thank you, I appreciate all your hard work and hope to see you again soon.  And have a very Merry Christmas!
New Years Day Race – 1st overall.
Summer Shorts – 1St in division.
Last Chance Regatta – 1st in division.
Division 2 Club Champion.
That email came in from Kevin the other day…  Kevin has done a number of courses and events with us, from J80 racing to doing foredeck on the mighty Hula Girl in MEXORC.  He has demonstrated precisely what we have always said:  sailing is like anything else in life….  you get out of it what you put into it.  Kevin has put a lot of time and energy into bettering himself as a sailor, and it really shows.  
So as this year is wrapping up, we want to offer a hearty congratulations to ALL our alumni who went out last season and won…  or did well…  or just barely made it around the course but had a great time.  Don’t forget to check in every now and then…  we love to hear stories of your successes, trials, tribulations, whatever…
Wayne Zittel and the J World Team