Cruising Gallery!

With more people than ever looking to escape the complications of modern life by heading out to sea, our cruising courses in California and Mexico have never been more popular.  Instructor Paul put together a gallery of some of his adventures with students, most of them in Mexico, but I spotted some California shots in there.  There are a lot of pictures.  “Said Paul: “I got a bit carried away!” That’s ok, we understand.  We enjoyed his shots and thought you might too.

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Good Times…. SD to PV Race 2020

Ok, I have to say we’ve been pretty bad about posting updates.  But sitting here locked down found me actually starting to organize the photo folders on my computer (yes, it’s come to that!) and I realized that a report on our SD-PV race is long overdue.

The 2020 race was a largely light air event so maybe I was trying to block out some of the massive parking lots we found ourselves in (my therapist says I’m making great progress).  Or maybe since we rolled into the MEXORC regatta literally hours after finishing, I never had the time to mentally digest everything. And we were at sea from March 6 to March 13.  The world was a pretty different place when we made landfall.  Looking at these pictures now makes it feel like a loooong time ago.

Regardless of the reasons, here we go, a photo report from the 2020 San Diego to Puerto Vallarta race aboard J/World’s Cazan with coaches Wayne, Randall, and David, and crew Eric, Douglas, Bjorn, Mike, Lindsey and Bill.  Spoiler:  we got third in class!


The team gathers in San Diego for team briefings, boat orientation, and initial coaching.


Cazan and the gang in prep mode: packing bags and bags and bags of sails!


San Diego Yacht Club send off party.  Looking good in crew gear.  Watch out for the Tequila sampling table!


Finally headed south!  The race start up in San Diego Bay, with a tight reach/beat out past Point Loma.  We’ll be in Mexico and passing the Coronado Islands pretty soon….


Perfect sailing conditions for a clean exit from California! The race is ON!


The 2020 race was a light one.  A bit too much light air reaching, and a couple of really big parking lots.  But even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good!


Hmmm…..  I’m going to have to talk to coach Randall about this.  I’m not sure why he’s letting people smile.  It almost looks like we were having fun.


A lot of water, out there.  Light air reaching with the A1.  Lindsey showing us how it’s done.  Mike polishing the glasses to get a clearer perspective on things. Randall ignoring me,Bill probably wondering if he could get away with shoving me off the stern.


Ok, either Bill got dressed in the dark, or he’s just sleep deprived. Or both.


Blue sky and cool colors, and happy sailors.  I dig it.


Nav station chaos.  Yeah, the wind instrument is reading 4.2 knots.  Sigh.


Still heading South!


The one nice thing about a light air race:  it’s amazingly civilized down below!


One thousand miles of racing, and here we are, in an early morning struggle to the finish in a drifter, battling it out with another boat.  Good stuff!


Puerto Vallarta!!


Into Marina Vallarta.  This is a welcome sight.


Um, yeah, the big boys were already there.


Happy arrival!  Man, that first cold beer tastes nice…


The mighty Cazan.  So about 30 minutes after this picture was taken, we headed over to our assigned slip and met our MEXORC crew.  An hour later, we were out practicing for the regatta which was starting the next day with a slightly sleep deprived team of coaches!


Team Cazan at the awards ceremony with our hardware for third place.  Well done, team! It was an extremely challenging event given the light and variable conditions which dominated the sailing, but everyone did a fantastic job.  And I can tell you that I had a blast and it was a real pleasure to sail with each and every one of you.  Hasta Pronto!


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.