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With Tanker as Pick, Blackhawk Edges Out Arbitrage in Windy 2017 Sausalito YC J/105 Invitational

The Sausalito YC J/105 Invitational on July 22-23 2017 brought 19 J-105’s out of their summer slumber for a weekend of heavy air racing – typical SF Bay summer conditions with winds in high teens and building into the 20’s, with gusts into the mid-30’s on Sunday!

The Race Committee set up the starting area off the west face of Alcatraz and the windward mark toward mid-span of the Golden Gate Bridge.  With a significant flood tide on both days, many boats were doing dip-line starts. The PRO managed to cant the line so that competitors had to make a decision – start at the pin, closer to the relief along the city front, or start 15-20 degrees upwind toward the signal boat and hope that was enough to outweigh the extra time spent in a foul tide. Once the fleet hit the city front the decision was reversed, tack back into the middle of the Bay on lay line, fighting more current, or sail extra distance in the better water. With such a heavily favored side of the course upwind there was a premium on clear lanes and the ability to tack when desired, leaving many boats no choice but to over stand the weather mark.

Conditions Saturday were classic San Francisco summer, 15-25 knot wind with fog rolling in and significant ebb chop in race 3. The finish to race 1 proved to be one of the more exciting and critical moments in the regatta. Arbitrage, Blackhawk and Godot all came into the downwind finish overlapped, slightly above lay-line for the left (pin) end of the line. With the heavy flood tide and breeze near 20 knots, a late decision by Godot caused all three to over-stand and started a chain reaction of them jibing and broaching, leaving the tide to take them across the finish line. Both Arbitrage and Blackhawk protested Godot for not providing room to finish and the protest was scheduled for Thursday. After two more races, Blackhawk held a 3 point lead over Arbitrage and Godot, pending the outcome of the protest.

Sunday brought a repeat of the conditions from Saturday. 15-20 knot breeze with a flood tide for race 1 led to a runaway victory for Arbitrage, with the next boat a half leg back.   The three boats were tied going into the final race, pending the prior day’s protest. At the start of the final race the same decision had to be made, start on the left end of the line and go for current relief, or start at the heavily favored right side. Blackhawk and Godot chose the pin, and Arbitrage the committee end. Soon after the start a tanker came through the fleet. The boats at the pin were able to cross to the relief on the City Front and had a significant advantage over Arbitrage, Advantage and a few others who had to tack back into the flood so as to avoid the tanker. Blackhawk then led around the first weather mark, and with the heavy flood tide and 20-25 knot breeze, the lead quickly built. By the end of the race the wind reached 25-30 knots with gusts into mid-30s, leading to planing conditions downwind and challenging maneuvers for all crews. Blackhawk went on the win the race, with Godot finishing second and Arbitrage a hard earned 6th after being forced to go behind the tanker on the first leg.  Upon discussion after racing, Godot retired from race 1, leaving Blackhawk 4 points ahead of Arbitrage for the regatta victory. The top 5 were rounded out by Donkey Jack in 3rd, Jam Session in 4th and Godot in 5th, beating Hazardous Waste via tie breaker thanks to their victory in race 2. Full results at:


Fleet #1 AdminWith Tanker as Pick, Blackhawk Edges Out Arbitrage in Windy 2017 Sausalito YC J/105 Invitational
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SFYC June Invite Becomes JAM SESSION on the Circle

Winning their first regatta of the season, Adam Spiegel and the crew of Jam Session clinched the SFYC June Invitational with 16 points.  Sailing with Adam were Sydney Green, Ben Pedrick, Chris Tholstrop, Christos Zalidis, Seth Besse and Will Sandford.  Racing was classic circle fare with winds pushing into the 20s at their peak, and the J/105 fleet pushing tactical barriers at times. In fact, a collision between Donkey Jack and Blackhawk resulted in Ryan Simmon’s team borrowing Roxanne (thanks to owner Charles James) on Sunday. Team Blackhawk led the regatta up until the final race but ultimately finished 2nd with 18 points.  Mojo, Jabberwocky and Godot finished close behind with 30, 32 and 37 points respectively. 

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Donkey Jack Works the City Front to Take 2017 J/Stop

After 8 races of jam-packed action on the City Front, Rolf Kaiser & Shannon Ryan’s Donkey Jack emerged victorious in the second annual St. Francis YC J/Series Fleet Stop. Having the race course and committee to themselves, J/105 Fleet 1 enjoyed a specially formatted short-course, rapid-fire regatta on May 13-14. Both days, crews swapped war stories right on the docks after sailing, enjoying quality time together and complimentary keg beer. Saluting his teammates – Shannon Ryan, Justin Oberbauer, David Kelly, Doug & Patti Sloan – Rolf Kaiser posted to Facebook, “Nice job this weekend to the Donkey Jack crew!”

For regatta results, go to https://www.regattatoolbox.com/results?eventID=CkCysOTrAn.

Note: Each competitor’s top 5 finishes have been applied to the Series Standings (consequently, please disregard the standalone regatta scores for the event here on the website).

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Hat Trick! Arbitrage Wins 2017 Resin Regatta

Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault and their team on Arbitrage – Bill Higgins, Marc Acheson, Phillip Berner, and Neil Weintraut on day one and John Horsch on day two – posted their third regatta win of the 2017 SF Bay season by topping the 21 boat J/105 fleet in the San Francisco Yacht Club’s Resin Regatta on the Berkeley Olympic Circle. The Race Committee waited out the light early northerlies for the westerlies that kicked in almost on schedule around noon, providing great racing in flat water. Competitors enjoyed warm winds generally in the 13-16 kt range each day with gusts to 27 kt late Saturday and 18 kt on Sunday. Starting Sunday in third place, Arbitrage posted two bullets to wrest the lead away from Rolf Kaiser/Shannon Ryan’s team on Donkey Jack, with Phil Laby’s Godot taking third and Adam Spiegel’s Jam Session in fourth.

Major drama for several teams on Saturday was trying to get out of the city-front marina near the St. Francis YC in San Francisco, as the tides were at record lows and Arbitrage was fully stuck in the mud at its slip, while Jam Session ran aground at the exit to the harbor. Along with Perseverance, they waited for the water to rise and were then able to leave, just making it to the starting area across the bay.

Full results at:



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  1. FLEET RULES: Check our Fleet Rules effective 12/21/16
  2. CLASS RULES: http://j105.org/rules/
  3. NEW RULE BOOK: And of course you know there’s a new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020:  Go to this link and you get the Racing Rules of Sailing and in a separate document the Prescriptions. Free download. Read on…
    1. If you have a smart phone (iPhone is smartest) (grin) there’s the best choice of all with the complete Rule Book (including Prescriptions; special rules for racing in the USA) and Dave Perry’s commentary included right in the Rules. 
    2. Find it in the app store on your smart phone. $17. Might be a non-iPhone versions too.
  4. Also note: “J/105 Fleet #1 Class Exceptions/Articles of Association 12/21/16”. This is mostly for Protest Committees as it simply makes our Fleet Rules that conflict with Class Rules enforceable. 

Please let us know if you have questions.


Fleet Captain: Don Wieneke



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Arbitrage Tops Tight Scoring at 2017 J/Fest

J/Fest San Francisco was held at St. Francis YC on April 1-2, 2017, with 21 J/105’s on the starting line looking for the wandering river of spring run-off ebb that snuck through the weak flood tide. Heading out to late ebb away from the shore was sometimes the ticket to the fast lane, and later in the tide cycle footing to the city front brought some relief, though some boats won both sides and arrived together at the top mark. Scoring a consistent 4, 4, 4, 5, 3 for 20 points, Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s Team Arbitrage won by two points over Jeff Littfin’s Mojo and Ryan Simmons’ Blackhawk, with Mojo earning 2nd on the tie-breaker, followed by Adam Spiegel’s Jam Session and Theresa Brander’s Walloping Swede just one point further back with 23 points. Said Stone: “This was an amazingly close regatta – five boats separated by three points! In fact, including Rolf Kaiser/Shannon Ryan’s Donkey Jack with 25 points, each of the top 6 boats were in contention to take the victory based on the last race. This was also the first time on the podium for Theresa Brandner and we were thrilled to see her progress. The SF Bay fleet had 20 entrants on the starting line for each of the mid-winters, with several new owners, and over 20 entrants in the Spring One Design and in this J/Fest, so that bodes well for the vibrancy of the class.” In winning SF Bay J/Fest, Stone and Breault celebrated their second win of the season, and look forward to competing in other J/Fests. On their calendar are J/Fest New England in Newport RI in August, and J/Fest Southwest in Galveston in October.


Jfest 2017 pic 2

Fleet #1 AdminArbitrage Tops Tight Scoring at 2017 J/Fest
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Arbitrage Wins 2017 St. Francis YC Spring One Design

J 105 Team Arbitrage Wins 2017 St. Francis YC Spring One Design 2

The 20 J/105 teams in the season opening St. Francis YC Spring One Design Series were greeted with rain, hail, winds in high teens to low 20’s with gusts to 35 kt…and an erratic flood tide that was overrun by streaks of ebb from recent storm-induced water run-off from the NorCal rivers and reservoirs. On Saturday, the southerly wind caused the course to run across the tides, while on Sunday the westerly ran parallel to the tides. Going into the 5th and last race, it was a three-way tie among Brent Vaughn’s Jabberwocky, Philip Laby’s Godot (winner of the 2016 J/105 Fleet One season championship) and past national fleet captain Bruce Stone’s Arbitrage, with Jeff Littfin’s Mojo and Ryan Simmon’s Blackhawk just a few points behind and challenging for the podium. With flood on the pin end at the shore and ebb outside, the Race Committee skewed the starting line to favor the pin, but Arbitrage won the committee, flopped onto port and ran away from the pack, with Jabberwocky slightly back on its windward hip, both footing out toward the ebb. Godot dug out of a third row start and reached off to clear its air. Arbitrage faced the dilemma as to whom to cover. Mainsheet/tactician (and co-owner) Nicole Breault kept Arbitrage high to pinch off Jabberwocky, and hedge against the southerly gusts which favored Mojo and Blackhawk on the inside. This had the effect of letting Godot get to the ebb first, shooting forward from a ten length deficit to a 5 length lead at the windward mark. Arbitrage caught up downwind, and could have pinned Godot outside but let them gybe to round the unfavored port gate. In going there, Godot sought to replicate its strategy of getting to the ebb first, but Arbitrage chose the well-upwind starboard gate, coming out of the rounding way ahead and romping home with a huge lead. Godot finished second, with Mojo third, Jabberwocky and Blackhawk tied for fourth with Jabberwocky winning on the tie-breaker due to its two bullets to Blackhawk’s one bullet. Full results at:


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Godot Wins RegattaPro Midwinters

Congratulations to Philip Laby and the Godot team on their win in the Regattapro midwinter series. Jam Session completed the winter events in second place and Charlie Abraham’s Javelin took third.

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2017 Championship Season Opener March 4th/5th

Ladies and gentlement, it’s time to polish your bottoms and shake out your new rags – on March 4th, the St Francis YC will kick off another exciting season of J105 racing on The Bay with the Spring One Design Regatta. The format is windward/leeward racing on the Cityfront and central bay courses with three races on Saturday and two on Sunday. 
Early in the season many boats are rebuilding their rosters and or looking for pick-up crew members to replace regulars that can’t make it. If you’re crew looking for a ride on March 4th/5th, try posting on the J105 Crewlist. If you’re a boat looking for crew, check out the crewlist, or try here and here for other San Francisco Bay crew resources.
Don’t forget to register before March 1st to avoid the late fee.
Fleet #1 Admin2017 Championship Season Opener March 4th/5th
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