Category: Boats & Owners

Profiling J/109 Sweet Caroline

Sweet Caroline Skipper Christopher Ercole

Chris Ercole and his wife purchased Sweet Caroline in February 2013. The 35-foot J/109, with beam 11.5 feet, carbon fiber retractable bowsprit, asymmetric spinnaker system and 7-foot keel, can easily move the boat during relaxed journeys through the Long Island Sound with just four crew; six or seven are required for racing round the buoys. …

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Meet Jim Goldberg, Member at Large

Jim Goldberg has been named as the Member at Large on the J/109 Executive Board to serve in 2017-2018.  His responsibilities are included below, followed by a brief introduction where you can learn about Jim and his First Mate Lana. The Member at Large shall serve as an ambassador for the class, reaching out to …

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Don Dwyer & J/109 Guardian J featured in WindCheck Magazine

Don Dwyer was featured in the September 2016 On Watch section of WindCheck Magazine. Don tells about his J/109 Guardian J, family, crew, and friends.   Read the article below from WindCheck Magazine with the original published at this link. Don Dwyer isn’t exactly new to sailing, although his path to becoming an avid sailor is somewhat …

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OUTRAJEOUS Wins Hamble Series

(Hamble, England)- Winter finally came to the Garmin Hamble Winter Series in time for the final race, to show crews just how lucky they have been throughout the unseasonably warm event. A brisk, cold westerly wind that fluctuated between 10 and 25 knots gave the assembled sailors a challenge when it came to choosing sails, …

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An Irish STORM Wins Boat of Year Award

As predicted in the Afloat online reader poll, the yacht STORM owned by Pat Kelly has lifted the Irish Cruiser Racer Association’s Boat of the Year award at the ICRA conference in Dun Laoghaire. Among other wins, the J109 design counted five firsts in an impressive victory in class one IRC at the 2011 ICRA …

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GUT FEELING Wins J/109 North Americans

(Annapolis, MD)- The forecast for any sailor north of Cape Hatteras along the northeastern seaboard of America was simply this- “fresh to frightening” weather conditions, winds 15-30 knots (thereabouts) and, depending on “fetch”, seas could be huge (e.g. ginormous). Fortunately, the J/109 competitors sailing off Annapolis only had to worry about a 1-2 nm “fetch” …

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J-Dream crowned Tacktick J/109 UK National Champion 2011

On the final day of racing at the Tacktick J/109 UK National Championship, the fleet arrived on the dock to find gusts of mid 20s in the marina. The PRO took the sensible decision to postpone for one hour to see if the wind would settle as there were gusts of 30+ out in the …

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Founders Trophy awarded to Jahmali

The Warsash Spring Series took place from 13 March to 20 April 2011 and the J/109 Class saw 25 entries at a time of diminishing entries for many classes. Racing one-design this fleet is the largest one-design racing class in the UK and Ireland and competition is often fierce. With six races and only one …

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Hamble Winter Series: OFFBEAT Wins on Weekend Five

(Hamble, England)- A cold calm morning marked the restart of the 2010 Garmin Hamble Winter Series with a two-hour wait for racing to get underway. This long postponement was broken at its halfway point by two guns, these marking either end of the two-minute silence to observe Remembrance Sunday. By midday the expected breeze filled …

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BLUR Wins Goteborg Offshore Race

(Goteborg, Sweden)- Peter Gustafsson and his crew continue their winning streak in 2010 sailing their J/109 BLUR off the picturesque coast of Sweden. After winning Helly Hansen Skagen Race in Norway and Big Boat Challenge in Denmark in May, it was time for a race in home waters: the 15th edition of the 150 mile …

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