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J/109 Class Association

President's Message February 2024

Hello %firstname% %lastname%,

2024 is here and the J/109 calendar events are now listed on the class website!  Registration is open for many events, so please register early to demonstrate our fleets will be showing up for great racing. 


A few events to highlight including links to the events:

2024 North American Championship –    The 2024 Race Week at Newport  hosted by New York Yacht Club presented by Rolex (NYYC Race Week) will serve as the J/109 Class North American Championship. This biennial race week is a favorite of sailors due to the spectacular sailing conditions, unparalleled onshore hospitality and the great race management. Measurement will occur on Monday  and Tuesday 15/16 July.  On the water racing will be Wednesday July 17th through Saturday July 20th,  culminating with the Rolex awards dinner.  This is an amazing opportunity for the J109 owners to race in an iconic regatta in the beautiful city of Newport RI.  Make your plans now to participate and secure your housing before the season is upon us.  If not from the area and  you are interested in chartering a J109 please reach out to either Dan Nash or Bill Kneller.   I look forward to seeing you on the waters of beautiful Narragansett Bay in July.  Registration is anticipated to open shortly. Please visit the event site at Race Week at Newport.

East Coast Events

American Yacht Club Spring Series – American Yacht Club (Rye , NY)  – May 3-5,  A great way to open the season

Race for the Case Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club – May 18 & 19.  The Race For The Case, where the best overall boat wins a case. Every registered boat receives a bottle. There is a post race party at Huntington Yacht Club. Contact Dan Corcoran for more information.

Cedar Point One Design – Cedar Point YC (Westport, CT) –  June 1&2.  Usually the biggest J/109 one-design event on Long Island Sound.  For those planning on attending North Americans in Newport and have not gone through an inspection before, the technical committee will be happy to walk you through the process.  This is the Mandatory event of the East Coast Regatta Series.

Spring Off Soundings Race Weekend @ Watch Hill to Block Island – June 7-8 The Spring Series is sailed in early June. Traditionally, the Friday race is from Watch Hill, RI to Block Island. The Saturday race is in the vicinity of, often around, the Block Island.

NYYC Annual Regatta – New York YC (Newport, RI) –  June 14-16.  North America's oldest annual regatta will feature three great days of racing including the separately scored Friday Around-the-Island.

Safe Harbor Race Weekend Regatta – Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard (Newport, RI) – August 9-11.   Head up to Newport for the 2nd event in the East Coast Regatta Series. Safe Harbor Race Weekend participants and guests will be treated to a host of festivities including a Friday evening opening dinner with panoramic views of Narragansett Bay and casual coastal cuisine, and a celebratory Saturday night Talk of the Town Crew Party featuring a mariner’s feast and live music.

American Yacht Club Fall Series – American Yacht Club (Rye , NY)  – September 28 & 29  and October 5&6. Two back-to-back weekends for AYC Fall Series –The J/109 East Coast Championship

Great Lakes Events

Skyway Yachtworks Colors Regatta – Fleet 11 Nearshore Championship Event – June 1 & 2 @ Columbia YC

Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta – Chicago YC – June 7 – 9.  Fleet 11 Nearshore Championship Event.

Chicago to Waukegan Race – Chicago Corinthian YC –  June 22.

Race to Mackinac – Chicago YC- July 13.  Come join Fleet 11's one design section competing in the 114th running of America’s Offshore Challenge™, beginning in front of Chicago’s magnificent skyline and finishing at Michigan’s iconic Mackinac Island. Fleet 11 Offshore Championship Event.

Verve Cup Regatta –  Chicago YC- August 9-11.One of the largest course-racing regattas in North America, the Verve Cup is an annual world-class sailing event attracting many national and international competitors. Both the Offshore Regatta and, later, the Inshore Regatta host well over 100 yachts to our beautiful Chicago lakefront and skyline.

Chicago Regatta – September 7. The Chicago Regatta provides a fun opportunity for all boaters to contribute to the well-being of children while celebrating the boating community that enriches our lives.

Sheldon Clark Regatta  September 14  Chicago Yacht Club 

We have numerous other events across the country starting to fill the class calendar.  Check them out and sign up.  It's going to be a busy season with lots of great racing!

2024 Annual Dues

This email is also a reminder that 2024 membership and class dues are due for renewal on the J/109 Class website.  You may renew membership and pay dues at this link. If you would like to know the last time you paid dues, just look at the green banner across the top once you have logged in.


Dan Nash,
J/109 Class President

Additional Information and Links of Interest are provided below

Your J/109 User Profile & Boat Information

Click the Member Update logo below to update your information.

Update your contact, boat and home port information.

J/109 Online Registration

Use your email address (%email%) as your login.
Need more help? Click on this link and read the section labeled Existing Members. If you still have a problem logging in, email the J/109 Class Administrator –

Need Information on Maintenance, Rules, Buy / Sell J/109 Boats & Equipment?

Click the J/109 Class Forum logo below to read and share boat information.

The forum has information owners have shared on maintenance, sails, tuning, cruising and events.  If you have something boating related to buy or sell, this is the place to look.  The J/109 Class Forum is the designated method for people to ask the J/109 Class Measurer questions about rules and rules interpretations.

J/109 Class Forum

Anyone may read the forum without logging in, but to be able to post on the forum, you will need to register for a free account, which is separate from you J/109 Class website account.  Once you navigate to the forum, click Register near the top right to setup an account.  If you already have a forum account, click on Login located next to the Register.  There are helpful hints on using the forum located at this link.

J/109 Class Membership

One of the best ways to insure your investment in the J/109 is to support the Class. Owners and Co-owners are strongly encouraged to become Members of the J/109 Class Association. Others may become Associate Members. Members are owners or co-owners. Associate Members are crew and supporters of the J/109 Class. The membership fee is $50.00 for Members and $50.00 for Associate Members. Members who are current with annual dues are provided access to restricted areas on the class website and are able to view complete lists of owners and members.

Existing Members – If you are already an owner with an email address on file, all you need to do is get a password by clicking the Login button located on the menu bar of the website When in doubt, try this first. Use the Forgotten Password section of the Login page. Once you enter your email address, we will send you a link to reset your password at that address, or if no account exists, provide immediate indication on the screen. As an existing or previous member you can inspect and edit your contact information (after you have logged in) by clicking Update My Info under the Members menu. Existing or previous members can pay annual dues (after you have logged in) by clicking on Renew Membership – Dues under the Members menu.

New Members – If you are not currently registered or do not have an email address on file, register by filling in the form by navigating the menu on the class website – Mouse over Market, then click on New Membership to open that page. Submit your information, then once we review your contact information we will add you to the database. This may take a day or two.

More information about registration and passwords is available in the Login page available by clicking on the Login button located on the menu bar of the website.

J/109 Custom Boat Website Subscriptions Available

The J/109 Class has arranged with Crew Manager LLC to make custom J/109 boat websites available.  Current year J/109 events are already added to the main calendar and easily added to your boat calendar. Crew Manager provides a boat website with features the Skipper & Crew will use throughout the sailing season. In a nutshell, the team website provides a “Who, What, When, Where and Wear” schedule with automatic reminders.  After an event, the Skipper may post results and crew members may submit comments, pictures and stories about the event. Crew Manager works on most any device with a web browser including PC, Mac, iPad, Android tablet, iPhone and Android Phone.  The cost for an annual subscription is $90 and includes the website setup.   If you have any questions regarding Crew Manager, contact Bill Kneller who started this for his own boat J/109 Vento Solare.

Schedule & Events on J/109 Class Calendar

Click the J/109 Class Calendar logo below for upcoming events.

Keep up to date on planned J/109 events via the website calendar.

Link to J/109 Class Calendar

For questions or comments, please contact the J/109 Class Administrator.

This message was sent from the J/109 Class Association email system. We periodically send out messages about the J/109 Class including one design events, class rules, cruising, member updates, maintenance information, and technical advisories from equipment manufacturers concerning the J/109.  If you would like to update your email preferences, please send a message the J/109 Class Administrator.

Dan Nash, J/109 Mistral
Class President

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