I hope you are all looking forward to the 2008 season as much as I am. I have posted the 2008 schedule; go to racing and choose “documents” from the dropdown menu.
Our series begins in a little over a month at AYC Spring Series. We have added a couple of distance races this year with the Edlu Race in May and the Vineyard Race at the end of August. We had a good turnout at the Distance Racing Seminar (8 J109 owners out of 50 total owners) in January so there appears to be interest in expanding our agenda from just doing buoy races to include distance races. Let’s see how it goes and we will continue to refine the schedule based on the fleet’s preferences. At this point I honestly don’t know if we will be racing one design in these regattas or competing using our IRC ratings. If you have some thoughts you’d like to share, please pass them along.
You will also note that we have scheduled a J109 Rendezvous on July 19-20th in Stoninington, CT. We are hoping to attract both racers and cruisers to the event so we can get together and learn something from each other. Plans are still being developed but we will likely have a BBQ and some festivities on Saturday after everyone arrives and then hold a fun race/cruise to Newport to position boats for the J109 North American Championship which begins the following week at New York Yacht Club Race Week (Wednesday registration, racing Thursday-Sunday). This event will be followed the next weekend (Friday-Sunday)with the J109 East Coast Championships at the Buzzards Bay Regatta. If you want to have a lot of fun and get some great racing in, put these events on your calendar now and start to make arrangements!
When it is convenient, I’d appreciate hearing which events you plan to support this year. I look forward to seeing many of you next month at American Spring Series. Don’t forget to pay your class dues before the regatta!
All the best,