Team Furio/Keith Whittemore – 3rd Place in 2012 European Championships

Team Furio travelled to Cannigione in northern Sardinia for the 2012 Italian J24 National Championship and the 2012 J24 European Championship where they finished 3rd.  For a full write up can be found on the J24 Fleet site here.

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New Seattle J24 Web Site

The Seattle J24 Web Site has been re-designed with updated content. Take a look at:

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Follow Team Hot Pursuit at J24 Worlds

Hull #5469 arrives at the yard at Yacht Club Argentino - Photo Team Hot Pursuit

Joy Okazaki, Michael Johnson and the rest of the Hot Pursuit crew made the trip from Seattle to Buenos Airies for the J/24 World Championships, being held from November 11-19. They have a blog up here where you can follow the team as they prepare for the regatta. Racing gets underway next Wednesday, 11/15.

Today they visited JBoats Argentina and were privileged to see a brand new J/24 coming off the line (see photo).

After a weekend of sailing our chartered boat and figuring out what still needed to be fixed, we decided to take a field trip and go to visit the JBoats factory in San Isidoro, a small, peaceful residential suburb just up river from Buenos Aires about 22km north.

Nice write up here.


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America Blu

[Editors note: Sailing Blu contacted us to help spread the word about their efforts to promote women in sailing. Here is their post.]

Sailing is a man’s game. But don’t tell that to Hoboken resident Donna Antonucci, the founder of America Blu, a non-profit organization that promotes women in sailing.

In a city that harbors the Hudson River waterfront, water activities are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s become evident as the topic has immersed itself in the city’s new development projects.

The city’s planning of an uptown park north of the Tea Building in an area known as Weehawken Cove received significant input from the Hoboken Cove Boathouse organization at a meeting in December. Kayaking has also increased in popularity, and is available near Maxwell Place. The new opening of Pier C Park featured a designated fishing area.

As development continues (and as summer approaches) it appears that more residents are taking advantage of Hoboken’s waterfront.

One aspect of waterfront life that hasn’t been addressed is the sailing and racing scene. While some people may have leisurely sailed along the Hudson River, few have taken part in racing, which Antonucci says “has a real culture to it.”

America Blu first formed in 2000, when Antonucci decided among friends to jump right into the men’s world of sailing and racing.

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2010 Sperry Top-Sider Seattle NOOD Regatta

Some nice video from Stuart Streuli:

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Good Guys Do Finish First

Stuart Streuli

Congratulations to Michael Johnson, Joy Okazaki, and the crew of Hot Pursuit for winning the J/24 class at the 2010 Sperry Top-Sider Seattle NOOD Regatta! Both Mike and Joy contribute greatly to the sport and it’s great to see them having this huge success. With 2 bullets and 12 top ten finishes over 3 days and 14 races they were able to out class a deep 21 boat fleet.  Rounding out the top three were Pat Toole  driving 3 Big Dogs and Harry Dursch  at the helm of Self Abuse.

Story here. Results here.

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Fourth Annual Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge

I just received a press release from the Manhattan Yacht Club:

Dennis Conner is inviting teams from around the world to compete in the Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge in New York Harbor on August 20th, 21st, & 22nd 2010. The purpose of this event is to “promote international goodwill through friendly competition.” Racing will be held in New York Harbor on J24 sailboats from the Manhattan Sailing Club located at “Dennis Conner’s North Cove” in Lower Manhattan. Racing in New York Harbor will create memories of a lifetime as competitors sail past the Statue of Liberty and under the skyline of Manhattan.

We invite you to spread the word and invite teams to come and participate in the Fourth Annual Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge. Attached is an information packet. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Whipple directly at (212) 945-4069 or via email at

Attachment: Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge 2010

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33rd America’s Cup Coverage

All eyes will be on Valencia, early Monday morning (1am Pacific Time). This feed from BMW Oracle will be live during the races:

ESPN will also be carrying the event:

For the first time in its programming history, — ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network — will carry the oldest sporting trophy event and sailing’s most prestigious regatta and match race, the 33rd America’s Cup. The best of three races duel will take place live from Valencia, Spain beginning Monday, Feb. 8th at 3:45 a.m. ET. Race 2 is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10th and — if necessary — Race 3 on Friday, Feb. 12th, both at 3:45 a.m. ET.

This should be good!

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Winter Work for J/24 Class

Shown at a recent measurement session at Kvichak Marine Industries are, from left, Scott Milne, Measurer Noel Morgan, Richard Demmler, Measurer Mike Johnson and Keith Whittemore. Milne's and Demmler's boats were being measured, and Whittemore, also a J/24 owner, is a partner at Kvichak and provided the space for the boats.

[source: CYC Seattle]

In a cavernous construction space at Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, measurers from J/24 Fleet 26 are hard at work.

It is Thanksgiving weekend, and three boats are lined up on trailers inside the big shed, where they have been packed with heaters and fans for a couple of days to suck out the moisture before they are weighed. A fourth boat, already measured, is parked on the street.

Mike Johnson and Noel Morgan, armed with tape measures, templates and weighing scales, are climbing all over the boats, inspecting for measurement integrity and taking both notes and photos which they will later add to a database to track each of the about 30 active boats in the Seattle fleet. Measuring all of them will take several more weekends and countless hours of work, all in preparation for the J/24 North American Championships, to be held on Puget Sound in May.

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Nice Diversion

The Louis Vuitton Trophy Series kicks off in Nice beginning November 7. This is the series that will be bringing America’s Cup style racing back to the water while BMW Oracle and Alinghi fight it out in the New York courts. A much welcome diversion for those post-season, days are getting short blues:

Louis Vuitton Trophy Home Page


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