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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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J35M8

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  1. Lartaunt, Folks should know that each of these proposed changes has a discussion forum on the www.j35.org website where you can deposit your comments and thoughts. The forums do require that you log in to the website before you can make a posting or comment. Reading is not restricted. Voting is coming up quickly and will only be open to paid-up members. See the website for your membership registration form and get it in ASAP to be eligible to cast a vote!
  2. L, Thanks for organizing and to Columbia Yacht Club for hosting again. It was nice to chat with the few skippers who were there! Website needed a swift kick in the pants and is now alive again!
  3. Congrats to FALCON.... More details of the results at yachtscoring.com and full race replays at www.kattack.com If you were not there you missed an epic regatta. FALCON - Transported by water from Detroit Yacht Club MR. BILL'S WILD RIDE - Transported by water from North Star Sail Club MAGIC - Transported by water from Erie Yacht Club MAN-o-WAR: Transported by trailer/F350 from Singing River Yacht Club (Pascagoula MS) TIME MACHINE - North Cape boat WHIPLASH - Transported by water from Tawas Bay Yacht Club SCREAM - Transported by water from Crescent Sail Club So a boat from Mississippi makes the effort and none of the Lake Michigan or East Coast boats can match it.... hummmmmm. Top Drawer Race Committee, Free hoisting, Free bottom wash, Free beer, Free dockage, Breakfast and dinner included in entry fee, live race tracking, beautiful venue........ What's it going to take? J
  4. If a fella was to say, get a chance to get to be in the area during one of these regatta's, what would be the chance to sail some 35 one design races? I would say that other then the MAC races you would have a good shot at getting a ride on any number of the Lake Michigan boats. PM me with your infor and I will pass on to the J/35 Lake Mi fleet owners LT.... trolling for crew, but you did not say which events on the schedule you are doing! Is the Lake Michigan fleet going to hang out after the Chi-Mac for the Harbor Springs event? How many of you will be coming around the mitt to visit and race with us at Put-in-Bay and the North Americans? J
  5. If a fella was to say, get a chance to get to be in the area during one of these regatta's, what would be the chance to sail some 35 one design races? ~HNN, Speaking for my boat's program, the NOODS, MAC, Sr. Bayweek and NAC are already FULL BOAT. We will probably be looking for great crew to fill some spots for the Mills and J-Fest, but won't know until we get closer to the date. Lot's of folks who race in these parts read this thread and if their skippers don't, there is usually someone on the crew who does..... or PM me. J35M8
  6. WW... Hull #130 (Located at North Cape Yacht Club, Lake Erie) and Hull #121 (Located Lake St. Clair) both on the market now. 121 has taken out an advert in SA. PM me for contact information for #130.
  7. 2011 Sailing Schedule ..... Time to start planning! Just got the eMail from the NOODS folks and it made me start assembling the schedule for next year. Let's hear it from the other Great Lakes boats about events that you know about. June 3-5: Detroit NOODS, Bayview Yacht Club, Lake St Clair [J35 & T35] June 10-12: Mills Trophy Race, Lake Erie (Toledo to Put-in-Bay) [J35 & T35] June 10-12: Chicago NOODS, Chicago Yact Club, Lake Michigan June 24-26: Cleveland Race Week, Lake Erie (dates not certain) July 16-18: Chicago Mac Race, Lake Michigan July 23-25: Port Huron to Mac Race, Lake Huron [J35 & T35] July 30-31: J-Fest (Great Lakes Championship), Harbor Springs, Lake Michigan [J35 & T35] August 5-6: Sr. Bay Weekend, Lake Erie (Put-in-Bay) [J5 & T35 & S35] August 26-28: 2011 North American Championships, North Cape Yacht Club, Lake Erie [Don't miss this one!] Start thinking about forming a flotilla of boats that sail in the Harbor Springs event and then transport around the mitt down to Put-in-Bay (leave Sunday evening and arrive by Thursday afternoon). Use the Sr. Bay Weekend as a final tuneup for the main event! Arrangements are being made for no-cost/supercheap dockage at North Cape between the Put-in-Bay event and the NAC. Especially for the Lake Michigan fleet..... you have got to make the trip! I will start things off. TIME MACHINE is planning on Detroit NOODS, Mills Race, PH Mac, Harbor Springs, Sr. Bay Weekend, NAC! It's going to be a blast!!! J35M8
  8. The trick for any boat that will be sailed short-handed is the ability to balance out the sailplan and forces. All boats become a handful if you don't adjust the sailplan and trim as conditions change. The J/35 offers a very powerful, relatively high-load setup which I can balance out in almost any reasonable conditions. Sure, when I get lazy any don't reef early enough, or change down from the #1 to the #3 as the breeze builds, it's a bitch.... but I think that's the case on any boat. The comments about needing the crew weight on the rail.... if you are sailing boat for boat, single handed vs fully crewed....DUH... the fully crewed gets around the course faster. But that's not the point! All it does is lower the true wind speeds where you shift gears. The J/35 offers you a responsive, strong, sea-kindly and quick for her age design that will keep you coming out on the lake for the shear joy of it all. OH... and we sail PHRF on lots of nights with 4-5 and have a blast, even when it's blowing 20-25! Go for it! J35M8
  9. Humm.... "stuck in the mud".... I think not! Here on the Great Lakes, there may actually be more events than people can take in.... Detroit NOODS, Chicago NOODS, Mac Races, Harbor Springs, I-LYA Sr. Bay Weekend, North Americans at NCYC. Add to that all the various weekend races on Lake Michigan, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and Lake Huron and skippers and crews start to crumble under the pressure. There are simply not enough vacation days in the schedule. Personally, I am up for almost anything that supports the class and builds interest and participation. If forced to choose between spending $$ on an event this winter or next summer or burning a vacation day this winter that could be used next summer..... I will lay low this winter! Someone (probably me) should look to see where the center of gravity is on the map for all known J/35s. My gut tells me that it's somewhere near Pittsburg PA. Let's keep the ideas coming...... and we look forward to seeing BAD DOG and AFTERSHOCK and LICKETY SPLIT and HOUQUA and BOZO and TOUCH and the rest of the Lake Michigan fleet at the North Americans in 2011. I think the economy is a big factor here. I know in my own personal situation, though my wife and I still have our jobs, half of my crew have lost theirs. I have three family members living with me who lost their jobs and whom we support financially and in other ways. Things are very tough out here. The cost of going to a multi-day regatta is harder to manage in the face of that. For me at least, single-day events would be easier. I had really wanted to go the NAs this year. They are in my back yard, afterall. But with a $500 price tag, there is no way I can swing it, especially since I would likely have to add other crew related transport and meals costs to that. I don't think the fee is too high, but it is too high for me in this economy. Especially since, as a new J35 skipper, I'm likely to be more in learning mode and less competitive. I suspect I can get as much learning from the Mid-Atlantics in November at a much lower price. Now, I'm sure I'll get flamed for this because, in fact, we haven't managed to get out for even a one-day class event yet. And there are always reasons, but not good ones. I really had hoped to be on the line for at least a few events by now. But that doesn't make my observations any less valid. I think another factor may be crew. How "involved" do they feel in the class and the events? Hey, no flames here.... There are the big marquee events (NOODS, NACs, Mac Races) and then there are a whole host of smaller, but no less fun and challenging events. The big difference is that you typically don't get ONE DESIGN racing at the more local events. Yes, for the folks who are out of work, the costs do mount up and can be prohibitive. For the folks who are working.... there is so much pressure to work longer hours, just to stay employed. None of this adds up to fun times out on the water. As a Race Organizer (2011 NAC) I am doing everything I can to reduce the costs of participation.... both for the skipper and the crew! We tried an interesting experiment here on Lake Erie at the I-LYA Sr Bay Weekend.... J/35s and T/35s and Shock/35s racing level. The sample size was pretty small (2 J and 3 S) and the feeling was that we should absolutely try again next year with more boats. In the Detroit area we have been sailing J and T level for many years and it has worked out great. OH.... Js were 1,2.....
  10. Humm.... "stuck in the mud".... I think not! Here on the Great Lakes, there may actually be more events than people can take in.... Detroit NOODS, Chicago NOODS, Mac Races, Harbor Springs, I-LYA Sr. Bay Weekend, North Americans at NCYC. Add to that all the various weekend races on Lake Michigan, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and Lake Huron and skippers and crews start to crumble under the pressure. There are simply not enough vacation days in the schedule. Personally, I am up for almost anything that supports the class and builds interest and participation. If forced to choose between spending $$ on an event this winter or next summer or burning a vacation day this winter that could be used next summer..... I will lay low this winter! Someone (probably me) should look to see where the center of gravity is on the map for all known J/35s. My gut tells me that it's somewhere near Pittsburg PA. Let's keep the ideas coming...... and we look forward to seeing BAD DOG and AFTERSHOCK and LICKETY SPLIT and HOUQUA and BOZO and TOUCH and the rest of the Lake Michigan fleet at the North Americans in 2011.
  11. Was there more than one Obsession J/35 in Detroit? cuz I own the one that used to be at GPYC under that name and it has never had a wheel. Currently Bad Dog since 1997. Currently one in Holland Mi with a wheel named Lickity Split formerly Habenaro. Wheeled J/35s have been done and un-done.... TIME MACHINE had a wheel at one point (at least 2 owners ago). I can tell because the rudder tube is cut and I can see where the mounting holes were filled. Personally, I like the feel of the tiller! A balanced boat is fast and it's hard to feel if you are balanced with a wheel.
  12. +1 It's getting to be time for all good J/35 skippers on the Eastern Great Lakes to belly up to the bar and register for the I-LYA Sr Bay Regatta. Word is that the Shock 35 fleet is gathering momentum. We need to make a good showing! J35M8 Registration is on YachtScoring.com or through www.i-lya.org Visit www.i-lya.org TRUE - There are now 10 S35's in the water in Lake Erie - 2 in Sandusky, 1 in Huron, 2 in Cleveland, 3 in Fairport, and 2 in Erie, PA. I have talked with most of them and would be surprised if we could not have 8 or 9 boats at both Cleveland Race Week and Bay Week. Will be fun to see the J's at the bay - you should consider coming down to Cleveland for race week too.
  13. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Capt. John Bonds..... It was reported on US Sailing site that Captain Bonds, a skipper of many J-boats, has passed. At a recent Safety at Sea seminar John and I were talking about the J/35 and he remarked that it was one of his favorite boats to sail. For those who knew John, he will be missed.
  14. Eastern Great Lakes events schedule: Detroit NOODS (June 4-6) Port Huron to Mac Race (July 17-20) I-LYA Sr. Bay Weekend (August 6-8) Other events that need our support are on the DRYA schedule, the North Cape schedule and other sites. Let's not forget the 150 year celebration at the Buffalo Yacht Club. Also the folks at Edgewater Yacht Club and the Cleveland area put on a full seasons of events.
  15. SWEET! If it looks great in the shed.... it looks SO MUCH better out on the water!