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    Looking for a J/111 in Annapolis to charter

    Check in with North Point Yacht Sales. They're the local J Boat broker and they can get you in touch with the local boats. Fireball is back in town and I know Kristin Berry has been working on it, that might be an angle to try. I'm considering doing the race on Velocity depending on other events that my team decides to participate in.
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    Why hasn't a J/111 raced to Hawaii yet?

    Did the A2N on Velocity in 2013, starting in a tropical storm and finishing in another storm that was nasty but not quite tropical and had the rig pumping for many hours going into the finish. 3 Mac races under our belts too, including the gear (and gut) buster in 2017. We've been in 25+ plenty and for long periods of time and have a couple thousand miles in the boat without rudder issues. Prospector lost its rig in reaching in 25ish and 8-10' rollers due to a sheared hanger pin, those kind of conditions aren't unfamiliar to us on the 111. Like I said, YMMV - maybe we've gotten lucky but we've race the boat extensively for as long as 111's have been racing.
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    Why hasn't a J/111 raced to Hawaii yet?

    I own hull #8 and have raced the shit out of it for 9 seasons, still have the original rudder. Obviously YMMV but I don't think they're falling out of boats left and right. Regarding sailing one to Hawaii, I would consider it if a concerted effort to make the boat as watertight as possible were undertaken. 111's are wet boats in general and if you're on your ear in a seaway for an extended length of time you'll definitely want to add in some additional capabilities over and above than the spec bilge pump to get water out of the boat.
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    My boat, the Boatpix helicopter just happened to be shooting as we got launched off a big wave on a choppy day at KWRW 2017.
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Hell yeah, now the big problem is I'm back at work suffering from racing withdrawal!
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    If you're going to get one, please come race it on the Chesapeake!
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    I can't even imagine how much fun it was to race that race in a J/111 One Design! I bet the participants are still smiling! Ear to ear! The best part was when we hit the corner above Gray's Reef just as the wind shifted southwest and wound up to 18-20 as we launched the A3 and then 20-23 soon after. We were running boatspeeds in the 12-14kt range with water flying everywhere and the whole crew on the rail getting soaked in the pitch black at 3AM overhauling boats and laughing all the way to the bridge. The race was super tight but "The Reach" was completely worth the price of admission. It was my first Mac and it was a blast! You were on "Mental"? Velocity out of Annapolis.
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    I can't even imagine how much fun it was to race that race in a J/111 One Design! I bet the participants are still smiling! Ear to ear! The best part was when we hit the corner above Gray's Reef just as the wind shifted southwest and wound up to 18-20 as we launched the A3 and then 20-23 soon after. We were running boatspeeds in the 12-14kt range with water flying everywhere and the whole crew on the rail getting soaked in the pitch black at 3AM overhauling boats and laughing all the way to the bridge. The race was super tight but "The Reach" was completely worth the price of admission. It was my first Mac and it was a blast!
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Oh yeah, here's a shot from the Mackinac Island Marina after the race with 6 or 7 J/111's in frame. The Mac was awesome!
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    You're welcome! It was a blast sailing with and against you guys - we'll see you again next week at the Verve. It'd be great to have some of you out to the Chesapeake next season, we've got some great racing on the Bay!
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    If you want you can call your broker who can call J-Boats who can call the builder who calls the component supplier who will fix your shit or you can just call them directly (since their name is on the part) and get it done quickly. It was a warranty job either way. We broke ours on a 30kt Sunday and wanted to race the following weekend so we thought it'd be better to just get it done but other people can do it whatever way makes them feel comfortable.
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Contact the manufacturer on the backstay pump, they have a fix. We've started to just drop our jib on deck, that works 100% of the time.
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Congrats. Just checked out the results. Looks like the 111's represented themselves well. Any insights as to what conditions they did well/not well in compared to the others? My boat was not one to judge by, our results were nothing to write home about in all conditions. Conversely, Ragin' was successful in pretty much all conditions out there. Wicked was also having consistent success every day. My general observations were that in the chop with higher winds the bigger boats (X-41 & J/122s) did well vs the 111's and in the lighter stuff the 111's stood out. We saw this last year at CRW as well. Friday was choppy with 10-15kt winds. Saturday was relatively flat with 6-10 dying as the day wore on. Sunday we had big rollers (~6') early and light winds (4-8kts) which flattened out as the weather moved in. You can look at the results to see how that relates to the success of the different designs. Hopefully next year we'll have enough boats there to have an OD start.
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    This past weekend at Charleston Race Week the PHRF B class was won by Ragin', a J/111. Not only did they win their class but they also won the Palmetto Cup for the best boat in the most tightly contested class. Three other 111's, including mine, competed in the class along with J/122s & 130s, a couple 1D35s, an X-41 and a Bene 47.7.
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Great videos, thanks! Nice wipe out at 1:25, I saw it start to go and started having flashbacks to a couple unfortunate episodes we've had on Velocity. Nice recovery though!
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    I took a look at Stephane's list, Ragin' and Velocity are based on the Chesapeake (Annapolis), not on the Great Lakes. There's a 3rd 111 sailing out of Annapolis, I don't know the name/hull number off the top of my head but I've seen it around a couple times. I know there's a new hull waiting for a buyer over at Jabin's too, not sure where it'll end up though. Hopefully they'll find another couple buyers around here so we can do some local OD racing!
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Thanks for the welcome guys, I've been lurking around here for a while and it's fun to be able to talk about our experiences on the water. We're going to be running a good racing campaign this year (largely on the Chesapeake) so I'll hope to meet some of you at the events! Lee G: Congrats on your purchase! That J/92 was a ton of fun, I sailed it constantly last year and it was super easy to manage. We raced it, day-sailed it and even did a little cruising around the bay. I'm sure you'll have a blast with it!
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    I'm one of the owners of the 111 at CRW (Velocity). Friday was the first time the crew had raced together and on a new boat so there were communication and coordination things that needed to be figured out. The weather was something of a factor too, there was a lot of chop and the heavier boats seemed to carry through it better with their greater momentum. The winds weren't quite heavy enough to get the boat up on a plane so combining that with the bigger boats ability to carry speed through the waves made it challenging. As you can see from the Sunday results, things got a lot smoother once we had some time on the water together to learn the boat and each other. The winds were lighter and the water was pretty flat so being lighter helped out us out, we were able to overtake a lot of boats including at least one J/130 from the PHRF A start! I thought we had a shot at Gambler on the last race but it wasn't to be, those guys were dialed in and did a great job. Overall we were very pleased with the boat!