Friday, December 25, 2015

Hello Friends of J/World!

J/World J/80 sailing off Puerto Vallarta (San Diego, CA)- We love winters.  The smell of coconut sunscreen.  The warm salty spray on our bare skin.  Drinks served in pineapples.  Our sailing day bag packed with, well, nothing. This doesn't sound like your winter sailing experience?  We are truly sorry and ready to help.

Tropical Puerto Vallarta is, well, tropical this time of year, and the sailing is excellent. C'mon down and you can decorate a palm tree for the holidays.  San Diego is likewise beautiful and chock full of sailing activities!

J/World, the Performance Sailing School, has a whole range of classes from Learn-to-Sail and Basic Cruising courses on up to Racing Weeks and Special Events scheduled for the winter.  If you are a sailor or aspiring sailor, we have classes that will advance your skills and give you a thrill.

J/80 J/World training off San DiegoFeb 10-14- SCYA Midwinters Clinic and Regatta
Our immensely popular winter racing clinic will be held February 10-14 in San Diego. Southern California Yachting Association Midwinters is one of the largest multi-class sailing events in North America. The Regatta is supported by 27 SCYA member yacht clubs that participate throughout Southern California and stretching into Arizona. If you are a sailor, you will want to hone your skills preparing your boat and crew for the 2016 season by entering this race. Come enjoy the beautiful year-round conditions in San Diego, and leave faster than your competition.

J/World is offering sailors the opportunity to come play (and learn) during this special event.  At the San Diego facility, we will be hosting a three-day racing clinic prior to the regatta, which will include boathandling, sail handling, strategy, tactics, rules, etc. etc…  all the elements which will contribute to a successful regatta.

Then, it is test time! And, we have the ultimate test- a real regatta!!  Each of our J/80s will have teams of three students plus one coach per boat.  Everyone aboard will rotate through all the positions while getting the positive insights of one of our renowned J/World instructors.

J/70 J/World racing clinicJan 29-31- J/70 Racing Clinics
Learn from the pros. We have this wired, and can get you up to speed quickly.  J/World is offering a series of J/70 racing clinics for competitors looking to develop their skills in the newest hot fleet of one-design sportboats.   These sessions will focus on boat handling, sail handling, sail trim, and tuning.

Each three-day seminar is limited to small groups to insure that everyone gets a high degree of personal attention.  The focus of these clinics will be on the particulars of sailing the J70 to a high degree of efficiency. Topics will include boat setup, tuning, sail trim, sail handling, crew workflow and coordination, etc.   The small group size ensures that we will be able to work with everyone on a personal level…  so bring your questions!

J/105 J/World racing clinicFeb 5-7- J/105 Racing Clinic
Each year, J/World hosts special keelboat racing clinics aboard one-design J/105s.  The intensive format is targeted at getting skippers and crews up to speed.  Central topics include sail trim, sail handling, boat handling, crew workflow, shifting gears, rig setup, and so on.

This is all about the mechanics of getting you around the course faster.  We’ll talk about the how-and-why of shifting gears from point mode to speed mode. We’ll look at the fine points of sail shapes and twist. Spinnaker techniques and sail handling (including sets, gybes, and numerous takedowns) will be thoroughly discussed and practiced.  On-board communication and workflow will be emphasized to insure smooth maneuvers while racing.

The clinic is the perfect event to train new crew and/or to chip the rust off and get ready for the new racing season.  Tired of having messy takedowns? “Shrimping” a bit too often?! Can’t seem to get the boat up to speed quickly after a tack?  Got pointing issues?  Too much chatter on board distracting the helmsperson?  We can help.  Come join our J/105 Racing Clinic.  This is definitely the fastest way to get fast!

March 6-12th- Banderas Bay Regatta
Come join March 6 to 12th, 2016 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the Banderas Bay Regatta clinic. This event is very popular and we have limited space (it always sells out)!

The BBR is a special event held every March at our Puerto Vallarta Sailing Center.  Participants range from flat-out racers, to cruising sailors who have sailed the seven seas to enjoy the wonders of Banderas Bay.  The regatta represents the culmination of the month-long “Festival Nautico” in Puerto Vallarta, and has become a favorite of locals and visitors.  Treat yourselves to the ultimate sailing paradise- Banderas Bay in sunny, lovely, Puerto Vallarta.

Mar 16-20- San Diego NOOD- J/70 Racing
Come to beautiful San Diego for two days in clinic/practice environment with our J/World staff, and then race in the J/70 class of the NOOD Regatta. These regattas are renowned for tight one-design racing at prime sailing venues around the country.  And, racing a J/70 in San Diego is the epitome of the NOOD experience.  Come join J/World for two days of coaching and practice before lining up with the highly competitive J/70 class!  You will get the expert coaching of a top J/World coach and lots of personal attention (only three students per boat!).