Thursday, May 19, 2016

J/105 Manhattan Regatta Preview

Manhattan J/105 Regatta (New York, NY)- If you thought the AC45 sailors participating in the recent America’s Cup World Series off the downtown Manhattan waterfront along the Battery Park esplanade had a tough time chasing windshifts, think about how real “local knowledge” can be put to the test with a large fleet of J/105s!  In fact, a number of “locals” who watched the ACWS event commented on the fact that sailing on the Hudson River into the “Valley of Death” between the Jersey City towers to the west and the World Financial Center complex to the east is often fraught with massive holes and 70 degree windshifts- generally, a “no go zone” for racers who know the waters between lower Manhattan and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to the south.

For those “in the know”, sailing in currents and shifty winds on the Hudson River has it’s benefits, like having some of the world’s most spectacular real estate on your front door step each day, Wall St, Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building to the north and the iconic Statue of Liberty literally in the middle of your race course.

Over the past few years, J/105 Fleet 10 out of Liberty Landing Marina, has continued to grow as a fleet and each spring they host The Manhattan Regatta.  It will be sailed from May 21st to 22nd out of Liberty Landing Marina (Jersey City, NJ- where there’s plenty of safe convenient slips and parking for crew and friends).  The slip fees are discounted from summer rates (just mention you are racing in the regatta).  Eleven boats are currently registered (still not too late to jump in!).

The race course will be in the area east of the Statue of Liberty.  Racing in this unique venue is challenging due to the strong currents and commercial traffic.  The regatta occupies a relatively open part of the season schedule.  It’s a week before Memorial Day weekend and two weeks before the Cedar Point One Design Regatta.

The annual event includes a sunset party on the Liberty Lightship that is docked at the marina.  The lightship is one several surviving lightships that was originally stationed near Cape Lookout Shoals, NC.  There’s also a convenient ferry that’s a 10 minute ride across the Hudson to Lower Manhattan- the Liberty Landing Ferry that departs the ferry terminal in front of the World Financial Center on the end of Vesey Street.

If you have no plans for the weekend, you can still join us! We promise you will have a lot of fun! Here’s the Yacht Scoring link for registration and scoring for the event.   Please don’t hesitate to contact Dave Spence ( or Paul Zajac ( if you have any questions.  For more J/105 Class sailing information