Thursday, June 13, 2019

J/46 Rendezvous Announcement

J/46 cruising islands
(Camden, Maine)- There must be some magic alchemy in the combination of one of the worlds greatest cruising destinations (Camden, Maine on Penobscot Bay), the spectacular Camden Classics Cup Regatta, and a bunch of enthusiastic J/46 owners.

J/46 rendezvous harborLast year’s event organizer, Tom Babbitt (Party Master in Chief), while thinking deep thoughts on his J/46 BRAVO in Antigua, suggested to some J/46 friends by email back in 2018 that they gather for the Classics Cup and race one design, with a modest handicap for deep draft boats. When BRAVO arrived back in Camden from the Caribbean on May 21st, there was a one-design fleet registered consisting of four boats. It was a fabulous series, with great racing and very special after race parties and activities.

Word spread fast after last year’s J/46 Rendezvous and this year, months before the 2019 event, TEN J/46 s are already registered!

On registration day July 25th, we will meet at 1630 at Lyman Morse at Wayfarer for a J/46 Owners Forum. It will be a “meet and greet” to discuss our favorite modifications, repairs and enhancements as well as reach out for solutions to unsolved mysteries.  After each race, we will attempt to have a Skipper’s Debrief where all can share their brilliant and not-so-brilliant decisions on the water.

The one-design rules, taking into account that J/46 owners are cruisers (first and foremost), are as follows:
  • Suitable anchor and chain in the bow
  • Dodger up
  • #3 jibs only, no spinnakers
  • autopilots, electric winches permitted
  • outboards, biminis, bikinis, and grills on the stern rail are not required, but encouraged
  • single handed, doubled handed, or a whole gang of crew- all good
  • shoal draft boats favored by 9 seconds per mile handicap
  • no other rating penalties
For any questions, please contact Tom Babbitt, or phone- +1-207-632-1262 Add to Flipboard Magazine.