J/105 North Americans Aftermath

November 6th, 2017 by admin

J105 North Americans Aftermath

The past 10 days from October 20 to October 30th began a sailboat racing odyssey of epic proportions – at least let’s say I haven’t recovered yet!

To begin our racing adventure we started out at Lakewood Yacht Club who hosted the 8th Annual J Fest Southwest Regatta. We used J Fest as a warm up for the North Americans and we had three FWBC J/105’s – Matt Arno, Blue Flash, Mark Masur – Two Feathers, and Mark W. Smith – Eau La La out of 18 boats. We also had three FWBC J/70’s, including first place Glenn Darden on Hoss, Jason Bradley on Texas Chrome , and Jim Mitchell on Boom Town. The J/70’s had 15 boats registered but it was a busy weekend and only 8 of them actually made it to the starting line. Speaking of J/70’s – your Fort Worth Boat Club will be hosting the 2018 J/70 Corinthian Cup Regatta the week of April 25th through April 29th. This is a National Regatta that will be a couple weeks before the J/70 North Americans May 14 – 20th in Club de Vela La Peña A.C., Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

After J Fest we had a couple of days to work on boat prep and get ready for the Big Dance. FWBC Rick Schaffer brought in his boat Double Dare and Dwight Horton also brought in his boat Beauty. The total turn out for the NA’s was 22 boats of which 5 of the boats were from FWBC. The regatta was won by local sailing star Steve Rhynes of Houston and his boat Mojo of which Steve has had Mojo in many different fleets – Melges 30, J109, etc… and has spent a lot of time training with Pro Trainer Farly Fontenot. All of Steve’s two boat testing and sail testing etc… over the summer really showed up as he had an extra click of speed that was hard to match.

Rick Schaffer had the best FWBC scores starting out in 4th place at the end of the first day of 4 races but then found a way to move back one spot each day and ended up in 6th. That said, Double Dare really represented well. The entire Lakewood Yacht Club fleet was very grateful for the FWBC turnout and we all had our turns at being up in the front of the fleet.

It was the first time for Dwight and I to travel with our boats – guess that’s why I bought a trailer with Jason Dyer and BoatworX who handled the delivery and return. It isn’t easy to put these boats on the trailer and haul them places – not like the J/24 – but it sure is worth it!

Suffice to say, I think we all learned a LOT and with our boats and sail inventories now in new condition I think the Fort Worth Boat Club J/105 Fleet is primed to kick off the Marigail Series in top competitive form! What I saw is our Fort Worth J/105 Fleet can compete against anyone in the nation and I know we will all continue to improve and get better.

It’s a grand time to get out and go sailing at Fort Worth Boat Club and

I’ll see you on the starting line!

Mark W. Smith
Team Eau La’La’ Racing