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Posts Tagged ‘J/122’

VIDEO: Racing Kicks Off in New England

Racing in New England kicked off this past weekend with several regattas in advance of the Newport-Bermuda Race starting this Friday.

NYYC 158th Annual Regatta

America’s oldest regatta, The New York Yacht Club’s 158th Annual Regatta, took place June 9-10, 2012 with a historical high of 133 boats registered. George Sakellaris’ Mini Maxi 72 Shockwave won two races and its class in IRC 1. “We had a conservative day,” said the boat’s captain and crew member Reggie Cole after today’s single race. “We just wanted to beat (George David’s) Rambler today, because that’s what we had to do to win, but it was just by happenstance that we also beat (Hap Fauth’s) Bella Mente. She blew out a spinnaker and we passed them to finish first.”

Past J/122 North American champion Mike Bruno and Tom Boyle (Irvington, N.Y.) won IRC 6 on his J/122 Wings. Jud Smith in his Taylor 45 Africa won IRC 4.

Corinthian Yacht Club Summerset Regatta

Congratulations to Doyle customers competing at the Corinthian Yacht Club Summerset Regatta. Gordon Hall’s IMX 40 Katabatic won Fleet A. Doyle customers in J/109s were 1-2 in Fleet B, with Christopher Zibailo’s Superstition taking the win, followed closely by Gary Weisberg’s Heat Wave. Carl Doane’s Peterson 34 Incentive finished 2nd in Fleet C, and Tom Tetrault’s Bristol 35.5 Facet won Fleet G.

Bob Hartl Spring Regatta

At the Bob Hartl Memorial Regatta hosted by the Constitution Yacht Club, Doyle customers took 1-2 in Class B and 1-3 in Class C. David Powers’ Beneteau 36.7 Agora and Chris Zibailo’s J/109 Superstition took 1-2 respectively in Class B. In Class C, Craig Speck’s Alerion 38 Vigor won the class, and Pat Cerundolo’s J/29 Il Cattivo came in 3rd.

“Wings” Wins 2010 J/122 Nationals

Seven J/122s including past East Coast and North American Champioins raced in the 2010 J/122 North Americans, part of the annual race week hosted by New York YC and its’ sponsor ROLEX. Jim Callahan and Mike Bruno on-board WINGS convincingly won with five 1sts and a 2nd. Congratulations!

Doyle J/122 Sails

Christopher Dragon wins J/122 Class at NYYC Annual Regatta


The New York Yacht Club held the 155th Annual Regatta June 12-14, 2009. The regatta consists of the 19 mile Around-Conanicut-Island Race on Friday, followed by two days of racing on Rhode Island Sound on three separate circles. This was the inaugural event for the J/122 class to race as a one design class.

In the tightly contested 10 boat J/122 fleet, Andrew Weiss and crew onboard Christopher Dragon took class honors with a commanding lead. Christopher Dragon showed consistent speed with her D4® Premium main and a fresh-out-of-the-bag D4® Multi Panel medium jib.

NYYC 155th Annual Regatta Overall Results

J/122 Wings Wins Around Jamestown Island Race

The Around Jamestown Island race is an optional, separately-scored competition held Friday June 12 during the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) 155th Annual Regatta. With fog shrouding the first part of Friday’s 19-mile Around the Island Race, crews had to navigate with their instruments and keep themselves out of trouble from the capricious currents and wind eddies that swirl around the Island. Amongst the J/122s racing this legendary race, it was Mike Bruno and team aboard Wings that won the IRC 4 Class.

View Complete Results from the Around the Island Race

2009 American Yacht Club Spring Series


The AYC Spring Series held on Long Island Sound, 91 boats were spread across 10 fleets. There were generally light winds both weekends. Congratulations to Doyle customers for winning the J/105, J/122, and Beneteau 36.7 classes.

The J/105 Class had the largest turn-out with 21 boats. Damian Emery and team Eclipse sailed Eclipse very well in the highly variable conditions to win overall.

Finally, the J/122 Class of 5 boats were shown their way around the course more often than not by perennial campaigner Andrew Weiss and his capable team aboard Christopher Dragon, comfortably winning by a six point margin. Mike Bruno’s Wings hung in for 2nd.

In a tight fleet of 7 boats with only 1 point separating each of the top 4 boats, Bill Purdy and crew on Whirlwind won the Beneteau 36.7 Class.

Complete Results

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Doyle Dominates J/122 & Beneteau 36.7 Classes at American Yacht Club Fall Series

Doyle sails dominated the new J/122 class at the American Yacht Club Fall Series, finishing 1-2-3. Barry Gold’s J/122 Sundari with a new Doyle main and VMG spinnaker squeaked out a win over Doyle powered Christopher Dragon and Patriot.

The Doyle dominance continued in the Beneteau 36.7 class with Crossbow, Resolute and Whirlwind taking all the silver.

American Yacht Club Fall Series Final Results

Wings Wins J/122 Class’s 1st U.S. Regatta

The J/122 is a new type of sailboat that can be raced and cruised. Built in Europe, where the design is popular, it has started to become established in the U.S., and this last weekend saw the first regatta of these boats in the U.S. The regatta was won by Mike Bruno and Tom Boyle in their new J/122, Wings.

Rye, NY (PRWEB) — It was “spring” in name only at the American Yacht Club Spring Series of 2008. A strong Easterly breeze for 3 of the 4 racing days offered up gusts to 30 knots and substantial sea state. Turnout was strong, with over 100 boats competing in 12 one-design, IRC and PHRF classes in the annual event that kicks off the big boat racing season in the Northeast.

Just days before the regatta, Mike Bruno, the current commodore of American Yacht Club, and his co-owner, club member Tom Boyle, took delivery of their new J/122, Wings. The J/122 is a new versatile 40 foot performance sailboat that offers racing performance with comfortable live-aboard accommodations. The boats have proven popular in Europe, where they are made, and fleets are now building in the U.S. The boat is designed and marketed by J Boats.

The American Yacht Club Spring Series was the very first one design event in the U.S. for this design. Seven boats, all local, competed over 4 days of challenging racing. Some of the best sailors around were on the boats, crewing and calling tactics. Action was tight. The boat that has been active in these waters the longest, Andrew Weiss’s Christopher Dragon, and has won handicap events in the past (before the one design class was established), challenged for first place but ended up with a close second after Wings.

Commodore Bruno said, “Having never sailed a sprit boat in the past, or competed in one design racing, it was particularly rewarding to do well in our Spring Series. The 122 is a superb boat with excellent build quality, awesome performance in all the conditions we have experienced to date, and great looks. The boat was totally in control on the days we saw 30kt gusts with steep seas, and was also very fast on the two light days. We already have three 122s at American Yacht Club — and four other J/122s nearby — and I suspect our East Coast fleet will grow quickly.”

Tom Boyle added, “I am pleased to have joined with my friend Mike Bruno in co-owning and co-skippering this boat, whose design is exceeding all my expectations. Mike and I have planned a first rate program and are fortunate to have attracted some of the very best amateur sailors in our area.”

Sailmaker Mark Ploch of Doyle Ploch Sails added, “It was once again clear that our sails are fast and easy to trim over a wide range of conditions. This allows the crew to concentrate on boat handling and tactics, not having to tweak sails.” Visit the Doyle Ploch Sails Website. Full results of the regatta are at American Yacht Club Website.

Competition is expected to ratchet up further as more boats are slated to attend upcoming New England events including the East Coast Championship at New York Yacht Club Race Week in Newport in mid July; information on that regatta at New York Yacht Club Website.