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Texas Invitational

Its been a while since anyone posted on this site, but with a new member of the fleet and a consequential return to 10 boats there has been an increased interest in doing something special. With the loss of the J105 Mid Winters to Key West (How is that working out EXCOMM? One boat in PHRF?) Fleet members Uzi, Bill, Mark, John, and Bee have decided to schedule a Texas Invitational for March 27-29, 2015. The idea is to invite an owner and three crew from outside Fleet 17 to participate in at least 10 races with both invitees and Fleet 17 owners taking turns at the helm. Stay tuned for the NOR and additional information.

What you can expect if you happen to be invited

Great Venue

Great Venue

Great Starts

Great Starts

Lots' of wind

Lots’ of wind

Tight Competitive Racing

Tight Competitive Racing

2015 Icicle 1 in Pictures

In position at the start

In position at the start

Uzi hoists with a twist

Uzi hoists with a twist

Twisty, twisty, twisty

Twisty, twisty, twisty

Twisty, twisty, twisty, and one more twisty

Twisty, twisty, twisty, and one more twisty

The twist is out and Bee is having trouble hoisting.

The twist is out and Bee is having trouble hoisting.

Don't that pretty

Don’t that pretty

A bit of separation, but which is faster?

Close!

Close

A bit of separation but who is in first?

Is it Uzi or is it the camera angle

Is it Uzi or is it the camera angle

I guess is was camera angle or the fact that Bee was heading a lot deeper

I guess is was camera angle or the fact that Bee was heading a lot deeper

Tuning and Tip Guides

Over the years I have collected J105 tuning and tip guides from a number of the larger sailmakers. The links below are organized by what I think are the most useful for Fleet 17. UK-Sailmaker’s materials are first mostly due to the fact that Pedro currently dominates the local J105 sail market. North is second because most of us have used North sails at one time or the other. Quantum’s are next because Q follows N in the alphabet and because I am aware of only one local boat that uses Quantum sails. Doyle is included on the outside chance that someone will show up with these sails and want to know how to tune the rig for them.

I have also included older versions of the sailmakers guides for historical reasons only. Its interesting to peruse the differences between how each maker sets up his sails. Not sure there is any reason (other then price) to prefer one of the other but whichever sails you have I hope this collection is helpful.

UK J105 Trim Guide

North J105 TuningGuide 13xx
North Quick Tuning Scrimp
North J105 QuickTuneCard 14 F2
North J105 TuningGuide 2003/a>

Quantum J105 Quick Tune Guide/a>
Quantum J105 Tuning Guide Complete/a>
Quantum Two Boat Tunning_and Sail Testing

Ullman-Sails-J105-Tuning-Guide-V5
Ullman 2007 Rig Tune Guide
Ullman Skelly J105 Tip Sheet 2005
Ullman 2004 J105 Tuning Tips
Ullman 2003 J105 Rig Tune Tips
Ullman J105 Tuning Tips

DOYLE J105 Tuning Guide

2013 J-Fest

Top Three in Their Final Finishing Order

Top Three in Their Final Finishing Order

Under pretty difficult conditions with winds in the 18-25knot range, Uzi Ozeri on Infinity wound up 1st overall with Matt Arno on Blue Flash finishing 2nd and Bee Bednar’s Stinger finishing 3rd.

Rain Dancing at the 2013 NAs

Leading the Pack

Leading the Pack

After getting zapped with a protest Lakenmacher and company did crawl back up from 15th to 12th. Perhaps a bit disappointing to them but not a bad place to be. In the top half and almost in the top 3rd. Looks like the Radiance, or Rain Dance as some of like to say, bunch appears to be doing a great job of flying downwind ahead of a pretty good sized bunch.

2013 North American’s Day 1

Radiance in 10th out of 27 after 3 races on first day.

Radiance in 10th out of 27 after 3 races on first day.

Bill Lakenmachers Radiance in 10 place after 1st day of racing. Three races today with winds in the 12-14 knot range with a 2 foot chop. Sounds a bit like Galveston Bay.

Bill’s Report

Good steady wind of 12 to 14. Close racing with lots of fouls and some shouting. We had good point and good boat speed, but got tangled up with too many boats. Lost our protest in the last race. No throw outs so draw your own carnclusions. Sailing for pride now.

OOPS: I did not see the DSQ. Dropped them to 15th. Still that’s middle of the pack.

2013 HMR

Pleasure Pier Start at 14:55

Pleasure Pier Start at 14:55

Approximately 172 boats of all varieties lined up off Pleasure Pier in Galveston for Lakewood Yacht Club’s 2013 150-mile Harvest Moon Regatta race to Port Aransas, TX. This is a PHRF only race so sometimes how you finish is not always how you finished. For the first time in a number of years, the entry list included more then one J/105. In this case, three J/105s – Bee Bednar’s Stinger (PHRF of 78), John Bell’s Kinderspel2 and Greg Turman’s Horny Toad (yes that is a real Texas toad, PHRF 87) – raced in the Bacardi PHRF Racing Fleet’s PS-C class with the Viper 830 Rented Mule (PHRF 69).

A Ghostly Kinderspel2 in Pink

A Ghostly Kinderspel2 in Pink

The Bacardi Fleet started downwind at 14:55 in cool and light 10-knot breezes out of about 10 degrees. As the evening progressed, the winds increased to the mid 20s, finally topping out at 28+ in the early morning light. Rented Mule took line honors with Stinger finishing in sixth place scratch. The two other J/105s finished about an hour after that. This was definitely a hot chute run and perfect for the Mule. Being able to fly the big 110 sq mt kite made the difference for Stinger’s second place. Turman’s Horny Toad finished third, and Bell’s Kinderspel2 came in fourth. Stinger’s maximum speed was 18.1 knots. Have no idea what the Mule’s top speed was, but even with the smaller class kites, the other two 105s hit speeds above 14 knots. It’s somewhat interesting to look at the overall finishes in the 21 boat racing fleet. Rented Mule was the first boat across the line followed quickly thereafter by a J/44, two J/120s, the Hobie 33 Soap Opera and Stinger. On corrected time, it appeared that the final overall finishing order would be Rented Mule, Soap Opera and Stinger. Well, that will teach us one design hard heads a thing or two! Rented Mule finished fourth and Stinger eighth overall. Nevertheless sailing under spinnaker under the big moon-lit skies and spectacular stars provided a beautiful environment for all races. The big party afterward is a big payoff for a long 20+ hour run.

The ride back on Stinger turned out to be a bit more then just interesting. After about four hours motoring toward Galveston, the winds picked up to around 5 knots so we decided to hoist the main to gain a bit more speed. This resulted in a few degrees of lean which of course none of us thought much about. About an hour later, a considerable amount of water in the port quarter berth made it a big deal. Stinger was taking on water though what is thought to be the upper rudder bearing. At that point along the Texas coast, there is no place to run. Anxiety was a somewhat high. It didn’t take Kevin long to figure out that the water was coming in through the rudder bearing. Healing was the issue because it put the top of the rudder post below the water line. However, the real issue was that the forward weep hole in the stringer was plugged so water could not flow to the automatic bilge pump. Flattening out the boat would minimize the inflow but moving water to the bilge pump would still be a problem.

Kevin’s first feat of genius engineering was to rig the old fresh water foot pump to pump water into the bilge pump area and get the auto pump to send it back into the Gulf. Once this was done the location of the weep hole became clear and so Kevin’s second brilliant feat of engineering used a suitably bent coat hanger to clear the hole and allow the water to flow freely into the pump area. Anytime we tacked or just flattend the boat for a while allowed the pump to clear the water and we were back on track.

To further minimize leakage, all movable weight went forward to push the nose down. Sailing somewhat fatter angles minimized the lean and significantly reduced the flow over the top of the rudder stock. Stinger safely returned home after a slow 29 hour trip. Moral of this story is: always check all potential leaks before you leave the dock on any kind of extended run. The leaking bearing is the result of not recognizing the full extent of damage due to hitting a submerged object some time prior to the race.

Rum 8

Infinity Finishing

Infinity Finishing

Infinity, Killer Rabbit, and Stinger started Rum Race 8 in light to moderate breezes, cool temperatures and cloudy rainy skies. Fortunately it did not rain during the entire race. Unfortunately the race was won or lost based on two beats and one deep run. Not really a great setting for J105′s. Sailing with class sails, Killer Rabbit was at a great disadvantage and was passed by both Stinger and Infinity before E mark. That first rounding saw Infinity in the lead followed very closely by Stinger. Stinger just harden up to the HSC with Infinity heading toward SC8 considerably below and quite a bit ahead. Holding on to a commanding point advantage, Stinger pass Infinity about 3/4′s of the way to SC8, tacked, rounded SC8 and headed to Kemah 2 about 8 boat lengths ahead. Stinger manged a sixth out of the money finish, but in spite of that still took 3rd overall in the Series.

Rum 7

Rain Dance --- OOPS Radiance in Rum 7

Rain Dance — OOPS Radiance in Rum 7

Rum 7 saw Radiance and Stinger start at almost the same time. Radiance looked good with what appears to be the entire family sitting on the rail. Nevertheless Stinger got lucky, made the right tactical guess and finished ahead and 2nd over all. Stinger is now a lock for 3rd place with a chance to move up if either or both of the top two boats falter.

Weather for this one was absolutely beautiful.