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The 27th Seattle J/Fest (after a 7 year hiatus) wrapped up with great sailing on Sunday, June 24.  After no sailing due to lack of wind on Saturday, the regatta bounced back with a full day of sailing on Sunday afternoon.  The Puget Sound venue came through on Sunday, providing five races, with breeze building during the day. Thank you to Sail Northwest, Bob and Ben for bringing J/Fest back and for organizing multiple social activities from Friday to Sunday. We all hope J/Fest comes back in 2019!

For the J/24s we have two things to celebrate. First of all a huge shout out to Lydia and Jailbreak for winning the J/24 division. Jailbreak had a solid series with two bullets and the worst result being a 3rd. The rest of us did not get close. Secondly the J/24 fleet was with 10 boats on the line for all five races the solidly largest fleet and we even had visitors from Montana. Thank you everyone for getting everything together for a visit to Shilshole and exposing your boats to salt water.

(credit write up to Jakob Lichtenberg)

TEAM FURIO – 2nd PLACE at Italian Nationals

Fleet 26’s Team Furio team took 2nd place at the 2018 Italian Nationals, showing continued domination of this event, scoring top 3 finishes in the event for most of the past 5 years+.  With Mark Rogers on the bow, Shelby Milne (mast), Brian Thomas (tactics), and Kevin Downey (trimming), and skipper Keith Whittemore on the helm, Furio fought a challenging battle with the eventual regatta winner (home town La Superba, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno).  Furio led in to the last race, but dying, shifty winds allowed the home town boat to slip away in the final race to take the regatta by 1 point.  CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FURIO TEAM!  For results see 2018 Italian Nationals Regatta Results


1st Place – Tremendous Slouch Team/Scott Milne skipper

2nd Place – Rotating Teams on Kevin Downey’s boat

3rd Place – The new Tundra Rose Team/Karl Sheath skipper

It is hard to believe that the Spring Series is already over, but what a good one!







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The now annual Fleet 26 training session will be next Tuesday, July 17.  Sixteen boats are already signed up, and a great coaching staff headed by Harry Dursch and Mark Laura will make this an incredible opportunity to get some insights and tips from some of the best J24 sailors in the country!  PLUS – free beer and brats/burgers barbeque after the event provided by your Fleet 26.  Meet at the dockside location at 5:00.  The program starts at 5:30 sharp.  We are focusing on the on-the-water drills and practice, so have your boat ready in  advance and be prepared to hit the water after a brief introduction if wind allows.  Several good chalk talks are planned to fill in the gaps.  This should be a great one – don’t miss it.  If you would like to attend, but haven’t already signed up, let Harry Dursch know via ListServe.

Jailbreak/Lydia Volberding wins J-FEST!!!

Break through win for the Jailbreak team – CONGRATULATIONS! See writeup in the News Section and the link to the event website http://sailnorthwest.com/j-fest/








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