Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Dear Friends & Family,

Yet another great year on the racing circuit here in New England, although the schedule was a bit less intense than last summer. The highlight was crewing for my buddy Nate on his J-46 and winning our double handed class in the Newport-Bermuda race. Training and preparing the boat required a great deal of time and effort in the spring and our hard work paid off. In our first race on his boat, Around Block Island over Memorial Day Weekend, we worked out a bunch of the kinks and by the time we crossed the starting line heading for Bermuda, we were in fantastic form and worked great as a team.

On my boat, Jeroboam, I entered the Newport Offshore 160 and the New England Solo/Twin, both single handed events, and managed to win my class. Spending the summer in Newport is always a blast and this year was no exception.

Last winter was a great introduction to winter hiking for me, bagging six peaks over 4,000 feet including Mt. Washington, the biggest one here in New England at 6,288 feet. I’m hoping to double the number of 4,000+ peaks this winter through day hikes, as I did last winter, as well as trying my hand at some overnight hikes. I tested the waters one weekend in November and had a lot of fun camping in the cold.

Next summer is another running of the Bermuda 1-2 race, held on odd years, and I’ve already begun training for it in the gym and sailing in the J-24 frostbiting series in Boston Harbor. Jeroboam is in good shape although I’ll need to spend a bunch of time on the bottom in the spring to get it race ready.

I recently added a bunch of photos to the website including hiking shots and some brilliant photos from our family trip to Alaska, the highlight of my travels this year (more to come). I’ll resurrect this blog as Bermuda 1-2 approaches and post in-race details there with a link to the onboard race tracker.

Best,

Jonathan

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hurray for Seabiscuit!

We had a great race down. Kept the boat moving nicely and saw some favorable conditions for the boat. We pretty much stuck to our plan all the way down and sailed the gulf stream right where we wanted to be. We hit more unfavorable current than we anticipated post stream and probably should have stayed closer to the rhumb line after exiting the stream. We managed to capture a class win and placed fifth in the double handed division. I'm amazed at how well those J-35s did in the other DH class. Lots of work to do on the Biscuit to prep her for the delivery back to New England but I'm sure we'll manage to have some fun too.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Newport-Bermuda & 2010 Schedule

ok sports fans, sorry for the delay in posting my schedule, or anything at all for that matter. Block Island Race went well for Seabisuit, my buddy's J-46 that we're racing pretty hard this summer. Good warm up race to get us into the groove and we managed to take fifth place in the double handed division out of 16 boats. Newport-Bermuda starts Friday and we're entered double handed along with 27 other boats. All the Class 40s piled on the DH division so we'll have our hands full trying to keep up with those guys. iBoatTrack is doing the race tracking so check it out here: http://cloud.iboattrack.com/r/start.php?r=2010_newport_bermuda. Starting sequence begins 1350 on Friday, June 18th. Weather is shaping up to be very predictable with high pressure all around and a nice funnel of gulf stream current west of the rhumb line. Probably won't be posting anything in-race but will recap the event upon my return.

Other races on the docket for the Biscuit:
Down East Challenge
Monhegan Island Race
Northeast Harbor Race
Vineyard Race
Maine Rocks Race

Jeroboam races:
Newport Offshore 160
New England Solo/Twin
Ida Lewis Distance Race

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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