AYC Wednesdays

Momentum is building for the alternating Wednesday’s; June 3, 17, July 1, 15, 29, August 12, 26. Starts next week. Sign up now.

Entries so far are: Phoenix, Tea Dance Snake, Sport, Johnny Thunder

2020 Local Annapolis Schedule is Posted

The Local Annapolis J/70 Schedule is now posted. This year is going to be a great year with regattas spaced evenly throughout the year starting with on-land and on-the-water clinics and wrapping up with the ever popular Turkey Bowl.

Note: All AYC Regattas are open for registration via Yacht Scoring and are linked via the schedule.

This year will be especially important as it will lay the ground work for the 2021 North American Championships being hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club two weeks after the Nood. ( More details to come on that)

Have a look here:

2019 Turkey Bowl Details

Saturday, November 23rd, we will again be holding the Turkey Bowl event in Annapolis Harbor. 
Please shoot Ray Wulff a note if your team will be attending


  • Entry Cost: Free
  • Date: Saturday, November 23rd (The Sat before Thanksgiving – Duh) 
  • 10 AM Skippers Meeting @ Boatyard Bar and Grill – MANDATORY
  • Short (And I mean Short) course racing in Annapolis Harbor – Right off the seawall. 
  • Life Jackets worn at all times – MANDATORY
  • Short (Main and Jib) and long (Spinnaker) weather marks will be set – Same Start / same finish line, scored together. 
  • Racing begins shortly after skippers meeting – IE Rig your boat beforehand and let us know if you are at Jabins – We’ll wait. 
  • Prizes include Turkeys, Stuffing, Cranberries, and maybe some Apple Cider. (Post racing awards at Boatyard Bar and Grill unless you hear otherwise) 
  • Hecklers on powerboats welcome. 

More details to follow. 

Local Resources

As the season ramps up, here are some local resources for coaching, repairs, and rigging options.

Resources for coaches:
Geoff Becker gbeckersail@gmail.com,410-703-9136
Kristen Berry kristen@galeforcesailing.com  410-599-3542
Zeke Horwitz zeke.horowitz@northsails.com  941-232-3984
Scott Steele ssteele@ullmansails.com  443-255-6797

Fiberglass work:
Mike Beasley, Beasley Marine, 410-693-9889
Kate Chaney 410-279-6445
Nate Newsome 410-253-9247 NNewsome@annapolisyc.org

Geoff Becker gbeckersail@gmail.com,410-703-9136
Ed Furry/ Sail 22 info@sail22.com 574-889-0022  

2020 J/70 Fleet Building Package

The J/70 Class has organized a great line-up of future World Championships including Torbay, UK in 2019, Marina del Rey, CA in 2020, Monaco in 2021 and Newport, RI in 2022 and would like to promote ways fleets can build in anticipation of these and many other events. J/70 Fleet Building Package

• 2020 Model J/70 with standard specification including:

• Selden carbon mast, boom and standing rigging

• Harken Snubbair low-profile winches

• Additional jib sheet cleats and vang cheek blocks

• Triad Trailer – Galvanized, single-axle, float off/lift off trailer

• One-Design Class Sails – mainsail, 100% jib and A2 class spinnaker with class sail tags.

• Companionway spinnaker bag.

• Safety Gear package – anchor, chain & rode, bucket, bilge pump, first aid kit, two fenders, two dock lines.

The special package is $49,900 (Bristol, RI) with an order deadline of October 15, 2019. Delivery dates are from August 2019 to January 2020. Please contact: North Point Yacht Sales, http://www.northpointyachtsales.com/

Looking forward to the 2019 Sailing Season

Hello J/70 racers,
I’m happy to report to you that the J/70 fleet in Annapolis is doing well!  In addition to a local AYC Sunday Frostbite showing, we had a number of participants down in Davis Island, FL for Series 2, including various crew members on OPB (Other Peoples Boats).  Although it’s not set in stone, I’m attaching our calendar for 2019.  

Changes this year include more opportunities to get better and sail in some different formats.  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, 4/27/2019.  We’ll call it “Spring Commissioning Day”.  The day will include a boat set-up, modifications, tuning, and maintenance presentation with slide show led by J/70 World Champion, Geoff Becker. The day will start around 9 am at the new AYC annex.  Our National Technical Chair, Polk Wagoner, from Philadelphia will also be present for rules questions and clarifications.  Next, a break for lunch followed by boat weighing, boat set-up and splashing.  

On-the-water practice and training will be provided by Rolex Yachtsman of the Year nominee Zeke Horowitz from North Sails.  

Also, I would also like to encourage the fleet to sign up for Friday night Beer Can Racing as a fun way to introduce new blood, sail with family, crush some beers, or whatever.  I’ve got commitments from a few boats, but would like to ask for a show of hands of who else may be interested.  If we get enough boats, we could have our own start.


2018 Turkey Bowl Details

Below, you will see the proposed sailing area. With the commissioning of the USS Sioux City at the Academy, please be sure to stay clear of the seawall and Severn River. No need for an incident.

Skippers meeting: 9 AM at the Boat Yard Bar and Grill (Launch after the Brief Skippers meeting) Targeting the first race at 10:30 (Five Races if possible)
VHF? 72
Lifejackets? MANDATORY!