OMAHA! OMAHA! – AYC One Design Date Change!

The Annapolis Yacht Club Race Committee has finalized the splits for the April One Design regatta and have pushed the J/70s to Sunday. (April 26th) We were not given a reason why the change and this is the first time this move has been communicated (Apologies for just passing this along now.)

Hopefully the NOR and registration will also be posted shortly.

Out with old, in with 2015!

As we look forward to 2015, I wanted to pass along some things in the hopper that I would like to solicit your feedback on. 

AYC Regattas
Annapolis Yacht Club is having a meeting next week for fleet representatives so we can provide them feedback on what can be improved in their regattas, format, social structures. I see this as a great step by which the clubs are reaching out to try to improve the events for the racers. If you have any suggestions or comments you would like me to pass along, please let me know and we can see how they can be incorporated.
I attended the CBYRA annual meeting at EYC last week and came away with the impression that although they are trying to make things better, it still does not benefit the fleet members to require we be certified as a CBYRA class. The organization does a great job coordinating the various club schedules however as a competitor, the individual benefits are not there. Later in January there is a scheduling meeting we will attend however I believe much of the structure and schedule has been cast. One positive note was the number of regattas who are interested in supporting the J/70 and are willing to find out what we are looking for is very high. More work needs to be done and I will be sure to convey anything I hear, see, or read.
Hangover Bowl
Are you kidding me, really? This fun race for Frostbite participants is at the crack of noon and starts IN THE CREEK. Should be a fun event and is a great way to start the new year. AYC Website with Details
2015 Schedule
There are still some questions that need answering on the schedule however please take a look at the DRAFT schedule on the website( ) and provide feedback ( A survey will be sent out to see what people are thinking of attending.)
Some of the outstanding questions
  • Will Screwpile structure the racing in the river and remove a distance race from the schedule?
  • Can we combine a clinic/tune up with the SSA regatta in April? ( Social post racing)
Davis Island Series
It is awesome to see all the Chesapeake teams doing so well at Davis Island Series in Tampa, Florida. Between Al Terhune, The Allsopps, and Holly Graf, it has been awesome. Follow them here:
Class Association Website:

All the best,

Ray Wulff

2015 In The Works!

As 2014 wraps up and we look forward to a strong 2015. I am grateful to all the time and effort Kathy Parks and Will Keyworth have put into developing our great fleet. We will work to grow the fleet on the solid foundation you have provided us.


We are working hard to provide the inclusiveness and transparency everyone desires. A draft 2015 schedule has been posted and a survey will be sent out to fleet members to collect everyone’s thoughts.

More to come,

Ray Wulff

J70 Fleet One Captain

2015 Rule Change Survey

Below please find a link to a survey focused on the J/70 Rule Changes currently under consideration by the national class. The purpose of this survey is to collect the opinions of FLEET 1 members who are also members of the National class association. 

The results of this survey will be provided to everyone prior to the December fleet meeting.

Owners Meeting (Oct 3) / Social (Oct 24)

Guys and Gals,

Please save the following dates:
Oct 3 Friday, We will have an owners meeting to discuss the remainder of this season, next season and most importantly any proposals we want as a fleet to send to the Ex Com for voting on this year.Place and time will be announced shortly

Oct 24th Friday, Fleet 1 will host a Fall Social and Worlds debrief. The time and place of this will be announced but plan on bringing your crew and any folks interested in the J70 fleet and class..

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.


SSA Summer Series – August 9th

The SSA J70 Summer Series race that will be held on Saturday, 9 August 2014. This is the first J70 race series hosted by SSA since the J70 was officially recognized as a SSA Club Fleet. This race is open to all J70s and the cost of the race is $30 for non SSA members. Please come out and join us and help make the J70 a successful Club Fleet at SSA.

Attached is the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions for the event. You can register for the race at the SSA regatta website:

You can reach Rhett Christensen, SSA J70 Fleet Captain at email ( or cell phone (801-835-5571) if you have questions about the event.

SSA Sailing Instructions

Severn Sailing Association Website

Annapolis Yacht Club Summer One Design this Saturday

TsunamiAnnapolis Yacht Club Summer One Design is this weekend. If you have your boat and need crew, post here ( There may be some people who just don’t want to put their boat together after NAs but are all about goin’ 70 sailin’)

Registration information can be found here.

Photo Courtesy: Dan Phelps / Spinsheet – Anonymous J-70 sailing in 32 knots last summer.  😉