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TEAM Zephyr V2.0 WINS

Photo: New Orleans Sailing / Curt Christensen

Team Zephyr v2.0, powered by a complete North Sails inventory and led by experienced J/30 sailor and co-owner Scott Tonguis, won the Midwinter Regatta held March 13-15 at the New Orleans Yacht Club. The five race event, held in light and tricky conditions, was won by Tonguis, a New Orleans native, and crew on a tiebreaker with three bullets and a second and third place finish.

“It was very close between us and the second place boat and we often go back and forth with local teams which keeps it exciting and fun,” Tonguis said. “I’ve moved away from New Orleans and now live in Kentucky but I try to get down here as often as I can to race with friends that I don’t get to see all the time. After 25 years of racing sailboats, it’s more about the people. The regattas are just an excuse to get everyone together and have fun,” Tonguis explained.

Tonguis started sailing in high school in New Orleans and tagged along with his older sister when she went sailing on her friends’ boats. It was during these years that Scott met North Sails representative and local sailing legend Benz Faget. “I met Benz on the J/24 Texas circuit and also sailed with Chris Weintjes (another well-known local) on the Ranger 37 circuit,” explained Tonguis. “If you go sailing with really good sailors who know what they’re doing, you wind up learning a ton and gaining knowledge and experience you can’t get on your own.”

Tonguis’s first J/30, a family-owned boat named Zephyr, was lost in Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. “I hadn’t planned on replacing the boat but David Erwin, co-president of the J/30 class, put together a small consortium of people, including me, to own and race Zephyr v2.0. I agreed to be part of the team and come down as often as I can to race. Dave is more of a behind-the-scenes guy who does some racing and all of the organization,” Tonguis explained. “We usually race with 7 or 8 people and even though Dave can’t always race with us, he’s a huge fan of sailing and does whatever he can to support the class. He always tries to keep sailing relevant while we face challenges with other commitments and opportunities.”

“I’m very proud of Scott and the team on Zephyr v2.0 for their performance at the Midwinters with an all-amateur crew,” said Benz Faget. “It was a tight battle but Scott and crew pulled it out. They have been very good North Sails customers for many years and their teamwork and sail handling paid off earning them a well-deserved win,” Faget said.

Next up for Zephyr v2.0 is a PHRF handicapped regatta in Biloxi, MS, called the Challenge Cup, where the team will be one of four boats representing the New Orleans Yacht Club. The North team wishes the Zephyr v2.0 crew much luck at this event and throughout the rest of the season. For more information on the J/30 Midwinters, visit:


President’s Message to the Fleet

What a great year sailing in 2014! At this year’s North American Championship @ Cedar Point Yacht Club, the J/30 Board of Governors elected Dan Mather from Oswego, NY and Dave Erwin from New Orleans, LA as the 2015 Class Co-Presidents.  We want to thank Bill Kneller for his tenure of the class over the past 6 years!  Under Bill’s leadership he developed a partnership with V-Sport for apparel, initiated West Marine affiliate program, developed standards for organizing and conducting North American Championships (document is on the forum), developed specifications and source for the new J/30 DC panel replacing the obsolete model as the manufacturer was no longer in business – wrote installation procedures and related technical document and documented thousands of hours of J/30 maintenance and repair work to share with others.  Bill says that “I will continue to visit often as I made a boatload of friends I’ll enjoy for the rest of my life!”.

The class is now operating in its 35th year and has hosted 34 North American Championships special thanks to your membership and continued support.

There are a few areas noteworthy to highlight.


1st Place – Blue Meanie

2nd Place – Bebop

3rd Place – Falcon

4th Place – Smiles

5th Place – Fat City

The J/30 NA Band

Congratulations to Blue Meanie skippered by Steve Buzbee to win the 2014 North American Championship hosted by Cedar Point YC. Second place went to five time National Champion Bebop skippered by past J/30 president Bob Rutsch & Mike Costello.  Class Measurer Charlie Stoddard skippered Falcon to finish third place. Rounding out the top five was John McArthur Carl Sherter from Cedar Point YC who skippered Fat City. Carl continues to maintain top honor of skippering the most J/30 North American Championships.  Check out the final results and 34 year regatta history.


March 13-15 J/30 Midwinters @ New Orleans Yacht Club

July 25-26 Southern New England Regional July 25-26th @ Barrington Yacht Club Official Web Page

Sept to 24-27 North American Championship @ Beverly Yacht Club


The J/30 Forum continues to be the official communications medium for the J/30 Class. We continue to have discussions from sailors from all over the world exchanging sea stories, posting videos, sharing photographs, getting maintenance tips, coordinating cruises and scheduling races. Don’t forget to check out the discussions on the district forums that are local to your area.

After talking to other J/Boat classes such as J/105 and J/109, we have been nominated as one of the best National Class forums across the sailing world.  There is a wealth of information on the J/30 Forum made possible by people who have shared information on core replacement, engine rebuilding, running rigging upgrades, deck repair, and the list goes on. If you have not registered on the J/30 Forum, you are missing a great resource available at no cost for your use.

Don’t forget to engage and speak to your district governors and ask “how can I help” so the J/30 Class can serve you better.  Create opportunity to meet and connect with other J/30 owners in your area.


Brandon Forbes “Endeavour” Canada
Coverage of Tropical Storm Arthur

Vic Farmer “VJay” Naples, FL
St. Patrick’s Day Sail

David Erwin “Zephyr V2.0”
Season of Sailing (Music by Zephyr)


The J/30 Class continues to partner with V-Sport, the J/Boat licensed apparel supplier to offer member discounts on J/30 logo merchandise that can be personalized for your boat. The class has also partnered with North Sails to offer J/30 flags available for purchase online. We offer both the large battle size and smaller back stay flags. In 2013 the J/30 Class Association partnered with West Marine and is now a member of the West Marine affiliate program. You can support the J/30 Class when you make your West Marine purchases online. The J/30 Class Association receives a percentage of sales from your purchases when you click through from our website you are directed to the West Marine website with a cookie that identifies you as a J/30 affiliate. You can also use any discounts that you may be authorized. We will keep a link visible on the J/30 website and on the J/30 Forum so you can easily locate the click through link.
The J/30 Class continues to partner with Boat US so that J/30 Class members receive a 50% discount on their annual Boat US membership as described in the Members Only section of the J/30 forum. We are also offering a US Sailing membership savings ($10 discount for individuals, $5 discount for youths, $15 discount for families) through the Member Value Program? those who pay J/30 Class dues online and enter their US Sailing number get a custom link with their data already entered to get this discount.


The class will be sending an email with a request for your J/30 Class record update and 2015 class dues by the end of January. Please take the time to complete the annual directory survey.  National and Fleet Membership is optional. National class dues will remain at $50 for each owner/co-owner and $25 for associate membership (crew members). We also have a Junior Membership category for crew members who are age 16 or younger. We hope this category will encourage Junior sailors to be recognized and added to the fleet roster. It is intended that when Junior Members pass the age of 16, they will become associate members, and eventually J/30 boat owners. The Chesapeake and Gulf Coast fleets will pay optional national and local dues using the national fleet tracking and renewal process. This helps us in so many ways to keep fleet information current while offering a service for local fleets. If you have not received an email message by 1 February, please contact us to be sent a custom registration link for your boat. We ask that everyone please support the class and pay dues, so we can continue to build the momentum with resources such as the web site, forum and National Championship.


We have developed many friendships over the years due to the J/30 Class.  Let keep this spirit alive.  The J/30 Class will remain successful as long as its membership is active and participating. We would also like personally thank all of the J/30 Board of Governors, local fleet leadership and the many volunteers dedicated to the mission. Without the work and dedication of these individuals, we would not have the successful class that exists today.

Happy Sailing!

Dan Mather and Dave Erwin

Class Association


2014 Zephyr Season of Sailing Video


J/30 Moonraker Solo Sail – Time Lapse Video


New J/30 Class Leaders Elected

The J/30 Class Association has new co-presidents who were elected at the Board of Governors meeting held 11 September 2014 at Cedar Point YC.  Congratulations to Dan Mather from Oswego, New York – owner of Crusader (Hull #530) and Dave Erwin from Destrehan, Louisiana – co-owner of Zephyr V2.0 (Hull #87).  Dan and Dave will succeed Bill Kneller who has been the class co-president since 2009, and president since 2013.

J/30 Class Presidents

J/30 Class Leadership Changes – Bill Kneller, Dan Mather, Dave Erwin

Photo Courtesy of Leighton O’Connor