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Annual Fleet President’s Message

2018 Gulf Yachting Association Women’s Championship Team – J/30 Hull #87

Greetings and Happy New Year to all of our fellow J/30 sailors and all those visiting our website. All sailors know the J/30 is not only a great racing boat but also a great family cruiser and day sailing boat. It can be fast in light air and can with stand and sail fast in high winds and large seas. While one-design sailing in J/30’s is preferred, many of us sail PHRF against other boats. The J/30 is consistently competitive across the world.

We would like to personally thank all of the J/30 Board of Governors, local fleet leadership and the many volunteers dedicated to our class events. Without the work and dedication of these individuals, we would not have the successful class that exists today.


The ORR-Ez Rating system is a measurement-based rating rule. A boat’s handicap rating is based upon the calculated speed potential. The boat’s speed potential is calculated by accurate measurements of the boats hull, appendages, rig, and sails. These measurements go into ORR’s Velocity Prediction Program (VPP). The VPP output, a polar diagram, represents the boats speed potential at all points of sail and in all wind conditions. When a boat receives an ORR-Ez rating certificate it’s speed potential is rated at four wind speeds: Very Light, Light, Medium and Heavy wind ranges. Additionally, ratings are assigned for the type of race course: Windward-Leeward, Reaching, Random Legs, etc. Ratings are also assigned if the boats sail in a non-spinnaker fleet.

Whereas a PHRF rating assigns one number for every wind range at all points of sail, ORR-Ez has 80 ratings listed on the certificate. The Race Committee selects which rating best represents the conditions the fleet is competing in.

ORR-Ez ratings can be purchased for either $25 or $100. If a boat is a known One Design class and the boat sails in true one design configuration, the ORR-Ez One Design Certificate costs $25. If a one design boat sails in non-class legal configuration a custom ORR-Ez Rating Certificate costs $100.

More info here:


The class is entering our 38th year. We have come along way from our first North American Championship in 1980 at Holland, MI to the 37th NA’s held this past October at New Orleans YC in the Gulf Coast District. If you don’t like competing in PHRF, you MUST race in a North American Championship. There is no better exhilaration than a starting sequence in J/30 fleet in 20 plus knots of wind.

The 2018 championship hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club was a great event with challenging conditions of current, high winds and several previous North American Champion skippers. Here are final results.

1st Wildcat Russ Atkinson
2nd Blue Meanie Steve Buzbee
3rd Fat City Carl Sherter
4th Dow Jones Seth Shepard IV
5th Blue Jacket Sumner Parker
6th Blitz Chris Tate

Final Results

Thank You to Cedar Point Yacht Club, John McArthur and volunteers for planning and hosting a fabulous regatta.

First Place – Wildcat

Second Place – Blue Meanie
Third Place – Fat City
Forth Place – Dow Jones

Fifth Place – Blue Jacket
Sixth Place – Chris Tate


The 2019 J/30 North American Championship regatta is being held by the Chesapeake fleet with the Annapolis Yacht Club as host.
The regatta is being held September 19th thru 22nd. Thursday Sept 19th will be measurement day, with racing held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A fleet dinner will be held Saturday night and awards presented after racing on Sunday. Docking will be available for out of town boats.

Official Web Site

The 2020 to be hosted by the New Orleans Yacht Club. This will be the 40th North American Championship.

The 2021 Chicago, Oswego, Raritan, Bristol and Barrington YCs have expressed interest. RFPs must be received by May 1st, 2020.

We have developed many friendships over the years at the North American Championships. Let’s keep this spirit alive. If you participate at NA’s please keep attending, if you have never attended, you MUST in the future. The competitive racing, the fun, the parties, the comradery, the lifelong friendships , It is addicting. The J/30 Class will remain successful as long as its membership is active and participating.


(1) Forward this e-mail to your crew. We want all J/30 sailors to join the National and Local fleet organizations. Many J/30 crew members end up buying J/30s, so lets spread the good word to all sailors who crew for you.

(2) This is a great time of year to organize local fleets to plan the 2018 racing season. Call a meeting with all known J/30 sailors (skippers and crew), elect new officers and socialize. It is important to organize at least one non racing event to give an opportunity to get to know one another off the water. We are looking for people to help coordinate J/30 events in their respective areas and to help grow the class. Ideas include: Reach out to the boats in your region to register for scheduled events in your region in order to get a J/30 one design class. The class can provide contact information for boats in your area. Arrange a social gathering in the off-season to discuss sailing topics and coordinate schedules for the upcoming season – meet at a restaurant, bar, sailmakers loft, museum, … Arrange a guest speaker for a presentation for topics such as sail making, trim, tuning, hull maintenance, marine electronics, navigation, reading charts, starting techniques, spinnaker handling,… you get the idea! Help the J/30 Class locate places for future North American Championships – contact clubs, investigate available dates for either stand-alone regattas or as part of an already scheduled event. Provide interesting content by writing material for the J/30 website – stories about J/30 races, J/30 Cruising, gatherings with J/30 sailors – pictures and video are encouraged to augment the stories. If you are interested in a leadership role with a local fleet please send an e-mail to

(3) Join the local and national Class Associations by visiting or by accessing the
annual directory update section in the top section of this e-mail. The local fleets organize to promote One Design Racing in your sailing area while the National Class will fund the web site and a annual National Championship regatta series. We sail together both local and nationally.

(4) Join US Sailing – Many of the learning opportunities and sailing events we enjoy with the J/30 Class Association are made available to us by US Sailing, the national governing body for our sport. US Sailing is a nonprofit, member supported organization. Every US Sailing member contributes to the development and availability of the programs the J/30 Class Association benefits from. Please join the J/30 Class Association in doing our part by becoming a US Sailing member today. We are all “US Sailing.” The J/30 Class Association is a US Sailing MVP Partner, Through our MVP Program, you’ll receive up to 20% off your US Sailing membership dues. Please join today by clicking US Sailing MVP Program

A free 30 day trial with no obligation for J/30 owners so you may try Crew Manager with your own custom boat website – no credit card required. This will allow you to enter your boat schedule and crew list to evaluate it and see how it works. If you already use TeamSnap, you will be able to get your schedule and crew exported from TeamSnap into Crew Manager. J/30 Owners who subscribe will automatically have the J/30 North American Championship scheduled on their calendar.

J/30 Owners who would like to take advantage of the free trial may click this link to have their custom boat website setup.

Your site will be setup within 48 hours. At the end of 30 days, you may renew with a paid subscription. Sites not renewed will be removed after 30 days. Sites renewed with a paid subscription will live forever, unless the Skipper asks that a site be taken down.

As one of my subscribers stated TeamSnap is for soccer moms, Crew Manager is for sailors!

Bottom line: Subscribing to a Crew Manager site really simplifies coordinating your schedule and crew.

Crew Manager has features crew members will use throughout the sailing season. In a nutshell, a Crew Manager website provides a “Who, What, When, Where and Wear” schedule with automatic reminders. After an event, the results may be posted and crew members may submit comments, pictures and stories about the event.

  • Provides a calendar of events for the boat and crew. Additional pages contain links of interest, weather and winds
  • Events include boat location and time to be there and may specify “Uniform” (e.g. orange shirts). It also may include the regatta registration and fee payment status for an event.
  • Crew members set their availability to participate – this is displayed on the events.
  • Updating your availability anytime on the website sends an immediate email to the Skipper (no more surprises!)
  • The Skipper designates boat positions for available crew members and makes assignments by crew member (e.g. bring beer) – all these are displayed on the event
  • Additional information may be included such as weather forecast, tides & currents, links to race documents, etc.

  • Crew members receive a reminder email 36 hours (or time as as set by the Skipper) prior to events for which they are scheduled – all the event information is included
  • Crew members may view a roster with contact information for all crew members. This is only visible to crew members logged in.
  • The Skipper can enter results and a result link on an event – This is automatically emailed to the crew members scheduled on that event

Want to learn more? Full documentation is available on the Crew Manager Support Forum.


We need your help to keep the Class and Website going. If you are a current class member, please renew your membership and pay your dues as soon as possible. If you are not a current member but have gained knowledge from this site or use the forum frequently, please consider Joining the Class. Please share information about the class and forum with fellow sailors.

The class will be sending an email with a request for your J/30 Class record update and 2019 class dues by the end of March. 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 February 1st , 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.


Please help us to keep information current, help us to update the Boat Listing if you know of boats that have been retired or sold, or updated information on current skippers, please let us know. We would like to keep this listing as accurate as possible. While on the forums, please post to the District Forum Sections. Let others in your district know what you are doing. If you are racing, who you are racing against PHRF, one-design or both. Reach out to your district governor and try to put together at least one one-design regatta in your district.


If you have a listing on the Team Web Page Section, please update it or ask us to remove it. If you have a webpage but it is not on our page – please ask us to add it.


##1 Wednesday Night Live
Girl/Stefan LeBell

##2 We’re Buying a J/30!

##3 “Season of Sailing”
David Erwin “Zephyr V2.0”


As we all know, the number of people participating in sailing and regattas is declining globally. We know that this is an activity that you all love and have passion for. Share it with others; recruit new crew, take friends out sailing, take strangers sailing, especially children and young adults. Get them involved, make it fun, allow your crew to helm your boat, encourage crew to buy their own boat, hopefully a J/30. Or as Steve Buzbee has done, convince a competitor to buy a J/30 as Doug Stryker did, then he went and beat Steve at North Americans. If you have thoughts or suggestions about the J/30 Class we would love to hear from you. Post on a Forum or email either or both of us.

Wishing you all a Great 2019 Sailing Season,
Dan Mather ( and Dave Erwin ( ) Class Co-President’s
Class Association

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