Happy New Year all J/30 sailors,
Will this Winter never end??? Well, one way to get going in the right direction is to start thinking about sailing again. The Calendar says it will start getting warmer soon, so let's help it along. I want to take this opportunity to invite you to our annual J/30 Class
, Southern New England District meeting 6:30pm on April 3rd at the North Sails loft in Portsmouth
RI. The loft has generously agreed to open their doors for us to hold the meeting, and may be giving us some insight into new sail material or techniques trickling down to us from the grand prix circuits. Plus there that video of last year's North Americans that they recorded. Doors will be open at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7:00. Feel free to bring crew. They deserve to be as informed and excited about the new season as you are.
At the meeting we will go over the usual class business, election of District Officers (Looking for volunteers) as well as the 2014 race schedule and cruising opportunities for our district.J/30 SNE Region Open Regatta
Two years ago we introduced the SNE Regional Regatta in Newport which was an incredible success with 14 boats participating. At that time we wanted to hold this regatta on all years when the North Americans are NOT being hosted by our district. This is one of those years. The regatta will be held at and run by the Bristol YC
on July 19 and 20. Join us at the April meeting and get all the details of that regatta, as well as those for the North Americans being held at Cedar Point YC
in Connecticut in September. You have a great opportunity for a lot of high level racing between the two regattas.Let us know
Give some thought about racing in the Regional Regatta and get back to me with what you think your level of participation will be with it. Hopefully by seeing how well the planning has started, knowing the great experiences of past regattas at this location you would be inclined to participate in the regatta with your boat and crew. OR you can provide your boat as a loaner for others who would otherwise not race. In this way, you usually can race with them and learn an enormous amount about racing J/30's if you are new to the boat or to racing in general.
We will be providing food (probably pizza) and beverages at the meeting. Feel free to bring your crew to and Please RSVP
with the number of people who will be attending so we can make sure we have enough food and drink.
I'm looking forward to seeing you at the annual meeting and starting the ball rolling into another successful racing season in 2014.
Wishing you a safe and successful new year,
Mark RotskyJ/30 Class
Southern New England District Governor