Thursday, November 21, 2013
Keep it Simple Wins Caribbean
1500 Rally 2013
Keep It Simple, J-42 hull number
12 captained by Joe Reed of Annapolis Maryland placed 1st for a
second straight year in the ARC Caribbean 1500 in Class B. The
rally started a day early and Keep It Simple was delayed in
starting waiting for crew to arrive. Keep It Simple crossed the
starting line Sunday Nov. 4 at 09:10 AST, 19 hour after the
official early start in Hampton Road. This resulted in a less
favorable weather window for crossing the Gulf Stream than the
main body experienced.
Keep It Simple was able to catch the main body of the fleet
within just over two days. Most of the 1500 nm the wind was from
the Northeast with Keep It Simple close hauled. The last two
dayt he wind angle was around 35 degrees with a boat speed of 7
Keep it Simple crossed the finish line Monday evening Nov. 11
and then proceeded to Nanny Cay Marina, BVI. The boat performed
very well and we actually slowed down for a couple days for crew
comfort in heavy weather.
Ceol Mor and the
Wilsons are back in the Chesapeake!
Ceol Mor completed a 30,000+ nautical
mile circumnavigation in June, 2013 and is back in
the Chesapeake. Read about their
adventures including the most recent blog entry
which provides a breakdown of all of their passages
and all of the maintenance performed while we were
US Watercraft acquires TPI/Pearson
US Watercraft, the current
builder of the J/22, J/24, J/105 has acquired all the rights,
molds and parts of all the larger and out of production J/Boats.
From the press release: "....The US
Watercraft acquisition of the three brands includes
all of the manufacturing assets, including the
records and parts necessary to construct the Pearson
boat lines and the tooling that can be used to build
and service the larger and out-of-production J/Boats
and related parts."
Bill Stellin's article on "Retiring to the Open Sea"
on their J/42 Jaywalker
Wall Street Journal 12/10/12
Tom Keffer's great article on
rebedding J/42 chainplates
See Tom's detailed and informative article on rebedding his
chainplates on the J/42 Tips page.
Tom Keffer, owner of Velocity, has graciously
established a newsgroup for all J/4x's to share their
experiences with boat maintenance, voyages or whatever you wish.
The beauty is that these discussions will be preserved for
future reference. You can browse the discussions but to
contribute you need to join the group by clicking the "Join This
Group" link on the discussion group page.
email, coyneb AT us.ibm.com , any contributions about modifications or things you
have learned about your J/42 that you would like to share with
Why don't you
Send us a picture of your
J/42 for the Members page, to
coyneb AT us.ibm.com