Cap'n Vic moves from a J/30 to a J/22
in Newport, RI
Summer, 2013 -- It all started out
when Naples Vee Jay 1 crew
Michael and family lost their J/30 in NJ during Hurricane Sandy. He started a
strong search for a replacement, but couldn't find the right model.
Jay 2 was the right model.
Cap'n Vic had participated in a regatta on a J/22, liked the
Sail Newport season rental plan, and
was looking for something new. New in this case was 14 brand new J/22s in an
upgraded fleet for
Newport. Currently the crew has sailed on 10 of the 14, and they have
individual personalities. [Although #8 Intrepid has been assigned to the Vee
Jay crew for Tues. night spin races which closed down just before Labor
Mid September -- Part 2 -- Kris from Vee Jay Naples
competed in the Blind Sailing Nationals at Ft. Adams. While he was officially
the Florida [#11] Entry, his crew came from
Cleveland and New York. This video was from their best race in which they gave
the defending champs from Texas [#8] a scare as
Florida finished a tight second. In a race the day before, when Florida was
leading, the race committee called the race because of wind direction
Mid September -- Part 1 -- When a half dozen 12
meters actually set up a Saturday race with reefed mains only, you know
conditions in the East Passage of Newport are pretty grim. But our practice had
to go on, with Kris ending up racing with the 12Ms. They are really not all
that fast racing against a reefed J/22, even though they tried without success
to roll over us.
Late August, Lisa decided she was ready to drive a
J/22 out to G7 and back -- dock-to-dock as we say. No problem, just another
sailing day at J22ville sailed on J/22 Columbia.
In August, the 9-year-old grand nephew decided he
wanted to add a J/22 to his list of boats he has sailed on. I'm thinking
another couple of weeks he could easily pass the driver test at Sail Newport.
But back to school took priority.
We had to fly TK up from our Naples Crew to get
spin certified at Sail Newport. But he did enjoy a Vee Jay standard harbor
After 31 years of delivering his J30 down from
Pirate Cove in the spring ... this was Cap'n Vic's last J/30 captained trip in
Perhaps as early as next summer,
Ft. Adams, venue of J22ville, will also be the home port of the
biggest new tall ship in the US.
Between boats we kept camera in hand for the
painting and update of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.
Here are some of the working shots when the Perry
was at Newport Shipyard. [Click on image]
a minute! These 420 kids were going to spin
through the J/22 moorings, but coach said "No!" [ Photo taken from SN
J/22 #4 on mooring. ]
10 Practice Afternoons on a
J/22 Kris [ from Naples Vee Jay ] in Newport
for 10 days of practice before the Blind Nationals 2013 at Sail
Newport. [ using
SN J/22: #4, #5, #7, #8, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14 ] Team Vee Jay's 1st
J/22 Regatta with Dr. Robin Wallace PRO [ 3rd annual St.
Columba Regatta ] Vic, Lisa, Debra and 10
J/22s Fished out Message in Bottle from "Lily,
Newport" [ It was low tide, Lisa scooped it
up; next time we are out in high tide will return it for its trip off
shore. ] Standard issue J/22
Spinnaker "SET" [
15-year-old, spin, sheets, and pole ] 2013 -- Winter in July Week [ J/22 at 30 degrees cooler than sailing
420 in Naples the day before. ]
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