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2014 J/30 North American Registration is Open


The 2014 J/30 North American Championship is being hosted by Cedar Point YC – Westport, CT.  This event will be held with measurement on Thursday 11 September and three days of racing Friday 12 September through Sunday 14 September.  The link to the NA website is

The Notice of Race has additional information attached at the end with directions, information about the venue and lodging.  Go to the website and register now.  Payment won’t be due until 22 August.


Season of Sailing


Blue Meanie Wins
2013 J/30 North American Championship

Blue Meanie skippered by Steve Buzbee and the crew from Raritan YC captured the 2013 J/30 North American Championship.  The half hull trophy was presented at the Barrington YC after the final race on Sunday 28 July.  This was a noteworthy accomplishment for their second J/30 NA win with close competition.  The second place finish was Evelyn skippered by Luke Buxton from Salem, MA.  Charlie Stoddard skippered Falcon to a third place finish in his home waters.  See full results at this link.

2013 NA Trophy

Blue Meanie awarded 2013 J/30 NA Trophy

Photo Credit: Fran Grenon, Spectrum Photography


J/30 Class is now a West Marine affiliate

The J/30 Class Association has 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.  Click the logo above and you will be 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.

Our plan is to work with West Marine to provide a custom web page on the West Marine site that has merchandise and services that J/30 owners desire.  Your input for customizing this web page is wanted!  This post on the J/30 forum is where you can provide your ideas.  Shop at West Marine and support the J/30 Class!


J/30 Owners Meet at US Watercraft Rendezvous
Saturday, 9 March 2013

The open house at US Watercraft / Waterline Systems was a big  success with a strong showing by the J/30 Class.  There were fifteen J/30 owners represented.  Below is a picture of J/30 owners taken at the event.

The following J/30 owners attended with an annotation on those included in the group photo:

In Photo   Name   Boat   Hull
* Tom Bobbin Special Sauce 470
* Bill Kneller Rhapsody 348
* Ken & Mary Deyett   Jeroboam 496
* Halsey Bullen Laser Beam 192
* John McArthur Smiles 115
* Catherine & Georges Brun-Cottan Foot Loose 467
* Chris & Jim Buydos Magan 389
* Kathy & Mark Rotsky Nemesis 435
* Mark Thornhill No Quarter Given 46
* Kevin Coughlin Flying High 327
* Chris Tate Blitz 357
Brian Hall Bobsled 542
Bob Wareham Chardonnay 460
Vic Mott Slow Dance 301
Bob Rude Mmmmm 352

The factory tour provided an opportunity to see a combination of the technologies and craftsmanship required to build the boats.  There were breakout seminars covering boat design, boat maintenance, diesel engines, navigation instruments, construction techniques, and many more.  J/Boats had a strong showing by boat owners and a number of Johnstone family members attended including Rod & Jeff.  Randy Borges, the owner and president of Waterline Systems spoke briefly to the group after lunch.  Much credit goes to the success of US Watercraft and Waterline Systems due to Randy’s extensive experience in the boat building industry, his vision for creating a premier boat building and service business, and partnering with quality boat companies including J/Boats, Alerion and True North.

I spoke with Sarah Angell from Waterline Systems who has been working to develop the J/30 parts and service page that should be ready soon.  This page will be a great asset to J/30 owners as a source of parts.  Waterline Systems also provides a full spectrum of services for boats that include hull and fiberglass repair, painting, keel templating and of course the famous Waterline Systems bottom fairing.  Mike Trindade is the parts manager and has offered to help locate sources for some of the semi-custom parts used on the J/30.  He took an order on the spot with some parts required for J/30 Magan.

Thanks very much to US Watercraft / Waterline Systems for the hospitality shown at the open house, and continued support for the J/30 class.