Class News  

New Class Officers for 2015

Elections for class officers have closed with the official results as follows:

President: Jim Vos - J/109 #369 Skoot
Vice President: Jonathan (JR) Rechtschaffer - J/109 #200 Emoticon
Secretary: Bud Rogers - J/109 #360 Big Boat
Treasurer: Bill Kneller - J/109 #266 Vento Solare

Appointed by the Executive Board:
At Large: Ray Pepi - J/109 #48 Cleo

| 12 January 2015 | 


Greetings, J/109 Class Members. As some of you may know, several members of the J/109 Executive Board have decided to step down. Therefore the Nominating Committee has been hard at work assembling a slate of Officers for the 2015-16 seasons.

The J/109 Class Association Constitution provides that the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer stand for election for two year terms. Once these new officers officially take the reins, they will appoint a Chief Measurer and an At Large Membership Representative for two year terms, also per the Constitution. The committee’s objective is to have these positions filled with qualified people early in the new year.

The candidates, recommended unanimously by the members of the Nominating Committee and approved unanimously by the Executive Committee, at their recent Annual Meeting, are as follows:

President: Jim Vos - J/109 #369 Skoot
Vice President: Jonathan (JR) Rechtschaffer - J/109 #200 Emoticon
Secretary: Bud Rogers - J/109 #360 Big Boat
Treasurer: Bill Kneller - J/109 #266 Vento Solare

Our Class is fortunate to have such a strong slate of nominees, and these nominations are now presented to current Voting Members for a vote. To lodge your vote with the J/109 Class Secretary, simply email the Class Secretary, indicating whether you vote "Yay" or "Nay" for this slate of Officers.

Per the Constitution, there will be a 30-day window during which to cast your vote; therefore, this election will close at the end of the day on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Please note that Voting Members include J/109 owners who are current class members. Please note that in the case of co-ownership, only one vote is allowed. If this applies to you, please consult with your co-owner and submit only one vote.

To vote, simply email your friendly Class Secretary at

| 11 December 2014 | 

2014 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Executive Board was held on the evening of Monday, November 16, via conference call (as in prior years). Beyond the Executive Board, all current class members were welcomed to participate. The minutes are posted with some key outcomes are as follows:

2015 Proposed Slate of Class Officers:
President - Jim Vos - J/109 #369 Skoot
Vice President - Jonathan (JR) Rechtschaffer - J/109 #200 Emoticon
Secretary - Bud Rogers - J/109 #360 Big Boat
Treasurer - Bill Kneller - J/109 #266 Vento Solare
Measurer - Rick Hanson - J/109 #73 Rosalita
At Large - Ray Pepi - J/109 #48 Cleo

2015 North American Championship:
The 2015 J/109 North American Championship will be held at Block Island Race Week, June 21-26.

| 17 November 2014 | 2014 Annual Meeting Minutes

NORTHSTAR wins inaugural Great Lakes Championship!

The first annual Great Lakes Championship was contested this season! Thanks to George Simkins (co-owner of Momentus) for this terrific writeup of the event:

"The Great Lakes Championship consisted of two regattas, to be raced over two consecutive weekends: the Colors, hosted by Columbia Yacht Club, and the NOODs, hosted by Chicago Yacht Club. The Championship uses a high-point scoring system, so the fastest finisher gets the highest score based on the number of participating boats. The highest score over both weekends takes the trophy.

Both weekends saw abbreviated racing because Sunday in each regatta was called off for different reasons, so the boats that did well early made out.

At the end of the Colors weekend, the yacht Certainly was in the lead, followed by Calisto and Momentus. By the end of the NOODs, however, a new champion emerged. Dave Gustman’s Northstar, which didn’t even race in the Colors Regatta the first weekend, roared onto the scene. Northstar went 4-1-1-4-1-6-1 for the weekend, which gave the boat 39 points, which was enough to beat out every other boat in the two regattas. Second place went to Jim Murphy's Calisto with 38 points, and Scott Sims' Slapshot took third with 35 points.

Congratulations to the skipper and crew of Northstar!"

| 05 November 2014 | 

Busy fall schedule!

We may be in the dog days of summer, but J/109's on the East Coast still have several regattas coming up! Between the IRC Championship of Long Island Sound (which is also the J/109 LIS Championship), AYC Fall Series (J/109 East Coast Championship), and Storm Trysail's annual Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, there is plenty of racing action still to come!

| 04 August 2014 | Letter from Rick Lyall

SKOOT wins 2014 North American Champsionship

Jim Vos' Skoot, out of Breakwater Yacht Club (Sag Harbor, NY), sailed to victory in the 2014 J109 North American Championship, which took place during Race Week at New York Yacht Club. After the first day of racing was cancelled due to fog and stormy weather, nine races were sailed over three days, with Skoot sailing a very consistent regatta, finishing with a score of 39(4.3 average). Don Filippelli's Caminos was second with 43 points (4.8 average) and Emoticon, captained by Jonathan Rechtschaffer, finished third with 44 points (4.9 average).

| 04 August 2014 | Article, SagHarborOnline

Register now for the first J/109 Great Lakes Championship

The recently created Great Lakes Championship will be contested during two events: the Goose Island Colors Regatta and the Chicago NOOD Regatta. Sign up now!

| 23 April 2014 | 

Annapolis NOOD registration is OPEN!

For those of you eager to get the 2014 regatta season started - and who isn't, after this winter? - registration for the Annapolis NOOD is officially OPEN! Remember, this is the first event in our annual East Coast Regatta Series, as well as our 2014 Mid Atlantic Championship. This is a top-notch event, with great race management as well as plenty of on-shore fun to be had, including a J109 party generously hosted, once again, by Annapolis local J109 owner, Bill Sweetser. Don't miss out - register today!

| 27 February 2014 | Registration for Annapolis NOOD

Membership Passes Five Proprosed Rule Changes

After a 30-day voting period open to current Class Members, all five rule changes proposed by the Executive Board were passed by a majority vote. The amended Class Rules can be found under the Racing tab, above, or via the link following this news item. For an explanation of these changes, please see the document titled Proposed Changes to Class Rules, on the Class Documents page under the Governance tab.

| 27 February 2014 | J/109 Class Rules

Proposed Rule Changes

The Executive Board of the J109 Class has approved five changes to the Class Rules. Voting members will now have 30 days - until February 19 - to weigh in. Current class members who are eligible to vote have been sent an email inviting them to vote on each of these proposed changes. If you own a J109 but are not a current Class member and would like to vote, please renew your membership by paying 2014 Class dues. (If you take this action, please email the Class Secretary, indicating that you have renewed your membership and specifying your votes). If you believe you are a voting member and did not receive an email inviting you to vote, please email the Class Secretary.

| 19 January 2014 | Proposed rule changes

...News Archives