Tate Russack and crew on DIESEL win J/70 Fall Brawl in Annapolis, MD

Danielle Neri

North's Radian Dacron proven in the class's first OD regatta

J/70 Fall Brawl Winners TEAM DIESEL
The new J/70 was introduced in the spring of 2012 and last weekend's Fall Brawl marked the first official one design regatta for the class. Hosted by Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD, reports indicate an all-around success. Races for the 23 boat fleet were held in big wind, big waves and small temperatures on Saturday, with flat water and more moderate conditions on Sunday, all in all completing six races total for the regatta.
North Sails team members Jim Allsopp, Will Keyworth, Travis Odenbach, Allan Terhune, Jeff Todd, and Will Welles were all on hand for this two-day event. North-powered boats finished first and second, with a total of six finishing in the top ten.
Allan Terhune sailed with skipper/owner Tate Russack on the winning boat Diesel. Allan has sailed with Tate Russack for many years and in a number of classes. Last weekend’s win on Diesel marked the first-ever victory for the owner, no doubt a happy moment for the team.
Allan also hosted an open discussion for the fleet before dinner on Saturday, with hopes of strengthening the class and sharing ideas about the new boats. The talk was held over a few beers after a long day of inclement weather, Allan said they had 50-60 owners and crew participate, “We wanted to keep it informal and really encourage participation from everyone. Approaching the talk in this manner ended up being very well received by the competitors, we felt the experience was very useful for everyone.”  

J/70 class rules mandate Dacron working sails. North Sails Radian Dacron displayed great results among the fleet and is now emerging as a leading trend in J/70 one design sails. With Radian Dacron, North clients will experience longer lasting sails with low stretch and high durability.

The North sail inventory for the J/70 was designed using the "engine above deck" approach, spearheaded by North sail designer Doug Slocum (working out of the Marblehead, MA sail design office) and John Clinton (Southern Spars NZ) - where the sails are designed in conjunction with Southern carbon rigs and a class tuning guide, all using the standard Desman/Membrain North Design Suite (NDS) model. The package was proven a winning combination in the range of conditions seen last weekend in Annapolis, and is proof of NDS programming being equally successful when applied on a smaller scale.

For more information about J/70 class sails, visit: www.onedesign.com/tabid/31344/Default.aspx.