J Boats in Action at the 2012 Quantum Key West Race Week

Truly high-end performance sailing was executed beautifully at the 2012 Quantum Key West Race Week this month. Take a look!

Video by: Digital Island Media

J Boats were among the fleet. Any vessel bearing the J Boats name, will perform superbly in any race course yet handle easily and comfortably during a leisurely daysail or cruise. Their advantage is retractable carbon bow spirits and large, asymmetrical spinnakers. This new feature provides an easier and more enjoyable sailing experience. The versatility of these boats truly provides the ultimate sailing experience!  Take a look at J Boats in action during the races:

J 80s sailing upwind at Key West (Photo by- photoboat.com)

J 80 sailor Ben Schwartz Sailing "Pisces" in Key West Race Week (Photo by-leightonoconnor.com)

J 80 fleet sailing Key West Race Week (Photo By-Tim Wilkes)

J 44 Jim Bishop sailing "WHITE GOLD" in Key West Race Week (Photo by-Tim Wilkes)

J 105 sailor John Demourkas- sailing from Santa Barbara, CA- in Key West Race Week (Photo by-Sharon Green: UltimateSailing.com)

J 122 TEAMWORK- Robin Team- winning PHRF and J:Class as first overall! (Photo by- Melissa Standmen)

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Update on Laura Dekker’s Solo Circumnavigation

A few months ago, when this blog was in its infancy, we brought you the story: “Teen Sailor to Become Youngest World Circumnavigator in History” about 16-year-old Laura Dekker, a bold and impassioned dutch teen that, as the title suggests, aspired to be the youngest solo circumnagivator in history.

When we brought you the story back in September, Laura had just arrived in Darwin, Aus aboard her 38′ Jeanneau Ginfizz ketch named “Guppy“, and time was not on her side. She had some crucial decisions to make on just how to finish in time to call herself the record holder.

Picture: AFP, Source: AFP

Four months later, we’re happy to announce Laura did it! Two days ago she officially completed her solo circumnavigation when she sailed into the harbor of St. Maartin in the Caribbean.  After leaving the island of St. Maartin nearly a year before, she returned having beaten the previous record by about 8 months.

“I can’t really take in what I’ve done. Sometimes I’ve asked myself what I was doing. The sailing was always nice … I often saw dolphins. I enjoyed it a lot and I’m very happy” -Laura announced to a crowd of 400 spectators, just minutes after landing in the harbor and reuniting with her family.

BBC covered her arrived into the harbor, check it out.

Congrats Laura!

We Love Boat Shows!

Our brokers are soaking up this b-e-a-utiful day across the street at Marina Jack. We host a boat show called the Bayfront Boat Show twice a year which started this morning. And we couldn’t have asked for better weather. If you’re looking to spend the weekend outside around some beautiful boats, come visit us!

There’s so much variety in boats; there are dozens of different models which all cater to different activities and lifestyles. Even if you aren’t ready to commit yet, the shows are always a great way to familiarize yourself with what’s out there. It’s also a great opportunity to talk to brokers for their advice on what you’re looking for.

Click here for show details; we have some fine quality yachts on display!

Brokers Alex and Brad aboard the 42' Sabre Express

Show-goers aboard the new 5000 Riviera Sport Yacht

SYS Founder Doug Mashke

Featured yachts not present in the show