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June 2016 -- In 23kts of wind, 12M American Eagle [double reef main only] does a Fly-by of Vee Jay as we are leaving mooring.

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Vee Jay on Cover, Naples Daily News Paradise Living section. 20 in. x 11 in. March 2016

January in Naples

Ready to Launch!

Using #1150 sails on Vee Jay J/80, Newport, RI
In Disguise
Vee Jay as #1150

Naples Beach 2014, Vee Jay J/80, Newport, RI
Cruising Along Naples Beach

Changing vinyl letters,Vee Jay J/80, Newport, RI
Letters too small?

GPS training on Vee Jay J/80, Newport, RI
GPS Training
Can we go faster?

TK working on Vee Jay J/80, Newport, RI
Setting Up
This J/80 was dry sailed out of Ft. Adams in its prior life, so we had to add a few cleats for its new mooring life in Newport, and slip life in Naples Fl.

J/80 #1122 Action
Here are 72 action photos of Portsmouth Princess at the 2011 J/80 North Americans skippered by Tim Pitts.

Vee Jay [Portsmouth Princess] 2011 jJ/80 NAs
[note great spin mark sequence #30-38]

About Vee Jay ... J/80

     Hull number 1122 is a "French" J/80 produced by J Europe, Olonne sur Mer - France to an order from J Boats, Newport, RI.

     But during that time the J/80 hulls were built in Golddap, Poland, trucked to Gdynia, Poland, loaded on a boat in Antwerp to Boston, and shipped directly through U.S. Customs to Bristol, RI. There they were assembled with a US keel and mast.

     Apparently at no time ever
did this boat physically see France.

Captain Vic on Vee Jay J/80, Newport, RI
Cap'n Vic



Randy {1956-2015}



TK [click photo]


Naples Yacht Club
12.9.2015 -- Offshore Regatta

Gulf Coast Sailing Club
3.28.15 -- 39th Annual Charity Regatta

Gulf Coast Sailing Club
2.28.15 -- Spring Regatta

Marco Island Yacht Club
2.14.15 -- Winter Regatta

Gulf Coast Sailing Club
1.3.15 -- New Year's Cup Regatta

Naples Yacht Club
12.13.2014 -- Offshore Regatta

June 2016 -- Crane Dawg wears team colors to supervise launch at Casey's Marine. Plays fetch with Vee Jay.

May 2016 -- Added another 1500 mile road trip ... now 6,000 miles in two years. Soon to be back in Newport Harbor.

Feb. 2016 -- Tune ups with Lionheart--'Rocket 22' and Seabird--'F31'

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Jan. 2016 -- GCSC 2016 New Year's Regatta

GCSC New Year's Cup 2016
Dec. 2015 -- Naples Yacht Club Off Shore Regatta

16-mile offshore without a spin leg.
July 2015 -- Newport via NYC to Raritan YC in NJ on Vento Solare J/109 Delivery

Oct 2015 -- Now with 4500 miles, a trip from full color foliage to full Dark Green Queen Palms with pure blue sky.

July 2015 -- Newport -- Vee Jay Crew on Race Committee and does photo boat -- NBYC Regional 420 Regatta

July 2015 -- Newport -- Rambler and Comanche Transatlantic start
off Castle Hill. Vee Jay Crew on J/109 Vento Solare

Rambler 88 and Comanche start 2015 from J/109 Vento Solare
May 2015 -- Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stop-over

April 2015 -- Towing Vee Jay after breaking wheel bearing.
Total height -- 13'5"

Mar. 2015 -- GCSC 39th Annual Regatta

Mar. 2015 -- Spring Break, Good Wake Training!

Gordon River turns into raceway with power boats on plane "sharing" channel.
Feb. 2015 -- Gulf Coast Sailing Club Spring Regatta

First Bullet Race on Vee Jay in Naples was downwind start.
Vic, Steve, Dana, Randy, TK ... Vee Jay using new North white spin.

Jan. 2015 -- Checking out Vee Jay with Go Pro 3+ Camera

Nov. 2014 -- NaplesYC Off Shore Regatta

First Race on Vee Jay in Naples was 20nm Naples YC Offshore:
Vic, Brian, Steve, Randy, TK driving at the finish.

Road Trip: 1500 miles South: I95, I4, I75
Vee Jay J/80 hauled at Pirate Cove 2014

End of Newport Season,
Vee Jay Packed up at Pirate Cove

with Brandon and Dave. Sept, 2014

Captain Vic moves from a J/22 to J/80 in Newport, RI
     Summer, 2014 -- It all started out, summer 2013, when Captain Vic thought that a seasonal pass on a brand new J/22 at Sail Newport Sailing Center would be the best sailing option in Newport.

     But the J/22 was way too small, cramped and uncomfortable for an easy spin program with seniors and kids. And the "allowed cruising range" at Sail Newport just didn't match the need to spin off Beavertail using Cap'n Vic's 30-year-old Program A spin routine.

     So Easter Week 2014, a J/80 [2008 -- Portsmouth Princess] popped up for sale at Ft. Adams; and in a couple of days, managed to find its way to the driveway at Cap'n Vic's crew quarters on the "Hill."

     Here is the start on the ongoing saga of Vee Jay ... the J/80. This is the 3rd Vee Jay; the first two Vee Jays were J/30s ... over 30 years worth.

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Late July -- Vee Jay Crew tries out Neighboring Boat

Weekend on the Schooner Mystic for VideoGhosts.com
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Early August, Double Program A with 180 wind shift under spin.

Schooner Mystic and Vee Jay ... Neighbors

Schooner Mystic and J/80 Vee Jay Newport RI 2014
Schooner Mystic Photo by Taylor Hinote

Vee Jay J/80 launch day Newport 2014

Mid July -- first Program A on Vee Jay J/80

with Coach Bill, Lisa, TK, Forrest and Vic

Commissioning June, 2014

Vee Jay J/80 Newport RI 2014
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