FJ Trophy

As every year my girl Gemma sended me an invitation to NYC’s annual Francois Jacques Memorial Trophy. Cool. Very cool. Not only Fran but I’m also not totally forgotten by some members of the sailing community. Unfortunately I can’t say if I’ll be able to attend the races/party. :/ 3 P.M. is a rather American friendly time tho, and I’ll be offline most probably. Not much in world anymore anyways. And even less on the  water. 😦

Hello Orca
You may have seen my notices for the forthcoming Francois Jacques Memorial, I would like to personally invite you to enter this years event.

Please can you let me know soon, at least by the weekend, because there is a lot of organising to do.

I have attached details of my Notice Of Race :-



Friday 2nd November 2018 3pm

Francois, our dear departed NYC Commodore, was adamant that racing was “for all”.
Her motto was “Ladies & Gentlemen, Have you sailed today?”

On Friday 2nd November we will race in her memory and for the Francois Jacques Memorial Trophy, an annual event.


Please register early to make our planning easier, and depending on the number of entries we will use one of two Plans.

Plan A – up to 10 entrants.
There will be Three preliminary races.
A low point scoring system based on finishing position will be used.
One discard race will be allowed, and the combined points of the other two races will be calculated.
The top 8 racers overall will be the finalists for one last race, the winner will receive the FJ Trophy and his or her name added to the perpetual Honours Board.

OR – (depending on the number of entries)

Plan B – over 10 entrants.
Racers will be split into 2 groups, each group will have two races.
The top 8 racers overall, based on time, will be the finalists for one last race, the winner will receive the FJ Trophy and his or her name added to the perpetual Honours Board.

This year we will race the Shields, chosen for several reasons.
It is FREE.
It is easily obtained.
Easy yet competitive to race.
Its popular.

CHARTS, WIND & USB will be released 2 weeks before race day.
A course has been specially designed to bring out all the best qualities of skippers, yet easy enough to be fun.

As we want as many competitors as possible to enter, we will be using a wind with no hidden surprises.

THE TROPHY(s) & Prize(s).
The overall winner will be awarded the Francois Jacques Memorial Trophy, and have their name placed on the perpetual Honours Board.
The two runners up will also receive a trophy.
Hughes Enterprises have graciously donated $L6000 for the First prize. Wouldnt it be nice if we got a few more donations? then I would never ask.

We have created the two plans above to cover the eventuality of some people crashing. One crash doesnt mean an end to your chance of winning.

Results of the heats will be announced promptly to enable the final to be held.

We need your entries as soon as possible please, by notecard to either myself, Gemma, or to Justin.
Please don’t leave it until the last minute, consider how much extra work last minute entries cause.

Gemma Vuckovic
Commodore, Nantucket Yacht Club

Justin Blade
Head Race Director, Nantucket Yacht Club

But look for yourself, if maybe, hopefully, you’ll find the time to attend the festivities:

The Race:


Gemma Vuckovic
Gemma Vuckovic, 2009

The Big Ball:


The Course on NYC’s doorstep, obviously in Blake Sea:


Even Jane’s old old blog posted about the 2018 edition of the FJ Trophy! It was Jane’s first post since 2015! 😮

Does Jane come out of retirement?

Any blogreaders attending? Can you please make some photos? I’ll try to be there and report about it but … ya know. :/



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