Jiraffe top the tower at Hamble Winter Series

IRC 2 at this years HYS Hamble Winter Series turned into a battle of the J Boats, with Jiraffe (Simon Perry) and Jago (Mike and Susie Yates) trading places within the top three throughout the series. All the talk within the J/109 fleet this year has been about “Jexit” – the proposal to ditch overlapping headsails in favour of non-overlapping jibs, sheeted via in-haulers.  Regular IRC racers, the Irish and the Americans have been sailing their J/109s like this for a while.  Sailing under IRC, unrestricted by the current class rules, both Jiraffe and Jago elected to go for the non-overlapping set up, saving up to 10 points on their IRC rating.

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