At a very well attended Special General Meeting of the J/109 UK & Ireland Class association on 7th August in Cowes, a decision was taken to amend the class rules to make it easier for IRC focused boats to take part in class racing and for boats set up for class racing to be competitive under IRC. Since then, the committee has been working on bringing the rule into effect. This note aims to explain how yachts racing in one-design regattas can comply with the new rule, which is now available on the web site: J/109 UK&I Class Rules 2019Continue reading “J/109 UK & Ireland Class Rules 2019”
This weekend RORC hosted the Vice Admirals Cup in Cowes. The J/109 fleet had their own one design class and six of the top solent boats competed in unexpectedly spectacular conditions. It was a great weekend – it’s a long report…Continue reading “Tight racing in J/109s at the RORC Vice Admirals Cup”
Storm Hannah put pay to Saturdays racing in the Spring Championships. The Friday evening decision by the race committee was received by many as they began their preparations for the weekend in the pub. The sudden removal of the need to make an early start triggered a reaction that left many using the unexpected lay day to nurse their hangovers.Continue reading “Warsash Spring Championships – Final Results”
Wow – what a weekend… The first half of the two headed Warsash Spring Championships delivered spectacular sailing in cold easterly winds under clear blue skies.Continue reading “Warsash Spring Championships Part 1: 13/14 April”
Jukebox returned to the circuit this weekend, pulling off a second in Saturday’s NAB tower race, then getting back on the water the next day for the fourth race of the Warsash Spring Series. The wind was light, but the fleet got off the line in a gentle 6 to 8 knots which held for the majority of the race.
After a poor start from Jiraffe, the race quickly developed into a battle between the overlapping headsail of Jukebox vs. the IRC non-overlapping jib on Jubilee. The consensus after the race was that there was little to choose in upwind speed between the two, with Jubilee leading for the bulk of the race. But as the wind shifted right, the course turned into a series of reaching legs and the greater pulling power of the overlapping headsail allowed Jukebox to pass Jubilee.
Behind them, Mojo Risin’ was showing a great turn of speed and overhauled Jiraffe on the reaching leg. Jybe Talkin’ lead Red Arrow and Jengu into the finish completing the best attended race of the season to date with seven taking part.
Jukebox managed a fourth in the overall IRC 2 rankings with Jubilee at 6th.
Sadly no photos this week from Closehauledphotography, so just the results below.
Saturday saw the Junior Offshore Group JOG season kick off with the popular Nab Tower coastal race, which attracted a fleet of over 80 boats; amongst them were seven J/109s. Continue reading “JOG Nab Tower Race, Saturday 6th April 2019”