Hooray for the hundredth!
by John Curnow, Editor-in-Chief, Sail-World AUS Sept 26 at 3:00 p.m. PDT
Hue! Beam reach and A-Bag on the J / 99 © J Composites
Now if you are a UK subject it means you get a letter from HRH QEII. If you are French, you might get one from President Macron. POTUS certainly does this for US citizens. So here is our menu, in a way, at J / 99, because come to Boot Düsseldorf, which is held from 22 to 31/1/2022, 100 of the little speedsters will have been delivered. Well done!
If you take a peek at these ramblings every now and then, you’ll notice that we’ve had a lot to say about the downsized crew, and in particular the new generation of gear specifically designed and built for it. , like J / 99. In November 2020, we took a closer look at the J / 99 in Good Thinking, 99, after going around the edges a bit in other editorials.
Alas, this all seemed like a great time to get back to builder’s Fred Bouvier, J / Composites, to see what he attributed it all to; because no matter how you talk about it, 100 is really special! “Versatility is the main reason for the success of the J / 99. It’s a good dayailer, as well as a family weekend, and in the meantime you can win races in all kinds of handicap systems because its design wasn’t focused on just one ranking. formula.”
Now, he also knows about sailing, and here is a video of him having fun together off Sables-d’Olonne. “We might not have intended to market the J / 99 as a one-design class, but the number of boats in different regions now allows us to start thinking of a J / 99 class. Our goal from the start was to get the vessel numbers out there and used, and then the class races will come, ”said Bouvier in conclusion.
Regions. Then. It sounds perfect. There are currently seven J / 99s in Australia, the last one has just entered service now, and in fact No.8 is due to arrive soon too, and discussions for numbers 9 and 10 are also underway. It turns out that Ray Entwistle of J / Boats Australia also felt that the ship’s inherent versatility was key to its success, since they reside from Hobart to Newcastle; some in enclosures and others on moorings …
Entwistle added, “If you put racing aside because the results speak for themselves, aside from the versatility of the design, another key feature is the high normal specification. Our Australian owners represent a very wide range in terms of age, experience, and reasons for purchasing the boat: whether it’s short-crew or full-crew regattas, deep sea and coastal cruising, family cruising or a complete mix of things. The J / 99 covers it all.
It is important to note that, compared to Bouvier’s thoughts, “All J / 99s in Australia are single rudder, no water ballast and with standard alloy spars, so this is the start of a fleet. well matched 32 foot new generation. ”
Australia’s first J / 99 arrived during containment in 2020, so navigation was quite limited. Ray and his wife Sandra took advantage of this time to practice maneuvering at close range. “We found the J / 99 to be everything it said on the box: stiff, roomy, comfortable, incredibly well set up for short and full crew races, and super responsive. Once we finally have it started racing, we found her to be such an easy boat to navigate regardless of the wind and sea conditions, it was just pure bliss to get out there and stretch your legs, ”said Ray.
Sandra was commenting on all of this after a bit of practice as they hadn’t done a lot of doubles in a while: “Actually, I prefer to run with two people because I can do a bit of everything – from tactics to kite trim, and all the chores to get there. Paradoxically, I find it less stressful with only two on board, the reason being that we make sure we are organized and prepared for what is going to happen next, I know what Ray is going to do and vice versa.”
Understandably, Australian reps have high expectations of any J / Boat, but found with the J / 99 to deliver even more than their high expectations, with a winning streak keeping a smile on the dial as nice and high. .
There are two J / 99s entered in the two-man division of the 2021 Sydney-Hobart race. Both owners wanted a versatile boat, offering excellent performance upwind and downwind, as well as excellent stability. Above all, S2H is not their only goal, as the boat also had to be family-friendly, and the J / 99 ticked all of its boxes. Indeed, with the cancellation of S2H 2020, one of them spent last Christmas crossing his J / 99 with his young family.
“Our owner from Hobart, who has built and owned several boats over the years, said the performance of the J / 99 exceeded his expectations. His crew commented that it was the best boat he has ever had. possessed.in bad weather in Hobart, he switched to the wheeled version so he had something to hold onto through tacking and gybing. He said he had already advanced two divisions, although it comes from a bigger boat!
So the last J / 99 in Australia is owned by Shane, who owned J / Boat a few years ago. He had the following to say about his selection of J / 99. “In 2003 I bought my first J / Boat, which was called a small J / 92, Selkie. 18 years later Selkie is still sailing in Sydney Harbor, and I’m sure the current owners are have as much fun with it as I did. ”
Shane added: “What I liked about the J / 92, and now the J / 99, is just that it’s a fun and quick boat to navigate. On the J / 99, everything on the deck is well thought out – everything comes handy easy whether you are sailing with a short crew or a full crew. The J / Boats are designed and built very well built. You can use them for racing, cruising or a combination of both. ”
I have been racing or cruising yachts for over thirty years now. In this modern age of sailing, there are a lot of great boats to choose from. There are many new trends, and even a touch of new fashion, in the design of modern yachts. Some boats are great downwind, some are fast over a span, and some are great upwind. In the races I do, I was looking for a good upwind / downwind boat. A boat capable of two-man racing in the S2H, competing in other ocean races like the CYCA Blue Water Series, and a boat I could still have fun around the cans with on a Wednesday night. For me, the J / 99 ticked all of those boxes. ”
Rum Rebellion is the name of Shane’s new J / 99, and he knows they’ll have a lot to do to get her ready in time for Hobart. He added in closing: “I appreciate all the work that Ray and Sandra from J / Boats Australia have done to bring her to Australia, during what can be described as a difficult year. They have certainly helped me. in every way possible. ”
Speaking of offshore, here’s a video of the J / 99 Jazz, with its designers Rod and Alan Johnstone on board, heading to Bermuda on a “mission of mercy”, as such, last year.
Yes, it’s almost time to play for Yassine Drk. You know it is still incredible to contemplate – 300nm non-stop and without assistance – in a Laser! Yassine checked in the other day and commented: “My departure is scheduled for the 28th. The wind will turn to the east, allowing us to leave the strait (Gibraltar). The current is quite strong, and without a good easterly wind. breeze, leaving will be impossible. I would have appreciated his strength a few days ago when after two hours on one tack I was still in the same place, hahaha.
Anyway, he was kind enough to share this video of his training, which he clearly enjoys a lot, simply stating: “It’s very beautiful here.”
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Editor, Sail-World AUS