J Cup 2016
66 yachts from the J Boat range made up the
highly competitive fleet for the Landsail Tyres J-Cup in partnership with B&G.
This was the 17th edition of the J-Cup and four one design fleets were racing
for their UK National Championships. Of the 34 yachts vying for UK Championship
honours, an incredible 23 of them made the podium. The racing right across the
fleet was incredibly close, with seconds deciding winners over the three day
Gavin Howe's Tigris is the 2016 J/88 UK National
Champion and was also awarded the J-Cup for the best performance at the regatta.
Gavin Howe's Tigris is the 2016 UK National Champion and was also awarded the
J-Cup for the best performance at the regatta. Tigris had to hold off a spirited
challenge from David Apthorp's J Dream, which finished runner up and also the
2015 champion, Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, which claimed third.
Paul Ward's team won the penultimate race to get right in the mix but a fifth in
the final race had Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat just holding off Dirk van Beek's
Sabriel Jnr and Richard Cooper's Jongleur.
The competition in the J/88 Class was incredibly close, often with boats
overlapped at mark roundings.
“ The last race was all about making sure we were ahead of the immediate
competition.” commented Gavin Howe. “Without being too aggressive, we
knew that if we got ahead of J Dream and covered them, we would win the
championship. I have to say that we have new sails on the boat and our speed is
very good and the crew worked together extremely well. To win the J-Cup is
amazing and completely unexpected and a lovely way to end a perfect regatta.”
Gavin Howe's J/88 Tigris
Marco van Driel's Dutch team racing Sweeny will be racing with the top British
J/111s including the current UK National Champion, Tony Mack's McFly.
Last year's runner up, Martin Dent's JElvis is as strong as ever and Stuart
Sawyer's Black Dog, the winner of a hotly contested Vice Admiral's Cup, is also
in great form. Cornel Riklin's J/111 Jitterbug was second only on countback to
Black Dog in this year's Vice Admiral's Cup and has been part of the J/111 fleet
for several years.
J/111 UK National Championship
Stuart Sawyer's Black Dog sealed victory for the J/111 UK National Championship
with a race to spare but it was far from easy for the team from Falmouth
Cornwall. Marco van Driel's Dutch J/111 Sweeny finished the regatta in second
place, with fellow Dutch team, Red Herring skippered by Sjaak Haakman, finishing
Last year's UK National Champion, Tony Mack's McFly, finished in fourth place.
During the three day regatta six out of the eight teams made the podium,
including Cornel Riklin's Jitterbug and Chris Jones' Journey Maker II, who both
“The introduction of the two Dutch boats, has really mixed it up, they are
definitely on the pace. In Race 7, we matched race Sweeny all the way around and
coming into the finish we were covering them, it was super close.
The team have had to be very precise to come out on top, we have been getting
out early, practising our manoeuvres getting our transits, so that we could
relax a bit at game time and enjoy our mantra of having fun.
Black Dog will be going back to Falmouth and we will be back for the pre-worlds
and the worlds. We will have American Swiss and Australian teams joining the
Dutch for the Worlds and that will bring another dynamic in as well. It is great
to be National Champions and that has come from a big effort from all of the
Black Dog team. Roger our pirate has done exceptionally well on tactics, he has
been up here a few times now, and he is getting to know the water pretty well.”
Action on the bow of J/111 UK National Champion, Stuart
Sawyer's Black Dog
Andy Howe's J/97 Blackjack II
J/97 UK National Championship
Defending J/97 UK National Champion, Andy Howe's Blackjack II, scored two more
bullets today, to dominate the class and retain the championship. Ole Bettum's
Almara B III finished the regatta as runner up. Rachel and Robert Hunt's
Jumblesail 2, won the battle for third with Richard Sparrow's Only Magic.
Andy Howe and fiancee Annie Kelly know how to enjoy themselves and so do the
Black Jack crew who are always the life and soul of the party. “ We have had
an absolutely amazing time at the regatta and we will have a big party tonight
but to win at the J-Cup you have to have a good team and sail well on the water.
We have been learning and working well together for some time now. It is all the
little tiny things in sailing that make you a little bit faster than everybody
else. Keeping the same team and building our level of performance is the key to
that success and we are very pleased.”
Andy Howe and fiancee Annie Kelly know how to enjoy
themselves and so do the Black Jack crew who are always the life and soul of the
Close racing in the J/109 Fleet
J/109 UK National Championship
Joe Henry's Jolly Jack Tar finished the regatta with a 2-4 score line to take
win the UK National Championship. The team are all serving members of the Royal
Navy. Robert Stiles' Diamond Jem was runner up with David Richards' Jumping
Newcomers to the J/109 fleet, Simon Perry's Jiraffe had an excellent last day
winning both races to finish the regatta in style.
There were also podium finishes today for Rob Cotterill's Mojo risin', Peter
Nicholson's Jubilee and the original J/109, now fifteen years old, Richard
Marsden's Judgement Day.
Jonathan Calascione & Seb Ripard's Harlequin winners of
the 20 strong J/70 Class
With only one race sailed today in the J/70 Class, Jonathan Calascione & Seb
Ripard's Harlequin were unbeatable in the 20 strong J/70 fleet.
The Maltese-British team, including Royal Southern's 420 world champion Annabel
Vose were pushed all the way by Simon Ling's RAF Benevolent Fund Spitfire, the
reigning J/70 Corinthian World Champions, whose team include the current J/24
World Champion, Ian Southworth.
Charlie Esse's Baby J was third, with a crew including multiple Sportboat world
champion and J/70 EuroCup champion, Ruairidh Scott.
Congratulations should also go to J/70 teams that made the podium against three
notable adversaries; Steve Northmore's Waterjet Precision Cutting, Clive Bush's
Darcey, Greg Hall's Valkyrie and Allan Higgs EFS Energy.
Jonathan Calascione & Seb Ripard's Harlequin held off a
strong challenge form J/70 Corinthian World Champions, RAF Benevolent Fund
Spitfire, skippered by Simon Ling.
Craig Latimer's J/92 Wildebeest V
Didier Le Moal's J/112, J Lance and Craig Latimer's J/92 Wildebeest V had a
titanic battle for the class with half a point deciding the winner.
J Lance won the penultimate race of the regatta and Robin Stevenson's Upstart
was second, heaping pressure on class leader Wildebeest V. J Lance won the last
race but Wildebeest V was second, just enough to win the class.
J Lance was second with Upstart third. David Greenhalgh's J/92 J'ronimo
took finished third in the last race to place fourth.
Happy Birthday Marie-Claude Heys with the compliments of Chris Mansfield,
Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club
“The Royal Southern has been the home for the J-Boat fleet for a long time.”
commented Key Yachting's Paul Heys. “This year they have the great facility of
the Prince Philip Yacht Haven with new walk ashore pontoons and the club is so
efficient because they have hosted regattas so many times and they know exactly
what we need.
We have a great regatta marquee for our regatta gala dinner and we
still have room for a proper dance floor and a top band and that is all part of
J-Cup, we love to have a big hoe down at the end of the regatta and we thank the
Royal Southern for hosting us and running such a fantastic event.”
The Landsail Tyres J-Cup was hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, their
excellent race team led by PRO Tony Lovell and Dermod O'Malley, provided 45
races in the Eastern Solent, and superb facilities from their waterside club
house on the Hamble River.
Over 300 owners, sailors and guests enjoyed the
Saturday night gala prize giving dinner, held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club
with 7 piece band “Groove Instinct” rocking the house.
The 2017 J-Cup will be held in Torbay, hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club
from the 17-19 August 2017.
Images: Ian Wright - Report Louay Habib