Two J111 s featured in the largest regatta held in the Southern hemisphere, the Geelong Festival of Sails, that sees 225 boats compete on flat water with strong breezes.
In the first passage race of 36 miles the two J111s dominated, winning their class in lighter breeze building to 18 knots. Three windward leewards the following day in a sports boat fleet containing a Melges 32 and a canting keel 36 foot Shaw flyer from New Zealand saw …two races decided by less than four seconds and a further one by eight seconds. Rod Warren’s Joust lead the series at this point.
At the finish, after the four days and eight fantastic close races only the Melges 32 and a stripped out Thompson 920 stayed ahead of the two J111s with Joust ahead of Jake, skippered by Stuart Lyon.
Rod passes his thanks to B&G for the new H5000 system, to Aaron Cole from North sails and Aaron Linton as tactician. The Joust guys plan to head to Cowes, UK for the J/111 Worlds mid year.