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Build quality = sailing pleasure

Sailing the seas, carving out a fine wake, manoeuvring easily, making fast headway… then dropping anchor in a bay fringed with white sand. Making the most of the beautifully crafted modern fit-out combining solid wood and white gloss bulkheads illuminated by natural light. Herein lies the pleasure of sailing and life aboard a J/Boat, a yacht built with care, with a concern for lightweight yet robust quality design.

What is the difference between a fast and a standard cruising yacht? The manufacturing quality and the construction materials of course! These two parameters define the weight and stiffness of the build, in order to offer up a yacht with increased rigidity and generate improved performance when sailing (+20%). The upshot of this is less use of the engine for the great delight of everyone aboard. Another benefit of a well-crafted construction is that it ages well hence the second-hand value remains buoyant!

To achieve this, the boat’s construction methods utilise the infusion process pioneered by J/Boats. Some 30 years ago, the SCRIMP patent (Seemann Composite Resin Infusion Molding Process) was applied for in the construction of J/Boats, which was a revolution among shipyards. Today, this well-controlled technique is more widely known as ‘infusion’.

What is infusion ?

Sandwich construction using infusion methods is one of the most technological and cutting-edge processes in the marine construction market. With traditional lamination, an operator applies the resin to the materials by hand. With infusion, there is less human contact with the resin, hence working conditions are improved and there is better quantity control. In practical terms, having applied various layers of materials, or even added elements of predominantly foam-based sandwich, a plastic cover is stretched tightly across the materials, creating a hermetic seal. A pump sucks up any air between the cover and the materials, compressing these in the process. The compression creates suction and the resin is distributed around the materials, followed by a few hours’ wait for the polymerisation process to be completed. Result: better for the environment, perfect distribution of the resin and optimum quantity, culminating in light and stiff decks, structural bulkheads and hull.

At J/Composites (builder of J/Boats), all the aforementioned elements are created using the infusion technique so as to obtain maximum stiffness. Furthermore, all the secondary bulkheads are bonded to the hull and deck throughout, as well as to the fit-out structure. It should also be highlighted that the scantlings of the infused composite structure meet the standards for offshore racing (World Sailing structural plan review), which is possible thanks to the very significant weight saving synonymous with infusion. In short, this is construction at its best !

From a block of wood to marine furniture

Night falls over the anchorage. The lights of the yachts are dotted about beneath the canopy of heaven and it’s time to rest easy. Two or three cabins equipped with vast double bunks await you… just like at home. Note the finish on the solid wood carpentry. At J Composites, craftsmanship is still part and parcel of the fit-out on its yachts. Every piece of furniture starts off as a block of specially selected walnut. No reconstituted Alpi-style wood here, only solid wood in its original state. As such, the boat ages naturally and looks even more beautiful over time! A great deal of work goes into the selection process to ensure only the best pieces of wood are chosen. Carpenters and cabinet makers use it for lockers, cupboards, shelving, and tables adapted to each yacht interior, like the Elégance range penned by Roséo.

Comprehensive and well-proportioned deck hardware

The fun of slipping along, long runs under asymmetric spinnaker from one island to the next, at high speed…! Isn’t it essential to have all the necessary equipment as standard for making headway on every point of sail? A trademark of the J/Composites yard, the famous retractable carbon bowsprit with spinnaker fittings comes as standard of course. The hardware is optimised to the boat in the Elegance and Sport series and developed jointly between the builder and the supplier. For example, the new Snubbair winch developed for the J/70 or the aluminium mast on the J/112 E and the J/99, are fully developed for these models with notable innovations. With regards to the deck hardware, it’s worth noting the size 40 winches on the 4mt J/97 E or J/99, which are identical on an Océanis 46.1 with an equivalent weight of 11mt!

The air flows through the cabin and in the utmost comfort you’re already dreaming… Your mind is filled with images of cruises with family or simple double-handed sailing, coloured by the thrill of slipping along under spinnaker, easy manoeuvres, a gentle, light helm, a meal with friends in the warm, modern saloon, echoing a nomadic life at sea albeit in absolute comfort. You’re on a high-quality yacht which will be a part of your dreams for a long time to come!

J/121 and J/125s Crush 50th Transpac Race!

J/125s crush 50th Transpac Race Overall!

For the first time in the fifty years of Transpac Race history, a one-design class nearly swept the entire top five results overall- the famous J/125s!! Congrats to all four teams!

Winning was Shawn Dougherty & Jason Andrews’s Seattle-based J/125 HAMACHI, taking both Division 3 and Overall honors. Taking silver in both class and overall was Zachary Anderson & Chris Kramer’s San Francisco-based J/125 VELVET HAMMER. Fourth in class and overall was Mark Surber’s San Diego-based J/125 SNOOPY (ex-DERIVATIVE). And, fifth in class and overall was Tom Garnier’s J/125 REINRAG from Los Angeles.

J/121 Smokes Division 6!   Congratulations to Scott Grealish’s J/121 BLUE FLASH from Portland, Oregon! They easily won the “first wave” of starters overall (5 classes in total). Amazingly, BLUE FLASH was eighth boat to finish on elapsed time and won Division 6 by 4 1/2 hours corrected time!

Here is a race wrap up from Scott Grealish from J/121 BLUE FLASH:

“After all the training we had done in the light airs Cabo San Lucas Race and the moderate winds in the Ensenada Race, and sail testing off San Diego prior to the race, we were excited to see what kind of legs we would have on our new J/121 in the open Pacific on a 2,225nm race track. We had no idea what to expect in the forecasted 10-20 kts winds, other than to push hard, keep experimenting with sail combinations for wind/wave angles and press on regardless.

On Wednesday, we had a good start, good lane, and we got to the right of fleet. A Farr 57 and Swede 55 were water-lining us, but we got around Catalina quickly in 16-18 kts breeze. The Farr just in front of us and the 55 just behind.  We were pleased with our speed, using the water ballast upwind helped at this stage and we were fast.

Based on the forecast and grib files, we could see the Pacific High was split in two, the east side was weaker, and the 500 mb pressure line was wobbly. We hoped for a solid High that would recede NW, tighten the gradients south, produce more winds, but that that didn’t happen. Initially, we had to go south after passing Catalina, which adds a lot of miles. But, that was not enough, in retrospect, as we never got the winds the Friday starters got for the whole race.

After rounding Catalina, we held on to our J2 jib for some time, sheeted to the rail. We wanted to hold higher (to the right) of the fleet so we could set our Code Zero once we could get the wind around to 75-125 TWA. Once we did that, we ran our genoa staysails underneath double-slotting- that was fast!  Once the wind moved further aft, we had what we called our “A10”, basically an A3/A5 flat reaching kit, flew the J4 on the inner forestay- that was even faster! Two days into the race we were constantly in the high teens boatspeed, hitting 22.5 kts at time in just 17-19 kts TWS. Note, we also used this combo in the reaching we encountered going into the finish like in the Molokai Channel in 20-30 kts TWS.

For the main part of the course for a good 7+ days, the wind dropped into 12-16 kts TWS. We were further north than most of our class/ fleet. We used our A2 chute (running kite) up to 18-21 kts TWS with large spinnaker staysail underneath. Late at night, we’d switch sometimes to the A5/ J4 for squalls. The staysails were very effective!

As for driving and boatspeed, connecting wave-sets was key, especially once we got up to 15 kts plus boatspeed. Like sailing our J/88, you had to watch to not go too high or too low on TWA’s downwind. We watched our VMC constantly and would adjust our angles based on wave trains and wind angles/ pressure. Basically, we’d sail between 150 to 160 TWA for best VMC. 165 was too deep, 145 was too high.

Finally, I have to give a shout-out to my crew- ‘Thank You, for being such a fantastic team!’ We sailed all amateur with three youths (my son- Sean- and two other 20-somethings) and three “old guys” (50-something’s). As I’ve told others- sometimes we needed their energy, sometimes they needed our wisdom, and sometimes the roles reversed. But, they always stayed focused.

Andrew (our navigator) and I would spend 20 minutes pouring over the GFS grib files, surface analysis, 500mb pressure lines, yellow brick tracker, routing at various polar percentages, then give a discourse about why we needed to do such and such an angle, etc. Then, in the end they’d say ‘so you mean, sail fast, right?’ Haha, right! Reflecting on the experience, it was priceless to share it with friends, my son Sean, and having the added bonus of collecting silverware, we didn’t expect that!”

J/122 ‘JOSS’ – the epitome of the perfect yacht

(Perth, Western Australia)- J/122 JOSS has been well-sailed and well-loved by her owner Ian Clyne since her launch in late 2012. She has cruised more than half way around Australia, departing from Sydney to Port Moresby (1,930nm), then across to Darwin (1,100nm), then onwards to her home in Perth WA (2,300nm)- a total distance of 5,330nm (about the width of the Pacific Ocean)!

Since arriving in Perth, Ian and crew have been going from strength-to-strength each racing season. This 2018/2019 Ocean Racing West Australia (ORWA) season truly reflects the teamwork and talent of the crew and the performance and capability of the J/122.  JOSS competed in the Ocean Racing season from September through to April, with races varying from 300nm+ Bluewater races, Offshore and Inshore races, finishing 1st or 2nd throughout the season.

The ORWA season incorporates some of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious races including the 170nm Bunbury and return race that was first raced in 1948. Being the oldest offshore race in Western Australia it will always have a special place in history. Also, the 336nm Fremantle to Albany race that was first raced in 1968 and is unique in that it takes competitors through both the Indian and Southern Oceans.

Ian commented, “It has been a brilliant team effort from everyone who sailed on JOSS in 2018/19. We sailed in 15 Ocean Races winning 7 Div 1 IRC, 6 Div 1 YAH (local performance handicap) with podium finishes in several other races against a very competitive and modern racing fleet. A sincere thank you to ORWA, FSC, RFBYC, RPYC, SoPYC, Hillarys YC, as the Organising Authorities for their respective Offshore Races, and to Race Control & the many volunteers.”

To top it off Ian won the ORWA’s Skipper of the Year Award and Alex Babel on bow jointly won Male Crew of the Year.  Other JOSS nominees were ORWA Male Crewman- Rees Howell and ORWA Female Crew of the Year- Karen Koedyk.

On behalf of Yachtspot (J/Boats Australia) we wish to congratulate Ian and his crew for the fantastic racing season on their J/122 JOSS.  Their results included:

  • Siska Trophy Overall Bluewater Series 2nd IRC, 1st YAH
  • Offshore Series 1st IRC, 1st YAH
  • Weekender/Inshore Series 1st IRC , 2nd YAH
  • RFBYC “Farrawa Cup” Series, 2nd Overall IRC, 2nd IRC, 1st YAH
  • FSC’s “Success Cup” Series, 1st Overall IRC, 1st Overall YAH, 1st IRC, 1st YAH
  • FSC’s “Captain Stirling Cup” Series, 1st Overall IRC, 1st Overall YAH, 1st IRC, 1st YAH

Joss prizegiving

Joss Albany Race April 2019

J/122e ‘Aria’ for sale – Adelaide

An IRC-friendly cruiser/racer, J/122E offers a completely furnished interior, a simple to manage balanced sail plan, head turning sailing performance and great looks.

J/122E is a versatile and easy to handle 40 foot performance sailboat with comfortable live-aboard accommodations, a refined deck layout, low VCG keel with a moderate 2.2m (7.2′) draft. The hull & deck are built using superior infusion molding technology to maximize durability and long term value.  Built to Cat A, J/122E is built to cross major oceans, so she will take you as far as you would like to go, whether cruising or racing 2-up or fully crewed.

Launched in 2015, J/122E ‘Aria’ has been well maintained since new.

Offered for sale for $398,000. Contact Yachtspot for further information.

Specification below:

Rego:  SA1945.    HIN:  FRJBC22097F515

Length:  40′ 0″ (12.20m),     Beam:   3.63m

Draft:  2.2m     Displacement: 6.76mt

Keel / Ballast:     Keel with lead bulb (2.20 m draft), bolted and bonded to hull

Engine:                 Inboard VOLVO D1-30 Saildrive diesel engine, 115 AH alternator, with double diode and fresh water-cooling with heat exchanger. Twin blade Gori folding propeller.

Engine Hours:    80

Fuel:                      100L

Water:                  2 x 160 litres

Accommodation: 3 private double cabins with storage lockers and shelving. Spacious main saloon with hull windows providing a light and comfortable space. Full size forward facing chart table with storage. Head with shower accessed by both forward cabin (as an ensuite) and main saloon. Shower on transom.

Galley:  L-shaped galley with gimballed gas stove with oven and 2 burners and s/s protection bar. Double stainless steel sink unit recessed in synthetic resin worktop. Pressurised hot and cold water. Large 150 litre moulded icebox/fridge, with divider and storage shelf, 12 volt compressor.

Hot water System:           Yes

Covers:                                 Wheel cover. Easy to remove dodger (sprayhood). Boom tent

Ground Tackle:                  Electric windlass

Safety Gear:                       6x PFD;s with tethers, flares, v-sheet, EPIRB, dan buoy, life ring with light

Bilge Pumps:                      Auto and manual

Electrics:                              2 x 160Ah AGM (House) and 1 x 70Ah AGM (Engine)

Electronics:                         Raymarine GS165 Multifunction display 15.4″ Glass Bridge with Lighthouse 2 software, Raymarine i70 multifunction display, Ray i50 wind/speed/depth, Ray i60 close-hauled display, Evolution p70 autopilot

Sail Inventory:                   2015 GPL Carbon offshore main with 2 reefs, 2015 Med Heavy (#2) GPL Carbon with UV Strip, 2015 No. 4 jib, Storm jib, A5 spinnaker

Mast / Rigging:                  Sparcraft ‘Grand Prix’ alloy mast

Deck Gear:                          Harken underdeck furler, 2x 50STA primary winches, 2x 46.2ST mainsheet winches, 2x 40STA halyard winches with spinlock cross-winching blocks, Mainsheet system on 2:1 ball bearings blocks, led forward thru boom, then down to sidedecks, then aft under deck to cockpit winches. Adjustable mainsheet traveller with 6:1 purchase, Jib tracks, with ball-bearing car system and adjustable purchase, adjusted from the cockpit. Jib inhauler system. Spinnaker tweakers. Vang adjustable from cockpit.

 

J/122 ‘Joss’ wins 330nm Fremantle to Albany Race!

Congratulations to Ian and the crew from J/122 “Joss” who won IRC Div 1 in the Fremantle to Albany Race, arriving in Albany at 4.30 am after 40hrs at sea in changing & challenging conditions.  Read on for the crew report…..

“We started in a light easterly at 11am Fri morning, the winds soon built by the windmills off Rottnest & by Friday night we had 20 knot southerly with 3m+ seas and it was “dark” – really ”difficult” sailing with limited visibility.

As expected “Dirty Deeds” lead the fleet with “Obsession” & “Joss” chasing, however there was a “Fantastic” battle close behind between sister ships “Crush” & “Kraken” and “Atomic Blonde”, these lighter extremely versatile 36fts were keen to push us in race conditions that agreed with them.

The fleet rounded “Cape Leeuwin” early Sat morning to sail into the great Southern Ocean. A close procession of yachts waiting for the forecast strong WNW’s, “Obsession” was still trailing “Deeds” who went further out to sea searching for stronger winds, unfortunately “Obsession” stayed to close in & the winds were quiet, this allowed “Joss” to raise our big “Green A1.5” and slowly but surely make some gains. Unfortunately for us the 3 sisters – “Atomic Blonde, Crush & Kraken” were hot on our heels – it needed the weather gods to get excited which they did!

Joss Albany Race April 2019

Sat night was full on!!!20-30 knot WNW winds & a good size sea behind & plenty to play with. And play the fleet did, “Joss” had several massive broaches & again hit a top speed of around 21knots. A massive wrap around midnight meant several anxious minutes trying to unwind our Red A4 from around our forestay. Once achieved a more controllable A3 went up!!

“Obsession” blew up their A4, “Atomic Blonde” has even more fun “flying different parts” of their A4 & then wrapping it around the rudder! More & more broaches, very wet crews & lots of great bar stories to be told.

“Joss” trailed “Deeds” into Albany in the early hours of Sunday with “Kraken” less than 1 mile behind us & clearly having had a brilliant sail. The winds lightened & they ever so slowly caught up, but “not enough” to stop us being 2nd over the line!

Whilst the official results are still to come, “Joss” closed out the ORWA Ocean Racing Summer Series with a 3rd place overall, being beaten by Kraken & then Crush.

“Joss” did win IRC Div 1 & YAH honours a Fantastic result to close out an extremely successful season.

Successful J/112E Debut in Sydney Inshore Series

In its first full race series since arriving in Australia, the stunning new J/112E ZEST finished an impressive 2nd overall in the Sydney Amateurs Sailing Club “Cruiser Racer series”. The full sixteen race series was held on stunning Sydney Harbour.

Starting in September 2018 and finishing in mid-April 2019, the competitive fleet raced in a wide variety of wind and sea state conditions. From light drifters to 30 knots plus “blowing dogs off chains” kind of weather, the new J/112E handled everything in her stride, with an impressive score line of four 1sts, a 2nd, three 3rds, and a 4th.

“I was on a very steep learning curve,” commented ZEST’s proud owner Stephen. “A new crew, new sailing club, new courses and a very special new boat; we are still learning a lot about it! Progressively, through the season, we learnt what the boat was capable of doing in all conditions.  We especially enjoyed sailing upwind, with her better pointing and better VMG speed capabilities than our competitors! A special thanks to my crew and our competitor’s, we look forward to racing against you all again next season!”

J112E Zest

J/111 Scarlet Runner 11 – Lincoln Week Regatta, South Australia

Rob Date and the crew from J/111 Scarlet Runner11 competed in 160nm Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race, followed by Teakle Classic Lincoln Week Regatta with 6 races over 4 days of racing at Port Lincoln.

Rob’s J/111 home port is near Melbourne in Victoria, so the crew sailed the 550+nm trip to Adelaide against the predominant westerly ‘roaring 40s’ winds to compete in the regatta.

The racing starts in the blue waters of the Gulf of St Vincent off Adelaide where 40 boats leave Outer Harbour/North Haven in Adelaide on Friday about 3.00pm to compete in the 160 nautical mile race.  It is “South Australia’s Premier Ocean Race” and now in its 69th year complete with all the challenges of a Category 3 race.

The route takes them south west to Marion Reef at the foot of York Peninsula along the foot to the spectacular Cape Spencer then North West past Wedge and Thistle Islands and Dangerous Reef to the welcome of Port Lincoln nestled on Boston Bay.

The race started on a port beat for 35NM. The Scarlet Runner crew are in the most part inexperienced in Ocean Racing. Rob’s daughter and future son in law, his best mate for more than 40 years and the balance being the usual inshore race crew made 7 crew in total. After passing Marion Reef the course freed up. Scarlet Runner 11 put up the code zero and were doing 14knots with the occasional knock down. Unfortunately the zero did not last the distance. After passing the bottom of the York Peninsula SC11 were into VMG running as the pressure dropped.  The final 20 NM was running under A1 and Scarlet Runner 11 achieved the fastest time for this section of the race.

The distance race is then followed by Lincoln Regatta with a mix of inshore and coastal courses over 4 days that make the most of the fantastic sailing in Boston Bay and among some of the surrounding Islands. One race finishing at an isolated beach for a BBQ, drinks and beach cricket before the down hill sail back to the marina.

Scarlet Runner 11 topped the Div 1 leader board at the Regatta scoring 1st on AMS (9points), 1st on PHS, and 2nd by just two points on IRC, a very impressive result considering the competition which included Farr 40, First 45, 47.7’s, Melges 32 and Sydney 38’s and Sydney 47.

Congratulations to Rob and the crew and we hope for fair winds for your homeward journey to Melbourne.  Photo Credit: Alex McKinnon Photography

Australian Yachting Championships 2018 - Day 2

J/70 NSW State Championships – Sydney Harbour Regatta

The New South Wales J/70 state championship regatta was held in glorious warm weather on the first weekend of March on Sydney Harbour.  Racing was held at the entrance of Sydney Harbour so the Pacific swell became a factor along with a flood tide and the occasional passing ferry during the next two races. This was the first regatta held by the Australian J/70 Class Association after a great effort by J/70 racers and lawyers Peter Ryan and Adrian Kiely, and others, led to official recognition by Yachting Australia.

 The racing was closer than in previous years, with congestion at the marks and new hot shots from the Olympic and other classes making an appearance.

Racing was delayed on the first day whilst the RO waited for the sea breeze to settle after swinging through 30 degree shifts either side of ENE 6-10knots.  After the delayed start, the major shifts returned and boats that correctly picked the right side of the course opened large leads, with Tim Ryan and his team on ‘James 007’ winning Race 1.  Races 2 and 3 were both won by ex-Etchells and America’s Cup sailor Jervis Tilly and his team on ‘Jackal’ from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

On Sunday the crews enjoyed the forecasted slight increase in pressure to a steadier ENE 10-15knots. With two wins and a second place Jackal had a strong lead after day one.  Australian J/70 class president Andrew Tompson and his ‘Jabberwocky’ team, representing the host club of Middle Harbour Yacht Club, showed great speed to win race four. With the sea breeze strengthening for the final race Reg Lord and youth match racer Tom Grimes with new crew George Richardson and Mitchell Evans on ‘Juno’ found the groove and won the final race after placing second in the previous four races. After a visit to the protest room regarding rule C3.1(c), the final results were the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s ‘Juno’ and ‘James 007’ in first and second for the second consecutive year, ‘Jabberwocky’ third, just ahead of ‘Jackal’,  and Paul Breslin’s fast improving ‘Madness’ closely followed by ‘Y-Knot’.

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