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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’.


J/99 Review by Seahorse Magazine

“J/Boats is one of the world’s most successful brands, turning out a string of IRC winners. The new J/99 looks set to follow suit. In the shorthanded arena this one could be a killer… in the best possible way, of course!”  ..- from Seahorse Magazine February 2019

Click the image below for the full J/99 review:





J/121 JAVELIN wins AMS Div 1 at Festival of Sails, Geelong

For J/121 JAVELIN, the event kicked off with a 32nm passage race from St Kilda in Melbourne, across Port Philip Bay to Geelong.  Two start lines of 230+ boats set off at 9.30am in light 4-5 knot southeast winds.  J/121 JAVELIN was in the first start of 100+ yachts of all shapes and sizes, including 32 yachts in the AMS 1 division. This division featured yachts from a pro’d up Soto 30, through a Caprice 40 (2nd in its IRC division in the recent Sydney/Hobart) all the way up to a Reichel Pugh 63 (3rd IRC overall in the Sydney/Hobart).

J/121 JAVELIN was buried on the start but set to the task of reeling in the competition, with the strategy to keep slightly left of the course to take advantage of a forecast wind shift.  JAVELIN flew their Code Zero most of the way (albeit it was hoisted and dropped half a dozen times along the way!). The last stretch passed through the tight shipping channel with the wind peaking at 16 knots, and JAVELIN sailing on a close reach. Their strategy worked and they finished 6th in their division in the passage race. Plenty of celebratory drinks accompanied the Australia Day fireworks display held at the Regatta Village.

3 further races were held over days 2 and 3, with 2 of those races having to race back through the shipping channel to open waters. This made for some spectacularly close racing where water rights dominated sailing rights.  The fleet of 70+ yachts (up to 65 footers and including some big cats) worked together to get through relatively unscathed (though a few boats ventured a few metres outside the channel and ran aground). JAVELIN successfully tried a wing-on-wing strategy for a short while with the A2, managing to both gain clear air and separation from competitors. Conditions were pleasant once past the channel with flat water and breeze ranging 12-14 knots.  JAVELIN finished 2nd in race 2.

A twilight race was also held to take advantage of the stronger afternoon breeze, building to mid-20’s, though quite shifty.  After a general recall, JAVELIN had a clean (and conservative) start, and powered over 10-12 yachts on a tight 2 sail reach.  The A3 kite was hoisted at the top mark for what looked to be a beam reach.  However, the wind shifted just after the hoist and the A2 would have been a better choice. JAVELIN maintained their position finishing 4th in Race 3.

Going into the final day of racing, JAVELIN was in the lead position, with only a few points separating the first six yachts.  She sailed a clean covering race in perfect sailing conditions- sunny, flat waters and 12-14 knot breeze.  The results came in and JAVELIN finished 1st in Race 4 and, therefore was declared the overall winner in her AMS 1 class, finishing with 13 pts and convincingly won their division six points clear of the next boat.  Congratulations to Mark and all the crew on their fantastic result.

J/121 Javelin amongst her smaller siblings, the J/111’s (Joust, Veloce, Scarlet Runner 11, Playlist and Jake)
J/121 Javelin flying the Code Zero plus the J3 on the inner forestay
J/121 Javelin crew ready to race
J/121 Javelin crew prizegiving