Please select your home edition
Edition
Crewsaver 2015 Lifejackets

Tactick J/80 UK Nationals at Royal Dart Yacht Club - Day 1

by Becci Eplett, J/80 UK Class Association on 8 Jun 2011 7-10 June 2011

What a day THAT was!

Racing commenced today at The Tactick J/80 UK National Championship 2011 in association with Baltic Wharf which is being hosted by the Royal Dart Yacht Club. The first three races of the championship were sailed on windward leeward courses laid in Start Bay, just outside the beautiful port of Dartmouth. In their eagerness to let the games commence, sadly, most of the J/80 fleet missed a visit from the Mayor of Dartmouth who took time to walk the pontoons of Darthaven Marina, who are berthing the fleet and sponsoring the Class for the Nationals. However, all 26 crews enjoyed brilliant sunshine and a strong and shifty westerly breeze for the racing, which ranged between 25 and 30 knots for the greater part of the bay. A short and choppy work bench (wind with tide) only served to add to the thrills and spills on the racecourse.

The provisional results (still subject to protest at the time of going to press) show Kevin Sproul and the crew of J.A.T at the top of the leader board at the end of day one with seven points; a scoreline which includes two race wins. In third is Jumpin Jenga, skippered by Stewart Hawthorn on nine points. This is a particularly impressive scoreline considering the major blow-out of Hawthorn’s bright red kite which the Solent fleet has become used to seeing out towards the front of the fleet. Rob Larke’s J2X is third overall as we go to press and this is a great result for him too. Rob’s ‘fresh out of the box’ J/80 won the last race of the day and Rob feels that he has found his form. Rob said ‘We’ve definitely got good pace, especially downwind, and the crew are settling in nicely to the new boat. Our boat handling is good in these testing conditions and we got the first beat of the last race just right too.’

RABF Team Spitfire helmed by Andy ‘Rodders’ Rodwell and skippered by Tony Hanlon had a fabulous day and are currently in a very respectable fifth position on the leaderboard. They explained ‘We had a storming first race with some extremely close boat on boat racing and so we are delighted with the third place for that one. We seem to be fast upwind and we were good turning the corners today too’.

Three more races are scheduled for tomorrow and the weather people are telling us that we will have a little less of the fruity stuff for these. Tonight the fleet dines at Rockfish in Dartmouth, courtesy of a very kind invitation from celebrity chef and food critic Mitch Tonks.

There is a huge buzz in this class at the moment, in part because everyone is gearing up for the 2012 J/80 World Championship which will also be held in the port in June next year. Perhaps the best summing up of the day came from Sarah Norbury, Editor of Practical Boat Owner magazine who has just joined the class with her partner Jon Powell in their new J/80 La Bete. Sarah explained ‘This is our first regatta in our J/80 and conditions today have been somewhat a baptism by fire! It’s an extremely competitive fleet but extremely friendly and we are delighted to be sitting in eighth place at the end of day one. We are really looking forward to tomorrow!’

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmR1R2R3Pts
1GBR 1360J.A.T.Kevin Sproul1157
2GBR 1339Jumping JengaStewart Hawthorn5229
3GBR 1362J2XRob Lake64111
4GBR 573Team BalticHenry Bomby47314
5GBR 912SpitfireAndrew Rodwell28616
6GBR 725Purple HazeRoger Dunstan361221
7GBR 1262OiJohn Cooper731626
8FR 1256La BeteJ Powell1013730
9GBR 811Surf and TurfGeoffrey Pane1314431
10GBR 801Just Do ItTerry Palmer9111434
11GBR 734JuicyAlan Hibbs199836
12GBR 743SwallowGordon Craigen14151039
13GBR 908PelotonMark Greenway8211140
14GBR 1338FlipperMatthew VincentDNF51345
15GBR 433ExcessChris GoldsmithDNF12948
16GBR 605Elle S AppelleThor Askeland1110DNS48
17GBR 891Harley QuinNigel Skudder16171548
18GBR 571Junior HighSteve Cooper17181752
19GBR 527Jammy DodgerAndrew Mcausland1216DNS55
20GBR 109JesterMichael Lewis18192057
21GBR 393JasmineGeorge Neville Jones20221961
22GBR 511JamminSteve Best1520DNS62
23GBR 744Exe JRichard Soper21231862
24GBR 534Wave WarriorRob Stone-Ward2225DNF74
25GBR 1138Just SoNigel BanfordDNS24DNF78
26GBR 80998Captain JackFrank RowsellDNSDNSDNS81

Related Articles

LTSC Solent Circuit 2017 day 1
Video highlights from all four fleets Video highlights of the Lymington Town Sailing Club Solent Circuit 2017 Week One featuring action across all four fleets and narration by Serbian sailor Ana Mojasevic. Posted on 18 Oct
Hamble One Design Championships Weekend 1
Sportsboat Autumn Blast The first day of the Hamble One Design Championships began with wind in the low 20s, and gusts of up to 30 knots. Posted on 9 Oct
Inaugural IRC Spinlock Autumn Championship
2017 Hamble Winter Series kicks off The 36th edition of the Hamble Winter Series kicked off on Saturday 30 September, and included the inaugural IRC Spinlock Autumn Championship, organised by the Hamble River Sailing Club. Posted on 2 Oct
125th Burnham Week Grand Finale
Town Cup J/80 glory marks conclusion Digger Harden sailing the J/80 Glorious Fools with his seasoned team including joint owner Peter Jackson, Doug Duce and Tom Adams have won the coveted Town Cup, to mark the end of the 125th anniversary celebrations of Burnham Week, writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 3 Sep
Landsail Tyres J-Cup overall
Four National Champions & overall trophy winner decided The last day of the 2017 Landsail Tyres J-Cup was blessed with champagne conditions in beautiful Tor Bay. However, as we all know, when you pop a champagne cork it doesn't always all end up in the glass. Posted on 20 Aug
Landsail Tyres J-Cup day 2
Biblical conditions in Torbay Thirty knot squalls inter-dispersed with beautiful sunshine and flat water, produced a testing race course for six classes, competing on Day Two of the 2017 Landsail Tyres J-Cup. Posted on 19 Aug
Fatigue and its effect on rope performance
Explanation by Paul Dyer, technical manager at Marlow Ropes Paul Dyer, technical manager at Marlow Ropes, examines the effect of fatigue on the performance of rope and rigging. Ropes, like people, suffer from fatigue. Unlike people a good night's sleep does not reinvigorate them. Posted on 18 Aug
Landsail Tyres J-Cup day 1
Seconds count Thrilling close racing is in the DNA of J Boats. With no less than four National Championships, the competition was incredibly close, for the first day of the 2017 Landsail Tyres J-Cup. Posted on 18 Aug
36th Copa del Rey MAPFRE overall
A Fitting Finale The record breaking, maximum capacity 36 Copa del Rey finished with a final flourish as the Bay of Palma uncorked a concluding race in the typical Embat sea breeze. Posted on 6 Aug
Lendy Cowes Week day 8
Whooper confirmed as the overall winner Giovanni Belgrano's 38ft Laurent Giles Whooper, which was confirmed yesterday as overall winner among the Black Group yachts, has also been announced as overall Lendy Cowes Week winner. Posted on 5 Aug