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J/80 and J/70 UK National Championship - Overall

By Becci Eplett on 17 Jun 2013 14-16 June 2013
Photos © Dave Kneale / Rick Tomlinson Photography
Prizewinners at the UK National Championship
Prizewinners at the UK National Championship
Racing of day 2 of the UK National Championship
Racing of day 2 of the UK National Championship

It was a challenging day on the water for all on Sunday at the 2013 J/70 and J/80 UK National Championship. The event was hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron. Having completed the first two races of the championship on Friday in sublime race conditions, competitors were sent ashore and racing was abandoned before the first start sequence on Saturday as an easily sailable 21 knots quickly built to a steady 33 knots in the course area near Mother Bank on the Solent. Three races were scheduled for Sunday, of which two were completed by the J/70s and the J/80s in a fading breeze of between 6 and 12 knots which swung between 230 and 190 degrees.

Sunday was a 'double bullet' day both for Rob Larke and his crew in the J/80 National Championship fleet on J2X and also for Ruairidh Scott and the boys on the J/70, North Sails. For Ruairidh, these two wins completed his perfect regatta score-line and stamped convincing authority on this first J/70 UK National Championship title. Conversely, for Rob in the J/80 fleet, two wins on the final day of racing, although impressive, were not sufficient to overhaul Kevin Sproul and his crew on board J.A.T who had led the regatta from Race One and, having never posted a result outside of the top two across the series, were deserving winners of the 2013 J/80 UK National Championship.

Both fleets were invited to a Pimms loaded prize-giving on The Platform at the Royal Yacht Squadron on Sunday afternoon, which unsurprisingly was extraordinarily well attended. PRO Captain Simon Van Der Byl thanked competitors for their sportsmanship throughout the weekend and presented prizes alongside the Rear Commodore for Finance, the Honourable Patrick Seely.

In the J/80 fleet, Gillian Ross and her crew from Rock & Roll were presented with the prize for Most Improved J/80 which was sponsored by Race Yacht Services. Rock & Roll's results got better and better as the championship progressed, perhaps aided and abetted by the team's visit to the Isle of Wight Festival.

The Best Corinthian J/80 Team at the J/80 Nationals was Jon Powell and his crew on Betty. There are many full-time professional sailors racing J/80s and J/70s and both classes acknowledge that recognition is due for outstanding achievement by the 'amateurs' in each fleet. In the J/70 Class The Best Corinthian Team was Simon Ling and the boys on board Team RAFBF Spitfire Powered by SLAM. The prizes were generously sponsored by Fastnet Insurance.

It was a short hop back to the podium for Jon Powell: he and his crew on Betty finished third overall at the 2013 J/80 UK National Championship with 15 points across the series. Rob Larke and J2X finished in second place with 11 points. J.A.T finished on just 7 points and the 2013 UK National Champions, Kevin Sproul, Phil Taylor, Chris Taylor and Chris Fisher were presented with the silverware and were congratulated by the assembled fleet.

In third place at the 2013 J/70 UK National Championship was Simon Ling and his crew from Team RAFBF Spitfire Powered by SLAM with 12 points on their score-sheet. Second overall was class newcomer Russell Peters and his team from Bob with 9 points. Ruairidh Scott, Hugh Fletcher, Ben Field and Matt Curthoys sailing North Sails stepped up to accept the J/70 UK National Championship title, never having lost a race. They were presented with a stunning J/70 half-model, sponsored by Wilson Covers.

On behalf of the J/70 and the J/80 fleets, Ruairidh thanked all at the Royal Yacht Squadron for the Club's unrivalled hospitality and for the excellent race management delivered by Captain Simon Van Der Byl and his team. He went on to congratulate and thank his crew for their skill and support throughout the season so far and all of those racing at the championship for their competition and sportsmanship. Sincere thanks were also proffered for the other supporting sponsors of the event, Grapefruit Graphics, Peters and May, Wight Vodka and SLAM.

The next key event on the 2013 calendar for J/80 and J/70 sailors is AAM Cowes Week and then both fleets will race at the J-Cup in Plymouth later in August. The 2014 J/70 and J/80 UK National Championships will take place at Poole Regatta from the 24th to 26th May 2014.

J/70 Overall Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1North Sails137RuairidhSCOTT11114
2Bob263RussellPETERS23229
3Team RAFBF Spitfire powered by SLAM123SimonLING324312
4Jugador101JackDAVIES653418
5Django128Malcolm JAQUES546722
6Joyride259IanWILSON465823
7Jenga 820KeyYACHTING778527
8Pheebs118SimonCAVEY887629
9Red Kite146SteveANDREW99DNCDNC38

J/80 Overall Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1J.A.T1360PhilTAYLOR12227
2J2X1362Rob LARKE541111
3Betty1363JonPOWELL263415
4Juicy734AllanHIGGS ‑ TEAM JUICY354820
5Exess ‑ Powered by SLAM433WilliamGOLDSMITH4106626
6Rock&Roll733GillianROSS1199332
7Surf and turf811GeoffPAYNE8155735
8J'ai Deux AmoursGBR 1409StewartHAWTHORN91OCS537
9Peloton908MarkGREENAWAY711151043
10Aqua‑J165PatrickLIARDET63OCS1647
11Jester109MichaelLEWIS12872047
12River Rat of HambleGBR380Debbie/richardSTEEL/HUGHES1412111148
13Jalfrezi309MichaelEAMES151381551
14Jalapeno605BrianDENNEY217121252
15Jezebel 559RayAPTHORP101916954
16JasmineGBR393DougNEVILLE‑JONES1614101454
17Jazz692BobKING1317131356
18Jumblesail726RobertHUNT1718141766
19Wairua966JannineSTOODLEY1816OCS1874
20Ninja4837NicALLEN2121171978
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