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J-Cup 2003 at St Peter Port, Guernsey Overall

by Harriet Prest 28 Aug 2003 08:31 BST
'Charley J' wins the J-Cup in St Peter Port, Guernsey © Harriet Priest

J-tastic end to J-Cup…

J-Cup racers had themselves an extended Bank holiday today, in order to complete their championship series in St Peter Port. With everything to play for in the overall standings, a good breeze seemed to promise some serious competition. The first race set off on time allowing Class 1, consisting of J120s, to charge up the Little Russel Channel followed by the fleet of J109s and Class 3.

With the breeze beginning to die, the race became increasingly tricky; Chris Dunning’s Marionette cashed in on the situation, finding breeze on the right hand side of the course in both the second upwind and downwind legs. This provided them with a strong win; their results have risen steadily through the regatta with 4,3,2,1 showing a perfect curve of improving form.

Amongst the J109s, Isle of Wight boat King Louis, driven by owner Malcolm Thorpe, had a seriously good race; shooting north on the first beat, they caught two good shifts and found themselves popping out at the windward mark well ahead of the rest of the fleet. By the time Class 3 were beating back to the committee boat finish a combination of no wind and a strong tide saw Sling Shot, the J-UK boat driven by Jeremy Robinson, finish first leaving dangerously close J92s struggling to stay the right side of the line with spinnakers up.

The millpond like sea meant that the programmed second and final race had to be abandoned. However, the victims of the party the night before with a prize giving to get to and with many boats sailing back to the UK later that evening, no one seemed to mind!

In Class 3, J105 ‘Sling Shot’ discarded a second and won with a perfect three points. They did admit that the J92s had often represented a real threat behind them; especially in light airs when it is more difficult to power up a J105. Amongst the hugely competitive fleet of J109s, Robert Shaw’s Jazolo stole the show, retaining their Cowes Week 2003 Bowsprit Class winning form.

Chas Ivill made for a popular winner of Class One and the J-Cup itself, driving his J120 Charley J into a podium position in every race. Third place was their worst result; this was only as a result of the wrong spinnaker packed into the wrong bag by the J-UK PR girl. Almost without exception, all the crews attended the prize giving which was unique in awarding every single yacht with prizes. The atmosphere, on and off the water, seems significant proof that this was regatta which combined hardcore competition with hardcore partying.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameBoat TypeTCFSail NoR1R2R3R4Pts
Class 1 J 120
1Charley JJ 1201.0898415R21134
2JamaramaJ 1201.0831200L19225
3MarionetteJ 1201.096955R43216
4JalfreziJ 1201.0808581334410
5J'OuvertJ 1201.0908720R746515
6J FeverJ 1201.0881290R555615
7Julia DreamJ 1201.06475R699924
8AgenorJ 1201.0779790999927
Class 2 J 109
1JazoloJ 1091.0329319R51135
2King louieJ 1091.0315109R47318
3WowJ 1091.0349779238510
4JoyrideJ 1091.0314709R842410
5JahmaliJ 1091.0299091R655212
6Jo Jo GunneJ 1091.012709R196916
7Judgement DayJ 1091.0271509R729716
8WaveriderJ 1091.038109L367816
9Jacobs ladderJ 1091.0314809R984618
10JetstreamJ 1091.0268709R1011101030
Class 3
1SlingshotJ 1051.104920511213
2Duck and JybeJ 920.9859752435310
3Jammin of PooleJ 920.9939214R557212
4MajicJ 1101.0019675R3281213
5VegasJ 920.992SWE 1764515
6JacksnipeJ 800.9726666T649616
7Just EnoughJ 920.9876912T9731219
8Moby JJ 920.991929421210820
9JambalayaJ 920.9829212R8811420
10Jour de FeteJ 920.999287981096722
11VoadorJ 1051.015722R121211225

"J Cup" awarded to "Charley J" as owner driven boat with lowest points total.