J/Boats Spectacular Day Two of the Key Yachting J-Cup

The Key Yachting J-Cup, in association with B&G, benefited from superb conditions for the second day of racing. Bright sunshine with a breeze from the southwest, pumping up to over 20 knots, produced stunning planing conditions for the 56 J/Boats. Hundreds of sailors were smiling from ear to ear after a ballistic day on the Solent, three races were completed in all classes.

Key Yachting J-Cup day two winners: J/99 Jump 2 it, J/122 Jahmali, J/105 Jacana, J/92 J’ronimo, J/111 McFly, J/111 JourneyMaker II, J/ 109 Joule and J/70 Jelvis.

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J/70 Jelvis by Martin Dent Photo: Paul Wyeth

J/70 UK National Championships

Martin Dent’s Jelvis had an exceptional day, scoring three consecutive balls in the highly competitive fleet of 27 J/70 boats for the UK National Championships. Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat scored a 4-2-3 today and drops to second place.

Eat Sleep J Repeat by Paul Ward Photo: Paul WyethEat Sleep J Repeat by Paul Ward Photo: Paul Wyeth

“When you add 20-25 knots of wind with a fleet of 27 J/70s, managed by a terrific race director and team, who set the perfect courses and start lines, you’re in for a spectacular day”, commented Martin de Jelvis. Bump. “Normal J/70 racing is sick, today was super sick. Given the strong wind, boat handling was paramount and Ruby (Dent) and Wetherell Brothers; Jack and Henry did a great job.

DSP by Doug Struth Photo: Paul WyethDSP by Doug Struth Photo: Paul Wyeth

Doug Struth’s DSP enjoyed another one-day win, scoring 5-3-2 to retain third place in the Open Division. DSP leads the 19-strong Corinthian Division by an impressive margin of 18 points. In the Open Division, DSP is one point ahead of 2021 Open J/70 National Champion Nick Phillips’ Chaotic, as well as two points over Charles Thompson’s Brutus and Simon Patterson’s Standfast. Tim Dickinson’s Jellyfish, with his son Fin at the helm, move up to second in the Corinthian Division, three points ahead of Marshall King’s Jon Calascione and Calypso.

J/109 UK National Championships

    Jukebox and Just So, competing in the fleet of 12 J109 boats Jukebox and Just So, competing in the fleet of 12 J109 boats Photo: Paul Wyeth

Arjen van Leeuwen’s Dutch J/109 Joule performed exceptionally well winning all three very windy races. Defending J/109 national champion David Richards’ Jumping Jellyfish scored a 3-3-2 and drops to second, four points behind Joule. John Smart’s Jukebox retains third place but only by a single point from David McGough’s Just So, who fought hard today scoring a 4-2-3. Mike and Susie Yates on JAGO scored a second-place finish in the first race of the day and joined the challenge for the championship podium.

Jumping jellyfish in the J109 fleet Photo: Paul WyethJumping jellyfish in the J109 fleet Photo: Paul Wyeth

The Dutch J/109 Joule comes from Jachtclub Scheveningen on the North Sea. The team is entirely Dutch and after the Key Yachting J-Cup, the boat will stay to participate in the week of Cowes. “We enjoy one-design racing, but at home we’re lucky if we have six J/109s racing together, so it’s great to race in such a big fleet,” commented Joule’s Arjen van Leeuwen. “We were surprised at the speed advantage we had today, but the crew also sailed very well. We made a mistake with the spinnaker, but we were ahead enough to win the race anyway. The goal now is to skip the pub, go to bed early and sail tomorrow too. After that, you’ll see us on the dance floor!”

J109 Joule by Arjen van Leeuwen J109 Joule by Arjen van LeeuwenPhoto: Paul Wyeth

J/111 UK National Championships

The J/111 debuts at the Key Yachting J/Cup The J/111 debuts at the Key Yachting J/Cup Photo: Paul Wyeth

Reigning British National Champions Tony & Sally Mack’s J/111 McFly with Royal Cork’s Harry Durcan in the crew) won two races today. However, JourneyMaker II of Louise Makin and Chris Jones won the last race to stay in touch with McFly for the Nationals. Cornel Riklin’s Jitterbug scored a 3-2-3 today to move into third place ahead of Tim Tolcher’s Raging Bull 2.


Bulldog J/122 by Derek ShakespearePhoto: Paul WyethBulldog J/122 by Derek ShakespearePhoto: Paul Wyeth

Kevin Taylor’s J/99 Jump 2 scored a third and a win, but a retirement in the final race, due to a block failure, nearly cost the Jump 2 the class lead. The J/122 Jahmali of Michael & Sarah Wallis reveled in the big breeze by taking two race victories to climb to second place in its class. Derek Shakespeare’s J/122 Bulldog scored a 2-2-4 to end the day in third place in the regatta.


Mark Stevens’ J/105 Jacana had another great day, scoring two dash runs, to lead the class by three points. David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’ronimo scored a 1-3-2 to move into second place just one point clear of the reigning IRC Two J/92s Upstart Champion, ridden by Robin Stevenson.

Half the crew of the J/105 Jacana are members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club and skipper Mark Stevens has competed in many J-Cups in many different classes. “It was absolutely brilliant sailing today, one of the best in a long time, we had a good breeze and good courses,” commented Mark Stevens. “There is a lot of racing history between the boats in our class; we’ve been racing against each other for a long time, so it’s great to do so well! The best we’ve done in the J-Cup is third, so we’re really going for it this year.

Key Yachting Daily Awards at the RORC Cowes ClubhouseKey Yachting Daily Awards at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse Photo: Paul Wyeth

The Key Yachting Daily Awards at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse was a very happy affair with sailors smiling from ear to ear after a great day of racing. Key Yachting’s Wayne Palmer and Hannah Le Provost greet the winners on stage to receive a host of prizes from regatta sponsors.

The Key Yachting J-Cup races conclude tomorrow July 2 with three more races to complete the regatta. For more information on the J/Boats range. Visit Key Yachting, the exclusive agent for J/Boats in the UK and Ireland for over twenty years. www.keyyachting.com

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