J/88 ‘Jiyuu’ enjoying Hobart racing

Australia’s southern-most J/88 has been competing in the Combined Clubs Long Race series out of Hobart, Tasmania, and has recently claimed its first  corrected time victory against much larger boats. The long race series is conducted jointly by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the Derwent Sailing Squadron and the Bellerive Yacht Club, with races typically being 30-50 nautical miles in length. There are 28 yachts competing in the mixed fleet, including a Reichel Pugh 66, Marten 49 and Sydney 47.

New J/88 owners Peter and Karen Davis have raced “Jiyuu” in the first 3 races of the season, and have scored results of 9,3 and 1 on AMS corrected time. The first race down the Dentrecasteaux Channel was a real test for their first outing, with winds reaching 50 knots on the beat back up the river. “We saw 18 knots on the speedo whilst running down the river under A2” said Peter, “but unfortunately broached just before the leeward mark which took the edge off the day”. The second race was a more manageable affair, and a building sea breeze saw the J/88 run up the river under A2 to catch a number of larger boats.

The third race was the highlight, with a lot of spinnaker work, and a delightful sunny day with light winds. “We found the J/88 kept moving in the lighter breezes, and accelerated rapidly under kite when the breeze came in” said Peter. The J/88 finished 12th on line honours, and first overall on corrected time.

Well done to Peter and Karen, and we’re really pleased you are enjoying your gorgeous J/88.


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