Fantastic write up from Jason Close of J/133 ‘Patriot’ about their Rolex Sydney to Hobart win:
“Our race plan was to sail at or as close to 100% polars for the entire race and leave nothing in the tank. With our fantastic pre race routing and forecasting prepared by weather and climate expert Jess Sweeney we set off confident of a good result. After a great start we exited the heads with 2 Farr 40’s and were at the front of our division.
The first night consisted of some solid downwind sailing which the J133 really excelled in and it enabled us to put a big break on our division and work through boats 2 or 3 divisions higher.
We found ourselves pretty well match racing with an extremely well campaigned Cookson 12 Sail Exchange, we both pushed each other up the fleet and well into the overall IRC contention.
We had a number of challenging navigational decisions around Gabo with the current but we stuck with our pre race strategy and made some significant inroads on the fleet.
The next nights saw 20-25knots downwind with a confused sea state but the boat cut through it like butter with the assistance of some high quality helming by the team.
The next phase of the race was challenging with many wind transitions to deal with, we managed to keep the boat moving and got through them well. Unfortunately for us the 50 foot race yachts at the front of the fleet didn’t encounter the light weather that we did and put a fair amount of time on us.
Coming into Storm Bay with the Cookson still hot on our tail we had another light period before catching a decent sea breeze which carried us through to the finish and allowed us to keep our nose in front of our opposition.
To win both ORCI and IRC in our divisions was what we set out to do and we were extremely happy we achieved this but to finish 9th overall on IRC and 10th overall in
ORCI in a big boat race against fully professional outfits in our production J/133 was nothing short of remarkable and was a credit to our great team and our awesome boat.
This was one for the little guys !!”
Photo credit: Kurt Arrigo