Thanks to Rob from J/111 Scarlet Runner for the following report from the J/111 Championships, plus some nail-bitingly awesome photos showing the close racing:
“The 2020 Australian J/111 Championships were held over the ‘Australia Day’ long weekend as part of Festival of Sails in Geelong, Victoria. The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 300 yacht entries and 3,000 competitors annually taking part in the event. First held in 1844, the Festival of Sails Regatta is one of the nation’s oldest sporting events, and has evolved over many years culminating in its current format as Australia’s foremost keelboat regatta.
The program consisted of a 30m passage race on Saturday 25th January followed by 5 windward leeward races in Geelongs inner harbour.
The passage race from St Kilda to Geelong was won by Scarlet Runner, again showing her skills in the light and variable conditions, finishing a few minutes ahead of Playlist. Jake showed moments of brilliance but fell away towards the latter stages.
Sunday’s racing was a variable affair with the pressure up and down and left and right, but mostly in the 12-15 knot range.
Racing was very close with fractions of seconds deciding one result. Veloce proved superior on the day.
The final result would be decided on Monday, the last day of racing, with both Joust and Scarlet Runner capable of winning the Championship.
Light winds greeted us at the start of the day but many shifts and pressure changes saw Veloce the eventual winner from Joust with Scarlet Runner 3rd.
A great close regatta and an enjoyable sail home back to Sandringham (a 30 mile power reach home in 20 knots of pressure!).”