“Joss” is a J/122 launched in 2012 and has been a regular competitor in Ocean Racing in Perth, Western Australia (WA) since she arrived from Papua New Guinea in 2013. Regular readers of J/News may remember Joss cruised her inaugural voyage from Sydney to PNG where the owner was working, and then onto Perth via Darwin. Since arriving in the Perth racing scene she has accumulated an enviable collection of silverware.
The Offshore Racing Spring/Summer Calendar in WA consists of 12 Ocean Racing WA (ORWA) official events and 3 club events (Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and Fremantle Sailing Club). FSC also conducts a 4 race winter series.
Ian, owner and skipper commented; “The more you sail, the more you hopefully improve, and “Joss” typifies this statement.
We had a brilliant 2018/19 Offshore Season – Runner up in the Siska Trophy & Bluewater Div 1 IRC Series, and winning several IRC & YAH ORWA Series and 2 FSC IRC & YAH Series.
In 2019/20 ORWA changed the “Siska Trophy” criteria from being solely a Bluewater Combined Fleet IRC Series, to being all ORWA Races ie 12 Bluewater & Offshore IRC Races (Combined Fleets) – the “Winner” therefore crowned the “WA Offshore Champion Yacht”.
The 2019/20 Season has been simply “Amazing”. “Joss” had a clean sweep of “ALL” ORWA Div 1 IRC Series in WA, in summary:
Winner of the coveted 33rd Siska Trophy – Overall Season Champion Yacht (Combined Fleets)
Bluewater Series – Winners Div 1 IRC & PHS
Offshore Series – Winners Div 1 IRC & PHS
43rd Farrawa Cup Series (RFBYC) – Winners (Combined fleet), Winners Div 1 IRC.
Success Cup Series (FSC) – Winners Div 1 IRC & PHS
Captain Stirling Cup Series (FSC) – Winners Div 1 & PHS
Valamdre Winter Cup Series (FSC) – Winners DIV 1 IRC.
The key to our success – An extremely well prepared boat, core crew who have sailed together for several years, a willingness to sail every event in every conditions, aiming for consistent results throughout the season and sailing a really competitive IRC rated “J/Boat”.
Finally, the sheer enjoyment and sense of achievement of being able to sail offshore. We are extremely realistic as to the ever improving quality of the yachts competing in WA, and of our chances in terms of repeating such unbelievable season results, the challenges are made somewhat easier when your name is already inscribed on the trophies. Our goals in 2020/21 are to continue to be as competitive as possible, enjoy ourselves sailing offshore, and celebrate whoever wins next year.
A note from Alan Johnstone to Ian and his crew: “J/Boats Australia shared your victory list and photos of the ‘Joss’ team recently and it was fun to learn of your racing success in Australia.
Not only is this news validation of what we set-out to achieve with the J/122, but among the best examples of how top race results always start with great people, teamwork and boat preparation. It is very satisfying to know that the J/122 is keeping up with and rewarding your learning curve as a team. To share in this success, for us, is icing on the cake.
Congratulations to you and the ‘Joss’ team on behalf of the Johnstone family at J/Boats in the US, Didier Le Moal & Fred Bouvier and the J/Composites team in France.”