J/99’s take 1st and 2nd in Bird Island Race

Jules Hall’s J/99, Disko Trooper_Contender Sailcloth, made it back-to-back overall wins in the Two-Handed Division of the Blue Water Point Score Series.

Hall and co-skipper Jan Scholten won Two-Handed IRC honours in the Flinders Islet Race a week ago and made another statement by winning Two-Handed line honours, IRC and ORCi honours.

“I think we’re feeling comfortable with where we’re at, though there is still quite a lot to do,” Hall said.

“We’ve only had the boat for a year, so we’re still learning, but the miles we put in over the winter are paying off now.

“We have a better idea of how she goes in different conditions and how to set her up for those conditions, which is helpful.”

Disko Trooper was pushed all the way in a thrilling line honours battle.

After more than 11 hours of racing, just two minutes separated the first three boats across the line in the Two-Handed Division, with Salt Shaker (Peter Franki/Drew Jones) finishing second and Rum Rebellion (Shane Connelly/Graeme Dunlop) third. Local Hero was a further two minutes back.

“We got a bonus second race yesterday,” Hall laughed. “We had the race to Narrabeen, then it went from 25 knots to 2 knots in the space of about half an hour.

“We had a comfortable lead on the second boat, then the next thing we knew, we had Salt Shaker (it finished second overall in the Flinders Islet Race), Rum Rebellion and Local Hero all together behind us.

“The breeze picked up, dropped again, and then filled in, so we took off and it was on for young and old to the finish from there.

“When you’re in a comfortable lead and you’ve held it after bashing through 30-35 knots for nine hours, then it just stops and you’ve got no wind with everyone charging up behind you, it’s not ideal.

“You’ve got to stay calm and make considered decisions in these boats. It’s very easy to not do that, so I was very pleased we snuck out of that.”

A very close 2nd place (both IRC and ORCi) went to J/99 Rum Rebellion with new owner Shane Connelly and co-skipper Graeme Dunlop. (pictured below: Photo credit to Bow Caddy Media)

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