In a past life I did a lot of offshore racing. On our own boats, and crewing for others. Then children arrived and for the past ten years Laser racing was all there was time for.
Watching from the sidelines, the rise and rise of the double handed offshore program had been piquing my interest. As had the new breed of offshore yachts that were supporting the movement. To make it a viable program I needed a boat that we could cruise with the family as well as race.
Fast forward six months and we’re the proud owners of a J/99. We’ve only owned the boat a couple of months but we’ve already had two family cruises, and done a shake down trip double handed from Sydney – Newcastle and back.
The boat is fantastic. Stiff enough to be easily handled with the family from Sydney – Pittwater in 15 – 20 knots. Yet tender enough to always deliver outstanding performance. Two handed we’re regularly in the mid teens, and we haven’t really pushed the boat yet!
Ray and Sandra from J/Boats Australia have been excellent advisers both during the purchase and with after sales support. With a ten year gap in yacht ownership I am well out of the loop with the contacts and latest technology. Team J/Boats Australia have been invaluable in filling the knowledge/contact gaps. I thoroughly recommend Ray, Sandra and J/99s to any prospective purchasers!