66 teams from Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, and the Netherlands, raced in the 19th edition of the J-Boats Regatta held at Cowes this year. The 2018 J-Cup incorporated the UK National championships for the J/111 Class.
In a highly competitive racing, Paul van Driel & Hans Zwijnenburg's Dutch J/111 Sweeny was awarded the J-Cup, the first overseas team to win the overall prize in the history of the event.
Sweeny also won the 11-strong J/111 Class, winning the last two races, to come from behind. Chris Jones's Journeymaker took the National Championships, and yes we won some silverware too! Snow Leopard was awarded the 'Prix de Elegance' which is our first silverware, and well deserved by all involved.
Snow Leopard (Seen in the video above with the blue spinnaker cutting through the fleet a not so great start) started with a scratch crew of seven. We increased our speed and team work showing great improvements and promise. By the end of day three we were hitting the line well, only just getting edged over the start line in the final race by the eventual Regatta Champions, Sweeney.
Lots of positives to take away and work on, in what is a great fun, fast and competitive fleet. With speeds of upto 14 knots recorded, lots of laughter and some excellent socials and inter-boat banter. Looking at the results (Shame they cancelled the 5th race when we were in fourth!), we should now be gunning for Top Job and Kestrel going forward. We will be back to compete next year.
Just a final note to thank all the crew from the skipper, the staff at RORC, Key Yachting and the Island Sailing Club. And not forgetting congratulations to Nigel on his first Race and Regatta! No doubt he will be back.