By invitation of Key Yachting, over 50 J/Boats are expected for the 2021 Landsail Tyres J-Cup, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club (24-26 June). This will be the 22nd edition of the J/Boats family gathering with exciting racing and fun ashore. The Landsail Tyres J-Cup will feature one-design racing for three classes and IRC Racing Classes for mixed fleets. Crews of family and friends will be rubbing shoulders with top professional sailors. At least ten different examples of the J/Boats range will be racing. The J/70, J/109 and J/111 will race as one-design classes in accordance with their Class Rule. The three-day regatta will feature both windward leeward and round the cans racing.
Ashore, the Royal Southern Yacht Club is a superb venue for the regatta. Especially the modern marina, spacious main dining room, expansive al fresco Quarter Deck and Marquee. The purpose-built Clubhouse on the banks of the Hamble River, will be regatta-central for après-sailing, including the final prize giving dinner. Space is limited due to Government restrictions, pre-booking is essential via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team at Key Yachting will be out racing on a number of boats. Key Yachting owner, Wayne Palmer will be racing his J/109 Flying Jackal. “A big thank you to Landsail Tyres and all our partners for their support, which directly benefits all of the team coming to the regatta. The racing will always be competitive, but the J-Cup is more than just a regatta, it is part of the history of J/Boats. We have sailors coming from at least 14 different yacht clubs, so it is a big get-together for all the J/Boats family. The team on Flying Jackal will be trying our best to win races, but having fun is just as important.”
The largest J/Boat entered for the regatta is Mike Wallis’ highly successful J/122 Jahmali. Johnny Cooper will be racing his newly acquired Jooped, formerly Davanti Tyres, the 2018 J-Cup winner. Two of the latest J/Boats designs, the J/99 will be racing. Vernon Bradley’s BlackJack and Kevin Taylor’s Jump 2 it. Alistair Ray will be racing his J/88 Jumunu. Vintage J/Boats racing include Ross Bowdler’s J/80 Justify and Graham Chase’s beautifully maintained J/95 Just Is. Mark Stevens is racing J/105 Jacana, representing the Royal Navy Sailing Association.
At least six J/92 and J/92s will be in action, including Robin Stevenson’s Upstart from the Sussex YC. Top competition will come from David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’ronimo, second in class for the past two years, and Jack Banks’ Nightjar, second in 2018.
A fleet of seven J/111s are among the early entries. Tony & Sally Mack’s McFly was one of the first teams to enter. McFly will be defending the J/111 National Championship and the J-Cup! Chris Jones & Louise Makin’s Journeymaker II have fond memories of many J-Cups and will be hoping to go one better than second last year. Paul Griffith’s Jagerbomb was third in 2020 and will be competing. The in-form J/111 for 2021 is also entered, Cornel Riklin’s Royal Lymington YC team, racing Jitterbug.
The J/109 Class will be out in force for the biggest race-meet so far this year. 2019 J/109 National Champion, John Smart’s Jukebox will be racing, as will several proven winners including Mike & Susie Yates’ JAGO, Anthony & William Tahourdin’s Jedi, David Richards’ Jumping Jellyfish and Christopher Burleigh’s Jybe Talkin’.
Over 20 J/70s are expected to be competing including reigning World Champion, Paul Ward’s Eat, Sleep J Repeat, which will be going for a hat trick of wins for the Landsail Tyres J-Cup. The UK National Corinthian Champion, Charles Thompson’s Brutus II is racing and has been in fine form this season, as has Martin Dent’s Jelvis.
The Landsail Tyres J-Cup will have a bevy of prizes, and not just for class winners! Fastnet Insurance are providing t-shirts mementos for all the crews. Leading marine electronics company B&G has their latest systems as top prizes. North Sails merchandise will be up for grabs, as well as regatta support. North Sails is providing weather forecasts from Chris Tibbs, plus on-the-water coaching and after-racing debrief.
The Landsail Tyres J-Cup is supported by Cyclops Marine, Dolphin Covers, Grapefruit Graphics, Hambledon Vineyard, Henri Lloyd, Ocean Rope, Wight Vodka and XV Stripes. The latest supporters for the regatta are Mount Gay Rum and Salcombe Gin, who will be providing complimentary drinks for all of the competitors.