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    DSS Foil Why did Wild Oats stop using it?

    I seem to remember reading that the DSS for them was mostly about lifting the bow when sailing hard downwind, and that after the mods where they added 10 foot to the bow they decided that they didn't need it any more.
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    j 88

    https://www.yachtworld.co.uk/boats/2011/jpk-1010-3665728/ https://www.yachtworld.co.uk/boats/2014/jpk-jpk-10-10-3646658/ Might need some price negotiating. But for Solent based IRC racing it's tough to think of a better bet for that sort of money. Plus then you'd get to play with us if you're Solent based. And that would be good fun....
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    j 88

    If your goal is to win major IRC events in the Solent, then there are boats that are competitive across a much wider range of conditions than the 88 for similar money. However if your goal is to own something that is a lot of fun when the wind is up and can win under IRC on its day, then the 88 would be a good option.
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    Should WS consider dropping RRS 17?

    With 17 in place if you are in a marginally faster boat you pretty much have to go above and risk being luffed. You need to be a lot quicker to be able to get through to leeward. Without 17 you could get an overlap to leeward move forward as far as you are able before their wind shadow gets to you, luff the windward boat until their kite collapses and then bear away quick and clear your air to complete the pass. Basically the reverse of the "luff and leave" defense. Great for the overtaking boat, but a succession of fast downwind boats doing that to a boat that is quick upwind (and hence ahead at the windward mark) but slow downwind is really going to ruin their day. Will cost them a lot more than just getting rolled to windward. Arguments for and against, but pretty fundamentally changes the game downwind I think.
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    Should WS consider dropping RRS 17?

    Changes the game somewhat, makes it harder to defend downwind as it open up passing lanes both sides. Would be a right pain in handicap racing if your're the fast upwind, slow downwind boat being shoved all over the ocean by fast downwind boats trying to pass you by "luffing and leaving".
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Jeeze. If I lived in an area like that I really doubt I'd be a racing sailor. Don't think the 99 is unspecific with terms to rules, I think it's an IRC focused design, especially when fitted with the IRC keel. Most of the details fit what we know about what IRC likes. And I'm certainly not dismissing the 99, it's just that the press (in the UK at least) when it launched was all about reclaiming the mantle of go-to doublehanded boat that J used to own with the 105 in Europe. Which just doesn't quite seem to fit with the fact that it's most similar in specs to boats launched in 2010, and the current models from the shorthanded specialists over here look a step further along and rate a fair bit higher. My current view is that if top level shorthanded racing - emulating the JPK overall fastnet win, transquarda etc - was the principal goal for the design they came up a bit short compared to their competitors. Quite prepared to have that corrected by results though. But actually, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The 3300 and 1030 are unlikely to ever pick up many sales as fully crewed boats as they're that bit more shorthanded focused. Whereas the 99 actually looks like it could be a pretty decent fully crewed boat - much like the 97 was before it. And this in a size / rating band that has very, very few options currently available. Personally I hope they sell plenty, but not quite enough for an OD class in the Solent...
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    We had a season racing against Jet (in a JPK1010) in the UK last year. Tough to differentiate between the boat and the sailors with just 1 example to race against, but I'm not blown away. I was excited to see this boat, as I hoped it would act as a bit of a boost for the 30-35 foot segment in the UK, which is very short of available boats at the moment and I would dearly love for there to be a bunch of them to race against. Needs a symmetrical kite for round the cans stuff I think, like the top 112s have here. Whilst the 99 was often holding us upwind, especially in lighter conditions, downwind we just sailed away, ratings are close with them owing us about 15s per hour. It's an interesting point that roldymc makes, that he wouldn't want a more extreme boat, and a very fair one. I just hope that there are enough people with a similar outlook over here to put a bunch of boats on the water for us to play with.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Agree. It looks and rates like J's answer to the Sunfast 3200 and JPK1010, when it should have been their answer to the 3300 and the 1030.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Absolutely true. And it's also often the case that a change in boat brings a change in focus and someone who was happy following the fleet around in their old boat brings in a couple of good sailors and suddenly jumps up the fleet. We've seen it a number of times. After all, nobody is going to drop the money on a new boat if they don't think it's better than their old boat, are they?
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    To be fair the Sunrise guy was DFL in an Elan 350 in a lot of events in 2015 before he changed to a JPK the following year and started winning things. Those Elans are not good under IRC.... I do agree that I'd like to see a "top level" crew pick up a J99 and give it a good go in the UK though.
  11. I never understood why when they launched the 3200 they did so under the Jeanneau name, and not the Beneteau name, as at that point Jeanneau hadn't made a race boat for a long time, whilst Beneteau made the Figaros so had the name for short handed race boats. Seemed odd to me...
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    Perfect £150k single/double handed boat

    Agree. Like this. https://www.yachtworld.co.uk/boats/2014/jpk-1010-3611760/
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    Farr 30 revisited

    A target IRC of 1.025 is quite a lot lower than the original Farr 30. Pretty different boat I think. It's also about the same as the JPK1030, which is 3 foot longer. Sets a lot of sail this Farr though... Suspect it'll do best in lighter wind venues. I also find the choice of keel a bit odd given it's clearly not an out and out sportsboat, but a shorthanded offshore boat and the guys at the top of that game (at least in the amateur arena) are all building boats with slab keels to make life easier for the autopilot.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Isn't that the truth.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Not what we saw. But like I said, no idea if this is boat or sailor related. Hopefully will be sailing against them again this season, so will see how they go now they've had a bit more time in the boat.