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Landsail Tyres J-Cup - That's a wrap, let's party

The Royal Torbay YC produced two well managed windward leeward courses, as the club has done for the entire event, and two final races were held for all six classes.J/88 UK Open National Champions -

The intensity of racing in the J/88 fleet was exemplified by the fact that the winner only won a single race out of eight starts.

But, two teams battled for three days to take the prize. David & Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream, scored three wins over three days of top class racing, but victory went to the new J/88 UK Open National Champion - Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat.

J/97 UK Open National Champions - Click image for a larger image

Torquay is a special place for Annie and Andy Howe, the Blackjack II team was formed at the 2009 J-Cup, which was held in Torquay.

Back then the team's best result was a third, fast forward to 2017, and Blackjack II has retained the UK National title for the J/97 Class.

Bob Walker's Jaywalker was a worthy runner up, proudly representing the Royal Lymington YC, and local hero, George Rock-Evans, representing the Royal Torbay YC, was third.

J/109 UK Open National Champions - Click image for a larger image

One of the most competitive J/109 Nationals for many years was played out in Torbay with ten boats scoring podium finishes during eight races.

After the penultimate race Jumping Jellyfish was leading the championship by 0.4 of a point from Simon Perry's Jiraffe. Steve Berry's Blue Jay was third.

In the last race, Jumping Jellyfish held their nerve to score a fifth place, enough to win the J/109 Open UK National Championship. Blue Jay was runner up, and Jiraffe third.

J/111 UK Open National Champions - Click image for a larger image

Paul van Driel's Dutch J/111 Sweeny is the new Open UK National Champion, after an impressive performance in Tor Bay.

Sweeny scored five race wins out of eight, to lift the title. Tony Mack's McFly kept the championship alive with a win in Race 7, but Sweeny won the last race, to make no mistake.

McFly was runner up for the championship, with Dutch team Red Herring, skippered by Sjaak Haaman in third.

Handicap UK Open National Champions - Click image for a larger image

In the Handicap Class, Rob Larke helming J/70 Mjölnir, scored a fifth race win in the last race to secure the class.

Ralph Mason's J92 Jabberwock won a keen contest for runner up, from Richard Puddifoot's J/70 Jibba Jabba.

Rob Larke's win was all the more amazing as he had undergone neck surgery, and was told by his doctor and his wife, that sailing was out of the question. However Rob Larke was not going to miss the J-Cup!

IRC UK Open National Champions - Click image for a larger image

A total domination in the IRC Class, was complete with Chaz Ivill's J/112E Davanti Tyres scoring eight straight wins. Helmed by Marie-Claude Heys, the brand new design, showed a great turn of speed at all angles of sail.

The J/112E has now been unbeaten in 2017 in major regattas in France, and was also a class winner in this year's Round the Island Race. Key Yachting's Paul Heys was racing on board, as co-skipper.

Marie-Claude & Paul Heys

Key Yachting Sales Director, Hannah Le Prevost, took to the stage to announce the winner of the Landsail Tyres J-Cup.

Chaz Ivill's J/112E Davanti Tyres, helmed by Marie-Claude Heys and co-skippered by Paul Heys, was declared the 2017 Landsail Tyres J-Cup winner.

Three hundred guests at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup party gave the Davanti Tyres crew a standing ovation, followed by a superb set from Britain's best ten piece soul funk band Joey the Lips. The party lasted well into the night, with the J-Cup family fully letting their hair down.

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