J/99 Spring Tune-Up

J/99 Spring Tune-Up

by J/Boats 19 Jun 08:53 PDT

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On June 3rd in Newport, RI, J/Boats hosted the inaugural J/99 Spring Tune-up for New England area J/99 owners. The goal of the clinic was to get a jump-start on the season and bring J/99 owners together to share tips and techniques and coordinate future plans. A total of eight owners (from as far away as Buffalo, NY, and Lima, Peru) participated, with four local boats on hand. There are now a dozen J/99s in the New England area!

Notwithstanding the no-wind and rainy forecast, we found a 6-10kt northerly breeze in the morning for upwind side-by-side speed tuning, followed by tacking drills, a spinnaker set, and practice jibes.

After a dock-side lunch break, there was just enough wind remaining for several practice starts, some short windward-leewards, and light air Code Zero practice.

It was a fun first event for the J/99 group and everyone was excited for many more events in the future. Special thanks to our coaches including Nick Bailey, Will Bomar, Brett Lyall, Tim Kohl, John Savage, Drew Dillon, and Rod Johnstone.

More J/99 shorthanded offshore speedster information here…

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