J-109 Just-So scoops the 2019 JOG
(Junior Offshore Group) Inshore and Offshore Championship powered by Elvstrøm Sails
J109 Just So, with a full Elvstrøm Sails inventory, won her class in both the 2019 JOG (Junior Offshore Group) Inshore and JOG Offshore championships, held in a range of conditions from near calm to gale force winds. Both series were closely fought epics, with everything to count on the last day of racing. The battle for both events was in held in big winds. The last Offshore series race was a downwind roaring ride in 26 knots, with wind against tide and big seas off off the St Albans Head tidal race. Just So saw 15.5 knots with the spinnaker up, with only four on board to manage her instead of her normal crew of eight.
The Inshore series finals touched even stronger conditions gusting up to 35 knots. Just So won both final races and secured an outright win for both Championships.
Speaking about their success owner David McGough commented, “All season Just So went well upwind with the new J-109 jib design and her new mainsail. The new jib was brilliant across the wind range and easily adjustable. We always work hard on changing gears, however we found our new light to medium jib is good in the light airs and built to cope with transient higher winds. So we did not have to change jib nearly so often.”
The Offshore Championship consisted of a series of cross channel races to Cherbourg, St Peterport, St Malo, Alderney and a redirected race to Weymouth owing to severe wind conditions. The Inshore Series included shorter races from Cowes to Poole, Yarmouth and Wemouth.
Photos: credit to the Junior Offshore Group (JOG) 2019
Testing the Blue Water Runner
So we took it out in 20 knots and hit 9.2 knots boat speed with the Blue Water Runner downwind - just in Southampton Water. Then we took her out in 8 - 12 knots and were consistently getting 6 - 7 knots. And we overtook the Sunsail fleet!
Our tests showed just how easy it is to handle the sail. You can simply unfurl and peel both sails apart to goosewing downwind. No pole needed for the lighter airs. And you can use the end of the boom fitting to run the windward sheet through if you feel the need to pole one wing out. Changing mode is easy too. Furl the sail back up to close both wings together, then simply unfurl onto one side to set off on a broad reach - using the sail as Yankee. Or in light airs sail higher and use the sail as a Code 0.
We certainly impressed our guest on board, Mike Wallis a J122 owner an experienced racing skipper who also cruises with the family.
Mike came away saying; "With the mainsail fully furled, and at points of sailing up to 30° on either side of dead downwind, we were able to achieve speeds probably in excess of conventional goosewinging, and with the concern of an accidental mainsail gybe removed, in a very safe and relaxed manner. Changing to higher broad to beam reach sailing angles could be achieved in under 30 seconds by furling the two jibs together to allow the Velcro to attach the two clews, and then unfurling both on one side only. Overall, a simple, safe and worry free alternative for downwind sailing."
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|Yankee mode - broad reaching||Downwind - goosewinging||Fully furled ready to deploy|
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