J109 new headsail rule and development sail
The J-109 Class have adopted a new class non-overlapping Jib. Jeremy White, Elvstrøm Sails UK loft manager, advised the Class Association with sail sizes and measurements for the new J109 jib, called the Type 21.
The idea behind the smaller jib rule change, is that less crew are required as it’s an easier to sail to use. So, this will help encourage more owners to get afloat more frequently and keep the class healthy. The rule has been adopted by the J109 Class Association, and will be a full Class Rule in 2021, allowing time for owners to change their sail inventories.
Throughout the next two seasons either headsail rule is optional. So, owners can race at Class events with the non-overlapping jib if they wish.
The first of the new Type 21 head sails is already proving successful on trial. J109 Just So is using the sail and is currently leading the Lymington Spring Series IRC Class and JOG class 4 series.
New EPEX sails improve IRC Rating
Just So has started the 2019 season with a new Carbon/Technora EPEX mainsail and a new Code Zero. As well as seeing a direct improvement in boat speed, together with her new headsail, she will improve her IRC rating by two points.
Just So will be competing in the JOG offshore and inshore series events, fully crewed.
In addition, William McGough will be racing with the new main and small jib set up for the RORC Fastnet Qualifiers and the legendary Rolex Fastnet Race, in the double-handed class.
Non Overlapping Jib