JPK about the first race against new A35 and Sun Fast 3600...
It looks like their verdict is very clear: The JPK 1080 is fast. Very fast. In fact, very, very fast.
To summarize the blog regatta round-up: On the delivery trip from Lorient to Trinité, in breeze topping out around 30 knots, the JPK was planing smoothly and consistently under Code 5 at speeds of 12-16 knots, topping out at 17.92 knots. Smiles from ear-to-ear among the crew of 8.
Saturday's first race of the regatta saw 12-15 knots and the JPK 1080 was lined up in IRC 2 against the Jeaneau Sunfast 3600, the new Archambault 35 and a host of other top boats. The JPK and SF3600 are leading at the last leeward mark rounding before the SF3600 either luffs hard or broaches (not entirely clear) with the kite up, dropping both boats from 1-2 down to 3-4 at the finish. In race two, the JPK settles down and wins the race.
For race 1 on Sunday, the breeze is up to 16-20 knots, and everyone is switching from medium to heavy jibs. In these conditions, the JPK is really showing her speed, hanging right up with the J122 and Archambault 40 in IRC 1. Unfortunately, one-third of the way up the windward leg the jib halyard block explodes, forcing them to drop the jib to the deck, rig a snatch block, and re-hoist. By this time they've dropped to the back - too bad, since they'd chosen the right side of the course. However, they managed to work their way back to finish only a minute behind in real time. Thus, even in the worst-case scenario, the boat still performs very well.
For race 2 the chop is strong and it's necessary to find a spot among the IRC 1 boats on the start line. The JPK gets off at the lower end of the line and is forced to go further left than they wanted, as the right side appeared favored. Both the SF3600 and the A35 are also caught out to the left, and everyone overstands the layline. Ultimately, the jib halyard lets go in the clutch going upwind and this allows the competition to get away, leaving the JPK to finish in third place.
In summary, the boat goes fast; indeed, very fast, because even without having any of the calibrations established, the JPK was still battling at the front of the fleet. One must also consider the fact that they were using a borrowed 2011 mainsail from an M34, pending the arrival of their new Ullman main! So all in all, everyone went home very satisfied indeed.
MrP: Very impressive indeed, particularly the fact that they were hanging with the J122 and A40 upwind (assuming those boats are being sailed close to their numbers). If you're in IRC 2 and going upwind in the thick of IRC 1, you're going quick. And downwind in those conditions you should be able to smoke most of the IRC 1 boats. Looks like another winner from JPK.