Over 50 J/Boats participated in the 2023 edition of Key Yachting’s J/Cup UK, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. The 24th edition provided exciting racing and plenty of fun ashore. The J/Cup featured one-design racing for three classes and IRC Racing Classes for mixed fleets. The three-day regatta featured both windward-leeward and round-the-cans racing. Day 1: The regatta kicked off with almost 300 sailors enjoying sunny conditions in the central Solent. With a slow start as racing began at lunchtime, the wind picked up toward the end of the afternoon. After just one race in the J/70 fleet, Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT took the top of the leaderboard. William Edward’s SARDONYX XI followed behind in second and John Greenlands WOOF in third. DAY 2: It was another nice day on the capricious Solent Water. Good sailing, nice courses and great racing all around for both circles and all of the fleets. As the wind had picked up from day 1, the fleet of J/70s completed three races. Charles Thompson’s BRUTUS II won across all three races, placing them in second place overall. LITTLE J, skippered by Mathieu Cadei, had a fantastic day two, leaving them in third overall. Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT followed the top two in third place but was still at the top spot on the overall race results. Day 3 Finale: The regatta finished on a high note, with lovely sailing conditions. After a slow start on the first day for the fleet of J/70s in little wind, the racing picked up on days two and three, which meant some interesting results by the final prize giving. Charles Thompson’s BRUTUS II took the top spot, followed by Mathieu Cadei and crew on LITTLE J and Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT in second and third, respectively. For more J/Cup UK information, visit https://www.j-cup.co.uk/.

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