The Key Yachting J-Cup, in association with B&G, was topped-off with a third day of fantastic conditions in The Solent. Classic south westerly breeze, pumped up to 15 knots with more in the gusts, but the wind was with the tide for most of the day, giving a flatter sea state. Three races were completed by all classes to bring racing at the 2022 Key Yachting J-Cup to a conclusion. Results link: J/70 UK National Championship: It was a special night for the J/70 Jelvis team; a tremendous performance in becoming the 2022 J/70 UK National Champions in a fleet containing Olympic medallists and World Champions. For the championship victory and through Martin Dent’s significant contribution to the J/70 UK Class, Jelvis was also awarded the 2022 J-Cup, to a huge ovation at the final prize giving ceremony at the RORC Clubhouse in Cowes. Jelvis sailed beautifully to win the 27-strong Open J/70 UK National Championship, with four race wins out of eight contests. Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat was runner-up with Nick Phillips’ Chaotic scoring a 1-2 in the final two races to snatch third by a point from Doug Struth’s DSP. “Jelvis Team: Martin Dent, Ruby Dent, Henry Wetherell, Jack Wetherell – we all love racing the J/70. It’s the best one-design Class in the world. Great boat, great Class Rules, and it attracts like-minded people who just love fantastic racing. Well done to DSP for winning the Corinthian championship, and to Max Clapp and his cohorts for winning the David Haw Youth Trophy.” Doug Struth’s DSP, with Tom Mallandine on the helm, had a stellar performance. Not only did DSP win the 19-strong Corinthian Division by a huge margin but also came within a point of making the Open Division podium. Tim Dickinson’s Jellyfish with son Fin on the stick was second, a fantastic achievement in only their second season in the class with a family crew. Tim Simpson & Ole Bettum’s Dads ‘N’ Lads, also new to the class, and sailing with family members was third. “We are so pleased with our performance, especially in big breeze against fantastic competition, and well done to Jelvis, who were magnificent,” commented Doug Struth. “DSP was really consistent, scoring no worse than sixth. One of the great things about the J/70 Class in the UK is that we share knowledge and that has been a real boost to our performance. Also coaching is really well organized and especially Elliott Willis has really helped the DSP team, fingers crossed we intend to race at the J/70 European and World Championships later this year.” There was also a special award of the Best Newcomer Trophy to Paul Barnett’s J/70 Panther. Paul and the team travelled down from Dundee in Scotland to compete in the Key Yachting J-Cup. The team are learning fast, and always full of fun after racing. The new David Haw Youth Trophy, created by the combined teams of David McLeman’s Offbeat and Ian Poynton’s Powder Monkey, was awarded to Max Clapp’s Little J. All of the Little J team are 25 or under and finished in 11th place in a highly competitive fleet. “The J/70 Class in the UK is one that many young sailors aspire to race in,” commented David McLeman. “We tragically lost David Haw earlier this year, and to celebrate youth sailing and as a tribute and lasting memory to David; Little J are worthy winners.”

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