J/80s in the Westcountry

The J/80 Spring Cup was dominated by...

Thursday April 18th 2002, Author: Nigel Cherrie, Location: United Kingdom
Simon Arscott and his crew on Quikeye wiped the floor with the opposition at the J/80 Spring Cup last weekend (13th and 14th April), winning all seven races over two days off the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.

Three races were completed on Saturday in a light and shifty north easterly breeze, that peaked at 8 to 10 knots. In typical sportsboat fashion, the fleet raced on a short windward leeward course with an upwind gate.

Quikeye was the overnight leader with three bullets. Jem, helmed by Marie-Claude Heys, took second place in each race with Joe Woods' WKD positioned well for the second day of racing with an overnight third.

The competition was much tighter on day two. The race committee did well to fit in four races whilst dealing with wind shifts of up to 60 degrees. There was slightly more breeze (again from the north east) but Quikeye proved unbeatable to emerge the clear J/80 Spring Cup champions.

Marie-Claude Heys brought Jem home in second with Roger Hollingsworth's Jeronimo claiming a well deserved third place.

At the prize giving Simon Arscott expressed his gratitude to the event sponsors that included Silva, Westaway Sails, Yachts and Yachting, Hyde Sails, J Gear, Pigbags and madforsailing.

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