Five Star Sailing buy J Boat fleet

One of the more pleasing orders to have come from Southampton Boat Show

Friday September 20th 2002, Author: Daniel Asante, Location: United Kingdom
The addition of ten J/109s to the Five Star Sailing fleet has been confirmed today by John Horn and Guy Knight of Five Star Sailing and Paul and Marie-Claude Heys of J-UK. With the first boats arriving in January next year and the complete ten boat fleet ready to sail during the spring, this will be the only new racing and cruising flotilla in the UK for next season.

The racing success of the J/109, the newest model from J Boats, has been well documented throughout it's first full UK season. Wins in the RORC offshore series and the double handed Round Britain Race, in addition to Class and overall victories at Cowes this year, have complemented the model's all round cruising performance and manageability.

John Horn speaking for Five Star said "having surveyed the market for over 12 months the J/109 was the best by far in addressing our training, charter and racing needs, this allied to quality of build and design made the J/109 the natural choice."

On the racing side the yachts will be made available for the spring series, Round the Island, Jcup, Cowes Week, and RORC racing including the Fastnet. Cruising flotillas are scheduled for France in June and the Channel Islands in July with the West Country Cruise in August.

For the team at J-UK this new order for ten J/109's only serves to reinforce their confidence in the model. Paul Heys commented "Five Star Sailing is one of the UK's leading training and racing centres. Their purchase of the J/109 fleet is a great testimony to the development team at J Composite and J Boats Inc. who produced this remarkable boat. The crisp handling and all round performance of the J/109, is going to make the Five Star fleet the standout choice for corporate regattas."

Editor's note: It will be Paul Heys' round in the King & Queen tonight then...

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