Waverider - IRC Yacht of the Series
18 boats competed in IRC Class 2 including three X362s, two Swan 42s and a Beneteau 36.7. The J/109, which was never beaten on the water, scored six impressive wins and, discarding a second place, won the Class from the HOD 35 Carpetbagger by 12 points. Over 150 yachts were eligible for the Yacht of the Series prize but Waverider's consistent form proved unbeatable.
2002 was the first full year on the race track for the J/109 and the boat has scored an impressive list of results. Marie-Claude Heys and Waverider were overall winners of the Black Group at Skandia Life Cowes Week earlier in the year but the model has proved itself throughout the UK and Europe, racing inshore, offshore and two handed .