JAGO - J/109 Crushes Hamble Winter Series. Crowned "Yacht of the Series"!

JAGO - J/109

There is really only one place to start this week. Mike and Susie Yates J/109 JAGO were awarded "Yacht of the Series" and the Paul Heys Trophy winner. This very well-sailed J/109 had a remarkable season. They excelled offshore with a third overall in the UK Doublehanded Series, including a first place in the Doublehanded Nationals, and then scoring a perfect twelve first places in the twenty-one-boat IRC 2 Class at the Hamble Winter Series. 

Last year Mike was very disappointed when he did not retain the Paul Heys Trophy for the best-performing J/Boat. "You told me last year I had to sail faster," said Mike on Sunday. And, he certainly did, adding the major prize- Yacht of the Series- during the process!!

IRC 2 Division
In IRC 2, Mike Yates' J/109 JAGO won their final race by over FOUR minutes on IRC corrected time.. yet another stunning result. Their outstanding performance was unprecedented in the annals of HRSC Winter Series history! After discarding THREE 1st places, JAGO completed the regatta with just 9 pts net! Fellow J/109 owner Chris Burleigh, sailing JYBE TALKIN' also sailed well to get the bronze medal-- two J/109s on the podium! Then, finishing 5th for the series was Rob Cotterill's J/109 MOJO RISIN.


Image © Paul Wyeth


  • Ice


    Eddy Lekens, Ice for his sailing friends, started sailing at the age of 9 and soon started racing with keelboats with his parents. He is the founder and owner of ClubRacer, one of Europe's most popular sailing websites. Eddy Lekens was in 2004 awarded for "best offshore sailor of The Netherlands" for his results with the Audi sailing team. His other passion away from sailing is being a omnichannel ecommerce consultant.