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Ian Nagle’s Jelly Baby topping leader board at the Lifedge J109 National Championship at Cowes

Ian  Nagle's 'Jelly Baby' leading the J109  fleet in Cowes today Photo Tim Wright Photo Action

Ian Nagle’s ‘Jelly Baby’ leading the J109 fleet in Cowes today Photo Tim Wright Photo Action

The central Solent delivered spectacular racing conditions for the first day of the Landsail Tyres J-Cup in partnership with B&G. An easterly to south easterly breeze, oscillating 20 degrees during the day, kept the sailors racing the 67-J Boat fleet on their toes. Warm sunshine and a solid breeze of fifteen knots had the high performance J-Boats surfing at double digit boat speeds. Smart starts and getting the right side of the tide and the shifts were the key to success, as well as downwind boat speed and slick mark roundings.

Three teams remain unbeaten after the first day of racing at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup. Robin Stevenson’s J/92, Upstart was in impressive form winning all three of today’s races and Ian Nagle’s Royal Cork YC team, racing Jelly Baby tops the leader board for the Lifedge J/109 National Championship. Geoff Carveth’s Gill Racing Team is unbeaten in the high performance J/70 Class.

Irish eyes are smiling after the first day of the Lifedge J/109 National Championship, with Ian Nagles team from the Royal Cork Yacht Club scoring two bullets on J/109 Jelly Baby. To quote Ian Nagle  “We had a great start in the first race, which put us in a good shape but we had a shocking start in the second and had to fight back from a very poor position. The core of the team has been together since we started racing the J/109 in 2008 and that experience means that we have built up a lot of knowledge about how to sail fast and I have to admit our boat speed was very good today. This has been a very encouraging start and we hope to build on that tomorrow.” (12th)

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