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Wheel Steering Now an Option on J/Boats J/99

5th August 2020
 The J/99 now available with a wheel The J/99 now available with a wheel

Mark Mansfield, J/Boat agent for Ireland with news that wheel steering is now an option on the speedy J/99 cruiser-racer

There is one J/99 already racing in Ireland, Andrew Algeo's’ Juggerknot 2. Juggerknot 2, the 2019 Dublin Bay Sailing Club champion, has been mainly sailing two-handed this year in ISORA coastal racing.

The J99 was designed for both shorthanded and fully crewed sailing and many clients had asked about a wheel option.

The first J/99 with a wheel was delivered to a UK client last week and photos are above and below of the smart Carbon wheel.

Already over 50 x J99’s have been delivered to clients with many more on order. Smaller crews and shorthanded sailing has been growing hugely with the announcement that a two-handed offshore boat will be included in the 2024 Olympic lineup. The J/99 is currently one of the boats under consideration.

The arrival of the COVID 19 pandemic has further pushed the case for shorthanded sailing with crews being able to keep apart more easily.

A J/99 with wheel steeringA J/99 with wheel steering

Any interested parties wanting to talk about any J/ boat or test sail a J/99, even the option with a wheel, should contact mark Mansfield at [email protected] or at 087 2506838.

It is hoped that a J99 will be on show at the Ocean Village Boat Show in Southampton from the 11th to the 20th of September.

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Four-time Olympian Mark Mansfield is a Professional Sailor. More on Mark here

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