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J/Boat Success as J/99 ‘Snapshot’ is ICRA's Boat of the Year

14th November 2022
The J/99 ‘Snapshot’, owned by Mike and Richard Evans
The J/99 ‘Snapshot’, owned by Mike and Richard Evans is ICRA Boat of the Year for 2022 Credit: Bob Bateman

The J/99 ‘Snapshot’, owned by Mike and Richard Evans, has been crowned Boat of the Year by the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA), for a combination of the major inshore and offshore events in 2022, a great result for a J/99.

The win was closely followed by Club rival Bob Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 ‘Samatom’, which took the top spot in Class 0. Samatom has had a successful season this year, having also placed in the top group in the Round Ireland Race, winning its division at Cork Week and a podium finish in the ISORA series.

Bob Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 Samatom Photo: AfloatBob Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 Samatom Photo: Afloat

The J/121 ‘Darkwood, owned by Michael O'Donnell, a regular and successful RORC competitor, performed well in the ICRA season results, coming 3rd in Class 0. The J109, Storm finished runner-up to Snapshot in Class 1.

In ICRA class 2, the overall winner was another J Boat, Stephen Quinns’ J/97, again from Howth.

The J/99s have had a great season this year.

Snapshot also finished 1st in her class in the Round Ireland Race, 1st in Calves Week, 1st in the HYC Autumn League and 2nd in the HYC Wave Regatta.

In the UK, Kevin Taylor’s J/99 Jump 2 won IRC overall at Dartmouth Regatta, and Vernon Bradley’s BlackJack came 1st in her class and 3rd in IRC overall at JOG’s Serversys Channel Race.

Key Yachting’s Wayne Palmer, owner of fellow J/99 ‘Jam’ commented, “We have had some great racing results from our owners this season, especially the J/99’s. We are looking forward to racing in next year’s events and watching the J/99’s performing at their best once again, both inshore and offshore!”

There are still delivery slots available for the J/99 in Spring 2023, so if you’re interested in this high-performance J Boat then you could be racing one next season!

Contact Key Yachting’s Irish agent, Mark Mansfield, at [email protected] for more information.

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Four-time Olympian Mark Mansfield is a Professional Sailor. He is Irish Agent for Key Yachting Ltd, the sole U.K. and Irish agent for J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech Catamarans and the Tofinou range of boats. More on Mark here

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