The 2018 J/111 World Championship was hosted in conjunction with the Breskens Sailing Weekend in the Netherlands. A dozen J/111 crews participated from five nations (Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland). The teams raced offshore on the North Sea along the famous Benelux beaches and seashore.
Hosts for the Worlds were Watersportvereniging Breskens, Royal Yacht Club of Belgium, Koninklijke Roei & Zeilvereniging De Maas, Koninklijke Nederlandse Roei en Zeilvereniging Muiden, Koninklijke Antwerpse Watersportverenging SRNA and the Royal Netherlands Yachting Union (RNYU).
The British J/111 contingent would prove formidable over the course of competition. In the end, it was Martin Dent’s JELVIS that loved the big breeze and big winds and repeated their win from 2016 to be crowned the 2018 J/111 World Champion.
The first day of competition saw big breeze, big waves and difficult steering conditions in the chop that builds offshore of Breskens due to the current. The second day produced even tougher conditions than the first, with a steady 20-plus knots of wind and huge waves. Spinnaker runs saw boats easily hitting 14+ knots boat speed most of the way down the track to the leeward gates. Dent’s JELVIS team scored a perfect 1-1-1 on the day. The only downside was that Simon Bamford’s team on KESTREL had a massive collision with RED HERRING during the first race of the morning.
On the third day, the windspeed was gusting up to 23 knots and waves up to 8 feet high against the current. Britain still ruled after three days of racing, with Dent’s JELVIS in an untouchable position for the final day. In the end, the JELVIS crew won their second J/111 World Championship with a very consistent performance, reveling in the breezy, choppy conditions. Taking second was Tony Mack's McFLY, and the battle for third place was won by Paul van Driel's SWEENY (they were also declared the J/111 Worlds Corinthians Division winner).
Read more for full results details.
|Rk.||Sail Number||Boat Name||Name||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||R7||R8||R9||R10||R11||R12||Total Pts.||Net Pts.|
|1||GBR2615R||JElvis||Martin DENT||(6)||2||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||(13) DNC||TotalPts||NetPts|
|3||NED 8337||Sweeny||Paul van DRIEL||3||4||(5)||3||(6)||3||3||3||5||4||4||2||45||34|
|4||SUI 2193||Lällekönig||Jörg SIGG||5||(10)||2||2||5||(7)||7||2||2||2||7||1||52||35|
|5||GBR7751R||JourneyMaker II||Chris JONES||1||1||4||(6)||(11)||2||4||6||3||5||6||5||54||37|
|6||BEL 11111||Djinn||Sebastien de LIEDEKERKE||4||5||6||5||(7)||4||(9)||7||6||6||2||3||64||48|
|7||NED 9111||Red Herring||Sjaak HAAKMAN||7||(9)||7||(13) RET||2||5||5||5||7||7||5||8 DPI||80||58|
|8||GBR5811R||Jagerbomb||Paul GRIFFITHS||9||8||9||4||6||6||(13) RET||8||8||10||(13) DNC)||R12||104||78|
|9||GER 7117||Top Job||Norbert BURKERT||10||(12)||(13) OCS||10||8||9||8||8 RDG||8 RDG||11||9||6||112||87|
|10||GER 7725||PÄPPES||Michael MUELLER||11||11||8||8||20||(13) DNS||(13) DNC||(13) DNC||9||9||8||13 DNC||126||100|
|11||GBR8711R||J Hawk||Peter HUYSMAN||(13) OCS||6||(13) DSQ||7||9||13 DNC||13 DNC||13 DNC||13 DNC||10||13 DNF||13 DNC||136||110|
|12||GBR8611R||Kestrel||Simon BAMFORD||8||7||9||(13) DNF||(13) DNC||(13) DNC||(13) DNC||(13) DNC||(13) DNC||(13) DNC||(13) DNC||(13) DNC||141||115|