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A single-handed Transquadra in a J/99, a such beautiful revelation

March 14th, 2022 news Sailing Adventures

🇬🇧 A single-handed Transquadra in a J/99, a such beautiful revelation! – Olivier Grassi, skipper of the J/99 Grassi Bateaux

The Transquadra 2022 will go down in history with the highlight of the second leg, which required the crews to avoid the 2 depressions, by the North, in an almost obligatory way.

For this new edition, the racers faced tough and tough conditions, mostly downwind from VMG.

For Olivier Grassi, a solo skipper of Grassi Bateaux, the J/99 has proven to be particularly suitable for single-handed sailing in tough weather conditions!

The J/99 had all the potential to win! During the race, it held incredible averages over 24 hours, without my having to load the boat! I did my best performances under autopilot, small spinnaker and mainsail 1 reef, all while chaining 3 long naps of 4 hours and only waking up to check that the settings were holding up well! During this time, the boat posted averages of more than 11 knots and surfs of more than 20 knots!” says Olivier Grassi.

Indeed, the versatile hull of the J/99 allows the boat to glide better and therefore, even in a strong breeze, to compete with competitors considered to be the fastest, without forcing, while favoring a low VMG with a high average.

The other highlight for Olivier was the protection of the cockpit of the J/99. Despite one of the smallest boat in the fleet and a substantial swell, Olivier has only very rarely been wet!

The particularity of the J/99 is that as soon as the boat leaves the planning in surfing, it will create significant sprays of water which will deviate from each side of the hull but the bow, it will remain always above the water without the sea sweeping the deck. This is a considerable advantage that many browsers have already told us about.

Congratulations again to the 3 J/99 of the Transquadra 2022 for their very good performances: Olivier Grassi, Olivier Lunven and Alain Caudrelier!

 

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🇫🇷 Une solo Transquadra en J/99, la belle révélation ! – Olivier Grassi, skipper du J/99 Grassi Bateaux

La Transquadra 2022 restera dans les annales avec en temps fort la deuxième étape, qui nécessita aux équipages de contourner de manière quasiment-obligatoire les 2 dépressions, par le Nord.

Pour cette nouvelle édition, les concurrents ont affronté des conditions musclées et difficiles, le tout majoritairement au portant VMG.

Pour Olivier Grassi, skipper solo de Grassi Bateaux, le J/99 s’est révélé particulièrement adapté à la navigation en solitaire lors de conditions météo musclées !

« Le J/99 avait tout le potentiel pour gagner ! Durant la course, il a tenu des moyennes incroyables sur 24h, sans que j’aie à charger le bateau ! J’ai fait mes meilleures performances sous pilote auto, petit spi et GV 1 ris, le tout en enchainant 3 longues siestes de 4h et ne se réveillant que pour vérifier la bonne tenue des réglages ! Pendant ce temps, le bateau affichait des moyennes de plus de 11 nds et des surfs à plus de 20 nds ! » précise Olivier Grassi.

En effet, la carène polyvalente du J/99 permet au bateau de mieux glisser et donc même dans une brise forte, de rivaliser avec les concurrents considérés comme les plus rapides, sans forcer, tout en privilégiant un VMG bas avec une moyenne élevée.

L’autre point marquant pour Olivier aura été la protection du cockpit du J/99. Malgré l’un des plus petit franc bord de la flotte et une houle conséquente, Olivier n’aura été mouillé que très rarement !

En effet, la particularité du J/99 est que dès que le bateau part au planning en surf, cela va créer d’importantes gerbes d’eau qui vont s’écarter de chaque côté de la coque mais l’étrave, elle, restera toujours au-dessus de l’eau sans que la mer balaye le pont. C’est un avantage considérable que de nombreux navigateurs nous avaient déjà fait remonter.

Encore bravo au 3 J/99 engagés sur la Transquadra 2022 pour leurs très belles performances : Olivier Grassi, Olivier Lunven et Alain Caudrelier !

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