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The Calypso Odysessy

December 1st, 2021 news Sailing Adventures

🇬🇧 At the yard, we really liked sharing the sailing adventures of our owners. Here Thomas explain why he chose a J/99 and he explains his sailing program in Mediterranean sea. ⏬

Why did you choose a J/99?

Calypso Odysessy was commissioned by RLR Yachting early in 2021 as we were excited about this new offering from J/Boats – it ticked a lot of boxes for us: it has been designed with performance in mind, but at just 9.9m long it is still manageable by short-handed crew, and there was a lot of buzz about it on the European race circuit. As Maltese sailors the calendar highlight for us is always the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which takes place in October each year, but the fact that there are another 50-70 J99’s out on the water in different locations means that there is a good fleet to race against, which was a big draw for us. We are excited that there will be a second J99 joining us soon in Malta (before the end of 2021) and we hope that there will be another two local J99 teams after that. Every time we take someone for a test sail on Calypso Odysessy we can see how much they enjoy it, and we’re planning to stay very involved with the local J Boat scene so that owners have a great fleet to sail with and race against.

RLR Yachting has been involved with the J Boat brand for a long time, representing J Boats in Malta and the Southern Mediterranean region for over 20 years. We have raced extensively in the J122, J109’s, 105’s and J92s. We’re a big fan of the materials, finishes and design features that you get with J/Boats so it is easy to recommend them to other sailors as we know that the quality is so consistent.

 

What your next plans for the future?

We designed our 2021 sailing season around the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which we just completed two weeks ago. We were pleased to finish 2nd in class in ORC and 1st Maltese boat on ORC, particularly as the windy conditions meant that the results were dominated by the bigger boats. Whilst the wind conditions did not play to the J99’s rating’s strengths this year we still had a fantastic race, and we’re pretty sure that the shot of the boat blasting past Stromboli (taken from a helicopter by Kurt Arrigo) is one of the most shared in the whole race! We broke 21kts of boat speed surfing down a wave with the A4 up in huge conditions just after that photo was taken, which was pretty exhilarating!

We’re still planning the 2022 regatta calendar, but at the moment we’re considering the Rolex Giragalia race and the ORC world championships in Porto Cervo in June. Then possibly the Aegean 600 before  of course making sure we get back to Malta in time for the next Rolex Middle Sea Race. We know that it takes time to learn the fine points of a new boat and we have been working hard to make adjustments to further optimize the boat and train up a core crew so that next season’s results can be an improvement on our positions from this season.

We feel that the ORC rating is well designed for an all-round boat like the J99 and are keen to test our team and boat set-up at a prestigious event like the ORC World Championships. This event usually attracts a large and varied fleet and there is often a lot of highly competetive inshore racing at this kind of an event which will provide us with a great learning opportunity. We hope that other J99’s in the made will make thetrip to Sardinia for this event.

 

How did you organize your sailing crew?

We are building up a core crew of mostly family – however, we will have a few friends who switch in next season for different sailing events. The boat is co-skippered by myself and my brother Sebastian who are both very experienced inshore and offshore sailors. We previously co-owned a J70 called Calypso with our uncle Jonathan Calascione which we campaigned at European and World Championship level until the end of 2019. Calypso Odysessy’s name is a nod to our previous campaigns. The rest of the crew is made up of Lauren Ripard, Daniel Calascione and Kristian Borg Nicholas, with Sam Pizzuto and Marc Calascione joining for select events. Between us we have tens of thousands of offshore miles race experience so we are confident that we have a strong crew who will race hard but also have fun.

 

Will you be cruising or racing – both?

Primarily we are planning to race the J99, however this summer Sebastian did take the boat for a number of short cruising trips with friends, sailing from Malta over to Sicily and up the Sicilian coast. The J99 design means that you can comfortably live on board if you are a small number of people. We are a family of foodies, so the fact that the boat has a gas cooker and fridge on board means you can cruise in beautiful destinations and still enjoy good cooking onboard (crucial!)

 

According to you, what are the best points of the J/99? 

The J99 is well designed and a great all-rounder, but we particularly like the fact that it comes with options and design choices which will allow different teams to make their own mind up about which design features they want to emphasis. This could be whether you choose to have a bow sprit, or not (we did), a fin keel or a bulb keel (we went bulb keel) and the level of interior finishings you want. We made our selection based on how those features can effect boat speed, and with an eye on our likely IRC rating, but other teams might choose different changes. That is the great thing about the J99 – you can have one design racing, against a growing fleet of J99’s, or you can optimize your boat to compete on the IRC or ORC circuits. It allows the boat to be a versatile racer, with plenty of room for fine tuning and tweaking, which we think will keep people interested and engaged with their boat for years to come.

 

To follow their adventure on Instagram >> https://www.instagram.com/calypsoj99/

đŸ‡«đŸ‡· Pourquoi avoir choisi un J/99 ?

Calypso Odysessy a Ă©tĂ© commandĂ©e par RLR Yachting dĂ©but 2021 car nous Ă©tions emballĂ©s par cette nouvelle offre de J/Composites. Le J/99 a cochĂ© beaucoup de cases pour nous : il est conçu dans une rĂ©flexion de performance, mais avec seulement 9,9 m de long, tout en Ă©tant manƓuvrable par un Ă©quipage rĂ©duit. A noter qu’il y avait beaucoup de buzz Ă  ce sujet sur le circuit de course europĂ©en. En tant que marins maltais, le point culminant du calendrier, pour nous, Ă©tait la participation Ă  la Rolex Middle Sea Race, qui a lieu tous les ans en octobre.

Le fait qu’il y ait 50 Ă 70 autres J/99 sur l’eau dans diffĂ©rents ports en Europe signifie qu’il y a une flotte importante pour concourir ensemble, ce qui Ă©tait un Ă©lĂ©ment majeur pour nous ! Nous sommes ravis qu’un deuxiĂšme J/99 nous rejoigne bientĂŽt Ă  Malte (avant la fin d’annĂ©e). Nous espĂ©rons avoir deux autres Ă©quipes locales en d’ici peu.

Chaque fois que nous emmenons du monde pour des tests de voile sur Calypso Odysessy, nous pouvons voir Ă  quel point les gens sont surpris et l’apprĂ©cient. Nous prĂ©voyons de rester trĂšs impliquĂ©s dans la scĂšne J/Boat locale afin que les propriĂ©taires aient une trĂšs belle flotte avec laquelle naviguer et concourir tout au long de l’annĂ©e.

RLR Yachting est impliquĂ© depuis longtemps avec la marque J/Boat, reprĂ©sentant J Ă  Malte et dans la rĂ©gion sud de la MĂ©diterranĂ©e depuis plus de 20 ans. Nous avons beaucoup rĂ©gatĂ© en J/122, J/109, J/105 et J/92. Nous sommes fans des matĂ©riaux, des finitions et des caractĂ©ristiques de conception de J/Composites. Nous ne pouvons que les recommander Ă  d’autres marins car nous savons que la qualitĂ© est Ă  la fois prĂ©sente et constante !

 

Quels sont vos projets pour l’avenir ?

Nous avons organisĂ© notre saison de navigation 2021 autour de la Rolex Middle Sea Race, que nous venons de terminer il y a 1 mois. Nous Ă©tions heureux de terminer 2e de la classe en ORC et 1er bateau maltais en ORC, d’autant plus que les conditions venteuses ont favorisĂ© les plus gros bateaux. Bien que les conditions de vent n’aient pas jouĂ© sur les atouts du J/99 cette annĂ©e, nous avons quand mĂȘme eu une course fantastique, et nous sommes Ă  peu prĂšs sĂ»rs que la photo du bateau passant devant Stromboli (prise depuis un hĂ©licoptĂšre par Kurt Arrigo) est l’une des plus partagĂ©es dans de la course ! Nous avons dĂ©passĂ© les 21 nƓuds en surfant sur une vague avec l’A4 dans des conditions Ă©normes juste aprĂšs la prise de cette photo, ce qui Ă©tait assez exaltant !

Nous anticipons toujours le calendrier des rĂ©gates Ă  l’avance, mais pour le moment pour 2022, nous envisageons la course Rolex Giragalia et les championnats du monde ORC Ă  Porto Cervo en juin. Puis Ă©ventuellement l’Aegean 600 avant bien sĂ»r de s’assurer de rentrer Ă  Malte Ă  temps pour la prochaine Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Nous savons qu’il faut du temps pour apprendre les subtilitĂ©s d’un nouveau bateau et nous avons travaillĂ© dur pour faire des ajustements afin d’optimiser davantage le 99 et former un Ă©quipage de base pour que les rĂ©sultats de la saison prochaine puissent ĂȘtre en amĂ©lioration constante par rapport Ă  nos rĂ©sultats de cette saison.

Nous pensons que la notation ORC est bien conçue pour un bateau polyvalent comme le 99 et nous sommes impatients de tester notre Ă©quipage et la configuration de notre bateau lors d’un Ă©vĂ©nement prestigieux comme les championnats du monde ORC. Cet Ă©vĂ©nement attire gĂ©nĂ©ralement une flotte importante et variĂ©e. Il y a souvent beaucoup de rĂ©gates cĂŽtiĂšres trĂšs compĂ©titives lors de ce genre d’Ă©vĂ©nement, ce qui nous fournira une excellente opportunitĂ© pour s’entraĂźner. Nous espĂ©rons que d’autres J/99 en prĂ©paration feront le dĂ©placement en Sardaigne pour l’évĂ©nement.

 

Comment est composĂ© l’équipage ?

Nous sommes en train de constituer un Ă©quipage de base principalement familial – cependant, nous aurons quelques amis qui changeront de temps Ă  autres durant la saison, selon les courses. Le bateau est co-skippĂ© par moi-mĂȘme et mon frĂšre Sebastian. Nous sommes tous deux des marins cĂŽtiers et hauturiers expĂ©rimentĂ©s. Nous Ă©tions auparavant copropriĂ©taires d’un J/70 appelĂ© Calypso avec notre oncle Jonathan Calascione que nous avons emmenĂ© jusqu’au niveau des championnats d’Europe et du monde fin 2019. Le nom de Calypso Odyssessy est un clin d’Ɠil Ă  nos programmes prĂ©cĂ©dents.

Le reste de l’Ă©quipage est composĂ© de Lauren Ripard, Daniel Calascione et Kristian Borg Nicholas, avec Sam Pizzuto et Marc Calascione se joignant Ă  certaines rĂ©gates. Entre nous, nous avons des dizaines de milliers d’expĂ©riences de course au large, nous sommes donc convaincus que nous avons un Ă©quipage solide.

 

Êtes-vous plutĂŽt croisiĂšre ou rĂ©gate ?

Nous prĂ©voyons principalement de faire de la rĂ©gate avec le J/99, mais cet Ă©tĂ©, Sebastian a pris le bateau pour faire plusieurs croisiĂšres avec des amis, de Malte Ă  la Sicile et jusqu’Ă  la cĂŽte sicilienne. La conception du bateau offre un bon confort et vous permets de vivre Ă  bord en petit comitĂ©. Nous sommes trĂšs gourmands dans la famille, donc le fait que le bateau dispose d’une cuisiniĂšre Ă  gaz et d’un rĂ©frigĂ©rateur, nous a permis de naviguer dans de belles destinations tout en profitant d’une bonne cuisine (essentiel pour bien profiter) 😉

 

Quels sont les meilleurs avantages, selon vous, du J/99 ?  

Le J/99 est un bateau bien conçu et polyvalent ! Nous aimons particuliĂšrement le fait qu’il soit livrĂ© avec des options et des choix de conception variĂ©s permettant Ă  chacun de se faire leur propre opinion sur les caractĂ©ristiques de conception et sur quoi elles souhaitent mettre l’accent.

Cela peut ĂȘtre l’importance accordĂ© aux allures de navigation comme le prĂšs ou non (nous l’avons fait), une quille Ă  ailettes ou une quille Ă  bulbe (nous avons pris une quille Ă  bulbe) et le niveau de finition intĂ©rieure que vous souhaitez. Nous avons fait notre sĂ©lection en fonction de la maniĂšre dont ces fonctionnalitĂ©s peuvent affecter la vitesse du bateau et en tenant compte de notre potentiel classement IRC. C’est ce qu’il y a de bien avec le J/99 – vous pouvez avoir un design de course face Ă  d’autres flottes de 99,ou vous pouvez optimiser votre bateau pour concourir sur les circuits IRC ou ORC. Cela permet au bateau d’ĂȘtre polyvalent, avec beaucoup d’espace pour les rĂ©glages et les ajustements. Ce sont des atouts importants selon nous, qui fait et fera le succĂšs du 99 encore de belles annĂ©es.

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