According to Australian agent, Paul Glynn, IRC racing in the Asia/Pacific region has become "an affordable and competitive option" with the entry of the French JPK brand into the market.
"The French are at the leading edge of going fast, be it design, sailing solo or crewed; be it mono, multi or foilers they are a revelation to the sport of yachting," Glynn adds.
IRC yachting is about handicap racing and as seen in the competitive UK and European regattas, French JPK’s have taken overall handicap and divisional wins in most major events.
From the design boards of Jaques Valer, the emphasis is on a composite production with proven durability and attention to all factors contributing to IRC rating.
JPK Pacific is able to offer the two leading edge models to the Australian, New Zealand and Asian racing circuits, opening the way for a competitive and affordable IRC handicap option to take on the high cost front-of-the-fleet racers.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the JPK ‘s have a strong presence in the regatta fleets as new owners realize they now have a real podium opportunity.
The JPK 10.80 series was launched in 2014 and was awarded European Boat of the year. Adam Gosling’s JPK 1080 “Yes” has won Overall IRC Handicap in the highly competitive Cowes Race Week, including the grueling 650-mile Fastnet race held bi-annually with up to 350 starters.
The JPK 10.80 “Bogatyr” of owner Igor Rytov survived the gale-swept 2017 Middle Sea Race to win Overall Handicap and Divisional honors. This yacht also backed up in 2018 to win the Double-Handed division.
The JPK Pacific 10.80 is an affordable $US265,000, dependent on its point of delivery in the Asia/Pacific region. The functional, easy-to-sail fit out on deck adds to its popularity in fully crewed and short handed sailing fleets. The contemporary French flair is evident in the saloon area that is spacious for its 10.80 hull dimension.
The JPK Pacific 11.80 series, launched in 2018, has had an outstanding initial year with a Cowes Race Week win by Adam Gosling’s “Yes”. Gosling traded up from his 10.80 to the new JPK 11.80.
Gery Trentesaux’s JPK 11.80 “Courrier Recommande” demonstrated the durability and performance on all points of sail with an Overall IRC Handicap Win in the 2018 Middle Sea Race on a demanding 600 mile plus return course from Malta to the Italian island of Sicily.
The JPK Pacific 11.80 comes onto the market in the Asia / Pacific region for $US320,000, dependent on its point of delivery.
Information on the JPK Pacific “French Revelation” models, including pricing and specifications, is available at www.jpkpacific.com.