• The IRC Europeans in the Solent, UK will be one of the first major events for Géry Trentesaux's JPK 1180 Courrier Recommande. Photo © Marc Ollivier/Ouest-France.
    The IRC Europeans in the Solent, UK will be one of the first major events for Géry Trentesaux's JPK 1180 Courrier Recommande. Photo © Marc Ollivier/Ouest-France.
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Proving million dollar budgets are not necessary to make the Podium the French-built JPKs dominated the 2019 Fastnet with an amazing array of results across 4 Divisions:

IRC 2 – 1st , 3rd
IRC 3 – 1st , 3rd
IRC 4 – 1st , 2nd
IRC Double Handed 1st, 3rd

In looking at all the Fastnet results there are numerous Top 10 results showing JPKs to be the most consistent yacht in the 2019 Fastnet that had every possible condition including currents, breeze and over 350 competitors all with their focus on winning.

Jean Pierre Kelbert won the IRC Double Handed division along with his close friend Alex Loison. Kelbert said, “ I am very excited for all my JPK owners as their results make me so proud and excited. The owners and their crews are mostly family and club friends and their results are due to good sailing and race preparation not spending handfuls of Euros. I am now looking forward to enjoying a wine with our JPK family.”

Courrier Recommande, the JPK 11.80 of Gery Trenteseaux, adds the 2019 Fastnet IRC Division 2 win to his overall IRC win in the 2018 Middle Sea Race. Trenteseaux intends bring his yacht to Australia for the 2019 Sydney to Hobart race hoping to make it a handicap treble in the World's three great ocean races.

With the increase in popularity of double-handed racing and its inclusion in the 2020 CYCA Hobart and the 2021 RPAYC Auckland race, the JPK 10.80 is likely to be the choice of yacht owners wanting to experience a podium result.

Mattijs of JPK Pacific advised, “the Sydney Boat Show added to additional orders for both the JPK 10.80 and JPK 11.80 and our buyers have done their market research and are aware that JPK’s are really versatile, competitive and amazing value for money. Results of four Divisional wins in the 2019 Fastnet have emphasized how realistic a podium position can be for the traditional club yachtie.”

JPK Pacific advise their pricing for the JPK 10.80 is $240K US and the JPK 11.80 $320K US ex production yard. There is an extensive list of options and prices expanded on the site .

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