A chat with the Skipper.
Festival of Sails: What is your best memory/achievement sailing on this boat?
Joust: The greatest achievement on the J111 Joust based at SYC has been the development and growth of the crew who are a group of dinghy sailing friends who started from scratch and have become a competitive racing unit.
FOS: What do you love most about your boat?
Joust: We were fortunate enough to win our first winter series at Sandringham and the summer series in the second year on AMS in division one. We have competed with the assistance of Aaron Cole at North Sails in two overseas world championships in New Port Rhode Island USA and Cowes UK finishing 7th in the last event in heavy winds. The boat now performs well in all conditions due to the excellent crew work.
FOS: How many times have you sailed in FOS?
Joust: This is our third Festival of Sails. Last year we competed in the inaugural Super 11 event and we look forward to doing this again.
FOS: Why have you chosen to compete in FOS 2017?
Joust: We enjoy regatta sailing and the Festival of Sails provides one of the few regatta events on Port Philip Bay.
FOS: Do you have your crew confirmed? If so, mention them here!
Joust: Mainsheet; Colin Beanland, Trimmer – Luke Thompson, trim assist – Andrew Van Leeuwen, Mast- Mike Harrison , Bow – Steven Daniel, Pit – Graham Shears, Downwind trim – John Stoddart and many others who substitute week on week.
Joust will be competing in the Super 11 Series. Best of luck to the crew and driver Rod Warren!