How, under the IRC rules, can we further improve the performance of our Racing range without the performance-rating compromise becoming less favourable?
The only possibility for Jacques Valer, our designer, is to accept a loss of versatility on the full crew and three-mark-course in order to improve the performance in solo and double-handed sailing, with an adjustment of priorities. An early planing, great power when reaching and more generally a real ease in all points of sail: this is the formula of the JPK 1030.
Lighter, narrower on deck, more tension in the keel line, more volume in the forward sections than its predecessor, designed to run heeled with a reasonable wetted surface and not requiring too much surface area in the sails ... the concept is ambitious, but it's what's needed to perform in all race formats!
The genius of Jacques Valer and the many months spent on the design of this very elaborate hull should enable us to extend our line of champions.
After four solo and double-handed Transquadras and many miles sailed offshore, the JPK 1030 is really the perfect boat I had in mind to perform and have fun. It's a real " scooter " that allows you to push hard on the boat in complete safety for a maximum of pleasure.
As 90% of the Transquadra is sailed downwind, a good VMG boat is of course ideal for winning. From this point of view, the Beepox was the perfect boat to plan early and to keep high averages above 18-20 knots, which was the case on the first and second leg of this edition. Obviously, this very typical boat is not very efficient upwind (especially in breeze) and cruelly lacks power on certain courses.