John Bailey and the crew of the S97 HEJIRA are celebrating their best season ever. In 2017, with a full wardrobe of new UK Sailmakers sails, the 32-foot one design cruiser/racer has won all major regattas of the year in Western Australia.
The first victory was the S97 Metropolitan Championship sailed on the Swan River, comprising six races with one throwout, HEJIRA had five wins and dropped a second. In March, HEJIRA won the S97 State Championship on the Indian Ocean off Fremantle. Finally in April, HEJIRA completed the trifecta, winning the Royal Perth Yacht Club S97 Club Championship with races sailed over a six-month period.
Skipper, John Bailey, attributes his yacht’s success to great crew work and superior sails (not necessarily in that order). Here main and genoa are made with UK Sailmakers’ Titanium construction system and the genoa has grey taffeta covering the part of the leech that overlaps the mast.