JSMultiple Osaka Cup entrant Jon Sayer (Premier Yachts) has just  entered the M2O 2018 for a record 5th time. Following the Brisbane Roadshow a few weeks ago, Jon said that his aim is to design and build a yacht to his own specification (a Sayer 11), to take on the challenge again. He is in the negotiation stage with a shared owner, who has been talked (hopefully) out of his motor boat build and into a sports yacht. It is likely to be a no frills, fast craft, given past performance.

 過去、何度もM2Oに参加しているジョン セイヤー(プライマイヤー ヨット)は今まさに記録的な五度目のM2O 2018に参加登録しました。数週前のブリスベン ロードショーの後、ジョンは再び挑戦するために彼自信の仕様にヨット(セイヤー 11)を設計製作することが目標だと言いました。彼のデザインは飾りのない航空機のようで、これまで好成績を残してきました。

Jon first took on the Osaka challenge in 1991 on a boat co skippered and owned by Peter Mounsey called “Flying Fish”. She was in the under 12m class, was the 4th boat home and won her division in the race that year. In 1999 he set off again as co-skipper with Rob Drury in “Sayernara”, a Sayer designed and built yacht which was built while working for Allyacht Spars. She finished first over the line in this race and first in Racing Division B. Although having lost an asymmetrical spinnaker over the side on the first night of the race, they kept the overwhelming lead to the finish line, establishing a record speed of 26 knots along the way.

ジョンの最初のM2Oの挑戦は1991年、ペーター マウンジー氏の「フライング フィッシュ」のクルーとしてでした。このヨットは12m以下のクラスでクラス優勝、総合4位でした。

1999年、彼はロブ ドゥルーリーの「セイヤナラ」のクルーとして再挑戦しました。このヨットはセイヤーがオールヨット スパーで働いていた間に設計製作しました。このヨットは総合1位、ディビジョンB クラス優勝しました。レースの初日にサイドの非対称スピンネーカーを失いながらも、終始圧倒的リードを保ちつつフィニッシュ。途中26ノットを記録しました。


 Bitten by the bug, Jon again entered the race in 2003 as skipper, with co-skipper Joel Berg in “Team FGI”, a Sumo 101 sports ocean racer designed and built by Jon, once again at Allyacht Spars. The smallest yacht in the fleet, “Team FGI” clocked an impressive peak speed of 19.1 knots, earning them first place in the Racer Group Class C.

すっかりM2Oにハマったジョンは2003年ジョエル バーグをクルーに迎え、「チームFGI」で参加しました。ジョンは再度オールヨット スパーで スモウ 101 を設計製作しました。船団の中で一番小さな 「チームFGI 」は最高速度19.1ノットを記録してクラスCでクラス優勝を勝ち取りました。

In the 2007 event, Jon as co-skipper with skipper Murray Bucknall, took out first place in the Open Racer Class C on “Ryu-Jin-FGI”, a Sayer 12m. Due to rudder damage by an unknown obstacle, they re-entered the race in Queensland after dropping 6 days for repairs, to finally get back to the point of turn around in 11th place. They finished the event 4th overall. Jon said his goal in that race to lose 6kg along the way, was thwarted by Murray’s great cooking!

2007年のレースでは、マレイ バックナール氏のクルーとして 「リュウジン FGI」(セイヤー12m)に乗りオープンレーサークラスCでクラス優勝しました。原因不明の舵の故障の修理で6日のロスのあとクィーンズランドで復帰した時は11位に順位を下げました。彼らは総合4位でした。ジョンはゴール時には体重が6kg減ると思っていたのに減らなかったのは、マレイの素晴らしい料理のおかげだと言いました。

 Jon, a panel member at the Brisbane M2O roadshow, spoke of the challenge the race presents and the wonderful hospitality he has experienced in Osaka each time he’s been there. A fierce competitor, as is evidenced by his podium appearances each time he has completed, Jon recommends a minimalist approach to cargo for those competing in the racing divisions, however not at the expense of safety.

ジョン(ブリスベン ロードショーのパネリスト)はこのレースがもたらすチャレンジについて、そしていつも大阪で経験する素晴らしい歓迎会について話しました。いつも表彰台に上ることで明らかなように彼は素晴らしい競技者です。ジョンはレース参加者に持ち物や装備は最小限にするべきだけれど、安全を犠牲にしてはいけませんと提言しました。


Jon’s motivation to do the race again in what he calls his “greying years”, has been reported (Sunshine Coast Daily) to be to rekindle many of his sailing friendships and put his extensive short-handed racing skills back into practice. He will be competing against another Sayer 11 (Runaway). Watch this space!!



Written by: Julie Davis

Translation: Jun Kurosaki

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