Thanks to all of you who sent in your photos!

The J27 is a popular boat, and a lot of excellent pictures have been taken of them. But with nearly 40 being sent in for the "contest", 6 of them stood out as the favorites of the 35 people who voted. These six are shown below, with a short explanation from the owner about each photo:

Trygve Roberts, Smackwater Jack, Photo by Trevor Wilkins (

"Harken Classic Regatta, Table Bay (RCYC) Cape Town, South Africa, May 18th, 19th, 20th, 2007 Smackwater Jack crossing the finish line in Race 1 on a powerful gust of pre-frontal wind doing about 12 knots."

The photo above was voted one of the best by nearly half the people who voted. Close behind, and coincidently from South Africa, was another photo by Trevor Wilkins.


Allan Taylor, Pure Magic, Photo by Trevor Wilkins (

"The images I submitted were both taken during the Portugal Day Race in 2007. This is a fun pursuit race in Table Bay and on this particular day the swells were huge after a frontal system had passed through the day before. The wind was averaging 20 to 25 kts but gusting stronger. The J27's had all started together and we very quickly overtook the smaller boats going upwind. There was soon lots of drama as one of the crew on a big boat was knocked overboard followed by one of the J27's retiring after the boat filled with water. They had not secured the fore-hatch and in the big seas they were taking on loads of water. We pressed on, after hearing that all were safe on VHF, and soon rounded the half way point, a rock close enough to the shore to create a huge wave break (not the best choice for that day). From there it was a continuous surf down the swells under a full main and #3. The planing pic was taken close to the finish at which time the bigger boats had caught us. At that point we did not care as we were having such a great ride."

Only one vote behind was this picture with the sun behind the sail:

Eric Pennypacker, Casper,

"We are racing "Casper" Hull #183 in the Harford Hospice Regatta an annual
charity event hosted by our home club Havre de Grace Yacht Club. We are
coming up to finish in a dying breeze. Overall results 1st Place PHRF A
Spinnaker Class. Crew consists of family members and loyal crew: Loren
Roos (Owner/Helmsman/Trimmer), Bill Roos (2008 CBYRA High Point Champion
and 2008 La Brot Trophy Winner), Eric Pennypacker (Owner/Trimmer/Helmsman),
John "McLovin" Flanigan (Foredeck)."

And only one vote behind Casper was this from Rhode Island:

Harry Hallgring, Cuckoo Voodoo, Photo by Wavelength Studios (

"The picture was taken on June 10, 2007 in Narragansett Bay, just West of Newport, Rhode Island. The photographer is facing Northeast with the Newport Pell Bridge in the background. I was out for a family sail with my family; Julie (my wife), Mia and Lily daughters, ages 10 and 11. I grew up in Newport and began sailing at Newport Yacht Club at nine years old. When I met Julie in 1985, I was actively racing my Shields in Newport. I also was lucky enough to sail with the Courageous/Defender Syndicate in the summer of 1986 (they didn’t do very well in Freemantle!). I never stepped on a boat unless it was to race. I bought the J/27 in the fall of 2006 with the hopes of showing my girls the joy of sailing. I don’t have the time to dedicate to racing so I am now more of a cruiser. It’s still hard not to hook up with another boat, secretly gauging your speed against them. Can’t wait for warm weather!"

In fact, one of the voters mentioned that seeing these photos was a nice diversion from winter in New England.
Next behind Cuckoo Voodoo was another contribution from Trygve:

Trygve Roberts, Smackwater Jack, another by Trevor Wilkins (

"Table Bay Internatioal Week, and IRC National Championships, 2005, RCYC Cape Town, South Africa
Smackwater Jack planing downwind in 25 knots of summery south easterly breeze. This photo was taken towards the end of the regatta in Race 8 when the GPS registered 12,9 knots. Not our fastest, but lots of fun."

And finally, from the West Coast:

Ian Sloan, Stranger, Sean Trew of Pacific Fog, (

"This photo was taken during Whidbey Island Race Week 2008. WIRW is the premier buoy racing event in the Pacific Northwest attracting boats from Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, and Montana. We are sailing in 12-15 knots of breeze with asymmetrical spinnaker. In the background is one of the Rocket22's in our class."

Thanks again to those who contributed and those who voted. I'm sure this competition will take place again next winter as we wait for the spring breezes. In a few days these pictures will be moved around the website where they will remain.