15 March 2016

Jamarella (Farr One Tonner)

After sailing the three-year old Daniel Andrieu design Cifraline 3 to a very creditable fifth place in the 1986 One Ton Cup in Palma, Alan Gray commissioned Jamarella, a new Farr One Tonner for the 1987 Admiral's Cup and One Ton Cup. The boat was similar to the New Zealand yacht Propaganda (Design #182), but was a slightly different design (#184), optimised for racing in large fleets in UK conditions, and was particularly fast upwind in light and medium airs. This performance was helped by a deep draft fin keel with a fibreglass tip to avoid the boat becoming too stiff (under the onerous 'centre of gravity factor' measurement of the IOR), but still taking a draft penalty.  

Jamarella was skippered by Rodney Pattisson, who helmed the One Ton Cup champion Jade in 1985, and teamed up with Lawrie Smith (who helmed Panda to her Fastnet win in the 1985 Admiral's Cup), to create a very strong force at the back of the boat. Jamarella was built by Killian Bushe with Nomex honeycomb core. She carried a Sparcraft mast, which was held up with cobalt rigging, and flew a combination of Banks, Shore and Sobstad sails. 
Jamarella during the 1987 British Admiral's Cup trials (photo Seahorse)
Jamarella sailing downwind during the 1987 British Admiral's Cup trials (photo Seahorse/Histoiredeshalfs website)

Jamarella proved to be the most consistent of the new British One Tonners that lined up for the 1987 British Admiral's Cup trials, with three first places in the series, and she joined team Juno and Indulgence in the British team in a determined campaign to wrest the Admiral's Cup back from the Germans, who had triumphed again in 1985.  
Jamarella showing her upwind form (photos Histoiredeshalfs website)
Another view from astern of Jamarella sailing upwind in moderate conditions, with the topmast backstay showing plenty of ease! (photo Seahorse)

Jamarella on a downwind leg during the 1987 British Admiral's Cup trials (photo Seahorse)
She sailed the 1987 Admiral's Cup with a slightly lower rating than Propaganda (30.54ft, to 30.59ft IOR), and the two boats, both sporting the fastest shapes of 1987 and expertly sailed, had a series-long duel, with Jamarella outscoring her Kiwi rival in the first inshore and the Fastnet race, and in the latter demonstrating a slight edge downwind in light airs. The two finished first and second in the Channel Race, separated by just 16 seconds. In the end, Jamarella finished the series second overall, 30 points behind Propaganda (with placings of 14/2/4/24/3), and supporting the British team to second overall in the Cup proper. She was also the top offshore yacht in the series.
Jamarella showing her upwind form during the 1987 Admiral's Cup
Jamarella in close fleet action during the 1987 Admiral's Cup (photo Rick Tomlinson/Seahorse)

Jamarella rounds a windward mark during one of the inshore races on Christchurch Bay (photo Sailing Year 1987-88)
The boat went on to win Class II in the 1987 RORC series, and was named the RORC Yacht of the Year. 
Jamarella - RORC Yacht of the Year 1987 (photo Sailing Year 1987-88)
Jamarella (photo One Ton Facebook page)
She then went to Kiel for the 1987 One Ton Cup, where she finished sixth overall, although she had initially finished third overall following placings of 8/17/5/3/3, but was slapped with a "2 x 30 point" penalty, because of the discovery, on two occasions, of an unsecured five gallon fuel tank. The crew insisted it was spare fuel carried for seamanship reasons in case of a long motor home in a dismasting situation or water in the fuel tank. This became an issue of whether it was a tank under rule 202.2 of the IOR, or 'ship stores' under rule 109.4. In this respect she was perhaps an innocent victim of suspicions of cheating that had come to the fore as a result of allegations (later proven) against the German yacht i-Punkt. 
Jamarella in action during the 1987 Admiral's Cup, and crossing the stern of US yacht Blue Yankee

Rush, ex-Jamarella, during the 1988 One Ton Cup
Jamarella became Rush for the 1988 One Ton Cup in San Francisco, where she finished 11th overall. Alan Gray went on to commission a new Jamarella, a bigger Farr 50-footer, for the 1989 Admiral's Cup and to contest the burgeoning 50-foot circuit
Hitchhiker III ex-Jamarella during the 1989 Admiral's Cup
It is understood that the original Jamarella was chartered by Australian yachtsman, Peter Briggs, of Hitchhiker fame, for the 1989 Admiral's Cup, and the boat became the third yacht to wear the Hitchhiker moniker. Her stern was altered in response to the 1989 IOR rule changes, but Hitchhiker III didn't make the Australian team, and sailed for Ireland instead. A shadow of her former self, she finished in 32nd place (with results of 22/32/34/35/32/28), but was the best placed of the lowly 13th placed Irish team.

In 1995 Hitchhiker III was relocated to Holland and was optimised for the IMS rule - her bumps were removed, the stern was faired and a new keel was fitted. She was renamed ACE, and she went on to become the Dutch National IMS Champion in 1997.  

ACE is presently located in Muiderzand, Holland (photos above and below).


  1. I think she was chartered to Peter Briggs and became Hitchhiker 3 for the Australian admirals cup selections for the 1989 CMAC, but broke her mast quite early in the series. I remember it being a spreader tip failure. The earlier Hitchhikers were both Frers designs.

  2. Thanks Michael, will add a note to the article.

  3. After Hitchhiker III, as you mentioned her stern was altered, which still is the case .......

    In 1995 she came to Holland and was optimized for the IMS rule; her bumbs were removed, rear faired and new keel placed and renamed in 'ACE'. ACE became Dutch National Champion IMS in 1997.

    Kind regards,

    Current 'ACE' owner Karel Beelaerts
    the Netherlands