Bob & Janet’s commentary follows: “Here’s an update on GRUMPY TOO in case you’d like to share with friends in the ‘J-World’.
We have enjoyed spending winters in this lovely spot since 1985. The weather is mild, and the water clear, warm and the most spectacular color of blue-green. The long chain of out-islands serves our waters beautifully, protecting us from the wind and waves of the Atlantic.
It is here we initially came with our cruising boats. Before long we built a house, and started spending our winters here, accumulating smaller boats along the way.
We enjoyed sailing and racing our J/80, GRUMPY OLE MEN, from 1997 until last year, when she was replaced with our new J/95, GRUMPY TOO.
What a perfect solution! No more bumping off the bottom and avoiding great sailing spots, and no compromise in racing performance. She is extremely well balanced, and a dream to sail.
We are members of the Hopetown Sailing Club, which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary. During this past winter season, the club sponsored eight well organized non-spinnaker club races. Handicaps are determined by a combination of PHRF and Portsmouth, and then performance adjusted. The fleet averages a dozen and a half boats. Good wind and weather allowed for all scheduled races and a lot of smiling faces.
As scratch boat in a fleet with boats as large as 45 ft, GRUMPY TOO was on her game, as she collected 4 of 7 first place trophies, and was hands down winner of the ‘Boat of the Year’ at Hopetown Sailing Club.” For any J/cruisers that make their way down towards Hopetown, AbacosBeer-can, Bahamas, you know where to find some kindred spirits!