Kokachin - JDP Le Forestier 12.5 / Launched

  • 14 Sep 2022 16:16
    Reply # 12918889 on 12827136

    It was such a pleasure to stay on Kokachin with Pete and Linda on Monday and Tuesday this week in Benodet. A truly beautiful vessel, and probably the cleanest and neatest I have ever boarded! All credit to both of them, such gorgeous and cheerful paintwork it makes you happy just to look at (photos in attached file) In the couple of hours we sailed she performed very well; while 'stately' in Pete's description, she certainly picks up speed quickly and undramatically under both sail and power. Rig controls are cleverly designed, effective and easy to use. While apparently the rudder may seem heavy to operate close-hauled, my guess is that, over time, Kokachin will prove to be like the Colvin junks I have sailed in - i.e. requiring adjustment of the sheeting balance of the two sails to remove the pressure on the rudder. I just want to say how wonderful it was to meet Linda and to see Pete again after what must be about 25 years, and to wish them bon voyage!

    Richard (Gavin) Dallglish

  • 03 Jul 2022 19:11
    Reply # 12836749 on 12827136
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Linda and Pete,
    I am very happy on your behalf. It also comes as quite a relief to me that that your boat handles and sails well enough, since you built the cambered panels by using the barrel-cut method.

    I cross my fingers and toes for you!


    Do you have a sailplan with dimension on it to show us?

  • 03 Jul 2022 10:54
    Reply # 12836532 on 12827136
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear All, 

    Thank you for your wonderful wishes and compliments. Much appreciated. 

    Sailing trials has gone very well - we are very pleased with her performance so far. She sails and handles well,  better than we expected. 

    Many thanks for the champagne offer, much as we'd like unfortunately we won't be able to make it to Roscoff. We plan to be in the Brest area later in the summer. Hope to be able to meet some of you then. 

    Have a fantastic junket. Will be with you in spirit. 

    Linda & Pete

  • 28 Jun 2022 21:48
    Reply # 12831920 on 12827136
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bonsoir Linda and Pete

    Bravo pour ce travail colossal pour finir ce bateau. Bon vent et bonne mer.

    Si vous venez à Roscoff, j'offre le champagne ! ( A french designed junk at the first ever JRA AGM in France !)



    Coutoisie translation :

    Congratulation for that tremendous work to finish this superb boat.

    Fear wind and sea.

    If you join the JRA Roscoff junket I'll offer the champagne !


    Last modified: 28 Jun 2022 21:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 28 Jun 2022 08:27
    Reply # 12831125 on 12827136

    What a fantastic achievement.  So much work and "only" three years.  When I look at all you've done I wonder how you found time even to sleep! 

    It would be great to see you in New Zealand again.  I foretell a record turnout at that celebratory junket.

    Have lots of fun and fair winds between then and now!

  • 25 Jun 2022 07:11
    Reply # 12828465 on 12827136

    Lynda and Pete, all I can say is congratulations, respect and admiration !  But words are so poorly mirorring the feelings your achievment inspire to me.

    What will change in your life, now that the tools are aside, and your home is now freed from solid ground?

    At least, you’re now ready to join the Roscoff AGM, aren’t you? 

  • 24 Jun 2022 23:11
    Reply # 12828264 on 12827136
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lovely boat. Great website. Best wishes to Pete and Linda: may you have many thousands of miles of happy cruising and yes, as Paul says, hope to see you some time in New Zealand.

  • 24 Jun 2022 00:46
    Reply # 12827196 on 12827136

    Wonderful that you are on the water again... all of us in New Zealand will be looking forward to seeing you here again... :-)

  • 23 Jun 2022 23:20
    Reply # 12827142 on 12827136

    All good.  Well done.  

  • 23 Jun 2022 22:58
    Message # 12827136

    Dear JRA Friends & Members, 

    Your heartfelt messages that poured into my inbox from all over the world each minute were like fireworks, creating magic to which the universe responded to by regaling us with the most glorious day we could have hoped for. 

    "Kokachin" was launched without a glitch in the scorching sunshine and a gentle breeze.  Taittinger champagne exploded in her cockpit and we rushed to pour it over her bows too, delivering the launching speech together: 

    ​We name this sailing junk "Kokachin"
    We wish she carries us 
    and all who sail in her
    in comfort and safety
    Sailing joyfully 
    to many wonderful destinations
    May the seas be beautiful

    and the winds favourable & kind.

    After leaving the narrows and shallows around the marina she sailed off, gracefully to Plymouth Sound, sailing and tacking to windward with ease.  She is comfortable, her decks are wide and secure, cockpit clean and spacious, motion gentle. Pete said she feels StatelyHe posted on YouTube a short video of her sailing out of the boatyard.

    Heartfelt thanks to you all for years of support and encouragement. 

    Hope to meet you on the water soon. 


    Linda & Pete Hill

    Kokachin's website: https://www.kokachin.org/

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