The Yachts

Disko Trooper_Contender Sailcloth (TH)

Disko Trooper_Contender Sailcloth (TH)


A Laser sailor these days, Jules Hall has been on and round boats his entire life, including doing some ocean racing through his twenties.  All his boats have borne the name ‘Disko Trooper’, which comes from Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous lead character, Disko Troop.  “We are proudly sponsored by Contender Sailcloth,” says Hall, whose side-kick is none other than Contender Sailcloth’s Jan ‘Clogs’ Scholten, a highly respected veteran sailor who Hall met racing his Laser.

“With twice the crew that we have on our Lasers, we’re both looking forward to having someone to cook our dinner,” Hall says, tongue in cheek.  The pair has been training on Hall’s J/99, which was designed for double-handed racing, but is equally at home in fully crewed mode.  The two-man crew have done a lot of training with other two-handers and undertook a practice sail to Bird Island return in a 20-30 knot breeze, then won the Two-Handed division in November’s Flinders Islet Race, backed up with Two-Handed line and overall honours in the later Bird Island Race.  Finished second Two-Handed over the line in December’s tricky Cabbage Tree Island Race, which translated to third overall.  They are among the favourites to win the Two-Handed division come the Hobart.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Disko Trooper_Contender Sailcloth (TH)
Sail Number AUS99
Owner Jules Hall
Skipper Jules Hall (4) / Jan Scholten (18)
State NSW
Type J/99
Designer Alan Johnstone (USA)
LOA 9.9
Beam 3.4
Draft 2.0