How good is the Sun Odyssey 349?

New owner Frank Milner gives this account of his new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349:

“We sailed ‘Pinta Bay’ in her debut race at Woody Point last night and she fairly flew!

There was a very blustery westerly with 20-25 knot bullets that sent almost every other boat in the fleet into round-ups and knock-downs but with a full cruising main and the standard jib we were able to keep tracking straight and keep an even keel throughout.

The handicapper was pretty kind to us starting us alongside a Bavaria 38 and a Diamond so the eight Etchells in the fleet were waiting another 5-9 minutes for their downwind start. But the only boat to overtake us was Tim Wilson’s $400k, 40’ carbon Ringle and after passing almost everyone ahead, we placed third (I think) in a very mixed fleet of about 50. The official results usually take several days (it is Woody Point YC after all).

Our crew was Linda, Jubilee sailor Robert Hawke, his wife Ingrid and myself – not exactly a team of rock stars. The real star was the SO349 which took every gust as it came showing a clean wake to many similar sized boats whilst maintaining perfect control.

I’m now thinking of entering the Avalon SC Australia Day Regatta as well as keeping a regular Wednesday night appearance at Woody Point.”

For further details on this exceptional new design, or to view and/or test sail one contact PBS on (02)9979 9755, or info@performanceboating.com.au