For the first time this year, Sailing Today teamed up with presenting partner MUSTO and sister magazine Yachts & Yachting to bring you the British Yachting Awards, truly a celebration of every aspect of the sailing world – from Caribbean cruising to high tech racing.
In the Performance Yacht Category, there were over a dozen boats under consideration. The sailing public voted in the United Kingdom and winning the Performance Yacht Category was the J/121 offshore speedster! Here is what Y&Y/ Sailing Today had to say about the J/121.
“J/Boats reckons its J/121 is the best short-handed racer the company has built. The 40-footer is designed to be sailed by five or fewer crew, which J reckon- and we agree- makes life a whole lot easier for racing skippers fed-up with rounding up 8 or 10 bodies every time they want to compete.
She looks the part too, boasting low, sleek lines and an easy to use cockpit with everything at hand- features that clearly proved popular with voters.
There is an 840-litre water ballast system built-in to compensate for extra crew bodies lined-up along the rail, and the low drag hull offers straight-line speed with high form stability.
There’s a standard suite of five sails plus the usual J/Boats retractable bowsprit, and thanks to a comfortable fit-out down below, the J/121 is an ocean-capable racer that also functions beautifully as an adventurous daysailer, weekender, or fast cruiser.
Photo credit: Rick Tomlinson