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J/121 Wins ‘Performance Yacht’ at British Yachting Awards

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

J121 Yachting Award

J/122 ‘Joss’ wins West Coaster Ocean Race, Perth

J/122 sailing off Perth, AustraliaIan Clyne’s J/122 JOSS recently won the 140.0nm 2018 West Coaster Ocean Race off Perth, Western Australia.  Here is the report from Tony Bewsher, crewing aboard the J/122 JOSS.

“A very competitive fleet took part in the West Coaster 140nm overnight race on the weekend of the 24/25 November, including our J/122 JOSS.

The course was westerly from Fremantle, around Cape Vlamingh (the western end of Rottnest Island), then a 65.0nm northwards leg to a virtual mark set just of the historic coastal fishing town of Lancelin, and finally back south to the finish in Fremantle.

The race started in 8-10 knots SSW winds with the fleet jostling for position on the 1.0nm upwind beat to the first mark. JOSS rounded in 3rd position behind “Dirty Deeds” & “Weapon of Choice”, then the fleet sailed off on a broad reach out to the Western Windmills Fairway mark off the SE corner of Rottnest Island followed by an upwind beat in a dropping breeze along the south side of the island to Cape Vlamingh (the most westerly tip of the island and extremely exposed to the full forces of the Indian Ocean).

J/122 sailing off Perth, AustraliaAs the fleet approached Cape Vlamingh, the winds almost dropped out completely, making the rounding a slow frustrating affair. With an ever-growing cloud line slowly building on the horizon, the fleet edged westwards in our search for stronger more consistent breeze.

Big Sails help win big races, and as the clouds built overhead, the wind grew sufficiently for everyone to hoist their biggest spinnakers.

JOSS hoisted our big “Bright Green” A1.5 Spinnaker for this 65.0nm downwind run. The wind built steadily throughout the afternoon to 15-18 knots. We found ourselves dueling all the way to the Lancelin mark with “Obsession” (Mat1180) and “Weapon of Choice” (FB35). We even managed to pass these higher IRC rated boats midway along the track, only to have them battle back to lead us by a few hundred metres around the virtual top mark off Lancelin at approx. 2100 hrs Saturday night.

With a stunning full moon lighting up the ocean, we sailed for Fremantle in a more moderate breeze, maintaining contact with the 4 faster & lighter Div 1 yachts ahead of us. At sunrise we witnessed a beautiful Western Australian dawn with JOSS leading the fleet in both IRC & YAH, and eventually crossing the finish line at Fremantle at 0700 hrs Sunday morning in a time of 21:35:37.

Our winning margin on IRC was an impressive 27 minutes to the second placed boat “Obsession”, and 45 minutes to the 3rd placed boat “Alfresco”.

J/122 happy owner in Perth, AustraliaIt was 22 hours of perfect sailing conditions for JOSS with fluctuating winds between 8-18 knots and moving from an early light southerly on Saturday morning, swinging west and building until sunset throughout Saturday, then moderating over night to finish in an easterly land breeze.

The 140nm “WestCoaster” was a much more enjoyable sail compared to the recent similar distance overnight race, the “3 Ports Race” being knocked down 3 times during the night by 60-70 knot winds!!!

In sailing, winning is often a combination of great sailing by the boat & crew, and an equal measure of the “sea gods smiling on you”. There were many smiles over this weekend.

“Joss” has started the 2018/19 ORWA Offshore Season in strong form with 2 wins in Div 1 IRC, a 2nd, & a 5th, and 3 wins in Div 1 YAH & a 5th place.

With the lowest rating in the Div 1 Fleet in Western Australia, JOSS is proving how competitive J/Boats are against a very competitive fleet of top teams here in the West.”

NEW J/99 Project Update

We’re excited to report that J/99 hulls #1 and #2 are nearing completion at J/Composites, France. Twenty (20) J/99 orders are already confirmed which extends production into July 2019.

The J/Team is gearing up for a very busy December to present the details of the technological innovations of this offshore speedster, that promises to be accessible and powerful.

Hull #1 will make its world boat show debut at the Paris Show (Salon Nautique Paris) from December 8-16 and then ship to J-UK in Hamble to launch and sail in the Solent. Meanwhile, hull #2 will splash just before Christmas in Brittany for some end-of-the-year sailing. To kick off 2019, the J/99 will be displayed at the Dusseldorf Show in Germany from January 19-27.

The first boat to North America will arrive in Rhode Island in early February and be commissioned for an early season March launch. The J/99 will make its North American boat show debut at the Pacific Sail Show in Richmond, CA April 4-17, 2019.

Hull #1 is shown with graphics already in place and in final prep mode for deck installation at the end of the week. The deck was successfully test-fit last week and then removed for hardware installation. We’re pleased to share these additional progress pix. Please contact us for further information.

J/111 – Down Under Fleet Report

The J/111 ‘Down Under Fleet’ started the season with a regatta held at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.  Five boats, Jake, Joust, Playlist, Scarlet Runner and Veloce, competed in the 42 km passage race, followed by four Windward Leewards held in medium to heavy conditions over three days.

 

The first day of the regatta was a passage race beginning in light winds from Sandringham Yacht club to Blairgowrie.  Each boat led at different stages, with Veloce heading a long way to the right, so far that we thought they had the course wrong, only to find a shift in breeze and come in 30 seconds ahead of Joust after six and a half hours of sailing.  Scarlet Runner was close behind, followed by Jake and Playlist.

 

The Saturday began with fresh breeze and two Windward Leewards were held in 20-30 knot breeze.  This gave an opportunity for down-wind planing and exciting sailing.  Veloce led Joust on the first lap but a close gybing contest on the down-wind run in 20 knots resulted in a victory to Joust just ahead of Veloce and Scarlet Runner.

 

The second race was held in even heavier conditions and carnage followed.  Every boat had its issues.  Jake blew a spinnaker. Veloce dropped one over the side and Scarlet Runner had an impressive broach.  The halyard stripped on Joust and despite knifing the halyard and dropping the spinnaker, Joust was able to finish on main alone to win that race with Playlist second and Scarlet Runner third.

 

After a terrific regatta dinner on the Saturday night at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, hosted by Robert Date, owner of Scarlet Runner, the final day of Windward Leewards began in 10-15 knots.  The first heat saw Joust lead and extend to get their third heat win.  In the second race, a very close start saw all boats vying for position.  After an unexpected crash tack, Joust was back in last position by several hundred metres, with Scarlet Runner leading, followed by Playlist, Veloce and Jake. A good down-wind shift allowed Joust back into third place but the heat win went to Scarlet Runner, with Playlist half a boat length ahead of Joust in second.

 

The final regatta standings saw Joust first, Scarlet Runner second and Playlist third.  This will become an annual event.  The five owners of the J/111’s are great friends and excellent companions.  This class will surely grow and there is increasing interest around Port Phillip Bay, with a close racing, excellent performance, reasonable budget and great camaraderie.

Rod Warren, Joust.

J/70 Australian Championships – Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

The J/70 Australian Championships will be held on the weekend of 1st-2nd December 2018, at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Kirribilli on the beautiful waters of Sydney Harbour.
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is delighted to be hosting this event for the growing J/70 Sydney fleet. With such strong growth in this class overseas it’s hard not to see a similar story evolve here in Australia. We are looking forward to seeing dynamic racing from this relatively new class and welcome the J/70 sailors to the club” said RSYS Sailing Manager Declan Brennan.
Notice of Race will be published shortly on https://www.rsys.com.au/sailing/regattas

J70's in action

 

Just announced – NEW J/99

J/Boats and J/Composites are pleased to announce the new J/99, a 9.9 meter (32.9′) crew-friendly, offshore-capable racer currently under development at J/Composites in Les Sables d’Olonne, France.

The J/99 is the newest addition to the J/Sport range, combining headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven responsiveness of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimised for easy handling with fewer crew, and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World champion J/112E. The interior features twin aft cabins, a proper sit-down forward facing nav station, an L-shaped galley, and a private forward head with sail locker.

Now more than ever, sailors are attracted to adventure-filled, signature events (Fastnet, Middle Sea, Chicago-Mac, etc.) where straight-line speed, sail handling, strategy and weather routing are all equally put to the test. The J/99 is designed to excel in these events (both fully crewed and short-handed) while delivering the exhilarating, family-friendly experience the J Sport range is known for.

“The J/99 opens up a wide range of sailing possibilities,” commented designer Alan Johnstone. “The versatile sail plan, balanced hull form and efficient cockpit will work as well for short-handed offshore sailing as for weekend sailing with friends. The J/99 packs a lot of performance and versatility into a manageable size and budget.”

Contact Yachtspot for further information

J/122e ‘Aria’ for sale – Adelaide

An IRC-friendly cruiser/racer, J/122E offers a completely furnished interior, a simple to manage balanced sail plan, head turning sailing performance and great looks.

J/122E is a versatile and easy to handle 40 foot performance sailboat with comfortable live-aboard accommodations, a refined deck layout, low VCG keel with a moderate 2.2m (7.2′) draft. The hull & deck are built using superior infusion molding technology to maximize durability and long term value.  Built to Cat A, J/122E is built to cross major oceans, so she will take you as far as you would like to go, whether racing or cruising.

launched in 2015, J/122E ‘Aria’ has been well maintained since new.

Offered for sale for $420,000. Contact Yachtspot for further information.

Specification below:

Rego:  SA1945.    HIN:  FRJBC22097F515

Length:  40′ 0″ (12.20m),     Beam:   3.63m

Draft:  2.2m     Displacement: 6.76mt

Keel / Ballast:     Keel with lead bulb (2.20 m draft), bolted and bonded to hull

Engine:                 Inboard VOLVO D1-30 Saildrive diesel engine, 115 AH alternator, with double diode and fresh water-cooling with heat exchanger. Twin blade Gori folding propeller.

Engine Hours:    80

Fuel:                      100L

Water:                  2 x 160 litres

Accommodation: 3 private double cabins with storage lockers and shelving. Spacious main saloon with hull windows providing a light and comfortable space. Full size forward facing chart table with storage. Head with shower accessed by both forward cabin (as an ensuite) and main saloon. Shower on transom.

Galley:  L-shaped galley with gimballed gas stove with oven and 2 burners and s/s protection bar. Double stainless steel sink unit recessed in synthetic resin worktop. Pressurised hot and cold water. Large 150 litre moulded icebox/fridge, with divider and storage shelf, 12 volt compressor.

Hot water System:           Yes

Covers:                                 Wheel cover. Easy to remove dodger (sprayhood). Boom tent

Ground Tackle:                  Electric windlass

Safety Gear:                       6x PFD;s with tethers, flares, v-sheet, EPIRB, dan buoy, life ring with light

Bilge Pumps:                      Auto and manual

Electrics:                              2 x 160Ah AGM (House) and 1 x 70Ah AGM (Engine)

Electronics:                         Raymarine GS165 Multifunction display 15.4″ Glass Bridge with Lighthouse 2 software, Raymarine i70 multifunction display, Ray i50 wind/speed/depth, Ray i60 close-hauled display, Evolution p70 autopilot

Sail Inventory:                   2015 GPL Carbon offshore main with 2 reefs, 2015 Med Heavy (#2) GPL Carbon with UV Strip, 2015 No. 4 jib, Storm jib, A5 spinnaker

Mast / Rigging:                  Sparcraft ‘Grand Prix’ alloy mast

Deck Gear:                          Harken underdeck furler, 2x 50STA primary winches, 2x 46.2ST mainsheet winches, 2x 40STA halyard winches with spinlock cross-winching blocks, Mainsheet system on 2:1 ball bearings blocks, led forward thru boom, then down to sidedecks, then aft under deck to cockpit winches. Adjustable mainsheet traveller with 6:1 purchase, Jib tracks, with ball-bearing car system and adjustable purchase, adjusted from the cockpit. Jib inhauler system. Spinnaker tweakers. Vang adjustable from cockpit.