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J/112E J/Lance WINS IRC European Championship and Commodores’ Cup – OVERALL!

The immaculately sailed J Lance 12 has been crowned IRC European champion for 2018. The French J/112e skippered by Didier le Moal seemed never to put a foot wrong in the latter stages of this week-long regatta run from Cowes by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

“It’s great – I didn’t expect that,” said le Moal of claiming the IRC Europeans title. “First of all we wanted to win our class, but this is fabulous. It concludes the wonderful week we’ve had. If you enjoy racing, we have been in paradise. The weather, sun, light winds, heavy winds, big tides – everything you could expect to enjoy from racing, we’ve had.”

Winning today’s first windward-leeward race, held in 15-20 knot winds, was the French team’s sixth bullet out of ten races. For the final big breeze, double points scoring, round the cans race, the French didn’t have the class win secured, so played it safe. “The wind was increasing a bit so we preferred to sail safely because we had a big lead. We just needed to finish, not last, but fifth or sixth to win,” explained J Lance 12’s navigator and team secret weapon Nicolas Lunven, the reigning Solitaire du Figaro champion.

In addition to Lunven, le Moal and Frederic Bouvier, who are respectively President and Sales Manager of J Composites, European builder of the J/Boats range of yachts, the J Lance 12 crew of Christophe and Cyrille Cremades, Jean Francois Nevo, Jean-Michel Roux and Cyrille Teston are all friends who have sailed with le Moal for years.

“It is our third season on this type of boat, so we know exactly how it works,” continued le Moal. “We had a very, very good navigator – to be fast is one thing, but to be fast on the right side is perfect. ”

J Lance 12 finished first overall on 20.5 points, ahead of the second boat on 50 points.

J112e JLance wins IRC European Championship

European IRC Championship Results 2018

J/70 ‘Spike’ wins Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta

Congratulations to the Anna, Crystal, Madonna and Genevieve sailing J/70 ‘Spike’ and winning the Australian Women’s Keelboat Ragatta in Melbourne over the long weekend of 9-11 June. Spike was racing in Div 1, so against much larger boats and pulled off a superb victory after 3 days of close racing. We are so pleased for you all, well done.

J/70 ‘Spike’ was kindly loaned by Dr Anthony Langdren for the event.


J/121 #5 launched in Melbourne

New J/121 launched in Sandringham Victoria. We were fortunate to join the owner for the maiden sail to Martha Cove on the Mornington Peninsula.

The J/121 was super responsive and the water ballast and simple sail handling systems work a treat. We were even joined by a pod of dolphins to help christen the launch. Congratulations to Mark, and we wish you and your crew every enjoyment in beautiful J/121 Javelin.

J/111 ‘Horopito’ For Sale.

Horopito is located in Adelaide, South Australia and is listed for sale at $290,000.  She was launched in Dec2011 / Jan2012.

J/111 is an easy-to-handle, sailboat that accelerates quickly, slices to windward at 7+ knots and hits double-digit speeds downwind.

J/111 Horopito


Length 11.00m     Beam 3.29m     Draft 2.19m     Displacement 4.3mt

Full Doyle Sail Inventory including:

  • Mainsail (New)
  • J1 2011, J2 2015, J3 2014, J4 2014 furling jibs
  • A2 (New)
  • A3 2011
  • Code zero on furler 2015
  • Delivery main and delivery furling J2


  • Tacktick jumbo instruments with 3 double displays on mast
  • Garmin plotter

Upgrades to standard specification:

  • Two tone deck (grey/white)
  • Two opening ports aft face of coachroof
  • Mast and boom in white
  • Black powder coated stanchions
  • V-Berth Package
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • Cockpit shower
  • Quattro winches on cabin top


  • Slipped and antifouled August 2018
  • Rig was taken out of the boat prior to 16/17 season as a 5 year check over. All rod rigging dye checked (all okay) and forestay replaced.
  • Full engine service history
  • Safety gear

Hull & Deck

  • Balsa core/biaxial E-glass vacuum infused hull laminate. Corecell/biaxial E-glass deck laminate. All laminates engineered and built to current ISO and ABS structural standards.
  • White gel coat hull with single bootstripe.
  • Molded companionway slide-in seahood.
  • ORC size molded foredeck toe-rails.
  • GRP molded main structural bulkhead, bonded fore & aft on hull and deck with single opening to forepeak.
  • Fore/aft and transverse keel support beams.
  • Composite mast bearing beam with integral aluminum tapping plate to secure mast step.
  • High aspect two-metal racing keel with lead bulb and stainless fin, flange mounted to a hull recess.

Mechanical & Steering

  • Yanmar 3YM20 3 cylinder 4-stroke 21hp diesel engine with 60 amp alternator and SD 20 saildrive with 2-piece split zinc.
  • Yanmar engine instrument panel mounted in recess on cockpit wall near wheel
  • 16x 11 diameter geared Flex-O-Fold folding prop.
  • Engine throttle control with neutral safety switch.
  • Balanced spade rudder constructed using “E-glass” with custom carbon rudder shaft mounted in Jefa self aligning rudder bearing system.
  • Edson 60” destroyer wheel with grey leather cover recessed in molded cockpit wheel well.
  • Edson steering system including Articu-lock sheaves, 6.5” radial drive, needle bearing with integral wheel brake, and chain/wire cables.
  • Jefa emergency tiller.

Deck Hardware

  • 46:1 Harken STP Performa self-tailing primary winches.
  • 40:1 Harken Quattro self-tailing cabin top winches.
  • Two-speed Harken Mainsheet System with 6:1 rough tune purchase to swivel cam base & 24:1 fine tune purchase led to centerline ratchet cam.
  • 4:1 Harken Traveler System – led P&S.
  • 6:1 Harken Adjustable Jib Lead System.
  • Jib in-hauler hardware & 4:1 tackle P&S.
  • 6:1 Cunningham system.
  • Harken bow-sprit control system led internally to cockpit mounted cam cleat.
  • Harken mast base halyard blocks and Spinlock 4-sheave organizers P&S.
  • Custom SS mast collar with pins for halyard blocks and halyard bale.
  • Stainless cabin top handrails P&S.
  • Tapered lifeline stanchions.
  • Double lifelines to meet ORC offshore regulations with 9” lower lifeline height.
  • Custom bow pulpit and dual corner stern rails with LED navigation lights.
  • Four 8” 4-bolt SS mooring cleats.
  • Four SS padeyes for cockpit spinnaker blocks.
  • Interior ventilation from two framed opening ports in sides of cabin trunk and offshore style forward skylight deck hatch above V-berth with two opening ports on aft cabin face.
  • Acrylic offshore drop-board with key lock and inside operable latch/unlatch.
  • Cockpit operated manual bilge pump.
  • Custom SS stemhead, shroud and backstay chainplates.

Plumbing & Electrical

  • 18-gallon fuel tank with baffles and inspection/clean out port.
  • 12-gallon head holding tank.
  • Raritan PH-II head with Y valve and deck pump-out access.
  • 26-gallon water tank.
  • Manual fresh water foot pumps in head and galley.
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • 90 amp deep-cycle, sealed AGM battery.
  • Three position battery switch.
  • Electrical panel w/circuit breakers.
  • Bonding system.
  • Automatic bilge pump & panel switch for manual/auto operation.

Spars & Rigging

  • Hall Spars carbon fibre mast with double set of tapered aluminum spreaders, backstay crane, flush shroud terminations, sheaves for main, sheaves for 2 jib & 2 spinnaker halyards, vang and boom gooseneck fittings, steaming light, internal wiring conduit, pre-formed mast wedge kit. Mast/boom finished in white.
  • Alloy 6061-T6 Boom with 12:1 internal outhaul, two mainsheet block bales, vang lug, three sheaves for reef lines and outhaul.
  • Nitronic 50 discontinuous rod standing rigging package including shrouds and forestay.
  • Dyneema DSK-78 Backstay.
  • Remote Sailtec hydraulic backstay system mounted within reach of helmsman on front face of wheel pedestal.
  • Low-profile Facnor “Flat” headsail furling system with control line aft to port side of cabin trunk.
  • Carbon fiber, retractable bow sprit with internal bearing system and white painted finish.
  • Running rigging package w/ Main & Jib Halyards with Tylaska shackles, Dyneema core jib & main sheets. Tapered spin halyard, Maxibraid tapered spin sheets.  Also includes reef line, cunningham, pole control, tack line, inhauler lines, traveler control lines, mainsheet strop and mainsheet fine tune.
  • Hall Quikvang with integral cleating.


  • Off-white low-maintenance bulkheads.
  • Molded engine box cover with 1” sound insulation.
  • Powder-coated aluminum companionway ladder w/teak treads.
  • Twin 6’9” quarter berths aft of the galley/nav area with storage below.
  • Teak and holly style synthetic high-wear cabin flooring.
  • SS overhead handrails in main salon P&S.
  • Two Large acrylic fixed portlights.
  • 6’4” settee berths with backrests.
  • Shelf outboard of settee berths with storage behind backrest cushions.
  • Nav Station/Office with full leg room, hinged-lid access to chart storage, outboard instrument panel and storage bin.
  • L-Galley with sink, faucet, fresh water foot pump, sink drain seacock, ice box with top opening, Origo two-burner alcohol stove and storage cabinet outboard.

J/111 Cup – Festival of Sails, Geelong

Yachtspot is pleased to support Royal Geelong Yacht Club in this 175th year of the Festival of Sails event.   J/Boats have been synonymous with racing over the generations starting with the J/24 40 years ago, the J/35 and on to the next generation of sprit yachts encompassing the J/70, J/88, J/111 and new J/121 in the Sports range and the J/97e, J/112e and J/122e in the performance cruiser ‘e’ range.

Thanks to Royal Geelong Yacht Club for running one-design class racing for the J/111, we look forward to a weekend of close, evenly matched racing that only one-design racing can offer.

Fresh from competing in the Australian Yachting Championships at Sandringham Yacht Club last weekend, the J/111 fleet headed to Geelong for the Festival of Sails Regatta.  The J/111’s will be racing one-design for the J/111 Cup, sponsored by Yachtspot. The J/111 Nationals (held as part of AYC last weekend) was won by Rod Warren’s ‘Joust’ who will be keen to continue his winning streak at Festival of Sails.

A special shout out to the crew from J/111 ‘Horopito’ who sailed around from Adelaide for the events. Five J/111’s are now based at Sandringham Yacht Club being Joust, Jake, Playlist, Veloce and Scarlet Runner 11.

Day 1 – Passage Race from Melbourne to Geelong was sailed on Friday (Australia Day), with Rob Date’s Scarlet Runner 11 taking line honours.  Rob commented after the race ‘We had a plan and stuck to it – sail straight and keep some in the bank. Before the race we guessed the SW change seabreeze would hit at 1.37pm so we planned to be in the best position for the change.  Rob joked that he misjudged the change by 6 seconds, when the wind shifted at 1.37.06 however they had positioned themselves perfectly and took the lead. Rob added “the J/111 is a really nice boat and we are having a lot of fun with it”.

In second place on the day was ‘Playlist’.  John from Playlist commented “We are really proud of our efforts after less than 1 year of owning our J/111. The team has come together really well.  Today, the Code zero was our hero!”  Like most of the fleet they were stuck in a wind hole and changed between kite and code zero about 10 times. As the change hit they went from 0 knots to 8 knots of boat speed instantly, and they were off.

Day 2 – Festival of Sails, Geelong

Day 2 of Festival of Sails started with light breezes this morning.  The J/111 fleet held three back-to-back races today with extremely close racing throughout the day.

Todays victor was Rod Warren’s ‘Joust’ winning the first two of three races today.  In the final race, Veloce took the lead with Scarlet Runner second.

Rod commented: “The wind was 0-8knot ESE shifting 30 degrees and flat water, so it was all about winning the starts, picking the right shifts and good crew work. All the J/111’s are so close you could throw a tennis ball to each other especially downwind.

Fantastic one-design sailing with less than 1 metre separating the boats at times.

Current placings have Joust on 8 points, Veloce and Scarlet Runner equal 9 points and Playlist and Horopito close by.

Day 3 – J/111 Cup

With a heat wave and temps close to 40 degrees it was better to be on the water with winds shifting to the North East about 15knots.  The final results jostled amongst the top 3 boats and came down to the last mark rounding.

First race was won by Veloce, with the rest of the fleet finishing within seconds of each other. The second race was won by Scarlet Runner, followed by Veloce and Playlist.

In the third and final race, up until the last mark rounding the J/111 Cup trophy would have gone to either Scarlet Runner or Joust, however Veloce managed to squeeze in front of both at the last turn and keep in front for the run to the finish. Veloce therefore took the series with Scarlet Runner second and Joust third. In 4th and 5th place were Playlist and Horopito.

Separately, the J/111’s also competed in the Super 11 division with a mix of 11m racing yachts under AMS.  The J/111’s took the first 3 places in the mixed fleet racing.

Congratulations to all of the crews, we are so pleased you have enjoyed a great long weekend of close racing.


J/111 Inaugural National Championships-Wrap up

The inaugural J/111 National Championships were held this weekend at Sandringham Yacht Club, as part of the Australian Yachting Championships. Congratulations to all the crews at a great event.

Rod Warren from ‘Joust’ commented: “Yesterday was good, we had four windward leewards and this is the first time we have had the six Js all together which is terrific,”   “We had four wins yesterday and the other boats were really close which is what we are looking for in this class. We are hoping to build a one design class that a lot of other boats will migrate to and I think there is a lot of excitement seeing the boats so close.”

Matt Powell from “Playlist” commented that they had a great time. They are new to the J/111 and didn’t expect to be up with the leaders and enjoy such close racing.

J/111 Jake at National Championships. Sandringham. Photo Credit: Alex McKinnon
J/111 Scarlet Runner hot on the heels of Joust. Photo Credit: Alex McKinnon