Congratulations to all the J/70 crews sailing the J/70 Nationals from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at the beginning of December. Crews joined in from NSW, Qld and Vic and all had a ball. Here are some impressive photos of the event, courtesy of Stephen Brady.
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.
Congratulations to Larry, Rhys and Rae on the arrival of their new J/70 ‘NautiGirl’. The team will be sailing from Southport and RQYS.
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.
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
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
Peter Rendle from Sail-World speaks with Ray from Yachtspot about the success of the J/70. Click here or on the image for the full article.
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 $398,000. Contact Yachtspot for further information.
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
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.
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.
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.